Indian Jewish Manuscript Collection, 1781-1898.


Indian Jewish Manuscript Collection, 1781-1898.

28 manuscripts, letters, other documents, and printed broadsides, in various languages, relating to Jews of India, especially Cochin and Bombay. Contents include: (1) "Translation of the Copper Plates," published ca. 1920 by Menorah in Cochin, a single leaf measuring 33 x 21 cm, printed on one side in Tamil in archaic script and the other side with a literal English translation, listing the rights received by Yosef Raban and his descendants from the rulers of the city of Malabar in India; (2) 1781 (?) manuscript copy of the first leaf of "Geschiedkundige narichten betreffende de Blanke en Zwarte Jooden te Cochin op de kust van Malabar ...opgemaakt uit briefwisselinge met ... Adriaan Moens ... en ... door Adrianus 's Gravezande," in Dutch and French; (3) Asher Abraham Halevi's "Davar be-ʻito," a halachic discourse arguing that halakhic status of freed slaves is same as that of converts, along with approving response from R. Abdallah ben Abraham Somekh 1813-1889, of Baghdad. 1843; (4) Prayer for the Maharaja of Cochin. Printed in English, undated; (5) Poems, liturgies, and nursery rhymes in Hebrew, Marathi, and English, signed by Isaac Elias Hallegua, undated; (6) 1817 Hebrew documents concerning the sale of a house, Cochin, 1817 and 1873; (7) 1898 shadar document concerning the emissary R. Hayim Edrei, signed by rabbis of Tsefat; (8) Three documents in Marathi and two in Hebrew concerning the Rahabi family, ca. 1926; (9) undated printed amulet to ward off the evil eye.

.21 linear ft. (1 box).

Related Entities

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Somekh, Abdallah ben Abraham, 1813-1889 (person)

Hallegua, Isaac Elias. (person)

Moens, A. (Adrian) (person)

Edrei, Ḥayim. (person)

Halevi, Asher Abraham. (person)

Rahabi Family. (corporateBody)