Auction No. 113

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

Apr 8, 2019

Auction No. 113

Opening $250
Estimate $600 - $800
Unsold

She'elot V'Teshuvot Shearit Yosef by Rabbi Yosef Katz of Krakow, brother-in-law of the Rema. Furth, 1767.

With the signature of Rabbi Naftali Hirsch, son of Yisrael HaKohen of Satanow, rabbi of Berditchov in Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchov's time. He corresponded with the Baal HaTanya regarding a halachic issue.

Some of the most noted responsa by the Baal HaTanya are those relating to "sirchot harei'ah" (siman 12 14) in his responsa printed at the end of the Shulchan Aruch. They begin with an answer to a question posed to him when he was in Berditchov in 1810: "In agreement with and following the rabbi ... the gaon and chassid ... the departed Levi Yitzchak ztz"l, Av Beit Din in Berditchov, to permit a sircha which has undergone ..." While he was still in Berditchov, he received an inquiry from the rabbi of Brisk, Rabbi Aryeh Leib Katzenelbogen, regarding this decision.
It seems that the Baal HaTanya's responsum reached Berditchov on its way to Brisk, and its rabbi, R' Naftali Hirsh HaKohen, wrote a response disagreeing with the Baal HaTanya, and he added a question on the topic from Bava Kama. The Baal HaTanya answered the rabbi's questions.
Rabbi Naftali was not satisfied with the Baal HaTanya's response and sent him a rebuttal. However, that rebuttal was not printed in the aforementioned work of responsa. It was, however, preserved in Rabbi Naftali's manuscript Tiferet Yesharah, which includes elucidations on the Torah and responsa. It was printed in two locations. The section regarding "sirchot" was printed in the Ohalei Tam journal (section five) and the section regarding the topic in Bava Kama was printed in the Migdal David compilation, section five, p. 19. This is also the source of our information.

Condition: Moderate. Light brown stains. Various blemishes to a number of leaves. Minimal worming holes. New binding.

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