114 [of 116] leaves (9 5/8 x 7 in.; 245 x 178 mm). Lacking first two leaves, water-stain in fore-margins necessitating mends in first five and last quires, some other staining and soiling; owner's stamp on f.29. Antique blind-ruled calf.
Vinograd, Const. 74; Yaari, Const. 142; Mehlman 734
The acronym Rosh is an abbreviation of the honorific title Rabbenu Asher (Our Master, Asher) and refers to Asher ben Yehiel (ca. 1250-1327), whose halakhic decisions of are one of three pillars upon which Joseph Karo based the Shulhan Arukh, the masterwork of legal writing that governs Jewish religious life. This digest of Asher's legal decisions was compiled by the Asher's son Jacob, author of the later halakhic code, Arba'ah Turim. A native of Germany, Asher ben Jehiel settled in Toledo, Spain, in 1305, where he became acquainted with the Sephardic tradition. While his halakhic rulings are reflective of his Ashkenazic roots, his authority was widely accepted among Sephardic communities as well.
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