Lot 25: Me'irat Einayim - Vilna, 1839 / Edut L'Yisrael - Pressburg, 1839 - Copy of the Ktav Sofer, with his Signature
November 15, 2016
Jerusalem, IsraelLive Auction
Description: Me'irat Einayim, about inspection of animals lungs (after shechita), by R. Mordechai Ze'ev Segal Ettinger and his brother-in-law R. Yosef Shaul Nathanson. Vilna, 1839. Bound with: Edut L'Yisrael - Simla Shlishit, novellae on Tractate Makot, by Rabbi Binyamin Ze'ev Katz (Kohen Tzedek) Rappaport. Pressburg, 1839. The two books were bound together originally. Copy of R. Avraham Shmuel Binyamin Sofer, the author of Ktav sofer (son of the Chatam Sofer). Signed by him at the top of the first title page. Under his signature is the stamp of his son Rabbi Moshe Sofer. Rabbi Akiva Eger, grandfather of the Ktav Sofer wrote one of the approbations on Me'irat Einayim. His father, the Chatam Sofer, wrote an approbation for Edut L'Yisrael. R. Avraham Shmuel Binyamin Sofer (1815-1871), eldest son of the Chatam Sofer and his successor in the Pressburg rabbinate and as head of the Pressburg Yeshiva. Eminent Torah scholar, his disciples were leading rabbis in Hungary and its region. His works of responsa, Talmudic and Torah novellae were titled Ktav Sofer. Before his birth, his illustrious father, author of the Chatam Sofer foresaw that the soul of a tsaddik was to descend to the world and indeed, from his youth his holiness and devotion to Torah were evident. At the young age of 17-18, he exchanged halachic correspondence with his father's leading disciples. At the beginning, he concealed the tremendous diligence and proficiency of his vast Torah knowledge from his father, but with time, his father discerned his Torah stature and designated him as his successor in delivering discourses in the yeshiva and in halachic responsa to various rabbis throughout the world. His illustrious father guided him down the path to greatness in knowledge of revealed and hidden Torah and sent him Kabbalistic books to peruse. After his father's death in 1839, he succeeded his father as rabbi and head of yeshiva at the young age of 24 and was included in the sphere of the foremost Torah leaders of his times. He headed the rabbis who fought against the Reform movement and gave instructions to separate Hungarian communities into separate Orthodox entities. His halachic authority was widely accepted even by leading Torah scholars of his times. The Pressburg Yeshiva which he headed was the leading yeshiva in Hungary in the days of the Ktav Sofer, 300-400 students attended the yeshiva, most alumni of other Hungarian yeshivot. A substantial percentage of the rabbis serving in Hungary and central-Europe had been students at the Pressburg Yeshiva. Two books bound together. , 105 pages; 23 leaves. 23 cm. Good condition. Stains. Light wear. Contemporary binding, damaged.