Auction No. 098

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

March 27, 2017
Opening $200
Estimate $300 - $400
Sold for $488
Including buyer's premium

A polemic against Chassidut and its leaders by Alexander Zederbaum editor of "HaMelitz".

Specifications: 6, 182 pages. 18 cm. Blue binding cover.

Content: The book goes beyond a polemic, and could be described as a document of enmity against the chassidic movement and its leaders. It compares the chassidic movement to Catholic cults and disparages its leaders and founders. However, within this is an interesting overview of the development of Chassidut in all of its different branches, and about the debate with those who oppose chassidut. In the book, he disparages giving a "pidyon" to righteous people (page 77), and chassidic tales (page 87 onward), expresses opposition to Breslov chassidim who prostrate themselves on Rabbi Nachman's grave in Uman (page 109), mentions the importance the Chassidim attribute to the printing press in Salvita "excessive holiness is attributed to every book produced by it" (page 139) and mentions the imprisonment of Rabbi Yisrael of Ruzhin (page 110) and his son Rabbi Avraham Yaakov of Sadigora (page 143).

Condition: Very fine, Aging stains. Simple binding.     

Controversy books