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Auction 16 Lot Number 354

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Manuscript – Sermon – Italy

A manuscript, sermon on Parshat Ki Tavo. [Italy, c. 18th century].
Autographic writing in Italian handwriting, by anonymous author. The topics of the sermon: the war of Amalek and the war against the Evil Inclination, the virtues of the Torah and mitzvoth.
[4] pages. 21 cm. Good condition, stains. Wear to margins.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 482

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Collection of Kashrut Related Letters and Certificates

Collection of Kashrut-related letters from Rabbis and various public figures around the world. Letters from the Rabbis of Paris (France), Melbourne (Australia), Buenos-Aires (Argentina), Winnipeg (Canada); letters from Rabbi Ya'akov Eidelstein, Rabbi Yedidia Janowski; several letters from Rabbi Yehoshua Zelig Diskin, Av Beit Din of Pardes Hannah and more.
Approx. 24 letters and Kashrut certificates. Varying sizes and conditions. Good condition

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Auction 16 Lot Number 173

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Passover Haggada – Ma’ase Nissim – Zholkeva, 1835

Passover Haggada, with commentary Ma'ase Nissim, by Rabbi Ya'akov Lorberbaum [author of Chavot Da'at and Netivot HaMishpat]. Zholkeva, 1835.
At the beginning of the book are the laws of blessings and Seder night. At the end of the book are the rules of the laws of muktza.
On Leaf [4]/2 there is a gloss in Ashkenazi handwriting.
[5], 28 [should be: 25] leaves. 21.5 cm. Wide left margins not cut in printing. Good condition, stains, wear to margins. Stamp. New binding.
From Dr. Israel Mehlman's private collection.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 301

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Manuscript of Sermons – Unknown Author – The 1870s

A manuscript, sermons of halacha and aggada, for Shabbat Kallah and Parshat HaShavua, etc. [c. 1870s].
Author's autographic writing in Oriental soletreo handwriting. The content indicates that the sermons were written by an extremely great Torah scholar [from Izmir?], who delivered these sermons in public.
3 double leaves, c. 12 columns, c. 37 cm. Fair condition, wear and stains, damage to margins.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 365

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Yad Malachi – First Edition – Signature and Glosses Rabbi Yosef Birdugo – Additional Glosses

Yad Malachi, rules of the Talmud and Poskim, Parts 1-3, by Rabbi Malachi HaCohen. Livorno, [1767]. First edition of the renowned Sefer HaKlalim.
On title page a cutoff signature: Yosef Birdugo. On the margins, many glosses in Rabbi Yosef Birdugo's handwriting, who signs some of them with the name: Yavin (acronym of his name). Additional glosses in Oriental handwriting by several people [rabbis of the Birdugo family], a few are signed Adam Nero (acronym).
Rabbi Yosef Birdugo - Yavin (1802-1854, Malchei Rabbanan page 58), was a prominent Rabbi amongst Morrocan and Western scholars. After the death of Ya'akov Birdugo, he served as Rabbi and Leader of the congregation in Meknes until his death. Author of Ketonet Yosef [3 parts] and Divrei Yosef responsa.
[5], 228 leaves. 21 cm. Varied condition of pages, good-fair. First leaves fair-poor condition. Moth marks, stains. Tears to a number of pages. Detached leaves.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 429

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Books of the Libraries of the Szֳ szrֳ©gen Community Rabbis – Rabbi Hillel Pollack, Rabbi Yisrael Freund and his son Rabbi David Yehuda Freund – Signatures and Glosses

Avnei Milu'im, on Shulchan Aruch Even HaEzer, by Rabbi Aryeh Leib HaCohen Heller, Stettin, 1860. *Simlah Chadashah - Tvu'ot Shor, on the laws of Yoreh De'ah, by Rabbi Alexander Sender Shor, with commentaries: Levushei Srad, Da'at Kedoshim, etc. Warsaw, [1901]. *Keren L'David, responsa on Orach Chaim, Rabbi Eliezer David Greenwald. Satmar, 1929. *Yad Ramah responsa, on the four parts of the Shulchan Aruch and novellae on topics, Rabbi Moshe Zvi Fuchs. Grosswardein, 1939.
On protective leaf of the first book, signature of Hillel Pollack. Rabbi Hillel Pollack (1810-1893, HaChatam Sofer V'Talmidav, pages 124-126), a disciple of the Chatam Sofer, who called him and his relative and friend "Kodesh Hillulim LaHashem". He was rabbi of Szֳ szrֳ©gen (Hungary) from 1866 until his death.
All the books have glosses handwritten by his grandson Rabbi Yisrael Freund, who also served in the Szֳ szrֳ©gen rabbinate, disciple of the author of Ktav Sofer and Rabbi Moshe Zvi Fuchs author of Yad Rama, and a prominent rabbi in Hungary. He together with his community were murdered in the Holocaust in 1944. While in Auschwitz, he delivered a testament to his son to print his writings.
In this book Yad Rama authored by his teacher Rabbi M. Z. Fuchs, Rabbi Freund writes his comments in awe and self-depreciation before his teacher: "I beg forgiveness from my Master, my Rebbe and I am dust under his feet but what shall I do since I did not understand his words¦ ". His stamp is in the second book.
Both books have signatures, and all books have stamps and glosses, from his son Rabbi David Yehuda Freund (died 1985), son in law of Rabbi Yechezkel Panet, Rabbi in Batiz, later his father's "assistant rabbi" in Szֳ szrֳ©gen and after that Rabbi of Kehilat Yerai'im in Bucharest. He survived the Holocaust, immigrated to Eretz Yisrael and served as rabbi in Netanya and afterwards in Jerusalem. He authored Alufei Yehuda.
4 books. Varied size. General good condition.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 88

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Three Books – Zhitomir

1. Mishnayot Seder Nashim, Zhitomir, 1857. Printing press of Rabbi Aryeh Leib Shapira, grandson of the Rabbi of Slavita. (Fair condition, moth damage and stains). Numerous stamps including a handwritten signature of the Rebbe of Alick-Safed:"Aharon son of Rabbi Zvi Aryeh of Alick rabbi of Stretin" - Rabbi Aharon Brandwein son of Rabbi Zvi Aryeh of Pleschen (of the Alick-Stretin dynasty), raised in the home of his mother's uncle, Rabbi Yisrael of Ruzhin, who appointed him in his youth as Rebbe and gave him a Kvitel and a Pidyon. Immigrated to Eretz Israel and settled in Safed where he served as one of the Torah giants of the Hassidic community.
2. Mishnayot, Seder Taharot. Zhitomir, 1862. Printing press of Rabbi Aryeh Leib Shapira, grandson of the Rabbi of Slavita.
3. Tur Even HaEzer. Zhitomir, 1858. Printing press of Rabbi Chanina Lipa and Rabbi Yehoshua Heschel Shapira, grandsons of the Rabbi of Slavita. (Good condition, missing last leaf of indexes).
Various sizes and conditions, books 1-2 in fine original leather bindings, damaged.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 152

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Parashat Mordechai, Kemecse, 1930 – A Rare Stencil

Parashat Mordechai on the Torah and the festivals. By Rabbi Mordechai Leonorovitz Rabbi of Kemecse and its surroundings. Kemecse, 1930. First and limited edition printed by stencil printing (typewritten). Approbations of Rabbi Shimon Sofer Rabbi of Erlau, Rabbi Shalom Eliezer Halberstam of Ratzfert (son of the Divrei Chaim of Sanz), Rabbi Shaul Brach Rabbi of Kosice etc.
The author, Rabbi Mordechai Leonorovitz (1870-1925, HaChatam Sofer V'Talmidav, Page 595), disciple of the Shevet Sofer and his brother Shimon Sofer Rabbi of Erlau. Served as Rabbi of Kemecse from 1904, his son Rabbi Gedalia succeeded him as rabbi of the city and published the book.
[3], 47 leaves. 28 cm. Good condition. Original cover.
Very rare. The only Hebrew book printed in Kemecse (Hungary), does not appear in the Bibliography Institute CD. It appears in the Vinograd and Rosenfeld CD according to a copy from a private collection.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 280

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Collection of Pictures

Collection of family pictures and pictures of rabbis of the family members. Volkovinitz and Ostroh. Early 20th century.
Captions on reverse side of pictures. 2 pictures of"The Uncle" Rabbi Shmuel Zilberstein Av Beit Din of Castophol near Robna, (1860-1932)"father of Natan Zilberstein who was injured in Jerusalem and was killed in the 1838 pogroms". Picture of"my uncle - my mother's brother, Rabbi Moshe of Dombrovna - in Serbia". Picture of"The Grandfather, father of father, Rabbi Sho'el [!] Rabbi in Volkovinitz (Ukraine)" and picture of his son"uncle Rabbi Leibish of Volkovinitz near Proskrov".
Number of pictures of the uncle Rabbi (Ya'akov) Fischel and his family members - Rabbi Ya'akov Fischel Feldenkreis (1876-1921), immigrated with his family from Austria (Vohlin) to Petach Tikva in 1920. On the 25th of Nisan 1921 he led a group of 6 pioneers who walked to Jaffa, to protect the Jews of the city during the pogroms; they were all killed on the way. See attached material.
12 pictures, various sizes and conditions. Captions on reverse side of majority of pictures. (One picture includes letter and post stamp from Ostroh from the year 1914).

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Auction 16 Lot Number 312

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Collection of Manuscripts in Oriental Writing

Collection of manuscripts, booklets, passages, leaves and remnants of leaves. From various authors and various periods, in Oriental handwritings. Not examined thoroughly, however, from sample examination it appears that collection contains items of valuable content: Passages of compositions in Halacha and Aggadah, poems and prayers, Sgulot and Kabbalistic matters, passages in Ladino and Jewish-Arabic and more.
Approx. 100 leaves, various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 408

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Sefer Be’er Eshek – Venice, 1674 – Handwritten Notations by Rabbi Zundel of Salant

Sefer Be'er Eshek, responsa in Halacha, by Rabbi Shabtai Be'er. Venice, [1674].
Title-page contains inscription to Rabbi David Weisskopf [Av Beit Din of Wallerstein?]. Ink-stamps of"Beit Midrash Menachem Zion in the Churva [ruins] of Rabbi Yehuda HaChasid in Jerusalem". Title-page and leaf 40 contain inscriptions:"To Midrash Menachem Zion", in the handwriting of the manager of the Beit Midrash - the righteous Rabbi Yosef Zundel of Salant [the handwriting is identical to that in Rabbi Zundel's signed notes, Kedem catalogue, auction 12 item 343].
Rabbi Shabtai Be'er, among the scholars of Italy and Jerusalem (passed away c. 1674). Several of the responses which were printed in the book spurred criticism toward him, as did Rabbi Azaria of Pano's testimony that the author was shaven, and also the author's lenience in permitting the make Kiddush and Havdalah over wine made by gentiles. The Rabach wrote in reference to him:"It is improper to rely on the author of Be'er Eshek".
In the period of confusion which ensued with the appearance of Shabtai Tzvi, a question was raised over whether it was appropriate to continue reciting early-morning lamentations over the galut. In this volume, Rabbi Shabtai Be'er replied that the lamentations should be recited until"we emerge from slavery to redemption¦".
[4], 134 leaves. 19.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, moth damage, tears, paper glue restoration on last leaves. New binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 472

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Letter to Union of Orthodox Rabbis in USA

Collection of letters to Union of Orthodox Rabbis in USA and Canada. Majority of letters arrived from branches of Mizrachi Union in various countries: Jerusalem, USA, Poland, Transylvania, Berlin, and more. Majority of letters are from 1922, as a response to the initiative of the Union of Rabbis to assemble a worldwide congress of Orthodox Jewry, which was to include the Mizrachi associations and Agudat Yisrael from all countries. Letters regarding various interesting topics by Rabbi Meir Berlin (Bar-Ilan), from the years 1922-1948, one of which pertains to the false publication of a fraudulent letter by Rabbi Kook to Rabbi Chaim Ozer in Vilna, regarding assistance to victims of the 1929 Palestinian riots.
12 letters, 14 leaves, upon official stationery, with signatures of writers and their stamps. Various sizes and conditions.

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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 195

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Collection of Books – The Vilna Ga’on and his Disciples

* Sefer Toldot Adam, biography of Rabbi Zalman of Vilna [brother of Rabbi Chaim of Volozhin], [section one], by Rabbi Yechezkel Feivel of Vilna. Dyhernfurth, [1801]. First edition. (Title-page contains embossed stamp"A. B. Ettlinger - Altoona" apparently son of the Aruch LaNer). * Sefer Devar Eliyahu, commentary of the Vilna Ga'on on Iyov [Book of Job]. Warsaw, 1857 (bluish paper). Bound with: Sefer Ma'alot HaTorah, Rabbi Avraham brother of the Vilna Ga'on. Koenigsbourg, [1858]; Sefer Shaarei Kedusha, Rabbi Chaim Vital. [Koenigsbourg, 1859]; Sefer Se'ah Solet, Rabbi Refael of Norzi. [Johannesburg, 1855]; Sefer Lekach Tov, Rabbi Avraham Yagel of Montzilitzi, including last will and testament of the Rambam. [Koenigsbourg, 1858]; Sefer HaRokeach, Rabbi Eliezer of Germiza. Warsaw, 1858; Sefer HaYashar by Rabbeinu Tam. Warsaw, 1857. * Sefer Yonah, with Rashi and the Vilna Ga'on's commentary. Warsaw, 1852 (bluish paper).
Total of 9 books, in three volumes. Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 259

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Three Books with Signatures and Handwritten Dedications

3 Volumes, varying sizes, good-fair conditions. Unbound. See list in the Hebrew description

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Auction 16 Lot Number 419

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Shenot Chaim, Lemberg 1855 – Stamps and Glosses of Rebbe Yehuda’le of Dzikhov

Shenot Chaim, Part 1. Responsa and novellae, by Rabbi Shlomo Kluger, Lemberg, 1855. First edition.
Stamps in Hebrew and foreign language of "Rabbi Yehuda Hager, Dayan, Kloizenberg" - Rebbe Yehuda Hager-Horwitz (died 1989) the Gaon of Dzikhov, who became son in law of Rabbi Chaim Meir Hager of Vizhnitz, see Encyclopedia L'Chassidut, Volume 2, pages 3-4. Several short glosses in his own handwriting.
[1], 9, [10], 2-62, 65-102 leaves. 36 cm. Fair condition, moth damages. New binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 515

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Memory-Booklet with Many Ornaments – Meir Kunstadt – Vienna

Trauer-Album [mourning album]. Booklet in memory of 11 members of the Scharmann and Tauber families who passed away between 1891-1924. Hebrew and German.
Ornamented leaf for each deceased member with his name, death date and death anniversary for many years. Continuation of album contains various prayers related to accompaniment of deceased, with numerous illustrations by the Viennese artist Meir Kunstadt, some of sites in Eretz Israel. Last leaf contains handwritten notations.
23 pages, 25.5 cm. Good condition. Binding slightly damaged. Inner binding unoriginal.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 270

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Bina LeItim / Yad Charuzim – First Editions

1. Bina LeItim, sermons, by Rabbi Azaria Pigo. Venice, [1648]. First edition.
[4], 200, 12 leaves, 28 cm. Good-fair condition. Minor moth damage, tears and damage on first and last leaves. New binding with leather spine. (Leaf 165/2: Lengthy gloss in Oriental-Italian handwriting, slightly cut off).
2. Yad Charuzim, collection of all the rhymes by Rabbi Gershom Chefetz. Venice, [1700]. First edition.
72, [4] leaves, 18 cm. Thick high-quality Italian paper. Good condition, unoriginal binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 302

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Chiddushei Torah by Rabbi Yosef Bechor Banbanishti, Jerusalem Scholar

Manuscript of Chiddushei Torah by Rabbi Yosef Bechor Banbanishti, rabbinical emissary of Hebron to Tripoli. 1888. Oriental handwriting; writer signed several times"Yosef known as Bechor Ben Venishti", stating that he is a rabbinical emissary of the holy city of Hebron. He notes that he is situated in Tripoli, Libya.
The Chiddushim were sent to Rabbi Chaim HaCohen, rabbi of Tripoli, Libya; requesting that he add them to his book Lev Shome'a (Livorno, 1885), apparently, the Chiddushim were not printed in the book. Throughout the Chiddushim he mentions discussions which he had with Rabbi Chaim HaCohen and with his friend Rabbi"He'ach Nafshenu" regarding glosses written on the book of his grandfather Yishrei Lev [Eliyahu Chazan, publisher and proofreader of books of his grandfather, Rabbi Chaim David Chazan]. Apparently, the writer was among the disciples of Rabbi Chaim David Chazan.
Rabbi Yosef Bechor son of Rabbi Rachamim Schneur Banbanishti (1840-1916, Otzar HaRabbanim 8733), born in Jerusalem in 1840; in 1874 was sent as emissary of Jerusalem and in 1883 was sent as emissary of Hebron. In 1900 served as chief Av Beit Din of the Sephardic congregation of Jerusalem.
[1] leaf folded into four, 8 written columns, approx. 10X26 cm. Fair condition, wear and damages.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 430

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Collection of Books of Eastern Scholars – Signatures, Dedication, Glosses

1. Chaim Sha'al, halachic responsa, Part 2. Rabbi Chaim Yosef David Azulai - the Chida. Livorno, [1795]. On Leaf a, (cutoff) signature of Rabbi Chaim Mordechai Lebton, a prominent rabbi in Aleppo, author of Nochach HaShulchan (see: Likdoshim Asher Ba'Aretz, page 64). A number of glosses in Oriental handwriting on title page and book leaves.
2. Nechpa BaKesef, halachic novellae, Part 2, by Rabbi Yonah Navon. Jerusalem, [1843]. (S. HaLevi, 13). Dedication (cutoff) on title page, two glosses in Oriental handwriting.
3. Rosh Mashbir, responsa on Choshen Mishpat, Part 2, by Rabbi Yosef Modi'ano. Salonika, [1840]. Self-dedication on title page: "A gift from the Chacham Author Yosef Yeshaya Modiano" and additional signatures. Stamp (erased) of Rabbi Chaim Berlin, and corrections in the book in his handwriting.
4. Ratzuf Ahava, explanation of the Tosfot on topics of aggada, by Rabbi Nissim Algazi. Verona, [1649]. Fair-poor condition. Signature (cutoff) of Rabbi Shabtai HaLevi [of Constantinople ?] and glosses in his handwriting.
4 books. Varied size and condition.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 25

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Besamim [Spice] Tower – Filigree

Besamim [spice] tower. Silver and filigree. [Germany? late 19th century].
Majority of ornaments handmade. Flag displayed on top. Silver stamps on base. Height: 37 cm. Flag and flagpole detached (height without them: 18.5 cm.) and require restoration. Otherwise in good condition.

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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 153

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Three Books – Maharam Alshich

Three books by Rabbi Moshe Alshich:
1. Sefer Romemot Eel, on Tehillim. Amsterdam, 1695.
2. Sefer Yarim Moshe, on Avot Tractate. Fֳ¼rth, (1764). Moth damages, various ownership signatures in ancient handwritings, from the city of Yergen [adjacent to Pressburg].
3. Sefer Torat Moshe, on the Tora. Amsterdam, (1777). Approbation and Chiddushei Torah by Rabbi Shual Av Beit Din of Amsterdam. Various ownership stamps and signatures.
Various sizes and conditions, very good to fair.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 185

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Shisha Sidrei Mishna – Stamps and Glosses by Rabbi Neta Zvi Weiss

Mishnayot, with Tiferet Yisrael, six sections 1-6. Vilna, 1891.
Stamps and several brief glosses (glosses on Avot tractate and more), by the notable Jerusalemite Maggid [preacher], the righteous Rabbi"Neta Zvi Weiss - native of Jerusalem" (1873-1918), among the close disciples of the Maharil Diskin for seven years and among the very few who eulogized him; Halachic remarks are cited in his name in Lu'ach L'Eretz Israel by Rabbi Yechiel Michael Tokatzinski.
6 volumes, approx. 22.5 cm. Good and good-fair conditions. Original bindings with ornate leather spines.

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