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Lot #    12425
Auction End Date    12/20/2005 10:39:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Mahberet Pirkhe Shoshanim
Title (Hebrew)    מחברת פרחי שושנים
Author    [Only Ed.] R. Menashe Sutton
City    Aleppo
Publisher    HaShalem (Ezra Hayyim of Damascus)
Publication Date    1910
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [3] pp, 41, 8 ff., 230:160 mm., light age saining, wide margins. A very good copy bound in contemporary boards.
   This volume actually contains two works in one. The main focus is guidance to spiritual development though stories, poems and songs. The last 8 leaves are entitled דרכה של תורה (Darka shel Torah)which discusses the correct manner of education for the children. This essay had been previously published but had not been publicized among the Sephardi communities. Therefore it is being reissued. It contains comments by many famous Rabbis, including R. Hayyim HaLevi Soloveitchik, R. Samuel Salant, R. Yosef Hayyim Sonnenfeld, et. al.

The book was published through the efforts of R. Menashe Sutton's grandson (also named R. Menashe) who wrote a glowing tribute in the introduction. Leaves 40 (b) and 41 (a and b) contain a Derush (sermon)on R. Matloub Sutton, the father of the author. Approbations from R. Yaakob Shaul Dweck, R. Ezra Yitzhak Hamway, R. Moshe Ezra Mizrahi, and R. Eliyahu Hamway are included.

The author, R. Menashe Sutton, (d. 1876) was the son of R. Matloub Sutton (d. 1834) and was knowledgeable in all aspects of Torah learning including the calendar and Hebrew grammar. He was also well versed in astronomy, mathematics and engineering. He supported his family through his initiatives in business. R. Sutton is well known for his Kenisiyah Leshem Shamayim (Jerusalem, 1974) in which he argues fiercely against the practice of sorcery to banish evil spirits from a sick room or a maternity ward. This was unfortunately prevalent at the time he wrote this work and R. Menashe's campaign received encouragement from many other Rabbis. In fact, 36 Rabbis signed approbations for the work in 1852.

He also authored a number of other works including Klalei Dikdukei HaKriah (on the rules of grammar that affect correct reading of the Torah), Mateh Menashe (three volumes of novellae on the Talmud and the Rambam) and Siftei Sadik ( on the Shulhan Arukh).

R. Sutton served as Rabbi in Safed for four years (1870-1874), for two years in Aleppo, and he died in Alexandria, Egypt where he had also been asked to serve as the Rabbi.

Paragraph 2    מוסר בדברי שיר ומליצה... מעשי ידי... ר' מנשה סתיהון זלה"ה. יצא לאור ע"י נכדו... ר' מנשה ח"ר דוד סתיהון... דפוס "השלם", שנת ה'ע'ת'ר' לב"ע

מתוך הקדמת המחבר: בא לידי ספר בן המלך והנזיר מדפוס קדמון [וואנזבעק תפ"ז] ומצאתי בסופו... קונטריס קטן... שמו [מ]שיחת חולין של ת"ח להרב המניח [ר' משה חאגיז] ז"ל אשר בו לקט... משלים... ואחר כל משל... חרוז בדלת וסוגר... והואלתי להעתיקם ולסדרם ולפרשם ולבארם ולשנות לשונם... ולהרחיב כל דבר וליפותו... ועשיתי על רוב המשלים קצת שירים... הבאתי בו הרבה שירים אשר עשיתי בימי הנעורים, ועוד הוספתי בו מעט משלים ומוסרים מדברי... רבותינו... בש"ס ומדרשים... גם... מדברי הפלוסופים... עיין גם: א"מ הברמן, משיחת חולין של תלמידי חכמים לר' משה חאגיז - סיני, כרך כג, תש"ח, עמ' פז-צח. דף מ,ב-מא: דרוש אשר דרש עליו... בנו... ר' מטלוב סתהון ז"ל. הסכמת ר' חזקיה שבתי נדפסה על דף מיוחד ונדבקה בספר. ראינו טופס שדף זה חסר בו. הסכמות רבני ארם-צובה: ר' חזקיה שבתי, ניסן תר"ע; ר' יעקב שאול דוויך, ר' עזרא יצחק חמווי, ר' משה עזרא מזרחי ור' אליהו חמווי, אדר תר"ע.

   CD-EPI 0155301; Aleppo: city of scholars
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Other:    Syria
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
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