Yuhasin

Individual sheet with handwritten text. The page has been folded and torn in places.

Sefer Yuhasin [Book of Genealogies]. 18th or 19th century. Europe.
Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica, Special & Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida.
Gift of Sandor Israel.

This Sefer Yuhasin (a book of genealogy or lineage) charts the rabbinic lineage of Sandor Israel of Ocala, Florida in Europe. The word yuhasin is derived from the biblical Hebrew root yihus meaning ‘relationship’ and it was commonly used as a term for family records. It occurs, for example, in the Book of Ezra where genealogies were compiled for the Babylonian exiles in order to prove their ancestry. In later Jewish tradition, yuhasin were considered important for establishing family ties and for arranging marriages under conditions of widespread dispersion. Sandor Israel’s family yuhasin traces descent back to Saul Lowenstam, the Chief Rabbi of Amsterdam. The compiler of the family tree, Mordechai Yalish is related to Jacob Tzvi Yalish, a notable Rabbi in Lublin in the 18th century.

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