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Lot #    12571
Auction End Date    12/20/2005 11:50:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Kol Shmuel
Title (Hebrew)   
Author    [Only Ed.] R. Samuel ben Mordecai Conforte
City    Salonica
Publisher    R. Mordecai Nahmun & Hayyim Leon Kalai
Publication Date    1787
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [3], 117 ff. folio 314:190 mm., wide margins, title margin tear, light age and damp staining. A good copy bound in contemporary half leather and marbled paper boards, rubbed.
   Commentary on the weekly Torah readings by R. Samuel ben Mordecai Conforte. The title page has a border constructed from multiple rows of florets typical of Salonika, and states that it is a poor persons offering, who, with his iniquities, approached, oppressed, but humbled himself (cf. Isaiah 53:7). The Torah here was written partly in R. Confortes birthplace and partly in Sofia, where he was Rosh Yeshivah. It further states that everyone is obligated, the smaller person according to his ability, the greater according to his ability, and everyone takes his portion in the maamud ha-kodesh. It is dated, [She is a tree of life to those who lay hold on her]; and happy (547 = 1787) is every one who holds her fast (Proverbs 3:18). Kol Shmuel has approbations from R. Joseph Eliakim, R. Reuben ben Jacob of Sofia, and R. Abraham ben Eliezer Magir of Jerusalem. The last approbation is comproised of eight paragraphs, each beginning Kol and concluding Shmuel. Next is R. Confortes introduction, paragraphs beginning and concluding tov. The text is in two columns in rabbinic type. Paashat generally begin with a midrash or gemara which is then explicated. The volume concludes with an index of sources. R. Conforte served as rabbi and rosh yeshiva in Sofia, which today is capital of Bulgaria.
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Greece-Turkey:    Checked
Bible:    Checked
Homiletics:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
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