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Lot #    21829
Auction End Date    11/18/2008 10:28:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Avkat Rokhel
Title (Hebrew)    אבקת רוכל
Author    R. Machir ben Isaac Sar Hasid
City    Jassy
Publication Date    1842
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [20] ff. octavo 177:100 mm., wide margins, tinted paper, light age staining. A very good copy bound in modern boards.
Paragraph 1    First Hebrew book printed in Jassy.
   Popular eschatological work on the principles of faith attributed to Machir ben Isaac Sar Hasid, a student of R. Judah ben Asher, son of the Rosh. Avkat Rokhel is a book in three parts, each further subdivided into additional parts. The work was named Avkat Rokhel (the perfumer=s powders, Song of Songs (3:7) for as the perfumer=s powders strengthen the soul so too when one reads this book will he fear and cause his soul to be pure and free from all sin and transgression, thus meriting the good. The text of the book is in a single column set in small square letters. The first part addresses the struggle against one=s evil urge prior to redemption and the birth pangs and advent of the Messiah, and an explanation of the pertinent midrashim; the second part discusses the rewards and punishments of the soul after the resurrection, the nature of the world to come according to Judaism, in contrast to the views of non-Jews, and resurrection; and the third part the laws stated by the sages of the Talmud as halakhah Moshe me-Sinai, the formation of man and the number 248 limbs in a person, the statement of our sages concerning three partners in that process (God, man, and woman) and some gematriot.
Paragraph 2    על-פי [ברדיטשוב] תקע"ז.
   BE alef 286; Heller 16th Cent.; CD-EPI 0148358
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica