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ALFASI, ISAAC BEN JACOB (1013-1103).
Hikhot Alfas: Sukkah.
Manuscript in Hebrew, on parchment.
Provence?, ca. 14th century.
MS X893 Al352
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Isaac ben Jacob Alfasi's Halakhot (Laws) was the first comprehensive post-Talmudic code of Jewish practice and law. In summarizing the legal decisions in the Talmud, Alfasi tended toward the practical application of the law, and generally excluded purely academic discussions. His work was proved to be so fundamental to halakhic scholarship that it would be cited by nearly all future codifiers of Jewish law.
The leaf shown displays an image of a Sukkah, the hut built for use during the autumn holiday of Sukkot (Tabernacles).