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Lot #    18342
Auction End Date    7/10/2007 10:08:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Sefer Bakashot
Title (Hebrew)    ספר בקשות
Author    [Ms. - Liturgy - Kabbalah - Unpublished]
City    [Syria]
Publication Date    c. 1850
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   124 pp., (inc. 50 blank), 155:105 mm., light age staining, ink on paper, neat mid-Eastern script by two hands, bound in contemporary full leather, rubbed and split.
   Unpublished Bakashot and variations of published liturgies. Piyutim by many different Authors including R. Israel Najara of Damascus (17th century). An in depth study is recommended as this ms. contains variations of popular bakashot and contains songs not published in Eidelsohn's work or in other current Bakashot books.

Syrian Jewry especially the community of Aleppo (Aram Zova) has a long tradition of appreciating Torah, music and liturgy. The community did not listen to the songs of local musicians as witnessed by R. Abraham Antebbi in his book Ohel Yesharim, instead they chanted the melodies of the Great Jewish poets like R. Judah ha-Levy, Ibn Ezra, etc. Syrian Rabbis also wrote their own hymns, many of them masterpieces. A beautiful custom of the ancient Jewish Syrian community, which is still in effect today in many Syrian synagogues throughout the world, on the Shabbat a group of holy people would wake up in middle of the night go to the synagogue and sing the Bakashot until dawn, the holiness and splendor of this act is felt even today by all its participants. R. Mordechai Abadi in Sha'ar haShir tells writes that the Saintly R. M. Lobaton would interrupt his learning to participate in the singing of Bakashot.

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Listing Classification
19th Century:    Checked
Other:    Syria
Liturgy:    Checked
Language:    Hebrew
Manuscript Type
Other:    Liturgy
Kind of Judaica