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Knesset Hagdolah, Salonika 1794 Copy of the Kabbalist Rabbi Chaim Palachi

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Pedigreed copy! Copy of the holy Gaon the Kabbalist Rabbi Chaim Palachi: Sefer Knesset Hagdolah, Yoreh Deah [II], by the Gaon Rabbi Chaim Benvanisti. Salonika [1794]. 


Sefer Knesset Hagdolah, Yoreh Deah [II: Siman 69-117], important halachic work by one of the greatest Poskim, Rabbi Chaim Benvanisti, the Chaviv. The press of Chaim Avraham ben Rabbi Shabavti Nechama and Saadi ben Rabbi Yehuda Halevi Ashkenazi, Salonika [1794]. With the handwritten signature of Rabbi Chaim Palachi, the Chabif.
On the virtue of the book Knesset Hagdolah and its author, Rabbeinu the Chida wrote: הרב הנזכר מאיר עיני גולה הוא בספרי כנסת הגדולה אשר נדפסו בשמונה חלקים, ובלעדו לא ירים איש מורה הוראה הבקי בדרכי הוראה והוא מיראי הוראה את ידו בשום הוראה עד שילך מהרה לבית הכנס"ת ויראה מה בפיו ומה ירמזון עיני חכמתו, ואחר צאתו מבית הכנסת בנחת רוח יערה יורה יורה".

[1], 247 leaves. 28 cm. On the title page, the signature of Rabbi Chaim Palachi and a dedication to the Beis Hillel Yeshiva. On the binding, in gilt letters: "ישיבת בית הילל יב"ץ". On the margins of the leaves, two short handwritten comments. 

Rabbi Chaim Palachi, the Chabif (1788-1868) one of the greatest Sephardic Kabbalists and Poskim. Was born in Izmir to Rabbi Yaakov. On his mother’s side, he was a descendant of the Rishon LeZion Rabbi Yosef Raphael ben Chaim Chazan author of the Chikrei Lev and received his Semicha from him. In his book Tzava’ah Michaim, Rabbi Chaim said of himself that since he was twenty, he used to study Torah day and night without Bitul. In 1837, Rabbi Chaim was appointed Av Beis Din of Izmir and in 1855, Chacham Bashi of the Jews of Turkey. Authored dozens of works on all subjects of the Torah.  

The Beis Hillel Yeshiva – was founded in Izmir by the philanthropist Elazar Hillel ben Rabbi Mano’ach of Bucharest. 

Semi-leather binding. Stains. Moth holes. Taping to the verso of the title page affecting some letters. Good condition.