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Auction 16 Lot Number 49

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Letter by the Rebbe of Lubavitch Regarding the Redemption

"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.
Bibliographically unknown.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 50

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Three Proclamations from Jerusalem – Rabbi Yosef Chaim Shrim

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.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 51

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Collection of Proclamations – Rabbi Kook

* 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.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 52

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A Collection of Printed Leaves – Jerusalem

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, [1889]; 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.

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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 54

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Collection of Proclamations and Wall-posters

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.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 55

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Collection of Wedding Invitations of the Gur Rebbes’ Family

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.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 56

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Collection of Dozens of Gittin – USA

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.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 57

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Handwritten Document – Stipulations Preceding Wedding – Prague, 18th century

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.
[4] Handwritten pages upon thick paper, 28.5X45.5 cm. Fair-good condition. Tears on folding marks, stains.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 58

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Mo’adei Hashem – An Early and rare Edition – Jerusalem, 1843

Mo'adei Hashem Part 2, Mikra'ei Kodesh Hillulim, according to the Sefardi custom. Jerusalem, [1843]. 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.
[4] Pages. 20 cm. Fair-poor condition. Professional damage restoration.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 59

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Haggadah for Pesach – Jerusalem, 1863

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, [1863]. Yisrael Beck Press. Two title pages.
[1], 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

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Auction 16 Lot Number 60

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Prayer for Donors – Jerusalem, 1869

"A prayer before studying for your supporters and benefactors while studying in the Holy Land". Jerusalem, [1869]. 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.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 61

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Letter Requesting Donations for Jews of Hebron – Jerusalem, 1872 – Signed by rabbis of Hebron

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.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 62

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Drosh VeKabel Sachar – Tiberias, 1890

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, [8], [1], 22 pages. 20 cm. Good condition.
Winograd and Rosenfeld CD lists Jerusalem 1890, whereas Bibliography Institute CD lists Jerusalem 1892.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 63

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Rabbi Mordechai Eliezer Weber’s Books – Jerusalem, 1885-1889

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

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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 65

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Tomech Kavod – Berlin, 1845 – Chatam Sofer Polemic

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, [1845]. 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.
[2], 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.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 66

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Menorah Tehorah – In Opposition of the Reformists – Rabbi Kopel Lewenstein – Schaffhausen, 1835

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, [1], [21]-201 pages. 18 cm. Fair condition, stains and wear. Printed title cover.

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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 68

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Jerusalemite Talmud Kodshim (Forged) – Tractates Chulin-Bechorot

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".
[9], 78; [1], 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.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 69

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Mitzvah to Publicize Hypocrites – Sitchel, 1932

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.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 70

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A Machzor for the Three Festivals – Slavita, 1827

Machzor min Shalosh Regalim, K'Minhag Reisin V'Lita, Poland, Piha U'Mehrin [Ashkenaz], Part 2 [Succot, Pesach and Shavuot]. Slavita [1827], 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.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 71

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Seder Ma’amadot – Slavita, 1824

"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.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 72

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HaMagid – Slavita – 3 Volumes

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, [1827] 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.

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