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Fine Judaica: Printed Books, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters & Graphic Art

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Lot 291


Hebrew manuscripts, two works bound in one volume: * (Hilchoth Shechitah) [laws of ritual slaughter]. With extensive translation into Malayalam. pp. 53. * Piyutim [poetic songs] for: Pesach, Shavu’oth, Sukoth, Shemini Atzereth, Simchath Torah and Shabbath Bereishith. pp. 100. According to the custom of Cochin. Contemporary half calf, worn. Sm. 4to.

(Cochin): c. 1900

Est: $1,500 - $2,500
The Jews of Cochin had a long tradition of singing devotional hymns (piyyutim) and songs on festive occasions. Malayalam is the language found predominantly in the state of Kerala, located at the southern tip of India. Judeo-Malayalam, the only known Dravidian Jewish language, was spoken by the miniscule community of Cochini Jews, today practically extinct.