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Lot #    8436
Auction End Date    10/19/2004 1:23:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Ben Ish Hai - Year I
Title (Hebrew)    בן איש חי - שנה א'
Author    [First Ed. - Kabbalah] R. Joseph Hayyim b. Elijah
City    Baghdad
Publisher    Joshua b. Solomon Behor
Publication Date    1912
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   First edition. [4], 121 [i.e. 122] ff., 222:145 mm., light browning and staining. A very good copy bound in the original boards, rubbed.
          
Detailed
Description
   Homilies blended with halacha and Kabbalah. This work achieved immense popularity, particularly in oriental communities, where it is studied extensively, and has gone through many editions.

R. Joseph Hayyim b. Elijah Al-Hakam (1833 or 1835–1909), was born in Baghdad, he studied with his maternal uncle, R. David Hai b. Meir. In 1848 he began to study under R. Abdallah Somekh. He succeeded his father (1859) as preacher, a post he held until his death. In 1869 he visited Erez Israel. In 1876 Jacob Obermeier of Vienna, who had come to Baghdad to teach French, insulted R. Joseph Hayyim. The community excommunicated him and compelled him to request the rabbi's pardon. Al-Hakam was renowned as a great halakhic authority who instituted many takkanot. He wrote some 60 works on all aspects of Torah, only a few of which have been published. He is best known for his Ben Ish Hai. His other published works include Ben Yehoyada (1898–1904), five volumes of commentaries to the aggadic portions of the Babylonian Talmud and Rav Pe'alim (1901–12), responsa. He wrote approximately 200 piyyutim and pizmonim, about 50 of which are incorporated in the liturgy of Baghdad Jewry; the rest are still in manuscript.

          
Paragraph 2    פסקי הלכות ... אסופים משה"ט. א"ח ויו"ד [משולחן הטהור אורח חיים ויורה דעה] וספרי אחרונים. מחולקים לסדר שבתות שתי שנים ... [מאת] יוסף חיים יצ"ו בכמהר"ר אליהו בכמהר"ר משה חיים זצ"ל ...
          
Reference
Description
   CD-EPI 0135597; EJ
        
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Listing Classification
Period
20th Century:    Checked
  
Location
Other:    Iraq
  
Subject
Halacha:    Checked
Homiletics:    Checked
  
Kabbalah:    Checked
  
Characteristic
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
  
Manuscript Type
  
Kind of Judaica