"Shir LaMa'alot Chavurat Mishmar HaBoker V'HaErev, founded on Rosh Chodesh Nissan 1702 and today Rosh Chodesh Nissan 1715 is the birthday of the association". A printed poem, ornamented with a handsome frame . Mantua, 1715.
42.5 cm. Good condition, folding marks, few stains.
Atzei Chaim on the Torah, 2 volumes. By Rebbe Chaim Zvi Teitelbaum Rabbi of Sighet [brother and teacher of Rebbe Yo'el of Satmar]. Sighet, 1927. First edition. Signatures of owners from the city of Satmar.
, 127; , 50 leaves. 24 cm. Fair condition, wear and stains. Old semi-leather binding.
For complete list, see Hebrew description.
5 books in 4 volumes. Various sizes and conditions. Various handwritten signatures and inscriptions.
All the books have the signature of Rabbi Mordechai David Levine (author of "Darkei David", 1879-1967), most came from the estate of his elderly father-in-law (Rabbi Chaim Ya'akov Shapira, "Ra'avad" of Kovne and Jerusalem, 1832-1908).
Sefer Yesod Olam, collection and Chiddushim. Rabbi Moshe ben Aharon Algabe. Thessaloniki, .
Glosses in fine Oriental writing by unidentified writer. Signatures upon title page: “Yosef Di Boton” (crossed out), “Moshe son of Yitzchak HaLevi”.
, 30 leaves. 20 cm. Good condition. Stains, wear and some tears. Ex-libris and library ink-stamps (“book treasury” of “Yeshivat Achei Ye’uda” in Sofia). Cardboard binding, partially missing.
"Ketuvim" – Psalms, Proverbs-Chronicles. Amsterdam, 1732. Printed by Avraham Atias. Illustrated title page.
150,  leaves. 21.5 cm. Good condition, stains. Slight tear to title page. Original leather binding, damaged.
"160 Vilna Batei Knesset, Batei Midrash and minyanim" – list of 160 Synagogues in Vilnius. With photographs of the inside of the fancy "Urban Beit Knesset". [20th century].
Among the synagogues are special lists of synagogues in the central site of the "Shul Hoif [including the kloiz of the Gra "Ga'on's kloiz – Yesod"]; synagogues of the charity and chessed associations, of the working class "Ba'alei Melachishe kloizen", list of 13 Chassidic minyanim in the "mitnaged" Vilna – which is specially noted in the title of this list: "Chassidic kloizen un minyanum in der mitnagedishe Vilna".
A large leaf in colored lithographic printing, 53 cm. Good-fair condition, stains. Placed in wood and glass frame. Not examined out of frame.
Yiddish and Hebrew.
Manuscript, book with translations of Haftarot for the whole year, decorated titles. Yemen, [c. 19th century].
72 leaves. 23.5 cm. Fair condition, worn and detached leaves, tears and paper glue. Stains. Signatures and owners' inscriptions. Leather binding, Yemenite processing style.
Two color ketubot. Printed in two columns, in one the text of the ketubah and on its left the Shtar Tena'im. Verses and various decorative motifs in colorful and gilt paint (a Magen David, pillars topped with lamps, wheat, handshaking, etc.). On the background of one ketubah is the emblem of the Central Council for Bulgarian Jews.
Completed by hand, recording the marriage of the groom Nissim ben Shabtai Mazal Levi to the bride Miriam [bat] Avraham Mazal Levi. Gorna Dzhumaya (Bulgaria), 1929, and the marriage of the groom David ben Shlomo Rachel Cordova to the bride Rachel bat Avraham Mazal Levi. Gorna Dzhumaya 1936.
60 cm. Fair condition, tears to folding marks and margins, stains. Government stamps are pasted on one ketuba.
Historical letter by Rabbi Yitzchak Matityahu Luria, a prominent Slonim Chassid in Eretz Yisrael, to Rabbi Shalom Noach Barzosky (son-in-law of the "Birkat Avraham" and later Slonim Rebbe - Jerusalem), with the text of the ordination letter to Rabbi Mordechai Chaim Kastelanitz-Slonim. [Tiberias, 1950].
In the letter, he writes of the decision to have the Chassidic elders of three cities, Tiberias Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, sign the coronation writ of the eldest of the group, Rabbi Mordechai Chaim Slonim, as Rebbe of Slonim "Chassidim". He suggests that to expedite the matter, each city should sign a separate letter but the version shall be the same without any changes.
At the top of the letter typewritten with handwritten additions is the version of the coronation writ "In honor of our friend the Chassid, Eldest of our group Rabbi Mordechai Chaim Shlita".
21 cm. Good condition.
A printed personal invitation, By Rabbi Chaim Leib Shmuelevitz, to his wedding with the daughter of Rabbi Eliezer Yehuda Finkel, Head of the Mir Yeshiva, on the 3rd of Tevet 5690 (1930).
Rabbi Chaim Shmuelevitz (1902-1979), grandson of the Saba of Novardok. One of the most outstanding Torah scholars renowned for his diligence and his brilliant discourses. During the Holocaust, he led the yeshiva on its wanderings from Mir to Vilna, to Japan and Shanghai. Later, he immigrated to Jerusalem where he established the "Mir Yeshiva" together with his father-in-law, Rabbi Eliezer Yehuda Finkel and headed it for many years. It is interesting to note that he passed away on the 3rd of Tevet 5739 (1979), after 49 years of marriage.
Card: 6.5X10.5 cm. Good condition, minor creases.
Esrim Ve’Arba’a, five Chumashim and Megillot, Nevi’im Rishonim, Nevi’im Achronim and Ketuvim. [Amsterdam, 1639]. Menashe Ben Israel printing press.
Among the very few editions of the Bible which were printed in sanctity during that period by Jews. Two columns per page [similar to Bible which Rabbi Aryeh Levin had a tradition to use for performing “Goral HaGra”].
Colophon at end of book: “Praised be the Almighty, who has accompanied me throughout the entire process… and he has merited me to complete it… and print all twenty four books as I intended…”. (Hebrew date on title page and colophon differ from civil date listed on title page).
Copy incomplete at beginning. 4-112 (missing title page and two leaves); 144, 144-166; 94,  leaves. 15 cm. Fair condition, majority of leaves in good condition. Stains, mildew traces on several leaves. Last leaves worn and detached. Ancient leather binding, damaged.
Sefer Avodat HaKodesh, ethics and customs of the Chida. Jerusalem, . Rabbi Yisrael Back printing press.
Sefer Avodat HaKodesh contains seven compositions by the Chida: Moreh Be’Etzba, Tziporen Shamir, Kesher Godel, Kaf Achat, Yosef Beseder, Sansan Le’Ya’ir, Shomer Yisrael.
Two title pages. This copy does not include Sefer Le’David Emet.
, 100 leaves. 15 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Dark stains on several leaves. Tear on first title page. Damaged binding.
Among early Jerusalem printings, see: S. HaLevi, First Jerusalem Books, no. 24.
Large photograph of Sha'ar HaShamayim Synagogue. Gibraltar, 1930.
Sha'ar HaShamayim Synagogue was built in Gibraltar in 1724. The photograph is glued on cardboard, with a dedication from Sivan 1930, with the signatures of community members.
Photograph 22.5X27 cm. cardboard 34.5X43.5 cm. Good condition. Tears to cardboard margins.
* Sefer Ha’Orah attributed to Rashi; rulings and Halachot. Sections 1-2. Lvov, . * Midrash Tehillim – Shocher Tov, sections 1-2. Vilnius, 1891. * Sefer Reshit Chochma. Rabbi Eliyahu Vidas. [Unidentified edition, 19th century] (incomplete at beginning and end). * Sefer Nezer Yisrael, section one – laws of Shabbat. Includes Sefer Mikra Kodesh. Section two – laws of holiday and Chol HaMo’ed. By Rabbi Yisrael Matityahu Auerbach. Biłgoraj, 1909.
All books contain handwritten glosses by unidentified writer. Ink-stamp “Zev Yedidya” and ownership notation “Yishaya son of Yitzchak Ya’akov”.
Various sizes and conditions. Three books missing bindings.
Ketubah (marriage contract), recording the marriage of the groom David ben Mordechai to the bride Tzivia bat Yeshua. Many signatures and a document with many signatures on the leaf's reverse side. Adorned with characteristic color illustrations, lions, birds, the sun and flowers. Isfahan, Nissan 5644.
53X65 cm. (Maximal size including colored paper frame: 63X75 cm.). Fair condition, many tears to folds, creases and stains.
Wedding invitation, printed in gilded ink, Jerusalem, Tishrei 5675. On reverse side and on margins, handwritten long polemic article, titled He Who Hears the Call of the Poor, written and signed by Rabbi "Yechiya ben Yosef Tzarum", on Nissan 5675, about the deprivation of Yemenite Torah scholars by the heads of the Sefardic community. Mentioned in the letter are Rabbi Nachman Batito, Rabbi Chizkiya Shabtai and Rabbi Avraham Philosof.
Rabbi Yichye ben Yosef Tzarum (1843-1897), a leader of Yemenite Jews who immigrated to Jerusalem from Sana in 1882 and a head of the Yemenite community. In 1885, was chosen" Ra'avad" and Rabbi of the Yemenite community in Jerusalem. In 1903, supported the unification of the Yemenite community and the Sefardi community. However, in this letter written during the days of siege and distress of World War I, he was apparently disappointed by the city's Sefardic community and primarily by Rabbi Nachman Batito who was appointed "Rishon LeZion" at that time.
14X23 cm. Fair condition, damages to folds and leaf margins, mold stains.
"Kav VeNaki", on "Hilchot Gittin". Sections 1-2. Warsaw, 1868. First edition. Many approbations, among them the approbation of the Rebbe Baruch Shalom, eldest son of the "Tzemach Tzedek".
In the center of the title page is a nice dedication handwritten and signed by the author, Rabbi Avraham David Lavut (1815-1890), disciple of the "Tzemach Tzedek" and among the most prominent" Chabad" rabbis and Hassidim. Served in the rabbinate of Nikolayev in the Cherson region for forty years. Author of the books "Sha'ar HaKolel" on the composition of "Admor HaZaken", "Kav VeNaki "and "Beit Aharon Vehosafot". His granddaughter is Rabbanit Chana Schneerson mother of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. He edited the books of his esteemed grandfather and published them, and wrote his biography in the introduction.
, 4-26, , 27-59 leaves; 39 leaves. 29 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and wear, worn binding.
For a complete list, see Hebrew description.
13 books and booklets, Various sizes and conditions.
Large collection of photographs of rabbis, rebbes and yeshiva heads. C. 1960s-1990s.
Photographs, some unknown, of many rabbis, yeshiva heads and rebbes. * Photographs of the lives of rebbes: Slonim, Amshinov, Vizhnitz, Seret-Vizhnitz, Belz, Zvhil, Gur, Sadigura, Strikov, Biala etc. * Photographs of Rabbi Elazar Menachem Shach (with Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach), Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, Rabbi Chaim Pinchas Sheinberg, Rabbi Abba Berman, Rabbi Baruch Shimon Schneerson, and other yeshiva heads and rabbis. * Photograph album of the Kaminetz Talmud Torah and Yeshiva in Jerusalem.
Approximately 180 photographs, various sizes and conditions. Most are 10X15 cm. Approximately 15 large photographs for hanging on the wall. Most are color photographs.
Beit HaBechira by the Me'eri, Tractates Nedarim, Sota and Nazir. Livorno, 1795. One of the earliest printed books of the teachings of Rabbi Menachem the Me'eri.
At the top of the title page is a self-dedication handwritten and signed by Rabbi "Ya'akov ben Rabbi Zalman Pozna" who received the book as "A gift from the important philanthropist Shimon called Wolff Baron von Rothschild" in 1844.
Rabbi Ya'akov Pozna (1772-1849), dayan in Frankfurt am Main, who served in the Beit Din of the author of Hafla'a and his son, author of Machane Levi. Son of Rabbi Yekutiel Zalman Pozna dayan in Offenbach and Rabbi of Friedberg (died in 1773). His son is Rabbi Eliezer Pozna Rabbi of the Klaus Association in Frankfurt am Main (1803-1866) and his grandson is Rabbi Gershon Pozna who served for 50 year as dayan in Frankfurt. The dynasty of the Posen family that began with Ashkenaz leaders continues until today, and his descendants serve even today as rabbis in Eretz Yisrael, the USA and Europe.
At Rabbi Ya'akov Pozna's funeral, the community committee of Frankfurt became involved and refused to allow rabbis who fought the Reform movement eulogize him in the cemetery. Hence, the Posen family initiated the establishment of the independent Charedi community of Rabbi Shimshon Rafael Hirsh in the city. This step was financed by Baron Wolff Rothschild who was a G-d-fearing Jew and one of the most respected members of the Frankfurt am Main community.
8. 129,  leaves. 31 cm. Good-fair condition, stains, detached leaves, few moth damages, torn and detached binding.
Seder Tikunei Shabbat. Prayers, customs and order of study for Shabbat, by the Ari. Venice, .
Colophon: "Completed in year 1699". Illustrated title page with images of David and Shlomo, alluding to name of copyist and proofreader and name of his father: David son of Shlomo Altaras.
26 leaves. 21 cm. Fair condition, stains, moth marks, tears restored with scotch tape. Old binding.
Manuscript, lengthy Answer pamphlet by Rabbi Moshe Shalom Stohl. Freuenburg, .
Concerning one who forbids himself to enjoy a citron and another person comes and uses it. Fine round writing along with signature. [Response printed at beginning of his book "Shem Olam" Responsa].
The "Ga’on" Rabbi Moshe Shalom Stohl, among rabbis of Lithuania, last rabbi of city of Bauska. Previously served as rabbi of Jieznas and Freuenburg (Courland). Authored "Shem Olam" Responsa and "Sefer Darchei Shalom". Perished in Holocaust.
13 pages. 27 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, tears, folding marks.
For complete list, see Hebrew description.
4 books, various sizes and conditions.
"Korban Mincha" prayer book, prayers for all days of the year, with "Tehillim". Sephardic version. Zhitomir, 1871. Baksht printing press.
Name of book and location of print in red ink.
Varying pagination (one or two leaves following title page possibly missing). 28 cm. Poor condition. Stains, extensive moth damage.
Does not appear in the Bibliography Institute CD or in Winograd-Rosenfeld.
"Shulchan Aruch Choshen Mishpat", with "Me'irat Einayim" (Sma). Berlin, 1717.
Many glosses in Ashkenasic handwriting from the time of printing. Signatures in Oriental handwriting of Rabbi "Shlomo Farchi".
, 2-320; 18 leaves. 29.5 cm. Fair condition, wear and tear, stains, most glosses are slightly cutoff.
Manuscript leaf, prayers for time of war, for protection of the city and the success of Caesar Franz the First. [Italy, late 18th century or early 19th century].
At the top and at the end of the leaf are instructions for reciting Psalms and prayers. Italian titles.
Includes two prayers. The first is a prayer for salvation during war: "It shall be your will…that you shall be filled with mercy on the residents of this city… and save us from our enemies and from all those who give bad counsel or rise against us… and you shall cut down all the thorns that surround the rose… and give strength and might to the battlers…".
The second is a prayer for the success of Caesar Franz the First: "…Please King of Kings, strengthen and give courage to His Majesty our Master King Franzisko Primo [Franz the First] and Her Majesty the Queen his wife… and to all ministers of the Exalted and Majestic Austrian Kingdom…". Apparently, this is alluding to Franz the Second, Caesar of the Holy Roman Empire, called also Franz the First Caesar of Austria (1768-1835), during the times of the "Napoleon wars".
Leaf, 31 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, folding marks and tears to folds.
Radvaz responsa, Vol. 1. Rabbi David ben Zimra. [Venice, 1749].
Several glosses in Oriental handwriting [1840s, Turkey?] by several writers. Two glosses start with the words "Yitzchak says", one gloss starts with: "Shmuel says the Beit HaLevi…".
127 leaves (originally: , 129 leaves; title leaf followed by approbation leaf, and the two last leaves are lacking). Fair condition, stains, many moth damages. Damaged binding.
Sefer Mo'adei Hashem and Kriei Mo'ed, section one. Prayers for Passover, Shavu'ot and Sukkot, as customary in Sephardic communities; includes passover Haggadah and order of study. Jerusalem, . Approbations by Rabbi Chaim Avraham Gagin and Rabbi Ya'akov Antebi, Av Beit Din of Damascus. Two title pages. Handwritten inscription and signature.
, 4-20, 25-96, 62; 41-68 leaves. (Missing: leaf 97). 19 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, moth damaged and tears. One leaf detached. Worn binding.
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Three copies of "Tikun Leil Shavuot" and "Tikun Leil Hoshana Raba": * Sulzbach, 1802. Stamps and signatures. * Sulzbach, 1835. Signatures of "Shmuel Shtrois" and other signatures. * "As printed in Sulzbach", [Fuerth], 1795. Bibliographically unlisted edition.
3 books, 16-18 cm. Good condition, wear. Worn original bindings.
"Hilchot Rav Alfas", on Tractates "Bava Metzia and Bava Batra", with "Shiltei Giborim" and "Ein Mishpat". [Section of Sabbioneta edition, 1555].
Handwritten glosses and corrections, signed by their writer Rabbi "Moshe Asrosi" (1825-1899, a leading scholar and rabbi in Tripoli, author of "VaYeshev Moshe").
Leaves 66-243 (of 396; 54 leaves - total of 178 of 450 leaves), 38 cm. High-quality paper, stains and moth damages and wear. Stamps of Tripoli "Beit Midrash" and other inscriptions. Simple binding.
"Api Ravreve, Shulchan Aruch, Even Ha’Ezer". With "Chelkat Mechokek, Beit Shmuel, Be’er HaGolah and Bi’ur HaGa’on" “our esteemed mentor and teacher Rabbi Eliyahu of Vilna”, Vilnius and Horodna, . First complete edition.
The Vilna Ga'on’s commentary on "Even Ha’Ezer" was first printed in partial form in Horodna, without a title page and only until chapter 26. In 1819 the partner of the Vilnius and Horodna printers printed the 188 remaining leaves of the book and added the pamphlets which were already printed in the past [as apparent in this copy, upon different paper with different letters], including chapter of approbations and introductions.
Chapters of this edition have several differing variants. See Treasury of Books of the Vilna Ga’on no. 754, [photocopies of various chapters appear there on page 333].
Four pages, 5-61 leaves; 188 leaves. 33 cm. Fair-poor condition. Moth damage. Old binding.
* Letter with a halachic query, if a "Torah aliya" is permitted to be given to someone who is in the Synagogue but does not put on "tefillin". Lithographic printing of a letter written by Rabbi "Seckel ben Rabbi Simcha Bamberger", [this letter was apparently sent to several rabbis]. Bad-Kissingen, 1905.
2 leaves, 33 cm. Fair condition, wear to margins and folds.
* Letter with a halachic query, regarding "chatzitza" in "tevila", to Rabbi David Zvi Hoffman author of "Melamed L'Ho'il". Handwritten and signed by his son Rabbi Simcha Bamberger who wrote the query "as commanded by his father Rabbi Seckel".
3 pages, 22.5 cm. Good condition.
Rabbi Seckel Yitzchak HaLevi Bamberger Rabbi of Bad-Kissingen and its region (died 1934, "Otzar HaRabbanim" 11312). Son of Rabbi Simcha Bamberger Rabbi of Aschaffenburg and grandson of Rabbi Yitzchak Dov (Rabbi Seligman Ber) Bamberger Rabbi of Würzburg, in his youth published the novellae of Rabbi Avraham Bing, "Zichron Avraham" and added enlightening comments. He also published his father's book "Zecher Simcha". After the death of his father-in-law and uncle Rabbi Moshe Aryeh Leib Bamberger Rabbi of Bad-Kissingen (son-in-law of the "Aruch LaNer"), he succeeded him as Rabbi of Bad-Kissingen where he served until his death in 1934.
"Atzei Chaim", on "Moadim". By Rebbe Chaim Zvi Teitelbaum Rabbi of Sighet. Sighet, 1934. First edition.
Signed by "The Holy Shlomo Zalman Ehrenreich" – Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Ehrenreich, Rabbi of Shamloy (1863-1944, Otzar HaRabbanim 18739), grandson of the" Kol Aryeh" rabbi of Mad. A Torah genius,"mekubal" and "chassid", prominent "posek" and leading Hungarian rabbi, a close "chassid" of the author of "Kedushat Yom Tov" of Sighet. Also a close friend and admirer of the Rebbe's sons, Rabbi Chaim Zvi of Sighet and Rabbi Yoel of Satmar. Among his books: "Lechem Shlomo" Responsa, "Tiyul BaPardes","Rachmei Ha'Av" and more.
, 158 leaves. 25.5 cm. Wide margins, brittle paper, good-fair condition, slightly damaged original binding.
"Megillat Esther" on parchment. Ashkenasi handwriting. [Beginning of 20th century?].
Parchment height: Approximately 9.5 cm. 14 rows. Processed parchment. Good-fair condition. Rolled on a carved painted "Etz Chaim".
Malachei Kodesh, piyutim and pleas, mussar and commentary by the Ba'al Shem Tov on Chapter 107 of Psalms. Jerusalem, 1862. Printed by Rabbi Yisrael Back.
Mentioned on the title page is the account of Shir HaYichud: "Which was set by the son of Moshe [Rabeinu] beyond the Sambatyon River, and from there a merchant brought it to Spain and delivered it to the hands of the Rabbi… Moshe author of Pirchei Shoshanim".
20,, 25-28 leaves. 17 cm. High-quality paper, moth damages. Owners' signatures. New binding.
S. HaLevi, no. 66.
Collection of remnants of manuscript leaves removed from the "Binding Geniza". Sections of Beit Din rulings, lists and letters. [Morocco, 16th century?].
Among the signatures: Ya'akov Adahan", "Menachem Tzeva", "Se'adya Chas—", "Refael Agai--".
Approximately 25 paper sections. Poor condition, varying damages from bindings.
Collection of notebooks of discourses on Tractates Gittin, Nedarim, Ketubot, Kiddushin, Bava Kama, Bava Metzia, Shevuot etc. Notes by the yeshiva student Shimon Levinger, of the discourses given by Ponovitch Yeshiva Heads: Rabbi David Povarsky, Rabbi Elazar Menachem Shach, Rabbi Shmuel Rozovsky, etc. Bnei Brak, 1951-1955.
Approximately 17 notebooks and pads, various sizes and conditions.
Be'er Yitzchak, explanations on the commentary of Rabbi Avraham Ebn Ezra on the Torah, by Rabbi Yitzchak Shrim [Torah scholar from Aleppo]. Livorno, .
The Ebn Ezra's commentary surrounded by the explanations.
On the book's title page is a self-dedication in Rashi script by Rabbi Chaim Sithon who writes that he received the book from the author's son. On the last leaf of the book is a rabbinical signature of Rabbi Chaim Sithon. Several corrections in his handwriting.
Rabbi Chaim Sithon (1871-1918; L'Kedoshim Asher Ba'Aretz, 348; Otzar HaRabbanim 6100). Rabbi of Safed, author of Eretz Chaim, son of Rabbi Menashe Matlev Sithon, Rabbi of Aleppo and Safed.
3, 159 leaves. Approximately 12 cm. Good condition, whole leaves. Stains and age stains. Detached binding.
Two letters by Rabbi Ya'akov Sender Greenberg, one with a detailed description of the last illness of the Slonim Rebbe Yissachar Leib Weinberg in 1928. The second letter is from 1935 during the time he served as Rabbi of Rosh.
Rabbi Ya'akov Sender Greenberg (murdered in the Holocaust during the summer of 1942), a Slonim" Chassid" who studied in Lithuanian "yeshivot" in Slonim and Radin, served as Rabbi of Rosh (near Volkavisk), as teacher in the" Beit Yisrael Yeshiva" in Stolin, and Rabbi of Maytchet. He had responsa correspondence with the leading rabbis of his generation, Rabbi Chaim Ozer etc. His book "Kochav MiYa'akov" on the laws of divorce was printed in Warsaw in 1938. See attached material.
2 letters, various sizes and conditions.
Get Pashut, on the Laws of Gittin, by Rabbi Moshe ben Chaviv. Constantinople, . First edition.
Signatures in Oriental handwriting: "Yeuda Avraham Azriel" and other signatures. Many inscriptions in the handwriting of Rabbi Zundel of Salant that the book belongs to "Midrash Menachen Zion Jerusalem". "To Kollel Perushim Ashkenasim".
, 143 leaves. 32.5 cm. Varying condition, most leaves in good condition. The three last leaves have fungus damages. New binding.
* Manuscript of goralot and constellations, cures and practical kabbalah matters. Hebrew and Jewish-Arabic. [Yemen, 19th century]. * Manuscript of segulot and amulets, in Hebrew and Jewish-Arabic. With kabalistic illustrations and seals of angels. Volume has leaves from various times [Yemen, c. 19th century]. * Manuscript from a siddur, songs and prayers for everyday, amateur writing [Yemen, 19th century].
3 miniature manuscripts, varied size, fair condition, two last manuscripts are missing leaves. Unbound.
"Shev Shmat'ta", with glosses by Rabbi Baruch Frankel. Lemberg, 1864. First edition of "Baruch Ta'am" glosses.
Several handwritten glosses. Many signatures on title page: "I bought it for ---Naftali HaCohen Shwartz"; "R' Shmuel HaCohen Shwartz"; "This great book belongs to my father and teacher, I, his son and disciple… 1923, Moshe Leib Ehrenreich". Stamp of Rabbi "Moshe Leib Ehrenreich son of the Rabbi of Mad"; signature of "Menachem Mendel Horowitz Rabbi of Melitz and its region".
*Rabbi Naftali Shwartz, author of "Beit Naftali" (1846-1897) son of the "Kol Aryeh", from 1884 served in the rabbinate of his ancestors, in G-d's city of Mad. *His son-in-law and cousin was Rabbi Chaim Zvi Ehrenreich, who served many years as "Dayan" and rabbi in Mad and from 1932 served as" Av Beit Din" of Mad. After his death in 1937, his son Rabbi Moshe Leib Ehrenreich succeeded him in this position. *Rabbi Menachem Mendel Horowitz (1883-1903), who succeeded his father as rabbi and rebbe in the city of Melitz was renowned as a tzaddik and Torah scholar. (See attached material).
, 50, 32 leaves. 24.5 cm. Fair condition, wear and tear.
*Torah commentary of Rabbi Ya'akov" Ba'al HaTurim", with "Ittur Bikurim". Feurth, 1752. Illustrated title page. On binding leaves, various inscriptions of Torah thoughts and signatures from 1904 of Rabbi "Zvi ben Rabbi Gershon Bavitum'.
*Torah commentary of Rabbi Ya'akov "Ba'al HaTurim", with "Ittur Bikurim". Polna, . Signature on title page from 1856 of Rabbi "Meir Yissachar ben Rabbi Yisrael Ya'akov who lives in Kliev" – Rabbi Meir Yissachar Rabinowitz Rabbi of Kliev (Otzar HaRabbanim 13088) ben Rabbi Yisrael Ya'akov ben Rabbi Meir disciple of Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Visbek. See attached material
2 books, various sizes and conditions.
Nodah B'Yehuda responsa, four parts in one volume: Kama edition, Parts 1-2. Tanina edition, Parts 1-2. Szeczin, 1861. Separate title page for each part.
Ownership inscriptions. Several handwritten glosses [some blurred from ink spread on paper], stamps of Chief Synagogue of Harbin (China) and other stamps.
, 76, ; , 123, ; , 5-116; 121, 13 leaves. 34 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and wear, moth marks, several detached leaves. Front cover [detached], no spine and back.
Sefer Karnayim, by Rabbi Aharon HaZaken of Kardina, with "Dan Yadin" commentary by Rabbi Shimshon of Ostropol. Poryck, 1818. Signatures and ownership inscriptions by Rabbi "Moshe Shlomo of Novardok".
Rabbi Moshe Shlomo Harkavi, a renowned Torah scholar and a leader of the Novardok community, son of Rabbi Gershon Harkavi of Novardok and Safed (died in c. 1828, was a scholar form the "Vilna Ga'on's Kloiz" and one of the founders of the" Beit Midrash HaGra" in Safed), father of the Harkavi family famous in Russia, which has rabbis, learned men and public figures. See attached material.
, 43 leaves. 17 cm. Greenish paper. Good condition. New binding.
* Handwritten leaf, poem for mishloach manot, by Rabbi Simcha Bunam Dichtvald Rabbi of Chelm, in honor of Moshe Kalmesh [Acrostic: Moshe Kalmesh – Rosh, Simcha Bunam – Rabbi of Chelm]. On the leaf margins is the rabbi's stamp [the year is unclear, perhaps: 1917?].
* Printed proclamation (Polish), with signatures and stamp of "Chelmer Yiddishe Arbeiter Heim". 1917.
* Letter with signatures (Polish), on official stationary and stamp of the "Linat Tzedek (Association), Chelm". 1917.
Total of three items. Various sizes and conditions.
24 handwritten amulets and one printed. [Yemen, first half of 20th century]. Various amulets for protection, safety, finding a match and other matters (most are rolled). The collection contains 12 handwritten amulets, without names filled in, with the words: "Give love in the heart – bat ---, to the love of --- ben ---, love with all her heart and soul and might…". Written on another amulet, "I request that my wife --- and sons and daughters obey all that I say to them". The name of Rabbi Shalom Shabazi is mentioned in many of the amulets. Two amulets are tied with a string. Another amulet is attached, on brown brittle paper (with many tears). Various sizes and conditions.
"Ner Moshe", on kabbalah and the Saragosa scroll. Jerusalem, 1882.
Many stamps like the handwritten signature: "Aharon ben R' Zvi Aryeh of Olik Stretin".
Rabbi Aharon Brandwein (died 1907), son of Rebbe Zvi Aryeh of Pleschen (of Olik-Stretin dynasty), was raised in the house of his mother's uncle Rabbi Yisrael of Ruzin, who appointed him Rebbe while yet a youth and even gave him "kvittel" and "pidyon". Immigrated to Eretz- Yisrael and settled in Safed, where he became a focal point of the Chassidic community. Buried in the cave of Rabbi Chaim of Tchernowitz where his father is also buried.
, 80, , 81-92 leaves. 17.5 cm. Good-fair condition, damage to title page, wear damage.
S. HaLevi no. 407.
Interesting letter handwritten and signed by Rebbe Chaim Hager of Zablotow, to the "Kol Yisrael" staff in Jerusalem. Zablutov, 1925.
Rabbi Chaim Hager, fifth Zablotow Rebbe [his father, Rabbi Moshe ben Menachem Mendel ben Ya'akov ben David of Zablutov son of Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kosov]. From 1916, was Rebbe and Av Bet Din of Zablotow. Perished in the Holocaust with his family in Cheshvan 5703 .
Postcard 14.5 cm. Good condition, office file holes.
"Em L'Masorot", on matters pertaining to traditions of writing the Torah, by Rabbi Aryeh Leib Charif. "Zichron Yerushalayim" by his grandson Rabbi Shneur Zalman ben Menachem Mendel (Mendelovich). Jerusalem, 1876.
"Zichron Yerushalayim" with separate title page, about the geography of Eretz Yisrael, summary of communities, places of "chesed" and holy sites in Eretz Yisrael, lists of philanthropists throughout the world and printings of many illustrations of holy sites in Eretz Yisrael.
A nice dedication with a request to a wealthy man "to help me marry my youngest son", signed and stamped by the author (who writes the dedication in Sefardic writing and signs as a Sefardi "Shneur Zalman son of R' Menachem").
16 leaves; 28 leaves 20 cm. Good condition. Tiny moth holes. Cardboard binding with fabric back.
S. HaLevi 266.
Totzot Chaim, by Rabbi Eliyahu di Vidash, author of "Reshit Chochma". Zhitomir, 1847. Printed by Rabbi Chanina Lipa and Shapira Partners. Ownership inscription: Rabbi "Yosef Menachem M--- ben R' Ari".
, 70 pp. 15.5 cm. Fair condition, wear and stains. Damaged title leaf. New binding.
* "Or HaYashar", Rabbi Meir Papresh, Feurth, 1764. (Lacking 2 leaves of introduction). Signed Rabbi "Leib Sofer of F.", on last leaf is a long handwritten list of Torah thoughts on the 13 principles of faith. * "Likutim, segulot and likutim" by Rabbi Shimshon of Ostropoli. Zholkva, 1793. (Damaged copy, lacking part of last leaf). Handwritten appendix of "Another segula for a person with a toothache. Hoshana Raba after prayers, he should take a sweet apple and thrust it on the end of the hoshana and then broil the apple and eat it before he dines". Ancient signature of "Zvi Hirsh ben Rabbi Moshe Maratin". * "Kavanot L'Ha'Ari". Lemberg 1863. Long handwritten gloss. Stamps and signatures. "Otiot D'Rabbi Akiva" with "Mesilot Chochma" and the "Ilan" commentary by the Maharshal. Lemberg, 1860.
5 books, Various sizes and conditions, good to fair-poor.
*Duda'ei Reuven, on the Torah, by Rabbi Reuven Katz of Stavisk [author of Degel Reuven].
*Pirchei Aharon, commentary on Bereshit, by Rabbi Aharon HaCohen son-in-law of the Chafetz Chaim.
*Two sheets of Sefer HaMagid, 7th year, Vol. 8-9.
*Hegyonei Aleph Bet, novellae and Torah pilpul, by Avraham Duber Goldenson.
*Yaskil Avdi, [Vol 2], with the book Deah V'Haskel – responsa from the hidden Torah, by the mekubal Rabbi Ovadia Hadaya.
*Levush Mordechai, By Rabbi Moshe Mordechai Epstein.
For complete description, see Hebrew list.
Various sizes and conditions.
Mishnayot, with the commentary of Rabbi Ovadia of Bartenura, Tosfot Yom Tov and other additions, and with Tosfot Rabbi Akiva Eiger. Zera'im-Taharot [six Sedarim in six volumes]. Altona, 1830-1853.
First edition in which Rabbi Akiva Eiger's entire work on the Mishna is printed, by his son Rabbi Binyamin Wolf Eiger.
At the end of Seder Zera'im is Sefer Shenot Eliyahu by the Gra, Seder Zera'im [separate title page].
6 volumes, bound with cover title pages printed on colored paper. Zera'im: , 133; 4; , 38,  leaves. Moed: , 172 leaves. Nashim:  159 leaves. Nezikin: , 196 leaves. Kodshim: 163,  leaves. Taharot: , 266 leaves. 26 cm. Overall good condition, stains and slight wear, several detached or loose leaves. Damages to bindings.
The date of Sedarim Zera'im, Mo'ed and Nashim is 1841, Seder Nezikin, 1845, Seder Taharot, 1853 and Seder Kodshim, 1830. No other copy of Seder Kodshim with this date is known. In the Bibliography Institute CD only Nezikin is listed dated in the year 1930. This volume is listed separately from the 1841-1853 edition [Listings 0328878, 0150714]. However, the content of the title page, the frame, the type of letters and style of printing are completely the same in all volumes. For this reason and from the examination of these volumes, we presume that they all belong to the same edition printed in 1841-1853, and for some reason the date was changed to 1830 in some copies [as also assumed in the Bibliography Institute CD].
"Notice" – printed letter of request, by Rabbi Yehosef Shwartz of Jerusalem calling for help to print his books "Divrei Yosef". On the reverse side: a letter of request in German in Hebrew lettering, with two recommendation letters by his brother, Rabbi Chaim Shwartz and Rabbi Wolf Hamberg. [Germany"], 1842.
2 printed pages. 25 cm. good-fair condition, minor damages to leaf margins.
Sefer Nava Kodesh, Shir HaShirim with Aramaic translation and Jewish-Arabic translation, including commentaries Turei Zahav and Nekudot HaKesef. Rabbi Chaim HaCohen. Livorno, . Lengthy handwritten inscription “lobbyist and author Chaim Cohen”.
The Ga’on Rabbi Chaim Cohen (passed away in 1905, Otzar HaRabbanim 6027), Av Beit Din of Tripoli and author of many books.
12, 104, 1,  leaves. 19 cm. Good condition. Few moth holes. Loose leaves. Worn binding.
"Eshle Ravreve – Shulchan Aruch" with commentaries," Yoreh De’ah"– second section. Vilnius, 1894.
Signatures and stamps Rabbi “Yechezkel son of Rabbi Segal Jungreis”. Glosses in his handwriting, some signed: “Y.J” [=Yechezkel Jungreis].
The "Ga’on" Rabbi Yechezkel Segal Jungreis (Otzar HaRabbanim 9044), son-in-law of Rabbi Noach Baruch Fischer "Av Beit Din" of Prešov (Slovakia), rabbinical authority in Prešov together with his father-in-law and later on with Rabbi Lau who succeeded his father-in-law. Perished in the Holocaust in 1944.
, 2-182; 62 leaves. 40 cm. Good condition. Stains and slight wear, moth stains. Fine leather binding.
Year round machzor, according to the custom of Ashkenaz and Poland. Amsterdam, 1814.
Instructions in Yiddish-Deitsch. The Mussaf prayer of Shemini Azeret has etchings of illustrations of the constellations.
354 leaves. 13 cm. Good condition, few stains. Bound in red attractive binding, with reconstructed metal clasp.
For complete list, see Hebrew description.
6 books, Various sizes and conditions.
Varied collection of handwritten leaves, sections of compositions, signatures, paper items. [Morocco and Oriental countries].
Among the leaves: * Four pages of a composition on practical kabbalah. * Dozens of handwritten leaves, homiletics. [Morocco? 20th century]. * Handwritten leaf, "I have heard a remez to the words of the Ari… Lag LaOmer 1851". * Shtar Shiduchim. Taza [Morocco], 1830. * Handwritten pamphlet [partial], prayers for livelihood and about gilgulim.
Dozens of leaves, various sizes and conditions.
"Likutei Amarim Tanya", [Kopys, after 1814]. On the last leaf is a stamp in Russian of Rabbi M. Yaffe of Kopys, who approves the book's inspection. This stamp was made to approve a book printed in the underground printing press in Kopys during the time of the decree on books and the censor – See enclosed material [Y. Mondshein, "Torat Chabad", page 71. According to the article by C. Liberman," Sha'arei Chabad" no. 52].
Copy lacking title page and first leaf. 2-36, 41-44, , 6,  leaves. Good condition, few stains and wear. Old binding.
"Stefansky Chassidut," no. 631.
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].
Manuscript, Sefer HaIzkarnot, diverse collection. Rabbi Yitzchak son of Rabbi Aharon [Wallace?] of Skver. .
Illustrated title page with symbol of Star of David, many verses consisting of name “Aharon” [alluding to name of author]. At center of Star of David: “… will be explained according to…, by author…C. Aharon son of Yitzchak of Skver descendant of the Ba’al Shem Tov”. Contains interesting collection, Gematriot [assignation of numeric values to Hebrew letters] and allusions, stories and Chassidic thoughts and more, arranged in alphabetical order. On title page, beneath detail of year: “Demise on 2nd of Shvat 1942”, apparently this refers to death of author. It seems that at least part of the manuscript was written by son of author. Detached leaves; apparently manuscript incomplete. * Attached is a leaf of Divrei Torah from same writer, and additional leaf with various blessings and greetings, in which the numeric value of each sentence in Gematria amounts to detail of year, 1926. * Attached photograph, apparently from family of author.
 pages. Various sizes. Fair condition, detached leaves, stains, tears and traces of mildew.
Or Chadash, on Birkot HaNehenin and Birkot HaMitzvot, halacha and kabbalah. Rabbi Chaim Buchner. Amsterdam, [1671-1675]. A book with many approbations [24, including the approbation of Rabbi Yom Tov Lipman author of Tosfot Yom Tov, Rabbi Gershon Ashkenasi author of Avodat HaGershuni, Rabbi Ya'akov Sasportash, Rabbi Yitzchak Abuhav etc.].
Owners' signatures: "Yitchak ben Rabbi Shmuel Segal Ashkenasi Ginzburg", "Simcha Mertzbach".
The mekubal Rabbi Chaim Buchner (1610-1684), a Krakow Torah scholar, disciple of Rabbi Shabtai Sofer (disciple of the Shla), first Rabbi of Lackenbach, later Rabbi of Vienna, which he left with the expulsion of the Jews in 1770 and moved to Fürth until his death. His kabalistic works: Mayim Chaim on the Torah, and Beit Tefillah on the siddur.
, 53,  leaves. 18 cm. Good condition. Stains, restored tears to corners of several leaves (with minor damage to text), cut of upper margins on text borders of first leaves.
This book has changes in the printing of the copies, because of the replacement of several leaves due to mistakes [see Bibliography Institute CD Listing 0121756]. This copy has the original leaves with the mistakes, different from the copy in the HebrewBooks website. [See examples in attached material].
Five Books of Torah. With "Torat Gavriel" commentary, by Rabbi Gavriel Ze'ev Margaliot, Jerusalem-New York, 1910-1926. Colored title pages.
At the beginning of the "Bereshit" volume is a long dedication from 1922, handwritten and signed by the author, Rabbi Gavriel Ze'ev Margaliot (1848-1935, Otzar HaRabbanim 4305) son-in-law of the famous tzaddik Rabbi Nechumke of Horodna. A leading preacher in his times and a foremost rabbi in the USA. In 1924, he founded an independent rabbinical organization called "Knesset of Orthodox Rabbis".
5 volumes, 25 cm. good-fair condition, wear and stains.
"Eshle Ravreve – Shulchan Aruch Yoreh De’ah"; laws of salting, meat and milk and "Ta’arovot" [mixtures], including" Shach" and "Taz" and glosses of "Dagul Merevava". Mukachevo, 1913.
Many handwritten glosses on margins of sheets by unidentified writer. Cut off on several leaves.
68 leaves. 20 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and tears. New binding.
Ma'aravot, Yotzrot, Zulatot and Selichot. A collection of piyutim according to Worms custom, for evening prayers, Yotzer, Zulat etc. lacking in the machzor according to regular Ashkenasic customs. Frankfurt am Main, . Printed by Johann Kelner.
Signature of Rabbi "Isaac Berlin" – Rabbi Isaac Berlin of Hamburg, a Torah scholar and linguist, son of Rabbi Elazar Lazi Berlin (1741-1814) Chief Rabbi of the Altona, Hamburg, Wandsbek communities. Author of Mishnat Rabbi Eliezer.
46 leaves, approximately 20 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and wear. Worn binding.
Shulchan Aruch, Yoreh Deah [Part 2], Zhitomir, 1852, printed by the Shapira brothers grandsons of the Slavita Rabbi.
Dozens of scholarly handwritten glosses from the time of printing, a Russian stamp "Shmuel Leibovich Stuin (?)".
, 476 pages. 22 cm. Worn pages, few moth holes, stains, damaged binding.
"Shemesh Tzedaka", account and activities of the "Beit Va'ad HaKlali". Volume composed of 10 booklets [2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13] and a leaf printed in golden ink with New Year blessings. Jerusalem, 1886-1893.
Volume of 10 booklets approximately 25 cm. Varied condition, very good to good-fair. Most booklets have cover leaves. Worn fabric binding.
*"Lecha Shlomo", responsa. Rabbi Shlomo HaCohen. At the beginning of the book is the article "Yachas Duvdo". Casablanca, 1937. Title page in blue and red ink. On the introduction page is a colored printed photograph of the author. The author's printed dedication leaf is completed in the handwriting of Rabbi Yehuda ben Shimol.
*"Mayim Chaim". Responsa on "Orach Chaim". Rabbi Yosef Mashash. Fes, . Title page in red ink. Large photograph of author. Author's dedication completed with scribal writing.
2 books, size 30-32 cm. Good condition, detached worn bindings.
Manuscript, "Birkat Hamazon" and blessings, in fancy handsome writing, with color ornamentation. [Oriental country, beginning of 20th century].
Leaves bound at the end of the copy (lacking title page and introductions) of "Kohelet" with the "Shema Shlomo" commentary in Jewish Arabic. Jerusalem 1888.
82 printed leaves; 12 handwritten leaves. Good-fair condition, loose binding and detached leaves. Original worn leather binding.
Shtar Chalitza, performed for Ms. Kreindel [daughter of R' Meir HaLevi Heller] wife of R' Moshe ben Eliyahu Aharon, by her brother-in-law R' David, who was obligated to give her a chalitza if necessary. Witnesses' signatures – the community trustees [Refael Menachem ben HaDayan Gavriel Naftali and Naftali ben Shimon]. Bardejov, 1839.
Folded leaf, 21 cm. Good condition, stains and few tears.
Sidduro Shel Shabbat, by Rebbe Chaim Tirrer of Tschernovitz. Poryck, 1818. Ancient owner's signature "Shlomo Bm--- HaCohen".
3, 66; 3, 5-46 leaves. Blue paper, fair condition, moth damages. Semi-leather binding.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 424 notes on copy with such leaf numbering, from 1797. But this copy is from 1798.
* The Chief Rabbinate of Eretz -Yisrael against soccer games held on Shabbat – printed proclamation of a letter by the Chief Rabbis Rabbi Ya'akov Meir and Rabbi Avraham Yitchak HaCohen Kook, Tamuz 5691 . * "On the Rebels of the Light" – a small printed proclamation by Rabbi S. B. Shulman in the name of Rabbi Kook against soccer games on Shabbat. * "Public Protest" – printed proclamation by Rabbi Kook against the words of Itamar ben Avi against our People and our Holy Torah. Jerusalem, Kislev 5693.
3 proclamations, Various sizes and conditions.
Manuscript, "Zivchei Shelamim", on the laws of "shechita". [Oriental country, 18th century].
Copy of the Constantinople 1729 edition. Decorated title page. On last leaf is a colophon (erased) of the copier "Moshe ben Mordechai Mizrachi" [on the title page is a colophon of the first copier name "Sheva"]. Scholarly glosses in margins, on Leaf 36/b the proofreader, Shlomo Chai ben Nissim writes of an event which happened to him when slaughtering a cow in 1894.
 59 leaves. 15 cm. Fair condition, wear damages and moisture stains.
Manuscript, Rabbi Tzvi David Glaser, articles of Hassidism on the Torah and sayings by Rebbes of Ger and Kotzk. [Post-1948].
Rabbi Tzvi David Glaser (1868-1952), among Hassidim of Ger, author of books Chemdat Tzvi and Siftei Chachamim (Jerusalem, 1931-1946), Mevaser Tov (Jerusalem, 1940). This manuscript contains a draft of an additional composition (which was not published) written following the demise of his mentor and rabbi, the elderly Rebbe of Ger (passed away on holiday of Shavu’ot 1848). He mentions stories from Rebbe of Ger author of Imrei Emet and from his son the Rebbe author of Beit Yisrael [from early period of leadership as Rebbe].
Booklet and single leaves, total of approx. 50 written leaves, various sizes and conditions.
"Aseifat Zekeinim, Shita Mekubetzet" on Tractates "Bava Batra" and "Nazir". Rabbi Bezalel Ashkenasi. Livorno, 1774. First editioin. At the top of the title page is a dedication (slightly cutoff at the side) in Oriental handwriting: "A gift sent from the Rebbetzin widow of Rabbi Yitzchak Nunish to the Scholar the Mekubal… Shlomo Molcho". Stamp of the signature of the Rishon L'Zion Rabbi "Refael Meir Panizal".
This edition was printed by Rabbi Yitzchak Nunish-Bilmonti an Istanbul scholar author of "Sha'ar HaMelech" who reached Italy on a journey for collecting donations after the large fire which took place in Istanbul in 1772. At that time, he brought Rabbi Bezalel Ashkenasi's manuscript with him and began to print it in Livorno but he died near the end of the printing as written in the approbation by Livorno rabbis in Tamuz 5534 , see this book.
The book was received by Rabbi Shlomo Molcho (the second – died in Cheshvan 5548 (1787), author of "Shemen Mishchat Kodesh", "mekubal" and Torah genius a Torah scholar of Thessaloniki, ascended to Jerusalem in 1780 to study at the yeshiva for "mekubalim" "Beit El".
, 97 leaves. 33.5 cm. Good condition, minor damages. Old binding with leather back.
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.
Bikurei Shlomo responsa book, by Rabbi Shlomo Avaham Razachta of community of Azrakov. First section. Piotrkow, 1894.
On opposite side of title page printed label by author filled in in his handwriting with his signature and stamp, dedicating the book to “my beloved prominent and famous rabbi… rabbi of the entire Diaspora Rabbi Yitzchak Elchanan Spektor Av Beit Din of Kovno…”. In his signature he requests that Rabbi Yitzchak Elchanan “have me in mind in his prayers during the holy days”. Signatures “bibliotheca of Kollel Kovno”.
Rabbi Shlomo Avraham Razachta – The Ga’on of Azrakov (1843-1928, Otzar HaRabbanim 18677), righteous genius, among greatest rabbinical authorities of his generation, corresponded with giants of his generation. In this book he presents responses and correspondences from the famous Torah giants, Rabbi Yosef Zecharia Stern, Rabbi Yitzchak Shmelkish, Rabbi Eliyahu David Rabinowitz Te’omim [the Aderet], Rabbi Mordechai Gimpel Yaffe, the Sdei Chemed and more. The Ga’on Rabbi Yitzchak Elchanan Spektor, whose response appears in the book, is included among the many who offered their approbation for the book.
10, 5-174 leaves. 34 cm. (wide margins). Good-fair condition, stains and tears. New binding.
"Midrash Tanchuma", with "Nachalat Binyamin" commentary by Rabbi Binyamin Epstein. Zhitomir, 1898. Only edition. Approbations by "Rebbe Dov Twersky of Gornostaypol", Griz (Rabbi Yosef Zecharya) Stern and the Maharil (Rabbi Yehoshua Leib) Diskin.
Ownership stamps of Rabbi "Baruch Zilberfarb Rabbi of Zhitomir" and Rabbi "David Ya'akov Zilberfarb Rabbi of Zhitomir". Stamps of Rabbi "Yosef ben Rabbi Meir Feimer of Slutsk" and dozens of glosses in his handwriting. He brings things from the "glosses of my father Rabbi Meir Feimer of Slutsk" in his writings. On Leaf 210, he writes, "and this matter was hidden from some people, see my book and uncountable hidden matters".
Rabbi Yosef Feimer (1874-1939, Otzar HaRabbanim 8500), son of Rabbi Meir Feimer and grandson of Rabbi Yosef Feimer of Slutsk [disciple of Rabbi Chaim of Volozhin]. Served as rabbi of the "baalei batim" in his native city of Slutsk (where his father and grandfather served as rabbis) for twenty years until his immigration to Brooklyn in 1925.
8, 512 pp. 21.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Few tears and moth marks.
Ketubah (marriage contract), recording the marriage of Shmuel Dehan (?) Vita to the bride Vintorina Pinzi. Venice, March 1818.
Italian, with Hebrew title: B"H [BeEzrat Hashem], B'Siman Tov U'Vemazala Ma'alye…".
Leaf, 27 cm (end of ketubah and signatures are on the reverse side of the leaf). Good-fair condition, folding marks and wear.
Three leaves from edition of the Rambam’s Mishneh Torah printed in Soncino, . Gershom Soncino printing press.
Leaf of laws of prohibition of sexual intercourse [chapters 13-14], leaf of laws of forbidden foods [chapters 3-4] and leaf of laws of vows [chapters 9-10].
3 leaves, 29 cm. Fair condition, moth damage, stains and tears [damaging text]. Handwritten glosses.
"Agadeta D'Pischa" – Passover Haggadah with commentaries and laws, in handsome handwriting. [Yemen, 18th-19th century].
22 leaves. 27.5 cm. Thick, high-quality paper, fair condition, moth damages and stains. Binding covered with velour fabric.
"Einei Avraham", on the Rambam, by Rabbi Avraham ben Ye'uda Zafig of Tunisia and Jerusalem. Amsterdam. 1784. Printed by the widow and orphans of Ya'akov Props.
In the approbations and the author's introduction, he tells that he was blind from childhood until the end of his days and therefore he called his book" Einei Avraham".
76 leaves. 22.5 cm. Good condition, brown leaves, especially wide margins, old binding missing spine.
Two paintings (oil on wood), portraying Jews studying Torah. [20th century].
Signed; unidentified artist.
16X22 cm each. Framed. Good condition (minor damages).
Sefer Orchot Chaim on Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim, by Rabbi Nachman Kahana Av Beit Din of Spinka. Sighet, . Sections one and two, in two separate volumes.
Title pages of both volumes contain stamps of author Rebbe Rabbi Nachman Kahana of Spinka. Second volume contains stamp of his grandson, Rabbi Nachman Kahana (1905-1977), Rebbe of Spinka in Bnei Brak, from period when he resided in Carlsberg, several handwritten glosses and revisions, apparently in his handwriting. Includes draft leaves with handwritten revisions for new edition printed by him in 1962 together with his brother, Rebbe Rabbi Yosef Meir Kahana of Spinka-Jerusalem.
Section 1: Clauses 1-216. , 178 leaves. Section 2: Clauses 117-697. , 203 leaves. 30 cm. Good condition, stains, tears on several pages. Fragile paper. Worn bindings.
"Tiv Kiddushin", on" Shulchan Aruch Even HaEzer Hilchot Kiddushin", by Rabbi Aryeh Tzinz. Warsaw, 1856. First edition.
Various signatures, stamps of the "Bibliotika of Kovne Kollel". On the last leaf is a signature in the handwriting of Rabbi "Zvi Hirsh Rabinowitz of Kovne ben Rabbi Yitzchak Elchanan".
Rabbi Zvi Hirsh Rabinowitz Spector-Rabinowitz (1848-1890), the oldest son of Rabbi Yitzchak Elchanan Spector Rabbi of Kovne. Served in the Mitav (Courland) rabbinate and rabbi and preacher in Vilnius. After his father's death, he succeeded him in the Kovne rabbinate and as head of the Kovne Kollel. He was a leader of the country's Jewry and was known as one of the outstanding Torah leaders of his generation.
, 30, 33-99,  leaf. 33 cm. Good condition. Torn, detached binding.
Mishnayot, Seder Mo’ed and Seder Nashim [two volumes], with commentary Rabbi Ovadia of Bartenura, and commentary Tiferet Yisrael. Berlin, .
Second edition of Tiferet Yisrael commentary, with additions from son of author, Rabbi Baruch Yitzchak Lifshitz. [Some copies of this edition contain an additional title page by the publisher from Warsaw, with detail of year 1863].
Both volumes contain signatures Rabbi “Chaim Michel Michlin” and dozens of glosses in his handwriting (most of which are signed with his initials “C. M. M.”). Comments and commentaries in his original style, including comparisons to the Arabic language etc. In one instance he presents a Gematria [assignation of numeric values to Hebrew letters] which he heard from Rabbi Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld and sayings in the name of his mentor, the Ga’on Rabbi Moshe Nechemia Kahanov.
Rabbi Chaim Michel Michlin (1867-1939), Torah scholar among famous community activists and founders of Jerusalem; served as secretary of Etz Chaim Yeshiva and Bikur Cholim Hospital for an extended period of time, and was personal secretary of rabbis of Jerusalem – Rabbi Moshe Nechemia Kahanov and Rabbi Shmuel Salant. In 1893 a rift developed between him and rabbis of the Ashkenazi sect and he was dismissed from his positions, together with his father-in-law Rabbi Michel HaKohen; he was then appointed as secretary of Chief Rabbi, Rabbi Ya’akov Shual Elyashar, as member and manager of Committee of Sephardic Jews and as chief secretary of Misgav LaDach Hospital.
Two volumes, Mo’ed: , 56;  305 leaves. Nashim: , 15,  leaves. 22 cm. Good condition, stains. Damage to binding.
Sefer Mor Ve’Ohalot, responsa on the Shulchan Aruch. Rabbi Avraham Antebi. Livorno, .
Title page contains inscription of author: “…to Beit Midrash of Shem, Midrash Etz Chaim, Sephardic community of Amsterdam… Avraham the author”. Additional signatures: “Yitzchak Abal--“, “last redeemer… Meir Netanel…”.
Rabbi Avraham Antebi (1765-1858, Otzar HaRabbanim 678), Av Beit Din and chief rabbi of Aram Zova (Haleb) in Syria, and its leader for forty years. Kabbalist, poet and author of many books in Halacha and ethics.
, 152 leaves. 30 cm. Good condition, stains, moth marks. Old binding.
*Kol Ya'akov, by the Magid of Dubna.
*Tzarei HaYagon, attributed to Rabbi Shem Tov Ebn Falkira.
*Pele Yo'etz, by Rabbi Eliezer Papo.
*Chovat HaLevavot, by Rabbeinu Bechaye
*Divrei Yehonatan, by Rabbi Yehonatan Eibeshitz
*Kol Menachem, by Rabbi Menachem Mendel Taub of Kaliv.
For further details, see Hebrew description.
6 books, various sizes and conditions.
* Letter by Rebbe Rabbi Ya’akov Halberstam of Tschakava. New York, . Lengthy letter in handwriting, written on both sides.
* Letter in handwriting and signature of Rebbe Rabbi Yisrael Halberstam of Zemigrad, to Rabbi Shmuel Shadrovitzki [chairman of "Agudat Yisrael" in Tel Aviv]. Jerusalem, Kislev 5705 . Typewritten with several lines and signature in his handwriting.
* Letter in handwriting and signature of the "Ga’on" Rabbi Moshe Halberstam, to Rabbi Shmuel Shadrovitzki. Jerusalem, . Postcard.
The brothers, sons of Rebbe Rabbi Sinai Halberstam of Zemigrad: Rabbi Yisrael Halberstam (1911-1981) Rebbe of Zemigrad and Rabbi Ya’akov Halberstam Rebbe of Tschakava (1902-1968). Son of Rabbi Ya’akov was the "Ga’on" Rabbi Moshe Halberstam (1932-2002) Chief "Av Beit Din" of the "Edah HaCharedit" in Jerusalem.
Various conditions, general condition good, filing holes.
* Chacham Tzvi Responsa. Rabbi Tzvi Ashkenazi. Lvov, 1858. Bound with: Noda B’Yehuda responsa, Tanina edition. Rabbi Yechezkel Landau. Lvov, 1858. Several lengthy glosses in handwriting of Rabbi Gedalia Vestil Av Beit Din of Moineşti [signed by him], with leaf of Divrei Torah in his handwriting and signature.
* Jerusalemite Talmud – Tractate Berachot, with commentary Rabbi Shlomo Sirilio. Published by Rabbi Meir Lehmann. Mainz, . Stamps Rabbi “Avraham Tzvi son of Yosef Klein Av Beit Din of Silash-Balash”. Several glosses in his handwriting [some cut off].
* Sefer Shushan Edut, commentary on the Mishnayot, tractate Eduyot. Rabbi Zev Wolf Boskowitz. Paks, . (6 index leaves and list of subscribers at end of book unlisted in Bibliography Institute). Bound with: Sefer LeBinyamin Amar, commentary on Agadot Rabbah Bar Bar Chana, by Rabbi Zev Wolf HaLevi Boskowitz. Paks, . Ownership notations, signature Rabbi “Avraham HaLevi Ish Horowitz”, lengthy gloss in his handwriting upon back binding leaf (signed: A.H.).
Various sizes and conditions.
Miniature prayer book, Gebete der Israeliten – Prayer of Jewish Nation, translated to German. Includes Pirkei Avot. Vienna, 1860. Text and German translation, facing each other on opposite pages.
Leaf preceding title page contains a colorful illustration of Shlomo HaMelech (Solomon).
Blue velvet binding, decorative metal clasp, initials of owners.
, 3-263,  pages. 10.5 cm. Good condition, stains. Gilded paper cut. Wear and tear on velvet binding, spine of binding detached.
*"Chagurat Shmuel", 1772. *"Maharam Lublin Responsa". 1769. *"Netivot L'Shabbat "1837. *"Nidrei Zerizin" 1839. *"Mevo HaTalmud" 1845. *Bound with: "Darkei Hora'ah", 1842. *"Shoshanat Ya'akov", 1863.
See Hebrew description.
7 books in 6 volumes. Various sizes and conditions. Moth damaged.
Year round prayers in "a small volume", Amsterdam, . Printing press of the brothers Yosef Ya'akov and Avraham Props. Bound with separate section for Psalms and "Seder Ma'amadot", Amsterdam, . Printed by the Props brothers.
12, 415 leaves; 56 leaves; 47 leaves. 12.5 cm. Good-fair condition, wear and detached leaves. Antique leather binding, damaged and detached.
Letter by Rebbe Rabbi Yisrael Baruch Shapiro. Blessings and greetings to groom. Błędów, .
Rabbi Yisrael Baruch Shapiro, son-in-law of Rebbe Rabbi Shalom Meir Yechiel Shapiro, of Moglenitza-Koznitz dynasty. Succeeded his father-in-law as "Av Beit Din" and Rebbe of Błędów. Perished in the Holocaust.
20 cm. Good condition, filing holes and folding marks.