Torah scroll, Vellish-Sefardi writing, in the style of North African custom [Tunisia/Morocco, appropriate to the first half of the 19th century].
The first parshiot of Bamidbar have a number of substitutions of sheets that are similar in color processing to the original parchment. Shemot has two sheets of non-professional substitution (from the middle of BeShalach until the middle of Yitro), on leather of yellow hue, non-processed or little processed.
Parchment height: 32 cm. Good condition.
Magnificent Megillat Esther, accurate and artistic scribe writing, with impressive illustrations. Ink, gouache, acrylic, tempera, water colors and gold upon parchment. [Eretz Israel, 2007-2009]. Signed by artist:"S. Ratson 2009" in Hebrew and English.
The Megillah was planned over the period of a few months and was handwritten in sanctity with the proper intentions upon 8 large parchment sheets (64.5 cm.), sewn together in a kosher manner, in artistic and accurate scribe writing, with illustrations of the plot, in hues of blue and bourdeaux, with 23 karat gold ornaments.
18 columns; 16 contain text, on bottom - illustration related to content of Megillah in various hues of blue; average size 11X24 cm. Magnificent crown ornaments (in four different styles) with bourdeaux and gold frames separating the columns. First and last columns contain only large illustration, spread out over entire length of parchment sheet: First column -"Megillat Esther" /"Kacha Ye'aseh La'ish Asher HaMelech Chafetz BiKaro"; last column: Mordechai and Queen Esther. Illustrations created with fine paintbrushes and slow deliberate strokes. Names of ten sons of Haman written consecutively as customary, in a separate column containing 11 lines.
The Megillah was written on kosher parchment with kosher ink, was proofread by "Mishmeret Stam", Bnei Brak, and is kosher.
~~Scribe - Yehudah Tzvi Ben-David, born in 1957. Studied psychology in Haifa University; at age 28 became observant and joined the congregation of Rabbi Mordechai Auerbach of Tel Aviv. Works as a scribe for over 15 years.
~~Artist - Shuli Ratzon, born in 1978. From the congregation of Rabbi Auerbach in Tel Aviv, resides in Bnei Brak. Studied art by several artists, specializes in illustration and ornamentation of Judaic items using diverse techniques.
Magnificent Megillat Esther written and illustrated over a period of three years; impressive modern item of artistic Judaica; one and only copy.
Attached is a letter by Rabbi Mordechai Auerbach, in which he authorizes that he knows both the scribe and the artist, attesting to the fact that this is a unique copy.
Height: 64.5 cm. Length: 5 meters. Placed within plastic gilded case 80.5X25X13.5 cm. Very good condition.
Fancy miniature Megillat Esther, nice Sefardi scribal writing, 14 rows, on thin parchment. [Baghdad, end of 19th century]. With the megillah blessings at beginning and end, and a parchment lace for tying.
6.3-6.4 cm. Maximum size including wooden pole and handle 17 cm. Very good condition.
Ornate Megillat Esther bound in a unique book-style. Very fine, homogenous, clear and legible writing. The letters are shaped according to the Ari (Chasidic), in an ancient writing style [matching the style of 19th Century Russia-Poland]. Based on the levels of writing and parchment processing, it appears that this Megillah was made on special order and with great precision to meet Halachic and traditional standards.
This Megillah was written in full accordance with Halacha, on a parchment roll and was bound with folds, which were further bound like a book inside a parchment binding.
13 cm, parchment length: 165 cm approx. (Empty page at the beginning and the end), 12 pp. 27 lines each. Good condition, slightly faded (most of the ink is still black), light stains. Antique parchment binding.
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.
The Megillah of Shir Ha-Shirim, in scribe writing on parchment. Letters shaped based on the"Beit Yosef". [First half of the 20th century]. In the Jerusalem synagogues conforming to the Gra's opinion, it is customary to read Shir Ha-Shirim with a blessing during Shabbat Hol Ha-Mo'ed Pesah.
52.5 cm. 4 Columns. Good-fair condition, wrinkles and stains of use, some of letters are slightly faded.
The Divrei Ha-Yamim on a parchment sheet, in fine and superior scribe writing,"Beit Yosef" letters. [19/20th Centuries].
It is extremely rare to find the book of Divrei Ha-Yamim on parchment, since it is not read in front of a Minyan, [as opposed to books of Nevi'im and Megilot, which are read out of scribe ink writing on a parchment book]. It is known that the Gra of Vilna ordered all of the 24 Holy Scriptures to be written on Sefer-Torah-like parchments for his Beit Midrash, while personally supervising their writing order. This custom was kept in very few synagogues worldwide.
Parchment height: 28 cm. 74 Columns. Finely processed parchment. Good-fair condition, moisture marks. Missing lower handle of the"Etz Chaim" support.
Two pairs of miniature hand and head phylacteries, for traveling. [Eretz Israel, early 20th century]. Size: 3X3 cm; within cloth bag.
Parochet for Torah ark. C' Cint. (Cincinnati ? USA), [c. 1930s].
A velvet yellowish-light-brown parochet, decorated with golden-thread embroidery, sequins and beads, imitation of precious stones. Another decoration is attached to the loops at the top of the parochet, a lighter-colored velvet in the form of waves decorated with three embroidered Magen-David. In the center, the Two Tablets of Law inside a Magen-David and the shape of a crown are prominent, with the words Keter Torah. The writing "Chana son of Efraim HaLevi Balsky, C' Cint." Is embroidered under the central decorations.
C. 126X190 cm. Good condition. Moisture stains.
Torah Scroll cover, ornamented red velvet, embroidered dedication and silver discs. Ozon-Kiopro [region of Greece?], .
On top, embroidered Star of David ornament; in center verse"Tenu La MiPri Yadeha ViHaleluha BaShe'arim Ma'ase'ah", and in lower section embroidered dedication:"Dedicated by Regina Eliezer Kaneiti to the Ozon-Kiopro congregation in the year 1933". Contains six ornamented silver discs (originally served as buckles for women's belts); borders contain stalks made of gold thread.
General size: 100X25 cm. Good condition, minor defects in embroidery, velvet and discs.
Torah Scroll cover. Light material with high-quality gold and silver thread embroidery. Bischheim (suburbs of Strasbourg), .
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.
An embroidered cloth (cover for Torah scroll?). [Georgia, 20th century].
Impressive embroidery with silver thread. On margins pattern of palm of hand [Chamsa] and stars, at center patterns of various plants and geometric shapes, with an embroidered Hebrew dedication: "Misa Jana".
48X93 cm. Fair condition. Some of the decorations unraveled.
Ornament for synagogue. Green velvet ornamented with gold thread embroidery. [North Africa, early 20th century?].
One side entirely covered with vegetation patterns and Stars of David; on second side outstanding intense green-colored velvet, ornamented on borders with patters of birds, fish, menorahs and crescents.
Long and narrow shape, 125X39 cm. Good condition. Folding marks.
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.
1. Rectangular case, [Georgia]. One side contains embroidery of Star of David, leaves and initials BM; second side contains embroidery of birds and leaf.
2. Case of red velvet. Both sides contain embroidery of yellow flowers and blue Star of David.
Various sizes, good condition.
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.
Miniature Torah Scroll printed upon paper, scrolled on two Atzei Chaim. [USA? 1940s?].
Placed within red fabric coat with print of Ten Commandment Tablets, lions and crown, silver colored. Within cardboard box. Scroll: 8.5 cm, Atzei Chaim: 16.5 cm., cardboard box (damaged): 16.5 cm.
Ner tamid for hanging in the Synagogue. Eretz Yisrael, [1930s-1940s].
Made of two silver units (each one is marked) connected with a metal chain, with various decorations, some hand-beaten and some by machine. On bottom part, an engraved dedication: "Contributed by Regina Bianko Benzion Costi in memory of our parents Chaim and Esther Costi and our brothers Shmuel, Aharon and Eli".
Height: 55 cm. Good condition.
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.
Silver Kiddush goblet, with a portrait of Rabbi Avraham Matityahu Friedman, the righteous Rebbe of Shtefenesht. [Romania, late 19th - early 20th century.] Unmarked silver.
Quality silver goblet, with numerous foliage-patterned ornamentations. Positioned on three ball-shaped legs. In the center, a portrait in relief of the Rebbe of Shtefenesht, above which appears the text,"Marele Rabin din Stefanesti" [The Great Rabbi of Shtefenesht"].
The Rebbe Rabbi Avraham Matityahu Friedman of Shtefenesht [Stefanesti] (1848-1933; see Encyclopedia of Hassidism, Vol. 1, pp 131-132), grandson of Rabbi Yisrael of Ruzhin, had thousands of followers and a tremendous impact upon Romanian Jewry. In a Halachic response, Rabbi Bezalel Shafran wrote in reference to the Rebbe,"The power of that great and holy elder was known to all, a true worshiper of G-D, glory of our country¦ Everybody obeys his holy sayings." (Rabbi Bezalel Ze'ev Responsa, section 1, Yoreh De'ah, chapter 116.) Legend was that the Rebbe's prayers would last for hours without him making a sound; in the Mussaf prayer of Rosh HaShana he stood hunched for two hours without moving, as he did when shaking the Lulav on Sukkot. Many wondrous stories were told about him in his generation as well as ours, regarding curing the ill, barren women giving birth and more.
After his death, the Rebbe's bones were brought to Eretz Israel and interred in the Ruzhin Rebbe dynasty plot in the Nachalat Yitzhak cemetery in Tel Aviv. His gravesite became a center for prayers and there are numerous stories of salvations that took place as a result of praying at his holy grave.
This salvation goblet was apparently gifted to the Rebbe by a Jewish silversmith who attributed his ill daughter's cure to the Rebbe's prayer.
Height: 11.7 cm., diameter: 7 cm. Good condition. Enclosed are photographs of the goblet, taken by the Committee of Shtefenesht Hassidim in Eretz Israel.
Silver Kiddush goblet (signed on bottom with 4 silver-marks). [Central Europe, early 19th century].
Massive handcrafted goblet, with various beaten and engraved ornaments."Shmuel son of Rabbi Mordechai HaCohen" and shape of hands during Birkat Cohanim engraved on both sides of goblet. Height: 8 cm., diameter: 7 cm. Very good condition.
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.
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.
Besamim [spice] tower. Silver and filigree. [Eastern Europe, 19th century].
On top, four flags, 925 silver mark along with two additional marks.
Height: 22 cm. Good-fair condition. Slightly tilted. One of the flags detached. Flagpole and additional flag on top - missing.
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.
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.
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.
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, , 42-49; , 21 leaves, 13.5 cm. Good condition. Missing clasp. Abovementioned leaf with censorship authorization detached. Chains and some of filigree ornaments slightly damaged.
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.
"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.
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.
* Postcard with illustration of Shiviti, Lamnatze'ach Menorah, winged lions, Ten Commandment Tablets, palm trees, birds and additional ornaments. Shmuel Mizrachi Publications, Jerusalem, Nisan . 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mizrach - Da Lifnei Mi Ata Omed¦". Jerusalem, .
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ki Ner Mitzvah V'Torah Ohr" - Printed leaf [order of Chanukah candle lighting]. [Livorno], .
Includes: Chanukah blessings,"HaNerot HaLalu Anu Madlikin", Psalm 30 of Tehillim. Ornamented frame.
43X31 cm. leaf. White clean paper. Good condition, folding marks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Severe warning - by prominent Torah giants. Warsaw, .
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.
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.
"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.
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.
* 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.
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, ; 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
 Handwritten pages upon thick paper, 28.5X45.5 cm. Fair-good condition. Tears on folding marks, stains.
Mo'adei Hashem Part 2, Mikra'ei Kodesh Hillulim, according to the Sefardi custom. Jerusalem, . 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.
 Pages. 20 cm. Fair-poor condition. Professional damage restoration.
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, . Yisrael Beck Press. Two title pages.
, 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
"A prayer before studying for your supporters and benefactors while studying in the Holy Land". Jerusalem, . 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.
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.
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, , , 22 pages. 20 cm. Good condition.
Winograd and Rosenfeld CD lists Jerusalem 1890, whereas Bibliography Institute CD lists Jerusalem 1892.
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
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.
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, . 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.
, 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.
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, , -201 pages. 18 cm. Fair condition, stains and wear. Printed title cover.
1. Kuntress Metzitza, about the mitzvah of metzitza during a brit milah (circumcision). Rabbi Yosef Margoliot-Yaffe Rabbi of Rogendorf. Pressburg, .
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.
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".
, 78; , 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.
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.
Machzor min Shalosh Regalim, K'Minhag Reisin V'Lita, Poland, Piha U'Mehrin [Ashkenaz], Part 2 [Succot, Pesach and Shavuot]. Slavita , 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.
"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.
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,  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.
Tractate Rosh HaShana, with Rashi commentary and Tosfot, Rosh and Rambam's commentary on the Mishnayot, and Maharsha Chidushei Halachot. Slavita, . 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].
, 74-88 leaves. 21 cm. Printed on bluish-greenish paper. Good-fair condition. Stains, moth marks, several tears. Worn original binding.
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, . 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.
1. Kutnot Or, Ein Ya'akov, by Rabbi Ya'akov Ibn-Chaviv. Slavita, . 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.
1. Bamidbar and Megilat Ruth, with Rashi, Ba'al Ha-Turim and Siftei Chachamim. Slavita, . 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, . 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.
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 -173. * Devarim - 1-170, following leaves 1-7.
5 volumes, damaged and incomplete, all unbound and with moth damages.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
, 140 leaves; 38 leaves; 44,  leaf + 11 handwritten pages. 21.5 cm. Good condition, wear. Detached leaves, unbound.
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.
, 480 pages; , 449 pages, 21.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Moth damage, tears and stains. Unbound.
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.
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].
, 232 pages; 4, 184 pages. 38.5 cm., high-quality paper, good condition, some wear and stains. Unbound.
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.
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.
Sefer Chidushei Dinim on laws of Pesach, and Jerusalem customs pertaining to Pesach, by Yitzchak David ben Rubi. Mezhirov, . 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.
, 24 leaves. 15.5 cm. Bluish-green paper. Good condition, stains. Unbound.
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.
 leaves. 14.5 cm. Fair condition, wear and stains of usage, old worn binding.
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,  leaf (title page missing). Likutei Moharan Tanina: 1-52 leaves (the original: , 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.
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".
, 39 leaves. C. 20 cm. Fair condition, wear to leaf margins with omissions (restored). Old semi-leather binding.
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.
, 114 leaves. 30 cm. Good-fair condition. Light tears and stains. Rebound.
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.
, 34, 34, 33-44, 1-27; 23,  leaves. 34.5 cm. Good condition, stains and wear.
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, . First edition.
66, 26,  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.
, 58; 28;  leaves. 20.5 cm. Quality paper, good-fair condition, restored damages in upper margins with text defects to titles. Unbound.
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.
, 27, 29-36,  leaves. 24 cm. Good condition, stains. New binding.
Sefer Likutei Torah Mahari, Hassidic and Kabbalistic sayings on the Torah and festivals, by Rabbi Yissaschar Berish of Dolina, Lemberg, 1886. First edition.
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.
, 46,  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.
Sefer Beit Aharon, on the Torah and prayer, by Rabbi Aharon Perlov the Rebbe of Karlin. Brody, 1875. First edition.
Beginning of book contains collection of letters and Hassidic customs by the Karlin-Stolin Rebbes: the"Great" Rabbi Aharon of Karlin, his son Rabbi Asher (the first), his son Rabbi Aharon (the second, the"old"), and his son Rabbi Asher (the second, the"young").
Two title pages, first abridged. Variant copy. Following second title page:"To reveal and publicize that the most righteous and famous of our generation have endorsed the publication of this book¦ as well Torah scholars and rabbis of Spain have approved while others have banned¦". In some of the copies this passage appears in a different version, and does not include the censorship on the other side of the title page. [Concerning the stages of publication and various corrections during the printing process, which resulted in various versions of the book, see: A. Schor, regarding the methods of the writing and printing of the Beit Aharon books, Beit Aharon V'Yisrael, year 6 issue 1 (31), pp. 139-147].
Signatures and ownership notations."This book¦ by the Rebbe Rabbi Aharon Karliner belongs to¦ Rabbi Aryeh Leib Shereshevski HaCohen of Balet adjacent to Lodz¦","Rabbi Shmuel Ze'ev Katz Shereshevski", and more.
 leaves, 316,  pages (two title pages). 28 cm. (Wide margins). Good-fair condition. Stains and wear, tears, detached binding.
Sefer Chesed L'Avraham, Section 1 - on the Torah, by the Rebbe Rabbi Avraham Yissaschar Ber HaCohen Rabinowitz (1843-1892) son of the Rebbe Rabbi Shlomo of Radomsk. Piotrkow, 1893. Only edition.
434 pages. 26 cm. Good condition. Original semi-leather binding, slightly worn.
Shulchan Aruch HaRav, Kahat Publication (Published by Otzar HaChassidim"), Brooklyn,  (printed in Germany).
Five sections in three volumes, includes responsa by Rabbi Shneur Zalman and facsimile of chapter 14 of his holy handwriting. Introduction by the publisher, Rabbi Menachem Schneershon. Three volumes, 21 cm. Good condition. Damaged bindings, slightly loose.
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.
, 143 leaves; 98 leaves. 19.5 cm. Good-fair condition, many moth damages. Decorated leather binding.
1. Reshit Chochma, by Rabbi Eliyahu Di Videsh disciple of the Ramak, with the book Chai ben Mekitz, a book of ethics written in riddles by Rabbi Shlomo Ibn Gabirol. Constantinople, .
, 304,  leaves. C. 20 cm. This copy is combined of two copies, varied condition, good to good-fair. Stains and minor damage to title page and several leaves. Newly bound.
2. Reshit Chochma, Korets, .
162, 164-341 leaves. [Leaves 159-172 were not bound in their correct place], c. 19 cm. Fair condition, wear, stains and moth damage.
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,  leaves. 34 cm. White and greenish paper. Good condition, minor moth damage (restored), especially to binding. Fine leather binding, damaged.
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, , 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.
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], .
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.
, 56;  leaves. 18.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, moth marks. Worn, detached binding. Stamps and owners' inscriptions on Vorzats.
Sefer Igrot HaRamaz, including Elef Alfin supplication, by Rabbi Moshe Zacuto. Livorno, . First edition.
The Ga'on and Kabbalist Rabbi Moshe Zacuto (1610- 1698, Otzar HaRabbanim 14674), studied the wisdom of Kabbalah from his rabbi Rabbi Binyamin HaLevi, disciple of Rabbi Chaim Vital, and was one of the greatest Kabbalists and teachers in Italy. Served as Rabbi and Rosh Yeshiva in Venice and Mantua. Authored and proofread numerous compositions in the revealed and concealed facets of Torah, among them: Kol HaRamaz, Shoda Dedeina and others. Many of the letters in this book discuss various matters of Kabbalah and were sent to his famous disciples, Rabbi Binyamin HaCohen (HaRabach) and Rabbi Avraham Ravigo.
, 48 leaves. 20 cm. Good condition. Stains, mildew stains in number of leaves. Restored tear on title-page. Fancy leather binding.
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;  263 leaves, (originally: , 422, 44,  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.
Four Incunabula leaves.
Three leaves of Bible edition, with translation and commentary of Radak and Ralbag. Liria (Portugal), . (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, . (Leaf 4 of pamphlet 5 [chapter 81- negative commandments]. Professionally restored margins).
Total of 4 leaves. Various sizes. Good condition, stains.
Responsa of Rabbi Moshe Bar Nachman. Venice, .
A collection of queries and responses by Rabbi Shlomo ben Aderet (Rashba), mistakenly attributed to the Ramban. 288 responsa. In the introduction, the proofreader writes: "For the sake of the truth¦ I am informing¦ that these responsa attributed to¦ Rabbi Moshe Bar Nachman. Indeed, many others are written in them such as the Rashba and his followers and such in many places from the Torah geniuses that have learned their Torah from him¦ ". The book has been attributed to the Ramban because of Siman 284, where there is an explicit responsum of the Ramban to Rabbeinu Yonah, but really only that responsum is by the Ramban and the remainder are by the Rashba. (See the words of Rabbi Yosef Karo in his introduction to Beit Yosef: "I have seen a few responsa of the Rashba printed with a metal pen and lead, introduced as if they are from the Ramban").
94 leaves, 26 cm. Fancy copy, wide margins and light-colored paper, professionally restored wear and moth damage to margins. Fancy leather binding.
Nevi'im Achronim with commentary by Don Yitzchak Abarbanel. [Pesaro], Soncino Press, .
Title page printed in ornate frame. In some copies reverse side of title page is blank; this copy contains a song of 52 stanzas, with acronym"Yehudah ben Yitzchak Abarbanel". At end, additional short song.
This copy is divided into two volumes; first volume contains first 200 leaves until Sefer Yirmiya; second volume contains 197 following leaves until Sefer Malachi. Last leaf (blank) - missing."Pesaro, 1512" mistakenly imprinted upon spine of second volume, however, it is the continuation of the first volume of the Pesaro press, year 1520.
First volume: Title page, 11 first leaves and last leaf contain restored tears and damages. Single moth holes upon title page and 11 first leaves. Stains and mildew damage on some leaves. Ancient glosses in Oriental handwriting.
Second volume: Restored tears and damages on margins and corners of many leaves. More severe damage on last leaves, with damage to text. Stains. Few comments in Sephardic handwriting.
 leaves (originally  leaves, leaf 398, missing in this copy -blank), 29.5 / 31 cm. New magnificent leather bindings.
From Dr. Israel Mehlman's private collection.
Tractates Me'ila, Kinim, Midot and Tamid, with the commentaries of Rashi, Tosfot and Piskei Tosfot. Venice, 1528. Daniel Bomberg Printing.
Second edition of the Talmud by Bomberg. Printed according to the first edition, Venice 1520-1523, with variations, see attached material. Tractate Midot has empty spaces for adding charts and illustrations.
Many glosses and notations in early Ashkenazi handwriting from the time of print.
37 Leaves, 35.5 cm. Very good condition, good quality light-color paper, light stains, restored light wear damage. Fancy leather binding.
Rare, does not appear in Bibliography Institute CD.
Abudraham, [commentary on prayers], by Rabbi David son of Yosef Abudraham]. Constantinople, Tevet .
Rashi letters, two columns on each page. Leaves numbered in double pagination, on both pages. Colophon written in form of song. See also: Hebrew Press in Constantinople, Avraham Ya'ari. Jerusalem, 1967. Pages 17-21, 69.
99,  leaves, 26 cm. Title page and last leaf damaged and torn, missing sections completed with photocopy. Restored tears and moth damage on margins of first and last leaves. Stains. Ownership notation in Sephardic handwriting on leaf 18.
From Dr. Israel Mehlman's private collection.
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.
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"].
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.
Avodat HaLevi, sources for the 613 mitzvot in the Rambam's order, by Rabbi Shlomo son of Eliezer HaLevi. Venice, 1546.
Sources for the six Sidrei Mishna, Midrashei Chazal, and literature of Rishonim [The Rif, Smag, Smak, Arba'a Turim, Rabbeinu Yerucham, HaRokeach etc.].
28 leaves. 20 cm. Good condition. Stains, light moth marks.
From Dr. Israel Mehlman's private collection.
Responsa by Rabbeinu Asher (the Rosh). Venice, . 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.
Sefer HaZohar on the Torah, by the Tanna Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. Cremona, [1559-1560]. Notations and corrections in Oriental and Ashkenazi handwriting.
This edition of the Zohar is the first and second printing of the Zohar books [after permission was denied by the rabbis to print the Zohar for approximately 90 years after printing was discovered. Mantua printers began printing the books of the Zohar a year earlier, however, the Cremona printers succeeded in completing the printing of all sections prior to the Mantua printers].
Incomplete copy: 5-132; 99; 143 leaves (instead of: 132, 122, 146 leaves. Missing total of 30 leaves). 29 cm. Fair condition. Stains, wear and tear. Detached leaves. Unbound.
Arba'a Turim, by Rabbeinu Ya'akov bar Asher. Riva Di Trento, 1561.
Signature and owner's inscriptions from 1679: "I, Yeshaya son of Mordechai Shalit". On last leaf, lists of births from 1669.
6, 9-80; 66; 42; 104 leaves + folded leaf of leap year calendar [found after Leaf 51, slightly cutoff]. 28.5 cm. Good-fair condition, stains. Slight wear (restored). New fancy leather binding.
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, .
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.
VeZot Torat HaBayit - Sefer Torat HaBayit HaKatzar by the Rashba. Cremona, . 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.
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.
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.
Mishneh Torah by the Rambam, section 4 [Nezikin-Shoftim]. Venice, .
First edition printed with Rabbi Yosef Karo's Kesef Mishneh commentary. While this edition was being printed, Rabbi Yosef Karo passed away.
Margins of leaves contain glosses in Sephardic handwriting [some cut off].
, 297,  leaves (missing: title-page and two leaves at beginning of book as well as 8 index leaves at end). Good-fair condition. Stains and moth damage, mildew stains on number of leaves. Worn and detached binding.
Reshit Chochma, by Rabbi Eliyahu Vidash. Cracow, [1593-1594].
Second or third printing of the famous book of ethics which later appeared in many editions [that year, an edition of the book was printed in Venice and written on the title page is "Printed for the second time"]. Ancient owners' inscriptions [from 1723 and 1736] by Ya'akov son of Shlomo Levi.
10, 418; 32 leaves (missing: 4 first leaves). 20 cm. Fair condition. Stains, wear and tears with omissions in several leaves, primarily in the last leaf of the index. New binding.
From Dr. Israel Mehlman's private collection.
Sefer Tvu'at Shor, abridgement the Beit Yosef [section 1-4], by Rabbi Ephraim Zalman Schor. Lublin, [1615-1616]. Only edition.
Number of glosses and illustrations in antique handwriting [close to the period of the printing] and erased ownership notation [preceding Even HaEzer section].
Rabbi Ephraim Zalman Schor (d.1634, Otzar HaRabbanim 3101), author of"First" Tvu'at Shor, was among the greatest Torah scholars of Poland, contemporary of the Bach, and son-in-law of Minister Rabbi Shaul Wahl. Served in the rabbinates of Horodna, Brisk and Lublin. Uncle of author of"Tvu'ot Shor Im Simla Chadasha" on laws of slaughtering and non-kosher food". (For additional information related to him see: Zachor LeAvraham, 1994-1995, pages 60-76).
Section 1 - Orach Chaim: 143 leaves (missing: title-page, replaced by title-page of Yoreh De'ah - which is partially torn, and leaves 2-4). Section 2 - Yoreh De'ah: 176, 77-115,  leaves. Section 3 - Even HaEzer: 54 leaves (separate title-page). Section 4 - Choshen Mishpat: 105,  leaves (missing from leaf 102 until end. Separate title-page). 18.5 cm. Fair condition, stains and tears, moth stains. Paper pasting on margins of number of leaves with damage to text. New binding.
Sefer Rinat Dodim, commentary on Shir HaShirim, by Rabbi Eliyahu son of Rabbi Moshe Luantz. Basel, .
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).
, 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.
Sefer HaTishbi, book of roots from the Talmud and Midrashim of Chazal, by Rabbi Eliyahu Bachur. Basel, . 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.
Sefer Arugat HaBosem, wisdom of the grammar and Holy Language, by Rabbi Shmuel Archevolti. Venice, . 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.
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.
Me'ir Netiv Concordance, by Rabbi Yitzchak Nathan. Venice, 1523. Daniel Bomberg Printing.
The first Hebrew concordance. Arranged by the same method of the Latin concordances used at that time; Rabbi Yitzchak Nathan labored eight years on compiling the concordance, but it was first printed only fifty years after his death. Since then, it has been acclaimed in many editions.
Missing copy -  leaves instead of  damaged title pages. 37.5 cm. At end, one leaf has handwritten substitution. General good condition. Moth damage to first leaves. Stains and creases to first and last leaves. Not bound.
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,  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.
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.
Kohelet with Rashi commentary. Seven leaves of an early printing, bibliographically unknown. [Italy? c. 1530-1558].
Text and commentary, both printed in square letters. On page headings:"Kohelet" and"Rashi". New pamphlet begins on fourth leaf and numbered ׳׳‘ (42). Apparently, printed as part of Five Megillot or Bible. Last leaf missing. Previous owners wrote on envelope which contains the leaves:"Incunable" [incunabula].
 Leaves, 21 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, tears on margins.
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. -447 leaves.
Volume of 20 cm. Fair-poor condition. Tears and moth damage. Old leather binding.
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,  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.
Mikra'ot Gedolot, Nevi'im Achronim, with Targum, Rashi, Radak and the Mesora. Venice, 1618.
, 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).
Chamisha Chumshei Torah, with Nevi'im and Ketuvim. Open and closed parshiot according to the Rambam, proofread and exact for copying a Sefer Torah. Amsterdam, 1630. Menashe ben Yisrael Printing.
Printed without vowels, in two columns. Each fifth verse is marked with a letter. Separate sections for Nevi'im Rishonim and for Nevi'im Achronim. 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].
612 pages. 16 cm. Good condition, stains. Pencil inscriptions. Old binding.
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,  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.
Nevi'im Rishonim with commentary of Rashi. Venice, 1649.
, 306-462 leaves. 19.5 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and minor damages. Erased stamps. New simple binding.
Michlal Yofi, Perfectio pulchritudinis. Definitions of hard words and topics found in the 24 holy scriptures. By Rabbi Shlomo Ibn Melech. With a new addition of"Leket Shichecha" by Rabbi Ya'akov Abendana. Amsterdam, 1660. Most of the title page is in Latin. Latin introductions.
(Without the illustrated title page), , 219,  leaf. 29 cm. Good condition, light stains and wear. Rebound.
Variant copy, with two additional leaves. (One Latin leaf, and leaf 219 as"book conclusion", the poems appearing on leaf 219 in the other copies appear on leaf 120 of the present copy, at the end of the book [faulty pagination, it should have been 220 instead of 120]. Refer to the Bibliography Institute CD record 0106282 which mentions , 219 leaves. Leaf 219 which appears on the Otzar Ha-Chochma completely differs from the one in the present copy.
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.
 leaves; [32 leaves]; 5-153,  leaves. (Einei Avraham is missing 6 leaves - the original: 153,  leaves). 18 cm. High quality paper, good-fair condition, stains and wear, moth marks. New binding.
Torah, Nevi'im and Ketuvim, "in Ashkenazi language". Translated into Yiddish-Deitsch [in Tzena Ur'ena letters]. Amsterdam, 1676-1678.
The translator Rabbi Yekutiel Blitz. Approbations by the rabbis of Va'ad Arba HaAratzot and Amsterdam rabbis. The title page with fancy copper engraving. Added to the last pages is a translation of "To'aliyut HaRalbag". Soon after this edition, a similar translation was printed in Amsterdam by the printer Yosef Atiash (see next Item), which caused a dispute to erupt between the printers while each side accused the other of stealing (see a lengthy description of this affair: A. Haberman, Prakim B'Toldot HaMadpisim HaIvri'im, pages 299-309).
, 63,  64-257; 18 leaves (without the second title page after the illustrated title page. Separate title pages for Megillot, Nevi'im Rishonim, Nevi'im Achronim and Ketuvim). 31 cm. Good condition. Stains. First title page partially detached and slightly worn. Antique binding, wood covered with leather, worn and detached. Remnants of buckles, legs (metal buttons for raising when opening book).
Torah, Nevi'im Ketuvim, "From the Holy Tongue they are copied and in the Ashkenaz language they are written", a bible translation into Yiddish-Deitsch [in Tzena Ur'ena letters], according to the commentaries: Targum Yonatan, Rashi, Ibn Ezra, Radak, Rabbi Sa'adya Gaon, Ralbag etc. Amsterdam, . Yosef Atiash printing.
The translator is Rabbi Yosef bar Alexander Vitzenhoisen. With approbation of the rabbis of Va'ad Arba Aratzot. In addition to regular title page, there is a fancy brass engraving.
Soon after this edition, a similar translation was printed in Amsterdam by the printer Yosef Atiash, which caused a dispute to erupt between the printers while each side accused the other of stealing (see next Item).
, 79; 150 leaves. 32 cm. Good condition, stains, detached leaf. Antique binding, leather covered wood, damaged, with buckle remnants.
Arba'ah Ve'Esrim, including Minchat Shai, sections 1-2 [Chamisha Chumshei Torah and Megillot, Nevi'im Rishonim], by Rabbi Yedidya Shlomo Nortzi. Mantua, . First edition.
First edition of the book Minchat Shai, which became a classic composition on the Masorah and the text of the Bible. Each section has two title-pages, and first title-page is illustrated.
Section 1: , 136, 141-142 leaves. (Leaves [2-3] bound between leaves 141-142). Section 2: , 88 leaves. (Missing last leaf with list of instances where pronunciation differs from text).
26 cm. Fair condition. Stains, mildew stains on some leaves. First two title-pages as well as several additional leaves are torn and /or detached. Ownership notation / signature on title-page. Worn binding.
Chamisha Chumshei Tora and the Five Megillot, with Haftarot for the whole year. Dyhernfurth, 1805.
On title page, the word Amsterdam is printed with emphasized letters. A separate title page for the haftarot.
156; 48 leaves. 13 cm. Fair condition. Stains and wear, pen inscriptions, tears to two last leaves. Restored antique leather binding.
From Dr. Israel Mehlman's private collection.
Torat Emet, Chamisha Chumshei Tora Tikun Sofrim with Rashi commentary, haftarot, prayers and piyutim for every Shabbat of the year. Amsterdam, 1827.
At the end of Bamidbar another  leaves (bibliographically unknown) with a list of "the names of wealthy men who have signed to take the Chumash Torat Emet to their dwellings" - a list of "Prenumeranten". At the beginning of Devarim, a leaf was added with corrections of printing errors of all the volumes.
Five volumes with dark leather binding, high quality and fancy, with gold decoration and golden leaf cutting. Impressed on the bindings are the name of the book and its number. Each volume in its original cardboard box.
20 cm. Good condition. Light damage to binding margins and cardboard boxes.
Torat Emet, Tikun Sofrim, Chamisha Chumshei Tora, includes Rashi's commentary, Haftarot, prayers and poems. Amsterdam, .
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.
Olelot Naftali, commentary on Sefer Bereshit, by Rabbi Naftali Herz Wessely. Hamburg, 1842.
Olelot Naftali was not fully printed during the period in which it was written. In 1834, the author's son published only the first leaf, which is commentary on the word Bereshit, and later on, in the following book, he printed"Machberet Rishona" [commentary on Bereshit 1-3].
Ownership signature:"Moshe Shmuel son of Rabbi David Francas". Corrections and notations in pen and pencil.
A large polemic emerged against the author, Naftali Herz Wessely (1726-1805), regarding his booklet Divrei Shalom Ve'Emet, which proposed to make changes in the Jewish education regulations. The Noda BeYehuda, who formerly had given approbation to the author's commentary on Avot, entitled Yein Levanon,, wrote letters expressing his vehement disapproval of the views professed in Divrei Shalom Ve'emet. Naftali Herz Wessely also participated in the writing of the Be'ur [explanation] in the Mendelsohn Chumashim (major Enlightenist work). Therefore, many considered him one of the founders of the enlightenment movement. Nevertheless, many Torah giants [as the Netziv, the Ktav VeHaKabbalah, Rabbi Shimshon Raphael Hirsch, and others] would cite him and quote from his books praisingly. See the endorsement of the author of Aruch LaNer on this book.
, 128 pages. 20.5 cm. Good condition, stains. Worn binding.
Yalkut Shimoni, Section 1 [Chamisha Chumshei Torah] and Section 2 [Nevi'im and Ketuvim], by Rabbi Shimon HaDarshan of Frankfurt. Frankfurt an der Oder, .
Entire composition in one large volume. Title page contains impressive copper etching.
Ownership signature in ancient handwriting throughout book:"Moshe son of Rabbi¦ Virshberg of Fֳ¼rth in Harburg".
, 313; 190 leaves. 29 cm. Good-fair condition. Restored tears on last title page. Stains, moth stains, scotch tape for restoration on several leaves. Ancient semi-leather biding, with remnants of binding strings, worn.
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.
, 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.
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.
Sefer Tehillim, Psalterii Davidis Editio nova, Priore emendatior. Lugduni Batavorum (Leiden, Holland), 1650.
Sefer Tehillim in Hebrew, printed from right to left; each psalm is followed by comments in Latin. Beginning of book: 13 leaves of dedication to Carl Ludwig, duke of Bavaria, by publisher; 5 leaves of introduction by publisher; Hebrew song in honor of publisher, by Johannes Henricus Dauber; song of four lines, Syriac writing in Hebrew letters. Bibliography Institute CD notes that they have seen a copy which contains only one title page. This copy contains the first title page as well, in Hebrew and Latin, adorned with a fine etching.  leaves, 13 cm. Very good condition. Few stains, Ownership notations and few handwritten comments. Ancient parchment binding.
Tehillim - Liber Psalmorum. Utrecht (Holland), 1688.
Hebrew and Latin page facing page. Two additional editions were printed concurrently, with English and Dutch translations.
8 pages; 240,  leaves. 12.5 cm. Good condition, stains and wear. Worn parchment binding. Ownership notations.
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.
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.
Machzor Hadrat Kodesh, Ashkenazi version [Italy]. Includes commentary Remez Drash Sod¦ Section 2 for High Holy Days. [Venice, 1599].
First leaves of Slichot finely completed in Handwriting. Leaves of Machzor contain many additions of prayers, laws and customs, version corrections and commentaries, in early Italian handwriting from the period of the printing. Large portion of additions based on Kabbalah. On leaf 252 the author notes"I have already written this in the commentary of my Machzor". Leaf 253 contains interesting comments on the poem in Ne'ilah. Apparently, the author was a Torah scholar, proficient in laws and customs, who wrote Chiddushim on the Shulchan Aruch and commentaries on the Machzor.
Leaf 94 contains more recent writing, relating the custom of the people from the city of Moncalvo (Italy) to recite the poems.
Incomplete copy: Leaves 13-301 (of 315 leaves) + 5 handwritten completion leaves at beginning of volume. 29 cm. Fair condition, very worn. Binding torn and incomplete.
Prayers for the entire year based on the Ari rite, Part I is dedicated to the daily prayers. Chabad rite Siddur, with word definitions based on the Ari, Halachot and Hasidic essays by the Admor Ha-Zaken Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi. Edited by his son the Middle Admor Rabbi Dov-Ber. Kopys, 1816. First edition.
Includes: Sha'ar Ha-Tzitzit, Sha'ar Ha-Tefilin, Sha'ar Ha-Tefilah, Peirush Ha-Milot Al Pesukei De-Zimra, Sha'ar Keryat Shema [with the Kavanot of Keryat Shema based on Kabbalah], Sha'ar Ha-Talmud Torah, Seder Netilat Yadayim L-Seudah [with Hilchot Netilat Yadayim, who are like a"second edition" of the ones brought in the"Shulchan Aruch" Ha-Rav]. Sha'ar Birkat Ha-Mazon, Seder Birkot Ha-Nehenin, interpretations for weddings, Seder Ha-Mila, Seder Keryat Shema Al Ha-Mita and Seder Tikkun Hatzot.
With a foreword by [his son] the Middle Admor Rabbi Dov-Ber"on behalf of the rabbi author", who edited the Siddur and brought it to print. He writes:"I have compiled the Siddur using several booklets from copies I had, which were copied from manuscripts, and from numerous of my writing booklets¦ which were proof-read by the Admor of Liadi with great satisfaction". [The Halachic rulings mentioned in the Siddur are like a second edition of his Halachic opinion, they stand as basis of the Chabad customs up to present generation, see introduction of the"Piskei Ha-Siddur" by Rabbi Avraham Chaim Na'eh].
[The first 2 leaves have been restored], 104, 54 leaves. 20.5 cm. Fair condition: missing title page which has been replaced by a professional photocopy on antique paper. Half of leaf 2 has also been restored. The remainder of the book is worn and stained, the wear damage affects the text on some of the leaves. Rebound with a fine, new, semi-leather binding.
Siddur Sha'ar Ha-Shamayim, with commentaries, Halachot and customs, by Rabbi Yehoshua Horovitz author of the Shnei Luchot Ha-Brit (Shlah), Tefila interpretation by the author of the Shlah, mostly esoteric (based on several books, mainly on the Ari's teachings, which he had in manuscript). With a compilation of Halachot and customs from the"Shnei Luchot Ha-Brit" gathered and published by his grandson. [Amsterdam, 1717]. First edition.
Incomplete copy which includes most of the Siddur, Daily Services year round, Shabbat, Festivals, Tikkunei Shabbat, Pirkei Avot with commentary, Passover Haggadah and more. (Doesn't include part 2 with: Parashiot; Shir Ha-Yichud; Selichot; Yotzrot liturgy; Tehilim, Seder Ma'amadot and more. Also missing: title pages, approbations and the beginning of the introduction).
Prayer in this Siddur carries the virtue of always being heard. As written by the author of the Bayit Chadash in his approval of this Siddur:"For there is no doubt that this will spread among Israel, whoever will pray in this Siddur will always be heard and his prayer never ignored". Rabbi Avraham Ya'akov, first Admor of Sadigura mentioned this Segulah in his approbation of the Siddur's third edition (Warsaw 1882):"Siddur Sha'ar Ha-Shamayim by the Shlah is just as the Bayit Chadash said - there is no doubt that whoever prays in that Siddur will never be ignored". Kabbalistic Gaon Rabbi Naftali Katz author of the"Semichat Chachamim" attributes the Segulah to the author himself, the holy Shlah, saying the following in his letter:"¦All services year round from start to finish, for Shabbat, new months and the High Holidays as arranged and composed by Rabbi Yeshayah Segal author of the 'Shnei Luchot Ha-Brit. Rabbi Naftali yearned to see this Siddur [printed and spread] he commanded his descendants to bring it to print, so many could benefit from praying in that specific order and with those intentions because following that order while strongly holding those specific intentions before Shome'a Tefila, allows all prayers to be heard. All of this is based on approbations written by great Geonim from earlier generations¦ Rabbi Yoel Sirkis author of the Bayit Chadash and the great holy and well-known Gaon Rabbi Ya'akov ABD of Lublin¦ and the great Gaon Rabbi Yom Tov Lipmann Heller author of the Tosfot Yom Tov¦ all of whom said that if those intentions were followed while praying, no prayer would ever be ignored".
(Professionally photocopied title page), leaves 21-335 only. (Incomplete copy! Originally: , 4-335, 139, 130, , 52 leaves). 26.5 cm. High quality paper, wide margins, good condition, stains, wine marks on the Passover Haggadah. Slight moth damage. Luxurious semi-leather binding.
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: , 5-239 leaves (originally: , 5-262,  leaves). C. 18 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and moth damage. Worn semi-leather binding.
* 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, . * Ma'aseh Rabbi Yosef Di-La-Reina, Warsaw, .
Yiddish. Total of 5 books. Various sizes. General condition good.
Siddur HaShalom, year round prayers - Moscow, 1956; 1968.
This siddur was published by the religious community of Moscow, under the eyes of the communist rule who preferred that the synagogue in Moscow continue its activities openly for the whole world to see, but only by the elderly belonging to the old world. The siddur was printed without a Russian translation to prevent Russian youth from being attracted to Judaism. [Found on Page 71 is an interesting censor correction - in Al HaNissim, "al hamilchamot" (on the wars) was erased].
Printed on the title page of the 1957 edition: "Edited by the Head of the Religious Community of Moscow, Rabbi Shlomo¦ Shleifer", whereas printed on the title page of the 1968 edition: "Edited by Rabbi Yehuda Leib Levine Rabbi of Moscow".
On Page 2, title page in Russian. On Page 479, introduction in Russian. Pages 5-6, introductions on prayer and peace. Pages 7-12, learning to read and Russian transcription of the Hebrew alphabet and Hebrew vowels.
Both volumes: 479 pages. 25.5 cm. / 24.5 cm. (Page 479 in the first copy is attached from another copy). Good condition. Original fabric covers.
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).
 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: , 5-104 leaves), 20 cm. Good-fair condition, paper cut bordering on text, minor stains and wear. Binding.
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.
, 58 leaves. 15.5 cm. Good condition, stains. Stamps. Binding without spine.
From Dr. Israel Mehlman's private collection.
Passover Haggada, Arba Yesodot. Offenbach, .
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.
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.
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.
Passover Haggada, with Yiddish-Deitsch translation. Offenbach, 1800.
The translation is in Tzena Ur'ena letters. With wood cutting illustrations.
40 leaves. 19 cm. Good condition, stains. New binding.
From Dr. Israel Mehlman's private collection.
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.
. 46.  leaves. 31.5 cm. Fair condition. Stains, moth marks, tape restorations. Erased owners' inscriptions, new binding.
From Dr. Israel Mehlman's private collection.
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.
, 54 pages. 20 cm. Good-fair condition. Wine stains. Taped leaves for reinforcement. Worn binding.
From Dr. Israel Mehlman's private collection.
Seder Haggadah Shel Pesah with the Ma'aseh Nissim commentary, introduction, Dinei Birkat Ha-Nehenin and the general Halachot of Muktzeh, Rabbi Ya'akov Luberbaum of Lissa. Cracow, 1820.
With a nice commentary authored by one of our contemporary Geonim¦ the holy and famous Rabbi author of the Chavat Da'at¦". Antique signature of"Rabbi Yehoshua Fuchs of¦".
 leaves. 21 cm. Fair condition, wear and wine spots. Worn binding.
Ya'ari 436; Otzar Ha-Haggadot 612.
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 /2 there is a gloss in Ashkenazi handwriting.
, 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.
Sefer Yom Yeshua - Passover Haggada. With two commentaries: Emet L'Ya'akov by the Magid of Dubna, and Chesed L'Avraham by Rabbi Avraham Dov Berish Flam of Mezritch [author of Shemen HaMor, a disciple of the Magid of Dubna]. Zholkeva, 1836.
A similar edition was printed in 1836, in the same place.
28 leaves. 20 cm. Good condition, stains, moth marks. New binding.
From Dr. Israel Mehlman's private collection.
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, .
, 97 leaves. 18 cm. Good condition, few stains. New binding.
From Dr. Israel Mehlman's private collection.
Passover Haggada, with Arabic translation, according to the custom of Baghdad and all its surroundings. Bombay, 1887.
Hebrew and Arabic translation [in Hebrew letters with vowels], paragraph by paragraph.
, 70 pages. 20 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, moth damage, tape.
From Dr. Israel Mehlman's private collection.
Seder Haggada Leil Shimurim, with Swedish translation. Stockholm, 1934. With original drawings and plates of musical notes for the Hagadda piyutim.
71 pages. 21.5 cm. Good condition, stains. Simple cover.
From Dr. Israel Mehlman's private collection.
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.
Facsimile - "Haggadat Amsterdam HaKadmonit - 1662. Bnei Brak, 1977. The first haggada printed in Amsterdam, with wood cutting. The edition has 99 numbered copies, on thick imitation parchment paper. This copy is no. 61.
 leaves. 23 cm. Very good condition. Fancy leather binding.
From Dr. Israel Mehlman's private collection.
Haggadah for Pesach in Braille writing, written in Hebrew, from left to right.
The words"Haggadah for Pesach" embossed in Braille letters upon title page as well as name of owner of Haggadah, Ruth Leiserowitz.  leaves, 32 cm. Good condition. Tears on margins of cover.
Melitza LePurim. Breslau, 1800. Humorous Haggadah for Purim.
12 leaves, 19 cm. Fair condition. Stains. Title-page is detached and torn, and pasted against another paper for re-enforcement. Last page is slightly detached. cardboard cover.
1. Divrei Purim, a poem in rhyme about Purim, by Rabbi Simcha Aryeh Leib of Hrubieszֿw. Warsaw, . 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.
 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).
 pages. 19 cm. Good condition, stains, new binding.
From Dr. Israel Mehlman's private collection.
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.
Beit David, commentary on the Mishnayot, Parts 1-2, by Rabbi David Chaim Corinaldi. Amsterdam, [1738-1739]. Two volumes.
Stamps in Volume 1: Beit HaMidrash Sha'arei Zion in the Churva of Rabbi Yehuda HaChassid in Jerusalem". Owners' inscriptions in Volume 2: "Hashem has granted me Menachem Mendel HaLevi son of the Tzaddik R'¦ here in the Holy City of Jerusalem¦" [Rabbi Mendel Walman of Viroshov son of Rabbi Yisrael Ya'akov HaLevi Wolman Rabbi of Plonsk, son in law of the Gaon of Kutno Rabbi Moshe Yehuda Leib Zilberberg, see Item 428. Ancient signature in Volume 2: Eliyahu Yitzchak Modona.
Volume 1: , 139,  (Missing title page, substituted with the title page of Volume 2 [appears twice - also in Volume 2]. Author's introduction, illustration plates and approbations are bound at end); Volume 2: , 130 leaves. 21 cm. Good condition, stains, moth marks. Cutoff corners of title page of first volume.
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.
Yiddishe Ethic - Torat HaMidot - Ethics of Monotheism and Ethical Esthetics, "The basic principles of Judiasm, ethics and opinions¦ appendix to Pirkei Avot". Compiled and arranged by Yitzchak Berland. [New York], [194-].
Hebrew, Yiddish and English. Stencil copied photocopy of manuscript. Appendix and corrections in author's handwriting.
C. 450 pages. 28 cm. Good condition, stains. Some of the leaves have faded text. Worn binding.
Facsimile - Rabbi Moshe Ben Maimon's Commentary on the Mishna in his own handwriting. Copenhagen, 1961. Volume 1 [Zera'im Mo'ed] and Volume 2 [Nashim Nezikin - Part 1]. Hebrew and English introduction by Rabbi Saliman Sasson.
Facsimile - The Codex Reuchlinianus - A Manuscript of Prophets, with translation. Copenhagen, 1956.
Facsimile of two manuscripts: Chumash Parma manuscript (no. 1849), Bible Parma manuscript (no. 2808). Two Volumes. Copenhagen, 1959.
All the volumes are part of a facsimile series of Hebrew manuscripts from the Middle Ages that were printed in Copenhagen.
Total of 5 large volumes. C. 40 cm. General good condition, identical original bindings.
A facsimile of the Talmud Bavli, Munich manuscript. Leidin, 1912. Volume 1, photograph plates of a manuscript written on parchment in 1342. This manuscript, kept in Munich, is the only one in the world that has all the Talmud from beginning to end. This manuscript is the basis for Rabbi Refael Nathan Rabinowitz' book Dikdukei Sofrim. Among the Rishonim that saw this manuscript and used it are the author of Korban Nethaniel, the Vilna Gaon [who traveled especially to see it] and the Chida.
Volume 1 (Seder Mo'ed, Berachot, Seder Nashim, Nida); , 1-293 facsimile plates, printed on both sides 48X37 cm. Good condition, stains. Original fabric cover, worn. Ex-libris. Stamps.
Kikayon D'Yonah, novellae on the Talmud, by Rabbi Yonah Te'omim Rabbi of Horodna, Nicholsburg and Meitz. Amsterdam, [1669-1670]. First edition.
Owners' signatures and inscriptions on title page: "Belongs to Rabbi Yosef Tropa". "Ya'akov Moshe Trop".
, 40, 154,  leaves. 21.5 cm. Good condition. Stains, tears to title page, stamps. Simple binding.
Collection of tractates, with commentary of Rabbi Ovadia of Bartenura,"for the education of the youth". Rigio, . (Margins uncut in print). * Chanoch LaNa'ar,"to instill in children¦". Pirenzi, . (Missing 2 leaves following title-page, one replaced in handwriting). * Sefer Mavo HaLimud,"to educate the children in the reading of the letters¦". Livorno, .
3 books. Various sizes and conditions.
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: , 67 pages (two title pages). Seder Olam Rabba: 87 pages. 19.5 cm. Good condition. Stains, detached leaves, detached and worn binding.
1. Sefer Tzurat HaAretz LeGvuloteha Saviv VeTochnit HaBayit, Vilna Ga'on commentary on verses of Sefer Yehoshua, Melachim and Yechezkel [with the text], concerning the borders of Eretz Israel and the layout of the Temple. Shklov, . First edition. Missing map, blue paper, moth damages. Ownership signatures:"Yitzchak son of Rabbi Yekutiel Zalman of Krakow - who resides in Gambin¦","Meir [Shimon] son of the deceased Rabbi Yitzchak Eizik Dayan in Gambin¦ 183- [Rabbi Yitzchak Eizik son of Rabbi Yekutiel Zalman was chief Av Beit Din of Gambin (Poland) for approximately forty years, passed way at the age of 63 in 1834 - for additional information related to him see preface of book Nefesh Tova by his son Rabbi Pinchas Naftali of Khust (Hungary), where his epitaph is presented].
2. Sefer Seder Zemanim, by Rabbi Yitzchak Eizik Chaver Av Beit Din of Tiktin. Warsaw, 1844. First edition. (Greenish paper, good condition).
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.
, 97, ,  leaves. 34.5 cm. Good condition. Slight moth damage on inner margins, stains of usage. Old and worn binding.
1. Toraht Cohanim, Shulchan Aruch Choshen Mishpat, including commentary of the Vilna Ga'on. First section. Koenigsbourg, . 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.
* Sefer Toldot Adam, biography of Rabbi Zalman of Vilna [brother of Rabbi Chaim of Volozhin], [section one], by Rabbi Yechezkel Feivel of Vilna. Dyhernfurth, . 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, ; 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.
Sefer Binyamin Ze'ev, responsa and Halachic rulings, by Rabbi Binyamin son of Rabbi Matitya. Venice, . Daniel Bomberg Press.
Ink-stamps and number of (brief) glosses by the Ga'on Rabbi Chaim Berlin. Leaf 304/1 contains stamp of Rabbi"Yosef Shmuel¦ Landau" - The Ga'on Rabbi Yosef Shmuel Landau (1800-1837), son of Rabbi Yisrael Yona Landau who wrote Ma'on HaBrachot, succeeded his father in the Kempna Rabbinate. Author of Kur HaBchina (for additional information related to him see: Personalities in the Chatam Sofer Resposna, pages 395-396). Last leaf contains handwritten notation:"Received this as a gift from the Ga'on¦ [Rabbi] Shmuel Yosef Landau". Number of [cut off] glosses in Italian handwriting.
Rabbi Binyamin ben Rabbi Matitya (1475-1545), rabbi in Arta, Turkey. His rulings involved urgent halachic questions and matters which arose after the Spanish expulsion. This book became one of the most fundamental books in Halacha, and the Halachic masters, including the Rama and the Shach, cite it numerously in their writings.
367, , 376-399, 399-575 leaves (title-page missing and completed in Oriental handwriting). 20 cm (this edition was printed in two formats, the following is the small format). Good-fair condition. Stains, detached leaves, few moth stains. Censorship erasures on leaf 530. Remnants of wax stamp and hole in last leaf. Tear with omission of text on first index leaf. Restoration in number of leaves. Ancient and ornamented leather binding, with damages, spine split into two.
Responsa, written by Rabbi Shlomo ben Aderet [Rashba]. Venice, 1545.
Antique owners' signatures "Yosef HaLevi ---" and glosses in the same ancient handwriting. Stamps of Rabbi Chaim Berlin, several corrections in his handwriting.
192 leaves. 24 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, moth damages. Tear to title page. Restoration and wear to last leaf. Detached, worn binding.
Sefer Chiddushei Halachot Maharam Barbi, on the Shas, by Rabbi Meir Barbi [Av Beit Din of Pressburg]. Dyhernfurth, . First edition. Signatures and ownership notations by Rabbi"David Luria". Signature [cut off] by the Ga'on Rabbi"Chaim Berlin of Volozhin".
Numerous notations on last leaf.
The Ga'on Rabbi David Luria - Radal (1798-1856, Otzar HaRabbanim 4890), among the giants of his generation. Born in the year that the Vilna Ga'on passed away, and was considered one of the greatest of his disciples' disciples. Due to his great genius he was selected to print the Torah of the Vilna Ga'on and the majority of the Vilna Ga'on's writings were printed by him. Av Beit Din in Bichau. Authored many compositions, responsa in Halacha as well as glosses and commentaries on both Talmuds and the Zohar books.
, 1, 106 leaves. 30 cm. Good condition. Stains and wear, moth stains. Old
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.
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".
, 94 leaves. 29 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, moth damage. Title page and last leaf incomplete and restored. New binding.
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, . 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.
Zera Emet Responsa [section one - Orach Chaim] includes: Sefer Zera Emet, Chidushei Sugiyot, by Rabbi Yishmael HaCohen of Modena. Livorno, .
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.
, 121; , 64 leaves. 29.5 cm. Good condition, stains and mildew stains. New binding.
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 .
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].
, 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.
Eshel Avraham, novellae on the Talmud by Rabbi Avraham Broide, with the glosses Ohel Moshe, by his son Moshe Broide. Frankfurt am Main, .
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.
, 200 leaves. 32.5 cm. Good condition, stains, moth marks. New binding.
Kreiti U'Pleiti, explanations and novellae on the Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah [with inside content], Part 1 [Simanim 1-111]. Rabbi Yehonatan Eibeshitz. Altona, . 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.
, 34 [should be 35]; 165 leaves. 30 cm. Good condition, stains. Unbound.
She'elot U'Tshuvot V'Shitotav by Rabbi Yosef Karo, on the laws pertaining to women [Even HaEzer]. Mantoba, .
Ancient owners' signature: "Ya'akov HaCohen of Lissa" [possibly the father of Rabbi Yehuda, author of Mar'eh Cohen and Minchat Cohen]. Another signature: "I bought this¦ Kislev 1732¦ son of¦ Rabbi Meir Katz". Stamps [erased] of Rabbi Chaim Berlin.
, 67 leaves. 32 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and moisture marks. Loose leaves. Worn binding.
Sha'ar Yosef, novellae on Tractate Horayot and responsa, by Rabbi Chaim Yosef David Azulai [the Chida]. Livorno, . 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.
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, . 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.
, 67; 14; , 36 leaves. 30 cm. Good-fair condition, stains, few moth stains. Simple binding.
Responsa by Rabbi Yom Tov Tzahalon [Maharitz]. Venice, . First edition.
Contains illustrations of the Tabernacle and its vessels, the Temple Mount and the Third Temple. Written at end of indexes:"To beautify and embellish the title page of the book in a manner fit for print; the students illustrated holy concepts, the form of the Tabernacle and the Third Temple¦".
Ancient ownership signatures:"Hertz son of Rabbi Ya'akov Chalfan","Ya'akov son of Rabbi Naftali Hertz Chalfon", and more. Stamps [faded] of Rabbi Chaim Berlin.
, 223; 25 leaves. 27.5 cm. Good condition [first leaves in fair condition]. Stains, moth and mildew stains. Tear on margin of title page. Old semi-leather binding.
Responsa book by Rabbi Ya'akov LeBeit HaLevi [Mazanti]. Venice, [1632-1634].
Stamps of the Ga'on Rabbi Chaim Berlin [correction of word in his handwriting on leaf 160/1]. Throughout book notations in handwriting from period of print [perhaps by author or publisher]:"See indexes".
194 leaves. 29.5 cm. Good condition. Stains, moth stains. Old semi-leather binding.
Sefer Ateret Paz, Chiddushei Halachot and commentaries by Halachic rulers on Tractate Beitzah, by Rabbi Peretz Zabel Eiger. Altona, . 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, .
Numerous stamps of Rabbi"Chaim Berlin son of the Netziv", several comments and corrections in his handwriting.
, 45 leaves; 68 leaves. 33.5 cm. Good condition. Semi-leather binding.
Shivah Shitot L'Harashba, the Rashba's insights on seven tractates of the Talmud. Constantinople, . First edition.
Owners' inscriptions from 1741 of the Great Beit HaMidrash (in
Worms) and of Rabbi Leib Sinzheim from Vienna. Few handwritten glosses and corrections.
, 191 leaves. 29.5 cm. Good condition, except the first two leaves and the last leaf with tears and restoration pasting on paper. Renewed cover with decorated leather spine in Dutch style, with few damages.
Mishne LaMelech, novellae on the Rambam, by Rabbi Yehuda Rosanis. Constantinople, 1731.
The first edition of Mishne LaMelech printed as a separate book (before it was printed in the editions of the Rambam). The book was arranged by his disciple Rabbi Ya'akov Kuli, author of Yalkut Me'Am Lo'ez who was a dayan in Rabbi Yehuda Rosanis' Beit Din, and he added notes and additions.
The book has 10 leaves of index added to the book after Rabbi Ya'akov Kuli's death and are not found in all copies.
The title page has rabbinical signatures and owners' inscriptions of Shabtai Ya'akov Molcho [a Jerusalem scholar, written on his tombstone: The perfect Chacham Rabbi Shabtai Ya'akov called Mirkado Molcho, died¦ 1813/1843 - According to Rabbi A. L. Frumkin in 1843 and according to M. D. Gaon in 1813 - see attached material]. On reverse side of title page, owner's inscriptions of Chaim Shlomo Elazar HaLevi [apparently a Jerusalem scholar - see attached material]. Several notes and corrections in Oriental handwriting at end of book.
, 2-27, 80, 112, 46, 89,  leaves. 30 cm. Fair condition. Stains, moth marks on leaves and binding. Detached leaves. Old binding, detached and worn.
Mar'it Ha'Ayin, explanations on Ein Ya'akov. Rabbi Chaim Yosef David Azulai - the Chida. Livorno, . 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.
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.
Collection of books printed in Shanghai between 1943-1947 by Polish Holocaust refugees who escaped to Japan through Lithuania and Russia via the Trans-Siberian Railway and from there were deported by the Japanese authorities to Shanghai, China.
Mishnah Berurah, sections 3, 6, Shanghai, (1945). * Gadlut HaAdam, section 1, by Rabbi Elchanan Yosef Hertzman, disciple of the Mir Yeshiva (Poland). Shanghai, Nisan (1945). * Der Torah Kvahl (Ma'ayana Shel Torah), 18.5 cm. small-format edition. Published by Agudat Israel of the Polish deportees, Shanghai, (1946). [Page in memory of the author who was"killed by the cruel Hitlerians, during the dreadful massacre which took place in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1943"]. Bibliographically unknown edition.
5 volumes, various sizes and conditions, fair conditions.
Sefer Mishberei Yam, responsa on four parts of the Shulchan Aruch and Be'urei Halachot, by Rabbi Aharon Moshe Kisilov from Harbin. Harbin (China-Japan), 1926.
A small Jewish community which was established pre World War I by Russian natives lived in the city of Harbin, China. The first and last rabbi of the congregation was the Ga'on Rabbi Aharon Moshe Kisilov (1866-1949), among the Lubavitz Hassidim and disciple of the"Gadol of Minsk" and Rabbi Chaim Soloveitchik. He arrived at Harbin in 1913 after serving for many years in the Borisov Rabbinate in the region of Minsk. In 1937 was unanimously appointed as chief rabbi of all the congregations in the Far East. Upon the Chinese conquest of the city from the Japanese authorities, and the establishment of the communist rule in China, the Hebrew congregation in Harbin was eradicated. During the community's 40 years of existence only 5 Hebrew books were printed there.
252,  pages. 32.5 cm. High-quality paper, good-fair condition, minor moth stains and pasting on margins of title page. Original binding, defective and renewed.
Sefer No'am HaMelitza, printed anonymously. Salonika, [c. 1850].
Printed without title page. Letter writing manual which contains 53 sample letters.
52 leaves. 13 cm. Good condition, stains. Restored tears on last leaf. New binding. Ownership notations.
Issue Pirchei Chavatzelet, Number 29, the 26th of Iyar 1873. Poor condition (S. HaLevi 155). *Sefer HaYashar, ethics by Rabbeinu Tam, Jerusalem, 1864. (S. HaLevi 97). *Sefer HaTakanot, Jerusalem, 1883. (S. HaLevi 439).
3 items, varied size and condition.
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.
Rare Kabbalah books and booklets printed in Jerusalem in the early 20th century:
1. Klalei Kitzur Sefer HaPlia, by Rabbi David Ben Zimra (Radbaz). Jerusalem, [1910-1914]. First edition (of Mosayov manuscript).
2. Merkavah Shlemah, Kabbalistic Breitot from the Tana'im. 1921. First edition (of Mosayov manuscript).
3. Minchat Eliezer, on Etz Chaim by Rabbi Chaim Vital. By the Kabbalist Rabbi Eliezer Yedid HaLevi. 1910.
4. Yashev Rucho, regarding the Tikun of the widow established by the Rashash [Rabbi Shalom Sharabi]. Jerusalem, . Inscription in handwriting of author (Rabbi Yishaya Asher Zelig Margaliot).
5. Sefer HaTakanot, Agudat Takanat Naran, (printed ledger for accounting and listing of regulations. Designated for association branches in synagogues). Jerusalem, (1941).
6. Letters of Praise and Milin D'Oreita, by honorable Torah scholars and leaders of Jerusalem Yeshivot. Pamphlet of approbations for book on Torah by Rabbi Moshe Silver. Jerusalem, .
7. Bar Mitzvah Sermon, upon the Occasion of my Bar Mitzvah. Simcha son of Rabbi Zalman Yosef HaLevi Soloveitchik. Jerusalem, Tishrei (1926).
Various sizes and conditions, majority in good condition.
Total of nine booklets and books, various sizes and conditions. See list in the Hebrew description
1. Sefer Neveh Shalom, on matters of faith and Kabbalah, by Rabbi Avraham Shalom. Constantinople, [1538-1539]. (Title-page and three leaves missing and replaced with artistic photocopy. Some of the leaves are professionally restored).
2. Zohar Chadash, Midrash HaNe'elam VeTikunim. Includes: Midrash [Zohar] Shir HaShirim, Ruth and Eicha [separate title-page]. Saloniki, . First edition. (Missing: title-page and following leaf, as well as 5 leaves from end). Ownership notation, glosses and corrections in Oriental handwriting.
3. Yalkut Shimoni, on the Torah. [Krakow, 1595]. (incomplete copy: 33-311, leaves instead of 313  leaves, stained and torn, new binding). Number of glosses in ancient Ashkenazi handwriting from period of print, one signed by Rabbi Yosef Bek.
4. Sefer Lekach Tov, explanation of words, nouns and verbs from the Nevi'im and Ketuvim in Lashon Ashkenaz, with Chiddushim and Midrashim of Chazal [in Hebrew], by Rabbi Moshe Yissaschar Shertlen. Prague, . (Missing: 2 leaves at end).
5. Sefer Etz Shatul - Sefer HaIkarim by Rabbi Yosef Albo, including Shorashim commentary by Rabbi Gedalya Lifshitz. Venice, . Includes approbations of the Maharam of Lublin, the Maharsha, the Shla and the Kli Yakar. (Ownership signature in Italian handwriting).
Sizes and conditions vary.
