Auction No. 113

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

Apr 8, 2019

Auction No. 113

Opening $ 2,000
Estimate $ 5,000 - $ 8,000
Sold for $ 4,880
Including buyer's premium

Kreiti U'Pleiti on Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah by Rabbi Yonatan Eybeschütz. Zolkiew, [1799]. Along the entire length of the book there are handwritten scholarly comments and glosses, written soon after the book was printed. Hundreds of glosses (!), most lengthy and some very lengthy.

A quick look at the glosses indicates that some of them were printed in the Gilyonei HaPleiti published by Rabbi Baruch Shimon Schneerson's Kollel Baruch Ta'am in 1989. The preface there states that the glosses were copied from a manuscript of a grandson of Rabbi Baruch Teomim-Frankel, who copied the glosses of his illustrious grandfather.

This copy has glosses by two writers, though most were written by one primary writer. A significant portion were printed in the Gilyonei HaPleiti, but another large section, including dozens of glosses - some very long - were not printed. Since the glosses were written by the same writer and at times only a section of a gloss was printed while the other section was not and it seems that they were written later, it is possible that these glosses and comments were copied from the personal copy of the Baruch Ta'am himself, at different times. Since the Gilyonei HaPleiti also includes glosses that do NOT appear in this manuscript, it is possible that the Baruch Ta'am had more than one personal copy that was copied.

Due to time constraints, the glosses have not been sufficiently studied, but they are clearly a treasury of significant glosses from the Baruch Ta'am, some of which have not been published. The writers have not been identified, though it is possible that they were members of the Baruch Ta'am's household. It is certain that some, if not all, of the glosses were copied during his lifetime.

Rabbi Baruch Teomim-Frankel (1760-1828) was a prominent Torah scholar of his time, who was recognized as a prodigy from a very young age. He was rabbi in Leipnik and was one of the "Gedolei Hador" - most prestigious rabbis of the time. He was known per the name of his work, Baruch Ta'am, though he did also write other works. The Chatam Sofer testified: "If Torah would be forgotten from amongst the Jewish Nation, he would recover it through his in-depth study." As known, the Divrei Chaim of Sanz was his son-in-law, and he edited Baruch Ta'am. Wondrous tales are related about this match (written material included with this lot).

The endpaper bears notations regarding weather disasters and a miraculous rescue. Missing the last leaf. Moderate-fine condition. Some of the glosses are cropped and some are faded, but the large majority are legible.

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