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Shot Mahari Ben Lev. Copy of the Gaon Rabbi Akiva Eiger, includes a gloss of his by hand. Testimony handwritten by his eldest son, Rabbi Avraham Eiger. Amsterdam 1726.

Fourth book. On the back of the cover page is a testimony written by his eldest son, Rabbi Avraham Eiger, that the book belonged to the Ateret Tiferet, Rav Akiva Eiger of Friedland. On page 21, column 2, is a gloss of seven lines handwritten by Rabbi Akiva Eiger. This gloss was printed in later editions of the work. Rabbi Akiva Eiger (1761-1837) was an outstanding Talmudic scholar, influential halakhic decisor and foremost leader of European Jewry during the early 19th century. He was also a mohel.He was the rabbi of Märkisch Friedland, West Prussia, from 1791 until 1815; then for the last twenty two years of his life, he was the rabbi of the city of Posen (Poznań). He was a rigorous casuist of the old school, and his chief works were legal notes and responsa on the Talmud and the Shulchan Aruch. He believed that religious education was enough, and thus opposed the party which favored secular schools. He was a determined foe of the Reform movement, which had begun to make itself felt in his time. His son, Rabbi Avraham Eiger (1781-1853) was his eldest and was born from his first wife, and was eldest brother of Rabbi Slomo Eiger, rabbi of Poznan and successor of their father. He printed his father’s books and dealt with this greatly. | 24 pages, stains, generally good condition.
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