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Lot #    17302
Auction End Date    3/13/2007 11:48:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Mezaref le-Hokhmah
Title (Hebrew)    מצרף לחכמה
Author    [Only Ed.] R. Shemaya b. Simeon Zevi Segal ha-Levi
City    Amsterdam
Publisher    Leib Sussman
Publication Date    1765
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 16 ff., 175:105 mm., nice margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound in contemporary full leather boards, rubbed.
   Only edition of this unusual and unique versified enumeration of the taryag (613) mizvot by R. Shemaya ben Simeon Zevi Segal ha-Levi. Each of the taryag mizvot is recorded in a single line in which the initial letters of each word spell Mishle (Proverbs) twice, first from right to left and then from left to right. The title page describes Mezaref le-Hokhmah as including all the taryag mizvot from beginning to end and noting that the wisdom of Solomon (Proverbs) includes the entire Torah. R. Shemaya describes himself as the young man, from Hamburg, dayyan in Posen. Another unusual feature is that the permission to print from R. Saul, av bet din, Amsterdam, is printed on the title page. There is an introduction from the author which begins with verse, the initial letters forming an acrostic of his name. The text follows, in a single column, the initial letters of words spelling Mishle in square letters, the remainder of each word in smaller rabbinic type. At the end of the volume is a discourse delivered by R. Shemaya, printed here so that the pages will not be left blank.
Paragraph 2    והוא כולל כל תרי"ג מצות ... בר"ת משלי ... שהוצאתי ... לאורה ... אני הצעיר שמעי' בן כהר"ר שמעון צבי סג"ל זצ"ל מק"ק המבורג דיין דק"ק פוזנא ... שנת ה'כ'ש'ר'

דף יד,ב - טז: קצת מדברים שדרשתי ברבים. מטרת הספר להראות כיצד נרמזות כל תרי"ג מצוות בראשי תיבות משל"י.

   BE mem 3352; CD-EPI 0180934
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Holland:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica