Ajs Review: Spring, No 1 by Robert Chazan

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Although COFFEE, COFFEEHOUSES, AND NOCTURNAL RITUALS 29 "the land of Israel and the kingdom of the Turks" is hardly surprising. For, as he testified in a letter published by Scholem some forty years ago, he had performed the midnight Tikkun "innumerable times" with the Safed emissary in Italy, R. 33 Zacuto presumably heard from the latter about the manner in which Jews of the East prepared themselves for the performance of the midnight rite. He may even have witnessed R. Benjamin drinking what was then in Italy still an exotic beverage on some of the long nights they spent together.

See also the discussion of the Shavuot vigil in Y. D. Wilhelm, "Sidrei Tikkunim, "in 'Alei 'Ayin: The Salman Schocken Jubilee Volume (Hebrew) (Jerusalem, 1948-52), pp. 125-129, and Scholem, "Tradition and New Creation," p. 139. For Galante's date of death, however, which Wilhelm places prematurely at 1560, see David Tamar, Studies in the History of the Jewish People in Eretz Israel and in Italy (Hebrew) (Jerusalem, 1972), pp. 104-106. R. Hayyim Vital expressed the view that anyone who avoided sleeping for even a minute on the night of Shavuot would be assured of surviving the coming year.

57. ) le-Lailei Hag Shavuot ve-Hoshana Rabbah (Venice, 1648). See Steinschneider, CB, no. 3046; Meir Benayahu, Copyright,Authorizationand Imprimatur... in Venice (Jerusalem, 1971), pp. 279-281; as well as the comments of Wilhelm, "Sidrei Tikkunim," p. 143. 58. Shapira, Tuvha-Aretz, fols. 74b-76b. " In 1659, four years after the publication of Tuv ha-Aretz, the now rare Shefer Tikkunim, containing a liturgy for these two nights by R. Moses Zacuto, was first published in Venice. See Steinschneider, CB, no.

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