Ir Binyamin, R. Benjamin Ze'ev Wolf, Frankfort on the Oder 1698 (48790)

עיר בנימין - Only Edition

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Lot Number: 48790
Title (English): Ir Binyamin
Title (Hebrew): עיר בנימין
Note: Only Edition
Author: Benjamin Zeev Wolf ben Samuel Romaner
City: Frankfort on the Oder
Publisher: Michel Gutshulk
Publication Date: 1698
Estimated Price: $600.00 USD - $1,000.00 USD
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Physical Description:

Only edition. [2], 51, 53-60 ff., 315:195 mm., wide margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound in later boards, rubbed.


Detailed Description:   

On Talmudic aggadot in the Bin Yaakav by R. Benjamin Zeev Wolf ben Samuel Romaner (d. c. 1718). Romaner, rabbi and darshan, served as av bet din, first in Semigrod and afterwards, from 1704, in Dessau. In his old age Romaner resided in Metz. The title page of Ir Binyamin, his only published title, has an ornate frame, and states that it is Ir Binyamin

Of which he built the walls of the city, its towers and pillars, that he made for a house Beit Yisrael (Bin Yaakov), part two. Objects and answers, asks and answers; and from what he "taught and left over" is a "wanting that cannot be numbered" (d. Ecclesiastes 1: 15). For "under biblical law money acquires" (Babylonian Talmud var. cit.), and that which is before is seen and looked upon, and this will come and instruct on it, so that all will say on it, that it is a "sprinkler the son of a sprinkler" (Berakhot 28a) "expounds like a jewel" (Sotah 15a), "any palate that tastes it says, [give] me" (Ketubbot 111b), "and its taste was like wafers made with honey" (Exodus 16:31), "and his scent is unchanged" (Jeremiah 48:11) ....

The book was completed on Friday, 9 Nisan, "and of Benjamin he said, 'The beloved of the Lord shall live in safety by him לבנימין אמר ידיד י' ישכן לבטח (458 = March 21,1698)'" (Deuteronomy 33:12).

The title page is followed by approbations from nine rabbis. Next is the author's introduction, in which he informs that he begins with aggadah to make known the value of learning and discoursing on it. He references the Jerusalem Talmud several times, and remarks that he was unable to fulfill his intention of printing on all of Helek. Sheni, in the places left him by R. Josiah ben Joseph Pinto (1565-1648) in his Me'or Binayim, and that even in this he was concise where he should have been lengthy, and even in quoting the Talmud he was brief, relying on the knowledge of the reader. What Romaner is referring to by Helek Sheni is the publication of the Bin Yaakav in two parts, the first as Bin YisraeZ, the second as Beit Yisrael. Part one of Pinto's commentary, on Bin YisraeZ, had been published earlier (Amsterdam, 1643), the second part was issued in Mantua, (1743) so that Romaner wrote on part two only, that is, Beit Yisrael.

The text is in two columns in rabbinic type with marginal references. It encompasses tractates Yevamat, Ketubbat, Gittin, Satah, Kiddushin, Bava Kamma, Bava Mezia, and Bava Batra. The volume concludes with an index. In the colophon he dates completion of the work to 9 Nisan, first of the months, "On the ninth day, the prince of the sons of Benjamin" (Numbers r61) offered on the completion m'::l:l (458 = 1698) of the Tabernacle; I came into the sanctuary 'lI.I'P~ l'\:ll'\ (458 = 1698).

This is the only edition of Ir Binyamin. Romaner also wrote Ir Binyamin Sheni (Feurth, 1722) on the aggadot in the Jerusalem Talmud, Orders Zera'im and Ma'ed.


Hebrew Description:

עיר בנימין - אשר ... עשה לבית בית ישראל [עין יעקב] חלק השני. [סדר נשים, פרט למסכת נדרים, בבא קמא, בבא מציעא ובבא בתרא] מותיב ומפרק רמי ומשני ... ה"ה ... ר' בנימן זאב וואלף נר"ו אב"ד ... זמיגראד ... בהרב ... שמואל דרשן זצ"ל ... חתן ... ר' אברהם סג"ל זצ"ל. חתן ... ר' יושיע [ב"ר יוסף] זצ"ל אב"ד ור"מ דק"ק קראקא ...

ביאור על אגדות חז"ל בספר "עין יעקב". מהקדמת המחבר: "לא נתקיימה מחשבתי להביא לבית הדפוס על כל חלק השני מה שהניח לי מקום ... ר' יאשיהו פינטו ז"ל, שלא חיבר רק על חלק הראשון [מאור עינים, אמשטרדם ת"ג] ... ואף בחיבורי זה קיצרתי במקום שהיה לי להאריך ואף בלשון הגמרא שהבאתי קיצרתי וסמכתי על היודע".

הסכמות: ר' נפתלי ב"ר יצחק כץ, פוזנן, כא תשרי תנ"ה; ר' דוד ב"ר אברהם אופנהיים, ניקלשפורג, ד שבט תנ"ח; ר' יוסף סג"ל מלבוב אב"ד פרעמשלא, יערסליב, יז תשרי תנ"ה; ר' שמואל, שידלוב, כז שבט תנ"ז; ר' שמואל ב"ר אברהם סג"ל מקראקא, מעזריטש, איסרו חג של סוכות תנ"ח; רבני וואלין בוועד קודש בק"ק טירהאוויץ: ר' יעקב ב"ר יצחק מקרעמניץ, ר' יואל ב"ר יצחק אייזיק היילפרן מאוסטר' ור' נפתלי הירץ ב"ר ישראל אשכנזי מקאוולי, תנ"ג; ר' שמעי' ב"ר אברהם יששכר בער, ברלין, טו אלול תנ"ז; ר' יהודא ליב ב"ר משה, גלוגא רבתי, כו תמוז תנ"ז.



The 17th Century Hebrew Book, Marvin Heller, v.2. pp. 1342-43; Bibliography of the Hebrew Book 1470-1960 #000113439; Steinschneider, Cat. Bodl. col. 793; Azulai, Shem ha-Gedolim, s.v.; Michael, Or ha-Hayyim, No. 278; Benjacob, Ozar ha-Sefarim, p. 440, Nos. 346-347; JE