Auction No. 113

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

Apr 8, 2019

Auction No. 113

Opening $ 200
Estimate $ 300 - $ 500
Sold for $ 793
Including buyer's premium

Pri Chadash, halachic novellae on the Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim, by Rabbi David di Silva. Copy used by Libyan rabbis with their signatures and glosses:

Leaf 1, Rabbi Shaul Adadi's signature.

Leaf 38, gloss with note by Rabbi Avraham Kalfon.
Throughout the book there are glosses (in a thick pen) by Rabbi Avraham Adadi.
Throughout the book there are many glosses (in tiny writing) in the hand of Rabbi Shaul Adadi.
With stamps stating that the book belonged to Rabbi Avraham Adadi.

Rabbi Avraham Kalfon [c. 1735-1820] was a prominent Tripoli rabbi and leader. He authored works and hymns, and is known for his work Chayei Avraham. He admired the Chid"a and corresponded with him. He traveled from Tripoli to Leghorn to spend time with the Chid"a, and stayed there for a year and a half. He recorded the Chid"a's customs and conduct that he had seen. He also authored the Maaseh Tzadikim and Leket HaKatzir.

Rabbi Avraham Chaim Adadi - Av Beit Din of Tripoli, was a grandson of Rabbi Massoud Chai Rokeach, author of Maaseh Rokeach. He started serving as an adjudicator at a young age, and traveled to Safed, Egypt, Persia and Damascus. He passed away in Safed in 1874. He authored HaShomer Emet, Vayikra Avraham. Rabbi Avraham dedicated his home to the community. One room was used as a synagogue and another as a library - the largest in Tripoli. It was used as a study hall for sages who learned there. This book was used in that room and was stamped by his son: [in Hebrew] "From the library of the yeshivah of my father, Rabbi Avraham Chaim Adadi ztzuk"l, the youth Shaul Adadi."

Rabbi Shaul [Ovadya] Adadi was the son of Rabbi Avraham Adadi, Av Beit Din of Tripoli. He took over his father's position when he moved to Safed. He edited and published his father's work, Vayikra Avraham.

The endpaper mentions Rabbi Chaim Rabbah, who was an adjudicator together with Rabbi Avraham Adadi (refer to: Arzei HaLevanon, p. 704). The book is of exceptional importance in regards to the history of Libyan rabbis. Moderate condition. Missing title page. Aging stains. Tears.

Manuscripts, Letters and Glosses by Sages