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Lot #    13701
Auction End Date    3/7/2006 12:14:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Zevah Todah
Title (Hebrew)    זבח תודה
Author    [First Ed. - Ms.] R. Yahya b. Joseph Salih
City    Calcutta
Publisher    Eliezer Arakai
Publication Date    1851-52
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   First edition. 134, [1] ff., 223:170 mm., usual light age staining, wide margins, old hand on title. A very good copy bound in modern cloth boards.
          
Paragraph 1    Extensive notes on many ff. by R. David b. Solomon Danon. Note on final fly is dated 1912.
          
Detailed
Description
   Novellae and explanations on Shulhan Arukh Yoreh De'ah, the laws of ritual slaughter by R. Yahya (Yihye) b. Joseph Salih (Maharis; c. 1715), Yemenite scholar; av bet din and rabbi of San'a. His authority was recognized by all the Yemenite Jewish communities and even by the distant community of India. Many halakhic questions were addressed to him from all parts of Yemen. They all received clear and complete replies, the fruits of his meditation and casuistry, in which the legal point was clarified. He would not accept a salary from his rabbinate and he earned his livelihood with difficulty as a Torah scribe. His work was artistic and some of it is extant in various manuscripts. J. Saphir, who visited Yemen in 1859, mentions the esteem and love which Yemenite Jewry accorded him: "his name is renowned throughout Yemen and his decisions are accepted as the law given by Moses at Sinai" (Hadrei Teiman, Lyell 1866, 101b).

He also wrote: Sha'arei Kedushah, a summary of Zevah Todah in the form of legal decisions which was written to facilitate its study by shohatim and pupils (1841); Helek ha-Dikduk (or Toze'ot Hayyim), biblical masorah, with punctuation and musical cantillation (published in full length by C. D. Ginsberg, Ha-Masorah, 3 (1885), 53–105); the section on the Pentateuch and haftarot was published in the editions of the Yemenite Taj (from 1889), Sha'arei Tohorah, the laws of niddah - written in Arabic, the prevalent tongue among women and the masses (1894); Ez Hayyim, a commentary on the Tiklal (siddur of the prayers of the whole year), according to the plain and esoteric meaning (1894); Pe'ullat Zaddik, responsa and legal novellae on the four Turim (3 vols., 1946–45) - the most important collection of Yemenite Jewry's responsa literature, containing 762 responsa which he dealt with during a period of about 40 years (1764–1803); Me'il Katan, a commentary on the Shenei Luhot ha-Berit of R. Isaiah Horowitz; and Orah la-Hayyim, a collection of Midrashim and explanations on three megillot, in symbolic and esoteric style (in manuscript). He wrote a chronicle of Yemenite Jewry (published by David Sassoon).

          
Paragraph 2    והוא ביאור בארוכה... על הלכות שחיטה והלכות טריפות על מהריק"א [מורנו הרב רבי יוסף קארו, בספרו שלחן ערוך, עם הפנים] והגהות מהרמ"א אשר אסף וקבץ... עם דינים וטעמים מהש"ס ומכל ספרי הפוסקים ראשונים ואחרונים... ר' יחיא בן כמהר"ר (יוסף ן' כמהר"ר) צאלח זצוק"ל אב ב"ד ריש מתיבתא ומורה צדק ושוחט ובודק בעיר... צנעא...

בראש הספר, דברי המגיהים: שלום מארי אהרן סעדיה עראקי הכהן [ואחיו המדפיס] אלעזר. בדף האחרון:שיר המדפיס עם סיום הספר. פותח: אשתחוה בקידה לפני בורא יחידה. אקרוסטיכון: אלעזר עראקי הכהן חזק. אוצר השירה והפיוט, ד, עמ' 122, מס' 2241. קולפון: ותהי השלמתו בט"ו באב... בשנת ושמרתם את דברי ה'ב'ר'י'"ת' הזאת לפ"ג [תרי"ב].

          
Reference
Description
   CD-EPI 0162048
        
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Listing Classification
Period
19th Century:    Checked
  
Location
Other:    India
  
Subject
Halacha:    Checked
  
Characteristic
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
  
Manuscript Type
  
Kind of Judaica