Keter Torah, R. Samuel b. Moses Avila, Amsterdam (50765)

כתר תורה - Only Edition

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Lot Number: 50765
Title (English): Keter Torah
Title (Hebrew): כתר תורה
Note: Only Edition
Author: R. Samuel b. Moses Avila
City: Amsterdam
Publisher: Solomon Proophs
Publication Date: 1725?
Estimated Price: $300.00 USD - $600.00 USD
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Physical Description

Only edition. [3], 113 ff., quarto, 217:160 mm., wide margins, age and damp staining. A good copy bound in later boards, rubbed.

Detail Description

R. Samuel b. Moses Avila (b. 1688), talmudic scholar in Morocco. Born in Meknes, R. Avila studied under R. Hayyim ibn Attar (the First), whose granddaughter he married, and under R. Joseph b. Bahatit. He began preaching publicly when he was about 20 years old. An affluent merchant, he left Meknes for Sale and Rabat because of the excessive taxes levied upon him by the community. Part of his work, Keter Torah (Amsterdam, 1725), which he calls "a guide for scholars and for the conduct of communal affairs," was written to prove that scholars should be exempt from communal taxation, probably as a result of his own experiences. At the end of this work is his commentary to tractate Nazir. He also wrote Ozen Shemu'el (Amsterdam, 1715), homilies and eulogies; and Me'il Shemu'el, still in manuscript.

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