‘They sent an emissary, a leper by the name of Kalaf of Aleppo, and with him was another healthy man. We’ve recently received a report that he has departed this life’

A man has died and cash is missing. The leper community of Tiberias sent two people out to collect funds from Egypt, a leper and a healthy man. After nine months of silence, Hillel, head of the Jewish community in Tiberias, has just heard that the leper is dead, and Hillel tries to retrieve the money he had collected. Lepers congregated in Tiberias, seeking cures in its hot springs, and had to reply on public charity to sustain them.

Tiberias, Palestine, 11th century

Hebrew, paper

Lewis-Gibson Misc. 25

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