Auction 92 Part 1 Rare and Important Items

Luchot Edut – In Support of Rabbi Yehonatan Eybeschutz – Altona, 1755

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Luchot Edut, essays and letters from rabbis, defending R. Yehonatan Eybeschutz in the amulet polemic which arose against him. Altona, [1755]. First edition.
The book comprises essays and letters from rabbis and community leaders who supported R. Yehonatan Eybeschutz after he was falsely accused of Sabbatianism by R. Yaakov Emden, due to amulets he had written. The book opens with a foreword by R. Yehonatan, in which he describes how the dispute evolved. It concludes with a commentary on one amulet, and a sermon "which I delivered when the commotion began, on 26th Shevat 1751 in public, in which I defended myself at length".
In response to this book, R. Yaakov Emden published the book VaYakem Edut BeYaakov (see next item).

[12], 2-78 leaves. 19 cm. Paper mostly browned. Good-fair condition. Stains. Marginal tears to title page, repaired with paper. Leaves trimmed close to text in several places. Inscriptions on front endpaper. Stamps. New binding.

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