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Lot #    8354
Auction End Date    10/19/2004 12:01:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Mekor Hayyim (Fountain of Life)
Title (Hebrew)    מקור חיים
Author    [Ms.] R. Yiyah b. Jacob Salih
City    Yemen - Jerusalem
Publication Date    1853
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [1], 48 ff., 162:112 mm., ink on heavy paper, 27 lines per page, written in a neat Yeminite script, signed and dated, scattered worming affecting single letters, light age staining. A beautiful and complete manuscript bound in contemporary full leather baords, tooled in blind, rubbed.
   Abridged edition of R. Yiyah b. Jacob Salih (b. 1804), Mekor Hayyim on the laws of kosher slaughter and processing. The scribe and/or author, Hayyim b. Yiyah Salih of Sana, states in the introduction that he excerpted the material and the work as the original as his name is also Hayyim! The original Mekor Hayyim enjoyed widespread distribution throughout Yemen.

For hundreds of years the Yemenite Jewish communities followed their traditional ways of secular and religious life, not being influenced by external trends and currents. Some customs in the Yemenite prayer rites go back to the prayer book of R. Saadiah Ga'on. From the 16th century on the Kabbalah and especially later its Lurianic school and system found its way to Yemen and influenced Jewish literary production in the areas of commentaries to the Bible, prayers, and liturgic poetry. All of this rich history is reflected in this work.

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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Other:    Yemen
Customs:    Checked
Halacha:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Other:    Book
Kind of Judaica