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Lot #    22230
Auction End Date    12/23/2008 11:12:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Blessings on the Simonim for Rosh HaShanah
Title (Hebrew)   
Author    [Unrecorded]
City    North Africa
Publication Date    1944
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Folded sheet 190:305 mm., light age staining.
   Fold out sheet listing the foods tasted for symbolic reasons on Rosh Ha-Shanah and the accompanying statements made with each item. Most of the text is in Hebrew but part is in Judeo-Arabic, all in square Hebrew letters. The introductory paragraph begins So you shall bless the people of Israel (Numbers 6:23) and that " " " " (the time of the Messiah ben David) equals " (1944). An introductory paragraph and verses are followed by a list of the foods and the blessings and, in some instances instructions. Among the symbolic foods described are dates, Dates, called "Tamri" in Aramaic which is related to the Hebrew word for consume. We ask here that those who want to destroy us be consumed; Leeks: This vegetable, called "Karti" in Aramaic, is related to the Hebrew word "to cut." We recite, "May our misdeeds, our spiritual enemies, be cut down; Beets: Beets are called "Salka" in Aramaic, and in Hebrew, that word is related to removal. We recite, "May our enemies be removed." Notice we don't say destroy - we just want them to go away, elsewhere, bye-bye; Pomegranates: One takes a piece of this fruit (watch out - pomegranate juice stains in the worst way!) and says, "May it be Your will that our merits be numerous as (the seeds of) the pomegranate; Head of at the tail." Aside from this, some people specifically eat from a sheep's head saying that blessing, but precede it by eating fish (not necessarily the head) and say the blessing, "May it be Your will that our merits be fruitful and multiply as do the fish;" and others. Perhaps printed in Baghdad as the Ben Ish Hai is quoted.
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Other:    North Africa
Kabbalah:    Checked
Liturgy:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew, Judeo-Arabic
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica