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.