Shir Siyum Masekhet Shevu’ot
Ms. Acc. 315
end of 18 th century
ink on paper; broadside (43.6 x 31.8 cm.); Italian cursive Hebrew script
Solomon Yedidiah ben Abraham Hayyim Sinigaglia (Hayyim Vita Sinigaglia)
This poem was written at the yeshivah of the brothers Yom Tov and Hayyim Sanguinetti in
Modena in honor of the completion of the study of the Talmudic tractate Shevu’ot. These
occasions were marked with celebration and feasting, often accompanied by the composition of
such festive verse. The rabbi referred to in the poem is Rabbi Ishmael ha-Kohen of Modena
(1723-1811), a world-renowned halakhic authority. The text is written in a fluid Italian cursive
Hebrew, set in an ornate printed frame.
Hebreeuws / Paper / 26,7 x 21,1 cm. /  ff. / Square voca1ised writing / Introduction and notes in the margin in Sephardic cursive hand (autograph) / Title written in ruled frame in red and black ink / On f. 5r an engraving is pasted signed J. Punt, 1737 / On f. 8r the beginning of the text written in ornamental initials in red ink, beginning words of each line in ruled frame in red ink.