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Lot #    18353
Auction End Date    7/10/2007 10:14:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Lehem Setarim
Title (Hebrew)    לחם סתרים
Author    [French Judaica] R. Solomon Nissim Algazi
City    Strasbourg
Publisher    Jonae Lorenzii
Publication Date    1777
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   [4], 116, 14 ff., quarto, 191:154 mm., wide margins, light age and damp staining, stamps. A good copy bound in later half leather boards, rubbed.
          
Detailed
Description
   Novellae on Tractate Avodah Zara. R. Solomon Nissim b. Abraham Algazi (1610?–c. 1683), the grandson of R. Joseph de Segovia Benveniste, was born in Borsa. He studied under his father and the poet R. Joseph Ganso, as well as R. Joseph Sasson and R. Meir de Boton at their yeshivah in Gallipoli. Algazi settled in Jerusalem in 1635, but was in Smyrna in 1646 - apparently in order to publish some of his works. Here he remained and was considered one of the city's outstanding scholars. He founded a bet midrash whose students included his son-in-law, R. Aaron Lapapa, and R. Hayyim b. Menahem Algazi, later rabbi of Rhodes. R. Algazi opposed Shabbetai Zevi and his followers; together with his son-in-law and other scholars, he excommunicated Shabbetai Zevi and stated that he deserved the death penalty. Compelled to flee and hide outside the city, when Shabbetai Zevi's apostasy became known (1666) he returned to Smyrna and resumed his position. R. Algazi assumed the additional name Nissim on recovering from a serious illness contracted during his travels. He returned to Jerusalem about 1670, and by 1673 was head of the local bet din. R. Algazi achieved a reputation for his saintliness and was reputed as a miracle worker.
          
Paragraph 2    דף [3, ב-4, א]: הקדמה לכבוד הגאון המחבר ... [מאת ר' יוסף דוד זינצהיים]. בטופס של בית הספרים הלאומי רשום בכתב ידו לאחר ההקדמה: את כל אלה ידי עשתה יוסף דוד זינצהיים. דף [4]: הקדמת המדפיס: שלמה המכונה זלמן בן ... הגאון ... מהורר יצחק אייזק זצ"ל מעדנדארף ולע"ע בהענא סמוך לעיר שטראסבורג. בהקדמת המדפיס נזכר ר' [יוסף] דוד מזינצהיים וכותב בין השאר: "ומצאתי בביתו ... בית מלא ספרים ... וגם לרבות ספר הנחמד לחם סתרים ושאלתי את פי קדשו אם רצונו הטוב למסור לידי ספר הנ"ל להביא שנית תחת מכבש הדפוס ומסר לי תיכף בלא מחיר ובלא כסף".
          
Reference
Description
   Vinograd, Strasbourg 8 (wrong pagination); CD-EPI 0109984
        
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Listing Classification
Period
  
18th Century:    Checked
  
Location
France:    Checked
  
Subject
Novellae:    Checked
  
Characteristic
Language:    Hebrew
  
Manuscript Type
  
Kind of Judaica