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Auction 30 Lot Number 403

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Letter by Ga’on Rabbi Aharon Walkin Av Beit Din of Pinsk

Letter in handwriting and signature of the Ga’on Rabbi Aharon Walkin to natives of Pinsk residing in New York. Pinsk, 2 Shvat [1930].
Heartfelt letter of request to “faraway members of our city who are close to our hearts” in appeal to support the Yeshiva in Pinsk in which over two hundred young men study “and although their spiritual sustenance is abundant… the Yeshiva students are direly lacking material needs and are nearly starving to death… it is painful to observe the dear students, studying Torah day and night, ...suffering from the pangs of poverty…”.
The Ga’on Rabbi Aharon Walkin (1865-1942, Otzar HaRabbanim 1548), among leading rabbinical authorities and teachers of Torah in Lithuania. Studied in Vizhnitz and was among prominent disciples of the Netziv. Later on he studied in Kollel of the Prushim in Kovno and was closely associated with Rabbi Yitzchak Elchanan Spektor. Served in the rabbinate of communities of Gruzd, Siad and Amtzislav. During World War I was apprehended by the Russians and while in prison authored his composition Beit Aharon on tractate Bava Kamma. Miraculously escaped to Poland where he was appointed as rabbi of the city and Rosh Yeshiva in Pinsk-Karlin. Composed Beit Aharon, Choshen Aharon, Metzach Aharon and Zkan Aharon Responsa. Perished in the Holocaust.
27 cm. Good condition, tears on folding marks.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 190

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Collection of Cards – Photographs of Rabbis and Rebbes

Collection of cards with portraits of rabbis and rebbes. [20th century].
Illustrations and photographs on paper, glued upon cardboard cards. Some contain description in writing beneath photograph. Portraits of Rebbe Rabbi David Twersky the Maggid of Tolna, Rebbe Rabbi Yochanan Twersky of Rachmastrivka, Rabbi Yonatan Eibschutz, Rabbi Yitzchak Elchanan Spektor, Rabbi Dov Ber Meislish, chief rabbi Rabbi Moshe HaLevi and Moshe Montefiore.
7 cards, approx. 10 cm. Varying condition. Two cards cut on edges.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 329

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Siddur HaAri – Warsaw, 1867

Seder Tefilla according to HaAri custom, Volumes 1-2. Siddur Chabad custom with laws, Chassidic writings and kabalistic intentions, by Rebbe Shneur Zalman of Liadi and his son Rabbi Dov Ber. [Warsaw, 1866-1867].
Two volumes, lacking copies. Vol. 1: Lacking title page and last leaf. Vol 2: Lacking title page and two first leaves. [1], 153 leaves (originally [2], 154 leaves); 4-62, 94 leaves (originally: 62, 94 leaves). 22 cm. Fair condition, wear, damages with lack to several leaves. Stains, primarily to the Passover Haggadah . New fabric bindings.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 393

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A Letter by Rabbi Yosef Zundel Hutner rabbi of Deretchin and Eišiškės

Letter of Torah thoughts and rabbinical matters, by Rabbi Yosef Zundel Hutner. Deretchin, 1887.
The letter was sent to his brother-in-law the renowned Rabbi Chaim Aryeh Leib Rottenberg-Mishkovsky, Rabbi of Stavisk (1836-1898), a renowned Lithuanian Torah genius and tzaddik. The letter begins with a halachic discussion regarding treifot of the sinews. Further in the letter, Rabbi Hutner discusses a recommendation for attaining a rabbinic position for "My brother, dear as my own self, the great rabbi famous for his sharp mind and his breadth of knowledge, learns Torah in depth and has straight logic and a dear soul Rabbi Avraham Ya'akov".
Rabbi Yoseph Zundel Hutner (1846-1899), a great Lithuanian Torah genius. Was a learning partner of Rabbi Meir Simcha HaCohen for several years. When Rabbi Yoseph Zundel was offered the rabbinate of his native city, Dvinsk, he feared that the rabbinate of such a large city may hinder his studies, so he passed the offer on to his companion, author of Or Same'ach. From 1881, Rabbi Yoseph Zundel served in the rabbinate of Deretchin and from 1897, as Rabbi and Head of Yeshiva in Eišiškės. He wrote Chevel Yoseph [a general name for his renowned books on the four parts of the Shulchan Aruch, Ulam HaMishpat, Chedrei Deah, Ginzei Chaim and Chukei Ha'Azara]. His father-in-law was rabbi Avraham Kretchmer, emissary of the Volozhin Yeshiva, who was also the father-in-law of the recipient of this letter Rabbi Chaim Leib of Stavisk.
The Chafetz Chaim admired him as a holy man and often sent people who turned to him for advice and salvation to Rabbi Yosef Zundel saying, "He is a great tzaddik – go to him and he will pray for you". A famous story is told about the Chafetz Chaim who sent a special emissary to Rabbi Yoseph Zundel for a blessing on behalf of the Chafetz Chaim. The emissary did not understand the meaning of the blessing and therefore he feared delivering Rabbi Yoseph Zundel's blessing who blessed the Chafetz Chaim that he merit going barefoot and carrying stones [e.g. that he should merit being a Cohen Gadol who carries the stones of the choshen and goes barefoot in the Beit HaMikdash]. When the Chafetz Chaim heard the blessing, he responded that even one of the blessings is sufficient, meaning he should merit serving in the Beit HaMikdash as a regular Cohen… The Chafetz Chaim even asked him for an approbation for his book Likutei Halachot.
2 pages, 21 cm. More than 20 lines in his handwriting and with his signature. Fair condition. Wear and tear. Pasted on paper. Stains.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 148

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Urim V’Tumim – Karlsruhe, 1775-1777 – First Edition

Urim V'Tumim, on Shulchan Aruch Choshen Mishpat, Part 1 [Simanim 1-72] and Part 2 [Simanim 73-152], by Rabbi Yehonatan Eibeshitz. Karlsruhe, [1775-1777]. First edition.
Separate title page for second part. Inscription on first title page: "Ya'akov Cohen".
[1], 204, [1] 205-381, [5] leaves. Good condition, stains, tears to margins of several pages [without damage to text]. Antique leather binding, remnants of laces-clasps.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 244

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Manuscript Remnants from the 15th Century – The Rid’s Ruling on Tractate Gittin

Remnants of a manuscript removed from the binding geniza. Rulings of the Rid, by Rabbi Yeshaya Di Trani the first (Ba'al Tosfot Rid). [Byzantine writing, 15th century?].
The manuscript has rulings of Gittin 76a – 80b, 82a and 86a [see details on attached leaf]. Several glosses on margins, from first examination it seems that there are certain changes in the version from the version printed in the Rid rulings of the Yad HaRav Herzog edition.
Approximately 10 leaves, varied size, varied state of damages due to the binding, professionally restored.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 127

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Paris Bible, 1538-1543 – Complete Set

Full set of elaborate Bible edition printed in Hebrew in Paris, during 1539-1543. (Includes the five megillot).
4 volumes, approximately 23 cm. Each book has a special title page in Hebrew and Latin, with different pagination and pamplet numbering. Assembled from several copies, varied condition. Overall good condition. Several damaged and restored leaves. Comments and inscriptions in Latin writing. Elaborate leather bindings, placed in a matching leather box.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 191

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Photographs of Leading Rabbis – New York

Photographs of leading rabbis, "With events and their history, their opinions, activities and influence on the community and the general public", by Avigdor Katzburg. N.Y. [after 1925].
Biographies and photographs of 17 rabbis, including Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak Glick, Rabbi Simcha Bunim Sofer, Rabbi Yosef Zvi Dushinsky, Rabbi Koppel Reich, Rabbi Dov Ber Dushinsky, Rabbi Yeshaya Zilberstein and others.
[59] pages, [17] photograph plates, 16 cm. Good-fair condition. Minor moth damages to inner margins. Original loose binding.
This edition is a printed lithograph copy of the 1925 Ujpest edition, does not appear in the Bibliography Institute.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 138

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Yalkut Shimoni, Polonnoye, 1805

Yalkut Shimoni, on Torah, Nevi'im and Ketuvim. Polonnoye, 1805. Yosef HaCohen printing press [and Shmuel the printer].
Two volumes: [1], 272 leaves; [1], 182 [should be: 282] – 450 leaves. 33.5 cm. White and blue paper. Varied condition. Vol. 1 in good condition, with stains and wear. Vol. 2 in good-fair condition. Damages to title page and several leaves. Old bindings, with leather spine.
Printer's flag with the name "Shmuel the Printer". On the title page of Vol. 1 the name is erased from the emblem during printing [in some copies], after the partnership between Yosef HaCohen and Shmuel the Printer was cancelled [see the article by M. Wunder, The Hebrew Printing in Polonnoye – Alei Sefer, 5, 1978, page 125].

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Auction 30 Lot Number 170

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Three Books – Rabbi Kook

* "Chevesh Pe'er", on tefillin. Second enlarged edition. Jerusalem, 1925. * "Da'at Cohen", responsa on "Yoreh Deah". Jerusalem, 1942. * "HaDvir" – compilation of Torah and Jewish wisdom. Jerusalem, 1899-1922. Collection of 12 bound booklets. [This compilation printed by Rabbi Kook's faithful disciples, contains much of his Torah thoughts and words. The last booklet has eulogies of Rabbi Meir Simcha HaCohen, author of "Or Sameach" printed in 1922 after a false rumor reached Jerusalem that the "Or Sameach" was murdered in a pogrom].
3 volumes, Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 21

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Invitations of Vizhnitz Rebbes

* Invitation from Rebbe Moshe Yehoshua Hager of Vizhnitz, to the wedding of his son Rebbe Menachem Mendel Hager. Bnei Brak, Adar 2 5736 (1976). * Invitation from Rebbe Chaim Meir Hager of Vizhnitz to the wedding of his grandson Rabbi Yisrael Hager, grandson of the Monsey Rebbe. Sivan 5729( 1969). * Invitation from the Rebbe of Vizhnitz-Monsey, Rebbe Mordechai Hager, to the wedding of his son Rabbi Baruch Shimshon to the daughter of the Vizhnitz Rebbe Yisrael Hager. Kislev 5743 (1983).
3 invitations, Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 85

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Neta Sha’ashuim – Important Signatures

"Neta Sha'ashuim", responsa on the four parts of the "Shulchan Aruch", Rabbi Zvi Hirsh Kara. Zholkva, 1829.
Signatures in Rashi script: "Yom Tov Lipa Landau Rabbi of Galatz" and the signature "Last redeemer – Chaim Sithon".
Rabbi Yom Tov Lipa Landau Rabbi of Galatz, son of Rabbi Yosef Landau, author of "Birkat Yosef", 1791-1854, disciple of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdichov, Rabbi Yisrael of Ruzhin, Rabbi Baruch of Medzhibozh and the Rav of Apta, was Rabbi of Iasi from 1834.
Rabbi Chaim Sithon (1871-1918). Rabbi of Safed, author of "Eretz Chaim", son of Rabbi Menashe Sithon Rabbi of Aleppo and Safed.
Author: Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Kara Rabbi of Buchach and one of the greatest Torah geniuses of his generation (1740-1814, "Otzar HaRabbanim" 17447), father-in-law of Rebbe Avraham David Wahrman Rabbi of Buchach, author of "Birkat David, Eshel Avraham" and "Da'at Kedoshim", who brings many of his esteemed father-in-law's novellae in his books.
84 leaves, 33 cm. Good-fair condition. Moth damages and stains. New binding.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 213

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Letters of Rabbis and Notables of the Yazed Community to the Rishon L’Zion Rabbi Ya’akov Meir – 1935

Letter by rabbis and notables of the Yazed community, to the Rishon L'Zion Rabbi Ya'akov Meir. Yazed (Persia), 1935.
Large sheet of paper, beginning with a long letter in Rashi script applying to the Rishon L'Zion in regard to a dispute which erupted in the community. The letter contains denial of false accusations told to Rabbi Ya'akov Meir about the shochet Rabbi Yosef Chaim Or Shraga and a request to permit his shechita.
The letter is signed by rabbis and notables of the Yazed community. Approximately 70 signatures, some with stamps. Among the signatures in the first line: "Moshe Refael ben Moshe", "Rachamim ben Yechezkel" "Chacham David ben – Yosef", "Or ben Rabbi Moshe Shraga".
42X55 cm. Good condition, several stains and tiny tears. Folding marks and creases. Placed in frame.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 277

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Sefer Kreti U-Pleti – Altona, 1763 – First Edition – Signature Rebbe Rabbi Meir of Premishlan

Sefer Kreti U-Pleti, on Shulchan Aruch Yoreh De’ah [with text]. Rabbi Yehonatan Eibeschutz. Altona, [1763]. First edition, only composition of Rabbi Yehonatan Eibeschutz which was printed during his lifetime.
Title page of book contains signature: “Meir Beharav” – Holy signature of Rebbe Rabbi Meir of Premishlan who occasionally signed his name in this manner. [Additional signature on title page: “Levi Yitzchak ---“].
The holy Rabbi Meir of Premishlan (1783-1850, Otzar HaRabbanim 12948; Encyclopedia of Hassidism, III, 49-51), among luminaries of Chassidism. Son of Rabbi Aharon Leib of Premishlan and grandson of “Rabbi Meir HaGadol of Premishlan” disciple of the Ba’al Shem Tov. His prominent rabbi was Rabbi Mordechai of Kremenets [son of Rabbi Yechiel Michel of Zlotchov], however he was also closely associated with the Seer of Lublin. From a very
young age was already known as possessing divine inspiration, and was famous for his foresight. Hundreds of stories of wonder and salvation are attributed to him. As well, was known for his exceptional philanthropy and generously distributed funds for charity without leaving anything for himself; it is related that he would not go to sleep before designating all charity funds which were in his possession. Was exceptionally admired by all, and the Ga’on Rabbi Shlomo Kluger who was not a Chassid eulogized him with great honor and referred to him as: “The virtuous righteous and famous exalted divine… and I have merited to see his divine image twice”. See attached material.
Complete copy in good condition, [3], 34 [instead of: 35]; 165 leaves. 31 cm. good condition, stains, moth stains, several tears and slight wear. Tear on title page, restored with scotch tape. Damaged leather binding.
Authorization of expert confirming authenticity of signature as that of Rabbi Meir of Premishlan attached.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 341

