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Berith Avraham, R. Zevi Benjamin Auerbach, Frankfort am Main 1860

ברית אברהם - First Edition - Circumcision

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  • Lot Number 52408
  • Title (English) Berith Avraham
  • Title (Hebrew) ברית אברהם
  • Note First Edition - Circumcision
  • Author R. Zevi Benjamin Auerbach
  • City Frankfort am Main
  • Publisher Kaufmann
  • Publication Date 1860
  • Estimated Price - Low 200
  • Estimated Price - High 500

  • Item # 2175699
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Physical Description

First edition. VI, 140, [2] pp. quarto 200:126 mm., wide margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound in contemporary marbled paper over boards, rubbed.


Detail Description

First edition of this thorough bi-lingual work on bris milah (circumcision) by R. Zevi Benjamin Auerbach. The title-page informs that Berith Avraham encompasses not only  bris milah but also related liturgy, piyyutim, and interpretations in Ashkenaz (German), and Hebrew explanations according to the Talmud, halakhic authorities, and midrashim. The book is in two separate Hebrew and German parts, the former being preceded by a dedication Abraham Auerbach and then a German Forwort.

R. Zevi Benjamin Auerbach was an educator and philanthropist; born in Inowrazlaw, in the province of Posen, Prussia, Aug. 14, 1793; died at Berlin, Jan. 22, 1864. He was the founder and life-long director of the Jewish Orphan Asylum, Berlin. Being the son of a poor rabbi, the days of his boyhood were spent in the study of the Talmud and other Jewish literature. In 1817 he went to Berlin, following his elder brother, Dr. I. L. Auerbach, who at that time enjoyed some reputation in the Jewish community as a minister and preacher. After pursuing his studies at the university, where he paid special attention to the classical languages, he became, in 1829, principal of a school for Jewish boys in Berlin, Baruch Auerbach Orphan Asylum, Berlin. In 1833 he took under his care, into his own house, four orphan children, for whom no special provision had been made; and from this small beginning grew the noble institution now connected with his name. In 1843, when 15 boys were under Auerbach's care, he took also some Jewish girls left without parents into his house, and ten years later the institution had grown so much that 50 boys and 26 girls were housed in a special building in the Oranienburgerstrasse, Berlin. The institution has since been moved to the Schönhäuserallee, Berlin. Nearly 300 children were cared for during his lifetime; and on the day of his death there were 70 orphans in the asylum, while the total amount of funds collected by Auerbach's indefatigable efforts reached the sum of 600,000 thalers (about $450,000), in addition to the beautiful and valuable grounds of the asylum. Nothing gives a clearer insight into both the spirit of the institution and the character of its founder than his own oft-repeated words: "Orphans are not merely poor children, but children without parents; to raise and bring them up, an orphan asylum should give those children not merely bread and a shelter, but parental love also, and practical training."


Hebrew Description

ספר ברית אברהם : כולל סדר המילה תפילותיה ופיוטיה ופתרונם בלשון אשכנזי, ובאור עברי עפ"י יסודי הש"ס ופוסקים ומדרשים. ונלוה אליהם פתיחה ... חקירות על נוסח התפילות והפיוטים, על מחבריהם ומרעיהם, על רבי אליעזר ממגנצא וחתניו וחבריו, על עת מועד שנתישבו יהודים בפראנקפורט דמיין, על גרושי קולוניא ובונא, ועל מכשול עון של המוסר קרויס, ועוד ... מאת הרב מו"ה צבי בנימין אויערבך נר"ו.

עם שער-נוסף בגרמנית.

Berith Abraham oder die Beschneidungsfeier und die dabei stattfindenden Gebete und Gesaenge. In’s Deutsche uebersetzt und mit einer ausfuehrlichen literarischen Einleitung versehen von Dr. B. H. Auerbach...



BE 1489; JE; Bibliography of the Hebrew Book 1470-1960 #000107891