Auction No. 113

Famous personalities, Art, Seforim, Letters from Rabbis and Rebbes

Apr 8, 2019

Auction No. 113

Opening $ 800
Estimate $ 1,300 - $ 1,600
Sold for $ 1,952
Including buyer's premium

Elucidations on chamishah chumshei Torah, many of which are Torah novellae by the gaon Rabbi Moshe Sofer, Av Beit Din of Pressburg, author of Chatam Sofer.

Also including novellae in the name of the gaon Rabbi Yehonatan Eibeschütz (19b), Rabbi Eliyahu of Vilna - the GR"A (35a) the Ba'al Hafla'ah (1b; 11a; 22b; 24a) and the gaon Rabbi Mordechai Bennet (3, 34, 37a) and in the name of the local rabbi (Hamburg?] (2b).

Examination of the manuscript demonstrates that there are many novellae here found in the Chatam Sofer's books on the Torah (Chatam Sofer, Torat Moshe, Chatam Sofer HeChadash), most in a different style, and some with precisely the same wording, but the name of the 'Chatam Sofer' is not mentioned here. It is possible that there was a title page on which it was written that the novellae are from him. Because many of the novellae are found in the Chatam Sofer's writings, and that the rest of the novellae are in the style of his elucidations, it is certainly possible that the rest of the novellae are from him and apparently they are additional novellae, as-yet unknown!

In any case, this is a notebook of novellae overflowing with the Torah of the rabbi of the Jewish people, the 'Chatam Sofer' - apparently written by one of his disciples. (Some of the novellae which we found in the Chatam Sofer's writings were printed from the Chatam Sofer's notebook from 1797 - and apparently this writer also had an early notebook - this issue requires further in-depth examination).

[38] leaves written on both sides in clear, legible writing. 15x21 cm. Including Torah portions Bereishit-Haazinu - 197 segments numbered א-קצז. Some is on greenish paper. Fine condition. The ends and beginnings of the lines are slightly cut. New binding.

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