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Lot #    20381
Auction End Date    4/1/2008 12:04:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Lehem Dimah
Title (Hebrew)    לחם דמעה
Author    [First Ed.] R. Samuel Uceda
City    Venice
Publisher    Daniel Zanetti
Publication Date    1600
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. 119, [1] ff., 194:137 mm., wide margins, age and damp staining, wormhole in margin. A very good copy bound in modern half vellum and cloth boards.
   Commentary on Lamentations includes sayings of early Spanish scholars and of R. Uceda's contemporaries.

R. Samuel b. Isaac Uceda (1540–?), talmudist, preacher, and kabbalist. R. Uceda, who was born in Safed, studied Kabbalah under R. Isaac Luria. After the latter's death, he studied under R. Luria's disciple R. Hayyim Vital and R. Elisha Gallico. At the age of 40, he established a great yeshivah in Safed where Talmud and Kabbalah were taught. The yeshivah was supported by the Nasi family of Constantinople. Uceda also spent some time as a merchant in Aleppo. In 1597, when the financial resources of the yeshivah were depleted, he went to Constantinople in an attempt to raise funds. There he was helped by the philanthropist and scholar R. Abraham Algazi. R. Uceda was apparently the owner of a large library which contained many manuscripts.

In his Midrash Shemu'el (Venice, 1579), a commentary on the tractate Avot, he quotes some of the early Spanish scholars and his contemporaries from books which were in his possession. He also wrote a commentary on the Five Scrolls. His commentary on Lamentations was published as Lehem Dimah (Venice, 1606). His books had wide circulation and his commentary on Avot was printed three times during his life. His sermons are to be found in manuscript (Moscow, Guenzburg Ms. 1054).

Paragraph 2    חברו וגם יסדו... ר' שמואל איזידה נ"ר, והוא פי'... על מגלת איכה. מימינו... רש"י... שנת חוט ה'ש'נ'י' ליצירה

עם הפנים. בסוף הספר: מפתחות הפסוקים, מאת המגיה ר' יצחק גרשון. בן-יעקב רושם בטעות שס"ו. פ' אף הוא רושם בטעות שס"ה, שלא שם לב שהפרט הוא "ליצירה".

   CD-EPI 0182265; EJ; JE
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Listing Classification
15th Century:    Checked
Italy:    Checked
Bible:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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