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Olat Hodesh, Part I, R. Eliezer Fleckles, Prague 1785

ספר עולת חודש - Only Edition

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  • Lot Number 54396
  • Title (English) Olat Hodesh, Part I
  • Title (Hebrew) ספר עולת חודש
  • Note Only Edition
  • Author R. Eliezer Fleckles
  • City Prague
  • Publisher ערקויפטע באקישע אונד קאצישע בוך דרוקרייא
  • Publication Date 1785
  • Estimated Price - Low 300
  • Estimated Price - High 600

  • Item # 2606020
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Physical Description

Only edition. [13], 106 ff., octavo, 195:111 mm., wide margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound in modern cloth over boards. 


Detail Description

Nine sermons for the month of Elul by R. Eleazar b. David Fleckeles. In the introductions to his works, he emphasizes the brotherhood of man and the duty of the Jews toward the Gentiles.

R. Eleazar Fleckeles was born in Prague. In 1779 he was appointed rabbi of Kojetin in Moravia, but in 1783 returned to Prague, where he served as a member of the bet din of R. Ezekiel Landau and also headed a large yeshiva. After R. Landau's death, he was appointed Oberjurist (“president”) of the three-man rabbinate council that also included R. Samuel Landau, the son of R. Ezekiel. When the Frankists made their appearance in the city in 1800, R.000 Fleckeles headed the opposition to them. He was denounced by an informer and imprisoned, and on his release he wrote a pamphlet of thanksgiving entitled Azkir Tehillot. In his published sermons, that reflect his outstanding ability as a preacher, he expresses his vigorous opposition to various reforms resulting from the spread of the Haskala movement. He warns on the one hand against excessive pursuit of secular studies and on the other concurs with the study of Kabbalah, but only on the basis of a sound knowledge of Talmud. In the introductions to his works, he emphasizes the brotherhood of man and the duty of the Jews toward the Gentiles. In connection with the question put by the censor Karl Fischer, “whether there is any distinction between an Israelite swearing to his fellow Israelite and swearing to a Gentile,” R. Fleckeles replied “that the force of an oath is great, and no distinction can be made between taking an oath to an Israelite and to a non-Jew” (Teshuva Me’Ahavah, pt. 1, no. 26). He was opposed to the hairsplitting methods of pilpul and to “labored solutions,” and emphasized that he was not prone to stringency in his rulings (ibid., pt. 3, no. 325), He was careful to make allowance for traditional customs and gave information in his responsa about special customs that existed in various communities.   


Hebrew Description

ספר עולת חודש : (הכותב... אלעזר... ן’ דוד)... חלק א-ד.

לחלקים ב, ד, שני שערים. הראשון קצר. שם המחבר נזכר מחלק ב ואילך.

חלק א: מחבור מילי דשמיא. והוא מעין אחד [לחודש אלול] משתים עשרה עינות מים (דרושי’... על שתים עשרה חדשי השנה). ערקויפטע באקישע אונד קאצישע בוך דרוקרייא. [13], קו דף. 8°. בראשי העמודים: מילי דשמיא.




EJ; Bibliography of the Hebrew Book 1470-1960 # 000158533; BE 243; Vin 963