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Lot #    34900
Auction End Date    7/17/2012 11:39:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Hesed le-Avraham
Title (Hebrew)    חסד לאברהם
Author    [First Ed. - Kabbalah] R. Abraham Azulai
City    Sulzbach
Publisher    משה בלאך
Publication Date    1685
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. 76 ff., 4°, 194:154 mm., nice margins, old hands, paper repairs. A good copy bound in modern half leather and cloth over boards.
Paragraph 1    While an earlier edition was printed in Amsterdam in the same year, this version is considered the first complete and correct edition. (Shem haGedolim)
   Hesed le-Avraham is devoted to a thorough analysis of the principles of the Kabbalah in the spirit of R. Cordovero with R. Azulai and R. Luria's additions, as well as to a refutation of the arguments of the philosophers.

R. Abraham b. Mordehai Azulai (c. 1570–1643), was born in Fez, first mastered the study of the Talmud and philosophic literature and then Kabbalah. He did not agree with the interpretations of the Zohar which his teachers provided, and he did not really enter this subject until he obtained R. Moses Cordovero's Pardes Rimmonim. Thereafter, he was preoccupied with the question of the relation between Kabbalah and philosophy, until he forsook philosophy and dedicated himself entirely to Kabbalah. He decided to go to the center of kabbalism in Erez Israel, but did not realize his wish until after he had lost all his wealth during the anti-Jewish persecutions in Morocco (1610–13). He drifted between Hebron, Jerusalem, and Gaza during the epidemic of 1619, and finally settled in Hebron where kabbalists from Safed had congregated and where he found all the books of R. Cordovero and the majority of R. Isaac Luria's works in R. Hayyim Vital's version. R. Eliezer b. Arha became his friend there.

R. Azulai's numerous writings were not published during his lifetime. Those books he had written while still in Fez, were lost at sea. He wrote three treatises on the Zohar and several commentaries.

Paragraph 2    ... דבר חדש הוא אשר כבר לא היה לעולמים בדפוס. חברו ... ר' אברהם בן כהר"ר מרדכי מאזו"לאי[!] זלה"ה מקרית ארבע היא חברון ... שבעה עיינים על אבן אחת ... ומהעיינות האלו נמשכים נהרות ... לבאר מאמרי חז"ל בענייני התכונה המתנגד לפילוסופיא ומאמת דבריהם ז"ל ומעלת התורה ולומדיה ודיבוק השכינה בישראל וכו' ... בשנת ארץ נחלי מים עיינות ותהומות' יוצאים' בבקעה'

הספר כולל דרשות והקדמות מספרי המקובלים שבכתב-יד ומספרי ר' משה קורדובירו וגורי האר"י.
נדפס בהשתדלותו של הנוצרי Rosenroth .v Knorr .CH על פי כתב-יד מוגה בפראנקפורט דמיין.
הוצאה זו נדפסה על פי כתב-יד שלם ומתוקן, לעומת ההוצאה שנדפסה באמשטרדם באותה שנה, שנדפסה על פי כתב-יד חסר ומשובש.

   CD-EPI 0120325; EJ
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Listing Classification
17th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Kabbalah:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica