Hakohen, Benjamin Beinish ben Judah Leib. Amtachath Binyamin [kabbalistic cures, charms and meditations].

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Hakohen, Benjamin Beinish ben Judah Leib. Amtachath Binyamin [kabbalistic cures, charms and meditations].

<<First edition.>> Title in typographic border. Signature on title: “Yechezkel son of <<R. Avraham Bing>>.” pp. 4; ff. 5-38. Ex-library, lightly browned and stained. Modern boards. 4to. Vinograd, Wilhermsdorf 76.

Wilhermsdorf: Hirsch ben Hayim of Fürth 1717

Est: $200 - $300
The author, Benjamin Beinish Hakohen of Krotoschin, acquired a reputation as a ba’al shem, a wonder-worker. In fact, the earlier published work by the same author is entitled Shem Tov Katan (Sulzbach, 1706). Practical Kabbalah, which was for the most part, virtuously motivated, is preoccupied with the manipulation of the spherical powers to affect the physical, not the spiritual world. Such magical operations are not considered impossible in the Kabbalah. Indeed, they are not categorically forbidden, although numerous Kabbalistic writings stress that only the most perfectly saintly individuals are permitted to perform them, and even then, never for their private advantage, but only in times of emergency and public need. Jewish “white” magic worked largely through the manipulation of the sacred, esoteric names of God and the angels. Those who knew its secrets, were known as “ba’alei shem.” The book bears the haskamoth (encomia) of R. Meir Eisenstadt of Prossnitz, author of Responsa Panim Me’iroth, and of R. Naphtali Katz of Posen. The latter attests that R. Benjamin Beinish dwelled for some time in his abode, at which time the rabbi of Posen had opportunity to observe his lofty ways and expertise in Kabbalah. As R. Naphtali Katz himself was renowned as a kabbalist and wonder-worker, this constitutes the testimony of an expert. See Immanuel Etkes, Ba’al Hashem: The Besht—Magic, Mysticism, Leadership (Jerusalem, 2000), pp. 35-41. In regard to the prior owner of this volume, his father, R. Abraham Bing (1752-1841) was an important figure in the Orthodox Jewish community of Germany, known for his relentless opposition to the Reform movement. R. Bing was a disciple of the saintly Rabbi Nathan Adler of Frankfurt, the former’s birthplace. He attained renown as a master talmudist, rosh yeshivah and served for many years as rabbi of Würzburg. See JE, Vol. III, p. 215.