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Hemdah Genuzah, R. Moshe Yehudah Leib of Sasov, Vienna 1920's

חמדה גנוזה - First Edition - Hasidic

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  • Lot Number 50994
  • Title (English) Hemdah Genuzah
  • Title (Hebrew) חמדה גנוזה
  • Note First Edition - Hasidic
  • Author R. Moshe Yehudah Leib of Sasov
  • City Vienna
  • Publisher דפוס ה' וואגנער
  • Publication Date 1920's
  • Estimated Price - Low 200
  • Estimated Price - High 500

  • Item # 1815113
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Physical Description:

Only edition, 32pp., octavo, 230:152 mm., light age staining. A very good copy bound in the original paper wrappers.

Detailed Description:   

R. Moshe Yehudah Leib of Sasov (ca. 1745–1807), Hasidic master in eastern Galicia. R.  Mosheh Leib was born in Brody; his main teacher was R. Shemu’el Shmelke Horovitz, leader of a Hasidic center in Ryczywol and from 1766 head of the rabbinical court in Sieniawa. After returning from a stay with his master, he settled in Apt (Opatów) and probably led a small Hasidic community there. During the 1780s, he moved to Sasov (Yid., more properly Sasev).

Short teachings by R. Moshe Yehudah Leib were first published in the book Likute Ramal (1856). At later dates, new editions appeared under different titles and in expanded versions. In addition to being a teacher of Hasidism, Mosheh Leib was also a Torah scholar, as reflected in the book Ḥidushe ha-Ramal (1921) and in other sources.

R. Moshe Yehudah Leib was renowned for his modesty and humility, traits reflected not only in legendary traditions about him, but also in his teachings and letters. He was especially noted for his “love of Israel” (the Jewish people), which found expression in his concern for persons in distress. Many stories are told about his efforts to ransom captives and help widows, orphans, and the poor.


Hebrew Description:   

ספר חמדה גנוזה : אמרות ... / מהה"ק ... ר' משה ליב מסאסיב ...נמסרו לבית הדפוס ע"י נכדו ... מו"ה גרשון האגער ...רפתי להם ... המכתבים של הבעש"ט והחברייא קדישא שלו ... הוצאתים לאור ... יוסף חיים [ביגלאיזן] ...