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  1. 101

    LetterMoss. VII,197.1

    Fragment from a letter of appeal in which the writer alludes to news 'that made my chest constrict and the world collapse on me.' He …

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  2. 102

    LetterT-S 8J22.14 + T-S 13J16.11 + T-S 13J22.21

    An Instruction to Avraham (b. Sahlan) to find money for a poor man.

    1. ראש כלא
    2. רבנא אברהם היקר המיוקר אהובנו חביבנו חשובנו תהי
    3. ברכה ותשא שלום אנת שמ צור דאכר חאל
    4. אלכמסה דראהם אלמאכודה ללצ'עיף מן אלפסיקה ואן אלכהן
    5. אלפאצ'…

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  3. 103

    LetterNLI 577.4/101

    Letter of appeal probably from Berakhot b. Shemuel, addressed to Abu l-Ḥasan the father of Abu l-Mufaddal. He says he has been a stranger in …

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  4. 104

    LetterT-S Ar.34.186

    Recto: Letter of appeal. In Judaeo-Arabic. In the name of a woman who is 'cut off and my husband is absent.' Also mentions her son, …

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  5. 105

    LetterT-S Ar.47.44

    Letter of appeal. In Judaeo-Arabic. Mentioning a pledge-drive (pesiqa) at holiday time.

    1. בשמ
    2. למא לם אגד סביל ללמתולי בחצרה רבנו הרב יחי
    3. לעד געלת הדה אלאסטר [. . .]וד ען גרץ ואחד
    4. . . . .]. . מצית מטלמא אלי חצרה סידנא שר
    5. השרים] ירום הודו פ…

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  6. 106

    LetterT-S Ar.38.52

    Letter(s) of appeal for charity. Likely drafts. In Arabic script. The one on recto is addressed to Abū Manṣūr and the one on verso is …

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  7. 107

    LetterT-S AS 149.80

    Letter from a certain Yisrael, in Jerusalem, to Avraham Castro (d. 1560), in Cairo. In Hebrew. Asking for charity and for his family of 8 …

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  8. 108

    LetterBL OR 5566D.5

    Letter of appeal for charity. In Judaeo-Arabic. Well-written. Refers to "three breads (akhbāz) a week." (Information from Goitein's index card.)

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  9. 109

    LetterBL OR 5561B.5

    Letter of appeal. Above, 13 lines of Hebrew blessings in large letters (perhaps a template purchased already filled out). Below, 6 lines of Judaeo-Arabic begging …

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  10. 110

    LetterENA 2557.147

    Recto (secondary use): Letter from Abū Naṣr b. Shaʾul, a poor teacher, to his friend. In Judaeo-Arabic. The writer asks him to intercede on his …

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  11. 111

    LetterT-S 12.32

    Highly fulsome letter of praise, consisting of 12 lines of praise in Hebrew, followed by 5 lines of Arabic script containing the actual content of …

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  12. 112

    LetterT-S Ar.50.78

    Letter fragment. In Judaeo-Arabic. Probably a letter of appeal for charity. Mentions the desolation of the synagogue of the Iraqis. This is the clean copy …

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  13. 113

    LetterBodl. MS heb. d 68/107

    Calligraphic letter from (thecantor Thabit Ibn al-Munajjim to Maṣliaḥ Gaon begging for charity, complaining about poverty and his dependents. (Information from Goitein's note card.) Same …

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  14. 114

    LetterBL OR 4856.1

    Recto: Hebrew letter of appeal from the old, poor man Yosef b. Elazar ha-Kohen to Avraham ha-Sar b. Elazar. The body of the letter occupies …

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  15. 115

    LetterBL OR 10794.16

    Letter of appeal for charity. There are 10 lines of flowery Hebrew praises for the recipient followed by a space and then six lines of …

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  16. 116

    LetterBL OR 5542.26

    Yizhaq ha-Kohen al-Nafusi (from Nafusa, Libya) who was thrown off by a donkey and was lying in the building of the synagogue of Alexandria without …

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  17. 117

    LetterBL OR 5561B.24

    Letter of recommendation. Late. In Hebrew, with some Aramaic and Judaeo-Arabic. The bearer Saʿīd b. Manṣūr the Yemeni is from a good family and has …

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  18. 118

    LetterBodl. MS heb. b 11/13

    An interesting begging letter by Yosef, the Samaritan priest, who apparently belonged to the Samaritan congregation in Fusṭāṭ. The letter has been edited, translated, and …

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  19. 119

    LetterBL OR 5545.2

    Letter of appeal to Avraham Maimonides, begging for financial assistance, mentioning an old man who is sick and the plight of at least two daughters. …

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  20. 120

    LetterAIU VII.E.172

    Letter in Hebrew (left side only) in a beautiful scribal handwriting from a man who was among the great men of Constantinople until the wheel …

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  21. 121

    LetterENA NS 60.18

    Letter of appeal or recommendation addressed to Moshe ha-Kohen. The introduction is in Hebrew and the body in Judaeo-Arabic. The writer reports that the bearer …

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  22. 122

    LetterENA NS 69.20

    Recto: Letter fragment in Judaeo-Arabic. The same scribe probably wrote ENA NS 69.20 and T-S AS 156.42, based on the handwriting similarity combined with the …

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  23. 123

    LetterENA NS 72.19

    Recto: Letter in Arabic script, regarding financial matters "innanī katabtu ilā marʾ(?) lahu ʿindahu danānīr", concerning a teacher (qad addanī muʿallim l-ṣabīyy). Also mentions Cairo. …

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  24. 124

    LetterMoss. IV,14.3

    Letter of appeal for charity. In Hebrew and Judaeo-Arabic. Interesting format: the opening praises are written in large blocky Hebrew, with the remaining content in …

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  25. 125

    LetterJRL Gaster heb. ms 1772/17

    Letter in Judaeo-Arabic. The writer is recovering from illnesses and is in difficult financial straits. He asks for a loan of 62 dirhams. Dating: likely …

    1. ירום] הודו ויגדל
    2. כבודו . . . . . . . . . . .] . מולנא אן אלשיך . . . . . אכד
    3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .] ען שהרין מן [אלשיך] אלסדיד
    4. . . . . . .…

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  26. 126

    LetterJRL Gaster ar. 352

    Letter addressed to Abū Saʿd. In Arabic script. The sender begs for an urgent loan of 5 dirhams, because he is sick. He will try …

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  27. 127

    LetterT-S K25.161

    Neatly written note to Nahray requesting that he address the community for Shemuel he-Ḥazzan ha-Mevin, since he needs help for his family and travel after …

    1. רבנו נהראי אדאם אללה תאיידה יחסן אלנטר למ
    2. שמואל החזן המבין פי גד ויכאטב לה אלגמאעה
    3. כתרהא אללה פי שי יסתעין בה עלי עאילתה
    4. ויכון אלמעול עליה ינגז תחצי…

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  28. 128

    LetterT-S NS 338.87

    Letter of appeal for charity. In Judaeo-Arabic. The topoi include weakness of vision and hearing and "all day long I sit in the corner of …

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  29. 129

    LetterMoss. VII,188.3

    Fragment of a begging letter addressed to Avraham Maimonides in the name of a poor, sick man.

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  30. 130

    LetterT-S 24.63

    Letter from Yaʿaqov ha-Meshorer b. Yiṣḥaq b. David Maʿaravi, in Hebron, to Yehoshuaʿ, descendant of the Negidim. In Hebrew and Judaeo-Arabic. Dating: Possibly Mamluk era. …

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  31. 131

    LetterT-S Ar.42.153

    Letter of appeal for charity. In Arabic script. Written in two columns. Asking the addressee to exchange the writer's possessions for food. Mentions Abū ʿAlī …

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  32. 132

    LetterT-S AS 145.19

    Informal note in Hebrew. Asking for money for supporting the sick people (?חולין) in the writer's household. (Information from Goitein's index card)

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  33. 133

    LetterENA NS 39.5

    Fragment of an official letter from Fustat addressed to a certain town in the Rīf (or perhaps a circular), exhorting them to be generous and …

    1. ונחן משגולין אלב[א]ל בהם מהתמין בהם למא כלפנאכם אמר הדה אלעני אלוצאל אליכם
    2. פענד וצולה אליכם תעלמוא גמאעה אחינו אנשי גאולתינו יברכם אלהינ[ו
    3. אנה מטלוב…

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  34. 134

    LetterHUC 1135

    Bifolio with letter(s) in both Arabic (in Arabic script) and Hebrew. All appear to be addressed to a notable or notables, praising him and appealing …

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  35. 135

    LetterStras. 4038/9

    Complete calligraphic letter of appeal to Yefet ha-Sar, a Levi, begging for money to help pay the capitation tax for the writer and his two …

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    "Salvation of the righteous comes from the Lord, He is their stronghold in time of trouble" (Psalm 37:39). 

    "Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, y…

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  36. 136

    LetterT-S 6J9.7

    Letter of recommendation for charity, addressed to Mishaʾel ha-Sar. Written on behalf of Hiba Ibn Zaʿfarān (the word before "saffron" isn't entirely clear, it could …

    1. אלדי אעלם בה הד יק צפ תפארת מר
    2. ור מישאל השר הנכבד היקר החכם
    3. והנבון החסיד הירא את ייי מנעוריו
    4. אנני מן אהל מצר רגל פקיר יקאל לי הבה
    5. בן זעפראן ומא אחתג…

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  37. 137

    LetterT-S 6J11.6

    Letter sent to a Nasi, possibly named Yishay, possibly in Acre. In Hebrew. Dating: Likely 13th century, based on the mention of the judge Peraḥya …

    1. ]ביה שלומים וחן וחסד ורחמים ו . . [
    2. ] וינחילך תורת ה . . . . . . . . . . . . . [
    3. אב]רהם זקן בא בימים . . . . . [
    4. ] גליות ישראל . . . . . . . . . . […

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  38. 138

    LetterT-S Ar.39.277

    Recto: Letter/petition from Barakāt Ibn al-Dayyān Abū l-Faraj (=Shelomo b. Eliyyahu the Judge). In Arabic script. A narrow vertical strip is missing from the right …

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  39. 139

    LetterT-S AS 153.210

    Verso: note from an invalid begging for oil for the synagogue lamp (al-tamid) for the sabbath to be sent with the carrier of the note. …

    1. בר
    2. יא מולאי עבדך מריץ ואלתמיד
    3. מא פיה שי לשבת פאן
    4. תפצלת סיר לי מע מוצל
    5. הדה אלרקעה אלזית
    6. ושלמך יגדל

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  40. 140

    LetterT-S Ar.48.42

    Recto, with address on verso: Letter of appeal. In Judaeo-Arabic. From a certain Yiṣḥaq, in Malīj, to a certain Nissim, probably in Fustat. Goitein identifies …

    1. בשמך רחמנא
    2. כתאבי אליך יא מולי ואל
    3. עזיז עלי גמע אללה ביננא
    4. אן שא אללה וקד כרגת
    5. אלי מליג ומא כרגת חתי
    6. בלגת אלסכין אלעטם ומא
    7. בקי לי לא תוב לא ללסבת
    8. ולא…

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  41. 141

    LetterT-S NS J539

    Letter of appeal for charity for assistance in paying the capitation tax. In Hebrew (for the introduction) and Judaeo-Arabic (for the body). From the cantor …

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  42. 142

    LetterT-S 13J9.17

    Letter asking for financial help, sent from Jerusalem to Bilbays and signed by Yosef b. Gershon and Yeḥiel ha-Ṣarfati (the Frenchman). For a discussion in …

    1. שאלו שלום ירושלם ישליו וגו'
    2. אליכם אדני קהלות ואדוני תהלות המפיצים ממאור/ם/
    3. תהלות ולא בלבבם מסלות מלאכי אלקים העולים
    4. במעלות גבוהים העומדים לנצח ומעמי…

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  43. 143

    LetterT-S AS 152.227

    Letter of appeal for charity. Fragment (upper part only). The op line is in Arabic script (the address?), and the rest in Judaeo-Arabic. The sender …

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  44. 144

    LetterT-S Misc.27.4.9

    Letter of appeal for charity or assistance. Addressed to Peraḥya ha-Kohen. The sender came down with an illness (wa-thāra ʿalā ʿabdih al-maraḍ) and he has …

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  45. 145

    LetterAIU VII.E.168

    Recto: Fragment of a letter in Judaeo-Arabic to al-Shaykh al-Muhadhdhab, perhaps begging for charity. Mentions necessity/want (al-ḍurūra) several times and concludes with, "I have no …

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  46. 146

    LetterT-S 13J9.11

    Letter and a responsum, on either side of the same sheet of paper, detailing the story of a man in distress, particularly because of debt. …

    1. אלממלוך יקבל אלארץ לפני הדרת מושב אד[ונינו
    2. ירומם ויגדל ויחיה לעד וינהי //אנה// כאן קד אחצר
    3. לפני הדרת מושבו ירומם רקעת תתצמן בעץ
    4. שרח חאלה פכרג בעץ תל…

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    Concerning Reuben against whom there is a bill of debt [...], and he lacks the means to pay and does not have that with which to support himsel…

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  47. 147

    LetterT-S NS J139

    Letter addressed to the Nagid Abū l-Faḍl Shemuel (= Shemuel b. Ḥananya?). In Hebrew (for the introduction) and Judaeo-Arabic (for the body). Evidently a letter …

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  48. 148

    LetterT-S Ar.30.163

    Letter in Arabic script. The sender is a man from Alexandria who was forced to flee from that city because he was unable to pay …

    1. ] سيدنا حفضه الله تعالا ان رجل من اهال
    2. اسكندرية ان له عشرة ايام بلمشي هو وابنه
    3. ضلموه في ابنه طلبو يوزنوه وما جله(؟) واحتجت احدنا
    4. وهربت ولم املك خروب…

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  49. 149

    LetterBodl. MS heb. f 107/53

    Letter of appeal for charity. In Judaeo-Arabic. The writer needs help paying the capitation tax (jāliya). The addressee had previously said something about talking to …

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  50. 150

    LetterENA NS 7.78

    Letter of appeal for charity. In Judaeo-Arabic. The writer explains that the family has no money for the coming holiday and no wood or oil; …

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    1. ] . .אלנא [. . . . .] . מן אנק . . . . . צ[
    2. ] ואלעאילה ולנא בהדא אלחאל מדה
    3. ] . כנא נג[א]ז(?) אלזמאן ונדאפעה
    4. . . אקק כימא(?) אן לא נקול לאחד . …

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