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Lot #    15159
Auction End Date    7/18/2006 11:58:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Koso shel Eliyyahu (Cup of Elijah)
Title (Hebrew)    '
City    New York
Publisher    Yeshiva Chaim Berlin
Publication Date    c. 1940
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   140 mm. high, light scratching. Inscribed " " ".
   Presented as a gift in the Yeshiva's annual Passover fundraising event. The Cup of Elijah designates the cup of wine which is placed on the seder table on Passover eve, but which is not drunk. There was controversy among the rabbis whether the seder ritual required four or five cups. Since, according to traditional belief, all doubtful cases of tradition will be resolved when Elijah comes, custom decreed that the fifth cup should be filled but not partaken of (cf. Pes. 118a; Maim. Yad, Hamez u-Mazzah 8:10). Later this custom became associated with the belief that Elijah had not died but had ascended to heaven in a fiery chariot (II Kings 2:11), and that he would return as the forerunner of the Messiah (Mal. 3:23). The festival of redemption from Egyptian bondage was naturally associated with the forerunner of the Messiah, who was expected in this season of redemption to herald the coming deliverance (cf. RH 11b). Hence the popular notion arose that the cup of Elijah was prepared to welcome the prophet who visited every Jewish home on the Passover night.
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
America-South America:    Checked
Manuscript Type
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