||Letter appointing R. Isaac b. Menahem Alshekh, scion of prominent rabbinical family, emissary to Budapest, to collect funds for the impoverished, newly arrived immigrants from Yemen. The beautifully written document is signed by R. Joseph Nissim Burla, R. Nissim Hayyim Baruch, R. Eliahu Navon, R. Panigel, and R. Jacob Saul Elyashar. R. Raphael Meir b. Judah Panigel signature's is by stamp with his seal. Included is a supplemental letter by R. Alshekh announcing his appointment to the Budapest community and seeking their assistance.
R. Joseph Nissim ben Hayyim Jacob Burla (1828–1903) was a rabbinical emissary, and preacher. In 1859 he was sent to Morocco together with Baruch Pinto. Joseph Nissim was one of those who built and settled in the Mishkenot Sha'ananim quarter, the first settlement outside the walls of Jerusalem. The sermon he preached at its consecration in 1863 was published under the name Divrei Yosef (1863). That same year he was sent as an emissary to North Africa and Western Europe on behalf of the Battei Mahaseh community in Jerusalem and in 1871 he was sent to Turkey. In 1878–81 he and his son Hayyim Jacob were emissaries to North Africa and Tripoli. In 1882 he helped Nissim Behar found the Torah u-Melakhah school. R. Joseph Nissim was the author of: Leket Yosef (1900), a collection of laws arranged in alphabetical order; Va-Yeshev Yosef (1905), responsa, published together with Shuvu Banim, sermons; Yosef Hai (Jerusalem, National Library, Mss. Heb. 8(716, 715), the first part a collection of his sermons for the years 1848 and 1852, and the second part a talmudic methodology; Olat Shabbat (ibid. 4(153), sermons; Petah ha-Ohel (ibid. 8(719), a talmudic methodology; a responsum on the Mishkenot Sha'ananim development, in manuscript in the Benayahu collection. He also composed prayers and piyyutim, some of the latter being included in R. Yagel Ya'akov by his nephew R. Jacob Hai Burla.
R. Raphael Meir b. Judah Panigel (1804–1893), chief rabbi of Jerusalem. R. Panigel was born in Bulgaria, but when he was three years old his parents, who were well-to-do, immigrated to Erez Israel. In 1828 and in 1863 he went as an emissary of Jerusalem to the countries of North Africa, remaining there on both occasions for several years. In 1845 he went to Italy as an emissary of Hebron. While in Rome he succeeded in making peace between two rival factions in the community. He was also received with great respect at the Vatican by Pope Gregory XVI. In 1880 he was appointed rishon le-Zion, and in 1890 the Turkish authorities appointed him hakham bashi (head of the Jewish community of Erez Israel). He was acceptable to all the communities and esteemed by the authorities. He was the author of Lev Marpe (the initials of his name; 1887), talmudic novellae, responsa, and homilies. Some of his novellae were published in the Jerusalem Me'assef and in Torah mi-Ziyyon. His other works have remained in manuscript.
R. Jacob Saul b. Eliezer Jeroham Elyashar (1817–1906), Sephardi chief rabbi of Erez Israel (rishon le-Zion). A grandson of R. Jacob ben Hayyim Elyashar, he was born in Safed. His father, a dayyan, shohet, and cantor there, was arrested by the Turkish authorities, but succeeded in escaping and settled with his family in Jerusalem. When R. Jacob Saul was seven, he lost his father, and his mother remarried in 1828. His stepfather, R. Benjamin Mordecai Navon, became his teacher and supported him for many years. R. Elyashar married the daughter of hakham bashi, R. Raphael Meir Panigel. He was appointed a dayyan in Jerusalem in 1853, and in 1869 head of the bet din. He succeeded his father-in-law as hakham bashi and rishon le-Zion in 1893.
R. Eliahu Navon (d. 1896) was the head of the Magen David Yeshiva in Jerusalem, his signature appears on many contemporary documents.
R. Joseph Uziel.