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Mikhtav: el beni ṿe-yedidi Yaʻaḳov Shalish.
Manuscript in Hebrew and Ladino on paper.
Palestine, 1866.
MS X893 Z8 v.3 no.3
Rare Book and Manuscript Library

By the 1850s, the ancient Jewish community of Larissa, in Greece, had dwindled considerably.  This was mostly due to economic troubles and a massive fire which devastated homes, the main synagogue, and numerous Jewish schools.  Due to economic difficulties, many Jewish families elected to move from Larissa to Jerusalem.  This letter was sent from Ottoman Jerusalem by Tsiporah de Forno in 1866 to her son, Yaakov Shalish, who lived in Larissa.

Purchased for Columbia by Salo Baron from David Fraenkel, 1933.


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