Sefer Mishnat Chasdim by the Ga’on Kabbalist Rabbi Emanuel Chai Ricchi. Amsterdam, 1742. Bound with Sefer Yosher Levav by Rabbi Emanuel Chai Ricchi. Amsterdam, 1742. Title page contains ownership notation and prayer signed by Rabbi “Masoud Amsalem”. Sheets of books contain dozens of lengthy glosses in his handwriting, some signed with pseudonym “HaMa’amitz” [Masoud Amsalem Ishmerehu Tzurenu].
Rabbi Masoud son of Rabbi Yosef Amsalem, the Ma’amitz Rabbi – among scholars of the West during the early 19th century.
, 156,  leaves; , 42 leaves. 19.5 cm. Good-fair condition, moth holes. New binding with parchment spine.
Shnei Luchot HaBrit, Amsterdam, 1698. Printing press of young man Emanuel ben Yosef Atiash.
In his letters, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson of Lubavitch (Letter b 853), mentions the book Shnei Luchot HaBrit that was printed in 1698 (458 = nachat in numerical value) in an elegant edition. He notes that this is a sign from above that the revelation of this holy book caused "nachat" [satisfaction] above, and that same year the Ba’al Shem Tov was born. The Ba’al Shem Tov stated that he was born in the year that the Shla book was printed to illuminate the world with the light of the Almighty, with Torah and reverence and service of the heart.
Copy missing at beginning: 264-422, 44,  leaves, (originally: , 422, 44,  leaves). 29 cm. Varying condition; majority of leaves in good condition. Ancient leather binding, torn.
Seder Tikunei Shabbat. Prayers, customs and order of study for Shabbat, by the Ari. Venice, .
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.
Zera Shimshon, sermons on the Torah and the five Megillot, by Rabbi Shimshon Chaim ben Nachman Michael Nachmani. Mantua, .
Rabbi Shimshon Chaim Nachmani (1706-1779, Otzar HaGedolim 20083) an Italian Torah scholar and mekubal. Taught Torah in Modena and Mantua and had disciples who served in the rabbinate of a number of Italian communities. Also wrote the book Toldot Shimshon on Tractate Avot. The Chida writes that he was well-versed in practical Kabbalah and commanded his Kabalistic works to be buried in his grave (Shem HaGedolim, chapter "Ma'arechet Sefarim", Letter 46). See attached material.
In his introduction to the book, the author urges "in ten languages of prayer" to study his book, and blesses the person who does so that "The One Who Repays should pay in this merit a good imbursement for those who do that true chessed with the three blessings of children, life and livelihood". Further in the introduction the author writes that since his only son died and he was left without any children, he called his book Zera Shimshon (Seed of Shimshon). He promises "And your eyes shall see your children and grandchildren like olive plants around your table, wise and clever and homes full with all good, also wealth and also honor shall not leave your children until 'They shall see G-d's honor…'".
104, 108-115, 115, , 117-62; 21,  leaf. 14 cm. Good condition, few stains. Moth marks. Old binding.
Pardes Rimonim, by Rabbi Moshe Cordovero – the Ramak. Kabbalistic illustrations. Korets . Ownership inscriptions in ancient handwriting Rabbi "Yosef ben Yeshaya".
168 leaves. 32 cm. Fair condition, wear and stains. Worn damaged leather binding.
On title page: "Printed a second time", some copies have title pages with differences.
Sefer Karnayim, by Rabbi Aharon HaZaken of Kardina, with "Dan Yadin" commentary by Rabbi Shimshon of Ostropol. Poryck, 1818. Signatures and ownership inscriptions by Rabbi "Moshe Shlomo of Novardok".
Rabbi Moshe Shlomo Harkavi, a renowned Torah scholar and a leader of the Novardok community, son of Rabbi Gershon Harkavi of Novardok and Safed (died in c. 1828, was a scholar form the "Vilna Ga'on's Kloiz" and one of the founders of the" Beit Midrash HaGra" in Safed), father of the Harkavi family famous in Russia, which has rabbis, learned men and public figures. See attached material.
, 43 leaves. 17 cm. Greenish paper. Good condition. New binding.
* "Or HaYashar", Rabbi Meir Papresh, Feurth, 1764. (Lacking 2 leaves of introduction). Signed Rabbi "Leib Sofer of F.", on last leaf is a long handwritten list of Torah thoughts on the 13 principles of faith. * "Likutim, segulot and likutim" by Rabbi Shimshon of Ostropoli. Zholkva, 1793. (Damaged copy, lacking part of last leaf). Handwritten appendix of "Another segula for a person with a toothache. Hoshana Raba after prayers, he should take a sweet apple and thrust it on the end of the hoshana and then broil the apple and eat it before he dines". Ancient signature of "Zvi Hirsh ben Rabbi Moshe Maratin". * "Kavanot L'Ha'Ari". Lemberg 1863. Long handwritten gloss. Stamps and signatures. "Otiot D'Rabbi Akiva" with "Mesilot Chochma" and the "Ilan" commentary by the Maharshal. Lemberg, 1860.
5 books, Various sizes and conditions, good to fair-poor.
* Sefer Adam Yashar. Bound with: Sefer Megaleh Amukot; and Sefer Teivat Gomeh, by author of the Pri Megadim. (Stamps: Rabbi Avraham Moshe Babad; Rabbi Mendel Babad; Rabbi Moshe Hager). * Sefer Amudei Shesh. * Sefer Korban Shabbat. Rabbi Betzalel of Kobryn. * Sefer Yashev Rucho. Rabbi Yeshaya Asher Zelig Margaliot. (Stamp of author). * Sefer Otzar Chochmat HaKabbalah. Rabbi Ephraim son of Rabbi Meir HaLevi Regensburg. * Sefer Petura De’Aba.
For additional details pertaining to books see Hebrew description.
9 books in 7 volumes. Various sizes and conditions.
* Sefer HaKavanot by the Ari. * Bound with: * Sefer Erchei HaKinuyim, by Rabbi Ya’akov Tzemach. * Sefer Me’ah She’arim, by Rabbi Yitzchak Shani. Contains signature.
* Sefer Pri Yitzchak. Rabbi Yitzchak son of Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch of Zoldin. * Sefer Sha’ar HaPsukim and Sha’ar HaLikutim by Rabbi Chaim Vital. * Tefilla LeMoshe prayer book, by Rabbi Moshe Cordovero. * Sefer HaPli’ah – Sefer HaKaneh, attributed to Rabbi Avigdor Kara. Signatures “Eliyahu Dov Alter Perel of Spinka”, stamps of Rabbi Nachman Kahana [Rebbe of Spinka – Bnei Brak]. * Sefer Brit Menucha, by Rabbi Avraham of Rimon HaSepharadi. Bound with: * Sefer Yesh Sachar. Rabbi Yissachar Ber son of Rabbi Moshe Petachya of Karmenitz. Stamps by Rebbe Rabbi Yechezkel Shraga Lifshitz Halberstam of Stropkov. * Sefer Minchat Eliezer. Rabbi Eliezer Yedid HaLevi.
For additional details pertaining to books see Hebrew description.
10 books, various sizes and conditions.
Three leaves from edition of the Rambam’s Mishneh Torah printed in Soncino, . Gershom Soncino printing press.
Leaf of laws of prohibition of sexual intercourse [chapters 13-14], leaf of laws of forbidden foods [chapters 3-4] and leaf of laws of vows [chapters 9-10].
3 leaves, 29 cm. Fair condition, moth damage, stains and tears [damaging text]. Handwritten glosses.
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.
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].
Mivchar HaPeninim, wise sayings "Sayings of early wise people and parables of philosophers", attributed to Rabbi Shlomo Ebn Gabirol [some attribute the book to Rabbi Yedaya HaPnini HaBidrashi], with commentary and Tosfot. Cremona, 1558.
40 leaves. 205 cm. Light-colored high-quality paper, very good condition, minor stains. Semi-leather binding, rubbed.
The place and date of printing appear only on the printer's colophon on the last page.
Sefer Shulchan Shel Arba by Rabbeinu Bechaye ben Asher. Venice, .
Ethics and customs for mealtime, explanation of blessings made prior to eating and grace after meals, by Rabbeinu Bechaye who authored the commentary on the Torah.
11 leaves. 29 cm. Good condition, stains. Erasures and handwritten censorship authorization. New binding.
Sefer Avodat HaLevi, index of 613 commandments according to order of the Rambam. Rabbi Shlomo son of Eliezer HaLevi. Venice, .
Title page of book contains flag of printer, Justinian. Erased signature and handwritten notation indicating sale of book.
28 leaves. 18.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, moth stains. Damaged restored with scotch tape. New binding with leather spine.
Midrash Tehillim, with Midrash Shmuel Rabata and Midrash Mishlei. Called Midrash Shochar Tov, Venice, . Daniel Bomberg printing.
Signature on title page in early Ashkenazic handwriting from time of printing, "…Moshe [Sha'ar---?]".
Another signature of "Ya'akov ben Zalman Pozna" – Rabbi Ya'akov Pozna (1772-1849), dayan in Frankfurt am Main, who served in the beit din of the author of the Hafla'a and his son, author of Machane Levi. See Item 344.
66; 50-62; 65-76 [should be: 74] leaves. 28 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and wear. Detached leaves. Torn detached binding.
Sefer Halachot Gedolot. Venice, 1548. First edition
Sefer Halachot Gedolot was written in the time of the Geonim and is one of the first halachic books written after the Talmud was sealed. The identity of its author [called: Bahag = Ba'al Halachot Gedolot] was disputed among the Rishonim who often quote him. Some attribute the work to Rabbi Yehudai Gaon and others to Rabbi Shimon Keira. On the title page of this book the words of the Smag are quoted: "Rabbi Yehudai Gaon wrote Halachot Gedolot", and on the reverse side of the title page a special article is printed about the identity of the author [see further the introduction to the Rosh Troib editions, Warsaw 1875; in the introduction to the edition of Rabbi Ezriel Hildesheimer, Berlin 1888; and in the Bibliography Institute CD Listing 0127157). This is a complete copy of the first printed edition.
Ownership inscriptions and corrections in Italian writing.
, 144 leaves. 29.5 cm. Good condition, stains, small tear to one leaf, few moth marks, professionally restored tears to several leaves. Handsome new 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.
Tur Even HaEzer, with Beit Yosef, Venice, 1565. Printed "with Bombergi printing blocks and letters".
This edition was printed in the life of Rabbi Yosef Karo; his name appears on the title page with the blessing of a living person: "With commentaries and novellae of the generation's wonder Rabbi Yosef Karo Yazia [acronym for "He shall have children and live a long life"].
Signatures in early Ashkenazi handwriting: "Eliezer ben Rabbi Pinchas". Signatures in Oriental handwriting: "Binyamin HaLevi", "Purchased with my money, David Daron".
258 leaves. 33 cm. Fair condition, moth damages and stains. Semi-leather binding, rubbed.
"Sefer Kli Chemda", homiletic literature and exegesis on "Midrash Rabba", “from "Bereshit Bara" until "Le’einei Kol Israel”. Rabbi Shmuel Laniado from Aram Zova (Aleppo). Venice, [1594-1595]. First Edition.
Ancient ownership notations and signatures: “I am filled with happiness that G-d has merited me this book… Menachem Mendel Margaliot”.
268 leaves (not including index leaves at end). 29 cm. Good condition, stains. Wear and tear on several leaves. Ancient binding of leather-covered wood. Damaged. Metal clasp remnants.
* 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.
Midrash Rabbah with commentary Matnot Kehuna. Thessaloniki, [1594-1595].
Contains glosses by publisher, Rabbi Yehuda Gedalia. Matnot Kehuna commentary printed on margins of leaf only from Sefer Shemot. At end of Sefer Bereshit printers state: “…glosses by Rabbi Yissachar Ber son of Naftali of Szczebrzeszyn HaKohen known as Matnot Kehuna have fallen into our hands and we agreed to include them in the printing”. Matnot Kehuna commentary for Sefer Bereshit was printed separately in 1595. In this copy this publication was bound following the title page, preceding Sefer Bereshit. Gloss in Oriental handwriting. Signatures: “Young David ben Chaim” and “Chaim ben Chaim”.
236, 238-239, 241 leaves of Matnot Kehuda commentary on Bereshit (missing 3 leaves). Fair-poor condition. Approx. 7 leaves incomplete, restored with scotch tape. Severe stains and wear, restorations with scotch tape and handwriting, mildew traces. New binding.
Sefer Tefilla LeMoshe, homilies on the virtue of the Torah and order of bedtime Kriat Shema, by Rabbi Moshe Almosnino. Thessaloniki, . Printing press of Yosef son of Yitzchak Yavetz. First edition.
“Which I, the young Moshe Almosnino, have composed as requested… bedtime Kriat Shema… explaining the virtue of the Torah and those who study it…”. Third article contains text of bedtime Kriat Shema in vowelized letters. In the colophon the printer, Yosef Yavetz, refers to the printing of the Babylonian Talmud in his printing press during that period: “He who has merited us… will merit us to complete the entire Talmud which we have begun”. Notations and traces of signatures in Oriental writing. Signature “David son of Avraham Vaanunu”. Stamps Rabbi “Shmuel son of Rabbi Baruch Brody Maggid Meisharim”.
76 leaves. (leaf 73 unintentionally bound between leaves 75-76). 20 cm. Good condition. Stains. Title page and several leaves contain restored tears and dark stains. New fine leather binding.
Tefillah L'Moshe, homiletics on the importance and magnitude of Torah study, and on saying Kriyat Shema before sleeping. Rabbi Moshe Almoshenino. Krakow , 1590. Second edition. Signature in ancient Ashkenasi handwriting: "Leib Gonz[a---]".
Stamps of Rebbe Nachum Dovber Freidman" – Rebbe Nachum Dovber Freidman (died in 1886, Otzar HaRabbanim 15912), son of Rebbe Shalom Yosef of Ruzhin and the son-in-law of his uncle, Rebbe Avraham Ya'akov of Sadigura – the holy sons of Rabbi Yisrael of Ruzhin. His library was one of the important libraries in his time. His stamp Minchat Shai is stamped on books he received as a gift from Chassidim and friends.
84 leaves. 18 cm. Fair condition, damages to title page. Stains and wear, left margin cutting, with damage to side titles. Elaborate leather binding, damaged.
Sefer Yedei Moshe, commentary on five Megillot by Rabbi Moshe Almosnino. Venice, .
Signatures and ownership notations in Italian writing: “Yosef Yechezkel son of Aharon Asher Mantova”, “monetary acquisition…” and more.
289,  leaves. 29 cm. Good condition. Stains, moth damage, several loose pamphlets. Ancient leather binding, damaged.
Sefer Imrei Shefer, Sermons. Rabbi Naftali Ashkenazi. Venice, .
The author, among scholars of Eretz Israel and Kabbalists of Safed, disciple and relative of the Ari who is mentioned in Sefer HaChizyonot [book of visions] by Rabbi Chaim Vital. Departed from Safed and emigrated to Venice in 1601, where he printed his book and was associated with scholars of the Yeshiva of the city until his demise. The book contains sermons which he delivered on various occasions and eulogies on Torah giants of his generation, including Rabbi Eliezer Azikri author of Sefer Charedim. In the book he presents sayings in the name of the Ari.
Signature on title page in square letters: “This book belongs to me Shmuel Trivish”.
220 leaves. 19 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and traces of mildew, moth damage. New binding.
* Lekach Tov, explanation of words and verbs in the books of Nevi'im and Ketuvim. By Rabbi Moshe Shertlan Segal. Prague, 1604. First edition. Printed by Moshe ben Rabbi Yosef Bezalel Katz. (After Sefer Tehillim: "The responses of Radak to the Christians on a few Psalms. And the questions he asked on them").
Explanation of the words according to commentaries in Yiddish-Deitsch [Jewish-German, in Tzena U'Rena lettering]: "…And I gathered from the paths of the commentators, such as Rabbi Avraham Ebn Ezra and the Radak and others, and I summarized their words…in light language which is used regularly in Ashkenaz. And sometimes some simple explanations… I have begun to do… I… Moshe ben Yissachar HaLevi (called Moshe Shertal… Segal)".
Inscriptions and owner's signatures in Ashkenasi handwriting [from 1622 and others].
 leaves. 17 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, moth marks. Restored damages and tears. Last leaf missing and restored. Elaborated leather binding.
* Be'er Moshe, explanation of words and commentary on the Chumash and the five Megillot, by Rabbi Moshe Shertlan Segal. Prague, 1604. First edition. Printed by Moshe ben Rabbi Yosef Bezalel Katz.
This commentary has been printed in various Chumashim. Included in the regulations of the Krakow community from 1638: "A teacher must not study Chumash with any other commentary other than the Be'er Moshe commentary…".
Ancient signatures and owners' inscriptions.
 leaves. 17 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, moth marks. Restored damages to several pages. Elaborate leather binding.
"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.
Mikneh Avram, grammar book, by the physician and linguist Rabbi Avraham Davlemish. Venice, . Daniel Bomberg printing.
Hebrew [with vowels] and Latin, page for page. Apparently, the book had been translated by David ben Klonimus who wrote the last section of the book, Section of Ta'amei Mikrah, and brought the book to print.
On the reverse side of the title page is a poem in Latin in honor of Daniel Bomberg, followed by an introduction in Latin by Daniel Bomberg. The author as well, praises Bomberg in his introduction.
Simultaneously, an edition in Hebrew only (from 1523) was printed. The order of the letters of the body of the work is almost identical. In this edition, each row is numbered.
Handsome copy in very good condition.  leaves. 21 cm. Wide margins, stains, handwritten inscription. Ancient binding, without clasps.
Sefer Arugat HaBosem, on wisdom of grammar and the Holy Language, by Rabbi Shmuel Arkevolti. Venice, . First edition.
Fine renaissance-style title page. Many tables for instruction of grammar. Leaf 113 contains diagram “recurring cycle”.
Ownership notations and signatures in Italian and Oriental writing: “This is the product of the worshiper of the Almighty…”, “…philanthropist Raphael Aharon HaLevi”, “last redeemer Shlomo Chazan” [possibly Rabbi Shlomo Chazan, an Egyptian scholar, author of HaMa’a lot LeShlomo]. Additional rabbinic signature of Rabbi Shlomo Chazan on leaf following title page. Glosses in fine Italian writing.
119 [instead of: 118],  leaves. 19 cm. Good-fair condition. Tears, dark mildew stains, moth stains. New binding.
Full set of elaborate Bible edition printed in Hebrew in Paris, during 1539-1543. (Includes the five megillot).
4 volumes, approximately 23 cm. Each book has a special title page in Hebrew and Latin, with different pagination and pamplet numbering. Assembled from several copies, varied condition. Overall good condition. Several damaged and restored leaves. Comments and inscriptions in Latin writing. Elaborate leather bindings, placed in a matching leather box.
"Sefer Ketuvim" with commentaries [Rashi, Ebn Ezra, Ralbag] and the "Massorah". Venice, . Daniel Bomberg printing press.
Without title page. Poor condition, extensive moth damage, stains and mildew.
"Ketuvim" – Psalms, Proverbs-Chronicles. Amsterdam, 1732. Printed by Avraham Atias. Illustrated title page.
150,  leaves. 21.5 cm. Good condition, stains. Slight tear to title page. Original leather binding, damaged.
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,  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.
Chamisha Chumshei Torah and five Megillot. With Latin translation and commentary. Venice, 1551.
Printed from left to right. Text and translation in columns facing each other. Emblem of printer enlarged on separate leaf at end of book. Wooden etched frames at beginning of Chumashim and beginning of five Megillot. End of Sefer Devarim contains section (in Hebrew) “Ma’alat Moshe” – on the greatness of Moshe Rabbeinu (not listed in Bibliography Institute CD).
 CCVIII; 209-376,  leaves. 20 cm. Good condition, stains. Minor restoration on title page. Notations. Leather binding combined with restored ancient binding.
Biblia Hebraica, Torah, Nevi’im and Ketuvim. Frankfurt am Main, .
Hebrew, with preface and comments in Latin. Hebrew illustrated title page of pillars of exedra containing names of Nevi’im and books. Date noted on margins of Latin title page is 1712; however, date noted on Hebrew title page and end of Hebrew preface is Thursday, 17 Nisan 1692, and date listed on Latin colophon is 1692. Apparently the date on the Latin title page is incorrect [see Bibliography Institute CD, record 0182356].
Fine copy in original binding, clean leaves and gilded edges.
, 686,  leaves. 20 cm. Good condition, stains. Leather binding, slightly damaged.
Sefer Megillat Esther, with Ashkenazi translation. [Frankfurt am Main?], .
Text with Yiddish- Deitch translation in Tzena U’Rena letters. Ownership notations and signatures.
 leaves. 19 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Scotch tape for reinforcement of title page. Worn binding.
Five Megillot, with Haftarot for all days of year as customary in community of Italy; Ashkenazim and Sephardim. [Mantua, 1785].
Colophon: “May this be a good omen that in the month of spring… we have begun the work for the sake of Heaven… and after two years… the year 1785…”.
Printed as part of the edition of Chamisha Chumshei Torah. Some copies bound with Chumashim; some distributed separately.
79, 60-124 leaves. 21.5 cm. Wide margins. Good condition, clean sheets. Few stains. Worn binding.
"Esrim Ve’Arba’a" –" Chamisha Chumshei Torah", with "Nevi’im Rishonim, Nevi’im Achronim" and "Ketuvim". Amsterdam, .
Three title pages: Illustrated title page and title pages in Hebrew and Latin. Text printed in two columns.
Magnificent leather binding, with gilded imprints of flowered ornaments and images of vultures. Name of owners imprinted on front and spine of binding: “Michele di Gabriel Peryera De Leon” [Peryera De Leon – prominent family in Amsterdam. Philanthropist Michele Peryera De Leon and his sons Gavriel and Ya’akov supported the "Chida" during his stay in Amsterdam and assisted him in the printing of his book "Sha’ar Yosef". See attached material].
, 292 leaves, 293-306,  pages. 14 cm. Good condition, stains.
Arba'a V'Esrim, Torah Nevi'im and Ketuvim. Amsterdam, .
With title page in Latin, and illustrated flyleaf. The words are printed in two columns, without vowels.
Bound at the end of the book is a handwritten leaf with the version of the Mi SheBeirach prayers for an ill person and for a woman after birth.
, 292 leaves, 293-306,  pages. 14 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and age stains. Tears restored with glue. New binding.
Book of Psalms, Hebrew with Latin translation (page for page). Basel, 1726.
 leaves. 12.5 cm. Good-fair condition, wear and use stains. Worn binding.
The 1726 Edition is rare and does not appear in the Bibliography Institute CD.
Yalkut Shimoni, on Torah, Nevi'im and Ketuvim. Polonnoye, 1805. Yosef HaCohen printing press [and Shmuel the printer].
Two volumes: , 272 leaves; , 182 [should be: 282] – 450 leaves. 33.5 cm. White and blue paper. Varied condition. Vol. 1 in good condition, with stains and wear. Vol. 2 in good-fair condition. Damages to title page and several leaves. Old bindings, with leather spine.
Printer's flag with the name "Shmuel the Printer". On the title page of Vol. 1 the name is erased from the emblem during printing [in some copies], after the partnership between Yosef HaCohen and Shmuel the Printer was cancelled [see the article by M. Wunder, The Hebrew Printing in Polonnoye – Alei Sefer, 5, 1978, page 125].
Babylonian Talmud, Mishnayot Seder Zera’im with commentary of the Rambam and Rabbeinu Shimshon of Sens [Constantinople, c. 1583]. Printing press of Yosef son of Yitzchak Yavetz.
Missing title page. This is the second volume of the 1583-1595 Constantinople edition [for additional information concerning this edition see “article pertaining to printing of the Talmud”, by Rabbi Natan Neta Rabinowitz, Jerusalem 1952, pp. 70-74; and “Hebrew Press of Constantinople”, by Avraham Ya’ari, Jerusalem 1967, pp. 131-137 no. 205-220]. Reference to rulings (rulings of the Rambam) in Seder Zera’im printed here for first time.
2-86 pages (missing title page). 33 cm. Fair condition, stains, mold damage. Wear and tear. Scotch tape restoration. Worn binding.
Talmud Bavli and Yerushalmi, Tractate Horayot, Basel, . The Talmud Yerushalmi was added to Tractate Horayot because as written on the title page: "There is no Tosfot on this tractate, therefore the Talmud Yerushalmi was added, something which had not been done in the tractates printed up until now".
16 leaves. 34.5 cm. Fair condition, stains and moth damages. New binding.
Volume 31 of the Talmud editions printed in Basel in 1578-1581.
Babylonian Talmud, tractate Nazir, with commentary of Rashi, Tosfot and Rabbeinu Asher. Krakow, . Printing press of Yitzchak son of Aharon Ish Prostitz.
66 leaves. 29 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, moth stains and tears, restored with scotch tape. New binding.
Despite wording indicating otherwise on title page, as known, rulings of the Rosh [Rabbeinu Asher] were not written on this tractate. For information related to printing of this edition see: Article pertaining to printing of Talmud, by Rabbi Natan Neta Rabinowitz, Jerusalem 1952, pp. 80-84.
"Hilchot Rav Alfas", Tractates "Shabbat" and" Eruvin". [Venice, 1552, first edition with additions by Rabbi Yehoshua Boaz, author of "Shiltei Giborim"]. Several glosses and corrections in ancient handwriting.
Leafs 99-229 (total of 131 of 399 leaves), 39 cm. High-quality paper, good-fair condition, minor damages (restored) and stains. New fabric binding.
"Hilchot Rav Alfas", on Tractates "Bava Metzia and Bava Batra", with "Shiltei Giborim" and "Ein Mishpat". [Section of Sabbioneta edition, 1555].
Handwritten glosses and corrections, signed by their writer Rabbi "Moshe Asrosi" (1825-1899, a leading scholar and rabbi in Tripoli, author of "VaYeshev Moshe").
Leaves 66-243 (of 396; 54 leaves - total of 178 of 450 leaves), 38 cm. High-quality paper, stains and moth damages and wear. Stamps of Tripoli "Beit Midrash" and other inscriptions. Simple binding.
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.
Mishnayot with commentary Kav VeNaki, section one [Zera’im, Mo’ed and Nashim] and section two [Nezikin, Kodshim and Taharot]. Amsterdam . Miniature pocket edition which includes all six Sidrei Mishnah in one volume.
[Additional printing of the 1697 Amsterdam edition, in which the concise Kav VeNaki commentary was printed for the first time. Second section does not include separate title page.
, 166, 2-231,  leaves. 12 cm. Good-fair condition, stains, colorful mildew stains. Tears on title page and on several leaves. Notations.
Mishnayot, with the commentary of Rabbi Ovadia of Bartenura, Tosfot Yom Tov and other additions, and with Tosfot Rabbi Akiva Eiger. Zera'im-Taharot [six Sedarim in six volumes]. Altona, 1830-1853.
First edition in which Rabbi Akiva Eiger's entire work on the Mishna is printed, by his son Rabbi Binyamin Wolf Eiger.
At the end of Seder Zera'im is Sefer Shenot Eliyahu by the Gra, Seder Zera'im [separate title page].
6 volumes, bound with cover title pages printed on colored paper. Zera'im: , 133; 4; , 38,  leaves. Moed: , 172 leaves. Nashim:  159 leaves. Nezikin: , 196 leaves. Kodshim: 163,  leaves. Taharot: , 266 leaves. 26 cm. Overall good condition, stains and slight wear, several detached or loose leaves. Damages to bindings.
The date of Sedarim Zera'im, Mo'ed and Nashim is 1841, Seder Nezikin, 1845, Seder Taharot, 1853 and Seder Kodshim, 1830. No other copy of Seder Kodshim with this date is known. In the Bibliography Institute CD only Nezikin is listed dated in the year 1930. This volume is listed separately from the 1841-1853 edition [Listings 0328878, 0150714]. However, the content of the title page, the frame, the type of letters and style of printing are completely the same in all volumes. For this reason and from the examination of these volumes, we presume that they all belong to the same edition printed in 1841-1853, and for some reason the date was changed to 1830 in some copies [as also assumed in the Bibliography Institute CD].
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.
Urim V'Tumim, on Shulchan Aruch Choshen Mishpat, Part 1 [Simanim 1-72] and Part 2 [Simanim 73-152], by Rabbi Yehonatan Eibeshitz. Karlsruhe, [1775-1777]. First edition.
Separate title page for second part. Inscription on first title page: "Ya'akov Cohen".
, 204,  205-381,  leaves. Good condition, stains, tears to margins of several pages [without damage to text]. Antique leather binding, remnants of laces-clasps.
"Einei Avraham", on the Rambam, by Rabbi Avraham ben Ye'uda Zafig of Tunisia and Jerusalem. Amsterdam. 1784. Printed by the widow and orphans of Ya'akov Props.
In the approbations and the author's introduction, he tells that he was blind from childhood until the end of his days and therefore he called his book" Einei Avraham".
76 leaves. 22.5 cm. Good condition, brown leaves, especially wide margins, old binding missing spine.
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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).
*"Chagurat Shmuel", 1772. *"Maharam Lublin Responsa". 1769. *"Netivot L'Shabbat "1837. *"Nidrei Zerizin" 1839. *"Mevo HaTalmud" 1845. *Bound with: "Darkei Hora'ah", 1842. *"Shoshanat Ya'akov", 1863.
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7 books in 6 volumes. Various sizes and conditions. Moth damaged.
* Sefer Chemed Moshe. Rabbi Gedalia Moshe of Loshitz.
* Sefer Sidrei Tahara. Rabbi Elchanan Ashkenazi.
* Sefer HaAruch Meshech. Rabbi Shabtai Katz – The Shach.
* Sefer Beit Ephraim. Rabbi Ephraim Zalman Margaliot.
* Sefer Pri To’ar. Rabbi Chaim ben Attar. Bound with: Sefer Toraht HaBayit Ha’Aroch by the Rashba.
* Sefer Sha’arei Torah. Rabbi Binyamin Wolf Low.
* Noda BeYehuda responsa. Kama edition.
* Sefer Yeshu’ot Ya’akov. Rabbi Ya’akov Meshulam Bernstein.
* Sefer Kehilat Ya’akov. Rabbi Ya’akov Lorberbaum of Lisa.
* Noda BeYehuda responsa, Tanina edition. Rabbi Yechezkel Landau.
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11 books, various sizes and conditions. Signatures and ownership notations.
Sefer Keset HaSofer, laws of writing of Sifrei Torah, Tefillim, Mezuzot and Megillat Esther, and their restoration. By Rabbi Shlomo Ganzfried of Ungvar. Ofen 1835.
First book of author of Kitzur Shulchan Aruch. This book contains the well-known approbation of the Chatam Sofer.
, 32 leaves. 20.5 cm. Good condition, foxing and slight moth damage. Worn binding.
* Sefer Lechem VeSimla. Rabbi Shlomo Ganzfried.
* Sefer Toraht Zevach. Rabbi Shlomo Ganzfried. Bound with: Sefer Ohel Yitzchak by Rabbi Yitzchak son of Rabbi Eliezer of Munkacs.
* Kitzur Shulchan Aruch HaShalem. Stamps of Rabbi Yosef Tzvi Kalish of Skernowitz.
* Sefer Ohalei Shem. Rabbi Shlomo Ganzfried.
* Kitzur Shulchan Aruch. Rabbi Shlomo Ganzfried.
For additional details pertaining to books see Hebrew description.
Various sizes and conditions.
Get Pashut, on the Laws of Gittin, by Rabbi Moshe ben Chaviv. Constantinople, . First edition.
Signatures in Oriental handwriting: "Yeuda Avraham Azriel" and other signatures. Many inscriptions in the handwriting of Rabbi Zundel of Salant that the book belongs to "Midrash Menachen Zion Jerusalem". "To Kollel Perushim Ashkenasim".
, 143 leaves. 32.5 cm. Varying condition, most leaves in good condition. The three last leaves have fungus damages. New binding.
Machzor for High Holy Days [Yom Kippur], with intentions and customs according to the Ari and Sefer Chemdat Yamim. Thessaloniki, .
, 2, , 4-170, 173-219. Thessaloniki, , 225-230 leaves. (Leaf 66 missing, replaced with additional leaf 68). 19 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, wear and tear, moth stains, some leaves detached. Worn leather binding.
*"Yad Aharon", Vol. 1. "Even HaEzer", Istanbul, 1756. Signed by Rabbi "Chaim Elfandri" and Rabbi "Uziel Elchayich" [Tunis Torah scholars in the 1760-1790s, author of "Mishkenot HaRo'im"]." Orim Gedolim". With" Or LaYesharim", Istanbul, 1758. Signed by Rabbi "Ish Tza'ir", and Rabbi "Nissim Ovadia" [Hebron Torah scholars in the 1770s]. Missing one leaf at the end of the index. *"Yadav Shel Moshe – Yadayim Mochichot". Thessaloniki, 1812. Long glosses handwritten and signed by Rabbi "Shabtai Akshuti" [Rabbi in Constantinople and Jerusalem, author of" Kol Shachal", died 1889]. *"Avodat Masa", on tax laws. With a booklet on matters regarding "gittin". Thessaloniki, 1846. Signed by Rabbi "Yitzchak Mizrachi". *"Mizbeach Adama". Thessaloniki, 1777. Signatures of Rabbi "Chaim Shmuel Nachmeas" [a Jerusalem scholar, son of the author of "Hon Rav", died 1782].
5 books, Various sizes and conditions, moth damages.
*Rabbi Yosef Kitzby responsa and" Mutzal Me'esh" responsa. Constantinople 1736. Many signatures and glosses. Some cutoff. Signed by Rabbi "Yom Tov HaLevi" and Rabbi "Eliyahu ben Yitzchak Katyu". One gloss is apparently in the handwriting of Rabbi Moshe Pardo. *"Torat Moshe" responsa, Rabbi Moshe Shabtai. Thessaloniki, 1797. (Several leaves are possibly missing from the middle of the book). Signed by Rabbi "David Amado" [Istanbul Torah scholar, 1770-1832, author of "Tehilla L'David"]. * Bound with "Ge'onim" responsa, Sha'arei Teshuva", Thessaloniki, . *"Orach Mishpat", on "Choshen Mishpat". Rabbi Rachamim Eliyahu Chazan. Thessaloniki, 1858. (Several leaves missing from the middle of the book). Many handwritten glosses. Signature of his relative Rabbi Eliyahu Chazan [1840-1908, author of "Ta'alumot Lev"] who writes "For me to own, his close relative who carries his name". *"Lekutot HaRamban", Thessaloniki, 1791. Many signatures: Rabbi "Chaim Moshe Pifirno" [a leading rabbi in Istanbul in the life of Rabbi Chaim Falagi]; Rabbi "Ya'akov Ya'avetz "[a scholar in Istanbul and disciple of Rabbi Chaim Falagi, died 1875] and signature of Rabbi Eliyahu Chazan who signed "Last redeemer Sivan 5643". *Bound with: Rabbi Yosef HaLevi ben Migash responsa, Thessaloniki, .
6 books, in 4 volumes. Various sizes and conditions, moth damages.
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6 books, Various sizes and conditions.
Most of the books are from the library of Rabbi Mordechai David Levine (author of "Darkei David", 1878-1967), from the estate of his elder father-in-law (Rabbi Chaim Ya'akov Shapira, "Ra'avad "of Kovno and Jerusalem, 1832-1908).
"Imrei Sasson", ethics and songs, by Rabbi Sasson ben Rabbi Mordechai Moshe (Shenduch, author of "Kol Sasson"). Baghdad, 1890. Rare first edition. (Second edition was published in Baghdad 1891).
59 leaves. 16.5 cm. Good condition. Original binding.
*Refuah Shleimah, compilation of cures by the Rambam. With piyutim. Djerba, . Jewish-Arabic. *Siddur Aruchat Tamid, prayers for various times. Djerba, 1942. Instructions in Jewish-Arabic. *Shana Tova, prayers and segulot for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. Djerba [c. 1945]. *Seder Tefilla U'Bakasha, has a number of segulot, with the 13 tenets of faith". Djerba, [194?]. Not listed in the Bibliography Institute. *Pizmon Bar Yochai, simple meaning and Arabic translation. Susa, [c. 1940]. (Sheet uncut at printing). *Siddur Minchat Tamid, mincha and arvit for everyday, Shabbat and Rosh Chodesh. Djerba, [c. 1945]. *Kol Rina V'Yeshua, piyutim and songs for a circumcision. Djerba, . Two copies. *Siddur Yom HaShabbat, prayers for Shabbat and festivals. Djerba, 1946. Two copies.
10 items, 10-12 cm. Varied condition.
Sefer Avodat HaKodesh, ethics and customs of the Chida. Jerusalem, . 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.
, 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.
* Sefer LeDavid Emet. Rabbi Chaim Yosef David Azulai – The Chida. * Sefer Chemda Genuza. * Chidushei Megilla from manuscript by Rabbeinu Nissim. (Bound with: Sefer Yad Malachi). * Pamphlet Ma’amar Chesed Ve’emet. Rabbi Chaim Yitzchak Aharon Rapaport [Magid of Vilkomir]. * Seder Tartiv Shav Chag HaPesach. * Sefer Agadot Talmud Yerushalmi. * Sefer Peleh Yo’etz, by Rabbi Eliezer Papo. Bound with: Sefer Ner Minerot. Rabbi Dov Ber Menkes. * Sefer Brit Olam Kama with “Tashlum Brit Olam Kama”. Rabbi Akiva Yosef Schlesinger. (Bound with: Sefer Chomat HaDat. * Sefer Tefillah LeMoshe. * Sefer Amarot Tehorot. Rabbi Avraham Chayun. * Sefer Ot Olam. * Selichot for 7th of Adar. Bound with: Pamphlet Ma’amar Chesed Ve’emet. Magid of Vilkomir. * Sefer Tzvi Latzadik, by Rabbi Tzvi Michel Shapiro.
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Total of 17 books, various sizes and conditions.
Sefer Mo'adei Hashem and Kriei Mo'ed, section one. Prayers for Passover, Shavu'ot and Sukkot, as customary in Sephardic communities; includes passover Haggadah and order of study. Jerusalem, . Approbations by Rabbi Chaim Avraham Gagin and Rabbi Ya'akov Antebi, Av Beit Din of Damascus. Two title pages. Handwritten inscription and signature.
, 4-20, 25-96, 62; 41-68 leaves. (Missing: leaf 97). 19 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, moth damaged and tears. One leaf detached. Worn binding.
S. HaLevi 20
Malachei Kodesh, piyutim and pleas, mussar and commentary by the Ba'al Shem Tov on Chapter 107 of Psalms. Jerusalem, 1862. Printed by Rabbi Yisrael Back.
Mentioned on the title page is the account of Shir HaYichud: "Which was set by the son of Moshe [Rabeinu] beyond the Sambatyon River, and from there a merchant brought it to Spain and delivered it to the hands of the Rabbi… Moshe author of Pirchei Shoshanim".
20,, 25-28 leaves. 17 cm. High-quality paper, moth damages. Owners' signatures. New binding.
S. HaLevi, no. 66.
* Siddur Zichron Yerushalayim, prayers as customary by Sephardim. Jerusalem, . (Not listed in Bibliography Institute CD or S. HaLevi).
* Siddur Sha’ar HaTefillah, as customary by Sephardim. Jerusalem, [c. 1940]. Olivewood binding, “Bezalel Jerusalem”.
* Sefer Hadrat Zkenim, [Idra Rabba] – “The Holy Zohar”. Jerusalem, . (S. HaLevi 490; missing leaves of approbations following title page).
3 miniature volumes, 6.7-7 cm. Varying condition.
*Derech Tevunot, by Rabbi Moshe Chaim Lutzatto – the Ramchal with Da'at Navon commentary. *Sefat Emet. Rabbi Moshe Chagiz. *Ozen Aharon. Rabbi Aharon Azriel. *Azharot in the Holy Tongue and in Persian.
Pamphlets of the sermons of Rabbi Ya'akov Mordechai Hirshson (Afikei Yam compositions): "Even Shlomo, for the siyum of Seder Nezikin. * Chakor Davar, for siyum of Seder Kodshim. * Kevod HaTorah, for siyum of Seder Nashim. * Ner Mitzvah, for siyum of Seder Pesachim.
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8 books, various sizes and conditions.
For complete list, see Hebrew description.
6 books, Various sizes and conditions.
"Shemesh Tzedaka", account and activities of the "Beit Va'ad HaKlali". Volume composed of 10 booklets [2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13] and a leaf printed in golden ink with New Year blessings. Jerusalem, 1886-1893.
Volume of 10 booklets approximately 25 cm. Varied condition, very good to good-fair. Most booklets have cover leaves. Worn fabric binding.
* "Chevesh Pe'er", on tefillin. Second enlarged edition. Jerusalem, 1925. * "Da'at Cohen", responsa on "Yoreh Deah". Jerusalem, 1942. * "HaDvir" – compilation of Torah and Jewish wisdom. Jerusalem, 1899-1922. Collection of 12 bound booklets. [This compilation printed by Rabbi Kook's faithful disciples, contains much of his Torah thoughts and words. The last booklet has eulogies of Rabbi Meir Simcha HaCohen, author of "Or Sameach" printed in 1922 after a false rumor reached Jerusalem that the "Or Sameach" was murdered in a pogrom].
3 volumes, Various sizes and conditions.
"Luchot Edut", articles and rabbinic letters regarding the polemic of the amulets which arose against Rabbi Yehonatan Eibeshitz. Altona, . First edition.
Articles, letters and proclamations from rabbis and community leaders, who supported Rabbi Yehonatan Eibeshitz in the polemic which arose following the mistaken accusation that he had joined the Shabtai Zvi false messianic movement, and regarding the objections to the amulets which he wrote. At the beginning of the book is an introduction by Rabbi Yehonatan with the development of the controversy. At the end is a commentary upon one amulet and a sermon which "I gave when the earthquake began on February 23, 1751, where I have justified myself abundantly".
, 2-78 leaves. 19 cm. Good condition. Wear and stains, ownership inscriptions in ancient handwriting with erasures. Old damaged leather binding.
"Sefer Nitzachon", by Rabbi Yom Tov Lipmann Muhlhausen. Amsterdam, .
Anti-Christian polemic book, edited and arranged according to Torah portions and Bible books. End of book contains responses of the Radak to Christians.
The preceding publication of this edition was printed by Christians in Altdorf and Nierenberg in the year 1644, with the addition of a Latin section which contains a lengthy essay in opposition of Judaism. This is the first edition of the book printed by Jews.
110 leaves. 12 cm. Good condition, stains. Few moth stains and several tears. New binding.
"Tikun" for reading every night and day, prayers and repentance "tikunim" in anticipation of the redemption, "piyutim, "piyut" of confession by Rabbi Yitzchak Abuhab. Amsterdam, Year of Salvation .
This work was printed in Amsterdam at the height of the "Redemption Tidings" times of the false messiah Shabtai Zvi, and is characteristic of the inspiration to repent in anticipation of the redemption widespread at that time in Jewish communities. According to G. Shalom (Shabtai Zvi, Vol. 2, pp. 432), the tikun was arranged by Nathan Ha'Azati, but possibly the publishers and the editors were Amsterdam rabbis, who at that time still believed that Shabtai Zvi was the Messiah.
, 93,  leaves. 11.5 cm. High-quality paper, good-fair condition, wear and use stains. Parchment binding.
Copies with similar leaf numbering appear in the bibliographic listings: , 94,  leaves.
Megale Temirin, "Just like its name, because it reveals things which were hidden from all until now", by the Maskil (belongs to the Enlightenment Movement) Yosef Perel. Vienna, 1819. First edition.
Parody satire on Chassidic stories, their conversations and language, by means of correspondence amongst Chassidim, who wish to prevent the distribution of a book opposing Chassidism.
Two title-pages, , 55 leaves. 24 cm. Good condition, stains. Damages to binding.
* Divrei Tzaddikim, "To show the way to the light… and conversation among Chassidim… about the book Megale Temirin". Yitzchak Ber Levinson. Vienna, 1830. A parody on Chassidim in the style of Megale Temirin.
* Bochen Tzaddik, "With different opinions on the book Megale Temirin. Yosef Perel. Vienna, 1838. Sequel to Megale Temirin.
Varied size, good condition, stains. Stamps and signatures. Bochen Tzedek has no binding.
Jerusalemite Talmud Seder Kodshim, section 2 Chulin-Bechorot, with glosses by the Maharsham of Brezhan and explanation of foreign words and comments by Shlomo Baber. Commentary Cheshek Shlomo, by publisher Shlomo Ye’uda son of Maharam HaSefaradi, known as Friedlander. Seini, (1907).
, 78; , 47 leaves (missing first title page. Tile pages of both tractates included). 34.5 cm. Quality paper. Good condition, few stains. Original damaged binding.
* "Netzach Yisrael", articles about subjects essential to our people. Polemic against the authors of the Enlightenment and Zionist movements, by Rabbi Eliyahu Meir Feivelson Rabbi of Kupishuk, one of the founders of" Agudat Yisrael". Warsaw, 1914.
* Articles by Ya'akov HaBachrachi, regarding Leap Years and Years Count. Polemic on matters of astronomy and the Jewish calendar, opposing those who deny the words of "Chazal", by Rabbi Ya'akov Bachrach. Warsaw, 1893.
2 books, approximately 22 cm. good-fair condition.
"Halacha L'Ma'aseh" booklet, "pertaining to the laws of fruit of the Seventh Year grown by transgressing ("Shmitta" laws), if they are permitted…" by Rabbi Ya'akov David – Ridvaz. Jerusalem, .
Includes letters by the Ridvaz to "the Torah scholars and rabbis of Jerusalem". In the introduction are harsh words against Boris Schatz and Mordechai HaCohen who falsely claimed: "Jerusalem rabbis and in particular the Ridvaz used 'Shmitta' as a 'shnorr business'". On Leaf 6, 2: "Notice to keep you from transgressing a prohibition", signed by five members of the Ashkenazi "Batei Din" in Jerusalem and Rabbi Chaim Berlin, who deny "the rumor that the manner of 'hefker'… is beneficial in permitting also fruits that were grown by working in the Seventh Year (Shmita)".
, 7 leaves. 24 cm. Good-fair condition, minor damages. Original cover.
* "The Chief Rabbinate and Shechita" – booklet by D.m. Dinard about "shechita" by the Rabbi of Macov (Rabbi Yisrael Nathan Coopershtoch), Jaffa-Tel Aviv, 1929. * "The Truth Must be Told" – large proclamation against the decisions of the Tel Aviv community committee concerning "shechita" and "treifot". Tel Aviv, 1937. * "Shechita" committee of the "Edah HaCharedit" for all Ashkenasic communities in Jerusalem – a printed flyer on communal regulations in regard to "shechita", by Rabbi Baruch Reuven Shlomo Jungreiss Chairman of the Convention of the Seventy. Jerusalem, 1920s.
3 printed items. Various sizes and conditions.
* The Chief Rabbinate of Eretz -Yisrael against soccer games held on Shabbat – printed proclamation of a letter by the Chief Rabbis Rabbi Ya'akov Meir and Rabbi Avraham Yitchak HaCohen Kook, Tamuz 5691 . * "On the Rebels of the Light" – a small printed proclamation by Rabbi S. B. Shulman in the name of Rabbi Kook against soccer games on Shabbat. * "Public Protest" – printed proclamation by Rabbi Kook against the words of Itamar ben Avi against our People and our Holy Torah. Jerusalem, Kislev 5693.
3 proclamations, Various sizes and conditions.
Passport picture of Rabbi Shach, from his youth. [C. early 1900s].
Rabbi Elazar Menachem-Mann Shach (1888-2002), was born in Lithuania and studied in his youth in Ponovitch, Slobodka and Slutzk yeshivas. Taught in the Klezk Yeshiva in Poland and was head of the Karlin Yeshiva in Luninyets. During the Holocaust years, he ascended to Eretz Yisrael and taught in the Klezk Yeshiva in Rehovot. Later, was appointed teacher and head of Ponovitch Yeshiva in Bnei Brak. Member and head of Moetzet Gedolei HaTorah, Rabbi Shach led the Torah world for decades.
4.5X6.2 cm. Fair condition, stains, cracks with minor damage, handwritten inscription on reverse side of photograph "Eliezer Shach" [perhaps his handwriting].
Photographs from the time of his youth are rare.
* Photograph of the Gur Rebbe "Imrei Emet" walking with his son author of Beit Yisrael. * Photograph of the Gur Rebbe author of Beit Yisrael leaving the house of the Klausenberg Rebbe in Kiryat Sanz after a visit. * Photograph of the Gur Rebbe walking in the street followed by his meshamesh holding the umbrella.
3 photographs, 6.1X9 cm – 8.5X13.5 cm, good condition.
* Two photographs of Rebbe Yoel of Satmar, sitting surrounded by Chassidim. * Photograph of the Rebbe sitting on the deck of a ship, surrounded by disciples.
3 photographs, 7.5X10.5 cm – 8.5X13 cm , good condition.
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.
Four photographs of Rabbi Aryeh Levine. At a family celebration, conversing with Rabbi Zevin etc.
4 photographs, approximately 9X14 cm. Good condition.
Israeli passport of Rebbe of Lublin – Rabbi Avraham Eiger, with his photograph and handwritten signature.
The holy Rabbi Avraham Eiger (1914-2003), direct descendant of the Ga’on Rabbi Akiva Eiger, son of Rebbe Rabbi Shlomo Eiger of Lublin. Immigrated to Eretz Israel, settled in Bnei Brak and began serving as Rebbe of Lublin in 1945. Was known for his righteousness and abstinence from worldly pleasures. The Ga’on Rabbi Shmuel Wosner stated that his glowing image resembles the portrait of his grandfather Rabbi Akiva Eiger [see attached material].
14.5 cm. Good condition, stains and slight wear. Ink-stamps, postage stamps and notations from his various journeys.
Israeli passport of Rebbe Rabbi Yochanan Twersky of Rachmastrivka, with his photograph and handwritten signature.
The holy Rabbi Yochanan Twersky (1903-1982, Encyclopedia of Hassidism II, pp. 95-96), son of Rabbi David of Rachmastrivka, of the Chernobyl dynasty. During the communist era immersed himself in his studies with total devotion, was apprehended and nearly executed and hung; he was however miraculously saved. In 1926 immigrated to Eretz Israel together with his father and grandfather and was active in the establishment of the Chassidism in the Holy Land. In 1950 began serving as Rebbe of Rachmastrivka in Jerusalem and founded the Me’or Einayim Yeshiva. The Chassidism flourished and developed tremendously under his leadership.
14 cm. Good condition, stains and slight wear. Ink-stamps, postage stamps and notations from his various journeys.
British passport – “Palestinian regime”, of the Ga’on Rabbi Yechezkel Sarna, with his photograph and handwritten signature.
Rabbi Yechezkel Sarna (1889-1969), among leading giants of Torah and ethics. Closely associated disciple of the “Alter of Slabodka” Rabbi Natan Tzvi Finkel, and son-in-law of Rabbi Moshe Mordechai Epstein Rosh Yeshiva of Knesset Yisrael in Slabodka. Rabbi Yechezkel was among founders of branch of the Yeshiva in city of Hebron in 1925, and after the demise of his father-in-law headed the Yeshiva which moved to Jerusalem. Among leaders of Council of Torah Sages whose opinions were considered definitive in all relevant public matters.
15 cm. Good condition.
Contains notations and a Visa stamp to Egypt from 1936 (which was apparently not utilized), stamps invalidating passport, and cutting of margin on front cover indicating that the passport has been cancelled.
* Photograph of Rebbe Rabbi David Moshe Friedman of Chortkov [with caption: “Image of Rebbe Rabbi David Moshe of Chortkov”]. (This photograph was distributed in an “altered” version and presented as a portrait of his brother, Rabbi Dov Ber of Leova – see attached material). * Two photographs of Rebbe Rabbi Yisrael Friedman of Chortkov.
Various sizes and conditions.
Collection of cards with portraits of rabbis and rebbes. [20th century].
Illustrations and photographs on paper, glued upon cardboard cards. Some contain description in writing beneath photograph. Portraits of Rebbe Rabbi David Twersky the Maggid of Tolna, Rebbe Rabbi Yochanan Twersky of Rachmastrivka, Rabbi Yonatan Eibschutz, Rabbi Yitzchak Elchanan Spektor, Rabbi Dov Ber Meislish, chief rabbi Rabbi Moshe HaLevi and Moshe Montefiore.
7 cards, approx. 10 cm. Varying condition. Two cards cut on edges.
Photographs of leading rabbis, "With events and their history, their opinions, activities and influence on the community and the general public", by Avigdor Katzburg. N.Y. [after 1925].
Biographies and photographs of 17 rabbis, including Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak Glick, Rabbi Simcha Bunim Sofer, Rabbi Yosef Zvi Dushinsky, Rabbi Koppel Reich, Rabbi Dov Ber Dushinsky, Rabbi Yeshaya Zilberstein and others.
 pages,  photograph plates, 16 cm. Good-fair condition. Minor moth damages to inner margins. Original loose binding.
This edition is a printed lithograph copy of the 1925 Ujpest edition, does not appear in the Bibliography Institute.
Two paintings (oil on wood), portraying Jews studying Torah. [20th century].
Signed; unidentified artist.
16X22 cm each. Framed. Good condition (minor damages).