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Lot #    5475
Auction End Date    9/16/2003 10:20:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Ez Shatul - [Sefer ha-Ikkarim]
Title (Hebrew)    עץ שתול ע'ס עקרים
Author    [First Ed.] R. Gedaliah b. Solomon Lipschuetz
City    Venice
Publisher    Giovanni Caevone
Publication Date    1618
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition of commentary. 144 ff., folio, 295:204 mm., usual age-staining, final f. with small tear affecting several words, wide margins, stamp on title. A good copy bound in later cloth, rubbed and starting. Lacks as usual f. 145-146 printed after the completion of the book and generally not present in most copies.
   Sefer ha-Ikkarim ("Book of Principles"), a famous treatise on Jewish articles of faith, by R. Joseph Albo with the commentary Ez Shatul by R. Gedaliah b. Solomon Lipschuetz of Lublin.

R. Gedaliah b. Solomon Lipschuetz of Lublin (16th–17th century), Polish scholar, author, and Jerusalem emissary. Lipschuetz was a pupil of R. Meir b. Gedaliah (the Maharam) of Lublin. In 1618 he immigrated from Poland to Erez Israel. On the way he stayed in Prague where he obtained from the local scholars, R.Solomon Luntschitz and R. Isaiah ha-Levi Horowitz (the Shelah), commendations for his work Ez Shatul. That same year he proceeded to Venice, where he published that work, and where he also proofread the collection of responsa of his teacher R. Meir, which were published that year, with the title Manhir Eynei Hakhamim. From there he continued to Erez Israel and settled in Jerusalem. He was there in 1626 during the oppression of the Jews of Jerusalem at the hands of the tyrannical governor Muhammad ibn Farukh. When Farukh was dismissed the following year, and the heads of the Jerusalem community sent emissaries to the Diaspora to solicit aid in reconstructing the community, Lipschuetz was sent to the Balkans. At the beginning of the summer of 1629 he was in Belgrade, where he endorsed a halakhic responsum of R. Judah Lerma).

Paragraph 2    ...והוא ספר עקרים שחבר ... יוסף אלבו זצ"ל. מוגה מכל הטעיות ... עם ביאור ... חברו ... מוהר"ר גדליה בן הח"ר שלמה יצ"ו (ליפשיץ) איש פולין. וקרא אותו בשם שרשים ועוד הוסיף בו נופך משלו קצת ענפי' נושאים פרי טוב מיוסדי' על אדני פז ... במקראי קדש ובמדרשי חז"ל ... וקרא אותם בשם ענפים. גם הוסיף בו מרא' מקו' על הפסוקי' והמדרשי' הבאי' בזה הספר ובהיות שעתה נשלם כל חלקי האילן והם עקרים שרשים וענפים ועלין ... על כן קרא הספר ... בשם עץ שתול ... דף קמד, א: והיתה השלמתו ביום ג יט למנחם שנת השע"ט לפ"ק. דף קמד, ב: שיר ר' יהודה אריה ממודינה לכבוד בעל "עץ שתול". פותח: "היה כעץ שתול על פלגי מים". שם: דברי המגיה, אברהם חבר טוב ב"ר שלמה חיים עם פנים ספר העקרים.
   Vinograd, Venice 1112; EJ; CD-EPI 0109911
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17th Century:    Checked
Italy:    Checked
Other:    Philosophy
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
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