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    LetterT-S AS 148.45

    Letter of condolence addressed to the Gaʾon Maṣliaḥ (1127–39).

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    LetterBodl. MS heb. d 66/87

    Letter from Abū l-Riḍā, it seems in Fustat, to his wife's brother Meʾir, perhaps in Damīra or at least nearby in the Rīf. In Judaeo-Arabic. …

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    LetterCUL Or.1080 J74

    Letter of condolence from the cantor Natan b. Mevorakh ha-Kohen, in Ashqelon, to the father of an Efrayim. The letter contains many biblical quotations. (Information …

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    LetterAIU VII.E.10

    Recto: a few lines of a Judaeo-Arabic letter, partly having to do with commercial matters (mentioning coal and glass) and the somewhat opaque phrase "if …

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    LetterCUL Or.1080 J221

    Letter of condolence in Hebrew.

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    LetterENA 2741.6

    Letter of condolence. In Hebrew and Judaeo-Arabic. Addressed to somebody known as Ibn al-Ḥ[...], probably in Manṣūra. Probably from Saʿadya b. Ṣadaqa ha-Ḥazzan.

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    LetterENA 2558.30b

    Letter probably addressed to Avraham Maimonides—[the son] of our Lord and Rabbi Moshe the Great Rabbi (ZL). In Judaeo-Arabic. It is written on a reused …

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    LetterT-S AS 149.30

    Letter from Yeshuʿab. Avraham ha-Kohen, the cantor of Shubrā Damsis to his maternal uncles, sons of Moshe ha-Kohen, perhaps in Fuwwa. With introductory citations, such …

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    LetterBL OR 10112B.21

    Letter of condolence. In Judaeo-Arabic. Dating: 11th or 12th century. The hand may be known. No names or specifics preserved.

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    LetterT-S K8.13

    Monumental letter of condolence in the hand of Mevorakh b. Natan. Addressed to a dignitary (השר המתאונן) and his mother (ולגברת מהללים הגבירה היקרה יולדתו …

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    LetterYevr.-Arab. II 1490

    Letter of condolence from Yūsuf b. Shemuel to his 'partner' (sharīk) Naṣrallāh. In Judaeo-Arabic.

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    LetterT-S Misc.25.123

    Letter of condolence in Hebrew and Judaeo-Arabic, on the death of 'the father.' Beautiful prose and calligraphic script. Likely a formulary.

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    LetterT-S Misc.27.3.10

    Letter of condolence from Shelomo ha-[...] b. Tammām(?) to [...] b. Yiṣḥaq(?), in Fustat. In Judaeo-Arabic. The writer calls the both the addressee and the …

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    LetterT-S J3.35

    Formularies for letters of condolence. (Information from Goitein's index card.) Hand of Shelomo b. Eliyyahu?

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    LetterT-S NS J372

    Letter in Judaeo-Arabic with a few lines of Hebrew headers. A letter of condolence upon hearing about the death of Abū l-Bishr.

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    LetterYevr. II A 1627

    Letter of condolence to Avraham b. Berakaha. In Hebrew. Dating: Catalogued as 18th century. Several other people are named in the letter.

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    LetterT-S NS J613

    Letter fragment. In Judaeo-Arabic. Addressed to Abū l-Surūr and [M]anṣūr. Conveys condolences on the death of their mother. On verso are a few words in …

    1. ] . . אל אמונה ואין עול צדיק וישר הוא
    2. ] אלאגלא אלשיך אבי אלסרור שצ
    3. מ]נצור שצ קדר מא חצל לנא מן
    4. ו]פאה אלואלדה אלמרחומה חצל

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    LetterT-S NS 225.109

    Letter of condolence in Judaeo-Arabic, containing lines typical of dirges in Hebrew.

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    LetterT-S NS 304.6

    Letter from Isḥāq b. Yaʿqūb, in Fustat, to the household of his nephew (sister's son) ʿImrān b. Abū Naṣr, in Jūjar. To be delivered to …

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    LetterT-S 8.70

    Recto: fragment of a letter in a crude hand, mentioning a woman’s death, מתה וערסה על השלחן. Verso: letter of consolation in a different hand, …

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    LetterMoss. VII,208.2

    Letter of condolence in Hebrew on a narrow strip of vellum. The writer mentions persecution by evildoers, which seems to be the reason that his …

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    LetterT-S 10J11.5

    Letter to Netanʾel b. Ṣedaqa (cf. ENA NS 21.3 and p. Heid. Hebr. 913) asking for assistance and extending condolences for the death of the …

    1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ]ו[ . . . . . . . . . . . . .
    2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ] ספרים נרשמים י…

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    LetterT-S 12.249

    Letter of condolence addressed to a certain Ḥemdat ha-Yeshiva, on the death of a woman (al-kabīra). Looks like the handwriting of Ḥalfon b. Menashshe ha-Levi …

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    LetterT-S AS 146.190

    Recto: Formulary for an elegant letter of condolence in Hebrew upon the death of a woman (described as a model wife, citing verses from Proverbs …

    1. נחמות כפולות חבילות חבילות כפי התלאות והתקל[ות
    2. שסבבו ועכבו ועלבו ושבו מרגלית דלית לה
    3. טמי מחמד עין העטרת והזין בבת עין
    4. תומכת חן שמפנינים מכרה רחוק אש…

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    LetterT-S J2.74

    Recto: Letter of condolence to a Nagid upon the death of R. ʿUzziʾel.

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    LetterCUL Or.1080 J20

    Letter by Dā'ūd b. Yehuda to the Judge Eliyyahu expressing astonishment that the Nagid (i.e., Avraham Maimonides) had not sent a letter of condolence at …

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    1. אלממלוך
    2. דאוד בר
    3. יהודה זצל
    4. ב
    5. וצל כתאב אלמולאי אלואלד אלאגל מו ור
    6. אילה(!) החכם המפלא הדיין החכם המשכיל
    7. שצ וסררת בעאפית אלמולאי אללה יגעלך לנא
    8. סנ…

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    LetterENA 3130.5

    Letter of condolence on the death of a woman. Maybe a copy or formulary, based on the layout.

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    LetterT-S 12.385

    Letter of condolence from Natan b. Shemuel he-Ḥaver to a notable named Netanʾel, probably Abū l-Mufaḍḍal Netanʾel b. Peraḥya. (His kunya is written at 90 …

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    LetterT-S AS 168.225 + T-S AS 168.224

    Two fragments of a letter in Judaeo-Arabic. Only the text in the right margin, is preserved, containing expressions of condolence apparently on the death of …

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    LetterJTS Krengel 114

    Letter of condolence in Judaeo-Arabic. Probably in the handwriting of Ṭoviyya b. ʿEli. Addressed to 'rabbenu.' He learned from Abū Ṣāliḥ of the death of …

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    LetterT-S K25.191

    Letter of condolence from Mawhūb b. Aharon ha-Ḥazzan, in Alexandria, to Nahray b. Nissim, in Fustat (?). Dating: ca. 1070. This is a draft. The …

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    1. הצור תמים פעלו
    2. קד עלם אללה גלת קדרתה מא נאלני [ 
    3. מן אלהם ואלקלק ושגל אלסר במא וצל [ 
    4. מולאי אבו סעד אחיאה אללה ורחמ[ 
    5. אלצנועה אלכשרה אלצדקת אלד…

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    1. הצור תמים פועלו; 
    2. אלוהים, תתהלל גבורתו, הוא היודע מה רבים הדאגה 
    3. והלבטים וטרדת הלב שאפפוני על מה שהביא…
    4. אדוני אבו סעד, ייתן לו אלוהים חיים,...…

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    LetterT-S NS 152.173

    Letter(s) of condolence. In Judaeo-Arabic, in some places rhyming. Containing many blessings and standard formulae. In fact verso is headed "taʿziya" ("condolence"), so these are …

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    LetterT-S 10J29.15

    Letter from Abū Saʿīd al-Bazzāz, in Alexandria, to Abū l-Barakāt b. Yefet, at the shop of Abū l-Fakhr Ibn al-Mashshāṭī (better known as Ibn al-Amshāṭī), …

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    1. . . . . . . . . . . . . [ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
    2. ועא . ל . [ . ]ה עלי ג[ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
    3. אן לטיף פא .…

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    LetterBodl. MS heb. b 11/4

    Letter of condolences to Hillel b. ʿEli on the death of his wife (?), wishing him to find consolation in the marriage of his son. …

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    LetterMoss. II,129

    Recto: Faded business letter in Judaeo-Arabic. Mentions "the rest of the dirhams" and "I say they are recorded in his ledger." Resembles the handwriting of …

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    LetterT-S 12.324

    Letter, faded, in eloquent Hebrew. Mentions "my brother R. Ḥalfon" arriving in the city and bad news that struck the writer to his very core, …

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    LetterT-S 8.20

    Letter from Faraḥ b. Yosef b. Faraḥ to Abū Saʿd Khalaf b. Sahl Sukkarī. The two also corresponded in T-S 8J27.13 (PGPID 3747), ca. 1056 …

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    LetterStras. 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 …

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    LetterENA 2808.28

    Lower fragment: Letter from an unidentified man, in Damascus, to a female family member, in Egypt. In Judaeo-Arabic. On recto, there are elaborate instructions for …

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    LetterCUL Or.1080 15.73

    Letter of condolence in Judaeo-Arabic and Hebrew to a certain Abū l-Ḥasan al-Mubārak b. [ʿIyad?]. On the death of a woman in his family (אלאשה …

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    LetterCUL Or.1080 J70 + CUL Or.1080 J179

    Letter(s) sent from Qūṣ to Fustat. Sender and addressee (called only Sayyidnā) remain unidentified. Two fragments, with another piece still missing in between them (if …

    CUL Or.1080 J179

    1. . . . . . ומא עסא אן יקולה אלממלוך
    2. או אן יעזי בה סידנא אללה תע בכרמה
    3. יעוצה בגן עדן ויעוצנא בחיאה
    4. אלמואלי אלסאדה אולא{ד}ה ובחיאה סי…

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    LetterT-S 24.61

    Letter of condolence on the death of the Nasi and Rayyis Sar Shalom (ll. 7, 38). Addressed to another Nasi (al-Rayyis al-Dā'ūdī), with blessings for …

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    LetterT-S 6J9.5 + T-S 8J16.2

    Letter from Hilāl to his brother Abū l-Majd (aka Meʾir b. Yakhin). In Judaeo-Arabic. Dating: Probably early 13th century, as these figures are known from …

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    LetterCUL Or.1080 3.42

    Long Hebrew letter of condolence to Seʿadya ha-Ḥaver upon the death of somebody (his father?). The writer describes the physicial and emotional agony that came …

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    LetterT-S Ar.36.141

    Recto: Letter of condolence. In Arabic script, written in an elegant hand (and with diacritics). Upon the death of the addressee's brother Abū l-Ḥasan. Bewails …

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    LetterBL OR 5557N.12

    Draft of letter of condolences from Efrayim b. Shemarya on the death of Toviyya b. Daniel, February 1043 (Gil's dating).

    1. עזא לאליה עלי טוביה השלישי
    2. מהללו צור להשפיעי ברכותיו בקבעי נפלאותיו בידעי
    3. המ/נ/פישי ומריעי ובחר ביום רביעי בו ברא מאורות
    4. לשעשעי והבדיל בו עתי שעי וז…

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    LetterT-S 10J17.26

    Letter of condolence from David b. Daniel to Abu'l Muna.

    1. בשמ רחמ
    2. אלשיך אבו אלמנא אדאם אללה תאיידה
    3. ונעמתה [ ]ל מואצלה
    4. אל [ ]חה ואללה בכרמה יסתגיבה
    5. פיה ויגע[ל ]
    6. אתצל בנא ופאה אלשיך אלעם רחמה אללה
    7. ורצי ענה וש…

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    LetterT-S 10J15.34

    Letter of condolence to Abu al-Faraj Yeshua b. Shabbatay on the death of his father. The letter starts with four Bible quotations (line 1, Dt. …

    1. הצור תמים פעלו כי כל דרכיו משפט וגו
    2. ראו עתה כי אני אני הוא ואין אלהים עמי וג
    3. זקנים משער שבתו בחורים וג
    4. צדיק ייי בכל דרכיו וחסיד וג
    5. אטאל אללה בקא חצר…

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    LetterYevr. II A 2893

    Letter of condolence from Yiṣḥaq b. Shelomo ha-Maskil to the brothers Binyamin and Yeshuʿa b. Shelomo. In Hebrew. Dated: Monday, 14 Heshvan 5571 AM, which …

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    LetterT-S NS 134.132 + T-S NS 108.44

    Recto: Copy of a letter of condolence for Maṣliaḥ Gaʾon (r. 1127–39 CE) upon the death of a son. Verso: A dirge with ṣidduq ha-din …

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