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Auction 16 Lot Number 266

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Collection of Research Books – Epitaphs and Jewish Cemeteries

Total of 9 books. Various sizes and conditions. See list in the Hebrew description

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Auction 16 Lot Number 394

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Mishnayot Nezikin – Hand-Signed and Ink-Stamped by Admor Rabbi Avraham Dov Rabbi of Avertich – Safed

Mishnayot Seder Nezikin. Slavita, [1816]. Printed by Admor Rabbi Moshe Shapira ABD of Slavita.
Two faded and damaged signatures in the handwriting of Rabbi Avraham Dov of Avertich author of the"Bat Ayin" appear on the title page:"These Mishnayot belong to¦ Avraham Dov¦ who resides here in the holy city of Safed¦". [The handwriting is identical to his handwriting on a letter he signed in 1835 with Rabbi Israel of Shklov - see enclosed photocopy]. Several rectangular ink-stamps belonging to:"Avraham Dov of Avertich" and a number of brief glosses in his handwriting appear on the book leaves.
Notes, additional signatures and ink-stamps most of which come from Safed and Tiberias. Signature of"Moshe¦" and partial ink-stamp from"Moshe B¦". Signature of Rabbi"Leib son of Ya'ako[v]" [could be Rabbi Leib Ba'al Ha-Yisurim? Who was the Admor's Havruta]. Signatures of"Yitzchak Cohen Tiberias, 1938". [Safed] ink-stamps:"Mordechai son of Yosef of Bender"."AB¦"."Aharon Elimelech son of Doctor Pesah","Ya'akov Yosef son of Doctor Pesah" [Rabbi Pesah Friedman Doctor, Roziner-Sadigura Hasid, of the leaders of the Jewish community of Safed and among the town's doctors through the 1860's, took part in the establishment of the Gay-Oni settlement, which later became Rosh-Pina].
The Holy Admor Rabbi Avraham Dov of Avertich (1765-1841) of the most Famous Hasidic leaders. Disciple of Rabbi Nachum of Chernobyl and his son Rabbi Mordechai, of Rabbi Zusia of Anipoli and Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchov. Kept in touch with the Rabbi of Apta, Rabbi Israel of Rozin, Rabbi Aharon of Chernobyl and Rabbi Aharon of Zhitomir. Briefly served as ABD of Hamelnik but spent most of his life (close to 40 years) being ABD of Avertich, which lent him the name of"the holy rabbi of Avertich". He moved to the town of Zhitomir in 1825, where he was appointed RABD of the Rabbinical Court. Immigrated to Israel in 1833, to Safed, where he founded his own Beit Midrash and became rabbi and leader of the local Hasidic community [in Safed]. His great personality brought together many people from all parts of the Hasidic community and created bonds with the Sephardic and"Perushim" communities. He was greatly admired by Gaon Rabbi Israel of Shklov who was a disciple of the Gra and headed the"Perushim" community, together, they took care of all of the town's public matters. Rabbi Leib"Ba'al Ha-Yisurim" was his Havruta. Led numerous people into the path of Teshuva and instructed Ba'alei Teshuva to learn Mishnayot.
Greatly suffered from the assault of the Druse who pillaged the town during the 1834 riots and stole most of his possessions. The story of his miraculous survival during the severe earthquake that took place in 1837 is well known, it happened during the prayer of Mincha, the Rabbi of Avertich told his Hasidim not to walk out of the synagogue, he lied on the floor of his Beit Midrash and everyone held on to his belt. The whole building crashed, except for the tiny space where the rabbi was [with the Hasidim]. [He later told how this earthquake was supernatural, stones were thrown sideways and did not fall down because of their weight; he understood that the Sitra Ah'ra was strong, that's why he submissively lied on the floor -"to calm down until the moment of wrath would be over"].
After the earthquake, the Rabbi of Avertich restored the community of Safed and did not let anyone abandon the holy city. He passed away during the pest plague of 1841, which stopped right after his passing. He is buried in the cave of the righteous at the Safed cemetery, near the tombstones of Rabbi Aryeh Leib of Woltchisk and Rabbi David Shlomo author of the"Levushei Serad". Many miraculous stories are told on his great holiness and his miracle work for the Jewish People. [His chair still stands at his Beit Midrash"Bat Ayin" in the Old city of Safed, his Sefer Torah with the original Aron Kosdesh and Bimah are still there with some more holy items related to him - the Gabbaim of the synagogue report that many miracles happened to people after they sat on his chair]. His holy book"Bat Ayin" was printed in Jerusalem in 1847, in Zhitomir in 1850 with different editions and is seen as one of the basic books of Hasidut.
[1], 171 leaves [missing towards the end, from the middle of Masechet Avot, originally: 196 leaves / or 216 leaves]. 24.5 cm. Blue paper, fair condition, fungal and wear damage. Old paper paste for restoration. Professionally restored title page. Slight moth damage. New, luxurious leather binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 53

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Collection of Proclamations – Jerusalem

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

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Auction 16 Lot Number 117

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Avodat HaLevi – Venice, 1546

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.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 181

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Humorous Haggadah for Purim – Breslau 1800

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.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 277

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Photograph of Rabbi Shmuel Fried, Among the Rabbis of Vilna

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.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 341

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Collection of Manuscripts and Bindings – Yemen

Large and diverse collection of handwritten leaves, taken from binding archive, including the bindings from which the leaves were taken.
The collection was not thoroughly examined. Contains numerous manuscripts, especially from Yemen, however, also from other areas. Includes: Divorce certificates, letters, Chiddushei Torah and sections of various compositions [among the rest: handwritten leaves from Sefer Ein Ya'akov, compositions in Jewish-Arabic, passages in Ladino and more]. Several printed leaves [sections from Gemara editions, Pizro Press?].
Several leaves glued to bindings; it may be possible to obtain other leaves from them.
Over 100 handwritten and printed leaves. Various sizes and conditions (fair-poor).

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Auction 16 Lot Number 373

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Mishneh Torah L’Rambam – Vienna, 1839 – Signature and Glosses of Rabbi Chizkiya Feivel Plaut Av Beit Din of Shoran

Sefer Mishneh Torah L'Rambam, sections 6-7, Sefer Hafla'ah and Sefer Avodah. Vienna. 1839-1840.
Title page and leaf 18/1 contain stamps of Rabbi"Feivel Plaut" author of Likutei Chaver Ben Chaim. Leaves of book contain hundreds of handwritten glosses, mostly in pencil [printed in the Rambam edition of Chatam Sofer Institute].
The Ga'on Rabbi Chizkiya Feivel Plaut (1818-1895), among the greatest disciples of the Chatam Sofer, was connected to him in heart and soul. He composed the eleven volumes of Likutei Chaver Ben Chaim, in which he incorporated his Torah together with the Torah of his Rabbi the Chatam Sofer which he printed for the first time. Served as Av Beit Din of Shoran for approximately fifty years.
130, 129-130, [2] leaves; [1]; 141 leaves (separate title page for Sefer Kedusha). 41 cm. Good condition, stains. Wear on first and last leaves, scotch tape repairs. Few moth stains on inner binding. Ancient semi-leather binding, worn.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 501

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A Collection of Chassidic Books Printed by the She’erit HaPleita in Germany

1. Adat Tzaddikim, tales of the wonders of the Ba'al Shem Tov, which were not printed in Shivchei HaBesht. Zeilsheim, 1948.
2. Keter Shem Tov, according to the Ba'al Shem Tov. "As published in Slavita", [Munich ? Fernwald ?, 1946]. The stamp of the publisher "Yitzchak Isaac Sheinberger, Fernwald¦" appears on the cover.
3. Degel Machane Efraim, Rabbi Efraim Ashkenasi grandson of the Ba'al Shem Tov. Degel publishers. [Germany, c. 1948]. Stamp of the publisher "Yitzchak Isaac Sheinberger, Fernwald¦".
4. No'am Elimelech, Rabbi Elimelech of Lizhensk. Yaffe publishers, Fernwald, [c. 1947].
5. Passover Hagada, with compilations from the disciples of the Ba'al Shem Tov. Yaffe, Fernwald, 1946. Otzar HaHagadot 4019.
6. Passover Hagada, with the commentary Birkat Shir, by Rabbi Aryeh Leib Zuenz. Fernwald, 1949. Ya'ari 2398; Otzar HaHagadot 4219.
7. Notzer Chesed HaShalem, on Tractate Avot, by Rebbe of Komarno. [Germany, c. 1948]. (Missing last 2 leaves).
8. Machzor for Rosh HaShana and Yom HaKippurim, according to the Sefarad custom. Joint, Munich 1949.
Total of 8 books and booklets, varied size and condition.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 64

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Kuntress Kurei Akavish – First Edition

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

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Auction 16 Lot Number 160

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Siddur Ha-Shlah – First Edition – Amsterdam, 1717

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: [5], 4-335, 139, 130, [1], 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.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 224

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Six Books Printed in the 16th-17th Century – Missing Copies

1. [Responsa, Maharashdam - Rabbi Shmuel Di Modina], Volume 2, Tur Even HaEzer. [Salonika, 1594]. - Originally; 15, [1], 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, [18] leaves. This copy has: First 9 leaves missing; at end, only [8] leavers.
4. Olat Tamid, commentary on the Torah, by Rabbi Moshe Albilda. [Venice, 1601]. - Originally, 231, [4] 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, [1622]. - 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.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 256

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Constantinople and Salonika Printings – Three books

Incomplete copies, various sizes and conditions. See list in the Hebrew description

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Auction 16 Lot Number 384

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Nodah B’Yehuda – Handwritten Glosses

Nodah B'Yehuda, Rabbi Yechezkel Landau's responsa, Mahadura Kama V'Tanyana. Stettin, 1861.
Several handwritten scholarly glosses from the time of printing [some blurred from ink spreading]. Signatures and owners' inscriptions, stamps of the main synagogue of Harbin. [For a short while, a community founded by Russian refugee Jews during World War I existed in Harbin, China. The community was renewed by Holocaust refugees who reached Harbin via Japan. After the Chinese conquered Harbin, the Jewish community ceased to exist], additional stamps.
[1], 76, [7] leaves; [1], 123, [16] leaves; [1], 116 leaves; 121, [13] leaves. 34 cm. Fair condition, moth marks, wear and stains. Unbound.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 139

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Bible – Amsterdam, 1630 – Menashe ben Yisrael

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.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 267

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Yagdil Torah Anthology, Berlin-Przemyֵ›l – Responsa of Rabbis of Galicia Hungary and Germany

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.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 491

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Letter of Recommendation by Rabbi Ya’akov Yitzchak Neiman with Letter by Rebbe of Papa

Letter by Rabbi Ya'akov Yitzchak Neiman, rabbi of the Beit Midrash of Belz and Machziki HaDat in Montreal (Canada); recommendation for an orthodox educational institute for Moroccan children. Margins of letter contain handwritten recommendation letter (6 lines) along with signature by Rabbi Yosef Greenwald, rabbi of the Papa congregation Kehilat Ya'akov, Brooklyn, NY.
The holy Rabbi Yosef Greenwald (1903-1984), among the greatest rebbes in the USA, son of Rabbi Ya'akov Yechezkiyahu and grandson of Rabbi Moshe ben Amram Greenwald author of Arugot HaBosem. Genius rabbinical authority and Rosh Yeshiva. Reestablished the glorious dynasty of Papa in the USA and Canada. Authored Vayechi Yosef, Vaya'an Yosef responsa and more.
The Ga'on Rabbi Ya'akov Yitzchak Neiman (1919-2007), among the eldest rabbis and rabbinical authorities, educated thousands of disciples for approximately seventy years, ever since his appointment as Rosh Yeshiva of the Papa Yeshiva in 1937 by his rabbi, author of Vayaged Ya'akov; after the Holocaust reestablished his home with the daughter of his rabbi, author of Vayaged Ya'akov, and sister of Rabbi Yosef Greenwald, the Rabbi of Papa. As his rabbis, was closely connected to the Belz Rebbes. Led many of the Torah institutes of Beit Papa and Beit Skver.
28 cm. Fair condition, mildew damages.

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