Manuscript of Melechet Shlomo, Nashim and Taharot – 1604 – Handwritten Autograph by a leading commentator on the Mishna, Rabbi Shlomo Adani (disciple of Rabbi Chaim Vital and Rabbi Betzalel Ashkenazi)
A manuscript, Melechet Shlomo on the Mishnayot, Nashim and Taharot. The author, Rabbi Shlomo Adani's handwritten autograph. Hebron, 1604.
On a colophon at the end of Seder Taharot the author writes: "The book has been completed ¦ Rosh Chodesh Kislev 1604, here in Hebron, the city where our Forefathers, their merit should protect us, are buried¦ ".
This is a complete and large book of the first edition of 1604, with the author's erasings and corrections, and many additions written between the lines, on sheets and on empty leaves at beginning and end of book. An unknown edition, earlier than all the known editions.
Comparison between this manuscript and the printed edition, reveals many variations of things that are in this manuscript and have been changed or shortened in print. Also the illustrations in Tractate Keilim in this manuscript were not printed. On the other hand, some sections that were printed are not in this manuscript. [Another variation exists between all the manuscripts and that printed in the Mishnayot, since the publishers omitted a large part of the book in the printing, and they removed all that appears in the book Tosfot Yom Tov, according to what the author humbly writes in his introduction (written in 1619), see Tosfot Yom Tov (printed in Prague 1617) "and Shlomo was amazed at the sight, how in one generation it happened that one person sits alone in a corner in the city of Hebron, and is one with companions far away in the Ashkenaz countries, and they together concur to toil in Torah study and check over the Mishna and explain it almost in the same style¦ " etc. see his introduction and the publisher's introduction].
On the first leaf, the author writes more things signed several times, with a moving prayer for success: "My Elevated Master, hear my prayer and hurry to assist me, and do not be deaf to my tears¦ I am certain that I, the lowly Shlomo Adani, will not be sent away empty handed, just like from my youth until today, you have not deserted me, and allow me to offer you my toil in the Torah, my fat and blood, most of my nights and days¦ ".
The author also writes a draft of a letter in Aramaic to the heads of the Gaza community and to their renowned Rabbi Yisrael Nagara: "Shalom to our brothers and shalom to our head, our Master Yisrael, the Humble one, Chacham ben Chacham who will answer our questions¦ and will send us a good response¦ Shlomo Adana".
Rabbi Shlomo Adani (1566-1629) was born in Uzel (Tzana, Yemen). At age 4, he immigrated with his family to Safed and Jerusalem where he studied Torah from Rabbi Betzalel Ashkenazi and Rabbi Chaim Vital. He participated in the editing of the Shita Mekubetzet of his teacher Rabbi Betzalel Ashkenasi [Shita Mekubetzet on Kodshim was originally named for him: Binyan Shlomo L'Chochmat Betzalel]. In his renowned introduction to his book on the Mishna, Rabbi Shlomo Adani tells about the events and troubles of his life and about his work on the Mishna that he began when 22 years old. He also tells of his elder companion Rabbi David Amrilio of Hebron, who convinced him to copy his work from sheets and arrange them into a book for print. For this book, the author toiled in study to clarify the Mishna for decades - and the last edition known today is from 1626. The commentary Melechet Shlomo is printed today [partially] in most of the editions of the Mishna with commentaries, and Rabbi Shlomo Adani is considered one of the greatest commentators on the Mishna. (The Chida writes of him: "One of the elder rabbis of Hebron, a disciple of Rabbi Betzalel Ashkenazi and Rabbi Maharcho". He writes that the Chazon Menachem calls him "Holy" in his book, and writes that "and we have heard many things about his righteousness and his diligence in spite of his poverty").
430 Pages, c. 21.5 cm. Good quality paper, fair condition, moth damages, moisture stains and wear. Very antique worn leather binding, Yemenite binding style, with substitution with antique handwritten leaves [from the 16th-17th century?], many moth damages to binding.
See attached material: an article by Prof. Yehuda Razhabi about this handwriting (Sinai, Issue 106, 1990) and other attached material.
Ancient wooden plaque, with carving of the verse"Mitzvat HaShem Bara Me'irat Einayim" with vowelization and cantillation notes, within frame set with enamel. Syria. Undated, [11th century?].
The letter"Heh" in the word"Bara" carved in the shape of the letter"Chet". On reverse side of plaque glued note, upon which the owner wrote that he found the plaque in Damascus on March 28, 1913. In parentheses he added"11th century". Apparently, the plaque was designated to be hung in a synagogue. The plaque is incomplete and it is unclear what it originally included. The frame setting is of high-quality handcraftsmanship.
Maximal size 39X7.5 cm; within wooden frame. Fair condition. Some letters damaged (see picture), sections of craftsmanship setting damaged. Worm damage apparent on reverse side.
Antique and impressive item.
Ashli Ravravi, Shulchan Aruch Yoreh De'ah, first section. Vilna, (1880). Stamps and signature of Rabbi Shmaryahu Yosef Karelitz of Kosava. (Stamp of his young son-in-law, Rabbi"Ya'akov Yisrael Kanievsky - Rosh Yeshiva of Beit Yosef, Bnei Brak, Israel"). Number of erudite glosses in the handwriting of Rabbi Shmaryahu Yosef throughout sheets and back leaf of binding. In one of them he writes a Halachic critique of a Sugiya, which he ends with:"He who profoundly studies them will understand¦ and I wrote this only for myself; not to instruct others; until the individual weighs the matter for himself".
The Ga'on Rabbi Shmaryahu Yosef Karelitz (1852-1916), author of Beit Talmud, served as Av Beit Din and Rosh Yeshiva of Kosava bordering with Horodna. Son-in-law of Rabbi Shaul Katzenelbogen Av-Beit-Din of Kovrin. All nine sons and son-in-laws were famous rabbis and among the giants of their generation: Rabbi Avraham Yishayahu author of Chazon Ish, Rabbi Meir Karelitz Av Beit Din of Lechovich and among the heads of the Council of Torah Sages, Rabbi Abba Swiatycki Av Beit Din of Kosava and Tiktin, Rabbi Shmuel Greineman, Rabbi Ya'akov Yisrael Kanievsky author of Kehilot Ya'akov (the Steipler). It is told that two world-renowned Torah giants studied this book together; the Chazon Ish and his brother-in-law the Steipler, while residing together in Bnei Brak.
38.5 cm. Fair condition, very worn. Detached leaves, torn and detached leather binding.
Sefer Chafetz Chaim, laws of Shmirat HaLashon"on laws of slander and gossip, based upon Halacha derived from the Talmud and Poskim". Vilna, 1873. First edition. First book of Rabbi Yisrael Meir HaCohen of Radin, which was published anonymously; name of author listed on margins of title page, in Russian and in initials.
Number of corrections and glosses in the handwriting of the author. Page 46 contains a correction of 6 words in the holy handwriting of the Rabbi; page 159 contains gloss of 8 words in the holy handwriting of the Rabbi. [Amendments were made to the second edition based upon these corrections, Vilna, 1877 - see attached material].
The righteous Ga'on Rabbi Yisrael Meir HaCohen of Radin (1837-1933, Otzar HaRabbanim 12262) known for his first book Chafetz Chaim, founder and Rosh Yeshiva of the Radin Yeshiva and author of many books on Halacha and Mussar: Mishnah Berurah, Shmirat HaLashon, Ahavat Chesed and dozens of other books.
5, , 8-81 leaves, [missing 4 leaves with list of subscribers which were added to some of the copies]. 21 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and damage due to wear on corners of leaves, ownership notations. Magnificent leather binding.
Sefer Gal Shel Egozim, [sermons on Bereshit and commentary on sayings of Chazal], by Rabbi Menachem son of Moshe Egozi. Bil Vidir in close proximity to Constantinople, [c. 1593-1595]."Printed in the home of the glorified Mrs. M. Reina Nasi¦ widow of the great minister and duke Prince Don Yosef¦ by Yosef son of Yitzchak Ashkeloni".
53 [instead of: 61, faulty pagination],  leaves, 28 cm. Ownership notation on title page: Moshe Ashkenazi. Good-fair condition. Moth damage, especially on first and last leaves. Mildew stains, some dark. New binding.
From Dr. Israel Mehlman's private collection.
Mishneh Torah by the Rambam, on critique of the Ra'abad [Rabbi Avraham Ben David] and Maggid Mishneh, including commentary Kesef Mishneh by Rabbi Yosef Karo. Set of five volumes. Venice, [1574-1575]. First edition of the Kesef Mishneh.
Rabbi Yosef Karo passed away during the process of the printing of this book. Margins of sheets contain dozens of glosses and notations in Oriental handwriting, by several writers. Fifth volume contains numerous handwritten glosses by the Ga'on Rabbi Nissim Chaim Moshe Mizrachi author of Admat Kodesh, some signed in his name [Moshe Mizrachi, Nissim Moshe Mizrachi and Nissim Chaim Moshe Mizrachi]. Ownership notation:"Book of exalted scholar and Dayan¦ Reish Metivta¦ Rabbi Nissim Moshe Mizrachi¦". [Some glosses cut off].
The Ga'on Rabbi Nissim Chaim Moshe Mizrachi (passed away in 1749, Otzar HaRabbanim 16054), Av Beit Din of Jerusalem and among its greatest scholars, first bearer of the title "Rishon LeTziyon" in Jerusalem. He and his brother, the Ga'on Rabbi Yisrael Chaim Mizrachi, author of Pri HaAretz, were known as the"Nerot HaMizrachi'im" [Eastern Candles]. The Chida writes about him:"Would conduct himself in piety and extreme modesty with peace and righteousness". Author of Admat Kodesh Responsa. The names Nissim and Chaim were added to his name after he was imprisoned twice due to tax debts of the Jerusalem congregation.
Volume 1 (Mada-Zemanim): , 316 leaves (missing title page). Volume 2: (Nashim-Kedusha): , 217 leaves (missing title page and last leaf). Volume 3: (Hafla'a-Zera'im): , 164 leaves (missing: two first leaves). Volume 4 (Avoda-Tahara): 165-450 leaves (missing two last leaves). , 227,  leaves (missing: leaves 155-156, 6 leaves from beginning and 4 leaves from end. Last leaf appears). 28 cm. Condition of leaves varies, good-fair. Stains and mildew marks, moth damage. New bindings.
Large manuscript of articles of Hassidism by the Mitteler Rebbe [including articles from his old age, between 1826-1827]. Copies of numerous letters by the Rebbe Sabba Kadisha, author of the Tanya, Rabbi Shneur Zalman son of Rabbi Baruch, and more. [C. 1830-1840].
This booklet consists of several booklets, by various writers from various periods, which were bound together. Numerous glosses upon margins of leaves, in various handwritings. [It is possible that some of the articles and glosses in this booklet are in the handwriting of the Chabad Rebbes and their family members - Not reliably examined].
176 Leaves. 23.5 cm. Good-fair condition, usage stains and moth damage. Ancient and worn semi-leather binding, with imprint"Writings of the Rebbe".
Arba'a Turim, Yoreh De'ah,"with commentaries and Chiddushim of the wholesome scholar Reish Mativta in Safed Rabbi Yosef Karo¦ known as Beit Yosef¦". Venice, . Second edition printed during lifetime of author.
Ownership notations and signatures."Heirs of Yosef Otlingo" [Rabbi Yosef Otlingo, Rosh Yeshiva and printer in Cremona - passed away in 1570],"Avraham son of Mordechai Otlingo". Glosses and notations on margins in Italian handwriting.
, 398 leaves. 33 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear, moth damage. Damaged binding.
Manuscript. Seter HaPizmonim, short songs in Hebrew and Ladino, by Rabbi Avtalion Tilu. Modena (Italy), .
Which I have composed¦ Avtalion son of Rabbi Avraham Shlomo Tilu, for the passion of the modest woman of valor Mrs. Mazal Sadodio wife of the exalted Rabbi Ephraim Nachmani¦ Modena¦".
Approximately 25 songs and poems, approximately half do not appear in the book Otzar HaShira VeHapiyut of Davidson.
Fine scribe writing upon high-quality paper with wide margins. Illustrated title page. Ancient ownership stamps.
32 leaves. 22 cm. Good condition, stains of usage. Old colorful paper binding.
Chiddushim on Shvu'ot Tractate, by Rabbeinu Yosef ibn Migash, including Chiddushei Maharish [Rabbi Shmuel Modiliano] author of Ne'eman Shmuel, and pamphlet Chiddushei Torah VeShut [responsa] by Rabbi Moshe Sofer [the Chatam Sofer]. Prague, 1826. Bound with: Sefer Imrei Tzrufa, Chiddushei Rabbi Avraham Yechiel Fischel, on the tractates of the Shas. Berlin, .
