Auction No. 098

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

March 27, 2017
Opening $ 1,000
Estimate $ 1,500 - $ 1,800
Sold for $ 1,708
Including buyer's premium

Elucidation of the positive and negative commandments as received by Rabbi Chaim Vital from his great teacher the Ari. This is the fifth of the eight "She'arim" arranged by Rabbi Chaim Vital.

Specifications: 49 leaves. 15x20 cm. "Chatzi Kolmus" Sephardic script.

Unique features: Ends with a colophon: "This is the end of Sha'ar HaMitzvot, the fifth Sha'ar...this manuscript by copier Yitzchak 'n ...a straightforward, G-d fearing person....R' Mordechai Tapiya..."

Background: Rabbi Yitzchak Tapiya was the Av Beit Din of the Portuguese community in Tunis. He was a sage, proficient in Torah and worldly affairs. His nephew, Rabbi Yitzchak Bonan, author of Ohel Yesharim and Shu"t Di Hashiv (Leghorn, 1857) profusely extols his personality [refer to Od Malchei Tarshish, p. 179].

Condition: Very fine. New binding.

Sephardic manuscripts