Monday, June 12, 2006

Printing Dates & Haskamos

Professor Glen Dynner's book "Men of Silk" cites an 1808 printing of Degel Machaneh Ephraim from Berditchev. Dan Rabinowitz of Seforim, however, noted that Yudlov on the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book states that 1808 Berditchev printing was actually printed around 1820, and that the first printing of Degel Machaneh Ephraim was in Koretz in 1810.

In "Men of Silk", Dynner wrote that haskama of Rebbe Levi Yitzchok of Berditchev to Degel Machaneh Ephraim states,

"While I was passing through the holy community of Stopnica, there came before me the famous hasid, our holy teacher R. Jacob Jehiel, may his light endure (son of the same famous zaddik the late rabbi, genius, our teacher R. Moses Hayyim Ephraim...of Sudzylkow, grandson of the holy man of God, Israel, rabbi of all the sons of the Diaspora, of whom the light from his teachings shines from one end of the world to the other, our holy teacher Israel Ba'al Shem Tov, may his memory be for a blessing). And he took out before me a bundle of documents in which R. Ephraim [of Sudzylkow] was the preacher from the beginning of the teachings to the end."

Although the 1808 printing states that this meeting took place in Stopnica [Poland, Kielce Province], the haskamos in my collection of printings Degel Machaneh Ephraim state that Rebbe Levi Yitzchok of Berditchev met Rabbi Yaakov Yechiel in the town of Stavitch (i.e. Stavysche), located in Ukraine between Kiev and Uman.

Given the fact that the 1808 printing was not really printed in 1808, and the fact that Rebbe Levi Yitzchok of Berditchev and Rabbi Yaakov Yechiel both lived in Ukraine, it seems most likely that this meeting took place in the Ukrainian town of Stavitch.



In another place in "Men of Silk", Dynner wrote in a footnote,

"The printing in Berdyczow suggests that Levi Isaac had a hand in the works publication."

Based upon his haskama it would certainly seem that Rebbe Levi Yitzchok of Berditchev had a role in printing Degel Machaneh Ephraim. Does anyone know exactly what his role was?

3 Comments:

At July 20, 2006 at 4:09:00 PM EDT, Blogger Glenn Dynner said...

According to 'Kohelet Moshe', p. 281, the first printing of Degel Mahane Ephraim was Berdychev, 1809.

 
At July 21, 2006 at 8:37:00 AM EDT, Blogger Dan Rabinowitz said...

I apoligize as I seemed to have been unclear when I provided A Simple Jew with this infomation. Weiner, in his Kohelet Moshe does say the first printing was Berdychev, 1808. But, Yudlov on the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book claims that Weiner did not see the Koretz edition. It is this edition Yudlov notes is actually the first and not Berdychev. Yudlov dates the Koretz at 1810, hence the date provided by A Simple Jew. Further, Yudolov explains the Berdychev edition is around 1820.

 
At July 21, 2006 at 8:46:00 AM EDT, Blogger A Simple Jew said...

Based upon the comment above, I have revised the information in the posting.

Professor Dynner: How do you respond to the question about the differences in the haskamos? (i.e. Stopnica vs. Stavitch)

 

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