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Mendelson, Moses (commentary); Rashi (commentary)

Published by Abraham Dov Bär Lebenssohn, Vilna (1853)

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About this Item: Abraham Dov Bär Lebenssohn, Vilna, 1853. Hardcover. Condition: g. This set was published by renowned Russian-Jewish Publisher, poet and pioneer of the Haskalah [Jewish Enlightenment] movement, Abraham Dov Bär Lebenssohn a.k.a. Adam Hacohen (see below). It is lacking the "Five Megilloth", which are supplied in a one-volume set published by Moshe Halevi Landau. All volumes have the stamp of the famous Strashun-library, one of the most important cultural institutions of Jewish Vilna. (see below). All the volumes are bound in half-leather over green cloth boards, except for the "Five Megilloth" (half-leather over paper covered boards) and two volumes in full-leather binding [Bereshit/Genesis and Yeheskel/Ezequiel]. Complete set, in 8vo- Format. Contains the 24 Books of the Hebrew Bible, bound in 17 volumes: 1) Pentateuch [5 Books of Moses, bound in 5 volumes]. 2) Prophets [10 Books, bound in 8 volumes] 3) Hagiography/ Writings [9 Books, bound in 4 volumes] [Hence, containing all the 24 Books of the Hebrew Bible] Each page has the original Hebrew text facing Judeo-German translation by the renowned Jewish philosopher and founder of the "Haskalah" - Movement [Jewish Enlightenment Movement], Moses Mendelson a.k.a. Moses from Dessau (1729-1786). [He was also the grandfather of renowned musician Felix Mendelson]. The bottom of each page has a traditional commentary in Hebrew by Rashi [Rabbi Shlomo Yitzhaqi] and a modern commentary, also by Moses Mendelson. Age wear to bindings, with leather starting to split on edges. Owner's stamps to most volumes, with owner's plate to one. Minor browning and sporadic foxing throughout. For the large part, clean and tight. In Hebrew and Judeo-German. Bindings in good-, books in very good condition. On the publisher (Source: Jewish Encyclopedia): Russian Hebraist, poet, and grammarian; born in Wilna, Russia, about 1789; died there Nov. 19, 1878. Like all Jewish boys of that time in Russia he was educated as a Talmudist, but became interested in Hebrew grammar and punctuation when, at the age of eleven, he was instructed in reading in public the weekly portions of the Law. He was married, according to the custom of those times, as soon as he had celebrated his bar mitzvah; and he spent the following eight years with his wife's parents in Michailishok, government of Wilna. This gave him the surname "Michailishker," by which he was popularly known; and it also accounts for the last letter in his pen-name "Adam" (formed from the initials of Abraham Dob Michailishker), while the family name "Lebensohn," which he adopted, is a literal translation of "ben Hayyim." When Sir Moses Montefiore visited Wilna in 1846 Lebensohn prepared for his perusal an article on the condition of the Jews in Russia and the means by which it was to be improved. This interesting document, embodying the views held by the Maskilim of that period, summarized the evils from which the Jews suffered and boldly stated that they were themselves to blame for their troubles. In 1848 Lebensohn was made one of the principal teachers in the newly established rabbinical school of Wilna, a position which he creditably filled for nearly twenty years, until he was forced by age and impaired eyesight to relinquish it. He was succeeded by his son-in-law Joshua Steinberg. In 1848, too, he began, conjointly with the bibliographer Benjacob, the publication of a new edition of the Bible, with a German translation, himself adding valuable glosses to the "bi'ur" ("Mikra'e Kodesh," Wilna, 1848-53). Some of his commentaries on the Bible were later printed separately as a supplement to that edition ("Bi'urim Hadashim," ib. 1858). Lebensohn was the author of several numerous articles in the periodicals. He exercised almost as much influence by his powerful personality as by his literary efforts, and was recognized in his later years as the pioneer of haskalah in northwestern Russia. The Maskilim of Wilna considered themselves as his pupils, while the fanatics saw in him the embodiment of all the objectionable features of th. Seller Inventory # 18539

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