Ahavah BeTa’anugim [commentary to the Mishnah]

AUCTION 65 | Thursday, June 25th, 2015 at 1:00
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Lot 5

Ahavah BeTa’anugim [commentary to the Mishnah]

Autograph Manuscript in Hebrew, written in semi-cursive Sephardic hand on paper. ff. 228. Stained, several leaves remargined with loss of text. Modern calf, slip-case. 4to.

Hebron: 1641

Est: $12,000 - $18,000
<<Important autograph manuscript>> . Focuses upon Seder Nezikin and is entitled “Beth Pharoah” from the larger work “Ahavah BeTa’anugim.” Although stated on the title that this is “Part Three,” it seems self-evident that this part was in fact the very first section that Abraham Azulai wrote. Following the title page, there is a general introduction to the entire work in which the author explains why he named his commentary Ahavah BeTa’anugim. <<This is the only section extant>> of the author’s Mishnah commentary. It was first published in 1986 by Mechon Yerushalayim with an extensive overview. Stemming from a celebrated Rabbinic family, R. Abraham Azulai (1570-1643) was born in Fez, Morocco. In 1599 he moved to Eretz Israel and settled in Hebron. For more on his life, see Azulai, Shem Hagedolim, ref. Abraham Azulai; M. Laitman, Gems of Wisdom, Words of the Great Kabbalists From All Generations (2011) p. 413-14; D. Zlotnick, “The Commentary of Rabbi Abraham Azulai to the Mishnah” in: Proceedings of the American Academy for Jewish Research, Vol. 40, 1972, pp. 147-168.