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Lot #    20235
Auction End Date    4/1/2008 10:51:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Menorat Hamaor (“Candlestick of Light”)
Title (Hebrew)    מנורת המאור
Author    [First Ed.] R. Isaac Aboab
City    Amsterdam
Publisher    Asher Anschel Hazan & Issahar Ber
Publication Date    1700
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition of commentary. 12, 330 ff., 164:104 mm., wide margins, usual age staining, minor tears. A good copy bound in contemporary boards, rubbed.
   With commentary Nefesh Yehudah by R. Moses b. Simeon Frankfurt, two title pages, first illustrated title page copper engraved with a picture of Moses and Aaron in the tabernacle, and Moses at the burning bush.

Menorat ha-Ma'or, (“Candlestick of Light”), one of the most popular works of religious edification among the Jews in the Middle Ages. Written “for the ignorant and the learned, the foolish and the wise, the young and the old, for men and for women,” the work has had over 70 editions and printings (1st ed. Constantinople, 1514; Jerusalem, 1961) and has been translated into Spanish, Ladino, Yiddish, and German. Moses b. Simeon Frankfort of Amsterdam, who translated the work into Yiddish and wrote a commentary on it (Nefesh Yehudah, Amsterdam, 1701 and many subsequent eds.), also edited a shorter version under the title of Sheva Petilot (“Seven Wicks,” Amsterdam, 1721; Sudzilkow, 1836). The book became a handbook for preachers and served for public reading in synagogues when no preacher was available.

R. Isaac Aboab (end of the 14th century), rabbinic author and preacher; probably lived in Spain. His father seems to have been called Abraham and may have been the R. Abraham Aboab to whom R. Judah b. Asher of Toledo (d. 1349) addressed responsa (Zikhron Yehudah, 53a and 60a). After devoting most of his life to secular affairs Isaac turned to writing and preaching.

Paragraph 2    .. עם פירוש מספיק נפש יהודה [מאת משה ב"ר שמעון פראנקפורט] ... הובא לדפוס על ידי ... שמעון בהר"ר יהודה יוסף ז"ל, וגיסו כמר אברהם בר משה נתן [לער] ז"ל, וכמר יהודה ליב בהר"ר יהודה יוסף ז"ל ... בשער: נפש יהודה [ת"ס]. בקולופון: ותשלם המלאכה יום ג בטו"ב כסליו, ויברך אתכם [תס"א] לפ"ק.

הסכמות: ר' משה יהודה כ"ץ, אמשטרדם, כה שבט ת"ס; ר' שלמה די אוליוירה, אמשטרדם, יז אדר ת"ס; ר' יוסף שמואל מקראקא, פרנקפורט דמיין, כא אלול ת"ס; ר' שמואל כ"ץ שאטין, אב"ד ומ"צ דמדינת דרמשטט ור"מ בבה"מ שבק"ק פרנקפורט דמיין, כג אלו ת"ס; ר' יהודה ליב ב"ר אפרים אשר אנשיל ז"ל מהמבורג, ראטרדם, ראש-חודש אדר ת"ס.

   CD-EPI 0105199
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Listing Classification
17th Century:    Checked
Holland:    Checked
Other:    Ethics
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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