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# Nissan 1 is the new year for the purpose of counting the reign of kings and months on the calendar, Elul 1 (in August) is the new year for the tithing of animals, Shevat 15 (in February) is the new year for trees (determining when first fruits can be eaten, etc.), and Tishri 1 (Rosh Hashanah) is the new year for years (when we increase the year number. Sabbatical and Jubilee years begin at this time).
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The commentary in this set covers the work of the prominent 19th Century German-Jewish scholar, Rabbi Mecklenburg, who served as Rabbi of Koenigberg, East Prussia, from 1831 through 1865. His commentary aims to display the unity and indivisibility of the written and oral Torah.
About the Author
The author, Rabbi Yaakov Tzevi Mecklenburg was a German Jewish scholar of the 19th century, serving as Rabbi of Koenigsburg, East Prussia for 35 years (1831 65) until the day of his death. Haketav Vehakabbalah was first published in 1839, its intent being to strengthen the faith of Jews in the authenticity of our traditional Jewish sources, the Mishna, the Talmud, the Midrash, and to prove the superior linguistic standard of all these sources. Rabbi Mecklenburg was at pains to demonstrate the indivisibility of the written Torah and its counterpart, the oral Torah.
Rabbi Yaakov Tzvi was born in 5545 (1785) in Lissa, in the province of Posen, Germany [now part of Poland]. This city was renowned as a center of Torah scholarship, as well as for its great rabbanim.
The father of Rabbi Yaakov Tzvi Mecklenburg, Rabbi Gamliel, was a nurse.
In his commentary, Rabbi Yaakov Tzvi followed the steps of the Vilna Gaon. One day, Rabbi Israel of Shklov, a disciple of the Gra, was asked wherein lay his teacher's power. In response, he took a Bible out of the library and said, 'This is the power of my teacher and Rav the Gra. He was in full possession of this book to a degree that is unimaginable, knowing its every letter.' Rabbi Israel continued and said, 'My teacher the Gra believed that : There is nothing which is not alluded to in the Torah, and he knew how to discover and show how all the Oral Law was hidden within the written Torah.'
Rabbi Yaakov Tzvi Mecklenburg walked in the paths of the Gra, and he strived with all his might to meld the written text with oral tradition. His commentary is a tremendous work in which we can see his eminence in Torah. It also demonstrates his tremendous scholarship, knowledge of the Hebrew language, and his sharp, clear, and irrefutable logic.