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Lot #    35189
Auction End Date    7/17/2012 1:30:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Derekh Hashem
Title (Hebrew)    דרך ה'
Author    [First Ed.] R. Moses Hayyim Luzzatto (Ramhal)
City    Amsterdam
Publisher    האחים לעוויססאן פירמא דוד פרופס
Publication Date    1896
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. [2], 89 pp., 8°, 210:139 mm., wide margins, light age staining, stamps. A very good copy bound in contemporary full leather over boards, rubbed on edges.
   Ethics by R. Moses Hayyim Luzzatto (Ramhal, 1707–1746) was a kabbalist, writer of ethical works, and Hebrew poet; leader of a group of religious thinkers, who were mainly interested in the problems of redemption and messianism. R. Luzzatto was born in Padua, Italy, into one of the most important, oldest, and most respectable families in Italian Jewry. Regarded as a genius from childhood, he knew Bible, Talmud, Midrash, halakhic literature, and classical languages and literature thoroughly. While he was immersed in kabbalistic speculations, he suddenly heard a divine voice, which he believed to be that of a maggid (i.e., a divine power inclined to reveal heavenly secrets to human beings). From that moment, the Maggid spoke to Luzzatto frequently and he noted these revelations, which comprised his kabbalistic writings for a few years.
Paragraph 2    (כללי האמונה והעבודה... שרשיהם וענפיהם) להרב משה חיים לוצאטו (העתקתיו... בארתי דברי המחבר... וגם רשמתי מראה מקומות מכל מאמרי חז"ל... ארי' ליב שפירא בא"א מוה"ר יעקב זללה"ה לפנים רב בקאניגסבערג)...

עמ' ג: העתקתיו אות באות מכתיבת יד... המחבר, מצאתיו באוצר הספרים של... ר' דוד... מאנטאזינוס שי' אשר נתן... לחברת מדרש עץ חיים ק"ק ספרדים פה אמשטרדם. על טופס שונה, עיין: נ' בן-מנחם, כתבי רבי משה חיים לוצאטו, ושלים תשי"א, עמ' 15, מס' 9.

   EJ; CD-EPI 0175309; BE 1158.1
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Holland:    Checked
Other:    Ethics
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica