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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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Auction 19 Lot Number 327

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Collection of Manuscripts – Works of Djerba and Tunis Scholars

A huge collection of manuscripts, on topics in the Talmud, halacha, homiletics on the Torah and the Bible, most by Western scholars and Torah geniuses. [Djerba and Tunis, 19th-20th century].
Pamphlets, booklets and manuscript leaves, some autographic in the authors' handwriting, some unidentified, such as: a manuscript [signed] by Rabbi Chai Chavita HaCohen, Av Beit Din of Djerba; manuscript of homiletics, by Rabbi Yosef Gez, Rosh Av Beit Din of Tunis; manuscript Ma'ase Nissim by Rabbi Nissim HaCohen of Djerba; V'He'erich HaCohen, by Rabbi David HaCohen Lemdjerbi [Rabbi of Tetouan]; manuscript Bnei Avraham [apparently by Rabbi Avraham ben Kamus HaCohen]; a section of manuscript Me'ayin Yavo on Tehillim, by Rabbi Ya'akov HaCohen author of Bechor Ya'akov of Djerba; Sefer Dikduk by Rabbi Masi'ad Mahatzar [author of Mis'ad L'Veit Hashem]; etc.
Hundreds of pages written in pamphlets and single leaves [some works are incomplete].
Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 61

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Collection of Books of Printings of Shapira Family in Zhitomir and Slavita

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Five books, various sizes and conditions, good to fair.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 296

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Bechinat HaKabbala V’Kol Sachal – Yashar of Gorizia

Manuscript, Bechinat HaKabbala, contains two works: Kol Sachal and Sha'agat Aryeh, by Rabbi Yehuda Aryeh of Modena, with Part Two "Bechinat HaKabbala", containing research and comments on these books, by the publisher Yashar [Yitzchak Shlomo Rigio]. According to this manuscript, the book was printed in Gorizia in 1852. Possibly, it is in Yashar's handwriting. (Differs slightly from printed version).
Yitzchak Shlomo Rigio - Yashar of Gorizia (1784-1855), one of the first Italian maskilim and a head of the "Chachmat Yisrael" movement. Founded the Beit Midrash L'Rabbanim in Padova, headed by his friend Shadal.
Approx. 170 leaves. 16 cm. Good condition, few stains.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 243

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Jerusalem Talmud – Nezikin – First edition of Pnei Moshe – Comments and Glosses

Tractate Nezikin [as well as Tractate Nida] of the Jerusalem Talmud, including the commentary of Pnei Moshe, by Rabbi Moshe Margalit. Livorno (in "Amsterdam letters"), [1770]. First edition of Pnei Moshe on Tractate Nezikin printed by the author himself.
Signatures and ownership notations: "Leib son of Rabbi Aharon Scheir of Frankfurt am Main", "Ash Ben Dvash [acronym]", and others. Many brief and lengthy glosses and comments, in handwriting typical of the late 18th century.
[2] leaves; 30 leaves; 26 leaves; 22 leaves; 35 leaves; 6 leaves; 28 leaves; 24 leaves; 24 leaves. 34cm. Good-fair condition, mildew stains. New binding with leather spine.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 126

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Nine Haggadot – Oriental Countries – With Ladino Translation, Jewish-Arabic, Persian and More

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Nine books and booklets, various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 329

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Collection of Letters and Manuscripts – From Rabbi Yeshua Palagi and Rabbis of Safed

Collection of manuscripts, letters and documents by Rabbi Yeshua Palagi and rabbis of Safed, (1910-1938).
Collection includes: Halachic responsa in the handwriting of Rabbi Yeshua Palagi, lists of homiletics and eulogies. * Public and family letters by Rabbi Yeshua and letters to him. * Letters by his son-in-law Rabbi (Avraham) Na'im Shichrur and letters to him. * Various letters from rabbis of Safed (Rabbi Ezra Chaim HaCohen, Rabbi Yosef Chai HaLevi and others), Rabbis of Tiberias and rabbis of countries of the Levant and the Maghreb. * Report notebook on letters pertaining to Kollels of Safed (letters to worldwide rabbis mentioned: Rabbi Raphael Chaim Moshe Ben Na'im (Rav HaRachaman) of Gibraltar, Rabbi Moshe Meir Chai Elyakim (Rav HaMesame'ach) of Mogador, Rabbi Rephael Ankava of Sali, Rabbi Ya'akov son of Rabbi Yosef Chaim of Baghdad and others. Letter to the government regarding renovation of yard of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai which was ruined by the farmers. End of notebook contains lists and financial reports signed by Rabbi Raphael Menasheh Antebi - apparently the entire notebook is in his handwriting). * Transaction bills and notary documents, and more.
The Ga'on Rabbi Yeshua Palagi, born in 1870, served for many years as member and chief of Beit Din in Safed. The majority of the rabbis of Safed in the generation following him were his disciples. In approximately 1937 he moved to Jerusalem. His son-in-law, Rabbi Avraham Na'im Shichrur, among the Torah scholars of Jerusalem and Safed, served as rabbinical emissary of Kollels of Safed.
Dozens of leaves and several notebooks, total of over eighty leaves. Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 361

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Letters from Rabbi Shneur Kotler and his Family

Collection of letters by Rabbi Shneur Kotler Head of Lakewood Yeshiva, and his family, to a family friend, Rabbi Shalom Yavner from Switzerland. 1947-1970.
Two letters from Rabbi Shneur on official stationery; a letter from his wife Rebbetzin Rissel Kotler, with the addition of five rows handwritten and signed by Rabbi Shneur; three letters by his mother, Rebbetzin Chana Perel Kotler (Rabbi Aharon Kotler's wife) and a telegram (from 1947) signed KOTLER.
Eight letters on nine leaves, various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 52

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Chok L’Yisrael – Zhitomir 1857

Chok L'Yisrael, with Yosef L'Chok (by the Chida), a whole set Bereshit-Devarim, Zhitomir, 1855-1857 (Bereshit 1855, all the rest 1857). Printed by Rabbi Chanina Lipa and Rabbi Yehoshua Heshel Shapira. First printing in Zhitomir of the Chok L'Yisrael chumashim, printed according to the Slavita edition 1832.
5 volumes, various sizes and conditions, good-fair, Vayikra is missing leaves 225-230, and Devarim is missing leaves 220-229.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 212

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Kol Sofer – Signatures of Rabbi Shlomo Ganzfried

Kol Sofer, novellae on Mishnayot [Zera'im, Mo'ed, Nashim], by Rabbi Chaim Sofer. Mukachevo, 1881.
On the book's title page is the stamp of Rabbi "Shlomo Ganzfried Rosh Av Beit Din of Ungvar" and several of his signatures in a foreign language on the first leaves [another owner's signature: "Yechezkel Segal Landau"]. On the margin of one of the leaves are two long glosses, one [cutoff] is apparently in the handwriting of Rabbi Shlomo Ganzfried.
Rabbi Shlomo Ganzfried (1804-1886, Otzar HaRabbanim 18404), a great scholar and posek of his generation, Av Beit Din of his birthplace, Ungvar from his youth until his death. At age 30, he published his first work Keset Sofer which was privileged to receive the enthusiastic approbation of the Chatam Sofer, who instructed all his disciples "that from the day that the book Keset Sofer was printed, no scribe will receive a permit to write until he is proficient in this bookג€¦ and a scribe that is not proficient in this book will be rendered unfit for his trade". He wrote many works on halacha and aggada, but is especially famous for his book Kitzur Shulchan Aruch that was accepted by Jews throughout the world and has been printed in hundreds of editions in many languages.
[2], 166 leaves. 22cm. Good condition, stains. One gloss is cutoff. Old binding.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 319

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Shira Chadasha, Aleppo, 1888 / Anthology of Handwritten Poems and Supplications – Copy of Author, Kabbalist Rabbi Raphael Tabbush – Antebi

Sefer Shira Chadasha, poetry, Rabbi Raphael Tabbush-Antebi, [Aleppo, 1888]. Handwritten glosses and additions. Bound together with additional book in Oriental handwriting, large anthology of poetry [Aleppo, c. 1890].
Signatures and ownership notations of Rabbi "Raphael Tabbush" and more. Leaf 2 of the manuscripts contains full signature "Raphael Yitzchak Antebi Tabbush" - The author, the Kabbalist Rabbi Raphael Antebi (1854-1919) author of the book "Shira Chadasha" was a man of great holiness and the majority of his poetry was established on the wisdom of Kabbalah. His tombstone contains an epitaph "G-d fearing man, complete and total scholar, pleasant singer of Israel" - For additional information about him see attached material [Rabbi Raphael was blind and these signatures are apparently from an early period before he became blind].
Additional ownership signatures in Oriental handwriting: "Nissim Ya'akov ---". "Yosef Khafif".
Content of printed book and manuscript: Poetry composed especially according to the known Maqִm melodies [Maqִm - system of melodic modes used in traditional Arabic music]. On the title page of the book and its introduction the author writes at length regarding the damage to the soul caused by the Arabic flirtatious and lustful melodies, and therefore composed a holy poem appropriate to the known melodies. Some of the poems have the initials of Raphael after the author. [Many of these songs are known until today and are presented in prayer books and supplication books].
The manuscript also contains songs with the initials of Raphael and additional songs from his family members and from scholars of Aleppo (Halab). Among the song titles of the manuscripts: "composed by Rabbi Raphael", "Raphael Tabbush", "composed by Rabbi Mordechai Tabbush", "Rabbi Eliyahu Hamoi, "composed by Rabbi Ya'akov Sukri", "Ovadia Tabbush", "Sasson son of Rabbi Moshe" [author of Shemen Sasson] and more.
(Missing title page) 2-38, [2], 33-37, 37-38 leaves. Bound with handwritten notebook: 22, 24-198, [12] leaves. (Of which approx. 180 written pages). 14 cm. Fair condition, wear and stains, mildew damage. Semi-leather binding.
The pagination in the printed book is greater than that which is listed in the Bibliography Institute CDs, apparently this is a variant edition which contains double leaves which were printed twice with changes.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 117

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Collection of Prayer Books, Machzorim and Sifrei Tehillim of Italy Printings

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Twenty-five books. Various sizes and conditions. Ownership notations and signatures. Majority of Machzorim contain Italian translation. Some have fine bindings.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 181

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Sefer Ohr HaYashar – Regarding Kashrut of Divorce of Kleve

Sefer Ohr HaYashar, responsa, rulings and writings from the years 1766-1768 regarding the divorce of Kleve. Amsterdam, (1769). Only edition.
Following a divorce by a slightly unstable (paranoiac) man, which was performed by Rabbi Yisrael Lifshitz, Rabbi of Kleve, who ruled that the husband is not considered a "Shoteh" [fool] regarding his intention to divorce; this spurred the famous polemic which shook up the rabbinic world of that generation. Rabbi Yisrael himself printed his book "Ohr Yisrael" regarding this matter. This book contains responsa by Torah giants of that generation regarding the laws of the divorce, responses which comprised the basis of the halachic rulings of the Batei Din in the following generations.
[7], 111, [1] leaves. 18.5 cm. Good condition, stains. Original damaged leather binding. Notations, ink-stamps.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 437

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Shir HaShirim and Pirkei Avot – Ladino and Spanish – Amsterdam, 1867

Paraphrasis caldayca - Shir HaShirim - Hebrew with Ladino translation and Spanish commentary; Pirkei Avot, Hebrew with Spanish commentary [translation and commentary by Rabbi Moshe Belmonte]. Amsterdam, [1867].
[3], 136 pages. 19 cm. Good condition, few stains. Dedication in foreign language. Stained binding.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 32

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Five Photographs – Second Great Assembly – Vienna, 1929

Collection of photographs from the Second "Great Assembly" of "Agudat Israel". Vienna, 1929.
Five photographs, various sizes and conditions, some damaged and with filing holes. Majority of photographs are rare and unknown.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 352

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Letter by Rabbi Aryeh Leib HaCohen – Son of the “Chafetz Chaim”

Letter handwritten and signed by Rabbi Aryeh Leib HaCohen Popko "son of the Chafetz Chaim", to Rabbi Yoel Leib Herzog. Warsaw, 1931.
Letter of thanks for caring for and finding employment for a slaughterer and bodek.
Rabbi Aryeh Leib Cohen Popko (1861-1939), an outstanding genius, beloved son and right-hand of the Chafetz Chaim, disciple of his father and disciple of the author of "Beit HaLevi" and Lithuanian Torah giants. A leading scholar of his generation, his father prevented him from taking a rabbinic position. He participated in the writing of the "Mishna Berura" and wrote complete simanim.
The recipient, Rabbi Yoel Leib HaLevi Herzog (1865-1935), served at that time as head of the Beit Din in Paris. Father and teacher of the Chief Rabbi of Eretz Israel Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac HaLevi Herzog. Rabbi Yoel used to erase the title HaGaon from letters he received, and in this letter as well the letter is torn in place of this word.
Official stationery. Approx. 28 cm. Good condition, light folding marks, hole in place of erasure.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 332

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Collection of Oriental Manuscripts – Morocco, Lebanon, Yemen and Bukhara

Diverse collection of Oriental manuscripts.
* Sermon notebook for Pesach and Shabbat HaGadol, [fine Rashi writing, apparently handwriting of Rabbi Shabtai Buchabot, 1870-1948, among rabbis of Jaffa and Aleppo, Chief Rabbi of Beirut from 1924]. C. 1935. (Mildew damage).
* Large collection of leaf remnants [from binding archive] by rabbis of Morocco between the years 1830-1860, from the home of Rabbi Raphael Maman [1810-1863, rabbinical authority in Sefrou, holy genius, wealthy Torah supporter, son-in-law of Rabbi Shmuel Elbaz - Malchei Rabanan, leaf 106, page 2]. The collection contains remnants of Beit Din bills, Halachic responsa by Rabbi Raphael, letters in Jewish-Arabic and in Hebrew by various rabbis. Interesting letter by Rabbi David Mashash about the order of distributions to Kollels in Tiberias. Among the signatories on the leaves are: Rabbi Raphael Maman, Rabbi Matityahu Sirero, Rabbi Shalom Mashash (the first), Rabbi Amur Abutbul, Rabbi Eliyahu Azulai, Rabbi Raphael Againi, Rabbi Ya'akov Adahan, Rabbi Amram Elbaz, and others. (All leaves are damaged and incomplete).
* Notebook of Chidushei Torah and sermons, [Morocco?, c. 20th century].
* Letters and papers from Yemen, Bukhara and more.
Dozens of leaves, various sizes and conditions, fair to poor condition.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 228

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Collection of Books of Halacha and Chassidism From Library of Av Beit Din Rabbi Moshe Aryeh Freind

Collection of books of Halacha and Chassidism from library of Chief Av Beit Din of Jerusalem and Rosh Yeshiva of Satmar, the holy genius Rabbi Moshe Aryeh Freind (1904-1996).
Majority of books contain ink-stamps of Rabbi Moshe Aryeh Freind and his father Rabbi Yisrael Freind Av Beit Din of Bonyhֳ¡d from various periods, as well as other stamps or listings and signatures from his family members and disciples.
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Eleven books, various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 356

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“Letter of Ordination” by Shlomo Friedlander Forger of the “Yerushalmi Kodshim”

Letter of "Ordination" by "Shlomo Ye'uda Elgazi" - Shlomo Friedlander, to Rabbi Ya'akov Moshe Zimmerman. [Without place or date, apparently around 1912].
Signatures at top of leaf and on margins "Shlomo Ye'uda Elgazi Chacham and Av Beit Din of Satu Mare Keramim".
Shlomo Yehuda Friedlander (1860-1924), born in Beshankovichy in Russia, a strange character of a Rabbi of the Enlightenment Movement. He immigrated to Hungary, settled in "Satu Mare Keramim", a suburb of Satu Mare and proclaimed himself rabbi of that place. He was accustomed to wander throughout Hungary and Galicia and give sermons. Renowned for the deceit of the "forged Yerushalmi", when he very skillfully copied all the sayings of the Yerushalmi Kodshim brought in the books of the Rishonim integrated with sayings of the Yerushalmi of other Sedarim, and then publicized that he found an ancient manuscript of the lost Yerushalmi. This forgery tricked many rabbis and researchers. As part of the pretense, he adopted a fake identity of a descendant of the Spanish Algazi family. After his deception was discovered, he was forced to wander far away to Russia, where he was less known, to give his sermons (see attached material). At that time, he apparently met Rabbi Ya'akov Zimmerman [a Lithuanian Torah genius], and gave him "ordination".
28 cm. Fair condition, stains, tears and wear. Pasted on paper for restoration.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 434

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Sefer Bereshit – Moscow, 1918

Chamisha Chumshei Torah - Bereshit, with Targum Onkelos, Rashi commentary, Ba'al HaTurim, Ikar Siftei Chachamim and Toldot Aharon. Moscow, 1918. Omanut Publishers.
244 pages. 26 cm. Fair condition. Stains and wear, inscriptions in pen and pencil on protective leaves and on several other leaves. Original printed binding, worn.
Rare edition, does not appear in Bibliography Institute CD and in Winograd Rosenfeld.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 128

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Four Haggadot – French Translation

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Four books, various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 214

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Bigdei Aharon – Signatures

Sefer Bigdei Aharon, homiletics (on the Torah), Rabbi Aharon Darshan Te'omim. Frankfurt am Main, (1710). First edition, with approbations of Rabbi Naftali Katz and Rabbi David Oppenheim. Illustrated title page.
Signatures of Rabbi "Reuven Yosef Mondavi" [among the Kabbalists of Italy during the 18th century, at the time of the Ramchal] and additional ancient signature in Italian handwriting. Stamps of Rabbi "Yechezkel Panet Av Beit Din of Dej and the surrounding district" [the Rebbe of Dej, author of Knesset Yechezkel, 1870-1930].
[2], 40, 21, 20, 15, 16, [2] leaves. 31 cm. Dark paper, good condition, minor damage, paper cut bordering on text. Simple binding.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 406

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Letter by Rabbi Yosef Dov Soloveitchik – Boston, 1965

Letter by Rabbi Yosef Dov Soloveitchik to Minister Moshe Shapira (blessings for health and greetings in honor of Pesach). Boston, 1965.
Rabbi Yosef Dov Soloveitchik (J.B.) of Boston (1908-1993) son of Rabbi Moshe ben Rabbi Chaim of Brisk. Disciple of the "prodigy of Meitchet". Served in the rabbinate in several cities and important communities in the USA, and was Dean of "Yeshiva University" in NY. Many books have been published based on his writings and lectures, in Halacha, Aggada, and Jewish philosophy. He was the leader of Modern Orthodox Jewry in the USA, but closer in spirit to the yeshiva world.
Airmail letter, 18.5x30.5 cm. Good-fair condition, damage and tears on margins.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 76

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Collection of Various Books of Chassidism

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Total of approx. 14 books. Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 140

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Drashot Ha-Torah by Rabbi Shem Tov – Venice, 1547

Drashot HaTorah by divine scholar Rabbi Shem Tov Ibn Shem Tov. Venice, [1547]. Second edition. Ownership stamps and inscriptions.
81 leaves, 28.5 cm. Most of the book is in good condition, mold stains on the last leaves. Damaged binding.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 151

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Tana Devei Eliyahu – Venice, 1598

Tana Devei Eliyahu, Venice, 1598. Daniel Zanetti printing press. First edition. Few glosses and corrections in Oriental-Italian handwriting.
Sixty-nine leaves. 20.5 cm. Good-fair condition, numerous stains, slight wear and moth damage. Semi-parchment binding.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 269

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Remnants of Antique Manuscript – 14th Century

Remnants of antique manuscript from a binding archive. Early medium sized (Rashi) writing. [Spain? 14th century?].
Sections from composition on Sugiot of the Shas, with ancient additions in Ashkenazic handwriting [from the 14th-15th century].
Over twenty remnants of leaves. Various conditions (approx. 19 cm). High quality paper, poor condition.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 78

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Nine Books of Chassidut

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Nine books and booklets in total, good to good-fair condition.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 325

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Sermons in Handwriting of the Rabbi Moshe Pardo (the Mapah) – Libya

Manuscript, sermons about the virtues of Eretz Israel and about Shabbat Kallah, Tripoli, Libya, 1865. Autographic writing with erases and appendices.
At the beginning of the first homiletic: "Homiletic of the virtues of Eretz Israel - which I, the Mapah have spoke about in the villagesג€¦".
At the beginning of the second homiletic: "Jest for homiletic of the Shabbat Kallah and of Eretz Israel that I have spoken about here in Tripoli, 1865" - In this homiletic he also praises at length the local scholars: Rabbi Shalom Tito, Rabbi Avraham, Rabbi Yosef etc.
The Rabbi HaMapah - Rabbi Moshe Pardo (1794-1888) one of the outstanding scholars of Jerusalem, served as dayan in the Beit Din of the Rishon L'Zion Rabbi Avraham Ashkenazi together with the Rabbi author of "Kapei Aharon". In 1867, he was appointed Head of the Jerusalem Beit Din. In 1870, he went as an emissary to Africa and on his return via Egypt, he was appointed as rabbi of Alexandria where he served with great honor for 18 years. From this manuscript it appears that yet in 1865, he left as an emissary to Libya, in Tripoli and villages in the region. Some of his books: "Tzedek U'Mishpat", "Shemo Moshe" etc, many of his writings are still in manuscript form.
Two leaves, 8 columns, approx. 27 cm. Bluish paper, fair condition, tears to paper folds, (almost no text missing).

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Auction 19 Lot Number 357

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Letter by Rabbi Reuven Dov Dessler – Father of “Rabbi Dessler”

Letter handwritten and signed by Rabbi Reuven Dov Dessler, to Rabbi [Shlomo] Zalman Porush [among directors of "Minsk Kollel" and establisher of the General Charity Association in Jerusalem]. Libau, 1894.
The letter which deals with donations was written upon formal stationery of father of Rabbi Reuven Dov, Rabbi Yisrael David Dessler, signed "Sir, Rabbi David Dessler".
The Ga'on Rabbi Reuven Dov Dessler (1869-1931), among the greatest disciples of the "Alter of Kelm", and son-in-law of granddaughter of Rabbi Yisrael Salanter. At the end of his life was director of the "Talmud Torah" in Kelm. Born in Libau to his father, Rabbi Yisrael David Dessler, affluent merchant, G-d fearing philanthropist, who was a close associate of the "Alter of Kelm" and among his chief supporters. Like his father, Rabbi Reuven was a successful merchant and philanthropist, nevertheless, he was a Torah giant and prominent figure of Mussar in his generation. His son is the righteous Rabbi Eliyahu Dessler author of "Michtav Me'Eliyahu".
8 cm. Fair-poor condition, stains from dampness and mildew, coarse tears on upper margins.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 304

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Sefer Haftarot Manuscript – Yemen

Sefer Haftarot, complete manuscript, with the Targum Yonatan ben Uziel. Yemen, [c. 17th-18th century].
Approx. 103 leaves. 24 cm approx. Antique paper, fair condition, severe stains, tears and wear, restoration paste on the first leaf. Rebound, tear on the spine.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 27

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Colorful Printed Ketubah – Plovdiv (Bulgaria

Colorful printed Ketubah, pages adorned with leaf and flower patterns, Star of David and more. Filled in, in handwriting in honor of marriage of groom Chaim Pardo and bride Zimbol Ramat Tilkamshiach. Plovdiv (Bulgaria), [1938].
Symbol of "Central Council for Jews of Bulgaria" in background of Ketubah. Glued stamps and official ink-stamps.
61x44 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, creases, tears and wear.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 358

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Letter of Recommendation from Rabbi Isser Zalman Meltzer

A letter of recommendation by Rabbi Isser Zalman Meltzer for the printing of a book written by Rabbi Yosef Mandelkorn. Jerusalem, Elul, 1949.
"VaYelaket Yosef" (Jerusalem, 1955) is an important compilation of Chassidic thoughts of Rebbes from the Kotzk and Gur dynasties, and this is what Rabbi Isser Zalman writes in his letter: "ג€¦ It is a great privilege to cause him satisfaction and assist him to distribute his Torah novellae which will comfort him from all his travailsג€¦ and will merit the public". At the end of the letter are blessings for the New Year.
22 cm. Official stationery. The whole letter is in his handwriting. Very good condition, file holes.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 433

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Beit Ya’akov and Agudat Yisrael – Collection of Printed Items

* Kindergarten, "Beit Ya'akov" monthly for youth, edited by A. G. Friedenson. Published by Beit Ya'akov in ֵֳ³dֵ÷. 6 issues (Tammuz 1926, Shvat 1927, Nisan 1927, Adar 1927, Iyar 1927, Kislev 1928). Yiddish. * Unzer Tetigkeit, booklet in honor of completion of the Shas (19 Av, 1931), Agudat Yisrael Youth in Sosnowiec. Sosnowiec, [1931]. Yiddish. * VeHeivi'u Bracha Et Toch Bateichem [Bring Blessing into Your Homes], advertisement booklet for books and periodicals of "Beit Ya'akov". Publication of Beit Ya'akov in ֵֳ³dֵ÷, [1932]. Yiddish. * 25 Jaar Agoedas Jisroeּˆil, booklet commemorating 25 years of Agudat Yisrael, including photographs and data from institutes of the association and "Beit Ya'akov". Rotterdam, 1937. German. * Sarah Schneirer, her biography and life enterprise. Tel Aviv, [1954?]. Hebrew. * Attached is a stamp "Tochter Shula - Bait Ya'akov in Lomza" upon a scrap of paper.
Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 391

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Method of Teaching Youngsters, Rabbi Avraham Friedman, Carlsberg, 1847

Manuscript, "Farheltunges Regeln der Shuhlehrer" - method of teaching youngsters, handwritten and signed by Chief Rabbi Avraham Friedman, Carlsberg, 1847.
Rabbi Avraham Friedman, (died 1879), served in the 1730s as rabbi of the Shimanda community near to Arad. He was influenced by the Reform and tended to be lenient with prohibitions. In 1834, the "Chatam Sofer" sent him a responsum not to permit a yevama to marry illegally (Chatam Sofer responsa Even HaEzer Volume 2 Siman 82). In this responsum, he addresses him respectfully ("my friend", "outstanding in Torah knowledge") yet on the other hand, he attacks him sharply. In 1845, he was chosen with government support as Rabbi of Carlsberg and General Rabbi of Transylvania, but most of the Charedi rabbis of the country did not cooperate with him. Under his influence, the Carlsberg community became a status-quo community [not orthodox and not reform]. After his death, the institute of "General Rabbi" was discontinued in Transylvania. See: Ishim B'Tshuvot Chatam Sofer, page 29; Chachmei Transylvania pater 189-190.
Leaf 50 cm. written on both sides. Fair condition, mildew stains and restored damages with paper filling.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 50

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Machzor for the Three Festivals – Zhitomir, 1858

Machzor (Volume 2), Three Festivals, according to the custom of Raszyn, Lithuania, Poland, Bohemia and Moravia. With commentary and Ivri-teitch. Zhitomir, 1858. Ancient owners' inscriptions.
152 leaves. 29 cm. Good-fair condition, wear and usage stains. Original leather binding, decorated and damaged.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 274

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Manuscripts by Rabbi Aharon Fried Av Beit Din of Hajdֳ÷bֳ¶szֳ¶rmֳ©ny, Disciple of the Chatam Sofer – (Including Eulogy on the Mahariatz, and on the Rebbes of Dej and Vizhnitz)

Number of notebooks which contain Chiddushim on Sugiot, Drush and Aggadah, by the Ga'on Rabbi Aharon Fried Av Beit Din of Hajdֳ÷bֳ¶szֳ¶rmֳ©ny (Hungary), c. 1880-1890.
Chiddushei Sugiot: "That which I have learned on Pesach in the year 1881 in Hajdֳ÷bֳ¶szֳ¶rmֳ©ny", "In the Sugiaג€¦ on Shabbat HaGadol, 1841", sermon in honor of the Shofar blowing on Rosh HaShana, 1891 [printed in his book Zkan Aharon under the title "For Rosh HaShana 1891, the year of his passing"], letter of Divrei Torah, and more.
Notebooks of sermons, which include sermons for Shabbat HaGadol and festivals, delivered between the years 1881-1891. The notebook opens with a "Eulogy for the Ga'on of Kisvֳ¡rda and the Ga'on of Dej and the holy Rabbi Mendel of Viznitza, the day after G-D has showed me kindness, 1885", [The Ga'on Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak Weinberger - The Mahariatz Av Beit Din of Margareten, the Rebbe Rabbi Menachem Mendel Panet Av Beit Din of Dej, author of Sha'arei Tzedek, the Rebbe Rabbi Menachem Mendel Hager author of Tzemach Tzadik - all three passed away at the end of 1884].
The Ga'on Rabbi Aharon Fried Av Beit Din of Hajdֳ÷bֳ¶szֳ¶rmֳ©ny (1813-1891, The Chatam Sofer and His Disciples, pages 45-46), son-in-law and disciple of Rabbi Eliezer Lev author of Shemen Rokeach. During the years 1828-1831 he studied in the yeshiva of the Chatam Sofer, who held him in high esteem and asked him to repeat the Shiurim with his son, Avraham Shmuel Binyamin [author of the Ktav Sofer). Among his Chiddushim which were printed: Maharap [Rabbi Aharon Fried] Responsa, Zkan Aharon, Tzel HaKesef, Omer LeZion, Chalat Aharon. Some of the content of this manuscript was printed in the book Zkan Aharon.
Approx. 42 pages written in his handwriting + letter + 24 page notebook discovered among the writings, possibly by another author. Good-fair condition, stains and wear.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 306

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Yemin Moshe Manuscript -Yemen

Yemin Moshe manuscript, laws of Shechita. Yemen, [c. 19th century]. With glosses and additions in various handwritings.
93, [6] leaves. 17 cm. Good-fair condition, stains, slight moth holes. Rebound.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 370

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A Letter With New Year Wishes from Rebbe Yehuda Leib Twersky (Antwerp)

A letter handwritten and signed by Rebbe Yehuda Leib Twersky of Hornostaipil, to Rabbi Yosef, Rabbi of Kopys. Antwerp, [c. 1938]. "ג€¦ and I bless you for the New Year that it should be a year of life and blessing, a year of redemption and salvation for society and for individuals, and they shall merit raising children to Torah and fear of Heaven and good deeds".
Rebbe Yehuda Leib Twersky (1868-1951), son of Rebbe Mordechai Dov of Hornostaipil and grandson of the "Divrei Chaim" of Sanz. In 1913, was chosen to succeed his father (although he was his father's third son). Great Torah scholar and outstanding tzaddik. He was a great philanthropist and did loving kindness like his grandfather the "Divrei Chaim", who never left a penny overnight in his home. After World War I, he moved from place to place, to Cracow and Warsaw. In 1937, he moved to Antwerp, from there escaped to the US, four days before the German occupation of Antwerp. Established his Beit Midrash in Chicago and continued his acts of charity as before, but withdrew and did not receive the public or write kvitlach, besides for a small number of senior Chassidim. Letters written by him are very rare.
Official stationery, 28 cm. Good condition, file holes and wear to leaf margins.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 424

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Kohelet America – Ephraim Deinard – 1926

Kohelet America - in two sections, by Ephraim Deinard. St. Louis, [1926]. Two volumes in one book. Section 1 contains articles regarding literature in general and in America in particular. Section 2 contains list of all books printed in America in Hebrew print between the years 1735-1926 as well as a short critique for the majority of the books.
[1], III; 71; 151 pages, 27 cm, good condition. Markings in pencil. Damaged binding.
From Dr. Israel Mehlman's private collection.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 403

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Letter Archive – Wagner-Runes Families – Strasbourg

Letter archive of the Wagner and Runes families, includes numerous letters by head of the family Rabbi Yitzchak HaCohen Runes Av Beit Din of Strasbourg. Majority of letters from 1937-1941.
The Ga'on Rabbi Yitzchak HaCohen Runes (1889-1940, Encyclopedia of Scholars of Galicia, 4, page 841), disciple of author of Harei Besamim in Stanislav. From 1927 served in the Adat Yisrael Rabbinate in Strasbourg. Upon the outbreak of World War II he escaped to Lyon (France), from there he attempted to immigrate to his children in Eretz Yisrael. Unfortunately, he passed away in Lyon on the 7th of Adar 2, 1940; his coffin was shipped for burial in Eretz Yisrael, however, due to war-related events was buried in Vahren, Algeria, and only in 1971 was transferred for burial in Eretz Yisrael. In these letters, the majority of which were sent to his daughter, Mrs. Penina Wagner of Petach Tikvah, his supreme efforts to immigrate and rescue family members by attaining certificates to Eretz Yisrael is apparent. Included is the last letter written he wrote, dated May 15th 1940, 4th of Adar 2, 1940 [three days prior to his death], which was sent to the Chief Rabbi, Rabbi Yitzchak Eizik Herzog, requesting assistance in this matter.
Approx. 100 letters, telegrams and documents, including 46 postcards. Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 169

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Tashbetz Responsa – First Edition

Tashbetz, all four volumes, responsa and Chut HaMeshulash. Amsterdam, 1738.First edition, with all sections.
Many signatures in ancient handwriting of Rabbi "Yosef Yuzel ben Rabbi Isaac Wertheim".Owners' signatures of Rabbi Leib Zunta, Rabbi Zalman Wertheim and Rabbi Chaim Yosef HaLevi Wanechtzeker.
[12], 91 leaves; 69 leaves; [1], 68, [1] leaf; [1], 101, [1] leaf. 31 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and moth damage. Damage to first title page. Leather covered engraved wood binding, new fabric spine.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 116

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Pri Etz Hadar – Seder Tu B’Shvat – Three Editions

Three editions of the book "Pri Etz Hadar", order of prayers, learning and intentions for 15th of Shvat according to the book Chemdat Yamim, [with order for Chanukah and Purim].
* Venice, [1762]. (Oriental signatures). * Livorno, [1823]. Ya'akov Tovaina Press. * Livorno, [1823]. Otolingi Press.
15-16 cm. Various conditions.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 148

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Rambam, Venice 1574 – First Printing of “Kesef Mishna” – Missing Copies

Mishna Torah L'Rambam, Venice, 1574. First printing with "Kesef Mishna" by the Beit Yosef, printed during his life:
* Volume 1: Laws of Kiddush HaChodesh, with commentary of Rabbi Levi ben Haviv (from the Ralbach) and astronomic illustrations. Only leaves 271-304.
* Volume 2: Nashim, Kedusha. (Title page missing), [9], 218 leaves. Leather binding, owners' signatures in Oriental handwriting.
* Volume 3: Hafla'a, Avodah, Korbanot, Tahara. [13], 440 leaves (originally: [20], 451, [1] leaves).
Three large volumes, various sizes, varied condition of leaves, good to fair: wear, moth damage, stains.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 85

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“Drushei Chatuna” – By Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn in Honor of Marriage of His Daughter to Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneersohn – Chabad Rabbi

Drushei Chatuna by Rebbe of Lubavitch, "delivered in honor of marriage of his daughter". Riga, [1928].
Collection of sermons delivered by Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn on the occasion of the marriage of his daughter, Rabbanit Chaya Mushka to Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneersohn - the Rabbi of Lubavitch-Chabad: "Shabbat Parashat Vayetzehג€¦calling the groom to the Torah", "on Mondayג€¦ the groom from Tomchei Temimim Yeshiva in Warsaw", "weddingג€¦ 14th of Kislev", "Shleyer Vermes meal", "Sheva Brachot meal", and more.
71, [1] pages. 22.5 cm. Fair condition. Stains, minor tears. Bound with printed cardboard cover, reinforced with tape.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 309

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Large Collection of Manuscripts – Yemen

Large collection of various manuscripts: laws of slaughtering, poems, supplications and prayers, book of Tehillim. Shir HaShirim and Kohelet, Sidrei Hosha'anot and Hakafot, and more. [Yemen, 18th-20th century]. Among the manuscripts, is a halachic response pertaining to the laws of Chanukah, signed by Rabbi Yosef son of Ya'akov Tzaviri.
Hundreds of leaves, in notebooks and single leaves, various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 160

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Mikra’ot Gedolot – Basel, 1618 – Signatures and Glosses

Mikra'ot Gedolot - Chamisha Chumshei Torah, with commentaries of Rashi, Ibn Ezra and Ba'al HaTurim as well as Yerushalmi translation. Haftarot as customary by Ashkenazim and Sephardim, with commentaries of the Radak. Basel, [1618].
Ownership notations. Signature on title page: "Shmuel Deutschlander of Pֳ÷chov" - Rabbi Shmuel Deutschlander (1806-1883), among the disciples of the Chatam Sofer (see: The Chatam Sofer and His Disciples, page 434), author of "Mareh HaLevanon" and more - Rabbi in Pֳ÷chov (Slovakia). [Bottom of title page contains scotch tape with printing of his name in foreign language].
Margins of sheets contain several comments and glosses in his handwriting in pen and pencil on the commentary of the Ibn Ezra (some are corrections to a version from a manuscript). Among pages of book, a leaf in his handwriting was found which also refers to the Ibn Ezra commentary. Several glosses in older handwriting (some cut off). Markings in red ink in sections relating to gentiles (censorship?).
[6], 2-228; 36; 8 leaves (separate title page for Haftarot). 39 cm. Generally good condition, stains. Title page and several leaves with wear and tear on margins. Scotch tape for restoration. Antique worn binding.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 256

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Machaneh Ephraim, First Edition – Glosses and Signatures

Mahaneh Ephraim, novellae on Maimonides by Rabbi Ephraim Navon. Constantinople, 1738. First edition.
Glosses in Oriental handwriting signed "Ne'um HaGVR" or "Ne'um GSHN" - could be Rabbi Gershon Shaul of Izmir (passed away in 1756), whose novellae were printed in the "Kol Ya'akov" (Izmir 1760) authored by his brother Rabbi Ya'akov Shaul.
Owners' signatures in Oriental handwriting. Signed and stamped by Rabbi "Massud Bonan" [c. 1730-1802, born in Tunis, moved to Israel where he became Rabbi of Safed, was sent on a fundraising mission and met with Rabbi Yehonatan Eibshitz. Mentioned numerous times in the books of the Chida]. Signed by Rabbi "Shlomo Krispin" [of the sages of Constantinople in 1828], "Rabbi Chaim Ibn Haviv" [of the sages of Izmir c.1840] and Rabbi "Chaim Gershon Shaul".
[3], 22; 48 leaves. 31.5 cm. Fair-poor condition, severe moth damage. Rebound.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 246

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Zevach Shmuel – Polemic Comments, Signatures of Rabbi Yissachar Weingot Author of Pitchei She’arim

Sefer Zevach Shmuel - Drishat HaZe'ev, laws of slaughtering by Rabbi Shmuel of Lissa, with glosses Drishat HaZe'ev, by grandson of author, Rabbi Shmuel Ze'ev, examiner, slaughterer and chief purger in Lissa. Dihrenfurt, 1822.
Several lengthy and erudite handwritten glosses from printing period, containing sharp critique on the author's book. Various signatures and notations, ownership notations stating that the book belongs to "the sharp and knowledgeable righteous genius, the famousג€¦ Rabbi Yissachar son ofג€¦ Yehudah Leib of Kalish, chief Av Beit Din of Plock and the Galilee". Contains his signature: "Yissachar son of Rabbi Yehudah Leib of Kalish". Signature of his son: "Michael Dov son of the late Ga'on Rabbi Yissacharג€¦".
Rabbi Yissachar Weingot Av Beit Din of Czestochowa (1789-1852), among the greatest rabbis of Poland in his generation, visited the Maggid of Kuznitz at the age of 12 and after discussing with him a sophisticated Sugiya, advised his father to send him to study with Rabbi Chaim Auerbach (author of Divrei Mishpat). Served in the rabbinate in the cities: Sompolno, Plonsk, Kowal, Strikov and Czestochowa. Author of Pitchei She'arim and Sha'ar HaLakotot. Many of his descendants served as rabbis in Poland. His son, Rabbi Michael Dov author of Agudat Ezov Midbari (1819-1887) served as Av Beit Din of Piotrkow.
[4], 57, [3] leaves. 19 cm. Fair-poor condition, moth damage and stains. Original and damaged semi-leather binding.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 310

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Collection of Manuscripts From Yemen – Haggadot for Pesach, Shir HaShirim

For complete list, see Hebrew description.
Seven manuscripts, various sizes and conditions, good to fair conditions, stains and wear.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 438

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Hebrew Grammar Book in Italian – Trieste, 1799

Grammatica ragionata italiana ed ebraica, Hebrew grammar book. Shmuel Aharon Romanili. Trieste, 1799. Italian and Hebrew.
Shmuel Aharon Romanili (1757-1814), traveling poet, native of Italy, author of "Masa Ba'Erev" and additional books.
212 pages. 17 cm. Good condition, stains. Restored tear on bottom corner of title page. Non-original binding.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 97

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Sefer Shnei Luchot Habrit – Frankfurt An Der Oder, 1717

Sefer Shnei Luchot Habrit, by Rabbi Yeshaya HaLevi Horowitz. Includes introduction "Vavei Ha'Amudim", by his son Rabbi Sheftel Horowitz. Frankfurt an der Oder, [1717].
Stamps of Rabbi "Daniel Zeligג€¦ Zacks, Rosh Metivta in the region of Kaunas" [Rabbi in Lithuania and Jerusalem. Author of book "Chemdat Daniel", Jerusalem, 1932].
[3], 422; 44 leaves (missing: first title page. Separate title page for "Vavei Ha'Amudim"). Bound in two volumes. 31 cm. Good condition. Many stains, few tears.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 385

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Collection of Letters – Galicia, Poland, Hungary and Jerusalem

Diverse collection, which includes numerous interesting letters (some with Divrei Torah), from various periods and places. [18th-20th century].
Approx. 21 letters and paper articles, various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 204

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Tikunei HaZohar with Ma’alot HaSulam Commentary – Inscription of Author Rabbi Yehuda Tzvi Brandwein

Sefer Tikunei HaZohar, with Ma'alot HaSulam commentary, first section, by Rabbi Yehuda Tzvi Brandwein. Tel Aviv, (1920). First edition. Handwritten signed inscription by author to minister Pinchas Lavon.
Rabbi Yehuda Tzvi Brandwein, the Rebbe of Stratin (1903-1969), grandson of Rabbi Tzvi Aryeh Malik and Rabbi Avraham of Stratin. In his youth studied under Rabbi Yo'el of Satmar, was his prominent disciple and brother-in-law of the holy Rebbe Rabbi Yehuda Leib Ashlag, author of the "Sulam". Studied and taught Kabbalah his entire life. Proofread and prepared the books of his rabbi, author of the "Sulam", for print, and also wrote this composition as a continuation of the composition of his rabbi on the Zohar.
[10], 393 pages. 23.5 cm. Good condition, original binding.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 236

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Sheyarei Knesset HaGedola, Izmir, 1671 – Glosses in Italian Handwriting

Sheyarei Knesset HaGedola, Orach Chaim, by Rabbi Chaim Benveniste. Izmir, 1671. First edition. Many glosses in Italian handwriting. Dedication to Chevrat Ohavei Torah and the association's stamp [an association with that name existed in Firenze, Italy].
[2], 156 leaves. 27.5 cm. Good-fair condition, wear and stains, tears and moth marks, handwritten substitutions for omissions.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 23

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Collection of Printed Leaves – Proclamations, Receipts and Documents – Safed

Collection of printed leaves from the city of Safed, most from 1910-1940.
Varied collection: certificates, advertisements and receipts of institutes and Batei Midrash of Safed. * Printed recommendations * New Year greetings * A printed agreement [typewritten] of the Management of Beit Midrash Chassidei Sanz with the cantor. * Official leaves [empty] of Safed rabbis: Rabbi Avraham Leib Zilberman, Rabbi Nachum Etrog [his signature is on leaf margin], etc. * Printed account of income and expenses of Kollel Romania in Safed, 1924. * Proclamations of the Chief Rabbinate of Safed, etc.
Approx. 30 items. Various sizes and conditions [most in good condition].

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Auction 19 Lot Number 119

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Collection of Books on the Topic of Circumcision

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

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Auction 19 Lot Number 258

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Bin-Nun (Me’orei Or) – Glosses by Rabbi Petachya Mordechai Sab’on

Bin Nun, (Meorei Or Vol.6), Talmudic novellae on the tractates of Nashim and Nezikin. Rabbi Aharon Wermesh. Metz, 1827. Only edition.
Lengthy scholarly glosses in Oriental handwriting, most of them signed "Petachya" or "the young Petachya Sab'on", the author of the glosses sharply disputes the author's words in some of his remarks.
Rabbi Petachya Mordechai Sab'on, one of the sages of Oran (Algiers) in the 19th century.
[1], 191 leaves. 19.5 cm. Greenish paper, good condition, light moth damage.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 77

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Collection of Various Books of Chassidism

For complete list, see Hebrew description.
Seven volumes, various sizes and conditions. Good-fair condition.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 237

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Shulchan Aruch Choshen Mishpat – Erudite and Lengthy Glosses in Ancient Handwriting

Shulchan Aruch, Choshen Mishpat, Section 1, Toraht Cohanim, with commentaries of the Sma, Shach and Taz. [Homberg, 1742].
Dozens of lengthy glosses, in ancient handwriting from the 18th century. The glosses are especially erudite and from their content it is apparent that they were written by one of the leading Torah scholars of the generation.
[Missing title page], 340, [3], 5 leaves. 33.5 cm. Good-fair condition, wear and usage marks. Majority of glosses slightly cut off. Old non-original semi-leather binding.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 397

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Collection of Handwritten Leaves, Torah Novellae and Letters

A varied collection of handwritten leaves, Torah novellae and letters, by various writers from various times.
For complete list, see Hebrew description.
Approx. 17 items, dozens of written pages, various sizes and conditions, very good to poor. Most of the letters are not signed.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 131

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List of Pesach Haggadot – Peterburg, 1901 – Inscription of Author – Copy of Avraham Ya’ari (Including his Glosses)

List of Pesach Haggadot, which were printed worldwide over a span of four hundred years (1500-1900), by Shmuel Weiner. Peterburg, 1901.
Title page of book contains inscription by author (to poet Yosef Mazal of Manchester), beneath it notation and signature: "I have purchased it on Rosh Chodesh Tevet 1934 A[vraham] Ya'ari". This copy served Ya'ari throughout his composition "Bibliography of Pesach Haggadot" (Jerusalem 1961): Margins of sheets contain many dozens of listings of dates and notations in pencil in Ya'ari's handwriting (with several comments as: "We now have, I have listed", "I have seen without a translation", etc.).
[1], VII; 54; 12 pages. 29 cm. Fair condition. Detached leaves, stains. Coarse tears on several leaves. Damaged cardboard binding.
From Dr. Israel Mehlman's private collection.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 259

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Two Books with Signed Glosses

1. Mishnayot, Seder Nezikin. Berlin, 1861. The title page is signed by Rabbi Eliyahu Kalev who writes that he is the author of the glosses. The book has eight scholarly glosses in Oriental handwriting, six of which are signed "E.K".
2. Sha'ar HaMifkad, Even HaEzer. Rabbi Raphael Aharon Ibn Shimon. Jerusalem, 1919. Three scholarly remarks in Oriental handwriting appear on Hilchot Gittin, two of which are signed "--- Zutari".
Two books, various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 270

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Manuscript Remnants – Spain, 15th Century

Manuscript remnants, removed from a "binding geniza". [Spain, c. 15th century].
* Remnants of manuscript from unidentified Jewish-philosophic writing (approx. fourteen leaves). * Four leaves of the manuscript of Lechem HaPanim by Rabbi Yitzchak Ibn Shem Tov, commentary on "Moreh Nevuchim" by the Rambam. * Manuscript leaf of unidentified writing [philosophical style] on Parashat Bereshit. *Manuscript leaf - of "Sefer HaShorashim" by the Radak.
Approx. 20 pages. Various sizes. Poor condition. Some leaves professionally restored.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 4

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Megillat Esther – Especially Beautiful Writing

Megillat Esther, with artistic and especially beautiful scribal writing, decorations on the letters' crowns and more, Sefardi writing (similar to the handwriting known as "Mor U'Ketzia"), [Eretz Israel?, beginning of the 20th century].
Some places in the megillah have enlarged letters that form names of G-d. The name of G-d is not mentioned in all of Megillat Esther, but those who homiletically explain hints have found acronyms and initials of names of G-d and additional Holy Names. The custom to emphasize the "Names" in the megillah is a common Chassidic custom although according to the Vilna Gaon, letters that are not enlarged according to the Mesorah (tradition) should not be enlarged. It is very rare to find a Sefardic megillah with these letters emphasized.
Parchment height, approx. 43 cm. Good-fair condition, creased parchment and cracked letters, stains and minor tears.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 68

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Arvei Nachal – Sudilkovo, 1825 – First Edition

Arvei Nachal, a wonderful work on the Torah, by Rabbi David Shlomo Eibeschitz Av Beit Din of Sorocza. Sudilkovo, [between 1825-1836]. First edition. Unidentified signatures on leaf margins.
First edition of a basic book on Chassidism. Its author, Rabbi David Shlomo Eibeschitz (1855-1914, Encyclopedia L'Chassidut, 1, pages 501-503), a great Chassidic leader and rabbi, Rabbi of Sorocza. In 1809, immigrated to Eretz Israel, to Safed, where he is buried. In his approbation, his relative Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdichev writes about him "sharp and proficient in Torah like one of the Rishonim and all his deeds are for the sake of Heaven". He wrote many works, including his famous halachic book Levushei Srad.
[2], 98, 168 (title page and last leaf missing). 21 cm. Good condition, stains. Several leaves in fair-poor condition [moth marks, glued paper and text damage].

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Auction 19 Lot Number 100

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Sefer Shoshanat Ya’akov – On Wisdom of the Face and Palmistry

Sefer Shoshanat Ya'akov "Palmistry and Wisdom of the Faceג€¦", by Rabbi Ya'akov son of Rabbi Mordechai of Fulda. With "Tzror HaChaim", Chiddushim on the Torah, by the publisher Rabbi Chaim from Polonia. Livorno, [1792]. Printed illustration of lines of palm.
Ownership signature: "Gavriel Chaim of Ankona". Ex libris with illustration of palm and explanations in Latin.
[8], 44 leaves. 14 cm. Good condition, stains.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 292

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Manuscript “Shiltei Ha-Zahav” – Never Printed Vol. 2

Manuscript Shiltei Ha-Zahav, Vol.2 on Yoreh De'ah, Simanim 119-164, to clarify the words of the Taz from the questions raised by the Shach, Rabbi Ya'akov Aryeh Salant. [Jerusalem, c.1900]. Autographic writing by the author with additions and deletions.
Includes: a leaf of novellae on Orach Chaim, where he brings up situations where he has agreed with Rabbi Shmuel Salant's halachic verdicts. Additionally, there is a long letter from 1904 - a booklet of insights on the "Shiltei Ha-Zahav" vol.1- which was sent to Rabbi Ya'akov Aryeh from Rabbi "Zvi Hirsch Baharal" [Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Baharan (1883-1935), son of Rabbi Asher Lemel son of Rabbi Nachum of Zhad'ky. One of Rabbi Hirsch Michel Shapira's greatest disciples, who published some of his novellae in various compilations under the pseudonym "Ha-Tzahir"].
The author: Rabbi Ya'akov Aryeh Leib son of Rabbi Chaim Mordechai Levinson-Salant (1835-1907), of the leading Torah figures in Jerusalem, moved to Jerusalem as a child with his grandfather Rabbi Ze'ev Asya, who was wise, pious and modest. Authored the "Shiltei Ha-Zahav" vol.1 on Yoreh De'ah up to Siman 110 (Jerusalem 1899) and the "She'erit Ya'akov- Imrei Noam" (Jerusalem 1883).
Twenty-one pages covered with Rabbi Ya'akov Aryeh Salant's handwriting + a 16 page letter handwritten by Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Baharan. Good-fair condition, some leaves are worn.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 261

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Three Books with Glosses by Jerusalem Gaon Rabbi Avraham Aharon Prague

* Shulchan Aruch Even Ha-Ezer, Vienna, 1809. * Shulchan Aruch Yoreh De'ah, [Vienna, 1799?]. * Talmud Yerushalmi, Vienna 1821.
All three books contain dozens of lengthy scholarly glosses in the beautiful handwriting of Jerusalem Gaon Rabbi "Avraham Aharon Ha-Levi" Prague, (1870-1921) of the greatest sages of Jerusalem, son-in-law of Rabbi Mose Nachum Valenstein Rosh Av Beit Din of Jerusalem. Served as lecturer and Rosh Yeshiva. Was among the editors of the Yerushalmi edition (Jerusalem 1911). His essays remained in manuscript form except his book "Tavlin LaMitzva" on the Passover Haggadah, which was printed in 1910.
Three books, two of which are incomplete, various sizes and conditions. Original, damaged, leather bindings.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 91

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Book Collection of Siget-Satmar Chassidism

For complete list, see Hebrew description.
Ten books, various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 379

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Collection of Signed Invoices of “Kollel Otinia” – Jerusalem, 1899-1901

Printed invoices with handwritten signatures for receipt of distribution from Kollel Bukovina-Otinia, Jerusalem, (1899-1901).
"Here in the Holy City of Jerusalem I have receivedג€¦ 189-, sent to me by the holy Rebbe of Otinia, total ofג€¦". Kollel Bukovina-Otinia was established in Jerusalem as part of an outshoot of the "Kosov Kollel" which split into three Kollels: Vizhnitz, Kosov and Bukovina [later on "Kollel Zibernbergen" and "Kollel Mukachevo" were offshoots as well from the Kollel]. In 1895 the Rebbe Rabbi Chaim Hagar of Otinia (1863-1932), brother of the Rebbe Rabbi Yisrael of Vizhnitz, who also led a large Chassidic congregation in Galicia, was appointed to head the Kollel. For some reason these invoices were printed as a receipt of a distribution from the Rebbe and not from the Kollel, possibly due to some change in the official status of the Bokovina Kollel.
Many known families of Jerusalem are signed: Grossman, Held, Rosenblatt, Baharad, Teper, Kanal, Goldinger, Schertzer, Barzel, Feldman, Klein, Cahana, Eisenstein, Linder and others.
Dozens of leaves, approx. four invoices per column, total of approx. 350 signed invoices. Good-fair condition. Placed within orderly binder.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 305

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“Sha’arei Tahara” Manuscript – Yemen

Manuscript of the "Sha'arei Tahara", on Hilchot Niddah by Rabbi Yechiya Tzallach (Maharitz) and compilations. Hebrew and Judeo-Arab. Yemen [1905?].
At the end of the Sha'arei Tahara, the year 2217 appears in acrostic [apparently corresponding to year 1905]. Following that, there are prayers, the Seder HaGet, a compilation of interpretations and commentaries "Solet Blulah - Te'amim", "Ma'aseh Moshe Rabeinu", "Ma'aseh Ha-Rav Galanti" and "Ma'aseh Ben Sira".
The last page features a caption signed by Rabbi "Shlomo son of Avraham Alnadaf - I, the above-signed Yemenite fundraiser, have come to the city of Beit Egel, for the second time in 1917 on the 24th day of the month of Shevatג€¦"; and an additional interesting inscription from the community members: "The Bodek Rabbi Yechya son of Nachum came to us during Summer 1924ג€¦".
Rabbi Shlomo Alnadaf, one of the Yemen and Jerusalem sages, emigrated from Yemen to Jerusalem and from year 1913 began traveling around the towns of Yemen as a fundraiser for the poor of the Jerusalem Yemenite community. Instated important regulations, read more about him in the Encyclopedia of the Yemenite Sages, Vol.1, pp.383-384.
[86] leaves. 12.5 cm. High quality paper, good condition, few stains. Rebound.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 337

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Protocol Register of Union of Talmudei Torah in Jerusalem – Signatures of Rabbi Shmuel Yitzchak Hillman

Interesting protocol register of establishment and management of Union of Talmudei Torah in Jerusalem, (1936-1937).
Many signatures of chairman and founder of the committee, Rabbi "Shmuel Yitzchak Hillman" (1868-1953), among the greatest rabbis of his generation, served in the rabbinate in Lithuania, Glasgow and from 1914 served in London as Chief Av Beit Din and head of rabbis for approximately twenty years. Immigrated to Eretz Israel in 1934. Father-in-law of Rabbi Yitzchak Eizik HaLevi Herzog Chief Rabbi of Eretz Israel.
Rabbi Polonsky, Rabbi Tikuchinsky and other rabbis and activists of the Yeshivot in Jerusalem participated in the union headed by Rabbi Hillman. Among the institutions included in the union: "Etz Chaim", "Chayei Olam", "Me'ah She'arim", "Shomrei HaChomot", "Torah VeYirah", "Beit Yetomim", "Tiferet Tzvi", "Yeshivat Zion" and others.
Twelve written pages. 32 cm. Very good condition.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 412

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Keter Aram Tzova – Facsimile

Keter Aram Tzova - Most important manuscript of the Bible. Magnificent facsimile edition. Hebrew University Publication, Jerusalem [1976].
[3 title pages in Hebrew], 588 pages of photocopy of manuscript, [3 title pages in English - The Aleppo Codex]. 41.5x31.5 cm. Good condition. Minor damage. Worn out leather binding.
Non-numbered copy, without attached booklet by publisher Moshe Goshen-Gottstein.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 135

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Collection of Leaves and Printing Remnants – 15th and 16th Century

Collection of leaves and leaf remnants from 15th and 16th century printings. Varied collection, contains title pages, whole leaves and leaf remnants that were removed from "binding geniza". Not thoroughly examined. Amongst the leaves: a section of the book of Job with the Ralbag commentary - Naples 1487. Several leaves of Nevi'im Rishonim with the Radak commentary - Pesaro, 1516, etc.
Dozens of leaves, various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 29

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Rabbis and Giants of Israel – Early Photograph, Hamburg, 1870

"Rabbis and Giants of Israel" - creation composed of cut-out photographs and manuscript glued and re-photographed. "Created by Yisraelג€¦ Zevizen scribe and cantor and Halachic ruler of Ungarn, Hamburg", [Hamburg, 1870].
Tweve group photographs of leading rabbis, physicians and scholars, known public figures and prominent figures of the Enlightenment. Majority of photographed are from the countries Hungary, Germany, Poland, France and Holland. Partial list: The "Aruch LaNer" and his son-in-law Rabbi Yosef Izkazan, the "Ktav Sofer", Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch (unknown photograph), Moshe Dessoi (Mendelssohn), Rabbi Shlomo Yehuda Rapoport of Prague, Rabbi Yehosaf Schwarz, Rabbi Binyamin Bergman of Jerusalem, Rabbi Meir Lehman, Rabbi Avraham Tzvebner (Shag), the Maggid of Koznitz, Moshe Montefiore, the Rothschild Barons, Akiva Lehren of Amsterdam, David Sassoon of Bombay, and many other figures.
23x26 cm. photograph, in old frame of 34.5x36 cm. Good-fair condition, stains. Not examined outside of frame.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 349

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Two Letters by Rabbi Moshe Guttman, Brisk

Two letters by Rabbi Moshe Guttman, to the management of "Torat Chaim" Yeshiva in Jerusalem. Brisk of Lithuania, Cheshvan 1923; Av 1925.
In the first letter the writer advises how to request from the Ga'avad [Rabbi Yitzchak Ze'ev Soloveitchik, who was appointed at that time Rabbi of Brisk] to head the committee for the yeshiva's benefit, to be his father, Rabbi Chaim's successor: "Write to him and request that he head and preside over the committee like his father and that he sign letters and write as necessary. And I note that I saw a letter sent to him and they should have written with the titles of honor also Pe'er Hador since this is the customג€¦". In the second letter he writes to them that "when they send the letter to the Ga'avad, they should also send a letter to Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodzinsky in Vilna and request that he act to benefit the yeshiva".
Rabbi Moshe Guttman (1866-1933), a dayan of the city of Brisk, trustworthy assistant of Rabbi Chaim of Brisk, who in 1896 brought him from the city of Orla to serve in the Brisk Beit Din and manage the committee that supervises the Torat Chaim Yeshiva in Jerusalem. 20 emissaries were sent under his administration throughout Russia to collect money for the yeshiva. After his exile during World War I, he returned to Brisk and attempted to renew the collections for the "Torat Chaim" Yeshiva as reflected by these letters.
Two page letter, approx. 28 cm + a 3 page letter 20 cm + envelope with postage stamp from 1923. Good condition, stains and minor creases.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 382

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Large Collection of Letters by Rabbis on Matters of Kashrut and Slaughtering – Tel Aviv

Huge collection of letters by rabbis and signed protocols on matters of Kashrut and supervision for butchers and meat factories in Tel Aviv, majority from the years 1936-1960.
Signed protocols and letters by the Tel Aviv Chief Rabbinate. Signed by the following rabbis: Rabbi Moshe Avigdor Amiel, Rabbi Ben Zion Chai Uziel, Rabbi Shmuel Yitzchak Yaffe, Rabbi Isser Yehuda Unterman, Rabbi Ya'akov Moshe Toledano and many other rabbis of Tel Aviv.
Letters by city and neighborhood rabbis to the Chief Rabbinate, majority attesting to the trustworthiness of butchers and Kashrut supervisors. Letters by the following rabbis: Rabbi Gershon Chanoch Fishman, Rabbi Yehoshua Zelig Diskin, Rabbi Aryeh Leib Ravitz, [Rebbe] Rabbi Matityahu Yechezkel Guttman, Rabbi Shneur Zalman Gorelik, Rabbi Avraham Englard, Rabbi Uriya Brodie, Rabbi Shmuel Felman, Rabbi David Wein, Rabbi Eliyahu Pardess, Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Weiss, Rabbi Yisrael Yehoshua Hertzberg as well as many other additional rabbis.
Letters by rabbis of Yemenite congregation: Rabbi Reuven Nadaff, Rabbi Yosef Tzuberi, Rabbi Yichye Nachum, Rabbi Avraham Shalom Chaibi, Rabbi Sa'adia Nachum, Rabbi Eliyahu Chaba.
This large archive provides much information regarding the rabbinate and religious life and Kashrut in the city of Tel Aviv and its surroundings, during the 1940s-1960s, including information regarding rabbis of the newly established Jaffa after Israel's War of Independence, rabbis of the neighborhoods, rabbis of the Yemenite congregation and rabbis of the Ma'abarot [absorption camps].
Approx. 134 signed protocols and letters. Various sizes and conditions, majority in good condition. Filing holes.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 20

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Collection of Proclamations – Polemics and Kashrut Issues – Jerusalem, 1900-1950

Most of the proclamations deal with various issues that caused uproar in the Jewish community in Jerusalem: the polemic of the Rabbinate and elections of Rabbi Kook; the prohibition and ban on "schools"; the joining and elections to the national "Committee" and separation from the Eida HaCharedit; internal struggles in the charity organizations (distribution "kollels"); various kashrut issues (shechita warnings and polemic, etc.).
For complete list, see Hebrew description.
More than 50 proclamations and printed leaves. Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 127

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Five Chassidic Haggadot

For complete list, see Hebrew description.
Five books, various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 255

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Shalmei Tzibbur – Numerous Signatures and Signed Glosses

Shalmei Tzibbur, laws of Tefilah and daily synagogue customs, Rabbi Israel Ya'akov Algazi. Salonika, 1790. Published by the author's son, Rabbi Yom Tov Alagazi. [The present copy does not include the addition of "Shalmei Chagiga"].
Numerous signatures and scholarly glosses, most are signed "Mashiach".
The back of the title-page carries a note in a handwriting similar to the one featured on the books printed by the author and his son Rabbi Yom Tov Algazi, which are still stored in their manuscript form in Jerusalem.
"This book belongs to me, Avraham Shlomo HaLevi son-in-law of the great Rabbi HaMelitz" [Rabbi Avraham Shlomo HaLevi, one of the leading sages of Jerusalem, passed away in 1827]. Purchase inscription from year 1831 [bought from] Rabbi Moshe Yom Tov signed "Ishe". Dedication of the book to "the [Beit] Midrash of Rabbi Raphael Yosef Shalom son of Abdallah Moshe Chaim" [apparently related to the "Ben Ish Chai"]. Signature of "Goel Acharon Moshe HaCohen Trab", one of the sages of Aleppo and ink-stamps from Rabbi "Raphael David Kasachi Beirut" [related to the Kasachi family of Aleppo].
Rabbi Moshe Yom Tov, of the leading sages of Jerusalem between the 1820s-1850s, traveled in 1830 to Turkey and Aleppo as a fundraiser for Hevron, where he sold the book to "Ishe". The glosses signed "Mashiach" apparently belong to Rabbi Moshe Yom Tov himself. The book was later sold to Rabbi Moshe HaCohen Trab, one of the sages of Aleppo, who added glosses of his own and signed them "MTH".
[3], 190 leaves, 18.5 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and moth damage. Some of the glosses are cut.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 287

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“Likutim MeSefer Magen VeTzina Manuscript” – By Rabbi Yitzchak Eizik Chaver

Manuscript, "Likutim MeSefer Magen VeTzina", Lithuanian-Ashkenazi handwriting, typical of the period of the author (mid-19th century).
- Sefer Magen VeTzina on the authenticity of the Zohar [in opposition to the book "Ari Nohem"], composed by the Kabbalist Rabbi Yitzchak Eizik Chaver based on his rabbis, disciples of the Vilna Ga'on and printed anonymously in the year 1855. This book is a new composition which is a shortened copy of the Kabbalistic writings of Rabbi Yitzchak Eizik Chaver, in his composition "Magen VeTzina".
Twenty-six pages, approx. 23.5 cm. Good condition, stains on leaf margins. Cloth binding.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 74

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Mishkenot HaRo’im – Responsa and Eulogies

Mishkenot HaRo'im, Volume 1: Responsa and Novella. Volume 2 contains three separate sections: "Et Dodim", "Et Metzo" and "Et Shalom" - eulogies on leading rabbis of Galicia and on the Rebbes Avraham of Stretin and his brother Rebbe Eliezer of Azipoli; eulogy on Rebbe Shalom of Belz. Lemberg, 1865.
First book of Rabbi Yechiel Michel Hibner (1834-1907) Av Beit Din of Nizhnov in the Stanislav region, an outstanding Torah genius, in contact with the Rebbes of Stretin, Premishlan, Vizhnitz and Belz. Also spent time with Rabbi Yisrael of Ruzhin and his sons and Rabbi Chaim of Sanz and his sons. Eulogized many of the Torah geniuses and Rebbes of his generation. Authored many books: "Nachala L'Yisrael", "Sha'ar Bat Rabim", "Hadrat Kodesh", "Hadar Responsa" etc.
[3], 90 leaves; [1] 21 leaves; [1] 25 leaves. 24 cm. Good condition, few stains. Owner's signature "Shmuel ---". Fancy new binding.
Very rare. The book is printed in booklets, numbering a few hundred copies. (Encyclopedia Galicia, Volume 2, page 376).

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Auction 19 Lot Number 106

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Machzor for the High Holidays Ashkenazi Custom – Amsterdam, 1708

Machzor Ashkenazi custom. Vol. 1 is devoted to the High Holidays (Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur) with commentaries and Halachot. Amsterdam, 1708. Shlomo Prups printing press. Approbations by Amsterdam rabbis and Rabbi Naftali HaCohen Av Beit Din Frankfurt am Main.
[3], 228 leaves. 23.5 cm. Good condition. Antique handwritten caption "Monetary purchase for the Holchei Derech Tamim Society", colorful end paper, original luxurious leather binding, tears and scratches on the binding.
+ Additional leaves: postcard invitation to the Yom Kippur service, Amsterdam, 1935; synagogue monetary statement from the month of Elul 1946; "GEBED" special payer for the Holocaust victims "in memory of members of our congregation and in memory of all the members of Your People who were chased away from their homes and were killed in tremendous suffering and with no dignityג€¦", Amsterdam, [1946?].

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Auction 19 Lot Number 170

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Perach Mateh Aharon Responsa – Amsterdam, 1703

Perach Mateh Aharon Responsa, Parts 1-2, by Rabbi Aharon HaCohen Prachya [author of Bigdei Kehuna]. Amsterdam, [1703].Illustrated title pages for both sections, with illustrations of Aharon HaCohen and symbols of kehuna (priesthood), hinting to the author's name.
[3], 249; [1], 168 leaves. 31 cm. Nice copy in good condition. Stains, tiny moth holes to several leaves. New binding.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 21

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Collection of Proclamations on Strengthening Religion and Modesty – Jerusalem

Huge and varied collection of various publications: booklets and leaves to strengthen religious practices; polemic proclamations, street and board notices, street flyers (pashkevilim) and signed notices by Badatz and other organizations. Most of the proclamations were printed in Jerusalem 1900-1980.
For complete list, see Hebrew description.
More than 90 items and printed leaves. Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 245

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Sidrei Tahara – Glosses by Rabbi Yosef Shatin Av Beit Din of Gluga and the Netziv of Volozhin

Sidrei Tahara, with Shulchan Aruch Yoreh De'ah, laws of Nida, Rabbi Elchanan Ashkenazi Av Beit Din of Shatland. Berlin, 1783. First edition with approbations of rabbis of Frankfurt am Main (author of the Hafla'a and others).
Signature of Rabbi "Yosef HaCohen Shatin of Frankfurt am Main". Leaf 27/1 contains erudite gloss in same handwriting (opening: "Eshtamitati Toseftaג€¦"). Rubbed out ownership notations in which he is mentioned as Av Beit Din of Gluga. Apparently - the Ga'on Rabbi Yosef Yozfa HaCohen Shatin chief of Beit Din of Lisa and Av Beit Din of Gluga; passed away in 1794 and was eulogized by his relative the "Chatam Sofer" (Sermons of the Chatam Sofer, pp. 103). For additional information about him see letter of the Chatam Sofer ("Igrot Sofrim", letter 39) who writes that he knew him personally and was a cousin of his father. Among his descendents: The Rebbe Rabbi Chanoch Henech HaCohen of Alexander.
Early stamps of the Netziv - Rabbi "Naftali Zvi Yehuda Berlin Rosh Metivta of Volozhin" (1817-1893) and lengthy erudite gloss in his handwriting (opening: "And it appears to meג€¦").
[2], 110 leaves. 35 leaves. Fair condition, wear and stains. Unbound.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 373

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Letter by the Sadigura Rebbe Tel Aviv

A letter, handwritten and signed by Rebbe Shlomo Chaim Friedman of Sadigura. Tel Aviv, 1958.
A letter to the management of Batei Avot. Includes blessings and good wishes: "Have a kosher and happy chag and we should merit immediate salvation and redemptionג€¦".
Rebbe Shlomo Chaim Friedman of Sadigura (1887-1972, Encyclopedia L'Chassidut Volume 3, 1993-1978), called R' Shlomo'neu, son of Rebbe Yisrael of Sadigura. After his father's death in 1907, he was appointed Rebbe when only 19 years old. During World War I, he was exiled to Vienna with the Ruzhin rebbes. There he stepped down from being rebbe in spite of the urging of his Chassidim, to devote himself to public activities to benefit refugees, saying that Vienna has more than enough rebbes but is lacking public askanim (activists). In 1938, he immigrated to Eretz Yisrael and settled in Tel Aviv. Renowned for his great humility and widespread activities for Jewish society and love of humanity. His Torah thoughts were compiled in the book "Chayei Shlomo" (Jerusalem 2006).
One leaf. 20 cm. Good condition, tears to file holes.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 288

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Torah Manuscript – From the Novellae of Rabbi Menachem Katz Prostits Av Beit Din of Tzehelim, 1876

Manuscript, Torah and Biblical sermons and compilations [Hungary, c.1876].
The author mentions his rabbis' teachings in the manuscript: "ג€¦year 1876" and "compilations from the teachings of "Gaon Zvi Harif", "Gaon Eliezer Lipman Av Beit Din of Seredahel". Captions and signatures from various times appear on the binding, "signature by Gaon Admor Av Beit Din of Tzehelim".
The teachings may come from novellae authored by Rabbi Menachem Katz Prostits (1795-1891), disciple of the "Chatam Sofer" or from his son-in-law and successor Rabbi David Friedman (1851-1906) - more about him in "Kehilat Tzehelim VeChachmeha" ["The Community of Tzehelim and its Sages"]. Later signatures from their grandson Rabbi "Mordechai Meir Friedman".
Approx. thirty-seven written pages. 21 cm approx. Good-fair condition, slight wear damage on the leaves' edge.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 384

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Letters to Rabbi Aharon Franko

Letters in Hebrew and Ladino [Turkey-Rhodes, c. 1820].
Remnants of leaves which were taken out of a binding Geniza [repository for old religious items], most of which are letters sent to Rabbi Aharon Franko and Rabbi Refael David Franko in Gishmi [a suburb of Constantinople]. [The dates and content of the letters indicate that Rabbi Aharon Franko was a Torah scholar and served in the rabbinate]. * Letter by Rabbi Yehoshua Musapir [Musafia] from 1826. * Letter from Rhodes by Rabbi Chaim Yosef and Rabbi Shmuel Tarika [famous rabbinical family from Rhodes]. * Leaf with several poems [unknown?]. * Letter signed "He'ach Nafsheinu", and more.
Five leaf remnants, various sizes, fair to poor condition.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 416

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Sha’ar HaYichud – Frankfurt An Der Oder, 1779 – Rare Book

Sha'ar HaYichud - from the book "Chovot HaLevavot", with commentary "Mano'ach HaLevavot" [by Rabbi Mano'ach Hendel son of Rabbi Shmarya], and with commentary "Pardes Katan", by Rabbi Naftali Hirsch son of Rabbi Mordechai. Frankfurt an der Oder, [1779].
Beginning of book contains preface named "Sidrei Bereshit", and end of book contains two small compositions: "Hakdamat Kohelet" and "Midrash Kohelet" - Collection on Megillat Kohelet, by Rabbi Naftali Hirsch. The commentary "Pardes Katan" which is mentioned in the title page was not printed in the book, neither was the commentary "Levav Chacham" which was mentioned in the rabbis' approbations [the author notes that he did not print the entire composition since he was short on time and lacking funds]. The last composition ("Midrash Kohelet") contains collections from the book "Toraht Chaim" by Rabbi Chaim Yissachar Alshich [this book was not printed].
Stamps, ownership notations and signatures ("Moshe Chaim Chefetz" - Rabbi in Jaffa?).
Forty leaves. 16.5 cm. Fair condition. Stains, professionally restored moth holes. New binding.
Rare! Does not appear in Bibliography Institute CD or in International Library.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 202

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Collection of Books with Rabbis’ Dedications and Signatures

Collection of books, with Rabbis' dedications and signatures, including dedications by: Rabbi Moshe Shmuel Shapira; Rabbi Yitzchak Ya'akov Weiss; Rabbi Ovadia Hadaya; Rabbi Mordechai Aryeh Horwitz Av Beit Din of Anila; Rabbi Aharon Jacobowitz; Rabbi Menachem Mendel Taub, the Kaliver Rebbe; Rabbi Elchanan Halprin of Radomishl; Rabbi Aharon Weinstein; etc.
Signatures on books by the Rabbis: Rabbi Shalom Mordechai HaCohen Shwadron; Rabbi Ze'ev Edelman; Rabbi Shmuel Huminer; etc.
Fourteen books, various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 22

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Collection of Printed Leaves – Jerusalem

Collection of various leaves, notices, receipts and documents, lithographic, colored etc. Jerusalem, [most are from 1900-1940].
For complete list, see Hebrew description.
Various sizes and conditions, very good-fair.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 54

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Three Volumes of Mishnayot – Zhitomir

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

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Auction 19 Lot Number 118

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Collection of Pamphlets and Prayer Books

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Nine volumes and pamphlets, various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 374

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The Rebbe of Mukachevo – Three Letters

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

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Auction 19 Lot Number 33

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Assembly of Rabbis in Kaunas – Two Photographs

Two photographs from assembly of "Association of Rabbis in Lithuania", in the city of Kaunas, 6th of Iyar 1926.
One photograph depicts the directorate table, surrounded by the genius rabbis: Rabbi Yosef Leib Bloch, Rabbi Avraham Dovber Shapiro, Rabbi Zelig Reuven Bengis, Rabbi Baruch Horowitz and additional rabbis. Additional photograph from far, in which the participants appear as well.
Two photographs. Divided as a postcard. Stamped with stamp of "Executive Committee of Association of Rabbis of Lithuania".

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Auction 19 Lot Number 65

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Kedushat Levi – Hrubeshov, 1818

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

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Auction 19 Lot Number 193

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Collection of Printings of Jerusalem

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Eight books in six volumes, various sizes and conditions. Signatures and ownership notations.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 257

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Sefer HaMachria – Glosses by Rabbi Chaim David Kalifi

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

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Auction 19 Lot Number 417

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Sefer HaMiddot by Aristotle – Berlin, 1790 – Signatures

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

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Auction 19 Lot Number 44

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Sefer HaMaggid on Ketuvim – Slavita, 1819

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

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Auction 19 Lot Number 172

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Tur Yoreh De’ah – Uncut Sheets, Pressburg 1845

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

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Auction 19 Lot Number 364

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Letter by Rabbi Shaul Brach Av Beit Din of Mogendorf

Letter in the handwriting, signature and stamp of Rabbi Shaul Brach of Nitra, Av Beit Din of Mogendorf. Mogendorf, 1897.
The Ga'on Rabbi Shaul Brach, Av Beit Din of Kosice (1865-1940), among the disciples of the "Chatam Sofer" and among the leading rabbis of his generation. Served in the Mogendorf rabbinate from the year 1892, between 1910-1923 served as rabbi of Carei until he became rabbi of Kosice (he was replaced by Rabbi Yo'el of Satmar). Throughout his years in the rabbinical leadership he headed a Yeshiva and many of the Hungarian rabbis were his disciples. Authored many books on all Torah subjects. His biography was published in the book "Shaul Bechir HaShem".
Postcard, 14.5 cm. Very good condition, postmarked.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 396

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Rabbis’ Letters on Postcards

1. A letter by Rabbi Alter Eliezer Horwitz (1870-1943) Av Beit Din of Ryglice and Staszֳ³w. Son of Rabbi Avraham Simcha Rabbi of Baranov and son-in-law of Rebbe Moshe Epstein grandson of the "Good Jew" of Neustadt.
2. Letter in German by Rabbi Gershon Stern Av Beit Din of LuduֵŸ (1861-1936), about the distribution of his renowned books "Yalkut HaGershoni". 1898.
3. Letter in foreign language, by Rabbi Yehoshua Krohn, Rabbi of Arezzo.
4. Letter in German, with a list of the men who received the honor of an aliya or opening the Aron Kodesh in Beit HaKnesset, Lֳ¼beck, 1922.
Four postcards, very good condition.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 428

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Collection of History and Bibliography Books

For complete list, see Hebrew description.
Total of 26 books. Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 55

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Jerusalem Talmud – Zhitomir

Complete set of Jerusalem Talmud, Zhitomir, (1860-1867). Publication of the partnership of the brothers, grandsons of the Rabbi of Slavita, Rabbi Chanina and Rabbi Yehoshua Heshel Shapira.
The five sections are in four volumes. Approx. 37 cm. First title page missing for Seder Mo'ed 1, (six title pages out of seven), good condition, worn and torn bindings.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 183

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“Cherev Nokemet” – A Rare Pamphlet from the “Yerushalmi Kodshim” Forgery Polemic

Cherev Nokemet, "An open response to Mr. [!] Meir Dan Plotsky of Dvartaג€¦ on his polemic writing called Sha'alu Shelom Yerushalayim", by "Yosef HaCohen" from the city of Vienna, with the pamphlet "Kalya Orev" by Rabbi Refael Gordon Av Beit Din of Vasylivka Grodno region. S. Warahl (Seini), [1911].
A sharp polemic composition, the rarest pamphlet of all the polemic pamphlets written by Shlomo Friedlander the Yerushalmi Forger [who was used to hiding behind fabricated names]. Most of those who researched the Yerushalmi Forger did not see this pamphlet. Rabbi Meir Dan Plotsky's handwritten response to this pamphlet is known (see Tzfunot, 6, pages 67-70) stating that most of the rabbis' letters in this book are forged (it becomes evident by reading the pamphlet). Amongst the forged letters in this book is a "letter" by the Chafetz Chaim from Sivan 1911 where he "writes" that "in my opinion, there is no doubt about this matter and the dispute over this matter is an act of the Satan".
See attached material (photocopy of the articles written by Rabbi S. HaCohen Weingarten, Rabbi L. Eisenstein and a letter by Rabbi M. D. Plotsky) about this pamphlet and its rarity.
Bound with: Beit Va'ad LaChachamim, Rabbi Shmuel Shwimmer, IaֵŸi, 1909 (missing: cover with title page and last printed leaf); Mesamchei Lev, homiletics, Rabbi Gedalia Silverstone, [Washington?], 1925; a leaf of a list of "Selichot for Yom Kippur... what we say here in Kiskunhalas", 1909.
40 pages; 3-74 pages (originally 76 pages); 32 pages; [1] leaf. 20.5 cm. Good-fair condition, stains, leaves cut bordering on writing. Fabric and paper binding.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 247

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Rif Slavita – Handwritten Glosses

Hilchot Rav Alfas, Vol.1, Berachot, Shabbat and Eruvin. Slavita, 1818. Rabbi Moshe Shapira print.
Numerous glosses appear on the leaf before the book's beginning, at the start of which it is mentioned that they have been copied from a Rif belonging to "Rabbi Nachum Aryeh" [who could be referring to Rabbi Menachem Nachum Aryeh Tzozmir Av Beit Din of Zalishchyky / or to Rabbi Nachum Aryeh Segal (of Rohachiv) who served as Dayan in the Ashkenazi Rabbinical Court of Hevron during the 1870s]. Some of the glosses consist of a dialogue between two proof-readers. The first proof reader's words were copied in purple ink and insights by the second proof-reader appear in black ink. Additional glosses throughout the book.
[2], 3-64; 129 leaves (missing additional leaves at the end). 34.5 cm. some leaves are made of bluish paper, good condition, few stains and wear. Slightly worn leather binding. Rare, not mentioned in the Bibliography Institute CD, original number of leaves is unknown.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 311

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Polemic Manuscript on Kaddish – Yemen

Polemic manuscript pertaining to the words "VeYamlich Malchuteh" in the Kaddish prayer. [Yemen? 1920s].
Manuscript opens with article by Rabbi Yosef Tzubeiri, which is based on Kabbalistic matters and on an ancient manuscript of a prayer book which he happened to acquire. Later on a "answer" to his words is copied by an unidentified writer who harshly discounts his words: "ג€¦ struggled in vain to omit the word VeYimloch from Kaddish, and substitute the word VeYamlich which in his opinion is a fine wordג€¦ and he gathered and collected evidence from the sayings of the Sagesג€¦ to panic the peopleג€¦". The writer signs "so says one of the insignificant disciples of Rabbi Yosef Karo and Rabbi Yisrael Iserlin". [It is possible that the handwriting is of Rabbi Yosef Tzubeiri himself who also copied the words of the person who critiqued him]. Listed in different and more recent handwriting: "In the year 1928".
The Ga'on Rabbi Yosef Tzubeiri (1916-2000), among the rabbis of Yemen. Known for his opposition against the Dar Da'im Sect while he was still a young rabbi in Sana'a. Immigrated to Eretz Israel in 1944 and was appointed as rabbi of the Yemenite congregation in the city of Tel Aviv. Was greatly involved in the establishment of the prayer version of the Shamim congregation, and in his compositions he discusses at length the version of the word "VeYamlich" of the Kaddish prayer (apparently this manuscript was not printed).
Authored many compositions: VaYitzbor Yosef Bar Responsa, Knesset HaGedola Prayer Book, Emunat HaShem, Masoret Meduyeket, Emet Ve'Emuna, and more.
[18] leaves. 11 cm. Good condition, stains and wear. Detached leaves.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 343

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

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

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Auction 19 Lot Number 375

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Three Letters by Rabbis of the “Eda HaCharedit”

Three letters of recommendation signed by rabbis of the "Eda HaCharedit", for "Talmud Torah Chayei Olam HaMekorit" established by parents of the "Eda HaCharedit" congregation in Jerusalem after it was revealed that the old "Chayei Olam" Talmud Torah secretly began receiving governmental allocations from "Ministry of Education - HaShmad HaZioni", an action prohibited by rabbis of the "Eda HaCharedit".
* Letter of the Badatz, signed by Rabbi Yisrael Ya'akov Fisher, Rabbi Binyamin Rabinowitz and Rabbi Avraham David Horowitz. (1994). * Letter by Av Beit Din Rabbi Moshe Aryeh Freind. (1995). Handwritten additions and erasures from a more recent period. * Letter by Av Beit Din Rabbi Yisrael Moshe Dushinski, (1997). Recommendation for Talmud Torah and Yeshiva "HaMekorit Rabbi Moshe Aryeh" [new name of the "Chayei Olam HaMekorit" institutions, named after Av Beit Din Rabbi Moshe Aryeh Freind who initiated the establishment of the institutions and passed away in 1996].
Three letters, various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 407

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Collection of Letters by Rabbis

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

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Auction 19 Lot Number 66

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Divrei Menachem / Divrei Torah / Menachem Zion

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

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Auction 19 Lot Number 130

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Passover Haggadah with 238 Commentaries – Shanghai 1946

Passover haggadah, with 238 commentaries and appendices. Shanghai, 1946. Handwritten signed dedication.
[1], 72 leaves. 19.5 cm. Good condition, worn binding without spine.
Otzar HaHaggadot 4027. Photocopy of Padgorze edition 1905.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 418

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Tractate Kiddushin, Munich, 1946 (First Post-Holocaust Printing of Talmud)

Tractate Kiddushin of the Babylonian Talmud. Published by the Rabbis Union Committee in the American region in Germany with the assistance of Va'ad HaHatzala. Munich St. Etilin, 1946. Illustrated title page with photographs from the extermination camps "labor shed in which we secretly slept, studied and prayed".
In the publisher's introduction he mentions the "taking of the book from the people of the Book" by the evil people who annihilated and burnt European Jewry and made an effort not to leave any Hebrew book "all books were taken for paper processing or other despicable usesג€¦ and therefore after the liberation there was a great thirst for books, Yeshivot were established, however, there were no books to study fromג€¦ this spurred us to print some tractatesג€¦ we possess only Tractate Kiddushin and Nedarim in one volume in nearly new condition and we decided to photocopy and print these tractates and distribute them among the refugees in Germanyג€¦" [At a later stage, the entire Shas was printed in Munich in a uniform edition consisting of 19 volumes, with an illustrated title page with different illustrations than this first copy].
[1], 96, 16, 9 leaves. (Missing 5 leaves at end, originally: [1], 96, 16, 14 leaves). 39.5 cm. Good-fair condition, stains, wear and moth damage. Worn binding.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 13

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

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

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Auction 19 Lot Number 109

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Siddur Tefillat Yisrael – Fancy Binding

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

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Auction 19 Lot Number 365

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Letter by Rabbi Kook, Jaffa 1911

Handwritten and signed letter by Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook, on official stationery from the time he served as Rabbi of Jaffa and the Settlements, to Dr. Tahon [at that time served in the management of The Eretz Israel Office of the Zionist Union]. Jaffa, Adar 1911.
Official stationery, 15 cm. Very good condition, file holes.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 120

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Siddur HaShalom, Moscow 1956 – Magnificent Copy with Dedication

Siddur HaShalom, year round prayers, "Edited by the Head of the Religious Community of Moscow, Rabbi Shlomoג€¦ Shleifer". Moscow, 1956. Magnificent copy with cover printed in Hebrew and Russian. On the page before the title, a handwritten dedication is written in the name of Rabbi Shlomo Shleifer from Moscow, 1957.
This siddur was published by the religious community of Moscow, under the eyes of the Communist rule who preferred that the synagogue in Moscow continue its activities for the whole world to see, but only by the elderly belonging to the old world. The siddur was printed without a Russian translation to prevent Russian youth from being attracted to Judaism. [On Page 71 an interesting censor correction is found - in Al HaNissim, "al hamilchamot" (on the wars) was erased from the copy].
On page 2, title page in Russian. On page 479, introduction in Russian. Pages 5-6, introductions on prayer and peace. Pages 7-12, learning to read and Russian transcription of the Hebrew alphabet and Hebrew vowels.
479 pages. 26 cm. Good condition. Original fabric covers.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 184

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Milchemet Mitzvah HaChadash – Satmar, 1929

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

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Auction 19 Lot Number 248

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Artzot HaChaim by the Malbim

Artzot HaChaim, on Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim, by Rabbi Meir Leibush Malbim, Part 1, Simanim 1-24. [Breslau, 1837]. First edition. The Malbim's first book that made him world-famous and merited an enthusiastic approbation from the Chatam Sofer who writes that his words are "built on blocks of understanding and are close to Torah's truth". This book that ends with the laws of tzizit, is referred to dozens of times in the Mishna Brura and in books of Jewish law. Scholarly glosses by two or three writers, the first from the time of printing and the second is signed Moshe Chaim [apparently, Rabbi Moshe Chaim Kriviansky of Bielsk, 1864-1925, who served at the end of his life as secretary of dayanim in Jerusalem, see attached material].
[4], 119, [2] leaves. 21.5 cm. Good-fair condition, wear and moth damage. Owners' signatures and stamps, old and new.
Bound with: Chidushei HaRav HaMe'eri, on Tractate Beitzah, Berlin, 1859.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 312

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Remnants of Manuscript from Eastern Scholars – 16th-18th Century

Varied collection of remnants of ancient manuscript leaves removed from the "binding geniza ", in Oriental handwriting.
[16th-18th century].
Sections of halachic writings, homiletics, kabbala, Judeo-Arabic, some unidentified. Sections of the Rambam's commentary on chapters of Hippocrates, sections of Lechem Shlomo responsa and responsa from the Beit Din of Shlomo, Rabbi Refael Shlomo Laniado Av Beit Din of Aleppo [his handwriting?] and more.
Approx. 20 leaves. Various sizes. Poor condition (various levels of damage because of the binding).

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Auction 19 Lot Number 344

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Halachic Verdict by Rabbi Raphael Chaim Peretz – Constantinople 1846

Halachic verdict letter on the matter of alimony payments deduced from the father's assets, Eastern handwriting, ornate rabbinical signatures of Rabbi Raphael Elazar Ha-Levi and Rabbi Raphael Chaim Binyamin Peretz. Constantinople, 1846.
The well-known Gaon Rabbi Raphael Chaim Binyamin Peretz, of the leading rabbis of Turkey in his generation, served as rabbi and Av Beit Din in the cities of Dardenelles and Gallipoli. Authored the "Zichrono Le-Chaim" (Salonika-Izmir, 1867-1872) and published the "Avnei Shoham" (Salonika, 1848) written by his father Rabbi Avraham Peretz.
21 cm approx. Comes in an old wood and glass frame. Was not checked outside of the frame.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 376

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

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

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Auction 19 Lot Number 35

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Anniversary of Death of Rabbi Chaim of Sanz – Printed Illustration

"Anniversary of death of the holy Rabbi Chaim Halberstam and depiction of his gravestone in the city of Sanz" - printed illustration. [Poland, early twentieth century]. Artist: Lidja Triebling.
The illustration portrays a large gathering around the gravestone of the Rebbe Rabbi Chaim Halberstam in the cemetery of the city of Sanz. The upper section portrays three images of old rabbis, floating on top of a cloud, with the caption: "I am with whoever is just", [apparently, the artist is portraying a Beit Din session of three, in respect of Rabbi Chaim of Sanz as Av Beit Din of the city of Sanz].
25x30 cm. Printed upon cardboard plate. Fair condition. Stains, creases and tears on margins.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 195

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An Interesting Dedication from 1746 on the Book Mishne LaMelech

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

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Auction 19 Lot Number 227

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Book Collection with Stamps and Signatures of Worhal (Csֳ¡ny) Rabbis

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Seven books in five volumes. Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 323

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Manuscript “Rishpei Eish” – Samarkand, Buchara

Manuscript, including interesting inscriptions: novellae and Torah thoughts, Kabbalistic illustrations, personal and Torah memories, compilations and copies. Some of the leaves have the title "Rishpei Eish". Samarkand, Buchara, (1890-1898).
Novellae on Pirkei Avot and on the Torah, homiletics, songs and piyutim (some in Jewish-Persian), riddles and allegories, tales and historical and family inscriptions, segulot and mazalot, compilations from various books (some Chassidic and kabbalistic), Jewish laws and customs, etc. Some signatures: "Reuven HaRa'ati", "Agajan Haji", "Agajan ben Shimshon Haji HaRa'ati".
More than 160 leaves, various sizes, 18-19 cm. Dry paper, fair condition. Detached and unbound leaves.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 419

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Books of Post-Holocaust She’erit Ha-Pleita in Germany

Seven books, various sizes and conditions, most are in good condition.
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Auction 19 Lot Number 14

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Poem for the Dedication of the Beit Knesset in Chieri – 1844

"Poem for the dedication ג€¦ on Shabbat Parshat Eikevג€¦ of the Beit HaKnesset in the city of Chieri, which they reinforced and renovated all around to make it greater than ever". Chieri [north-west Italy], 1844. The poem opens with the refrain "Come my brothers, old and young, to honor the House of the Creator, let's lift our voices in song".
Two pages, 32 cm. Good condition, folding marks and light creases.
Lithograph stone printing of scribal handwriting.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 110

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Five Books of Prayers of Amsterdam Printings

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Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 334

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“Schiyot HaChemda” Manuscript – Prayers for Month of Nisan

Manuscript, "Schiyot HaChemda", prayers according to Kabbalah, recited from the day preceding the month of Nisan [Oriental handwriting, 18th-19th century].
"Schiyot HaChemda", composed by Rabbi Yom Tov Algazi, is a Tikun for the month of Nisan which contains prayers compiled from the book "Chemdat Yamim". The prayers are to be recited together with the reciting of Parashat HaNesi'im. The first edition was printed in Constantinople (1734) and it was printed in dozens of editions since.
Nine written pages, 18 cm, very good condition.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 366

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A Decisive Interesting Letter from Rabbi Kook to the Hadassah Hospital Management

A sharp letter handwritten and signed by Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook, to the Hadassah management. Jerusalem, 1922.
"Know that the sick young womanג€¦ in the English Hospital is about to convert by forceג€¦ and that stain will be attributed to your institute Hadassahג€¦ I will be forced to publicize in the papers that I blame you for this lost soulג€¦ Listen to my words and receive this sick woman and save our poor sister's soulג€¦".
17 cm. Good condition. Holes, folding marks and creases.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 398

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Collection of Letters and Documents – Jerusalem

Various letters sent from Jerusalem or sent to members of the Jerusalem community. Some of the letters pertain to the Poland Kollel and matters of distribution of funds. Collection of letters pertaining to matters of the Mukachevo Kollel, including copies of letters from Rabbi Dushinski and Rabbi Bengis.
Approx. 21 letters, postcards and documents. Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 25

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Illustrated Ketuba – Isfahan 1875

Illustrated and colorful Ketuba, Isfahan (Persia), Cheshvan 1875. Many signatures of witnesses, groom, rabbis, honored attendants and family members. Illustrations of lions, birds, sun etc.
Approx. 71x55 cm. Fair condition, stains and tears with damage to text, placed in frame 77x61 cm. (Not examined out of frame).

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Auction 19 Lot Number 57

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Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim Meginei Eretz, Volume 2 – Zhitomir, 1864

Meginei Eretz, Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim Volume 2 Simanim 429-697, with Pri Megadim. Zhitomir, 1864. Printed by the grandsons of the Rabbi of Slavita: Rabbi Chanina Lipa and Rabbi Yehoshua Heshel Shapira.
Stamps "Chevra Kinyan Sefarim, Me'Chevra Linat Tzedek, Frankfurt am Main".
[2], 5-44, 49-136, 129-330; 200 pages. 38 cm. Good-fair condition, wear and foxing. Semi-leather binding, antique and slightly damaged.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 249

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Sefer Michlol – Numerous Glosses

Sefer Michlol by Rabbi David Kimchi - the Radak. Fֳ¼rth, (1793). Ownership signature upon title page, dozens of lengthy glosses in handwriting from printing period, with much academic content. Various ownership stamps.
[5], 218, [1] leaves. (Leaves 1-4 bound out of order) 18.5 cm. Good condition, some glosses slightly cut off. Old binding.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 196

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Be’er Mayim Chaim, Salonika 1794 – Dedication and Glosses

Be'er Mayim Chaim, Vol.1, responsa and interpretations by Rabbi Chaim Nissim Raphael Motziri. With Torah novellae booklets "Girsa De-Yankuta", by the publisher, son of the author Rabbi Shmuel Noach Motziri. Salonika, [1794]. Only edition.
Fine, handwritten dedication on the title page from Rabbi Shmuel Noach Motziri to nobleman "Shlomo Baruch Hu". Two glosses in Eastern handwriting appear in the book's leaves, one of them is signed "AGN", apparently referring to Rabbi Chaim Avraham Gagin, 1787-1848, Gaon and Mekubal, became Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem in 1842 and was the first [rabbi] appointed as "Chacham Bashi" with his nomination as "Rishon Le-Zion".
[4], 123; 47; 42 leaves. 28.5 cm. Fair condition, moth damage, fungal damage on the last leaves. Worn and torn semi-leather binding.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 260

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Collection of Printed Leaves With Glosses

* Leaves of Tractate Chulin, Prague, 1834, with several lengthy erudite glosses by Rabbi Shmuel Segal [from Sopronkeresztur]. * Title page of Levush HaButz VeHaArgaman, Venice, 1620. Signature of Rabbi Chaim Toledano and lengthy list of handwritten Chiddushei Torah. * Section of leaf of Tur Orach Chaim, from the editions printed between 1540 and 1640, with glosses in ancient Ashkenazi handwriting. * 2 Bava Kama Gemara leaves, from the editions printed during the 16th century, with ancient glosses.
Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 324

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Manuscripts – Homiletics and Eulogies by Scholars of Morocco (and Eretz Israel)

Collection of manuscripts in Oriental handwriting: homiletics and eulogies and more, by various writers [scholars of Morocco and Eretz Israel. 19th -20th century].
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Eleven items, more than 50 pages and columns. Various sizes and conditions, good to good-fair.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 79

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Collection of Books of Chassidism

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Ten books in five volumes. Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 239

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Shulchan Aruch with Be’er Heitev – Amsterdam, 1742 – Signatures and 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 367

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Historical Letter Pertaining to Inauguration of Rabbi Kook, Jerusalem, 1921

Letter by rabbis and leaders of "Me'ah She'arim Committee" which contains notice to secretary of committee, regarding their decision to place the stamp of the "Committee" upon the rabbinical writ of the Ga'on Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook. Jerusalem, Adar 1 (1921).
Signed: Rabbi "Yosef Gershon Horowitz" (1869-1951, among the greatest rabbis of Jerusalem and among the first Dayanim in the Beit Din of Rabbi Frank. Nephew of "Rabbi of Dubrovno" and successor in the rabbinate of the neighborhood of "Me'ah She'arim" and leader of the "Me'ah She'arim Yeshiva"; Rabbi "Ben-Zion ---"; Rabbi "Yosef Epstein" and Rabbi "Tzvi Moshe Lapidot".
Leaf 20.5 cm. Good condition, creases.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 399

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A Letter by Rabbi Yehuda Leib Hillman, Paper in Golden Printing – Jerusalem, 1895

A letter by Rabbi Yehuda Leib Hillman, to his brother and son. Jerusalem, Cheshvan 1895. A letter of thanks and blessing on receiving money, many blessings for family celebrations. The letter is written on stationery designated for New Year wishes in golden print and illustrations of the holy sites: the grave of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai and the Tomb of Rachel.
Rabbi Yehuda Leib (son of R' Moshe) Hillman of Ponovezh immigrated to Jerusalem in 1876, where he printed his book on 613 Mitzvot in 1906 which had a previous edition by the name of "Luchot Ha'Edut".
22.5 cm. Good-fair condition, creases, restored tear with omission on fold at bottom of leaf.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 250

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Sefer Ma’avar Yabok – Ostrog, 1818 – Glosses

Sefer Ma'avar Yabok, prayers, laws and articles pertaining to day of death and washing of dead prior to burial, by Rabbi Aharon Berachia of Modena. Ostrog, [1818].
Title page "as printed in Amsterdam". The word "Amsterdam" is emphasized. This word as well as name of book printed in red ink. Symbol of printers of the Props family forged in center of title page.
Over twenty glosses and family notations in Oriental handwriting. Leaf 193/1 contains signature: "Avraham Chakim", apparently author of glosses.
[4], 228 leaves. 21 cm. Majority printed upon bluish paper. Wide margins uncut in print. Good-fair condition. Moth damage [on number of leaves on text]. Non-original binding.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 314

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Manuscript – Poems and Destinies

Oriental manuscripts, poetry notebooks, leaves of Chiddushei Torah and leaves from book of destinies. [19th-20th century]. Poems in honor of the rabbis of the Abuchatzeira family and more.
Three notebooks + single leaves, various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 346

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Letter by the Author of Divrei Malkiel

Letter handwritten and signed by Rabbi Malkiel Zvi HaLevi Tennenbaum Av Beit Din of Lomza, to Rabbi Yoel Herzog. Lomza, 1902.
Rabbi Malkiel Tennenbaum (1847-1910), a prominent rabbi and posek of his generation, was renowned for his great Torah genius and wrote many responses which were printed in the seven volumes of his responsa Divrei Malkiel. He was known as a holy man and masses knocked on his door with requests for blessings and salvation. Rabbi Herzog writes about him, "in addition to his genius in halacha, he was well-versed in kabbala and would study Torah secrets into the late hours of the night".
The letter recipient: Rabbi Yoel Leib Herzog (1865-1935), of Lomza, who immigrated to England in 1899 and served there in the rabbinate. In 1911, he moved to Paris. Studied all the Talmud in depth with his brilliant son Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac [later Chief Rabbi of Eretz Israel] who was less than 16 years old at the time.
Official stationery, 20.5 cm. Good condition, folding creases.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 101

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Collection of Books of Kabbalah and Destinies

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Five books, various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 389

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Letter of Recommendation by Rabbi Moshe Meshil Av Beit Din of Hildesheim

Letter of recommendation for hachnasat kalla, signed by the heads of the Hildesheim (Germany) community and the rabbi of the city Rabbi Moshe Meshil. Hildesheim, 1812.
"This womanג€¦ wife of the blind man Rabbi Itzik Levi, who lives on the mountain near our community Hildesheimג€¦ And when Yitzchak aged his eyes darkened from seeing (quote from Bereshit) these past ten yearsג€¦ and he is marrying off his mature daughterג€¦ and Yitzchak beseeched in the presence of his wifeג€¦ and to assist in this mitzvah of hachnasat kallaג€¦".
22.5 cm. Good condition, folding marks, wax stamp.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 421

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Five Books of She’erit HaPleita Printing in Germany

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Five books, various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 16

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Three Printed Leaves of Prayers

1. "LeDavid HaShem Ori", large printed leaf (53x67 cm.), to hang in synagogue during month of Elul-Tishrei. Galanta (Hungary), [early twentieth century].
2. "Menucha Nechona Prayer", with prayer "De'etpater Min Alma HaDinג€¦" (With German titles). Bratislava-Galanta, [unknown date].
3. Prayers for funeral and burial, and order of condolence to mourner in cemetery. (With German titles). [Location and date of print unknown].
Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 48

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Mishnayot Kodshim – Slavita

Mishnayot, Seder Kodshim. Slavita, [1822], press of Rabbi Moshe of Slavita.
163 leaves, fine copy, bluish high-quality paper with wide margins, good condition. Several detached leaves, slight moth damage on last leaves. Antique leather binding, without spine.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 176

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Book Collection – The Vilna Gaon and his Disciples

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Total of 18 books in 12 volumes, various sizes and conditions, good to fair-poor.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 59

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Shabechi Yerushalayim – Zhitomir, 1860 / Gilgulei Neshamot – Lvov 1859

Shabechi Yerushalayim, location of tzaddikim's graves, history and prayers near their graves, by Rabbi Ya'akov Baruch. Zhitomir, 1859. Printed by the grandsons of the Rabbi of Slavita.
Bound with: Gilgulei Neshamot, by Rabbi Menachem Azarya [the Rama] of Pano. Lvov, 1859.
60 pages; [20] pages. 15.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Worn binding.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 219

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Einei Yitzchak by the Magid of Vilkomir – Handwritten Family Lists

Einei Yitzchak, Volume 2, commentaries and novellae on Ein Ya'akov, Tractates Yevamot-Uktzin, by Rabbi Yitzchak Aharon the Magid of Vilkomir, Vilna, 1878.
At end of book, 4 handwritten pages, index and three pages of lists commemorating family occasions and dates of birth and death, in handwriting of the author's son, some copied from the author's own lists. In one list, he copied the date of his father's birth: "The date of my father, my teacher's birth, 1809, two days before Rosh Chodesh Adar in his mother's opinion and in his father's opinion, one day before Rosh Chodesh Adar and this was always disputed - this I have copied from his handwriting, Hashem should lengthen his days until the arrival of the redeemer".
The Magid of Vilkomir, Rabbi Chaim Yitzchak Aharon Rappaport (1809-1904), served for decades as a preacher in Eiֵ¡iֵ¡kִ—s (1838-1843) and in Wilkomierz (1843-1884). At age 75, immigrated to Jerusalem where he lived a long life. Besides this book, wrote dozens of pamphlets and proclamations on various topics in Jerusalem. Many articles have been written about his esteemed character and his original opinions. These interesting lists reveal many details of his life and the lives of his parents and children.
[1 cover title page], 80 pages + 4 handwritten pages. Approx. 23 cm. Dry paper, fair condition, detached leaves and damage to margins. Worn binding.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 251