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Manuscript on parchment with a request for ransom of prisoners. Yemen, 1932. Signatures of important rabbis.

A difficult act that took place at the beginning of the 20 th century in Yemen, a Jewish child threw a stone that accidentally hit the eye of a non-Jewish kid—the Jew was sentenced by the Imam to pay a large fee, and until he did his father and sons were put in prison and tortured. The shdarut letter was sent by Sa’id Mussah, brother of the father. From 11 th of Sivan, 1932. At the end is a recommendation and approval from the rabbis of Jerusalem and their signatures. Among the signatories: Rav Abraham Yitzhak HaKohen Kook, Rav Yaakov Moshe Harlap, the General Committee of Knesset Yisrael. Rabbis of Yemen: Rav Shalom Yosef Alshich, Rav Yosef Sa’adiya Tzafira, Rav Avraham Tzarom, Rav Haim ben Shlomo Araki. Sefardi rabbis: Rav Hezekiya Shabtai, Av Beit Din. Rav Binyamin Levi, Av Beit Din. And rabbis of Petah Tikva and Tiberias. Rav Yitzhak Yehuda Sapir, Rav Moshe Sapir, and more. As a result of the large number of signatures and stamps, an additional piece of parchment was attached (disconnected) because the original Shadar note didn’t have enough room. An additional copy was made too for more signatures. In total, 3 sections. Size of section 1: 31x27cm. Section 2: 26x17cm. Section 3: 38x27cm. Signs of folding, some of the signatures of faded. Signs of water and damage from wear.
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