AUCTION 43 | Thursday, April 02nd, 2009 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Hebrew Printed Books, Manuscripts, Graphic & Ceremonial Art

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Lot 283


Several Hebrew manuscripts relating to Shechitah [Ritual Slaughter]: Diwan, Judah. Zivchei Shelamim (Constantinople, 1728). [Vinograd, Constantinople 428]. ff. 1-38. * Mizrachi, Abraham. Zikaron li-B'nei Yisrael (Amsterdam, 1718). [Vinograd, Amsterdam 1121]. ff. 39-53. * Najara, Israel. Shochatei ha-Yeladim. (Amsterdam, 1718). [Vinograd, Amsterdam 1137]. ff. 54-55. * Hilchoth Shechitah [Laws of ritual slaughter in Judeo-Arabic, reflecting local practice of Tripolitan community]. Unpublished, apparently by copyist. ff. 56-68 ff. (68). Sepia on coarse paper. Stained. Extensive worming, text affected. Later marbled boards. 8vo. Ex-library

Tripoli (Libya): 1784

Est: $500 - $700
The family name "Chalfon" figures prominently in the annals of Tripolitan Jewish history. During the years 1778-1781, and again 1792-1795, the Caid or official leader of the Jewish community was R. Abraham Chalfon, who besides acting as communal leader, was also a rabbinic scholar and author of note. Although nominally under Ottoman rule from 1551 until 1911, the local governors of Tripoli for a period lasting from 1711-1835 were the members of the Karamanli dynasty. One of the members of the dynasty, Ali Pasha, who ruled from 1754-1793, is remembered fondly by the Jews for providing a peaceful interlude in an otherwise turbulent history. See Yehudah Messing, Gedolei Rabbanei Tunisia ve-Louv (1986), pp. 93-103; JE, Vol. XII, pp. 261-263