23 June 1999
ISAAC BEN JOSEPH, of Corbeil (d. 1280). Sefer Mitsvot Katan (Semak), with the glosses of Moses of Zurich. MANUSCRIPT ON VELLUM
[Ashkenaz, 14th-15th century]
225 x 155 mm. 264 leaves (perhaps imperfect, see contents). The original manuscript is interspersed with numerous additional leaves with glosses, on various sizes and qualities of vellum. Various brown inks. Various Ashkenazic semi-cursive scripts. (Edges frayed, some tears, affecting single letters, some natural holes, soiled, dampstaining, some margins cut away.) Modern gold and blind-tooled red morocco, one paper flyleaf at back and front; slipcase.
Fols. 1r-264r: text; 264v: blank.
The Semak is a well-known and published work and exists in dozens of manuscripts. It lists 365 mitsvot in 7 sections for each day of the week. This highly interesting collection of glosses to the Semak was probably once the private working copy of a scholar. The Semak with the glosses of Zurich was published in full for the first time by Isaac Har-Shosanim (Rosenberg) in 3 vols., Jerusalem 1973-1988.
R. Moses of Zurich lived in Zurich in the early fourteenth century and after 1349 seems to have moved to Bern. His glosses are based on the teachings of Ashkenazic and French rabbis and include much material not to be found in any other source. Contemporary and later authorities quote him with great respect and base their halakhic decisions on sources quoted in his glosses. A Moses ben Sussman of Zurich is mentioned in archival records in Zurich in 1329 and later, and he is probably the same Moses who wrote the glosses.
Wanting until laws of Sukkot. About 15 manuscripts of this redaction exist. See I.S. Lange, in Alei Sefer 4 (1977) p. 178-179.
REFERENCES: Neubauer, no. 12, p. 4; Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts, Jerusalem, F 4683.
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