||On marital relations and mikva’ot by R. Raphael Meldola. The title page states that it is general rules pertaining to marriage from the day of the engagement ùéãåê until the day of the huppah. Also included are all the laws pertaining to Niddah, periods, stains, and these laws are called äöðò ìëú. Also the laws of mikva’ot in detail, including the proper measurements, entitled Mikva’ot Toharot. All of these laws are based on a very old manuscript of the Ramban (Nahmanides) found in a library. There is an introduction from the author in rabbinic type and then the text in square letters, both in a single column. In addition to the contents noted on the title page Huppat Hatanim also includes the text of the ketubbah and blessings, and has several diagrams at the end of the volume.
R. Raphael Meldola, (1754–1828), British rabbi; son of Moses Hezekiah Meldola (1725–1791), professor of oriental languages in Paris. Raphael was born in Leghorn, received rabbinical ordination there from R. H. J. D. Azulai (Hida) in 1796, became a dayyan in 1803, and in 1804/05 was appointed haham of the Sephardi community in London—an office vacant since the death of Moses Cohen d'Azevedo in 1784. Energetic and capable, he helped to reform the educational institutions of his community in the face of missionary activities, introduced a choir into the synagogue and cooperated cordially with Solomon Hirschel, the Ashkenazi chief rabbi. On the other hand, his belligerent nature was responsible for periodic friction with the members of his community. Notwithstanding his imperfect knowledge of English he corresponded extensively with Christian scholars. In addition to Huppat Hatanim R. Medola also published sermons and memorial poems: part of his catechism Derekh Emunah (The Way of Faith) appeared with his English translation after his death (1848). His son David (1797–1853), who succeeded him as presiding rabbi though not as haham of the Sephardi community in London, was one of the founders of the Jewish Chronicle, and ineffectively opposed the movement for religious reform among London Jewry in 1840. A grandson of Raphael's was the British scientist, Raphael Meldola.