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Lot #    17592
Auction End Date    3/13/2007 2:13:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Shir u-Shevahah (Songs of Persian Jews)
Title (Hebrew)    שיר ושבחה
Author    [Liturgy] R. Raphael Hayyim Hacohen
City    New York
Publisher    Samuel Shapiro
Publication Date    1919
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Second edition. 49 pp., 144:104 mm., nice margins, light age stainig. A very good copy bound in contemporary boards, rubbed. Rare - Wachs with no copies.
   Collection of songs and pizmonim of the Jews of Shiraz, Persia by R. Raphael Hayyim Hacohen (1883–1954), rabbi and communal leader. Born in Shiraz, Persia, he was taken by his parents to Jerusalem in 1890. After a thorough rabbinical education, he began to take an active part in all communal affairs of the yishuv and the then small settlement of Persian Jews. He founded an organization, Agudat Ohavei Zion, which aimed to improve the economic and cultural situation of the Persian Jews in Jerusalem. A devoted Zionist, he was a delegate to the Convention ("Kenesiyyah") in Zikhron Ya'akov, organized by M. Ussishkin in 1903. In 1922 he signed a memorandum to the Zionist Congress, outlining the conditions and requirements of the Persian Jewish colony in Jerusalem. In 1912 he established a Hebrew printing press in Jerusalem, which published many works of Judeo-Persian literature. He himself was the author of Shir u-Shevahah (1905; 1912), a collection of songs and pizmonim of his family and of the Jews of Shiraz, and of an "Autobiography."
   EJ; Wachs 1019 (no copies); Deinard 796; Goldman 117 (1 copy); Not in CD-EPI
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Listing Classification
20th Century:    Checked
America-South America:    Checked
Liturgy:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica