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Rosh Yosef, R. Joseph ben Meir Teomim, Frankfort on the Oder 1794

ראש יוסף על מס' חולין - First Edition - Women

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  • Lot Number 53892
  • Title (English) Rosh Yosef
  • Title (Hebrew) ראש יוסף על מס' חולין
  • Note First Edition - Women
  • Author R. Joseph ben Meir Teomim
  • City Frankfort on the Oder
  • Publisher Daughter of Dr. Grilla
  • Publication Date 1794
  • Estimated Price - Low 300
  • Estimated Price - High 600

  • Item # 2483611
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Physical Description

First edition. [1], 150 ff., folio, 340:205 mm., light age staining, old hands on title, nice margins. A very good copy bound in recent cloth over boards, rubbed.


Detail Description 

Novellae to tractate Hullin by R. Joseph ben Meir Teomim. The text of the title page, set within a decorative frame, informs that it is R. Teomim’s novellae on the gemara, Rashi, and Tosefot, addressing all difficulties. The positions of the decisors, both early and later, are explained on each and every folio. Also, R. Teomim discusses at length related subjects. Rosh Yosef was brought to press by R. Abraham Nissim. The verso of the title page has approbations, followed by the text in two columns in rabbinic letters, excepting headers and initial words.

R. Joseph ben Meir Teomim (c. 1727–1792) was educated by his father, dayyan and darshan in Lemberg and the author of Birkat Yosef. Despite his distinction as a talmudic scholar, already evinced in his youth, R. Teomim had to resort to teaching to eke out a precarious livelihood. For some years he lived in Komarno, but then returned to Lemberg, and in 1772 moved to Berlin, where he continued his studies in the well-known bet ha-midrash of R. Daniel Jaffe. Although he became renowned for his scholarship, he evaded all who turned to him on halakhic or practical affairs, and devoted himself entirely to his studies. In 1774 he was called to succeed his father in Lemberg, and in 1781 acceded to the request of the community of Frankfort on the Oder to accept the position of rabbi, stipulating at the same time that they provide for the maintenance of 10–12 yeshivah students. It was requested that he agree to remain with them for at least six years, but in fact he remained there for the rest of his life. R. Teomim's fame rests upon his classic commentary to the Shulhan Arukh, the Peri Megadim, and he is referred to by that name alone. The work became a standard one in the rabbinic world, accepted by all circles of Jewry, and numerous commentaries have been written on it. Even hasidic authorities postulated that "the Heavenly bet din too" decided halakhah in accordance with R. Teomim. Among his many other works are Porat Yosef, novellae to tractates Yevamot, Ketubbot, and Bava Kamma, as well as expositions of Alfasi's code and of Maimonides' Mishneh Torah.


Hebrew Description

והוא ביאור ... על מס' חולין [פרק א-ח] על גמרא פי' רש"י ותוספות ... שיטות הפוסקים ... בכל דף ודף [עד דף קיז] ... אשר חיבר ... ר' יוסף בהרב ... ר' מאיר זצ"ל מלבוב, שהיה מגיד משרים בק"ק לעברטאב ואח"כ היה מגיד משרים ומורה צדק בק"ק  לבוב ממשפחת תואמים[!] ... הועתק זה הספר בכתב יד המחבר עצמו בק"ק קאמארנע בשנת תקכ"ו ... ועתה הובא לבית הדפוס על ידי יהודא ליב בהתורני ... ר' מודי הכהן זצ"ל.

ספירת דפים משובשת מדף צד עד דף קיט. הסכמה: ר' נפתלי הירש לבית קצנאילנבוגן, פפד"א, כט שבט תקנ"ד. מעבר לשער: התנצלות המביא לבית הדפוס. 



Bibliography of the Hebrew Book 1470-1960 #000182046; Vinograd Frankfurt on the Oder 443; StCB 6014(7) col. 1535; Cowley p. 350; EJ; JE