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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
* 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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
"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.
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.