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Lot #    5668
Auction End Date    9/16/2003 4:44:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Tohahat Hayyim
Title (Hebrew)    תוכחת חיים
Author    [First Ed.] R. Hayyim Palache
City    Salonica
Publisher    Sa'adi Halevy Ashkenazi
Publication Date    1853
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. [1], 2, 142, [1] ff., quarto, 190:138 mm.,
   Volume 2 of 3 commentary on the Pentateuch.

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.

Paragraph 2    חלק [ב]: שמות. שאלוניקי, דפוס סעדי הלוי אשכנזי, בשנת צדק צדק תרדוף ל'מ'ע'ן' ת'ח'י'ה' [תרי"ג]. [1], ב, קמב, [1] דף. חלק [ב]: בשולי השער ציון מספר הספר: 10. חלק [ב]:מתוך הקדמת המחבר: בשריפה גדו' שהיתה בעירינו אזמיר בי"א נחמו שנת התר"א... נשרף ספר תוכחת חיים... ולא נשאר בידי כ"א פ' שמות לבד שכבר התחלתי להדפיס פרק זה לבד... ואחר עד עתה להביא מן החדש. חלק [ב]:דף צח-צט: וזה נוסח התרה אשר סידר... ר' שלום מזרחי דידיע שרעבי ז"ל. חלק [ב]:[1] דף: השמטות ותיקון לשון מס' חיים לראש.
   Vinograd, Salonica 879; CD-EPI 0156405; EJ
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Greece-Turkey:    Checked
Bible:    Checked
Homiletics:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica