In the Ba'eir Heiteiv (באר היטב) commentary to the Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 1, at the end of s'if katan 13, we find the words:

וכן העתיק הבאר היטב אשר לפני ע״ש ולא ידעתי למה.

And likewise, the Ba'eir Heiteiv that is in front of me brought/wrote [this idea], see there; and I do not know why.

Is this indeed a self-citation, and if so, why are his own words incomprehensible to him?

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    there was a previous sefer called be'er heitev, and that is what he is quoting--אשר לפני means "that preceded me," not "that is in front of me" – wfb Oct 15 '15 at 18:27
  • @wfb Can you point me to this sefer? If true, please post as an answer. – magicker72 Oct 15 '15 at 18:28
  • see the first paragraph of wikipedia here he.wikipedia.org/wiki/… – wfb Oct 15 '15 at 18:29
  • @wfb Is this original באר היטב from רבי ישעיה בן רבי אברהם extant? – magicker72 Oct 15 '15 at 18:32
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    @wfb Please post your comments as an answer. – LN6595 Oct 16 '15 at 15:10

There was a previous sefer called Be'er Heitev, by R. Yeshatah b. R. Avraham, and that is what he is quoting--אשר לפני means "that preceded me," not "that is in front of me." See here https://he.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/באר_היטב#.D7.A1.D7.A7.D7.99.D7.A8.D7.AA_.D7.94.D7.9E.D7.94.D7.93.D7.95.D7.A8.D7.95.D7.AA

  • This seems very likely. It would very nice to confirm this by finding a copy of this original באר היטב that contains the referenced comments. But as mentioned above, perhaps it is no longer extant. – magicker72 Oct 18 '15 at 1:57

See beginning of the siman you quoted:

כמבואר בשלחן ערוך יורה דעה סי' ה'

He's talking about Yoreh De'ah which was written by a different person under the same commentary name. From Wikipedia:

On the sections of Choshen Mishpat and Yoreh De'ah, the commentary was written by Zechariah Mendel ben Aryeh Leib, a Polish rabbi who lived in the 17th and 18th centuries.

  • Perhaps I'm misunderstanding, but it seems to me that the reference to Yoreh De'ah does not carry forward to the discussion in the rest of the Ba'eir Heiteiv's comment. I also looked at the Ba'eir Heiteiv on that siman in Yoreh De'ah, and could not find a relevant comment. – magicker72 Oct 15 '15 at 19:46

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