Illuminated manuscript of the book Etz Chaim, the Ari's teachings by his disciple Rabbi Chaim Vital. [Eastern Europe, 18th century.]
Elaborate and extraordinarily beautiful manuscript, richly illustrated with impressive, decorated initials, images and adornments. Handsome Ashkenazi-style Rashi script, with emphasis and titles in square letters.
The manuscript opens with an introduction by Rabbi Chaim Vital and rules by the Ari and Rabbi Chaim Vital. This is followed by the second section (Sha'ar Drushei HaIgulim VeHaYosher), mistakenly titled "First Section." (The remaining sections are correctly numbered.) The scribe omitted Sha'ar HaKlalim (Section of Rules), the first section.
The manuscript contains glosses by Rabbi Ya'akov Tzemach, written in a smaller handwriting. The scribe added several glosses and annotations from other books, in the margins.
A similar manuscript with like illustrations – apparently by the same scribe – is in the collection of the Etz Chaim Library in Amsterdam, with the name of the scribe, "Dov Ber Ben Chaim […] of Podhajce [Galicia-Poland]", and the date, 1780. (See item 182 in "Treasures from the Library Ets Haim / Livraria Montezinos", Jerusalem: Jewish National and University Library, 1980.)
The manuscript includes dozens of lavishly illustrated title pages (She'arim), located at the beginning of most of the sections of the work. The decorations and motifs, some of which are heraldic in style, differ for each title page. Amongst them are an Ouroboros (a snake biting its own tail), two crowned lions rampant, a stork and crocodile entwined with the crocodile's head in the stork's beak, a double-headed eagle, two stags erect, and – at the beginning of the tenth section, Sha'ar HaMelachim [Kings' Section], – illustrations of imaginary ' faces of kings and others.
The ends of the sections are adorned with embellishments influenced by the Rococo style and the spirit of the period: foliage, flowers, branches, leaves, seashells; and a lion and a stag in a thicket. The end of the Arich Anpin section is decorated with an image of a crocodile biting its own tail, framing a number of portraits. At the end of Sha'ar HaAkudim is an illustration of Ya'akov Avinu with branches in the troughs, images of striped, speckled and spotted sheep, and an intricate representation of the scene of the Binding of Isaac.
Also decorated with ornately illustrated initials, some historiated, with animal, fowl and fish designs.
Owners' stamps "Shlomo […] Ben Nissan." Several owners' handwritten glosses. A gloss at the end of Section 44 notes, "Lacking an entire leaf and Chapter 1, see printed editions" (this refers to the scribe's omission of the title page and an entire section from the end of Section 44).
2-14; 1-227; 227-307 leaves (lacking one title page). 24cm. Good condition with some staining. The majority of the leaves are complete. Sporadic small tears to some leaves and drawings, caused by the ink etching into the paper. A few leaves have tears restored with paper. All edges gilded and engraved. Original binding, decorated with gilt blind stamps, slightly rubbed.
Book of responsa, on Tur Even HaEzer, by Rabbi Chaim Shabtai [Maharchash]. Thessaloniki, 1651.
The personal copy of the Or HaChaim HaKadosh, given to him as mishloach manot by Chacham Rabbi Shemaya Meimran, as seen in the dedication from 1728 in the handwriting of Rabbi Shemaya Meimran which appears on the leaf after the title page:
"Raised as a gift from me to the complete Chacham, son of Kedoshim, pure hearted on Purim in the year 1728… as mishloach manot to my dear friend Rabbi Chaim Ebn Atar, from one who is tied to his love Shemaya Meimran".
The writer of the dedication is Rabbi Shemaya Meimran a chacham in the city of Meknes, father-in-law of Rabbi Chaviv Toledano, a rabbi in Meknes (Teacher of the Rabbi the Mashbir. See attached material). To the best of our knowledge, the Or HaChaim resided at that time in Meknes. His grandfather, Rabbi Chaim ben Atar the elder, died in 1621, so this dedication was written in honor of the Or HaChaim and not in honor of his grandfather, and we assume that it was given to him on Purim 1628.
Rabbi Chaim Ben Atar (1596-1643), called by all "The Or Hachaim Hakadosh" after his monumental work, one of the leading beacons of Western and Eretz Yisrael Jewry. Born in Sale, Morocco and educated by his grandfather Rabbi Chaim ben Atar the Elder, after whom he is named. In his youth, he moved with his family from his native city to the city of Meknes. There the light of his Torah began to shine in the discourses he delivered to many, morning and evening and his name spread as a holy man who does wonders. In 1632, his novellae on the Talmud was printed in his book Chefetz Hashem. In 1638, he left Morocco and traveled through Algeria and Italy on his way to Eretz Yisrael. When sojourning in Italy, he printed his famous work Or HaChaim on the Torah. In 1641, he ascended to Eretz Yisrael with a group of disciples, at first settling in Acre and Peki'in and after a short while moved to Jerusalem where he established his yeshiva. Among the disciples who basked in his presence was the Chida. The Chida mentions the Or HaChaim in his books many times with great esteem [in Shem HaGedolim he wrote: "And I the young have merited to study in his yeshiva and my eyes have seen the greatness of his Torah… and his holiness is a wonder of wonders". In Kikar LaEden the Chida writes: "And I saw the Rabbi…Chaim ebn Atar who fasted three days before Purim night and day…", and many more similar references]. It is told that besides for his renowned yeshiva, he had a hidden yeshiva for studying secret wisdom and the Ba'al Shem Tov told his brother-in-law rabbi Gershon of Kuty of its existence before he ascended to Eretz Yisrael and told him to attempt to be counted among its disciples.
His book Or HaChaim on the Torah was accepted by the entire Jewish world. Chassidic leaders claimed that its level is like the Zohar in its ability to purify the soul. His disciple the Chida brings the Chassidic custom to study his holy book on Shabbat eve: "And we have heard that now in Poland it is highly valued and has been printed twice more, and this has arisen since the Rabbi the Chassid the Ba'al Shem Tov has told of the greatness of the soul of the aforementioned Rabbi Chaim".
Chassidic leaders have spoken at length of the holiness of the Or HaChaim HaKadosh. The Ba'al Shem Tov said that every night the Or HaChaim hears Torah from G-d and he "was from those who have plunged the depths of the merkava and the revelation of souls and has risen to the level of true Holy Spirit". And he further said that at the time that his soul rises every night, he sees that from all the tzaddikim, only Rabbi Chaim ben Atar precedes him and as hard as he tries, he cannot precede Rabbi Chaim. It is told that the efforts of the Ba'al Shem Tov to ascend to Eretz Yisrael were to meet Rabbi Chaim ben Atar, who was "The spark of the Messiah", and by this means to bring the redemption. Many tales of wonders were written about him and about the salvations he performed during his life and after his death.
, 219 leaves (without the index leaves 220-222). Good-fair condition. 28 cm.
Moth and wear damages, few stains, 12 last leaves are torn in the upper left corner, with damage to text. Several leaves are cut in the margins bordering on the text. Worn binding.
A letter of request to support the settlements of the Gra's disciples in the communities of Safed and Jerusalem. Signed by the Gra's disciple Rabbi Yisrael of Shklov and signatures of the leading disciple of the Gra's community. Jerusalem and Safed, Kislev 1830.
Written as a personal letter of request sent to the emissary Rabbi Zvi Hirsh ben Yehuda, with an empty space for completing the name of the philanthropist by the emissary.
Signed by: "Chaim Cohen who was Rabbi of Pinsk and its region" [served approximately 20 years in the Pinsk rabbinate and was accepted also by Chassidim, ascended to Safed in 1826 and served in its rabbinate until his death in 1831]; "Yisrael author of Taklin Chadtin of Safed" [Rabbi Yisrael of Shklov disciple of the Gra]; "Nathan Neta ben the Chassid Rabbi Mendel of Jerusalem" [called the Great Rabbi Neta, one of the leaders of the group of the first aliya of the Gra's disciples in 1809, his father Rabbi Mendel of Shklov ascended one year earlier and prepared the ground for this aliya. Died in Jerusalem on Tishrei 1846, and on his tombstone are the words "Rabbi, Chassid and Humble"]. "Nathan Neta ben Rabbi Se'adya Jerusalem" [Tzaddik and Chassid, had the merit to serve the Gra and cite mishnayot by heart before him. His father, Rabbi Se'adya was the leader and rabbi of the Gra's disciples who ascended to Jerusalem. Died in 1849]; "Aryeh Leib son of Rabbi Yosef Leon" [a head of the Ashkenasic settlement in Safed]; "Aryeh the Trustee Jerusalem" [Rabbi Aryeh Leib ben Rabbi Yerachmiel Marcus of Keiden (1800-1877), trustee of the Kollel Perushim in Jerusalem and a founder of the Churva Beit Knesset]; "Shlomo Zalman ben Wolf HaCohen" [emissary from Eretz Yisrael, son-in-law of Rabbi Ya'akov Sapir, died in Calcutta, India in 1847]. See attached material about all the men who signed.
23 cm. high-quality choice paper, very good condition.
A similar certificate was printed from a manuscript in the memorial book Eshed HaNechalim, Bnei Brak, 1992, pp. 212-213.
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. , 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.
Dozens of leaves, manuscripts, responsa and novellae in the handwriting of Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac Chaver, from the time he served in the Tiktin rabbinate. One responsum has his full signature "Yitzchak Isaac ben Rabbi Ya'akov of Tiktin and its region", 1847 and another signed responsum.
*8 first pages of a long responsum by Rabbi Yitzchak Elchanan Rabbi of Rozan [and Kovno. Printed with differences in "Binyan Olam" responsa, Siman 1]. *12 pages of a long responsum by Rabbi Efraim Fishel Rabbi of Stavisk. [In the "Binyan Olam" responsa, this responsum was printed with many differences, "Siman" 9 of the old edition and "Siman" 10 of the "Musad HaRav Kook" edition.] Here are 4 pages of the responsum's introduction, 4 pages of its conclusion with his signature and 4 pages of another version in the middle of this responsum which partially matches the leaf before the end of the responsum]. *6 and one half pages, of a complete signed responsum, written to his son Rabbi Yosef Rabbi of Knishin, Tiktin 1845. [Printed in "Binyan Olam" responsa, "Yoreh Deah" " Siman" 59]. Tear with missing section in the middle of the signature. *8 pages of novellae on Tractate "Pesachim". [Apparently, they were not printed.] *4 pages of the beginning of a responsum to Rabbi Binyamin Ferin-Gold on the matter of a written oath. [This responsum apparently was never printed, but in several places in Rabbi Isaac Chaver's books we find that he discusses this matter of a written oath].
The Torah genius and "mekubal" Rabbi Isaac Chaver (1747-1853, "Otzar HaRabbanim" 11168), one of those who passed on the Vilna Ga'on's kabalistic Torah wisdom, "Second mouth of the Gra" – already at the age of 14, Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Shklov (a disciple of the Gra) saw that he was fit to be taught kabalistic wisdom. While yet a youth, he became famous as a Torah genius and expert in all areas of Torah knowledge. He served as rabbi of several important communities: Pruzhany, Raseiniai and Vilkovishk. During 1837-1849, he served in the Tiktin rabbinate and in 1849 moved to Suvalk where he served four years in the rabbinate. An outstanding Torah genius, a foremost rabbi and one of the leading "poskim" of his generation. He completed the study of the entire Talmud 60 times. Wrote dozens of books on the revealed and hidden parts of Torah, only some were published, including many kabalistic books on the Gra's Torah wisdom, halachic responsa and on Talmudic topics.
Approximately 38 pages, size 22-33.5 cm. Written closely, mostly on bluish paper. Good to fair condition, stains and wear.
Letter of authorization in holy handwriting and signature of Kabbalist Rabbi Moshe Zacuto – The Ramaz. Mantua, 7 Tishrei .
“I have received… five hundred on account of the wages due to me from the holy congregations for the past three months; Tamuz, Av and Elul of 1681, and I have signed my name attesting to this here in Mantua, Moshe son of Rabbi Mordechai Zacuto”. Followed by signature of Rabbi Yehuda Briel [member of Beit Din of the Ramaz, successor to him in the rabbinate of Mantua and leading Torah scholar of Italy during that period – see attached material].
The Ramaz – Rabbi Moshe Zacuto (1612-1698, Otzar HaRabbanim 14674), divine genius and Kabbalist. Among transmitters of wisdom of Kabbalah in Italy and throughout countries of Europe. Native of Amsterdam; studied Kabbalah by Rabbi Shaul Mortira. Studied in Poland with Rabbi Yitzchak of Poznan and Rabbi Elchanan of Vilnius under whom he grew tremendously in Torah. He received the essence of the wisdom of Kabbalah from Kabbalist Rabbi Binyamin HaLevi, among disciples of the Ari (some ascribe him as author of Chemdat Yamim – see “Chemdat Yamim Treasury”).
In Shem HaGedolim, the Chida notes that he was granted a heavenly spirit. Rabbi Gur Aryeh HaLevi of Mantua testified that he heard the inner spirit speak from within him.
Served in the rabbinate of Venice together with Rabbi Azarya Figo. From 1673 served as rabbi in Mantua until his death on Sukkot (1697) – year of birth of the Ba’al Shem Tov.
His disciples include: Rabbi Binyamin HaKohen (the Rabach) father-in-law of Rabbi Yeshaya Basan among rabbis of the Ramchal, and Rabbi Avraham Reggio.
His books include: Rabbi Moshe Zacuto Responsa, Kol HaRamaz on the Mishnayot, Igrot HaRamaz (most of which were written to his disciple the Rabach), Shoda Dedeina, commentaries on Sefer HaZohar, Tifteh Aruch, Yesod Olam, Tikun Shovevim and more. Composed many poems and arranged many of the prayers which are customary until today according to Kabbalah – for additional information related to him see attached material.
9.5 cm. leaf. Very good condition. Folding marks, tear (not damaging text). Placed in especially elegant blue and red leather case with gilded imprints and protective glass cover.
Three leaves of Torah and Chassidic thought, in the handwriting of the first Rebbe of Slonim, Rabbi Avraham Weinberg. One is dated 5641. Another one is dated 5634 [printed in the book "Torat Avot", Shlach portion].
Rabbi Avraham Weinberg (1804-1884), disciple of Rebbe Noach of Lachovitz and Rebbe Moshe of Kobrin. After the death of Rebbe Moshe of Kobrin in 1858, most of the Lachovitz-Kobrin Chassidim thronged after the leadership of his most outstanding follower, Rabbi Avraham Weinberg, who established his court in the city of Slonim. He wrote "Yesod Ha'Avodah", "Be'er Avraham", "Chesed L'Avraham "etc.
3 leaves, 19-19.5 cm. Varied fair condition, stains and wear.
Nodah B'Yehuda responsa, Vol. 2 of Mahadura Tanina. Prague, 1810. First edition.
Handwritten signatures and stamps (erased) of Rabbi "Shlomo Shapira Rabbi of Strzyzow ". Signature of Rabbi "Menachem Mendel Ish [Eichenstein]" and many stamps of his son-in-law Rabbi "Baruch Rabin Rabbi of Berezdovtsy".
Rebbe Shlomo Shapira Rabbi of Strzyzow and Mukacheve (1832-1893), son of Rabbi Elazar of Lańcut and grandson of Rabbi Zvi Elimelech of Dinow author of Bnei Yissachar. Father of Rebbe Zvi Hirsh Shapira Rabbi of Mukacheve and author of Darkei Teshiva, and father of the father of Rebbe Chaim Elazar Shapira Rabbi of Mukacheve author of Minchat Elazar.
The second owners of the book: Rebbe Menachem Mendel Eichenstein of Zhidachov (1846-1901), youngest son of Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac of Zhidachov, who was his father's favorite son. After his father's death, served as Rebbe in Mikolów. His daughter Shlomotze was the wife of Rebbe Baruch Rubin (1864-1935), who served as Rabbi and Rebbe of Berezdovtsy and Kolomyya in Galicia, and after World War I settled in Hungary in the Gerla (Mezomegyer) community where he served as Rebbe.
, 169, 150-159,  leaf. 34.5 cm. Good-fair condition, use stains and wear, few moth damages. Rubbed fabric binding.
Attached is a letter by an expert who certifies the signatures and according to its signs and attributes the book to the library of Rebbe Elazar of Lańcut (1808-1865) son of the author of Bnei Yissachar.
Signed letter and several leaves in the handwriting of the second Rebbe of Slonim, Rabbi Shmuel Weinberg author of" Divrei Shmuel".
*Letter in his own handwriting and signature, to Rabbi Mordechai and to his friends, "My faithful friends" Slonim "Chassidim" in Tiberias, regarding Eretz Yisrael monies and other questions. On the reverse side are several letters to his "Chassidim" regarding various matters and accounts of "Sending money".
*Summaries of Torah and Chassidic thoughts: "With G-d's loving kindness I shall write holy inscriptions for memorial with mercy".
Rebbe Shmuel Weinberg (1850-1896). Grandson of the first Rebbe of Slonim, author of "Yesod Ha'Avodah", at the age of 34 was appointed Rebbe instead of his grandfather in 1884. In a letter which he wrote at that time to his teacher and rabbi, Rabbi David Moshe of Chortkov, he modestly writes "His mercy should be abundant on the miserable soul who is surrounded from all sides by tribulations. The "Chassidim" are mistaken about me and wish me to err in regard to myself. Woe to me if I accept their offer, they will remain without a real leader and I will be troubled in both worlds, perhaps I should flee the country…" He headed Kollel Reisin in Eretz Yisrael, and sent much money to reinforce the settlement in Tiberias which was composed mainly of Slonim "Chassidim".
7 written pages, approximately 21 cm. Good-fair condition, stains, wear and minor tears.
Manuscript, Sefer Lechem Panim, commentary and rulings on Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim, by Rabbi Yitzchak HaLevi Vali. [Modena?, 17th-18th century].
At beginning of manuscript: "Lechem Panim manuscript by Rabbi Yitzchak HaLevi Vali" Composition on Orach Chaim, clauses 1-27 [laws of arising in morning-phylacteries], 242-263 [laws of Shabbat], 625-639 [laws of Sukkah]. Laws of Sukkah in two columns, in different writing.
Rabbi Yitzchak HaLevi Vali (passed away in 1680, Otzar HaRabbanim 10743), rabbi in Modena, among greatest rabbinical authorities of Italy. The Chida cites in the name of his contemporary, the Kabbalist Rabbi Moshe Zacuto (the Ramaz) who wrote: "Two Torah pillars of Italy, Rabbi Shmuel Abuhav and Rabbi Yitzchak HaLevi of Modena…". Son-in-law of the Ramaz, Rabbi Binyamin HaKohen Vitale (Rabach) eulogized him at great length (Gvul Binyamin, sermon 41). Passed away at a young age and did not merit to complete his great composition Lechem Panim on Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim and Yoreh De'ah. For this reason his composition remained in several manuscript collections, and the Chida notes that he has seen one of them [Shem HaGedolim under his entry].
 written pages. 22 cm. Good condition, stains and moth damage. Loose or detached leaves. Parchment binding, detached and damaged.
Manuscript Siddur HaRashash [Rabbi Shalom Sharabi], with combinations of holy names, for intent upon reciting blessings for counting of Omer and lighting of Chanukah candles. [Fine and orderly scribe and Oriental writing. 18th-19th century]. Manuscript written by two authors; first composed intentions upon blessing of counting of Omer, and second added glosses and adapted the intentions for blessing upon lighting Chanukah candles as well, and added several pages containing intentions pertaining to Chanukah in his handwriting at the end of the book.
15 pages, 18-19 cm. Thick quality paper. Good condition, stains of usage and wear.
Letter in handwriting and signature of the Ga’on Rabbi Chaim Elazar Wachs Av Beit Din of Kalush author of Nefesh Chaya, regarding citrons of Land of Israel. Kalisz, 1873.
Leaf contains brief letter in handwriting and signature of recipient of letter, the Ga’on Rabbi Yosef Chaim Kara Av Beit Din of Włocławek. Other three pages contain draft in handwriting of Rabbi Yosef Chaim Kara consisting of an interesting response letter regarding value of citrons of Land of Israel, and virtue of citrons of Geneva, which are superior to citrons of island of Corfu and other islands.
Rabbi Chaim Elazar Wachs (1826-1889), among Torah giants of his generation and leaders of Jewry of Poland. Served in rabbinate of Tarnogród, Kalush and Piotrkow, however was mainly known as “Rabbi of Kalisz”, and was eventually known by the name of his book Nefesh Chaya. Was son-in-law of the Ga’on Rabbi Yehoshu’a of Kutna author of Yeshu’ot Malko and together were active for the benefit of settlement of Eretz Israel. From 1869 served as president of Poland Kollel for poverty-stricken of Eretz Israel and even purchased plots of land in village of Chitin near Tiberias, and planted orchards of citrons, in order to establish an economic basis for Jewish settlement in Eretz Israel. Among his famous disciples: Rabbi Meir Dan Plotsky Av Beit Din of Devhart author of Kli Chemda.
Recipient of letter and writer of response: The Ga’on Rabbi Yosef Chaim Kara (1803-1895), Av Beit Din of Włocławek and among elderly rabbis of Prussian-Poland (North-Poland). Known for his books “Kol Omer Kara”, “Minchat Shabbat” and “Tavo’ach Ve’Hachen”, which were printed in many editions.
4 pages, 22 cm. Good-fair condition, foxing and ink stains, wear on folds.
Siddur manuscript, signed and dated by the writer, Shlomo Firenendish, Bayonne (France), 1706.
Amateur writing with vowels. On sheet margins, additional glosses in Oriental handwriting, of kabalistic content and yichudim apparently written later.
Perhaps the writer of the siddur is related to Rabbi Shlomo Firenendish-Diash, one of the mekubalim at the Beit-El Yeshiva at the time of Rabbi Gedalya Hayun and the Rashash. He signed the renowned "engagement bills", together with Rabbi Ya'akov Algasi and his son the Maharit Algasi and the Chida and other leading Jerusalem mekubalim. Died in 1771 in Thessaloniki, where he sojourned to print his book Succat David.
Leaves 3-204. 15.5 cm. Varied condition, most leaves in good condition, several lacking and damaged leaves. Stains and wear, moth damage to text. New binding.
On Leaf 119/2 the writer signs: "Here in Bayonne in France on the Oder River and the Nive River – referring to the city of Bayonne in South-west France, which is situated on the estuary of the Nive and Oder rivers.
Letter of ordination handwritten and signed by Rabbi Yitzchak Elchanan, to Rabbi Shraga Meir Leizerowitz. Kovno, 1885.
Rabbi Yitzchak Elchanan Spector (1817-1896), a foremost rabbi of his generation, known for his genius, diligence and tremendous righteousness. Considered the top Torah authority of his generation who led Lithuania and Russian Jewry for many years with wisdom and serenity. Served in the rabbinate at a young age, from c. 1837. In 1864, was appointed Rabbi of Kovno, where he became famous all over the world as one of the greatest "poskim". His responsa and novellae were printed in his series of books: "Be'er Yitzchak", "Nachal Yitzchak" and "Ein Yitzchak".
The recipient of the ordination is Rabbi Shraga Meir Leizerovitz, born in Kelm in c. 1940. A childhood friend of Lithuanian "mekubalim", Rabbi Shlomo Elyashiv, Rabbi Leib Lipkin and Rabbi Aharon Shlomo Maharil. In c. 1890, he reached England and served there in the "Chevrat Shas" rabbinate for many years. Died in Jerusalem in 1929.
Leaf 20 cm. good-fair condition. Wear and tear, pasted on paper for conservation.
Enclosed is a copy of the "semicha" writ, in the handwriting of the bibliography of Vilnius and London Mr. Eliyahu Eliezer Skolsky (died 1951).
Arbitration bill concerning the estate of Rebbe Ze'ev Twersky of Rachamstrivka, signed by his son-in-law Rabbi "Chaim Meir Hager" [Vizhnitz Rebbe author of Imrei Chaim] and his daughter Rebbetzin "Margalit Hager". [Jerusalem-Tel Aviv?]. 1950.
Mentioned in the bill is the Rebbe's house on Chafetz Chaim Street in Jerusalem and the Ba'al Shem Tov's Sefer Torah , bought from the estate by his daughter Rebbetzin Margalit.
Rebbe Ze'ev Twersky of Rachamstrivka, son of Rebbe Yochanan of Rachamstrivka, served as rebbe together with his brother Rabbi Menachem Nachum of Rachamstrivka after their father's death in 1895. In 1926, Rabbi Menachem Nachum ascended to Jerusalem and in 1935, also Rabbi Ze'ev arrived in Jerusalem where he died in 1937.
His son Rabbi Nachum Moshe Twersky of Kovel was murdered with his whole family in the Holocaust of European Jewry. His second son was the son-in-law of the cousin of Rebbe Avraham Dov of Rachamstrivka. The estate guardian refused to give part of the estate to the daughter, the Vizhnitz Rebbetzin, he represented other people of the Twersky family. A great polemic arose in regard to this subject and the parties agreed on arbitration. This is a rare document which reveals details of that legal litigation, a matter never publicly exposed.
Leaf 32.5 cm. Good-fair condition, creases and minor damages.
Five letters and drafts, by Rebbe Avraham Weinberg (the second), author of "Beit Avraham" and his son Rebbe Shlomo David Yehoshua. [Baranovich 1930s].
* Two letters handwritten and signed by Rabbi Avraham, on the reverse side of one letter (cutoff signature) is a letter in the handwriting of his son, Rabbi Shlomo David Yehoshua. On the reverse side of the second letter is a pencil draft of a letter in his handwriting to the Baranovitz Jewish Community. *Letter in his handwriting (not signed), written to "Mr. M. Lamed-Vav", with a sharp response to an article written in the newspaper by "Mizrachi" members.
5 written pages. Various sizes and conditions.
Levushei Srad, commentary on Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim, By Rabbi David Shlomo Eibeshitz [author of Arvei Nachal]. Mahlov, 1812. First edition. Approbation by Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdichov, the Ohev Yisrael of Apta etc.
On the title page appear the signature of "Moshe David Ashkenasi Rabbi of Safed" and other ownership inscriptions ["Dedicated to the Beit Midrash of the Sefardi Kollel of the city of Tiberias"].
The Holy Rabbi Moshe David Ashkenasi (1774-1857, Encyclopedia L'Chassidut Vol. 3, pp. 332-333), author of the books Toldot Adam and Be'er Sheva. Served in the Tolcsva rabbinate for 40 years. Ascended to Safed in 1844 and was one of the founders of the Chassidic settlements in Safed after the earthquake. Father-in-law of the author of Yitav Lev and father of Rabbi Yoel Ashkenasi Rabbi of Zlotshov. The Rebbes of Satmar and Klausenburg descend from his holy dynasty. His home and beit midrash in Safed were restored by his grandson the Klausenburg Rebbe, and today Sanz institutes reside in those structures in the city of Safed.
, 2-100 leaves (missing at end: Leaves 101-102). 34 cm. Varied condition of leaves: fair to fair-poor, tears, stains and moth damages. Detached title leaf, partially missing and restored with glued paper. Damaged binding.
Signature of Rabbi Chaim Pinto. Essaouira (Mogador, Morocco), .
Bill of ruling pertaining to monetary issues; torn and missing on upper half, contains conclusion of ruling and signatures of Dayanim.
The first signatory is the divine Kabbalist and scholar Rabbi Chaim Pinto (Senior) Av Beit Din of Mogador (passed away in 1845). Among glorious personalities of Moroccan Jewry and among its greatest and most righteous individuals. He arrived in Essaouira (Mogador) as an orphaned youth where he became disciple of Rabbi Ya’akov Bibas and shortly after became famous as one of the scholars of the generation. Following the demise of his rabbi, was appointed as his successor as rabbi of the city despite his young age. He established the first Beit Din in the city and served as Rosh Yeshiva of prominent disciples. Was famous as miracle worker and Kabbalist. It is related that he merited the revelation of Eliyahu HaNavi. Was also well-known throughout countries of Europe from where he received requests for prayer. The Chida sent him his book Chaim Sha’al [alluding to his name – Rabbi Chaim]. Salvation and miracle-working stories attributed to him are well-known among Jews of Morocco [some are collected in the book Mekor HaChaim written by his son Rabbi Moshe Pinto]. His tombstone in Mogador has became a source of attraction and is visited by many from the time of his death until today.
Alongside Rabbi Chaim Pinto, the Ga’on Rabbi David ben LeChazan also signed [among righteous scholars of Morocco, Dayan in Beit Din of Rabbi Chaim Pinto], as well as additional signature “Raphael ben --“.
Section of leaf, restored and bound in binding. 9.5 cm. Good condition, professionally restored damage. New binding, gilded imprint.
Ten letters by Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson Rebbe of Lubavitch-Chabad, sent between 1954-1964.
All letters typewritten upon official stationery with his handwritten signature. Contains "Shana Tova" greetings and other matters.
Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson son of Rebbe Levi Yitzchak Schneersohn, Rabbi of Ekaterinoslav, sixth generation descendent of the "Tzemach Tzedek". In his childhood his genius and leadership skills were already evident. He married the daughter of Rebbe Rabbi Yosef Yitzhak Schneerson and after his father-in-law's death in 1950, he led the worldwide" Lubavitch Chassidut". He wrote dozens of books on many topics throughout the Torah. Last rebbe of Chabad.
10 letters. Various sizes, good condition.
Manuscript, Pirkei Hechalot with commentary "Tefillat Ilui HaNeshamot", Passover Haggadah . [Persia, 19th century?].
Pirkei Hechalot with commentary. Unidentified composition on the seven hechalot. In the author's introduction, the work is attributed to Rabbi Nechunya ben Hakane, and it is written that "These seven hechalot were written in Mi Zahav writing and were hidden in the grave of Rabbi Nechunya be Hakane until the generation of the Arizal, when Eliyahu the Prophet appeared to the Ari with this book in his hand which has the merit to fix souls and gilgulim and this was in the year 310 of the sixth thousand…". Following the author's introduction is the "printer's" introduction signed by "David ben Zlata Mindis Kvitinew" [see attached material].
All the chapters of the work begin with the words "Rabbi Yishmael said", and it is composed of sections of Midrash Hechalot with the addition of a commentary [in the continuation of Hechal HaRishon is an addition beginning with "The printer says", possibly, he wrote the commentary].
Several Kabalistic illustrations in black and golden ink: a tree of the sefirot, Jacob's ladder designed as a tree of the sefirot and a diagram of the Garden of Eden and the rivers which flowed from it.
Appearing in the Seventh Hechal are 13 chapters of "Prayers for the elevation of souls". Prayers said on each day of the month of Nissan until Passover. At the end of the prayers is a handsome illustration of the Menorat HaAri [the chapter of Lamenatzeach].
It seems that this is a copy [relatively late] of a manuscript which was supposed to have been printed [in Amsterdam?] but apparently never was printed [this composition has not been extensively compared to the common Midrashei Hechalot].
*At the end of the manuscript: Passover Haggadah [partially with vowels], including verses said before Seder night, a sermon for Shabbat HaGadol and intentions of Kadesh Urchatz. *Composition on the "Names of mazalot and months" (incomplete).
Several glosses by Rabbi Shlomo Cohen Tzedek (1874-1962), Rabbi in Gulpayigan in Persia, and later Rabbi of Tehran. Had responsa contact with the Ben Ish Chai. Renowned as erudite in kabalistic wisdom and as a tzaddik who writes amulets.
 pages. Some leaves are mispaginated, apparently several leaves are lacking from the Haggadah . 15 cm. Good-fair condition (varies amongst the leaves, most leaves are in good condition), stains, wear and tear.
"Tefilat Nehora HaShalem" prayer book, prayers for all days of the year, Ashkenazi version. Slavita, . Rabbi Moshe Shapiro printing press. Title page for the second section.
Without first title page. , 5-191; , 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.
Manuscript, book of zodiac constellations, seasons and prayers. [Persia, 19th century].
Elegant manuscript, contains several compositions: “Sefer Mazalot Rabbi Avraha[m] Ebn Ezra Hu Shneim Asar”, astrological composition attributed to Rabbi Avraham Ebn Ezra, with illustrated title page in colorful ink. Continuation of composition: “Zodiac of diseases based upon Sefer Refu’ot [book of remedies] of Chizkiya King of Yehuda” – Sgulot [supernatural cures] for healing, version of talismans, tables and names of angels. * “Sefer Misrat Moshe HaLevi” – indications for seasons of the year [thunder and lightening]. * “Seder Arba Tkufot Esrim VeTesha Shana”. Preface by “Moshe son of Shlomo HaMa’aravi of Jerusalem son of Rabbi David resident of Safed”. Book of seasons for years 1794-1839 [with handwritten revisions for later years]; version of Birkat HaChama [Blessing on the Sun], in Hebrew and in Jewish-Persian; “blessing recited at cave of burial of righteous” at grave of Yechezkel HaNavi and graves of Mordechai and Esther; “blessing recited prior to blessing of Megillah for night and day”. In this section, all leaves are ornamented with verse frames and multi-colored headings.
Binding leaves contain notations in Hebrew and Arabic (in Arabic letters) and colophon: “… Aba Chaim son of Gad Shochat”.
 pages. 17 cm. Fair-good condition. Wear on margins. Detached leaves. Worn and detached leather binding.
* Sefer Mevakesh HaShem, sermons on weekly Torah portions. Rabbi Shmuel Chagiz. Venice, .
* Sefer Dvar Shmuel, on commentary of Rashi on the Torah, by Rabbi Natan Shapiro of Horodna. Venice, .
* Sefer Be'urim, on Rashi commentsry on the Torah, by Rabbi Natan Shapira from Horodna. Contains several illustrations: map of land of Israel, ladder of Ya’akov, Menorah of the Temple and more. [Handwritten gloss in Italian writing].
This is a forged book. At the height of the printing of the original book Imrei Shefer in Krakow [between years 1590-1597], this commentary, whose author is unknown, was printed in the name of Rabbi Natan Shapiro, as related by his son in the introduction of the book Imrei Shefer. This resulted in the banning of the book by rabbis of Poland [see attached material].
All three books bound together in ancient elegant leather binding. Unidentified signature from 1698. First two title pages contain signatures “Chaim Hirsch son of Rabbi Meir Berlin”. The Ga’on Rabbi No’ach Chaim Tzvi Berlin (1734-1802), Dayan in Fürth and Av Beit Din of Metz and Hamburg; well-known as giant of his generation. In a response, Rabbi Chaim of Volozhin wrote to him: “His opinion is as valuable to me as the opinion of one of the Rishonim” (Chut HaMeshulash, clause 9). His significant and well-known books are: Ma’ayan HaChochma, Atzei Almogim and Atzei Arazim. [Composed additional book, Atzei Besamim, on Even Ha’Ezer which was not published, see Kedem catalogue, auction 6, item 399].
258,  leaves; 48 [instead of: 44] leaves; 180 leaves. 20 cm. Good condition. Stains, slight wear and tears on several pages. Colorful edges. Ancient binding, leather covered wood, ornamented with geometric and floral patterns and human images. Remnants of metal clasps.
Manuscript, commentary on Haftarot by Rabbi Yitzchak Chayut. [Poland, post 1726].
Commentary on Haftarot of Chumash Bereshit. Sermons, combined with composition based on the Kabbalah of the Ari [with title “Megillat Starim” or “M.S.”. Heading at head of manuscript: “Commentary on Haftarot written by Rabbi Yitzchak Chayut Av Beit Din of Skali , 1710”.
The Kabbalist Ga’on Rabbi Yitzchak Chayut author of Zera Yitzchak (1660-1726, Otzar HaRabbanim 10663), Av Beit Din of Skali (region of Lvov), among disciples of Rabbi Heschel of Krakow. Authored 13 compositions of which only the composition on the Mishnayot was printed. Grandson of Rabbi Yitzchak Chayut Av Beit Din of Prague (1538-1610) author of Api Ravreve. Two famous stories demonstrating his holiness became famous; first – of his arrival before the Heavenly court; second – of his statement that any of his descendants for ten generations who would pray at his grave at time of distress will be granted salvation. For additional information related to his biography see attached material.
 leaves. (According to “Shomrei HaDaf” it appears that 2 or more middle leaves are missing). 19 cm. Good condition, stains and wear. New binding.
Long letter, handwritten and signed by Rabbi Avraham Weinberg, third Slonim Rebbe, New Year blessings and words of inspiration and consolation sent to "Chassidim" in Eretz -Yisrael after the pogroms of 1929, [Baranovich, Elul 5689]
Rabbi Avraham Weinberg (the second) of Baranovich, author of "Beit Avraham" (1884-1933). Son of the author of "Divrei Shmuel", lead Slonim "Chassidim" together with his oldest brother Rabbi Yissachar Leib as of 1916, although most of the "Chassidim" followed him. He settled in Baranovich where he established the "Torat Chesed" yeshiva. He had much contact with the "Chassidim" in Eretz -Yisrael and visited there twice. His renowned books "Beit Avraham" are known for their depth of Chassidic thought.
7 pages, approximately 20 cm. Fair condition, wear and stains.
Collection of printed leaf remnants removed from the binding geniza. Includes leaves printed in the 15th and 16th century [Arba Turim, Soncino 1490; Yalkut Shimoni, Soncino 1521-1527; Binyamin Ze'ev responsa, Venice 1539; etc]; dozens of leaves of several editions of the Babylonian Talmud, unidentified (some apparently from the Thessaloniki printing); some leaves are proof leaves and printing trials [from the 16th-17th century – Gemara pages from an unknown edition and pages from "Ne'eman Shmuel" (Thessaloniki, 1723) are printed in one of the pamphlets], with proofreaders' handwritten corrections [one leaf has the signature "Avraham Amarilio", apparently Rabbi Avraham Amarilio of Thessaloniki, author of Brit Avraham].
More than 100 leaves. Varying size, varied condition of damages due to binding.
Lengthy and interesting letter in handwriting and signature of the Ga’on Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodzinski. Vilnius, Isru-Chag Pesach 1903.
Letter sent to the Ga’on Rabbi Shmuel Salant, rabbi of Jerusalem, concerning monetary matters of the “Kollelim” in Jerusalem. In the letter he harshly opposes sending money in a manner which directly passes through the hands of a specific individual, and he notes: “Regarding the funds sent to a specific individual, I am requesting that in the future they avoid doing so and we will refuse to accept them, because eventually it will be unclear who the money belongs to”. He forewarns of rumors spread by other sects opposing the collection of funds for Rabbi Meir Ba’al HaNess, which negatively affects fundraising. “This obstacle arises from those searching for a pretext who wish to use the fund of Rabbi Meir Ba’al HaNess for other matters, or by those who have futile dreams and make use of the fund of Rabbi Meir Ba’al HaNess, and therefore fabricate tales about the emissaries and claim that they will send them directly…”.
2 pages, 20.5 cm. More than 25 lines in his handwriting and signature. Fair condition, scorching on leaf margins without damage to text.
Sefer Tzeida LaDerech by Rabbi Menachem ben Aharon Ebn Zerach. Ferrara, . Printing press of Avraham ben Oski. First edition.
Composed by Rabbi Menachem ben Zerach, among scholars of Spain during the 14th century and disciple of Rabbi Yehudah son of the "Rosh" (Asher ben Yechiel). Contains laws and customs for all days of the year. Lengthy introduction to book contains important details pertaining to "Ba’alei HaTosfot" and greatest "Rishonim" as well as to period of author. The author states that the book is intended for “those who follow the court of the King’s majesty… who due to the trials and tribulations of the time… become lax in fulfillment of the commandments…”.
Flag of printer which appears in center of title page, printed again on last leaf with colophon: “Completed here in Ferrara in home of esteemed Rabbi Avraham ben Oski”.
Signature upon title page of book: “Yom Tov Elyakim”, apparently Rabbi Yom Tov Elyakim (1770-1846), rabbi of Sofia and toward the end of his days rabbi of Jewish community of Hebron (see attached material). Several [cut off] glosses.
, 32, , 38-75,  leaves. 18.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Title page incomplete and professionally restored. Restored tears and damage on several leaves. Ancient binding.
In this copy, as in majority of copies, leaves 33-37 containing commentary on "Birkat HaMinim", were omitted for censorship reasons, and replaced with three leaves containing brief version without pagination [see article of Yitzchak Rivkind, "Sefer HaYovel" in honor of Alexander Marx, New York, 1950, p. 416; and article of S. Hasida, "Birkat HaMinim" in "Sefer Tzeida LaDerech", Moriah collection, Tishrei 5773 (2013), pp. 15-17].
Letter by Rebbe Rabbi Mordechai Rokeach of Belz, rabbi of Bi?goraj, to Rabbi Moshe Schreiber [president of "Kollel Galicia"]. Jerusalem, 1946.
14 lines in his holy handwriting along with his signature and stamp. In the letter he mentions his brother, Rebbe Rabbi Aharon Rokeach of Belz: "Brother of esteemed Rebbe feels well…".
The holy rabbi of Bi?goraj Rabbi Mordechai Rokeach (1901-1950, Encyclopedia of Hassidism III, 224-225), son of Rebbe Rabbi Yissac" Av Beit Din" of Bi?goraj and humbled himself before his older brother who served as rebbe. During the Holocaust escaped to his brother and together they were exiled from place to place until they managed to flee to Hungary and from there to Eretz- Israel. Upon their immigration to the Holy Land became one of the most prominent figures and assisted his brothers with the reestablishment of the Belz dynasty. In 1946, upon receiving word that his wife and children were murdered in the Holocaust, he remarried and passed away soon after at a young age. His only son from that marriage is the Rebbe of Belz, may he live and be well.
25 cm. leaf. Good condition, folding marks.
Manuscript, Sefer Otzrot Chaim by Rabbi Chaim Vital. Oriental writing, Maghreb countries [Morocco or Tunisia, early 18th century].
This manuscript contains many modifications and new passages which are not included in two printed versions of the book. "Windows" within text contain comments by Rabbi Ya’akov Tzemach, Kol HaRamaz by Rabbi Moshe Zacut, passed away in 1698] and comments of “Harim” who is mentioned in blessing of deceased “of blessed memory” [Rabbi Ya’akov Margi, leading Kabbalist in Tetuán during the 17th century]. Writing modifications in sections of the book, possibly written by two authors, or written by same author during different periods. This manuscript resembles famous manuscripts from period of “Scholars of the West” who corresponded in Kabbalah with scholars of Beit El and Rabbi Shalom Sharabi.
Approx. 320 leaves. 20 cm. Part of book in fair-poor condition, mildew and moth damage, many leaves damaged from ink acidity which crumbled paper in middle of text. Torn and incomplete binding.
Mishnayot with the commentary of Rabbi Ovadia of Bartenura, and with the Tosefet Yom Tov commentary by Rabbi Yom Tov Lipman Valerstein. Three parts [bound together]: Seder Zera'im, Seder Moed and Seder Nashim. Prague, 1614-1615. Printed by Moshe Katz.
First edition of the Tosefet Yom Tov commentary [called Tosfot Yom Tov in the following editions], printed by the author.
The three parts are bound together. Part 1 is lacking at the beginning and Part 3 at the end. Zera'im: 5-86 (lacking title page and Leaves 2-4). Moed: 111 leaves. Nashim: 96, 101-107 (lacking Leaves 97-100, 108, and 7 leaves of the "List of Corrections". Total lack: 12 leaves). Good-fair condition. Age stains and moisture. Most leaves are in good condition, approximately 20 leaves have damages, moth marks and tears, some with damage to text, restored with glued paper. The missing leaves have been replaced with high quality photocopies. New elaborate leather binding, with gilded metal clasps.
Long interesting letter, handwritten and signed by Rebbe Avraham Weinberg of Tiberias. On the reverse side, the rebbe adds the good tidings of the birth of his grandson, his daughter's son. On the leaf margins is a letter by Rabbi Shalom Noach Berezovsky who also informs of the birth of his son." Erev Rosh HaShana 5696"( 1935).
Rabbi Avraham writes, "Thank G-d, after writing this letter, my daughter Chava gave birth to a son, G-d should merit that his parents together with us should raise him to 'Torah', 'chuppah' and good deeds and he shall enter the covenant of Avraham Avinu at the proper time. A male is born, the whole family is blessed with cures and salvation and all good".
The baby's father, Rabbi Shalom Noach, adds in the leaf margins: "I too send my esteemed friend hearty New Year wishes, G-d should fulfill all his wishes for the good, and I inform him of the birth of my son to inform friends who rejoice in my joy. Shalom".
Rabbi Avraham Weinberg – The Third, author of "Birkat Avraham" (1889-1981), was born in Tiberias to his father Rabbi Noach grandson of Rabbi Avraham Weinberg the First, author of "Yesod Ha'Avodah", a head of the "Or Torah Yeshiva" in Tiberias and one of the founders of "Charedi" education in Eretz -Yisrael. After the Holocaust, the elders of the Slonim Chassidic community approached him and wished to appoint him as Rebbe but he refused and was active in appointing his friend Rebbe Mordechai Chaim Slonim. Only after the death of Rebbe Mottel Slonimer in 1954, did Rabbi Avraham agree to head the community [when he was already 65 years old]. He then moved to Jerusalem, and led the Chassidic community for 27 years.
His son-in-law was Rabbi Shalom Noach Berezovsky, author of "Netivot Shalom" (1911-2000), an outstanding Torah genius, a prominent rebbe of our generation, head of "Mo'etzet Gedolei HaTorah" and "Chinuch Atzma'I". Immigrated from Baranovich to Eretz- Yisrael in 1936 and established the Slonim Chassidic yeshivas in Eretz -Yisrael. Served for 20 years as rebbe of "Slonim Chassidim" and in his times the "Slonim Chassidut" remarkably blossomed. His deep books of Chassidic thought and service of G-d are very well known and many follow their direction.
The grandson born on "Erev Rosh Hashana 5696" (1936) is his son, the Slonim Rebbe Shmuel Berezovsky.
2 pages, 25.5 cm. Good condition, few creases and wear.
A letter of ordination handwritten and signed by Rabbi Bezalel HaCohen of Vilna, to Rabbi Shraga Meir Leizerovitz. Written on a journey to Vilnius, 1874.
The letter was written at the inn at the train station to Vilnius: "While passing today on the iron rails which go to our community, we chanced in one inn". He writes of Rabbi Shraga Meir: He has great capability to judge and rule the laws of "Yoreh Deah" and "Choshen Mishpat" and "Apparently, he has spent much time studying the words of the earlier and later 'poskim' to know… and to respond according to 'halacha'… well-versed in the words of the later 'poskim' and their sources in the Talmud and 'Rishonim'… Undoubtedly, he will be one of the generation's Torah leaders".
Rabbi Bezalel HaCohen of Vilna (1820-1878), an outstanding rabbi in his generation, known from his childhood as an exceptional genius. At his bar-mitzvah meal which was also his marriage feast, he made a "siyum" on the whole Talmud and gave a homily that astonished all of Vilnius's great Torah scholars. At the age of 18, the author of "Mishkenot Ya'akov" already sent him his book to look over. At 23, he was appointed rabbi of his city, Vilnius (at a time when it was full of exceptional outstanding Torah geniuses), and for decades he was the chief posek and spiritual leader of the Vilnius community. Some of his renowned disciples: his younger brother Rabbi Shlomo HaCohen of Vilna, author of "Cheshek Shlomo" and Rabbi Yisrael Meir HaCohen, author of the "Chafetz Chaim". He wrote the "Reshit Bikurim" responsa, his glosses "Mareh Cohen" printed in the Vilna Talmud and in the Vilna "Shulchan Aruch"; the "Minchat Bikurim" glosses on the "Tosefta", etc.
32 cm. Fair condition, much wear to paper folds, pasted on paper for preservation.
A copy of the "semicha" writ is enclosed, in the handwriting of Mr. Eliyahu Eliezer Sakolsky from Vilnius and London (died 1951).
Jerusalemite Talmud, Seder Mo’ed, with commentary Korban HaEdah and additional notes known as Shirei Korban [by Rabbi David Frankel]. Shklov, .
Order of tractates in this volume differ slightly from listing in Bibliography Institute CD [Shabbat, Eruvin, Pesachim, Yoma, Shekalim, Sukkah, Rosh HaShanah, Beitzah, Ta’anit, Megillah, Chagigah and Mo’ed-Katan].
All tractates contain dozens of lengthy erudite glosses in handwriting typical of Rabbi Eliezer Simcha Rabinowitz. In some he deeply delves into a longwinded debate with the Sheyarei Korban. Ownership notations stating that book belongs to him.
The Ga’on Rabbi Eliezer Simcha Rabinowitz (1832-1911), son of Rabbi Menachem Mendel (Mendli) Av Beit Din of Kovno. Among well-known rabbis of Lithuania, and leaders of Russian Jewry; right-hand of Rabbi Yitzchak Elchanan Spektor in dealing with pertinent matters. Av Beit Din in Suwałki and later on in Łomża [succeeding the Maharil Diskin]. Exalted genius proficient in Torah; the Ga’on Rabbi Yosef Razin – the Rogatchover referred to him as: “Indeed, he is the Shas itself”. Wrote Chidushim in all facets of the Torah and the books in his library were filled with his glosses. His Chidushim and comments were printed in two volumes of “Chidushei Rabbi Eliezer Simcha” (Machon Yerushalayim, 1993-1998), and his glosses on Ein Yitzchak Responsa [by Rabbi Yitzchak Elchanan Spektor] were printed in the Machon Yerushalayim edition of this responsa. These glosses, as well, demonstrate the enormous extent of Rabbi Eliezer Simcha’s genius, and they practically constitute an entire composition on Seder Mo’ed of the Jerusalemite Talmud. To the best of our knowledge, the glosses were not printed.
, 81; 35; 22; 14, ; 30 [instead of: 32]; 29 [instead of: 31]; 3-8, 8-9; 10 leaves (two leaves missing from tractate Megillah). 33 cm. Good condition, stains and wear. Tears on several leaves. Damaged binding.
Sefer Yetzira attributed to Avraham Avinu, with four commentaries: Rabbi Sa'adia Gaon, Rabbi Eliezer of Germiza, Ramban and Ra'avad. Kabalistic outlines and charts. [Mantua, 1562]. Printed by Ya'akov Cohen of Gazulo. First edition.
Signatures of Rabbi Shlomo Cohen Tzedek (1874-1962), Rabbi of Tehran, renowned as erudite in kabalistic wisdom and as a tzaddik who writes amulets.
On the sheet margins are handwritten glosses and long notations, most with versions for amulets, charts, incantations and names of angels ["For gathering Shedim", "To untie a groom", "For speedy arrival to destination", "For hate" etc.].
*Bound with: manuscript, Sefer HaYetzira. [Persia, 19th/20th century]. Several pages with kabalistic diagrams. Ownership inscriptions ["My purchase… David Tatzach" etc.].
Sefer HaYetzira: 2-105 leaves (lacking title page and diagram leaf). Manuscript: approximately 24 pages. 20 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and moisture marks, wear and tear to leaf margins. Antique leather binding [binding leaves made from Jewish-Persian manuscript], damages.
Shulchan Aruch, with Me'irat Einayim commentary [Sma] by Rabbi Yehoshua Falk HaCohen. Berlin, .
Hundreds of long glosses in ancient Ashkenasi writing [1700s], unidentified writer. This is comparable to a whole work of glosses, primarily dealing with examining the origin of the law of Talmud treatises and opinions of the leading Rishonim, with discussions on the Mechaber's decisions in the Shulchan Aruch and the Beit Yosef. The glosses portray the genius and breadth of knowledge of the writer. Several glosses by another writer.
On Leaf 57/2 are two glosses on the counting of the Shemita years: "And now this year 1763 is shemita…", "And now in our times, this year 1884 is shemita and will be quickly in our times 1891… I have written here in Eisgrub…" [Eisgrub is a village near Nikolsburg. The Maharam Bennet lived there when he gave the approbation to Ben Yemini printed in Vienna in 1824].
Ownership inscriptions on the cover leaves including an inscription that the book belongs to "The important woman Ms. Sarel… signed below Avraham… who studies here in the shadow of Rabbi the Great Gaon… my Teacher Chaim Zvi Manheimer Rabbi of Verba…".
3-28, 33-160, 166-180, , 288-320, 18 leaves. (Lacking: title page and the next two leaves, Leaves 29-32, 161-165). Mistaken page numbering of Leaves 280-288. 30 cm. Fair-good condition. Stains and wear, moisture damage and mildew tr
Manuscript, list of poems and supplications for each Shabbat of the year and for other occasions. [Aram Zova, early 20th century].
Arranged according to Torah portions; two columns per page. Each Torah portion contains listing of appropriate poems including maqams. Last leaves contain poems for festivals, circumcision, groom, father of daughter and more.
On first pages, version of poem is “Tzuri Go’ali Ka” followed by ownership signature: “Yosef Moshe Swied”.
On some leaves, ink marks prominently apparent on reverse side of leaf.
Approx. 120 pages, last leaf torn and incomplete. 13.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and tears. Worn leather binding.
Sefer Torat Kohanim, Shulchan Aruch Choshen Mishpat, with commentary Me’irat Einayim and Siftei Kohen. Fürth, [1691-1692].
Ownership notations and signatures as well as birth listings from 18th century: “Simcha known as Bunim son of Rabbi Yitzchak Shalit…”; “belongs to the exceptional Rabbi Chaim”; “this book belongs to the esteemed Rabbi Chaim Av Beit Din of congregation of Miestetz”. Glosses by several writers from that period on margins of sheets. Last leaf contains wording of bill of transaction with addition of laws.
This copy was presented as a wedding gift to Rabbi Shmuel Kauder Av Beit Din of Prague, who signs several times throughout the book, and states: “This book… has been given to me as a gift by my close friends, exalted and exceptional…”. A list of 19 names appears; apparently referring to his classmates from the Yeshiva in Prague or Kelin.
Rabbi Shmuel Kauder (1766-1838), “The Ga’on of Prague”, prominent disciple of Rabbi Michael Bacharach Av Beit Din of Prague and later on disciple of Rabbi Elazar Kalir author of Or Chadash in Kelin. Closely associated with Rabbi Betzalel Rensburg and member of his Beit Din in Prague. Resided in Kalady and from 1812 served as Av Beit Din of communities of Tábor and Budweis in Bohemia. In 1835 was appointed as chief Av Beit Din of community of Prague, taught Torah and was known as a prominent rabbinical authority. From his many compositions only Olat Shmuel Responsa (on section Orach Chaim), Sefer Ahavat Emet (sermons) and Sefer Zichron BaSefer (on tractate Megillah) were printed. For additional information related to him see attached material.
, 502, 12 leaves. 33 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and tears. Moth stains. Wood and leather binding, damaged. Clasp remnants.
Tur Even HaEzer, with Beit Yisrael, commentary divided into two: Perisha and Derisha, by Rabbi Yehoshua Falk HaCohen – author of the Sma. Lublin, . Printed by Klonimus Kalman Yaffe.
First edition of the Perisha and Derisha [commentary later attached to all editions of the Tur]. The commentaries are printed around the Tur.
The general name of the commentary is Beit Yisrael, which originally included the work on the Shulchan Aruch Choshen Mishpat as well, called Me'irat Einayim [Sma]. In this edition, only the parts of Yoreh Deah and Even HaEzer were published.
204 leaves. 30 cm. Good condition. Stains. Reinforced with paper glued on the title page and last leaf. Leather binding (with damages), original leather clasps and metal.
Bundle with approximately ten full long letters, and more leaves with Chassidic articles, handwritten and signed by Rebbe Avraham Menachem Danziger of Alexander, from 1973-1984.
Rabbi Avraham Menachem Danziger (1921-2005), son of Rebbe Yehuda Moshe Tehiberg-Danziger, and grandson of Rabbi Bezalel Yair Danziger brother of the Alexander Rebbe author of Tiferet Shmuel. Born in Poland, ascended in his youth to Jerusalem. Renowned for his great diligence and exceptional knowledge of all areas of Torah, revealed and hidden. In 1973, Rabbi Avraham Menachem succeeded his father as Rebbe and the words of his Torah were renowned for their depth in Chassidic Torah teachings. These letters portray his great humility and his lofty thoughts on every issue.
18 leaves, varied size. Good condition.
Manuscript, Ma'amar Kodesh by the Ari about wisdom of the hand and fingers, with commentary of Rabbi Ya'akov Temralish. Handsome Ashkenasic handwriting, with a kabalistic illustration of a palm. [17th century].
This work was first printed under the title of Ma'amar Kadishin – at the end of Sefer HaYetzira with the Gra's commentary [Warsaw, 1884] from a manuscript owned by the Gra. This is a very early manuscript written during the life of the commentary's author: "The Chassid G-dly Mekubal… Ya'akov Temralish Ashkenasi" [author of Sifra D'Tzni'uta D'Ya'akov – died in Nissan 1666]. At the top of the manuscript is an introduction: "This form I have found by an old person of esteemed countenance, an outstanding Torah scholar, and he cautioned that every man must know this". At the end of the manuscript is a colophon of the copier: "I, the writer Eliezer called Zelig".
5 pages. 18 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and light moth damages. New binding.
Ein Yisrael – Vol. 1, and Beit Yisrael – Vol. 2. Rabbi Ya'akov Ebn Chaviv. Two volumes. Venice, 1625.
The book Ein Ya'akov by Rabbi Ya'akov Ebn Chaviv, was burned at the burning of the Talmud in Italy (in 1653-1654). After efforts, the Jews were permitted to print the book but with its name changed to Ein Yisrael. The first volume on Tractates Berachot-Chagiga was called Ein Yisrael, and the second volume on Tractates Yevamot-Ukzin was called Beit Yisrael.
On the first volume are signatures of members of the Sigari family: "I Chaim Sigari bought it in Livorno on the 28th of Adar 1667", "This book is mine Ya'akov Sigari ben --- Eliezer Sigari", "David Binyamin Sigari". Many handwritten comments in the handwriting of Rabbi Chaim Sigari who bought the book in 1667.
Rabbi Chaim Sigari (Otzar HaRabbanim 6088), a leading rabbi in Italy. Rabbi of Vercelli. Father of a dynasty of rabbis and bankers. In 1666, Rabbi Chaim was sent at the head of a delegation of rabbis from Italy, to inquire about the conduct of the false Messiah Shabtai Zvi (Girondi, History of Jewish Leaders in Italy, page 107). According to the opinion of Shulvas (Rome and Jerusalem p. 120), at that time Rabbi Chaim was still one of Shabtai Zvi's admirers. Margin cutting damaged some of the comments, but most of the comments are complete.
Vol. 1: 195 leaves. Vol. 2: 190 leaves (index leaves at end are missing). 28 cm. Good condition, stains, wear to edges of several leaves, minor moth marks, professional restoration of title pages. Handsome new bindings.
Tractate Niddah of the Babylonian Talmud and Mishnayot Seder Taharot, with commentaries of the Rambam, Rabbi Shimshon of Schantz and the Rosh. Vienna, .
Seder Taharot contains hundreds of lengthy and brief erudite glosses in Ashkenazi handwriting from period of printing. The comments pertain to majority of tractates in Seder Taharot. Content of remarks indicate that writer of comments was an exalted Torah scholar.
, 2-89 leaves; , 2-199 leaves. 37 cm. Quality paper, good-fair condition, stains and wear. Torn binding.
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. , 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.
Three volumes of manuscripts, practical kabbalah, cures, amulets and segulots. [Persia, c. 19th century].
Hundreds of leaves with segulot and hashbaot, versions and guidelines for writing amulets for various problems and situations. Two volumes Sefer HaGoralot and Sefer Mazalot are attributed to Rabbi Avraham Ebn Ezra. The third manuscript is written on bluish paper.
The manuscripts have dozens of kabalistic illustrations, charts and diagrams, incantations and Holy Names.
Three volumes, hundreds of leaves. Among the leaves of the volumes are handwritten leaves and amulets. (Possibly lacking leaves). Various sizes and conditions.
"Open the gates and the righteous nation shall enter", "Sha'arei Dura", with glosses by Rabbi Yitzchak Luria – the Maharshal. Basel, 1599.
99 (98) leaves. 19.5 cm. Fair condition, stains and wear. Worn binding.
Responsa by Rabbenu Asher [the Rosh]. [Venice, 1552-1553]. Second revised edition.
Dozens of glosses, erasures and corrections in Oriental writing [Turkey?]. Majority of glosses consist of additions and corrections in version of responses. Apparently, the proofreader based the revisions upon a manuscript from which he copied. At least some of the glosses were not printed (or mentioned) in the revised edition of the Rosh Responsa in publication of Yitzchak Yudlov, Machon Yerushalayim (1994). Stamps indicating that book belonged to "Library of Rabbi Amado".
6-158 leaves (title page and some following index leaves missing). 28 cm. Fair condition, stains and moth marks. Several cut off glosses.
Six volumes of manuscripts. Various works [Persia, 19th and 20th centuries].
Manuscripts of various topics: *Sefer Pitron Chalomot. *Sefer Mazalot. *Homiletics and Novellae. *Targum Sheni on Megillat Esther. *Handsome and full copy of two works on the laws of shechita: Yemin Moshe, by Rabbi Moshe Vintura, and Shochatei HaYeladim by Rabbi Yisrael Nagara. *Likutei Tehillim, with prayers. (Colophon of copier from 1865 for Rabbi Shlomo Cohen-Tzedek. Mentioned in one of the prayers is the Gulpayigan community in Persia, where Rabbi Shlomo Cohen Tzedek served as rabbi before coming to Tehran). *Dozens of manuscript leaves. One volume mainly consists of sections of compositions and single leaves [among them are sections of Sefer HaYetzira, amulets in Jewish-Persian, etc].
Hebrew and Jewish-Persian. Signatures and glosses by Rabbi Shlomo Cohen-Tzedek (1874-1962), Av Beit Din of Tehran (See item 202).
Six volumes, hundreds of leaves (possibly lacking leaves). Various sizes and conditions.
"Nodah B'Yehuda" responsa, Vol. 1-2. [Zholkva], 1823. Signatures of various owners: Rabbi "Avraham Frishtadt"; "Avraham Shag"; "Zvi Hirsh Rabbi of Tertsal"; Rabbi "Shaul Rosenberg Rabbi of Ratzfert" and his son "Rabbi Amram Rosenberg".
Many scholarly glosses: Some in the handwriting of Rabbi Avraham Shag [who signed some of the glosses, see Gloss on Leaf 26/2], some in the handwriting of Rabbi Avraham Frishtadt [first owner of the book], and some glosses were written and signed by Rabbi Shaul Rosenberg and his sons Rabbi Avraham and Rabbi Mordechai Rosenberg. On the forsatz leaves are various inscriptions in the handwriting of Rabbi Zvi Hirsh Rabbi of Tertsal, who bought the book from Rabbi Avraham Shag Rabbi of Kobersdorf who left for Eretz -Yisrael.
Rabbi Avraham Shag-Zwebner (1801-1873), an outstanding disciple of the Chatam Sofer and a prominent Torah scholar in his times. Lived in Frauenkirchen [mentioned in his signature]. From 1827, served in the Shattelsdorf rabbinate and from 1852 as Rabbi of Kobersdorf. In 1873, he ascended to Jerusalem together with his great disciple Rabbi Yosef Chaim Zonnenfeld.
Rabbi Avraham Frishtadt (died 1830), disciple of Rabbi Meshulam Igra of Pressburg, from 1803 served as Rabbi of Komarin. The Chatam Sofer held him in great esteem and corresponded with him (see "Ishim B'Tshuvot Chatam Sofer", page 30).
Rabbi Zvi Hirsh Rosenberg Rabbi of Tertsal and Bater, succeeded his father, Rabbi Mordechai Rosenberg as Rabbi of Tertsal (disciple of Rabbi Avraham Shag) in 1875. At the end of his days, served in the Pest rabbinate.
His brother Rabbi Shaul ben Rabbi Mordechai Rosenberg (1865-1939), disciple of the Maharam Shick and author of" Kol Aryeh". In 1904, succeeded his stepfather Rebbe Naftali Hirtzka Frankel as Rabbi of Ratzfert. A prominent Hungarian rabbi, he had many disciples. From his youth he was a "Chassid" attached to Rabbi Zvi Hirsh of Liska and one of the greatest "Chassidim" of Rebbe Yissachar Dov of Belz. His remaining novellae were printed in the two volumes of the book "Chemdat Shaul" (Jerusalem, 1969 and Jerusalem, 1984). His son Rabbi Amram Rosenberg succeeded his father in 1940 as Rabbi of Razfert and perished in the Holocaust in 1944.
, 72, 6, 6 leaves; , 108 leaves. 35.5 cm. Good-fair condition, wear. Damages to several leaves. Some of the Rabbi Avraham Shag's glosses are slightly cutoff. Antique and torn leather binding.
This edition is not listed in the Bibliograph CD.
Letter by Rebbe Rabbi Shimon Shalom of Amshinov. New York, . Blessings for complete recovery and longevity: “May the Almighty bless you with good health and recovery… and may you have good and long days…”. 17 lines in his holy handwriting and signature.
The holy Rabbi Shimon Shalom Kalish (1883-1954), rebbe of Amshinov author of "Mashmia Shalom"; served as rebbe from 1918 and was known as one of the greatest rebbes of Poland. Survived the Holocaust and arrived in the USA. Was known for his love of the Jewish people, as evident from the content of this letter.
21 cm. leaf. Good condition, stains, blurred ink, filing holes.
Manuscript collection, cures and segulot. [Persia, 19th/20th century]. Jewish-Persian.
Manuscript of an amateur book of cures, prescriptions of medications and segulot, some on blue and bluish paper. Various writers.
Three volumes + two booklets [partial works, incomplete], hundreds of leaves (possibly lacking leaves). Various sizes and conditions.
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: , 251, 17 leaves; , 278 leaves; 115, , 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.
Three handwritten volumes. Jewish-Persian. [Persia, 19th century]: *Tafsir [Jewish-Persian] on the Bible. *Long composition, explanation of verses [Tafsir?] etc. At the end is a work on Ma'ase Merkava. Colophon from 1818. *Shahin Torah, poem with rhymes on Torah stories. A section of a whole composition from the sale of Joseph until his death.
Three volumes, hundreds of leaves (possibly leaves are lacking). Various sizes and conditions.
Tur Even Ha’Ezer with commentary Beit Yosef. Venice, . "with Bombergi printing blocks and letters". This edition was printed in the life of Rabbi Yosef Karo; his name appears on the title page with the blessing of a living person: "With commentaries and novellae of the generation's wonder Rabbi Yosef Karo Yazia [acronym for "He shall have children and live a long life"].
Two letters by the fourth Slonim Rebbe, Rebbe Shlomo David Yehoshua Weinberg. Baranovich, 1930s. The letters are about immigration certificates to Eretz -Yisrael, for the "Torat Chesed" yeshiva students.
Rabbi Shlomo David Yehoshua Weinberg (1913-1943), was the only son and successor of his father the rebbe, author of "Beit Avraham". Although appointed as rebbe at the young age of 20, he was considered a foremost Chassidic leader in Poland. During the Holocaust, he suffered greatly but always mentioned that written in the Holy Zohar is that G-d colors His clothing with the blood of those who die in sanctification of His Name… Was killed by the Nazis on the 6th of Cheshvan 5704 .
Official stationary of the Slonim yeshiva, "Torat Chesed" in Baranovitz. Postcard with the yeshiva logo. Various sizes and conditions.
* 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.
Leaf of Torah novellae in the handwriting of the Maharam Schick, on the treatise of a kotevet (measure, dried fig) with its seeds (1831).
Rabbi Moshe (Maharam) Schick (1807-1979, Otzar HaRabbanim 15194), an outstanding Torah genius, amongst the greatest rabbis of his generation and a leader of Hungarian Jewry. At the age of 14, he joined the Chatam Sofer's yeshiva and within a short time became one of its foremost students. He served many years as rabbi of Yeregin near Pressburg, later serving as rabbi of Chust, where he established a yeshiva and taught renowned disciples until his death. He left a vast amount of Torah works including responsa, sermons, novellae on the Talmud, on the 613 mitzvot etc. He was among the fiercest rivals of the reformists.
Leaf approximately 17 cm. Poor condition, very damaged with lacking text, lack at bottom of leaf.
Manuscript, complete well-arranged composition of homiletics and commentaries on the Torah and Midrashim, prayers and Pirkei Avot, Passover Haggadah etc. [Beginning of 19th century].
Handsome "Ashkenasi" writing, autograph of unknown author. According to the type of handwriting and paper the manuscript was possibly written in c. 1830s-1850s. Has many deep novellae, apparently written by a great Torah scholar.
80 leaves. 24.5 cm. High-quality thick grayish paper. Good condition. Adorned leather binding, worn spineless.
Collection of letters by Baranovich rabbis, heads of the "Torat Chesed Yeshiva" of Slonim "Chassidim", and letters by prominent "Chassidim". Some letters have Chassidic thoughts and many letters are about immigration certificates to Eretz -Yisrael. Baranovich, 1930s.
Letters by Rabbi Nissan Sheinberg Rabbi of Baranovich; by the Heads of the "yeshiva" Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Hirshowitz [grandson of the Rabbi Eliezer Gordon of Telz] and Rabbi Matityahu Aryeh HaCohen Fidel; by Rabbi Zvi Katzovitz, Rabbi Moshe Shemaya Weinberg, Rabbi Yisrael Baruch Veg and other letters written by prominent "Chassidim".
20 leaves, approximately 16 items. Various sizes and conditions. Most of the letters are on the official stationary of the "Slonim Yeshiva" institutes.
Tur Even HaEzer, with Beit Yosef, Venice, 1565. Printed "with Bombergi printing blocks and letters".
This edition was printed in the life of Rabbi Yosef Karo; his name appears on the title page with the blessing of a living person: "With commentaries and novellae of the generation's wonder Rabbi Yosef Karo Yazia [acronym for "He shall have children and live a long life"].
Signatures in early Ashkenazi handwriting: "Eliezer ben Rabbi Pinchas". Signatures in Oriental handwriting: "Binyamin HaLevi", "Purchased with my money, David Daron".
258 leaves. 33 cm. Fair condition, moth damages and stains. Semi-leather binding, rubbed.
"Sefer Kli Chemda", homiletic literature and exegesis on "Midrash Rabba", “from "Bereshit Bara" until "Le’einei Kol Israel”. Rabbi Shmuel Laniado from Aram Zova (Aleppo). Venice, [1594-1595]. First Edition.
Ancient ownership notations and signatures: “I am filled with happiness that G-d has merited me this book… Menachem Mendel Margaliot”.
268 leaves (not including index leaves at end). 29 cm. Good condition, stains. Wear and tear on several leaves. Ancient binding of leather-covered wood. Damaged. Metal clasp remnants.
"Luchot Edut", articles and rabbinic letters regarding the polemic of the amulets which arose against Rabbi Yehonatan Eibeshitz. Altona, . First edition.
Articles, letters and proclamations from rabbis and community leaders, who supported Rabbi Yehonatan Eibeshitz in the polemic which arose following the mistaken accusation that he had joined the Shabtai Zvi false messianic movement, and regarding the objections to the amulets which he wrote. At the beginning of the book is an introduction by Rabbi Yehonatan with the development of the controversy. At the end is a commentary upon one amulet and a sermon which "I gave when the earthquake began on February 23, 1751, where I have justified myself abundantly".
, 2-78 leaves. 19 cm. Good condition. Wear and stains, ownership inscriptions in ancient handwriting with erasures. Old damaged leather binding.
Megale Temirin, "Just like its name, because it reveals things which were hidden from all until now", by the Maskil (belongs to the Enlightenment Movement) Yosef Perel. Vienna, 1819. First edition.
Parody satire on Chassidic stories, their conversations and language, by means of correspondence amongst Chassidim, who wish to prevent the distribution of a book opposing Chassidism.
Two title-pages, , 55 leaves. 24 cm. Good condition, stains. Damages to binding.
Sefer Menorat HaMa’or, with commentary Nefesh Yehuda and Teitch [Yiddish] commentary. Slavita, . 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. , 316 leaves. 27 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, wear and tear, mildew damage.
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.
 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.
Large volume of manuscripts, Ner David – Or Torah, commentary on the Torah, Bereshit-Vayera. By Rabbi Nathan David ben Rabbi Yisrael Rosenblum of Apta. 1946.
Commentaries "According to Pardess – commentary, simple meaning, pilpul, philosophy, remez, hidden Torah – compiled from hundreds of books and from things I have heard from my rabbis, and from what G-d graced me and I have given sermons before gatherings, wonderful words sweeter than honey". He signs his comments on the words of other commentaries with the pseudo "Adon" [David Nathan says].
In the author's introduction, he writes about the Holocaust of European Jewry, and the holocaust of Jewish books burned by the Nazis. He tells that in his city Apta there were hundreds of thousands of books in the old Beit Midrash (study hall), besides for the thousands of books in other Batei Midrash, "All were burned by the evil enemy and his abominable servants".
Rabbi Nathan David Rosenblum of Apta, lived in Buenos Aires after the Holocaust, publicized several articles in Torah compilations, where he states that he wrote a number of works on the Torah and on the 613 mitzvot, which apparently have not yet been printed. He corresponded frequently on Torah and kabalistic issues with Rebbe Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch. Many letters sent to Rabbi Nathan David Rosenblum were printed in the Igrot Kodesh books from the years 1955-1958. In both of the first letters from 1955, Rabbi Rosenblum wrote the Rebbe memories of his acquaintance with Rebbe Shlomo Ber when in Rostov in 1920. See attached material.
[3 title pages and introduction],  pages, 34 cm. Good condition. Semi-leather binding, rubbed.
Sefer Mishnat Chasdim by the Ga’on Kabbalist Rabbi Emanuel Chai Ricchi. Amsterdam, 1742. Bound with Sefer Yosher Levav by Rabbi Emanuel Chai Ricchi. Amsterdam, 1742. Title page contains ownership notation and prayer signed by Rabbi “Masoud Amsalem”. Sheets of books contain dozens of lengthy glosses in his handwriting, some signed with pseudonym “HaMa’amitz” [Masoud Amsalem Ishmerehu Tzurenu].
Rabbi Masoud son of Rabbi Yosef Amsalem, the Ma’amitz Rabbi – among scholars of the West during the early 19th century.
, 156,  leaves; , 42 leaves. 19.5 cm. Good-fair condition, moth holes. New binding with parchment spine.
Handwritten leaf, comments and novellae on Tractate Kritot, on the treatises of Kodshim and Shegagot, in the handwriting of Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv. [Jerusalem, c. 1940s].
Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv (1910-2012), a foremost posek for over 70 years. Known for his exceptional diligence and deep and thorough understanding of all Torah areas which enabled him to reach clear conclusions on any matter. During the last 20 years of his life, he led Torah Jewry in Israel and abroad. However, even earlier he was involved in rabbinic and halachic matters of various communities. Rabbi Elyashiv did not print his Torah novellae by himself but his disciples printed the "comments" from his lectures thereby compiling hundreds of his thousand of responsa in the four volumes of Kovetz Teshuvot.
10 written pages, 8 pages 19.5 cm and 2 smaller pages. Dry paper. Good condition.
* "Igrot Moshe, Even HaEzer", New York, 1961. * "Igrot Moshe, Choshen Mishpat", New York, 1964. * "Dibrot Moshe, Bava Kama", Volume 2. New York, 1953. * "Dibrot Moshe, Bava Metzia", Volume 1. New York, 1966.
All volumes have dedications handwritten and signed by the author, Rabbi Moshe Feinstein (1895-1986), the leading "posek" in the US, leader of "Charedi "Jewry and head of "Mo'etzet Gedolei HaTorah".
4 books, good condition, original bindings.
"Tikunei HaZohar", written by the Holy "Tana" Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. Slavita, . 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.
* "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.
"Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah", with" Pitchei Teshuva". Two volumes. Vilnius, 1870.
Stamps of Rabbi "Yehoshua Nathan ben Uri Nissan Genesin – Rabbi of Potchep". Dozens of handwritten glosses, with frequent mention of the the Rebbe's opinion [From "Shulchan Aruch HaRav of Liadi", Rebbe Shneur Zalman].
Rabbi Yehoshua Nathan Genesin (1840-1921), a leading Lubavitch rabbi, headed the yeshiva in Starodub and from 1883 served as rabbi of Kritchev. Later moved to serve in the rabbinate of the Chassidic community of Potchep where he founded an important yeshiva. Most of the rabbis who taught in the "Tomchei Temimim" Yeshiva founded by the Rashab (Rabbi Shalom Dov Ber) were his disciples and he ordinated many Lubavitch rabbis for the rabbinate. See attached material.
Volume 1: Simanim 1-182. , 418 pp. Volume 2: Simanim 183-403. ,  - 876 pp. Approximately 22 cm. Fair condition, stains, wear and tear. Some cutoff glosses. Non-original bindings.
"Esrim Ve’Arba’a" –" Chamisha Chumshei Torah", with "Nevi’im Rishonim, Nevi’im Achronim" and "Ketuvim". Amsterdam, .
Three title pages: Illustrated title page and title pages in Hebrew and Latin. Text printed in two columns.
Magnificent leather binding, with gilded imprints of flowered ornaments and images of vultures. Name of owners imprinted on front and spine of binding: “Michele di Gabriel Peryera De Leon” [Peryera De Leon – prominent family in Amsterdam. Philanthropist Michele Peryera De Leon and his sons Gavriel and Ya’akov supported the "Chida" during his stay in Amsterdam and assisted him in the printing of his book "Sha’ar Yosef". See attached material].
, 292 leaves, 293-306,  pages. 14 cm. Good condition, stains.
* 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.
Emet L'Ya'akov, laws of writing and reading a Sefer Torah, by Rabbi Yisrael Ya'akov Elgazi. Constantinople, .
Signatures of Rabbi "Shmuel ben Avraham Alkalai". The book leaves have dozens of glosses in his tiny handwriting.
Rabbi Shmuel Alkalai, a rabbi of Tiberias, son of Rabbi Avraham Alkalai of Dupnitsa (Bulgaria), author of Chesed L'Avraham and Zechor L'Avraham etc. [mentioned in the introduction to Chesed L'Avraham Thessaloniki 1813]. In 1831, Rabbi Yehuda Nechmad was among the Tiberias rabbis who signed the emissary letter [see attached material].
, 154 leaves. 15 cm. Good condition, stains and slight wear. Tear with lack on title page. Several loose leaves. Original leather binding, damaged.
* "Ginat Veradim, Orach Chaim and Yoreh Deah". Constantinople, . Glosses signed "Mapah". * "Chikrei Lev, Choshen Mishpat", Vol. 2. Thessaloniki, . Scholarly glosses written by two people. Some are signed: "HaMapah, "Mapah". On Leaf 16 is a gloss signed "I the writer, Avraham ben Nun". * "Nachalat Avot", about the testament of Minister Nissim Shemama. Livorno, . Dedication to Rabbi Moshe Pardo handwritten and signed by the author Rabbi "Yehuda Jermon" Tunisian rabbi, 1708-1891). * "Urim V'Tumim, Shulchan Aruch Choshen Mishpat". Volumes 1-2. Ostrog, 1834. Inscriptions and signatures of Rabbi Shlomo Chazan (died 1856) and an inscription handwritten and signed fully by Rabbi "Moshe Pardo" who bought the book from "the inheritance of Rabbi Shlomo Chazan".
HaMapah, Rabbi Moshe Pardo (1794-1888) an outstanding scholar of Jerusalem, served as rabbi in the "Beit Din" of the "Rishon L'Zion" Rabbi Avraham Ashkenazi together with the author of "Kapei Aharon". In 1867, he was appointed "Av Beit Din" in Jerusalem. In 1870, he went as an emissary to Africa and on his return via Egypt was appointed as rabbi of Alexandria where he served with great honor for 18 years. Amongst his books: "Tzedek U'Mishpat", "Shemo Moshe" etc. Many of his writings are still in manuscript form.
4 books, various sizes and conditions, two have moth damages. Some glosses are cutoff.
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.
"Mishne Torah" L'HaRambam, Part 4, "Nezikin-Shoftim". [Jieznas, 1741]. On the first leaf is an ancient ownership inscription: "This belongs to Yichye Ebn Yosef Salach". Many glosses on book sheets. Most glosses are written by another Yemenite Torah Scholar, but some are in the handwriting of Rabbi Yichye Salach. The glosses on the flyleaf are also written by the Maharitz. Rabeinu Yichye Salach – the Maharitz (1804-1859, "Otzar Harabbanim" 9119), the foremost Yemenite rabbi in the 18th century, and one of the leading later halachic authorities. At the age of 43, he was appointed Chief Rabbi and "Ra'avad" of all Yemenite communities. His authority was unanimously accepted throughout Yemen, and until today, many Yemenites conduct themselves according to his customs and rulings.
(Lacking title page) 135, 138-154; 157,  leaves. 34.5 cm. Fair condition, stains, wear and moth damage. Has no binding.
Enclosed is certification by an expert of the identity of the glosses' writer.
Midrash Tehillim, with Midrash Shmuel Rabata and Midrash Mishlei. Called Midrash Shochar Tov, Venice, . Daniel Bomberg printing.
Signature on title page in early Ashkenazic handwriting from time of printing, "…Moshe [Sha'ar---?]".
Another signature of "Ya'akov ben Zalman Pozna" – Rabbi Ya'akov Pozna (1772-1849), dayan in Frankfurt am Main, who served in the beit din of the author of the Hafla'a and his son, author of Machane Levi. See Item 344.
66; 50-62; 65-76 [should be: 74] leaves. 28 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and wear. Detached leaves. Torn detached binding.
Manuscript, Rashi's commentary on the Torah. From Bereshit until the end of Devarim. Yemen, [18th-19th century]. On last page is the scribe's colophon "Yosef ben Se'adya ben Yosef Al-Mechune El-Sharabi" and his signature in Yemenite calligraphic writing.
279 leaves, 22.5 cm. Heavy high-quality paper, good-fair condition, stains and wear, minor moth damages. Leather binding, Yemenite processing style, torn.
Pasted at the top of the manuscript is a leaf of a manuscript researcher written in 1973, stating that the version seems different from the known printings. [We did not examine it].
Sefer Zohar on the Torah, section one of Sefer Shemot, with glosses of the Chida. Izmir, .
Hundreds of glosses in Oriental [Turkish?] writing, from unidentified writer. The writer numerously presents Gematriot [assignation of numeric values to Hebrew letters] and allusions, and in a few instances critiques the glosses of the Chida. Title page of book contains signature “Yitzchak Moshe Baruch” [apparently from Jerusalem, son-in-law of the Ra’abad Rabbi Ya’akov Tzadik].
, 3-251, 11 [instead of: 15] leaves. 26 cm. Good condition, stains, moth stains. Old binding.
Manuscript, Bereshit, Shemot of the Five Books of Torah with Targum Onkelos and Rashi Commentary and Tafsir (Jewish-Arabic translation) of Rabbi Se'adya Gaon. Yemen, [18th century].
Colophon at the end of Shemot, with the signature of the writer in Yemenite calligraphic handwriting: "Avraham ben Moshe ---". On top of the colophon is a date in a different handwriting from 1709".
116 pages. 30 cm. European high-quality paper, fair-poor condition, many moth damages with damage to text. Stains. New elaborate leather binding.
"Tikun" for reading every night and day, prayers and repentance "tikunim" in anticipation of the redemption, "piyutim, "piyut" of confession by Rabbi Yitzchak Abuhab. Amsterdam, Year of Salvation .
This work was printed in Amsterdam at the height of the "Redemption Tidings" times of the false messiah Shabtai Zvi, and is characteristic of the inspiration to repent in anticipation of the redemption widespread at that time in Jewish communities. According to G. Shalom (Shabtai Zvi, Vol. 2, pp. 432), the tikun was arranged by Nathan Ha'Azati, but possibly the publishers and the editors were Amsterdam rabbis, who at that time still believed that Shabtai Zvi was the Messiah.
, 93,  leaves. 11.5 cm. High-quality paper, good-fair condition, wear and use stains. Parchment binding.
Copies with similar leaf numbering appear in the bibliographic listings: , 94,  leaves.
Invitation to the wedding of Rabbi Zvi Elimelech Halberstam [present Rebbe of Sanz-Klausenburg]. Netanya, Elul 5730( 1970).
At the side of the invitation, is a printed letter with the signature of the Klausenburg Rebbe, Rabbi Yekutiel Yehuda Halberstam, to "The Rabbi the renowned Torah genius…Our Teacher, Rabbi Y. S. Elyashiv…Jerusalem".
2 pages, 22.5 cm. Good condition, folding marks.
Manuscript, Derushei HaNukva, by Rabbi Chaim Vital, according to the teachings of the Arizal, his teacher. Handsome, early Ashkenasi writing [c. 17th century].
At the top of the manuscript is a title: "All these homiletics are from the Rabbi's writings, and apparently are not taken from the book Seder She'arim. In spite of that since they are novellae I have written them". At the end of the manuscript, is a concluding colophon: "End of the homiletics of the Nukva with G-d's help".
28 pages. 18 cm. Fair condition, stains and restored damages. Margin cutting with damage to text. New binding.
Tefillah L'Moshe, homiletics on the importance and magnitude of Torah study, and on saying Kriyat Shema before sleeping. Rabbi Moshe Almoshenino. Krakow , 1590. Second edition. Signature in ancient Ashkenasi handwriting: "Leib Gonz[a---]".
Stamps of Rebbe Nachum Dovber Freidman" – Rebbe Nachum Dovber Freidman (died in 1886, Otzar HaRabbanim 15912), son of Rebbe Shalom Yosef of Ruzhin and the son-in-law of his uncle, Rebbe Avraham Ya'akov of Sadigura – the holy sons of Rabbi Yisrael of Ruzhin. His library was one of the important libraries in his time. His stamp Minchat Shai is stamped on books he received as a gift from Chassidim and friends.
84 leaves. 18 cm. Fair condition, damages to title page. Stains and wear, left margin cutting, with damage to side titles. Elaborate leather binding, damaged.
"Chiddushei Aggadot" on the Talmud. Rabbi Shmuel Eliezer Eidels [Maharsha]. Frankfurt am Main, .
Signatures on title page: “Reuven Moshe Modena”, “Ya’akov Chaim Ebn Yichye” [Rabbi Ya’akov Chaim ebn Yichye, an Italian rabbi. Disciple and companion of Rabbi Yishmael HaCohen of Modena author of "Zera Emet". Wrote the introduction his teacher's book]. Dozens of lengthy glosses in Italian handwriting [by Rabbi Ya’akov Chaim ebn Yichye?]. The author repeatedly alludes to the books "Shnei Luchot HaBrit" and "Ta’ava LaEinayim" by Rabbi Shlomo Algazi.
Faulty pagination. , 50, 52-63, 66-141; 36, 38-46,  leaves. 31 cm. Fair condition, stains and wear, moth traces, tears on title page and on following leaf. New binding.
A long letter handwritten and signed by Rebbe "David Moshe Rosenbaum son of the Tzaddik of Kretsnif". Monte-Catone (Italy, 1964.
The letter is full from beginning to end with good wishes for blessing and salvation and tells of his stay in the Alps for medical reasons.
Rebbe David Moshe Rosenbaum (1925-1969), son of Rebbe Eliezer Ze'ev of Kretsnif. Immigrated to Eretz -Yisrael after the Holocaust and settled in Rehovot. Renowned as a wonder-worker, many Jews flocked to his home requesting advice and blessings, primarily in matters concerning medical counsel and livelihood. In his pure heart he carried public and individual needs, this is also obvious from this letter which is overflowing with blessings.
Leaf 25 cm. Approximately 20 rows in his handwriting. Thin paper, good condition.
* 1-2." Sefer Ha'Aroch MiShach", with" Minchat Aharon", on" Tur Yoreh Deah". Wien, 1809. Ancient Owner's signature and dozens of scholarly glosses.
Bound with: "Shalmei Nedava", on the Talmud. Rabbi Yechiel Michel Kitze, Pressburg, 1838. Approbation by the "Chatam Sofer".
70 leaves; 65 leaves. 34 cm. Good-fair condition, damages to lower margins. Some glosses are slightly cutoff. Binding has worn leather back.
* 3." Sha'arei Chochma – Shev Shemat'ta", with "Sha'arei Yirah". By Rabbi Elazar Lev author of "Shemen Rokach". Prague, 1807. Signed "Matityahu Dushinsky" and other signatures. Long scholarly glosses by two writers, apparently one is Rabbi Matityahu Dushinsky (1864-1892), the eldest brother and teacher of the Maharitz Dushinsky, outstanding disciple of Rabbi Moshe Pollack in the Bonihad Yeshiva, and disciple of Maharam Shick and the "Shevet Sofer". Died at the young age of 28 and left a large Torah yield, part was printed in his brother the Maharitz Dushinsky's books. (See attached material).
, 82,  leaves. 32 cm. Good-fair condition, stains, damages to title page and other leaves. Most glosses are slightly cutoff. Worn semi-leather binding.
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 ; 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.
Manuscript," Matamei Binyamin", homiletics in Jewish-Persian, on" haftarot "of "Devarim" and "haftarot" of festivals, [Kashan], 1885.
At the end of the volume is a finale by the author, Rabbi Binyamin ben Eliyahu from the city of Kashan, Persia, and a long colophon by the author Rabbi Avraham ben Yitzchak Kashani, Kislev 5646.
258 pp. 22 cm. High-quality shiny paper, good-fair condition, use and wear. Tears to Leaves 11-17 (missing Leaf 18) coarse leather binding, decorated with etchings.
Additional known manuscripts of the book" Matamei Binyamin" appear in the Lewinger list, "HaTzofeh LeChochmat Yisrael", 13, Budapest 1929, pp. 187-188, no. 8, which mentions an additional manuscript of" Matamei Binyamin" on Adler's list: Cat. Of. Hebr. Ms. In the Collection of Elkan Adler, p. 17 no. 173. [See further Kedem Catalogue Auction 27 Item 463].
Bunch of manuscripts of responsa and novellae handwritten and signed by Rabbi Asher Lippman Zarchi, Radyvyliv (Poland), 1883-1886. Des Moines, Iowa (USA), 1894.
The responsa are part of Rabbi Asher's book of responsa on Yoreh Deah and Even HaEzer. These responsa deal with questions on the manner of writing the name of the city Des Moines in a get, a question of the acquisition a house which housed avodah zara to be used as a Beit Knesset [in that responsum, he copies a page from the responsum of Rabbi C. Y. Videravitz of Moscow, sent to him]. And more.
Rabbi Asher Lippman Zarchi (1864-1932), one of the foremost rabbis in the US was born in Kovne. He was a relative of the renowned Rabbi Shimon Zarchi, a rabbi in Tovrik, Vilnius and Jerusalem. Studied at the Volzhin Yeshiva and was ordained by leading Lithuanian rabbis. From c. 1883, he lived in the village of Radyvyliv (a village near Zembrov in the Łomża region), and according to these writings, it is apparent that he served in its rabbinate. In 1893, he reached the US and served in the rabbinate of Brownsville Brooklyn and in 1894, was accepted as rabbi of Des Moines, [Iowa]. In 1903, he moved to serve as Rabbi of Louisville, Kentucky. There he filled the position of rabbi with authority and his words were highly honored. He was one of the Charedi rabbis who founded the Association of Rabbis of the USA and Canada. See attached material.
Rabbi Chaim Ya'akov Viderowitz (died 1911), served as rabbi of the Lubavitcher Jews in Moscow. In 1893, he reached the US and served in the NY rabbinate for the Chassidic sector and was called "General Rabbi of the Sefardi community in the US".
68 written pages. Approximately 32 cm. Fair-poor condition, dark brittle dry paper, with many damages, but most of the text has been preserved.
Passover Haggadah , Birkat Shir, with the commentary of Rabbi Aryeh Leib Tzinz. Warsaw, 1882. On title page and last leaf are Rabbi Menachem Zemba's inscriptions and signatures in curly childish handwriting: "Menachem Zemba from Warsaw"; "Menachem ben R' E. [Rabbi Elazar] grandson of Avraham Zemba".
Rabbi Menachem Zemba (1883-perished in the Holocaust 1943), was born in Warsaw to his father Rabbi Elazar, orphaned at age 9, and raised in the home of his grandfather Rabbi Avraham Zemba. From his childhood was known as a genius and exceptional Torah scholar. Studied Torah in Warsaw Batei Midrash, where he taught myriad students. The most renowned amongst Polish brilliant Torah scholars of his generation, one of the leaders of Mo'etzet Gedolei HaTorah in Poland and member of Va'ad HaRabbanim in Warsaw. All Lithuanian and Polish Torah leaders realized his outstanding scholarly greatness. Perished in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising on Passover 1943. He authored Totzot Chaim, Zera Avraham etc. most of his Torah novellae were lost during the Holocaust.
56 leaves, 20.5 cm. Dry paper, fair condition, stains and damages. The last leaf has tears and coarse gluing. Rubbed binding.
Bibliographically unknown edition. Another printing of the 1880 edition, however on the reverse side of the title page is a censor authorization from January 14, 1882. In Otzar HaHagadot no. 1577-1579 three editions appear which were printed in 1880 with censor authorizations from 1880, but this Haggadah with authorization from 1882 is not listed.
* 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.
Two paintings (oil on wood), portraying Jews studying Torah. [20th century].
Signed; unidentified artist.
16X22 cm each. Framed. Good condition (minor damages).
Talmud Bavli and Yerushalmi, Tractate Horayot, Basel, . The Talmud Yerushalmi was added to Tractate Horayot because as written on the title page: "There is no Tosfot on this tractate, therefore the Talmud Yerushalmi was added, something which had not been done in the tractates printed up until now".
16 leaves. 34.5 cm. Fair condition, stains and moth damages. New binding.
Volume 31 of the Talmud editions printed in Basel in 1578-1581.