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Likutei Maharin and Toldot Yitzchak Ben Levi – Berditchev, 1811 – First Edition

Likutei Maharin and Toldot Yitzchak Ben Levi, kabbalistic commentary on the Torah portions and the Five Megillot, by R. Yisrael Rabbi of Pikov (Pykiv), son of R. Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev. Berditchev (Berdychiv): Shmuel son of Yissachar Ber Segal, 1811. First edition.
The author, R. Yisrael Rabbi of Pikov (1763-1819), was the eldest son and close disciple of R. Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev. He also frequented the courts of R. Zusha of Anipoli and R. Moshe Leib of Sassov (with whom he collaborated in redeeming captives). In the early 1790s, he was appointed rabbi of Pikov. After the passing of his father in 1809, he succeeded him as rabbi of Berditchev. In his book Kedushat Levi (Slavita, 1798), R. Levi Yitzchak quotes novellae from his son R. Yisrael, in halachah and aggadah. His mechutan, the Baal HaTanya, termed him "pious and ascetic", and the Maggid of Kozhnitz acclaimed him a holy, godly man. In this book, he quotes his father's teachings dozens of times, with exceptional awe and reverence.

[1], 83 leaves. 20.5 cm. Bluish paper. Fair-good condition. Stains. Open tears to title page and other leaves, affecting text, repaired with paper. Worming affecting text (title page and several other leaves with extensive worming, repaired with paper). Several leaves possibly supplied from a different copy. Marginal ownership inscriptions on several leaves. New, elegant leather binding.