Auction 120

Special Auction

3rd March 2020

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

 3 Shatner Center 1st Floor Givat Shaul Jerusalem

Opening $ 1,000
Estimate $ 3,000 - $ 4,000

Lengthy sermon covering ten leaves, densely written in the clear hand of Kabbalist and Rishon LeTziyon Rabbi Ya'akov Yisrael Algazi. Jerusalem, 1743. Unprinted, to the best of our knowledge.

At the top of the manuscript, there is a dated title, also in his hand: "Sermon I arranged to deliver for the Jerusalem community, parashat Shelach Lecha 1743." The sermon begins with the verse "The Land is very very good ... but do not rebel against Hash-m." Rabbi Ya'akov Yisrael praises the land of Israel extensively, as well as the holy city of Jerusalem, and elucidates the transgression of the spies in three ways, one of which is according to the Zohar. Rabbi Algazi concludes his sermon with a prayer in Aramaic for the removal of the Ishmaelites from the Temple Mount: "אנו לי-ה ולי-ה עינינו יתובי יתבין צווחין כי כרוכיא עד מתי לעדה עניה סוערה בהר ובשפלה... עד מתי ייתון בני עממיא לשלם אל מקום המזבח זה מקום המקדש..."

Rabbi Ya'akov Algazi [1680-1716], was a rabbi in Izmir, and one of the leading sages and Kabbalists of Jerusalem. He studied in the Beit-El Kabbalists' yeshivah and was one of its heads. His teachers included Rabbi Chaim Abulafiah (author of Etz Chaim) and Rabbi Yitzchak HaKohen Rapoport (author of Batei Kehunah). He served as rosh yeshivah of Neveh Shalom Brit Avraham in which leading sages of Jerusalem studied, and was a member of Rabbi Eliezer Nachum's Beit Din. The Chid"a eulogized him. He served as Rishon LeTziyon from 1755 until his passing, and his son the Mahari"t succeeded him. He authored many books, including Shalmei Tzibbur, Ne'ot Ya'akov, Ma'aneh Lashon, Ar'a D'Rabbanan, Kehillot Ya'akov, Maggid Devarav L'Ya'akov.

[10] pp. 10x16 cm. Dense semi-kolmus script with the addition of glosses and marks in the margins of the leaves.

Fine condition. Stains. Professional restoration of the margins. New leather binding.

Manuscripts by Sages of the Orient, Yemen and Italy