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Torei Zahav – Mohyliv, 1816 – First Edition

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Torei Zahav – Mohyliv, 1816 – First Edition
Torei Zahav, homiletics, ethics, Kabbalah and Chassidut on the Torah, festivals, Megillat Eichah and Megillat Esther, by R. Binyamin of Zalozitz (Zaliztsi). Mohyliv, [1816]. First edition.
The author, R. Binyamin, maggid of Zalozitz (d. 1791; Encyclopedia L'Chassidut, I, pp. 350-354), was well versed in both revealed and hidden realms of the Torah. A contemporary of the Baal Shem Tov and early Chassidic masters, he was one of the first disseminators of Chassidic teachings. It is unclear whether he merited meeting the Baal Shem Tov, however his works include teachings in his name. His works also include many teachings in the names of the disciples of the Baal Shem Tov, the Maggid of Mezeritch, R. Yechiel Michel of Zlotchov and R. Menachem Mendel of Premishlan. He refers to R. Yechiel Michel of Zlotchov as "my teacher". His works include: Chelkat Binyamin, commentary on the Passover Haggadah; Ahavat Dodim, commentary to Shir HaShirim and Amtachat Binyamin on Megillat Kohelet. All of his works were published posthumously, by his son R. Asher Zelig. R. Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev, in his approbation to Amtachat Binyamin, describes R. Binyamin as a "righteous and G-dly man".
46, 48-101, 101-108, 107-112, 117-119, 119-122, 125-126 leaves (misfoliation). 19.5 cm. Fair-good condition. Stains, including dampstains. Worming, slightly affecting text. Minor tears. Open tears to several leaves at beginning and end, repaired. Large open tear to title page, close to title, affecting text, repaired with paper (text touched up by hand). Some inscriptions and markings in pencil. Stamp. New leather binding.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 613.

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