Auction 106: Rare Hebrew Books
By Kestenbaum & Company
Jun 27, 2024
The Brooklyn Navy Yard Building 77, 141 Flushing Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11205, United States
The Marx Library (Part II).
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Auction took place on Jun 27, 2024 at Kestenbaum & Company


Willowsky, Ya’akov David. Nimukei Ridva’z

[commentary to Bereishith and Shemoth].


Contemporary boards. 4to.

Goldman, Hebrew Printing in America no. 721.

Chicago, 1904.

The Ridva’z (1845-1913) served as rabbi of a number of cities in Russia, most notably Slutzk where he established a yeshiva with R. Isser Zalman Meltzer at its helm. In 1903 the Ridva’z traveled to America in order to seek financial support for the publication of his commentary to the Jerusalem Talmud. While there, he was prevailed upon to stay and fill the position of Chief Rabbi of Chicago.

The present work, issued a year into the rabbi’s stay in the United States, contains an important introduction pertaining to the history of Kashruth supervision in Chicago in which the author castigated against the overseeing rabbis. He sets out the overall state of Jewish ritual practice and religious education in America, which he saw as being quite woeful.

Discouraged, the Ridvaz left America in 1905 and settled in Tzfat, where he later died.