1. [Responsa, Maharashdam - Rabbi Shmuel Di Modina], Volume 2, Tur Even HaEzer. [Salonika, 1594]. - Originally; 15, , 204 leaves. This copy has: only Leaves 1-200 of 204 leaves. Detached leaves. Moth damage. Ancient stamps and glosses.
2. [Responsa, Maharshadam - Rabbi Shmuel Di Modina], Volume 3, Tur Choshen Mishpat. [Salonika, 1595-1597]. - Originally: 34, 320 leaves. This copy has: Only Leaves 3-320. Leaf 3 is detached, last leaves are torn, missing text. Several notes in ancient handwriting.
3. Kehillat Ya'akov - Kodesh Yisrael, explanations and homiletics on the Book of Kohelet. Title of title page "This is the history of a great man the exemplary scholar Rabbi Baruch Ebn Baruch Yazia". Daniel Zaniti Printing, Venice, 1598-1599. - Originally: 229,  leaves. This copy has: First 9 leaves missing; at end, only  leavers.
4. Olat Tamid, commentary on the Torah, by Rabbi Moshe Albilda. [Venice, 1601]. - Originally, 231,  leaves. This copy has: Only Leaves 10-224. Handwritten title page with inscriptions signed Rabbi Heshel Rosenbaum. A leaf of Torah novellae is attached.
5. Ben Shmuel, homiletics on the Torah, by Maharashdam - Rabbi Shmuel Di Modina. Mantova, . - Originally: 2, 125 leaves. This copy has: A title page + first leaf + Leaves 4-5 missing and substituted with a photocopy, Leaf 6 damaged. Not uniform margin cutting, apparently composed of two copies.
6. Responsa of Rabbi Ya'akov L'Beit Levi, by Rabbi Ya'akov ben Yisrael HaLevi. Venice, 1632-1634. Originally: 194 leaves. This copy has: Leaves 2-3, 181-184, 186-187, 190-191, 193-194 missing. Several damaged leaves, with damaged text. Ancient owners' signature Shmuel and another faded signature.
Varied size and condition.
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,  leaves (Leaves 1-7 are missing and substituted with photocopy. Leaf  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, .
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.
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
Total of 4 books. Various sizes and conditions. See list in the Hebrew description
Total of 9 books in eight volumes. Various sizes and conditions. See list in the Hebrew description
Total of 6 books. Various sizes and conditions. Fair conditions. See list in the Hebrew description
4 books printed in Vilna, bound together. See list in the Hebrew description
Three Books of Hassidism - Russia-Poland. See list in the Hebrew description
Various sizes and conditions. See list in the Hebrew description
Various sizes and conditions. Some contain ownership notations, stamps and handwritten comments. Some printed upon blue paper. See list in the Hebrew description
Total of 13 books, varied size and condition. Signatures, stamps and owners' inscriptions. See list in the Hebrew description
22 books and booklets in 8 volumes. Varied size and condition. See list in the Hebrew description
Total of 12 books, varied size and condition, good conditions. See list in the Hebrew description
Total of 7 books. Various sizes and conditions. Ownership notations and signatures. See list in the Hebrew description
11 booklets, varied size and condition. Good-fair condition to fair-poor.
Most of the booklets are in Yiddish. See list in the Hebrew description
Total of 13 books, various sizes and conditions. See list in the Hebrew description
Total of over 20 books, in 19 volumes. Various sizes and conditions. See list in the Hebrew description
Total of 13 books and booklets. Varied size and condition. Some with printed covers. See list in the Hebrew description
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
5 books. Various sizes and conditions. See list in the Hebrew description
14 books and pamphlets, in 10 volumes. Various sizes and conditions. See list in the Hebrew description
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
Various sizes and conditions, majority in good condition. Signatures and handwritten notations. See list in the Hebrew description
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
Total of 7 books + single leaf, various sizes and conditions. Margins cut off in some books. See list in the Hebrew description
Various sizes and conditions. Ownership signatures and stamps See list in the Hebrew description
14 books, various sizes and conditions. See list in the Hebrew description
Total of 9 books, various sizes and conditions. See list in the Hebrew description
Total of 8 books, various sizes and conditions. See list in the Hebrew description
Total of 10 books, various sizes and conditions. See list in the Hebrew description
Total of 7 books, various sizes and conditions. See list in the Hebrew description
Total of 12 books, various sizes and conditions. See list in the Hebrew description
Incomplete copies, various sizes and conditions. See list in the Hebrew description
Total of 6 books, various sizes and conditions, good to fair. See list in the Hebrew description
Commentaries, novellae and homiletics with dedications and signatures. Varied size and condition. See list in the Hebrew description
3 Volumes, varying sizes, good-fair conditions. Unbound. See list in the Hebrew description
7 Books, varying sizes all in good-fair condition. See list in the Hebrew description
16 Books, varying sizes, good-fair condition. See list in the Hebrew description
Total of 18 books and booklets, various sizes and conditions. See list in the Hebrew description
Total of 7 books and booklets, various sizes and conditions. See list in the Hebrew description
10 books. Varied size. Good condition (some have new bindings). Rabbis' stamps and bookmarks. See list in the Hebrew description
Total of 7 booklets, various sizes and conditions. See list in the Hebrew description
Total of 9 books. Various sizes and conditions. See list in the Hebrew description
Yagdil Torah, a Torah journal. First, second, and third year, Berlin- Przemyֵ›l, 1891-1893.
This anthology was published by Rabbi Yisrael Chaim Ackerman Rabbi of Niemce, who called himself: "A young man sent out of Russia by Russian Government¦ and I have settled here in Berlin¦". Printed in this anthology are responsa of that generation's leading Torah scholars from many countries (primarily from Galicia, Germany and Hungary), responsa of Rabbi Yitzchak Elchonon Spector of Kovna, Rabbi Ezriel Hildesheimer of Berlin, Rabbi Feivel Ploit Rabbi of Shoran, Rabbi David Zvi Hoffman, Rabbi Yehoshua Goldberg of Ichenhausen etc.
21 of 22 booklets published, (Booklet 1 and the title page of Booklet 4 of the first year are missing). A letter handwritten by the publisher Rabbi Yisrael Chaim Ackerman is also attached.
C. 22 cm. Varied condition, fold marks and damage.
Shiur Da'at, Chomer V'Tzura, by Rabbi Yosef Leib Bloch. Telz, 1932. *Shiur Halacha, (4), about "tzarat erva". Telz, 1934. *Shiur Halacha, (15), about "pashta kedusha b'chula". New York-Cleveland, 1943. * Pri Etz Chaim, anthology of Torah and Knowledge, (5), Telz Yeshiva Students Union, New York-Cleveland, Elul 1942, (front cover missing). *Shiurei Da'at, published in honor of the yahrzeit of Rabbi Yosef Leib Bloch. Shanghai, Cheshvan 1945. With photograph of Rabbi Yosef Leib Bloch.
5 booklets, varied size and condition, most are in good condition.
1. Sefer Ir Binyamin, commentary on Aggadot Chazal in the book Ein Ya'akov, by Rabbi Binyamin Ze'ev Wolf son of Shmuel. Second section. Frankfurt am der Oder, . Impressive illustrated title page; Ownership notations and signatures:"Nissim Ashkenazi". Moth damage, missing tears on corners of leaves.
2. Sefer Marpeh Lashon, ethics and rebuke, on matters of guarding the tongue. By Rabbi Refael Katz Av Beit Din of Hamburg. Altona, . Good condition.
1. Bina LeItim, sermons, by Rabbi Azaria Pigo. Venice, . First edition.
, 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, . First edition.
72,  leaves, 18 cm. Thick high-quality Italian paper. Good condition, unoriginal binding.
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.
Picture of the Rebbe Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi, author of the Tanya. Oil on canvas, unsigned, not dated.
Impressive oil painting based upon the famous picture of the Rebbe. 45X55 cm, within 51.5X61 cm. frame. Fair-good condition. Damages (peeling paint) in several places.
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.
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.
"Photograph of the true Gaon Tzaddik Yesod Olam Rabbi Baruch Dov Leibowitz - by Knesset Beit Yitzchak Yeshiva in Kaminetz of Lithuania Poland". In its original cardboard cover, with the photographers sticker:
KERRS STUDIO - 151 RIVINGTON ST. NEW YORK. [US, c. 1929].
Rabbi Baruch Ber traveled to the US at the end of the 1920s, to cover the expenses of Kaminetz Yeshiva, and stayed there for two years. Apparently, the photograph was taken at that time.
Photograph size c. 20X25 cm. Cardboard maximum size c. 25X35 cm. Good condition, stains and wear to cardboard cover.
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.
Photograph of"Rabbi Shmuel Fried, Vilna".
The Ga'on Rabbi Shmuel Fried (1869-1941, Otzar HaRabbanim 19327), born in Volozhin to his father Rabbi Chaim Hillel Fried, among the leaders of the Volozhin Yeshiva, from the family of"The Rabbi", grandsons of Rabbi Chaim of Volozhin. In 1906 was appointed as rabbi in the suburb of Vilna and from 1910 served as member of"Va'ad HaRabbanim" and the Beit Din in Vilna. For additional information related to him see attached material.
14 cm. (size including passe-partout: 18 cm.) Good condition.
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.
Group photograph featuring Yeshiva Bachurs of the"Kenesset Israel" Yeshiva which moved from Hebron to Jerusalem. [Jerusalem 1930's].
Many of the people featured on the photograph later turned into well-known Torah and"Gadlut Adam" [human greatness] Musar figures who followed the Slabodka movement. Among the photographed, it is possible to identify Rabbi David Finkel, Rabbi Hirsch Palai, Rabbi Elimelech Shaulzon (Bar-Shaul) and more.
17.5 X 13 cm. (Size with cardboard 30 X 24 cm). Good condition, tear on the edges, cardboard is damaged.