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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


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


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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