Auction 92 Part 1 Rare and Important Items

Nachalat Shimon (Disciple of Rebbe Elimelech of Lizhensk) – Łaszczów, 1815 – First Edition

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Nachalat Shimon, ethical and Chassidic essays on the weekly Torah portions, by R. Shimon Deutsch Ashkenazi Rabbi of Dobromyl, disciple of R. Elimelech of Lizhensk. [Łaszczów: printer not indicated, 1815]. First edition.
This first edition was published by a disciple of the author, R. Shmuel of Premisla (Przemyśl), and does not contain Torah thoughts on Parashat Bereshit. At the end of the book of Shemot (p. 20b of the first sequence), the publisher relates to this, offering his assumption that the author's decision not to elaborate on the ten generations between Adam and Noach was based on profound kabbalistic reasons. (It must be noted that the second edition of the book, Polonne 1821, contains novellae to Parashat Bereshit as well as to other Torah portions which do not appear in the first edition. These additions were included in the Polonne 1821 edition only, whilst subsequent editions follow the first edition and omit the additions).
The author R. Shimon Deutsch Ashkenazi Rabbi of Dobromyl (d. Cheshvan 1801), was a great and holy Torah scholar, a foremost disciple of R. Elimelech of Lizhensk. Held in high esteem by Chassidic leaders, his Torah thoughts are quoted reverently in the writings of great Chassidic masters such as the Bnei Yissaschar, Melo HaRo'im, R. Alexander of Komarno, R. Moshe of Kozhnitz, and others. He exchanged halachic correspondence with leading rabbis of his times, leaving behind many compositions in manuscript form, on Talmud, halachah and responsa. After his passing, a fire destroyed all his writings. This work was written by his disciples who recorded the sermons he delivered every Shabbat. The author did not leave behind any descendants. The book was named Nachalat Shimon by the publisher, since "this is his portion from all his toil, as he did not leave behind any offspring, rather alone he came and alone he left, and this will be his legacy" (publisher's foreword). The Yeshuot Yaakov wrote in his approbation to the book: "When I resided in Jarosław, he was in close proximity to me, and several times he presented before me his insight on a ruling, and all his words are taken as verified". The author quotes in this book ideas from his prominent teacher, R. Elimelech of Lizhensk: "and so it says in the book of my teacher the holy R. Elimelech" (Parashat Vaera). R. Shimon Ashkenazi's gravesite in Dobromyl was until the Holocaust a focal point for prayer, attracting the multitudes. Since he did not merit to have offspring, the synagogue of his community adopted the custom of reciting Aleinu LeShabe'ach following the Shabbat morning prayer, before the Torah reading, with a special Kaddish in his memory (Or Yekarot by R. Shalom Chaim Porush, IV, p. 379). The Beit Avraham, Rebbe of Slonim, would relate (based on an oral tradition) the way the Nachalat Shimon would describe the exalted atmosphere of the Shabbat day in the home of R. Elimelech of Lizhensk. He reported that the Shabbat holiness was so palpable in the house of his teacher, that every Friday, the kitchen maids would ask forgiveness from one another, similar to the prevailing practice in all Jewish places on Yom Kippur eve, "so that the grievances they bore against each other would not preclude their experiencing the holiness of the Shabbat". R. Shimon of Dobromyl recounted that when he witnessed this, R. Elazar, son of R. Elimelech, declared: "See how far-reaching the light of the holy Shabbat of my father is… even the maids can perceive this light" (Beit Avraham, Slonim, pp. 67, 259).

[4], 2-5, 5-20; 38 leaves. 17.5 cm. Fair condition. Stains, including dark dampstains to some leaves. Tears, including open tear to title page, repaired with tape. Worming, affecting text, mostly repaired with tape. Printing error to one leaf, affecting text. New binding.

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