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Lot #    9358
Auction End Date    2/15/2005 12:57:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Seven German-Hebrew works bound together
Author    [Reform - Only Ed.]
City    Berlin
Publication Date    1818-47
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only editions. 32; 44; 24; 16; 35; 49; 24, 116 pp.,184:114 mm., light age staining. Very good copies bound in contemporary boards, rubbed.
Paragraph 1    1. Birkat Moshe ( ) in Hebrew, R. Moses ben Eliezer Phoebus Koerner, 1833;

2. Sind die Israeliten verplichtet, 1818;

3. Woher? und Wohin? 1845;

4. Die jüdische Reform, 1846;

5. Kurze Antworten aur Kultus-Fragen, Dr. Zunz, Berlin 1844;

6. Die erste rabbinerversammlung und herr Dr. Frankel, Dr. Sam. Holdheim, 1845;

7. Der Seist des mosaischen Gesetzes, 1847

   Seven works bound together, six in German, one in Hebrew. The Hebrew work, Birkat Moshe, is on the benediction She-Heheyanu (thanksgiving) by R. Moses ben Eliezer Phoebus Koerner. There is also a section on Elija Levita with notes by R. Isaiah Berlin (Pick). The title page informs that work began, according to the title page, on the day that light prevailed, the third day of the sixth month, in the year, Accept, I beseech you, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O Lord, and teach me your ordinances (593=1833) (Psalms 119:108). It was completed in the seventh month in the year, Hold me up, and I shall be safe; and I will observe your statutes continually (594=1834) (Psalms 119:117). There is a dedication in German to Baron Rothschild, prefatory remarks in German. Birkat Moshe has fourteen approbations, signed by prominent rabbis, among them R. Samuel Landau (d. 1834), R. Eliezer ha-Levi Horowitz (1803-68), R. Mordecai Bik of Brod, and R. Isaac Israel Ashkenazi. The text is in rabbinic letters in a single column.

R. Moses ben Eliezer Phoebus Koerner, (17661836) was rabbi at Rendsburg (Schleswig), Shklov, and Grodno. In his later years he traveled extensively in Europe soliciting aid for the publication of his works. R. Koerner subsequently settled in Breslau where he died. His published works, in addition to Birkat Moshe are: Torat Moshe (Nowy Dwor, 1786) containing homilies on obscure passages in Bible and Midrash, and also novellae, partly by Zevi Hirsch b. Abraham, of Posen; Zera Kodesh (Berlin, 1798), a commentary on the Sifra with homiletic discourses; Ke-Or Nogah (Breslau, 1816), an attempt to synthesize Kabbalah and Jewish philosophy, the Zohar and Maimonides' Guide of the Perplexed; Iggeret Rishfei Keshet (Hanover, 1831), an account of his wanderings and tribulations, including a rebuttal of his detractors; Megillat Eivah (Breslau, 1837), the autobiography of his ancestor Yom Tov Lipmann Heller, with Koerner's notes and a German translation by Miro.

The German works are all monographs, several by very prominent German-Jewish scholars, written from a reform perspective. Woher? und Wohin? Zur Verständigung über jüdische Reformbestrebungen is on the Jewish reform movement. Dr. Cassel Cassell was one of a group including L. Zunz, M. Steinschneider, and others that founded the Wissenschaft des Judentums movement for the scientific study of Judaism. Cassell was born and educated in Gross-Glogau, Silesia. While still a student in Berlin, he helped found the Hilfsverein fuer juedische Studierende, a society for assisting poor Jewish students. Though ordained, he chose not to pursue a rabbinical career but instead dedicated himself to teaching and research. His educational posts included a principalship at the educational institute Dina Nauenschen Erziehungsanstalt in Berlin (184679) and a lectureship at the Hochschule fuer die Wissenschaft des Judenthums (187292). He was a prolific writer and also translated Hebrew texts into German.

Kurze Antworten aur Kultus-FragenRabbinerversammlung (Brief response to the cultural question) is by Dr. Leopold Zunz Yom Tov Lippmann; 17941886), historian, among the founders of the Science of Judaism (Wissenschaft des Judentums). He too was a prolific writer and a major figure in nineteenth century Jewish historiography. Die erste rabbinerversammlung und herr Dr. Frankel is by Dr. Samuel Holdeim (18061860), leader of Reform Judaism in Germany. Der Seist des mosaischen Gesetzes in on Mosaic law.

   EJ; JE Vin Berlin 573; Zeitlin, Bibliotheca, 183f.
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Reform:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    German, Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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