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Lot #    16967
Auction End Date    1/23/2007 11:43:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Letter by R. Abraham Anhori to Damascus
Title (Hebrew)    כתב מה'ר אברהם אנהורי אב'ד צפת לדמשק
Author    [Community - Ms. - Polemic]
City    Safed
Publication Date    1808
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   [2] pp., 320:224 mm., light age staining, creased and split on folds, ink on paper, neat Moroccan Rabbinic script, signed and dated.
          
Detailed
Description
   Addressed to R. Jacob Antebi in Damascus, R. Abraham bitterly complains of the illegal actions by the trustees of the Safed Kollel. Apparently to settle ongoing monetary disputes with the Kollel, R. Abraham suggested that three separate Kollels be established, one for Moroccans, one of Izmir emigres, and one for native Safed residents. He relates that the issue was bought to a Din Torah before R. Israel of Shklov, author of Pe'at ha-Shulkhan, who agreed with R. Abraham. The trustees, however, refused the judgement and bought the case before the civil government causing the imprisonment of several rabbis. An excommunication order against the trustees by the Bet Din apparently achieved little, thus R. Abraham seeks R. Antebi's intervention with the state minister.

The writer, R. Abraham Anhori, was a Tetuan rabbinical scholar of note, who served as Chief Justice of the Safed rabbinical court. His approbations were sought after and appear in many important period works by many scholars. R. Anhori perished in the 1837 earthquake that destroyed Safed.

R. Jacob Entebi (d. 1846) was Chief Rabbi of Damascus for over thirty years. He was a victim of the Damascus Blood Libel and endured imprisonment and torture as a result. The successful efforts of Sir Moses Montefiore freed him in 1840. R. Jacob immediately left Damascus and settled in Jerusalem.

          
Reference
Description
   Aleppo, p. 118
        
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Listing Classification
Period
19th Century:    Checked
  
Location
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Other:    Syria
  
Subject
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Characteristic
Language:    Hebrew
  
Manuscript Type
Letters:    Checked
  
Kind of Judaica