* Handwritten Ketubah, Kah Bir Elazav (Yemen) Adar 1884. * Handwritten and printed Ketubah, recording the marriage of Rabbi Shlomo ben David Karavani to the daughter of Rabbi Yichye Elnahari HaLevi. Jerusalem, Elul 1900. * Printed ketubah, recording the marriage of the bridegroom Yehoshua Berman to the widow Chamama bat Rabbi David Karavani. Jerusalem, 1930. * Signed documents, concerning the "Nachalat Zvi" neighborhood of the Yemenite community in Jerusalem, testaments, Prozbul, etc. Some of the rabbis' signatures: Rabbi Avraham Chaim Elnadaf; Rabbi Aryeh Leib Bahara'ad (Rabbi Leib Dayan); Rabbi Saliman Karavani; Rabbi Chaim Shlomo Mizrachi; Rabbi Yichye --- HaLevi; Rabbi Sa'id Sharian; etc.
13 items, various sizes and conditions.
Collection of books of printings of Rabbi Chanina Lipa and Rabbi Yehoshua Heschel Shapiro, grandsons of Rabbi of Slavita in Zhitomir.
* Sefer Chovot HaLevavot, by Rabbeinu Bechaye. [Section one]. Zhitomir, 1848. * Chumash Bamidbar. Zhitomir, . (Not listed in the Bibliography Institute CD; at the end of this copy are detached leaves containing Shabbat prayers. Incomplete. We were unable to determine whether they were printed as part of this edition, nor were we able to determine the number of missing leaves). * Midrash Rabbah, Sefer Bamidbar and Megillat Ruth. Zhitomir, 1851. * Shulchan Aruch, with Ba’er Heitev and Pitchei Teshuva. Yoreh De’ah, section two. Zhitomir, 1852. * Shulchan Aruch HaRav, Orach Chaim – section one [clauses 1-215]. Zhitomir, 1859.
5 books. Various sizes and conditions. Signatures and stamps.
Large bundle of letters concerning immigration certificates from Dej to Eretz -Yisrael. including a letter handwritten and signed by Rebbe Ya'akov Elimelech Panet Rabbi of Dej and many letters by his son Rabbi Shmuel Yehuda Panet; three letters handwritten and signed by Rebbe Elimelech ben Rebbe Yitzchak Panet; letters by Rabbi Shmuel Luria of Safed [son-in-law of Rabbi Mendel Panet of Dej], etc. Dej-Safed, 1930s.
Rebbe Ya'akov Elimelech Panet (1889-1940), son of Rabbi Yechezkel of Dej and his successor in the Dej rabbinate and Chassidic leader, perished in the Holocaust with his entire family. His cousin Rabbi Elimelech Panet (1895-perished in the Holocaust) son of Rabbi Yitzchak Yechiel, also lived in the city of Dej and served as Rebbe and dean of Kollel "Ahavat Zion – Zibnbergen".
More than 15 letters. Various sizes and conditions.
Shtar Chatzi Chelek Zachar [document bequeathing half half of the male share to the daughter]. Amsterdam, [c. 1800].
Printed document in eloquent Ashkenazi cursive script, with blank spaces for filling in in handwriting. At head of leaf headings in square letters and symbol of Ashkenzai congregation of Amsterdam [letters on edges of Star of David: C, A, A [congregation of Ashkenazim in Amsterdam].
Filled in in handwriting for Ms. Rechala daughter of Rabbi Eliezer Cohen, granting her daughter, Mamala, wife of Rabbi Kalman Gashler, inheritance rights. Amsterdam, .
Signature “Moshe son of Rabbi Uri Feivel, cantor and loyal assistant of community of Amsterdam” and additional signature. Fingerprint signature of Ms. Rechala along with authorization of abovementioned signatories.
“Shtar Chatzi Zachar” written according to an ancient religious ruling for the purpose of ensuring that in due course the daughter is bequeathed her share together with her brothers, despite the fact that according to Jewish law a daughter does not receive an inheritance from her parents when there are sons. In most cases, the bill is written by the father of the bride as part of the dowry which he provides in honor of her marriage, whereby she is granted half the inheritance rights of her brothers. In this particular case the writer is, in fact, the mother, who was apparently widowed.
32 cm. leaf. Good condition, stains and wear. Bound in new binding.
* Chumash Devarim, with Or HaChaim. Slavita, 1823. Printing press of Rabbi Shmuel Avraham Shapiro. (Damaged copy, missing leaves in middle). * Zohar, section one, Bereshit. [Slavita, 1804? / or 1805?]. (Missing beginning until leaf 29). * Zohar, section two, Shemot. [Slavita, 1804?, printing press of Dov Ber Segal?], (missing title page and last leaf). * Ein Ya’akov, section two. Slavia, 1812. Printing press of Rabbi Dov Ber Segal. * Machzor for Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, “printed in Jozefow in printing press which formerly operated in Slavia”. 1842, supervised by Rabbi Chanina Lipa Shapiro. (Damaged copy, missing at end).
5 books, various sizes and conditions. Stamps and signatures.
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.
Machzorim according to Ashkenasic customs. Full nine-volume set [first and second day of Passover; seventh and eighth day of Passover; Rosh Hashana; Second day of Rosh Hashana; Ma'ariv of Yom Kippur; Yom Kippur; Succot; Shemini Azeret and Simchat Torah]. Redelheim, 1800-1805. First edition of "machzorim" published by Rabbi Wolf Redelheim. [Besides Vol. 9 for Shemini Azeret, which is from the second and rare edition, Redelheim, 1805]. Approbations by Rabbi Pinchas Horowitz, author of the "Hafla'ah" and other approbations.
The first title page of the Passover machzor is signed "Zalman ben My Father Rabbi Meir Rothschild".
9 volumes, approximately 19 cm. Good condition. Semi-leather original bindings, worn.
Remnants of manuscripts, removed from the "binding geniza". [Sefardi writing, 15th and 16th centuries].
*Remnants of a polemic anti-Christian work, unidentified [4 pages]. *Section of the work Norah Tehilot by Rabbi Yoel Ebn Sho'ib. *Leaves of Abarbanel commentary on the Torah [from a number of writings]. *Leaf of Pirkei Moshe [Rambam's medical articles]. *A number of paragraphs on medical matters called Gavriel.
Approximately 15 leaves and leaf sections. Fair-poor condition, varying damages due to binding.
A consolation letter, in the handwriting of Rebbe "Avraham Ya'akov ben Yisrael of Sadigura". Tel-Aviv, Elul 5701 (1941).
Rabbi Avraham Ya’akov Friedman, Sadigura Rebbe, Vienna-Tel Aviv, great grandson of Rabbi Yisrael of Ruzhin. Born in 1884 to his father Rabbi Yisrael, son of Rabbi Avraham Ya’akov of Sadigura, son of Rabbi Yisrael of Ruzhin. Son-in-law of Rabbi Yitzhak Meir of Kopitshnitz. In 1907, he became a Rebbe and was one of the founders of "Agudat Israel" and an active member of the "Va’ad HaPo’el" and "Mo’etzet Gedolei HaTorah". Before the Holocaust, he immigrated to Tel Aviv, where he established his court, which he led until his death on the 5th of Tevet 5720( 1960).
Official stationary, 29.5 cm. Scribal handwriting signed by the Rebbe. Good condition, folding creases and minor stains.
* "Megillat Esther", Ashkenasic Ari writing (Chassidic), especially fine writing, characteristic to the Russian-Polish area, [end of 19th century?].
Height of parchment approximately 11 cm. 11 rows, good-fair condition, the ink on some pages is faded and on others black. A megillah of 11 rows from such an early time and in Chassidic writing is rare. (See Kedem Catalogue Auction 22, Item 5).
* "Megillat Esther", with "HaMelech", Vellish writing (ancient Spanish), [beginning of 20th century].
Height of parchment approximately 13 cm. 14 rows, fair condition, wear stains and tears. The ink is faded on most pages. Erased dedication on parchment tie.
Sefer Avodat Boreh, prayer book for weekdays and Friday night, with commentary based upon concealed and alluded wisdom, including Kabbalistic intents. By Rabbi Akiva Ber of Vilnius, Wilhelmsdorf, 1688. First edition.
 leaves. (Originally: 52 leaves. Missing: Leaf 24). 19.5 cm. Fair condition, moth damage on text, stains and wear, restored damage on several leaves. New binding.
* Manuscript of book of Haftarot, with the Targum. Yemen, 1867.
Amateur writing with vowels below. On the last page is the author's colophon of the scribe Ya'ish ben Yosef with the scribe's apology for mistakes, a curse on women who talk of mundane matters in the Beit Knesset and other inscriptions.
* Manuscript, book of Haftarot, with Targum. Yemen, [19th century].
Amateur writing with superlinear vocalizations. Scribe's colophon at end of book that he wrote the book for himself. Under the colophon is a sales bill in a different handwriting in Jewish-Arabic, from 1895, for the sale of the book to Doud Sachar Al-Amelech Yichye Salam, witnessed by Musi Ya'akov and Me'utza Ebn Shlomo.
2 volumes, various sizes and conditions.
BeSha’ar HaMelech, on introduction of the Rambam, by Rabbi Shmaryahu Yosef Chaim Kanievsky. Tel Aviv. .
Second printed composition of the Ga’on Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky. First composition, Kiryat Melech, contains notations and comments on the Rambam, appendix to the Rambam’s Mishneh Torah, Pardes Publishing House, Jerusalem 1958. This pamphlet, containing notations on introduction of the Rambam was originally composed as part of Kiryat Melech, however for reasons stated in author’s introduction was printed separately.
Title page contains heartfelt inscription in handwriting and signature of Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky: “Av 1960, gift to exceptional Bar Mitzvah young man, Mr. Avraham Dov son of Rabbi Raphael Levine; may you merit to earnestly study the Torah for the glory of your family. Chaim Kanievsky”.
47,  pages. 24 cm. Good condition. Pen notations on spine of cardboard binding.
Collection of illustrated lithograph leaves, some with handwritten letters. Tiberias and Jerusalem, 1920s-30s.
* Membership certificate, "Or Torah" in Tiberias in colored printing. Completed in Adar 5697 (1937) signed by Rebbe Avraham Weinberg [author of "Birkat Avraham", see previous item] and Rabbi Pinchas Mintzberg. [Stamp with the signature of "Asher Ze'ev Werner"]. * Letter on "Or Torah" Yeshiva stationary, by Rabbi "Zvi" Luria an elder Slonim "Chassid". Tiberias, 1935. * Printed New Year letter, with long letter handwritten and signed by Rabbi "Aharon Yosef Luria" of Tiberias [author of "Avodat Penim" and "Likutei Yekarim", [1890-1969]. Tiberias, 1934. * Printed New Year letter with colored illustrations of holy places. Jerusalem. [1920s], printed by Litho A. L. Monson. Signed by "Elisha" Kliers a Tiberias rabbi. * Two receipts of "Kollel Reisen" in Eretz -Yisrael. Printed in color with "Tefilla Far Lichtbentching" (prayer before kindling).
6 leaves, varied size, good condition.
Manuscript, Mekor Chaim, on laws of shechita, by Rabbi Yichye Tzalach the Maharitz. Handsome writing, colorfully decorated. Ratzaba (Yemen), 19th century.
The first and last leaves have various ownership inscriptions and signatures, some from the beginning of the 20th century (1903) and some earlier [apparently yet from the time of the author who died in 1859]. LaMenatzeach menorah, riddles etc.
45 leaves, 18 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and slight wear. New binding.
Ten documents of the "Or Torah Yeshiva" in Tiberias, signed by Rabbi Asher Ze'ev Werner [Rabbi of Tiberias] and Rabbi Avraham Weinberg [who later became the Slonim Rebbe author of "Birkat Avraham"]. Authorizations for accepting young men of the Baranovich Slonim Chassidic community to the yeshiva in Tiberias. Authorizations for receiving immigrant certificates to Eretz- Yisrael. Tiberias, 1935.
Attached: letter by Rabbi Yitzchak Matityahu Luria, a prominent Slonim "Chassid" in Tiberias, concerning this matter.
Rabbi Avraham Weinberg – the Third, author of "Birkat Avraham" (1889-1981), See item 301.
11 letters, approximately 29 cm. Good condition.
Sefer Maginei Eretz, Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim, with Magen Avraham, Turei Zahav, Pri Chadash and Even Ha’Ozer. Amsterdam, (1754).
Many ownership notations: “Abush son of… Shimshon HaKohen”; “Zekel”; “belongs to my father and mentor Rabbi Zev Wolf… Av Beit Din [old?]”; “belongs to Meir son of Rabbi G… Ya’akov”; “Avraham son of Rabbi Leib of Ravitch”; additional signatures, ownership stamps and various notations.
Many erudite glosses in Ashkenazi handwriting from 18th-19th century. Queries and resolutions: “I did not merit to comprehend”; “this law needs further study”. Throughout the glosses he presents sayings which he heard from others: “One Torah giant told me to resolve” (leaf 72/1); “I heard something alluding to this law” (leaf 65/2).
, 1-338 leaves. (Originally: , 36, , 37-338 leaves. Missing: Illustrated title page,  leaves following leaf 36 and leaf 337). 36 cm. Fair condition, wear and tear, stains. Some glosses cut off. Unoriginal binding.
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.
* Ketubah (marriage contract), recording the marriage of the groom Yosef son of Avraham to the bride Tzipora daughter of Rabbi Shlomo HaKohen [Av Beit Din of Tehran, for additional information related to him see item 202]. Gulpaigan, Persia. Handwritten, with frame composed of verses in calligraphy, and traditional heading “Orah VeTzahala VeYakar U’Gdula…”, formatted in columns at head of Ketubah.
* Yevama [childless widow awaiting Levirate marriage] Ketubah, recording the marriage of the groom Ephraim son of Shlomo to the wife of his deceased brother, Devorah daughter of Shmuel. Tehran, . Handwritten, signatures Rabbi Shlomo Cohen Tzedek [Av Beit Din of Tehran] and additional signatures.
* Printed Ketubah in gilded ink [Bruchim printing press, Tehran], filled in in handwriting, recording the marriage of the groom Viktor Chai to Ms. Shochat Nanas daughter of Rabbi Shlomo Cohen Tzedek [Av Beit Din of Tehran]. Tehran, .
Various sizes, good-fair condition, tears and stains.
Manuscript, commentary on Likutei HaGra B'Kabala. By the Mekubal Rabbi Avraham Dov Berkowitz Rabbi of Lakhva. [Later than 1889]. Rashi script [Ashkenasi?]. On cover leaf are kabalistic inscriptions in Oriental handwriting.
Rabbi Avraham Dov Berkowitz (1825-1899), known from his youth as an outstanding genius who intensively studied Torah and "Wisdom of the Truth" (kabbalah). In 1859, was appointed Rabbi of Kozhan-Horodok and after a few more years became Rabbi Lakhva near Pinsk. In 1899, he ascended to Eretz Yisrael and died a month later in Tishrei 1900. His writings on halacha and kabala remained with his son Rabbi Mordechai who immigrated to Jerusalem with him and were printed in the book Zecher L'Avraham published by his descendants in Jerusalem in 1972-1978. This manuscript was printed in 1978 in Volume 2. Found among the leaves is a copy in the handwriting of his grandson Rabbi Moshe Yehoshua Landau who dealt with the editing of the book.
72 leaves. + 5 detached leaves from various places in the book, approximately 22 cm. Fair condition, wear and detached leaves, light moth damages. Stains, the last leaves have fungus damage. Unbound.
This manuscript was written after the printing of the book Likutei HaGra in Warsaw 1889.
"Notice" – printed letter of request, by Rabbi Yehosef Shwartz of Jerusalem calling for help to print his books "Divrei Yosef". On the reverse side: a letter of request in German in Hebrew lettering, with two recommendation letters by his brother, Rabbi Chaim Shwartz and Rabbi Wolf Hamberg. [Germany"], 1842.
2 printed pages. 25 cm. good-fair condition, minor damages to leaf margins.
For a complete list, see Hebrew description.
4 books, various sizes and conditions.
* Mishnayot, Seder Taharot, with commentary Rabbi Ovadia Bartenura, Tosfot Yom Tov and Tosafot Chadashim. Slavita, . Rabbi Moshe Shapiro printing press. (Bluish paper).
* Mishnayot Seder Nashim, with commentaries. Zhitomir, 1857. Printing press Rabbi Aryeh Leib Shapiro. (Stamps “Aharon son of righteous Tzvi Aryeh Malik… of Stretin-Safed).
* Mishnayot Seder Kodashim with commentaries. Zhitomir, . Printing press of Rabbi Aryeh Leib Shapiro. (Missing first title page).
Condition of volumes varies, general condition fair. Stamps and ownership notations.
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.
* Interesting letter handwritten and signed by Rebbe Mordechai Chaim of Slonim. [Tiberias, 1935]. In the letter he writes that "He exaggerated by describing him as one who has self-sacrifice. The truth is that I am a zealot, but G-d forbid did not reach self-sacrifice and one should not exaggerate". The rest of the letter is concerning immigration certificates to Eretz -Yisrael.
*On the second leaf of the letter is a letter by Rabbi Yisrael Cohen of Tiberias regarding a" shochet" for a settlement and receiving a certificate for him.
* Two letters of certification from the Menachmia settlement committee on the appointment of Rabbi Yisrael Cohen as rabbi and preacher of the settlement for "the past five years". Signed by three heads of the committee and authorized by the signature and stamp of Rabbi Moshe Kliers Rabbi of Tiberias.
Rebbe Mordechai Chaim Kastelanitz-Slonim (1868-1953), author of "Ma'amar Mordechai". Scholarly holy man, amongst the outstanding rabbis in Eretz- Yisrael who shied away from the limelight. An elder Slonim" Chassid" who still knew the first Slonim Rebbe, author of "Yesod Ha'avodah". In 1875, ascended to Eretz -Yisrael with his father Rabbi Yudel of Slonim to Tiberias where he served as "dayan" and was known as Rabbi Motel Dayan. After the death of the "Beit Avraham" in 1933, he was the eldest of the group who decided to appoint the Rebbe's son Rabbi Shlomo David Yehoshua Weinberg as rebbe, and wrote an open letter to the Chassidic community in Poland in regard to this appointment. In 1950, after the Holocaust and the murder of Rabbi Shlomo David Yehoshua, the elders of Slonim" Chassidism" gathered and appointed Rabbi Mordechai as rebbe [see, next item].
Rabbi Moshe Kleirs (1874-1934), rabbi of Tiberias and Head of the Slonim "Or Torah" Yeshiva, son-in-law of the Rahak Rabbi Yudel of Slonim, and brother-in-law of Rebbe Mordechai Chaim Slonim, who served as "dayan" in his "Beit Din".
3 items, various sizes and conditions.
For complete list, see Hebrew description.
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).
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.
"Kav VeNaki", on "Hilchot Gittin". Sections 1-2. Warsaw, 1868. First edition. Many approbations, among them the approbation of the Rebbe Baruch Shalom, eldest son of the "Tzemach Tzedek".
In the center of the title page is a nice dedication handwritten and signed by the author, Rabbi Avraham David Lavut (1815-1890), disciple of the "Tzemach Tzedek" and among the most prominent" Chabad" rabbis and Hassidim. Served in the rabbinate of Nikolayev in the Cherson region for forty years. Author of the books "Sha'ar HaKolel" on the composition of "Admor HaZaken", "Kav VeNaki "and "Beit Aharon Vehosafot". His granddaughter is Rabbanit Chana Schneerson mother of the Lubavitcher Rebbe. He edited the books of his esteemed grandfather and published them, and wrote his biography in the introduction.
, 4-26, , 27-59 leaves; 39 leaves. 29 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and wear, worn binding.
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.
Ketubah (marriage contract), recording the marriage of the groom Yosef son of Ya’akov to bride Kanam daughter of Yisrael. Gulpaigan, Persia, .
Ink and watercolor on paper. Ornamented frame of leaves and colorful flowers, with design typical of Jews of the region. Verse-frame: “And their seed shall be known among the nations, and their offspring among the peoples; all who see them shall recognize them that they are seed that the Lord blessed. I will rejoice with the Lord; my soul shall exult with my God, for He has attired me with garments of salvation, with a robe of righteousness He has enwrapped me; like a bridegroom, who, priestlike, dons garments of glory, and like a bride, who adorns herself with her jewelry” (Yeshaya 61), and “If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning”. Upper section of Ketubah contains traditional heading as customary in communities of Persia, arranged in columns, ornamented with geometric patterns: “Orah VeTzahala VeYakar U’Gdula…” Following version of Ketubah, “Ketubah addendum” in Jewish-Persian preceding signatures of witnesses and family members. Additional addendum in Jewish-Persian from 1925, with additional signatures.
58X44 cm. Fair condition. Stains. Fading of color. Tears on folding marks.
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.
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.
* Mishnayot, Seder Nashim with commentaries and Tiferet Yisrael commentary.
* Chidushei Chatam Sofer, on Tractate Chullin. Rabbi Moshe Sofer.
* Hilchot Rav Elfas, Vol. 1 [Berachot] and Vol. 2 [Shabbat].
* Ye'arot Devash, Vol. 1-2. Rabbi Yehonatan Eibeshitz.
For a complete description, see Hebrew list.
Various sizes and conditions.
Mizrach amulet, printed in blue and red. [Toronto, Canada].
Incantations, Holy Names and letter combinations, Parshat HaKetoret (Incense) and prayer sections. Shape of a palm with letter combinations and Names. "This segula protection was given by the early mekubalim and has been published lately with the additions of the Holy Magid of Turiysk in Russia who commanded his Chassidim to hang it in a clean place".
On the reverse side is a printed notice in Yiddish regarding the importance of purchasing this "segula protection", by Rabbi Yudel Rosenberg of Toronto, Canada [author of Nifla'ot Maharal].
44 cm. good condition. Crease and tears to margins. Hole for hanging on upper part. Several dark stains.
Two halachic rulings concerning estates, signed by the city rabbis Rabbi "Zvi Hirsh [of Pres---?] Tarnów", Rabbi Reuven ben Ma'azal [Arenfreind?]", Rabbi "David ben Shemaya" and Rabbi "Yitzchak Isaac". Tarnów, 1773.
One ruling refers to a Badatz ruling in regard to distribution of the estate in the keeping of the Rabbi of Chodzieź.
Leaf 34.5 cm. Signed by Rabbi Zvi Hirsh and signatures of two dayanim. Leaf 21 cm. with signatures of three dayanim, and four handwritten lines with the signature of Rabbi Zvi Hirsh the city rabbi. Good-fair condition, wear and light tears.
"Shev Shmat'ta", with glosses by Rabbi Baruch Frankel. Lemberg, 1864. First edition of "Baruch Ta'am" glosses.
Several handwritten glosses. Many signatures on title page: "I bought it for ---Naftali HaCohen Shwartz"; "R' Shmuel HaCohen Shwartz"; "This great book belongs to my father and teacher, I, his son and disciple… 1923, Moshe Leib Ehrenreich". Stamp of Rabbi "Moshe Leib Ehrenreich son of the Rabbi of Mad"; signature of "Menachem Mendel Horowitz Rabbi of Melitz and its region".
*Rabbi Naftali Shwartz, author of "Beit Naftali" (1846-1897) son of the "Kol Aryeh", from 1884 served in the rabbinate of his ancestors, in G-d's city of Mad. *His son-in-law and cousin was Rabbi Chaim Zvi Ehrenreich, who served many years as "Dayan" and rabbi in Mad and from 1932 served as" Av Beit Din" of Mad. After his death in 1937, his son Rabbi Moshe Leib Ehrenreich succeeded him in this position. *Rabbi Menachem Mendel Horowitz (1883-1903), who succeeded his father as rabbi and rebbe in the city of Melitz was renowned as a tzaddik and Torah scholar. (See attached material).
, 50, 32 leaves. 24.5 cm. Fair condition, wear and tear.
Ketubah (marriage contract), recording the marriage of Yosef ben Yechiya Shaul to the bride Sa'ada bat Moshe Banebashti. Alexandria (Egypt), Tishrei 1888.
At the top of the ketubah is a decorative title: "He who find a wife, finds good…", written in a circle in gilded ink. In the center of the circle is the abbreviation of [B'Siman Tov].
Witnesses' signatures: "Chaim Baruch Danon" and "Yitzchak A--- La'am" and the signature of the groom. Stamped "Neve Shalom – Kolelot Alexandria ".
After the witnesses' signatures is a tosefet ketubah from 1904, signed by "Avraham ---", and the signature and stamp of the Chacham Bashi Rabbi Eliyahu Chazan, Rabbi of Alexandria .
50 cm. Fair-good condition. Stains. Tears along the folding marks, with damage to text. Restored.
A bundle of manuscripts by Rabbi Ya'akov Aryeh Salant. [Jerusalem, c. 1880-1900]. A Pamphlet of his work "Shiltei HaZahav" to settle the words of the "Taz" in answer to the questions of the" Shach", Part 2 that was never printed, on "Yoreh Deah Simanim 189-402"; a notebook of sermons with a "Sermon for Shabbat HaGadol of 1880"; novellae leaves on the Talmud and Mishnayot, on the Torah, matters pertaining to Eretz- Yisrael, on "Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim" and sections of his work Part 1; etc.
Rabbi Ya'akov Aryeh Leib son of Rabbi Chaim Mordechai Levinson-Salant (1835-1907), a leading Torah scholar in Jerusalem, immigrated to Jerusalem in his youth with his grandfather Rabbi Ze'ev Asya, who was a Torah scholar, tzaddik and modest person. Wrote "She'erit Ya'akov- Imrei Noam" (Jerusalem 1883) and "Shiltei HaZahav" Part 1 on" Yoreh De'ah" up to ''Siman" 110 (Jerusalem 1899, and another manuscript from Part 2 on "Yoreh Deah, Simanim 119-164", appears in "Kedem "Catalogue, Auction 19 Item 292).
More than 100 written pages, various sizes and conditions.
Pelach HaRimon, commentary on difficult midrashim according to kabbalah, by Rabbi Bezalel of Kuvrin. Lublin, [c. 1684]. Printed by Shlomo Zalman ben Ya'akov Kalmankes Yaffe and Zvi ben Ya'akov Yaffe.
At the end of the author's introduction is a verse which is not found in the original introduction of the author [printed in the 1659 Amsterdam edition] and added only to this edition.
Copy lacking the end [reaches almost the end of Ofan 17], number of missing leaves unknown.
 leaves. 18 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, age stains. Wear to margins. Restored damages to margins of several leaves, minor damage to text. New binding.
Unicom, only copy of an unknown edition, listed in the Bibliography Institute CD according to this copy.
Yalkut Chadash, collection of Midrashim of the Sages, the Zohar and writings of Kabbalists [entries arranged in alphabetical order], by Rabbi Yisrael son of Rabbi Binyamin of Bełżec. [Prague, 1657].
Bound in parchment binding composed of remnants of ancient handwritten Ashkenazi Machzor [15th century?], with passages of lamentations for Tisha B’Av.
 leaves, (missing: title page, leaf of preface and index leaves at end). 18 cm. Fair-good condition. Wear on leaves, stains, tears and moth stains. Damage and stains on binding.
Letter by Rebbe Rabbi Ya’akov David of Amshinov. Amshinov, 7 Tishrei 5699 .
Lengthy letter signed in his holy handwriting and stamp. Written to his "Chassidim" in Eretz-Israel approximately a year prior to Nazi invasion of Poland. "Shana Tova" greetings and words of support and encouragement for the situation of the Jewish nation: “The fierce waters have not yet subsided, the lives of our brethren are hanging on a thread, may G-d have mercy on the Jewish people… do not despair or give up, G-d forbid, since the fury will abate and we will survive…”.
The holy Rebbe (the second) Rabbi Ya’akov David Kalish of Amshinov (1906-1942, Encyclopaedia of Hassidism II, pp. 263-264) son of Rebbe Rabbi Yosef Kalish of Amshinov. Son-in-law of granddaughter of Rebbe author of the "Imrei Emet" of Ger who he greatly favored. Was known as an exalted genius in Torah and at a young age was already appointed as "Av Beit Din" of Żyrardów adjacent to Warsaw. In 1936 his father passed away and the Amshinov "Chassidim" appointed him as succeeding rebbe, however the Żyrardów community was not willing to give him up and therefore served simultaneously as rabbi in their city and as rebbe in Amshinov. Upon the outbreak of World War II was forced to hide and for close to two years found shelter in various places in Warsaw until he became ill and passed away in one of the places of refuge. His wife and four children were murdered in the Holocaust.
 pages on two leaves. Fine paper. 22 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, creases and folding marks.
Sefer Merkavat HaMishna on the Rambam [Mada, Ahava], Rabbi Aharon Alfandari. Izmir, . Only edition. Illustrated title page. Erudite glosses on sheets of book in Oriental handwriting by two writers.
Ownership notations and signatures in Oriental handwriting: “David Amado” [among scholars of Izmir, 1777-1832]; “Baruch Toledano” [among scholars of Tiberias, 1842-1901]; “of Beit Midrash of prominent… Rabbi Yitzchak Abulafia”; “Bei Midrasha Rabba D’Tveria”; “I have purchased it from heirs of Rabbi Chaim Alchadif… Ya’akov Chai Zrihen”; additional signatures.
, 122,  leaves. 31 cm. Good-fair condition. Wear and stains. Mildew and moth damage. Damage (restored). New binding.
Sefer Mor Ve’Ohalot, responsa on the Shulchan Aruch. Rabbi Avraham Antebi. Livorno, .
Title page contains inscription of author: “…to Beit Midrash of Shem, Midrash Etz Chaim, Sephardic community of Amsterdam… Avraham the author”. Additional signatures: “Yitzchak Abal--“, “last redeemer… Meir Netanel…”.
Rabbi Avraham Antebi (1765-1858, Otzar HaRabbanim 678), Av Beit Din and chief rabbi of Aram Zova (Haleb) in Syria, and its leader for forty years. Kabbalist, poet and author of many books in Halacha and ethics.
, 152 leaves. 30 cm. Good condition, stains, moth marks. Old binding.
Sefer Yesod Olam, collection and Chiddushim. Rabbi Moshe ben Aharon Algabe. Thessaloniki, .
Glosses in fine Oriental writing by unidentified writer. Signatures upon title page: “Yosef Di Boton” (crossed out), “Moshe son of Yitzchak HaLevi”.
, 30 leaves. 20 cm. Good condition. Stains, wear and some tears. Ex-libris and library ink-stamps (“book treasury” of “Yeshivat Achei Ye’uda” in Sofia). Cardboard binding, partially missing.
"Kol Bo", [Venice, 1547. Justinian printing]. The title page and two leaves of the "Simanim" [indexes] are completed in ancient Yemenite handwriting. Many glosses in Yemenite handwriting [from the 18th-19th century]. In one gloss, the writer mentions things from the manuscript of Rabbi Avraham ben HaRambam.
(3 first leaves are lacking and completed by hand) Leaf 4, 158 leaves. Approximately 30 cm. Poor condition, missing text, wear and stains. Heavy moth damages. Damaged binding.
Manuscript, Chassidic articles by Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson author of Tzemach Tzedek. Sefer HaChakira Derech Emuna, article of "Root of the Mitzvah of Prayer" from the book Derech Mitzvotecha, and other Chassidic articles. Ashkenasi writing [19th century].
Sefer HaChakira, was first printed in Poltova in 1912, by Rabbi Chaim Eliezer Bichovsky, who called the book Derech Emuna. This book deals with proofs for belief in the Creator and renewal of the world, according to Chassidut and philosophy. Rebbe Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch writes in his introduction to the 1955 edition: according to that which Lubavitcher rebbes have told us, Sefer HaChakira was written by the Rebbe the Tzemach Tzedek after his journey to Petersburg in 1843, and is about the religious debates, teachings, kabbalah and Chassidism which took place there. "But in his usual way he added after that, in any case, this writing was necessary and a temporary response to questions that came from a special circle of people and according to his outlook and opinions".
This manuscript is different than the printed edition, both in numbers and order of chapters, [for example, Vol. 2 of the manuscript is Volume 3 in printed form and Volume 3 of the manuscript is Volume 2 in the printed edition] and many other variations.
At the end of this pamphlet ("bichel"), is the article Sha'ar HaTefilla – B'Shoresh MItzvat HaTefillah which is also printed in the book Derech Mitzvotecha by the author of Tzemach Tzedek and the articles: Shuva Yisrael, B'Succot Teshvu and U'Lekachtem Lachem and other Chassidic articles.
197 written leaves. 19 cm. Good condition. Stains. Semi-leather binding, ancient, impressed on the spine is the inscription "The holy writings of the Rebbe".
*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.
"Eshle Ravreve – Shulchan Aruch Yoreh De’ah"; laws of salting, meat and milk and "Ta’arovot" [mixtures], including" Shach" and "Taz" and glosses of "Dagul Merevava". Mukachevo, 1913.
Many handwritten glosses on margins of sheets by unidentified writer. Cut off on several leaves.
68 leaves. 20 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and tears. New binding.
"Megillat Esther" on parchment. Handsome Ashkenasi writing. [20th century].
Height of sheets: 41.5 cm. Good condition, stains and creases, ink spreads in several places. Placed in matching leather case.
Sefer Bamidbar, fourth section of Chamisha Chumshei Torah, including Megillat Ruth, translations, commentary of Rashi and Ba’al HaTurim, commentary of" Or HaChaim "by Rabbi Chaim Ben Atar and commentaries of the Chida. Zhitomir, 1859. Printing press of Rabbi Chanina Lipa and Rabbi Yehoshua Heshel Shapiro, grandsons of Rabbi of Slavita.
Two title pages. End of book contains order of prayer for Shabbat (Shacharit and Musaf; Sephardic version), and “chart of determination of new moon for twenty six years” (1860-1885).
145; 6 leaves. 27 cm. Good condition, stains, few moth stains (on inner margins and cover). Number of detached leaves. Detached and damaged ancient leather binding.
Three" Beit Din" documents on matters of estate signed by rabbis:
1. "Shtar Siluk", on matters of the estate of Rabbi Chaim Abuhav. Signed by Rabbi Reuven Elmaliach and Rabbi Yitzchak ebn Margi. Tituan, 16th of Kislev 5605. At the bottom of the document is a "Shtar Siluk" of other heirs who received their part in money, signed by Rabbi Avraham Anhori and Rabbi Shlomo Nahon. Tituan, Sivan 5606[ 1846].
2." Shtar" on matters of estate. Signatures of Rabbi Reuven Elmaliach and Rabbi Shlomo Nahon. Tituan, Shvat 5609 .
3. Shtar with signatures of Rabbi Moshe ben Walid and Rabbi David A--- Rabat, Shvat 5685[ 1925].
3 documents, varied size. Good condition.
"Megillat Esther" on parchment. Ashkenasi handwriting. [Beginning of 20th century?].
Parchment height: Approximately 9.5 cm. 14 rows. Processed parchment. Good-fair condition. Rolled on a carved painted "Etz Chaim".
1. Spice tower, topped by a flag. silver plated brass or copper
[Europe, 20th century]. Height: 28 cm.
2. "Megillat Esther" written on four parchment sheets. [20th century]. Height: 39 cm.
3. Wimpel (linen Torah binder), from the circumcision of Yosef ben Shmuel, "Born B'Mazal Tov on Erev Shabbat Kodesh, the 5th of Tishrei 5675".Germany, . Height: 20.5 cm.
* Haggadah," Zera Kodesh". Warsaw, 1865. (Ya'ari 922; Otzar HaHaggadot 1250). * Haggadah, "Milchamot Hashem". Rabbi Shmelke Toibesh. Tschernovitz, 1864. (Ya'ari 900; Otzar HaHaggadot 1231). * Haggadah, with 10 commentaries and the commentary of the Vilna Ga'on. Vilna 1868. (Ya'ari 975; Otzar HaHaggadot 1312). * Haggadah with Talpiot commentary. Warsaw, 1870. (Ya'ari 1007; Otzar HaHaggadot 1358). * Haggadah, with" Shivcha D'Mara", Rabbi Meshulam Yissachar of Stanislav. Lemberg, 1880. (Ya'ari 1170; Otzar HaHaggadot 1552).
5 Haggadot, Various sizes and conditions.
"Yerech Ya'akov", homiletics. "Kochav MiYa'akov", on the Talmud. By Rabbi Ya'akkov Pitosi, Livorno, 1842.
At the top of the title page is a dedication handwritten and signed by Rabbi Yeshua Basis.
The" Mekubal" Rabbi Yeshaya Basis (1773-1860), a leading Tunisian rabbi, served as "Ra'avad" of Tunis and the last 13 years of his life as Chief Rabbi of Tunisia. Known for his ingenuity and renowned as a miracle-worker. There are many famous stories and wonders about his cleverness and the miracles and wonders he performed (The Flying Myrtle Seller, etc. See attached material).
, 117,  leaves. 30 cm. Fair condition, stains and wear, title page with hole, various handwritten marks on book sheets.
* Sefer HaMidot by Rabbi Nachman of Breslov. [Russia-Poland, c. 1830]. * Sefer Magid Sichot [Shivchei HaRan], by Rabbi Natan Sternhartz. [Konigsberg? 1860?]. * Sefer Shmot HaTzadikim. [Lvov, 187-?]. * Sefer Likutei Halachot, on Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim, section one. Jerusalem . Last printing.
Various sizes and conditions.
Shefa Tal, index to kabalistic wisdom, by Rabbi Shabtai Sheftel Horwitz of Prague. Hanau, 1612. First edition. With many kabalistic illustrations.
Owner's signature in Sefardi writing: "Moshe ben Ya'akov Uziel". Signatures and kabalistic glosses in Yemenite handwriting.
"Keys to open locked rooms… in the hidden treasures of the secrets of kabalistic wisdom…". Important kabalistic work, based on the kabbalah of Rabbi Moshe Kordovero and his book Pardess Rimonim. One of the first kabbalah books printed in Western Europe. Many approbations by leading Torah scholars. Amongst them: Rabbi Shlomo Efraim Luntshitz, Rabbi of Prague, author of Kli Yakar and Rabbi Yeshaya Horowitz author of Shnei Luchot HaBrit (Shla).
, 87, 89-93 leaves, (lacking last leaf 94) 29.5 cm. Fair-poor condition. Wear and tear, with damage to text, many stains and moth damage. Yemenite leather binding.
On cover leaves, Yemenite manuscript leaves and damaged leaves from a Chumash with Rashi and Chizkuni commentaries, [apparently from the first edition, Venice, 1524?].
Manuscript, "Yada DeTbacha". [Meknes, early 20th century].
Laws and customs pertaining to food ritually unfit for eating by Rabbi Shlomo son of Rabbi Daniel Berdugo (1854-1906," Malchei Rabanan"), rabbi and rabbinical authority in Meknes. At end of manuscript copyist signed his name: “May G-d merit me to outline the writing… rabbis of Meknes… Shlomo C. Adahan” [apparently one of disciples of Rabbi Shlomo Berdugo].
 written pages. 30 cm. Good condition, stains, blurred ink in several places. New binding.
Manuscript of "Mishnayot" (with vowels) with commentary by Rabbi Ovadia of Bartenura. Tractates "Zevachim, Menachot" and the beginning of Tractate "Chulin". [Yemen, 19th century]. Stamps of Rabbi "Shlomo ben Avraham Salach, Beit Din of Dhamar".
48 pages. 31 cm. High quality paper and handsome writing. Good condition, stains. New fabric binding.
Collection of manuscript leaves of novellae on the Talmud and Shulchan Aruch and sermons upon the conclusion of tractates. [Lithuania, c.1850s-1890s]
Among the leaves is a notebook with a sermon for a siyum on Erev Pesach 1886, from the city of Radziluv, signed by the writer Rabbi Asher Lippman Zarchi, [see previous item]. Apparently, the rest of the leaves also came from his archives, but some seem to have been written by other writers [a Lithuanian rabbi] at the same time and from earlier times.
Approximately 35 written pages. Various sizes and conditions.
Historical letter by Rabbi Yitzchak Matityahu Luria, a prominent Slonim Chassid in Eretz Yisrael, to Rabbi Shalom Noach Barzosky (son-in-law of the "Birkat Avraham" and later Slonim Rebbe - Jerusalem), with the text of the ordination letter to Rabbi Mordechai Chaim Kastelanitz-Slonim. [Tiberias, 1950].
In the letter, he writes of the decision to have the Chassidic elders of three cities, Tiberias Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, sign the coronation writ of the eldest of the group, Rabbi Mordechai Chaim Slonim, as Rebbe of Slonim "Chassidim". He suggests that to expedite the matter, each city should sign a separate letter but the version shall be the same without any changes.
At the top of the letter typewritten with handwritten additions is the version of the coronation writ "In honor of our friend the Chassid, Eldest of our group Rabbi Mordechai Chaim Shlita".
21 cm. Good condition.
"Atzei Chaim", on "Moadim". By Rebbe Chaim Zvi Teitelbaum Rabbi of Sighet. Sighet, 1934. First edition.
Signed by "The Holy Shlomo Zalman Ehrenreich" – Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Ehrenreich, Rabbi of Shamloy (1863-1944, Otzar HaRabbanim 18739), grandson of the" Kol Aryeh" rabbi of Mad. A Torah genius,"mekubal" and "chassid", prominent "posek" and leading Hungarian rabbi, a close "chassid" of the author of "Kedushat Yom Tov" of Sighet. Also a close friend and admirer of the Rebbe's sons, Rabbi Chaim Zvi of Sighet and Rabbi Yoel of Satmar. Among his books: "Lechem Shlomo" Responsa, "Tiyul BaPardes","Rachmei Ha'Av" and more.
, 158 leaves. 25.5 cm. Wide margins, brittle paper, good-fair condition, slightly damaged original binding.
A long letter of halachic responsum on the laws of "niddah", handwritten and signed by Rabbi "Mordechai ben Rabbi Yehoshua Katz" Rabbi of Sheps, sent to the Torah genius Rabbi Avraham Landau Rabbi of Tshekhanov. Sheps (Sierpc, North Poland), [after 1841].
Rabbi Mordechai ben Rabbi Yehoshua HaCohen Greebaum, was certified for Torah rulings by Rabbi Akiva Eiger who described him as a Torah genius, [in the introduction to "Oznei Yehoshua" by his grandson Rabbi Yehoshua Segal (Jerusalem, 1914), a story appears about him that he used to teach the sons of Rabbi Shlomo Eiger. When he reached their home, the grandfather Rabbi Akiva Eiger tested his grandson Rabbi Leib'le and said in amazement that the teacher is a genius and not a simple "melamed". When Rabbi Mordechai appeared before him and they discussed Torah thoughts, Rabbi Akiva Eiger told Rabbi Mordechai that a genius like him must serve as rabbi and he wrote him a "hora'ah" permit]. Rabbi Mordechai served in the Neustadt rabbinate near Warsaw and from 1841 he served in the Sheps rabbinate for 18 years until his death in 1859. After his death, the Sheps community was divided into two communities, and his son-in-law Rabbi Moshe Yosef Segal was appointed Rabbi of the small community, which existed separately until 1884.
The recipient of the letter: Rabbi Avraham Landau Rabbi of Tshekhanov (1789-1875), author of "Zechuta D'Avraham", a holy man and a leading Torah genius in Poland, served in the Tshekhanov rabbinate from 1799 and many rabbis in Poland studied in his yeshiva. His sons and grandsons served as rebbes.
4 pages. Approximately 33 cm. Fair condition, wear to margins and folds, thin paper and ink blurs.
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].
*"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.
A long letter handwritten and signed by Rebbe Avraham Moshe Kalish of Falenitz, Warsaw, 1935. In a letter sent to Tiberias to Rabbi Moshe Shmelke, he thanks him for "Delivering the notes to the gravesite of the Holy Rebbe [his father Rebbe Simcha Bunim of Otvosk, who is buried in Tiberias], and G-d should help that he will request that G-d grant them and all the People of Israel good and speedy salvation in all matters in his merit".
Rabbi Avraham Moshe Kalish (died 1938), son of Rebbe Simcha Bunim of Vorka-Otvosk, after his father traveled to Eretz Yisrael in 1906, served as Rebbe in Vorka,
Falenitz, Otvosk and Warsaw.
Official stationary, 28 cm. Good-fair condition.
Collection of leaves of Torah thoughts, letters of responsa and rabbis' letters. [Hungary-Romania, 19th-20th century].
*Copy of a Shabbat Teshuva sermon, Pressburg, 1844. *Leaf from the book Mareh Yechezkel on Tractate Pesachim. *Letter of Torah thoughts by Rabbi Chaim Yuda Segal Deitsch, Rabbi in Makó, to his son. (The letter is damaged and lacking, but the Torah thoughts and signature are whole). *Leaves from letters by Rabbi Moshe Stern Rabbi of Velyun and a letter written to him. (Damaged and lacking). *Letter of responsa by Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak Veg of Ober-Visheve, to Rabbi David Shferber. *Long letter of responsa on the treatise of a couple who were separated during World War I. *Long letter of Torah thoughts by Rabbi Moshe Weiss of Satmar, to Rabbi David Shferber Rabbi of Borşa. Satmar, 1940. *Letter of Torah thoughts by Rabbi Ze'ev Freidman of Sydorovychi, to Rabbi David Shferber. *Several leaves of halachic conclusions on the dispute over the appointment of a rabbi in Satmar, by Rabbi Shmuel Zvi Weiss of Shimkayts, who was a "claimant" in the Din Torah on this issue. *Letter of responsa concerning the dispute against the Shochet and Bodek, who worked in Kolomyya and Stanislav, opposed by Kosov Chassidim causing a dispute. *Leaf with a copy of Torah novellae on Yoreh Deah, "From the author of Be'er Yehuda". *More.
12 items, approximately 24 leaves, various sizes and conditions, most leaves are 27-33 cm.
Seder Tefillah, as customary in Sephardic communities. Pisa, .
Notations, handwritten signature: “Moshe son of Ya’akov”. Stamps of “Kropka Maggid” [possibly refers to community tax or monetary fundraising campaign for support of a local Maggid (preacher)].
146 leaves. 11 cm. Good condition, stains, tears on several leaves.
Bibliographically unknown, not listed in the Bibliography Institute CD or Winograd-Rosenfeld.
* Letter of recommendation to young man Binyamin Trachtman who studied in Sha’arei Torah Yeshiva in Kremenchuk (Ukraine) for two years. Letter in handwriting and signature of the Ga’on Rabbi Shlomo Hyman among teachers of Yeshiva. Elul 1920.
The well-known Ga’on Rabbi Shlomo Hyman (c. 1890-1945), disciple of Radin Yeshiva and disciple of Rabbi Baruch Ber
Leibowitz in Halosk Yeshiva. Served as teacher in Yeshiva of Rabbi Baruch Ber during World War I when the Yeshiva exiled from Slabodka to Kremenchuk. He was later on summoned by his rabbi and mentor, the Chofetz Chaim, to the Yeshiva in Smilavichy which was started by Rabbi Elchanan Wasserman. After the Chofetz Chaim returned to Lithuania together with his Yeshivot, Rabbi Shlomo resumed teaching Torah in Kremenchuk [in Yeshiva of his brother-in-law, Rabbi Eliezer Yitzchak Berman]. This document is a rare and significant item from that mysterious period of his life. Upon returning to Lithuania was appointed in 1923 as teacher in Yeshiva of Rabbi Elchanan Wassermann in Baranovich. Afterwards he moved to Vilnius and served as Rosh Yeshiva of “Ramailes” Yeshiva. In 1935 began serving as Rosh Yeshiva of Torah Vo’Da’at in the USA. His Chidushim were printed by the Ga’on Rabbi Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz [who was his disciple from period of Ramailes] in two volumes of “Chidushei Rabbi Shlomo”.
* Letter of recommendation for young man “submitting this letter”, sent to Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Levinson son-in-law of the Chofetz Chaim, by his “disciple”. Kremenchuk, [Elul 1920].
Letter unsigned [apparently out of concern of “evil eye” of authorities]. Written in handwriting upon stationery (printed in Russian) of the righteous Rabbi “Chaim Ber Gringras of Kremenchuk” [among respected personalities of community of Rabbi Baruch Ber in Kremenchuk. Father-in-law of Rabbi Shlomo Harkavi, Rabbi Avraham Ya’akov Gordon, Rabbi Baruch Ya’akov Zmodzak and Rabbi David Rapoport author of Mikdash David, who married his youngest daughter in 1931, after the demise of her father in 1928]. In the letter it is mentioned that the young man studied in the Yeshiva of the Ga’on Rabbi Eliezer Yitzchak Berman in Kremenchuk.
At conclusion of letter the writer sends regards to family of his rabbi and mentor “I send regards to rebbe, rabbi of the Diaspora, the honorable Rabbi Yisrael Meir HaKohen”.
Presumably, the writer is the righteous genius Rabbi Shlomo Harkavi (c. 1890-perished in Holocaust), prominent disciple of Radin Yeshiva, who married eldest daughter of Rabbi Chaim Ber Gringras in Kremenchuk where he taught Torah. For approximately twenty years served as spiritual director of Sha’ar HaTorah Yeshiva in Grodno headed by Rabbi Shimon Shkop, and was considered leading personality of ethics in Yeshivot of Lithuania.
Two letters, 21 cm. Good-fair condition, wear damage on folds and margins.
* Siddur Beit Tefillah as customary in communities of Italy. Livorno, . * Siddur Beit Tefillah, Sephardic custom. Livorno, . (Missing one leaf at end). * Siddur Beit Tefillah, Sephardic custom. Livorno, . * Shavu’a Tov, short songs and Havdalah recited upon termination of Shabbat. Livorno, . * Mincha [afternoon prayer] and Arvit [evening prayer]. Livorno, . Bound with: Sefer Shavu’a Tov, short songs and Havdalah for Saturday night. Livorno, .
Total of 6 books in 5 volumes. Various sizes and conditions.
* 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.
"Tefillot Yisrael", Vol. 2, includes year-round siddur translated into German, by David Freidlander. Berlin, 1786. Printed by "Chevrat Chinuch Ne'arim".
First edition of the siddur "Gebeti Der Yuden", printed in German in Hebrew letters by David Freidlander, a close companion of Moshe Mendelson and one of the founders of the Reform Movement. Volume 1 of the siddur was fully printed as a regular siddur in Hebrew, and volume 2 was printed in German, but its content is similar to the traditional siddur. Only after several decades did the Reform "advance" to inserting significant changes into the content of the siddur itself, omitting mention of belief in the creation of the world, the giving of the Torah, Messiah and resurrection of the dead.
, 172, 49,  leaves. 15.3 cm. Good condition, use stains and handwritten punctuation marks. Torn binding.
In the Bibliography Institute CD, a different copy appears with , 172, 49,  leaves. Apparently that copy has another section titled Gebeti Der Yuden with a etching of "Pitum HaKetoret" and an organ, and 5 leaves of names of subscribers [added to some copies. These leaves are missing (or were not originally bound) in this copy].
All-year prayer book as customary in Poland with Sefer Tehillim at end “with fine and straightforward commentary”. Amsterdam, (1816).
Pamphlet “Beit Rachel Ve’Sha’ar Hallel Y'ah” bound at the beginning, by Rabbi Naftali Katz author of Smichat Chachamim. Amsterdam, (1816).
15 leaves; , 256, 120 leaves; 90,  leaves. 19 cm. Good condition, stains, especially on section of Passover Haggadah. Old unoriginal binding.
* "Shevach Pesach", Rabbi Yishmail HaCohen of Modena. Livorno, 1790. First edition. (Ya'ari 227; Otzar HaHaggadot 339). * "Brachot" according to the custom of the Italian community (with Shabbat songs…and songs for festivals… and one hundred" brachot"). Leaves 69-85 are the Passover Haggadah. Livorno, . * "Mat'e Reuven", Rabbi Reuven Abo. Customs for the month of Nissan; Passover evening prayer; Passover Haggadah with commentary; "Shir HaShirim" and "Pirkei Avot". Livorno, 1865. (Ya'ari 935; Otzar HaHaggadot 1259). (Passover Haggadah, with Spanish (Ladino) translation and illustrations. Livorno, 1932. The illustrations are in red ink. (Ya'ari 2169; Otzar HaHaggadot 3424).
4 books, varied size, good condition.
Chumash Vayikra, including Shir HaShirim and rules taken from writings of the Arizal, of Chamisha Chumshei Torah with Heichal HaBracha commentaries, according to secret wisdom of the Ari and the Ba’al Shem Tov, by Rebbe Rabbi Yitzchak Yehuda Safrin Av Beit Din of Komárno. Lemberg, . Pessel Balaban Press. First edition printed during lifetime of author.
Heichal HaBracha Chumashim by Rabbi Yitzchak Eizik of Komárno, among most basic books of Chassidic contemplation and Kabbalah. These Chumashim were favored by rebbes of all sects (Zidichov dynasty, the Divrei Chaim and his descendants, Rabbi Shalom Ber of Lubavitch and others).
In his letter directed to residents of Ungarn regarding distribution of the Chumashim containing his holy commentary, Rabbi Safrin writes his special blessing and mentions the Sgula of his holy books: “… I guarantee that any person who possesses this Chumash will be spared from any harm and misfortune and illness and his home will be filled with G-d’s blessing for success and wealth and longevity for him and his sons… children, life and sustenance, benevolence and mercy… for long life”.
[2 title pages], 300,  leaves; [1 title page], , 15-62 leaves. 28.5 cm. Fair condition, majority of leaves in good condition; wear, tear and creases in several leaves. Foxing.
Babylonian Talmud, tractate Bava Kamma and tractate Bava Metzia [in one volume]. Vienna, . Title page of Bava Metzia contains signature Rabbi “Yitzchak Teitelbaum of Liska”. Several glosses in his handwriting.
The Ga’on Rabbi Yitzchak Teitelbaum (Otzar HaRabbanim 10687), grandson of Rabbi Avraham Chaim Bernstein Av Beit Din of Bardejov [published his composition Divrei Avraham] and son of nephew of Rabbi Moshe Teitelbaum of Ujhel author of Yismach Moshe. Prominent disciple of the Maharam Schick and compiler of his teachings, served as Dayan and rabbinical authority of Bardejov (Bartfeld, Slovakia). Perished in the Holocaust.
Leaves coarsely torn out of the book as an act of vandalism.
Incomplete copy. Tractate Bava Kamma missing at beginning and contains leaves: 48-184 (originally 184 leaves. Missing: Leaves 1-47). Tractate Bava Metzia: 1-125, 167-174, 178-206 (originally 206 leaves. Missing: Leaves 126-166, 175-177). 34 cm. Good-fair condition, stains. New binding.
* "Ketuba" Piyutim for the two days of Shavuot. Handsome writing with vowels. [Balkan countries?, 18th-19th century]. * Songs for Motza'ei Shabbat, piyutim in Hebrew and Jewish-Arabic. [Bukhara?, 19th century]. Ex-libris. * Manuscript of leaves of the Mussaf service, [taken from Tikun Chemdat Yamim]. Italian writing, [18th century]. * Manuscript of piyutim for Purim etc, in Hebrew and Ladino. Handsome square writing. [Italy or Balkan countries, c. 18th century].
4 manuscripts, various sizes and conditions. New and old bindings.
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.
"Aseifat Zekeinim, Shita Mekubetzet" on Tractates "Bava Batra" and "Nazir". Rabbi Bezalel Ashkenasi. Livorno, 1774. First editioin. At the top of the title page is a dedication (slightly cutoff at the side) in Oriental handwriting: "A gift sent from the Rebbetzin widow of Rabbi Yitzchak Nunish to the Scholar the Mekubal… Shlomo Molcho". Stamp of the signature of the Rishon L'Zion Rabbi "Refael Meir Panizal".
This edition was printed by Rabbi Yitzchak Nunish-Bilmonti an Istanbul scholar author of "Sha'ar HaMelech" who reached Italy on a journey for collecting donations after the large fire which took place in Istanbul in 1772. At that time, he brought Rabbi Bezalel Ashkenasi's manuscript with him and began to print it in Livorno but he died near the end of the printing as written in the approbation by Livorno rabbis in Tamuz 5534 , see this book.
The book was received by Rabbi Shlomo Molcho (the second – died in Cheshvan 5548 (1787), author of "Shemen Mishchat Kodesh", "mekubal" and Torah genius a Torah scholar of Thessaloniki, ascended to Jerusalem in 1780 to study at the yeshiva for "mekubalim" "Beit El".
, 97 leaves. 33.5 cm. Good condition, minor damages. Old binding with leather back.
"Seder Tefillah", Part 2: Castle of G-d's city "Sha'arei Shamayim". With the commentary of Rabbi Ya'akov of Emden (Yavetz) according to revealed and hidden Torah thought and the "kavanot" of Ha'Ari and laws pertaining to prayer. Korets, .
145 leaves. 17 cm. Greenish paper, good-fair condition, restored damages. Elaborate semi-leather binding.
Siddur Ha’Ari – Sha’arei Rachamim, with section two – Sha’arei Zion. [Thessaloniki, 1741]. Prayer book Kavanot Ha’Ari arranged by Kabbalist Rabbi Chaim HaKohen of Aram Zova (1560-1655), disciple of Rabbi Chaim Vital.
Dozens of glosses in Oriental square [Bukhara] handwriting, with Kabbalistic content [prayers, intentions, names of angels]. Majority cut off at margins.
Signatures “David ben Chefetz”, “David Melamed” – Rabbi David Melamed Chefetz (passed away in 1898), well-known teacher in Bukhara and pioneer immigrant from Bukhara to Eretz Israel, as stated by him in his book Birkat HaIlanot, which he printed in Jerusalem in 1871, in commemoration of his immigration to the Holy Land: “I have established my residence in the homeland of the Almighty, an act unprecedented by anybody from my native land, and I am the first to come from Bukhara with my family to reside in the Holy Land”; stamps of his son Rabbi “Yisrael Chaim Chefetz”, among founders of the Bukharim neighbourhood in Jerusalem.
Incomplete copy, contains leaves: 2-21, 23-78, 81-113, 116-146; 2-23 + leaf 56. Originally: , 146; 41, 40-56,  leaves. Condition of leaves varies; good-fair. Stains, wear, tears with damage to text. Damaged binding.
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.
Letter by Rebbe Rabbi Yerachmiel Yehuda Meir of Amshinov concerning his "Yeshiva" in Jerusalem.
18 lines in his holy handwriting and signature: “Yerachmiel Yehuda Meir Kalish”.
The Rebbe Rabbi Yerachmiel Yehuda Meir Kalish (1901-1976) of Amshinov. Son of Rabbi Shimon Shalom of Amshinov. Miraculously survived the Holocaust and immigrated to Eretz- Israel in 1954. Possessed a great love for the Jewish people, was extremely humble and served the Almighty with his whole heart. Following his immigration to the Holy Land established the "Amshinov Yeshiva" in Jerusalem. Son of his daughter is the Rebbe Rabbi Ya’akov Milikowsky, the Amshinov Rebbe.
20 cm. leaf. Good condition, folding marks.
Book of supplications, Segulot [supernatural protections] and Derech Eretz [desired mode of behavior]. Bombay, . Lithography. * Bound with: Sefer Malachei Kodesh, prayers and ethics, Shir [song] HaYichud “composed by sons of Moshe beyond riverbank of Sambatyon…”, Igeret HaRambam, commentary by the Ba’al Shem Tov and more. Jerusalem, . (S. HaLevi 66).
Signatures and stamps of Rabbi Shlomo Cohen Tzedek, Av Beit Din of Tehran (See item 202). Binding leaves at beginning and end of book contain instructions for his Segulot in Hebrew and in Jewish-Persian in his handwriting. Several handwritten talismans found between leaves of book [one talisman upon parchment].
Book of supplications and Segulot: 48; 112 pages; Sefer Malachei Kodesh: 20, , 25-28 leaves. 17 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and tears. Damaged binding.
Zohar, Parts 1, 3 and 4. "Bereshit, VaYikra, BaMidbar-Devarim". Slavita, [1804-1805].
Printed by Rabbi Dov Ber Segal. All the approbations hint to the "Owner of the Slavita printing press" [the owner is Rabbi Moshe Shapira Rabbi of Slavita, who at that time concealed his name under the names of his partners Rabbi Dov Ber Segal and Rabbi Dov Ber ben Rabbi Pesach for various reasons.
Three parts in two volumes: , 253, 253-256, ; 115 leaves; , 117-299,  leaves. Approximately 20 cm. High-quality paper, parts are greenish. Good-fair condition, wear and moth damages. Damages and tears to first and last leaves. Most leaves are in good condition. New bindings.
Collection of Halachic responsa in handwriting of the Ga’on Rabbi Shalom Mashash. * Five responses in his handwriting and signature [most of which were written during period of residence in Morocco]. * Leaves in his handwriting, with lists and drafts referring to his rulings. * Large collection of leaves in preparation for printing of four sections of his book – Tevu’ot Shemesh Responsa [Jerusalem, 1979-1981]. Includes: Halachic responsa, typewritten [it is related that Rabbi Mashash himself printed them with his own hands], some signed with his ink-stamp or handwriting (stamps from period of service in Morocco); photocopy leaves of his manuscript, with handwritten revisions and additions.
* Sefer Nachalat Avot by Rabbi Yitzchak Koriat. Livorno, . Personal inscription: “Given to me by Rabbi S. Abuchatzira, Shalom Mashash”. [Apparently, received it from Rabbi Shimon Abuchatzira who served as Dayan in his Beit Din in Casablanca].
The Ga’on Rabbi Shalom Mashash (1909-2003), among leading Dayanim and Halachic authorities of his generation. From 1955 served as chief rabbi and Av Beit Din of Casablanca, Morocco; in 1976 immigrated to the holy city of Jerusalem in order to serve as chief rabbi and chief Av Beit Din of the city. Composed many books in Halacha and Aggadah: Mizrach Shemesh, Beit Shemesh, VeCham HaShemesh, Tevu’ot Shemesh Responsa, Shemesh U’Magen Responsa and more.
Hundreds of leaves. Various sizes, general condition good.
Sidduro Shel Shabbat, by Rebbe Chaim Tirrer of Tschernovitz. Poryck, 1818. Ancient owner's signature "Shlomo Bm--- HaCohen".
3, 66; 3, 5-46 leaves. Blue paper, fair condition, moth damages. Semi-leather binding.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 424 notes on copy with such leaf numbering, from 1797. But this copy is from 1798.
Beit HaBechira by the Me'eri, Tractates Nedarim, Sota and Nazir. Livorno, 1795. One of the earliest printed books of the teachings of Rabbi Menachem the Me'eri.
At the top of the title page is a self-dedication handwritten and signed by Rabbi "Ya'akov ben Rabbi Zalman Pozna" who received the book as "A gift from the important philanthropist Shimon called Wolff Baron von Rothschild" in 1844.
Rabbi Ya'akov Pozna (1772-1849), dayan in Frankfurt am Main, who served in the Beit Din of the author of Hafla'a and his son, author of Machane Levi. Son of Rabbi Yekutiel Zalman Pozna dayan in Offenbach and Rabbi of Friedberg (died in 1773). His son is Rabbi Eliezer Pozna Rabbi of the Klaus Association in Frankfurt am Main (1803-1866) and his grandson is Rabbi Gershon Pozna who served for 50 year as dayan in Frankfurt. The dynasty of the Posen family that began with Ashkenaz leaders continues until today, and his descendants serve even today as rabbis in Eretz Yisrael, the USA and Europe.
At Rabbi Ya'akov Pozna's funeral, the community committee of Frankfurt became involved and refused to allow rabbis who fought the Reform movement eulogize him in the cemetery. Hence, the Posen family initiated the establishment of the independent Charedi community of Rabbi Shimshon Rafael Hirsh in the city. This step was financed by Baron Wolff Rothschild who was a G-d-fearing Jew and one of the most respected members of the Frankfurt am Main community.
8. 129,  leaves. 31 cm. Good-fair condition, stains, detached leaves, few moth damages, torn and detached binding.
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.
Halachic responsa manuscript by Rebbe Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch author of Tzemach Tzedek. [19th century].
Manuscript includes two lengthy Halachic responses; first printed in Tzemach Tzedek Responsa, Yoreh De’ah, chapter 314. [Form of writing is similar to that of writing of Tzemach Tzedek, however, it is apparently the writing of an early copyist, who copied from the original response]. Second response [in different handwriting], consisting of a lengthy response (26 pages and missing at end) pertains to blood found in milk. This response was not found in the printed book, however in Tzemach Tzedek Responsa Yoreh De’ah chapter 54, a section of a brief response pertaining to this matter was found.
54 written pages. (Page numbering 199-225, section of “Bichel” booklet). Approx. 23 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and foxing. Unoriginal binding.
HaZohar, Vol. 2 – Shemot, and Vol. 3 – Vayikra, with the Mikdash Melech commentary, and Kehillot Ya'akov glosses. Przemysl , 1880. First edition of Kehillot Ya'akov glosses by Rabbi Ya'akov Yalish author of Melo HaRo'im.
On the title pages of both volumes are signatures "I have bought it from tithes money Shalom Hadaya" and "Ezra Hadaya".
The Torah genius mekubal Rabbi Shalom Hadaya (1862-1945, Otzar HaRabbanim 18135), a Torah scholar from Aleppo and the "eldest of the mekubalim" in Jerusalem, from 1927 was head of the Beit El Yeshiva of Mekubalim and from 1930 Av Beit Din in Jerusalem. His works: Se L'Veit Avot, Shalom La'Am and Dover Shalom.
His son, Rabbi Ezra Hadaya (1910-1980), a Torah genius and tzaddik, first served as dayan in the Badatz of the Sefardi community of Jerusalem and as Rabbi of the Nachlaot neighborhood, later as Av Beit Din of Haifa until his death. Author of Nachalat Ezra responsa.
Two volumes, good-fair condition, stains, few moth marks. Tears to title page of one volume and to several leaves [restored with tape].
* 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.
* Mishnayot Seder Kodshim, Slavita, 1830. Printing press of Rabbi Moshe Shapiro. * Mishnayot Seder Kodshim. Zhitomir, 1860. Printing press of Rabbi Aryeh Leib Shapiro. * Mishnayot Seder Taharot, Zhitomir, 1851. Printing press of Shapiro brothers.
All volumes contain ancient inscription notations to various Batei Midrashot in Holy City of Safed.
3 books, various sizes and conditions.
Letter signed by Rebbe Yitzchak Friedman of Buhuşi, to Rabbi David Moshe Rosen Chief Rabbi of Romania. Tel Aviv, 1965.
The letter is concerning the redemption of Torah scrolls and holy objects from the estate of Ruzhin rebbes and attaining a permit to bring them from Romania to Eretz -Yisrael.
The Rebbe of Buhuşi-Shpikov, Rabbi Yitzchak Friedman (1903-1992), son of Rebbe Shalom Yosef of Shpikov and son-in-law of his uncle Rebbe Menachem Mendel of Buhuşi. From 1930, he served as Rebbe of Buhuşi and was one of the most esteemed figures among Romanian Jewry. After the Holocaust, he immigrated in 1951 and established his "beit midrash" in Tel Aviv and Bnei Brak.
Official stationary, 27.5 cm. Typewritten, with his own signature and another line written in his handwriting. Good-fair condition, file holes and a moisture stain.
A long letter handwritten and signed by the Novominsk Rebbe Yehuda Aryeh Perlow, who signed "Yehuda Aryeh son of my father the Holy Rebbe of Novominsk". Saratoga (USA), 1941.
The letter was sent to his brother's son-in-law Rabbi David Moshe Shapira the Rebbe of Gvozdetz – Sadigura [his wife Alta was the eldest daughter of the Rebbe of Bialatchov Rebbe Shlomo Chaim Perlow]. On the reverse side of the leaf is a letter in the handwriting of his wife the rebbetzin who writes in Yiddish to her niece "Rebbetzin Alti'le".
Rebbe Yehuda Aryeh Leib Perlow (1877-1961), the second son of Rebbi Ya'akov Perlow of Novominsk. Son-in-law of Rabbi David Twersky of Makarov – Chernobyl. In 1902, he began serving as a young Rebbe and Rabbi of the village of Vlodava. He was ordained as a "posek" by leading rabbis including Rabbi Chaim Soloveitchik of Brisk and Rabbi Yoav Yehoshua Weingarten, author of "Chelkat Yo'av". After wandering throughout World War I, he settled in Lublin and in 1924 immigrated to the US where he became famous as the Novominsker Rebbe. His books are "Lev Aryeh" (Jerusalem 1933) and "Kol Yehuda" (NY 1946).
Official stationary, 2 pp. 28 cm. Good condition, folding marks and ink stains.
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.