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Mahberet haKodesh, R. Hayyim Vital, Korzec 1783

מחברת הקודש - First Edition - Kabbalah

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  • Lot Number 53257
  • Title (English) Mahberet haKodesh
  • Title (Hebrew) מחברת הקודש
  • Note First Edition - Kabbalah
  • Author R. Hayyim Vital
  • City Korzec
  • Publisher דפוס יאהן אנטאן קריגר
  • Publication Date 1783
  • Estimated Price - Low 600
  • Estimated Price - High 1,000

  • Item # 2346694
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Physical Description

First edition. [1], 152 ff. quarto, 195:155 mm., wide margins, usual age staining, old stamps , few minor wormholes. A good copy bound in modern boards.

The work was financed by the holy R. Shlomo of Lutsk.


Detail Description

Instructions for the Sabbath, Holiday and Hodesh kabbalistic intentions from the writings of Ari ha-Kodesh (R. Isaac Luria) assembled by his leading disciple R. Hayyim ben Joseph Vital. The text is in Rashi letters in two columns.

R. Hayyim ben Joseph Vital (1542–1620), one of the greatest kabbalists, was born in Safed and studied in yeshivot there, especially under R. Moses Alshekh, his teacher in exoteric subjects. In 1564 he began to study Kabbalah, at first according to the system R. Moses Cordovero, and, after R. Isaac Luria’s (Ari) arrival in Safed, under the latter, becoming the Ari’s principal disciple. After the Ari’s death, R. Vital began to arrange the Ari’s teachings in written form, elaborating on them according to his own understanding, becoming the primary transmitter of the Ari’s teachings. R. Vital later moved to Jerusalem, serving as rabbi and head of a yeshivah from late 1577 to late 1585, where he wrote the last version of his presentation of the Lurianic system. In 1586 he returned to Safed, remaining there until 1592. In 1590 R. Vital was “ordained” as rabbi by his teacher R. Moses Alshekh, and then returned to Jerusalem in 1593 remaining several years, occasionally returning to Safed. His last move was to Damascus where he died. R. Vital was a prolific writer, his works encompassing Talmud, response, homilies, and even astronomy. R. Vital assembled his major writings into two vast works Ez ha-Hayyim and Ez ha-Da’at. The former is the inclusive name for all those writings in which he elaborated on the teaching of Isaac Luria. These works went through several versions and adaptations, for Vital began to arrange what he had heard from Luria immediately after his death, remained absorbed in this task for more than 20 years.


Hebrew Description

מחברת הקודש : ... והוא ספר הכוונות לשבתות וחדשים וזמנים ... נוסף עליהם כל פרטי הכוונות אשר בספר פע"ח [פרי עץ חיים] לא נזכרים ובספר משנת חסידים [לר’ עמנואל חי ריקי] בקיצור גדול נאמרים. כאן נמצאו הכל בביאור רחב ... הכל מהאלקי מהרח"ו [ר’ חיים וויטאל] ... בתוספו’ מרובה מליקוטי החברים ... [וגם] דברי המקובל ... ר’ נתן שפירא. וסביב לו ... פליאות חכמה מפי ... מו’ מנחם עזריה [מפאנו] ... והמה בכתובי’ בבהמ"ד [בבית המדרש] דק"ק מעזרטש גדול ... הובא לבית הדפוס ע"י ... ר’ שלמה בהנגיד מוהר"ר אברהם יצ"ו מלויצק ...

ספר זה הוא החלק השני של ספר "מאורות נתן" שערך ר’ נתן שפירא מכתבי ר’ חיים וויטאל. החלק הראשון של "מאורות נתן" נכלל בספר "פרי עץ חיים", קארעץ תקמ"ב. עיין: י’ אביב"י, בנין אריאל, ירושלים תשמ"ז, עמ’ עא.



EJ; Bibliography of the Hebrew Book 1470-1960 # 000130709