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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 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 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 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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Auction 16 Lot Number 482

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Collection of Kashrut Related Letters and Certificates

Collection of Kashrut-related letters from Rabbis and various public figures around the world. Letters from the Rabbis of Paris (France), Melbourne (Australia), Buenos-Aires (Argentina), Winnipeg (Canada); letters from Rabbi Ya'akov Eidelstein, Rabbi Yedidia Janowski; several letters from Rabbi Yehoshua Zelig Diskin, Av Beit Din of Pardes Hannah and more.
Approx. 24 letters and Kashrut certificates. Varying sizes and conditions. Good condition

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Auction 16 Lot Number 152

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Parashat Mordechai, Kemecse, 1930 – A Rare Stencil

Parashat Mordechai on the Torah and the festivals. By Rabbi Mordechai Leonorovitz Rabbi of Kemecse and its surroundings. Kemecse, 1930. First and limited edition printed by stencil printing (typewritten). Approbations of Rabbi Shimon Sofer Rabbi of Erlau, Rabbi Shalom Eliezer Halberstam of Ratzfert (son of the Divrei Chaim of Sanz), Rabbi Shaul Brach Rabbi of Kosice etc.
The author, Rabbi Mordechai Leonorovitz (1870-1925, HaChatam Sofer V'Talmidav, Page 595), disciple of the Shevet Sofer and his brother Shimon Sofer Rabbi of Erlau. Served as Rabbi of Kemecse from 1904, his son Rabbi Gedalia succeeded him as rabbi of the city and published the book.
[3], 47 leaves. 28 cm. Good condition. Original cover.
Very rare. The only Hebrew book printed in Kemecse (Hungary), does not appear in the Bibliography Institute CD. It appears in the Vinograd and Rosenfeld CD according to a copy from a private collection.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 408

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Sefer Be’er Eshek – Venice, 1674 – Handwritten Notations by Rabbi Zundel of Salant

Sefer Be'er Eshek, responsa in Halacha, by Rabbi Shabtai Be'er. Venice, [1674].
Title-page contains inscription to Rabbi David Weisskopf [Av Beit Din of Wallerstein?]. Ink-stamps of"Beit Midrash Menachem Zion in the Churva [ruins] of Rabbi Yehuda HaChasid in Jerusalem". Title-page and leaf 40 contain inscriptions:"To Midrash Menachem Zion", in the handwriting of the manager of the Beit Midrash - the righteous Rabbi Yosef Zundel of Salant [the handwriting is identical to that in Rabbi Zundel's signed notes, Kedem catalogue, auction 12 item 343].
Rabbi Shabtai Be'er, among the scholars of Italy and Jerusalem (passed away c. 1674). Several of the responses which were printed in the book spurred criticism toward him, as did Rabbi Azaria of Pano's testimony that the author was shaven, and also the author's lenience in permitting the make Kiddush and Havdalah over wine made by gentiles. The Rabach wrote in reference to him:"It is improper to rely on the author of Be'er Eshek".
In the period of confusion which ensued with the appearance of Shabtai Tzvi, a question was raised over whether it was appropriate to continue reciting early-morning lamentations over the galut. In this volume, Rabbi Shabtai Be'er replied that the lamentations should be recited until"we emerge from slavery to redemption¦".
[4], 134 leaves. 19.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, moth damage, tears, paper glue restoration on last leaves. New binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 515

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Memory-Booklet with Many Ornaments – Meir Kunstadt – Vienna

Trauer-Album [mourning album]. Booklet in memory of 11 members of the Scharmann and Tauber families who passed away between 1891-1924. Hebrew and German.
Ornamented leaf for each deceased member with his name, death date and death anniversary for many years. Continuation of album contains various prayers related to accompaniment of deceased, with numerous illustrations by the Viennese artist Meir Kunstadt, some of sites in Eretz Israel. Last leaf contains handwritten notations.
23 pages, 25.5 cm. Good condition. Binding slightly damaged. Inner binding unoriginal.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 67

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Collection of Responsa and Polemic booklets

1. Kuntress Metzitza, about the mitzvah of metzitza during a brit milah (circumcision). Rabbi Yosef Margoliot-Yaffe Rabbi of Rogendorf. Pressburg, [1900].
2. Pinui Atzmot Meitim (Removal of the bones of the dead), by Rabbi Yechiel Ya'akov Weinberg. Berlin, 1926.
3. A responsum about kosher and non-kosher wines for mitzvah use. By Levi Ginzburg. New-York [-Philadelphia], 1922.
4. Tefillat Chaim, on prayer, Rabbi Chaim Reuven Rubinstein, Rabbi of Yurburg Kaunas Region Part 1: (Including a responsum from Rabbi Moshe Mordechai Epstein and four responsa from Rabbi Yosef Razin the Gaon of Rogatchov), with a medical article in German. Vilna, 1913. (+an additional leaf of approbation after printing, author's stamps and handwritten dedication).
4 booklets, varied size and condition, generally good condition.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 270

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Bina LeItim / Yad Charuzim – First Editions

1. Bina LeItim, sermons, by Rabbi Azaria Pigo. Venice, [1648]. First edition.
[4], 200, 12 leaves, 28 cm. Good-fair condition. Minor moth damage, tears and damage on first and last leaves. New binding with leather spine. (Leaf 165/2: Lengthy gloss in Oriental-Italian handwriting, slightly cut off).
2. Yad Charuzim, collection of all the rhymes by Rabbi Gershom Chefetz. Venice, [1700]. First edition.
72, [4] leaves, 18 cm. Thick high-quality Italian paper. Good condition, unoriginal binding.

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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 153

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Three Books – Maharam Alshich

Three books by Rabbi Moshe Alshich:
1. Sefer Romemot Eel, on Tehillim. Amsterdam, 1695.
2. Sefer Yarim Moshe, on Avot Tractate. Fֳ¼rth, (1764). Moth damages, various ownership signatures in ancient handwritings, from the city of Yergen [adjacent to Pressburg].
3. Sefer Torat Moshe, on the Tora. Amsterdam, (1777). Approbation and Chiddushei Torah by Rabbi Shual Av Beit Din of Amsterdam. Various ownership stamps and signatures.
Various sizes and conditions, very good to fair.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 207

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Sha’ar Yosef – The Chida’s First Book

Sha'ar Yosef, novellae on Tractate Horayot and responsa, by Rabbi Chaim Yosef David Azulai [the Chida]. Livorno, [1756]. The Chida's first book that was printed in his lifetime.
On title page and additional leaves, stamps of Rabbi Chaim Berlin, and several corrections in his handwriting.
16 pages; 120, 40 leaves. 29 cm. Good condition. Stains. A few tears, few moth marks. Antique semi-leather [damaged] binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 90

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Orchot Tzadikim, Zholkva, 1771 – Bibliographically Unknown Edition

Sefer Orchot Tzaddikim, Zholkva, 1771."Printing press¦ Rabbi David son of Rabbi Menachem Mann¦ and his brother-in-law Rabbi Chaim David son of Rabbi Aharon Segal¦ and his cousin Rabbi Ze'ev Wolf son of Rabbi Gershon Segal¦ grandsons of Rabbi Uri Feibush who previously owned a printing press in Amsterdam".
Bibliographically unknown edition, does not appear in the National Library or in the Bibliography Institute CD. This edition was listed in the Winograd and Rosenfeld CD according to this copy.
[165] leaves. 14.5 cm. Fair condition, wear and stains of usage, old worn binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 314

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Manuscript Novellae on Topics – 1878-1886

A notebook of Torah novella on various topics and aggada, Hungary (Halych-Galanta, 1878-1846).
At the beginning of the notebook, various signatures and inscriptions in Hebrew and in a foreign language, signatures Yisrael Zvi Reich who studies by the Rabbi of Halych, inscription of buying the notebook on credit by Shmuel Ehrental and additional signatures. Included in the Torah novellae are many things in the name of "my Father, Teacher and Rabbi in Halych" and novellae that "Hashem has granted me". Apparently, it was written by two students of the Halych Yeshiva. Most of the thoughts are written by Rabbi Shmuel Ehrental, who signs at the end of Leaf 50/2 - "¦ it is correct, Shmuel Ehrental". In another place written in the margin: "This Torah was written by the young man R' Shmuel Ehrental who is soon to be married". The place where some of the Torah novellae were written appears at the top: Galanta 1883-1886.
The renowned Rabbi Eliezer Zusman author of Yalkut Eliezer (1828-1903, HaChatam Sofer V'Talmidav pages 63-65) was Rabbi of Halych at that time. He was born in Pressburg and studied by the Chatam Sofer and the Ktav Sofer, served as Rabbi and Dean of the Halych Yeshiva from 1857-1886, and in 1886, he succeeded his father in law Rabbi Yo'el Unger in the Paksch rabbinate. He wrote many books: Et Sofer, Sefer HaMikneh, Damesek Eliezer, Yalkut Eliezer, etc.
A large notebook c. 28.5 cm. Most of the leaves are empty, c. 28 written pages. Good condition, few stains and wear, detached worn cover.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 101

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Amarot Tehorot, by Rabbi Menachem Azaria of Fano – Signature and Gloss

Amarot Tehorot, five articles from the book Asarah Ma'amarot by Rabbi Menachem Azaria - the Rama of Fano. With the Yad Yehuda commentary, by Rabbi Yehuda Leib "from the group of bnei Yeshiva in Frankfurt and Rabbi of the community and the countries of Magentza". Frankfurt am Main, 1698. Illustrated title page.
Ancient handwritten signature from the time of print, of "Simcha son of Ya'akov Segal". On Leaf 33 is a long gloss in same handwriting.
[2], 143 leaves; 98 leaves. 19.5 cm. Good-fair condition, many moth damages. Decorated leather binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 229

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Collection of Books Printed in Russia-Poland

Total of 6 books. Various sizes and conditions. Fair conditions. See list in the Hebrew description

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Auction 16 Lot Number 336

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Remnants of Manuscripts – Mishneh Torah L’Rambam – Yemen

Remnants of manuscript Mishneh Torah - HaYad HaChazaka L'Rambam, from archive. [Yemen, 15th-17th century?].
Yemenite manuscripts of Mishneh Torah L'Rambam were known for their extreme accuracy since they are based upon manuscripts which were sent to Yemen during the lifetime of the author. A slight change may be observed in these leaves in comparison to the regular editions of Mishneh Torah (in the Shabtai Frankel edition the version was proofread based upon Yemenite manuscripts).
Dozens of remnants of leaves, with varying degrees of defects, poor to very poor condition. Chapter titles in red ink.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 432

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Gur Aryeh – Livorno, 1846 – Author’s Dedication

Gur Aryeh, novellae on the Talmud and the Rambam, rules of the Talmud. Rabbi Mas'ud Chermon. Livorno, [1846].
On title page, author's handwritten and signed dedication: "A gift to my soulmate the chacham¦ Rabbi Eliyahu Karsinti¦ and with him the dear son¦ the Chacham Rabbi Nissim Kasinti¦ from the author¦ Mas'ud Chermon". Two glosses in Oriental handwriting.
Rabbi Mas'ud Chermon (died 1866), Rabbi and teacher in Wahran (Algeria), see: Malchei Yeshurun, page 104.
[3], 224 leaves. 30 cm. Good condition. Stains, few moth marks. Stamps. Old binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 496

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Letters from Rabbis and Leaders of the Yemenite Jewish Communities in Israel

Collection of letters, receipts and more from the leaders and rabbis of the Yemenite communities in Israel, years 1937-1958.
Among the letters: a letter from year 1943 by Rabbi Shalom son of Rabbi Yechiya Yitzhak Ha-Levi, Rabbi of the Jaffa-Tel-Aviv Yemenite community describing the situation of the Jews of Sana'a:"¦[The Jews] of Sana'a are literally starving [to death] and reading their letters would deeply trouble you. My heart bleeds as I hear of their dire predicament in particular and of the situation of the Sana'a Jews in general. May Hashem have mercy on them¦".
15 Paper items, varying sizes and conditions.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 475

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Letters of Rabbis and Protocols of Arbitration

Letters of rabbis, letters and protocols, of arbitrations between Rabbi Mattityahu Chaim Tzeitlin and his heirs, and the management of the Diskin Orphanage. 1953-1954.
The deliberation was about assets donated by Mr. Tzeitlin to the orphanage carried out in a completed contract. Afterwards, Mr. Tzeitlin changed his mind, and demanded the orphanage to return the assets to his family. Many meetings took place about this issue, and in the meantime, the claimant died and his widow continued the claim. Later, the deliberations passed from the first arbitrators, Mr. Shmuel Eden of Jerusalem and Mr. Shmuel Stern of Tel Aviv to a rabbinical arbitration. These are some of the protocols and letters concerning that deliberation, including letters of testimony, bills of arbitration and authorization.
Signatures of: Rabbi Reuven Katz, Rabbi Yitzchak Meir Ben-Menachem, Rabbi Mordechai Yaffe-Schlesinger, Rabbi Yosef Blumenfeld, Rabbi Shlomo Shimshon Karelitz etc.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 230

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Four Books – Vilna

4 books printed in Vilna, bound together. See list in the Hebrew description

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Auction 16 Lot Number 262

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Collection of Books and Booklets – Biographies of Rabbis and Rebbes

Total of 18 books and booklets, various sizes and conditions. See list in the Hebrew description

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Auction 16 Lot Number 390

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Moreh Nevuchim – Warsaw, 1872 – Glosses

Sefer Moreh Nevuchim L'Rambam, including commentaries, Section 1. Warsaw, 1872.
Blank leaf bound between each two leaves for the purpose of writing comments. These leaves as well as leaves of book contain commentaries, glosses and lengthy comments in English.
[2], 133 leaves (missing: 131-133). 23 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, wear and tear, scotch tape. Several detached leaves. Dry paper.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 497

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Two Letters by Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, and Three Letters to Him

Shana Tova letter, by Rabbi Ovadia Yosef chief rabbi of Israel, to the well-known philanthropist Mr. Edmond Safra and his brothers: Eli, Moshe and Yosef. Tishrei 1977. Letter of Halachic response written upon a postcard. Cheshvan 1961. (Approx. 20 lines in his handwriting and signature).
Letters to Rabbi Ovadia Yosef by Minister of Welfare and Social Services Zvulun Hammer, Minister of Security Ezer Weitzman, and Professor Avner Chai Shaki. 1974-1977.
5 letters, of which 4 are written upon official stationery, various sizes and conditions, good.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 156

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Tehilim, Diglei Hodaya V’Hamitzvah – Talisman book

Tehillim, with the books Diglei Hodaya V'Hamitzvah and Mamtakei Yehuda on the 613 mitzvot, by Rabbi Yehuda Yudel Landau of Jerusalem. [Jozefow, 1875]. Two title pages, the first in golden letters.
Many approbations by Ashkenasi and Sefardi scholars in Eretz Yisrael, Turkey and Poland. Including approbation by Rebbe David of Tolna who blesses those who buy the book "with blessing and success and all their wishes should be fulfilled". Also an approbation by Rebbe Avraham HaMagid of Trisk who blesses the buyers "that the merit of Torah should protect them and they should be blessed with the triple blessing of scholarly children, long life and abundant livelihood". Many laws and customs of Chassidic leaders.
[12 pages], 3-13 leaves (Leaf 10 is missing); 233 leaves, (without Seder Ma'amadot). 21 cm. Dry paper, fair condition, tears and pasting. Elaborately decorated old leather binding.
Some of the first leaves of approbations and introductions do not appear in the bibliographic listings. The Bibliographic Institute CD notes that they have not seen the first of the two title pages.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 220

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Five Jerusalem Printings

1. Sefer Zivchei Shlamim, sections 1-2, on Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur prayers, intents during Shofar blowing and order of service on Yom Kippur. By Rabbi Moshe Cordovero (Ramak). Jerusalem, 1883. (S. HaLevi 418).
2. Sefer Toraht Zevach, laws of slaughtering, Rabbi Chaim David Chazan. Jerusalem, 1884. (S. HaLevi 475).
3. Sefer Sha'arei Dima HaShalem, includes Ma'aneh Lashon and addendums. First publication. Jerusalem, c. 1898. (Bibliographically unknown edition - contains illustrations of Holy Sites).
4. Sefer Bein HaShmashot, with time charts. Rabbi Michael Tokatzinski. Jerusalem, 1929.
5. Gift chart and membership certificate, for the year 1935, by the Torah V'Yirah Association. Jerusalem, 1935. (Filled out in typewriting and handwriting).
Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 519

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A Collection of Handwritten Calendars – For 1947-1963 – USSR

14 handwritten notebooks of calendars, apparently written under Soviet rule in the USSR. Detailed calendars for: 1947, 1950-1960.
In the 1958 calendar, the writer hints to his living in a forsaken land and to his prayer that Hashem should revenge the dictator's rule when copying the verse "Be joyous and happy Bat Edom who dwells in Eretz Utz...".
14 notebooks (with covers printed in Russian). 15-17 cm. Good condition, stains, tear.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 167

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Passover Hagadda – Be’ur Yitzchak – Breuna, 1790

Passover Hagadda, with the commentary Be'ur Yitzchak, by Rabbi Yitzchak Zekel HaLevi Shpitz. Breuna, 1790. Bound with the book: Pri Etz Hadar, on the Torah [Breishit], by his son Rabbi Yechiel Michel Shpitz [Rabbi of Hadiacz]. Breuna, 1790.
On title page: "Yitzchak HaLevi son of the author of Sefer Birkat Yitzchak" - The words Sefer Birkat Yitzchak are emphasized in especially large letters. At the top of the first title page is a dedication in faded handwriting: "To¦ R' Avraham ---".
On the title pages of both books the Jewish year 5549 contradicts the Gregorian date.
56; 20 leaves. 21 cm. Fair condition. Wine stains, extensive moth damage [primarily to inner margins]. Without covers, detached leaves. Owners' inscriptions.
From Dr. Israel Mehlman's private collection.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 391

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Ein Ya’akov – A Whole set with Glosses

Ein Ya'akov, a compilation of all aggadot and midrashim in the Talmud. With all commentators. Parts 1-5. Vilna, 1911-1913.
Dozens of glosses of deep content, handwriting of rabbis of the time of print, owner's inscription in block handwriting, Rabbi "Ya'akov Shechter Rabbi in Galatz", apparently, Rabbi Ya'akov Shechter (1888-1972, Otzar HaRabbanim 9953), Rabbi in Galatz, Manchester and Belfast, author of Likutei Ya'akov and Shema Ya'akov.
5 volumes, dry brittle paper, good-fair condition. Worn original bindings.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 242

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Sefer Ge’ulat Israel and Additional Books of Musar and Hassidism

Approx. 19 cm. Various conditions, good-fair. Old worn binding. Signatures Rabbi"Shmuel son of Rabbi Y.A.L. Deitch". Signatures of Rabbi Baruch David Klein of Stropkov (among the disciples and relatives of Rabbi Yechezkel of Shinova - See attached material). See list in the Hebrew description

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Auction 16 Lot Number 349

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Manuscript Yizkor – Italy

Manuscript, Sefer Tefillot L'Hazkarat Neshamot, Italy, [19th century?].
Versions of Yizkor, for the souls of men, women and children, in the unique version of Italian Jews. The sections with variances between singular and plural and the like were written in colored ink. Nice calligraphic writing, on thick high-quality paper (imitation parchment).
7 leaves, 17 cm. Good condition, use marks and inscriptions. Worn binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 520

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Calendars – Germany / Hungary

1. Volume which contains miniature calendars printed in Hungary (several calendars printed in Vienna), for the years 1855-1918. Blank leaves bound between calendars, in which names of family members, death anniversaries, etc. were added in handwriting. 12 cm. volume, fair condition.
2. Maphteach Likboa Ittim, edited by L. Cohen. Rees am Rhein, 1879. Calendars for the years 1750-1950. At end folded sheet:"Order of reading of the Shabbat Torah portions for all the years". Handwritten additions; glued newspaper clippings. Loose binding and leaves.

