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Lot #    6015
Auction End Date    11/18/2003 10:52:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Rav Alfas
Title (Hebrew)    רב אלפס
Author    R. Isaac Alfasi
City    Basle
Publisher    Conrad Waldkirch
Publication Date    1602
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Volume 2 of 3 only. 220, 225-272 ff., 12 mo., 144:91 mm., usual light browning, corners rounded, old hand on title and final, signed by censor but uncensored. A good copy bound in contemporary full leather boards, rubbed.
   The most important code prior to the Mishneh Torah of Maimonides. This pocket edition was printed so it may be place in students handbags and studied at all times.

R. Isaac b. Jacob Alfasi (known as Rif; 1013–1103), author of the most important code prior to the Mishneh Torah of Maimonides. Alfasi was a native of Qal'at Hammad near Constantine, in Algeria, and is therefore sometimes called "ha-Kala'i." According to R. Abraham ibn David, Alfasi studied in Kairouan under both R. Nissim ben Jacob and R. Hananel b. Hushi'el, but nowhere does Alfasi mention them as his teachers. After a period of study in Kairouan, Alfasi settled in Fez (hence his surname "Alfasi" or Rif, initials of R. Isaac Fasi). He remained there until 1088, when, in his 75th year, he was denounced to the government by enemies and was forced to flee to Spain. After a few months in Cordova he moved to Lucena, where he remained until his death.

Paragraph 2    ... ולמען ישאהו נערים בחיקם ... הסכימה דעת האלוף ... ר' מרדכי בר שבתי ז"ל ה"ה הנקרא גימפלן מפוזנא להדפיסו בלי תוספות ופירש ...

חלק ב: סדר נשים (מסכת חולין) חלק שני מספר ... רב אלפס.

   J. Prijs, Die Basler hebraeischen Drucke, 1964, p. 291, No 182; CD-EPI 0120729; H. Tchernowitz, Toledot ha-Posekim, 2 (1947); N. N. Rabinowitz, Ma'amar al Hadpasat ha-Talmud (1952), 256–7;Sh. Shefer, Ha-Rif u-Mishnato (1967); EJ
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Listing Classification
17th Century:    Checked
Holland:    Checked
Halacha:    Checked
Other:    Talmud
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica