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.
A collection of documents, shtarot and rulings signed by Morrocan rabbis, Tituan. 1829-1856.
Some of the rabbis: Rabbi Avraham Anhori, Rabbi Shlomo Nahon, Rabbi Reuven Almaliech, Rabbi Menachem Anhori, Rabbi Ya'akov Gershon, Rabbi Avraham Gavezon, Rabbi Yosef Ashkenazi, Rabbi Yehuda Katan, Rabbi Vidal Yisrael, Rabbi Moshe Atiye, Rabbi Shemaya Elmaliech, Rabbi Yosef Chajuel, Rabbi Yichye Ben-Uliyel, Rabbi Ya'akov Abu-Katzitz, and others.
20 documents, various size and condition, most in good condition.
Manuscript, "Section 2 of Sefer Pri Etz HaChaim which is Ta'amei HaMitzvot", in the order of the Torah portions and the 613 mitzvot, by Rabbi Chaim Vital. [Nice Ashkenazi writing, Russia-Poland ?], 1772. Manuscript includes the whole book from Bereishit until VeZot HaBracha.
Sefer Ta'amei HaMitzvot by Rabbi Chaim Vital was arranged by Rabbi Ya'akov Tzemach and Rabbi Meir Paprash, as a second branch of Pri Etz Chaim. The book was first printed as an attachment to the book Likutei Torah (Zholkeva 1775). The printed version is different from this manuscript.
At the end of the manuscript is the copier's colophone: "I, the writer, Yehuda Leib ben Rabbi Zvi Hirsh Katz, in 5532 years from creation". [Perhaps, Rabbi Yehuda Leib Katz of Dumbrava, father of Rebbe Zvi Hirsh of Rimanov (1778-1847), who died c. 1888. His orphaned son Zvi Hirsh was brought up in the home of Rebbe Mendele of Rimanov].
59 Leaves, c. 19 cm. Good-fair condition, moth damage and slight wear and use stains, cardboard cover.
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.
Eshle Ravreve [Shulchan Aruch Yoreh De'ah] by Rabbi Yosef Karo. Amsterdam, .
Margins contain many erudite comments in writing characteristic of the mid-19th century. The writer mentions points written in his own novellae and points written on the page. It is obvious from the comments that they were written by a great scholar, he refers to books written in the 19th century (Beit Meir; Sidur of the Ga'on of Lissa; response of Maharim of Brisk and more).
, 352,  leaves. 42.5cm. Wide margins. Fair condition. Many stains. Many leaves worn on margins and incomplete. Illustrated title-page and last leaf missing. Some glosses erased [by writer?] and some damaged from age. New binding.
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"].
Manuscript, Sefer Kavanot HaRishon, (Sha'ar HaTefillot, Sha'ar HaBerachot, Sha'ar HaTzizit, Sha'ar HaTefillin and Sha'ar Olam Ha'Asiya), by Rabbi Chaim Vital, with glosses by Rabbi Ya'akov Tzemach and Rabbi Nathan Shapira. [Nice Ashkenasi writing, Western Europe?, c. 18th century]. Has kabbalistic charts and an illustration of Seder HaTefillin.
This work is really the first part of Me'orot Nathan by Rabbi Nathan Shapira of Jerusalem author of Matzat Shmurim, who arranged the book from the writings of Rabbi Ya'akov Tzemach and Rabbi Chaim Vital and writes his name in the author's introduction. First printed in Koritz in 1782, under the name Pri Etz Chaim - see attached material. This manuscript, is earlier than the first printed book, and has many variances from the printed version.
96 Leaves, 21.5 cm. Good condition, slight wear and stains, without binding.
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.
Knesset HaGedola, on Choshen Mishpat, by Rabbi Chaim Benbenishti. Fֳ¼rth, . The first leaves are missing and substituted in Oriental handwriting. On these handwritten leaves are various owners' inscriptions and signatures: on the third leaf is an owner's inscription Chaim Falagi [apparently, the damaged inscription on the left corner of the first leaf is in the handwriting of Rabbi Chaim Falagi]. Another signature on Page 16/b: Moshe Ebn Sasoon. On the book leaves are glosses by various writers in Oriental handwriting [some of the glosses are apparently in the handwriting of Rabbi Chaim Falagi].
Rabbi Chaim Falagi - the Chabif (1788-1868), Rabbi of Istanbul and a renowned Torah genius of his generation. He wrote 95 books on halacha, novellae and ethics.
196 leaves [missing: 1-8 leaves which are substituted with handwritten leaves]. 27 cm. Varied condition fair until fair-poor. Stains, moisture marks and mildew. Moth damage, tears with missing text in several leaves. Damaged binding.
Variant, typographic variations from the copies of Otzar HaChochma and Hebrew Books.
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.
Manuscript, "¦ the second section of Pri Etz HaChaim part of Ta'amei HaMitzvot which I have received from my teacher, the G-dly Mekubal like Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai in his generation¦ like Rabbi Yitzchak Luria Ashkenazi", by Rabbi Chaim Vital. [Ashkenasi writing, Western Europe ?, c. 1700].
Many variations from the printed and the previous manuscript. For example, the opening of the manuscript in Bereishit is different and it begins with the mitzvah of piryah v'rivya (Be fruitful and multiply) which in the printed copy, is further on in the book.
56 Leaves (last leaves are missing from the middle of Parshat Ki Tetze), 16 cm. Fair condition, leaf cutting on border of text, stains, moth damage and wear, missing test in several leaves and last leaves. Old cardboard cover.
Facsimile - Passover Hagaddah. Wadi Alhajara, c. 1480. The first printed hagaddah. [New York], .
Printed on parchment in honor of 500 years since its printing, on parchment, 30 fancy numbered copies, by Soncino Press Company in New York. This copy is No. 2.
 pages. 27.5 cm. Parchment with ancient processing style, good condition, fancy leather binding.
Two parts of first edition of book of responsa that the Maharshach printed in his lifetime - Rabbi Shlomo HaCohen (1520-1602, Otzar HaRabbanim 18471), a leading posek, Rabbi of Salonika and one of the most prominent rabbis of his generation, at the end of the life of Maran the Beit Yosef.
1. Second Book of Responsa, by Rabbi Shlomo Cohen. Venice, 1592. (Handwritten dedication on title page).
181 leaves [attached to some of the copies are 21,  leaves that were printed in Salonika that year, and are not in this copy]. 25 cm. Good condition. Stains. Light moth marks, restored tears on title page and last leaf. New binding.
2. Responsa of the Maharshach, Part 3. Salonika, [1594-1595]. Printed without title page. (Handwritten dedication to Yehoshua Shem Tov Moreno HaLevi of Izmir).
126 leaves. 30.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Moth damages. Restored tears to several leaves. Old binding.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Collection of passages from handwritten compositions, in Kabbalah and homiletics, in ancient Oriental handwritings. [Some in Morocco-Tunis handwriting, from the period of the Western scholars during the days of Rabbi Shalom Sharabi, 18 Century].
Leaves and pamphlets incomplete, containing passages of various compositions, majority in Kabbalah and remainder in homiletics. Various copies of compositions from the Beit Midrash of the Ari and his disciple Rabbi Chaim Vital. [It is possible that some of the compositions are unknown, not examined].
Close to 40 leaves. Various sizes and conditions.
A Manuscript - Kise D'Birkata, a book composed of copies of letters of blessings sent to Rabbi Chaim Chizkiyahu Medini, author of Sde Chemed, on his appointment to Rabbi of Hebron in 1901. Scribe writing in Rashi script. Has letters of blessing and poems of praise to the author of Sde Chemed. The letters were copied into a pamphlet, by the Sde Chemed's private scribe, and at the top of the pages the title Kisa D'Birkata. Possibly, the pamphlet was prepared to be printed. On the first page are three lines in different handwriting (perhaps, of the Sde Chemed).
Some of the writers are scholars of Jerusalem, Tiberias and Jaffa [amongst them: Rabbi Shmuel Salant, Rabbi Chaviv Chaim David Sithon, Rabbi Naftali Hirtz HaLevi, Rabbi Eliyahu Moshe Panezil, Rabbi Chizkiyahu Shabtei, Rabbi Rachamim Yosef Chaim Optalka, Rabbi Aharon Yedid HaLevi], a gabai and manager of Jerusalem institutes [Etz Chaim Yeshiva, Ma'arivi'im Community Committee, Misgav Ladach Hospital, Rabbi Chaim Michel Michlin], and rabbis from other lands [Rabbi David Pifano Rabbi of Sofia, Rabbi Eliyahu Chazan of Alexandria]. Likewise, letters by his disciples in the Krimshak communities in the Crimea Peninsula [including Rabbi Avraham Nissim Ashkenazi, Rabbi Refael Labak etc.], and a long letter from his father in law, Rabbi Nissim Levi of Tzachtzir who describes the impressive ceremony in the Beit HaKnesset to honor the appointment of the Sde Chemed in Hebron. This pamphlet is unknown and apparently has never been printed.
 written pages (apparently one leaf is missing at the end). C. 18 cm. Good-fair condition. Fungus stains, restored tear on first leaf. New semi-leather binding.
Three interesting letters handwritten and signed by Rabbi Mendeli Alter Rabbi of Pabianitz to Rabbi Yisrael Nisan Kupershtoch Rabbi of Makova who immigrated to Jerusalem. Pabianitz, 1927-1929. In one of the letters, Rabbi Mendeli also writes Torah thoughts, after receiving the book Ani ben Pachma.
A letter postcard by Rabbi Chanoch Zvi HaCohen Levine Rabbi of Bendin, to Rabbi Mendel Alter, "I have received his letter and immediately we have written to my brother in law [author of Imrei Emet], and likewise, I have spoken with the Rebbe of Alexander who also wrote¦ ". Bendin, 1929. The content of the letters which were respectfully and fondly written, reveal a little of the stress that existed between the Gur Chassidim and the Alexander Chassidim, also concerning the distribution of the monies of Kupat Ramban - Kollel Poland in Jerusalem.
Rabbi Menachem Mendel Alter - Rabbi of Pabianitz (1877-1942), youngest son of the Gur Rebbe, author of Sfat Emet, was one of the heads of Agudat HaRabbanim in Poland. He was the right hand of his brother author of Imrei Emet managing public affairs in Poland and throughout the Jewish world and founder of a large chain of yeshivot in Poland. He was murdered in the Holocaust with all the Jews of his city who were taken to Treblinka.
Rabbi Chanoch Zvi HaCohen Levine (1871-1935), Rabbi of Bendin, son in law of the Sfat Emet and a prominent rabbi in Poland. He was the father of Rabbi Yitzchak Meir HaCohen Levine, (who was the son in law of his uncle author of Imrei Emet, a leader of Agudat Yisrael in Poland and in Eretz Yisrael). Part of his novellae was printed in the book Yechahen Pe'er (Warsaw 1936(.
The recipient: Rabbi Yisrael Nisan Kupershtoch, (1858-1930), from the family of the Alexander Rebbes, who immigrated to Jerusalem in 1925, see Item 299.
4 letters, on official stationary. Varied size, good condition, file holes.
Responsa, Chiddushim and sermons, by the Ga'on Rabbi Moshe Avraham Irira, handwritten and typewritten. (Includes copy of responses and letters to rabbis of his generation: Rabbi Ya'akov Argouiti of Constantinople, Rabbi Ben Zion Chai Uziel and Rabbi Amiel of Tel Aviv, and more). Handwritten signature by author at end of some of responses.
The Ga'on Rabbi Moshe Avraham Irira (1877-1958), among the rabbis of Salonika, immigrated to Eretz Israel in the 1930's and served as Av Beit Din in Tel Aviv for approximately thirty years. Majority of following writings are on laws of Even HaEzer (Gittin and Kiddushin). This book which is in the stages of preparation for print has not yet been printed.
Hundreds of pages, various sizes and conditions.
1. Manuscript, Kuntress Shi'abuda - novellae on topics of shi'abud (encumbrance, collateral). Anonymous author of Tunis scholars [mentions Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Yitzchak, author of Mishmarot Kehuna, who died in 1825]. [Tunis, 19th century].
10 written leaves (complete pamphlet), 22 cm. Good condition. Stains and wear.
2. Manuscript, anthology on aggada, ta'amei mitzvoth and Chazal homiletics, in Alphabetical order. Segulot and cures [initials written at top of first page, possibly by the author of Maskil L'David Rabbi David Chaim Tzabach Rabbi of Marrakech]. Bound in the middle of the pamphlet are a number of handwritten leaves, index to an unidentified book of responsa. One of the leaves has a copy "a number of gates of mercy by Rabbi Rachamim Chori¦ ". [Morroco-Tunis, 19th century].
C. 40 written leaves. 16 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear, moth damage.
3. Manuscript, novellae by the Mekubal Tzaddik Rabbi Rachamim Chori "the First" of Djerba (died c. 1823), author of Kiseh Rachamim on the Talmud etc. Novellae on the Torah and aggada. [Variations from the printed Sha'arei Rachamim, Bnei Brak 2000].
 leaves (incomplete pamphlet). 21 cm. Fair-poor condition. Stains, tears and moth damage.
4. Manuscript, Levush L'Masechet Sanhedrin, novellae of Rabbi Rachamim Chori "the First" author of Kiseh Rachamim on Tractate Sanhedrin.
 leaves, 21 cm. Poor condition, stains and moth damage, moisture damage and tears.
Sha'arei Ge'ula, Haggadah for Pesach, with Tosefet Rid commentary, in addition to others. Krakow, 1896.
Title-page and number of additional leaves contain ink-stamps of Rabbi"Chaim Eliezer Shapiro, Av Beit Din of Mukachevo". Rabbi Chaim Eliezer Shapiro was among the giants of Torah, Halachah and Chassidut in his generation, and a Kabbalic master (1872-1937, Otzar HaRabbanim 6243). Son of Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Av Beit Din of Mukachevo, author of Darchei Teshuva. From the holy dynasty of Rabbi Tzvi Elimelech of Dinov, author of Bnei Yissaschar. Fought to preserve the sanctity of the Jewisg people, and his opinions in halacha and kabbalah were adhered to throughout the Diaspora. His books include: Minchat Eliezer Responsa, Sha'ar Yissaschar, Nimukei Orach Chaim, Divrei Torah - 9 Sections, and more. [For additional information related to him: Darchei Chaim VeShalom]. See item 96.
, 104 pages. 15.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Wine stains and wear, professional restoration of one of the leaves. New binding.