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Megilat Sefer: The Autobiography of Rabbi Jacob Emden (1697-1776)
The autobiography of Rabbi Jacob Emden (1697-1776), now available for the first time in English translation. Translated directly from the original manuscript with notes.
Hardcover, 358 pages
Published May 4th 2011 by Shaftek Enterprises LLC
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This autobiography appears to have been written in an alternate halachic universe, one in which negative speech was encouraged instead of discouraged. In it, 18th-c. German rabbi Jacob Emden dishes out both compliments and complaints (mostly the latter) about nearly everyone he ever met, including his wives and brothers. (Only his parents and children seem to have been exempt from his withering pen). For example, he described a publication by a rabbi he disliked as follows: "It as if an old and ...more