[Dirges] : manuscript.

Other Title:
Poetic eulogy
[Orient, 13th century?]
2 fols. (bifolium: recto=1r|2v; verso=2r|1v): non-consecutive.
Paper 17.3 X 12.9 cm material applied: black ink ruling method: columns: 1 lines: 11.
Ẓaddik, Joseph ben Jacob Ibn, 1075-1149.
Jewish mourning customs.
Death -- Religious aspects -- Judaism.
Jewish religous poetry, Hebrew.
Hebrew. Hebrew Oriental semi-cursive vocalization (Tiberian).
Verse endings denoted by a punctus.
A fragment from a series of dirges (Aftarot). Although clearly intended for a famous person, it is probably formulary as no specific name is mentioned.
(fol. 1) A. The final two strophes of a prelude to a eulogy. Four verses each, the first three rhyme, the fourth end with the word ארץ. This scheme is identical to a poem of this type by Judah ha-Levi, אליכם קורא ואתכם יזרה (Davidson, TMHP 5124; in the Diṿan published by Heinrich Brody, Berlin, Ḥevrat Meḳitse nirdamim, 1910, vol. 2, p. 71).
B. The first three strophes of the next dirge, which starts קול בכיה בתאניה under a heading suggesting it be chanted to the melody of יום חובי. Six verses per strophe, the first 5 rhyme, the sixth ends רה-.
(fol. 2) C. The last two strophes of an unknown dirge whose refrain starts כל עץ. Five rhyming verses per strophe.
D. The first 9 verses of a dirge that starts אהל צדיק איכה, under the heading: ל[חן:] איה כבוד אל suggesting that it be chanted to the melody of this dirge by Judah ha-Levi (for Aaron al-Amʹani, Brody, ibid. vol. I p. 2).
This dirge has been published by H. Schirman, Shirim ḥadashim min ha-genizah / Jefim Schirman [ed.]. Yerushalayim : ha-Aḳademiyah ha-Leʾumit ha-Yiśreʾelit le-Madaʹim, 1966 p. 266, from Cambridge TS NS 194.23 (there: אהל צדק איכה), and attributed to Judah ha-Levi. There it appears under the heading: ג׳ירה פי בן צדיק, which raises the possibility that it was composed in honor of a specific deceased, a cohort of ha-Levi's named Joseph ibn Ẓaddik.
Republished from a Yemenite manuscript by Y. Ratshabi, Sinai v. 85 (1979), p. 124. See E. Fleischer, Asupot, v. 5 (1991), p. 113.
Forms part of: Cairo Genizah Collection
Penn Provenance:
Cairo Genizah Collection (University of Pennsylvania. Center for Advanced Judaic Studies. Library).
Cairo Genizah Collection (University of Pennsylvania. Libraries).
Cited in:
Halper, no. 297
IMHM, no. F52218, p. 28-29
UPenn, Genizah fragment no. 892.1C.16
Judah, ha-Levi, active 12th century. , Attributed name
Cairo Genizah Collection (University of Pennsylvania. Center for Advanced Judaic Studies. Library).
Contained In:
Cairo Genizah Collection