Zamir ‘aritsim ve-harvot tsurim
ink on paper, 14 leaves (18.5 x 11.5 cm.); Ashkenazi cursive Hebrew characters
Aryeh Judah Leyb ben Mordecai, sofer of Brody
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.