YOCHANAN B. ISAAC OF HOELLESCHAU (Editor). Teshuvath Hageonim [responsa concerning the correct pronunciation of the name of God]. * WITH: Ma’aseh Rav [halachic polemic]

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Fine Judaica: The Library of the late Professor Abraham J. Karp.

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Lot 31
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YOCHANAN B. ISAAC OF HOELLESCHAU (Editor). Teshuvath Hageonim [responsa concerning the correct pronunciation of the name of God]. * WITH: Ma’aseh Rav [halachic polemic]

FIRST EDITION. Title within typographical border ff.(1), 18. Some browning and staining. Modern morocco boards. Sm. 4to Vinograd, Amsterdam 832; Fuks, Amsterdam 426

Amsterdam: Immanuel ben Joseph Athias 1707

Est: $700 - $900
PRICE REALIZED $500
The polemic concerns a divorce granted by Chief Rabbi Aaron Hart (also known as R. Uri Phoebus Hamburger) to one Ansel Katz of London prior his flight to the West Indies due to gambling debts. This divorce was publicly criticized by Mordechai Hamburger who was promptly placed under the communal ban of “herem.” The ensuing quarrel involved Rabbis from three different countries (the Chacham Tzvi of Hamburg and the Rabbis of Amsterdam and Rotterdam) and caused a rift in the Aschkenazic congregation of London. Interspersed are many personal details concerning the internecine conflict of the protagonists of this Anglo-Jewish cause celebré. See also G.W. Busse, The Herem of Rabenu Tam in Queen Anne’s London, in JHSE Transactions, Vol. XX (1968) pp. 138- 48