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Lot #    8735
Auction End Date    12/7/2004 1:59:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Zohar Hadash
Title (Hebrew)   
Author    [Kabbalah - Hasidim] R. Abraham b. Eliezer ha-Levi
City    Korzec (Korets)
Publisher    Johann Anton Krieger
Publication Date    1784
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   123, [1] ff., 244:197 mm., wide margins, usual age and damp staining, old hands on fly and title. A very good copy bound in modern cloth boards.
   The fifth volume of the Zohar, a collection of sayings and texts found in the manuscripts of the Safed kabbalists after the printing of the Zohar. Expositions begun in the Zohar many times break off in the middle, and their continuation is printed solely in the Zohar Hadash. In the later editions, beginning with that of Amsterdam, 1715, these completions are printed as hashmatot ("omissions") at the end of each volume.

Zohar Hadash was assembled by R. Abraham b. Eliezer ha-Levi Berukhim (c. 15151593), pious ascetic and Safed kabbalist. Born in Morocco, he immigrated to Palestine probably before 1565. In Safed he joined R. Moses Cordovero's circle and became a friend of R. Elijah de Vidas. When R. Isaac Luria went to Safed (late 1569), R. Abraham joined his school and was a member of its fourth group. R. Hayyim Vital had a great affection for him and in several places quotes kabbalistic sayings of R. Isaac Luria which he had heard from R. Abraham. R. Vital quotes R. Luria as saying that in the origins of the souls of the Safed kabbalists, R. Abraham derived from the patriarch Jacob. R. Abraham was a visionary and ascetic, who preached piety and morality, and called for repentance. He was called the great patron of the Sabbath and he went out on Friday mornings to the markets and streets to urge the householders to hurry with the preparations for the Sabbath meals and close their shops early so that they would have time to purify themselves for the Sabbath. Almost nothing is known about his life. Many legends have been preserved about his piety and about R. Luria's affection for him. His Tikkunei Shabbat were printed at the end of Reshit Hokhmah ha-Kazar (Venice, 1600) and thereafter in numerous editions as a separate book. On the other hand, his Hasidut, containing the rules of pious behavior which he established for his group in Safed, circulated in manuscript even in the Diaspora. He was the first editor and collector of articles of the Zohar which had not been included in the Mantua edition of 155860; these were afterward published under the title Zohar Hadash. It is not clear whether he was the author of Gallei Rezayya, parts of which were published in his name (1812). It is probable that R. Tobiah ha-Levi, author of Hen Tov, was his son.

This edition was bought to press by R. Solomon of Lutsk an early Hasidic disciple.

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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Kabbalah:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
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