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Lot #    6079
Auction End Date    11/18/2003 1:07:11 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Va-Yakhel Moshe
Title (Hebrew)    ויקהל משה
Author    [Kabbalah] R. Moses Graf
City    Dessau
Publisher    Moses b. Simha Bunim
Publication Date    1698
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. [4], 5-14; 58 ff., quarto, 190:151 mm., usual browning, minor worming, old hand on title. A very good copy bound in contemporary marbled paper boards, rubbed.
   Kabbalistic discussion of various portions of the Zohar and of the Adam de-Azilut, with a special commentary on the latter concept entitled Masveh Moshe, introduced and annotated by R. Samuel b. Solomon Kohen, cantor in Brody (Dessau, 1699). In this work Moses often criticizes the teachings of Moses Cordovero and his followers.

R. Moses b. Menahem Graf (also known as Moses Praeger; 1650–1700/1710), kabbalist born in Prague. After the conflagration in the Prague ghetto (1689), Moses moved to Nikolsburg (Mikulov), where he studied under the kabbalist R. Eliezer Mendel b. Mordecai. He was given lodging and support by David Oppenheim, who, like Samson Wertheimer of Vienna, encouraged the publication of his writings. Leaving Nikolsburg, Moses attempted to settle in various European cities, reaching Fuerth in 1696 and Dessau in 1698. It is not certain whether he died there or whether he returned to Prague in his later years. Moses' published works include: Zera Kodesh, a kabbalistic work with an appendix describing the exorcism of a dibbuk in Nikolsburg (Fuerth, 1696); a second edition, without the dibbuk story, was published by Simeon b. David Abiob of Hebron, together with his Bat Melekh (Venice, 1712; reprinted Munkacz, 1893).

   CD-EPI 0177430; EJ
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Listing Classification
18th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Kabbalah:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica