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Lot #    24643
Auction End Date    9/22/2009 10:52:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Selihot in Yiddish
Title (Hebrew)    סליחות אין טייטשן
Author    [First Ed. - Liturgy - Women] R. Jacob ha-Levi
City    Prague
Publisher    Moses Katz
Publication Date    1602
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   First edition. 64 (of 66) ff., 303:175 mm., title and f. 11 in facsimile, usual age staining, corners rounded, heavy usage stains. A good copy of an extremely rare prayerbook bound in contemporary leather boards, rubbed, lacking spine.
Paragraph 1    Very rare - no copy in Prague State Museum; not in CD-EPI; Ben Jacob #389 (p. 421) describes custom as Polish Ritual! This error is followed by other bibliographers as the work remained unseen by them.
   First and perhaps only edition of a year-round penitential prayer book for women in Yiddish by R. Jacob b. Elijah ha-Levi of Teplitz. The title invites "wives" to come and recite the prayers herein which will result in prayers being answered. The work, a translation of the Selihot, follows the ritual and customs of the Alt-neu Shul in Prague. The entire work in set in Wayberish fonts which was intended for women, common folk, and children, as they generally did not comprehend Hebrew.

Selihot are a special order of service consisting of non-statutory additional prayers which are recited on all fast days, on occasions of special intercession and during the Penitential season which begins before Rosh Ha-Shanah and concludes with the Day of Atonement. The word selihah means forgiveness, and in the singular is used to indicate a piyyut whose subject is a plea for forgiveness for sins.

   Vinograd 119
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Listing Classification
17th Century:    Checked
Other:    Bohemia
Liturgy:    Checked
Other:    Women's Literature
First Editions:    Checked
Language:    Yiddish
Manuscript Type
Kind of Judaica