Sefer Shalos uTshuvos (Responsa) of Rabbi Solomon Luria, Furth 1768 – from Jews College London.

ShutRashal1This book of responsa (questions and answers) is by Rabbi Solomon Luria.  Solomon the son of Yehiel Luria is known as  Maharshal or Rashal.  He was a Rabbi and author; born in Brest-Litovsk, Lithuania, in 1510.  He died in Lublin in 1573. When he was still a youth his parents sent him to Posen, where he studied under the guidance of his grandfather Rabbi Isaac Klauberia. he returned to Brest-Litovsk and married Lipka, daughter of Rabbi Kalonymus. After some time he was elected rabbi of Brest, and established a yeshiva (rabbinical school) there. About 1550 he was appointed rabbi and head of the yeshiva at Ostrog, and in 1555 he moved to Lublin, and became head of the yeshiva there.

He is known for his work on Jewish law, Yam Shel Shlomo and his commentary on the Talmud, Chochmat Shlomo.

ShutRashal2My copy, printed by Chaim the son of Tzvi Hirsh in Furth in 1768, has an old stamp from Jews’ College, London.  Jews College was founded in 1855 as a Rabbinical College in London.  It was a college of the University of London until recent years, has been renamed the London School of Jewish Studies and moved to Hendon.  Presumably it was in one of the sales from the Library to raise funds in approximately 2004.

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The second answer below, number 98, is often quoted.  Writing about the procedure where the kabbalah differs from the accepted halacha, Rabbi Luria rejects the kabbalistic ruling and goes on to state that R. Simeon ben Yohai, the traditional author of the Zohar, is not followed in his legal decisions.

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