Nifla'ot Ba'al Shem Tov, Piotrkow 1925
נפלאות בעל שם טוב : און זיינע תלמידים ... - First Yiddish Edition - Hasidic
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- Lot Number 51434
- Title (English) Nifla'ot Ba'al Shem Tov
- Title (Hebrew) נפלאות בעל שם טוב : און זיינע תלמידים ...
- Note First Yiddish Edition - Hasidic
- City Piotrkow
- Publisher ליבעסקינד
- Publication Date 1925
- Estimated Price - Low 200
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- Item # 1939609
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Physical DescriptionFirst Yiddish edition,  pp., quarto, 220:145 mm., light age staining, wide margins. A very good copy bound in modern cloth over boards..
Wonderful stories in Yiddish of the Best and his disciples. Apparently culled from the more widely distributed work Shivhei ha-Besht, compiled by Dov Baer b. Samuel of Linits, the son-in-law of Alexander Shohat, who served for several years as Besht's scribe. The collection was copied many times and hence was full of errors. Only after the compiler's death was it printed as Shivhei ha-Besht by the publisher Israel Jaffe, a disciple of R. Menahem Mendel of Vitebsk and R. Shneur Zalman of Lyady. Jaffe proofread the anthology, removing distortions which in his opinion resulted from copying. He rewrote the first chapter on R. Israel's birth, youth, and revelation according to the tradition given by Shneur Zalman. Thus Jaffe must be viewed as the second author and editor of the anthology, and his edition, printed in Kopys (Kapust) in 1814, has been accepted as the basic one; all other editions are based on it, with only slight changes. In that year the second book was printed in Berdichev and the third in Laszczow. Similarly, two editions appeared in Yiddish (Ostraha (Ostrog) and Laszcow) which differ greatly from the Hebrew edition. Shivhei ha-Besht appeared in many versions, in Hebrew, Yiddish, and Ladino. But even Hasidim had reservations about the work, especially the strange and unreliable stories which aroused the criticism and scorn of the Mitnaggedim and maskilim, who used it as a weapon in their war against Hasidim. It contains some 230 stories, arranged in series united by common themes, heroes, and motifs. Despite its imaginary-legendary character, historical events are recalled along with undoubtedly reliable traditions. Many of the historical events recalled are confirmed in non-hasidic sources.