Geon Tzvi – Lviv, 1839-1840 – Copy of Rebbe Yoel Teitelbaum of Satmar

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Geon Tzvi, on Shulchan Aruch Choshen Mishpat, by R. Moshe Tzvi Heller Rabbi of Bokshevitz. Lviv: Yehuda Leib Balaban, [ca. 1839-1840]. First edition.
Copy of Rebbe Yoel Teitelbaum Rabbi of Satmar, Irshava and Karoly, with his stamps from his tenures as rabbi of Karoly and Irshava on the title page and on other pages. Handwritten ownership inscription at the top of the title page, attesting that the book belongs to "the astute rabbi, splendor of Israel… our master".
Early stamps at the foot of the title page (partially indistinct): "…Katz Rubinstein".
Rebbe Yoel Teitelbaum of Satmar (1887-1979), a leader of his generation, president of the Edah HaCharedit in Jerusalem and leader of American Orthodox Jewry, one of the founding pillars of Chassidic Jewry after the Holocaust. Born in Sighet, he was the son of Rebbe Chananya Yom Tov Lipa, the Kedushat Yom Tov, and grandson of Rebbe Yekutiel Yehuda, the Yitav Lev, who both served as rabbis of Sighet (Sighetu Marmației) and were leaders of Chassidic Jewry in the Maramureș region. He was renowned from his youth as a leading Torah scholar, for his perspicacity and intellectual capacities, as well as for his holiness and outstanding purity. After his marriage to the daughter of Rebbe Avraham Chaim Horowitz of Polaniec, he settled in Satmar and taught Torah and Chassidut to an elite group of disciples and followers. He served as rabbi of Irshava, Karoly (Carei; from 1925), and Satmar (Satu Mare; from 1934), managing in each of these places a large yeshiva and Chassidic court. He stood at the helm of faithful, uncompromising Orthodox Jewry in the Maramureș region. During the Holocaust, he was rescued through the famous Kastner Train, and after a journey through Bergen-Belsen, Switzerland and Eretz Israel, he reached the United States, where he established the largest Chassidic group in the world.
The author, R. Moshe Tzvi Heller (d. Tammuz 1767, Encyclopedia L'Chachmei Galicia, II, p. 656-658). Rabbi of Bakshevitz, a leading Galician Torah scholar. Descendant of R. Yitzchak Chajes Rabbi of Prague, author of Apei Ravrevei. He passed away at a young age, before reaching the age of forty (as stated in the foreword of his grandson, the publisher). He was nevertheless the prime teacher of many prominent Galician rabbis. His renowned disciples include several Chassidic leaders, such as R. Meshulam Feivish of Zbaraz author of Yosher Divrei Emet, R. Tzvi Hirsh Caro Rabbi of Buchach author of Neta Shaashu'im, and R. David Shlomo Eybeschutz author of Arvei Nachal and Levushei Serad.


[2], 88; 9 leaves. 36 cm. Overall good condition. Stains and wear. Marginal worming. Margins of leaf 88 trimmed with damage to colophon. Open tear to top of final leaf, affecting leaf numeral. Stamps. New leather binding.


The date of printing of the book is based on the chronogram on the title page, and on the dates of most of the approbations (Cheshvan 1839 – Tevet 1840). At the foot of the title page, censorship authorization (in German) dated December 1838.

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Chassidut – Books of Important Ownership