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Bidding Information
Lot #    21454
Auction End Date    8/12/2008 12:56:00 PM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Receipt by Rebbe Meir Baal ha-Nes Fund
Title (Hebrew)    קבלה מקופת רבי מאיר בעל הנס
Author    [Community - Only Ed. - Unrecorded]
City    Nagyvarad
Publisher    Hoenig
Publication Date    1921
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   [2] ff., 190:98 mm., light age staining, creased.
          
Detailed
Description
   Receipt by the Rebbe Meir Baal ha-Nes Fund in Nagyvarad to Judah Grinfeld for donation to the fund. Beginning with the 18th century a Rebbe Meir Ba'al ha-Nes box was found in almost every Jewish home, and housewives dropped small change into it just before kindling the Sabbath lights. Due to the miraculous deeds connected with the tomb of Rebbe Meir, it was customary to contribute money, candles, or oil for lighting as a specific protection against all kinds of ailments and dangers; it was also done in the hope of finding something lost, of having children, or of driving away evil thoughts. It is clear, however, that the box also symbolized the longing for Erez Israel where the money was distributed through several competitive Kollels.
          
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Listing Classification
Period
20th Century:    Checked
  
Location
Other:    Hungary
  
Subject
Other:    Receipt
  
Characteristic
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Judeo-German
  
Manuscript Type
  
Kind of Judaica