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Lot #    12353
Auction End Date    12/20/2005 10:03:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Kad ha-Kemah (Receptacle of the Flour)
Title (Hebrew)    כד הקמח
Author    [First Ed.] R. Bahya b. Asher b. Hlava
City    Constantinople
Publication Date    1515
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. 87, [1] ff., 234:170 mm., light age staining, censored, trimmed affecting running titles and pagination, initial 3 ff. with loss of several letters. Overall a good copy of a rare book bound in modern full calf boards, tooled in blind.
   Kad ha-Kemah contains alphabetically arranged clarifications on the foundations of faith. The clarity of R. Bahya's style and his easy exposition have made this book (which draw their material from a variety of sources) highly popular with the public and has enjoyed a wide circulation. The title and final pages have the lion device of R. Judah Sassoon. The colophon informs us that the Kad ha-Kemah was completed on 18 Iyyar, 5275 (May 13, 1515).

Kad ha-Kemah consists of sixty chapters, alphabetically arranged (alphabet in not maintained witin the letter), containing discourses and dissertations on the requirements of religion and morality, as well as Jewish ritual practices. Its purpose is to promote a moral life. In it R. Bahya discusses the following subjects: belief and faith in G-d; the divine attributes and the nature of providence; the duty of loving G-d, and of walking before G-d in simplicity and humility of heart; the fear of G-d; Jewish prayer; benevolence, and the love of mankind; peace; the administration of justice, and the sacredness of the oath; the duty of respecting the property and honor of one's fellow man; the Jewish holidays, and halakha (loosely translated as "Jewish law".)

R. Bahya b. Asher b. Hlava (13th century), exegete, preacher, and kabbalist. His great commentary on the Pentateuch (Naples, 1492) was written in 1291. According to tradition, he lived in Saragossa and served there as dayyan and preacher. He was a disciple of R. Solomon b. Abraham Adret, whom he called "my master," whenever he quoted from his commentaries. Curiously enough, R. Bahya mentions neither his teacher's kabbalistic sayings nor his commentaries on the mystical teachings of Nahmanides as did R. Solomon b. Adret's other disciples. There are also kabbalistic matters quoted anonymously by Bahya which are attributed to R. Solomon b. Adret by other authors.

Paragraph 2    שחבר הרב רבינו בחיי הדיין זל ...

דרשות ודברי מוסר בסדר א"ב. בשער שיר, פותח: מעין בעדן גן להשקות כל נטיעי בין ויצמח צמח. סימן: משה [המון]. אוצר השירה והפיוט, ג, עמ' 162, מס' 2015. קולופון: "ויער את רוח המחוקקי' ... והנה אתם תומכי ידיהם ... כ"ר אברהם אלקאצבי והנבון כ"ר יהודה ששון. ואני המדבר משה בן ... ר' יוסף המון ... והיתה השלמת הספר הזה יום ה יח ימים לירח אייר שנת האלהים ה'ר'ע'"ה' [רע"ה] אותי. ונדפס בעיר קושטנטינא". בשולי השער ובסוף הספר דגלו של יהודה בן יוסף ששון. עיין: א' יערי , הדפוס העברי בקושטא, ירושלים תשכ"ז, עמ' 18-19.

   EJ; JE; CD-EPI 0121993; Gottlieb, in: Tarbiz, 33 (1963/64), 287–313; idem, in: Bar-Ilan Sefer ha-Shanah, 2 (1964), 215–50 (Heb.), 27 (Eng. summary); 3 (1965), 139–85; 4–5 (1967), 306–23 (Heb.), 61 (Eng. summary); idem, Ha-Kabbalah be-Khitvei R. Bahya ben Asher (1970); Heller 16th cent. Heb, Book, pp. 66-67.
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Listing Classification
16th Century:    Checked
Greece-Turkey:    Checked
Other:    Religion
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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