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Torat Hayyim, R. Shneur Zalman of Liady, Shanghai 1947

תורת חיים - Habad - Holocaust

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  • Lot Number 51167
  • Title (English) Torat Hayyim
  • Title (Hebrew) תורת חיים
  • Note Habad - Holocaust
  • Author R. Shneur Zalman of Liady
  • City Shanghai
  • Publisher אוצר החסידים
  • Publication Date 1947
  • Estimated Price - Low 300
  • Estimated Price - High 600

  • Item # 1885909
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Physical Description:

First edition. [2], 1339 pp., quarto, 255:183 mm., wide margins, light age staining, ex-libris markings. A very good copy bound in the original cloth over boards.


Detailed Description:   

Hasidic commentary to Exodus by R. Shneur Zalman of Liady (1745–1813), the founder of Habad Hasidism as edited and expounded by his son, R. Dover. 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.

The main period of Hebrew printing in Shanghai was during World War II and immediately after (1940–46), when remnants of Lithuanian yeshivot (Mir, Slobodka), as well as Lubavitch Hasidim, found refuge in Shanghai and printed – mostly photo-statically – rabbinic, ethical, and hasidic works in limited editions for their own use. 80 items are enumerated by Z. Harkavy (in Ha-Sefer, no. 9, 1961, 52–3; Hashlamot le-Mafte'ah ha-Maftehot (by S. Shunami, 1966), 3–4), several more have come to light since. Hebrew newspapers were printed in Shanghai as early as 1904.


Hebrew Description:

... על ספר שמות... יוצא לאור ע"י מערכת "אוצר החסידים".

( אוצר החסידים ליובאוויטש, קובץ שלשלת האור, היכל ד, שער ב )

מעבר לשער, בדברי ההקדמה של ר’ מנחם מנדל שניאורסאהן: "הוצאה זו היא פוטוגראפיא מכי"ק המעתיק ר’ שמואל סופר".



Bibliography of the Hebrew Book 1470-1960  # 000181085 ; EJ