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Auction 16 Lot Number 1

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Small Torah Scroll – North Africa, 19th Century

Torah scroll, Vellish-Sefardi writing, in the style of North African custom [Tunisia/Morocco, appropriate to the first half of the 19th century].
The first parshiot of Bamidbar have a number of substitutions of sheets that are similar in color processing to the original parchment. Shemot has two sheets of non-professional substitution (from the middle of BeShalach until the middle of Yitro), on leather of yellow hue, non-processed or little processed.
Parchment height: 32 cm. Good condition.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 2

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Magnificent Large Format Illustrated Megillat Esther – Contemporary Artistic Judaica

Magnificent Megillat Esther, accurate and artistic scribe writing, with impressive illustrations. Ink, gouache, acrylic, tempera, water colors and gold upon parchment. [Eretz Israel, 2007-2009]. Signed by artist:"S. Ratson 2009" in Hebrew and English.
The Megillah was planned over the period of a few months and was handwritten in sanctity with the proper intentions upon 8 large parchment sheets (64.5 cm.), sewn together in a kosher manner, in artistic and accurate scribe writing, with illustrations of the plot, in hues of blue and bourdeaux, with 23 karat gold ornaments.
18 columns; 16 contain text, on bottom - illustration related to content of Megillah in various hues of blue; average size 11X24 cm. Magnificent crown ornaments (in four different styles) with bourdeaux and gold frames separating the columns. First and last columns contain only large illustration, spread out over entire length of parchment sheet: First column -"Megillat Esther" /"Kacha Ye'aseh La'ish Asher HaMelech Chafetz BiKaro"; last column: Mordechai and Queen Esther. Illustrations created with fine paintbrushes and slow deliberate strokes. Names of ten sons of Haman written consecutively as customary, in a separate column containing 11 lines.
The Megillah was written on kosher parchment with kosher ink, was proofread by "Mishmeret Stam", Bnei Brak, and is kosher.
~~Scribe - Yehudah Tzvi Ben-David, born in 1957. Studied psychology in Haifa University; at age 28 became observant and joined the congregation of Rabbi Mordechai Auerbach of Tel Aviv. Works as a scribe for over 15 years.
~~Artist - Shuli Ratzon, born in 1978. From the congregation of Rabbi Auerbach in Tel Aviv, resides in Bnei Brak. Studied art by several artists, specializes in illustration and ornamentation of Judaic items using diverse techniques.
Magnificent Megillat Esther written and illustrated over a period of three years; impressive modern item of artistic Judaica; one and only copy.
Attached is a letter by Rabbi Mordechai Auerbach, in which he authorizes that he knows both the scribe and the artist, attesting to the fact that this is a unique copy.
Height: 64.5 cm. Length: 5 meters. Placed within plastic gilded case 80.5X25X13.5 cm. Very good condition.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 3

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Miniature Megillat Esther – Baghdad

Fancy miniature Megillat Esther, nice Sefardi scribal writing, 14 rows, on thin parchment. [Baghdad, end of 19th century]. With the megillah blessings at beginning and end, and a parchment lace for tying.
6.3-6.4 cm. Maximum size including wooden pole and handle 17 cm. Very good condition.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 4

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Ornate Megillat Esther – Bound like a Book

Ornate Megillat Esther bound in a unique book-style. Very fine, homogenous, clear and legible writing. The letters are shaped according to the Ari (Chasidic), in an ancient writing style [matching the style of 19th Century Russia-Poland]. Based on the levels of writing and parchment processing, it appears that this Megillah was made on special order and with great precision to meet Halachic and traditional standards.
This Megillah was written in full accordance with Halacha, on a parchment roll and was bound with folds, which were further bound like a book inside a parchment binding.
13 cm, parchment length: 165 cm approx. (Empty page at the beginning and the end), 12 pp. 27 lines each. Good condition, slightly faded (most of the ink is still black), light stains. Antique parchment binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 5

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Megillat Esther Upon Parchment [Yemen]

Megillat Esther. Scribe writing, in Oriental style [Yemen?, 19th/20th century]. First sheet incomplete and completed in poor writing [which was erased] upon poorly processed parchment. Middle sheets in especially fine writing; last sheet has different writing, and omission errors which were completed in simple writing.
Height of scroll: 11 cm; including wooden handle: 28.5 cm. Fair-good condition, stains and damages.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 6

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Shir Ha-Shirim on Parchment

The Megillah of Shir Ha-Shirim, in scribe writing on parchment. Letters shaped based on the"Beit Yosef". [First half of the 20th century]. In the Jerusalem synagogues conforming to the Gra's opinion, it is customary to read Shir Ha-Shirim with a blessing during Shabbat Hol Ha-Mo'ed Pesah.
52.5 cm. 4 Columns. Good-fair condition, wrinkles and stains of use, some of letters are slightly faded.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 7

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Divrei Ha-Yamim on Parchment

The Divrei Ha-Yamim on a parchment sheet, in fine and superior scribe writing,"Beit Yosef" letters. [19/20th Centuries].
It is extremely rare to find the book of Divrei Ha-Yamim on parchment, since it is not read in front of a Minyan, [as opposed to books of Nevi'im and Megilot, which are read out of scribe ink writing on a parchment book]. It is known that the Gra of Vilna ordered all of the 24 Holy Scriptures to be written on Sefer-Torah-like parchments for his Beit Midrash, while personally supervising their writing order. This custom was kept in very few synagogues worldwide.
Parchment height: 28 cm. 74 Columns. Finely processed parchment. Good-fair condition, moisture marks. Missing lower handle of the"Etz Chaim" support.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 8

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Two Pairs of Miniature Phylacteries

Two pairs of miniature hand and head phylacteries, for traveling. [Eretz Israel, early 20th century]. Size: 3X3 cm; within cloth bag.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 9

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Parochet for Torah ark – USA

Parochet for Torah ark. C' Cint. (Cincinnati ? USA), [c. 1930s].
A velvet yellowish-light-brown parochet, decorated with golden-thread embroidery, sequins and beads, imitation of precious stones. Another decoration is attached to the loops at the top of the parochet, a lighter-colored velvet in the form of waves decorated with three embroidered Magen-David. In the center, the Two Tablets of Law inside a Magen-David and the shape of a crown are prominent, with the words Keter Torah. The writing "Chana son of Efraim HaLevi Balsky, C' Cint." Is embroidered under the central decorations.
C. 126X190 cm. Good condition. Moisture stains.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 10

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Torah Scroll Cover – Ozon-Kiopro, 1933

Torah Scroll cover, ornamented red velvet, embroidered dedication and silver discs. Ozon-Kiopro [region of Greece?], [1933].
On top, embroidered Star of David ornament; in center verse"Tenu La MiPri Yadeha ViHaleluha BaShe'arim Ma'ase'ah", and in lower section embroidered dedication:"Dedicated by Regina Eliezer Kaneiti to the Ozon-Kiopro congregation in the year 1933". Contains six ornamented silver discs (originally served as buckles for women's belts); borders contain stalks made of gold thread.
General size: 100X25 cm. Good condition, minor defects in embroidery, velvet and discs.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 11

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Magnificent Torah Scroll Cover – Strasbourg, 1938

Torah Scroll cover. Light material with high-quality gold and silver thread embroidery. Bischheim (suburbs of Strasbourg), [1938].
On top, embroidered ornaments of Torah crown and birds; in center, dedication in French:"En mֳ©moire de Nathan et Henriette Salomon offert par leur files Jacques of the Bischheim congregation, 1938" [In memory of Nathan and Henriette Salomon, donation of their son Jacques].
48X37 cm. Good condition. Stalks on lower section partially detached, several tears in fabric.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 12

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Cover for Torah Scroll – Georgia

An embroidered cloth (cover for Torah scroll?). [Georgia, 20th century].
Impressive embroidery with silver thread. On margins pattern of palm of hand [Chamsa] and stars, at center patterns of various plants and geometric shapes, with an embroidered Hebrew dedication: "Misa Jana".
48X93 cm. Fair condition. Some of the decorations unraveled.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 13

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Embroidered Tapestry with Gold Thread

Ornament for synagogue. Green velvet ornamented with gold thread embroidery. [North Africa, early 20th century?].
One side entirely covered with vegetation patterns and Stars of David; on second side outstanding intense green-colored velvet, ornamented on borders with patters of birds, fish, menorahs and crescents.
Long and narrow shape, 125X39 cm. Good condition. Folding marks.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 14

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Collection of Embroidered Fabric Items

7 embroidered fabric items (one printed). [Eretz Yisrael, 20th century].
Printed challah cover, Zuckerman Printing, Jerusalem * An embroidered challah cover, "Mazkeret Yerushalayim in honor of David and Rachel Ezra" * A long tablecloth, "Ba'a Shabbat Ba'a Menucha" * A challah cover "In honor of Shabbat Kodesh, State of Israel" * Pink fabric with a drawing of the tablets of law * A matzo cover "Be joyous and happy on your Passover¦ " - Deep purple colored material, with impressive embroidery * An embroidered tablecloth "May you merit many years¦". Varied size and condition.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 15

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Two Embroidered Phylactery Cases

1. Rectangular case, [Georgia]. One side contains embroidery of Star of David, leaves and initials BM; second side contains embroidery of birds and leaf.
2. Case of red velvet. Both sides contain embroidery of yellow flowers and blue Star of David.
Various sizes, good condition.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 16

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Miniature Torah Ark and Torah Scroll – Olive Wood and paper

Torah ark, souvenir of Eretz Israel, Jerusalem.
Miniature Torah ark made of olive wood, with illustration of"Holy City of Jerusalem" in its center. Positioned on four wooden legs. Inside ark, miniature Torah Scroll printed on paper, with embroidery"Souvenir of Jerusalem" and various ornaments.
Torah Scroll 10 cm. Ark 23.5 cm. Good condition.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 17

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Miniature Torah Scroll

Miniature Torah Scroll printed upon paper, scrolled on two Atzei Chaim. [USA? 1940s?].
Placed within red fabric coat with print of Ten Commandment Tablets, lions and crown, silver colored. Within cardboard box. Scroll: 8.5 cm, Atzei Chaim: 16.5 cm., cardboard box (damaged): 16.5 cm.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 18

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Ner Tamid – Silver – Eretz Yisrael, 1930s

Ner tamid for hanging in the Synagogue. Eretz Yisrael, [1930s-1940s].
Made of two silver units (each one is marked) connected with a metal chain, with various decorations, some hand-beaten and some by machine. On bottom part, an engraved dedication: "Contributed by Regina Bianko Benzion Costi in memory of our parents Chaim and Esther Costi and our brothers Shmuel, Aharon and Eli".
Height: 55 cm. Good condition.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 19

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Ancient Wooden Plaque -“Mitzvat HaShem Bara Me’irat Einayim” – Syria, [11th Century?]

Ancient wooden plaque, with carving of the verse"Mitzvat HaShem Bara Me'irat Einayim" with vowelization and cantillation notes, within frame set with enamel. Syria. Undated, [11th century?].
The letter"Heh" in the word"Bara" carved in the shape of the letter"Chet". On reverse side of plaque glued note, upon which the owner wrote that he found the plaque in Damascus on March 28, 1913. In parentheses he added"11th century". Apparently, the plaque was designated to be hung in a synagogue. The plaque is incomplete and it is unclear what it originally included. The frame setting is of high-quality handcraftsmanship.
Maximal size 39X7.5 cm; within wooden frame. Fair condition. Some letters damaged (see picture), sections of craftsmanship setting damaged. Worm damage apparent on reverse side.
Antique and impressive item.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 20

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Goblet of Salvation belonging to the Rebbe of Shtefenesht

Silver Kiddush goblet, with a portrait of Rabbi Avraham Matityahu Friedman, the righteous Rebbe of Shtefenesht. [Romania, late 19th - early 20th century.] Unmarked silver.
Quality silver goblet, with numerous foliage-patterned ornamentations. Positioned on three ball-shaped legs. In the center, a portrait in relief of the Rebbe of Shtefenesht, above which appears the text,"Marele Rabin din Stefanesti" [œThe Great Rabbi of Shtefenesht"].
The Rebbe Rabbi Avraham Matityahu Friedman of Shtefenesht [Stefanesti] (1848-1933; see Encyclopedia of Hassidism, Vol. 1, pp 131-132), grandson of Rabbi Yisrael of Ruzhin, had thousands of followers and a tremendous impact upon Romanian Jewry. In a Halachic response, Rabbi Bezalel Shafran wrote in reference to the Rebbe,"The power of that great and holy elder was known to all, a true worshiper of G-D, glory of our country¦ Everybody obeys his holy sayings." (Rabbi Bezalel Ze'ev Responsa, section 1, Yoreh De'ah, chapter 116.) Legend was that the Rebbe's prayers would last for hours without him making a sound; in the Mussaf prayer of Rosh HaShana he stood hunched for two hours without moving, as he did when shaking the Lulav on Sukkot. Many wondrous stories were told about him in his generation as well as ours, regarding curing the ill, barren women giving birth and more.
After his death, the Rebbe's bones were brought to Eretz Israel and interred in the Ruzhin Rebbe dynasty plot in the Nachalat Yitzhak cemetery in Tel Aviv. His gravesite became a center for prayers and there are numerous stories of salvations that took place as a result of praying at his holy grave.
This salvation goblet was apparently gifted to the Rebbe by a Jewish silversmith who attributed his ill daughter's cure to the Rebbe's prayer.
Height: 11.7 cm., diameter: 7 cm. Good condition. Enclosed are photographs of the goblet, taken by the Committee of Shtefenesht Hassidim in Eretz Israel.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 21

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Silver Kiddush Goblet – Shmuel Son of Rabbi Mordechai HaCohen

Silver Kiddush goblet (signed on bottom with 4 silver-marks). [Central Europe, early 19th century].
Massive handcrafted goblet, with various beaten and engraved ornaments."Shmuel son of Rabbi Mordechai HaCohen" and shape of hands during Birkat Cohanim engraved on both sides of goblet. Height: 8 cm., diameter: 7 cm. Very good condition.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 22

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Tobacco Box of Rabbi Elijah Moses Panigel of Jerusalem

Silver tobacco box (signed on inner section), with engraved ornaments. [India? end of 19th century].
Etching of illustration of"Shimshon and the Lion" upon box cover; above it - etching of name of owner of box,"E. M. Panigel" - Rabbi Elijah Moses Panigel (1846-1919, Otzar HaRabbanim 2293), genius rabbi and famous sermonizer; served as chief rabbi of Jerusalem in 1907; Dayan, sermonizer and rabbinical emissary in North African countries, Italy, India and Bukhara. Among the founders of the Misgav LaDach hospital in the Old City; was active in many Jerusalem institutions. Lower section of box ornamented as well.
7.4X5.4 cm. Good condition. Corrosion marks on inside.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 23

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Besamim [Spice] Tower with Bird on Top – Filigree

Silver and filigree Besamim [spice] tower.
Bird on top. Silver stamp in the shape of a tower on lower section. Height: 9.5 cm. Good condition. Slight repairs apparent near base.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 24

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Besamim [Spice] Tower – Filigree

Besamim [spice] tower. Silver and filigree. [Eastern Europe, 19th century].
On top, four flags, 925 silver mark along with two additional marks.
Height: 22 cm. Good-fair condition. Slightly tilted. One of the flags detached. Flagpole and additional flag on top - missing.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 25

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Besamim [Spice] Tower – Filigree

Besamim [spice] tower. Silver and filigree. [Germany? late 19th century].
Majority of ornaments handmade. Flag displayed on top. Silver stamps on base. Height: 37 cm. Flag and flagpole detached (height without them: 18.5 cm.) and require restoration. Otherwise in good condition.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 26

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Etrog Box – Germany

Etrog box. Germany (Posen?), second half of 19th century.
Box in the shape of an Etrog on an elliptic base, opening into two on a hinge. Silver marks on the lower part. German dedication engraved on it's base:
"Von Chebre Bikur Cholim, Zum Andenken" [souvenir from Bikur Cholim Society].
Height: 9 cm, maximal width: 14 cm. Very good condition.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 27

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Knife and Sharpening Stone Made in Germany – Gift to a Cantor

Kit in adorned case. Germany, early 20th century.
Knife, product of J. A. Henckels Solingen, Zwillingswerk; small utensil shaped as a pick (both made of marked silver); sharpening stone in original wooden case. All three placed within original case, product of K. Rosenthal Sohne, Posen. Case contains plate with dedication in German "Zum 25 jahr Amts jubilֳ₪um gen von den Kantoren L. gold-lamter- - B. Werner---", from the year 1914. 24.5 cm, 10.5 cm, 16 cm, respectively. Good condition. Case 29X13.5 cm.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 28

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Chumash in Magnificent Silver Binding – Dyhernfurth, 1793

Chamisha Chumshei Torah and Five Megillot with Unkelus translation, Rashi commentary and yearly Haftarot. Dyhernfurth, [1793-1794].
End of Sefer Shmot - leaf 213 - contains stamp and handwritten censorship notation (in Russian), which attests to the fact that Rabbi Moshe Yankel Finkelstein from Pereyaslav examined the book. Magnificent silver binding with gilding, imprinted flower designs combined with filigree, ornamented clasps, chains and gold paper-cutting. Apparently, the binding was produced close to the time of the printing of the book.
494; 26, [1], 42-49; [1], 21 leaves, 13.5 cm. Good condition. Missing clasp. Abovementioned leaf with censorship authorization detached. Chains and some of filigree ornaments slightly damaged.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 29

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Protective Binding for Book

Protective binding in which a miniature book can be placed. Pewter casting, with imprinted ornaments.
Front contains embossed ornament of Tablets of Ten Commandments with Hebrew letters, surrounded by flower patterns; back contains ornaments of flower patters. Three stamps:"Finstain"; letters GF with image above it; castle with circle around it. 11X8 cm. Good condition.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 30

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Two Amulets and a Dedication Plate

"Amulet for Ayin Hara and Fear", scribal and Oriental writing (Babylonia-Jerusalem) on paper, length 33.5 cm. * Brass amulet pendant, with Holy Names. Diameter c. 33 mm. (broken ring for hanging). * Dedication plate for Torah scroll, metal. C. 7.5X5.5 cm.
3 items, varied size and condition.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 31

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Shiviti and Shem HaMeforash – Upon Parchment

Shiviti and verses for protection from Sefer Tehillim, on the Shem HaMeforash which consists of 72 letters derived from the verses"Vayisa Malach HaElokim¦", in Parashat Shlach (Shmot, chapter 14). Fine Sephardic scribe writing [19th-20th? Century].
2 Pages, approx. 17 cm., upon parchment, crease between pages contains holes from sewing thread [apparently bound together with prayer book?]. Faded writing, several words erased throughout years.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 32

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Amulets and Shiviti Postcards

* Postcard with illustration of Shiviti, Lamnatze'ach Menorah, winged lions, Ten Commandment Tablets, palm trees, birds and additional ornaments. Shmuel Mizrachi Publications, Jerusalem, Nisan [1922]. On lower section:"Im Eshkachech Yerushalayim Tischkach Yemini". Stamp of artist on reverse side. * Shana Tova postcard, D. Markadis Publications, Jerusalem. Ornamented with Ten Commandment Tablets, birds, Stars of David, and more. * Mazal Tov for birth of female. Amulet leaf with ornamented border, Shir LaMa'alot, names of angels of protection, and more. (Fair condition, torn into two). * Mazal Tov, amulet for infant by the Ba'al Shem Tov. Lithograph. (Fair condition, tears and stains). 4 items, various sizes and conditions, good to fair.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 33

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Shir HaShirim and Megillat Esther – Micrograph on Postcard

Come and view something unique; four thousand five hundred and seven words written on this card. Shimon Fishgrond".
Shir HaShirim is printed on one side, and on the other: Megillat Esther. Lithograph of miniature handwriting. 15.5X10.5 cm. Good condition. Few stains, stamp, newspaper clipping glued on borders of postcard.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 34

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Hand-Illustrated New Year Cards, Amulets and Letters – By Chacham Shmuel Bruchim

Hand illustrated greeting cards: Shana Tova, Chatima Tova, Mo'adim L'Simcha, and letters sent by Rabbi Shmuel Bruchim. Amulets on parchment. [c. 1950]. Decorative calligraphic writing, two cards have color illustrations.
Chacham Shmuel Bruchim (1890-1979), was a chacham and mekubal, educator and poet, the spiritual leader of Iranian Kurdistan Jewry.
9 paper and parchment items, varied size and condition, preserved well.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 35

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Shana Tova Leaves and Mizrach with Seder Ushpizin – Safed

Printed Shana Tova leaf, and double printed Shana Tova leaf, as well as Mizrach with Seder Ushpizin, including lengthy letter in Yiddish. Safed, [c. 1900-1930].
2 leaves (one double). Various sizes and conditions, cuts in margins.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 36

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Two Printed”Mizrach” Leaves – Jerusalem

1."Mizrach", publication of the general committee for the fund of Rabbi Meir Ba'al HaNess of the Ashkenazi, Prushim and Hassidic Kollels. Solomon Brothers Press, Jerusalem, [early 20th century]. Center contains illustration of Western Wall and Temple Mount, and in background - Mount of Olives; surrounding are four photographs of Jerusalem neighborhoods and the city of Jaffa. Beneath illustration: Blessing for candle lighting. 47X59 cm. Fair-good condition. Creases and folding marks, slight tears on borders.
2."BeSukkot Teshvu Shivat Yamim". Rohald Press, Jerusalem, [1940's]. Printed in center:"Each Jewish citizen shall sit in a Sukkah"; below: Illustration of the Western Wall and the holy sites which are in close proximity to the Old City. 61.5X47 cm. Fair condition. Tears and creases. Two unprofessionally restored missing corners.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 37

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Hand Illustrated”Mizrach” – in memory of Rabbi Yitzchak Ze’ev Yadler of Jerusalem, 1917

Mizrach - Da Lifnei Mi Ata Omed¦". Jerusalem, [1917].
For the elevation of the soul of Rabbi Yitzchak Ze'ev Yadler, passed away in 1917 in Jerusalem".
Handwriting and colorful illustrations upon thick paper. Four corners contain illustrations of Me'arat HaMachpela, David's Citadel, Rachel's Tomb and the Western Wall. The righteous Ga'on Rabbi Yitzchak Ze'ev Goldberg-Yadler, born in 1843, passed away in 1917 (Otzar HaRabbanim 11307), among the greatest Torah scholars of Jerusalem. Immigrated to Eretz Israel from Lithuania in 1887. Author of Tiferet Tzion on Midrash Rabbah and Mishnayot as well as additional compositions; father of the well-known Jerusalemite Maggid Rabbi Ben Tzion Yadler.
41X26 cm. Fair condition. Many stains, mildew damage, tears. 51.5X34 cm. frame.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 38

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Estreich-Galicia Kollel in Jerusalem – Large Greeting Leaf – Vienna

Pursuer of righteousness and benevolence shall be granted life, righteousness and honor". Single leaf printed in gilded ink, with illustrations of the Holy Sites, the Sephardic synagogue in Jerusalem and the cities Nablus and Jericho. [Not dated, name of printer not mentioned].
Members of the Estreich-Galicia Kollels in the Four Holy Cities added handwritten greetings for Rosh HaShana, to Rabbi Zvi Aryeh Level from Vienna who contributed to the Kollels, as well as an expression of hope that he will continue to donate in the future. Signatures and stamps: Rabbi Menachem Mendel Ravin and Rabbi Natan Cahana Shapira, Jerusalem. 50.5X40 cm. Fair condition. Large hole, missing. Dry and fragile paper. Tears and folding marks.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 39

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Printed and Signed Receipt – Kollel Vohlin – 1901

A printed letter receipt, to "the wealthy¦ Benzion ben Chaya Hinda" of the Michelfale community from the gabai of Kollel Vohlin in the Four Holy Cities [Jerusalem, Sefad, Tiberias and Hebron], 1901.
Printed in golden ink, with illustrations of the Holy Sites. Filled in by hand, with signature and stamps - copy of the signatures of the Kollel's gabai. In the letter, the Kollel's chairman is mentioned, the Rebbe "Pachad Yitchak" of Boyan. On reverse side, a prayer for good health and success.
27 cm. Good-fair condition. Moisture stains. Wooden two-sided frame. Was not examined out of frame.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 40

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Ushpizin Poster – Sighet

Sukkah poster. Sighet, [1900's, early 20th century].
Containing Ushpizin depiction; the inscription "Shiviti HaShem LeNegdi Tamid" - "I place G-d constantly before me"; Kiddush for Sukkot; and prayer for parting from the Sukkah, to be said upon the holiday's termination.
51X42 cm. Fair condition. Tears on margins and on folding marks. Glued with tape on back of poster.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 41

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U’VeNucho Yomar – Pietrekov, 1918

U'VeNucho Yomar. Large poster for hanging on wall of synagogue. Prayer upon returning Torah Scroll into Holy Ark after Torah reading. Publication of bookshop of Rabbi Avraham Rosenwald, Rabbi Chanoch Henich Falman Press, Pietrekov, 1918.
Single leaf approx. 52X40 cm., fair condition. Tears, stains, folding marks and many creases, some restored. Within frame 69X57.5 cm., not examined outside of frame.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 42

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Order of Chanukah Candle Lighting – Livorno, 1857

Ki Ner Mitzvah V'Torah Ohr" - Printed leaf [order of Chanukah candle lighting]. [Livorno], [1857].
Includes: Chanukah blessings,"HaNerot HaLalu Anu Madlikin", Psalm 30 of Tehillim. Ornamented frame.
43X31 cm. leaf. White clean paper. Good condition, folding marks.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 43

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The Prayer E-l Melech and Verses – Parchment

Manuscript, the prayer E-l Melech (13 attributes of mercy), verses and prayers of Selichot. [Germany?, 18th century?].
Parchment leaf in nice calligraphic writing. 2 pages 25 cm. Good-fair condition, faded ink and stains.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 44

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Birkat HaLevana – Fֳ¼rth

Birkat HaLevana, with laws in Hebrew and Yiddish-Deitsch, all pages have decorated frame. Fֳ¼rth, [without year of printing, c. 1840].
Double leaf, 4 pages, c. 23 cm. Good condition, minor damages and stains.
Rare, does not appear in Bibliography Institute CD.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 45

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Collection of Printed and Handwritten Prayer Leaves – Morocco

Printed prayer leaves, most from Casablanca - Morocco, 1950s, some unidentified; leaves in Oriental handwriting, prayers and piyutim, one with the piyut "Chatan Na'im Alla¦", with musical notes; a handwritten notebook [verses and sentences in Hebrew and a long commentary in French]. * Attached: a "picture of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai" - printed postcard; three receipts of the synagogue in Casablanca.
16 paper items + notebook, 7 written pages. Varied size and condition.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 46

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Aleh Litrufa – Warsaw, 1892

Aleh Litrufa - Notice of Musar and inspiration to be hung in synagogues. Rabbi Chaim Yishaya Gordon. Warsaw, 1892.
Encouragement for the establishment of Avodah Tama Associations - to set aside one day a month for ethical study and contemplation"To study the Torah and pray and reflect upon the world to come". The author, Rabbi Chaim Yishaya Gordon, among the disciples of Rabbi Chaim of Salant, established the association in the city of Shavel (Lithuania), in a similar style to an association which was established in Vilna, and printed the proclamation Aleh Litrufa as an advertisement for the association. This proclamation was printed a second time and was distributed by Kollel Perushim in Kovna.
1 leaf, 38X47 cm. Good condition, damage in margins.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 47

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Severe Warning – Letter of Rabbis Opposing the Opening of Stores on Shabbat

Severe warning - by prominent Torah giants. Warsaw, [1911].
Printed proclamation letter, along with letter by Rabbi Ben Zion of Bielsk, Rabbi Chaim of Brisk, Rabbi Yisrael Meir HaCohen of Radin and the Rebbe Rabbi Meir Yechiel HaLevi of Ostrovtza, against the renting of stores to businessmen whose shops are open on Shabbat. [The Chafetz Chaim harshly writes in his letter:"¦this is not less severe that he who rents his yard to a brothel G-D forbid¦ and the money earned through the desecration of Shabbat will have no blessing¦"]. Reverse side of leaf: translation of proclamation into Yiddish,"published by the Shomrei Shabbat Synagogue in Warsaw. Any Rabbi who requests these leaves will be granted them free of charge".
2 pages of 32.5 cm. Good condition, minor damages.
Bibliographically unknown, does not appear in Letters of the Chafetz Chaim.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 48

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Printed Letter by Rabbi Yisrael of Vizhnitz – Vizhnitz, 1910

It has reached my ears and deeply aggravated me to hear¦, G-D forbid, there has been a breach in purity among the Jewish people¦" - Letters in Yiddish and Hebrew for the reinforcement of the laws of family purity by the Rebbe"Rabbi Yisrael son of Rabbi Baruch Hagar". Vizhnitz. [c. 1910]. Shmelka Nagler Press.
21X34 cm. Fair condition, tears on margins and creases.
Bibliographically unknown. Only 6-8 Hebrew titles were printed in the city of Vizhnitz. The Shmelka Nagler Press operated in the city between 1908-1913 and a very limited number of single leaves were printed there.

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