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Auction 30 Lot Number 24

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

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

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Auction 30 Lot Number 86

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Atzei Chaim on the Torah – First Edition

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

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Auction 30 Lot Number 129

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Ketuvim (Psalms) – Amsterdam, 1732

"Ketuvim" – Psalms, Proverbs-Chronicles. Amsterdam, 1732. Printed by Avraham Atias. Illustrated title page.
150, [6] leaves. 21.5 cm. Good condition, stains. Slight tear to title page. Original leather binding, damaged.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 193

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List of 160 Synagogues and Batei Midrash in Vilnius – With a Photograph of the Great Synagogue

"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.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 23

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

A printed personal invitation, By Rabbi Chaim Leib Shmuelevitz, to his wedding with the daughter of Rabbi Eliezer Yehuda Finkel, Head of the Mir Yeshiva, on the 3rd of Tevet 5690 (1930).
Rabbi Chaim Shmuelevitz (1902-1979), grandson of the Saba of Novardok. One of the most outstanding Torah scholars renowned for his diligence and his brilliant discourses. During the Holocaust, he led the yeshiva on its wanderings from Mir to Vilna, to Japan and Shanghai. Later, he immigrated to Jerusalem where he established the "Mir Yeshiva" together with his father-in-law, Rabbi Eliezer Yehuda Finkel and headed it for many years. It is interesting to note that he passed away on the 3rd of Tevet 5739 (1979), after 49 years of marriage.
Card: 6.5X10.5 cm. Good condition, minor creases.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 194

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Photograph of the Sha’ar HaShamayim Synagogue in Gibraltar

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.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 386

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Four Books – Glosses

* Sefer Ha’Orah attributed to Rashi; rulings and Halachot. Sections 1-2. Lvov, [1905]. * Midrash Tehillim – Shocher Tov, sections 1-2. Vilnius, 1891. * Sefer Reshit Chochma. Rabbi Eliyahu Vidas. [Unidentified edition, 19th century] (incomplete at beginning and end). * Sefer Nezer Yisrael, section one – laws of Shabbat. Includes Sefer Mikra Kodesh. Section two – laws of holiday and Chol HaMo’ed. By Rabbi Yisrael Matityahu Auerbach. Biłgoraj, 1909.
All books contain handwritten glosses by unidentified writer. Ink-stamp “Zev Yedidya” and ownership notation “Yishaya son of Yitzchak Ya’akov”.
Various sizes and conditions. Three books missing bindings.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 259

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Answer Pamphlet in Handwriting – Rabbi Moshe Shalom Stohl

Manuscript, lengthy Answer pamphlet by Rabbi Moshe Shalom Stohl. Freuenburg, [1914].
Concerning one who forbids himself to enjoy a citron and another person comes and uses it. Fine round writing along with signature. [Response printed at beginning of his book "Shem Olam" Responsa].
The "Ga’on" Rabbi Moshe Shalom Stohl, among rabbis of Lithuania, last rabbi of city of Bauska. Previously served as rabbi of Jieznas and Freuenburg (Courland). Authored "Shem Olam" Responsa and "Sefer Darchei Shalom". Perished in Holocaust.
13 pages. 27 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, tears, folding marks.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 78

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

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

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Auction 30 Lot Number 25

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

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

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Auction 30 Lot Number 377

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Radvaz Responsa – Venice, 1749 – Glosses

Radvaz responsa, Vol. 1. Rabbi David ben Zimra. [Venice, 1749].
Several glosses in Oriental handwriting [1840s, Turkey?] by several writers. Two glosses start with the words "Yitzchak says", one gloss starts with: "Shmuel says the Beit HaLevi…".
127 leaves (originally: [2], 129 leaves; title leaf followed by approbation leaf, and the two last leaves are lacking). Fair condition, stains, many moth damages. Damaged binding.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 47

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“Tikun Leil Shavuot” – Three Editions, Sulzbach

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

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Auction 30 Lot Number 143

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Rif, Sabbioneta 1555 – Signed Glosses

"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.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 239

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“Shulchan Aruch Even Ha’Ezer” with Vilna Ga’on Commentary – First Complete Edition

"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, [1819]. 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.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 165

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Malachei Kodesh with Commentary by the Ba’al Shem Tov – Jerusalem 1862

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,[2], 25-28 leaves. 17 cm. High-quality paper, moth damages. Owners' signatures. New binding.
S. HaLevi, no. 66.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 197

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Remnants of Manuscripts of Rulings and Responsa– Morocco

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.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 261

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Collection of Notebooks of Torah Discourses – Ponovitch Yeshiva, 1951-1955

Collection of notebooks of discourses on Tractates Gittin, Nedarim, Ketubot, Kiddushin, Bava Kama, Bava Metzia, Shevuot etc. Notes by the yeshiva student Shimon Levinger, of the discourses given by Ponovitch Yeshiva Heads: Rabbi David Povarsky, Rabbi Elazar Menachem Shach, Rabbi Shmuel Rozovsky, etc. Bnei Brak, 1951-1955.
Approximately 17 notebooks and pads, various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 304

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Two Letters by Rabbi Ya’akov Sender Greenberg Rabbi of Rosh and Maytchet

Two letters by Rabbi Ya'akov Sender Greenberg, one with a detailed description of the last illness of the Slonim Rebbe Yissachar Leib Weinberg in 1928. The second letter is from 1935 during the time he served as Rabbi of Rosh.
Rabbi Ya'akov Sender Greenberg (murdered in the Holocaust during the summer of 1942), a Slonim" Chassid" who studied in Lithuanian "yeshivot" in Slonim and Radin, served as Rabbi of Rosh (near Volkavisk), as teacher in the" Beit Yisrael Yeshiva" in Stolin, and Rabbi of Maytchet. He had responsa correspondence with the leading rabbis of his generation, Rabbi Chaim Ozer etc. His book "Kochav MiYa'akov" on the laws of divorce was printed in Warsaw in 1938. See attached material.
2 letters, various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 155

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Get Pashut, Constantinople 1719 – Signatures

Get Pashut, on the Laws of Gittin, by Rabbi Moshe ben Chaviv. Constantinople, [1719]. 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".
[2], 143 leaves. 32.5 cm. Varying condition, most leaves in good condition. The three last leaves have fungus damages. New binding.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 347

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“Ba’al HaTurim” on the Torah, Two Editions – Signatures and Glosses

*Torah commentary of Rabbi Ya'akov" Ba'al HaTurim", with "Ittur Bikurim". Feurth, 1752. Illustrated title page. On binding leaves, various inscriptions of Torah thoughts and signatures from 1904 of Rabbi "Zvi ben Rabbi Gershon Bavitum'.
*Torah commentary of Rabbi Ya'akov "Ba'al HaTurim", with "Ittur Bikurim". Polna, [1814]. Signature on title page from 1856 of Rabbi "Meir Yissachar ben Rabbi Yisrael Ya'akov who lives in Kliev" – Rabbi Meir Yissachar Rabinowitz Rabbi of Kliev (Otzar HaRabbanim 13088) ben Rabbi Yisrael Ya'akov ben Rabbi Meir disciple of Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Visbek. See attached material
2 books, various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 379

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Nodah B’Yehuda – Szeczin, 1861 – Glosses

Nodah B'Yehuda responsa, four parts in one volume: Kama edition, Parts 1-2. Tanina edition, Parts 1-2. Szeczin, 1861. Separate title page for each part.
Ownership inscriptions. Several handwritten glosses [some blurred from ink spread on paper], stamps of Chief Synagogue of Harbin (China) and other stamps.
[1], 76, [7]; [1], 123, [16]; [5], 5-116; 121, 13 leaves. 34 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and wear, moth marks, several detached leaves. Front cover [detached], no spine and back.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 102

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Sefer Karnayim, Poryck 1818

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.
[1], 43 leaves. 17 cm. Greenish paper. Good condition. New binding.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 28

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

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

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Auction 30 Lot Number 220

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Collection of Amulets – Yemen

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.

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