[Book List]  

PLEASE NOTE: All bidding for the auction currently underway
at our new website at www.virtualjudaica.com/

Bidding Information
Lot #    19166
Auction End Date    11/13/2007 10:21:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Hegyon ha-Nefesh
Title (Hebrew)    הגיון הנפש
Author    R. Abraham bar Hiyya
City    Leipzig
Publisher    Isaac Freimann
Publication Date    1860
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [1], lxiii, 43 pp. octavo 184:106 mm., usual light age staining. A very good copy bound in later boards.
Paragraph 1    Added t.p.: Sefer Hegjon Ha-Nefesch oder Sitten-Buch von Abraham bar Chijja ha-Nasi ... Dabei eine Abhandlung ueber das ... Sal. Jeh. L. Rapoport Buch und den Verfasser von Herausgegeben aus einer sehr alten Handschrift der Leipziger Raths-Bibliothek nebst einer ausfuehrlichen Biographie des ... A. Freimann Verfassers von
   Only edition of this important ethical work by the early Sephardic sage R. Abraham bar Hiyya. Hegyon ha-Nefesh remained in manuscript for centuries until edited and published by Isaac Freimann. It has a lengthy introduction from Solomon Judah Leib Rapoport (Rappaport, Shir, 1790–1867), rabbi and scholar, pioneer of Haskalah and Wissenschaft des Judentums. Chronologically and intellectually R. Abraham bar Hiyya followed R. Bahya. R. Abraham bar Hiyya, iIn his homily in four chapters on repentance, divides the laws of Moses, to correspond with the three classes of pious men, into three groups, namely: (1) the Decalogue, the first commandment of which is merely an introduction accentuating the divine origin and the eternal goal of the Law; (2) the group of laws contained in the second, third, and fourth books of Moses, intended for the people during their wandering in the desert or during the Exile, to render them a holy congregation; (3) the Deuteronomic legislation, intended for the people living in an agricultural state and forming a "kingdom of justice." All these laws are only necessary while sensuality prevails; but in the time of the Messianic redemption, when the evil spirit shall have vanished, no other laws than those given in the Decalogue will be necessary. The note of asceticism is still more accentuated in the "Hegyon ha-Nefesh" than in "Hovot ha-Levavot," and R. Abraham barHḤiyya went so far as to praise celibacy, which is in direct opposition to the law of Moses. According to R. Hiyya, the non-Jew may attain as high a degree of godliness as the Jew ("Hegyon ha-Nefesh," 8a).
Paragraph 2    או ספר המוסר להקדמון ר' אברהם בר חייא הנשיא זצ"ל ... בו ילמד דעת את העם והמעשה אשר יעשון ... ונוסף עליו מכתב, כולל הערות וחקירות מושכלות על תכונת הספר ועל מחברו מהרב ... מהור"ר שלמה יהודה ליב כהן רפאפורט נ"י ... וגם תולדות המחבר מהמוציא לאור. מעקד ספרי כ"י בעיר לפסיא ... אני יצחק אייזק בן לאא"מ מוהרר יהודא ליב פרייאמאן מקראקא ...
   BE het 451; JE; CD-EPI 0106805
Associated Images
2 Images (Click thumbnail to view full size image):
  Order   Image   Caption
  1   Click to view full size  
  2   Click to view full size  
Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Other:    Ethics
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica