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Lot #    13710
Auction End Date    3/7/2006 12:18:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Shaarei Kedusha; Mikraei Kadesh; Matok la-Nefesh
Title (Hebrew)    : :
Author    [Kabbalah - First Ed.]
City    Constantinople
Publisher    Jonah ben Jacob Ashkenazi; Arav Oglo; Urap Oglo
Publication Date    1734; 1829
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. 38; 56; 91 ff. octavo 129:80 mm., margins trimmed, usual light age staining, bound in later half leather and cloth over boards.
   Three independent ethical works, all printed in Constantinople (Istanbul), and bound together. The first title is Shaarei Kedusha, by R. Hayyim Vital. First edition of this kabbalistic moral work by Hayyim ben Joseph Vital (15421620), the leading disciple of R. Isaac Luria (ha-Ari Kodesh). was born in Safed and studied in yeshivot there, especially under R. Moses Alshekh, his teacher in exoteric subjects. In 1564 he began to study Kabbalah, at first according to the system R. Moses Cordovero, and, after R. Isaac Lurias (Ari) arrival in Safed, under the latter, becoming the Aris principal disciple. After the Aris death, R. Vital began to arrange the Aris teachings in written form, elaborating on them according to his own understanding, becoming the primary transmitter of the Aris teachings. R. Vital later moved to Jerusalem, serving as rabbi and head of a yeshivah from late 1577 to late 1585, where he wrote the last version of his presentation of the Lurianic system. In 1586 he returned to Safed, remaining there until 1592. In 1590 R. Vital was ordained as rabbi by his teacher R. Moses Alshekh, and then returned to Jerusalem in 1593 remaining several years, occasionally returning to Safed.

The second book is Mikraei Kadesh by R. Ephraim ben Abraham Hayyot. This is the only edition of Mikraei Kadesh, which is concerned with issues related to the holiness of marital relations.

The third work, also a first edition and on mussar, is Matok la-Nefesh by R. Isaac ben Solomn Farhi. A member of the renowned family of financiers in Damascus during the 18th and 19th centuries. Members of this family held the position of \arraf ("banker") in the province of Damascus during the 1740s and possibly even earlier. It appears that members of this family also served as officials in the financial administration of the province and during the 1790s the bookkeeping of the provincial treasury was entrusted to them. The status and power of this family reached its climax during the 19th century, when the responsibility for the affairs of the treasury of the provinces of Damascus and Sidonthe center of which was in Acrewas handed over to one of its members. The family could then undertake the financing of large-scale projects, including participation in the financing of the hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca) expenses, which was within the domain of the governor of the Damascus Province as the organizer of the hajj caravan. R. Isaac Farsi (1782-1853) was a well-known member of this family wasR. Isaac Farhi was the author of Tuv Yerushalayim (Jerusalem, 1842), Zekhut ha-Rabbim (Constantinople, 1829), Imrei Binah (Bilagrado, 1837), Zekhut u-Mishor (Smyrna, 1850), Zuf Devash (Leghorn, 1849), Shevet Mishor (Belgrade, 1837), Matok la-Nefesh (Constantinople, 1828), Marpe la-Ezem (Constantinople, 1830), Matok mi-Devash (Jerusalem, 1842), Musar Haskel (Constantinople, 1830), and Minei Metikah (Leghorn, 1848); sermons for the Sabbath.

   Vin Constantinople 63, 678, 675
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
19th Century:    Checked
Greece-Turkey:    Checked
Kabbalah:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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