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Lot 353: Community Ledger. Unique. Printed on Cloth! [1906]

Important Judaica

by Winner's Auctions & Exhibitions

April 1, 2014

Jerusalem, Israel

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Description: Unique community ledger: For unknown reasons, Eliezer Mendelovitch decided to develop a unique community ledger for the synagogue trustees. He devised a few novelties, including the cloth material it was printed on!
Other unique points included:
1. Black printed letters in colloquial Yiddish, on quality white cloth.
2. Unique pockets sewn to each leaf. 8 pockets to a leaf. Same cloth as above.
3. 'Kibudim' (honors) are printed on the pockets. For instance: The printer made 14 'kibudim' for Rosh Hashana, beginning with the removal of the first Torah Scroll through 'Gelila' (rolling) up the second Scroll. Shabbat Shuva, has 12 'kibudim'. 12 kibudim are listed for Kol Nidrei night as well.
As mentioned, each kibbud is printed on a separate pocket with printed explanatory words in the colloquial Yiddish used in the country. Little, prepared pieces of paper were inserted into each pocket with the amount of money bid on that honor. The ledger has unique Yiddish text [see picture]. Printed sticker on the binding notifying that this special book for the High Holidays was used for the sale of 'aliyot' and 'kibudim'.
The title page also notes [in print] that this book was purchased from its 'inventor' by trustees, Moshe Shraga and Avremil Chaimovich in the year 1906.
19 large cloth leaves. 32:21 cm. Very fine condition. Without flaws, other than handling marks. [Binding slightly blemished.]
Books printed on cloth are unknown in Hebrew, Yiddish or Jewish literature, and certainly not communal ledges.
The Yiddish dialect and the names in the book indicate that both the inventor and the trustees who purchased it were from Hungarian communities. One of the notes found inside the book bears the stamp ??? ????? ?? ????? ???. ??????.

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