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Lot #    7384
Auction End Date    6/8/2004 1:00:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Zhorei Hamah
Title (Hebrew)    זהרי חמה
Author    [First Ed. - Kabbalah] R. Abraham Azulai
City    Venice
Publisher    Andria Vendermin
Publication Date    1650
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   First edition. [4], 263 ff., 205:149 mm., wide margins, usual age and damp staining, final 3 ff. with tear in lower margin affecting several words. A good copy bound in modern cloth boards.
          
Detailed
Description
   The commentary of R. Abraham Galante's (Cordovero's disciple) on the Zohar, Yare'ah Yakar, abridged.

R. Abraham b. Mordehai Azulai (c. 1570–1643), was born in Fez, first mastered the study of the Talmud and philosophic literature and then Kabbalah. He did not agree with the interpretations of the Zohar which his teachers provided, and he did not really enter this subject until he obtained R. Moses Cordovero's Pardes Rimmonim. Thereafter, he was preoccupied with the question of the relation between Kabbalah and philosophy, until he forsook philosophy and dedicated himself entirely to Kabbalah. He decided to go to the center of kabbalism in Erez Israel, but did not realize his wish until after he had lost all his wealth during the anti-Jewish persecutions in Morocco (1610–13). He drifted between Hebron, Jerusalem, and Gaza during the epidemic of 1619, and finally settled in Hebron where kabbalists from Safed had congregated and where he found all the books of R. Cordovero and the majority of R. Isaac Luria's works in R. Hayyim Vital's version. R. Eliezer b. Arha became his friend there.

R. Azulai's numerous writings were not published during his lifetime. Those books he had written while still in Fez, were lost at sea. He wrote three treatises on the Zohar and several commentaries.

          
Paragraph 2    (חלק מספרי הגדול ספר אור החמה) ... ילידתיהו אני ... אברהם בן ... ר' מרדכי אזולאי זלה"ה, והוא פירוש על ספר הזהר בקיצור מחבור (ירח יקר, שחבר) ... ר' אברהם גאלאנטי ... (חלק א: בראשית). דף [2]: הקדמת המגיה, ר' משה ב"ר מרדכי זכות. שטיינשניידר, .C.B, עמ' 666, קובע שנת הדפוס תט"ו, לפי הקולופון של ספר מגיד משרים שנדפס אצל אותו מדפיס בשנת השק"ט: "ותשל' המלאכ' ... ביום טו"ב לחדש אלול. ובו ביום התחלנו ... ספר זהרי חמה". אך באמת אין שנת השק"ט אלא ת"ט. ר' אברהם אזולאי קיצר את פירושו של ר' אברהם גאלאנטי "ירח יקר" על ספר הזוהר. בהוצאה הנוכחית נדפס הפירוש לבראשית. בגוף החיבור הערות רבות מאת ר' יעקב צמח.
          
Reference
Description
   CD-EPI 0120322; EJ
        
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Listing Classification
Period
17th Century:    Checked
  
Location
Italy:    Checked
  
Subject
  
Kabbalah:    Checked
  
Characteristic
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
  
Manuscript Type
  
Kind of Judaica