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Lot #    20275
Auction End Date    4/1/2008 11:11:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Mei Menuhot
Title (Hebrew)    מי מנוחות
Author    [Presentation] R. Raphael ben Mordecai Berdugo
City    Jerusalem
Publisher    Isaac Nahum Levi
Publication Date    1900
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   Only edition. 12, 112 ff., quarto, 196:158 mm., old hand on title verso, usual light age staining. A good copy bound in contemporary boards, rubbed.
          
Paragraph 1    Presentation copy inscribed by the publisher, R. Rafael S. Pimienta on title verso.
          
Detailed
Description
   Mei Menuhot, discourses on the Pentateuch by R. Raphael ben Mordecai Berdugo. There are approbations from R. Jacob Saul Elyashar (1817–1906), Sephardi chief rabbi of Erez Israel (rishon le-Zion), R. Aaron Alhadif, R. Habib Hayyim David Sathon, R. Solomon Rahamim Abulafia, and the Roshei Yeshivah Keter Torah (seven rabbunim). Next is the introduction of R. Raphael Pinamenta, who brought the book to press, the introduction of the author’s grandson, Israel, and then a lengthy introduction from the author, R. Raphael. At the end of the volume is a menorah with text in each branch above a vignette of Jerusalem. This volume, on Bere’ishit and Shemot, was published in עת הקץ (665 lp”g=1900). The remainder of the work was published in 1942 in Djerba.

R. Raphael ben Mordecai Berdugo (ha-malach, 1747–1821) was a member of the distinguished Meknes, Morocco Berdugo family, which, according to tradition, was of Davidic descent through the exilarch Bustanai. R. Raphael was a dayyan, as had been his father R. Mordecai (1715–1762) before him. He was greatly respected by his contemporaries, and his decisions, as well as his memory, remains a source of inspiration to Moroccan rabbis. In addition to Mei Menuhot, R. Raphael was the author of Mishpatim Yesharim, responsa (2 vols., 1891), Torot Emet, commentary on the Shulhan Arukh (1939); bound with the latter are Kizzur ha-Takkanot and Minhagei Terefot. Among his works still in manuscript are translations of the Bible from Genesis to the end of Isaiah into Arabic, under the title Leshon Limmudim. R. Raphael’s soul was called to the yeshiva shel ma’lah on the night of Hoshanah Rabba while engaged in learning Kabbalah.

          
Paragraph 2    דרושים ... על חמשה חומשי תורה ... הכינן וגם חקרן ... כמוהה"ר המלאך רפאל בירדוגו זצוקלה"ה, בלא"ץ כמוהה"ר מרדכי ... זצוקלה"ה ...

עם הסכמות ר' יעקב שאול אלישר, ירושלים; - חלק [א] ר' אהרן אלחדיף ור' חביב חיים דוד סתהון, טבריא, אייר תר"ס; - חלק [א] ר' שלמה רחמים אבואלעפייא טבריא, אייר תר"ס; - חלק [א] ראשי ישיבת כתר תורה: ר' יוסף גיגי, ר' יאודה טולידאנו, ר' אברהם אכסאס, ר' יעקב ואעקנין, ר' מכלוף שטרית, ר' יעקב חי זריהין ור' משה מאיר חי אליקים. - חלק [א]

          
Reference
Description
   BE 1583; EJ; Malkhei Rabbanan 112b-113a; CD-EPI 0122186
        
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Listing Classification
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19th Century:    Checked
  
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Language:    Hebrew
  
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