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Auction 16 Lot Number 517

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Beit Ya’akov in Lithuania – Kovna, 1937

Five Years of Beit Ya'akov in Lithuania - booklet commemorating five years to the Beit Ya'akov movement in Lithuania. Kovna, [1937[.
Contains printed photographs of Sara Schnirer, Rabbanit Henkin, and a group of Beit Ya'akov students in Shadova - where the first Beit Ya'akov school was opened.
22, [2] pages. 23 cm. Fair condition, stains and tears. Dry paper. Worn printed cover.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 282

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Collection of Photographs – Jewish Women – Photographs from the 19th Century

26 portrait photographs and studio-photographs of Jewish women, [some in Jewish dress characteristic of Rabbis' wives]. Europe, end of 19th century and the 20th century.
17 are early photographs and from various cities: Pֳ¶styֳ©n, Oostende (Belguim), Vienna, Cracow, Lvov, New York, Pshemishel, Leipzig, Brody and London. Most are pasted on cardboard with photographers' details.
9 are reproductions from the 20th century, of earlier photographs, from 1860 until the end of the 19th century. Varied size and condition.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 274

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Photograph of Rabbi Chaim of Sanz

Rabbi Chaim of Sanz, drawing by Lazar Krestin, based on the only known picture of the Divrei Chaim. Printed on a postcard.
Rabbi Chaim Halberstam of Sanz (1797-1876), author of the Divrei Chaim and founder of the Sanz Hassidism.
9X14 cm postcard. Good condition. Shana Tova ink stamp in Hebrew and English.

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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 69

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Mitzvah to Publicize Hypocrites – Sitchel, 1932

Mitzvah to Publicize the Hypocrites" - Proclamation in Yiddish and Hebrew, letter of refusal against [---] of Sitchel, who refuses to abide by the Din Torah ruling. Sitchel, Kislev 1932.
Letter by Rabbi Yechezkel Veidmanan, the Rabbi of Sitchel:"¦Since Rabbi [---] admitted to me that he does not wish to carry out the ruling of the congregation of Sighet¦ therefore they are granted permission to have the prerogative to go to the civil courts". Harsh polemic proclamation and letter of rabbis regarding this matter; includes a letter by Rabbi Shlomo son of Rabbi Shmuel Fruchter of Sitchel.
Approx. 28 cm. Glued upon leaf of binding of book, fair-poor condition, tears with omission and erasure of name of the man who refuses to abide by rabbinical jurisdiction. Bibliographically unknown.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 62

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Drosh VeKabel Sachar – Tiberias, 1890

Drosh VeKabel Sachar, sermon of Gur Aryeh Yehudah Leib Schiffman, upon the occasion of his marriage in the holy city of Tiberias, [Jerusalem?, 1890?].
In the preface the author mentions the custom of sending the groom a sermon gift, and he requests that people continue to carry out this Jewish custom. The author was born in Tiberias in the year 1870, composed several books of sermons: Na'eh Doresh, Imrei Bina, Ohalei Shem and others.
Two title pages, [8], [1], 22 pages. 20 cm. Good condition.
Winograd and Rosenfeld CD lists Jerusalem 1890, whereas Bibliography Institute CD lists Jerusalem 1892.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 49

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Letter by the Rebbe of Lubavitch Regarding the Redemption

"Letter by the Rebbe of Lubavitch regarding the redemption". [Jerusalem?, 1942].
During World War II, Rebbe Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn (1880-1950) spoke a lot of the Messiah and redemption. This is a proclamation printed in those days [apparently by his Chassidim in Jerusalem].
C. 21 cm. Good condition, light stain.
Bibliographically unknown.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 443

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Ashrei HaIsh + Letter by the Author Rabbi Yishaya Asher Zelig Margaliot

Sefer Ashrei HaIsh,"Concerning the grave prohibition of having a connection with wicked people", includes response of the Sabba Kadisha Rabbi Shlomo Eliezer Alfandri. Jerusalem, (1927). Breslov Press.
Attached is a handwritten and signed letter of inscription by the author, the holy Ga'on Rabbi Yishaya Asher Zelig Margaliot (1893-1969) of Jerusalem. The letter mentions Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Ehrenreich Av Beit Din of Shamloi and"The holy and righteous Rabbi of Mukachevo".
8, 78 leaves. 20 cm. Good condition. Original printed binding.

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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 51

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Collection of Proclamations – Rabbi Kook

* In honor of Rabbi of the Jewish people, notice on behalf of Merkaz HaRav Yeshiva calling out to escort Rabbi Kook at the train station, upon his departure abroad. * On Shabbat HaGadol Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook, rabbi of Eretz Isrel, will be delivering a sermon". In the Churva of Rabbi Yehudah HaChassid. * For the sake of our sacred country - Proclamation against deceptive notices on the holy Rabbi of the Jewish nation. * Request of mercy for the Jewish nation. Appeal for the continuous reciting of Tehillim for forty days and nights, with the approbation and participation of the chief rabbi of Eretz Israel Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook. Tel Aviv, [c. 1930].
4 proclamations, various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 65

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Tomech Kavod – Berlin, 1845 – Chatam Sofer Polemic

Tomech Kavod, "Hashem's battle by the leading Torah scholars of the generation¦ against the instigators that have pursued me for no reason¦", by Rabbi Yehonatan Alexandersohn. Berlin, [1845]. First edition.
The author, Rabbi Yonatan of Schwerin (adjacent to Posen), came to Hungary in 1831 and was appointed rabbi of Csaba, near Miskolc. After a short while, members of the community noticed that their rabbi was light-headed and belittles Jewish Law and religion. They summoned the rabbis of that generation and Rabbi Elazar Lֳ¶w of Santov who appointed a Beit Din which decided to expel him from the Rabbinate. In his distress,
Rabbi Alexanderson applied to the Chatam Sofer who sided with those in favor of Rabbi Yonathan's dismissal (See Tshuvot Chatam Sofer, Choshen Mishpat, Siman 162 and Siman 207). Alexandersohn began a struggle to clear his name and sent letters to rabbis worldwide and some sided with his claims that the accusations against him were false. This conflict embittered the Chatam Sofer's later years. In this book, Alexandersohn gathered many letters from: Rabbi Akiva Eiger (who writes that Alexandersohn should not enter the rabbinate until he learned Torah for another three years), The Chatam Sofer, Rabbi Meir Ash, Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Heller from Zamoshtz and many more rabbis.
[2], 70 pages. 19 cm. Good condition, stains. Stamps. New binding.
The book has also a second part, in German. Here is only Part 1, in Hebrew. From Dr. Israel Mehlman's private collection.

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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 215

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Leaf for Learning the Hebrew Alphabet – Bombai

A leaf for learning the letters of the Hebrew Alphabet and vowels. Bombai (India), [No date mentioned, c. 1930s].
One page divided into two columns, 23.5 cm. Very good condition.

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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 276

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A Picture of Rebbe Yeshaya Steiner of Kerestir – Segula

A printed photograph of Rebbe Yeshaya Steiner of Kerestir (called R' Yeshaya'le Kerestirir). [Hungary ? Beginning of 20th century].
The famous segula is well known, to hang his picture in the home as a protection from mice.
33 cm. Fair condition, stains and tears.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 214

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Mar’it Ha’Ayin L’HaChida – The Last Book that the Chida Printed During his Lifetime

Mar'it Ha'Ayin, explanations on Ein Ya'akov. Rabbi Chaim Yosef David Azulai - the Chida. Livorno, [1805]. First edition.
The last book that the Chida printed during his lifetime. From Leaf 71b, the Chida also printed some of the Masechtot Ketanot (Short Tractates): Kutim, Avadim, Temura, Gerim, with his notes and glosses. From Leaf 84b: Kuntress Batei HaNefesh - a commentary on the Passover Hagada.
94 leaves. 30 cm. Good condition, stains. New binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 97

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Likutei Torah Mahari – Lemberg, 1886 – Handwritten Glosses

Sefer Likutei Torah Mahari, Hassidic and Kabbalistic sayings on the Torah and festivals, by Rabbi Yissaschar Berish of Dolina, Lemberg, 1886. First edition.
Handwritten glosses.
The Rebbe Rabbi Yissaschar Berish Eichenstein (passed away in 1886), son of the Rebbe Rabbi Yitzchak Eizik of Zidichov. Among the prominent disciples of his father in the concealed wisdom, served as rabbi in Dolina.
[1], 46, [1] leaves. (Missing title page). 20 cm. Dry paper, good condition, torn and detached binding.
Very rare, majority of copies of book were burned in the conflagration which took place in Dolina in 1887.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 193

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Agudat Ezov – Biaֵ‚ystok, 1824 – Includes Rare Leaves of Omissions from 1828

Sefer Agudat Ezov, sermons for Shabbat and holidays, including pamphlet Alon Bechut - Eulogies on scholars of the generation. By the Ga'on Rabbi Moshe Ze'ev [Margaliot] Av Beit Din of Tykocin and Biaֵ‚ystok author of Marot HaTzovot. Biaֵ‚ystok, (1824). Approbations by Rabbi Akiva Eiger and giants of Lithuania.
Eulogy 1 on the Vilna Ga'on -"The divine and holy Kabbalist Rabbi Eliyahu HaChassid¦ Vilna". Additional eulogies on giants of his generation, Rabbi Chaim of Volozhin and others.
Contains additional leaves including 5 pages of omissions (sermons for Shabbat HaGadol 1826-1827), which were printed in 1828; rare leaves which do not appear in most copies.
Ownership notation:"Belongs to the exalted and famous rabbi¦ Rabbi Eliya Shapiro". Stamps in Cyrillic letters.
[2], 97, [3], [2] leaves. 34.5 cm. Good condition. Slight moth damage on inner margins, stains of usage. Old and worn binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 513

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Iva L’Moshav, the History of the Rabbis of Altona, Hamburg and Wandsbek – Important Handwritten Glosses

Iva L'Moshav, the history of the rabbis of the communities: Altona, Hamburg and Wandsbek, Yechezkel Dukess. Cracow, 1903.
An important book of the history of the communities of Altona, Hamburg and Wandsbek. With pictures of rabbis, Batei Knesset and tombstones. A number of glosses of historical value handwritten in the margins.
XVI; 140, [1]; XXXV pages, [3] photo plates. 21.5 cm. Good quality paper. Good condition. Few stains, slight tear to title page. Original binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 396

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Yefe To’ar VaYikra, Wilhermsdorf, 1714 – Signatures

Yefe To'ar, Midrash Raba VaYikra, with the commentary of Rabbi Shmuel Yaffe Ashkenasi. Wilhermsdorf, [1714].
At the top of the title page are three ancient signatures, the first has not been deciphered, the second is the signature of "Shmuel Hillman [---Metz?]", and the third: "Ila'a avar v'tata gavar, my name is Shmuel Katz of M---".
The second person that signed is apparently Rabbi Shmuel Hillman Rabbi of Manheim and Metz, (Otzar HaRabbanim 19126), a gaon and a mekubal, one of the most renowned leading scholars of the generation of the Pnei Yehoshua and Rabbi Yehonatan Eibeshitz. Born c. 1670 to his father, Rabbi Yisrael Halperin Rabbi of Kratchin (son in law of the Megale Amukot), a disciple of Rabbi Avraham Brode and a leader of Va'ad Arba Aratzot, he was one of the leading rabbis involved in the controversy between Rabbi Ya'akov Emden and Rabbi Yehonatan Eibeshitz. He died in 1766 and the author of Sha'agat Aryeh succeeded him in the rabbinate. The third person to sign is Rabbi Shmuel Katz [one of the rabbis of Nikolsburg?].
[2] 132 leaves, 34 cm. High quality paper, good-fair condition, moth damage and mildew to inner margins. Unbound.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 492

