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[Padua] Cantarini, Isaac [Kohen, Yitshak Hayim]
PAHAD YITSHAK [PACHAD YITSCHAK]
Amsterdam : Tartas, 1684. First edition. Later calf-backed marbled boards. 8vo, 108 pages, 18cm. In Hebrew. Vmograd, Amsterdam 521; Steinschneider 5327, 4; Zedner 165; Roest 252. The author, known by the Hebrew acrostic of his name "YeCHKaM" (Yitzchak Chaim Kohen Min HaChazanim) , was one of the Paduan physician-poets who had some influence upon the young Moses Chaim Luzzatto (RaMCHa'L) . "Min HaChazanim" is the Hebrew equivalent of the Italian surname "Cantarini. " He was a Rabbi and physician of Padua, Italy, describes the attempt to storm the Ghetto in Padua, where Jews were accused of having sided with the Turkish enemy and murdered Christian prisoners-of-war in Budapest. Luckily the garrison commander of Padua was able to repel the attackers. The engraving representing the binding of Isaac is an allusion to the name of the author, who fittingly called the story of his experiences in Padua, "Pachad Yitschak" (the fear of Isaac) . (See: M. H. Gans, Memorbook p. 143, where title and beautifully engraved frontispiece of the Binding of the Isaac are illustrated) . Also with a history of the community of Padua and the rabbis that served there.
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