Auction 048 Rebbes of Satmar, Sighet and Bobov - Books, Objects, Letters and Manuscripts, Broadsides and Printed Items

Yismach Moshe on Neviim, Ketuvim, Megillot and the Festivals – First Edition – Sighet, 1906-1908 – Two Parts in Two Volumes

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Yismach Moshe, Part I – homilies on Neviim, Ketuvim and the Five Megillot; Part II – homilies on the festivals, by Rebbe Moshe Teitelbaum Rabbi of Ujhel (Sátoraljaújhely). Sighet: Abraham Kaufmann and sons, 1906/1908. First edition.
The book comprises ten works.
Author's biography at the beginning of Part I (leaves 1-12), titled Tehillah LeMoshe, composed by the author's great-grandson, R. Yisrael Yaakov Yukel Teitelbaum of Volova (1838-1924), and the latter's son the publisher Rebbe Moshe David Teitelbaum of Magyarlápos.
Signature on the title page of part I; stamp on the title page of part II: "Moshe Segal…" with his inscription on the final page: "I purchased this book… from R. Meir Stessel… 1912, Grosswardein. I, Moshe Segal…".

Part I: [3], 2-96 leaves. Leaves 17-24 bound out of sequence. Part II: [3], 2-97 leaves. 24 cm. Good condition. Stains. Creases and minor wear. Minor tears. Repairs to title page and final page of part II. New bindings.

The Yismach Moshe, Rebbe Moshe Teitelbaum Rabbi of Ujhel (1759-1841) was an illustrious Chassidic leader in Hungary and Galicia and progenitor of the Sighet and Satmar Chassidic dynasties. An outstanding Torah scholar and G-dly kabbalist, well versed in all facets of Torah, revealed as well as hidden. During his lifetime he was renowned as a holy G-dly man and a wonder-worker benefiting from Divine Inspiration. He first served as rabbi of Shinova (Sieniawa) from 1785-1808, and in 1808, was appointed rabbi of Ujhel (Sátoraljaújhely) and the region. At first, R. Moshe was an opponent of Chassidut, and in his youth, he travelled to Vilna to study Torah from the Gaon of Vilna. Over the years, R. Moshe gravitated towards Chassidut, influenced by his son-in-law R. Aryeh Leib Lifshitz of Vishnitsa, author of Responsa Aryeh D'Vei Ila'i, who convinced him to travel to the Chozeh of Lublin. There, R. Moshe saw revelations of Divine Inspiration, and became the Chozeh's close disciple, adhering to Chassidut and disseminating its doctrines. He also travelled to the Ohev Yisrael of Apta. From 1815, R. Moshe began distributing amulets to those requiring salvation and "the pen cannot properly describe the wonders performed by those amulets". Reputedly, he deliberated whether to continue writing amulets until he heard a pronouncement from Heaven: "Do not fear for I am with you" (Tehillah LeMoshe). Until this day, most of the texts of amulets and "protections" in Ashkenazi countries are attributed to the Yismach Moshe, including the printed text of the "Protection for the infant and the mother" and "Protection from epidemic". The text of the renowned Kerestir amulets, inscribed by Chassidic rebbes for safeguarding home and property, also originates from him.

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