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Lot #    8296
Auction End Date    10/19/2004 11:03:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Ozerot Hayyim
Title (Hebrew)    אוצרות חיים
Author    [Kabbalah] R. Hayyim Vital
City    Jerusalem
Publisher    Isaac Nahum Levy & Partners
Publication Date    1907
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition of commentaries, [2], 57, [1] ff., 355:240 mm., wide margins, light age and damp staining. A very good copy bound in contemporary half leather and marbled paper boards, rubbed.
   Kabbalistic discourses by R. Hayyim Ben Joseph Vital (1542–1620), one of the greatest kabbalists and the leading disciple of R. Isaac ben Solomon Luria Ashkenazi (ha-Ari, 1534–1572). The text was compiled and arranged by R. Vital’s pupil, the Portuguese physician R. Jacob Zemah (d. c. 1665), who also edited and annotated the work. It was corrected by R. Abraham Azulai and Abraham ibn Musa of Morocco. These are important kabbalistic works explaining concepts of Lurianic Kabbalah. Printed here for the first time are many notes from manuscript and commentary by R. Hayyim Saul Dwick.

R. Hayyim Ben Joseph Vital was born in Safed and studied in yeshivot there, especially under R. Moses Alshekh, his teacher in exoteric subjects. In 1564 he began to study Kabbalah, at first according to the system R. Moses Cordovero, and, after R. Isaac Luria’s (Ari) arrival in Safed, under the latter, becoming the Ari’s principal disciple. After the Ari’s death, R. Vital began to arrange the Ari’s teachings in written form, elaborating on them according to his own understanding, becoming the primary transmitter of the Ari’s teachings. R. Vital later moved to Jerusalem, serving as rabbi and head of a yeshivah from late 1577 to late 1585, where he wrote the last version of his presentation of the Lurianic system. In 1586 he returned to Safed, remaining there until 1592. In 1590 R. Vital was “ordained” as rabbi by his teacher R. Moses Alshekh, and then returned to Jerusalem in 1593 remaining several years, occasionally returning to Safed. His last move was to Damascus where he died. R. Vital was a prolific writer, his works encompassing Talmud, response, homilies, and even astronomy. R. Vital assembled his major writings into two vast works Ez ha-Hayyim and Ez ha-Da’at. The former is the inclusive name for all those writings in which he elaborated on the teaching of Isaac Luria. These works went through several versions and adaptations, for Vital began to arrange what he had heard from Luria immediately after his death, remained absorbed in this task for more than 20 years.

Paragraph 2    ... נתוסף בו הגהות השמ"ש [הרב שלום מזרחי שרעבי] וכמה פי' ... אשר אספתי מפיהן ש"ק [של קדושים] אשר עדיין לא עלו על מזבח הדפוס ועוד הוספתי נופך משלי ... בשם איפה שלימה ... חיים שאול (בן כמהר"ר אליהו) דוויך הכהן ...

[1] דף בסוף: הקדמת הרב המחבר איפה שלימה נ"י. דף נז, ב: "העתקתי זה הספר מג' ספרים אחרים ... מקום שימצא כתוב ... שמ"ן הוא שמי ... מה שחנני אלהים המעט אם רב". חתום: שלמה מולכו. עם שיר ממנו הפותח: שורשא טמיר מטמירין. במזלך אתכסון תרין עטרין. בשולי דף [2, ב] בראש הספר: "וציון אותיות רש"י הוא על הגהות הרנ"ש [ר' נתן שפירא] והרמ"ז [ר' משה זכות, שבאו בתוך הטכסט בהוצאה הראשונה, דפוס קארעץ תקמ"ג, וכאן נשמטו, שכן הם] המודפסים בסוף מבו"ש הנד"מ [ספר מבוא שערים הנדפס מחדש, ירושלם תרס"ד]" עיין: ספר מבוא שערים. הוצאה זו דומה ברובה להוצאת קארעץ תקמ"ג, אך אינה כוללת את הספר בשלמותו. עיין: י' אביב"י, בנין אריאל, ירושלים תשמ"ז, עמ' נט. "הגהות השמ"ש" שולבו ב"איפה שלימה" בשולי העמ'. הסכמות: ר' צבי הירש שפירא ממונקאטש, מרחץ ראנק, ג ואתחנן תרס"ז; ר' שלמה ב"ר חיים חייקיל אליאשאוו, שאוויל, כג תמוז תרס"ג; ר' מנחם מענכין ב"ר שלום היילפרין, [ירושלים].

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Language:    Hebrew
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