AUCTION 64 | Thursday, March 19th, 2015 at 1:00
Fine Judaica: Books, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters, Ceremonial Objects, Maps and Graphic Art

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Lot 223


“Tachlal” prayer book for the entire year. According to “Baladi” / Yemenite rite, following Maimonides. With text of Pirkei Avoth, Lamentations (with Nikud), the Scroll of Esther (with Nikud), Selichoth, Birkath Hamazon, and other Blessings including: Milah, Pidyon Haben, Hafrashath Chalah, Ma’akah, Mezuzah, Tephilin, Tzitzith, etc (see below). ff. (157). Lightly browned and stained in places, few paper repairs. Modern blind-ruled brown morocco boards with matching ties. Folio.

(Yemen: 1618)

Est: $12,000 - $15,000
The volume commences with the liturgical Parshi’oth prior to Kriath Shema, weekday, Sabbath, Rosh Chodesh and Pesach prayers. Includes a Passsover Hagadah with commentary (ff. 22b-32b). Prayers for Shavuoth, Tisha Be’Av, Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur, Sukoth, Hoshanoth, Simchath Torah, Chanukah. Also recorded are the rites and customs particular to the Jews of Yemen. As well as sample texts of legal documents (Shtarot), including those for marriage, divorce, Chalitzah, bills of sale. Closes with a calendar for intercalation of years from 1618 through 1655. Final leaves are in a later hand, with intercalation for later years. The scribe of this manuscript was R. Yachya ben Abraham Bashiri, a scholar and author of many works, as well as a prolific scribe who lived in central Yemen during the 17th century. His pen-name was Avner ben Ner Hashroni. See Encyclopedia LeChachmei Teiman pp. 50-1. <<Provenance: >> From the Library of Rabbi Joseph Kafah (1917-2000). The commentary on the Passover Hagadah in this manuscript was published by Rabbi Kafah: Agadatha Depischa - Minhag Olei Teiman, (Jerusalem, 1959.) See introduction p. 8 for a description of the present manuscript.