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Early Edition of Reishit Chochma – the Copy of Rabbi Yaacov Bokai

The book Reishit Chochma, one of the most well-known books of Mussar and Kabbalah. By Rabbi Eliyahu de Vidas, a disciple of the Ramak. [Apparently Amsterdam, 1708]. The edition before us is one the most important and precise. | The book before us was passed down through the Bokai family from father to son, and contains signatures and stamps of members of the family over 150 years. On page 4a is an ownership stamp on the page: "The young one Yaacov Bokai". On the last page: "I took this book as an inheritance from my father Rabbi Yaacov Bokai". On page [305a]: "This book was an inheritance from my uncle Lati, he was childless and was one of the friends of Yaacov Bokai…". And several more signatures and stamps of members of the Bokai family. | Rabbi Yaacov Bokai [died in 1900], a native of Damascus, Rabbi and Dayan in Beirut. Signed on the approbation of the book "Knesiya L'Shem Shamayim" by Rabbi Moshe Sithon. (Appears in the book Damesek V'Chachameiha page 102-103]. | Original binding, covered in cloth. Worming holes. Wear. The title page and leaves 1-3 are missing. |
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