Auction 63 - Rare and Important Items

Leaf Handwritten by the Ben Ish Chai – Explanation of Birkat Kohanim and Blessing of Wealth, with Plea for "Protection"

Opening: $1,500
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Sold for: $11,875
Including buyer's premium
Leaf, two handwritten pages - outline for a sermon on the verses of Birkat Kohanim. Handwritten by R. Yosef Chaim of Baghdad, author of Ben Ish Chai. [Baghdad, ca. 1890s].
Covers a complete topic, with opening and closing words. It ends with a prayer: "G-d should help and protect us always, Amen".
"G-d should bless you with wealth and protect you that you use it to perform mitzvot… He performs more mitzvot than his obligation because G-d obligated him to tithe and he gives more than a tenth… By this increase, he will be saved… G-d will bless you with possessions and protect your person… 'You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out'…".
R. Yosef Chaim of Baghdad (1833-1909), author of Ben Ish Chai and numerous other important books. Son of R. Eliyahu Chaim son of R. Moshe Chaim, Rabbi of Bagdad. Disciple of R. Abdallah Somekh. R. Yosef Chaim was 26 years old at the time of his father's passing in 1859 and succeeded him in delivering a sermon in the Great Synagogue, and continued delivering a discourse every Shabbat for fifty years. He became world famous for his knowledge of the revealed and hidden facets of the Torah and for his holiness. He wrote Rav Pe'alim, Torah Lishma, Ben Ish Chai, Ben Ish Chayil, Ben Yehoyada, Od Yoseph Chai, Leshon Chachamim, Aderet Eliyahu, Chasdei Avot and other books.
The manuscripts of the Ben Ish Chai are known as a segula for success and protection. This manuscript is especially important due to the many verses and sayings of blessing and protection it contains, written in the handwriting of R. Yosef Chaim of Baghdad.
[1] leaf ([2] pages), approximately 49 handwritten lines. Good condition. Stains.
Oriental Rabbis – Manuscripts, Letters and Signatures
Oriental Rabbis – Manuscripts, Letters and Signatures