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PART 5A. SOURCES CONTAINING THE TEACHINGS OF R' PINCHAS AND R' RAPHAEL

Part 5 provides bibliographic information for interested researchers. It consists of four sections: Section A (primary and secondary sources); Section B (books, dissertations, and journals); Section C (internet articles and web sites); and Section D (endnotes referenced in the text).

The primary sources for the religious teachings of R' Pinchas and R' Raphael are manuscripts written in Hebrew and Yiddish by their disciples and contemporaries and later collected and published; some early and late editions of these works are listed, in order of original publication, in Part 5, Section A. Although none of these collections has been translated into English as a whole, various excerpts have been translated and have appeared in print; many of these quotations are now in circulation on the internet.

The following list enumerates, in order of original publication, some of the earliest extant editions of works that include the teachings and biographies of R' Pinchas of Koretz and R' Raphael of Bershad. Recent editions are also listed (spelling is in accordance with the World Catalog [OCLC]); OCLC call numbers and/or New York Public Library call numbers are provided. These publications are primarily in Hebrew and/or Yiddish.

1. Nofeth Tzufim [Honey from the Honeycomb]. In: Sefer Ge'ulat Yisra'el [Redemption of Israel]: ‘im perush Nofet tsufim ve-Hayot ha-kodesh …: [kolel ma'amarim shonim me-Hazal]: ‘im remazim ‘alehem mi-gedole ha-Hasidim, by Ba'al Shem Tov; Yehoshu'a Avraham, mi-Zitomir. Ostraha: Aharon u-veno Avraham Madpis, 1821

More recent editions:

  Sefer Nofet tsufim, by Phinehas ben Abraham Abba Shapiro. New York: Y.M. Karpman, 1953 or 1954. OCLC: 28809734

  Nofet tsufim: helek 1, by Phinehas ben Abraham, of Korets. Yerushalayim, 1961. OCLC: 122971479

2. Ner Yisra'el [Light of Israel]: ‘al sefer likute Rav Hai Ga'on …: perush ‘al sefer Sha'ar ha-shamayim’, by Israel ben Shabbetai Hapstein Kozienice; Jacob Isaac ben Asher Przysucha; Ba'al Shem Tov; Phinehas ben Abraham Abba Shapiro. Zhitomir, 1846, and Vilna, 1848

Recent edition:

  Sefer Ner Yisra'el: ‘al sefer likute Rav Hai Ga'on …: ve-gam p. ‘al S. Sha'ar ha-shamayim ha-meyuhas leha-hakham … Yosef gikatilia …: hen [i.e.,58] kelalim me-ad. mo. … ‘a.d. ha-kabalah: gam … kitve kodesh me-ish kadosh … mo. ha. Pinhas mi-Korits …, by Israel ben Shabbetai Hapstein Kozienice; Joseph ben Abraham Gikatilla; Phinehas ben Abraham Abba Shapiro. Ashdod, 2000. OCLC: 50182088

3. Midrash Pinhas [Exegesis of Pinchas]. Levov: Bi-defus Uri Ze'ev Salat, 1872, and Warsaw: Bi-defus N.D. Zisberg, 1876

Midrash Pinhas 1876 Warsaw page 1

Midrash Pinhas, 1876, Warsaw, page 1

Midrash Pinhas 1876 Warsaw open pages

Midrash Pinhas, 1876, Warsaw, open pages

The redactor of the 1876 edition of Midrash Pinhas says that he had obtained a part of the Holy Writ of the Koretzer which his disciples had written down, and he decided to publish these sayings as well as the words of his disciple, Rabbi Raphael of Bershad [467].

Later edition:

  Sefer Midrash Pinhas ‘im Giv'at Pinhas [The Midrash of Pinchas with the Hill of Pinchas]. Bilgoraj, 1930

The preface to this edition, written by Rabbi Zvi Yechezkel Michalson of the Rabbinical Council of Warsaw and dated September 8, 1929, contains information on the ancestors and descendants of R' Pinchas, describes his life and death, and lists other early publications of his teachings. It has been translated into English by David Goldman and edited by Dr. Jeffrey Mark Paull. An annotated translation is presented here, courtesy of Dr. Paull. The original, in Hebrew, can be viewed at http://www.hebrewbooks.org/3617 and http://www.hebrewbooks.org/14830.

Recent edition:

  Sefer Midrash Pinhas: devarim ‘amukim, by Phinehas ben Abraham Abba Shapiro; Refa'el, mi-Bershit; Shemu'el Valtsis. Ashdod: Hotsa'at “Yashlim”, 2001. OCLC: 47627448

Midrash Pinhas 2001

Midrash Pinhas, 2001, available at http://www.Nehora.com

4. Sefer Bene Yisakhar [Sons of Yissachar]: le-khol hodshe ha-shanah ule-mo'adim tovim: ve-nilveh elav helek Ma'amre Shabtot D. ve-r.h, by Zevi Elimelech Dynow. Lemberg: Pessel Balaban, 1875

Recent edition:

  Sefer Bene Yisakhar: le-khol hodshe ha-shanah ule-mo'adim tovim: ve-nilveh elav helek Ma'amre Shabtot D. ve-r.h: derushim, by Zevi Elimelech Dynow. Bene Berak: Sifre kodesh Mishor, 1990. OCLC: 30001861

5. Likute shoshanim [Gathering of Roses], by Phinehas ben Abraham Abba Shapiro. Zhitomir, 1876

More recent edition:

  Likute shoshanim: … likutim …, by Phinehas ben Abraham Abba Shapiro. Lodz: Bi-defus ve-hotsa'at Ya'akov Leiner …, 1924. OCLC: 19196901

6. Devarim nehmadim [Precious Words], by Phinehas ben Abraham Abba Shapiro. Zhitomir, 1876

More recent edition:

  Devarim nehmadim, by Phinehas ben Abraham Abba Shapiro. Lodz, 1924. OCLC: 19196883

7. Zikhronot me-yeme ne'urai, by Abraham Baer Gottlober. Warsaw, 1881. OCLC: 122871154

This book has information on R' Raphael.

More recent edition:

  “Zikhronot mi-Yemei Ne'urai,” by Abraham B. Gottlober, in Ha-Boker Or [The Morning Light], collected in Goldberg R, ed: Zikhronot u-Masa'ot [Memoirs and Travels]. Yerushalayim: Mosad Bialik, 1976

8. Pe'er li-yesharim … [Glory of the Righteous], by Isaac David Rosenstein, ha-Levi; Israel, Rabbi; Refa'el, mi-Bershit. Yerushala[y]im: Defus ha-r. Sh. ha-Levi Tsukerman, 1921

More recent edition:

  Peer la-yesharim: Shene sefarim niftahim. helek 1. Ruzhin. helek 2. Rafael mi-Bershid, by Israel Ruzhin. Yerushalayim, 1973. OCLC: 122960725

A digital file of this book is on a CD of Chassidic seforim and is also available online, gratis, from http://www.hebrewbooks.org.

The opening words are: “And now I will begin, with the help of HaShem, to write about what my memory has taken of the words of the Rav, the Chassid, the humble man of G-d our master and teacher Raphael z”l from the themes of holy customs, and words which were common in his mouth, which words burn like lighted coals, with great wisdom and are very fine …” [468].

Weiss notes that the book Pe'er la-yesharim contains a great deal of material from R' Raphael and “would merit a full analysis” [469].

9. Sefer ha-hasidut [Chassidus]: min Rabi Yisra'el Besht ‘ad Rabi Nahman mi-Braslav, by Abraham Kahana. Warsaw, 1922. OCLC: 25233260

This book has information on R' Raphael.

10. Sefer Likutim yekarim: derushim nehmadim she-asafti ve-lakateti mi-sefarim … ve-gam sipurim u-devarim ahadim meha-tsadikim …, by Aryeh Leyb [Shohet] me-Radivke. New York, 1924. OCLC: 122845489

This book, by R' Aryeh Leib Schochet of Radivke (~1844-1928), whose early years were spent in a town where there were numerous chossids of R' Raphael of Bershad, has many teachings and stories about R' Raphael and his teacher, R' Pinchas.

The book is available digitally at http://www.hebrewbooks.org/38833. Although some copies of the book note that it was published in 1905, it was definitely printed after the author's arrival in the U.S. in 1906; in the first paragraph on page 1, the author writes: “Now that I have come to America ….” Furthermore, the volume contains approbations written and dated in the 1920s. The citations on this web site are taken from a 1926 printing that was sponsored by the author's son.

Recent edition:

  Sefer Likutim yekarim: derushim yekarim, ve-sipure kodesh nehmhadim, mi-rabotenu ha-kedoshim …, by Aryeh Leyb Shohet, Meyer Knobloch. Brooklyn, Ohel Torah, 2003. OCLC: 53005902

11. Bet Pinhas: kovets imre no'um, hidushim be-Shas u-poskim … ne'emarim … Pinhas mi-Korets, Hayyim mi-Krasna, Shemu'el mi-Kaminka, by Phinehas ben Abraham Abba Shapiro. Bilgoraj, 1926. OCLC: 45946477

12. Priester der Liebe: Die Welt der Chassidim, by Chaim Bloch. Vienna: Amalthea, 1930

13. Mi-gedole ha-Hasidut [Chassidic Masters]: Rabi Pinhas me-Korits, by Mattathias Ezekiel Guttman. Bilgoraj: 1931. OCLC: 122719096

More recent edition:

  Mi-gedole ha-Hasidut, bk. 2, p. 30, item 129, by Matityahu Yehezkel Gutman. Bilgorai: N. Kronenberg, 1935. OCLC: 48696280

14. Hassidut – Tikkun Tikkun ha-Middot [Improvement of Character], by R. Phinehas Korets/R. Raphael of Bershad. Vranov Nad Toplou: Samuel Singer, 1934 [sold at auction 6/9/2009; http://www.virtualjudaica.com/Item/23589/Hassidut_–_Tikkun_ha-Middot]

“Ethical work … compiled from Midrash Shemu'el … by R. Raphael of Bershad, who also included the holy and pure words of his teacher R. Phinehas of Korets, as well as material from Shulhan ha-Tohor on the virtues of correct eating, making me'ah Berakhot, and giving charity. Also on the enumeration of the mitzvot according to the Ramban and Semag … .”

15. Tarashtche [Tarashcha, a History of a Small Shtetl in Kiev Gubernia, Ukraine], by Jacob Roven. New York: Tarashcha Progressive Society of New York, 1935

This booklet was written in Hebrew by Jacob Roven (Ya'akov Rovinsky), a member of the Tarashcha landsmanschaft. Pages 38–42 of Volume 1 have been translated by Nathen Gabriel (personal communication, 7/26/2015).

16. Bershad [yizkor book]. New York: Ralph Shore and Sholem Wasilevsky, 1946

This small, illustrated brochure, written in Yiddish, contains stories about R' Raphael, photos of heroes and martyrs of a massacre of Jews in Bershad in May 1919, and a poem in memory of the victims, by David Friedgand (later Freed) (1904-1971), a descendant of R' Raphael.

Frontispiece of Bershad yizkor book, 1946

Frontispiece of Bershad [yizkor book], 1946, with design representing the tallit weaving industry for which the shtetl was once famous (courtesy of I.P. Weisz)

17. Rabi Pinhas mi-Korits: hayav, pe'ulotav ve-torato, by Matityahu Yehezkel Gutman (Mattathias Ezekiel Guttman). Tel Aviv: Be-siyu'a Mosad ha-Rav Kuk, 1950. OCLC: 19142950. NY Public Library Call No. *PQV (Guttman, M. Rabi Pinhas mi-Korits. 1950)

18. Torat Rabi Pinhas mi-Korits, by Mattathias Ezekiel Guttman. Tel Aviv, 1952 or 1953. OCLC: 19142974

19. Hakham ha-razim: hu midrash Pinhas ‘al raze ‘olam ve-ta'alumot sitre Torah, by Mattathias Ezekiel Guttman. Tel Aviv: Mosad ha-Rav Kuk, 1953 or 1954. OCLC: 19163916

20. Bershad: be-tsel ‘ayarah [Bershad: In the Shadow of a Town], by Nachum Huberman. Jerusalem: Hotsa'at Entsiklopedyah shel galuyot [Encyclopedia of the Jewish Diaspora], 1956. OCLC: 21330556

This book was recently republished as:

  Bershad: be-tsel ‘ayarah, by N. Huberman and Dov Sadan. Amherst, MA: National Yiddish Book Center, 2001. OCLC: 150631852

  Bershad Memorial Book: Bershad, by N. Huberman. New York: NY Public Library, and Amherst, MA: National Yiddish Book Center, 2003. OCLC: 137290416

This book, which contains information and stories about R' Raphael, is available digitally through the New York Public Library, at http://yizkor.nypl.org/index.php?id=1273.

Chapter 3, on R' Raphael of Bershad, has been translated by Nathen Gabriel (personal communication, 7/12/2015).

21. Ha-Shelihut: Sipur, by Ya'akov Midrashi. Tel Aviv: A. Tsiyoni, 1963. OCLC: 19193434

This book contains a fictionalized account of the life of R' Raphael.

22. Sefer Hesed Shemu'el: … ‘al sefer Be-reshit u-vo peshatim remazim derashot sodot …, by Shemu'el ben David Oyerbakh; Phinehas ben Abraham Abba Shapiro; Eli'ezer ben Re'uven Kahana. Israel, 197-. OCLC: 35569738

23. Sefer Imre Pinhas: ve-hu otsar balum be-inyanim ramim… mi-dibrot Pinhas mi-Korits ve-talmidav; ha-motsiim le-or, by Pinhas Arenberg, Yehezkel Sheraga Frankel [“Zikhron Pinhas: hidushe Torah, me-et Pinhas Hodrov,” 20 pp. at end.]. Tel Aviv: P. Arenberg, Y. Sh. Frankel, 1974. NY Public Library Call No. *PQX 77-3816

Later editions:

  Imre Pinhas ha-shalem [Sayings of Pinchas of Blessed Memory]: ve-hu otsar balum be-‘inyanim ramim, by Phinehas ben Abraham Abba Shapiro; Pinhas Hodrov. Ramat-Gan: Mishor, 1988. OCLC: 34027323, 19204443, 21239472. NY Public Library Call No. *PQX 90-2148

  Sefer Imre Pinhas: ‘al dine shehiyah, hatmanah u-vishul ve-dine ben ha-shemashot lefi seder Shu. ‘a. O. h. Hilkhot Shabat/hibarti Pinhas b. la-a.a.m. ve-r, by David Ovadyah. Yerushalayim: Yismah Lev Torat Mosheh, 1989. NY Public Library Call No. *PIK 90-4232

Recent edition:

  Imre Pinhas: ha-shalem; Likute Imre Pinhas. Maftehot, by Phinehas ben Abraham Abba Shapiro; Elimelekh El'azar Frankel. Bene Berak: Yehezkel Sheraga Frenkl, 2003. OCLC: 54664323. NY Public Library Call No. *PQX 04-1610

Also published by: Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, 2003.

Imrei Pinchas HaShalem 2003

Imrei Pinchas HaShalem, 2003, edited by Rabbi E.E. Frankel, available at http://www.MySefer.com

The Sefer Imre Pinhas was published by Rabbi Yehezkel Sheraga Frankel in 1974. The Imrei Pinchas HaShalem (1100 pages), published in 2003 by his son, Rabbi Elimelech Elazar Frankel of Bnei Brak, Israel, contains new material and corrects errors in the older edition. The two volumes contain a collection of the discourses of R' Pinchas and R' Raphael, arranged in the order of the weekly parsha. They also include stories about the lives of these tzaddiks, as well as biographical material on the rebbes and their families, reproductions of handwritten documents, ornate title pages of printed treatises, information on their minhagim [customs], a te'na'im [engagement contract], photos of tombstones, and a photo of a Chanukah lamp with two shamashim (for dual-purpose use as a Shabbos menorah). Almost every detail in the Imrei Pinchas HaShalem has the source documented [470].

“This edition of Imrei Pinchas HaShalem is a new collection, in which are collected all the known sources of kisvei [manuscripts] of Koretz/Bershad. … The publishers worked with numerous authentic manuscripts to produce this edition. … This is an amazing work, and it contains pearls of Chassidic thought, many of which were never published previously. It contains detailed biographies as well. … There is a whole collection of mayses [stories] about Reb Pinchos Koritzer zy”o and his talmid muvhok [prime disciple], Reb Refoel of Bershad zy”o, in Imrei Pinchas Hashalem. … Some of them appear in print for the first time. … In addition to maymorim [treatises] and mayses [stories], this edition of Imrei Pinchas HaShalem has a big collection of the minhagim [customs] and hanhagos tovos [Chassidic practices] of Reb Pinchos Koritzer zy”o, Reb Refoel of Bershad zy”o, and their talmidim. This is very precious, because we often don't have enough information about the hanhagos of the early tzaddikim like the immediate talmidei [disciples] of the Baal Shem Tov” [471].

“This recent work is a compilation of almost all sources (both published and unpublished); many of them were printed long before World War II. But, for the first time, someone compiled them into a single work and fixed many mistakes” [472].

Kitvei Koretz and Kitvei Bershad

The following is a translation of several paragraphs from Imrei Pinchas HaShalem (volume 2, pages 527-530) referring to information about Kitvei Koretz and Kitvei Bershad [the recorded and later published teachings of R' Pinchas and R' Raphael].

Who wrote Kitvei Koretz? From several sources, we learn that the Kitvei Koretz were written by R' Raphael of Bershad and Rabbi Benjamin Ze'ev of Balta, disciples of R' Pinchas of Koretz.

Kitvei Bershad. In the first decade after the death of R' Raphael of Bershad, his disciples wrote ktavim [texts recording the teachings of their Rebbe—N.F.] of their own. The ktavim are collections of kuntrasim [essays] (the Midrash Pinhas was also printed in this way). In 1838-1839, these kuntrasim were collected as a single book and arranged by Rabbi Shmuel Valtzis, who was one of the students close to R' Raphael. As much as the Chassidim of Bershad excelled in adhering to truth, Rabbi Shmuel excelled among them in his precision, and they recommended him [for this task].

“Rabbi Shmuel did not perform this task alone; in copying and editing the Kitvei Koretz [Kitvei Bershad is probably meant here—N.F.], he was assisted by Rabbi Avrahamtzi of Kalniblot [Kalnybolota], who was the son of Rabbi Benjamin Ze'ev of Balta and the son-in-law of Rabbi Shmuel of Kalniblot (who was a son-in-law of R' Pinchas of Koretz).

“Rabbi Avrahamtzi also had another role: he went over the writings of Rabbi Shmuel Valtzis and added his own comments. These comments are found in all the kuntrasim and begin with the words, ‘I heard.’

“Among the kuntrasim arranged by Rabbi Shmuel, the two most prominent are:

Kuntras of Rabbi Yeshayahu. Rabbi Yeshayahu was the son of Rabbi Yitzchok, a son of R' Raphael. The kuntras includes the Torah teachings that Rabbi Yeshayahu heard from his grandfather, R' Raphael.

Kuntras of Rabbi Yaakov of Bosivka. Rabbi Yaakov was the son-in-law of R' Raphael of Bershad and served as the Rav in Ternovka. His kuntras includes teachings he heard from his father-in-law.

“These four—Rabbi Yeshayahu, Rabbi Yaakov, Rabbi Shmuel, and Rabbi Avraham—contributed most to the project of Kitvei Bershad.

“There are other kuntrasim that probably were not edited and arranged by Rabbi Shmuel. They include the following:

Kuntras from a grandson of R' Raphael. It is assumed that this was Rabbi Levi Wortman, the son of Rabbi Yaakov of Bosivka.

Kuntras from another grandson of R' Raphael. His name is not known. [This is possibly Isrultze Friedhand, the grandson who gave an account of R' Raphael's farewell to his congregation immediately preceding his death.—S.K.S.]

Kuntras from Rabbi Aharon Ze'ev of Monastritsh. These are accounts based on other ktavim and not heard directly by him.

Kuntras from a student of Rabbi Yaakov of Bosivka. This account includes stories, most of which are about R' Pinchas, R' Raphael, and the Baal Shem Tov and his disciples. The author heard most of them from Rabbi Gedaliah of Bosivka, who was one of the disciples of R' Raphael” [473].

History of the Imrei Pinchas HaShalem manuscript

“Rabbi Pinchas Chodorov was a descendant of Rabbi Pinchas of Koretz. During the Holocaust, when he lost his family and all his belongings, he continued to guard the manuscripts he held. This manuscript contained the Torah of Rabbi Pinchas of Koretz. At the last stage, when he felt that his end was near, he entrusted the manuscript with a gentile and accompanied it with a moving letter … in which he pleads to anyone who eventually holds the writings that he should redeem them from the gentile and print them to save them from oblivion. The work called Imrei Pinchas was based on this manuscript and contains the Torah of Rabbi Pinchas of Koretz [474].

“Seven years after the Holocaust, a survivor returned to Poland and recounted this story:

‘One day while I was staying in Breslau, Poland, a Polish non-Jew appeared at the Jewish community house, carrying a package containing some papers. Attached to the outside of the parcel was a letter. Upon opening the package we were astounded to find that it was the manuscript of the great Rebbe Pinchas of Koretz. The accompanying letter was written by Rabbi Pinchas Chodorov of Tarnov. It was written as a last will during the final days of the ghetto in Tarnov … I did not sit still until I had redeemed the manuscripts from the non-Jew, paying the full price—more than I could afford. I did this in order to present to the public the Rebbe's words “that cleave with flames of fire.” I pray to G-d that this merit will protect me and my dear family, and that it may be a memorial to the soul of my only son Meir and the other members of my family all of whom perished in the Holocaust, Hashem yinkom damam—May Hashem avenge their blood.’

“The letter accompanying the manuscript read:

‘To him into whose hands this manuscript may fall: These papers contain one volume of commentaries by the illustrious Rebbe Pinchas of Koretz, one of the disciples of the Baal Shem Tov. They are the only originals extant. They contain a vast treasure of priceless holy thoughts and insights … Since I left my home three years ago, a deportee, driven from place to place, I have carried these papers in my valise, never abandoning them—until now. Now that the “rage of the oppressor” has overtaken us (my dear wife and son and daughter have been stolen from me, may it be the will of our Father in Heaven that I will see them again), and we, the ones who remained, the life we face is precarious and we do not know what the day will bring. Therefore I decided to give these manuscripts which are so dear to me to one of my non-Jewish acquaintances who will hide them until G-d will return the captives from among His people.

‘I fervently pray that the One Above has decreed that I may live, and that I myself will have the merit of publishing these manuscripts. But if, G-d forbid, my tracks will not be known, I ask him into whose hand this letter will fall, to be aware that Heaven bestowed on you this holy treasure in order that you bring to light the teachings of the saintly Rebbe Pinchas of Koretz. My request is that you include also my own commentaries, so that they be an everlasting memorial for me.

‘My hands are extended to G-d in prayer that I may live to see the consolation of His oppressed nation and the return of G-d to Zion.

‘Rabbi Pinchas Chodorov

‘16 Cheshvan 5703/1943’” [475]

24. Mishpachtenu [Our Family, from Rebbe Raphael of Bershad to This Day], by G. Bar-Zvi (Gedalyahu Wortman). Tel Aviv: 1975

This 46-page illustrated booklet, written in Hebrew by a great-great-grandson of R' Raphael, gives biographical information about R' Raphael, his daughter's son Levi Yitzchak Wortman, and later generations of descendants.

25. Shemonah sefarim mi-gedole talmide Besht ha-k., by Hayyim Liebersohn; Yehuda Tsevi Toib; Phinehas ben Abraham Abba Shapiro; Gershon ‘Imanu'el Stashevski; Ze'ev Valf Laykhter; Abraham ben Joshua Asher; Eli'ezer Lipa ben Elimelekh. Bruklin: Bet Hilel, 1983. OCLC: 123033132

26. Sefarim kedoshim mi-talmide Ba'al Shem Tov, by Phinehas ben Abraham Abba Shapiro. Bruklin: Bet Hilel, 1986. OCLC: 145508245

27. Seder Hakafot li-Shemini ‘atseret ule-Simhat Torah [The Order of the Torah Procession on Shemini Atseret and Simchat Torah], by Phinehas ben Abraham Abba Shapiro. Nyu York: Aharon Ary. Broida, 2004. OCLC: 58418927

28. Dos lebns geshikhte fun harov hakodesh rebn shel Yisroel Rebe Pinhas'l Koritser/tsuzamengeshtelt un bearbeyt fun farleslikhe mekoyre ‘s durkh harov A. Volf, by Avraham Wolf. Brooklyn, N.Y.: Imrai Shefer, 2004. OCLC: 56422881. NY Public Library Call No. *PQV 04-2258

29. Parashat Pinchas: Rabi Pinhas mi-Koritz [Torah Reading Pinchas: Rabbi Pinchas of Koretz], by Mordekhai Gerlits [Mordechai Gurlitz]. Bene Berak, 2008

Parashat Pinchas 2008

Parashat Pinchas, 2008, by Mordechai Gurlitz, available at http://SeforimCenter.com

A biography, in Hebrew, of R' Pinchas. The illustration on the cover represents R' Pinchas's Chanukah lamp with two shamashim (for dual-purpose use as a Shabbos menorah). This chanukiah, as well as the Shabbos candlesticks of R' Pinchas (pictured inside the book), are now in the collection of the Admor of Vizhnitz. Other illustrations include a photograph of the original tombstone on the grave of R' Pinchas, a view of the old Beit Knesset in Koretz, and reproductions of the ornately decorated frontispieces of some collections of R' Pinchas's teachings. The text includes information on the Baal Shem Tov and on the colleagues, students, and family of R' Pinchas. The book is available at http://SeforimCenter.com.

30. Unpublished works are in collections at the Jewish National and Hebrew University Library in Jerusalem and at the Hebrew Union College Library in Cincinnati. They include:

  Ms. Cincinnati, fol. 87a

  Ms. Jerusalem 3759, fol. 106a

  Ms. Jerusalem 3759, fol. 113b-114a

  Ms. Jerusalem 3759, fol. 123a

  Ms. Jerusalem 3759, fol. 127b

  Ms. Jerusalem 3759, fol. 166b-167a

  Ms. Jerusalem 3759, fol. 185b

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