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Lot #    7332
Auction End Date    6/8/2004 11:16:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Shemira le-Yeled u-Leyoledet
Title (Hebrew)    שמירה לילד וליולדת
Author    [Kabbalah - Liturgy]
City    Casablanca
Publisher    Joseph Lugassi
Publication Date    c. 1940
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [1] p., 249:162 mm., light browning. Unrecorded - not in CD-EPI. Blue paper.
   Kabbalsitic Shemira poster normally placed by the crib of newborns, or according to other customs above the bed of the woman and above the doorposts of the room. The Shemira poster is also known by other names, such as kindbet, tsetl, and Shmir-Tsetl. In all cases its purpose is to protect the baby from Lilith or other harmful spirits. The name comes from Psalm 121, which here appears below the header, Shemira le-yeled ve-yaldah. That Psalm begins, “A Song of Maalot. I will lift up my eyes to the mountains. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who watches you will not slumber. Behold, he who watches Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.” The Shemira is erranously attributed under the title to R. Israel Ba'al Shem Tov (Besht).
Paragraph 2    כולל: שיר למעלות אשא עיני; אליהו הנביא ז"ל היה הולך בדרך ופגע בלילית; אדם וחוה פנימה... בטעות יוחסה סגולה זו לרבי ישראל בעל-שם-טוב.
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
Other:    Morocco
Kabbalah:    Checked
Liturgy:    Checked
Blue Paper:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica
Posters:    Checked