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Lot #    12419
Auction End Date    12/20/2005 10:36:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Menorat Hamaor (Candlestick of Light)
Title (Hebrew)   
Author    R. Isaac Aboab
City    Frankfort am Main
Publisher    David Jakob Karnow
Publication Date    1743
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   408 ff., 175:103 mm., nice margins, light age and damp staining. A very good copy bound in modern full calf boards.
          
Detailed
Description
   Menorat ha-Ma'or, (Candlestick of Light), one of the most popular works of religious edification among the Jews in the Middle Ages. Written for the ignorant and the learned, the foolish and the wise, the young and the old, for men and for women, the work has had over 70 editions and printings (1st ed. Constantinople, 1514; Jerusalem, 1961) and has been translated into Spanish, Ladino, Yiddish, and German. Moses b. Simeon Frankfort of Amsterdam, who translated the work into Yiddish and wrote a commentary on it (Nefesh Yehudah, Amsterdam, 1701 and many subsequent eds.), also edited a shorter version under the title of Sheva Petilot (Seven Wicks, Amsterdam, 1721; Sudzilkow, 1836). The book became a handbook for preachers and served for public reading in synagogues when no preacher was available.

R. Isaac Aboab (end of the 14th century), rabbinic author and preacher; probably lived in Spain. His father seems to have been called Abraham and may have been the R. Abraham Aboab to whom R. Judah b. Asher of Toledo (d. 1349) addressed responsa (Zikhron Yehudah, 53a and 60a). After devoting most of his life to secular affairs Isaac turned to writing and preaching.

          
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Reference
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   CD-EPI 0105208
        
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Listing Classification
Period
  
18th Century:    Checked
  
Location
Germany:    Checked
  
Subject
Customs:    Checked
Other:    Ethics
  
Characteristic
Language:    Hebrew
  
Manuscript Type
  
Kind of Judaica