Rabbi Shmuel Ehrenfeld
Av Beis Din Mattersdorf
Essay on The Four Exiles
Handwritten Manuscript by Rabbi Shmuel Ehrenfeld, Av Beis Din Mattersdorf
Sources and commentaries on the four exiles that the Jewish People underwent at the hands of four different kingdoms by the holy hand of Rabbi Shmuel Ehrenfeld, Av Beis Din of Mattersdorf, beloved grandson of the Chasam Sofer and author of Chassan Sofer.
The list is organized into 46 sections revealing a breathtaking knowledge of Midrashim, Rishonim, Achronim, Chassidic and Kabbalistic works.
Rabbi Shmuel Ehrenfeld (1835-1933), Av Beis Din Mattersdorf and author of Chassan Sofer, was one of the greatest disseminators of Torah in his generation. He was the son of Rabbi Dovid Tzvi Ehrenfeld, a son-in-law of the Chasam Sofer and born through the blessing of his holy grandfather (see below). He was also the foremost disciple of his uncle the Ksav Sofer. The Chassan Sofer served as Av Beis Din in Betlen and Siksa, and then in the year 1876, was appointed rabbi of Mattersdorf.
In 1874, he published his magnum opis Chassan Sofer, which awarded him wide recognition among the scholars of his generation. Rabbi Yosef Engel was very impressed with his sefer and studied it in its entirety. The Admor of Satmar, Rabbi Yoel Teitelbaum said that he studied the Chassan Sofer extensively in his youth and it guided him in his path of learning.
His works were also published under the following titles, among others: Shu”t Chassan Sofer, Chassan Sofer al Orach Chaim, Chassan Sofer Al HaTorah.
4 sides. Page size: 28×22 cm. Light damage to margins with minor damage to text on one side. Professionally restored.
“This is the child I have prayed for”
The Chasam Sofer’s daughter Hindel did not have children for the first six years after her marriage. One day the Chasam Sofer heard her crying and reassured her that Hashem would have mercy on her. Upon Shmuel’s birth, the famous words of Chana were uttered: “El hanaar hazeh hispalalti”.
The young Shmuel was like a beloved son to the elderly Chasam Sofer, who took great joy in his grandson and would bring him to the Beis Medrash and seat him on his lap (Chasam Sofer U’Talmidav p. 118).
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