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Shana Tova Letter – Rabbi of Lubavitz to Rabbi of Stropkov

Letter by Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson the Rabbi of Lubavitz to the Rebbe Rabbi Yechezkel Shraga Halberstam of Stropkov. New York. Elul, (1952). Shana Tova letter to"Rabbi Yechezkel Shraga¦ in honor of the new year¦ I express my blessing, may he be written and sealed for a good and sweet year". Printed on reverse side of leaf:"Halberstam - Ramla" [recipient is Rabbi Yechezkel Shraga Lifshitz-Halberstam the Rebbe of Stropkov (1908-1995), who immigrated to Eretz Israel in 1949 and settled in Ramla, where he established his Beit Midrash. In 1953 he moved to Jerusalem and founded the Batei Midrash of the Stropkov Hassidism].
Official stationery, typewritten, with hand signature of the Rabbi. 22 cm. Good condition, creases and minor stains, filing holes.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 375

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Mishnayot Kaf Nachat – Offenbach, 1732 – Glosses and Signatures

Mishnayot, including Kaf Nachat commentary [by Rabbi Shneur Feivush son of Rabbi Ya'akov], Seder Kodshim and Seder Taharot. [Offenbach], [1732].
Separate title-page for Seder Taharot. The word"Amsterdam" is emphasized on title-pages. Colophon at end of book"¦ 26 Elul 1732¦".
Margins of leaves contain dozens of glosses in ancient Ashkenazi handwriting from the period of the print. Binding leaves contain signatures and ownership notation [from 1820] of"Yoel¦ Arper Segal¦". Signature and ex-libris of Rabbi Eliezer HaLevi Dunner (1876-1950, rabbi in Ragashani and in Koloni, author of Zichron Yosef Tzvi and more).
[1], 143-172, 175, 276, [2], 278-462, [4] leaves (pagination differs slightly from that which is listed in the Bibliography Institute CD, last leaf unlisted). 13.5 cm. Good condition. Stains, tears and wear on leaf margins. Number of detached leaves. Gilded paper cut. Ancient detached leather binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 66

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Menorah Tehorah – In Opposition of the Reformists – Rabbi Kopel Lewenstein – Schaffhausen, 1835

Minchah Tehorah - Menorah Tehorah, oder Das Reine Judenthum als Gegenstֳ¼ck. Schaffhausen, 1835. German (Hebrew title).
Polemic composition in defense of the tradition, which contains a reform interpretation for the Mitzvot and the Shulchan Aruch. Only book printed with Hebrew title which was printed in Schaffhausen.
The author: Rabbi Moshe Ya'akov Kopel HaLevi Lewenstein (1799-1869), among the great Torah scholars of Germany, friend from youth of author of the Aruch LaNer and disciple of his father - Rabbi Aharon Ettlinger; later on disciple of Rabbi Hirtz Shayer and Rabbi Moshe Tuvia Zundheimer. From 1829 served as Av Beit Din of Gaylengen using his position to oppose the reformists and to publish this composition. [For additional information related to him see attached material].
IIVX, [1], [21]-201 pages. 18 cm. Fair condition, stains and wear. Printed title cover.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 130

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Sefer Arugat HaBosem – Venice, 1602 – Signature by Rabbi Chaim Yitzchak Musafi

Sefer Arugat HaBosem, wisdom of the grammar and Holy Language, by Rabbi Shmuel Archevolti. Venice, [1602]. First edition.
Signatures and ownership notations in Italian handwriting. Last leaf contains signature in Oriental handwriting. Additional signature by Rabbi Chaim Yitzchak Musafi [inner margin also contains notations in his handwriting?]. Signatures"Avraham Ezriel" [Rabbi Avraham Ezriel, rabbi, Dayan and prominent community activist.
119 [instead of: 118] leaves (leaves 2-3 mistakenly bound after leaves 4-5). 19 cm. Good condition. Stains, restored tears on title page. Moth stains. Notations, stamps. Worn binding.

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