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Lot #    14308
Auction End Date    4/25/2006 1:04:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Ozerot Hayyim
Title (Hebrew)   
Author    [Ms. - Kabbalah] R. Hayyim Vital
City    Argil (Algier)
Publisher    R. Aaron Moadi & R. Jacob Balnse, scribes
Publication Date    1802
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [1], 194 ff., 224:147 mm., light age staining, ink on heavy paper, 34 lines per page, Mid-Eastern script, signed on title and dated, loose in later boards.
   Kabbalistic discourses with textual variations by R. Hayyim Ben Joseph Vital (15421620), one of the greatest kabbalists and the leading disciple of R. Isaac ben Solomon Luria Ashkenazi (ha-Ari, 15341572). The text was compiled and arranged by R. Vitals pupil, the Portuguese physician R. Jacob Zemah (d. c. 1665), who also edited and annotated the work. It was corrected by R. Abraham Azulai and Abraham ibn Musa of Morocco. These are important kabbalistic works explaining concepts of Lurianic Kabbalah. Ozerot Hayyim was first printed in Korets in 1783.

R. Hayyim Ben Joseph Vital was born in Safed and studied in yeshivot there, especially under R. Moses Alshekh, his teacher in exoteric subjects. In 1564 he began to study Kabbalah, at first according to the system R. Moses Cordovero, and, after R. Isaac Lurias (Ari) arrival in Safed, under the latter, becoming the Aris principal disciple. After the Aris death, R. Vital began to arrange the Aris teachings in written form, elaborating on them according to his own understanding, becoming the primary transmitter of the Aris teachings. R. Vital later moved to Jerusalem, serving as rabbi and head of a yeshivah from late 1577 to late 1585, where he wrote the last version of his presentation of the Lurianic system. In 1586 he returned to Safed, remaining there until 1592. In 1590 R. Vital was ordained as rabbi by his teacher R. Moses Alshekh, and then returned to Jerusalem in 1593 remaining several years, occasionally returning to Safed. His last move was to Damascus where he died. R. Vital was a prolific writer, his works encompassing Talmud, response, homilies, and even astronomy. R. Vital assembled his major writings into two vast works Ez ha-Hayyim and Ez ha-Daat. The former is the inclusive name for all those writings in which he elaborated on the teaching of Isaac Luria. These works went through several versions and adaptations, for Vital began to arrange what he had heard from Luria immediately after his death, remained absorbed in this task for more than 20 years.

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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Kabbalah:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Other:    Book
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