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Association for Jewish studies 1997- 22(1) by Nelson, M

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63a). 21. Therepresentative or even the petitioner,sometimesrecordingeverythingandothertimes editing,reformulating, shorteningthe queryas he deemedfit. Thefinalformof the petitionwas tailoredto presentthe consideredto be mostbeneficialto his client'scase. 22 supportedits own contention,the husbandobviouslylimitedthe information he volunteeredto an absoluteminimumso as to emphasizethe detailsthat mighthelp him to get the rulinghe wanted. One is immediatelyimpressedby the amount of travelingin which membersof this family engaged.

See R. MeirPoppers,"Introduction" to DerekhEtzHayyim,p. lb. LikkuteiTorah,firstprintedin Zalkawain 1775, consistslargelyof the second sectionof R. MeirPoppers'NofEtz Hayyimin combinationwith portionsof Poppers'DerekhEtzHayyim, which itself includespartsof R. Sha'arHa-Pesukimis fromR. HayyimVital via his son R. SeferHa-Likkutim is a collectionof Palestinianmaterialeditedby R. BenjaminHa-Levi,andLikkuteiTorahis the productof R. In a of R. Meir sense, it is the most accessibleto a non-initiateinto the system,very characteristic Poppers'otherwritings(excludingperhapshis editingworkin Pri EtzHayyim).

Fora comprehensive study of the bibliographicalhistoryof Vital'swritings,see Avivi, op. , and R. Moshe Ya'akov Hillel'sprefaceto R. Ya'akovHayyimZemah'sKehillatYa'akov(Jerusalem,1992),pp. 11-60. Cf. YizhakIsaacben Ya'akov,'OzarSeforim(Vilna,1880),p. 446, # 514. 6. Cf. Kabbala:New Perspectives(New Haven, 1988), pp. 215 ff. This is not to say that both Abulafiaand Gikitilliawere not interestedin exegesis. This is surelynot the case. Abulafia's ANDTHEGARDENOFEDEN EXEGESIS LURIANIC 39 structured usingScriptureas a basisforits kabbalisticexegesis.

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