Auction 86 - Part I - Rare & Important Items

Parchment Manuscript – Pinkas Hazkarat Neshamot of the Bolsward Community, the Netherlands – 1824-1891

Opening: $2,500
Estimate: $5,000 - $8,000
Manuscript on parchment, Pinkas Hazkarat Neshamot (memorial book) of the Bolsward community (Friesland, the Netherlands), 1824-1891.
Title page in large calligraphic script, featuring the name of the writer – Kalman son of R. Yitzchak Itzek, and the year – 5584 (1824). The year refers to the date the Pinkas was prepared; inscriptions were subsequently added, the final inscription being from 1891.
The title page also states that the Pinkas was prepared at the behest of the community leaders: R. Lieberman son of R. Moshe Nasch (possibly son of R. Moshe Nasch Rabbi of Zwolle, mentioned in the memorial section), and R. Yehuda Leib son of R. Moshe Levi, Gabbai Tzedakah.
The Pinkas begins with various prayers recited at the Bimah in the synagogue (Birkat HaChodesh, Av HaRachamim, Mi Sheberach for a donor, Mi Sheberach for a woman experiencing a difficult labor); as well as the Ramban's text of Pidyon Nefesh (printed in several books, such as Shem Tov Katan and Amtachat Binyamin).
The prayers are followed by Hazkarat Neshamot (memorial) records. This section opens with the names of two rabbis of the Netherlands (the writer did not know the exact year of their passing, and therefore left a space): R. Moshe son of R. Yoel Nasch Rabbi of Zwolle (Overijssel; d. 1807) and R. Yaakov Moshe son of R. Shaul Lowenstam Rabbi of Amsterdam (d. 1815). Listed next are the rabbis of Leeuwarden (Friesland), under whose jurisdiction the Bolsward community presumably fell: R. Nachman son of R. Yaakov Segal (d. 1769); R. Katriel son of R. Yehuda Lifschitz (d. 1792, his Torah novellae were published in the Tel Talpiot anthology); R. Yechiel Aryeh Leib son of R. Yaakov Moshe Lowenstam (d. 1807, in his father's lifetime); R. Avraham son of R. Yitzchak Tiktin (d. 1821, of Copenhagen); R. Chaim son of R. Aryeh Leib Lowenstam (d. 1836, son of R. Aryeh Leib Breslau Rabbi of Rotterdam). Includes other records of men and women from the community and the surroundings.
[5] parchment leaves (8 written pages). 31.5 cm. Good condition. Stains and wear. New binding.
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