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Lot #    8888
Auction End Date    1/11/2005 11:32:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Kav ha-Yashar
Title (Hebrew)    קב הישר
Author    [Ladino] R. Zvi Hirsch Koidonover
City    Orta Kai (Constantinople)
Publisher    Arup Ogle Bugash
Publication Date    1822
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   272 pp., 177:114 mm., light age and damp staining, wide margins. A very good copy bound in contemporary leather boards, neatly restored.
   With introduction in Ladino prose by R. Judah Yerushalmi.

Kav ha-Yashar holds the torments of hell over the heads of those who do not mend their ways and fulfill God's commandments. The book is replete with wondrous tales depicting the punishment of the evil and the reward of the righteous. The book reflects the suffering and persecution of European Jewry, and the despair wrought by the Shabbatean disillusionment. It also reveals aspects of the communal life of this time - the economic struggle, oppression by leaders of the community, and disregard of religious rituals by Jewish tax collectors whose business brought them into contact with Christian government officials and noblemen. His engaging style, which made the Kav ha-Yashar popular with the masses, and rapidly gained a reputation for it among European Jewry. It has been frequently reprinted (see Friedberg, Eked, 3, 882). R. Koidonover prepared a popular Yiddish translation (Frankfort, 1709), and a Ladino translation appeared in Constantinople (1724).

R. Zvi Hirsch Koidonover (d. 1712), rabbi and ethical writer (his name derived from Koidanovo, a town near Minsk). Koidonover was born in Vilna and spent his childhood in Kurow near Lublin until 1658 when his father's house was pillaged and his two sisters killed. The rest of the family escaped to Austria, and subsequently settled in Nikolsburg, where his father, Aaron Samuel, was appointed rabbi. Koidonover received his religious education from his father and from R. Joseph b. Judah, rabbi of Minsk and Dubnow, author of the moralistic treatise, Yesod Yosef.

Paragraph 2    ... אביאו[!] לבית הדפוס... ר' יהודה ירושלמי הי"ו.

בשער גם: נדפס פה קושטאנדינא. על-פי קושטאנדינא תצ"ב, בהשמטת הקדמת המחבר והתוכחה של ר' שמואל אמאטו. מעבר לשער נדפסה הקדמת ר' יהודה ירושלמי בלאדינו, בחריזה.

   CD-EPI 0162672; EJ
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Greece-Turkey:    Checked
Other:    Ethics
Language:    Hebrew, Ladino
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica