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Obj. ID: 36452
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  Snuffbox of A. M. Panigel, Libya, circa 1900

© Gross Family Collection, Photographer: Bar Hama, Ardon, -

The following description was prepared by William Gross:

This snuff box, made in Libya, belonged to Elijah Moses Panigel (1850–1919) who was the Sephardi Chief Rabbi of the Ottoman Empire, Palestine, and Jerusalem. Orphaned in at a young age, Panigel was brought up by his uncle Raphael Meir Panigel, the Rishon le-Zion (Sephardi chief rabbi of Palestine). He was sent to Algeria to collect funds for the Misgav Ladach Hospital in Jerusalem and to North Africa, Italy, India, the Caucasus, and Bokhara, by the Jerusalem community. After the death of Jacob Saul Elyashar in 1906, a dispute arouse within the community as to whom should be appointed his successor. The more modern members supported Jacob Meir while the more traditional supported Chaim Moses Elyashar. Meir assumed the position for a few months before he was deposed by the Sultan of Turkey. In 1907. Panigel was chosen as hacham bashi and rishon le-Zion but he was forced to resign 1908. Rabbi Nachman Batito subsequently served as deputy chief rabbi from 1909 to 1911 whereupon Rabbi Moses Franco of Rhodes was appointed chief rabbi until 1915. When Jerusalem was captured by the British in 1917, Panigel publicly welcomed General Allenby and the Jewish Legion.

Perhaps this snuff box was made as a gift for Panigel on his assumption of the position of Chacham Bashi from the Libya Jewish community.

 Inscription: א.מ. פניזל ס"ט Elijah Moses Panigel; שמשון והאריה Samson and the lion.

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Snuffbox of A. M. Panigel | Unknown
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circa 1900
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Height: 5.2 cm, Width: 7.4 cm Weight: 63 g
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