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Bidding Information
Lot #    8257
Auction End Date    10/19/2004 10:24:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Binah le-Ittim
Title (Hebrew)    בינה לעתים
Author    [Americana] R. Azariah Figo (Picho)
City    Berlin
Publisher    Hevrat Hinukh Ne'arim
Publication Date    1791
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   [1], 38; [1], 55, [3] ff., 340:205 mm., usual light age and damp staining, old hands on fly and endpapers. A very good copy bound in contemporary boards, rubbed and taped.
          
Paragraph 1    The rear endpaper carries family death dates which includes 2 members that passed on in the US, one of them by drowning in the Mississippi River in September 1887.
          
Detailed
Description
   Important homiletics.

R. Azariah Figo (Picho; 1579–1647), 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.

          
Paragraph 2    ... הובא שנית לבית הדפוס... ע"י... ר' משה במוהר"ר אברהם מק"ק פלאנטש, מגיד משרים ומורה צדק" בק"ק בלינטש ובק"ק ווערבלאווי... חלק א-ב.

הסכמה: ר' צבי הירש [לעווין], ברלין, ט אדר-ב תקנ"א. חלק ב: , עם שער מיוחד ובו הפרט: ד'ב'ר' מ'ש'ה' [תקנ"א]. חלק ב:מעבר לשער כותב המביא לבית הדפוס: מודעא רבה ששני דרושים ראשונים שהיו בדפוס [ויניציאה] תי"ג [!ת"ח] בהתחלת הספר, הדפסתי בחלק שני בהתחלה כי שם מקומם... וגם עשיתי זה הספר לשני חלקים כדי שיהי' כל חצי השנה חלק בפני עצמו. חלק ב:הקדמת המגיה והקדמת ר' משה זכות מן ההוצאה הראשונה לא נדפסו כאן. חלק ב:כל ההוצאות הבאות נדפסו על-פי הוצאה זו השנייה.

          
Reference
Description
   CD-EPI 0157430; EJ
        
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Listing Classification
Period
  
18th Century:    Checked
  
Location
Germany:    Checked
  
Subject
Homiletics:    Checked
  
Characteristic
Language:    Hebrew
  
Manuscript Type
  
Kind of Judaica