Shir Jededot, Djerba 1926 (48439)

שיר ידידות - Liturgy

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Lot Number: 48439
Title (English): Shir Jededot
Title (Hebrew): שיר ידידות
Note: Liturgy
City: Djerba
Publisher: דפוס הציוני של דוד עידאן ושותפו
Publication Date: 1926
Estimated Price: $200.00 USD - $500.00 USD
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Physical Description

[1], 35 ff., octavo, 155:115 mm., light age staining, wide uncut margins. A very good copy bound as issued.

 

Detail Description

Kabbalisitic liturgies and poetry following the customs and rites of North African communities. Djerba is an island off the coast of Tunisia. In ancient times it was an important Phoenician trading center. According to the local tradition, the Jewish settlement there dates to the reign of King Solomon. A family of priests fleeing Jerusalem in the year 70 C.E. is said to have transported one of the Temple gates to Djerba. It is believed to be enclosed in the synagogue, called al-Ghariba (the extraordinary) of the Hara al-Saghira (the Small Quarter), which is situated in the center of the island, a much frequented place of pilgrimage. The population consisted mainly of kohanim (priests) with a small sprinkling of others, although there were no levites among the residents. According to tradition, the absence of levites on the island is the result of a curse against them by Ezra because they refused to answer his request to send levites to Israel (cf. Ezra 8:15), and they all died. The history of the Jews of Djerba includes three serious persecutions: in the 12th century under the Almohads; in 1519 under the Spanish; and in 1943 under the Nazis. Maimonides, in a letter to his son, expressed a low opinion of their superstitions and spiritual capacity, but praised them for their faith. In the 19th and 20th centuries the yeshivot of Djerba produced many rabbis and writers and they provided rabbis for the communities of North Africa. In 1946 there were some 4,900 Jews in Djerba. Their number dwindled to about 1,500 by the late 1960s, the majority emigrating to Israel and settling on moshavim (many of them on moshav Eitan).

 

Hebrew Description

  בו נקבצו ובאו שירי... תהלות, אשר נהגו... לשורר... בשמחות... נערכו ונאספו מפה... ראשונים ואחרונים, רובם ככלם התבודדות והתרפקות כנסת ישראל לפני אבינו שבשמים...

בשער: "תחת השגחת המדפיסים... מעתוק בן מרידך בשירי... מעתוק בן ר’ דוד חדאד". ‬

פזמונים בלתי מנוקדים, בשתי קבוצות: בקבוצה הראשונה נב פזמונים של "ראשונים" ובקבוצה השניה לא פזמונים של "אחרונים", משוררים מקומיים בתוניס.

דף ד,ב-ה: פיוט בלערבי עלא בר יוחי.

 

Reference

Bibliography of the Hebrew Book 1470-1960 #000316648