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Lot #    26381
Auction End Date    3/23/2010 12:14:38 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Sha'ar Ma'amerei Rashbi ve-Razal
Title (Hebrew)    השער הב' והג' - שער מאמרי רשב'י - שער מאמרי רז'ל
Author    [First Ed. - Kabbalah - Avot] R. Hayyim Vital
City    [Salonica]
Publisher    Sa'adi ha-Levi Ashkenazi
Publication Date    1862
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. [2], 25; 69; 25 ff., 298:190 mm., nice margins, usual light age and damp staining. A very good copy bound in later half cloth boards, rubbed.
   "Gate" two, Sha'ar ha-Hakdamot, includes the doctrine of emanation and the creation of the world; in "Gate" three, Sha'ar Ma'amerei Rashbi ve-Razal, Vital's commentaries on the Zohar and on talmudic tractates inclding Avot according to Lurianic principles are arranged. An exposition of Lurianic Kabbalah by R. Hayyim b. Joseph Vital (1542–1620), one of the greatest kabbalists, and the leading disciple of R. Isaac Ben Solomon Luria Ashkenazi (1534–1572, ha-Ari).

R. Vital was born in Safed and studied in yeshivot there, especially under R. Moses Alshekh, his teacher in exoteric subjects. In 1564 he began to study Kabbalah, at first according to the system R. Moses Cordovero, and, after R. Isaac Luria’s (Ari) arrival in Safed, under the latter, becoming the Ari’s principal disciple. After the Ari’s deat, R. Vital began to arrange the Ari’s teachings in written form, elaborating on them according to his own understanding, becoming the primary transmitter of the Ari’s teachings. R. Vital later moved to Jerusalem, serving as rabbi and head of a yeshivah from late 1577 to late 1585, where he wrote the last version of his presentation of the Lurianic system. In 1586 he returned to Safed, remaining there until 1592. In 1590 R. Vital was “ordained” as rabbi by his teacher R. Moses Alshekh, and then returned to Jerusalem in 1593 remaining several years, occasionally returning to Safed. His last move was to Damascus where he died. R. Vital was a prolific writer, his works encompassing Talmud, response, homilies, and even astronomy. R. Vital assembled his major writings into two vast works Ez ha-Hayyim and Ez ha-Da’at. The former is the inclusive name for all those writings in which he elaborated on the teaching of R. Isaac Luria. These works went through several versions and adaptations, for R. Vital began to arrange what he had heard from Ar'i z'l immediately after his death, and remained absorbed in this task for more than 20 years.

Paragraph 2    (שער מאמרי רשב"י; שער מאמרי רז"ל) ... משמנה שערים אשר חיבר ... הרב חיים ויטאל ... כפי מה שקבל מפי רבו ... רבינו יצחק לוריא אשכנזי ... שסידר מהר"ש [ר' שמואל] ויטאל ז"ל ... מכתב יד ... אביו מהרח"ו ז"ל עצמו ... ואפריין נמטייה למעלת ... אברהם די בוטון נר"ו שסייעני ... להיות ... מגיה ... דברי ... משה ב' אברהם קאשטרו ...

דף [2]: הקדמת ר' שמואל ויטאל ז"ל, שהוסיף בספר הערות והגהות. דף א-טו (בספירה השלישית): שער מאמרי רז"ל. דף טז-כג, ב: "פי' פרקי אבות להרב ... חיים ויטאל ז"ל מה שקבל מרבו האר"י זלה"ה. אמר ... אברהם קשטרו ס"ט נין ונכד למהריק"ש [ר' יעקב קאשטרו] ... מצאתי כתוב בקונטרסים ביאור רחב וכתוב עליהם פי' פרקי אבות להאר"י". עם הפנים. דף כג, ב-כד: "לקוטי מהרח"ו ... כאשר מצאתי בכתובים שלו". ג' שלום הוכיח, שבספר זה כמה מאמרים מקוריים של האר"י ופירושו לספרא דצניעותא (בפ' תרומה). עיין: קרית ספר, יט, תש"ב-תש"ג, עמ' 191 ,188-186. ר' משה קאשטרו הוסיף ציונים והגהות. נראה שאף לר' אברהם די בוטון חלק בהם. הסכמה: ר' חי רפאל ידידיה אבואלעפיא, בית אל [ירושלים].

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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Greece-Turkey:    Checked
Kabbalah:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
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