Auction No. 098

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

March 27, 2017
Opening $250
Estimate $350 - $400

Responsa by Rabbi Halberstat, Av Beit Din of Dusseldorf, with responses from the sages of the generation.

Specifications: [6], 2-104 leaves. 21 cm. First edition.

Unique features: Approbation of Rabbi Yaakov Yehoshua HaLevi Horowitz, Av Beit Din of Trebitsch, son of Rabbi Shmelke of Nikolsburg. This book is very rare, as the rabbis of Frankfurt of the time ordered it destroyed because it contained a response from the Pnei Yehoshua regarding creating a passage for kohanim that did not take into account impurity from the deceased. The Frankfurt rabbis strongly opposed this heter. The author of Nachal Eshkol writes in his Brit Avraham (Frankfurt A.M., 1870): "Come and I will show you a work titled Shu"t Maamar Mordechai by the Gaon...of Brunn, 1789, which was printed...but it was not found for years in the city and its environs, I believe that the sages of Frankfurt destroyed them, since they found the responsum, from the author of the Pnei Yehoshua, different from what it written in the index: "the Maharich allows making a passage for kohanim without worrying about what's under the ground and the beit din of Frankfurt did not agree with this."

Condition: Very fine-excellent. Not bound.

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