"Megillat Esther" on parchment. [Venice – Italy, close to 1538].
Written by a Jewish scribe, in square writing in Italian-Sefardi style. Ownership inscriptions and adornments in colored ink by a Christian owner from Venice, from 1538. The megilla is adorned along its entire length with a variety of colorful illustrations.
The megilla is dated under the last verse of the megilla, with an illustration of a cross between two date branches under a crown, with the Hebrew inscription "In Venice 1538". In the empty space on the last sheet are emblems of aristocratic families (Herald emblems) and ownership marks: a shield with a winged lion holding an open book (emblem of Venice), above is a ribbon with Hebrew writing "In Venice"; monogram, made of owner's initials, BR; blue shield with a gilt lion on it, placed between two olives braches under an aristocrat's crown; other shields, symbols and Hebrew letters whose meanings are unclear.
Between the megilla columns are colorful illustrations [apparently from a later period of time] with hidden and symbolical characteristics, perhaps expressing the spirit of a member of a hidden association (Freemasonry?): Burning candles the shape of the letter X (the cross of Adrias the Holy), surrounded by a wreath of leaves; an anchor, with a fire burning underneath; a harp with a branch of yellowed leaves; a classic-style gravestone, under a weeping willow; a lit candle (upside down) and two horns of goblets (?) gathered in a winged ring; an elaborate scepter with a snake wound around it. Attached to the scepter is a yellow flag with an imitation-Hebrew inscription; X shaped gold key and silver key, imitation of the Pope's emblem, wound with a green ribbon (made as a kabalistic symbol in mysterious circles); an open book, with imitation-Hebrew letters on a gold scepter and flowers wound in a light-blue robe. All these are placed inside a gold coronet in the shape of an aristocratic crown; a rolled scroll, with an antique oil-lamp with a snake-shaped handle and branches of leaves; Gladiolus leaves and a wreath of roses; a goblet and a scythe (symbol of death); a skull on the background of a black flag; Two Tablets of Law, arranged X-like inside a cloud, emitting rays of light. Under them are grape clusters; two doves holding a letter.
8 parchment sheets (sewn with sinews. The stitches are covered with pieces of parchment). Height of parchment: approximately 30 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, faded ink and peeling paint in several places and in some illustrations.
The article was written according to the enclosed article, an opinion on the scroll, the date it was written and the significance of its illustrations, by Prof. Shlomo Zucker of the Department of Manuscripts of the National Library.
"Megillat Esther" on parchment. Handsome Ashkenasi writing. [20th century].
Height of sheets: 41.5 cm. Good condition, stains and creases, ink spreads in several places. Placed in matching leather case.
* "Megillat Esther", Ashkenasic Ari writing (Chassidic), especially fine writing, characteristic to the Russian-Polish area, [end of 19th century?].
Height of parchment approximately 11 cm. 11 rows, good-fair condition, the ink on some pages is faded and on others black. A megillah of 11 rows from such an early time and in Chassidic writing is rare. (See Kedem Catalogue Auction 22, Item 5).
* "Megillat Esther", with "HaMelech", Vellish writing (ancient Spanish), [beginning of 20th century].
Height of parchment approximately 13 cm. 14 rows, fair condition, wear stains and tears. The ink is faded on most pages. Erased dedication on parchment tie.
* "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.
"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".
1. Spice tower, topped by a flag. silver plated brass or copper
[Europe, 20th century]. Height: 28 cm.
2. "Megillat Esther" written on four parchment sheets. [20th century]. Height: 39 cm.
3. Wimpel (linen Torah binder), from the circumcision of Yosef ben Shmuel, "Born B'Mazal Tov on Erev Shabbat Kodesh, the 5th of Tishrei 5675".Germany, . Height: 20.5 cm.
* 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.
Ketubah (marriage contract), recording the marriage of the groom Moshe Goestala to the bride Rachel Sirmidi. Bozzolo (Italy), Adar 1754.
Scribal writing on parchment. Large title at the top of the ketubah: "Kol Sasson V'KolSimcha Kol Chatan V'Kol Kallah". With signatures of the groom and witnesses [Yehuda Aryeh ben Shmuel Korkos and Netanal --- ben Benzion Sanigalia].
56 cm. Good condition, stains, folding marks and creases. Few tears.
Ketubah (marriage contract), recording the marriage of the groom Aharon, son of Rabbi Moshe HaLevi to the bride Feigala “known as Francisca”, daughter of Rabbi Raphael. Prague, December 1840.
Fine Ashkenazi writing upon parchment. Signatures of witnesses: “Yosef, known as Yasef Toyves, faithful assistant of community of Prague”, and “Gavriel David Leifen, faithful assistant of community of Prague”.
At the beginning of the Ketubah, governmental stamps of authorization [one of which contains the civil date].
21 cm. Good condition, folding marks along length and width of parchment.
Ketubah (marriage contract), recording the marriage of Shmuel Dehan (?) Vita to the bride Vintorina Pinzi. Venice, March 1818.
Italian, with Hebrew title: B"H [BeEzrat Hashem], B'Siman Tov U'Vemazala Ma'alye…".
Leaf, 27 cm (end of ketubah and signatures are on the reverse side of the leaf). Good-fair condition, folding marks and wear.
Ketubah (marriage contract), recording the marriage of the groom Meir ben Eliezer HaLevi to the bride Mazal. Sofia (Bulgaria), 1889.
Cut on top and decorated with glued flower illustrations. Title in purple ink.
Divided into four sections: the text of the ketubah, shtar tena'im, and two more shtarot concerning the dowry [one in Ladino]. Witnesses' signatures. On the ketubah margins is an authorization signed and stamped by "Dr. Shimon Dankawitz – General Rabbi of Bulgaria".
Maximal height: 56 cm. Fair condition. Stains, several tears. Folding marks and creases. Restored damages on folding marks. Faded or peeled ink in several places.
Two color ketubot. Printed in two columns, in one the text of the ketubah and on its left the Shtar Tena'im. Verses and various decorative motifs in colorful and gilt paint (a Magen David, pillars topped with lamps, wheat, handshaking, etc.). On the background of one ketubah is the emblem of the Central Council for Bulgarian Jews.
Completed by hand, recording the marriage of the groom Nissim ben Shabtai Mazal Levi to the bride Miriam [bat] Avraham Mazal Levi. Gorna Dzhumaya (Bulgaria), 1929, and the marriage of the groom David ben Shlomo Rachel Cordova to the bride Rachel bat Avraham Mazal Levi. Gorna Dzhumaya 1936.
60 cm. Fair condition, tears to folding marks and margins, stains. Government stamps are pasted on one ketuba.
Ketubah (marriage contract), recording the marriage of the groom David ben Mordechai to the bride Tzivia bat Yeshua. Many signatures and a document with many signatures on the leaf's reverse side. Adorned with characteristic color illustrations, lions, birds, the sun and flowers. Isfahan, Nissan 5644.
53X65 cm. (Maximal size including colored paper frame: 63X75 cm.). Fair condition, many tears to folds, creases and stains.
Ketubah (marriage contract), recording the marriage of the groom Yosef son of Ya’akov to bride Kanam daughter of Yisrael. Gulpaigan, Persia, .
Ink and watercolor on paper. Ornamented frame of leaves and colorful flowers, with design typical of Jews of the region. Verse-frame: “And their seed shall be known among the nations, and their offspring among the peoples; all who see them shall recognize them that they are seed that the Lord blessed. I will rejoice with the Lord; my soul shall exult with my God, for He has attired me with garments of salvation, with a robe of righteousness He has enwrapped me; like a bridegroom, who, priestlike, dons garments of glory, and like a bride, who adorns herself with her jewelry” (Yeshaya 61), and “If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning”. Upper section of Ketubah contains traditional heading as customary in communities of Persia, arranged in columns, ornamented with geometric patterns: “Orah VeTzahala VeYakar U’Gdula…” Following version of Ketubah, “Ketubah addendum” in Jewish-Persian preceding signatures of witnesses and family members. Additional addendum in Jewish-Persian from 1925, with additional signatures.
58X44 cm. Fair condition. Stains. Fading of color. Tears on folding marks.
B'Simna Tava U'VeMazala Ya'e – Ketubah (marriage contract), recording the marriage of the groom Sinor ben Moshe to the bride Shirin bat Ya'akov. Dolat Abad (Persia), 1929.
Manuscript on paper, watercolor flower frame and framed with words [according to Hebrew alphabetical order]: "Siman Orah, Siman Bracha…".
45 cm. Fair condition, stains, tears along folding marks and wear.
* Ketubah (marriage contract), recording the marriage of the groom Yosef son of Avraham to the bride Tzipora daughter of Rabbi Shlomo HaKohen [Av Beit Din of Tehran, for additional information related to him see item 202]. Gulpaigan, Persia. Handwritten, with frame composed of verses in calligraphy, and traditional heading “Orah VeTzahala VeYakar U’Gdula…”, formatted in columns at head of Ketubah.
* Yevama [childless widow awaiting Levirate marriage] Ketubah, recording the marriage of the groom Ephraim son of Shlomo to the wife of his deceased brother, Devorah daughter of Shmuel. Tehran, . Handwritten, signatures Rabbi Shlomo Cohen Tzedek [Av Beit Din of Tehran] and additional signatures.
* Printed Ketubah in gilded ink [Bruchim printing press, Tehran], filled in in handwriting, recording the marriage of the groom Viktor Chai to Ms. Shochat Nanas daughter of Rabbi Shlomo Cohen Tzedek [Av Beit Din of Tehran]. Tehran, .
Various sizes, good-fair condition, tears and stains.
Ketubah (marriage contract), recording the marriage of Yosef ben Yechiya Shaul to the bride Sa'ada bat Moshe Banebashti. Alexandria (Egypt), Tishrei 1888.
At the top of the ketubah is a decorative title: "He who find a wife, finds good…", written in a circle in gilded ink. In the center of the circle is the abbreviation of [B'Siman Tov].
Witnesses' signatures: "Chaim Baruch Danon" and "Yitzchak A--- La'am" and the signature of the groom. Stamped "Neve Shalom – Kolelot Alexandria ".
After the witnesses' signatures is a tosefet ketubah from 1904, signed by "Avraham ---", and the signature and stamp of the Chacham Bashi Rabbi Eliyahu Chazan, Rabbi of Alexandria .
50 cm. Fair-good condition. Stains. Tears along the folding marks, with damage to text. Restored.
* Ketubah (marriage contract), recording the marriage of the groom Shraga Feish ben Moshe to the bride Leah bat Yissachar Dov. Pest (Budapest), 1874. (Secondary use of a ketubah written for the groom "Refael called Fale". This name is crossed out and under it is the name of the groom Shrage Feish). Witnesses' signatures: "Nachum ben Yitzchak Zvi Bareneitz" and "Shimon ben Yitzchak Yosef Bachrach".
* Ketubah, recording the marriage of the groom Dan ben Zvi to the bride Esther bat R' Shmuel. Pest (Budapest), 1849. Witnesses" signatures: Simcha Popman and Moshe Lemberger.
* Ketubah, recording the marriage of the groom Eliezer ben R' Yehoshua to the bride Chaya bat R' Yitzchak. Făgăraş, 1920. Witnesses signatures: Dov ben Moshe HaCohen and Avraham ben R' Yitzchak.
* Tena'im Achronim agreement, made at the chuppah of the groom Aharon Zinenshein ben Mordechai HaCohen of Kleinwardein with the bride Nechama bat R' Menish Gravman of Stampfen. Neudörfl near Wiener Neustadt, Austria, 1854. Witnesses' signatures: "David ben – " and Shlomo Zalman the –", and signatures of the groom, bride and her mother.
4 leaves, all handwritten. Various sizes and conditions.
Shtar Chatzi Chelek Zachar [document bequeathing half half of the male share to the daughter]. Amsterdam, [c. 1800].
Printed document in eloquent Ashkenazi cursive script, with blank spaces for filling in in handwriting. At head of leaf headings in square letters and symbol of Ashkenzai congregation of Amsterdam [letters on edges of Star of David: C, A, A [congregation of Ashkenazim in Amsterdam].
Filled in in handwriting for Ms. Rechala daughter of Rabbi Eliezer Cohen, granting her daughter, Mamala, wife of Rabbi Kalman Gashler, inheritance rights. Amsterdam, .
Signature “Moshe son of Rabbi Uri Feivel, cantor and loyal assistant of community of Amsterdam” and additional signature. Fingerprint signature of Ms. Rechala along with authorization of abovementioned signatories.
“Shtar Chatzi Zachar” written according to an ancient religious ruling for the purpose of ensuring that in due course the daughter is bequeathed her share together with her brothers, despite the fact that according to Jewish law a daughter does not receive an inheritance from her parents when there are sons. In most cases, the bill is written by the father of the bride as part of the dowry which he provides in honor of her marriage, whereby she is granted half the inheritance rights of her brothers. In this particular case the writer is, in fact, the mother, who was apparently widowed.
32 cm. leaf. Good condition, stains and wear. Bound in new binding.
Shtar Chalitza, performed for Ms. Kreindel [daughter of R' Meir HaLevi Heller] wife of R' Moshe ben Eliyahu Aharon, by her brother-in-law R' David, who was obligated to give her a chalitza if necessary. Witnesses' signatures – the community trustees [Refael Menachem ben HaDayan Gavriel Naftali and Naftali ben Shimon]. Bardejov, 1839.
Folded leaf, 21 cm. Good condition, stains and few tears.
* Invitation from Rebbe Moshe Yehoshua Hager of Vizhnitz, to the wedding of his son Rebbe Menachem Mendel Hager. Bnei Brak, Adar 2 5736 (1976). * Invitation from Rebbe Chaim Meir Hager of Vizhnitz to the wedding of his grandson Rabbi Yisrael Hager, grandson of the Monsey Rebbe. Sivan 5729( 1969). * Invitation from the Rebbe of Vizhnitz-Monsey, Rebbe Mordechai Hager, to the wedding of his son Rabbi Baruch Shimshon to the daughter of the Vizhnitz Rebbe Yisrael Hager. Kislev 5743 (1983).
3 invitations, Various sizes and conditions.
* Invitation from Rabbi Avraham Kotler to the wedding of his daughter and Rabbi Dov Shwartzman. New York, Chanuka 5707 (1946). *Invitation fron Rabbi Chaim Ze'ev Finkel to the wedding of his son Rabbi Moshe Finkel. Jerusalem 5717 (1957). * Invitation from Rabbi Eliezer Yehuda Valdenberg to the wedding of his only son Rabbi Simcha Bunim. Jerusalem, Kislev 5718 (1957). * Invitation from Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach, the bride's uncle to the wedding of his brother's daughter who was orphaned from both parents. Jerusalem 5732 (1972).
4 invitations, Various sizes and conditions.
A printed personal invitation, By Rabbi Chaim Leib Shmuelevitz, to his wedding with the daughter of Rabbi Eliezer Yehuda Finkel, Head of the Mir Yeshiva, on the 3rd of Tevet 5690 (1930).
Rabbi Chaim Shmuelevitz (1902-1979), grandson of the Saba of Novardok. One of the most outstanding Torah scholars renowned for his diligence and his brilliant discourses. During the Holocaust, he led the yeshiva on its wanderings from Mir to Vilna, to Japan and Shanghai. Later, he immigrated to Jerusalem where he established the "Mir Yeshiva" together with his father-in-law, Rabbi Eliezer Yehuda Finkel and headed it for many years. It is interesting to note that he passed away on the 3rd of Tevet 5739 (1979), after 49 years of marriage.
Card: 6.5X10.5 cm. Good condition, minor creases.
"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.
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.
Handwritten leaf, prayer for the success of the "Exalted Coalition Kings" in the war against the "Foreigners that flooded our borders, many countries were abandoned to be trampled". [Europe, late 18th century].
At the top of the leaf is the title, "Every day before reciting Ashrei and U'Vah L'Zion, the leader of the prayers and the community shall say the five following Psalms: 13, 20, 27, 46, 144 and then they shall say the prayer".
Apparently, these prayers were said during the "Napoleon Wars" and the prayer was composed for the success of the coalition armies who fought against Napoleon's army.
Leaf 34.5 cm. High-quality paper, good-fair condition. Stains, damages [restored] to paper folds and margins.
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.
* 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.
"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.
Public appeal for help of Yeshivat "Knesset Beit Yitzhak", (A Helfs Ruf), An Urgent Appeal to Our Jewish Brethren. [USA?], c.1920s-1930s.
Letter in Hebrew, Yiddish and English to benefit the Yeshivah. With photos of "Rabbeinu Rabbi Yitzhak Elchanan" and "Maran Rabbi Baruch Dov Leibovitz", class photo of yeshiva students of Kamenitz Yeshiva and a facsimile of letters handwritten by Rabbi Hayim Ozer Grodzinski and the "Chafetz Chaim".
Proclamation 55x43 cm. High-quality paper, good condition, with minor stains, folding marks and chips to edges.
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.
"Seder Tefillah", Part 2: Castle of G-d's city "Sha'arei Shamayim". With the commentary of Rabbi Ya'akov of Emden (Yavetz) according to revealed and hidden Torah thought and the "kavanot" of Ha'Ari and laws pertaining to prayer. Korets, .
145 leaves. 17 cm. Greenish paper, good-fair condition, restored damages. Elaborate semi-leather binding.
Siddur with commentary of Rabbi Ya’akov Emden. Section one – Amudei Shamayim [prayers for weekdays and Shabbat]. Section two – Sha’arei Shamayim [prayers for festivals and more], Sephardic version. [Lvov, 1859-1860].
First edition of Sephardic version prayer book with commentary of Rabbi Ya’akov Emden. The commentary was compiled by the publisher for this version for the first time. Separate title page for section two with forged location of print, “Kyritz”, and detail of year of Kyritz publication.
Copy missing 8 leaves. Section one: 2-7, 13-176, 277-292, 193-226 leaves (faulty pagination. Missing: Title page and two following leaves, leaves 8-12); Section two: 85,  leaves (leaf 12 partially missing. Replaced with leaf from other copy). 20 cm. Good-fair condition. Majority of leaves in good condition, tears on several leaves and scotch tape restorations. Stains. Damaged binding.
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.
Sefer Avodat Boreh, prayer book for weekdays and Friday night, with commentary based upon concealed and alluded wisdom, including Kabbalistic intents. By Rabbi Akiva Ber of Vilnius, Wilhelmsdorf, 1688. First edition.
 leaves. (Originally: 52 leaves. Missing: Leaf 24). 19.5 cm. Fair condition, moth damage on text, stains and wear, restored damage on several leaves. New binding.
Tefilat Yesharim prayer book, Sephardic custom, arranged according to the Arizal and Rabbi Moshe Zacut. Amsterdam, 1740.
, 112, 213-277; 142 leaves. Approx. 18 cm. Fair condition, damage and stains from usage, moth damage in middle of the prayer book. Restored damage on title page. New binding.
Siddur Kol Bo Katan, year round siddur and machzor (with piyutim), according to Eastern Ashkenaz custom. The Yotzrot are according to Ashkenaz custom. Homburg, "In Amsterdam letters". 1749.
"In it you will find the order of prayers… for Shacharit and Arvit and Rosh Chodesh and the festivals with the machzor and selichot for the whole year… Passover Haggadah and the Omer counting, Yotzrot for the whole year, ma'ariv for each festival in its place, Pirkei Avot, all Tikunei Shabbat with songs, Parshiot for the whole year, Shir HaYichud, Yom Kippur Katan, Hoshanot and Zulatot". With Perek Shira and other additions.
Approximately 600 leaves. Mistaken leaf numbering. (Lacking 2 or 3 leaves in the middle of the siddur at various places). 16.5 cm. fair condition, use stains and various damages. Restored leaves. Some leaves have damages with lack. Leaf cutting with damage to titles and to edge of text. Leather binding, antique and worn.
All-year prayer book as customary in Poland with Sefer Tehillim at end “with fine and straightforward commentary”. Amsterdam, (1816).
Pamphlet “Beit Rachel Ve’Sha’ar Hallel Y'ah” bound at the beginning, by Rabbi Naftali Katz author of Smichat Chachamim. Amsterdam, (1816).
15 leaves; , 256, 120 leaves; 90,  leaves. 19 cm. Good condition, stains, especially on section of Passover Haggadah. Old unoriginal binding.
Seder Ta'aniyot, prayers and lamentations for four fast days, according to the custom of the Sefardim. Amsterdam, .
The haftara for Tisha B'Av appears with translation to Porteguese.
, 2, , 3-132 leaves. 17 cm. Good condition, few stains. Gilt leaf cutting. Original binding, partially detached.
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.
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.
Machzorim according to Ashkenasic customs. Full nine-volume set [first and second day of Passover; seventh and eighth day of Passover; Rosh Hashana; Second day of Rosh Hashana; Ma'ariv of Yom Kippur; Yom Kippur; Succot; Shemini Azeret and Simchat Torah]. Redelheim, 1800-1805. First edition of "machzorim" published by Rabbi Wolf Redelheim. [Besides Vol. 9 for Shemini Azeret, which is from the second and rare edition, Redelheim, 1805]. Approbations by Rabbi Pinchas Horowitz, author of the "Hafla'ah" and other approbations.
The first title page of the Passover machzor is signed "Zalman ben My Father Rabbi Meir Rothschild".
9 volumes, approximately 19 cm. Good condition. Semi-leather original bindings, worn.
Six miniature Redelheim prayer books: * Seder Rina U'Tefilla, nicely arranged and accurate, by Rabbi Wolf Heidenheim. Rödelheim, 1844. (Lacking: Leaf 9 and last leaf – replaced with photocopy). * Divrei HaBrit, prayers, blessings and poems for brit milah. Rödelheim, 1874. With pages for circumsition records, with a few handwritten names. * Tefilla V'Tachanunim, year round prayers. Rödelheim, 1864. Yiddish instructions. * Tefilla V'Tachanunim, year round prayers. Rödelheim, 1873. Yiddish instructions. * Tefilla V'Tachanunim. Frankfurt am Main – Rödelheim. [190-?]. German instructions. * Traveler's prayer and Havinenu, with Avinu Malkeinu and Kiddush Levana. Rödelheim, 1904.
6 books, 8-14 cm. Varied condition.
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.
Seder Tefillah, as customary in Sephardic communities. Pisa, .
Notations, handwritten signature: “Moshe son of Ya’akov”. Stamps of “Kropka Maggid” [possibly refers to community tax or monetary fundraising campaign for support of a local Maggid (preacher)].
146 leaves. 11 cm. Good condition, stains, tears on several leaves.
Bibliographically unknown, not listed in the Bibliography Institute CD or Winograd-Rosenfeld.
* Siddur Beit Tefillah as customary in communities of Italy. Livorno, . * Siddur Beit Tefillah, Sephardic custom. Livorno, . (Missing one leaf at end). * Siddur Beit Tefillah, Sephardic custom. Livorno, . * Shavu’a Tov, short songs and Havdalah recited upon termination of Shabbat. Livorno, . * Mincha [afternoon prayer] and Arvit [evening prayer]. Livorno, . Bound with: Sefer Shavu’a Tov, short songs and Havdalah for Saturday night. Livorno, .
Total of 6 books in 5 volumes. Various sizes and conditions.
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.
"Tefillot Yisrael", Vol. 2, includes year-round siddur translated into German, by David Freidlander. Berlin, 1786. Printed by "Chevrat Chinuch Ne'arim".
First edition of the siddur "Gebeti Der Yuden", printed in German in Hebrew letters by David Freidlander, a close companion of Moshe Mendelson and one of the founders of the Reform Movement. Volume 1 of the siddur was fully printed as a regular siddur in Hebrew, and volume 2 was printed in German, but its content is similar to the traditional siddur. Only after several decades did the Reform "advance" to inserting significant changes into the content of the siddur itself, omitting mention of belief in the creation of the world, the giving of the Torah, Messiah and resurrection of the dead.
, 172, 49,  leaves. 15.3 cm. Good condition, use stains and handwritten punctuation marks. Torn binding.
In the Bibliography Institute CD, a different copy appears with , 172, 49,  leaves. Apparently that copy has another section titled Gebeti Der Yuden with a etching of "Pitum HaKetoret" and an organ, and 5 leaves of names of subscribers [added to some copies. These leaves are missing (or were not originally bound) in this copy].
* "Shevach Pesach", Rabbi Yishmail HaCohen of Modena. Livorno, 1790. First edition. (Ya'ari 227; Otzar HaHaggadot 339). * "Brachot" according to the custom of the Italian community (with Shabbat songs…and songs for festivals… and one hundred" brachot"). Leaves 69-85 are the Passover Haggadah. Livorno, . * "Mat'e Reuven", Rabbi Reuven Abo. Customs for the month of Nissan; Passover evening prayer; Passover Haggadah with commentary; "Shir HaShirim" and "Pirkei Avot". Livorno, 1865. (Ya'ari 935; Otzar HaHaggadot 1259). (Passover Haggadah, with Spanish (Ladino) translation and illustrations. Livorno, 1932. The illustrations are in red ink. (Ya'ari 2169; Otzar HaHaggadot 3424).
4 books, varied size, good condition.
* 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.
* Haggadah," Zera Kodesh". Warsaw, 1865. (Ya'ari 922; Otzar HaHaggadot 1250). * Haggadah, "Milchamot Hashem". Rabbi Shmelke Toibesh. Tschernovitz, 1864. (Ya'ari 900; Otzar HaHaggadot 1231). * Haggadah, with 10 commentaries and the commentary of the Vilna Ga'on. Vilna 1868. (Ya'ari 975; Otzar HaHaggadot 1312). * Haggadah with Talpiot commentary. Warsaw, 1870. (Ya'ari 1007; Otzar HaHaggadot 1358). * Haggadah, with" Shivcha D'Mara", Rabbi Meshulam Yissachar of Stanislav. Lemberg, 1880. (Ya'ari 1170; Otzar HaHaggadot 1552).
5 Haggadot, Various sizes and conditions.
* The Passover Haggadah – Haggadah in English and Hebrew, with eight color illustration-plates on chrome paper. London, [1916, first edition] (Otzar HaHaggadot 2655). * Haggadah, "Mit fil Biblishe bilder" [=With many Bible pictures]. Vilna, 1922. (Otzar HaHaggadot 2854). * Haggadah, artistic and scientific publishing. Warsaw, 1924. (Ya'ari 1983; Otzar HaHaggadot 2941). * "Seder HaHaggadah L'leil Shimurim", German translation. Frankfurt am Main, 1938. (Ya'ari 2261; Otzar HaHaggadot 3664). * Seder Haggadah. With English translation and musical notes. New York, 1910 (Otzar HaHaggadot 2582).
5 books, Various sizes and conditions.
* "Konflas Veizhas di Purim". Ladino piyutim. Jerusalem, 1924. * Purim Haggadah, "Las Simanas di Pesach" [Ladino translation by Ben-Zion Taragan of a Haggadah for Purim night, by R' Zvi Hirsh Zomerhoizen]. [Jerusalem, 1894]. Missing title page. * "Yosef Shpil", Yiddish [no year or place mentioned]. * Haman's praises and memorial service, Tunisia, . Uncut sheet.
4 booklets, Various sizes and conditions.
"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.
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.
"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.
"Zohar", Part 2 "Shemot". Slavita, . Printed by Rabbi Moshe Shapira.
269,  leaves. 19.5 cm. Fair condition, stains and use damages. Title page detached and damaged with ink acid of censor inscription on reverse side of title page. Ownership stamps and signatures. Antique leather binding.
Zohar, Parts 1, 3 and 4. "Bereshit, VaYikra, BaMidbar-Devarim". Slavita, [1804-1805].
Printed by Rabbi Dov Ber Segal. All the approbations hint to the "Owner of the Slavita printing press" [the owner is Rabbi Moshe Shapira Rabbi of Slavita, who at that time concealed his name under the names of his partners Rabbi Dov Ber Segal and Rabbi Dov Ber ben Rabbi Pesach for various reasons.
Three parts in two volumes: , 253, 253-256, ; 115 leaves; , 117-299,  leaves. Approximately 20 cm. High-quality paper, parts are greenish. Good-fair condition, wear and moth damages. Damages and tears to first and last leaves. Most leaves are in good condition. New bindings.
"Ein Ya'akov (Kotnot Or)", Talmud Aggadot. Three volumes, "Brachot-Nidah". Slavita printing.
* Volume 1. [1811. Printed by Rabbi Dov Ber. Missing title page, begins with the approbations of Ostroh rabbis, who hint to the real owners of the printing press: "In the printing press of the Honorable Owner of the printing press in Slavita" – the city's rabbi, Rabbi Moshe Shapira, who at that time had to refrain from mentioning his name on title pages of books he printed].
* Volumes 2-3. Slavita, 1834-1835. Printed by Rabbi Shmuel Avraham Shapira.
3 volumes: , 285 leaves (title page and another leaf missing); 298 leaves; 300 leaves; Various sizes and conditions, good-fair. Wear and stains.
* "Sefer Chok L’Yisrael, Sefer Bereshit". Slavita, . Printing press of Shmuel Avraham Shapiro. (Missing two leaves following title page). * "Chumash Devarim", with commentary of "Rashi, Siftei Chachamim and Ba’al HaTurim". Slavita, 1833. Printing press of Shmuel Avraham Shapiro.
Various sizes and conditions.
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.
* Chumash Devarim, with Or HaChaim. Slavita, 1823. Printing press of Rabbi Shmuel Avraham Shapiro. (Damaged copy, missing leaves in middle). * Zohar, section one, Bereshit. [Slavita, 1804? / or 1805?]. (Missing beginning until leaf 29). * Zohar, section two, Shemot. [Slavita, 1804?, printing press of Dov Ber Segal?], (missing title page and last leaf). * Ein Ya’akov, section two. Slavia, 1812. Printing press of Rabbi Dov Ber Segal. * Machzor for Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, “printed in Jozefow in printing press which formerly operated in Slavia”. 1842, supervised by Rabbi Chanina Lipa Shapiro. (Damaged copy, missing at end).
5 books, various sizes and conditions. Stamps and signatures.
* Mishnayot Seder Kodshim, Slavita, 1830. Printing press of Rabbi Moshe Shapiro. * Mishnayot Seder Kodshim. Zhitomir, 1860. Printing press of Rabbi Aryeh Leib Shapiro. * Mishnayot Seder Taharot, Zhitomir, 1851. Printing press of Shapiro brothers.
All volumes contain ancient inscription notations to various Batei Midrashot in Holy City of Safed.
3 books, various sizes and conditions.
* Mishnayot, Seder Taharot, with commentary Rabbi Ovadia Bartenura, Tosfot Yom Tov and Tosafot Chadashim. Slavita, . Rabbi Moshe Shapiro printing press. (Bluish paper).
* Mishnayot Seder Nashim, with commentaries. Zhitomir, 1857. Printing press Rabbi Aryeh Leib Shapiro. (Stamps “Aharon son of righteous Tzvi Aryeh Malik… of Stretin-Safed).
* Mishnayot Seder Kodashim with commentaries. Zhitomir, . Printing press of Rabbi Aryeh Leib Shapiro. (Missing first title page).
Condition of volumes varies, general condition fair. Stamps and ownership notations.
Chamisha Chumshei Torah, with commentary of Rashi, Onkelos translation, Yonatan ben Uziel translation, commentaries of the Chida and Or HaChaim commentary. Four sections: Sefer Bereshit, Sefer Shemot, Sefer Vayikra (with Shir HaShirim) and Sefer Bamidbar. Zhitomir, 1859.
Each volume contains two title pages. Prayers for Shabbat in Sephardic version appear at end of Sefer Shemot and at end of Sefer Bamidbar.
Bereshit: 343 pages (missing section of prayers at end). Shemot: , 164, 167-180, 175-188, 13 leaves (missing last leaf). Vayikra: 270 pages (missing sections of prayers at end). Bamidbar: , 3-145, 9 leaves.
26 cm. Volumes in varying condition. Missing bindings (except for Sefer Bamidbar).
"Tikun Leil Shavu’ot" with "Seder Leil Hoshana Rabbah". Zhitomir, 1848. Printing press of Rabbi Chanina Lipa, Rabbi Aryeh Leib and Rabbi Yehoshua Heshel Shapiro, grandsons of rabbi of Slavita.
334 pages (without first title page). 21 cm. Fair-poor condition. Stains, moth stains, mildew on last leaves. Worn and detached binding.
Seder Tikun Leil Shavu’ot and Hoshana Rabbah, Zhitomir 1857. Printing press of Rabbi Chanina Lipa and Rabbi Yehoshua Heshel Shapiro.
336 pages, 21.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Professionally restored moth damage. New binding.
Sefer Bamidbar, fourth section of Chamisha Chumshei Torah, including Megillat Ruth, translations, commentary of Rashi and Ba’al HaTurim, commentary of" Or HaChaim "by Rabbi Chaim Ben Atar and commentaries of the Chida. Zhitomir, 1859. Printing press of Rabbi Chanina Lipa and Rabbi Yehoshua Heshel Shapiro, grandsons of Rabbi of Slavita.
Two title pages. End of book contains order of prayer for Shabbat (Shacharit and Musaf; Sephardic version), and “chart of determination of new moon for twenty six years” (1860-1885).
145; 6 leaves. 27 cm. Good condition, stains, few moth stains (on inner margins and cover). Number of detached leaves. Detached and damaged ancient leather binding.
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.
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.
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.
For a complete list, see Hebrew description.
4 books, various sizes and conditions.
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.
Maginei Eretz – Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim. Section one and section two. Zhitomir, 1861-1864. Printing press of Rabbi Chanina Lipa and Rabbi Yehoshu’a Heschel Shapiro – grandsons of Rabbi of Slavita. Two volumes.
This copy also includes Machatzit HaShekel and Pri Megadim [separate title page for first volume: Zhitomir, 1863]. Stamps and signatures.
Volume 1: , 302, 305-444; , 358 pages. Volume 2: , 5-44, 49-136, 129-330; 200 pages. Bound with title covers. Good condition, stains, moth marks. Elegant leather bindings.
* Chok L'Yisrael, Vayikra. Zhitomir, 1857. Printed by Rabbi Chanina Lipa and Rabbi Yehoshua Heshel Shapira. (Two copies). * Chok L'Yisrael, Bereshit. Zhitomir, 1865. (Copy lacking approximately 92 pages at the end).
3 volumes, Various sizes and conditions, good-fair to fair-poor. Major moth damages. Various stamps and inscriptions.
* 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.
Collection of books of printings of Rabbi Chanina Lipa and Rabbi Yehoshua Heschel Shapiro, grandsons of Rabbi of Slavita in Zhitomir.
* Sefer Chovot HaLevavot, by Rabbeinu Bechaye. [Section one]. Zhitomir, 1848. * Chumash Bamidbar. Zhitomir, . (Not listed in the Bibliography Institute CD; at the end of this copy are detached leaves containing Shabbat prayers. Incomplete. We were unable to determine whether they were printed as part of this edition, nor were we able to determine the number of missing leaves). * Midrash Rabbah, Sefer Bamidbar and Megillat Ruth. Zhitomir, 1851. * Shulchan Aruch, with Ba’er Heitev and Pitchei Teshuva. Yoreh De’ah, section two. Zhitomir, 1852. * Shulchan Aruch HaRav, Orach Chaim – section one [clauses 1-215]. Zhitomir, 1859.
5 books. Various sizes and conditions. Signatures and stamps.
"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.
Sefer Toldot Ya’akov Yosef on the Torah, in Chassidic style. Rabbi Ya’akov Yosef HaKohen of Polana . Korets, . Printing press of Tzvi Hirsch son of Aryeh Leib [Margaliot] and son-in-law Shmuel son of Yissachar Ber Segal.
First Chassidic book printed. Composed by Rabbi Ya’akov Yosef HaKohen of Polana, prominent disciple of the Ba’al Shem Tov and pioneer spreader of Chassidism. This book is the most prominent and authentic source of the Torah of the Ba’al Shem Tov, in which the author cites in over 280 instances Torah sayings which he himself heard from his rabbi [throughout the book, in each instance he emphasizes the words “I have heard from my mentor”].
Giants of Chassidism acclaimed the holiness of the book; Rabbi Pinchas of Korets stated that a book of this caliber is unprecedented, and that his Torah is divine. The Maggid of Mezritch noted that the author of the book merited the revelation of Eliyahu and has attained supremely high achievements.
In Shem HaGedolim, the Chida (Ma’arechet Sfarim 90, clause 29) states: “The righteous Rabbi Ya’akov Yosef…”.
During the course of the battle in opposition of Chassidim, the first edition was publicly burnt in the city of Brody and in other cities, thereby resulting in the rarity of this edition.
Copy in good condition, title page missing and replaced with photocopy on old paper. 206 leaves. 30.5 cm. Good condition. Stains, mildew stains. Majority of leaves undamaged. Tear on corner of first leaf with damage to text, artistically restored with photocopy in same color as original leaf. First three leaves and several last leaves contain restored tears and moth damage, with damage to text. New elegant leather binding, worn.
Stefansky Chassidut no. 605.
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.
Chumash Vayikra, including Shir HaShirim and rules taken from writings of the Arizal, of Chamisha Chumshei Torah with Heichal HaBracha commentaries, according to secret wisdom of the Ari and the Ba’al Shem Tov, by Rebbe Rabbi Yitzchak Yehuda Safrin Av Beit Din of Komárno. Lemberg, . Pessel Balaban Press. First edition printed during lifetime of author.
Heichal HaBracha Chumashim by Rabbi Yitzchak Eizik of Komárno, among most basic books of Chassidic contemplation and Kabbalah. These Chumashim were favored by rebbes of all sects (Zidichov dynasty, the Divrei Chaim and his descendants, Rabbi Shalom Ber of Lubavitch and others).
In his letter directed to residents of Ungarn regarding distribution of the Chumashim containing his holy commentary, Rabbi Safrin writes his special blessing and mentions the Sgula of his holy books: “… I guarantee that any person who possesses this Chumash will be spared from any harm and misfortune and illness and his home will be filled with G-d’s blessing for success and wealth and longevity for him and his sons… children, life and sustenance, benevolence and mercy… for long life”.
[2 title pages], 300,  leaves; [1 title page], , 15-62 leaves. 28.5 cm. Fair condition, majority of leaves in good condition; wear, tear and creases in several leaves. Foxing.
"Mishnayot, Seder Taharot", with commentary of Rebbe Rabbi Yitzchak Yehuda Eizik of Komárno. Lemberg, 1861. First edition with rare emblem of printers (illustrations of a bear and a gazelle).
Stated at conclusion of introduction: “I will copy the 'Tosefta'… and explain it according to the Rambam in 'Ma’aseh Oreg' and 'Pnei Zaken', and will later on explain the 'Mishnah' based upon books of the 'Vilna Ga’on'… and I have arranged the 'Tosefta' according to the' Vilna Ga’on' excluding a few instances where I have clarified our approach, supported by the Rambam, the Rabad and the Rosh”. He refers to "Sefer Taharat HaKodesh", Zhovkva 1804, which contains commentaries and glosses of the" Vilna Ga’on".
Stamps of Rabbi Ya’akov son of Rabbi Moshe Aharon Beck of Mihalyfalva (Hungary), with handwritten notations by his son, Rabbi Reuven Eliyahu.
, 296 leaves. 28 cm. Fair-good condition. Stains, moth stains and wear. Worn Binding.
Likutim Yekarim, by the Ba'al Shem Tov and leading Chassidic figures. [Ostroh?, c. 1820?]. With new additions not printed in previous editions.
37, 39-42 leaves. 22 cm. Fair condition, restored damages to title page margins and to first leaves, with damage to text. New binding.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 304. See Y. Yudelov, "Ginzei Yisrael", no. 1155 for place of printing and date. Ibid: "It is doubtful that the book was printed there [in Ostroh] and if it was printed on that date". The place and date suggested there is Zholkva?, c. 1800. [In our estimation, the book was printed in Lemberg or in Zholkva c. 1820-1830].
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.
"Neta Sha'ashuim", responsa on the four parts of the "Shulchan Aruch", Rabbi Zvi Hirsh Kara. Zholkva, 1829.
Signatures in Rashi script: "Yom Tov Lipa Landau Rabbi of Galatz" and the signature "Last redeemer – Chaim Sithon".
Rabbi Yom Tov Lipa Landau Rabbi of Galatz, son of Rabbi Yosef Landau, author of "Birkat Yosef", 1791-1854, disciple of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdichov, Rabbi Yisrael of Ruzhin, Rabbi Baruch of Medzhibozh and the Rav of Apta, was Rabbi of Iasi from 1834.
Rabbi Chaim Sithon (1871-1918). Rabbi of Safed, author of "Eretz Chaim", son of Rabbi Menashe Sithon Rabbi of Aleppo and Safed.
Author: Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Kara Rabbi of Buchach and one of the greatest Torah geniuses of his generation (1740-1814, "Otzar HaRabbanim" 17447), father-in-law of Rebbe Avraham David Wahrman Rabbi of Buchach, author of "Birkat David, Eshel Avraham" and "Da'at Kedoshim", who brings many of his esteemed father-in-law's novellae in his books.
84 leaves, 33 cm. Good-fair condition. Moth damages and stains. New binding.
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.
* Divrei Chaim Responsa, Volumes 1-2, by Rebbe Chaim Halberstam Rabbi of the Sanz community. Bardejov, 1901. (Dry paper, damaged leaves). * Divrei Chaim Vol. 1, on the Torah and the festivals and novellae on Bava Metzia. Svalyava, 1912. (Damaged leaves with lacking text). * Divrei Yechezkel, by the Rebbi of Sieniawa. Podgorza, Krakow , 1901. First edition. Stamps of his grandson the Rebbe of Stropkov Rabbi Yechezkel Shraga Lifshitz Halberstam. (Moth damages). * Bound with Beit HaBechira, on the laws of treifot, Rabbi Efraim Lev of Kalish. Premishla, 1906.
4 books, in 3 volumes. Varied size, fair to fair-poor condition.
For a complete list, see Hebrew description.
13 books and booklets, Various sizes and conditions.
* Sefer HaMidot by Rabbi Nachman of Breslov. [Russia-Poland, c. 1830]. * Sefer Magid Sichot [Shivchei HaRan], by Rabbi Natan Sternhartz. [Konigsberg? 1860?]. * Sefer Shmot HaTzadikim. [Lvov, 187-?]. * Sefer Likutei Halachot, on Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim, section one. Jerusalem . Last printing.
Various sizes and conditions.
Mizrach amulet, printed in blue and red. [Toronto, Canada].
Incantations, Holy Names and letter combinations, Parshat HaKetoret (Incense) and prayer sections. Shape of a palm with letter combinations and Names. "This segula protection was given by the early mekubalim and has been published lately with the additions of the Holy Magid of Turiysk in Russia who commanded his Chassidim to hang it in a clean place".
On the reverse side is a printed notice in Yiddish regarding the importance of purchasing this "segula protection", by Rabbi Yudel Rosenberg of Toronto, Canada [author of Nifla'ot Maharal].
44 cm. good condition. Crease and tears to margins. Hole for hanging on upper part. Several dark stains.
Prayers for the whole year, with the intentions of the Ari. Three parts: for everyday, Shabbat and festivals.
Siddur Rabbi Asher – written by Rabbi Asher of Brad and Mezhiboz, disciple of the Ba'al Shem Tov. Lvov, 1787. Printed by Rabbi Shlomo Yarush Rappaport.
Siddur according to Ashkenaz customs nusach Sefarad, with the intentions of the Ari, by the Mekubal Rabbi Asher son of the Chassid Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Margaliot of Mezhiboz, one of Holy Group of Rabbi Yisrael Ba'al Shem Tov, and a leading Torah scholar of the famous Brad Kloiz.
The siddur was printed in Lvov in 1787, in the printing press of Rabbi Shlomo Yarush [who printed the first edition of Noam Elimelech. As known, the employees of that printing press were lofty holy men, among the 36 concealed tzaddikim of that generation]. At the beginning of the siddur are approbations by scholarly rabbis of Brad and an approbation by Rabbi Yissachar Dov of Zlatshov and Rabbi Moshe Peshao,Pishchia Vrśac etc.
The development of its printing began seven years previously, with the printing of a siddur with the intentions of the Ari, in Zolkva in 1781, with the encouragement of the mekubalim of the Brad kloiz, which became known as Siddur Chochmei HaKloiz. This siddur was the first with kabalistic intentions which was printing in that region due to the spreading of kabbalah in the area by Brad scholars and the disciples of the Ba'al Shem Tov. From the day this siddur was published, Rabbi Asher toiled in the study of its sources: The Ari's writings, Sefer HaYichudim, Pri Etz Chaim, manuscript of the siddur of the Chassid the Mekubal Rabbi Shabtai of Rashkov, etc. He labored to correct all mistakes and adjust it to perfection. In his introduction, Rabbi Asher writes on the Siddur Chachmei HaKloiz that "The first time can never be perfect". He explains that he permitted himself to correct it since he studied form the G-dly Mekubal Rabbi Chaim Sanzer of Brad, and especially the study of "This true awesome wisdom", and also his rabbi Rabbi Chaim proofread this siddur, "Therefore, I had the ability to proofread and correct it".
This siddur is called Rabbi Asher after him and is a faithful source of the kabalistic school of thought of the Ba'al Shem Tov's disciples and of that generation's mekubalim.
2 volumes,  leaves. 17 cm. Good to fair condition, use stains and tears. Leaf 2 (approbations) has large damage to text. Few moth damages to text. Most leaves are in good condition. Color leaf cutting. Fabric bindings, non-original.
Stephansky Chassidut, no. 414.
Shefa Tal, index to kabalistic wisdom, by Rabbi Shabtai Sheftel Horwitz of Prague. Hanau, 1612. First edition. With many kabalistic illustrations.
Owner's signature in Sefardi writing: "Moshe ben Ya'akov Uziel". Signatures and kabalistic glosses in Yemenite handwriting.
"Keys to open locked rooms… in the hidden treasures of the secrets of kabalistic wisdom…". Important kabalistic work, based on the kabbalah of Rabbi Moshe Kordovero and his book Pardess Rimonim. One of the first kabbalah books printed in Western Europe. Many approbations by leading Torah scholars. Amongst them: Rabbi Shlomo Efraim Luntshitz, Rabbi of Prague, author of Kli Yakar and Rabbi Yeshaya Horowitz author of Shnei Luchot HaBrit (Shla).
, 87, 89-93 leaves, (lacking last leaf 94) 29.5 cm. Fair-poor condition. Wear and tear, with damage to text, many stains and moth damage. Yemenite leather binding.
On cover leaves, Yemenite manuscript leaves and damaged leaves from a Chumash with Rashi and Chizkuni commentaries, [apparently from the first edition, Venice, 1524?].
Pelach HaRimon, commentary on difficult midrashim according to kabbalah, by Rabbi Bezalel of Kuvrin. Lublin, [c. 1684]. Printed by Shlomo Zalman ben Ya'akov Kalmankes Yaffe and Zvi ben Ya'akov Yaffe.
At the end of the author's introduction is a verse which is not found in the original introduction of the author [printed in the 1659 Amsterdam edition] and added only to this edition.
Copy lacking the end [reaches almost the end of Ofan 17], number of missing leaves unknown.
 leaves. 18 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, age stains. Wear to margins. Restored damages to margins of several leaves, minor damage to text. New binding.
Unicom, only copy of an unknown edition, listed in the Bibliography Institute CD according to this copy.
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].
Yalkut Chadash, collection of Midrashim of the Sages, the Zohar and writings of Kabbalists [entries arranged in alphabetical order], by Rabbi Yisrael son of Rabbi Binyamin of Bełżec. [Prague, 1657].
Bound in parchment binding composed of remnants of ancient handwritten Ashkenazi Machzor [15th century?], with passages of lamentations for Tisha B’Av.
 leaves, (missing: title page, leaf of preface and index leaves at end). 18 cm. Fair-good condition. Wear on leaves, stains, tears and moth stains. Damage and stains on binding.
Siddur Ha’Ari – Sha’arei Rachamim, with section two – Sha’arei Zion. [Thessaloniki, 1741]. Prayer book Kavanot Ha’Ari arranged by Kabbalist Rabbi Chaim HaKohen of Aram Zova (1560-1655), disciple of Rabbi Chaim Vital.
Dozens of glosses in Oriental square [Bukhara] handwriting, with Kabbalistic content [prayers, intentions, names of angels]. Majority cut off at margins.
Signatures “David ben Chefetz”, “David Melamed” – Rabbi David Melamed Chefetz (passed away in 1898), well-known teacher in Bukhara and pioneer immigrant from Bukhara to Eretz Israel, as stated by him in his book Birkat HaIlanot, which he printed in Jerusalem in 1871, in commemoration of his immigration to the Holy Land: “I have established my residence in the homeland of the Almighty, an act unprecedented by anybody from my native land, and I am the first to come from Bukhara with my family to reside in the Holy Land”; stamps of his son Rabbi “Yisrael Chaim Chefetz”, among founders of the Bukharim neighbourhood in Jerusalem.
Incomplete copy, contains leaves: 2-21, 23-78, 81-113, 116-146; 2-23 + leaf 56. Originally: , 146; 41, 40-56,  leaves. Condition of leaves varies; good-fair. Stains, wear, tears with damage to text. Damaged binding.
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.
Shnei Luchot HaBrit, Amsterdam, 1698. Printing press of young man Emanuel ben Yosef Atiash.
In his letters, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson of Lubavitch (Letter b 853), mentions the book Shnei Luchot HaBrit that was printed in 1698 (458 = nachat in numerical value) in an elegant edition. He notes that this is a sign from above that the revelation of this holy book caused "nachat" [satisfaction] above, and that same year the Ba’al Shem Tov was born. The Ba’al Shem Tov stated that he was born in the year that the Shla book was printed to illuminate the world with the light of the Almighty, with Torah and reverence and service of the heart.
Copy missing at beginning: 264-422, 44,  leaves, (originally: , 422, 44,  leaves). 29 cm. Varying condition; majority of leaves in good condition. Ancient leather binding, torn.
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.
Zera Shimshon, sermons on the Torah and the five Megillot, by Rabbi Shimshon Chaim ben Nachman Michael Nachmani. Mantua, .
Rabbi Shimshon Chaim Nachmani (1706-1779, Otzar HaGedolim 20083) an Italian Torah scholar and mekubal. Taught Torah in Modena and Mantua and had disciples who served in the rabbinate of a number of Italian communities. Also wrote the book Toldot Shimshon on Tractate Avot. The Chida writes that he was well-versed in practical Kabbalah and commanded his Kabalistic works to be buried in his grave (Shem HaGedolim, chapter "Ma'arechet Sefarim", Letter 46). See attached material.
In his introduction to the book, the author urges "in ten languages of prayer" to study his book, and blesses the person who does so that "The One Who Repays should pay in this merit a good imbursement for those who do that true chessed with the three blessings of children, life and livelihood". Further in the introduction the author writes that since his only son died and he was left without any children, he called his book Zera Shimshon (Seed of Shimshon). He promises "And your eyes shall see your children and grandchildren like olive plants around your table, wise and clever and homes full with all good, also wealth and also honor shall not leave your children until 'They shall see G-d's honor…'".
104, 108-115, 115, , 117-62; 21,  leaf. 14 cm. Good condition, few stains. Moth marks. Old binding.
Pardes Rimonim, by Rabbi Moshe Cordovero – the Ramak. Kabbalistic illustrations. Korets . Ownership inscriptions in ancient handwriting Rabbi "Yosef ben Yeshaya".
168 leaves. 32 cm. Fair condition, wear and stains. Worn damaged leather binding.
On title page: "Printed a second time", some copies have title pages with differences.
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.
* "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.
* Sefer Adam Yashar. Bound with: Sefer Megaleh Amukot; and Sefer Teivat Gomeh, by author of the Pri Megadim. (Stamps: Rabbi Avraham Moshe Babad; Rabbi Mendel Babad; Rabbi Moshe Hager). * Sefer Amudei Shesh. * Sefer Korban Shabbat. Rabbi Betzalel of Kobryn. * Sefer Yashev Rucho. Rabbi Yeshaya Asher Zelig Margaliot. (Stamp of author). * Sefer Otzar Chochmat HaKabbalah. Rabbi Ephraim son of Rabbi Meir HaLevi Regensburg. * Sefer Petura De’Aba.
For additional details pertaining to books see Hebrew description.
9 books in 7 volumes. Various sizes and conditions.
* Sefer HaKavanot by the Ari. * Bound with: * Sefer Erchei HaKinuyim, by Rabbi Ya’akov Tzemach. * Sefer Me’ah She’arim, by Rabbi Yitzchak Shani. Contains signature.
* Sefer Pri Yitzchak. Rabbi Yitzchak son of Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch of Zoldin. * Sefer Sha’ar HaPsukim and Sha’ar HaLikutim by Rabbi Chaim Vital. * Tefilla LeMoshe prayer book, by Rabbi Moshe Cordovero. * Sefer HaPli’ah – Sefer HaKaneh, attributed to Rabbi Avigdor Kara. Signatures “Eliyahu Dov Alter Perel of Spinka”, stamps of Rabbi Nachman Kahana [Rebbe of Spinka – Bnei Brak]. * Sefer Brit Menucha, by Rabbi Avraham of Rimon HaSepharadi. Bound with: * Sefer Yesh Sachar. Rabbi Yissachar Ber son of Rabbi Moshe Petachya of Karmenitz. Stamps by Rebbe Rabbi Yechezkel Shraga Lifshitz Halberstam of Stropkov. * Sefer Minchat Eliezer. Rabbi Eliezer Yedid HaLevi.
For additional details pertaining to books see Hebrew description.
10 books, various sizes and conditions.
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.
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.
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].
Mivchar HaPeninim, wise sayings "Sayings of early wise people and parables of philosophers", attributed to Rabbi Shlomo Ebn Gabirol [some attribute the book to Rabbi Yedaya HaPnini HaBidrashi], with commentary and Tosfot. Cremona, 1558.
40 leaves. 205 cm. Light-colored high-quality paper, very good condition, minor stains. Semi-leather binding, rubbed.
The place and date of printing appear only on the printer's colophon on the last page.
Sefer Shulchan Shel Arba by Rabbeinu Bechaye ben Asher. Venice, .
Ethics and customs for mealtime, explanation of blessings made prior to eating and grace after meals, by Rabbeinu Bechaye who authored the commentary on the Torah.
11 leaves. 29 cm. Good condition, stains. Erasures and handwritten censorship authorization. New binding.
Sefer Avodat HaLevi, index of 613 commandments according to order of the Rambam. Rabbi Shlomo son of Eliezer HaLevi. Venice, .
Title page of book contains flag of printer, Justinian. Erased signature and handwritten notation indicating sale of book.
28 leaves. 18.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, moth stains. Damaged restored with scotch tape. New binding with leather spine.
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.
Sefer Halachot Gedolot. Venice, 1548. First edition
Sefer Halachot Gedolot was written in the time of the Geonim and is one of the first halachic books written after the Talmud was sealed. The identity of its author [called: Bahag = Ba'al Halachot Gedolot] was disputed among the Rishonim who often quote him. Some attribute the work to Rabbi Yehudai Gaon and others to Rabbi Shimon Keira. On the title page of this book the words of the Smag are quoted: "Rabbi Yehudai Gaon wrote Halachot Gedolot", and on the reverse side of the title page a special article is printed about the identity of the author [see further the introduction to the Rosh Troib editions, Warsaw 1875; in the introduction to the edition of Rabbi Ezriel Hildesheimer, Berlin 1888; and in the Bibliography Institute CD Listing 0127157). This is a complete copy of the first printed edition.
Ownership inscriptions and corrections in Italian writing.
, 144 leaves. 29.5 cm. Good condition, stains, small tear to one leaf, few moth marks, professionally restored tears to several leaves. Handsome new 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.
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.
* 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.
Midrash Rabbah with commentary Matnot Kehuna. Thessaloniki, [1594-1595].
Contains glosses by publisher, Rabbi Yehuda Gedalia. Matnot Kehuna commentary printed on margins of leaf only from Sefer Shemot. At end of Sefer Bereshit printers state: “…glosses by Rabbi Yissachar Ber son of Naftali of Szczebrzeszyn HaKohen known as Matnot Kehuna have fallen into our hands and we agreed to include them in the printing”. Matnot Kehuna commentary for Sefer Bereshit was printed separately in 1595. In this copy this publication was bound following the title page, preceding Sefer Bereshit. Gloss in Oriental handwriting. Signatures: “Young David ben Chaim” and “Chaim ben Chaim”.
236, 238-239, 241 leaves of Matnot Kehuda commentary on Bereshit (missing 3 leaves). Fair-poor condition. Approx. 7 leaves incomplete, restored with scotch tape. Severe stains and wear, restorations with scotch tape and handwriting, mildew traces. New binding.
Sefer Tefilla LeMoshe, homilies on the virtue of the Torah and order of bedtime Kriat Shema, by Rabbi Moshe Almosnino. Thessaloniki, . Printing press of Yosef son of Yitzchak Yavetz. First edition.
“Which I, the young Moshe Almosnino, have composed as requested… bedtime Kriat Shema… explaining the virtue of the Torah and those who study it…”. Third article contains text of bedtime Kriat Shema in vowelized letters. In the colophon the printer, Yosef Yavetz, refers to the printing of the Babylonian Talmud in his printing press during that period: “He who has merited us… will merit us to complete the entire Talmud which we have begun”. Notations and traces of signatures in Oriental writing. Signature “David son of Avraham Vaanunu”. Stamps Rabbi “Shmuel son of Rabbi Baruch Brody Maggid Meisharim”.
76 leaves. (leaf 73 unintentionally bound between leaves 75-76). 20 cm. Good condition. Stains. Title page and several leaves contain restored tears and dark stains. New fine leather 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.
Sefer Yedei Moshe, commentary on five Megillot by Rabbi Moshe Almosnino. Venice, .
Signatures and ownership notations in Italian writing: “Yosef Yechezkel son of Aharon Asher Mantova”, “monetary acquisition…” and more.
289,  leaves. 29 cm. Good condition. Stains, moth damage, several loose pamphlets. Ancient leather binding, damaged.
Sefer Imrei Shefer, Sermons. Rabbi Naftali Ashkenazi. Venice, .
The author, among scholars of Eretz Israel and Kabbalists of Safed, disciple and relative of the Ari who is mentioned in Sefer HaChizyonot [book of visions] by Rabbi Chaim Vital. Departed from Safed and emigrated to Venice in 1601, where he printed his book and was associated with scholars of the Yeshiva of the city until his demise. The book contains sermons which he delivered on various occasions and eulogies on Torah giants of his generation, including Rabbi Eliezer Azikri author of Sefer Charedim. In the book he presents sayings in the name of the Ari.
Signature on title page in square letters: “This book belongs to me Shmuel Trivish”.
220 leaves. 19 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and traces of mildew, moth damage. New binding.
* Lekach Tov, explanation of words and verbs in the books of Nevi'im and Ketuvim. By Rabbi Moshe Shertlan Segal. Prague, 1604. First edition. Printed by Moshe ben Rabbi Yosef Bezalel Katz. (After Sefer Tehillim: "The responses of Radak to the Christians on a few Psalms. And the questions he asked on them").
Explanation of the words according to commentaries in Yiddish-Deitsch [Jewish-German, in Tzena U'Rena lettering]: "…And I gathered from the paths of the commentators, such as Rabbi Avraham Ebn Ezra and the Radak and others, and I summarized their words…in light language which is used regularly in Ashkenaz. And sometimes some simple explanations… I have begun to do… I… Moshe ben Yissachar HaLevi (called Moshe Shertal… Segal)".
Inscriptions and owner's signatures in Ashkenasi handwriting [from 1622 and others].
 leaves. 17 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, moth marks. Restored damages and tears. Last leaf missing and restored. Elaborated leather binding.
* Be'er Moshe, explanation of words and commentary on the Chumash and the five Megillot, by Rabbi Moshe Shertlan Segal. Prague, 1604. First edition. Printed by Moshe ben Rabbi Yosef Bezalel Katz.
This commentary has been printed in various Chumashim. Included in the regulations of the Krakow community from 1638: "A teacher must not study Chumash with any other commentary other than the Be'er Moshe commentary…".
Ancient signatures and owners' inscriptions.
 leaves. 17 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, moth marks. Restored damages to several pages. Elaborate leather binding.
"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.
Mikneh Avram, grammar book, by the physician and linguist Rabbi Avraham Davlemish. Venice, . Daniel Bomberg printing.
Hebrew [with vowels] and Latin, page for page. Apparently, the book had been translated by David ben Klonimus who wrote the last section of the book, Section of Ta'amei Mikrah, and brought the book to print.
On the reverse side of the title page is a poem in Latin in honor of Daniel Bomberg, followed by an introduction in Latin by Daniel Bomberg. The author as well, praises Bomberg in his introduction.
Simultaneously, an edition in Hebrew only (from 1523) was printed. The order of the letters of the body of the work is almost identical. In this edition, each row is numbered.
Handsome copy in very good condition.  leaves. 21 cm. Wide margins, stains, handwritten inscription. Ancient binding, without clasps.
Sefer Arugat HaBosem, on wisdom of grammar and the Holy Language, by Rabbi Shmuel Arkevolti. Venice, . First edition.
Fine renaissance-style title page. Many tables for instruction of grammar. Leaf 113 contains diagram “recurring cycle”.
Ownership notations and signatures in Italian and Oriental writing: “This is the product of the worshiper of the Almighty…”, “…philanthropist Raphael Aharon HaLevi”, “last redeemer Shlomo Chazan” [possibly Rabbi Shlomo Chazan, an Egyptian scholar, author of HaMa’a lot LeShlomo]. Additional rabbinic signature of Rabbi Shlomo Chazan on leaf following title page. Glosses in fine Italian writing.
119 [instead of: 118],  leaves. 19 cm. Good-fair condition. Tears, dark mildew stains, moth stains. New binding.
Full set of elaborate Bible edition printed in Hebrew in Paris, during 1539-1543. (Includes the five megillot).
4 volumes, approximately 23 cm. Each book has a special title page in Hebrew and Latin, with different pagination and pamplet numbering. Assembled from several copies, varied condition. Overall good condition. Several damaged and restored leaves. Comments and inscriptions in Latin writing. Elaborate leather bindings, placed in a matching leather box.
"Sefer Ketuvim" with commentaries [Rashi, Ebn Ezra, Ralbag] and the "Massorah". Venice, . Daniel Bomberg printing press.
Without title page. Poor condition, extensive moth damage, stains and mildew.
"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.
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.
Chamisha Chumshei Torah and five Megillot. With Latin translation and commentary. Venice, 1551.
Printed from left to right. Text and translation in columns facing each other. Emblem of printer enlarged on separate leaf at end of book. Wooden etched frames at beginning of Chumashim and beginning of five Megillot. End of Sefer Devarim contains section (in Hebrew) “Ma’alat Moshe” – on the greatness of Moshe Rabbeinu (not listed in Bibliography Institute CD).
 CCVIII; 209-376,  leaves. 20 cm. Good condition, stains. Minor restoration on title page. Notations. Leather binding combined with restored ancient binding.
Biblia Hebraica, Torah, Nevi’im and Ketuvim. Frankfurt am Main, .
Hebrew, with preface and comments in Latin. Hebrew illustrated title page of pillars of exedra containing names of Nevi’im and books. Date noted on margins of Latin title page is 1712; however, date noted on Hebrew title page and end of Hebrew preface is Thursday, 17 Nisan 1692, and date listed on Latin colophon is 1692. Apparently the date on the Latin title page is incorrect [see Bibliography Institute CD, record 0182356].
Fine copy in original binding, clean leaves and gilded edges.
, 686,  leaves. 20 cm. Good condition, stains. Leather binding, slightly damaged.
Sefer Megillat Esther, with Ashkenazi translation. [Frankfurt am Main?], .
Text with Yiddish- Deitch translation in Tzena U’Rena letters. Ownership notations and signatures.
 leaves. 19 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Scotch tape for reinforcement of title page. Worn binding.
Five Megillot, with Haftarot for all days of year as customary in community of Italy; Ashkenazim and Sephardim. [Mantua, 1785].
Colophon: “May this be a good omen that in the month of spring… we have begun the work for the sake of Heaven… and after two years… the year 1785…”.
Printed as part of the edition of Chamisha Chumshei Torah. Some copies bound with Chumashim; some distributed separately.
79, 60-124 leaves. 21.5 cm. Wide margins. Good condition, clean sheets. Few stains. Worn binding.
"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.
Arba'a V'Esrim, Torah Nevi'im and Ketuvim. Amsterdam, .
With title page in Latin, and illustrated flyleaf. The words are printed in two columns, without vowels.
Bound at the end of the book is a handwritten leaf with the version of the Mi SheBeirach prayers for an ill person and for a woman after birth.
, 292 leaves, 293-306,  pages. 14 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and age stains. Tears restored with glue. New binding.
Book of Psalms, Hebrew with Latin translation (page for page). Basel, 1726.
 leaves. 12.5 cm. Good-fair condition, wear and use stains. Worn binding.
The 1726 Edition is rare and does not appear in the Bibliography Institute CD.
Yalkut Shimoni, on Torah, Nevi'im and Ketuvim. Polonnoye, 1805. Yosef HaCohen printing press [and Shmuel the printer].
Two volumes: , 272 leaves; , 182 [should be: 282] – 450 leaves. 33.5 cm. White and blue paper. Varied condition. Vol. 1 in good condition, with stains and wear. Vol. 2 in good-fair condition. Damages to title page and several leaves. Old bindings, with leather spine.
Printer's flag with the name "Shmuel the Printer". On the title page of Vol. 1 the name is erased from the emblem during printing [in some copies], after the partnership between Yosef HaCohen and Shmuel the Printer was cancelled [see the article by M. Wunder, The Hebrew Printing in Polonnoye – Alei Sefer, 5, 1978, page 125].
Babylonian Talmud, Mishnayot Seder Zera’im with commentary of the Rambam and Rabbeinu Shimshon of Sens [Constantinople, c. 1583]. Printing press of Yosef son of Yitzchak Yavetz.
Missing title page. This is the second volume of the 1583-1595 Constantinople edition [for additional information concerning this edition see “article pertaining to printing of the Talmud”, by Rabbi Natan Neta Rabinowitz, Jerusalem 1952, pp. 70-74; and “Hebrew Press of Constantinople”, by Avraham Ya’ari, Jerusalem 1967, pp. 131-137 no. 205-220]. Reference to rulings (rulings of the Rambam) in Seder Zera’im printed here for first time.
2-86 pages (missing title page). 33 cm. Fair condition, stains, mold damage. Wear and tear. Scotch tape restoration. Worn binding.
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.
Babylonian Talmud, tractate Nazir, with commentary of Rashi, Tosfot and Rabbeinu Asher. Krakow, . Printing press of Yitzchak son of Aharon Ish Prostitz.
66 leaves. 29 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, moth stains and tears, restored with scotch tape. New binding.
Despite wording indicating otherwise on title page, as known, rulings of the Rosh [Rabbeinu Asher] were not written on this tractate. For information related to printing of this edition see: Article pertaining to printing of Talmud, by Rabbi Natan Neta Rabinowitz, Jerusalem 1952, pp. 80-84.
"Hilchot Rav Alfas", Tractates "Shabbat" and" Eruvin". [Venice, 1552, first edition with additions by Rabbi Yehoshua Boaz, author of "Shiltei Giborim"]. Several glosses and corrections in ancient handwriting.
Leafs 99-229 (total of 131 of 399 leaves), 39 cm. High-quality paper, good-fair condition, minor damages (restored) and stains. New fabric binding.
"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.
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.
Mishnayot with commentary Kav VeNaki, section one [Zera’im, Mo’ed and Nashim] and section two [Nezikin, Kodshim and Taharot]. Amsterdam . Miniature pocket edition which includes all six Sidrei Mishnah in one volume.
[Additional printing of the 1697 Amsterdam edition, in which the concise Kav VeNaki commentary was printed for the first time. Second section does not include separate title page.
, 166, 2-231,  leaves. 12 cm. Good-fair condition, stains, colorful mildew stains. Tears on title page and on several leaves. Notations.
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].
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.
Urim V'Tumim, on Shulchan Aruch Choshen Mishpat, Part 1 [Simanim 1-72] and Part 2 [Simanim 73-152], by Rabbi Yehonatan Eibeshitz. Karlsruhe, [1775-1777]. First edition.
Separate title page for second part. Inscription on first title page: "Ya'akov Cohen".
, 204,  205-381,  leaves. Good condition, stains, tears to margins of several pages [without damage to text]. Antique leather binding, remnants of laces-clasps.
"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.
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).
*"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.
* Sefer Chemed Moshe. Rabbi Gedalia Moshe of Loshitz.
* Sefer Sidrei Tahara. Rabbi Elchanan Ashkenazi.
* Sefer HaAruch Meshech. Rabbi Shabtai Katz – The Shach.
* Sefer Beit Ephraim. Rabbi Ephraim Zalman Margaliot.
* Sefer Pri To’ar. Rabbi Chaim ben Attar. Bound with: Sefer Toraht HaBayit Ha’Aroch by the Rashba.
* Sefer Sha’arei Torah. Rabbi Binyamin Wolf Low.
* Noda BeYehuda responsa. Kama edition.
* Sefer Yeshu’ot Ya’akov. Rabbi Ya’akov Meshulam Bernstein.
* Sefer Kehilat Ya’akov. Rabbi Ya’akov Lorberbaum of Lisa.
* Noda BeYehuda responsa, Tanina edition. Rabbi Yechezkel Landau.
For additional details pertaining to books see Hebrew description.
11 books, various sizes and conditions. Signatures and ownership notations.
Sefer Keset HaSofer, laws of writing of Sifrei Torah, Tefillim, Mezuzot and Megillat Esther, and their restoration. By Rabbi Shlomo Ganzfried of Ungvar. Ofen 1835.
First book of author of Kitzur Shulchan Aruch. This book contains the well-known approbation of the Chatam Sofer.
, 32 leaves. 20.5 cm. Good condition, foxing and slight moth damage. Worn binding.
* Sefer Lechem VeSimla. Rabbi Shlomo Ganzfried.
* Sefer Toraht Zevach. Rabbi Shlomo Ganzfried. Bound with: Sefer Ohel Yitzchak by Rabbi Yitzchak son of Rabbi Eliezer of Munkacs.
* Kitzur Shulchan Aruch HaShalem. Stamps of Rabbi Yosef Tzvi Kalish of Skernowitz.
* Sefer Ohalei Shem. Rabbi Shlomo Ganzfried.
* Kitzur Shulchan Aruch. Rabbi Shlomo Ganzfried.
For additional details pertaining to books see Hebrew description.
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.
Machzor for High Holy Days [Yom Kippur], with intentions and customs according to the Ari and Sefer Chemdat Yamim. Thessaloniki, .
, 2, , 4-170, 173-219. Thessaloniki, , 225-230 leaves. (Leaf 66 missing, replaced with additional leaf 68). 19 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, wear and tear, moth stains, some leaves detached. Worn leather binding.
*"Yad Aharon", Vol. 1. "Even HaEzer", Istanbul, 1756. Signed by Rabbi "Chaim Elfandri" and Rabbi "Uziel Elchayich" [Tunis Torah scholars in the 1760-1790s, author of "Mishkenot HaRo'im"]." Orim Gedolim". With" Or LaYesharim", Istanbul, 1758. Signed by Rabbi "Ish Tza'ir", and Rabbi "Nissim Ovadia" [Hebron Torah scholars in the 1770s]. Missing one leaf at the end of the index. *"Yadav Shel Moshe – Yadayim Mochichot". Thessaloniki, 1812. Long glosses handwritten and signed by Rabbi "Shabtai Akshuti" [Rabbi in Constantinople and Jerusalem, author of" Kol Shachal", died 1889]. *"Avodat Masa", on tax laws. With a booklet on matters regarding "gittin". Thessaloniki, 1846. Signed by Rabbi "Yitzchak Mizrachi". *"Mizbeach Adama". Thessaloniki, 1777. Signatures of Rabbi "Chaim Shmuel Nachmeas" [a Jerusalem scholar, son of the author of "Hon Rav", died 1782].
5 books, Various sizes and conditions, moth damages.
*Rabbi Yosef Kitzby responsa and" Mutzal Me'esh" responsa. Constantinople 1736. Many signatures and glosses. Some cutoff. Signed by Rabbi "Yom Tov HaLevi" and Rabbi "Eliyahu ben Yitzchak Katyu". One gloss is apparently in the handwriting of Rabbi Moshe Pardo. *"Torat Moshe" responsa, Rabbi Moshe Shabtai. Thessaloniki, 1797. (Several leaves are possibly missing from the middle of the book). Signed by Rabbi "David Amado" [Istanbul Torah scholar, 1770-1832, author of "Tehilla L'David"]. * Bound with "Ge'onim" responsa, Sha'arei Teshuva", Thessaloniki, . *"Orach Mishpat", on "Choshen Mishpat". Rabbi Rachamim Eliyahu Chazan. Thessaloniki, 1858. (Several leaves missing from the middle of the book). Many handwritten glosses. Signature of his relative Rabbi Eliyahu Chazan [1840-1908, author of "Ta'alumot Lev"] who writes "For me to own, his close relative who carries his name". *"Lekutot HaRamban", Thessaloniki, 1791. Many signatures: Rabbi "Chaim Moshe Pifirno" [a leading rabbi in Istanbul in the life of Rabbi Chaim Falagi]; Rabbi "Ya'akov Ya'avetz "[a scholar in Istanbul and disciple of Rabbi Chaim Falagi, died 1875] and signature of Rabbi Eliyahu Chazan who signed "Last redeemer Sivan 5643". *Bound with: Rabbi Yosef HaLevi ben Migash responsa, Thessaloniki, .
6 books, in 4 volumes. Various sizes and conditions, moth damages.
For complete list, see Hebrew description.
6 books, Various sizes and conditions.
Most of the books are from the library of Rabbi Mordechai David Levine (author of "Darkei David", 1878-1967), from the estate of his elder father-in-law (Rabbi Chaim Ya'akov Shapira, "Ra'avad "of Kovno and Jerusalem, 1832-1908).
"Imrei Sasson", ethics and songs, by Rabbi Sasson ben Rabbi Mordechai Moshe (Shenduch, author of "Kol Sasson"). Baghdad, 1890. Rare first edition. (Second edition was published in Baghdad 1891).
59 leaves. 16.5 cm. Good condition. Original binding.
*Refuah Shleimah, compilation of cures by the Rambam. With piyutim. Djerba, . Jewish-Arabic. *Siddur Aruchat Tamid, prayers for various times. Djerba, 1942. Instructions in Jewish-Arabic. *Shana Tova, prayers and segulot for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. Djerba [c. 1945]. *Seder Tefilla U'Bakasha, has a number of segulot, with the 13 tenets of faith". Djerba, [194?]. Not listed in the Bibliography Institute. *Pizmon Bar Yochai, simple meaning and Arabic translation. Susa, [c. 1940]. (Sheet uncut at printing). *Siddur Minchat Tamid, mincha and arvit for everyday, Shabbat and Rosh Chodesh. Djerba, [c. 1945]. *Kol Rina V'Yeshua, piyutim and songs for a circumcision. Djerba, . Two copies. *Siddur Yom HaShabbat, prayers for Shabbat and festivals. Djerba, 1946. Two copies.
10 items, 10-12 cm. Varied condition.
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.
* Sefer LeDavid Emet. Rabbi Chaim Yosef David Azulai – The Chida. * Sefer Chemda Genuza. * Chidushei Megilla from manuscript by Rabbeinu Nissim. (Bound with: Sefer Yad Malachi). * Pamphlet Ma’amar Chesed Ve’emet. Rabbi Chaim Yitzchak Aharon Rapaport [Magid of Vilkomir]. * Seder Tartiv Shav Chag HaPesach. * Sefer Agadot Talmud Yerushalmi. * Sefer Peleh Yo’etz, by Rabbi Eliezer Papo. Bound with: Sefer Ner Minerot. Rabbi Dov Ber Menkes. * Sefer Brit Olam Kama with “Tashlum Brit Olam Kama”. Rabbi Akiva Yosef Schlesinger. (Bound with: Sefer Chomat HaDat. * Sefer Tefillah LeMoshe. * Sefer Amarot Tehorot. Rabbi Avraham Chayun. * Sefer Ot Olam. * Selichot for 7th of Adar. Bound with: Pamphlet Ma’amar Chesed Ve’emet. Magid of Vilkomir. * Sefer Tzvi Latzadik, by Rabbi Tzvi Michel Shapiro.
For additional details pertaining to books see Hebrew description.
Total of 17 books, various sizes and conditions.
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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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.
* Siddur Zichron Yerushalayim, prayers as customary by Sephardim. Jerusalem, . (Not listed in Bibliography Institute CD or S. HaLevi).
* Siddur Sha’ar HaTefillah, as customary by Sephardim. Jerusalem, [c. 1940]. Olivewood binding, “Bezalel Jerusalem”.
* Sefer Hadrat Zkenim, [Idra Rabba] – “The Holy Zohar”. Jerusalem, . (S. HaLevi 490; missing leaves of approbations following title page).
3 miniature volumes, 6.7-7 cm. Varying condition.
*Derech Tevunot, by Rabbi Moshe Chaim Lutzatto – the Ramchal with Da'at Navon commentary. *Sefat Emet. Rabbi Moshe Chagiz. *Ozen Aharon. Rabbi Aharon Azriel. *Azharot in the Holy Tongue and in Persian.
Pamphlets of the sermons of Rabbi Ya'akov Mordechai Hirshson (Afikei Yam compositions): "Even Shlomo, for the siyum of Seder Nezikin. * Chakor Davar, for siyum of Seder Kodshim. * Kevod HaTorah, for siyum of Seder Nashim. * Ner Mitzvah, for siyum of Seder Pesachim.
For complete description, see Hebrew list.
8 books, various sizes and conditions.
For complete list, see Hebrew description.
6 books, Various sizes and conditions.
"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.
* "Chevesh Pe'er", on tefillin. Second enlarged edition. Jerusalem, 1925. * "Da'at Cohen", responsa on "Yoreh Deah". Jerusalem, 1942. * "HaDvir" – compilation of Torah and Jewish wisdom. Jerusalem, 1899-1922. Collection of 12 bound booklets. [This compilation printed by Rabbi Kook's faithful disciples, contains much of his Torah thoughts and words. The last booklet has eulogies of Rabbi Meir Simcha HaCohen, author of "Or Sameach" printed in 1922 after a false rumor reached Jerusalem that the "Or Sameach" was murdered in a pogrom].
3 volumes, Various sizes and conditions.
"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.
"Sefer Nitzachon", by Rabbi Yom Tov Lipmann Muhlhausen. Amsterdam, .
Anti-Christian polemic book, edited and arranged according to Torah portions and Bible books. End of book contains responses of the Radak to Christians.
The preceding publication of this edition was printed by Christians in Altdorf and Nierenberg in the year 1644, with the addition of a Latin section which contains a lengthy essay in opposition of Judaism. This is the first edition of the book printed by Jews.
110 leaves. 12 cm. Good condition, stains. Few moth stains and several tears. New 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.
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.
* Divrei Tzaddikim, "To show the way to the light… and conversation among Chassidim… about the book Megale Temirin". Yitzchak Ber Levinson. Vienna, 1830. A parody on Chassidim in the style of Megale Temirin.
* Bochen Tzaddik, "With different opinions on the book Megale Temirin. Yosef Perel. Vienna, 1838. Sequel to Megale Temirin.
Varied size, good condition, stains. Stamps and signatures. Bochen Tzedek has no binding.
Jerusalemite Talmud Seder Kodshim, section 2 Chulin-Bechorot, with glosses by the Maharsham of Brezhan and explanation of foreign words and comments by Shlomo Baber. Commentary Cheshek Shlomo, by publisher Shlomo Ye’uda son of Maharam HaSefaradi, known as Friedlander. Seini, (1907).
, 78; , 47 leaves (missing first title page. Tile pages of both tractates included). 34.5 cm. Quality paper. Good condition, few stains. Original damaged binding.
* "Netzach Yisrael", articles about subjects essential to our people. Polemic against the authors of the Enlightenment and Zionist movements, by Rabbi Eliyahu Meir Feivelson Rabbi of Kupishuk, one of the founders of" Agudat Yisrael". Warsaw, 1914.
* Articles by Ya'akov HaBachrachi, regarding Leap Years and Years Count. Polemic on matters of astronomy and the Jewish calendar, opposing those who deny the words of "Chazal", by Rabbi Ya'akov Bachrach. Warsaw, 1893.
2 books, approximately 22 cm. good-fair condition.
"Halacha L'Ma'aseh" booklet, "pertaining to the laws of fruit of the Seventh Year grown by transgressing ("Shmitta" laws), if they are permitted…" by Rabbi Ya'akov David – Ridvaz. Jerusalem, .
Includes letters by the Ridvaz to "the Torah scholars and rabbis of Jerusalem". In the introduction are harsh words against Boris Schatz and Mordechai HaCohen who falsely claimed: "Jerusalem rabbis and in particular the Ridvaz used 'Shmitta' as a 'shnorr business'". On Leaf 6, 2: "Notice to keep you from transgressing a prohibition", signed by five members of the Ashkenazi "Batei Din" in Jerusalem and Rabbi Chaim Berlin, who deny "the rumor that the manner of 'hefker'… is beneficial in permitting also fruits that were grown by working in the Seventh Year (Shmita)".
, 7 leaves. 24 cm. Good-fair condition, minor damages. Original cover.
* "The Chief Rabbinate and Shechita" – booklet by D.m. Dinard about "shechita" by the Rabbi of Macov (Rabbi Yisrael Nathan Coopershtoch), Jaffa-Tel Aviv, 1929. * "The Truth Must be Told" – large proclamation against the decisions of the Tel Aviv community committee concerning "shechita" and "treifot". Tel Aviv, 1937. * "Shechita" committee of the "Edah HaCharedit" for all Ashkenasic communities in Jerusalem – a printed flyer on communal regulations in regard to "shechita", by Rabbi Baruch Reuven Shlomo Jungreiss Chairman of the Convention of the Seventy. Jerusalem, 1920s.
3 printed items. Various sizes and conditions.
* 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.
Passport picture of Rabbi Shach, from his youth. [C. early 1900s].
Rabbi Elazar Menachem-Mann Shach (1888-2002), was born in Lithuania and studied in his youth in Ponovitch, Slobodka and Slutzk yeshivas. Taught in the Klezk Yeshiva in Poland and was head of the Karlin Yeshiva in Luninyets. During the Holocaust years, he ascended to Eretz Yisrael and taught in the Klezk Yeshiva in Rehovot. Later, was appointed teacher and head of Ponovitch Yeshiva in Bnei Brak. Member and head of Moetzet Gedolei HaTorah, Rabbi Shach led the Torah world for decades.
4.5X6.2 cm. Fair condition, stains, cracks with minor damage, handwritten inscription on reverse side of photograph "Eliezer Shach" [perhaps his handwriting].
Photographs from the time of his youth are rare.
* Photograph of the Gur Rebbe "Imrei Emet" walking with his son author of Beit Yisrael. * Photograph of the Gur Rebbe author of Beit Yisrael leaving the house of the Klausenberg Rebbe in Kiryat Sanz after a visit. * Photograph of the Gur Rebbe walking in the street followed by his meshamesh holding the umbrella.
3 photographs, 6.1X9 cm – 8.5X13.5 cm, good condition.
* Two photographs of Rebbe Yoel of Satmar, sitting surrounded by Chassidim. * Photograph of the Rebbe sitting on the deck of a ship, surrounded by disciples.
3 photographs, 7.5X10.5 cm – 8.5X13 cm , good condition.
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.
Four photographs of Rabbi Aryeh Levine. At a family celebration, conversing with Rabbi Zevin etc.
4 photographs, approximately 9X14 cm. Good condition.
Israeli passport of Rebbe of Lublin – Rabbi Avraham Eiger, with his photograph and handwritten signature.
The holy Rabbi Avraham Eiger (1914-2003), direct descendant of the Ga’on Rabbi Akiva Eiger, son of Rebbe Rabbi Shlomo Eiger of Lublin. Immigrated to Eretz Israel, settled in Bnei Brak and began serving as Rebbe of Lublin in 1945. Was known for his righteousness and abstinence from worldly pleasures. The Ga’on Rabbi Shmuel Wosner stated that his glowing image resembles the portrait of his grandfather Rabbi Akiva Eiger [see attached material].
14.5 cm. Good condition, stains and slight wear. Ink-stamps, postage stamps and notations from his various journeys.
Israeli passport of Rebbe Rabbi Yochanan Twersky of Rachmastrivka, with his photograph and handwritten signature.
The holy Rabbi Yochanan Twersky (1903-1982, Encyclopedia of Hassidism II, pp. 95-96), son of Rabbi David of Rachmastrivka, of the Chernobyl dynasty. During the communist era immersed himself in his studies with total devotion, was apprehended and nearly executed and hung; he was however miraculously saved. In 1926 immigrated to Eretz Israel together with his father and grandfather and was active in the establishment of the Chassidism in the Holy Land. In 1950 began serving as Rebbe of Rachmastrivka in Jerusalem and founded the Me’or Einayim Yeshiva. The Chassidism flourished and developed tremendously under his leadership.
14 cm. Good condition, stains and slight wear. Ink-stamps, postage stamps and notations from his various journeys.
British passport – “Palestinian regime”, of the Ga’on Rabbi Yechezkel Sarna, with his photograph and handwritten signature.
Rabbi Yechezkel Sarna (1889-1969), among leading giants of Torah and ethics. Closely associated disciple of the “Alter of Slabodka” Rabbi Natan Tzvi Finkel, and son-in-law of Rabbi Moshe Mordechai Epstein Rosh Yeshiva of Knesset Yisrael in Slabodka. Rabbi Yechezkel was among founders of branch of the Yeshiva in city of Hebron in 1925, and after the demise of his father-in-law headed the Yeshiva which moved to Jerusalem. Among leaders of Council of Torah Sages whose opinions were considered definitive in all relevant public matters.
15 cm. Good condition.
Contains notations and a Visa stamp to Egypt from 1936 (which was apparently not utilized), stamps invalidating passport, and cutting of margin on front cover indicating that the passport has been cancelled.
* Photograph of Rebbe Rabbi David Moshe Friedman of Chortkov [with caption: “Image of Rebbe Rabbi David Moshe of Chortkov”]. (This photograph was distributed in an “altered” version and presented as a portrait of his brother, Rabbi Dov Ber of Leova – see attached material). * Two photographs of Rebbe Rabbi Yisrael Friedman of Chortkov.
Various sizes and conditions.
Collection of cards with portraits of rabbis and rebbes. [20th century].
Illustrations and photographs on paper, glued upon cardboard cards. Some contain description in writing beneath photograph. Portraits of Rebbe Rabbi David Twersky the Maggid of Tolna, Rebbe Rabbi Yochanan Twersky of Rachmastrivka, Rabbi Yonatan Eibschutz, Rabbi Yitzchak Elchanan Spektor, Rabbi Dov Ber Meislish, chief rabbi Rabbi Moshe HaLevi and Moshe Montefiore.
7 cards, approx. 10 cm. Varying condition. Two cards cut on edges.
Photographs of leading rabbis, "With events and their history, their opinions, activities and influence on the community and the general public", by Avigdor Katzburg. N.Y. [after 1925].
Biographies and photographs of 17 rabbis, including Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak Glick, Rabbi Simcha Bunim Sofer, Rabbi Yosef Zvi Dushinsky, Rabbi Koppel Reich, Rabbi Dov Ber Dushinsky, Rabbi Yeshaya Zilberstein and others.
 pages,  photograph plates, 16 cm. Good-fair condition. Minor moth damages to inner margins. Original loose binding.
This edition is a printed lithograph copy of the 1925 Ujpest edition, does not appear in the Bibliography Institute.
Two paintings (oil on wood), portraying Jews studying Torah. [20th century].
Signed; unidentified artist.
16X22 cm each. Framed. Good condition (minor damages).
"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.
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.
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.
Three" Beit Din" documents on matters of estate signed by rabbis:
1. "Shtar Siluk", on matters of the estate of Rabbi Chaim Abuhav. Signed by Rabbi Reuven Elmaliach and Rabbi Yitzchak ebn Margi. Tituan, 16th of Kislev 5605. At the bottom of the document is a "Shtar Siluk" of other heirs who received their part in money, signed by Rabbi Avraham Anhori and Rabbi Shlomo Nahon. Tituan, Sivan 5606[ 1846].
2." Shtar" on matters of estate. Signatures of Rabbi Reuven Elmaliach and Rabbi Shlomo Nahon. Tituan, Shvat 5609 .
3. Shtar with signatures of Rabbi Moshe ben Walid and Rabbi David A--- Rabat, Shvat 5685[ 1925].
3 documents, varied size. Good condition.
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 Halachic responsa in handwriting of the Ga’on Rabbi Shalom Mashash. * Five responses in his handwriting and signature [most of which were written during period of residence in Morocco]. * Leaves in his handwriting, with lists and drafts referring to his rulings. * Large collection of leaves in preparation for printing of four sections of his book – Tevu’ot Shemesh Responsa [Jerusalem, 1979-1981]. Includes: Halachic responsa, typewritten [it is related that Rabbi Mashash himself printed them with his own hands], some signed with his ink-stamp or handwriting (stamps from period of service in Morocco); photocopy leaves of his manuscript, with handwritten revisions and additions.
* Sefer Nachalat Avot by Rabbi Yitzchak Koriat. Livorno, . Personal inscription: “Given to me by Rabbi S. Abuchatzira, Shalom Mashash”. [Apparently, received it from Rabbi Shimon Abuchatzira who served as Dayan in his Beit Din in Casablanca].
The Ga’on Rabbi Shalom Mashash (1909-2003), among leading Dayanim and Halachic authorities of his generation. From 1955 served as chief rabbi and Av Beit Din of Casablanca, Morocco; in 1976 immigrated to the holy city of Jerusalem in order to serve as chief rabbi and chief Av Beit Din of the city. Composed many books in Halacha and Aggadah: Mizrach Shemesh, Beit Shemesh, VeCham HaShemesh, Tevu’ot Shemesh Responsa, Shemesh U’Magen Responsa and more.
Hundreds of leaves. Various sizes, general condition good.
Manuscript, "Yada DeTbacha". [Meknes, early 20th century].
Laws and customs pertaining to food ritually unfit for eating by Rabbi Shlomo son of Rabbi Daniel Berdugo (1854-1906," Malchei Rabanan"), rabbi and rabbinical authority in Meknes. At end of manuscript copyist signed his name: “May G-d merit me to outline the writing… rabbis of Meknes… Shlomo C. Adahan” [apparently one of disciples of Rabbi Shlomo Berdugo].
 written pages. 30 cm. Good condition, stains, blurred ink in several places. New binding.
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.
*"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, 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Book of supplications, Segulot [supernatural protections] and Derech Eretz [desired mode of behavior]. Bombay, . Lithography. * Bound with: Sefer Malachei Kodesh, prayers and ethics, Shir [song] HaYichud “composed by sons of Moshe beyond riverbank of Sambatyon…”, Igeret HaRambam, commentary by the Ba’al Shem Tov and more. Jerusalem, . (S. HaLevi 66).
Signatures and stamps of Rabbi Shlomo Cohen Tzedek, Av Beit Din of Tehran (See item 202). Binding leaves at beginning and end of book contain instructions for his Segulot in Hebrew and in Jewish-Persian in his handwriting. Several handwritten talismans found between leaves of book [one talisman upon parchment].
Book of supplications and Segulot: 48; 112 pages; Sefer Malachei Kodesh: 20, , 25-28 leaves. 17 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and tears. Damaged binding.
*"Shevet Mussar", Parts 1-2. Jerusalem, 1863. Signatures and Torah inscriptions by Rabbi "Moshe son and grandson of the Holy Rabbi Or Shraga".
*"Zichron Moshe", Parts 1-2. Rabbi Moshe Mordechai Maman. Jerusalem, 1908. On Part 1 title page is a dedication handwritten and signed by Rabbi "Yechezkel HaCohen Rabbi of the Baghdad community".
On Part 2 of both books are stamps and various signatures by Rabbi "Shlomo ben Yisrael Cohen-Tzedek", Av Beit Din of Tehran (See item 202).
2 books, various sizes and conditions, wear and tear. Among the leaves are papers handwritten by Rabbi Shlomo Cohen-Tzedek.
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.
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.
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, "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.
Letter by rabbis and notables of the Yazed community, to the Rishon L'Zion Rabbi Ya'akov Meir. Yazed (Persia), 1935.
Large sheet of paper, beginning with a long letter in Rashi script applying to the Rishon L'Zion in regard to a dispute which erupted in the community. The letter contains denial of false accusations told to Rabbi Ya'akov Meir about the shochet Rabbi Yosef Chaim Or Shraga and a request to permit his shechita.
The letter is signed by rabbis and notables of the Yazed community. Approximately 70 signatures, some with stamps. Among the signatures in the first line: "Moshe Refael ben Moshe", "Rachamim ben Yechezkel" "Chacham David ben – Yosef", "Or ben Rabbi Moshe Shraga".
42X55 cm. Good condition, several stains and tiny tears. Folding marks and creases. Placed in frame.
"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.
"Kol Bo", [Venice, 1547. Justinian printing]. The title page and two leaves of the "Simanim" [indexes] are completed in ancient Yemenite handwriting. Many glosses in Yemenite handwriting [from the 18th-19th century]. In one gloss, the writer mentions things from the manuscript of Rabbi Avraham ben HaRambam.
(3 first leaves are lacking and completed by hand) Leaf 4, 158 leaves. Approximately 30 cm. Poor condition, missing text, wear and stains. Heavy moth damages. Damaged binding.
Manuscript, "Blessings and prayers, according to the custom of the Sana'a community and all Yemenite cities" – Siddur for everyday and Shabbat, and blessings. Handsome writing. [Yemen, after 1859].
167 leaves. 12 cm. High-quality paper, good-fair condition, use stains, tears and moth damage. Velvet fabric binding.
Writing characteristic of the 19th century, but certainly written after the death of the Maharitz in 1859, as he is mentioned with the addition "May his memory be blessed".
Manuscript – Tiklal; prayers and poems for Pesach, Shavu’ot, Sukkot, Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, Chanukah and Purim, as well as for four fast days. [Yemen, c. 19th century].
Uniform scribe writing, with upper vowelization symbols. Instructions in Hebrew and in Jewish-Arabic. Includes Agadata DePischa, Azharot for festival of Shavu’ot, Hoshanot, Seder Simchat Torah, Slichot and poems [‘Keter Malchut’ by Shlomo Ebn Gabirol and more].
 pages. 16.5 cm. Good condition, stains. Slight wear on some leaves. Loose pamphlets. Moth damage on binding and several leaves. Leather binding with clasps, damaged.
* Siddur for Morning Prayer for everyday and for Shabbat. Yemen, [c. 19th century].
35 leaves, 17 cm. Fair condition, stains and wear, with damages to margins. New binding, rubbed.
* Tzidduk HaDin prayer, and prayers for mourners and burial. [Yemen?, 19th-20th century?].
7 leaves. Approximately 17 cm. Fair condition, ink damages to paper. 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.
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.
Manuscript "Seder Ha'Asiya B'Lel Pesachim" Passover Haggadah , in decorative colored writing. [Yemen, 18th-19th century]. Bound at the end is a selicha-piyut "Eshal Adon Olam" – intentions of blowing the shofar, with kabalistic commentary. The author is Rabbi David ben Rabbi Yosef ben Rabbi Chaim ben Rabbi Teveria Al-Tzeidi of Sharab. Copier's colophon: Rabbi "Yosef ben Se'adya Sheir", 1829.
Haggadah: 24 pages, approximately 16cm. High quality paper. Fair condition. Stains and wear.
Selicha-piyut: 14 pages, approximately 16cm. Poor condition,
wear and moth damages, with major text omission.
Bound in a new elaborate and decorated leather 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].
Three manuscripts, Shir HaShirim Ruth and Kohelet, with Rashi commentary and Targum. Especially beautiful writing. Yemen [c. 19th century].
In the binding of the book are hidden manuscripts from earlier times, sections of various works: kabbalah, philosophy, Menorat HaMaor, prayers and piyutim.
40 pages, 22,5 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and wear. Leather binding, Yemenite processing sttle.
Manuscript, Shir HaShirim, Megillat Ruth and Megillat Kohelet, with Aramaic translation. [Yemen, 19th century].
Beginning of manuscript: Order of annulment of vows for day preceding Rosh Hashanah. Translation written surrounding text of Megillot, with upper vowelization. Text of Megillot themselves written with lower vowelization.
 pages. 16 cm. Good condition, stains. Wear and tear on leaf margins. Several detached leaves. Leather binding.
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.
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.
* Manuscript of book of Haftarot, with the Targum. Yemen, 1867.
Amateur writing with vowels below. On the last page is the author's colophon of the scribe Ya'ish ben Yosef with the scribe's apology for mistakes, a curse on women who talk of mundane matters in the Beit Knesset and other inscriptions.
* Manuscript, book of Haftarot, with Targum. Yemen, [19th century].
Amateur writing with superlinear vocalizations. Scribe's colophon at end of book that he wrote the book for himself. Under the colophon is a sales bill in a different handwriting in Jewish-Arabic, from 1895, for the sale of the book to Doud Sachar Al-Amelech Yichye Salam, witnessed by Musi Ya'akov and Me'utza Ebn Shlomo.
2 volumes, various sizes and conditions.
Manuscript, Mekor Chaim, on laws of shechita, by Rabbi Yichye Tzalach the Maharitz. Handsome writing, colorfully decorated. Ratzaba (Yemen), 19th century.
The first and last leaves have various ownership inscriptions and signatures, some from the beginning of the 20th century (1903) and some earlier [apparently yet from the time of the author who died in 1859]. LaMenatzeach menorah, riddles etc.
45 leaves, 18 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and slight wear. New binding.
Manuscript, divan of songs and poems; songs for Shabbat, festivals and holidays, wedding songs, in Hebrew and Jewish-Arabic. Writing in black and red ink. [Yemen, 19th century]. Ownership signatures and notations in Arabic.
Some poems never printed and appear only in manuscript. [This anthology possibly contains poems which do not appear in other manuscripts. Not examined thoroughly].
Approx. 126 written leaves. Long and narrow 24X9 cm. Fair condition, stains, wear and tear, loose and detached leaves. Worn leather binding with leather and metal rings.
Manuscript, Tikun Leil Shavu’ot, with the “Idra Rabba Kadisha”. [Yemen, c. 19th century].
Several pages vowelized. Glosses in more recent writing on leaf margins. [Notations on back binding leaf and symbols of Star of David].
 pages. 16 cm. Good condition, stains. Wear and tear on two leaves. Ancient damaged leather binding.
Manuscript of "Mishnayot" (with vowels) with commentary by Rabbi Ovadia of Bartenura. Tractates "Zevachim, Menachot" and the beginning of Tractate "Chulin". [Yemen, 19th century]. Stamps of Rabbi "Shlomo ben Avraham Salach, Beit Din of Dhamar".
48 pages. 31 cm. High quality paper and handsome writing. Good condition, stains. New fabric binding.
De Agadata D'Pischa – Passover Haggadah , scribal writing on thin parchment. [Yemen?, 17th-18th century? or earlier].
12 pages, on dark home-processed sheep parchment, approximately 21 cm. Poor condition. Stains and mildew, wear and tear with lacking text.
* "Seder Agadata D'Pischa". Most of the manuscript has handsome square handwriting, [Yemen, 18th-19th century].
18 leaves, 17 cm. Fair condition, wear and stains, without corners. Restoration. New binding.
* Haggadah in simple unsophisticated writing. [Yemen, 19th century]. Some pages are written upside down, [for Yemenite children who were also used to reading upside down].
31 leaves. Approximately 12.5 cm. Lacking beginning and end. Fair condition, tears and stains.
"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.
Manuscript, Pesach Haggadah, Seder Hosha'anot for Sukkot and Tikun Simchat Torah. [Yemen, late 19th century or early 20th century].
Instructions in Jewish-Arabic. Preceding Haggadah: Lengthy version of ‘LeShem Yichud’ (from book Chemdat Yamim). Following Haggadah, leaf with heading “Night prayers for Rosh HaShanah”, without continuation on reverse side [Unclear whether missing from manuscript or if scribe did not continue]. At end of manuscript: “Blessing for public”.
 leaves. 18 cm. Good condition, stains, notations. Binding and leather clasps.
* Handwritten Ketubah, Kah Bir Elazav (Yemen) Adar 1884. * Handwritten and printed Ketubah, recording the marriage of Rabbi Shlomo ben David Karavani to the daughter of Rabbi Yichye Elnahari HaLevi. Jerusalem, Elul 1900. * Printed ketubah, recording the marriage of the bridegroom Yehoshua Berman to the widow Chamama bat Rabbi David Karavani. Jerusalem, 1930. * Signed documents, concerning the "Nachalat Zvi" neighborhood of the Yemenite community in Jerusalem, testaments, Prozbul, etc. Some of the rabbis' signatures: Rabbi Avraham Chaim Elnadaf; Rabbi Aryeh Leib Bahara'ad (Rabbi Leib Dayan); Rabbi Saliman Karavani; Rabbi Chaim Shlomo Mizrachi; Rabbi Yichye --- HaLevi; Rabbi Sa'id Sharian; etc.
13 items, various sizes and conditions.
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.
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.
"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.
* "Sefer Halacha Achrona" and" Kuntress [pamphlet] HaRe’ayot", by Rabbi Aryeh Leib Epstein [author of "Hapardes"]. Königsberg, . “Halacha Achrona” is the Halachic ruling surrounded by “Be’er Ha’Achronim” – "Chiddushim" of "Achronim", and “Kuntress HaRe’ayot” – "Chiddushim" by author. Approbations of Rabbi Yehonatan Eibeschitz and additional rabbis.
Originally printed and bound with: * "Sefer HaPardes", by Rabbi Aryeh Leib Epstein. Königsberg, 1759.
The printing process was interrupted [as the author notes on leaf 42/2: “Due to printing expenses the author was forced to halt in the middle of the book' Halacha Achrona' and to print several pamphlets from his remaining books and this book, 'Sefer HaPardes', was published first…”]. As a result, significant variations as to the number of leaves in each copy exist [Bibliography Institute CD lists at least four various copies of "Sefer Hapardes " as far as pagination and number of leaves, see records 111284-111286].
Pagination in this copy: "Sefer Halacha Achrona": , 2 [instead of: 4]; 29-35, 37-42 leaves (leaf 36 apparently missing. Total: 18 leaves). "Sefer HaPardes": 9; 23; 127-136 leaves. (Total: 70 leaves).
20 cm. Fair condition. Stains, moth stains, notations. New binding.
Manuscript, commentary on Likutei HaGra B'Kabala. By the Mekubal Rabbi Avraham Dov Berkowitz Rabbi of Lakhva. [Later than 1889]. Rashi script [Ashkenasi?]. On cover leaf are kabalistic inscriptions in Oriental handwriting.
Rabbi Avraham Dov Berkowitz (1825-1899), known from his youth as an outstanding genius who intensively studied Torah and "Wisdom of the Truth" (kabbalah). In 1859, was appointed Rabbi of Kozhan-Horodok and after a few more years became Rabbi Lakhva near Pinsk. In 1899, he ascended to Eretz Yisrael and died a month later in Tishrei 1900. His writings on halacha and kabala remained with his son Rabbi Mordechai who immigrated to Jerusalem with him and were printed in the book Zecher L'Avraham published by his descendants in Jerusalem in 1972-1978. This manuscript was printed in 1978 in Volume 2. Found among the leaves is a copy in the handwriting of his grandson Rabbi Moshe Yehoshua Landau who dealt with the editing of the book.
72 leaves. + 5 detached leaves from various places in the book, approximately 22 cm. Fair condition, wear and detached leaves, light moth damages. Stains, the last leaves have fungus damage. Unbound.
This manuscript was written after the printing of the book Likutei HaGra in Warsaw 1889.
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.
Manuscript on parchment, Mishne Torah L'HaRambam, Sefer Zemanim. [Spain, 14th-15th century].
Large impressive volume of a manuscript from the time of the Rishonim, the generation before the Spanish Expulsion. Handsome copy in Sefardi writing characteristic to its time and place. Brown ink on parchment, processed and sketched. The booklet sheets are folded and arranged in a manner that the hairy side is always placed opposite the fleshy side so that when opened the color will be uniform.
The manuscript has been proofread by an expert proofreader from the time of the copy, who reviewed the version of the Mishne Torah, completed what the copier missed and corrected mistakes.
-The manuscript is incomplete, the content is as follows: *Hilchot Shabbat: Chapter 1, Halacha 1-mid Chapter 15; Chapter 19, Halacha 1-Chapter 26, Halacha 14. *Hilchot Eruvin: Chapter 1, Halacha 11- end. *Hilchot Shevitat Asor: complete. *Hilchot Shevitat Yom Tov: Chapter 1, Halacha 1-Chapter 6, Halacha 6. *Hilchot Succah V'Lulav: Chapter 6, Halacha 5 – Chapter 8, Halacha 3. *Hilchot Shekalim: Chapter 2, Halacha 1-end. *Hilchot Kiddush HaChodesh: complete. *Hilchot Ta'anit: Chapter 1, Halacha 1 – Chapter 5, Halacha 5.
Leaf size: 24X31 cm. Original leaf numbering: 2-24, 33-48, 55-78, 94-96, 99-133. Total: 101 leaves. Booklets of eight leaves. 23 lines to each page.
Most leaves are in good condition. Approximately 7 leaves in fair condition (coarse tears and wear, sometimes with minor damage to text). Stains. On several pages, the wide margins were cut, for reuse of parchment strips. Detached leaves and booklets.
Rare manuscript in its condition and scope. Attached is an authorization by an expert on Hebrew manuscripts. We have not examined the manuscript version or compared it to other versions.
Remnants of a manuscript removed from the binding geniza. Rulings of the Rid, by Rabbi Yeshaya Di Trani the first (Ba'al Tosfot Rid). [Byzantine writing, 15th century?].
The manuscript has rulings of Gittin 76a – 80b, 82a and 86a [see details on attached leaf]. Several glosses on margins, from first examination it seems that there are certain changes in the version from the version printed in the Rid rulings of the Yad HaRav Herzog edition.
Approximately 10 leaves, varied size, varied state of damages due to the binding, professionally restored.
Remnants of manuscripts, removed from the "binding geniza". [Sefardi writing, 15th and 16th centuries].
*Remnants of a polemic anti-Christian work, unidentified [4 pages]. *Section of the work Norah Tehilot by Rabbi Yoel Ebn Sho'ib. *Leaves of Abarbanel commentary on the Torah [from a number of writings]. *Leaf of Pirkei Moshe [Rambam's medical articles]. *A number of paragraphs on medical matters called Gavriel.
Approximately 15 leaves and leaf sections. Fair-poor condition, varying damages due to binding.
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, 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.
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, Chidushei Sugiyot and Chidushei Aggadah. Attributed to the Ga’on Av Beit Din of Pressburg (apparently author of Shevet Sofer, or his father, author of the Ktav Sofer who passed away in 1872), in name of the Ga’on Rabbi Yehoshua Aharon Tzvi Weinberger (Av Beit Din of Margareten) and in name of the Ga’on Av Beit Din of Khust (the Maharam Schick). Khust, 1876.
First leaf contains signed notation: “Gershon Tishler”, who received the notebook as a gift from his brother Rabbi “Alexander Tishler”.
Approx. 43 written pages. approx. 22 cm. Quality paper, good condition. Many blank leaves. New binding.
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.
A long letter of halachic responsum on the laws of "niddah", handwritten and signed by Rabbi "Mordechai ben Rabbi Yehoshua Katz" Rabbi of Sheps, sent to the Torah genius Rabbi Avraham Landau Rabbi of Tshekhanov. Sheps (Sierpc, North Poland), [after 1841].
Rabbi Mordechai ben Rabbi Yehoshua HaCohen Greebaum, was certified for Torah rulings by Rabbi Akiva Eiger who described him as a Torah genius, [in the introduction to "Oznei Yehoshua" by his grandson Rabbi Yehoshua Segal (Jerusalem, 1914), a story appears about him that he used to teach the sons of Rabbi Shlomo Eiger. When he reached their home, the grandfather Rabbi Akiva Eiger tested his grandson Rabbi Leib'le and said in amazement that the teacher is a genius and not a simple "melamed". When Rabbi Mordechai appeared before him and they discussed Torah thoughts, Rabbi Akiva Eiger told Rabbi Mordechai that a genius like him must serve as rabbi and he wrote him a "hora'ah" permit]. Rabbi Mordechai served in the Neustadt rabbinate near Warsaw and from 1841 he served in the Sheps rabbinate for 18 years until his death in 1859. After his death, the Sheps community was divided into two communities, and his son-in-law Rabbi Moshe Yosef Segal was appointed Rabbi of the small community, which existed separately until 1884.
The recipient of the letter: Rabbi Avraham Landau Rabbi of Tshekhanov (1789-1875), author of "Zechuta D'Avraham", a holy man and a leading Torah genius in Poland, served in the Tshekhanov rabbinate from 1799 and many rabbis in Poland studied in his yeshiva. His sons and grandsons served as rebbes.
4 pages. Approximately 33 cm. Fair condition, wear to margins and folds, thin paper and ink blurs.
A bundle of manuscripts by Rabbi Ya'akov Aryeh Salant. [Jerusalem, c. 1880-1900]. A Pamphlet of his work "Shiltei HaZahav" to settle the words of the "Taz" in answer to the questions of the" Shach", Part 2 that was never printed, on "Yoreh Deah Simanim 189-402"; a notebook of sermons with a "Sermon for Shabbat HaGadol of 1880"; novellae leaves on the Talmud and Mishnayot, on the Torah, matters pertaining to Eretz- Yisrael, on "Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim" and sections of his work Part 1; etc.
Rabbi Ya'akov Aryeh Leib son of Rabbi Chaim Mordechai Levinson-Salant (1835-1907), a leading Torah scholar in Jerusalem, immigrated to Jerusalem in his youth with his grandfather Rabbi Ze'ev Asya, who was a Torah scholar, tzaddik and modest person. Wrote "She'erit Ya'akov- Imrei Noam" (Jerusalem 1883) and "Shiltei HaZahav" Part 1 on" Yoreh De'ah" up to ''Siman" 110 (Jerusalem 1899, and another manuscript from Part 2 on "Yoreh Deah, Simanim 119-164", appears in "Kedem "Catalogue, Auction 19 Item 292).
More than 100 written pages, various sizes and conditions.
Archive includes letters sent to Rabbi Yehonatan Eibuschutz by various rabbis, including: his brother-in-law Rabbi Henoch Kaminner; Rabbi Shalom Sternberg rabbinical authority of Antwerp (1855-1936); Rabbi Moshe HaCohen Feuerstein of Sarnik; letter signed by Rabbi of Lodz from year 1913; more. * Various leaves of drafts of responses containing many signatures of Rabbi “Yehonatan Eibeschutz Av Beit Din of Lashitz”. * Copies of various rabbinic letters in handwriting of Rabbi Yehonatan, including copies of letters of Rabbi Yitzchak Zelig Morgenstern of Kotzk. * Document authorizing sale of Chametz [leavened food] in handwriting of Rabbi Yehonatan Eibeschutz, and documents authorizing sale of Chametz of Rabbi Aryeh Mordechai Rabinowitz from period of service in Karov, and from period of service as rabbi of Batei Varsha in Jerusalem.
Rabbi Yehonatan Eibeschutz Av Beit Din of Lashitz (passed away in Warsaw in Cheshvan 1915), born in Kotzk, was among prominent rabbis of Poland and Chassid closely associated with Rebbes of Kotzk and Gur. Some of his Halachic responses were printed by his son-in-law the Rabbi of Kariv in the book Tiferet Yehonatan, Jerusalem 1934. Most of these manuscripts were not printed there.
His son-in-law the Ga’on Rabbi Aryeh Mordechai Rabinowitz – “The Rabbi of Bnei Brak” (1885-1955) was appointed to the rabbinate of city of Kasav at the age of 16. During the Russo-Japanese War in the year 1905 fled to the city of Brisk and spent approximately a year with the Ga’on Rabbi Chaim of Brisk with whom he formed a close affinity. From 1913 served in the rabbinate of Kariv for approximately ten years until immigrating to Er