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Lot #    8364
Auction End Date    10/19/2004 12:11:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Nishmat Hayyim
Title (Hebrew)    נשמת חיים
Author    [Only Ed.] R. Hayyim Abulafia
City    Salonica
Publisher    Mordehai Nahman
Publication Date    1806
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [3], 92, 84 ff., 295:204 mm., wide margins, light age and damp staining. A very good copy bound in modern boards.
   R. Hayyim b. David Abulafia (c. 1700–1775), a grandson of R. Hayyim ben Jacob Abulafia, was born either in Jerusalem or in Smyrna. He studied under R. Isaac Rappaport, author of Battei Kehunnah. About 1740 he was appointed rabbi of Larissa (Greece). Among his many pupils was R. Joseph Nahmoli, author of Ashdot ha-Pisgah. In 1755, as a result of tribulations suffered by the community, he left for Salonika, where he apparently remained, acting as av bet din, until 1761. In that year the Sephardi rabbi of Amsterdam, R. Isaac ibn Dana de Brito, died and R. Abulafia was invited to succeed him. But R. Jacob Saul, the rabbi of Smyrna died at the same time and, when R. Abulafia was invited to fill his position, he accepted the invitation. Many of R. Abulafia's halakhic decisions are found in the works of Turkish scholars, who often sought his approbation for their works. Most of his own works were destroyed in the great fire of Smyrna of 1772 - including the major part of a large work on the Sefer Mitzvot Gadol of Moses of Coucy. Part of it was published posthumously together with his responsa Nishmat Hayyim. Parts of his works were printed with the abovementioned Ashdot ha-Pisgah (1790). R. Hayyim Modai, his successor in the Smyrna rabbinate, was his pupil.
Paragraph 2    קצת שו"ת וקצת לשונות הסמ"ג ... וקצת דרושים (ולקוטים) משארית הפליטה מוצל מאש מהאשל הגדול ... ר' חיים אבואלעפייא בכ"ר דוד זצוק"ל ...

הקדמת [הסכמת] רבני אזמיר: ר' רפאל יצחק מאייו ור' יוסף בכ"ר חיים חזן, אדר תקס"ו. דף [3]: הקדמת המשתדל ר' משה [ב"ר אהרן] אלגאבה. הוא הוסיף גם הערות והגהות רבות בספר. דף א-עו (ספירה שנייה): דרושים. תשובות סי' ט-י (דף כג,ב - כד,ב, ספירה ראשונה) נדפסו ראשונה בסוף ספר אשדת הפסגה, מאת ר יוסף נחמולי, שאלוניקי תק"ן. עיין: נחמולי, יוסף בן נחמן.

   EJ; CD-EPI 0105273; M. Benayahu, in: Horeb, 10 (1947/48), 27–34; I. S. Emmanuel, Mazzevot Saloniki, 1 (1963)
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Greece-Turkey:    Checked
Novellae:    Checked
Responsa:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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