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Lot #    6049
Auction End Date    11/18/2003 12:00:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Ma'amadot ve-Shir ha-Yihud
Title (Hebrew)    מעמדות ושיר היחוד
Author    [Liturgy - Kabbalah - Unrecorded]
City    Leghorn
Publisher    Solomon Beleforte
Publication Date    1874
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   59, [1] ff., 8 vo., 165:95 mm., old Moroccan hand and seal on title, usual age stainiung. A good copy bound in contemporary half leather boards, rubbed. Not listed in bibliographies.
   Ma'amadot ve-Shir ha-Yihud. The Ma'amadot, arranged according to the days of the week, and, according to the title page, one who recites them daily is assured that he will have a portion in the world to come. The title page is dated "I delight to do your will, O my G-d אלקי חפצתי (634=1874)" (Psalms 40:9). The text, in a single column set in vocalized square letters, is arranged by the day of the week. Within the Ma' amadot for the first day are the Ten Commandments to be said daily. There are also special bekashot (entreaties) to be said for each day.

. Ma'amadot are readings, originating from the time of the Temple, when non-priestly members of a Mishmar (division of Kohanim [priests], Levites, and Israelites into 24 rotating divisions for the temple service) who did not accompany their group to Jerusalem, would instead assemble to recite biblical and Mishnaic passages pertaining to the Temple service and sacrifices. These readings, varying according to the day of the week, were, after the destruction of the Temple, recited by pious individuals. The growth of kabbalistic studies in the sixteenth century renewed interest in these prayers, now expanded and said by a larger portion of the community as evidenced by their publication in several locations.

At the end of volume is Shir ha-Yihud, also divided for daily recitation. Shir ha-Yihud is a lengthy medieval liturgical poem divided into seven parts, one for each day of the week, praising God, extolling His uniqueness, and emphasizing the smallness of His creatures. Poetic beauty and sublimity of religious thought have placed the poem among the foremost liturgical compositions. Each line is divided into rhymed couplets, with four beats in each couplet. From the fourth line on, each verse throughout the remainder of the poem contains 16 syllables.

   EJ; Freehof, "Devotional Literature in the Vernacular," CCAR 1923 33:409-12. Concerning Ma'amodot in the Temple services: see Ta'anit, 26a ff.
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19th Century:    Checked
Italy:    Checked
Kabbalah:    Checked
Liturgy:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
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