Illuminated manuscript of the book Etz Chaim, the Ari's teachings by his disciple Rabbi Chaim Vital. [Eastern Europe, 18th century.]
Elaborate and extraordinarily beautiful manuscript, richly illustrated with impressive, decorated initials, images and adornments. Handsome Ashkenazi-style Rashi script, with emphasis and titles in square letters.
The manuscript opens with an introduction by Rabbi Chaim Vital and rules by the Ari and Rabbi Chaim Vital. This is followed by the second section (Sha'ar Drushei HaIgulim VeHaYosher), mistakenly titled "First Section." (The remaining sections are correctly numbered.) The scribe omitted Sha'ar HaKlalim (Section of Rules), the first section.
The manuscript contains glosses by Rabbi Ya'akov Tzemach, written in a smaller handwriting. The scribe added several glosses and annotations from other books, in the margins.
A similar manuscript with like illustrations – apparently by the same scribe – is in the collection of the Etz Chaim Library in Amsterdam, with the name of the scribe, "Dov Ber Ben Chaim […] of Podhajce [Galicia-Poland]", and the date, 1780. (See item 182 in "Treasures from the Library Ets Haim / Livraria Montezinos", Jerusalem: Jewish National and University Library, 1980.)
The manuscript includes dozens of lavishly illustrated title pages (She'arim), located at the beginning of most of the sections of the work. The decorations and motifs, some of which are heraldic in style, differ for each title page. Amongst them are an Ouroboros (a snake biting its own tail), two crowned lions rampant, a stork and crocodile entwined with the crocodile's head in the stork's beak, a double-headed eagle, two stags erect, and – at the beginning of the tenth section, Sha'ar HaMelachim [Kings' Section], – illustrations of imaginary ' faces of kings and others.
The ends of the sections are adorned with embellishments influenced by the Rococo style and the spirit of the period: foliage, flowers, branches, leaves, seashells; and a lion and a stag in a thicket. The end of the Arich Anpin section is decorated with an image of a crocodile biting its own tail, framing a number of portraits. At the end of Sha'ar HaAkudim is an illustration of Ya'akov Avinu with branches in the troughs, images of striped, speckled and spotted sheep, and an intricate representation of the scene of the Binding of Isaac.
Also decorated with ornately illustrated initials, some historiated, with animal, fowl and fish designs.
Owners' stamps "Shlomo […] Ben Nissan." Several owners' handwritten glosses. A gloss at the end of Section 44 notes, "Lacking an entire leaf and Chapter 1, see printed editions" (this refers to the scribe's omission of the title page and an entire section from the end of Section 44).
2-14; 1-227; 227-307 leaves (lacking one title page). 24cm. Good condition with some staining. The majority of the leaves are complete. Sporadic small tears to some leaves and drawings, caused by the ink etching into the paper. A few leaves have tears restored with paper. All edges gilded and engraved. Original binding, decorated with gilt blind stamps, slightly rubbed.
Book of responsa, on Tur Even HaEzer, by Rabbi Chaim Shabtai [Maharchash]. Thessaloniki, 1651.
The personal copy of the Or HaChaim HaKadosh, given to him as mishloach manot by Chacham Rabbi Shemaya Meimran, as seen in the dedication from 1728 in the handwriting of Rabbi Shemaya Meimran which appears on the leaf after the title page:
"Raised as a gift from me to the complete Chacham, son of Kedoshim, pure hearted on Purim in the year 1728… as mishloach manot to my dear friend Rabbi Chaim Ebn Atar, from one who is tied to his love Shemaya Meimran".
The writer of the dedication is Rabbi Shemaya Meimran a chacham in the city of Meknes, father-in-law of Rabbi Chaviv Toledano, a rabbi in Meknes (Teacher of the Rabbi the Mashbir. See attached material). To the best of our knowledge, the Or HaChaim resided at that time in Meknes. His grandfather, Rabbi Chaim ben Atar the elder, died in 1621, so this dedication was written in honor of the Or HaChaim and not in honor of his grandfather, and we assume that it was given to him on Purim 1628.
Rabbi Chaim Ben Atar (1596-1643), called by all "The Or Hachaim Hakadosh" after his monumental work, one of the leading beacons of Western and Eretz Yisrael Jewry. Born in Sale, Morocco and educated by his grandfather Rabbi Chaim ben Atar the Elder, after whom he is named. In his youth, he moved with his family from his native city to the city of Meknes. There the light of his Torah began to shine in the discourses he delivered to many, morning and evening and his name spread as a holy man who does wonders. In 1632, his novellae on the Talmud was printed in his book Chefetz Hashem. In 1638, he left Morocco and traveled through Algeria and Italy on his way to Eretz Yisrael. When sojourning in Italy, he printed his famous work Or HaChaim on the Torah. In 1641, he ascended to Eretz Yisrael with a group of disciples, at first settling in Acre and Peki'in and after a short while moved to Jerusalem where he established his yeshiva. Among the disciples who basked in his presence was the Chida. The Chida mentions the Or HaChaim in his books many times with great esteem [in Shem HaGedolim he wrote: "And I the young have merited to study in his yeshiva and my eyes have seen the greatness of his Torah… and his holiness is a wonder of wonders". In Kikar LaEden the Chida writes: "And I saw the Rabbi…Chaim ebn Atar who fasted three days before Purim night and day…", and many more similar references]. It is told that besides for his renowned yeshiva, he had a hidden yeshiva for studying secret wisdom and the Ba'al Shem Tov told his brother-in-law rabbi Gershon of Kuty of its existence before he ascended to Eretz Yisrael and told him to attempt to be counted among its disciples.
His book Or HaChaim on the Torah was accepted by the entire Jewish world. Chassidic leaders claimed that its level is like the Zohar in its ability to purify the soul. His disciple the Chida brings the Chassidic custom to study his holy book on Shabbat eve: "And we have heard that now in Poland it is highly valued and has been printed twice more, and this has arisen since the Rabbi the Chassid the Ba'al Shem Tov has told of the greatness of the soul of the aforementioned Rabbi Chaim".
Chassidic leaders have spoken at length of the holiness of the Or HaChaim HaKadosh. The Ba'al Shem Tov said that every night the Or HaChaim hears Torah from G-d and he "was from those who have plunged the depths of the merkava and the revelation of souls and has risen to the level of true Holy Spirit". And he further said that at the time that his soul rises every night, he sees that from all the tzaddikim, only Rabbi Chaim ben Atar precedes him and as hard as he tries, he cannot precede Rabbi Chaim. It is told that the efforts of the Ba'al Shem Tov to ascend to Eretz Yisrael were to meet Rabbi Chaim ben Atar, who was "The spark of the Messiah", and by this means to bring the redemption. Many tales of wonders were written about him and about the salvations he performed during his life and after his death.
, 219 leaves (without the index leaves 220-222). Good-fair condition. 28 cm.
Moth and wear damages, few stains, 12 last leaves are torn in the upper left corner, with damage to text. Several leaves are cut in the margins bordering on the text. Worn binding.
A letter of request to support the settlements of the Gra's disciples in the communities of Safed and Jerusalem. Signed by the Gra's disciple Rabbi Yisrael of Shklov and signatures of the leading disciple of the Gra's community. Jerusalem and Safed, Kislev 1830.
Written as a personal letter of request sent to the emissary Rabbi Zvi Hirsh ben Yehuda, with an empty space for completing the name of the philanthropist by the emissary.
Signed by: "Chaim Cohen who was Rabbi of Pinsk and its region" [served approximately 20 years in the Pinsk rabbinate and was accepted also by Chassidim, ascended to Safed in 1826 and served in its rabbinate until his death in 1831]; "Yisrael author of Taklin Chadtin of Safed" [Rabbi Yisrael of Shklov disciple of the Gra]; "Nathan Neta ben the Chassid Rabbi Mendel of Jerusalem" [called the Great Rabbi Neta, one of the leaders of the group of the first aliya of the Gra's disciples in 1809, his father Rabbi Mendel of Shklov ascended one year earlier and prepared the ground for this aliya. Died in Jerusalem on Tishrei 1846, and on his tombstone are the words "Rabbi, Chassid and Humble"]. "Nathan Neta ben Rabbi Se'adya Jerusalem" [Tzaddik and Chassid, had the merit to serve the Gra and cite mishnayot by heart before him. His father, Rabbi Se'adya was the leader and rabbi of the Gra's disciples who ascended to Jerusalem. Died in 1849]; "Aryeh Leib son of Rabbi Yosef Leon" [a head of the Ashkenasic settlement in Safed]; "Aryeh the Trustee Jerusalem" [Rabbi Aryeh Leib ben Rabbi Yerachmiel Marcus of Keiden (1800-1877), trustee of the Kollel Perushim in Jerusalem and a founder of the Churva Beit Knesset]; "Shlomo Zalman ben Wolf HaCohen" [emissary from Eretz Yisrael, son-in-law of Rabbi Ya'akov Sapir, died in Calcutta, India in 1847]. See attached material about all the men who signed.
23 cm. high-quality choice paper, very good condition.
A similar certificate was printed from a manuscript in the memorial book Eshed HaNechalim, Bnei Brak, 1992, pp. 212-213.
Degel Machane Efraim, Rabbi Moshe Chaim Efraim Ashkenasi of Sadilkov, grandson of Rabbi Yisrael the Besht. Korets, 1810, first edition.
On the Torah consecutively, Chassidic style. Approbations by Chassidic leaders: Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdichov, the Maggid Rabbi Yisrael of Koznitz, Rabbi Ya'akov Yitzchak HaLevi Horwitz "HaChozeh" of Lublin, Rabbi Avraham Yehoshua Heshel Rabbi of Apta etc. At the end of the book are "likutim" (compilations) of the Besht as well as "the dreams found in the writings of the Holy Rabbi" (one leaf).
An early Chassidic book. This book is one of the first authorized sources of the Besht's Torah thoughts which he absorbed directly from the mouth of the holy author, Rabbi Moshe Chaim Efraim of Sadilkov (1748-1800), the Besht's grandson, son of his righteous daughter Edel. Chassidic leaders spoke at length of the holiness of the book and its ability to inspire its reader with fear of Heaven, and as Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdichev wrote in his approbation to the book: "I promise that by this work, the hearts of our brothers the People of Yisrael will be stirred to serve G-d".
Whole copy in good condition, greenish-bluish paper. Apparently combined of two copies. , 114 leaves. 19.5 cm. Good condition, stains, moth marks, wear to leaf margins and restored tears to several leaves [minor damage to text]. Censor stamp to title page. Signatures, gloss on last leaf blurred]. Handsome new leather binding.
Stefansky Chassidut no. 128.
Dozens of leaves, manuscripts, responsa and novellae in the handwriting of Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac Chaver, from the time he served in the Tiktin rabbinate. One responsum has his full signature "Yitzchak Isaac ben Rabbi Ya'akov of Tiktin and its region", 1847 and another signed responsum.
*8 first pages of a long responsum by Rabbi Yitzchak Elchanan Rabbi of Rozan [and Kovno. Printed with differences in "Binyan Olam" responsa, Siman 1]. *12 pages of a long responsum by Rabbi Efraim Fishel Rabbi of Stavisk. [In the "Binyan Olam" responsa, this responsum was printed with many differences, "Siman" 9 of the old edition and "Siman" 10 of the "Musad HaRav Kook" edition.] Here are 4 pages of the responsum's introduction, 4 pages of its conclusion with his signature and 4 pages of another version in the middle of this responsum which partially matches the leaf before the end of the responsum]. *6 and one half pages, of a complete signed responsum, written to his son Rabbi Yosef Rabbi of Knishin, Tiktin 1845. [Printed in "Binyan Olam" responsa, "Yoreh Deah" " Siman" 59]. Tear with missing section in the middle of the signature. *8 pages of novellae on Tractate "Pesachim". [Apparently, they were not printed.] *4 pages of the beginning of a responsum to Rabbi Binyamin Ferin-Gold on the matter of a written oath. [This responsum apparently was never printed, but in several places in Rabbi Isaac Chaver's books we find that he discusses this matter of a written oath].
The Torah genius and "mekubal" Rabbi Isaac Chaver (1747-1853, "Otzar HaRabbanim" 11168), one of those who passed on the Vilna Ga'on's kabalistic Torah wisdom, "Second mouth of the Gra" – already at the age of 14, Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Shklov (a disciple of the Gra) saw that he was fit to be taught kabalistic wisdom. While yet a youth, he became famous as a Torah genius and expert in all areas of Torah knowledge. He served as rabbi of several important communities: Pruzhany, Raseiniai and Vilkovishk. During 1837-1849, he served in the Tiktin rabbinate and in 1849 moved to Suvalk where he served four years in the rabbinate. An outstanding Torah genius, a foremost rabbi and one of the leading "poskim" of his generation. He completed the study of the entire Talmud 60 times. Wrote dozens of books on the revealed and hidden parts of Torah, only some were published, including many kabalistic books on the Gra's Torah wisdom, halachic responsa and on Talmudic topics.
Approximately 38 pages, size 22-33.5 cm. Written closely, mostly on bluish paper. Good to fair condition, stains and wear.
Letter of authorization in holy handwriting and signature of Kabbalist Rabbi Moshe Zacuto – The Ramaz. Mantua, 7 Tishrei .
“I have received… five hundred on account of the wages due to me from the holy congregations for the past three months; Tamuz, Av and Elul of 1681, and I have signed my name attesting to this here in Mantua, Moshe son of Rabbi Mordechai Zacuto”. Followed by signature of Rabbi Yehuda Briel [member of Beit Din of the Ramaz, successor to him in the rabbinate of Mantua and leading Torah scholar of Italy during that period – see attached material].
The Ramaz – Rabbi Moshe Zacuto (1612-1698, Otzar HaRabbanim 14674), divine genius and Kabbalist. Among transmitters of wisdom of Kabbalah in Italy and throughout countries of Europe. Native of Amsterdam; studied Kabbalah by Rabbi Shaul Mortira. Studied in Poland with Rabbi Yitzchak of Poznan and Rabbi Elchanan of Vilnius under whom he grew tremendously in Torah. He received the essence of the wisdom of Kabbalah from Kabbalist Rabbi Binyamin HaLevi, among disciples of the Ari (some ascribe him as author of Chemdat Yamim – see “Chemdat Yamim Treasury”).
In Shem HaGedolim, the Chida notes that he was granted a heavenly spirit. Rabbi Gur Aryeh HaLevi of Mantua testified that he heard the inner spirit speak from within him.
Served in the rabbinate of Venice together with Rabbi Azarya Figo. From 1673 served as rabbi in Mantua until his death on Sukkot (1697) – year of birth of the Ba’al Shem Tov.
His disciples include: Rabbi Binyamin HaKohen (the Rabach) father-in-law of Rabbi Yeshaya Basan among rabbis of the Ramchal, and Rabbi Avraham Reggio.
His books include: Rabbi Moshe Zacuto Responsa, Kol HaRamaz on the Mishnayot, Igrot HaRamaz (most of which were written to his disciple the Rabach), Shoda Dedeina, commentaries on Sefer HaZohar, Tifteh Aruch, Yesod Olam, Tikun Shovevim and more. Composed many poems and arranged many of the prayers which are customary until today according to Kabbalah – for additional information related to him see attached material.
9.5 cm. leaf. Very good condition. Folding marks, tear (not damaging text). Placed in especially elegant blue and red leather case with gilded imprints and protective glass cover.
Three leaves of Torah and Chassidic thought, in the handwriting of the first Rebbe of Slonim, Rabbi Avraham Weinberg. One is dated 5641. Another one is dated 5634 [printed in the book "Torat Avot", Shlach portion].
Rabbi Avraham Weinberg (1804-1884), disciple of Rebbe Noach of Lachovitz and Rebbe Moshe of Kobrin. After the death of Rebbe Moshe of Kobrin in 1858, most of the Lachovitz-Kobrin Chassidim thronged after the leadership of his most outstanding follower, Rabbi Avraham Weinberg, who established his court in the city of Slonim. He wrote "Yesod Ha'Avodah", "Be'er Avraham", "Chesed L'Avraham "etc.
3 leaves, 19-19.5 cm. Varied fair condition, stains and wear.
Nodah B'Yehuda responsa, Vol. 2 of Mahadura Tanina. Prague, 1810. First edition.
Handwritten signatures and stamps (erased) of Rabbi "Shlomo Shapira Rabbi of Strzyzow ". Signature of Rabbi "Menachem Mendel Ish [Eichenstein]" and many stamps of his son-in-law Rabbi "Baruch Rabin Rabbi of Berezdovtsy".
Rebbe Shlomo Shapira Rabbi of Strzyzow and Mukacheve (1832-1893), son of Rabbi Elazar of Lańcut and grandson of Rabbi Zvi Elimelech of Dinow author of Bnei Yissachar. Father of Rebbe Zvi Hirsh Shapira Rabbi of Mukacheve and author of Darkei Teshiva, and father of the father of Rebbe Chaim Elazar Shapira Rabbi of Mukacheve author of Minchat Elazar.
The second owners of the book: Rebbe Menachem Mendel Eichenstein of Zhidachov (1846-1901), youngest son of Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac of Zhidachov, who was his father's favorite son. After his father's death, served as Rebbe in Mikolów. His daughter Shlomotze was the wife of Rebbe Baruch Rubin (1864-1935), who served as Rabbi and Rebbe of Berezdovtsy and Kolomyya in Galicia, and after World War I settled in Hungary in the Gerla (Mezomegyer) community where he served as Rebbe.
, 169, 150-159,  leaf. 34.5 cm. Good-fair condition, use stains and wear, few moth damages. Rubbed fabric binding.
Attached is a letter by an expert who certifies the signatures and according to its signs and attributes the book to the library of Rebbe Elazar of Lańcut (1808-1865) son of the author of Bnei Yissachar.
Signed letter and several leaves in the handwriting of the second Rebbe of Slonim, Rabbi Shmuel Weinberg author of" Divrei Shmuel".
*Letter in his own handwriting and signature, to Rabbi Mordechai and to his friends, "My faithful friends" Slonim "Chassidim" in Tiberias, regarding Eretz Yisrael monies and other questions. On the reverse side are several letters to his "Chassidim" regarding various matters and accounts of "Sending money".
*Summaries of Torah and Chassidic thoughts: "With G-d's loving kindness I shall write holy inscriptions for memorial with mercy".
Rebbe Shmuel Weinberg (1850-1896). Grandson of the first Rebbe of Slonim, author of "Yesod Ha'Avodah", at the age of 34 was appointed Rebbe instead of his grandfather in 1884. In a letter which he wrote at that time to his teacher and rabbi, Rabbi David Moshe of Chortkov, he modestly writes "His mercy should be abundant on the miserable soul who is surrounded from all sides by tribulations. The "Chassidim" are mistaken about me and wish me to err in regard to myself. Woe to me if I accept their offer, they will remain without a real leader and I will be troubled in both worlds, perhaps I should flee the country…" He headed Kollel Reisin in Eretz Yisrael, and sent much money to reinforce the settlement in Tiberias which was composed mainly of Slonim "Chassidim".
7 written pages, approximately 21 cm. Good-fair condition, stains, wear and minor tears.
Manuscript, Sefer Lechem Panim, commentary and rulings on Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim, by Rabbi Yitzchak HaLevi Vali. [Modena?, 17th-18th century].
At beginning of manuscript: "Lechem Panim manuscript by Rabbi Yitzchak HaLevi Vali" Composition on Orach Chaim, clauses 1-27 [laws of arising in morning-phylacteries], 242-263 [laws of Shabbat], 625-639 [laws of Sukkah]. Laws of Sukkah in two columns, in different writing.
Rabbi Yitzchak HaLevi Vali (passed away in 1680, Otzar HaRabbanim 10743), rabbi in Modena, among greatest rabbinical authorities of Italy. The Chida cites in the name of his contemporary, the Kabbalist Rabbi Moshe Zacuto (the Ramaz) who wrote: "Two Torah pillars of Italy, Rabbi Shmuel Abuhav and Rabbi Yitzchak HaLevi of Modena…". Son-in-law of the Ramaz, Rabbi Binyamin HaKohen Vitale (Rabach) eulogized him at great length (Gvul Binyamin, sermon 41). Passed away at a young age and did not merit to complete his great composition Lechem Panim on Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim and Yoreh De'ah. For this reason his composition remained in several manuscript collections, and the Chida notes that he has seen one of them [Shem HaGedolim under his entry].
 written pages. 22 cm. Good condition, stains and moth damage. Loose or detached leaves. Parchment binding, detached and damaged.
Manuscript Siddur HaRashash [Rabbi Shalom Sharabi], with combinations of holy names, for intent upon reciting blessings for counting of Omer and lighting of Chanukah candles. [Fine and orderly scribe and Oriental writing. 18th-19th century]. Manuscript written by two authors; first composed intentions upon blessing of counting of Omer, and second added glosses and adapted the intentions for blessing upon lighting Chanukah candles as well, and added several pages containing intentions pertaining to Chanukah in his handwriting at the end of the book.
15 pages, 18-19 cm. Thick quality paper. Good condition, stains of usage and wear.
Letter in handwriting and signature of the Ga’on Rabbi Chaim Elazar Wachs Av Beit Din of Kalush author of Nefesh Chaya, regarding citrons of Land of Israel. Kalisz, 1873.
Leaf contains brief letter in handwriting and signature of recipient of letter, the Ga’on Rabbi Yosef Chaim Kara Av Beit Din of Włocławek. Other three pages contain draft in handwriting of Rabbi Yosef Chaim Kara consisting of an interesting response letter regarding value of citrons of Land of Israel, and virtue of citrons of Geneva, which are superior to citrons of island of Corfu and other islands.
Rabbi Chaim Elazar Wachs (1826-1889), among Torah giants of his generation and leaders of Jewry of Poland. Served in rabbinate of Tarnogród, Kalush and Piotrkow, however was mainly known as “Rabbi of Kalisz”, and was eventually known by the name of his book Nefesh Chaya. Was son-in-law of the Ga’on Rabbi Yehoshu’a of Kutna author of Yeshu’ot Malko and together were active for the benefit of settlement of Eretz Israel. From 1869 served as president of Poland Kollel for poverty-stricken of Eretz Israel and even purchased plots of land in village of Chitin near Tiberias, and planted orchards of citrons, in order to establish an economic basis for Jewish settlement in Eretz Israel. Among his famous disciples: Rabbi Meir Dan Plotsky Av Beit Din of Devhart author of Kli Chemda.
Recipient of letter and writer of response: The Ga’on Rabbi Yosef Chaim Kara (1803-1895), Av Beit Din of Włocławek and among elderly rabbis of Prussian-Poland (North-Poland). Known for his books “Kol Omer Kara”, “Minchat Shabbat” and “Tavo’ach Ve’Hachen”, which were printed in many editions.
4 pages, 22 cm. Good-fair condition, foxing and ink stains, wear on folds.
Siddur manuscript, signed and dated by the writer, Shlomo Firenendish, Bayonne (France), 1706.
Amateur writing with vowels. On sheet margins, additional glosses in Oriental handwriting, of kabalistic content and yichudim apparently written later.
Perhaps the writer of the siddur is related to Rabbi Shlomo Firenendish-Diash, one of the mekubalim at the Beit-El Yeshiva at the time of Rabbi Gedalya Hayun and the Rashash. He signed the renowned "engagement bills", together with Rabbi Ya'akov Algasi and his son the Maharit Algasi and the Chida and other leading Jerusalem mekubalim. Died in 1771 in Thessaloniki, where he sojourned to print his book Succat David.
Leaves 3-204. 15.5 cm. Varied condition, most leaves in good condition, several lacking and damaged leaves. Stains and wear, moth damage to text. New binding.
On Leaf 119/2 the writer signs: "Here in Bayonne in France on the Oder River and the Nive River – referring to the city of Bayonne in South-west France, which is situated on the estuary of the Nive and Oder rivers.
Letter of ordination handwritten and signed by Rabbi Yitzchak Elchanan, to Rabbi Shraga Meir Leizerowitz. Kovno, 1885.
