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Lot #    26223
Auction End Date    3/23/2010 10:49:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Tikkunim for Lag ba-Omer
Title (Hebrew)    סדר לג לעומר
Author    [Liturgy - Kabbalah]
City    Salonica
Publisher    S. Alalof & I. Gahon
Publication Date    1847
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   48 ff. octavo 178:116 mm., nice margins, light age staining, old Morocco hand on title. A very good copy bound in modern half cloth boards.
   Rare and unusual work on the order of learning to be followed on Lag ba-Omer. The title page states in rishonim (early sages) that on Lag ba-Omer (33rd day of the Omer) R. Shimon bar Yohai passed away. It was the custom of the pious and men of good deeds to be awake all night and to relate the praises of R. Shimon bar Yohai from that which is recorded in the Zohar and to sing his extol him. They would sing the piyyut Bar Yohai and afterwards begin this order brought from Orhot Zadikkim. The title page also states, in small letters, with the letters of, and then in large letters, Vienna, although it is known to be a Salonika imprint and is so recorded by the Jewish National Library in Jerusalem. The text, set in a single column in rabbinic letters, has the heading the order of learning for Lag ba-Omer. This edition is particularly noteworthy because it differs textually from previous editions.

The Hillula De-Rabbi Shimon Bar Yohai (the festivity surrounding this event centered about R. Simeon bar Yohai held in Meron on Lag ba-Omer. It originated in the 16th–17th centuries. As early as in the time of R. Isaac Luria (16th century) Jews went on Lag ba-Omer to the traditional graves of R. Shimon bar Yohai and his son R. Eleazar, where they would "eat, drink, and be merry." Even R. Luria himself "brought his small son there together with his whole family and they cut his hair there according to the well-known custom and they spent a day of feasting and celebration" (R. Hayyim Vital, Sha'ar ha-Kavvanot, 2 (1963), 191). The "kindling" is characteristic of the hillula in Meron, where the celebrants threw costly garments and money into the burning oil. At the end of the 19th century the rabbis were still strongly protesting the burning of clothes, which they saw as a transgression against the prohibition of purposeless waste, but to no avail. The "kindling" is accompanied by singing and ecstatic dancing. On the next day the ceremony of halaqa (from Arabic "to cut hair") is held in which young boys are given their first haircut. The locks of hair are also thrown in the fire. In Israel great numbers from the various communities make the pilgrimage to Meron.

Paragraph 2    ... נהגו חסידים ואנשי מעשה בליל זה להיות נעורים... והיו מספרים... בשבח... רשב"י... כסדר הזה... הובא בס[פר] ארחות צדיקים [שאלוניקי תק"ל, מאת ר' חיים שלמה] פ'ירנאנדיס זלה"ה... שנת והמשכילים יזהירו כ'ז'ה'ר' הר'ק'י'ע' לפ"ג

בשער: על ידי הפועלים שבתי אלאלוף ויצחק ג'אחון. בשער: "באותיות ווין". "ווין" בהבלטה. הנוסח שונה מבהוצאות הקודמות ("תקון לליל ל"ג לעומר" ו"הלולא רבא"). על סדר הלימוד של "ארחות צדיקים" (חלק א דף ל-לא) נוספו "אדרא זוטא", הפיוט "בר יוחאי" לר' שמעון לביא, בקשה של ר' דוד פארדו, פותחת: "יה מסי כאבין רחמנא. אסי כבהון לעם דינא" (אוצר השירה והפיוט, ב, עמ' 303 מס' 988) ופיוט הפותח: "בידך עיתותי הצלני בצל כנפיך תסתרני. מפח יקוש מדבר" (סימן: בנימין. שם, עמ' 21, מס' 466) ופיוט הפותח: "יחיד רם בשלום פדה נפשי הצל ממכמור" (סימן: ישראל חזק [נאג'ארה]. שם, עמ' 379, מס' 2611). פרט לאלה, לא נדפסו כל פיוטים.

   EJ; CD-EPI 0303805
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Greece-Turkey:    Checked
Kabbalah:    Checked
Liturgy:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica