Hebrew Manuscripts : Maḥzor

Hebrew Manuscripts

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Small-sized mahzor for Rosh ha-Shanah, possibly of the rite of Corfu. The manuscript includes prayers, piyyutim, songs (pizmonim), bakkashot and biblical texts for the New Year service, introduced by rubrics in semi-cursive script. On folios <a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(30);return false;'>14b-15a</a> a long rubric indicates the blessing that is to be recited before eating the symbolic food: beans (רוביא), leeks (כרתי), green leafy vegetable (סילקא), dates (תמרי), gourds (קרא). The names of the food are accompanied by their vernacular equivalents [לועזים]. Folio <a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(32);return false;'>15b</a> is mostly empty and the new section begins in the second half of the page: there might be a missing rubric or a missing decoration. Throughout the manuscript larger letters are used for two reasons: one is to identify the main parts of the text, the second one is to indicate acrostics. Examples of the latter are the alphabetical acrostic poem on folios <a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(8);return false;'>3b-4a</a>, and Isaac (יצחק) and Rebecca (רבקה) on folio <a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(45);return false;'>22a</a>. The text ends on folio <a href='' onclick='store.loadPage(124);return false;'>60b</a> with a long rubric and the sentence תם ונשלם חלק ימים נוראים. This suggests that the text was once preceded by a section on the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), even though the order would seem illogical. The tentative link with Corfu can be made due to the mention of 'Korfu' on the front paste-down by a modern hand. For a similar manuscript see <a target='_blank' class='externalLink' href='https://www.digitalcollections.manchester.ac.uk/view/MS-GASTER-HEBREW-01461/1'>Gaster Hebrew MS 1461</a>.</p>


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