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Lot #    12398
Auction End Date    12/20/2005 10:26:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Azei ha-Yaar
Title (Hebrew)    ' '
Author    [First Ed.] R. Ezekiel Ezra ben Rahamim
City    Baghdad
Publisher    R. Ezra Reuben Dangoor
Publication Date    1911
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. [1], 143 pp., 182:115 mm., wide margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound in modern cloth boards.
   Halakhic commentary reflecting the practices of the Jews of Iraq by R. Ezekiel Ezra ben Rahamim. The title page describes the contents as Likkutim and piskei dinnim from the works of the early and later sages on Shulhan ha-Tahor Orah Hayyim until simon 32. The authors name is given as " ( = Yehezkel = Ezra ben Rahamim). This should be a remembrance for him, an allusion to the fact that he did not leave over any male children. The title page has a decorative border and representation of a leaf at the bottom; it is dated from the verse, Then shall the trees of the wood (azei ha-yaar) sing out (I Chronicles 16:33). There is an introduction, which informs that R. Ezekiel Ezra ben Rahamim was born in 1876 and died in Jerusalem in 1908. The text is set in a single column in rabbinic type, excepting headers and initial words. The volume concludes with errata. Bibliographic sources record an additional twenty two pages not present here. That part of the work was not printed in Bagdad, but rather in Jerusalem sometime after 1926 by the authors brother, R. Isaac Nissim. The binding gives the date 1901 but Azei ha-Yaar was published in 1911.

Hebrew printing did not start in Bagdad until late in the nineteenth century. The most productive Hebrew press in that city, founded in 1904, was that of R. Ezra Reuben Dangoor (18481930), who was also hakham bashi of Baghdad. This printing press, active until 1921, issued more than 100 books, primarily books of prayers and piyyutim according to the custom of the Baghdad Jews, but also some popular books in the Judeo-Arabic jargon and a Hebrew weekly, Yeshurun, of which five issues were published in 1920.

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   BE ayin 1053; Yaari Arzot ha-Mizrah 2:142 no 185; CD-EPI 0135704
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Other:    Iraq
Halacha:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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