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Lot #    6365
Auction End Date    1/13/2004 10:58:00 AM (mm/dd/yyyy)
Title Information
Title (English)    Shir Hamalos-Tsetl
Title (Hebrew)    שמירה לילד וליולדות
Author    [Broadside - Kabbalah]
City    Jerusalem
Publisher    S. Zukerman
Publication Date    c. 1890
Collection Information
Independent Item    This listing is an independent item not part of any collection
Description Information
   Broadside, quarto, 270:210 mm., creased.
   Kabbalsitic Shir Hamalos-Tsetl 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 Shir Hamalos-Tsetl 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 Shir Hamalos-Tsetl 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.” This Shir Hamalos is physically larger than current Shir Hamalos, and is especially attractive. There is alarge hand with inscriptions in the top center, and below it a kabbalistic circle with an eye and text. A prayer from the Hida (R. Hayyim Joseph David AzulaI, 1724–1806) is to the right of the hand. Below, on the right of the kabbalistic figure are the names Adam, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the left, Eve, Sarah, Rivkah, and Leah, followed by an imprecation against witches.
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