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Da'at Torah, R. Elhanan Bunim Wasserman, [New York 1930]?

דעת תורה - First Edition

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  • Lot Number 53441
  • Title (English) Da'at Torah
  • Title (Hebrew) דעת תורה
  • Note First Edition
  • Author R. Elhanan Bunim Wasserman
  • City [New York]
  • Publication Date 1930's
  • Estimated Price - Low 300
  • Estimated Price - High 600

  • Item # 2392322
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Physical Description

First edition. [1], 24, [1] pp., plus title wrappers, 144:108 mm., light age staining. A very good copy bound as published.


Detail Description

Admonishing the Jewish nation for its transgretions by R. Elhanan Bunim Wasserman (1875–1941), Lithuanian talmudic scholar, yeshiva head, and communal leader. R. Elhanan received his education at the yeshivot of Volozhin and Telz, which were headed at the time by R. Eliezer Gordon and R. Simeon Shkop, respectively. In 1899 he married the daughter of Meir Atlas, rabbi of Salant, and spent some years studying in his father-in-law's home. In 1903 he was appointed head of the yeshiva of Amtshilov, where he proved an outstanding teacher, greatly influencing his students. He joined the kolel of the Hafez Hayyim in Radun in 1907 and remained there until 1910, when he was appointed rabbi of Brest-Litovsk. During World War I he returned to Radun and when the war reached that town the yeshiva moved to Smilovichi, where R. Elhanan was appointed its head. After the war he moved to Poland and established a yeshivah at Baranowicze, which became one of the most famous in Eastern Europe. He was one of the main pillars of the Agudat Israel movement together with R. Hayyim Ozer Grodzinski and the Hafez Hayyim, and was regarded as the latter's spiritual successor. R. Elhanan emerged as one of the outstanding leaders of Orthodox Jewry. In addition to his academic activities, he played a major role in communal affairs, contributing extensively to the Jewish press, and figuring prominently at Agudat Israel conferences.

He wrote Ikvata di-Meshiha, 1942, and published the responsa of Solomon b. Abraham Adret (the Rashba) with annotations (1936). His talmudic novellae appeared in the rabbinic journal Sha'arei Ziyyon (1929–34) and in other publications. At the outbreak of World War II he fled to Vilna and in June 1941, while on a visit to Kovno, was arrested by the Nazis together with 12 other rabbis and sent to his death. On their last journey R. Elhanan encouraged his fellow victims to walk proudly and with head erect. "The fire which will consume our bodies will be the fire through which the people of Israel will arise to a new life, " he assured them.

Printed, in Yiddish, as a fundraiser for the Yeshiva.


Hebrew Description

ש בעלייכטונג פון יעצטיגען אידישען מצב על פי דעת תורה


Reference Description

EJ; Ha-Makhon le-Heker Be'ayot ha-Yahadut ha-Haredit (ed.), Elleh Ezkerah, 1 (1956), 82–91; Y. D. Kamson (ed.), Yahadut Lita, 1 (1960), 223, 233;