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Lot #    32515
Auction End Date    12/20/2011 12:34:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Melekhet Mahashevet
Title (Hebrew)    מלאכת מחשבת
Author    [First Ed.] R. Moses Hefez
City    Venice
Publisher    (Alvise Bragadin)
Publication Date    1710
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. [9 of 10 includes diagram f.], 98 ff., 2°, 294:204 mm., wide margins, age and damp staining, lack portrait, initial and final few ff. with loss, foxing, working copy bound in modern cloth boards.
   A homiletic-philosophical commentary to the Pentateuch by R. Moses b. Gershon Hefez (Gentili) (1663–1711), rabbinical scholar. The family name Gentili was rendered in Hebrew as Hefez, and it is the latter name which appears in the Hebrew writings of the members of this family. Born in Trieste, R. Moses was active in Venice. He was a pupil of R. Solomon b. Isaac Nizza, who was active in Venice around 1700, and supported himself by being a private tutor. He dealt with philosophy, mathematics, and the natural sciences. He composed poems, one of which, written when he was 13, can be found in the Venice edition of the Bible (1675–78). His main work was a homiletical-philosophical commentary on the Pentateuch (Melekhet Mahashevet, Venice, 1710, with tables and a portrait of the author; second edition, Koenigsberg, 1819, with super-commentary, Mahashevet Hoshev, by R. Judah Leib Jaffe). R. Moses also wrote Hanukkat ha-Bayit, dealing with the construction of the Second Temple (Venice, 1696, with plan). On the occasion of his wedding, the poet R. Yomtov Valvasson composed a poem (Venice, 1682), and a dirge on his death was published (Ghirondi-Neppi, 241).
Paragraph 2    על חמשה חומשי תורה... ([מאת] משה חפץ)..

קדם שער אמנותי מצוייר. בעמ' האחרון: דברי דוד אלטאראס, המגיה.

   EJ; JE; CD-EPI 0138375; Friedberg 1894
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Italy:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica