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Lot #    5637
Auction End Date    9/16/2003 3:42:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Responsa by R. Isaac Pacifici
Title (Hebrew)    תשובה מה'ר יצחק פאציפיקו, אב'ד ויניציאה
Author    [Ms.]
City    Venice
Publication Date    1731
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   [1] p., 104:104 mm., light staining, ink on paper, neat Sephardic hand, 18 lines of text, signed and dated.
          
Detailed
Description
   Responsa advising a Venetian to sell the Sefer Torah he inherited from his ancestors, to pay for the wedding and dowry of his daughter. The Rabbi proposes a lottery to raise the necessary funds with the Torah as the prize.

R. Isaac b. Asher Pacifici (d. 1746), was Chief Rabbi of Venice from 1698-1746. A member of a long line of distinguished rabbinical scholars, who dispatched Jewish law in many Italian cities for over 200 years. R. Pacifici's approbations appear in many works published during his lifetime including the saintly Ohr Ha'Hayyim of R. Hayyim ibn Attar. He was an important member of the rabbinate whose decisions was widely respcted and feared. His decree that anyone daring to read the writings of R. Moses Hayyim Luzzatto, the famous mystic of Padua, or have them in his possession would be excommunicated, was upheld throughout Italy. His respons appear in period literature and his children's works. The writings of were condemned and the Venetian rabbis, led by Isaac Pacifici,

          
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18th Century:    Checked
  
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Language:    Hebrew
  
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