Israelson, Shalom. Divrei Shalom [responsa, with rabbinic novellae]

AUCTION 55 | Thursday, June 21st, 2012 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Manuscripts Autograph Letters, Graphic & Ceremonial Art

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Lot 38

Israelson, Shalom. Divrei Shalom [responsa, with rabbinic novellae]

<<FIRST EDITION.>> Printed presentation-slip tipped in to front. ff. 260. Ex-library, gutter split. Boards. 4to. Goldman 636.

St. Louis: Moinester Printing 1920

Est: $120 - $180
The author studied under R. Israel Salanter and migrated to America in 1894 where he served as a rabbi in Milwaukee and Chicago. He bemoans here his fate stating that his life has been a chain of tragedies and only his writings give him any purpose for living, “should even one person of a thousand derive pleasure from my works I will be satisfied” (p. 257). In a later work, Derech Shalom, Israelson notes: “Of my first book, Neveh Shalom, only a few copies sold, subsequently more than half the remaining copies were destroyed in a fire” (p. 9).