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Lot #    7634
Auction End Date    7/13/2004 2:28:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Im'marot Tehorot
Title (Hebrew)    אמרות טהורות
Author    [Kabbalah - First Ed.] R. Menahem Azariah of Fano
City    Frankfort am Main
Publisher    Johannis Wust
Publication Date    1698
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. [2], 143, 98 ff.,191:121 mm., light browning,wide margins, small part of title border in facimile. A good copy bound in later half cloth boards.
   Articles 1-5 of the Author's important Kabbalistic work, Asarah Ma'amarot.

R. Menahem Azariah of Fano (1548–1620), Italian rabbi and kabbalist. The scion of a wealthy family and a prolific author, he was a recognized authority on rabbinic law and the foremost exponent in the West of the kabbalistic system of R. Moses Cordovero. Under the influence of R. Israel Sarug, who during his stay in Italy spread the knowledge of the mystical system of R. Isaac Luria, R. Menahem Azariah became an admirer of the latter, though without departing from the system of R. Moses Cordovero. A pupil of R. Ishmael Hanina of Valmontone in Ferrara, he was active in Ferrara, Venice, Reggio, and Mantua. Together with his brothers he aided the victims of the earthquake of 1570. He was a patron of Jewish learning, contributing funds for the publication of such works as R. Cordovero's Pardes Rimmonim (Salonika, 1584) and R. Joseph Caro's commentary Kesef Mishneh (Venice, 1574–76) on Maimonides' Code.

R. Menahem Azariah's fame as a talmudist is borne out by the collection of 130 responsa bearing his name which was published in 1600 in Venice and in 1788 in Dyhernfurth. His style of writing was precise and he displayed considerable originality in the views he expressed. He enjoyed great popularity as a teacher, attracting students from far and wide, from Germany as well as Italy. One of his disciples compared him to an angel of G-d in appearance. His gentleness and humility showed themselves in his refusal to answer adverse criticism leveled against him by a contemporary scholar on account of certain statements he made with regard to the ritual of the lulav on the festival of Tabernacles. Amadeo Recanati dedicated to him his Italian translation of Maimonides' Guide of the Perplexed; R. Isaiah Horowitz praised his theological treatise Yonat Elem (Amsterdam, 1648) saying of it, "the overwhelming majority of his words, and perhaps all of them, are true, and his Torah is true" (introduction to Novelot Hokhmah (Basle, 1631) by R. Joseph Delmedigo). Seventeen of his works have been published. These include a summary of the legal decisions of R. Isaac Alfasi and his own major work on the Kabbalah, entitled Asarah Ma'amarot (only parts have been printed, Venice, 1597); Kanfei Yonah (Korzec, 1786), a kabbalistic work on prayer; and Gilgulei Neshamot (Prague, 1688) on the transmigration of the soul. Many of his kabbalistic interpretations must have been made for the first time in the course of sermons delivered by him. Extant in manuscript are liturgical poems, elegies, comments on the teachings of Isaac Luria, and a voluminous correspondence. He passed on in Mantua.

Paragraph 2    כולל חמשה מאמרים: מאמר חקור דין, מאמר אם כל חי, מאמר המדות, מאמר עולם קטן ומאמר העתים. לאחד קדוש... הרב... מנחם עזריה מפאנו זצ"ל. עם פירוש... יד יהודה אשר חבר... ר' יהודה ליב יצ"ו ב"ר שמעון ז"ל מן חבריא בני ישיבה ק"ק ורנקפורט ולע"ע אב"ד בק"ק ומדינות מגנצא...

מהקדמת המפרש: "ובאשר מצאתי וראיתי בדברי הרב שחבר עוד כהנה וכהנה... אמרתי... לכלול כל המאמרי' בשם אמרות טהורות >לא עשרה מאמרות כמלפנים< ... ועוד... חפצתי להודיע... בא אלי... ר' יואל יצ"ו ובידו פירוש על מאמר חקור דין מיוחס למקובל אחד שממנו לוקח הפירוש הקצר שכבר נתפשט ברבים [עיין להלן: עשרה מאמרות, אמשטרדם ת"ט]. אמנם... דרכו... של המחבר ההוא... ע"פ קבלת האר"י... וכל מעיין... ימצא שדיבר הרב... ע"פ קבלת מהר"מ [ר' משה] קורדווארי".

   EJ; CD-EPI 0148540
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Listing Classification
17th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Kabbalah:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
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