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  (XI) Obj. ID: 11219 Tik,, Tunisia, 1930 (inscription). // Unknown edit  
Category: Sacred and Ritual Objects


2 Name/Title Tik | Unknown
3a Object Torah case
3b Object Detail
4a Artist/ Maker Unknown (Unknown)
5 Date 1930 (inscription)
6 Period Husseinite Dynasty under French Rule (1881-1956)
6a Period Detail
7 Origin Tunisia
| Tunis
8 Community North African | Tunisian
|
9 Collection Israel | Beer Sheva | Sc_045
| 2
9b Documentation/
Research project
Unknown |
10 Location Unknown |
11 Site Unknown
12 School/Style Unknown| Tunisian
13 Iconographical Subject Magen David
Lyre |
14 Category
17 Photographer Radovan, Zev
18 Photograph Date 02.85
19 Negative/ Photo. No. 38:36-40
19 Remarks
20 Description

The prismatic Torah case consists of a body and a coronet.

The case opens in the centre on the front facet, forming two halves joined at the back by a steady facet.

The body comprises twelve facets and is encircled, at its upper and lower edges, by two wooden stepped strips creating two friezes, which enclose a dedication. The Hebrew square filled letters are chased in two friezes; The upper inscription is read clockwise, starting from the back facet, so that the deceased name is inscribed on the front facet:

"'כל/ עין' ('ויהרֹג כל מחמדי עין באהל בת ציון' איכה ב:ד)/ האשה/ העלובה/ שמה / הטוב/ חביבה// מסיכה/ נלב"ע (נאספה לבית עולמה)/ יום כב/ שבט/ התר"ץ/ תנצבה (תהא נשמתה צרורה בצרור החיים)."

The bottom dedication begins in the left front facet, and reads:

"זה/ ספר/ תורת/ האל/ נחל/ עם/ ישראל/  ע"י/ משה/ נביאו/ נעשה/ למנוחת/ חמדת/ M/ H."

"'(He slew all that were) pleasant to the eye (in the tabernacle of the daughter of Zion', Lam. 2:4), (who was) a humble woman with good name Habiba Msika (Messika), passed away on the 22nd of Shvat, 5690 (20.2.1930), May her soul be bound in the bond of life. This Lord's Torah, which was endowed to the Children of Israel, through Moses, their prophet, was made for the repose of the desirable H.M. (Habiba Msika; see: Remarks nos. 1, 2).

The entire body is covered with a silver sheet. Each facet is decorated with a vertical pattern composed of three rhomboids, set against a foliate background. The largest central rhomboid encloses a Star of David, whereas the two other enfold an open flower. The large central rhomboids, except the one on the front facet, contain the initial letters of her monogram: "HM" (figs. 1, 2).  The rhomboids create three circumferential bands.

The coronet consists of twelve units, which continue the body's facets (figs. 3, 4). Each unit encloses an open-work lyre set on a pedestal.

The inner face of the Torah case is plain wood (fig. 3). Each half has a double shelf at its bottom and top. The bottom is blocked by a board with a rectangular hole for elevating the Torah, whereas the top is blocked with a similar board pierced with seven holes.

Two holes for inserting the Torah staves appear at the bottom and top.


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21 Ornamentation
22 Custom
23 Contents
24 Codicology
24a Scribes
24b Script
24c Number of Lines
24d Ruling
24e Pricking
24f Quires
24g Catchwords
24h Hebrew Numeration
24i Blank Leaves

25 Material/Technique
Wood, silver
25a Material Structure sawed, carved
25b Material Decoration cast, chased
25c Material Bonding nailed, hinged, glued
25d Material Inscription repoussé
25e Material Additions
25f Material Cloth
25g Material Lining
25h Tesserae Arrangement
25i Density
25j Colors

26 Measurements
26a Height 770 mm (general), 590 mm (body), 180 mm (coronet)
26b Length
26c Width 370 mm (body); 90 mm (facet)
26d Depth
26e Circumference
26f Thickness
26g Diameter
26h Weight
26i Axis
26j Panel Measurements
27 Direction/Location
27a Façade (main)
27b Entrances
27c Location of Torah Ark
27d Location of Apse
27e Location of Niche
27f Location of Reader's Desk
27g Location of Platform
27h Temp: Architecture Axis
27i< Arrangement of Seats
27j Location of Women's Section
27k Direction Prayer
27l Direction Toward Jerusalem

28 Coin
28a Coin Series
28b Coin Ruler
28c Coin Year
28d Denomination

29 Signature
30 Colophon
31 Scribal Notes
32 Watermark
33 Hallmark
33a Group
33b Subgroup
33c Hallmark Identification
33d Hallmark Group Classification
33e Hallmark Reference
34 Trade Mark
35 Binding
36 Decoration Program
36 Summary and Remarks

1.   Habiba Msika, a famous Jewish singer, actress, comedian and dancer, was born as Marguerite Msika in Tunis in 1899. She adopted the pseudonym Habiba, namely "the beloved" when she started her public performance. Her life was short and tempestuous, and ended in 20.2.1930, when a jealous lover (Eliyahu Maimoni) burned her in her house. She was buried in the Jewish Cemetery of Tunis (figs. 2, 7). Her colourful temperament and her "feminist" way of life in a Muslim country were subject of several books and a film. The film named La Danse du feu (The Dance of Fire) was created by Salma Baccar in 1995 and focused on the last few years of her life.

For her life story and further information, see: Tobi, The Jews, 2005, pp. 197-201; Faivre d'Arcier, La brûlure, 1998; Tsur, The Evolution, 2003, pp. 80- 91; Hamrouni, Artiste accomplice, 2007; (figs. 5, 6). See also two web sites, accessed in March 2011: http://www.facebook.com/habiba.messika?v=photos

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=185185057147&oid=38785924715&comments&ref=mf


2. The dedication written by Msika's family includes short phrases based on biblical verses, venerating the deceased actress and the Torah. The opening clause "to the eye" is derived from the lamentation over 'the daughter of Zion' who was brutally killed by the Lord: "He slew all that were pleasant to the eye in the tabernacle of the daughter of Zion" (Lam. 2:4). It was adopted and implied to Msika's violent and unjust death in the age of 31, as well as to define her Jewish identity as ' the daughter of Zion'.

The closing word 'the desirable' (hemdat), alludes to her nick name Habiba, accompanied by her monogram (fig. 1).

38 Suggested Reconstruction
39 History/Provenance
The case and the Torah scroll were dedicated to the Old Great Synagogue in Tunis in 1930, for the repose of Habiba Msika (see: Remarks: no. 1). It was transferred to Israel by her family, who immigrated to Israel in the 1950s.
40 Main Surveys & Excavations
41 Condition
Intact
42 Biography
43 Bibliography
• Faivre d'Arcier, Jeanne. Habiba Messika: La brûlure du péché. Paris: Belfond, 1998. • Hamrouni, Ahmed. Habiba Messika: Artiste accomplie. Tunis: L'Univers du livre, 2007. • Pérez-Cohen, Hanna. L'écho du sacré: Les Ghribas- Saintes Juives de Tunisie. Doctoral Thesis submitted to the Paris University, 2007. In French. • Tobi, Zivia and Yosef. "The Jews in the Tunisian and Jewish Theatre". In Tunisia, Jewish Communities in the East in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Ed. Saadoun, Haim, 193-201. Jerusalem: Ministry of Education and Ben-Zvi Institute for the study of Jewish communities in the East of Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2005 (in Hebrew). • Tsur, Yaron. The Evolution of the Culture: The Jews of Tunisia and other Islamic Countries. Jerusalem: The Zalman Shazar Center, 2003. In Hebrew.
43a Short Name
43b Full Name
43c Volume
43d Page

44 Type
45 Temp: Batch Number
|
46 Temp: Aleph Number
47 Temp: Sys. Number / Doc. Name
11219
48 Temp: Addenda
batch=&batch_num=&OVRPO=ntl%3Atrue%2Cntl_localname%3Atrue%2Csubject%3A%2Csubject_detail%3A%2Cobject%3Atrue%2Cobject_detail%3A%2Cmaker_profession%3Atrue%2Cmaker_name%3Atrue%2Cmaker_detail%3Atrue%2Cdate%3Atrue%2Cperiod%3Atrue%2Cperiod_detail%3Atrue%2Cphotographer%3Atrue%2Cphoto_date%3Atrue%2Cphotographer_copyright%3Atrue%2Corigin%3Atrue%2Corigin_detail%3Atrue%2Cschool%3Atrue%2Cschool_detail%3Atrue%2Ccommunity%3Atrue%2Ccommunity_detail%3Atrue%2Ccollection%3Atrue%2Ccollection_detail%3Atrue%2Ccopyright%3Atrue%2Csite%3Atrue%2Csite_detail%3Atrue%2Clocation%3Atrue%2Clocation_detail%3Atrue%2Cdescription%3A%2C&

Registrar
Function: Name: Date:
49 Documenter Yemimah Leben; Susan Fraiman 02.85 49a
50 Researcher Ariella Amar 03.11 50a
51 Architectural Drawings 51a
52 Computer Reconstruction 52a
53 Section Head Ariella Amar 03.11 53a
54 Editor Dvora Sax 08.11 54a
55 Donor 55a

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(XXII) ID: 106376 Tik, , Tunisia, 1930 (inscription) edit
Category: Sacred and Ritual Objects
ID: 106376 Tik, , Tunisia, 1930 (inscription) edit  
Category: Sacred and Ritual Objects

General Document


2 Name/Title Tik | Unknown
3a Object Torah case
3b Object Detail
4a Artist/ Maker Unknown (Unknown)
5 Date 1930 (inscription)
6 Period Husseinite Dynasty under French Rule (1881-1956)
7 Origin Tunisia
| Tunis
8 Community North African | Tunisian
|
9 Collection Israel | Beer Sheva | Sc_045
| 2
10 Location Unknown |
11 Site Unknown
12 School/Style Unknown| Tunisian
13 Iconographical Subject Magen David
Lyre |
14 Category
17 Photographer Radovan, Zev
18 Photograph Date 02.85
19 Negative/ Photo. No.
19a Scan No. S046221
20 Description

The prismatic Torah case consists of a body and a coronet.

The case opens in the centre on the front facet, forming two halves joined at the back by a steady facet.

The body comprises twelve facets and is encircled, at its upper and lower edges, by two wooden stepped strips creating two friezes, which enclose a dedication. The Hebrew square filled letters are chased in two friezes; The upper inscription is read clockwise, starting from the back facet, so that the deceased name is inscribed on the front facet:

"'כל/ עין' ('ויהרֹג כל מחמדי עין באהל בת ציון' איכה ב:ד)/ האשה/ העלובה/ שמה / הטוב/ חביבה// מסיכה/ נלב"ע (נאספה לבית עולמה)/ יום כב/ שבט/ התר"ץ/ תנצבה (תהא נשמתה צרורה בצרור החיים)."

The bottom dedication begins in the left front facet, and reads:

"זה/ ספר/ תורת/ האל/ נחל/ עם/ ישראל/  ע"י/ משה/ נביאו/ נעשה/ למנוחת/ חמדת/ M/ H."

"'(He slew all that were) pleasant to the eye (in the tabernacle of the daughter of Zion', Lam. 2:4), (who was) a humble woman with good name Habiba Msika (Messika), passed away on the 22nd of Shvat, 5690 (20.2.1930), May her soul be bound in the bond of life. This Lord's Torah, which was endowed to the Children of Israel, through Moses, their prophet, was made for the repose of the desirable H.M. (Habiba Msika; see: Remarks nos. 1, 2).

The entire body is covered with a silver sheet. Each facet is decorated with a vertical pattern composed of three rhomboids, set against a foliate background. The largest central rhomboid encloses a Star of David, whereas the two other enfold an open flower. The large central rhomboids, except the one on the front facet, contain the initial letters of her monogram: "HM" (figs. 1, 2).  The rhomboids create three circumferential bands.

The coronet consists of twelve units, which continue the body's facets (figs. 3, 4). Each unit encloses an open-work lyre set on a pedestal.

The inner face of the Torah case is plain wood (fig. 3). Each half has a double shelf at its bottom and top. The bottom is blocked by a board with a rectangular hole for elevating the Torah, whereas the top is blocked with a similar board pierced with seven holes.

Two holes for inserting the Torah staves appear at the bottom and top.

21 Ornamentation
 
21 Ornamentation
22 Custom
23 Contents
24 Codicology
24a Scribes
24b Script
24c Number of Lines
24d Ruling
24e Pricking
24f Quires
24g Catchwords
24h Hebrew Numeration
24i Blank Leaves

25 Material/Technique
Wood, silver
25a Material Structure sawed, carved
25b Material Decoration cast, chased
25c Material Bonding nailed, hinged, glued
25d Material Inscription repoussé
25e Material Additions
25f Material Cloth
25g Material Lining
25h Tesserae Arrangement
25i Density
25j Colors

26 Measurements
26a Height 770 mm (general), 590 mm (body), 180 mm (coronet)
26b Length
26c Width 370 mm (body); 90 mm (facet)
26d Depth
26e Circumference
26f Thickness
26g Diameter
26h Weight
26i Axis
26j Panel Measurements
27 Direction/Location
27a Façade (main)
27b Entrances
27c Location of Torah Ark
27d Location of Apse
27e Location of Niche
27f Location of Reader's Desk
27g Location of Platform
27h Temp: Architecture Axis
27i< Arrangement of Seats
27j Location of Women's Section
27k Direction Prayer
27l Direction Toward Jerusalem

28 Coin
28a Coin Series
28b Coin Ruler
28c Coin Year
28d Denomination

29 Signature
30 Colophon
31 Scribal Notes
32 Watermark
33 Hallmark
33a Group
33b Subgroup
33c Hallmark Identification
33d Hallmark Group Classification
33e Hallmark Reference
34 Trade Mark
35 Binding
36 Decoration Program
36 Summary and Remarks

1.   Habiba Msika, a famous Jewish singer, actress, comedian and dancer, was born as Marguerite Msika in Tunis in 1899. She adopted the pseudonym Habiba, namely "the beloved" when she started her public performance. Her life was short and tempestuous, and ended in 20.2.1930, when a jealous lover (Eliyahu Maimoni) burned her in her house. She was buried in the Jewish Cemetery of Tunis (figs. 2, 7). Her colourful temperament and her "feminist" way of life in a Muslim country were subject of several books and a film. The film named La Danse du feu (The Dance of Fire) was created by Salma Baccar in 1995 and focused on the last few years of her life.

For her life story and further information, see: Tobi, The Jews, 2005, pp. 197-201; Faivre d'Arcier, La brûlure, 1998; Tsur, The Evolution, 2003, pp. 80- 91; Hamrouni, Artiste accomplice, 2007; (figs. 5, 6). See also two web sites, accessed in March 2011: http://www.facebook.com/habiba.messika?v=photos

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=185185057147&oid=38785924715&comments&ref=mf


2. The dedication written by Msika's family includes short phrases based on biblical verses, venerating the deceased actress and the Torah. The opening clause "to the eye" is derived from the lamentation over 'the daughter of Zion' who was brutally killed by the Lord: "He slew all that were pleasant to the eye in the tabernacle of the daughter of Zion" (Lam. 2:4). It was adopted and implied to Msika's violent and unjust death in the age of 31, as well as to define her Jewish identity as ' the daughter of Zion'.

The closing word 'the desirable' (hemdat), alludes to her nick name Habiba, accompanied by her monogram (fig. 1).

38 Suggested Reconstruction
39 History/Provenance
The case and the Torah scroll were dedicated to the Old Great Synagogue in Tunis in 1930, for the repose of Habiba Msika (see: Remarks: no. 1). It was transferred to Israel by her family, who immigrated to Israel in the 1950s.
40 Main Surveys & Excavations
41 Condition
Intact
42 Biography
43 Bibliography
• Faivre d'Arcier, Jeanne. Habiba Messika: La brûlure du péché. Paris: Belfond, 1998. • Hamrouni, Ahmed. Habiba Messika: Artiste accomplie. Tunis: L'Univers du livre, 2007. • Pérez-Cohen, Hanna. L'écho du sacré: Les Ghribas- Saintes Juives de Tunisie. Doctoral Thesis submitted to the Paris University, 2007. In French. • Tobi, Zivia and Yosef. "The Jews in the Tunisian and Jewish Theatre". In Tunisia, Jewish Communities in the East in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Ed. Saadoun, Haim, 193-201. Jerusalem: Ministry of Education and Ben-Zvi Institute for the study of Jewish communities in the East of Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2005 (in Hebrew). • Tsur, Yaron. The Evolution of the Culture: The Jews of Tunisia and other Islamic Countries. Jerusalem: The Zalman Shazar Center, 2003. In Hebrew.
43a Short Name
43b Full Name
43c Volume
43d Page

44 Type
45 Temp: Batch Number
|
46 Temp: Aleph Number
47 Temp: Sys. Number / Doc. Name
106376
48 Temp: Addenda

Registrar
Function: Name: Date:
49 Documenter Yemimah Leben; Susan Fraiman 02.85 49a
50 Researcher Ariella Amar 03.11 50a
51 Architectural Drawings 51a
52 Computer Reconstruction 52a
53 Section Head Ariella Amar 03.11 53a
54 Editor Dvora Sax 08.11 54a
55 Donor 55a

(XXII) ID: 106377 Tik, , Tunisia, 1930 (inscription) edit
Category: Sacred and Ritual Objects
ID: 106377 Tik, , Tunisia, 1930 (inscription) edit  
Category: Sacred and Ritual Objects

General Document


2 Name/Title Tik | Unknown
3a Object Torah case
3b Object Detail
4a Artist/ Maker Unknown (Unknown)
5 Date 1930 (inscription)
6 Period Husseinite Dynasty under French Rule (1881-1956)
7 Origin Tunisia
| Tunis
8 Community North African | Tunisian
|
9 Collection Israel | Beer Sheva | Sc_045
| 2
10 Location Unknown |
11 Site Unknown
12 School/Style Unknown| Tunisian
13 Iconographical Subject Magen David
Lyre |
14 Category
17 Photographer Radovan, Zev
18 Photograph Date 02.85
19 Negative/ Photo. No.
19a Scan No. S046222
20 Description
21 Ornamentation
 
21 Ornamentation
22 Custom
23 Contents
24 Codicology
24a Scribes
24b Script
24c Number of Lines
24d Ruling
24e Pricking
24f Quires
24g Catchwords
24h Hebrew Numeration
24i Blank Leaves

25 Material/Technique
Wood, silver
25a Material Structure sawed, carved
25b Material Decoration cast, chased
25c Material Bonding nailed, hinged, glued
25d Material Inscription repoussé
25e Material Additions
25f Material Cloth
25g Material Lining
25h Tesserae Arrangement
25i Density
25j Colors

26 Measurements
26a Height 770 mm (general), 590 mm (body), 180 mm (coronet)
26b Length
26c Width 370 mm (body); 90 mm (facet)
26d Depth
26e Circumference
26f Thickness
26g Diameter
26h Weight
26i Axis
26j Panel Measurements
27 Direction/Location
27a Façade (main)
27b Entrances
27c Location of Torah Ark
27d Location of Apse
27e Location of Niche
27f Location of Reader's Desk
27g Location of Platform
27h Temp: Architecture Axis
27i< Arrangement of Seats
27j Location of Women's Section
27k Direction Prayer
27l Direction Toward Jerusalem

28 Coin
28a Coin Series
28b Coin Ruler
28c Coin Year
28d Denomination

29 Signature
30 Colophon
31 Scribal Notes
32 Watermark
33 Hallmark
33a Group
33b Subgroup
33c Hallmark Identification
33d Hallmark Group Classification
33e Hallmark Reference
34 Trade Mark
35 Binding
36 Decoration Program
36 Summary and Remarks

1.   Habiba Msika, a famous Jewish singer, actress, comedian and dancer, was born as Marguerite Msika in Tunis in 1899. She adopted the pseudonym Habiba, namely "the beloved" when she started her public performance. Her life was short and tempestuous, and ended in 20.2.1930, when a jealous lover (Eliyahu Maimoni) burned her in her house. She was buried in the Jewish Cemetery of Tunis (figs. 2, 7). Her colourful temperament and her "feminist" way of life in a Muslim country were subject of several books and a film. The film named La Danse du feu (The Dance of Fire) was created by Salma Baccar in 1995 and focused on the last few years of her life.

For her life story and further information, see: Tobi, The Jews, 2005, pp. 197-201; Faivre d'Arcier, La brûlure, 1998; Tsur, The Evolution, 2003, pp. 80- 91; Hamrouni, Artiste accomplice, 2007; (figs. 5, 6). See also two web sites, accessed in March 2011: http://www.facebook.com/habiba.messika?v=photos

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=185185057147&oid=38785924715&comments&ref=mf


2. The dedication written by Msika's family includes short phrases based on biblical verses, venerating the deceased actress and the Torah. The opening clause "to the eye" is derived from the lamentation over 'the daughter of Zion' who was brutally killed by the Lord: "He slew all that were pleasant to the eye in the tabernacle of the daughter of Zion" (Lam. 2:4). It was adopted and implied to Msika's violent and unjust death in the age of 31, as well as to define her Jewish identity as ' the daughter of Zion'.

The closing word 'the desirable' (hemdat), alludes to her nick name Habiba, accompanied by her monogram (fig. 1).

38 Suggested Reconstruction
39 History/Provenance
The case and the Torah scroll were dedicated to the Old Great Synagogue in Tunis in 1930, for the repose of Habiba Msika (see: Remarks: no. 1). It was transferred to Israel by her family, who immigrated to Israel in the 1950s.
40 Main Surveys & Excavations
41 Condition
Intact
42 Biography
43 Bibliography
• Faivre d'Arcier, Jeanne. Habiba Messika: La brûlure du péché. Paris: Belfond, 1998. • Hamrouni, Ahmed. Habiba Messika: Artiste accomplie. Tunis: L'Univers du livre, 2007. • Pérez-Cohen, Hanna. L'écho du sacré: Les Ghribas- Saintes Juives de Tunisie. Doctoral Thesis submitted to the Paris University, 2007. In French. • Tobi, Zivia and Yosef. "The Jews in the Tunisian and Jewish Theatre". In Tunisia, Jewish Communities in the East in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Ed. Saadoun, Haim, 193-201. Jerusalem: Ministry of Education and Ben-Zvi Institute for the study of Jewish communities in the East of Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2005 (in Hebrew). • Tsur, Yaron. The Evolution of the Culture: The Jews of Tunisia and other Islamic Countries. Jerusalem: The Zalman Shazar Center, 2003. In Hebrew.
43a Short Name
43b Full Name
43c Volume
43d Page

44 Type
45 Temp: Batch Number
|
46 Temp: Aleph Number
47 Temp: Sys. Number / Doc. Name
106377
48 Temp: Addenda

Registrar
Function: Name: Date:
49 Documenter Yemimah Leben; Susan Fraiman 02.85 49a
50 Researcher Ariella Amar 03.11 50a
51 Architectural Drawings 51a
52 Computer Reconstruction 52a
53 Section Head Ariella Amar 03.11 53a
54 Editor Dvora Sax 08.11 54a
55 Donor 55a

(XXII) ID: 106378 Tik, , Tunisia, 1930 (inscription) edit
Category: Sacred and Ritual Objects
ID: 106378 Tik, , Tunisia, 1930 (inscription) edit  
Category: Sacred and Ritual Objects

General Document


2 Name/Title Tik | Unknown
3a Object Torah case
3b Object Detail
4a Artist/ Maker Unknown (Unknown)
5 Date 1930 (inscription)
6 Period Husseinite Dynasty under French Rule (1881-1956)
7 Origin Tunisia
| Tunis
8 Community North African | Tunisian
|
9 Collection Israel | Beer Sheva | Sc_045
| 2
10 Location Unknown |
11 Site Unknown
12 School/Style Unknown| Tunisian
13 Iconographical Subject Magen David
Lyre |
14 Category
17 Photographer Radovan, Zev
18 Photograph Date 02.85
19 Negative/ Photo. No. 38-38
19a Scan No. S046223
20 Description
21 Ornamentation
 
21 Ornamentation
22 Custom
23 Contents
24 Codicology
24a Scribes
24b Script
24c Number of Lines
24d Ruling
24e Pricking
24f Quires
24g Catchwords
24h Hebrew Numeration
24i Blank Leaves

25 Material/Technique
Wood, silver
25a Material Structure sawed, carved
25b Material Decoration cast, chased
25c Material Bonding nailed, hinged, glued
25d Material Inscription repoussé
25e Material Additions
25f Material Cloth
25g Material Lining
25h Tesserae Arrangement
25i Density
25j Colors

26 Measurements
26a Height 770 mm (general), 590 mm (body), 180 mm (coronet)
26b Length
26c Width 370 mm (body); 90 mm (facet)
26d Depth
26e Circumference
26f Thickness
26g Diameter
26h Weight
26i Axis
26j Panel Measurements
27 Direction/Location
27a Façade (main)
27b Entrances
27c Location of Torah Ark
27d Location of Apse
27e Location of Niche
27f Location of Reader's Desk
27g Location of Platform
27h Temp: Architecture Axis
27i< Arrangement of Seats
27j Location of Women's Section
27k Direction Prayer
27l Direction Toward Jerusalem

28 Coin
28a Coin Series
28b Coin Ruler
28c Coin Year
28d Denomination

29 Signature
30 Colophon
31 Scribal Notes
32 Watermark
33 Hallmark
33a Group
33b Subgroup
33c Hallmark Identification
33d Hallmark Group Classification
33e Hallmark Reference
34 Trade Mark
35 Binding
36 Decoration Program
36 Summary and Remarks

1.   Habiba Msika, a famous Jewish singer, actress, comedian and dancer, was born as Marguerite Msika in Tunis in 1899. She adopted the pseudonym Habiba, namely "the beloved" when she started her public performance. Her life was short and tempestuous, and ended in 20.2.1930, when a jealous lover (Eliyahu Maimoni) burned her in her house. She was buried in the Jewish Cemetery of Tunis (figs. 2, 7). Her colourful temperament and her "feminist" way of life in a Muslim country were subject of several books and a film. The film named La Danse du feu (The Dance of Fire) was created by Salma Baccar in 1995 and focused on the last few years of her life.

For her life story and further information, see: Tobi, The Jews, 2005, pp. 197-201; Faivre d'Arcier, La brûlure, 1998; Tsur, The Evolution, 2003, pp. 80- 91; Hamrouni, Artiste accomplice, 2007; (figs. 5, 6). See also two web sites, accessed in March 2011: http://www.facebook.com/habiba.messika?v=photos

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=185185057147&oid=38785924715&comments&ref=mf


2. The dedication written by Msika's family includes short phrases based on biblical verses, venerating the deceased actress and the Torah. The opening clause "to the eye" is derived from the lamentation over 'the daughter of Zion' who was brutally killed by the Lord: "He slew all that were pleasant to the eye in the tabernacle of the daughter of Zion" (Lam. 2:4). It was adopted and implied to Msika's violent and unjust death in the age of 31, as well as to define her Jewish identity as ' the daughter of Zion'.

The closing word 'the desirable' (hemdat), alludes to her nick name Habiba, accompanied by her monogram (fig. 1).

38 Suggested Reconstruction
39 History/Provenance
The case and the Torah scroll were dedicated to the Old Great Synagogue in Tunis in 1930, for the repose of Habiba Msika (see: Remarks: no. 1). It was transferred to Israel by her family, who immigrated to Israel in the 1950s.
40 Main Surveys & Excavations
41 Condition
Intact
42 Biography
43 Bibliography
• Faivre d'Arcier, Jeanne. Habiba Messika: La brûlure du péché. Paris: Belfond, 1998. • Hamrouni, Ahmed. Habiba Messika: Artiste accomplie. Tunis: L'Univers du livre, 2007. • Pérez-Cohen, Hanna. L'écho du sacré: Les Ghribas- Saintes Juives de Tunisie. Doctoral Thesis submitted to the Paris University, 2007. In French. • Tobi, Zivia and Yosef. "The Jews in the Tunisian and Jewish Theatre". In Tunisia, Jewish Communities in the East in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Ed. Saadoun, Haim, 193-201. Jerusalem: Ministry of Education and Ben-Zvi Institute for the study of Jewish communities in the East of Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2005 (in Hebrew). • Tsur, Yaron. The Evolution of the Culture: The Jews of Tunisia and other Islamic Countries. Jerusalem: The Zalman Shazar Center, 2003. In Hebrew.
43a Short Name
43b Full Name
43c Volume
43d Page

44 Type
45 Temp: Batch Number
|
46 Temp: Aleph Number
47 Temp: Sys. Number / Doc. Name
106378
48 Temp: Addenda

Registrar
Function: Name: Date:
49 Documenter Yemimah Leben; Susan Fraiman 02.85 49a
50 Researcher Ariella Amar 03.11 50a
51 Architectural Drawings 51a
52 Computer Reconstruction 52a
53 Section Head Ariella Amar 03.11 53a
54 Editor Dvora Sax 08.11 54a
55 Donor 55a

(XXII) ID: 106379 Tik, , Tunisia, 1930 (inscription) edit
Category: Sacred and Ritual Objects
ID: 106379 Tik, , Tunisia, 1930 (inscription) edit  
Category: Sacred and Ritual Objects

General Document


2 Name/Title Tik | Unknown
3a Object Torah case
3b Object Detail
4a Artist/ Maker Unknown (Unknown)
5 Date 1930 (inscription)
6 Period Husseinite Dynasty under French Rule (1881-1956)
7 Origin Tunisia
| Tunis
8 Community North African | Tunisian
|
9 Collection Israel | Beer Sheva | Sc_045
| 2
10 Location Unknown |
11 Site Unknown
12 School/Style Unknown| Tunisian
13 Iconographical Subject Magen David
Lyre |
14 Category
17 Photographer Radovan, Zev
18 Photograph Date 02.85
19 Negative/ Photo. No. 38-39
19a Scan No. S046224
20 Description
21 Ornamentation
 
21 Ornamentation
22 Custom
23 Contents
24 Codicology
24a Scribes
24b Script
24c Number of Lines
24d Ruling
24e Pricking
24f Quires
24g Catchwords
24h Hebrew Numeration
24i Blank Leaves

25 Material/Technique
Wood, silver
25a Material Structure sawed, carved
25b Material Decoration cast, chased
25c Material Bonding nailed, hinged, glued
25d Material Inscription repoussé
25e Material Additions
25f Material Cloth
25g Material Lining
25h Tesserae Arrangement
25i Density
25j Colors

26 Measurements
26a Height 770 mm (general), 590 mm (body), 180 mm (coronet)
26b Length
26c Width 370 mm (body); 90 mm (facet)
26d Depth
26e Circumference
26f Thickness
26g Diameter
26h Weight
26i Axis
26j Panel Measurements
27 Direction/Location
27a Façade (main)
27b Entrances
27c Location of Torah Ark
27d Location of Apse
27e Location of Niche
27f Location of Reader's Desk
27g Location of Platform
27h Temp: Architecture Axis
27i< Arrangement of Seats
27j Location of Women's Section
27k Direction Prayer
27l Direction Toward Jerusalem

28 Coin
28a Coin Series
28b Coin Ruler
28c Coin Year
28d Denomination

29 Signature
30 Colophon
31 Scribal Notes
32 Watermark
33 Hallmark
33a Group
33b Subgroup
33c Hallmark Identification
33d Hallmark Group Classification
33e Hallmark Reference
34 Trade Mark
35 Binding
36 Decoration Program
36 Summary and Remarks

1.   Habiba Msika, a famous Jewish singer, actress, comedian and dancer, was born as Marguerite Msika in Tunis in 1899. She adopted the pseudonym Habiba, namely "the beloved" when she started her public performance. Her life was short and tempestuous, and ended in 20.2.1930, when a jealous lover (Eliyahu Maimoni) burned her in her house. She was buried in the Jewish Cemetery of Tunis (figs. 2, 7). Her colourful temperament and her "feminist" way of life in a Muslim country were subject of several books and a film. The film named La Danse du feu (The Dance of Fire) was created by Salma Baccar in 1995 and focused on the last few years of her life.

For her life story and further information, see: Tobi, The Jews, 2005, pp. 197-201; Faivre d'Arcier, La brûlure, 1998; Tsur, The Evolution, 2003, pp. 80- 91; Hamrouni, Artiste accomplice, 2007; (figs. 5, 6). See also two web sites, accessed in March 2011: http://www.facebook.com/habiba.messika?v=photos

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=185185057147&oid=38785924715&comments&ref=mf


2. The dedication written by Msika's family includes short phrases based on biblical verses, venerating the deceased actress and the Torah. The opening clause "to the eye" is derived from the lamentation over 'the daughter of Zion' who was brutally killed by the Lord: "He slew all that were pleasant to the eye in the tabernacle of the daughter of Zion" (Lam. 2:4). It was adopted and implied to Msika's violent and unjust death in the age of 31, as well as to define her Jewish identity as ' the daughter of Zion'.

The closing word 'the desirable' (hemdat), alludes to her nick name Habiba, accompanied by her monogram (fig. 1).

38 Suggested Reconstruction
39 History/Provenance
The case and the Torah scroll were dedicated to the Old Great Synagogue in Tunis in 1930, for the repose of Habiba Msika (see: Remarks: no. 1). It was transferred to Israel by her family, who immigrated to Israel in the 1950s.
40 Main Surveys & Excavations
41 Condition
Intact
42 Biography
43 Bibliography
• Faivre d'Arcier, Jeanne. Habiba Messika: La brûlure du péché. Paris: Belfond, 1998. • Hamrouni, Ahmed. Habiba Messika: Artiste accomplie. Tunis: L'Univers du livre, 2007. • Pérez-Cohen, Hanna. L'écho du sacré: Les Ghribas- Saintes Juives de Tunisie. Doctoral Thesis submitted to the Paris University, 2007. In French. • Tobi, Zivia and Yosef. "The Jews in the Tunisian and Jewish Theatre". In Tunisia, Jewish Communities in the East in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Ed. Saadoun, Haim, 193-201. Jerusalem: Ministry of Education and Ben-Zvi Institute for the study of Jewish communities in the East of Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2005 (in Hebrew). • Tsur, Yaron. The Evolution of the Culture: The Jews of Tunisia and other Islamic Countries. Jerusalem: The Zalman Shazar Center, 2003. In Hebrew.
43a Short Name
43b Full Name
43c Volume
43d Page

44 Type
45 Temp: Batch Number
|
46 Temp: Aleph Number
47 Temp: Sys. Number / Doc. Name
106379
48 Temp: Addenda

Registrar
Function: Name: Date:
49 Documenter Yemimah Leben; Susan Fraiman 02.85 49a
50 Researcher Ariella Amar 03.11 50a
51 Architectural Drawings 51a
52 Computer Reconstruction 52a
53 Section Head Ariella Amar 03.11 53a
54 Editor Dvora Sax 08.11 54a
55 Donor 55a

(XXII) ID: 106380 Tik, , Tunisia, 1930 (inscription) edit
Category: Sacred and Ritual Objects
ID: 106380 Tik, , Tunisia, 1930 (inscription) edit  
Category: Sacred and Ritual Objects

General Document


2 Name/Title Tik | Unknown
3a Object Torah case
3b Object Detail
4a Artist/ Maker Unknown (Unknown)
5 Date 1930 (inscription)
6 Period Husseinite Dynasty under French Rule (1881-1956)
7 Origin Tunisia
| Tunis
8 Community North African | Tunisian
|
9 Collection Israel | Beer Sheva | Sc_045
| 2
10 Location Unknown |
11 Site Unknown
12 School/Style Unknown| Tunisian
13 Iconographical Subject Magen David
Lyre |
14 Category
17 Photographer Radovan, Zev
18 Photograph Date 02.85
19 Negative/ Photo. No. 38-40
19a Scan No. S046225
20 Description
21 Ornamentation
 
21 Ornamentation
22 Custom
23 Contents
24 Codicology
24a Scribes
24b Script
24c Number of Lines
24d Ruling
24e Pricking
24f Quires
24g Catchwords
24h Hebrew Numeration
24i Blank Leaves

25 Material/Technique
Wood, silver
25a Material Structure sawed, carved
25b Material Decoration cast, chased
25c Material Bonding nailed, hinged, glued
25d Material Inscription repoussé
25e Material Additions
25f Material Cloth
25g Material Lining
25h Tesserae Arrangement
25i Density
25j Colors

26 Measurements
26a Height 770 mm (general), 590 mm (body), 180 mm (coronet)
26b Length
26c Width 370 mm (body); 90 mm (facet)
26d Depth
26e Circumference
26f Thickness
26g Diameter
26h Weight
26i Axis
26j Panel Measurements
27 Direction/Location
27a Façade (main)
27b Entrances
27c Location of Torah Ark
27d Location of Apse
27e Location of Niche
27f Location of Reader's Desk
27g Location of Platform
27h Temp: Architecture Axis
27i< Arrangement of Seats
27j Location of Women's Section
27k Direction Prayer
27l Direction Toward Jerusalem

28 Coin
28a Coin Series
28b Coin Ruler
28c Coin Year
28d Denomination

29 Signature
30 Colophon
31 Scribal Notes
32 Watermark
33 Hallmark
33a Group
33b Subgroup
33c Hallmark Identification
33d Hallmark Group Classification
33e Hallmark Reference
34 Trade Mark
35 Binding
36 Decoration Program
36 Summary and Remarks

1.   Habiba Msika, a famous Jewish singer, actress, comedian and dancer, was born as Marguerite Msika in Tunis in 1899. She adopted the pseudonym Habiba, namely "the beloved" when she started her public performance. Her life was short and tempestuous, and ended in 20.2.1930, when a jealous lover (Eliyahu Maimoni) burned her in her house. She was buried in the Jewish Cemetery of Tunis (figs. 2, 7). Her colourful temperament and her "feminist" way of life in a Muslim country were subject of several books and a film. The film named La Danse du feu (The Dance of Fire) was created by Salma Baccar in 1995 and focused on the last few years of her life.

For her life story and further information, see: Tobi, The Jews, 2005, pp. 197-201; Faivre d'Arcier, La brûlure, 1998; Tsur, The Evolution, 2003, pp. 80- 91; Hamrouni, Artiste accomplice, 2007; (figs. 5, 6). See also two web sites, accessed in March 2011: http://www.facebook.com/habiba.messika?v=photos

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=185185057147&oid=38785924715&comments&ref=mf


2. The dedication written by Msika's family includes short phrases based on biblical verses, venerating the deceased actress and the Torah. The opening clause "to the eye" is derived from the lamentation over 'the daughter of Zion' who was brutally killed by the Lord: "He slew all that were pleasant to the eye in the tabernacle of the daughter of Zion" (Lam. 2:4). It was adopted and implied to Msika's violent and unjust death in the age of 31, as well as to define her Jewish identity as ' the daughter of Zion'.

The closing word 'the desirable' (hemdat), alludes to her nick name Habiba, accompanied by her monogram (fig. 1).

38 Suggested Reconstruction
39 History/Provenance
The case and the Torah scroll were dedicated to the Old Great Synagogue in Tunis in 1930, for the repose of Habiba Msika (see: Remarks: no. 1). It was transferred to Israel by her family, who immigrated to Israel in the 1950s.
40 Main Surveys & Excavations
41 Condition
Intact
42 Biography
43 Bibliography
• Faivre d'Arcier, Jeanne. Habiba Messika: La brûlure du péché. Paris: Belfond, 1998. • Hamrouni, Ahmed. Habiba Messika: Artiste accomplie. Tunis: L'Univers du livre, 2007. • Pérez-Cohen, Hanna. L'écho du sacré: Les Ghribas- Saintes Juives de Tunisie. Doctoral Thesis submitted to the Paris University, 2007. In French. • Tobi, Zivia and Yosef. "The Jews in the Tunisian and Jewish Theatre". In Tunisia, Jewish Communities in the East in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Ed. Saadoun, Haim, 193-201. Jerusalem: Ministry of Education and Ben-Zvi Institute for the study of Jewish communities in the East of Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2005 (in Hebrew). • Tsur, Yaron. The Evolution of the Culture: The Jews of Tunisia and other Islamic Countries. Jerusalem: The Zalman Shazar Center, 2003. In Hebrew.
43a Short Name
43b Full Name
43c Volume
43d Page

44 Type
45 Temp: Batch Number
|
46 Temp: Aleph Number
47 Temp: Sys. Number / Doc. Name
106380
48 Temp: Addenda

Registrar
Function: Name: Date:
49 Documenter Yemimah Leben; Susan Fraiman 02.85 49a
50 Researcher Ariella Amar 03.11 50a
51 Architectural Drawings 51a
52 Computer Reconstruction 52a
53 Section Head Ariella Amar 03.11 53a
54 Editor Dvora Sax 08.11 54a
55 Donor 55a

(XXII) ID: 106381 Tik, Field documentation, Tunisia, 1930 (inscription) edit
Category: Sacred and Ritual Objects
ID: 106381 Tik, Field documentation, Tunisia, 1930 (inscription) edit  
Category: Sacred and Ritual Objects

General Document


2 Name/Title Tik | Unknown
3a Object Torah case
3b Object Detail Field documentation
4a Artist/ Maker Unknown (Unknown)
5 Date 1930 (inscription)
6 Period Husseinite Dynasty under French Rule (1881-1956)
7 Origin Tunisia
| Tunis
8 Community North African | Tunisian
|
9 Collection Israel | Beer Sheva | Sc_045
| 2
10 Location Unknown |
11 Site Unknown
12 School/Style Unknown| Tunisian
13 Iconographical Subject Magen David
Lyre |
14 Category
17 Photographer Radovan, Zev
18 Photograph Date 02.85
19 Negative/ Photo. No. 38-36
19a Scan No. S111107
20 Description
21 Ornamentation
 
21 Ornamentation
22 Custom
23 Contents
24 Codicology
24a Scribes
24b Script
24c Number of Lines
24d Ruling
24e Pricking
24f Quires
24g Catchwords
24h Hebrew Numeration
24i Blank Leaves

25 Material/Technique
Wood, silver
25a Material Structure sawed, carved
25b Material Decoration cast, chased
25c Material Bonding nailed, hinged, glued
25d Material Inscription repoussé
25e Material Additions
25f Material Cloth
25g Material Lining
25h Tesserae Arrangement
25i Density
25j Colors

26 Measurements
26a Height 770 mm (general), 590 mm (body), 180 mm (coronet)
26b Length
26c Width 370 mm (body); 90 mm (facet)
26d Depth
26e Circumference
26f Thickness
26g Diameter
26h Weight
26i Axis
26j Panel Measurements
27 Direction/Location
27a Façade (main)
27b Entrances
27c Location of Torah Ark
27d Location of Apse
27e Location of Niche
27f Location of Reader's Desk
27g Location of Platform
27h Temp: Architecture Axis
27i< Arrangement of Seats
27j Location of Women's Section
27k Direction Prayer
27l Direction Toward Jerusalem

28 Coin
28a Coin Series
28b Coin Ruler
28c Coin Year
28d Denomination

29 Signature
30 Colophon
31 Scribal Notes
32 Watermark
33 Hallmark
33a Group
33b Subgroup
33c Hallmark Identification
33d Hallmark Group Classification
33e Hallmark Reference
34 Trade Mark
35 Binding
36 Decoration Program
36 Summary and Remarks

1.   Habiba Msika, a famous Jewish singer, actress, comedian and dancer, was born as Marguerite Msika in Tunis in 1899. She adopted the pseudonym Habiba, namely "the beloved" when she started her public performance. Her life was short and tempestuous, and ended in 20.2.1930, when a jealous lover (Eliyahu Maimoni) burned her in her house. She was buried in the Jewish Cemetery of Tunis (figs. 2, 7). Her colourful temperament and her "feminist" way of life in a Muslim country were subject of several books and a film. The film named La Danse du feu (The Dance of Fire) was created by Salma Baccar in 1995 and focused on the last few years of her life.

For her life story and further information, see: Tobi, The Jews, 2005, pp. 197-201; Faivre d'Arcier, La brûlure, 1998; Tsur, The Evolution, 2003, pp. 80- 91; Hamrouni, Artiste accomplice, 2007; (figs. 5, 6). See also two web sites, accessed in March 2011: http://www.facebook.com/habiba.messika?v=photos

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=185185057147&oid=38785924715&comments&ref=mf


2. The dedication written by Msika's family includes short phrases based on biblical verses, venerating the deceased actress and the Torah. The opening clause "to the eye" is derived from the lamentation over 'the daughter of Zion' who was brutally killed by the Lord: "He slew all that were pleasant to the eye in the tabernacle of the daughter of Zion" (Lam. 2:4). It was adopted and implied to Msika's violent and unjust death in the age of 31, as well as to define her Jewish identity as ' the daughter of Zion'.

The closing word 'the desirable' (hemdat), alludes to her nick name Habiba, accompanied by her monogram (fig. 1).

38 Suggested Reconstruction
39 History/Provenance
The case and the Torah scroll were dedicated to the Old Great Synagogue in Tunis in 1930, for the repose of Habiba Msika (see: Remarks: no. 1). It was transferred to Israel by her family, who immigrated to Israel in the 1950s.
40 Main Surveys & Excavations
41 Condition
Intact
42 Biography
43 Bibliography
• Faivre d'Arcier, Jeanne. Habiba Messika: La brûlure du péché. Paris: Belfond, 1998. • Hamrouni, Ahmed. Habiba Messika: Artiste accomplie. Tunis: L'Univers du livre, 2007. • Pérez-Cohen, Hanna. L'écho du sacré: Les Ghribas- Saintes Juives de Tunisie. Doctoral Thesis submitted to the Paris University, 2007. In French. • Tobi, Zivia and Yosef. "The Jews in the Tunisian and Jewish Theatre". In Tunisia, Jewish Communities in the East in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Ed. Saadoun, Haim, 193-201. Jerusalem: Ministry of Education and Ben-Zvi Institute for the study of Jewish communities in the East of Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2005 (in Hebrew). • Tsur, Yaron. The Evolution of the Culture: The Jews of Tunisia and other Islamic Countries. Jerusalem: The Zalman Shazar Center, 2003. In Hebrew.
43a Short Name
43b Full Name
43c Volume
43d Page

44 Type
45 Temp: Batch Number
|
46 Temp: Aleph Number
47 Temp: Sys. Number / Doc. Name
106381
48 Temp: Addenda

Registrar
Function: Name: Date:
49 Documenter Yemimah Leben; Susan Fraiman 02.85 49a
50 Researcher Ariella Amar 03.11 50a
51 Architectural Drawings 51a
52 Computer Reconstruction 52a
53 Section Head Ariella Amar 03.11 53a
54 Editor Dvora Sax 08.11 54a
55 Donor 55a

(XXII) ID: 106382 Tik, Field documentation, Tunisia, 1930 (inscription) edit
Category: Sacred and Ritual Objects
ID: 106382 Tik, Field documentation, Tunisia, 1930 (inscription) edit  
Category: Sacred and Ritual Objects

General Document


2 Name/Title Tik | Unknown
3a Object Torah case
3b Object Detail Field documentation
4a Artist/ Maker Unknown (Unknown)
5 Date 1930 (inscription)
6 Period Husseinite Dynasty under French Rule (1881-1956)
7 Origin Tunisia
| Tunis
8 Community North African | Tunisian
|
9 Collection Israel | Beer Sheva | Sc_045
| 2
10 Location Unknown |
11 Site Unknown
12 School/Style Unknown| Tunisian
13 Iconographical Subject Magen David
Lyre |
14 Category
17 Photographer Radovan, Zev
18 Photograph Date 02.85
19 Negative/ Photo. No. 38-36
19a Scan No. S111108
20 Description
21 Ornamentation
 
21 Ornamentation
22 Custom
23 Contents
24 Codicology
24a Scribes
24b Script
24c Number of Lines
24d Ruling
24e Pricking
24f Quires
24g Catchwords
24h Hebrew Numeration
24i Blank Leaves

25 Material/Technique
Wood, silver
25a Material Structure sawed, carved
25b Material Decoration cast, chased
25c Material Bonding nailed, hinged, glued
25d Material Inscription repoussé
25e Material Additions
25f Material Cloth
25g Material Lining
25h Tesserae Arrangement
25i Density
25j Colors

26 Measurements
26a Height 770 mm (general), 590 mm (body), 180 mm (coronet)
26b Length
26c Width 370 mm (body); 90 mm (facet)
26d Depth
26e Circumference
26f Thickness
26g Diameter
26h Weight
26i Axis
26j Panel Measurements
27 Direction/Location
27a Façade (main)
27b Entrances
27c Location of Torah Ark
27d Location of Apse
27e Location of Niche
27f Location of Reader's Desk
27g Location of Platform
27h Temp: Architecture Axis
27i< Arrangement of Seats
27j Location of Women's Section
27k Direction Prayer
27l Direction Toward Jerusalem

28 Coin
28a Coin Series
28b Coin Ruler
28c Coin Year
28d Denomination

29 Signature
30 Colophon
31 Scribal Notes
32 Watermark
33 Hallmark
33a Group
33b Subgroup
33c Hallmark Identification
33d Hallmark Group Classification
33e Hallmark Reference
34 Trade Mark
35 Binding
36 Decoration Program
36 Summary and Remarks

1.   Habiba Msika, a famous Jewish singer, actress, comedian and dancer, was born as Marguerite Msika in Tunis in 1899. She adopted the pseudonym Habiba, namely "the beloved" when she started her public performance. Her life was short and tempestuous, and ended in 20.2.1930, when a jealous lover (Eliyahu Maimoni) burned her in her house. She was buried in the Jewish Cemetery of Tunis (figs. 2, 7). Her colourful temperament and her "feminist" way of life in a Muslim country were subject of several books and a film. The film named La Danse du feu (The Dance of Fire) was created by Salma Baccar in 1995 and focused on the last few years of her life.

For her life story and further information, see: Tobi, The Jews, 2005, pp. 197-201; Faivre d'Arcier, La brûlure, 1998; Tsur, The Evolution, 2003, pp. 80- 91; Hamrouni, Artiste accomplice, 2007; (figs. 5, 6). See also two web sites, accessed in March 2011: http://www.facebook.com/habiba.messika?v=photos

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=185185057147&oid=38785924715&comments&ref=mf


2. The dedication written by Msika's family includes short phrases based on biblical verses, venerating the deceased actress and the Torah. The opening clause "to the eye" is derived from the lamentation over 'the daughter of Zion' who was brutally killed by the Lord: "He slew all that were pleasant to the eye in the tabernacle of the daughter of Zion" (Lam. 2:4). It was adopted and implied to Msika's violent and unjust death in the age of 31, as well as to define her Jewish identity as ' the daughter of Zion'.

The closing word 'the desirable' (hemdat), alludes to her nick name Habiba, accompanied by her monogram (fig. 1).

38 Suggested Reconstruction
39 History/Provenance
The case and the Torah scroll were dedicated to the Old Great Synagogue in Tunis in 1930, for the repose of Habiba Msika (see: Remarks: no. 1). It was transferred to Israel by her family, who immigrated to Israel in the 1950s.
40 Main Surveys & Excavations
41 Condition
Intact
42 Biography
43 Bibliography
• Faivre d'Arcier, Jeanne. Habiba Messika: La brûlure du péché. Paris: Belfond, 1998. • Hamrouni, Ahmed. Habiba Messika: Artiste accomplie. Tunis: L'Univers du livre, 2007. • Pérez-Cohen, Hanna. L'écho du sacré: Les Ghribas- Saintes Juives de Tunisie. Doctoral Thesis submitted to the Paris University, 2007. In French. • Tobi, Zivia and Yosef. "The Jews in the Tunisian and Jewish Theatre". In Tunisia, Jewish Communities in the East in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Ed. Saadoun, Haim, 193-201. Jerusalem: Ministry of Education and Ben-Zvi Institute for the study of Jewish communities in the East of Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2005 (in Hebrew). • Tsur, Yaron. The Evolution of the Culture: The Jews of Tunisia and other Islamic Countries. Jerusalem: The Zalman Shazar Center, 2003. In Hebrew.
43a Short Name
43b Full Name
43c Volume
43d Page

44 Type
45 Temp: Batch Number
|
46 Temp: Aleph Number
47 Temp: Sys. Number / Doc. Name
106382
48 Temp: Addenda

Registrar
Function: Name: Date:
49 Documenter Yemimah Leben; Susan Fraiman 02.85 49a
50 Researcher Ariella Amar 03.11 50a
51 Architectural Drawings 51a
52 Computer Reconstruction 52a
53 Section Head Ariella Amar 03.11 53a
54 Editor Dvora Sax 08.11 54a
55 Donor 55a

(XXII) ID: 106383 Tik, Field documentation, Tunisia, 1930 (inscription) edit
Category: Sacred and Ritual Objects
ID: 106383 Tik, Field documentation, Tunisia, 1930 (inscription) edit  
Category: Sacred and Ritual Objects

General Document


2 Name/Title Tik | Unknown
3a Object Torah case
3b Object Detail Field documentation
4a Artist/ Maker Unknown (Unknown)
5 Date 1930 (inscription)
6 Period Husseinite Dynasty under French Rule (1881-1956)
7 Origin Tunisia
| Tunis
8 Community North African | Tunisian
|
9 Collection Israel | Beer Sheva | Sc_045
| 2
10 Location Unknown |
11 Site Unknown
12 School/Style Unknown| Tunisian
13 Iconographical Subject Magen David
Lyre |
14 Category
17 Photographer Radovan, Zev
18 Photograph Date 02.85
19 Negative/ Photo. No. 38-36
19a Scan No. S111109
20 Description
21 Ornamentation
 
21 Ornamentation
22 Custom
23 Contents
24 Codicology
24a Scribes
24b Script
24c Number of Lines
24d Ruling
24e Pricking
24f Quires
24g Catchwords
24h Hebrew Numeration
24i Blank Leaves

25 Material/Technique
Wood, silver
25a Material Structure sawed, carved
25b Material Decoration cast, chased
25c Material Bonding nailed, hinged, glued
25d Material Inscription repoussé
25e Material Additions
25f Material Cloth
25g Material Lining
25h Tesserae Arrangement
25i Density
25j Colors

26 Measurements
26a Height 770 mm (general), 590 mm (body), 180 mm (coronet)
26b Length
26c Width 370 mm (body); 90 mm (facet)
26d Depth
26e Circumference
26f Thickness
26g Diameter
26h Weight
26i Axis
26j Panel Measurements
27 Direction/Location
27a Façade (main)
27b Entrances
27c Location of Torah Ark
27d Location of Apse
27e Location of Niche
27f Location of Reader's Desk
27g Location of Platform
27h Temp: Architecture Axis
27i< Arrangement of Seats
27j Location of Women's Section
27k Direction Prayer
27l Direction Toward Jerusalem

28 Coin
28a Coin Series
28b Coin Ruler
28c Coin Year
28d Denomination

29 Signature
30 Colophon
31 Scribal Notes
32 Watermark
33 Hallmark
33a Group
33b Subgroup
33c Hallmark Identification
33d Hallmark Group Classification
33e Hallmark Reference
34 Trade Mark
35 Binding
36 Decoration Program
36 Summary and Remarks

1.   Habiba Msika, a famous Jewish singer, actress, comedian and dancer, was born as Marguerite Msika in Tunis in 1899. She adopted the pseudonym Habiba, namely "the beloved" when she started her public performance. Her life was short and tempestuous, and ended in 20.2.1930, when a jealous lover (Eliyahu Maimoni) burned her in her house. She was buried in the Jewish Cemetery of Tunis (figs. 2, 7). Her colourful temperament and her "feminist" way of life in a Muslim country were subject of several books and a film. The film named La Danse du feu (The Dance of Fire) was created by Salma Baccar in 1995 and focused on the last few years of her life.

For her life story and further information, see: Tobi, The Jews, 2005, pp. 197-201; Faivre d'Arcier, La brûlure, 1998; Tsur, The Evolution, 2003, pp. 80- 91; Hamrouni, Artiste accomplice, 2007; (figs. 5, 6). See also two web sites, accessed in March 2011: http://www.facebook.com/habiba.messika?v=photos

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=185185057147&oid=38785924715&comments&ref=mf


2. The dedication written by Msika's family includes short phrases based on biblical verses, venerating the deceased actress and the Torah. The opening clause "to the eye" is derived from the lamentation over 'the daughter of Zion' who was brutally killed by the Lord: "He slew all that were pleasant to the eye in the tabernacle of the daughter of Zion" (Lam. 2:4). It was adopted and implied to Msika's violent and unjust death in the age of 31, as well as to define her Jewish identity as ' the daughter of Zion'.

The closing word 'the desirable' (hemdat), alludes to her nick name Habiba, accompanied by her monogram (fig. 1).

38 Suggested Reconstruction
39 History/Provenance
The case and the Torah scroll were dedicated to the Old Great Synagogue in Tunis in 1930, for the repose of Habiba Msika (see: Remarks: no. 1). It was transferred to Israel by her family, who immigrated to Israel in the 1950s.
40 Main Surveys & Excavations
41 Condition
Intact
42 Biography
43 Bibliography
• Faivre d'Arcier, Jeanne. Habiba Messika: La brûlure du péché. Paris: Belfond, 1998. • Hamrouni, Ahmed. Habiba Messika: Artiste accomplie. Tunis: L'Univers du livre, 2007. • Pérez-Cohen, Hanna. L'écho du sacré: Les Ghribas- Saintes Juives de Tunisie. Doctoral Thesis submitted to the Paris University, 2007. In French. • Tobi, Zivia and Yosef. "The Jews in the Tunisian and Jewish Theatre". In Tunisia, Jewish Communities in the East in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Ed. Saadoun, Haim, 193-201. Jerusalem: Ministry of Education and Ben-Zvi Institute for the study of Jewish communities in the East of Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2005 (in Hebrew). • Tsur, Yaron. The Evolution of the Culture: The Jews of Tunisia and other Islamic Countries. Jerusalem: The Zalman Shazar Center, 2003. In Hebrew.
43a Short Name
43b Full Name
43c Volume
43d Page

44 Type
45 Temp: Batch Number
|
46 Temp: Aleph Number
47 Temp: Sys. Number / Doc. Name
106383
48 Temp: Addenda

Registrar
Function: Name: Date:
49 Documenter Yemimah Leben; Susan Fraiman 02.85 49a
50 Researcher Ariella Amar 03.11 50a
51 Architectural Drawings 51a
52 Computer Reconstruction 52a
53 Section Head Ariella Amar 03.11 53a
54 Editor Dvora Sax 08.11 54a
55 Donor 55a

(XXII) ID: 106384 Tik, Field documentation, Tunisia, 1930 (inscription) edit
Category: Sacred and Ritual Objects
ID: 106384 Tik, Field documentation, Tunisia, 1930 (inscription) edit  
Category: Sacred and Ritual Objects

General Document


2 Name/Title Tik | Unknown
3a Object Torah case
3b Object Detail Field documentation
4a Artist/ Maker Unknown (Unknown)
5 Date 1930 (inscription)
6 Period Husseinite Dynasty under French Rule (1881-1956)
7 Origin Tunisia
| Tunis
8 Community North African | Tunisian
|
9 Collection Israel | Beer Sheva | Sc_045
| 2
10 Location Unknown |
11 Site Unknown
12 School/Style Unknown| Tunisian
13 Iconographical Subject Magen David
Lyre |
14 Category
17 Photographer Radovan, Zev
18 Photograph Date 02.85
19 Negative/ Photo. No. 38-36
19a Scan No. S111110
20 Description
21 Ornamentation
 
21 Ornamentation
22 Custom
23 Contents
24 Codicology
24a Scribes
24b Script
24c Number of Lines
24d Ruling
24e Pricking
24f Quires
24g Catchwords
24h Hebrew Numeration
24i Blank Leaves

25 Material/Technique
Wood, silver
25a Material Structure sawed, carved
25b Material Decoration cast, chased
25c Material Bonding nailed, hinged, glued
25d Material Inscription repoussé
25e Material Additions
25f Material Cloth
25g Material Lining
25h Tesserae Arrangement
25i Density
25j Colors

26 Measurements
26a Height 770 mm (general), 590 mm (body), 180 mm (coronet)
26b Length
26c Width 370 mm (body); 90 mm (facet)
26d Depth
26e Circumference
26f Thickness
26g Diameter
26h Weight
26i Axis
26j Panel Measurements
27 Direction/Location
27a Façade (main)
27b Entrances
27c Location of Torah Ark
27d Location of Apse
27e Location of Niche
27f Location of Reader's Desk
27g Location of Platform
27h Temp: Architecture Axis
27i< Arrangement of Seats
27j Location of Women's Section
27k Direction Prayer
27l Direction Toward Jerusalem

28 Coin
28a Coin Series
28b Coin Ruler
28c Coin Year
28d Denomination

29 Signature
30 Colophon
31 Scribal Notes
32 Watermark
33 Hallmark
33a Group
33b Subgroup
33c Hallmark Identification
33d Hallmark Group Classification
33e Hallmark Reference
34 Trade Mark
35 Binding
36 Decoration Program
36 Summary and Remarks

1.   Habiba Msika, a famous Jewish singer, actress, comedian and dancer, was born as Marguerite Msika in Tunis in 1899. She adopted the pseudonym Habiba, namely "the beloved" when she started her public performance. Her life was short and tempestuous, and ended in 20.2.1930, when a jealous lover (Eliyahu Maimoni) burned her in her house. She was buried in the Jewish Cemetery of Tunis (figs. 2, 7). Her colourful temperament and her "feminist" way of life in a Muslim country were subject of several books and a film. The film named La Danse du feu (The Dance of Fire) was created by Salma Baccar in 1995 and focused on the last few years of her life.

For her life story and further information, see: Tobi, The Jews, 2005, pp. 197-201; Faivre d'Arcier, La brûlure, 1998; Tsur, The Evolution, 2003, pp. 80- 91; Hamrouni, Artiste accomplice, 2007; (figs. 5, 6). See also two web sites, accessed in March 2011: http://www.facebook.com/habiba.messika?v=photos

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=185185057147&oid=38785924715&comments&ref=mf


2. The dedication written by Msika's family includes short phrases based on biblical verses, venerating the deceased actress and the Torah. The opening clause "to the eye" is derived from the lamentation over 'the daughter of Zion' who was brutally killed by the Lord: "He slew all that were pleasant to the eye in the tabernacle of the daughter of Zion" (Lam. 2:4). It was adopted and implied to Msika's violent and unjust death in the age of 31, as well as to define her Jewish identity as ' the daughter of Zion'.

The closing word 'the desirable' (hemdat), alludes to her nick name Habiba, accompanied by her monogram (fig. 1).

38 Suggested Reconstruction
39 History/Provenance
The case and the Torah scroll were dedicated to the Old Great Synagogue in Tunis in 1930, for the repose of Habiba Msika (see: Remarks: no. 1). It was transferred to Israel by her family, who immigrated to Israel in the 1950s.
40 Main Surveys & Excavations
41 Condition
Intact
42 Biography
43 Bibliography
• Faivre d'Arcier, Jeanne. Habiba Messika: La brûlure du péché. Paris: Belfond, 1998. • Hamrouni, Ahmed. Habiba Messika: Artiste accomplie. Tunis: L'Univers du livre, 2007. • Pérez-Cohen, Hanna. L'écho du sacré: Les Ghribas- Saintes Juives de Tunisie. Doctoral Thesis submitted to the Paris University, 2007. In French. • Tobi, Zivia and Yosef. "The Jews in the Tunisian and Jewish Theatre". In Tunisia, Jewish Communities in the East in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Ed. Saadoun, Haim, 193-201. Jerusalem: Ministry of Education and Ben-Zvi Institute for the study of Jewish communities in the East of Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2005 (in Hebrew). • Tsur, Yaron. The Evolution of the Culture: The Jews of Tunisia and other Islamic Countries. Jerusalem: The Zalman Shazar Center, 2003. In Hebrew.
43a Short Name
43b Full Name
43c Volume
43d Page

44 Type
45 Temp: Batch Number
|
46 Temp: Aleph Number
47 Temp: Sys. Number / Doc. Name
106384
48 Temp: Addenda

Registrar
Function: Name: Date:
49 Documenter Yemimah Leben; Susan Fraiman 02.85 49a
50 Researcher Ariella Amar 03.11 50a
51 Architectural Drawings 51a
52 Computer Reconstruction 52a
53 Section Head Ariella Amar 03.11 53a
54 Editor Dvora Sax 08.11 54a
55 Donor 55a

(XXII) ID: 106385 Tik, Field documentation, Tunisia, 1930 (inscription) edit
Category: Sacred and Ritual Objects
ID: 106385 Tik, Field documentation, Tunisia, 1930 (inscription) edit  
Category: Sacred and Ritual Objects

General Document


2 Name/Title Tik | Unknown
3a Object Torah case
3b Object Detail Field documentation
4a Artist/ Maker Unknown (Unknown)
5 Date 1930 (inscription)
6 Period Husseinite Dynasty under French Rule (1881-1956)
7 Origin Tunisia
| Tunis
8 Community North African | Tunisian
|
9 Collection Israel | Beer Sheva | Sc_045
| 2
10 Location Unknown |
11 Site Unknown
12 School/Style Unknown| Tunisian
13 Iconographical Subject Magen David
Lyre |
14 Category
17 Photographer Radovan, Zev
18 Photograph Date 02.85
19 Negative/ Photo. No. 38-36
19a Scan No. S111111
20 Description
21 Ornamentation
 
21 Ornamentation
22 Custom
23 Contents
24 Codicology
24a Scribes
24b Script
24c Number of Lines
24d Ruling
24e Pricking
24f Quires
24g Catchwords
24h Hebrew Numeration
24i Blank Leaves

25 Material/Technique
Wood, silver
25a Material Structure sawed, carved
25b Material Decoration cast, chased
25c Material Bonding nailed, hinged, glued
25d Material Inscription repoussé
25e Material Additions
25f Material Cloth
25g Material Lining
25h Tesserae Arrangement
25i Density
25j Colors

26 Measurements
26a Height 770 mm (general), 590 mm (body), 180 mm (coronet)
26b Length
26c Width 370 mm (body); 90 mm (facet)
26d Depth
26e Circumference
26f Thickness
26g Diameter
26h Weight
26i Axis
26j Panel Measurements
27 Direction/Location
27a Façade (main)
27b Entrances
27c Location of Torah Ark
27d Location of Apse
27e Location of Niche
27f Location of Reader's Desk
27g Location of Platform
27h Temp: Architecture Axis
27i< Arrangement of Seats
27j Location of Women's Section
27k Direction Prayer
27l Direction Toward Jerusalem

28 Coin
28a Coin Series
28b Coin Ruler
28c Coin Year
28d Denomination

29 Signature
30 Colophon
31 Scribal Notes
32 Watermark
33 Hallmark
33a Group
33b Subgroup
33c Hallmark Identification
33d Hallmark Group Classification
33e Hallmark Reference
34 Trade Mark
35 Binding
36 Decoration Program
36 Summary and Remarks

1.   Habiba Msika, a famous Jewish singer, actress, comedian and dancer, was born as Marguerite Msika in Tunis in 1899. She adopted the pseudonym Habiba, namely "the beloved" when she started her public performance. Her life was short and tempestuous, and ended in 20.2.1930, when a jealous lover (Eliyahu Maimoni) burned her in her house. She was buried in the Jewish Cemetery of Tunis (figs. 2, 7). Her colourful temperament and her "feminist" way of life in a Muslim country were subject of several books and a film. The film named La Danse du feu (The Dance of Fire) was created by Salma Baccar in 1995 and focused on the last few years of her life.

For her life story and further information, see: Tobi, The Jews, 2005, pp. 197-201; Faivre d'Arcier, La brûlure, 1998; Tsur, The Evolution, 2003, pp. 80- 91; Hamrouni, Artiste accomplice, 2007; (figs. 5, 6). See also two web sites, accessed in March 2011: http://www.facebook.com/habiba.messika?v=photos

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=185185057147&oid=38785924715&comments&ref=mf


2. The dedication written by Msika's family includes short phrases based on biblical verses, venerating the deceased actress and the Torah. The opening clause "to the eye" is derived from the lamentation over 'the daughter of Zion' who was brutally killed by the Lord: "He slew all that were pleasant to the eye in the tabernacle of the daughter of Zion" (Lam. 2:4). It was adopted and implied to Msika's violent and unjust death in the age of 31, as well as to define her Jewish identity as ' the daughter of Zion'.

The closing word 'the desirable' (hemdat), alludes to her nick name Habiba, accompanied by her monogram (fig. 1).

38 Suggested Reconstruction
39 History/Provenance
The case and the Torah scroll were dedicated to the Old Great Synagogue in Tunis in 1930, for the repose of Habiba Msika (see: Remarks: no. 1). It was transferred to Israel by her family, who immigrated to Israel in the 1950s.
40 Main Surveys & Excavations
41 Condition
Intact
42 Biography
43 Bibliography
• Faivre d'Arcier, Jeanne. Habiba Messika: La brûlure du péché. Paris: Belfond, 1998. • Hamrouni, Ahmed. Habiba Messika: Artiste accomplie. Tunis: L'Univers du livre, 2007. • Pérez-Cohen, Hanna. L'écho du sacré: Les Ghribas- Saintes Juives de Tunisie. Doctoral Thesis submitted to the Paris University, 2007. In French. • Tobi, Zivia and Yosef. "The Jews in the Tunisian and Jewish Theatre". In Tunisia, Jewish Communities in the East in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Ed. Saadoun, Haim, 193-201. Jerusalem: Ministry of Education and Ben-Zvi Institute for the study of Jewish communities in the East of Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2005 (in Hebrew). • Tsur, Yaron. The Evolution of the Culture: The Jews of Tunisia and other Islamic Countries. Jerusalem: The Zalman Shazar Center, 2003. In Hebrew.
43a Short Name
43b Full Name
43c Volume
43d Page

44 Type
45 Temp: Batch Number
|
46 Temp: Aleph Number
47 Temp: Sys. Number / Doc. Name
106385
48 Temp: Addenda

Registrar
Function: Name: Date:
49 Documenter Yemimah Leben; Susan Fraiman 02.85 49a
50 Researcher Ariella Amar 03.11 50a
51 Architectural Drawings 51a
52 Computer Reconstruction 52a
53 Section Head Ariella Amar 03.11 53a
54 Editor Dvora Sax 08.11 54a
55 Donor 55a

(XXII) ID: 106386 Tik, Field documentation, Tunisia, 1930 (inscription) edit
Category: Sacred and Ritual Objects
ID: 106386 Tik, Field documentation, Tunisia, 1930 (inscription) edit  
Category: Sacred and Ritual Objects

General Document


2 Name/Title Tik | Unknown
3a Object Torah case
3b Object Detail Field documentation
4a Artist/ Maker Unknown (Unknown)
5 Date 1930 (inscription)
6 Period Husseinite Dynasty under French Rule (1881-1956)
7 Origin Tunisia
| Tunis
8 Community North African | Tunisian
|
9 Collection Israel | Beer Sheva | Sc_045
| 2
10 Location Unknown |
11 Site Unknown
12 School/Style Unknown| Tunisian
13 Iconographical Subject Magen David
Lyre |
14 Category
17 Photographer Radovan, Zev
18 Photograph Date 02.85
19 Negative/ Photo. No. 38-36
19a Scan No. S111112
20 Description
21 Ornamentation
 
21 Ornamentation
22 Custom
23 Contents
24 Codicology
24a Scribes
24b Script
24c Number of Lines
24d Ruling
24e Pricking
24f Quires
24g Catchwords
24h Hebrew Numeration
24i Blank Leaves

25 Material/Technique
Wood, silver
25a Material Structure sawed, carved
25b Material Decoration cast, chased
25c Material Bonding nailed, hinged, glued
25d Material Inscription repoussé
25e Material Additions
25f Material Cloth
25g Material Lining
25h Tesserae Arrangement
25i Density
25j Colors

26 Measurements
26a Height 770 mm (general), 590 mm (body), 180 mm (coronet)
26b Length
26c Width 370 mm (body); 90 mm (facet)
26d Depth
26e Circumference
26f Thickness
26g Diameter
26h Weight
26i Axis
26j Panel Measurements
27 Direction/Location
27a Façade (main)
27b Entrances
27c Location of Torah Ark
27d Location of Apse
27e Location of Niche
27f Location of Reader's Desk
27g Location of Platform
27h Temp: Architecture Axis
27i< Arrangement of Seats
27j Location of Women's Section
27k Direction Prayer
27l Direction Toward Jerusalem

28 Coin
28a Coin Series
28b Coin Ruler
28c Coin Year
28d Denomination

29 Signature
30 Colophon
31 Scribal Notes
32 Watermark
33 Hallmark
33a Group
33b Subgroup
33c Hallmark Identification
33d Hallmark Group Classification
33e Hallmark Reference
34 Trade Mark
35 Binding
36 Decoration Program
36 Summary and Remarks

1.   Habiba Msika, a famous Jewish singer, actress, comedian and dancer, was born as Marguerite Msika in Tunis in 1899. She adopted the pseudonym Habiba, namely "the beloved" when she started her public performance. Her life was short and tempestuous, and ended in 20.2.1930, when a jealous lover (Eliyahu Maimoni) burned her in her house. She was buried in the Jewish Cemetery of Tunis (figs. 2, 7). Her colourful temperament and her "feminist" way of life in a Muslim country were subject of several books and a film. The film named La Danse du feu (The Dance of Fire) was created by Salma Baccar in 1995 and focused on the last few years of her life.

For her life story and further information, see: Tobi, The Jews, 2005, pp. 197-201; Faivre d'Arcier, La brûlure, 1998; Tsur, The Evolution, 2003, pp. 80- 91; Hamrouni, Artiste accomplice, 2007; (figs. 5, 6). See also two web sites, accessed in March 2011: http://www.facebook.com/habiba.messika?v=photos

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=185185057147&oid=38785924715&comments&ref=mf


2. The dedication written by Msika's family includes short phrases based on biblical verses, venerating the deceased actress and the Torah. The opening clause "to the eye" is derived from the lamentation over 'the daughter of Zion' who was brutally killed by the Lord: "He slew all that were pleasant to the eye in the tabernacle of the daughter of Zion" (Lam. 2:4). It was adopted and implied to Msika's violent and unjust death in the age of 31, as well as to define her Jewish identity as ' the daughter of Zion'.

The closing word 'the desirable' (hemdat), alludes to her nick name Habiba, accompanied by her monogram (fig. 1).

38 Suggested Reconstruction
39 History/Provenance
The case and the Torah scroll were dedicated to the Old Great Synagogue in Tunis in 1930, for the repose of Habiba Msika (see: Remarks: no. 1). It was transferred to Israel by her family, who immigrated to Israel in the 1950s.
40 Main Surveys & Excavations
41 Condition
Intact
42 Biography
43 Bibliography
• Faivre d'Arcier, Jeanne. Habiba Messika: La brûlure du péché. Paris: Belfond, 1998. • Hamrouni, Ahmed. Habiba Messika: Artiste accomplie. Tunis: L'Univers du livre, 2007. • Pérez-Cohen, Hanna. L'écho du sacré: Les Ghribas- Saintes Juives de Tunisie. Doctoral Thesis submitted to the Paris University, 2007. In French. • Tobi, Zivia and Yosef. "The Jews in the Tunisian and Jewish Theatre". In Tunisia, Jewish Communities in the East in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Ed. Saadoun, Haim, 193-201. Jerusalem: Ministry of Education and Ben-Zvi Institute for the study of Jewish communities in the East of Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2005 (in Hebrew). • Tsur, Yaron. The Evolution of the Culture: The Jews of Tunisia and other Islamic Countries. Jerusalem: The Zalman Shazar Center, 2003. In Hebrew.
43a Short Name
43b Full Name
43c Volume
43d Page

44 Type
45 Temp: Batch Number
|
46 Temp: Aleph Number
47 Temp: Sys. Number / Doc. Name
106386
48 Temp: Addenda

Registrar
Function: Name: Date:
49 Documenter Yemimah Leben; Susan Fraiman 02.85 49a
50 Researcher Ariella Amar 03.11 50a
51 Architectural Drawings 51a
52 Computer Reconstruction 52a
53 Section Head Ariella Amar 03.11 53a
54 Editor Dvora Sax 08.11 54a
55 Donor 55a

(XXII) ID: 106387 Tik, Field documentation, Tunisia, 1930 (inscription) edit
Category: Sacred and Ritual Objects
ID: 106387 Tik, Field documentation, Tunisia, 1930 (inscription) edit  
Category: Sacred and Ritual Objects

General Document


2 Name/Title Tik | Unknown
3a Object Torah case
3b Object Detail Field documentation
4a Artist/ Maker Unknown (Unknown)
5 Date 1930 (inscription)
6 Period Husseinite Dynasty under French Rule (1881-1956)
7 Origin Tunisia
| Tunis
8 Community North African | Tunisian
|
9 Collection Israel | Beer Sheva | Sc_045
| 2
10 Location Unknown |
11 Site Unknown
12 School/Style Unknown| Tunisian
13 Iconographical Subject Magen David
Lyre |
14 Category
17 Photographer Radovan, Zev
18 Photograph Date 02.85
19 Negative/ Photo. No. 38-36
19a Scan No. S111113
20 Description
21 Ornamentation
 
21 Ornamentation
22 Custom
23 Contents
24 Codicology
24a Scribes
24b Script
24c Number of Lines
24d Ruling
24e Pricking
24f Quires
24g Catchwords
24h Hebrew Numeration
24i Blank Leaves

25 Material/Technique
Wood, silver
25a Material Structure sawed, carved
25b Material Decoration cast, chased
25c Material Bonding nailed, hinged, glued
25d Material Inscription repoussé
25e Material Additions
25f Material Cloth
25g Material Lining
25h Tesserae Arrangement
25i Density
25j Colors

26 Measurements
26a Height 770 mm (general), 590 mm (body), 180 mm (coronet)
26b Length
26c Width 370 mm (body); 90 mm (facet)
26d Depth
26e Circumference
26f Thickness
26g Diameter
26h Weight
26i Axis
26j Panel Measurements
27 Direction/Location
27a Façade (main)
27b Entrances
27c Location of Torah Ark
27d Location of Apse
27e Location of Niche
27f Location of Reader's Desk
27g Location of Platform
27h Temp: Architecture Axis
27i< Arrangement of Seats
27j Location of Women's Section
27k Direction Prayer
27l Direction Toward Jerusalem

28 Coin
28a Coin Series
28b Coin Ruler
28c Coin Year
28d Denomination

29 Signature
30 Colophon
31 Scribal Notes
32 Watermark
33 Hallmark
33a Group
33b Subgroup
33c Hallmark Identification
33d Hallmark Group Classification
33e Hallmark Reference
34 Trade Mark
35 Binding
36 Decoration Program
36 Summary and Remarks

1.   Habiba Msika, a famous Jewish singer, actress, comedian and dancer, was born as Marguerite Msika in Tunis in 1899. She adopted the pseudonym Habiba, namely "the beloved" when she started her public performance. Her life was short and tempestuous, and ended in 20.2.1930, when a jealous lover (Eliyahu Maimoni) burned her in her house. She was buried in the Jewish Cemetery of Tunis (figs. 2, 7). Her colourful temperament and her "feminist" way of life in a Muslim country were subject of several books and a film. The film named La Danse du feu (The Dance of Fire) was created by Salma Baccar in 1995 and focused on the last few years of her life.

For her life story and further information, see: Tobi, The Jews, 2005, pp. 197-201; Faivre d'Arcier, La brûlure, 1998; Tsur, The Evolution, 2003, pp. 80- 91; Hamrouni, Artiste accomplice, 2007; (figs. 5, 6). See also two web sites, accessed in March 2011: http://www.facebook.com/habiba.messika?v=photos

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=185185057147&oid=38785924715&comments&ref=mf


2. The dedication written by Msika's family includes short phrases based on biblical verses, venerating the deceased actress and the Torah. The opening clause "to the eye" is derived from the lamentation over 'the daughter of Zion' who was brutally killed by the Lord: "He slew all that were pleasant to the eye in the tabernacle of the daughter of Zion" (Lam. 2:4). It was adopted and implied to Msika's violent and unjust death in the age of 31, as well as to define her Jewish identity as ' the daughter of Zion'.

The closing word 'the desirable' (hemdat), alludes to her nick name Habiba, accompanied by her monogram (fig. 1).

38 Suggested Reconstruction
39 History/Provenance
The case and the Torah scroll were dedicated to the Old Great Synagogue in Tunis in 1930, for the repose of Habiba Msika (see: Remarks: no. 1). It was transferred to Israel by her family, who immigrated to Israel in the 1950s.
40 Main Surveys & Excavations
41 Condition
Intact
42 Biography
43 Bibliography
• Faivre d'Arcier, Jeanne. Habiba Messika: La brûlure du péché. Paris: Belfond, 1998. • Hamrouni, Ahmed. Habiba Messika: Artiste accomplie. Tunis: L'Univers du livre, 2007. • Pérez-Cohen, Hanna. L'écho du sacré: Les Ghribas- Saintes Juives de Tunisie. Doctoral Thesis submitted to the Paris University, 2007. In French. • Tobi, Zivia and Yosef. "The Jews in the Tunisian and Jewish Theatre". In Tunisia, Jewish Communities in the East in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Ed. Saadoun, Haim, 193-201. Jerusalem: Ministry of Education and Ben-Zvi Institute for the study of Jewish communities in the East of Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2005 (in Hebrew). • Tsur, Yaron. The Evolution of the Culture: The Jews of Tunisia and other Islamic Countries. Jerusalem: The Zalman Shazar Center, 2003. In Hebrew.
43a Short Name
43b Full Name
43c Volume
43d Page

44 Type
45 Temp: Batch Number
|
46 Temp: Aleph Number
47 Temp: Sys. Number / Doc. Name
106387
48 Temp: Addenda

Registrar
Function: Name: Date:
49 Documenter Yemimah Leben; Susan Fraiman 02.85 49a
50 Researcher Ariella Amar 03.11 50a
51 Architectural Drawings 51a
52 Computer Reconstruction 52a
53 Section Head Ariella Amar 03.11 53a
54 Editor Dvora Sax 08.11 54a
55 Donor 55a

(XXII) ID: 106388 Tik, Field documentation, Tunisia, 1930 (inscription) edit
Category: Sacred and Ritual Objects
ID: 106388 Tik, Field documentation, Tunisia, 1930 (inscription) edit  
Category: Sacred and Ritual Objects

General Document


2 Name/Title Tik | Unknown
3a Object Torah case
3b Object Detail Field documentation
4a Artist/ Maker Unknown (Unknown)
5 Date 1930 (inscription)
6 Period Husseinite Dynasty under French Rule (1881-1956)
7 Origin Tunisia
| Tunis
8 Community North African | Tunisian
|
9 Collection Israel | Beer Sheva | Sc_045
| 2
10 Location Unknown |
11 Site Unknown
12 School/Style Unknown| Tunisian
13 Iconographical Subject Magen David
Lyre |
14 Category
17 Photographer Radovan, Zev
18 Photograph Date 02.85
19 Negative/ Photo. No. 38-36
19a Scan No. S111114
20 Description
21 Ornamentation
 
21 Ornamentation
22 Custom
23 Contents
24 Codicology
24a Scribes
24b Script
24c Number of Lines
24d Ruling
24e Pricking
24f Quires
24g Catchwords
24h Hebrew Numeration
24i Blank Leaves

25 Material/Technique
Wood, silver
25a Material Structure sawed, carved
25b Material Decoration cast, chased
25c Material Bonding nailed, hinged, glued
25d Material Inscription repoussé
25e Material Additions
25f Material Cloth
25g Material Lining
25h Tesserae Arrangement
25i Density
25j Colors

26 Measurements
26a Height 770 mm (general), 590 mm (body), 180 mm (coronet)
26b Length
26c Width 370 mm (body); 90 mm (facet)
26d Depth
26e Circumference
26f Thickness
26g Diameter
26h Weight
26i Axis
26j Panel Measurements
27 Direction/Location
27a Façade (main)
27b Entrances
27c Location of Torah Ark
27d Location of Apse
27e Location of Niche
27f Location of Reader's Desk
27g Location of Platform
27h Temp: Architecture Axis
27i< Arrangement of Seats
27j Location of Women's Section
27k Direction Prayer
27l Direction Toward Jerusalem

28 Coin
28a Coin Series
28b Coin Ruler
28c Coin Year
28d Denomination

29 Signature
30 Colophon
31 Scribal Notes
32 Watermark
33 Hallmark
33a Group
33b Subgroup
33c Hallmark Identification
33d Hallmark Group Classification
33e Hallmark Reference
34 Trade Mark
35 Binding
36 Decoration Program
36 Summary and Remarks

1.   Habiba Msika, a famous Jewish singer, actress, comedian and dancer, was born as Marguerite Msika in Tunis in 1899. She adopted the pseudonym Habiba, namely "the beloved" when she started her public performance. Her life was short and tempestuous, and ended in 20.2.1930, when a jealous lover (Eliyahu Maimoni) burned her in her house. She was buried in the Jewish Cemetery of Tunis (figs. 2, 7). Her colourful temperament and her "feminist" way of life in a Muslim country were subject of several books and a film. The film named La Danse du feu (The Dance of Fire) was created by Salma Baccar in 1995 and focused on the last few years of her life.

For her life story and further information, see: Tobi, The Jews, 2005, pp. 197-201; Faivre d'Arcier, La brûlure, 1998; Tsur, The Evolution, 2003, pp. 80- 91; Hamrouni, Artiste accomplice, 2007; (figs. 5, 6). See also two web sites, accessed in March 2011: http://www.facebook.com/habiba.messika?v=photos

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=185185057147&oid=38785924715&comments&ref=mf


2. The dedication written by Msika's family includes short phrases based on biblical verses, venerating the deceased actress and the Torah. The opening clause "to the eye" is derived from the lamentation over 'the daughter of Zion' who was brutally killed by the Lord: "He slew all that were pleasant to the eye in the tabernacle of the daughter of Zion" (Lam. 2:4). It was adopted and implied to Msika's violent and unjust death in the age of 31, as well as to define her Jewish identity as ' the daughter of Zion'.

The closing word 'the desirable' (hemdat), alludes to her nick name Habiba, accompanied by her monogram (fig. 1).

38 Suggested Reconstruction
39 History/Provenance
The case and the Torah scroll were dedicated to the Old Great Synagogue in Tunis in 1930, for the repose of Habiba Msika (see: Remarks: no. 1). It was transferred to Israel by her family, who immigrated to Israel in the 1950s.
40 Main Surveys & Excavations
41 Condition
Intact
42 Biography
43 Bibliography
• Faivre d'Arcier, Jeanne. Habiba Messika: La brûlure du péché. Paris: Belfond, 1998. • Hamrouni, Ahmed. Habiba Messika: Artiste accomplie. Tunis: L'Univers du livre, 2007. • Pérez-Cohen, Hanna. L'écho du sacré: Les Ghribas- Saintes Juives de Tunisie. Doctoral Thesis submitted to the Paris University, 2007. In French. • Tobi, Zivia and Yosef. "The Jews in the Tunisian and Jewish Theatre". In Tunisia, Jewish Communities in the East in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Ed. Saadoun, Haim, 193-201. Jerusalem: Ministry of Education and Ben-Zvi Institute for the study of Jewish communities in the East of Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2005 (in Hebrew). • Tsur, Yaron. The Evolution of the Culture: The Jews of Tunisia and other Islamic Countries. Jerusalem: The Zalman Shazar Center, 2003. In Hebrew.
43a Short Name
43b Full Name
43c Volume
43d Page

44 Type
45 Temp: Batch Number
|
46 Temp: Aleph Number
47 Temp: Sys. Number / Doc. Name
106388
48 Temp: Addenda

Registrar
Function: Name: Date:
49 Documenter Yemimah Leben; Susan Fraiman 02.85 49a
50 Researcher Ariella Amar 03.11 50a
51 Architectural Drawings 51a
52 Computer Reconstruction 52a
53 Section Head Ariella Amar 03.11 53a
54 Editor Dvora Sax 08.11 54a
55 Donor 55a

(XXII) ID: 106389 Tik, Field documentation, Tunisia, 1930 (inscription) edit
Category: Sacred and Ritual Objects
ID: 106389 Tik, Field documentation, Tunisia, 1930 (inscription) edit  
Category: Sacred and Ritual Objects

General Document


2 Name/Title Tik | Unknown
3a Object Torah case
3b Object Detail Field documentation
4a Artist/ Maker Unknown (Unknown)
5 Date 1930 (inscription)
6 Period Husseinite Dynasty under French Rule (1881-1956)
7 Origin Tunisia
| Tunis
8 Community North African | Tunisian
|
9 Collection Israel | Beer Sheva | Sc_045
| 2
10 Location Unknown |
11 Site Unknown
12 School/Style Unknown| Tunisian
13 Iconographical Subject Magen David
Lyre |
14 Category
17 Photographer Radovan, Zev
18 Photograph Date 02.85
19 Negative/ Photo. No. 38-36
19a Scan No. S111115
20 Description
21 Ornamentation
 
21 Ornamentation
22 Custom
23 Contents
24 Codicology
24a Scribes
24b Script
24c Number of Lines
24d Ruling
24e Pricking
24f Quires
24g Catchwords
24h Hebrew Numeration
24i Blank Leaves

25 Material/Technique
Wood, silver
25a Material Structure sawed, carved
25b Material Decoration cast, chased
25c Material Bonding nailed, hinged, glued
25d Material Inscription repoussé
25e Material Additions
25f Material Cloth
25g Material Lining
25h Tesserae Arrangement
25i Density
25j Colors

26 Measurements
26a Height 770 mm (general), 590 mm (body), 180 mm (coronet)
26b Length
26c Width 370 mm (body); 90 mm (facet)
26d Depth
26e Circumference
26f Thickness
26g Diameter
26h Weight
26i Axis
26j Panel Measurements
27 Direction/Location
27a Façade (main)
27b Entrances
27c Location of Torah Ark
27d Location of Apse
27e Location of Niche
27f Location of Reader's Desk
27g Location of Platform
27h Temp: Architecture Axis
27i< Arrangement of Seats
27j Location of Women's Section
27k Direction Prayer
27l Direction Toward Jerusalem

28 Coin
28a Coin Series
28b Coin Ruler
28c Coin Year
28d Denomination

29 Signature
30 Colophon
31 Scribal Notes
32 Watermark
33 Hallmark
33a Group
33b Subgroup
33c Hallmark Identification
33d Hallmark Group Classification
33e Hallmark Reference
34 Trade Mark
35 Binding
36 Decoration Program
36 Summary and Remarks

1.   Habiba Msika, a famous Jewish singer, actress, comedian and dancer, was born as Marguerite Msika in Tunis in 1899. She adopted the pseudonym Habiba, namely "the beloved" when she started her public performance. Her life was short and tempestuous, and ended in 20.2.1930, when a jealous lover (Eliyahu Maimoni) burned her in her house. She was buried in the Jewish Cemetery of Tunis (figs. 2, 7). Her colourful temperament and her "feminist" way of life in a Muslim country were subject of several books and a film. The film named La Danse du feu (The Dance of Fire) was created by Salma Baccar in 1995 and focused on the last few years of her life.

For her life story and further information, see: Tobi, The Jews, 2005, pp. 197-201; Faivre d'Arcier, La brûlure, 1998; Tsur, The Evolution, 2003, pp. 80- 91; Hamrouni, Artiste accomplice, 2007; (figs. 5, 6). See also two web sites, accessed in March 2011: http://www.facebook.com/habiba.messika?v=photos

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=185185057147&oid=38785924715&comments&ref=mf


2. The dedication written by Msika's family includes short phrases based on biblical verses, venerating the deceased actress and the Torah. The opening clause "to the eye" is derived from the lamentation over 'the daughter of Zion' who was brutally killed by the Lord: "He slew all that were pleasant to the eye in the tabernacle of the daughter of Zion" (Lam. 2:4). It was adopted and implied to Msika's violent and unjust death in the age of 31, as well as to define her Jewish identity as ' the daughter of Zion'.

The closing word 'the desirable' (hemdat), alludes to her nick name Habiba, accompanied by her monogram (fig. 1).

38 Suggested Reconstruction
39 History/Provenance
The case and the Torah scroll were dedicated to the Old Great Synagogue in Tunis in 1930, for the repose of Habiba Msika (see: Remarks: no. 1). It was transferred to Israel by her family, who immigrated to Israel in the 1950s.
40 Main Surveys & Excavations
41 Condition
Intact
42 Biography
43 Bibliography
• Faivre d'Arcier, Jeanne. Habiba Messika: La brûlure du péché. Paris: Belfond, 1998. • Hamrouni, Ahmed. Habiba Messika: Artiste accomplie. Tunis: L'Univers du livre, 2007. • Pérez-Cohen, Hanna. L'écho du sacré: Les Ghribas- Saintes Juives de Tunisie. Doctoral Thesis submitted to the Paris University, 2007. In French. • Tobi, Zivia and Yosef. "The Jews in the Tunisian and Jewish Theatre". In Tunisia, Jewish Communities in the East in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Ed. Saadoun, Haim, 193-201. Jerusalem: Ministry of Education and Ben-Zvi Institute for the study of Jewish communities in the East of Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2005 (in Hebrew). • Tsur, Yaron. The Evolution of the Culture: The Jews of Tunisia and other Islamic Countries. Jerusalem: The Zalman Shazar Center, 2003. In Hebrew.
43a Short Name
43b Full Name
43c Volume
43d Page

44 Type
45 Temp: Batch Number
|
46 Temp: Aleph Number
47 Temp: Sys. Number / Doc. Name
106389
48 Temp: Addenda

Registrar
Function: Name: Date:
49 Documenter Yemimah Leben; Susan Fraiman 02.85 49a
50 Researcher Ariella Amar 03.11 50a
51 Architectural Drawings 51a
52 Computer Reconstruction 52a
53 Section Head Ariella Amar 03.11 53a
54 Editor Dvora Sax 08.11 54a
55 Donor 55a

(XXII) ID: 106390 Tik, Field documentation, Tunisia, 1930 (inscription) edit
Category: Sacred and Ritual Objects
ID: 106390 Tik, Field documentation, Tunisia, 1930 (inscription) edit  
Category: Sacred and Ritual Objects

General Document


2 Name/Title Tik | Unknown
3a Object Torah case
3b Object Detail Field documentation
4a Artist/ Maker Unknown (Unknown)
5 Date 1930 (inscription)
6 Period Husseinite Dynasty under French Rule (1881-1956)
7 Origin Tunisia
| Tunis
8 Community North African | Tunisian
|
9 Collection Israel | Beer Sheva | Sc_045
| 2
10 Location Unknown |
11 Site Unknown
12 School/Style Unknown| Tunisian
13 Iconographical Subject Magen David
Lyre |
14 Category
17 Photographer Radovan, Zev
18 Photograph Date 02.85
19 Negative/ Photo. No. 38-36
19a Scan No. S111116
20 Description
21 Ornamentation
 
21 Ornamentation
22 Custom
23 Contents
24 Codicology
24a Scribes
24b Script
24c Number of Lines
24d Ruling
24e Pricking
24f Quires
24g Catchwords
24h Hebrew Numeration
24i Blank Leaves

25 Material/Technique
Wood, silver
25a Material Structure sawed, carved
25b Material Decoration cast, chased
25c Material Bonding nailed, hinged, glued
25d Material Inscription repoussé
25e Material Additions
25f Material Cloth
25g Material Lining
25h Tesserae Arrangement
25i Density
25j Colors

26 Measurements
26a Height 770 mm (general), 590 mm (body), 180 mm (coronet)
26b Length
26c Width 370 mm (body); 90 mm (facet)
26d Depth
26e Circumference
26f Thickness
26g Diameter
26h Weight
26i Axis
26j Panel Measurements
27 Direction/Location
27a Façade (main)
27b Entrances
27c Location of Torah Ark
27d Location of Apse
27e Location of Niche
27f Location of Reader's Desk
27g Location of Platform
27h Temp: Architecture Axis
27i< Arrangement of Seats
27j Location of Women's Section
27k Direction Prayer
27l Direction Toward Jerusalem

28 Coin
28a Coin Series
28b Coin Ruler
28c Coin Year
28d Denomination

29 Signature
30 Colophon
31 Scribal Notes
32 Watermark
33 Hallmark
33a Group
33b Subgroup
33c Hallmark Identification
33d Hallmark Group Classification
33e Hallmark Reference
34 Trade Mark
35 Binding
36 Decoration Program
36 Summary and Remarks

1.   Habiba Msika, a famous Jewish singer, actress, comedian and dancer, was born as Marguerite Msika in Tunis in 1899. She adopted the pseudonym Habiba, namely "the beloved" when she started her public performance. Her life was short and tempestuous, and ended in 20.2.1930, when a jealous lover (Eliyahu Maimoni) burned her in her house. She was buried in the Jewish Cemetery of Tunis (figs. 2, 7). Her colourful temperament and her "feminist" way of life in a Muslim country were subject of several books and a film. The film named La Danse du feu (The Dance of Fire) was created by Salma Baccar in 1995 and focused on the last few years of her life.

For her life story and further information, see: Tobi, The Jews, 2005, pp. 197-201; Faivre d'Arcier, La brûlure, 1998; Tsur, The Evolution, 2003, pp. 80- 91; Hamrouni, Artiste accomplice, 2007; (figs. 5, 6). See also two web sites, accessed in March 2011: http://www.facebook.com/habiba.messika?v=photos

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=185185057147&oid=38785924715&comments&ref=mf


2. The dedication written by Msika's family includes short phrases based on biblical verses, venerating the deceased actress and the Torah. The opening clause "to the eye" is derived from the lamentation over 'the daughter of Zion' who was brutally killed by the Lord: "He slew all that were pleasant to the eye in the tabernacle of the daughter of Zion" (Lam. 2:4). It was adopted and implied to Msika's violent and unjust death in the age of 31, as well as to define her Jewish identity as ' the daughter of Zion'.

The closing word 'the desirable' (hemdat), alludes to her nick name Habiba, accompanied by her monogram (fig. 1).

38 Suggested Reconstruction
39 History/Provenance
The case and the Torah scroll were dedicated to the Old Great Synagogue in Tunis in 1930, for the repose of Habiba Msika (see: Remarks: no. 1). It was transferred to Israel by her family, who immigrated to Israel in the 1950s.
40 Main Surveys & Excavations
41 Condition
Intact
42 Biography
43 Bibliography
• Faivre d'Arcier, Jeanne. Habiba Messika: La brûlure du péché. Paris: Belfond, 1998. • Hamrouni, Ahmed. Habiba Messika: Artiste accomplie. Tunis: L'Univers du livre, 2007. • Pérez-Cohen, Hanna. L'écho du sacré: Les Ghribas- Saintes Juives de Tunisie. Doctoral Thesis submitted to the Paris University, 2007. In French. • Tobi, Zivia and Yosef. "The Jews in the Tunisian and Jewish Theatre". In Tunisia, Jewish Communities in the East in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Ed. Saadoun, Haim, 193-201. Jerusalem: Ministry of Education and Ben-Zvi Institute for the study of Jewish communities in the East of Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2005 (in Hebrew). • Tsur, Yaron. The Evolution of the Culture: The Jews of Tunisia and other Islamic Countries. Jerusalem: The Zalman Shazar Center, 2003. In Hebrew.
43a Short Name
43b Full Name
43c Volume
43d Page

44 Type
45 Temp: Batch Number
|
46 Temp: Aleph Number
47 Temp: Sys. Number / Doc. Name
106390
48 Temp: Addenda

Registrar
Function: Name: Date:
49 Documenter Yemimah Leben; Susan Fraiman 02.85 49a
50 Researcher Ariella Amar 03.11 50a
51 Architectural Drawings 51a
52 Computer Reconstruction 52a
53 Section Head Ariella Amar 03.11 53a
54 Editor Dvora Sax 08.11 54a
55 Donor 55a