Auction 67 Judaica - Books, Manuscripts, Rabbinical Letters, Ceremonial Art
Sep 18, 2019 (Your local time)
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LOT 14:

Decorated Parchment Ketubah, "Following the Custom of the Megorashim" - Gibraltar, 1778 - Earliest Known Ketubah ...

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Decorated Parchment Ketubah, "Following the Custom of the Megorashim" - Gibraltar, 1778 - Earliest Known Ketubah from Gibraltar - Signatures of Rabbis
Ketubah recording the marriage of the groom Moshe son of R. Avraham Nehemias, to the bride Orovida daughter of R. Menachem Bubdy. Gibraltar, 1778.
Handwritten on parchment. Sephardic semi-cursive script, within a border formed by an architectural arch, with foliate decorations. The arch is inscribed with the following verses: "He who has found a wife has found good, and has obtained favor from G-d - May G-d make the woman who is entering".
In a medallion at the foot of the columns, the second verse is repeated: "May G-d make the woman who is entering your home like Rachel and like Leah".
The text of the ketubah follows the customs of the megorashim (Spanish exiles in Gibraltar), who suffered the persecution of the Spanish Inquisition (see following article). The ketubah concludes: "And everything according to the custom, conditions and regulations which were observed and instituted in the holy communities which were exiled from Castile, may G-d avenge them, have mercy and console their surviving remnants now and forever…".
At the foot of the ketubah, the signatures of the two witnesses - Torah scholars of Gibraltar: "Shmuel Bibas (he may have written the entire ketubah) and "Chasdai Almosnino". The signature of the groom (in Spanish), appears between the signatures of the witnesses. R. Shmuel Bibas (Otzar HaRabbanim 19043), rabbi in Gibraltar, father of R. Yehuda Bibas who served as rabbi of Corfu and later of Hebron. R. Chasdai Almosnino was also a rabbi of Gibraltar. He is presumably the son of R. Yitzchak Almosnino, first chief rabbi of Gibraltar.
[1] parchment leaf. 41 cm. Fair-good condition. Stains, creases and folding marks. Framed (53X60 cm).
This is the earliest ketubah from Gibraltar known to us. The NLI catalog features only three ketubot from the end of the 18th century, the earliest of them is dated 1786.

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