Letter: Stras. 4038/10

Letter Stras. 4038/10



A very eloquent letter of condolence from Avraham b. Natan Av ha-Yeshivah to someone addressed as "al-Kohen al-Parnas Ne'eman Beit Din," apparently on the occasion of the death of the addressee's father (he expresses condolences for "the mother of the orphan" in line 5). The writer describes his terrible distress that he shares with the addressee and emphasizes the theme of tziduk ha-din and tolerance of trials sent by God. In the last lines he conveys wishes for the longevity of Abu Kathir (the addressee's son?). The right margin is mostly effaced; the upper margin picks up, "they asked me to write a letter of condolence on their behalf, but the bearer was in a hurry, so I sufficed with these lines. Peace." ASE.