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Lot #    13513
Auction End Date    3/7/2006 10:40:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Zemirot Yisrael
Title (Hebrew)    זמירות ישראל
Author    [First Ed. - Liturgy]
City    Aden
Publisher    Cascan
Publication Date    1929
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First revised and expanded edition. [4], 61 ff., octavo, 180:129 mm., wide margins, light age and damp staining. A very good copy bound in modern half vellum and cloth over boards.
   One hundred twenty three piyyutim for Shabbat, festivals, and other occasions. The title page details the occasions on which these piyyutim are to be sung as SAhabbat kodesh, mozai Shabbat, milah, hag ha-Mazot, Shavu’ot, Rosh Ha-Shanah, Sukkot, Shemenei Azeret, Hanukkah, Purim, Kiddush for Yom Tov, and havdalah. R. Shalom ben Abrham was responsible for publication. It is dated with the verse, “until you are increased, and inherit the land” (Exodus 23:30). The verso of the title page has the virtues of saying song and praise. A table of contents lists all of the piyyutim by the occasion on which they are to be sung and the name of the piyyut. The text is in a single column in square unvocalized Hebrew letters.

Aden had a medieval Jewish community of great importance for the history of Jewish letters. It reached its peak during the 12th century. There were business and family ties, as well as communal and religious relations between the Jews of Aden and practically all the Jewish communities of the Islamic empire. “Aden and India" formed one juridical diocese: the Jewish merchants and craftsmen of about twenty different ports of India and Ceylon were under the jurisdiction of the rabbinical court of Aden. In Yemen itself the authority of the court of Aden extended as far as Sa'da, the northernmost important Jewish community of the country.

The Jews of Aden were ardent collectors of books. R. Madmun b. David in his letter of July 1202 asked to have the medical treatises of Maimonides and other useful books sent to him; he specifically requested copies written on good paper and in a clear hand. The Jews of Aden were such avid bibliophiles that the Egyptian India traveler Halfon b. Nethanel went there for books that he could not get elsewhere. Many of the most important literary creations written in Hebrew, such as the poems of R. Judah Halevi and R. Moses ibn Ezra, have been preserved in manuscripts found in Yemen. The Midrash ha-Gadol of David Adani shows that he possessed an exceptionally rich, specialized library, containing works that have not yet been found in their entirety elsewhere.

A Hebrew printing house was founded in Aden in 1891 by Menahem 'Awwad and his four partners. Until 1925 some 15 books were printed at this press, The “Caxton Press," established in 1929, also published four Hebrew works. All the books printed in Aden are collections of prayers, religious law, etc.

Paragraph 2    ... כולל שירות ותשבחות ליום שבת... מוצאי שבת, מילה, חג המצות, חג השבועות, ראש השנה, חג הסוכות, שמיני עצרת, חנוכה, פורים, קדוש של יו"ט [יום טוב] והבדלה... יצא לאור בפעם השניה... על ידי השתדלות והשגחת... שלום בן אברהם... שנת עד' אשר ת'פ'ר'ה' ונחלת את הארץ

כולל קכג פיוטים. חלק מהפיוטים בערבית באותיות עבריות. בלתי מנוקד. ההוצאה הראשונה: עדן תרנ"א. בהוצאה הנוכחית נוספו פיוטים רבים.

   EJ; Yaari Mizrah I p. 91 no. 12; CD-EPI 0310350
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Other:    Yemen
Liturgy:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica