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Lot #    13248
Auction End Date    1/24/2006 12:58:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Hesed le-Avraham, Part I
Title (Hebrew)    חסד לאברהם
Author    [First Ed.] R. Abraham Alkalai
City    Salonica
Publisher    Sa'adi Halevy Ashkenazi
Publication Date    1813
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. [2], 159 ff., 268:188 mm., nice margins, scattered worming affecting single letters, usual light age and damp staining. A good copy bound in modern half cloth, rubbed.
   Responsa by R. Abraham b. Samuel Alkalai (1750?–1811), Bulgarian rabbi and codifier. Alkalai, who was apparently born in Salonika, studied under his uncle R. Reuben b. Jacob, whose novellae he sometimes quotes in his works. He served as rabbi of Dupnitsa, where he also headed a yeshivah (1781). He visited Salonika in 1798, and Adrianople on his way to Constantinople (1802), as emissary of his community, which was suffering great hardships. Later he settled in Safed. His best-known work is Zekhor le-Avraham, in which he arranged alphabetically the laws of the Shulhan Arukh (2 vols., Salonika 1798; vol. 3, addenda, 1815). A second edition of the first two volumes, published by his nephew R. Judah Hayyim Alkalai, included an abridgment of vol. 3 with his own additions (1818). He also wrote responsa, Hesed le-Avraham (2 vols., 1813–14). A manuscript volume of his sermons is in the Jewish Theological Seminary library in New York (no. 9425).
Paragraph 2    ...והוא משו"ת ע"ס ד' טורים ... פעולת ... דודי ... כמהר"ר אברהם אלקלעי זצוק"ל ... הצעיר יאודה חיים אלקלעי בן אחיו מניה דמר ... חלק א: על א"ח וי"ד ... דפוס סעדי הלוי, בשלהי דהאי שתא ח'ס'ד' ל'אברהם א'ש'ר' נשבעת כו' [תקע"ג]. [2], קנט דף. חלק א:בראש הספר הקדמת ר' יוסף חיים אלקלעי, בן המחבר.
   CD-EPI 0120825; EJ; Rosanes, Togarmah, 5 (1938), 160; 6 (1945), 135–8, Zedner, Cat. Hebr. Books Brit. Mus. p. 43.
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Greece-Turkey:    Checked
Responsa:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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