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Jacob Ben Asher

Published by Hanover, Gedruckt In Der Koniglichen Hofbuchdruckerei Bei E. A. Telgener,, 1838
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(FT) Hardcover, 91 leaves, 4to, 27 cm. In Hebrew. SUBJECT(S) : Bible. O. T. Pentateuch -- Commentaries. Edition: Nidpas shenit be-hagahah meduyeket ? A. Y. Me? Ir ? Emek Shoshan ha-mekhuneh Rozenthal. Jacob Ben Asher (1269-1340) was a "halakhic authority. Jacob was the son of Asher b. Jehiel, under whom he studied. In 1303 he accompanied his father from Germany to Toledo, where he lived in great poverty, shunning rabbinical office and devoting all his time to study. In his learning, he avoided verbosity and casuistry. Typical of his style is his first halakhic work, Sefer ha-Remazim, in which he gave the halakhic rulings deduced from his father's work, Ha-Asheri. Jacob's enduring fame rests upon his major work, the Arba'ah Turim, as a result of which he is commonly referred to as "the Ba'al ha-Turim." Perceiving that "reasoning had become faulty, controversy had increased, opinions had multiplied, so that there is no halakhic ruling which is free from differences of opinion," he decided to compile a work to embrace all halakhot and customs incumbent upon the individual and the community. The work is divided into four sections; Part I, Orah Hayyim, deals with blessings, prayers, the Sabbath, festivals, and fasts; Part II, Yoreh De'ah, commencing with Issur ve-Hetter, the laws of Kashrut, such as shehitah and terefot, and ending with usury, idolatry, and mourning; Part III, Even ha-Ezer, laws affecting women, particularly marriage, divorce, halizah, and ketubbah; Part IV, Hoshen Mishpat, civil law and personal relations. Jacob neither served in any rabbinical post nor received any remuneration from the community but was involved in communal activities. He appended his signature to a sentence of death upon an informer. His ethical will to his children (first published Pressburg, 1885) reflects his high spiritual and cultural level. A late tradition, mentioned by H.J.D. Azulai, relates that Jacob set out for Erez Israel but died on the journey" (Kupfer and Derovan in EJ, 2007). OCLC lists 10 copies worldwide. Ex-library with bookplate. Stained pages. Wear to binding and spine. Chipped edges. Bumped corners and wear to edges of cover. Otherwise, good condition. (Rab-37-7). Bookseller Inventory # 24596

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Publisher: Hanover, Gedruckt In Der Koniglichen Hofbuchdruckerei Bei E. A. Telgener,

Publication Date: 1838

Binding: Hardcover

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