Cairo Genizah : Legal document

Cairo Genizah

<p style='text-align: justify;'>Legal documents in the hand of Ḥalfon b. Manasseh. F. 2r: drafts of various legal documents, concerning debts, divorce, contracts between a hirer and labourer, and a husband’s permission to travel after leaving support for his wife. Mentions people including Wahb b. Muʿammar, Joseph ha-Kohen b. Jacob, Abū Saʿīd b. Ṣedaqa b. Barakāt al-Ḥarīrī, Abū l-Faraj Ibn al-Hamdānī, Abū l-Faraj al-Levi b. Ṣedaqa al-Ramlī, Abraham al-Amšāṭī b. Ḥananel, Abū Saʿd b. Ṣedaqa al-Labbān, Abraham ha-Kohen b. Aaron, Isḥāq b. Saʿīd, Joseph b. Ṣedaqa Maḥallī, Sitt al-Ahl b. Abū l-Munā, Kulla bat Tiqwa, Barakāt ha-Kohen b Aaron ha-Jalīlī, and Abū l-Ḥasan b. Mizmar. F. 2v: three (drafts of) documents: Malīḥa, sister of Abū l-Faḍl, wife of Adam al-Ḥalabī the banker gives power of attorney to Nathan ha-Levi b. Abraham regarding her divorce. Witnessed by Beraḵot ha-Kohen he-Ḥaver and Abū l-Ḥasan Ibn al-Ḵāminī the cantor. Dated Tammuz 1438 of the Seleucid Era (= 1127 CE). Abū Naṣr the doctor (son of Abū l-Ḥusayn al-Tunīsī) gives power of attorney to Abū l-Ḥasan al-Kohen ʿEli b. Isaac (known as Ibn Ḡazāl), regarding all claims from Abū Naṣr b. Abū Saʿīd the perfumer. The third document is written under the authority of the Gaʾon Maṣliaḥ ha-Kohen; Malīḥa the wife of Adam al-Ḥalabī the banker, releases him after the divorce. Witnessed by Abū l-Ḥasan Ibn al-Ḵāminī, al-Parnas Abū l-Faḍl and al-Parnas Abū l-ʿAlī. F. 1r: Farajiyya b. Isaac, wife of Abū l-Maʿālī Abraham known as Ibn Abū Salāma has given a general power of attorney (accompanied by the symbolic gift of her share of the land of Israel) to Abū l-Maʿālī Benjamin b. Ḥalfon. Mentions Umm Abū l-Faraj al-Muqaddasiyya. Dated Av 1438 of the Seleucid Era (= 1127 CE) in Fusṭāṭ, and signed by ʿEli ha-Kohen the cantor b. Ezekiel he-Ḥaver. F. 1v: power of attorney, written under the authority of Maṣliaḥ ha-Kohen. Abū ʿAlī b. Maṣliaḥ and Ḵalaf b. Abraham al-Faqqāʿī testify that Sittūna b. Abū l-Riḍā b. Ḥudayda, wife of Abū Saʿd al-Zajjāj, has given power of attorney (accompanied by the symbolic gift of her share of the land of Israel) to Abraham ha-Kohen b. Aaron for herself and her brother Abū Mufaḍḍal in the presence of her husband. Signed by Abraham b. Šemaʿya he-Ḥaver (descendent of Šemaʿya Gaʾon), Isaac b. Samuel ha-Sefardi and Ḥalfon b. Manasseh himself. Below that document is a release from Faḍā’il b. Salāma for Bāqī (?) b. Ṭayyib, mentioning Damascus, and signed by Abraham b. Šemaʿya he-Ḥaver (descendent of Šemaʿya Gaʾon) and Isaac b. Samuel ha-Sefardi. </p>

 


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