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Lot #    13303
Auction End Date    1/24/2006 1:25:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Mishmeret ha-Hodesh
Title (Hebrew)    סדר משמרת החדש
Author    [Liturgy] R. Joseph Shallit Ben Eliezer Richietti
City    Mantua
Publisher    Raphael Hayyim of Italy
Publication Date    1752
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   44 ff., 170:118 mm., wide margins, light age and damp staining. A good copy bound in contemporary wrappers.
   Prayers to be recited at the occasion of the new moon by R. Joseph Shallit ben Eliezer Richietti. The title page has a decorative border and is dated, “I shall give thanks with uprightness בישר (512 = 1752) of heart” (Psalms 119:7). The text states that it is for those who vow and fast erev Rosh Hodesh. R. Richietti’s name is given on the title page as Raphael Hayyim of Italy but the work is generally attributed to him as R. Joseph Shallit ben Eliezer Richietti. There are introductions, the second from the famed kabbalist, R. Moses ben Mordecai Zacuto (1620-97). The text is set in a single column in square vocalized letters. It begins with Tikkun Hatzot and concludes with bakashot.

R. Joseph Shallit ben Eliezer Richietti, (17th century) was rabbi and emissary of the Holy Land. R. Richietti apparently came from Mantua and settled in Safed some time after 1659. From 1674 to 1676 he was an emissary of Safed in Italy. R. Moses Zacuto welcomed him with great honor upon his arrival in Mantua in 1674. He was a Shabbatean of Zacuto’s circle. During his mission he published his Hokhmat ha-Mishkan or Iggeret Meleket ha-Mishka (Mantua, 1676) on the erection of the Tabernacle, at the end of which he republished the Iggeret Mesapperet Yahasuta de-Zaddikei de-Ara de-Yisrael (A genealogical table of the righteous men of Erez Israel). In the introduction to the work he speaks of having drawn up a map of Erez Israel. He also edited Hibbur ha-Ma’asiyyot weha-Midrashot weha-Haggadot, a collection of tales and legends from the Talmud and the Midrash (Verona, 1647), He appears also to have spent some time in Verona. According to documents of the Mantua community, he lent a sum of money to the community during a time of need. He possessed important manuscripts, among them a copy of the Midrash ha-Gadol, and was the first European scholar to make use of it.

Paragraph 2    זה שפ"ר התקוני'... לנאמנים המתנדבי' בערבי ראשי חדשים ומתענים... ועל ג עמודים מתוכנים... בזכות זה יעשו פרי... חברי עיר מנטובה... אחריהם חברי עיר מודונה... נדפס מחדש.

על פי ויניציאה תע"ח, עם ההקדמות (נשמט הקטע שנוסף שם בסוף ההקדמה הראשונה).

   EJ; JE; Vin Mantua 428; CD-EPI 0307812 (based on private copy)
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Italy:    Checked
Kabbalah:    Checked
Liturgy:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica