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Lot #    34941
Auction End Date    7/17/2012 11:56:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Nahalat Avot
Title (Hebrew)   
Author    R. Meir ben Elijah
City    Baghdad
Publisher    Solomon Bekhor Hutzin
Publication Date    1892
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   44 ff. octavo 174:110 mm., nice margins, usual age staining. A very good copy bound in contemporary paper over boards.
   Ethical will by R. Meir ben Elijah directed to his sons. The title page states it is an inheritance of the fathers (nahalat avot) (Proverbs 19:14) to the sons, an everlasting inheritance words of truth (Jeremiah 23:28, Ecclesiastes 12:10) and everlasting, to open the eyes (Isaiah 42:7) of those who slumber in the vanity of the times sleeping, lying down (Isaiah 56:10) and rest in idleness and vacuity. R. Meir has determined to give them balm for their souls, a cure for their flesh, to show them the straight and proper path, found in the works of rishonim and aharonim, the way of the Lord (Psalms 138:5, II Chronicles 17:6) to be zealous and to be in their hands until the coming of our redeemer. There are two introduction from R. Meir, in the first the initial words of each line form an acrostic that spells his name.

R. Meir ben Elijah (early 19th century) was the author of the ethical and educational work, Nahalat Avot (The Inheritance of the Fathers). Although written in the form of an ethical will the author seemingly directing his teachings toward his own sons the book is intended for the ethical betterment of the general public. Meir's principal concern is demonstrating the way to achieve reverence toward God, but he also deals with man's struggle against his own evil inclination, the best methods by which to educate one's children, proper behavior at home and in the synagogue, and social and religious ethics. The book is prefaced by a piyyut, with the notarikon of the author's name, and two opening statements, one encouraging sinners to repent, and the other insisting on repeated study of ethical literature. Among his major sources are the Zohar and Sefer Ḥasidim , which he quotes frequently; the Shenei Luḥot ha-Berit by R. Isaiah ha-Levi Horowitz; and a more contemporary source Nefesh ha-Ḥayyim by R. Hayyim of Volozhin . In addition, Meir mentions Maalot ha-Torah, a work composed by his grandfather. R. Meir also wrote a commentary on the tractate Avot, Derekh Avot, printed in Vilna, 1836.

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   BE nun 283; Yaari, ha-Mizrah p. 122; CD-EPI 0145191
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Other:    Iraq
Other:    Will
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica