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Lot #    17165
Auction End Date    1/23/2007 1:21:30 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Letter by R. Abraham Bensoussan
Title (Hebrew)    כתב מה'ר אברהם ן' סוסאן ראב'ד אצוירא
Author    [Ms.]
City    Mogador (Souirah)
Publication Date    1928
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   [2] pp., 248:174 mm., light age staining, ink on paper, neat Moroccan rabbinic script and French, signed, sealed, and dated.
          
Detailed
Description
   Official Bet Din document signed by the Chief Rabbi of Mogador, R. Abraham Bensoussan. The history of Jews in Morocco goes back to antiquity. There are numerous legends which claim that they settled in the country before the destruction of the First Temple. Fez was founded by Idris I in 789 and became the capital of the kingdom in 808 under Idris II. The first inhabitants of Fez were pagan Berbers, but it also included a large number of Jews who paid him an annual tax. The Jewish population and rabbinical scholarship grew and continued uninterrupted for many centuries in this city until Jews were expelled with the creation of modern Israel. While biographies of many scholars have come down through the ages, the majority remain unknown and their existence survives only from the decrees and letters that have survived the tribulations of Moroccan Arabs and peasants, as this lot.
          
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Listing Classification
Period
20th Century:    Checked
  
Location
Other:    Morocco
  
Subject
History:    Checked
  
Characteristic
Language:    Hebrew, French
  
Manuscript Type
Letters:    Checked
  
Kind of Judaica