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Lot #    9096
Auction End Date    1/11/2005 3:04:45 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Shetei ha-Lehem
Title (Hebrew)   
Author    [First Ed.] R. Moses Hagiz
City    Wandsbeck
Publisher    Israel ben Abraham
Publication Date    1733
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   First edition. [1], 59 ff., 185:145 mm., usual age staining, nice margins. A very good copy bound in modern cloth boards.
          
Detailed
Description
   Responsa by R. Moses Hagiz. The title page describes it as, Shetei ha-Lehem, that comes from the flour, as it says, a new meal offering (Lev. 23:16 Numbers 28:26). For the Lord, his offering shall be of fine flour (Lev. 2:1). Better is a handful with quietness, than both hands full of (Ecclesiastes 4:6) meal. The text is dated You have also given me the shield of your salvation (493=1733); and your right hand has supported me (Psalms 18:36). The title page is followed by several approbations, R. Hagizs introduction (1a-4a), and the responsa, of which there are forty five. This is R. Hagizs sole work of responsa. Others, prepared for publication, have not survived.

R. Moses ben Jacob Hagiz, (1672?1751), scholar and kabbalist, was among the leading opponents of Shabbateanism in the eighteenth century. Born in Jerusalem, he studied with his grandfather, R. Moses Galante. R. Hagiz visited Egypt and then Italy, where in 1704 he published his fathers Halakhot Ketannot. He traveled by way of Prague to Amsterdam where he made contact with R. Zevi Hirsch Ashkenazi, then rabbi of the Ashkenazi community, and collaborated with him in an energetic struggle against Shabbateanism and its secret adherents. When in 1713 Ashkenazi and Moses refused to retract the excommunication of the Shabbatean Nehemiah Hayon, a fierce quarrel broke out between them and the elders of the Portuguese community. In 1714 when R. Ashkenazi resigned his rabbinical office and left Amsterdam, R. Hagiz was compelled to leave with him. He went first to London with Ashkenazi, there continuing the fight against Hayon and his allies, and then to Altona, home of R. Jacob Emden, R. Ashkenazis son, where he resumed the struggle against Shabbateanism. Among those R. Hagiz attacked are Michael Abraham Cardoso and even R. Jonathan Eybeschuetz, and he took the offensive against R. Moses Hayyim Luzzatto, inducing the rabbis of Venice to excommunicate him. In 1738 R. Hagiz returned to Erez Israel and settled in Safed. He died in Beirut and was taken to Sidon for burial. R. Hagizs other works include Leket ha-Kemah, novellae on the Shulhan Arukh, O. H. and Y. D. (Amsterdam, 1697), and E. ha-E. (Hamburg, 1711); the ethical treaties Zerror ha-Hayyim and Mishnat Hakhamim (ibid., 172831 and 1733 respectively); Elleh ha-Mitzvot (Amsterdam, 1713), on the numeration of precepts in Maimonides Sefer ha-Mitzvot, on the Oral Law, and on Kabbalah; Sefat Emet (Amsterdam, 1697); and Parashat Elleh Masei (Altona, 1738), on the sanctity of the land of Israel.

          
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Reference
Description
   Carlebach Pursuit of Heresy; EJ; Vin Wandsbeck 41; CD-EPI 0132826
        
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18th Century:    Checked
  
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Language:    Hebrew
  
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