Mahzor for Rosh ha-Shanah and Yom Kippur Eve
Carpentras(?), Provence, France
ink on paper; 155 leaves (20.9 x 14.7 cm.); Provençal cursive Hebrew script
Abraham Hayim of Meyrargues
The Jews of the Comtat Venaissin were distinctive for using a liturgy based on the old Provençal rite. This liturgical manuscript from the Capentras rite not only covers Rosh haShanah, but also includes “Ashmoret ‘erev ha-tsom” with an introduction and commentary by the copyist Eliyahu Karmi (possibly Crémieux?) and Rabbi Joseph of Monteux. In addition the last five leaves contain Karmi’s commentary titled “Sheyare tohorah.”
Hebrew / Vellum / 31,6 x 24,1 cm. approximately / 2 parts, being vol. III and IV / Vol. III: , vol. IV:  ff. / Square Provençal writing with annotations in the margins, in the beginning some pencilled notes by J.L. Palache in 20th century Sephardic cursive writing.