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Lot #    8386
Auction End Date    10/19/2004 12:33:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Shevah Pesah
Title (Hebrew)    הגדה של פסח - שבח פסח
Author    [Haggadah - Only Ed.]
City    Leghorn
Publisher    Eliezer Sa'adon
Publication Date    1790
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition of commentary. [2], 64, [1] ff., 254:185 mm., heavy food and wine stains, f.17 with small loss of 3 lines, bound in contemporary leather boards, later spine.
   With the commentary of R. Ishmael b. Abraham Isaac ha-Kohen (1723–1811), rabbi of Modena. R. Ishmael ha-Kohen enjoyed a high standing in the Jewish world generally and was the last Italian rabbi who was accepted throughout the rabbinic world as a halakhic authority. He was among those to whom R. Naphtali Hirsch Wessely appealed in his Divrei Shalom ve-Emet (Berlin, 1782) to defend the introduction of secular studies in Jewish schools. Though formally disassociating himself from the ideology of the maskilim, in practice he concurred with it. It is of note that he occasionally wrote secular poems. R. Ishmael was among those invited by Napoleon to answer questions put to the Assembly of Jewish Notables which took place in Paris in 1806. From his replies on this occasion as well as from his other halakhic rulings, both published and in manuscript, he emerges as a rabbi alive to the needs of the times and inclined to narrow the gap between them and traditions. His realistic and moderate approach is clearly revealed in his responsa published under the name Zera Emet (pt. 1, Leghorn, 1785; pt. 2, ibid., 1796; pt. 3, Reggio, n.d.), see especially pt. 1, nos. 69, 74, and 89; pt. 2, no. 107; and pt. 3, nos. 32, 33, and 42. Many responsa remain unpublished.
Paragraph 2    ... מעשה ידי ... ר' ישמעאל (בלא"א אברהם יצחק) הכהן נר"ו אב"ד ור"מ דק"ק מודונא ... פירוש ... על ההגדה [עם הפנים] ... גם ... כל דיני הסדר ...
   Yudlov 339; Yaari 227; CD-EPI 0188373; EJ; J. Rosenthal, Mehkarim, 2 (1966), 513–32; Shirmann, in: Zion, 29 (1964), 88
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Italy:    Checked
Haggadah:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica