Auction 98 Auction of Fine Judaica
By Kestenbaum & Company
Jun 16, 2022
The Brooklyn Navy Yard Building 77, 141 Flushing Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11205, United States

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LOT 5:

(CHASSIDISM).
Novellae of the Yismach Moishe, with

Sold for: $3,500
Start price:
$ 3,500
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(CHASSIDISM).
Novellae of the Yismach Moishe, with AUTOGRAPH NOTATIONS BY HIS GRANDSON THE YITEV LEV, AND GREAT-GREAT GRANDSON, R. MOSHE DAVID TEITELBAUM OF SIGHET AND VOLOVA. 


Manuscript written by scribe, with edits in the hands of the Yitev Lev and R. Moishe Dovid Teitelbaum. Single tall folio (two pages) written in double columns, contains material on: Tehillim (x3), Mishlei (x4), Shir HaShirim (x2), Avoth (x1), Halacha (x1), Talmudic novellae (x1) and Aggadah (x4; Tractates: Yoma, Gittin, Sanhedrin and Shabbath) and Piyutim for Rosh Hashana (x1).
Light stains. Bound into custom tall calf portfolio.


Sighet / Gorlitz: 1848-61

A VALUABLE INSIGHT INTO THE PUBLISHING PROCESS OF THE YISMACH MOISHE'S WORKS, PREPARED BY THE YITEV LEV.


R. Moishe Teitelbaum (the Yismach Moishe, 1759-1841) recorded his Torah thoughts as soon as they came to him, with whatever writing material he had available in the time. Following his death, the Yismach Moishe's grandson, R. Yekuthiel Yehuda Teitelbaum (the Yitev Lev), inherited decades-worth of miscellaneous papers and pages of all sizes. The Yitev Lev subsequently employed a scribe to transcribe and topically organize this trove of thousands notes in order to prepare them for publication. The Yitev Lev then added his own sources and edits for the printer. In this way, the Yismach Moishe's substantial works on the Torah were published between the years 1848-1861. THE VARIETY OF THE CONTENT IN THE PRESENT FOLIO LEAF HIGHLIGHTS JUST HOW MASSIVE THIS UNDERTAKING WAS, WITH NEGLIGIBLE SCRAPS OF PAPER SAVED FROM OBLIVION.


When pulled away by his own multiple rabbinic responsibilities, the Yitev Lev entrusted the Yismach Moishe's manuscripts to his grandson, R. Moishe Dovid Teitelbaum of Laposh. Thus, these pages were THE BASIS FOR SHARING THE YISMACH MOISHE'S WORKS WITH THE JEWISH WORLD with his original text, and subsequent autograph edits by his descendants.


R. MOISHE TEITELBAUM (the Yismach Moishe, 1759-1841) of Ujel (Sátoraljaújhely), is renowned for spreading the Chassidic revolution throughout Hungary. Initially opposed to the movement, he subsequently became a disciple of R. Ya'akov Yitzchak Horowitz, the Choizeh of Lublin. His own descendants would form some of Hungary's most significant Chassidic courts, including Satmar and Sighet.


R. YEKUTHIEL YEHUDA HALBERSTAM (the Yitev Lev, 1808-83) of Sighet, was the grandson of the Yismach Lev and inherited his grandfather's writings. He dedicated many years to editing them, a formidable task when coupled with the operation of his own substantial Chassidic court.


R. MOISHE DOVID TEITELBAUM (the Volover Rebbe, 1855-1935) of Laposh, was the grandson of the Yitev Lev. Dedicated to his family heritage, he published many of the Yismach Moishe's works, as well as manuscripts of his grandfather, the Yitev Lev.


For other examples of the Yismach Moishe's works prepared for printing, see Kedem Sale 83, Lot 37.