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Yismach Moshe – On the Five Books of the Torah – First Edition of Each Part – Lviv, 1848-1861 – Bereshit Volume ...

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Yismach Moshe – On the Five Books of the Torah – First Edition of Each Part – Lviv, 1848-1861 – Bereshit Volume Previously Owned by Rabbi Amram Blum, Author of Beit She'arim – Signatures and Glosses
Complete set (five parts in five volumes) of Yismach Moshe on the Torah, homiletics and ethics, Chassidut and Kabbalah, on the weekly Torah portions, by R. Moshe Teitelbaum Rabbi of Ujhel (Sátoraljaújhely). Parts I-V, on the Books of Bereshit, Shemot, Vayikra, Bamidbar and Devarim. Lviv, 1848-1861.
First edition of all five parts, with a separate title page for each part. At the beginning of Bamidbar and Devarim, approbations by the Divrei Chaim Rebbe of Sanz and by the Yitav Lev Rebbe of Sighet, editor and grandson of the author.
On the front endpaper of the Bereshit volume, ownership inscription attesting that the book belongs to R. Amram Blum, author of Beit She'arim: "Belongs to the outstanding Torah scholar… R. Amram Blum, rabbi of Khust and the region". Beneath it is another inscription, testifying that the book belongs to his son, R. Moshe Nachum Blum "dayan and posek of Oradea", handwritten by the son of R. Moshe Nachum, R. Shmuel Shmelke. Stamps of R. Moshe Nachum Blum on this leaf, the title page and the final leaf, with the inscription: "Moshe Nachum Bluhm son of R. Amram, dayan and posek of Grosswardein". A gloss on p. 36a handwritten by R. Moshe Nachum, signed: "M.N.B.".
Stamps in Latin characters on several leaves of the Shemot volume: "Revd A.L. [=Aaron Levy] Green". Handwritten glosses on pp. 73b, 77a and 77b (an inscription penciled on title page identifies the writer of the glosses as "R. Abish Shapiro, rabbi of Humenné").
Several signatures and ownership inscription in the Vayikra volume, including that of R. Yisrael Elimelech Wertheimer of Zborov.
On the title page of the Bamidbar volume, signature of R. Avraham Abele Katz Rappaport Hartstein of Ujhel (see below): "Avraham Abele Katz Rappaport of Ujhel Hartstein".
Stamp in Latin characters at the end of the Devarim volume: "Judá Hárnik".
The author, R. Moshe Teitelbaum, rabbi of Ujhel (Sátoraljaújhely; 1759-1841), was the progenitor of the Sighet and Satmar dynasties, as well as other prominent Chassidic dynasties. Renowned already in his youth as an outstanding Torah scholar, he had the merit of studying in the Beit Midrash of the Vilna Gaon, and holding Torah discussions with him (see: HaGaon HaKadosh Baal Yismach Moshe, by R. Yosef Moshe Sofer, Brooklyn, 1984, pp. 25-26). He served as rabbi of Shinova (Sieniawa) and Ujhel. He embraced Chassidut in his later years, and became a disciple of the Chozeh of Lublin and the Ohev Yisrael of Apta. In 1808, he was appointed rabbi of Ujhel and began disseminating Chassidut in Hungary. He was renowned in his times as rebbe and wonder-worker and frequently gave out amulets. His books include: Responsa Heshiv Moshe on halachah, Yismach Moshe on the Torah and Tefilla LeMoshe on Tehillim.
R. Amram Blum (1834-1907) was a leading halachic authority in Hungary. Grandson of R. Amram Chasida (Rosenbaum) Rabbi of Mád and Safed. Close disciple of R. Meir Perles Rabbi of Karoly (Carei), and disciple of the Ketav Sofer and of the Machaneh Chaim. He earnt the reputation of an outstanding Torah scholar already in his youth, and in 1858, at the age of 22, he was appointed rabbi of Álmosd. In 1864, he went to serve as rabbi of Mád (where his grandfather R. Amram Chasida had previously served as rabbi). From 1881, he served as rabbi of Khust and from 1883, of Berettyóújfalu, a position he held for over 25 years. He was known as one of the most prominent responders in Hungary, and his books Responsa Beit She'arim contain over 1000 halachic responsa on all four parts of Shulchan Aruch. His books were reprinted by his grandson R. Menashe Klein, rabbi of the Ungvar community in the United States and Jerusalem, who also founded in his memory the Beit She'arim yeshiva.
R. Avraham Abele Katz Hartstein-Rappaport (d. 1888), a disciple of the Yismach Moshe and the Divrei Chaim. Exchanged halachic correspondence with the Divrei Chaim, the Ketav Sofer and the Yitav Lev, and was a trustee of the Rabbi Meir Baal HaNess fund.
Five volumes. Vol. I (Bereshit): [1], 117 leaves. Vol. II (Shemot): 90 leaves. Vol. III (Vayikra): 42 leaves. Vol. IV (Bamidbar): [1], 49 leaves. Vol. V (Devarim): 72, [1] leaves. 22-24 cm. Overall good condition. Stains and wear. Minor tears to title page of vol. I, repaired with tape. In vol. IV, tears to inner margins of title page and following leaf, slightly affecting text. New leather bindings.

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