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Lot #    12696
Auction End Date    12/20/2005 12:52:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Bikkesh Shelomo
Title (Hebrew)    בקש שלמה
Author    [Only Ed.] R. Solomon Ibn Danan
City    Casablanca
Publisher    Brothers Elbaz
Publication Date    1930
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. Portrait on title verso, [4], 98, [10] ff., 320:206 mm., wide margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound in contemporary boards, rubbed.
   Responsa by R. Solomon b. Moses Ibn Danan (1848–1929) av bet din of Fez, halakhic authority, preacher, and kabbalist. He was also the author of the responsa Asher li-Shelomo (1901). The author is a descendent of the Ibn Danan (also spelled Abendanan) family - a Moroccan family of rabbis and scholars. The first known members of the family are Asase, who emigrated from Morocco to Aragon in 1249, and Maimon, who was apparently one of the refugees after the anti-Jewish massacres of 1391. Maimon went to Fez with his son Moses, who became known as the “Rambam of Fez” and wrote many commentaries on the Talmud. In 1438, Moses was accused of attacking Islam and was sentenced to death; he narrowly escaped this fate, but was compelled to flee the country. It is likely that Maimon II, son of Moses, remained in Fez.

Well known members of this family include: Saadiah ibn Danan, a physician, halakhist, exegete, grammarian, lexicographer, philosopher, and poet. Maimon, son of Saadiah, who died a martyr's death before 1502 and was buried in Fez. Samuel (d. after 1566) a rabbi of Constantine (in Algeria), and was instrumental in passing important takkanot. Saadiah II, the son (or grandson) of Samuel, participated in passing of takkanot between 1550 and 1578 and wrote a commentary on the Bible. Samuel (1542–1621), his son, possessed an extensive knowledge of the local customs of the Jews of Maghreb and of the takkanot of Castile. He wrote many legal novellae and rulings as well as a history. Saadiah III (d. 1680), the son of Samuel, was an av bet din and poet. He held discussions with Jacob b. Aaron Sasportas (Ohel Ya'akov (1737), 2 and 3) and issued a number of takkanot. Samuel b. Saul (1666-c. 1730) was the first editor of the Ibn Danan family chronicles and a history of the Jews of Fez. Saul (b. 1882), son of Solomon, halakhist and Zionist, founded a Hibbat Zion society in Fez in 1910. In 1933 he was appointed av bet din of Mogador and Marrakesh, and in 1949 chief rabbi of Morocco and head of the supreme bet din of appeal. Source:

Paragraph 2    שו"ת מאת ... ראב"ד פה מתא פאס ... ר' שלמה אבן דנאן ... והוא שפט את ישראל חמשים שנה. נולד ... תשעה לח' סיון שנת התר"ח ... ונתבש"מ [ונתבקש בישיבה של מעלה] בשמנה ועשרים לח' מרחשון שנת התרפ"ס [התרפ"ט] ... יצר [!] לאור [על-ידי] ... הבנים ... משה אבן דנאן ... שאול אבן דנאן ... בשנת ופעל ידיו ת'ר'צ'"ה' לפ"ג
   CD-EPI 0106014; EJ
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Other:    Morocco
Responsa:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica