Lot 45: Chiddushei Aggadot Maharam Shick and Ahavat Yehonatan - Dozens of Long Hitherto Unprinted Glosses Handwritten by Rabbi Meir Shapira of Lublin, Creator of the Daf Yomi
15 November 2016
Jerusalem, IsraelLive Auction
Description: Chiddushei Aggadot Maharam Shick, on Pirkei Avot. Paks, 1890. Bound with: Ahavat Yehonatan on the Haftarot and on Megillat Eichah, by Rabbi Jonathan Eybesch?tz. Warsaw, 1875. On the title page of the first book is a stamp of R. "Meir Shapira Av Beit Din and Rabbi of Pietryka?". Signatures and stamps of R. "Menachem Menis Gold Magid Mesharim of Ternopil" [apparently, the previous owner of the book. The Maharam Shapira lived in his father-in-law's home in Ternopil after his marriage and became friendly with R. Menachem Gold]. Both books contain dozens of glosses in the handwriting of the Maharam Shapira. Impressive especially long glosses of substantial content. Most of them are written in the book Chiddushei Aggadot Maharam Shick. A concentration of so many glosses written by the Maharam Shapira is very scarce. These glosses have not been printed. Rabbi Meir Shapira (1887-1934), Rabbi of Pietryka? and Lublin, head of the Chachmei Lublin Yeshiva, introduced the idea of Daf Yomi, and was one of the founders of Agudat Yisrael and one of the leading rabbis of his times. A young and dominant rabbi, member of the Mo'etzet Gedolei HaTorah, the Maharam Shapira of Lublin was one of the most prominent rabbinical figures of recent generations. His father, R. Ya'akov Shimshon Shapira was a descendant of R. Pinchas of Korets and on his maternal side he was a grandson of R. Shmuel Yitzchak Schorr, author of the Minchat Shai responsa. He was the disciple of leading Galicia rabbis. In his youth, he receive semicha (ordination) from his grandfather the Minchat Shai and R. Meir Arik and also studied by the Maharsham of Berezan. He was also a close Chassid of R. Yisrael Freidman of Chortkov. First, he served in the rabbinates of Golina and Sanok. In 1924, he was appointed Rabbi of Pietryka? and later relocated to the Lublin rabbinate and built his famed Chachmei Lublin Yeshiva. Head of yeshiva, sharp and witty, an outstanding Torah scholar with incredible knowledge of Halacha and Aggadah; gifted lecturer, multifarious achiever and activist, he was a member of the Sejm (Parliament) of the Second Polish Republic. He died without offspring but he himself used to say that he had two children: the Daf Yomi and the Chachmei Lublin Yeshiva. Two books bound together: , 95,  leaves; 114 leaves. 22 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, wear and tears. New binding. Enclosed is an expert's report identifying the glosses.