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Lot #    22270
Auction End Date    12/23/2008 11:32:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Song of Songs
Title (Hebrew)    שיר השירים
Author    [Bible - Ms. - Liturgy]
City    [Yemen]
Publication Date    19th cent.
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [9] ff., 238:162 mm., light age and use staining, corners rounded, ink on paper, Bible text in neat square block letters surrounded by the Rashi in neat Yemenite block letters, bound in modern wrappers.
   Song of Songs is read in the Sephardi ritual before the Minhah service on the afternoon of the seventh day of Passover (eighth day outside Israel). In certain communities, the Song of Songs is also read after concluding the Passover Haggadah on seder night. The association of the Song of Songs with Passover is thought to be due to the traditional rabbinic exegesis which interprets the Song as an allegory of the love between G-d and Israel; Passover is the springtime of this love (Song 2:11–13) and the "honeymoon" of G-d and Israel (Jer. 2:2). In many congregations the Song of Songs is also read on Friday evenings before the Kabbalat Shabbat service, at which the "bride," the Sabbath, is welcomed.

For hundreds of years the Yemenite Jewish communities followed their traditional ways of secular and religious life, not being influenced by external trends and currents. Some customs in the Yemenite prayer rites go back to the prayer book of R. Saadiah Ga'on. From the 16th century on the Kabbalah and especially later its Lurianic school and system found its way to Yemen and influenced Jewish literary production in the areas of commentaries to the Bible, prayers, and liturgic poetry. All of this rich history is reflected in this work.

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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Other:    Yemen
Bible:    Checked
Liturgy:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica