‘The bearer of this letter of mine… asks you to kindly recommend him to someone who could be of help to him’

The famous Hebrew poet Judah ha-Levi, native of Toledo, Spain, wrote this request for charity from the Egyptian Jewish community. Two lots of money are sought: to help pay a woman’s ransom, and to help the bearer of the letter, who has fallen on hard times, having lost his means, his eyesight and his health.

Spain, 12th century

Judaeo-Arabic, paper, Toledo

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