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Lot #    9464
Auction End Date    2/15/2005 2:43:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Imrei Shefer
Title (Hebrew)    אמרי שפר
Author    [Only Ed. - Kabbalah] R. Naphtali Ashkenazi
City    Venice
Publisher    Daniel Zaniti
Publication Date    1601
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 220 ff., 201:138 mm., wide margins, light age and damp staining, initial 3 and final 2 ff. backed in margins. A very good copy bound in later half vellum boards.
   Sermons with kabbalistic influence.

R. Naphtali b. Joseph Ashkenazi (c. 1540–1602), rabbi in Safed. R. Ashkenazi studied in the two great yeshivot of the Ashkenazi community in Safed and was later appointed preacher there. He suffered great privation as a result of the deterioration in the economic situation, and in 1595 went to Egypt and then Italy. In Mantua he made the acquaintance of R. Moses Berab. Leone Modena held Ashkenazi in high esteem and wrote a poem in praise of his book. In Venice, he was received with great honor and the rosh yeshivah, R. Ben Zion Zarefati, invited Ashkenazi to join his staff. During his stay in the city he was the guest of the wealthy Kalonymus Belgrado, founder of the yeshivah. He discovered the manuscripts of R. Solomon b. Abraham Adret's Avodat ha-Kodesh and Abraham b. David of Posquilres' Ba'alei Nefesh and published them in Venice in 1602. He planned to return to Erez Israel, but died in Venice.

Paragraph 2    יסדו וגם חקרו ... כמהר"ר נפתלי אשכנזי נר"ו תושב צפת ... בביאור מאמרי רז"ל. ופשטים נאים ... בלקוטי קצת פסוקי' ... והוגה ... ע"י ... כמוהר"ר יצחק גרשון נר"ו ...

מעבר לשער: שיר, מאת ר' יהודה אריה ממודינא [פותח: שא נא קורא / עיניך וראה / ספר אמרי / שפר דורש]. דרושים. עיין על הספר: יצחק ריבקינד, דקדוקי-ספרים - ספר היובל לכבוד אלכסנדר מארכס, נוירק תש"י, עמ' תכד, מס' 31.

   CD-EPI 0112295; EJ; S. Bernstein, The Divan of Leo di Modena (1932), p. 73.
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Listing Classification
17th Century:    Checked
Italy:    Checked
Bible:    Checked
Homiletics:    Checked
Kabbalah:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica