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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
Physical
Description
   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
          
Detailed
Description
   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 ...
          
Reference
Description
   BE het 451; JE; CD-EPI 0106805
        
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Listing Classification
Period
19th Century:    Checked
  
Location
Germany:    Checked
  
Subject
Other:    Ethics
  
Characteristic
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
  
Manuscript Type
  
Kind of Judaica