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Kol Sason, Raphael Furstenthal, trans, Krotoszyn 1840

ספר קול ששון - First Edition

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  • Lot Number 51867
  • Title (English) Kol Sason
  • Title (Hebrew) ספר קול ששון
  • Note First Edition
  • Author Raphael Furstenthal
  • City Krotoszyn
  • Publisher B. M. Monasch
  • Publication Date 1840
  • Estimated Price - Low 200
  • Estimated Price - High 500

  • Item # 2049906
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Physical Description

64; 20 ff., octavo, 204:120 mm., light age staining, wide margins. A very good copy bound in contemporary boards, rubbed.

Detail Description

Liturgies for Purim with commentary and German translation by Raphael Furstenthal, German poet, translator, and Hebrew writer; born in Glogau 1781; died at Breslau Feb. 16, 1855. Fürstenthal's attention was directed chiefly toward the modernization of Jewish religious services, both in and out of the synagogue, and to this end he translated into German the most important liturgical books. These versions became very popular among the German Jews; and, in spite of many subsequent translations, they have retained their popularity to the present time. To some of them, as, for instance, the Penitential Prayers, he added excellent Hebrew commentaries. Furthermore, he did much creditable work in philosophical and exegetical literature. His German translations of and Hebrew commentaries to the "Moreh Nebukim" of Moses Maimonides and the "Hobot ha-Lebabot" of Bahya ibn Pakuda, and especially his large Hebrew commentary to the whole Bible, evidence his great versatility in Talmudic and Midrashic literature.

Fürstenthal's main importance, however, lies in his activity as a national Hebrew poet. His poetic productions have a genuine classic ring, and are distinguished by elegance of diction, richness of thought, and true, unaffected national feeling. His power shows itself at its height in his "Song on Zion" ("Ha-Meassef," 1810, iv. 37), which is considered the best of his numerous poems. In German, too, Fürstenthal has shown remarkable poetic talent in his rhythmical translations of various piyyutim, as, for example, his translation of the "pizmon" in the minhah prayer for the Day of Atonement.


Hebrew Description

כולל תפילות וקרובץ לפורים ומגלת אסתר עם פירש אבן עזרא. ונלוה עליו פירש פתוחי חותם... באור מספיק על כל המקומות הסתומים והקשים בפירש אבן עזרא, אשר איזן וחיקר החכם... רפאל בר"י פירשטענטהאל... ונוסף על זה התרגום שני ממגלת אסתר מתורגם בלשון אשכנזי מהנ"ל.

עם תרגום אשכנזי למגלת אסתר, באותיות עבריות, מאת אהרן וולפסזון, מתוך חמש מגלות, ברלין תקמ"ח-תקמ"ט.

כ דף: "תרגום שני". באשכנזית (גרמנית באותיות עבריות).



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