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Lot #    9075
Auction End Date    1/11/2005 2:43:53 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Tofteh Arukh
Title (Hebrew)    תפתה ערוך
Author    [Kabbalah] R. Moses Zacuto
City    Metz
Publisher    Getshlik Speyer
Publication Date    1777
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition of Yiddish translation, third edition of the poems. [2], 72 ff., 195:128 mm., crisp sharp pages. A very good copy boundin the modern half leather and marbled paper boards.
   Liturgical poem for the ill and deceased concerning the world to come. When the Author lived in Italy, he wrote his great dramatic poem, Tofteh Arukh. In the opening verses, the dead man recounts his last illness and the arrangements for his burial. Afterward follows the episode of hibbut ha-kever ("tribulations in the grave"). The angel Duna commences the judgment and trial and with the aid of his angels drags the dead man through the seven sections of hell, showing the terrible punishments suffered by sinners. The conclusion is a description of the difference between the fate of sinners and that of the righteous, and toward the end the angel and the dead man praise G-d as the true judge. The poem consists of 185 rhymed stanzas of five verses each. The author employs many homonyms, assonances, and word plays. The work attained great popularity, especially among groups of kabbalists, such as Hadashim la-Bekarim. After its publication (Venice, 1715), a sequel entitled Eden Arukh was written by R. Jacob Daniel Olmo. Since the second edition (1743) the two poems have been published together.
Paragraph 2    שיר מוסרי בענייני חיבוט הקבר ועונשי גיהנום בקפ"ה בתים. עיין על הספר: חיים חמיאל, "תפתה ערוך" לר' משה זכות - סיני, כרך כה, תש"ט, עמ' שד-שיט; כרך כו, תש"י, עמ' קא-קיב. הסכמות: ר' ארי' ליב [גינצבורג], מיץ, יג תשרי תקל"ז; ר' משה לבוב, טריר , ג תשרי תקל"ז; ר' אברהם יעקב כץ פערלי, ננסי, ה תשרי תקמ"ג[!].
   BE 1791.6; Vinograd, Metz 42; CD-EPI 0132478; EJ
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
France:    Checked
Kabbalah:    Checked
Liturgy:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew, Yiddish
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica