Auction 92 Part 1 Rare and Important Items

Or HaGanuz (Anipoli) – First Edition – Segulah Book – Lviv, 1866 – Copy of the Rebbes of Slonim, the Divrei Shmuel and His Son Rebbe Yissachar Leib Weinberg – Rare Printed Wrappers

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Or HaGanuz, novellae on the Torah according to allegoric, kabbalistic and Chassidic approaches, with Part II – VeZot LiYehuda, novellae on Mishnayot "according to allegoric and kabbalistic approaches, lofty secrets", by R. Yehuda Leib HaKohen of Anipoli (Hannopil). Lviv: Uri Ze'ev Wolf Salat, [1866]. First edition. Divisional title page for Part II.
Copy with rare printed yellow wrappers.
Copy of the rebbes of Slonim – the present book belonged to the second rebbe of Slonim, the Divrei Shmuel, and was inherited by his son Rebbe Yissachar Leib, as attested by the stamps (indistinct) on the front wrapper and title page: "From the estate of my father Rebbe Sh. of Slonim, Yissachar Leib Weinberg".
Ownership inscriptions on the endpapers and wrappers, attesting that the book belonged to R. Yaakov Yehoshua Kopolowitz, grandson of Rebbe Shmuel of Slonim.
Rebbe Shmuel Weinberg of Slonim, author of Divrei Shmuel (1850-1916), grandson and close disciple of the Yesod HaAvodah – son of his son R. Yechiel Michel Aharon Weinberg. He began serving as rebbe ca. 1883. He always led his flock with love and exceptional devotion. For most of his life, he was engaged in raising funds for Kollel Reisin to support Torah scholars from Belarus in Tiberias. He also established the Or Torah yeshiva in Tiberias. Was one of the founders of Agudath Yisrael in 1912. The Divrei Shmuel would often frequent the Tzaddikim and rebbes of his generation, such as the Divrei Chaim of Sanz and R. Mordechai Shraga Feivish of Husiatyn. He often travelled to Rebbe David Moshe of Chortkov, whom he regarded as his prime teacher in all his affairs. The Divrei Chaim of Sanz once praised the Divrei Shmuel and stated that for more than three hundred years, a lofty soul like his had not come down to this world (R. Yitzchak David Lieder, Beit Deli, Jerusalem 2009, pp. 49-50). R. Chaim of Brisk testified that he was well versed in both Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmud, Sifra, Sifri and Tosefta (R. Shmuel Aharon Lieder, Nitei Esh, p. 471).
His eldest son, Rebbe Yissachar Leib Weinberg (1833-1928, Encyclopedia L'Chassidut, II, p 466-467), served as rebbe of Slonim after the passing of his father in 1916, alongside his younger brother Rebbe Avraham Weinberg, the Beit Avraham. The brothers shared a close friendship, and sometimes even led the Tish together, side by side. He was known for his wisdom and insight even in worldly matters, and for his tremendous love for his fellow Jew, giving a warm welcome to one and all. Rebbe Rayatz of Lubavitch stated about the two brothers, whom he knew from a young age, that he did not find such holy and pure brothers in entire Poland. Rebbe Yissachar Leib passed away on 28th Nissan 1928, leaving behind his son Rebbe Avraham Yehoshua Heshel (later rebbe of Slonim – Tel Aviv, 1898-1978, Encyclopedia L'Chassidut, I, pp. 95-96).
At the time of printing, Or HaGanuz received enthusiastic approbations from prominent Chassidic leaders of the time, including the only book approbation ever given by Rebbe Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch, the Tzemach Tzedek. The book was also accorded approbations by R. Mordechai of Chernobyl, by his holy sons – R. Aharon of Chernobyl, R. Avraham of Turiisk and R. David of Tolna, and by his nephew R. Yitzchak Yaakov of Makariv; and by R. Chaim of Sanz and R. Yitzchak Meir of Ger, the Chiddushei HaRim.
In his approbation, R. Mordechai of Chernobyl (the Maggid of Chernobyl), extols the segulah and protective qualities of the book: "Every person should purchase this holy book for merit and excellent protection for himself and his descendants". His holy sons – R. Aharon of Chernobyl, R. Avraham of Trisk (Turiisk) and R. David of Tolna – also mention in their approbations the segulah for protection that their father described. In the publisher's foreword, the author's grandson likewise cites the protective qualities of the book.
The author, R. Yehuda Leib HaKohen of Anipoli (d. 1807, Encyclopedia L'Chassidut, II, pp. 33-34), was a disciple of the Maggid of Mezeritch. According to one source, he was previously a disciple of the Gaon of Vilna. It is told that he was one of the four disciples who were at the side of the Maggid at the time of his death (together with R. Avraham HaMalach, the Baal HaTanya and R. Zusha of Anipoli). He and his friend R. Zusha of Anipoli were asked by R. Shneur Zalman of Liadi to grant their approbation to the Tanya.

[2], 12; 84; 33, [1] leaves (including front and back printed wrappers). 25.5 cm. Good condition. Stains, including dampstains and dark stains in several places. Minor worming. Stamps. New leather binding.

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