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Autograph copy of the book Zevach Todah and the pamphlet Halachot Treifut in the holy handwriting of the Maharitz. Sana’a, Yemen—1784
On halachot of shekhita and a pamphlet on treifut with commentary on the Shulchan Aruch
Yoreh De’ah, handwritten by Me’eri Yehiel Tzalach, the Maharitz. In the introduction is a note
from his son, Rabbi Yehuda Tzalach (“I inherited this from my father, of blessed memory, whose
soul is in the Garden of Eden, – Yehuda ben Moreinu v’Rabbeinu Yehiel Tzalach”). Rabbi
Yehuda was the second son of the Maharitz, and as is known, he served as a member of the
Supreme Beit Din of Sana’a (Encyclopedia of Yemenite Sages, p. 497). According to this
testimony, this is the first copy that was held by the Maharitz his entire life. The autograph
manuscript before us is one of the famous copies among Yemenite manuscripts. Size: 16x23cm.
170 pages in handsome handwriting, by the Maharitz. Notes and additions in the margins. Very
good condition. Me’eri Yehiel Tzalach (1715-1805) was a great sage of Yemen in the 18 th
century, a dayan and Rosh Av Beit Din and Chief Rabbi of all of Yemenite Jewry, composer of
Lehem Todah and Pe’ulat Tzedek, and more. A founder of the Yemenite nusach (Encyclopedia
of Yemenite Sages, p. 500-502).
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