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Auction 16 Lot Number 6

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Shir Ha-Shirim on Parchment

The Megillah of Shir Ha-Shirim, in scribe writing on parchment. Letters shaped based on the"Beit Yosef". [First half of the 20th century]. In the Jerusalem synagogues conforming to the Gra's opinion, it is customary to read Shir Ha-Shirim with a blessing during Shabbat Hol Ha-Mo'ed Pesah.
52.5 cm. 4 Columns. Good-fair condition, wrinkles and stains of use, some of letters are slightly faded.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 294

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Collection of Handwritten Passages – Compositions in Kabbalah and Homiletics

Collection of passages from handwritten compositions, in Kabbalah and homiletics, in ancient Oriental handwritings. [Some in Morocco-Tunis handwriting, from the period of the Western scholars during the days of Rabbi Shalom Sharabi, 18 Century].
Leaves and pamphlets incomplete, containing passages of various compositions, majority in Kabbalah and remainder in homiletics. Various copies of compositions from the Beit Midrash of the Ari and his disciple Rabbi Chaim Vital. [It is possible that some of the compositions are unknown, not examined].
Close to 40 leaves. Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 210

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Mahari HaLevi Responsa – Venice, 1632

Responsa book by Rabbi Ya'akov LeBeit HaLevi [Mazanti]. Venice, [1632-1634].
Stamps of the Ga'on Rabbi Chaim Berlin [correction of word in his handwriting on leaf 160/1]. Throughout book notations in handwriting from period of print [perhaps by author or publisher]:"See indexes".
194 leaves. 29.5 cm. Good condition. Stains, moth stains. Old semi-leather binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 73

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Tractate Rosh HaShana – Small Format – Slavita, 1821

Tractate Rosh HaShana, with Rashi commentary and Tosfot, Rosh and Rambam's commentary on the Mishnayot, and Maharsha Chidushei Halachot. Slavita, [1821]. Rabbi Moshe Shapira Printing. Small edition. Every two pages are one page of the regular editions. The Maharsha is printed on the margins. The name of the book and place of printing are in red ink. Signatures and many owner's inscriptions of Rabbi Avraham Moshe Melamed [of Slonim? - See attached material].
[69], 74-88 leaves. 21 cm. Printed on bluish-greenish paper. Good-fair condition. Stains, moth marks, several tears. Worn original binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 244

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Collection of Books – Chabad Hassidism

14 books and pamphlets, in 10 volumes. Various sizes and conditions. See list in the Hebrew description

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Auction 16 Lot Number 21

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Silver Kiddush Goblet – Shmuel Son of Rabbi Mordechai HaCohen

Silver Kiddush goblet (signed on bottom with 4 silver-marks). [Central Europe, early 19th century].
Massive handcrafted goblet, with various beaten and engraved ornaments."Shmuel son of Rabbi Mordechai HaCohen" and shape of hands during Birkat Cohanim engraved on both sides of goblet. Height: 8 cm., diameter: 7 cm. Very good condition.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 96

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Sefer Tzofnat Pa’ane’ach – Copy of authors of “Darchei Teshuva” and “Minchat El’azar” of Mukachevo

Sefer Tzofnat Pa'ane'ach, Rabbi Ya'akov Yosef of Polana, disciple of the Ba'al Shem Tov. Lvov, 1866.
On leaf following title-page, ink-stamps of Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Shapira and Rabbi Chaim El'azar Shapira, Av Beit Din of Mukachevo [slightly cut off]. Additional ink-stamps crossed out with pen.
The Rebbe Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Shapira author of Darchei Teshuva (1845-1914, Encyclopedia of Hassidism 3, 618-620). Son of Rabbi Shlomo Shapira Av Beit Din of Mukachevo author of Shem Shlomo, son of Rabbi El'azar of Lentzhot (see item 323) son of Rabbi Tzvi Elimelech of Dynow author of Bnei Yissaschar. Among the greatest giants of Torah and Hassidism in his generation; succeeded his father in the rabbinate of Mukachevo. Established the Mukachevo dynasty and had thousands of followers; founded Kollel Mukachevo. Authored Darchei Teshuva, Be'er L'Chai Ro'I, Tzvi Tiferet and more.
His son, Rabbi Chaim El'azar Shapiro, was among his generation's leading masters in Torah, Halacha and Hassidism, in addition to being a great kabbalic master (1872-1937, Otzar HaRabbanim 6243). He fought to preserve the holiness of the Jewish people, and his opinions in Halacha and Kabbalah were adhered to throughout the Diaspora. His books include: Minchat El'azar Responsa, Sha'ar Yissaschar, Nimukei Orach Chaim, Divrei Torah 9 Sections, and more. See item 415.
[1], 27, 29-36, [60] leaves. 24 cm. Good condition, stains. New binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 75

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Collection of Books of Slavita-Zhitomir Printing

1. Kutnot Or, Ein Ya'akov, by Rabbi Ya'akov Ibn-Chaviv. Slavita, [1818]. Rabbi Moshe Shapira Printing. (Glosses and corrections in Oriental handwriting).
2. Chok L'Yisrael, Bereshit. Zhitomir, 1849. Printed by the grandchildren of the Rabbi of Slavita.
3-4. Chok L'Yisrael, Bereshit; Bamidbar. Zhitomir, 1865. Printed by the grandchildren of the Rabbi of Slavita.
5. Ein Ya'akov. Zhitomir, 1850. Printed by the grandchildren of the Rabbi of Slavita.
6. Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim, Volume 1. Zhitomir, 1850. Printed by the grandchildren of the Rabbi of Slavita.
7. Mishnayot, Seder Taharot. Zhitomir, 1860. Rabbi Aryeh Leib Shapira Printing.
Varied size and condition. Handwritten inscriptions.

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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 257

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Collection of Books of Oriental Printings

Total of 6 books, various sizes and conditions, good to fair. See list in the Hebrew description

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Auction 16 Lot Number 344

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A (Decorated) Manuscript – Piyutim and Prayers for Passover – Morroco – Rabbi Machluf Shitrit

A manuscript - piyutim and prayers for Passover. [Morocco], [1840s].
Piyutim for saying at the end of the Seder night according to the custom of Morrocan Jews, Passover haftarot (translation of every verse) with piyutim to be said before and after, in block letters with fancy decorations combining red and orange ink (title at top of pages: Dahir). Another part of the manuscript has the order of Kadesh U'rchatz with explanations in Judeo-Arabic, piyutim for Passover in soletreo handwriting, a section of an unidentified work in Judeo-Arabic (Ta'amei HaMitzvot ? Kabbalah ?).
On Leaf 21, is a rabbinical inscription and signature: "I have completed it on Wednesday¦ 1901¦ Machluf ben Moshe Shitrit¦ ", a few of the Morrocan scholars had this name, possibly this is signed by the last one, Rabbi Machluf Shitrit that immigrated to Eretz Yisrael in 1882, settled in Tiberias and became a member of the Beit Din there - see attached material). The writer mentions his rabbi "my Teacher and Rabbi Moshe Maman".
C. 100 written pages. 18 cm. Fair condition. Stains, wear and tear to leaf margins (sometimes with missing text). Worn binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 3

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Miniature Megillat Esther – Baghdad

Fancy miniature Megillat Esther, nice Sefardi scribal writing, 14 rows, on thin parchment. [Baghdad, end of 19th century]. With the megillah blessings at beginning and end, and a parchment lace for tying.
6.3-6.4 cm. Maximum size including wooden pole and handle 17 cm. Very good condition.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 121

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Goren Nachon – Tikkun Midot HaNefesh by Rabbi Shlomo Ibn Gabirol – Riva Di Trento, 1562

Goren Nachon - Sefer Tikkun Midot HaNefesh (Correcting Characteristics), by Rabbi Shlomo Ibn Gabirol, with the book Musarei HaPhilosophim [by Chanin Ibn Aschak], and Sefer HaTapuach by Aristotle. Riva Di Trento, [1562].
First edition of the first two books, that were originally written in Arabic. Rabbi Yehuda Ibn Tibon translated Tikkun Midot HaNefesh, and Musarei HaPhilosophim was translated by Rabbi Yehuda Alcharizi.
17; 28 [should be: 30] leaves. 18.5 cm. Good condition, stains, few moth holes.
From Dr. Israel Mehlman's private collection.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 132

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Me’ir Netiv – First Hebrew Concordance – Venice, 1523

Me'ir Netiv Concordance, by Rabbi Yitzchak Nathan. Venice, 1523. Daniel Bomberg Printing.
The first Hebrew concordance. Arranged by the same method of the Latin concordances used at that time; Rabbi Yitzchak Nathan labored eight years on compiling the concordance, but it was first printed only fifty years after his death. Since then, it has been acclaimed in many editions.
Missing copy - [397] leaves instead of [406] damaged title pages. 37.5 cm. At end, one leaf has handwritten substitution. General good condition. Moth damage to first leaves. Stains and creases to first and last leaves. Not bound.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 154

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Sefer Tehillim – Leiden, 1650

Sefer Tehillim, Psalterii Davidis Editio nova, Priore emendatior. Lugduni Batavorum (Leiden, Holland), 1650.
Sefer Tehillim in Hebrew, printed from right to left; each psalm is followed by comments in Latin. Beginning of book: 13 leaves of dedication to Carl Ludwig, duke of Bavaria, by publisher; 5 leaves of introduction by publisher; Hebrew song in honor of publisher, by Johannes Henricus Dauber; song of four lines, Syriac writing in Hebrew letters. Bibliography Institute CD notes that they have seen a copy which contains only one title page. This copy contains the first title page as well, in Hebrew and Latin, adorned with a fine etching. [287] leaves, 13 cm. Very good condition. Few stains, Ownership notations and few handwritten comments. Ancient parchment binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 378

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Imrei Bina – Glosses by Rabbi Aryeh Leib Rashks

Sefer Imrei Bina, first section, Chiddushim on Orach Chaim and Yoreh De'ah, responsa. By Rabbi Meir Auerbach Av Beit Din of Kalish and Jerusalem. Jerusalem, 1871. First edition.
Signatures and dozens of lengthy erudite glosses by the Ga'on Rabbi Aryeh Leib Rashks (1838-1914), among the greatest rabbis of Vilna and Jerusalem. Av Beit Din of Schnifshok (his son-in-law Rabbi Meir Basin and his son-in-law's son-in-law Rabbi Yisrael Zev Gustman succeeded him in the rabbinate of Schnifshok, a suburb of Vilna). Author of Even Leshem B'Dvir - commentary on Sefer Raban [Rabbi Avraham ben Natan] (Jerusalem, 1913).
[3], 72; 92, [6] leaves. 36 cm. Good-fair condition.
S. HaLevi 166.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 94

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Sefer Divrei Chaim – Zholkva, 1864 – First Edition, Anonymous – Signatures

Sefer Divrei Chaim, on laws of Gittin - Names of men and women. Commentary on names of the Beit Shmuel [with text]. By"One of the Students" [the Rebbe Rabbi Chaim Halberstam of Sanz]. Zholkva, 1864. First edition.
In the introduction the author writes"my name has not been written for the known reason". This is the first printed book of the Divrei Chaim (his responsa was printed 11 years later in 1875). In the second edition (Mukachevo 1892), Rabbi Baruch of Gorlice son of the Divrei Chaim writes the name of the author, and he relates that this composition was given "by rabbi¦ as a gift¦ and he printed it in Zholkva in 1864¦" He explains that he was reluctant to write his name but the public was already aware of who wrote it so he added the name in the second edition "¦Baruch Halberstam Av Beit Din of Gorlice".
Stamp and signatures"David Gross" - The Ga'on Rabbi David Gross Av Beit Din of Taub (Hungary), disciple of Rabbi Yehoshua Bucksbaum in Galanta and Rabbi Akiva Sofer. Served as Dayan in Pressburg, son-in-law and successor of Rabbi Simcha Brier as rabbi in Taub. Survived the Holocaust and at the end of his life headed the Nitra Yeshiva in Mount Kisco. Author of Zahav Shva Responsa.
Additional ownership notations and signatures:"Kalman Cahana of Sighet" [close associate of the Divrei Chaim], and more.
[3], 34, 34, 33-44, 1-27; 23, [1] leaves. 34.5 cm. Good condition, stains and wear.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 126

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Reshit Chochma – Cracow, 1593-1594

Reshit Chochma, by Rabbi Eliyahu Vidash. Cracow, [1593-1594].
Second or third printing of the famous book of ethics which later appeared in many editions [that year, an edition of the book was printed in Venice and written on the title page is "Printed for the second time"]. Ancient owners' inscriptions [from 1723 and 1736] by Ya'akov son of Shlomo Levi.
10, 418; 32 leaves (missing: 4 first leaves). 20 cm. Fair condition. Stains, wear and tears with omissions in several leaves, primarily in the last leaf of the index. New binding.
From Dr. Israel Mehlman's private collection.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 415

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Haggadah for Pesach – Sha’arei Ge’ula – Copy of Rebbe of Mukachevo

Sha'arei Ge'ula, Haggadah for Pesach, with Tosefet Rid commentary, in addition to others. Krakow, 1896.
Title-page and number of additional leaves contain ink-stamps of Rabbi"Chaim Eliezer Shapiro, Av Beit Din of Mukachevo". Rabbi Chaim Eliezer Shapiro was among the giants of Torah, Halachah and Chassidut in his generation, and a Kabbalic master (1872-1937, Otzar HaRabbanim 6243). Son of Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Av Beit Din of Mukachevo, author of Darchei Teshuva. From the holy dynasty of Rabbi Tzvi Elimelech of Dinov, author of Bnei Yissaschar. Fought to preserve the sanctity of the Jewisg people, and his opinions in halacha and kabbalah were adhered to throughout the Diaspora. His books include: Minchat Eliezer Responsa, Sha'ar Yissaschar, Nimukei Orach Chaim, Divrei Torah - 9 Sections, and more. [For additional information related to him: Darchei Chaim VeShalom]. See item 96.
[6], 104 pages. 15.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Wine stains and wear, professional restoration of one of the leaves. New binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 298

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Sefer Eliya Rabba Manuscript by the Vilna Ga’on on Mishnayot Taharot

Sefer Eliya Rabba Manuscript, commentary on Mishnayot Taharot, by the Vilna Ga'on. Manuscript begins in middle of chapter 8 of Keilim Tractate until end of Seder Taharot. Handwritten copy of composition from the 1740's, which possibly precedes first printing of the book in the year 1802. Last page contains colophon:"Blessed is G-D who has assisted me in completing this letter, may He merit that I study and understand it, Yitzchak Eizik son of Rabbi Moshe of Lisa".
Sefer Eliya Rabba was written by Rabbi Meir of Vilna, who studied with the Vilna Ga'on, and copied his commentaries"It was spoken by him and I put it down in ink" (his wording in the preface). Sons of the Vilna Ga'on undermined this composition claiming that it was copied with many errors, nevertheless, this composition was printed in many editions on the Mishnayot. See attached material.
11-53, 55-60, 63-67, [1], 68-89 leaves. (10 leaves missing from beginning of composition, apparently several leaves missing in middle?). Approx. 21 cm. Good-fair condition, several leaves worn. New binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 213

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Mishne LaMelech – First Edition – Signatures and Glosses

Mishne LaMelech, novellae on the Rambam, by Rabbi Yehuda Rosanis. Constantinople, 1731.
The first edition of Mishne LaMelech printed as a separate book (before it was printed in the editions of the Rambam). The book was arranged by his disciple Rabbi Ya'akov Kuli, author of Yalkut Me'Am Lo'ez who was a dayan in Rabbi Yehuda Rosanis' Beit Din, and he added notes and additions.
The book has 10 leaves of index added to the book after Rabbi Ya'akov Kuli's death and are not found in all copies.
The title page has rabbinical signatures and owners' inscriptions of Shabtai Ya'akov Molcho [a Jerusalem scholar, written on his tombstone: The perfect Chacham Rabbi Shabtai Ya'akov called Mirkado Molcho, died¦ 1813/1843 - According to Rabbi A. L. Frumkin in 1843 and according to M. D. Gaon in 1813 - see attached material]. On reverse side of title page, owner's inscriptions of Chaim Shlomo Elazar HaLevi [apparently a Jerusalem scholar - see attached material]. Several notes and corrections in Oriental handwriting at end of book.
[3], 2-27, 80, 112, 46, 89, [10] leaves. 30 cm. Fair condition. Stains, moth marks on leaves and binding. Detached leaves. Old binding, detached and worn.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 118

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Responsa by the Rosh – Venice, 1552 – Signatures

Responsa by Rabbeinu Asher (the Rosh). Venice, [1552]. Second edition.
Ownership signatures in Sephardic handwriting upon first leaves of book:"Yitzchak Gattenyu son of Rabbi Shmuel","Avraham Menachem", signatures of the Gattenyu family [of Salonika] and others. Several comments throughout book.
Ink-stamp of M. W. Kahan from Sighet and signature"Menahem Ze'ev son of Rivka". Inscription in Ashkenazi handwriting of"Menahem Ze'ev Kahana" and inscription stating that the book belongs to Rabbi Yitzchak Eizik Rosenbaum Av Beit Din of Zutchka.
158 leaves, 29.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. First and last leaves worn, tears glued for reinforcement. New magnificent leather binding.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 481

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Great Letter Collection

Large and diverse collection of letters from rabbis and public figures from Israel, the USA and from the rabbis of Holocaust Survivors in Germany. All letters are from the 20th Century.
Letter from Rabbi Yosef Eliyahu Henkin; Certificate of Good Character signed by Rabbi Isser Zalmen Meltzer for young man Sha'ul Israelite [!], [for Alyah permit purposes in 1932]; letters from Rabbi Yehoshua [Deutsch] of Pest, in a letter from 1951 he says that the Rabbinical Court of Budapest doesn't deal with conversions; Halachic response from Rabbi Aviezer Zitzewitz; interesting letter from Rabbi Yehuda Leib Maimon addressed to Rabbi Yitzchak Gerstenkorn; letter from Rabbanit Tzvia Chadash to her mother Rabbanit Hutner, in which she talks about the Bar Mitzva of Simcha Zissel Broida [who later became the head of Yeshivat Hevron]; letters from Rabbi Issachar Meir, Rabbi Asher Lichtenstein, Rabbi Isser Yehuda Unterman, Rabbi Moshe Bloy, Av Beit Din of Pardes Katz, Rabbi Avraham Werner; letters and authorizations from rabbis of the She'erit Ha-Pleita; and many more letters.
Captions on envelopes in handwriting of Rabbi Isser Zalman Meltzer and the"Steipler.
The collection also includes special archives from Rabbi Avraham Yagel of Ramat-Gan, with letters from his father Rabbi Shabtay Yagel, head of the Slonim Yeshiva, letters from Rabbi Shalom Shwadron, Rabbi Chaim, Rabbi Chaim Chaykel Greenberg, Rabbi Simcha Ha-Cohen Kaplan, Rabbi Menachem Porush, the Board of the Chinuch Ha-Atzma'i and more.
Total of 60 letters and paper items. Varying sizes and conditions.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 462

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A Collection of Letters – From the Archives of Rabbi Yisrael Nissan Kupershtoch

A collection of various letters, from the archives of the Chassid Rabbi Yisrael Nissan Kupershtoch, Rabbi of Makova (Poland), author of Ani ben Pachma.
*A letter from "Yerachmiel Yisrael Yosef son of the Rebbe" [only son of Rebbe Yitzchak Menachem of Alexander]. *A letter from Menachem Mendel Halberstam of Warsaw, [stepson of Rebbe Aharon Menachem Mendel of Radzymin and son in law Rebbe Yitzchak Menachem of Alexander, whose father was Rabbi Nachum Halberstam Rabbi of Mostiska son of Rabbi Moshe ben Rabbi David of Kshonev, son of the Divrei Chaim of Sanz]. *A letter from Rabbi "Nachman Shmuel Ya'akov Miadaser Rabbi of Brok" (on stationary of Rabbi Yosef Eliyahu Henkin), New York. *A letter from the grandson of Rabbi Yechiel Reuven HaLevi of Kalisch. *A letter from Rabbi Ya'akov Blum of Pultusk and three letters by Rabbi Avraham Baruch Burshtein of Ryazan etc.
*A printed proclamation from Rebbe Yitzchak Menachem Mendel of Alexander and Rebbe Menachem Mendel of Biala - for the Yismach Yisrael Yeshiva in Jerusalem, headed by Rabbi Yisrael Nissan Kupershtoch].
12 items, varied size and condition.

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