Auction 5 Judaica
Apr 4, 2019 (Your local time)
 Freehold Jewish center 59 Broad street, Freehold NJ. 07728
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LOT 28:

Meishiv Dovor. Rare uncensored edition. First Edition. Warsaw 1894.

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Sold for: $500
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$ 300
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Rare uncensored edition of the responsa of the Netziv, Meishiv Dovor. Apparently the family printed some copies of the sefer and then halted publication until certain parts were redacted. There are at least 14 differences between this and the subsequent edition both printed in 1894 shortly after his passing. Most of the erasures are of the names of those who sent or received responsa. Perhaps the most significant erasure is in section 1 pages 71-73 where, in this edition, the Netziv quotes the well-known “Ha’Melitz” journal, issues 173 and 207. In the redacted version the mention of the “Ha’Melitz” is removed. Evidently those who were involved in the publication did not wish the public to know that the Netziv read these journals. It is interesting to note that some of these responsa were published in the “Ha’Melitz” journals.
R. Naftoli Tzvi Yehuda Berlin (1816–1893), was one of the greatest rabbinical figures of his era, Rosh Yeshiva of Volozhin and author of many important works. His first wife was the daughter of R. Yitzchok of Volozhin, the son of R. Chaim of Volozhin. His second wife was his niece, a daughter of his brother in law, R. Yechiel Michel Epstein, the author of the Oruch Ha’Shulchon. A son from his first marriage, R. Chaim Berlin, became the Rav of Moscow and his daughter married R. Refoel Shapiro later Rosh Yeshiva in Volozhin. R. Meir Berlin (later Bar-Ilan) was his son from his second marriage.
Additionally, unlike most copies, this copy is made of quality paper as opposed to the usual thin paper.
Vinograd Warsaw 342. Halter/Eisenstadt press. 178, 120 pages. 30 cm. Fine condition. Modern binding.
Opening bid $300

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