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Lot #    13087
Auction End Date    1/24/2006 11:37:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Bet Hamedresh Rashbi
Title (Hebrew)    בהמ'ד הרשב'י
Author    [Liturgy] R. Simeon b. Lavi of Tripoli
City    Jerusalem
Publisher    Isaac Hirschenson
Publication Date    1889
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Broadside, folio, 403:248 mm., usual age staining, few tears in margins.
   Liturgical poem in honor of Rebbe Simeon bar Yohai held in Meron on Lag ba-Omer, by R. Simeon b. Lavi of Tripoli (c.1485-1585). It originated in the 16th–17th centuries. As early as in the time of R. Isaac Luria (16th century) Jews went on Lag ba-Omer to the traditional graves of R. Simeon b. Yohai and his son R. Eleazar, where they would "eat, drink, and be merry." Even R. Luria himself "brought his small son there together with his whole family and they cut his hair there according to the well-known custom and they spent a day of feasting and celebration" (R. Hayyim Vital, Sha'ar ha-Kavvanot, 2 (1963), 191).

The "kindling" is characteristic of the hillula in Meron, where the celebrants threw costly garments and money into the burning oil. At the end of the 19th century the rabbis were still strongly protesting the burning of clothes, which they saw as a transgression against the prohibition of purposeless waste, but to no avail. The "kindling" is accompanied by singing and ecstatic dancing. On the next day the ceremony of halaqa (from Arabic "to cut hair") is held in which young boys are given their first haircut. The locks of hair are also thrown in the fire. Great numbers from the various communities all over the globe make the pilgrimage to Meron.

Paragraph 2    פזמון נאה ... בר יוחאי נמשחת אשריך ... מהגאון... ר' שמעון בן לביא זצ"ל שהיה רב... בטריפולי...

בראש העמוד: "בהמ"ד הרשב"י. [ציור] בית המדרש על ציון התנא... רבי שמעון בר יוחאי ורבי אלעזר בנו". הפזמון מנוקד. אוצר השירה והפיוט, ב, עמ' 58, מס' 1340. פיוט נוסף, "לחן בר יוחאי מרב... דוד [ב"ר משה די מודינא]", פותח: בר יוחאי כנהורא דשמשא. שם, מס' 1337.

   CD-EPI 0142394
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19th Century:    Checked
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Language:    Hebrew
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