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Me'orat Natan, R. Meir ha-Kohen Poppers, Warsaw 1867

מאורת נתן - Kabbalah

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  • Lot Number 51861
  • Title (English) Me'orat Natan
  • Title (Hebrew) מאורת נתן
  • Note Kabbalah
  • Author R. Meir ha-Kohen Poppers
  • City Warsaw
  • Publisher דפוס נתן שריפטגיססער
  • Publication Date 1867
  • Estimated Price - Low 200
  • Estimated Price - High 500

  • Item # 2048887
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Physical Description

[10], 78 ff., quarto, 215:150 mm., usual light age staining, nice margins. A very good copy bound in contemporary marbled paper over boards, rubbed.


Detail Description

Kabbalistic work on kabbalistic symbolism, gematriot, and divine names in R. Isaac Luria's Sefer ha-Kavvanot by R. Meir ben Judah Loeb ha-Kohen Poppers. The text is comprised of Me'orei Or, the actual dictionary of kabbalistic symbolism, accompanied by Ya’ir Nativ, copious notes by R. Jacob Vilna and R. Nathan Neta Mannheim. There are fifteen approbations, several signed by more than one rabbi. There is also an introduction by the author of Ya’ir Nativ, an index by parahsah, and the text, which is organized alphabetically. <p>R. Meir ben Judah Loeb ha-Kohen Poppers (d. 1662), kabbalist of Ashkenazi descent who was active in Jerusalem after 1640. A pupil of R. Jacob Zemah, he became the last editor of the Lurianic writings. He divided the mass of Vital's different versions of Luria's teachings into three parts, Derekh Ez Hayyim, Peri Ez Hayyim, and Nof Ez Hayyim. Poppers' version became the one in most widespread use in Poland and Germany. After 1640 he composed a large number of his own kabbalistical writings in the vein of Lurianic Kabbalah. They are said to have comprised 39 books, each of which contained the word or ("light") in its title, the entire corpus being called Kokhevei Or. Several parts have been preserved (Ms. Jerusalem no. 101, Ms. R. Alter of Gur no. 170). They included commentaries on Sefer Bahir, on Nahmanides' Torah commentary, on the Zohar, and on Luria's writings according to his own edition (Ms. Jerusalem no. 102). In the latter manuscript Poppers reports that he had studied Luria's writings for 17 years. Only two of these books have been published: Or Zaddikim (Hamburg, 1690), written in Jerusalem in 1643, and later incorporated in R. Moses Katz's compilation, Or ha-Yashar (Amsterdam, 1709). In addition, Mesillot Hokhmah, a booklet summarizing Lurianic metaphysics in 32 paragraphs, later published under R. Poppers' name (Shklov, 1785), was first printed anonymously (Wandsbeck, c. 1700). R. Poppers is credited with the authorship of a graphic description and summary of the Lurianic system, in the form of a scroll, published under the title Ilan ha-Gadol (1864). This tree, however, shows the distinct influence of R. Israel Sarug's version of Lurianism, which is not to be found in Poppers' other writings. Part of his homilies on the Torah were published as Tal Orot (1911).

He mentions as his teachers one R. Israel Ashkenazi and his father-in-law, Azariah Ze'evi (probably from Hebron). During the 1650s Poppers spent about two years in Constantinople. He died in Jerusalem.


Hebrew Description:

גימטריא מאורי אור ויאיר נתיב... אשר חברו... ר’ מאיר פאפרש הכהן, והעריך... שמות הקודש ושאר ... כל כנוי הקודש, ממלאך ה’ צבאות... האר"י ז"ל... ע"ד האלפ"א בית"א, וקרא שמו מאורי אור. ואחריו... החכמים... ר’ נתן נטע בהר"ר יהוד’ ליב מנהיים אשר מקדם הי’ אב"ד ור"מ בק"ק האגני... והתורני... ר’ יעקב במהור"ר בנימין וואלף מווילנא, ולע"ע מקום תחנותם בעה"ק ירושלים... עשו אזנים בתורתו של ר’ מאיר... וקראו שמו יאיר נתיב... הביא לבית הדפוס הרב המחבר מוהר"ר הנ"ל. ...  גימטריא מאורי אור ויאיר נתיב... (המביא לביה"ד משולם רייך)...



Bibliography of the Hebrew Book 1470-1960 # 000157273; BE mem 74; EJ