ORIGINAL TITLE Title:  ביאור על התורה - צרור המור
PRONUNCIATION:  ביאור על התורה - צרור המור
TYPE: Book
ITEM ID: 2491
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Censored Version of Kabbalistic Commentary

DATE
Year: 1567
Decade: 1560s
Century: 16th (1501-1600)

Tzeror Hamor, heavily censored throughout: a Kabbalistic commentary on the Pentateuch by R. Abraham b. Jacob Saba (d.c. 1508), Spanish exegete, preacher, and kabbalist. On the expulsion of the Jews from Spain, R. Abraham settled in Oporto (Portugal) where he wrote commentaries on the Pentateuch, the Five Scrolls, and on Avot. When the forced conversion of the Jews was decreed in Portugal in 1497 his two young sons were baptized and his extensive library plundered. He left Oporto, taking his writings with him, but when near Lisbon he was warned by the local Jews of the danger of entering the city with Hebrew books in his possession, which was a capital offense. He thereupon buried his manuscripts under an olive tree. In Lisbon he was arrested and imprisoned together with other scholars, pressure being exerted on them to accept baptism. After nearly six months he succeeded in escaping to Fez in Morocco where he fell ill. When he recovered, he began to rewrite his lost works from memory. He succeeded in completing only his commentaries on the Pentateuch, Ruth, and Esther. He remained in Fez for ten years, and in 1508 he was in Tlemcen in Algeria, and, it is thought, later in Italy.

ARTISTS
Name: R. Abraham b. Jacob Saba
Type: Author
Artists Dates: (d.c. 1508)