LONZANO, Menahem ben Judah (1550-c. 1624). Omer Man (commentary on the Idra Zuta and Sifra di-Tseni'uta from the Zohar, and other kabbalistic texts). MANUSCRIPT ON PAPER
[Central or Eastern Europe, 17th-18th century]
4o (210 x 165 mm). 314 + [4 blank] leaves. Brown inks. Different Ashkenazic semi-cursive scripts. (Slightly dampstained, a few other minor defects, otherwise good condition.) Modern blind and gold-tooled red morocco, two modern paper flyleaves at back and front, one additional older flyleaf at the front, old sprinkled edges.
I. Fols. 1r-115v: Omer Man. Menahem ben Juda Lonzano's commentary on the Idra Zuta and Sifra di-Tseni'uta from the Zohar (ed. Vilna 1883).
Fol. 116r: blank.
II. Fols. 116v-130r: Gedaliah Halevi's Derushei ha-Melakhim she-Metu on transmigration of souls (published in Jacob Zemah's Kol be-Ramah, Korets 1785; Vinograd, Thesaurus, p. 600, no. 58), followed by a similar work by Isaac Luria.
Fols. 130v-132v: blank.
III. Fols. 133r-161v: Derush Eliyahu ve-Elisha by Jacob Zemah. Printed in the book Tsemach Tsadik (Korets 1785; Vinograd, Thesaurus, p. 600, no. 57).
IV. Fols. 162r-174v: Poem on the Ten Sefirot with a lengthy commentary. The poem begins Keter tif'artekha ram al kol ramim. The poem and the commentary were published in the anonymous ethical-kabbalistic book Tohorot ha-Kodesh (Amsterdam 1733; Vinograd, Thesaurus, p. 62, no. 1411). On Tohorot ha-Kodesh and the problem of its authorship, cf. EJ 15, col. 1191.
V. Fols. 175r-211r: Glosses on the Zohar, transcribed from the copy belonging to Hayyim Vital and brought to Europe from Erets Israel by Meir Poppers. Found in many manuscripts.
Fols. 211v-214v: blank.
VI. Fols. 215r-218v: Sod Rechitsah Gedolah. Treatise on the ritual washing of the corpse before burial. First published in the book Lechem ha-Panim by Moses Y. Kaufmann (Hanau 1716; Vinograd, Thesaurus, p. 164, no. 80) and from other manuscripts as Seder Rechitsah Gedolah by M. Benayahu, in Jerusalem Studies in Jewish Thought 4 (1982) p. 151-156.
VII. Fols. 219r-268r: Nof Ets Chayyim, branches 2-3, by Hayyim Vital. Branch 2, on Biblical passages, is in the second redaction by Meir Poppers and is different from the redaction published with the title Likkutei Torah (Zolkiew 1775; Vinograd, Thesaurus, p. 314, no. 364). Branch 3, on legends of the Rabbis, also edited by Poppers, was never published.
Fols. 268v-270v: blank.
VIII. Fols. 271r-285r: Short kabbalistic notes, including secrets or reasons for different commandments. Inter alia, a commentary on the Six Days of Creation, on Sukkah and Lulav, the Seven Benedictions, Merkavah, Chamets and Matsah, etc. Pre-Lurianic kabbalah. Some were published at the end of the printed edition of Moses de Leon's Nefesh ha-Chokhmah (Basel 1608; Vinograd, Thesaurus, p. 100, no. 231).
IX. Fols. 285r-287r: Sod bat Sheva. Mystical secret of Bath-Sheba by Joseph Gikatilla.
X. Fols. 287rv: Secret of levirate marriage (yibbum) by Eleazar ben Judah of Worms.
XI. Fols. 288r-314v: Sha'arei Chayyim. Mordecai ben Jacob Rosello's commentary on the Ten Sefirot, composed in the mid-16th century. Cf. G. Scholem, in Kiryat Sefer 10 (1933/4) p. 503, no. 41. This work exists in several manuscripts, but has never been published.
Daniel Itzig (stamped).
REFERENCES: Neubauer, no. 113, p. 33; Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts, Jerusalem, F 4779.