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Lot #    17527
Auction End Date    3/13/2007 1:40:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Kokav Ya’akov
Title (Hebrew)    כוכב יעקב
Author    [Devash Copy- Rothschild] R. Ben-Zion Shalaz
City    Jerusalem
Publisher    Solotki
Publication Date    1873
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. 44, 4-16 ff., 173:98 mm., light age and damp staining, nice margins, old hands. A very good copy bound in modern half leather boards.
Paragraph 1    The Devash copy with his inscription on title - R. David Ben Simeon (1825–1879), Moroccan rabbi (known as "Zuf Devash"), founder of the Moroccan (Moghrabi) Jewish community of Israel. R. David b. Simeon was born in Rabat, Morocco. In 1854 he left for Erez Israel as part of the Moroccan immigration which had been growing continuously since the 1830s. These immigrants were mostly poor Jews who were motivated to leave by the deterioration of the position of the Jews in Morocco, the improvement of conditions in Erez Israel, and messianic hopes. All attempts of the Moghrabis to establish themselves as a separate community, independent of the dominant Sephardi community, met with determined opposition on the part of the latter, who even leveled accusations at them before the Turkish and consular authorities, with the result that some of their leaders were imprisoned.

   Eulogy for R. Jacob Rothschild with various novellae by R. Ben-Zion ben Solomon Shalaz. The title is from, “there shall come a star out of Jacob” (cf. Numbers 24:17). The first title page, with a decorative border and verses on the two sides referencing Jacob, extols Rothschild without mentioning his name. On the verso is an approbation from R. Issur Judah of Brisk and then a second title page which mentions Rothschild in bold letters. Both title pages are dated, “Arise, shine; for your light has come קומי אורי כי בא אורל (633 = 1877)” (Isaiah 60:1). The verso of the second title page has a letter from Sir Moses Montefiore. Additional approbations follow. The text is in a single column in rabbinic type except for headers and initial words. The second part of the volume is Kol Kinah, also for R. Jacob Rothschild.
Paragraph 2    ... פליאות המסתתרות במקראות ... גם מעט באגדות ... חברו בעהמ"ח הציבי ציונים (בן ציון בן שלמה זצ"ל שלעז). בשנת ק'ו'מ'י' א'ו'ר'י' כ'י' ב'א' א'ו'ר'ך'

שני שערים. ספירת-הדפים הראשונה משובשת. מעבר לשער השני: מכתם למשה; מכתב-תודה למחבר, מאת משה מונטיפיורי. דף יא-יב: קול קינה ([על מות] השר ... ר' יעקב ראטהשילד). שיר בן 32 מחרוזות. פותח: באזנינו שמענו קול חרדה. הסכמה: ר' איסר יהודא [מאלין] מבריסק, ירושלים, טו שבט תרל"ג.

   BE cof 107; Halevy p. 84 no. 191; CD-EPI 0170290
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Israel:    Checked
Novellae:    Checked
Other:    Eulogy
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica