Auction 44
Judaica: Books, Manuscripts, Rabbinical Letters

Lot Number 18

Large Colorful Illustrated Ketubah – Jerusalem, 1882 – Signatures of Jerusalem Rabbis

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5,658$
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1,000$

Lot Number 18

Large Colorful Illustrated Ketubah – Jerusalem, 1882 – Signatures of Jerusalem Rabbis

Illustrated colorful ketubah, recording the marriage of the bridegroom Yechiel ben R' David Chefetz with the bride Cheftziba bat R' Eliyahu Ye'oshua Ba'ivaga. Jerusalem, 10th of Adar 1882.
The ketubah is written in a handsome Oriental writing. With witnesses' signatures of two Jerusalem rabbis: Rabbi Meir Refael Fanijal [HaMarpeh, the Rishon L'Zion in Jerusalem] and Rabbi Yosef Y'oshua Karyo [Ra'avd of Jerusalem author of Bnei Yosef]. In the center is the signature of the groom R' Yechiel Chefetz.
Ketubah illustrated and adorned with colorful ink, in the style of "The Jerusalem Ketubah". Fashioned into two frames culminating in a purple pattern framing a stylish flower at the top. Upper margins are adorned with roses and green vegetation. Written in the bottom frame is the text of the ketubah and in the upper frame are three vases with roses and vegetation with stars in between. Some of the adornments are in golden ink.
The Chefetz family members were the forerunners of immigrants from Bukhara to Eretz Israel and founded the Bukharim Neighborhood in Jerusalem. The father, Rabbi David Chefetz (died in 1898) was Rabbi of the city of Kokand in Bukhara and a wealthy individual and left his city in 1871 to immigrate with his family to Jerusalem. When he arrived in Jerusalem, he printed a book titled Birkat HaIlanot. His sons are mentioned on the title page: Yisrael, Yechiel [the groom of this ketubah] and Emanuel Zion. In his introduction he wrote: "I am the first from Bukhara to dwell in the Holy Land with my family" (he later published more books). Later, Yechiel Chefetz became an influential community leader of the Bukhara community.
54X75 cm. Fair condition. Stains and moisture damages, folding marks and tears.

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5,658$
Opening
1,000$

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