“Second section of Halachot Rav Elfas, with all that is found in the books of Elfasi printed until today, the new ones and the old ones” with new additions, including “Shlatei Giborim.” Early edition. With important endorsements by Rabbi Yosef Steinhart and Rabbi Aryeh Leib Rapaport and more, additional cover of Masechet Hulin. , 320, 20, 6, 40 pages. Handsome binding (original), wood covered in leather, defects to the binding, cover and two additional pages are detached, stains, generally good condition.
Important signatures of ownership: Cover has signature of Rabbi Shmuel Bek (according to an additional note on the last page and first blank page, it seems to be Rabbi Shmuel Bek, Av Beit Din of Suron). Last page has signature of “Itzik Aharon Landesburg Honeh of Freistadt and the Galil”, see below. Additional signature: “Asher Anshil Bek” and more notes.
Rabbi Yisrael Yitzhak Aharon Landesburg, known as the Mateh Aharon (1804-1879) was the son of Rabbi Meir of Pesing. He was a student of the Chatam Sofer and would eat at his Shabbos table, as well as a student of Rabbi Yaakov Altenkonstatt (the Harif of Werbo), and Rabbi Yitzhak Perles of Bonihad. He was son-in-law of his uncle Rabbi Mordechai Rosenberg of Steinmanger and he moved there. He was rabbi in Biemring from 1838 in place of Rabbi Lipman, and in Purinkirchen in 1842, and in 1844 he served in Freistadt, as well as rabbi and rosh yeshiva in Grosvardin from 1853, during which time the community split and he was rabbi of the “status quo” community which later became known as the Orthodox one. His son-in-law, Rabbi Yosef Elazar Rosenfeld, served in his place in Freistadt. A story is told that he one time asked the Chatam Sofer a question, and the Chatam Sofer scolded him, but later the Chatam Sofer realized that he was correct in his question and he asked for forgiveness publicly for having shamed him. Among his students were Rabbi Mordechai Leib Winkler (the Levushei Mordechai), Rabbi Koppel Friedman of Nirdi Haza, and more. In the Congress of 1868 he was the only Orthodox rabbi who attended, and some rabbis began a machloket against him for his participation.
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