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Lot #    18579
Auction End Date    8/21/2007 10:25:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Shema Ya'akov
Title (Hebrew)    שמע יעקב
Author    [First Ed.] R. Israel Jacob Algazi
City    Livorno [Leghorn]
Publisher    Vincenzo Falorni
Publication Date    1783
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Expanded edition. [2], 51, 54-78, 77-168 ff., 303:209 mm., extra wide margins, light age and damp staining. A very good copy bound in modern cloth boards.
   Homilies following the weekly portion (first edition: Constantinople, 1745) by R. Israel Jacob b. Yom Tov Algazi (1680–1756), halakhic scholar and kabbalist, grandson of both R. (Nissim) Solomon Algazi and Joseph Hazzan. Probably born in Smyrna, R. Algazi lived in Safed, and for a few years, prior to 1730, in Smyrna. He was a member of a closed circle of kabbalists headed by R. Jacob Vilna. R. Algazi copied and published Hemdat Yamim (Smyrna, 1731–32), with many of his own glosses. By 1737 he was in Jerusalem and, a year later, dedicated "Neveh Shalom Berit Avraham," a yeshivah founded there for him. R. Algazi became head of Bet El, a bet midrash for pietists, and was consequently known as "the pietist rabbi." His was the first signature on the constitution of the kabbalistic group Ahavat Shalom. R. Algazi was appointed chief rabbi upon the death of his colleague, R. Isaac ha-Kohen (1755), but he died the following year. One of the most productive scholars of his time, he wrote many halakhic and homiletic works including: Emet le-Ya'akov (Constantinople, 1764) on the laws of Torah scrolls; Ara de-Rabbanan (ibid., 1745), reprinted with Judah Ayyash's commentary; Afra de-Ara (Leghorn, 1783), a methodology for Talmud and codes; Hug ha-Arez (Jerusalem, 1910; with addenda, 1927), on the laws of Purim; Ne'ot Ya'akov (Smyrna, 1767); Kehillat Ya'akov (Salonika, 1786), a methodology;sermons Part 1 Shema Ya'akov (Constantinople, 1745); and Part 2; She'erit Ya'akov (ibid., 1751). Some of his works are still in manuscript. R. H. J. D. Azulai, who knew him, condensed and completed R. Algazi's work, Emet le-Ya'akov, which he published under the title Le-David Emet (1786).
Paragraph 2    ... אזרתי כגבר חלצי להדפיסו פעם שנית. עם תוספת ספר עפרא דארעא [על ספר ארעא דרבנן] מהרב ... יהודה עייאש זצוק"ל. מידי ... יעקב נוניס ואיס ... והוגה ... ע"י ... כה"ר משה נר"ו בן ... ר' רפאל מילדולה ...שנת לא ה'מ'ד'ר'ש' הוא העיקר אלא המעשה לפ"ג

דף קיח-קסח, עם שער מיוחד: ספר ארעא דרבנן ... [עם] תוספת מרובה בדרך שקלא וטריא ... ונקרא שמו עפרא דארעא ... שנת בישראל גדול שמו [תקמ"ג]. הסכמות דייני ליוורנו: ר' דוד מלאך, ר' דוד חיים חסאן ור' מאיר סאנגווניטי, כב כסלו תקמ"ד; ר' חיים יוסף דוד אזולאי, ירושלם, תקמ"ד; ר' אליהו הלוי, אליסאנדריא דילא פאלייא, ויצא תקמ"ג; ר' אברהם טובייאנה, ליוורנו, וישב תקמ"ד.

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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Greece-Turkey:    Checked
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Homiletics:    Checked
Kabbalah:    Checked
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Language:    Hebrew
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