Polemic: Tzror HaChaim, Amsterdam, 1820, First edition.
Tzror HaChaim, polemic answers against changing synagogue customs by the Reform. Rabbi Avraham Levenstam Av Beit Din of Emden. Amsterdam, 1820. First edition.
Nine halachic responses, each with a separate title page: * a. Kol HaShir, about the prohibition to play the organ during prayers. * b. Oneh Lachash, expounding on the obligation to pray quietly. * c. Siftei Yesheinim, the prohibition to change the version of the prayers or blessings. * d. Leshon Eish, that the person who prays or says a blessing in Lashon HaKodesh (lit. the Holy Tongue) even without understanding what he says fulfills his obligation. * e. B'Yishishim Chochmah, explaining that Ashkenazim should not change their custom to the Sefard custom nor the Sefardim to Ashkenaz, and explaining piyutim that are difficult to comprehend. *f. Safah Nachriyah, explaining the prohibition of praying or reciting blessings in any language other than Lashon HaKodesh * g. Neginotai Nenagen, explaining the obligation of reading the Torah according to the melody and cantillations as customary. The Ashkenazim are not allowed to change their pronunciation to the Sefardi custom nor the Sefardim to the Ashkenazi custom, and the obligation to call a man to the Torah by his name and his father's name. * h. Kesui Chata'a, explaining 1) the prohibition of uncovering one's head in the Beit Knesset or when doing a mitzvah, and the forbidden methods of revealing one's head in permissible matters. 2) The prohibition of men and women gathering together in the Beit Knesset. 3) The prohibition of enunciating G-d's name by its letters. * i. Ketz HaYamin, the obligation of each Jew to believe in the coming of the Messiah.
Pages: , 81,  leaves. Lacking 1 leave (80)
Size: 19.5 cm.
Condition: Very fine condition.