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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 136

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Five Megillot / Nevi’im Rishonim – Venice, 1594-1595

Five Megillot; Nevi'im Rishonim. Venice, [1594-1595].
Two sections of the Bible which was printed in Venice in the same year, with Rashi's commentary.
1. Five Megillot. Abridged title page and"introduction for Rashi on Shir HaShirim". 258-296 leaves.
2. Nevi'im Rishonim. Illustrated title page. [297]-447 leaves.
Volume of 20 cm. Fair-poor condition. Tears and moth damage. Old leather binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 168

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Passover Haggada – HaMarbeh L’Saper – Karlsruhe, 1791

Passover Haggada, "with a new commentary HaMarbeh L'Saper¦ ". Karlsruhs, 1791.
The commentary was written by Rabbi Yedidya Tia Weil Rabbi of Karlsruhe, who wrote anonymously, and even wrote an approbation to this book [The commentary in his handwriting was found in the National Library. Manuscript no. 8ֲ°2744].
52 leaves. 21.5 cm. Good condition, stains.
From Dr. Israel Mehlman's private collection.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 190

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Study Books for Youth – Italy Printings

Collection of tractates, with commentary of Rabbi Ovadia of Bartenura,"for the education of the youth". Rigio, [1809]. (Margins uncut in print). * Chanoch LaNa'ar,"to instill in children¦". Pirenzi, [1826]. (Missing 2 leaves following title-page, one replaced in handwriting). * Sefer Mavo HaLimud,"to educate the children in the reading of the letters¦". Livorno, [1858].
3 books. Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 382

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Responsa Nodah B’Yehuda – Signatures and Glosses of Rabbi Shmuel Rozovsky

Responsa Nodah B'Yehuda, Even HaEzer and Choshen Mishpat, first and second edition. Vilna, 1902. Signatures of Rabbi Shmuel Rozovsky, a number of scholarly glosses in his handwriting.
Rabbi Shmuel Rozovsky (1913-1979), son of Rabbi Michel David Rabbi of Grodno. Son in law of Rabbi Zvi Pesach Frank Rabbi of Jerusalem. He studied in the Grodno Yeshivah, by Rabbi Shimon Shkop, in the Mir Yeshivah in Poland and in the Lomza Yeshivah in Petach Tikva .Even before he married, he was appointed as the first Rosh Metivta in Ponovezh Yeshiva and his classes drew many students to the yeshiva. He passed on the Torah he learned in yeshivot in Lithuania to the new generation in Eretz Yisrael. He greatly influenced all the Torah world of our generation. After his death, his writings and the writings of his students were published in the books Shiurei Rabbi Shmuel and Zichron Shmuel.
30.5 cm. Poor condition, dry paper and heavy damage, damaged cover, leather back.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 446

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Collection of Books with Inscriptions by Authors

1. Sefer Limudei HaShem, second section of Sefer Tefilat Kol Peh. Literary collection from books of the Chida [Rabbi Chaim Yosef David Azulai], laws, prayers and supplications, Rabbi Avraham Ankava. Livorno, [1848]. (Inscription in handwriting and signature of author. Missing leaves 31-34 of second count).
2. Sefer Divrei Eliyahu, sermons for High Holy Days, festivals and yearly Shabbatot, by Rabbi Eliyahu Gordon. Vilna, 1903. (Inscription in handwriting of author).
3. Sefer Charuzei Margaliot, sermons for various occasions, by Rabbi Gavriel Ze'ev Wolf Margaliot [son-in-law of Rabbi Nachum of Horodna]. Jerusalem, [1912]. (Inscription in handwriting and signature of author).
4. Sefer Ktzot HaShulchan, Section Six [Hilchot Shabbat], by Rabbi Avraham Chaim Na'eh. Jerusalem, [1939]. (Inscription in handwriting and signature of author).
5. Sefer Ma'aseh Rakam, includes three compositions: Tosfot HaRosh on Kiddushin Tractate, and Chiddushim on Kiddushin Tractate and Bava Metzia Tractate, by Rabbi Yitzchak Koriat. Pisa, [1806]. (Handwritten inscription, by publisher?).
Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 105

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Olam Barur – Zholkva, 1800 / Olam Va’ed – Lvov, 1811

Olam Barur, "Explanations¦ truthful introductions¦ lofty wisdom¦" [kabbalistic homiletics], by Rabbi Eliezer Fishel of Strzyֵ¼ֳ³w. [Zholkva], [c. 1800].
Bound with: Olam Va'ed - Kuntress HaEbronot, about calculations of Tkufot (Jewish periods of time), by Rabbi Eliezer Fishel of Strzyֵ¼ֳ³w. [Lvov], [1811].
Rabbi Eliezer Fishel of Strzyֵ¼ֳ³w (1740-1812, Encyclopedia L'Chachmei Galicia 211-212), a mekubal and preacher. His other kabbalistic works also start with the word Olam (Olam Echad, Olam Hafuch, Olam HaGadol). Served as preacher in Brody.
[2], 56; [8] leaves. 18.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, moth marks. Worn, detached binding. Stamps and owners' inscriptions on Vorzats.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 425

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Collection of Books from Library of Rabbi Yisrael Welcz Chief Av Beit Din of Budapest

Collection of books from the library of Rabbi Yisrael Welcz chief Av Beit Din of Budapest.
The Ga'on Rabbi Yisrael Welcz (1887-1974. Otzar HaRabbanim 11910), rabbi in Tinia and chief Av Beit Din of Budapest; immigrated to Eretz Israel in 1946 where he was known as one of the greatest rabbis, participated in the editing and management of Otzar HaPoskim [treasury of Halachic rulings] and more. Author of Chok L'Yisrael.
Total of 11 books in nine volumes. Various sizes and conditions. All books contain stamps of the Rabbi from various periods. See list in the Hebrew description

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Auction 16 Lot Number 489

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Letter by Rabbi Shmuel Ehrenfeld Av Beit Din of Mattersdorf

Letter by the Ga'on Rabbi Shmuel Ehrenfeld; condolence letter to Rabbi Baruch Duvdevani upon the death of his wife. New York, [1966]. Approx. 11 lines written in his handwriting along with his full signature.
The Ga'on Rabbi Shmuel Ehrenfeld (1895-1980), Av Beit Din and Rosh Mativta of Mattersdorf (Hungary) from 1926. Rosh Yeshiva of Chatan Sofer in Mattersdorf and Brooklyn. Founder of Mattersdorf Campus in Jerusalem. Among the greatest Torah giants in the USA and known for his aristocracy. Son and successor of Rabbi Simcha Bunim Av Beit Din of Mattersdorf and grandson of author of Chatan Sofer.
Official stationery, 28 cm. Good condition.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 404

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Sefer Zohar HaRakia – Signature of Rabbi Eliyahu Doshnitzer

Sefer Zohar HaRakia, on the warnings of Rabbi Shlomo Ibn Gvirol, by Rabbi Shimon Bar Tzemach Doran [HaTashbetz]. Vilna, 1879.
Leaf of back cover contains signature of Rabbi"Eliya Katz Doshnitzer". Title-page contains stamp of son-in-law of Rabbi Eliyahu, Rabbi"Gershon Chanoch Fishman", and additional stamp (Rabbi Ziskind Rosenberg slaughterer and examiner of Platzk). Leaf 34 contains handwritten gloss which begins,"In my humble opinion I would interpret¦".
The righteous Rabbi Eliyahu Doshnitzer (1876-1949), student of Telz and Slabodka Yeshivot, was among the most outstanding disciples of the Chafetz Chaim in Kollel Kodshim. [Was among the group sent by the Chafetz Chaim to remove the"dybbuk", and who stated that he is a righteous person]. Following Rabbi Yerucham Leibowitz's departure of the Radin Yeshiva he was appointed as Mashgiach in his place, and from 1926 served as spiritual leader of the Lomza Yeshiva in Petach Tikvah. His lessons were recorded in the book Nachlat Eliyahu, edited by his disciple Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky. At his funeral, the Chazon Ish stated that he was one of the 36 righteous men of the generation.
His son-in-law, the Ga'on Rabbi Chanoch Fishman (1900-1966), Rabbi of Rutki-Kossaki in the region of Lomza. In 1938 he immigrated to Eretz Israel and served as Rabbi of Herzliya for twenty eight years. His erudite books: Simchat HaChag, Mi HaChag, and Sfeika DeRabanan, were recently published in a new edition.
120 pages. 20.5 cm. Good condition, stains. New cardboard binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 436

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S’deh Chemed – Dedication in the Author’s Handwriting

S'deh Chemed, by Rabbi Chaim Chizkiyahu Medini. First part of second volume, letters Alef-Gimel, Warsaw, 1891.
Printed dedication leaf filled in the author's handwriting glued to the back of the title page. Ink-stamp of Rabbi"Chaim Chizkiyahu Medini [¦]Qarasuvbazar". [Most of the dedications were filled by his scribes; it is rare to find a dedication is his own holy handwriting]
Rabbi Chaim Chizkiyahu Medini, (1833-1905) was born in Jerusalem, served as rabbi in Krim and Hebron; a tremendous scholar. Compiled the Torah Encyclopedia on his own, tens of volumes of "S'deh Chemed", and other books.
[4], 3-7, 4-564, 32.5 cm. Fair condition. Slight moth damage. Tears around the leaves' edges. Detached and worn leaves. Worn and dismantled binding.
Edition ending in p.564, [some editions have 568 pp.].

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Auction 16 Lot Number 319

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Manuscript Rabbi Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz

A handwritten leaf, from Minchat Yehuda on Tractate Gittin, by Rabbi Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz. [c. 1970].
Title of leaf Minchat Yehuda. Content matches the first edition of his book which is different from second edition printed in 1989.
2 written leaves, c. 22 cm. Fair condition, tears and creases, plastic covered with lamination.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 351

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Manuscript – Goralot

Manuscript, Goralot. Instructions for casting lots. Oriental Rashi script [Italy ?, 18th-19th century].
1. Combinations of holy names and instructions how to cast lots by means of a Chumash.
2. Goral Niflah - A chart of letters, with a detailed reader of results in Alphabetical order.
On the last page is a colophon: "I have copied from a manuscript of a book of cures Ashkenazi writing".
[7] pages. 21 cm. Good condition. Fancy leather binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 138

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Mikra’ot Gedolot – Nevi’im Achronim – Venice, 1618

Mikra'ot Gedolot, Nevi'im Achronim, with Targum, Rashi, Radak and the Mesora. Venice, 1618.
[1], 442-668. 41 cm. Fair condition. Moisture stains, mildew marks. Moth marks on binding. Restorations to title page and last leaf. Censor erasing and handwritten substitutes, owners' inscriptions.
Contradiction between the Hebrew date (5377), and the Gregorian date MDCXVIII (1618).

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Auction 16 Lot Number 170

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Passover Haggada – Ma’ale Beit Chorin – Bialistok, 1806

Ma'ale Beit Chorin - Passover Haggada, with commentaries of the Alshich, the Shla, Gur Aryeh [by the Maharal] and Ollelot Efraim [by the author of the Kli Yakar], etc. Bialistok, 1806.
[1]. 46. [1] leaves. 31.5 cm. Fair condition. Stains, moth marks, tape restorations. Erased owners' inscriptions, new binding.
From Dr. Israel Mehlman's private collection.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 149

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Set of Chumashim – Torat Emet – Amsterdam, 1827

Torat Emet, Tikun Sofrim, Chamisha Chumshei Tora, includes Rashi's commentary, Haftarot, prayers and poems. Amsterdam, [1827].
Five volume set. Proofread and accurate edition based on earlier Torah scrolls and chumashim.
Double title-pages in all volumes. First title-page contains illustrated copper engraving.
Bamidbar contains a printed (detached) leaf from the publisher of the Chumashim"I am filled with praise to the Almighty for having completed the publication of Sefer Torat Emet¦ Amsterdam¦ 1828¦". This leaf is bibliography unknown.
Varying pagination [Bamidbar contains an additional 6 leaf pamphlet, listing those who signed on the Chumahsim. Leaves unlisted in Bibliography Institute], 18-20 cm. General condition good, stained. Margins of Bamidbar uncut in print. Two volumes are without binding, two have antique leather bindings, [one imprinted with name of owner], and one volumes is simply bound.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 309

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Sermon in Handwriting of the Rishon L’Zion Rabbi Ben-Tzion Chai Uziel – Salonika, 1921

Manuscript, sermon handwritten by Rabbi Ben-Tzion Chai Uziel, Salonika, Shabbat Kalla, the 5th of Sivan 1921.
Rabbi Ben-Tzion Chai Uziel (1881-1953) was born in Jerusalem to Rabbi Yosef Refael of a family with a long lineage of Jerusalem rabbis, descendants of the Chikrei Lev. At age 20, he was appointed rabbi in the Tiferet Yerushalayim Yeshiva and in 1910, Sefardi rabbi of Yaffo. In 1921, he went to Salonika (Greece) to serve as Chief Rabbi [where he wrote this sermon], and in 1923, he returned to serve as Chief Rabbi of Tel-Aviv Yaffo. In 1939, he was in London as an emissary and representative of the Yishuv in Eretz Yisrael, and that same year was appointed as Chief Rabbi and Rishon L'Zion in Eretz Yisrael. Some of his books: Mishpetei Uziel, Michmanei Uziel, HaShofet V'HaMishpat, etc.
[5] written pages. 26 cm. Very good condition.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 437

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Sefer HaMitzvot L’HaRambam – Signature of Rabbi Azriel Hildesheimer and Dedication to Him

Sefer HaMitzvot L'HaRambam, with commentaries and novellae of the Mahardam Rabbi Dov Berush Meislesh Rabbi of Cracow. Warsaw, 1870.
A dedication (cutoff) handwritten by the author's grandson Rabbi Yehuda Leibush to Rabbi Azriel Hildesheimer Rabbi of Adat Yisrael Berlin. Rabbi Azriel Hildesheimer's signature, stamp in a foreign language and his grandson's bookmark Azriel Hildesheimer.
Rabbi Azriel Hildesheimer (1820-1899) was a prominent Torah authority of his generation. Disciple of the author of Aruch LaNer and of Rabbi Yitzchak Bernays of Hamburg, he was Rabbi of Eisenstadt in 1851-1869, where he established one of the major Yeshivot of Hungary and Germany. In 1869, he was appointed Rabbi of Berlin, where he established the Beit Midrash LaRabbanim. He led Orthodox Jewry in Germany.
[4], 174 leaves. 25 cm. Good condition. Loose binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 352

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Manuscript Shirat Heichal for the Dedication of The Beit Knesset – Cunio (Italy), 1786

Manuscript, "An introduction to my poem - Shirat Heichal", poetic lists on the dedication of the Beit Knesset HaGadol of the city of Cunio (Italy), [1786]. The rabbi of the city Rabbi Yedidya ben Refael Shlomo [HaLevi] and the wealthy man Rabbi Shmuel Galiko are mentioned in the manuscript. [In honor of the dedication of the Beit Knesset several pamphlets of poems were published: Todah V'Kol Zimra (Livorno 1786) and Seder Zemirot V'Limud (Livorno 1876). We have not seen them and we do not know if what is written in this manuscript was printed there].
3 pages, 20.5 cm. Good condition. Written in Italian Rabbinic handwriting.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 480

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Letters by Rabbi Ovadia Hadaya and his son

Three letters of halachic responsa, on the laws of Stam, ketubot and teshuva (about Shabbat desecration), handwritten and signed by Rabbi Ovadia Hadaya, 1960-1962.
A letter from his son Rabbi Shalom Hadaya on stationary of the Yeshivat HaMekubalim Beit El. 1974.
Rabbi Ovadia Hadaya (1890-1969), was one of the leading rabbis and mekubalim of Jerusalem. He was born in Aleppo (Halab), and immigrated to Jerusalem in 1898. He was Rosh Yeshiva of Porat Yosef in its formative years, a dayan in Jerusalem, Chief Rabbi of Petach Tikva and a member of the Beit Din HaGadol and the Council of the Chief Rabbinate. Founder and Head of Beit El Yeshiva for mekubalim in New Jerusalem, he wrote many books of halacha and aggada: Yaskil Avdi responsa, eight volumes, Deah V'Haskel on kabala, and many other books. His son Rabbi Shalom [Mordechai Chaim] Hadaya, (1926), succeeded his father as head of Beit El Yeshiva.
3 postcards, written on both sides, the son's letter is on official stationary.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 512

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Synagogue Regulations and Single Leaves from Brazil

Tfilin, filacterios. Booklet of instruction for the placing of phylacteries and the reciting of Kaddish, publication of Chabad Youth Association. Sֳ£o Paulo. *"Estatutos da Sinagoga Shaar-Hashamaim" [Regulations of Sha'ar HaShamayim Synagogue]. (Belֳ©m do Parֳ¡), 1911, 1943, 1951 (3 booklets). * Oraֳ§ֳ₪o para ser dita no Arvit de Yom Hakipurim [Arvit Prayer for Yom Kippur]. Single leaf. [Brazil], Tishrei [1974]. * Prezados Consֳ³cios. Single leaf for members of the Jewish congregation, enumerates the revenues and expenditures of the congregation during the High Holy Days. [Brazil, 1970's].
Total of 4 booklets and 2 single leaves, various sizes, good condition, varies.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 203

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Sefer Ne’ot Ya’akov – Izmir, 1761 – Glosses – Stamps of Rabbi Chaim Berlin

Sefer Ne'ot Ya'akov, responsa and Drushim for the yearly Shabbatot and festivals, includes a commentary on the Haggadah and Sefer Ma'aneh Lashon, by Rabbi Yisrael Ya'akov Algazi. Izmir [1761].
Leaves 24-79 contain pamphlet Get Mekushar attributed to the son of the author who printed the book - the Maharit Algazi.
Stamps of the Ga'on Rabbi Chaim Berlin. Ownership notation upon title-page in Italian handwriting:"Was allotted to me by my family, David Hartom". Additional glosses in Italian handwriting throughout book [one by the abovementioned, and the remaining from a different writer].
[2], 79; 61; 39; 6 leaves (leaves 4-5 glued upside down). 29.5 cm. Good-fair condition, stains, detached leaves. Leaf 29 contains glued paper with damaged text. Detached and worn binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 395

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Etz Chaim (Koritz) – Stamp of Rabbi Chaim of Pinsk and Glosses

Sefer Etz Chaim by Rabbi Chaim Vital. [Koritz, 1782. First edition].
Numerous handwritten glosses of corrections and completion of print omissions.
Leaf 20 contains fine stamp of"Chaim son of Rabbi Peretz Katz of Vilna from the congregation of Pinsk" - The Ga'on Rabbi Chaim Katz Rappaport son of Rabbi Peretz of Vilna, served as rabbi of Pinsk for approximately twenty years from 1807. In 1826 he immigrated to Eretz Israel and was among the leaders of the community of Prushim in Safed and in Eretz Israel. Passed away in 1831 and great miracles took place at his funeral - see attached material. His son-in-law, Rabbi Yechiel Michael Weingarten, is the Rebbe of Lovoshov (Encyclopedia of Hassidism, 2, page 215).
Incomplete copy, 3-151 leaves. (Instead of: [1], 152 leaves]. 31.5 cm. Fair condition, wear and stains.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 427

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Collection of Books with Signatures

5 books, various sizes and conditions. See list in the Hebrew description

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Auction 16 Lot Number 86

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Ohr Zaru’ah – Zhitomir, 1862

Sefer Ohr Zaru'ah, first and second sections by Rabbeinu Yitzchak of Vienna. Zhitomir, 1862. Printing press of Rabbi Chanina Lipa and Rabbi Yehoshua Heschel Shapira, grandsons of the Rabbi of Slavita. First edition from manuscript.
Many ink stamps:"Belongs to the Tolner Kloiz of Uman" [synagogue of the Tolner Hassidim in the city of Uman].
[2], 232 pages; 4, 184 pages. 38.5 cm., high-quality paper, good condition, some wear and stains. Unbound.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 225

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Two Books – Venice – 16th-17th Century

1. Korban Aharon, commentary on the Sifra [with text], by Rabbi Aharon Ebn Chaim. Venice, 1609-1611. First edition. (On Leaf 110/2, gloss in ancient Ashkenazi handwriting).
139; 302, [4] leaves (Leaves 1-7 are missing and substituted with photocopy. Leaf [1] was mistakenly bound before Leaf 302). 17.5 cm. Good condition, stains, minor moth marks in several leaves.
2. Yalkut Shimoni, Part 2, on Nevi'im and Ketuvim. Venice, [1566].
Missing book. Leaves 40-162 (instead of 190 leaves. Missing: Nevi'im Rishonim. Volume has Nevi'im Achronim and Ketuvim with the exception of the Megillot) 19 cm. Fair-poor condition. Stains, heavy moth damage [especially near binding], traces of mildew. Worn binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 88

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Three Books – Zhitomir

1. Mishnayot Seder Nashim, Zhitomir, 1857. Printing press of Rabbi Aryeh Leib Shapira, grandson of the Rabbi of Slavita. (Fair condition, moth damage and stains). Numerous stamps including a handwritten signature of the Rebbe of Alick-Safed:"Aharon son of Rabbi Zvi Aryeh of Alick rabbi of Stretin" - Rabbi Aharon Brandwein son of Rabbi Zvi Aryeh of Pleschen (of the Alick-Stretin dynasty), raised in the home of his mother's uncle, Rabbi Yisrael of Ruzhin, who appointed him in his youth as Rebbe and gave him a Kvitel and a Pidyon. Immigrated to Eretz Israel and settled in Safed where he served as one of the Torah giants of the Hassidic community.
2. Mishnayot, Seder Taharot. Zhitomir, 1862. Printing press of Rabbi Aryeh Leib Shapira, grandson of the Rabbi of Slavita.
3. Tur Even HaEzer. Zhitomir, 1858. Printing press of Rabbi Chanina Lipa and Rabbi Yehoshua Heschel Shapira, grandsons of the Rabbi of Slavita. (Good condition, missing last leaf of indexes).
Various sizes and conditions, books 1-2 in fine original leather bindings, damaged.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 57

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Handwritten Document – Stipulations Preceding Wedding – Prague, 18th century

BeMazal Tov; document of Tna'im [stipulations] preceding wedding, arranged between Reichel and Yisrael Bondi, a Jewish couple from Prague and their son, the groom Lֳ¶b, and between Miriam and Bezalel Sobotki and their virgin daughter Genendel, who intend to get married. German.
Includes 14 clauses regarding the ring, dowry in cash, type and value of reciprocal gifts; obligations of the Bondi family to enable their son to join their business for two years and to grant him partnership in their commerce in Prague, specification of the clothing and housewares which the parents of the bride obligate to give their daughter, and more. The 14th and lengthiest clause, specifies the division of fortune and conditions of last will and testament, in the case that the groom or bride depart from this world between the time of the signing of the stipulations and the date of the wedding, or at a later stage, G-D forbid, with or without children.
Date is blurry and difficult to decipher; end of document contains signature of parents of both families as well as additional signatures.
[4] Handwritten pages upon thick paper, 28.5X45.5 cm. Fair-good condition. Tears on folding marks, stains.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 281

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Collection of Photographs of Jews – Including Rabbis – Photographs from the 19th Century

24 portrait photographs and studio photographs of Jewish men and rabbis. Europe, end of 19th century and the 20th century.
9 are early photographs (end of 19th century), from various cities: Stanislav, France, Vienna (one is dated 1881), Cracow (one is dated 1868), Brody, and other places.
14 are photographs from the 20th century, reproductions of photographs from the 19th century and photographs of well-known rabbis, (a photograph of an ancient picture of the Chatam Sofer, etc.).
Varied size and condition.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 507

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Pnei Aryeh \ Mayim Chaim

Sefer Pnei Aryeh, Responsa, Section 1, by Rabbi Aryeh Leib of Breslau [Av Beit Din of Rotterdam]. Amsterdam, [1790]. The famous banker Rabbi Chaim Salomon who was a close friend to several American Presidents, is mentioned in Chapter 41.
Bound with: Sefer Mayim Chaim, Chiddushim on the Shas and the Rambam, responsa by Rabbi Chizkiya di Silva [author of Pri Chadash]. Amsterdam, [1730].
44 leaves; [3], 106 leaves. 29.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Wear on first leaves, scotch tape. Stains, tear. Damaged binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 316

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Manuscript To’ameha Chaim Zachu – Rabbi Aharon Shlomo Maharil

Manuscript by the Holy Rabbi Aharon Shlomo Maharil, passages of his book To'ameha Chaim Zachu.
The holy Ga'on Rabbi Aharon Shlomo Maharil author of To'ameha Chaim Zachu (Otzar HaRabbanim 1884), among the greatest Kabbalists in Lithuania and Jerusalem, born in Zagare, Lithuania. Disciple-associate of the famous Kabbalist author of the Leshem. Immigrated to Jerusalem in 1909 and was known as one of the greatest elderly Kabbalists in Jerusalem and leaders of the Sha'ar HaShamayim Yeshiva. Author of To'ameha Chaim Zachu, 3 sections (commentary on Sefer Etz Chaim by Rabbi Chaim Vital) as well as many other books. Passed away in Jerusalem in Cheshvan (1938).
7 leaves, 14 written pages. Approx. 21 cm. Good condition, stains.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 157

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Miniature Tehilim with Illustrations of Musical Instruments – Vilna, 1900

Tehilim with illustrations of musical instruments¦ and a picture of King David. Vilna, 1900.
Leaf 2 contains illustration of King David. Various illustrations of musical instruments throughout book. Although title page lists 1900 as year of printing, it is possible that it is actually a later stereotype printing.
176 leaves (352 pages), 7 cm. Good condition. Original semi-leather binding, slightly loose. Several loose leaves.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 413

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Barech Moshe Responsa – Stamps of Rabbi Nachum Dover Friedman of Sadigura

Sefer Barech Moshe, responsa, by Rabbi Moshe Galante. Livorno, [1809].
Title-page contains two stamps of the Rebbe Rabbi Nachum Dover Friedman of Sadigura; one stamp with image of lion in its center,"Nachum Dover Friedman", and second stamp"monetary purchase".
The Rebbe Rabbi Nachum Dover Friedman (passed away in 1883, Otzar HaRabbanim 15912), son of the Rebbe Rabbi Shalom Yosef of Ruzhin, and son-in-law of his uncle, the Rebbe Rabbi Avraham Ya'akov of Sadigura - the holy sons of Rabbi Yisrael of Ruzhin. [For information related to his valuable library see Kedem catalogue, auction 12, item 356].
[2], 169 leaves. 29 cm. Good condition, stains. Worn and detached binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 472

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Letter to Union of Orthodox Rabbis in USA

Collection of letters to Union of Orthodox Rabbis in USA and Canada. Majority of letters arrived from branches of Mizrachi Union in various countries: Jerusalem, USA, Poland, Transylvania, Berlin, and more. Majority of letters are from 1922, as a response to the initiative of the Union of Rabbis to assemble a worldwide congress of Orthodox Jewry, which was to include the Mizrachi associations and Agudat Yisrael from all countries. Letters regarding various interesting topics by Rabbi Meir Berlin (Bar-Ilan), from the years 1922-1948, one of which pertains to the false publication of a fraudulent letter by Rabbi Kook to Rabbi Chaim Ozer in Vilna, regarding assistance to victims of the 1929 Palestinian riots.
12 letters, 14 leaves, upon official stationery, with signatures of writers and their stamps. Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 278

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Photographs of Slabodka Yeshiva Students and Hebreon Yeshiva – 1930

Two photographs of young men, students of Knesset Yisrael-Slobodka Yeshiva in Hebron and Slabodka. [c. 1930].
1) Photographs of Rabbi Yitzchak Hutner and Rabbi Dov Zochovsky and another young man. [Photographed in Jerusalem - "Aroshkes Photographers Eretz Yisrael].
2) Picture of five young men, of a group of men who traveled to study in Slabodka Yeshiva abroad in 1930 (after the 1929 pogrom). Rabbi Dov Zochovsky, [Rabbi Eliezer Goldshmidt ?], Rabbi Yitzchak Hutner, Rabbi Moshe Tikochinsky and Rabbi Zevulun Graz. Photographed in Kovno near Slabodka.].
2 photographs, good condition, creases to Photograph 1 and glue marks on reverse side of Photograph 2.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 161

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Birat Migdal Oz – Berdichev 1836

Birat Migdal Oz, Part 3 of Rabbi Ya'akov Emden's siddur. Berdichev, 1836. Second edition, with the approbation of Rabbi Yisrael of Ruzhin.
Part 3 of the siddur "Paltin Beit El", arranged by Rabbi Ya'akov Emden, Altuna 1735-1737.
This part has: Seder Brit Milah, the laws and customs from a person's birth until his death, methods of education, laws of Kashrut, ethics and philosophy etc
Owner's signatures and stamps: Moshe son of Avraham Zelig.
Missing copy: [3], 5-239 leaves (originally: [4], 5-262, [3] leaves). C. 18 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and moth damage. Worn semi-leather binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 417

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Erech Shai – Signature of Rabbi Yehuda Greenwald Rabbi of Satmar

Erech Shai, on Choshen Mishpat. Rabbi Shlomo Yehuda Tabak. Siget, 1891. First edition.
Signature of Rabbi Yehuda Greenwald, Rabbi and Rosh Yeshiva of Satmar (1848-1920), a leading Rabbi and Rosh Yeshiva in Hungary.
Many stamps of Rabbi "Avraham Chanoch, of Arta Satmar" - Rabbi Avraham Chanoch Freidman (1866-perished in the Holocaust), son of the Chatam Sofer's daughter, trusted disciple of his uncle Rabbi Yehuda Greenwald, who adopted him as a son and married him to his niece. He edited and published the works of his teacher Rabbi Greenwald and of his grandfather the Chatam Sofer.
[1], 165, [8] leaves. 37 cm. Dry paper, good condition, minor damages. Detached torn binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 204

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Eshel Avraham – Frankfurt am Main, 1747 – Important Signatures and Stamps

Eshel Avraham, novellae on the Talmud by Rabbi Avraham Broide, with the glosses Ohel Moshe, by his son Moshe Broide. Frankfurt am Main, [1747].
On title page, signatures of Rabbi Chaim Berlin and his stamps on title page and on book leaves. Stamps of Rabbi "Noach son of R' Y.A. Shachor of Biala" - Rabbi Noach Shachor (died 1910, Otzar HaRabbanim 15823), was a great Torah genius, a disciple of the Saraph of Kotzk, Rabbi in Biala. He was the brother in law of Rabbi Chaim Berlin and father in law of Rebbe Avraham Mordechai Alter of Gur, author of Imrei Emet.
Signatures "Yisrael son of¦ Yechiel Michel Shwartz-Sheild" who was a "trusted scribe here in Frankfurt am Main" and his son Rabbi Yehuda Leib who succeeded his father as scribe and trusted leader of the community in Frankfurt am Main. Another signature: David Yudel Kaufman and stamp Yosef Nathan son of R' A. HaCohen.
[2], 200 leaves. 32.5 cm. Good condition, stains, moth marks. New binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 173

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Passover Haggada – Ma’ase Nissim – Zholkeva, 1835

Passover Haggada, with commentary Ma'ase Nissim, by Rabbi Ya'akov Lorberbaum [author of Chavot Da'at and Netivot HaMishpat]. Zholkeva, 1835.
At the beginning of the book are the laws of blessings and Seder night. At the end of the book are the rules of the laws of muktza.
On Leaf [4]/2 there is a gloss in Ashkenazi handwriting.
[5], 28 [should be: 25] leaves. 21.5 cm. Wide left margins not cut in printing. Good condition, stains, wear to margins. Stamp. New binding.
From Dr. Israel Mehlman's private collection.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 280

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Collection of Pictures

Collection of family pictures and pictures of rabbis of the family members. Volkovinitz and Ostroh. Early 20th century.
Captions on reverse side of pictures. 2 pictures of"The Uncle" Rabbi Shmuel Zilberstein Av Beit Din of Castophol near Robna, (1860-1932)"father of Natan Zilberstein who was injured in Jerusalem and was killed in the 1838 pogroms". Picture of"my uncle - my mother's brother, Rabbi Moshe of Dombrovna - in Serbia". Picture of"The Grandfather, father of father, Rabbi Sho'el [!] Rabbi in Volkovinitz (Ukraine)" and picture of his son"uncle Rabbi Leibish of Volkovinitz near Proskrov".
Number of pictures of the uncle Rabbi (Ya'akov) Fischel and his family members - Rabbi Ya'akov Fischel Feldenkreis (1876-1921), immigrated with his family from Austria (Vohlin) to Petach Tikva in 1920. On the 25th of Nisan 1921 he led a group of 6 pioneers who walked to Jaffa, to protect the Jews of the city during the pogroms; they were all killed on the way. See attached material.
12 pictures, various sizes and conditions. Captions on reverse side of majority of pictures. (One picture includes letter and post stamp from Ostroh from the year 1914).

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Auction 16 Lot Number 185

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Shisha Sidrei Mishna – Stamps and Glosses by Rabbi Neta Zvi Weiss

Mishnayot, with Tiferet Yisrael, six sections 1-6. Vilna, 1891.
Stamps and several brief glosses (glosses on Avot tractate and more), by the notable Jerusalemite Maggid [preacher], the righteous Rabbi"Neta Zvi Weiss - native of Jerusalem" (1873-1918), among the close disciples of the Maharil Diskin for seven years and among the very few who eulogized him; Halachic remarks are cited in his name in Lu'ach L'Eretz Israel by Rabbi Yechiel Michael Tokatzinski.
6 volumes, approx. 22.5 cm. Good and good-fair conditions. Original bindings with ornate leather spines.

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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 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 133

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Concordance – Basel, 1632 – Fancy Copy

Concordantiae Bibliorum Hebraicae, by Johannis Buxtorfi (Senior). Basel, 1632. At the end, a chart of the parshiot. Has Hebrew title page: Concordance on Daniel and Ezra; Printed at end of chart of parshiot is a colophon: "Printed in Basilea by the order of the Praiseworthy Master Ludwig Koenig and in his home in 1630, [but actually the book was printed two years later].
At beginning of book, a Roman introduction of Johannis Buxtorfi Junior, who completed the concordance, based on the concordance Me'ir Netiv of Rabbi Yitzchak Nathan (see previous item).
Thick fancy volume, 19 pages, [456] leaves, 41 cm. Good condition. Second leaf missing and substituted with photocopy and likewise the bottom part of the tenth leaf. Tears and damage to margins of first and last leaves. Stains. Thick wooden binding covered with leather (partly new) and antique parchment, with buckle remnants.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 208

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Ohr Yekarot – Chiddushei HaRitba on Yoma – Constantinople, 1754

Sefer Ohr Yekarot, Chiddushim on the Shas, the Rambam and Poskim - collections on the Torah of Rabbi Meir Yitzchaki. Includes Chiddusei HaRitba on Yoma Tractate [separate title page], published by Rabbi Chaim Moda'i. Constantinople, [1754]. First edition of Chiddushei HaRitba on this tractate. Leaves of book contain two corrections and handwritten signatures"Ovadia Ashkenazi" [possibly Rabbi Ovadia Ashkenazi, Dayan in Constantinople between the years 1789-1790]. Title page contains handwritten notation by Rabbi Chaim Berlin, listing the tractates for which there are Chiddushim in this book.
[2], 67; 14; [1], 36 leaves. 30 cm. Good-fair condition, stains, few moth stains. Simple binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 211

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Ateret Paz / Rimon Peretz – Altona, 1823

Sefer Ateret Paz, Chiddushei Halachot and commentaries by Halachic rulers on Tractate Beitzah, by Rabbi Peretz Zabel Eiger. Altona, [1823]. Approbations by his cousin the Ga'on Rabbi Akiva Eiger, the Chatam Sofer and additional rabbis. Bound together with: Rimon Peretz, Chiddushei Halachot and commentaries by Halachic rulers on Tractate Ketubot, by abovementioned author. Altona, [1823].
Numerous stamps of Rabbi"Chaim Berlin son of the Netziv", several comments and corrections in his handwriting.
[4], 45 leaves; 68 leaves. 33.5 cm. Good condition. Semi-leather binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 467

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A Letter of Authorization to a Shochet from Rabbi Yosef Chaim Zonnenfeld

A letter of authorization to a shochet on checking his knife. By Rabbi Yosef Chaim Zonnenfeld "Rabbi of the Ashkenazi communities in Jerusalem". 26th of Elul 1925.
There is old custom in Jerusalem, during the days of selichot and mercy, the Rabbis of the Batei Din check the kashrut of the shochatim regarding their knowledge of preparing the knives according to halachic demands.
Official stationary, with full signature and stamp. 22.5 cm. Very good condition.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 393

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Two Books with Glosses by Rabbi Refael Saban – Chief Rabbi of Turkey

1) Radvaz Responsa, Rabbi David Ebn Zimra. Parts 1-2. Sudilkov, 1836. Inside the book are more than 30 handwritten glosses and notations some signed D.R.S. - Rabbi Refael Saban, Chief Rabbi of Turkey.
2). Ikarei Dinim [Ikarei (D.T.) Daniel Tirani], Parts 1-2, on Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim and Yoreh Deah. Rabbi Daniel Tirani. Sudilkov, 1835.
Several scholarly glosses, signed D.R.S.
Rabbi Raphael David Saban (1877-1961), a leading Constantinople (Istanbul) scholar, outstanding Torah genius of Halacha and aggada. Served in rabbinic positions from the age of 20. In 1953, he was appointed Chacham Bashi - head of the Rabbis of the Turkish Kingdom. 2 books, size 36 cm. Good quality bluish paper, good-fair condition, moth damage. Non-original binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 52

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A Collection of Printed Leaves – Jerusalem

A collection of single leaves, receipts and prospects of institutes, polemic proclamations and festive leaves printed in Jerusalem, 1875-1948.
Amongst the leaves, a proclamation Gezeirat Irin - letters from leaders throughout the times, (including a letter by Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdichev) about the charity of Rabbi Meir Ba'al HaNess, Jerusalem, [1889]; Baruch Ata B'Vo'echa - Ushpizin, for hanging in the Succah; receipts from Kollel Sighet presided by Rabbi Chaim Zvi Teitelbaum, 1915; To remove a stumbling block - regarding the position of tefillin, Jerusalem, 1937. *Tena'im L'Purim - written humorously in the style of tena'im. Jerusalem, [later than 1920]. Bibliographically unknown. Other various items.
C. 15 paper items, varied size and condition, good condition to fair-poor.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 342

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A Collection of Manuscripts – Ketubot, Gittin and Shtarot

A collection of manuscripts. Ketubot, gittin, shtarot and ma'ase Beit Din.
A varied collection, including: remnants of a ketuba from Yemen, from 1794; Ma'ase Beit Din [Ashkenaz], 1824; Ma'ase Beit Din, Cuba (Azerbaijan) 1893; Tena'im shtarot from Jerusalem, from 1882 and 1921; Notice (on sale of house), Sefad 1902; A Yemenite ketuba from Rehovot, 1912; Two Gittin forms, Marrakesh (Morroco), 1960. A ketuba on parchment, Newlotes (Iran-India area?), 1944; testimony of a woman's divorce, Eden (Yemen), 1954, etc.
Total of 13 leaves. Varied size and condition (some are not whole).

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Auction 16 Lot Number 406

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Sefer Knesset HaGedolah – Signatures by Rabbi Ya’akov Antebi

Sefer Knesset HaGedolah, Orach Chaim section, by Rabbi Chaim Benbenishti. Livorno, 1791. Second edition.
Inscription in Oriental handwriting. Signatures"Ya'akov Antebi" - Apparently signature of the Ga'on Rabbi Ya'akov Antebi (passed away in 1847), Av Beit Din of Damascus. Merited being referred to as"sacred" after being brutally tortured during the Damascus Affair, after which he left his city and immigrated to Eretz Israel [for additional information related to him see: L'Kedoshim Asher B'Eretz Israel, page 145].
3, 162 leaves. 29 cm. Good condition, stains. Ancient damaged binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 449

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A Letter By Rabbi Ya’akov Bashan to Rabbi David Berlin Rabbi of Altona, Hamburg, Wandsbek – Hamburg, 1769

A letter handwritten and signed by Rabbi Ya'akov Bashan, to Rabbi David Berlin Rabbi of Altona, Hamburg and Wandsbek. Hamburg, 1769.
"Thank you for the good you have done for me, Hamburg Leaders¦ but the tzaddik's prayers have achieved half, since they have only sent a third of what the Altona community has sent¦ and the completion of the mitzvah is yet to be done to speak to the Wandsbek community¦ and The True Helper will abundantly prepare our sustenance and all our needs with plenty from His Full Hands that we should not need other people's help and that we should be amongst the givers and helpers and not the receivers¦ ".
Rabbi Ya'akov Bashan, born in Amsterdam, Rabbi of the Sefardi community of Hamburg. Some attribute the book Yashresh Ya'akov (Altona 1668) to him that he published under the name of Rabbi Ya'akov Babani of Sefad [who was staying at that time in Hamburg]. He was the Ramchal's companion and admirer. After he began to write a book of ethics with a chapter about the way to acquire righteousness, he saw the Ramchal's manuscript of Mesilat Yesharim, and therefore hid his work and became the initiator, proofreader and publisher of Mesilat Yesharim (see his introduction to the first edition of the book).
The recipient, Rabbi David Berlin (died 1771, Otzar HaRabbanim 4732), son of Rabbi Aryeh Leib Mochiach and brother of Rabbi Yeshaya Pik Berlin. Rabbi of Communities Altona, Hamburg, Wandsbek until his death [see: Ducas, Iva L'Moshav, pages 59-63].
14 cm. Good condition, stains.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 108

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Single Leaves – Incunabula

Four Incunabula leaves.
Three leaves of Bible edition, with translation and commentary of Radak and Ralbag. Liria (Portugal), [1494]. (Leaves 4-6, of pamphlet 47 [Shmuel 2, 21]. Damages with omission of text on upper margins, professionally restored).
Leaf of Sefer Mitzvot Gadol (Smag) by Rabbi Moshe of Kotzi. Soncino, [1488]. (Leaf 4 of pamphlet 5 [chapter 81- negative commandments]. Professionally restored margins).
Total of 4 leaves. Various sizes. Good condition, stains.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 143

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Toldot Aharon / Toldot Ya’akov, Amsterdam 1652 – Einei Avraham, Amsterdam, 1627-1628

Toldot Aharon, an index to Chazal sayings in the Talmud, arranged according to the order of the Bible. Rabbi Aharon of Pesaro. Amsterdam, 1652. With Toldot Ya'akov, a supplementary to this index by Rabbi Ya'akov Sasportas. Amsterdam, 1652. Shmuel ben Sueiro Printers.
Bound with: Einei Avraham, an index to Chazal sayings in the Midrashim arranged according to the order of the Bible. Rabbi Avraham Di Ponshika. Amsterdam, 1627-1628. Daniel Di Ponshika Printing.
[158] leaves; [32 leaves]; 5-153, [2] leaves. (Einei Avraham is missing 6 leaves - the original: 153, [4] leaves). 18 cm. High quality paper, good-fair condition, stains and wear, moth marks. New binding.

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Letters of Rabbis of the Halberstam Family

1. A letter handwritten and signed by Rebbe Yisrael Halberstam of Zhmigrod, to Rabbi Shmuel Shadrovetsky [Chairman of Agudat Yisrael in Tel Aviv], requesting "to send packages to Russia to our family¦ ", with a letter from his brother Rabbi Aryeh Leibush Halberstam - The Rebbe of Tzam-Zhmigrod. Jerusalem, 1944.
2. A letter handwritten and signed by Rabbi Moshe Halberstam Ra'avad of the Eidah HaCharedit, to Rabbi Shmuel Shadrovetsky. He mentions "our grandfather author of Or LaShamayim of Apta¦ ". Jerusalem, 1968.
3. An official postcard by Rebbe Ya'akov Halbestam of Tschakowa with letters and signatures of his sons: Rabbi Meir Halberstam, Rabbi Naftali Halberstam, his wife Mrs. Eidel Dina, his daughter Mrs. Feiga and her husband Rabbi Yehoshua Malovetsky. The postcard was sent to Rabbi Shmuel Shadrovetsky, with blessings for the New Year and hope for good tidings from "our brothers who are in the 'Valley of Tears'". Jerusalem, 1944.
The renowned Torah scholars Rabbi Moshe Halberstam (1932-2002) Ra'avad of the Eidah HaChareidit in Jerusalem, Rabbi Naftali Halberstam (born in 1928) the Rebbe of Tschakowa and Chairman of the Kashrut Committee of the Eidah HaChareidit, and Rabbi Meir Halberstam (born 1927) Rebbi of Tschakowa-Bnei Brak, the sons of Rebbe Ya'akov Halberstam of Tschakowa (1902-1968), son of Rebbe Sinai of Kolashitz and Zhmigrod and great-grandson of the author of the Divrei Chaim. Rabbi Ya'akov's brothers are: Rabbi Yisrael Halberstam (1911-2007) the Rebbe of Zhmigrod, and Rabbi Aryeh Leibush Halberstam (1912-2007) Rebbe of Sanz-Zhmigrod. Rebbe Ya'akov's wife is Rebbetzin Eidel Dina Halberstam, daughter of Rebbe Shalom Moskowitz of Shotz.
3 leaves. Official stationary. Varied size. Good condition.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 411

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Collection of Books – Signatures and Stamps of Eminent Rabbis

Collection of books with signatures of stamps of renowned eminent rabbis of Jerusalem:
1) Mishnat Avraham, laws of Stam (Scribal writing of Torah scrolls, tefillin and mezuzot). Zhitomer, 1868. Stamp (slightly erased) of Rabbi "Yitzchak Blazer formerly Rabbi¦ of Petersburg". (1837-1907).
2) Har HaMoriah, on the Rambam. Warsaw 1889. Stamp of the Aderet, Rabbi "Eliyahu David son of the Gaon Rabbi Binyamin Rabinowitz, Mir". (1843-1905).
3) Aruch LaNer, on Tractate Succah. With Bikurei Ya'akov. Altona 1858. Stamp of the Gaon of Kutna author of Za'it Ra'anan (1794-1865), "Moshe Yehuda Leib som of Binyamin Rabbi of Kutna and later of Jerusalem". Stamps and long dedication signed by his grandson Rabbi "Menachem Mendel HaLevi Walman of Warsaw" who gave the book to Rabbi Chaim Yehuda Leib Auerbach (1887-1954), who signed the book and stamped it "¦ son of Rabbi Avraham Dov¦ of Chmielnik".
4-5) Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Shvu'ot and Avoda Zara, and Tractate Chulin, Vienna, 1865. Owner's inscriptions and signature and few glosses by Rabbi Moshe Nachum Wallenstein (1841-1922) Ra'avad of Jerusalem.
Total of 5 books, varied size and condition, good-fair.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 134

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Torah and Nevi’im Rishonim – Hollow Letters

Torah and Nevi'im Rishonim, [Hamburg, 1588].
First vol. of one of the Bible editions printed between 1586-1589 in Hamburg where "root" letters (letters which comprise the word's etymologic root) appear in regular font, and "non-root" letters are printed in a hollow font. Root letters were inserted in smaller fonts on top of every word.
pp. 3-772. [Incomplete copy, missing the Nevi'im Acharonim, the Ketuvim, the Latin title pages and introductions. Includes the Nevi'im Rishonim title page]. 34.5 cm. Good-fair condition, wear and restorations. Numerous remarks in antique Latin handwriting. Damaged binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 166

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Passover Haggada – Arba Yesodot – Offenbach, 1789

Passover Haggada, Arba Yesodot. Offenbach, [1789].
With Yiddish commentary Arba Yesodot (foundations), from which only two foundations were printed: "Yesod HaYir'ah and Yesod HaAhava. [The other two: Yesod HaAvodah and Yesod HaBracha were not printed]. That same year, another similar edition, slightly abridged, was printed in that same place.
46 leaves. 21 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and wear, minor restoration to first leaf. New binding. Ancient owner's signature.
From Dr. Israel Mehlman's private collection.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 454

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Torah Reinforcement Leaf with Close to 70 Signatures

Leaf with numerous signatures, the following bit of inscription appears on the leaf header"All the regulations detailed in the previous leaf¦ [are meant] to reinforce Torah practice, and they have taken upon themselves to fulfill everything that is mentioned there, and with faith they have signed [this leaf]". [Bialystok? c.1840].
Over 70 signatures, based on the names, it appears that the signatories belonged to a group of Torah scholars in the town of Bialystok and its surroundings dating back to the early 1840's. Featured signatures: Rabbi Gershon¦; Rabbi Menachem Nachum Tsazmir [1806-1886, disciple of the Chatam Sofer, was ABD of Zalishtshik, wandered in several places in the towns of Lithuania and Poland as well]; Rabbi Yechiel Duber Volkovisky [among the noble-men of Bialystok, Rabbi Eliezer Ha-Babli author of the Sefer Ha-Tzava learned at his Beit Midrash for about forty two years]. Rabbi Moshe Eliezer Eisenstadt [apparently the grandfather of Rabbi Dr. Moshe Eliezer Eisenstadt, 1869-1944]; Rabbi Mordechai son of Rabbi Shimon [Rabbi Mordechai Rogoznitzki, who emigrated from Bialystok to Jerusalem and whose name is signed on Kollel documents from Horodna between 1870-1880]; Rabbi David Avraham Kempner [1821-1892, author of Le-Mateh Yehuda, native of Polzk resident of Bialystok; Rabbi Chaim Shaul son of Rabbi Mordechai Pines of Volkovysk and many more names.
2pp. 31cm approx. Fair condition, tears, tear affecting the header's text.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 252

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Eight Haggadot Printed in North Africa

Total of 8 books, various sizes and conditions. See list in the Hebrew description

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Auction 16 Lot Number 487

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Ten Letters from the Admor of Helmetz

Collection of letters from Admor Rabbi Chananya Yom Tov Lipa Deutsch ABD of Helmetz, Cleveland-Brooklyn, 1951-1982. Most letters were sent to Rabbi Zvi Ha-Cohen Gross, some are Shana Tova greetings and blessings for various events.
The Holy Gaon Rabbi Chananya Yom Tov Lipa Deutsch (1905-c.1991) of the eldest Admors in the USA. Learned by the"Levushei Mordechai" during his youth. Served as rabbi of several Jewish Hungarian communities. Lived in Cleveland and Brooklyn after the Holocaust. Invested a lot of effort with his relative the Admor of Satmar to bring USA and worldwide Mikvaot up to an acceptable standard of Kashrut. Corresponded with rabbis worldwide. Author of the"Taharat Yom Tov" 20 vol.
10 letters, 9 of which are written on official letter paper. Good conditions.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 370

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Shalmei Tzibbur – Salonika 1790 – Signature and Comments

Shalmei Tzibbur, laws of prayer and synagogue customs for weekdays, by Rabbi Yisrael Ya'akov Algazi. Salonika [1790].
Published by son of author, Rabbi Yom Tov Algazi. [This copy does not include the addendum Shalmei Chagiga].
Ownership signature upon title page"Misha'el Bitran" [among the Torah scholars of Constantinople; his signature appears upon the ruling of the Beit Din in Kfar Haskoy - Constantinople in the year 1843 in the book Ot Hi Le'olam leaf 69. The Bitran family was known as a family of Torah scholars in Constantinople]. Number of handwritten comments throughout book in two types of Oriental handwritings.
[3], 191; 331-342 leaves (6 index leaves missing), 20 cm. Good condition. Stained. Creases on corners of some leaves.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 434

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Minhagei Kehillat Fiorda – Fֳ¼rth, 1767

A book of the customs of our community - including customs for the whole year, the Torah portions and haftarot and special prayers for various occasions, that were customary in the Fֳ¼rth community, by Rabbi Yisrael and Rabbi Kapil sons of Rabbi Gumpil. Fֳ¼rth, [1767].
Ancient owners' signatures. A [cutoff] dedication "¦ Rosh Chodesh Adar 1776 from Rabbi Kapil¦ " [possibly, the owner received the book from one of the authors]. Stamps Yechiel Glass.
[1], 35 pages. 18.5 cm. Good condition, stains. New binding.
From Dr. Israel Mehlman's private collection.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 232

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Ten Books of Hassidism

Various sizes and conditions. See list in the Hebrew description

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Auction 16 Lot Number 488

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A Letter by Rabbi Dov Sokolovsky and the Rebbe of Toldot Aharon

A letter by Rabbi Dov Sokolovsky to the Board of The Diskin Orphanage, requesting permission to use the orphanage building for the Kaminetz Yeshiva. Jerusalem, 1973. At the end of the letter, signatures and short approbations by the orphanage board members, including a handwritten and signed letter by the Rebbe of Toldot Aharon [who was a board member of the institute], "I too agree to all the above and it is a great mitzvah to strengthen Torah study, with my blessings, Avraham Yitzchak Kahn".
Rabbi Dov Sokolovsky (1897-1988), a disciple of the Chafetz Chaim and son in law of Rabbi Avraham Zvi Kamai, Rabbi of Mir was one of the most prominent G-d fearing Torah scholars in Jerusalem.
Rabbi Avraham Yitzhak Kahn, born in Sefad in 1914, was disciple of Rebbe Yoel Teitelbaum in the Satmar Yeshiva where he became close to his father-in-law's circle that were involved in pure service of Hashem. After his father-in-law's death in 1947, Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak was appointed Rebbe of a new Hassidic dynasty that became one of the leading dominant dynasties of Chassidic customs in Jerusalem, opposing Zionism and religious antagonism. He died in 1997, and another new Hassidic dynasty "Toldot Avraham Yitzhak" is named after him.
27.5 cm. Good condition, light creases.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 243

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Collection of Books of Hassidism (Chabad)

5 books. Various sizes and conditions. See list in the Hebrew description

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Auction 16 Lot Number 63

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Rabbi Mordechai Eliezer Weber’s Books – Jerusalem, 1885-1889

Seven books bound together, by the Gaon of Ada - Rabbi Mordechai Eliezer Weber (1822-1892).
One with self-dedication: "The author's son¦ Bentzion¦ Weber¦ Shlomo Michael¦ Neches [Rabbi in Los Angeles, author of Alfa Beta D'Avot] has given me all these books as a gift"
Most books on various tractates.
7 books. 32 cm. Good-fair condition. Wear and tears. Dry brittle paper. Detached leaves and binding. See list in the Hebrew description

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Auction 16 Lot Number 383

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Midrash Rabba – Numerous Handwritten Glosses

Midrash Rabba including all commentaries. Second section: Vayikra, Bamidbar, Devarim and the Five Megillot. Vilna, 1887. Numerous glosses (over fifty) in Ashkenazi handwriting from the printing period, containing commentaries, Chiddushim and themes for sermons.
37.5 cm. Fair condition, dry paper with wear and tear. Glosses on outer margins slightly cut off. Old binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 245

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Articles of Chabad Hassidism – Warsaw / Riga

1-15. Articles and lectures by Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn of Lubavitch. Pamphlets 3, 4, 6, 10, 11, 13-18, 21-23. Riga, [1929-1933].
16-24. Articles by the Rebbe Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak of Lubavitch. Warsaw, [1934-1940]. Pamphlets 24, 28, 29, 36, 38-42.
Varying condition. Some printed upon dry and fragile paper; some pamphlets sewn together. See list in the Hebrew description

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Auction 16 Lot Number 438

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Even Ha-Ezel – Author’s Dedication and Handwritten Corrections

Even Ha-Ezel on Maimonides, Vol. 1-2, Hilchot Nizkei Mamon [financial damages] and Nezikin [damages]. Rabbi Isser Zalman Meltzer. Jerusalem (1935). First edition.
Handwritten and signed dedication by the author Rabbi"Isser Zalman Meltzer". Handwritten glosses and corrections [by author?].
Rabbi Isser Zalman Meltzer (1870-1954), author of "Even Ha'ezel", disciple of Rabbi Chaim of Brisk in the Yeshiva of Volozhin, was the Av Beit Din and Rosh Yeshiva of Slutsk. Moved to Jerusalem in 1924 and was appointed head teacher in the "Etz Chaim" Yeshiva. Of the heads of "Moetzet Gedolei HaTorah". Father in law of Rabbi Aharon Kotler, dean of the Kletzk and Lakewood Yeshivas.
[2], 86, [1]; 72 leaves. 33.5 cm. Good condition. Restored binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 321

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Manuscript – Rabbi Ya’akov Leib Levi, Brother of Rabbi Nachum of Shadik

Manuscript by the Ga'on Rabbi Ya'akov Yehudah Leib Levi, Chiddushim on Parashat Bereshit, Lech Lecha and Vayikra. [Jerusalem], Cheshvan 1875. Not printed.
Rabbi Ya'akov Yehudah Leib Levi (1813-1889, Otzar HaRabbanim 10080), exalted genius in the revealed and concealed facets of Torah, holy Kabbalist. Served as rabbi in Slussen. Immigrated to Jerusalem together with his two brothers, Rabbi Asher Lemel Av Beit Din of Galen and Rabbi Nachum Av Beit Din of Shadik, after all three dreamt one night that they must immigrate to Eretz Israel. Served as chief Av Beit Din of Jerusalem for over forty years. Authored Beit LeAvot on Pirkei Avot.
[3] written pages. 20 cm. Good condition, stains.

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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 162

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Collection of Books of Supplication and Mussar in Yiddish

* Tchina Kol Bchiya, brought from Eretz Israel [copied to Yiddish by the woman Hena, daughter of Rabbi Yedhuda Shapiro], [Vilna? 1844?]. * Tchina Imrei Shefer,"six new supplications". Lvov, 1879. * Sefer Am Segula, on the thirteen principles of faith, Rabbi Noach Chaim son of Rabbi Moshe. Warsaw, [c. 1889. Censorship approval from 1889]. * Mikdash Melech,"Shabbat Kodesh in Gan Eden - ¦ author of Mikdash Melech". Warsaw, [1910]. * Ma'aseh Rabbi Yosef Di-La-Reina, Warsaw, [1913].
Yiddish. Total of 5 books. Various sizes. General condition good.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 259

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Three Books with Signatures and Handwritten Dedications

3 Volumes, varying sizes, good-fair conditions. Unbound. See list in the Hebrew description

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Auction 16 Lot Number 419

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Shenot Chaim, Lemberg 1855 – Stamps and Glosses of Rebbe Yehuda’le of Dzikhov

Shenot Chaim, Part 1. Responsa and novellae, by Rabbi Shlomo Kluger, Lemberg, 1855. First edition.
Stamps in Hebrew and foreign language of "Rabbi Yehuda Hager, Dayan, Kloizenberg" - Rebbe Yehuda Hager-Horwitz (died 1989) the Gaon of Dzikhov, who became son in law of Rabbi Chaim Meir Hager of Vizhnitz, see Encyclopedia L'Chassidut, Volume 2, pages 3-4. Several short glosses in his own handwriting.
[1], 9, [10], 2-62, 65-102 leaves. 36 cm. Fair condition, moth damages. New binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 505

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Siddur Divrei Tzadikim – Philadelphia, 1848 – First Ashkenazi Prayer Book in America

Divrei Tzadikim prayer book, The Book of Daily Prayers, as customary in the congregations of Ashkenaz and Poland, proofread and translated by Yitzchak ben Uri ben Eliezer. Philadelphia, [1848]. First edition.
First Ashkenazi prayer book printed in America. Hebrew and English page facing page, with parallel pagination.
VI, 242, 243, [1] pages. Fair condition. Stains, some dark. Few moth stains, especially on inner margins and binding. Library stamps. Approx. 35 leaves contain tears restored with paper glue, some with significant omission of text. Original leather binding, adorned with etchings, damaged.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 165

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Passover Haggada – Berlin 1785

Passover Haggada, with Ashkenazi translation, grammer notes, and pamphlet Si'ach Yitzchak about grammar, by "The Rabbinical linguist Yitzchak from the house of Levi of Stanov". Berlin, 1785.
Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac Stanov (1732-1804), author of VaYe'etar Yitzchak, a tremendous Torah scholar and a strange person, was also renowned for forging many books, some books that he wrote by himself and he attributed them to authors of previous generation, while also forging letters of approbation that were allegedly written for the books by leading rabbis of previous generations. [Some say that he belonged to Mendelson's group of maskilim (Enlightenment Movement) in Berlin]. The translator is his disciple Yoel Brill. Yiddish-Deitsch and Hebrew, page per page.
[4], 58 leaves. 15.5 cm. Good condition, stains. Stamps. Binding without spine.
From Dr. Israel Mehlman's private collection.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 317

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Pamphlets of Talmudic Topics by The Gaon of Vizhon Author of Ma’ase Melech

2 pamphlets, novellae on the topics "Mitzvat aseh she'hazman grama" and "kidsha b'temara v'hamekadesh b'malveh". Lithograph print copy of manuscript notebooks, "By the Gaon Rabbi of Vizhon - copied from his own handwriting by Yosef Eichler". Vitzhon, 1911.
On the cover of Pamphlet 1, a long and interesting owner's inscription in the handwriting of the person who signed: "I the small, servant of Hashem's servants, studying here in the lofty yeshiva¦ in the shadow of the Rebbe, Tzaddik and Gaon, author of Ma'ase Melech¦ Menachem Mendel Friedman of Jerusalem¦". [Apparently, Rabbi Mendel Freidman (1899-1987), Rabbi Yosef Chaim Zonnenfeld's youngest son in law].
[1], 15 pages; [1] 16 pages. 25.5 cm. Good quality paper, good-fair condition, wear and creases.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 104

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Hadrat Melech by Rabbi Shalom Buzaglo – London, 1770-1773

Sefer Hadrat Melech, commentary on profound articles of the Zohar, [second section], by Rabbi Shalom Buzaglo, includes: commentary on Idra Zuta and Siphra D'zeniouta, by Rabbi Chaim Vital; Sefer Hadrat Pnei Melech, commentary of the Adarot by the Ari; Sefer Hadrat Hod Melech, on Siphra D'zeniouta, by Rabbi Chaim Vital; Sefer Hadrat Kvod Melech, commentary on articles of the Tikunim. London, [1770-1773/4].
First section of composition of Hadrat Melech printed in Amsterdam 1766. Second section printed without title page, and beginning of first page lists"London press" along with year. Special title page for Sefer Hadrat Pnei Melech. In remaining compositions, book title printed at head of pages.
Ancient stamp with symbol of vulture:"Shlomo Friedman" [apparently Rabbi Shlomo son of the first Rebbe Rabbi Avraham Ya'akov of Sadigura (Encyclopedia of Hassidism, 3, 713) and brother-in-law of Rabbi Nachum Dover Friedman.
138-177, 178-193, [1], 178-244, 158-161, 129-132 leaves. 20 cm. Good condition. Stains, moth holes and number of tears. Scotch tape restorations on last leaves. Magnificent leather binding, with moth damage.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 68

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Jerusalemite Talmud Kodshim (Forged) – Tractates Chulin-Bechorot

Jerusalemite Talmud Seder Kodshim, Part 2, Tractates Chulin-Bechorot, with glosses of the Maharsham of Berzan and explanation of rare words and comments by Shlomo Buber. Commentary Cheshek Shlomo, published by Shlomo Ye'uda son of the Maharam the Sephardi, Freidlander. S. Vorahl (Sa'ini), 1907.
Ownership signatures: Rabbi"Meshulam Zisha Teitelbaum of Sighet".
[9], 78; [1], 47 leaves. 36 cm. Wide margins, special high quality paper, good condition, minor stains. New magnificent binding.
For additional information regarding the forgery and the forger, see: Kedem Catalogue, Auction 8, Item 137; Bibliography Institute CD, Record 0308377.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 129

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Sefer HaTishbi – Basel, 1601 – Signatures and Glosses

Sefer HaTishbi, book of roots from the Talmud and Midrashim of Chazal, by Rabbi Eliyahu Bachur. Basel, [1601]. Second edition.
Signatures, ownership notations [some faded]:"Belongs to Rabbi Naftali Katz","Avraham son of M. Kalman ---,"David Frankel son of Ya'akov M--- , year 1865","Ze'ev Wolf Cohen - Rabbi David Cohen of Brody".
Glosses by several writers. Two signed glosses by"Yitzchak son of Yosef Segal Horowitz". Glosses in Rashi-Italian handwriting from the 18th century, signed Shafan [initials]. Last page contains interesting riddle in handwriting of Shafan.
99 leaves. 18.5 cm. Condition of leaves varies, good-fair. Stains and wear, scotch tape. New binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 247

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Collection of Machzorim Printed in Amsterdam – Magnificent Leather Bindings

6 volumes, various sizes and conditions, majority in good condition. Leather and semi-leather bindings, some magnificent and ornamented. See list in the Hebrew description

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Auction 16 Lot Number 354

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Manuscript – Sermon – Italy

A manuscript, sermon on Parshat Ki Tavo. [Italy, c. 18th century].
Autographic writing in Italian handwriting, by anonymous author. The topics of the sermon: the war of Amalek and the war against the Evil Inclination, the virtues of the Torah and mitzvoth.
[4] pages. 21 cm. Good condition, stains. Wear to margins.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 195

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Collection of Books – The Vilna Ga’on and his Disciples

* Sefer Toldot Adam, biography of Rabbi Zalman of Vilna [brother of Rabbi Chaim of Volozhin], [section one], by Rabbi Yechezkel Feivel of Vilna. Dyhernfurth, [1801]. First edition. (Title-page contains embossed stamp"A. B. Ettlinger - Altoona" apparently son of the Aruch LaNer). * Sefer Devar Eliyahu, commentary of the Vilna Ga'on on Iyov [Book of Job]. Warsaw, 1857 (bluish paper). Bound with: Sefer Ma'alot HaTorah, Rabbi Avraham brother of the Vilna Ga'on. Koenigsbourg, [1858]; Sefer Shaarei Kedusha, Rabbi Chaim Vital. [Koenigsbourg, 1859]; Sefer Se'ah Solet, Rabbi Refael of Norzi. [Johannesburg, 1855]; Sefer Lekach Tov, Rabbi Avraham Yagel of Montzilitzi, including last will and testament of the Rambam. [Koenigsbourg, 1858]; Sefer HaRokeach, Rabbi Eliezer of Germiza. Warsaw, 1858; Sefer HaYashar by Rabbeinu Tam. Warsaw, 1857. * Sefer Yonah, with Rashi and the Vilna Ga'on's commentary. Warsaw, 1852 (bluish paper).
Total of 9 books, in three volumes. Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 409

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Machzik Beracha – Livorno, 1785 – Stamps, Manuscript of Rabbi Zundel of Salant

Machzik Beracha, on Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim and Yoreh Deah. Rabbi Chaim Yosef David Azulai - HaChida. Livorno, [1785].
An erased dedication on title page in Oriental handwriting. Stamps "Beit HaMidrash Menachem Zion in the Churva of Rabbi Yehuda in the Holy City of Jerusalem". Handwritten inscription: "To Menachem Zion¦ from the estate of Rabbi Shlomo Zalman son of Meir of Pikeln". The inscription is in the handwriting of Rabbi Yosef Zundel of Salant [who was in charge of the library of Beit Midrash Menachem Zion, the handwriting is identical to Rabbi Zundel's signed inscriptions in the Kedem Catalogue, Auction 12, Item 343].
Leaf 30/1 has a signature in Oriental handwriting: "Agan" [Rabbi Avraham Chaim Gagin, the Rishon L'Zion?].
[2], 136, 114 leaves. 29 cm. Good condition, stains. New binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 175

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B’Chipazon Pesach – Salonika, 1871

Sefer B'Chipazon Pesach, rulings and anthologies on the laws of Passover [in Alphabetical order], Arvit (night prayer) for Passover Eve, Passover Haggada with commentary, by Rabbi Avraham Sid. Salonika, [1871].
[1], 97 leaves. 18 cm. Good condition, few stains. New binding.
From Dr. Israel Mehlman's private collection.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 346

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Manuscript – Seder Shivah Kochvei Lechet V’Sefer Goralot

A manuscript, Seder Shivah Kochvei Lechet, and the signs of the 12 Zodiacs; Sefer Goralot - 36 questions. Nice Oriental handwriting (Persia) and decorated with Kabbalistic illustrations. Judeo-Arabic. [19th century ?].
61 leaves, 17 cm. High-quality sketched paper. Good condition, stains. Unbound sheets.

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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 469

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Letter by Rabbi Isser Zalman Meltzer

Letter by Rabbi Isser Zalman Meltzer to Rabbi Shmuel Yitzchak Hillman and to the management of Beit Midrash Ohel Torah. Jerusalem, Tishrei (1938). In the letter Rabbi Isser Zalman requests on behalf of Rabbi Mordechai Ilander son-in-law of Rabbi Y. Arielli"¦ given that I am aware of Rabbi Mordechai Ilander's tremendous capabilities I request¦ to admit him into the Yeshiva as a student".
Rabbi Isser Zalman Meltzer (1870-1954), author of"Even HaEzal", disciple of Rabbi Chaim of Brisk in the Yeshiva of Volozhin. Served as Av Beit Din and Rosh Yehsiva of Slutsk. Immigrated to Jerusalem in 1924 and was appointed primary teacher in the"Etz Chaim" Yeshiva. Among the heads of the"Council of Torah Sages".
28 cm. Official stationery. Entire letter in his handwriting. Very Good condition. Filing holes.

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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 320

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Marpeh La’am Manuscript – 19th century

Manuscript,"Sefer Marpeh La'am includes advice conducive to good health¦ composed by Dr. Friedrich Paulitzky ¦ copied into Hebrew¦ Yuda Betzalel¦ Eliashberg", [Section 1]. [Ashkenazi writing, 19th century].
Manuscript of popular book of medicine written by Heinrich Felix Paulitzky, printed in several editions in German and Polish. Translated into Hebrew under the name Marpeh La'am by Yehudah Betzalal Eliashberg. Printed in two sections in Vilna (1832-1842).
Approx. 100 written pages [first leaves following title page remained blank and writing on leaf 29 begins from middle of chapter 1 (in section dealing with smoking of tobacco) and ends in middle of book]. 18 cm. Good condition, stains. Worn binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 182

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Divrei Purim – Warsaw, 1838 / Mishloach Manot – Vienna, 1879

1. Divrei Purim, a poem in rhyme about Purim, by Rabbi Simcha Aryeh Leib of HrubieszֿŒw. Warsaw, [1838]. Signatures and stamps: Rabbi Zvi Hirsh of Plotzk, and his son Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef Chazan of Lyubcha - a renowned Torah scholar, who publicized articles in popular Torah journals, and wrote books which are still in manuscripts.
[4] leaves. 20 cm. Good-fair condition, stains. Moth marks. Several holes. New binding.
2. Mishloach Manot, a poem about the story of the Megila [each line is composed of the acronym of the word Megila], by Rabbi Yekutiel Gordon [a disciple of the Ramchal]. Vienna, 1879. (Printed in a limited edition, see: N. Ben Menachem, Pitchei She'arim, page 276).
[8] pages. 19 cm. Good condition, stains, new binding.
From Dr. Israel Mehlman's private collection.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 289

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Manuscript Remnants – Selichot – Ashkenaz, 15th/16th Century

Manuscript remnants, of selichot piyutim, according to Ashkenazi custom. [Ashkenaz, 15th/16th century].
Sections of a selichot prayerbook that was removed from a geniza of bindings, Middle Ashkenazi writing, characteristic of the 15th century.
c. 17 leaf remnants. Varied size. Poor condition, various levels of damage.

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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 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 397

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Shita Mekubetzet on Tracate Beitzah – Signature of Rabbi Yedidya Tia Weil

Asefat Zkenim-Shita Mekubetzet on Tractate Beitzah, containing the commentaries Avodat HaKodesh by the Rashba [Beit Mo'ed, and Hilchot Eiruv by Beit Netivot], and Porat Yosef by Rabbi Yosef Samiga. Metz, [1764].
With various signatures, and ownership stamp. Title-page contains signature of Rabbi Yedidya Tia Weil (1722-1806, Otzar HaRabbanim 6797), who was among the giants of his generation, son of Rabbi Netanel Weil, author of Korban Netanel and prominent disciple of Rabbi Yehonatan Eibeshitz. He corresponded with the Ba'al HaHafla'ah as well as the Noda B'Yehudah. Served as Av Beit Din of Karlsruhe and Baden as successor to his father, since 1770. While during his lifetime, only his commentary Marbeh LeSaper on the Haggadah of Pesach was printed, anonymously, today dozens of his manuscripts are being printed.
[3], 50; [1], 16; 12 leaves. 19 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, moth stains on leaves and binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 483

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Collection of Letters of Recommendation and Requests Sent to Ezrat Torah – America

Letters of recommendation and request which were sent to association of Ezrat Torah in America and to chairman of the association Rabbi Yosef Eliyahu Henkin.
Letters and signatures of many rabbis, including: Rabbi Hilllel Vitkind, Rabbi Yona Ram, Rabbi Eliyahu Zlotnick and Rabbi Ya'akov Yosef Herman, Rabbi Moshe Halberstam, Rabbi Zalman Rotenberg, Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Weiss, Rabbi Aharon Bialostozky, Rabbi Moshe Zaritzki, Rabbi Nissim Toledano, and others. Numerous recommendations by Rabbi Shmuel Kipnis.
Collection of receipts signed by scholars of Porat Yosef Yeshiva, who were assisted by the association, including: Mantzur Ben Shimon, Rabbi Edmon Shayo, Rabbi Shimon Baadani, Rabbi Shalom Cohen, Rabbi Shabtai Aton, Rabbi Ben Zion Aton, Rabbi Eliezer Ben David, Rabbi Moshe Maya, Rabbi Nissim Dahan, and others.
Approx. 88 paper items, various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 473

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From the Archives of Rabbi Meir Karelitz (From the State’s Initial Years)

Interesting documents and letters from the archives of Rabbi Meir Karelitz (1877-1955), the oldest and trusted brother of the Chazon Ish. Son in law of Rabbi Shlomo HaCohen of Vilna, author of Cheshek Shlomo, he served as Rabbi of Lachovitz and was a leader of Charedi Jewry in Poland and Eretz Yisrael. One of the founders of Va'ad HaYeshivot in Vilna and in Eretz Yisrael. A member of Mo'etzet Gedolei HaTorah of Agudat Yisrael, a rabbi and spiritual leader of Po'alei Agudat Yisrael. These documents from the initial years of the State of Israel are very interesting and clarify various chapters of history regarding state and religion in those years.
The archive includes: A handwritten letter and copy of a letter by Rabbi Meir to the executive committee of Po'alei Agudat Yisrael, regarding the question of whether the party should enter the Jewish Agency. "¦ my conclusion is: The only institute that has the authority to decide this question is Mo'etzet Gedolei HaTorah¦ ". *Handwritten draft of the opening speech for the Agudat Yisrael convention in the US. Written in the speech: "This great honor bestowed upon me is not in my merit, but because I have the same name as the greatest and only leader of this generation¦ ". *A copy of correspondence between David Ben-Gurion and Rabbi Yitzchak Levine. In his letter, Ben Gurion summarizes the understandings reached on the issues of state and religion, with a copy of the response written by Rabbi Levine. *A copy of additional correspondence on these issues. *Protocol of a meeting of Mo'etzet Gedolei HaTorah at the end of Nissan 1949. *Letters and more items.
More than 20 leaves. Varied size and condition. Some are in fair-poor condition.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 164

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Beit Chorin (Metz, 1767) / Brit Mateh Moshe (Berlin, 1701)

1. Beit Chorin, Haggadah of Pesach, commentaries and illustrations (copper etchings), Metz, 1767. Approbations of the Sha'agat Aryeh and Rabbi Avram HuAvraham of Frankfurt am Main, and others. (Ya'ari 162; Otzar HaHagadot 251).
[2] 64 leaves (without map). 22 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and wear. Damaged and loose binding.
2. Sefer Brit Mateh Moshe, Haggadah of Pesach, including commentaries [commentary based on Kabbalah]. Berlin, 1701. Approbations of Rabbi Naftali Katz of Posen and Rabbi Shaul of Krakow, and others. (Ya'ari 67; Otzar HaHagadot 103).
Missing copy, contains: 1-4, 9-104 leaves (instead of: [6], 5-104 leaves), 20 cm. Good-fair condition, paper cut bordering on text, minor stains and wear. Binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 484

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Halachic Response by Gaon Rabbi Yehoshua Menachem Aharonberg – with a Collection of Halachic Responsa Letters Sent to Him

Lengthy Halachic response on the laws of Aguna, by Gaon Rabbi Yehoshua Menachem Aharonberg, and collection of letters from various rabbis sent to him, most of which are Halachic responsa. Includes handwritten Torah novellae in his handwriting.
Among the letters: Letter from Rabbi Shalom Yehezkel Sheraga Rubin-Halberstam, Admor of Ciechanow USA; letter from Rabbi Avraham Ha-Cohen Brander of Square, NY, USA; Letter by Rabbi David Kahana Chief Rabbi of Argentina, and more letters from various rabbis.
Rabbi Yehoshua Menachem Aharonberg (1905-1976), Gaon and Chasid, of the previous generation's leading rabbis. Disciple of Gaon Rabbi Meir Arik. After the Holocaust, he moved to Tel-Aviv where he became known as one of the greatest Poskim and was appointed Av Beit Din of Tel-Aviv. Authored the Dvar Yehoshua Responsum - Six volumes.
15 Letters approx. Dozens of leaves. Varying sizes and conditions.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 431

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Agadat Eliyahu – Istanbul, 1755 – Dedication by the Jerusalem Emissary Rabbi Ya’akov Di-Corona

Agadat Eliyahu, commentary on aggadic sayings in the Talmud Yerushalmi, Part 1, by Rabbi Eliyahu HaCohen of Istanbul [author of Shevet Musar]. Istanbul, [1755]. First edition.
On reverse side of title page, a long dedication in Oriental handwriting.
Rabbi Ya'akov Ashkenazi Di Corona (died 1769), a Sefardi Torah scholar in Jerusalem, companion of Rabbi Yitzchak Zerachya Azulai - the Chida's father, a Jerusalem emissary to Turkey and Europe. During his missions, he met Torah leaders in European countries, and the Nodah B'Yehuda mentions him in a responsum "I was asked by the Perfect Chacham Ya'akov Dicorni [Di Corona] an emissary from Jerusalem¦" (Responsa Nodah B'Yehuda Tanina, 133). [See: Ya'ari, Shluchei Eretz Yisrael, Page 396].
[2], 124 leaves. 30 cm. Good-fair condition, stains. Moth marks. Detached, worn binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 506

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Siddur Siftei Tzaddikim – Philadelphia, 1878 – Three Parts

Siddur Siftei Tzaddikim, according to the Sefardi custom, proofread by Avraham Di Sola. Part 1 - year round prayers; Part 3 - for Yom Kippur; Part 5 - for Pesach and Shavuot. Philadelphia, [1878].
Hebrew and English page versus page, with parallel page numbering.
3 parts. 18-19 cm. Part 1: [1], 7 pages (one leaf missing: pages 2-3), 277 leaves, 279-285 pages, 285 leaves. Fair condition, wear and detached leaves. Detached damaged binding. Part 3: 193 leaves. Good condition, few stains. Part 5: 247 leaves. Good condition, few stains [inside the book another section: Part 4, Prayers for Succot. Titles of some pages: Arvit of Succot]. Owner's inscriptions on all volumes.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 368

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Glosses on the Rif Pesachim

Hilchot Rav Alfas, Piskei Ha-Mordechai and Tosefta, on the tractate of Pesachim. [Amsterdam, 1720].
Numerous and lengthy glosses in Oriental-Italian handwriting [18th century], some of which begin or end with"N"M". Owner's signature in Latin letters on the first leaf.
Leaves 131-167 [faulty pagination]. 42 cm. Wide margins, fair-poor condition, stains and candle drops, wear and moth damage, damages and tears. Unbound.

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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 251

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Nine Haggadot with Hassidic Commentaries

Total of 9 books, various sizes and conditions. See list in the Hebrew description

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Auction 16 Lot Number 518

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Bookshop Catalogues

16 catalogues of Hebrew books, published by various bookshops. Leipzig, London, Frankfurt, Geneva and Berlin, 1920's-1930's.
Includes lists of books for sale along with their prices; some with photographs. Includes catalogues from following bookshops: M. K. Kaufmann, Edward Goldston, S. Neumann, R. Wahrmann, and others. Bound together in hard-cover binding, 24 cm. Varying condition, good.

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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 273

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Portrait of Rebbe Rabbi Chaim Halberstam – Oil Painting

Portrait of Rebbe Rabbi Chaim Halberstam author of the Divrei Chaim of Sanz. Oil paint on plywood, signed on corner B. Turek. [Late 19th century / early 20th century].
Painted according to famous picture in which the Rebbe is studying from a book.
31X24.5 cm., frame 43.5X37. Fair-good condition. Damages and peeling of paint, see picture.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 455

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A Letter by the Heads of the Seret Community to Rabbi Shlomo Kluger

A letter signed by 15 Heads of the Seret Community, to Rabbi Shlomo Kluger. 1867.
The letter is about a controversy in the city over the appointment of the shochet's son to succeed his father, in opposition to the opinion of Rebbe Alter Yosef son of the Rabbi of Kosov (Rabbi Alter Yosef Hager of Radevits).
29.5 cm. Fair condition, tears and non-professional pasting.
On reverse side of leaf attempts at signing Shlomo Kluger with a quill [possibly his own handwriting].

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Auction 16 Lot Number 509

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Manuscript – Tehillim Association – London, 1919

A handwritten notebook, "De Committee fun de Chevra Tehillim fun der Poltaver Shul" - Tehillim Association of the Beit Knesset of immigrants from Poltava. [London], 1919.
A detailed notebook, with discussion protocols, votes and decisions, names of presidents and members. [See attached material about the history of this Beit Knesset, on Hanbury Street, East London].
Almost 200 pages written in Yiddish. 20 cm. Good condition. New cover.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 307

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Manuscript – Leshon Chachamim – Bakashot and Tikkunim

Manuscript, Leshon Chachamim, Bakashot and Tikkunim by Rabbi Yosef Chaim, author of Ben Ish Chai. [1790-1830].
Nice copy scribal writing, Oriental handwriting [Babylonia-Jerusalem] of prayers and bakashot, taken from Part 2 of the work.
36, [6] leaves. 16 cm. Good-fair condition.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 350

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Manuscript”Sur Me-Ra” on Card Games – Firenze 1701

Manuscript of the book"Sur Me-Ra". Copied in Italian Rashi handwriting by"disciple David son of Rabbi Shlomo Levi". Firenze, (1701).
Dialogue between two friends (Eldad and Meidad) on the illegitimacy of card games -"Two [friends] discuss the topic [card games], one shows the pros while the other shows the cons. From their discussion, it appears that there is nothing better for anyone than keep away from [those games]. This manuscript is the first book authored by Rabbi Yehuda Aryeh of Modena, who wrote it when he was 13 and printed it anonymously in Venice, 1595. This book was later reprinted in Prague, 1615. The present copy was copied by hand from the Prague print and includes the publisher's foreword as well as words by"the first publisher" Rabbi Avraham son of Rabbi Shlomo Chaim Haver-Tov.
17 Leaves, 16 cm. Good condition. Rebound.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 510

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Poesies – Piyutim in Provincial-Jewish and the Piyut Chad Gadya – With French Translation by Caesar of Brazil – Avignon, 1891

Poesies, Hebraice-Provencales du Rituel Israelite Comtadin [Poems, Provincial- Jewish], copied and translated by Dom Pedro II d'Alcantara - the Caesar of Brazil. Avignon, 1891.
Three piyutim (liturgical poetry) of Southern-France Jewish communities, in Hebrew and Provincial Jewish, and the poem Chad Gadya, with French translation.
The translator is Caesar Pedro the II (1825-1891), who was crowned at age 5 and served in this position for more than 58 years. Learned and expert in many languages (including Hebrew, Chinese, Sanskrit, Greek, Aramaic, Occitan [ancient language from Southern-France, on which Provincial-Jewish is based] etc,). The Caesar translated the book and published it in the last year of his life while staying in France, after being expelled from his country after a military revolt in 1889.
XIII; 59, [1] page. 15.5 cm. Good condition, dry and brittle paper.
From Dr. Israel Mehlman's private collection.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 448

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A Shtar Get by Messenger – Beit Din in Jerusalem, 17th Century

The remnants of a Shtar Beit Din¦ Wednesday, the 16th of the month of Sivan 5¦ here in Jerusalem which is settled on the Shiloach and on water pits¦ ". The husband "Yitzchak called Palma" wrote a get to his wife Esther and he appoints Yitzchak ben Aharon as his messenger to deliver the get. The messenger undertakes to deliver the get to the woman only after she writes a shtar mechila of all her husband's obligations to her, because he has already paid all she is entitled to according to her ketuba.
An interesting and important testimony to a Beit Din's ruling in practice from over four hundred years ago. (Enclosed is the letter of an expert Mr. Yosef Avivi about this document, who dates the letter to the 17th century).
Leaf c. 29 cm. with many damages (restored). We have just the right half of the leaf.

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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 194

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Collection of Books – The Vilna Ga’on

1. Toraht Cohanim, Shulchan Aruch Choshen Mishpat, including commentary of the Vilna Ga'on. First section. Koenigsbourg, [1855]. First edition of the Vilna Ga'on commentary on Choshen Mishpat. Winograd - Treasury of the Vilna Ga'on Books 756.
2. Be'urei HaGra Orach Chaim. Vilna, 1860. Winograd 748.
3. Megillat Esther, including commentary of the Vilna Ga'on. Warsaw, 1876. [Signature of Rabbi"Eliyahu Baruch¦ son of the author". Stamps: Rabbi Menachem Natan Auerbach (grandson of the Imrei Bina); Rabbi Yehudah Leib son of Rabbi Reuven (among the leaders of the Chabad Kollel in Jerusalem); Rabbi Abba son of Rabbi S.Z. Eisenbach, and others]. Winograd 129.
4. Megillat Ruth, including commentary of Rashi and the Vilna Ga'on. Includes literary collection (Leket Amarim). Jerusalem, (1896). First edition. Winograd 165.
5. Kol Eliyahu, on the Torah, Pietrekov, (1905). First edition. Interesting gloss in Handwriting. Winograd 964.
6. Piskei HaGra, Yoreh De'ah. Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Lempert. Vilna, 1902. (Uncut sheets). First edition. Winograd 789.
7. Mili De'Avot, on Avot tractate. By Rabbi Yitzchak (Rabbi Itzeleh) Volozhin Rosh Yeshiva. Vilna (1888). First edition.
7 books, various sizes and conditions, majority in good condition.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 249

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Collection of Books on Circumcision – Amsterdam

Various sizes and conditions. Ownership signatures and stamps See list in the Hebrew description

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Auction 16 Lot Number 367

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Sefer Leket HaKemach – Amsterdam, 1707 – With Many Glosses

Sefer Leket HaKemach, abridged version of responsa and Halachic rulings on the Shulchan Aruch, section 1 [Orach Chaim], by Rabbi Moshe Chagiz. Amsterdam, [1707].
Hundreds of glosses in Oriental handwriting throughout leaves of book [some faded by mildew damage], which serve as a completion to the book Leket HaKemach; an abridged version of sources for various rulings. Faded ink-stamp of Rabbi Shaul Adadi, reading,"Books of Yeshivat¦ my father and mentor¦ Rabbi Avraham Chaim Adadi¦".
[4], 66 leaves [missing: title-page following 6 leaves of approbations and preface]. 7.5 cm. Poor condition, stains and severe mildew damage, moth stains and mold. New binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 59

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Haggadah for Pesach – Jerusalem, 1863

Haggadah for Pesach with commentaries (Rashi, Rashbam, Maharil and more), and at end commentaries of the Chatam Sofer and Vilan Ga'on commentary on Chad Gadya, including commentary on his commentary based on manuscript of his disciple Rabbi Shlomo of Talatzin. Jerusalem, [1863]. Yisrael Beck Press. Two title pages.
[1], 31; 6 leaves. Approx. 21 cm. High-quality paper, good condition, few stains, unbound.
Ya'ari 872; Otzar HaHaggadot 1179. Thesaurus of the books of the Vilna Gaon (Winograd) no. 544. S. HaLevi 77

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Auction 16 Lot Number 337

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Manuscript – Commentary on Mishnayot by the Rambam – Yemen

Manuscript, commentary on the Mishnayot by the Rambam, copy in Jewish-Arabic - original language of commentary. [Yemen, 19th century].
Large Yemenite handwriting on high-quality paper. Contains parts from two similar manuscripts which were combined.
Includes commentary on Avot Tractate (with preface), and commentary on the entire Seder Mo'ed (tractates Eruvin, Pesachim, Shkalim, Yoma, Sukkah, Beitza, Rosh HaShana, Ta'anit, Megilla, Mo'ed Katan and Chagiga).
Some of the tractates are incomplete (complete tractates: Shkalim, Yoma, Sukkah, Beitza, Rosh HaShana, Ta'anit, Megilla and Mo'ed Katan). Some portions appear in duplicate. Handwritten commentaries appear on margins of some leaves.
Approx. 196 leaves. Approx. 24.5 cm. Majority of leaves in good condition, stains on number of leaves, approx. 15 leaves with defects (ink smudges, tears). Wide margins. Detached pamphlets without binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 392

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Pri Megadim – Many Glosses

Pri Megadim, on Orach Chaim, Part 1: Mishbetzot Zahav on the Turei Zahav. Part 2: Eshel Avraham on the Magen Avraham. [Zholkeva, "in Amsterdam letters]. 1798. Second edition.
Many long glosses by two or three writers. Stamps of Rabbi "Avraham Yerachmiel Bramberg Rabbi of Lentchna and its region"; Rabbi "Yitzchak Naftali and Vigto-Matali Rashgold' and stamps in foreign language.
Rabbi Avraham Yerachmiel Bromberg (1877-perished in the Holocaust, Otzar HaRabbanim 1248) Rabbi of Perlow and Lentchna, son in law of Rabbi Elimelech Rubenstein Rabbi of Rakhiv. Author of Emek Avraham (Belogorye 1912).
129; 4, [17] leaves; 120 leaves. 38.5 cm. Fair condition, wear and moth damage. Worn binding. In Bibliography Institute CD Listing 0182032, only Part 1 is listed.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 371

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Shevach Pesach – Livorno, 1790 – Glosses and Signatures of Rabbi Rachamim Yosef Franco and Rabbi Chaim Shalom HaCohen

Shevach Pesach, explanations and novellae on the Passover Hagadda [including text] and laws of the Seder night, by Rabbi Yishmael HaCohen of Modina. Livorno, [1790].
A long self-dedication "My acquisition here in Modona¦ while living here as rabbinical emissary¦ on the 12th of Cheshvan [5625]¦ a poor and destitute man who is happy with his lot, Rachamim Chaim Yosef Franco". Another self-dedication with his curly rabbinical signature. At the top of the title page, an owner's signature in Italian handwriting of Rabbi Chaim Shalom HaCohen. [Inscriptions in Ashkenazi handwriting, that the book belonged to Rabbi Chaim Yehuda Leib Auerbach].
On the book leaves are a long gloss signed by Rabbi Rachamim Yosef Franco, and several glosses signed by Rabbi Chaim Shalom HaCohen.
Rabbi Chaim Shalom HaCohen, an Italian scholar, rabbi in Modina, in 1809 was involved in a halachic polemy over shaving during Chol HaMo'ed siding with Rabbi David Zinzheim and Rabbi Yishmael HaCohen of Modina [author of this book], (see attached material).
Rabbi Chaim Rachamim Yosef Franco - HaRav HaCharif (1833-1901), a dayan in RֿŒdos and Livorno. In 1864, he immigrated to Jerusalem and was appointed dayan to the Beit Din of the Rishon L'Zion (Sefardi Chief Rabbi) - the Yisa Bracha. From 1878, he was rabbi of Hebron. Wrote Sha'arei Rachamim, Ot L'Rachamim, VaYitzbor Yosef etc.
[2], 64 leaves. 27.5 cm. Fair condition. Stains and moisture marks, moth damage, wear and tear to margins. Damaged binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 286

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Four Photographs of Lithuanian Rabbis

Four photographs of Lithuanian rabbis in the 1930s. [Copy from the 1960s].
Photograph of Rabbi Baruch Ber Leibowitz Head of Kaminetz Yeshiva sitting with his disciples in the forest. *Photograph of Rabbi Baruch Ber standing in the forest and talking Torah thoughts with Rabbi Aharon Kotler Head of Kletsk Yeshiva. *Photograph of Rabbi Shimon Yehuda Shkop sitting in the forest surrounded by disciples. *Photograph of Rabbi Yitzchak Soloveitchik the Brisker Rav, walking in the city streets with the city's dayanim (Rabbi Simcha Zelig Rieger and others).
4 photographs, size 7X10 cm. Very Good conditions.

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A Collection of Handwritten Passover Haggadot (Yemen)

Various manuscripts of Seder Aggadeta D'Pischa [Passover Haggada]. Yemen, [18th-20th century]. One of them is Seder HaYichudim (Kabbala) for Seder night.
5 manuscripts, varied size and condition, 3 are missing a few leaves at beginning or end.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 429

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Books of the Libraries of the Szֳ szrֳ©gen Community Rabbis – Rabbi Hillel Pollack, Rabbi Yisrael Freund and his son Rabbi David Yehuda Freund – Signatures and Glosses

Avnei Milu'im, on Shulchan Aruch Even HaEzer, by Rabbi Aryeh Leib HaCohen Heller, Stettin, 1860. *Simlah Chadashah - Tvu'ot Shor, on the laws of Yoreh De'ah, by Rabbi Alexander Sender Shor, with commentaries: Levushei Srad, Da'at Kedoshim, etc. Warsaw, [1901]. *Keren L'David, responsa on Orach Chaim, Rabbi Eliezer David Greenwald. Satmar, 1929. *Yad Ramah responsa, on the four parts of the Shulchan Aruch and novellae on topics, Rabbi Moshe Zvi Fuchs. Grosswardein, 1939.
On protective leaf of the first book, signature of Hillel Pollack. Rabbi Hillel Pollack (1810-1893, HaChatam Sofer V'Talmidav, pages 124-126), a disciple of the Chatam Sofer, who called him and his relative and friend "Kodesh Hillulim LaHashem". He was rabbi of Szֳ szrֳ©gen (Hungary) from 1866 until his death.
All the books have glosses handwritten by his grandson Rabbi Yisrael Freund, who also served in the Szֳ szrֳ©gen rabbinate, disciple of the author of Ktav Sofer and Rabbi Moshe Zvi Fuchs author of Yad Rama, and a prominent rabbi in Hungary. He together with his community were murdered in the Holocaust in 1944. While in Auschwitz, he delivered a testament to his son to print his writings.
In this book Yad Rama authored by his teacher Rabbi M. Z. Fuchs, Rabbi Freund writes his comments in awe and self-depreciation before his teacher: "I beg forgiveness from my Master, my Rebbe and I am dust under his feet but what shall I do since I did not understand his words¦ ". His stamp is in the second book.
Both books have signatures, and all books have stamps and glosses, from his son Rabbi David Yehuda Freund (died 1985), son in law of Rabbi Yechezkel Panet, Rabbi in Batiz, later his father's "assistant rabbi" in Szֳ szrֳ©gen and after that Rabbi of Kehilat Yerai'im in Bucharest. He survived the Holocaust, immigrated to Eretz Yisrael and served as rabbi in Netanya and afterwards in Jerusalem. He authored Alufei Yehuda.
4 books. Varied size. General good condition.

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Bible – Menashe Ben Israel – Amsterdam, 1638-1639

Esrim V'Arba'ah, which includes Chamisha Chumshei Torah, [Megillot], Nevi'im Rishonim and Achronim and Ketuvim. Amsterdam, (1639?). Menashe Ben Israel Press.
One of the only Bible editions that was printed at that time in holiness by Jews. Two columns on each page [like the Bible traditionally used by Rabbi Aryeh Levine for Goral HaGra lots - see attached material].
112; 144, 144-166; 94, [4] leaves. 15.5 cm. Fair-poor condition. Loose binding and detached leaves. Number of leaves with omissions due to tears and wear.
Hebrew and civil date on title page do not coincide. For additional information see Bibliography Institute CD.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 226

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Three Books Printed in Russia and Poland

3 books printed in Russia and Poland, bound together. 17.5 cm. Fair condition, stains, moth stains, detached leaves. Last leaf torn. Detached binding. See list in the Hebrew description

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Auction 16 Lot Number 386

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Sanhedrin Gemara – Handwritten Glosses

Babylonian Talmud, tractates Sanhedrin, Horayot and Eduyot, including small tractates. Warsaw, 1862.
Margins of leaves contain many erudite glosses on tractates Sanhendrin and Horayot in Ashkenazi handwriting, some especially lengthy.
[1], 130, [1]; 38; 30; 20; 77, [1] leaves. (Separate title-page for each tractate, double title-page for Sanhedrin tractate). 23 cm. Good condition. Stains, moth stains. Bound in magnificent new leather binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 260

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Book Collection – Orient

7 Books, varying sizes all in good-fair condition. See list in the Hebrew description

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Auction 16 Lot Number 283

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Beit Ya’akov – Three Photographs

Three photographs of Beit Ya'akov educational institutes, 1930s and 1940s.
*A photograph postcard - a group photograph, Beit Ya'akov in Vienna, Adar 1929. 13X8 cm. Good condition. *Photograph of a teacher and her pupils in a classroom. [Jerusalem, 1940s]. Photographer: Tzadok Bassan. 24X18 cm. Fair condition, stains. Glued on cardboard, damaged. *Group photograph of teachers and pupils, Beit Ya'akov school in Kfar Saba. [1930s/1940s]. 18X13 cm. Good condition. Damaged cardboard.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 103

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Pri Etz Chaim – Dubrovno, 1804

Sefer Pri Etz Chaim by Rabbi Chaim Vital. Dubrovno, 1804. Includes approbation of Rabbi Uri Shraga Feivish of Dubrovno (disciple and son-in-law of the Vilna Ga'on) as well as additional approbations.
150, [1] leaves. 34 cm. White and greenish paper. Good condition, minor moth damage (restored), especially to binding. Fine leather binding, damaged.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 338

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Tafsir (Judeo-Arabic translation) Manuscripts – Tractate Avot

Two manuscripts, Oriental Persian handwriting: 1). Tafsir Tractate Avot, a commentary and Judeo-Arabic translation of the first four chapters of Tractate Avot.
163 leaves. 20 cm. Good-fair condition, wear and stains. Original semi-leather binding.
2). Written Tafsir of the seventh day of Pesach - Pardess Rachamim *Ta'avir Ko'ev *Petirat Aharon *42 Masa'ot *Segula Nifla'a (a letter by Rabbi Shimshon of Ostropoli for Erev Pesach) etc. various piyutim and copies in Persian and Judeo-Arabic. Signatures of copier and author.
34 leaves. 20.5 cm. Good-fair condition, wear. Detached cover.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 297

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Manuscript of Rabbi Shlomo of Dubna – Comments by the Tosfot Yom Tov on Imrei Shefer

Manuscript of Rabbi Sholomo of Dubna. [Berlin, between 1772-1881].
Copy of glosses written by the Ga'on author of the Tosfot Yom Tov in margins of the book Imrei Shefer on the Torah [by Rabbi Natan Shapiro], in the handwriting of Rabbi Shlomo of Dubna.
Contains six lengthy glosses by the author of the Tosfort Yom Tov [apparently only some of the glosses were printed]. Lengthy bibliographic passage by Rabbi Shlomo of Dubna on the book Imrei Shefer preceding the glosses.
Rabbi Shlomo of Dubna (1731-1813) was a meticulous Torah scholar and author. In his youth, he studied under the author of Mirkavat HaMishna. He resided in Berlin, where he composed part of the Be'ur [explanation] for Mendelson's work on Chumash Bereishit.. After discovering Mendelson's enlightenment objective, he separated from him, and had his own portion of the commentary printed separately.. He received enthusiastic approbations from the giants of the generation, including: the G'aon Rabbi Chaim of Volozhin, the Noda BeYehuda, the Ga'on Rabbi Eliezer Kalir, the Ga'on Rabbi Yedidya Tiah Weil and others (for additional detailed information see: Articles of Rabbi David Kaminetzki, Yeshurun, volumes 8-10).
[3] pages. 17 cm. Bound [with pamphlet of blank leaves].

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Auction 16 Lot Number 107

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Shnei Luchot HaBrit (Shla) – Amsterdam, 1698

Shnei Luchot HaBrit, Amsterdam, 1698. Printed by the young man Emanuel ben Yosef Atiash.
In his letters, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn of Lubavitch (Letter b 853), writes about the book Shnei Luchot HaBrit that was printed in 1698 (458 nachat in gematria) in a fancy edition. This is a sign from above that the revelation of this holy book caused "nachat" above, and that same year the Besht was born. The Besht used to say that he was born in the year that the Shla was printed to illuminate the world with the light of Hashem, of Torah and Fear of Heaven with the service of the heart.
Missing and damaged copy; [3] 263 leaves, (originally: [4], 422, 44, [12] leaves - missing illustrated title page and from Leaf 264 until the end. 31 cm. Poor condition, many moth damages and wear. Leaves 213-230 are damages and torn (substituted with ancient manuscript). Handwritten inscriptions [Yemen?]. Worn binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 205

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Kreiti U’Pleiti – First Edition – Glosses

Kreiti U'Pleiti, explanations and novellae on the Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah [with inside content], Part 1 [Simanim 1-111]. Rabbi Yehonatan Eibeshitz. Altona, [1763]. First edition.
Signatures and ancient owners' inscriptions on title page and other leaves. Stamps of Rabbi Chaim Berlin, and several long and scholarly glosses in his handwriting. Handwritten scholarly glosses from the printing years, some signed by the writer, Gedalia or his initials.
[3], 34 [should be 35]; 165 leaves. 30 cm. Good condition, stains. Unbound.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 237

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Collection of Books of Hassidism

Total of 7 books. Various sizes and conditions. Ownership notations and signatures. See list in the Hebrew description

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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 476

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A Letter by Rabbi Eliyahu Eliezer Dessler

A letter postcard by Rabbi Eliyahu Eliezer Dessler. London, Chanuka 1933.
A letter sent to his relative Rabbi Eliyahu Eliezer Sakoleski, for coordinating a time for a family visit during Chanuka "if nothing will prevent me I hope to come to you, G-d willing, on this Motzei Shabbat¦ ".
Rabbi Eliyahu Eliezer Dessler (1892-1954), was educated in the Kelm Yeshiva, and was son in law of Nachum Ze'ev Ziv of Kelm. He came to England in 1927 and served in the rabbinate of Dellstone in London. He was one of the founders of the Gateshead kollel and helped establish Torah institutes in England. In his later years, he served as mashgiach of Ponovezh Yeshiva in Bnei Brak. His deep discourses built on the basics of ethics, kabala and chassidut were printed by his disciples in the book Sichot U'Ma'amarim, in the five volumes of Michtav Me'Eliyahu and in Sefer Zikaron Michtav Me'Eliyahu.
A postcard 14X4.5 cm. C. 8 lines in his handwriting and signed Eliyahu Eliezer. Good condition.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 254

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Seven Haggadot with Commentaries by Oriental Scholars

Total of 7 books, various sizes and conditions. See list in the Hebrew description

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Auction 16 Lot Number 265

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Agudat Yisrael- Seven Booklets

Total of 7 booklets, various sizes and conditions. See list in the Hebrew description

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Auction 16 Lot Number 171

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Passover Haggada – Basel, 1816

Passover Haggada, with Ashkenazi translation. Basel, 1816.
As opposed to most of the haggadot of those times, that imitated the drawings of the banks of Prague and Amsterdam, this haggada has original drawings in wood cutting.
[2], 54 pages. 20 cm. Good-fair condition. Wine stains. Taped leaves for reinforcement. Worn binding.
From Dr. Israel Mehlman's private collection.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 353

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Manuscript – Sermon for Yom Kippur – Rabbi Ya’akov Chai Pardo – Verono, 1837

Manuscript - Discorso Per il Giorno d' Espiazione (Sermons for Yom Kippur), by Rabbi Ya'akov Chai Pardo. Great Beit Din of Verona October 1837. Italian (with verses in Hebrew).
Rabbi Ya'akov Chai Pardo (born in 1822), son of Rabbi Shmuel Pardo Dayan in Verona, favorite disciple of Shmuel David Luzzatto in the Beit Midrash for Rabbis in Padua. Passed away at the young age of twenty and many eulogized him. Composed sermons and commentary on Sefer Micha which was printed by Shmuel David Luzzatto in the book Avnei Zikaron (Prague, 1841). [See attached material].
[8] leaves, of which approx. 12 written pages. 29.5 cm. Good condition, stains. Manuscript bound.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 335

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Remnants of Parchment Manuscripts – Yemen

Remnants of ancient manuscripts upon parchment. [Yemen and Levant].
Contain number of passages of warnings of Rabbi Shlomo Ibn Gvirol, passage of Hilchot Tefillin in Jewish-Arabic, poem for Shabbat Zachor and more.
Total of 7 parchment leaves. Various sizes and conditions. Majority with severe defects.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 325

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Manuscript – Agunat Yisrael by the Maggid of Koznitz

Manuscript,"Copy of holy writings by the righteous holy Ga'on¦ Rabbi Yisrael the Maggid Meisharim of Koznitz¦ on the matter of liberation of an Agunah". [Manuscript, typical of c. 1860].
The following was said in my presence¦ to instruct to liberate the Aguna¦ and this I wrote to the leader of the Jewish nation, the famous righteous Ga'on Rabbi Pinchas HaLevi Horowitz, author of the Hafla'ah, Av Beit Din¦".
Discussion regarding the Agunah from Stasov, and reply to objecting rabbi. His words were not accurately printed in the book Agunat Yisrael by the Maggid. First leaf contains a passage of the response of the Maggid of Koznitz which was printed in the book Keter Kehuna by Rabbi Yitzchak Katz of Pintshov grandson of the Shach. (Leaf cut off in middle). Following leaves contain discussion with objecting rabbi who undermined the ruling of the Maggid of Koznitz as printed in the book Agunat Yisrael with slight changes in version. (This too, does not contain all the critique or the full version of the response).
In approximately 1801 a question was posed to the Maggid of Koznitz regarding an Agunah from the congregation of Stasov. The Maggid supported liberating her and sent his ruling to a number of the giants of the generation, including Rabbi Pinchas Horowitz author of the Hafla'ah Av Beit Din of Frankfurt am Main, Rabbi Ephraim Zalman Margoliot and others, all of which joined in his decision. Rabbi Ezriel Horowitz, Rabbi of Lublin, objected to the ruling on a number of contentions and the Maggid wrote responses to these contentions which were printed in the pamphlet Divrei Rivot.
The Rebbe Rabbi Yisrael Hopstein - the holy Maggid of Koznitz (1736-1815), among the famous Hassidic giants, genius, halachic authority and sermonizer. Disciple of the Maggid of Mezeritch, Rabbi Shmelka of Nikolsburg and Rabbi Elimelech of Lizhensk. Served as Maggid in Koznitz for approximately fifty years from 1765. He became Rebbe in 1786 and he and the Chozeh of Lublin were regarded as the central figures of the Hassidic movement in Poland. Many books of ethics and Hassidism, Chidushei Shas and the book Agunas Yisrael on this matter which was first printed in Warsaw in 1880 were written on his words of Torah.
Approx. 20 pages, approx. 22 cm. Fair condition, tears in margins, some damaging text. Pages 2 and 3 missing from booklet.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 379

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Aruch HaShulchan – Signature and Glosses by Rabbi Nachum Wallenstein

Aruch HaShulchan, on laws of Yoreh De'ah, by Rabbi Yechiel Michel Epstein. Warsaw, 1897.
Rabbi Moshe Nachum's signature appears on title cover. Leaves contain many Halachic emendations and remarks, in his handwriting.
Ink-stamps of Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Lempert of Stalavitch, author of Piskei HaGra.
Rabbi Moshe Nachum Wallenstein (1840-1922, Otzar HaRabbanim 15588), native of Papa, Hungary; he was a disciple of the Ktav Sofer, from whom he received rabbinic ordination. In 1864 he immigrated to Jerusalem and married the daughter of Rabbi Shimon Deutsch, disciple of the Chatam Sofer. Was leader of the Hungarian Jewry in Jerusalem. Appointed as Dayan in the Beit Din of the Maharil Diskin in 1889, and in 1908 was appointed as Av Beit Din of Jerusalem. Author of Bnei Moshe Responsa.
[2], 95; [2], 104; 171 pages [bound with title cover. Separate title-pages for chapters 61-78, 79-97, 98-122]. 23 cm. Good condition. Stains, minor moth stains, number of detached and worn leaves. Dry paper. Worn binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 369

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Three Books with Glosses

1. Pnei Yitzchak, sermons on the Torah, Rabbi Yitzchak Frances. Salonika, [1743]. Incomplete and defective copy, missing title page and 2 last leaves. Handwritten Oriental glosses by a number of writers.
2. Hilchot Rav Alfas, Pesachim-Mo'ed Katan. [Amsterdam, 1720?, missing title page]. Ownership notation"Chaim ben Uliel". Margins of sheets contain brief glosses and comments in Oriental handwriting (Morocco).
3. Birchei Yosef, Yoreh De'ah (chapters 1-276), by the Chida [Rabbi Chaim Yosef David Azulai]. [Livorno, 1776]. Defective copy and missing end. Three erudite glosses in Oriental handwriting, two signed"Ish [acronym]".
Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 381

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Books with Glosses of Rabbi David Sperber Rabbi of BraֵŸov and Letters of Responsa addressed to him

Two books of responsa with glosses and comments handwritten by Rabbi David Sperber: 1) Responsa She'elat Shalom, second edition, by Rabbi Shalom Toibesh. Lemberg, 1885. * 2) Responsa Chesed L'Avraham, second edition, two parts and insights on the Rambam, by Rebbe Avraham David, the Gaon of Buchach. Lemberg, 1898.
Two letters were found between the leaves of the books that were sent to Rabbi David Sperber; one a letter with a halachic query by Rabbi Matityahu Yechezkel Gutman Rabbi of BuhuֵŸi and Leova with particularly interesting content: "There is a tradition in our family from our grandfather Rabbi Liber The Great of Berdichev (he lived in the time of the Besht and was the grandson of the Rabbi of Ostropoli) not to marry a Cohen¦ the testament was not recorded¦ and the reason that was passed down was that we are descended from David and have the quality of kingship, and kingship and priesthood are not to be mixed together¦".
Rabbi David Sperber - the Gaon of BraֵŸov (1875-1962, Otzar HaRabbanim 5075) was amongst the leading Rabbis of Galicia and Romania. He was born in Zablatov, to a family of Vizhnitz Chasidim. Disciple of Rabbi Meir Arik. From 1908, he served in the rabbinate and in 1928, he became rabbi of BraֵŸov. He wrote Afarkesta D'Aniya, Michtam L'David, and other compositions on all areas of Torah. He became renowned for releasing agunot after the Holocaust permitting them to remarry. In 1949, he immigrated to Eretz Yisrael and was one of the heads of Moetzet Gedolei HaTorah.
2 books and 2 letters, varied size and condition, good condition, with the exception of the responsa She'elat Shalom in fair-poor condition.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 233

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Eleven Books of Hassidism

Various sizes and conditions. Some contain ownership notations, stamps and handwritten comments. Some printed upon blue paper. See list in the Hebrew description

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Auction 16 Lot Number 84

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Shulchan Aruch HaRav, Orach Chaim – Zhitomir – Two Sections

Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim. Zhitomir, printing press of the partners, grandsons of the Rabbi of Slavita. 1859. Second and third sections (does not appear in the Bibliography Institute CD).
Each volume contains two title pages; first abridged with name of book and place of print in red ink.
[5], 480 pages; [6], 449 pages, 21.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Moth damage, tears and stains. Unbound.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 95

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Mei HaShilo’ach (Izbica) / Kol Simcha (Przysucha) – First Editions

1. Sefer Mei HaShilo'ach, Hassidic sayings on the Torah, literary collections on the Nevi'im and Ketuvim and collection on the Shas. By the Rebbe Rabbi Mordechai Yosef [Leiner] of Izbica. Vienna, [1860]. First edition.
66, 26, [1] leaves. 21.5 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and minor moth damages. Original binding, torn and worn. Ownership signature.
2. Sefer Kol Simcha, on the Torah and Chiddushei Sugiyot, by the Rebbe Rabbi Simcha Bunim of Przysucha. [Breslau, 1859]. First edition. Notations and various ownership signatures, (one of the notations:"Belongs to the exalted Torah scholar Rabbi Nachum¦ son-in-law of the famous philanthropist Rabbi Yisrael Shmuel" - apparently this refers to Rabbi Nachum Yalas of Przemysl, son of Rabbi Uri of Sambur and son-in-law of Rabbi Yisrael Shmuel Newhouse who served as Rebbe and Av Beit Din in the city of Tomaszֳ³w from the year 1860, see attached material). Lengthy erudite handwritten gloss.
[1], 58; 28; [1] leaves. 20.5 cm. Quality paper, good-fair condition, restored damages in upper margins with text defects to titles. Unbound.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 85

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Derech Chaim and Tochachat Musar Haskel – Zhitomir, 1863

Sefer Derech Chaim and Tochachat Musar Haskel [moral rebuke], by Rabbi Dov Ber Schneersohn [the Mitteler Rebbe]. Zhitomir, 1863. Shapira Brothers printing press.
Ownership notations from 1865:"Ya'akov Moshe son of Baruch Lavevski","Belongs to Rabbi¦ Baruch and his esteemed son Uziel¦", and more.
111 leaves. 20 cm. Good condition. Stains and wear, moth stains. Old binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 235

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Collection of Books – Chassidut

22 books and booklets in 8 volumes. Varied size and condition. See list in the Hebrew description

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Auction 16 Lot Number 131

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Urim Ve-Thummim – Venice, 1603

Urim Ve-Thummim, commentary on Yeshaya and Yirmiya by Rabbi Meir Arama (son of the"Akedat Yitzchak"), Venice, 1603. First edition.
With a foreword by Rabbi Menachem Ya'akov son of Rabbi Eliezer of Safed who tells:"¦I served many Torah scholars throughout my life¦ and enjoyed my work selling holy books, I had to leave my area and wander in many foreign countries for financial reasons¦ this book was brought to me from Heaven¦ a wonderful man of faith gave me this paper and money and I have witnessed amazing miracles¦".
76 leaves, 18.5 cm. Good condition, light stains. New semi-leather binding.
See the article written by Y. Rivkind (enclosed material), about typographic variations of this book's copies.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 365

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Yad Malachi – First Edition – Signature and Glosses Rabbi Yosef Birdugo – Additional Glosses

Yad Malachi, rules of the Talmud and Poskim, Parts 1-3, by Rabbi Malachi HaCohen. Livorno, [1767]. First edition of the renowned Sefer HaKlalim.
On title page a cutoff signature: Yosef Birdugo. On the margins, many glosses in Rabbi Yosef Birdugo's handwriting, who signs some of them with the name: Yavin (acronym of his name). Additional glosses in Oriental handwriting by several people [rabbis of the Birdugo family], a few are signed Adam Nero (acronym).
Rabbi Yosef Birdugo - Yavin (1802-1854, Malchei Rabbanan page 58), was a prominent Rabbi amongst Morrocan and Western scholars. After the death of Ya'akov Birdugo, he served as Rabbi and Leader of the congregation in Meknes until his death. Author of Ketonet Yosef [3 parts] and Divrei Yosef responsa.
[5], 228 leaves. 21 cm. Varied condition of pages, good-fair. First leaves fair-poor condition. Moth marks, stains. Tears to a number of pages. Detached leaves.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 445

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Collection of Books with Signatures and Inscriptions

1. The Righteous Rabbi Yosef Zundel of Salant and his Rabbis, Jerusalem, (1927). Inscription by publishers"To our great righteous Rabbi Chaim Sonnenfeld¦". (Defective copy, stains, missing 2 leaves at end).
2. Tosfot Rid, on Yevamot Tractate. Jerusalem, [1931?]. Notation upon title page:"Belongs to chief Av Beit Din Rabbi Bengis Jerusalem".
3. Kalkalat Shvi'it, 3 sections. Jerusalem, (1938). Handwritten inscription along with signature by author Rabbi Moshe Chaskin, the rabbi of Periloki. Handwritten correction glosses [by author?].
4. Noda B'Yehudah Responsa, Tanina Edition. Vilna, (1902). Title page contains stamp of Rabbi"Yechezkel Panet Av Beit Din of Desh and the Galilee". Glosses in recent handwriting.
5. Darchei No'am, Drushim. Mukachevo, 1913. Title page contains inscription in honor of wedding, by Rabbi Aharon Felbetermaun [Felberbaum] Av Beit Din of Gevitz (perished in the Holocaust, Otzar HaRabbanim 1673), to the groom Rabbi Lieber Tabavitch. Signed inscription by Rabbi Alter Eliezer Lieber Tabavitch.
6. Di Yudishe Geshichte, Jewish history from the Babylonian exile until the Roman battle]. Warsaw, 1917. Signature of Rabbi"A.Z. Friedman" (author of Ma'ayana Shel Torah, perished in the Holocaust, Otzar HaRabbanim 2815) and signature of Rabbanit"Eidel Halberstam" Jerusalem, (daughter of the Rebbe Rabbi Shalom of Shatz and wife of the Rebbe Rabbi Ya'akov of Tshakava, passed away in 1949).
7. Shulchan Aruch Yoreh De'ah, laws of slaughtering and non-kosher food. Mukachevo, (1926). Inscription by Rabbi Eliezer David Ungar of Pressburg to his cousin the young man Akiva Simcha Bunim Ungar [among the respected notables of the Pressburg congregation, born in 1910 and perished in the Holocaust. For additional information related to him see: The Chatam Sofer and his Disciples, page 656]. Dozens of lengthy handwritten glosses.
7 books, various sizes and conditions, majority in good condition.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 137

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Arba’a Ve’Esrim – Basel, 1611-1612

Arba'a Ve'Esrim - edition of Pentateuch, Prophets and Scriptures. Basel, [1611-1612].
Edition ornamented with red ink, with delineated frames and lines for columns, titles and title-page.
Contains full Pentateuch, Five Scrolls and Prophets. [Missing: Minor Prophets; Scriptures]. The Five Scrolls are printed after the Pentateuch. Two columns on each page. Each fifth verse is marked with a letter.
224; 1-300 pages. (Missing: 301-334; 187, [7] pages). 16.5 cm. Good condition. Stains and signs of wear, number of detached leaves. Missing binding. Ownership notations and markings of verses in handwriting.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 468

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Letters Addressed to Rabbi Yosef Chaim Zonnenfeld

Diverse collection of letters sent to Rabbi Yosef ChaimZonnenfeld, Chief Rabbi of the Jerusalem"Eidah Hareidit". Includes receipts and a printed placard with ink-stamps.
Letters from all over the world, most of which were sent with donations made to the"Kupat Ha-Rabbanim" fund managed by [Rabbi Sonnenfeld].
Approx. 30 Letters and paper items. Varying sizes and conditions.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 287

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Collection of Photographs of Rabbis

Large collection of photographs of rabbis including numerous photographs of Hassidic Rebbes (Ger, Vizhnitz, Satmar, Papa, Rabbi Dushinsky and more). Photographs from the years 1930-1980.
Approx. 72 photographs. Some upon postcards. Various sizes and conditions, very good to fair condition.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 490

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Letters by Rabbi Weiss Author of Minchat Yitzchak and by Rabbi Wosner Author of Shevet HaLevi

1. Letter by Rabbi Yitzchak Ya'akov Weiss, Rabbi and Av Beit Din of Edah HaChareidit, author of Minchat Yitzchak responsa. Jerusalem, 1983. Letter of blessing for book on rabbis of Galanta, including interesting content on the history and customs of Hungarian Jewry.
27.5 cm. Good condition, stains and folding marks, slight tear on upper corner. Typewritten, signed by hand.
2. Letter by Rabbi Shmuel HaLevi Wosner, Av Beit Din of Zichron Meir and author of Shevet HaLevi responsa. Bnei Brak, [1969]. Letter of thanks for receiving a book written by a Hungarian rabbi who was killed in the holocaust.
Postcard, 14.5 cm. Very good condition, stained on margins.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 416

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Two Books From the Library of Rabbi Meir Shapiro of Lublin

1. Sefer Ateret Paz, commentary on Hilchot Nesi'at Kapayim and Seder Birkat Cohanim [with text of the Shulchan Aruch], by Rabbi Pinchas Zelig Schwartz [author of Shem HaGedolim Me'eretz Hagar]. Kleinwardein, [1928].
2. Sefer HaAzla Garesh, analyses and halachic novellae on laws of Gitin, section 2, by Rabbi Eliyahu Posek. Seini, [1926].
Ink-stamps of Rabbi Meir Shapiro, Av Beit Din and Rosh Mativta of Pietrekov. Ink-stamps of"Chochmei Lublin Yeshiva Library".
The Ga'on Rabbi Meir Shapiro (1887-1934), founder of Daf HaYomi and among the greatest rabbis of his generation, member of Moetzet Gedolei HaTorah, served as Rabbi in Pietrekov and Lublin. He founded and ran the Chochmei Lublin Yeshiva. His vision for building the Yeshiva included establishing a large library, which he did, and included his private collection in it This library was plundered by the Nazis, and a large portion of it was burned by them.
Various sizes and conditions (general condition good).

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Auction 16 Lot Number 385

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Shulchan Aruch Even HaEzer – Glosses of Rebbe of Zutchka

Shulchan Aruch, Even HaEzer, with Ba'er Heteiv and Pitchei Teshuva. Part 2 Simanim: 119-178. Johannesburg (Prussia), [1861]. First edition of Pitchei Teshuva. On leaf before title page, inscriptions that the book belongs to the Rebbe of Zutchka, "one who writes in memory of Meir". Handwritten corrections and a number glosses.
Rabbi Yitzchak Issac Rosenbaum (1906-2000, Encyclopedia L'Chassidut Vol 2, Pages 392-393), son of Rebbe Itamar of Nadvorna. His lifelong diligence in Torah study from early childhood until old age was wondrous. He served as Rebbe in Zutchke and Vashkovitz. After surviving the Holocaust, he served as Rebbe in the US and in Israel. Many flocked to his doors for blessings, advice or encouragement. Until the end of his life, he waged the battle of Torah, publicized proclamations, essays and many pamphlets.
His son Rabbi Meir Rosenbaum, signed owner's inscription, is Rebbe of Caracas (Venezuela).
[2], 75, 176-309[7], [3] leaves. (Perhaps, 2 leaves of introduction are missing). C. 21 cm. Fair condition, stains and wear and minor moth damage. Simple binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 55

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Collection of Wedding Invitations of the Gur Rebbes’ Family

A collection of wedding and Bar-Mitzvah invitations, of the Gur Rebbes' family.
Includes: an invitation of Rebbe Avraham Mordechai Alter (the Imrei Emet) to the wedding of his son Rebbe Pinchas Menachem Alter in Jerusalem, in 1946, with the daughter of his uncle Rabbi Moshe Betzalel Alter. * Invitations of Rebbe Avraham Mordechai Alter to the marriage of his grandson and granddaughter, the children of his son in law Rabbi Yitchak Meir HaCohen Levine. Jerusalem 1947. * Invitation of Rebbe Avraham Mordechai Alter to the marriage of the son of his son in law Rabbi Yehuda Aryeh Leib Heine, Jerusalem 1947. * Invitation of Rebbe Pinchas Menachem Alter, to the bar-mitzvah of his son Rabbi Daniel Chaim, 1979.
8 invitations, varied size and condition.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 271

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Photo of Rabbi Shalom Shakhna one of the Rabbis of Copenhagen

Our master Rabbi Shalom Shakhna, son of Rabbi Avraham of Copenhagen, 1827". Portrait photo in lithographic print, with printed signature of the artist M. Mendel. Copenhagen (Denmark), 1827. The photograph features the rabbi during a sermon he gave for Parashat Va-Yechi, with his name written on the podium. Rabbi Shalom Shakhna served as"apprentice rabbi" under his father Rabbi Avraham son of Rabbi Gedaliah who filled the Copenhagen rabbinical office for 36 years and passed away during Fall 1827.
18.5 X 26.5 cm. Good condition, stains.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 463

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An Interesting Letter by Rebbe Avraham Elimelech of Karlin

A letter by Rebbe Avraham Elimelech Perlow, Pinsk Karlin, [Iyar 1933].
The letter was a response to the Ma'amadot money sent by the Chassidim in Eretz Yisrael, and this is what he writes: "I did not imagine that after the whole winter that cost them much money, they would send again, and at first, I thought I would return the money, afterwards, I thought that they might consider this as a humiliation, therefore I accepted it and attached are all the receipts". In the continuation of the letter, the Rebbe inquires about the health and livelihood of his Chassidim and blesses the recipient "that he should merit giving in peace and plenty and rest from all distress and he should hear only good news¦ the one who blesses him and mentions him for good and blessing at all times, Avraham Elimelech".
Rebbe Avraham Elimelech Perlow (1891-1943, Encyclopedia L'Chassidut A, Page 97), was the most renowned of the six sons of the Rebbe HaYanuka, Rabbi Yisrael of Stolin (The Frankfurter). Most of his father's Chassidim in Russia and Eretz Yisrael flocked after him and to prevent controversy with the Chassidim of his brother Rabbi Moshe of Stolin, he moved his court to Karlin near Pinsk. He established the Karlin Yeshiva in Luninitz. He and his descendants perished in the Holocaust.
14X21.5 cm. Good condition, folding marks and file holes.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 122

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Sefer Torat HaBayit HaKatzar – Cremona, 1665 – First Edition

VeZot Torat HaBayit - Sefer Torat HaBayit HaKatzar by the Rashba. Cremona, [1665]. First edition.
Ex-libris upon inner biding of book:"Belongs to the great genius Rabbi Leib Berlin Av Beit Din of Bamberg¦". - The Ga'on Rabbi Aryeh Leib Berlin (1739-1814), among the greatest Torah scholars of his generation, among the leaders of the Fֳ¼rth communities during the years 1773-1778; served as Av Beit Din of Bamberg in 1790 and from 1794 served as Av Beit Din of Kassel and Hessen. His glosses on the majority of the tractates of the Shas were lost and only the glosses on Shvu'ot Tractate were printed in the Vilna Edition of the Shas. His brother, Rabbi Noach Chaim Tzvi Berlin author of Atzei Almogim greatly admired him and named his book Atzei Arazim after him [see attached material].
Leaf 21/2 contains handwritten signature:"Shlomo son of Avraham of Pesselburg, from Bohemia", [Rabbi Avraham Pesselburg, Av Beit Din of Prague and friend of Rabbi Yehonatan Eibeshitz, passed away in 1746].
48, 13-15, 53-72 leaves [faulty pagination]. 21 cm. Fair condition. Stains, moth damage and tears. Detached leaves. Moth damage. Worn and detached binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 315

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Manuscript of Homiletics and Anthologies

A handwritten notebook, homiletics and anthologies, notes for sermons: for Shabbat HaGadol, Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, festivals, eulogies, Torah portions etc. The content has not been examined properly, but from the initial examination of the content and wide scope of the writings, it seems that they were written by a rabbi that served in the rabbinate and frequently gave sermons. Ashkenazi handwriting [Poland-Lithuania, c. 1910s-1930s].
688 pages, c. 17.5 cm. closely written. Fair condition, moth damage and wear. Detached and worn binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 486

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A Letter from Rebbe Baruch Hager of Seret-Vizhnitz

A letter handwritten and signed by Rebbe Baruch Hager of Seret-Vizhnitz, to the editorial staff of the Hamodia newspaper. Haifa, Iyar 1952.
A letter of protest on the publication of the attack against Po'alei Agudah members in Haifa, in opposition to the demand of the Rebbes of Agudat Yisrael and Po'alei Agudat Yisrael that their newspapers will not attack one another.
Rebbe Baruch Hager of Seret-Vizhnitz (1895-1963, Otzar HaRabbanim 4066), the fourth son of the Ahavat Yisrael of Vizhnitz. By first marriage, he was the son in law of Rebbe Yissachar Dov of Belz, and by second marriage he was son in law of Rebbe Eliezer Nissan Horwitz. He was a Torah genius and received semicha from the Maharam Arik and Rabbi A. M. Steinberg of Brody. He served in the rabbinate from 1923 in Kitsman and Seret. In 1936, he was crowned Rebbe. In 1947, he immigrated to Haifa, where he established his Beit Midrash and a large community that until today is a Torah stronghold in the city of Haifa. A member of Mo'etzet Gedolei HaTorah, a leader of Chinuch Atzmai and Agudat Yisrael.
Official stationary. 22 cm. Good condition, file holes.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 412

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Aderet Eliyahu, Livorno 1742 – Ink-stamped and Hand-signed by Admor Rabbi Nachum Dober Friedman of Sadigura

Aderet Elyahu on the Mishnayot. Vol. 1-2. By Kabbalistic Gaon Rabbi Emmanuel Chai Riki. Livorno, [1741].
Handwritten inscription:"Kinyan Kaspi Nachum Dov Bear Friedman". Both volumes were ink-stamped by Admor Rabbi Nachum Dober Friedman of Sadigura, the ink-stamp features a lion in the center,"Nachum Dober Friedman", and a second stamp saying"Kinyan Kaspi".
Rabbi Nachum Dober Friedman (passed away in 1883, Otzar Ha-Rabbanim 15912) was the son of Admor Rabbi Shalom Yosef of Rozin and the son in law of his uncle - Admor Rabbi Avraham Ya'akov of Sadigura - holy sons of Rabbi Israel of Rozin. His library was one of the greatest in his generation.
Vol.1: 129 leaves. Vol.2: 57 leaves. 22 cm. Good-fair condition, damaged Vol.1 title page. Light stains and moth marks on both volumes. New cloth bindings.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 402

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Books from the Library of Rabbi Yosef Zechariah Stern – Signatures and Glosses

Even HaSho'am and Me'irat Einayim, responsa and Chiddushim, Rabbi Elyakim Getz. Dyhernfurth, [1733]. * Eliyah Rabba, Chiddushim on six tractates, Rabbi Eliyahu Shapiro [author of Eliyah Rabba on the Shulchan Aruch]. Fֳ¼rth, [1768]. * Ner Tamid, explanations on Tractate Kritut, Rabbi Baruch Bendet of Zabludow. Navi Dovar, [1803]. (Signature on title-page, glosses). * Kadmut HaYehudim Neged Ifyun, Yosef Ben Matityahu HaCohen of Jerusalem, Leek, [1858]. (8 pages missing from middle of book). * Mutzal Me'esh, halachic responsa and Chiddushim, by Rabbi Ya'akov Alfandari, with comments by Rabbi Zusman Sofer. Pressburg, 1878.
Signatures and glosses by Rabbi Yosef Zechariah Stern. Title-page of Even HaSho'am contains interesting notation written in memory of his son who passed away:"Darkness descended upon me with the death of my precious son¦ Natan Chaim David Stern ,on Rosh Chodesh Iyar 1886¦ Yosef Zechariah son of Rabbi Natan Stern¦". [Similar notations concerning the death of his son appear in two additional books].
Rabbi Yosef Zechariah Stern (1831-1904, Otzar HaRabbanim 8783), leading rabbinic authority, among the greatest Torah scholars of his generation. Served as rabbi in Shavel, Lithuania since 1861. Author of Zecher Yehosef, Tahaluchot Ha'agadot.
Total of 5 books. Sizes and conditions vary.

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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 255

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Twelve Haggadot with Various Commentaries

Total of 12 books, various sizes and conditions. See list in the Hebrew description

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Auction 16 Lot Number 202

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Zera Emet Responsa – Livorno, 1786 – Important Glosses and Signatures

Zera Emet Responsa [section one - Orach Chaim] includes: Sefer Zera Emet, Chidushei Sugiyot, by Rabbi Yishmael HaCohen of Modena. Livorno, [1786].
Title-page of book contains ownership signature:"I have purchased this to serve my Creator". Lengthy glosses in his handwriting throughout leaves of book.
Leaf 84/2 contains lengthy gloss signed"Avraham Lulo" - Rabbi Avraham Lulo (Passed away in 1808), among the scholars of Morocco, a great Kabbalist. Left Morocco and passed through Algeria, Tunis, Libya and Livorno. Contemporary of the author of the book [in the gloss he mentions him in the blessing for life].
Stamps of the Ga'on Rabbi Chaim Berlin (1832-1913, Otzar HaRabbanim 5925), Back cover leaf contains a gloss in his handwriting.
[5], 121; [1], 64 leaves. 29.5 cm. Good condition, stains and mildew stains. New binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 234

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Thirteen Chassidic Books

Total of 13 books, varied size and condition. Signatures, stamps and owners' inscriptions. See list in the Hebrew description

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Auction 16 Lot Number 128

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Rinat Dodim – Basel, 1600

Sefer Rinat Dodim, commentary on Shir HaShirim, by Rabbi Eliyahu son of Rabbi Moshe Luantz. Basel, [1600].
Rabbi Eliyahu Ba'al Shem of Luantz (1565-1636) studied in the yeshiva of the Maharal of Prague; was involved in the study of Kabbala and the writing of amulets. He arrived in Basel after leaving his community in Frankfurt am Main, and published this book because"when something is written in a book, it is as if it has been spoken to thousands and myriads" (from the title page).
[1], 30 leaves, 20.5 cm. Fair condition. Mildew stains on all leaves. Restored tears on edges of majority of leaves. Unoriginal binding, partially detached. Several signatures and ownership stamps as well as several comments.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 331

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Manuscript Kuntress HaAvodah- Written by Rabbi Shalom Ber Duber Schneerson of Lubavitch

A manuscript, Kuntress HaAvodah, Simchat Torah 1911. A copy of a Chassidic article by Rabbi Shalom Duber Schneerson of Lubavitch "a commentary discussing the topic of service of the heart i.e. prayer and how to cleave to G-dliness". This article was written in 1909-1910, however it was completed on Simchat Torah of 1911 - see attached material.
78 written pages, 20.5 cm. Written by quill in blue ink, good condition, stains. Newly bound.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 430

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Collection of Books of Eastern Scholars – Signatures, Dedication, Glosses

1. Chaim Sha'al, halachic responsa, Part 2. Rabbi Chaim Yosef David Azulai - the Chida. Livorno, [1795]. On Leaf a, (cutoff) signature of Rabbi Chaim Mordechai Lebton, a prominent rabbi in Aleppo, author of Nochach HaShulchan (see: Likdoshim Asher Ba'Aretz, page 64). A number of glosses in Oriental handwriting on title page and book leaves.
2. Nechpa BaKesef, halachic novellae, Part 2, by Rabbi Yonah Navon. Jerusalem, [1843]. (S. HaLevi, 13). Dedication (cutoff) on title page, two glosses in Oriental handwriting.
3. Rosh Mashbir, responsa on Choshen Mishpat, Part 2, by Rabbi Yosef Modi'ano. Salonika, [1840]. Self-dedication on title page: "A gift from the Chacham Author Yosef Yeshaya Modiano" and additional signatures. Stamp (erased) of Rabbi Chaim Berlin, and corrections in the book in his handwriting.
4. Ratzuf Ahava, explanation of the Tosfot on topics of aggada, by Rabbi Nissim Algazi. Verona, [1649]. Fair-poor condition. Signature (cutoff) of Rabbi Shabtai HaLevi [of Constantinople ?] and glosses in his handwriting.
4 books. Varied size and condition.

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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 326

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Manuscript of Sermons by Rabbi Ya’akov Tzvi Weissman Av Beit Din of Hoida-Sabaslo Son-In-Law of Rabbi Shmuel Frankel of Darag

Manuscript, sermons for Shabbat HaGadol and Shabbat Shuva as well as additional sermons by the Ga'on Rabbi Ya'akov Tzvi Weiss-Weissman Av Beit Din of Hoida-Sabaslo (Hungary), (1882-1885).
Autographic writing by author. Title page contains handwritten notation:"What G-D has endowed me with, Ya'akov Tzvi Weiss¦ Ya'akov Tzvi ben Miriam¦". Signatures and notations in handwriting of his grandson Rabbi"Ya'akov Tzvi Katz".
The Ga'on Rabbi Ya'akov Tzvi Weiss-Weissman (passed away in Adar 1889 or 1890, Otzar HaRabbanim 10282), son of Rabbi Avraham Weissman Av Beit Din of Sabaslo (Otzar HaRabbanim 393) and son-in-law of the Holy Rebbe Rabbi Shmuel Frankel Av Beit Din of Kamad and Darag (author of Imrei Shefer). Disciple of the Kol Aryeh. Served in the Sabaslo Rabbinate, which was headed by his family for four generations, as successor to his father. His son-in-law Rabbi Shmuel Katz (Otzar HaRabbanim 18480) succeeded him in the Sabaslo Rabbinate until his death in 1919. His son Rabbi Ya'akov Tzvi Katz author of Leket HaKemach HaChadash (passed away in 1964, Otzar HaRabbanim 10284) succeeded him in the rabbinate, and after the Holocaust moved to Amsterdam.
Over 220 written pages, 22 cm. Good condition. Loose binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 200

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Rashba Responsa – Important Signatures and Stamps (Rabbi Michel Scheuer – The Malbim – Rabbi Chaim Berlin and Others)

Responsa by Rabbi Shlomo Ben Aderet [Rashba], Section 3. Livorno, 1778. First edition.
Title page contains signature (crossed out):"Michel son of Rabbi Tebele Scheuer¦" - The Ga'on Rabbi Michel son of the Ga'on Rabbi Tebele Scheuer, served as Rosh Yeshiva in Mainz while his father, Rabbi Tebele, served there in the rabbinate. In this yeshiva the young man Moshe Sofer of Frankfurt [who was eventually known as the author of the Chatam Sofer], studied for approximately two years. In his eulogy (Sermons of the Chatam Sofer, 77, 3) he describes the Rosh Yeshiva as his mentor and rabbi:"The genius¦ famous for his astuteness¦ exalted in wisdom¦ whom I have studied from in the Yeshiva in the years 1776 and 1777 while he was Rosh Yeshiva in Metz". Between 1778-1782 served as Av Beit Din of Worms, and from 1782 served as Av Beit Din and Rosh Yeshiva of Mannheim until his demise in 1810. Genius and Kabbalist, was considered one of the greatest Rosh Yeshivot in Ashkenaz and among the greatest of his generation.
Leaf following title page contains stamp of the Malbim:"Meir Leibush Malbim Av Beit Din of Bucharest".
Signatures and stamps of Rabbi"Yakir son of Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Lifshitz" [Rabbi Yakir Lifshitz son of Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Lifshitz Av Beit Din of Warsaw author of Chemdat Shlomo; son-in-law of the philanthropist Rabbi Feivel Opitzinski of Luntshitz. After the death of Rabbi Yakir at a young age (see attached material), the Malbim married his widow (that is how this book reached the Malbim).
Signatures and additional ownership notations."Mordechai Mottel¦". Stamps upon leaves of book by the Ga'on Rabbi Chaim Berlin [and correction of word in his handwriting]. Ownership notation at end of book:"¦ 15th of Menachem [Av], 1810, Shidlavitz, Shmuel Shmelka".
[2], 94 leaves. 29 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, moth damage. Title page and last leaf incomplete and restored. New binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 426

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Books with Stamps and Signatures of Rabbis of Hungary

12 books in seven volumes, various sizes and conditions. See list in the Hebrew description

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Auction 16 Lot Number 363

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Gidulei Teruma – Venice, 1643 – Glosses

Sefer Gidulei Teruma, commentary on Sefer HaTerumot [with text], by Rabbi Azarya Pigo. Venice, [1643]. First edition, printed during lifetime of author.
Leaves of book contain [lengthy] glosses in Oriental handwriting.
[5], 382 leaves [missing one leaf of author's introduction]. 29.5 cm. Fair condition. Stains and mildew marks. Moth stains. Restoration of margins of title page. Stamps. Worn binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 470

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Shana Tova Letters by Rabbi Kook and Rabbi Frank, to Rabbi Moshe Kliers

1. Shana Tova letter by Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook, chief rabbi of Israel, to Rabbi Moshe Kliers Av Beit Din of Tiberias. Elul 1929. In the letter which is written entirely in his holy handwriting, he hints to events which occurred in that year"My despondent and oppressed brethren who await the salvation of the merciful G-D¦ awaiting G-D's salvation".
2. Lengthy letter of responsa on laws of Zera'im, and a Shana Torah greeting, by Rabbi Tzvi Pesach Frank from the period when he served as Dayan and rabbinical authority in the holy city of Jerusalem. Elul 1919.
Official stationeries, various sizes and conditions. Good.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 236

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Collection of Chassidic Books Dinov-Munkach

Total of 12 books, varied size and condition, good conditions. See list in the Hebrew description

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Auction 16 Lot Number 471

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Letters by Rabbi Kook and Family

A collection of letters, including a letter by Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook to Rabbi Aharon Mendel HaCohen Rabbi of the Ashkenasi community of Cairo, Adar Sheni 1921. *A printed letter from Rabbi Kook for the benefit of the Association of Talmudei Torah in Jerusalem, Kislev 1935. *An interesting letter from his son Rabbi Zvi Yehuda Kook to Rabbi Shlomo Yosef Zevin on the occasion of the seventh siyum of the Shas, Tamuz 1975. *A letter from his son in law Rabbi Shalom Natan Ra'anan-Kook regarding the collection for the benefit of the Worldwide Central Yeshiva. A memorial leaf for the yahrzeit of Rabbi Kook. *Letters from rabbis and public figures to Rabbi Shalom Natan Ra'anan-Kook, regarding contributions to the yeshiva.
10 paper items, including 8 letters, varied size and condition.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 302

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Chiddushei Torah by Rabbi Yosef Bechor Banbanishti, Jerusalem Scholar

Manuscript of Chiddushei Torah by Rabbi Yosef Bechor Banbanishti, rabbinical emissary of Hebron to Tripoli. 1888. Oriental handwriting; writer signed several times"Yosef known as Bechor Ben Venishti", stating that he is a rabbinical emissary of the holy city of Hebron. He notes that he is situated in Tripoli, Libya.
The Chiddushim were sent to Rabbi Chaim HaCohen, rabbi of Tripoli, Libya; requesting that he add them to his book Lev Shome'a (Livorno, 1885), apparently, the Chiddushim were not printed in the book. Throughout the Chiddushim he mentions discussions which he had with Rabbi Chaim HaCohen and with his friend Rabbi"He'ach Nafshenu" regarding glosses written on the book of his grandfather Yishrei Lev [Eliyahu Chazan, publisher and proofreader of books of his grandfather, Rabbi Chaim David Chazan]. Apparently, the writer was among the disciples of Rabbi Chaim David Chazan.
Rabbi Yosef Bechor son of Rabbi Rachamim Schneur Banbanishti (1840-1916, Otzar HaRabbanim 8733), born in Jerusalem in 1840; in 1874 was sent as emissary of Jerusalem and in 1883 was sent as emissary of Hebron. In 1900 served as chief Av Beit Din of the Sephardic congregation of Jerusalem.
[1] leaf folded into four, 8 written columns, approx. 10X26 cm. Fair condition, wear and damages.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 295

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Pitchei Teshuva” on the Shulchan Aruch Yoreh De’ah – Complementary Manuscript

Manuscript completing the"Pitchei Teshuva" on the Shulchan Aruch Yoreh De'ah. [c.1851].
Pitchei Teshuva" on Yoreh De'ah, by Rabbi Avraham Zvi Eisenstadt (1813-1865), first printed in 1836. Compilation of Halachic rulings based on various responsa which later became one of the cornerstones of Halachic ruling. Though the book is more of a compilation, the author's opinion is viewed like a Halachic ruling. The exact wording of the"Pitchei Teshuva" and the parts the author did not copy are often used to support proof or bring greater accuracy to the subject being studied.
A second edition of the book was printed in Zhitomir in 1852 with many additions made by the author. Those additions were printed inside brackets to distinguish them from the original version. After his passing, the book was published a third time (Vilna 1870) with even more additions taken from the author's manuscript. Those additions were printed in brackets as well. From then on, the Pitchei Teshuva essay began to be inserted in most editions of the Shulchan Aruch. Based on a sample comparison we have made between the first handwritten page [of the manuscript] and the"Shulchan Aruch Ha-Shalem" edition, it appears that most paragraphs are present in the printed version, inside brackets, however, the present manuscript also includes changes and new pieces which were never printed. Whether the manuscript is in the author's or the copier's autographic writing is unknown to us.
14pp. 41.5 cm approx. Good-fair condition, light stains, tears. Rebound.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 477

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Letter of Recommendation for Yeshiva – Gaon of Tchebin

A letter of recommendation for the Heichal HaTorah Yeshiva, handwritten and signed by the Gaon of Tchebin - Rabbi Dov Berish Weidenfeld. Jerusalem, Tishrei 1953.
Rabbi Dov Berish Weidenfeld (1881-1966), son of the Gaon of Hrymayliv author of Kochav MiYa'akov. Even as a young man, he was considered a distinguished scholar. He wrote a book of responsa Dovev Meisharim.
Official stationary, 27.5 cm. C. 10 rows in his handwritten and with his signature. Good condition, creases and light tears.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 456

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Letter from Inhabitants of Safed to the Baron Rothschild – 1887

Lengthy letter of apology, from the people of Safed to the Baron Edmond Rothschild. 14 Sivan (1887). Fine scribe writing, unsigned.
The letter mentions their meeting"in the village of Gei Oni called Rosh Pina"; they apologize to the Baron Rothschild and renege on their agreement saying that they decided to prohibit the establishment of schools [of enlightenment] -"because we are inhabitants of the county of our forefathers we wish to only study G-D's Torah which is all that our soul desires, and for this purpose alone our Yeshiva was founded to reinforce our faith and not to teach any foreign studies".
37.5 cm. leaf. Good-fair condition, minor tears and wear.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 118

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Responsa by the Rosh – Venice, 1552 – Signatures

Responsa by Rabbeinu Asher (the Rosh). Venice, [1552]. Second edition.
Ownership signatures in Sephardic handwriting upon first leaves of book:"Yitzchak Gattenyu son of Rabbi Shmuel","Avraham Menachem", signatures of the Gattenyu family [of Salonika] and others. Several comments throughout book.
Ink-stamp of M. W. Kahan from Sighet and signature"Menahem Ze'ev son of Rivka". Inscription in Ashkenazi handwriting of"Menahem Ze'ev Kahana" and inscription stating that the book belongs to Rabbi Yitzchak Eizik Rosenbaum Av Beit Din of Zutchka.
158 leaves, 29.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. First and last leaves worn, tears glued for reinforcement. New magnificent leather binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 474

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Archive of Letters and Documents – Rabbi Reuven Katz and his Family

A large and varied archive, composed of letters and documents from the home of Rabbi Reuven Katz Rabbi of Petach Tikva and his family.
The archive is composed of letters and documents of Rabbi Katz, letters written to him by Rabbis and public figures; letters sent to him during 1913-1928, of comments and insights provoked by his book Degel Reuven; a letter from the Petach Tikva Municipality about his acceptance of the city's rabbinate in 1931; letters by Rabbi Ze'ev Gold the President of Mizrachi regarding Rabbi Katz's opposition to appeals for JNF; correspondence with the Kohelet Organization about its abstention from supporting Yeshivat Petach Tikva; an agreement before marriage with his son in law Zvi Harkabi and various documents of Zvi Harkabi; a family protocol about an inheritance; rabbinical court rulings; letters to his son Rabbi Shimon Katz etc.
More than 50 paper items, varied size and condition.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 253

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Ten Haggadot with Commentaries by Lithuanian Scholars and More

Total of 10 books, various sizes and conditions. See list in the Hebrew description

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Auction 16 Lot Number 364

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Nehpah Ba-Kesef, Constantinople 1748 – Handwritten Glosses and Novellae

Nehpah Ba-Kesef responsum. Vol.1. Rabbi Yonah Navon of Jerusalem [among the Hida's rabbis]. Constantinople, 1748. First edition.
Signatures on the title page"Raphael Ha-Levi", with several glosses in the same handwriting. 33 Lines in Oriental rabbinical handwriting on p.2 from the time of print [possibly in the Hida's handwriting], Hilchot Pesah novellae [on the words of the"Pri-Hadash" and the"Mikraei Kodesh" on the topic of Bedikat Hametz on the 13th night of Nisan].
[1], 190, 7 leaves. 32 cm. High quality paper, good condition. Worn binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 82

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Likutei Tzvi – Zhitomir, 1849

Sefer Likutei Tzvi, prayers and supplications for the holidays and all year round, including Mishnayot and more. Zhitomir, 1849. Printing press of the brothers Rabbi Chanina Lipa and Rabbi Aryeh Leib and Rabbi Yehoshua Heschel Shapira, grandsons of the Rabbi of Slavita.
94 leaves (188 pages), 16.5 cm. Fair condition, wear and damages, minor moth damage, tear with omission on title page.
Rare edition, from the early days of the Shapira Press in Zhitomir, bibliographically unknown.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 191

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Sefer Ma’aseh Rav – First edition

Sefer Ma'aseh Rav, manners of conduct of the Vilna Ga'on, by Rabbi Yissachar Dov Ber of Vilna. Vilna and Horodna, 1832. First edition.
Bound together with: Sefer Seder Olam Rabba, with two commentaries: Etz Yosef and Anan Yosef. Vilna, 1845.
Faded ownership notation on first leaf:"Belongs to Torah scholar Ya'akov Shapiro HaCohen son of the Av Beit Din D[Vo----?]" - Possibly the Ga'on Rabbi Ya'akov Cahana-Shapiro author of Ne'ot Ya'akov (passed away in 1921), son of the Ga'on Rabbi Zalman Sander Av Beit Din of Maltch.
Ma'aseh Rav: [3], 67 pages (two title pages). Seder Olam Rabba: 87 pages. 19.5 cm. Good condition. Stains, detached leaves, detached and worn binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 343

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Collection of Manuscripts – Yemen and Orient

Collection of various manuscripts, [Yemen and Orient].
Manuscript Sefer Haftarot for all year round with translation [vowelized]. * Manuscript Sefer Shalosh Megillot [Shir HaShirim, Ruth and Kohelet with translation, partially vowelized]. * Commentary on Megillat Esther in foreign language [Persian?]. * Manuscript Tikun Shavu'ot [copy from print, vowelized]. * Sections of various compositions: Sefer Ibur V'Inyanei HaTekufot; Machzor for Rosh HaShana; Haggadah for Pesach; Pirkei D'Rabbi Eliezer, and more.
Approx. 200 leaves. Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 453

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Torah-Related Letter by Rabbi Dov Yoel, Av Beit Din of Lubshin

Halachic letter, handwritten and signed by Rabbi Dov Yoel, Lubshin, Hol Ha-Moed Sukkot 1828.
Letter about transferring ownership of the Four Species to a minor (below age 13). Sent to"My great Torah friend Rabbi Yehuda Ze'ev". Inscriptions in a different handwriting appear at the end of the letter [the recipient's?].
Rabbi Dov Yoel Zaks (1770-1835), scholar and Kabbalist, of the Sages of Lissa, became rabbi of Lubshin near Poznan in 1810. Son of Rabbi Michel Zaks, Av Beit Din of Lipna, who was also among the sages of Lissa. Both father and son were close to Rabbi Akiva Eiger who sent them several [later] published responses and letters. (See enclosed material).
2pp. approx.20.5 cm. Good condition.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 201

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Sefer Avodat HaKodesh – Venice, 1602 – Signatures by Rabbi Noach Shachor

Sefer Avodat HaKodesh by the Rashba [Rabbi Shlomo Ben Avraham Aderet], including Sefer Ba'alei HaNefesh by the Ra'abad [Rabbi Avraham Ben David] and Klal Yein Nesech by the Re'eh [Rabbi Aharon HaLevi]. Venice, [1602]. Daniel Zanetti Press. First edition.
Stamp"Yehudah Leib son of Rabbi A. Mintz". Signatures Rabbi"Noach son of Yitzchak Eizik Shachor of Biala¦" - The Ga'on Rabbi Noach Shachor (passed away in 1910, Otzar HaRabbanim 15823), exalted genius, among the disciples of the Saraf of Kotzk, Rosh Mativta in Biala. His daughter, Mrs. Chaya Rada Yehudit, wife of the Rebbe Rabbi Avraham Mordechai Alter of Ger author of Imrei Emet".
74 [instead of: 76] leaves. 19 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, moth holes, tears, detached leaves. Damaged and detached binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 258

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Collection of Books of Oriental Printing – Dedications and Signatures

Commentaries, novellae and homiletics with dedications and signatures. Varied size and condition. See list in the Hebrew description

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Auction 16 Lot Number 301

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Manuscript of Sermons – Unknown Author – The 1870s

A manuscript, sermons of halacha and aggada, for Shabbat Kallah and Parshat HaShavua, etc. [c. 1870s].
Author's autographic writing in Oriental soletreo handwriting. The content indicates that the sermons were written by an extremely great Torah scholar [from Izmir?], who delivered these sermons in public.
3 double leaves, c. 12 columns, c. 37 cm. Fair condition, wear and stains, damage to margins.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 312

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Collection of Manuscripts in Oriental Writing

Collection of manuscripts, booklets, passages, leaves and remnants of leaves. From various authors and various periods, in Oriental handwritings. Not examined thoroughly, however, from sample examination it appears that collection contains items of valuable content: Passages of compositions in Halacha and Aggadah, poems and prayers, Sgulot and Kabbalistic matters, passages in Ladino and Jewish-Arabic and more.
Approx. 100 leaves, various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 121

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Goren Nachon – Tikkun Midot HaNefesh by Rabbi Shlomo Ibn Gabirol – Riva Di Trento, 1562

Goren Nachon - Sefer Tikkun Midot HaNefesh (Correcting Characteristics), by Rabbi Shlomo Ibn Gabirol, with the book Musarei HaPhilosophim [by Chanin Ibn Aschak], and Sefer HaTapuach by Aristotle. Riva Di Trento, [1562].
First edition of the first two books, that were originally written in Arabic. Rabbi Yehuda Ibn Tibon translated Tikkun Midot HaNefesh, and Musarei HaPhilosophim was translated by Rabbi Yehuda Alcharizi.
17; 28 [should be: 30] leaves. 18.5 cm. Good condition, stains, few moth holes.
From Dr. Israel Mehlman's private collection.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 313

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Collection of Manuscripts – Rabbis of Morocco

Collection of handwritten leaves which include numerous Halachic responses and rabbinical rulings in the handwriting [along with stamps] of the Ga'on Rabbi Shimon Baruch Ochayon [1906-1991, among the rabbis of Morocco, Rosh Yeshiva of Keter Torah in Casablanca, and rabbi in the city of Jaffa, author of Sefer Halichot Shva]. Sections of Mekor Baruch composition on laws of slaughtering and more [apparently not printed, see attached material].
Letter pertaining to Halachic matters sent to Rabbi Shimon Baruch Ochayon, by Rabbi Ya'ir Asbag [rabbi, Dayan and chief slaughterer in Marrakech], and several handwritten leaves by Rabbi Yosef HaLachmi [chief rabbi in Agadir, Morocco].
Approx. 100 leaves. Various sizes and conditions.

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