Sama de-Haye, R. Hayyim Jacob ben Jacob David, Amsterdam 1739 (47528)

סמא דחיי - Only Edition - Responsa

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Lot Number: 47528
Title (English): Sama de-Haye
Title (Hebrew): סמא דחיי
Note: Only Edition
Author: R. Hayyim Jacob ben Jacob David
City: Amsterdam
Publisher: Joseph Dayyan
Publication Date: 1739
Estimated Price: $200.00 USD - $500.00 USD
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Physical Description

Only edition. [2], 100 ff. folio 295:187 mm., nice margins, light age and damp staining, old hand and stamp of previous owner. A good copy loose in later boards., rubbed.


Detail Description

Only edition of these responsa on all four parts of the Shulhan Arukh by R. Hayyim Jacob ben Jacob David mi-Galil ha-Elyon Tsefat. The title-page with an attractive architectural frame with a crown at the top, states that it is Sama de-Haye (from the Babylonian Talmud Shabbat 88b “Thus Raba said; To those who go to the right hand thereof it is a medicine of life; to those who go to the left hand there of it is a deadly poison”).  There are approbations from R. David Israel A`tthias and R. Isaac Hayyim ibn Dana de Brito of Amsterdam; R. Elazer Rokeah of Cracow; and R. Raphael ben Elazer of Ledula, errata, and then the text. Of bibliographic interest is that after the errata is a brief preface from R. David ben Raphael Meldola followed by the press mark of the mid seventeenth century printer Immanuel Benveniste. While this pressmark was widely used by later printers it has not been reported that it was also employed by Joseph Dayyan.

R. Hayyim Jacob ben Jacob David was Rabbi of Smyrna; he lived in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. According to Michael, he was born at Smyrna and was a pupil of R. Ḥayyim ben Jacob Abulafia, author of Eẓ Ḥayyim. He went to Safed, the rabbis of which town sent him on a mission to North Africa, where he stayed for several years: in 1718 he was in Tunis, in 1729 in Algeria. Not long after his return he was sent to Europe, and while in Holland he published: "Ẓeror ha-Ḥayyim," novellæ on the "Yad" of Maimonides (Amsterdam, 1738); as well as Sama de-Ḥaye, responsa, and notes to the four Ṭurim (ib.


Hebrew Description

... בתשובות [על הארבעה טורים]... בפלפול... הכינו... ר' חיים יעקב נר"ו שלוחא דרחמנא... צפת... והוגה... ע"י... ר' דוד בהרב... רפאל מולדולה נר"ו...

בסוף כל חלק: קונטרסים על ביאור לשונות הטור והפוסקים.
דף צח-[1]: מפתחות הספר והשמטות, [מאת] המגיה ר' דוד ב"ר רפאל מילדולה.

הסכמות: רבני אמשטרדם ספרדים: ר' דוד ישראל עטיאס ור' יצחק חיים ן' דנא די בריטו, משפטים תצ"ח;
ר' אלעזר רוקח מקראקא, אמשטרדם, יז למב"י [ב אייר] תצ"ח;
ר' רפאל ב"ר אלעזר מילדולה, באיונה, משפטים, תצ"ח.



BE sameh 472; JE; CD-NLI 0137934