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Lot #    9416
Auction End Date    2/15/2005 1:55:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Zurat Beit ha-Mikdash
Title (Hebrew)    צורת בית המקדש
Author    R. Yom Tov Lipmann Heller
City    Frankfort am Main
Publisher    Johann Kelner
Publication Date    1714
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [2], 20 ff., 203:161 mm., wide margins, light age and damp staining, touch of foxing, old hands on fly. A good copy bound in contemporary half leather boards, rubbed and split.
   Description of the future Beit ha-Mikdash (Temple) according to the prophecy of Ezekiel by R. Yom Tov Lipmann ben Nathan ha-Levi Heller (1579–1654). There is a detailed depiction of the altar at the beginning of the book and a drawing of har ha-bait (Temple Mount) at the end of the volume. There is also a sketch on 15v. Zurat Beit ha-Mikdash was written by R. Heller when he was very young.

R. Yom Tov Lipmann Heller was educated in the home of his grandfather, R. Moses Wallerstein, as well as, among others, R. Judah Loew ben Bezalel (the Maharal) of Prague. Besides his great talmudic knowledge, he engaged in the study of Kabbalah, religious philosophy, and Hebrew grammar and also acquired an extensive general knowledge, particularly of mathematics, astronomy, and natural sciences. In 1597, when only 18 years of age, he was appointed dayyan in Prague, and served in this office for 28 years, during which period he acquired renown for his profound knowledge and for his integrity. In 1625 he was appointed rabbi of Nikolsburg (Moravia) but in that same year moved to Vienna where he was elected av bet din. In 1627 he returned to Prague.

R. Heller was imprisoned on June 25, 1629 due to slander by enemies to the emperor Ferdinand II, accusing him of contempt of the state and of insulting Christianity. His sentence to death by a court of Catholic priests was, “by grace of the emperor,” commuted to a large monetary fine. Through the efforts of the Jews of Prague the other heavy penalties imposed were partly reduced. After spending 40 days in prison he returned to Prague in August 1629. He subsequently served as rabbi in a number of important communities, among them Cracow. A prolific writer, he is best known for his commentary on the Mishnah.

Paragraph 2    ... ולא נשנית אלא בשביל דבר שנתחדש בה מה שנדפס בסוף הספר מדות המזבח וצורתו (אשר העלה ... ר' אלי' בהרב ... צבי הירש נר"ו) ... נדפס ... ע"י ... ר' (שמואל) זנוויל בהרב ... (אליקום) געץ זצ"ל (שהי' אב"ד בק"ק הילדסום) ממשפחת הגאון ...

דף [2, ב], יט-כ: מדות המזבח. דף יח, ב: דברי המוציא לאור, ר' שמואל הקטן המכונה זנוויל. הסכמה: ר' יעקב ב"ר בנימן כץ מפראג, קובלענץ, ח אדר תע"ד.

   CD-EPI 0127262; EJ; JE
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Novellae:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica