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Lot Number 23

Turei Even, by the Author of the Sha’agat Aryeh – First Edition – Inscribed by the Author’s Son, Rabbi Asher Ginzburg-Wallerstein, Rabbi of Karlsruhe

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Lot Number 23

Turei Even, by the Author of the Sha’agat Aryeh – First Edition – Inscribed by the Author’s Son, Rabbi Asher Ginzburg-Wallerstein, Rabbi of Karlsruhe

Turei Even, on Tractates Rosh Hashana, Chagiga and Megillah, by R. Aryeh Leib Ginzburg, author of the Shaagat Aryeh. Metz, [1781]. First edition.
At the top of the title page is a dedication handwritten and signed by the son of the author, R. Asher Rabbi of Karlsruhe, who (in 1822?) awarded the book to a young Torah student for his excellent performance on a test by the city rabbi: "Testimony to a recent test I have administered to the children of the Talmud Torah of this city and I have found among them the child Koppel of Bruchsal erudite and comprehending the teachings of the sages and novellae in halacha and Tosafot. I gave him this nice book as a gift and I signed my name on Monday, Isru Chag of Pesach 1822 – Asher son of the author, Karlsruhe and the region".
R. Asher Ginzburg-Wallerstein, Rabbi of Wallerstein and of Karlsruhe (1754-1837), was an eminent Torah scholar, who already from a young age exchanged halachic correspondence with leading Torah luminaries of his time, such as the Noda BiYehuda, the Haflaah and the Or Chadash. Youngest son and beloved disciple of his father, the renowned author of Shaagat Aryeh, and his leading disciple in the Metz Yeshiva. Known for his sharpness of mind, his father attested that "his son is sharper in Torah study than he himself" (approbation of R. Gedalia of Metz, disciple of the Shaagat Aryeh, to the book Gevurot Ari).
Officiated as Rabbi in the Metz Yeshiva and later in the Niederwerrn Yeshiva. After the passing of his father, the Shaagat Aryeh, the Metz community begged him to succeed his father as rabbi, however, he adamantly refused. From 1788, he began his 25-year tenure as Rabbi of Wallerstein. In 1819, he relocated to the Karlsruhe rabbinate and served as Chief Rabbi of the entire Baden district.
Many prominent rabbis of Southern-Germany communities (Baden and Bavaria districts) were his disciples. He was the primary teacher of R. Yaakov Ettlinger, author of the Aruch LaNer and also taught R. Eliyahu Wilstetter (his successor in the Karlsruhe rabbinate), R. Eliyahu Hirsh Prager Rabbi of Bruchsal, and others.
During his lifetime, Torah study in Germany ebbed and R. Asher exerted himself to teach and disseminate Torah among Jewish youth as he writes: "…Therefore, I have decided to reinforce our holy religion, to protect the success of Jewish youth and to give honor and glory to those who succeed in their studies. I will test them and if I see that they succeed in their studies, I will honor them in public and call them up to the Torah with the title 'HeChaver'. Perhaps this will lead to competition among Jewish youth" (Beit Aharon V'Yisrael anthology, 50, p. 166, citing the Kerem Shlomo anthology, Year 7, Issue 7, p. 44).
The recipient of this gift was R. Ginzburg's disciple in his senior years, R. Yaakov Koppel Moshe HaLevi Lowenstein from Bruchsal, who later officiated as Rabbi of Gailingen and the region. In his youth, he studied in the Karlsruhe Yeshiva under the tutelage of R. Pilta Epstein, R. Aharon Ettlinger and his son R. Yaakov (author of Aruch LaNer). Later, R. Koppel studied in yeshivot in Mainz and Hanau and from 1825, in the Würzburg Yeshiva. The Kerem Shlomo anthology (Cheshvan 1982, p. 57) published a letter by the Aruch LaNer (who at that time taught in his father's yeshiva in Karlsruhe) to R. Avraham Bing, head of the Würzburg Yeshiva, recommending his friend R. Koppel, telling of their friendship: "…Most of our childhood, we were friends studying here in Karlsruhe under the tutelage of my father, my teacher, and he would pursue the study of wisdom and science as well. Afterward, he progressed to the yeshiva in Mainz and thence to the yeshiva of the Rabbi of Hanau…", (cited in the Yeshurun anthology, 8, p. 779). Eventually, R. Yaakov Koppel received rabbinical ordination (semicha) from his first teacher, R. Asher Wallerstein (see the Kerem Shlomo anthology, Year 2, Issue 8).
[1], 52, 51-56 leaves; 44; 48 leaves. 32 cm. High-quality paper and wide margins. Condition varies; good condition. Tear to the top of the title page (old paper repairs). Stains and dampstains. Light wear. Tears to margins of several leaves, not affecting text. Original binding with leather spine. Handwritten documents in the lining of the binding (these leaves were not removed and examined).

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