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Lot #    8527
Auction End Date    12/7/2004 10:31:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Sifrei
Title (Hebrew)    ספרי
City    Hamburg
Publisher    Eliezer Leizer & Nathan Mai
Publication Date    1789
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [1], 91 ff., 199:160 mm., light age and damp staining. A very good copy bound in later marbled paper boards, split.
   Sifrei is a halakhic Midrash to the books of Numbers and Deuteronomy. As early as amoraic times the word sifrei was employed as the designation for a collection of halakhic beraitot (Meg. 28b; Hag. 3a; Kid. 49b; Shevu. 41b), and also used for a collection of beraitot containing halakhot derived from exegesis of biblical verses (in Deut., Sanh. 85b–86a; cf. BB 124, bi-she'ar sifrei de-Vei Rav; and in Lev., Yoma 74a, "bi-she'ar sifrei de-Vei-Rav"). The Babylonian geonim, and following them some French and German rishonim, designate under the general term sifrei the Mekhilta (or Mekhiltot) to Exodus together with the Sifrei to both Numbers and Deuteronomy. Some of the scholars of North Africa, however, and following them most medieval scholars, limited the name to the works on Numbers and on Deuteronomy.

Since it would appear that the Sifrei both to Numbers and to Deuteronomy in their present form were unknown to either the Jerusalem or the Babylonian Talmuds, it is probable that they were arranged and edited in Erez Israel, but not before the end of the fourth century C.E. The Sifrei to Numbers was first printed together with the Sifrei to Deuteronomy in Venice in 1545, and has been frequently reprinted. It was the fact of their being printed together, in addition to the common name, which caused them to be regarded as one Midrash, but they belong to different tannaitic schools and are therefore treated separately. Like the Sifra, the Sifrei is written in pure mishnaic Hebrew with an admixture of Greek words.

Paragraph 2    ... נדפס מחדש (מתוקן מטעיות... אשר פרחו בדפוס הראשון (וויניציאה) בשנת ש"ו... המגיה... זנוויל בן... ר' יוסף הנובר ז"ל מתושבי ק"ק המבורג)...

הסכמות: ר' פינחס הלוי איש הורויץ, פ"פ דמיין, יב אדר תקמ"ט; ר' צבי הירש מזאמושט, גלוגא רבתי, ד אדר תקמ"ט; ר' שלמה מרדכי איש ימיני, המבורג, יא ניסן תקמ"ט.

   CD-EPI 0155032; EJ
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Other:    Midrash
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica