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    LetterENA NS 19.2

    Recto: Letter fragment addressed to al-Shaykh al-Makīn Abū l-Faraj. In Judaeo-Arabic. The writer's wife is very sick. The next part of the story is lost, …

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    LetterT-S Ar.35.276

    Letter in Arabic script. Fragment (lower part only). In lines 2–3 there is a report on the illness of a woman, who is now doing …

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    LetterT-S NS 305.15

    Letter addressed to al-shaykh Abū l-[...] al-Yahūdī in Fustat. From his family members (maybe a brother?) outside of the capital. They urge him to come …

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    LetterT-S 13J24.18

    Letter sent from Fustat by Shelomo b. Eliyyahu ha-Dayyan to Sitt Rayhan, expressing concern about her health (r3–11, v20, address), dealing with a house of …

    ‏ אלי סת ריחאן וגה אללה להא באלעאפיה ‎ 1
    ‏ וגמע שמלנא בהא ק…

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    LetterT-S 8J33.7

    Upper part of a letter from Musa b. Yusuf b. Nissim, possibly to Ishaq al-Nafusi (line 8), who had written regarding the wife of his …

    ‏ ממלוכה שאכר תפצלה ‎ 1
    ‏ מוסי בן יוסף בן נסים נ…

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    LetterT-S 13J19.5

    Letter from ʿEli b. Hillel to his brother-in-law Ḥalfon b. Menashshe. In Judaeo-Arabic. The writer opens with expressions of mourning for the death of a …

    ‏ בשמך רח ‎ 1
    ‏ וצל כתאב חצרה מולאי אלשיך אלא[ג…

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    LetterT-S 12.415

    Letter sent from Alexandria by a father to his son, who had run away to the army, trying to bring him back. (Information from Goitein's …

    ‏ אלדי אעלם בה ולדי ולעזיז עלי [ו]ענדי קרב ‎ 1
    ‏ אללה אלאגתמאע בה קר/י/ב אן שא אללה ‎ 2
    ‏ וגי…

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    LetterT-S 13J18.5

    Letter from Natan ha-Kohen b. Yosef to Yiṣḥaq ha-Kohen b. Yaʿaqov the judge, whom he calls his son. He writes about some small business matters …

    ‏ בשמך רחמנה ‎ 1
    ‏ …

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    LetterT-S 8J40.5

    Letter from Yefet b. Shemuel to Moshe ha-Sar b. Peraḥya. In Judaeo-Arabic. Regarding the affairs of scholars and inquiring about the needs of a little …

    ‏ ממלוכה ואכוה ‎ 1
    ‏ יפת ביר שמוא…

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    LetterMoss. VII,159.2

    Letter from Ibn al-Nasr (the son of the eagle?) to Abū l-Maḥāsin al-Tājir, in Alexandria. In Judaeo-Arabic. The writer includes a request for medicinal substances. …

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    LetterBodl. MS heb. g 12/53

    Informal note addressed to 'the brother' R. Zekharya. In Judaeo-Arabic. (Is this Shelomo b. Eliyyahu writing to Abū Zikrī?) He asks him not to detain …

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    LetterT-S 13J7.12

    Verso: Letter in the handwriting of Moshe b. Levi ha-Levi. He has arrived safely (presumably from Fustat to Qalyub). He tells the addressee to take …

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    LetterENA NS I.28

    Letter in Judaeo-Arabic of a man to his social superior mentioning that a Nasi asked the writer's father to travel with him to Alexandria. The …


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    ‏ ] צגר משמא . [ ‎ 1
    ‏ ] . ואשד . . אלממלוך [ ‎ 2
    ‏ …

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    LetterENA NS 4.17

    Family letter in Hebrew. May be in the hand of Moshe b. Levi ha-Levi. The writer sends wishes for the recovery of a woman in …

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    LetterT-S AS 147.54

    Letter to a woman. In Judaeo-Arabic. The addressee had left when she was ill (marīḍa). The writer mentions Sulaymān, whom they had not seen for …

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    LetterHalper 419

    Letter from an unknown man, unknown location (not Fustat or Alexandria), to his mother Umm Mufaḍḍal, in Alexandria. Written in Judaeo-Arabic with the address in …

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    LetterCUL Or.1080 J41

    Recto, with address on verso: Letter from Saʿdān b. Ḥ[...] to his 'brother' Abū Zikrī Yaḥyā b. Yiṣḥaq(?). The addressee had sent a letter reporting …

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    LetterT-S 10J17.15

    Letter fragment probably from ʿEli b. Hillel to his brother-in-law Ḥalfon b. Menashshe (identification is tentative, based on comparison with T-S 13J19.5). In Judaeo-Arabic. Mentions …

    ‏ וא [ ‎ 1
    ‏ אסתקר ב[ ‎ 2
    ‏ …

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    LetterT-S 13J19.23

    Letter from Amram b. Yiṣḥaq in Alexandria to Ḥalfon b. Nethanel in Fustat. The letter was written in the 5th of April 1142. The letter …


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    ‏ תאלת ‎
    ‏ …

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    LetterMoss. IV,40.1

    Recto: Letter fragment in Judaeo-Arabic. Mentions a sick woman. Verso: A few words in Arabic script.

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    LetterYevr. III B 669

    Letter from Yeḥezqel b. Shemuel to an unknown addressee. In Judaeo-Arabic. He reports that Sitt ʿAnbar is very sick, and she has developed a delusion …

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    LetterENA 2808.30

    Letter in Judaeo-Arabic. Fragmentary (horizontal piece from the middle). Mentions a woman going up to Fustat and litigating over 20 dinars. "And if her travel …

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    LetterT-S 8J18.3

    Letter likely from Abū Yaʿqūb b. al-Najera. Addressed to Ḥalfon b. Netanel, likely in Lucena. Dating: likely August 1138 CE. Identifications and datings are based …

    ‏ ח33 ‎
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    LetterMoss. IV,91.1 + T-S 8J29.15

    Letter of condolence from Ḥalfon b. Menashshe to his brother-in-law Abū l-Ḥasan ʿAlī b. Hilāl (=ʿEli b. Hillel) al-Ḥazzan al-Baghdādī. Headed by 'בשמ' רחמ and …

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    LetterT-S 12.7

    Letter from [...] b. Avraham ha-Kohen to Abū l-ʿAlā' Ṣāʿid b. al-Munajjā al-Ne'eman. In Judaeo-Arabic (recto) and Arabic script (verso; the text block containing 8 …

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    LetterT-S 12.495

    Letter from a woman, probably in Alexandria, to her paternal uncle. In Judaeo-Arabic. Dating: ca. 1030 CE. The writer's family, a family of merchants that …

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    LetterT-S 12.789

    Letter from the judge Natan b. Shelomo ha-Kohen (dated documents 1125-50), in Fustat, to his cousin Ṭoviyya b. ʿEli, in a provincial town. In Judaeo-Arabic. …

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    LetterMoss. II,193

    Recto: Letter in Arabic script. Missing only the first couple lines. The writer mentions exchanges of goods (ll.2–3); the rent of a house (l. 3); …

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    LetterT-S Ar.30.150

    Letter of appeal addressed to a Jewish dignitary (ha-dayyan ha-maskil). The introduction is in Hebrew and the body is in Judaeo-Arabic. The writer prays that …

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    LetterCUL Or.1081 J21

    Letter from Benaya b. Mūsā to Abū l-Afrāḥ ʿArūs b. Yūsuf. In Judaeo-Arabic. The purpose of the letter is to explain why the writer never …

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    LetterT-S 8J17.33

    Letter from a man troubled with private and public disasters, including business concerns and his wife’s illness, leading him to write that "Could I find …

    ‏ ולא עלא מא ידעא עלי בה וכאצה פי הדא ‎ 1
    ‏ …

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    LetterT-S 13J25.2

    Letter from Abū l-Faḍl and his mother, perhaps in Fustat, to his father Abū Naṣr, in Asyūṭ. In Judaeo-Arabic. Much of the letter is in …

    ‏ בשמ רחמ ‎ 1
    ‏ …

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    LetterT-S 12.377

    Letter from Moshe b. Levi ha-Levi, in Qalyub, to family members in Fustat. He inquires briefly about commercial dealings before insisting that there is no …

    ‏ בש רח וח ‎ 1
    ‏ ויא…

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    LetterENA 1822a.3

    Recto: Letter from a teacher to a parnas. In Judaeo-Arabic. Dating: Likely late 11th or early 12th century, based on the mention of Abū l-Bishr …


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    ‏ בשמ רחמ ‎ 1
    ‏ צבח אללה מולאי אלפרנס אלנאמן באנעם צבאח…

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    LetterENA NS 21.5

    Letter from Yaʿqūb b. Isḥāq to Abū ʿImrān [...] and perhaps ultimately to the writer's son (li-waladī). In Judaeo-Arabic (for the letter) and Arabic script …

    ‏ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ]אלויה אטאל אללה ‎ 1
    ‏ . . . . . . . . . . .]הא ועלאהא ותמכינהא ‎ 2
    ‏ …

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    LetterYevr.-Arab. II 1418

    Letter from Dā'ūd b. Shuqayr, probably in the Levant, to his son Shemuel b. Dā'ūd b. Shuqayr, in Cairo. In Judaeo-Arabic. Dating: Catalogued as 15th …

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    LetterNLI 577.10/5

    Letter fragment in Judaeo-Arabic. The writer mentions a father and [Abū S]aʿīd al-Ḥazzān and being prostrated (inṭaraḥt) and cut off (munqaṭiʿa) on account of an …

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    LetterT-S K25.43

    Letter fragment (lower part) probably from Moshe b. Levi ha-Levi in Qalyub to his father in Fustat. In Judaeo-Arabic. Discusses sundry small business dealings (in …

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    LetterENA NS I.35

    Letter. From a woman (see lines 13–15), possibly in Bilbays, to the Nasi Shelomo b. Yishay. Dating: ca. 1240 CE. This letter was likely dictated. …

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    LetterBL OR 5542.25

    Note from Shelomo b. Eliyyahu to his brother, the physician Abū Zikrī, written in an extremely cursive script. He informs Abū Zikrī that the turban …


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    ‏ אבו אלברכאת געל פדאה ‎ 1
    ‏ אלי אלאך אלחכים אלעזיז אדאם ‎ 2
    ‏ אללה סלאמתה יע…

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    LetterT-S 8J16.2

    Letter (bottom part) from Alexandria to Fustat, dictated by Abu l-Najm Hilal, written down by Abu l-Muna, and addressed to Abu Ishaq b. Yaʿaqov at …


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    ‏ ותבלג סואלי לזוגתך ולא [ ‎ 1
    ‏ לי פי אלסטל מן כל בד ואנא [. . . . . . . . . . ] והדא ‎ 2
    ‏ פתח אללה בשי א…

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    LetterT-S 13J18.29

    Recto: Letter from a woman to her son Abū l-Faḍā'il al-Yahūdī al-Bawāridī ('the maker of cooling or cold vegetables') in al-Qamra, Alexandria. She describes a …

    ‏ كتابي אלי אלואלד (!) אלעזיז אטאל אללה בקאה ‎ 1
    ‏ ומן חסן אלתופיק לא אכלאה וגמעני ואיאה ‎ 2
    ‏ …

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    LetterT-S 10J13.24

    Recto: Letter from (or written on behalf of) a woman to her son Avraham ('Rabbenu'). In Judaeo-Arabic. Dating: Probably no earlier than 14th century, and …


    ‎Recto:
    ‏ סלאם אללה תעאלי ורחמתה וברכאתה עלי אל ‎ 1
    ‏ ולד אלעזיז כהר אברהם רבינו יצו [[אעלם]] ‎ 2
    ‏ מן אמך תסלם עליך ואעלם באן אלדי בתעמלו ‎ 3
    ‏…

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    LetterCUL Or.1081 J5

    Letter sent by a physician from Qalyub, who had opened an office in Fustat, inviting his wife (who is his paternal cousin) to join him …

    ‏ בה ‎ 1
    ‏ …

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    LetterT-S 13J23.10

    Letter from ʿAmram b. Yosef, in Alexandria, to Nahray b. Nissim. Asking Nahray to intervene with Ḥasan b. Bundār. Dating: 1094–97 CE. "This is the …


    ‎II, 2
    ‏ לכבוד גד קד מרינו ורבינו נהוראי חכם הישיבה החבר בסנהדרין גד ‎ 1
    ‏ …

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    LetterT-S Ar.54.91

    Family letter written by Abū l-Faraj to Abu ʿImran in Fustat at the time of R. Ḥananel (early 13th century). The writer reports that he …

    ‏ בינו עמי עשו ממלוכה אבו אלפרג ‎ 1
    ‏ אלממלוך יקבל אלארץ בין ידי אלמולא אלאגל אלמופק ‎ 2
    ‏ אלסעיד אלסיד אלפ…

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    LetterT-S 18J4.10

    Letter from Simḥa ha-Kohen (Alexandria) to his father-in-law Eliyyahu the Judge (Fustat), explaining a recent incident involving two cloaks worth 109 dirhams and a brush …


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    ‏ עקב ענוה יראת יי עושר ‎ 1
    ‏ …

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    LetterT-S 10J15.9

    Letter from a woman to her husband (ṣāḥib al-bayt). In Judaeo-Arabic. After the greetings, which include wishes for the husband's recovery from illness, she continues, …

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    LetterT-S 32.7

    Letter from Abū l-Bayān either to his father or to a distinguished elder. In Judaeo-Arabic, with the address in Arabic script. The father is titled …

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    LetterBodl. MS heb. d 66/60

    Letter from Yosef b. Yeshuʿa, in Tripoli (Syria), to Nahray b. Nissim. The letter mentions Nahray's pilgrimage to Jerusalem and shipments of emblic myrobalan and …

    ‏ כתאבי יאשיכי וסידי ומולאי אטאל אללה בקאך ואדאם עזך ותאידך ונ[עמאך] ‎ 1
    ‏ וסעאדתך…

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