[Jerusalem: n. p., ca. 1907]. First edition? Broadside, approx. 8.38 x 6.75 inches. Two columns, printed in English and Hebrew. Paper a little toned, with some dust-soiling to the verso and old folds; in very good condition. Item #16614
Signed in type at the foot of the text, "Joschua Zeilingold, Jerusalem (Palestine) Of Brindesi." A curious mendicant letter from an Apulian Jew living in Jerusalem, here making a pitch in what Collier's Magazine of Dec. 7, 1907 notes as both "Hebrew and also in what might be called English"--"Anto this day I am still waiting for an answer of may sending you those Olive wood Articles, which is giving some body alms, I am a family father and through the sweath of my face I try to earn my living . . ." Zeilngold thus continues his pitch and asks correspondents whose "good heard intends to send my something" to direct correspondence to him "and write on the top of the anvilope c/o Austrian Post Office." (The Austrian post office was--of the various options for post available in Palestine at the time--considered the most efficient.) Of the mitzvot, that of tzedakah or charity is generally considered the greatest; this sort of correspondence-mendicancy was no doubt directed (though perhaps with a scattershot aim) at an American Jewish audience, though the means of its direction and delivery remain unclear; were copies sent to American magazines and newspapers in hopes of reprinting? To American synagogues?