Varsha, Bi-Defus David Shklover. Poland, Warsaw. 1838. Item #24573
(FT) Hardcover, 161 leaves, 8vo. In Hebrew. Other Titles: Mishnah. Bertinoro (1450-1516) was "an Italian rabbi and Mishnah commentator. Little is known of his family, which derived from the town Bertinero in northern Italy. At some time he apparently lived in Citta di Castello, where he was a banker. His best-known teacher was Joseph Colon. Much more is known about Bertinoro, after he left this place, from three letters he wrote during 1488-91 in which he described his travels and his early impressions of Erez Israel. Leaving his home at the end of 1486, he went on via Rome to Naples and stayed there and at Salerno for four months, where he taught. In 1487 he reached Palermo where he stayed three months, preaching every Sabbath. Though pressed to become rabbi, he refused, and sailed by way of Messina and Rhodes for Alexandria, where he arrived early in 1488. He describes at length the Jewish communities of these places and their customs. He proceeded to Cairo, and Sholal asked Obadiah to remain in Cairo but he refused and continued his journey via Gaza, Hebron, and Bethlehem, reaching Jerusalem just before Passover in 1488. He was successful in uniting the oppressed and divided community. He established regular courses of study and preached twice a month in Hebrew. He even occupied himself with the burial of the dead since no one else was ready to undertake this religious duty. He enacted communal regulations and made himself responsible for the collection of funds from Italy for the support of the poor. From his third letter in 1491 from Hebron it appears that he left Jerusalem for a while and became rabbi of Hebron. By 1495, however, he was back in Jerusalem. He was buried on the Mount of Olives. Bertinoro's fame rests on his commentary on the Mishnah which was completed in Jerusalem and published in Venice. It has become the standard commentary on the Mishnah as is Rashi's on the Talmud. This commentary was published with the text in almost every edition of the Mishnah. Written in an easy, lucid style, it draws largely on Rashi, often quoting him literally, and on Maimonides, whose rulings he cites. For the sections of Mishnah which have no Talmud he drew on the commentary of Samson b. Abraham of Sens and of Asher b. Jehiel. " (David in EJ, 2007) . Ex-library. Hinge repair. Stained pages. Wear to binding. Chipped edges of cover and wear to cover. Otherwise, very good condition. (Rab-35-12).