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Lot #    29263
Auction End Date    1/25/2011 12:49:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    The 22 Letters of Torah
Title (Hebrew)    אותיות התורה
Author    [Ms. - Kabbalah]
City    [Yemen]
Publication Date    19th cent.
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   [80] pp., 160:104 mm., usual light age staining, ink on paper, 14 lines of text per page, neat Yeminite rabbinic script, signed on final by scribe, not dated.
          
Detailed
Description
   Collection of talmudic and kabbalistic sayings, rules, and writings concerning the 22 letters used to write a torah scroll. The breath and scope of this work reflects that 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
Period
19th Century:    Checked
  
Location
Other:    Yemen
  
Subject
Halacha:    Checked
  
Kabbalah:    Checked
  
Characteristic
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
  
Manuscript Type
Other:    Book
  
Kind of Judaica