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Lot #    16370
Auction End Date    12/5/2006 10:40:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Tola'at Ya'akov
Title (Hebrew)    תולעת יעקב
Author    [Kabbalah] R. Meir ibn Gabbai
City    Boguslav
Publication Date    [1820?]
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [2], 4-47 ff., 207:170 mm., wide margins, light age and damp staining, blue paper. A very good copy bound in later boards, rubbed.
Paragraph 1    The Hebrew printing press in Boguslav, city in Kiev province (oblast), Ukraine, operated from 1819-21and produced a grand total of four works!
   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.

Paragraph 2    ...הובא לבית הדפו' ע"י ... ר' מענדל נ"י והשני ... מוה' ישעיה בהרבני ... דוד נ"י ...

הסכמות: "דייני ומורה צדק" בהאסלב: ר' דוד ב"ר שמואל ור' שמואל דובער ב"ר מנחם מענדיל, א טבת תק"ף; ר' יהודה ב"ר צבי הירש, דיינא וספרא דק"ק אסטרהא, כו כסליו תק"ף.

   CD-EPI 0105882
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Kabbalah:    Checked
Blue Paper:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica