Auction 5 Judaica
Apr 4, 2019 (Your local time)
 Freehold Jewish center 59 Broad street, Freehold NJ. 07728
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LOT 43:

Sefer Ha'takonos V'Haskomos. Including rare pages of approbations! Yerusholayim 1842. Extremely Rare! Fine Copy!

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Concerning the establishment of public regulations and halachic customs by the Rabbonim of Yerusholayim throughout the generations, by R. Chaim Avrohom Gagin. Published by R. Yisroel Bak.
This sefer is comprised of two parts. The first part contains an introduction and a long responsum, dated 1824, by R. Shlomo Moshe Suzhin regarding the competence of a religious court to lay down regulations for the benefit of the public. The second part includes a compilation of the regulations and customs of Eretz Yisroel, organized according to the four sections of the Shulchan Aruch. At the end of the sefer are approbations of Rabbonim and community officials, dated 1841-1842, giving the printing press of R. Yisroel Bak the exclusive rights to print seforim in Eretz Yisroel. These approbations describe how R. Yisrael established a new printing press in Yerusholayim after his press in Tzefas was destroyed by vandals. According to Bibliographers, the main intent of this sefer was to bolster several controversial public regulations, especially regulations relating to estate and ownership titles. R. Gagin and the Sephardic community officials encouraged the establishment of R. Yisroel Bak’s printing press in order to print this sefer, which was intended to be the first book printed in that printing press. R. Gagin, who was persistently faced by his opponents, initiated the printing of this book in order to answer their contentions. To disguise this purpose, R. Gagin instructed R. Yaakov Kapiluto and R. Avrohom Ashkenazi, two Yerushalmi scholars, to research the customs and ordinances of Eretz Yisroel communities and organize them according to the four sections of the Shulchan Oruch. They then added the responsum to refute those who questioned the aforementioned ordinances.
Two title pages. The first title page is decorated with a woodcut. The second title page appears on page 5, after R. Gagin’s introduction. There are some copies without the approbations from 1842. See the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book #123175 and Halevy #3.
The second Hebrew book printed in Yerusholayim by R. Yisroel Bak of Berdichev and Tzefas, student of R. Levi Yitzchak of Berdichev and R. Yisroel of Ruzhin.
Vinograd Yerusholayim 14. Halevy 3. [16], 13-72, [3] pages. Mispaginated. 15 cm. High-quality paper. Very fine condition other than 2 holes on pages 45-46 effecting text and trace worming. Elegant modern binding.
Opening bid $1500

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