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Lot #    14264
Auction End Date    4/25/2006 12:42:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Laws of the Western Congregation
Title (Hebrew)    תקנות דק
Author    [First Ed. - Community]
City    London
Publisher    Davies, Quadrant
Publication Date    [1833]
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. 112 pp., 215:133 mm., wide margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound in later cloth boards.
   The laws relating to the Western Congregation (St. Albans Place, London), adopted in 1833. This is similar to constitutions that synagogues have today, with the duties of each official, each member of the board, and even regular members clearly stated. Dues are also discussed and there is even an office entitled Gabbai Tzedakah.

It is most interesting to note that procedures for certain annual events, such as Hakkafot on Simchat Torah, are specifically noted and described. In addition, the synagogue kept a registry of births, marriages, and deaths. There are sections for the duties of the people hired by the synagogue, such as the shamas, the keeper of the burial ground, and the watchman.

The book includes an index. The text is in English, with frequent use of Hebrew terms.

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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
England:    Checked
Customs:    Checked
History:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    English, some Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica