||Only edition of these discourses by R. Raphael Joseph ben Hayyim Joseph Hazzan. There are introductions from R. Hazzan and from his son, R. Elijah Hazzan. Ma’arkhei Lev consists of twenty-six homilies on as variety of subjects, several on Mattan Torah and related subjects, and also including charity, Amalek, Esther, and other subjects. The text is in two columns in rabbinic type. A second volume of discourses was published the following year.
R. Raphael Joseph ben Hayyim Joseph Hazzan was Chief rabbi of Jerusalem; born at Smyrna 1741; died at Jerusalem Nov. 11, 1819. At first rabbi in his native city, he went to Palestine in 1811, settling at Hebron, where he became rabbi. In 1813 he was elected chief rabbi of Jerusalem, which position he held until his death. He wrote, in addition to Ma’arkhei Lev, "Hikre Leb," responsa (vol. i., Salonica, 1787; vol. ii., Leghorn, 1794; vols. iii.-viii., Salonica, 1806-53); "Ḥiḳre Leb," Talmudic novellae, edited by his great-grandson, Elijah (Jerusalem, 1880). His four sons, R. Elijah Rahamim, R. Eliezer, R. Isaac, and R. Hayyim David, were all rabbinical scholars; one of his daughters became the mother of R. Hayyim Palaggi, chief rabbi of Smyrna.