Hebrew Manuscripts : Halakhic scribal guide

Hebrew Manuscripts

<p style='text-align: justify;'>This is a halakhic manuscript guiding scribes through the technicalities of writing a copy of the Torah scroll by hand. The first item is Kiryat Sefer by Menahem ben Solomon Meiri. It is incomplete, running up to and including ma'amar 4, helek 3 (folios <a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(9);return false;'>1a</a>-41a). While ma’amar 5 is missing, there follow two parts which might as well have been written by Meiri, since they form an organic whole with the preceding text. Item two (folios <a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(91);return false;'>42a-53b</a>) offers an alphabetical overview of biblical words with their full or defective spelling. Item three (folios <a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(119);return false;'>57a-147b</a>) deals with the issue of the correct spacing (setumot and petuhot) in relation to the text of the entire Pentateuch. The manuscript was copied by Raphael ben Joseph in Egypt in 1673/1674 CE (5433 AM). Moses Gaster thought the scribe might be identified with Shabbetai Zevi's (1626-1676) supporter Raphael Joseph of Aleppo who used to live in Cairo.</p>

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