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Lot #    18339
Auction End Date    7/10/2007 10:07:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Ayil Yizhak
Title (Hebrew)    איל יצחק
Author    [Only Ed. - Haggadah] R. Isaac b. Abraham of Posen
City    Lvov
Publication Date    c. 1820
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 7 ff. octavo 182:110 mm., light age staining, blue paper. A very good copy bound in later boards, rubbed.
   Only edition of this kabbalistic commentary on Had Gadya by R. Isaac ben Abraham of Posen. Had Gadya is both the initial phrase and name of a popular Aramaic song chanted at the conclusion of the Passover seder. The text was copied from an old manuscript by R. Menahem Manish.

R. Isaac ben Abraham of Posen (d. 1685), rabbi and author. Isaac was a pupil of Jonah Teomim and Abraham Meir of Bar. He was on friendly terms with the kabbalist Moses Zacuto. His first position was as rabbi in Lutsk. In 1664 he was appointed rabbi of Vilna and from there he went to Posen in 1667. His extensive knowledge of the Talmud and Kabbalah earned him the title of R. Isaac the Great, his opinion on halakhic questions being frequently sought by contemporary scholars (cf. Magen Avraham to Sh. Ar., OH, 1:7; 32:35; Gaon Zevi of Zevi Hirsch Horowitz (Prague, 1737), 2a–3a). His novellae are mentioned in Sha'arei Shamayim of Jehiel Michael ha-Levi (Prague, 1675), 94b; in Lev Aryeh of Judah Aryeh Hotchke (Wilhelmdorf, 1674—on the weekly portion Toledot), 16a; Leket Shemu'el of Samuel Feivush Katz (Venice, 1694); and in Even ha-Shoham u-Me'irat Einayim of Eliezer Goetz b. Meir (Dyhernfuerth, 1733), nos. 11 and 48. Part of his responsa collection was published under the title Be'er Yizhak (Vienna, 1894), and part of the remainder was published at the end of R. Asher b. Jehiel's commentary to Sukkah (1903). The whole collection of responsa was in the possession of R. Spira of Munkacs. R. Isaac died in Posen.

Paragraph 2    והוא פירוש על חד גדיא ע"פ הסוד מהגאון ... ר' יצחק זצ"ל אב"ד דק"ק פוזנא ... הועתק מכתב ישן ... ונמצא באמתחת ... ר' מנחם מאניש זלה"ה מק"ק דראבוטש ...
   BE alef 1589; EJ; Yudlov 608; CD-EPI 0136679
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Haggadah:    Checked
Kabbalah:    Checked
Blue Paper:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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