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Lot #    9339
Auction End Date    2/15/2005 12:43:33 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Me'or Einayim
Title (Hebrew)    מאור עינים
Author    [First Ed.] R. Josiah Pinto (Rif)
City    Mantua
Publisher    Raphael Hayyim me-Italia
Publication Date    1743
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. [2], 98 ff., 205:155 mm., light age and damp staining, small tear in title and final two ff. A good copy bound in later half leather boards, rubbed.
   Commentary on Ein Ya'akov of R. Jacob ibn Habib.

R. Josiah b. Joseph Pinto (1565–1648), talmudist and kabbalist. Born in Damascus, R. Pinto 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. Pinto is best known for his Me'or Einayim (part 1, Amsterdam, 1643; part 2, Mantua, 1743). 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.

Paragraph 2    והם חידושי מהר"ר יאשיהו פינטו זצ"ל על החלק השני (יבמות-נדה) של עין יעקב [לר' יעקב אבן-חביב] כי לא נדפסו... אלא על החלק ראשון [ברכות-חגיגה, ויניציאה ת"ג] ועתה... העיר ה' את רוח... ר' משה נאג'ארה להדפיסו... כי באה... מצו[ה] לידו ע"י הטופס של הרב המחבר (מונחת... בית מדרשו של... ר' שמואל לאניאדו... ארם צובא)...

חלק א נדפס עם הפנים של עין יעקב. עי': אבן-חביב, יעקב בן שלמה. חלק ב כבר נדפס קודם, על-פי כתב-יד אחר, בשם חדושי הרי"ף, עם הפנים של עין יעקב, באמשטרדם ת"ק-תק"א. הסכמות: ר' חיים אבואלעפיא, טבריה, פ' שופטים ת"ק: רבני גליל עליון [טבריה]: ר' משה ב"ר רפאל מרדכי מלכי, ר' חיים עמרם, ר' חיים ב"ר דוד אבואלעפיא , ר' ציון צוריגון ור' חיים משה ן' אדרית, פ' שופטים ת"ק; רבני מנטובה: ר' אביעד שר שלום ב"ר מנחם שמשון באזילה ור' יודא ב"ר יעקב מינדולה, פ' בשלח[?] תק"ג.

   CD-EPI 0157936; EJ
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Italy:    Checked
Kabbalah:    Checked
Novellae:    Checked
Other:    Agadah
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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