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Lot #    9439
Auction End Date    2/15/2005 2:18:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Minhat Eliezer
Title (Hebrew)   
Author    [Kabbalah- First] R. Eliezer Rahamim ha-Levi Yedid
City    Jerusalem
Publisher    Zukerman
Publication Date    1910
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   First edition. [2], 48 pp., 145:112 mm., usual age staining. A very good copy bound in contemporary half cloth and marbled paper boards, rubbed.
          
Detailed
Description
   First edition of this commentary on the Ez ha-Hayyim of R. Hayyim Vital by R. Eliezer Rahamim ben Yom Tov ha-Levi Yedid. Ez ha-Hayyim is the inclusive name for all those writings in which R. Vital elaborated on the teaching of R. Isaac Luria. In some circles it is considered the most authoritative version of Lurianic Kabbalah. Minhat Eliezer has an introduction from the author. The text, in a single column in rabbinic type, excepting headers and initial words, is divided into forty-nine shaarim. The title page is dated from the verse, And this is the Torah of the meal offering (Minhat) (Leviticus 6:7). The date is given as " read incorrectly in the Bet Eked as ", thus accounting for the misdating by five years in the BE. R. Hayyim ben Joseph Vital (15421620) born in Safed and studied in yeshivot there, especially under R. Moses Alshekh, his teacher in exoteric subjects. In 1564 he began to study Kabbalah, at first according to the system R. Moses Cordovero, and, after R. Isaac Lurias (Ari) arrival in Safed, under the latter, becoming the Aris principal disciple. After the Aris death, R. Vital began to arrange the Aris teachings in written form, elaborating on them according to his own understanding, becoming the primary transmitter of the Aris teachings. . R. Vital later moved to Jerusalem, serving as rabbi and head of a yeshivah from late 1577 to late 1585, where he wrote the last version of his presentation of the Lurianic system. In 1586 he returned to Safed, remaining there until 1592. In 1590 R. Vital was ordained as rabbi by his teacher R. Moses Alshekh, and then returned to Jerusalem in 1593 remaining several years, occasionally returning to Safed. His last move was to Damascus where he died. R. Vital was a prolific writer, his works encompassing Talmud, response, homilies, and even astronomy. R. Vital assembled his major writings into two vast works Ez ha-Hayyim and Ez ha-Daat. The former is the inclusive name for all those writings in which he elaborated on the teaching of Isaac Luria. These works went through several versions and adaptations, for Vital began to arrange what he had heard from Luria immediately after his death, remained absorbed in this task for more than 20 years.
          
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Reference
Description
   BE mem 2298; EJ; CD-EPI 0138502
        
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20th Century:    Checked
  
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Language:    Hebrew
  
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