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Lot #    9536
Auction End Date    2/15/2005 3:55:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Shanot Hayyim
Title (Hebrew)    שנות חיים
Author    R. Abraham Hayyim Mendaelov
City    Cairo
Publication Date    1947
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [6], 142, [4] pp., 228:143 mm., wide margins, light age and damp staining, few minor pin size wormholes. A good copy bound in modern cloth boards.
   On the most necessary laws and customs of the year by R. Abraham Hayyim ben Menahaem Menedel Nah. The title page has a decorative frame with verses within all four sides of its borders. The text states that it includes the most important laws and customs of the year according to the piskei ha-Ari (R. Isaac ben Solomon Luria, (1534–1572), the Beit Yosef (R. Joseph Caro, 1488. 1575), the Hida (R. Hayyim Joseph David Azulai, 1724–1806), in accordance with the rulings of the later rabbis, and according to the customs of the Benei Sefard. The title page is dated, “to observe the Sabbath השבת (707 = 1947)” (Exodus 31:16). There are approbations from R. Joseph Hayyim Sonnefeld (1849-32), chief rabbi of the Ashkenaz community in Jerusalem and from R. Hayyim Moses Elayashar, Rishon le-Zion of the Sephardic community. Next is an introduction from the editor (mesader), followed by the text. Within the volume Shanot Hayyim is at the top of the page with an accompanying commentary entitled Mekor Hayyim below. Shanot Hayyim is in square letters, Mekor Hayyim in rabbinic letters. The text is comprehensive, beginning with how a person should awake in the morning, through daily prayers, Shabbat, and festivals.

Books printed in Cairo are rare. Although two books are known to have been printed in 1657 by Gershom ben Eliezer Soncino, the last printer of that famous family of printers; no further Hebrew books were printed in Cairo until 1740, when Abraham ben Moses Yatom, who had also previously worked as a printer in Constantinople, printed one book, the first edition of Hok le-Yisrael, edited by R. Isaac Baruch of Cairo. The renewal of Hebrew printing in Cairo took place in 1905, and after that year there were five Hebrew printing presses. They were principally used for commercial purposes, with the printing of books as a secondary activity. Up to World War II, they printed over 50 books, most of which served the needs of the Egyptian communities or were the works of authors living in Egypt.

Paragraph 2    כולל דיני ומנהגי השנה היותר נחוצים ע"פ פסקי רבינו האר"י... הב"י [הבית יוסף] ז"ל והחיד"א [חיים יוסף דוד אזולאי] ז"ל והסכמת רבני הארחונים [!] ז"ל, ועפ"י מנהג בני ספרד... המלקט והמסדר... אברהם חיים מענדלאוו נאה. תורגם (לשפת ערבית המדוברת [באותיות עבריות]) ע"י... מוה' משה אשכנזי שו"ב הי"ו בעי"ת נא אמון...

ד"ס של הוצאת ירושלם תרפ"א, עם ההסכמות. נשמט התרגום לערבית. הסכמות: ר' יוסף חיים זאננענפעלד; ר' חיים משה אלישר, ירושלים, טבת תרפ"א; ר' מנחם מנדיל נאה, אב המחבר.

   EJ; CD-EPI 0151721
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Other:    Egypt
Customs:    Checked
Halacha:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica