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Lot #    35248
Auction End Date    7/17/2012 1:50:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Marot ha-Zuvot
Title (Hebrew)    מראות הצובאות
Author    [Kabbalah] R. Moses Alshekh
City    Offenbach
Publisher    באנע פאנטורא דע לא נאיי
Publication Date    1719
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [2], 71 ff., 327:198 mm., light age staining, wide margins, old hands. A very good copy bound in contemporary full calf over boards, rubbed and split.
   Kabbalistic commentary on Prophets by R. Moses b. Hayyim Alshekh (c. 1520-1593), rabbi and Bible commentator, born in Adrianople or Damascus. He studied in Salonika under R. Joseph Taitazak and R. Joseph Caro, and then emigrated to Erez Israel, settling in Safed, where he gained prominence as an halakhic authority, a teacher in two talmudic academies, and a preacher. He was active in communal affairs and was a member of the rabbinical court of R. Joseph Caro, who conferred upon him the full ordination which had been reintroduced by R. Jacob Berab. The Alshekh in turn ordained in 1590 R. Hayyim Vital, who was his disciple in halakhah. His major field of interest was halakhah but, acceding to requests to preach on Sabbaths, in the course of preparing his sermons he occupied himself also with Bible exegesis. He also engaged in the study of the Kabbalah, from which he derived the fundamentals of his religious philosophy. According to one tradition, R. Isaac Luria sought to dissuade him from pursuing kabbalistic studies. About 1590 The Alshekh visited the Jewish communities of Syria and Turkey, and perhaps also of Persia, in the interests of Safed Jewry. He also sent an appeal on behalf of the Safed community to Italy and other countries. The last information about him was from Damascus. He participated there in a rabbinical court session in the spring of 1593. He died soon after at a venerable age.
Paragraph 2    ... פירוש על נביאים ראשונים [ואחרונים] להרב ... מוה"רר משה אלשיך זצו"קל ... ... ר' יהושע העשיל הכהן בן מהור"ר שלמה הכהן מקראקא. והאלוף ... ר' יוסף יוזבל בה"ה ... צבי הירש פרנקפורטר סג"ל זצ"ל מק"ק פירדא נכנסו רוח טהרה בקרבם לנתנו תחת מכבש הדפוס ...

בלא הפנים. דף [2, ב]: הערת המגיה ר' יצחק גרשון, שהועתקה מהוצאת ויניציאה שס"ג. הסכמה: ר' יעקב הכהן [פאפרש] מפראג, פרנקפורט דמיין, כו תמוז תע"ט.

   CD-EPI 0120870; EJ; Rosanies, Togarmah, 3 (1938), 276 ff.
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Kabbalah:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica