MANUSCRIPT

  • MS 59




    CATEGORY

    Hasidism


    Manuscript ID:
    Ms. 59

    Place:
    Oleksiniec, Ukraine?

    Date:
    1772

    Description:
    ink on paper, 14 leaves (18.5 x 11.5 cm.); Ashkenazi cursive Hebrew characters

    Copyist:
    Aryeh Judah Leyb ben Mordecai, sofer of Brody

    Subject:
    Hasidism

    English Text:

    The storied controversy between the Hasidim and Mitnagdim reached a flash point in the early 1770s with the promulgation of an excommunication of Hasidim issued in Vilne in 1772. Typical of the acrimony of the debate was a pamphlet of anti-Hasidic pronouncements and bans produced that same year in Oleksiniec, Volhynia (near Brody) in present-day Ukraine, a pamphlet which was burned by Hasidim in Grodno later that year, underscoring the political weakness of the Mitnagdim to counter such brazen acts. This manuscript is a copy of that pamphlet, made by Aryeh Judah Leyb ben Mordecai who was a scribe in Brody.


    Manuscript Link:
    https://huc.on.worldcat.org/oclc/959580967


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