Auction 75 Rare and Important Items
Nov 24, 2020
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LOT 24:

Zera Kodesh (Ropshitz) – Two Parts – Lviv, 1868 – First Edition

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Zera Kodesh (Ropshitz) – Two Parts – Lviv, 1868 – First Edition
Zera Kodesh, Chassidic homilies. Part I on the Torah and Part II on the Festivals, by Rebbe Naftali Tzvi Horowitz of Ropshitz (Ropczyce). Lemberg (Lviv), 1868. First edition.
Two parts in one volume. Separate title page for Part II.
Interesting approbation by a close disciple of the author – Rebbe Chaim of Sanz, who writes that although in the past he did not agree to the printing of the holy teachings of R. Naftali of Ropshitz, "because I knew that also the holy author did not approve of printing his Torah novellae. However, on second thought, I decided that it was good that the printers published these writings. It is known that R. Chaim Vital also refrained from publishing his novellae and the teachings he received from his teacher, the Ari, and did not allow his disciples to write them; nevertheless, the righteous of the generation made efforts to copy, write and publish them, and the world shone…". On the verso of the approbation leaf is a notice by the person who brought the book to press: "I have called the book Or HaNer, however the holy rebbe of Sanz called it Zera Kodesh… and I have cancelled my will before his holy will".
Signature on p. 9a: "Shmuel Ziskind son of R. Chaim Feivush Halevi Horowitz […] of Dannenberg".
Both parts in one volume: [2], 124; [1], 120 leaves. 20.5 cm. Fair-good condition. Stains, including dampstains (some dark). Worming. Tears to title page and several other leaves, affecting text, repaired in part.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 208.