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Lot #    19312
Auction End Date    11/13/2007 11:33:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Document by R. Jacob Saul Elyashar & R. Burla
Title (Hebrew)    כתב מה'ר יעקב שאול אלישר ור' יוסף נסים בורלא
Author    [Ms. - Community]
City    Hebron - Baghdad
Publication Date    1898
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [1] p., 290:230 mm., light age staining, creased on folds, ink on stationary, neat Sephardic script, signed, sealed, and dated.
   Document addressed to the Ben Ish Hai in Baghdad signed by R. Jacob Saul b. Eliezer Jeroham Elyashar (1817–1906), Sephardi chief rabbi of Erez Israel (rishon le-Zion). A grandson of R. Jacob ben Hayyim Elyashar, he was born in Safed. His father, a dayyan, shohet, and cantor there, was arrested by the Turkish authorities, but succeeded in escaping and settled with his family in Jerusalem. When R. Jacob Saul was seven, he lost his father, and his mother remarried in 1828. His stepfather, R. Benjamin Mordecai Navon, became his teacher and supported him for many years. R. Elyashar married the daughter of hakham bashi, R. Raphael Meir Panigel. He was appointed a dayyan in Jerusalem in 1853, and in 1869 head of the bet din. He succeeded his father-in-law as hakham bashi and rishon le-Zion in 1893.

R. Joseph Nissim ben Hayyim Jacob Burla (1828–1903) was a rabbinical emissary, and preacher. In 1859 he was sent to Morocco together with Baruch Pinto. Joseph Nissim was one of those who built and settled in the Mishkenot Sha'ananim quarter, the first settlement outside the walls of Jerusalem. The sermon he preached at its consecration in 1863 was published under the name Divrei Yosef (1863). That same year he was sent as an emissary to North Africa and Western Europe on behalf of the Battei Mahaseh community in Jerusalem and in 1871 he was sent to Turkey. In 1878–81 he and his son Hayyim Jacob were emissaries to North Africa and Tripoli. In 1882 he helped Nissim Behar found the Torah u-Melakhah school. R. Joseph Nissim was the author of: Leket Yosef (1900), a collection of laws arranged in alphabetical order; Va-Yeshev Yosef (1905), responsa, published together with Shuvu Banim, sermons; Yosef Hai (Jerusalem, National Library, Mss. Heb. 8(716, 715), the first part a collection of his sermons for the years 1848 and 1852, and the second part a talmudic methodology; Olat Shabbat (ibid. 4(153), sermons; Petah ha-Ohel (ibid. 8(719), a talmudic methodology; a responsum on the Mishkenot Sha'ananim development, in manuscript in the Benayahu collection. He also composed prayers and piyyutim, some of the latter being included in R. Yagel Ya'akov by his nephew R. Jacob Hai Burla.

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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Israel:    Checked
Other:    Iraq
Language:    Hebrew
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Letters:    Checked
Kind of Judaica