In 1848 the Bodleian purchased the library of the Hamburg Jewish bibliophile Heimann Joseph Michael (1792–1846). Among its 862 Hebrew manuscripts was this superb volume from a three-part "mahzor," or festival prayer book, containing prayers for the High Holidays. It is open to “King girded with might,” a hymn for the first day of Rosh Hashanah. The word panel features a ram caught in a thicket, alluding to the Sacrifice of Isaac, commemorated in the Jewish New Year and evoked in the sounding of the shofar, a ritual trumpet made from a ram’s horn.
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