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Lot #    32602
Auction End Date    12/20/2011 1:18:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Massa Melekh
Title (Hebrew)    משא מלך
Author    [Only Ed.] R. Joseph Ibn Ezra
City    Salonica
Publisher    Mattityahu Bat Sheba
Publication Date    1601
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 72 ff., 260:186 mm., light age and damp staining, wide margins, upper title corner cut affecting border, worming inner margins neatly repaired, several ff. extended to size, bound in modern half velum and cloth over boards.
   Rules pertaining to community taxation and administration by R. Joseph b. Isaac Ibn Ezra (c. 1560–1620). He was born in Constantinople and at the age of seventeen he went to Salonika, where he studied under R. Samuel di Medina and R. Aaron b. Solomon b. Hasson in Salonika. He was active as a teacher in the yeshivah of Don David b. Yahya where he attracted numerous pupils, including R. Meir b. Shem Tov Melamed and R. Shabbetai Jonah. Later he served as rabbi of Larissa and of Sofia. He was among the most respected Turkish rabbis and halakhic authorities of his time. He was the author of Rosh Yosef, novellae on the Tur, Hoshen Mishpat, of which the part (to ch. 163) dealing with community taxation and administration was published with the title Massa Melekh (Salonika, 1601). He also wrote novellae to the Tur Even ha-Ezer, giving them the same title Rosh Yosef. Other works include Azmot Yosef (Salonika, 1601, et al.), a commentary on tractate Kiddushin for practical halakhah; a commentary on Bava Mezia; and responsa, some of which were published in the Mishpat Zedek (Salonika, 1799; Pt. 2 no. 31) of R. Meir Melamed, in the Shai la-Mora (Salonika, 1671; no. 2) of R. Shabbetai Jonah, in the responsa of R. Solomon ha-Kohen, and in R. Samuel Hayyun's Benei Shemu'el. R. Ibn Ezra died in Sofia.
Paragraph 2    יסדו ... ר' יוסף ן' עזרא נר"ו ... בדיני המסים והארנוניות ... כיצד יהיה סדר הפרעון וכמה יהיה בעיר ויהי' כאנשי העיר ... וכל דיני עריכת הק"ק הן לפי הדין והן לפי המנהג ... ולהיות שדיני המסים תלוים במנהג יבאר ... דיני המנהגי' ... הוסיף המחבר ... קונטריס בסוף החבור לקצר כל הדינים אשר באו באורך בחבור הזה ...
   CD-EPI 0106400; EJ; Conforte, Kore, 39b f., 43b f., 46a, 47a; Michael, Or, 148; Rosanes, Togarmah, 3 (1938), 55, 79, 106.
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Listing Classification
17th Century:    Checked
Greece-Turkey:    Checked
Halacha:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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