Title page of first book contains signature of Rabbi"Meir Leibush Malbim" and above it previous ownership notation:"G-D has granted me this book¦ Yechiel Michel¦". Title page and additional leaf contain stamps [faded] of the Ga'on Rabbi Chaim Berlin.
The Ga'on Rabbi Leibush Malbim - [Meir Leibush son of Yechiel Michel], (1809-1880, Otzar HaRabbanim 13090), commentator on the Bible. Among the greatest Torah giants in his generation, proficient in the revealed and concealed facets of Torah (disciple in Kabbalah of Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch of Zidichov). In his youth he wrote the book Artzot HaChaim on the Shulchan Aruch which received the enthusiastic approbation of the Chatam Sofer who publicized his name as an exceptional genius.
Throughout all places where he served and visited (served as Rabbi in Vorshna, Campana, Bucharest, Harson, Luntshitz, Mohali and Koenigsbourg) he was known for his unequivocal opposition to the reformists, thereby enduring much suffering and hardships. While serving in Bucharest he came out against the enlightenists of the city which resulted in blood libels against him and was imprisoned and sentenced to death; only as a result of the intervention of Sir Moshe Montefiore his decree was reduced to expulsion from Romania.
The spreading of the enlightenment led him to devote his talents to the writing of a methodical commentary on the Bible, aiming to comprehend the depths of the wisdom of Chazal and the truths of the Oral Torah, and that is how his famous commentary on the Bible, which was published in hundreds of editions, came into being.
, 44;  82 leaves. 34 cm. Fair condition. Stains and mildew marks. Tears upon title page and upon several other leaves. Unbound.
Archive of Mrs. Yehudit Ross (Frankel). Letter and documents in Yiddish, German and Hebrew, which contain important material related to the history of the girls' school of the Beit Ya'akov movement in Poland, in the 1920's and 1930's.
Five handwritten letters [in Yiddish and German] by Ms. Sarah Schnirer, founder of the Beit Ya'akov movement, which were sent to Ms. Ross between the years 1925-1935 (one letter laminated). * Letters to Ms. Ross from the Beit Ya'akov administration in Krakow and from Mercaz Agudat Israel and more. * Printed booklets in Yiddish [booklet for study of Shmoneh Esreh prayer, printed in Pietrekov; regulations and course of study for the Beit Ya'akov schools. Printed in Krakow;"Yehudit - history program", by Sarah Schnirer - Krakow, 1921;"Program for the study of Yahadut for the Beit Ya'akov schools in Poland" - Warsaw, 1931. * Lists in German * Printed notice of sermon by Rabbi Lau of Warsaw * Printed leaf in honor of marriage of Yosef Tzvi and Le'ah Esther Ross. Typewritten copies of articles written by Ms. Ross, and additional items [attached is a booklet written in her memory and leaves which were used for the preparation of the booklet].
Yehudit Ross (passed away in 1992), native of Frankfurt, great granddaughter of Rabbi Shimshon Refael Hirsch. As a result of a meeting with Sarah Schnirer which had a deep impact upon her, she enthusiastically joined the Beit Ya'akov movement in Slovakia and Romania, where she remained in close contact with Sarah Schnirer. Among the rest she was sent to Kashoi, Slovakia to teach in the Orthodox school for girls which was established in the city. In 1935 immigrated to Eretz Israel and was principal of a girls' school in Tiberias, afterwards she founded a Beit Ya'akov school in Petach Tikva, and finally moved to Jerusalem, where she married Rabbi Moshe Reuven Perkal and educated girls for many years in Beit Ya'akov until her demise.
Approx. 22 items. Various sizes and conditions.
Three letters handwritten and signed by Rebbe Yitzchak Menachem Danziger of Alexander, to his relative Rabbi Yisrael Nisan Kupershtoch Rabbi of Makova who immigrated to Jerusalem. Alexander, c. 1927-1930.
Enclosed: a letter (an old lithographic copy of a handwritten letter) by the rebbe to the heads of Kollel Poland in Jerusalem, regarding the proper distribution of the kollel's money [a topic that was controversial in those days and apparently this letter was photocopied and publicized during that polemic].
The content of the letters: a request to pray for his expectant daughter at the holy places, about his book Ani ben Pachma, about matters concerning Kollel Poland etc.
Rebbe Yitzchak Menachem Danziger of Alexander (1880-1942) was a prominent rebbe of his generation. He was educated by his grandfather, the founder of the dynasty of Rabbi Yechiel of Alexander (who was the brother in law of Rabbi Yisrael Nisan, the recipient of these letters), by his uncle Rabbi Yerachmiel Yisrael Yitzchak, author of Yismach Yisrael, and by his father Rebbe Shmuel Zvi of Alexander, author of Tiferet Shmuel.
In 1924, he was crowned as rebbe, after 70 [!] leading Polish rabbis who were his father's Chassidim, requested that he continue leading the dynasty. During his leadership, the Alexander Chassidic community in Poland grew and numbered tens of thousands of Jews. With his brother Rabbi Avraham Chaim Danziger, he founded the chain of the Beit Yisrael Yeshivot in memory of his uncle the author of Yismach Yisrael. He was murdered in the Holocaust with all his children and grandchildren without leaving any survivors. After the Holocaust, what remained of Alexander Chassidim gathered around his cousin Rabbi Yehuda Moshe Tehiberg and crowned him as Rebbe. His Chassidim compiled whatever remained of his Torah writings and printed them in the book Akedat Yitzchak. The recipient of the letters: Rabbi Yisrael Nisan Kupershtoch, (1858-1930) son in law of the sister of the first Alexander Rebbe, Rebbe Yechiel Danziger. He served as rabbi of Purzyce and Makova, immigrated to Jerusalem in 1925 where he established a branch of the chain of Alexander yeshivot, see Item 299.
4 items, varied size and condition: the 3 letters in his own handwriting are in good condition, file holes. (+ a lithographic leaf, in fair-poor condition, damage to margins and tears with omission(..
Silver tobacco box (signed on inner section), with engraved ornaments. [India? end of 19th century].
Etching of illustration of"Shimshon and the Lion" upon box cover; above it - etching of name of owner of box,"E. M. Panigel" - Rabbi Elijah Moses Panigel (1846-1919, Otzar HaRabbanim 2293), genius rabbi and famous sermonizer; served as chief rabbi of Jerusalem in 1907; Dayan, sermonizer and rabbinical emissary in North African countries, Italy, India and Bukhara. Among the founders of the Misgav LaDach hospital in the Old City; was active in many Jerusalem institutions. Lower section of box ornamented as well.
7.4X5.4 cm. Good condition. Corrosion marks on inside.
A collection of documents, shtarot and rulings signed by Morrocan rabbis, Tituan. 1829-1856.
Some of the rabbis: Rabbi Avraham Anhori, Rabbi Shlomo Nahon, Rabbi Reuven Almaliech, Rabbi Menachem Anhori, Rabbi Ya'akov Gershon, Rabbi Avraham Gavezon, Rabbi Yosef Ashkenazi, Rabbi Yehuda Katan, Rabbi Vidal Yisrael, Rabbi Moshe Atiye, Rabbi Shemaya Elmaliech, Rabbi Yosef Chajuel, Rabbi Yichye Ben-Uliyel, Rabbi Ya'akov Abu-Katzitz, and others.
20 documents, various size and condition, most in good condition.
A leaf handwritten by Rebbe Ya'akov Aryeh of Radzymin.
"Midrash Korach: He said to them, "All the congregation is holy¦ the explanation is that Korach claimed that there is no need for a Cohen and Rebbe to channel the holiness¦ " [A whole paragraph. Printed in his book Bikurei Aviv, London 1948].
Rebbe Ya'akov Aryeh Gutterman of Radzimin (1792-1874, Encyclopedia L'Chassidut Volume 2, pages 254-256), one of the elder rebbes, originator of Chassidic dynasties in Poland and a miracle-worker. In his youth, he became a disciple of the Se'er of Lublin who seated him amongst the greatest of his disciples and testified that he has a very lofty soul. Also beloved disciple of the Magid of Koznitz, but especially frequented the Przysucha court of the "Holy Jew" and of Rebbe Bunim of Przysucha, and was considered one of the most prominent of their disciples alongside: the Saraph of Kotzk, Rebbi Yitchak of Vorki and the Chidushei HaRim. After the death of Rebbe Yitzchak of Vorki, he was appointed Rebbe of thousands of Chassidim and became a celebrated holy person and miracle-worker. Under Rebbe Ya'akov Aryeh Gutterman's leadership, Radzymin became one of the Chassidic centers of Poland and thousands flocked to receive his blessing and for salvation. All the Przysucha Rebbes used to send him Chassidim that needed salvation.
His own handwriting is a well-known segula for protection. People say that the Rebbe, author of Imrei Emet of Gur gave his son, author of Lev Simcha [a son in law of the Radzymin dynasty] the handwriting of the Rebbe of Radzymin as a segula of protection. In his great rush to leave Poland in 1940, the Lev Simcha lost the handwritten paper which distressed him greatly and he was very happy when later he acquired another paper in his handwriting. At that time, the Lev Simcha stated that very rarely did his father, author of Imrei Emet, call something a segula or a "protection", and therefore we can understand the great value he placed on the Rebbe's handwriting.
 pages. 21 cm. Fair condition, professionally restored moth holes.
A bunch of letters handwritten and signed by Rabbi Avraham Chaim of Alexander, to his relative Rabbi Yisrael Nisan Kupershtoch Rabbi of Makova who immigrated to Jerusalem. Alexander, c. 1927-1930.
The content of the letters is very interesting: requests of prayer on behalf of the ill and various matters. Minute detail of the occurrences in the Alexander court, strong polemic letters regarding the controversy with the Gur Chassidut and Agudat Yisrael (partially about the management and distribution of the Kupat Ramban - Kollel Poland monies in Jerusalem), matters of the Alexander Yeshiva and the Yismach Yisrael Yeshiva in Jerusalem, etc.
Rabbi Avraham Chaim Danziger (1882?-1942), the younger brother of the Rebbe, author of Akedat Yitzchak of Alexander, a great Torah genius and lofty tzaddik, served as Rosh Yeshiva and head of the chain of the Beit Yisrael Yeshivot in Poland which he founded together with his brother the Rebbe in memory of their uncle the Rebbe, author of Yismach Yisrael. A public leader of Polish Jewry and with the implicit trust of his brother Rebbe Yitzchak Mendel he managed all matters of the large Chassidut that numbered tens of thousands of Chassidim. During the Holocaust, a clandestine minyan for prayer was held in his home in the Warsaw ghetto. He and his entire family were murdered in the Holocaust.
The recipient: Rabbi Yisrael Nisan Kupershtoch (1858-1930), son in law of the first Alexander Rebbe's sister. He served as Rabbi of Purzyce and Makova, immigrated to Jerusalem in 1925 where he established a branch of Alexander Yeshiva, see Item 299.
11 long letters, varied size and condition, 5 letters in good-fair condition and 6 letters damages with omissions.
Mishnayot, Part 2, Seder Nezikin, Kodshim and Taharot. Amsterdam, 1643. Proofread by Menashe ben Yisrael, printed in Beit Eliyahu Abuhav.
A miniature pocket edition. At end of volume is an index of the Chapters in Alphabetical order.
From 1643-1645, the printing press of Rabbi Menashe ben Yisrael was leased to Eliyahu Abuhav and therefore his name is mentioned in the title page of the book, but apparently, even during those years, Rabbi Menashe ben Yisrael continued to be involved in the printing.
16, 18-185, 187-289,  leaf. 8.5 cm. Good condition. Stains, tears to a number of leaves. New binding.
Manuscript, Sefer Kavanot HaRishon, (Sha'ar HaTefillot, Sha'ar HaBerachot, Sha'ar HaTzizit, Sha'ar HaTefillin and Sha'ar Olam Ha'Asiya), by Rabbi Chaim Vital, with glosses by Rabbi Ya'akov Tzemach and Rabbi Nathan Shapira. [Nice Ashkenasi writing, Western Europe?, c. 18th century]. Has kabbalistic charts and an illustration of Seder HaTefillin.
This work is really the first part of Me'orot Nathan by Rabbi Nathan Shapira of Jerusalem author of Matzat Shmurim, who arranged the book from the writings of Rabbi Ya'akov Tzemach and Rabbi Chaim Vital and writes his name in the author's introduction. First printed in Koritz in 1782, under the name Pri Etz Chaim - see attached material. This manuscript, is earlier than the first printed book, and has many variances from the printed version.
96 Leaves, 21.5 cm. Good condition, slight wear and stains, without binding.
Manuscript, "Section 2 of Sefer Pri Etz HaChaim which is Ta'amei HaMitzvot", in the order of the Torah portions and the 613 mitzvot, by Rabbi Chaim Vital. [Nice Ashkenazi writing, Russia-Poland ?], 1772. Manuscript includes the whole book from Bereishit until VeZot HaBracha.
Sefer Ta'amei HaMitzvot by Rabbi Chaim Vital was arranged by Rabbi Ya'akov Tzemach and Rabbi Meir Paprash, as a second branch of Pri Etz Chaim. The book was first printed as an attachment to the book Likutei Torah (Zholkeva 1775). The printed version is different from this manuscript.
At the end of the manuscript is the copier's colophone: "I, the writer, Yehuda Leib ben Rabbi Zvi Hirsh Katz, in 5532 years from creation". [Perhaps, Rabbi Yehuda Leib Katz of Dumbrava, father of Rebbe Zvi Hirsh of Rimanov (1778-1847), who died c. 1888. His orphaned son Zvi Hirsh was brought up in the home of Rebbe Mendele of Rimanov].
59 Leaves, c. 19 cm. Good-fair condition, moth damage and slight wear and use stains, cardboard cover.
Manuscript, "¦ the second section of Pri Etz HaChaim part of Ta'amei HaMitzvot which I have received from my teacher, the G-dly Mekubal like Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai in his generation¦ like Rabbi Yitzchak Luria Ashkenazi", by Rabbi Chaim Vital. [Ashkenasi writing, Western Europe ?, c. 1700].
Many variations from the printed and the previous manuscript. For example, the opening of the manuscript in Bereishit is different and it begins with the mitzvah of piryah v'rivya (Be fruitful and multiply) which in the printed copy, is further on in the book.
56 Leaves (last leaves are missing from the middle of Parshat Ki Tetze), 16 cm. Fair condition, leaf cutting on border of text, stains, moth damage and wear, missing test in several leaves and last leaves. Old cardboard cover.
1. Mahari ben Lev Responsa. Salonika, [1557?]. First edition that the author printed in his lifetime. [At beginning of book, the author writes: "I have commanded to print them in my lifetime because I do not know when I will die, to leave blessing after myself¦"]. Glosses and signatures, an Oriental signature: "Bought by Chaim Shlomo HaCohen", and glosses by several people in Oriental handwriting [two are signed "Meir"].
Facsimile - Passover Hagaddah. Wadi Alhajara, c. 1480. The first printed hagaddah. [New York], .
Printed on parchment in honor of 500 years since its printing, on parchment, 30 fancy numbered copies, by Soncino Press Company in New York. This copy is No. 2.
 pages. 27.5 cm. Parchment with ancient processing style, good condition, fancy leather binding.
Two parts of first edition of book of responsa that the Maharshach printed in his lifetime - Rabbi Shlomo HaCohen (1520-1602, Otzar HaRabbanim 18471), a leading posek, Rabbi of Salonika and one of the most prominent rabbis of his generation, at the end of the life of Maran the Beit Yosef.
1. Second Book of Responsa, by Rabbi Shlomo Cohen. Venice, 1592. (Handwritten dedication on title page).
181 leaves [attached to some of the copies are 21,  leaves that were printed in Salonika that year, and are not in this copy]. 25 cm. Good condition. Stains. Light moth marks, restored tears on title page and last leaf. New binding.
2. Responsa of the Maharshach, Part 3. Salonika, [1594-1595]. Printed without title page. (Handwritten dedication to Yehoshua Shem Tov Moreno HaLevi of Izmir).
126 leaves. 30.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Moth damages. Restored tears to several leaves. Old binding.
Sefer Masoret HaMasoret, about grammar and mesorah, by Rabbi Eliyahu "the linguist". Basel, .
Printed with his book Tuv Ta'am (Sefer HaTe'amim), on Ta'amei HaMikra [a separate title page, with the year "1539"], and another book with a Latin translation of the two books above [with title page in Hebrew and Latin: Sefer HaTe'amim V'Sefer Masoret HaMasoret]. The Hebrew text has vowels [except the title pages].
Rabbi Eliyahu Bachur-Ashkenazi (1470-1549, Otzar HaRabbanim 2069), an Italian Torah scholar and a leading linguist. He is called by his book HaBachur, in addition he wrote many books on grammar, including HaTishbi and this book.
184 leaves; 109,  leaves. 15 cm. Good condition. Stains, moth marks, taped first page for reinforcement. Old binding.
From Dr. Israel Mehlman's private collection.