Auction 54 Judaica - Books, Manuscripts, Rabbinical Letters, Ceremonial Art
Feb 7, 2017 (Your local time)
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LOT 173:

Manuscript, Mishmeret Elazar by Rabbi Elazar, Rabbi of Holešov - Poland, 1654

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Manuscript, Mishmeret Elazar - Index for the books Yalkut Chadash and Shichechat Leket, by R. Elazar ben Abdel Yitzchak Rabbi of Holešov. [Poland, 1654].
Thick manuscript, in ancient Ashkenazi script. Contains detailed indexes for the books Yalkut Chadash by R. Yisrael son of R. Binyamin of Bełżec (first printed in Lublin in 1648) and Shichechat Leket by R. Natan Bonn (first printed in Prague in 1652). This work has never been printed.
At the end of the work with the indexes is a colophon dated "Sunday, the 5th of Adar 1654". At the end of the manuscript are verses from Tehillim in alphabetical order (incomplete), and several pages with Aggadic novellae.
At the beginning of the manuscript is an inscription in a later writing, regarding the identity of the author: "This book was composed by my step-grandfather, the illustrious elder R. Elazar, Rabbi of Holešov, author of the book Tikun Sofrim and the book Ben Meshek, from Jerusalem - and I will name this book after him, Mishmeret Elazar". The author, R. Elazar ben Abdel Yitzchak (Isaac) printed his book Tikun Sofrim in Prague in 1658. Written on the title page is that this is the second part of his book Ben Meshek which has not yet been printed. There the author is described: "Highly respected elder, who studied in yeshivot of several Polish communities and in Holešov and he taught many disciples… the honorable R. Elazar from Poland". The publisher adds that the composition has only been partially printed "due to lack of funds and even more because he yearns to go to the Holy Land to the city of Jerusalem… He only copied a few topics from his large composition and all the Torah scholars agreed to print his large composition, the aforementioned Ben Meshek…". We have not found more details about him.
[158] leaves. 19 cm. Fair-good condition. Stains and wear. Several detached leaves. Unbound.

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