Auction 75 Rare and Important Items
Nov 24, 2020
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Yefeh Mareh – Berlin, 1725-1726 – Copy of Rabbi Yisrael of Pikov (Son of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev) – ...

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Yefeh Mareh – Berlin, 1725-1726 – Copy of Rabbi Yisrael of Pikov (Son of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev) – Signatures of His Sons Rabbi Shmuel Shmelke and Rabbi Yeshaya
Yefeh Mareh, Aggadot from Orders Zera'im, Moed and Nashim of the Jerusalem Talmud, with the Yefeh Mareh commentary by R. Shmuel Yoffe Ashkenazi of Constantinople, and with the Yofi Michlol commentary by R. Yechiel Michel Rabbi of Berlin. Berlin, [1725-1726]. First edition of the Yofi Michlol commentary.
Copy of R. Yisrael of Pikov (Pykiv), son and successor of R. Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev. The front endpaper bears an inscription attesting that the book belonged to him: "This Jerusalem Talmud belongs to the great luminary…. R. Yisrael son of the late R. Levi Yitzchak, rabbi and posek of Berditchev". Signature beneath the inscription: "Shmuel" – presumably the signature of R. Shmuel Shmelke, eldest son of R. Yisrael of Pikov.
Signature on the title page (slightly deleted): "So says Yeshaya [son of the rabbi] of Pikov" – one of the younger sons of R. Yisrael.
R. Yisrael, rabbi of Pikov (1763-1819) was the eldest son and close disciple of R. Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev. He also frequented the courts of R. Zusha of Anipoli and R. Moshe Leib of Sassov (with whom he collaborated in redeeming captives). In the early 1790s, he was appointed rabbi of Pikov. After the passing of his father in 1809, he succeeded him as rabbi of Berditchev (Berdychiv). In his book Kedushat Levi (Slavita, 1798), R. Levi Yitzchak quotes novellae from his son R. Yisrael, in Halachah and Aggadah. His mechutan, the Baal HaTanya, termed him "pious and ascetic", and the Maggid of Kozhnitz acclaimed him a holy, godly man. He authored Likutei Maharin and Toldot Yitzchak ben Levi – kabbalistic commentary on the Torah portions and Five Megillot (Berditchev, 1811). In this book, he quotes his father's teachings dozens of times, with exceptional awe and respect.
[4], 212 leaves. 34.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Wear and open tears to front endpaper, title page and other leaves, mostly repaired with paper. Worming to some leaves. Inscriptions and stamps. New leather binding.

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