Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Jerusalem paszkwile now digitized and online.

There's been some media attention to the fact that the JNUL has purchased scanning rights to Yoelish Krauss's pashkevil collection. 5000 items have already been placed online here. (It was originally reported that the JNUL is buying the collection, but as far as I can tell they are only scanning it.)

Here's a random sampling; a sale at a store for women who are dressed modestly only, a gematria showing that Sheikh Abdallah Yosef equals "viper," a notice for Brisker men to remember that wigs are forbidden, as are celebrations for Yom Ha'atzmut in girl's schools, and a notice from the Chief Rabbinate that using electricity on Shabbos and Yom Tov is forbidden, unless a timer was set up prior to Shabbos.


  1. Do we know the dates of each poster?

  2. As far as I can tell, no. Maybe once the JNUL catalogs each item, but on their digital site so far they have no dates. To a certain degree you can figure out what decade they are from, not only by content but also by the way they look, fonts, etc.

  3. i don't know if it's true, but one dealer told me that many of these broadsides are printed exclusively for the purpose of being able to sell them to people who collect them. chag same'ach

  4. 1) The way you described it it sounds like there is a special sale price for those dressed modestly, but the intent clearly is that anyone not dressed modestly would be refused service.

    2) Am I wrong in assuming that by שֶיך עבדאלה יוסף they meant chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef (as evidenced by the picture of him in the upper right corner)?

  5. יום אידם חג האצמעות רח"ל


    הפורש מדרכי צבור, ואע"פ שלא עבר עבירות, אלא נבדל מעדת ישראל ואינו עושה מצות בכללן ולא נכנס בצרתן ולא מתענה בתעניתן, אלא הולך בדרכו כאחד מגויי הארץ וכאילו אינו מהן, אין לו חלק לעולם הבא.

  6. Indeed, Ovadia Yosef's birth name was Abdullah (it means the same in Arabic), or at least was named after an Abdullah.

    Yad Ben Tzvi put together a volume of these a few years back. I hope they have the complete set of the fake Koppell ones. :-)

  7. I believe that it's inappropriate to reproduce that scurrilous attack on a leading talmid chacham. It certainly doesn't serve a useful purpose. The idiot fanatics responsible for that poster will have to answer for their grave sin. We don't need to publicize their mockery.

  8. Nachum, what's the title of the Yad Ben-Zvi book?

  9. Y. Aharon

    > It certainly doesn't serve a useful purpose

    I think it does.

    I would also add that if one looks up the literal meaning of paszkewil in Polish one gets a sense of what they're about, even though most of them are really neutral announcements. It seems pretty clear to me that the name was not given by the people who hung them up.

  10. The classic one I remember is the one calling Shulamiot Aloni, "Shula Aiilonis". Had a few other good zingers, too.

  11. re: the brisker pashkevil. the intention was that they prohibited beis yaakov who (the beis yaakovs) celebrate/observe yom hatzmaut. Maybe only by giving the kids the day off?
    Not reminding the briskers not to observe it themselves.



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