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Lot 59: Manuscript, Notebook Handwritten by Rabbi Zekil Loeb Wormser - the Ba'al Shem of Michelstadt

Auction 53 - Rare and Important Items

by Kedem Public Auction House Ltd

15 November 2016

Jerusalem, Israel

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Description: Manuscript, notebook handwritten by the kabbalist Rabbi, R. Zekil Loeb Wormser - the Ba'al Shem of Michelstadt. [1831-1841]. Novellae on the Torah and on Nevi'im and Ketuvim in the handwriting of the Ba'al Shem of Michelstadt. Four segments on three pages: on the verse "from there he went up to Beersheba" (Bereshit, 26, 23), on the verse "Seek G-d while he may be found" (Yeshayahu 55, 6), on Psalm 19 and the beginning of the passage "Midrash VeZot HaBeracha" [which he crossed out]. Further in the notebook are several Yiddish homilies by another writer [unidentified]. Kabbalist Rabbi Zekil Loeb (Yitzchak Aryeh) Wormser (1768-1848) - the Ba'al Shem of Michelstadt. Scion of the Luria family, descended from the Maharshal and from Rashi and from Rabbi Eliyahu (Elijah) Loans, known as the Ba'al Shem of Worms. In his youth, he studied by R. Natan Adler in Frankfurt and later returned to his hometown, Michelstadt. Upon his return, he established his Beit Midrash and served as Rabbi of the city and its district and established a yeshiva which drew many students. He was especially renowned as a tsaddik who worked wonders which earned him the appellation "Ba'al Shem". People from various countries seeking salvation and remedies flocked to his court and many were delivered by his blessings, segulot and amulets. He was celebrated by Jews and non-Jews alike. Reputedly, German soldiers who prayed at his gravesite during WWI all returned from the battlefield healthy and well. The Michelstadt municipality placed a memorial plaque on the house in which he lived, describing him "a friend of the people". His novellae and writings appear in the book "Ba'al Shem M'Michelstadt (Machon Yerushalayim, 2006). Notebook, 20.5 cm. Approximately [3] pages in the handwriting of the Ba'al Shem of Michelstadt + [14] pages of homilies in Yiddish from another writer. Good condition, dark paper, several stains. Contemporary binding, with damages and wear.

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