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Lot #    12588
Auction End Date    12/20/2005 11:59:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Zera Avraham
Title (Hebrew)    זרע אברהם, חלק ב'
Author    [Only Ed.] R. Abraham Yizhaki
City    Izmir (Smyrna)
Publisher    Jonah Ashkenazi & David Hazan
Publication Date    1733
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition, volume 2. [2], 126, 129-140, [4] ff., 305:193 mm., old hand on title, wide margins, usual age and damp staining, scattered worming affecting letters. A very good copy bound in modern cloth boards.
Paragraph 1    The R. Hayyim Berlin copy with his stamp on several ff.
   Responsa on the Orah Hayyim and Yoreh De'ah. Volume one was printed in Constantinople two years earlier.

R. Abraham b. David Yizhaki (1661–1729), rabbi, halakhic authority, and kabbalist. Born in Jerusalem, he was the grandson of the kabbalist, R. Abraham b. Mordecai Azulai, and son-in-law of R. Abraham Israel Zeevi, a scholar of Hebron. He studied Talmud under R. Moses b. Jonathan Galante, and Kabbalah together with R. Joseph Bialer, grandfather of R. H. J. D. Azulai. He was chief rabbi of Jerusalem, Rishon le-Zion, by 1708, and held the position until his death. He also headed a yeshivah. Among his disciples were R. Moses Hagiz, R. Isaac ha-Kohen Rapoport, and R. Isaac Zerahiah Azulai.

At the beginning of his rabbinate, the inhabitants of Jerusalem suffered from the heavy burden of taxation placed upon them by the government. To ameliorate the situation, R. Yizhaki went to various European countries and to Turkey as an emissary of the community (1709–16). In 1708, as head of the Jerusalem rabbis, he signed a declaration against the Shabbatean Nehemiah Hayon, and during his journey he vigorously opposed the propaganda conducted by Hayon and Miguel Abraham Cardozo. On reaching Amsterdam in 1712 he encouraged R. Moses Hagiz and R. Zevi Ashkenazi (Hakham Zevi) to oppose Hayon, who came to Amsterdam in 1713. On returning to Jerusalem, Yizhaki devoted himself to teaching and writing. Some time later, when the situation of Jerusalem deteriorated and his safety was endangered, he was compelled to flee to Hebron, but later returned to Jerusalem, where he passed on.

Paragraph 2    ... חברו הרב ... אברהם יצחקי זלה"ה אב"ד ור"מ דעה"ק ירושלם ... והם תשו[בות] ...

[חלק ב]: תשו' דשייכי לא"ח וי"ד [לאורח חיים ויורה דעה]. הובאו לבית הדפוס ע"י ... ר' משה פאלקון ה"י וחתנו ... ר' יצחק ארדיט תושבי אזמיר. אזמיר, דפוס יונה אשכנזי ודוד חזן, בשנת נהר פ'ל'ג'י'ו' י'ש'מ'ח'ו' עיר [תצ"ג]. [2], קכו, קכט-קמ, [4] דף. מעבר לשער ובדף [2]: הקדמת "התלמיד" ר' יצחק [ב"ר יהודה רפאפורט] כהן. בספר קונטרס מיוחד ממנו (דף עט-פו): שתי תשובות, בעניין שהמחבר דן עליו עמו בתשובה קודמת.

   CD-EPI 0136896; EJ; JE; Yaari, Sheluhei, 353-8; Benayahu, in: KS, 28 (1952/53), 33; Toledano, in: Yerushalayim, 4 (1953), 215–6; Scholem, Shabbetai Zevi, 1 (1957), 199–200.
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Greece-Turkey:    Checked
Responsa:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
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