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Lot #    22282
Auction End Date    12/23/2008 11:38:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Ez Hayyim (Kizzur Shelah)
Title (Hebrew)   
Author    R. Jehiel Michal ben Abraham ha-Levi Epstein
City    Fuerth
Publisher    Hayyim ben Hirsch
Publication Date    1752
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [1], 75 ff. quarto 197:155 mm., light age and damp staining, old hands, nice margins. A good copy bound in contemporary boards, rubbed.
   Popular Judeo-German edition of the Kizzur Shenei Luhot ha-Berit (Kizzur Shelah). There is an approbation by R. Naftali Hirsch followed by a concise introduction which emphasizes that it is for both men and women. The text is set in two columns in Vayberteitsch. Kizzur Shenei Luhot ha-Berit, written by R. Jehiel Michal ben Abraham ha-Levi Epstein (d. 1706), is a condensation of R. Isaiah ha-Levi Horowitzs (ha-Shelah ha-Kadosh, c. 1565-1630) Shenei Luhot ha-Berit with additions from other works.

R. Epstein wrote that his abridgement includes niglah (revealed Torah) only in order to quench the thirst of those poor in knowledge. They will look into it and discern how to do the mitzvot of the Creator with pure thoughts. Shelah is a work of great quality and size, replete with the wisdom of Kabbalah and sayings from the Zohar, beyond the capacity of many minds. In addition, it is very scarce. R. Epstein writes for those who live in villages and are unfamiliar with the words of the Shelah. Within the text of Kizzur Shelah Epstein abridges the Shelah and includes glosses from additional works. It is not, however, simply a condensation of the Shelah. That work is a multifaceted compilation of profound discourses on Talmudic tractates and the weekly Torah portion. Kizzur Shelah restricts itself to the halakhic and ethical content of the Shelah, eschewing Shelahs homiletic and kabbalistic subject matter. R. Epstein also emphasizes areas of interest to him and includes several innovations.

   BE ayun 1021; Heller, 17th Century Book.
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Other:    Ethics
Language:    Yiddish
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica