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Lot #    13343
Auction End Date    1/24/2006 1:44:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Shir Hamalos-Tsetl
Title (Hebrew)    שמירה לילד וליולדות
Author    [Broadside - Kabbalah]
City    Jerusalem
Publisher    Zuckerman
Publication Date    c. 1890
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   Broadside, quarto, 288:200 mm., usual age staining, creased, gild ink on red background..
          
Detailed
Description
   Kabbalsitic Shir Hamalos-Tsetl 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 Shir Hamalos-Tsetl 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 Shir Hamalos-Tsetl 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.” This Shir Hamalos is physically larger than current Shir Hamalos, and is especially attractive. There is alarge hand with inscriptions in the top center, and below it a kabbalistic circle with an eye and text. A prayer from the Hida (R. Hayyim Joseph David AzulaI, 1724–1806) is to the right of the hand. Below, on the right of the kabbalistic figure are the names Adam, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the left, Eve, Sarah, Rivkah, and Leah, followed by an imprecation against witches.
          
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Listing Classification
Period
19th Century:    Checked
  
Location
Israel:    Checked
  
Subject
  
Kabbalah:    Checked
  
Characteristic
Language:    Hebrew
  
Manuscript Type
  
Kind of Judaica
  
Posters:    Checked