The Alshich Hakadosh al HaTorah
Fundamental sefer. Toras Moshe L’Rabbeinu Moshe Alshich.
Landmark commentary on Chamishah Chumshei Torah by Rabbi Moshe Alshich of Tzfas.
The first complete printing of the premier sefer drush, which extracts the underlying content, meaning and messages of the text. It served as the basis for all future darshanim, maggidim and sifrei drush that followed.
The Alshich Hakadosh’s works were universally extolled and accepted by Jews around the world, and the Arizal himself attested that “The Alshich attained the truth in his Derashos.” (see Shem Hagedolim by the Chida.)
The Minchas Elazar of Munkacs writes that the Arizal expressed that “Since the complete pamalia shel maalah (heavenly entourage) descended to hear the Alshich’s lectures, he (the Arizal) went as well.”
Miraculous rescue through learning the Alshich’s sefer
Rabbi Yitzchak of Posen (the Magen Avraham’s Rabbi) told a miraculous story regarding the merits of learning the Alshich’s seforim, He writes that his Rebbi Rabbi Avrohom of Barr told him that during the harsh times of the Chmielnicki Massacres the Alshich Hakadosh appeared to him in a dream and told him ‘I have come to rescue you’ since you cherish my sefer and learn from it weekly, therefore hurry and escape from the city immediately for tomorrow there is a decree of death on the city, (Printed in Kitzur Alshich. Amsterdam, 1698).
There were four Sages in Eretz Yisrael who were titled “Hakadosh—the holy one”: the Arizal Hakadosh, the Alshich Hakadosh, the Shel”a Hakadosh, and Ohr Hachaim Hakadosh.
This sefer was printed by the author’s son Rabbi Chaim Alshich who made the special journey from Tzfas to Venice in order to publish his father’s work. The end of the sefer features an index by Rabbi Yitzchak Gershon and approbations by Rabbanim of Venice, among them the kabbalists Rabbi Yosef Samiga and Rabbi Ezra of Pano Ish-Mantoba, who was the spiritual master of the Rema of Pano. Sefer Bereishis alone was first printed in a previous edition in Belvedere, 1598. This is the first edition on the entire Chumash.
Venice, 1601. First complete edition. Giovanni Zuan Press using Bomberg type. 86: [85-] 198: 163-210: 211-251: 253-324 leaves. 29 cm. Title page with architectural border. First word in every Chumash encased in decorative border. Minor tear in title page margin; several water stains.
Antique leather binding.
Stefansky, Sifrei Yesod 17
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