Petah Einiyim, R. Hayyim Joseph David Azulai (HIDA), Livorno 1790 (49375)

פתח עינים - First Edition - Copy of R. Abraham Lulu with ms. notes

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Lot Number: 49375
Title (English): Petah Einiyim
Title (Hebrew): פתח עינים
Note: First Edition - The copy of with several signed notations by R. Abraham Lulu
Author: R. Hayyim Joseph David Azulai (HIDA)
City: Livorno
Publisher: Eliezer Sa'adon
Publication Date: 1790
Estimated Price: $500.00 USD - $1,000.00 USD
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Physical Description

First edition. ff., folio, 308:210 mm., age and damp staining, wide margins, old hand on title. A good copy bound in contemporary marbled paper over boards, split and rubbed.

The copy of with several signed notations by R. Abraham Lulu, (d.1808) was born in Marrakesh, Morocco, and later arrived at Tunis in his childhood. A dispute with the elders of Tunis regarding his practice of Practical Kabbalah caused him to leave for Livorno, arriving there in the final years of the HIDA. He is described by R. Joseph HaKohen Tangi in Toldot Chachmei Tunis: "He was renowned in Tunis as exceptionally proficient in Practical Kabbalah, and could extract wine from a wall, as is retold about the Baal Shem". A lengthy halachic letter from R. Abraham Lulu was printed in Pekudat HaMelech by R. Israel Nahman Drohobyczer (Livorno 1804). The Pekudat HaMelech met R. Abraham Lulu while passing through Livorno, and printed the latter's words together with his response (this indicates that R. Abraham Lulu was already residing in Livorno in 1804). A manuscript on Practical Kabbalah previously owned by R. Abraham Lulu exists in the National Library of France (MS Hebr. 1380).

Many wonderful stories of miracles performed through Holy Names and Practical Kabbalah by R. Abraham Lulu, appear in Perach Shoshan by R. Shushan HaKohen (Jerusalem 1977). Reputedly, he would go to study with his friends at night in the courtyard of the king's palace, miraculously producing donkeys for them to ride on, causing the palace walls to open up, and bringing them into the courtyard with no resistance. It is also retold that R. Abraham succeeded in restoring a wealthy man's entire fortune which had been stolen. (Todot Hakmei Tunis, Bnei Berak 1984; Beniyahu, HIDA, v. 2, p. 476)


Detail Description

Commentary and expositions to the Ein Ya'akov and to Avot by R. Hayyim Joseph David Azulai (known by his Hebrew acronym HIDA, 1724–1806), halakhist, kabbalist, emissary, and bibliographer. Hida was born in Jerusalem; he was descended on his father's side from a prominent family of rabbis and kabbalists from Spain while his mother was a daughter of Joseph Bialer who had gone to Erez Israel with R. Judah Hasid in 1770. He studied under some of the outstanding Jewish scholars of his age including R. Jonah Navon, R. Isaac ha-Kohen Rapoport, and R. Hayyim ibn Attar. R. Azulai attained early eminence in Jewish studies and was regarded by the Jewry of the Ottoman Empire and of Italy as the leading scholar of his generation. He was highly esteemed, too, by the Jews of Germany, especially after the publication of his works.


Hebrew Description

צופה ומביט לראות בשתי עינים, עין יעקב ועין ישראל, אלה עיני פור"ש לעשות לו דר"ך בקצת מאמרי’ כי לו בקסת"י אפת"ח פתח כל שהוא לתלמידי דבי רב... וזמנין דמשכחת הערות וגלגולי ישובי"הם בגופי הלכות ופוסקים... קצת חידושי גאונים כתיבת יד... ורוב בכתב אמרתי בחפזי אגב גירסאי אי נמי בפרשת דרכים הואי או בלימוד ישיבה אגב רהטאי בלי ראות הספרים הנצרכים דלא חזאי אפי’ מהראשונים רק שי"נת ארעי ודרך אקראי... חיים יוסף דוד אזולאי... חלק [א]-ב.

חלק א: שנת א’ם שלום תענך ו’פ’ת’ח’ה’ לך [תק"ן]. [1], קלח דף. על זרעים, מועד ונשים.

דף פג-פד,א: "כבר נפתחו פתוחי חותם הנה הוא דפוס בקונטריס שמחת הרגל רות [ליוורנו תקמ"ב] מה שהיה כתוב אצלי בקונט’ זה פתח עינים על מסכת סוכה... ועתה אכתוב שנים ג גרגרים...". הפירוש בשלמותו נדפס בהוצאת ירושלים תשי"ט.

חלק ב: שנת יקריבנו אל פ’ת’ח’ א’ה’ל’ לפ"ג [תק"ן]. ק דף.

על נזיקין, קדשים וטהרות.

דף מה,ב-נה,ב: "קצת פירוש אבות שכתבתי בקונטריס זרוע ימין". דף ק: "שומר לראש"י", הגהות על ראש דוד.



Bibliography of the Hebrew Book 1470-1960 #000176676; Beniyahu, HIDA, v. 1 p. 212-213, #12;