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Lot #    5662
Auction End Date    9/16/2003 4:32:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Kaftor va-Ferah (Kavvanot ha-Aggadot)
Title (Hebrew)   
Author    [Kabbalah] R. Jacob Luzzatto
City    Amsterdam
Publisher    Asher Anshel b. Eliezer Hazan
Publication Date    1709
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   131 ff., quarto, 187:138 mm., damp stained, usual browning, several margins with minor paper repairs. A good copy bound in later half leather, split.
   On the aggadah in the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds and Midrashim by R. Jacob b. R. Isaac Luzzatto of Safed (16th century). It gives the full title as Sefer Kavvanot ha-Aggadot called Kaftor va-Ferah, [In days to come] Jacob shall take root (Yashresh Yaakov); [Israel shall] blossom and bud, [and fill the face of the world with fruit] (Isaiah 27:6). To Israel is the explanation of all the difficult and obscure aggadot. . . . In addition to its explanation of the Talmud and Midrashim there are also novellae on Zohar. The title Kaftor va-Ferah refers to the bulbs and flower (Exodus 25:33 and 37:19) in the menorah in the Tabernacle. There is an approbation and introduction, followed by the text.

The book is made up of maamarim by subject, and with each maamar the text is further divided by tractate in the order of the Talmud. Luzzatto explains many of the aggadah in an allegorical manner, but according to traditional sources, such as Rashi, Baalei Tosafot, R. Solomon Adret (Rashba), and R. Nissim, thus defending the aggadah against the attacks of censors, who found in them anti-Christian meanings. The work encompasses cites parallel passages in the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds, Midrashim and the Zohar.

R. Luzzatto was reputedly born in Safed but later resided in Basle, Posen and Cracow. He worked as a corrector in Cracow, where he wrote a preface and index to R. Solomon Molchos Sefer ha Mefoar (1570) and to R. Elijah Vidas Toze'ot Hayyim (c. 1600), and for the Basle press of Ambrosius Froben, having accompanied Israel Zifroni to that city from Venice to work on the Basle Talmud (1578-81), some of his glosses appearing with that edition. R. Luzzatto also edited and wrote a rhymed preface to Menahem Recanatis Ta'amei ha-Mitzvot (Basle, 1581).

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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Holland:    Checked
Kabbalah:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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