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Lot #    26913
Auction End Date    6/15/2010 11:20:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Kav ha-Yashar
Title (Hebrew)    קב הישר
Author    [Ladino] R. Zvi Hirsch Koidonover
City    Orta Kai (Constantinople)
Publisher    Arup Ogle Bugash
Publication Date    1822
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   272 pp., 170:111 mm., light age and damp staining, nice margins, tear in lower title. A very good copy bound in contemporary boards, rubbed and split.
          
Detailed
Description
   With introduction in Ladino prose by R. Judah Yerushalmi. Kav ha-Yashar holds the torments of hell over the heads of those who do not mend their ways and fulfill God's commandments. The book is replete with wondrous tales depicting the punishment of the evil and the reward of the righteous. The book reflects the suffering and persecution of European Jewry, and the despair wrought by the Shabbatean disillusionment. It also reveals aspects of the communal life of this time - the economic struggle, oppression by leaders of the community, and disregard of religious rituals by Jewish tax collectors whose business brought them into contact with Christian government officials and noblemen. His engaging style, which made the Kav ha-Yashar popular with the masses, and rapidly gained a reputation for it among European Jewry. It has been frequently reprinted (see Friedberg, Eked, 3, 882). R. Koidonover prepared a popular Yiddish translation (Frankfort, 1709), and a Ladino translation appeared in Constantinople (1724).

R. Zvi Hirsch Koidonover (d. 1712), rabbi and ethical writer (his name derived from Koidanovo, a town near Minsk). Koidonover was born in Vilna and spent his childhood in Kurow near Lublin until 1658 when his father's house was pillaged and his two sisters killed. The rest of the family escaped to Austria, and subsequently settled in Nikolsburg, where his father, Aaron Samuel, was appointed rabbi. Koidonover received his religious education from his father and from R. Joseph b. Judah, rabbi of Minsk and Dubnow, author of the moralistic treatise, Yesod Yosef.

          
Paragraph 2    ... אביאו[!] לבית הדפוס... ר' יהודה ירושלמי הי"ו.

בשער גם: נדפס פה קושטאנדינא. על-פי קושטאנדינא תצ"ב, בהשמטת הקדמת המחבר והתוכחה של ר' שמואל אמאטו. מעבר לשער נדפסה הקדמת ר' יהודה ירושלמי בלאדינו, בחריזה.

          
Reference
Description
   CD-EPI 0162672; EJ
        
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Listing Classification
Period
19th Century:    Checked
  
Location
Greece-Turkey:    Checked
  
Subject
Other:    Ethics
  
Characteristic
Language:    Hebrew, Ladino
  
Manuscript Type
  
Kind of Judaica