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Lot #    16835
Auction End Date    1/23/2007 10:37:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Kol Ya’akov u-Benei Ya’akov
Title (Hebrew)    קול יעקב ובמי יעקב ח'ב
Author    [Liturgy - Kabbalah] R. Jacob Hori
City    Djerba
Publisher    Adin
Publication Date    1958
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [2], 28, 10 ff. octavo 154:118 mm., nice margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound in conmtemporary boards.
   Two part comprehensive work on brit milah, pidyon ha-ben, educating children and related subjects and part two assorted novellae by R. Jacob Hori, Sephardi Tohor. Included are the order to be followed, the appropriate prayers, Shevah Berakhot, and the customs of the Jewish community of Djerba. Below the descriptive text on the title page is the author’s expressed wish that the book find favor in the eyes of the honorable reader. On the verso of the title page is the author’s introduction in which he expands upon the information on the title page, adding that there are also liturgical prayers for the dedication of a home, Purim, and much more. R. Hori notes that their customs are very ancient. Printed previously, in 1934, the book proved to be very useful for finding the appropriate prayers for given times in the synagogue. In this edition material has been added, for example for berit milah, pidyon ha-ben, etc. all according to the custom of Djerba. The text, in a single column in square letters, begins with the prayer to be said by the father prior to milah, piyyutim for milah, and continues with the prayers. The second part is short novellae, primarily on tractates in Moed but also on tractates Sanhedrin, Makkot, and Hulin.

Djerba (Jerba), island off the coast of Tunisia. In ancient times it was an important Phoenician trading center. According to the local tradition, the Jewish settlement there is very old. It maintains that the Jews came there during the reign of Solomon and founded the present al-Hara al-Kab Exchange of goods with Malta and Italy was in the hands of the Jews, who grew the products and processed the commodities for export themselves. Maimonides, in a letter to his son, expressed a low opinion of their superstitions and spiritual capacity, but praised them for their faith. In the 19th and 20th centuries the Yeshivot of Djerba produced many rabbis and writers and they provided rabbis for the communities of North Africa. David Idan established a Hebrew printing press in Djerba in 1904, and many books, mainly Passover Hagaddot and other liturgical items, were printed there until 1960. In 1946 there were some 4,900 Jews in Djerba, settled in al-Hara al-Saghra, al-Hra al-Kabra, and Houmt-Souk, the principal town of the island. Their number dwindled to about 1,500 by the late 1960s, the majority emigrating to Israel and settling on moshavim (many of them on moshav Eitan). Those left on the island continue to be engaged in commerce.

Paragraph 2    ... [בעריכת] אברהם בלא"א רחמים ביתאן ... חלק א-(ב).

(חלק ב): ספר קול יעקב ובני יעקב ח"ב. הראשון [קול יעקב] שירי קודש ופיוטים לברית מילה, לפדיון הבן, לחנוך הבית, ועוד. עם סדרי מילה ופדיון הבן וברכותיהם ושבעה ברכות, כמנהג עירנו ג'רבה ... והשני [בני יעקב חלק ב] לבושים לאיזה מסכתות, למוז"ק [למורי זקיני] ... רבי יעקב חורי ... המשתדל ... (אברהם .. ביתן ... בנתיבות עזתה). דפוס עידאן כהן צבאן חדאד, תשי"ח. [2], כח; י דף. #16. "לבושים" הם דרשות לסיומי מסכתות. דף כ,ב-כג: סדר חתונה ... כמנהג ג'רבה וכפריה. החלק הראשון של "בני יעקב" יצא לאור בג'רבה תרצ"ד.

   EJ; CD-EPI 0115906
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Other:    Tunis
Customs:    Checked
Halacha:    Checked
Kabbalah:    Checked
Liturgy:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
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