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Lot #    14742
Auction End Date    6/13/2006 12:26:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Parsumah Nissah
Title (Hebrew)    פרסומי ניסא
Author    [Only Ed.] R. Solomon ben Aabad Tuvinah
City    Calcutta
Publisher    Solomon Tuvinah
Publication Date    1887
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   32 pp., octavo, 155:118 mm., nice crisp margins, light age staining. A very good copy bound in the original paper wrappers.
   Hebrew-Arabic pamphlet on Hanukkah by R. Solomon ben Aabad Tuvinah. The title page has a decorative border of stars forming pillars and informs that its purpose is to publicize the miracle of Hanukkah, making everyone aware of how mighty it was. It encompasses the benedictions and laws of the festival, with the customs followed in their community. The benedictions are in Hebrew but most of the text is in Arabic, the language spoken by the community. Furthermore, Parsumah Nissah is set in new clear letters. The title page is dated, “have mercy upon Zion תרחם ציון” (Psalms 102:14), which has a numerical value resulting in a date of 2044. Yaari suggests that only the first word, תרחם, be used in the computation of the date, a suggestion widely accepted, resulting a publication date of 1887-88. The verso of the title page has a warning against hasagat gevul (unauthorized reprinting, followed by the text in clear square letters. Parsumah Nissah begins with benedictions in Hebrew followed by responses in Arabic.Teh remainder of the text, with zemirot and halakhot, are in Judeo-Arabic. Some bibliographic sources note that there should be an additional four pages. The Hebrew Bibliographic Project, however, notes that those pages were absent from all the copies they examined. This copy does not have those pages and, from the excellent condition and original wrappers, it is clear that those pages never bound with this copy.
Paragraph 2    ... ובא בש'רח... לבני ער'ב אשר יקראהו ברכות של חנכוה [צ"ל: חנוכה] בלה"ק ובלשון ערב... בתוכה דיני חנוכה וסדר הנהגתם וספור תוקף שלהנס [!] ערב'יות (אספתיה מספרי רבוותא והדפסתיה... שלמה תווינא)... בשנת ת'ר'ח'ם' ציון

בשער הובלטה גם תיבת "ציון". כולל סדר הדלקת נר חנוכה בעברית ובערבית ו"דיני חנוכה בלשון ערבי". בטופס שרשם אברהם יערי (הדפוס העברי בארצות המזרח, חלק ב, ירושלם ת"ש, עמ' 34-33, מס' 46) נוספו 4 דפים הכוללים סיפור נס חנוכה בערבית באותיות עבריות.

   BE peh 823; Yaari, Mizrah II pp. 33-34 no. 46; CD-EPI 0184512
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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Other:    India
History:    Checked
Liturgy:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew, Arabic
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica