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Lot #    8686
Auction End Date    12/7/2004 1:10:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Nivhar mi-Kesef - Responsa
Title (Hebrew)    נבחר מכסף
Author    [First Ed.] R. Josiah Pinto (Rif)
City    Aleppo
Publisher    Elijah Hai b. Abraham Sasson
Publication Date    1869
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. [4], 230, [2] ff., 190:135 mm., usual age staining, old hand on fly. A very good copy bound in modern cloth boards.
   Responsa in all four parts of the Shulchan Arukh.

R. Josiah b. Joseph Pinto (1565–1648), was born in Damascus. He was for the major part of his life rabbi in Damascus, but went to Jerusalem about 1617. In 1625 he decided to settle in Safed, but when his son died in the following year, he returned to Damascus. His teacher in subjects other than Kabbalah was R. Jacob Abulafia, who ordained him. In Kabbalah he adhered closely to the system of R. Hayyim Vital whose son, R. Samuel, was his pupil and subsequently married his daughter.

R. Pinto is best known for his Me'or Einayim (part 1, Amsterdam, 1643; part 2, Mantua, 1743), a commentary on Ein Ya'akov of R. Jacob ibn Habib. He also wrote Kesef Nivhar (Damascus, 1605), sermons on the weekly scriptural readings; part 2, entitled Kesef Mezukkak (Venice, 1628), sermons and explanations of unusual rabbinic comments on scriptural passages; Kesef Zaruf (ibid., 1629) on the Book of Proverbs; Nivhar mi-Kesef (Aleppo, 1869), responsa. Some of his responsa were in a manuscript of the responsa of his son-in-law, R. Samuel Vital, which was in the possession of H. J. Michael, while others were published in the responsa of R. Yom Tov Zahalon (Venice, 1694). Some, which he wrote in 1646, were published in the Yad Aharon, part 1 (Smyrna, 1735), of R. Aaron Alfandari. His Kesef Nimas, on Lamentations, and Kevuzot Kesef, on the laws of marriage and the civil laws in the Shulhan Arukh, are in manuscript. R. Joseph Delmedigo mentions a biblical commentary by R. Pinto entitled Kesef To'afot.

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   CD-EPI 0157940; EJ
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Other:    Syria
Responsa:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica