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Ma'yan ha-Hokhmah, R. Noah Hayyim Zevi Berlin, Roedelheim 1804

מעין החכמה - First Edition

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  • Lot Number 54279
  • Title (English) Ma'yan ha-Hokhmah
  • Title (Hebrew) מעין החכמה
  • Note First Edition
  • Author R. Noah Hayyim Zevi Berlin
  • City Roedelheim
  • Publisher Wolf Heidenheim
  • Publication Date 1804
  • Estimated Price - Low 300
  • Estimated Price - High 600

  • Item # 2574509
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Physical Description

First edition. [4], 142 ff., quarto, 248:200 mm., usual light age and damp staining, wide margins, ex-liv stamps. A very good copy bound in contemporary full leather over boards, rubbed.


Detail Description

The 613 precepts in prose with a commentary. This work, unfinished by the Author, was completed by his brother R. Aryeh Loeb Berlin.

R. Noah Hayyim Zevi Berlin (1734–1802), was born in Fuerth and was the son of Abraham Meir Berlin, the communal leader of Franconia. He became a dayyan at Fuerth in 1764 and later served as rabbi in Bayersdorf and Bayreuth. In 1783 Berlin was appointed rabbi of Mainz and the surrounding district. His appointment was ratified by the prince elector. He established a yeshivah at Mainz, and lived there until 1799 when he succeeded R. Raphael ha-Kohen as the rabbi of the united communities of Altona, Hamburg, and Wandsbeck. R. Berlin showed skill and tact in uniting the various elements in these communities. Wolf Heidenheim was his most outstanding pupil. R. Berlin wrote Azei Almuggim (1779), a commentary on the hand-washing ritual, eruvei hazerot, and marriages forbidden by rabbinical enactment; Azei Arazim (1790), a commentary on the Shulhan Arukh, Even ha-Ezer. Two further works, Azei Besamim and Azei Levonah, remained unpublished. He wrote glosses to the tractates of Berakhot (1829), Shabbat (1832), and Shevuot. The last was published in the Vilna edition of the Talmud. There is a rational basis to his explanation of the halacha, and he makes use of the Jerusalem Talmud.


Hebrew Description

נקוו אליו שש מאות ושלש עשרה מצות ... עם פירושיהם ושיעוריהם ודקדוקיהם, הכל בכתב ובשירים, מיד ... ר' נח חיים צבי זצלה"ה אב"ד ... אה"ו ... הוגה ... ע"י צעיר תלמידיו וואלף ב"ר שמשון ז"ל איש היידנהיים ...

ההסכמות ניתנו לאח המחבר, ר' ארי' ליב בערלין, אב"ד קאסל, המוציא לאור. תרי"ג מצוות ערוכות בחרוזים עם פירוש סביבן. הסכמות: ר' צבי הירש מזאמשט [באשקא], אלטונא, ח מרחשון תקס"ד; ר' משלם זלמן הכהן, פיורד, ז אב תקס"ג.



CD-EPI 0114699; EJ; BE 2802