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Auction 16 Lot Number 519

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A Collection of Handwritten Calendars – For 1947-1963 – USSR

14 handwritten notebooks of calendars, apparently written under Soviet rule in the USSR. Detailed calendars for: 1947, 1950-1960.
In the 1958 calendar, the writer hints to his living in a forsaken land and to his prayer that Hashem should revenge the dictator's rule when copying the verse "Be joyous and happy Bat Edom who dwells in Eretz Utz...".
14 notebooks (with covers printed in Russian). 15-17 cm. Good condition, stains, tear.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 167

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Passover Hagadda – Be’ur Yitzchak – Breuna, 1790

Passover Hagadda, with the commentary Be'ur Yitzchak, by Rabbi Yitzchak Zekel HaLevi Shpitz. Breuna, 1790. Bound with the book: Pri Etz Hadar, on the Torah [Breishit], by his son Rabbi Yechiel Michel Shpitz [Rabbi of Hadiacz]. Breuna, 1790.
On title page: "Yitzchak HaLevi son of the author of Sefer Birkat Yitzchak" - The words Sefer Birkat Yitzchak are emphasized in especially large letters. At the top of the first title page is a dedication in faded handwriting: "To¦ R' Avraham ---".
On the title pages of both books the Jewish year 5549 contradicts the Gregorian date.
56; 20 leaves. 21 cm. Fair condition. Wine stains, extensive moth damage [primarily to inner margins]. Without covers, detached leaves. Owners' inscriptions.
From Dr. Israel Mehlman's private collection.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 242

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Sefer Ge’ulat Israel and Additional Books of Musar and Hassidism

Approx. 19 cm. Various conditions, good-fair. Old worn binding. Signatures Rabbi"Shmuel son of Rabbi Y.A.L. Deitch". Signatures of Rabbi Baruch David Klein of Stropkov (among the disciples and relatives of Rabbi Yechezkel of Shinova - See attached material). See list in the Hebrew description

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Auction 16 Lot Number 349

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Manuscript Yizkor – Italy

Manuscript, Sefer Tefillot L'Hazkarat Neshamot, Italy, [19th century?].
Versions of Yizkor, for the souls of men, women and children, in the unique version of Italian Jews. The sections with variances between singular and plural and the like were written in colored ink. Nice calligraphic writing, on thick high-quality paper (imitation parchment).
7 leaves, 17 cm. Good condition, use marks and inscriptions. Worn binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 520

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Calendars – Germany / Hungary

1. Volume which contains miniature calendars printed in Hungary (several calendars printed in Vienna), for the years 1855-1918. Blank leaves bound between calendars, in which names of family members, death anniversaries, etc. were added in handwriting. 12 cm. volume, fair condition.
2. Maphteach Likboa Ittim, edited by L. Cohen. Rees am Rhein, 1879. Calendars for the years 1750-1950. At end folded sheet:"Order of reading of the Shabbat Torah portions for all the years". Handwritten additions; glued newspaper clippings. Loose binding and leaves.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 40

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Ushpizin Poster – Sighet

Sukkah poster. Sighet, [1900's, early 20th century].
Containing Ushpizin depiction; the inscription "Shiviti HaShem LeNegdi Tamid" - "I place G-d constantly before me"; Kiddush for Sukkot; and prayer for parting from the Sukkah, to be said upon the holiday's termination.
51X42 cm. Fair condition. Tears on margins and on folding marks. Glued with tape on back of poster.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 136

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Five Megillot / Nevi’im Rishonim – Venice, 1594-1595

Five Megillot; Nevi'im Rishonim. Venice, [1594-1595].
Two sections of the Bible which was printed in Venice in the same year, with Rashi's commentary.
1. Five Megillot. Abridged title page and"introduction for Rashi on Shir HaShirim". 258-296 leaves.
2. Nevi'im Rishonim. Illustrated title page. [297]-447 leaves.
Volume of 20 cm. Fair-poor condition. Tears and moth damage. Old leather binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 168

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Passover Haggada – HaMarbeh L’Saper – Karlsruhe, 1791

Passover Haggada, "with a new commentary HaMarbeh L'Saper¦ ". Karlsruhs, 1791.
The commentary was written by Rabbi Yedidya Tia Weil Rabbi of Karlsruhe, who wrote anonymously, and even wrote an approbation to this book [The commentary in his handwriting was found in the National Library. Manuscript no. 8ֲ°2744].
52 leaves. 21.5 cm. Good condition, stains.
From Dr. Israel Mehlman's private collection.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 382

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Responsa Nodah B’Yehuda – Signatures and Glosses of Rabbi Shmuel Rozovsky

Responsa Nodah B'Yehuda, Even HaEzer and Choshen Mishpat, first and second edition. Vilna, 1902. Signatures of Rabbi Shmuel Rozovsky, a number of scholarly glosses in his handwriting.
Rabbi Shmuel Rozovsky (1913-1979), son of Rabbi Michel David Rabbi of Grodno. Son in law of Rabbi Zvi Pesach Frank Rabbi of Jerusalem. He studied in the Grodno Yeshivah, by Rabbi Shimon Shkop, in the Mir Yeshivah in Poland and in the Lomza Yeshivah in Petach Tikva .Even before he married, he was appointed as the first Rosh Metivta in Ponovezh Yeshiva and his classes drew many students to the yeshiva. He passed on the Torah he learned in yeshivot in Lithuania to the new generation in Eretz Yisrael. He greatly influenced all the Torah world of our generation. After his death, his writings and the writings of his students were published in the books Shiurei Rabbi Shmuel and Zichron Shmuel.
30.5 cm. Poor condition, dry paper and heavy damage, damaged cover, leather back.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 446

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Collection of Books with Inscriptions by Authors

1. Sefer Limudei HaShem, second section of Sefer Tefilat Kol Peh. Literary collection from books of the Chida [Rabbi Chaim Yosef David Azulai], laws, prayers and supplications, Rabbi Avraham Ankava. Livorno, [1848]. (Inscription in handwriting and signature of author. Missing leaves 31-34 of second count).
2. Sefer Divrei Eliyahu, sermons for High Holy Days, festivals and yearly Shabbatot, by Rabbi Eliyahu Gordon. Vilna, 1903. (Inscription in handwriting of author).
3. Sefer Charuzei Margaliot, sermons for various occasions, by Rabbi Gavriel Ze'ev Wolf Margaliot [son-in-law of Rabbi Nachum of Horodna]. Jerusalem, [1912]. (Inscription in handwriting and signature of author).
4. Sefer Ktzot HaShulchan, Section Six [Hilchot Shabbat], by Rabbi Avraham Chaim Na'eh. Jerusalem, [1939]. (Inscription in handwriting and signature of author).
5. Sefer Ma'aseh Rakam, includes three compositions: Tosfot HaRosh on Kiddushin Tractate, and Chiddushim on Kiddushin Tractate and Bava Metzia Tractate, by Rabbi Yitzchak Koriat. Pisa, [1806]. (Handwritten inscription, by publisher?).
Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 190

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Study Books for Youth – Italy Printings

Collection of tractates, with commentary of Rabbi Ovadia of Bartenura,"for the education of the youth". Rigio, [1809]. (Margins uncut in print). * Chanoch LaNa'ar,"to instill in children¦". Pirenzi, [1826]. (Missing 2 leaves following title-page, one replaced in handwriting). * Sefer Mavo HaLimud,"to educate the children in the reading of the letters¦". Livorno, [1858].
3 books. Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 425

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Collection of Books from Library of Rabbi Yisrael Welcz Chief Av Beit Din of Budapest

Collection of books from the library of Rabbi Yisrael Welcz chief Av Beit Din of Budapest.
The Ga'on Rabbi Yisrael Welcz (1887-1974. Otzar HaRabbanim 11910), rabbi in Tinia and chief Av Beit Din of Budapest; immigrated to Eretz Israel in 1946 where he was known as one of the greatest rabbis, participated in the editing and management of Otzar HaPoskim [treasury of Halachic rulings] and more. Author of Chok L'Yisrael.
Total of 11 books in nine volumes. Various sizes and conditions. All books contain stamps of the Rabbi from various periods. See list in the Hebrew description

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Auction 16 Lot Number 489

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Letter by Rabbi Shmuel Ehrenfeld Av Beit Din of Mattersdorf

Letter by the Ga'on Rabbi Shmuel Ehrenfeld; condolence letter to Rabbi Baruch Duvdevani upon the death of his wife. New York, [1966]. Approx. 11 lines written in his handwriting along with his full signature.
The Ga'on Rabbi Shmuel Ehrenfeld (1895-1980), Av Beit Din and Rosh Mativta of Mattersdorf (Hungary) from 1926. Rosh Yeshiva of Chatan Sofer in Mattersdorf and Brooklyn. Founder of Mattersdorf Campus in Jerusalem. Among the greatest Torah giants in the USA and known for his aristocracy. Son and successor of Rabbi Simcha Bunim Av Beit Din of Mattersdorf and grandson of author of Chatan Sofer.
Official stationery, 28 cm. Good condition.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 105

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Olam Barur – Zholkva, 1800 / Olam Va’ed – Lvov, 1811

Olam Barur, "Explanations¦ truthful introductions¦ lofty wisdom¦" [kabbalistic homiletics], by Rabbi Eliezer Fishel of Strzyֵ¼ֳ³w. [Zholkva], [c. 1800].
Bound with: Olam Va'ed - Kuntress HaEbronot, about calculations of Tkufot (Jewish periods of time), by Rabbi Eliezer Fishel of Strzyֵ¼ֳ³w. [Lvov], [1811].
Rabbi Eliezer Fishel of Strzyֵ¼ֳ³w (1740-1812, Encyclopedia L'Chachmei Galicia 211-212), a mekubal and preacher. His other kabbalistic works also start with the word Olam (Olam Echad, Olam Hafuch, Olam HaGadol). Served as preacher in Brody.
[2], 56; [8] leaves. 18.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, moth marks. Worn, detached binding. Stamps and owners' inscriptions on Vorzats.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 404

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Sefer Zohar HaRakia – Signature of Rabbi Eliyahu Doshnitzer

Sefer Zohar HaRakia, on the warnings of Rabbi Shlomo Ibn Gvirol, by Rabbi Shimon Bar Tzemach Doran [HaTashbetz]. Vilna, 1879.
Leaf of back cover contains signature of Rabbi"Eliya Katz Doshnitzer". Title-page contains stamp of son-in-law of Rabbi Eliyahu, Rabbi"Gershon Chanoch Fishman", and additional stamp (Rabbi Ziskind Rosenberg slaughterer and examiner of Platzk). Leaf 34 contains handwritten gloss which begins,"In my humble opinion I would interpret¦".
The righteous Rabbi Eliyahu Doshnitzer (1876-1949), student of Telz and Slabodka Yeshivot, was among the most outstanding disciples of the Chafetz Chaim in Kollel Kodshim. [Was among the group sent by the Chafetz Chaim to remove the"dybbuk", and who stated that he is a righteous person]. Following Rabbi Yerucham Leibowitz's departure of the Radin Yeshiva he was appointed as Mashgiach in his place, and from 1926 served as spiritual leader of the Lomza Yeshiva in Petach Tikvah. His lessons were recorded in the book Nachlat Eliyahu, edited by his disciple Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky. At his funeral, the Chazon Ish stated that he was one of the 36 righteous men of the generation.
His son-in-law, the Ga'on Rabbi Chanoch Fishman (1900-1966), Rabbi of Rutki-Kossaki in the region of Lomza. In 1938 he immigrated to Eretz Israel and served as Rabbi of Herzliya for twenty eight years. His erudite books: Simchat HaChag, Mi HaChag, and Sfeika DeRabanan, were recently published in a new edition.
120 pages. 20.5 cm. Good condition, stains. New cardboard binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 436

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S’deh Chemed – Dedication in the Author’s Handwriting

S'deh Chemed, by Rabbi Chaim Chizkiyahu Medini. First part of second volume, letters Alef-Gimel, Warsaw, 1891.
Printed dedication leaf filled in the author's handwriting glued to the back of the title page. Ink-stamp of Rabbi"Chaim Chizkiyahu Medini [¦]Qarasuvbazar". [Most of the dedications were filled by his scribes; it is rare to find a dedication is his own holy handwriting]
Rabbi Chaim Chizkiyahu Medini, (1833-1905) was born in Jerusalem, served as rabbi in Krim and Hebron; a tremendous scholar. Compiled the Torah Encyclopedia on his own, tens of volumes of "S'deh Chemed", and other books.
[4], 3-7, 4-564, 32.5 cm. Fair condition. Slight moth damage. Tears around the leaves' edges. Detached and worn leaves. Worn and dismantled binding.
Edition ending in p.564, [some editions have 568 pp.].

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Auction 16 Lot Number 351

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Manuscript – Goralot

Manuscript, Goralot. Instructions for casting lots. Oriental Rashi script [Italy ?, 18th-19th century].
1. Combinations of holy names and instructions how to cast lots by means of a Chumash.
2. Goral Niflah - A chart of letters, with a detailed reader of results in Alphabetical order.
On the last page is a colophon: "I have copied from a manuscript of a book of cures Ashkenazi writing".
[7] pages. 21 cm. Good condition. Fancy leather binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 319

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Manuscript Rabbi Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz

A handwritten leaf, from Minchat Yehuda on Tractate Gittin, by Rabbi Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz. [c. 1970].
Title of leaf Minchat Yehuda. Content matches the first edition of his book which is different from second edition printed in 1989.
2 written leaves, c. 22 cm. Fair condition, tears and creases, plastic covered with lamination.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 138

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Mikra’ot Gedolot – Nevi’im Achronim – Venice, 1618

Mikra'ot Gedolot, Nevi'im Achronim, with Targum, Rashi, Radak and the Mesora. Venice, 1618.
[1], 442-668. 41 cm. Fair condition. Moisture stains, mildew marks. Moth marks on binding. Restorations to title page and last leaf. Censor erasing and handwritten substitutes, owners' inscriptions.
Contradiction between the Hebrew date (5377), and the Gregorian date MDCXVIII (1618).

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Auction 16 Lot Number 170

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Passover Haggada – Ma’ale Beit Chorin – Bialistok, 1806

Ma'ale Beit Chorin - Passover Haggada, with commentaries of the Alshich, the Shla, Gur Aryeh [by the Maharal] and Ollelot Efraim [by the author of the Kli Yakar], etc. Bialistok, 1806.
[1]. 46. [1] leaves. 31.5 cm. Fair condition. Stains, moth marks, tape restorations. Erased owners' inscriptions, new binding.
From Dr. Israel Mehlman's private collection.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 437

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Sefer HaMitzvot L’HaRambam – Signature of Rabbi Azriel Hildesheimer and Dedication to Him

Sefer HaMitzvot L'HaRambam, with commentaries and novellae of the Mahardam Rabbi Dov Berush Meislesh Rabbi of Cracow. Warsaw, 1870.
A dedication (cutoff) handwritten by the author's grandson Rabbi Yehuda Leibush to Rabbi Azriel Hildesheimer Rabbi of Adat Yisrael Berlin. Rabbi Azriel Hildesheimer's signature, stamp in a foreign language and his grandson's bookmark Azriel Hildesheimer.
Rabbi Azriel Hildesheimer (1820-1899) was a prominent Torah authority of his generation. Disciple of the author of Aruch LaNer and of Rabbi Yitzchak Bernays of Hamburg, he was Rabbi of Eisenstadt in 1851-1869, where he established one of the major Yeshivot of Hungary and Germany. In 1869, he was appointed Rabbi of Berlin, where he established the Beit Midrash LaRabbanim. He led Orthodox Jewry in Germany.
[4], 174 leaves. 25 cm. Good condition. Loose binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 149

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Set of Chumashim – Torat Emet – Amsterdam, 1827

Torat Emet, Tikun Sofrim, Chamisha Chumshei Tora, includes Rashi's commentary, Haftarot, prayers and poems. Amsterdam, [1827].
Five volume set. Proofread and accurate edition based on earlier Torah scrolls and chumashim.
Double title-pages in all volumes. First title-page contains illustrated copper engraving.
Bamidbar contains a printed (detached) leaf from the publisher of the Chumashim"I am filled with praise to the Almighty for having completed the publication of Sefer Torat Emet¦ Amsterdam¦ 1828¦". This leaf is bibliography unknown.
Varying pagination [Bamidbar contains an additional 6 leaf pamphlet, listing those who signed on the Chumahsim. Leaves unlisted in Bibliography Institute], 18-20 cm. General condition good, stained. Margins of Bamidbar uncut in print. Two volumes are without binding, two have antique leather bindings, [one imprinted with name of owner], and one volumes is simply bound.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 309

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Sermon in Handwriting of the Rishon L’Zion Rabbi Ben-Tzion Chai Uziel – Salonika, 1921

Manuscript, sermon handwritten by Rabbi Ben-Tzion Chai Uziel, Salonika, Shabbat Kalla, the 5th of Sivan 1921.
Rabbi Ben-Tzion Chai Uziel (1881-1953) was born in Jerusalem to Rabbi Yosef Refael of a family with a long lineage of Jerusalem rabbis, descendants of the Chikrei Lev. At age 20, he was appointed rabbi in the Tiferet Yerushalayim Yeshiva and in 1910, Sefardi rabbi of Yaffo. In 1921, he went to Salonika (Greece) to serve as Chief Rabbi [where he wrote this sermon], and in 1923, he returned to serve as Chief Rabbi of Tel-Aviv Yaffo. In 1939, he was in London as an emissary and representative of the Yishuv in Eretz Yisrael, and that same year was appointed as Chief Rabbi and Rishon L'Zion in Eretz Yisrael. Some of his books: Mishpetei Uziel, Michmanei Uziel, HaShofet V'HaMishpat, etc.
[5] written pages. 26 cm. Very good condition.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 352

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Manuscript Shirat Heichal for the Dedication of The Beit Knesset – Cunio (Italy), 1786

Manuscript, "An introduction to my poem - Shirat Heichal", poetic lists on the dedication of the Beit Knesset HaGadol of the city of Cunio (Italy), [1786]. The rabbi of the city Rabbi Yedidya ben Refael Shlomo [HaLevi] and the wealthy man Rabbi Shmuel Galiko are mentioned in the manuscript. [In honor of the dedication of the Beit Knesset several pamphlets of poems were published: Todah V'Kol Zimra (Livorno 1786) and Seder Zemirot V'Limud (Livorno 1876). We have not seen them and we do not know if what is written in this manuscript was printed there].
3 pages, 20.5 cm. Good condition. Written in Italian Rabbinic handwriting.

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