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Lot #    20138
Auction End Date    4/1/2008 10:02:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Ketav Shedar with 32 signatories
Title (Hebrew)    כתב שד'ר
Author    [Ms. - Community]
City    Tiberius
Publication Date    1921
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Large broadside, 725:495 mm., ink on paper, creased, laid down on linen, signed and dated.
   Certificate to collect the Rebbe Meir Ba'al ha-Nes funds to R. Hayyim Elhadif for several major North African cities. 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. The Kollels authorized Shedars (rabbinical messengers) to collect the funds and raise additional funds through appeals and solicitations. The Shedars were generally rabbinical scholars and highly respectable.

The following are signatories: R. Elijah Illos (Chief Judge of Tiberius); R. Masoud Adahan; R. Jacob Hai Berdugo; R. Shalom Ravah; R. Jacob Elhari; R. David Abraham; R. Jacob H. Zrehen (Chief Rabbi of Tiberias); R. Manasseh Hamoui; R. Judah Meir Waknin; R. Moshe Yifrah; R. Shalom Chitrit; R. Habib Hayyim David Saadon; R. Joseph Kohen Sikli; R. Juda Toledano (President of the Sephardim Committee of Tiberius); R. Simon Waknin; R. Isaac HaKohen; R. Shmuel Ben Kiki; R. Joseph HaKohen; R. Israel Shmuel Entebe; R. Juda Yifrah; R. David Hai Bahbut; R. Elijah Samzamer; R. Elijah Abikhzer; and several additional signatories.

Paragraph 2    כתב שד"ר להגאון ר' חיים ב"ר אהרן אלחדיף להערים: טראבלס, בנגאזי, דרנא, מסראתא, א-לכומס, זליטין, אזווי, אג'ביל, גרייאן, עמרוץ.
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Israel:    Checked
History:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Letters:    Checked
Kind of Judaica