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LOT: 145

Korban Aharon, second edition (special) – Dessau, 1742. Copy of Rabbi Yisrael of Shklov, the Pe’at HaShulchan, with glosses handwritten by him.

A commentary on the Safra by Rabbi Aharon Even-Haim. At the beginning of the book (20 pages) is a text called Midot Aharon, by the author. Endorsements by Rbbi Aryeh Leib of Amsterdam, Rabbi Baruch Kahane Rapaport of Furth, Rabbi Yehezkel Catznelson, and more. Second edition is special because it was used by the Vilna Gaon, as proven by his glosses on the Safra. Printed by Eli of Dessau from the Isserlis family. | Copy of Rabbi Yisrael of Shklov: on the cover is the inscription “Of Rav Yisrael,” on page 2(1) at the top is written “belongs to Rav Yisrael … of the Prushim Kollel” and stamps of the same kollel, where Rabbi Yisrael was the leader. Rabbi Yisrael of Shklov (1770-1839) was a Talmudist, one of a group of Talmudical scholars of Shklov who were attracted to Vilna by Elijah Gaon (1720–97). He was one of "the last arrivals," and attended upon the Gaon as a disciple for less than a year.He gained Elijah's confidence, and was chosen to arrange for publication the Gaon's commentary to the first two parts of the Shulchan Aruch. Later he emigrated to Ottoman Palestine and became the head of the German and Polish congregations of Safed and then of Jerusalem. He was there surnamed "Ashkenazi" (the "German"). After a residence of several years in the Holy Land, he went to Europe as a ShaDaR, and in that capacity he traveled through Lithuania and other parts of Russia.On his return to Palestine he wrote his chief work, Pe'at ha-Shulchan, which is intended as a sort of supplement to the Shulchan Aruch, supplying all the agricultural laws obligatory only in the Holy Land, omitted by rabbi Joseph Caro in his code. He also incorporated in this book the notes of Elijah of Vilna (the Gaon) to the tractate Zera'im, the first order of the Mishnah, and gave in addition a voluminous commentary of his own which he called Beit Yisrael. The work was published in Safed in 1836 by the printing-house of Yisrael ben Avraham Back.Ashkenazi is also the author of Nachalah u-Menuchah, a collection of responsa mentioned in the work above. An account of his rabbinate of Jerusalem is given in Mendel ben Aaron's Kore ha-'Ittim (Vilna, 1840). | Stains, new binding, stamps, light repair to cover and last page. | [2], 20; 260 pages. 34cm. Generally good condition.
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