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Lot #    35042
Auction End Date    7/17/2012 12:33:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Maaseh Hiyya
Title (Hebrew)   
Author    R. Hiyya Rofe
City    Fuerth
Publisher    Samuel Bonfit Schneur
Publication Date    1727
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [2], 109 ff. quarto 193:160 mm., light age and damp staining. A good copy bound in contemporary boards, rubbed.
   Novellae and responsa of R. Hiyya Rofe (c. 15501618). Little is known of Hiyyas background, including his fathers name. It is known, however, that he was born in Sefad, studied in the yeshivah of R. Solomon Sagis, and counted among his teachers R. Tuvia ha-Levi, R. Joseph di Trani (Maharit), and R. Abraham Shalom; he was instructed in Kabbalah by R. Hayyim Vital. R. Hiyyah was one of the small group ordained by R. Jacob Berab. He served as a young age as a dayyan in the bet din of R. Moses Galante and afterwards resided at various times in Jerusalem and Tiberius, founding a yehsivah in the latter location. Hiyya eventually returned to Safed, his final residence. He was the author of numerous responsa, almost all lost, and novellae, included in this work brought to press by his son R. Meir Rofe.

The text is in double columns in small rabbinic letters, comprised of the novellae (1a-111a), followed by the responsa, and concluding with an epilogue from R. Joseph Venturin, also an editor, and an index of the novellae and responsa. The novellae are on fourteen tractates, Berakhot, Shabbat, Eruvin, Pesahim, Bezah, Hagigah, Megillah, Ketubbot, Kiddushin, Bava Kamma, Bava Mezia, Hullin, Shevuot, and Avodah Zara. Kiddushin is accompanied by novellae on Maimonides Hilkhot Ishot. The responsa, small in number, is varied, encompassing matrimonial issues, deposits, dedication of a Sefer Torah on condition, inheritance, and other subjects.

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   BE mem 3019; Heller, 17th Cent. Hebrew Book; Meir Benayahu, Rabbi Chiya Rophe and his Book Mase Chija, Areshet II (Jerusalem, 1960), pp. 109-29 [Hebrew]; Vanunu, Encyclopedia Arzei ha-Levanon, II, p. 566; CD-EPI 0175436
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Novellae:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica