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Sefer ha-Minhagim with Spanish, Amsterdam 1775

ספר המנהגים ע"ת ספרדית - Haggadah - Conversos

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  • Lot Number 52649
  • Title (English) Sefer ha-Minhagim with Spanish
  • Title (Hebrew) ספר המנהגים ע"ת ספרדית
  • Note Rare
  • City Amsterdam
  • Publisher דפוס גירארד יוהאן יאנסון
  • Publication Date 1775
  • Estimated Price - Low 5,000
  • Estimated Price - High 10,000

  • Item # 2216892
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Physical Description

48 pp., octavo,  150:87 mm., light use, age, and damp staining, nice margins. A good copy bound in contemporary marbled paper over boards, rubbed.

Rare. Published for the Converso community in Amsterdam.


Detail Description

Compilation of customs and liturgies in Hebrew and Spanish. The work includes the Haggadah, Grace after Meals, Blessing for the new moon, evening prayers and more.

The majority of Spain's Jews converted to Christianity as a result of the pogroms in 1391. Conversos who did not fully or genuinely embrace Catholicism, but continued to practise Judaism in secrecy, were referred to as judaizantes ("Judaizers") and pejoratively as marranos ("swine"). Conversas played a pivotal role in keeping Jewish traditions alive by observing many Jewish holidays like Shabbat. Conversas also cooked and baked traditional Jewish dishes in honour of the Sabbath (starting on Friday sundown), Yom Kippur, and other religious holidays. During festivals like Sukkot and Passover, Conversas participated by giving clothing articles and ornaments to Jewish women, they also attended a seder or obtained a baking matzah. Conversas also ensured that their household maintained similar dietary regulations as their Jewish counterparts, they did so by eating only kosher birds and other animals. Conversas also financially contributed to the growth of the Jewish/Converso community and synagogue. The Jewish community and the conversos exchanged books and knowledge, Jews taught conversos how to read to ensure a constant growth of their Jewish heritage. To take a stance against the church and its principles, some conversos performed professional work even on Sundays. The traditional Jewish Purim was kept by the conversos in disguise of a Christian holiday, they named it: "Festival of Santa Esterica".


Hebrew Description:

 ... במצות ובהוצאת הגביר שלמה לוי מאדורו...

כמנהג הספרדים.

רוב הדינים בספרדית.



EJ; Bibliography of the Hebrew Book 1470-1960 #000179596; Yudlov, Haggadot 273; Melammed, Renee (1999). Heretics or Daughters of Israel. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 3–10, 86–95, 166–174.