Discovery – Manuscript by Rabbi Yosef Tzarfati of Andrinapoli, author of the famed book of sermons Yad Yosef – Drush for Shmini Atzeret with a slightly different version than that printed in his book – five pp. handwritten by him – Andrinapoli (Turkey) – early 17th century – before 1616 – Sephardic script.
These are five handwritten pages, apparently by the famed sermonizer Rabbi Yosef Tzarfati, one of the leading sages of Andrinapoli. Most of this Drush was printed by the author in his book Yad Yosef (Venice, 1616), Drush for Shmini Atzeret.
This Drush was apparently written shortly after the sermon was delivered, as the author writes in his introduction to his book: "I would immediately write down all that I had said" and it contains many expressions befitting an oral sermon, more than a printed book.
The book Yad Yosef was edited by the author and published in Venice in 1616. It was then reprinted in 1700 in Amsterdam. One of the rabbis who approbated the book wrote in his enthusiastic approbation for the Amsterdam edition about the rarity of the first edition in his period: "כהיום אינן בנמצא אפילו אחד בעיר ושנים במשפחה ממש, כי הראשונים בלו והלכו לטמיון עד שאפילו בלאותיהן אינן קיימין… הוא ספר חביב על לומדי התורה".
 leaves (5 handwritten pages). 28 cm. Good-fair condition. Dampness stains on the margins of the leaves. Wear and small tears to the edges.