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Lot #    34889
Auction End Date    7/17/2012 11:33:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Talmud Jerusalem, Part II - Sedeh Yehoshu'a
Title (Hebrew)    תלמוד ירושלמי ע'פ שדה יהושע
Author    [First Ed.] R. Joshua Raphael Benveniste
City    Constantinople
Publisher    Reuven & Nissim Ashkenazi
Publication Date    1749
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Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. Two volumes, [3], 47, 111; [1], 8, 66, 71 ff., 306:202 mm., wide margins, damp stained. A very good copy bound in modern cloth over boards.
   Talmud Jerusalem, with the commentary Sedeh Yehoshu'a. The Author first explains all difficult words according to the Babylonian Talmud, the Arukh, etc., and then the passage, comparing it with the parallel passage in the Babylonian Talmud or explaining it according to the context where no such parallel exists. Where the halakhah differs in the two Talmuds he decided according to the Babylonian, "since it is the essential one." He also collected explanations which he found in works of rishonim and halakhists and added his own. He deals only with the halakhic portions, ignoring the aggadah. His language is very prolix. This may explain why the commentary did not become widespread among the scholars of Eastern and Western Europe. R. Joshua Raphael b. Israel Benveniste (1590?–1665?), Turkish rabbi, physician, grammarian, and poet; brother of R. Hayyim Benveniste. R. Joshua was born in Constantinople and was a disciple of R. Joseph b. Moses Trani and R. Abraham Alegre. He studied grammar under E. Isaac Uzziel, and medicine under Isaac Caro, the physician. While serving as rabbi in Constantinople, he accepted the rabbinate of Sophia, after the community had agreed to all of his conditions, but the Constantinople community objected and prevailed upon him to remain. For some years Joshua was rabbi of Bursa. Many communities, even Karaites, addressed their problems to him, and responsa written by him, as early as 1610, are extant. R. Benveniste was a versatile author and many of his works are still regarded as basic in their fields. He devoted himself particularly to the Jerusalem Talmud, which was largely neglected in his day.

His commentary to the following tractates was published: Berakhot, Pe'ah, Orlah, Hallah, and Bikkurim of the order Zera'im (Constantinople, 1662); a number of tractates of Mo'ed, Nashim, and Nezikin (Constantinople, 1749). The commentary has frequently been reprinted together with the text. His Seder ha-Get and Seder Halizah were published in Get Pashut (Constantinople, 1719) of R. Moses ibn Habib. According to R. Hayyim Joseph David Azulai, his four volumes of responsa, Sha'ar Yehoshu'a, were destroyed by fire after 1677. Some of his 97 responsa on Hoshen Mishpat, which have remained in manuscript (Jewish Institute, Warsaw, no. 13), were published in Husiatin in 1904 and many of his responsa were published in the books of his contemporaries. His other published works are Oznei Yehoshu'a (Constantinople, 1677), sermons, and Avodah Tammah (Constantinople, 1691–95), an exposition of the Avodah in the Day of Atonement liturgy, and a clarification of the variant readings. The following remain in manuscript: Mishmeret ha-Mitzvot (JTS, Ms. 0347), a poetic arrangement of the commandments in accordance with the enumeration of Maimonides; Levush Malkhut, describing the greatness of the Creator as evinced in the human anatomy, written in the style of the Keter Malkhut of Solomon ibn Gabirol; Perek be-Shir (Montefiore Ms. 377), on prosody and meter; and a treatise on medicine.

Paragraph 2    הוא ביאור לקצת מסכתות מהתלמוד ירושלמי [עם הפנים], החלק הדיניי ממנו, אשר באר... ר' יהושע (רפאל) בנבשת נר"ו... והוגה ... על ידי ... ר' שלמה גבאי ...

הפירוש הוא רק על החלק ההלכתי של הירושלמי (כאמור בהקדמת המחבר), ולפיכך הטקסט של אגדות הירושלמי נשמט ולא נדפס. גם סוגיות אחדות שהמפרש לא עסק בהן, לא נדפסו.

[חלק א]: קדושין, כתובות וגיטין. [3], מז, קיא דף. דף [2]: הקדמת המחבר. ההקדמה זהה להקדמתו לסדר זרעים, שנדפס בקושטנדינה תכ"ב. בסוף ההקדמה שיר של המחבר כמו בראש סדר זרעים. דף [3],ב: הקדמת ר' שלמה אלפאנדארי. נדפסה גם מעבר לשער חלק ב.

[חלק ב]: על קצת מסכתות מס[דר] מועד: פסחים, תעניות, מגילה, חגיגה, מועד קטן, וס' נזיקין: קמא, מציעא, בתרא, מכות, הוריות. [1], ח, סו, עא דף.

   CD-EPI 0308223; EJ; JE; Benayahu, in: Aresheth, 3 (1961), p. 151.
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Greece-Turkey:    Checked
Other:    Talmud
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
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