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Lot #    10578
Auction End Date    5/24/2005 12:26:03 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Decree by R. Jacob Ibn Zur
Title (Hebrew)    פסק דין מה'ר יעקב אבן צור
Author    [Ms.]
City    Meknes
Publication Date    1728
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [1] p., 178:133 mm., light age staining, ink on paper, small tear in upper corner affecting several letters, neat Moroccan script, 8 lines of text, dated, and signed.
   R. Jacob b. Reuben Ibn Zur (1673–1752), rabbi, scholar, and poet; born in Fez. Among his teachers were R. Menahem Serero and R. Vidal Zarfati. Oppressive taxation induced R. Ibn Zur to move to Meknes, where he became a member of the bet din of R. Judah ibn Attar. Between 1738 and 1740 he moved to Tetuan where he also served on the bet din. At an advanced age, he ordained five of his students, who later became known as the "Court of Five" (bet din shel hamishah). R. Ibn Zur's works include responsa of considerable historical value. Some were published in the collection Mishpat u-Zedakah be-Ya'akov (Alexandria, 1894). Others are found in the works of his contemporaries and several hundred remain unpublished. He also wrote Et le-Khol Hefez, a poetical miscellany (Alexandria, 1893).

His other works, still in manuscript are: Et Sofer (Ms. Berlin), specimens of contracts, documents and form letters, most of which were published in R. Abraham Ankawa's Kerem Hemed; Leshon Limmudim, specimens of letters and essays (Ms. Berlin); and sermons and Bible commentaries. A large number of R. Ibn Zur's piyyutim are included in various collections, both printed and handwritten, of Moroccan zemirot and are among the most popular poetical creations of the Moroccan Jews.

   EJ; J. M. Toledano, Ner ha-Ma'arav (1911), index; idem, Ozar Genazim (1960), 167; J. Ben-Naim, Malkhei Rabbanan (1931), passim
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Other:    Morocco
Halacha:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Other:    Decree
Kind of Judaica