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Lot #    34902
Auction End Date    7/17/2012 11:40:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Ve-Hashav lo ha-Kohen
Title (Hebrew)    וחשב לו הכהן
Author    [Kabbalah - First Ed.] R. Abraham ha-Kohen of Lask
City    Fuerth
Publisher    Itzik Zirndorf
Publication Date    1784
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. 12, [2], 32 ff., 187:150 mm., wide margins, usual age and damp staining. A very good copy bound in contemporary wrappers.
   R. Abraham b. Jehiel Michal ha-Kohen of Lask, Poland (d.c. 1800), kabbalist and rabbinical emissary. R. Abraham was renowned for his asceticism, fasting during the week and eating only on the Sabbath. He settled in Jerusalem shortly after 1770. Ten years later he returned to Europe as an emissary to collect funds on behalf of the rabbis of Jerusalem, and was then involved in a number of disputes with them regarding these collections. He traveled extensively and is known to have been in Nice for four years, in Ferrara (where he met Graziadio Neppi), Glogau, Berlin, and Warsaw. Wherever he went, he exhorted the Jewish community to repentance and good deeds and encouraged more intensive communal activity, including the building of synagogues. On his return to Jerusalem (1790) he was arrested and held ransom for the failure of the Jewish community to pay taxes. He died in prison, probably as a result of maltreatment. The best-known of his kabbalistic works are Ve-Hashav lo ha-Kohen, Ve-Shav ha-Kohen (Leghorn, 1788); Beit Ya'akov (Leghorn, 1792), Ayin Panim ba-Torah (Warsaw, 1797).
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"הא" שבפרט הוא גם: ה אלפים. דף [2-1]: "התנצלות המחוקק"; לוח הטעות; "אמר המעתיק הקדמת הספר", ר' יוזפא מערצבאך מפיורדא. הסכמות: רבני ירושלים: ר' יום טוב אלגאזי, ר' ניסן [נסים] שמואל בכר מיוחס, ר' מרדכי יוסף בכר מיוחס, ר' ישראל יעקב בארלה [בורלה], ר' מנצר [מנצור] מרזוק ור' אליהו צבי; ר' צבי הירש ב"ר אברהם, פיורדא, ב שבט תקמ"ד; ר' יוסף ב"ר מאיר תואמים [!], פ"פ דאדר, יב אדר-א תקמ"ג; ר' ישראל חיים ב"ר דוד מלמד (שד"ר מחברון), פיורדא, ג שבט תקמ"ד.

   CD-EPI 0141353; EJ; Yaari, Sheluhei, 550, 553–6
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Kabbalah:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica