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Lot #    7339
Auction End Date    6/8/2004 11:30:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Zera Yitzhak
Title (Hebrew)   
Author    R. Isaac ben Abraham called R. Isaac Ger
City    Amsterdam
Publisher    Widow and Orphans of Jacob Proops
Publication Date    1789
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. [5], 38 ff., 195:158 mm., usual light age staining, old hands on title, nice margins. A good copy bound in later half cloth and marbled paper boards, rubbed.
   Ethical discourses on varied matters related to prayer, charity, and good deeds from R. Isaac ben Abraham called R. Isaac Ger, as well as a recounting of the authors families conversion to Judaism. The title page states that Zera Yitzhak is based on the three things on which the world stands, that is, the pillar of Torah, the pillar of Avodah (prayer), and the pillar of Gemillot Hasidim (good deeds) (Pirkei Avot 1:2). The text brings many verses and maamre Hazal in support of and to explain each pillar according to the peshat (literal interpretation). The title page is dated For it is not a vain thing (549 = 1789) for you; because it is your life (Deuteronomy 32:47). It is followed by four pages of approbations and the authors introduction and a list of errata. Foliation begins with the text, which is in two columns in rabbinic type excepting headers and initial words. The Proops printers mark appears on the title page and, in a different format, at the end of the book.

R. Isaac Ger (d. 1807) recounts his personal history in the introduction, informing that he was born in a distant land, likely Sweden, where no Jews are to be found, to a Christian family. His father was a minister of some status, who, discovering the truth of Judaism, forsook Christianity to become a Jew. As a result, R. Isaac Gers family was harassed and forced to flee, resettling in Amsterdam. R. Isaac Ger, who became a learned Jew, died at the age of 71.

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   St. 5351; Vinograd, Amsterdam 2171; CD-EPI 0118017
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Holland:    Checked
Other:    Ethics
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica