Auction 120

Special Auction

3rd March 2020

Tuesday, Mar 3, 19:00 (Israel time)

 3 Shatner Center 1st Floor Givat Shaul Jerusalem

Opening $ 4,000
Estimate $ 10,000 - $ 12,000

Early sermon handwritten by Rabbeinu Yosef Chaim of Baval, author of Ben Ish Chai. [1840?]

Clear, simple writing on a large leaf written on both sides.

The sermon was apparently given on 7 Elul 1860, a full year after his father's, Rabbi Moshe Chaim, rabbi of Baghdad's passing. As is known, immediately after his father's passing, when he was just 25 years old, he began to lead the community, so this sermon before us is one of his first. The sermon was printed with many changes, in Neveh Shalom Part 1, sermon 2.

"Ana, Hash-m, Hoshiyah Na, Ana, Hash-m, Hatzlichah Na, and see that this large nation looks to You. Biya, biya (- supplications: See, see) go out to save your people, to save your anointed ..."

At the beginning of the sermon, there is a passage on caution from baseless hatred, and then it continues at length about the topic of redemption. Aside from the eulogy for his father, there is a extensive sermon about the topic of joy, in which he cites the Zohar, Rabbi Shimshon of Ostropol and others.

Refer to the Hebrew catalog text for a brief biography of Rabbi Yosef Chaim of Baghdad.

[1] large leaf paper. It is known that most of Rabbeinu the author of Ben Ish Chai's writings were written on small leaves, and before us is a large leaf from the beginning of his career .......

32x22 cm.

Placed in a magnificent new semi-leather binding. Very fine condition.

Manuscripts by Sages of the Orient, Yemen and Italy