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Lot #    9485
Auction End Date    2/15/2005 3:04:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Or ha-Hamah
Title (Hebrew)    אור החמה - שמות
Author    [Kabbalah] R. Abraham Azulai
City    Przemysl
Publisher    Zupnik
Publication Date    1897
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Part 2 of 4 only. [1], 272 ff., quarto, 190:142 mm., wide margins, light age and damp staining. A very good copy bound in modern boards.
Paragraph 1    Printed by R. Sharga Halberstamm son of the Divrei Hayyim.
   The commentary of R. Abraham Galante's (R. Cordovero's disciple) on the Zohar, Yare'ah Yakar, abridged.

R. Abraham b. Mordehai Azulai (c. 1570–1643), was born in Fez, first mastered the study of the Talmud and philosophic literature and then Kabbalah. He did not agree with the interpretations of the Zohar which his teachers provided, and he did not really enter this subject until he obtained R. Moses Cordovero's Pardes Rimmonim. Thereafter, he was preoccupied with the question of the relation between Kabbalah and philosophy, until he forsook philosophy and dedicated himself entirely to Kabbalah. He decided to go to the center of kabbalism in Erez Israel, but did not realize his wish until after he had lost all his wealth during the anti-Jewish persecutions in Morocco (1610–13). He drifted between Hebron, Jerusalem, and Gaza during the epidemic of 1619, and finally settled in Hebron where kabbalists from Safed had congregated and where he found all the books of R. Cordovero and the majority of R. Isaac Luria's works in R. Hayyim Vital's version. R. Eliezer b. Arha became his friend there.

R. Azulai's numerous writings were not published during his lifetime. Those books he had written while still in Fez, were lost at sea. He wrote three treatises on the Zohar and several commentaries.

Paragraph 2    והוא החלק השני מספר קרית ארבע, אני הצעיר היום ילדתיהו, אברהם בן ... ר' מרדכי אזולאי ... נדפס ראשונה בירושלים ת"ו שנת תרל"ו. ועתה זיכה הש"י אותי להדפיסו שנית עם ס' זהרי חמה ביחד ... יחזקאל שרגא הלברשטאם החופ"ק שיניאווא ...

לפירושים שנכללו בהוצאת הקודמת (ירושלם תרל"ו-תרל"ט) נוסף כאן קיצור פירושו של ר' אברהם גאלאנטי "ירח יקר", שקיצרו ר' אברהם אזולאי וקרא לו "זהרי חמה" (לבראשית ושמות). חלקו הראשון של "זהרי חמה" נדפס בויניציאה ת"י וחלקו השני נדפס לראשונה על ידי ר' יחזקאל שרגא בפרעמיסלא [תרמ"ב].

   CD-EPI 0120319; EJ
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Hasidic:    Checked
Kabbalah:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica