CATALOG 192:
RARE & IMPORTANT BOOKS IN
SEPHARDIC, MIZRAHI, &
KARAITE STUDIES

 

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Nr. 188. Elijah Ben Solomon Abraham, Ha-Kohen, Of Smyrna. ספר שבט מוסר SEFER SHEVET MUSAR: LIVRO LUZIO Y ESTIMADO. Izmir; Be-Defus Ibn Tsiyon Binyamin Roditi, 1860.  In Ladino. With printing Press on Title Page.

 

 

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  1. Ishmael Ben Abraham Isaac, Ha-Kohen. ספר שבח פסח SEFER SHEVAH PESAH [PESACH HAGADAH COMMENTARY]. Livorno; Eli'ezer Sa'adon, 1789 or 1790. 1st edition. Later Quarter Leather. 4to. [2], 64, [1] leaves [i.e. 134 pages]. 28 cm. Yudlov 339; Yaari 227. With the commentary Shebah Pesah by Ishmail b. Abraham Isaac ha-Cohen (Laudadio Sacerdote) (1723–1811), Rabbi of Modena, scholar, author, and halakhic authority. "Among the works he wrote, besides the responsa, novellae, decision, and sermons contained in his collection, are Zera Emet (Livorno and Reggio 1786-90), a three part compendium of responses; Shebah Pesah, a Passover Haggada commentary; some poetry, including secular; and expert opinions on questions submitted by the Napoleonic government to the Assembly of Notables in Paris in 1806." - HUC, Inventory to the Laudadio Sacerdote (Ishmael Cohen) Collection. Subjects: Haggadot - Texts - Early works to 1800. Haggadot. Judaism - Liturgy. Seder - Liturgy. Texts. Haggadah - Commentaries - Early works to 1800. OCLC lists 6 copies worldwide (LOC, Wash U, Toronto, British Library, Yale, Cambridge), none in New York Cincinnati, etc. Some Foxing,staining, and wear to leaves, but generally Very Good Condition and attractive. (SEF-53-15) (ID #35237) $1200.00. xx
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  3. Great Britain. Colonial Office. WEST INDIES. TOLERATION LAWS. RETURN TO AN ADDRESS OF THE HONOURABLE THE HOUSE OF COMMONS, DATED 24 JUNE 1831. COPIES OF THE LAWS PASSED BY THE SEVERAL COLONIAL LEGISLATURES, FOR THE RELIEF OF THE CATHOLICS, THE REMOVAL OF THE DISABILITIES OF THE JEWS. London; Ordered By The House Of Commons, To Be Printed, 1832. Stitched Government publication. Folio. 34, [2] pages. 34 cm. First edition. Full title: West Indies. Toleration laws. Return to an address of the honourable the House of Commons, dated 24 June 1831. Copies of the laws passed by the several colonial legislatures, for the relief of the Catholics, the removal of the disabilities of the Jews, and of free persons of colour, during the last six years. (In continuation of Paper, No. 59, presented 19 January 1832.Colonial department, Downing-Street, 5 April 1832. Howick. Ordered by the House of Commons, to be printed, 6 April 1832. Gt. Brit. Parliament. Papers by command; 363. Includes laws passed by the colonial legislatures of Antigua, Barbados, Bahamas, Dominica, Grenada, S. Kitts, Virgin Islands and Tortola, St. Vincent, and Tobago. The Laws passed confer rights on free Negroes: all “who have been in a state of undisputed freedom for the space of seven years, shall be as fully entitled as white persons now are to have exercise and enjoy all civil rights and privileges. ” They remove “certain restraints and disabilities” which “are imposed on such persons as profess the Hebrew Religion. ” And the remove disabilities from Catholics who take an oath swearing allegiance to the Crown. Subjects: Discrimination - Law and legislation - West Indies, British. Discrimination - Law and legislation. Catholics - Legal status, laws, etc. - West Indies, British. (SEF-52-20) (ID #35132) $400.00.
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  5. Sason, Yosef Ben Meir; Yitshak Amarag’'i. ספר מוסר השכל :‏ ‏פור קי מילדין איז׳וס די ישראל אין לאס נוג׳יס אסאב׳יר קאמינוס די איל דייו ברוך הוא SEFER MUSAR HASKEL: POR KE MELDEN IZOS DE YISRAEL EN LAS NOG'ES ASAVER KAMINOS DE EL DIYO BARUKH HU’. Saloniki; Bi-Defus Shel... Daniyel Fragi, 1848-1849. Original Cloth. 12mo. 62 leaves [i.e. 112 pages]. 19 cm. In Ladino. Significant work of Vernacular Musar Literature written by Isaac Bekhor Amarachi and Joseph ben Meir Sason, drawing heavily upon sections of the Shevet Yehudah by Solomon Ibn Verga. Discusses rabbinic and secular knowledge, and includes references to the Damascus affair, smallpox epidemics and vaccinations, Shabbetai Zevi and messianic movements, astronomy, geography and medicine. Printed Salonika 1843, 1849, 1892. Subjects: Ladino literature. Jewish ethics – 1750-1945. OCLC lists only one copy of this edition (YU), only 2 copies of other editions (U Amsterdam & JTS). Hinges starting, pages wavy and dampstained, lightly foxed. Otherwise Good condition. Rare (SEF-53-14) (ID #35236) $375.00.
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  7. SEPHER TORAH NEVI’IM UKETHUVIM - IL LIBRO DI LA LEHASHEM, LOS PROPHITOS… COMPLETE IN 2 VOLUMES. Constantinople, A. H. Boyagian, 1905. 8vo, Original Cloth & period leather, 560 + 634 leaves. Jewish Bible In Hebrew and Ladino (in rabbinic type) on facing pages. Heavy wear to 3 leaves, with some loss of text, other general wear to leaves. Bindings do not match each other, though from the same period and are strong (SPEC-35-9A) (ID #30791) $500.00.
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  9. Mahzor. Rosh Ha-Shanah. 1793. מחזור : לימים נוראים ... ומסודר כס' האר'י ז"ל וכס' חמדת ימים נוראים ונוסף ... ס' אוצר נחמד כולו ... וסדר העבודות MAHZOR LE-YAMIM NORA’IM. Saloniki; Bi-Defus Mordekhai Nahman U-Mishnehu David Yisra’elig'ah, 1793. Original full tooled leather binding. 8vo. 162 leaves [i.e. 324 pages]. 19 cm. Mahzor for Rosh Hashanah and fast days, ending with fast of Gedalia. Originally issued in two volumes, with liturgy for Yom Kippur, not included here. Attractively bound in leather and gilt, with Rosh ha-Shanah on spine, name on binding: Haim Shelomoh Alazraki. Subjects: Rosh ha-Shanah - Liturgy - Texts. Judaism -- Sephardic rite - Liturgy - Texts. Tefillot. Mahzor. Hemdat yamim. Gilt spine and boards, with red morocco onlays for spine label and for owner's name. Boards are beautiful and in good condition. Leaves and spine show extensive worming, with some loss of text. (SEF-53-13) (ID #35235) $325.00.
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  11. (Serbia) Great Britain. Foreign Office, Correspondent, Addressee.; Great Britain.; Parliament.; House Of Commons,. CORRESPONDENCE RESPECTING THE CONDITION AND TREATMENT OF THE JEWS IN SERVIA [sic]. London; Harrison And Sons, 1877. Original Cloth. Folio. 359 pages. 33 cm. First edition. In English and French. Principalities. No. 1 (1877). Correspondence respecting the condition and treatment of the Jews in Servia: 1867-76; presented to the House of Commons by command of Her Majesty, in pursuance of their address dated February 15, 1877. Contains 644 Papers. In 1861 the Servian (Serbian) Jews were deprived of their rights and were to be expelled. The community enlisted the support of the British Consul in Belgrade to alleviate their situation. This document reproduces the ongoing correspondence between the community, the British Government, the Alliance Israelite Universal and J M Montefiore as the President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews in trying resolve these difficulties. The correspondence includes letters from Sir Francis Goldsmid (first Jew to become an English barrister and member of Parliament for Reading), Lord John Russell (an English prime minister who was Foreign Secretary at this time) and others. Subjects: Jews, Serbian - Social conditions - 19th century. Jews - Serbia - Persecutions. Jews - Social conditions - 19th century. Serbia - Foreign relations - Great Britain. Great Britain - Foreign relations - Serbia. OCLC lists 2 copies (Alberta, CJH). Bound in original cloth and marbled boards. Pre-war Jewish Community Library stamp, Light rubbing to boards; light foxing throughout, overall very clean and fresh. Very good condition. Rare and important. (SEF-52-34) (ID #35146) $750.00.
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  13. Meyer, Abraham; Andre Chouraqui. 80 מכתבים של אברהם מאיר : לבניו המשרתים בצבא צרפת במלחמת העולם הראשונה, 1918־1914 80 MIKHTAVIM SHEL AVRAHAM ME'IR: LE-VANAV HA-MESHARTIM BI-TSEVA TSARFAT BE-MILHEMET HA-OLAM HA-RISHONAH, 1914-1918 = 80 LETTRES D'ABRAHAM MEYER. Jerusalem; Les Tresors Du Maghreb, 1998. Original Cloth. Folio. 237, 377 pages. 35 cm. First edition. Limited numbered edition. Letters in French and Judeo-Arabic on opposite pages; also in Hebrew and Judeo-Arabic in Hebrew letters. Contains facsimiles of original Judeo-Arabic manuscript correspondence, their transcription into printed Hebrew characters, and their translation into Hebrew and French. Title page, preface, and summary, are in Hebrew and French. 80 Letters of Abraham Meyer to his five sons mobilized during the war, 1914-1918. Contains a genealogical tree of the Meyer family. Subjects: Jews - Algeria - Ain Temouchent - Correspondence. World War, 1914-1918 - Jews - Algeria - Ain Temouchent - Correspondence. Jews. Meyer, Abraham, 1848-1929 - Correspondence. Me’ir, Makhluf, 1886-1950 - Correspondence. Me’ir, Makhluf, 1886-1950. Meyer, Abraham, 1848-1929. OCLC lists 16 copies. Clean and fresh. Very good condition. (SEF-52-37) xx (ID #35149) $80.00.
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  15. Rajpurkar, Joseph Ezekiel, translator. THE HISTORY OF ANTIOCHUS EPIPHANES, OR, THE INSTITUTION OF THE FEAST OF DEDICATION. Bombay: Bene-Israel Improvement Society: Printed At Gunput Crushnaji's Press, 1866. 1st Marathi edition. Original Wrappers, 12mo, [19] pages; 19 cm. Text in Marathi. SUBJECT (S): Jews -- History -- 586 B. C. -70 A. D. Hanukkah. Jews -- India. Bene-Israel. Antiochus IV, King of Syria, approximately 215 B. C. -164 B. C. Bible. Apocrypha. Maccabees. Marathi. 1864. Scroll of Antiochus. Marathi.; Megilat Antiyokhos; Institution of the feast of dedication. €œTranslated from Hebrew into Marathi by Joseph Ezekiel Rajpurker, teacher in David Sassoon's Benevolent Institution and secretary to the Bene-Israel Improvement Society. € Joseph Ezekiel Rajpurkar was born in Bombay in 1834. His school and college education proceeded in British Christian missionary schools; he began his career in 1860 as an assistant teacher in the David Sassoon Benevolent Institute and within five years rose to become the Head-Master - a post he held for over 40 years. He gained his elementary knowledge of Hebrew from his father, but went on to master the Hebrew language through his own efforts. He was a self-taught Hebraist; was very religious and served as a lay-minister. In 1871, he was the first Bene Israel to be appointed Examiner in Hebrew Language at the Bombay University for the Matriculation examination, as well as for graduate and post-graduate levels. Later, he was appointed Examiner in Arts. He was the first Bene Israel to be made a Fellow of the Bombay University in 1879. In 1890, he was the first Bene Israel to be appointed Justice of the Peace. Joseph maintained a record of events in the community that are used by researchers to this day. He spent years translating several Hebrew books and Hebrew Prayer books into Marathi for the benefit of the Bene Israel community. OCLC lists 7 copies worldwide (JTSA, NYPL, Stanford, Harvard, Bar Ilan, NLI, TAU). Very Good Condition. (SEF-47-33) (ID #33100) $400.00.
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  17. Agustin Ladron De Guevara, Jose Maria De; Maria Luisa Salvador Barahona. ENSAYO DE UN CATALOGO BIO-BIBLIOGRAFICO DE ESCRITORES JUDEO-ESPANOLES-PORTUGUESES DEL SIGLO X AL XIX [TWO VOLUME SET]. Madrid; J. P. Turanzas, 1983. Original Wraps. 8vo. XIX, 664 pages. 22 cm. First edition. In Spanish. Two volume set. 'Bio-bibliographical Catalog of Judeo-Spanish-Portuguese Writers of the 10th through 19th Centuries. ' Bibliography, alphabetically organized by name, of Jewish writers from the Iberian peninsula from the eleventh through the nineteenth centuries; contains biopic and bibliography of published writings and manuscript holdings. Subjects: Judaism - Bibliography. Sephardic authors - Bibliography. Judaism. Sephardic authors. Clean and fresh. Very good + condition. (SEF-52-1) (ID #35113) $50.00.
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  19. Bloch, Joshua. JEWISH LIFE IN ORIENTAL COUNTRIES; A LIST OF BOOKS AND MANUSCRIPTS EXHIBITED AT THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY MARCH 30TH TO DECEMBER 31ST, 1926. New York; The New York Public Library, 1927. Original Wraps. 4to. 15 pages. 26 cm. First Separate edition. "Reprinted February 1927 from the Bulletin of the New York public library of November 1926." Prepared and arranged by Joshua Bloch. Manuscript items are annotated and described at length. Bibliography of items organized under the following categories: The Genizah and some of its fragments; Passover Haggadah according to various Oriental Rites; Jews in China; The Samaritans and their literature; The Jews of Yemen and their literature; The Karaites and their literature; Jews in Persia and their literature; Jews in India; Hebrew Bibles from the Orient; Early Oriental Imprints; Miscellaneous – mostly Ritualistic items. Subjects: Jews - Social life and customs - Bibliography. Manuscripts, Hebrew - Catalogs. Hebrew literature - Bibliography. Hebrew literature. Jews - Social life and customs. Manuscripts, Hebrew. Bibliography. Wraps soiled; internally clean and fresh. Good + condition. (SEF-52-38) (ID #35150) $50.00.
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  21. Cohen, Hayim J.; Zvi Yehuda. יהודי אסיה ואפריקה במזרח התיכון, 1971־1860:‏ ‏ביבליוגראפיה מוערת YEHUDE ASYAH VE-AFRIKAH BA-MIZRAH HA-TIKHON, 1800-1971: BIBLIYOGRAFYAH MU'ERET = ASIAN AND AFRICAN JEWS IN THE MIDDLE EAST, 1860-1971: ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY. Jerusalem; Division For The Study Of Asian And African Jewry, The Institute Of Contemporary Jewry, 1976. Original Cloth. 4to. 19, 453, XXVII pages. 29 cm. First edition. In Hebrew and English. Title pages and prefaces in English and Hebrew. Entries in Hebrew, English, and French. “This is an annotated bibliography of books, pamphlets and articles in periodicals and newspapers, covering the years 1860-1971. The bibliography is arranged by subject in two main divisions: A. Jewish Communities of the Muslim Middle East and B. Jews of Asia and Africa in Palestine/Israel. Author and place name indexes are included. ” - #251, Judaica Reference Sources, Second Edition. Subjects: Jews - Bibliography. Jews - Middle East - Bibliography. Juifs - Moyen-Orient - Bibliographie. Light soiling to upper portion of backstrip; otherwise clean and fresh. Good + condition. (SEF-51-3) (ID #34976) $30.00.
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  23. Kayserling, Meyer. BIBLIOTECA ESPAÑOLA-PORTUGUEZA-JUDAICA. DICTIONNAIRE BIBLIOGRAPHIQUE DES AUTEURS JUIFS, DE LEURS OUVRAGES ESPAGNOLS ET PORTUGAIS ET DES OEUVRES SUR ET CONTRE LES JUIFS ET LE JUDAISME. Strasbourg; Trubner, 1890. Later Boards. 4to. XXI, 155 pages. 26 cm. First edition. In French, Portuguese and Spanish. Meyer Kayserling's Biblioteca española-portugueza-judaica (1890) is a hallmark of Iberian and Jewish bibliography. It reveals the importance, richness, and variety of the culture produced by the Jews of Spain and Portugal, both the exiles of 1492 and the many converted Jews - the 'New Christians' or 'conversos' - who returned to Judaism between the sixteenth and the eighteenth centuries. Many of the editions included in Meyer Kayserling's bibliography are exceedingly scarce. Attractively bound in later decorative boards and gilt title. Subjects: Jews - Spain - Biobibliography. Spanish literature - Bibliography. Hebrew literature - Bibliography. Portuguese literature - Bibliography. Spanish literature - Jewish authors - Bio-bibliography. Portuguese literature - Jewish authors - Bio-bibliography. Jews - Spain - Bio-bibliography. Hebrew literature. Jews. Portuguese literature. Portuguese literature - Jewish authors. Spanish literature. Spanish literature - Jewish authors. Bibliography. Bio-bibliography. Later cloth soiled; lightly aged internally; otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (BIBLIOG-35-1) (ID #34227) $200.00.
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  25. Mintz, Sharon Liberman; Lisa Anne Rotmil. TEXT & CONTEXT: THE DEVELOPMENT AND DISSEMINATION OF MEDIEVAL SEPHARDIC CULTURE: AN EXHIBITION, OCTOBER 28, 1992-FEBRUARY 5, 1993. New York: Library Of The Jewish Theological Seminary Of America, 1993. Original Cloth. O. 107 pages. 23 cm. Edition. Text and context; Development and dissemination of medieval Sephardic culture. Catalog of an exhibition held at the Jewish Theology Seminary showcasing medieval Sephardic books and prints held at the JTSA Library. Contains 80 black and white plates. Contents: Bible, Liturgy, Rabbinics, Kabbalah, Philosophy, Literature, Science, Printing, Amsterdam, London. Subjects: Sephardim - Civilization - Exhibitions. Jews - Spain - Civilization – Exhibitions. Sephardim - History - Exhibitions. Judaism - History - Medieval and early modern period, 425-1789 - Exhibitions. Jewish publishing - History - Exhibitions. Jewish publishing. Judaism - Medieval and early modern period. Institutional stamps on backstrip, title page, and outer edges. Condition. (SEF-51-43) xx (ID #35016) $30.00.
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  27. Moreen, Vera Basch. MINIATURE PAINTINGS IN JUDAEO-PERSIAN MANUSCRIPTS. Cincinnati; Hebrew Union College Press, 1985. Original Wraps. 4to. 56 pages. 26 cm. First edition. 1 microfiche inserted in pocket. Nine color illustraions. Important monograph, detailing manuscripts from various locations, dating 17th-19th centuries. “Persian Jews took part in or sponsored the production of miniatures to illuminate manuscripts. In some of the Shahin and ‘Imrani manuscripts, and in those of the classical poetry in Hebrew transliteration, large colored miniatures of exceptional beauty were incorporated. It is not clear who the artists were who drew these pictures. It is quite possible that in some cases non-Jewish workshops were responsible for the execution of the illustrations in Judeo-Persian manuscripts. A study of the miniatures is by J. Gutmann, in: SBB, 8 (1968), 54–76. An illustrated catalogue of miniatures in Judeo-Persian manuscripts is provided by V. B. Moreen, Miniature Painting in Judeo-Persian Manuscripts (1985). ” (EJ, 2008). Subjects: Jewish illumination of books and manuscripts - Iran - Catalogs. Illumination of books and manuscripts - Iran - Catalogs. Jews in art - Catalogs. Jews - Iran - Intellectual life. Light wear to wraps, otherwise fresh. Very good condition. (ART-22-50) xx (ID #33427) $200.00.
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  29. Sklare, David Eric; Haggai Ben-Shammai; Yusuf Al-Basir. כתבי היד בערבית־יהודית באוספי פירקוביץ׳. חיבורי יוסף אלבציר: קטלוג לדוגמה: מקורות ומחקרים KITVE HA-YAD BE-ARVIT-YEHUDIT BE-OSFE FIRKOVITS. KATALOG LE-DUGMAH: MEKOROT U-MEHKARIM = JUDAEO-ARABIC MANUSCRIPTS IN THE FIRKOVITCH COLLECTION; THE WORKS OF YUSUF AL-BASIR. Jerusalem: Ben-Zvi Institute For The Study Of Jewish Communities In The East, 1997. Original Wraps. 8vo. 139 pages. 24 cm. First edition. In Hebrew. Bibliography of the works of al-Basir in the Firkovitch collection, with texts and studies on his writings. “Joseph b. Abraham al-Basir (called the Seer, a euphemism for 'the Blind') was a widely traveled theologian, a polyglot, and a student of Rabbanite lore. He was held in high esteem by the Karaites as a religious authority. His works include al-Muhtawi ('The Compendium, ' or, in Hebrew, Sefer Ne'mot), a theological study which reveals deep Mu’tazilite influence. Consisting of 40 chapters, the book presents a Karaite adaptation of the kalam doctrines, as well as polemics against Christians and pagans. He also left an epitome of his major work, al-Tamyiz, and a book on inheritance and on ritual cleanliness, al-Istibsar ('Investigation'). ” - EJ 2008, Judeo-Arabic Literature. Subjects: Manuscripts, Judeo-Arabic - Russia (Federation) - Saint Petersburg- Catalogs. Arabische handschriften. Judeo-arabisch. Archives. Manuscripts, Judeo-Arabic. Basir, Joseph ben Abraham, ha-Kohen ha-Ro'eh al-, active 11th century - Archives – Catalogs. Clean and fresh. Very good condition. (SEF-51-12) (ID #34985) $200.00.
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  31. (Ramah) Septimus, Bernard. HISPANO-JEWISH CULTURE IN TRANSITION: THE CAREER AND CONTROVERSIES OF RAMAH. Cambridge, Mass.; Harvard University Press, 1982. Original Cloth. 8vo. IX, 180 pages. 24 cm. First edition. “This study of the sometimes stormy career of a brilliant and colorful talmudist offers a broad picture of medieval Hispano-Jewish culture. Meir Abulafia (ca. 1165-1244), commonly called Ramah, was born into the old Jewish aristocracy of Muslim Spain and educated in the best Judeo-Arabic tradition, but lived his whole life under the new political and cultural realities of Christian Spain. Mr. Septimus portrays Ramah's career as a lawyer, exegete, poet, and theologian in an age of rapid cultural change. His book describes the intellectual cross-fertilization and conflict that resulted from new connections with European Jewish communities to the north. It focuses, in particular, on the great controversy over the philosophical rationalism of Maimonides, which Ramah initiated and in which he played a major role. This clash dominated Jewish intellectual history for three centuries and parallels important developments in Latin Christendom. ” (Publishers Description). Subjects: Rabbis - Spain - Toledo - Biography. Resurrection (Jewish theology) - History of doctrines. Abulafia, Meir, approximately 1180-1244. Maimonides, Moses, 1135-1204. Abulafia, Meir, ca. 1180-1244. Toledo (Spain) - Biography. Very good+ condition. An Outstanding Copy (SEF-47-19A)xx (ID #35221) $65.00. xx
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  33. (Abraham Ibn Esra) Bacher, Wilhelm, 1850-1913. ABRAHAM IBN ESRA ALS GRAMMATIKER. EIN BEITRAG ZUR GESCHICHTE DER HEBRÄISCHEN SPRACHWISSENSCHAFT. Strassburg, K. J. Trübner, 1882. Original Cloth. 8vo. 192 pages. 24 cm. First edition. In German, with Hebrew. 'Abraham ibn Ezra as a grammarian; a contribution to the history of Hebrew linguistics'. Abraham Ibn Ezra als Grammatiker first appeared in the Jahresbericht der Landes-Rabbinerschule in Budapest: für das Schuljahr 1880-81. Extensive discussion of the Grammatical Treatises of Abraham Ibn Ezra, written by Wilhelm Bacher, (1850–1913) “Hungarian Semitic scholar. … In 1876 he was ordained and appointed rabbi of Szeged, Hungary, and the following year professor at the newly founded rabbinical seminary in Budapest, where he taught biblical exegesis, Midrash, homiletics, and Hebrew poetry and grammar. From 1907 until the end of his life he was head of the seminary. … Bacher helped lay the foundations for the study of Hebrew grammar from the talmudic period to the end of the Middle Ages. ” - 2008 EJ. “Abraham ibn Ezra, the genial and many-sided writer, was the first to carry the grammatical knowledge that had been perfected in Spain to the other European countries that offered him, refuge between 1140 and 1167; namely, Italy, southern and northern France, and England. He offered full and interesting information, in pure Hebrew diction, not only in his exegetical works, in which the grammatical comments at times become entire treatises, but also in special grammatical works. The most popular of these are 'Moznayim, ' written about 1140 at Rome, where he translated Hayyuj's works; and 'Sefer Zahot, ' a work on linguistic 'purity' or 'correctness, ' written in 1145 at Mantua. His other grammatical works are: 'Yesod Dikduk' (c. 1145); 'Safah Berurah, ' written in southern France; 'Yesod Mispar'; the 'Sefer ha-Shem, ' in part grammatical; and 'Sefat Yeter, ' a defense of Saadia against Dunash. Ibn Ezra's grammatical works, the first of this kind written in Hebrew, although based for the greater part on his Arabic sources, bear the stamp of his original mind. They also have the merit of presenting the essentials of grammar within a small compass and in an interesting way. ” - 1906 JE, Hebrew Grammar. Subjects: Ibn Ezra, Abraham ben Meïr, 1089-1164. Hebrew Grammar. Medieval Hebrew Linguistics. Light wear to cloth, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (GER-44-55) (ID #33794) $65.00.
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  35. (Azulai, Hayim Yosef David) Benayahu, Meir. רבי חיים יוסף דוד אזולאי RABI HAYIM YOSEF DAVID AZULAI. Yerushalayim; Mosad Ha-Rav Kuk, 1959. Original Cloth. 8vo. 608 pages. 25 cm. First edition. In Hebrew. Two volumes in one: Toldot hayav -- Mehkarim u-mekorot. Each volume has separate title page and frontispiece portrait of the author. Contains fold out map of Azulai's travels, and genealogical tables of the Azulai family. Extensive monograph and biography of the life and writings of Hayyim Joseph David Azulai (known by his Hebrew acronym Hida, Hayyim Yoseph David Azulai; 1724–1806), “halakhist, kabbalist, emissary, and bibliographer. Azulai was born in Jerusalem; he was descended on his father's side from a prominent family of rabbis and kabbalists from Spain while his mother was a daughter of Joseph Bialer who had gone to Erez Israel with Judah Hasid in 1770. He studied under some of the outstanding Jewish scholars of his age including Jonah Navon, Isaac ha-Kohen Rapoport, and Hayyim ibn Attar. Azulai attained early eminence in Jewish studies and was regarded by the Jewry of the Ottoman Empire and of Italy as the leading scholar of his generation. He was highly esteemed, too, by the Jews of Germany, especially after the publication of his works. ” - 2008 EJ. Monograph written by the scholar Meir Benayahu (1924–2009 ), longtime director of the Ben-Zvi Institute for Research on Oriental Jewish Communities. Subjects: Rabbis - Biography. Rabbis. Azulai, Hayyim Joseph David, 1724-1806. Front hinge loose, light soiling to cloth, otherwise clean and fresh. Good + condition. (SEF-52-40) (ID #35152) $90.00.
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  37. (Isaac Ben Sheshet Perfet) Hershman, Abraham M. RABBI ISAAC BEN SHESHET PERFET AND HIS TIMES. New York: The Jewish Theological Seminary Of America, 5704-1943. Original Cloth. 8vo. XII, 263 pages. 24 cm. First edition. Major study of the writings and life of Isaac Ben Sheshet Perfet and Jewish history in 14th century Spain and North Africa. Isaac Ben Sheshet Perfet (Ribash) (1326–1408), was a “Spanish rabbi and halakhic authority. Perfet was born in Barcelona, where he studied under such eminent scholars as Perez ha-Kohen, Hasdai b. Judah Crescas (the grandfather of the philosopher), and Nissim b. Reuben Gerondi, and where he later acted unofficially as rabbi. In 1370, Isaac, together with Nissim and five other Jewish notables, was arrested on a false charge and imprisoned for several months. After acquittal, he moved to Saragossa, where he accepted the position of rabbi, only to be involved in the first of the many controversies and family tragedies that were to embitter his career. In Saragossa he made strenuous efforts to secure the abolition of certain objectionable customs. He did not succeed, but brought upon himself the opposition of the local scholars. Finally he decided to leave for Calatayud but was persuaded to change his mind. Faced with continued disharmony in the community, he moved to Valencia, where from 1385 he acted as rabbi. The anti-Jewish riots of 1391 drove him to North Africa. A close reading of the Valencia court records reveals that the authorities asked Perfet to convert as a way to stop the riots. After he refused, they trumped up a charge against him that would have resulted in his death unless he converted. This time Perfet relented and he converted, thereby becoming a Marrano. He was baptized on July 4, 1391, which was the Ninth of Av. A year and a half later, he managed to leave Valencia for North Africa and resume his life as a Jew. A number of his responsa deal with the issue of those compelled to convert to Christianity. After a short stay at Miliana, he finally settled in Algiers, where he was enthusiastically welcomed. ” - 2008 EJ. Subjects: Isaac ben Sheshet Perfet, 1326-1408. Previous owners bookplate on endpage, light wear to cloth, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (SEF-51-20) (ID #34993) $30.00.
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  39. Netanyahu, Benzion. DON ISAAC ABRAVANEL, STATESMAN AND PHILOSOPHER. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society of America., 1953. 8vo. Xii, 346 pages. First edition. SUBJECT (S): Abravanel, Isaac, 1437-1508. CONTENTS: Portugal: Happy Haven; Spain: Land of Persecution; Naples: Scene of trouble; Venice: The last Refuge; World Outlook; View of History; Political Concepts; Messianism. Born in Warsaw, Netanyahu (b. 1910) and his family moved to Tel Aviv in 1920, and in 1940, he moved to the Unite States. Beginning in his youth, he was active in the Zionist-Revisionist Party, and then the New Zionist Organization. He was editor in chief of the Encyclopedia Hebraica and the Encyclopaedia Judaica, and a professor at Dropsie College, the University of Denver, and Cornell University. (Cohen, EJ) Worn at corners and ends of spine, good condition. (SEF-23-15) (ID #25109) $30.00. xx
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  41. (Shabbetai Donnolo) Sharf, Andrew. THE UNIVERSE OF SHABBETAI DONNOLO. New York: Ktav Pub. House, 1976. Original Cloth. 8vo. VIII, 214 pages. 23 cm. First edition. Study on astrology and cosmology in the writings of Shabbetai Donnolo, as well as a history of Byzantine Jewry in the tenth century. “Professor Sharf shows how Donnolo's cosmology is a striking blend of his mystical inheritance from the Judaism of his birth, the Christian culture of his homeland, and the Islamic astronomy which he studied, with the down-to-earth, plain and practical mind of the doctor. ” - from the Jacket. Shabbetai Donnolo (913–c. 982), was an “Italian physician and writer on medicine. He was born in Oria, Italy. The name Donnolo is Greek in origin but is common among Jews in its Arabic form 'Dunash. ' Such details of his life as are known have come from an autobiographical sketch in the preface to his book Sefer Hakhmoni, a commentary on the Sefer Yezirah. ” - EJ 2008. Subjects: Cabala. Jewish astrology. Jewish cosmology. Kabbale. Astrologie juive. Cosmologie juive. Kabbale. Astrologie hébraïque. Cosmologie juive. Donnolo, Shabbetai, 913-approximately 982. Sefer hakhmoni. Sefer Yezîrah. Very clean and fresh in good jacket. Very good condition. (SEF-51-18) (ID #34991) $30.00.
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  43. (Cardoso, Isaac) Yerushalmi, Yosef Hayim. FROM SPANISH COURT TO ITALIAN GHETTO: ISAAC CARDOSO: A STUDY IN SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY MARRANISM AND JEWISH APOLOGETICS. Seattle; University Of Washington Press, 1981. Original Wraps. 8vo. XXII, 524 pages. 22 cm. Second edition. Reprint of the 1971 ed. Published by Columbia University Press, New York, which was issued as no. 1 of Columbia University studies in Jewish history, culture, and institutions. Based on the author's thesis, Columbia University, 1966. This excellent scholarly study of the amazing career of Isaac Cardoso, 1603/4-1683, brings to life a much neglected current in 17th century intellectual history, that of the philosophical and theological odysseys of Iberia's thinkers of Jewish origins who had been forced to live and develop in the Inquisitional Catholic world. Focuses on the life of Isaac Cardoso, a “Marrano physician and philosopher; brother of Abraham Miguel Cardozo. Born in Trancoso, Portugal, Cardozo studied at Salamanca and was accorded the title of phisico mayor ('chief physician') by Philip IV. After practicing as a physician for several years at Valladolid, in 1632 he was appointed physician at the royal court of Madrid. Despite the bitter hostility that grew very strong in Madrid, his career for the next 15 years was an outstanding achievement. He was a popular guest in rich circles in Madrid, where he also mixed with many New Christians, with some of whom he maintained friendly relations overseas after they returned to Judaism. One such person was Dona Isabel Henriquez, who eventually joined the Amsterdam community. Cardozo was also in excellent terms with Lope de Vega, the famous playwright. After 1640 the position of the New Christians in Spain deteriorated immensely. Particularly the Portuguese who lived in Spain suffered. A new inquisitor, Diego de Arce Reinoso, was to act in a very harsh manner, leading thousands of News Christians to leave Spain. Cardozo was actively engaged in campaigning for Judaism. This is known from evidence offered to the Inquisition in 1658, years after his departure from Spain, according to which he tried to persuade Mendez Silva, the royal chronicler, that Judaism was the true faith. Some time in 1648, Cardozo fled to Venice with his brother, openly embracing Judaism and taking the name of Isaac. In Venice both brothers joined the Ponentine or Portuguese synagogue, known as the Talmud Torah, which grew considerably following the disappearance of the mainly ex-Converso Ferrara community in 1581. The two brothers received instruction in Judaism. Five years later, in 1652, Cardozo settled in Verona, where he lived for the next 30 years. He lived a quiet life and worked as a doctor and was an active member of the community. Between 1631 and 1640 Cardozo published in Madrid, in Spanish, a number of medical and scientific works. One of the famous medical treatises was Utilidades del agua y de la nieve, which he dedicated to the Count of Oliovares, the prime minister of Spain. According to Daniel Levi de Barrios, he also published collections of poetry. In his philosophical and theological work Philosophia libera (Venice, 1673), which he wrote during his long stay in Verona, Cardozo, unlike his brother, firmly opposed the teachings of the Kabbalah and Shabbetai Zevi. His comprehensive apologetic work Las excelencias y calumnias de los Hebreos (Amsterdam, 1679) described ten virtues of the Jewish people and refuted ten common calumnies. ” - 2008 EJ. Subjects: Jews - Italy - Biography. Marranos - Biography. Judaism - Apologetic works - History and criticism. Jewish physicians - Italy - Biography. Civilization, Modern - 17th century. Civilization, Modern. Jewish physicians. Jews. Judaism - Apologetic works. Marranos. Cardoso, Isaac, 1603 or 1604-1683. Cardoso, Isaac, 1603 or 1604-1683. Biography. Criticism, interpretation, etc. Light soiling to wraps, otherwise clean and fresh. Good + condition. (SEF-52-54) (ID #35166) $30.00.
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  45. Roth, Cecil. A LIFE OF MENASSEH BEN ISRAEL, RABBI, PRINTER, AND DIPLOMAT. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society of America., 1945. 12mo. Xii, 373 pages. SUBJECT (S): Jews – Netherlands – Amsterdam; Jews – England; Manasseh ben Israel, 1604-1657. Roth (1899-1970), editor in chief of the Encyclopaedia Judaica, was born in London and went to Merton College, Oxford, where he showed an interest in Jewish history and liturgy as early as his undergraduate years. He was a reader in Jewish studies at Oxford for two and a half decades, until 1964, when he moved to Jerusalem, as a visiting professor at Bar-Ilan University. After a heart attack and being falsely accused of unorthodoxy, he left Bar-Ilan, and spent the rest of his life editing the Encyclopaedia Judaica and teaching at Queens College and Stern College in New York. Roth wrote and published profusely, with O. K. Rabinowitz's 1966 bibliography listing 572 items, though the actual number is over 600, including translations and editing of Haggadot. (Lipman, EJ) Ex library, ends of spine worn, otherwise very good condition. (SEF-10-26) (ID #20920) $30.00. xx
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  47. Menasse Ben Israel. THE CONCILIATOR OF R. MANASSEH BEN ISRAEL. A RECONCILEMENT OF THE APPARENT CONTRADICTIONS IN HOLY SCRIPTURE TO WHICH ARE ADDED EXPLANATORY NOTES AND BIOGRAPHICAL NOTICES OF THE QUOTED AUTHORITIES BY E.H. LINDO. COMPLETE IN 2 VOLUMES. London, 1842. 1st English edition. Period leather, 8vo, XXXII+312+336 pages. Manasseh (Menasseh) Ben Israel (1604-1657), was an "Amsterdam scholar, printer and diplomat. Manasseh….became a member of the Hevrah for Talmud Torah at the age of 12, began to frequent the yeshivot when he was 14, made his first public oration in Portuguese when he was 15, and at 17 wrote his first book, Safah Berurah, a grammatical work (unpublished and known from two manuscripts).… His extraordinarily extensive knowledge in the theological rather than the talmudic sphere and his linguistic abilities made him a forerunner of the Jewish scholars of the 19th century who attempted to present Judaism in a sympathetic manner acceptable to the Christian world. He founded the earliest Jewish Hebrew printing press in Amsterdam (1626), where he continued to publish works in Hebrew, Yiddish, Latin, Spanish, Portuguese (and some in Dutch or English) for the remainder of his life.....The first part of his [Menasseh's] Conciliador (1632, in Spanish; 1633 in a Latin translation by Dionysius Vossius), reconciling apparently discordant biblical passages, gained him a great reputation in Christian circles (the remaining three parts appeared in Spanish only, 1641–51)....The Manasseh b. Israel press, which was not always in his own hands, published about 80 titles. For these works, as well as his synagogue sermons (at which gentile scholars and notables were often present), he was regarded in the world of scholarship as the leading representative of Hebrew learning. In May 1642 he was honored to deliver an official address of welcome to Queen Henrietta Maria of England, her daughter Mary, and their hosts Stadtholder Frederick Henry and his son William (II) in the Portuguese synagogue at the Houtgracht" (Roth & Offenberg in EJ, 2007) This is the first appearance of Menasse ben Israel’s classic work in English. Ex-library, Spines and inside hinges somewhat crudely repaired with cloth tape, otherwise Good and solid. (sef-50-15) (ID #35048) $175.00.
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  49. Luzzatto, Marco; Hermann Gollancz. הערות והגהות מהרב ר׳׳ מרדכי לוצאטו הנמצאות מפזרות ומפרדות בין גליונות כתב יד של העתקתו האיטלקית מן הספר ... קונסילײאדור HEBREW GLOSSES AND NOTES BY MARCO LUZZATTO OCCURRING IN HIS ITALIAN TRANSLATION OF MENASSEH BEN ISRAEL'S "CONCILIATOR."= HE 'AROT VE-HAGAHOT MEHA-RAV R. MORDEKHAY LUSATO HA-NIMTSA'OT MIFZAROT U-MIFRADOT BEN GILYONOT KETAV YAD SHEL HA'TAKATO HA-ITALKIT MIN HA-SEFER... KONSILYADOR SHE-HIBER. London: Luzac; New York: Bloch, 1911. Original Cloth. 8vo. 25, 56, IX pages. 21 cm. First edition. Text in Hebrew, with a translation and preface in English. Title on added title page: Hebrew glosses and notes by Marco (Mordecai) Luzzatto, occurring in his Italian translation of Menasseh ben Israel's "Conciliator, " now collected and edited for the first time (from the unique ms. In the editor's possession) with an English translation and notes by Hermann Gollancz. Hebrew glosses and notes by Marco (Mordecai) Luzzatto. Translation of the glosses written by Mordecai Luzzatto in his copy of the Conciliator. “El Conciliador, ' a laborious enumeration and discussion of all the passages contained in the Old Testament which seem to conflict with one another. Manasseh brought his very extensive rabbinical knowledge to bear upon each of these, and wrote, in fluent Spanish, an exposition of the recognized Jewish method of reconciling the seeming inconsistencies. The book was almost the first written in a modern language by a Jew which had an independent interest for Christian readers, and it accordingly gave Manasseh a wide-spread reputation in the learned world. ” - JE 1906. Subjects: Manasseh ben Israel, 1604-1657. Conciliador. Bible. Old Testament - Criticism, interpretation, etc., Jewish. Cloth lightly soiled, light soiling to outer edges, overall very fresh and clean. Very good condition. (SEF-51-17) (ID #34990) $150.00.
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  51. Fénelon, François De Salignac De La Mothe-; Et Al. RÉFUTATION DES ERREURS DE BENOIT SPINOSA. Bruxelles; F. Foppens, 1731. Contemporary Vellum. 12mo. 483 pages. 15 cm. First edition. In French and Latin. Collected volume of works all dealing with the concepts of Spinoza. A highly important introduction to Spinoza's ideas, most of the contents being an essay by Henri comte de Boulainvilliers (1658-1722), published posthumously, but widely circulated in manuscript under the title Essai de metaphysique dans les principes de R. De Spinoza (here called Refutation), which was influential in the ‘dissemination and popularisation of Spinoza's thought in France'. The work by Orobio, a free-thinking Jewish doctor living in Holland, was first published in 1681. The text actually by Fenelon occupies only ten pages. The book was sold ‘sous le manteau' but circulated widely, although both De Bure and Peignot state that it is rarer than Spinoza's own works. Contains: Vie de Spinosa [par M. Colerus] - Refutation de Spinosa [par le comte de Boulainvilliers] - Extrait du Nouvel atheisme renversé, ou refutation du sistême de Spinosa, par Dom François Lami... - Extrait d'une lettre de Monseigneur de Fénelon... Sur la Refutation de Spinosa - Certamen philosophicum propugnatae veritatis divinae ae naturalis adversus Joh: Bredenburg;... Haec meditabatur Ishak Orobio. Bound in contemporary vellum, tooled gilt title on spine, marbled edges. Subjects: Spinoza, Benedictus de, 1632-1677. Bredenburg, Joh. Bredenburg, Johannes. Light soiling and edge wear to vellum, very fresh and clean. Great condition. (KH-1-5) (ID #32071) $750.00.
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  53. Sabatier De Castres, Abbé;. APOLOGIE DE SPINOSA ET DU SPINOSISME, CONTRE LES ATHÉES, LES INCRÉDULES ET CONTRE LES THÉOLOGIENS SCOLASTIQUES PLATONICIENS. Paris; Pissot, 1810. 1st edition thus. Period decorated Wrappers, 12mo IV, 136; 17 cm. In French. “An Apology for Spinoza and Spinozism”, contains ‘Lettre à M. Helvetius’ dated ‘15 juillet 1766’: pages [125]-136 (Letter to Helvetius in the 1810 edition, absent from the 122 page Altona 1805 edition). Subjects: Spinoza, Benedictus de, 1632-1677. OCLC lists 17 copies Very good + condition. (KH-1-6A) (ID #35250) $500.00.
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  55. Jacobi, Friedrich Heinrich, Moses Mendelssohn. UEBER DIE LEHRE DES SPINOZA IN BRIEFEN AN DEN HERRN MOSES MENDELSSOHN. Breslau; Löwe, 1785. Clothbound. 12mo. 215 pages. 18 cm. First edition. In German, French, and Latin. Title translates as: “On the Doctrine of Spinoza in Letters to Herr Moses Mendelssohn. ” Marbled decorative boards with title and date in gilt on spine. Moses Mendelssohn (6 September 1729– 4 January 1786) was a German Jewish philosopher to whose ideas the renaissance of European Jews, Haskalah (the Jewish Enlightenment) is indebted. Although himself a practising orthodox Jew, he has been referred to as the father of Reform Judaism. Born to a poor Jewish family in Dessau and originally destined for a rabbinical career, Mendelssohn educated himself in German thought and literature and from his writings on philosophy and religion came to be regarded as a leading cultural figure of his time by both Germans and Jews. Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi (25 January 1743 – 10 March 1819) was an influential German philosopher, literary figure, socialite and the younger brother of poet Johann Georg Jacobi. He is notable for coining the term nihilism and promoting it as the prime fault of Enlightenment thought particularly in the philosophical systems of Baruch Spinoza, Immanuel Kant, Johann Fichte and Friedrich Schelling. A conversation which Jacobi had held with Gotthold Lessing in 1780, in which Lessing avowed that he knew no philosophy in the true sense of that word, save Spinozism, led him to a protracted study of Spinoza's works. After Lessing's death, just a couple of months later, Jacobi continued to engage with Spinozism in an exchange of letters with Lessing's close friend Moses Mendelssohn, which began in 1783. Mendelssohn’s final years were overshadowed and saddened by the so called pantheism controversy. Ever since his friend Lessing had died, he had wanted to write an essay or a book about his character. When Friedrich Heinrich Jacobi, an acquaintance of both men, heard of Mendelssohn's project, he stated that he had confidential information about Lessing being a "spinozist", which, in these years, was regarded as being more or less synonymous with "atheist" — something which Lessing was accused of being anyway by religious circles. This led to an exchange of letters between Jacobi and Mendelssohn which showed they had hardly any common ground. Mendelssohn then published his Morgenstunden oder Vorlesungen über das Dasein Gottes (Morning hours or lectures about God's existence), seemingly a series of lectures to his oldest son, his son-in-law and a young friend, usually held "in the morning hours", in which he explained his personal philosophical world-view, his own understanding of Spinoza and Lessing's "purified" ("geläutert") pantheism. But almost simultaneously with the publication of this book in 1785, Jacobi published extracts of his and Mendelssohn's letters as Briefe über die Lehre Spinozas (these letters, published with commentary by Jacobi in 1785 with an enlarged second edition from 1789, stated publicly that Lessing was a self confessed "pantheist" in the sense of "atheist"; essentially this volume constituted a controversy about Lessing's philosophic views, particularly with respect to Spinoza, including Jacobi's account of a conversation with Lessing in 1780). Mendelssohn was thus drawn into a poisonous literary controversy, and found himself attacked from all sides, including former friends or acquaintances such as Johann Gottfried von Herder and Johann Georg Hamann. Mendelssohn wrote a reply addressed To Lessing's Friends (An die Freunde Lessings) and died on January 4, 1786 as the result of a cold contracted while carrying this manuscript to his publishers on New Year's Eve; Jacobi was held by some to have been responsible for his death. Subjects: Spinoza, Benedictus de, 1632-1677. Lessing, Gotthold Ephraim, 1729-1781 -- Philosophy. Pantheism. Ex-Libris Friedrich Lessing (relative of Gotthold Ephraim Lessing). Light markings and soiling to endpages. Lightly soiled and lightly foxed in first dozen pages. Text crisp and pages fresh. Very good condition. (SEF-45-5) (ID #28942) $1000.00.
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  57. Kogan, Barry S., editor. SPINOZA: A TERCENTENARY PERSPECTIVE. No Place (Cincinnati), Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, [1979]. First Edition. Paper Wrappers, 8vo, xiii, 106 pages. Contains essays by Gottschalk, Popkin, Feuer, Savan and Mihaly. Very Good, in original wrappers. (SEF-10-14) (ID #13250) $40.00.
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  59. Spinoza, Benedictus De. DER TEOLOGISH-POLITISHER TRAKTAT [TRACTATUS THEOLOGICO-POLITICUS]. New York; M. Jankowitsh, 1923. Publishers cloth. 8vo. X, 375 pages. 21 cm. First Yiddish edition of the Tractatus Theologico-Politicus. Along with “Di Etik, ” also published in 1923, this represents the very first appearance of any of Spinoza’s works in any Jewish language. Perhaps one of the most controversial texts of the early modern period, the TTP, in its critique of religion and of jewish "chosenness", is possibly one of the most appropriate of Spinoza’s works to be translated into Yiddish for secular readers. Translated by N. Perlman, who also translated Jack London, Anatole France, Schopenhauer, and Thomas Paine into Yiddish. Subjects: Philosophy and religion. Free thought. Spinoza, Benedictus de, 1632-1677 - Translations into Yiddish. Clean and fresh. Very Good condition. (YID-16-15) Xxxx (ID #30816) $200.00.
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  61. Zeitlin, Hillel. BARUKH SHPINOZAH: HAYAV SEFARAV VE-SHITATO HA-FILOSOFIT. Varsha; Hotsa'at Tushiyah, 1900. Later Wrappers. 12mo. 139 pages. 18 cm. First edition. Two parts in one volume (with two separate title pages). In Hebrew. The second work published by Hillel Zeitlin, a monograph on the life and thought of Baruch Spinoza by Hillel Zeitlin, a Jewish writer and intellectual who was raised in Lubavitch and strongly identified with Spinoza after losing his childhood faith. In the last chapter, Zeitlin claims that central ideas in Spinoza can also be found in Maimonides and other Jewish thinkers. “Hillel Zeitlin (1871–1942), was a thinker, journalist, and editor... He published a monograph on Baruch Spinoza (1900) and the first monograph in Hebrew on Friedrich Nietzsche (1905). These studies influenced an entire generation of Jewish intellectuals who became exposed to these thinkers through Zeitlin’s mediation. He also published a number of literary texts that were pathbreaking in the way they crossed generic and stylistic boundaries. He wrote prose poems, meditations, aphorisms, prayers, and songs, as well as fiction characterized by intense emotionality. ” YIVO Encyclopedia Subjects: Spinoza, Benedictus de, 1632-1677. OCLC lists 23 copies. Pages lightly soiled throughout. Otherwise clean. Good condition. (SPEC-40-23) (ID #33569) $200.00.
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  63. BEN EZRA SYNAGOGUE. SHORT NOTE ABOUT THE OLDEST SYNAGOGUE IN EGYPT. [Cairo], 1985. Original paper wrappers, 16mo., 36 pages. 33 pages. Illustrated with black and white photographs. Souvenir guide for tourists to the synagogue in Cairo. According to the booklet, there were 42 Jewish families in Cairo at the time. With background on the Synagogue’s history, attractions in and around the synagogue, and sayings from the Talmud. SUBJECT (S) Jews -- Egypt -- Cairo. Synagogen. Ben Ezra Synagoge (Cairo). OCLC lists 9 copies worldwide. Very good condition. (SEF-31-34) (ID #25292) $30.00.
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  65. Cohen, Mark R. POVERTY AND CHARITY IN THE JEWISH COMMUNITY OF MEDIEVAL EGYPT. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005. Original Cloth. 8vo. XI, 287 pages. 25 cm. First edition. “Mark Cohen offers a study of the Jewish poor and poor relief in Egypt from the 11th to the mid-14th century, based mainly on documents from the Cairo Geniza. ” - Publishers Description. Contents: A taxonomy of the poor - The foreign poor - Captives, refugees, and proselytes - Debt and the poll tax - Women and poverty - "Naked and starving, " the sick and disabled - Beggars or petitioners? - Charity - Poverty and Charity, continuity and acculturation. Complemented by the author's collection of primary sources in translation, The voice of the poor in the Middle Ages: an anthology of documents from the Cairo Geniza, on which the research is based. Subjects: Jews - Egypt - Charities - History. Poverty - Religious aspects - Judaism. Judaism - Charities - History. Jews - Egypt - Social conditions. Poor - Egypt - History. Judaism - Relations - Islam. Islam - Relations - Judaism. Cairo Genizah. In great jacket. Institutional stamp on bottom outer edge, otherwise very clean and fresh. Very good condition. (SEF-51-34) (ID #35007) $30.00.
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  67. Cohen, Mark R. THE VOICE OF THE POOR IN THE MIDDLE AGES: AN ANTHOLOGY OF DOCUMENTS FROM THE CAIRO GENIZA. Princeton; Princeton University Press, 2005. Original Wraps. 8vo. XII, 226 pages. 25 cm. First edition. “A companion to Cohen's other volume, Poverty and Charity in the Jewish Community of Medieval Egypt, the book presents more than ninety letters, alms lists, donor lists, and other related documents from the Geniza … In the past, most of what we knew of the poor in the Middle Ages came from records and observations compiled by their literate social superiors, from tax collectors to the inquisitor's clerk, from criminal judges to the benefactors of the helpless, from makers of Islamic waqf deeds to authors of Arabic chronicles, and in Judaism, from Rabbis who wrote responsa to compilers of Jewish-law codes. … The Voice of the Poor in the Middle Ages provides access to the attitudes and philanthropic activities of the charitable, alongside the dramatic writings of the poor themselves, whether penned in their own hands or dictated to a scribe or family member. The book also allows a rare glimpse into the women of the Middle Ages, as well as into the world of private charity--an area long elusive to the medieval historian. For researchers and students alike, this book will be an invaluable social history source for years to come. ” - Publishers Description. Subjects: Jews - Egypt - Charities - History. Poverty - Religious aspects - Judaism. Judaism - Charities - History. Jews - Egypt - Social conditions. Poor - Egypt – History. Institutional stamp on outer edge, otherwise clean and fresh. Good + condition. (SEF-51-7) (ID #34980) $30.00.
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  69. Friedman, Mordechai Akiva. JEWISH MARRIAGE IN PALESTINE: A CAIRO GENIZAH STUDY [TWO VOLUME SET]. Tel-Aviv; Tel-Aviv University, Chaim Rosenberg School Of Jewish Studies, 1980-1981. Original Cloth. 8vo. XXIV, 492; XIII, 517 pages. 23 cm. First edition. With 23 black and white facsimile plates. Volume 1. The ketubba traditions of Eretz Israel – Volume 2. The ketubba texts. Contains a detailed commentary on the Palestinian ketubba tradition from biblical times through the end of the medieval period (volume 1) and an edition and translation of the extant sixty-five ketubbot from the tenth and eleventh centuries (volume 2). Historical survey covers the language and terminology of the marriage contract and differences between the Palestinian and Babylonian ketubba traditions. “The first volume consists of six chapters, beginning with a general introduction which is a historical survey of the development of the ketubbah since the earliest known times, some five centuries before the Common Era – there are marriage contracts already among the Elephantine papyri. At least theoretically the study covers a period of some 16-17 centuries. … we find the rivalry between Palestine and Babylonia, which brought about differences in usage and formulae, one of them being the difference in the ketubbah formula. Whereas beginning roughly with the 12th century C. E. It was the Babylonian formula which prevailed down to our own days, the Cairo Genizah has preserved for us tens of ketubbot written according to the Palestinian pattern. ” p. 149 Friedman's "Jewish Marriage in Palestine", Moshe Gil, The Jewish Quarterly Review, New Series, Vol. 76, No. 2. Attractive two volume set. Subjects: Marriage (Jewish law). Marriage law - Palestine. Marriage law - Middle East. Ketubah. Cairo Genizah. Light shelf wear to cloth, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (SEF-51-8) (ID #34981) $225.00.
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  71. Ginzberg, Louis. GEONICA. COMPLETE IN 2 VOLUMES: VOL. I THE GEONIM AND THE HALAKIC WRITINGS; VOL. II GENIZAH STUDIES. New York The Jewish Theological Seminary Of America, 1909. Original publishers cloth with gilt, 8vo, XII+210+425 pages. First Edition. Vol I is mostly in English and Vol II is mostly in Hebrew. The 2nd volume consists of 47 halakic fragments from the Cario Genizah, mainly Geonic responsa containing many interesting Halakic views. All are copiously annotated & critically examined by the author. Index. Very Good+ Condition, an outstanding beautiful set in the original bindings. (rab-59-14) (ID #34571) $135.00.
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  73. Goitein, S.D. A MEDITERRANEAN SOCIETY: COMMUNITY V. 2: THE JEWISH COMMUNITIES OF THE ARAB WORLD AS PORTRAYED IN THE DOCUMENTS OF THE CAIRO GENIZA. University of California Press, 1972. Original Cloth in jacket, 8vo, xvi, 633 pages. This six-volume "portrait of a Mediterranean personality" is a composite portrait of the individuals who wrote the personal letters, contracts, and all other manuscript fragments that found their way into the Cairo Geniza. Most of the fragments from the Geniza, a storeroom for discarded writings that could not be thrown away because they might contain the name of God, had been removed to Cambridge University Library and other libraries around the world. Professor Goitein devoted the last thirty years of his long and productive life to their study, deciphering the language of the documents and organizing what he called a "marvelous treasure trove of manuscripts" into a coherent, fascinating picture of the society that created them. It is a rich, panoramic view of how people lived, traveled, worshiped, and conducted their economic and social affairs. The first and second volumes describe the economic foundations of the society and the institutions and social and political structures that characterized the community. The remaining material, intended for a single volume describing the particulars of the way people lived, blossomed into three volumes, devoted respectively to the family, daily life, and the individual. The divisions are arbitrary but helpful because of the wealth of information. The author refers throughout to other passages in his monumental work that amplify what is discussed in any particular section. The result is an incomparably clear and immediate impression of how it was in the Mediterranean world of the tenth through the thirteenth century. Very Good Condition in worn dustjacket. (SEF-22-16) (ID #25070) $30.00.
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  75. Goitein, S.D. A MEDITERRANEAN SOCIETY: FAMILY V.3: THE JEWISH COMMUNITIES OF THE ARAB WORLD AS PORTRAYED IN THE DOCUMENTS OF THE CAIRO GENIZA: FAMILY VOL 3. University of California Press, 1978. Original Clothin jacket, 8vo, 522 pages. Volume III, subtitled The Family, reveals the Mediterranean familythe extended family, marriage (rituals, economics, social and cultural safeguards), the Mediterranean household, widowhood, divorce, remarriage, and the world of women. Very Good Condition in worn dustjacket. (SEF-22A-17) (ID #25069) $40.00.
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  77. Goitein, S.D. A MEDITERRANEAN SOCIETY: DAILY LIFE V. 4: THE JEWISH COMMUNITIES OF THE ARAB WORLD AS PORTRAYED IN THE DOCUMENTS OF THE CAIRO GENIZA. University of California Press, 1983. Original Cloth in jacket, 8vo, 487 pages. Volume IV, subtitled Daily Life, details city life, domestic architecture, furnishings and housewares, clothing and jewelry, food and drink, and other material culture. Very Good Condition in worn dustjacket. (SEF-22A-18) (ID #25068) $85.00.
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  79. Mann, Jacob; Sonne, Isaiah. THE BIBLE AS READ AND PREACHED IN THE OLD SYNAGOGUE. A STUDY IN THE CYCLES OF THE READINGS FROM TORAH AND PROPHETS, AS WELL AS FROM PSLAMS, AND IN THE STRUCTURE. COMPLETE IN 2 VOLUMES. Cincinnati, Ohio The Man-Sonne Publication Committee \ Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute Of Religion, 1940-1966. 1st edition. Two 235x160 mm. [XI+574+346] + [XLI+255+239] pages. Hardcover. Review Set with slip laid in. Each volume has an English and Hebrew section. Volume I. Was compiled by Mann who hoped to complete his work in three volumes. He died in 1940 and Isaiah Sonne took up the task using Mann's notes. Volume Two includes the wortk that Sonne was able to complete before his own death in 1960. The over all work was never completed. Bible Biblical Criticism Judaism - Judaica Mishnah Midrash Aggadah & Talmud. Both volumes Very Good Condition. An Outstanding Set. (rab-59-6) (ID #34563) $150.00.
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  81. Mann, Jacob. THE BIBLE AS READ AND PREACHED IN THE OLD SYNAGOGUE, VOL I ONLY, IN REPRINT. A Study in the Cycles of the Readings from Torah and Prophets, as well as from Pslams, and in the Structure. Cincinnati, Ohio The Author, 1940. Reprint from Israel ca 1970. Bound in two volumes, one for the English section and one for the Hebrew section of the original volume I. [XI+574+346] Hardcover. Compiled by Mann who hoped to complete his work in three volumes. He died in 1940 and Isaiah Sonne took up the task using Mann's notes. Bible Biblical Criticism Judaism - Judaica Mishnah Midrash Aggadah & Talmud. Both volumes Very Good Condition. (rab-59-7) (ID #34562) $60.00.
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  83. Abraham Bar Hiyya Savasorda; Herschell Filipowski. ספר העבור : הוא ספר הראשון בחכמת העבור, בו הראה SEFER HA-‘IBUR. London; Longman, Brown, Green And Longmans, For Hebrew Antiquarian Society, 1851. Original Cloth. 12mo. XX, 122 pages. 18 cm. First edition. In Hebrew. Treatise on date calculation by Abraham Bay Hiyyah, twelfth century Spanish philosopher, mathematician, astronomer, and translator. The 'Book of Intercalation', “this work was published in 1851, in London, by Filipowski. It is the oldest Hebrew work treating of the calculation of the calendar” - 1906 JE. “Sefer (or Sod) ha-Ibbur ('Book of Intercalation'), which was written in 1122 'to enable the Jews to observe the festivals on the correct dates. ' This work explains the principles of intercalation and shows how to calculate the Hebrew and Arabic years (publ. By H. Filipowski, London, 1851). It was often quoted by later authorities and was accepted as authoritative. ” - 2008 EJ. Added English title page: 'Abraham ben Chyiah the prince, who flourished in Spain in the 11th century, on the mathematical and technical chronology of the Hebrews, Nazarites, Mahommetans, etc., printed for the first time from two Mss of Paris and Oxford. At the expense of The Hebrew Antiquarian Society. ' Edited and Printed by Herschell Filipowski (1816-1872), he was a Mathematician, linguist, actuary, type designer, and editor. Contains bibliography of Abraham bar Hiyya, p. Vii-xviii. Subjects: Jewish chronology. Jewish calendar - Early works to 1800. Jewish calendar. Jewish chronology. Abraham bar Hiyya Savasorda, ca. 1065-ca. 1136. Early works. Clean and fresh. Very good + condition. (SEF-52-44) (ID #35156) $125.00.
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  85. Abulafia, Meir, (Ca. 1180-1244); Brill, Jehiel (1836-1886) editor. KITAB ALRASAIL: METURGAM BE-`IVRIT. SEFER IGROT. Paris: Yatsa Le-Or `al Yede Yehiel Bril, 1871. Later cloth, 12mo, 152 pages; 20 cm. 1st edition thus. In Hebrew. Abulafia’s correspondence with French rabbis on Maimonides' doctrine of resurrection. “Abulafia is best known for his controversy with Maimonides over the doctrine of resurrection. Maimonides' views on this subject seemed heretical to him. Abulafia, in spite of his youth, publicly denounced them, and was the first in Europe to do so during Maimonides' lifetime. His accusations were mainly in the form of letters to the rabbis of southern France, especially the ‘sages of Lunel, ’ who held Maimonides in great esteem and strongly defended his views. The whole correspondence, which also included an exchange of letters with the rabbis of northern France, did not bring the hoped for result and was a great disappointment to Abulafia. Thirty years later, when the controversy was renewed, he was asked by Nachmanides to take part in it again, but remembering his earlier failure, he refused. Much of the correspondence, edited by Abulafia, was published as Kitab al-Rasa'il (Paris, 1871). Abulafia's conception of resurrection, far from being an abstract philosophy, is based upon the traditional belief, according to which the words of the rabbis on the subject are taken in their literal sense. Notwithstanding this (and contrary to Graetz's opinion), Abulafia possessed a wide knowledge of the Hebrew and Arabic philosophy of his time” (EJ, 2008). SUBJECT(S) Maimonides, Moses, 1135-1204. Resurrection (Judaism) Rabbis -- Correspondance. Abulafia, Meir, 1180 (ca. ) -1244 -- Correspondance. OCLC lists 21 copies worldwide. Light wear Very Good Condition. (RAB-59-1)xx (ID #34557) $125.00.
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  87. Ibn Zabara, Joseph Ben Meir; Israel Davidson. ספר שעשועים SEFER SHA’ASHU’IM [EDITOR INSCRIBED]. Berlin; Eshkol, 1925. Original Cloth. 8vo. 93, 194 pages. 24 cm. In Hebrew. Inscribed by Israel Davidson to Shalom Spiegel in pen on front end paper. With Shalom Spiegel's bookplate. Sefer Sha'shu'im (with Battei ha-Nefesh) by Joseph ben Meir Ibn Zabara: “(b. About 1140), physician and Hebrew writer. Born in Barcelona, Ibn Zabara was a contemporary of some of the Tibbon family, of Maimonides and of Judah Al-Harizi; Joseph Kimhi praised his scientific knowledge in his Commentary to Proverbs. Like his father, he studied medicine and lived as an honored physician in his native town. Ibn Zabara became known through his Sefer Sha'ashu'im ('Book of Amusements'), one of the best maqamat written. This book is a literary account of his journey to several countries (southern Spain and Provence) with a physician named Joseph (nicknamed 'Einan ha-Shed' in the book) who came from afar and joined Ibn Zabara on the journey. Consisting of a collection of stories and proverbs within the framework of a background story, the intention of Sefer Sha'ashu'im, as the title indicates, is to amuse the reader. As it is usual in the genre, some secular poems are included before and within the prose sections. In this work, Ibn Zabara reveals a considerable knowledge of Arabic literature – the source of most of his proverbs and pithy sayings – and also of the Babylonian and the Jerusalem Talmuds. More than any other work of this type, Sefer Sha'ashu'im shows Greek, Indian, and Arabic influence. Apart from its literary value, this book contains valuable information on medicine and hygiene, natural science, psychology, and physiognomy. The book includes the earliest example of questions and answers on scientific topics in Hebrew rhymed prose. … The book was first printed in Constantinople (1577) by R. Isaac Akrish, together with other works. In 1865 it was published serially in Ha-Levanon. A scientific edition was prepared by I. Davidson (first with an introduction in English, 1914, and then with a Hebrew translation of the introduction, 1925). … Apart from Sefer Sha'ashu'im Ibn Zabara wrote 'Battei ha-Nefesh, ' a didactic poem of 126 verses on anatomy and the functions of the organs in the human body, and a short treatise in prose for physicians. ” - EJ 2008. Subjects: Ibn Zabara, Joseph ben Meir, 1140? - Sefer sha’ashu’im. Sefer sha’ashu’im (Ibn Zabara, Joseph ben Meir). Light wear to cloth, otherwise clean and fresh throughout. Very good condition. (SEF-51-19) (ID #34992) $75.00.
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  89. Abraham Bar Hiyya Savasorda; Solomon Judah Leib Rapoport; Isaac Ben Yehuda Leib Freiman. ספר הגיון הנפש = או ספר המוסר : בן ילמד דעת את העם והמעשה אשר יעשון SEFER HEGYON HA-NEFESH = SEFER HEGJON HA-NEFESCH, ODER SITTEN-BUCH. Leipzig: Druck Von C. W. Vollrath, 1860. Period Cloth. 12mo. LXIII, 43, 42 pages. 20 cm. First edition. In Hebrew, with added German title page. Hegyon Ha-Nefesh, 'Meditation of the Soul', by Abraham Bar Hiyya, Spanish philosopher, mathematician, astronomer, and translator of the twelfth century. Hegyon Ha-Nefesh is “an ethical work upon a rationalistic religious basis. It was published in 1860 by Freimann, with a biography of the author (by the editor), a list of his works, and a learned introduction by Rapoport. … Not only as mathematician and astronomer, but also as moral philosopher, the author of the profoundly religious work, 'Hegyon ha-Nefesh' (Meditation of the Soul) deserves special notice. In this field of philosophy he had also pioneer work to do; for, as is shown by Guttmann ('Monatsschrift, ' 1900, p. 195), in refutation of Kaufmann's assumption that the 'Hegyon ha-Nefesh' was originally written in Arabic ('Z. D. M. G. ' xxx. 364; 'Die Spuren Al-Batlajusis, ' p. 28, and Bacher, 'Die Bibelexegese der Jüdischen Religionsphilosophen des Mittelalters, ' p. 82), Abraham b. Hiyya had to wrestle with the difficulties of a language not yet adapted to philosophic terminology. Whether composed especially for the Days of Repentance, as Rapoport (ibid. ) and Rosin ('Ethik des Maimonides, ' p. 15) think, or not, the object of the work was a practical, rather than a theoretical, one. It was to be a homily in four chapters on repentance based on the Haftarot of the Day of Atonement and Sabbath Shubah. In it, with the fervor of a holy preacher, he exhorts the reader to lead a life of purity and devotion. At the same time he does not hesitate to borrow ideas from non-Jewish philosophers; and he pays homage to the ancient sages of the heathen world who, without knowledge of the Torah, arrived at certain fundamental truths regarding the beginning of things, though in an imperfect way, because both the end and the divine source of wisdom remained hidden to them ('Hegyon, ' pp. 1, 2). In his opinion the non-Jew may attain to as high a degree of godliness as the Jew ('Hegyon, ' p. 8a). ” - 1906 JE. Subjects: Jewish ethics. Spiritual life. Light soiling to backstrip, scattered light foxing throughout, otherwise very clean and fresh. Very good condition. (SEF-52-52) (ID #35164) $75.00.
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  91. Aknin, Joseph Ben Judah Ben Jacob Ibn; Abraham S Halkin. התגלות הסודות והופעת המאורות: פירוש שיר השירים HITGALUT HA-SODOT VE-HOFA’AT HA-ME'OROT: PERUSH SHIR HA-SHIRIM. Yerushalayim: Mekitse Nirdamim, 1964. 1st edition. Original Cloth. 8vo. 20, 523 pages. 25 cm. In Hebrew. Hebrew translation of Inkishaf al-asrar wa-tuhur al-anwar ('The Divulgence of Mysteries and the Appearance of Lights') a “commentary in Arabic on the Song of Songs. The work starts from the premise that it would be preposterous to believe that the wise King Solomon would compose a love story or indulge in erotic banter: the book bears such an external character simply as a pedagogic expedient to attract the young. According to his interpretation, the Song of Songs is a description of the mutual craving of the rational soul and the active intellect and the obstacles in the path of their union. Aknin boasts that no one preceded him in this approach to an interpretation of the Song of Songs. In fact, although Maimonides plainly offered a general explanation of the book along these lines, Aknin was the first to work out the theme in detail in a complete commentary. In his commentary he offers a tripartite explanation of each verse: first, what he calls the exoteric sense, that is, an explanation of the grammatical forms and of the plain meaning, but he avoids the introduction of the erotic aspect; second, what he calls the rabbinic interpretation, an explanation concerned with the fate of Israel, its tragedy, and its hopes (this is the most widely accepted allegorical interpretation, which is drawn from various literary compilations, mainly Midrashim on the Song of Songs); and third, the endowment of each word in the verse under discussion with implications of physiology, psychology, logic, and philosophy, which Aknin consistently opens with the phrase 'and according to my conception. ' This work was edited and translated into Hebrew by A. S. Halkin as Hitgallut ha-Sodot ve-Hofa'at ha-Me'orot (1964). ” - 2008 EJ. Joseph ben Judah ben Jacob Ibn Aknin (c. 1150–1220), was a “philosopher and poet. Aknin was born in Barcelona, Spain. Probably as a result of the Almohad persecutions, he, or perhaps his father, moved to North Africa, presumably Fez, Morocco. He remained there until his death, not withstanding his ardent wish to go elsewhere so that he could practice Judaism openly. That he felt guilty about living as a Crypto-Jew is evident from a discussion in which he passed harsh judgment on forced converts. He and Maimonides met each other during the latter's sojourn in Fez and Aknin wrote a sad couplet on the sage's departure for Egypt. ” - 2008 EJ. Subjects: Commentaries. Bible. Song of Solomon - Commentaries. Bible. A. T. Cantique des Cantiques - Commentaires. Bible. Song of Solomon. Light wear to edges of cloth, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (SEF-51-21) xx (ID #34994) $100.00.
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  93. Bacher, Wilhelm. LEBEN UND WERKE DES ABULWALID MERWAN IBN GANAH (R. JONA): UND DIE QUELLEN SEINER SCHRIFTERKLÄRUNG. Budapest; Athenaeum, 1885. Original Wraps. 8vo. IV, 107, 25 pages. 22 cm. First edition. In German. 'The Life and Work of Abu al-Walid Marwan Ibn Janah, and the sources of his scriptural writings. ' At head of title: Jahresbericht der Landes-Rabbinerschule in Budapest für das Schuljahr 1884-85. Biography of Ibn Janah, also called Ibn Jonah, Abu Al-walid Marwan, bynames Rabbi Jonah and Rabbi Marinus (born c. 990, Cordoba—died c. 1050, Zaragoza, Spain), perhaps the most important medieval Hebrew grammarian and lexicographer. Known as the founder of the study of Hebrew syntax, he established the rules of biblical exegesis and clarified many difficult passages. Subjects: Ibn Janah, Abu al-Walid Marwan, approximately 990-approximately 1050. Bible. Old Testament - Commentaries - History and criticism. Light soiling to wraps. Backstrip absent. Pages edges brittle, otherwise clean and fresh. Good condition. (SEF-52-47) (ID #35159) $30.00.
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  95. Bahhya Ben Joseph Ibn Pakuda; M E Stern; Yehudah Ibn Tibon. ספר תורת חובות הלבבות SEFER TORAT HOVOT HA-LEVAVOT = CHOBOTH HA-L'BABOTH; LEHRBUCH DER HERZENSPFLICHTEN. Vien; E. F. Shmidboyer ‘im Holtsvartah, 1853. Original Cloth. 8vo. 476 pages. 20 cm. First German edition. Hebrew with German translation in parallel columns. Bahya (Bahye) Ben Joseph Ibn Paquda, Dayyan and philosopher; flourished at Saragossa, Spain, in the first half of the eleventh century. “Bahya's major work, Kitab al-Hidaya ila Fara’id al-Qulub (ed. A. S. Yahuda, 1912), was written around 1080. It was translated into Hebrew by Judah ibn Tibbon in 1161 under the title Hovot ha-Levavot ('Duties of the Hearts'), and in this version it became popular and had a profound influence on all subsequent Jewish pietistic literature. Joseph Kimhi also translated portions of it, but his version gained no circulation and is still in manuscript. Several abridgments were made of the Hebrew translation, and the work was translated into Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and Yiddish. In more recent times it has been translated into English (Duties of the Heart, text and translation by M. Hyamson, 1962), German (Choboth ha-L'baboth. Lehrbuch der Herzenspflichten, tr. By M. Stern, 1856), and French Introduction aux devoirs des coeurs, tr. By A. Chouraqui, 1950). … Hovot ha-Levavot is divided into ten 'gates' (chapters), each of which is devoted to a particular duty of the heart, which the Jew must observe if he is to attain spiritual perfection. The ten chapters deal with the affirmation of the unity of God (yihud), the nature of the world disclosing the workings of God (behinat ha-olam), divine worship (avodat ha-Elohim), trust in God (bittahon), sincerity of purpose (yihud ha-ma'aseh), humility (keni'ah), repentance (teshuvah), self-examination (heshbon ha-nefesh), asceticism (perishut), and the love of God (ahavat ha-Shem). ” - 2008 EJ. Subjects: Jewish ethics - Early works to 1800. Judaism - Doctrines - Early works to 1800. Spiritual life - Judaism - Early works to 1800. God (Judaism) - Early works to 1800. Faith (Judaism) - Early works to 1800. Jewish ethics. Backstrip absent, rubbing to edges of boards; clean and fresh. Good + condition. (SEF-52-53) (ID #35165) $75.00.
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  97. Berger, Heinrich. R. BENJAMIN B. JEHUDA UND SEIN COMMENTAR ZU ESRA UND NEHEMIA. Breslau; G. Zahn & H. Baendel, 1889. Later Cloth. 8vo. 48, [2] pages. 22 cm. First edition. In German. Full title: R. Benjamin b. Jehuda und sein Commentar zu Esra und Nehemia aus dem Ms. 102 der Bibiothek Merzbacher zu München und aus dem Cod. 104 der Bibliothek des jüdisch-theologischen Seminars zu Breslau zum ersten Male. Subjects: Benjamin, ben Yehuda. "Theil I. " No more published. A commentary to Ezra and Nehemiah attributed to Benjamin ben Judah Bozecco (1290–1335), “Italian grammarian and biblical exegete, who lived in Rome. ” - EJ 2008. Bozecco, Benjamin ben Judah, 1290-1335. Bible. Ezra - Criticism, interpretation, etc., Jewish. Bible. Nehemiah - Criticism, interpretation, etc., Jewish. Bible. Old Testament - Criticism, interpretation, etc. - Italy - History - Middle Ages, 600-1500. Institutional stamps on endpages, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (SEF-52-51) (ID #35163) $100.00.
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  99. Efros, Israel. THE PROBLEM OF SPACE IN JEWISH MEDIAEVAL PHILOSOPHY. New York; Columbia University Press, 1917. Original Cloth. 8vo. [5], 125 pages. 25 cm. First edition. Columbia university Oriental studies, vol. XI. Important study on the concept of space (infinite, absolute, empirical) and its development in medieval Jewish philosophy. Concerns Abrabanel, Crescas, Hiyya, Gersonides, Saadya, Maimonides, and others, with a survey of the import of the Physics of Aristotle, Platonism, Zeno, and the Kalam. Includes a glossary of Hebrew philosophical terms in connection with the concept of 'space'. “Efros's specialty in Jewish philosophy was the medieval rationalist tradition. His first book, The Problem of Space in Jewish Mediaeval Philosophy, was published in 1917 in a distinguished series edited by the Columbia Semitist Richard Gottheil. ” - p. 124, Sanctuary in the Wilderness, Alan Mintz. Subjects: Space and time. Void. Infinite Space. Jewish philosophy. Philosophy, Medieval. From the library of Joshua Bloch, with his signature on first page. Light wear to cloth, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (RAB-58-4) (ID #34443) $75.00.
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  101. Hirschfeld, Hartwig. LITERARY HISTORY OF HEBREW GRAMMARIANS AND LEXICOGRAPHERS, ACCOMPANIED BY UNPUBLISHED TEXTS. [London; Oxford University Press, H. Milford] Tel Aviv; Ziyyon, [1926] 1970. Original Cloth. 8vo. 109 pages. 25 cm. 1970 Reprint. Nidpas mehudas. Tel Aviv; Ziyyon. Limited edition of 100 copies. In English and Hebrew (appendices 103-109). Jews' College publications, no. 9. A survey and review of grammatical literature and lexicographers concentrating on the 10th–16th centuries. Appendix 3 includes a section of the introduction of Ein ha-Kore, a work on vocalization, by Zalman Nakdan of Prague; appendix 4 includes a section of Leshon Limmudim, a grammar by Solomon B. Abba Mari Yarhi. Hartwig Hirschfeld (1854–1934), was a “scholar of Judeo-Arabic literature. Hirschfeld, who was born in Thorn, Prussia, received his doctorate from Strasbourg (1878). He immigrated to England in 1889 and taught first at Montefiore College in Ramsgate. In 1901 he became both librarian and professor of Semitic languages at Jews' College, London, and lector in Hebrew, Semitic epigraphy, and Ethiopian at University College, London, where he was appointed full professor in 1924.” - 2008 EJ. Subjects: Hebrew philology - History. Hebrew language - Grammar. Hebrew language - Lexicography. Clean and fresh. Very good condition. (SEF-51-11) (ID #34984) $35.00.
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  103. Ibn Ezra, Abraham Ben Meir; Chaim M Horowitz. ברכת אברהם : פירוש ראב״ע על ספר משלי BIRKAT AVRAHAM, PERUSH RABA’ ‘AL SEFER MISHLE = COMMENTAR ZU DEN SPRUCHEN SALOMON'S. Frankfurt Am Main; Bi-Defus A. Slovottski, 1884. Original Wraps. 8vo. VIII, 48 pages. 22 cm. First edition. In Hebrew with added German title page. Birkat Avraham, commentary on the Proverbs of Solomon, published for the first time after an old manuscript, edited by Chaim M. Horowitz. Erroneously attributed to Abraham Ibn Ezra. Subjects: Bible. Proverbs - Commentaries. Bible. Proverbs. OCLC lists 27 copies. Light soiling to wraps; pages aged, brittle at edges, otherwise clean and fresh. Good - condition. (SEF-52-49) (ID #35161) $100.00.
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  105. Ibn Ezra, Abraham Ben Meir; Gabriel Hirsch Lippmann. שפת יתר : להחכם אברהם ב״ר מאיר הספרדי אבן עזרא SEFAT YETER:...LE-HATSIL RABENU SAʻADYAH GAʼON ... MIN HA-HASAGOT SHE-HISIG ʻALAV...DONASH BEN LAVRAṬ ... = SEPHAT JETHER - BELEUCHTUNG DUNKLER BIBELSTELLEN...Frankfurt ‘al Nehar Main; Bi-Defus Yakov Friederikh Bakh, 1843. Period Boards. 8vo. 23 pages; 36 leaves [i.e. 72 pages]. 21 cm. First edition. Added title page and introduction in German, text and commentary in Hebrew. Edited with a commentary entitled Gal Naul by Gabriel Hirsh Lippmann, and with an introduction by J. M. Jost. Frankfurt a. M., 1843. Vinograd, Y.,; Frankfurt 599. 'Sefat Yeter' in defense of Saadia Gaon against Dunash ben Labrat, whose criticism of Saadia, Ibn Ezra had brought with him from Egypt; published by Bislichs 1838 and Lippmann 1843. Subjects: Sa’adia ben Joseph, 882-942. Dunash ben Labrat, active 10th century. Bible. Old Testament -- Criticism, interpretation, etc., Jewish. Bible. Old Testament – Commentaries. Bound in marbled boards and cloth, with gilt title. Light foxing throughout, light soiling to margins, overall clean and fresh. Good + condition. (SEF-52-45) (ID #35157) $35.00.
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  107. Ibn Ezra, Abraham Ben Meir; Leo Prijs. ABRAHAM IBN ESRA'S KOMMENTAR ZU GENESIS, KAPITEL I; EINLEITUNG, EDITION UND SUPERKOMMENTAR. Wiesbaden, F. Steiner, 1973. Original Cloth. 8vo. LIX, 80 pages. 25 cm. First edition. Introductory material in German; commentary and supercommentary in Hebrew. In the series: Verzeichnis der orientalischen Handschriften in Deutschland. Supplementband; 17. Leo Prijs “was research fellow at Yeshiva University, New York, and at the Institutum Judaicum, Muenster (Westphalia), Germany. From 1957 to 1960 he was lecturer in Bible at Bar-Ilan University and from 1968 professor at Munich University. Among his published works are Juedische Tradition inder Septuaginta (1948), Die grammatische Terminologie des Abraham ibn Esra (1950), and Die Jeremia Homilie, Pesikta Rabbati 26 (1966), a critical edition with German translation and commentary. ” - 2008 EJ. Subjects: Bible - Genesis, I – Commentaries. Ibn Ezra, Abraham ben Meir - 1089-1164. Light soiling to cloth, overall very fresh and clean. Very good + condition. (BIBLE-14-34) (ID #34902) $30.00.
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  109. Ibn Gabirol; Stephen S Wise. THE IMPROVEMENT OF THE MORAL QUALITIES: AN ETHICAL TREATISE OF THE ELEVENTH CENTURY BY SOLOMON IBN GABIROL. New York; Columbia University Press, 1901. Original Cloth. 8vo. IX, 117, 47 pages. 25 cm. First edition. In English, Hebrew, and Arabic. Columbia University Oriental Studies v. 1. Full title: The improvement of the moral qualities: an ethical treatise of the eleventh century by Solomon ibn Gabirol, printed from an unique Arabic manuscript, together with a translation, and an essay on the place of Gabirol in the history of the development of Jewish ethics. “'The Improvement of the Moral Qualities' is an ethical treatise which has been called by Munk 'a popular manual of morals. ' It was composed by Gabirol at Saragossa in 1045, at the request of some friends who wished to possess a book treating of the qualities of man and the methods of effecting their improvement. In two respects the 'Ethics' (by which abbreviation the work may be cited) is highly original. In the first place, as compared with Saadia, his predecessor, and Bahya and Maimonides, his successors, Gabirol took a new stand, in so far as he set out to systematize the principles of ethics independently of religious belief or dogma. Further, his treatise is original in its emphasis on the physio-psychological aspect of ethics, Gabirol's fundamental thesis being the correlation and interdependence of the physical and the psychical in respect of ethical conduct. … A unique manuscript of the original Arabic text is in the Bodleian Library at Oxford (Neubauer, 'Cat. Bodl. Hebr. MSS. ' No. 1422, 2), and has been published together with an English translation by S. S. Wise (New York, 1901). The Hebrew translation is the work of Judah ibn Tibbon (1167) for Asher b. Meshullam of Lunel. ” - 1906 JE. Subjects: Ethics. Judaism - Works to 1900. Jewish philosophy. Philosophy, Medieval. Ethics. Jewish philosophy. Judaism. Philosophy, Medieval. OCLC lists 18 copies. Light soiling to cloth, light soiling to edges of last two leaves, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good + condition. (RAB-58-3) (ID #34442) $65.00.
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  111. Ibn Gabirol; Yehudah Ibn Tibon. תקון מדות הנפש TIKUN MIDOT HA-NEFESH. Pressburg; Bi-Defus A. Alkala’i, 1896. Period Boards. 8vo. 56 pages. 23 cm. In Hebrew. The translation is that of Judah ben Saul Ibn Tibbon; with comments and corrections by Haim Pollak. Tikkun Middot ha-Nefesh, 'The improvement of the moral qualities', Gabirol's book on ethics, was written around 1045 and has been preserved in the original Arabic as Kitab Islah al-Akhlaq and in Hebrew by Judah ibn Tibbon's Hebrew translation (1167). With the ownership initials of Stephen S. Wise; Wise published an edition, from an Arabic manuscript of this work, Islah al-akhlaq, with English translation, in 1901. Subjects: Ethics. Jewish ethics. Jewish philosophy - Middle Ages, 500-1500. Ibn Gabirol, Shelomo ben Yehuda, 11th cent. OCLC lists 10 copies of this edition. Pages aged, otherwise clean and fresh. Good condition. (SEF-52-42) (ID #35154) $100.00.
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  113. Ibn Gabirol; Yehudah Ibn Tibon; Benjamin Henry Ascher. מבחר הפנינים : כולל משלי חכמים וחידותם SEFER MIVHAR HA-PENINIM = A CHOICE OF PEARLS. London: Trubner, 1859. Original Cloth. 12mo. XXIII, 189 pages. 17 cm. First English edition. English and Hebrew on opposite pages. A choice of pearls: embracing a collection of the most genuine ethical sentences, maxims, and salutary reflections: originally compiled from the Arabic by Solomon Ibn Gabirol and translated into Hebrew by Jehuda Ibn Tibbon: accompanied by a faithful English translation by B. H. Ascher. “Mivhar Peninim (Venice, 1546) [is] frequently attributed to Ibn Gabirol, but... There is insufficient proof of his authorship. ” - 2008 EJ. The 'Mibhar ha-Peninim. ' (Choice of Pearls) is, as its name implies, a collection, in sixty-four chapters, of maxims, proverbs, and moral reflections, many of them of Arabic origin. It has often been cited by philosophers, exegetes, Talmudists, and moralists. … Asher collated five manuscripts in London and Oxford libraries, and published 652 maxims together with an English translation, an introduction, and valuable notes. … The 'Choice of Pearls' is not to be ascribed to Gabirol unconditionally. No old manuscripts and no editions published prior to the nineteenth century refer to Gabirol as the author or compiler. ” - 1906 JE. Subjects: Aphorisms and apothegms. Mivhar ha-peninim. A Choice of pearls. Hinges repaired, backstrip repaired with cloth tape. Light soiling to margins, otherwise clean and fresh. Good condition. (SEF-52-43) (ID #35155) $30.00.
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  115. Jedaiah Ben Abraham Bedersi; Solomon Ben Judah Ibn Gabirol; Ahron Dessau. SEFER MIVHAR HA-PENINIM = DAS BUCH MIBCHAR HA-PENINIM. Berlin; Gedruckt Bei D. Friedla¨nder, 1842. Contemporary marbled paper over boards. 8vo. 114 pages. 22 cm. First edition. In German and Hebrew. Commentary on the Hebrew by Ahron Dessau; German translation by Hirsch Lo¨winsohn. Eroneously ascribed to Bedersi: In his poems he assumed the appellation 'Penini', and because of this appellation the ethical work Mibhar ha-Peninim of Solomon ben Gabirol has been erroneously ascribed to Bedersi. The "Mibhar ha-Peninim" (Choice of Pearls) “is, as its name implies, a collection, in sixty-four chapters, of maxims, proverbs, and moral reflections, many of them of Arabic origin. It has often been cited by philosophers, exegetes, Talmudists, and moralists. … The editio princeps was published, together with a short commentary, in Soncino, Italy, in 1484. Among the more important editions enumerated by Steinschneider are those of the Hebrew text with Judæo-German translation, 1739 and 1767, and that with German translation, 1842. … The 'Choice of Pearls' is not to be ascribed to Gabirol unconditionally. No old manuscripts and no editions published prior to the nineteenth century refer to Gabirol as the author or compiler. Joseph Kimhi versified the work under the title "Shekel ha-Kodesh", and only two of the five manuscripts of this versification give Gabirol as the name of the author of the original. Steinschneider finds it difficult to answer the question whether the versified paraphrase of Kimhi is based upon a Hebrew translation or upon the Arabic original, but concludes that Kimhi's version does not represent his own translation of the Arabic original, but rather a versified paraphrase of the translation of another. The Hebrew translator of the 'Choice of Pearls' is mentioned in two manuscripts as Judah ibn Tibbon of Seville; and Kimhi apparently made use of the translation attributed to him. ” - 1906 JE. Subjects: Aphorisms and apothegms. Ibn Gabirol, active 11th century. Mivhar ha-peninim. OCLC lists 11 copies. Light foxing throughout, otherwise fresh. Very good condition. (GER-43-50) (ID #33638) $145.00.
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  117. Judah, Ha-Levi; Yehudah Ibn Tibon; Hartwig Hirschfeld. DAS BUCH AL-CHAZARI DES ABU-L-HASAN JEHUDA HALLEWI = SEFER HA-KUZARI = KITAB ALHUG'AH VA-ALDALIL FI NATSR AL-DIN AL-DALIL. Leipzig; O. Schulze, 1887. Original quarter calf and boards. 8vo. XLIX, 361 pages. 23 cm. First edition. In Judeo-Arabic (Arabic text in Hebrew characters); foreword and table of contents in German. The Kitab al Khazari, commonly called the Kuzari, is one of the most famous works of the medieval Spanish Jewish philosopher and poet Rabbi Yehuda Halevi, completed around 1140. Its title is an Arabic phrase meaning Book of the Khazars, while the subtitle 'The book of refutation and proof on behalf of the most despised religion' shows its purpose and context in medieval Jewish thought. Divided into five parts ('ma'amarim' - articles), it takes the form of a dialogue between the rabbi and a pagan, in this book the pagan was the then mythologized by Jews pagan king of the Khazars who was invited to instruct him in the tenets of the Jewish religion. Originally written in Arabic, the book was translated by numerous scholars (including Judah ibn Tibbon) into Hebrew and other languages. In 1887 the Arabic original was published for the first time by Hartwig Hirschfeld. Parallel to his Arabic edition, Hirschfeld also published a critical edition of the Ibn Tibbon translation of the text, based upon six medieval manuscripts. Hirschfeld published the first German translation from the Arabic original, and in 1905 his English translation from Arabic appeared. Hartwig Hirschfeld (1854-1934) “English Orientalist; born at Thorn, Prussia. He studied at Posen, at the universities of Berlin and Strasburg, and at Paris under Derenbourg. In 1887 he edited Judah ha-Levi's 'Cuzari' in Arabic and Hebrew, and translated it into German. Hirschfeld was professor of Biblical exegesis, Semitic languages, and philosophy at the Montefiore College, Ramsgate, England, from 1889 to 1896, and then became master in Semitic languages and sublibrarian at Jews' College, London” - 1906 JE. Attractively bound in original quarter leather, with gilt title, raised bands; marbled boards, decorative endpages. Subjects: Judaism - Apologetic works. Kuzari. Buch Al-Chazari. Light wear to edges, otherwise very clean and fresh. Very good condition. (GER-44-56) (ID #33795) $500.00.
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  119. Ross Brann & Adam Suteliffe (Eds) . RENEWING THE PAST, RECONFIGURING JEWISH CULTURE. FROM AL-ANDALUS TO THE HASKALAH. Philadelphia, Univ. Of Pa. Press, 2004. Cloth in dust jacket, 8vo. Viii, 237 pps. Like New Condition in Like New Jacket. ( kh-2-5). (ID #34862) $40.00.
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  121. Schmiedl, Adolf Abraham. STUDIEN ÜBER JÜDISCHE, INSONDERS JÜDISCHE-ARABISCHE RELIGIONSPHILOSOPHIE. Wien, Herzfeld & Bauer, 1869. Original boards. 8vo. VI, 332 pages. 25 cm. First edition. In German, some Hebrew throughout. “Studies in Jewish and Jewish-Arabic Religious Philosophy. ' Extensive study of medieval Jewish religious philosophy; focuses on theological discussions, Aristotelianism, Maimonides, etc. Adolf Abraham Schmiedl (1821–1914), “Austrian rabbi and scholar. Born at Prossnitz (Prostejov), Moravia, Schmiedl served as rabbi in Gewitsch, Moravia (1846–49); then as Landesrabbiner at Teschen, Silesia (to 1852) and later at Bielitz (Bielsko), Prosnitz, and Vienna. ” - 2008 EJ. Bound in original marbled boards. With the bookstamp of Lucius Nathan Littauer. From the Library of Joshua Bloch (without identifying marks). Subjects: Jewish philosophy. Philosophy, Medieval. Backstrip absent, light soiling throughout, otherwise fresh and clean. Very good condition. (GER-44-35A) (ID #33784) $50.00.
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  123. Another Copy. First edition. Contains bookstamp of Rabbi Davin Schoenberger of Aachen (who served as chief rabbi of Aachen, Germany, from 1926 to 1938; he performed the marriage of Anne Frank's parents, as reported in his obituary in the New York Times, December 10, 1989). Backstrip absent, light foxing throughout, corners of boards lightly bumped, otherwise fresh and clean. Very good condition. (GER-44-35) (ID #33770) $500.00.
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  125. Wechter, Pinchas. IBN BARUN'S ARABIC WORKS ON HEBREW GRAMMAR AND LEXICOGRAPHY. Philadelphia; Dropsie College For Hebrew And Cognate Learning, 1964. Original Cloth. 8vo. XVI, 235 pages. 23 cm. First edition. The Book of Comparison between the Hebrew and the Arabic Languages. Ibn Barun's Arabic Works on Hebrew Grammar and Lexicography. A translation of, and commentary on, Ibn Barun's work on the comparative Hebrew and Arabic philology of the Old Testament. Abu Ibrahim Isaac ben Joseph Ibn Benveniste Ibn Barun (c. 1100), “Hebrew grammarian and lexicographer... He was a pupil of the Hebrew poet and grammarian Levi Ibn Altabban, and in his Kitab al-Muwazana bayn al-Lugha al-‘Ibraniyya wa-al-Arabiyya ('The Book of Comparison between the Hebrew and Arabic Language'), he developed the comparative linguistic studies begun by Ibn Quraysh, Dunash ibn Tamim, and Jonah Ibn Janah. The book (fragments of which are extant) consists of two parts, the shorter one dealing with grammar and the longer one, called 'The Book of Roots, ' a lexical work. Ibn Barun knew Arabic literature well and often quotes the Koran, and Khalil ibn Ahmad's Kitab al-Ayn (the first Arabic lexicon), among others. According to Moses ibn Ezra who mentions Ibn Barun in his poetics (Shirat Yisrael, ed. By B. Halper 54, 76), Ibn Barun (like Ibn Quraysh) assumed a non-Semitic origin for some Hebrew words (in which assumption he was wrong, according to Ibn Ezra). Despite the excellent quality of Ibn Barun's work, it did not exert influence on other medieval authors and philologists. Joseph Kimhi is one of the few authorities who quote him. It was only in the 19th century that Jewish scholars discovered the importance of Ibn Barun for the development of Hebrew linguistics. Kokowzoff edited the fragments of Ibn Barun's Kitab al-Muwazana with a detailed Russian introduction (see bibliography). P. Wechter published a complete translation with a detailed introduction in English based on Kokowzoff, rendering this important work accessible to the English-speaking world. ” - 2008 EJ. Subjects: Hebrew language - Grammar. Grammatik. Hebrew language - Grammar. Ibn Barun, Abu Ibrahim Isaac ben Joseph ibn Benveniste, active 12th century. In very good jacket. Institutional stamps on endpages, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (SEF-51-10) (ID #34983) $30.00.
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  127. Ashtor, Eliyahu. THE JEWS OF MOSLEM SPAIN. COMPLETE IN 3 VOLUMES. Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society of America, 1973-1984. Cloth, 8vo, 469, 381, 310 pages, Illustrations, 22 cm. Translation of: Korot ha-Yehudim bi-Sefarad ha-Muslemit. Includes bibliographies and indexes. Subjects: Jews--Spain--History. Spain--Ethnic relations. Uniform Title: [Korot ha-Yehudim bi-Sefarad ha-Muslemit. English] translated from the Hebrew by Aaron Klein and Jenny Machlowitz Klein. Gilt lettering on spine, colored end papers, first two volumes includes illustrated maps, all three volumes in very good condition in very good jackets (SEF-23-14) (ID #10879) $75.00.
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  129. Assis, Yom Tov. THE GOLDEN AGE OF ARAGONESE JEWRY: COMMUNITY AND SOCIETY IN THE CROWN OF ARAGON, 1213-1327. London; Littman Library Of Jewish Civilization, 1997. Original Cloth. 8vo. XVI, 380, [2] pages. 24 cm. First edition. Assis's book covers the reigns of Jaime I (1213-76), Pedro III (1276-85), Alfonso III (1285-91), and Jaime II (1291-1327) and is composed of six parts: legal and political conditions, Jewish self-government, inter-communal relations, the Jewish quarter, Jewish society, and religious life. The text is complemented by useful maps showing the extent of the crown of Aragon and all of the major Jewish communities in it, appendices explaining the monetary system in the Crown of Aragon and showing a family tree of the monarchs during this period, a glossary defining non-English terms, and a bibliography. Subjects: Jews - Spain - Aragon - History. Ethnic relations. Jews. Very fresh and clean. Very good + condition in great jacket. (SEF-51-41) (ID #35014) $30.00.
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  131. Burns, Robert I. JEWS IN THE NOTARIAL CULTURE. Latinate Wills in Mediterranean Spain, 1250-1350. University of California Press, 1996. In the rapidly transforming world of thirteenth-century Mediterranean Spain, the all-purpose scribe and contract lawyer known as the notary became a familiar figure. Most legal transactions of the Roman Law Renaissance were framed in this functionary's notoriously hasty shorthand. Notarial archives, then, offer a remarkable window on the daily life of this pluri-ethnic society. Robert I. Burns brings together the testimony of a multitude of documents, and transcribes in full nearly fifty will- related charters prepared by notaries, to give a never-before-seen view of Jewish society in that place and time. Wills can display the religious conscience, ethical institutions, social mobility, and property dynamics of whole groups or regions. Even a single testament allows a glimpse into the testator's family and into the life and times of the living person. Burns devotes special attention to women in wills and to women's wills, extracting rich information on medieval women and gender relationships. While learning much about the role of kings and courts and the dynamics of Christian-Jewish relations, the reader also gains rare insights into a unique Jewish community. From the Inside Flap: "Fascinating and illuminating, informed by outstanding scholarly analysis. With his deft touch, Burns opens a most unusual window on the realities of medieval Iberian Jewish life."--Robert Chazan, author of European Jewry and the First Crusade. Fine condition in fine dustjacket. (SEF-22A-1) (ID #25051) $30.00.
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  133. Chamorro, Koldo. RAICES JUDIAS EN ESPANA = JEWISH ROOTS IN SPAIN. Madrid; Iberia Lineas Aereas De España, 1988. Original Wraps. 4to. [110] pages. 27 cm. First edition. In Spanish and English. Primarily illustrated with stunning contemporary color photographs of Spanish synagogues, the Jewish quarter and streets in multiple cities throughout Spain, and photographs of ritual objects in the Toledo Museum; with introductory essay on the history of Sefarad. Subjects: Jews - Spain - Pictorial works. Sephardim - Spain - Pictorial works. Arte - España - Influencia judía. Arquitectura - España- Influencia judía. Clean and fresh. Very good condition. (SEF-51-42) (ID #35015) $30.00.
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  135. Dreyfus, A. Stanley. editor. TSERIAH BET-EL. MARCO LUZZATTO'S HEBREW TRANSLATION OF THE SPANISH WORK FORTALEZA DEL JUDAISMO Y CONFUSION DEL ESTRANO. COMPLETE IN 2 VOLUMES. Cincinnati, Hebrew Union College, 1949. Original brass clips and wrappers. 4to. Ix, 320; ii, 402 pages. Vol 1 in English; Vol 2 in Hebrew. Title translate to English as, “Strength of Judaism and Confusion of the Stranger. ” Vol. 1: Introduction. Argument of the Fortaleza. --Vol. 2: Hebrew text (Zeriah Bet-El). SUBJECT(S): Judaism -- Apologetic works. Though the origin of the original Spanish work has come under question, it has been attributed by some scholars, including Cecil Roth, to Lorenzo Escudero (Abraham Ger [Guer] de Cordova). Ger was a convert to Judaism and polemist born in Córdoba (Spain) to Old Christian parents. ” –EJ, 2007. Dreyfus’ thesis. Includes errata and foreword. OCLC lists one copy worldwide (Hebrew Union College). Very good condition. (SEF-44-14) (ID #28416) $225.00.
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  137. Lorenzo Escudero (Abraham Ger [Guer] de Cordova). Translated by Regina Soria. FORTITUDE OF HEBRAISM AND CONFUSION OF THE FOREIGNERS. Original brass clips and wrappers. 4to, 178 leaves. Original typed manuscript. "This is a translation of the FORTALEZA DEL JUDAISMO Y CONFUSION DEL ESTRANO, Polemic Ms. #69 in the Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. The translation was prepared by Regina Soria of the Department of Romance Languages of the Johns Hopkins University in 1948." Though the origin of the original Spanish work has come under question, it has been attributed by some scholars, including Cecil Roth, to Lorenzo Escudero (Abraham Ger [Guer] de Cordova). Ger was a convert to Judaism and polemist born in Córdoba (Spain) to Old Christian parents. ” –EJ, 2007. Provenance: Rabbi Stanely Dreyfus, who used this as part of writing his thesis, TSERIAH BET-EL. MARCO LUZZATTO'S HEBREW TRANSLATION OF THE SPANISH WORK FORTALEZA DEL JUDAISMO Y CONFUSION DEL ESTRANO. (HUC, 1949) (Above). Very good condition. (SEF-50-16) (ID #35049) $150.00.
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  139. Horowitz, Carmi. THE JEWISH SERMON IN 14TH CENTURY SPAIN: THE DERASHOT OF R. JOSHUA IBN SHU`EIB. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University, Center for Jewish Studies: Distributed by Harvard University Press, 1989. Paperback, 8vo, ix, 206 pages; 24 cm. ISBN: 0674474554. 0674474562 (paperback. ). Includes indexes. Bibliography on pages 191-200. Subjects: Ibn Shuaib, Joshua, 14th cent. Derashot `al ha-Torah. Jewish sermons--History and criticism. Judaism--Spain--History. Series: Harvard Judaic monographs; 6. Very good condition. (SEF-19-6) (ID #10620) $30.00
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  141. Kayserling, Meyer, 1829-1905. GESCHICHTE DER JUDEN IN PORTUGAL. Leipzig, O. Leiner, 1867. Half leather, 8vo, xi, 367, [1] pages. First Edition. In German. Fascinating look at the history of Jews in early Portugal up to the mid-19th century. Part of the series "Schriften" herausgegeben vom Institut zur Förderung der israelitischen Literatur. Series: Schriften vom Institute zur förderung der israelitischen literatur... 12. Jahr: 1866-1867; Kayserling was a “German rabbi and historian. Kayserling, born in Hanover, studied with S. R. Hirsch in Nikolsburg, S. J. Rapoport in Prague, and S. B. Bamberger in Wuerzburg and at Halle University. From 1861 to 1870 he was rabbi at Endingen, Switzerland, where he fought strenuously for Jewish rights; thereafter he was rabbi and preacher in Budapest… Kayserling's reputation rests on his long series of pioneering publications on the history of Spanish Jewry and the Marranos, based to a great degree on original and, in some cases manuscript, sources. His Geschichte der Juden in Spanien und Portugal, which in fact covered mainly Navarre and the Balearic Islands (vol. 1, 1861) and Portugal (vol. 2, 1867), was the first work in which Hebrew sources were consistently used. His works on Marrano history and literature put the study on a new footing and were the basis of all subsequent treatments” (Cecil Roth, EJ, 2007) SUBJECT(S): Jews -- Portugal -- History. Juifs -- Portugal -- Histoire. Wear to leather on spine, small chip to title page. Pages slightly tanned, first few pages fragile. Binding solid, very good condition. (SEF-23-5) (ID #25139) $45.00.
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  143. Lindo, Elias H. HISTORY OF THE JEWS OF SPAIN AND PORTUGAL. Burt Franklin, 1970. Cloth, 8vo, xiv, 384 pages. Reprint of the 1848 1st edition. Vivid account of an history which reaches back over two thousand years and is directly related to Sephardic history, a Jewish ethnic division that represents communities who have originated in the Iberian Peninsula (Portugal and Spain). This work is complete with its facsimile of the inscription in the synagogue of Toledo, and two full-page engravings depicting the ancient synagogue of Toledo. Research and Source Works Ser.: No. 478. Very Good Condition. (rab-59-8) (ID #34564) $30.00.
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  145. Neuman, Abraham A. THE JEWS IN SPAIN; THEIR SOCIAL, POLITICAL AND CULTURAL LIFE DURING THE MIDDLE AGES. TWO VOLUME SET. Philadelphia, Jewish Publication Society of America, 1942. Cloth, 8vo, 286, 399 pages, 4 plates, maps, facsimiles, 23 cm. Mapped end papers, black and white photos. Series The Morris Loeb series. Bibliography on pages 351-370. II. A social-cultural study. Subjects: Jews -- Spain. Good condition. (SEF-27-7) (ID #10624) $50.00.
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  147. Torroba Bernaldo De Quiros, Felipe. THE SPANISH JEWS. Madrid: Sucs. De Rivadeneyra, No Date (1965? ). Paper Wrappers. Small 8vo. 372 pages. SUBJECT(S): Jews-Spain-History-Sephardim History-Sefarden. Previous owners name on title page. Dust jacket ripped in places; inner flap with author information detached but present. Spine chipped. Text in beautiful condition. Some smudging to edges of text block. Otherwise in Good condition in Fair dust jacket. (SEF-1-21). (ID #17843) $20.00.
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  149. Waxman, Meyer. THE PHILOSOPHY OF DON HASDAI CRESCAS. New York; Columbia University Press, 1920. Original Cloth. 8vo. XII, 162 pages. 23 cm. First edition. Columbia University Oriental studies, v. 17. Important study of the philosophical writings of Hasdai Crescas, head of the Jewish community of Aragon in the later 14th century, major medieval Jewish philosopher, though later forgotten, who was intensely critical of Aristotle and Maimonides; he was a major influence on Spinoza. Study written by Meyer Waxman (1887–1969), famed for his magnus opus 'History of Jewish Literature', who worked as principal of the Mizrachi Teachers Seminary (1917–21) and director of the Mizrachi Zionist organization (1921–24) during the time this study was published. Subjects: Crescas, Hasdai, 1340-approximately 1410. Crescas, Hasdai, 1340-ca. 1410. Light soiling to cloth, light foxing on endpages, otherwise very clean and fresh. Very good + condition. (RAB-58-2) (ID #34441) $50.00.
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  151. Bernstein, S; Judah, Ha-Levi. SHIREI YEHUDAH HA-LEVI: HOTSAAH L'AM / JEHUDA HALEVI: SELECTED LITURGICAL AND SECULAR POEMS. Nyu-York: Hotsaat `Ogen `al yad ha-Histadrut ha-`Ivrit be-Amerikah, 1944. Cloth. 4to. Xxx, 336 pages. In Hebrew. Some wear. Good condition. (SEF-8-20). (ID #17968) $35.00.
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  153. Habermann, Abraham Meir. הפיוט : מהותו והתפתחותו HA-PIYUT: MAHUTO VE-HITPATHUTO. Tel Aviv; Sifryat Ha-Sha’ot, 1946. Original Wraps. 16mo. 47 pages. 17 cm. First edition. In Hebrew. On the form and history of Piyyut; heavily draws on the works of Wissenschaft des Judentums scholars. Written by Abraham Meir Habermann (1901–1980), bibliographer and scholar of medieval Hebrew literature. Subjects: Piyutim. OCLC lists 25 copies. Pages lightly aged, light soiling to wraps, otherwise clean and fresh. Good + condition. (SEF-52-46) (ID #35158) $100.00.
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  155. Davidson, Israel. OTSAR HA-SHIRAH VEHA-PIYUT: MI-ZEMAN HATIMAT KITVE HA-KODESH ‘AD RESHIT TEKUFAT HA-HASKALAH = THESAURUS OF MEDIAEVAL HEBREW POETRY [FOUR VOLUMES COMPLETE]. New York; Bet Midrash Ha-Rabanim De-Amerikah, 1924-1933. Original Cloth. 4to. LXVIII, 418; XIV, 490; XII, 544; XVIII, 499 pages. 29 cm. First edition. In Hebrew, with preface and front matter in English. Limited to 500 copies; unnumbered. Thesaurus of mediaeval Hebrew poetry by Israel Davidson. “Davidson's magnum opus is the Ozar ha-Shirah ve-ha-Piyyut (Thesaurus of Medieval Hebrew Poetry, 4 vols. And supplement, 1925–38). In this gigantic work Davidson recorded in alphabetical order the initial words of more than 35,000 poems and prayers from post-biblical times to the beginning of the Haskalah period. Each entry contains information relating to the type and structure of the poem, its author, and all available information on its publication as well as the literature about it. An author index, containing over 2,800 names, and a subject index are included. In 1936 Davidson received the first Bialik Prize for this monumental work. Davidson's Thesaurus has remained an indispensable work of reference for scholars. ” (JE 2008) Attractively bound in blue cloth with gilt title, gilt upper edge. Subjects: Piyutim. Hebrew poetry - Indexes. Judaism - Liturgy. Hebrew poetry - Bibliography. Hebrew books. An unused set, still in the original glassine throwaway wrappers, volume 4 still in the original shipping box "From I. Davidson" addressed to bibliographer Joshua Bloch. Near Fine condition. (SEF-46-27A) (ID #35249) $500.00.
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  157. Ibn Ezra, Moses; Abraham S Halkin. ספר העינים והדיונים: עך השירה העברית SEFER HA-’IYUNIM VEHA-DIYUNIM: ‘AL HA-SHIRAH HA-’IVRIT = KITAB AL-MUHADARA WAL-MUDHAKARA = LIBER DISCUSSIONIS ET COMMEMORATIONIS: POETICA HEBRAICA. Yerushalayim; Hotsa'at Mekitse Nirdamim, 1975. Original Cloth. 8vo. 27, 335 pages. 25 cm. Hebrew and Judeo-Arabic on facing pages. Hebrew translation with original Arabic in Hebrew transcription of Kitab al-Muhadara wa al-Mudhakara, a treatise by Moses Ibn Ezra on rhetorics and poetry: “one of the earliest works on Hebrew poetics and as such is unique in medieval Hebrew literature. It was written in his old age (after 1135) in answer to eight questions on Hebrew poetry posed by a friend and is thus correspondingly divided into eight chapters. Only a small part of the Arabic original was published by P. Kokowzoff (1895). B. Z. Halper translated it into Hebrew under the title Shirat Yisrael (Leipzig, 1924). A valuable historical source for Spanish Hebrew poetry in general and for biographical data on individual authors, the work also tries to establish a relationship between the poet and his environment. While much of the book is devoted to a general discussion on poetry, its essence, its nature, and its value, the last chapter (comprising about half the work) is a close study of what he called 'poetic ornaments' (rhetorical forms and metaphorical language) as a means to embellish the content of the poem. Definitions of terms and linguistic and poetical (metrical) rules set down by scholars of Arabic literature form the basis of the work which is written in the Arabic adab form, an informal casual style. Ibn Ezra, in taking many of his examples of 'ornaments' or metaphorical language from the Bible, shows an appreciation for its literary charm and beauty, a field neglected until modern times. ” - 2008 EJ. Moses Ben Jacob Ibn Ezra (also known as Abu Harun; c. 1055–after 1135), Spanish Hebrew poet and philosopher. Subjects: Hebrew poetry - Spain - History and criticism. Hebrew poetry. Ibn Ezra, Moses, approximately 1060-approximately 1139. Muhadarah wa-al-mudhakarah. Criticism, interpretation, etc. Spain. Muhadarah wa-al-mudhakarah (Ibn Ezra, Moses). Light wear to cloth, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (SEF-51-22) (ID #34995) $200.00.
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  159. Marcus, Joseph. גנזי שירה ופיוט מראשי הפייטנים והמשוררים הקדמונים GINZE SHIRAH U-PIYUT MI-RASHE HA-PAITANIM VEHA-MESHORERIM HA-KADMONIM. Nyu York; Anglo-Hebrew Publication Co., 1933. Later Boards. 8vo. 134 pages. 24 cm. First edition. In Hebrew. Volume 1: Shire kodesh, Sefer Rishon. Added English title page: Liturgical and secular poetry of the foremost mediaeval poets, from the Genizah collection in the library of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. Joseph Marcus (1897–1977), Hebrew scholar. … He was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1924. After briefly holding several rabbinical positions, he assisted Israel Davidson in the preparation of the latter's Ozar ('Thesaurus of Medieval Hebrew Poetry'); later he assisted Bialik and Rawnitzki in preparing their editions of the poems of Ibn Gabirol and Moses Ibn Ezra, copying for them poems from the Seminary's genizah collection. In the course of this work (1929), Marcus discovered a leaf from a hitherto unknown Hebrew manuscript of Ben Sira (Ecclesiasticus). ” - 2008 EJ. Subjects: Hebrew poetry, Medieval. Jewish religious poetry, Hebrew. Piyutim. Hebrew poetry, Medieval. Jewish religious poetry, Hebrew. Soiling to outer edges; previous owners bookstamp on endpage; otherwise clean and fresh. Good condition. (SEF-53-16) (ID #35238) $55.00.
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  161. Wilensky, Michael. AN INTERPRETATION OF AN OBSCURE EXPRESSION IN MEDIEVAL POETRY. Louvain; Imprimerie Orientaliste, 1951. Original Wraps. 8vo. 369-379 [i.e. 11 pages]. 24 cm. First Separate edition. Offprint from Hebrew Union College Annual, Vol. 23, No. 2, Hebrew Union College Seventy-fifth Anniversary Publication. Grammatical survey of the use of an obscure Hebrew term [hanahah] in the poetry of Solomon Ibn Gabirol, Dunash ben Labrat, and Judah Ibn Tibbon. The author offers a linguistic survey of the Hebrew term compared to the Arabic, and an analysis of the poetics of the expression. Subjects: Piyutim – Hebrew Grammar. OCLC lists one copy (Bibliothèque St Etienne de Jerusalem) for the offprint. Wraps lightly soiled, otherwise clean and fresh. Good + condition. (SEF-52-39) (ID #35151) $30.00.
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  163. Katz, Israel. ”A JUDEO-SPANISH ROMANCERO” AND “WESTERN FOLKLORE: TOWARD A MUSICAL STUDY OF THE JUDEO-SPANISH ROMANCERO”. Two photocopied articles bound together in a binder. 130 pages, 8 pages. First article from The Journal of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Volume XII, Number 1, January 1968, and includes musical notation and bibliography. The second is from Western Folklore, Volume XXI, Number 2, April 1962, and includes musical notation. Pages lightly tanned, last page torn, not effecting text. Very good condition. (SEF-35-20) (ID #25384) $40.00.
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  165. Lehmann, Matthias B. LADINO RABBINIC LITERATURE AND OTTOMAN SEPHARDIC CULTURE. Bloomington; Indiana University Press, 2005. Original Cloth. 8vo. VIII, 264 pages. 25 cm. First edition. “Views tradition and modernization among Sephardic communities in the Ottoman Empire through the lens of rabbinic literature written in Ladino. ” - Publishers description. Contents: Historical background - Print and the vernacular: the emergence of Ladino reading culture - The translation and reception of musar - "Pasar la hora" or "meldar"? Forms of sociability - The construction of the social order - Three social types: the wealthy, the poor, the learned - The representation of gender - Understanding exile, setting boundaries - The impossible homecoming - Reincarnation and the discovery of history - Scientific and rabbinic knowledge and the notion of change. Subjects: Sephardim - Middle East - Intellectual life - 19th century. Rabbinical literature - Middle East - History and criticism. Ladino literature - 19th century - History and criticism. Ladino literature - Middle East - History and criticism. Ethics in rabbinical literature. Sephardim - Middle East - Social conditions - 19th century. Clean and fresh in great jacket. Near fine. Very good condition. (SEF-51-25) (ID #34998) $30.00.
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  167. Galanté, Abraham (1873-1961). TÜRKÇENIN ISPANYOLCA ÜZERINE TEESIRI. Istanbul, Kagit Ve Basim Isler, 1948. Original Wrappers, 8vo, 26 pages. Inscribed by author at head of title-page. Text entirely in Turkish. Study of Ladino Language in Turkey. SUBJECT (S): Ladino language -- Dialects -- Turkey. OCLC lists 10 copies worldwide. Light wear, Very Good Condition. (SEF-50-18) (ID #33088) $275.00.
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  169. Blau, Joshua. THE EMERGENCE AND LINGUISTIC BACKGROUND OF JUDAEO-ARABIC; A STUDY OF THE ORIGINS OF MIDDLE ARABIC. London; Oxford University Press, 1965. Original Cloth. 8vo. XIX, 227 pages. 23 cm. First edition. Scripta Judaica 5. Major study on the emergence of Judaeo-Arabic and middle Arabic. Contents: Emergence of Middle Arabic; Emergence and Characteristics of Judaeo-Arabic; Reflection of Dialects in Judaeo-Arabic Texts; Phonetics of Judaeo-Arabic; Analytical and Progressive Trends; Inconstancy and Carelessness of Expression; Some General Trends; Some Isolated Features. With three appendices: Linguistic Character of Early Muslim Middle Arabic; Integration of Hebrew Elements in Judaeo-Arabic; Vestiges of Tanwin in Judaeo-Arabic and Modern Bedouin Dialects. Joshua Blau “scholar of biblical Hebrew grammar, Middle Arabic, and Genizah manuscripts. ” - 2008 EJ. Subjects: Judeo-Arabic language. Judeo-Arabic language - History. Institutional stamps on endpages; clean and fresh in good jacket. Good + condition. (SEF-51-14) (ID #34987) $30.00.
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  171. Blau, Joshua. הספרות הערבית היהודית: פרקים נבחרים = אלמכתאר מן אלנצוץ באללגה אלערביה אליהודיה HA-SIFRUT HA-'ARVIT HA-YEHUDIT: PERAKIM NIVHARIM = AL-MUKHTAR MIN AL-NUTSUTS BI’AL-LUGAH AL-'ARABIYAH AL-YAHUDIYAH = JUDAEO-ARABIC LITERATURE: SELECTED TEXTS. Jerusalem; Magnes Press, 1980. Original Wraps. 8vo. 276 pages. 22 cm. First edition. In Judaeo-Arabic, with prefaces in English and Hebrew. Added title pages: al-Mukhtar min al-nusus bi-al-lughah al-'Arabiyah al-Yahudiyah: Judaeo-Arabic Literature; Selected Texts. Ha-Sidrah le-zekher Maks Shlesinger. Mekorot, kerekh 4. Anthology of Judaeo-Arabic texts, with critical apparatus (textus eclectus) noting variant readings and deviations in the manuscripts. Compiled by Joshua Blau, “scholar of biblical Hebrew grammar, Middle Arabic, and Genizah manuscripts. … the leading authority on Judeo-Arabic and a prominent expert on other branches of Semitic languages. ” - EJ 2008. Subjects: Judeo-Arabic literature. Judaism - History - Medieval and early modern period, 425-1789 - Sources. Judaism - Medieval and early modern period. Light wear to wraps, clean and fresh throughout. Very good condition. (SEF-51-13) xx (ID #34986) $100.00.
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  173. Blau, Joshua; David Doron. מסורת ושינוי בתרבות הערבית־היהודית של ימי־הביניים: דברי הוועידה השישית של החברה לחקר התרבות הערבית־היהודית של ימי־הביניים MASORET VE-SHINUI BA-TARBUT HA-'ARVIT-HA-YEHUDIT SHEL YEME-HA-BENAYIM: DIVRE HA-VE'IDAH HA-SHISHIT SHEL HA-HEVRAH LE-HEKER HA-TARBUT HA-'ARVIT-HA-YEHUDIT SHEL YEME-HA-BENAYIM = HERITAGE AND INNOVATION IN MEDIEVAL JUDAEO-ARABIC CULTURE. Ramat-Gan; Universitat Bar-Ilan, 2000. Original Hardback. 8vo. 262, XIX pages. 25 cm. First edition. Heritage and innovation in medieval Judeo-Arabic culture; proceedings of the sixth conference of the Society for Judaeo-Arabic Studies. Conference proceedings, contains the following essays: 'The position of Rabbi Israel Israeli of Toledo' by Nahem Ilan; 'Hebrew written in Arabic Characters' by Joshua Blau; 'The Rabbinic Literature in Se'adya's Exegesis' by Haggai Ben-Shammai; 'Tradition and Change in the Patterns of Controversy of the Descendants of Maimonides' by Menahem Ben-Sasson; 'Aramaic and Judaeo-Arabic Translations of the Decalogue' by Robert Brody; 'On a Translation of Three Books of the Bible into Arabic by a Jew from Marrakech in 17th century Holland' by David Doron; 'A Neo-Aramaic Quotation in a Judeao-Arabic Source' by Simon Hopkins; Yehuda Halevi's Divan' by Joseph Yahalom; 'Judaeo-Arabic Commentary on Maimonides Misne Tora' by Paul B. Fenton; 'Arabic Philosophical Terms in Yehuda Halevi's Kuzari' by Daniel J. Lasker; 'On Explicit and Hidden Citations in Judaeo-Arabic Philosophical Literature' by Sarah Stroumsa; 'A Literary-Numerical Comparison between the Hebrew Josippon and its Arabic Version' by Shulamit Sela; 'Se'adya Gaon's Concept of Biblical Translation in the light of the Karaite Concept' by Meira Polliack; 'Tradition and Crisis in the contemplation of death' by Joseph Rivlin; 'Avicenna and Maimonides on Immortality' by Dov Schwartz; 'The Qibla in Islam and Judaism' by Shimon Shtober; 'The Polemic of R. Se'adya Gaon against Christianity' by Eliezer Schlossberg. Includes English abstracts at rear. Subjects: Judeo-Arabic literature - History and criticism - Congresses. Judaism - History - Medieval and early modern period, 425-1789 - Congresses. Civilization, Medieval - Jewish influences - Congresses. Judeo-arabisch. Civilization, Medieval - Jewish influences. Judaism - Medieval and early modern period. Judeo-Arabic literature. Conference proceedings. Criticism, interpretation, etc. Clean and fresh. Very good condition. (SEF-51-15) (ID #34988) $40.00.
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  175. Bernardus Guidonis, Bishop Of Lodève; Guillaume Mollat; Georges Drioux. MANUEL DE L'INQUISITEUR [TWO VOLUME SET]. Paris; "les Belles Lettres", 1964. Original Wraps. 8vo. LXVIII-199; 171 pages. 20 cm. Latin and French on opposite pages. Manual of the Inquisitor, with detailed sections on combating the Cathars, Beguines and Jews. Translation of Practica inquisitionis heretice pravitatis, written by the medieval Inquisitor in Toulouse and Bishop at Limousin Bernard Guidonis (1261-1331); the 'Pratique de l'inquisition' “is practically his most important work. It is an expose of the prerogatives and duties of the inquisitor: its citations, its forms of condemnation, its instructions for examinations, constitute a unique document for the study of the Inquisition during the first period of its existence. This work, lost for a time, was published later in extenso by l'abbe Douais, 'Practice Inquisitionis hæreticae pravitatis, auctore Bernardo Guldonis (Toulouse, 1886). ” - Catholic Encyclopedia 1913. Subjects: Sects, Medieval. Heresies chretiennes - Moyen âge - Sources. Sectes chretiennes medievales - Sources. Heresies juives - Moyen âge - Sources. Inquisition - Histoire - Sources. Light wear to wraps, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (SEF-52-11) (ID #35123) $30.00.
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  177. Braunstein, Baruch. THE CHUETAS OF MAJORCA; CONVERSOS AND THE INQUISITION OF MAJORCA. Scottdale, PA, Mennonite Publishing House, 1936. xv, 227 pages, 26 cm. Issued also as thesis (pH. D. ) Columbia University. Bibliography on pages 203-220. Series: Columbia University. Oriental studies, volume 28. Fair condition. (SEF-35-32) (ID #10621) $65.00.
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  179. Cohen, Martin A. THE CANONIZATION OF A MYTH: PORTUGAL'S "JEWISH PROBLEM" AND THE ASSEMBLY OF TOMAR 1629. Cincinnati; Hebrew Union College Annual, 2003. Original Cloth. 8vo. 108 pages. 24 cm. First edition. Hebrew Union College annual. Supplements 5. Concerns the political role of the inquisition in seventeenth century Portugal, Converso and New Christian identity in Portugal. Contains an analysis of a previously unpublished report from an ecclesiastical authorities in Tomar, Portugal, in 1629. The report of the Assembly of Tomar was at least in part a response to repeated efforts of Portuguese conversos to persuade Philip IV of Spain (who was also king of Portugal) to reform inquisitorial procedures and revoke certain laws that discriminated against them. Subjects: Councils and synods - Portugal - Tomar - History - 17th century. Jewish Christians - Portugal - History - 17th century. Marranos - Portugal - History - 17th century. Arquivo Nacional da Torre do Tombo (Portugal). Manuscript. Codice 1508. Clean and fresh. Very good + condition. (SEF-52-2) (ID #35114) $30.00.
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  181. Lippe, K. DIE AUSTREIBUNG DER JUDEN AUS SPANIEN AM 9. AB 5252 (1. AUGUST 1492). EIN VORTRAG GEHALTEN IM TEMPEL "BETH IACOB" [sic] ZU JASSY AM VORABENDE DES 9. AB 5652 VOR DER RECITATION DER KLAGELIEDER. Jassy, Vereine "ohle Schem", 1892. Small 8vo., 210 pages. Scarce. Attractive leather spine with gold lettering and design. Solid, tight binding. Pages tanned. Light wear to spine. Good + condition. (SEF-36-1) (ID #8370) $100.00.
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  183. Llorente, Juan Antonio. THE HISTORY OF THE INQUISITION OF SPAIN, FROM THE TIME OF ITS ESTABLISHMENT TO THE REIGN OF FERDINAND VII. London, Printed For G. B. Whittaker, 1827. Original Cloth. 8vo. XX, 583, [1] pages. 22 cm. Full title: “The history of the inquisition of Spain, from the time of its establishment to the reign of Ferdinand VII. Composed from the original documents of the Archives of the Supreme council, and from those of subordinate tribunals of the Holy office. Abridged and translated from the original works of D. Juan Antonio Llorente. ” History of the Inquisition, utilizing source documents from the Inquisition's offices themselves, while the author helped in the suppression of the Catholic Church in revolutionary Spain. Juan Antonio Llorente (1765-1823) was a Spanish Priest and Historian, he joined the Napoleonic forces in Spain in 1808, assisting in the work of suppressing the monastic orders, while assiduously collecting the documentation and primary sources which went into this volume, which he published in France in 1817, shortly thereafter translated into English, Dutch, Italian, and German. Subjects: Inquisition - Spain. Inquisition. Hinges loose; pages foxed, light soiling and edgewear to cloth, otherwise clean and fresh. Good condition. (SEF-52-9) (ID #35121) $80.00.
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  185. Longhurst, John Edward. THE AGE OF TORQUEMADA. Lawrence, Kan.; Coronado Press, 1964. Original Cloth. 8vo. XII, 146 pages. 23 cm. Second edition. History of the Inquisition in Spain from its inception to the Expulsion. Contents: Contents: The chosen people - The golden age - 1391 - The converso - Traitors to the faith - The Inquisition - Inquisitor General Torquemada - The Alboraico - Denunciation for survival - The remnant - The ritual murder of La Guardia - The wandering Jew - The Messiah cometh. Subjects: Jews - Persecutions - Spain. Inquisition - Spain. Inquisition. Jews - Persecutions. Torquemada, Tomas de, 1420-1498. Cloth soiled, Institutional stamp on endpages and backstrip, internally clean and fresh. Good condition. (SEF-52-10) (ID #35122) $30.00.
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  187. Marcu, Valeriu. THE EXPULSION OF THE JEWS FROM SPAIN. London; Constable, 1935. Original Cloth. 8vo. 181 pages. 19 cm. First English edition. Translated from the German (Vertreibung der Juden aus Spanien; Querido Verlag, 1934) by Moray Firth. A Viking press edition was issued in New York the same year, with a different translator attributed. Contents: Between Prosperity and Pogrom – Disputations and Renegades, The Jewries, From Conversos to Marranos; The Inquisition – Spanish and Jewish Religiosity, Rome the Tolerant and Spain the Intolerant, Ferdinand and Isabella Surprise the Marranos, The Struggle for Purity of Blood, Revolts against the Inquisition; The Expulsion – Accusations of Ritual Murder, The Decree of Granada, The Eternal Diaspora; Did the Inquisition do Injury to Spain? The author, Valeriu Marcu, was a Romanian Jewish left-wing poet, writer, and historian; he lived in Germany during the Weimar years, and left when Hitler came to power, living in Austria, then France until 1941; he obtained papers to emigrate, but died of a heart attack soon after arriving in New York. Subjects: Jews - Spain. Inquisition - Spain. Marranos. Jews – Persecutions. Jews - Persecutions - Spain - History - To 1500. Light wear to cloth, no jacket; clean and fresh. Very good condition. (SEF-51-48) (ID #35021) $30.00.
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  189. Marx, Alexander. THE EXPULSION OF THE JEWS FROM SPAIN: TWO NEW ACCOUNTS. No Place Listed, No Publisher, [1908]. Period Boards. 8vo. 32 pages. 21 cm. First Separate edition. Reprinted from: Jewish quarterly review, Jan. 1908. Contains two accounts, one from an eye-witness to the expulsions, the other a collection of material gathered by exiles, both published from manuscript sources, with introductions and English translation from the Hebrew. Concerns Castile and Portugal, Marranos, resettling in Rhodes, edicts of expulsion, etc. Bound in period marbled boards and quarter cloth over original wraps. Subjects: Jews – Spain. OCLC lists 8 copies. Previous owners penciled notes in margins, original wraps loose, otherwise clean and fresh. Good condition. (SEF-51-44) (ID #35017) $35.00.
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  191. Minkin, Jacob S. ABARBANEL AND THE EXPULSION OF THE JEWS FROM SPAIN. New York, Behrman's Jewish Book House, 1938. Original Cloth. 8vo. 237 pages. 22 cm. First edition. Biography of Isaac Abrabanel and his age, with chapters of Torquemada and the Inquisition, Christopher Columbus and the Jews, and chapters of Abrabanel's life in Venice and Naples. Isaac ben Judah Abrabanel (1437–1508), was a “statesman, biblical exegete, and theologian. Offshoot of a distinguished Ibero-Jewish family, Abrabanel (the family name also appears as Abravanel, Abarbanel, Bravanel, etc. ) spent 45 years in Portugal, then passed the nine years immediately prior to Spanish Jewry's 1492 expulsion in Castile. At that time an important figure at the court of Ferdinand and Isabella, he chose Italian exile over conversion to Christianity. He spent his remaining years in various centers in Italy where he composed most of his diverse literary corpus, a combination of prodigious biblical commentaries and involved theological tomes. ” - 2008 EJ. The author, Jacob Samuel Minkin (1885–1962), was an U. S. Conservative rabbi and author. Subjects: Jews - Spain. Inquisition - Spain. Jews - Persecutions. Inquisition. Jews. Jews - Persecutions. Abravanel, Isaac, 1437-1508. Previous owners name in pen on front end paper, without jacket, otherwise clean and fresh. Good + condition. (SEF-51-47) (ID #35020) $30.00.
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  193. Mocatta, Frederic David. THE JEWS OF SPAIN AND PORTUGAL AND THE INQUISITION. London; Longmanns, Green & Co., 1877. Later marbled boards and quarter calf. 8vo. VIII, 99 pages. 20 cm. First edition. Important study, originally presented as a lecture to Jewish Workmen in the East End, on the earliest history of the Jews in Iberia, the great Rabbinic scholars and writings produced there, the inquisition, the expulsions, and where Sephardic Jews resettled. “The Jews and the Inquisition, ' London, 1877, of which German, Hebrew, and Italian translations have appeared. ” -1906 JE. The author, Frederick David Mocatta, (1828–1905), of the Mocatta family of Marrano origin, was a “Philanthropist, scholar, and communal leader, Frederick was the representative ideal of late Victorian Anglo-Jewry. Active in both the Charity Organization Society and the Jewish Board of Guardians, he campaigned for the reform of voting charities. Widely traveled, he lectured on contemporary Jewish communities and wrote on Jewish history, publishing The Jews and the Inquisition in 1887. A munificent patron of scholarship, he was a correspondent and supporter of Zunz. Sympathetic to most Jewish causes (although disapproving of nascent Zionism), he was an observant Jew and member of two Orthodox synagogues as well as his family's Reform congregation. He left his library (now known as the Mocatta Library) to University College, London, and the Jewish Historical Society of England. ” - EJ 2008. Attractively rebound copy, with gilt title, raised bands, marbled boards, marbled endpapers. Subjects: Jews - Spain. Jews - Portugal. Inquisition. Previous owners bookstamp on endpage, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. A stunning copy. (SEF-51-46) (ID #35019) $75.00.
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  195. Yerushalmi, Yosef Hayim. THE LISBON MASSACRE OF 1506 AND THE ROYAL IMAGE IN THE SHEBET YEHUDAH. Cincinatti, Hebrew Union College, 1976. 8vo., 91 pages. Very heavy work, includes apendices on the German Account (in the German), the Portuguese Documents (in Portuguese), etc. Letter from Hebrew Union College laid in. Very Good + condition. (SEF-23-17)xx (ID #1147) $50.00.
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  197. Bodian, Miriam. DYING IN THE LAW OF MOSES: CRYPTO-JEWISH MARTYRDOM IN THE IBERIAN WORLD. Bloomington; Indiana University Press, 2007. Original Cloth. 8vo. XVII, 278 pages. 24 cm. First edition. "Miriam Bodian's study of crypto-Jewish martyrdom in Iberian lands during the Spanish and Portuguese inquisitions depicts a new type of martyr that emerged in the late sixteenth century - a defiant, educated judaizing martyr who engaged in disputes with inquisitors. By examining closely the Inquisition dossiers of four men who were tried in the Iberian Peninsula or Spanish America and who developed judaizing theologies that drew from currents of Reformation thinking that emphasized the authority of Scripture and the religious autonomy of individual interpreters of Scripture, Miriam Bodian reveals unexpected connections between Reformation thought and historic crypto-Judaism. "- Jacket. Subjects: Marranos - Latin America - Biography. Marranos - Spain - Biography. Marranos - Portugal - Biography. Jews - Persecutions - Latin America - History - 16th century. Jews - Persecutions - Latin America - History - 17th century. Jews - Persecutions - Spain - History - 16th century. Jews - Persecutions - Spain - History - 17th century. Jews - Persecutions - Portugal - History - 16th century. Jews - Persecutions - Portugal - History - 17th century. Marranos - Latin America. Light wear to jacket, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good + condition. (SEF-51-54) (ID #35027) $30.00.
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  199. Gitlitz, David M. SECRECY AND DECEIT: THE RELIGION OF THE CRYPTO-JEWS. Albuquerque, N. M.; University Of New Mexico Press, 2002. Original Wraps. 8vo. XXI, 677 pages. 25 cm. Second edition. “This important history documents the religious customs of the crypto-Jewish culture in Spain, Portugal, and their American colonies, principally Mexico, Peru, and Brazil. In coping with clandestineness, crypto-Jews rapidly evolved their own idiosyncratic religion. Its Jewish core was quickly replaced with concepts and practices from the surrounding Catholic culture covered by a veneer of Jewish theology. Included in this award-winning volume are examinations of crypto-Jewish beliefs, superstitions, birth customs, education, marriage and sex, holidays, dietary laws, conversions and death, and burial practices. Secrecy and Deceit provides a comprehensive account of the customs of these secret Jews. ” - Publishers Description. Subjects: Jews - Spain - History. Marranos - Religious life. Spain - Ethnic relations. Light wear to edges, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (SEF-51-52) (ID #35025) $30.00.
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  201. Graizbord, David L. SOULS IN DISPUTE: CONVERSO IDENTITIES IN IBERIA AND THE JEWISH DIASPORA, 1580-1700. Philadelphia: University Of Pennsylvania Press, 2004. Original Cloth. 8vo. 261 pages. 23 cm. First edition. “More than a hundred years after the expulsion, some Judeoconversos—descendants of Spanish and Portuguese Jews who had converted to Christianity—were forced to flee the Iberian Peninsula once again to avoid ethnic and religious persecution. Many of them joined the Sephardic Diaspora and embraced rabbinic Judaism. Later some of these same people or their descendants returned to Iberian lands temporarily or permanently and, in a twist that Jewish authorities considered scandalous, reverted to Catholicism. Among them were some who betrayed their fellow conversos to the Holy Office. In Souls in Dispute, David L. Graizbord unravels this intriguing history of the renegade conversos and constructs a detailed and psychologically acute portrait of their motivations. Through a probing analysis of relevant inquisitorial documents and a wide-ranging investigation into the history of the Sephardic Diaspora and Habsburg Spain, Graizbord shows that, far from being simply reckless and vindictive, the renegades used their double acts of border crossing to negotiate a dangerous and unsteady economic environment: so long as their religious and social ambiguity remained undetected, they were rewarded with the means for material survival. In addition, Graizbord sheds new light on the conflict-ridden transformation of makeshift Jewish colonies of Iberian expatriates—especially in the borderlands of southwestern France—showing that the renegades failed to accommodate fully to a climate of conformity that transformed these Sephardic groups into disciplined communities of Jews. ” - Publishers Description. Subjects: Marranos - Spain. Jews - Spain - History - 17th century. Jews - Spain - History - 18th century. Jews - Spain - Identity. Social integration - Spain - History - 17th century. Social integration - Spain - History - 18th century. Light edge wear to jacket, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (SEF-51-49) (ID #35022) $40.00.
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  203. Jacobs, Janet Liebman. HIDDEN HERITAGE: THE LEGACY OF THE CRYPTO-JEWS. Berkeley; Los Angeles: University Of California Press, 2002. Original Wraps. 8vo. X, 197 pages. 24 cm. First edition. “This study of contemporary crypto-Jews - descendants of European Jews forced to convert to Christianity during the Spanish Inquisition - traces the group's history of clandestinely conducting their faith and their present-day efforts to reclaim their past. Janet Liebman Jacobs masterfully combines historical and social scientific theory to fashion a brilliant analysis of hidden ancestry and the transformation of religious and ethnic identity. ” - Publishers Description. Contents: Secrecy, antisemitism, and the dangers of Jewishness - Women and the persistence of culture: ritual, custom, and the recovery of Sephardic ancestry - The self-in-relation and the transformation of religious consciousness - Syncretism and faith blending in modern Crypto-Judaism - Conversion and the rekindling of the Jewish soul - Jewish ancestry and the social construction of ethnic identity - Conclusion. Ethnic loss and the future of Crypto-Jewish culture. Subjects: Marranos - United States - History. Jews - United States - History. Marranos - Religious life. Marranos - Social life and customs. Jews – Identity. Pages wavy at top edge from minor water damage; otherwise clean and fresh. Good condition. (SEF-51-51) (ID #35024) $30.00.
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  205. Moore, Kenneth. THOSE OF THE STREET: THE CATHOLIC-JEWS OF MALLORCA: A STUDY IN URBAN CULTURAL CHANGE. Notre Dame, Ind.; University Of Notre Dame Press, 1976. Original Cloth. 8vo. VIII, 218, [2] pages. 24 cm. First edition. “In this volume an urban anthropologist examines a Jewish community that has shown a unique capacity for persistence, for it is the only continuously surviving Jewish ethnic tradition in Spain. The Xuetas of Mallorca are the descendants of Jews who have lived on the island since Moorish or possibly Roman times. Through compelled to convert to Christianity in 1435, the Mallorcan Jews continued to persist for centuries as a crypto-Jewish community, a Christian guild, and an occupationally specialized barrio. Enduring economic collapse, religious persecution, political pressure, slander and plague, the Xuetas of Mallorca entered the twentieth century organized in an occupationally specialized and endogamous community that was in all respects culturally Jewish except for the fact that its members were practicing Catholics. ” - From the Jacket. Both a general history of the Jewish presence on Mallorca, a history of the Xuetas (Chuetas), and their postwar integration into Mallorcan society. “Chuetas, term of abuse given to the Marranos of Majorca, who lived as a separate and distinct community within Majorcan society after their ancestors had been compulsorily baptized at the time of the persecutions of 1391 and 1435. Opinions differ concerning the origin of this term. Some hold that it is derived from the Majorcan chuya, meaning 'pork'; according to another hypothesis, the term is derived from xuhita or xuheta, the Majorcan form of judio ('Jew'). Unlike other places in what used to be the Crowns of Castile and Aragon, the Conversos, that is the Chuetas, of Majorca were the only group of New Christians who continued to live together and, apparently, to adhere to some form of Crypto-Judaism. The Chuetas, largely silversmiths, still live in a special district, where they have their own church, Santa Eulalia. ” - EJ 2008. Subjects: Chuetas. Chuetas. Social history. Joden-christenen. Marranen. Majorca (Spain) - Social conditions. Spain - Majorca. Chuetas. Previous owners name and bookstamp on endpage and title page; otherwise clean and fresh in very good jacket. Very good condition. (SEF-52-21) (ID #35133) $30.00.
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  207. Netanyahu, B. TOWARD THE INQUISITION: ESSAYS ON JEWISH AND CONVERSO HISTORY IN LATE MEDIEVAL SPAIN. Ithaca, N. Y.; Cornell University Press, 1997. Original Cloth. 8vo. XI, 267 pages. 24 cm. First edition. B. Netanyahu, one of the world's foremost medievalists, has made a lifelong project of studying the historical evolution of Marranism and seeking to ascertain the genesis of the Spanish Inquisition. This volume consists of seven essays: The racial attack on the Conversos - Alonso de Espina: was he a New Christian? - The conversion of Don Samuel Abravanel - Sánchez-Albornoz's view of Jewish history in Spain - The historical significance of the Hebrew sources concerning the Marranos - The primary cause of the Spanish Inquisition. Subjects: Jews - Spain - History. Marranos - Spain - History. Antisemitism - Spain. Inquisition - Spain - Historiography. Clean and fresh in great jacket. Very good + condition. (SEF-51-53) (ID #35026) $30.00.
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  209. Serrano Mangas, Fernando. EL SECRETO DE LOS PEÑARANDA: EL UNIVERSO JUDEOCONVERSO DE LA BIBLIOTECA DE BARCARROTA, SIGLO XVI Y XVII. Huelva; Universidad De Huelva, 2004. Original Wraps. 8vo. 199 pages. 24 cm. First edition. In Spanish. 'The Secret of Penaranda; the Judeo-Converso Universe and the Library of Barcarrota in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. ' Francisco de Penaranda, a physician and crypto-Jew, who fled the inquisition and left behind his personal library of works banned by the inquisition (gems of Spanish literature and medical writings) hidden in a wall, which was only recently uncovered (1992); this is an authoritative history of the physician, his family, and the 'Barcarrota' library, extensively drawing of legal documents, inquisition and church records of the period. Subjects: Marrano physicians - Spain - Extremadura - History - 16th century. Marrano physicians - Spain - Extremadura - History - 17th century. Marranos - Spain - Extremadura - Genealogy. Peñaranda, Francisco de, approximately 1488- - Family. Near fine. Very clean and fresh. Very good + condition. (SEF-51-50) (ID #35023) $30.00.
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  211. Usque, Samuel; Elias Lipiner. ביי די טייכן פון פארטוגאל : שמואל אושקי, זיין תקופה און זיין ״טרייסט צו די ליידין פון ישראל״ BAY DI TAYKHN FUN PORTUGAL: R. SHEMU’EL USHKI, ZAYN TKUFE UN ZAYN "TRAYST TSU DI LAYDN FUN YISROEL." Buenos-Ayres; Yidisher Visnshaftlekher Institut, 1949. Original Cloth. 8vo. 209 pages. 24 cm. First edition. In Yiddish. Argentiner Yivo-bibliotek, no. 9. Yiddish translation of parts (small part of the first dialogue, full part of the third dialogue) of the Consolação ás Tribulações de Israel ('Consolation for the Tribulations of Israel') written by Samuel Usque, a Portuguese Marrano of the sixteenth century. Contains a biography of Samuel Usque, the circumstances under which the Consolação was written, and copious footnotes and bibliography drawn from Portuguese, Hebrew, Yiddish, Latin, Spanish, English and German sources. The author, Elias Lipiner (1916-1998), internationally recognized historian of Portuguese Jewry; born in Bessarabia, trained as a printer's apprentice, emigrated to Brazil in 1935, worked as a peddler and editor at the Sao Paulo Yidisher Zeitung; later a lawyer and author of numerous books on the Jews in Portugal. Subjects: Jews -- Persecutions. Jews -- History. Jews. Jews -- Persecutions. Usque, Samuel, active 16th century. Samuel Usque – translations in Yiddish. Argentina – IWO – YIVO. Light soiling to wraps, endpages aged, internally very clean and fresh. Very good condition. (SEF-52-60) (ID #35195) $40.00.
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  213. Yerushalmi, Yosef Hayim. UNDERGROUND JUDAISM: THE RELIGION OF THE MARRANOS. San Francisco; Congregation Emanu-El, 1991. Original Wraps. 8vo. 24 pages. 23 cm. First edition. The Daniel E. Koshland memorial lecture, March 19, 1991. Lecture by Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi. Discusses the history of Jews in Iberia, the terms Marrano and Converso, and the practice of new Christians adhering in secret to the Laws of Moses: with mention of the inquisition discovering a secret synagogue in Madrid in 1712; the remembrance of certain prayers and the creation of entirely new ones by Marranos; the Book of Esther serving as the Marrano text par excellence; sweeping into the interior (into the middle of) the house which the inquisitors made fun of but corresponds to an ancient custom of honoring the mezuzah; a Polish-Jewish engineer who settled in Lisbon in the 19th century and met with Marranos in Belmonte; Barros Basto and the return of Portuguese Marranos to Rabbinic Judaism in the 1920s and 1930s. Subjects: Marranos. Marranos – History. No copies appear on OCLC. Surprisingly Scarce. Very good + condition. (SEF-53-24) (ID #35246) $110.00.
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  215. (Atlanta) Beton, Sol. SEPHARDIM & A HISTORY OF CONGREGATION OR VESHALOM [AUTHOR INSCRIBED]. Atlanta, Ga: The Congregation, 1981. Original Cloth. 4to. VI, 256 pages. 29 cm. First edition. Profusely illustrated. Sephardim and a history of Congregation Or VeShalom, compiled, edited, and illustrated by Sol Beton. In two parts, first devoted to general and specific histories of Sephardim (essays on Marranos, Ladino, Sephardic Cooking, Jews from Rhodes, Mexico, Cuba, Colonial America, etc. ), and numerous essays on the history of congregation Or VeShalom (with essays on Sephardic history in Atlanta). Sol Beton, an advertising man and active communal member, edited a communal volume, Sephardim and a History of Congregation Or VeShalom, that includes the history and development of Congregation Or VeShalom as well as numerous articles on Sephardic history, culture, and language. Subjects: Jews - Georgia - Atlanta. Sephardim. Jews. Sephardim. Congregation Or VeShalom (Atlanta, Ga. ) Georgia - Atlanta. Institutional stamps on endpages and outer edges, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (SEF-52-29) (ID #35141) $125.00.
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  217. Chyet, Stanley F. LOPEZ OF NEWPORT; COLONIAL AMERICAN MERCHANT PRINCE [AUTHOR INSCRIBED]. Detroit; Wayne State University Press, 1970. Original Cloth. O. 246 pages. 24 cm. First edition. A biography of the life of Aaron Lopez (1731–1782), “American merchant-shipper. Born in Portugal, Lopez went in 1752 to Newport, Rhode Island, where, renouncing his Marrano past, he remarried his wife Abigail in a Jewish ceremony, underwent circumcision, and in time became a leader of the Yeshuat Israel Congregation. Lopez' ties to the well established Gomez and Rivera families and the British America's economic boom during the French and Indian War assured him the credit he needed to expand his business beyond Rhode Island. Jacob Rodriguez Rivera, whose daughter Sarah he married in 1763 after Abigail's death, often acted as his partner. Though a specialist in the whale oil and spermaceti candle industries, Lopez' business included livestock, groceries, lumber, rum, ships, and clothing. He was also among the few American Jews active in the slave trade. The credit he secured during the 1760s and 1770s from his English suppliers enabled Lopez to build an extensive transatlantic mercantile empire. Lopez had trading connections with the Caribbean, Western Europe, and West Africa and on the eve of the American Revolution, was Newport's leading merchant and her largest taxpayer. Lopez supported the rebel cause and withdrew from British-threatened Newport to Leicester in central Massachusetts. This diminished his business and he did not survive to recoup his losses. The Newporters, to whose prosperity he had contributed so signally before the Revolution, mourned him, wrote Stiles, with a 'demonstration of universal sorrow. ' - EJ 2008. Subjects: Lopez, Aaron, 1731-1782. Previous owner’s bookstamp on ffe, otherwise clean and fresh in good jacket. Very good condition. (SEF-52-18) (ID #35130) $30.00.
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  219. Emmanuel, Isaac Samuel. HISTORY OF THE JEWS OF THE NETHERLANDS ANTILLES. VOL. 1 HISTORY (ONLY). Cincinnati; American Jewish Archives, 1970. Original Cloth in dust jacket. 4to. 533 pages. 26 cm. First edition. Volume one: chronological, historical narrative, stands on its own (The other volume in this set, Vol. 2, is only documents). This volume copiously illustrated with over 212 illustrations. Illustrated dustjacket over black cloth with gilt lettering on cover and spine. Color frontispiece of coat of arms. Major reference and source book on the emigration of Spanish and Portuguese Jews to the Caribbean. Curaçao was founded in 1634 under the protection of the Dutch and harbors the oldest Jewish community in the Americas with the first arrivals in 1651. Makes extensive use of archival research to provide a penetrating social history of the community from its beginnings through the 20th Century. Written by the Greek born Rabbi and historian Isaac Samuel Emmanuel (1899-1972) with his wife Suzanne A. Emmanuel (1912-1969). Subjects: Jews – Curaçao - History. Jews - Netherlands Antilles - History. Juifs – Curaçao - Histoire. Juifs - Antilles Nederlandaises - Histoire. Institutional stamps and marks on endpages, light wear to jacket, otherwise fresh and clean. Good + condition. (SEF-47-38) (ID #33105) $225.00.
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  221. United Congregation Of Israelites (Jamaica). SOUVENIR PROGRAMME: SPECIAL NEW YEAR'S EVE SERVICE AND THE REDEDICATION OF SYNAGOGUE "SHAARE SHALOM", KINGSTON, JAMAICA. Kingston, Jamaica: The Congregation, 1989. Original wraps. 8vo. 32 pages. 22 cm. First edition. Souvenir Programme for New Year's Service 29th September 1989 – 1st Tishrie 5750 and Rededication (after hurricane Gilbert) at Synagogue Shaare Shalom of Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. With 27 illustrations, primarily of the Synagogue and the members of the congregation. Contains the order of Service for the New Year's Service (pages 3-11), 'History leading to the first amalgamation of members of the Sephardic and Ashkenazi Congregations in Kingston in 1883' (pages 12-19); and further history of the incarnations of the synagogue, and consistent rebuilding efforts after hurricanes throughout the twentieth century. Subjects: United Congregation of Israelites (Kingston, Jamaica). Jews – Jamaica – Kingston. OCLC lists one copy (Natl Libr Israel). Very Good condition. Rare (SEF-52-19) (ID #35131) $45.00.
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  223. Hispanic Institute In The United States; Sephardic Brotherhood Of America; Columbia University, Seccion De Estudios Sefardies. YEHUDA HALEVI (5671-1941): HOMENAJE DE LOS SEFARDIM DE NUEVA YORK A LA OCASION DEL OCTAVO CENTENARIO DE SU MUERTE [AUTHOR INSCRIBED]. Nueva York; Printed By "la Vara,", 1941. Original Wraps. 8vo. 40 pages. 24 cm. First edition. In Spanish. Inscribed by Henry V. Besso on verso of front wrap. "Fiesta celebrada el 18 de mayo de 1941 en Elsmere Hall... La Hermandad sefardi de America y la Seccion de estudios sefardies de la Casa hispanica, de la Universidad de Columbia cooperaron en organizar este humilde homenaje. " Contents: Prefacio - Yehuda Halevi; su epoca, su vida y sus obras, por H. V. Besso - Yehuda Halevi; poeta profano y religioso, por Alberto Matarasso - La vision filosofica y religiosa de Yehuda Halevi, por M. J. Benardete - Sion, no has de demandar! Por Yehuda Halevi – Selecciones - Bibliografia de Yehuda Halevi, compilada por H. V. Besso (p. 37-39) - Programa de la fiesta. Subjects: Anniversaries. Judah, ha-Levi, active 12th century - Anniversaries, etc. Judah, ha-Levi, active 12th century - Bibliography. Judah, ha-Levi, active 12th century. Condition. (SEF-52-22) (ID #35134) $30.00.
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  225. Karigal, Haijm Isaac; Abraham Lopez. A SERMON PREACHED AT THE SYNAGOGUE IN NEWPORT, RHODE-ISLAND, CALLED "THE SALVATION OF ISRAEL: " … [FASCIMILE, 1773]. Newport, Rhode Island, Printed And Sold By S. Southwick, In Queen Street, [Philadelphia], [Jewish Publication Society Of America], 1975. Original Wraps. 8vo. 19 pages. 22 cm. Facsimile edition. Full title: “A sermon preached at the synagogue in Newport, Rhode-Island, called "The salvation of Israel: " on the day of Pentecost, or feast of weeks, the 6th day of the month Sivan, the year of the creation, 5533; or, May 28, 1773, being the anniversary of giving the law at Mount Sinai, by the venerable Hocham, the learned Rabbi, Haijm Isaac Karigal, of the city of Hebron, near Jerusalem, in the Holy Land. ” Beginnings, early American Judaica, 2. Subjects: Jewish sermons. Judaism. Pentecost. Jewish sermons. Judaism. Pentecost. Sermons - 1773. Clean and fresh. Very good condition. (SEF-52-23) (ID #35135) $30.00.
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  227. Pool, David De Sola; Marc Angel. RABBI DAVID DE SOLA POOL: SELECTIONS FROM SIX DECADES OF SERMONS, ADDRESSES, AND WRITINGS [INSCRIBED BY TAMAR DE SOLA POOL]. New York: L. Amiel; Union Of Sephardic Congregations, 1980. Original Cloth. 8vo. 207 pages. 24 cm. First edition. Frontispiece portrait of Rabbi David de Sola Pool. Includes 36 short essays, Sermons, and Addresses from David de Sola Pool. Inscribed by Tamar de Sola Pool (1890-1981), formerly National President of Hadassah, wife of David de Sola Pool. David de Sola Pool (1885–1970), was an “U. S. Rabbi, civic and communal leader, and historian. Pool, who was born in London, pursued his rabbinic studies, first at Jews' College, London, and then at the Hildesheimer Rabbinical Seminary in Berlin. Pool went to the U. S. In 1907 to become minister of the Sephardi Congregation Shearith Israel in New York City, the oldest synagogue in the U. S. He served there until his retirement in 1956.” - 2008 EJ. Subjects: Jewish sermons, American. Jewish sermons, American. OCLC lists 22 copies. Institutional marks on title page; otherwise clean and fresh. No jacket. Very good condition. (SEF-52-27) (ID #35139) $30.00.
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  229. Seixas, Gershom Mendes. A DISCOURSE, DELIVERED IN THE SYNAGOGUE IN NEW YORK, ON THE NINTH OF MAY, 1798, OBSERVED AS A DAY OF HUMILIATION, & C. &C., CONFORMABLY TO A RECOMMENDATION OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA [FASCIMILE]. [Philadelphia]; [Jewish Publication Society Of America], 1975. Original Wraps. O. 32 pages. 20 cm. Facsimile edition. Beginnings, early American Judaica, 3. Originally printed 1798, New-York: Printed by William A. Davis & Co. For Naphtali Judah, Bookseller and stationer, no. 47 Water Street. Subjects: Fast-day sermons - 1798 May 9. Jewish sermons. Clean and fresh. Very good condition. (SEF-52-24) (ID #35136) $30.00.
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  231. Sephardic Home (Brooklyn, New York, N. Y. ); Lasha (Organization). "A JOURNEY THROUGH TIME": PORTRAITS OF THE AMERICAN JEWISH FAMILY AND THE AMERICAN SEPHARDIC JEWISH FAMILY. Brooklyn, N. Y. (2266 Cropsey Ave., Brooklyn 11214); LASHA And The Sephardic Home, 1993. Original Cloth. 4to. [approximately 170] pages. 23 x 29 cm. First edition. Unpaginated. Commemorative photo album to celebrate the history of Sephardi in America, the Sephardic Home in Brooklyn (established 1948), and the personal and family history of several generations of Sephardic families in New York in the 20th Century. Profusely (primarily) illustrated with family photographs, often multigenerational, including information of where and when families emigrated. Contains histories of congregations, synagogues, communal organizations, and societies of Sefardim: Congregation Shearith Israel, Touro Synagogue, the Rhodes League of Brothers' Aid Society, Broome and Allen Street Boys Association, the Sephardic Temple, Congregation Or Veshalom, Congregation Etz Ahaim, Bikur Holim, Kehila Kedosha Janina, Congregation Magen David, B'nai Yosef, Sephardic Jewish Center of Forest Hills, Sisterhood of the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue, Sephardic Temple, etc. Attractively bound and printed. Subjects: Sephardim - United States - Portraits. Jews - United States - Portraits. Immigrants - United States - Portraits. Immigrants. Jews. Sephardim. Portraits. OCLC lists 6 copies. Very clean and fresh. Very good + condition. (SEF-52-28) (ID #35140) $125.00.
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  233. Sutton, Joseph A. D. ALEPPO CHRONICLES: THE STORY OF THE UNIQUE SEPHARDEEM OF THE ANCIENT NEAR EAST, IN THEIR OWN WORDS. New York: Thayer-Jacoby, 1988. Hardcover, 8vo, xxii, 576 pages, 25 cm. SUBJECT (S): Jews, Syrian -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography. Jews -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography. Jews -- Syria -- Aleppo -- Biography. Immigrants -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography. Oral history. Judeo-Arabic language -- Glossaries, vocabularies, etc. Brooklyn (New York, N. Y. ) -- Biography. New York (N. Y. ) -- Biography. Aleppo (Syria) -- Biography. Includes index. Light wear. Institutional stamps on edges (no other markings), otherwise Very good condition. (Sef-19-13A) (ID #35248) $35.00.
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  235. Sutton, Joseph A.D. [signed by author]. MAGIC CARPET: ALEPPO-IN-FLATBUSH: THE STORY OF A UNIQUE ETHNIC JEWISH COMMUNITY. New York: Thayer-Jacoby, 1979. Hardcover, 8vo, xiii, 304 pages, 8 leaves of plates, illustrated, 24 cm. SUBJECT (S): Jews, Syrian -- New York (State) -- New York -- Social conditions. Jews -- New York (State) -- New York -- Social conditions. Immigrants -- New York (State) -- New York -- Social conditions. Jews -- Syria -- Social conditions. Juifs -- New York (Etat) -- Brooklyn, New York -- Conditions sociales. Juifs -- Syrie -- Conditions sociales. Brooklyn (New York, N. Y. ) -- Social conditions. New York (N. Y. ) -- Social conditions. Syria -- Social conditions. Brooklyn (New York, N. Y. ) -- Conditions sociales. New York (N. Y. ) -- Conditions sociales. Syrie -- Conditions sociales. Includes bibliographical references on pages 286-292 and index. Signed by author. Without dust jacket, as issued. Slight shelf wear; otherwise, very good condition. (Sef-19-19A) (ID #34970) $35.00.
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  237. Bocanegra, Matias De; Seymour B Liebman. JEWS AND THE INQUISITION OF MEXICO: THE GREAT AUTO DE FE OF 1649. Lawrence, Kan.; Coronado Press, 1974. Original Hardback. 8vo. 266 pages. 22 cm. First edition. Jews And The Inquisition Of Mexico: the Great Auto-da-fé of 1649 as related by Mathias de Bocanegra; translated and edited, with notes, bibliography, and introduction by Seymour B. Liebman. Contains an English translation of 'Auto general de la Fee' by the Jesuit Matias de Bocanegra, a witness to the auto-da-fe of April 1649, wherein 35 Crypto-Jews were prosecuted (eight were burned alive) in Mexico. Subjects: Inquisition - Mexico. Marranos - Mexico - Biography. Autos-da-fe - Mexico. Autos-da-fe. Inquisition. Marranos. Previous owners stamp on title page, front hinge starting; penciled notations in margins throughout. Good condition. (SEF-52-5) (ID #35117) $100.00.
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  239. Carvajal, Luis De; Seymour B Liebman. THE ENLIGHTENED; THE WRITINGS OF LUIS DE CARVAJAL, EL MOZO [INSCRIBED BY S. LIEBMAN]. Miami, Fla.; Windward Pub, 1967. Original Wraps. 8vo. 157 pages. 22 cm. First English edition. Inscribed by Seymour B. Leibman on front end paper. Translated, edited, and with an introd. And epilogue, by Seymour B. Liebman. The translations are based on the transcription of the manuscripts which appeared in the Procesos de Luis de Carvajal (el Mozo), Publicaciones del Archivo General de la Nación, v. 28, published in Mexico City in 1935. “The only known extant writing by a Jew in Mexico during the Spanish colonial period, 1521-1821, are the memoirs, letters, and will written during 1595 and 1596 by Luis De Carvajal, el Mozo” - p. 9. “Carvajal, a distinguished New Christian family in 16th-century Mexico. … Luis De Carvajel, El Mozo ("the Younger"; 1566–1596). When Luis was 13 and attending a Jesuit school at Medina del Campo, his family introduced him to the practice of Judaism. Unaware of this, his uncle made him his heir and successor. After serving as the governor's aide in the wild territories under his dominion, Luis finally decided to leave his uncle and become more active in the practice and promulgation of secret Judaism. Like all Conversos in 16th-century New Spain, Luis' acquaintance with Judaism was extremely limited, but his knowledge of the Vulgate and Catholic devotional literature, which often included references to Judaism, made him the most learned Judaizer in his society. As he traveled, he encouraged and taught Conversos and led religious services. He was reconciled at the auto-da-fé of March 14, 1590, and, to complete his sentence, was assigned to the school for Indians at Santa Cruz de Tlatelolco as a teacher of rhetoric and secretary to the rector. He eventually reverted to Judaism, was rearrested in 1595, and burned at the stake on Dec. 8, 1596. His autobiography, letters, and last will are among the finest examples of Spanish belles-lettres in colonial Mexico. ” - EJ 2008. Subjects: Jews - Mexico. Inquisition - Mexico. Inquisition. Light shelf wear, clean and fresh. Very good condition. (SEF-51-45) (ID #35018) $30.00.
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  241. (Chile) Nes-El, Moshe. HISTORIA DE LA COMUNIDAD ISRAELITA SEFARADÍ DE CHILE. Santiago, Chile: Editorial Nascimento, 1984. Paper Wrappers. 8vo. 385 pages. In Spanish. SUBJECT (S): Sephardim - Chile - History; Jews - Chile - History; SEFARDITAS - CHILE - HISTORIA. Ex-library with usual markings. Slight creasing to upper rear corner and subsequent 20 pages. Slight crease to front lower corner. Very minor bumping to edges around. Otherwise in Very Good condition. (SEF-6-9). (ID #17930) $75.00.
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  243. Garcia De Proodian, Lucia. LOS JUDÍOS EN AMÉRICA: SUS ACTIVIDADES EN LOS VIRREINATOS DE NUEVA CASTILLA Y NUEVA GRANADA, S. XVII. Madrid, 1966. Paper Wrappers. 8vo. 565 pages. Illustrated. In Spanish. SUBJECT (S): Jews - Latin America; Inquisition; Judíos - América Latina; Inquisición; Judíos en Perú - Historia; Judíos en Colombia – Historia. Description of condition. (SEF-3-12). (ID #17871) $60.00.
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  245. Jewish Folklore and Ethnology Section Of The American Folklore Society. JEWISH FOLKLORE AND ETHNOLOGY REVIEW; VOL. 18, NO. 1-2 [SPECIAL ISSUE]; CRYPTO-JEWS OF THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST?. Harrisburg, PA; Jewish Folklore And Ethnology Section Of The American Folklore Society, 1996. Original Wraps. 4to. 101 pages. 28 cm. First edition. Special issue on field and archival reports on crypto-Jews of the American Southwest, dedicated to Raphael Patai, 1910-1996. Articles: "The Jewish Indians of Mexico (1950) " Raphael Patai, "Venta Prieta Revisited (1965) " Patai, "The Crypto-Jewish Canon: Choosing to be 'Chosen' in Millennial Tradition" Judith Neulander, "Crypto-Jewish Remnants in Manito Society and Culture" Tomas Atencio, "Manifestations of Crypto-Judaism in the American Southwest" Shulamith C. Halvey, "Abraham's Children of the Southwest" Isabell Median Sandoval, "On Vestiges and Identities: Some Thoughts on the Controversy concerning 'Crypto-Jews' in the American Southwest" David W. Gradwohl. Subjects: Jews - Folklore - Periodicals. Jews - Social life and customs - Periodicals. Light soiling to wraps, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (SEF-52-31) (ID #35143) $35.00.
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  247. Lea, Henry Charles, 1825-1909. THE INQUISITION IN THE SPANISH DEPENDENCIES: SICILY--NAPLES--SARDINIA--MILAN--THE CANARIES--MEXICO--PERU--NEW GRANADA. New York; MacMillan Co.; London: MacMillan & Co., 1922. Original Cloth. 8vo. XVI, 564 pages. 23 cm. Second edition. First printed 1908. Drawing on primary source material, Lea gives a detailed account of the workings of the Inquisition and its individual tribunals in Sicily, Naples, Sardinia, Milan, Malta, the Canary Islands, Mexico, Peru, New Granada and the Philippines. According to Lea the Inquisition persisted from the sixteenth right up to the nineteenth century. He demonstrates how some of the individuals entrusted with implementing the Inquisition abused their powers, and how the Inquisition in the Spanish colonies prevented the efficient running of governmental administrations. He focuses on some of the consequences of the Inquisition: Jews were banished from Naples, there were moves to exclude new Christians from the Church in Mexico, and the mysticism practiced in New Granada was considered a grave threat to the Church. Henry Charles Lea (1825–1909), “U. S. Historian whose research into the history of the Church and its institutions made him one of the most distinguished scholars of the United States. Lea's monumental works, A History of the Inquisition of the Middle Ages (3 vols., 1888) and A History of the Inquisition of Spain (4 vols., 1906–07), are fundamental and represent an extensive achievement, as did his The Inquisition in the Spanish Dependencies (1908). Through them, Lea founded a Protestant school for the study of the Inquisition based on archival sources. His system was principally concerned with the study of the general framework of the Inquisition, its policies, and operational methods. He himself considered that these works were the result of his prime interest in the history of sorcery and superstitions in Europe. They have been adapted, abridged, and translated into various languages. In his writings, Lea reserved much sympathy for the question of the forced converts and the Jews, and commented upon the heavy responsibility of the Catholic Church and Spain for their fate. ” - 2008 EJ. Subjects: Inquisition. Rear hinge starting, top of backstrip torn, otherwise clean and fresh. Good + condition. (SEF-52-8) (ID #35120) $30.00.
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  249. Lewin, Boleslao. LA INQUISICION EN MEXICO: IMPRESIONANTES RELATOS DEL SIGLO XVI. Puebla, Pue., Mexico; Editorial J. M. Cajica Jr., 1967. Original Cloth in dust jacket. 16mo. 259, [4] pages. 15 cm. First edition. In Spanish. One of 5500 numbered copies. “5, 500 Ejemplares; no 1437”. Biblioteca Cajica de cultura universal 27. 'The Inquisition in Mexico; Stories of the 16th Century'. Consists of biographies of Jews, Marranos, and Crypto-Jews in Mexico persecuted by the Inquisition in the early colonial period: Juan de Leonn (Salomon Machorro), Dona Maria de Zarate, members of the De Medina family, and others. Boleslao Lewin (1908-1988) was a Polish born historian, taught at the University of La Plata, and at universities in Chile, Mexico, and Uruguay; author of an outstanding work on Tupac Amaru, and many works on the history of Jews in the colonial period, the inquisition, and Jewish immigration to Argentina. Subjects: Inquisition - Mexico. Inquisition. Inquisition. Church history. 1500 - 1599 Mexico - Church history - 16th century. Boards lightly warped from shelf wear, pages lightly aged, otherwise very clean and fresh in good jacket. Good + condition. (SEF-52-3) (ID #35115) $50.00.
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  251. Liebman, Seymour B. THE INQUISITORS AND THE JEWS IN THE NEW WORLD: SUMMARIES OF PROCESOS, 1500-1810: AND BIBLIOGRAPHICAL GUIDE. Coral Gables, Fla.; University Of Miami Press, 1974. Original Cloth. 8vo. 224 pages. 23 cm. First edition. Leading New World Inquisition scholar Martin A. Cohen's copy, with his bookstamp on endpage with his penciled notes throughout. Summary and annotated bibliography of Inquisition Procesos throughout the colonial period in New Spain, New Granada, Peru, and Rio de la Plata; with appendices on Autos-da-fe celebrated in America, Itemization of documents with special Jewish interest. Subjects: Marranos - Latin America. Inquisition - Latin America. Inquisition - Amerique latine. Marranes - Amerique latine. Inquisition. Marranos. Religion. Inquisition. Latin America. Latin America - Religion. Clean and fresh. Very Good condition. (SEF-52-6) (ID #35118) $125.00.
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  253. Liebman, Seymour B. THE JEWS IN NEW SPAIN; FAITH, FLAME, AND THE INQUISITION. Coral Gables, Fla.; University Of Miami Press, 1970. Original Cloth. 8vo. 381 pages. 23 cm. First edition. A general history of Jews in early Mexico, utilizing Inquisition documents and other sources, to discuss “the personalities, lives and customs of representative Hispanic Jews. Two outstanding families, those of Luis de Carvajal and Tomas Trevino de Sobremonte, are treated in full in separate chapters. Other chapters trace the colonists from their departure from Spain through their centuries of faith and flame in the New World. ” - From the Jacket. Contains Appendices with digests and translations of official accounts of autos-da-fe and extracts of (ID #35116) $35.00.
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  255. Raphael, David T. THE CONQUISTADORES AND CRYPTO-JEWS OF MONTERREY [MEXICO]. No Place: No Publisher Listed, 1999. Original Wraps. 8vo. 286 pages. 23 cm. First Appearance. First printing, appears to be a review copy of The Conquistadores and Crypto-Jews of Monterrey; a work on the history of New Christians and Crypto-Jews in Monterrey, and argues for the founding of the city by many Crypto-Jewish families as a possible refuge. Later published 2001 by Carmi House. Our copy is signed by Martin A. Cohen (ostensibly his review copy), with his reviewer’s penciled notes throughout: "This meticulously researched and admirably presented work is a major contribution to the history of the new World, and is an engaging account of an era characterized by the struggle between compulsion and freedom of conscience" - Dr. Martin A. Cohen, Professor of Jewish History Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York City. Contents: From Cortes to Coahuila - Spanish voyagers to the New World - Jews and Conversos in Spain and Portugal - The Chichimecas - The Tlaxcalans - Alberto del Canto, founder of Saltillo - Governor Luis de Carvajal and his Judaizers - Gaspar Castano de Sosa and the expedition into New Mexico - Diego de Montemayor, founder of Monterrey - The Garzas of Lepe and the Canary Island Conversos - The Garzas of Monterrey: the early years - The trials of Francisco Baez de Benavides - The Martinez of Marin - The end of the Conversos - Faces from the New Kingdom of Leon - Appendix A: The passengers who came with Carvajal - Appendix B: The members of the Gaspar Castano de Sosa expedition - Appendix C: The history of the New Kingdom of Leon / by Juan Bautista Chapa. Subjects: Marranos - Mexico - Monterrey - History. Jews - Mexico - Monterrey - History. Ethnic relations. Jews. Light wear to wraps, reviewer’s penciled notes throughout, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (SEF-52-7) (ID #35119) $40.00.
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  257. Haskell, Guy H. FROM SOFIA TO JAFFA: THE JEWS OF BULGARIA AND ISRAEL. Detroit, Mich.; Wayne State University Press, 1994. Original Cloth. 8vo. 235 pages. 24 cm. First edition. With a foreword by Raphael Patai. “This work chronicles the saga of the 45, 000 Jews who left Bulgaria to settle in Israel after 1948. It begins with a study of the history and society of the Jewish community in Bulgaria and what motivated them to leave, and then goes on to show how they integrated themselves into the new Israel. ” - Publishers description. Contents: Israeli Social Science Looks at Immigration and Ethnicity; Confronting Mass Immigration; The Emergence of Culture; Introspection and Diversification; The Jews in Bulgaria; From the First Century to the Ottoman Conquest; The Ottoman Period: 1389-1878; From Liberation to World War II: 1878-1940; The War Years: 1940-1944; From Liberation to Emigration: 1944-1949; The Jews of Bulgaria in Israel; Theoretical Approaches; Components of Identity; Folklore and Identity. Subjects: Jews - Bulgaria - History. Jews - Bulgaria - Folklore. Folklore - Bulgaria. Jews, Bulgarian - Israel. Emigration and immigration. Ethnic relations. Folklore. Jews. Jews, Bulgarian. Manners and customs. Bulgaria - Social life and customs. Bulgaria - Ethnic relations. Israel - Ethnic relations. Israel - Emigration and immigration. Clean and fresh in very good jacket. Very good condition. (SEF-52-55) xx (ID #35190) $30.00.
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  259. Kamhi, Regina; Jakov Papo. SACUVANO OD ZABORAVA: USMENA BASTINA SARAJEVSKIH SEFARDA. Zagreb: Zidovska Opcina Zagreb, 2000. Original Wraps. 4to. [20] pages. 30 cm. First edition. In Croatian and Ladino (in Latin characters). Unpaginated. 'Preserved from Oblivion: Oral Heritage of Sarajevo Sephardim'. Contains introduction on Sephardic culture in Sarajevo, Ladino-Croatian dictionary of words, Ladino Proverbs with Croatian translation, Ladino songs with Croatian translation, Ladino names/nicknames. Subjects: Sephardim - Bosnia and Hercegovina - Sarajevo. Ladino poetry - Bosnia and Hercegovina - Sarajevo. Ladino poetry. Sephardim. Bosnia and Hercegovina - Sarajevo. OCLC lists 5 copies (Harvard, Stanford, Bremen, Chicago, Cornell). Light soiling to wraps, otherwise clean and fresh. Good + condition. (SEF-52-35) xx (ID #35147) $75.00.
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  261. Konstantopoulou, Photeine; Thanos Veremes. DOCUMENTS ON THE HISTORY OF THE GREEK JEWS: RECORDS FROM THE HISTORICAL ARCHIVES OF THE MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS. Athens: Kastaniotis Editions, 1998. Original wraps. 8vo. 472 pages. 24 cm. First edition. Researched and edited by Photini Constantopoulou and Prof. Thanos Veremis; introduced by Theodoros Pangalos, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Prof. Steven Bowman Deptment of Judaic Studies, University of Cincinnati. At head of title: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Greece; University of Athens, Department of Policical Science and Public Administration. Contains "Biographical Notes" (p. [419]-434), an alphabetical biographical dictionary, primarily of notable Greek Jews, many of whom perished during the Holocaust. Subjects: Jews - Greece - History - Sources. Joden. Greece. Hypourgeio Exoterikon. Archives. Greece - Ethnic relations - Sources. Ex-library, with usual markings. Light shelf wear and sunning to wraps; interior pristine. (SEF-47-8A) (ID #34944) $30.00.
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  263. Poliakov, Léon; Jacques Sabille. JEWS UNDER THE ITALIAN OCCUPATION. Paris: Editions Du Centre, 1955. Original Wraps. 8vo. 207 pages. 22 cm. First English edition. Translation of La condition des Juifs en France sous l'occupation italienne, by Leon Poliakov and Jacques Sabille; with foreword by Justin Godart. History of treatment of Jewish residents in areas under occupation by Mussolini's Italy (French Riviera, parts of Greece, parts of Yugoslavia). With 25 fascimile plates at rear. Contents: Introduction / by I. Schneersohn - The Jews under the Italian occupation / by Léon Poliakov - Notes on the S. D. Organisation - Documents - The attitude of the Italians to the persecuted Jews in Croatia; The attitude of the Italians to the Jews in occupied Greece / by Jacques Sabille. Subjects: France -- Histoire -- 1940-1945 (occupation italienne). Jews - France. World War, 1939-1945 - France. World War, 1939-1945 - Jews. Besatzungspolitik Geschichte 1942-1944. Jews. World War (1939-1945). Light soiling to wraps and outer edges, otherwise very clean and fresh. Very good condition. (HOLO2-117-8) (ID #34094) $50.00.
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  265. Aizenberg, Isidoro. LOST VOICES: GREEK JEWS AND THE HOLOCAUST. New York; The Harriet And Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center And Archives, Queensborough Community College, 2012. Original Wraps. 8vo. 30, [4] pages. 22 x 28 cm. First edition. Illustrated throughout. Exhibit catalog; curated and text written by Isidoro Aizenberg. “This exhibit opened on Sunday, March 25, 2012, at The Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives at Queensborough Community College. ” “This exhibit will focus on how the Shoah affected the Jews of Greece, one of the oldest Jewish communities, going back to the middle of the first century”. Subjects: Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) – Exhibitions. Greece – Holocaust. None on OCLC. Light edge wear, otherwise fresh and clean. Very good condition. (HOLO2-113-6) Xxxx (ID# 33113) $30.00.
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  267. Cohen, Israel. THE TURKISH PERSECUTION OF THE JEWS. London; Alabaster, Passmore & Sons, 1918. Original Wraps. 8vo. 20 pages. 22 cm. First edition. Pamphlet discussing Jewish history in Palestine under the Turkish government during the first world war, from forced requisitions, forced marches, and various anti-Jewish measures conducted by the Turkish military and governing authorities; discusses pogroms in Baghdad as well. Appendix includes open letter from the Haham Bashi of Jerusalem (Rabbi Moses Franco) to the governor of Jerusalem. Subjects: World War, 1914-1918 - Palestine - Atrocities. Jews - Palestine - History - 20th century. World War, 1914-1918 - Turkey. Atrocities. Ethnic relations. Jews. Palestine - Ethnic relations. First and last page loose; lightly foxed throughout, bottom edge bumped; otherwise clean. Fair condition. (SEF-51-26) (ID #34999) $100.00.
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  269. Guleryuz, Naim. THE HISTORY OF THE TURKISH JEWS. Istanbul; N. Guleryuz, 1992. Original Wraps. 12mo. 27, [5] pages. 20 cm. 2nd Revised edition. Published to mark the five hundredth year of the expulsion of Jews from Spain and their welcome to Ottoman Lands. Condensed from a lecture by Naim Guleryuz, the Curator of the Jewish Museum in Turkey and Vice President of the Quincentennial Foundation of Turkey. Contains a condensed history of Jewish life in Anatolia, the Sepharad exile, the life of Ottoman Jews, the Turkish Republic, Equality, and shelter from Nazi Persecution; and Turkish Jews today, with a description of cultural, communal, educational, and synagogues, highlighting the community in Istanbul. Illustrated through, with five pages of plates (some color photographs) at rear. Subjects: Jews - Turkey - History. Sephardim - Turkey - History. Ethnic relations. Jews. Sephardim. History. Turkey - Ethnic relations. OCLC lists 18 copies of this edition. Institutional stamps on endpages and title page, otherwise clean and fresh. Good condition. (SEF-51-27) (ID #35000) $30.00.
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  271. (Ottoman Empire) Ojalvo, Harry. OSMANLI PADISAHLARI VE MUSEVI TEBALARINA ILISKIN KISA TARIHCE: PRECIS ON THE OTTOMAN SULTANS AND THEIR JEWISH SUBJECTS. Istanbul: A Basim ve Reklam Hizmetleri Ltd. Sti., 1999. Paper Wrappers. 4to. 204 pages. Contains illustrations. In English and Turkish. Color reproductions: portraits and seals of the Ottoman Sultans with brief biographical data. Arranged chronologically. SUBJECT (S): Jews - Turkey - History; Sultans - Turkey - Biography; Sephardim - Turkey - History. Minor edgewear, light rubbing to covers. Some bumping to corners. Interior fine. Images in great condition. Book is in Good condition. (SEF-5-21). (ID #17909) $40.00.
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  273. Ameringen, M. L. Van (Moses Loeb). TAFEREELEN UIT DE GESCHIEDENIS DER ISRAELIETEN IN DE LAATSTE 18 EEUWEN: UIT ONDERSCHIEDENE BRONNEN BIJEEN GEBRAGT. 2. JAARGANG. Amsterdam, J. B. De Mesquita,. 8vo; 2nd Annual only (of 3?) Dutch Jewish history annual, published by the Sephardic printer de Mesquita. Contents include: Diego D'Aguilar; Beroemde Rabbijnen; Inez D'Azevedo; De Slaaf te Cordova; etc. Front hinge repair, heavy wear to spine, Good Condition. (sef-35-37) (ID #5098) $75.00.
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  275. Bloom, Herbert Ivan. THE ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES OF THE JEWS IN AMSTERDAM IN THE SEVENTEENTH AND EIGHTEENTH CENTURIES. Williamsport, Pa.; Bayard Press, 1937. Original Cloth. 8vo. XVIII, 332 pages. 25 cm. First edition. A history of the economic conditions, status, and activities of the Sephardim and Ashkenazim in Amsterdam against the general history of the Dutch economy in the 17th-18th centuries; partly a critique of Werner Sombart. Contents: Settlement; Trades and Crafts in Amsterdam (silk, sugar, diamond, jewelry, printing, tobacco); European and Levantine Trade (Barbary Coast, Turkey, Iberia, Italy, France, England, Germany, Austria); Colonial Trade (Brazil, India, Curacao, St. Eustatius, Essequibo, Cayenne, Surinam, New Netherlands); Trade in Money and Securities; Affluence and Decline. Appendices include 5 fold out leaves depicting Jewish commercial associations and volume of trade. Subjects: Jews - Netherlands - Amsterdam. Jews - Commerce. Commerce. Jews. Jews - Commerce. Amsterdam (Netherlands) – Commerce. Netherlands - Amsterdam. Institutional stamps on endpages and backstrip, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (SEF-52-16) (ID #35128) $95.00.
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  277. Jessurun, Rehuel; Ishac De Eliau Acohen Belinfante; Philip Polack. DIALOGO DOS MONTES: THE CONTROVERSY OF THE MOUNTAINS, A DRAMATIC ACTION COMPOSED IN THE PORTUGUESE TONGUE. [New York?; None Listed], [1970]. Original Wraps. 8vo. 40 pages. 24 cm. First separate edition. “Reprinted from The American Sephardi, vol. 4, no. 1-2' (1970). Full title: Dialogo dos montes: the controversy of the mountains, a dramatic action composed in the Portuguese tongue by the learned Haham, ribi Rehuel Jessurun. Performed with Great Pomp and Circumstance by the Author and Eight other learned gentlemen, Including the Hazan, in the Amsterdam Synagogue of Beth Jahacob, during the celebrated Festival of Sebuot Anno 5384 (1624). Revised and published for the first time by Ribi Ishac de Eliau Acohen Belinfante in Amsterdam anno 5527 (1767). And now done into English verse from four seventeenth-century manuscripts by Philip Polack. Includes 7 facsimile illustration (including several from the original manuscript and printed edition). Contains editor's foreword followed by the dialogue of the play. Subjects: Sermons, Portuguese - Jewish authors. Jewish sermons - Netherlands. Jewish sermons. Sermons, Portuguese - Jewish authors. OCLC lists 6 copies. Light soiling to wraps, previous owners signature in pen on front wrap, internally clean and fresh; Very good condition. (SEF-52-26) (ID #35138) $40.00.
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  279. JAARBOEKEN VOOR DE ISRAELITEN IN NEDERLAND (YEARBOOK FOR THE JEWS IN THE NETHERLANDS). 'sgravenhage, J. Belinfante, 1838. A snapshot of Dutch jewry at an important point in its modern development, also with reports form Great Britain, France, Germany, etc. Some foxing not effecting text, Very Good- Condition (sef-35-38) (ID #225) $40.00.
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  281. Meyer, Jakob. THE STAY OF MOZES HAIM LUZZATTO AT AMSTERDAM, 1736-1743. Amsterdam: Joachimsthal's Boekhandel, 1947. Original Wraps. 8vo. 44 pages. 23 cm. First edition. “A contribution to the Luzzatto Commemoration”. Contains 21 facsimile illustrations. A history of Sefardim in Amsterdam and Luzzatto's years in Amsterdam, based upon manuscripts and documents held in Amsterdam. Moses Haim Luzzatto (1707-1746); “The continuing controversy in Italy [over Luzzatto's Kabbalism] forced him to leave for Amsterdam in 1735. While breaking his journey in Frankfurt, he asked for the protection of Jacob ha-Kohen. The latter, instead of helping him, used threats to make Luzzatto sign a statement denouncing the maggid's revelations and his kabbalistic teachings as false (the rabbis of Venice had meanwhile announced that these writings should be burned). Luzzatto's writings were handed over to Jacob ha-Kohen, who probably burned some of them and hid the rest. Settling in Amsterdam, where he was left in peace, Luzzatto wrote on many subjects, but he did not openly teach Kabbalah. In 1743 he went to Erez Israel, probably in order to escape from the prohibition on teaching Kabbalah. ” - 2008 EJ. Contents: Arrival of the [Luzzatto] Family; The Social Milieu; The Contact with the Sefardim; The Departure of Mozes; Luzzatto Manuscripts at Amsterdam; Luzzatto's Influence at Amsterdam. Subjects: Luzzatto, Moshe Hayyim, 1707-1747. OCLC lists 29 copies. Wraps lightly soiled, internally clean and fresh. Good + condition. (SEF-52-15) xx (ID #35127) $30.00.
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  283. Prins, Izak. DE VESTIGING DER MARRANEN IN NOORD-NEDERLAND IN DE ZESTIENDE EEUW. Amsterdam; Menno Hertzberger, 1927. Original Cloth. 8vo. X, 246 pages. 21 cm. First edition. In Dutch. 'The settlement of Marranos in the Northern Netherlands in the 16th century'. Opening with the Jewish presence in the Netherlands since the 12th century, the author moves forward to the 15th-16th centuries, when Jews from Sefarad, and later Marranos, emigrated there; with biographies of many of the first generation of Portuguese Marranos to settle there. Attractively bound and printed, with gilt title on cloth. Under the imprint of Menno Hertzberger, a world-famous antiquarian bookseller in Amsterdam, founder of the Dutch Association of Antiquarian Booksellers and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers. Subjects: Marranos - Netherlands. Jews - Netherlands. Sephardim - Netherlands. Marranes - Pays-Bas. Juifs - Pays-Bas. Portugais - Pays-Bas. Rear hinge starting; light soiling to upper edge, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (SEF-52-12) (ID #35124) $35.00.
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  285. Rivlin, Joseph Joel; Binyamin Ben E Rivlin. אגרות הפקידים והאמרכלים מאמשטרדם IGROT HA-PEKIDIM VEHA-AMARKALIM ME-AMSTERDAM = LETTERS OF THE PEKIDIM AND AMARCALIM OF AMSTERDAM, 5586-5587. Jerusalem; Society for the History of the Old Yishuv in Eretz Israel, 1965. Original Cloth. 8vo. 29, [1] 303 pages. 25 cm. First edition. Volume one only. In Hebrew. Letters from the 1820's by members of the Va'ad Ha-Pekidim Ve-Ha-Amarkalim, an organization established in 1810 for the financial support of the yishuv in Erez Israel. “In order to combat the heavy expenses of the emissaries of the yishuv and difficulties relating to the distribution of money (halukkah ) between the rival groups there, to concentrate the collection of money throughout the whole of Western Europe in this one organization, the "Pekidim and Amarkalim of the Holy Land. " - EJ 2008. Subjects: Halukkah. Jews - Charities. Judaism - Netherlands - Amsterdam - History - 19th century. Religious institutions - Netherlands – Amsterdam. Light soiling to cloth, otherwise clean and fresh. Good + condition. (SEF-52-14) (ID #35126) $30.00.
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  287. Saperstein, Marc; Saul Levi Mortera. EXILE IN AMSTERDAM: SAUL LEVI MORTEIRA'S SERMONS TO A CONGREGATION OF "NEW JEWS". Cincinnati; Hebrew Union College Press, 2005. Original Cloth. 8vo. XXII, 585 pages. 24 cm. First edition. “Exile in Amsterdam is based on a rich, extensive, and previously untapped source for one of the most important and fascinating Jewish communities in early modern Europe: the sermons of Saul Levi Morteira (ca. 1596-1660). Morteira, the leading rabbi of Amsterdam and a master of Jewish homiletical art, was known to have published only one book of fifty sermons in 1645, until a collection of 550 manuscript sermons in his own handwriting turned up in the Rabbinical Seminary of Budapest. … Saperstein reviews the broad outlines of Morteira’s biography, his treatment by scholars, and his image in literary works. He then reconstructs the process by which the preacher produced and delivered his sermons. Morteira’s sermons also provide a trove of information about individuals and institutions in Morteira’s Amsterdam, enabling Saperstein to analyze the shortcomings of behavior and the lapses in faith criticized by the preacher. The sermons also presented an ongoing program of adult education that transmitted the Jewish tradition on a high yet accessible level to a congregation of new Jews—immigrants who had lived as Christians in Portugal and were now assuming a Jewish identity with minimal prior knowledge. Here Saperstein focuses on themes Morteira considered crucial: memories of the historical past, confrontations with Christianity, ideas of exile and messianic redemption, and attitudes toward the New Christians who remained in Portugal. These historical reflections on Amsterdam’s community of new Jews are illustrated by eight of Morteira’s sermons, which Saperstein presents in English and with full annotation for the first time. ” - Publishers Description. Subjects: Jewish preaching - Netherlands - Amsterdam - History - 17th century. Jews, Portuguese - Netherlands - Amsterdam. Jewish sermons, Hebrew - Netherlands - Amsterdam - History and criticism. Jewish sermons, Hebrew - Netherlands - Amsterdam - Translations into English. Jewish preaching. Jewish sermons, Hebrew. Jews, Portuguese. Mortera, Saul Levi, 1596?-1660. Light wear to jacket, otherwise fine. Near Fine condition. (SEF-52-13) (ID #35125) $40.00.
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  289. Ben-Sasson, Menahem. צמיחת הקהילה היהודית בארצות האסלאם : קירואן, 008־7501 TSEMIHAT HA-KEHILAH HA-YEHUDIT BE-ARTSOT HA-ISLAM: KAIRAVAN, 800-1057. Yerushalayim: Hotsa’at Sefarim 'a. Sh. Y. L. Magnes, 1996. Original Cloth. 8vo. 13, 584 pages. 25 cm. First edition. In Hebrew. Emergence of the local Jewish community in the Muslim world; Qayrawan, 800-1057. A study of the Jewish community of Qayrawan during the 9th–11th centuries, based on Geniza documents and responsa literature. Following an examination of the geopolitical position of Qayrawan, its history, the sources and medieval historiography, the following issues are studied: leadership, economic and social life, family, synagogues, communal institutions, education, courts, relations with the Muslim society and other Jewish communities. Subjects: Jews - Tunisia - Qayrawan - Politics and government. Jews - Tunisia - Qayrawan -- Social life and customs. Judaism - Tunisia - Qayrawan - History. Ethnic relations. Jews - Politics and government. Jews - Social life and customs. Judaism. Qayrawan (Tunisia) -- Ethnic relations. Clean and fresh. No jacket. Very good condition. (SEF-53-20) (ID #35242) $55.00.
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  291. Goldberg, Harvey E. JEWISH LIFE IN MUSLIM LIBYA: RIVALS & RELATIVES. Chicago; University Of Chicago Press, 1990. Original Wraps. 8vo. X, 181 pages. 24 cm. First edition. “Jewish Life in Muslim Libya combines historical and anthropological perspectives in depicting the changing relations between Muslims and Jews in Libya from the early nineteenth century up to the middle of the twentieth century. Harvey E. Goldberg shows that the cultural and religious worlds of the Jewish and Muslim communities in Libya were deeply intertwined in daily life and largely remained so despite political and social changes under successive Ottoman and Italian rule. He documents the intricate symbolic linkages of Jews and Muslims in different periods and in a variety of settings. His accounts of traditional Jewish weddings, of mock fights between Jewish teams that took place in early nineteenth-century Tripoli, and of the profession of street peddling demonstrate that, despite age-old images of Jews as outsiders or infidels, Jews were also an essential and familiar part of the local Islamic society. Goldberg's narrative continues through the British Military Administration in Libya, a period which saw growing Libyan nationalism and, in 1945, three days of riots in which more than 130 Jews were killed. Goldberg reflects on how these events both expressed and exacerbated a rupture in the social fabric linking Muslims and Jews, setting the scene for the mass emigration of Libyan Jews from their homeland. ” - Publishers Description. Subjects: Jews - Libya - History. Jews - Libya - Social life and customs. Ethnic relations. In fine condition; still wrapped in plastic straight from publisher. Great condition. (SEF-51-35) (ID #35008) $30.00. xx
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  293. Institute For Advanced Study (Princeton, N. J. ); World Jewish Congress. American Section. Academic Committee. PROCEEDINGS OF THE SEMINAR ON MUSLIM-JEWISH RELATIONS IN NORTH AFRICA. New York; The Congress, 1975. Original Wraps. 8vo. X, 75 pages. 22 cm. First edition. Sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Study and the Academic Committee of the World Jewish Congress (American Section), May 19, 1974, Princeton, New Jersey. Contents: The Origin and historical significance of North African Jewry by Solomon Dob Fritz Goitein (p. 2-13.) - Muslims and Jews in Morocco by Norman A Stillman (p. 13-39.) - The Pact of 'Umar in Morocco by Jane S Gerber (p. 40-50.) - The Jewish community of Marrakesh in the 20th century by Richard Leon Press (p. 51-75.). Subjects: Jews - Africa, North - History - Congresses. Ethnic relations. Jews. Conference proceedings. History. Africa, North - Ethnic relations - Congresses. Wraps soiled at edges, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (SEF-51-33) (ID #35006) $55.00.
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  295. Noy, Dov. MOROCCAN JEWISH FOLKTALES. New York; Herzl Press, 1966. Original Cloth. 8vo. 224 pages. 23 cm. Edition. With a foreword by Raphael Patai. Translation of: Shiv ‘im sipurim ve-sipur mi-pi Yehude Maroko. Jewish Folktales from Morocco, Narrated and Collected in Israel. Collection of 71 Moroccan Jewish folktales, with biographical sketches of informants and collectors. Dov Noy (1920-2013) scholar in Jewish folklore. “Noy's contribution to Jewish folklore has been pioneering. He founded and directed the Haifa Ethnological Museum and Folklore Archives (1956–82) and edited the Israel Folktale Archives Publications series until 1981. He founded the Israel Folklore Archives, the largest treasure of Jewish folktales recorded in Israel. He was director of the Hebrew University Folklore Research Center from 1968 and edited Studies, its journal. He served as the Encyclopaedia Judaica departmental editor for folklore. He also trained a generation of researchers and students to tape and collect folk stories from all the various Jewish ethnic groups. He started the folklore section at Haifa University within the department of Hebrew Literature. From 1985 to 1992, he served as professor of Yiddish Folklore at Bar-Ilan University. In 1992–93 he served as professor of folk literature at Ben-Gurion University and in 1995–96 professor of folklore at Haifa University. In addition to teaching in Israeli universities, Noy devoted himself to spreading Jewish folk culture all over the world. He also wrote and edited about 60 books, covering a wide range of Jewish folklore: European, North African, Yemenite, and others. ” - 2008 EJ. Subjects: Tales - Morocco. Jewish legends - Morocco. Jews - Morocco - Folklore. Jewish legends. Previous owners bookplate on endpage; light wear and some tearing to edges of jacket, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (SEF-51-37) (ID #35010) $30.00.
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  297. World Ort Union. SEMI-ANNUAL REPORT [ORT-UNION SEMI-ANNUAL REPORT JANUARY-JUNE 1956]. Geneva; Central Office Of The Ort Union, 1956. Original Boards. 4to. [3], 123 pages. 30 cm. First edition. Semi-Annual Report, Submitted to the Meeting of the Executive Committee of the World ORT Union in Geneva, July 1st-2nd, 1956. Mimeographed single sided typewritten report. Contains Central Report, The Vocational Training system outside Normal Day Trade Schools, The Legal Status of ORT institutions in North Africa, From the General School Activity, Instructorate, Organisation and Finance. Report from the Paris Office of the ORT Union. Report from the Tecnical and Pedagogical Department. National Reports from Israel, France, Italy, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Iran, Germany, Austria, Holland, Belgium, Greece, Great-Britain, Central Institute, ORT Centre Paris, U. S. A. (American ORT Federation, Women's American ORT), Canada, Latin America, South Africa, Sweden, Denmark, Australia. Report from the International Women's ORT. Meeting of the Executive Committee 18-20 February 1956 in Geneva. Contains extensive documentation of Jewish communities around the world; the report on Germany mentions the closing of the last Jewish DP Camp in Germany (Forehnwald), reports from each country determine whether it was functioning normally or handicapped by the state, etc. Subjects: World ORT Union – Report – 1956. OCLC lists 3 copies (Harvard, YIVO, NYPL). Light wear to boards, minor pen mark on cover. Pages lightly aged, otherwise fresh and clean. Good + condition. (HOLO2-113-30) (ID #33137) $50.00.
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  299. (Syria) Congregation Mikveh Israel (Philadelphia, Pa. ). PERSECUTION OF THE JEWS IN THE EAST. CONTAINING THE PROCEEDINGS OF A MEETING HELD AT THE SYNAGOGUE MIKVEH ISRAEL, PHILADELPHIA [FASCIMILE, 1840]. Philadelphia, C. Sherman & Co., Printers, [Philadelphia], [Jewish Publication Society Of America], 1975. Original Wraps. 8vo. 30 pages. 24 cm. Facsimile edition. Beginnings, early American Judaica, 7. Reprint of Philadelphia, 1840 ed. Full title: Persecution of the Jews in the East. Containing the proceedings of a meeting held at the synagogue Mikveh Israel, Philadelphia, on Thursday evening, the 28th of Ab. 5600, corresponding with the 27th of August, 1840. Subjects: Jews - Persecutions - Syria - Damascus. Jews - Persecutions. Syria – Damascus. Clean and fresh. Very good condition. (SEF-52-25) (ID #35137) $30.00.
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  301. Cohen, Hayim J. THE JEWS OF THE MIDDLE EAST, 1860-1972. Jerusalem; Israel Universities Press, 1973. Original Cloth. 8vo. VIII, 213 pages. 25 cm. First edition. Translation of ha-Yehudim be-artsot ha-Mizrah ha-tikhon be-yamenu. Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-206). Sociological, economic, and demographic survey of recent Jewish history in North Africa and the Middle East, covering the Jewish communities of Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Iran, Yemen, and the Arabian Peninsula. Subjects: Jews - Middle East. Light rubbing and chipping to edges of jacket, institutional stamp on front end paper, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (SEF-51-1) (ID #34972) $30.00. xx
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  303. Moreen, Vera Basch. IRANIAN JEWRY'S HOUR OF PERIL AND HEROISM: A STUDY OF B¯AB¯A¯I IBN LUTF'S. New York, American Academy for Jewish, 1987. B¯ab¯a'¯i ibn Lutf, fl. 17th cent. Kit¯ab-i an¯us¯i Contains extracts of Judeo-Persian text, with Persian transliteration, and English translation. Contents: A Short Political Survey of the Safavid Dyna sty with Special Emphasis on the Reigns of Shah 'Abbas I, Shah Safi & Shah 'Abbas II; Babai ibn Lutf & the Kitab-i Anusi; The Historicity of the Kitab 'i Anusi; Contributions of the Kitab-i Anusi to Safavid History; Contributi ons of the Kitabi-i Anusi to the History of Iranian Jews; Appendices. Much on Persian Jewry in the 16th-18th centuries. Originally presented as the au thor's thesis (doctoral--Harvard University) under title: An introductory s tudy of the Kit¯ab-i anus¯i by B¯ab¯a¯i ibn Lutf. Includes index. Bibliography: p. [217]-239. Light soiling to cloth; otherwise near fine condition. (SEF-25-28) (ID #11091) $20.00.
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  305. Newby, Gordon Darnell. A HISTORY OF THE JEWS OF ARABIA: FROM ANCIENT TIMES TO THEIR ECLIPSE UNDER ISLAM. Columbia, S. C.; University Of South Carolina Press, 1988. Original Cloth. 8vo. XII, 177 pages. 24 cm. First edition. “The Jews of Arabia have maintained a thriving, vital Diaspora community for centuries. While Muhammad was spreading Islam around Medina in the seventh century, there were Arabian Jewish merchants, poets, pastoral nomads, farmers, sculptors and warriors. One of the findings of this scholarly synthesis is that Arabian Jewry influenced Muhammad's developing vision of his prophetic mission. Newby, associate professor of history at North Carolina State University, focuses attention on the mystical strain among Arabian Jews; one sect, for example, apparently believed in an anthropomorphized creator-angel, while another fervently awaited an apocalyptic day of reckoning. We are given an interesting portrait of Dhu Nuwas, a sixth-century Jewish ruler in Yemen who died at the hands of Abyssinian invaders. ” - 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. Subjects: Jews - Arabian Peninsula - History. Judaism - Relations - Islam. Islam - Relations - Judaism. Light wear to jacket, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (SEF-51-31) (ID #35004) $30.00.
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  307. Thon, Hanna Helene Cohn. העדות בישראל : פרקים בקורותיהן וחבלי האחזותן בארץ-ישראל HA-'EDOT BE-YISRAʼEL: PERAKIM BE-KOROTEHEN VE-HEVLE HEʼAHZUTAN BE-ʼERETS YISRAʼEL. Jerusalem; R. Mas, 1957. Original Cloth. 8vo. 150 pages. 22 cm. First edition. In Hebrew. Added English title page: Ethnic sub-groups in Israel; their origins and the process of their adjustment. Hannah (Helena) Thon (1886-1954) “was a social worker, journalist and editor, a student of Israel’s ethnic communities and one of the leading figures in the women’s voluntary social-welfare organizations during the Yishuv (pre-State) period in Israel. … In 1957, three years after her death, Thon’s research was published as a book, entitled Ethnic Communities in Israel: Aspects of Their History and Areas of Settlement in Palestine. Adapted from Thon’s lectures, it became the basis for social-work studies in Israel. Not without reason did the School of Social Service make every effort to have this important work updated and revised so that it might serve as learning material for students and others (including social workers, school and kindergarten teachers, youth-group leaders and nurses). In the preface to the book, whose introduction was written by Miriam Itzkowitz, Thon is described as a pioneer in the study of the sociology of Sephardic Jewry in Palestine. The book consists of three chapters: the first, dealing with the Sephardim of the Old Yishuv and with the new aliyah from the Balkan countries; the second, with the waves of aliyah from North Africa both before and after the establishment of the state; and the third, with the Jews of Yemen and the Asian countries. According to Itzkowitz, not only did Thon accompany the new-immigrant families from these lands “through their difficulties in striking roots in Palestine and their cultural struggles”; she also “kept track of them for years, in their search for new patterns in their economic and social lives. ” - Jewish Women's Archive. Subjects: Acculturation. Ethnology - Israel. OCLC lists 27 copies. Clean and fresh in very good jacket. Very good condition. (SEF-53-19) (ID #35241) $30.00.
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  309. Habshush, Hayyim; Shelomo Dov Goitein. חזיון תימן = רויא אלימן HEZYON TEMAN = RU'YA AL-YAMAN = TRAVELS IN YEMEN: AN ACCOUNT OF JOSEPH HALEVY'S JOURNEY TO NAJRAN IN THE YEAR 1870. Jerusalem; Hebrew University Press, 1941. Original Wraps. 8vo. [4], 102, 138, 5 pages. 23 cm. First edition. Judeo-Arabic, Hebrew, and English. “Written in Sanani Arabic by his guide Hayyim Habshush. Edited with a detailed summary in English and a glossary of vernacular words by S. D. Goitein. ” Joseph Halevy (1827–1917), “French Orientalist and Hebrew writer... The French Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres … commissioned Halevy to explore Southern Arabia for Sabean inscriptions. For self-protection he traveled in the guise of a Jerusalem rabbi collecting alms for the poor. Hayyim Habshush, a Yemenite Jew who acted as Halevy's guide, described this expedition in Travels in Yemen (Arabic text, ed. And summarized in Eng. By S. D. Goitein, 1941; Heb. Tr., Mas'ot Habshush, 1939). ” - EJ 2008 Hayyim Hibshuth was “an erudite coppersmith of San'a (d. 1899), one of the first modern intellectuals of the Jewish community of Yemen. His activity was communal as well as scholarly... Hibshush was the first Yemenite-Jewish writer who decided to compose a history of his community based on written, authorized sources, including many Muslim-Arabic works, and not just oral traditions as was the case with R. Yihye Salih in Megillat Teman. In this work he was followed by other San'ani Jewish scholars such as R. Shalom Qorah and R. 'Amram Qorah. But his fame among western researchers stems from his Judeo-Arabic book Mas'ot Hibshush, in which – responding to the request of Eduard Glaser – he depicted his travels in 1870 to the northern and northeastern regions of Yemen, including rich and sometimes unparalleled information about the Jewish communities in those areas. In fact, he was chosen – owing to his erudition and his profession as a coppersmith – to accompany the Jewish-French Orientalist Joseph Halévy in quest of Sabaean inscriptions. The main reason for writing Mas'ot Hibshush was probably that both Hibshush and Glaser were not content with the fact that Halevy, in his long and detailed reports about his travels in Yemen, completely ignored his San'ani guide. In this work, Hibshush claims that it was actually he who copied for Halévy the hundreds of Sabaean inscriptions. Hibshush's Travels was edited by S. D. Goitein from manuscripts, first published in Hebrew translation (1939) and then in its Judeo-Arabic original with an English abridged translation (1941). Hibshush's significant contribution to knowledge of ancient and modern Yemen is universally acknowledged, as attested by the Italian, French, and Arabic translations of his Travels, recently published. ” - EJ 2008. Includes laid in original transliteration card, Hebrew and Latin Equivalents of the Arabic Alphabet according to San'ani Pronunciation. Subjects: Travel. Halevy, J. (Joseph), 1827-1917. Halevy, J. (Joseph), 1827-1917. Yemen (Republic) - Description and travel. Wraps soiled, internally very clean and fresh. Very good condition. (SEF-51-30) (ID #35003) $180.00.
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  311. Muchawsky-Schnapper, Ester. THE JEWS OF YEMEN: HIGHLIGHTS OF THE ISRAEL MUSEUM COLLECTION. Jerusalem; The Museum, 1994. Original Wraps. 12mo. 130 pages. 18 cm. First edition. History of the Jews in Yemen through the lens of material culture, highlighting the collections of ritual objects and daily life of the Jews in Yemen to be found at the Israel Museum. Illustrated throughout, many in color. Contains chapters on 'The House', 'Clothing', 'Adornments and Amulets', 'Ceremonial Objects', with a bibliography. Subjects: Jews - Material culture - Yemen (Republic) - Catalogs. Material culture - Yemen (Republic) - Catalogs. Judaism - Liturgical objects - Yemen (Republic) - Catalogs. Jewish art and symbolism - Yemen (Republic) - Catalogs. Jewish art and symbolism. Jews - Material culture. Judaism - Liturgical objects. Material culture. Muzeon Yisrael (Jerusalem) - Catalogs. Clean and fresh. Very good + condition. (SEF-51-28) (ID #35001) $30.00.
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  313. Rathjens, Carl. JEWISH DOMESTIC ARCHITECTURE IN SAN‘A, YEMEN. Jerusalem; Israel Oriental Society, 1957. Original Cloth. 8vo. 80, XI pages. 24 cm. First edition. Jewish domestic architecture in San'a, Yemen: With an introduction and an appendix on Seventeenth century documents relating to Jewish houses in San'a by S. D. Goitein. Contains eleven pages of photographic plates; with 39 figures depicting architectural details, ground plans, etc. Major architectural survey of the Jewish quarter of San'a, the capital of Yemen; the Jewish quarter was at one point a town by itself two kilometers from the Old City; this study was conducted over the course of four visits by Carl Rathjens to Yemen, between 1927 and 1938. Subjects: Architecture, Domestic - Yemen (Republic) - San ‘a. Civilization, Modern --17th century - Sources. Jewish architecture - Yemen (Republic) - San ‘a. Architecture, Domestic. Civilization, Modern. Jewish architecture. Scarce. Institutional stamps and markings to wraps, title page, and backstrip; internally clean and fresh. Good condition. Scarce. (SEF-51-29) (ID #35002) $125.00.
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  315. Seri, Shalom; Naftali Ben-David; Joseph Tobi. מסע לתימן ויהודיה MASA’ LE-TEMAN VI-YEHUDEHA. Tel-Aviv; ʻAmutah "Eʻeleh be-tamar," 1991. Original Cloth. Folio. 240 pages. 34 cm. First edition. In Hebrew. Added English title page: A Journey to Yemen and its Jews. Primarily illustrated. Consists almost entirely of color photographs of daily life amongst the Jews of Yemen. Subjects: Jews - Yemen (Republic) - Social life and customs. Jews - Yemen (Republic) - Social life and customs - Pictorial works. Jews, Yemeni - Israel. Jews, Yemeni - Israel - Pictorial works. Jews - Social life and customs. Jews, Yemeni. Travel. Pictorial works. Yemen (Republic) - Description and travel. Yemen (Republic) - Pictorial works. Light wear to jacket, institutional marks on title page and endpage, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (SEF-52-36) (ID #35148) $55.00.
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  317. THE BENE ISRAEL OF INDIA: SOME STUDIES. Delhi, Orient Longman, 1984. Cloth, 8vo, 248 pages. ISBN: 0861314557 The studies in this volume deal with the history and religious evolution, as well as some social and demographic aspects of the Bene Israel, a small community of Jews who have lived for many centuries on the west coast of India, just south of Bombay. The author attempts to analyze its reunification with world Jewry since the eighteenth century, and its strong Indian character in relation to its assimilation in Israel. The number of Bene Israel in India has dwindled over the discrimination and persecution elsewhere, they demonstrate how a minority community can live with honor and in complete harmony with fellow Indians. Very Good Condition in Very Good Jacket. (SEF-27-8) (ID #11158) $45.00.
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  319. Daniel, Ruby; Barbara C Johnson. RUBY OF COCHIN: AN INDIAN JEWISH WOMAN REMEMBERS. Philadelphia; Jewish Publication Society, 1995. Original Cloth. 8vo. XXVI, 211 pages. 24 cm. First edition. “Ruby of Cochin is the first book written by a Jewish woman from Cochin. It is a rich description of Jewish life on the Southwest Coast of India, spanning many centuries. It is the story of one woman – yet it is also the story of all the Jews of Cochin, from the earliest settlements, when the Maharajah granted the Jews their land and privileged status, until today, when a transplanted Cochin community is finding new life in Israel. The book is written with a distinctive storyteller's voice and contains historical legends, ghost tales, colorful renditions of Jewish celebrations in Cochin, and translations of women's songs from Malayalam, the language of the Cochin Jews. ” - From the Jacket. Subjects: Jews - India - Cochin - Biography. Jewish women - India - Cochin - Biography. Jews - India - Cochin - Social life and customs. Juifs - Inde -- Cochin (Kerala) -- Biographies. Jewish women. Daniel, Ruby, 1912-. Light shelf wear to jacket, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (SEF-52-56) (ID #35191) $30.00.
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  321. Ahir, D. C., editor. DR. AMBEDKAR ON JEWS AND NEGROES. ISBN: 8187190280. New Delhi, Bluemoon Books, 1998. Paperback, 21 cm, 30 pages. Contents: Preface I. Dr. Ambedkar on Jews and Negroes 1. Slavery in Rome 2. Jews and Servility 3. Negroes and Slavery 4. Slavery and Untouchability 5. Negroes in America 6. Slaves and Untouchables 7. Jews and Untouchables; Conclusion. Very Good Condition. (SEF-35-1) (ID #11152) $30.00.
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  323. Ananda [Sic]. HINDU VIEW OF JUDAISM. New Delhi, APC, 1996. Cloth, 8vo, xx, 299 pages. Includes appendices, 23cm. A study in comparative religion from a Vivekanandan perspective. Historical aspects are dealt with and theologies compared and contrasted. Very good condition in very good jacket. (SEF-27-13) (ID #11154) $35.00.
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  325. Ashtamker, Shalom Benjamin. TEHINAT YISRAEL: LA-YAMIM ROSH HA-SHANAH ULE-YOM KIPUR. Bombei [Bombay]: Bi-Defus Hadash Shel Dia Bombei Hibru Pablishing End Printing Pres, Madpisim U-Mokhre Sefarim, 1933. Original Wrappers, 8vo, 6 pages. 17 cm. In Hebrew with English translation on facing pages. SUBJECT (S): Tehinnot – Texts. Yom Kippur -- Prayer-books and devotions. Judaism -- Sephardic rite -- Prayer-books and devotions -- Hebrew. Judaism -- Liturgy -- Texts. Rosh ha-Shanah -- Prayer-books and devotions. Yom Kippur -- Prayer-books and devotions. Tehinnot -- Texts. Order of supplication. OCLC lists 2 copies worldwide (Bar Ilan, & NLI), none outside Israel. Very Good Condition. (SEF-47-35) (ID #33102) $225.00.
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  327. Ben David, Yohanan. INDO-JUDAIC STUDIES: SOME PAPERS. New Delhi, Northern Book Centre, 2002. Cloth, 23 cm, vi, 126 pages. Contents include: Introduction. 1. Gandhi and the Zionists (including C. F. Andrews and the Jews). 2. The Jews of India. 3. Art. 4. From the archives. Indo-Judaic Studies has been gathering momentum ever since India and Israel established full diplomatic relations some ten years ago. This book is an important historical contribution to the subject as it contains hitherto unpublished material gleaned mainly from public and private archives in India and Israel. The author presents Mahatma Gandhi and C. F. Andrews in a new light. He traces the "lost" periods of the Bene Israel sojourn in India: their early settlement; the medieval and Moghul periods; and their heyday under the Marathas. The section on art deals with a fabulous collection that contains Indian miniatures and manuscripts taken by Nadir Shah when he took the Koh-i-noor and the Peacock throne. The diary kept by the Zionist emissary to India in 1936, Dr. Olsvanger, is published in full in English translation together with his correspondence with Pandit Nehru. The reader is introduced to the papers of Hermann Kallenbach, Gandhi's soul friend, and gets a peep into Indian and Israeli archives with one document going back to 1826." ISBN: 8172111312. Very good condition in very good jacket. (SEF-27-12) (ID #11166) $40.00.
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  329. Benjamin, Joshua M. THE MYSTERY OF ISRAEL'S TEN LOST TRIBES AND THE LEGEND OF JESUS IN INDIA. New Delhi, Mosaic Books, 2001.Cloth, 8vo, ix, 150 pages. Includes tables, figures, references, & index. 23cm. ISBN: 8185399573. Very good condition in very good jacket. (SEF-27-14) xx (ID #11155) $30.00.
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  331. Israel, Rachanel Rukmini. THE JEWS OF INDIA: THEIR STORY. New Delhi, Mosaic Books, 2002. Paperback, 25 cm, 82 pages. Includes bibliography & glossary. This book is a simple account of the Jews of India--- the story of their arrival in the country, their religious beliefs and customs, and their integration into Indian society. While addressed essentially to young people, the book will also serve to introduce adult readers to this minutest of Indian 'minorities. ' Incidentally, it will also provide young Indian Jews an account of their place in the vast mosaic of Indian society and their significance as an Indian community, despite their small numbers. ISBN: 8190129708. New Condition. (SEF-27-10) (ID #11159) $25.00.
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  333. Musleah, Ezekiel N. ON THE BANKS OF THE GANGA: THE SOJOURN OF JEWS IN CALCUTTA. North Quincy, Mass.: Christopher Pub. House, 1975.,. Cloth, 8vo, 568 pages including illustrations, 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. First edition. “This remains the most scholarly treatment of the Jews of Calcutta as a whole. ” - Jewish Women's Archive. Describes “in detail the life and institutions of Jewish settlers from the closing years of the eighteenth, to the mid–twentieth, centuries. Derived from Indian and local Jewish sources, it is the leading record of a Jewish habitation so far into the Orient and a useful contribution to the overall understanding of Indian Jewry. ” - Jewish Music Research Centre. Subjects: Jews - India - Kolkata - History. Jews. History. Kolkata (India) – History.Signed by the author. Very Good Condition. (SEF-50-9) (ID #10793) $35.00.
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  335. Another Copy. Not inscribed. Clean and fresh in very good jacket. Very good + condition. (SEF-53-17) (ID #35239) $30.00.
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  337. Strizower, Schifra. EXOTIC JEWISH COMMUNITIES. London, New York, T. Yoseloff, 1962. Original Cloth. 8vo. 157 pages. 20 cm. First edition. Primarily a study on the Jewish communities of Cochin and Bombay. Contents: The Yemenite Jews - The Bene Israel - The Jews of Cochin - Karaites and Karaism - The Samaritans. Contains the bookstamp of Reb Baruch Zlotowitz. Subjects: Jewish diaspora. Diaspora. No jacket; light shelf wear to cloth, previous owners penciled notes in margins of a few pages. Otherwise fresh and clean. Good condition. (SEF-52-57) (ID #35192) $30.00.
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  339. Jewish Community Centre Hong Kong. A VISION FULFILLED. Hong Kong: Jewish Community Centre, 1995. Hardcover, 8vo, 37 pages, illustrations (some color), map, 31 cm. "Many of Hong Kong's early Jewish settlers were Sephardic merchants, mostly from Bombay and Calcutta. Their familes were of Baghdadi or other Middle East origin." Prominent families include the Kadoorie, Zirinsky, and Sassoon families. SUBJECT(S): Jews -- China -- Hong Kong -- Societies, etc. “Printed in October 1995 on the occasion of the opening of the Jewish Community Centre of Hong Kong”--Preliminary pages. OCLC lists 2 copies worldwide (University of California, National Library of Israel). Lightly bumped corners. Excellent condition. (sef-50-17) (ID #35050) $75.00.
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  341. Needle, M. Patricia. 汴梁祖風 EAST GATE OF KAIFENG: A JEWISH WORLD INSIDE CHINA = BIANLIANG ZU FENG. Minneapolis, MN; China Center, University Of Minnesota, 1992. Original Wraps. 8vo. XV, 124, [16] pages. 18 x 26 cm. First edition. With 16 pages of plates; 20 illustrations total. Parallel title in Chinese characters. Contents: Foreword - M. Patricia Needle; Introduction - Michael Pollak; Early history of the Kaifeng Jews - Michael Pollak; The arrival of the Jews and other foreigners in China - Morris Rossabi; The assimilation of the Chinese Jews - Wangzhi Gao; Response to Professor Rossabi and Professor Gao - Chun Jo Liu; The Confucianization of the Chinese Jews: Interpretations of the Kaifeng stelae inscriptions - Andrew Plaks; Response to Professor Plaks - Richard Mather; Jewish cultural relics from the Royal Ontario Museum -Sara Irwin; Going Up-River for the Festival of Clear Brightness - Robert J. Poor; The synagogue at Kaifeng, Henan Province - Marilyn J. Chiat; Western missionary interest in the Kaifeng Jews - Sara Irwin; European Jewish interest in the Kaifeng community - Michael Pollak; Chinese scholarly interest in the Kaifeng Jews -Wangzhi Gao; Recent contacts between American and Chinese Jews - Michael Pollak; A perspective on Chinese-Jewish friendship - Wangzhi Gao; Wartime life in Shanghai - Siegbert Wollstein; My Shanghai childhood - Helen Bix; My China heritage - Steven Klepetar; Bibliography for the study of Jews in China - Wangzhi Gao. Subjects: Jews - China - Kaifeng Xian - History - Congresses. Ethnic relations. Jews. Conference proceedings. History. Kaifeng Xian (China) - Ethnic relations - Congresses. Clean and fresh. Very good condition. (SEF-53-22) (ID #35244) $30.00.
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  343. Sino-Judaic Institute. POINTS EAST: A PUBLICATION OF THE SINO-JUDAIC INSTITUTE. [COMPLETE RUN: VOLUMES 1-22, LACKING ONLY 1 ISSUE, VOL 22 NR 3]. Palo Alto, Calif.; Sino-Judaic Institute, 1986-2007. Original Wraps. 4to. [6, 20, 24] pages per issue. 28 cm. Three numbers per year. Complete run for volumes 1-22, lacking volume 22 nr 3. Early issue typically 6 pages in length, later issues typically 20 or 24 pages in length. 65 issues total. Four issues are stapled photocopies: vol 1. Nr 1, vol. 3 nr. 2, vol. 5, nr 1, vol. 5 nr 2. Letterhead varies. Points East; Newsletter on the Jewish experience in China and elsewhere in Asia as well as on the activities of Institute members. Articles on the history of Jews in Kaifeng, Baghdadi Jews in Shanghai and Hong Kong, Jews of Russia in China, Jewish Refugees in China during the Nazi Period, the Contemporary Period; reports on events and conferences, interviews, etc. Some issues contain illustrations. Subjects: Jews - China - Periodicals. Jews - Study and teaching - China - Periodicals. Jews. Jews - Study and teaching. Periodicals. OCLC lists 26 holdings, but many are incomplete. Three hole punch at left edge of all issues; otherwise very clean and fresh. Very good + condition. (SEF-53-23) (ID #35245) $1000.00.
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  345. Aaron Ben Elijah; Caleb B Elijah B Judah Afendopolo; Franz Julius Delitzsch; Moritz Steinschneider. עץ חיים ETS HAYIM [EZ HAYYIM]: AHRON BEN ELIA'S AUS NIKOMEDIEN, DES KARAERS, SYSTEM DER RELIGIONSPHILOSOPHIE. Leipzig; Barth, 1841. Original Cloth. 8vo. [13], LXXX, 388 pages. 24 cm. First edition. In German and Hebrew, with Arabic. Aaron Ben Elijah's Ez Hayyim (Tree of Life); edited and annotated by the Christian Hebraist Franz Delitzsch (1813-1890) in conjunction with Moritz Steinschneider he edited and annotated Aaron ben Elijah's '"Eẓ, Ḥayyim" (Leipsic, 1841). Aaron Ben Elijah of Nicomedia (1328?–1369), “Karaite scholar, philosopher, and jurist. … Eẓ Ḥayyim ("Tree of Life"), dealing with philosophy of religion, composed in 1346. … Aaron's Eẓ Ḥayyim was undoubtedly undertaken by him with the aim of creating a Karaite counterpart to Maimonides ' Guide of the Perplexed. Unlike Maimonides, Aaron did not venture to cut a new Aristotelian path for Karaite theological-philosophical thought. Instead, he remained attached to the Muʿtazilite philosophy which dominated his Karaite predecessors, as well as a number of pre-Maimonidean Rabbanite philosophers. Aaron is more orderly, clear, and logical than his Karaite forerunners, but he to a large extent rephrases what the latter had already said.” - EJ 2008. Vinograd Leipzig 82. Full title: Ahron ben Elia's aus Nikomedien, des Karäers, System der Religionsphilosophie aus einem zu Constantinopel geschriebenen Codex der Stadt-Bibliothek zu Leipzig, mit Vergleichung eines andern der Königlichen Bibliothek zu München, nebst einem dazu gehörigen einleitenden Tractat des Karäers Kaleb Abba Afendopolo zum ersten Mal herausgegeben und mit Anmerkungen, Indices und Excurse, zum Theil von M. Steinschneider, so wie durch reichhaltige Excerpte aus arabischen Handschriften mehrerer Bibliotheken, betreffend die Geschichte der Philosophie unter den Mohammedanern. Subjects: Religion - Philosophy. Karaites. Boards detached; light rubbing to edges, with bottom of backstrip leather chipped off; internally very light scattered foxing, otherwise clean and fresh. Other then boards; good + condition. (SEF-52-48) (ID #35160) $275.00.
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  347. Cahn, Zvi. THE HALAKAH OF THE KARAITES: IN COMPARISON WITH THAT OF THE RABBANITES. New York; No Publisher Listed, 1936. Original Boards. 8vo. 92 pages. 23 cm. First edition. Thesis (Ph. D. ) -Dropsie College for Hebrew and Cognate Learning, 1936. Important study on the beginnings of Karaite Judaism, factions in Karaite Judaism, and early works in Karaite Law, specifically those of Anan and Benjamin Nahawendi. Contents: The origin of the Karaites - The halakah of the Jewish sects of the pre-Anan period - The halakahs of Anan and the Ananites - Anan's doctrine of aroyot - Benjamin Nahawendi, the Benjamanites and Daniel Ha-Kumissi. Subjects: Karaites - Legal status, laws, etc. Jewish law. Karaites. OCLC lists 12 copies worldwide. Light soiling to boards, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (SEF-51-6) (ID #34979) $135.00.
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  349. Japheth Ben Ali, Ha-Levi; Philip Birnbaum. THE ARABIC COMMENTARY OF YEFET BEN ‘ALI THE KARAITE ON THE BOOK OF HOSEA. Philadelphia; Dropsie College For Hebrew And Cognate Learning, 1942. Original Stiff Wraps. 8vo. LXII, 247, [2] pages. 21 cm. First edition. Text in Judeo-Arabic in Hebrew characters. Introduction and notes in English. With two pages of fascimile (of manuscript copies held in the Leningrad library). The Arabic commentary of Yefet ben 'Ali the Karaite on the Book of Hosea; edited from eight manuscripts and provided with critical notes and an introduction by Philip Birnbaum. Dissertation of Philip Birnbaum; a critical, scientific edition of the Arabic commentary of the Karaite Yefet Ben Ali, on the Book of Hosea. Birnbaum's edition of Yefet Ben Ali's work, edited from eight manuscripts and included an English language introduction, a translation into Hebrew of the Arabic original, and critical notes on the text. Japheth ben Ali Ha-Levi (second half of tenth century) was a “Karaite scholar in Jerusalem. Details of his life are not known. He was the only Karaite who wrote biblical commentaries in Arabic... His commentaries are unparalleled in size and diversity of the aspects discussed in relation to the biblical text: language, halakhah, history, theology and much polemics against Rabbinic Judaism and also against other religions, notably Islam and Christianity. Messianic aspects of the biblical text are adduced in certain contexts, sometimes extensively. ” - 2008 EJ. Subjects: Karaite. Bible. Hosea – Commentaries. Light wear to wraps, internally very clean and fresh. Very good + condition. (RAB-58-6) (ID #34445) $50.00.
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  351. Poznanski, Samuel. THE KARAITE LITERARY OPPONENTS OF SAADIAH GAON. London; Luzac, 1908. Original Cloth. 8vo. VII, 104 pages. 23 cm. First separate edition. "Reprinted from the Jewish quarterly review, vols. XVIII-XX. " Survey of Karaite polemics against Saadia Gaon from the tenth through the nineteenth century. “Of all Saadia's works his polemical writings, especially those against the Karaites, exercised the greatest immediate influence. As he himself declared, Karaism had within a century and a half become deeply rooted, while rabbinical Judaism, whose official heads, the academies of Babylonia, had begun to lose their importance, was in peril of being overwhelmed by the propaganda of the Karaites and even of suffering losses of increasing magnitude in its material welfare through the extension of Karaite doctrines. It was Saadia who, equipped with comprehensive knowledge, a thorough secular training, and an extraordinary literary activity, waged the battle against the foes of Jewish tradition, and not only averted the perils which threatened it, but also, by establishing the scientific study of the Bible and of the Hebrew language, gave rabbinical Judaism the supremacy even in this special province of Karaism. If the Karaites made remarkable contributions on these subjects during the tenth and in the first half of the eleventh century, their inspiration was due to Saadia's influence and to the necessity of defending themselves against his attacks; so that his activity was epochal likewise even for Karaism. ” - 1906 JE. Samuel Abraham Poznanski (1864–1921), was a “rabbi, scholar, and bibliographer … As a Karaitologist Poznanski ranks with Abraham Harkavy, and indeed surpasses him in the overall range of his interest. His erudition in rabbinic literature, his command of Arabic philology, his extensive use of original manuscript sources, and his accuracy and industry have endowed his works in this field with a value which has not succumbed to the passage of time. They include, among others, studies of Anan and his immediate successors, of the various writers of the golden age of Karaite learning (10–12th cent. ), and of Saadiah 's Karaite opponents (from Saadiah's time to the 19th cent. ); a pioneering survey of Karaite printing and book production; a genealogy of the eminent Karaite family Firuz; an annotated list of copyists and owners of Karaite manuscripts; and an edition of the Zekher Zaddikim by the 19th-century Karaite historian Mordecai Sultansky. ” - EJ 2008. Subjects: Karaitic literature. Karaitic literature. Karäer. Sa ‘adia ben Joseph, 882-942. Light wear to boards, light soiling to outer edges, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (SEF-51-5) (ID #34978) $30.00.
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  353. Rule, William Harris. HISTORY OF THE KARAITE JEWS. London: Longmans, Green, And Co., 1870. Later Cloth. 8vo. XII, 232, 32 pages. 21 cm. First edition. History of the Karaite Jews, by a British Methodist scholar and missionary in Gibraltar and Spain. Includes an extensive survey of the existing literature in Latin and Hebrew, manuscript sources in the British Library, Rabbinic and Karaite polemics, Karaite bible commentaries, 'Karaites in Spain', 'Present Karaite settlements', 'Synagogue Worship in Russia', with a fold out facsimile: 'From a MS. Of the 10th Century, at Odessa, with the Vowel Points usually called 'Assyrian or Babylonian'. The author also argues for a major Karaite influence on the Reformation in Southern Europe (in the chapter 'Karaites in Spain'). “On the 7th of April, 1870, by dating the preface, I put the last hand to a History of the Karaite Jews. This was the first separate work in the English language on the subject. It was derived from writings of the Karaites themselves, which some of the reviewers had not read, nor ever could they read. They could not find anything like it in Prideaux's Connexion, in whose day the Karaite documents did not exist in Europe, except a few of them in Hebrew, but even that is doubtful. Since 1870, Hebrew antiquarians have found much more in the East, and their publications have enabled me to review, re-study, and re-write my work, and the manuscript is ready for the press. Perhaps after my departure hence it may be printed, ” notes the author in a later work ('Recollections of my Life and Work at Home and Abroad', page 270). The revised manuscript he refers to appears not to have been published. Rebound in black cloth with gilt title. Subjects: Karaites - History. Pages lightly soiled, otherwise very clean and fresh. Very good condition. (SEF-51-4) (ID #34977) $300.00.
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  355. Salmon Ben Yeroham; Lawrence Marwick. THE ARABIC COMMENTARY OF SALMON BEN YERUHAM THE KARAITE ON THE BOOK OF PSALMS, CHAPTERS 42-72. Philadelphia, Dropsie College For Hebrew And Cognate Learning, 1956. Original Stiff Wraps. 8vo. 121 pages. 24 cm. First edition. In Judeo-Arabic in Hebrew characters. Edited from the unique manuscripts in the State Public Library in Leningrad by Lawrence Marwick. Solomon ben Jeroham was a “Karaite exegete and controversialist; flourished at Jerusalem between 940 and 960. He was considered one of the greatest authorities among the Karaites, by whom he is called 'the Wise' ('ha-Hakam') … His commentary on the Psalms breathes a deep hatred of all foreign nations; and he repeatedly denounces the study of secular subjects. He would not allow the Karaites to study even foreign languages, still less philosophical works. The theories of Euclid and Ptolemy were, in his opinion, contrary to the teachings of the Law. ” - 1906 JE. The editor, Lawrence Marwick, was head of the Hebraic section of the Library of Congress for thirty years, and served for 17 years as adjunct professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at Dropsie College for Hebrew and Cognate Learning in Philadelphia and taught courses in Semitic languages and Israeli literature at New York University. Subjects: Karaites. Exegese. Karaites. Commentaries. Bible. Psalms – Commentaries. Light soiling to wraps, otherwise very clean and fresh. Very good condition. (RAB-58-7) (ID #34446) $60.00.
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  357. Troki, Isaac Ben Abraham (1533-1594). Mocatta, Moses (1768-1857), translator. HIZUK EMUNAH, OR, FAITH STRENGTHENED. London: Privately Printed, 1851. 1st English Edition. Original publisher’s cloth, 8vo 295 pages. 23 cm. Inscribed “presented by the translator” [i.e. Mocatta]. 13 page index of quotations and errata at rear is present (often missing). Isaac ben Abraham Troki (1533-1594) was a “Karaite polemical writer…. He was instructed in Bible and Hebrew literature by the Karaite scholar Zephaniah ben Mordecai, and in Latin and Polish literatures by Christian teachers. Moving in Christian circles, Troki was often called upon to take part in religious controversies; and this prompted him to study religious philosophy and Christian theology and to acquaint himself with the tenets of the various Christian sects. In the course of his studies he became interested in the anti-Christian and anti-Jewish writings of his contemporaries and compatriots Nicholas Paruta, Martin Czechowic, and Simon Budni. To refute the arguments of the writers against the Jewish religion and to show the superiority of Judaism, Troki wrote his epoch-making ‘Hizzuk Emunah’….. The author begins by demonstrating that Jesus was not the Messiah predicted by the Prophets…..Troki died before completing his work, the index …. The work was first published, with a Latin translation, by Wagenseil in his ‘Tela Ignea Satanae’ (Freiberg, 1681), and was reprinted in Amsterdam (1705), Jerusalem (1845) and Leipsic (1857). It was also translated into Judaeo-German (Amsterdam, 1717), into English by Mocatta (London, 1851), into German by David Deutsch (Sohran, 1865, 2d ed. 1873, with the Hebrew text) and into Spanish, the last-mentioned translation being extant in manuscript. Through its Latin translation the “Hizzuk Emunah” became the object of passionate debates in Christian circles; and it’s arguments against Christianity were used by all freethinkers. Voltaire gives the following appreciation of it: ‘Il a rassemble toutes les difficultes que les incredules ont prodiguees depuis. Enfin les incredules les plus determines n’ont presque rien allegue qui ne soit dans le Rempart de la Foi du rabbin Issac’ (‘Melanges, ’ iii. 334) ” (JE, 1905, pages 265-66). Two hymns by Isaac Troki are incorporated in the Karaite liturgy; he is also said to have composed works on Karaite ritual law. For more on Troki and this work, see: Furst, Gesch. Des Karaert. Iii. 30 et seq.; Neubauer, Aus der Petersburger Bibliothek, p. 64; Geiger, Nachgelassene Schriften, pp. 178-224, Berlin, 1876; Gottlober, Bikkoret le-Toledot ha-Kara’im, p. 184; Gratz, Gesch. Ix. 490; Fuenn, Kenest Yisrael, p. 614. J. I. BR. SUBJECT(S): Christianity -- Controversial literature -- Early works to 1800. Judaism -- Apologetic works -- Early works to 1800. Referenced by: Vinograd, v.2, p. 374; London 503. Slight discoloration to cloth, otherwise very good, a very good signed copy in the original publisher’s cloth. (kh-2-17) (ID #35203) $125.00.
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  359. Another Copy. 1851. London: Privately printed. 1st English Edition. Original publisher’s cloth, 8vo 295 pages. 23 cm. Inscribed “presented by the translator” [i.e. Mocatta]. 13 page index of quotations and errata at rear is present (often missing). Some dampstains to cloth and margins, backstrip missing, but internally good and solid. (kh-2-18) (ID #35204) $70.00.
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  361. [Harry Barnstein’s Copy- Ramsgate College Affair] Troki, Isaac Ben Abraham. Wagenseil, Johann Christoph, Ed. SEFER HIZUK EMUNAH. Amsterdam: No Publisher, 1844. Period Cloth, small 12mo, 100 leaves; 16 cm. In Hebrew. Harry Barnstein’s copy, with his ownership signature “H. Barnstein, ” on the front end paper. “Asher hiber Rabi Yitshak bar Avraham z. L asher kevar nidpas be-Altorf `a. Y. Ha-adon Yoan Kristofer Vogenzeil. ” Henry Barnstein (1868-1944) was born in Dover, a graduate of Jews College London, the University of Heidelberg, and one of the first two recipients of a rabbinic diploma in England in 1895, which caused a scandal and uproar known as the 'Ramsgate College Affair'. In 1890, Gaster was appointed Principal of the languishing Ramsgate College, which had been established by Moses Montefiore in 1869. Gaster developed the College’s library and “envisioned the College as seminary for the instruction and training of candidates for the rabbinate….Dr. H. Hirschfeld and Rev. B Schwzik were the professors. Two students…struck Gaster as ideal candidates for ordination: London–born William Henry Greenburg (1868-1951) and Henry Barnstein(1868-1944)….[O]n 10 November Gaster, at a special ceremony attended by Elders of Bevis Marks and invited guests, presented each of the two candidates with a rabbinic diploma, the hattarat hora’ah or, as it is often known, semikhah. It was a landmark event, the first time on English soil that the rabbinical diploma had been handed out, and (as Gaster doubtless intended), one guaranteed to upset the Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi, Dr. Hermann Adler, who opposed the making of rabbis in Britain. The next day Gaster suspended Schewzik—who had protested that Greenburg and Barnstein were scholastically and morally unfit for the diploma and absented himself from the ceremony—from his duties until further notice. Schewzik complained to the College’s trustees, and what came to be dubbed as the ‘Ramsgate College Affair’ unfolded. It seems that for some time, Dr. Schewzik’s colleague, Dr. Hirschfeld, had been aware of roumors that Greenburg and Barnstein had consorted with prostitutes at a local inn and had eaten trefa [ie treyf] food; as a result Hirschfeld apparently cancelled a garden party to be hosted by his wife in the men’s honour, but (even though they may have privately confessed to him) he offered no objections regarding their candidature for the diploma. Gaster’s role in the affair, and his peremptory suspension of Schewzik, which was condemned as unjust by a special committee appointed by the trustees, stymied his future as Principal. Doubts were cast on the rigour of the men’s oral examination for the diploma: the fact that the diploma ceremony was advertised in the JC before the examination had even occurred led many to conclude that Gaster had been hell-bent on awarding the diplomas whether the candidates deserved them or not. He condemned Chief Rabbi Adler for trying to induce the Principal of Jews College, Dr. Michael Friedlaender (who happened to be Gaster’s father-in-law) to persuade Greenburg and Barnstein to surrender their diplomas, and criticized two eminent Continental authorities, Grand Rabbin Zadoc Kahn of France and Dr. Samuel Hildesheimer of Berlin, whose solicited advise to the trustees was that the diplomas could be suspended. With no prospects of employment in Britain, both of Gaster’s protégés became Reform rabbis in the USA. The Ramsgate affair led to the temporary closure of the College on 11 June 1896 and to the end of Gaster’s headship” (Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo Jewish History, 2011) Provenance: From the library of Jewish Bibliographer and Bible and Semitic languages scholar Rabbi Joshua Bloch; presumably this item was given to fellow orientalist Bloch by Barnstein. SUBJECT(S): Christianity -- Controversial literature -- Early works to 1800. Judaism -- Apologetic works -- Early works to 1800. Christianity. Hebrew language. Judaism. Jesus Christ -- Jewish interpretations -- Early works to 1800. OCLC lists 3 copies of this edition (WashU, U London, U Leeds). Tear at crown of spine, otherwise Very Good Condition. (kh-2-15) (ID #35202) $200.00.
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  363. Troki, Isaac Ben Abraham, 1522-1594. Wechsler, Mordecai. Nahmanides,; Approximately 1195-Approximately 1270. SEFER HIZUK EMUNAH: VE-`OD SEFER MILHAMOT HOVAH LEHA-RAMBAN VE-GAM TOLDOT YESHU MIT FRAYER IBERZETSUNG IN IDISH. Nyu-York [New York]: Be-Vet-Ha-Defus "general Lainotaip Ko. ", 1932. 1st Edition with Yiddish. Later Cloth, 8vo 281 pages; 24 cm. In Hebrew with Yiddish. Milhamot hovah and Toldot Yeshu have parallel Yiddish translation. SUBJECT(S): Christianity -- Controversial literature. Judaism -- Works to 1900. Named Person: Jesus Christ -- Jewish interpretations. Hebrew literature -- Translations into Yiddish. OCLC lists 11 copies worldwide. Ex-library with usual marks, but good, solid condition. (KH-2-18A) (ID #35205) $100.00.
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  365. Wieder, Naphtali. THE JUDEAN SCROLLS AND KARAISM. London, East And West Library, 1962. Hardcover, 8vo, 296 pages, 23 cm. SUBJECT (S): Karaites. Qumran community. Dode-Zeerollen. Karaieten. Dead Sea scrolls. Includes bibliographical references and indexes. Ex-library. Lightwear to dustjacket. Very good condition. (SEF-50-3) (ID #31027) $35.00.
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  367. Gerber, Jane S. THE JEWS OF SPAIN: A SELECT COLLECTION OF PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE JEWS OF SPAIN IN THEIR COUNTRIES OF DISPERSION. New York, NY; Friends Of The David Yellin Teachers College, 1992. Original Wraps. 4to. [80] pages. 31 cm. First edition. Friends of the David Yellin Teachers College photographic album series v. 5. Full title: The Jews of Spain: a select collection of photographs of the Jews of Spain in their countries of dispersion: presented at the annual dinner, Hotel Pierre, New York City, November 8, 1992. Introductory essay by Jane S. Gerber. Principally illustrated black and white photography album of Sephardim, primarily photographs from the late 19th and early 20th century from various locations bordering the Mediterranean sea. Subjects: Jews - Spain - Pictorial works. Sephardim - Pictorial works. Jews. Sephardim. Pictorial works. Spain. OCLC lists 5 copies (Lib Congress; American Sephardi Federation; Spertus; Towson; Baker). Institutional stamps on endpages and title page, otherwise clean and fresh. Good condition. (SEF-52-32) (ID #35144) $100.00.
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  369. Lacave, Jose Luis; Manel Armengol; Francisco Ontanon. SEFARAD, SEFARAD: LA ESPANA JUDIA. Madrid; Comision Quinto Centenario, Grupo De Trabajo Sefarad 92; Barcelona: Lunwerg Editores, 1987. Original Cloth. 4to. 235 pages. 30 cm. First edition. In Spanish and English. Contains 215 color photographs, principally former Jewish streets and buildings in Spain, manuscripts and ritual objects. Subjects: Jews - Spain - History. Sephardim - History. Juifs - Espagne - Histoire. Sefarades - Histoire. Juifs - Espagne - Civilisation. Jews. Sephardim. History. Pictorial works. Spain - Pictorial works. Clean and fresh in great jacket. Very good + condition. (SEF-52-33) (ID #35145) $30.00.
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  371. Abudarham, David Ben Joseph. ספר מועדי ה׳ :‏ ‏כמנהג ספרדים, להתפלל ... שלש פעמים בשנה ... ודינים והנהגות ותפלות SEFER MO'ADE H.: KE-MINHAG KAHAL KADOSH SEFARADIM, LE-HITPALEL.. SHALOSH PE'AMIM BA-SHANAH... VE-DINIM VE-HANHAGUT U-TEFILOT. Livorno; Shelomoh Belaforte Va-Havero, 1903-1904. Original boards and quarter leather. 8vo. 384 pages. 19 cm. Pagination in Hebrew [192 leaves] and Arabic numerals (384 pages). A Sephardic prayerbook for the three pilgrimage festivals. Includes Ruth with a Ladino translation. Marbled boards and red quarter leather binding. "Mo'adim” appears on spine. Subjects: Mahzorim -- Texts. Pilgrim Festivals (Judaism) - Liturgy - Texts. Judaism - Sephardic rite - Liturgy - Texts. Judaism - Sephardic rite - Liturgy. Mahzorim. Pilgrim Festivals (Judaism) - Liturgy. Pages aged, outer edges bumped; boards rubbed, overall clean. Good condition. (SEF-53-9) (ID #35231) $100.00.
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  373. David Samuel Ben Jacob Pardo; Hayim Moda'i; Hayyim Joseph David Azulai. MAHAZOR LE-YOM KIPUR: KE-MINHAG K.K. SEFARADIM SHEBE- KONSTANTINA U-MEDINOT MIZRAH U-MA'ARAV VE-ITALYAH: 'IM TEFILOT... HA-ARI UMI-SEFER HEMDAT YAMIM. Livorno; Eliyahu Ben Amozeg Va-Haverav, 1859. 1859-60. Original boards and quarter leather. 8vo. 194 leaves; [i.e.388] pages. 20 cm. In Hebrew, with Ladino preface. Liturgy for the Day of Atonement, according to the rites of Sefardim in Constantinople and Italy. Subjects: Yom Kippur - Liturgy - Texts. Mahzorim - Texts. Judaism - Sephardic rite - Liturgy - Italy. Brown marbled hardcover binding and brown spine. Worn. Wormholing to spine, binding a bit shaken, some foxing throughout. Solid, Good- condition. (SEF-53-1) (ID #35222) $50.00.
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  375. Elijah Ben Solomon Abraham, Ha-Kohen, Of Smyrna. ספר שבט מוסר SEFER SHEVET MUSAR: LIVRO LUZIO Y ESTIMADO [SHEVET MUSAR. LADINO. VOLUME TWO ONLY]. Izmir; Be-Defus Ibn Tsiyon Binyamin Roditi, 1860. Original Cloth. 8vo. 169 leaves [i.e. 338 pages]. 21 cm. With large attractive image of printing press on title page. Elijah Ha-Kohen's immensely popular Shevet Musar, first published in Ladino in 1748. Elijah ben Solomon Abraham ha-Kohen, "Dayyan of Smyrna; almoner and preacher; died 1729... 'Shebet Musar, ' on ethics, the best known of his works, divided into fifty-two chapters corresponding to the weeks of the year, and taken for the most part from the 'Or Kadmon' of Moses Hagis, the 'Tokahot' of the Spanish poets, the 'Orhot Hayyim, ' and the 'Rokeah' of Eleazar of Worms (Constantinople, 1712). " (1906 JE). Subjects: Ladino literature. Jewish ethics. Jewish ethics - Early works to 1800. Boards rubbed, lightly bumped edges; hinges starting; internally very clean and fresh. Good + condition. (SEF-53-12) xx (ID #35234) $75.00.
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  377. Farhi, Isaac; Shim'on Ben Yohai. ספר התקונים : תקוני הזהר SEFER HA-TIKUNIM: TIKUNE HA-ZOHAR [HELEK RISHON ONLY]. Bilogrado [Belgrade]; [Publisher Not Identified], 1850-51. Original Cloth. 8vo. 232 leaves [i.e. 463 pages]. 19 cm. Helek Rishon only. Issued in two volumes, volume one only. Subjects: Cabala. Zohar’el. Commentaries. Bible. Pentateuch - Commentaries. Zohar. - Commentaries. First and last leaves wormholed; light bumping to edges, otherwise fresh. Good condition. (SEF-53-10) (ID #35232) $50.00.
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  379. Fintsi, Avraham. ספר לקט הזהר : אין לאדינו SEFER LEKET HA-ZOHAR: EN LADINO. Izmir; Defus Yitshak Shemu’el De Segorah, 1876-1877. Original Cloth. 8vo. [3], 184 leaves [i.e. 374 pages]. 21 cm. Selections from the Zohar translated into Ladino by Avraham Fintsi, first published Belgrade 1859, reedited and published in Salonika (1867) and this edition from Izmir (1877). Subjects: Cabala. Ladino literature. Zohar - Translations. Pages aged, heavy wear to binding and outer edges. Fair condition. (SEF-53-11) (ID #35233) $150.00.
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  381. Kushta, Yisra'el. סדר חמש תעניות : כמנהג ק"ק ספרדים SEDER HAMESH TA'ANIYOT: KE-MINHAG K.K. SEFARADIM. Livorno; Shelomoh Belaporte Ve-Havero, No Date (1850s? ) Original Boards. 8vo. 128 leaves [i.e. 156 pages]. 19 cm. Prayer book for the Fast days according to Sephardic custom. Black paper over boards and black cloth. Subjects: Judaism - Sephardic rite. Fasts and feasts - Judaism - Liturgy - Texts. Judaism - Sephardic rite - Liturgy - Texts. Ninth of Av - Liturgy - Texts. Selihot – Commentaries. Wormholing, foxing, staining throughout. Fair condition. (SEF-53-6) (ID #35227) $30.00.
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  383. Kushta, Yisra'el. סדר חמש תעניות : כמנהג ק"ק ספרדים SEDER HAMESH TA'ANIYOT: KE-MINHAG K.K. SEFARADIM. Livorno; Shelomoh Belaporte Ve-Havero, 1867. Original Boards. 8vo. 132 leaves [i.e. 264 pages]. 19 cm. In Hebrew. Leather and marbled boards. Prayer book for the Fast days according to Sephardic custom. Subjects: Fasts and feasts - Judaism - Liturgy - Texts. Judaism - Sephardic rite - Liturgy - Texts. Ninth of Av - Liturgy - Texts. Selihot - Commentaries. Aged, soiled, signatures exposed, shaken. Complete. Fair condition. (SEF-53-5) (ID #35226) $30.00.
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  385. Liturgy - Sephardim. סדר ארבע תעניות : כמנהג ק"ק ספרדים SEDER ARBA' TA'ANIYOT: KE-MINHAG K.K. SEFARADIM. Livorno; Shelomoh Belaforte Va-Havero, 1853. Original boards. 8vo. 136 leaves [i.e. 272 pages]. 19 cm. A Sephardic prayerbook for four fasts; 10th of Tevet, Fast of Esther, 17th of Tamuz and 9th of Av. Laws for the 9th of Av in Ladino. Haftarah for this fast has a Ladino commentary. Marbled boards and leather binding. Subjects: Fasts and feasts -- Judaism - Liturgy - Texts. Ninth of Av - Liturgy - Texts. Judaism - Sephardic rite - Liturgy - Texts. Fasts and feasts - Judaism - Liturgy. Judaism - Sephardic rite - Liturgy. Ninth of Av - Liturgy. Qinot. Tish'a beav. Selihot. Boards worn and rubbed; light soiling to pages, overall fresh and clean. Good + condition. (SEF-53-8) (ID #35230) $50.00.
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  387. Liturgy – Sephardim. סדר חמש תעניות : כמנהג ק"ק ספרדים SEDER HAMESH TA'ANIYOT: KE-MINHAG K.K. SEFARADIM. Livorno; Shelomoh Belaporte Ve-Havero, 1860. Original boards. 8vo. 138 leaves [i.e. 276 pages]. 19 cm. Fast Day Prayers. Leather and marbled boards. Printed on thick rag paper. Subjects: Judaism - Sephardic rite. Fasts and feasts - Judaism - Liturgy -- Texts. Judaism - Sephardic rite - Liturgy - Texts. Ninth of Av - Liturgy - Texts. Selihot - Commentaries. Light wormholing to first few leaves and spine. Boards rubbed. Good condition. (SEF-53-7) (ID #35229) $50.00.
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  389. Pardo, David Samuel Ben Jacob; Hayyim Moda'i; Hayyim Joseph David Azulai. מחזור לראש השנה : כמנהג ספרדים שבקוסטאנטינא ומדינות מזרח ומערב ואיטאליא : עם התפלות מכתבי האר״י ומספר חמדת ימים MAHAZOR LE-ROSH HA-SHANAH: KE-MINHAG SEFARADIM SHEBE- KONSTANTINA U-MEDINOT MIZRAH U-MA'ARAV VE-ITALYAH: 'IM HA-TEFILOT MI-KITVE HA-ARI UMI-SEFER HEMDAT YAMIM. Livorno; Shelomoh Bilforti Va-Havero, 1854. 1854-55. Original Cloth. 8vo. 114 [i.e. 228 pages]. 20 cm. In Hebrew, first three leaves in Ladino. Prayerbook for the New Year: according to the rites of Sefardim in Constantinople and Italy. Subjects: Rosh ha-Shanah - Liturgy - Texts. Judaism - Sephardic rite - Turkey. Judaism - Sephardic rite - Italy. Mahzorim - Texts. Judaism - Sephardic rite. Mahzorim. Rosh ha-Shanah - Liturgy. Worn. Binding shaken, page edges worn. Solid, Good - condition. (SEF-53-2) (ID #35223) $50.00.
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  391. Toledano, Haviv. מחזור לראש השנה : כמנהג ק״ק ספרדים שבקוסטאנטינה ומדינות מזרח ומערב ואיטאליא, עם תפלות... האר"י... ומספר חמדת הימים עם הגהות... חיים מודעי... עם בקשות... דוד פארדו... MAHZOR LE-ROSH HA-SHANAH: KE-MINHAG K.K SEFARDIM SHEBE-KUSTANTINAH U-MEDINOT MIZRAH U-MA'ARAV VE-ITALYA, 'IM TEFILOT... HA-ARI... UMI-SEFER HEMDAT HA-YAMIM 'IM HAGAHOT... HAYIM MODA'I... 'IM BAKASHOT... DAVID PARDO.... Livorno: Shelomoh Bilforte Ve-Havero, 1937. Original Boards. 8vo. 114 leaves [i.e. 228 pages]. 20 cm. In Hebrew, first three leaves in Ladino. Fascist-era Italy imprint of the Prayerbook for the New Year: according to the rites of Sefardim in Constantinople and Italy Decorative red ink border on title page. Subjects: Rosh ha-Shanah - Liturgy - Texts. Judaism - Sephardic rite - Turkey. Judaism - Sephardic rite - Italy. Mahzorim - Texts. Judaism - Sephardic rite. Mahzorim. Rosh ha-Shanah - Liturgy. Worn. Backstrip absent, front hinge loose; pages lightly water stained, otherwise clean. Fair condition. (SEF-53-3) (ID #35224) $50.00.
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  393. Toledano, Haviv. מחזור לראש השנה : כמנהג ק״ק ספרדים שבקוסטאנטינה ומדינות מזרח ומערב ואיטאליא, עם תפלות... האר"י... ומספר חמדת הימים עם הגהות... חיים מודעי... עם בקשות... דוד פארדו... MAHZOR LE-ROSH HA-SHANAH: KE-MINHAG K.K SEFARDIM SHEBE-KUSTANTINAH U-MEDINOT MIZRAH U-MA'ARAV VE-ITALYA, 'IM TEFILOT... HA-ARI... UMI-SEFER HEMDAT HA-YAMIM 'IM HAGAHOT... HAYIM MODA'I... 'IM BAKASHOT... DAVID PARDO.... Livorno: Shelomoh Bilforte Ve-Havero, 1925. Original Boards. 8vo. 114 leaves [i.e. 228 pages]. 20 cm. In Hebrew, first three leaves in Ladino. Prayerbook for the New Year: According to the Sephardi Rites of Constantinople and Italy. Decorative red ink border on title page. Subjects: Rosh ha-Shanah - Liturgy - Texts. Judaism - Sephardic rite - Turkey. Judaism - Sephardic rite - Italy. Mahzorim - Texts. Judaism - Sephardic rite. Mahzorim. Rosh ha-Shanah - Liturgy. Worn. Pages aged, soiled. Approximately seven leaves severely damaged, torn down center and loose; binding shaken. Fair condition. (SEF-53-4) (ID #35225) $30.00.
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  395. Dobrinsky, Herbert Colman. SELECTED LAWS AND CUSTOMS OF SEPHARDIC JEWRY: A TEACHER'S RESOURCE MANUAL ON THE RITUAL PRACTICES OF THE SYRIAN, MOROCCAN, JUDEO-SPANISH, AND SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE COMMUNITIES IN NORTH AMERICA [TWO VOLUME SET; AUTHOR INSCRIBED]. New York; Yeshiva University, 1980. Original Cloth. 8vo. XVI, 846 pages. 21 cm. First edition. Author inscribed on first free endpage. Thesis (Ph. D. ) - Yeshiva University, 1980. Photocopy. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms International, 1981. Includes model lessons, questions, and topics for class discussion. Bibliography: p. [702]-724. Discography/Filmography: p. 841-846. “This volume, the first of its kind, provides a comprehensive compendium of the laws and customs of these four main communities of Sephardic Jewry in such areas as holiday observances, worship services, birth, Bar Mitzvah, marriage and divorce, death and mourning, dietary laws, family relations, and many other vital areas of personal, family, and communal life. ” - Publishers description to second edition. Subjects: Judaism - Sephardic rite - Customs and practices. Sephardim - Rites and ceremonies. Sephardim - North America. Sephardim - Study and teaching. Fasts and feasts - Judaism. Very clean and fresh. Very good condition. (SEF-51-9) (ID #34982) $30.00.
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  397. Hagada [Baghdad Rite]. HAGGADAH SHEL PESSAH [JUDEO-ARABIC]. Jerusalem; Levy & Partners, 1904. Later wraps. 8vo. 35 leaves [70 pages]. 22 cm. First edition. In Hebrew, with Judeo-Arabic and English translations following the Rites of Baghdad and several Indian cities. Elaborate woodcut illustration on verso of title page. Yudlov 2261; Yaari 1655. Subjects: Haggada shel Pesah. Arabic. Haggadot - Commentaries. OCLC lists two copies (Harvard, Natl Libr Israel). Light wine stains and soiling throughout, otherwise fresh. Good + condition. Scarce. (HAG-13-5) (ID #33840) $375.00.
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  399. [Yemenite] Maharitz (Yihyah Salah). HAGGADAH SHEL PESAH. Jerusalem; Lipshitz, [1951]. Original Wraps. 8vo. 31, [1] pages. 22 cm. First edition. Haggadah following the rites of Yemen. With the commentary Etz Hayim. Illustrated wraps. Yudlov 4277, Yaari 2406. Published on the heels of the secret Yemenite Airlift to Israel. “Operation Magic Carpet is a widely known nickname for Operation On Wings of Eagles (Hebrew: Kanfei Nesharim), an operation between June 1949 and September 1950 that brought 49, 000 Yemenite Jews to the new state of Israel. During its course, the overwhelming majority of Yemenite Jews – some 47, 000 Yemeni, 1, 500 Aden as well as 500 Djiboutian and Eritrean Jews – were airlifted to Israel. British and American transport planes made some 380 flights from Aden, in a secret operation that was not made public until several months after it was over” (Wikipedia 2014) Etz Hayim was written by Rabbi Yichya ben Yosef Tzala at the end of the eighthteenth or beginning of the nineteenth century. He was considered one of the greatest Yemenite rabbis of his generation. He passed away on the 28th of Nissan in the year 5565 (1805). This commentary was part of a larger work on the Siddur, which was later published in Jerusalem in 1904. Early in his life, Tzala was a proponent of Sephardic minhag and the laws as reflected in Rabbi Joseph Karo’s Shulchan Aruch. During this period Sephardic minhag, customs, began to make headway in Yemenite synagogues. One of the influential leaders of this period, Rabbi Shalom ben Aharon HaKohen Araki (Rashba), was a proponent of the Sephardic tradition. He was a wealthy contributor and leader of the Jewish community of Zana. Rabbi Araki used his wealth to place Sephardic prayer books in synagogues throughout the area. His efforts were vigorously opposed by Rabbi Yehudah Tza’adi, Rabbi Tzala's teacher. Araki threatened sanctions against Tza’adi, but he refused to back down. Rabbi Tzala was deeply influenced by this debate and because of it renewed to his commitment to the ancient Yemenite minhag. Tzala writes about the debate in the introduction to his commentary. According to the Etz Hayim, the debate went on for two years but, in the end, the two sides resolved their differences and promised to treat each other with respect and honor. Tzala maintained his point of view in favor of Yemenite custom, but he described his opponent, the Rashba, as a “light in Israel” and the Rashba, in turn, continued to honor Rabbi Tza'adi. In his commentary Rabbi Tzala analyzes the roots of the various customs and discusses whether or not they are authentic Yemenite practices. Subjects: Haggada shel Pesah. Etz Hayim. OCLC lists 3 copies (Natl Libr Israel, Tel Aviv, Yad Izhak Ben Zvi), none outside Israel. Pages aged, brittle; wraps loose, torn edges. Previous owners address (in Geneva) written in pen on front wrap, otherwise clean and fresh. Scarce. Good condition. (HAG-13-42) (ID #33897) $375.00.
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  401. Hayim, Yosef. SEDER HAGADAH SHEL PESAH … BAGDAD. Livorno; Bi-Defus Sh. Belforte Va-Havero, [1931]. Original Cloth. 16mo. [138] pages. 16 cm. In Hebrew and Judeo-Arabic, in Rashi Script. The Haggadah according to the Baghdad Rite, with Judeo-Arabic (Yahudic). Arranged by Rabbi Yosef Hayim (1832-1909) (Rabbi Yosef Chaim ben Eliahu Tov), leading Hakham of Baghdad, with his Bakashot [pleas]. This Haggadah was often reprinted and exported, though few copies have survived. Printed at the famous press of Solomon Belforte of Leghorn. “Belforte belonged to an Italian Jewish family that settled in Leghorn (Livorno) at the end of the 17th century. He started to edit Hebrew prayer books in 1821 and established his own printing house in 1834. In 1843, the local government authorized the printing of Italian translations of Hebrew liturgical texts. The activity of Salomone Belforte & Co. Was continued by the family – with the forced hiatus of the period of Fascist antisemitic laws and the war – until 1961, when all the equipment of the printing house was sold to an Israeli company. For almost 100 years, Salomone Belforte & Co. Was one of the most prestigious publishers of Hebrew books, meeting the intellectual and religious needs of Italian, Sephardi, and also Ashkenazi communities. ” - EJ 2008. Bound in original cloth with gilt title. No illustrations. Subjects: Haggadot - Texts. Seder - Liturgy - Texts. Judaism - Iraq - Baghdad - Liturgy – Texts. OCLC lists two copies (Natl Libr Israel, Yad Izhak Ben Zvi), none outside Israel. Cloth worn, with some tears; lightly aged inside, with minor smudges and light wine stains in margins on a few pages. Scarce. Good + condition. (HAG-13-58) (ID #33913) $225.00.
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  403. Hilel Yosef Avraham. SEDER HAGADAH SHEL PESAH: ‘IM TARGUM ‘ARVI KE-MINHAG K.K. BAGDAD. Livorno; Eliyahu Ben Amozag Va-Havero, [1876]. Later Boards. 12mo. [100] pages. 19 cm. First edition. Haggadah in Hebrew and Judeo-Arabic, with some Rashi script. Yaari 1116. Haggadah Shel Pesah according to the Rite of Baghdad. With Piyutim at end. Printed in Livorno. Finely printed on rag paper. A few pages previously restored (edges mostly), rebound in later boards and original leather spine. With front approbation by Hillel Avraham Yosef (1824-1920), a famous Baghdadi Hakham who served three times as Chief Rabbi of Iraq; his son Abdalah Hillel (1891-1987) served as spiritual leader of the Sephardi community of Montreal. Subjects: Haggadot. Seder - Liturgy - Texts. Judaism - Liturgy - Texts. Judeo-Arabic language - Texts. Haggadah. OCLC lists three copies (Princeton, JTSA, Natl Libr Israel). Previously restored; light wormholing to cloth and first few leaves, not affecting text. Lightly soiled, overall very clean and fresh. Very good condition. (HAG-13-59) (ID #33914) $375.00.
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  405. Fischel, Walter Joseph; Mishael Caspi. JEWISH TRADITION IN THE DIASPORA: STUDIES IN MEMORY OF PROFESSOR WALTER J. FISCHEL. Berkeley, Calif.; Judah L. Magnes Memorial Museum, 1981. Original Cloth. 8vo. 314 pages. 25 cm. First edition. Festschrift in memory of Walter J. Fischel, with articles on Jews of Cochin, Kurdistan, etc. Contains the following: "In Memoriam - Walter Fischel, " Berthold Lowenfeld, "Walter J. Fischel - Representative of a New Chapter in American - Jewish Scholarship, " H. C. Reissner, "The Present State of Research on the History of the Jews in India from the 16th Century On, " Fischel, "Bibliography of Walter J. Fischel's Publications, " Caspi, "A Biblical Hapax Legomenon in Modern Hebrew Literature, " Uziel Adini, "Two Biblical Midrashim on the 'Asham, " Jacob Milgrom, "Johanan Ben Beroqua and Women's Rights, " David Daube, "Do the Zugot Represent Opposing Left and Right Wing Factions Within the Pharisaic Party?" Allan Harris Cutler, "Schaliach as Missio: Rudolph Sohm and Early Christian Structure, " Gary Lease, "The Order of the Books, " Sheldon R. Brunswick, "Did Mehmet II know Hebrew?" Steven Bowman "Amendments to Marriage Contracts from the Cairo Geniza, " Gershon Weiss, "Maimonides and a Discussion of Muslim Speculative Theology, " Franz Rosenthal, "Preliminaries to a Study of the Romance Names of the Synagogue, " Yakov Malkiel, "Kavanah, " Leo Jung, "Spinoza's Substance and the Human Consciousness, " Jean-Michel Terdjman, "Samuel Niger - Creative Commentators, " Isidore David Passow, "Urteil as Structural Energy in Kafka's 'Das Urteil, '" Arnold J. Band, "Marx' and Engels' Heavenly City, " Emil Kauder, "Between Geology and History: Jews, cots, and Biblical Themes in Robert Louis Stevenson's Silverado Squatters, " Murray Baumgarten, "Pluralism in American Religious Thought, " J. Edward Dirks, "Le Scorpion d'Albert Memmi: l'Unite par l'Imagination, " Anne Martie Hiller, "A Preliminary Note on Some Jewish Anglo-Indians, " Noel Q. King, "A Survey of the Oral and Written Literature of the Kurdish Jews, " Yona Sabar, "A Case History of Judaism: the Jews of Cochin in India and in Israel, " Mandelbaum, "Wedding Customs of the Jews of Cochin According to the Book of Poems and the Songs of Praise, " Caspi. Subjects: Judaism - History. Rabbinical literature - History and criticism. Judaism. Rabbinical literature. Fischel, Walter Joseph, 1902-1973. Light shelf wear, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (SEF-51-24) xx (ID #34997) $30.00.
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  407. Lacave, José Luis; Elena Romero. JUDAÍSMO HISPANO: ESTUDIOS EN MEMORIA DE JOSÉ LUIS LACAVE RIAÑO [2 VOLUMES]. Madrid; Consejo Superior De Investigaciones Científica, 2002. Original Wraps. 8vo. 874 pages. 24 cm. First edition. Two volume set. Principally in Spanish, with English, and Portuguese essays; summaries in Spanish and English. Festschrift in memory of Jose Luis Lacave Riano, volume one consists of philological studies, on medieval Spanish Piyyutim, biblical translations, the literature and language of the Sephardim, contemporary Spanish historical narratives relating to the Jews; volume two deals with the Jewish history on the Iberian peninsula from the earliest times to the expulsion and its consequences, and details twentieth century Spanish policy in regards to Sephardim in the Balkans in the holocaust period. With biography and bibliography of Jose Luis Lacave Riano. Subjects: Jews - Spain - History. Sephardim - History. Ladino. Hebrew literature, Medieval - History and criticism. Lacave, José Luis. Criticism, interpretation, etc. Light shelf wear, otherwise very clean and fresh. Very good + condition. (SEF-51-39) (ID #35012) $75.00.
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  409. Morag, Shelomo; Issachar Ben-Ami; Norman A Stillman; Shelomo Dov Goitein. מחקרי עדות וגניזה MEHKERE ‘EDOT U-GENIZAH = STUDIES IN GENIZA AND SEPHARADI HERITAGE: PRESENTED TO SHELOMO DOV GOITEIN ON THE OCCASION OF HIS EIGHTIETH BIRTHDAY BY HIS STUDENTS, COLLEAGUES, AND FRIENDS. Yerushalayim; Hotsa'at Sefarim 'a. Sh. Y. L. Magnes, Ha-Universitah Ha-’ivrit, 1981. Original Cloth. 8vo. 341, [12] pages. 23 cm. First edition. In Hebrew and Judeo-Arabic. A collection of essays on documents from the Geniza which sheds new light on many questions concerning Medieval Hebrew literature and Jewish history. Also included are studies on the history of the Jewish Yemenite community and its culture. Subjects: Judaism - Yemen (Republic) - History. Hebrew poetry, Medieval - History and criticism. Cairo Genizah. Geniza-fragmenten. Sefarden. Cultur. Cairo Genizah. Hebrew poetry, Medieval. Judaism. Goitein, Shelomo Dov, 1900-1985. Light wear to jacket, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (SEF-51-23) xx (ID #34996) $30.00.
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  411. Hirschberg, H. Z.; E Bashan. ממזרח וממערב : קובץ מחקרים בתולדות היהודים במזרח ובמגרב MI-MIZRAH UMI-MA'ARAV: KOVETS MEHKARIM BE-TOLDOT HA-YEHUDIM BA-MIZRAH UVE-MAGREB = EAST AND MAGHREB [VOLUMES 1-2]. Ramat-Gan; Universitat Bar-Ilan, 1974, 1980. Original Cloth. 8vo. XXI, 331; XVIII, 235 pages. 23 cm. In Hebrew. Summaries in English. Volumes one and two: East and Maghreb, Researches in the History of the Jews in the Orient and North Africa. Kerekh 1. 'arukh bi-yede H. Z. Hirshberg; be-hishtatfut E. Bashan - kerekh 2. Ba-'arikhat Eliezer Bashan, Avraham Rubinstein, Shim'on Shvartsfuks. Volume one includes ten essays and eight plates (including three maps): with essays on Sephardim and Ashkenazim in the Ottoman Empire, the economic basis of Yeshivot in the Ottoman Empire, structure of the Rabbinate in the Ottoman Empire, Emancipation of Tunisian Jewry, etc. Volume two contains eleven essays: Divorce proceedings in Cairo Genizah documents, the Sages of Salonika, Responsum of R. Haim Capusi, Elegies of Rabbi Shalom Shabazi, Hebrew Printing in the Maghreb, Sephardi Rabbinical Emissaries to the Maghreb after World War 1, etc. Subjects: Jews - Turkey. Judaism - Turkey. Jews - Africa, North. Judaism - Africa, North. Ethnic relations. Institutional stamp on endpage, light water staining to upper margins, otherwise clean and fresh. Good condition. (SEF-53-18) (ID #35240) $150.00.
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  413. Shelemay, Kay Kaufman. MUSIC, RITUAL, AND FALASHA HISTORY. East Lansing, Mich.; African Studies Center, Michigan State University, 1986. Softbound. 8vo. XV, 415 pages. 23 cm. First edition. Scholarly study through firsthand documentation of Falasha ritual and music in Ethiopia, with illustrations, musical notations, tables and charts. Contains: Perspectives of Falasha History; The Beta Israel Religious Tradition; The Contexts of Liturgical Performance; A Beta Israel View of the Liturgy; Texts of the Beta Israel Liturgy; Music of the Beta Israel Liturgy; Rethinking Falasha History. In the series: Ethiopian series monograph no. 17. Subjects: Jews - Ethiopia - Music - History and criticism. Synagogue music - Ethiopia. Judaism - Ethiopia - Customs and practices. Jews - Ethiopia - History. Falasches - Ritos y ceremonias. Música religiosa – Etiopía. Ex-library with usual markings, otherwise fresh. Very good condition. (SEF-47-10A) (ID #34943) $30.00. xx
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  415. [DVD] Rehov, Pierre. THE SILENT EXODUS: (LES REFUGIES DU SILENCE). [No Place; DVD Video], [2004, 2009]. Dvd. Documentary Film. 1 Videodisc (52 min. ). Refugies du silence, a film by Pierre Rehov; produced and directed by Pierre Rehov. Editor, Alexandre Adam. “The Silent Exodus details the centuries of persecution endured by Jews living in Arab lands, using film footage, photographs, and interviews with Jewish refugees. ” Subjects: DVD video (dvv). Jews -- Arab countries - Migrations. Jewish refugees - Israel. Jewish-Arab relations. Emigration and immigration. International relations. Jewish-Arab relations. Jewish refugees. Jews - Migrations. Documentary films. Nonfiction films. Feature films. History. Israel -- Emigration and immigration. Israel - History. Israel - Foreign relations -- Arab countries. Brand new in plastic wrap. Very good + condition. (SEF-53-21) (ID #35243) $30.00.
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  417. Carlebach, Esriel. EXOTISCHE JUDEN; BERICHTE UND STUDIEN. Berlin, Welt-Verlag, 1932. Original Cloth. 8vo. 246 pages. 23 cm. First edition. In German. 'Exotic Jews. Reports and Studies. ' Collection of travel-vignettes on Jewish, Jewish sects, and Crypto-Jewish communities: the Lithuanian and Cairo Karaites, Sephardi Jews of Thessaloniki, Maghrebian Mizrahi Jews, Yemenite Teimanim, and the crypto-Jewish Dönmeh (Sabbateans) in Turkey as well as Mallorquin Conversos; financed by and originally written for the Yiddish daily Haynt; these reports formed the basis for this book. Ezriel Carlebach (1908–1956), was a “Hebrew writer and journalist. Carlebach, who was born in Leipzig, left there at the age of 15 to study at Lithuanian yeshivot and later became a pupil of Rabbi Kook in Jerusalem. He was secretary of the international Sabbath League and organized its first conference in Berlin in 1929. Carlebach worked on the editorial staff of the Hamburger Israelitisches Familienblatt from 1929; of the Haynt of Warsaw from 1933; and also the Tel Aviv papers Haaretz and Ha-Zofeh. ” - EJ 2008. Subjects: Jewish diaspora. Cloth soiled, internally clean and fresh. Very good condition. (SEF-52-58) xx (ID #35193) $30.00.
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  419. Jewish Folklore and Ethnology Section Of The American Folklore Society. JEWISH FOLKLORE AND ETHNOLOGY REVIEW; VOL. 15, NO. 2; [SPECIAL ISSUE]: SEPHARDIC FOLKORE: EXILE AND HOMECOMING. Harrisburg, PA: Jewish Folklore And Ethnology Section Of The American Folklore Society, 1993. Original Wraps. 4to. II, 167 pages. 28 cm. First edition. Jewish Folklore and Ethnology Review, Vol. 15, No. 2, 1993. Includes articles on the Judeo-Spanish Romance, Karaite Poets, Judeo-Spanish folktales, Sonography of Judeo-Spanish Song, Sephardic Music: A Bibliographical guide, Sefardic Passover Song, Saint Veneration among the North African Jews, Remembrance of the Exile among North African Sephardim, Sephardic Folklore in the Ottoman Empire, Jewish Women of Turkey, Jews of Ioannina, Judeo-Spanish in the Ottoman Empire, Jews of Bulgaria, etc. Subjects: Jews - Folklore - Periodicals. Jews - Social life and customs - Periodicals. Light water damage, wavy pages throughout, wraps lightly soiled, otherwise clean and fresh. Good condition. (SEF-52-30) (ID #35142) $35.00.
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  421. Liebman, Malvina W. JEWISH COOKERY FROM BOSTON TO BAGHDAD. Miami: E. A. Seemann Pub., 1975. Original cloth in dustjacket, 8vo, 270 pages, illustrated, 24 cm. SUBJECT (S): Jewish cookery. Includes index. Dustjacket sunned with nickel sized chip on front, Very good condition in Good jacket. (sef-53-25) (ID #35247) $30.00.
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  423. Malka, Eli S. JACOB'S CHILDREN IN THE LAND OF THE MAHDI: JEWS OF THE SUDAN. Syracuse, N. Y.; Syracuse University Press, 1997. Original Cloth. 8vo. XIII, 262 pages. 24 cm. First edition. Malka chronicles the Sephardic Jewish community's history from its beginning in 1885 (when there were only eight families) to the late 1960s, when the Jews left the Sudan for more hospitable countries. Malka writes about his father's prominent role in the community and in the building of Khartoum's lavish synagogue and the community's growth, which peaked in the 1930s and 1940s. The author digresses a bit in his discussion of the Jews of Ethiopia, Aden, Yemen, and Eritrea and in his discourse on the growth of the B'nai B'rith in the Sudan, Egypt, France, and the U. S. The book's final chapters are autobiographical as Malka focuses first on his childhood, then on his travels, career, marriage, and family, offering descriptions of Sephardic life and culture. With 50 illustrations. “In his book Jacob's Children in the Land of the Mahdi: Jews of the Sudan (Syracuse University Press, 1997) Malka wrote the history of the Jewish community of the Sudan from its earliest days in the 19th century to its final times. Positioned at the center of both the Sudan Jewish community as the son of the Chief Rabbi and its past president, and of the British rulers as the CEO of their largest firm in the area, with numerous contacts among the Sudan's leading politicians and merchants, Malka was in a unique position to write this detailed history. A book about which Professor Henry Feingold wrote "… was told by a man whose family was at the very center [Malka] knows all there is to know about this community. " - Guide to the Papers of Eli S. Malka (1909-2003); American Sephardi Federation. Subjects: Jews - Sudan - History. Ethnic relations. Jews. Institutional stamps on outer edges, title page, and jacket; otherwise clean and fresh. Good + condition. (SEF-51-36) (ID #35009) $30.00.
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  425. Paper, Herbert H. JEWISH LANGUAGES, THEME AND VARIATIONS. Cambridge, Mass.; Association For Jewish Studies, 1978. Original Wraps. 8vo. VII, 178 pages. 23 cm. First edition. Proceedings of regional conferences sponsored by the Association for Jewish Studies in cooperation with the University of Michigan (Mar. 9-10, 1975, in Ann Arbor) and with New York University (Apr. 13-14, 1975, in New York) entitled Hebrew and Jewish languages: case studies of language-culture continuity. Contents: The historical periods of the Hebrew language / by Joshua Blau - Aramaic and its dialects / by Jonas C. Greenfield - Yiddish / by Marvin Herzog - Judeo-romance languages / by George Jochnowitz - Ladino language and literature / by Denah Lida - Judeo-Persian / by Herbert H. Paper - Medieval Judeo-Arabic by Joshua Blau - The languages of Palestine, 200 B. C. E. -200 C. E. Subjects: Jews - Languages - Congresses. Jews - Languages. Conference proceedings. Outer edges soiled, otherwise clean and fresh. Good +condition. (SEF-51-16) (ID #34989) $30.00.
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  427. Tagger, Nissim. תולדות יהודי בוכארה בבוכארה ובישראל : [משנת 600 עד 1970 TOLDOT YEHUDE BUKHARAH: BE-VUKHARAH UVE-YISRA’EL: [MI-SHENAT 600 ‘AD 1970...]. Tel Aviv; [None], 1970. Original Cloth. 8vo. 128, 148 pages. 25 cm. First edition. In Hebrew and Judeo-Persian. 'The History of the Jews of Bukhara'. With over 50 illustrations, containing facsimile of publications, correspondence, and portraits. Contains oral histories of major events, rabbis and scholars, in the life of Bukharian Jews, the inflow of scholars from other lands, and Zionism and communalism amongst the Bukharian community. The author was a Bukharian Jewish folk-historian. Subjects: Jews - Uzbekistan - Bukharskaia oblast’. Jews. Uzbekistan - Bukharskaia oblast’. Light wear to cloth, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (SEF-52-41) (ID #35153) $135.00.
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  429. Williams, Joseph J. HEBREWISMS OF WEST AFRICA: FROM NILE TO NIGER WITH THE JEWS. New York; L. MacVeagh, The Dial Press, 1930. Original Cloth in the scarce dust jacket. 8vo. VII, [2], 443 pages. 24 cm. First edition. Map frontispiece and four others, 2 illustrative plates. Williams was a Catholic friar who devoted several years in Jamaica studying the Ashanti. In his observations, he noted remarkable evidence of Hebrewisms in practice amongst the Ashanti, and traced this to Hebrewisms practiced throughout West Africa. Contents: Introduction. Ashanti influence on Jamaica customs - Chapter I. The Ashanti of West Africa - Chapter II. Ashanti Hebrewisms - Chapter III. The supreme being of the Ashanti - Chapter IV. Other Hebrewisms in West Africa - Chapter V. The 'Lost Tribes' of Israel - Chapter VI. The diaspora - Chapter VII. The lion in the tribe of Juda - Chapter VIII. Vanished glories of the North. Chapter IX. Mysteries of the desert - Chapter X. The flesh pots of Egypt - Chapter XI. The long trek - Chapter XII. Conclusions - Chapter XIII. Confirmation of the theory. Subjects: Jews - Africa. Ethnology - Africa, West. Ashanti (African people) Ashanti (African people) Ethnology. Jews. Africa, West - Civilization - Jewish influences. Light soiling and chipping to edges of jacket; otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition, scarce in jacket. (SEF-52-59) (ID #35194) $100.00.
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  431. Yehoshua, Ben Zion. חתונה יהודית באפגאניסתאן HATUNAH YEHUDIT BE-AFGANISTAN. Jerusalem; [Brotherhood Printers], 1973. Original Wraps. 8vo. 46 pages. 24 cm. First edition. In Hebrew. Added English title page: Jewish wedding in Afghanistan. Survey of the literature on Jewish wedding customs in Afghanistan. Subjects: Jewish marriage customs and rites. Judaism - Customs and practices. Jews - Afghanistan. Jewish marriage customs and rites. Jews. Light wear to wraps, otherwise clean and fresh. Very good condition. (SEF-51-32) (ID #35005) $100.00.