Lot 50: Manuscript, Siddur Kavanot Ha'Ari - 18th Century
15 November 2016
Jerusalem, IsraelLive Auction
Description: A complete and unique manuscript of Siddur Kavanot Ha'Ari, with Kabbalistic commentaries and kavanot, according to the editing of R. M. Poppers. Contains: Prayers for weekdays and Shabbat, for festivals and the High Holidays, study and Tikun Chatzot, kavanot for the Passover Haggadah, Sefirat Ha'Omer and Hakafot. Commentary for Shabbat songs, etc. [Europe (Russia-Poland?), 18th century]. Especially elegant Ashkenazi handwriting. Cursive calligraphic script, with square semi-cursive script. Illustrations of LaMenatze'ach menorahs and various kabbalistic charts. Many glosses in "windows" inside the text. In several places "Custom of my Teacher Mahariv" [Rabbi Yisrael Binyamin] is mentioned. It seems that the scribe was himself a Mekubal. At the margins of the leaves he added glosses; some of them open with the words "In Mishnat Chassidim he wrote ". The Arizal did not write his kabbalistic kavanot; the disciples of his disciples arranged the kavanot according to the teachings of the Ari and his disciple Rabbi Chaim Vital. Rabbi Meir Poppers (died in 1662) composed the arrangement of the kavanot which was the basis for the manuscripts of the Siddur Ha'ari which were spread in Ashkenazi countries [according to those handwritten siddurim, Siddur Rabbi Asher and Siddur Ha'Ari-Kol Ya'akov were printed in the 18th century]. This is an early copy of Siddur Kavanot containing additions and revisions which do not appear in other siddurim. The style of writing (design of the letters) of this siddur is slightly similar to the manuscripts of the Kabbalist Rabbi Shabtai of Raszk?w, who was among the holy scribes who wrote sifrei Torah, tefillin and mezuzot for the Ba'al Shem Tov and his disciples with transcendent yichudim and kavanot and the Ba'al Shem Tov requested that they copy kabbalistic books for his use. Apparently, this manuscript was written at that time [see Kedem Catalog, Auction 42, Item 20]. 1-160 leaves. Approximately 19.5 cm. High-quality paper. Fair condition. Worming and wear, restored with paper filling. Wear and stains. Ancient reconstructed leather binding.