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Lot #    9538
Auction End Date    2/15/2005 3:57:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Pikkude ha-Shem - die Göttlichen Gesetze
Title (Hebrew)    פקודי ה'
Author    [Only Ed.] Gershon Lasch
City    Leipzig
Publisher    Heinrich Hunger
Publication Date    1857
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition? xii, 511 pp., 210:130 mm., wide margins, gild edges, light age and damp staining. A very good copy bound in contemporary cloth boards, tooled in gild.
   On the ten commandments and taryag (613) mitzvot by Gershon Lasch. There is a half-title page followed by the full title page which has a Hebrew title; otherwise the text is entirely in German, stating that it is die Göttlichen Gesetze aus den zehen Geboten entwickelt und in ihren geiste aufgefasst (The Godly laws from the ten commandments, developed and understood in their spirit). It is described as ein handbuch für Religionsunterricht (a handbook for religious education). There is a forward from the author, followed by an introduction. The detailed text, which encompasses all of the 613 mitzvot, is set in a single column in Fraktur with occasional Hebrew. At the end of the volume is an enumerated list of all the mizvot in Hebrew by parsha, and their location in the book. Two additional mitzvot are added, the departure of the soul and the days of the Messiah.

Gershon Lasch was a German teacher and author; born in 1803; died at Halberstadt March 3, 1883. In 1823 he was appointed instructor at the Jewish school in Halberstadt, where he later became professor. Besides several small school-books, Lasch published the following: Zwei Reden, Gehalten zur Gedächtnisfeier und Huldigungsfeier in der Synagoge zu Halberstadt, Halberstadt, 1841; and Gesch. der Israelitischen Schule zu Halberstadt, Dargestellt in Zwei Reden zur Fünfzigjährigen Jubelfeier, Nordhausen, 1847.

   JE; Zeitlin p. 192
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Halacha:    Checked
Bindings:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    German, Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica