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Auction 19 Lot Number 413

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Printed Leaf – Synagogue Prayer Schedule – Vienna, 1935

Printed leaf, Gottesdienstordnung in den synagogen - Vienna Synagogue Prayer Schedule, from Pesach until Rosh HaShana. Vienna, 1935.
One leaf. 21 cm. Very good condition.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 423

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Printed Leaflet for US Rabbis – New York, 1899

A letter to the Rabbis and Torah Leaders of Yisrael. By Rabbi Dov Ber Avramowitz. New York, 1899. A printed leaflet addressed as a letter to US rabbis demanding treatment of various halachic problems, reflecting the way of life in the midst of the community of Jewish immigrants in the US at the end of the 19th century.
The writer deals with various topics that arose as a result of the new reality of the US: Possibility of sha'atnez in clothing manufactured in the US, various problems of machine matzot and the kashrut of various foods, permission to read newspapers printed on Shabbat, traveling by boat from New York to Brooklyn on Yom Tov, traveling by train and elevator on Shabbat, etc.
[3] pages. 30 cm. Good-fair condition, lengthwise tear on first leaf [without omission], folding marks.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 264

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Leaves Prepared for Print – Rabbi Yosef Mashash – Fez

Pamphlets and leaves prepared for print of compositions by Rabbi Yosef Mashash (1892-1974, rabbi of Tlemcen, Meknes and Haifa).
1. Two pamphlets: "Ma'aseh Purim Shel Megaz", "Sefer Ma'aseh Yehudit". Both included later on in the book "Ner Mitzvah". Fez, (1939). The author sent the pamphlets to the printer or publisher, and wrote on the cover: "All material for end of book, and I will send to his honor the material for the beginning of the book. All material for the book Ner Mitzvah" (two handwritten corrections on first pamphlet).
2. Leaves prepared for print of "Drushim L'Bar Mitzvah", homilies and poems in honor of Bar Mitzvah, by Rabbi Yosef Mashash (printed only on one side of leaf). Title page contains area for filling out the day, month and year in which the boy becomes Bar Mitzvah. Fez, [1961].
Various sizes, general condition good. Stains and wear.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 10

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Two Protection Leaves – Vilna, 1870

Two protection leaves: "Mazal tov for a male" and "Mazal tov for a female". Vilna, 1870. Name and place of printing in Cyrillic letters.
[2] leaves. 20 cm. Fair condition, stains, wear to margins.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 203

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Kuntress Po Eliyahu – Lublin, 1938 – The Author’s Dedication

Kuntress Po Eliyahu, "A sermon that I have preached here in honor of the siyum of the Talmud of the World Daf HaYomiג€¦", by Rabbi Eliyahu Rozen. Lublin, 1938.
A long dedication with the author's handwriting and stamp from 1938 [additional inscriptions in his handwriting are on back cover]. The author, Rabbi Eliyahu Rozen [born c. 1840], son of Rabbi Avraham Aryeh Leib Av Beit Din of Falatycze. Rabbi of Hessen (Germany) and afterwards Av Beit Din of Oswiecim (Auschwitz) in Poland, was murdered in the Holocaust in 1943. Of all his works (mentioned in the title page of this pamphlet) only this sermon has survived.
40 pages. 15 cm. Good condition. Bound with printed cover.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 31

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Rabbi Akiva Eiger (Portrait by Herman Shtruk)

"Rabbi Akiva Eiger", lithographic printing of coal sketch, by Herman Shtruk. Berlin, c. 1910.
The artist Herman Shtruk (1876-1944) Berlin-Haifa, a leading Jewish artist of the 20th century.
20.5 cm. Good condition, tiny moth holes to margins.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 15

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Chafetz Chaim – Two Printed Articles

1. "Derech HaTorah Article" - Printed proclamation by the "Chafetz Chaim" regarding "order of proper study and educationג€¦ according to the Talmud and our Sages" opposing the new methods of study "which are a debasement of our holy Torahג€¦" (Signed in print: "Yisrael Meir son of Rabbi Aryeh Ze'ev HaCohen of Raduֵ„"). Piotrkow, 1903.
[2] pages (printed on 2 leaves). 34 cm. Fair condition. Professionally restored tears with damage to text.
2. "Avad Tzadik Min HaAretz - The Chafetz Chaim has departed from us." Printed leaf attached to Kol Yisrael newspaper. "Telegram from Warsaw published in my newspaper this morning, announcing the death of the Chafetz Chaimג€¦ the funeral was scheduled for today, Sunday". Jerusalem, [1933].
[1] page. 34.5 cm. Fair condition. Tears, wear and stains.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 54

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Three Volumes of Mishnayot – Zhitomir

1. Mishnayot, Seder Kodshim. Zhitomir, 1851. Shapira Brothers Printing, Rabbi Chanina Lipa, Rabbi Aryeh Leib and Rabbi Yehoshua Heshel, grandsons of the Rabbi of Slavita. (Good-fair condition. Stains and wear, original leather binding, decorated and worn).
2. Mishnayot, Seder Nashim. Zhitomir, 1860. Printed by Rabbi Aryeh Leib Shapira grandson of the Rabbi of Slavita. (Fair condition, moth damage and stains, original leather binding, decorated and worn).
3. Mishnayot Seder Nezikin. Zhitomir, 1860. Printed by Rabbi Aryeh Leib Shapira grandson of the Rabbi of Slavita. (Good condition, stains. Owners' inscriptions "Belongs to R' Chaim Dov Tumarkinג€¦").
3 volumes, various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 374

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The Rebbe of Mukachevo – Three Letters

Three letters on stationery of the Rebbe of Mukachevo, Rabbi Baruch Rabinowitz, 1978-1984.
The letters deal with construction of a mikveh next to the Rebbe's synagogue in Petach Tikva, and are addressed to the Religious Council of Petach Tikva and to the Ministry of Religious Services in Jerusalem.
All three letters are signed by the Rebbe. Attached to one of the letters is a letter of authorization from the head of the Petach Tikva Religious Council regarding activities which take place in the Rebbe's synagogue and Beit Midrash.
Rabbi Baruch Yehoshua Yerachmiel Rabinowitz (1915-1998), son of Rebbe Nathan David Rabinowitz of Parzew-Biala married the only daughter of the Minchat Eliezer of Mukachevo and succeeded him as Av Beit Din of Mukachevo for three years until the Holocaust. After much travail, he reached Jerusalem. In 1945, after the death of his first wife, he remarried and moved to Brazil where he served in the Sֳ£o Paulo rabbinate and studied at the local university. In 1963, he returned to Israel to serve in the Holon rabbinate and in 1976, moved to Petach Tikvah where he established his Beit Midrash and wrote his books "Binat Nevonim" and "Divrei Nevonim". His sons from his first wife are the famous Rebbes of Munkatch and Dinov in the US.
Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 65

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Kedushat Levi – Hrubeshov, 1818

Kedushat Levi on the Torah. By the Rebbe Rabbi Levi Yitzchak, Av Beit Din and leader of the congregation of Berdichev. [Hrubeshov, 1818]. Edition printed in accordance with first edition printed in Berdichev by sons of author.
Incomplete copy: 3-78, 27, 14 leaves (originally: [1], 78, 27, 15 leaves). 21 cm. Fair condition, paper cut bordering on text, stains and wear on several leaves. Old semi-leather binding.
Bound with incomplete and damaged copy of the book Shevet Mussar from the Russia-Poland printings.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 193

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Collection of Printings of Jerusalem

For complete list, see Hebrew description.
Eight books in six volumes, various sizes and conditions. Signatures and ownership notations.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 257

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Sefer HaMachria – Glosses by Rabbi Chaim David Kalifi

Sefer HaMachria, rulings and Tosfot [Rid] on Tractate Ta'anit, by Rabbi Yishaya Ditrani. Livorno, [1779].
Glosses in Oriental handwriting, by two authors. Majority of glosses signed "Chaim Midbar [acronym]" or with his full name "Chaim David Kalifi" - The Ga'on Rabbi Chaim David Kalifi, among the greatest scholars of Tripoli, author of manuscript Orach L'Chaim, passed away in 1886.
[4], 80 leaves. 19.5 cm. Fair condition, stains and moth damage. Binding not original.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 417

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Sefer HaMiddot by Aristotle – Berlin, 1790 – Signatures

Sefer HaMiddot by Aristotle, sections 1-2, annotated by Itzik Santov. Berlin, 1790. The book is approbated by the author of the "Pri Megadim", among others.
Title page of book contains ownership signatures, stamp of Rabbi "Binyamin Aryeh HaCohen Weiss", Av Beit Din of Czernowitz author of Even Yekara Responsa. Interesting handwritten notation: "This book belongs to the Beit Midrash of the late Rabbi Ya'akovג€¦ from where it was taken without permission of the ownersג€¦ and still has not been returned to us!ג€¦".
[9], 75; [1], 76-151 leaves. 19.5 cm. Good condition, stains. Omission on margins of last leaf with damage to text from colophon. Colorful paper cut, binding without spine.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 44

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Sefer HaMaggid on Ketuvim – Slavita, 1819

Sefer HaMaggid [Yiddish-Deitsch translation], Part 6, Ketuvim: Job, Daniel, Ezra, Nechemia. Inside of book has translation, Rashi commentary, Metzudat David and Metzudat Zion. Slavita, 1819. Printed by Rabbi Moshe Shapira.
Many owners' inscriptions ("belongs to Rabbi Yitzchak Mosheג€¦ Avertin" etc.).
178 leaves. 28.5 cm. Good condition, wide margins, light blue pages. Stains, holes and tears to leaf margins, damaged binding.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 172

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Tur Yoreh De’ah – Uncut Sheets, Pressburg 1845

TurYorehDe'ah. Pressburg, 1845. Anton Schmidt press. Uncut and unbound printed sheets. Printing order differs from page order (e.g: the title page was printed on the same sheet as leaves 129 onward in the book).
[1], 289 leaves in the wrong order. 43.5 cm. Good condition. Stains.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 428

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Collection of History and Bibliography Books

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Total of 26 books. Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 343

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Letter of Ordination for Examiner and Slaughterer – Turin (Italy), 1721-1722

Letter of ordination for examiner and slaughterer, copy of scribe-written letter by Rabbi Gavriel son of Rabbi Shlomo Pontremoli, Torin, (1721) and letter by Rabbi Meir son of Rabbi Shimshon Baki. Kasali, (1722).
In Rabbi Meir Baki's letter [which is apparently an autograph of Rabbi Meir] he humbly and respectfully writes in reference to Rabbi Gavriel.
The Ga'on and Kabbalist Rabbi Gavriel Pontremoli, rabbi of Turin and Kasali, among the greatest rabbis of Italy in his generation, studied together with the Rabach and his colleague Rabbi Meir Baki, by the Ga'on and Kabbalist Rabbi Shimshon Baki (the first, father of Rabbi Meir Baki). Responsa by Rabbi Gavriel and Rabbi Meir were printed in the book "Rabach Responsa", by their colleague, the Ga'on and Kabbalist Rabbi Binyamin Cohen, disciple of the Ramaz and elderly rabbi of the Ramchal. For additional information about them see attached material.
Approx. 27 cm. High quality paper, good condition.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 407

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Collection of Letters by Rabbis

Collection of various letters.
For complete list, see Hebrew description.
Eleven letters, various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 66

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Divrei Menachem / Divrei Torah / Menachem Zion

1-2) Divrei Menachem, Torah teachings by Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Riminov. Lemberg, 1863. First edition. Bound with the Mif'alot Elokim, Zolkow, 1865.
3-4) Divrei Torah, Torah novellae by leading Chasidic figures. Lemberg, 1864. (Stamped by Rabbi Hirsch Friedman of Zmigrad). Bound with the Menachem Zion by Rabbi Yechezkel Panet on behalf of his teacher Rabbi Mendel of Riminov. Lemberg, 1862. Third edition.
Four books in two volumes. Various sizes and good condition.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 13

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Two Printed Leaves – Songs in Honor of Inauguration of Synagogue – Florence, 1859

Two printed leaves - songs. Florence, [1859]: "Song in honor of inauguration of study hall sung by Rachmiג€¦". * Song in honor of inauguration of synagogue and Torah hall in Florence.
[2] leaves. 39 cm. Good-fair condition. Wear and tear on margins. Moth holes, few stains.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 109

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Siddur Tefillat Yisrael – Fancy Binding

Siddur Tefillat Yisrael, with Hungarian translation, Budapest 1906. Stamps and handwritten dedication from Vienna.
[1], 430, [2] pages. Approx. 17 cm. golden leaf edges, especially fancy leather binding, with buckles and metal and shell decorations. In original cushioned box.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 184

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Milchemet Mitzvah HaChadash – Satmar, 1929

Sefer Milchemet Mitzvah HaChadash, polemic and rabbinical letters regarding the election of the Rebbe Rabbi Yo'el Teitelbaum to the rabbinate of the city of Satmar. Satu Mare, (1929).
"To announce the scandal which has taken place in our city and which affects the entire country. Published by the G-d fearing sect of Orthodoxy of Satmar" - Protocols, letters and rulings by rabbis of Romania and Hungary in favor of electing Rabbi Yo'el Teitelbaum, [who was elected as rabbi of the city in 1929, however, due to the intense controversy which erupted in the city, began to serve only in 1934].
[2], 5-10, [1], 13-28 leaves; [1], 12 leaves, 9 leaves. 19.5 cm. Fair condition, dry paper with damage to margins. Detached binding.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 376

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Thirteen Letters from Rabbi Yitzchak Meir Levin sent to the Radzyn Rebbe

A bundle of letters, from Rabbi Yitzchak Meir Levin sent to the Radzyn Rebbe, Rebbe Avraham Yissachar Englard. Letters of New Year greetings, letters regarding issues of Agudat Yisrael etc. 1949-1969.
Rabbi Yitzchak Meir Levin (1894-1971), leader of Worldwide Agudat Yisrael in Poland and in Eretz Israel, son-in-law of Rebbe Avraham Mordechai of Gur immigrated to Eretz Israel in 1940, managed the issues of the Charedi Jews with the authorities during the time of the establishment of the State of Israel and served as minister in the first governments of Israel.
The letters' recipient: Rabbi Avraham Yissachar Englard (1910-2006), son-in-law of Rebbe Mordechai Yosef Elazar of Radzyn. Head of the chain of Radzyn Yeshivot in Poland. All his family and his father-in-law's family perished in the Holocaust and he miraculously survived. After the Holocaust, served as Av Beit Din of Sosnovitsa in Poland, from there he immigrated to the US and in 1954 was crowned Rebbe of Radzyn. In the 1970s, immigrated to Eretz Israel.
Thirteen letters and aerograms, various sizes and conditions, most in good condition.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 195

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An Interesting Dedication from 1746 on the Book Mishne LaMelech

Title page of the book Mishne LaMelech, Constantinople, 1731. On the reverse side of title page, a long interesting dedication to the "Beit Ya'akov- Ferrara Yeshiva" in Jerusalem from a Torah scholar abroad where he writes of his visit to the yeshiva which was then headed by Rabbi Yitzchak Zerachya Azulai, the Chida's father: "ג€¦When I went up the mountain in the court of Hashem's House in the midst of Jerusalem in 1746, on Shabbatג€¦ to study in the General Yeshivaג€¦ Beit Ya'akov Ferraraג€¦ and there the Rabbis were standingג€¦ Rabbi Yitzchak Zerachya Azulaiג€¦ and I askedג€¦this holy book Mishne LaMelech and they told me that it is not in the yeshivaג€¦ and at that time I opened my lips and vowed to send this bookג€¦ and I am fulfilling my vow and sending this book to the yeshivaג€¦ and no scholar is permitted to take it home to learn it because I have dedicated it to be studied inside the yeshivaג€¦ Chaim Shlomo".
A leaf torn on margin and missing, maximum size (including professionally restored margins) 29 cm. Fair condition.

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