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Receipt by Rebbe Meir Baal ha-Nes Fund
קבלה מקופת רבי מאיר בעל הנס
[Community - Only Ed. - Unrecorded]
This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
 ff., 190:98 mm., light age staining, creased.
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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