*A letter from Rabbi Yitzchak Menachem of Alexander to his relative Rabbi Yisrael Nissan Kuperstoch, informing him of the marriage of his daughter on the 18th of Sivan 1929, and he requests him to pray for the couple at the holy sites. *A wedding invitation of the Alexander lineage, on the marriage of the daughter of Rabbi Shraga Feivel Danziger of Radum (Rebbe Yitzchak Menachem's niece), to Rabbi David Zvi (Toib - grandson of Rabbi Efraim son of Rabbi Yechezkel of Kuzmir). Kislev 1925. *On the reverse side, a long and interesting letter from Rabbi Avraham Chaim Danziger to his relative Rabbi Yisrael Nissan Kuperstoch. *Another letter from Rabbi Avraham Chaim, with the Rebbe's approval and blessing on the marriage of Rabbi Yisrael Nissan's daughter. (On the reverse side, a handwritten inscription: "A letter on matter of the marriage").
3 leaves, varied size and condition, damages with omissions to the margins of 2 letters.
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.
Huge and diverse collection of pamphlets, booklets and single handwritten leaves, in Ashkenazi handwritings, majority from the 18th- 20th century.
The collection was not thoroughly examined, contains Chiddushei Sugiyot, Chiddushei Shas, homiletics and commentaries on the Torah, grammatical matters, Halachah, Kabbalah, Hassidic articles and Chabad articles, letters and copies of letters, diaries, various lists and more.
Hundreds of written leaves; booklets, leaves and remnants of leaves. Various sizes and conditions.
Mishnayot, Tractate Zera'im, with commentaries and addendums. Lemberg, 1869.
On protection pages, many owners' inscriptions, inscriptions and signatures of the Maharsham - Rabbi Shalom Mordechai HaCohen Schwadron Rabbi of Berezhany, who wrote and signed that he received this book from his father. His son's signature "Yitzchak HaCohen Schwadron of Potik adjacent to Buzcazc" [the city where the Maharsham formerly served as rabbi]. On the last page, stamps of his son "Yakir HaCohen Schwadron" [eldest son of Rabbi Yitzchak Rabbi of Chatzmer].
Dozens of notes on book's leaves and on leaf before title page. After comparing handwriting, most notes are in the handwriting of the Maharsham and the minority are written by his son Rabbi Yitzchak Schwadron [one note signed Yitzchak is in different handwriting from most of the notes, see Leaf 34/2].
The Maharsham, Rabbi Shalom Mordechai HaCohen Schwadron (1835-1911), a leading posek of his generation, Rabbi of Yaslovic, Potik and Berezhany, was a foremost Torah authority in Galicia and abroad. Wrote dozens of compositions, of which the following were printed: nine volumes of Maharsham Responsa, Mishpat Shalom on Choshen Mishpat, Gilui Da'at on the laws of Treifot, Da'at Torah on Shulchan Aruch, Techelet Mordechai on the Torah etc.
His son Rabbi Yitzchak Schwadron (died 1920, Otzar HaRabbanim 11051), an outstanding Torah genius, Rabbi of Chatzmer and its surroundings immigrated to Jerusalem in 1903, where his youngest son, "the Jerusalem Magid" Rabbi Shalom Schwadron was born (1912-1998). Author of Minchat Yitzchak, a commentary on the Tosefta (Jerusalem, 1910-1914, and additional volumes that were printed many years later).
, 121,  leaves. 29 cm. Varied type of paper, good condition. Original semi-leather binding, slightly worn,
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Hilchot Rav Alfas by Rabbeinu Yitzchak Alfasi. With commentaries of Rabbeinu Yonah, the Ran, Nimukei Yosef, Ba'al HaMa'or and the Ramban, the Rosh [on Halachot Ketanot] and Shiltei Giborim. With the Tosephta and Piskei Mordechai, Part 1 - Seder Zera'im and Mo'ed. Savyonita, .
On title page, a curly rabbinical signature, cutoff, from which the name Chaim can clearly be seen. Another signature "Avraham ---". Before the Tractate Ta'anit, a later owner's inscription of Pintzi brothers in Italy.
In the margins there are many handwritten notes. Glosses in antique Oriental handwriting [from the time of printing], some long, some have an abbreviated title of Tumat Yesharim on the Rif (Venice 1622) which were latet integrated into Chiddushei Anshei Shem. Additional glosses by someone else in Italian handwriting [an additional gloss in Oriental handwriting from a later period].
97, 97-98, , 100-170, , 171-187, 227-267, 265-403 leaves (missing: 188-266, 404-410 leaves). 37.5 cm. Varied condition of leaves - good-poor. Moth damages, tears, moisture marks and stains. Leaves 1-39 have tears [with missing text], professionally restored.
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).
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.
"Rabbeinu Bechaye" commentary on the Torah, by Rabbeinu Bechaye ben Asher. Krakow, [1592-1593].
Last leaf contains printed diagram of the Ten Sephirot [ten emanations through which G-D reveals himself].
Ancient ownership signatures. Dozens of lengthy glosses [some cut off] in ancient Ashkenazi handwriting from period of print, the majority of Kabbalistic content, throughout leaves of book. Leaves 97, 158 and diagram leaf contain signature of Rabbi Shalom Ber Stern (apparently Rabbi Shalom Ber Stern who was Av Beit Din of Serdehli).
236, 236-246 leaves (title-page missing. Leaf 50 missing and replaced in handwriting. Large tear on leaf 2, with missing text completed in handwriting; several other leaves also have handwritten completions) +  leaf of diagram (detached). 29 cm. Fair condition (some leaves in good condition). Stains, moth stains, tears, restorations, paper paste and wear. Cardboard binding, torn spine.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
Manuscript,"Interpretation in memory of the righteous Admor Rabbi Elazar, Av Beit Din of Lantzut, Parashat Nitzavim, Elul 1865." [Sanz, 1865].
Lengthy Talmudic and Chasidic interpretation."A great luminary was taken from us. Rabbi Elazar Shapira was a holy man, son of the author of the Bnei Issachar. He was Av Beit Din of Lantzut and passed away on the 12th of Elul 1865, Parashat Ki Tavo¦ He was the son of the generation's leading rabbi who authored the Bnei Issachar and passed away far from his homeland. The terrible news came to us from Vienna¦ May the holy souls of righteous father and son protect us¦".
On p.3, he writes:"¦ For there is almost no perfect Tzaddik who served Torah sages and leading Tzaddikim like he did, grew up in the house of his father- the righteous leader of the generation, attended to the greatest sages among whom, the Holy Mekubbal Rabbi Hershel Ziditshover z"l, learned and memorized a great deal, was perfected in his righteousness and learned Torah secrets¦he was a pleasant [man] who welcomed everyone with love and warmth, brought Torah scholars closer and prayed for us¦ who will stand for us now? We should all check into our actions and cling to the rock of Torah and Divine Service¦".
Old Ashkenazi writing, the following caption appears in a different handwriting on the margins of the first page:"handwritten by the great Gaon, righteous leader of the generation, Rabbi Chaim Halberstam - Admor of Sanz". [Based on the handwriting's style, it appears that the writer is another person who copied the words from Rabbi Chaim of Sanz's manuscript].
The holy Gaon Rabbi Elazar of Lantzut (1808-1865), was the disciple of his father author of the"Bnei Issachar" of Dinov, and the disciple of Rabbi Zvi of Ziditchov, Rabbi Israel of Rozin and Rabbi Zvi Hirsch of Riminov. His son, Rabbi Shlomo Shapira, was , Av Beit Din of Munkatch, father of Rabbi Zvi Hirsch author of the"Darchei Teshuva" and grandfather of Rabbi Chaim Elazar Shapira of Munkatch author of the"Minchat Elazar".
Rabbi Chaim of Sanz, author of the"Divrei Haim" (1797-1876) and 10 years older than Rabbi Elazar Shapira was among Rabbi Elazar Shapira's greatest followers and considered himself his disciple in the areas of Hasidut and Kabalah. This special bond can easily be perceived through the lines of the present eulogy.
7 pp. 25 cm, fair condition. (Professionally restored) damages affecting the text in the margins. Rebound.
14 books, various sizes and conditions. See list in the Hebrew description
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.
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.
Chidushei Halachot, on Tractates Beitzah, Bava Metzia, Ktubot, Chullin and Gittin, by Rabbi Meir [Maharam] Schiff. Brin, .
On title page, a number of signatures of Yisrael Lifshitz, more inscriptions and a long gloss in his handwriting at the top of Leaf 84/2 [partially cutoff].
Rabbi Yisrael Lifshitz (1782-1861), son of Rabbi Gedalya Lifshitz, author of Regel Yeshara and grandson of Rabbi Yisrael Lifshitz Rabbi of Kliva. A Torah genius, a leading scholar of Ashkenazi Jewry, he served in the rabbinate for over 50 years, in the communities of Dessau, Danzig and others. He is renowned for his large work Tiferet Yisrael on the six Sidrei Mishna.
, 90 leaves + 12 leaves of Part 2. 35 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Restored tears on first leaves and tears to several more leaves.
Part 2 on Tractates Bava Kama, Bava Batra, Sanhedrin and Shabbat, do not appear in the Bibliography Institute CD listings, but in the copy of Otzar HaChochma a copy of 20 leaves appears after Part 1 (this copy is missing in the middle of Tractate Shabbat).