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Lot #    10842
Auction End Date    7/12/2005 10:41:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Letter by R. Joseph Bensoussan & R. Hayyim David
Title (Hebrew)    כתב מה'ר יוסף בן סוסאן וה'ר חיים דוד הכהן
Author    [Ms.]
City    Fez, Morocco
Publication Date    1888
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [1] p., 150:104 mm., light age staining, ink on paper, 17 lines of neat Moroccan script, signed and dated.
   Bet Din ruling in Fez by two members of the Bet Din.

The history of Jews in Morocco goes back to antiquity. There are numerous legends which claim that they settled in the country before the destruction of the First Temple. Fez was founded by Idris I in 789 and became the capital of the kingdom in 808 under Idris II. The first inhabitants of Fez were pagan Berbers, but it also included a large number of Jews who paid him an annual tax. The Jewish population and rabbinical scholarship grew and continued uninterrupted for many centuries in this city until Jews were expelled with the creation of modern Israel. While biographies of many scholars have come down through the ages, the majority remain unknown and their existence survives only from the decrees and letters that have survived the tribulations of Moroccan Arabs and peasants, as this lot.

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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Other:    Morocco
History:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Letters:    Checked
Kind of Judaica