North African Jewish Documents

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Rabbinic Emissary Letter from the City of Hebron

A large letter on parchment, which appears to be more like a plaque to be hung on a wall. The calligraphy is beautifully executed, indicating that the document was probably written by a professional scribe. The document bears the signatures and official stamps of several rabbis of the city of Hebron. The letter is addressed to rabbis and leaders of the large centers of Jewish settlement in Morocco: Fez, Meknes, Marrakesh, Tetouan, among others. The text lists the causes and the institutions seeking funds. Each paragraph begins with the word "Bet" (house) and ends with the word "Avot" (fathers), reminding the reader that the patriarchs are buried in the city of Hebron.