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[HAGGADAH]. ABARBANEL, Isaac ben Judah [Don Isaac Abravanel].

Zevach Pesach.

[Passover offering].

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Constantinople, David and Samuel ibn Nahmias, 1505

The first printed commentary on the Passover Haggadah. The work contains passages from the Haggadah accompanied by commentary. The essence of the work are 100 questions and answers about Leil HaSeder (the Passover Seder night). Some of the questions were left unanswered.

Don Isaac ben Judah Abarbanel (1437-1508) was a noted statesman, biblical exegete and Jewish philosopher. He was born in Lisbon to one of the most distinguished Iberian Jewish families, who had escaped the massacre in Castile in 1391. He devoted his early years to studies of Jewish Philosophy and Rabbinic literature. He became the chief Rabbi of Portugal. In addition to his high intellectual abilities, he showed a complete mastery of financial matters, which attracted the attention of King Afonso V of Portugal who employed him as treasurer. Using his high position and the great wealth inherited from his father, Abarbanel repeatedly came to the rescue of various Jewish

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First edition; 8vo (270 x 195 mm); inscription in Hebrew in old purple ink to margin of one leaf, minor warming and small marginal tears to some leaves, faded stamp and ink stains to title. 20th-century vellum-backed parchment binding, housed in a morocco backed slip case, with a red cloth chemise. 40 ll.


Vinograd (Const.), 3; Ya'ari (Const.), 3; Mehlman 1189; Yudlov (Haggadah), 5; Ya'ari (Haggadah), 3; Yerushalmi, plate 5; Heller (The Sixteenth Century Hebrew Book) I, p.7.

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