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She'elot u-Teshuvot Sha'agat Aryeh, Slavuta [i.e. Jozefow], 1855

שאגת ארי' - Hasidic

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  • Lot Number 54236
  • Title (English) She'elot u-Teshuvot Sha'agat Aryeh
  • Title (Hebrew) שאגת ארי'
  • Note Hasidic Printers
  • Author R. Aryeh Leib Gunzberg
  • City Slavuta [i.e. Jozefow]
  • Publisher דוד סעדי' ישעי' וואקס
  • Publication Date 1855
  • Estimated Price - Low 200
  • Estimated Price - High 500

  • Item # 2562733
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Physical Description:

[2], 26, 26-30, 33-57 [i.e. 77]; 7 ff., folio, 395:222 mm., light age and damp staining, wide margins, ex-lib markings. A good copy bound in contemporary boards, rubbed and torn..

Place of press in large letters Slavuta, in fact it was printed in Jozefow with the letters of the Slavuta press. The Shapiras were involed with the press for a short while.


Detailed Description:   

Responsa by R. Aryeh Leib b. Asher Gunzberg (1695–1785), born in Lithuania. R. Aryeh became assistant to his father on his appointment about 1720 as rabbi of the upper district in Minsk, comprising at the time 40 small communities. In 1733 he founded a yeshiva, which soon attracted students from Belorussia and Lithuania. Differences over methods of instruction between R. Aryeh Leib and R. Jehiel Heilprin, author of Seder ha-Dorot and head of another yeshiva in Minsk, led to much friction between both the teachers and students, R. Heilprin being opposed to the pilpulistic method used by R. Aryeh Leib to stimulate the minds of his students. In the introduction to his famous volume of responsa, Sha'agat Aryeh, however, R. Aryeh Leib himself is critical of the role of pilpul in establishing the "truth of the Torah." Finally compelled in 1742 to leave Minsk, he settled in one of the nearby towns where he continued to help his aged father. In 1750 he was appointed rabbi in Volozhin, where among some of his notable disciples were R. Hayyim Volozhiner and his brother R. Simhah. Here he prepared his halakhic work, Sha'agat Aryeh (Frankfort on the Oder, 1755). He lived in poverty, became involved in disputes with the community leaders, and at the age of 69 wandered from city to city. He reached Germany and eventually accepted the position of av bet din in Metz (1765), becoming also head of a large yeshiva there. It is related, that the Metz community was afraid to hire R. Aryeh Leib as he was over 70 years of age, he assured them he would be there at least until his Bar-Mitzvah, age 83. He remained in Metz until his death at age 90. Besides his Sha'agat Aryeh, R. Aryeh Leib published in his lifetime Turei Even, novellae on the tractates Rosh Ha-Shanah, Hagigah, and Megillah (Metz, 1781). His posthumously published works are: She'elot u-Teshuvot Sha'agat Aryeh ha-Hadashot (1874); Gevurot Ari, novellae on Ta'anit (1862); and Gevurot Ari, on Yoma and Makkot (1907).


Hebrew Description:

בדפוס ובתבנית אותיות אשר היו מלפנים בסלאוויטא.

ספירת-הדפים משובשת. "בסלאוויטא" בהבלטה. נדפס לפי הוצאת סלאוויטא תקצ"ב, עם ההסכמות שנדפסו שם. נשמטה הקדמת המגיה והמביא לבית הדפוס. ראינו טופס שהוא הדפסה שונה של כל הספר, מן הדף הראשון עד האחרון. בטופס זה לא נמצא דף [2] שבו ההסכמות והקדמת המחבר, ואולי לא נדפס. ההבדל הבולט בין הדפסה זו להדפסה הרגילה הוא ספירת הדפים. ספירת-הדפים בטופס זה: [1], מג, סד-סה, מו-נז [צ"ל: עז] דף. ספירת-הדפים משובשת. נדפס דף-על-דף כמו ההדפסה הרגילה. בשתי ההוצאות הדף האחרון מסומן בטעות: נז. בטפסים הרגילים הדף הראשון של "קונטרס אחרון" מסומן: סח. בהדפסה השונה הדף מסומן: ע. ההדפסה השונה גרועה ויתכן שנדפסה במקום אחר, והעתיקו מהוצאת יוזעפאף את הדפוסת ורשיון הצנזורה. בחלק מן הטפסים באו בסוף הספר שבעה דפים: "הוספה לספר שאגת אריה. והמה שתי תשובות ... שכבר נדפסו, האחת בס' שו"ת בית אפרים [מאת ר' אפרים זלמן מרגליות, לעמבערג תקע"ח, חלק אבן העזר, סימן מב] והשני בס' אור הישר [מאת ר' אהרן שמעון ב"ר יעקב אברהם מקופנהאגן, אמשטרדם תקכ"ט, דף מא,ב-מט,ב] ... והיה כל החפץ יחברם יחד אל ס' שאגת ארי' והיה כל תשובות הגאון הנ"ל שבאו עד כה בדפוס בחוברת אחת לאחדים בידו". נראה שהוספה זו נדפסה בקניגסברג. ספק אם ההוספה נדפסה עבור הוצאת יוזעפאף דווקא.



CD-NLI 0116996; EJ; B. Z. Eisenstadt, Rabbanei Minsk ve-Hakhameha (1898), 15ff.; D. Maggid, Sefer Toledot Mishpehot Ginzburg (1899), 35–52; S. J. Fuenn, Kiryah Ne'emanah (1915), 163.