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Lot #    32636
Auction End Date    12/20/2011 1:35:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Elijah Mizrahi
Title (Hebrew)    אלי' מזרחי ע'פ נחלת יעקב
Author    R. Elijah Mizrahi
City    Constantinople
Publisher    דפוס יונה בן יעקב [אשכנזי]
Publication Date    1726
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [1], 331 ff., folio, 313:204 mm., usual light age and damp staining, wide margins, old hands on title, modern endpapers, wormhole ff. 253-280 affecting words. A very good copy bound in contemporary calf on wood boards, tooled in blind, new spine and clasps.
   Two super commenteries on the commentary of Rashi on Torah. The first by R. Elijah Mizrahi, the rabbinical authority and perhaps greatest of the rabbis of the Ottoman Empire of his time. R. Mizrahi was of Romaniot origin (the original Turkish Jews as distinct from the Spanish exiles) and was born and educated in Constantinople. Among his teachers he mentions R. Elijah ha-Levi in rabbinic studies and Mordecai Comitiano in general studies. Until the death of R. Moses Capsali, R. Mizrahi devoted himself to study and public instruction. As early as 1475 he is mentioned as heading a keneset (probably a school in addition to a synagogue) and as having students. After the death of R. Capsali in 1498 R. Mizrahi became the foremost rabbinical authority in Constantinople and in fact throughout the whole Ottoman Empire. From far and near, problems of halakhah and procedure were addressed to him. There is reason to believe that he filled the position of head of the rabbis of Constantinople (though he did not have the title of hakham bashi, appointed by the sultan, since that office did not exist at that period). Nevertheless, it would seem that his authority derived not from any official position, but from the recognition of his personality and strength. He was considered both by his contemporaries and later generations as the greatest posek of his time in Turkey. He was firm and unbending in his decisions, and even the great rabbis among the Spanish exiles accepted his authority.

The second is Nahalat Ya'acov by R. Jacob b. Aaron Benjamin Solnik (d. 1643), rabbi of Bar, Ukraine.

Paragraph 2    פירוש רבינו שלמה יצחקי [על התורה]... ועל צבאו יחנה... פירוש נחלת יעקב, מגלה מצפוני... ר' אליה מזרחי... חברו... ר' יעקב בן מהר"ר בנימן אהרן [סלניק]...

נדפס ונמכר קונטרסים-קונטרסים. ביאור לפירוש רש"י לתורה. הסכמה: ר' יוסף ב"ר ישעיה מטראני, ר' שמואל הלוי ור' יאודה רוזאניש, קושטנדינה, כב תמוז תפ"ג.

   CD-EPI 0147448; Yaari Constantinople 313; Vinograd 420; StCB 4965(9) p. 947
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Greece-Turkey:    Checked
Bible:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica