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Lot #    5539
Auction End Date    9/16/2003 12:28:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Pnei Yitzhok Part III-IV
Title (Hebrew)    פני יצחק ח'ג-ד
Author    [Only Ed.] R. Isaac b. Moshe Abulafia
City    Izmir
Publisher    Abraham Pontremoli
Publication Date    1887
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [1], 69; [1], 91 ff., folio, 304:194 mm., title crudely backed in margin, usual browning, bound in later half cloth.
   Responsa on the Hoshen Mishpat.

R. Isaac b. Moshe Abulafia (1824–1910), rabbi and halakhist. Abulafia, who was born in Tiberias, was rabbi of Damascus from c. 1877. His authoritarian attitude and his habit of making independent halakhic decisions roused the opposition of the other rabbis and of the communal leaders of Damascus, who united in an attempt to remove him from his position. In 1896 they turned to Moses ha-Levi, the hakham bashi, in Constantinople, who acceded to their request by appointing Solomon Eliezer Alfandari rabbi of Damascus. The two rabbis did not at first cooperate with each other. Later, however, Alfandari brought Abulafia into the sphere of his activities. Toward the end of his life Abulafia acted as rabbi in Tyre. From there he moved to Jerusalem, and finally to Tiberias, where he died. An outstanding halakhic scholar, his responsa Penei Yizhak were published in six volumes (1871–1906). Some scholars, especially Shalom Hai Gagin of Jerusalem, were critical of the first volume, and Abulafia wrote Lev Nishbar (1878) in reply to his critics.

Paragraph 2    ... פי המדבר ... יצחק אבואלעפיא ס"ט בן לא"א ... ר' משה אבואלעפיא הי"ו נין ונכד לאותו צדיק עט"ר מרן זקני הוא ... ראשון לציון כמהר"ר רב חנ"א [חיים נסים אבואלעפיא] זצוק"ל ...חלק ג: קצת שאלות ותשובות חשן משפט. אזמיר, דפוס אברהם פונטרימולי, בשנת ואל תצל מפי ד'ב'"ר' א'מ'"ת' עד מאד כי למשפטיך יחלתי [תרמ"ז]. [1], סט דף. חלק ד: לקוטי בתר לקוטי ... על סדר אבג"ד. אזמיר, דפוס אברהם פונטרימולי, בשנת ו'א'מ'ר'"ת' להם זה האשה אשר תקריבו לה' [תרמ"ז]. [1], צא דף.
   CD-EPI 0119894; EJ
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Greece-Turkey:    Checked
Other:    North Africa
Polemics:    Checked
Responsa:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica