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handbook published in America in 1859, the
Dine Nikkur.
Many
years passed, however, before other works of a similar nature
appeared.
It was not until 1892 that
Milhamah La-Shem Ba-Amalek,
by
Ephraim Deinard, was published. This work was primarily a
polemic with a strong plea not to use the etrogim from Greece,
but rather those grown in the Holy Land. The author was prob­
ably guided as much by Zionist sympathies as halakhic consid­
erations.
Tha t same year Rabbi Ignatz Grossmann, a native of Hungary
who arrived in America in 1873 and served as a rabbi first in
Kansas City and later in Brooklyn, published in German
Mikra°ot Ketanot,
consisting of a listing of the 613 command­
ments with amplifications based on sixteen classical and modern
biblical commentators.
Rabbi Moses Weinberger, famous for his caustic account of
Orthodox Jewish life in New York City which had appeared
in 1887, issued a pamphlet entitled
Kuntres Ohel Mosheh
in 1894.
This work was published in Philadelphia and described the un ­
fitness of a shohet who was practicing in the city at that time.
A more serious halakhic work appeared in Chicago in 1898
entitled
Mikveh Yisrael.
The au thor was Rabbi Zvi Hirsh
Grodzinsky, who was born in Russia in 1849, and after 1892
served as rabbi in Omaha, Nebraska. The work consisted of
a systematic treatment of the laws of mikveh, accompanied by
two commentaries provided by the author himself.
In 1902, the previously noted Rabbi Moses Weinberger wrote
an extensive treatise on the problem of unfair competition in
Jewish law, entitled
Halakhah Le-Mosheh.
The precipitating in­
cident related to a dispute over a group of shohetim employed
by a major slaughtering house in New York City who refused
to work more than a designated number of hours. They were
subsequently replaced. The issue became a thorny one since
a rabbi banned the meat as ritually unfit for consumption by
observant Jews. The following year a work on the use of
machine-made matzot for Passover was published by Rabbi
Zechariah J. Rosenfeld of St. Louis entitled
Yosef Tikvah.
Two books on the proper eruv in New York City were pub­
lished in 1907 and in 1910. The first was authored by Rabbi
Joshua Siegal and was entitled
cEruv Ve-Hotsa^ah.
Siegal was
born in Poland in 1846 and arrived in New York in 1884. An­