Auction 86 - Part I - Rare & Important Items

Glosses Handwritten by Rabbi Yisrael Lifshitz, the Tiferet Yisrael – On Tractate Taanit – Berlin and Frankfurt an der Oder, 1735

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Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
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Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Taanit, with the classic commentaries, Piskei Tosafot and the Rosh. Berlin and Frankfurt an der Oder: Michael Gottschalck, [1735]. With glosses handwritten by R. Yisrael Lifshitz, author of Tiferet Yisrael.
Two lengthy scholarly glosses on ff. 13a and 20b, signed "Yisrael". The glosses were identified by an expert as having been handwritten by R. Yisrael Lifshitz author of Tiferet Yisrael.
R. Yisrael Lifshitz (1782-1860) is renowned for his monumental work Tiferet Yisrael on the six orders of Mishna, which was accepted by the entire Jewish world and has been reprinted in hundreds of editions until this day. He was the son of R. Gedalia Lifshitz, author of Regel Yeshara, and grandson of R. Yisrael Lifshitz, rabbi of Cleves. An outstanding Torah scholar and a foremost leader of German Jewry, he sat studying Torah the entire day, wrapped in Tallit and Tefillin beneath his outer coat, and was renowned as a holy and G-d fearing man. He served as rabbi for over fifty years, in many Prussian communities, including: Wronki, Chodzież, Dessau, Danzig and others. Apart from Tiferet Yisrael on the Mishna, he composed many other books of homily, novellae and halachic rulings.
36 leaves. 33 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Worming, affecting text. Marginal tears and wear. Open tear to title page, affecting text, repaired with paper. Ownership inscription at top of folio 17a. New, elegant leather binding.
Manuscripts, Letters and Signatures – Ashkenazi Rabbis
Manuscripts, Letters and Signatures – Ashkenazi Rabbis