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Shevet Musar - Part II, R. Abraham b. Isaac Assa, Trans., Izmir 1860

שבט מוסר ח"ב - Ladino - Kabbalah

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  • Lot Number 51527
  • Title (English) Shevet Musar - Part II
  • Title (Hebrew) שבט מוסר ח"ב
  • Note Ladino - Kabbalah
  • Author R. Abraham b. Isaac Assa, Trans.
  • City Izmir
  • Publisher Ben Zion Benjamin Roditi
  • Publication Date 1860
  • Estimated Price - Low 200
  • Estimated Price - High 500

  • Item # 1965155
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Physical Description

168 ff., octavo, 198:140 mm.,  usual light damp and age staining. A good copy not bound.


Detail Description

Moral and ethical text oft reprinted and translated in many languages. With the approbation of R. Hayyim Palache.

Translated by R. Abraham Assa, the single most important contributor to the Ladino literature of all times. Ladino religious literature had its origins in pre-expulsion Spain, it was only in exile, however, that it really developed. The major original translations include the Book of Psalms (Constantinople, 1540); the Pentateuch (Constantinople, 1547); the Prophets (Salonica, 1572); and a complete translation of the Bible by R. Abraham b. Isaac Assa (Constantinople, 1739–45), which became the most popular text among the Sephardic communities of the East.

Shevet Musar, a Kabbalistic, moral, and ethical text by R. Elijah b. Abraham Solomon ha-Kohen ha-Itamari (<1640-1729). He was born in Smyrna, where he was educated by R. Benjamin Melamed (he recods the eulogy in Midrash Elijah), a leading Rabbi of Izmir (Smyrna) and became a homiletic preacher. R. Elijah's opposition to Shabbetai Zevi and his associates earned him much grief at home. He apparently cared for orphans as his writings display an extremely detailed knowledge of the physical and psychological suffering of the poor. A prolific writer he is best remembered for his ethical work Shevet Mussar (Rod of Admonition), which has seen numerous editions and been translated into many languages. The first edition of Shevet Mussar was issued in Constantinople in 1712.


Hebrew Description:   

ליברו לוזייו אי איסטימאד'ו קי לו אינג'ינייו אי לו איזו איל רב... אליהו הכהן האיתמרי... פארה קי סי קאסטיגי איל אומברי...

בלאדינו. על פי הוצאת קושטנדינא תק"ח. פרקי הספר בהוצאה זו קבלו את שמות פרשיות התורה כדי לקרוא בו פרק בכל שבוע. ח"א, דף [ג-ד]: הקדמת המדפיס (בלאדינו). הסכמה: ר' חיים פאלאג'י, כח סיון תר"ך (בעברית).



Bibliography of the Hebrew Book 1470-1960 #000189250; EJ