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Lot #    16588
Auction End Date    12/5/2006 12:27:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Devarim Tovim
Title (Hebrew)    דברים טובים
Author    [First Ed.] R. Moses Alshekh
City    Venice
Publisher    Juan DiGara
Publication Date    1601
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. 35 [i.e. 41], [1] ff., quarto, 194:142 mm., age and damp staining, minor worming upper margin affecting several letters.. A good copy bound in modern boards.
   Commentary on Ecclesiastes by R. Moses b. Hayyim Alshekh (c. 1520-1593), rabbi and Bible commentator, born in Adrianople or Damascus. He studied in Salonika under R. Joseph Taitazak and R. Joseph Caro, and then emigrated to Erez Israel, settling in Safed, where he gained prominence as an halakhic authority, a teacher in two talmudic academies, and a preacher. He was active in communal affairs and was a member of the rabbinical court of R. Joseph Caro, who conferred upon him the full ordination which had been reintroduced by R. Jacob Berab. The Alshekh in turn ordained in 1590 R. Hayyim Vital, who was his disciple in halakhah. His major field of interest was halakhah but, acceding to requests to preach on Sabbaths, in the course of preparing his sermons he occupied himself also with Bible exegesis. He also engaged in the study of the Kabbalah, from which he derived the fundamentals of his religious philosophy. According to one tradition, R. Isaac Luria sought to dissuade him from pursuing kabbalistic studies. About 1590 The Alshekh visited the Jewish communities of Syria and Turkey, and perhaps also of Persia, in the interests of Safed Jewry. He also sent an appeal on behalf of the Safed community to Italy and other countries. The last information about him was from Damascus. He participated there in a rabbinical court session in the spring of 1593. He died soon after at a venerable age.
Paragraph 2    ביאור מגלת קהלת [עם הפנים] להחכם... ר' משה אלשיך זצוק"ל... תודות נתן לאל שככ"ה זיכנו על ידי... ר' חיים אלשיך בנו נר"ו... הוגה בעיון רב על ידי... ר' יצחק גרשון...
   CD-EPI 0182269; EJ; Rosanies, Togarmah, 3 (1938), 276 ff.
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Listing Classification
17th Century:    Checked
Italy:    Checked
Bible:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica