* Ketubah (marriage contract), recording the marriage of the groom Shraga Feish ben Moshe to the bride Leah bat Yissachar Dov. Pest (Budapest), 1874. (Secondary use of a ketubah written for the groom "Refael called Fale". This name is crossed out and under it is the name of the groom Shrage Feish). Witnesses' signatures: "Nachum ben Yitzchak Zvi Bareneitz" and "Shimon ben Yitzchak Yosef Bachrach".
* Ketubah, recording the marriage of the groom Dan ben Zvi to the bride Esther bat R' Shmuel. Pest (Budapest), 1849. Witnesses" signatures: Simcha Popman and Moshe Lemberger.
* Ketubah, recording the marriage of the groom Eliezer ben R' Yehoshua to the bride Chaya bat R' Yitzchak. Făgăraş, 1920. Witnesses signatures: Dov ben Moshe HaCohen and Avraham ben R' Yitzchak.
* Tena'im Achronim agreement, made at the chuppah of the groom Aharon Zinenshein ben Mordechai HaCohen of Kleinwardein with the bride Nechama bat R' Menish Gravman of Stampfen. Neudörfl near Wiener Neustadt, Austria, 1854. Witnesses' signatures: "David ben – " and Shlomo Zalman the –", and signatures of the groom, bride and her mother.
4 leaves, all handwritten. 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.
Year round prayers in "a small volume", Amsterdam, . Printing press of the brothers Yosef Ya'akov and Avraham Props. Bound with separate section for Psalms and "Seder Ma'amadot", Amsterdam, . Printed by the Props brothers.
12, 415 leaves; 56 leaves; 47 leaves. 12.5 cm. Good-fair condition, wear and detached leaves. Antique leather binding, damaged and detached.
Wedding invitation, printed in gilded ink, Jerusalem, Tishrei 5675. On reverse side and on margins, handwritten long polemic article, titled He Who Hears the Call of the Poor, written and signed by Rabbi "Yechiya ben Yosef Tzarum", on Nissan 5675, about the deprivation of Yemenite Torah scholars by the heads of the Sefardic community. Mentioned in the letter are Rabbi Nachman Batito, Rabbi Chizkiya Shabtai and Rabbi Avraham Philosof.
Rabbi Yichye ben Yosef Tzarum (1843-1897), a leader of Yemenite Jews who immigrated to Jerusalem from Sana in 1882 and a head of the Yemenite community. In 1885, was chosen" Ra'avad" and Rabbi of the Yemenite community in Jerusalem. In 1903, supported the unification of the Yemenite community and the Sefardi community. However, in this letter written during the days of siege and distress of World War I, he was apparently disappointed by the city's Sefardic community and primarily by Rabbi Nachman Batito who was appointed "Rishon LeZion" at that time.
14X23 cm. Fair condition, damages to folds and leaf margins, mold stains.
Amudei Olam, novellae of halacha and aggada, by Rabbi Shmuel Rabbi of Shtrim ben Rabbi Azriel Melnzburg (in Neumark). Berlin, . Rare sole edition.
Stamps of Rebbe "Nachum Dovber Freidman" – Rebbe Nachum Dovber Freidman (died in 1883, Otzar HaRabbanim 15912), son of Rebbe Shalom Yosef of Ruzhin and 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 most important libraries of his times. His stamp "Acquired with my money" is stamped on all the books he purchased.
In the introduction of the Rabbi the author, he tells of the blood libel in Pozna in 1736.
48 leaves. 19 cm. Good-fair condition, damages and light stains. New binding.
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.
* "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.
Bikurei Shlomo responsa book, by Rabbi Shlomo Avaham Razachta of community of Azrakov. First section. Piotrkow, 1894.
On opposite side of title page printed label by author filled in in his handwriting with his signature and stamp, dedicating the book to “my beloved prominent and famous rabbi… rabbi of the entire Diaspora Rabbi Yitzchak Elchanan Spektor Av Beit Din of Kovno…”. In his signature he requests that Rabbi Yitzchak Elchanan “have me in mind in his prayers during the holy days”. Signatures “bibliotheca of Kollel Kovno”.
Rabbi Shlomo Avraham Razachta – The Ga’on of Azrakov (1843-1928, Otzar HaRabbanim 18677), righteous genius, among greatest rabbinical authorities of his generation, corresponded with giants of his generation. In this book he presents responses and correspondences from the famous Torah giants, Rabbi Yosef Zecharia Stern, Rabbi Yitzchak Shmelkish, Rabbi Eliyahu David Rabinowitz Te’omim [the Aderet], Rabbi Mordechai Gimpel Yaffe, the Sdei Chemed and more. The Ga’on Rabbi Yitzchak Elchanan Spektor, whose response appears in the book, is included among the many who offered their approbation for the book.
10, 5-174 leaves. 34 cm. (wide margins). Good-fair condition, stains and tears. New binding.
* Letter with a halachic query, if a "Torah aliya" is permitted to be given to someone who is in the Synagogue but does not put on "tefillin". Lithographic printing of a letter written by Rabbi "Seckel ben Rabbi Simcha Bamberger", [this letter was apparently sent to several rabbis]. Bad-Kissingen, 1905.
2 leaves, 33 cm. Fair condition, wear to margins and folds.
* Letter with a halachic query, regarding "chatzitza" in "tevila", to Rabbi David Zvi Hoffman author of "Melamed L'Ho'il". Handwritten and signed by his son Rabbi Simcha Bamberger who wrote the query "as commanded by his father Rabbi Seckel".
3 pages, 22.5 cm. Good condition.
Rabbi Seckel Yitzchak HaLevi Bamberger Rabbi of Bad-Kissingen and its region (died 1934, "Otzar HaRabbanim" 11312). Son of Rabbi Simcha Bamberger Rabbi of Aschaffenburg and grandson of Rabbi Yitzchak Dov (Rabbi Seligman Ber) Bamberger Rabbi of Würzburg, in his youth published the novellae of Rabbi Avraham Bing, "Zichron Avraham" and added enlightening comments. He also published his father's book "Zecher Simcha". After the death of his father-in-law and uncle Rabbi Moshe Aryeh Leib Bamberger Rabbi of Bad-Kissingen (son-in-law of the "Aruch LaNer"), he succeeded him as Rabbi of Bad-Kissingen where he served until his death in 1934.
"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.
*"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.
See Hebrew description.
7 books in 6 volumes. Various sizes and conditions. Moth damaged.
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.
* Manuscript of goralot and constellations, cures and practical kabbalah matters. Hebrew and Jewish-Arabic. [Yemen, 19th century]. * Manuscript of segulot and amulets, in Hebrew and Jewish-Arabic. With kabalistic illustrations and seals of angels. Volume has leaves from various times [Yemen, c. 19th century]. * Manuscript from a siddur, songs and prayers for everyday, amateur writing [Yemen, 19th century].
3 miniature manuscripts, varied size, fair condition, two last manuscripts are missing leaves. Unbound.
Sefer Nava Kodesh, Shir HaShirim with Aramaic translation and Jewish-Arabic translation, including commentaries Turei Zahav and Nekudot HaKesef. Rabbi Chaim HaCohen. Livorno, . Lengthy handwritten inscription “lobbyist and author Chaim Cohen”.
The Ga’on Rabbi Chaim Cohen (passed away in 1905, Otzar HaRabbanim 6027), Av Beit Din of Tripoli and author of many books.
12, 104, 1,  leaves. 19 cm. Good condition. Few moth holes. Loose leaves. Worn binding.
"Eshle Ravreve – Shulchan Aruch" with commentaries," Yoreh De’ah"– second section. Vilnius, 1894.
Signatures and stamps Rabbi “Yechezkel son of Rabbi Segal Jungreis”. Glosses in his handwriting, some signed: “Y.J” [=Yechezkel Jungreis].
The "Ga’on" Rabbi Yechezkel Segal Jungreis (Otzar HaRabbanim 9044), son-in-law of Rabbi Noach Baruch Fischer "Av Beit Din" of Prešov (Slovakia), rabbinical authority in Prešov together with his father-in-law and later on with Rabbi Lau who succeeded his father-in-law. Perished in the Holocaust in 1944.
, 2-182; 62 leaves. 40 cm. Good condition. Stains and slight wear, moth stains. Fine leather binding.
* 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.
Ketubah (marriage contract), recording the marriage of the groom Aharon, son of Rabbi Moshe HaLevi to the bride Feigala “known as Francisca”, daughter of Rabbi Raphael. Prague, December 1840.
Fine Ashkenazi writing upon parchment. Signatures of witnesses: “Yosef, known as Yasef Toyves, faithful assistant of community of Prague”, and “Gavriel David Leifen, faithful assistant of community of Prague”.
At the beginning of the Ketubah, governmental stamps of authorization [one of which contains the civil date].
21 cm. Good condition, folding marks along length and width of parchment.
Maginei Eretz – Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim. Section one and section two. Zhitomir, 1861-1864. Printing press of Rabbi Chanina Lipa and Rabbi Yehoshu’a Heschel Shapiro – grandsons of Rabbi of Slavita. Two volumes.
This copy also includes Machatzit HaShekel and Pri Megadim [separate title page for first volume: Zhitomir, 1863]. Stamps and signatures.
Volume 1: , 302, 305-444; , 358 pages. Volume 2: , 5-44, 49-136, 129-330; 200 pages. Bound with title covers. Good condition, stains, moth marks. Elegant leather bindings.
"Agadeta D'Pischa" – Passover Haggadah with commentaries and laws, in handsome handwriting. [Yemen, 18th-19th century].
22 leaves. 27.5 cm. Thick, high-quality paper, fair condition, moth damages and stains. Binding covered with velour fabric.
* Letter by Rebbe Rabbi Ya’akov Halberstam of Tschakava. New York, . Lengthy letter in handwriting, written on both sides.
* Letter in handwriting and signature of Rebbe Rabbi Yisrael Halberstam of Zemigrad, to Rabbi Shmuel Shadrovitzki [chairman of "Agudat Yisrael" in Tel Aviv]. Jerusalem, Kislev 5705 . Typewritten with several lines and signature in his handwriting.
* Letter in handwriting and signature of the "Ga’on" Rabbi Moshe Halberstam, to Rabbi Shmuel Shadrovitzki. Jerusalem, . Postcard.
The brothers, sons of Rebbe Rabbi Sinai Halberstam of Zemigrad: Rabbi Yisrael Halberstam (1911-1981) Rebbe of Zemigrad and Rabbi Ya’akov Halberstam Rebbe of Tschakava (1902-1968). Son of Rabbi Ya’akov was the "Ga’on" Rabbi Moshe Halberstam (1932-2002) Chief "Av Beit Din" of the "Edah HaCharedit" in Jerusalem.
Various conditions, general condition good, filing holes.
* Seder Birkat HaNeHenin and Netilat Yadayim, by Rebbe Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi. Warsaw, 1840. (Signatures and ownership notations – Dunkelman family members of Ozorkow).
* Kuntress HaHitpa’alut, by [Mittler Rebbe] Rabbi Dov Ber son of Rabbi Schneur Zalman. Bound with “Kuntress Katan Me’Inyanei Bechira”, [Zhovkva?, post 1850]. Second edition. Imitation of first edition. Forged dates on title pages of both books.
* Seder Shnei HaMe’orot, according to version of the Ari. Vilnius, . Incomplete copy, missing main section of prayer book (contains: , 24, 138 pages, as well as  leaves at end. Originally: , 24, 138, 286,  pages. Missing: 152 leaves).
Various sizes and conditions.
* Divrei Chaim Responsa, Volumes 1-2, by Rebbe Chaim Halberstam Rabbi of the Sanz community. Bardejov, 1901. (Dry paper, damaged leaves). * Divrei Chaim Vol. 1, on the Torah and the festivals and novellae on Bava Metzia. Svalyava, 1912. (Damaged leaves with lacking text). * Divrei Yechezkel, by the Rebbi of Sieniawa. Podgorza, Krakow , 1901. First edition. Stamps of his grandson the Rebbe of Stropkov Rabbi Yechezkel Shraga Lifshitz Halberstam. (Moth damages). * Bound with Beit HaBechira, on the laws of treifot, Rabbi Efraim Lev of Kalish. Premishla, 1906.
4 books, in 3 volumes. Varied size, fair to fair-poor condition.
* 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.
For additional details pertaining to books see Hebrew description.
11 books, various sizes and conditions. Signatures and ownership notations.
"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.
Letter from the Chafetz Chaim Yeshiva in Radin, signed by the managers of the yeshiva, Rabbi "Yehoshua Leib ben Rabbi T. Levinson" and "Rabbi Eliezer Ze'ev Kaplan". Radin, Nissan 1936.
A thank-you letter in Yiddish sent to Philadelphia in the USA for a donation to the Radin Yeshiva.
The yeshiva's official stationary, 29.5 cm. Good condition, light creases.
"Zohar", Part 2 "Shemot". Slavita, . Printed by Rabbi Moshe Shapira.
269,  leaves. 19.5 cm. Fair condition, stains and use damages. Title page detached and damaged with ink acid of censor inscription on reverse side of title page. Ownership stamps and signatures. Antique leather binding.
"Mishpat Shalom", on "Shulchan Aruch Choshen Mishpat", by Rabbi Shalom Mordechai Shwadron, the Maharsham, with the pamphlet "Mishmeret Shalom" by his son Rabbi Yitzchak Rabbi of Khotymyr. Pietrokov, 1902.
At the top of the title page is the signature of Rabbi "Shimon Greenfeld" – the Maharshag, Rabbi of Szemihaly (1861-1930), disciple of the "Kol Aryeh", the Maharam Shick and the "Divrei Chaim" of Sanz. Served decades in the rabbinate and as head of the "yeshiva" in Szemihaly and was esteemed as one of the foremost Hungarian rabbis [in that generation people said that the three leading rabbis in Hungary are the Maharshag, Rabbi Yeshaya Zilberstein of Waitzen and Rabbi Mordechai Winkler author of the "Levush Mordechai"]. Left behind more than two thousand halachic responsa, most were printed in the three volumes of Maharshag Responsa.
Detailed ownership inscription: "…The book with the signature of the Holy Gaon 'Sar HaTorah' the Maharshag of Szemihaly is dear to me".
, 58; 3-200 pages. 31.5 cm. Dry brittle paper, good-fair condition. Handsome fabric binding.
Tefilat Yesharim prayer book, Sephardic custom, arranged according to the Arizal and Rabbi Moshe Zacut. Amsterdam, 1740.
, 112, 213-277; 142 leaves. Approx. 18 cm. Fair condition, damage and stains from usage, moth damage in middle of the prayer book. Restored damage on title page. New binding.
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
Manuscript, divan of songs and poems; songs for Shabbat, festivals and holidays, wedding songs, in Hebrew and Jewish-Arabic. Writing in black and red ink. [Yemen, 19th century]. Ownership signatures and notations in Arabic.
Some poems never printed and appear only in manuscript. [This anthology possibly contains poems which do not appear in other manuscripts. Not examined thoroughly].
Approx. 126 written leaves. Long and narrow 24X9 cm. Fair condition, stains, wear and tear, loose and detached leaves. Worn leather binding with leather and metal rings.
* "Sefer Halacha Achrona" and" Kuntress [pamphlet] HaRe’ayot", by Rabbi Aryeh Leib Epstein [author of "Hapardes"]. Königsberg, . “Halacha Achrona” is the Halachic ruling surrounded by “Be’er Ha’Achronim” – "Chiddushim" of "Achronim", and “Kuntress HaRe’ayot” – "Chiddushim" by author. Approbations of Rabbi Yehonatan Eibeschitz and additional rabbis.
Originally printed and bound with: * "Sefer HaPardes", by Rabbi Aryeh Leib Epstein. Königsberg, 1759.
The printing process was interrupted [as the author notes on leaf 42/2: “Due to printing expenses the author was forced to halt in the middle of the book' Halacha Achrona' and to print several pamphlets from his remaining books and this book, 'Sefer HaPardes', was published first…”]. As a result, significant variations as to the number of leaves in each copy exist [Bibliography Institute CD lists at least four various copies of "Sefer Hapardes " as far as pagination and number of leaves, see records 111284-111286].
Pagination in this copy: "Sefer Halacha Achrona": , 2 [instead of: 4]; 29-35, 37-42 leaves (leaf 36 apparently missing. Total: 18 leaves). "Sefer HaPardes": 9; 23; 127-136 leaves. (Total: 70 leaves).
20 cm. Fair condition. Stains, moth stains, notations. New binding.
Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim, Maginei Eretz. [Dyhernfurth, 1743].
Dozens of glosses, erudite explanations and corrections, in early handwriting from period of printing [18th century], by two or three writers. In one of the glosses he presents sayings “in the name of our rabbi and mentor Rabbi Leibish (leaf 93/1). Leaves 320/2-321/2 contain ownership notations signed “Yuda Leibish” who notes that the book belongs to “the exalted elderly rabbi, leader and philanthropist… the honorable Rabbi Mordechai”.
322 leaves (originally , 322 leaves. Missing title page and leaf of approbations). Majority of glosses cut off to various extents. Fair condition, wear and stains, slight moth damage. Worn and damaged half-leather binding.
Manuscript, Tikun Leil Shavu’ot, with the “Idra Rabba Kadisha”. [Yemen, c. 19th century].
Several pages vowelized. Glosses in more recent writing on leaf margins. [Notations on back binding leaf and symbols of Star of David].
 pages. 16 cm. Good condition, stains. Wear and tear on two leaves. Ancient damaged leather binding.
Shulchan Aruch Yore De’ah “Eshle Ravreve”. Wilhelmsdorf, 1737. Illustrated title page.
Ownership signatures from various periods: “Feivel son of Rabbi Chaim”; “belongs to me, Yechezkel son of Rabbi Marfel [initials]”; “I have received it as a gift from my dear father Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Herman”; additional undeciphered signature, apparently by writer of glosses.
Dozens of brief and lengthy handwritten glosses from 19th century. Some contain explanations and Chidushim, and some summaries of laws.
, 352,  leaves. 34.5 cm. Fair condition, wear and stains, damage on title page and several leaves. Ancient wood and leather binding, damaged.
Authorization of inspection of a "shochet"'s knife, handwritten and signed by Rabbi Yosef Zvi Dushinsky Rabbi and "Ga'avad" of the "Eda HaCharedit". Jerusalem, Elul 1940.
The Maharitz – Rabbi Yosef Zvi Dushinsky (1868-1948), a prominent Hungarian Torah scholar, served as Rabbi and yeshiva dean in Chust and Galanta. In 1933, he immigrated to Eretz- Yisrael to serve in the rabbinate of the "Eda HaCharedit" and to lead the "Charedi" community in Eretz-Yisrael. He participated in the "Agudat Yisrael" delegation to the Peel Commission and to other UN committees, preceding the establishment of the State of Israel.
Official stationary, 21 cm. Good condition, folding marks.
Manuscript "Seder Ha'Asiya B'Lel Pesachim" Passover Haggadah , in decorative colored writing. [Yemen, 18th-19th century]. Bound at the end is a selicha-piyut "Eshal Adon Olam" – intentions of blowing the shofar, with kabalistic commentary. The author is Rabbi David ben Rabbi Yosef ben Rabbi Chaim ben Rabbi Teveria Al-Tzeidi of Sharab. Copier's colophon: Rabbi "Yosef ben Se'adya Sheir", 1829.
Haggadah: 24 pages, approximately 16cm. High quality paper. Fair condition. Stains and wear.
Selicha-piyut: 14 pages, approximately 16cm. Poor condition,
wear and moth damages, with major text omission.
Bound in a new elaborate and decorated leather binding.
Handwritten notebooks, Solitreo Oriental writing. Halachic rulings on "Orach Chaim" and "Yoreh Deah"; homiletics and commentaries on Psalms, novellae on Tractate "Horayot". [Djerba, Tunisia. 1925].
Some of the things were printed in the book "Midrash
Shlomo" by Rabbi Shlomo Mazuz, a Djerba Torah scholar (1908-1982). The novellae on Tractate "Horayot" were not printed there, they may have been written by another Djerba scholar. [On the sheets of the novellae on Tractate "Horayot" are glosses in another handwriting, apparently written by the author of the novellae].
Approximately 37 written pages, varied size 27-30 cm. Good-fair condition, brittle paper with minor wear damages. New binding.
Or Chadash, on Birkot HaNehenin and Birkot HaMitzvot, halacha and kabbalah. Rabbi Chaim Buchner. Amsterdam, [1671-1675]. A book with many approbations [24, including the approbation of Rabbi Yom Tov Lipman author of Tosfot Yom Tov, Rabbi Gershon Ashkenasi author of Avodat HaGershuni, Rabbi Ya'akov Sasportash, Rabbi Yitzchak Abuhav etc.].
Owners' signatures: "Yitchak ben Rabbi Shmuel Segal Ashkenasi Ginzburg", "Simcha Mertzbach".
The mekubal Rabbi Chaim Buchner (1610-1684), a Krakow Torah scholar, disciple of Rabbi Shabtai Sofer (disciple of the Shla), first Rabbi of Lackenbach, later Rabbi of Vienna, which he left with the expulsion of the Jews in 1770 and moved to Fürth until his death. His kabalistic works: Mayim Chaim on the Torah, and Beit Tefillah on the siddur.
, 53,  leaves. 18 cm. Good condition. Stains, restored tears to corners of several leaves (with minor damage to text), cut of upper margins on text borders of first leaves.
This book has changes in the printing of the copies, because of the replacement of several leaves due to mistakes [see Bibliography Institute CD Listing 0121756]. This copy has the original leaves with the mistakes, different from the copy in the HebrewBooks website. [See examples in attached material].
Five Books of Torah. With "Torat Gavriel" commentary, by Rabbi Gavriel Ze'ev Margaliot, Jerusalem-New York, 1910-1926. Colored title pages.
At the beginning of the "Bereshit" volume is a long dedication from 1922, handwritten and signed by the author, Rabbi Gavriel Ze'ev Margaliot (1848-1935, Otzar HaRabbanim 4305) son-in-law of the famous tzaddik Rabbi Nechumke of Horodna. A leading preacher in his times and a foremost rabbi in the USA. In 1924, he founded an independent rabbinical organization called "Knesset of Orthodox Rabbis".
5 volumes, 25 cm. good-fair condition, wear and stains.
Shulchan Aruch, Yoreh Deah [Part 2], Zhitomir, 1852, printed by the Shapira brothers grandsons of the Slavita Rabbi.
Dozens of scholarly handwritten glosses from the time of printing, a Russian stamp "Shmuel Leibovich Stuin (?)".
, 476 pages. 22 cm. Worn pages, few moth holes, stains, damaged binding.
*"Lecha Shlomo", responsa. Rabbi Shlomo HaCohen. At the beginning of the book is the article "Yachas Duvdo". Casablanca, 1937. Title page in blue and red ink. On the introduction page is a colored printed photograph of the author. The author's printed dedication leaf is completed in the handwriting of Rabbi Yehuda ben Shimol.
*"Mayim Chaim". Responsa on "Orach Chaim". Rabbi Yosef Mashash. Fes, . Title page in red ink. Large photograph of author. Author's dedication completed with scribal writing.
2 books, size 30-32 cm. Good condition, detached worn bindings.
Manuscript, "Zivchei Shelamim", on the laws of "shechita". [Oriental country, 18th century].
Copy of the Constantinople 1729 edition. Decorated title page. On last leaf is a colophon (erased) of the copier "Moshe ben Mordechai Mizrachi" [on the title page is a colophon of the first copier name "Sheva"]. Scholarly glosses in margins, on Leaf 36/b the proofreader, Shlomo Chai ben Nissim writes of an event which happened to him when slaughtering a cow in 1894.
 59 leaves. 15 cm. Fair condition, wear damages and moisture stains.
Two letters in handwriting and signature of Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook. Jerusalem, .
Both letters directed to Rabbi Chanoch Henoch Bornsztain, son of Rebbe author of “Shem MiShmuel”, who was appointed as Rebbe of Sochatchov following the Holocaust.
Two letters, approx. 13 cm. Good-fair condition.
Sefer Shnot Chaim, section one. Rabbi Shlomo Kluger. Lvov, 1855.
Title page contains stamps [in Hebrew and in Latin letters] Rabbi “Yehuda Hager Dayan in Klausenburg”, two glosses and notations in his holy handwriting.
Rebbe Rabbi Yehuda Horowitz-Hager of Dzikov (1905-1989, Encyclopedia of Hassidism II, pp. 3-4), son of Rebbe Rabbi Alter Yechezkel Eliyhau of Dzikov, from the Ropshitz dynasty. Was raised in home of his grandfather [from his mother’s side] Rabbi Yisrael of Vizhnitz in Grosswardein. Son-in-law of his uncle Rabbi Chaim Meir Hager of Vizhnitz [from whom he received his family name, Hager]. Served as Dayan and rabbinical authority in Klausenburg for a period of time. During the Holocaust found refuge in Romania until immigrating to the Holy Land. Refused to serve in the leadership however many Chassidim and admirers congregated around him. Toward the end of his life resided in London and served in the leadership.
, 9, , 2-62, 65-102 leaves. 36 cm. Fair condition, stains, extensive moth damage. New binding.
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.
Manuscript, Shir HaShirim, Megillat Ruth and Megillat Kohelet, with Aramaic translation. [Yemen, 19th century].
Beginning of manuscript: Order of annulment of vows for day preceding Rosh Hashanah. Translation written surrounding text of Megillot, with upper vowelization. Text of Megillot themselves written with lower vowelization.
 pages. 16 cm. Good condition, stains. Wear and tear on leaf margins. Several detached leaves. Leather binding.
Manuscript, Pesach Haggadah, Seder Hosha'anot for Sukkot and Tikun Simchat Torah. [Yemen, late 19th century or early 20th century].
Instructions in Jewish-Arabic. Preceding Haggadah: Lengthy version of ‘LeShem Yichud’ (from book Chemdat Yamim). Following Haggadah, leaf with heading “Night prayers for Rosh HaShanah”, without continuation on reverse side [Unclear whether missing from manuscript or if scribe did not continue]. At end of manuscript: “Blessing for public”.
 leaves. 18 cm. Good condition, stains, notations. Binding and leather clasps.
Shulchan Aruch Choshen Mishpat, with the Gra's commentary, Part 2 Simanim 122-427. Konigsberg, . First edition with the Gra's commentary.
Various signatures. Ownership inscriptions and signatures of Rabbi Noach Yitzchak Diskin. Dozens of short handwritten glosses on sheet margins. Inscriptions of Torah thoughts on cover leaves.
Rabbi Noach Yitzchak Diskin (died 1908), younger brother of the Maharil Diskin, sons and disciples of Rabbi Binyamin Diskin Rabbi of Horodna. Appointed Rabbi of Lomźe after his brother the Maharil left the Lomźe rabbinate. An outstanding Torah genius and wonder-worker. He ordained many rabbis who served in the rabbinate in his generation. (See attached material).
, 342; 8; 9 leaves. [Leaves 83-86 are lacking from the printing and were replaced with handsome handwriting]. 39 cm. Fair condition, wear and moth damage. Torn leather binding.
For complete list, see Hebrew description.
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).
Manuscript, book with translations of Haftarot for the whole year, decorated titles. Yemen, [c. 19th century].
72 leaves. 23.5 cm. Fair condition, worn and detached leaves, tears and paper glue. Stains. Signatures and owners' inscriptions. Leather binding, Yemenite processing style.
*Noam Megadim V'Kvod HaTorah, on the Torah. Rabbi Eliezer Horwitz Rabbi of Tarnogród. Lemberg, 1873. Stamps and signature of Rabbi Yisrael Broda, dayan in Michalovce [author of Ishei Yisrael, Michalovce 1929]. Many handwritten glosses. *Midrash Raba with all the commentaries. Vol. 2. Vilnius, 1909. Stamps of Rabbi "Baruch Rubin Rabbi of Berezdovtsy here in Kolomyya" [1864-1935, son-in-law of Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Zhiditchov, served as Rebbe in Kolomyya and after World War I settled in Hungary in the Gerla (Mezomegyer) community where he served as rebbe]. Stamps of his grandson his daughter's son, Rabbi "Nachman Kahane here in Alba Iulia-Karlsburg". [1905-1977. The Spinka Rebbe Bnei Brak, formerly Rabbi of Karlsburg and Rabbi of Mamiya in Eretz Yisrael, brilliant in Torah and Chassidut. Long handwritten gloss [Rabbi Baruch Rubin?]. *Bnei Yissachar. Mukacheve, 1940. Stamps of Rabbi Moshe Frishman son-in-law of Rebbe Baruch Rubin Mezomegyer. Stamps of his nephew Rabbi "Nachman Cahane of Alba Iulia-Karlsburg". Long list of handwritten Torah novellae.
3 books various sizes and conditions. Dry paper.
Manuscript, Chidushei Sugiyot and Chidushei Aggadah. Attributed to the Ga’on Av Beit Din of Pressburg (apparently author of Shevet Sofer, or his father, author of the Ktav Sofer who passed away in 1872), in name of the Ga’on Rabbi Yehoshua Aharon Tzvi Weinberger (Av Beit Din of Margareten) and in name of the Ga’on Av Beit Din of Khust (the Maharam Schick). Khust, 1876.
First leaf contains signed notation: “Gershon Tishler”, who received the notebook as a gift from his brother Rabbi “Alexander Tishler”.
Approx. 43 written pages. approx. 22 cm. Quality paper, good condition. Many blank leaves. New binding.
Be'er Yitzchak, explanations on the commentary of Rabbi Avraham Ebn Ezra on the Torah, by Rabbi Yitzchak Shrim [Torah scholar from Aleppo]. Livorno, .
The Ebn Ezra's commentary surrounded by the explanations.
On the book's title page is a self-dedication in Rashi script by Rabbi Chaim Sithon who writes that he received the book from the author's son. On the last leaf of the book is a rabbinical signature of Rabbi Chaim Sithon. Several corrections in his handwriting.
Rabbi Chaim Sithon (1871-1918; L'Kedoshim Asher Ba'Aretz, 348; Otzar HaRabbanim 6100). Rabbi of Safed, author of Eretz Chaim, son of Rabbi Menashe Matlev Sithon, Rabbi of Aleppo and Safed.
3, 159 leaves. Approximately 12 cm. Good condition, whole leaves. Stains and age stains. Detached 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.
"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.
* "Seder Agadata D'Pischa". Most of the manuscript has handsome square handwriting, [Yemen, 18th-19th century].
18 leaves, 17 cm. Fair condition, wear and stains, without corners. Restoration. New binding.
* Haggadah in simple unsophisticated writing. [Yemen, 19th century]. Some pages are written upside down, [for Yemenite children who were also used to reading upside down].
31 leaves. Approximately 12.5 cm. Lacking beginning and end. Fair condition, tears and stains.
Three manuscripts, Shir HaShirim Ruth and Kohelet, with Rashi commentary and Targum. Especially beautiful writing. Yemen [c. 19th century].
In the binding of the book are hidden manuscripts from earlier times, sections of various works: kabbalah, philosophy, Menorat HaMaor, prayers and piyutim.
40 pages, 22,5 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and wear. Leather binding, Yemenite processing sttle.
Large collection of letters written by Rebbes. Blessings, advice and other matters: Rebbe Rabbi Baruch Halberstam of Gorlitz; Rebbe Rabbi Chaim Alter David Leifer of Nadvorna (Haifa) – Two letters; Rebbe Rabbi Chanoch Dov Zilberfarb of Koidanov; Rebbe Rabbi Yisrael Moshe [son of Rabbi Yosef Tzvi] Dushinsky; Rebbe Rabbi Yechiel Michel of Zlotchov (Netanya); Rabbi Meir Halberstam – Rebbe of Zhukova; Rebbe Rabbi Elimelech Shapiro of Piaseczno- Grodzisk (Tel Aviv); Rabbi Ya'akov Shimshon Landman – Rebbe of Bender (two letters); Rebbe Rabbi Elimelech Alter of Dej (Brooklyn); Rebbe Rabbi Moshe Elyakim Briah Kahana of Spinka (Divrei Torah on official stationery).
Total of 13 letters. Various sizes and conditions. Placed in new letter album.
Ketubah (marriage contract), recording the marriage of the groom David ben Mordechai to the bride Tzivia bat Yeshua. Many signatures and a document with many signatures on the leaf's reverse side. Adorned with characteristic color illustrations, lions, birds, the sun and flowers. Isfahan, Nissan 5644.
53X65 cm. (Maximal size including colored paper frame: 63X75 cm.). Fair condition, many tears to folds, creases and stains.
For complete list, see Hebrew description.
4 books, various sizes and conditions.
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.
Ma'aravot, Yotzrot, Zulatot and Selichot. A collection of piyutim according to Worms custom, for evening prayers, Yotzer, Zulat etc. lacking in the machzor according to regular Ashkenasic customs. Frankfurt am Main, . Printed by Johann Kelner.
Signature of Rabbi "Isaac Berlin" – Rabbi Isaac Berlin of Hamburg, a Torah scholar and linguist, son of Rabbi Elazar Lazi Berlin (1741-1814) Chief Rabbi of the Altona, Hamburg, Wandsbek communities. Author of Mishnat Rabbi Eliezer.
46 leaves, approximately 20 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and wear. Worn binding.
Shtar Chalitza, performed for Ms. Kreindel [daughter of R' Meir HaLevi Heller] wife of R' Moshe ben Eliyahu Aharon, by her brother-in-law R' David, who was obligated to give her a chalitza if necessary. Witnesses' signatures – the community trustees [Refael Menachem ben HaDayan Gavriel Naftali and Naftali ben Shimon]. Bardejov, 1839.
Folded leaf, 21 cm. Good condition, stains and few tears.
*Kol Ya'akov, by the Magid of Dubna.
*Tzarei HaYagon, attributed to Rabbi Shem Tov Ebn Falkira.
*Pele Yo'etz, by Rabbi Eliezer Papo.
*Chovat HaLevavot, by Rabbeinu Bechaye
*Divrei Yehonatan, by Rabbi Yehonatan Eibeshitz
*Kol Menachem, by Rabbi Menachem Mendel Taub of Kaliv.
For further details, see Hebrew description.
6 books, various sizes and conditions.
* Chacham Tzvi Responsa. Rabbi Tzvi Ashkenazi. Lvov, 1858. Bound with: Noda B’Yehuda responsa, Tanina edition. Rabbi Yechezkel Landau. Lvov, 1858. Several lengthy glosses in handwriting of Rabbi Gedalia Vestil Av Beit Din of Moineşti [signed by him], with leaf of Divrei Torah in his handwriting and signature.
* Jerusalemite Talmud – Tractate Berachot, with commentary Rabbi Shlomo Sirilio. Published by Rabbi Meir Lehmann. Mainz, . Stamps Rabbi “Avraham Tzvi son of Yosef Klein Av Beit Din of Silash-Balash”. Several glosses in his handwriting [some cut off].
* Sefer Shushan Edut, commentary on the Mishnayot, tractate Eduyot. Rabbi Zev Wolf Boskowitz. Paks, . (6 index leaves and list of subscribers at end of book unlisted in Bibliography Institute). Bound with: Sefer LeBinyamin Amar, commentary on Agadot Rabbah Bar Bar Chana, by Rabbi Zev Wolf HaLevi Boskowitz. Paks, . Ownership notations, signature Rabbi “Avraham HaLevi Ish Horowitz”, lengthy gloss in his handwriting upon back binding leaf (signed: A.H.).
Various sizes and conditions.
Miniature prayer book, Gebete der Israeliten – Prayer of Jewish Nation, translated to German. Includes Pirkei Avot. Vienna, 1860. Text and German translation, facing each other on opposite pages.
Leaf preceding title page contains a colorful illustration of Shlomo HaMelech (Solomon).
Blue velvet binding, decorative metal clasp, initials of owners.
, 3-263,  pages. 10.5 cm. Good condition, stains. Gilded paper cut. Wear and tear on velvet binding, spine of binding detached.
Letter by Rebbe Rabbi Yisrael Baruch Shapiro. Blessings and greetings to groom. Błędów, .
Rabbi Yisrael Baruch Shapiro, son-in-law of Rebbe Rabbi Shalom Meir Yechiel Shapiro, of Moglenitza-Koznitz dynasty. Succeeded his father-in-law as "Av Beit Din" and Rebbe of Błędów. Perished in the Holocaust.
20 cm. Good condition, filing holes and folding marks.
Letter by Rabbi Shmuel Aharon Flam to Rabbi Asher Zelig of Rafeld Av Beit Din of Prachnik. Dubiecko, .
“Upon receiving his letter I summoned Rabbi Eliezer – and related the severity of the matter… and he requested that I relay to wait an additional four weeks, until receiving legal authorization from the bride…”.
Rebbe Rabbi Shmuel Aharon Flam (Otzar HaRabbanim 19462), direct descendant of the “Maggid of Lutsk”, among pioneer Chassidim and disciple of the Maggid of Mezeritch. Grandson of Rabbi Shmuel Aharon Rubin Av Beit Din of Korczyna author of Beit Aharon. A short while prior to the Holocaust began serving as rabbi and rebbe of Dubiecko and perished approximately in the year 1943. His brother-in-law was Rebbe Rabbi Chaim Ya’akov Safrin of Komarna.
21 cm. Good condition, filing holes.
Siddur Kol Bo Katan, year round siddur and machzor (with piyutim), according to Eastern Ashkenaz custom. The Yotzrot are according to Ashkenaz custom. Homburg, "In Amsterdam letters". 1749.
"In it you will find the order of prayers… for Shacharit and Arvit and Rosh Chodesh and the festivals with the machzor and selichot for the whole year… Passover Haggadah and the Omer counting, Yotzrot for the whole year, ma'ariv for each festival in its place, Pirkei Avot, all Tikunei Shabbat with songs, Parshiot for the whole year, Shir HaYichud, Yom Kippur Katan, Hoshanot and Zulatot". With Perek Shira and other additions.
Approximately 600 leaves. Mistaken leaf numbering. (Lacking 2 or 3 leaves in the middle of the siddur at various places). 16.5 cm. fair condition, use stains and various damages. Restored leaves. Some leaves have damages with lack. Leaf cutting with damage to titles and to edge of text. Leather binding, antique and worn.
* Letter of Torah thoughts, by Rabbi Seckel HaLevi Bamberger to Rabbi Moses Chaim Litch-Segal (Rosenbaum). Schrimm, 1902. * Printed letter by Hungarian rabbis, concerning budgeting the kindling of a light in synagogues during the war. Budapest, 1916. * Letter by Rabbi Moshe Avigdor Amiel. Antwerp, 1935. * List of those who belonged to "Kollel Chabad" in Jerusalem who died from Tishrei until Sivan 5679 (1919). Signed by "Head of the Flag" Rabbi Yisrael Shimon Shain. * Letter to Rabbi Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld, protesting the situation of the "Bikur Cholim" Hospital. Signed by 11 Jerusalem community leaders. 1931. * Interesting letter by Rabbi Mordechai Yaffe-Schlesinger to his family. 1976.
6 items, various sizes and conditions.
"Mishnayot, Seder Taharot", with commentary of Rebbe Rabbi Yitzchak Yehuda Eizik of Komárno. Lemberg, 1861. First edition with rare emblem of printers (illustrations of a bear and a gazelle).
Stated at conclusion of introduction: “I will copy the 'Tosefta'… and explain it according to the Rambam in 'Ma’aseh Oreg' and 'Pnei Zaken', and will later on explain the 'Mishnah' based upon books of the 'Vilna Ga’on'… and I have arranged the 'Tosefta' according to the' Vilna Ga’on' excluding a few instances where I have clarified our approach, supported by the Rambam, the Rabad and the Rosh”. He refers to "Sefer Taharat HaKodesh", Zhovkva 1804, which contains commentaries and glosses of the" Vilna Ga’on".
Stamps of Rabbi Ya’akov son of Rabbi Moshe Aharon Beck of Mihalyfalva (Hungary), with handwritten notations by his son, Rabbi Reuven Eliyahu.
, 296 leaves. 28 cm. Fair-good condition. Stains, moth stains and wear. Worn Binding.
"Likutei Amarim Tanya", [Kopys, after 1814]. On the last leaf is a stamp in Russian of Rabbi M. Yaffe of Kopys, who approves the book's inspection. This stamp was made to approve a book printed in the underground printing press in Kopys during the time of the decree on books and the censor – See enclosed material [Y. Mondshein, "Torat Chabad", page 71. According to the article by C. Liberman," Sha'arei Chabad" no. 52].
Copy lacking title page and first leaf. 2-36, 41-44, , 6,  leaves. Good condition, few stains and wear. Old binding.
"Stefansky Chassidut," no. 631.
Public appeal for help of Yeshivat "Knesset Beit Yitzhak", (A Helfs Ruf), An Urgent Appeal to Our Jewish Brethren. [USA?], c.1920s-1930s.
Letter in Hebrew, Yiddish and English to benefit the Yeshivah. With photos of "Rabbeinu Rabbi Yitzhak Elchanan" and "Maran Rabbi Baruch Dov Leibovitz", class photo of yeshiva students of Kamenitz Yeshiva and a facsimile of letters handwritten by Rabbi Hayim Ozer Grodzinski and the "Chafetz Chaim".
Proclamation 55x43 cm. High-quality paper, good condition, with minor stains, folding marks and chips to edges.
Sefer Divrei Chaim on the Torah and holidays. Chidushim on Bava Metzia, by Rebbe Rabbi Chaim Halberstam. Jerusalem, New York, (1946). Special edition published by Rebbe of Chakava-Sanz in honor of the 70th death anniversary of his grandfather, Rebbe Chaim Halberstam of Sanz, author of the Divrei Chaim.
Title page contains impressive inscription from 1946, in handwriting and signature of publisher Rabbi Ya’akov Halberstam Rebbe of Chakava-Zanz, to Rabbi Avraham Englard Av Beit Din [Rebbe of Razdin]. Various stamps of Rabbi Avraham Englard and two glosses in his handwriting.
Rabbi Ya'akov Halberstam (1897-1968) son of Rabbi Sinai Rebbe of Zemigrad (son of Rabbi Baruch of Gerlitz, son of author of Divrei Chaim). Son-in-law of Rebbe Rabbi Shalom of Schatz. From 1925 served as Av Beit Din of Chakava. In 1934 envisioned the approaching Holocaust, resigned from the rabbinate and immigrated to Jerusalem where he established his Beit Midrash. During the Holocaust years resided in the USA and was active in the Rescue Committee. Following the war he returned to Israel and later on emigrated to the USA. His sons are the famous geniuses Rabbi Moshe Halberstam and Rabbi Naftali Halberstam, Rebbe of Chakava and among leaders of the Eda HaCharedit.
Recipient of book: Rabbi Avraham Yissachar Englard (1910-2006), Av Beit Din of Sosnowiec, son-in-law of Rebbe Rabbi Mordechai Yosef Elazar of Radzin. Administrator of Radzin Yeshiva network in Poland and assisted his brother-in-law, Rebbe Rabbi Shmuel Shlomo Leiner with the leadership of the Chassidism. His entire family and family of his father-in-law perished in the Holocaust while he miraculously survived, emigrated to the USA and in 1954 was crowned Rebbe of Radzin and immigrated to the Holy Land where he served in the rabbinate and leadership.
, 82, , 116 leaves. 26.5 cm. Good-fair condition, stains, extensive usage wear. Torn binding.
This edition was printed in New York, however, due to the sanctity of the Holy City of Jerusalem, the Rebbe had the title page as well as an additional leaf reprinted in Jerusalem. He removed the original title page from each copy and replaced it with the two pages printed in Jerusalem. [For additional information pertaining to this see article of bibliographer Naftali Ben Menachem, Sinai 30, 1954, p. 154).
* The Passover Haggadah – Haggadah in English and Hebrew, with eight color illustration-plates on chrome paper. London, [1916, first edition] (Otzar HaHaggadot 2655). * Haggadah, "Mit fil Biblishe bilder" [=With many Bible pictures]. Vilna, 1922. (Otzar HaHaggadot 2854). * Haggadah, artistic and scientific publishing. Warsaw, 1924. (Ya'ari 1983; Otzar HaHaggadot 2941). * "Seder HaHaggadah L'leil Shimurim", German translation. Frankfurt am Main, 1938. (Ya'ari 2261; Otzar HaHaggadot 3664). * Seder Haggadah. With English translation and musical notes. New York, 1910 (Otzar HaHaggadot 2582).
5 books, Various sizes and conditions.
Siddur Ha'Meir LaAretz, year round prayers according to HaAri custom [Chabad custom], compilations from Shulchan Aruch HaRav by the Admor HaZaken of Chabad, Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi. Vilnius, 1879. Two title pages. Bound with: Zohar HaRakia, commentary on Azharot by the Rashbetz. Vilnius, 1879.
, 426 pages; 120 pages. 21 cm. Most leaves are in good condition. Stains and age marks. Wear and tear with lack to first title page and to several other leaves [restored with glued paper]. Stamps. Original rubbed semi-leather binding.
This edition is not listed in the Bibliography Institute CD and in the Vinograd-Rosenfeld CD.
* "Konflas Veizhas di Purim". Ladino piyutim. Jerusalem, 1924. * Purim Haggadah, "Las Simanas di Pesach" [Ladino translation by Ben-Zion Taragan of a Haggadah for Purim night, by R' Zvi Hirsh Zomerhoizen]. [Jerusalem, 1894]. Missing title page. * "Yosef Shpil", Yiddish [no year or place mentioned]. * Haman's praises and memorial service, Tunisia, . Uncut sheet.
4 booklets, Various sizes and conditions.
Ketubah (marriage contract), recording the marriage of the groom Meir ben Eliezer HaLevi to the bride Mazal. Sofia (Bulgaria), 1889.
Cut on top and decorated with glued flower illustrations. Title in purple ink.
Divided into four sections: the text of the ketubah, shtar tena'im, and two more shtarot concerning the dowry [one in Ladino]. Witnesses' signatures. On the ketubah margins is an authorization signed and stamped by "Dr. Shimon Dankawitz – General Rabbi of Bulgaria".
Maximal height: 56 cm. Fair condition. Stains, several tears. Folding marks and creases. Restored damages on folding marks. Faded or peeled ink in several places.
Two color ketubot. Printed in two columns, in one the text of the ketubah and on its left the Shtar Tena'im. Verses and various decorative motifs in colorful and gilt paint (a Magen David, pillars topped with lamps, wheat, handshaking, etc.). On the background of one ketubah is the emblem of the Central Council for Bulgarian Jews.
Completed by hand, recording the marriage of the groom Nissim ben Shabtai Mazal Levi to the bride Miriam [bat] Avraham Mazal Levi. Gorna Dzhumaya (Bulgaria), 1929, and the marriage of the groom David ben Shlomo Rachel Cordova to the bride Rachel bat Avraham Mazal Levi. Gorna Dzhumaya 1936.
60 cm. Fair condition, tears to folding marks and margins, stains. Government stamps are pasted on one ketuba.
For a complete list, see Hebrew description.
13 books and booklets, Various sizes and conditions.
*Duda'ei Reuven, on the Torah, by Rabbi Reuven Katz of Stavisk [author of Degel Reuven].
*Pirchei Aharon, commentary on Bereshit, by Rabbi Aharon HaCohen son-in-law of the Chafetz Chaim.
*Two sheets of Sefer HaMagid, 7th year, Vol. 8-9.
*Hegyonei Aleph Bet, novellae and Torah pilpul, by Avraham Duber Goldenson.
*Yaskil Avdi, [Vol 2], with the book Deah V'Haskel – responsa from the hidden Torah, by the mekubal Rabbi Ovadia Hadaya.
*Levush Mordechai, By Rabbi Moshe Mordechai Epstein.
For complete description, see Hebrew list.
Various sizes and conditions.
Year round machzor, according to the custom of Ashkenaz and Poland. Amsterdam, 1814.
Instructions in Yiddish-Deitsch. The Mussaf prayer of Shemini Azeret has etchings of illustrations of the constellations.
354 leaves. 13 cm. Good condition, few stains. Bound in red attractive binding, with reconstructed metal clasp.
Varied collection of handwritten leaves, sections of compositions, signatures, paper items. [Morocco and Oriental countries].
Among the leaves: * Four pages of a composition on practical kabbalah. * Dozens of handwritten leaves, homiletics. [Morocco? 20th century]. * Handwritten leaf, "I have heard a remez to the words of the Ari… Lag LaOmer 1851". * Shtar Shiduchim. Taza [Morocco], 1830. * Handwritten pamphlet [partial], prayers for livelihood and about gilgulim.
Dozens of leaves, various sizes and conditions.
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.
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.
"Shulchan Aruch Choshen Mishpat", with "Me'irat Einayim" (Sma). Berlin, 1717.
Many glosses in Ashkenasic handwriting from the time of printing. Signatures in Oriental handwriting of Rabbi "Shlomo Farchi".
, 2-320; 18 leaves. 29.5 cm. Fair condition, wear and tear, stains, most glosses are slightly cutoff.
"Ner Moshe", on kabbalah and the Saragosa scroll. Jerusalem, 1882.
Many stamps like the handwritten signature: "Aharon ben R' Zvi Aryeh of Olik Stretin".
Rabbi Aharon Brandwein (died 1907), son of Rebbe Zvi Aryeh of Pleschen (of Olik-Stretin dynasty), was raised in the house of his mother's uncle Rabbi Yisrael of Ruzin, who appointed him Rebbe while yet a youth and even gave him "kvittel" and "pidyon". Immigrated to Eretz- Yisrael and settled in Safed, where he became a focal point of the Chassidic community. Buried in the cave of Rabbi Chaim of Tchernowitz where his father is also buried.
, 80, , 81-92 leaves. 17.5 cm. Good-fair condition, damage to title page, wear damage.
S. HaLevi no. 407.
Manuscript, Sefer HaIzkarnot, diverse collection. Rabbi Yitzchak son of Rabbi Aharon [Wallace?] of Skver. .
Illustrated title page with symbol of Star of David, many verses consisting of name “Aharon” [alluding to name of author]. At center of Star of David: “… will be explained according to…, by author…C. Aharon son of Yitzchak of Skver descendant of the Ba’al Shem Tov”. Contains interesting collection, Gematriot [assignation of numeric values to Hebrew letters] and allusions, stories and Chassidic thoughts and more, arranged in alphabetical order. On title page, beneath detail of year: “Demise on 2nd of Shvat 1942”, apparently this refers to death of author. It seems that at least part of the manuscript was written by son of author. Detached leaves; apparently manuscript incomplete. * Attached is a leaf of Divrei Torah from same writer, and additional leaf with various blessings and greetings, in which the numeric value of each sentence in Gematria amounts to detail of year, 1926. * Attached photograph, apparently from family of author.
 pages. Various sizes. Fair condition, detached leaves, stains, tears and traces of mildew.
Ketubah (marriage contract), recording the marriage of Shmuel Dehan (?) Vita to the bride Vintorina Pinzi. Venice, March 1818.
Italian, with Hebrew title: B"H [BeEzrat Hashem], B'Siman Tov U'Vemazala Ma'alye…".
Leaf, 27 cm (end of ketubah and signatures are on the reverse side of the leaf). Good-fair condition, folding marks and wear.
Atzei Chaim on the Torah, 2 volumes. By Rebbe Chaim Zvi Teitelbaum Rabbi of Sighet [brother and teacher of Rebbe Yo'el of Satmar]. Sighet, 1927. First edition. Signatures of owners from the city of Satmar.
, 127; , 50 leaves. 24 cm. Fair condition, wear and stains. Old semi-leather binding.
"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.
"160 Vilna Batei Knesset, Batei Midrash and minyanim" – list of 160 Synagogues in Vilnius. With photographs of the inside of the fancy "Urban Beit Knesset". [20th century].
Among the synagogues are special lists of synagogues in the central site of the "Shul Hoif [including the kloiz of the Gra "Ga'on's kloiz – Yesod"]; synagogues of the charity and chessed associations, of the working class "Ba'alei Melachishe kloizen", list of 13 Chassidic minyanim in the "mitnaged" Vilna – which is specially noted in the title of this list: "Chassidic kloizen un minyanum in der mitnagedishe Vilna".
A large leaf in colored lithographic printing, 53 cm. Good-fair condition, stains. Placed in wood and glass frame. Not examined out of frame.
Yiddish and Hebrew.
A printed personal invitation, By Rabbi Chaim Leib Shmuelevitz, to his wedding with the daughter of Rabbi Eliezer Yehuda Finkel, Head of the Mir Yeshiva, on the 3rd of Tevet 5690 (1930).
Rabbi Chaim Shmuelevitz (1902-1979), grandson of the Saba of Novardok. One of the most outstanding Torah scholars renowned for his diligence and his brilliant discourses. During the Holocaust, he led the yeshiva on its wanderings from Mir to Vilna, to Japan and Shanghai. Later, he immigrated to Jerusalem where he established the "Mir Yeshiva" together with his father-in-law, Rabbi Eliezer Yehuda Finkel and headed it for many years. It is interesting to note that he passed away on the 3rd of Tevet 5739 (1979), after 49 years of marriage.
Card: 6.5X10.5 cm. Good condition, minor creases.
Large photograph of Sha'ar HaShamayim Synagogue. Gibraltar, 1930.
Sha'ar HaShamayim Synagogue was built in Gibraltar in 1724. The photograph is glued on cardboard, with a dedication from Sivan 1930, with the signatures of community members.
Photograph 22.5X27 cm. cardboard 34.5X43.5 cm. Good condition. Tears to cardboard margins.
* Sefer Ha’Orah attributed to Rashi; rulings and Halachot. Sections 1-2. Lvov, . * Midrash Tehillim – Shocher Tov, sections 1-2. Vilnius, 1891. * Sefer Reshit Chochma. Rabbi Eliyahu Vidas. [Unidentified edition, 19th century] (incomplete at beginning and end). * Sefer Nezer Yisrael, section one – laws of Shabbat. Includes Sefer Mikra Kodesh. Section two – laws of holiday and Chol HaMo’ed. By Rabbi Yisrael Matityahu Auerbach. Biłgoraj, 1909.
All books contain handwritten glosses by unidentified writer. Ink-stamp “Zev Yedidya” and ownership notation “Yishaya son of Yitzchak Ya’akov”.
Various sizes and conditions. Three books missing bindings.
Manuscript, lengthy Answer pamphlet by Rabbi Moshe Shalom Stohl. Freuenburg, .
Concerning one who forbids himself to enjoy a citron and another person comes and uses it. Fine round writing along with signature. [Response printed at beginning of his book "Shem Olam" Responsa].
The "Ga’on" Rabbi Moshe Shalom Stohl, among rabbis of Lithuania, last rabbi of city of Bauska. Previously served as rabbi of Jieznas and Freuenburg (Courland). Authored "Shem Olam" Responsa and "Sefer Darchei Shalom". Perished in Holocaust.
13 pages. 27 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, tears, folding marks.