Auction 92 Part 1 Rare and Important Items

Early Parchment Amulet for Protection of the Home – Customarily Given by Rabbi Yeshaya of Kerestir and the Yismach Moshe

Opening: $5,000
Estimate: $10,000 - $20,000
Sold for: $15,000
Including buyer's premium

Early amulet for protection of the home, customarily given by R. Yeshaya Steiner of Kerestir, the Yismach Moshe, and other rebbes. [Europe, ca. late 19th century].
Stam script on parchment.
The book Mofet HaDor about R. Yeshaya of Kerestir notes that most the amulets he would give contained the present text. It is told there of a Jewish store which was miraculously saved from being set on fire by a non-Jewish competitor, through such an amulet received from R. Yeshaya of Kerestir. See there two pictures of such amulets.
The book Elef Ketav (by R. Yitzchak Weiss of Vrbové, section 515) interprets this amulet: the first line contains the initials of two verses of protections from Tehillim (122:7 and 91;10), alternating; the second verse contains the initials of a verse of protection from Bereshit (19;1).
Rebbe Moshe Teitelbaum, the Yismach Moshe, would give amulets containing this text for protection of the home from thieves and destructive forces. A picture of a similar amulet written by the Yismach Moshe and given by his grandson the Yitav Lev to his attendant R. Meir Schwartz appears in Nachalat Tzvi (XVI, pp. 126-127). It is related there that when the Divrei Yoel of Satmar came to Eretz Israel, he went specially to view the amulet and took pleasure in it. Similar amulets were later given by the rebbes of Sanz, Belz, Ruzhin, Sighet and Liska. Likewise, R. Hillel of Kolomyia, in his book Teshuvot Beit Hillel HaChadash (section 32) recommends to place this amulet at every entrance of a new house for a period of time, to protect the household members from harm.

63X23 mm. Mounted on card, 95X40 mm. Good condition. Ink slightly faded and cracked from age.

Chassidut – Letters and Manuscripts
Chassidut – Letters and Manuscripts