"Torah Leaders" - a large lithograph print leaf. Group photograph of 22 figures of renowned rabbis from Hungary, Germany and Poland. Leaf enclosed with the names of the rabbis in the photograph. Berlin, [between 1868-1870]. C. Fisher printing.
Portraits of : the "Ktav Sofer", Rabbi Eliyahu Guttmacher, Rabbi Yisrael Lifshitz, Rabbi Shlomo Eiger, Rabbi Dubrish Meizlish, Maharatz Chayut etc. The year of printing is not noted - it was printed after Sivan 1868 and before Kislev 1871, since the date of the death of Rabbi Elazar Horwitz Av Beit Din of Vienna on the 21st of Sivan 1868 is mentioned. Rabbi Ya'akov Ettlinger, author of "Aruch LaNer" is mentioned as still living and he died on the 25th of Kislev 1871.
41x55 cm + 10x55 cm. Good condition, in antique and decorated wooden frame 75x90 cm, damaged frame. (Not examined out of frame).
Illustrated and hand-painted mizrach. Jerusalem, [end of 19th century or beginning of 20th century].
Water colors and ink on paper.
At top, the "Western Wall" and "Mizrach". At center, a large illustration of the Western Wall with cypress trees, designed like the engravings that appeared in the Jerusalem printings at the end of the 19th century. At the sides, inscription with the initials of Mizrach, at the four corners are illustrations of the Holy Sites in round frames: Me'arat HaMachpelah, Kings from the House of David, [grave of] Rachel the Matriarch and [the grave of] Shmuel the Prophet. At the bottom, "Jerusalem" and "If I forget you Jerusalem my right hand shall be forgotten".
Leaf 41x26 cm. in 46.5x36 cm. Good condition. Stains. Not examined out of frame.
Panoramic view of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, by the Dutch artist Cornelis de Bruyn, who traveled to Eretz Israel at the end of the 17th century. Delft, Netherlands, 1698.
Engraving on three sheets, hand-painted.
Originally printed in de Bruyn's book: Reizen... door Klein Asia...van Aegypten, Syrien en Palestina. Delft, Henrik van Krooneveld, 1698.
27.8x124 cm, good condition, few stains and creases. Simple wooden frame, damaged and dismantled.
Portrait of Rabbi Ya'akov Sasportas. Not Signed. Amsterdam.
Oil painting on wood; wooden frame.
Fine portrait of Rabbi Ya'akov Sasportas (1610-1698), a Torah giant of his times, one of the first and leading fighters against Shabtai Zvi's followers. Served in the Morocco rabbinate, Amsterdam, London and Hamburg. Glued on reverse side of frame are notes, written by former owners that the picture was bought in Amsterdam in 1920 and a reference to the issue of the Jewish-Dutch monthly journal from 1928 that apparently displayed the picture of Rabbi Ya'akov Sasportas.
Drawing 23x20 cm, fair-good condition, faded. Original frame 30x27.5 cm. Fair condition.
Lithograph printed leaf, picture of Rabbi Moshe HaCohen Dwek (of Aleppo) Chief Rabbi of Calcutta (India). English inscription and picture of his signature. Parchment attached with inscription: "At age 55 he had his portrait made from 1840 and he died at age 67 in 1861". [The printing was done in 1849 according to a portrait painted in 1840, died in 1861].
C. 16X22 cm. Good condition, foxing, placed in nice wooden frame 34.5X40.5 cm. (Not examined out of frame).
Four Torah scholars. Oil paint, unstamped and not dated, [20th century].
Oil paints on masonite; wooden frame.
Four Torah scholars studying Torah.
34.5x24.5 cm. Good condition, slight damage to margins. Frame 43.5x33.5 cm, lightly cracked and damaged.
Ha Lachma Anya, colorful illustration on glass [copied from illustrated manuscript from the Middle Ages). Beginning of 20th century.
20x14 cm. Good-fair condition, minor damage and color erasing. In frame 26x20 cm. (damaged).
MiShenichnas Adar Marbim B'Simcha. Katz Trebiֵ¡ov Publishers, Wiko Lithographic Printing, Koֵ¡ice, [1930s].
Printed on paper.
The custom in Slovakia, Hungary and other countries, was to hang such pictures on the wall of the Beit Knesset from the beginning of Adar.
48.5x33 cm. Fair condition. Tears, primarily along folding lines, some missing. Unprofessional tape repairs.
Certificate in honor of the 50th anniversary of Shmuel Zevil Brezinsky and his wife Basha [Batya] Bayla. Jerusalem, Tammuz 1930.
Gilded, silver and colored ink, pastel colors on paper.
Elaborate certificate of blessing on behalf of the charity and chessed undertakings of Rebbetzin Brezinsky, in honor of the couple's gold anniversary. At top of certificate: "Loving-kindness - a house of chessed for Talmud Torah schools and yeshivot by Basha Bayla Brezinsky and her daughter Toibe Faiga of Chicago, here in the Holy City of Jerusalem". Impressive hand-illustrated and hand-painted decorations: a large imposing eagle, flowers, Stars of David and geometric patterns.
Leaf 45x30.5 cm. Good condition. Minor tears and creases to margins.
Zum Andenken an Die Barmizwah (memento from Bar Mitzvah). Two original illustrations. [Germany?].
Ink on paper. Signed by artist: D. Rund.
In center, Bar Mitzvah boy reading the Torah, with candles to his right and left and above him the verse Yevarechecha HaShem VeYishmerecha, two tablets of the Ten Commandments, Star of David symbols, doves with olive branch and more.
 leaves, glued on cardboard plates. 24X30 cm. Good condition, stains and penciled notations.
Megillat Esther. [Basel], 1806.
Printed and rolled like a scroll, with illustrations and decorated frames.
23 cm. Good condition, stains. Several tears (torn-off on last column), professionally restored. With box.
Ketuba on the marriage of the groom Pinchas ben Yitzchak Zafran with the bride "Mazal Tov" bat R' Chaim Alchadif. Jerusalem, 1858.
Ink and paint on paper (Oriental writing). Leaf and floral ornamented frame. On upper part, a vase of flowers and cypress and palm trees, crowned by a large flower. [Characteristic design. The online ketuba collection of the National Library has several ketubot from that time in Jerusalem, with the same style of illustrations].
Signed as witnesses: Rabbi Avraham Bechar Yitchak, Rabbi Yosef Ye'oshua Kario [1807-1883, Head of the Beit Din of the Sefardi community of Jerusalem, author of "Bnei Yosef"]. The groom's signature is in the middle, between the witnesses' signatures.
32x46 cm in new frame. Fair condition, stains and creases (not examined out of frame).
Ketuba printed on parchment from Jerusalem. Filled in by hand for the marriage of the "nice groom" Yosef ben Moshe Chadida with the bride "from the house that performs loving-kindness" Esther bat Yehuda ben Maman, Tֳ©touan (Morocco), 1913.
Ketuba printed with colored ink, Oriental handwriting, on parchment (usually, such ketubot were printed only on paper). Ornamentation (printed) of the Holy Sites (the Western Wall, the grave of Rabbi Meir Ba'al HaNess, Ma'arat HaMachpelah, Safed, the Churva of Rabbi Yehuda HaChassid, Rachel's Tomb, Yad Avshalom, the Tower of David, the graves of the kings of the House of David), lions, Torah crown, etc.
59 cm. Good condition, stains and wear, small tear to margin. Part of the witnesses' signatures are erased.
Ketuba for marriage of the young man Reuven ben Shmuel Avraham Elgranati with the bride Ms. Caliofi bat Shlomo Salmoni. Ancona (Italy), 8th of Sivan 1852.
Scribal writing on processed parchment, with frame illustrated in colored ink, floral and leaf ornamentation. The ketuba is signed by the witness "Moshe Azulai" (apparently, Rabbi Moshe Azulai, the Chida's grandson, author of "Lechem Min HaShamayim" and other books, who lived in Ancona at that time. The date of his death is not known and it seems that he died that year - see enclosed material).
46 cm. Good condition, folding marks.
Ketuba on the marriage of the "wonderful young man" Chizkiyahu ben Shlomo HaLevi, with the "dear and important" Leora bat Azarya ben Ya'akov. Ancona (Italy), 23rd of MarCheshvan 1886.
Scribal writing on thin processed parchment. Decorated in colored frame with leaf and floral ornamentation. The rabbis who signed as witnesses are: "Chizkiyahu of Pergola, witness", "Shlomo Moshe of Adumim, witness" (Rabbi Shlomo of Adumim, a rabbi in Ancona).
51 cm. Good-fair condition, folding marks and stains.
Kol Sasson V'Kol Simcha - illustrated ketuba on the marriage of the groom "Baba Gan" with the bride "Zalicha". Karmashan (Iran), 13th of Sivan 1857/1859?.
Ink on paper, colored gouache. Square and rectangle frames, some have floral ornamentation, branches of leaves and fruit, in style characteristic of ketubot from the Iranian region.
40 cm. In frame 56x46 cm. Fair-poor condition, upper part of ketuba has restored tear, stains, folding marks and tears. Not examined outside of frame.
Ketuba written on the marriage of the groom "Aharon ben R' Shlomo Kafon", with the bride "Esther bat R' Shlomo ben Avraham Kafon". Salonika (Greece), 1872.
Ink on paper, floral decorations and gates in purple ink. Divided into two columns, on right, ketuba and on left, tena'im and dowry. Oriental witnesses' signatures.
44 cm. In frame 58x47 cm. Fair condition, stains and moisture marks. Not examined out of frame.
Illustrated ketuba on the marriage of the groom "Sasson ben Mordechai" with the bride "Sissy bat Mordechai". "Jazira on the banks of the Chidekel" (apparently, Al-Jazira, Syria), 1925.
Ink on paper and paint.
Gate frame adorned with geometric shapes in various colors. The edges of the ketuba are decorated with fowl and other shapes.
45 cm. In frame 56x46 cm. Fair-poor condition, tears and folding marks, stains and ink smears. Not examined out of frame.
Wimpel (linen Torah binder) for Torah Scroll, from circumcision of Eliezer Lipman son of Rabbi Shmuel. Germany, .
Linen fabric, embroidered with colorful threads.
Combination of four pieces of fabric finely embroidered together. Embroidered inscription in green, white, yellow and blue threads: "Eliezer Lipman son of Rabbi Shmuel Shalit born on 12 Adar, 1671, may his parents merit to raise him to Torah, Chupa and Maג€™asim Tovim". At end of inscription embroidered Star of David with inscription "Mazal Dagim" [Pisces] and illustration of three fish. The quotation marks in the abovementioned inscription are substituted with an embroidered ornament in the shape of a crown; above detail of year, embroidery of two small birds; additional bird embroidered over quotations marks of acronym "Rabbi".
The custom of the Wimpel was especially prevalent in South Germany, and also in a number of congregations in North Germany and a few congregations in Italy. For additional detailed information regarding this custom see book Shorshei Minhag Ashkenaz, section II (Bnei Brak 2000).
283x16 cm. In generally good condition. Several tears and stains. Color of embroidery threads slightly faded.
Wimpel [linen Torah binder] for Torah Scroll, .
Four pieces of linen cloth finely embroidered together. Inscription and ornaments colorfully embroidered as well: "Yissaschar son of Rabbi Avraham born on Tuesday, 24th of Elul 1819, may he be raised to Torah, Chupa and Maג€™asim Tovim, Amen Sela". 290x16.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Slight damage to embroidery.
Wimpel [linen Torah binder] for Torah Scroll. France, 1949.
Hand illustrated and painted letters, with fine ornaments: "Michael son of Yitzchak HaLevi born on Shabbat, 5th of Tammuz 1949, may he be raised to Torah, Chupa and Maג€™asim Tovim, Amen Sela". Flags of State of Israel and France appear above words "son of Yitzchak". At edge of Wimpel, after the word "Sela", illustrated ornament with name of newborn in French: "Gerard Michel Levyג€¦ 1949". 350x16.5 cm. Good condition.
Two Wimpels [linen Torah binders] for Torah Scroll. Germany, , .
Hand illustrated and painted letters, with ornaments, upon fabric:
1. "Yitzchak son of Rabbi Meir HaCohen (of Hittersdorf) born on Tuesday, first day of Shavuot 1859, may he be raised to Torah, Chupa and Maג€™asim Tovim, Amen Sela". 320x19.5 cm.
2. "Yona son of Rabbi Shabtai, known as Paritzki, born on Wednesday, 8th of Marcheshvan 1894, G-d watch over him and may he be raised to Torah, Chupa and Maג€™asim Tovim, to wealth, honor and longevity, Amen Sela". 310x20 cm.
Fair-good condition. Stains and creases.
1. Wimpel [linen Torah binder] with embroidered inscription and ornaments: "Yosef son of Rabbi Natan Hilb, known as Feitel, born on Thursday 27th of Nisan 1887, may he be raised to Torah, Chupa and Maג€™asim Tovim, Amen Sela". 275x20 cm.
2. Wimpel [linen Torah binder] with hand illustrated and painted inscription and ornaments. Apparently, amateur workmanship, with several spelling mistakes: "Pinchas son of Rabbi Avraham, born on Shabbat, 22nd [of Shvat] 1895, may he be raised to Torah, Chupa and Maג€™asim Tovim, Amen Sela". 355x22 cm. Blue frame, partially unraveled.
Five Wimpels [linen Torah binders], embroidered or painted on fabric:
* Remnants of Wimpel from 1782. Sewn onto new cloth, with minor inaccuracies: "ג€¦ dear Rabbi Kaliv Katz S--- Motג€¦ Feish Shai born on Tuesdayג€¦ Tevet 1782ג€¦". *Wimpel with Unclear text and ornaments, embroidered along length of Wimpel (and not along width, as customary). * Yuzel (Yozef Kaufman) son of Shmuel of Leutershausen, born on Wednesday 21st of Iyar (Taurus) 1885ג€¦". * "Tzvi son of Rabbi Avraham Kaufman born on Monday 28th of Sivan 1893ג€¦". * Menachem son of Rabbi Zadok born on Adar 1914ג€¦". Various sizes and conditions.