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Lot #    10815
Auction End Date    7/12/2005 10:14:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Toledot Ya'akov
Title (Hebrew)    תולדות יעקב
Author    [First Ed.] R. Jacob di Alba
City    Venice
Publisher    Giovanni D'Gara
Publication Date    1609
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. 114, [2] ff., 192:133 mm., nice margins, usual light age and damp staining. A very good copy bound in modern half vellum boards.
   Toledot Ya'akov is a collection of of sermons by R. Jacob di Alba (late 16th–early 17th century), preacher and rabbi in Florence. In the introduction, he gives details of his life, mentioning that he had traveled for many years and lived for a long time in Constantinople, before being appointed preacher of the Jewish community of Florence. The structural basis of his homilies is to begin with a biblical verse, then to quote a passage from the Talmud or the Midrash which often is only slightly connected to the verse, the exordium to the body of the homily in which he raises a number of rhetorical questions regarding the talmudic passage, and the main part of the sermon in which the questions are answered. His method is in the tradition of R. Moses Alshekh, the famous preacher of Safed. The book is arranged according to the weekly pentateuchal readings and includes references to the various festivals in relation to the nearest Sabbath; there are no special sermons for the holy days. Some of the readings are discussed in two different sermons. Though R. Jacob availed himself of certain philosophical terms in his sermons, he was not oriented toward philosophical preaching; nor was he influenced by the Kabbalah. His sermons usually are in the regular rabbinic tradition.
Paragraph 2    הקול קול יעקב ... אלו הדרושים הנחמדים [לפי סדר הפרשיות] ... לשבתות ולמועדי' ולימים ושנים פנים מפני' שונים פרד"ס רמונים. חברם בן עמר"ם ... כמהר"ר יעקב די אלבה נר"ו. והוגה על יד ... כמוה"רר יצחק גרשון נר"ו ...

מעבר לשער: הערת ר' יצחק גרשון, המגיה. בעמ' האחרון: הסכמת חכמי ויניציאה: ר' ן' ציון צרפתי, ר' ליב סרוואל, ר' יצחק גרשון, ר' יוסף סאמיג'ה, ר' יוסף פארדו , ר' נחמן חנין, ר' אבשלום אלמושנינו, ר' שמעון חביב , כד אלול שס"ח.

   CD-EPI 0109903; EJ
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Listing Classification
17th Century:    Checked
Italy:    Checked
Homiletics:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica