Letter: T-S 6J8.4

Letter T-S 6J8.4



Letter in the hand of Avraham Maimonides (d. 1237) or his son David asking a cantor to arrange a collection in the synagogue on a Thursday morning for two chickens and bread for a poor, old, sick man. (Information from Mediterranean Society, II, p. 463, and from Amir Ashur; cf. T-S Misc.8.18, written in a similar hand and layout.) Dating: 13th century

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S. D. Goitein, unpublished editions.
  1. אמת
  2. אלחזן אבו אלרצא שצ
  3. ידבר חאמלהא פי
  4. פרוגין וכבז יום
  5. אלכמיס פי בית
  6. הכנסת תחצלהם לה
  7. ענד כרוג ספר
  8. תורה המקודש
  9. לאנה עני וזקן וחולה
  10. ואין לאל ידו ושלום


Mark Cohen, The Voice of the Poor in the Middle Ages (Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2005).


May the cantor AbuʾI-Riḍā, (may your) R(ock) p(rotect you), kindly arrange a collection for the bearer for two chickens and bread on Thursday morning in the synagogue, when the holy Torah is taken out. He is poor, old, and sick, and lacks strength And peace.


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