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Lot #    10575
Auction End Date    5/24/2005 12:18:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Lev Nishbar
Title (Hebrew)    לב נשבר
Author    [Polemic - Only Ed.] R. Isaac Abulafia
City    Izmir
Publisher    Shevet Ahim
Publication Date    1878
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [7], 75 ff., 204:150 mm., wide margins, usual light age and damp staining, stamps, small tear in title. A very good copy not bound.
   R. Isaac b. Moses Abulafia (1824–1910), was born in Tiberias, was rabbi of Damascus from c. 1877. His authoritarian attitude and his habit of making independent halakhic decisions roused the opposition of the other rabbis and of the communal leaders of Damascus, who united in an attempt to remove him from his position. In 1896 they turned to R. Moses ha-Levi, the hakham bashi, in Constantinople, who acceded to their request by appointing R. Solomon Eliezer Alfandari rabbi of Damascus. The two rabbis did not at first cooperate with each other. Later, however, R. Alfandari brought R. Abulafia into the sphere of his activities. Toward the end of his life R. Abulafia acted as rabbi in Tyre. From there he moved to Jerusalem, and finally to Tiberias, where he died. An outstanding halakhic scholar, his responsa Penei Yizhak were published in six volumes (1871–1906). Some scholars, especially R. Shalom Hai Gagin of Jerusalem, were critical of the first volume, and R. Abulafia wrote Lev Nishbar (1878) in reply to his critics.
Paragraph 2    ... אני מציל ממתקוממים בימינו אשר השיגוני ואשר רדפוני אויבי חינם על דברתי בעניותי בספרי הקטן פני יצחק ח"א ובתשו' כת"י והן עתה לא באתי אלא לחזק דברי הראשונים ... יצחק [בן] משה אבואלעפייא ... שנת לב נ'ש'ב'ר' ו'נ'ד'כ'ה' א'להים לא תבזה

נגד ספרו של ר' שלום משה חי גאגין "ישמח לב", ירושלים תרל"ח, שם נכתבו דברים בגנותו של המחבר. על הפולמוס ראה: י. הראל, השפעתם של הספרים פני יצחק, ישמח לב ולב נשבר על המאבק סביב הרבנות בדמשק, אסופות, יא, תשנ"ח, עמ' רכג-רכט.

   CD-EPI 0105281; EJ
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Greece-Turkey:    Checked
Polemics:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica