Legal document: Yevr.-Arab. II 1573

Legal document Yevr.-Arab. II 1573

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Legal document, Qaraite. Conditional divorce. Dated: Monday, 21 Heshvan 5516 AM, which is 1755 CE. The document describes a quarrel between ʿOvadya b. Eliyyahu Rofe known as Ḥakīm and his wife ʿAzīza bt. Avraham Levi known as רכס(?). "The evil inclination overpowered him" and he made a vow that he would either bring all of her possessions from her mother's house that very day, or she would become forbidden to him. The day passed and he did not fulfill his vow. He now declares that if he ever travels or runs away, the court may give ʿAzīza the bill of divorce. It seems he will remain responsible for supporting any children. It is not entirely clear what the first part of the story has to do with the conditional divorce in case he runs away. Scribed and witnessed b: Eliyyahu Rofe known as Zaʿir. Other witnesses: Naḥum Kohen Gabbay(?) b. Aharon Kohen known as Ḥātūm(?); Eliyyahu David Rofe b.(?) Elishaʿ Rofe. Merits further examination. Cf. Yevr.-Arab. II 1275 (another conditional divorce).