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ISSERLES, MOSES BEN ISRAEL (1525-1572).
Ha-mapah: ʻal shulḥan ʻarukh ḥoshen mishpaṭ.
Manuscript in Hebrew on paper.
Italy, between 1572-1597.
MS X893 Is7
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Although there is no affirmative date for this manuscript, we can confidently place it between 1572 and 1597, due to evidence shown on this page. Moses Isserles, the great rabbi of Ashkenazic law, died in 1572. The inscription at the bottom of the page notes that the manuscript is the "notes of our teacher, the rabbi Moses Isserles, may the memory of the righteous one be a blessing," using a common phrase to show that the rabbi had already died when the manuscript was written. The date at the bottom of the page, 1597, notes when the Christian censor checked the manuscript for potential heresy against Christianity. It is thus likely that this text was written very shortly after the death of the famous rabbi.