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Lot #    7038
Auction End Date    3/30/2004 2:10:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Ozerot Hayyim
Title (Hebrew)    אוצרות חיים
Author    [Ms. - Kabbalah] R. Hayyim Vital
City    [Mid-East - Safed?]
Publication Date    17th cent.
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [221] ff., 175:138 mm., light age staining, ink on paper, mid-Eastern script, initial and final few ff. in a later Moroccan hand, bound in modern half vellum and cloth boards.
Paragraph 1    Predates the first printeded edition of this work in Korets 1783.
   R. Hayyim Vital's works which circulated during his lifetime among the kabbalists in Palestine were not arranged in good order. Around 1620 R. Benjamin ha-Levi and R. Elisha Vestali (or Gastali) assembled them into a three-volume edition. This, too, was not printed but was very popular in subsequent generations. It included Sefer ha-Derushim, mainly composed of material belonging to Sha'ar ha-Hakdamot and Sha'ar ha-Gilgulim; Sefer ha-Kavvanot; and Sefer ha-Likkutim. R. Vital's writings first reached other countries in this edition, which is extant in several libraries. The torn and tattered pages of the "last version" (mahadurah batra) which R. Vital arranged in Jerusalem were discovered by R. Abraham Azulai and his colleagues, apparently shortly after 1620, in a genizah in Jerusalem. From these writings R. Jacob Zemah arranged Ozerot Hayyim and several other works.
Paragraph 2    ספר זה הוא חיבור של ר' חיים וויטאל שמצא ר' אברהם אזולאי בגניזה בירושלים, ונערך על ידי ר' יעקב צמח
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Listing Classification
17th Century:    Checked
Israel:    Checked
Kabbalah:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Other:    Book
Kind of Judaica