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Lot #    18544
Auction End Date    8/21/2007 10:08:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Berakh Yizhak
Title (Hebrew)    בירך יצחק
Author    [Only Ed. - Unrecorded] R. Isaac Berakhah
City    Venice - Aleppo
Publisher    Bragadin, Vendramin
Publication Date    1763
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 128, [1] ff. folio 273:183 mm., wide margins, light age and damp staining, corners rounded. A good copy bound in modern half leather boards, rubbed. Final f. of corrections unrecorded.
   Only edition of these discourses for the weekly Torah readings by R. Isaac ben Jacob Berakhah (d. 1772). On the title page R. Berakhah that he, least of the young, has written this work and that he has called it Berakh Yizhak, desirable discourses “set upon sockets of fine gold” (Song of Songs 5:15). It further informs in Hebrew that it was printed in two presses, Bragadin and Vendramin, but the Latin names only the Bragadin press. There is a permission to print signed by five Venetian rabbis and an approbation from R. Simhah ben Abraham Calemoni. There are two introductions, the first from R. Berakhah, the second from four rabbis from Aram Zova, namely R. Judah Kassin, R. Raphael Solomon, R. Israel Dilubin, and R. Isaiah Dabbah, in praise of Berakh Yizhak. The text follows in two columns in rabbinic letters. In Berakh Yizhak R. Berakhah deal mostly with halakhic problems. He often mentions Maimonides’ Yad ha-Hazakah, R. Samuel Eliezer Edels, the tosafot, and the responsa of R. Isaac ben Sheshet. In addition to halakhic problems, he deals with such questions as the kavvanah and joy with which one should perform the mitzvot.

R. Isaac ben Jacob Berakhah, (d. 1772) was a rabbi and preacher in the Aleppo community. The support and encouragement of R. Elijah Silbirah enabled R. Berakhah to pursue his studies until he became a noted scholar. Some of R. Berakhah's responsa were published in R. S. R. Laniado's Beit Dino shel Shelomo (Constantinople, 1775). R. Abraham Antibi, one of his many pupils, eulogized him at his death. R. Berakhah's sons Hayyim and Elijah were also rabbis in Aleppo.

Paragraph 2    ...שחברתי אני ... הצעיר יצחק ברכה נר"ו ... דרושים [בסדר פרשיות התורה] ... במצות ... כה"ר גד בן הישיש כמ"ר שמואל פואה יצ"ו. המדפיס בשני בתי הדפוס בראגאדינא. ווינדראמינא ... שנת מזה ומזה ה'ם' כ'ת'ו'ב'י'ם'

דרושים על התורה לפי סדר הפרשיות. הסכמות: הוק"י [הועד קטן יצ"ו] של ויניציאה ("שניתנה אל הגבירים פואה ואשכנזי בעלי הדפוס שרי בראגדין ושרי וינדראמין"): ר' יעקב ן' יקר , ר' משה ב"ר רפאל חי מררי, ר' יעקב עוזיאל, ר' משה ב"ר אהרן כהן , ר' גד ב"ר יצחק פואה ור' שמואל חי לוי מוייא סופר הקק"י, ג אלול תקכ"ג; ר' שמחה ב"ר אברהם קאלימאני, ויניציאה, ט אלול תקכ"ג [בשם הישיבה הכללית שבויניציאה]; רבני ארם צובה: ר' יאודה ב"ר יום טוב קצין, ר' שלמה ב"ר שמואל לאנייאדו, ר' ישראל ב"ר יאושע דילובין ור' ישעיה ב"ר יצחק דבאח, תקי"ט.

   Aleppo, City of Scholars, p. 143; BE bet 504; EJ; CD-EPI 0114620
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Italy:    Checked
Other:    Syria
Homiletics:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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