The Cover Page of the 1719 Constantinople Tikunei haZohar

 

This page describes and illustrates the cover page of the Tikunei haZohar printed in Constantinople in 1719. The Tikunei haZohar (תקוני הזהר, lit. Rectifications or Repairs or Restorations or Adornments of the Zohar), also known as the Tikunim (תקונים), is an appendix to the main text of the Zohar. In seventy commentaries and permutations discoursing on Bereishit (בראשית), "In the beginning" the opening word of the Torah, the Tikunei reveals deep secret teachings of Torah, and reports stirring dialogues and fervent prayers. The explicit theme of the Tikunei haZohar is to praise and support the Shekhinah or Malkhut hence its name, "Repairs of the Zohar" and to bring on the Redemption and conclude the Exile. The Tikunei haZohar was printed first in Mantua in Hebrew year 5318 (1558 CE). Later editions include the ones printed in Constantinople in 5479 (1719 CE - shown below) and 5500 (1740 CE). Pages referred to in Tikunei haZohar are usually referenced to the 1740 Constantinople edition. For more on the Tikunei haZohar, see Wikipedia.org/Tikunei_haZohar.

 

This image courtesy of the I. Edward Kiev Judaica Collection, George Washington University Libraries.

 

 


Tikunei haZohar

 

Written by the godly Tanna  Rabbi Simeon ben (bar) Yochai

 

ZTVK"L

 

Blessed are those who listen to him, watching daily at his doors          

 

Proofread and checked, letter for letter

from the mouths of scribes AND the mouth of books [1]

as explained in the introduction.

 

The financing  for this sacred work  was provided by the person mentioned

in the printer's preface,  may his name be written in the book of life

AKY"R (Amen Ken Yehi Ratzon)

 

From the press of the engraver HR"R (HaRav Rabeinu = Our Rabbi)  Jonah [2]

BKMH"R (Ben Kevod Moreinu HaRav = the son of his honour our teacher the Rabbi) Jacob YZ"V

                 

In the year   "Many will range far and wide and KNOWLEDGE will increase"  LP"K [3]

                

Printed here in Ortakoy , 

close to Costandina (Constantinople)

under the rule of our lord the king  Sultan Ahmed,  his majesty is exalted.  

 

 

 

NOTES:

 

[1] A reference to the Kuzari (2:72) by Rabbi Judah Halevi, with the words "but not" changed to "and".

 

[2]   Isaiah Tishby believed that the printer, Jonah Ashkenazi, was a member of a circle of believers in Sabbatai Zevi and that the manuscript for this edition was brought from Egypt, by another member of this circle..

 

[3] KNOWLEDGE = HE(5) + DALET(4) + AYIN(70)+ TAV(400)  = 479     

479 + 5000(implicit by LP"K)    = 5479 ( i.e. 1719) .

 

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** Translation and scholarly apparatus by L.P. (Ottawa, Ontario).