Original TItle: ספר תעודת ישראל
TYPE: Book
ITEM ID: 2360

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Collection of Hebrew Liturgies

Year: 1873
Decade: 1870s
Century: 19th (1801-1900)

Collection of liturgies for various year round occasions in Hebrew with Marathi translation. Includes morning and evening prayers, grace, ill and deceased, circumcision and more. Printed for the Bene Israel in Pune, city 75 mi. S.E. of Bombay, India, formerly seasonal headquarters of the British government of Bombay. Pune’s Jewish community, which was established in the middle of the 19th century, consisted of Arabic-speaking Jews who made Pune their summer residence and of Bene Israel from Bombay. David Sassoon built the synagogue Ohel David, and the Sassoon family endowed a hospital, infirmary, and leper asylum. The Bene Israel synagogue, known as Sukkath Shlomoh, was founded later. Since 1870 Pune had a Hebrew printing press, publishing many works in Hebrew with Arabic translations for the Baghdadi Jews, and the Bene Israel published several liturgical works there. Once prosperous and numerous, the Jewish population has declined in recent years as a result of emigration to Israel.