Auction 85 - Judaica: Books, Manuscripts, Rabbinical Letters, Ceremonial Art

Chelkat Binyamin Passover Haggadah, by the Maggid of Zalozitz – Lviv, 1794 – First Printed Chassidic Haggadah – Segulah to "Bring Many to Repentance" – Signature of Rabbi Shmuel Heller

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Chelkat Binyamin, Passover Haggadah with kavanot of the Arizal and the Chelkat Binyamin commentary by R. Binyamin, the Maggid of Zalozitz (Zaliztsi). Lviv: Rebbetzin Yehudit [Rosanes], [1794]. First edition of the first Chassidic Haggadah to be printed.
Approbation by R. Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev, who acclaims the composition as capable of "bringing many to repentance".
The author, R. Binyamin, Maggid of Zalozitz (d. 1791), was well-versed both in revealed and hidden realms of the Torah. A contemporary of the Baal Shem Tov and early Chassidic masters, he was one of the first disseminators of Chassidic teachings.
Signature on title page of R. Shmuel Heller (1786-1884), a leading Torah scholar and physician, who served as rabbi of Safed for sixty years.
Ownership inscription on p. 2a (blurred and trimmed).
[1], 25, [11] leaves. Lacking 2 leaves ([7]-[8]) of [13] leaves at end of book. Leaves [1] and [2] of final sequence supplied from a different copy (different size; margins trimmed close to text, affecting heading on one page). 20.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, including wax stains. Worming, affecting text. Minor marginal tears to first leaves. Leaves trimmed with slight damage to heading on final leaf. Handwritten inscriptions. New binding.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 156; Yaari 253; Otzar HaHaggadot 373.

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