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Lot #    7557
Auction End Date    7/13/2004 11:56:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Hazut Kashah
Title (Hebrew)    חזות קשה
Author    Bet Din Oran
City    Oran
Publication Date    1892
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [4], 62 pp., 275:200 mm., wide margins, expertly restored, small part of f. 1 & 2 and f. 5 in facimile. A good copy bound in modern boards.
   Rabbinic decisions and polemics concerning the case of Jacob Akrish of Algiers who was suspected of having committed suicide. The title page is simple, consisting of the book title only in oversized letters. There is an introduction, in which it is stated that the work is called Hazut Kashah because of the bitterness of the case. The title is from “A grievous vision (hazut kashah) [is declared to me]” (Isaiah 21:2). The text, printed by lithograph, is in a single column in rabbinic type, excepting headers and initial words.

The subject is the reburial of Akrish in a more distant location from the burial place of other Jews and defends the decisions of the Oran Bet Din. The deceased’s family had addressed the question to R. Meir Uziel (Rishon le-Zion) in Erez Israel, and to R. Meir Penizel and R. Abraham Palaggi in Turkey. They expressed disagreement with the decision to rebury Akrish. In Hazut Kashah the rabbis of Oran respond, particularly to the arguments of R. Palaggi. This is one of several titles addressing this issue, others being Kevod Ya’akov (Izmir, 1892) and Etem Kashot Etem Kashot. Hazut Kashah is a rare work.

Paragraph 2    אחר שנעשה מעשה בהאיש ... יעקב עקריש ... המע"ל [המאבד עצמו לדעת] במעמד בית דין ... לפנותו ולקברו במקום הראוי לו ... התחילו מדפיסין פסקי דינין ... שאינו מן הדין להוציאו מקברו ... והן עתה בא לידנו קונטריס הנקרא בשם כבוד יעקב, אשר אסף וקבץ והדפיס כמהרא"ף [ר' אברהם פאלאג'י, אזמיר תרנ"ב] ... ושם ראינו ... דברים אשר לא ניתנו ליאמר ... על כן גם אנחנו קמנו ... לפרסם הדבר ... פה מתא והראן ... יעקב צרמון ... אברהם הסבעוני

נגד ספר זה יצא ספר "אתם קשות". פסק הדין הראשון בענין זה נדפס תחילה בשנת תרנ"א.

   BE 441; CD-EPI 0108282
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Other:    Algeria
History:    Checked
Polemics:    Checked
Responsa:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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