Gevurot Ari, R. Aryeh Leib ben Asher Gunzberg, Vilna 1862 (49764)

גבורות ארי - First Edition - The Baron Rothschild Copy

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Lot Number: 49764
Title (English): Gevurot Ari
Title (Hebrew): גבורות ארי
Note: First Edition - The Baron Rothschild Copy
Author: R. Aryeh Leib ben Asher Gunzberg
City: Vilna
Publisher: Joseph Reuben Mann
Publication Date: 1862
Estimated Price: $500.00 USD - $1,000.00 USD
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Physical Description

First edition. [7], [4 pp. blue paper], 56 ff. folio 300:195 mm., wide margins, light age and damp staining, gild edges. A very good copy bound in contemporary linen over boards, spine color faded..

The Baron Rothschild Copy - rebound with presentation inscription on blue paper.


Detailed Description   

First edition of these novellae on tractate Ta’anit by the acclaimed R. Aryeh Leib ben Asher Gunzberg, best known for his Sha'agat Aryeh. Gevurot Ari has an unusually large number of approbations, reflecting the high regard in which the author was held by his contemporaries.The text of the novellae are in two columns in rabbinic letters.

R. Aryeh Leib ben Asher Gunzberg (1695–1785) was a Talmudist born in Lithuani. He 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 yeshivah, 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 yeshivah in Minsk, led to much friction between both the teachers and students, Heilprin being opposed to the pilpulistic method used by Aryeh Leib to stimulate the minds of his students. In the introduction to his famous volume of responsa, Sha'agat Aryeh, however, 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. Ḥayyim Volozhiner and his brother R. Simhah. Here he prepared his halakhic work, Sha'agat Aryeh (Frankfurt 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 yeshivah there. He remained in Metz until his death. Besides his Sha'agat Aryeh, Aryeh Leib published in his lifetime Turei Even, novellae on the tractates Rosh Ha-Shanah, Ḥagigah, and Megillah (Metz, 1781). His posthumously published works are She'elot u-Teshuvot Sha'agat Aryeh ha-Ḥadashot (1874); Gevurot Ari, novellae on Ta'anit (1862); and Gevurot Ari, on Yoma and Makkot (1907).


Hebrew Description  

על מסכת תענית מאת ... רבינו אריה ליב נשמתו עדן, האב"ד דק"ק מיץ ...

הסכמות: ר' אשר בן המחבר (על-ידי בנו ר' אריה ליב), קארלסרוא, צום הרביעי [יז תמוז] תקצ"ו; ר' אליה ב"ר אפרים ווילשטעטר, קארלסרוא, ב וישלח תקצ"ט; ר' גדליה ב"ר יעקב רוטנבורג, באדינג-היים, כה מרחשוון תקצ"ט; ר' אליה הירש ב"ר משה פרעגר, ברוכזאל, ג כסליו תקצ"ט; ר' עקיבא ב"ר משה גינז (איגר), פוזנן; ר' משה סופר, פרעשבורג, יב כסליו תקצ"ט; ר' יחזקאל ב"ר יצחק אייזיק לנדא, ווילנא, ט [מר]חשוון ת"ר; ר' ישכר בער ב"ר תנחום, ווילנא, ה מרחשוון ת"ר; ר' יעקב ב"ר אהרן, קארלין, טו אלול תקצ"ט; ר' יעקב מאיר פאדאווא, בריסק, יח כסליו ת"ר; ר' חיים דווידזאהן, ווארשא, יט מרחשוון ת"ר; ר' יוסף ב"ר מאיר [פיימער], סלוצק כז אלול תקצ"ט; ר' יצחק ב"ר ח[יים], וואלאזין, מוצאי-שבת וירא [ת"ר]; ר' דוב בערוש אשכנזי, סלאנימא, ה כסליו ת"ר; ר' צבי הירש ברודא, סלאנט, כב אלול תקצ"ט; ר' בנימין [דיסקין] הוראדנא, כד אלול תקצ"ט; ר' אליה ב"ר יעקב [ראגולער], סלאבאדקי - קאוונא, יג מנחם-אב תקצ"ז; ר' יהודה בכרך, סייני, כב מרחשון ת"ר; ר' מרדכי זאב סג"ל איטינגא ור' יוסף שאול הלוי נאטענזאהן , לעמבערג, כח מנחם-אב תקצ"ח; ר' אלכסנדר זיסקינד ב"ר גרשון [הרכבי], נאווארעדאק, טו כסליו ת"ר; ר' יעקב יוקב עטלינגר, אלטונא, ג אדר-ב תרכ"ב; ר' יעקב צבי מעקלענבורג, קאניגסבערג, כ בעומר [ה אייר] תרכ"ב.