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Todah U'Tefillah. Special Prayer for the Welfare of King Jérôme Napoleon, King of Westphalia - Brother of Napoleon Bonaparte. Germany 1808?

Special printed prayer for the welfare of King Jérôme Napoleon, king of Westphalia - brother of Napoleon Bonaparte, early 19th century. Rare prayer printed during the short period Westphalia existed as an independent kingdom. [Kassel - capital of Westphalia 1808?]

'And when only the truth of Your words stands in Heaven ... You have increased and become wondrously awesome in our days by way your servant, brother of our great and pious king, Napoleon the Great ... because his only desire is to declare freedom in the land, and to crush the oppressors of long days ... May Your lovingkindness continue with him and his whole family, and with his brothers the kings, and with our lord the king who loves justice, Jérôme Bonaparte and the lady Queen Catherine ... for the sake of peace in the land.'

Jérôme Bonaparte, [1784-1860] was the youngest of Napoleon Bonaparte's brothers. In July 1807 he was appointed by his brother to govern the Westphalia kingdom which had just been established. It was an artificial state comprised of various German territories under French control. King Jérôme merited great fondness among the Jews because he attributed the same importance to members of different religions, and he even issued a special explicit order liberating the 15,000 Jews in his kingdom from all restrictions sourced in their being Jews.

[1] printed paper leaf. 18x21 cm. Moderate-fine condition. Fold marks, minimal stains and tears.