Seder Brit Avraham by Rabbi Aryeh Leib Shapira, London 1908

9 seder brit a_0001This is an early book printed in 1908 by Israel Narodiczky in Whitechapel, London.  (Number 64 in Moshe Sanders book of Narodiczky publications.)

It is an unusual, mystical  work of prayer based on the covenant between God and the Patriarch Abraham by Rabbi Aryeh Leib ben Jacob Shapiro (Spiro?).  I have tried to research who he was without much success.  He appears to have spent time in Holland, as he was a Rabbi of the Russian and Polish congregation in Amsterdam, and before that in Koenigsburg.  In his introduction he mentions Jacob Hamburger of Utrecht.

The title page describes the book as concerning the promise God made to Abraham at the time of the covenant, as it says “I have already fixed for them the order of the sacrifices. Whenever they will read the section dealing with them, I will count it as if they were bringing me an offering, and forgive all their iniquities”. (Megillah 31).  Rabbi Shapira says that he has ordered the text according to the Shelah ha-Kodesh (Rabbi Isaiah Horowitz) and the Ba’al Tevu’ot Shor.   The book has wonderful segulot (protective charms) for merit for a good and long life, to be said with understanding.  Commentaries are included which are of benefit for penitence of iniquities or healing, for kindness and mercy, “so that your youth is renewed like the eagles” (Psalms 103:5).

There is an introduction from the author which I have scanned in full below, followed by the text, which has Seder Brit Avraham at the top of the page, then Rashi’s commentary and a further commentary.

If you would like your own copy, I noticed that Israel Mizrachi, book dealer of Brooklyn, has one for sale here.

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