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Lot #    9329
Auction End Date    2/15/2005 12:28:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Bat Ayin
Title (Hebrew)    בת עין
Author    [Hasidim - First Ed.] R. Abraham Dov Ber Auerbach
City    Jerusalem
Publisher    Israel b. Abraham Bak
Publication Date    1847
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. [2], 125, [1] ff., 212:153 mm., wide margins, ff. title-3, 37-55, 114-final with margins neatly extended to size, loss of several letters on inital 2 and final ff., old hands and stamp on several ff. A good copy bound in modern full leather boards, tooled in blind.
   Hasidut on the five books of the Torah. The author was a leading disciple of R. Nahum of Chernobyl, and was rabbi of Ovruch and later Zhitomir. In 1830 he moved to Israel, settled in Safed and became rabbi and leader of the town’s Hasidim. He passed away there in 1841. He named his work Bat Ayin as it equals the numerical value of his name and this work, written in Israel, acquired the holiness of the Land of Israel that has the eyes of G-d guarding it constantly.

The first Hasidic work printed in Erez Israel, final contains list of financial supporters of this edition.

Israel Bak (1797–1874) was born in Berdichev, Ukraine, into a family of printers. He owned a Jewish press in Berdichev, printing about 30 books between 1815 and 1821 when the press closed down. In 1831 he emigrated to Erez Israel and settled in Safed. There he renewed the tradition of printing Hebrew works, which came to an end with the peasant revolt against Muhammad Ali in 1834. After the Safed earthquake in 1837 and the Druze revolt in 1838, during which his farm and printing press were destroyed, he moved to Jerusalem. In 1841 he established the first - and for 22 years, the only - Jewish printing press in Jerusalem. The press was financed by Sir Moses & Lady Judith Montefiore and their names appear in all Bak imprints, often a full page dedication. One hundred and thirty books were printed on it, making it an important cultural factor in Jerusalem.

Paragraph 2    דברי אלקים חיים הנאמרים מדי שבת בשבתו ומקראי קודש ... מפי ... מו"ה אברהם דוב בער זצללה"ה זי"ע. אשר הי' אב"ד דק"ק חמעלניק ואווריטש והגליל ואח"כ ... אב"ד בק"ק זיטאמיר והגליל ולעת זקנתו תקע אהל קדשו ... בעה"ק צפת ...
   CD-EPI 0107820; Halevi, Jerusalem 38; EJ; JE
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Israel:    Checked
Hasidic:    Checked
Kabbalah:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica