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Bidding Information
Lot #    16685
Auction End Date    12/5/2006 1:15:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Wall Mounted Charity Box
Title (Hebrew)    קופת צדקה ר' מאיר בעל הנס
City    Brooklyn, New York
Publisher    S. Zarowin
Publication Date    c. 1930
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   Height: 80 x width 65 x depth 40 mm., light scratches.
          
Detailed
Description
   Tin charity box for the Rebbe Meir Ba'al ha-Nes charity fund run by a group in Jerusalem. Beginning with the 18th century a Rebbe Meir Ba'al ha-Nes box was found in almost every Jewish home, and housewives dropped small change into it just before kindling the Sabbath lights. Due to the miraculous deeds connected with the tomb of Rebbe Meir, it was customary to contribute money, candles, or oil for lighting as a specific protection against all kinds of ailments and dangers; it was also done in the hope of finding something lost, of having children, or of driving away evil thoughts. It is clear, however, that the box also symbolized the longing for Erez Israel where the money was distributed through several competitive Kollels.
          
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Listing Classification
Period
20th Century:    Checked
  
Location
America-South America:    Checked
  
Subject
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