AUCTION 33 | Tuesday, June 20th, 2006 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Including Hebrew Printed Books, Manuscripts, & Autograph Letters

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Lot 72


Kohen-Tzedek, Joseph. Kodesh Hilulim [eulogies for the Jahrzeit of R. Shimon ben Yochai and R. Moses Isserles -Lag ba-Omer - in Cong. “Bnei Emunah,” Cracow, on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of death of R. Moses Isserles (Ram”a)]. * With: Kohen-Tzedek, David. Tosepheth Kedushah [Addendum from Author’s Son] pp.48; 32. Light stains. Later boards. 8vo Friedberg K-151

Altona: Gerüder Bonn 1873

Est: $300 - $500
Joseph Kohen-Tzedek (1827-1903), rabbinical scholar and preacher, a native of Lemberg, was able to trace his lineage back to R. Moses Isserles of Cracow (to whom this work is dedicated). Kohen-Tzedek was a fluent peacher, occupying positions in Cracow, Altona, as well as Frankfurt a/Main. In 1875, Kohen-Tzedek emigrated to London. He was a talented journalist and editor, poet, and publisher of medieval works, including Joseph Cohen’s Divrei ha-Yamim and Kalonymos’ Even Bochan. See EJ, Vol. XII, p.649 It seems that in addition to his other talents, Kohen-Tzedek was also a master of parody. He makes sport of the deliberations of the Reform movement: “The conference at Braunschweig is greater than the gathering of Pumbeditha! The gathering at Augsburg, greater than Neharde’a” (see p.27). “There is no longer any Messiah for Israel, for they have already partaken of him in the year 1848.” (The reference is to the Revolution of 1848; the parody is based on the words of R. Hillel in TB Sanhedrin 99a, “There is no longer any Messiah for Israel, for they have already partaken of him in the days of Hezekiah”)