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Lot #    6087
Auction End Date    11/18/2003 1:16:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Zhorei Hamah
Title (Hebrew)    זהרי חמה
Author    [First Ed. - Kabbalah] R. Abraham Azulai
City    Venice
Publisher    Andria Vendermin
Publication Date    1650
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. [4], 263 ff., quarto, 190:142 mm., wide margins, light age and damp staining. A very good copy bound in modern boards.
   The commentary of R. Abraham Galante's (Cordovero's disciple) on the Zohar, Yare'ah Yakar, abridged.

R. Abraham b. Mordehai Azulai (c. 1570–1643), was born in Fez, first mastered the study of the Talmud and philosophic literature and then Kabbalah. He did not agree with the interpretations of the Zohar which his teachers provided, and he did not really enter this subject until he obtained R. Moses Cordovero's Pardes Rimmonim. Thereafter, he was preoccupied with the question of the relation between Kabbalah and philosophy, until he forsook philosophy and dedicated himself entirely to Kabbalah. He decided to go to the center of kabbalism in Erez Israel, but did not realize his wish until after he had lost all his wealth during the anti-Jewish persecutions in Morocco (1610–13). He drifted between Hebron, Jerusalem, and Gaza during the epidemic of 1619, and finally settled in Hebron where kabbalists from Safed had congregated and where he found all the books of R. Cordovero and the majority of R. Isaac Luria's works in R. Hayyim Vital's version. R. Eliezer b. Arha became his friend there.

Azulai's numerous writings were not published during his lifetime. Those books he had written while still in Fez, were lost at sea. He wrote three treatises on the Zohar and several commentaries.

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   CD-EPI 0120322; EJ
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Listing Classification
17th Century:    Checked
Italy:    Checked
Kabbalah:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica