Auction No. 113

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

Apr 8, 2019

Auction No. 113

Opening $ 1,000
Estimate $ 2,000 - $ 4,000
Sold for $ 1,220
Including buyer's premium

Novellae on Talmudic topics handwritten by Rabbi Eliezer Miller of Nadash, disciple of the gaon Rabbi Yehudah Assad, including a compilation of novellae from lessons he heard in the yeshivah of Mahar"i Assad in Semnitz.

From leaf 24 onward, Rabbi Eliezer wrote down novellae by his rabbi, Rabbi Yehudah Assad. At the beginning of the novellae, he wrote: This book belongs to me the young Eliezer Miller of Nadash, in which I wrote Torah Novellae on tractate Gittin … here in the holy community of Semnitz which I learned from the great gaon … Rabbi Yuda Assad … who takes care of precious young men so that they will study the pure Torah…"

Rabbi Eliezer Miller was born in Nadash to his father Rabbi Chaim Miller, of whom the 'Ktav Sofer' said that he was one of the 36 hidden righteous people of the generation. Rabbi Chaim had four sons: Rabbi Yaakov Eliyahu of Nadash, Rabbi Nathan Miller Av Beit Din of Szécsény author of Avnei HaChoshen, Rabbi Gabriel Miller Dayan of Mattersdorf and Rabbi Eliezer. Rabbi Eliezer studied Torah with his father, and like his brother Natan, traveled to Semnitz to study Torah with the genius Rabbi Yehudah Assad in his yeshivah in Semnitz. After his marriage, he lived in Vienna and did not want to earn his living from his Torah knowledge. (sources: Mazkeret Paks III, pp. 53-54).

In his book Otzar Aggadot III (Pressburg 1888), Rabbi Gabriel Miller eulogizes his brother Rabbi Eliezer as follows: "And behold my righteous brother turned many away from iniquity with his reproof and his words used to come out of the heart and enter the heart, he gathered and disseminated activists for the Torah. Merchants and workers who did not understand or know what the Torah is, he gathered them every evening to study and used to teach them faithfully until they became accustomed to it. He was called friend, beloved, lover of people who draws them close to Torah. He was very precious and appreciated by the public, as they recognized him as an honest and decent man, with the true Torah on his lips. When he was the prayer leader on the High Holidays, he used to cry bitterly and stand fearfully before the King of Kings, the Holy One, Blessed be He, and used to awaken hearts to tears of repentance … and he would enjoy the fruits of his labor and refused to benefit or receive gifts from human beings, he was careful with lighter mitzvahs as with more severe ones, and he raised his family in this way …"

[75] pp. 22x17 cm. Autograph. Dense yet clear script. Rabbi Eliezer signs his name on leaves 23b; 24b.

Fine condition. New binding.

Manuscripts from Ashkennaz