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Lot #    12592
Auction End Date    12/20/2005 12:01:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Niphla'im Ma'aseha
Title (Hebrew)    נפלאים מעשיך
Author    [First Ed.] R. Joseph Hayyim ben Elijah Al-Hakam
City    Jerusalem
Publication Date    1912
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. 8, 152 ff., 175:108 mm., light age staining. A very good copy loose in contemporary boards.
   146 stories collected from the works of R. Joseph Hayyim ben Elijah Al-Hakam, (1833 or 1835–1909), Baghdad rabbi. He was the son of Elijah al-Hakam and the father of Jacob al-Hakam. Born in Baghdad, he studied with his maternal uncle, David Hai b. Meir. In 1848 he began to study under Abdallah Somekh. He succeeded his father (1859) as preacher, a post he held until his death. In 1869 he visited Erez Israel. In 1876 Jacob Obermeier of Vienna, who had come to Baghdad to teach French, insulted Joseph Hayyim. The community excommunicated him and compelled him to request the rabbi's pardon. Al-Hakam was renowned as a great halakhic authority who instituted many takkanot. He wrote some 60 works on all aspects of Torah, only a few of which have been published. He is best known for his Ben Ish Hai (1898), homilies blended with halakhah and Kabbalah. This work achieved immense popularity, particularly in oriental communities, where it is studied extensively, and has gone through many editions. His other published works include Ben Yehoyada (1898–1904), five volumes of commentaries to the aggadic portions of the Babylonian Talmud and Rav Pe'alim (1901–12), responsa. He wrote approximately 200 piyyutim and pizmonim, about 50 of which are incorporated in the liturgy of Baghdad Jewry; the rest are still in manuscript.
Paragraph 2    ... מעשיות ... מאה וארבע וששים ... נאצלו וחוצבו מכל ספרי הדרושים שחבר ... ר' יוסף חיים זצוק"ל ראש גולה דעוב"י [דעיר ואם בישראל] בבל ... ובראש הספר ... שיר ידידות הנקרא קערת כסף [מאת] ... ר' יוסף האזובי זצוק"ל. כל אלה נקבצו ... ע"י ... בן-ציון מרדכי חזן ...
   CD-EPI 0135617; EJ; A. Ben-Jacob, Yehudei Bavel, index; D. J. Sassoon, History of Jews in Baghdad (1969), index
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Israel:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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