Chidushei Halachos, by Maharam Schiff, Dyhrenfurth, 1766.

MaharamSchiff01This is another book from my antique book collection.  The author was Rabbi Meir ben Yaakov Schiff – known as Maharam Schiff.  He was born in Frankfurt in about 1605 to 1608.  In 1622 he was appointed Rabbi and Rosh Yeshiva (Head of the Talmudic College) in Fulda, and he became famous throughout Europe.  He was than appointed  to serve as a Rabbi in Prague, but died at a young age on 20th Adar 1644.

He was a Rabbi, Rosh Yeshiva (Head of a Rabbinical College) and Talmudic commentator in Germany, and became famous for his insightful explanations.

He wrote commentaries on the Talmud, Halachah (Jewish Law) and Kabbalah, but most have not survived. His most well-known work is this one, Chiddushei Maharam Schiff , which is also printed at the end of  Tractates of the Babylonian Talmud printed by the Widow and Brothers Romm in Vilna.

Summaries of his lessons on the entire Talmud that he delivered to his disciples were written, and their remnants are these novellae that are printed on some of the 11 parts of the Babylonian Talmud in editions of the Babylonian Talmud under the name Chiddushei Maharam Schiff.

My copy has many stamps and inscriptions:



The printers signatures are at the end:

The worker who did this holy work, the printer Eliezer Lipman the son of Mordechai Ziskind from Zolkiev.

The worker who did this holy work, Yozpa son of Shlomo Bilfeld from Hamburg.

And the worker who did this holy work, the printer, bachelor Binem the son of Abraham Rofe from Glogau, now living in Dyhrenfurth.


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