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Lot #    9207
Auction End Date    2/15/2005 10:26:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Etem Kashot
Title (Hebrew)    אתם קשות
Author    [Suicide - Polemic - Only Ed.] Various Rabbis
City    Izmir
Publisher    Hayyim David Deshan [De Shegora]
Publication Date    1893
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [1], 75, 8 ff., 200:145 mm., usual age staining. A good copy loose in the original boards, rubbed and split.
   Responsa and polemic concerning the death and reburial of Jacob Akrish of Algiers who was suspected of having committed suicide. An earlier work, Kevod Ya 'akov (Izmir, 1892), brought to press by Jacob's brother Solomon de Joseph Akrish, with numerous responsa from leading rabbis addressed the issue. The responsa in Etem Kashot object to the reburial of Jacob Akrish of in a more distant location from the burial place of other Jews. This work begins by stating that the previous dayyanim were disrespectful to the dead (Jacob Akrish). The volume concludes with a eulogy for Jacob Akrish by R. Joseph Nissim ben Hayyim Jacob Burla (1828-1903). The title page is dated, כבוד שמו שאו "[And Joseph saw his brothers, and he knew them, but made himself strange to them, and spoke] roughly to them" (Genesis 42:7) = 1893.

Izmir (Smyrna) was one of the three Hebrew printing centers in the Ottoman Empire. Its first press was founded by Abraham b. Jedidiah Gabbbai in 1658. The De Shegora family press was founded in 1862 by Isaac Samuel de Shegora and associates. Operated by several members of the family, it was active until 1905, thus being the longest operating Hebrew press in Izmir.

Paragraph 2    ... מענה ... על חבו'ר עצבי'ם חזות קשה [והראן תרנ"ב] ... כי ידפ'וס ... שלמה די יוסף עקריש ... לעשות נח"ר לאחיו ... יעקב עקריש נ"ע (שזלזלו בו דייני והראן ... להוציאו מקברו ... וקברוהו הרחק מקברי ישראל ... כי היה בן דין מע"ל [מאבד עצמו לדעת]) ... פי המדבר מגיה הדפוס ... יאודה אלבעלי ס"ט בכמהר"ר חיים אלבעלי ...

ח דף: דרוש להספד מאת ... ר' יוסף נסים בורלא ... ירושלים ... לפקידת שנתו של ... יעקב עקריש.

   BE, Aleph 2809; Yaari, Areshet I p. 200 no. 332 (ref p. 199 no. 399); CD-EPI 0109945
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Greece-Turkey:    Checked
Polemics:    Checked
Responsa:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica