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Lot #    10863
Auction End Date    7/12/2005 11:02:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Shelom Yerushalayim
Title (Hebrew)   
Author    [Kabbalah - First Ed.] R. Shalom Mizrahi Adani
City    Jerusalem
Publisher    Abraham Moses Luntz
Publication Date    1899
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. [3], 44, 47-106 ff., 382:230 mm., wide margins, usual age staining, stamps. A very good copy bound in modern cloth boards.
   Kabbalistic discourses and glosses on the on the Ez Hayyim of R. Hayyim Vital and others, such as R. Shalom Sharabi, by R. Shalom Mizrahi ben Saadiah Adani. The title page begins, The counsel of the Lord is with those who fear him (Psalms 25:14). R. Adani writes humbly about his undertaking. The initial letters of each paragraph spelling Saadiah Simhah. The title page is dated, The Lord builds up Jerusalem (659 = 1899) (Psalms 147:2). There is a lengthy introduction from the author concluding with a vignette of Jews at prayer at the Western Wall. There are approbations from rabbis from Tunis and from Jerusalem, the former from R. Abraham Hagag, R. Elijah Borgil, R. Hayyim Borgil, R. Abraham Abukara, R. Mordecai Samaga, R. Shalom Lisha, R. Moses Samama, R. Abraham Lombroso, and R. Abraham Fizi; the latter from R. Moses Pardo and R. Raphael Meir Panzil. The text is set in two columns in rabbinic type excpting headers and initial words. In preparing Shelom Yerushalayim, a kabbalistic work, R. Adanai made use of a wealth of sources, among them the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmud, the halakhic authorities, and the responsa literature.

R. Shalom Mizrahi ben Saadiah Adani (second half of 19th century) was a kabbalist and scholar. The appellation Mizrahi was given to Adani because of his eastern Yemenite origin. In manhood he emigrated to Jerusalem where he joined the kabbalistic circle of the bet ha-midrash Bet El. He wrote, in addition to Shelom Yerushalayim, Sukkat Shalom (Tabernacle of Peace," 1891), novellae on the tractate Bava Kamma, the introduction to which contains a description of his adventures on his way to Erez Israel;

R. Hayyim ben Joseph Vital (15421620) 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 R. 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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19th Century:    Checked
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Language:    Hebrew
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