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Lot 175


Sha’arei Rachamim [selected prayers, with mystical meditations]. ff. (7), 146. [Vinograd, Salonika 243]. * WITH: (HAGADAH). Sha’arei Ratzon. 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] Some brownng and staining, usual wine stains in the Hagadah, inner margin of final leaf repaired. A wide-margined copy. Modern calf. 4to

Salonika: n.p. 1741

Est: $4,000 - $6,000
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, supposedly purloined by R. David Lida. See D. Sutton, Aleppo: City of Scholars (2005), pp. 152-3, no. 161