Sample letter seeking room and board for yeshiva, Manuscript, Europe 1700's
דף בכתב יד עם חרוזי מליצות לקצין העיר - Manuscript
- Lot Number 54278
- Title (English) Sample letter seeking room and board for yeshiva student
- Title (Hebrew) דף בכתב יד עם חרוזי מליצות לקצין העיר
- Note Manuscript
- City Europe
- Publication Date 1700's
- Estimated Price - Low 300
- Estimated Price - High 600
- Item # 2574382
- End Date
- Start Date
 p., 178:110 mm., light age staining, ink on paper, 38 plus lines, Ashkenazic Rabbinic script.
A young Yeshiva student is practicing the text of a letter to the rabbi or executive of the city to obtain room bed and board. Yeshivot in Europe did not provide dormitories for their students, they were required to find a generous wealthy person to accommodate them while studying in the yeshiva. The common term used for the "rich" person was "katzin", which was the title for the wealthy members of the community. They were expected to provide room and board for the students and many times would have them marry a daughter, so that the katzin could boast of the distinguished son-in-law he possesses.
The letter has fancy and lengthy titles, subtle request for room and board written in prose by a very capable young man!