The Words of the Righteous
Words of the Righteous (Divrei Saddiqim): An Anti-Hasidic Satire by Joseph Perl and Isaac Baer Levinsohn, critically edited and introduced by Jonatan Meir, דברי צדיקים (Sources and Studies in the Literature of Jewish Mysticism 12, 2004, 180 pages, ISBN 0-9747505-7-3 in Hebrew).
The most famous anti-Hasidic satire in the nineteenth century is Joseph Perl’s Megale Temirin. This text was published anonymously in Vienna in 1819. Isaac Baer Levinsohn was the first to respond to Megale Temirin, composing an imitation and continuation of this satire, which he called Megale Sod. He sent it to Perl who was enthusiastic about the manuscript, made many changes to it, and finally printed it in Vienna in 1830 under the title Divre Saddiqim (Words of the Righteous). The edition is introduced with a discussion of the various stages of the manuscript from its initial composition and through its final form in print. The second chapter presents a the critical, annotated edition of Divre Saddiqim, while the third offers a comparison of the different versions of the manuscript. The final section contains a facsimile of the manuscript and the first edition.
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