20 Volume Set Me'am Lo'ez In English Yaakov Culi Magriso Torah Anthology Excell

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Description What is brought down in these books is fascinating material from a wide selection of sources. From Talmud to Midrash, to the Mishnah, and some very deep explanations, commentary and exegesis. Kabbalah and mystical expansion are extensively cited too, from the medieval Bible commentators especially. These volumes were printed from 1977-1994. Pretty difficult to find a set like this from this early uncensored edition. The volumes are numbered Vol 1 -19 (Including 3a and 3b) for a total of 20 volumes, which is the complete set of The Torah Anthology Commentary on the entire Pentateuch. The books come with their beautiful original dust covers, generally in nice condition, but a few have creases or bends. Me'am Lo'ez, Meam Lo'ez, or Me'am Loez.

Condition There is no writing to any of the interior pages of any volume, except a name on one volume's title page. 9 volumes have a neat ink stamp to rear blank page only, but one volume has at front too and a library pocket rear. None of these have any ugly labels or stickers. Note that the majority of the set have the matte styled covers but 2 of them have the glossy finish but match nicely and conform well on any book shelf. Binding is tight in all volumes.

Rabbi Yaakov Culi, Kuli, or Chuli Hebrew: יעקב כולי was a Talmudist and Biblical commentator of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries who died in Constantinople on August 9, 1732. He belonged to an exiled Spanish family, and was the grandson and pupil of Moses ibn Habib. He edited various important works. His first literary activity was the publication of his grandfather's writings. To this end he left Safed, where he seemed to have lived, and relocated to Constantinople. While engaged on the works of his grandfather, he entered (1714) into close relations with the chief rabbi of Constantinople, Judah Rosanes The Mishneh LaMelech, at the time generally regarded the highest authority of the Orient. Rosanes appointed Culi dayan, which, together with his position as teacher, secured him a sufficient livelihood. In 1727 Culi published his grandfather's work "Shammot ba-Aretz", a book of notes on various portions of the Talmud. In that year Rosanes died. He left voluminous literary remains in a very chaotic condition. Culi was entrusted with the task of organizing it. But even for him it meant a labor of several years. First, in 1728, he edited Rosanes' book "Parashat Derakhim," a work both midrashic and halachic in content. Three years later he finally published Rosanes' voluminous "Mishneh laMelekh", one of the most famous commentaries on Maimonides' Mishne Torah, enriched with numerous important notes of his own. To both these works Culi wrote a preface. In the same year, he edited also his grandfather's "'Ezrat Nashim," in the beginning of which there are two responsa of his own.

His most important work is his commentary on the Torah, entitled "Me'am Loez", written in Salonika. This work, which is held in high regard by the Jews of the East, is a very elaborate encyclopedic commentary in Ladino, dealing with Jewish life in all its facets. Its material was taken from the Talmud, the Midrash, and early rabbinic literature. However, Rabbi Culi only managed to write his work on Genesis and on two-thirds of Exodus before he died. Because of the overwhelming popularity of the "Me'am Loez", other prominent rabbis of Turkey took over this endeavor and completed the remaining volumes. This 19 volume is the only English translation of the entire work.

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