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Lot #    16882
Auction End Date    1/23/2007 11:00:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Letter concerning administration of funds
Title (Hebrew)    כתב ע'ד קופת רבי מאיר בעל הנס
Author    [Ms. - Community - Polemic]
City    [Krotoschin (Krotoszyn)]
Publication Date    c. 1900
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   [2] pp., 290:228 mm., light age staining, creased on folds, ink on paper, neat Ashkenazic script, unsigned.
   Addressed to R. Isaac Leib Sofer, administrator of Rebbe Meir Ba'al ha-Nes funds concerning disputes within the administration of the fund. The writer proposes peace...

Beginning with the 18th century a Rebbe Meir Ba'al ha-Nes box was found in almost every Jewish home, and housewives dropped small change into it just before kindling the Sabbath lights. Due to the miraculous deeds connected with the tomb of Rebbe Meir, it was customary to contribute money, candles, or oil for lighting as a specific protection against all kinds of ailments and dangers; it was also done in the hope of finding something lost, of having children, or of driving away evil thoughts. It is clear, however, that the box also symbolized the longing for Erez Israel where the money was distributed through several competative Kollels.

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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Russia-Poland:    Checked
History:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Letters:    Checked
Kind of Judaica