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Lot #    33997
Auction End Date    4/24/2012 12:02:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Sefer ha-Zohar Part I
Title (Hebrew)    ספר הזהר על התורה חלק א
Author    [Hasidic - Kabbalah] R. Simeon b. Yohai
City    Zhitomir
Publisher    Hanina Lipa and Joshua Herschel Shapira
Publication Date    1863
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   Part I (of III), [4], 251, 16 ff., octavo, 200:132 mm., wide margins, usual light age staining, final backed. A very good copy bound in modern half leather and cloth over boards.
          
Detailed
Description
   The Zohar, is arranged according to the weekly portions of the Torah, up to and including the portion Pinhas. From Deuteronomy there are only Va-Ethannan, a little on Va-Yelekh, and Ha'azinu. Basically it is a kabbalistic Midrash on the Torah, mixed with short statements, long expositions, and narratives concerning Rebbe Simeon b. Yohai and his companions. Some of it consists also of common legends. The number of verses interpreted in each portion is relatively small. Often the exposition digresses to other subjects quite divorced from the actual text of the portion, and the interpretations are skillfully constructed. The expositions are preceded by petihot ("introductions") which are usually based on verses from the Prophets and the Hagiographa, especially Psalms, and which end with a transition to the subject matter of the portion. Many stories act as a framework for the homilies of the companions, e.g., conversations while they are on a journey or when they rest for the night. The language is Aramaic, as it is for most of the other sections of the work. Before the portion Bereshit there is a hakdamah ("preface"), which would appear to be a typical collection of writings and not a preface as such, unless perhaps it was intended to introduce the reader to the spiritual climate of the book.

In 1847 the Shapira printing press was established by the three brothers Hanina Lipa, Aryeh Leib, and Joshua Heschel Shapira, sons of R. Samuel Abraham Abba Shapira, the printer in Slavuta. Until 1862 this was one of the only two Hebrew presses the Russian government permitted to operate in the whole of Russia, the other being in Vilna. This press had 18 hand presses and four additional large presses. In 1851 Aryeh Leib broke away and established his own printing press in Zhitomir. In these two establishments only sacred books of every kind were printed.

          
Paragraph 2    ... כפי אשר נדפס בקושטאנדינא [תצ"ו-תצ"ז] דף על דף ... [חלק א-ד].

עם "מפתחות מזוהר גדול ומזוהר חדש ומתיקונים", מדפוס קראטאשין תר"ד-תר"ה. עם נוסחות חדשים בשם "ס"א [ספרים אחרים]" כבדפוס זיטאמיר תרכ"ג. הגהות מהרח"ו נשמטו. עיין להלן. [חלק א]: תרכ"ב. לא ראינו. [חלק ב]: שמות. תרכ"ג. [1], רף דף. [חלק ג]: ויקרא. תרכ"ג. קטו דף. [חלק ד]: במדבר-דברים. תרכ"ג. [1], קיז-שט, יא דף.

          
Reference
Description
   CD-EPI 0129442; EJ; JE
        
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Listing Classification
Period
19th Century:    Checked
  
Location
Russia-Poland:    Checked
  
Subject
Hasidic:    Checked
  
Kabbalah:    Checked
  
Characteristic
Language:    Hebrew
  
Manuscript Type
  
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