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Lot #    18529
Auction End Date    8/21/2007 10:00:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Letter by R. Isaac Abulafia
Title (Hebrew)    מכתב מה'ר יצחק אבואלעפיא
Author    [Ms.]
City    Damascus
Publication Date    1880
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [1] p., 280:204 mm., lihgt age staining, creased and starting on folds, ink on paper signed, sealed, and dated.
   R. Isaac b. Moses Abulafia (1824–1910), was born in Tiberias, served as rabbi of Damascus from c. 1877. His authoritarian attitude and his habit of making independent halakhic decisions roused the opposition of the other rabbis and of the communal leaders of Damascus, who united in an attempt to remove him from his position. In 1896 they turned to R. Moses ha-Levi, the hakham bashi, in Constantinople, who acceded to their request by appointing R. Solomon Eliezer Alfandari rabbi of Damascus. The two rabbis did not at first cooperate with each other. Later, however, R. Alfandari brought R. Abulafia into the sphere of his activities. Toward the end of his life R. Abulafia acted as rabbi in Tyre. From there he moved to Jerusalem, and finally to Tiberias, where he died. An outstanding halakhic scholar, his responsa Penei Yizhak were published in six volumes (1871–1906). Some scholars, especially R. Shalom Hai Gagin of Jerusalem, were critical of the first volume, and R. Abulafia wrote Lev Nishbar (1878) in reply to his critics.
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Other:    Syria
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Letters:    Checked
Kind of Judaica