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Lot #    10110
Auction End Date    4/19/2005 11:26:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Kiryat Sefer
Title (Hebrew)    קרית ספר
Author    [First Ed.] R. Moses b. Joseph Di Trani (Mabit)
City    Venice
Publisher    Bragadin
Publication Date    1551
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. 253, [3] ff., 289:202 mm., wide margins, light age and damp staining, title extended in inner margin affecting several words on verso. A ver good copy bound in modern full calf boards, tooled in blind.
   Novellae and expositions on Maimonides.

R. Moses b. Joseph Di Trani (Heb. acronym Ma-bit; 1500–1580), rabbi. His father emigrated from Italy to Salonika, where Moses was born, but the family was of Spanish origin. Orphaned at an early age, Moses went to Adrianople to live with his uncle Aaron, studying with him as well as at the yeshivah of R. Joseph Fasi. He later proceeded to Safed where he studied under Jacob Berab, and was one of the four scholars ordained by him in his attempt to reintroduce ordination (semikhah). In 1525 Moses was appointed marbiz Torah of the Bet Ya'akov congregation. In 1535 he visited Jerusalem. Moses devoted himself to a considerable extent to the agricultural laws which was obtained in Erez Israel, and in a Sabbatical Year exempted from tithes produce that had grown in land belonging to a gentile, eventhough it had been stored by a Jew. This decision was disputed by Joseph Caro and other Safed scholars. There were also spirited controversies between him and Caro on other matters. For some time he stayed in Damascus (1565). Moses was active as rabbi and dayyan for 54 years, but it was only after the death of Joseph Caro that he was appointed spiritual head of the whole community of Safed. Moses had two sons: Solomon, who was rabbi in Egypt, and Joseph Trani (from his second marriage), who was rabbi in Safed and in Constantinople.

R. Moses' other works are: Beit Elohim, a moral and philosophical work with a commentary to Perek Shirah (Venice, 1576; Warsaw, 1872); Iggeret Derekh ha-Shem, a moral work (Venice, 1553); responsa (2 pts. Venice, 1629–30; Lvov, 1861).

Paragraph 2    חברו ... מורינו ... משה מטראני ... לידע מקור כל דין ודין [בספר משנה תורה לרמב"ם] אם מתורה שבכתב אם משלש עשרה מדות [שהתורה נדרשת בהן] אם מהלכה למשה מסיני אם מגזרת ותקנת חכמים ...

מעבר לשער הקדמת ר' אליה מנחם ב"ר אבא מרי חלפן; שיר בשבח הספר, מאת ר' אלעזר ב"ר אברהם שלמה הכהן. פותח: מה שעשה לנו בן עמרם. אוצר השירה והפיוט, ג, עמ' 97, מס' 614. דף ב-ו: "אלה המצות". מניין תרי"ג מצוות, כפי שסודרו בספר משנה תורה לרמב"ם. דף רנג, ב: שיר בשבח הספר. פותח: מה רב טובך אשכול כופר. אוצר השירה והפיוט, ג, עמ' 96, מס' 603. דף [2-1, א]: "אחר שנגמר דפיסת הספר בא לידינו זה מהרב המחבר לכן דפסנו אותו באחרונה". השלמות לספר.

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16th Century:    Checked
Italy:    Checked
Halacha:    Checked
Novellae:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
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