Weekly Freebies: R Chaim Heller
R. Chaim Heller was a unique genius, combining mastery of Torah and ancient Semitic languages. His biography on the YU website is as follows (link):
HARAV HAGAON R. CHAIM HELLER ZT”L
Rabbi Heller was born in Bialystok, Poland. A young prodigy, he became known throughout Russia and Poland as the Illui of Warsaw. He advanced so rapidly that, after age 10, he no longer studied under a teacher or rosh yeshiva. With his keen mind and extraordinary memory he acquired a rare, comprehensive knowledge of the entire Torah.
In 1912, he was appointed as rabbi and Av Beit Din in Lomza. In 1922, he moved to Berlin and founded Beit Midrash HaElyon, which attracted many rabbonim and gaonim, but the Nazi persecutions compelled him to come to America.
He published the classic edition of Sefer HaMitzvot L’Rambam and a two-volume work on Shulchan Aruch, Choshen Mishpat entitled LeChikrei Halachot. He also published writings in the various Torah journals. Rabbi Heller authored the sefer Nusach HaShomroni, as well as other works. He gave shiurim at Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary for a number of years covering all facets of Torah knowledge.
The following of his writings can be found on HebrewBooks.org:
- Sefer Ha-Mitzvos
- Al Devar Masores Ha-Shas Biyrushalmi
- Al Ha-Targum Ha-Yerushalmi
- Peshitta vol. 1
- Kuntres: Birurim Be-Kamah Inyanim Ba-Rambam U-Va-Poskim Be-Hilkhos Malveh Ve-Loveh Ve-Abizryhu
- Shnei Kuntresim: Al Ha-Targum Ha-Yerushalmi, Ha-Ma’alos Li-Shlomo
- Le-Chikrei Halakhos vol. 1
- Le-Chikrei Halakhos vol. 2
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