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Lot #    13901
Auction End Date    3/7/2006 1:53:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Lev Tov
Title (Hebrew)    мб иеб
Author    [Near Fine Copy] R. Isaac b. Eliakim of Posen
City    Amsterdam
Publisher    Moses Diaz
Publication Date    1706
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [2], 102 ff., 326:209 mm., extra wide margins, heavy regal paper, light age and damp staining, old hands. A near fine copy bound in contemporary leather over wood boards, tooled in blind, brass clasps, recent spine. Rare - the popularity of the text left few copies intact.
   Ethical-religious work in Yiddish called Leftov (Heb. Lev Tov; in 20 parts, Prague, 1620; reprinted with additions by Hayyim b. Jacob Orbach, first ed. Cracow, 1641). Unlike other Yiddish ethical works, Lev Tov was addressed to both men and women. It counseled the men to honor their wives - since they educate the children to keep a Jewish home - and stressed that men and women have equal rights. This work, which became very popular, was criticized in the anonymous Yiddish book, Hasoges (Heb. pronunciation Hassagot; Amsterdam, c. 1710).

R. Isaac b. Eliakim of Posen (17th century), Yiddish moralist and author. R. Isaac was apparently attracted to Kabbalah. From Venice, R. Moses Zacuto sent him his treatise on the laws of writing Torah scrolls, Tikkun Soferim, for approval (Oxford, Bodleian Library, Ms. Opp. 554, which also contains R. Isaac's reply).

   EJ; Vin Amsterdam 805
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Customs:    Checked
Halacha:    Checked
Other:    Ethics
Bindings:    Checked
Language:    Yiddish
Manuscript Type
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