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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 351

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Letter of Ordination – Rabbi Shlomo HaCohen of Vilna

Letter of rabbinical ordination handwritten and signed by Rabbi Shlomo HaCohen Rabbi in Vilna, to Rabbi Dov Nochimovsky. Vilna, 1904.
Ordination for the rabbinate "Yoreh Yoreh Yadin Yadin", to Rabbi Dovber Nochimovsky (died 1830, Otzar HaRabbanim 4566, son-in-law of the father-in-law of Rabbi Shnuer Zalman Hirshowitz Av Beit Din of Goldingen [disciple of Rabbi Yisrael of Salant]. His son-in-law is Rabbi Eliyahu Moshe Ganchovsky.
Rabbi Shlomo HaCohen (1831-1906), was a leading rabbi and the eldest rabbi of Vilna of his generation, author of "Cheshek Shlomo", "Binyan Shlomo" etc. Colleague of the Chafetz Chaim.
Folded leaf. 23 cm. [The rest of the letter and signature is on back of leaf]. Fair condition. Tears to folds reinforced by tape.

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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 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 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 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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