Manuscript - Book of Tiferet Shabbat Society for Young Men of Pressburg. Pressburg, from 1903 onward.
A fancy title page and afterwards four pages with society regulations, with decorative borders, handmade by Yehoshua Leib Klein of Ungvar.
The Tiferet Shabbat Society was established in 1883 by young men of Pressburg Yeshiva, and aimed at awakening learning competition between the Yeshiva students. Every Shabbat, one of the young men was chosen to give a "shiur" on the subject being learnt in the yeshiva.
Some of the regulations: "Every Shabbat all the members of the society will gather in the small beit midrash next to the large beit midrash and they shall not come late to hear the drasha (homiletic exegesis) spoken at that time … the gaba'im will tell the person whose turn it is to speak two weeks earlier that it is his turn … The drasha shall be about the issue being discussed in the shiurim in consecutive order … and the members of the society are requested to participate if they have what to say to strengthen and honor the Torah, and the one who speaks will repent out of love …".
The book mentions names of c. 240 students of Pressburg Yeshiva in the days of the Shevet Sofer, members and gaba'im of The Society. Each name appears on a separate leaf, with large handwritten letters. Some of the names were added in a later handwriting, details on the position served by the yeshiva's alumni, his place of dwelling or his rabbinical position [sometimes, a number of places are written as the alumni changed his position], biographic details such as place of birth or date of death etc.
Amongst the young men mentioned are dozens of Hungarian rabbis, including a few gedolei hador (leaders of the generation):
Rabbi Asher Anshel Jungreiss "now Rabbi of Csenger"; Rabbi Shmuel Binyamin Shpitzer "now Rabbi of Halicz … Miskloc … Hamburg". Rabbi [Shabtai] Sheptel Weiss "now Rabbi of Nagysimonyi"; Rabbi Zvi Dikak, "now Rabbi of Ughely"; Rabbi Yoseph Zvi (Maharitz) Dushinsky, "now Rabbi of Galanta"; The Young Man Ya'akov Bender – who was Rabbi of Waitzen; Rabbi Menachem Shikak, "now Rabbi of Siksa"; Rabbi Zvi Kintzelicher; Rabbi Shlomo Sofer; Rabbi Shmuel Binyamin Sofer; Rabbi Menachem Sofer; etc.
, 248 leaves, 34 cm. Good condition. Stains and minor tears to leaf margins, some restored. Original cover, leather spine and corners restored.