She'elot u-Teshuvot Sha'agat Aryeh, R. Aryeh L Gunz, Munich 1947 (50494)

שאגת ארי' - Holocaust

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Lot Number: 50494
Title (English): She'elot u-Teshuvot Sha'agat Aryeh
Title (Hebrew): שאגת ארי'
Note: Holocaust
Author: R. Aryeh Leib Gunzberg
City: Munich
Publisher: Vaad Hatzala
Publication Date: 1947
Estimated Price: $200.00 USD - $500.00 USD
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Physical Description

First edition. [2], 90, [1] ff., quarto, 244:165mm., usual age staining. A very good copy bound in the original boards, imprinted with "Va'ad Hatzala, Germany", rubbed and split

 

Detail Description

Printed for the Holocaust refugees by the Va'ad HatzalaThe Va’ad Hazzalah, a group organized by Rabbi Eliezer Silver and the American Rabbinate to rescue survivors and provide sustenance until their resettlement. Rabbi Silver established the group when the refugee yeshiva pupils reached Vilna in 1939–40 following the Nazi invasion of Poland. During the ensuing years he applied the same body to rescuing European rabbis, scholars, and students. In 1946, Rabbi Silver visited Europe and Erez Israel as an official representative of the United States government to assist the war refugees. The [2] pp. preceding title are dedicated to Rabbi Eliezer Silver, Founder and President of the Va'ad.

Responsa by R. Aryeh Leib b. Asher Gunzberg (1695–1785), was 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 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, 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 yeshivah 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

... נדפס ע"י הועד להוצאות ספרים אצל ועד ההצלה, הרב נפתלי בארוך , הרב אביעזר בורשטין ...

והוא חלק א' מחלקי התשוב' שחברתי אני הקטן ארי' המכונה ליב באמ"ו ... מהור"ר אשר זלה"ה ממדינת ליטא ונקרא בפי כל רבי ליב ראש ישיבה ...

שאלות ותשובות בהלכות השייכות לשולחן ערוך אורח חיים.

"מתנה מאת ועד ההצלה לשארית הפליטה".
עם [הקדמת] הרב נפתלי בארוך.

 

Reference

CD-NLI 0117003; 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.