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Lot #    16605
Auction End Date    12/5/2006 12:35:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Nahalat Shivah
Title (Hebrew)    נחלת שבעה
Author    [First Ed. - Women] R. Samuel b. David ha-Levi
City    Amsterdam
Publisher    Uri Feivish
Publication Date    1667-68
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. 162 ff., 170:127 mm., light age staining, nice margins, title repair with small loss. A good copy bound in modern half vellum boards.
   R. Samuel b. David Moses ha-Levi (?1625–1681), Polish rabbi. R. Samuel was born in Poland and studied under R. David b. Samuel ha-Levi and R. Shabbetai Horowitz. He lived-at first in Mezhirech in the district of Poznan. When Mezhirech was destroyed by Czarniecki in 1656, R. Samuel escaped to Halberstadt, where for three years he lived in great poverty and was assisted by a number of friends he made there. From Halberstadt he went to another town (whose name he refrained from mentioning because of the suffering caused him by its inhabitants), and remained there for a year and a half. In 1660 he was appointed regional chief rabbi of Bamberg, but since the authorities would not permit the rabbi of Bamberg to live in the town itself his seat was at Zeckendorf, a village about two hours' journey from Bamberg. R. Samuel based his rulings almost exclusively upon the halakhah, without regard to the local customs which originated with the scholars of Germany. As a result, he aroused the opposition of the rabbis and laymen of the district, and was compelled to leave Bamberg in 1665. For a time he was without a post, until he was appointed rabbi of Kleinsteinbach, where he remained until his death.

R. Samuel's fame rests upon his Nahalat Shivah, which he finished in 1664 and the publication of which he personally supervised (Amsterdam, 1667). In 49 sections he deals with the formula of legal deeds of every kind, both in matrimonial and civil law, and clarifies all the relevant laws in accordance with the earlier and later posekim. Toward the end of his life R. Samuel succeeded in publishing the Mahadura Batra ["second edition"] le-Sefer NaHalat Shivah (Frankfort, 1681), which includes corrections and additions as well as replies to the strictures upon it which appeared after its first publication, especially those of R. Jair Hayyim Bacharach in his Hut ha-Shani and those of R. Aaron Samuel Koidanover. Nahalat Shivah became very popular among rabbis because of its practical value in the drawing up of documents, particularly gittin, ketubbot, and the like. After R. Samuel's death, his son R. Abraham republished the book in Fuerth in 1692, adding a second part containing 85 of his own responsa as well as others, including those of R. Aaron Samuel Koidanover. The importance of the work is evidenced by its frequent reprinting: Frankfort, 1694; Fuerth, 1724, 1739, 1784: Russia, 1818; Lemberg, 1874, et al.; and as late as 1962 in Jerusalem.

Paragraph 2    ... חברו ... ר' שמואל בכמ"ר דוד הלוי נר"ו ... כולל דברי הטור א"ע [אבן העזר] ושלחן ערוך בעניני גטין וקדושין ... גם ... תיקוני שטרות תועלת לסופרים ודיינים ...

בשער: בשנת מ'ש'י'ח' ב'ן' ד'ו'ד' ב'א' [תכ"ז]. קולופון: ונגמר ... ך"ה שבט לפרט אם אשכחך ירושלים ת'שכ'ח' ימיני [תכ"ח]. נכללו כאן השטרות שבספר תיקון שטרות, קראקא ת"ד, ועוד קצת שטרות חדשים.

   EJ; CD-EPI 0170747
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Listing Classification
17th Century:    Checked
Holland:    Checked
Halacha:    Checked
Other:    Women
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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