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Lot #    13472
Auction End Date    3/7/2006 10:19:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Minha Belula
Title (Hebrew)    מנחה בלולה
Author    [Only Ed.] R. Abraham Menahem Rapaport
City    Verona
Publisher    Francesco de la Dona
Publication Date    1594
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [3], 13, 15-208, [1] ff., 182:126 mm., light age staining, old hand on fly, final 2 ff. repaired in margin. A very good copy bound in modern half leather and marbled paper over boards.
   Commentary to the Pentateuch. Title with woodcut within typographical border, initial word of each of the Five Books within elaborate historiated frame, five sectional tail-pieces. Rapaport Family escutcheon on f.207r.

R. Abraham Menahem b. Jacob ha-Kohen Rapa who lived in Porto, Italy, at the beginning of the 16th century. The name Rapa originated in the German Rabe (Rappe in Middle High German), i.e., a raven. In order to distinguish themselves from other members of the Rapa family, the members of this family added the name of the town of Porto, and thus the name Rapoport was formed. (According to another version, this came about by a marriage between the Rapa and Porto families.) The family escutcheon of R. Abraham Rapa of Porto shows a raven surmounted by two hands raised in blessing (indicating the family's priestly descent). In the course of time other families, including some who were not kohanim, took the name of Rapoport. Whilst a young man, the author was apprenticed as a proof-reader at the House of Bragadin in Venice. There he witnessed the violent Burning of the Talmud pursuant to the Papal Bull of 1553. On f. 203r of the present work, Rapaport records the tragic event and notes his decision to commemorate the anniversary of the Auto-da-Fe as a personal fast-day for the rest of his life.

Paragraph 2    והוא פירוש על חמשה חומשי תורה, יסדו וחברו... ר' אברה' מנחם בכמ"ר יעקב כהן ז"ל רפ"א מפורט (אשכנזי). שם בלל המחבר מבחר המדרשות והפשטים (ממיטב המפרשים) בהוסף איזה חדושים משלו בלשון צח ונקל... (המגיה... אברהם בן... ר' יחיאל כהן פורטו ז"ל).
   A. Yaari, Sereiphath Hatalmud B'Italia in: Mechkarei Sepher (1958) pp.198-233; CD-EPI 0168181; EJ
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Listing Classification
16th Century:    Checked
Italy:    Checked
Bible:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica