Auction 42 - Rare and Important Items

Tur Bareket – Amsterdam, 1654 – Copy of Rebbe Moshe of Savran

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Tur Bareket, Part 3 of Mekor Chaim, commentary on the Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim, Simanim 129-497 [the laws of Passover and the festivals], according to simple and Kabbalistic interpretations, by the Kabbalist Rabbi Chaim HaCohen of Allepo, disciple of Rabbi Chaim Vital. Amsterdam, [1654]. With the text of the Shulchan Aruch without the Rama's glosses.
The book first belonged to Rabbi Shmuel Heller (1786-1884, Otzar HaRabbanim 19134) Av Beit Din of Safed, who signed his name several times on the first leaf and on many leaves inside the book. Afterward, Rabbi Shmuel Heller gave the book to Rebbe Moshe of Savran and wrote him a dedication on the first leaf (Leaf 9): "A gift in honor of the Rabbi…Moshe of Savran, from me, Shmuel Heller".
Rabbi Moshe Zvi Gutterman of Savran (1775-1837, Encyclopedia L'Chassidut Vol. 3, pp. 369-371), son of Rabbi Shimon Shlomo – The Magid of Savran (disciple of the Magid of Mezritch). One of the foremost Chassidic leaders of his times, a famous tsaddik and holy person, close disciple of Rabbi Baruch of Medzhibozh, who sent him together with Rabbi Yisrael of Ruzhin and with Rabbi Yitzchak Yoel of Linitz to spread Chassidism in the Podolia region and in Ukraine [Rabbi Baruch of Medzhibozh said that if he had a minyan of disciples like Rabbi Moshe Zvi, he could easily bring the Messiah]. He was also the disciple of Rebbe Avraham Yehoshua Heshel, author of the Ohev Yisrael of Apta and of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdychiv, and he also learned Chassidism from the Saba of Shpola. He succeeded his father as Rabbi of Savran and of Uman where he established his elegant court. After the death of the Rebbe of Apta, he became the central figure of the Volhynia and Podolia, Bessarabia and Moldova Chassidism. He was regarded as the eldest of the Chassidic rebbes and assembled thousands of Chassidim around him who accepted his authority. His pronounced influence caused many cities and villages to send him a letter accepting him as their rabbi and were utterly subject to his words. He was known for his sharp opposition to Breslov Chassidism and among other steps he banned them and ruled that it is prohibited to eat from their shechita. Nonetheless, Breslov Chassidim listed him among the greatest tsaddikim of his generation. For some unknown reason, in his later years he moved to serve in the village of Tiszalonka. His disciples included many Chassidic leaders, such as: Rabbi Avraham Dov of Ovruch, Rabbi Aharon Moshe of Brody, Rabbi Gedalya Aharon of Linitz, Rabbi Chaim of Kosov, Rabbi Moshe of Kobryn, and others. A Chassidic legend circulates that following Rabbi Moshe Zvi’s death, an earthquake shook the earth. His words of Torah were printed in the book Likutei Shoshanim by his disciple Rabbi Azriel Dov HaLevi Av Beit Din of Karasan. His holy brother was Rabbi Aryeh Leib of Bender. His son and descendants after him constituted the magnificent dynasty of Savran rebbes.
9-55, 61 [should be: 58]-264, 267-298, 297-442 leaves. Mispaginated. Missing: Leaves 1-8 and Leaf 56. (Leaf 87 was mistakenly bound before Leaf 86). 18 cm. Fair-good condition, spotting and moisture traces. Worm damages. Margins cut on the border of the upper title. Tears on several leaves (with damage to text). New leather binding.
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