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Lot #    8242
Auction End Date    10/19/2004 10:09:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Teshuvot Maharadakh
Title (Hebrew)    תשובות מהרד'ך זלה'ה
Author    R. David b. Hayyim ha-Kohen of Corfu
City    Salonica
Publisher    Mordehai Nahman & David Israliga
Publication Date    1803
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Second edition. [1], 120 ff., 285:198 mm., light age and damp staining, wide margins. A very good copy bound in modern buckram boards.
   R. David b. Hayyim ha-Kohen of Corfu (d. 1530), rabbi and halakhic authority, known sometimes as Ma-Ha-RDa-Kh (Morenu HaRav David ha-Kohen). R. David was born on the island of Corfu. He studied under R. Judah Minz in Padua and was much influenced by the Ashkenazi method of study. He served in the rabbinate in communities in Greece (including Corfu and Patras), and was in halakhic correspondence with distinguished contemporaries, among them: R. Elijah Mizrahi, R. Moses Alashkar, R. Jacob ibn Habib, and R. Joseph Taitazak. Among his disciples were his son-in-law, R. David Vital, and R. Samuel Kalai. He spent the last year of his life in Adrianople, where he died. Most of his works were destroyed in a conflagration there. A few responsa were rescued and published in Constantinople in 1537 by his son, R. Hayyim; they show him to be an outstanding halakhist, with a definite tendency toward stringency. In his vehement dispute from 1520 to 1525 with R. Benjamin Ze'ev of Arta with regard to permission given to an agunah to remarry, he took an extreme stand in opposition to the lenient attitude adopted by other rabbis (see Res. Benjamin Ze'ev (Venice, 1539), nos. 1–17, 239, 246–9). He also declared that those Marranos who could have fled from their persecutors and did not do so were to be regarded as apostates.
Paragraph 2    ... יצא מוניטון שלו בעולם שנת רצ"ז ליצירה והן עתה בראותינו כי ... אינו בנמצא ע"כ לזכות את הרבים ולהפיק רצון חכמי וראשי ישיבות עיר המהוללה ... קושט'א רבתי ... העיר ה' את רוחינו ... לחזור ולהדפיסו שנית בכרך גדול ... והגה"ה מדוייקת (המשתדלים להוציא לאור ... שמואל חיים ס"ט יעקב חי ן' חסון ס"ט) ...
   CD-EPI 0125216; EJ; Conforte, Kore, 31–35; Graetz-Rabbinowitz, 6 (1898), 433–4; 7 (1899), 31, 36–37; Rosanes, Togarmah, 1 (1930), 79–80.
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Holland:    Checked
Responsa:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica