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Lot #    6465
Auction End Date    1/13/2004 2:24:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Ozerot Hayyim
Title (Hebrew)    אוצרות חיים
Author    [Kabbalah] R. Hayyim Vital
City    Leghorn
Publisher    Moses Yeshua Tuviano
Publication Date    1844
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First revised edition, two volumes, [2], 120; 47 ff., quarto, 210:140 mm., light age and damp staining. A very good copy bound in modern half cloth and black paper boards.
   Kabbalistic discourses by R. Hayyim Ben Joseph Vital (1542–1620), one of the greatest kabbalists and the leading disciple of R. Isaac ben Solomon Luria Ashkenazi (ha-Ari, 1534–1572). The text was compiled and arranged by R. Vital’s pupil, the Portuguese physician R. Jacob Zemah (d. c. 1665), who also edited and annotated the work. It was corrected by R. Abraham Azulai and Abraham ibn Musa of Morocco. The introduction is by R. Abraham ben Mordecai Ankawa. The second part, entitled Hamar ha-Dat ve-Atik, is an abridgement of Shefa Tal by R. Ankawa; it is an introductory work to Kabbalah. It has its own title page and is bound separately. These are important kabbalistic works explaining concepts of Lurianic Kabbalah.

R. Hayyim Ben Joseph Vital was born in Safed and studied in yeshivot there, especially under R. Moses Alshekh, his teacher in exoteric subjects. In 1564 he began to study Kabbalah, at first according to the system R. Moses Cordovero, and, after R. Isaac Luria’s (Ari) arrival in Safed, under the latter, becoming the Ari’s principal disciple. After the Ari’s death, R. Vital began to arrange the Ari’s teachings in written form, elaborating on them according to his own understanding, becoming the primary transmitter of the Ari’s teachings. R. Vital later moved to Jerusalem, serving as rabbi and head of a yeshivah from late 1577 to late 1585, where he wrote the last version of his presentation of the Lurianic system. In 1586 he returned to Safed, remaining there until 1592. In 1590 R. Vital was “ordained” as rabbi by his teacher R. Moses Alshekh, and then returned to Jerusalem in 1593 remaining several years, occasionally returning to Safed. His last move was to Damascus where he died. R. Vital was a prolific writer, his works encompassing Talmud, response, homilies, and even astronomy. R. Vital assembled his major writings into two vast works Ez ha-Hayyim and Ez ha-Da’at. The former is the inclusive name for all those writings in which he elaborated on the teaching of Isaac Luria. These works went through several versions and adaptations, for Vital began to arrange what he had heard from Luria immediately after his death, remained absorbed in this task for more than 20 years.

Paragraph 2    ... ר' יעקב צמח זצ"ל ... אסף וקבץ כל הקונטריסים שהניח כמוהרח"ו זצ"ל וסידר אותם כל חיבור בפ"ע [בפני עצמו] ... בתוספת מרובה הגהות משלו ... וכאן נמצאו וכאן היו הגהות ... רבני ... המערב ... ר' אברהם אזולאי זצ"ל וכמהר"ר אברהם בן מוסא זצ"ל מתושבי ... מראקי"ס ... אחרן שפר קדמן להדפיס קיצור ספר השפע טל מהגאון רבינו שעפטל בנו[!] של הגאון של"ה ... נסדר מיד ... ר' אברהם אנקאווא נר"ו. והוא קדם לזכות ... לשרת ולהגיה עד שיצא ... שפיר ...

שונה מן ההוצאה הראשונה, קארעץ תקמ"ג. ספר זה אינו "אוצרות חיים" המקורי אלא שילוב של חלקים מ"אוצרות חיים" וחלקים מן הספר "מבוא שערים". עיין: י' אביב"י, בנין אריאל, ירושלים תשמ"ז, עמ' נט בהערה. דף [ב]: הקדמת ר' אברהם ב"ר מרדכי אנקאווא. קולופון (דף קכ, ב): "נגמר ... בלי תוס' ומגרעת בכל ההגהות שבו מספר אוצ"ח כ"י דהועתק שנת והיה ש'כ'ר'י' [תק"ל] על יד הרב ... משה מאימראן זצ"ל מעיר מקנאסא". מז דף (הספירה השנייה), עם שער מיוחד: ספר חמר חדת ועתיק והוא קיצור מספר ... שפע טל [לר' שבתי שעפטל ב"ר עקיבא הלוי הורוויץ] ... להקדים ללמוד בו קודם חכמת הקבלה ... ויקל ... ליכנס לתוך ... אוצרות חיים לרבינו מוהרח"ו ... ומפתח קשורה לו ... ואם יש איזה דבר משלי תמצאהו כמו הגה ושמי חתום עליו ... כ"ד ... אב"א ... ב"ם [כה דברי אברהם אנקאווא בן מרדכי] ז"ל ...

   EJ; JE; Vinograd, Leghorn 962; CD-EPI 0130675
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Language:    Hebrew
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