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Lot #    6115
Auction End Date    11/18/2003 2:12:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Tiferet Yisrael
Title (Hebrew)    תפארת ישראל
Author    [First Ed.] R. Judah Loew
City    Venice
Publisher    Daniel Zaniti
Publication Date    1599
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. 65 ff., folio, 289:194 mm., usual light age and damp staining, wide margins, crisp edges. A near-fine copy bound in contemporary half leather and vellum boards, lightly rubbed.
   On the excellence of the Torah and the commandments and the need for the Jewish people to work for their survival in exile by separating themselves from the nations and by observing the precepts, such as congregational prayer, practice of charity, and study of Torah.

R. Judah b. Bezalel Loew (known as Der Hohe Rabbi Loew and Ma-Ha-Ra-L mi-Prag; c. 1525–1609), rabbi, talmudist, moralist, and mathematician. R. Judah Loew was the scion of a noble family which hailed from Worms. His father, R. Bezalel b. Hayyim, was brother-in-law of R. Isaac Klauber of Posen, the grandfather of R. Solomon Luria. R. Judah Loew's older brother, R. Hayyim b. Bezalel, and his two younger brothers, Sinai and Samson, were also scholars of repute. (According to one tradition, however, Judah was the youngest son.) His teachers are unknown. From 1553 to 1573 he was Landesrabbiner of Moravia in Mikulov (Nikolsburg) after which he went to Prague. There he founded a yeshivah called Die Klaus, organized circles for the study of the Mishnah, to which he attached great importance, and regulated the statutes of the hevra kaddisha, founded in 1564. He remained in Prague until 1584, and from then until 1588 served as rabbi in Moravia (according to others, in Posen), eventually returning to Prague. On the third of Adar 5352 (Feb. 16, 1592) he was granted an interview by Emperor Rudolph II, but it is not known what its purpose was. There seems little basis for the belief that it was due to their common interest in alchemy. Shortly afterward he left Prague for Posen, where he became chief rabbi, and several years later again returned to Prague, becoming its chief rabbi and remaining there until his death.

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   CD-EPI 0138996; B. Z. Bokser, From the World of the Cabbalah—the Philosophy of Rabbi Judah Loew of Prague (1954); F. Thieberger, The Great Rabbi Loew of Prague (1954); Kohen-Yashar, Bibliografyah Shimmushit shel Kitvei ha-Maharal mi-Prag (1967); EJ; JE
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Listing Classification
16th Century:    Checked
Italy:    Checked
Other:    Philosophy
Bindings:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica