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Auction 16 Lot Number 25

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Besamim [Spice] Tower – Filigree

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

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Auction 16 Lot Number 26

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Etrog Box – Germany

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

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Auction 16 Lot Number 27

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

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

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Auction 16 Lot Number 28

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Chumash in Magnificent Silver Binding – Dyhernfurth, 1793

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

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Auction 16 Lot Number 29

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Protective Binding for Book

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

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Auction 16 Lot Number 30

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Two Amulets and a Dedication Plate

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

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Auction 16 Lot Number 31

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Shiviti and Shem HaMeforash – Upon Parchment

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

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Auction 16 Lot Number 32

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Amulets and Shiviti Postcards

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

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Auction 16 Lot Number 33

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Shir HaShirim and Megillat Esther – Micrograph on Postcard

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

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Auction 16 Lot Number 34

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

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

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Auction 16 Lot Number 35

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Shana Tova Leaves and Mizrach with Seder Ushpizin – Safed

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

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Auction 16 Lot Number 36

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Two Printed”Mizrach” Leaves – Jerusalem

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

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Auction 16 Lot Number 37

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

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

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Auction 16 Lot Number 38

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

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

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Auction 16 Lot Number 39

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Printed and Signed Receipt – Kollel Vohlin – 1901

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

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Auction 16 Lot Number 40

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Ushpizin Poster – Sighet

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

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Auction 16 Lot Number 41

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U’VeNucho Yomar – Pietrekov, 1918

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

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Auction 16 Lot Number 42

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Order of Chanukah Candle Lighting – Livorno, 1857

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

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Auction 16 Lot Number 43

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The Prayer E-l Melech and Verses – Parchment

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

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Auction 16 Lot Number 44

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Birkat HaLevana – Fֳ¼rth

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

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Auction 16 Lot Number 45

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Collection of Printed and Handwritten Prayer Leaves – Morocco

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

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Auction 16 Lot Number 46

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Aleh Litrufa – Warsaw, 1892

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

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Auction 16 Lot Number 47

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

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

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Auction 16 Lot Number 48

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Printed Letter by Rabbi Yisrael of Vizhnitz – Vizhnitz, 1910

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

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