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Lot #    17474
Auction End Date    3/13/2007 1:14:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Mizrah
Title (Hebrew)   
Author    [Unrecorded - Liturgy - Women]
City    Jerusalem
Publisher    Abraham Rotenburg
Publication Date    [1863]
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Broadside, 351:439 mm., light age staining, creased and split on folds. Not in CD-EPI or Halevi.
   Mizrah poster with the shape of the Menorah of the holy Temple in the center. Above the illustration is the blessing for Sabbath candles topped by the word Mizrah. The sides carry tehinot to be recited prior to and after candle lighting in Judeo-German. Illustrations of the Kotel, Tomb of Rahel, Machpelah Cave, and Tomb of Zachariah adorn the corners.

Lighting the Sabbath candles is one of three mitzvot especially addressed to women, the other two being observing the laws of niddah, setting aside a tenth of the dough used in baking the hallah loaves (as a memory of the tithe). The Midrash interprets these three mitzvot as women's special atonement for the sin of Eve which led to humanity's exile from the Garden of Eden (Gen. R. 17:8).The ceremonies are always accompanied by the recital of tehinot (penitential prayers). Jewish women use these occasions, as their special connection to the Al-mighty to pray for their families, shedding many tears.

The name Abraham Rotenburg appears on only a dozen books between the years 1863-66. The press was continued by his son in law Joseph Suliman.

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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Israel:    Checked
Kabbalah:    Checked
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew, Judeo-German
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica
Posters:    Checked