Auction No. 098

Holy books, Manuscripts, Rabbinical & Admors letters, Americana & Judiaca

March 27, 2017
Opening $200
Estimate $250 - $300

Novellae on the Mishneh Torah L'Rambam and responsa by a father and son, Rabbi Avraham Leib Aryeh and Rabbi Michael Aryeh.

Specifications: [1], 79 leaves. 29 cm. First edition.

Content: Novellae and responsa on the Rambam, with many novellae from the author's father and grandfather.

Unique features: The title page of the work and leaf 18a bear the signature of Rabbi Refael Yosef Shalom son of Abdalla son of Moshe Chaim [Rabbi of Bahgdad], cousin of the Ben Ish Chai who was both erudite in Torah and very wealthy. He immigrated to Jerusalem with his father in 1841. In 1854, he was appointed chief clerk of the Kollels in Hebron. He was at the center of a large controversy between the Jerusalem and Hebron Kollels and the rabbis of Hebron printed the Eidut B'Yehosef in his defense, refer to Ben Yaakov, Yehudei Bavel B'Eretz Yisrael, p. 24-27.

Background: Refer to Tauber, "Shemo shel Baal HaSefer Heichel Melech", Kiryat Sefer 8, 1931, p. 276.

Condition: Very fine. Old binding. Aging stains. 

Books printed in Salonica