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Lot 9

Ma'amar Mordechai. Polemic, Brünn, 1790. Only Edition. Signature.

She'elot U'Teshuvot Ma'amar Mordechai by Rabbi Mordechai Halberstadt, Av Beit Din of Düsseldorf. With the approbation of Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Hurwitz, Av Beit Din of Trebitsch (son of Rabbi Shmelke of Nikolsburg). Rare book.

The book is very rare because the rabbis of Frankfurt at the time decreed that it be burned. This was due to the responsum from the "Pnei Yehoshua" which was printed in the book (leaves 62-65). This responsum deals with a regulation for a passage for Kohanim without concern for death-related impurity [טומאת מת], which the Frankfurt rabbis greatly opposed. The author of Nachal Eshkol relates in his book, Brit Avraham (Frankfurt am Main, 1860): " ... come and I will show you in a book called Shu"t Ma'amar Mordechai by the rabbi, the gaon ... in Brünn 1789 ... and two are not found in the entire city around it, and I am of the opinion that the rabbis of Frankfurt am Main burned it because they found reason to oppose it in this responsum. Siman 56 has one responsum printed, which is from the gaon, the author of Pnei Yehoshua, and it is not as written in the indices of the Mahari"ch, which permits a "brandvier" as a break for kohanim and to not be concerned for the duct under the earth and the Frankfurt Beit Din did not agree with this.

In responsum 30, the author proves that halachic manuscipts of the laws of treifahs that were widespread in the lands of Ashkenaz in the name of the Shla"h, the author of Kli Yakar and other rabbinical leaders of the generations, are fraudulent, and the defrauder is the renowned informer, known as Chrischi. There is material about this affair included with this lot.

Rabbi Mordechai Halberstadt [1685-1769] was the Av Beit Din of Düsseldorf and one of the rabbinical leaders of Ashkenaz. He served as Av Beit Din in several important communities in Ashkenaz: Halberstadt, Reiseheim, Darmstadt, and finally, in Düsseldorf, by which he was known. He was considered "the elder instructor" in Ashkenaz in the final years of his life. The approbations in the book before us and in the publisher's foreword discuss the author's great powers of instruction.

[6], 2-104 leaves. 19 cm. Rabbinic owners' signatures from the time of the printing; fine condition. Aging stains. Cropped margins. New binding.