MATERIAL: Hand-Written/Painted
TYPE: Notebook
COMPONENTS: approximately 250 pages, every page fully written
CONDITION: very good condition
NOTES: A great addition to any collection.
REFERENCE EXTERNAL LINKS: Maggid

ITEM ID: 3487
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Personal Notebook of Chaim Hacohen Katz

DATE
Decade: 1920s
Century: 20th (1901-2000)
Notes: C1920

This manuscript was written by Chaim Hacohen Katz, who signed numerous times throughout the book. Every pag ein the notebook is filled with writing, and there are hardly any empty lines in the entire notebook. It contains various thoughts on the Torah, prayers for specific occasions, and many other different subjects.

According to scholar Paul Franks “It’s a mixture of Hebrew and Yiddish, some biblical verses, some rabbinic passages, some prayers, with the occasional signature of Hayyim ha-Kohen, whoever that was. Hard to tell if there’s an order or a plan, or whether it’s a notebook. On the other hand, if it’s a notebook, I’m not sure why he’d sign it.”

According to scholar Chaim Louis Meiselman, “It is written in a simple Eastern European Yiddish on a note pad. These sorts of items come from Maggidim or another sort of moving preacher. Notepads and ballpoint pens are more western, so perhaps coming the USA? 1930? I see legends, stories, verses, and a scattering of things in the old homey Yiddish, with vocalization (that is a bit more surprising, perhaps because he wanted it to be printed). there was a sermonic literature among European rabbis in the United States around the 20s and 30s, and generally it is a bit more polished and edited, while this style is more of a folk-speech.”

ARTISTS
Name: Chaim Hacohen Katz
Type: Author