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Lot #    8326
Auction End Date    10/19/2004 11:33:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Sihat Yizhak
Title (Hebrew)   
Author    Dr. Saul Isaac Kaempf
City    Prague
Publisher    Jacob W. Vaschales
Publication Date    1874
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [6], 488, 32 pp. 170:110 mm., usual age staining, silk endpapers. A good copy bound in purple stamped felt with an outer metal frame with a clasp, rubbed. The front cover has the initials FW and the name Goldmann.
   Bi-lingual Hebrew-German Ashkenaz rite prayer book for the entire year. There are Hebrew and German title pages, the former stating that it is Prayers to the living God for the entire year with Pirkei Avot with German translation by Saul Isaac Kaempf, Dr. of philosophy, Rav and darshan in Prague. The German title page repeats this information, that it is Das Israel Gebetbuch für alles Wochen-, Feier- und Festtage des Jahres nebst den Sprüchen der Päter (Jewish prayer book for the week, celebrations, and festivals of the entire year together with the sayings of the Father (Avot) by Dr. Dr. Saul Isaac Kaempf. The verso of the second title page has a verse in Hebrew, And Isaac went out to meditate (Genesis 24:63) and a quote from the Talmud Speech refers only to prayer given as Berakhot 25b but actually from Avodah Zarah 7b, both referring to the title . There is a forward from Dr. Kaempf, an index, and the text of the prayer book which is in two columns, Hebrew in the right column, German in the left column. The German is set in fraktur. At the end of the volume is a second title page which states that it is Kurzgefasste deutsche Gebete zur häuslichen Erbauung (Abridged German prayers for domestic purposes). This section has brief prayers entirely in German.

Dr. Saul Isaac Kaempf (18181892), rabbi and orientalist. Kaempf, who was born at Lissa (Leszno), Poznania, was a disciple of Akiva Eger there. He later studied at the University of Halle where he was a student of Gesenius. In 1845 he became a preacher in Prague and in 1858 professor of Semitics at the University of Prague. His works include the two-volume Nichtandalusische Poesie andalusischer Dichter aus dem 11., 12. und 13. Jahrhundert (2 vols., 1858), an important pioneering contribution to the study of Hebrew poetry; a biography of R. Akiva Eger with a eulogy at his death (1838); Mamtik Sod (1861), a defense of Z. Frankel's Darkhei ha-Mishnah against S. R. Hirsch (1861); popular German translations of the mahzor (1854) and of the siddur (1874), both following the rite of his temple in Prague (1874); Das Ruehmen Moabs, oder die Inschrift auf dem Denkmal Mesa's (1870); and collections of sermons and poetry.

   EJ; JE; F. S., Saul Isaac Kaempf: Eine Biographische Skizze, Prague, 1865; Hinrichsen, Das Literarische Deutschland, pp. 283 et seq., Berlin and Rostock; Kayserling, Bibliothek Jüdischer Kanzelredner, ii. 310
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Other:    Bohemia
Liturgy:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew, Judeo-German
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica