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Lot #    9559
Auction End Date    2/15/2005 4:18:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Igeret Bikoret
Title (Hebrew)    אגרת בקרת
Author    [First Ed. - Polemic] Nehemiah Libowitz
City    New York
Publisher    A. H. Rosenberg
Publication Date    1896
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. 16 pp., 198:138 mm., nice margins, light age staining. A very good copy not bound.
   Attack on Sefer Zikhronotai of R. Isaac Hirsch Weiss (Warsaw 1895).

Samuel Nehemiah Libowitz (1862–1939), writer on Jewish subjects. Born in Kolno, Poland, he emigrated to America in 1881. He traded in precious stones and was so successful that he could afford to print over twenty books in limited editions. He corresponded with eminent Jewish scholars including Israel Davidson, to whom he wrote 107 letters, which he later published himself in 1933. His works include: Peni'el (1914), a collection from Jewish literature on the subject of death; Ha-Mavet be-Fanim Sohakot (1917); Sefer Sha'ashu'im (1927); and Ha-Shome'a Yizhak (1907), sharp-witted jokes and original interpretations of the rabbis and from the Middle Ages; Judah Aryeh Modena bi-Demuto ve-Zivyono (1896); Kitvei ha-Rav Yehudah Aryeh mi-Modena (1936); and Doresh Reshumot ha-Aggadah (1893, 19202, 19293), explanations of several aggadot of the Talmud. He also edited and published Ozar ha-Hokhmah ve-ha-Madda (1897), in collaboration with Jacob Reifmann, Moses Reicherson, Solomon Rabin, and others. In several of his works he violently polemized against such scholars as R. Isaac Hirsch Weiss, Ze'ev Schorr, Radkinson, Saul Tchernichowsky, and Joseph Klausner. He emigrated to Palestine in 1927, but his longing for his children took him back to America.

Paragraph 2    נגד ס[פר] זכרונותי מרא"ה [אייזיק הירש] ווייס [ווארשא תרנ"ה]. והתנצלות בעד רש"ל [שלמה יהודה ליב] ראפאפורט... מאתי נחמיה שמואל ליבאוויטש...
   CD-EPI 0178656; Singerman 5037; EJ
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
America-South America:    Checked
Polemics:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica