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Lot #    7065
Auction End Date    3/30/2004 3:04:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Hemed Bachurim
Title (Hebrew)    חמד בחורים
Author    [First Hebrew Imprint] R. Jacob Lacrif
City    Casablanca
Publisher    (Amar & Elbaz)
Publication Date    1919/22
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   52, [1] pp., 18:12 cm. usual light browning. A good copy bound in the original boards, rubbed.
Paragraph 1    Apparently first Hebrew book printed in Casablanca.
   Kizzur laws of on prayer, zizit, tephilin, Sefer Torah, Kri’at ha-Torah, bikur holim, huppah, and Shabbat. This is followed by a commentary on Pirkei Avot, ethical readings to be said daily, piyyutim for motzai Shabbat, and annulment of curses (hatorat kellalim). Hemed Bachurim is written in a combination of Hebrew and colloquial Moroccan Arabic.

The volume begins with approbations from R. Hayyim Joseph Ma’aman and R. Abraham Abi-Hasira and an introduction from R. Jacob Lacrif. It is published by the Magen David Zionist Society. An interesting feature of the book is that the text is printed with fonts from two different presses. The first part, through page 24, has fonts identical to those of the ben Hiyyon press in Tangier and was begun in1919, the date on the title page. The second part, to the end of the book, has the fonts of the press of Moses Amar and Shalom Albaz and was printed in 1922. The reason for the delay seems to have been a dispute with ben Hiyyon.

Paragraph 2    של חברת מגן דוד הציונית... קצורי דינים די תפילה, ומנחה, וספר תורה, וקריאת התורה, וצדקה, ונדרים ושבועות, ובקור חולים, ודיני נשואין, ומוסר... והתרת נדרים ... רפיוטים די תעמאלו עלה לחברה הנז', ופזמונים של מוצאי שבק' [שבת קודש]... יצא לאור בהשתדלותי... יעקב לכרייף...
   Bnei Melekhim p. 53 no. 103; CD-EPI 0144934
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Other:    Morocco
Halacha:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica