, the final tractate in the order Mo‘ed
, takes its name from the korban hagigah
, a special sacrifice offered during each of the three pilgrimage festivals: Passover, Shavuot, and Sukkot. In its three chapters, the treatise deals with the laws of such offerings, the duty of pilgrimage, and the rules of purity and impurity connected with sacred objects and the Temple. At the beginning of the second chapter, the Talmud uses a mishnaic teaching as a springboard to discuss the topics of Creation and the Heavenly Chariot, forming a self-contained “mystical midrash” that would subsequently serve as the basis for medieval mystical, including kabbalistic, speculation. The present volume was owned by Moses Gaster (1856-1939), hakham
of the Spanish and Portuguese Jewish congregation in London and a great collector of Hebrew books and manuscripts.
M[oses] Gaster (f. [1v])
A.M. Habermann, Ha-madpis daniyyel bombirgi u-reshimat sifrei beit defuso (Safed: The Museum of Printing Art, 1978), 34 (no. 29).
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