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Lot #    5542
Auction End Date    9/16/2003 12:34:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Semiha Le'Hayyim
Title (Hebrew)    סמיכה לחיים
Author    [First Ed.] R. Hayyim Palache
City    Salonica
Publisher    Orphans of Bezalel Ashkenazi
Publication Date    1826
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. [3], 154 ff., folio, 317:210 mm., wide margins, light age and damp staining. A very good copy loose in the original boards, split.
   Responsa on the four parts of the Shulchan Arukh.

R. Hayyim Palache (also called by the acronym Habif; 1788–1869), rabbi and hakham bashi. Born in Izmir (Smyrna), Palache, a member of the distinguished Palache family, was the grandson on his mother's side of R. Joseph Raphael Hazzan (author of Hikrei Lev) and was a disciple of R. Joseph Gatenio (author of Beit Yizhak). He became av bet din in 1837. In 1847 he was appointed as rav sheni ("second rabbi") with the title dayyan, authorized to render judgement alone, and later was awarded the rabbinical title marbiz Torah. His position as marbiz Torah is attested by R. Hayyim Palache himself: "I, the marbiz Torah of this place, the town of Izmir... and its environs" (Male Hayyim: Ha-Takkanot, 42, 74), i.e., the neighboring towns of Izmir as well, such as Tiriya, Manissa, Bergama. In 1855 he was appointed as rav kolel ("chief of the rabbis"; Hayyim ba-Yad (1873), nos. 63, 74, 75). In 1865, at the age of 77, he was appointed hakham bashi of Izmir. Palache was a prolific writer. Many of his manuscripts were burned and a great number were not published, but 26 works were printed.

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   CD-EPI 0156390
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Greece-Turkey:    Checked
Halacha:    Checked
Responsa:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
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