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The book Rosh David [the Chida] – first edition Mantova, 1776, the copy of Rabbi Yosef Burgel of Tunis

The book Rosh David on the Torah by the Chida “In the printing press of the young man…Eliezer Shlomo of Italy”, first edition, Mantova, 1776. On the back of the title page is an ownership signature with additional writing in the handwriting of Rabbi Yosef Burgel (the first) of Tunis. On the title page is another ancient signature that has not been examined and a signature of the kabbalist, the chassid Rabbi Mordechai Moshe Hacohen Karfman. [2], 164, 5 leaves. Title page is restored at the edge, worming holes in several places with pastings, slight stains, good-moderate general condition. Rabbi Yosef Burgel the first of Tunis, an incredible genius, an expert in the entire Torah with an extraordinary memory and impeccable morals. He was completely dedicated to Torah study and one of the foremost dayanim in Tunis. He was also wealthy and gave charity to emissaries from the Land of Israel, Torah scholars and poor people. He wrote the books ‘Zara D’Yosef’, Livorno 1850 – a large work on the Ba’alei Hatosefot and the work Vayiken Yosef – 2 parts of investigations into various topics according to alphabetical order. An additional work named Vayikalkel Yosef remained in manuscript form. He died in 1874 leaving no descendants apart from his writings
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