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Lot #    6737
Auction End Date    3/2/2004 10:28:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Rezi'el ha-Malakh
Title (Hebrew)    רזיאל המלאך
Author    [Kabbalah] Attributed to Primeval Adam
City    Lemberg
Publication Date    c. 1834
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   42 ff., 225:193 mm., light age staining, nice margins, old hands on fly. A very good copy bound in contemporary half leather and marbled paper boards. With many diagrams and charms (kameot).
Paragraph 1    Falsely attributed to the press of Jehudit Rosanes.
   Collection of mystical, cosmological, and magical Hebrew works and portions of works. First printed in Amsterdam in 1701, it continues to be reprinted many times, because of the popular belief that the book protects its owner's home from fire and other dangers. Indeed, few Jewish homes can be found without a copy. There are some manuscripts of, at least, parts of this work which date back to the 16th century. The material can be divided into three distinct categories or strata:

(1) Works, or parts of works, which belong to Heikhalot and Merkabah mysticism, the mystical and cosmological literature of the talmudic and geonic periods. Of these, Raziel contains a version of the Sefer ha-Malbush, a magical work; baraita of Ma'aseh Bereshit, a cosmological and astrological description of the Creation, which has some mystical overtones; and a major part of the Sefer ha-Razim ("Book of Magical Secrets"), which is a collection of magical formulas and angelological material from talmudic times. The introduction states that the angel Raziel revealed the secrets described to Adam. In this category, there is some importance to a long version of the early anthropomorphic work, the Shi'ur Komah, describing the members and secret names of the Creator.

(2) Material which belongs to literature of the 13th-century R. Hasidei Ashkenaz. To this category belong the introduction and the first half of R. Eleazar of Worms' work, Sod Ma'aseh Bereshit ("The Secret of the Creation"), which formed the first part of his Sodei Rezaya. Some exegetical works on the Holy Names of G-d, and some magical formulas which conclude the collection, also belong to the literary heritage of the R. Hasidei Ashkenaz.

(3) A few portions of kabbalistic literature, descriptions of the Sefirot and exegeses of Holy Names, mostly reflecting kabbalistic theology of pre-Lurianic periods.

Paragraph 2    בשער: Gedruckt bei Jides Rosanes 1804. זהו אחד הספרים שיוחסו בזיוף לדפוס יהודית ראזאניש. עי': אברהם יערי, ספרים שיוחסו בזיוף לדפוס יהודית (ראזאניש בלבוב) ולא נדפסו אצלה - קרית ספר, כא, תש"ד- תש"ה, עמ' 300, מס' 59. על-פי [מינקאוויץ] תקס"ג.
   Vinograd, Lemberg 501; Yaari, Kiryat Sefer 21, p. 300, no. 59; EJ; M. Margalioth, Sefer ha-Razim (1966), introduction; J. Dan, Torat ha-Sod shel Hasidei Ashkenaz (1968), pp. 83, 208; CD-EPI 0175558
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
Kabbalah:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica