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Lot 7

Emissary's Letter from the Sages of Hebron to the Livorno Community, 1727

Letter signed by the sages of Hebron about Rabbi Yom Tov Krispi's and Rabbi Avraham Gedalia's mission. Hebron, 1727.

The letter is addressed to Rabbi Moshe Warmish of Livorno, with details of the required sums.

Names of the rabbinic signatories:

Rabbi Avraham ibn Archa (refer to: Mekorot U'Mechkarim by Ben-Tzvi 188-194, Gliss Encyclopedia L'Chachmei Eretz Yisrael III, 36)

Rabbi David Melamed (one of the Jerusalem sages who moved to Hebron, disciple and son-in-law of Rabbi Yisrael Ze'evi; he moved to Hebron, and was appointed chief rabbi there in 1762)

Rabbi Yisrael HaKohen (one of the sages of Hebron; he gave an approbation to the book Mayim Rabbim by Rabbi Rephael Meldola, which has responsa by him)

Rabbi Chaim Yosef son of Rabbi Avraham Elyashar (one of the sages of Hebron; he was in Amsterdam with Rabbi Avraham Yitzchaki in 1712 and printed the book Naggid U'Mitzvah by Rabbi Ya'akov Tzemach)

Rabbi Yosef Kastil

Rabbi Yisrael Ze'evi (Rabbi Avraham Chaim Ze'evi, grandson of the "Chessed L'Avraham, " author of Orim Gedolim)

The emissary Rabbi Avraham Gedaliah was the author of the renowned commentary 'Brit Avraham' on the Yalkut Shimoni (Livorno 1650-1660). Sages of Jerusalem and Hebron attest in their approbations there that Rabbi Avraham knew the six orders of mishnah by heart. Regarding this mission, see: A Ya'ari, Shluchei Eretz Yisrael, pp. 492-493.

[1] leaf paper, 21x23 cm. Fine condition. Aging stains. The lower corner is professionally restored.