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Sefer “Magen Gvurim” by the Gaon HaRav Eliezer de Avila—nephew of the Or HaHayyim, Livorno 1781, only edition, signatures of the Rabbis of Tripoli. Very rare book.

A long and deep method of approaching masechet Baba Metziya and Horayot. At the start of the book are many approbations by the rabbis of Livorno, Ancona, Tetuan, and the approval of the Gaon HaHida and Rav Haim Toledano. The compiler was the son of the sister of the Or HaHayyim, was born in Sali in 1714 and died in 1761 when he was only 47 years old. At 15 he had already compiled his book “Milchemet Mitzvah,” full of additions and wordplays on halacha, the Hida in his approbation of the book used wonderful language in praising the book and the author in his growth from youth (HaHida only wrote recommendations for a few books, and never used unnecessary plaudits), and writes in his book “Shem HaGedolim” that “I truthfully heard from him the depth and wonder of the topics that he wrote about…from his students I heard that because of his great diligence he almost never passes into sleep.” On the title page of the book is the signature in the handwriting of the Gaon Rav Haim David Klipi, one of the Tripoli poskim, who compiled “Ma’arechet Klalim” and “Orech LaChayyim,” there are a number of stamps of ownership of the Kabbalist HaRav Hai Maimon, of the rabbis of Tripoli, who compiled an exegesis on the Zohar “Hilula Raba,” and more. Good condition, moth damage mainly in the margins, sometimes touching the text. Some of the pages have bent corners.
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