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Lot #    13147
Auction End Date    1/24/2006 12:07:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Leaf of Tozu'ot Hayyim in the Author's hand
Title (Hebrew)    דף מספר תוצאות חיים בכ'י המחבר
Author    [Ms. - Kabbalah] R. Shmuel b. Hayyim Vital
City    North-Africa
Publication Date    c. 1660
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [1] f., 215:155 mm., light age staining. ink on paper, 39 lines per page, in the hand of the Author.
   The only known leaf of the Author's work on Gensis, written by the Author. The other four parts are in various major libraries, all written by the Author. R. Shmuel, (1598–c. 1678), youngest son of R. Hayyim Vital grew up in Damascus where he studied under his father and other rabbis. He married a daughter of R. Josiah Pinto. Vital was considered among the important talmudic authorities of Damascus. For many years he reedited his father's writings and added many of his own annotations (which begin Amar Shemu'el: "Samuel said"). Many kabbalists went to Damascus to study these writings at his home, but they were not given permission to copy them. From 1650 on Samuel prepared copies, some of which have been preserved. Around 1660 he went to Cairo where he served as rabbi. He was in close contact with the wealthy R. Raphael Joseph Chelebi. During the heyday of the Shabbatean movement (in 1666), he was responsible for the tikkun of repentance of the faithful in Egypt, "going about fasting, praying, and practicing flagellation from the beginning of these events." A protocol on his exorcism of an evil spirit (dibbuk) in the summer of 1666 was published at the end of Sha'ar ha-Gilgulim (1903), fol. 77–78.
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Listing Classification
17th Century:    Checked
Other:    North Africa
Kabbalah:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Other:    Book
Kind of Judaica