Torat Hayyim, Part I, R. Shneur Zalman of Liady, Warsaw 1866 (50262)

תורת חיים חלק א - Habad

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Lot Number: 50262
Title (English): Torat Hayyim, Part I
Title (Hebrew): תורת חיים חלק א
Note: First Edition - Habad
Author: R. Shneur Zalman of Liady
City: Warsaw
Publisher: Nathan Schriftgisser
Publication Date: 1866
Estimated Price: $200.00 USD - $500.00 USD
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Physical Description

Second edition. [2], 141 ff., quarto, 287:230 mm., extra wide margins, light age and damp staining. A very good copy bound in contemporary boards, rubbed and split.

 

Detail Description

Hasidic commentary on Genesis by R. Shneur Zalman of Liady (1745–1813), the founder of Habad Hasidism. He was according to family traditions born in Liozna, Belorussia, on the 18th of Elul. After his marriage in 1760 he devoted himself to Torah study. Concluding that he knew "a little about learning, but nothing about prayer" in 1764 he decided to learn about Hasidism from R. Dov Baer the Maggid of Mezhirech, leader of the Hasidic movement. In Mezhirech he became one of the inner circle of the Maggid's pupils. Although he was one of the youngest pupils, the Maggid had a high opinion of him, and in 1770 delegated to him the task of composing a new and up-to-date Shulhan Arukh. R. Shneur Zalman worked on this book for many years, but published only small parts of it. About one-third was printed posthumously (the rest had been destroyed by fire) and is known as the "Shulhan Arukh of the Rav" (1814). Though not a hasidic work, it represents - as the Maggid had intended - a great halakhic achievement. It evidences R. Shneur Zalman's superb Hebrew style, his ability to provide lucid explanation, and profundity without complexity. It became an authoritative halakhic source among observant Jews.

 

Hebrew Description

עתה פעם שני' לביה"ד ע"פ פקודת... מוה' מנחם נחום [שניאורי] נ"י בן... מרנא דובער ... חלק א-ב.

חלק א: (בראשית - חיי שרה). [2], קמא דף. חלק א: שני שערים. הראשון מקוצר, ובו נדפסו שם הספר ומקום הדפוס בדיו אדומה. חלק א:על-פי קאפוסט תקפ"ו, הטופס הבלתי מצונזר, בתוספת הקדמת ר' מנחם נחום, מעבר לשער השני. חלק ב: (תולדות - ויחי) אשר עד הנה הי' בכתובים. [1], קח דף. חלק ב: מעבר לשער: יען כי הכתבי[ם] נדפסו מהעתקות שונות... יתכן שימצא באיזהו מקומות שהלשון צריך תיקון מעט... ע"כ בהרבה מקומות... הקפתי אותם בחצאי לבנה מרובעים.

 

Reference

Bibliography of the Hebrew Book 1470-1960 #000181084; EJ; Haberman, Sharei Habad p. 361, #291