It’s a question I’ve grappled with for years. I’ve got a few more-or-less complete manuscript Hebrew books, but also a bundle of manuscript fragments, or severely damaged manuscript books. Their monetary value is minimal, but they’re still interesting to look at. Especially the older ones.
I’ve been thinking that some people might be willing to buy individual pages. They can have them framed and hang them on their wall. It would make a unique piece of art, or conversation piece. I would charge from maybe $2 – $5 a page plus shipping (which would be essentially the price of a postage stamp and a suitable envelope in the US.
It’s not so much that I need the money; it’s disrespectful to throw them away, and other people might value them more than I.
Here are a few samples. Please tell me what you think.
This one’s probably from Morocco. It looks like some prayers for Yom Kippur, and I’d guess it was written some time in the 19th century.
From Yemen. A page from the laws of oaths and vows.
From Yemen. A page from the “Taj:” The Arabic translation of the Torah by R. Sa’adyah Ga’on.
Confessions to be recited on Yom Kippur. Probably from North Africa. Maybe 100 years old.
The poetic conclusion of a (unknown) book. From Yemen.
A fairly recent Yemenite prayer for Yom Kippur.
The final page of a book on the laws of Priestly gifts. Yemen.
From Yemen. Opening page from a volume on the laws of ritual slaughter, with the commentary “Zebhah Todah.”
A random page from the Laws of Ritual Slaughter. Yemen.
Yemen. Another couple of pages from the Laws of Ritual Slaughter.
Yemen. Prayers for the night of Yom Kippur.