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LOT: 116

Lot of 5 books from the library of the kabbalist Chacham Avraham Hai.

1. Hilula Raba for Lag B’Omer, first edition, published by the Ben Ish Hai—Livorno 1877. Published by Rabbeinu Yosef Haim of Baghdad, anonymously, with his piyyut on the Rashbi “v’Amartem Ko L’Hai” printed for the first time. Stamp of the Minhat Yehuda yeshiva, interesting signatures of ownership in Sefardi handwriting, pages disconnected. 40 pages. Generally good condition. 2. Avodat HaKodesh by HaHida, published by Siach Yisrael. With notes handwritten by Avraham Hai, names for prayers, various pages inserted among the pages. Generally good condition. 3. Sefer HaToda’ah by Rabbi Eliyahu Ki Tov, special edition for students—Jerusalem 1963. With markings, the first blank page has “Rabbi Eliezer Menachem Man ben Bat Sheva Rabbi Shach.” Pages inserted among the pages of the book. Generally good condition. 4. Booklet of mussar with various notes handwritten by Avraham Hai. 5. Bo’u Heshbon pamphlet—Bnei Brak 1975. Pages with names for prayers among the book’s pages. Generally good condition. Hakham Avraham Chai (1920-2016) was born to his father Shaul and his mother Mrs. Masuda in 1920 in Baghdad, Iraq. In 1951, he immigrated to Eretz Israel and settled in the immigrant transit camp in Kfar Ono. From there he moved to the Pardes Kaf neighborhood of Bnei Brak, where he served as a metalworker. In 1956, he married Farcha, daughter of Chazla Horesh, but they never had children. Chacham Avraham Chai was one of the great sages of Israel, among them Rabbi Yehuda Ze'ev Leibowitz (next to whom he was buried), the sage Shimon Chirari, and the Steipler - Rabbi Israel Yaakov Kanievsky, with whom he studied in Chevruta. Hakham Avraham Hai was well versed in Kabbalah, and was called the Kabbalist from Pardes Katz. People came to his home from all sides of the spectrum, Sephardim and Ashkenazim, to consult him and receive his blessings. He headed the Beit Midrash, which he established in the Pardes Katz neighborhood, and then from his home on HaShinayim Street in the neighborhood, which became a spiritual beacon for all the residents of the neighborhood. Hakham Avraham Hai was humble, easy-going and very far from being meticulous and angry. This right was up to him, and won Elijah's revelation. He used many braids and siguves, and he repaired seven kafot during the days of the Shovbeim. Chacham Avraham Chai passed away on the 29th of Av Av, 5766 (2016), at Shiva Tova and was buried in the Ponevezh Bnei Brak home. His book "From generation to generation" - sermons and articles, was published in his life in 2009, and the book "Adam to labor born" - conversations, published by his students after his death in 2017.
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