Rabbi Yitzchak Elchanan Spector (1817-1896), a foremost rabbi of his generation, known for his genius, diligence and tremendous righteousness. Considered the top Torah authority of his generation who led Lithuania and Russian Jewry for many years with wisdom and serenity. Served in the rabbinate at a young age, from c. 1837. In 1864, was appointed Rabbi of Kovno, where he became famous all over the world as one of the greatest "poskim". His responsa and novellae were printed in his series of books: "Be'er Yitzchak", "Nachal Yitzchak" and "Ein Yitzchak".
The recipient of the ordination is Rabbi Shraga Meir Leizerovitz, born in Kelm in c. 1940. A childhood friend of Lithuanian "mekubalim", Rabbi Shlomo Elyashiv, Rabbi Leib Lipkin and Rabbi Aharon Shlomo Maharil. In c. 1890, he reached England and served there in the "Chevrat Shas" rabbinate for many years. Died in Jerusalem in 1929.
Leaf 20 cm. good-fair condition. Wear and tear, pasted on paper for conservation.
Enclosed is a copy of the "semicha" writ, in the handwriting of the bibliography of Vilnius and London Mr. Eliyahu Eliezer Skolsky (died 1951).
Arbitration bill concerning the estate of Rebbe Ze'ev Twersky of Rachamstrivka, signed by his son-in-law Rabbi "Chaim Meir Hager" [Vizhnitz Rebbe author of Imrei Chaim] and his daughter Rebbetzin "Margalit Hager". [Jerusalem-Tel Aviv?]. 1950.
Mentioned in the bill is the Rebbe's house on Chafetz Chaim Street in Jerusalem and the Ba'al Shem Tov's Sefer Torah , bought from the estate by his daughter Rebbetzin Margalit.
Rebbe Ze'ev Twersky of Rachamstrivka, son of Rebbe Yochanan of Rachamstrivka, served as rebbe together with his brother Rabbi Menachem Nachum of Rachamstrivka after their father's death in 1895. In 1926, Rabbi Menachem Nachum ascended to Jerusalem and in 1935, also Rabbi Ze'ev arrived in Jerusalem where he died in 1937.
His son Rabbi Nachum Moshe Twersky of Kovel was murdered with his whole family in the Holocaust of European Jewry. His second son was the son-in-law of the cousin of Rebbe Avraham Dov of Rachamstrivka. The estate guardian refused to give part of the estate to the daughter, the Vizhnitz Rebbetzin, he represented other people of the Twersky family. A great polemic arose in regard to this subject and the parties agreed on arbitration. This is a rare document which reveals details of that legal litigation, a matter never publicly exposed.
Leaf 32.5 cm. Good-fair condition, creases and minor damages.
Five letters and drafts, by Rebbe Avraham Weinberg (the second), author of "Beit Avraham" and his son Rebbe Shlomo David Yehoshua. [Baranovich 1930s].
* Two letters handwritten and signed by Rabbi Avraham, on the reverse side of one letter (cutoff signature) is a letter in the handwriting of his son, Rabbi Shlomo David Yehoshua. On the reverse side of the second letter is a pencil draft of a letter in his handwriting to the Baranovitz Jewish Community. *Letter in his handwriting (not signed), written to "Mr. M. Lamed-Vav", with a sharp response to an article written in the newspaper by "Mizrachi" members.
5 written pages. Various sizes and conditions.
Levushei Srad, commentary on Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim, By Rabbi David Shlomo Eibeshitz [author of Arvei Nachal]. Mahlov, 1812. First edition. Approbation by Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdichov, the Ohev Yisrael of Apta etc.
On the title page appear the signature of "Moshe David Ashkenasi Rabbi of Safed" and other ownership inscriptions ["Dedicated to the Beit Midrash of the Sefardi Kollel of the city of Tiberias"].
The Holy Rabbi Moshe David Ashkenasi (1774-1857, Encyclopedia L'Chassidut Vol. 3, pp. 332-333), author of the books Toldot Adam and Be'er Sheva. Served in the Tolcsva rabbinate for 40 years. Ascended to Safed in 1844 and was one of the founders of the Chassidic settlements in Safed after the earthquake. Father-in-law of the author of Yitav Lev and father of Rabbi Yoel Ashkenasi Rabbi of Zlotshov. The Rebbes of Satmar and Klausenburg descend from his holy dynasty. His home and beit midrash in Safed were restored by his grandson the Klausenburg Rebbe, and today Sanz institutes reside in those structures in the city of Safed.
, 2-100 leaves (missing at end: Leaves 101-102). 34 cm. Varied condition of leaves: fair to fair-poor, tears, stains and moth damages. Detached title leaf, partially missing and restored with glued paper. Damaged binding.
Signature of Rabbi Chaim Pinto. Essaouira (Mogador, Morocco), .
Bill of ruling pertaining to monetary issues; torn and missing on upper half, contains conclusion of ruling and signatures of Dayanim.
The first signatory is the divine Kabbalist and scholar Rabbi Chaim Pinto (Senior) Av Beit Din of Mogador (passed away in 1845). Among glorious personalities of Moroccan Jewry and among its greatest and most righteous individuals. He arrived in Essaouira (Mogador) as an orphaned youth where he became disciple of Rabbi Ya’akov Bibas and shortly after became famous as one of the scholars of the generation. Following the demise of his rabbi, was appointed as his successor as rabbi of the city despite his young age. He established the first Beit Din in the city and served as Rosh Yeshiva of prominent disciples. Was famous as miracle worker and Kabbalist. It is related that he merited the revelation of Eliyahu HaNavi. Was also well-known throughout countries of Europe from where he received requests for prayer. The Chida sent him his book Chaim Sha’al [alluding to his name – Rabbi Chaim]. Salvation and miracle-working stories attributed to him are well-known among Jews of Morocco [some are collected in the book Mekor HaChaim written by his son Rabbi Moshe Pinto]. His tombstone in Mogador has became a source of attraction and is visited by many from the time of his death until today.
Alongside Rabbi Chaim Pinto, the Ga’on Rabbi David ben LeChazan also signed [among righteous scholars of Morocco, Dayan in Beit Din of Rabbi Chaim Pinto], as well as additional signature “Raphael ben --“.
Section of leaf, restored and bound in binding. 9.5 cm. Good condition, professionally restored damage. New binding, gilded imprint.
Ten letters by Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson Rebbe of Lubavitch-Chabad, sent between 1954-1964.
All letters typewritten upon official stationery with his handwritten signature. Contains "Shana Tova" greetings and other matters.
Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson son of Rebbe Levi Yitzchak Schneersohn, Rabbi of Ekaterinoslav, sixth generation descendent of the "Tzemach Tzedek". In his childhood his genius and leadership skills were already evident. He married the daughter of Rebbe Rabbi Yosef Yitzhak Schneerson and after his father-in-law's death in 1950, he led the worldwide" Lubavitch Chassidut". He wrote dozens of books on many topics throughout the Torah. Last rebbe of Chabad.
10 letters. Various sizes, good condition.
Manuscript, Pirkei Hechalot with commentary "Tefillat Ilui HaNeshamot", Passover Haggadah . [Persia, 19th century?].
Pirkei Hechalot with commentary. Unidentified composition on the seven hechalot. In the author's introduction, the work is attributed to Rabbi Nechunya ben Hakane, and it is written that "These seven hechalot were written in Mi Zahav writing and were hidden in the grave of Rabbi Nechunya be Hakane until the generation of the Arizal, when Eliyahu the Prophet appeared to the Ari with this book in his hand which has the merit to fix souls and gilgulim and this was in the year 310 of the sixth thousand…". Following the author's introduction is the "printer's" introduction signed by "David ben Zlata Mindis Kvitinew" [see attached material].
All the chapters of the work begin with the words "Rabbi Yishmael said", and it is composed of sections of Midrash Hechalot with the addition of a commentary [in the continuation of Hechal HaRishon is an addition beginning with "The printer says", possibly, he wrote the commentary].
Several Kabalistic illustrations in black and golden ink: a tree of the sefirot, Jacob's ladder designed as a tree of the sefirot and a diagram of the Garden of Eden and the rivers which flowed from it.
Appearing in the Seventh Hechal are 13 chapters of "Prayers for the elevation of souls". Prayers said on each day of the month of Nissan until Passover. At the end of the prayers is a handsome illustration of the Menorat HaAri [the chapter of Lamenatzeach].
It seems that this is a copy [relatively late] of a manuscript which was supposed to have been printed [in Amsterdam?] but apparently never was printed [this composition has not been extensively compared to the common Midrashei Hechalot].
*At the end of the manuscript: Passover Haggadah [partially with vowels], including verses said before Seder night, a sermon for Shabbat HaGadol and intentions of Kadesh Urchatz. *Composition on the "Names of mazalot and months" (incomplete).
Several glosses by Rabbi Shlomo Cohen Tzedek (1874-1962), Rabbi in Gulpayigan in Persia, and later Rabbi of Tehran. Had responsa contact with the Ben Ish Chai. Renowned as erudite in kabalistic wisdom and as a tzaddik who writes amulets.
 pages. Some leaves are mispaginated, apparently several leaves are lacking from the Haggadah . 15 cm. Good-fair condition (varies amongst the leaves, most leaves are in good condition), stains, wear and tear.
"Tefilat Nehora HaShalem" prayer book, prayers for all days of the year, Ashkenazi version. Slavita, . Rabbi Moshe Shapiro printing press. Title page for the second section.
Without first title page. , 5-191; , 189-318 leaves (one or two leaves following title page possibly missing). Varying condition of leaves; many in good condition, some in fair condition and several in fair-poor condition. Stains, moth stains, wear and tear. Worn binding.
Not listed in Bibliography Institute CD or in the JNUL.
Manuscript, book of zodiac constellations, seasons and prayers. [Persia, 19th century].
Elegant manuscript, contains several compositions: “Sefer Mazalot Rabbi Avraha[m] Ebn Ezra Hu Shneim Asar”, astrological composition attributed to Rabbi Avraham Ebn Ezra, with illustrated title page in colorful ink. Continuation of composition: “Zodiac of diseases based upon Sefer Refu’ot [book of remedies] of Chizkiya King of Yehuda” – Sgulot [supernatural cures] for healing, version of talismans, tables and names of angels. * “Sefer Misrat Moshe HaLevi” – indications for seasons of the year [thunder and lightening]. * “Seder Arba Tkufot Esrim VeTesha Shana”. Preface by “Moshe son of Shlomo HaMa’aravi of Jerusalem son of Rabbi David resident of Safed”. Book of seasons for years 1794-1839 [with handwritten revisions for later years]; version of Birkat HaChama [Blessing on the Sun], in Hebrew and in Jewish-Persian; “blessing recited at cave of burial of righteous” at grave of Yechezkel HaNavi and graves of Mordechai and Esther; “blessing recited prior to blessing of Megillah for night and day”. In this section, all leaves are ornamented with verse frames and multi-colored headings.
Binding leaves contain notations in Hebrew and Arabic (in Arabic letters) and colophon: “… Aba Chaim son of Gad Shochat”.
 pages. 17 cm. Fair-good condition. Wear on margins. Detached leaves. Worn and detached leather binding.
* Sefer Mevakesh HaShem, sermons on weekly Torah portions. Rabbi Shmuel Chagiz. Venice, .
* Sefer Dvar Shmuel, on commentary of Rashi on the Torah, by Rabbi Natan Shapiro of Horodna. Venice, .
* Sefer Be'urim, on Rashi commentsry on the Torah, by Rabbi Natan Shapira from Horodna. Contains several illustrations: map of land of Israel, ladder of Ya’akov, Menorah of the Temple and more. [Handwritten gloss in Italian writing].
This is a forged book. At the height of the printing of the original book Imrei Shefer in Krakow [between years 1590-1597], this commentary, whose author is unknown, was printed in the name of Rabbi Natan Shapiro, as related by his son in the introduction of the book Imrei Shefer. This resulted in the banning of the book by rabbis of Poland [see attached material].
All three books bound together in ancient elegant leather binding. Unidentified signature from 1698. First two title pages contain signatures “Chaim Hirsch son of Rabbi Meir Berlin”. The Ga’on Rabbi No’ach Chaim Tzvi Berlin (1734-1802), Dayan in Fürth and Av Beit Din of Metz and Hamburg; well-known as giant of his generation. In a response, Rabbi Chaim of Volozhin wrote to him: “His opinion is as valuable to me as the opinion of one of the Rishonim” (Chut HaMeshulash, clause 9). His significant and well-known books are: Ma’ayan HaChochma, Atzei Almogim and Atzei Arazim. [Composed additional book, Atzei Besamim, on Even Ha’Ezer which was not published, see Kedem catalogue, auction 6, item 399].
258,  leaves; 48 [instead of: 44] leaves; 180 leaves. 20 cm. Good condition. Stains, slight wear and tears on several pages. Colorful edges. Ancient binding, leather covered wood, ornamented with geometric and floral patterns and human images. Remnants of metal clasps.
Manuscript, commentary on Haftarot by Rabbi Yitzchak Chayut. [Poland, post 1726].
Commentary on Haftarot of Chumash Bereshit. Sermons, combined with composition based on the Kabbalah of the Ari [with title “Megillat Starim” or “M.S.”. Heading at head of manuscript: “Commentary on Haftarot written by Rabbi Yitzchak Chayut Av Beit Din of Skali , 1710”.
The Kabbalist Ga’on Rabbi Yitzchak Chayut author of Zera Yitzchak (1660-1726, Otzar HaRabbanim 10663), Av Beit Din of Skali (region of Lvov), among disciples of Rabbi Heschel of Krakow. Authored 13 compositions of which only the composition on the Mishnayot was printed. Grandson of Rabbi Yitzchak Chayut Av Beit Din of Prague (1538-1610) author of Api Ravreve. Two famous stories demonstrating his holiness became famous; first – of his arrival before the Heavenly court; second – of his statement that any of his descendants for ten generations who would pray at his grave at time of distress will be granted salvation. For additional information related to his biography see attached material.
 leaves. (According to “Shomrei HaDaf” it appears that 2 or more middle leaves are missing). 19 cm. Good condition, stains and wear. New binding.
Long letter, handwritten and signed by Rabbi Avraham Weinberg, third Slonim Rebbe, New Year blessings and words of inspiration and consolation sent to "Chassidim" in Eretz -Yisrael after the pogroms of 1929, [Baranovich, Elul 5689]
Rabbi Avraham Weinberg (the second) of Baranovich, author of "Beit Avraham" (1884-1933). Son of the author of "Divrei Shmuel", lead Slonim "Chassidim" together with his oldest brother Rabbi Yissachar Leib as of 1916, although most of the "Chassidim" followed him. He settled in Baranovich where he established the "Torat Chesed" yeshiva. He had much contact with the "Chassidim" in Eretz -Yisrael and visited there twice. His renowned books "Beit Avraham" are known for their depth of Chassidic thought.
7 pages, approximately 20 cm. Fair condition, wear and stains.
Collection of printed leaf remnants removed from the binding geniza. Includes leaves printed in the 15th and 16th century [Arba Turim, Soncino 1490; Yalkut Shimoni, Soncino 1521-1527; Binyamin Ze'ev responsa, Venice 1539; etc]; dozens of leaves of several editions of the Babylonian Talmud, unidentified (some apparently from the Thessaloniki printing); some leaves are proof leaves and printing trials [from the 16th-17th century – Gemara pages from an unknown edition and pages from "Ne'eman Shmuel" (Thessaloniki, 1723) are printed in one of the pamphlets], with proofreaders' handwritten corrections [one leaf has the signature "Avraham Amarilio", apparently Rabbi Avraham Amarilio of Thessaloniki, author of Brit Avraham].
More than 100 leaves. Varying size, varied condition of damages due to binding.
Lengthy and interesting letter in handwriting and signature of the Ga’on Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodzinski. Vilnius, Isru-Chag Pesach 1903.
Letter sent to the Ga’on Rabbi Shmuel Salant, rabbi of Jerusalem, concerning monetary matters of the “Kollelim” in Jerusalem. In the letter he harshly opposes sending money in a manner which directly passes through the hands of a specific individual, and he notes: “Regarding the funds sent to a specific individual, I am requesting that in the future they avoid doing so and we will refuse to accept them, because eventually it will be unclear who the money belongs to”. He forewarns of rumors spread by other sects opposing the collection of funds for Rabbi Meir Ba’al HaNess, which negatively affects fundraising. “This obstacle arises from those searching for a pretext who wish to use the fund of Rabbi Meir Ba’al HaNess for other matters, or by those who have futile dreams and make use of the fund of Rabbi Meir Ba’al HaNess, and therefore fabricate tales about the emissaries and claim that they will send them directly…”.
2 pages, 20.5 cm. More than 25 lines in his handwriting and signature. Fair condition, scorching on leaf margins without damage to text.
Sefer Tzeida LaDerech by Rabbi Menachem ben Aharon Ebn Zerach. Ferrara, . Printing press of Avraham ben Oski. First edition.
Composed by Rabbi Menachem ben Zerach, among scholars of Spain during the 14th century and disciple of Rabbi Yehudah son of the "Rosh" (Asher ben Yechiel). Contains laws and customs for all days of the year. Lengthy introduction to book contains important details pertaining to "Ba’alei HaTosfot" and greatest "Rishonim" as well as to period of author. The author states that the book is intended for “those who follow the court of the King’s majesty… who due to the trials and tribulations of the time… become lax in fulfillment of the commandments…”.
Flag of printer which appears in center of title page, printed again on last leaf with colophon: “Completed here in Ferrara in home of esteemed Rabbi Avraham ben Oski”.
Signature upon title page of book: “Yom Tov Elyakim”, apparently Rabbi Yom Tov Elyakim (1770-1846), rabbi of Sofia and toward the end of his days rabbi of Jewish community of Hebron (see attached material). Several [cut off] glosses.
, 32, , 38-75,  leaves. 18.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Title page incomplete and professionally restored. Restored tears and damage on several leaves. Ancient binding.
In this copy, as in majority of copies, leaves 33-37 containing commentary on "Birkat HaMinim", were omitted for censorship reasons, and replaced with three leaves containing brief version without pagination [see article of Yitzchak Rivkind, "Sefer HaYovel" in honor of Alexander Marx, New York, 1950, p. 416; and article of S. Hasida, "Birkat HaMinim" in "Sefer Tzeida LaDerech", Moriah collection, Tishrei 5773 (2013), pp. 15-17].
Letter by Rebbe Rabbi Mordechai Rokeach of Belz, rabbi of Bi?goraj, to Rabbi Moshe Schreiber [president of "Kollel Galicia"]. Jerusalem, 1946.
14 lines in his holy handwriting along with his signature and stamp. In the letter he mentions his brother, Rebbe Rabbi Aharon Rokeach of Belz: "Brother of esteemed Rebbe feels well…".
The holy rabbi of Bi?goraj Rabbi Mordechai Rokeach (1901-1950, Encyclopedia of Hassidism III, 224-225), son of Rebbe Rabbi Yissac" Av Beit Din" of Bi?goraj and humbled himself before his older brother who served as rebbe. During the Holocaust escaped to his brother and together they were exiled from place to place until they managed to flee to Hungary and from there to Eretz- Israel. Upon their immigration to the Holy Land became one of the most prominent figures and assisted his brothers with the reestablishment of the Belz dynasty. In 1946, upon receiving word that his wife and children were murdered in the Holocaust, he remarried and passed away soon after at a young age. His only son from that marriage is the Rebbe of Belz, may he live and be well.
25 cm. leaf. Good condition, folding marks.
Manuscript, Sefer Otzrot Chaim by Rabbi Chaim Vital. Oriental writing, Maghreb countries [Morocco or Tunisia, early 18th century].
This manuscript contains many modifications and new passages which are not included in two printed versions of the book. "Windows" within text contain comments by Rabbi Ya’akov Tzemach, Kol HaRamaz by Rabbi Moshe Zacut, passed away in 1698] and comments of “Harim” who is mentioned in blessing of deceased “of blessed memory” [Rabbi Ya’akov Margi, leading Kabbalist in Tetuán during the 17th century]. Writing modifications in sections of the book, possibly written by two authors, or written by same author during different periods. This manuscript resembles famous manuscripts from period of “Scholars of the West” who corresponded in Kabbalah with scholars of Beit El and Rabbi Shalom Sharabi.
Approx. 320 leaves. 20 cm. Part of book in fair-poor condition, mildew and moth damage, many leaves damaged from ink acidity which crumbled paper in middle of text. Torn and incomplete binding.
Mishnayot with the commentary of Rabbi Ovadia of Bartenura, and with the Tosefet Yom Tov commentary by Rabbi Yom Tov Lipman Valerstein. Three parts [bound together]: Seder Zera'im, Seder Moed and Seder Nashim. Prague, 1614-1615. Printed by Moshe Katz.
First edition of the Tosefet Yom Tov commentary [called Tosfot Yom Tov in the following editions], printed by the author.
The three parts are bound together. Part 1 is lacking at the beginning and Part 3 at the end. Zera'im: 5-86 (lacking title page and Leaves 2-4). Moed: 111 leaves. Nashim: 96, 101-107 (lacking Leaves 97-100, 108, and 7 leaves of the "List of Corrections". Total lack: 12 leaves). Good-fair condition. Age stains and moisture. Most leaves are in good condition, approximately 20 leaves have damages, moth marks and tears, some with damage to text, restored with glued paper. The missing leaves have been replaced with high quality photocopies. New elaborate leather binding, with gilded metal clasps.
Long interesting letter, handwritten and signed by Rebbe Avraham Weinberg of Tiberias. On the reverse side, the rebbe adds the good tidings of the birth of his grandson, his daughter's son. On the leaf margins is a letter by Rabbi Shalom Noach Berezovsky who also informs of the birth of his son." Erev Rosh HaShana 5696"( 1935).
Rabbi Avraham writes, "Thank G-d, after writing this letter, my daughter Chava gave birth to a son, G-d should merit that his parents together with us should raise him to 'Torah', 'chuppah' and good deeds and he shall enter the covenant of Avraham Avinu at the proper time. A male is born, the whole family is blessed with cures and salvation and all good".
The baby's father, Rabbi Shalom Noach, adds in the leaf margins: "I too send my esteemed friend hearty New Year wishes, G-d should fulfill all his wishes for the good, and I inform him of the birth of my son to inform friends who rejoice in my joy. Shalom".
Rabbi Avraham Weinberg – The Third, author of "Birkat Avraham" (1889-1981), was born in Tiberias to his father Rabbi Noach grandson of Rabbi Avraham Weinberg the First, author of "Yesod Ha'Avodah", a head of the "Or Torah Yeshiva" in Tiberias and one of the founders of "Charedi" education in Eretz -Yisrael. After the Holocaust, the elders of the Slonim Chassidic community approached him and wished to appoint him as Rebbe but he refused and was active in appointing his friend Rebbe Mordechai Chaim Slonim. Only after the death of Rebbe Mottel Slonimer in 1954, did Rabbi Avraham agree to head the community [when he was already 65 years old]. He then moved to Jerusalem, and led the Chassidic community for 27 years.
His son-in-law was Rabbi Shalom Noach Berezovsky, author of "Netivot Shalom" (1911-2000), an outstanding Torah genius, a prominent rebbe of our generation, head of "Mo'etzet Gedolei HaTorah" and "Chinuch Atzma'I". Immigrated from Baranovich to Eretz- Yisrael in 1936 and established the Slonim Chassidic yeshivas in Eretz -Yisrael. Served for 20 years as rebbe of "Slonim Chassidim" and in his times the "Slonim Chassidut" remarkably blossomed. His deep books of Chassidic thought and service of G-d are very well known and many follow their direction.
The grandson born on "Erev Rosh Hashana 5696" (1936) is his son, the Slonim Rebbe Shmuel Berezovsky.
2 pages, 25.5 cm. Good condition, few creases and wear.
A letter of ordination handwritten and signed by Rabbi Bezalel HaCohen of Vilna, to Rabbi Shraga Meir Leizerovitz. Written on a journey to Vilnius, 1874.
The letter was written at the inn at the train station to Vilnius: "While passing today on the iron rails which go to our community, we chanced in one inn". He writes of Rabbi Shraga Meir: He has great capability to judge and rule the laws of "Yoreh Deah" and "Choshen Mishpat" and "Apparently, he has spent much time studying the words of the earlier and later 'poskim' to know… and to respond according to 'halacha'… well-versed in the words of the later 'poskim' and their sources in the Talmud and 'Rishonim'… Undoubtedly, he will be one of the generation's Torah leaders".
Rabbi Bezalel HaCohen of Vilna (1820-1878), an outstanding rabbi in his generation, known from his childhood as an exceptional genius. At his bar-mitzvah meal which was also his marriage feast, he made a "siyum" on the whole Talmud and gave a homily that astonished all of Vilnius's great Torah scholars. At the age of 18, the author of "Mishkenot Ya'akov" already sent him his book to look over. At 23, he was appointed rabbi of his city, Vilnius (at a time when it was full of exceptional outstanding Torah geniuses), and for decades he was the chief posek and spiritual leader of the Vilnius community. Some of his renowned disciples: his younger brother Rabbi Shlomo HaCohen of Vilna, author of "Cheshek Shlomo" and Rabbi Yisrael Meir HaCohen, author of the "Chafetz Chaim". He wrote the "Reshit Bikurim" responsa, his glosses "Mareh Cohen" printed in the Vilna Talmud and in the Vilna "Shulchan Aruch"; the "Minchat Bikurim" glosses on the "Tosefta", etc.
32 cm. Fair condition, much wear to paper folds, pasted on paper for preservation.
A copy of the "semicha" writ is enclosed, in the handwriting of Mr. Eliyahu Eliezer Sakolsky from Vilnius and London (died 1951).
Jerusalemite Talmud, Seder Mo’ed, with commentary Korban HaEdah and additional notes known as Shirei Korban [by Rabbi David Frankel]. Shklov, .
Order of tractates in this volume differ slightly from listing in Bibliography Institute CD [Shabbat, Eruvin, Pesachim, Yoma, Shekalim, Sukkah, Rosh HaShanah, Beitzah, Ta’anit, Megillah, Chagigah and Mo’ed-Katan].
All tractates contain dozens of lengthy erudite glosses in handwriting typical of Rabbi Eliezer Simcha Rabinowitz. In some he deeply delves into a longwinded debate with the Sheyarei Korban. Ownership notations stating that book belongs to him.
The Ga’on Rabbi Eliezer Simcha Rabinowitz (1832-1911), son of Rabbi Menachem Mendel (Mendli) Av Beit Din of Kovno. Among well-known rabbis of Lithuania, and leaders of Russian Jewry; right-hand of Rabbi Yitzchak Elchanan Spektor in dealing with pertinent matters. Av Beit Din in Suwałki and later on in Łomża [succeeding the Maharil Diskin]. Exalted genius proficient in Torah; the Ga’on Rabbi Yosef Razin – the Rogatchover referred to him as: “Indeed, he is the Shas itself”. Wrote Chidushim in all facets of the Torah and the books in his library were filled with his glosses. His Chidushim and comments were printed in two volumes of “Chidushei Rabbi Eliezer Simcha” (Machon Yerushalayim, 1993-1998), and his glosses on Ein Yitzchak Responsa [by Rabbi Yitzchak Elchanan Spektor] were printed in the Machon Yerushalayim edition of this responsa. These glosses, as well, demonstrate the enormous extent of Rabbi Eliezer Simcha’s genius, and they practically constitute an entire composition on Seder Mo’ed of the Jerusalemite Talmud. To the best of our knowledge, the glosses were not printed.
, 81; 35; 22; 14, ; 30 [instead of: 32]; 29 [instead of: 31]; 3-8, 8-9; 10 leaves (two leaves missing from tractate Megillah). 33 cm. Good condition, stains and wear. Tears on several leaves. Damaged binding.
Sefer Yetzira attributed to Avraham Avinu, with four commentaries: Rabbi Sa'adia Gaon, Rabbi Eliezer of Germiza, Ramban and Ra'avad. Kabalistic outlines and charts. [Mantua, 1562]. Printed by Ya'akov Cohen of Gazulo. First edition.
Signatures of Rabbi Shlomo Cohen Tzedek (1874-1962), Rabbi of Tehran, renowned as erudite in kabalistic wisdom and as a tzaddik who writes amulets.
On the sheet margins are handwritten glosses and long notations, most with versions for amulets, charts, incantations and names of angels ["For gathering Shedim", "To untie a groom", "For speedy arrival to destination", "For hate" etc.].
*Bound with: manuscript, Sefer HaYetzira. [Persia, 19th/20th century]. Several pages with kabalistic diagrams. Ownership inscriptions ["My purchase… David Tatzach" etc.].
Sefer HaYetzira: 2-105 leaves (lacking title page and diagram leaf). Manuscript: approximately 24 pages. 20 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and moisture marks, wear and tear to leaf margins. Antique leather binding [binding leaves made from Jewish-Persian manuscript], damages.
Shulchan Aruch, with Me'irat Einayim commentary [Sma] by Rabbi Yehoshua Falk HaCohen. Berlin, .
Hundreds of long glosses in ancient Ashkenasi writing [1700s], unidentified writer. This is comparable to a whole work of glosses, primarily dealing with examining the origin of the law of Talmud treatises and opinions of the leading Rishonim, with discussions on the Mechaber's decisions in the Shulchan Aruch and the Beit Yosef. The glosses portray the genius and breadth of knowledge of the writer. Several glosses by another writer.
On Leaf 57/2 are two glosses on the counting of the Shemita years: "And now this year 1763 is shemita…", "And now in our times, this year 1884 is shemita and will be quickly in our times 1891… I have written here in Eisgrub…" [Eisgrub is a village near Nikolsburg. The Maharam Bennet lived there when he gave the approbation to Ben Yemini printed in Vienna in 1824].
Ownership inscriptions on the cover leaves including an inscription that the book belongs to "The important woman Ms. Sarel… signed below Avraham… who studies here in the shadow of Rabbi the Great Gaon… my Teacher Chaim Zvi Manheimer Rabbi of Verba…".
3-28, 33-160, 166-180, , 288-320, 18 leaves. (Lacking: title page and the next two leaves, Leaves 29-32, 161-165). Mistaken page numbering of Leaves 280-288. 30 cm. Fair-good condition. Stains and wear, moisture damage and mildew tr
Manuscript, list of poems and supplications for each Shabbat of the year and for other occasions. [Aram Zova, early 20th century].
Arranged according to Torah portions; two columns per page. Each Torah portion contains listing of appropriate poems including maqams. Last leaves contain poems for festivals, circumcision, groom, father of daughter and more.
On first pages, version of poem is “Tzuri Go’ali Ka” followed by ownership signature: “Yosef Moshe Swied”.
On some leaves, ink marks prominently apparent on reverse side of leaf.
Approx. 120 pages, last leaf torn and incomplete. 13.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and tears. Worn leather binding.
Sefer Torat Kohanim, Shulchan Aruch Choshen Mishpat, with commentary Me’irat Einayim and Siftei Kohen. Fürth, [1691-1692].
Ownership notations and signatures as well as birth listings from 18th century: “Simcha known as Bunim son of Rabbi Yitzchak Shalit…”; “belongs to the exceptional Rabbi Chaim”; “this book belongs to the esteemed Rabbi Chaim Av Beit Din of congregation of Miestetz”. Glosses by several writers from that period on margins of sheets. Last leaf contains wording of bill of transaction with addition of laws.
This copy was presented as a wedding gift to Rabbi Shmuel Kauder Av Beit Din of Prague, who signs several times throughout the book, and states: “This book… has been given to me as a gift by my close friends, exalted and exceptional…”. A list of 19 names appears; apparently referring to his classmates from the Yeshiva in Prague or Kelin.
Rabbi Shmuel Kauder (1766-1838), “The Ga’on of Prague”, prominent disciple of Rabbi Michael Bacharach Av Beit Din of Prague and later on disciple of Rabbi Elazar Kalir author of Or Chadash in Kelin. Closely associated with Rabbi Betzalel Rensburg and member of his Beit Din in Prague. Resided in Kalady and from 1812 served as Av Beit Din of communities of Tábor and Budweis in Bohemia. In 1835 was appointed as chief Av Beit Din of community of Prague, taught Torah and was known as a prominent rabbinical authority. From his many compositions only Olat Shmuel Responsa (on section Orach Chaim), Sefer Ahavat Emet (sermons) and Sefer Zichron BaSefer (on tractate Megillah) were printed. For additional information related to him see attached material.
, 502, 12 leaves. 33 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and tears. Moth stains. Wood and leather binding, damaged. Clasp remnants.
Tur Even HaEzer, with Beit Yisrael, commentary divided into two: Perisha and Derisha, by Rabbi Yehoshua Falk HaCohen – author of the Sma. Lublin, . Printed by Klonimus Kalman Yaffe.
First edition of the Perisha and Derisha [commentary later attached to all editions of the Tur]. The commentaries are printed around the Tur.
The general name of the commentary is Beit Yisrael, which originally included the work on the Shulchan Aruch Choshen Mishpat as well, called Me'irat Einayim [Sma]. In this edition, only the parts of Yoreh Deah and Even HaEzer were published.
204 leaves. 30 cm. Good condition. Stains. Reinforced with paper glued on the title page and last leaf. Leather binding (with damages), original leather clasps and metal.
Bundle with approximately ten full long letters, and more leaves with Chassidic articles, handwritten and signed by Rebbe Avraham Menachem Danziger of Alexander, from 1973-1984.
Rabbi Avraham Menachem Danziger (1921-2005), son of Rebbe Yehuda Moshe Tehiberg-Danziger, and grandson of Rabbi Bezalel Yair Danziger brother of the Alexander Rebbe author of Tiferet Shmuel. Born in Poland, ascended in his youth to Jerusalem. Renowned for his great diligence and exceptional knowledge of all areas of Torah, revealed and hidden. In 1973, Rabbi Avraham Menachem succeeded his father as Rebbe and the words of his Torah were renowned for their depth in Chassidic Torah teachings. These letters portray his great humility and his lofty thoughts on every issue.
18 leaves, varied size. Good condition.
Manuscript, Ma'amar Kodesh by the Ari about wisdom of the hand and fingers, with commentary of Rabbi Ya'akov Temralish. Handsome Ashkenasic handwriting, with a kabalistic illustration of a palm. [17th century].
This work was first printed under the title of Ma'amar Kadishin – at the end of Sefer HaYetzira with the Gra's commentary [Warsaw, 1884] from a manuscript owned by the Gra. This is a very early manuscript written during the life of the commentary's author: "The Chassid G-dly Mekubal… Ya'akov Temralish Ashkenasi" [author of Sifra D'Tzni'uta D'Ya'akov – died in Nissan 1666]. At the top of the manuscript is an introduction: "This form I have found by an old person of esteemed countenance, an outstanding Torah scholar, and he cautioned that every man must know this". At the end of the manuscript is a colophon of the copier: "I, the writer Eliezer called Zelig".
5 pages. 18 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and light moth damages. New binding.
Ein Yisrael – Vol. 1, and Beit Yisrael – Vol. 2. Rabbi Ya'akov Ebn Chaviv. Two volumes. Venice, 1625.
The book Ein Ya'akov by Rabbi Ya'akov Ebn Chaviv, was burned at the burning of the Talmud in Italy (in 1653-1654). After efforts, the Jews were permitted to print the book but with its name changed to Ein Yisrael. The first volume on Tractates Berachot-Chagiga was called Ein Yisrael, and the second volume on Tractates Yevamot-Ukzin was called Beit Yisrael.
On the first volume are signatures of members of the Sigari family: "I Chaim Sigari bought it in Livorno on the 28th of Adar 1667", "This book is mine Ya'akov Sigari ben --- Eliezer Sigari", "David Binyamin Sigari". Many handwritten comments in the handwriting of Rabbi Chaim Sigari who bought the book in 1667.
Rabbi Chaim Sigari (Otzar HaRabbanim 6088), a leading rabbi in Italy. Rabbi of Vercelli. Father of a dynasty of rabbis and bankers. In 1666, Rabbi Chaim was sent at the head of a delegation of rabbis from Italy, to inquire about the conduct of the false Messiah Shabtai Zvi (Girondi, History of Jewish Leaders in Italy, page 107). According to the opinion of Shulvas (Rome and Jerusalem p. 120), at that time Rabbi Chaim was still one of Shabtai Zvi's admirers. Margin cutting damaged some of the comments, but most of the comments are complete.
Vol. 1: 195 leaves. Vol. 2: 190 leaves (index leaves at end are missing). 28 cm. Good condition, stains, wear to edges of several leaves, minor moth marks, professional restoration of title pages. Handsome new bindings.
Tractate Niddah of the Babylonian Talmud and Mishnayot Seder Taharot, with commentaries of the Rambam, Rabbi Shimshon of Schantz and the Rosh. Vienna, .
Seder Taharot contains hundreds of lengthy and brief erudite glosses in Ashkenazi handwriting from period of printing. The comments pertain to majority of tractates in Seder Taharot. Content of remarks indicate that writer of comments was an exalted Torah scholar.
, 2-89 leaves; , 2-199 leaves. 37 cm. Quality paper, good-fair condition, stains and wear. Torn binding.
Machzor, section one – Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. Ashkenazic version. Slavita, 1832. Printing press of Rabbi Shmuel Avraham Shapiro – son of the Rabbi of Slavita.
The title page text is partially written in red ink.
Printed upon bluish paper. , 23, 26-84, 83- 86, 89-151, 153-164 leaves (faulty pagination. Missing 3 leaves: 24-25, and 152). 25 cm. Good condition, stains, wear and tear. Tear restoration on several pages. New elegant leather binding.
Three volumes of manuscripts, practical kabbalah, cures, amulets and segulots. [Persia, c. 19th century].
Hundreds of leaves with segulot and hashbaot, versions and guidelines for writing amulets for various problems and situations. Two volumes Sefer HaGoralot and Sefer Mazalot are attributed to Rabbi Avraham Ebn Ezra. The third manuscript is written on bluish paper.
The manuscripts have dozens of kabalistic illustrations, charts and diagrams, incantations and Holy Names.
Three volumes, hundreds of leaves. Among the leaves of the volumes are handwritten leaves and amulets. (Possibly lacking leaves). Various sizes and conditions.
"Open the gates and the righteous nation shall enter", "Sha'arei Dura", with glosses by Rabbi Yitzchak Luria – the Maharshal. Basel, 1599.
99 (98) leaves. 19.5 cm. Fair condition, stains and wear. Worn binding.
Responsa by Rabbenu Asher [the Rosh]. [Venice, 1552-1553]. Second revised edition.
Dozens of glosses, erasures and corrections in Oriental writing [Turkey?]. Majority of glosses consist of additions and corrections in version of responses. Apparently, the proofreader based the revisions upon a manuscript from which he copied. At least some of the glosses were not printed (or mentioned) in the revised edition of the Rosh Responsa in publication of Yitzchak Yudlov, Machon Yerushalayim (1994). Stamps indicating that book belonged to "Library of Rabbi Amado".
6-158 leaves (title page and some following index leaves missing). 28 cm. Fair condition, stains and moth marks. Several cut off glosses.
Six volumes of manuscripts. Various works [Persia, 19th and 20th centuries].
Manuscripts of various topics: *Sefer Pitron Chalomot. *Sefer Mazalot. *Homiletics and Novellae. *Targum Sheni on Megillat Esther. *Handsome and full copy of two works on the laws of shechita: Yemin Moshe, by Rabbi Moshe Vintura, and Shochatei HaYeladim by Rabbi Yisrael Nagara. *Likutei Tehillim, with prayers. (Colophon of copier from 1865 for Rabbi Shlomo Cohen-Tzedek. Mentioned in one of the prayers is the Gulpayigan community in Persia, where Rabbi Shlomo Cohen Tzedek served as rabbi before coming to Tehran). *Dozens of manuscript leaves. One volume mainly consists of sections of compositions and single leaves [among them are sections of Sefer HaYetzira, amulets in Jewish-Persian, etc].
Hebrew and Jewish-Persian. Signatures and glosses by Rabbi Shlomo Cohen-Tzedek (1874-1962), Av Beit Din of Tehran (See item 202).
Six volumes, hundreds of leaves (possibly lacking leaves). Various sizes and conditions.