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Auction 27 Lot Number 1

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Sefer Torah on Parchment – Yemen

Sefer Torah on red parchment. [Yemen], 19th century?.
Nice writing, narrow columns [approximately 10 cm.], 51 rows on each column.
Parchment height: 53 cm. Overall good condition. Not thoroughly examined.

Opening2,000$ Sold For2,460$ Including buyers premium

Auction 27 Lot Number 2

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Ashkenazic Sefer Torah

Ashkenazic Sefer Torah. [Beginning of 20th century].
Rolled around Atzei Chaim. With embroidered jacket: "In honor of the Torah donated by the woman Nani Mindel bat R' Ya'akov… 1906.
Fair-good condition. Parchment height: 46 cm. Not thoroughly examined.

Opening1,000$ Sold For1,968$ Including buyers premium

Auction 27 Lot Number 3

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Two Megillot Esther – Morocco

* Megillat Esther, written on parchment, with ancient and handsome Sefardi writing. [Morocco?, c. 18th century]. Parchment height approximately 20 cm. Good-fair condition, stains creases and wear. Stylized wood pole, maximum size 38 cm.
* Megillat Esther, written on parchment, with exceptionally nice-looking Sefardi writing. [Morocco, beginning of 20th century]. Parchment height approximately 24 cm. First sheet is covered with green silk fabric. Good condition, few creases and wear. Damages to the wood pole.

Opening400$ Sold For984$ Including buyers premium

Auction 27 Lot Number 4

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Two Miniature Torah Scrolls – Printed on Paper

* Miniature Torah Scroll, printed on paper. Rolled on two wooden “Atzei Chaim”. [Early 20th century].
Wrapped in a white cloth mantle [unclear caption, only “Tikatev BeSefer Chaim” legible]. Placed within matching cloth pouch.
Sefer Torah: 7 cm. Atzei Chaim: 13 cm. Good-fair condition, stains.
* Miniature Torah Scroll – extremely small. Printed on thin paper. Rolled on metal “Atzei Chaim”. [Early 20th century]. Placed within light blue cloth mantle, with embroidered Star of David, letters “Kaf” “Tet” (=Keter Torah) and letter “Dalet”.
Sefer Torah: 3.5 cm. Atzei Chaim: 5 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and tears.

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Auction 27 Lot Number 5

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Shiviti Notebook and Piyutim, Artistic Colored Wr

Notebook of piyutim and prayers, betrothal blessing etc. Written in Oriental handwriting, artistic writing, ornamented with geometric shapes and several colored-inks (black, blue, red). [c.18th-19th century].
At the beginning of the notebook is a special decoration for Shiviti Hashem L'Negdi Tamid. The decorations throughout the notebook are diversely shaped. Usually, they are in the form of a gate but some pages have the piyutim written in the shape of a Magen David, vases with flowers, trees, candles and other forms. An exceptional and impressive item.
More than 200 written pages. 11.5X20 cm. Good-fair condition, stains. New leather binding. Library stamps.

Opening1,500$ Sold For10,455$ Including buyers premium

Auction 27 Lot Number 6

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Illustrated Haggada on Parchment – Modern Judaica

Illustrated manuscript on parchment. Passover Haggada, according to Moshe's life history. [Israel, 2005].
Handsome scribal writing on light-colored parchment leaves by the scribe Ezra Ozeri, with hand-crafted color illustrations by Susu Zhvitiashvili.
Throughout the Haggada are many artistic illustrations describing the life of Moshe from birth to death, combined with episodes of the Exodus from Egypt and the journey through the desert [the ten plagues, the splitting of the Red Sea, Mount Sinai, etc.].
[64] pages. 32 cm. Excellent condition. Fancy leather binding, with matching box.

Opening3,500$ Unsold

Auction 27 Lot Number 7

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Collection of Matzah Covers – Eretz Yisrael and Europe

Four fabric covers for matzot. Fitted for Seder plate [with three compartments for three matzot]. Embroidered and printed with the Seder plate symbolic foods and other decorations. [Eretz Yisrael and Europe, 20th century]. * Box for matzot that folds. Cardboard covered by embroidered fabric. Produced by “Wizo” [Eretz Yisrael, 20th century].
Five items, various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 27 Lot Number 8

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Collection of Fabric Bags for Tallit and Tefillin

Collection of bags for tallit and tefillin, from various countries and times.
Varied, fine collection. Velvet or silk fabric bags, embroidered and printed in various styles. Some artistically embroidered. Some have the symbol of a Magen David, inscriptions “Zion” and “Jerusalem” and owners' names [“Yitzchak Akiva – 1898”, “Shlomo Brizel”, “Avraham Moshe Roth”, etc. ].
Eleven items. Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 27 Lot Number 9

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Manuscript, Shomron “Torah Scroll”

Shomron "Torah scroll". Handwritten on heavy paper. [Nablus, beginning of 20th century?].
Colophon of the scribe "Brit ben Tabia ben Pinchas HaCohen of Nablus".
Bound as a book in antique leather binding, [388] leaves. 33 cm. Good condition. Wear and tear and ink blur to several leaves. Damages to binding.

Opening1,000$ Sold For13,530$ Including buyers premium

Auction 27 Lot Number 10

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Memorial Plates – Jerusalem

Collection of memorial plates. [Jerusalem, 20th century].
Processed wood memorial plates painted white. Name of donators in Hebrew and English, in black, blue and red ink.
36 wood plates, most of them are 20X35 cm, varied condition.

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Auction 27 Lot Number 11

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Three ‘Shiviti’ Leaves with ‘Lamnatze’ach’ Menorahs

Three ‘Shiviti’, handwritten on paper. On center of each leaf, Menorah-shaped illustration of psalm ‘Lamnatze’ach Binginot Mizmor Shir’, and above it heading ‘Shiviti HaShem LeNegdi’ and ‘Da Lifnei Mi Ata Omed’. Surrounding Menorah, combinations of names and letters for safeguarding.
Three leaves; each within wooden frame. Various sizes and conditions. Not Examined outside of the frame.

Opening250$ Sold For738$ Including buyers premium

Auction 27 Lot Number 12

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“Shiviti” Menorah on Parchment – Colorful Illustrations

Shiviti, with “Lamnatze’ach” Menorah and holy names. Baghdad scribe writing upon parchment with colorful illustrations. [Bombay?, 19th century].
Menorah placed within envelope with Oriental handwritten notation from 1935: “This Menorah was given to me as a gift by Rabbi Yosef, uncle of my father in month of Adar 1, 1935; he received it from my grandfather, the righteous Solomon in Letchworth in month of Kislev 1893. Young Parcha”.
Mrs. Parcha (Flora) Feuchtwanger, daughter of well-known philanthropist Rabbi David Solomon Sassoon (1881-1942), son of Rabbi Solomon son of David Sassoon of Bombay (who passed away in Bombay, 1894). Scholarly woman who absorbed much knowledge and wisdom from her private tutors who taught the children of the Sassoon family, in their mansion in Letchworth, England.
11x16.5 cm parchment leaf. Good condition.

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Auction 27 Lot Number 13

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Parchment Amulet Folded into a Triangle

Parchment amulet, with combination of names and incantations for protection and healing. [Oriental country, beginning of 20th century].
Narrow, long amulet, folded in the shape of a triangle. Placed in a special metal case with fabric-padded sides hung by a string around one's neck.
91 cm. The amulet is in good condition. With remnants of metal case and inner padding with original string for hanging.
The triangle shape is significant as a segula and therefore the amulet is folded into this shape.

Opening200$ Sold For492$ Including buyers premium

Auction 27 Lot Number 14

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Amulet on Parchment “Safeguard for Pregnant Woman”

Handwritten amulet, “safeguard for pregnant woman”, with names and symbol of angels and Kabbalistic charts. Square handwriting upon parchment. [19th century?].
“May it be Your will, G-d, protector of His righteous souls, that You protect the bearer of this amulet and her fetus from any harm until its birth in peace, and after its birth protect it from any harm…”.
32.5x12.5 cm. Good-fair condition, folding marks, slight damage to parchment, stains, part of text faded and slightly erased.

Opening200$ Sold For492$ Including buyers premium

Auction 27 Lot Number 15

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Three Handwritten Amulets for a Woman Giving Birth – Europe, 18th Century

Three amulets for protecting a woman giving birth and her baby. [Europe, 18th century?].
Popular amulets in Ashkenazi writing. All start with Psalm 121 "Shir LaMa'alot I lift my eyes to the mountains…", followed by verses and incantations and names of angels. Kabbalistic illustration on two of the amulets.
Size: approx. 18 cm. Condition varies.

Opening200$ Sold For541$ Including buyers premium

Auction 27 Lot Number 16

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Amulet Against “Ayin Hara”

Amulet against "ayin hara" and for protection. [Oriental countries].
Ink on paper, with decorated frame. Verses against ayin hara in scribal letters with tagim. Letter combinations and a blessing: "G-d should guard him from all distress and trouble and fulfill all the wishes of our hearts for the good. Amen, so be His will".
Approximately 12x17 cm. Framed. Overall good condition, not examined out of the frame.

Opening200$ Sold For677$ Including buyers premium

Auction 27 Lot Number 17

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Safeguard for Home – Hungary

Lithographic leaf of illustrated safeguards to hang on wall on home. Budapest, Igentach Schwartz Printing Press, [c. 1900].
Approx. 20 cm. Fair condition, stains and wear, damage on borders of glued cardboard. Metal ring for hanging.
Bibliographically unknown.

Opening150$ Sold For197$ Including buyers premium

Auction 27 Lot Number 18

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Printed Cards – The Jewish Community of Vienna, 1935

The Jewish Community of Vienna – printed cards with illustrations. 1935.
*Calendar cards (Kalenderblatt), with explanations of festival days and prayers. [Vienna], 1935. Booklet-card for “Shabbat Shuva”, Yom Kippur and Succot. Two additional cards for “Succot” and “Shabbat Bereshit” (numbered 1, 2 and 3).
* Gedenkblatt – Memory card, in honor of the dedication of the first building of the elementary school on Castellezgasse Street, on September 25, 1935. "Dedicated to the first school pupils…" (with a list of names).
All the cards have illustrations by the artist Moritz Oppenheim.
4 cardboard cards. 15 cm. Good condition.

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Auction 27 Lot Number 19

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Rabbinical Emissary Writing Upon Parchment, Signed by Thirty Rabbis, Tiberias, 1865

Writing on behalf of fund of Rabbi Meir Ba’al HaNess in Tiberias, to rabbinical emissary Rabbi Binyamin Nechmad who traveled to cities of Baghdad, Arabistan, Kurdistan, Calcutta and Bombay and to all cities of India as well as to Persia and large city of Bukhara. Tiberias, [1865].
30 signatures of rabbis of Tiberias, with looped signatures in Oriental calligraphy. Signed by: “Senior” rabbi, Rabbi Chaim Shmuel HaKohen (Konverti); Rabbi Ya’akov Abulafia, Rabbi Shimon Abadi; Rabbi Chaim Yosef David Abulafia; Rabbi Mordechai Karasanti; Rabbi Menasheh Arzi HaKohen; Rabbi Yedidya HaKohen; Rabbi Chaim Asmaga; Rabbi David Esudri; Rabbi David Netanel Rofeh; Rabbi Avraham Alchadif; Rabbi Baruch Toledano; and many others.
49X64 cm. Fine ornamented Oriental writing upon parchment. Good-fair condition, creases on parchment.

Opening1,000$ Sold For5,904$ Including buyers premium

Auction 27 Lot Number 20

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Megillat Esther Blessings – Illustrated Parchment Leaf

The Megilla blessings, illustrated parchment leaf. [Italy?, 18th century?].
Colored ink on parchment. Frame illustrated in the shape of an architectural gate under a balcony ornamented with vases, flowers, and two roosters with crests. In the center of the gate, the blessings said before and after reading the megillah are written [with instructions: "The reader shall bless with proper intent before the megillah reading", and "After the reading he shall make the blessing…"]. Written under the blessings is the chorus: "Cursed is Haman and blessed is Mordechai…". Apparently, the illustrated frame is from an earlier period than the time the blessings were written in the center of the leaf.
23x25 cm. Fair condition. Faded color, creases and folds.

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Auction 27 Lot Number 21

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Greeting Certificate to Sabbioneta Congregation Upon Establishment of Charity Fund for Holy City of Tiberias – 1844

Bruchim Atem LaHashem – Certificate signed by Rabbi Chaim Shmuel HaCohen “emissary of holy city of Tiberias” to members of congregation of Sabbioneta (Italy), upon establishment of “holy charity fund, for exalted purpose, the holy Tana Rabbi Meir Ba’al HaNes, to pass around in synagogue on each day on which the Torah is read”. Sabbioneta, (1844).
Rabbi Chaim Shmuel HaCohen Konverti – Senior Rabbi (1810-1873), native of Italy; in 1927 immigrated to holy city of Tiberias and was among its greatest scholars. Following the destruction of the Galilee in the 1837 earthquake, he was sent as a rabbinical emissary to cities in Turkey and Italy in order to raise money for “Rabbi Meir Ba’al HaNes” fund in Tiberias. On these journeys his reputation as a Torah scholar became known to scholars of the Diaspora who cite sayings from him in many of their books. Upon the return of Rabbi Chaim Shmuel HaCohen Konverti to Tiberias in 1845, he was appointed as rabbi of the city in place of the Ga’on Rabbi Chaim Nissim Abulafia who relocated to Jerusalem. He occupied this honorable position for over thirty years in which he made great efforts for the preservation of Halachah and strengthening of the economic state of the city residents.
Leaf 23 cm. . Fair condition. Minor damage and stains.

Opening250$ Sold For615$ Including buyers premium

Auction 27 Lot Number 22

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Manuscript – Seder P’sukei Rina – Beit Knesset HaGadol in Mantua, 1838

"Order of verses of joy said before Kaddish Titkabal of the Ne'ila prayer on Yom Kippur". Mantua, [1838].
Manuscript on large paper sheet, in handsome square handwriting [the letters of the verses have vowels]. Apparently, designated for the use of the leader of prayers in the Beit Knesset HaGadol in Mantua.
[3] written pages. 27 cm. Good condition, stains. Original cardboard binding, worn.

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Auction 27 Lot Number 23

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Shir HaShirim and Megillat Ruth – Micrography Upon Postcard

Shir HaShirim and Megillat Ruth – micrography. [Early 20th century].
Miniscule handwriting upon postcard. Includes entire text of Megillat Shir HaShirim and majority of Megillat Ruth. Reverse side of postcard contains signatures of artist: “Made by – Sakalvitch, Hardzei—“.
15X10.5 cm. Good condition, two ink stains upon text. Creases.

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Auction 27 Lot Number 24

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Printed Leaf – Prayers by Rebbe Shlomo Shapira of Mukachevo

Printed leaf – "The version of the prayer before studying Mishnayot, with small changes from that printed so far in the mishnayot…the Rebbe corrected and clarified it… Rabbi Shlomo Shapira… Rabbi of Mukachevo. ”
On the second column: "Tefillat HaShav", by Rebbe Shlomo Shapira of Mukachevo, "Copied from his own handwriting". Mukachevo [end of 19th century]. Bibliographically unknown.
[1] leaf. 30x23 cm. Good condition. Stains, fold marks, few tears to margins.

Opening200$ Sold For320$ Including buyers premium
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