Seder Ashmorot ha-Boker, R. Aaron Berechiah of Modena, Livorno 1796 (47903)

סדר אשמורת הבקר - Liturgy

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Lot Number: 47903
Title (English): Seder Ashmorot ha-Boker
Title (Hebrew): סדר אשמורת הבקר
Note: Liturgy
Author: R. Aaron Berechiah of Modena
City: Livorno
Publisher: דפוס אליעזר סעדון
Publication Date: 1796
Estimated Price: $300.00 USD - $600.00 USD
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Physical Description

18 ff., octavo, 153:100 mm., damp & age staining, nice margins, old  stamps. A very good copy bound in contemporary marbled paper wrappers.
        

Detail Description

Supplicatory prayers to be said in the morning as arranged by R. Aaron Berechiah ben Moses of Modena. These prayers, similar to Tikkun Hazzot, are comprised of prayers in both prose and verse. They are for both daily and festival use. The custom of reciting Seder Ashmorot ha-Boker was originated among the Italian and Levantine Jews, who would arise before dawn to say these prayers and songs. The title page has a frame and states that its purpose is supplication, entreaty, and lamentation, daily, for those who say supplicatory prayers, and for those who do not say supplicatory prayers. “All who see them shall acknowledge them, that they are” (Isaiah 61:9) “the work of the hands of a master craftsman” (Song of Songs 7:2). “The excellency of dignity” (Genesis 49:3) in the work of work proofing, precise in letters and punctuation. With the intent, wherever, possible, to be concise. Errors “shall not be seen and not be found” (Pesahim var. cit.) that confuse the holy purpose.

R. Aaron Berechiah, whose name is not mentioned here, is credited with arranging Seder Ashmorot ha-Boker. He was an Italian Kabbalist (d. 1639). He was a pupil of R. Hillel of Modena and of R. Menahem Azariah of Fano. At the request of the Hebrah Kaddisha at Mantua he wrote Ma'avar Yabbok. To avert possible criticism for failing to discuss the subject matter philosophically, he makes use of the statement of Isaac Arama in his Akedat Yizhak: "Reason must surrender some of its rights to the divine revelations which are superior to it." Other works written by him are: A commentary onTikkune ha-Zohar; Hibbur be-Kabbalah, a work on the Cabala, consisting of four volumes: (a) Shemen Mishht Kodesh (The Oil of Holy Anointment), on the principles of the Kabbala according to R. Moses Cordovero and R. Isaac Luria; (b) Shemen Zait Zak (The Pure Oil of the Olive), public addresses on the same subject; (c) Shetil Poreah (The Blossoming Plant), on the mysterious meaning of prayers and ceremonies; (d) Imre Shefer (Words of Beauty), and miscellaneous matter; this whole work was seen in manuscript by Azulai at Modena, and is found in parts in some libraries; Magen Aharon (Shield of Aaron), containing a compendium of R. Luria's works. This fertile writer is said to have been, like R. Joseph Caro, in constant communion with a spirit called the Maggid.

       

Hebrew Description

ליום ראש השנה... מנהג... ק"ק פירארה וק"ק מודונא... מתוקן ומקובל מאיש אלקים... ר' אהרן ברכיה ממודינא...

סדר זה לראש השנה נדפס תחילה ב"אשמורת הבקר", מנטובה שפ"ד.

     

References

EJ; Bibliography of the Hebrew Book 1470-1960 #000182787 (no copy NLI)