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Lot #    7320
Auction End Date    6/8/2004 10:52:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Binah le-Ittim
Title (Hebrew)   
Author    [First Ed.] R. Azariah Figo (Picho)
City    Venice
Publisher    Francesco Vicheri
Publication Date    1648
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. 4, 200, [12] ff., 250:180 mm., usual light age and damp staining, few upper running titles trimmed, ex-lib. A good copy loose in later boards.
   Important homiletics.

R. Azariah Figo (Picho; 15791647), Italian rabbi and preacher, was born in Venice. In his youth he devoted himself largely to secular studies, but later, regretting the time he had spent loving the handmaiden and neglecting the mistress, he applied himself wholly to rabbinic studies. At the age of 28, he was appointed rabbi of Pisa. He returned to Venice in 1627, and became preacher to the Sephardi community. R. Figo leaned toward a strict interpretation of Jewish law. He opposed the establishment of a theater in the ghetto of Venice and criticized the members of his community for usury, flaunting their wealth, internecine wrangling, laxity in ritual observances, and sexual irregularities, R. Figo was active in redeeming Jewish captives, and defended the Marranos, declaring them to be Jews. His most important work is his Binah le-Ittim (Venice, 1648), a collection of sermons delivered in Venice. They are based on the festivals and fasts of the Jewish calendar, and also include sermons based on Avot on such topics as charity and education. Since its first publication it has been reprinted 50 times. Some of his responsa are found in the Devar Shemu'el (1702) of Samuel Aboab. He died in Rovigo.

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   CD-EPI 0157429; EJ; Vinograd, Venice 1276
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Listing Classification
17th Century:    Checked
Italy:    Checked
Homiletics:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica