Ketubah (marriage contract), recording the marriage of the groom Judah Mordecai son of Jacob Hacohen with the bride “Miss Russa daughter of the dear Joab Joshua Haim Abraham Israel Solomon Tisoro”. Ancona 1844. Parchment. Square Italian writing, with a border decorated with leaves and flowers, colored by hand. At the top of the ketubah is a drawing of angels carrying a carriage and in it the words: ”Besimana tava ubemazale mealya lchatane ulecalata and to all Israel, Amen”. Signatures of witnesses: "David Haim Rossi” and “Mordecai Nissim Zingoli”. At the bottom of the ketubah undertaking of the brothers of the groom to perform kosher halitza, if the groom dies without children. Maximum height: 62 cm., width: 47 cm. Good condition, folding marks, stains. Framed in a 71X56 cm. frame. Not examined outside the frame.
Leaf with a liturgical wedding poem. Akhaltsikhe, (Georgia), early 20th century. Cut out paper, cloth backed. Large leaf, cut out in the shape of the Tablets of the Law. Blessings, verses and a liturgical poem for a wedding. On the upper part of the leaf: "Kol Sasson veKol Simcha Kol Hatan veKol Kalah – veHakoreh Baruch". On both sides, vertically: "Baruch ata Bevoa'acha", "Baruch ata Betzetcha". Numerous verses related to marriage, a groom and a bride. On the lower left part of the leaf, an unknown liturgy (not mentioned in Davidsohn's "Otzar Hashira VeHapiut"; not found in other sources): Shalom Shalom Mishmey Meromim….Ya'akov Ish Tam Yoshev Ohalim…". A blessing is mentioned further in the liturgy: "Hu yevarech et Shalom ben Avraham Israel" (the groom?). The writer signed on the borders of the leaf. The leaf's origin is in the city of Akhaltsikhe, Georgia. 34X43 cm. Fair-poor condition, staining and moisture marks, rough tears and folding marks.
Printed Ketubah (Marriage Contract), completed by hand, recording the marriage of the groom Noah Hai Michael Arwilli to the Bride Zelma daughter of Ezekiel Meir Halima. Baghdad, November 21, 1919. Signatures of witnesses: ”The young man Saul Moses H’ Simon”, “Meir Joseph Gabriel Eliyah” etc. Folded and placed in a cloth case, that was made specially for holding this ketubah. Also in the case is a receipt for a donation to “Company of Founders of the Baghdad Hospital” that the groom donated on his wedding day, and was placed for safekeeping in the case next to the Ketubah. Ketubah: 39 cm. Fair condition, folding marks and tears [repaired by pasting]. Case: approx. 11x16 cm.
A Blessing and poem of praise in honor of the wedding of the groom Abraham Zvi son of Ber from Pressburg and the bride Alik daughter of Moshe Cohen Kovrin, Elul 1805. Manuscript on parchment, fine scribe’s writing with ornaments. Blessing and poem composed by brother of the groom. “I will open my lips today with a prayer to the Almighty for today my friend and brother-in-law, the joy of my heart and a man of my age … Abraham Zvi son of Ber from Pressburg with my sister Alik daughter of Moshe Cohen Kovrin, beautiful and pleasant bride…” Heading at top of sheet – Year 1805. Below the opening paragraph is an original poem withtwelve stanzas. Acrostic at beginning of lines of bride’s and groom’s names. The artists name appears at the bottom of the sheet in small letters: “Written by Samuel son of Abraham Cohen, scribe in the year 1805”. 36.5X27 cm. Poor to fair condition, stains, creases and holes. Damage from dampness and mold.
“Mizrah” drawn on glass. [Central Europe, 18th / 19th century]. A frame in the shape of a holy ark, large Torah crown and a pair of birds. At the center, within a circle is the word “Mizrah” and round it verses from Psalms. On both sides of the circle the inscription: “From this side spirit of life”. At the bottom part other verses from Psalms, drawing of a lion (having two tails) and two menorahs (seven branches). Height: 22.5 cm., width: 21 cm. Break in the upper right corner. Part of background faded. Wooden frame: 29X28 cm.
"Mizrah", cut in parchment. [Eastern Europe], beginning of 20th century. Parchment, cut and painted by hand. Menorah in center, with a deer at the two sides. Above a pair of lions hold an oblong panel with the inscription "Mizrah". A raised balcony and two poles. A pair of large vases on which is written the year in Hebrew (1900). From the vases come out branches and plants, with various birds nesting in them. lace frame, at the top of the frame: Tablets of the Law [with the words of the ten commandments] and a pair of birds. 29X30 cm., in a frame: 34X42 cm. Not inspected outside the frame.
Embroidered "Mizrah", United States, 1887. Colorful threads embroidery on perforated paper. Inscription: "Mitzad ze Ru'ah haim", "Mizrah", "Terminated in 1887". Embroidered decorations in the shape of a crown, branches, flower pots and architectural pillars. To the right and left of the word "terminated" appear two deer. Above the words "Ru'ach Haim" appears a pair of birds and above them another pair of birds. Height: 40 cm, width: 25.5 cm. Tears at borders, restored.
1. “Mizrah”–Amulet. Morocco, [mid 20th century]. Silver, engraved and cut; set with gemstones. Small plaque, with a chain for hanging. From the bottom corners hang two chains decorated with gemstones, and with two fishes at their ends. In the center of the plaque is the word “Mizrah” and round it a pair of birds, a pair of fish, a pair of kids, and two palms of hands (“hamsas”). At the corners: “From this / side / spirit / of life”. Length: 5.5.cm., width: 7.5 cm. 2. “Mizrah”. Morocco, [mid 20th century]. Cast copper, beaten and engraved. Decorated borders. In the center is the word “Mizrah”. At the top is a hole for hanging. Length: 17.cm., width: 15 cm.
“Shiviti” engraved on a silver plaque. [Eretz Israel or nearby, 19th / 20th century]. At top, the inscription: “Shiviti Hashem LeNegdi Tamid.”. In center "LaMenatze'ach" Menorah and on both its sides additional menorahs; below are engraved the holy vessels. A name (?) – “Jacob Moreni” is engraved on the base of the central menorah. Length: 13.5 cm., width: 9 cm.
Large "Shiviti", for hanging on the wall. Iraq, [early 1950s]. Ink and color on paper. Script: Zaki Cohen. A large "LaMenatze'ach" Menorah in the center. Painted on both sides are hands holding "chains" consisting of verses ending with an oil vessel and the "shovel". Dedication is inscribed next to the Menorah's base":Dedicated by …in memory of her husband …and her daughter…Nissan 1951, scribe Zaki his son". Height: 78 cm, width: 50 cm. Staining. Original wood and glass frame, with wooden back. Stains on frame.
“In Sukkot you shall dwell seven days” – colorful decorative poster for hanging in a Sukkah. [Holland, ca. early 20th century.]. Lithographic printing on paper. Writing in center decorated with a wreath of branches and flowers, tied with a red ribbon. Sheet: 24X21 cm. Fair to good condition, stains, folding marks, tears at edges (tiny holes from hanging in a Sukkah).
Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai – Printed Micrography [Place of printing unknown, turn of 20th century] Text: Idra Zuta and Sifra Detzniuta. Title in margin of drawing: "The likeness of the Godly Tanna Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai... the work of Jacob Sofer, Tiberias 1887”. Paper sheet, 82X56 cm. Fair condition, serious damage, repaired professionally. Comes in a passé-partout.
Judgment of King Solomon – Printed Micrography by L. Rotblat, Jerusalem [Early 20th century]. Drawing of the “Judgment of Solomon”: The king sitting on his throne, two women at his feet and on the floor between them lays a dead baby. A soldier holds the living baby and in one hand draws his sword. The text: the five megillot. 45X60 cm. Fair condition. Upper and lower margins cut, tears and missing in a number of places, with damage to text and border. Stains.
Portrait of Shneur Zalman of Liadi, Baal HaTanya. Printed Micrography work by Nathaniel Chasin . Washington, 1924 Text: Passages from the Tanya Book. Inscription under drawing: Likeness of …. the Rebbe Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi, Baal HaTanya…". Paper sheet: 48X63 cm. Good condition, creases and small tears in margins. Comes in passé-partout.
Five Megillot. Printed micrography. Eretz Israel, 1930s. Drawing of a large bird sitting on branches of a tree, with wings extended. Text: Five Megillot in Rashi script. Beneath the drawing is the inscription: "Here are written all five megillot, crisp and clear that is easily legible, calligrapher Levi Rabinovitch". Paper sheet: 43X57 cm. Good condition, stains. Comes in a passé-partout.
* The late Dr Theodore Herzl. Printed Micrography by Nathaniel Chasin, Washington 1929. Text: “The story of his life, his greatness in the renewal of the Hebrew people on its land and its possession of the land of their fathers.” Paper sheet, 31.5X48 cm. Good condition, tears at edges, comes in passé-partout. * The late Haim Nahman Bialik. Printed Micrography by Nathaniel Chasin, [Washington], 1935. “Poet of the Israeli Nation - accompanied by the story of his life” Paper sheet, 41.5X28 cm. Good condition, comes in passé-partout.
