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Lot #    8295
Auction End Date    10/19/2004 11:02:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Bayit Ne'eman
Title (Hebrew)    בית נאמן
Author    [Kabbalah - Only Ed.] R. Isaac Bija
City    Venice
Publisher    Pietro & Lorenzo Bragadini
Publication Date    1621
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 118 ff., 287:195 mm., wide margins, age and damp stained. A good copy bound in modern cloth boards.
   Homilies and eulogies, blended with Kabbalah.

R. Isaac b. Moses Bija (c. 1570–1628), preacher in Salonika and Nikopolis (Bulgaria). R. Beja studied in Salonika. He was compelled to wander from one community to another until he was invited to teach at the yeshivah of Nikopolis. He arrived there after the city had been damaged in the war between the Turks and the Walachians (1595–99). R. Beja also wrote poetry, and four of his poems appear in this work. His work displays originality both in thought and in his homiletical approach. His homily on the building of the synagogue of Nikopolis was reprinted under the title "Keter Torah" in Le-Ohavei Leshon Ever (Paris, 1628). There were two contemporaneous Salonikan scholars both named R. Isaac Beja; one died in 1635, the other in 1647.

Paragraph 2    והם דרושים חדשים ... משולשים לשלשה חלקים ... תורה ועבודה וגמילות חסדים. הכינו ... כמהר"ר יצחק נר"ו בכמהר"ר משה ביגה ז"להה ...
   CD-EPI 0112529; Rosanes, Togarmah, 3 (1938), 115ff.; EJ
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Listing Classification
17th Century:    Checked
Greece-Turkey:    Checked
Italy:    Checked
Homiletics:    Checked
Kabbalah:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica