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Lot #    9156
Auction End Date    1/11/2005 3:56:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Menorat ha-Ma'or
Title (Hebrew)   
Author    [Ms.] R. Isaac Aboab
City    [Yemen]
Publication Date    19th cent.
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [204] ff., 300:218 mm., light age staining, scattered worming initial and final few ff., wide margins, ink on heavy paper, neat Yemenite block letters, signed by scibe, Moses ben Joseph Alnahme. A beautiful ms. bound in modern cloth boards.
Paragraph 1    The copy of R. Abraham b. Yahya b. Yahya Elmaleh with his hand on initial f.
   The classic work on ethics and morals with commentary Nefesh Yehudah. Menorat ha-Ma'or,(Candlestick of Light), one of the most popular works of religious edification among the Jews in the Middle Ages. Written for the ignorant and the learned, the foolish and the wise, the young and the old, for men and for women, the work has enjoyed over 70 editions and printings (1st ed. Constantinople, 1514) and has been translated into Spanish, Ladino, Yiddish, and German. The book became a handbook for preachers and served for public reading in synagogues when no preacher was available.

For hundreds of years the Yemenite Jewish communities followed their traditional ways of secular and religious life, not being influenced by external trends and currents. Some customs in the Yemenite prayer rites go back to the prayer book of R. Saadiah Ga'on. From the 16th century on the Kabbalah and especially later its Lurianic school and system found its way to Yemen and influenced Jewish literary production in the areas of commentaries to the Bible, prayers, and liturgic poetry. All of this rich history is reflected in this work.

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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Other:    Yemen
Homiletics:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Other:    Book
Kind of Judaica