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Lot #    12703
Auction End Date    12/20/2005 12:56:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Avodat ha-Kodesh
Title (Hebrew)    עבודת הקודש
Author    [Hasidim - Kabbalah] R. Meir ibn Gabbai
City    Slavuta
Publisher    Samuel Abraham Shapira
Publication Date    1827
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   72, 20 ff., 341:214 mm., wide margins, light age staining, stamps. A very good copy bound in modern half calf boards.
   R. Meir b. Ezekiel ibn Gabbai (1480–after 1540), kabbalist of the generation of Spanish exiles. The details of his life are not known. Apparently he lived in Turkey and possibly died in Erez Israel. He wrote three books dealing with the principal problems of Kabbalah. They are: Tola'at Ya'akov (written in 1507 and first printed in Constantinople, 1560), on the prayers; Derekh Emunah (written in 1539 and first printed Constantinople, 1560), an explanation of the doctrine of the sefirot in the form of questions and answers, based on Sha'ar ha-Sho'el by Azriel of Gerona and incorporating views of the Zohar; and Avodat ha-Kodesh, on the entire doctrine of the Kabbalah, in four parts - on the unity of G-d, the worship of G-d, the purpose of man in the universe, and an explanation of esoteric aspects of the Torah - an important work which he wrote from 1523 to 1531. The last is the most comprehensive and organized summary of the doctrine of the Kabbalah prior to the Safed period and was one of the most popular books on Kabbalah even with recent generations. It was first printed 1566–68 under the name Marot Elokim. Ibn Gabbai was one of the leading proponents of the view that the Sefirot are the essence of divinity.

In 1791 R. Moses Shapira, son of the zaddik R. Phinehas b. Abraham of Korets, founded the printing press Slavuta became known for. Later R. Moses' two sons, Samuel Abba and Phinehas, took over the administration of the press. Three editions of the Babylonian Talmud, an edition of the Bible (with commentaries), the Zohar, and many other religious works, especially hasidic literature, were all produced handsomely and with great care by the press. In 1835 the press was closed down when the owners were arrested for the alleged murder of a worker who had supposedly denounced them for printing books without permission from the censor.

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הסכמות: ר' חיים הכהן רפאפורט, אוסטרהא, ל"ג בעומר [יח אייר] תקפ"ז; ר' אברהם אבלי ב"ר אברהם שלמה [פאסוואלער], ראש חודש שבט תקפ"ז; ר' שלמה זלמן ב"ר אלי', עיר חדש סיגאנד, ב דחנוכה תקפ"ז; ר' אפרים [וואהל], סדילקאב, ל"א למספר ב"י [טז אייר] תקפ"ז.

   CD-EPI 0105870; EJ
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Hasidic:    Checked
Kabbalah:    Checked
Blue Paper:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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