Auction No. 102

Holy books, Chassidut, Manuscripts, Rabbinical & Admors' letters, Eretz Yisrael & Zionism, Americana, Judiaca & Prof. Albert Einstein

October 24, 2017
Opening $ 600
Estimate $ 800 - $ 1,000

Prayer book according to the Karaite custom with all of the instructions. Cairo, the Bachurei Ahavat Torah L'Yisrael HaKaraim B'Mitzrayim society, [1946-1948]. A rare set.

Specifications: Four volumes, approximately 24 cm.

[a] Weekday prayers morning and evening, and prayers of all Sabbaths of the year. 464 pages.

[b] Prayers for festivals. 312 [1] pages.

[c] Prayers for Yom Kippur and the ten days of mercy, 330 [16] pages.

[d] Order of blessings for all weekdays and Sabbaths of the year, festivals and all occasions. 266 pages. Typewritten note with the names and addresses of Karaites.

Background: Special title page for each volume. The second volume was printed in 1935, and as hypothesized in the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book, the edition before us is a continuation of that volume. At the end of the third volume: 16 pages with a special title page: Translation of supplications and piyutim for the evening and morning of Yom Kippur from Hebrew to Arabic. There are copies which have [6] additional pages at the end of the first volume, with the date 1955, it seems that these leaves were printed later.

Rabbi Ovadiah Yosef served as the Av Beit Din of the Rabbinical Beit Din in Cairo and the Deputy Chief Rabbi of Egypt at this time, and he was asked about the Karaites' status and ruled that they should be permitted to be part of the Jewish people, under certain conditions.

Condition: Fine with the exception of loose leaves in several places. Original semi-leather bindings for three volumes. Simple, blemished binding for the fourth volume.

Karaite, Samaritan &Miscellaneous