Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Dedicated To The Pope

                         ספר צמח דוד 
                dedicated to the Pope

Dedicating a Sefer to an individual or a family is very common today. One of the best known Sefer 
dedication is The Schottenstein Shas.

This custom goes back to the times of the Geonim, & maybe even earlier.

1) R. Amram Gaon dedicated his “Seder Hatefilos” to R. Yitzchok Bar-Shimon who sent him 
ten Golden coins for the Yeshiva in Mechasya.

2) R. Menachem b. Zerach dedicated his Sefer “Tzeidah Laderech”  to Don Shmuel Abarbanel.

3) R. Ovadia Seforno dedicated his Sefer “Ohr Olam” to King Henri 2nd(France)

4) R.Dovid de Pomis dedicated his Sefer “Tzemach Dovid” to Pope Sixtus 5th

5) R.Menashe b Yisroel dedicated his Sefer  “Mikveh Yisroel”(Hope of Israel) to 
The British Parliament, Courts of England  & Prime Minister Oliver Cromwell.

6) R. Mordechai Gimpel Halevi dedicated his Sefer “Tochachas Megillah” to Gustav the
President of Sweden.

7) Efraim Pinner* dedicated his “GermanTranslation on Meseches Brochos  to 
Tsar Nicholas 1st (Russia)

*The Chasam Sofer retracted the Haskama he gave him.deded

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