MENAHEM AZARIAH, of Fano (Italian Rabbi and kabbalist; 1548-1620). Ma'amar ha-Millu'im (and six other texts). MANUSCRIPT ON PAPER
[Central Europe, 16th century]
4o (190 x 150 mm). 181 leaves (apparently imperfect, see contents). Brown inks. Ashkenazic semi-cursive scripts. (Soiled and dampstained, varying from text to text, some minor repairs, not affecting text, generally good condition.) Modern blind and gold-tooled dark brown morocco, two modern paper flyleaves at back and front.
I. Fols. 1r-5r: Ma'amar ha-Millu'im from Menahem Azariah Fano's Asarah Ma'amarot. The early, short redaction as printed in Oleksinets 1767 (Vinograd, Thesaurus, p. 30, no. 4). Based on Sefer Kanfei Yonah, part 4. Cf. Y. Avivi, in Sefunot 19 (1989) p. 368-370.
II. Fols. 5v-42v: Kavvanot (mystical intentions) of prayers by Judah Romano, a pupil of R. Isaac Luria. Cf. Y. Avivi, in Alei Sefer, 11 (1984) p. 100-101.
III. Fols. 43r-75r: A redaction of Sefer Kanfei Yonah prepared by the disciples of Hayyim Vital. Cf. ibidem, p. 98-99.
IV. Fols. 76r-99v: Olam ha-Beri'ah by Israel Saruk. This treatise is the second part of Sefer Hatchalat ha-Chokhmah by a pupil of R. Isaac Luria and was added by the pupils of Saruk as the second part of Sefer Limmudei ha-Atsilut. Cf. ibidem, p. 92ff. With glosses by Naphtali Bachrach.
V. Fols. 100r-148r: Sefer Gallei Rezayya by Abraham. A kabbalistic treatise composed in Safed in 1552-1553. End missing. Published from a number of manuscripts in a critical edition by R. Elior (Jerusalem 1981).
Fol. 148v-154v: blank.
VI. Fols. 155r-165v: On the seventy-seven names of Metatron.
Fols. 166rv: blank.
VII. Fols. 167r-181v: Moses Cordovero's kabbalistic commentary on Zohar on Lamentations. Part of his work Or Yakar, printed in the edition of Or Yakar, vol. 17 (Jerusalem 1989). Fols. 167-181 were copied by another hand and were completed in 5419 (= 1659).
Aryeh Judah Loeb ben Zalman Neumark and his sister Mikhal (fol. 148r).
REFERENCES: Neubauer, no. 119, p. 34; Institute of Microfilmed Hebrew Manuscripts, Jerusalem, F 4784.