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Lot #    5197
Auction End Date    7/15/2003 1:58:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Lechem Seturim
Title (Hebrew)    לחם סתרים
Author    [French Judaica] R. Shlomo Nissim Algazi
City    Strasbourg
Publisher    Jonae Lorenzii
Publication Date    1777
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Printed on pale blue paper. [4], 116, 14 f., quarto, 200:158 mm., wide sharp margins, damp tained, stamp on title, light browning. A good copy bound in later half leather, rubbed.
   Novellae on Tractate Avodah Zara. R. Solomon Nissim b. Abraham Algazi (1610?–c. 1683), the grandson of R. Joseph de Segovia Benveniste, was born in Borsa. He studied under his father and the poet R. Joseph Ganso, as well as R. Joseph Sasson and R. Meir de Boton at their yeshivah in Gallipoli. Algazi settled in Jerusalem in 1635, but was in Smyrna in 1646 - apparently in order to publish some of his works. Here he remained and was considered one of the city's outstanding scholars. He founded a bet midrash whose students included his son-in-law, R. Aaron Lapapa, and R. Hayyim b. Menahem Algazi, later rabbi of Rhodes. R. Algazi opposed Shabbetai Zevi and his followers; together with his son-in-law and other scholars, he excommunicated Shabbetai Zevi and stated that he deserved the death penalty. Compelled to flee and hide outside the city, when Shabbetai Zevi's apostasy became known (1666) he returned to Smyrna and resumed his position. R. Algazi assumed the additional name Nissim on recovering from a serious illness contracted during his travels. He returned to Jerusalem about 1670, and by 1673 was head of the local bet din. R. Algazi achieved a reputation for his saintliness and was reputed as a miracle worker.
Paragraph 2    דף [3, ב-4, א]: הקדמה לכבוד הגאון המחבר ... [מאת ר' יוסף דוד זינצהיים]. בטופס של בית הספרים הלאומי רשום בכתב ידו לאחר ההקדמה: את כל אלה ידי עשתה יוסף דוד זינצהיים. דף [4]: הקדמת המדפיס: שלמה המכונה זלמן בן ... הגאון ... מהורר יצחק אייזק זצ"ל מעדנדארף ולע"ע בהענא סמוך לעיר שטראסבורג. בהקדמת המדפיס נזכר ר' [יוסף] דוד מזינצהיים וכותב בין השאר: "ומצאתי בביתו ... בית מלא ספרים ... וגם לרבות ספר הנחמד לחם סתרים ושאלתי את פי קדשו אם רצונו הטוב למסור לידי ספר הנ"ל להביא שנית תחת מכבש הדפוס ומסר לי תיכף בלא מחיר ובלא כסף".
   Vinograd, Strasbourg 8 (wrong pagination); CD-EPI 0109984
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
France:    Checked
Novellae:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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