Alberta U. Purchases Rare Collection of Sephardic Manuscripts and Books

A rare collection of Sephardic manuscripts and books has been purchased by the University of Alberta. This extraordinary acquisition will enable scholarship to be pursued in Canada and will greatly enhance the university’s Judaic Studies program. At a recent meeting where the manuscripts were the subject of discussion, it was noted that there is a dearth of information on the Jewish people in the Mediterranean Basin.

This particular collection has a large number of letters and other manuscripts, mostly relating to the period 1600-1850. It contains material on mysticism, philosophy, Jewish law, poetry and incunabula books. Scattered through the correspondence are contemporary references to the destruction of Jewish communities and to events not only in North Africa, but Italy and the Levant.

The military junta which deposed the government of Dr. Salvador Allende Gossens sent a message to the Representative Committee of Chilean Jews wishing the Jewish community a happy Rosh Hashana and reiterating that it will continue the Chilean tradition of democracy and freedom and respect for all religious faiths.

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