ha-Niqra’im Heikhalot de Rabbi Ishmael
Manuscript on paper and parchment, 1468. Italian semi-cursive.
Or. 4730, f. 56r.
¶ Collection of no less than 13 mystical and Kabbalistic texts. The exhibited
text, usually called Heikhalot Rabbati, is ascribed to rabbi Ishmael,
a Sage from the Second Temple period. This work was to become a standard
of Heikhalot literature. A lateraddition called Sar ha-Torah, is
not found in this manuscript.
Included in this volume are:
(1) Perush Daniel, by Abraham Ibn Ezra (11th
(7) Sodot bat Sheva, by Joseph Gikatilla (13th
(10) Ma`aseh Bereshit (anonymous).
(11) Sefer Mar’eh ha-Ofannim, a Hebrew translation of Joannes de
Sacrobosco’s De Sphaera by Salomon ibn Abraham Abigdor (14th
Joseph ben Abraham Gikatilla (1248- c. 1325). Manuscript on paper,
16th century, Ottoman Empire. Oriental semi-cursive script.
Or. 4793, f. 121a.
¶ Volume with Gikatilla’s Sha`arei Orah and an abbreviation of
Moses ben Jacob Cordovero’s (1522-1570) Pardes Rimmonim. Gikatilla’s
most influential work was this Gate of Light, in which he expounded
the Kabbalistic symbolism and designations of the ten Sefirot. As Sha`arei
Orah was written before 1293, it is one of the earliest works to disclose
the teachings of the Kabbalah of the Zohar. The exhibit shows thesystem
of Ten Sefirot in one of the better versions. Pardes Rimmonim is
a later systematic treatment of Kabbalistic lore as it developed during
the 15th and 16th centuries.