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Bidding Information
Lot #    9227
Auction End Date    2/15/2005 10:46:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Colorful Receipt by Rebbe Meir Ba'al ha-Nes Fund
Title (Hebrew)    נזר גבאות
Author    [Community]
City    Safed
Publication Date    1900
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   Broadside, 372:230 mm., usual light age staining, creased on fold, clean crisp copy.
          
Detailed
Description
   Brodside acknowledging receipt of a chritable contribution to the Rebbe Meir Ba'al ha-Nes charity fund in Safed in several colors.

Beginning with the 18th century a Rebbe Meir Ba'al ha-Nes box was found in almost every Jewish home, and housewives dropped small change into it just before kindling the Sabbath lights. Due to the miraculous deeds connected with the tomb of Rebbe Meir, it was customary to contribute money, candles, or oil for lighting as a specific protection against all kinds of ailments and dangers; it was also done in the hope of finding something lost, of having children, or of driving away evil thoughts. It is clear, however, that the box also symbolized the longing for Erez Israel where the money was distributed through several competative Kollels.

          
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Listing Classification
Period
20th Century:    Checked
  
Location
Israel:    Checked
  
Subject
History:    Checked
  
Characteristic
Language:    Hebrew
  
Manuscript Type
  
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