Auction No. 098

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

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

The Yismach Yisrael commentary on the Torah for the Torah readings of Metzorah, Bechukotai, Achrei Mot, Kedoshim, Emor and Behar, handwritten by the "Kaf HaChaim," Rabbi Yaakov Sofer.

Specifications: [18] pages in his handwriting, 22x14 cm, Followed by a number of blank leaves. Includes a separate leaf with four lines in the author's handwriting. Sephardic handwriting.

Unique features: The author made revisions to a number of leaves, erasing words and adding words between the written lines. This work was published posthumously.

Background: Rabbi Yaakov Chaim Sofer (1870-1939) was a rabbi and kabbalist. He was a prominent halachic posek of his time, renowned for his Kaf HaChaim on the Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim and Yoreh Deah, one of the fundamental works of Sephardic halachic psak.
He was born in Baghdad. His father was Rabbi Yitzchak Baruch Sofer. He studied in a number of yeshivot and was a disciple of Rabbi Abdallah Somech and the Ben Ish Chai. In 1904, he immigrated to Eretz Yisrael and settled in Jerusalem where he studied in the Shoshanim L'Dovid yeshiva, the Beit El kabbalist yeshiva in Jerusalem, and "Rechovot HaNahar."

Condition: Very fine.

Sephardic manuscripts