Legal document: T-S 8.161

Legal document T-S 8.161

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Testimony made by unknown members of the Jewish community (the signatures are either cut off or were never added). Location: Fustat. Dated: First decade of Iyyar 1540 Seleucid, which is 1229 CE, under the authority of Avraham Maimonides (called 'adon' and 'gaʾon' but not 'nagid'). T-S NS J66 (mainly Hebrew) and T-S 8.161 (mainly Judaeo-Arabic) are versions of the same document. The undersigned say that when they lived in Jerusalem, Yeshuʿa b. Shelomo ha-Levi regularly went up to the Torah for the Levi blessings when no other Levi was present. Moreover, they confirmed this from asking the people of his country. This document was drawn up for him to carry with him as support for his claim to be a Levi. Goitein summarizes it as follows: "How even the poorest of the poor would jealously guard his rights in these matters [participation in prayer] may be seen from a document certifying that a certain young "Levi" was called up in Jerusalem to read a part of the Scripture lection, when no other local or foreign "Levi" was present. This rather comical testimony was given to him "so that he might not be put to shame" (Med Soc II, p. 161). (Information in part from Goitein, Palestinian Jewry, p. 336–37.) VMR. ASE.

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  • נקול נחן אלשהוד [אלכא]תמון בהדה
  • אלשהאדה אן למא כנא סכאן בירשלים
  • אלמכרובה בעונותנו הרבים כאן ישועה
  • הבחור הלוי [בן שלמה ה]לוי נע כאן יטלע
  • ספר תורה לוי [בשבת]ות ובמועדים
  • ובחול במחצרנא מדה זמאניה ונחן
  • אלשהוד נעלם באנה לוי עלי תביין
  • לנא מן כלאם אכתר אהל בלדה וכאן
  • יטלע ספר תורה בחצרתנא ובחצרה גירנא
  • מן גמאעה ישראל פלמא אלתמס מנ[א
  • הדה] אלשהאדה אתבתנאהא ליכון
  • בידה לזכו ולראיה פי אלעשר אלאול
  • מן שהר אייר שנת אתקמ לשטרות בפסטאט
  • מצרים רשות אדוננו גאוננו אברהם יהי שמו לעד
  • והכל שריר ובריר וקיים
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