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le'Toldot Yisrael b'America, R. Benzion Eisenstadt, New York 1917

לתולדות ישראל באמריקה - Only Edition

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  • Lot Number 51346
  • Title (English) le'Toldot Yisrael b'America
  • Title (Hebrew) לתולדות ישראל באמריקה
  • Note Only Edition
  • Author R. Benzion Eisenstadt
  • City New York
  • Publisher דפוס א. ח. ראזענבערג
  • Publication Date 1917
  • Estimated Price - Low 200
  • Estimated Price - High 500

  • Item # 1923050
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Physical Description

Only edition, [7] pp., 58 col., [3] pp, octavo, 212:146 mm., wide margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound in contemporary boards.


Detail Description

R. Benzion ben Moshe Eisenstadt. R. Eisenstadt was born in Kletzk, Belorussia on March 13, 1873. After studying at the local yeshiva under the guidance of R. Yoseph Nachman Feder, R. Eisenstadt traveled to Nishvitz to continue his Talmud study under the esteemed R. Yoseph Grodzinski. At Nishvitz, R. Eisenstadt became close to R. Joshua Rabinowitz, the communal Rabbi, whom he helped with the publication of a commentary on Maimonides. Moving to Derezhin and later to Karelitz, R. Eisenstadt began what would become a long and successful career as an author of homiletics and Jewish story, in particular biographies of eminent rabbinic figures.

At the age of 18, R. Eisenstadt published several short essays in various European Torah journals, notably Ha Melitz and Ha-Tzefira, and started collecting material for what later became a multivolume bibliographic work, Dor Rabonav v'Sofrav.

IN 1903, R. Eisenstadt immigrated to America. Settlilng in Brooklyn, where he remained for the duration of his life, R. Eisenstadt earned his livelihood as a pulpit rabbi while continuing to write articles on matters of Jewish laww, rabbinic commentary and biographies of rabbis. In 1903, R. Eisenstadt became the spiritual leader of a small group of former Kletzk residents, but a few years later he came the pulpit rabbi of a larger Brooklyn congregation, Tiferet Zion.He subsequently moved to another congregation, Kol Israel, where he remained for a few years until he accepted an appointment to become the rabbi at Chevra Tehillim Kiever Homler Congregation in Brooklyn.

An ardent supporter of Zionism, R. Eisenstadt was a member of Mizrachi and worked for the benefit of several charities in Palestine.

In order to devote his efforts to research and writing, R. Eisenstadt retired early from the rabbinate in 1936. For the next 15 year, he distinguished himself as a prolific scholar whose interests focused largely on life stories of former and contemporary rabbis. His Chachmei Yisrael b'America remains a useful source for rabbinic biographies. In addition, R. Eisenstadt contributed articles to several journals in matters of homiletics and Talmud commentary.

On August 31, 1951, R. Eisenstadt died in Brooklyn at the age of 78, survived by his widow and four children.


Hebrew Description

יאצור שמותיהם ותולדותיהם של רבנים, ראשי ישיבה, חכמים ומחברים, דרשנים ומטיפים, סופרים ונדיבים ואנשי מעשה, אשר בארצות הברית באמריקה ... ערוך ויוצא לאור על ידי ... בן-ציון בהר"ר משה ז"ל אייזענשטאדט ... ספר ראשון.



Orthodox Judaism in America: A Biographical Dictionary and Sourcebook By Moshe D. Sherman pages 56-57; Bibliography of the Hebrew Book 1470-1960 # 000109356