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    Benjamin Zeeb ben Mattathiah, editor. [Hebrew Title] Sefer Tohorot HaKodesh. Amsterdam: 1733. Krown & Spellman retail: $650. First Edition. 4to. 2 parts in 1 vol. ¹4,[1]-[13]4; [1]-[11]4,[12]2. [4], 52, 46ff. Title page in woodcut border, decorative tail-pieces with basket of fruit and birds, head-pieces. 19th c. roan backed cloth boards, title gilt, spine rubbed, stamp of "Jew's College London" on title page. Some damage to blank corner of first three and last two leaves (no text affected), some minor stains, paper darkened. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

    More Information: The Tohorot Ha-Kodesh is "an important work of ethical literature. First printed in Amsterdam in 1733 this anonymous work has been wrongly attributed to Benjamin Wolf been Matthias. The error arose from the fact that Benjamin's name is mentioned on the title page, not as the author but as the person who brought the work to the press, and, it seems, collected the funds necessary to finance the printing. According to his introduction, the author chose to remain anonymous...The writer, a Lurianic kabbalist like most authors of ethical works at the time, divided the book into six parts: (1) daily behavior...(2) synagogue and prayer; (3) business and ethics...(4) evening rites; (5) behavior during Sabbath and festivals: and (6) all aspects of social conduct. Social criticism holds a central place in this work. Ethical literature's preoccupation with just social behavior as the supreme religious goal is clearly presented, especially in the criticism of contemporary rabbis. In fact, the author emphasizes the right social behavior takes precedence over the study of Torah, Dinur included Tohorot ha-Kodesh among those east European ethical works which anticipated modern hasidism and carried some of its social and religious message." [Ency. Judaica] Vinograd, Amsterdam,1411. Zedner 87.

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