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Auction 30 Lot Number 24

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

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

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Auction 30 Lot Number 86

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Atzei Chaim on the Torah – First Edition

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

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Auction 30 Lot Number 150

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Collection of Books Printed in the 18th-19th Century – Signatures

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5 books in 4 volumes. Various sizes and conditions. Various handwritten signatures and inscriptions.
All the books have the signature of Rabbi Mordechai David Levine (author of "Darkei David", 1879-1967), most came from the estate of his elderly father-in-law (Rabbi Chaim Ya'akov Shapira, "Ra'avad" of Kovne and Jerusalem, 1832-1908).

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Auction 30 Lot Number 374

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Sefer Yesod Olam – Thessaloniki, 1756 – Glosses

Sefer Yesod Olam, collection and Chiddushim. Rabbi Moshe ben Aharon Algabe. Thessaloniki, [1756].
Glosses in fine Oriental writing by unidentified writer. Signatures upon title page: “Yosef Di Boton” (crossed out), “Moshe son of Yitzchak HaLevi”.
[2], 30 leaves. 20 cm. Good condition. Stains, wear and some tears. Ex-libris and library ink-stamps (“book treasury” of “Yeshivat Achei Ye’uda” in Sofia). Cardboard binding, partially missing.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 129

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Ketuvim (Psalms) – Amsterdam, 1732

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

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Auction 30 Lot Number 193

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

"160 Vilna Batei Knesset, Batei Midrash and minyanim" – list of 160 Synagogues in Vilnius. With photographs of the inside of the fancy "Urban Beit Knesset". [20th century].
Among the synagogues are special lists of synagogues in the central site of the "Shul Hoif [including the kloiz of the Gra "Ga'on's kloiz – Yesod"]; synagogues of the charity and chessed associations, of the working class "Ba'alei Melachishe kloizen", list of 13 Chassidic minyanim in the "mitnaged" Vilna – which is specially noted in the title of this list: "Chassidic kloizen un minyanum in der mitnagedishe Vilna".
A large leaf in colored lithographic printing, 53 cm. Good-fair condition, stains. Placed in wood and glass frame. Not examined out of frame.
Yiddish and Hebrew.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 225

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Translation of Haftarot – Yemen

Manuscript, book with translations of Haftarot for the whole year, decorated titles. Yemen, [c. 19th century].
72 leaves. 23.5 cm. Fair condition, worn and detached leaves, tears and paper glue. Stains. Signatures and owners' inscriptions. Leather binding, Yemenite processing style.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 12

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Two Colorful Ketubot – Gorna Dzhumaya (Bulgaria)

Two color ketubot. Printed in two columns, in one the text of the ketubah and on its left the Shtar Tena'im. Verses and various decorative motifs in colorful and gilt paint (a Magen David, pillars topped with lamps, wheat, handshaking, etc.). On the background of one ketubah is the emblem of the Central Council for Bulgarian Jews.
Completed by hand, recording the marriage of the groom Nissim ben Shabtai Mazal Levi to the bride Miriam [bat] Avraham Mazal Levi. Gorna Dzhumaya (Bulgaria), 1929, and the marriage of the groom David ben Shlomo Rachel Cordova to the bride Rachel bat Avraham Mazal Levi. Gorna Dzhumaya 1936.
60 cm. Fair condition, tears to folding marks and margins, stains. Government stamps are pasted on one ketuba.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 300

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Letter with the text of the Ordination letter of Rabbi Mordechai Chaim as the Slonim Rebbe

Historical letter by Rabbi Yitzchak Matityahu Luria, a prominent Slonim Chassid in Eretz Yisrael, to Rabbi Shalom Noach Barzosky (son-in-law of the "Birkat Avraham" and later Slonim Rebbe - Jerusalem), with the text of the ordination letter to Rabbi Mordechai Chaim Kastelanitz-Slonim. [Tiberias, 1950].
In the letter, he writes of the decision to have the Chassidic elders of three cities, Tiberias Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, sign the coronation writ of the eldest of the group, Rabbi Mordechai Chaim Slonim, as Rebbe of Slonim "Chassidim". He suggests that to expedite the matter, each city should sign a separate letter but the version shall be the same without any changes.
At the top of the letter typewritten with handwritten additions is the version of the coronation writ "In honor of our friend the Chassid, Eldest of our group Rabbi Mordechai Chaim Shlita".
21 cm. Good condition.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 23

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

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

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Auction 30 Lot Number 130

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Rabbi Menashe Ben Israel Bible – Amsterdam, 1639

Esrim Ve’Arba’a, five Chumashim and Megillot, Nevi’im Rishonim, Nevi’im Achronim and Ketuvim. [Amsterdam, 1639]. Menashe Ben Israel printing press.
Among the very few editions of the Bible which were printed in sanctity during that period by Jews. Two columns per page [similar to Bible which Rabbi Aryeh Levin had a tradition to use for performing “Goral HaGra”].
Colophon at end of book: “Praised be the Almighty, who has accompanied me throughout the entire process… and he has merited me to complete it… and print all twenty four books as I intended…”. (Hebrew date on title page and colophon differ from civil date listed on title page).
Copy incomplete at beginning. 4-112 (missing title page and two leaves); 144, 144-166; 94, [4] leaves. 15 cm. Fair condition, majority of leaves in good condition. Stains, mildew traces on several leaves. Last leaves worn and detached. Ancient leather binding, damaged.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 162

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Sefer Avodat HaKodesh – Jerusalem, 1844

Sefer Avodat HaKodesh, ethics and customs of the Chida. Jerusalem, [1844]. Rabbi Yisrael Back printing press.
Sefer Avodat HaKodesh contains seven compositions by the Chida: Moreh Be’Etzba, Tziporen Shamir, Kesher Godel, Kaf Achat, Yosef Beseder, Sansan Le’Ya’ir, Shomer Yisrael.
Two title pages. This copy does not include Sefer Le’David Emet.
[2], 100 leaves. 15 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Dark stains on several leaves. Tear on first title page. Damaged binding.
Among early Jerusalem printings, see: S. HaLevi, First Jerusalem Books, no. 24.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 194

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Photograph of the Sha’ar HaShamayim Synagogue in Gibraltar

Large photograph of Sha'ar HaShamayim Synagogue. Gibraltar, 1930.
Sha'ar HaShamayim Synagogue was built in Gibraltar in 1724. The photograph is glued on cardboard, with a dedication from Sivan 1930, with the signatures of community members.
Photograph 22.5X27 cm. cardboard 34.5X43.5 cm. Good condition. Tears to cardboard margins.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 386

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Four Books – Glosses

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

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Auction 30 Lot Number 13

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Illustrated Ketubah, Persia 1884

Ketubah (marriage contract), recording the marriage of the groom David ben Mordechai to the bride Tzivia bat Yeshua. Many signatures and a document with many signatures on the leaf's reverse side. Adorned with characteristic color illustrations, lions, birds, the sun and flowers. Isfahan, Nissan 5644.
53X65 cm. (Maximal size including colored paper frame: 63X75 cm.). Fair condition, many tears to folds, creases and stains.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 237

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Important Letter by Rabbi Yichye Tzarum Rabbi of the Yemenite Community of Jerusalem, Nissan 1915

Wedding invitation, printed in gilded ink, Jerusalem, Tishrei 5675. On reverse side and on margins, handwritten long polemic article, titled He Who Hears the Call of the Poor, written and signed by Rabbi "Yechiya ben Yosef Tzarum", on Nissan 5675, about the deprivation of Yemenite Torah scholars by the heads of the Sefardic community. Mentioned in the letter are Rabbi Nachman Batito, Rabbi Chizkiya Shabtai and Rabbi Avraham Philosof.
Rabbi Yichye ben Yosef Tzarum (1843-1897), a leader of Yemenite Jews who immigrated to Jerusalem from Sana in 1882 and a head of the Yemenite community. In 1885, was chosen" Ra'avad" and Rabbi of the Yemenite community in Jerusalem. In 1903, supported the unification of the Yemenite community and the Sefardi community. However, in this letter written during the days of siege and distress of World War I, he was apparently disappointed by the city's Sefardic community and primarily by Rabbi Nachman Batito who was appointed "Rishon LeZion" at that time.
14X23 cm. Fair condition, damages to folds and leaf margins, mold stains.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 333

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“Kav VeNaki” – Dedication of Author Rabbi Avraham Lavut

"Kav VeNaki", on "Hilchot Gittin". Sections 1-2. Warsaw, 1868. First edition. Many approbations, among them the approbation of the Rebbe Baruch Shalom, eldest son of the "Tzemach Tzedek".
In the center of the title page is a nice dedication handwritten and signed by the author, Rabbi Avraham David Lavut (1815-1890), disciple of the "Tzemach Tzedek" and among the most prominent" Chabad" rabbis and Hassidim. Served in the rabbinate of Nikolayev in the Cherson region for forty years. Author of the books "Sha'ar HaKolel" on the composition of "Admor HaZaken", "Kav VeNaki "and "Beit Aharon Vehosafot". His granddaughter is Rabbanit Chana Schneerson mother of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. He edited the books of his esteemed grandfather and published them, and wrote his biography in the introduction.
[4], 4-26, [1], 27-59 leaves; 39 leaves. 29 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and wear, worn binding.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 88

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Collection of Books and Booklets – Breslov Chassidism

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13 books and booklets, Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 184

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Large Photograph Collection

Large collection of photographs of rabbis, rebbes and yeshiva heads. C. 1960s-1990s.
Photographs, some unknown, of many rabbis, yeshiva heads and rebbes. * Photographs of the lives of rebbes: Slonim, Amshinov, Vizhnitz, Seret-Vizhnitz, Belz, Zvhil, Gur, Sadigura, Strikov, Biala etc. * Photographs of Rabbi Elazar Menachem Shach (with Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach), Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, Rabbi Chaim Pinchas Sheinberg, Rabbi Abba Berman, Rabbi Baruch Shimon Schneerson, and other yeshiva heads and rabbis. * Photograph album of the Kaminetz Talmud Torah and Yeshiva in Jerusalem.
Approximately 180 photographs, various sizes and conditions. Most are 10X15 cm. Approximately 15 large photographs for hanging on the wall. Most are color photographs.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 344

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Beit HaBechira by the Me’eri – Self-Dedication by Rabbi Ya’akov Pozna, who Received the Book From Baron Rothschild

Beit HaBechira by the Me'eri, Tractates Nedarim, Sota and Nazir. Livorno, 1795. One of the earliest printed books of the teachings of Rabbi Menachem the Me'eri.
At the top of the title page is a self-dedication handwritten and signed by Rabbi "Ya'akov ben Rabbi Zalman Pozna" who received the book as "A gift from the important philanthropist Shimon called Wolff Baron von Rothschild" in 1844.
Rabbi Ya'akov Pozna (1772-1849), dayan in Frankfurt am Main, who served in the Beit Din of the author of Hafla'a and his son, author of Machane Levi. Son of Rabbi Yekutiel Zalman Pozna dayan in Offenbach and Rabbi of Friedberg (died in 1773). His son is Rabbi Eliezer Pozna Rabbi of the Klaus Association in Frankfurt am Main (1803-1866) and his grandson is Rabbi Gershon Pozna who served for 50 year as dayan in Frankfurt. The dynasty of the Posen family that began with Ashkenaz leaders continues until today, and his descendants serve even today as rabbis in Eretz Yisrael, the USA and Europe.
At Rabbi Ya'akov Pozna's funeral, the community committee of Frankfurt became involved and refused to allow rabbis who fought the Reform movement eulogize him in the cemetery. Hence, the Posen family initiated the establishment of the independent Charedi community of Rabbi Shimshon Rafael Hirsh in the city. This step was financed by Baron Wolff Rothschild who was a G-d-fearing Jew and one of the most respected members of the Frankfurt am Main community.
8. 129, [2] leaves. 31 cm. Good-fair condition, stains, detached leaves, few moth damages, torn and detached binding.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 99

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Seder Tikunei Shabbat by the Ari – Venice, 1698

Seder Tikunei Shabbat. Prayers, customs and order of study for Shabbat, by the Ari. Venice, [1698].
Colophon: "Completed in year 1699". Illustrated title page with images of David and Shlomo, alluding to name of copyist and proofreader and name of his father: David son of Shlomo Altaras.
26 leaves. 21 cm. Fair condition, stains, moth marks, tears restored with scotch tape. Old binding.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 259

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Answer Pamphlet in Handwriting – Rabbi Moshe Shalom Stohl

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

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Auction 30 Lot Number 387

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Collection of Books with Glosses

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4 books, various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 78

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

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

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