Ketubah (marriage contract), recording the marriage of the groom Moshe Goestala to the bride Rachel Sirmidi. Bozzolo (Italy), Adar 1754.
Scribal writing on parchment. Large title at the top of the ketubah: "Kol Sasson V'KolSimcha Kol Chatan V'Kol Kallah". With signatures of the groom and witnesses [Yehuda Aryeh ben Shmuel Korkos and Netanal --- ben Benzion Sanigalia].
56 cm. Good condition, stains, folding marks and creases. Few tears.
Ketubah (marriage contract), recording the marriage of the groom Aharon, son of Rabbi Moshe HaLevi to the bride Feigala “known as Francisca”, daughter of Rabbi Raphael. Prague, December 1840.
Fine Ashkenazi writing upon parchment. Signatures of witnesses: “Yosef, known as Yasef Toyves, faithful assistant of community of Prague”, and “Gavriel David Leifen, faithful assistant of community of Prague”.
At the beginning of the Ketubah, governmental stamps of authorization [one of which contains the civil date].
21 cm. Good condition, folding marks along length and width of parchment.
Ketubah (marriage contract), recording the marriage of Shmuel Dehan (?) Vita to the bride Vintorina Pinzi. Venice, March 1818.
Italian, with Hebrew title: B"H [BeEzrat Hashem], B'Siman Tov U'Vemazala Ma'alye…".
Leaf, 27 cm (end of ketubah and signatures are on the reverse side of the leaf). Good-fair condition, folding marks and wear.
Ketubah (marriage contract), recording the marriage of the groom Meir ben Eliezer HaLevi to the bride Mazal. Sofia (Bulgaria), 1889.
Cut on top and decorated with glued flower illustrations. Title in purple ink.
Divided into four sections: the text of the ketubah, shtar tena'im, and two more shtarot concerning the dowry [one in Ladino]. Witnesses' signatures. On the ketubah margins is an authorization signed and stamped by "Dr. Shimon Dankawitz – General Rabbi of Bulgaria".
Maximal height: 56 cm. Fair condition. Stains, several tears. Folding marks and creases. Restored damages on folding marks. Faded or peeled ink in several places.
Two color ketubot. Printed in two columns, in one the text of the ketubah and on its left the Shtar Tena'im. Verses and various decorative motifs in colorful and gilt paint (a Magen David, pillars topped with lamps, wheat, handshaking, etc.). On the background of one ketubah is the emblem of the Central Council for Bulgarian Jews.
Completed by hand, recording the marriage of the groom Nissim ben Shabtai Mazal Levi to the bride Miriam [bat] Avraham Mazal Levi. Gorna Dzhumaya (Bulgaria), 1929, and the marriage of the groom David ben Shlomo Rachel Cordova to the bride Rachel bat Avraham Mazal Levi. Gorna Dzhumaya 1936.
60 cm. Fair condition, tears to folding marks and margins, stains. Government stamps are pasted on one ketuba.
Ketubah (marriage contract), recording the marriage of the groom David ben Mordechai to the bride Tzivia bat Yeshua. Many signatures and a document with many signatures on the leaf's reverse side. Adorned with characteristic color illustrations, lions, birds, the sun and flowers. Isfahan, Nissan 5644.
53X65 cm. (Maximal size including colored paper frame: 63X75 cm.). Fair condition, many tears to folds, creases and stains.
Ketubah (marriage contract), recording the marriage of the groom Yosef son of Ya’akov to bride Kanam daughter of Yisrael. Gulpaigan, Persia, .
Ink and watercolor on paper. Ornamented frame of leaves and colorful flowers, with design typical of Jews of the region. Verse-frame: “And their seed shall be known among the nations, and their offspring among the peoples; all who see them shall recognize them that they are seed that the Lord blessed. I will rejoice with the Lord; my soul shall exult with my God, for He has attired me with garments of salvation, with a robe of righteousness He has enwrapped me; like a bridegroom, who, priestlike, dons garments of glory, and like a bride, who adorns herself with her jewelry” (Yeshaya 61), and “If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning”. Upper section of Ketubah contains traditional heading as customary in communities of Persia, arranged in columns, ornamented with geometric patterns: “Orah VeTzahala VeYakar U’Gdula…” Following version of Ketubah, “Ketubah addendum” in Jewish-Persian preceding signatures of witnesses and family members. Additional addendum in Jewish-Persian from 1925, with additional signatures.
58X44 cm. Fair condition. Stains. Fading of color. Tears on folding marks.
B'Simna Tava U'VeMazala Ya'e – Ketubah (marriage contract), recording the marriage of the groom Sinor ben Moshe to the bride Shirin bat Ya'akov. Dolat Abad (Persia), 1929.
Manuscript on paper, watercolor flower frame and framed with words [according to Hebrew alphabetical order]: "Siman Orah, Siman Bracha…".
45 cm. Fair condition, stains, tears along folding marks and wear.
* Ketubah (marriage contract), recording the marriage of the groom Yosef son of Avraham to the bride Tzipora daughter of Rabbi Shlomo HaKohen [Av Beit Din of Tehran, for additional information related to him see item 202]. Gulpaigan, Persia. Handwritten, with frame composed of verses in calligraphy, and traditional heading “Orah VeTzahala VeYakar U’Gdula…”, formatted in columns at head of Ketubah.
* Yevama [childless widow awaiting Levirate marriage] Ketubah, recording the marriage of the groom Ephraim son of Shlomo to the wife of his deceased brother, Devorah daughter of Shmuel. Tehran, . Handwritten, signatures Rabbi Shlomo Cohen Tzedek [Av Beit Din of Tehran] and additional signatures.
* Printed Ketubah in gilded ink [Bruchim printing press, Tehran], filled in in handwriting, recording the marriage of the groom Viktor Chai to Ms. Shochat Nanas daughter of Rabbi Shlomo Cohen Tzedek [Av Beit Din of Tehran]. Tehran, .
Various sizes, good-fair condition, tears and stains.
Ketubah (marriage contract), recording the marriage of Yosef ben Yechiya Shaul to the bride Sa'ada bat Moshe Banebashti. Alexandria (Egypt), Tishrei 1888.
At the top of the ketubah is a decorative title: "He who find a wife, finds good…", written in a circle in gilded ink. In the center of the circle is the abbreviation of [B'Siman Tov].
Witnesses' signatures: "Chaim Baruch Danon" and "Yitzchak A--- La'am" and the signature of the groom. Stamped "Neve Shalom – Kolelot Alexandria ".
After the witnesses' signatures is a tosefet ketubah from 1904, signed by "Avraham ---", and the signature and stamp of the Chacham Bashi Rabbi Eliyahu Chazan, Rabbi of Alexandria .
50 cm. Fair-good condition. Stains. Tears along the folding marks, with damage to text. Restored.
* Ketubah (marriage contract), recording the marriage of the groom Shraga Feish ben Moshe to the bride Leah bat Yissachar Dov. Pest (Budapest), 1874. (Secondary use of a ketubah written for the groom "Refael called Fale". This name is crossed out and under it is the name of the groom Shrage Feish). Witnesses' signatures: "Nachum ben Yitzchak Zvi Bareneitz" and "Shimon ben Yitzchak Yosef Bachrach".
* Ketubah, recording the marriage of the groom Dan ben Zvi to the bride Esther bat R' Shmuel. Pest (Budapest), 1849. Witnesses" signatures: Simcha Popman and Moshe Lemberger.
* Ketubah, recording the marriage of the groom Eliezer ben R' Yehoshua to the bride Chaya bat R' Yitzchak. Făgăraş, 1920. Witnesses signatures: Dov ben Moshe HaCohen and Avraham ben R' Yitzchak.
* Tena'im Achronim agreement, made at the chuppah of the groom Aharon Zinenshein ben Mordechai HaCohen of Kleinwardein with the bride Nechama bat R' Menish Gravman of Stampfen. Neudörfl near Wiener Neustadt, Austria, 1854. Witnesses' signatures: "David ben – " and Shlomo Zalman the –", and signatures of the groom, bride and her mother.
4 leaves, all handwritten. Various sizes and conditions.
Shtar Chatzi Chelek Zachar [document bequeathing half half of the male share to the daughter]. Amsterdam, [c. 1800].
Printed document in eloquent Ashkenazi cursive script, with blank spaces for filling in in handwriting. At head of leaf headings in square letters and symbol of Ashkenzai congregation of Amsterdam [letters on edges of Star of David: C, A, A [congregation of Ashkenazim in Amsterdam].
Filled in in handwriting for Ms. Rechala daughter of Rabbi Eliezer Cohen, granting her daughter, Mamala, wife of Rabbi Kalman Gashler, inheritance rights. Amsterdam, .
Signature “Moshe son of Rabbi Uri Feivel, cantor and loyal assistant of community of Amsterdam” and additional signature. Fingerprint signature of Ms. Rechala along with authorization of abovementioned signatories.
“Shtar Chatzi Zachar” written according to an ancient religious ruling for the purpose of ensuring that in due course the daughter is bequeathed her share together with her brothers, despite the fact that according to Jewish law a daughter does not receive an inheritance from her parents when there are sons. In most cases, the bill is written by the father of the bride as part of the dowry which he provides in honor of her marriage, whereby she is granted half the inheritance rights of her brothers. In this particular case the writer is, in fact, the mother, who was apparently widowed.
32 cm. leaf. Good condition, stains and wear. Bound in new binding.
Shtar Chalitza, performed for Ms. Kreindel [daughter of R' Meir HaLevi Heller] wife of R' Moshe ben Eliyahu Aharon, by her brother-in-law R' David, who was obligated to give her a chalitza if necessary. Witnesses' signatures – the community trustees [Refael Menachem ben HaDayan Gavriel Naftali and Naftali ben Shimon]. Bardejov, 1839.
Folded leaf, 21 cm. Good condition, stains and few tears.
* Invitation from Rebbe Moshe Yehoshua Hager of Vizhnitz, to the wedding of his son Rebbe Menachem Mendel Hager. Bnei Brak, Adar 2 5736 (1976). * Invitation from Rebbe Chaim Meir Hager of Vizhnitz to the wedding of his grandson Rabbi Yisrael Hager, grandson of the Monsey Rebbe. Sivan 5729( 1969). * Invitation from the Rebbe of Vizhnitz-Monsey, Rebbe Mordechai Hager, to the wedding of his son Rabbi Baruch Shimshon to the daughter of the Vizhnitz Rebbe Yisrael Hager. Kislev 5743 (1983).
3 invitations, Various sizes and conditions.
* Invitation from Rabbi Avraham Kotler to the wedding of his daughter and Rabbi Dov Shwartzman. New York, Chanuka 5707 (1946). *Invitation fron Rabbi Chaim Ze'ev Finkel to the wedding of his son Rabbi Moshe Finkel. Jerusalem 5717 (1957). * Invitation from Rabbi Eliezer Yehuda Valdenberg to the wedding of his only son Rabbi Simcha Bunim. Jerusalem, Kislev 5718 (1957). * Invitation from Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach, the bride's uncle to the wedding of his brother's daughter who was orphaned from both parents. Jerusalem 5732 (1972).
4 invitations, Various sizes and conditions.
A printed personal invitation, By Rabbi Chaim Leib Shmuelevitz, to his wedding with the daughter of Rabbi Eliezer Yehuda Finkel, Head of the Mir Yeshiva, on the 3rd of Tevet 5690 (1930).
Rabbi Chaim Shmuelevitz (1902-1979), grandson of the Saba of Novardok. One of the most outstanding Torah scholars renowned for his diligence and his brilliant discourses. During the Holocaust, he led the yeshiva on its wanderings from Mir to Vilna, to Japan and Shanghai. Later, he immigrated to Jerusalem where he established the "Mir Yeshiva" together with his father-in-law, Rabbi Eliezer Yehuda Finkel and headed it for many years. It is interesting to note that he passed away on the 3rd of Tevet 5739 (1979), after 49 years of marriage.
Card: 6.5X10.5 cm. Good condition, minor creases.