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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 50

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Three Proclamations from Jerusalem – Rabbi Yosef Chaim Shrim

Three printed proclamations by Rabbi Yosef Chaim Shrim of Jerusalem (born in Aleppo, 1851 - passed away 1949),"The wandering emissary" - who served as rabbinical emissary for many years in the Diaspora countries.
1) Proclamation by rabbis and synagogues in Jerusalem, which authorizes that they have received Torah Scrolls from Rabbi Chaim Shrim which were sent from Baghdad and from Aleppo, and which should be placed in synagogues in Jerusalem. [Jerusalem, c. 1910].
2)"Remember G-D from afar and Jerusalem will be etched upon your hearts". Emissary letter in Hebrew and English from Chief Rabbi Rabbi Ya'akov Meir and from the Sephardic Congregation Committee,"To our brethren dispersed in India, Babylonia, Aram Naharayim (Iraq) and its surroundings. [Jerusalem, c. 1920].
3) Notice - Announcing a sermon in the Magen Avraham synagogue in Machaneh Yehudah (Jerusalem), condolence by Rabbi Shlomo Tzalach principal of Kerem HaYeladim school in Baghdad, for the elevation of the soul of Rabbanit Simcha wife of Rabbi Yosef Chaim Shrim. Jerusalem, 1935.
3 proclamations, various sizes and conditions, good condition.

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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 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 53

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Collection of Proclamations – Jerusalem

Collection of proclamations in various and interesting matters, printed in Jerusalem between c. 1920-1940. Proclamations concerning matters of Kashrut and the slaughtering polemic, problems which may arise when renting out shops during the month of"Muharram" [first month of the Islamic calendar], institutes of education and sermons, Ta'anit Dibur [refraining from speech] and reciting of Tehillim, redemption of firstborn donkey.
8 proclamations, various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 54

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Collection of Proclamations and Wall-posters

A huge collection of proclamations and wall-posters (pashkevilim). Eretz Yisrael (primarily Jerusalem), 1930s-1970s.
An impressive collection of proclamations, posters, pamphlets and booklets, from Charedi and Neturei Karta circles, primarily from the 60s and 70s.
About various issues: modesty, sermons and words of inspiration, Birkat Cohanim at the Western Wall, opposition to the State institutes and the Israel Police, disparaging words against Rabbi Goren during the mamzerim affair, opposing autopsies and defiling of graves and many other issues. Some are from early years, the 30s and 40s.
C. 360 proclamations. Varied size and condition.
From Dr. Israel Mehlman's private collection - Ginzei Yisrael. Some have pencil inscriptions in his handwriting.

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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 56

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Collection of Dozens of Gittin – USA

Collection of divorce gittin written and delivered in "The city New York which sits on the shore of the Hudson River". 1925-1970. Most of the gittin have a "kera Beit Din" [a cut done by the Beit Din after the get is given, as a sign that the get was delivered to the divorced woman's possession in accordance with Jewish law]. Some of the gittin have additional handwritten inscriptions in Hebrew or English.
C. 65 gittin on paper, varied size and condition, very good-poor.

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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 58

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Mo’adei Hashem – An Early and rare Edition – Jerusalem, 1843

Mo'adei Hashem Part 2, Mikra'ei Kodesh Hillulim, according to the Sefardi custom. Jerusalem, [1843]. Rabbi Yisrael Beck Printing.
Two leaves including a title page, Seder B'dikat Chametz, Seder Korban Pesach and the beginning of Arvit for the three festivals. An early edition, not completed, of the machzor printed in Jerusalem 1843-1844. Apparently, only these two leaves were printed. In the complete edition, the prayers for Pesach are found in Part 1 (printed in 1844) and not in Part 2 (printed in 1843).
Rare. Regarding the remnant of this edition see Bibliography Institute CD, Listing 0310800, and see S. HaLevi (no. 19) who writes that she knows of only three copies of these two leaves, that are all found in a book binding and are moth-eaten in an identical manner. This is another copy which also seems to have been removed from a geniza of bindings.
[4] Pages. 20 cm. Fair-poor condition. Professional damage restoration.

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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 60

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Prayer for Donors – Jerusalem, 1869

"A prayer before studying for your supporters and benefactors while studying in the Holy Land". Jerusalem, [1869]. Israel Beck printing.
At bottom of page is "a prayer after studying initiated by Ha-Rav Eliyahu [Gutmacher] Rabbi of Greiditz", and an illustration of the Tiferet Yisrael synagogue.
Single leaf, 30 cm. Good quality paper. Good condition, light creases.
S. HaLevi 152, according to copy from Dr. Mehlman's collection.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 61

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Letter Requesting Donations for Jews of Hebron – Jerusalem, 1872 – Signed by rabbis of Hebron

Kol Shava'at B'ney Ami HaNe'enakim. [Jerusalem, 1872].
Printed letter requesting donations for Jews of Hebron:"There is a famine in the county for two years¦". In addition, the letter states that for the purpose of raising donations, Rabbi Eliyahu Mani was appointed as emissary to the Egyptian congregations"to knock on the doors of the open-hearted¦ and speak to their heart". At end:"Holy city of Hebron, may it be built and established in the last third of the month of Tevet in the year 1872". Handwritten signatures of rabbis, scholars of Hebron (see Hebrew description) and seal of the Sephardic Kollel in the city of Hebron.
35X21.5 leaf. Good condition. Folding marks.
Apparently, printed in Jerusalem; not mentioned in S. HaLevi. Listed in Bibliography Institute CD record 0302152 according to a copy of a private collection.

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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 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 64

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Kuntress Kurei Akavish – First Edition

Kuntress Kurei Akavish, by Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Henna, in response to the polemic over his book Tzohar LaTeiva on grammar. Fֳ¼rth, 1744. First edition.
A sharp critical composition was printed that year opposing also this booklet by the name of Anaf Eitz Avot (Fֳ¼rth 1744).
34 leaves, 16.5 cm. Fair condition, stains, tear with omission in corner of title leaf. Unbound.

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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 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 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 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 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 70

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A Machzor for the Three Festivals – Slavita, 1827

Machzor min Shalosh Regalim, K'Minhag Reisin V'Lita, Poland, Piha U'Mehrin [Ashkenaz], Part 2 [Succot, Pesach and Shavuot]. Slavita [1827], Rabbi Shmuel Avraham Shapira Printing.
1-2; 1-8, 11-152 leaves. 25 cm. Good-fair condition. Use and wear stains, few tears. Worn, detached binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 71

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Seder Ma’amadot – Slavita, 1824

"Seder Ma'amadot, Mesudarot Le-Khol Yemei Ha-Shavua¦ He who recites them is guaranteed to have a place in Heaven". Slavita, 1824, Rabbi Shmuel Avraham Shapira son of the Slavita Rabbi.
42 Leaves (leaves 43-44 are missing). 16.3 cm. Blue-green paper. Good-fair condition, stains and slight wear, mainly to last pages. Rebound.
Bibliography Institute CD, record 0173964.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 72

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HaMagid – Slavita – 3 Volumes

1) HaMagid, Psalms. [Slavita]. (Missing title page and end, begins in the middle of Chapter 1 and ends in the middle of Chapter 149 - minor moth damage and stains).
2) HaMagid on Nevi'im Rishonim, Part 2, Melachim, Divrey HaYamim. Slavita, [1827] Rabbi Shmuel Avraham Shapira Printing Press. (Restored wear damage, moth damage, unbound).
3) HaMagid, some holy writings of Ketuvim, Part 6 - Iyov, Daniel, Ezra and Nehemiah. Slavita, 1815. Rabbi Moshe Shapira Printing. (Good-fair condition, semi-leather binding).
Varied size and condition.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 73

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Tractate Rosh HaShana – Small Format – Slavita, 1821

Tractate Rosh HaShana, with Rashi commentary and Tosfot, Rosh and Rambam's commentary on the Mishnayot, and Maharsha Chidushei Halachot. Slavita, [1821]. Rabbi Moshe Shapira Printing. Small edition. Every two pages are one page of the regular editions. The Maharsha is printed on the margins. The name of the book and place of printing are in red ink. Signatures and many owner's inscriptions of Rabbi Avraham Moshe Melamed [of Slonim? - See attached material].
[69], 74-88 leaves. 21 cm. Printed on bluish-greenish paper. Good-fair condition. Stains, moth marks, several tears. Worn original binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 74

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Ein Ya’akov – Slavita, 1817-1821

1-2. Kotnot Or, Ein Ya'akov, by Rabbi Yaakov Ibn Chaviv. Slavita, [1817-1818]. Sections 1-2 [in two volumes]: Brachot-Beytza tractates; Rosh HaShana-Kidushin (approbations by Rabbi Avraham Yehoshua Heschel of Apta, and others, on the first volume).
3. Kotnot Or, Ein Ya'akov, by Rabbi Yaakov Ibn Chaviv. Slavita, [1821]. Section 3: Bava Kamma and Me'ila tractates [missing copy, ends with leaf 328 instead of 330].
21 cm. Volumes' conditions vary, from good to fair. Light blue leaves. Red ink on title-pages. Ownership notations, censorship ink-stamps.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 75

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Collection of Books of Slavita-Zhitomir Printing

1. Kutnot Or, Ein Ya'akov, by Rabbi Ya'akov Ibn-Chaviv. Slavita, [1818]. Rabbi Moshe Shapira Printing. (Glosses and corrections in Oriental handwriting).
2. Chok L'Yisrael, Bereshit. Zhitomir, 1849. Printed by the grandchildren of the Rabbi of Slavita.
3-4. Chok L'Yisrael, Bereshit; Bamidbar. Zhitomir, 1865. Printed by the grandchildren of the Rabbi of Slavita.
5. Ein Ya'akov. Zhitomir, 1850. Printed by the grandchildren of the Rabbi of Slavita.
6. Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim, Volume 1. Zhitomir, 1850. Printed by the grandchildren of the Rabbi of Slavita.
7. Mishnayot, Seder Taharot. Zhitomir, 1860. Rabbi Aryeh Leib Shapira Printing.
Varied size and condition. Handwritten inscriptions.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 76

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Two Chumashim – Slavita

1. Bamidbar and Megilat Ruth, with Rashi, Ba'al Ha-Turim and Siftei Chachamim. Slavita, [1827]. Printed by Rabbi Shmuel Avraham Shapira, son of the Rabbi of Slavita.
175 leaves. 20.5 cm approx. Blue paper, good condition, stains and light moth marks. Original, detached, spineless leather binding.
2. Vayikra and Megilat Shir Ha-Shirim with Rashi, Ba'al Ha-Turim and Siftei Chachamim. Slavita, [1833]. Printed by Rabbi Shmuel Avraham Shapira, son of the Rabbi of Slavita.
150 Leaves. 20.5 cm. Blue paper, good condition, stains, tear on the last leaf. Old, non-original binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 77

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Chamisha Chumshei Torah – Slavita – Damaged

Chamisha Chumshei Torah, Slavita [1816 or 1818]. Printed by Moshe Shapira.
* Bereshit - Missing title page, contains leaves 9-242. * Shmot - Missing title page, contains leaves 3-228, following leaves 1-29. * Vayikra - 1-167 leaves. * BaMidbar - Missing title page, contains leaves [9]-173. * Devarim - 1-170, following leaves 1-7.
5 volumes, damaged and incomplete, all unbound and with moth damages.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 78

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Chumashim”Or Ha-Chaim” Vayikra-Bamidbar-Devarim – Zhitomir

Chumashim, Vayikra-Bamidbar-Devarim, with commentary of Rashi and Ba'al HaTurim, commentary of Ohr HaChaim and Rabbi Yosef Chaim David Azulai. Vayikra and Bamidbar: Zhitomir, 1859. Devarim: Zhitomir, 1854. Printing press of Rabbi Chanina Lipa and Rabbi Yehoshua Heschel Shapira, grandsons of the Rabbi of Slavita.
3 volumes, various sizes and conditions, good to fair.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 79

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Chumashim”Or Ha-Chaim” Bereshit-Shemot – Zhitomir

Chumashim Bereshit-Shemot with Rashi Ba'al Ha-Turim, and the holy"Or Ha-Chaim" and Rabbi Yosef Chaim David Azulai commentaries. Zhitomir, 1859. Printed by Rabbi Chanina Lipa and Rabbi Yehoshua Heschel Shapira, grandsons of the Rabbi of Slavita.
2 Volumes, varying sizes, good-fair conditions, moth damage and wear. Unbound.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 80

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Six Volumes of Chumashim of Zhitomir Printing

Six Volumes of Chumashim, printed in Zhitomir by grandsons of the Slavita Rabbi.
See list in the Hebrew description
Some are not listed in the Bibliography Institute CD.
Varied size and condition. Some have original leather binding. Handwritten signatures and inscriptions.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 81

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Tikun Leil Shavuot – Zhitomir, 1864

Seder Tikun Leil Shavuot and Hoshanah Rabbah, according to the Shnei Luchon HaBrit book, Zhitomir, 1864. Printing press of the grandsons of the Rabbi of Slavita, Rabbi Chanina Lipa and Rabbi Yehoshua Heschel Shapira. Two title pages; first title page contains civil date along with name of book and publishers in Cyrillic letters. A similar publication was published in Zhitomir in the same year, without the civil date.
336 pages. 21 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and minor moth damages.

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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 83

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Shulchan Aruch HaRav – Zhitomir 1847-1848 – Handwritten Glosses and Omissions

Shulchan Aruch HaRav by Shneur Zalman of Liadi, three parts in one volume: Yoreh De'ah, Zhitomir, 1848; Choshen Mishpat, Zhitomir 1847; She'elot Utshuvot, Zhitomir 1847. Printed by the Brothers Rabbis Chanina Lipa, Aryeh Leib and Yehoshua Heschel Shapira, grandsons of the Rabbi of Slavita.
At end of book, glosses and several pages in ancient handwriting, copy of omissions and censor omissions. On title page, signatures of Rabbi Dov Yaffe.
[1], 140 leaves; 38 leaves; 44, [1] leaf + 11 handwritten pages. 21.5 cm. Good condition, wear. Detached leaves, unbound.

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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 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 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 87

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Mayim Chaim Responsa (With Letter by Besht)

Sefer Mayim Chaim, Parts 1-2, Responsa by Rabbi Chaim Cohen Rappaport of Ostrog. Zhitomir, 1857. Printed by Rabbi of Slavita's grandchildren. Only edition.
In chapter 27 (pages 50-52) is a letter by Rabbi "Yisrael Ba'al Shem of Tluste [Ba'al Shem Tov] to Rabbi Meir Rabbi of Constantinov [son of Ya'avetz], and Rabbi Meir's reply to Ba'al Shem Tov.
84 pages; 151 pages. 32 cm. Good condition, stains. New 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 89

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Chidushei Dinim on Laws of Pesach, Mezhirov, 1803

Sefer Chidushei Dinim on laws of Pesach, and Jerusalem customs pertaining to Pesach, by Yitzchak David ben Rubi. Mezhirov, [1803]. First edition. Includes the Pesach offering and order and rituals of Pesach customary in Jerusalem. Last page contains printed colophon by the printer,"Gershon son of Rabbi Moshe of Slavita". Ownership signature and handwritten notations.
[2], 24 leaves. 15.5 cm. Bluish-green paper. Good condition, stains. Unbound.

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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 91

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Likutei Moharan Kama – Second Edition (Bratslav 1821) / Likutei Moharan Tanina, First Edition (Mogilev 1811)

Sefer Likutei Moharan, by Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav. Kama, [Bratslav, 1821 at rabbi Nathan of Bratslav printing press, second edition]. Tanina, [Mogilev 1811. First edition].
These books were set for print and printed by the person who dispersed the Torah of his teacher "a stream gushing from a source of wisdom" [in Hebrew: acronym of Nachman], Rabbi Nathan of Bratslav. He opened a special printing press in his home to print his teacher's books in holiness and purity, since he did not approve of the first printings due to the many mistakes of the initial printers that distorted the writings. In the book about the history of Rabbi Nathan, he writes of the hardships he suffered establishing the printing press: "¦Afterwards, when I came home, Hashem helped me and put wonderful thoughts into my heart until I merited that same year to establish the printing press and to print the books of our Rabbi, Likutei Moharan the First and Second and also the book of the Alphabet and Shemot HaTzaddikim - all with wonderful corrections and with wonderful and awesome new additions that revive the soul¦". Further on, he tells of the many difficulties in attaining paper [this is the reason that books from these printings are very rare, and they were printed on unprocessed paper (thick and soft) and not of uniform size] and the difficulties in receiving a government permit. In the end, the government closed the printing press and Rabbi Nathan had to flee the city.
On Volume Kama: Glosses and corrections in ancient handwriting (faded) from the time of printing, some are sources of the Zohar, [perhaps in the handwriting of Rabbi Nathan?].
At the end of Volume Tanina: Signatures and owners inscriptions of Rabbi Yisrael Nissan Rabbi of Przysucha. Rabbi Yisrael Nisan Kupershtoch (1858-1930) son in law of the sister of Rebbe Yechiel, the first rebbe from Alexander. One of the eldest of the Chassidic Polish rabbis, he served in the rabbinate for more than forty years in Przysucha and in Makova and in 1925, he immigrated to Jerusalem, where he published his book of responsa Ani ben Pachma. See Item 299.
Missing copies: Likutei Moharan Kama: 2-4, 122, [1] leaf (title page missing). Likutei Moharan Tanina: 1-52 leaves (the original: [2], 58 leaves). C. 20.5 cm. Fair-varied condition. Volume Kama: Fair-poor condition, stains and moth damage and wear, some leaves have wear damages with omissions and ancient restorations. The leaf cutting damaged the titles of some of the leaves. Volume Tanina: Good-fair condition, wide margins, stains and few moth damages and wear. New binding for both volumes together.
Very rare. See enclosed material.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 92

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Magid Devarav L’Ya’akov – Likutei Amarim, Lvov, 1792 (Glosses)

Magid Devarav L'Ya'akov - Likutei Amarim, by the Magid of Mezritch. Lvov, 1792. Third edition printed by Rabbi Shlomo Yarsh Rappaport [who printed No'am Elimelech first edition, Lvov 1788, and people say that the workers at his printing press had ru'ach hakodesh, and were of the 36 hidden tzaddikim).
Several Chassidic glosses in ancient handwriting. One of them has an interesting list of conversations between the Rabbi of Pystan and the Rabbi of Kruhlaye who said about him "that he is a good Jew - even for a moment he does not stop thinking of the Creator".
[3], 39 leaves. C. 20 cm. Fair condition, wear to leaf margins with omissions (restored). Old semi-leather binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 93

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Neta Sha’ashuim / Magid Ta’aluma

1. Neta Sha'ashuim, responsum on the four volumes of the Shulchan Aruch, Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Kara. Zholkva, 1829. The Author: Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Kara , Av Beit Din of Butchatch, was among the leading Geonim of his time (1740-1814, Otzar Ha-Rabbanim 17447), father in law of the Admor Rabbi Avraham David Wahrman, rabbi of Butchatch and author of"Birkat David","Eshel Avraham" and"Da'at Kedoshim" where he brings down many of his father in law's novellae.
84 leaves, 33 cm. Good-fair condition. Moth damage, stains. Rebound.
2. Magid Ta'aluma, novellae on the tractate of Berachot, by Admor Rabbi Zvi Elimelech of Dynֳ³w, author of the"Bnei Issachar". Przemysl, 1876. First edition. With the approbations of: the"Divrei Chaim" of Sanz, Rabbi Shimon Sofer of Cracow, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Admor of Vizhnitz, Rabbi Yekutiel Yehuda, Av Beit Din of Sighet and more.
[2], 114 leaves. 30 cm. Good-fair condition. Light tears and stains. Rebound.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 94

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Sefer Divrei Chaim – Zholkva, 1864 – First Edition, Anonymous – Signatures

Sefer Divrei Chaim, on laws of Gittin - Names of men and women. Commentary on names of the Beit Shmuel [with text]. By"One of the Students" [the Rebbe Rabbi Chaim Halberstam of Sanz]. Zholkva, 1864. First edition.
In the introduction the author writes"my name has not been written for the known reason". This is the first printed book of the Divrei Chaim (his responsa was printed 11 years later in 1875). In the second edition (Mukachevo 1892), Rabbi Baruch of Gorlice son of the Divrei Chaim writes the name of the author, and he relates that this composition was given "by rabbi¦ as a gift¦ and he printed it in Zholkva in 1864¦" He explains that he was reluctant to write his name but the public was already aware of who wrote it so he added the name in the second edition "¦Baruch Halberstam Av Beit Din of Gorlice".
Stamp and signatures"David Gross" - The Ga'on Rabbi David Gross Av Beit Din of Taub (Hungary), disciple of Rabbi Yehoshua Bucksbaum in Galanta and Rabbi Akiva Sofer. Served as Dayan in Pressburg, son-in-law and successor of Rabbi Simcha Brier as rabbi in Taub. Survived the Holocaust and at the end of his life headed the Nitra Yeshiva in Mount Kisco. Author of Zahav Shva Responsa.
Additional ownership notations and signatures:"Kalman Cahana of Sighet" [close associate of the Divrei Chaim], and more.
[3], 34, 34, 33-44, 1-27; 23, [1] leaves. 34.5 cm. Good condition, stains and wear.

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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 96

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Sefer Tzofnat Pa’ane’ach – Copy of authors of “Darchei Teshuva” and “Minchat El’azar” of Mukachevo

Sefer Tzofnat Pa'ane'ach, Rabbi Ya'akov Yosef of Polana, disciple of the Ba'al Shem Tov. Lvov, 1866.
On leaf following title-page, ink-stamps of Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Shapira and Rabbi Chaim El'azar Shapira, Av Beit Din of Mukachevo [slightly cut off]. Additional ink-stamps crossed out with pen.
The Rebbe Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Shapira author of Darchei Teshuva (1845-1914, Encyclopedia of Hassidism 3, 618-620). Son of Rabbi Shlomo Shapira Av Beit Din of Mukachevo author of Shem Shlomo, son of Rabbi El'azar of Lentzhot (see item 323) son of Rabbi Tzvi Elimelech of Dynow author of Bnei Yissaschar. Among the greatest giants of Torah and Hassidism in his generation; succeeded his father in the rabbinate of Mukachevo. Established the Mukachevo dynasty and had thousands of followers; founded Kollel Mukachevo. Authored Darchei Teshuva, Be'er L'Chai Ro'I, Tzvi Tiferet and more.
His son, Rabbi Chaim El'azar Shapiro, was among his generation's leading masters in Torah, Halacha and Hassidism, in addition to being a great kabbalic master (1872-1937, Otzar HaRabbanim 6243). He fought to preserve the holiness of the Jewish people, and his opinions in Halacha and Kabbalah were adhered to throughout the Diaspora. His books include: Minchat El'azar Responsa, Sha'ar Yissaschar, Nimukei Orach Chaim, Divrei Torah 9 Sections, and more. See item 415.
[1], 27, 29-36, [60] leaves. 24 cm. Good condition, stains. New binding.

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