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Lot #    12914
Auction End Date    1/24/2006 10:11:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Urim Gedolim; Or li-Yesharim
Title (Hebrew)    אורים גדולים
Author    [Only Ed.] R. Abraham Israel Zeebi
City    Izmir (Smyrna)
Publisher    Judah Hazan
Publication Date    1758
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [4], 106, 109-128 [i.e. 125]; 38 [i.e. 40], [7] ff., 310:205 mm., wide margins, usual light age and damp staining, stamps. A very good copy bound in modern cloth boards.
Paragraph 1    The R. Meir Shapira, Yeshivat Hakhmei Lublin, copy with his stamp on several ff. R. Meir Shapira (1887–1934), Polish rabbi, rosh yeshivah, educationalist, and communal leader. R. Shapira received ordination when only 15 years old from R. Isaac Shmelkes, R. Meir Arikh, and his teacher, his maternal grandfather, R. Samuel Isaac Schor. R. Shapira manifested his future interest in Jewish education as early as 1910, when in his first position as communal rabbi of Gliniany, he founded his first yeshivah in his own home, later transferring it to his next post in Sanok. He rapidly gained a reputation among Polish Jewry, and was elected to the chair of the education committee of Polish Agudat Israel in 1919, and to the leadership of the whole organization in 1922. R. Shapira also became a Jewish spokesman in Polish government circles in 1923. He was elected to the Polish Sejm, where he was noted for his forceful speeches and outspoken criticism of anti-Semitism. Within two years, however, R. Shapira decided to devote the whole of his life and energy to Jewish education. He thereupon resigned from the Sejm in 1924, accepted the post of rabbi in Piotrkow, and worked for the development of the two enterprises which remain his greatest contribution to Jewish education.
   Responsa, and a collection of homilies by R. Abraham Israel Zeebi, son of R. Benjamin Zeebi, and on his mother's side a grandson of R. Abraham Azulai; born at Hebron in 1651; died in 1731. R. Benjamin dying when Israel was but four years old, the latter was educated by his mother; and at the age of eighteen he married a daughter of R. Abraham Cuenqui. For about thirty years he officiated as chief rabbi of Hebron. He corresponded with R. Abraham Yizhaki, R. Moses Hayyun, R. Ephraim Nabon, R. Jeshua Shababo, and other authorities. R. Zeebi's full name was Abraham Israel; the first prænomen he seems to have assumed in later years, probably after an illness. At his death he left one son, R. Isaac, who published his father' works.
Paragraph 2    מעשה רב ... אב"ד ור"מ בעה"ק חברון תו' כמהר"ר אברהם ישראל זאבי זצוק"ל ... ראשונה יסעו הני הלכת' גברוות' גופי הלכו' ומשפטי צדק ... בשם אור גדול ... ושניים יסעו קצת דרושי' ... אור לישרים ... הובא לבית הדפוס על ידי בן ... המחבר ... יצחק זאבי יצ"ו ... שנת פ'ר'י' צדיק ע'ץ' ח'י'י'ם'

דף [3, ב - 4]: הקדמת בן הרב המחבר, ר' יצחק זאבי. בראשי העמודים של הספירה הראשונה: אור גדול. [מ] דף, עם שער מיוחד: ספר אור לישרים ... דרושים על התורה. אזמיר, דפוס אוסטה מארגוס, בשנת ישראל א'ש'ר' ב'ך' אתפאר לפרט גדול [תקי"ח]. הסכמות רבני חברון: ר' אברהם חיים הכהן, ר' אברהם קשטיל, ר' מרדכי רוביו, ר' פנחס מרדכי באג'יו, ר' חייא זאכי, ר' יצחק הכהן, ר' חיים יאודה גומיץ פאטו ור'אברהם גדיליא; רבני אזמיר: ר' אברהם ן' עזרא ור' יעקב שאול.

   Hida, Shem ha-Gedolim; JE; CD-EPI 0129164
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Greece-Turkey:    Checked
Novellae:    Checked
Responsa:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica