Sefer Torah from the beit midrash adjacent to the grave of Rabbi Meir Ba'al Haness in Tiberias, . Ink on parchment, handsome Sefardi handwriting from the 19th century. In a velvet-covered wooden holder, ornamented with brass and silver cut and beaten [some are attached to the wood with nails]. On the inner side is a hand-illustrated and colored paper, with inscription: "Rabbi Meir Ba'al Haness he shall merit doing mitzvot and good deeds, 1891". A beaten silver band around the holder with the inscription: "This holder and sefer Torah belongs to the woman Kozmah bat Tzalach Ezra Mashiach who dedicated it in honor of Rabbi Meir Ba'al Haness 1891". At the Hillula of Rabbi Meir Ba'al Haness in Tiberias (on the 14th of Iyar), the custom was to take out all the Torah scrolls from the ark and dance with them in a joyous and magnificent parade (responsa VaYomer Meir, Volume 2, Siman 59; Avanim BaChoma, pages 65-66). Many segulot of salvations are known in the merit of giving charity and prayer with saying the name of Rabbi Meir Ba'al Haness [their source is according to the Talmud in the name of Rabbi Meir himself that said to the guard of the prison "Eloka D'Meir Aneini" for salvation, see Tractate Avoda Zara 18, 1]. The buyer shall receive the document of authorization of the sale of the scroll by those in charge of the grave of Rabbi Meir Ba'al Haness. Height of parchment: 47 cm. Maximum height of holder: 97 cm. Scroll is in good condition [its kashrut has not been investigated], the inner fabric of holder and the outer velvet are
Torah Scroll on thin dark parchment. [Syria, 18th century?].
Completions and revisions in different handwriting from that period. Not thoroughly examined.
Height of parchment approx. 44 cm. General condition good.
Torah Scroll on parchment. [Turkey? 16th/17th century?].
Fine scribe writing. Revisions. Not thoroughly examined.
Height of parchment approx. 41 cm. General condign good.
Megillat Esther on pale brown parchment, ancient scribe writing [18th century?], first two sheets completed in more recent writing, on pale brown parchment. These sheets contain simple illustrations, of various images from the Megilla, which were also illustrated on the sheets of the ancient Megilla.
Height of sheets 17-19 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and wear. Parchment lace for tying. Stylish wooden post, approx. 35 cm., damaged and incomplete.
Megillat Esther written on parchment, with fine scribe writing ("Beit Yosef" writing), 11 rows. [Early 20th century].
According to the opinion of the Vilna Ga’on and the Chatam Sofer, the letters of the sheet listing the names of" the ten sons of Haman" should be the same size as the rest of the Megilla. According to other opinions, the ten sons of Haman should be listed on one whole sheet and in large letters. In our generation, meticulously observant people have begun to write the entire Megilla on only 11 rows, to comply with all opinions. These Megillot are more expensive since they have more sheets than the regular Megillot. It is rare to find a Megilla with 11 rows from such an early period of time, [most of the Halcha authorities who discuss this disagreement, do not propose this solution of writing 11 rows. See Mishnah Berurah Siman 691, Sha'ar HaTzion, 16. It is well known that the Chazon Ish owned such a Megilla].
Height of parchment 17.5 cm. Good-fair condition, faded ink in many letters. Usage stains.
Two miniature Torah Scrolls, printed on paper and rolled onto" Atzei Chaim" (of wood and plastic). [USA? 1940’s?].
One placed within red cloth" mantle "with Star of David and caption “Toraht Moshe” and “Torah” printed upon it. Second placed within colorful paper “mantle”, with Star of David and “Torah Crown” printed upon it.
* Includes “Order of Meal and Blessings” (Birkat HaMazon and Birkat HaNehnin) with English translation [USA? 1940’s]. Printed upon paper and rolled as a scroll upon wooden handle.
Various sizes and conditions.
A set of printed "booklets" for aliya l'Torah. [Vienna, beginning of 20th century].
Each "booklet" is comprised of two leaves, pasted unto a hard cover. The blessings of the aliya l'Torah are printed on one leaf and on the other is a list of the institutes in Vienna for contributions to charity [in each booklet a red ink line is drawn under the name of one of the institutes]. A paper label is pasted on the cover of each booklet with the name of the aliya [cohen, levi, shlishi etc.] or the honor bestowed [hagbaha and gelila]. The booklets were distributed before the Torah reading amongst the men who were designated to receive an aliya.
Attached is a matching cardboard sheet on which the names of the aliyot and the honors are printed.
11 booklets + a cardboard sheet, in their original box. Overall good condition.
El Maleh Rachamim. Lamentation for 20th of Sivan for “the great Rabbi Yechiel Michel of the Nemirov congregation who was martyred in 1648” and for martyrs of the 1648 and 1649 Khmelnytsky Uprising. [Eastern Europe, early 18th century?].
Manuscript on parchment; last leaf contains calligraphic flower-patterned ornament. Lamentation in alphabetical order (printed in the Ya’abetz prayer book).
During the 1648 and 1649 Khmelnytsky Uprising over one hundred thousand Jews from towns of Southern Ukraine and Poland were brutally massacred by the Cossack military under the leadership of Bogdan Khmelnytsky. On the 20th of Sivan 1648, the entire congregation of Nemirov was massacred, approximately six thousand men, women and children together with their esteemed rabbi, Rabbi Yechiel Michel. This day was established for generations as a fast day on which lamentations composed especially for this day are recited. The fast day of the 20th of Sivan is kept throughout certain congregations until today and the Belz Rebbe recently reestablished this custom in memory of the Holocaust.
 pages. 17 cm. Good condition, stains.
Shiviti, with Lamnatze’ach Menorah, Holy Names, intentions and unifications according to Kabbalah. Signed “Young Rachamim David, Rosh Chodesh Adar II 1921”.
The writer is possibly Rabbi Rachamim David Sharim (1869-1934), genius and Kabbalist, author of "Sha’arei Rachamim", "Sha’arei Derech HaChaim" and more. Immigrated from Aram Tzova to Jerusalem in 1900, and studied Kabbalah from Rabbi Shaul Dweck [the Sadeh] and Rabbi Avraham Ades-Antebi.
22 cm. Good-fair condition, stains.
"Etz Chayim" – handwritten leaf, with colorful illustration of a tree branch bearing fruit and leaves, with listing of appropriate verses from Sefer Mishlei (3, 16-18): “Etz Chayim Hi LaMachazikim Ba VeTomcheha Me’ushar…”.
On reverse side [Ashkenazi] handwritten list of Shisha Sidrei Mishnah, names of tractates and summary of chapters of each tractate and each order.
16X14 cm. Good condition. Stains, tears on margins.
See list in the Hebrew description.
11 items, various sizes and conditions.
“Shnot Chaim, talisman for success in business endeavors, grace and benevolence and protection against Evil Eye and any harm”.
Printed talisman by Kabbalist Rabbi Moshe Pinto. Contains several lines of blessing in handwriting and signature of his son, Kabbalist Rabbi Chaim Pinto [Rabbi of Ashdod and Kiryat Malachi and chairman of "Shuva Yisrael" institutions established by his son, Kabbalist Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto].
20 cm. Very good condition.
“Year of Redemption – Chanukah Blessings” – Colorful printed proclamation. Cairo – Alexandria [1940’s?].
At center, illustration of Moshe Rabbeinu with tablets of the Ten Commandments, on right and left order of lighting of Chanukah candles in Hebrew and French.
27X36.5 cm. Fair condition. Stains, folding marks and wear, scotch tape restoration on reverse side of leaf.
Four official documents of the Chief Rabbinate in Egypt, printed signed and stamped. Cairo .
*Leaf of "Prayer when opening the ark", Typewritten, with a prayer for the president of Egypt and "The United Arab Republic": "Master of the Universe, look down from your holy place from the heavens and bless the United Arab Republic… raise higher and higher the president Gammel Abdel Nasser…".
*Two printed documents, in Arabic – on one leaf: A translation of the prayer for the success of President Nasser and the United Arab Republic. On the other leaf: New Year wishes for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, a request from the community members to take care to keep the festival customs and guard the holiness of the synagogue.
*A typewritten leaf, in French – New Year wishes, and a request from the community members to guard the holiness of the synagogue and to check the hechsher stamps on the meat.
4 leaves, 26-28 cm. Fair condition, folding marks and tears.
Varied collection of notices and proclamations, printed leaves and pamphlets. Jerusalem, 1890-1973.
Notices on matters of Jewish law and reinforcement of Judaism, charity and synagogues, matters of polemic concerning Rabbi Kook and the shechita polemic, the "Mamzerim" scandal, prohibition to vote and a variety of other topics.
Over 40 items, leaves and pamphlets. Varied size and condition.
“Prayer to be recited daily after Shmoneh Esreh prayer during cholera epidemic”. [Schwerin – Germany, 19th century].
Printed leaf. Left column contains version of prayer in Hebrew and right column contains version of prayer in German.
Leaf,  pages. 21X31 cm. Fair condition. Stains, wear and tear. Cut along width (between the two columns).
“Great mourning among the Jews, and fasting, and weeping, and wailing”, printed proclamation on behalf of Committee of Rabbis and management of community of Iasi (Romania) following a pogrom which took place in one of the synagogues of the city. Iasi (Romaia), [1932.].
Hebrew, Yiddish and Romanian, in three columns. “Eve of 16th of Adar II 1932… hooligans broke into the 'Tapitzerer' Synagogue, destroyed all that was there and all the Torah Scrolls… were publicly burnt and trampled upon …”.
33X47 cm. Fair condition. Stains. Folding marks and tears. Notations and ink-stamp.
“Prayer for victory of our troops, troops of Romanian army, on the battlefield”. Printed proclamation. [Romania, World War I].
Hebrew and Romanian on two parallel columns. Prayer for success of Romanian military during the War and for welfare of Caesar Ferdinand I, king of Romania, and his family. Margins of leaf: “Recite this prayer twice a week on Monday and Thursday as well as on Shabbat, High Holy Days and Festivals, following the reading of the Torah”.
48X55 cm. Fair condition. Folding marks, many notations on reverse side of proclamation.
Three paper items with signatures of Rabbi Shlomo Goren – Chief Military Rabbi and Chief Rabbi of Israel.
Official envelope of Knesset [Israel’s parliament] with signature of Rabbi Goren. * Envelope of “appearance Day” of “Philatelic Service” with greeting “may you be signed and sealed in the book of life” in handwriting and signature of Rabbi Goren. Beside it Signature of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef. * Formal invitation for coronation of Rabbi Goren as Chief Rabbi of Tel- Aviv, Sivan 1971. Back of invitation contains several signatures of pubic personalities and politicians.
Three items. Various sizes and conditions.
Collection of paper items (invitations, envelopes and booklets) with signatures of Rabbis and Israeli public personalities.
Includes signatures of: Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda HaCohen Kook, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef (two signatures), Rabbi Shlomo Goren, Rabbi Fishman-Maimon, Rabbi Mordechai Piron, Rabbi Neria, and several Knesset [Israel’s parliament] members.
Five items. Various sizes and conditions.
Printed leaves and proclamations in Yiddish: * “Tzu Di Radomer Yuden!” (To Jews of Radom) – Proclamation related to matters of Kashrut by the local Kashrut committee. Radom, . * Proclamation on behalf of Association of Rabbis of Poland in honor of elections for the Polish Seim. Signed: [in print] Vice-President of Association, Rabbi Yitzchak Meir Kanal. Warsaw, . * “Matan Torah Un Hachzakat HaTorah” – Proclamation on behalf of “Va’ad HaYeshivot” [Yeshiva Committee] in Vilna. Appeal for donation in support of Torah learning in honor of holiday of Shavu’ot. Vilna . * “Baricht Far 3 Months” – Printed report of" Me’angei Shabbat "Association. Vilna, 1937. * Proclamation on behalf of “Presidium Fun Di Virtshapts-Grufen in Eastern-Galicia”. [Lemberg] (reverse side contains translation of proclamation into Polish).
Total of 5 items. Various sizes and conditions.
Three ketubot, written on pamphlets of several leaves, with colored and hand-illustrated frames. Teheran, 1920. Signatures of witnesses and rabbis on each of them.
3 ketubot in pamphlet form, each one between 4-8 pages. Average size 24.5 cm. Varied condition, good to fair. One if the ketubot is missing the first page with the introduction and date.
* Ketubah with hand-crafted colorful illustrated ornaments; filled in in handwriting; contains signatures of three witnesses. Hamadan (Persia), [1897?].
44.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Folding marks and water stains.
* Ketubah printed in gold and blue ink. For city of Tanta situated on the Nile (Egypt). Not filled in. Printed in Alexandria, c. 1910.
41.5 cm. Good condition, foxing.
“Mazal Tov… Kol Sason V’Kol Simcha Kol Chatan V’Kol Kala”, magnificent inscription illustrated on flowered stenciled cutout of parchment. Given as a gift from members of the Beit Midrash “Klois of Rabbi Moshe Ken”, in honor of wedding of “member Rabbi Yehuda Leib son of Rabbi Aharon Scheier. [Frankfurt am Main].Elul (1763).
The abovementioned groom is the Ga’on Rabbi Yehuda Leib son of Rabbi Aharon Scheier (1733-1821), Av Beit Din of Düsseldorf from c. 1780, among great scholars of Ashkenaz during his generation, (for additional information related to him see: Homilies of the Chatam Sofer II, pp. 423-424). A eulogy pamphlet"Shalosh yevavot", was printed in his memory by Rabbi Yehuda Leib Carlsberg (Mainz 1886).
Maximal size: 17X11 cm. Fair condition, difficult to read due to faded ink.