Portrait of George Washington – First President of America. Lithographic printing of a micrography by Nathaniel Chasin, [Washington 1920s]. Text: Washington’s Farewell Address. English. Paper sheet, 43X29 cm. Good condition. Comes in passé-partout.
Two portraits of Abraham Lincoln, President of America. Lithographic printing of a micrography by Nathaniel Chasin, [Washington 1926]. Text: Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and his life story. English. Two paper sheets (only one dated), 48X32 cm. and 54X29 cm. Good condition, a few tears in one of the sheets. Comes in passé-partout.
Song of Songs and Book of Esther. Hand-written micrography on a Belgian Post Office postcard. [Belgium? beginning of 20th century] The two books written in sequence, one after the other. Postcard, 14X19 cm. Good to fair condition. Stains, tear. Worn at edges with damage to text.
* Colored yahrzeit sheet. Talmud Torah and Yeshivat Etz Haim and Bikur Holim Hospital. Lithographic printing in various colors and gold-colored ink. Monsohn Press, Jerusalem. [Early 20th century]. * Yahrzeit sheet. Talmud Torah and Yeshivat Etz Haim and Bikur Holim Hospital. Colored lithographic printing. Monsohn Press, Jerusalem. [Early 20th century]. (In medallions photos of Yeshivat Etz Haim and Bikur Holim Hospital Building). * “Nezer Gabaut” Certificate printed in various colors and gold-colored ink. Talmud Torah and Yeshivat Etz Haim and Bikur Holim Hospital Jerusalem, [early 20th century]. Hebrew and English. * ”Likrat Shabbat Lhu veNalecha – From the Life of Sefardi immigrants to Saloniki at end of 18th century”. Poster. Lithographic printing in gold-colored ink. Monsohn Press, Jerusalem, 1937. The work of Rafael Abraham Shalem, "Bezalel" artist. Shalem wanted to print his illustration in 1916 (as appears in illustration), but it was actually printed in 1937. * Additional copy printed in black. * Printed ketubah in gold-colored ink. Moriah Etz-Hadar Press, Jerusalem [Early 20th century]. Total of Six items. Various sizes. General condition: good.
Yahrzeit Sheet. [Israel, 1950s] Colorful printing on paper. Heading: “Over these I weep, my eyes run with water”. In the center is an illustration of a “Memorial Column” with an empty space for filling in by hand. Medallions in which there are illustrations of the Western Wall, Rachel’s Tomb, Tombs of the Kingdom of the House of David. In the fourth medallion an illustration of a crematorium with the words: "Remember what Amalek did to you" and “Six million martyrs”. Handwritten inscriptions (faded) from 1953 in memory of “Zabari son of Abraham, Acre. 39X49 cm., in wooden frame: 44X54.5 cm. Fair to poor condition, large tears and stains. Not examined outside the frame.
Esther Scroll with a silver case. Germany, 19th Century. Silver case (no hallmark), smooth design. Nice miniature scribe’s writing on thin parchment, decorated with beautiful tags in the upper line on each page. 29 lines per column, parchment height: approx. 12 cm. Fairly good condition. Stains and wear.
1. Esther scroll [the Balkans? 19th cent.]. Ink on vellum of good quality. Wooden handle, carved and painted. Vellish script (Sephardic) particularly fine, artistic serifs. 24 lines per page. Vellum height: 31 cm. Fading ink of a black-brown color. 2. Esther scroll. [Morocco? 19th/20th cent.]. Black ink on vellum. Large Sephardic script. 22 lines per page. Vellum height: 29.5 cm. Black ink. Stains and wear. Cloth cover (unraveled), sewn in the opening of the first sheet.
Esther scroll, ancient "Beit Yosef" Ashkenazic script, [Russia-Poland?, 18th/19th cent.] There are five places in this scroll where enlarged letters appear and create the initials of God's names. As is well known God's name is not mentioned in the Esther scroll but interpreters of the unseen (according to HaARI) found in the initials and acronyms the names of God and other holy names. The custom to highlight the "Names" in the Scroll, is a common Hassidic custom while HAGRA believes that letters should not be highlighted if this is not done according to the "tradition". In this scroll the Holy Names are highlighted in five places while in most of the "Hassidic" scrolls only three or four names in the scroll are highlighted. 25 lines per page. Vellum height: 22 cm. Ink is faded and the scroll is not "Kosher". A patch [according to Halacha] on the column of the ten sons of Haman.