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Lot #    8784
Auction End Date    12/7/2004 2:48:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Mahzik Beraha
Title (Hebrew)    מחזיק ברכה
Author    [First Ed.] R. Hayyim Joseph David Azulai
City    Leghorn
Publisher    Abraham Isaac Castilo & Eliezer Sa'adon
Publication Date    1785
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. [2], 136; 114 ff., 291:190 mm., usual light age and damp staining, old hands and stamps on title. A very good copy bound in contemporary half leather boards, rubbed.
   Novellae and expositions on the Yore Deah part of the Shulhan Arukh.

R. Hayyim Joseph David Azulai (known by his Hebrew acronym CHIDA, 1724–1806), halakhist, kabbalist, emissary, and bibliographer. The Chidah was born in Jerusalem; he was descended on his father's side from a prominent family of rabbis and kabbalists from Spain while his mother was a daughter of Joseph Bialer who had gone to Erez Israel with R. Judah Hasid in 1770. He studied under some of the outstanding Jewish scholars of his age including R. Jonah Navon, R. Isaac ha-Kohen Rapoport, and R. Hayyim ibn Attar. R. Azulai attained early eminence in Jewish studies and was regarded by the Jewry of the Ottoman Empire and of Italy as the leading scholar of his generation. He was highly esteemed, too, by the Jews of Germany, especially after the publication of his works.

Paragraph 2    מחזיק בדרך וסדר קונטריסי ברכי יוסף שיורי ברכה ועוד בה שלישיה ברכה ... על קצת ש"ע א"ח וי"ד ... מוקף חומה חדושי גאונים מספרי כתיבת יד וקצת מורה מקום בספרן של צדיקים ...

דף קל-קלו: קונטריס אחרון א"ח. דף א-קי (מן הספירה השנייה): מחזיק ברכה על יורה דעה (סימן א-פז). דף קיא-קיב, א: קונטריס אחרון לי"ד. דף קיב, ב-קיד, ב: פאת הראש, קונטריס אחרון לספר ראש דוד.

   CD-EPI 0108600; EJ
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Italy:    Checked
Novellae:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica