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Auction 30 Lot Number 1

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“Megillat Esther” on Parchment – With Illustrations, Aristocratic

"Megillat Esther" on parchment. [Venice – Italy, close to 1538].
Written by a Jewish scribe, in square writing in Italian-Sefardi style. Ownership inscriptions and adornments in colored ink by a Christian owner from Venice, from 1538. The megilla is adorned along its entire length with a variety of colorful illustrations.
The megilla is dated under the last verse of the megilla, with an illustration of a cross between two date branches under a crown, with the Hebrew inscription "In Venice 1538". In the empty space on the last sheet are emblems of aristocratic families (Herald emblems) and ownership marks: a shield with a winged lion holding an open book (emblem of Venice), above is a ribbon with Hebrew writing "In Venice"; monogram, made of owner's initials, BR; blue shield with a gilt lion on it, placed between two olives braches under an aristocrat's crown; other shields, symbols and Hebrew letters whose meanings are unclear.
Between the megilla columns are colorful illustrations [apparently from a later period of time] with hidden and symbolical characteristics, perhaps expressing the spirit of a member of a hidden association (Freemasonry?): Burning candles the shape of the letter X (the cross of Adrias the Holy), surrounded by a wreath of leaves; an anchor, with a fire burning underneath; a harp with a branch of yellowed leaves; a classic-style gravestone, under a weeping willow; a lit candle (upside down) and two horns of goblets (?) gathered in a winged ring; an elaborate scepter with a snake wound around it. Attached to the scepter is a yellow flag with an imitation-Hebrew inscription; X shaped gold key and silver key, imitation of the Pope's emblem, wound with a green ribbon (made as a kabalistic symbol in mysterious circles); an open book, with imitation-Hebrew letters on a gold scepter and flowers wound in a light-blue robe. All these are placed inside a gold coronet in the shape of an aristocratic crown; a rolled scroll, with an antique oil-lamp with a snake-shaped handle and branches of leaves; Gladiolus leaves and a wreath of roses; a goblet and a scythe (symbol of death); a skull on the background of a black flag; Two Tablets of Law, arranged X-like inside a cloud, emitting rays of light. Under them are grape clusters; two doves holding a letter.
8 parchment sheets (sewn with sinews. The stitches are covered with pieces of parchment). Height of parchment: approximately 30 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, faded ink and peeling paint in several places and in some illustrations.
The article was written according to the enclosed article, an opinion on the scroll, the date it was written and the significance of its illustrations, by Prof. Shlomo Zucker of the Department of Manuscripts of the National Library.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 2

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“Megillat Esther” on Parchment

"Megillat Esther" on parchment. Handsome Ashkenasi writing. [20th century].
Height of sheets: 41.5 cm. Good condition, stains and creases, ink spreads in several places. Placed in matching leather case.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 3

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Two “Megillot Esther” on Parchment

* "Megillat Esther", Ashkenasic Ari writing (Chassidic), especially fine writing, characteristic to the Russian-Polish area, [end of 19th century?].
Height of parchment approximately 11 cm. 11 rows, good-fair condition, the ink on some pages is faded and on others black. A megillah of 11 rows from such an early time and in Chassidic writing is rare. (See Kedem Catalogue Auction 22, Item 5).
* "Megillat Esther", with "HaMelech", Vellish writing (ancient Spanish), [beginning of 20th century].
Height of parchment approximately 13 cm. 14 rows, fair condition, wear stains and tears. The ink is faded on most pages. Erased dedication on parchment tie.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 4

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Three “Megillot Esther” – Morocco, Iraq, Russia-Poland

* "Megillat Esther", on brown parchment (thick soft skin). [Morocco, 18th/19th century].
Parchment height: 25 cm. Good-fair condition. Wear and erasures. Some sheets are in another handwriting.
* "Megillat Esther" written on parchment, 11 rows. [Babylonian-Jerusalem writing, Iraq? 20th century]. A Megilla of 11 rows in Sefardi writing is rare.
Parchment height: 14 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, tear to first page.
* "Megillat Esther", Beit Yosef handsome Ashkenasi writing. First row of each page is decorated. [Russia-Poland, 19th century?].
Parchment height: 29 cm. 31 rows. Good condition, faded letters.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 5

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Miniature “Megillat Esther”

"Megillat Esther" on parchment. Ashkenasi handwriting. [Beginning of 20th century?].
Parchment height: Approximately 9.5 cm. 14 rows. Processed parchment. Good-fair condition. Rolled on a carved painted "Etz Chaim".

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Auction 30 Lot Number 6

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Spice Tower / “Megillat Esther” / Wimpel

1. Spice tower, topped by a flag. silver plated brass or copper
[Europe, 20th century]. Height: 28 cm.
2. "Megillat Esther" written on four parchment sheets. [20th century]. Height: 39 cm.
3. Wimpel (linen Torah binder), from the circumcision of Yosef ben Shmuel, "Born B'Mazal Tov on Erev Shabbat Kodesh, the 5th of Tishrei 5675".Germany, [1914]. Height: 20.5 cm.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 7

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Two Amulets – Segula from Rabbi Moshe Teitelbaum Author of

* Amulet on parchment. Scribal writing. "Segula to protect from any weakness… by Rabbi the Tzaddik Moshe Teitelbaum Rabbi of Uhlya…".
* Amulet – printed Mizrach, "This amulet was brought from Eretz Israel". At the top is a segula "By Rabbi Moshe Teitelbaum Rabbi Uhlya", with an illustration of a LaMenatzeach menorah, segulot, kabalistic intentions and incantations. On leaf margins: "The pattern of the illustration of this amulet is by the emissary… Rabbi Chaim Aharon… from Amsterdam for the benefit of the holy yeshiva". Grajewo, Poland, [beginning of 20th century].
Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 8

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Ketubah on Parchment – Bozzolo, 1754

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.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 9

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Ketubah on Parchment – Prague, 1840

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.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 10

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Italian Ketubah – Venice, 1818

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.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 11

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Ketubah – Sofia, 1889

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.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 12

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Two Colorful Ketubot – Gorna Dzhumaya (Bulgaria)

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.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 13

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Illustrated Ketubah, Persia 1884

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.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 14

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Illustrated Ketubah – Persia, 1895

Ketubah (marriage contract), recording the marriage of the groom Yosef son of Ya’akov to bride Kanam daughter of Yisrael. Gulpaigan, Persia, [1895].
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.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 15

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Ketubah – Persia, 1929

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.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 16

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Three Ketubot – Persia

* 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, [1898]. 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, [1943].
Various sizes, good-fair condition, tears and stains.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 17

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Ketubah – Alexandria , 1888

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.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 18

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Tena’im Agreements and Ketubot – Austria and Hungary

* 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.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 19

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Shtar Chatzi Chelek Zachar – Amsterdam, 1803

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, [1803].
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.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 20

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Shtar Chalitza – Bardejov, 1839

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.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 21

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Invitations of Vizhnitz Rebbes

* 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.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 22

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Four Wedding Invitations – Rabbis and Heads of Yeshivas

* 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.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 23

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Invitation from Rabbi Chaim Shmuelevitz to his Wedding – Mir, 1930

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.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 24

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Poem in Honor of the Chavurat Mishmeret HaBoker V’Ha’erev – Mantua, 1715

"Shir LaMa'alot Chavurat Mishmar HaBoker V'HaErev, founded on Rosh Chodesh Nissan 1702 and today Rosh Chodesh Nissan 1715 is the birthday of the association". A printed poem, ornamented with a handsome frame . Mantua, 1715.
42.5 cm. Good condition, folding marks, few stains.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 25

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Manuscript, Prayers for Times of War and for the Success of Caesar Franz the First – Italy

Manuscript leaf, prayers for time of war, for protection of the city and the success of Caesar Franz the First. [Italy, late 18th century or early 19th century].
At the top and at the end of the leaf are instructions for reciting Psalms and prayers. Italian titles.
Includes two prayers. The first is a prayer for salvation during war: "It shall be your will…that you shall be filled with mercy on the residents of this city… and save us from our enemies and from all those who give bad counsel or rise against us… and you shall cut down all the thorns that surround the rose… and give strength and might to the battlers…".
The second is a prayer for the success of Caesar Franz the First: "…Please King of Kings, strengthen and give courage to His Majesty our Master King Franzisko Primo [Franz the First] and Her Majesty the Queen his wife… and to all ministers of the Exalted and Majestic Austrian Kingdom…". Apparently, this is alluding to Franz the Second, Caesar of the Holy Roman Empire, called also Franz the First Caesar of Austria (1768-1835), during the times of the "Napoleon wars".
Leaf, 31 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, folding marks and tears to folds.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 26

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Manuscript, Prayer for Success at War – Europe, Late 18th Century

Handwritten leaf, prayer for the success of the "Exalted Coalition Kings" in the war against the "Foreigners that flooded our borders, many countries were abandoned to be trampled". [Europe, late 18th century].
At the top of the leaf is the title, "Every day before reciting Ashrei and U'Vah L'Zion, the leader of the prayers and the community shall say the five following Psalms: 13, 20, 27, 46, 144 and then they shall say the prayer".
Apparently, these prayers were said during the "Napoleon Wars" and the prayer was composed for the success of the coalition armies who fought against Napoleon's army.
Leaf 34.5 cm. High-quality paper, good-fair condition. Stains, damages [restored] to paper folds and margins.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 27

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Collection of Printed Items and Manuscripts – The Sofia Jewish Community

Collection of printed items and manuscripts from the Jewish community of Sofia (Bulgaria). Among the items: an invitation to a concert of a Jewish Organization of Sofia [1933]; wedding invitations [1923-1928]; stencil-copied manuscript leaves [Ladino], some with stamps of the community committee [1927-1931]; receipt, type-written leaves with signatures and stamps [Bulgarian]; letters and manuscript leaves [Ladino and Bulgaria].
22 paper items. Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 28

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Poem for Mishloach Manot by Rabbi Simcha Bunam Dichtvald / Letter and Proclamation – Chelm Jewish Organizations, 1917

* Handwritten leaf, poem for mishloach manot, by Rabbi Simcha Bunam Dichtvald Rabbi of Chelm, in honor of Moshe Kalmesh [Acrostic: Moshe Kalmesh – Rosh, Simcha Bunam – Rabbi of Chelm]. On the leaf margins is the rabbi's stamp [the year is unclear, perhaps: 1917?].
* Printed proclamation (Polish), with signatures and stamp of "Chelmer Yiddishe Arbeiter Heim". 1917.
* Letter with signatures (Polish), on official stationary and stamp of the "Linat Tzedek (Association), Chelm". 1917.
Total of three items. Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 29

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Printed Letter of Request, by Rabbi Yehosef Shwartz of Jerusalem, 1842

"Notice" – printed letter of request, by Rabbi Yehosef Shwartz of Jerusalem calling for help to print his books "Divrei Yosef". On the reverse side: a letter of request in German in Hebrew lettering, with two recommendation letters by his brother, Rabbi Chaim Shwartz and Rabbi Wolf Hamberg. [Germany"], 1842.
2 printed pages. 25 cm. good-fair condition, minor damages to leaf margins.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 30

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“Kol Kore Le-Ezrah – Yeshivat Kamenitz” – With Facsimiles of Letters Handwritten by the “Chafetz Chaim” and Rabbi Hayim Ozer

Public appeal for help of Yeshivat "Knesset Beit Yitzhak", (A Helfs Ruf), An Urgent Appeal to Our Jewish Brethren. [USA?], c.1920s-1930s.
Letter in Hebrew, Yiddish and English to benefit the Yeshivah. With photos of "Rabbeinu Rabbi Yitzhak Elchanan" and "Maran Rabbi Baruch Dov Leibovitz", class photo of yeshiva students of Kamenitz Yeshiva and a facsimile of letters handwritten by Rabbi Hayim Ozer Grodzinski and the "Chafetz Chaim".
Proclamation 55x43 cm. High-quality paper, good condition, with minor stains, folding marks and chips to edges.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 31

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Worms Mahzor – Elaborate Facsimile

Facsimile, "Worms Mahzor", elaborate manuscript from the 13th century. Austria-Switzerland-Jerusalem, 1986.
Large elaborate facsimile on thick parchment-like paper. Antique-style leather and metal binding, with clasps for closing. A numbered copy, from an edition of 300 copies.
The" Machzor", written in 1272, was used for hundreds of years in the synagogue of the Worms congregation until the destruction of the synagogue by the Nazis on Kristallnacht, on November 1938. The "Machzor" was saved by Worms' archivist, who concealed it in a cathedral. In 1957, the manuscript was transferred to The Israel National & University Library in Jerusalem.
[224] leaves. Size of leaves: 39x31 cm. Very good condition. Includes volume of prefaces and two illustrated facsimile leaves from a similar manuscript from the same period, bound separately. Original wooden case for all items.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 32

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Rabbi Ya’akov Emden’s Siddur, “Sha’arei Shamayim” – Korets, 1818

"Seder Tefillah", Part 2: Castle of G-d's city "Sha'arei Shamayim". With the commentary of Rabbi Ya'akov of Emden (Yavetz) according to revealed and hidden Torah thought and the "kavanot" of Ha'Ari and laws pertaining to prayer. Korets, [1818].
145 leaves. 17 cm. Greenish paper, good-fair condition, restored damages. Elaborate semi-leather binding.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 33

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Rabbi Ya’akov Emden’s Siddur – Lemberg, 1859-1860 – First Sephardic Version Edition

Siddur with commentary of Rabbi Ya’akov Emden. Section one – Amudei Shamayim [prayers for weekdays and Shabbat]. Section two – Sha’arei Shamayim [prayers for festivals and more], Sephardic version. [Lvov, 1859-1860].
First edition of Sephardic version prayer book with commentary of Rabbi Ya’akov Emden. The commentary was compiled by the publisher for this version for the first time. Separate title page for section two with forged location of print, “Kyritz”, and detail of year of Kyritz publication.
Copy missing 8 leaves. Section one: 2-7, 13-176, 277-292, 193-226 leaves (faulty pagination. Missing: Title page and two following leaves, leaves 8-12); Section two: 85, [1] leaves (leaf 12 partially missing. Replaced with leaf from other copy). 20 cm. Good-fair condition. Majority of leaves in good condition, tears on several leaves and scotch tape restorations. Stains. Damaged binding.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 34

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Siddur and Psalms, Amsterdam, 1769-1773 – Miniature Volume

Year round prayers in "a small volume", Amsterdam, [1773]. Printing press of the brothers Yosef Ya'akov and Avraham Props. Bound with separate section for Psalms and "Seder Ma'amadot", Amsterdam, [1769]. Printed by the Props brothers.
12, 415 leaves; 56 leaves; 47 leaves. 12.5 cm. Good-fair condition, wear and detached leaves. Antique leather binding, damaged and detached.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 35

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Avodat Boreh Prayer Book – Wilhelmsdorf, 1688

Sefer Avodat Boreh, prayer book for weekdays and Friday night, with commentary based upon concealed and alluded wisdom, including Kabbalistic intents. By Rabbi Akiva Ber of Vilnius, Wilhelmsdorf, 1688. First edition.
[51] leaves. (Originally: 52 leaves. Missing: Leaf 24). 19.5 cm. Fair condition, moth damage on text, stains and wear, restored damage on several leaves. New binding.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 36

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Tefilat Yesharim Prayer book, Amsterdam, 1740

Tefilat Yesharim prayer book, Sephardic custom, arranged according to the Arizal and Rabbi Moshe Zacut. Amsterdam, 1740.
[4], 112, 213-277; 142 leaves. Approx. 18 cm. Fair condition, damage and stains from usage, moth damage in middle of the prayer book. Restored damage on title page. New binding.

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Siddur Kol Bo Katan, Homburg, 1749

Siddur Kol Bo Katan, year round siddur and machzor (with piyutim), according to Eastern Ashkenaz custom. The Yotzrot are according to Ashkenaz custom. Homburg, "In Amsterdam letters". 1749.
"In it you will find the order of prayers… for Shacharit and Arvit and Rosh Chodesh and the festivals with the machzor and selichot for the whole year… Passover Haggadah and the Omer counting, Yotzrot for the whole year, ma'ariv for each festival in its place, Pirkei Avot, all Tikunei Shabbat with songs, Parshiot for the whole year, Shir HaYichud, Yom Kippur Katan, Hoshanot and Zulatot". With Perek Shira and other additions.
Approximately 600 leaves. Mistaken leaf numbering. (Lacking 2 or 3 leaves in the middle of the siddur at various places). 16.5 cm. fair condition, use stains and various damages. Restored leaves. Some leaves have damages with lack. Leaf cutting with damage to titles and to edge of text. Leather binding, antique and worn.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 38

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All-Inclusive Prayer Book as Customary in Poland / Tehillim / Beit Rachel Ve’Sha’ar Hallel Y’ah – Amsterdam, 1816

All-year prayer book as customary in Poland with Sefer Tehillim at end “with fine and straightforward commentary”. Amsterdam, (1816).
Pamphlet “Beit Rachel Ve’Sha’ar Hallel Y'ah” bound at the beginning, by Rabbi Naftali Katz author of Smichat Chachamim. Amsterdam, (1816).
15 leaves; [1], 256, 120 leaves; 90, [2] leaves. 19 cm. Good condition, stains, especially on section of Passover Haggadah. Old unoriginal binding.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 39

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Seder Ta’aniyot – Amsterdam, 1771

Seder Ta'aniyot, prayers and lamentations for four fast days, according to the custom of the Sefardim. Amsterdam, [1771].
The haftara for Tisha B'Av appears with translation to Porteguese.
[1], 2, [2], 3-132 leaves. 17 cm. Good condition, few stains. Gilt leaf cutting. Original binding, partially detached.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 40

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Machzor – Amsterdam, 1814

Year round machzor, according to the custom of Ashkenaz and Poland. Amsterdam, 1814.
Instructions in Yiddish-Deitsch. The Mussaf prayer of Shemini Azeret has etchings of illustrations of the constellations.
354 leaves. 13 cm. Good condition, few stains. Bound in red attractive binding, with reconstructed metal clasp.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 41

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Ma’aravot, Frankfurt am Main, 1714

Ma'aravot, Yotzrot, Zulatot and Selichot. A collection of piyutim according to Worms custom, for evening prayers, Yotzer, Zulat etc. lacking in the machzor according to regular Ashkenasic customs. Frankfurt am Main, [1714]. Printed by Johann Kelner.
Signature of Rabbi "Isaac Berlin" – Rabbi Isaac Berlin of Hamburg, a Torah scholar and linguist, son of Rabbi Elazar Lazi Berlin (1741-1814) Chief Rabbi of the Altona, Hamburg, Wandsbek communities. Author of Mishnat Rabbi Eliezer.
46 leaves, approximately 20 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and wear. Worn binding.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 42

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Set of Ashkenasic Machzorim – Redelheim, 1800-1805 – First Edition

Machzorim according to Ashkenasic customs. Full nine-volume set [first and second day of Passover; seventh and eighth day of Passover; Rosh Hashana; Second day of Rosh Hashana; Ma'ariv of Yom Kippur; Yom Kippur; Succot; Shemini Azeret and Simchat Torah]. Redelheim, 1800-1805. First edition of "machzorim" published by Rabbi Wolf Redelheim. [Besides Vol. 9 for Shemini Azeret, which is from the second and rare edition, Redelheim, 1805]. Approbations by Rabbi Pinchas Horowitz, author of the "Hafla'ah" and other approbations.
The first title page of the Passover machzor is signed "Zalman ben My Father Rabbi Meir Rothschild".
9 volumes, approximately 19 cm. Good condition. Semi-leather original bindings, worn.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 43

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Six Miniature Prayer Books – Rödelheim

Six miniature Redelheim prayer books: * Seder Rina U'Tefilla, nicely arranged and accurate, by Rabbi Wolf Heidenheim. Rödelheim, 1844. (Lacking: Leaf 9 and last leaf – replaced with photocopy). * Divrei HaBrit, prayers, blessings and poems for brit milah. Rödelheim, 1874. With pages for circumsition records, with a few handwritten names. * Tefilla V'Tachanunim, year round prayers. Rödelheim, 1864. Yiddish instructions. * Tefilla V'Tachanunim, year round prayers. Rödelheim, 1873. Yiddish instructions. * Tefilla V'Tachanunim. Frankfurt am Main – Rödelheim. [190-?]. German instructions. * Traveler's prayer and Havinenu, with Avinu Malkeinu and Kiddush Levana. Rödelheim, 1904.
6 books, 8-14 cm. Varied condition.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 44

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Miniature Prayer Book – Vienna, 1860 – Velvet Binding

Miniature prayer book, Gebete der Israeliten – Prayer of Jewish Nation, translated to German. Includes Pirkei Avot. Vienna, 1860. Text and German translation, facing each other on opposite pages.
Leaf preceding title page contains a colorful illustration of Shlomo HaMelech (Solomon).
Blue velvet binding, decorative metal clasp, initials of owners.
[6], 3-263, [3] pages. 10.5 cm. Good condition, stains. Gilded paper cut. Wear and tear on velvet binding, spine of binding detached.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 45

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Seder Tefillah – Pisa, 1828

Seder Tefillah, as customary in Sephardic communities. Pisa, [1828].
Notations, handwritten signature: “Moshe son of Ya’akov”. Stamps of “Kropka Maggid” [possibly refers to community tax or monetary fundraising campaign for support of a local Maggid (preacher)].
146 leaves. 11 cm. Good condition, stains, tears on several leaves.
Bibliographically unknown, not listed in the Bibliography Institute CD or Winograd-Rosenfeld.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 46

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Six Miniature Prayer Books

* Siddur Beit Tefillah as customary in communities of Italy. Livorno, [1861]. * Siddur Beit Tefillah, Sephardic custom. Livorno, [1892]. (Missing one leaf at end). * Siddur Beit Tefillah, Sephardic custom. Livorno, [1932]. * Shavu’a Tov, short songs and Havdalah recited upon termination of Shabbat. Livorno, [1904]. * Mincha [afternoon prayer] and Arvit [evening prayer]. Livorno, [1921]. Bound with: Sefer Shavu’a Tov, short songs and Havdalah for Saturday night. Livorno, [1931].
Total of 6 books in 5 volumes. Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 47

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“Tikun Leil Shavuot” – Three Editions, Sulzbach

Three copies of "Tikun Leil Shavuot" and "Tikun Leil Hoshana Raba": * Sulzbach, 1802. Stamps and signatures. * Sulzbach, 1835. Signatures of "Shmuel Shtrois" and other signatures. * "As printed in Sulzbach", [Fuerth], 1795. Bibliographically unlisted edition.
3 books, 16-18 cm. Good condition, wear. Worn original bindings.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 48

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“Siddur Tefillot Yisrael – Gebeti Der Yuden”, the First Siddur Printed in German – Berlin 1786

"Tefillot Yisrael", Vol. 2, includes year-round siddur translated into German, by David Freidlander. Berlin, 1786. Printed by "Chevrat Chinuch Ne'arim".
First edition of the siddur "Gebeti Der Yuden", printed in German in Hebrew letters by David Freidlander, a close companion of Moshe Mendelson and one of the founders of the Reform Movement. Volume 1 of the siddur was fully printed as a regular siddur in Hebrew, and volume 2 was printed in German, but its content is similar to the traditional siddur. Only after several decades did the Reform "advance" to inserting significant changes into the content of the siddur itself, omitting mention of belief in the creation of the world, the giving of the Torah, Messiah and resurrection of the dead.
[6], 172, 49, [2] leaves. 15.3 cm. Good condition, use stains and handwritten punctuation marks. Torn binding.
In the Bibliography Institute CD, a different copy appears with [14], 172, 49, [2] leaves. Apparently that copy has another section titled Gebeti Der Yuden with a etching of "Pitum HaKetoret" and an organ, and 5 leaves of names of subscribers [added to some copies. These leaves are missing (or were not originally bound) in this copy].

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Auction 30 Lot Number 49

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Four Haggadot – Livorno Printing

* "Shevach Pesach", Rabbi Yishmail HaCohen of Modena. Livorno, 1790. First edition. (Ya'ari 227; Otzar HaHaggadot 339). * "Brachot" according to the custom of the Italian community (with Shabbat songs…and songs for festivals… and one hundred" brachot"). Leaves 69-85 are the Passover Haggadah. Livorno, [1832]. * "Mat'e Reuven", Rabbi Reuven Abo. Customs for the month of Nissan; Passover evening prayer; Passover Haggadah with commentary; "Shir HaShirim" and "Pirkei Avot". Livorno, 1865. (Ya'ari 935; Otzar HaHaggadot 1259). (Passover Haggadah, with Spanish (Ladino) translation and illustrations. Livorno, 1932. The illustrations are in red ink. (Ya'ari 2169; Otzar HaHaggadot 3424).
4 books, varied size, good condition.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 50

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Five Haggadot

* Haggadah, with kabalistic commentary. Wilhermesdorf, 1715. (Ya'ari 79; Otzar HaHaggadot 128). * "Seder Haggadah Shel Pesach", with English translation. London, 1830. Plate with an illustration of a Synagogue. Owners' signatures from 1832. (Ya'ari 516; Otzar HaHaggadot 717). * "Seder Haggadah". Vilna, 1817, missing end and bound with a missing copy of Shabbat songs and "Keri'at Shema" before retiring for the night. (Ya'ari 409; Otzar HaHaggadot 577. The copy that appears in Otzar HaHaggadot is also missing at the end). * Haggadah with Ashkenasi translation. Vienna, 1812. (Otzar HaHaggadot 540). * "Ma'ale Beit Chorin", with commentary and illustrations. Vienna, 1823. (Ya'ari 453; Otzar HaHaggadot 633).
5 books, Various sizes and conditions. Most in good condition.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 51

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Five Haggadot with Commentaries

* Haggadah," Zera Kodesh". Warsaw, 1865. (Ya'ari 922; Otzar HaHaggadot 1250). * Haggadah, "Milchamot Hashem". Rabbi Shmelke Toibesh. Tschernovitz, 1864. (Ya'ari 900; Otzar HaHaggadot 1231). * Haggadah, with 10 commentaries and the commentary of the Vilna Ga'on. Vilna 1868. (Ya'ari 975; Otzar HaHaggadot 1312). * Haggadah with Talpiot commentary. Warsaw, 1870. (Ya'ari 1007; Otzar HaHaggadot 1358). * Haggadah, with" Shivcha D'Mara", Rabbi Meshulam Yissachar of Stanislav. Lemberg, 1880. (Ya'ari 1170; Otzar HaHaggadot 1552).
5 Haggadot, Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 52

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Five Modern Haggadot – With Translations and Illustrations

* The Passover Haggadah – Haggadah in English and Hebrew, with eight color illustration-plates on chrome paper. London, [1916, first edition] (Otzar HaHaggadot 2655). * Haggadah, "Mit fil Biblishe bilder" [=With many Bible pictures]. Vilna, 1922. (Otzar HaHaggadot 2854). * Haggadah, artistic and scientific publishing. Warsaw, 1924. (Ya'ari 1983; Otzar HaHaggadot 2941). * "Seder HaHaggadah L'leil Shimurim", German translation. Frankfurt am Main, 1938. (Ya'ari 2261; Otzar HaHaggadot 3664). * Seder Haggadah. With English translation and musical notes. New York, 1910 (Otzar HaHaggadot 2582).
5 books, Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 53

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Four Booklets for Purim – Ladino, Yiddish and Hebrew

* "Konflas Veizhas di Purim". Ladino piyutim. Jerusalem, 1924. * Purim Haggadah, "Las Simanas di Pesach" [Ladino translation by Ben-Zion Taragan of a Haggadah for Purim night, by R' Zvi Hirsh Zomerhoizen]. [Jerusalem, 1894]. Missing title page. * "Yosef Shpil", Yiddish [no year or place mentioned]. * Haman's praises and memorial service, Tunisia, [1925]. Uncut sheet.
4 booklets, Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 54

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Siddur Tefilat Nehora HaShalem – Slavita, 1819

"Tefilat Nehora HaShalem" prayer book, prayers for all days of the year, Ashkenazi version. Slavita, [1819]. Rabbi Moshe Shapiro printing press. Title page for the second section.
Without first title page. [1], 5-191; [1], 189-318 leaves (one or two leaves following title page possibly missing). Varying condition of leaves; many in good condition, some in fair condition and several in fair-poor condition. Stains, moth stains, wear and tear. Worn binding.
Not listed in Bibliography Institute CD or in the JNUL.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 55

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Machzor for Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur – Slavita, 1832

Machzor, section one – Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. Ashkenazic version. Slavita, 1832. Printing press of Rabbi Shmuel Avraham Shapiro – son of the Rabbi of Slavita.
The title page text is partially written in red ink.
Printed upon bluish paper. [2], 23, 26-84, 83- 86, 89-151, 153-164 leaves (faulty pagination. Missing 3 leaves: 24-25, and 152). 25 cm. Good condition, stains, wear and tear. Tear restoration on several pages. New elegant leather binding.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 56

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“Tikunei HaZohar” – Slavita, 1821

"Tikunei HaZohar", written by the Holy "Tana" Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. Slavita, [1821]. First edition printed by Rabbi Moshe Shapiro. Stamps of Rabbi Raphael Zilberman Rabbi of Safed and his son Rabbi Avraham.
50, 49-151 leaves (missing 3 leaves at the end, at “rules of Kabalistic wisdom”). 20.5 cm. Bluish paper, varied condition, majority of leaves in very good condition, several leaves with restored damage, damage with missing sections on title page and following leaf. Copy composed of several copies (Leaves 150-151 are duplicates). Elegant semi-leather binding.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 57

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“Zohar Shemot”, Slavita 1815

"Zohar", Part 2 "Shemot". Slavita, [1815]. Printed by Rabbi Moshe Shapira.
269, [3] leaves. 19.5 cm. Fair condition, stains and use damages. Title page detached and damaged with ink acid of censor inscription on reverse side of title page. Ownership stamps and signatures. Antique leather binding.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 58

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Zohar, Slavita 1804 – Two Volumes

Zohar, Parts 1, 3 and 4. "Bereshit, VaYikra, BaMidbar-Devarim". Slavita, [1804-1805].
Printed by Rabbi Dov Ber Segal. All the approbations hint to the "Owner of the Slavita printing press" [the owner is Rabbi Moshe Shapira Rabbi of Slavita, who at that time concealed his name under the names of his partners Rabbi Dov Ber Segal and Rabbi Dov Ber ben Rabbi Pesach for various reasons.
Three parts in two volumes: [3], 253, 253-256, [8]; 115 leaves; [1], 117-299, [1] leaves. Approximately 20 cm. High-quality paper, parts are greenish. Good-fair condition, wear and moth damages. Damages and tears to first and last leaves. Most leaves are in good condition. New bindings.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 59

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Ein Ya’akov Slavita – Full Set

"Ein Ya'akov (Kotnot Or)", Talmud Aggadot. Three volumes, "Brachot-Nidah". Slavita printing.
* Volume 1. [1811. Printed by Rabbi Dov Ber. Missing title page, begins with the approbations of Ostroh rabbis, who hint to the real owners of the printing press: "In the printing press of the Honorable Owner of the printing press in Slavita" – the city's rabbi, Rabbi Moshe Shapira, who at that time had to refrain from mentioning his name on title pages of books he printed].
* Volumes 2-3. Slavita, 1834-1835. Printed by Rabbi Shmuel Avraham Shapira.
3 volumes: [6], 285 leaves (title page and another leaf missing); 298 leaves; 300 leaves; Various sizes and conditions, good-fair. Wear and stains.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 60

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Chok L’Yisrael, Sefer Bereshit – Slavita, 1825 / Chumash Devarim – Slavita, 1833

* "Sefer Chok L’Yisrael, Sefer Bereshit". Slavita, [1825]. Printing press of Shmuel Avraham Shapiro. (Missing two leaves following title page). * "Chumash Devarim", with commentary of "Rashi, Siftei Chachamim and Ba’al HaTurim". Slavita, 1833. Printing press of Shmuel Avraham Shapiro.
Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 61

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Sefer Menorat HaMa’or – Slavita, 1824

Sefer Menorat HaMa’or, with commentary Nefesh Yehuda and Teitch [Yiddish] commentary. Slavita, [1824]. Rabbi Moshe Shapiro printing press. Approbation by Rebbe Rabbi Avraham Yehoshua Heschel author of Ohev Yisrael of Apta.
Upon title page: “Printed by… Rabbi Shmuel Avraham Shapiro son of Rabbi of Slavita”, however, from the approbations granted in the year of the printing it is apparent that the printer was Rabbi Moshe Shapiro himself. Part of the title page text is in red ink.
Printed on bluish paper. [8], 316 leaves. 27 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, wear and tear, mildew damage.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 62

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Collection of Books Printed in Slavita

* Chumash Devarim, with Or HaChaim. Slavita, 1823. Printing press of Rabbi Shmuel Avraham Shapiro. (Damaged copy, missing leaves in middle). * Zohar, section one, Bereshit. [Slavita, 1804? / or 1805?]. (Missing beginning until leaf 29). * Zohar, section two, Shemot. [Slavita, 1804?, printing press of Dov Ber Segal?], (missing title page and last leaf). * Ein Ya’akov, section two. Slavia, 1812. Printing press of Rabbi Dov Ber Segal. * Machzor for Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, “printed in Jozefow in printing press which formerly operated in Slavia”. 1842, supervised by Rabbi Chanina Lipa Shapiro. (Damaged copy, missing at end).
5 books, various sizes and conditions. Stamps and signatures.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 63

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Three Volumes of Mishnayot – Zhitomir and Slavita

* Mishnayot Seder Kodshim, Slavita, 1830. Printing press of Rabbi Moshe Shapiro. * Mishnayot Seder Kodshim. Zhitomir, 1860. Printing press of Rabbi Aryeh Leib Shapiro. * Mishnayot Seder Taharot, Zhitomir, 1851. Printing press of Shapiro brothers.
All volumes contain ancient inscription notations to various Batei Midrashot in Holy City of Safed.
3 books, various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 64

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Mishnayot – Seder Taharot – Slavita, 1821 / Seder Nashim and Seder Kodashim – Zhitomir, 1857

* Mishnayot, Seder Taharot, with commentary Rabbi Ovadia Bartenura, Tosfot Yom Tov and Tosafot Chadashim. Slavita, [1821]. Rabbi Moshe Shapiro printing press. (Bluish paper).
* Mishnayot Seder Nashim, with commentaries. Zhitomir, 1857. Printing press Rabbi Aryeh Leib Shapiro. (Stamps “Aharon son of righteous Tzvi Aryeh Malik… of Stretin-Safed).
* Mishnayot Seder Kodashim with commentaries. Zhitomir, [1857]. Printing press of Rabbi Aryeh Leib Shapiro. (Missing first title page).
Condition of volumes varies, general condition fair. Stamps and ownership notations.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 65

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Four Or Hachaim Chumashim – Zhitomir, 1859

Chamisha Chumshei Torah, with commentary of Rashi, Onkelos translation, Yonatan ben Uziel translation, commentaries of the Chida and Or HaChaim commentary. Four sections: Sefer Bereshit, Sefer Shemot, Sefer Vayikra (with Shir HaShirim) and Sefer Bamidbar. Zhitomir, 1859.
Each volume contains two title pages. Prayers for Shabbat in Sephardic version appear at end of Sefer Shemot and at end of Sefer Bamidbar.
Bereshit: 343 pages (missing section of prayers at end). Shemot: [2], 164, 167-180, 175-188, 13 leaves (missing last leaf). Vayikra: 270 pages (missing sections of prayers at end). Bamidbar: [2], 3-145, 9 leaves.
26 cm. Volumes in varying condition. Missing bindings (except for Sefer Bamidbar).

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Auction 30 Lot Number 66

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Tikun Leil Shavu’ot – Zhitomir, 1848

"Tikun Leil Shavu’ot" with "Seder Leil Hoshana Rabbah". Zhitomir, 1848. Printing press of Rabbi Chanina Lipa, Rabbi Aryeh Leib and Rabbi Yehoshua Heshel Shapiro, grandsons of rabbi of Slavita.
334 pages (without first title page). 21 cm. Fair-poor condition. Stains, moth stains, mildew on last leaves. Worn and detached binding.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 67

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Tikun Leil Shavu’ot, Zhitomir, 1857

Seder Tikun Leil Shavu’ot and Hoshana Rabbah, Zhitomir 1857. Printing press of Rabbi Chanina Lipa and Rabbi Yehoshua Heshel Shapiro.
336 pages, 21.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Professionally restored moth damage. New binding.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 68

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Chumash “Or HaChaim”, Bamidbar – Zhitomir, 1859

Sefer Bamidbar, fourth section of Chamisha Chumshei Torah, including Megillat Ruth, translations, commentary of Rashi and Ba’al HaTurim, commentary of" Or HaChaim "by Rabbi Chaim Ben Atar and commentaries of the Chida. Zhitomir, 1859. Printing press of Rabbi Chanina Lipa and Rabbi Yehoshua Heshel Shapiro, grandsons of Rabbi of Slavita.
Two title pages. End of book contains order of prayer for Shabbat (Shacharit and Musaf; Sephardic version), and “chart of determination of new moon for twenty six years” (1860-1885).
145; 6 leaves. 27 cm. Good condition, stains, few moth stains (on inner margins and cover). Number of detached leaves. Detached and damaged ancient leather binding.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 69

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Sefer HaZohar – Zhitomir, 1863

Sefer HaZohar, four parts: Bereshit, Shmot, Vayikra, Bamidbar and Devarim. Zhitomir, 1863. Printing press of Rabbi Chanina Lipa and Rabbi Yehoshua Heshel Shapiro.
3-volume set: [4], 251, 17 leaves; [1], 278 leaves; 115, [1], 117-309 leaves. (End of Devarim volume missing 9 additional leaves of indexes). 23 cm, High quality paper, wide margins, good-fair condition, volume I has many stains, moth damage on volumes II and III, wear damage on margins of volume III. Elegant half leather bindings.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 70

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Machzor for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur – Sephardic Custom – Zhitomir, 1865

Sephardic Machzor for Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. Zhitomir, 1865. Printing press of Rabbi Chanina Lipa and Rabbi Yehoshu’a Heschel Shapiro – grandsons of Rabbi of Slavita.
154 pages. 29 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, moth and mildew damage. Several tears.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 71

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Totzot Chaim, Zhitomir 1847

Totzot Chaim, by Rabbi Eliyahu di Vidash, author of "Reshit Chochma". Zhitomir, 1847. Printed by Rabbi Chanina Lipa and Shapira Partners. Ownership inscription: Rabbi "Yosef Menachem M--- ben R' Ari".
[2], 70 pp. 15.5 cm. Fair condition, wear and stains. Damaged title leaf. New binding.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 72

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Four Books Printed in Slavita and Zhitomir

For a complete list, see Hebrew description.
4 books, various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 73

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Shulchan Aruch, Zhitomir – With Glosses

Shulchan Aruch, Yoreh Deah [Part 2], Zhitomir, 1852, printed by the Shapira brothers grandsons of the Slavita Rabbi.
Dozens of scholarly handwritten glosses from the time of printing, a Russian stamp "Shmuel Leibovich Stuin (?)".
[2], 476 pages. 22 cm. Worn pages, few moth holes, stains, damaged binding.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 74

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Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim – Two Volumes – Zhitomir, 1861-1864

Maginei Eretz – Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim. Section one and section two. Zhitomir, 1861-1864. Printing press of Rabbi Chanina Lipa and Rabbi Yehoshu’a Heschel Shapiro – grandsons of Rabbi of Slavita. Two volumes.
This copy also includes Machatzit HaShekel and Pri Megadim [separate title page for first volume: Zhitomir, 1863]. Stamps and signatures.
Volume 1: [4], 302, 305-444; [4], 358 pages. Volume 2: [2], 5-44, 49-136, 129-330; 200 pages. Bound with title covers. Good condition, stains, moth marks. Elegant leather bindings.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 75

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Chok L’Yisrael – Three Volumes

* Chok L'Yisrael, Vayikra. Zhitomir, 1857. Printed by Rabbi Chanina Lipa and Rabbi Yehoshua Heshel Shapira. (Two copies). * Chok L'Yisrael, Bereshit. Zhitomir, 1865. (Copy lacking approximately 92 pages at the end).
3 volumes, Various sizes and conditions, good-fair to fair-poor. Major moth damages. Various stamps and inscriptions.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 76

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Collection of Prayer Books, Chassidic Books and Chumashim – Printings of the Shapiro Family of Zhitomir

* Sefer HaZohar, section two. Shemot. Zhitomir, 1863. Printing press of Rabbi Chanina Lipa and Rabbi Yehoshua Heschel Shapiro. (Moth holes). * Prayer book, with Ivri Teitch, supplications and Tehillim. [Zhitomir?], missing beginning and end. * Sefer Ohev Yisrael, Rabbi Avraham, Rabbi Avraham Yehoshua Heschel Shapiro. (Poor condition). * Be’er Mayim Chayim, on the Torah, sections 1-2. Zhitomir, 1860. (Missing title page and first leaves at beginning of section one. Missing at end of section two. * Chumash Devarim, with Or HaChaim and Shabbat prayers. [Zhitomir?]. (Beginning leaves replaced with leaves from different press. Missing end of Shabbat prayers after Shema Yisrael prayer). * Tikkun Leil Shavu’ot, [Zhitomir], (missing beginning and end, pp. 5-320 of 336 pages). * Ein Ya’akov, section two, Zhitomir, 1863. Printing press of Rabbi Aryeh Leib Shapiro. (Poor condition, moth damage). * Ein Ya’akov, section four. Zhitomir, 1850. Printing press of Rabbi Chanina Lipa, Rabbi Aryeh Leib and Rabbi Yehoshua Heschel Shapiro.
8 books, various sizes and conditions. Incomplete and damaged copies. Stamps and signatures.

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Collection of Books – Zhitomir

Collection of books of printings of Rabbi Chanina Lipa and Rabbi Yehoshua Heschel Shapiro, grandsons of Rabbi of Slavita in Zhitomir.
* Sefer Chovot HaLevavot, by Rabbeinu Bechaye. [Section one]. Zhitomir, 1848. * Chumash Bamidbar. Zhitomir, [1849]. (Not listed in the Bibliography Institute CD; at the end of this copy are detached leaves containing Shabbat prayers. Incomplete. We were unable to determine whether they were printed as part of this edition, nor were we able to determine the number of missing leaves). * Midrash Rabbah, Sefer Bamidbar and Megillat Ruth. Zhitomir, 1851. * Shulchan Aruch, with Ba’er Heitev and Pitchei Teshuva. Yoreh De’ah, section two. Zhitomir, 1852. * Shulchan Aruch HaRav, Orach Chaim – section one [clauses 1-215]. Zhitomir, 1859.
5 books. Various sizes and conditions. Signatures and stamps.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 78

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“Korban Mincha” Prayer Book – Sephardic Version – Zhitomir, 1871

"Korban Mincha" prayer book, prayers for all days of the year, with "Tehillim". Sephardic version. Zhitomir, 1871. Baksht printing press.
Name of book and location of print in red ink.
Varying pagination (one or two leaves following title page possibly missing). 28 cm. Poor condition. Stains, extensive moth damage.
Does not appear in the Bibliography Institute CD or in Winograd-Rosenfeld.

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Sefer Toldot Ya’akov Yosef – Korets, 1780 – First Edition – First Chassidic Book Printed

Sefer Toldot Ya’akov Yosef on the Torah, in Chassidic style. Rabbi Ya’akov Yosef HaKohen of Polana . Korets, [1780]. Printing press of Tzvi Hirsch son of Aryeh Leib [Margaliot] and son-in-law Shmuel son of Yissachar Ber Segal.
First Chassidic book printed. Composed by Rabbi Ya’akov Yosef HaKohen of Polana, prominent disciple of the Ba’al Shem Tov and pioneer spreader of Chassidism. This book is the most prominent and authentic source of the Torah of the Ba’al Shem Tov, in which the author cites in over 280 instances Torah sayings which he himself heard from his rabbi [throughout the book, in each instance he emphasizes the words “I have heard from my mentor”].
Giants of Chassidism acclaimed the holiness of the book; Rabbi Pinchas of Korets stated that a book of this caliber is unprecedented, and that his Torah is divine. The Maggid of Mezritch noted that the author of the book merited the revelation of Eliyahu and has attained supremely high achievements.
In Shem HaGedolim, the Chida (Ma’arechet Sfarim 90, clause 29) states: “The righteous Rabbi Ya’akov Yosef…”.
During the course of the battle in opposition of Chassidim, the first edition was publicly burnt in the city of Brody and in other cities, thereby resulting in the rarity of this edition.
Copy in good condition, title page missing and replaced with photocopy on old paper. 206 leaves. 30.5 cm. Good condition. Stains, mildew stains. Majority of leaves undamaged. Tear on corner of first leaf with damage to text, artistically restored with photocopy in same color as original leaf. First three leaves and several last leaves contain restored tears and moth damage, with damage to text. New elegant leather binding, worn.
Stefansky Chassidut no. 605.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 80

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Degel Machane Efraim – Korets, 1810 – First Edition

Degel Machane Efraim, Rabbi Moshe Chaim Efraim Ashkenasi of Sadilkov, grandson of Rabbi Yisrael the Besht. Korets, 1810, first edition.
On the Torah consecutively, Chassidic style. Approbations by Chassidic leaders: Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdichov, the Maggid Rabbi Yisrael of Koznitz, Rabbi Ya'akov Yitzchak HaLevi Horwitz "HaChozeh" of Lublin, Rabbi Avraham Yehoshua Heshel Rabbi of Apta etc. At the end of the book are "likutim" (compilations) of the Besht as well as "the dreams found in the writings of the Holy Rabbi" (one leaf).
An early Chassidic book. This book is one of the first authorized sources of the Besht's Torah thoughts which he absorbed directly from the mouth of the holy author, Rabbi Moshe Chaim Efraim of Sadilkov (1748-1800), the Besht's grandson, son of his righteous daughter Edel. Chassidic leaders spoke at length of the holiness of the book and its ability to inspire its reader with fear of Heaven, and as Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdichev wrote in his approbation to the book: "I promise that by this work, the hearts of our brothers the People of Yisrael will be stirred to serve G-d".
Whole copy in good condition, greenish-bluish paper. Apparently combined of two copies. [2], 114 leaves. 19.5 cm. Good condition, stains, moth marks, wear to leaf margins and restored tears to several leaves [minor damage to text]. Censor stamp to title page. Signatures, gloss on last leaf blurred]. Handsome new leather binding.
Stefansky Chassidut no. 128.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 81

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Chumash Heichal HaBracha Komárno – Vayikra

Chumash Vayikra, including Shir HaShirim and rules taken from writings of the Arizal, of Chamisha Chumshei Torah with Heichal HaBracha commentaries, according to secret wisdom of the Ari and the Ba’al Shem Tov, by Rebbe Rabbi Yitzchak Yehuda Safrin Av Beit Din of Komárno. Lemberg, [1865]. Pessel Balaban Press. First edition printed during lifetime of author.
Heichal HaBracha Chumashim by Rabbi Yitzchak Eizik of Komárno, among most basic books of Chassidic contemplation and Kabbalah. These Chumashim were favored by rebbes of all sects (Zidichov dynasty, the Divrei Chaim and his descendants, Rabbi Shalom Ber of Lubavitch and others).
In his letter directed to residents of Ungarn regarding distribution of the Chumashim containing his holy commentary, Rabbi Safrin writes his special blessing and mentions the Sgula of his holy books: “… I guarantee that any person who possesses this Chumash will be spared from any harm and misfortune and illness and his home will be filled with G-d’s blessing for success and wealth and longevity for him and his sons… children, life and sustenance, benevolence and mercy… for long life”.
[2 title pages], 300, [11] leaves; [1 title page], [3], 15-62 leaves. 28.5 cm. Fair condition, majority of leaves in good condition; wear, tear and creases in several leaves. Foxing.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 82

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Mishnayot Komárno – Seder Taharot

"Mishnayot, Seder Taharot", with commentary of Rebbe Rabbi Yitzchak Yehuda Eizik of Komárno. Lemberg, 1861. First edition with rare emblem of printers (illustrations of a bear and a gazelle).
Stated at conclusion of introduction: “I will copy the 'Tosefta'… and explain it according to the Rambam in 'Ma’aseh Oreg' and 'Pnei Zaken', and will later on explain the 'Mishnah' based upon books of the 'Vilna Ga’on'… and I have arranged the 'Tosefta' according to the' Vilna Ga’on' excluding a few instances where I have clarified our approach, supported by the Rambam, the Rabad and the Rosh”. He refers to "Sefer Taharat HaKodesh", Zhovkva 1804, which contains commentaries and glosses of the" Vilna Ga’on".
Stamps of Rabbi Ya’akov son of Rabbi Moshe Aharon Beck of Mihalyfalva (Hungary), with handwritten notations by his son, Rabbi Reuven Eliyahu.
[1], 296 leaves. 28 cm. Fair-good condition. Stains, moth stains and wear. Worn Binding.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 83

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Likutim Yekarim

Likutim Yekarim, by the Ba'al Shem Tov and leading Chassidic figures. [Ostroh?, c. 1820?]. With new additions not printed in previous editions.
37, 39-42 leaves. 22 cm. Fair condition, restored damages to title page margins and to first leaves, with damage to text. New binding.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 304. See Y. Yudelov, "Ginzei Yisrael", no. 1155 for place of printing and date. Ibid: "It is doubtful that the book was printed there [in Ostroh] and if it was printed on that date". The place and date suggested there is Zholkva?, c. 1800. [In our estimation, the book was printed in Lemberg or in Zholkva c. 1820-1830].

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Auction 30 Lot Number 84

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Sidduro Shel Shabbat – Poryck, 1818

Sidduro Shel Shabbat, by Rebbe Chaim Tirrer of Tschernovitz. Poryck, 1818. Ancient owner's signature "Shlomo Bm--- HaCohen".
3, 66; 3, 5-46 leaves. Blue paper, fair condition, moth damages. Semi-leather binding.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 424 notes on copy with such leaf numbering, from 1797. But this copy is from 1798.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 85

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Neta Sha’ashuim – Important Signatures

"Neta Sha'ashuim", responsa on the four parts of the "Shulchan Aruch", Rabbi Zvi Hirsh Kara. Zholkva, 1829.
Signatures in Rashi script: "Yom Tov Lipa Landau Rabbi of Galatz" and the signature "Last redeemer – Chaim Sithon".
Rabbi Yom Tov Lipa Landau Rabbi of Galatz, son of Rabbi Yosef Landau, author of "Birkat Yosef", 1791-1854, disciple of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdichov, Rabbi Yisrael of Ruzhin, Rabbi Baruch of Medzhibozh and the Rav of Apta, was Rabbi of Iasi from 1834.
Rabbi Chaim Sithon (1871-1918). Rabbi of Safed, author of "Eretz Chaim", son of Rabbi Menashe Sithon Rabbi of Aleppo and Safed.
Author: Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Kara Rabbi of Buchach and one of the greatest Torah geniuses of his generation (1740-1814, "Otzar HaRabbanim" 17447), father-in-law of Rebbe Avraham David Wahrman Rabbi of Buchach, author of "Birkat David, Eshel Avraham" and "Da'at Kedoshim", who brings many of his esteemed father-in-law's novellae in his books.
84 leaves, 33 cm. Good-fair condition. Moth damages and stains. New binding.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 86

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Atzei Chaim on the Torah – First Edition

Atzei Chaim on the Torah, 2 volumes. By Rebbe Chaim Zvi Teitelbaum Rabbi of Sighet [brother and teacher of Rebbe Yo'el of Satmar]. Sighet, 1927. First edition. Signatures of owners from the city of Satmar.
[2], 127; [1], 50 leaves. 24 cm. Fair condition, wear and stains. Old semi-leather binding.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 87

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Four Books – Rebbes of Sanz and Sieniawa

* Divrei Chaim Responsa, Volumes 1-2, by Rebbe Chaim Halberstam Rabbi of the Sanz community. Bardejov, 1901. (Dry paper, damaged leaves). * Divrei Chaim Vol. 1, on the Torah and the festivals and novellae on Bava Metzia. Svalyava, 1912. (Damaged leaves with lacking text). * Divrei Yechezkel, by the Rebbi of Sieniawa. Podgorza, Krakow , 1901. First edition. Stamps of his grandson the Rebbe of Stropkov Rabbi Yechezkel Shraga Lifshitz Halberstam. (Moth damages). * Bound with Beit HaBechira, on the laws of treifot, Rabbi Efraim Lev of Kalish. Premishla, 1906.
4 books, in 3 volumes. Varied size, fair to fair-poor condition.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 88

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Collection of Books and Booklets – Breslov Chassidism

For a complete list, see Hebrew description.
13 books and booklets, Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 89

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Breslov Chassidism – Four Books

* Sefer HaMidot by Rabbi Nachman of Breslov. [Russia-Poland, c. 1830]. * Sefer Magid Sichot [Shivchei HaRan], by Rabbi Natan Sternhartz. [Konigsberg? 1860?]. * Sefer Shmot HaTzadikim. [Lvov, 187-?]. * Sefer Likutei Halachot, on Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim, section one. Jerusalem [1909]. Last printing.
Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 90

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Printed Mizrach Amulet – Segula of the Magid of Turiysk – Toronto, Canada

Mizrach amulet, printed in blue and red. [Toronto, Canada].
Incantations, Holy Names and letter combinations, Parshat HaKetoret (Incense) and prayer sections. Shape of a palm with letter combinations and Names. "This segula protection was given by the early mekubalim and has been published lately with the additions of the Holy Magid of Turiysk in Russia who commanded his Chassidim to hang it in a clean place".
On the reverse side is a printed notice in Yiddish regarding the importance of purchasing this "segula protection", by Rabbi Yudel Rosenberg of Toronto, Canada [author of Nifla'ot Maharal].
44 cm. good condition. Crease and tears to margins. Hole for hanging on upper part. Several dark stains.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 91

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Siddur Rabbi Asher – Lvov 1787

Prayers for the whole year, with the intentions of the Ari. Three parts: for everyday, Shabbat and festivals.
Siddur Rabbi Asher – written by Rabbi Asher of Brad and Mezhiboz, disciple of the Ba'al Shem Tov. Lvov, 1787. Printed by Rabbi Shlomo Yarush Rappaport.
Siddur according to Ashkenaz customs nusach Sefarad, with the intentions of the Ari, by the Mekubal Rabbi Asher son of the Chassid Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Margaliot of Mezhiboz, one of Holy Group of Rabbi Yisrael Ba'al Shem Tov, and a leading Torah scholar of the famous Brad Kloiz.
The siddur was printed in Lvov in 1787, in the printing press of Rabbi Shlomo Yarush [who printed the first edition of Noam Elimelech. As known, the employees of that printing press were lofty holy men, among the 36 concealed tzaddikim of that generation]. At the beginning of the siddur are approbations by scholarly rabbis of Brad and an approbation by Rabbi Yissachar Dov of Zlatshov and Rabbi Moshe Peshao,Pishchia Vrśac etc.
The development of its printing began seven years previously, with the printing of a siddur with the intentions of the Ari, in Zolkva in 1781, with the encouragement of the mekubalim of the Brad kloiz, which became known as Siddur Chochmei HaKloiz. This siddur was the first with kabalistic intentions which was printing in that region due to the spreading of kabbalah in the area by Brad scholars and the disciples of the Ba'al Shem Tov. From the day this siddur was published, Rabbi Asher toiled in the study of its sources: The Ari's writings, Sefer HaYichudim, Pri Etz Chaim, manuscript of the siddur of the Chassid the Mekubal Rabbi Shabtai of Rashkov, etc. He labored to correct all mistakes and adjust it to perfection. In his introduction, Rabbi Asher writes on the Siddur Chachmei HaKloiz that "The first time can never be perfect". He explains that he permitted himself to correct it since he studied form the G-dly Mekubal Rabbi Chaim Sanzer of Brad, and especially the study of "This true awesome wisdom", and also his rabbi Rabbi Chaim proofread this siddur, "Therefore, I had the ability to proofread and correct it".
This siddur is called Rabbi Asher after him and is a faithful source of the kabalistic school of thought of the Ba'al Shem Tov's disciples and of that generation's mekubalim.
2 volumes, [398] leaves. 17 cm. Good to fair condition, use stains and tears. Leaf 2 (approbations) has large damage to text. Few moth damages to text. Most leaves are in good condition. Color leaf cutting. Fabric bindings, non-original.
Stephansky Chassidut, no. 414.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 92

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Shefa Tal, Hanau, 1612 – Signatures and Glosses

Shefa Tal, index to kabalistic wisdom, by Rabbi Shabtai Sheftel Horwitz of Prague. Hanau, 1612. First edition. With many kabalistic illustrations.
Owner's signature in Sefardi writing: "Moshe ben Ya'akov Uziel". Signatures and kabalistic glosses in Yemenite handwriting.
"Keys to open locked rooms… in the hidden treasures of the secrets of kabalistic wisdom…". Important kabalistic work, based on the kabbalah of Rabbi Moshe Kordovero and his book Pardess Rimonim. One of the first kabbalah books printed in Western Europe. Many approbations by leading Torah scholars. Amongst them: Rabbi Shlomo Efraim Luntshitz, Rabbi of Prague, author of Kli Yakar and Rabbi Yeshaya Horowitz author of Shnei Luchot HaBrit (Shla).
[10], 87, 89-93 leaves, (lacking last leaf 94) 29.5 cm. Fair-poor condition. Wear and tear, with damage to text, many stains and moth damage. Yemenite leather binding.
On cover leaves, Yemenite manuscript leaves and damaged leaves from a Chumash with Rashi and Chizkuni commentaries, [apparently from the first edition, Venice, 1524?].

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Pelach HaRimon – Lublin, 1684 – Only Copy of Unknown Edition

Pelach HaRimon, commentary on difficult midrashim according to kabbalah, by Rabbi Bezalel of Kuvrin. Lublin, [c. 1684]. Printed by Shlomo Zalman ben Ya'akov Kalmankes Yaffe and Zvi ben Ya'akov Yaffe.
At the end of the author's introduction is a verse which is not found in the original introduction of the author [printed in the 1659 Amsterdam edition] and added only to this edition.
Copy lacking the end [reaches almost the end of Ofan 17], number of missing leaves unknown.
[33] leaves. 18 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, age stains. Wear to margins. Restored damages to margins of several leaves, minor damage to text. New binding.
Unicom, only copy of an unknown edition, listed in the Bibliography Institute CD according to this copy.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 94

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Or Chadash, Birkot HaNehenin – Amsterdam, 1671-1675

Or Chadash, on Birkot HaNehenin and Birkot HaMitzvot, halacha and kabbalah. Rabbi Chaim Buchner. Amsterdam, [1671-1675]. A book with many approbations [24, including the approbation of Rabbi Yom Tov Lipman author of Tosfot Yom Tov, Rabbi Gershon Ashkenasi author of Avodat HaGershuni, Rabbi Ya'akov Sasportash, Rabbi Yitzchak Abuhav etc.].
Owners' signatures: "Yitchak ben Rabbi Shmuel Segal Ashkenasi Ginzburg", "Simcha Mertzbach".
The mekubal Rabbi Chaim Buchner (1610-1684), a Krakow Torah scholar, disciple of Rabbi Shabtai Sofer (disciple of the Shla), first Rabbi of Lackenbach, later Rabbi of Vienna, which he left with the expulsion of the Jews in 1770 and moved to Fürth until his death. His kabalistic works: Mayim Chaim on the Torah, and Beit Tefillah on the siddur.
[6], 53, [3] leaves. 18 cm. Good condition. Stains, restored tears to corners of several leaves (with minor damage to text), cut of upper margins on text borders of first leaves.
This book has changes in the printing of the copies, because of the replacement of several leaves due to mistakes [see Bibliography Institute CD Listing 0121756]. This copy has the original leaves with the mistakes, different from the copy in the HebrewBooks website. [See examples in attached material].

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Auction 30 Lot Number 95

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Yalkut Chadash – Prague, 1657 – Parchment Binding made from Remnants of Ancient Handwritten Machzor

Yalkut Chadash, collection of Midrashim of the Sages, the Zohar and writings of Kabbalists [entries arranged in alphabetical order], by Rabbi Yisrael son of Rabbi Binyamin of Bełżec. [Prague, 1657].
Bound in parchment binding composed of remnants of ancient handwritten Ashkenazi Machzor [15th century?], with passages of lamentations for Tisha B’Av.
[153] leaves, (missing: title page, leaf of preface and index leaves at end). 18 cm. Fair-good condition. Wear on leaves, stains, tears and moth stains. Damage and stains on binding.

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Siddur Ha’Ari “Sha’arei Rachamim” – Thessaloniki, 1741 – Incomplete Copy – Kabbalistic Glosses

Siddur Ha’Ari – Sha’arei Rachamim, with section two – Sha’arei Zion. [Thessaloniki, 1741]. Prayer book Kavanot Ha’Ari arranged by Kabbalist Rabbi Chaim HaKohen of Aram Zova (1560-1655), disciple of Rabbi Chaim Vital.
Dozens of glosses in Oriental square [Bukhara] handwriting, with Kabbalistic content [prayers, intentions, names of angels]. Majority cut off at margins.
Signatures “David ben Chefetz”, “David Melamed” – Rabbi David Melamed Chefetz (passed away in 1898), well-known teacher in Bukhara and pioneer immigrant from Bukhara to Eretz Israel, as stated by him in his book Birkat HaIlanot, which he printed in Jerusalem in 1871, in commemoration of his immigration to the Holy Land: “I have established my residence in the homeland of the Almighty, an act unprecedented by anybody from my native land, and I am the first to come from Bukhara with my family to reside in the Holy Land”; stamps of his son Rabbi “Yisrael Chaim Chefetz”, among founders of the Bukharim neighbourhood in Jerusalem.
Incomplete copy, contains leaves: 2-21, 23-78, 81-113, 116-146; 2-23 + leaf 56. Originally: [7], 146; 41, 40-56, [1] leaves. Condition of leaves varies; good-fair. Stains, wear, tears with damage to text. Damaged binding.

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