Vital, Chaim ben Joseph. Sha’arei Kedushah [“Gates of Holiness”: Kabbalah]. * BOUND WITH (As Originally Issued): Sepher Alim li-Teruphah [letters of moral instruction by Moses Nachmanides and Elijah, Gaon of Vilna]

AUCTION 28 | Tuesday, April 05th, 2005 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: The Library of the late Professor Abraham J. Karp.

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Vital, Chaim ben Joseph. Sha’arei Kedushah [“Gates of Holiness”: Kabbalah]. * BOUND WITH (As Originally Issued): Sepher Alim li-Teruphah [letters of moral instruction by Moses Nachmanides and Elijah, Gaon of Vilna]

Title within typographical border. Tailpieces (4),48,8. Browned. Slight worming. Recent endpapers. Contemporary calf-backed boards. 12mo Yaari, Aleppo 1 and 2

Aleppo: Elijah Hai b. Abraham Sasson 1866

Est: $500 - $700
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The Jews of Aleppo (Arabic, Haleb) referred to their city by the Biblical name of “Aram Tzovah.” This volume contains the first two Hebrew books printed in this ancient Jewish community of Northern Syria. Sasson was sent by his father to Italy to learn the art of printing. The rabbinic type he uses here is in fact very similar to that used by the Livornese Hebrew presses. One notes that the fourth and final gate of the Sha’arei Kedushah is truncated. The printer demurs: ”This section is unprinted. Since it consists of [Divine] names and hidden mysteries, it would be unlawful to commit it to print” (f.48v.). In recent times, the Jerusalemite kabbalist R. Ya’akov Moshe Hillel published for the first time Sha’ar Daleth of Sha’arei Kedushah