by Rabbeinu Bachya
Rare Sefer from the Constantinople Press!
The basics of Jewish faith and the mitzvot, and moral conduct, organized into alphabetically ordered categories by the famous Torah commentator Rabbeinu Bachya.
This sefer also includes commentaries on Megillas Esther (entry Purim), Sefer Iyov (entry Hashgachah) and Sefer Yonah (entry Kippurim).
Rabbeinu Bachya ben Rabbi Asher (circa 1255-1340) was one of greatest commentators of all times, as well as one of the earliest known kabbalists. Rabbeinu Bachya, who dwelled in Saragossa, Spain in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, was the prime disciple of the Rashba, and acquired his path in kabbalah from the Ramban. His sefarim frequently cite kabbalists and midrashim of Chazal which are today unknown.
The Hebrew press in Constantinople was founded by refugees of the Spanish Expulsion or Jews who fled other Christian-ruled countries. In its early years (1504-1530), the Constantinople printing house published many foundational classic Jewish works, which over the years became very rare and are highly sought-after sefarim, by collectors
Colophon: “This sefer was completed, today, on the first of the month of Iyar, 5275, and printed in the great metropolis of Constantinople which is under the rule of our master His Royal Highness and king Sultan Salim, may his kingdom be exalted in his days, and may Yehuda be redeemed in our days, and may Yisrael dwell in security, and may the Redeemer come to Zion, may it be His will. Amen.”
Constantinople, 1515. First edition. Page Count: 87  leaves. Page Size: 28.5 cm. Condition: Good. Minor restoration to title page; top margins cropped and title cropped on some pages.
Ornate new leather binding. The printer’s emblem of R’ Yehuda ben Shushan, which features an illustration of a lion standing on its hind legs, appears on both the title page and after the colophon on the last page of the book.
Bibliography: Stefansky Sifrei Yesod #496, Yaari, Constantinople #40.
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