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Lot #    14427
Auction End Date    4/25/2006 2:03:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Leshem Shevo ve-Ahlamah - Hakdamot u-She'arim
Title (Hebrew)    לשם שבו ואחלמה - הקדמות ושערים
Author    [Kabbalah - First Ed.] R. Solomon Eliashov
City    Piotrkow
Publisher    Mordecai Zidderbaum
Publication Date    1908
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. 212 pp., 284:208 mm., wide margins, usual age staining, few minor wormholes. A good copy bound in contemporary boards, rubbed.
   R. Solomon b. Hayyim Eliashov (1841–1926), was born in Zagara, Lithuania, studied in the yeshivah in Telz, but spent most of his life as a private citizen in Shavli in Samogitia, Lithuania and never took a rabbinic position. In 1915 he was expelled with the rest of his community to Russia and in 1922 (or 1924) he settled in Jerusalem. R. Eliashov was considered one of the greatest kabbalists in Russia at the end of the 19th century. His method was influenced by the tradition of R. Elijah b. Solomon, the Gaon of Vilna, and his disciples and he generally opposed those who interpreted Kabbalah in an idealistic manner, particularly the kabbalistic commentaries of R. Moses Hayyim Luzzatto and the Habad Hasidim. All his works on Kabbalah, which he rewrote in several versions, were compiled at the end of the 19th century under the general title Sefer Leshem Shevo ve-Ahlamah (Ex. 28:19). They include the following published works: Sefer Hakdamot u-She'arim (Piotrkow, 1908); Sefer ha-De'ah (an abbreviation for Derushei Olam ha-Tohu) in two volumes (Piotrkow, 1911); Sefer ha-Kelalim, on the principles of egressus and digressus in the process of emanation, two volumes (Jerusalem, 1924–26, but actually completed only in 1930); Sefer Helkei ha-Be'urim, a commentary on R. Hayyim Vital's Ez Hayyim in two volumes (Jerusalem, 1935–49). His glosses and additions to Ez Hayyim were also published in the Warsaw 1890 edition of that work. The works of R. Eliashov contain a highly detailed systematic description of the Lurianic Kabbalah concerning the doctrine of azilut (“emanation”). It was said that Eliashov accomplished for the works of R. Isaac Luria what R. Moses Cordovero had done for the Zohar.
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[כרך א]: ספר הקדמות ושערים והוא ענף אחד מהספר לשם שבו ואחלמה ... פיעטרקוב, דפוס מרדכי צעדערבוים, תרס"ט, 212 .1908 עמ'.

   CD-EPI 0120684; EJ; A. Levin, Toledot ha-Ga'on ha-Kadosh, Mehabber Sifrei Leshem Shevo ve-Ahlamah (1935).
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Kabbalah:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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