Auction No. 098

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

March 27, 2017
Opening $ 2,000
Estimate $ 3,000 - $ 3,500

Order of the prayers and blessings, customs and elucidation of the prayers, according to kabbala, by Rabbi Meir ben Gabai.

Specifications: [163] leaves, missing a number of leaves at the beginning and end. Straight, organized writing. 

Background: Rabbi Meir Gabai authored the Tola'at Yaakov, Derech Emunah and Avodat HaKodesh. He was a prominent early kabbalist and the last kabbalistic figure to debate with philosophers. He was very young during the Spanish expulsion. He wrote this work before he was thirty, but despite his young age, it was accepted as a fundamental kabbalistic work, to the extent that the Shl"a copied most of this work into his Shnei Luchot HaBrit.

Unique features: Lengthy glosses in early Yemenite handwriting in the margins of 11 sequential pages. As mentioned, the Tola'at Yaakov wasn't studied by simple, unlearned people, so this work was clearly copied for, or even by, an early Yemenite kabbalist.

Condition: fine, aging stains. Minimal tears and reinforcements, not affecting text. New, half-leather binding.

Yemenite Manuscripts