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Sefer Mif'alot Elokim [Book of the Projects of God]

Katz, Yo'el ben Naftali

Published by Grossmann Druckerei, Lemberg
Condition: poor to good- Soft cover
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Octavo. 43 leaves (no pagination). Decorative title page. Rabbi Yoel ben Naftali Katz (1645-1719), rabbi and kabbalist. The book is dedicated to medical astrology, since astrological details are necessary for the doctor and relevant for a variety of practices, mystical and magical. Katz was born in Stepan (Volhynia), where his father was rabbi. In his youth he was taken captive by the Tatars but managed to escape. He succeeded his father as av bet din (head of the religious court) of Stepan and then served as rabbi of Ostrow (1680-89), Posen (1690-1704), and Frankfurt on the Main (1704-11). In the latter year a fire broke out in his house, destroying the whole Jewish quarter of Frankfurt. After he had been maliciously charged with preventing the extinguishing of the fire because he wanted to test his amulets - in the use of which he was expert - he was imprisoned and compelled to resign his post. In 1715, after King Augustus of Poland had rejected his application to be restored to his post as rabbi of Posen, he returned to Ostrow where his son Bezalel was rabbi. While journeying to Ere Israel he was taken ill in Constantinople and died there. Several works are still in manuscript. Katz was one of the important halakhic authorities of his generation and one of the greatest kabbalists of Poland. His image persisted in the memory of the people, and many legends and wondrous tales about him circulated for many generations. He conducted his rabbinate high-handedly and as a result met much opposition from the leaders of the communities, which was apparently the cause of his frequent wanderings. Despite this he had a sensitive soul which found expression in his poems, piyyutim, and prayers which have been published in various places. His well-known ethical will (1729?) contains profound thoughts and moral instruction and some see in it one of the first sparks of practical asidism. Text in Hebrew. Binding missing. Spine frayed. Title page with some stains and wear, holes from bookworms affect decoration in inner margin. Block age-toned, sporadically stained and light foxing. Wraps missing, interior in overall good- condition. Bookseller Inventory # 39573

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Title: Sefer Mif'alot Elokim [Book of the Projects ...

Publisher: Grossmann Druckerei, Lemberg

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition:poor to good-

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