AUCTION 31 | Tuesday, December 13th, 2005 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Hebrew and Other Printed Books

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Lot 226


Sha’arei Rachamim [“Gates of Mercy”: selected prayers, with mystical meditations of R. Isaac Luria as recorded by Chaim ben Abraham Hakohen of Aleppo]. ff. (7), 146 (missing f.118), (1). [Vinograd, Salonika 243]. * WITH: (HAGADAH). Sha’arei Ratzon [“Gates of Will”]. Kabbalistic commentary by Chaim ben Abraham Hakohen of Aleppo. With commentary to other Festivals. ff. 57. [Vinograd, Salonika 244; Yaari 120; Yudlov 193, all with variant collation] Browned and stained. Neat marginal repairs on first title and a few leaves. Modern blind-tooled calf. 4to

Salonika: n.p. 1741

Est: $2,000 - $3,000
First Printed Edition of Prayer Book According to Custom of R. Isaac Luria (Nusach Ar”i). Together with First Kabbalistic Hagadah. Both derived from manuscripts of R. Chaim ben Abraham Hakohen of Aleppo R. Chaim Hakohen was a disciple of R. Chaim Vital in Damascus, and thus third in a direct line of transmission from R. Isaac Luria. Hakohen served as rabbi of the community of Aleppo. He died in 1655 in Italy, where he had traveled in order to publish his writings. His published works include Torath Hacham (1654), kabbalistic commentary to the Pentateuch; Mekor Chaim, kabbalistic comentary to Shulchan Aruch (1655); and Migdol David (1680), kabbalistic commentary to Ruth, purloined by R. David Lida. See D. Sutton, Aleppo: City of Scholars (2005), pp. 152-3, no. 161