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Sefer Or hadash : asher yomar ki hu zeh hidushe halakhot, be'ur . 'al kol Masekhet Kidushin : . bi-Geamar u-Ferush Rashi veha-Tosafot veha-Rif veha-Rambam veha-Rosh . / uva-hibur ha-revi'i hanani ani El'azar Kalir

Kalir, Elasar

Published by David Shemu'el Rotah, Lemberg, 1898
Condition: fair Hardcover
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Unknown edition: Bet Eked only mentions the Papade (1776) first edition, and the Prague- (1781), Sadilkuv- (1815), Yosafuf- (1858) and Warsaw (1884) - editions that preceded it. (see below) Folio. 110p. Rebound in quarter cloth on embossed paper covered boards. Work by renowned Paytan Elazar Kalir (see below), the first to embellish the entire liturgy with a series of hymns whose essential element was the Haggadah. Kalir drew his material from the Talmud, and from Midrash compilations, some of which latter are now probably lost. His language, however, is not that of his sources, but Biblical Hebrew, enriched with daring innovations. Binding partially loose however, original still sewn.Covers are worn on edges and rubbed. Front and rear covers started.The lower left corner (.75"x1.5") of front board is missing. Decorated title page is crudely repaired with tape that partially covers a few lines on the verso. On first leaf, part of the lower leaf is missing and text loss is limited to 5 lines. Minor rippling throughout not affecting text. Browning throughout, with pages brittle but still intact. In Hebrew. Fair condition. On the author (Source: Public Domain):Eleazar [ben] Kalir was one of Judaism's earliest and most prolific of the paytanim, liturgical poets. Many of his hymns have found their way into festive prayers of the Ashkenazi Jews synagogal rite. In the acrostics of his hymns he usually signs his father's name, Kalir. Eleazar's name, home, and time have been the subject of many discussions in modern Jewish literature, and some legends concerning his career have been handed down. It is now assumed that he had lived in Kirjath-sepher in the Land of Israel. His time has been set at different dates, from as early as the 6th century (basing the view on Saadiah's Sefer ha-galuy), to the end of the 10th century of the common era. Older authorities consider him to have been a teacher of the Mishnah and identify him either with Eleazar b. 'Arak or with Eleazar b. Simeon. He has been confounded with another poet by the name of Eleazar b. Jacob; and a book by the title of "Kebod Adonai" was ascribed to him by Botarel. Kalir's hymns early became an object of study and of Kabbalistic exegesis, as his personality was a mystery. It was related that heavenly fire surrounded him when he wrote the "Kedushshah"; that he himself ascended to heaven and there learned from the angels the secret of writing alphabetical hymns; and that his teacher Yannai, jealous of his superior knowledge, placed in his shoe a scorpion, which was the cause of his death. Modern research points to the probability that he and his teacher were Palestinian Jews; and since Yannai is known to have been one of the halakic authorities of Anan ben David, the alleged founder of Karaism, and must therefore have lived a considerable time earlier than he had, Kalir's time may be fixed with some probability as the second half of the seventh century.Bet Eked V,1, p. 46, item # 1110. Bookseller Inventory # 12416

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Title: Sefer Or hadash : asher yomar ki hu zeh ...

Publisher: David Shemu'el Rotah, Lemberg

Publication Date: 1898

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:fair

Edition: 1st Edition

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