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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
   [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.
   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
19th Century:    Checked
Other:    Yemen
Halacha:    Checked
Kabbalah:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Other:    Book
Kind of Judaica