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Tractate Bikkurim of the Jerusalem Talmud, R. Abraham E Alperstein, Chicago 1890

מסכת בכורים מן תלמוד ירושלמי - Unrecorded dedication page

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  • Lot Number 51062
  • Title (English) Tractate Bikkurim of the Jerusalem Talmud
  • Title (Hebrew) מסכת בכורים מן תלמוד ירושלמי
  • Note First revised and expanded edition - Unrecorded dedication page
  • Author R. Abraham Eliezer Alperstein
  • City Chicago
  • Publisher Rosenberg Bros.
  • Publication Date 1890
  • Estimated Price - Low 200
  • Estimated Price - High 500

  • Item # 1820086
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Physical Description

Second edition (first revised and expanded edition). [3], 6, 48, [1] ff., folio, 320:225 mm., usual light age staining, wide margins. A very good copy not bound.

The introduction, added here, contains a harsh denouncement of his congregation which he exalted in the first edition.


Detail Description

Commentary to Tractate Bikkurim of the Jerusalem Talmud by R. Avraham Eliezer b. Yeshaya Alperstein (1853-1917), rabbi and talmudic scholar. Born in Kobrin, Grodno Province, R. Alperstein studied under the direction of R. Joseph Dov Halevi Soloveitchik and R. Jacob David Willowski, who later became R. Alperstein's colleague in Chicago. He then studied at yeshivot in Kovno and Vilna and was granted rabbinical ordination from R. Mordecai Meltzer, communal rabbi in Lida, and R. Aryeh Leib Yellin of Bilsk, and then briefly served as rabbi of the Kaminetzer synagogue in Vilna before becoming the communal rabbi in nearby Novograd. A few years later, he accepted a position as rabbi of the Zevah Zedek synagogue in the vibrant Jewish community of Slobodka near Kovno.

R. Alperstein came to New York in 1881 together with the first wave of immigrants. He served as rabbi of Congregation Adath Jeshurun in New York. Three years later he moved to Chicago, where he remained for 15 years, serving in several synagogues, Congregation Oheb Shalom Bnai Marienpol, Anshei Kovno, and the Suwalker shul. While in Chicago, R. Alperstein published his only book, a commentary on the Jerusalem Talmud, Tractate Bikkurim. After spending two years in St. Paul, Minnesota, R. Alperstein returned to New York in 1901 to become rabbi of the Yagustava shul on Rutgers Street, which enabled him to work together with Rs. Moses Matlin and Judah David Bernstein on the yeshiva named for Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Spektor of Kovno. R. Alperstein campaigned throughout the shteiblach of the Lower East Side, appealing for funds on behalf of RIETS, which began to grow and prosper. He arranged for the school to transfer its program to the Yagustava shul, where he served as rabbi and taught Talmud. By 1905, the year he became rabbi at Congregation Mishkan Israel, approximately 100 students were engaged in Torah study at RIETS. R. Alperstein was also active on behalf of the newly formed Agudat Harabbonim, the Orthodox rabbinical association.

Following his death, his wife founded in his memory the Beth Abraham Home for the Incurably Sick in the Bronx, which at present is the Beth Abraham Hospital, part of the Montefiore-Einstein complex.


Hebrew Description

עם פירוש ספר הראל, המתפרד לשלשה פירושים. הראשון בכורי ענבים... השני פרי הלולים ... השלישי יעלת חן ... ונלוה פרי גנוסר ... [מאת] אברהם אליעזר אלפערשטיין.

גוף הספר (מח דף) הוא ד"ס של הוצאת שיקאגא תרמ"ז (נעשו שינויים בטכסט, כגון בדף כג, א ובדף לד,א). נדפסו מחדש 2 הדפים הראשונים (השער וההסכמות). ו דף: הקדמת המחבר, בשם "פרי גנוסר". התחלת ההקדמה ובסופה הם ד"ס מהוצאת תרמ"ז. [1] דף בסוף הספר: "לוח התיקון". נוספו בו תיקונים רבים. מקצת הטעויות שבלוח הטעויות של הוצאת תרמ"ז תוקנו בגוף הספר.

הסכמות: ר' יוסף דובער הלוי [סולובייצ'יק], בריסק, ראש חדש תמוז תר"ן;

ר' יעקב יאסעף, ניו יארק, ב צו תרמ"ט.



Bibliography of the Hebrew Book 1470-1960 #000308266; Singerman 3502; Mishkin, Chicago Imprints 8; HPA 569; EJ; B.Z. Eisenstadt, Chachmei Yisrael b'America (1903), 14; idem, Anshei ha-Shem be-Arzot ha-Berit (1933), 41.