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Lot #    8700
Auction End Date    12/7/2004 1:24:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Me'ammez Ko'ah
Title (Hebrew)    מאמץ כח
Author    R. Moses Almosnino
City    Venice
Publisher    Juan D'Gara
Publication Date    1588
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   236 ff., 198:129 mm., wide margins, light age and damp staining, initial 40 ff. backed in outter margin stamps on several ff. A good copy bound in modern full calf boards.
   R. Moses b. Baruch Almosnino (c. 1515–c. 1580), Salonika rabbi, scholar, and preacher. His numerous publications show his extensive knowledge of science, philosophy, history, and rhetoric. His rabbinic scholarship was widely respected. Although his responsa were never published in collected form, authorities such as R. Samuel de Medina, R. Hayyim Benveniste, R. Isaac Adarbi, and R. Jacob di Boton, included some of them in their works. A gifted orator, he served in succession as preacher to the Salonika congregations Neveh Shalom and later the Livyat Hen, founded by Gracia Nasi. A selection of his sermons, in Hebrew is printed in his Me'ammez Ko'ah (1582). In 1565 R. Almosnino was chosen as member of a delegation to Sultan Selim II to procure the confirmation of the privileges and exemptions granted by Suleiman the Magnificent to the Salonika community in 1537. The document had been destroyed in the great fire of 1545 and the local authorities again began to place crushing burdens on the community. The two other members of the delegation died en route. R. Almosnino, with the help of Joseph Nasi, succeeded, after much heartbreaking effort, in obtaining a favorable decision (1568), and the Salonika community was given the status of a self-governing entity, which it enjoyed for many centuries. R. Almosnino's works in Hebrew include commentaries on the Five Scrolls (Yedei Moshe, 1582), a supercommentary on Abraham ibn Ezra; and a commentary on Avot (Pirkei Moshe 1562). While in Constantinople, Almosnino compiled in Ladino a description of Constantinople, published, with some rearrangement and omissions, in Spanish by Jacob Cansino of Oran under the title Extremos y Grandezas de Constantinopla. It is one of the rarest works of Spanish Jewish literature and an important historical source. He published, also in Ladino, an ethical work, Il Regimiento dela Vida (Salonika 1564), which enjoyed considerable popularity in its time. Appended to it is a lengthy treatise on dreams, "composed at the request of the most illustrious senor, Don Joseph Nasi" and giving a graphic description of the latter's luxurious way of life.
Paragraph 2    והוא קבוץ שמונה ועשרים דרושים חדשים ... אשר נעתקו מספר דרשותיו של ... ר' משה אלמושנינו תנצב"ה ... (ר' שמעון ... הרים למשואות ... לנצח על מלאכת בית אביו ז"ל).

מעבר לשער: אמר המתעסק במלאכת שמים ... אשר פורינץ. בראש הספר דברי-הקדמה ובסופו דברי-סיום, מאת בן המחבר ר' שמעון אלמושנינו.

   CD-EPI 0110681; EJ
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Listing Classification
16th Century:    Checked
Italy:    Checked
Bible:    Checked
Homiletics:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica