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Lot #    30723
Auction End Date    7/26/2011 10:02:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Shulhan Arukh Orah Hayyim
Title (Hebrew)   
Author    R. Joseph Caro, R. Moses Isserles
City    Constantinople
Publisher    Jonah Ashkenazi
Publication Date    1736
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [5], 399 ff. octavo 165:100 mm., rounded edges, usual age and damp staining, old hand on title, bound in modern half leather and cloth boards. Rare.
   Unusual edition of the Shulhan Arukh Orah Hayyim of R. Joseph Caro and R. Moses Isserles with the additional commentaries of Beer ha-Golah by R. Moses Rivkes and Beer Heitev by R. Isaiah ben Abraham. The title page mentions Beer ha-Golah but does not give R. Rivkes name. Of greater interest is that the Beer Heitev mentioned here is not the Beer Heitev printed with all editions of the Shulhan Arukh today. This Beer Heitev is by R. Isaiah ben Abraham (d. 1723), a rabbi and kabbalist, grandson of R. David ben Samuel ha-Levi. He wrote his Ba'er Heitev, a commentary on the Shulhan Arukh, Orah Hayyim, which the title page describes as "a digest of the legal decisions of all the early and later halakhic authorities, and of all extant responsa." It contains many kabbalistic quotations, particularly from R. Isaac Luria, and achieved immediate acclaim, many editions appearing within a few years. In 1742, however, R. Judah Ashkenazi, dayyan of Tiktin, published a book serving the same purpose, with the same form and content and even the same name. Because the later book treated the material in greater detail, the earlier one lost its popularity, and whereas R. Ashkenazi's edition was published with the Shulhan Arukh, Isaiah's was forgotten. His work on the other sections of the Shulhan Arukh was never published. R. Isaiah, his wife, and his daughter met their death in an inn fire in Mogilev, on their way to Erez Israel.
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Greece-Turkey:    Checked
Halacha:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica