Shemot ha-ḳodesh. 1900?-1950? = שמות הקודש. 1900?-1950?

Tsabaḥ, Meʼir.
צבאח, מאיר.
1 volume (45 leaves) : paper ; 230 x 165 (202 x 150) mm bound to 230 x 165 mm.
Jewish magic.
Amulets (Judaism)
Angels -- Judaism.
Jews -- Tunisia -- Tunis -- History -- Sources.
Codices (bound manuscripts)
Manuscripts, Hebrew -- 20th century.
Manuscripts, Judeo-Arabic -- 20th century.
In Hebrew, with hashbaʻot portions in Judeo-Arabic (f. 40v-41r).
Kabbalist and miracle worker of Moroccan descent, active in Tunis in the early 20th century.
This is a manuscript of the practical kabbalah (קבלה המעשית, Ḳabalah ha-maʻasit). The text has four headings: שמות הקודש (Shemot ha-ḳodesh, Holy names, f. 3r); גורלות (Goralot, Fortunes by lots, f. 32v); השבעות (Hashbaʻot, Incantations of angelic names, f.40v); and קמעות (Ḳameʻot, or instructions for amulets, 43v). The subject matter is intermixed and not organized by the headings. Holy names include a "holy and lofty name, A.H.D.I., ruler of the seraphim" drawn in a square surrounded by letters (f. 3v). Goralot include numbered lists of fortunes (f. 32v), a selection board (f. 33r), and messages that God will help the selector, often because of his fear of heaven (for example, numbers 54, 55, 66 and 67; f. 35v-36r). Hashbaʻot include letter formations and figures for meditation when performing the incantations, prayers between the incantations (for example, f. 42v-43r). Ḳameʻot include an amulet against the evil eye (f. 44v) and for migraines (f. 1r). Quoted authorities include R. Ḥayim Ṿiṭal (amulet, f. 24v), a "R. Ṭoviʼanah" (amulet, f. 25r) Each folio is laid out differently, with some of only illustrations with explanations (for example, f. 32r), small diagrams within the text showing how to recite incantations (for example, f. 31v), and more formal script for prayer recitation (for example, f. 18v-20r). The manuscript has numerous illustrations, including demons (f. 30v), formations of the angels of mercy (f. 32r) and a large depiction of a meditative formation (f. 22v). The folios are worn and brittle commercial paper printed with a grid, bound into flimsy boards. Written in square script typical of Tunisian and Moroccan hands of the late 19th or early 20th centuries. References in this record are to the modern foliation and not to the contemporary pagination (f. 3r-43v paginated 1-82 in ink, upper outer corners).
Local notes:
Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Elis & Ruth Douer Endowed Fund.
Penn Provenance:
Sold by Mizrahi Bookstore (Brooklyn, New York) to Jacob Djmal.
Sold by Jacob Djmal (Brooklyn, New York), 2018.
Cited as:
UPenn CAJS Rar Ms 518.
Elis & Ruth Douer Endowed Fund.
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