Shailoth Uteshuvoth [responsa]

AUCTION 5 | Tuesday, June 23rd, 1998 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Books, Manuscripts and Works of Art

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Lot 66

Shailoth Uteshuvoth [responsa]

FIRST EDITION. Title within architectural arch. Astrological and calendrical charts ff.(4),210,217-328. Lacking two errata leaves. ff.237-8 mispaginated. Opening and closing leaves repaired, dampstained. Modern calf-backed boards. Folio Vinograd, Venice 508; Mehlman 715 (noting textual variants); Adams L-607

Venice: Giovanni di Gara 1565

Est: $1,000 - $1,500
Following the author’s move from Spain to Portugal in 1492, Chabib, along with his father were forcibly baptized. The pair were able to escape to Salonika where they soon supplied a father-and-son team of leadership for the “Gerush Sefarad,” the community of Spanish exiles settled in Salonika. In time, the RaLBa”CH moved to the Holy Land in order to atone for his baptism as a youth, where he became embroiled over the issue of reconstituting the ancient Sanhedrin in Safed - a matter of which he was intensely opposed. See M. Benayahu, Chidushah shel Hasemichah Betzfat in: Yitzhak F. Baer Jubilee Volume (1960) pp.248-69