Chavatzeles Hasharon by the Alshich Hakadosh.
The first sefer printed by the Alshich Hakadosh!
Sefer Daniel with a lengthy, comprehensive commentary by Rabbi Moshe Alshich. This is the first sefer from among the Alshich Hakadosh’s works brought to print!
The sefer opens with a historic preface by the Alshich himself, in which he describes his deliberations regarding becoming a Rav or darshan – “to seclude himself in the beis medrash and delve into Shas and Poskim or become a ‘doresh tov l’amo, ’” and how he ultimately chose the latter. (Rabbi Chaim Vital writes in Sefer Hagilgulim that the Arzial revealed to the Alshich that the purpose of his soul in its present gilgul is to engage in drush).
Further in his preface, the Alshich describes the stages of authoring the present work: On Shabbosos throughout the year he would lecture to his talmidim, and on Motza’ei Shabbos he would record his lectures in writing and eventually created this sefer from these lectures.
The text of Sefer Daniel printed in vowelized block letters, with the Alshich’s commentary in Rashi script.
Four Sages in Eretz Yisrael merited the illustrious title “Hakadosh – the holy one”: the Ari Hakadosh, the Alshich Hakadosh, the Shl”a Hakadosh, and Ohr Hachaim Hakadosh.
Rabbi Moshe Alshich (circa 1508-1600) was a talmid of Rabbi Yosef Karo and received semichah from him.
The Alshich Hakadosh, as he is famously called, served as a dayan and Rosh Yeshivah in Tzfas and authored teshuvos in halacha. But he is acclaimed for his drashos and commentary on the Torah, Nevi’im and Megillos which were universally accepted by Jews throughout the Diaspora.
Constantinople, 1563. First edition.
Page Count:  leaves.
Page Size: 20.5 cm.
Description: Dark water stains, especially on top third of the first pages. Minor restoration in left corner of title page. Attractive new leather binding.
Bibliography: Stefansky Sifrei Yesod #19; Yaari, Hadfus Ha’Ivri b’Kushta #165.
Scholars of previous generations, among them the bibliographer Steinshneider believed that this sefer was first printed in Tzfas, and based on this theory, stated that the press in Tzfas was extant already in 1563.
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