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“Halacha Berura” – Signature of Rabbi Mordechai Yosef Meyuchas Author of “Sha’ar HaMayim”

"Shulchan Aruch Chaim", with" Halacha Berura". Wilhermsdorf, [1717]. On the title page is a signature in Oriental handwriting "…Mordechai Yosef Meyuchas".
The renowned Rabbi (Moshe) Mordechai Yosef Meyuchas (1738-1806), a prominent Torah scholar in Jerusalem and the Chida's companion, son of the Rishon L'Zion Rabbi Refael Meyuchas and son-in-law of the Rishon L'Zion Rabbi Yom Tov Algasi. In 1802, he too was appointed Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem. Some of his books:" Sha'ar HaMayim, Breichat Mayim, Mayim Sha'al".
[1], 186, [2] leaves. 29.5 cm. Fair-poor condition, heavy moth damages.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 128

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Ketuvim – Venice, 1525

"Sefer Ketuvim" with commentaries [Rashi, Ebn Ezra, Ralbag] and the "Massorah". Venice, [1525]. Daniel Bomberg printing press.
Without title page. Poor condition, extensive moth damage, stains and mildew.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 160

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“Imrei Sasson” – Baghdad, First Edition

"Imrei Sasson", ethics and songs, by Rabbi Sasson ben Rabbi Mordechai Moshe (Shenduch, author of "Kol Sasson"). Baghdad, 1890. Rare first edition. (Second edition was published in Baghdad 1891).
59 leaves. 16.5 cm. Good condition. Original binding.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 43

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Six Miniature Prayer Books – Rödelheim

Six miniature Redelheim prayer books: * Seder Rina U'Tefilla, nicely arranged and accurate, by Rabbi Wolf Heidenheim. Rödelheim, 1844. (Lacking: Leaf 9 and last leaf – replaced with photocopy). * Divrei HaBrit, prayers, blessings and poems for brit milah. Rödelheim, 1874. With pages for circumsition records, with a few handwritten names. * Tefilla V'Tachanunim, year round prayers. Rödelheim, 1864. Yiddish instructions. * Tefilla V'Tachanunim, year round prayers. Rödelheim, 1873. Yiddish instructions. * Tefilla V'Tachanunim. Frankfurt am Main – Rödelheim. [190-?]. German instructions. * Traveler's prayer and Havinenu, with Avinu Malkeinu and Kiddush Levana. Rödelheim, 1904.
6 books, 8-14 cm. Varied condition.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 75

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Chok L’Yisrael – Three Volumes

* Chok L'Yisrael, Vayikra. Zhitomir, 1857. Printed by Rabbi Chanina Lipa and Rabbi Yehoshua Heshel Shapira. (Two copies). * Chok L'Yisrael, Bereshit. Zhitomir, 1865. (Copy lacking approximately 92 pages at the end).
3 volumes, Various sizes and conditions, good-fair to fair-poor. Major moth damages. Various stamps and inscriptions.

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Auction 30 Lot Number 331

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Collection of Chabad Books

* Shulchan Aruch Harav, Orach Chaim Vol. 1, 4. * Likutei Amarim Tanya. * Shulchan Aruch Harav, Orach Chaim Vol. 2-4. * Shulchan Aruch Harav, Yoreh Deah Vol 5. * Boneh Yerushalayim attributed to Ba'al HaTanya. * Der Shema Yisrael words of Rebbe author of Tzemach Tzedek. * Piskei HaSiddur rulings of Rabbi Shneur Zalman, Ba'al HaTanya. By Rabbi Avraham Chaim Na'eh. * Kuntress HaChaliva by Rabbi Avraham Chaim Na'eh. * Torat Shalom – Sefer HaSichot by Rebbe Shalom Dober of Lubavitch.
For further details, see Hebrew description.
11 books, various sizes and conditions.

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