Auction No. 113

Famous personalities, Art, Seforim, Letters from Rabbis and Rebbes

Apr 8, 2019

Auction No. 113

Opening $400
Estimate $1,000 - $1,300

Darkei HaChidah, ten rules and concepts necessary for formulating a riddle, by the kabbalist Rabbi Eliyahu HaLevi, rabbi of Alessandria, signed autograph: "זה אל"י."

Rabbi Eliyahu HaLevi Segal 1713-1792 was among the rabbinical leaders of Italy in his time. He was born in Finale and was a disciple/colleague of Rabbi Yitzchak Lampronti. They both studied under Rabbi Y. Brielle. He was rabbi and rosh yeshivah in Alessandria, an adjudicator and kabbalist. The Chid"a wrote regarding him in a halachic responsum (Chaim Shaal, section II, siman 10): "The elder esteemed rabbi Eliyah HaLevi z"l rabbi of the Alessandria community sent to me"). In the book Toldot Geonei Italiah it says: "And I, the youth Mordechai Girodni, heard wondrous things from Rabbi Eliyahu HaLevi, of his piety and sanctity, who rescued his flock from much distress with the power of his special prayers." Rabbi M. Sh. Girondi writes of him: "The gaon famed in Torah, piety and extreme humility, the G-dly kabbalist, the glory of Torah." He composed many works, including Seder D'Eliyahu, Shirim V'Chidot. Also, in manuscript: Kursa D'Eliyahu - which is mentioned by the Chid"a; Shu"t Eliyahu B'Arba and more. Material about him is enclosed, as well as letters sent to him by the Chid"a. Refer to Kovetz Sinai volume 71, pages 163-165.

[2] pages. Ink on paper. 18x25 cm. Unaligned margins. Fine condition. Fold marks.

The Ramcha”l and Italian Jewry