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Auction 19 Lot Number 36

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Sefer Tehillim with Ma’amadot – Slavita, 1827

Sefer Tehillim, with Metzudat David and Metzudat Zion. Includes Seder Ma'amadot. Slavita, [1827]. 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.
[2], 178 leaves. 19 cm. Good condition, stains and wear. Title page and number of leaves reinforced with tape. Old, damaged and loose leather binding.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 348

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Letter Handwritten and Signed by Rabbi Chaim Soloveitchik of Brisk

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.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 266

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Manuscript – Sefer HaShorashim by the Radak – Spain, 14th century

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.
[270] 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.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 136

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Machzor – Aleppo Version – Venice, 1527 – rare

Machzor, version of Aleppo congregation. Sections 1-2 [two volumes]. Venice, [1527]. 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.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 347

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Engagement Contract of the Ktav Sofer’s Daughter

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 LִƒpuֵŸ 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.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 1

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Torah Scroll Gevil-skin [Morocco, 18th Century]

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.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 231

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Rabenu Bachye – Hundreds of Kabbalistic Glosses, Italy, the 1540s

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.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 157

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Miniature Chamisha Chumshei Torah – Geneva, 1617

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.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 95

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Raziel HaMalach – First Printing – Segula Book

"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.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 290

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Manuscript, Commentary on Passover Haggadah

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.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 315

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Colorful and Illustrated Manuscript of Poems – 18th Century

Manuscript of various poems in Oriental handwriting [18th century]. Some leaves are in illustrated and colorful frames. Opening poems according to famous Maqִm melodies [Maqִm is system of melodic modes used in traditional Arabic music], "Lekol Havarat Nava" "Lekol Havarat Chuseini" as well as additional Maqִms (Tzava, Iraq, Shiga, Baiyat, and others).
The usage of holy poems for these Maqִm 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.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 37

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Chamisha Chumshei Torah – Slavita, 1826 – Magnificent Set

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.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 145

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Commentary of Abarbanel on Torah – First Edition – Especially Fine Copy – Significant Signatures and Glosses

Commentary on the Torah by the scholar Don Yitzchak Abarbanel. Venice, [1579]. 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], [1] leaves. 30 cm. Stains. Moth stains on several leaves. Especially fine copy upon white pages, high quality paper, antique leather binding.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 267

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Manuscript – Homiletics (Complete Work), Italy 1700

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, [1] 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.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 5

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Sefer Trei Asar – Parchment Scroll

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.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 369

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Letter of Recommendation by Rabbi Meir Abuchatzeira – The “Baba Meir”

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.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 122

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Birkat HaMazon – Das Benshin (With Pesach Haggadah and Illustrations) – Frankfurt Am Main, 1727 – Bibliographically Unknown Edition

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, [1727]. 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, [1] 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].

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Auction 19 Lot Number 360

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Two Letters from Rabbi Aharon Kotler

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.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 64

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Or HaMeir – Koritz 1798

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, [2] 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.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 150

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Divrei Shlomo, Venice, 1596 – Copy Signed by Admor Rabbi Nachum Dovber Friedman of Sadigura

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.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 215

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Kanfei Yona – Stamps of the Holy Brothers Rabbi Yitzchak of Boyan and Rabbi Yisrael of Sadigura

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.
[3], 2-88, [1] leaves. 31.5 cm. Good condition. Various ownership notations and stamps, documents in foreign language on end paper. Renewed semi-leather binding.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 2

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Torah Scroll Upon Gevil-skin [Babylon, 19th Century]

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.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 297

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Manuscript of the Book Avnei Zikaron, by Rabbi Shmuel Barazani – Copy from 1686

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.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 139

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Sefer Ha’Agor – Venice, 1546 – Especially Fine Copy

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, [4] 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.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 353

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Letter of Ordination by Rabbi Refael Shapira

A letter of ordination ["Yoreh Yoreh Yadin Yadin"] handwritten and signed by Rabbi Refael Shapira of Volozhin to Rabbi Ya'akov Moshe Zimmerman. Volozhin, 11th of Iyar 1910.
"The rabbi sharp and proficientג€¦ passed through here and I spoke with him a lot in words of Torah and I found him full of Torahג€¦".
Rabbi Refael Shapira (1837-1921), son of Rabbi Aryeh Leib Shapira Av Beit Din of Kaunas, and son-in-law of the Netziv. Renowned for his genius and diligence. From 1862-1881, served as Head of Volozhin Yeshiva together with his father-in-law, the Netziv. Served in the rabbinate of Bobruisk and other cities. In 1899, when the yeshiva was re-established, he returned to Volozhin and was appointed as Av Beit Din and Rosh Metivta. During World War I, he exiled to Minsk where he taught Torah for five years until his death. His son-in-law is Rabbi Chaim HaLevi Soloveitchik, Rabbi of Brisk, author of "Chidushei Rabbeinu Chaim HaLevi".
The recipient of the ordination is Rabbi Ya'akov Moshe Zimmerman (1881-1961).
28 cm. Fair condition. Stains, tears to folding marks and margins. Pasted on cardboard for restoration.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 354

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Letter of Ordination (“Yoreh Yoreh”) – By Rabbi Baruch Ber Leibovitz

A letter of ordination ("Yoreh Yoreh"), handwritten and signed by Rabbi Baruch Ber Leibovitz, Head of "Beit Yitzchak" Yeshiva, "For my brother-in-lawג€¦ sharp and truly proficient, dear and astounding in his pure fear of Heaven and straight attributesג€¦", Rabbi Ya'akov Moshe Zimmerman. Slobodka, 1906.
Rabbi Baruch Ber writes; "He has grown up near meג€¦ therefore I speak his praise and qualitiesג€¦ the rabbi's honor is great, he is proficient and fearful of the word of G-dג€¦", and he praises him extraordinarily.
Rabbi Baruch Dov (Ber) Leibovitz (1864-1939) was an outstanding disciple of Rabbi Chaim of Brisk in the Volozhin Yeshiva. Son-in-law of Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak Zimmerman Av Beit Din of Hlusk. When his father-in-law moved to serve in Kremenchuk, Rabbi Baruch Ber succeeded him in the Hlusk rabbinate. After thirteen years, he was asked to serve as Head of "Knesset Beit Yitzchak" Yeshiva in Slobodka, wandered with his yeshiva to Minsk, Kremenchuk (after his father-in-law's death) and to Vilna and finally established it in Kamenets. Counted amongst the greatest Torah teachers of his generation. Author of "Birkat Shmuel" on Talmudical topics. His oral and written Torah are fundamental to deep yeshiva study.
The recipient of the ordination is his brother-in-law and disciple Rabbi Ya'akov Moshe Zimmerman (1881-1961).
Sixteen lines. 23 cm. Stains, tears to folding marks and wear. Pasted on another paper for restoration.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 355

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Letter of Ordination (“Yadin Yadin”) – By Rabbi Baruch Ber Leibovitz

A letter of ordination ["Yoreh Yoreh Yadin Yadin"], handwritten and signed by Rabbi Baruch Ber Leibovitz Head of "Beit Yitzchak" Yeshiva, to his brother-in-law and disciple Rabbi Ya'akov Moshe Zimmerman. Slobodka, 1913.
"To my brother-in-law the sharp and proficient Torah geniusג€¦ I know him well from his youth until today when he has grown in Torah and sharpness and proficiencyג€¦ and is fitting to serve gloriously in one of the important communitiesג€¦ and any city that will choose him will be completely satisfiedג€¦".
Rabbi Baruch Dov (Ber) Leibovitz (1864-1939), was a leading Torah teacher of his generation, see previous item.
The recipient of the ordination is his brother-in-law and disciple Rabbi Ya'akov Moshe Zimmerman (1881-1961).
Twenty two lines. Rabbi Baruch Ber's signature is on reverse side of leaf. 20 cm. Fair condition, tears, stains and wear. Partially pasted on leaf for restoration.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 293

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“Tehila LeDavid” Manuscript – Tehillim Commentary by Rabbi David Shperber

Handwritten notebooks, "Tehilla LeDavid" and "Yalkut David". Essay and commentary on the book of Tehillim, handwritten by Gaon Rabbi David Shperber. 1915. Unprinted essay.
Gaon Chasid Rabbi David Shperber (1875-1962, Otzar Ha-Rabbanim 5075), of the leading rabbis of Galicia and Romania. Born in Zbletow to a family of Kosov-Vizhnitz Chasidim. Disciple of Gaon Rabbi Meir Arik. Served as rabbi from year 1905 and was rabbi of BraֵŸov from year 1922. Authored the "Afarkasta DeAnya" and the "Michtav LeDavid". Became famous through the work he did, releasing Holocaust Agunot. Immigrated to Israel in 1949, where he became known as the "Brasov Rabbi" and was among the leaders of the "Moetzet Gedolei HaTorah" and of the "Chinuch Atzma'i" in Israel.
Notebooks and handwritten leaves, 185 leaves approx. Various sizes and conditions. Comes in fine cover binding.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 179

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Or Yisrael Responsa, Kleve 1770 – Original Edition with Polemic on the Issue of “The Kleve Get”

Or Yisrael, questions and answers by Rabbi Yisrael Lifshitz. Kleve, 1770. Newly printed here in Kleve. The only Hebrew book printed in Kleve.
Rabbi Yisrael Lifshitz Rabbi of the city of Kleve (grandfather of the author of "Tiferet Yisrael"), arranged a get for a couple from the city of Bonne. The husband who was somewhat deranged escaped from Germany to England from fear of death (or persecution complex), and on the way divorced his wife in the city of Kleve (adjacent to the German-Dutch border). Scholars of Frankfurt and Manheim invalidated the get claiming that the husband was not fit to divorce ("Get Shoteh") and they emerged with sharp proclamations against the Kleve rabbi. Conversely, most of the generation's leading rabbis (the "Sha'agat Aryeh", Rabbi Yitzchak of Hamburg, Rabbi Shaul of Amsterdam and his uncle Rabbi Ya'akov Emden, the "Nodah M'Yehuda" etc.), ruled according to Rabbi Lifshitz's opinion, that the husband was considered sane and fit for divorce. The polemic caused a storm in the Jewish world at that time.
The book deals primarily with this issue and its aftermath, printed on leaves 31-32 are responsa from Rabbi Aryeh Leib, Av Beit Din of Hanover, Rabbi Yitzchak of Hamburg and an article with very critical expressions against Frankfurt scholars. These leaves were omitted from most of the copies and were partially printed with changes on one leaf. In this rare copy, these two leaves exist (compare with the censored copy in next item). In several places, the critical expressions are erased with ink, [some of these erasures also exist in the censored copy in next item, and apparently were done in the original by the publisher who was Rabbi Lifshitz's son].
66, 69-120 leaves. 19 cm. Good condition. Stains and minor damage. Antique worn parchment binding. Owner's ancient signature "Avraham ---". Mistaken inscription on title page: "Leaves 31 and 32 were omitted because of something that occurred" [actually, the rare leaves exist].

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Auction 19 Lot Number 275

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Manuscript by Rabbi Yisrael Isser Tauber – Disciple of the Chatam Sofer

Manuscripts of sermons and Chiddushei Torah, 1863-1895. Ir-Chadash [Neustadt].
Autographic writing of a journal which was written over a span of many years containing summaries of sermons and eulogies, by Rabbi Yechiel Isser Tauber, who served as Dayan and Maggid in Ir-Chadash and its vicinity for fifty years. The names of the settlements in which he delivered the sermons appear throughout the journal (Ir-Chadash, Boskovice, Mehrish-Leskof, Old Tura, Lubina, Brezova and many other places).
Includes: Sermons for birthday of the majestic emperor "Caesar Franz Joseph" on August 8th.
Eulogy from 1864 on Rabbi David Katz Bistritz Av Beit Din of Milchdorf and Rabbi Eliezer Prosnitz Dayan in Tapalshan; eulogy on Rabbi Pesach Frankel who served as Halachic authority in Ir-Chadash and in the adjacent settlements; eulogy on Rabbi Shlomo Kluger in 1869; eulogy from 1876 on Rabbi Chaim Halberstam Av Beit Din of Nowy Sִ…cz and Rabbi Avraham Zwebner Av Beit Din of Kobersdorf who immigrated to Jerusalem; includes Chiddushei Torah in the name of the Divrei Chaim regarding the Sugia "Reicha Milta"; eulogy on Rabbi [Avraham] Av Beit Din of Boskovice and the state.
The Ga'on Rabbi Yisrael Isser Tauber (1823-1904, The Chatam Sofer and His Disciples, pages 275-276), son of rabbinical family in Galanta. From age 13 studied in the yeshiva of the Chatam Sofer and by the Yeriot Shlomo in Mako, son-in-law of Rabbi Shlomo Leib Koenig in Ir-Chadash, and from 1852 was appointed Dayan and Maggid in the city. Authored the books Ezrach Ra'anan and Mekor Yisrael.
Approx. 158 pages in crowded writing. 19.5 cm. Good condition, minor stains and wear. Unbound.
The author's handwriting varies throughout the years, until 1895 where his writings were written in shaky and unsteady handwriting. [The last article was written in the month of Elul 1895 in extremely unsteady handwriting and from there on dozens of leaves remained blank].

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Auction 19 Lot Number 300

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Shir HaShirim with Translation – Manuscript on Parchment -Yemen

Shir HaShirim with translation, manuscript on parchment. [Yemen, 19th century?].
Thirteen leaves, light, home-processed parchment, various sizes (18 cm average). Fair condition, tears and (original) stains (from the parchment processing), separate leaves, leather binding with very old print snippets pasted on.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 279

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Leaf Handwritten by Admor Rabbi Yitzchak Yehuda Yechiel of Komarna – an Excerpt from his Book “Heichal HaBracha”

Handwritten leaf, with an excerpt of the "Heichal HaBracha" essay on Bamidbar (Parashiot BeHa'alotecha, Shlach), by Admor Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac of Komarna.
Admor Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac Yehuda Yechiel (Safrin) Av Beit Din of Komarna (1806-1874), holy sage, nephew and prominent disciple of Admor Rabbi Zvi of Ziditchov. Loved by Chasidic leaders such as the "Chozeh [Seer] of Lublin" (who was also his matchmaker), the Apta Rebbe, Rabbi Moshe Zvi of Savaran, his uncle Rabbi Moshe of Sambir, Rabbi Yisrael of Ruzhin and more. Authored numerous Chassidut and Kabbalah books as well as the "Heichal HaBracha" commentaries on the Pentateuch based on the esoteric teachings of the Ari and the Ba'al Shem Tov. The "Heichal HaBracha" Pentateuch volumes are among the basic books of Chassidic philosophy. They were appreciated by Admors from all courts (Beit Ziditchov, the "Divrei Chaim" and his descendants, the Lubavitcher Rashab and more) who highly valued the level of holiness held in those esoteric commentaries.
Excerpt from a large leaf, 8x10 cm approx. Fair condition, tears and wrinkles. Comes in a luxurious binding, with a photocopy from the print, for comparison.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 98

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Etz Chaim – Nahar Shalom, Jerusalem 1867 – Corrections and Manuscript Leaf by Rabbi Yehuda Petayah

Etz Chaim, by Rabbi Chaim Vital. Jerusalem, 1866. Bound with the Nahar Shalom by Rabbi Shalom Sharabi. Jerusalem, 1867. Two bibliographically unknown leaves at the end of the Nahar Shalom.
Glosses and corrections in two different handwritings, one similar to the handwriting of holy Gaon and Mekubal Rabbi Yehuda Petayah. A (torn) leaf was found within the book's sheets, written on both sides in Rabbi Yehuda Petayah's handwriting (paragraph copied from the Zohar interpretation on Shir Ha-Shirim).
154; 39 leaves, 33 cm. Good condition. Rebound.
S. Ha-Levi 135-136.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 141

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LeKol Chefetz – Venice, 1552 – Signature by Rabbi Elisha Galiko and Glosses

LeKol Chefetz, Tikun Shtarot, according to Jewish Custom and Halacha. By Rabbi Eliezer Mili. Venice, [1552]. Printed by Daniel ben Cornelio Adel-Kind.
Second leaf contains old signature in Italian handwriting: "[E]lisha Galiko". [Rabbi Elisha Galiko was among the greatest scholars of Safed during the days of the "Beit Yosef" and the Mabit; served for many years as member of their Beit Din. Was originally from Italy and it is possible that he or one of his relatives signed this book]. Several glosses of great content in Italian writing (slightly cut off) on leaves four and thirteen.
[16] leaves. 18.5 cm. Fair condition, restored damage on margins of some leaves. New binding.
Books printed by Daniel Adel-Kind in Venice are few and rare. See article 1, M. Haberman, Areshet 6, pages 76-70 (attached material).

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Auction 19 Lot Number 280

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Handwritten Leaf by Rabbi Yehuda Leib Ashlag

Leaf in the handwriting of the Kabbalist Rabbi Yehuda Leib Ashlag, on matters of Kabbalah, profound questions for revision and contemplation on the content of lesson sixteen of his book "Talmud Aseret HaSefirot" pertaining to matters of creation, formation, and action. The questions differ from the questions printed in the book and it is possible that they were not printed.
The holy Ga'on Rabbi Yehuda Leib Ashlag (1885-1955), genius and erudite scholar, holy divine Kabbalist. Served in the rabbinate of the city of Warsaw, immigrated to Jerusalem in 1922, where he established the "Itur Rabbanim" Yeshiva for the study of the revealed Torah, aside from his many classes in Kabbalah which he delivered to select students. Eventually, a large group of students and Chassidim were drawn to him and he served in the leadership. Composed and published books about Kabbalah, the masterpiece being his commentary "Sulam" on the Zohar.
Two pages, 28 cm. Good-fair condition, damage to margins in stapled area.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 3

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Collection of Megillot Esther

Collection of Megillot Esther on parchment from various countries:
* Megillah on Gevil-skin, Sefardic writing according to Kabbala [Babylon?, c. 19th century]. * Megillah on Gevil-leather, Sefardic writing [Morocco?, 18th-19th century?]. * Megillah on parchment, Sefardic writing in Spanish ancient writing style, [Greece?/Balkan countries?, 18th-19th century]. Stylish wooden pole, faded letters replaced in later writing. * Megillah on parchment, simple Sefardic writing, [c. 19th-20th century], stylish wooden pole. * Megillah, 42 rows, Ari writing (Ashkenazi Chassidic), [Poland?, 19th-20th century].
Five megillot, various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 238

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Shulchan Aruch Yoreh De’ah – Important Glosses

Shulchan Aruch, Yoreh De'ah "Eshle Ravreve", Amsterdam, 1711. Approved by "Chacham Zvi", Rabbi Naftali Katz and more.
Hundreds of glosses along most of the book's paragraphs, Ashkenazi handwriting (Hungary). Scholarly remarks, clarifications filled with content, references and corrections. The author mentions his novellae and books, the gloss appearing on leaf 305 reads: "[refer to] my book Shvilei David". Apparently related to the "Shvilei David" on Yoreh De'ah by Gaon Rabbi Yehuda Leib Zilberstein (1820-1884) one of the greatest Hungarian Geonim. Disciple of the Maharam Ash and Rabbi Koppel Harif. Lived in Jerusalem between 1859-1870, where he began printing his famous books "Shvilei David"; served in the Rabbinate of Sֳ¡toraljaֳ÷jhely, Zenta, Kerestor, Vac and headed the Orthodox Rabbinical systems of Hungary. His son is the famous Gaon Rabbi Yeshaya Zilberstein Av Beit Din of Vac author of the "Ma'asei LeMelech".
[3], 352, [2] leaves. 34 cm. Good-fair condition, wear and stains from use, damage on the first leaves and incomplete illustrated title page. New cloth binding.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 165

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Tehillim with Radak Commentary, Isny 1541

Tehillim (Psalms), with the commentary of Rabbi David Kimchi - The Radak. Isny, 1541, [Paulus Fagius Printing]. Printed with the "approbation" of the Caesar of Germany: "With a bill called in Latin privileges, written and signed by the Caesar His Majesty, that no one shall print it within ten years from today Wednesday, 22nd of Kislev 1541".
Owners' signatures and inscriptions in Hebrew and foreign language. Dozens of handwritten glosses in foreign language.
108 leaves, 30.5 cm. Good quality paper, good-fair condition, stains, moth damage and wear. Semi-leather binding, slightly worn.
Missing [2] leaves that were added to some of the copies, the Radak's debate with the Christians.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 40

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Chumash Vayikra Ohr HaChaim, Signature of Rebbe Rabbi Yerachmiel Yosef of Lelov and Additional Esteemed Signatures

Chumash Vayikra with "Ohr HaChaim" commentary. Slavita, [1818]. Printing press of Rabbi Moshe Shapiro.
Leaf preceding title page contains various notations and holy signatures of the Rebbe Rabbi "Yerachmiel Yosef" of Lelov, of his father-in-law Rabbi "Shlomo of Stolin" and of his father-in-law's father Rabbi "Moshe ben Pearl" of Stolin.
The holy Rabbi Yerachmiel Yosef Biederman (1866-1918), son of the Rebbe Rabbi Eliezer Menachem of Lelov, grandson of Rabbi Moshe of Lelov and of the "Chozeh [Seer] of Lublin". Was an exalted righteous individual who abstained from the pleasures of This World, involved himself solely in the study of Torah and was known for his extreme righteousness. His brother, Rabbi David Tzvi Shlomo considered him an individual who attained great levels and upon his death called out "Nafla Ateret Rasheinu" [our crown has departed].
His wife, Rabbanit Nechama, was the daughter of Rabbi Shlomo of Stolin who resided in Hebron, son of Rabbi Moshe of Stolin, son of the Rebbe Rabbi Aharon of Lechovice and son of daughter of the Rebbe the Great Rabbi Asher of Stolin (father of the Beit Aharon). [Pearl, Rabbi Moshe's mother, was the daughter of Rabbi Asher, named after his grandmother Pearl, mother of the Great Rabbi Aharon of Karlin, after whom the entire "Perlow" family is named].
176 leaves. 21.5 cm. Blue paper, fair-poor condition, moth damage and stains, wear and extensive usage marks. New semi-leather magnificent binding.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 51

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Machzor for Whole Year – Zhitomir, 1861

Machzor, for Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur and the Three Festivals, according to the custom of Poland, Bohemia and Moravia, Lithuania and Raszyn. Zhitomir, 1861. Printed by the grandsons of the Slavita Rabbi, Rabbi Chanina Lipa and Rabbi Yehoshua Heshel Shapira.
564 pages. Approx. 19.5 cm. Very good condition, usage stains. Fancy new leather binding. Rare edition.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 147

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Shulchan Aruch Choshen Mishpat Venice, 1574

Shulchan Aruch, Choshen Mishpat by Rabbi Yosef Karo. Venice, Erev Pesach 1574. Last edition printed during the Maran "Beit Yosef" 's lifetime.
164, [5 leaves]. Missing the last index leaf. 21.5 cm. High quality, light paper, good-fair condition, stains and wear. Tears on the last leaves. Signatures and listings in [Yemenite] handwriting. Not bound.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 411

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Tehillim – Parma Manuscript – Magnificent Facsimile

Facsimile, Tehillim, Parma manuscript. London, 1996.
Magnificent facsimile of illustrated manuscript from the 12th century, upon parchment-like paper, with gold paper cut. Accurate copy of source including imitation of antique binding.
No. 29 of limited edition of 550 copies. Contains printed introductory volume upon bluish paper.
Two volumes. 13 cm. Very good condition. Placed inside original case.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 125

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Ten Haggadot with Commentaries

For complete list, see Hebrew description.
Ten books, various sizes and conditions, some with new bindings.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 159

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Tanach Mikraot Gedolot – Venice, 1500s

Mikraot Gedolot, Tanach with commentaries from various editions:
* Nevi'im Achronim, Venice, 1568, Johannes de Gara printing with Bombirgi letters. * Nevi'im Rishonim, Venice, 1617. Bragadin printing. * Nevi'im Achronim, Venice 1618. Bragadin printing. * Ketuvim, with Targum Yerushalmi and Darkei HaNikud V'Haneginot. 1618. Bragadin printing.
Four books, approx. 37-38 cm. Good to good-fair condition, stains and moth damage, inscriptions, owners' glosses and signatures.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 409

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One Hundred Blessings – Fine Numbered Miniature on Parchment

Fine facsimile of illustrated manuscript Me'ah Brachot [one hundred blessings] from Central Europe, 18th century. Includes volume which contains commentary and translation into English, London, 1994.
Facsimile includes illustrated title page and twenty nine illustrations pertaining to the blessings. An ornamental frame with the blessing appears above some of the illustrations. 550 copies published by Linda and Michael Folter, of which 400 are numbered and printed on parchment; this is copy no. 340.
[1], 35, [2] parchment leaves, 4.5x4.2 cm. Very good condition. Bound in leather binding adorned with gold and decorated with silver clasps and corners, made in Italy. Padded leather box. Includes volume of commentary, bound in leather binding.
Parchment edition sold in December 2003 for $2000.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 207

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Prayer Book of Rebbe Rabbi Baruch Shalom Ashlag

Complete Tefillat Ya'akov prayer book, Sephardic version, with Tehillim and Ma'amadot. Jerusalem, (1973). Handwritten signature by the Rebbe Rabbi "Baruch Shalom HaLevi Ashlag" along with his stamp. Handwritten notation "I have received it from the Rabbi".
The Rebbe Rabbi Baruch Shalom HaLevi Ashlag (1907-1992), son and successor of the Kabbalist Rebbe Rabbi Yehuda Leib Ashlag, author of the "Sulam". Studied and taught Kabbalah, as he received from his holy father; established a large center for the study of Kabbalah and published his own and his father's Kabbalistic books.
[10], 3-328 pages; 112 pages. 20.5 cm. Good condition, usage marks (slight wear and usage stains). Original binding with clear plastic cover.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 90

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Books of the Rebbe Author of Yitav Lev

1. Sefer Yitav Lev, on the Torah, sections 1-5, by the Rebbe Rabbi Yekutiel Yehudah Teitelbaum Av Beit Din of Siget. Sighetu Marmaֵ£iei, (1875). First edition. Ownership stamps of Rabbi Naftali HaCohen Schwartz Av Beit Din of Mad and the Galilee (1846-1897) and stamps of his son, Rabbi Yosef Schwartz (1875-1944). Handwritten glosses.
2. Sefer Yitav Panim, Mussar for Shabbatot and festivals, sections 1-2. By Rabbi Yekutiel Yehudah Teitelbaum. Host, (1912). Second edition. Signatures and ownership notations.
Two volumes, 23.5 cm. Good condition.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 368

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Letter by Rebbe Yosef Yitchak of Lubavitch – With the Special Signature of the Last Year of his Life

A letter of recommendation signed by "The Rebbe HaRytz" [Rebbe Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn] of Lubavitch. Brooklyn, 1949. Signature in his own handwriting with the addition of the words [who blesses] "with material and spiritual (blessings)".
One year before his death, the Rebbe HaRytz started to sign the letter "yud" of his second name (Yitzchak) in Ashuri (square) script, and this was an amazing hint to his near passing on the 10th of Shevat (his son-in-law the Lubavitcher Rebbe explained this fact at length in the gathering on Shabbat Va'eira 1951 - see attached material). This letter was sent a half a year before his death, where his special signature with the square "yud" can be clearly seen.
The Rytz, Rebbe Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn (1880-1950, Otzar HaRabbanim 8887), the sixth Chabad-Lubavitch Rebbe, founder of Tomchei Temimim Yeshivot together with his father Rabbi Shalom Dov, became Rebbe in 1920. He was imprisoned by the Communist government and released in 1927, whereafter he reached Poland and in 1940, Brooklyn. Some of his works: Sefer HaMa'amarim, Likutei Devorim etc. His son-in-law was Rabbi Menachem Mendel Shneersohn - The Lubavitcher Rebbe.
21 cm. Official stationery, extremely thin. Good condition, wear to lower margins.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 103

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Machzor Sha’ar Bat Rabim – Venice, 1711-1715

Magnificent Sha'ar Bat Rabim Machzor. Venice, (1711-1715). Three out of four sections. (Yom Kippur, Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot), in magnificent leather bindings.
"Machzor with Hadrat Kodesh commentary as customary by Ashkenaziג€¦ printed for holy congregations of cities in Italy which include congregations in Venice of the Ashkenazim and Sephardim, from Padova, Rovigo, Verona, Mantova, Casale Monferrato, Gorizia and all their regions"
Three volumes: Section 1/A until end of Machzor of Pesach: 1-228 leaves. Section 1/B begins with Pirkei Avot: 229-360 leaves. Section 2/B, prayers from Yom Kippur: 197-372, 377-384 leaves.
38.5 cm, wide margins, printed on thick high quality paper. Good-fair condition, minor stains and slight moth damage. Antique rubbed-out leather binding.
+ Attached for completion, incomplete and unbound copy of section 2/A and section 2/B which includes prayers for Rosh HaShana and some of Yom Kippur prayers: leaves 50, 54-289, 300-302.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 254

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Sar Shalom, Kavanot Zemaniot – Signatures and Kabbalistic Glosses by Rabbi Ya’akov Lopez

Sar Shalom, Kavanot Zemaniot for Pesach seder, Chanuka and Purim, from Siddur Harav Hashamash [siddur of the Rashash, Rabbi Shalom Mizrachi Sharabi]. Jerusalem, 1912. First edition (Harav HaSadeh Publishing and appendices).
Signatures of the Mekubal Rabbi "Ya'akov Lopez", and many glosses in his handwriting, on intentions of Pesach seder.
Rabbi Ya'akov [Lopez] Lopes (1887-1936), a leading Torah scholar and mekubal in Aleppo and Jerusalem, already as a young man was recognized as "one of the thirty six tzaddikim of his generation". In 1913, he immigrated to Jerusalem and joined the "Rechovot Hanahar" Yeshiva for mekubalim headed by his friend Rabbi Chaim Shaul Devich (Harav HaSadeh), and was renowned as one of greatest mekubalim who knew proper intentions of yichudim according to kabbalah. Written on his tombstone "The Rabbi, the Chassid, the G-dly Mekubal, Complete Tzaddikג€¦ Rabbi Ya'akov son of Rabbi Nissim Lopes, died 17th of Kislev 1936". See attached material.
[1], 53 leaves, 19 cm. High-quality paper, good-fair condition, stains and wear. Worn binding.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 342

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Ruling of Rabbi Moshe Chizkiya HaLevi – Pesaro (Italy) 1575

Ruling of Rabbis of Pesaro, Rabbi Moshe Chizkiya HaLevi and others - Pesaro (Italy), (1575). The ruling, pertaining to a monetary dispute between the executors of the estate of Rabbi Yitzchak of Volterra, regarding rental payments to Rabbi Gershon, the father of the maidservant in his home. Written and signed by the arbitrating Dayanim. Signed: "Beit Levi Moshe Chizkiya son of Rabbi Yitzchak HaLeviג€¦" [arbitration], along with writing and signature of two additional Dayanim [not deciphered], one of them signs: "I [?] grandson of Moshe Ibn Nachman".
The Ga'on Rabbi Moshe Chizkiya HaLevi, among the greatest scholars of Italy in his generation (his ruling from the year 1566, on the Tamari-Vintorotzo divorce, is mentioned in the Mabit responsa. His signature appears at the top of the list of rabbis banning the book Ma'or Einayim by Rabbi Azaria of the Adumim, along with his colleague the Ga'on Rabbi Yechiel Tarbut of Pesaro). For additional information about him see attached material.
Approx. 28 cm. High quality paper, good condition, folding marks, small hole in center of leaf. Embossed notary stamp (city authorities? with symbol ?) upon glued paper

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Auction 19 Lot Number 142

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Ma’or Einayim, Mantua, 1574 – With Handwritten Glosses

Sefer Ma'or Einyaim, by Rabbi Azarya Min Ha'Adumim. Mantua, [1574]. First edition. Glosses in Italian handwriting. Ownership signature in Ashkenazi handwriting by the Etroger family stating that he purchased the book in Korpo, Venice in the year 1722 [apparently a merchant of etrogim from the Ashkenaz countries who traveled to the Korpo island].
Rabbi Azarya [Di Rosi] Min Ha'Adumim (1512-1578, Otzar HaRabbanim 16731), Italian scholar, proficient in Torah and science. His book Ma'or Einyaim was confiscated by rabbis of Italy, immediately after its publication, claiming that the book contains sayings which contradict the spirit of tradition and scorn the sayings of the Sages. The book was brought to Rabbi Yosef Karo - the Beit Yosef, who ordered the confiscation the book, however, the confiscation did not materialize. The Maharal of Prague spoke harshly about the book and it is known that his composition Be'er HaGola was composed as a response to this book. [Despite the negative attitude towards the book, some authors cited sayings from the book, and the Sdei Chemed endorsed them, and wrote that the fact that the confiscation of the Beit Yosef was not carried out is a sign from Heaven that the book is worthy of reaching the public].
During the course of the polemic regarding the book an agreement was reached with Rabbi Azarya that he would remove six leaves (52-53, 81-82, 87-88) from the book which contain inappropriate ideas, and substitute them with other leaves; in addition he would print and include the critique of Rabbi Moshe Proventzalo in the book.
This copy contains the replaced leaves and is missing the leaves of the critique of Rabbi Moshe Proventzalo with the author's response. Other editions contain an additional 2 leaves with author's apology.
188 leaves, 21.2 cm., high-quality paper, good-fair condition, moth holes. Parchment and paper binding.
In some copies the author added leaves 189-194, or added [2] leaves with "author's apology". This copy contains antique binding, however, does not include any of above-mentioned additions.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 276

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Manuscript by Rabbi Yirmiyahu Loewe Av Beit Din of Uhely

Manuscript, sermon for the Shabbat HaGadol, by Gaon Rabbi Yirmiyahu Loewe. Uhely (Sֳ¡toraljaֳ÷jhely, Hungary), 1870.
"Sermon I gave for the Shabbat Ha-Gadol of year 1870 in front of the congregation of Uhely", eloquent style typical of the rest of the author's writings, author's autographic writing. Famous Gaon Rabbi Yirmiyahu Loewe (1811-1874), son of the "Sha'arei Torah", one of the leading Geonim of Hungary, lived in the generation of the "Ketav Sofer", served in the rabbinate of Werboy and Sֳ¡toraljaֳ÷jhely. Authored the "Divrei Yirmiyahu" on Maimonides, the Talmud, Sugyot-related novellae and sermons.
Ten written pages, 24.5 cm. High quality paper, good condition. Cloth binding.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 252

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Machzik Bracha – Esa Einai Glosses (Saba Kadisha Maharsha Alfandari)

Machzik Bracha, by the Chida. Livorno, 1885. First edition during lifetime of author.
Title page contains signed ownership inscription of Rabbi Yosef Zonana, stating that the book belongs to his father, Rabbi Ya'akov Zonana [among the great scholars and leaders of the Constantinople community during the late 18th century).
Several handwritten glosses. Some are handwritten by the Maharsha Alfandari, the "Saba Kadisha". One gloss opens with the title "Esa Einai", which was the way the Saba Kadisha signed his glosses in books. [Esa stands for Eliezer Shlomo Alfandari. See comparison to photocopy of his manuscript in the "Esa Einai" glosses on the book Divrei Emet.]
Rabbi Shlomo Eliezer Alfandari (1813-1930) was one of the great rabbis of Turkey. In his youth he maintained correspondence with Rabbi Akiva Eiger. Served as Chief Rabbi of Constantinople and Damascus. In his old age, he came to serve as Rabbi in Safed. Passed away at a very old age in Jerusalem.
[2], 136, 114 leaves. 28.5cm. Fair-poor condition, restored wear and moth damage. Some glosses cut off.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 308

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Huge Collection of Manuscripts From Yemen – Books of Destinies, Cures, Amulets and Practical Kabbalah

Large and diverse collection of manuscripts from Yemen, volumes, notebooks and single leaves which contain books of destinies and cures. Charts and calendars. Zodiac books (astrology), homilies and Chiddushei Torah. Various prayers and complete prayer book. Practical Kabbalah, amulets and destiny notations. Letters and more. [Yemen, 18th-20th century. Possibly contains material from earlier periods].
Five volumes and dozens of notebooks and leaves, which contain a total of hundreds of leaves, various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 38

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Zohar Bereshit – Slavita Printings

Sefer HaZohar, first section, Sefer Bereshit. Slavita, [1827]. Printing press of Rabbi Shmuel Avraham Shapiro, son of the Rabbi of Slavita. Interesting approbations. Various stamps of Rabbi Aharon Mendel HaCohen, Ashkenazi Rabbi of Cairo. Various stamps and signatures.
[4], 251, 17 leaves. Approx. 20.5 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and moth damage on some leaves. New binding.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 49

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Machzorim “Korban Aharon” – Zhitomir, 1851

Machzorim "Korban Aharon" (Ashkenazi version), with Mateh Aharon commentary by Rabbi Aharon HaLevi author of "Nehora" prayer book. Zhitomir, 1851. Shapira Brothers Press, grandsons of Rabbi of Slavita.
Two volumes, first section for High Holy Days and second section for Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot: 159 leaves; [1], 3-164 leaves. Approx. 26.5 cm. Dark paper, foxing. Fair condition, wear, detached leaves. Ownership stamps and signatures. Original leather bindings, damaged and detached.
Includes leaf of prayers of "Kel Melech" and Tashlich, printed separately.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 177

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Collection of Books by the Vilna Gaon

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Eight books, various sizes and conditions, most in good condition.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 316

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Practical Kabbalah Manuscript – Morocco, 19th Century

Fortunes and Segulot manuscript, amulets and Hashba'ot. Numerous Kabbalistic illustrations. [Morocco?, c.19th-20th Century]. Additional leaves were found between the manuscript's leaves with more amulets, fortunes and Segulot.
74, [12], 20 cm approx. + dozens of paper snippets and additional leaves in various sizes + 2 quills made from reeds for writing amulets. Good-fair condition, stains, wear and tears, detached, adorned leather binding.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 39

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Chumashim Bereshit-Shemot with Or HaChaim – Slavita

1. Chumash Bereshit, with Targum and commentaries and Or HaChaim commentary. Slavita, [1824]. Printed by Rabbi Shmuel Avraham Shapira son of the Slavita Rabbi. Approbation by Rebbe Avraham Yehoshua Heshel of Apta and other approbations.196 leaves. Approx. 26 cm. Blue-greenish paper, good condition, wear and use stains. Inscriptions of births and deaths. Damaged, detached leather binding.
2. Chumash Shemot, and Megillat Esther, with Or HaChaim commentary. Slavita, [1824]. Printed by Rabbi Shmuel Avraham Shapira son of the Slavita Rabbi.Owners' inscriptions of Rabbi Ze'ev Wolf of Kopychintsy. On cover leafs: handwritten inscriptions of births from 1890 and deaths from 1907 [in sanctification of G-d's name in pogroms at the end of World War I].182, 24 leaves. Approx. 26.5 cm. Blue-greenish paper, varied condition, good to fair, damage and restoration to title page and several leaves. Most leaves in good condition, wear and stains. Leather binding, damaged.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 350

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Letter of Approbation for a Slaughterer by Lithuanian Rabbis

Letter of approbation for a slaughterer, handwritten and signed by the Rabbi of ֵ eduva Rabbi Noach Rabinowitz with his stamps "Noach son of Yechiel Michel Rabinowitz". ֵ eduva, 1900. [Rabbi Noach Rabinowitz, 1839-1901, author of "Mei Noach" and "Toldot Noach"].
On reverse side of leaf are more letters of approbation:
Letter by the renowned Rabbi "Moshe Mishel Shmuel Shapira of Raguva", 1901. 1799-1833, a prominent Lithuanian rabbi, brought many times in the writings of the Aderet, the Maharsham's responsa and in the "Sdei Chemed". Authored many books: "Sechiot HaChemda" (at the end of the book "Chemdat Shaul"), "He'arat HaShemesh", "Maharam Mash", etc.
Letter by Rabbi "Ze'ev Wolf Lehrman of Erzvilkas and now a guest here in Raguva ". 1901. [Rabbi Ze'ev Wolf Lehrman, born in 1860, served as Rabbi of Erzvilkas (Novo- Aleksandrovsk) Kaunas region].
Two pages, approx. 22 cm. Fair condition. Restored wear tears, in margins and leaf folds.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 224

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Sefer Ohr Torah – Berlin, 1745 – Copy of Rabbi Shraga Feivel of Gritza and Rabbi Simcha Bunim of Warka – Rebbe of Otwock

Sefer Ohr Torah, first "Etzba" of the book "Shtei Yadot" by Rabbi Menachem Di Lonzano - Tikun Parshiot Ptuchot U'Stumot. Includes "Masorah Rabbati". Berlin, [1745].
Printed and usually attached to the book "Torah Ohr" by Rabbi Aryeh Leib son of Rabbi Yehoshua Heshel of Pinsk, proofreader of current composition.
Ownership notation: "This book belongs to the rabbiג€¦ sharp and proficientג€¦ Chassid, worshiper of G-d out of extreme loveג€¦ Rabbi Shraga Feivel Av Beit Din of Gritza".
Signatures "Simcha Bunim son of Rabbi Mordechai Mendel of Warka, presently in Otwockג€¦" and additional signatures.
Rabbi Shraga Feivel Danziger of Gritza (passed away in 1849, Encyclopedia of Hassidism, III, p. 882-883), founder of the Alexander dynasty. Disciple of Rabbi Ya'akov of Lisa author of "Chavat Da'at" and "Netivot HaMishpat". Prominent disciple of the Chozeh (Seer) of Lublin, and later on among the greatest disciples of Rabbi Simcha Bunim of Peshischa and of Rabbi Yitzchak of Vorka. After the death of Rabbi Yitzchak of Vorka, succeeded him as Rebbe. His son was Rabbi Yechiel Danziger - the first Rebbe of Alexander.
The Rebbe of Otwock - Rabbi Simcha Bunim son of Rabbi Mordechai Menachem Kalish (1851-1907, Encyclopedia of Hassidism III, p. 827-828), among the most righteous of the generation and among the leaders of Warka. Appointed as Rebbe at the age of seventeen. Immigrated to Eretz Israel to the holy city of Tiberias, however, was expelled by the Turks and returned to Poland. In 1906 immigrated once again to Eretz Israel and settled in Tiberias.
29 [instead of 27] leaves. 20 cm. Good-fair condition, restored tears, many stains. New semi-leather binding.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 43

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Vayikra Chumashim – Two Slavita Editions

1. Sefer Vayikra and Megillat Shir HaShirim, with Rashi, Ba'al HaTurim and Siftei Chachamim. Slavita, [1827]. Press of Rabbi Shmuel Avraham Shapiro, son of Rabbi of Slavita. Title page with illustrated frame (crown and plant motifs).
2. Sefer Vayikra and Megillat Shir HaShirim, Slavita, 1833. Press of Rabbi Shmuel Avraham Shapiro, son of Rabbi of Slavita. Title page with frame.
Two copies: 150 leaves. 20.5 cm. Standard blue paper, both in good condition, stains and tears. Ownership signatures. Original leather bindings (slightly damaged).

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Auction 19 Lot Number 429

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Collection of Books of Bibliography and History of Hebrew Printing

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Total of 8 books. Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 216

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Emunat Shmuel Responsa – Signature and Stamp of Rabbi David of Sochaczew

Emunat Shmuel Responsa, Lemberg (1884).
owner's signature in his own handwriting and his stamp: "David son of Z. Bornsztainג€¦".
Rabbi David Bornsztain was born in 1876 in Nasielsk to his father, author of Shem M'Shmuel, son of the Avnei Nezer of Sochaczew. At the age of 20, was appointed Rabbi of Wyszogrֳ³d where he headed a yeshiva for older boys. After World War I, moved to serve in the Tomaszow and Zgierz rabbinate. In 1926, he succeeded his father as Rebbe and was one of the most outstanding rebbes in Poland. Died in the Warsaw Ghetto in Kislev 1942. His entire family perished in the Holocaust. His many books and most of his writings on the Talmud were lost in the upheavals of those years.
44 leaves. 25 cm. Dry paper, good-fair condition, minor damage and tears. Non-original binding.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 430

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Collection of Books by Avraham Ya’ari and Other Bibliographies

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Total of 11 books. Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 217

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Eshel Avraham – Stamps of Rebbe Rabbi David Tzvi Shlomo of Lelov

Sefer Eshel Avraham, Kabbalistic matters and commentary on articles of the Zohar. Rabbi Mordechai Ashkenazi. Fֳ¼rth, (1701).
Many stamps of Rabbi "David Tzvi Shlomo son of the righteous Rabbi Eliezer Menachem Biederman of Jerusalem" (with illustration of the Western Wall and cypress trees).
The holy Rabbi David Tzvi Shlomo Biederman (1844-1918), son of the Rebbe Rabbi Eliezer Menachem Mendel (1827-1883), holy and pure from youth, leader of the Chassidic congregation in Jerusalem. Was among the prominent Chassidim of the "Beit Aharon" of Karlin. The author of "Yismach Yisrael" of Alexander referred to him as "Torah Scroll". Rabbi Chaim Shmuel of Chantshin related that for many years he was the most righteous giant of the generation.
(Missing title page and leaf of approbations). 3-186 leaves. 30 cm. Good-fair condition, wear, stains and some moth damage. Worn semi-leather binding.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 313

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Manuscripts – Morocco

Collection of manuscripts, [Morocco, c. 19th-20th century].
* Chiddushei Torah, homiletics, customs and Halachot of slaughtering and non-kosher food, poems, wording of bills. (Signatures of "Moshe son of Mordechai Cohen"). * Poems and tales in Hebrew and Jewish-Arabic. * Reasons for slaughtering by Rabbi Moshe HaCohen. 1947. Signature of copyist "Ya'akov Knafo". * Haftarah for Tisha B'Av and lamentations. (Includes translations into Jewish-Arabic).
Four manuscripts + single leaves. Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 377

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Collection of Letters from Rabbis and Admors

Letter collection from various Rabbis and Admors in Israel and the USA.
Letters by: Rabbi Pinchas Menachem Alter Gerer Admor, Rabbi Yitzchak Meir HaCohen Levin, Rabbi Pinchas HaCohen Levin, Rabbi Avraham Yehoshua Heshel Weinberg Admor of Slonim-Tel Aviv, Rabbi Chaim Kaner Admor of Sieniawa-New York, Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu HaLevi Epstein Admor of Neustadt- New York, Rabbi Meir Ya'akov Gutenstein, Rabbi and Motz at Koziglov (1938).
Eight letters, various sizes and conditions, mostly in good condition.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 335

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Seder Sefirat Ha’Omer – Fine Miniature Manuscript, Italy, 18th Century

Manuscript, "Seder Sefirat Ha'Omer", with prayers and intentions according to Kabbalah. Fine scribal writing and Italian writing. Italy, 18th century.
Leaf preceding title page contains signature "Baruch Haleluya Parmigiani, 1788". [The Parmigiani family was a well-known rabbinic family in Italy. During that generation Rabbi Yitzchak Parmigiani served as rabbi of Trieste].
Approx. fifty three leaves, 11.8 cm. High quality paper, good condition, usage stains. Damaged parchment binding.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 272

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Manuscript of “Parashat Mordechai” Book by Rabbi Mordechai Hena (Book Not Printed)

Manuscript of "Parashat Mordechai - Aggadot and Halachot", Autographic manuscript by the author, the Ga'on Rabbi Mordechai Hena. Includes introduction to the book, indexes and leaves from the composition (with titles "Shir Chadash", "Perush Yelamdenu"). To the best of our knowledge it was not printed.
The Ga'on Rabbi Mordechai Hena (passed away in 1767, Otzar HaRabbanim 13806), Dayan in Hamburg from 1727, mechutan of the Ga'on the Ya'avetz. After the book "Akitzat Akrav" was published he began supporting Rabbi Yehonatan Eibeshitz. Composed of approximately ten books on all facets of the Torah, most of which were not printed. For additional information about him see enclosed material.
Three pages, 31.5 cm. + Eight pages, approx. 20.5 cm. Good-fair conditions, wear to margins.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 400

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Torat Chaim Yeshiva Jerusalem – An Emissary’s Pamphlet with Many Letters of Recommendation from US Rabbis

An emissary's pamphlet of The General Torat Chaim Yeshiva in Jerusalem, including many letters of recommendation by US rabbis. 1921. Illustrated colored title page. Letters in support of the emissary Rabbi Ya'akov Eisenbach of Jerusalem, handwritten and signed (and stamped) by the following rabbis: Rabbi Moshe Shimon Zivitz Rabbi of Pittsburgh; Rabbi Moshe Zevulun Margolios Rabbi of Kehilat Yeshurun NY; Rabbi Hillel HaCohen Dr. Klein, Newark; Rabbi Avraham Nachman Shwartz, Baltimore; Rabbi Moshe Aharon Horowitz Rabbi of Union of Communities of Washington DC; Rabbi Ya'akov David Gordon Rabbi of Norfolk; Rabbi Pinchas Yaffe, Birmingham; Rabbi Elchanan Zvi Gutterman, Scranton; Rabbi Yitzchak Meir Davidson, Av Beit Din of Wilkes-Barre; Rabbi Shmuel Baskin; Rabbi Yehuda Leib Zeltzer and many other rabbis.
More than 20 written pages. 22 cm. Dry paper, good condition, minor damage and tears.
Renewed original binding.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 209

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Prayer Book, Machozor and Tehillim by Chief Av Beit Din Rabbi Moshe Aryeh Freind

* Bait Ya'akov Prayer Book, Rabbi Ya'akov Emden, Sephardic version. [Schlesinger Publications, Budapest, c. 1930. Stereotypic printing of Lemberg edition 1904]. Usage marks, tears and stains, especially on Zemirot Shabbat and Pesach Haggadah. * Pesach Machzor, Rav Peninim, Sephardic version. Vilna, 1924. Usage marks and stains, especially on Pesach Haggadah. * Sefer Tehillim, with Drash Moshe commentary. [Lemberg, 1879], bound with Seder Ma'amadot [Lemberg, 1879]. Missing title page and pages of introduction (some included, incomplete and detached). Contains some Kvitlach between leaves of book. Usage marks and tears on page margins.
The holy and righteous genius Rabbi Moshe Aryeh Freind (1904-1996), son of the holy Rabbi Yisrael Av Beit Din of Bonyhֳ¡d (passed away in 1940) and grandson of the Rebbe Rabbi Avraham Yehoshua Freind of Nִƒsִƒud (1855-1932), son of Rabbi Moshe Aryeh Freind head of congregation of Siget during the time of the "Yitav Lev" and the "Kedushat Yom Tov". Among the loyal disciples of the Rebbe of Satmar Rabbi Yo'el Teitelbuam; served as rabbinical authority in Satmar, Av Beit Din of Nִƒsִƒud from 1938. After the Holocaust he immigrated to Jerusalem and served as Rosh Yeshiva of Satmar and rabbinical authority. Chief Av Beit Din of the Edah HaCharedit. Following the demise of the "Minchat Yitzchak", was appointed as Av Beit Din of the Edah HaCharedit. Was known as being a righteous miracle worker and was sought after for blessings by people in need of salvation. Rama [Rabbi Moshe Aryeh] Talmud Torah and Yeshiva named after him.
Three books, various sizes and conditions, good to fair conditions. Some contain stamps of Rabbi Moshe Aryeh Freind from various periods. Prayer book and Tehillim rebound.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 359

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Letter From Rav Shach to Rabbi Ya’akov Kaminetsky

A letter of recommendation from Rabbi Elazar Menachem Mann Shach to his friend Rabbi Ya'akov Kaminetsky, with a request to assist the emissary of the Moreshet Avot Organization - "whose goal is to spread Torah by establishing classes in far-out placesג€¦". Bnei Brak, 1975.
Moreshet Avot - El HaMekorot, is a large teshuva organization founded after the Six Day War, initiated and headed by Rav Shach.
Official stationery, 25 cm. Approx. 18 lines of his handwriting and signature. Very good condition

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Auction 19 Lot Number 146

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Tur Orach Chaim – First Edition of Beit Yosef

Tur Orach Chaim, including "Beit Yosef" by Rabbi Yosef Karo. Venice, [1550]. First edition of "Beit Yosef" printed during his lifetime.
Notations, corrections and glosses [some cut off] in Oriental handwriting (author notes throughout book "this is not our customג€¦" "the custom in our country[ies]ג€¦" "It is apparent that the abbreviated style of Rabbi Yosef Karo caused him to write soג€¦"). Stamp in foreign language "Aharon Tzarfati".
459 leaves (originally: 1-24, 459, [1] leaves. Missing: Title page and index leaves at beginning as well as leaf with symbol of publisher at end). Fair condition, stains-mildew stains, moth damage. Several leaves with severe moth damage, wear and damage to text. Cut off margins and restorations with scotch tape on some leaves. Old semi-leather binding.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 73

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Torat Chaim – With Glosses by Rebbe Mendel Hager

"Written in his own holy handwritingג€¦ the renowned Tzaddik Rebbe Chaim of Kosov, son of Rabbi Yitzchakג€¦ Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kosov" (from the title page). Stamps in foreign language of Rabbi Mendel Hager Rebbe of Zablutov. Last pages have glosses on Kabbalistic topics in Rabbi Mendel's own handwriting. (Handwriting is identical to his handwriting which appears in the Encyclopedia L'Chachmei Galicia, Volume 2, pages 59-60 - see attached material).
Rebbe Mendel Hager (1840-1910), only son of Rabbi Ya'akov of Zablutov, son of Rabbi David of Zablutov (brother of author Rabbi Chaim of Kosov - a founder of the Vizhnitz dynasty).
[1], 5-39, 7 leaves. 24 cm. Wide margins. Good condition, stains and foxing. Owner's signature "Shmuel ---". Fancy new binding.
Without 2 additional leaves of omissions and table of mistakes, missing from most copies, see Bibliography Institute CD Listing 0137870.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 137

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Yalkut Shimoni, First Edition – Salonika, 1521

Yalkut Shimoni by Rabbi Shimon HaDarshan. [Salonika, 1521]. First edition. Press of Don Yehudah from the Gedalya family.
This copy contains the majority of the collection of Nevi'im and Ketuvim: Shoftim until end of Trei Asar, Mishlei, Iyov, Daniel and Nechemia, Divrei HaYamim. Megillot and Tehillim.
Incomplete copy, some leaves bound out of order: 15-192, 212-228, 193-210 leaves; 66 leaves. (Originally, usually: 236; 67 leaves). 26 cm. High-quality paper, fair condition, moth damage and stains, damage with omission on several leaves. Paper cut with damage to titles on some leaves.
Rare edition with variants. Bibliography Institute CD, record 0176194.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 84

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Book Collection of Chabad Chassidism

For complete list, see Hebrew description.
Ten books + approx. twenty booklets. Various sizes and conditions

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Auction 19 Lot Number 223

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Collection of Rare Title Pages and Rabbis’ Signatures

Collection of title pages and single leaves of various books: printed in the 16th and 17th century, German, Hungarian and Russian-Polish printing, Oriental and Jerusalem printing, books of responsa and Chassidism, inscriptions on end paper leaves, etc.
Many have various signatures of rabbis from Hungary and Russia-Poland, Oriental rabbis and rabbis from various countries, such as: Rabbi Shmuel Binyamin Sofer (1873-1943), Av Beit Din of Derecske, son of Rabbi Eliezer Zussman; Rabbi Avraham Dov Singer Av Beit Din of Modernes (1794-1805) and his son Rabbi Menachem Mendel; Rabbi Binyamin Segal; Rabbi Moshe Helishvi; Rabbi "Asher Lemel Landau son of the Rabbi, Av Beit Din of Maade and its surroundings"; Rabbi Eliyahu Menachem Gvitin; Rabbi Avraham Ulman; Rabbi Baruch Leib Ulman; Rabbi Michael Dov Windgat; Rabbi Amram Greenwald of Satmar; Rabbi Menachem Abulafia; Rabbi Yeshaya Ibn Ezriel; Rabbi Yehoshua Heshel of Volodymyr-Volynskyi etc.
Dozens of leaves, various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 234

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Shulchan Aruch Ateret Zvi, Krakow, 1646 – Signatures and Glosses by Rabbi Yeckezkel Kindlash of Prague

Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim, with Ateret Zvi and Nachalat Zvi commentaries, by Rabbi Zvi Katz. Krakow, 1646.
Signatures by Rabbi "Yeckezkel Kindle, Dayan in the Great Beit-Din of Prague, of Nachod" (1688). Glosses and corrections in old handwriting. Interesting gloss on leaf 8: "ג€¦I, Yeckezkel Kindle, heard from the holy mouth". Additional ownership signatures: "Ya'akov son of Rabbi Shmuel Dayan [son of Rabbi Yosef?]".
The Gaon Rabbi Yeckezkel son of Rabbi Yitzchak Kindlash of Prague (1630-1704), Dayan in Prague and Av Beit Din in Nachod,
published the book "Mareh Yeckezkel Katan" (Prague, 1695) on the teachings of his rabbi, Rabbi Aharon Shimon Shapiro, Av Beit Din of Prague. For additional information about him, see enclosed material.
2-60, 196 leaves. (Originally: 60, [204] leaves. Missing nine leaves: title page, approbations and last leaves). First pages damaged and antiquely restored with additions in old handwriting. New and elaborate leather binding.
Books printed in Poland between the years 1630-1648 (before the Khmelnytsky uprising) are unavailable.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 235

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Sefer HaMekach VeHaMemkar – Venice, 1602 – Glosses by Rabbi Yerucham Fishel Perlau

Sefer HaMekach VeHaMemkar, by Rabbi Hai Ga'on. Venice, [1602]. First edition.
Sheet margins contain erudite glosses [some lengthy], in fine tiny handwriting of Rabbi Yerucham Fishel Perlau. Stamps of his name in foreign language: "Juda perla - warschau" [his complete name was Rabbi Yehuda Yerucham Fishel].
The Ga'on Rabbi Yerucham Fishel Perlau of Warsaw (1846-1934), genius and proficient Torah scholar, among the notable geniuses of Poland and who immigrated to Jerusalem towards the end of his life. Giant in Torah and affluent as well; made a living from commerce. Was known for his great work on Sefer HaMitzvot by Rabbi Sa'adia Ga'on.
97, [1] leaves. 20 cm. Generally in good condition. Stains. Coarse tears on margins of several leaves. Renewed binding.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 129

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Collection of Haggadot – South America

Nine haggadot printed in South America.
For complete list, see Hebrew description.
Nine haggadot. Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 408

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Perek Shira – Miniature Fancy Facsimile

Miniature fancy facsimile of an illustrated manuscript of Perek Shira [with Yiddish-Deitsch translation], from Central Europe, 18th century. Includes a volume of commentary and English translation. London, 1996.
Facsimile on imitation parchment, including five color illustrations. 550 copies were published. This is copy no. 41.
[16] pages. 12.5 cm. Very good condition, antique-style binding + volume of commentary. In original cardboard box.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 328

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Archive of Rabbi Calfon HaCohen – Manuscripts and Letters – Djerba Scholars

A varied and important collection from the archive of Rabbi Calfon Moshe HaCohen (1874-1950, Otzar HaRabbanim 12439) Av Beit Din of Djerba and the greatest Torah scholar of that city. Torah novellae in his handwriting. Includes many letters sent to Rabbi Calfon HaCohen from leading rabbis of Djerba and Tunis and likewise halachic decisions and manuscripts in their handwriting and with their signatures. Djerba, [the 1800s].
Amongst the rabbis signatures, besides Rabbi Calfon HaCohen: Rabbi Rachamim Chai Chavita HaCohen, Rabbi Shushan HaCohen, Rabbi Ya'akov Di Avraham HaCohen, Rabbi Sasi HaCohen, Rabbi Eliyahu HaCohen, Rabbi Nissim Yarchi, Rabbi Ma'atok Madjuz, Rabbi Chai Calfon, Rabbi Ma'atok Cohen, Rabbi Yisrael Zitun and other scholars.
Rabbi Calfon Moshe HaCohen (1874-1950, Otzar HaRabbanim 12439), was a leading Torah scholar in Tunis, Chief Rabbi of Djerba and author of many books. He died in Djerba before his departure to Eretz Israel and in 2006, his bones were brought to Israel with a large funeral of thousands of participants.
+ A large collection of letters and manuscripts with many signatures of Rabbi Zaken Moshe Madjuz Rosh Av Beit Din of Djerba (1851-1915) author of many books.
Approx. 100 leaves. Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 278

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Collection of Manuscripts (Hungary)

Large collection of various manuscripts, single leaves and pamphlets, from various authors and various periods [majority from Hungary and its surroundings. 18th-20th century].
Chidushei Sugiot and Chidushei Shas, homiletics and Chidushim on the Torah, letters and more.
Among the manuscripts: * Letter journal (written by disciple of the "Chatam Sofer" - contains copy of letter which he wrote endorsing disciple of the Chatam Sofer to the rabbinate, written just prior to the last Sukkot of his rabbi's life, 1839). * Letter from 1848 to Rabbi Moshe Shiffman Av Beit Din of Miskovice (disciple of the "Chatam Sofer"). * Title page for Chidushei Sugiot signed by Rabbi Avraham Binyamin [Revhon] Mergen, disciple of the Chatam Sofer in the Pressburg Yeshiva and Rabbi Yechezkel Panet in the Nitra Yeshiva [apparently some of the Chidushei Sugiot are in his handwriting as well]. * Chidushei Torah leaf written during the lifetime of Rabbi Ephraim Zalman Margaliot containing matters which the writer discussed with him. * Chidushei Torah on the Shas, part of a composition with a preface [written in the early 20th century by a Torah scholar who was apparently from Mukachevo]. * Additional important manuscripts which were not thoroughly examined.
Over eighty leaves, various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 301

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Remnants of Ancient Sefer Haftarot on Parchment, in Two Columns – Yemen

Remnants of ancient book of Haftarot on parchment, taken from a binding archive. [Yemen, unknown date, apparently from early period].
Approx. eight leaves, written in two columns, without vowelization. Contains Haftarot for Parshiot Mishpatim-Tetzaveh.
7-8 leaves. Approx. 30 cm. Poor condition (Leaves stuck together with professional work required to separate them).

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Auction 19 Lot Number 88

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Large Collection of Breslov Chassidic Books

A large and varied collection of various Breslov Chassidic books, most from 1875-1960.
Includes: Meshivat Nefesh (first edition Lemberg 1902, and other editions); Likutei Moharan (Jerusalem 1936, Apta 1938, etc.); Likutei Eitzot (Warsaw 1875, etc.); Likutei Halachot; Yerach HaEitanim; Tikun HaKlali; Chayei Moharan; Tefilla U'Techina L'Lag B'Omer; Zimrat HaAretz; Ma'ase B'Va'al Tefilla; Ma'ase M'Chacham V'Tam; Likutei Tikunim; Shivchei Haran; Sipurim Nifla'im; etc.
Approx. 48 books and booklets, various sizes and conditions, good-poor. One of the books has the signature of Rabbi Shmuel Horowitz, a prominent Breslov Chassid.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 67

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Ateret Yisrael, Zhitomir – Segula Book

Sefer Ateret Yisrael, by Rabbi Yisrael of Bohopol. Zhitomir, 1867. First edition. Contains approbation of author's relative, Rabbi Aharon of Chernobyl, who praises the author and his book. He blesses the publishers, that the merit of the author should "protect them and the printers and the purchasers of this book".
Ownership signatures and notations of Rabbi Aharon Porush (grandson of Rabbi Shlomo Zalman) of Kapust.
The author Rabbi Yisrael of Bohopol (passed away in 1849, Encyclopedia of Hassidism, 2, pages 512-513) son of the daughter of Rabbi Nachum of Chernobyl. This book contains sayings in the name of his grandfather, Rabbi Nachum of Chernobyl, and his brother-in-law, Rabbi Shalom Shachna, father of Rabbi Yisrael of Ruzhin.
[2], 70 leaves. 20.5 cm. Fair condition, stains, moth damage, restored damage on title page. New binding.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 302

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Remnants of Ancient Sefer Haftarot on Parchment with Upper Vowelization – Yemen

Remnants of book of Haftarot. Handwriting upon parchment. [Yemen, unknown date, apparently from early period].
Vowelized with Babylonian vowelization [upper vowelization]. Contains Haftarot with Aramaic translation for first and second day of Atzeret [Shavuot], for Shacharit of Yom Kippur and more.
[13] leaves. 28-29 cm. Fair-poor condition. Stains, tears, damage with omission to text on margins of leaves. Worn cloth binding.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 345

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Collection of Remnants of Antique Documents, Yemen 16th Century

Collection of remnants of antique documents, Yemen, from the 16th century. Attached is partial deciphering of most of the documents.
Eight remnants of documents, various sizes and conditions, fair to poor.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 111

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Seder Ma’amadot, Venice, 1780 – Miniature, with “Lamnatze’ach” Menorah

Seder Ma'amadot and Shir HaYichud, arranged according to the days of the week. Venice, [1780]. Bragadin Press.
124 leaves. 11.2 cm. Fair condition, stains from usage and wear, restored tears on title page. Semi-leather binding.
Illustrated leaf of "Shiviti" with "Lamnatze'ach" Menorah glued on back binding leaf, [hand-drawn illustration from the 18th-19th century].

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Auction 19 Lot Number 303

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Tehillim Manuscript – Yemen – 1835

Tehillim manuscript, Yemen, 1835.
The author writes in a colophon: "ג€¦ I am the young Shalom son of Aharon son of Moshe El-Seri El-Leviג€¦ May Hashem forgive me for my sins and mistakesג€¦ completed in 1835."
Read about a different manuscript from the same scribe from year 1859 in the Encyclopedia of the Yemenite Sages, Vol.1, p.420. (Bar-Ilan Manuscript 36655-210).
(Missing the first leaf), 2-32, [60] leaves. 11 cm. High quality paper, good condition, wear and use stains. Rebound.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 431

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Collection of Catalogues – Bamberger Et Vahrman – Three Volumes

Catalogues from "Bamberger et Vahrman" bookshop. Bamberger et Vahrman in Jerusalem [originally on King George St. and later on HaSolel St.].
* Hebrew catalogues, from the years 1934-1948; (odd number series): 1-38. * Foreign language catalogues, from the years 1934-1948; (even number series): 2-34, with the addition of numbers: 21 and 37.
Three volumes. In general good condition (stains and wear), new bindings.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 240

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Shulchan Aruch HaRav, Zhitomir 1856 – Wide-Margined Copy with Dozens of Handwritten Lengthy Glosses

Shulchan Aruch, Admor HaZaken of Liadi, Orach Chaim, Vol. 3 (and 4), Hilchot Pesach etc. Zhitomir, 1856. Printing press of Rabbi Chanina Lipa and Rabbi Yehoshua Heshel Shapira, grandsons of the Slavita Rebbe.
Dozens of lengthy glosses, in square handwriting, with significant Halachic content.
[2], 128 leaves; 97 leaves. 23.5x17 cm. Very wide margins (7 cm approx.). Good-fair condition, moth holes and stains.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 155

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Seder Arba Ta’aniyot – Venice, 1624 – Interesting Ownership Notation

Seder Arba Ta'aniyot, prayers and poems for Asara B'Tevet, Ta'anit Esther, 17th of Tammuz and Tisha B'Av. Venice, [1624].
End paper at front contain lengthy interesting notation in Portuguese, from the year 1670, regarding the Sephardic custom of announcing in the synagogue on Tisha B'Av Eve the number of years which have elapsed since the destruction of the Temple. The author presents two methods of calculating the number of years which have elapsed since the destruction of the Temple, and describes in detail the content of the speech of "Chacham HaKahal" on this occasion as well as the reason for the destruction of Jerusalem and the exile [it is possible that it is based upon an outline which "Chacham HaKahal" personally wrote, as preparation for his speech. Perhaps it refers to congregation of Anusim (Marranos) in Amsterdam or some other congregation of Anusim].
116 leaves. 15 cm. Good condition, stains. Moth holes. Original adorned leather binding, with laced clasps for closure (one lace missing).

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Auction 19 Lot Number 124

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Pesach Haggadah, Verona, 1828

Sephardic Pesach Haggadah. Printed especially for the Ashkenazi youths Yisrael and his brothers, grandsons of the philanthropist Shlomo Aharon HaCohen. Verona, [1828]. Illustrations of Matzah and bitter herbs. Facing title page: Photograph-plate of Shabbat candle lighting.
[1], 20 leaves. 20 cm. High quality paper, wide margins. Good-fair condition, moth damage and stains.
Ya'ari 491; Otzar HaHaggadot 680.

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