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LOT: 102

Important note on names, handwritten by the Maharam Ash, Rabbi Meir Eisenstatt of Ungvar, on the Shulchan Aruch Even HaEzer—Vienna, 1808-9.

Volume of the Shulchan Aruch, Even HaEzer with Taz, separate covers. Cover of the book has signatures of ownership of “Yehuda Unger of Pressburg” (probably the son or grandson of Rabbi Akiva Ungar). At the end of the Shulchan Aruch before the cover of the Taz is a small note handwritten by the Maharam Esh, and then the handwriting and signature of Rabbi Akiva Ungar, Av Beit Din of Soditz, with his testimony that the above note is that of his rabbi: “this note is from the handwriting of Rav Hai Gaon Tzaddik Meir Ash.” This note is on the subject of names in Gittin regarding the name “Yerachmiel,” strongly worded and disagreeing with the words of the proofreaders that were printed in this edition at the end of this part of the Shulchan Aruch, which led to the amazement by the note’s author, regarding the ignoring of an explicit verse in which the aforementioned name appears. Rabbi Meir Eisenstatt, the Maharam Ash (1780-1852) was a 19th-century Hungarian sage, a rosh yeshiva, posek, and leader. He began his learning under his father and Rabbi Refael of Glagov, the dayan in Eisenstatt, and then was one of the first students of the Chatam Sofer at his yeshiva in the city of Mattersdorf, and then in Pressburg, and was considered one of his brightest students. After his rabbi died, he began to respond to hundreds of halakhic questions and became considered a leader of Hungarian Jewry. Rabbi Akiva bar Yonatan Ungar (1813-1881) was Av Beit Din of Soditz in Hungary, author of the “Ma’amar Rabbi Akiva.” Rebound. Generally good condition.
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