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LOT 23:

Bnei Yissaschar, Two Parts – Zhovkva, 1850 – First Edition of Part I

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Bnei Yissaschar, Two Parts – Zhovkva, 1850 – First Edition of Part I
Bnei Yissaschar, Chassidic and Kabbalistic essays on the festivals and months of the year, Part I – Shabbat and Nissan-Av, and Part II – Tishrei-Adar, by Rebbe Tzvi Elimelech Shapiro Rabbi of Munkacs and Dinov. Zhovkva, 1850. First edition of Part I.
Two parts in two volumes. First edition of Part I, printed in 1850, together with Part II (Part II, on Tishrei-Adar, was first published in 1846, before Part I; in 1850 it was republished, together with the first edition of Part I).
Reputedly, the author would experience exceptional holiness and elevation during Chanukah. He once wished to question his prime teacher the Chozeh of Lublin as to the cause of this phenomenon, and even before he had a chance to ask, his teacher explained: You originate from the tribe of Yissachar, and in your earlier incarnation you were a member of the Beit Din of the Chashmonaim, which is why you experience extra holiness during Chanukah. He therefore named his book Bnei Yissaschar. It is recorded that the Divrei Chaim of Sanz once closeted himself in his room on Rosh Hashanah before the shofar blowing, studying the book Bnei Yissaschar for several hours with great intensity, as a preparation for the shofar blowing (foreword to Yod'ei Binah, by R. Elazar Tzvi Shapiro, son of the Bnei Yissachar; Beit Shlomo, New York 2005 edition, p. 15; Shai Agnon, Sefer Sofer VeSipur, p. 457).
Rebbe Tzvi Elimelech Langsam-Shapiro (1783-1841), a most prominent Chassidic leader, close disciple of R. Mendele of Rimanov and disciple of the Chozeh of Lublin, as well as of the Rebbe of Apta and the Maggid of Kozhnitz. From a young age, he served as rabbi of various Galician towns, yet is primarily renowned as rabbi of Dinov (Dynów), where he was later appointed rebbe in 1815. He also served as rabbi of Munkacs (Mukachevo), capital of Carpatho-Russia. He authored dozens of compositions on halachah and aggadah, Chassidut and Kabbalah. His magnum opus, by whose name he became known throughout the Jewish world, is the book Bnei Yissaschar. His descendants branched out into many dynasties of rabbis and rebbes: Dinov, Munkacs, Bikovsk and more.
[1], 24; 72; 82; 21 leaves. 22.5 cm. Good condition. Stains (wax stains to several leaves). Leaves trimmed affecting text and titles of some leaves. Tear to title page, slightly affecting border, repaired. Tears to several other leaves, some affecting text with minor loss. New binding.
Stefansky Chassidut, nos. 91, 92.

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