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[Cabalistic commentary on Masekhet Berakhot 3a] : manuscript.

Publication:
[Orient, 15th century-18th century?]
Format/Description:
Book
2 fols. (bifolium: recto=2b, 1a; verso=1b, 2a) : consecutive; damaged, faded, with losses in upper interior corner; fol. 2: additional losses in lower exterior corner.
Paper 22.2 X 16.4 cm material applied: black ink ruling method: left rule justified by stretching last character columns: 1 lines: 28.
Subjects:
Talmud. Berakhot 3a -- Commentaries -- Early works to 1800.
Aggada -- Commentaries -- Early works to 1800.
Sefirot (Cabala).
Cabala.
Language:
Hebrew. Hebrew Sephardic square (text) cursive (commentary).
Notes:
Talmudic text is presented in enlarged and squared characters, the commentary is in a Sephardic cursive hand; catchwords at end of each verso.
The first article, covering fol. 1 and most of fol. 2a, is on the passage in Berakhot 3a ll. 10-16 (the text does not appear in the fragment). The author portrays the divisions of the night that appear in this passage, in accordance to the respective interaction of the appropriate Sefirot.
Towards the end of the article the Zohar is cited. The next article includes an insert of a contracted version of the passage Berakhot 3a ll. 29-45, in the right column, and the article on it, in the left column.
The essay is written in second person, a style common among the early Cabbalists, for example: ואחר שכבר ידעת ההפרש.
Recti are headed פרק א; versi are headed מסכת ברכות. It is likely that the commentary covered more than one tractate, probably commenting only on the aggadic excerpts; this would also explain the contracted presentation of the Talmud text, omitting the halakhic content.

Forms part of: Cairo Genizah Collection.
Penn Provenance:
Cairo Genizah Collection (University of Pennsylvania. Center for Advanced Judaic Studies. Library).
Cairo Genizah Collection (Dropsie College. Library).
Amram.
Cited in:
Halper, no. 107
IMHM, no. F38399
Contributor:
Cairo Genizah Collection (University of Pennsylvania. Center for Advanced Judaic Studies. Library).
Contained In:
Cairo Genizah Collection
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