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Lot #    15548
Auction End Date    9/5/2006 11:34:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Binah le-Ittim
Title (Hebrew)    áéðä ìòúéí
Author    [Noted Copy] R. Azariah Figo (Picho)
City    Brno (Brunn)
Publisher    Joseph Rossmann
Publication Date    1799
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [1], 62; [1], 2, 2-22, 22-32, 32-35, 39-86, [5] ff., 230:192 mm., usual light age and damp staining, old hands on fly and endpapers, wide margins. A very good copy bound in contemporary boards, rubbed.
Paragraph 1    The copy of R. Baruch Benedict Goitein (c. 1770–1842), Hungarian rabbi and author. R. Goitein was born in the town of Kojetin, Moravia and studied in the yeshivah of R. Moses Mintz in Budapest. He was appointed rabbi in Hogyesz, in Hungary. R. Goitein's fame rests upon his Kesef Nivhar, 3 parts, Prague, 1827–28; repr. of 2nd ed., 1966, an examination of, and commentary on, 160 talmudic themes. Although a product of the Hungarian method of study, the close approximation of his method with that customary in the Lithuanian yeshivot made his work very popular in talmudic circles. He resigned from his rabbinical office in 1841 and was succeeded the following year by his son R. Zevi Hirsch(Hermann; 1805–1860) author of Yedei Moshe (1905) on the 613 commandments.
   Important homiletics by R. Azariah Figo (Picho; 1579–1647), Italian rabbi and preacher, born in Venice. In his youth he devoted himself largely to secular studies, but later, regretting the time he had spent “loving the handmaiden” and “neglecting the mistress,” he applied himself wholly to rabbinic studies. At the age of 28, he was appointed rabbi of Pisa. He returned to Venice in 1627, and became preacher to the Sephardi community. R. Figo leaned toward a strict interpretation of Jewish law. He opposed the establishment of a theater in the ghetto of Venice and criticized the members of his community for usury, flaunting their wealth, internecine wrangling, laxity in ritual observances, and sexual irregularities, R. Figo was active in redeeming Jewish captives, and defended the Marranos, declaring them to be Jews. His most important work is his Binah le-Ittim (Venice, 1648), a collection of sermons delivered in Venice. They are based on the festivals and fasts of the Jewish calendar, and also include sermons based on Avot on such topics as charity and education. Since its first publication it has been reprinted 50 times. Some of his responsa are found in the Devar Shemu'el (1702) of Samuel Aboab. He died in Rovigo.
   CD-EPI 0157430; EJ
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Homiletics:    Checked
Autographed:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica