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Hafez Hayyimת R. Israel Meir Ha-Kohen, Warsaw 1930's

חפץ חיים, שמירת הלשון, אהבת חסד, שם עולם

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  • Lot Number 51206
  • Title (English) Hafez Hayyim
  • Title (Hebrew) חפץ חיים, שמירת הלשון, אהבת חסד, שם עולם
  • Note Women
  • City Warsaw
  • Publisher Wiedza
  • Publication Date 1930's
  • Estimated Price - Low 200
  • Estimated Price - High 500

  • Item # 1894213
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Physical Description

156; 88; 38; 28; 3-10 pp., 224:178 mm., usual age staining. A very good copy bound in contemporary boards, rubbed and taped.


Detail Description

Modern classic on the laws of permitted and prohibited speech by the acclaimed sage and zaddik R. Israel Meir Ha-Kohen (Hafez Hayyim). Hafez Hayyim, published anonymously when the author was only thirty five, is designed to teach the laws of lashon hara (forbidden speech). The title page begins with the verse, “’Who is the man who desires life (hafez hayyim)’ etc. ‘Keep your tongue from evil’” (Psalms 34 121, 14). It informs that the book is on the prohibition of slander and tale bearing and explains both the general concepts and all the details of the laws on the subject. There are approbations and an introduction followed by the text which is comprised of Mekor Hayyim and and detailed glosses Ba’er Mayyim Hayyim.

R. Israel Meir Ha-Kohen (Hafez Hayyim, 1838–1933) is one of the most saintly figures in modern Judaism. Of humble origin, he was taught until the age of ten by his parents and then went to Vilna where he continued his studies. His surname Poupko is hardly known to even those who revere him; he is always referred to as Hafez Hayyim after the Sefer Hafez Hayyim, his first book. Hafez Hayyim’s personality, piety, humility of conduct, integrity of thought and action, together with his books, exercised a tremendous influence on religious leaders, and fascinated the general Jewish public, to whom he became a much beloved leader and moral guide. Hundreds of sayings full of practical wisdom are attributed to him, and hundreds of stories both factual and legendary, all rich in morals, are reported about his life.


Hebrew Description

ל הלכות איסורי לשה"ר [לשון הרע] ורכילות ואבק שלהן... על פי הלכה היוצאת מן התלמוד והפוסקים... הפנים יקרא בשם מקור החיים ... בו יבואר עקרי ההלכה בקיצור. ובאור סביב לו... בשם באר מים חיים לבאר בו טעמי ההלכות וחלוקיהן באריכות וגם יגלה... מקור שרשו מן הש"ס והפוסקים. ונחלק לשני חלקים, א. הלכות איסורי לשה"ר, ב. הלכות איסורי רכילות, [מאת ר' ישראל מאיר הכהן]... שנת מ'י' ה'א'י'ש' ה'ח'פ'ץ' ח'י'י'ם' א'ו'ה'ב' ימים לראות טו'ב

... (עשיתי ישראל מאיר ב"ר ארי' זאב הכהן)... והוא השלמת הספר חפץ חיים...

מעבר לשער שמות המול"ים:

Rabin I. M. Kagan, Rabin G. Ginsburg, Radun

בשער פרט של תרמ"ד. ד"ס של הוצאה זו.



BE Het 1085; EJ; Bibliography of the Hebrew Book 1470-1960  #000140558