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Seder Tohorot of the Mishnah with the Commentary of Maimonides, Venice: Daniel Bomberg, 1522
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Seder Tohorot of the Mishnah with the Commentary of Maimonides, Venice: Daniel Bomberg, 1522
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Seder Tohorot of the Mishnah with the Commentary of Maimonides, Venice: Daniel Bomberg, 1522
78 folios (13 3/4 x 9 3/4 in.; 348 x 249 mm) (collation: i-ix8, x6) on paper. Eleven woodcut foliate frames at the start of each of tractate (ff. 4v, 26r, 36v, 46r, 53v, 60v, 66r, 69v, [72v], 74v, 76r). Slight scattered staining (heavier in outer margins of ff. 2r-3v); dampstaining in outer quadrant throughout and in gutter at foot on ff. 15r-58v; outer corners of f. [1] lacking; short tear in gutter near center of f. [1]; small holes in outer margins on f. 2. Modern half leather over board; red and black lettering pieces on spine with title and date lettered in gilt; red-speckled edges; modern paper flyleaves and pastedowns.
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Catalogue Note

Seder tohorot (The Order of Purities) – according to the traditional placement, the last of the six orders of the Mishnah – contains twelve tractates on the laws of ritual purity and impurity, arranged in descending order of length: Kelim (Vessels; ff. 4b-25b) discusses the susceptibility of various types of vessels to impurity; Oholot (Tents; ff. 26a-36b), impurity contracted by overshadowing a corpse; Nega‘im (Skin Affections; ff. 36b-46a), impurity caused by different types of tsara‘at (a topical disease); Parah (Cow; ff. 46a-53a), the laws of the red heifer used to purify those who had come into contact with the dead; Tohorot (Purities; ff. 53b-60b), the rules of the less severe degrees of impurity; Mikva’ot (Bodies of Collected Water; ff. 60b-66a), the laws of pools used for ritual immersion; Makhshirim (Preparing [Liquids]; ff. 66a-69b), the fluids whose contact with food renders it susceptible to impurity; Zavim (Sufferers from Flux; ff. 69b-[72b]), impurity caused by discharge from the genitalia; Tevul yom (One Who Has Bathed That Day; ff. [72b]-74a), the rules of impurity, lasting until sunset, for one who has immersed in a mikveh during the day; Yadayim (Hands; ff. 74b-76a), impurity of the hands and their purification; and Uktsin (Stalks; ff. 76a-78a), impurity transmitted by the stalks or husks of fruits or plants. Only Niddah (Menstruant), on impurity caused by menstruation, was commented upon in the Babylonian and Jerusalem Talmuds; Bomberg therefore chose to print it separately. All of the tractates included in this volume are accompanied by the commentary of Maimonides (as translated from the Judeo-Arabic original), as well as his introduction to the order (ff. 2a-4a). The following year, 1523, Bomberg reprinted Seder tohorot with the commentary of the Tosafist Rabbi Samson ben Abraham of Sens (late twelfth-early thirteenth centuries).

Provenance

Hayyim Abd al-Youssef(?) (f. [1r], 2r, 76r)

Literature

A.M. Habermann, Ha-madpis daniyyel bombirgi u-reshimat sifrei beit defuso (Safed: The Museum of Printing Art, 1978), 36 (no. 60).

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