The fate of a woman with leprosy

02.02.2013                      22.Schwat. 5773                      Jitro

Judentum:

The fate of a woman with leprosy

‘You will decree and it will be fulfilled, and light will shine upon your affairs.’

At the end of the 11th century, the head of Egyptian Jewry, David ben Daniel, received a request for help, a letter written in extremely eloquent Hebrew that reflected an impressive level of learning on the part of the letter writer. The letter was written for a woman and composed in the first person (except where modesty or convention dictated otherwise). The petitioner was an incredibly poor soul, who could never have afforded the fee of a professional letter writer. Thus one assumes that a rabbi or learned scholar took pity upon her when he realized how dire her situation was and composed it for her….