Vidas' book is written in an easy and engaging style, avoiding metaphors. It was immediately accepted as one of the most important books on morals and was printed some 40 times. The first edition was printed in Venice in 1579 during the author's lifetime. The date of Vidas' death is still unknown. Because of its great length, his book was summarized several times: Reshit Hokhmah Kazar (Venice, 1600), completed in 1580 in Asti, Italy, by R. Jacob b. Mordecai Poggetti; Tappuhei Zahav, by R. Jehiel Melli (Mantua, 1623); Toze'ot Hayyim (Cracow, before 1650) by R. Jacob Luzzatto, a preacher in Poznan. These three summaries were published many times.
בראשי העמ' בהוצאה זו ובכל ההוצאות הבאות: קיצור ראשית חכמה. הסכמות רבני אמשטרדם: ר' שלמה ב"ר יעקב אאילייון, פ' שמות תפ"ה;
ר' אברהם ב"ר יודא [ברלין], פ' ויחי תפ"ה.