Auction No. 106

Letters by A. Einstein and Other Illustrious Personalities, Zionism, Jewish Art, letters of Rabbis and Rebbes and Collection of letters to Sir Moses Montefiore from the archive of the late Rabbi Avraham Shisha - London - Buyer's commission 22%

March 6, 2018
Opening $ 2,500
Estimate $ 4,000 - $ 6,000

Tractate Baba Metzia published in Vilna, 1902, belonging to and studied by one of the greatest Zionist leaders, Ze'ev Jabotinsky.

Unique Features: Before us is an important discovery, revealing that Ze'ev Jabotinsky was interested in and studied the Babylonian Talmud. Ze'ev Jabotinsky signed his name on the title page. There are pencil marks throughout the book.

Jabotinsky studied in general public schools, and as a youth barely knew of Judaism and the Jews. Later on, he became acquainted with Judaism, visited many Jewish communities, and became familiar with the traditional Jewish way of life. In addition to his high level of knowledge in Hebrew, Jabotinsky was well versed in the Bible. In his speeches and articles, he quoted it often, as well as world views and many ideas which he drew from the Bible. However, his familiarity with the Talmud was unknown. So we have a surprising discovery, a Talmudic tractate that was in his possession, and even signed with his name. It is possible that during his visit to Petersburg he saw the book, and as was his way, wished to study it in depth and explore the tractate and the Talmud in general.

Background: Ze'ev Vladimir Jabotinsky [1880-1940] was a prominent Zionist leader, author, poet, and famous speaker. He was one of the founders of the Jewish Legion in the British Army during the First World War, and established Beitar and the Revisionist Zionist Organization (Hatzach).

Condition: Fine - very fine.

Herzl, Jabotinsky & Ben Gurion