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Ot Hayyim ve-Shalom, R. Hayyim Eleazar Shapira, Beregovo 1921

אות חיים ושלום - First Edition - Hasidic

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  • Lot Number 53917
  • Title (English) Ot Hayyim ve-Shalom
  • Title (Hebrew) אות חיים ושלום
  • Note First Edition - Hasidic
  • Author R. Hayyim Eleazar Shapira
  • City Beregovo
  • Publisher שמואל שמעלקא קליין
  • Publication Date 1921
  • Estimated Price - Low 200
  • Estimated Price - High 500

  • Item # 2489316
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Physical Description:

First edition. 402 pp., quarto, 227:145 mm., dampage staining, wide margins. A very good copy bound in contemporary half cloth and leather over boards, rubbed.


Detailed Description:   

Work on the Shulhan Arukh by R. Hayyim Eleazar Shapira (1872–1937), rabbi of Munkacs from 1913 and hasidic zaddik. He succeeded in combining talmudic dialectics with the ability to reach halakhic decisions and a wide knowledge of Kabbalah and hasidic learning. He had many admirers and many opponents, and exercised great influence over the rabbis of Hungary even after Munkacs (Mukachevo) had passed to Czechoslovakia. Of lively temperament, he intervened in communal affairs beyond his community, and was even more adamant than his ancestors in opposing all innovation. An extremist opponent of Zionism, Mizrachi, and Agudat Israel, he regarded every organization engaged in the colonization of Erez Israel to be inspired by heresy and atheism. Redemption was to be a miraculous phenomenon, and any natural activity, political or colonizing, was liable to lead to a holocaust. He opposed the Balfour Declaration. On the other hand, he supported the "old yishuv" and was the president of the Kolel Munkacs in Jerusalem. In 1930 he visited Palestine, where he met and encouraged the anti-Zionist elements. His Hasidim viewed this journey as an apocalyptical act.

After the example of his father, he called for the maintenance of traditional education and for its financial support. He opposed the Hebrew schools which were established in eastern Czechoslovakia between the two world wars, and condemned the Hebrew secondary school of his town. His struggles were not only ideological, and he occasionally became involved in local disputes with rival zaddikim, waging a campaign of many years with the zaddik of Belz, Issachar Dov Roke'ah, who lived in Mukachevo from 1918 to 1921. His works include Minhat Elazar, responsa (1–4, 1902–30); Divrei Kodesh, sermons (1933); Hamishah Ma'amarot (1922); and Sefer Mashmi'a Yeshu'ah (1919, 1956).


Hebrew Description:

אות חיים ושלום ... שני ספרים... בציצים ופרחים... ספר אות חיים על [שולחן ערוך, אורח חיים] הלכות תפילין [עם הפנים והגהות ר' משה איסרלש] וספר אות שלום על [שולחן ערוך, יורה דעה] הלכות מילה [עם הפנים והגהות ר' משה איסרלש]. אשר חנני הבורא... אני ... חיים אלעזר שפירא אבד"ק מונקאטש... בלאאמו"ר ... ר' צבי הירש זצללה"ה ...

שמות הספרים בדיו אדומה. עמ' ה-רו: ספר אות חיים. עמ' רז-תב: ספר אות שלום. בהקדמת המחבר: "החזקת טובה... להב'... שלמה צוקער נ"י (בן... מו"ה אליעזר צוקער נ"י >זצ"ל< רבדק"ק ב"ס [בערעגסאס]) אשר טרח בחיבורינו זה... בהעתקתו והגהתו והעירוני כראוי באיזהו מקומן". ובהקדמת אות שלום: "וטרח ויזע בהעתקתו ובחיפושו ובסידורו".



Bibliography of the Hebrew Book 1470-1960 #000202797; EJ