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Knesset Yisrael – Dedication of the Author, Rabbi Gedalia Lifshitz on Behalf of his son, Author of Tiferet Yisrael

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Knesset Yisrael, novellae on the Six Orders of the Mishna, the 613 commandments, Sefer Yetzira and Sitrei Torah, and other topics, by R. Gedalia Lifshitz. Breslau (Wrocław), 1818. On the front endpaper, dedication handwritten and signed by the author - R. Gedalia Lifshitz, on behalf of R. Yisrael Lifshitz, author of Tiferet Yisrael. The dedication is written in a tremulous, difficult to decipher script, presumably due to his old age: "A gift - to the faithful friend of my son the great Torah scholar rabbi of Wronki, R. Avraham, shochet of Friedland, so says Gedalia Lifshitz". R. Gedalia Lifshitz (1746-1826), rabbi of Chodzish (Chodzież), author of Regel Yeshara and other works, father of R. Yisrael Lifshitz author of Tiferet Yisrael on Mishnayot, and son of R. Yisrael Lifshitz Rabbi of Cleves (renowned from the Cleves divorce affair). R. Gedalia was an outstanding Torah scholar, and was rabbinically ordained at the young age of 24 by R. Aryeh Leib Gunzberg of Metz the Shaagat Aryeh. He served in his youth as rabbi of Emden, and then of Obertzishk (Obrzycko), and finally, of Chodzish until his passing. His son, R. Yisrael Lifshitz, is famous for his work Tiferet Yisrael on Mishnayot, which was accepted throughout the Jewish world and printed in hundreds of editions until this day. The Tiferet Yisrael served as rabbi in several German communities, including Wronki - where he served at the time of the printing of this book (as stated in the title page). His father R. Gedalia was his prime teacher who greatly influenced him with his unique style of learning. His preoccupation in explaining Mishnayot with a straight understanding and profundity was also inherited from his father, as can be seen from this work, which for the main part is a commentary to the six orders of the Mishnah. The Tiferet Yisrael quotes his father extensively in his work, referring to him with great honor, and in his preface to Order Nashim, he writes about him: "And all this I attained through the guidance of my teacher from birth… my father, the renowned Torah scholar, who already from a young age urged me to study the holy Mishnayot, and to delve into it incessantly…" (see: Mordechai Meyer, R. Gedalyahu son of Yisrael Lifshitz, Father of the Tiferet Yisrael, Yeshurun 18, pp. 804-823). This book includes novellae from R. Gedaliah's father - R. Yisrael Lifshitz Rabbi of Cleves, and from his two sons - R. Yisrael Lifshitz author of Tiferet Yisrael, and R. Eliezer Lifshitz (who passed away in his youth, leaving behind eight compositions in manuscript). This book contains the first published novellae of the Tiferet Yisrael, whom R. Gedalia praises in the title page as having surpassed him in wisdom and Torah. [1], 50 leaves. 20 cm. Fair condition. Darkened leaves. Stains and wear. Worming, primarily to first and last leaves. Original binding, damaged.

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Auction house: Kedem Auction House Ltd.
Title: Auction 65 - Books, Manuscripts, Rabbinical Letters, Ceremonial Art
Date of the auction: 12 Mar 2019
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