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Lot #    10527
Auction End Date    5/24/2005 11:30:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Mishpetei Shemu'el
Title (Hebrew)    משפטי שמואל
Author    [Only Ed.] R. Samuel Kalai
City    Venice
Publisher    Daniel Zaniti
Publication Date    1599-1600
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 181, [2] ff., 290:201 mm., wide crisp margins, light age and damp staining. A very good copy bound in modern cloth boards.
   Responsa by R. Samuel b. Moses Kalai (Kal'i; c.1500-c.1585), Turkish rabbi. R. Kalai may have been born in Corfu. He was a son-in-law of R. Benjamin ibn Mattathias, author of Binyamin Ze'ev. At first he lived in Salonika and subsequently in Arta. In consequence of a dispute he left the town and stayed for a time in Trikkala, but later returned to Arta where he served as rabbi. In about 1560 he was appointed rabbi of Vidin in Bulgaria. He was compelled to leave Vidin because of a dispute that broke out between him and other rabbis as a result of his prohibiting the use of a certain cheese. He was among the signatories of the ban against the David (Da'ud), who had opposed Don Joseph Nasi. In his old age Kalai settled in Salonika where he served as rabbi of the Keianah community. He was regarded as the talmudic authority for the whole country and problems were addressed to him from various Balkan towns.
Paragraph 2    ... (תשובות) ר' שמואל (בן... ר' משה) לבית קלעי זלה"ה (המגיה... אברהם בכמה"ר שבתי צלח זצלה"ה)...

בשער: ותהי ראשית המלאכה בר"ח ניסן בשנת ששון ו'ש'מ'ח'ה' ישיגו [שנ"ט]. קולופון: ותשלם המלאכה יום בך יברך ישראל לספירה בשנת והיה ש'מ'ך' אברהם [ז אייר ש"ס]. דף ב,ב: הקדמה, מאת נכד המחבר ר' משה ב"ר מתתיה קלעי: "ולקטתי את הפסקים... וסדרתים... להביאם אל הדפוס... אמרתי בלבי לעשות [מפתח] ציונים וסימנים בקצת תשובות ולהזכיר בהם פרטי הדינים הנמשכים מכל תשובה ותשובה". שף מז,א: "עד כאן (תשובה סג) עשה הרב המחבר א"א זלה"ה מהדורא בתרא... כי נתבקש בישיבה של מעלה... דברי... מתתיה בן הרב המחבר... תנצב"ה". בהקדמה מספר הנכד שגם אביו ר' מתתיה נפטר באמצע סידור הכתבים לדפוס.

   CD-EPI 0164543; EJ; Rosanes, Togarmah, 1 (1930), 158; 2 (1937–38), 112 f.; M.D. Gaon, Yehudei ha-Mizrah be-Erez Yisrael, 2 (1938), 627 n.1.
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Listing Classification
16th Century:    Checked
Italy:    Checked
Responsa:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica