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Lot #    10497
Auction End Date    5/24/2005 10:59:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Zera Ya’akov; Yeshu’ot Ya'akov
Title (Hebrew)    זרע יערב; ישועות יעקב
Author    [Only Ed.] R. Jacob Hayyim Benaim
City    Leghorn
Publisher    Abraham Isaac Castillo and Eliezer Sadon
Publication Date    1784
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [4], 60, [1]; [1], 43 ff., 284:185 mm., nice margins, age and damp staining. A good copy bound in later boards, rubbed and split.
   Two works by the Sephardic sage, R. Jacob Hayyim Benaim. The first title is Zera Ya’akov, responsa from R. Jacob Hayyim. The title page has a decorative frame and is dated, “For with you is the fountain of life עמך מקור חיים (544 = 1784)” (Psalms 36:10). There are several approbations with more than a dozen signatories, among them R. Hayyim Joseph David Azulai (Hida) and introductions from R. Zemah ben Jonah Duran, R. Rafael ben Moses Meldola, and then the author. The text is in two columns in rabbinic type excepting headers and initial words. Zera Ya’akov is comprised of seventy seven responsa and concludes with an index and a piyyut. There are several attractive tail-pieces. The second work is Yeshu’ot Ya’akov, derashot on the weekly torah reading in Genesis, Shabbat Teshuva and Shabbat Kallah. The title page is dated “that is the one which flows toward the east קדמת (544 = 1784) of Assyria” (Genesis 2:14).

The Benaim family is distinguished in North Africa, having provided the Jewish community with both rabbis and merchants. R. Jacob Hayyim Benaim (d. 1803), rabbi in Fez, Morocco, author, and halakhic authority, left Fez about 1760 for Algeria on his way to Erez Israel, but remained in the city of Mascara, where he was appointed rabbi and dayyan. In 1764 he moved to Algiers to become av bet din, a position he held for 18 years; eventually, however, his harsh exercise of this office provoked opposition from noted scholars in the community and he left. He settled in Leghorn in 1782 and there had his works printed, including Zera Ya'akov; Yeshu'ot Ya'akov,; and an edition of the Zohar (1795). His novellae to the Talmud were published posthumously in Hesed ve-Emet (Salonika, 1813). He also composed piyyutim for a local Purim of Algiers to commemorate the victory over the Spanish.

Paragraph 2    (שאלות ותשובות) ... פעולת ... ר' יעקב ן' נאיים נר"ו ... שנת כי ע'מ'ך' מ'ק'ו'ר' ח'י'י'ם'

נדפס יחד עם ספרו ישועות יעקב. הסכמות: בי דינא רבא ליוורנו: ר' דוד מלאך, ר' דוד חיים חסאן ור' מאיר סנגויניטי, ראש-חודש אייר תקמ"ד; ר' חיים יוסף דוד אזולאי, ליוורנו, תקמ"ד; רבני ק"ק אלגזאייר (ארגיל): ר' נהוראי אזוביב, ר' ישועה סידון, ר' אברהם טובייאנה, ר' אהרן הכהן יהונתן ור' יוסף ב"ר נהוראי אזוביב, ויצא תקמ"ד; ר' צמח ב"ר יונה דוראן, אלגזאייר, ויצא תקמ"ד; ר' רפאל ב"ר משה מילדולה, ניסן תקמ"ד.

ישועות יעקב... דרושים ... על ספר בראשית ... לשבת כלה ולשבת תשובה ... מעשה ידי ... ר' יעקב ן' נאיים נר"ו ... ארגיל ... שנת הוא ההולך ק'ד'מ'ת' אשור

   EJ; Vin Leghorn 194, 195; CD-EPI 0122456; 0122457
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Italy:    Checked
Homiletics:    Checked
Responsa:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
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