Lot : 87

Early Chassidic work

Rav Yaivy
First Edition.
Slavita, 1792‎

Start price: $30,000
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Early Chassidic work

Rav Yaivy
First Edition.
Slavita, 1792‎
Impressive wide-margin copy with original binding .‎


Essays on Chassidus, commentary on the Torah, Tehillim, mussar and chiddushim on Shas ‎by the Admor Rabbi Yaakov Yosef, Maggid of Ostroh, disciple of the Maggid of Mezritch.‎
A large segment of this sefer is a commentary on 53 chapters of Tehillim, corresponding to ‎the 53 years Reb Yaivy lived. On the final day of his life, he elucidated Chapter 53 of ‎Tehillim.‎
Rav Yaivy was one of the first Chassidic sefarim ever published, as well as one of the very ‎first sefarim printed by the tzaddikim of Slavita in their famed Slavita Press. In this sefer, Rav ‎Yaivy cites many teachings from the Baal Shem Tov and his venerable disciples.‎
Rabbi Yaakov Yosef of Ostroh, known as Rav Yaivy after his initials Yaakov ‎Yosef ben Yehuda (1738-1791) was a ‎prime disciple of the Maggid of Mezritch and close to many talmidim of the Baal Shem Tov. ‎In 1766, he succeeded his father Rabbi Yehuda Leib as Maggid Meisharim and Rav of ‎Ostroh, and he inscribed many of his father’s chiddushim in the present sefer.‎
Rav Yaivy’s drashos attracted crowds to Ostroh, and he inspired many souls to ‎embrace Chassidus. In this sefer, he strongly condemns perverse social pressure, corruption ‎and slander; he rebukes community dignitaries for intimidating the public and the affluent for ‎acting arrogantly due to their wealth. Most prominently though, he cautions the public ‎regarding the grave sin of talking during prayers, and the sefer actually opens with his special ‎pamphlet on the topic, Morah Mikdash, literally “fear of the temple”.‎
Despite his stark messages of reproof, Rav Yaivy’s sefer is also replete with overflowing love ‎and compassion toward Klal Yisrael, particularly for those who follow Hashem’s ways with pure ‎faith and do not pursue the vanities of this world.‎
The sefer opens with a written approbation by the Admor Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev, ‎author of Kedushas Levi, who refers to the author Rav Yaivy as a “Holy man of G-d”. It also ‎features letters of approbation by the Rabbanim of Ostroh who inscribe, “And the wise man ‎will take wisdom and he will not fear the great expense, and should purchase this sefer ‎with great alacrity.”‎
Slavita, 1792. First Edition. Page Count: 2, 139, 47 leaves.
Page Size: 34 cm.
Condition: ‎First and last leaves and several other leaves restored at margins. List of owners on title page. Original Slavita Press leather binding!
Bibliography: Stefansky, Chassidus #530‎
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