Auction No. 098

Holy books, Manuscripts, Rabbinical & Admors letters, Americana & Judiaca

March 27, 2017
Opening $200
Estimate $250 - $300

A polemic book which discusses putting a harp in synagogues.

Specifications: VII, 83 pages. 12x19 cm.

Unique Features: The book is written in German, but halachic expressions, names of halachic books, names of instruments and quotes of halachic sources are in Hebrew.

Background: Due to aesthetic and ritual changes instituted by the leaders of the Reform movement, beginning in the second decade of the 19th century, there were certain communities who made changes to the structure of the synagogue and to its activities. Among other things, they changed the prayer liturgy, changed the location of the bimah and the seating arrangements in the synagogue, instituted weekly sermons in the local language and choral singing during the prayers. Reform Jews also began to bring a harp into the synagogue to provide musical accompaniment to the prayers. This all caused stormy polemics among the supporters and opponents of the Reform movement. 

Condition: Very fine. Aging stains. Cardboard binding. 

Controversy books