Sefer Tehillim, with Metzudat David and Metzudat Zion. Includes Seder Ma'amadot. Slavita, . Printing press of Rabbi Shmuel Avraham Shapiro son of Rabbi of Slavita.
Prayer books printed by sons of Rabbi Shapiro of Slavita and grandsons of Rabbi Pinchas of Koritz are well-known for their unique quality, who intended in their actions to evoke mercy for the through the prayers of the Jewish nation.
Complete copy. Separate title page for Seder Ma'amadot.
, 178 leaves. 19 cm. Good condition, stains and wear. Title page and number of leaves reinforced with tape. Old, damaged and loose leather binding.
A letter handwritten and signed [and stamped] by Rabbi Chaim Soloveitchik, Av Beit Din of Brisk. [Brisk], 1911.
A letter of recommendation to his disciple Rabbi Ya'akov Moshe Zimmerman: "The rabbi great in Torah and fear of Heavenג€¦ Rabbi Ya'akov Mosheג€¦ met with me and we discussed a halachic issue and this man is great in knowledge of all the details and has sharp understanding and breadth of knowledgeג€¦ because he is full of blessing and honesty and is a treasureג€¦".
Rabbi Chaim HaLevi Soloveitchik (1813-1918, Otzar HaRabbanim 6090), an outstanding Rosh Yeshiva in Lithuania and a leader of his generation, author of "Chidushei Rabbeinu Chaim HaLevi" paved a new manner of studying Torah in depth. Born in Volozhin to his father Rabbi Yoseph Dov Soloveitchik, Head of Volozhin Yeshiva and author of "Beit HaLevi", he married the daughter of Rabbi Refael Shapira Head of Volozhin Yeshiva and granddaughter of the Netziv. Later, appointed as Head of Volozhin Yeshiva. After its closing, moved to serve as rabbi in Brisk succeeding his father. In Brisk, chosen disciples gathered around him to learn Torah. His son is Rabbi Yitzchak Ze'ev Soloveitchik "the Brisker Rav".
His disciple, recipient of the letter, is Rabbi Ya'akov Moshe Zimmerman (1881-1961), son of Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak Zimmerman - son-in-law of Rabbi Baruch Dov (Ber) Leibovitz. In his youth, he traveled to Volozhin and learned Torah from Rabbi Chaim, after which he moved to learn in the yeshiva of his brother-in-law Rabbi Baruch Ber in Slobodka. After his marriage, served as Av Beit Din of Konotop, and in 1930, immigrated to the US with his family, where he taught Torah to many disciples. His son is the renowned Rabbi Chaim Zimmerman.
Seven rows in his handwriting and signature. 21 cm. Fair condition. Stains, tears to folding marks. Pasted on cardboard for restoration.
Manuscript, Sefer HaShorashim by Rabbi David Kimchi - the Radak. [Spain, late 14th century].
Two columns on each page, fine medium-sized Spanish writing, in brown ink. Water stains throughout the manuscript resemble water stains which appear on paper produced during the second half and end of the 14th century.
In a sample examination of the manuscript minor version modifications were observed in comparison to a few printings.
Several missing leaves completed in more recent Yemenite writing. Vowelization of verses, source notations upon margins of columns and several corrections - in Yemenite writing. Yemenite signatures and ownership notations.
 leaves [leaves completed in Yemenite handwriting: 2, 18-25, 269-270]. Leaves [15, 16-17] bound out of order and supposed to be between leaves [1-2]. Several pages bound upside down [8-9, 145-146, 186-187, 189-190]. 26 cm. Majority of leaves in good condition. Tiny tears, stains along all leaves. Several leaves in fair condition (tears and stains, scotch tape). Approximately ten leaves in fair-poor condition (coarse tears with omission of text, non-professional restoration with scotch tape upon text). Paper cutting adorned with green dots. Fine scuffed semi-leather binding.
Machzor, version of Aleppo congregation. Sections 1-2 [two volumes]. Venice, . Daniel Bomberg Printing Press. Prayers, supplications for weekdays and Shabbat, Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot, Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur, Chanukkah and Purim. Poems for Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Slichot for Asara BeTevet and Ta'anit Esther, songs for Pesach, Mila, Chatan and more. All the above-mentioned according to version of the customs of the Aleppo congregation. Includes unknown poetry which was not found in other Machzorim.
Section 1 contains leaves: 58-59, 61-136, 138-153, 156-174, 176-183, 202-258, 249 (instead of: 259, etc.)-254, 257-264, 273-287, 289-296, 321-384, 386-391 leaves (missing total of 103 leaves of approximately 438 leaves). Section 2 contains leaves: 545-568, 570-736, 738-751, 754-759, 785-815, [9 leaves] + double illustration plate (2 leaves). (Missing total of 29 leaves).
14.5 cm. Condition of leaves varies. Fair-good. Stains, tears, creases and wear. Several leaves with omission of text. Section 2 bound with fine binding, section 1 without binding. Exceptionally rare. A very limited number of copies of this Machzor are known, all of which are incomplete.
Document of marriage contract and tena'im, of the groom R' Refael Deitsch and his father Rabbi Mendel, with the bride and her father Rabbi Shmuel Wolf Sofer. Pressburg, April 1855.
The document is written in German and signed by Rabbi Shmuel Wolf, Av Beit Din: Rabbi Menachem Mendel and his son the groom Faul (Refael); the bride Regina (Rachel). Witnesses: Rabbi Mendel Cohen (disciple of the Chatam Sofer, scribe and community trustee of Pressburg); Rabbi David Neiman (Head of Pressburg Beit Din, author of Nir L'David).
Rabbi Refael HaLevi Deitsch, son of Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Nִƒpradea, married the daughter of his rabbi, author of "Ktav Sofer", Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Binyamin Sofer (called Rabbi Shmuel Wolf). They lived in Schopfloch and had five sons and a daughter. After he died at a young age, his wife remarried her cousin Rabbi Zvi Hirsh Weiss Av Beit Din of Lִƒpuֵ and Dִ…browa (died 1897 and she died in 1907, Igrot Sofrim Volume 2 page 86 note). See: HaChatam Sofer V'Talmidav, page 538.
Three pages, 34 cm. Good-fair condition, restored damage to paper folds, stamped government postage stamps at top of document, in fancy leather cover.
Hebrew [partial] translation of document attached.
Torah Scroll upon pale yellowish Gevil-skin. [Morocco, 18th century].
Sephardic scribal writing typical of the Maghreb (northwest African) countries, especially fine writing. Two writers from the same period; the writing of one is exceptional in many Halachic minutiae; the second is elegant and similar to the first writing. Height of parchment approx. 53 cm. Good condition.
Biur Al Ha-Torah by Rabenu Bachye. [Venice, 1544.]
Hundreds of lengthy annotations and novellae [with Kabbalistic content] appear in the book sheets in Italian handwriting contemporary to the time of print.
Incomplete copy: 3-241 leaves (instead of 243 leaves). 28 cm. Fair condition, moth damage and stains. Some of the notes are cut. Slightly worn, antique semi-leather binding.
Chamisha Chumshei Torah, Geneva, 1617. Kafa Eilon printing. Ancient stamps, signatures and bookmarks of dedication to Beit Midrash "Etz Chaim" in Amsterdam.
Five volumes, 11 cm. Good to good-fair condition, some with moth damage and use marks. Antique leather bindings, fancy and decorated with gold etching (Dutch style), slightly rubbed out.
"This book was given to ancient Man by Angel Raziel". Kabbalah and Segulot [supernatural cures]. Amsterdam, 1701. Moshe Mindis Quotinu Press. First edition. Many Kabbalistic illustrations.
This book is the source of many known Segulot; for retaining material studied, amulet for protection of woman giving birth. Having this book at home is a verified Segula for protection against disaster and fire as written on the title page of this book: "Excellent Segula to have wise sons and for success and blessing and to put out the fire and protect against any demon and disasterג€¦ anybody who owns this book will have blessing in his wealth and will have a salvation at the time of need. All Torah observant Jews will testify to this". Some say that it is a Segula for childless couples and for women experiencing difficult labor.
Forty five leaves. 21.2 cm. Good-fair condition, wear and mildew stains on sheet margins. New binding.
Handwritten prayers and Segulot glued on leaves of binding.
Manuscript, complete essay on the Passover Haggadah. Autographic writing by the Rabbi author with additions, deletions and corrections. [Russia-Poland, c. 1830s].
Homily based essay, with references from the Zohar and Haggadah commentators. The manuscript and paper are typical of the 1820-1850s. Handwritten inscription on the first page: "this booklet is [a compilation] of novellae by -- the eldest, best known Torah scholars, nobleman [Yitzchak?]". Additional caption from the city of Blaszki [near Kalisz, Poland].
Stamped by Rabbi David Halberstam, Rabbinical Committee of Sosnowiec and the surrounding region [Gaon Rabbi David Halberstam (1895-1942) of the Sosnowiec Rabbis (Poland), son of Admor Rabbi Sinai of Zemigrad and son in law of Admor author of the "Knesset Yechezkel" of Radomsk], killed during the Holocaust.
Fifty-five leaves, varying sizes 20-22cm. Good-fair condition, water marks, restored wear damage (affecting some of the leaves' corners). Luxurious, new leather binding.
Manuscript of various poems in Oriental handwriting [18th century]. Some leaves are in illustrated and colorful frames. Opening poems according to famous Maqִm melodies [Maqִm is system of melodic modes used in traditional Arabic music], "Lekol Havarat Nava" "Lekol Havarat Chuseini" as well as additional Maqִms (Tzava, Iraq, Shiga, Baiyat, and others).
The usage of holy poems for these Maqִm melodies was prevalent especially in the Middle-Eastern countries (Turkey, Babylon, Aleppo and Egypt).
Over 160 written pages. 15.5 cm. Good-fair condition, stains. Ownership notation of "Matzliach Fnans", original leather binding.
Chamisha Chumshei Torah with Rashi commentary, Onkelos translation, Ba'al HaTurim and Siftei Chachamim. Includes Megillot [with second translation of Megillat Esther]. Five sections in five volumes [Bereshit-Devarim]. Slavita, 1826. Press of Rabbi Shmuel Avraham Shapiro, son of Rabbi of Slavita. [According to approbations, publisher of the Chumash is the Rabbi of Slavita - Rabbi Moshe Shapiro, son of the righteous Rabbi Pinchas of Koretz. Name of Chumashim and place of print in red ink. Sefer Shemot is mistakenly dated 1836. Oriental ownership signatures.
Five volumes: 222 leaves; 222 leaves; 150 leaves; 175 leaves; 176 leaves. Sefer Bamidbar missing leaves 21-24. 20-21 cm. General condition very good. Bluish paper. Stains on some leaves (last leaves of Sefer Shemot contain prominent stains). Tears without omission on several leaves. Ancient and magnificent damaged leather bindings. Includes three antique leather boxes for the Chumashim.
Commentary on the Torah by the scholar Don Yitzchak Abarbanel. Venice, . John Bragadin Press at home of Johnny Di Gara. First edition.
Signatures "Yechiel Zev son of Rabbi Ezriel Tarbot" - The Ga'on Rabbi Ezriel Tarbot of Ascoli (Otzar HaRabbanim 9164), among the greatest Halachic rulers of Italy, author of Ma'arvei Nachal Responsa. For additional information about him see: Shem HaGedolim by the Chida under entry of his grandfather Rabbi Yechiel Tarboto Tzarfati Kolon. Glosses and notations in Italian handwriting [apparently some in his handwriting].
Additional signatures: "I have purchased the book from Rabbi Yosefג€¦ in the winter, MarCheshvan, 1813, Maharam Ettlingen", "Given to me as a gift by my above-mentioned Torah leader, Kapal Segal".
425 [instead of: 424],  leaves. 30 cm. Stains. Moth stains on several leaves. Especially fine copy upon white pages, high quality paper, antique leather binding.
Manuscript of homiletics, halacha and aggada on the Torah, a large complete work, from Bereshit until Teruma, [Italy, c. 1700].
Long homiletics full of scholarly, kabbalistic and philosophical content. Manuscript dated according to references from books printed c. 1600-1700, including: Birkat Shmuel (Frankfurt am Main, 1682); "Tzofnat Pa'aneach Chadash (Frankfurt an der Oder, 1694); Ketonet Pasim (Lublin, 1691); "Ma'amarei R' Berech" (Zera Berech, Krakow, 1642); Maharash Algazi (Toldot Adam, Venice, 1605); Leket Yosef, Hamburg 1688); "That which was written by Rabbi Yechiel Michel of Kalish" (Sha'arei Shamayim, Prague, 1675) and other books of homiletics from that time.
52,  leaf, 32 cm, most of the leaves have four written columns, in Italian script (Rashi and regular script). Good quality paper, good-fair condition, stains and wear.
Parchment scroll, Sefer Trei Asar. Fine "Beit Yosef" calligraphy [Russia-Lithuania style, c. 19th century].
Crafted based on the opinion of the Vilna Gaon, who reinstated the custom of public Haftara reading from a scroll written in accordance with the laws pertaining to the writing of a Sefer Torah.
Parchment sheets are approx. 24 cm high. 38 columns. Good-fair condition, slightly faded ink, stains, wear damage affecting some of the sheets.
A letter of recommendation for charity for Rabbi Eliyahu Hayun by Rabbi Meir Abuchatzeira, (Morocco), 1944.
"To Yisrael and Rabbis and their disciples wherever they may beג€¦ by Meir Abuchatzeira" - 13 lines in the handwriting and signature, of Rabbi Meir Abuchatzeira (died 1983) son of the holy Kabbalist Rabbi Yisrael the "Baba Sali".
A holy kabbalist, known as "Baba Meir", served as Rabbi of Midelt, Morocco, next to Meknes, but lived most of his life in ascetic service of G-d, barely leaving his home, until his great father modestly said that Rabbi Meir was greater than himself. Torah scholars, Rabbis and heads of yeshivot swarmed to his home in Ashdod, seeking advice and inspiration. His sons are the renowned rabbis of the Abuchatzeira family: Rabbi Elazar in Be'er Sheva, Rabbi David in Naharia, Rabbi Yekutiel and Rabbi Rafael.
27 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and pasting of folding tears. In fancy frame, not examined out of frame.
Birkat HaMazon, as customary by Ashkenaz Poland - Das Benshin. With Shabbat Zemirot and Pesach Haggadah. German commentary in Hebrew letters, woodcut illustrations. Frankfurt am Main, . Shlomo Zalman Aptrod and Moshe Bamberg Press (in "Amsterdam letters").
Fifty two leaves, 20.5 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and wear (damage restoration on title page). New semi-parchment binding.
Bibliographically unknown edition! Not listed in Otzar HaHaggadot and in Ya'ari, or in Bibliography CDs!! In Bibliography Institute CD record 0182592 and in Otzar HaHaggadot record 159, a different edition is listed from the same printers which has the following leaf count: 15, 15-46,  leaves. The Pesach Haggadah appears on leaves 30-45. The Pesach Haggadah in this copy appears on leaves 33/2 until 50/1 followed by Birkat HaNehenin [blessings made upon food, drinks and pleasurable items].
Two letters from Rabbi Aharon Kotler to Rabbi Yitzchak Bunin. Lakewood, 1956, 1961.
Receipt letters for donations made to the "Beit Midrash Gavoha BeAmerica"- the Lakewood Yeshiva. Typewritten with endings and signatures in the Rosh Yeshiva's handwriting, Gaon Rabbi "Aharon Kotler". The first letter includes a handwritten Shana Tova greeting "Ketiva VeChatima Tovaג€¦for a year of life, blessing and peace".
Rabbi Yitzchak Bunin, recipient of the letters, (1872-1982) one of the oldest USA rabbis, was a friend of Rabbi Aharon Kotler's since their "Kollel" days in Kovna-Slabodka, served in the Rabbinates of Russia and the USA. Authored the "Divrei Yitzchak" books.
Two letters, on official letterhead. Various sizes, good-fair condition, tears and damages on the leaves' edges.
Or HaMeir, Chassidic and Kabbalistic allegories and interpretations on the Bible, the Megillot and the Festivals by Admor Rabbi Ze'ev Wolf of Zhitomir. Vol.1-3. [Koritz, 1798]. First edition. With approbations by Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev and more.
One of the first books of Chassidut which mentions teachings of the Ba'al Shem Tov. The author, who passed away in 1798, was among the greatest disciples of the Maggid of Mezeritch, as well as being close to and a disciple of Rabbi Ya'akov Yosef of Polnֳ¡, Rabbi Nachum of Chernobyl and Rabbi Yitzchak of Berditchev.
All three volumes are bound together: 4-48, 61-80,  leaves; 52, 55-98, 101-120 leaves; 64 leaves. 20 cm. Light greenish paper. Fair-poor condition, stains and moth holes. Damages affecting the title page, the first and last leaves, pasted restoration paper. Rebound.
Divrei Shlomo, Torah, Halacha and Aggadah interpretations by Rabbi Shlomo HaLevi. Venice, 1596. Only edition. Authored by Gaon Rabbi Shlomo HaLevi HaZaken (1532-1600) son of Rabbi Yitzchak, of the Portugal exiled. He was the rabbi of Salonika and among the leading sages of his generation. Other essays he authored were also printed: the "Lev Avot" (Salonika 1560) and the "Lechem Shlomo" (Venice 1597).
Stamped by Admor Rabbi Nachum Duber Friedman of Sadigura with an ink-stamp featuring a lion in the center, "Nachum Dovber Friedman" and a second stamp "Kinyan Kaspi" [acquired with my money, a stamp he would use to mark the books he purchased, as opposed to the ones he received; his Torah library was of the greatest among his contemporaries]. Admor Rabbi Nachum Dovber Friedman (passed away in 1883, Otzar Ha-Rabbanim 15912), son of Admor Rabbi Shalom Yosef of Ruzhin and his uncle's son in law, Admor Rabbi Avraham Ya'akov of Sadigura - holy sons of Rabbi Israel of Ruzhin.
Signature in Oriental-Italian handwriting on the title page by Rabbi "Yehuda son of Rabbi Eliezer". Numerous glosses in Italian-Oriental handwriting from the time of print.
217, 214-314; 14 leaves. 28.5 cm. Good condition, stains, light moth damage. Antique, luxurious, worn out leather binding.
Sefer Kanfei Yona on Yoreh De'ah, by Rabbi Yona Landsofer. Prague, 1812. Only edition.
Title page contains picture of lion with stamps of Rabbi "Yisrael Friedman" and Rabbi "Yitzchak Friedman". These stamps are similar to the stamp of their brother Shlomo Friedman [see Kedem catalogue, auction 16 item 104] and to the stamps of the famous library of their brother-in-law Rabbi "Nachum DovBer Friedman".
The Rebbes - Rabbi Yitzchak (1850-1917) and Rabbi Yisrael (1852-1907), holy sons of the first Rebbe Rabbi Avraham Ya'akov of Sadigura. After the demise of their father in 1883, they both served in the leadership in the city of Sadgora. After three years Rabbi Yitzchak moved to the city of Boyan where he established his Beit Midrash.
, 2-88,  leaves. 31.5 cm. Good condition. Various ownership notations and stamps, documents in foreign language on end paper. Renewed semi-leather binding.
Torah Scroll upon yellowish Gevil-skin. [Babylon, 19th century].
Sephardic scribal writing typical of the Babylonian countries (Iraq), height of parchment approx. 47 cm. Good condition.
Manuscript, Zot Zikaron - Avnei Zikaron, on the laws of Shechita by Rabbi Shmuel son of Rabbi Netanel Ha-Levi, fine copy. [From year 1686]. Colorful adornments on the title page and frames.
The colophon reads: "This Shechita book has been completed in the month of Tammuzג€¦in the year of 1686, by the one who serves his rabbis, Binyamin son of Rabbi Ovadia".
The author, Rabbi Shmuel Adoni-Barazani, (passed away in 1633), of the leading rabbis of Kurdistan, served as rabbi of Assyria [Mosul] and Amadea. Well versed in both the exoteric and esoteric aspects of the Torah, a holy man and miracle worker. Founded a great Yeshiva in Mosul, which attracted disciples from all around Babylonia. Many miraculous stories have become known about him and it is said that he has had the merit to see Eliyahu Ha-Navi many times. Visions and discoveries he and his father had are brought in Rabbi Chaim Vital's Sefer HaChezionot, who writes "He is a wise and G-d-fearing man, who engages in the learning of Torah and lives away from people". Authored his books on the laws of Shechita and other essays, some of which were first printed in 2003 and some of which are still manuscripts.
Forty-eight leaves, 15 cm. Thick, high quality paper. Good-fair condition, stains and moth damage. Rebound.
Sefer Agor, laws and customs, by Rabbi Ya'akov Landau [1545-1546]. Justinian Press.
Among the basic books of Ashkenazi laws and customs during the period of the Rishonim. Printed together with "Sefer Chazon" (separate title page), halachic riddles and their solutions, by author of Sefer Ha'Agor. Among the first books of riddles in the halachic literature.
132,  leaves. 21 cm. Especially fine copy upon white pages, high quality paper. Good condition, stains. Cut margins on two leaves. Ownership notation in Italian handwriting [partially erased]. Restored wooden binding and leather spine.