Otot HaShamayim, by Rabbi Aryeh Leib of Strizov, Teacher of the Yismach Moshe – Zhitomir, 1805 – Copy of Rebbe Yoel Teitelbaum of Satmar

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Otot HaShamamyim – Derishat Ari, on Shulchan Aruch, Part I: Laws of Milah and Tefillin, Shabbat, Yom Tov and Chol HaMoed; Part II: Laws of Niddah, by Rebbe Aryeb Leib HaLevi Rabbi of Strizov (Strzyżów). Zhitomir: printer not indicated, 1805. First edition, with approbations by R. Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev, the Maggid R. Yisrael of Kozhnitz, and Rebbe Moshe Teitelbaum (the Yismach Moshe) – the author's disciple.
Copy of Rebbe Yoel Teitelbaum, rabbi of Satmar, Irshava and Karoly. Ownership inscriptions on the front endpaper, attesting that the book belongs to Rebbe Yoel Teitelbaum, rabbi of Irshava and the regions. Stamps from his tenure as rabbi of Karoly on the endpapers and other leaves. Catalog number of the library of the rebbe of Satmar.
Early ownership inscription on the title page. Signature on the title page (in pencil): "Shmuel".
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. Aryeh Leib HaLevi (1736-1803, Encyclopedia L'Chassidut, I, p. 58) was a foremost Chassidic leader, rabbi of Strizov and other communities. He authored Derishat HaAri, Otot HaShamayim and Even Pina on Shulchan Aruch Even HaEzer. The Maggid of Kozhnitz writes in his approbation to this book: "…I knew him in the past, when he was in this community, and I perceived that he was an eminent rabbi…". Rebbe Moshe Teitelbaum, author of Yismach Moshe, cousin and close disciple of the author R. Aryeh Leib, refers to him reverently in his approbation: "The greatest amongst giants… my master and teacher….". R. Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev, in his approbation, extols the author's virtues: "His entire life, he did not depart from the tent of Torah, rendering his nights like days… and he studied Torah for the sake of Heaven, and dove into the mighty waters of the Talmud and halachic literature, in order to derive from them the laws…".
R. Yosef Shaul Nathansohn, author of Shoel UMeshiv, writes in his approbation to Responsa Heshiv Moshe by the Yismach Moshe: "He [=the Yismach Moshe] was a disciple of the great Torah scholar, author of Derishat Ari on Even HaEzer, and it appears that he learnt from him both revealed and hidden parts of the Torah, since the Derishat Ari was well-versed in Torah and Chassidut, no secret was hidden from him, and the Yismach Moshe received both Torah and practical Kabbalah from him".
In their foreword, the sons of the author relate to the unusual name given to the composition – Otot HaShamayim, asserting that although they do not know their father's reason for giving this name to his book, they are certain that he had a precise explanation for it, which he did not disclose. They add that his disciple, the Yismach Moshe, heard directly from the author that his compositions and the names he gave them were all based on Kabbalah.


93 leaves; 18 leaves. Approx. 19 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, including dampstains and wax stains. Wear and several tears. A few leaves trimmed with damage to text. Worming to several leaves, slightly affecting text. Stamps and handwritten inscriptions. New leather binding.


In the early 19th century, prior to the relocation of the Shapira printing press from Slavita to Zhitomir in 1847, only very few Hebrew books, including several Chassidic books, were printed in Zhitomir (printed in 1804-1805). This is one of the first books printed in Zhitomir.

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