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    Legal documentBodl. MS heb. f 103/41

    Legal record in the hand of Mevorakh b. Natan. On 27 Kislev, the blind woman Sitt Ṣāfī receives from Abū l-Makārim Jābī l-Rubʿ 10 dirhams …

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    LetterCUL Or.1080 J213

    Letter from Moshe b. Nissim to an unknown addressee. In Judaeo-Arabic. He asks the addressee to sell on his behalf four copies of th She'eltot …

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    LetterMoss. IV,4

    Letter of appeal for charity from Manṣūr b. Ibrāhīm Ibn Naḥum to the Nagid Shemuel b. Ḥananya. In Judaeo-Arabic. The sender opens by mentioning that …

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    Legal documentCUL Or.1080 J48

    Recto: Letter of recommendation addressed to Aharon ha-Ḥazzan. In Hebrew, calligraphically written. Headed with the title 'Rosh ha-Seder.' Requesting that Aharon look after a blind …


    ‎ULC Or 1080 J 48 + TS 8 J 22, fol. 14 + ENA 4011, fol. 25, ed. S. D.Goitein, "The Communal activities of Elhanan b. Shemarya" (Hebrew),Jos…

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    LetterENA 2727.35 + ENA 2560.9

    Letter from Natan ha-kohen b. Mevorakh, Ashkelon, to Avraham b. Elazar, Fustat. Dated 1130. This is a letter of recommendation for a man who recently …


    ‎ENA 2727.35
    ‏ בשמ רחמ ‎ 1
    ‏ עבדא אלחצרה אלסאמיה אלאגליה אלתקתיה אל[…

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    LetterENA 2560.9 + ENA 2727.35

    Letter from Natan ha-Kohen b. Mevorakh and one other person, in Ashqelon, to Avraham b. Elʿazar, in Fustat. In Judaeo-Arabic. Dating: 1130 CE. Bottom missing. …

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    LetterT-S 8J16.29

    Letter written by a Byzantine scribe in Egypt on behalf of an unnamed blind man, addressed to a charitable administrator called ‘Eli ha-Kohen b. Hayyim …

    ‏ לכבוד גדולת קדושת הדרת נזר ועטרת ‎ 1
    ‏ אל מרנא ורבנא עלי הפרנס הנאמן החכם והנבון ‎ 2
    ‏ הצדיך התם הישר שעשה עמי טובות הרבה ‎ 3
    ‏ …

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    LetterT-S 12.3

    Letter from a Maghribi silversmith named Efrayim b. Ishaq of Ceuta, Morocco, who had fled Almohad persecution in his native country about 35 years earlier. …

    ‏ לו בכם זכרים [ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . …

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    LetterT-S 12.13

    Letter. The sender, a newcomer in Fustat from Yemen, describes himself as 'a pigeon whose wings have been clipped' (line 1), writes to his brother …

    ‏ אלי בנתה וקד בקית מתל חמאם מקצץ אלאגנחא ולמא קד ‎ 1
    ‏ ת . . . ת עלי נפסי פי אלספר אלי אסכנדריא קולת עסא אני . . . ‎ 2
    ‏ …

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    LetterT-S 8J37.10

    Petition from Yusuf requesting help from the addressee, Natan, for a woman who has weak vision and a blind daughter. The sender also enquires after …

    ‏ ]יב נתן הזקן הקבה לא ‎ 1
    ‏ ] פהמת תצמנה וקד עלמת ‎ 2
    ‏ …

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    LetterT-S 12.24

    Begging letter, prefaced with a rhyming poem, from Isaac the blind ("bereft of all the pleasures of the world"), asking for assistance from Ismaʿīl b. …

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    LetterCUL Or.1080 J235

    Abū l-Majd, in Alexandria writes to his cousin Judge Elijah, in Damascus (?) on a business trip. See Goitein Nachlass material. Judge Elijah may in …

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    Legal documentCUL Add.3417

    Recto and verso: Draft of a legal document. Abu Saʿd al-Levi undertakes to provide his elderly father Shemuel with food and drink and the money …

    ‏ . . . אמונה אטעמה ואסקיה ואזן ענה נצף גאליתה אן דאמת ‎ 1
    ‏ עלי הדא אלצרף //אעני…

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    LetterT-S 6J2.10

    Letter from a certain Ḥ[alfon] (?) to Shemarya b. David requesting an appointment as a religious functionary. Egypt, 1213 (?). He cannot work because of …


    ‎II, 68
    ‏ אלעבד חל[פון...] ‎ 1
    ‏ יק צפ תפ הוד ועטרת וצניף כותרת מ[רנא ורבנא] ‎ 2
    ‏ שמריהו הנגיד הגדול נגיד הנגידים…

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    LetterT-S 13J18.18

    Letter from the wife of Maʿānī. Desperate letter of appeal to the 'courts' (judges) from a blind woman whose husband had fled to Alexandria and …

    ‏ אשריכם זורעי על כל מים משלחי רגל ה(שור) והח(מור) ‎ 1
    ‏ אשרי שומרי משפט עושה צדקה בכל עת ‎ 2
    ‏ אשרי…

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    LetterT-S Ar.53.37

    Letter from a blind man in Salonica to his son Ismāʿīl in Egypt. In Judaeo-Arabic. Written on vellum in a scholarly hand. The first page …


    ‎Page B
    ‏ מע צביה [[נ]] צגירה ולהא חט ואיצא אליהוד מא ‎ 1
    ‏ יתחשוני ומא ענדי שי נכרג בה אליכם ואנא פי ‎ 2
    ‏ ג נפוס ואכשא אן נת…

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    LetterT-S 16.284

    Letter from a son to his mother describing the events of his journey from Alexandria to Fustat and mentioning the illness of his uncle. Much …

    ‏ .] שיויתי ייי לנגדי תמיד כי מימיני בל אמוט ‎ 1
    ‏ ו]לדהא אבו אלברכאת געל פדאהא כתאבי אלי ‎ 2
    ‏ ח]צרה אלואלדה אלעזיזה …

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    LetterT-S 13J35.15

    Letter from Abū l-Faraj and his son Abū l-Majd in Bilbays to Eliyyahu the Judge (who is the cousin, ibn khāl, of Abū l-Faraj). They …


    ‎Recto
    ‏ מן ענד ממלוכה אבו אלמגד וואלדה אבו אלפרג ‎ 0
    ‏ …

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    LetterT-S 12.780

    Letter from a scholar from Ramla (who had lived for twenty years in Baghdad) to Nahray b. Nissim. Around 1095. Seems like a part of …


    ‎Recto:
    ‏ ] יראה בטוב ירוש ‎ 1
    ‏ …

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    LetterT-S 13J28.10

    Letter of appeal for charity from Yeḥezqel b. Ibrāhīm (the writer) and the former judge Moshe b. Shemarya to Abū ʿImran Mūsā b. Abī l-Ḥayy, …


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    ‏ שלום רב לאוהבי תורתך ואין למו מכשול ‎ 1
    ‏ סבב כתאבנא הדא אלי סידי הזקן היקר המכובד סגלת הישיבה ‎ 2
    ‏ הקבה…

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    LetterT-S Ar.42.165

    Letter in Arabic script from a blind man, Barakāt al-Jiblī, to the man with whom his son Ḥassūn lives, Sābiq al-Kohen b. Maḥfūẓ, dictated to …

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    LetterT-S 13J18.14

    Letter on behalf of Yaḥyā b. ʿAmmār of Alexandria addressed to ʿŪlla ha-Levi b. Yosef, a.k.a. Abū l-ʿAlā' Ṣāʿid b. Munajjā, a parnas (social welfare …

    ‏ עבדהא יחיי אלאסכנדראני ‎
    ‏ …

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    State documentT-S Ar.42.177

    State document. Petition to a Fatimid ruler in which the writer asks to be exempted from the payment of his capitation tax (of 1 + …

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    LetterBodl. MS heb. d 74/37

    Letter of appeal from an elderly, blind woman, mother of several sons and grandsons, to the Gaon Maṣliaḥ. Dating: 1127–38, based on the tenure of …

    ‏ ולתתך ע]ליון על כל הגוים אשר עשה ‎ 1
    ‏ לתהלה] ולשם ולתפארת ולהיותך עם ‎ 2
    ‏ …

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    LetterT-S 12.303

    Letter from the wife of Shemuel, a poor woman from al-Maḥalla, addressed to the Gaon Maṣliaḥ. She asks for assistance for herself and for her …

    ‏ אלעב[דה ‎ 1
    ‏ …

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    LetterT-S 10J17.9

    Letter from Yeshūʿa ha-Kohen b. Avraham ha-Galili, in Shubra Damsīs, to Efrayim b. Meshullam (judge, active 1142–54). Dated: 1142 CE (month of Av). The writer …

    ‏ בשמ ר]חמ ‎ 1
    ‏ ערף] אלקדים סבחאנה מא ענדי מן שגל ‎ 2
    ‏ אלקלב ו]אלשוק ואלאר…

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    LetterT-S NS J430

    Public appeal of a blind woman to the congregation of Fustat to pay the fee of 4 dinars charged by a Muslim physician for the …

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    LetterYevr.-Arab. II 1457

    Letter from a woman named Harja (הרגה), somewhere in Syria, to her mother, the wife of Mūsā Ibn Fayrūz, in Cairo. In Judaeo-Arabic. Dating: Late, …

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    LetterT-S 16.287

    Letter dated 15 Sivan 1208 from Yehuda b. Aharon b. al-'Ammani (Alexandria) to Abu l-Majd Meir b. Yakhin (Fustat). The first part (r.6-17) deals with …


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    ‏ בשמ רחמ כאדמה יהודה המלמד ‎
    ‏ …

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    LetterT-S 10J18.15

    Petition from Yefet ha-Melammed the schoolmaster to Avraham Maimonides; the latter's answer is on verso, lines 18–26. Yefet writes that he is ill and losing …

    ‏ (the "mysterious sign") ‎ 1
    ‏ …

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    LetterT-S 10J12.16

    Letter from a woman, in Fustat, to her son Abū l-Maḥāsin, in Funduq al-Qamra, Alexandria. Dictated to Abū Manṣūr. Likely belongs with T-S 10J19.26, in …


    ‎Recto:
    ‏ שלום רב לאוהבי תורתך ואין למו מכשול ‎ 1
    ‏ שלום שלום לרחו…

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    LetterT-S 13J9.4

    Letter from Shimʿon b. Shaʾul b. Yisraʾel ha-Ṭulayṭulī, in Jerusalem, to his sister Ballūṭa in Toledo. The writer (a Rabbanite) relays two years of news …

    ‏ בשם רם ונשא ‎ 1
    ‏ כתאבי אליך יאכתי וחביבה קלבי אטאל אללה…

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    LetterT-S 20.149

    Letter from the Egyptian physician ʿAfīf b. Ezra, in Gaza (detained there en route from Cairo to Safed), to Shemuel b. Yequtiel al-Amshāṭī, in Fustat. …


    ‎Recto:
    ‏ בש' רח' ‎ 1
    ‏ יחנ' ‎ 2
    ‏ …

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