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Lot #    17278
Auction End Date    3/13/2007 11:36:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    When to open and close the Aron
Title (Hebrew)    פתיחה וסגירה הארון בר'ה וי'הכ.
Author    [Community - Only Ed. - Unrecorded]
City    Wurzburg (Wuerzburg)
Publisher    Hans Mugler
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Only edition. [6] pp. octavo 187:134 mm., light age staining.
   Unusual foldout sheet to be used during selihot on Rosh ha-Shanah and Yom ha-Kippurim. The title page states that it is for use on those occasions in the synagogue of Wurzburg. Below it is the same information in German. The initial text page has brief selihot prayers to be recited at different parts of the daily services, followed by charts listing when the Aron is to be opened or closed during the recital of selihot for Rosh ha-Shanah and for Yom ha-Kippurim, beginning with Kol Nidre for the latter. On the final leaf are the prayers קל מלך יושב and על כסא רחמי.

Wuerzburg, in Bavaria, Germany had a Jewish community founded around 1100. The Jews settled near a swampy area which was, however, in the center of the town. Some lived outside this quarter, and there were Christians living among the Jews. In 1147, at the time of the Second Crusade (see Crusades), the Crusaders, reinforced by rabble from the surrounding countryside, attacked the community. Three rabbis, a scribe, and three other Jews were publicly martyred. The bishop of the town ordered that the bodies of the martyrs be gathered and buried in his garden; he later sold the site to the community, which converted it into a cemetery. During the 13th century the number of Jews grew considerably, not only as a result of natural increase, but also through the addition of newcomers who came from Augsburg, Mainz, Nuremberg, and Rothenburg. A Judengasse is noted in 1182, a school in 1170, and a synagogue in 1238. In the 12th and 13th centuries Wuerzburg became an influential and important center of Jewish learning. Foremost among the scholars associated with the city during the period were Joel ha-Levi, son-in-law of Eliezer b. Nathan (Raban) of Mainz; his son, Eliezer b. Joel ha-Levi (Rabiah); Isaac b. Moses ("Or Zaru'a") of Vienna, who taught in the yeshivah at Wuerzburg; and his celebrated students, Meir b. Baruch and Mordecai b. Hillel. Of note also were Eliezer b. Moses ha-Darshan, Samuel b. Menahem, and Jonathan b. Isaac. This large community was destroyed in the Rindfleisch persecutions of 1298. About 900 Jews lost their lives, including 100 who had fled from the surrounding area to seek refuge in Wuerzburg.

The community was subsequently renewed, this time principally by Jews from Cologne, Strasbourg, Bingen, and Ulm, as well as from Franconia, Thuringia, and Swabia. The Jews paid taxes to both the bishop and the king. In practice, the Jews were under the protection of the bishop who governed them through a series of regulations issued on his own initiative. His protection aroused the objection of the townspeople, but after the Jews had aided in the financial expenditure of fortifying the city, the burghers were more sympathetic. However, during the Black Death persecutions of 1349, the Jews were accused of poisoning the wells in Wuerzburg; in desperation they set fire to their own houses on April 21, 1349 and perished. Among the martyrs was Moses ha-Darshan, head of the yeshivah. The survivors fled, some to Erfurt, Frankfort, and Mainz, and the bishop took possession of their property.

By 1377 Jews were to be found once more in the city; at the beginning of the 15th century a community had been reconstituted, and the cemetery returned to Jewish possession. A new synagogue was built in 1446, but the community remained small in the 15th century. In 1567 the Jews were expelled from the town and settled in nearby Heidingsfeld. Bishop Julius expropriated the cemetery in 1576, and he founded a hospital on its site which still exists. While a few Jews lived in the city during the following centuries, the community was not renewed until the 19th century. In 1813 there were 14 families in the city, and the rabbi of Heidingsfeld then settled in Wuerzburg. The synagogue was inaugurated in 1841. Isaac Dov (Seligman Baer) Bamberger acted as rabbi from 1839 to 1878. In 1864 he founded a teachers' seminary from which hundreds of teachers graduated and taught in the Jewish schools of Germany. The yeshivah founded during his lifetime was also renowned. Wuerzburg became the spiritual center for the numerous village communities of Franconia. They prayed according to the minhag of Wuerzburg and addressed their halakhic questions to the rabbis there. In 1884 a Jewish hospital was founded in Wuerzburg. The Jewish population numbered 2,600 (2.84% of the total) in 1925, and 2,145 (2.12%) in 1933. With the rise of Nazism many Jews emigrated from Wuerzburg. On Nov. 9–10, 1938 ("Kristallnacht"), the synagogue was destroyed. From 1941 to 1945 the 1,500 remaining Jews were deported to concentration camps. In 1967 there were 150 Jews living in Wuerzburg; they had a community organization, and possessed a synagogue and an old age home.

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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Germany:    Checked
Liturgy:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hungarian, some German
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica