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Lot #    19477
Auction End Date    1/8/2008 10:16:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Ez ha-Da’at Tov, Part II
Title (Hebrew)    עץ הדעת טוב חלק שני
Author    [First Ed. - Kabbalah] R. Hayyim ben Joseph Vital
City    Jerusalem
Publisher    [Frumkin]
Publication Date    1906
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. [5], 106, [1] ff., 218:140 mm., wide margins, light age staining. A very good copy loose in contemporary boards, rubbed. Part I on the Pentateuch was printed in Zolkiev 1866.
   Famed discourses to Proverbs, Job, Daniel, and Chronicles by R. Hayyim Vital. Unusual for R. Vital, it contains what he calls peshat ("the literal meaning") and remez ("the allegorical meaning") but are in many cases Kabbalah, although closer to the literal meaning of the Zohar. His affinity to R. Moses Cordovero's teaching can also be recognized in Ez ha-Da'at. According to one testimony, R. Vital began this work as early as 1563 at the age of 20, but according to another he wrote it in 1575. The work was preserved in his own handwriting in the collection of R. Shalom Sharabi. There are several approbations, the first from R. Jacon Saul Elyasher, the second from R. Isaac Blazer of Petersburg, and many more of the Jerusalem rabbinate.

R. Hayyim ben Joseph Vital (1542–1620) was born in Safed and studied in yeshivot there, especially under R. Moses Alshekh, his teacher in exoteric subjects. In 1564 he began to study Kabbalah, at first according to the system R. Moses Cordovero, and, after R. Isaac Luria’s (Ari) arrival in Safed, under the latter, becoming the Ari’s principal disciple. After the Ari’s death, R. Vital began to arrange the Ari’s teachings in written form, elaborating on them according to his own understanding, becoming the primary transmitter of the Ari’s teachings. R. Vital later moved to Jerusalem, serving as rabbi and head of a yeshivah from late 1577 to late 1585, where he wrote the last version of his presentation of the Lurianic system. In 1586 he returned to Safed, remaining there until 1592. In 1590 R. Vital was “ordained” as rabbi by his teacher R. Moses Alshekh, and then returned to Jerusalem in 1593 remaining several years, occasionally returning to Safed. His last move was to Damascus where he died. R. Vital was a prolific writer, his works encompassing Talmud, response, homilies, and even astronomy. R. Vital assembled his major writings into two vast works Ez ha-Hayyim and Ez ha-Da’at. The former is the inclusive name for all those writings in which he elaborated on the teaching of R. Isaac Luria. These works went through several versions and adaptations, for Vital began to arrange what he had heard from Luria immediately after his death, remained absorbed in this task for more than 20 years.

Paragraph 2    חלק שני ... חידושים ... ודרושים ... על מארז"ל [מאמרי רז"ל] ע"ד הנגלה וביאור על ס' משלי איוב דניאל וד"ה [ודברי הימים] ע"ד הפשט, מאת ... מרנא ורבנא חיים וויטאל זצוקללה"ה. יצא עתה לאור ... מעצם כתב יד ... המחבר ... שהי' גנוז באוצר הספרים בישיבתו של הרב ... שר שלום שרעב"י ... (גם מצוין בו כל המראה מקומות לכל המאמרים המובאים בפנים), ע"י ... זלמן ליב הלוי לעווינטאהל בלא"א הרב ... ישכר דובער הלוי לעווינטאהל שליט"א ... בשנת אור חדש ת'ר'א'י'נ'ה' עינינו

דף [3,ב-4]: הקדמת המוציא לאור ר' זלמן ליב הלוי לעווינטאהל, הכותב: "והנה לפני ארבעים שנה ... חלק הא' ... על חמשה חומשי תורה נדפס בזאלקאווע שנת תרכ"ו".

הסכמות: ר' יעקב שאול אלישר, ירושלים, מנחם [-אב] תרס"ה; ר' יצחק בלאזער, ירוש[לים], כד אדר תרס"ו; בית הדין לעדת האשכנזים בירושלים: ר' חיים יעקב ב"ר יצחק מנחם זונדיל שפירא, ר' משה נחום וואללענשטיין ור' ארי' ליב ברא"ד [אלימלך דוב הרשלר], ה [אלול] תרס"ה; בית הדין לעדת החסידים בירושלים: ר' ליפמאן דוד בר"י [יעקב שובאקס], ר' יוסף יהודא בר"ד [דוב שטראסברג] הלוי ור' אברהם [משה דוב פרידמאן - שלזינגר] ב"ר דוד הכהן, כב אב תר"ס; ר' אברהם יצחק הכהן קוק, יפו, יא שבט תרס"ו; ר' שניאור זלמן סלאנים, יפו; ר' אהרן הכהן ארלאינסקי, פתח תקוה, יד שבט תרס"ו.

   BE ayin 1012; CD-EPI 0130714
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20th Century:    Checked
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Bible:    Checked
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Language:    Hebrew
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