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Lot #    26928
Auction End Date    6/15/2010 11:27:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Midrash Talpiyyot
Title (Hebrew)    מדרש תלפיות
Author    [Hasidic - Kabbalah] R. Elijah ha-Kohen ha-Itamari
City    Zhitomir
Publisher    Hanina Lipa & Joshua Herschel Shapira
Publication Date    1860
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   328 pp., 244:183 mm., usual age and damp staining, scattered worming throughout, bound in modern cloth boards.
   Kabbalistic, moral, and ethical selections followed by R. Elijah's commentary. The various subjects were collected, according to the author, from the 300 books listed in the preface. Only the first half of this work, arranged in alphabetical order, was printed (first edition: Smyrna, 1736). R. Elijah b. Abraham Solomon ha-Kohen ha-Itamari (b. 1729) was born in Smyrna, where he was educated and became a homiletic preacher. His opposition to Shabbetai Zevi and his associates earned him much grief at home. R. Elijah came from a family of rabbis and writers; his grandfather, R. Michael ha-Kohen, wrote exegetical works on the Torah, and his uncle, R. Isaac ha-Kohen, was also a writer. His father, R. Abraham Solomon ha-Kohen, one of the rabbis of Smyrna, is known for his involvement in the rescue of Jews who had been taken captive. It would seem that he was also a scholar, as R. Elijah often quotes him.

R. Elijah was a prolific writer; about 30 of his works are extant, some in print, others in manuscript; his lost works are known only from references to them in his own writings. He is best remembered for his ethical work Shevet Mussar, which has seen numerous edition and been translated into many languages.

   CD-EPI 0110253
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Hasidic:    Checked
Other:    Ethics
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica