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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 17

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Collection of Proclamations – Rabbi Yosef Zvi Dushinsky

Collection of proclamations "on behalf of the Ga'avad Shlita" - Rabbi Yosef Zvi Dushinsky (1868-1948), from the time he served as Ga'avad of the Eida HaCharedit in Jerusalem from 1936-1948. The proclamations are on matters of kashrut and shechita, draft of Yeshiva students and other topics.
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Seven proclamations, various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 92

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Chassidut Gur – Collection of Items

* Four handwritten leaves, copies of letters, from the Rebbe Rabbi Avraham Mordechai Alter of Gur, author of "Imrei Emet". * Lithograph of a letter of recommendation from Gur rebbes (author of "Sefat Emet" and his son, author of "Imrei Emet") to the newspaper "Der Yid". "A letter from the Gur Rebbe to the Diaspora - to our brothers, the Children of Israel refugees wherever they shall be" - a printed leaf. Jerusalem, 1946. * "The holy Rebbe of Gur" - an issue of the newspaper "She'arim", from the 10th of Sivan 1948, announcing the demise of the author of "Imrei Emet".
Various sizes and conditions. Fair-poor condition.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 7

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Miniature Megillat Esther

Miniature Megillat Esther, printed and rolled on colorful wooden handle. [Twentieth century].
6 cm. Handle: 11 cm. Good condition, stains.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 71

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Saraf Pri Etz Chaim – Chernovtsy 1866

Saraf Pri Etz Chaim, Kabbalistic commentaries and glosses to the book "Etz Chaim" as well as additional writings of the Ari. By Rabbi Moshe ben Dan Shoham, Av Beit Din of Dolinna. Chernovtsy, 1866. First edition.
Includes approbations of Rabbi Avraham Ya'akov Friedman of Sadgora, Rabbi Avraham Yehoshua Heshel of Opatow, Rabbi Chaim Halberstam of Sanz, and more.
Author was among the Ba'al Shem Tov's younger disciples. Was also disciple of his in-law, Rabbi Yechiel Michel of Zolochev.
[5], 83-147 leaves (of 149 original leaves, two index leaves missing), 27.5 cm. Fair condition, tears on title page. First leaves creased. Ownership signatures. Ink-stamps of the "kloiz" of Husiatyn Chassidim in city of Przemyֵ›l. Non-original detached binding.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 199

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Yoru Mishpatecha L’Ya’akov – Calcutta, 1982 – Author’s Dedication

Yoru Mishpatecha L'Ya'akov, ethics, tales, parables and prayers. By Rabbi Ya'akov Sucari. Calcutta (India), [1882].
On leaf before title page, a long dedication handwritten and signed by the author to Mordechai HaLevi "A dear resident of the city of Sidon".
[2], 9, 140 leaves, missing: three leaves with Tikun Chatzot prayer and prayer for the sick. 16 cm. Fair condition. Stains, moth damage to leaves and binding (the first leaves have many moth damages, with missing text), several detached leaves. Worn binding.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 221

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Five Books Signed by Rabbi Tzvi Pesach Frank

* Sefer Chidushei HaRitva on Tractate Shabbat. Warsaw, 1879. * Sfat HaYam Responsa, Yechiel Michel Wolfson. Vilna, 1888. * Sefer Chidushei HaRama on Tractate Sanhedrin. Warsaw, 1895. * Sefer Nachalat Shiva with glosses of Mahadura Batra. Warsaw, 1898. * Sefer Aruch HaShulchan on Orach Chaim, first section. Piotrkow, 1903.
All books contain handwritten signatures of the Ga'on Rabbi "Tzvi Pesach Frank" in pencil or pen. Some contain brief handwritten comments by him as well.
The Ga'on Rabbi Tzvi Pesach Frank (1873-1961, Otzar HaRabbanim 17554), rabbi of Jerusalem, among the greatest rabbinical authorities during his generation. Member of the Beit Din of Rabbi Shmuel Salant from the year 1908, and from 1935 was rabbi of Jerusalem. Sections of his many writings were printed in dozens of volumes in the books: Har Tzvi Responsa, Mikra'ei Kodesh, Mikdash Melech and more.
Five books, various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 307

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“Mekor Chaim” Manuscript – Yemen

Manuscript copy of the "Mekor Chaim", on the laws of Shechita, by Rabbi Yechia Tzalach (Maharitz). Yemen, [early 20th century].
Various handwritten captions and signatures from years 1941-1963.
[60] leaves + 3 Segulot leaves enclosed. 18 cm. Good-fair condition, stains. Rebound.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 414

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Sefer Ha-Brit – First Print at the New Printing Press of Anton Schmidt, Vienna 1807

Sefer Ha-Brit "most of his teachings are based on the holy writings of the Ari z"l in his book Etz Ha-Chaim". Vol.2. [Vienna, c.1797-1800]. First [book] printed at the new printing press of Anton Schmidt in the city of Vienna.
This edition was printed in a similar way to the first volume which was printed in Brֳ¼n in 1801 and seems to be a continuation of it, but there are many additions and corrections which the author printed in "Sefer Ha-Brit HaShalem" which was printed in Zolkow in 1807.
In 1796, after printer Rossman of Brֳ¼n passed away, the press and all of its contents moved to Anton Schmidt in Vienna. It seems that Schmidt had inherited from Rossman all of the book's first volume exemplars and decided to print the second volume just like the first, making no mention of the place and year of print, so both volumes would look like they belong to one set. (Based on the Bibliography Institute CD, record 0137514).
[1], 128 leaves. 17.5 cm. Good-fair condition, wear and stains. Signatures and ownership inscriptions. Original, damaged, leather binding.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 201

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Collection of Books from Lithuanian Torah Scholars (With Dedications)

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Four books in three volumes, various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 436

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Toldot Minhagei HaYehudim – Rabbi Yehuda Aryeh of Modena – German – Amsterdam, 1725

Kerk-zeeden ende gewoonten [the Jews' customs], by Leo [Rabbi Yehuda Aryeh] of Modena. Amsterdam 1725.
The comprehensive work of Rabbi Yehuda Aryeh of Modena about the history and roots of Jewish customs, translated from Italian into several languages, including German and French. This is the Netherland edition, with title page with brass engravings + folded drawing plates including episodes from the life of the Jews.
[32] leaves, 198, [8]; 203, [4] pages + 4 folded plates [one is half missing]. 15 cm. Good condition, stains and minor wear, detached title page and binding.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 63

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Collection of Books Printed in Russia-Poland

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Six books, various sizes and conditions, good-fair to fair-poor.

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Auction 19 Lot Number 42

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Chumashim with Or HaChaim Slavita and Chernovtsy Printings – Missing Copies

1. Devarim, with Rashi and Or HaChaim. [Slavita, 1791?]. Has leaves 2-166 (originally: 171, [1] leaves).
2. Devarim, with Rashi, Or HaChaim and Targum Yonatan Ben Uziel. [Slavita, 1811]. Missing title page and 2 more leaves.
3. Bereshit, with Or HaChaim and "Be'er Mayim Chaim" by Rebbe Chaim of Chernovtsy. [Chernovtsy, 1850], with leaf of approbation by Rebbe Yisrael of Ruzhin, Rebbe Chaim of Kosiv and Rebbe Shalom of Kamenka. Has [2], 2-358 leaves (originally: [1], 364, [2] leaves, and the approbation leaf is found in some of the copies together with Chumash Devarim).
Three books, bluish paper, various sizes and conditions, fair condition, wear damage and some have moth damage.

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