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Manuscript in Hebrew and Judeo-Arabic.
Yemen, 1473.
MS X893 J55
Rare Book and Manuscript Library

The Jewish Yemenite prayer book, or Tiklal, differs from Ashkenazic and Sephardic prayer books in its liturgy and customs. This particular 15th century Tiklal, purchased by Salam ben Abraham for Daud ben Sa’id, contains all the regular prayers, as well as supplementary material relating to various holidays, including: Pirke Avot (Ethics of the Fathers), the Passover Haggadah, the canonic books of Esther, Lamentations, and Job, the Mishnaic tractates Rosh ha-Shana, Yoma, Betsa, Sukkah, and Pesaḥim, the Azaharot of Solomon ben Judah ibn Gabirol, and forms for Jewish legal documents, such as marriage, levirate marriage, and ḥalitzah. The broad spectrum of material included in this Tiklal provides a glance into the rich Yemenite heritage, which prides itself upon scholarship and preservation of ancient tradition.




Tiklal. 184v-185r


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