Charts like this one were printed in Italy beginning in 1656 and continued to be published well into the nineteenth century. While the basic structure and contents of these pedagogic broadsheets remained the same throughout that period, subtle alterations were introduced over time, including changes to the ages of the children represented in the woodcut and the eventual inclusion of Latin script and Arabic numerals alongside Hebrew characters. One particularly interesting feature of the present chart is the accommodation of the Ashkenazic, Sephardic, and Italian prayer rites for the asher yatsar and hashkivenu blessings, a liturgical testament to the multicultural character of early modern Venetian Jewry.
Isaac Yudlov, “Luhot alef-beit italkiyyim,” Kiryat sefer 62,3-4 (1988-1989): 930-932.
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