Illuminated manuscript of the book Etz Chaim, the Ari's teachings by his disciple Rabbi Chaim Vital. [Eastern Europe, 18th century.]
Elaborate and extraordinarily beautiful manuscript, richly illustrated with impressive, decorated initials, images and adornments. Handsome Ashkenazi-style Rashi script, with emphasis and titles in square letters.
The manuscript opens with an introduction by Rabbi Chaim Vital and rules by the Ari and Rabbi Chaim Vital. This is followed by the second section (Sha'ar Drushei HaIgulim VeHaYosher), mistakenly titled "First Section." (The remaining sections are correctly numbered.) The scribe omitted Sha'ar HaKlalim (Section of Rules), the first section.
The manuscript contains glosses by Rabbi Ya'akov Tzemach, written in a smaller handwriting. The scribe added several glosses and annotations from other books, in the margins.
A similar manuscript with like illustrations – apparently by the same scribe – is in the collection of the Etz Chaim Library in Amsterdam, with the name of the scribe, "Dov Ber Ben Chaim […] of Podhajce [Galicia-Poland]", and the date, 1780. (See item 182 in "Treasures from the Library Ets Haim / Livraria Montezinos", Jerusalem: Jewish National and University Library, 1980.)
The manuscript includes dozens of lavishly illustrated title pages (She'arim), located at the beginning of most of the sections of the work. The decorations and motifs, some of which are heraldic in style, differ for each title page. Amongst them are an Ouroboros (a snake biting its own tail), two crowned lions rampant, a stork and crocodile entwined with the crocodile's head in the stork's beak, a double-headed eagle, two stags erect, and – at the beginning of the tenth section, Sha'ar HaMelachim [Kings' Section], – illustrations of imaginary ' faces of kings and others.
The ends of the sections are adorned with embellishments influenced by the Rococo style and the spirit of the period: foliage, flowers, branches, leaves, seashells; and a lion and a stag in a thicket. The end of the Arich Anpin section is decorated with an image of a crocodile biting its own tail, framing a number of portraits. At the end of Sha'ar HaAkudim is an illustration of Ya'akov Avinu with branches in the troughs, images of striped, speckled and spotted sheep, and an intricate representation of the scene of the Binding of Isaac.
Also decorated with ornately illustrated initials, some historiated, with animal, fowl and fish designs.
Owners' stamps "Shlomo […] Ben Nissan." Several owners' handwritten glosses. A gloss at the end of Section 44 notes, "Lacking an entire leaf and Chapter 1, see printed editions" (this refers to the scribe's omission of the title page and an entire section from the end of Section 44).
2-14; 1-227; 227-307 leaves (lacking one title page). 24cm. Good condition with some staining. The majority of the leaves are complete. Sporadic small tears to some leaves and drawings, caused by the ink etching into the paper. A few leaves have tears restored with paper. All edges gilded and engraved. Original binding, decorated with gilt blind stamps, slightly rubbed.
Book of responsa, on Tur Even HaEzer, by Rabbi Chaim Shabtai [Maharchash]. Thessaloniki, 1651.
The personal copy of the Or HaChaim HaKadosh, given to him as mishloach manot by Chacham Rabbi Shemaya Meimran, as seen in the dedication from 1728 in the handwriting of Rabbi Shemaya Meimran which appears on the leaf after the title page:
"Raised as a gift from me to the complete Chacham, son of Kedoshim, pure hearted on Purim in the year 1728… as mishloach manot to my dear friend Rabbi Chaim Ebn Atar, from one who is tied to his love Shemaya Meimran".
The writer of the dedication is Rabbi Shemaya Meimran a chacham in the city of Meknes, father-in-law of Rabbi Chaviv Toledano, a rabbi in Meknes (Teacher of the Rabbi the Mashbir. See attached material). To the best of our knowledge, the Or HaChaim resided at that time in Meknes. His grandfather, Rabbi Chaim ben Atar the elder, died in 1621, so this dedication was written in honor of the Or HaChaim and not in honor of his grandfather, and we assume that it was given to him on Purim 1628.
Rabbi Chaim Ben Atar (1596-1643), called by all "The Or Hachaim Hakadosh" after his monumental work, one of the leading beacons of Western and Eretz Yisrael Jewry. Born in Sale, Morocco and educated by his grandfather Rabbi Chaim ben Atar the Elder, after whom he is named. In his youth, he moved with his family from his native city to the city of Meknes. There the light of his Torah began to shine in the discourses he delivered to many, morning and evening and his name spread as a holy man who does wonders. In 1632, his novellae on the Talmud was printed in his book Chefetz Hashem. In 1638, he left Morocco and traveled through Algeria and Italy on his way to Eretz Yisrael. When sojourning in Italy, he printed his famous work Or HaChaim on the Torah. In 1641, he ascended to Eretz Yisrael with a group of disciples, at first settling in Acre and Peki'in and after a short while moved to Jerusalem where he established his yeshiva. Among the disciples who basked in his presence was the Chida. The Chida mentions the Or HaChaim in his books many times with great esteem [in Shem HaGedolim he wrote: "And I the young have merited to study in his yeshiva and my eyes have seen the greatness of his Torah… and his holiness is a wonder of wonders". In Kikar LaEden the Chida writes: "And I saw the Rabbi…Chaim ebn Atar who fasted three days before Purim night and day…", and many more similar references]. It is told that besides for his renowned yeshiva, he had a hidden yeshiva for studying secret wisdom and the Ba'al Shem Tov told his brother-in-law rabbi Gershon of Kuty of its existence before he ascended to Eretz Yisrael and told him to attempt to be counted among its disciples.
His book Or HaChaim on the Torah was accepted by the entire Jewish world. Chassidic leaders claimed that its level is like the Zohar in its ability to purify the soul. His disciple the Chida brings the Chassidic custom to study his holy book on Shabbat eve: "And we have heard that now in Poland it is highly valued and has been printed twice more, and this has arisen since the Rabbi the Chassid the Ba'al Shem Tov has told of the greatness of the soul of the aforementioned Rabbi Chaim".
Chassidic leaders have spoken at length of the holiness of the Or HaChaim HaKadosh. The Ba'al Shem Tov said that every night the Or HaChaim hears Torah from G-d and he "was from those who have plunged the depths of the merkava and the revelation of souls and has risen to the level of true Holy Spirit". And he further said that at the time that his soul rises every night, he sees that from all the tzaddikim, only Rabbi Chaim ben Atar precedes him and as hard as he tries, he cannot precede Rabbi Chaim. It is told that the efforts of the Ba'al Shem Tov to ascend to Eretz Yisrael were to meet Rabbi Chaim ben Atar, who was "The spark of the Messiah", and by this means to bring the redemption. Many tales of wonders were written about him and about the salvations he performed during his life and after his death.
, 219 leaves (without the index leaves 220-222). Good-fair condition. 28 cm.
Moth and wear damages, few stains, 12 last leaves are torn in the upper left corner, with damage to text. Several leaves are cut in the margins bordering on the text. Worn binding.
A letter of request to support the settlements of the Gra's disciples in the communities of Safed and Jerusalem. Signed by the Gra's disciple Rabbi Yisrael of Shklov and signatures of the leading disciple of the Gra's community. Jerusalem and Safed, Kislev 1830.
Written as a personal letter of request sent to the emissary Rabbi Zvi Hirsh ben Yehuda, with an empty space for completing the name of the philanthropist by the emissary.
Signed by: "Chaim Cohen who was Rabbi of Pinsk and its region" [served approximately 20 years in the Pinsk rabbinate and was accepted also by Chassidim, ascended to Safed in 1826 and served in its rabbinate until his death in 1831]; "Yisrael author of Taklin Chadtin of Safed" [Rabbi Yisrael of Shklov disciple of the Gra]; "Nathan Neta ben the Chassid Rabbi Mendel of Jerusalem" [called the Great Rabbi Neta, one of the leaders of the group of the first aliya of the Gra's disciples in 1809, his father Rabbi Mendel of Shklov ascended one year earlier and prepared the ground for this aliya. Died in Jerusalem on Tishrei 1846, and on his tombstone are the words "Rabbi, Chassid and Humble"]. "Nathan Neta ben Rabbi Se'adya Jerusalem" [Tzaddik and Chassid, had the merit to serve the Gra and cite mishnayot by heart before him. His father, Rabbi Se'adya was the leader and rabbi of the Gra's disciples who ascended to Jerusalem. Died in 1849]; "Aryeh Leib son of Rabbi Yosef Leon" [a head of the Ashkenasic settlement in Safed]; "Aryeh the Trustee Jerusalem" [Rabbi Aryeh Leib ben Rabbi Yerachmiel Marcus of Keiden (1800-1877), trustee of the Kollel Perushim in Jerusalem and a founder of the Churva Beit Knesset]; "Shlomo Zalman ben Wolf HaCohen" [emissary from Eretz Yisrael, son-in-law of Rabbi Ya'akov Sapir, died in Calcutta, India in 1847]. See attached material about all the men who signed.
23 cm. high-quality choice paper, very good condition.
A similar certificate was printed from a manuscript in the memorial book Eshed HaNechalim, Bnei Brak, 1992, pp. 212-213.
Degel Machane Efraim, Rabbi Moshe Chaim Efraim Ashkenasi of Sadilkov, grandson of Rabbi Yisrael the Besht. Korets, 1810, first edition.
On the Torah consecutively, Chassidic style. Approbations by Chassidic leaders: Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdichov, the Maggid Rabbi Yisrael of Koznitz, Rabbi Ya'akov Yitzchak HaLevi Horwitz "HaChozeh" of Lublin, Rabbi Avraham Yehoshua Heshel Rabbi of Apta etc. At the end of the book are "likutim" (compilations) of the Besht as well as "the dreams found in the writings of the Holy Rabbi" (one leaf).
An early Chassidic book. This book is one of the first authorized sources of the Besht's Torah thoughts which he absorbed directly from the mouth of the holy author, Rabbi Moshe Chaim Efraim of Sadilkov (1748-1800), the Besht's grandson, son of his righteous daughter Edel. Chassidic leaders spoke at length of the holiness of the book and its ability to inspire its reader with fear of Heaven, and as Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdichev wrote in his approbation to the book: "I promise that by this work, the hearts of our brothers the People of Yisrael will be stirred to serve G-d".
Whole copy in good condition, greenish-bluish paper. Apparently combined of two copies. , 114 leaves. 19.5 cm. Good condition, stains, moth marks, wear to leaf margins and restored tears to several leaves [minor damage to text]. Censor stamp to title page. Signatures, gloss on last leaf blurred]. Handsome new leather binding.
Stefansky Chassidut no. 128.
Dozens of leaves, manuscripts, responsa and novellae in the handwriting of Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac Chaver, from the time he served in the Tiktin rabbinate. One responsum has his full signature "Yitzchak Isaac ben Rabbi Ya'akov of Tiktin and its region", 1847 and another signed responsum.
*8 first pages of a long responsum by Rabbi Yitzchak Elchanan Rabbi of Rozan [and Kovno. Printed with differences in "Binyan Olam" responsa, Siman 1]. *12 pages of a long responsum by Rabbi Efraim Fishel Rabbi of Stavisk. [In the "Binyan Olam" responsa, this responsum was printed with many differences, "Siman" 9 of the old edition and "Siman" 10 of the "Musad HaRav Kook" edition.] Here are 4 pages of the responsum's introduction, 4 pages of its conclusion with his signature and 4 pages of another version in the middle of this responsum which partially matches the leaf before the end of the responsum]. *6 and one half pages, of a complete signed responsum, written to his son Rabbi Yosef Rabbi of Knishin, Tiktin 1845. [Printed in "Binyan Olam" responsa, "Yoreh Deah" " Siman" 59]. Tear with missing section in the middle of the signature. *8 pages of novellae on Tractate "Pesachim". [Apparently, they were not printed.] *4 pages of the beginning of a responsum to Rabbi Binyamin Ferin-Gold on the matter of a written oath. [This responsum apparently was never printed, but in several places in Rabbi Isaac Chaver's books we find that he discusses this matter of a written oath].
The Torah genius and "mekubal" Rabbi Isaac Chaver (1747-1853, "Otzar HaRabbanim" 11168), one of those who passed on the Vilna Ga'on's kabalistic Torah wisdom, "Second mouth of the Gra" – already at the age of 14, Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Shklov (a disciple of the Gra) saw that he was fit to be taught kabalistic wisdom. While yet a youth, he became famous as a Torah genius and expert in all areas of Torah knowledge. He served as rabbi of several important communities: Pruzhany, Raseiniai and Vilkovishk. During 1837-1849, he served in the Tiktin rabbinate and in 1849 moved to Suvalk where he served four years in the rabbinate. An outstanding Torah genius, a foremost rabbi and one of the leading "poskim" of his generation. He completed the study of the entire Talmud 60 times. Wrote dozens of books on the revealed and hidden parts of Torah, only some were published, including many kabalistic books on the Gra's Torah wisdom, halachic responsa and on Talmudic topics.
Approximately 38 pages, size 22-33.5 cm. Written closely, mostly on bluish paper. Good to fair condition, stains and wear.
Letter of authorization in holy handwriting and signature of Kabbalist Rabbi Moshe Zacuto – The Ramaz. Mantua, 7 Tishrei .
“I have received… five hundred on account of the wages due to me from the holy congregations for the past three months; Tamuz, Av and Elul of 1681, and I have signed my name attesting to this here in Mantua, Moshe son of Rabbi Mordechai Zacuto”. Followed by signature of Rabbi Yehuda Briel [member of Beit Din of the Ramaz, successor to him in the rabbinate of Mantua and leading Torah scholar of Italy during that period – see attached material].
The Ramaz – Rabbi Moshe Zacuto (1612-1698, Otzar HaRabbanim 14674), divine genius and Kabbalist. Among transmitters of wisdom of Kabbalah in Italy and throughout countries of Europe. Native of Amsterdam; studied Kabbalah by Rabbi Shaul Mortira. Studied in Poland with Rabbi Yitzchak of Poznan and Rabbi Elchanan of Vilnius under whom he grew tremendously in Torah. He received the essence of the wisdom of Kabbalah from Kabbalist Rabbi Binyamin HaLevi, among disciples of the Ari (some ascribe him as author of Chemdat Yamim – see “Chemdat Yamim Treasury”).
In Shem HaGedolim, the Chida notes that he was granted a heavenly spirit. Rabbi Gur Aryeh HaLevi of Mantua testified that he heard the inner spirit speak from within him.
Served in the rabbinate of Venice together with Rabbi Azarya Figo. From 1673 served as rabbi in Mantua until his death on Sukkot (1697) – year of birth of the Ba’al Shem Tov.
His disciples include: Rabbi Binyamin HaKohen (the Rabach) father-in-law of Rabbi Yeshaya Basan among rabbis of the Ramchal, and Rabbi Avraham Reggio.
His books include: Rabbi Moshe Zacuto Responsa, Kol HaRamaz on the Mishnayot, Igrot HaRamaz (most of which were written to his disciple the Rabach), Shoda Dedeina, commentaries on Sefer HaZohar, Tifteh Aruch, Yesod Olam, Tikun Shovevim and more. Composed many poems and arranged many of the prayers which are customary until today according to Kabbalah – for additional information related to him see attached material.
9.5 cm. leaf. Very good condition. Folding marks, tear (not damaging text). Placed in especially elegant blue and red leather case with gilded imprints and protective glass cover.
Three leaves of Torah and Chassidic thought, in the handwriting of the first Rebbe of Slonim, Rabbi Avraham Weinberg. One is dated 5641. Another one is dated 5634 [printed in the book "Torat Avot", Shlach portion].
Rabbi Avraham Weinberg (1804-1884), disciple of Rebbe Noach of Lachovitz and Rebbe Moshe of Kobrin. After the death of Rebbe Moshe of Kobrin in 1858, most of the Lachovitz-Kobrin Chassidim thronged after the leadership of his most outstanding follower, Rabbi Avraham Weinberg, who established his court in the city of Slonim. He wrote "Yesod Ha'Avodah", "Be'er Avraham", "Chesed L'Avraham "etc.
3 leaves, 19-19.5 cm. Varied fair condition, stains and wear.
Nodah B'Yehuda responsa, Vol. 2 of Mahadura Tanina. Prague, 1810. First edition.
Handwritten signatures and stamps (erased) of Rabbi "Shlomo Shapira Rabbi of Strzyzow ". Signature of Rabbi "Menachem Mendel Ish [Eichenstein]" and many stamps of his son-in-law Rabbi "Baruch Rabin Rabbi of Berezdovtsy".
Rebbe Shlomo Shapira Rabbi of Strzyzow and Mukacheve (1832-1893), son of Rabbi Elazar of Lańcut and grandson of Rabbi Zvi Elimelech of Dinow author of Bnei Yissachar. Father of Rebbe Zvi Hirsh Shapira Rabbi of Mukacheve and author of Darkei Teshiva, and father of the father of Rebbe Chaim Elazar Shapira Rabbi of Mukacheve author of Minchat Elazar.
The second owners of the book: Rebbe Menachem Mendel Eichenstein of Zhidachov (1846-1901), youngest son of Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac of Zhidachov, who was his father's favorite son. After his father's death, served as Rebbe in Mikolów. His daughter Shlomotze was the wife of Rebbe Baruch Rubin (1864-1935), who served as Rabbi and Rebbe of Berezdovtsy and Kolomyya in Galicia, and after World War I settled in Hungary in the Gerla (Mezomegyer) community where he served as Rebbe.
, 169, 150-159,  leaf. 34.5 cm. Good-fair condition, use stains and wear, few moth damages. Rubbed fabric binding.
Attached is a letter by an expert who certifies the signatures and according to its signs and attributes the book to the library of Rebbe Elazar of Lańcut (1808-1865) son of the author of Bnei Yissachar.
Signed letter and several leaves in the handwriting of the second Rebbe of Slonim, Rabbi Shmuel Weinberg author of" Divrei Shmuel".
*Letter in his own handwriting and signature, to Rabbi Mordechai and to his friends, "My faithful friends" Slonim "Chassidim" in Tiberias, regarding Eretz Yisrael monies and other questions. On the reverse side are several letters to his "Chassidim" regarding various matters and accounts of "Sending money".
*Summaries of Torah and Chassidic thoughts: "With G-d's loving kindness I shall write holy inscriptions for memorial with mercy".
Rebbe Shmuel Weinberg (1850-1896). Grandson of the first Rebbe of Slonim, author of "Yesod Ha'Avodah", at the age of 34 was appointed Rebbe instead of his grandfather in 1884. In a letter which he wrote at that time to his teacher and rabbi, Rabbi David Moshe of Chortkov, he modestly writes "His mercy should be abundant on the miserable soul who is surrounded from all sides by tribulations. The "Chassidim" are mistaken about me and wish me to err in regard to myself. Woe to me if I accept their offer, they will remain without a real leader and I will be troubled in both worlds, perhaps I should flee the country…" He headed Kollel Reisin in Eretz Yisrael, and sent much money to reinforce the settlement in Tiberias which was composed mainly of Slonim "Chassidim".
7 written pages, approximately 21 cm. Good-fair condition, stains, wear and minor tears.
Manuscript, Sefer Lechem Panim, commentary and rulings on Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim, by Rabbi Yitzchak HaLevi Vali. [Modena?, 17th-18th century].
At beginning of manuscript: "Lechem Panim manuscript by Rabbi Yitzchak HaLevi Vali" Composition on Orach Chaim, clauses 1-27 [laws of arising in morning-phylacteries], 242-263 [laws of Shabbat], 625-639 [laws of Sukkah]. Laws of Sukkah in two columns, in different writing.
Rabbi Yitzchak HaLevi Vali (passed away in 1680, Otzar HaRabbanim 10743), rabbi in Modena, among greatest rabbinical authorities of Italy. The Chida cites in the name of his contemporary, the Kabbalist Rabbi Moshe Zacuto (the Ramaz) who wrote: "Two Torah pillars of Italy, Rabbi Shmuel Abuhav and Rabbi Yitzchak HaLevi of Modena…". Son-in-law of the Ramaz, Rabbi Binyamin HaKohen Vitale (Rabach) eulogized him at great length (Gvul Binyamin, sermon 41). Passed away at a young age and did not merit to complete his great composition Lechem Panim on Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim and Yoreh De'ah. For this reason his composition remained in several manuscript collections, and the Chida notes that he has seen one of them [Shem HaGedolim under his entry].
 written pages. 22 cm. Good condition, stains and moth damage. Loose or detached leaves. Parchment binding, detached and damaged.
Manuscript Siddur HaRashash [Rabbi Shalom Sharabi], with combinations of holy names, for intent upon reciting blessings for counting of Omer and lighting of Chanukah candles. [Fine and orderly scribe and Oriental writing. 18th-19th century]. Manuscript written by two authors; first composed intentions upon blessing of counting of Omer, and second added glosses and adapted the intentions for blessing upon lighting Chanukah candles as well, and added several pages containing intentions pertaining to Chanukah in his handwriting at the end of the book.
15 pages, 18-19 cm. Thick quality paper. Good condition, stains of usage and wear.
Letter in handwriting and signature of the Ga’on Rabbi Chaim Elazar Wachs Av Beit Din of Kalush author of Nefesh Chaya, regarding citrons of Land of Israel. Kalisz, 1873.
Leaf contains brief letter in handwriting and signature of recipient of letter, the Ga’on Rabbi Yosef Chaim Kara Av Beit Din of Włocławek. Other three pages contain draft in handwriting of Rabbi Yosef Chaim Kara consisting of an interesting response letter regarding value of citrons of Land of Israel, and virtue of citrons of Geneva, which are superior to citrons of island of Corfu and other islands.
Rabbi Chaim Elazar Wachs (1826-1889), among Torah giants of his generation and leaders of Jewry of Poland. Served in rabbinate of Tarnogród, Kalush and Piotrkow, however was mainly known as “Rabbi of Kalisz”, and was eventually known by the name of his book Nefesh Chaya. Was son-in-law of the Ga’on Rabbi Yehoshu’a of Kutna author of Yeshu’ot Malko and together were active for the benefit of settlement of Eretz Israel. From 1869 served as president of Poland Kollel for poverty-stricken of Eretz Israel and even purchased plots of land in village of Chitin near Tiberias, and planted orchards of citrons, in order to establish an economic basis for Jewish settlement in Eretz Israel. Among his famous disciples: Rabbi Meir Dan Plotsky Av Beit Din of Devhart author of Kli Chemda.
Recipient of letter and writer of response: The Ga’on Rabbi Yosef Chaim Kara (1803-1895), Av Beit Din of Włocławek and among elderly rabbis of Prussian-Poland (North-Poland). Known for his books “Kol Omer Kara”, “Minchat Shabbat” and “Tavo’ach Ve’Hachen”, which were printed in many editions.
4 pages, 22 cm. Good-fair condition, foxing and ink stains, wear on folds.
Siddur manuscript, signed and dated by the writer, Shlomo Firenendish, Bayonne (France), 1706.
Amateur writing with vowels. On sheet margins, additional glosses in Oriental handwriting, of kabalistic content and yichudim apparently written later.
Perhaps the writer of the siddur is related to Rabbi Shlomo Firenendish-Diash, one of the mekubalim at the Beit-El Yeshiva at the time of Rabbi Gedalya Hayun and the Rashash. He signed the renowned "engagement bills", together with Rabbi Ya'akov Algasi and his son the Maharit Algasi and the Chida and other leading Jerusalem mekubalim. Died in 1771 in Thessaloniki, where he sojourned to print his book Succat David.
Leaves 3-204. 15.5 cm. Varied condition, most leaves in good condition, several lacking and damaged leaves. Stains and wear, moth damage to text. New binding.
On Leaf 119/2 the writer signs: "Here in Bayonne in France on the Oder River and the Nive River – referring to the city of Bayonne in South-west France, which is situated on the estuary of the Nive and Oder rivers.
Letter of ordination handwritten and signed by Rabbi Yitzchak Elchanan, to Rabbi Shraga Meir Leizerowitz. Kovno, 1885.
Rabbi Yitzchak Elchanan Spector (1817-1896), a foremost rabbi of his generation, known for his genius, diligence and tremendous righteousness. Considered the top Torah authority of his generation who led Lithuania and Russian Jewry for many years with wisdom and serenity. Served in the rabbinate at a young age, from c. 1837. In 1864, was appointed Rabbi of Kovno, where he became famous all over the world as one of the greatest "poskim". His responsa and novellae were printed in his series of books: "Be'er Yitzchak", "Nachal Yitzchak" and "Ein Yitzchak".
The recipient of the ordination is Rabbi Shraga Meir Leizerovitz, born in Kelm in c. 1940. A childhood friend of Lithuanian "mekubalim", Rabbi Shlomo Elyashiv, Rabbi Leib Lipkin and Rabbi Aharon Shlomo Maharil. In c. 1890, he reached England and served there in the "Chevrat Shas" rabbinate for many years. Died in Jerusalem in 1929.
Leaf 20 cm. good-fair condition. Wear and tear, pasted on paper for conservation.
Enclosed is a copy of the "semicha" writ, in the handwriting of the bibliography of Vilnius and London Mr. Eliyahu Eliezer Skolsky (died 1951).
Arbitration bill concerning the estate of Rebbe Ze'ev Twersky of Rachamstrivka, signed by his son-in-law Rabbi "Chaim Meir Hager" [Vizhnitz Rebbe author of Imrei Chaim] and his daughter Rebbetzin "Margalit Hager". [Jerusalem-Tel Aviv?]. 1950.
Mentioned in the bill is the Rebbe's house on Chafetz Chaim Street in Jerusalem and the Ba'al Shem Tov's Sefer Torah , bought from the estate by his daughter Rebbetzin Margalit.
Rebbe Ze'ev Twersky of Rachamstrivka, son of Rebbe Yochanan of Rachamstrivka, served as rebbe together with his brother Rabbi Menachem Nachum of Rachamstrivka after their father's death in 1895. In 1926, Rabbi Menachem Nachum ascended to Jerusalem and in 1935, also Rabbi Ze'ev arrived in Jerusalem where he died in 1937.
His son Rabbi Nachum Moshe Twersky of Kovel was murdered with his whole family in the Holocaust of European Jewry. His second son was the son-in-law of the cousin of Rebbe Avraham Dov of Rachamstrivka. The estate guardian refused to give part of the estate to the daughter, the Vizhnitz Rebbetzin, he represented other people of the Twersky family. A great polemic arose in regard to this subject and the parties agreed on arbitration. This is a rare document which reveals details of that legal litigation, a matter never publicly exposed.
Leaf 32.5 cm. Good-fair condition, creases and minor damages.
Five letters and drafts, by Rebbe Avraham Weinberg (the second), author of "Beit Avraham" and his son Rebbe Shlomo David Yehoshua. [Baranovich 1930s].
* Two letters handwritten and signed by Rabbi Avraham, on the reverse side of one letter (cutoff signature) is a letter in the handwriting of his son, Rabbi Shlomo David Yehoshua. On the reverse side of the second letter is a pencil draft of a letter in his handwriting to the Baranovitz Jewish Community. *Letter in his handwriting (not signed), written to "Mr. M. Lamed-Vav", with a sharp response to an article written in the newspaper by "Mizrachi" members.
5 written pages. Various sizes and conditions.
Levushei Srad, commentary on Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim, By Rabbi David Shlomo Eibeshitz [author of Arvei Nachal]. Mahlov, 1812. First edition. Approbation by Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdichov, the Ohev Yisrael of Apta etc.
On the title page appear the signature of "Moshe David Ashkenasi Rabbi of Safed" and other ownership inscriptions ["Dedicated to the Beit Midrash of the Sefardi Kollel of the city of Tiberias"].
The Holy Rabbi Moshe David Ashkenasi (1774-1857, Encyclopedia L'Chassidut Vol. 3, pp. 332-333), author of the books Toldot Adam and Be'er Sheva. Served in the Tolcsva rabbinate for 40 years. Ascended to Safed in 1844 and was one of the founders of the Chassidic settlements in Safed after the earthquake. Father-in-law of the author of Yitav Lev and father of Rabbi Yoel Ashkenasi Rabbi of Zlotshov. The Rebbes of Satmar and Klausenburg descend from his holy dynasty. His home and beit midrash in Safed were restored by his grandson the Klausenburg Rebbe, and today Sanz institutes reside in those structures in the city of Safed.
, 2-100 leaves (missing at end: Leaves 101-102). 34 cm. Varied condition of leaves: fair to fair-poor, tears, stains and moth damages. Detached title leaf, partially missing and restored with glued paper. Damaged binding.
Signature of Rabbi Chaim Pinto. Essaouira (Mogador, Morocco), .
Bill of ruling pertaining to monetary issues; torn and missing on upper half, contains conclusion of ruling and signatures of Dayanim.
The first signatory is the divine Kabbalist and scholar Rabbi Chaim Pinto (Senior) Av Beit Din of Mogador (passed away in 1845). Among glorious personalities of Moroccan Jewry and among its greatest and most righteous individuals. He arrived in Essaouira (Mogador) as an orphaned youth where he became disciple of Rabbi Ya’akov Bibas and shortly after became famous as one of the scholars of the generation. Following the demise of his rabbi, was appointed as his successor as rabbi of the city despite his young age. He established the first Beit Din in the city and served as Rosh Yeshiva of prominent disciples. Was famous as miracle worker and Kabbalist. It is related that he merited the revelation of Eliyahu HaNavi. Was also well-known throughout countries of Europe from where he received requests for prayer. The Chida sent him his book Chaim Sha’al [alluding to his name – Rabbi Chaim]. Salvation and miracle-working stories attributed to him are well-known among Jews of Morocco [some are collected in the book Mekor HaChaim written by his son Rabbi Moshe Pinto]. His tombstone in Mogador has became a source of attraction and is visited by many from the time of his death until today.
Alongside Rabbi Chaim Pinto, the Ga’on Rabbi David ben LeChazan also signed [among righteous scholars of Morocco, Dayan in Beit Din of Rabbi Chaim Pinto], as well as additional signature “Raphael ben --“.
Section of leaf, restored and bound in binding. 9.5 cm. Good condition, professionally restored damage. New binding, gilded imprint.
Ten letters by Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson Rebbe of Lubavitch-Chabad, sent between 1954-1964.
All letters typewritten upon official stationery with his handwritten signature. Contains "Shana Tova" greetings and other matters.
Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson son of Rebbe Levi Yitzchak Schneersohn, Rabbi of Ekaterinoslav, sixth generation descendent of the "Tzemach Tzedek". In his childhood his genius and leadership skills were already evident. He married the daughter of Rebbe Rabbi Yosef Yitzhak Schneerson and after his father-in-law's death in 1950, he led the worldwide" Lubavitch Chassidut". He wrote dozens of books on many topics throughout the Torah. Last rebbe of Chabad.
10 letters. Various sizes, good condition.
Manuscript, Pirkei Hechalot with commentary "Tefillat Ilui HaNeshamot", Passover Haggadah . [Persia, 19th century?].
Pirkei Hechalot with commentary. Unidentified composition on the seven hechalot. In the author's introduction, the work is attributed to Rabbi Nechunya ben Hakane, and it is written that "These seven hechalot were written in Mi Zahav writing and were hidden in the grave of Rabbi Nechunya be Hakane until the generation of the Arizal, when Eliyahu the Prophet appeared to the Ari with this book in his hand which has the merit to fix souls and gilgulim and this was in the year 310 of the sixth thousand…". Following the author's introduction is the "printer's" introduction signed by "David ben Zlata Mindis Kvitinew" [see attached material].
All the chapters of the work begin with the words "Rabbi Yishmael said", and it is composed of sections of Midrash Hechalot with the addition of a commentary [in the continuation of Hechal HaRishon is an addition beginning with "The printer says", possibly, he wrote the commentary].
Several Kabalistic illustrations in black and golden ink: a tree of the sefirot, Jacob's ladder designed as a tree of the sefirot and a diagram of the Garden of Eden and the rivers which flowed from it.
Appearing in the Seventh Hechal are 13 chapters of "Prayers for the elevation of souls". Prayers said on each day of the month of Nissan until Passover. At the end of the prayers is a handsome illustration of the Menorat HaAri [the chapter of Lamenatzeach].
It seems that this is a copy [relatively late] of a manuscript which was supposed to have been printed [in Amsterdam?] but apparently never was printed [this composition has not been extensively compared to the common Midrashei Hechalot].
*At the end of the manuscript: Passover Haggadah [partially with vowels], including verses said before Seder night, a sermon for Shabbat HaGadol and intentions of Kadesh Urchatz. *Composition on the "Names of mazalot and months" (incomplete).
Several glosses by Rabbi Shlomo Cohen Tzedek (1874-1962), Rabbi in Gulpayigan in Persia, and later Rabbi of Tehran. Had responsa contact with the Ben Ish Chai. Renowned as erudite in kabalistic wisdom and as a tzaddik who writes amulets.
 pages. Some leaves are mispaginated, apparently several leaves are lacking from the Haggadah . 15 cm. Good-fair condition (varies amongst the leaves, most leaves are in good condition), stains, wear and tear.
"Tefilat Nehora HaShalem" prayer book, prayers for all days of the year, Ashkenazi version. Slavita, . Rabbi Moshe Shapiro printing press. Title page for the second section.
Without first title page. , 5-191; , 189-318 leaves (one or two leaves following title page possibly missing). Varying condition of leaves; many in good condition, some in fair condition and several in fair-poor condition. Stains, moth stains, wear and tear. Worn binding.
Not listed in Bibliography Institute CD or in the JNUL.
Manuscript, book of zodiac constellations, seasons and prayers. [Persia, 19th century].
Elegant manuscript, contains several compositions: “Sefer Mazalot Rabbi Avraha[m] Ebn Ezra Hu Shneim Asar”, astrological composition attributed to Rabbi Avraham Ebn Ezra, with illustrated title page in colorful ink. Continuation of composition: “Zodiac of diseases based upon Sefer Refu’ot [book of remedies] of Chizkiya King of Yehuda” – Sgulot [supernatural cures] for healing, version of talismans, tables and names of angels. * “Sefer Misrat Moshe HaLevi” – indications for seasons of the year [thunder and lightening]. * “Seder Arba Tkufot Esrim VeTesha Shana”. Preface by “Moshe son of Shlomo HaMa’aravi of Jerusalem son of Rabbi David resident of Safed”. Book of seasons for years 1794-1839 [with handwritten revisions for later years]; version of Birkat HaChama [Blessing on the Sun], in Hebrew and in Jewish-Persian; “blessing recited at cave of burial of righteous” at grave of Yechezkel HaNavi and graves of Mordechai and Esther; “blessing recited prior to blessing of Megillah for night and day”. In this section, all leaves are ornamented with verse frames and multi-colored headings.
Binding leaves contain notations in Hebrew and Arabic (in Arabic letters) and colophon: “… Aba Chaim son of Gad Shochat”.
 pages. 17 cm. Fair-good condition. Wear on margins. Detached leaves. Worn and detached leather binding.
* Sefer Mevakesh HaShem, sermons on weekly Torah portions. Rabbi Shmuel Chagiz. Venice, .
* Sefer Dvar Shmuel, on commentary of Rashi on the Torah, by Rabbi Natan Shapiro of Horodna. Venice, .
* Sefer Be'urim, on Rashi commentsry on the Torah, by Rabbi Natan Shapira from Horodna. Contains several illustrations: map of land of Israel, ladder of Ya’akov, Menorah of the Temple and more. [Handwritten gloss in Italian writing].
This is a forged book. At the height of the printing of the original book Imrei Shefer in Krakow [between years 1590-1597], this commentary, whose author is unknown, was printed in the name of Rabbi Natan Shapiro, as related by his son in the introduction of the book Imrei Shefer. This resulted in the banning of the book by rabbis of Poland [see attached material].
All three books bound together in ancient elegant leather binding. Unidentified signature from 1698. First two title pages contain signatures “Chaim Hirsch son of Rabbi Meir Berlin”. The Ga’on Rabbi No’ach Chaim Tzvi Berlin (1734-1802), Dayan in Fürth and Av Beit Din of Metz and Hamburg; well-known as giant of his generation. In a response, Rabbi Chaim of Volozhin wrote to him: “His opinion is as valuable to me as the opinion of one of the Rishonim” (Chut HaMeshulash, clause 9). His significant and well-known books are: Ma’ayan HaChochma, Atzei Almogim and Atzei Arazim. [Composed additional book, Atzei Besamim, on Even Ha’Ezer which was not published, see Kedem catalogue, auction 6, item 399].
258,  leaves; 48 [instead of: 44] leaves; 180 leaves. 20 cm. Good condition. Stains, slight wear and tears on several pages. Colorful edges. Ancient binding, leather covered wood, ornamented with geometric and floral patterns and human images. Remnants of metal clasps.
Manuscript, commentary on Haftarot by Rabbi Yitzchak Chayut. [Poland, post 1726].
Commentary on Haftarot of Chumash Bereshit. Sermons, combined with composition based on the Kabbalah of the Ari [with title “Megillat Starim” or “M.S.”. Heading at head of manuscript: “Commentary on Haftarot written by Rabbi Yitzchak Chayut Av Beit Din of Skali , 1710”.
The Kabbalist Ga’on Rabbi Yitzchak Chayut author of Zera Yitzchak (1660-1726, Otzar HaRabbanim 10663), Av Beit Din of Skali (region of Lvov), among disciples of Rabbi Heschel of Krakow. Authored 13 compositions of which only the composition on the Mishnayot was printed. Grandson of Rabbi Yitzchak Chayut Av Beit Din of Prague (1538-1610) author of Api Ravreve. Two famous stories demonstrating his holiness became famous; first – of his arrival before the Heavenly court; second – of his statement that any of his descendants for ten generations who would pray at his grave at time of distress will be granted salvation. For additional information related to his biography see attached material.
 leaves. (According to “Shomrei HaDaf” it appears that 2 or more middle leaves are missing). 19 cm. Good condition, stains and wear. New binding.