Torah scroll. [Tunisia?], [first half of 20th century]. Parchment coated with white color. Sefardi writing. Parchment height: 39.5 cm. 42 lines per column. Overall good condition. Without Atzei Chaim. Not thoroughly examined.
A Large Esther Scroll. Russia, late 19th century / early 20th century.
At the beginning of the scroll appears a stamp: "proofread Zhetel… Garzovsky". At the end of the scroll appears a different stamp: "David Yitzhak Levin proofreader and author…Newark. The scroll was most likely written and examined in Zhetel or nearby and later was brought to the USA, where it was examined once again.
A Jewish community existed in Zhetel (nowadays, in Belarus) since the 16th century. It is the place of birth of both the "Dubner Maggid" (Rabbi Jacob Kranz) and the "Chafetz Chaim".
Height: approximately 55 cm. 42 rows per column. Fair condition. Tears to the first and last sheets, without damage to the text. Faded writing, partially erased.
Esther scroll, oriental scribal writing, on light-brown gevil. [Oriental countries, 19th/20th century]. Parchment height: approximately 48 cm. Non-uniform number of rows per column. Good-fair condition, stains and moisture marks.
Esther scroll, amateur scribal writing, on dark brownish-red gevil. [Yemen, 18th/19th century]. Lacking beginning. At the end of the last sheet is the version of the blessing recited after reading the megillah and the version of the saying: "Cursed be Haman three times. Cursed be Zeresh three times…". Parchment height: approximately 13 cm. Non-uniform number of rows per column. Fair condition. Major damage to beginning of first sheet, damage to the sheet with the text of the blessings, minor damage to margins of the rest of the scroll.
Esther scroll, Sefardi scribal writing, especially beautiful. [20th century]. Parchment height: approximately 54 cm. 42 rows per column. Blue fabric cover, sewn on the back of the whole scroll. Pole with ivory handles, carved in floral and leaf patterns. Maximal size (including handles): approximately 84 cm. Good condition, minor tears to fabric covering.
.Tobacco case of the Kabbalist Rabbi Elijah David Slotky Silver (not stamped), engraved. Lid decorated with a bird and a flower, with an inscription in the center: "'Eli’ David Slotky". The righteous man Rabbi Elijah David Slotky (1899-1980), son of the famous kabbalist Rabbi Aharon Abraham Slotky (student of Chaim Shaul Ha-Cohen Dweck), eminent gaon in Torah studies and famous kabbalist. Head of the kabbalist “Sha’ar Shamayim” Yeshiva and head of the “Mechavnim” community in Jerusalem. Author of “Yad Eliyahu” – encyclopedic key to the Kabbala of the Ari, “Aderet Eliyahu” – Encylopedia of the Zohar, and the Halachic encyclopedia “Hasdei David”. 3X5.5 cm.
Portrait of the Gur Rebbe Author of Imrei Emet, machine embroidery. Eretz Israel, [1920s?]. 16.X10.5 cm, in a 26X23 cm. frame. Good condition.
Eli and Shmuel, colored picture printed on felt (?). [England? 19th century]. The picture was done according to the drawing "Samuel Learns from Eli" by the artist John Singleton Copley (1738-1815). Placed in original frame from that time. Fabric: 26X18.5 cm. frame: 36.5X30 cm. Fair condition. Tears and damage to fabric. Damage to frame.
Drawing (watercolor on paper) presenting the Sasson family Succah in India. India (or England?), 1931. Drawing by Ms. M. Elias(?). Signed and dated. Described and dated on bottom: "Our 'Succah': 5692: 1931". The drawing depicts half of the inner part of the family Succah, elaborately decorated. Inside the Succah is a table set for nine diners. Placed in frame, glued on the back is a typewritten note with a dedication to Saliman Sasson, from his aunt (the dedication is in English). The note has an explanation that actually the Succah was intended for 18 diners who would be hosted every evening around the long table, and a few more words were added by hand: "Blessings of the Ushpizin I'la'in (elevated guests) should by emptied upon you", etc. 27.5X23 cm. frame: 28.5X24 cm. Good condition. Breaks to frame.
