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Auction 16 Lot Number 130

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Sefer Arugat HaBosem – Venice, 1602 – Signature by Rabbi Chaim Yitzchak Musafi

Sefer Arugat HaBosem, wisdom of the grammar and Holy Language, by Rabbi Shmuel Archevolti. Venice, [1602]. First edition.
Signatures and ownership notations in Italian handwriting. Last leaf contains signature in Oriental handwriting. Additional signature by Rabbi Chaim Yitzchak Musafi [inner margin also contains notations in his handwriting?]. Signatures"Avraham Ezriel" [Rabbi Avraham Ezriel, rabbi, Dayan and prominent community activist.
119 [instead of: 118] leaves (leaves 2-3 mistakenly bound after leaves 4-5). 19 cm. Good condition. Stains, restored tears on title page. Moth stains. Notations, stamps. Worn binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 408

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

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

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Auction 16 Lot Number 152

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Parashat Mordechai, Kemecse, 1930 – A Rare Stencil

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

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Auction 16 Lot Number 515

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Memory-Booklet with Many Ornaments – Meir Kunstadt – Vienna

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

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Auction 16 Lot Number 67

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Collection of Responsa and Polemic booklets

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

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Auction 16 Lot Number 270

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Bina LeItim / Yad Charuzim – First Editions

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

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Auction 16 Lot Number 25

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Besamim [Spice] Tower – Filigree

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

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Auction 16 Lot Number 153

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Three Books – Maharam Alshich

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

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Auction 16 Lot Number 207

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Sha’ar Yosef – The Chida’s First Book

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

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Auction 16 Lot Number 314

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Manuscript Novellae on Topics – 1878-1886

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

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Auction 16 Lot Number 90

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Orchot Tzadikim, Zholkva, 1771 – Bibliographically Unknown Edition

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

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Auction 16 Lot Number 229

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Collection of Books Printed in Russia-Poland

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

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Auction 16 Lot Number 101

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

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

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Auction 16 Lot Number 336

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Remnants of Manuscripts – Mishneh Torah L’Rambam – Yemen

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

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Auction 16 Lot Number 432

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Gur Aryeh – Livorno, 1846 – Author’s Dedication

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

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Auction 16 Lot Number 496

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

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

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Auction 16 Lot Number 475

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Letters of Rabbis and Protocols of Arbitration

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

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Auction 16 Lot Number 230

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Four Books – Vilna

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

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Auction 16 Lot Number 262

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Collection of Books and Booklets – Biographies of Rabbis and Rebbes

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

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Auction 16 Lot Number 390

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Moreh Nevuchim – Warsaw, 1872 – Glosses

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

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Auction 16 Lot Number 497

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

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

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Auction 16 Lot Number 220

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Five Jerusalem Printings

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

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Auction 16 Lot Number 156

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Tehilim, Diglei Hodaya V’Hamitzvah – Talisman book

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

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Auction 16 Lot Number 391

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Ein Ya’akov – A Whole set with Glosses

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

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