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Bidding Information
Lot #    34799
Auction End Date    7/17/2012 10:52:30 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
          
Title Information
Title (English)    Shemira poster for male newborn
Title (Hebrew)    שמירה להילד למז'ט זכר
Author    [Kabbalah - Liturgy - Unrecorded]
City    Warsaw
Publication Date    1898
          
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
          
Description Information
Physical
Description
   [1] p., 192:145 mm., light age staining, wide margins. Not in CD-EPI.
          
Detailed
Description
   Kabbalsitic Shemira poster normally placed by the crib of newborns, or according to other customs above the bed of the woman and above the doorposts of the room. The Shemira poster is also known by other names, such as kindbet, tsetl, and Shmir-Tsetl. In all cases its purpose is to protect the baby from Lilith or other harmful spirits. The name comes from Psalm 121, which here appears below the header, Shemira le-yeled ve-yaldah. That Psalm begins, “A Song of Maalot. I will lift up my eyes to the mountains. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who watches you will not slumber. Behold, he who watches Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.”
          
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Listing Classification
Period
19th Century:    Checked
  
Location
Russia-Poland:    Checked
  
Subject
  
Kabbalah:    Checked
Liturgy:    Checked
  
Characteristic
Language:    Hebrew
  
Manuscript Type
  
Kind of Judaica
  
Posters:    Checked