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Auction 12 Lot Number 1

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Miniature Torah Scroll – Early Twentieth Century

Miniature Torah scroll in Sephardic handwriting. Apparently written during the early 20th century, for an individual who presumably used it while traveling. The Scroll is presently not kosher for Torah reading. Written upon greased parchment. Repairs in a number of places in an attempt to make it kosher. As well, a number of sheets replaced in different writing.
21 cm. Placed within a wooden case (with handles for carrying) 30X20 cm.
Family collection item.

Opening2,000$ Sold For2,100$ Including buyers premium

Auction 12 Lot Number 2

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Megillat Esther in a Decorated Metal Case

Megillat Esther on parchment in a metal case decorated with a plant theme and various geometric figures.
22 written columns on 5 parchment sheets. Some of the letters have “Ketarim” (crowns).
10X245 cm, in a metal case with a handle, 23 cm. Good condition, 10 cm. tear (approximately) on the first parchment sheet, which makes it a bit hard to open the Megillah.

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Auction 12 Lot Number 3

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Chasidic Megilat Esther on Parchment

Miniature Megilat Esther on parchment, scribe handwriting, some of the letters are adorned with “Ketarim” [Crowns].
15 columns of varying widths on three parchment sheets, sawn to each other in antique sewing. In some of the verses, the letters of the Shem Ha-Meforash are accentuated at the beginning or the endings of the words. [A Chasidic, Kabala based custom].
Total size: 13.5X130cm. Good-fair condition. Tears and missing bits at the opening of the Megilah. Stains, some of which are dark, mainly on the first columns.

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Auction 12 Lot Number 4

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Decorated Wimple – Germany, 1911

Wimple [sash for the Torah, made of a diaper of a baby in his circumcision, according to the custom of Ashkenazi Jews]. With the writing: "Klonimus son of Ya'akov…". [Germany], 1911.
The text is in green and red with golden decorations. Vegetal and floral illustrations, a butterfly, a berries bush, a Torah, canopy and Maggen-David. One of the letters "ל" is in the shape of a stork's head. Under the baby's name appears the artist's(?) name in German: Karl Ernest Haÿum.
280X21cm. Good condition. Few stains, folding marks.

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Auction 12 Lot Number 5

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Five Talit and Tefillin Bags

Five cloth Talit and Tefillin bags, with various embroidery styles:
Silver thread embroidery (Flower and Plant themes); A Magen David and the year 1929; The letters Alef and Gimmel with a Magen David and the word “Tzion” inside, branches and the year 1925 on the other side; A Magen David with the word “Tefillin” inside and the year 1935 and the name “Yosef Golov”; Magen David and the letters D.S.
Varying sizes and conditions.

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Auction 12 Lot Number 6

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Tefillin Cover Collection for Tefillin Protection

A collection of Tefillin covers made of cardboard, leather, parchment and cloth. 19th-20th centuries.
Includes: two printed covers with the caption: “Yerushalayim Ir Ha-Kodesh…”; a parchment coated cover; leather made covers with embossed adornments and birds; and more.
Some of them bear the inscriptions “Shel Yad” or “Shel Rosh” on their upper part.
16 covers, Varying sizes and conditions.

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Auction 12 Lot Number 7

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Megilat “Yizkor” on a Parchment in Memory of the WWI Victims

Parchment scroll, with prayers in memory of the souls, Mi She-Berach for the Gaba’im to be recited after Yizkor and a list of the deceased names. "Ein mol fir die alle Harugim fun der Milchama, from the year 1917". [USA? the 1920’s].
The first page mentions the names of the president and the vice president in the prayer of “Mi She-Berach”.
Adorned frames, some of the deceased names were written at the beginning in fine calligraphy, and some of them later on, in simpler writing and with different pens. The last two columns mention women’s names. About 150 names in total.
About 250,000 Jews served in the USA military ranks during WWI, many of whom were young immigrants; approximately 3,500 lost their lives and about 120,000 were injured.
8 columns, (2 of which are on a supplementary sheets). Total size 112X25 cm. Good condition. Comes in an old cardboard and leather cylinder

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Auction 12 Lot Number 8

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Certificate of Seat Ownership in the Ashkenazi Synagogue – Amsterdam, 1779 – Printing on Parchment

Certificate of seat ownership in the Ashkenazi synagogue in Amsterdam. [1779].
“This is to verify that the seat which was reregistered… in the great synagogue… in the men’s section, first seat of the bench… belongs to Rabbi Leib son of Rabbi Yoel Redish…”.
Printed on parchment. At head of certificate emblem of “Amsterdam Ashkenazi Congregation”. Filled in with handwriting and signatures in fluent Ashkenazi writing. Seven of the managers / leaders of the congregation signed in handwriting.
Parchment [partially processed] certificate. 32 cm. Good condition. Stains.

Opening900$ Sold For1,100$ Including buyers premium

Auction 12 Lot Number 9

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Shir HaKavod – Manuscript Upon Parchment

Shir HaKavod [song of glory] (An’im Zmirot V’Shirim E’erog). Fine manuscript upon piece of parchment. [Hungary?].
Entire poem in fine handwriting (square letters). Sentences recited by congregation written in bold, larger letters. The words “congregation” and “cantor” noted in right margins. Some of the letters on the first line are ornamented with “crowns”.
31 cm. (width 14.5-16 cm). Good condition. Stains. Restored tear in lower left corner, with damage to text. Creases.

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Auction 12 Lot Number 10

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Two Synagogue Boards – the Baba Sali

1. “Takanot Beit Ha-Kenesset Ha-Gadol ‘Kehal Israel’”. Leaf with the regulations made by the synagogue committee, a list of the Gabayim, their duties and the committee’s decisions which apply to the congregation. On the bottom it is written: “All of this has been approved by the great Rabbi Israel Abuhatzeira".
Rabbi Israel Abuhatzeira (The Baba Sali) immigrated to Israel in 1951and lived in the Baka’a neighborhood of Jerusalem, there he prayed in this synagogue [he chose this synagogue in order to hide his genius]. However, after three years, when he got wind of the spiritual decline of the Moroccan Jews, he went back to Morocco to encourage them.
The regulation leaf comes in a wood and glass frame.
2. Wooden board with specific emplacements for time plaques mentioning service hours for every day of the year. One plaque is enclosed, it says: “at 6:30”.
49, 44 cm. Good condition.

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Auction 12 Lot Number 11

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Notebook of Sale of Mitzvot of the Synagogue – Italy

A notebook of listing the sale of mitzvoth and aliyot l'Torah in one of the Italian communities. Each of the community members has a leaf on which is written a table of mitzvot and charities: Opening of the Torah ark, Sefer Torah, Sefer Sheni, reading from the Torah on Mondays and Shabbat, putting the crown on the Torah scroll, raising the Torah scroll, haftara, lighting, charity, putting the cloak on the Torah scroll, lighting candles and Kaddish D'Rabbanan. [18th century?].
A list of letters and holes appears next to each of the mitzvot, to mark the amount of the contribution on Shabbat and chagim, when it is prohibited to write. [About other methods for listing contributions, see Catalogue Kedem Auction 2, Items 212-213; Auction 6 Item 7].
The following families are mentioned: Cohen, Sengviniti, Pano, Leve, Nachmani, Pavia, Bolonezi, Deina, Pinzi, Rabba, Yechiya, Moskato, Malach, Vigivani, Mantobani; a separate list for guests (a small bookmark separates the sections of the booklet), families: Ravina, Polyesi, Nachmani, Sengviniti and Orbino.
[43] Leaves, 32.5 cm. Fair condition. Stains, creases and tears on leaf margins. Unbound (remnants of old binding).

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Auction 12 Lot Number 12

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Notebook of Aliyot to the Torah – Hungary

A book with 15 cardboard cards with slits for putting small slips of paper with numbers. Under every slit there is a caption – Tzedaka, Bought, ח"ק in Hebrew, and Torah Study, Visiting the Sick, Yeshiva, Jerusalem, and many others in Hungarian. The writing on all the cards is identical, but some of the cards are empty. Only the first four cards have slips of paper inside.
Enclosed is a cardboard card, which says "First" on one side, and "Cohen" on the other side.
Since the gabba'im are unable to write the pledges made by the congregants on Shabbat, many original alternatives to this have been found throughout history. This notebook is one example of such an alternative. [Regarding additional solutions, see Kedem catalogue, sale 2, items 212-213].
[15] cardboard cards, 24 cm. Cloth and wood cover, tied with three strings. Fair condition. Stains and signs of wear and use on the cards and cover.

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Auction 12 Lot Number 13

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Three Metal Amulets

1. Rectangular amulet with an engraved Magen David on the front, the Tables of the Covenant held by a lion and a deer and beneath them, a fish inside waters; the back side has an engraved Magen David and Hebrew letter combinations.
2. Round metal amulet. The center reads “Shiviti Hashem Le-Negdi Tamid” and has the La-Menatze’ach Menorah, angels’ names are written on the margins, mentioning the names of the angels safeguarding mother and child from harm.
3. Hand shaped metal amulet [Hamsa], with thumb sticking out on the side. Plain plating and engraving: “Ben Porat Yosef, Ben Porat Alei Ayin, Banot Tsa’ada Alei Shor”, “[and you will not have the power to dominate him] neither at night nor in the evening… neither awake nor asleep, Amen”.
Varying sizes and conditions.

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Auction 12 Lot Number 14

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Amulet for the Bearing Mother and against Fire – Jerusalem, 1874

A large page with amulets, names of Holy ones and Kabbalistic illustrations for guarding and protection, by Yosef Eligula from Jerusalem. Jerusalem, Frumkin and his Friends Printing, 1874.
Pink paper, black ink (some copies are on yellow paper).
42x62 cm. Good condition. Thin paper. Folded, tears to margins and minor stains.
Rare.
From Dr. Israel Mehlman's private collection.

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Auction 12 Lot Number 15

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Shiviti and Shmira – Two Handwritten Leaves

Shiviti HaShem LeNegdi Tamid. Two thick paper leaves, graphic writing, in fine handwriting of scribe. Letter combinations for protection, verses from Shema, Tehillim and additional books, some arc shaped. In the center written in large letters “Ben Porat Yosef Ben Porat Alei Ayin”, “VeHabote’ach BaHaShem Chessed Yesovevehu” [“He that trusts in the Lord mercy shall compass him about”].
Below: “Written by the young Shimon Griego”.
Two leaves of 25X18.5 cm. Good condition. Stains

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Auction 12 Lot Number 16

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Three Illustrated and Handwritten amulets

Three amulets for protection, handwritten on paper with narrow and long format.
Includes: two amulets with the name of the person for whom the amulet was written; combination of letters, names of angels, the letter ה', etc. At the beginning of one of the amulets: "Please G-d of Israel, have compassion and pity on the person who carries this amulet… ".
Width: 6-8 cm; length: c. 60 cm. Good-fair condition. One amulet is torn in two. Creases (originally they were rolled in a pouch). One amulet is framed in blue, another with yellow stripes and decorations.

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Auction 12 Lot Number 17

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Baruch HaBa – Leaf to Protect the Home

"Baruch HaBa B'Shem Hashem", a leaf for protection to hang at entrance of home.
Nice handwriting (square letters) on a very thin paper leaf. Written in center "v'ata shalom u'vetcha shalom v'chol asher lecha shalom". Verses, names of angels and combination of letters (kabbalic) on sides of leaf.
About 12X19 cm. in wooden frame 16.5X23.5 cm. Good condition. Stains, minor tears. The leaf was not examined out of the frame.

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Auction 12 Lot Number 18

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Seder Sefirat Ha-Omer Calendar – Frankfurt am Main, 1908

A printed colored certificate, a letter in a Torah scroll. "The committee for the writing of a Torah scroll in memory of the Chafetz Chaim… by the Vilna Va'ad HaYeshivot". Vilna, 1933. A lithographic print of Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodzinsky's signature.
"And it should be a sign… in the city… that he has a part in the general Torah scroll written in memory of Rabbi Yisrael Meir HaCohen, The Chafetz Chaim".
This collection of donations for Va'ad HaYeshivot was the initiative of Rabbi Chaim Ozer who thereby initiated a fund for saving the yeshivot. Two of the greatest heads of the Yeshivot in Lithuania, Rabbi Elchanan Wasserman and Rabbi Yerucham Levovitz, devoted themselves to this mission of selling letters all over Poland and Europe. Rabbi Chaim Ozer turned to Rabbi David Sason in London and asked him also to establish a committee in London to sell letters in the Torah scroll. (See attached material).
A complete certificate with the stub (not filled in), 21X21 cm. Fair condition, wear in paper folds and margins

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Auction 12 Lot Number 19

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Collection of Single Leaves Printed in Morocco

16 Leaves of prayer, blessings and Shiviti. Morocco, second half of 20th century.
Two leaves of Shiviti, handmade by Meir Malul; a leaf of Lauder Store in Casablanca, with the piyut Et Sha'are Ratzon LeHipatach by Rabbi Yehuda Abbas, about Akedat Yitzchak, a blessing for a good new year and a prayer for Shabbat Chol HaMoed; a leaf with a piyut for Sefirat HaOmer; a leaf with the blessings of the Haftara and the Torah; verses said during the eight days of Chanukah and other leaves.
Two of the leaves are double. Varied size and condition.

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Auction 12 Lot Number 20

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A Certificate of Purchase of a Letter in a Torah Scroll in Memory of the Chafetz Chaim

A printed colored certificate, a letter in a Torah scroll. "The committee for the writing of a Torah scroll in memory of the Chafetz Chaim… by the Vilna Va'ad HaYeshivot". Vilna, 1933. A lithographic print of Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodzinsky's signature.
"And it should be a sign… in the city… that he has a part in the general Torah scroll written in memory of Rabbi Yisrael Meir HaCohen, The Chafetz Chaim".
This collection of donations for Va'ad HaYeshivot was the initiative of Rabbi Chaim Ozer who thereby initiated a fund for saving the yeshivot. Two of the greatest heads of the Yeshivot in Lithuania, Rabbi Elchanan Wasserman and Rabbi Yerucham Levovitz, devoted themselves to this mission of selling letters all over Poland and Europe. Rabbi Chaim Ozer turned to Rabbi David Sason in London and asked him also to establish a committee in London to sell letters in the Torah scroll. (See attached material).
A complete certificate with the stub (not filled in), 21X21 cm. Fair condition, wear in paper folds and margins

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Auction 12 Lot Number 21

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Mazkeret Ahava – Unknown Printing from Livorno

Minchat Zikaron, "a souvenir of love to my beloved friend R' Aharon [son of Yehoshua] Pitz, on the occasion of his joining a minyan", by Shmuel Kolombo. [Livorno? c. 1910].
Long and heartfelt blessing. On first page, two stanzas of poem in Italian are integrated in blessing, the rest of the text is in square letters with vowels.
On second page: "Tomorrow, 13 periods of time from the birth of Aharon son of Yehoshua in the month of Sivan will be completed…". At the end of the poem: "Shmuel Kolombo".
[2] pages, 33 cm. Fair condition. Folding marks, minor tears and stains.
Bibliographically unknown.

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Auction 12 Lot Number 22

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Ba’al Shem Tov Family Tree

Wall poster, Lithography of a painting of the Ba'al Shem Tov family tree – trunks and branches of descendants and disciples [missing are name of writer, printing place and date, c. 1927].
According to the writing style under the list of rebbes it seems that this printing was done in the area of Galicia-East Hungary.
Similar editions of this family tree poster were printed around 1927 in Warsaw, Lublin and Grosswardein. In this edition writings are different and there are changes in the frame decorations.
55.5X67 cm. Fair condition. Stains and tears. Scribbles on verso.

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Auction 12 Lot Number 23

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Collection of Printed Leaves – Organization for the Chastity of Jewish Women – Poland

Collection of printed items "Organization for the Chastity of Jewish Women in Poland". [Warsaw, 1930's].
Amongst the items: printed leaf with instructions and rules for Jewish women, "approved by leading righteous of our generation and the court in Warsaw" [4 copies], receipts for various times (Purim, Shanah Tovah; some are signed). Certificate on behalf of this organization [2 copies]. Yiddish and Hebrew.
Total of 11 items. Various sizes and conditions [good to poor].

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Auction 12 Lot Number 24

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Badatz Proclamation – Podgórze-Krakow, 1936

“BeSuccot Teshvu Shivat Yamim”. Proclamation of the Badatz rabbis concerning the Kashrut of the tiny Succoth built on the porches of the homes. Podgórze near Krakaw, 1936.
“The Badatz are informing that many Succoth which are built on the balconies or porches do not comply with the minimum measurement prescribed by the Torah… therefore the Mitzvah of Succa, which is comparable to the entire Torah, is not fulfilled. Besides, unnecessary blessings on the Succa are made which is a very severe sin…”.
Signed in print: Rabbi Yehoshua Feivel Frenkel Te’omim, Rabbi Simcha Frenkel Te’omim and Rabbi Ze'ev Shaul Ettinger. Stamp “Beit Din Tzedek of Krakaw”.
Yiddish and Hebrew (faulty).
22.5 cm. Fair-poor condition. Creases, folds and tears. Filing holes.

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