Shailoth Uteshuvoth [responsa]

AUCTION 22 | Tuesday, January 27th, 2004 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Manuscripts and Works of Graphic Art Including Holy Land Maps, Illustrated Books, Photography and Graphic Art from The Collection of Daniel M. Friedenberg of Greenwich, Conn

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Lot 152
Tzahalon, Yom Tov

Shailoth Uteshuvoth [responsa]

FIRST EDITION. Title page within typographic border surrounding depiction of the Tabernacle, on verso diagrams of the Third Temple, Table with Showbread and Menorah, positioning of the Temple on Mount Zion depicted on f.4v. On title, signature and stamp of R. Chaim Meshulam Hakohen Kaufman (1861-1924), rabbi of Poltosk, Poland, and author of several works, notably Pethach ha-Ohel on the difficult Mishnaic tractate Ohaloth (see N.Z. Friedmann, Otzar ha-Rabbanim, p. 137, no. 6510) ff (9), 223, 25. Small hole in title page. Dampstaining and worming. Original blind-tooled calf with clasps and hinges. Titled in Hebrew on spine, upper portion distressed. Folio Vinograd, Venice, 1467

Venice: Vendramin 1694

Est: $700 - $900
Yom Tov Tzahalon (1559-after 1638) was the emissary from Safed to Italy and Holland, and later to Egypt and Turkey. Although a student of R. Joseph Karo, he attacked the latter's monumental compendium Shulchan Aruch, claiming it was a work for children and laymen. Of late, Meir Benayahu has expressed doubt whether Tzahalon was actually a disciple of R. Joseph Karo, and not a disciple of a disciple. See M. Benayahu, Yosef Behiri (Jerusalem, 1991), p. 320. Tzahalon's collected responsa were published by his grandson Yom Tov ben Akiva, who added his own novellae to chapters five and six of Bava Metzi'a. It is told that the phenomenal Lithuanian genius R. Joseph Zechariah Stern of Shavel knew the responsa of R. Yom Tov Tzahalon by heart verbatim! (See Rabbotheinu she-ba-Golah I (Jerusalem, 1996), p. 119)