Winner's Auctions No. 111

Important Historic Documents, Haskalah, Einstein, Seforim, Manuscripts and Letters from Rabbis and Rebbes

December 11, 2018
Opening $ 20,000
Estimate $ 35,000 - $ 40,000
Sold for $ 43,164
Including buyer's premium

Shulchan Aruch Choshen Mishpat with the Meirat Einayim [סמ"ע] commentary by Rabbi Yehoshua Yosha Wolk [Falk] Katz. Berlin, 1717. Approximately 50 handwritten glosses in Rabbi Natan Adler of Frankfurt's holy handwriting.

There are approximately 50 glosses and comments in Rabbi Natan Adler of Frankfurt's holy handwriting. The glosses are indicated with three dots in a triangle, as was his way. Most of the glosses are corrections, however there are some which are short scholarly notations. For example, in section 17, he writes on the SM"A's words: "This must be examined according to the words of the Magen in Orech Chaim," and indeed some later authorities dealt with this matter.

The flyleaf contains the inscription "Mr. Natan Adler" in a foreign language.

The well-known gaon and kabbalist Rabbi Natan Adler was born in Frankfurt in 1742. He was renowned from childhood as tremendously diligent and a wunderkind. As engraved on his tombstone, he did not waste any time from the age of nine. His disciple, the Chatam Sofer, wrote of him that from the earliest age, he did not even look through a window, and beginning when he was nine years old, he did not walk in the streets. When the Chid"a visited Frankfurt on his first mission, he was shown the wonder-child, and the Chid"a was very impressed and praised him extensively. Rabbi Natan was the disciple of the author of Pnei Yehoshua, of Rabbi David Teveli Schiff, and he studied kabbalah under Rabbi Abish of Frankfurt. He was the Chatam Sofer's primary rabbi, who dubbed him "HaChassid She'B'Kehunah" and "My primary rabbi, the famous gaon and chassid, the great eagle," "My teacher the gaon, the chassid," and such, and he praised him extensively, even saying that the paths of the firmament were clearer to him than to the ministering angels. The Chatam Sofer quotes him extensively in his works, and every time he mentions him, he praises him very much. Rabbi Natan Adler passed away in 1800, and the Chatam Sofer found out about his passing following a dream he dreamed, and afterwards, when he eulogized him he prostrated himself by the holy ark with his hands and feet outstretched.

Rabbi Natan Adler did not write his Torah novellae, saying that all Torah thoughts that were permitted to write were due to 'עת לעשות לה'' - the needs of the time, lest they be forgotten. However, he never forgot anything he ever learned. He marked the sheets of the books he learned with dots.

[2] 4-320: 18 leaves, lacking two leaves in the introduction. 32 cm. Blue paper. Fine condition. Minimal worming holes and reinforcements in the last pages. Few loose leaves. Old, worn semi-leather binding.

Compositions, Manuscripts and Glosses from Ashkenazic Rabbinical Leaders