Manuscript page of Kabbalah by R. Judah Ftiia, [Jerusalem] 20th Century
דף כ"י בקבלה מה"ר יאודה משה פתייא - Kabbalah
- Lot Number 52656
- Title (English) Manuscript page of Kabbalah by R. Judah Ftiia
- Title (Hebrew) דף כ"י בקבלה מה"ר יאודה משה פתייא
- Note Kabbalah
- Author R. Judah Ftiia
- City [Jerusalem]
- Publication Date 20th Century
- Estimated Price - Low 600
- Estimated Price - High 1,000
- Item # 2219019
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 pp. 210:134 mm., light age staining, ink on lined paper, neat Sephardic script..
Page with kabbalistic text on both sides by the gaon, the kabbalist R. Judah ben Moses Yeshua Ftiia (1859-1942), the author of Aderah Zutah – Yayin ha-Rekah (Baghdad, 1909), Minhat Yehudah (Baghdad, 1933), Bet Lehem Yehudah (Jerusalem, 1936), and several additional highly regarded works.
Amulets are frequently mentioned in talmudic literature. The term used is kame'a or kami'a (pl. kemi'ot or kemi'in), a word whose origin is obscure. It is possible that it derives from a root meaning "to bind" (cf. Rashi to Shab. 61a), but it might come from an Arabic root meaning "to hang." In either case, the reference is clearly something that is bound or hung on the person (cf. Kohut, Arukh, 7 (1926), 123). The Talmud mentions two sorts of kemi'ot: a written one and the kame'a shel ikrin, a kame'a made from roots of a certain plant. The written kame'a was a parchment inscribed with one or more quotations from a variety of sources, including the Scriptures (cf. Shab. 61b). The question arose whether the amulets were invested with the holiness of the scriptural scrolls and whether they should, therefore, be saved from a conflagration occurring on the Sabbath. A baraita is quoted which specifically states that they are not holy and that they, together with other texts which contain scriptural quotations (lit. berakhot), should be left to burn (ibid.). In the original Tosefta text, however, no mention is made of kemi'ot (Tosef. Shab. 13:4).