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Lot #    10835
Auction End Date    7/12/2005 10:34:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Toameha Hayyim Zakhu
Title (Hebrew)   
Author    [First Ed. - Kabbalah] R. Aaron Solomon Maharil
City    Jerusalem
Publisher    Defus shel ha-Ahim Rohld
Publication Date    1924-27
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 103; 101, [2]; 92, [2] ff. 12 pp., 300:222 mm., wide margins, usual age staining, stamps. A very good copy bound in contemporary half leather boards, rubbed.
   Kabbalsitic work, a commentary on the Ez Hayyim of R. Hayyim Vital by R. Aaron Solomon Maharil. The title page has an architectural frame, with vignettes of the Western Wall and the tomb of King David at the bottom. The text describes it as a source of life, for, wisdom gives life to those who have it (Ecclesiastes 7:12). It is the Torah of R. Isaac known as the Ari who received it from Elijah the prophet and gave it over to the faithful one of his house, R. Hayyim Vital for the public good. There are dedications on the verso of the title page and then the authors introduction. Toameha Hayyim Zakhu was printed in three parts from 1924 through 1927 all bound together here. At the end is an index of all three parts followed by a kuntres on the Sefer Yezirah according to the Ari.

R. Hayyim Ben Joseph Vital was born in Safed and studied in yeshivot there, especially under R. Moses Alshekh, his teacher in exoteric subjects. In 1564 he began to study Kabbalah, at first according to the system R. Moses Cordovero, and, after R. Isaac Lurias (Ari) arrival in Safed, under the latter, becoming the Aris principal disciple. After the Aris death, R. Vital began to arrange the Aris teachings in written form, elaborating on them according to his own understanding, becoming the primary transmitter of the Aris teachings. R. Vital later moved to Jerusalem, serving as rabbi and head of a yeshivah from late 1577 to late 1585, where he wrote the last version of his presentation of the Lurianic system. In 1586 he returned to Safed, remaining there until 1592. In 1590 R. Vital was ordained as rabbi by his teacher R. Moses Alshekh, and then returned to Jerusalem in 1593 remaining several years, occasionally returning to Safed. His last move was to Damascus where he died. R. Vital was a prolific writer, his works encompassing Talmud, response, homilies, and even astronomy. R. Vital assembled his major writings into two vast works Ez ha-Hayyim and Ez ha-Daat. The former is the inclusive name for all those writings in which he elaborated on the teaching of R. Isaac Luria. These works went through several versions and adaptations, for Vital began to arrange what he had heard from R. Luria immediately after his death, remained absorbed in this task for more than 20 years.

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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Israel:    Checked
Kabbalah:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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