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Complete Talmud. Personal Copy of the "Mekor Baruch" of Seret-Vishnitz with Glosses in his Hand

Complete Babylonian Talmud printed in Munich Heidelberg, 1949. Title page partially in red ink. Two volumes are smaller than the others, from a Jerusalem print 1957, with tractates Shabbat, Eiruvin, and Rosh Hashanah. Some bindings are detached. 18 volumes. Other than solitary blemishes – preserved in fine condition. Each volume bears an owner stamp on the flyleaf: ברוך בהה"צ מוהר"י זצללה"ה מויז'ניצא חיפה, רח' ביל"ו 16." A few volumes also bear his holy signature: ברוך הגר חיפה רמת ויז'ניץ. A few locations in the volumes are decorated with his marginal glosses which testify to the known fact that the Rebbe was fabulously learned and knowledgeable in all of the Talmud and poskim. At times, he mentions other sources and references, sometimes even words of that commentator in a different place. Rabbi Baruch Hager of Seret-Visnitz (1895-1964) was the son of the "Ahavat Yisroel" of Vishnitz. He was a member of the Moetzet Gedolei HaTorah and was known by the title of his book, the "Mekor Baruch" on the Torah. He was a colossal Torah scholar and received rabbinical semicha from the leading sages of the time: Rabbi Meir Arik and Rabbi Avraham Menachem Mendel Steinberg. He married the daughter of Rabbi Yissocher Dov Rokeiach – the Mahari"d of Belz and served as rabbi in Poylen and Kotzman. In 1936, he became the first rabbi of Seret in Bucovina, where he established the Yeshiva Beit Yisroel V'Tamchin D'Orayta." He headed his yeshiva until the Jews were expelled during the Holocaust, when he then stood at the helm of the community in Transnistria and Dschuryn, helping the refugees and then the survivors. After the war, he stayed in Antwerp and refused all requests to serve in the rabbinate there, saying that he preferred to move to Eretz Israel. In 1947, he realized his dream and settled in Haifa. A man of vision, he stated that he wished to trigger the flowering of the spiritual desolation there. A few years later, he established the "Ramat Vishntiz" neighborhood on the slopes of the Carmel Mountain. He was a passionate speaker at Agudat Yisroel conventions. He authored a number of works including a comprehensive work on the Shulchan Aruch Choshen Mishpat, but they were unfortunately lost during the turbulent years. He was buried in the mausoleum of Vishnitz Admors, next to his father, the "Ahavat Yisroel."
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