Rabbi blessing a child in the synagogue, colored drawing on Bakelite. [Germany, beginning of 20th century]. Colored drawing on a piece of elliptic Bakelite. Frame with gilded decorations. Drawing: 8X6 cm. frame: 14X12 cm. Good condition. Hook for hanging.
Yad HaChazaka, for determination of seasonal periods. Illustrated handwritten leaf. Lachava [19th century].
Illustrations of “hands”, for determination of known periods based upon “intercalary” [leap year] books and other compositions pertaining to the calendar. Writer and illustrator signed his name: “Yisrael Michel son of Rabbi Asher son of Rabbi Yisrael Yechiel Michel of Vysotsk presently residing in Lachava”.
17.5X11 cm. good-fair condition, stains, folding marks.
Synagogue der Portugeesche Iooden, etching. [Delft, Holland, 1730]. Structure of the Portuguese Synagogue in Hague, etching done by J. C. Phillips. The etching was printed in the book Beschryving van's Graven-Hage [description of Hague], by J. de Riemer publiched in Delft in 1730. Etching: 27X33 cm. frame :39X45 cm. Good condition. Few stains, folding line in center.
Genealogy tree, containing names of the descendants of Ga’on Kabbalist Rabbi Eliyahu Mani Av Beit Din of Hebron (1818-1899). Lithography. Jerusalem, 1936 . “Solomon” art, Jaffa St. Beit Mani, Jerusalem.
Approx. 35X50 cm. leaf. Good condition, folding marks, uneven cutting of margins.
Picture of the Malbim.
Cardboard-framed photograph, with fine handwritten caption: “Ga’on Rabbi Meir Leibush ben [son of] Rabbi Yechiel Michel, the Malbim". Born in Vilkomir, passed away in Kiev on second day of Rosh HaShanah 1880”.
Dedication (in same writing): “Gift to Rabbi Dr. Shmuel Greenberg" (1880-1959; native of Romania. Among leaders of Mizrachi movement in Germany and in Eretz Israel).
Photograph: 15X11. Placed in a wooden frame: 23X18 cm. Tears. Not examined outside of frame.
Diverse collection of photographs of rabbis: * Two photographs of Rebbe Rabbi Avraham Mordechai of Gur. * Photograph of Rebbe Itzikl of Pshevorsk speaking with a Chassid, 1952. * Photograph of Rebbe Rabbi Yehuda Tzvi Brandwein delivering a speech in synagogue for immigrants of Egypt in Tel-Arish, Cholon. * Photograph of Rabbi Avraham Weinstein. * Photograph of son-in-law of Rebbe of Zlatopol, studying with his son. * Two photographs of rabbi, England, 1940-1960. * Additional photographs.
11 photographs, various sizes and conditions. Majority of photos approx. 14X9 cm.
Collection of various photographs, c. 1930-1960:
* Photograph of Rabbi Mendel Levine, last rabbi of Bendzin and son of sister of Rebbe of Gur. (On reverse side of photograph stamp “Foto Nonat Warszawa”). * Group photograph, several rabbis in center, upon deck of ship. Purim, 1928. * Photograph of Rabbi Natan Tzvi Finkel, Alter of Slabodka. * Photograph of Rebbe of Belz, as a young man, sitting at “Tisch” table with Rabbi Natan Gestetner. * Photographs of gravesites on the Mount of Olives; one photograph depicts righteous Rabbi Shlomo Bloch disciple of the Chafetz Chaim. * Additional photographs of rabbis.
8 photographs, various sizes, very good condition to good-fair condition.
Temunat HaGedolim, "With their life events and history, Torah outlook, activities and public impact", by Avigdor Katzburg. Neu-Pest, 1925. Original edition.
Biography and photographs of 17 rabbis, including Rabbi Avraham Ya'akov Glick, Rabbi Simcha Bunim Sofer, Rabbi Yosef Zvi Dushinsky, Rabbi Koppel Reich, Rabbi Dov Ber Dushinsky, Rabbi Yeshaya Silverstein and others.
 pages,  photograph plates, 15 cm. Good-fair condition. Signature of the noted scholar and bibliograph: "Saliman David Sasson" + various photographs cut from newspapers from that time. + Postcard with a photograph of Rabbi Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld, with stamp of photographer " Zadok Bassan" of Jerusalem.
A lithograph copy of this book was reprinted in New York. In this original edition, the quality of the photographs is better.
* Large photographs from a rally of “Neturei Karta” in the U.S.A. in opposition to the State of Israel. Photographs depict demonstrators bearing placards in English in contempt of the Zionist State. * Photograph of a wall with posters opposing the State [in English and Yiddish]. * “A Call from Jerusalem!” Printed proclamation on behalf of “Supporters of Neturei Karta” in London, opposing opening of a mixed swimming pool in Jerusalem [1950’s]. English. * “To our Jewish brothers & sisters”. Printed proclamation opposing Zionists. [1950’s]. English. * “Kamnu Va’Nitodad” [we have risen and stood upright]; typewritten letter to administrators of Yeshivot who receive support from “Ministry of Religious Services, on behalf of “Amunei Am Sgula”: “… we warn that we will wage war against these Yeshivot… if they don’t repent…”. On reverse side, handwritten letter draft: “… from protests in opposition of mixed swimming pool last summer, from printing of notices and proclamations, from captive ransoming… we are burdened with heavy debts…”.
5 photographs, approx. 22X17 cm. + 3 printed leaves. Various sizes. General condition good.
Ketubah DeIrchesa [lost Ketubah] written for Rabbi Moshe son of Rabbi Markado son of deceased Rabbi Yosef Zarka, and his wife Ms. Clara. Jerusalem, .
Signed by husband Rabbi Moshe Zarka and witnesses: Rabbi Ya’akov Moshe Ayash and Rabbi Chananya Yitzchak Michael Aryeh.
Following signatures, statement of obligations for dowry brought by wife, resigned by husband and abovementioned rabbis.
Chief Rabbi of Israel Rabbi Ya’akov Moshe Ayash (1750-1817, Otzar HaRabbanim 10254), son of Ga’on Rabbi Yehuda Ayash, among Torah scholars of Algeria and Jerusalem. Prior to 1779 was sent as emissary of Jerusalem to cities of North Africa and afterwards to Italy. Served in rabbinate of communities of Siena and Ferrara where he had notable students. At old age returned to Eretz Israel and was appointed chief rabbi and Av Beit Din of Jerusalem succeeding Rabbi Moshe Yosef Mordechai Meyuchas. Brought his father’s compositions as well as other compositions to print. The Chida [Rabbi Chaim Yosef David Azuliai] referred to him as: “Ya’akov, the humble… wholesome scholar…, emissary…”.
Rabbi Chananya Yitzchak Michael Aryeh (Otzar HaRabbnim 6705), member of Beit Din of Jerusalem during that period. Authored Sha’arei Chaim – commentary on Sefer Mekach U’Mimkar by Rav Hai Ga’on (printed in Thessaloniki, 1819).
Handwritten leaf, 25 cm. Good condition, dark stains, folding marks and tiny holes. Signatures of first rabbis faded.
Collection of handwritten shtarot, testimony on Tosefet Ketubah, written in various communities of Bavaria (Germany).
*Tosefet Ketubah of Rabbi Yonah ben R' Naftali Shmuel of Oettingen in Bayern to his wife Talin bat R' Moshe of Hainsfarth, Tamuz 1774. [Hainsfarth is a settlement on the outskirts of Oettingen in Bayern]. *Tosefet Ketubah of Rabbi Yitzchak Aryeh called Zeligman Leib ben R' David to his wife Rechla bat R' Avraham Heidenheim – signed by the local rabbi: "Mordechai Segal Dayan in Gunzenhausen and its surroundings and Rabbi of Cronheim". Cronheim, Kislev 1795. * Tosefet Ketubah of Rabbi Chaim ben R' Yehuda Yoel of Oberndorf to his wife Nanle bat R' Binyamin called Wolf HaLevi, Elul 1814. Tosefet Ketubah of Rabbi Shlomo ben R' Eliezer called Lipman to his wife Hindel bat R' Yehuda Neuberger of Oettingen in Bayern, Pflaumloch, Shevat 1825.
4 ketubot, 8 leaves. Varied size, good condition. Placed in a new binding.
* “Shtar Tenaim”, between R’ Zalman Livner, for his son the Groom Pinchas and R’ Yosef “The Schatz, here” for his daughter the Bride Sheryl. Ofen [or Buda, today part of Budapest], 26 July 1825. Handsome Ashkenazic writing. Heading at top of sheet: “Mazal Tov, they shall grow to great heights”. Signatures of the fathers of the couple and the groom, and signatures of the witnesses Jacob son of Zvi Hazan of Pest, and Mordechai Schwartz, Shochet at Ofen.
* Handwritten Ketubah recording the marriage of the groom Moshe son of Haver R’ Dov Ber with bride Yetel daughter of Yerachmiel, Pest [today part of Budapest], September 4, 1852. Signed Meir son of Solomon Kuhnshtetter, and Joshua son of R’ Lipman from Estich.
* Handwritten Ketubah for the marriage of the groom Abraham Haim Altir son of Shabtai to the bride Esther daughter of Isaac Yehuda Leib, Bacău (Romania) 22 December 1852. Signed: HaKadosh Isaac Av Bet Din Bakoi son of Israel Issar, and Dov Ber son of R’ Abraham Segal.
Shtar Tenaim: 34 cm., two ketubot: approx. 22 cm. general condition good, stains folding marks.
Ketubah on parchment, recording the marriage of “Rabbi Levi son of Rabbi Moshe Shimon” and bride “—Chaya known as Caralina”. Prague, 13 Tamuz, 1847.
Witness signatures: “Yosef known as Yosef Ivlis, faithful beadle of community of Prague”. Governmental tax stamps authorizing Ketubah, at beginning of leaf.
25.5 cm. Fair condition. Stains, folding marks, worn or blurry text in several places.
Ketubah, written in fine scribe writing upon parchment; recording the marriage of groom Shlomo known as Sali son of Rabbi Moshe Tzvi and bride Viali known as Pelis daughter of Rabbi Meir. Strasbourg, Tevet 1910.
25.5 cm. Very good condition, filing holes.
Handwritten Ketubah, recording the marriage of groom Moshe Shlomo [Frankenthal], and bride Sarah Nechama daughter of Rabbi Yeshaya [Orenstein]. Jerusalem, 15 Av, 1877.
Groom is well-known Torah giant of Jerusalem, Rabbi Moshe Shochat-Frankenthal (1859-1942), son-in-law of Ga’on Rabbi Yeshaya Orenstein. Sharp genius, proficient in all realms of Torah, considered one of greatest Torah scholars of Jerusalem. In his youth he already established the study group by Rabbi Yehoshua Leib Diskin, together with his brother-in-laws Rabbi Ya’akov Orenstein and Rabbi Shlomo Blau; all three were his prominent disciples who frequently visited his home. As instructed by his rabbi, Rabbi Moshe became chief slaughterer of Jerusalem, however, upon reaching the age of forty he retired and spent the rest of his days studying Torah.
Approx. 29 cm. Fair condition, wear damage and stains.
Colorful illustrated and ornamented Ketubah in Moroccan-Oriental handwriting, recording the marriage of the groom “charming young man, may he be blessed, prominent scholar Rabbi Avraham Pilosof”, and bride Joya daughter of Rabbi Raphael Moshe HaKohen. Signature of groom and rabbinical signatures of witnesses Rabbi “Shlomo son of Rabbi Avraham” and “David son of Gij”. Jerusalem, 13 Sivan, 1879. Groom Rabbi Avraham Pilosof (1864-1940), later on known as one of leading rabbis of Jerusalem, born in Larissa (city neighboring Thessaloniki, Greece); when he was approximately one year old immigrated with his parents to Jerusalem. Studied Torah by scholars of Jerusalem; disciple of Rabbi Baruch Pinto who was relative of his wife. Associate of “Beit E-l” and studied Kabbalah by Rabbi Yitzchak Sharim. In 1897 was appointed Dayan in Beit Din headed by Rabbi Ya’akov Shimon of Tallinn together with his rabbi, Rabbi Yitzchak Sharim. Upon establishment of office of rabbinate in 1921 was appointed as chief Av Beit Din of Sephardic rabbinical court. Served in communal positions and led Sephardic congregation of Jerusalem. 77X53 cm. Colorful illustrations, decorations and writing. Fair condition, stains, wear and tear. It is interesting to note that in book Yehudei HaMizrach by Moshe David Ga’on, p. 551, he writes that the marriage of Rabbi Avraham and Ms. Joya daughter of Rabbi Raphael Moshe HaKohen took place in Sivan 1881, whereas in this Ketubah it is verified that he married in Sivan 1879.
Ketuba printed with gilded ink, adornments and pictures of the Holy Sites, Rothstein printing press. Jerusalem.
Completed by hand, recording the marriage of the groom Rabbi Mordechai Ya'ir ben R' Chaim David with the bride Esther Raizel bat Rabbi Ya'akov Asher HaLevi. Witnesses' signatures: Rabbi "Michel Avraham Harrison" [Rabbi Michel Menker] and Rabbi "Fishel Kaplan" [Rabbi Fishel Melamed] and stamps of the Badatz. Jerusalem, Sivan 1926.
The groom, Rabbi Mordechai Ya'ir Houseman (1902-1984), son-in-law of the famous Jerusalem Torah genius Rabbi Ya'akov Asher HaLevi Grayevsky, (1866-1946), author of Brit HaLevi and Shevet HaLevi.
41 cm. Fair condition, stains, wear damage to paper fold.
The Bibliography Institute CD does not have any titles of the Rothstein printing press in Jerusalem. This press in mentioned in the book B'She'arayich Jerusalem (Jerusalem, 1949).
* Handwritten Ketubah, Garwolin (town adjacent to Warsaw, in region of Siedlce, Poland). 1894. * Handwritten Ketubah, Łódź (Poland), 1920. * Ketubah printed in gold ink (Printing press of Levi and Co., Jerusalem, c. 1910). Filled in in handwriting for marriage in holy city Rechovot. 1926.
3 Ketubot, various sizes, good to good-fair condition.
* BeSimana Tava U’BeMazal Ya’eh – handwritten Ketubah recording the marriage of groom Ya’akov son of Rabbi Moshe Ochanuna and bride Zohara daughter of Yosef Pachima. Tagazut (Morocco?), . Witness signature: “Mordechai bar Sa’id, known as Amos“.
* BeShem Rachaman Maleh Rachamim – handwritten Ketubah recording the marriage of groom Shalom son of Rabbi Moshe Waltzulcher and bride Sarah daughter of Tzadkiel Pensporcher. Tzirner (India?), Adar . Signatures of witnesses and groom in Marathi writing, and signature of leader of wedding ceremony: “Yosef Moshe Sporcher”.
* BeSimana Tava – handwritten Ketubah recording the marriage of groom Moshe son of Yosef Adban and bride Masouda daughter of Shlomo Asbag. Sijilmasa (Tafilalet, Morocco), 17 Kislev . (Frame in Oriental-architectural style).
* BeSiman Tava – Eshtecha KeGefen Poriah – printed Ketubah in printing press of Abuhav in Galata (Turkey). Filled in in handwriting, recording the marriage of groom Yosef Tzvilia. Galata adjacent to Constantinople, . Signature of witness “Ya’akov Palagi” and additional signatures. Official stamps and entry stamps.
Various sizes and conditions.
Printed blank marriage certificate forms. * Ketubah from America [“according to count… in North America”], 1915. * Ketubah. Enyng [Hungary]. * Ketubah. Király [Romania?]. * Two similar Ketubot, without listing of location.
Various sizes, general condition good.
Machzor Sha'ar Bat Rabim. Venice, 1711-1715. Four volumes, in elaborate leather bindings. Illustrated title pages.
"Machzor with the Hadrat Kodesh commentary according to Ashkenasi custom… printed to fill the longing of the holy communities in Italian countries, Venice communities Ashkenasi and Sefardi and Italian and Padova and Rovigo and Virona and Mantova and Casale Monferrato and Gorizia and all their surrounding regions".
4 volumes: Volume 1/a until the end of the Pesach machzor: 1-228 leaves. Volume 1/b begins with Pirkei Avot: 229-360 leaves. Volume 2/a, siddur for everyday and Shabbat, Selichot, and Rosh Hashana prayers: 1-193. Volume 2/b, Yom Kippur prayers: 194-372, 377-384 leaves.
Approximately 35 cm. High-quality very thick paper, good to good-fair condition, minor stains and few mildew marks. New elaborate leather bindings.
Machzor as customary in congregation of Rome. Sections 1-2. Includes addition of laws by Rabbi Avraham Yedidia Basila. Mantua, [1718-1720]. Leaf margins contain various notations and handwritten glosses by a cantor of the Parma community.
, 117 leaves;  leaves. 28.5 cm. Fair condition, wear and tear. Worn binding.
Seder Tefila – Siddur for the whole year in the Ashkenazi rite (Minhag Polin). Includes laws and customs, prayers and blessings for various times, selichot, hoshanot, Haggadah for Passover, prayers for the Sabbath, poems, a large confession, Keter Malchut, psalms, ma’amadot and supplications [in Yiddish] , with explanations of words and commentary by Rabbi Yehiel Michal Epstein. Karlsruhe, 1805.
Two title pages, the first one illustrated. Laws are translated into Yiddish-Deutsch column opposite column. Separate title page for the Book of Psalms .
Good condition. , 192; 166 leaves. Good quality paper. 25 cm. Stains. Original binding with leather spine, worn.
All-inclusive Machzor, as customary in Poland. Section 1: prayers for weekdays, Shabbat and holidays including Slichot… from first day of Slichot until day following Yom Kippur. Section 2: prayers for weekdays, Shabbat and holidays… poems, songs and Slichot… except for prayers and poems for High Holy Days. Altona, 1826.
Printed leaf upon leaf as in 1804 Altona Machzor. Includes rewritten gloss and additions by Rabbi Meir Ganz. Approbation of Rabbi Akiva son of Rabbi Avigdor Wertheim, Av Beit Din of Breslau.
Two volumes: , 380 leaves; , 430 leaves. 34 cm. Good condition. Old leather and half-leather bindings.
Complete set of prayer books ‘Beit Oved' for weekdays, ‘Beit Menucha’ for Shabbat and ‘Beit Mo’ed – Beit HaShoeva’ for Sukkot and prayer for Shalosh Regalim [Pesach, Shavu’ot and Sukkot]. Sephardic custom, with commentaries and customs according to Kabbalah including rulings. By Rabbi Yehuda Shmuel Ashkenazi. Livorno, 1843-1844. First edition. These prayer books contain many significant additions; many editions were printed indicating the high demand for these books throughout Sephardic congregations of the Diaspora. Chacham Bechor Ya’akov Papoula (1867-1943), born in Jerusalem. Between 1890-1906 taught in Ahavat Achim and Doresh Tzion schools. In 1907 was sent to Tashkent and served as member of Beit Din; in 1912 returned to Holy Land and served for many years as secretary of Chief Rabbinate in city of Tel Aviv. [These Machzorim where apparently given to him as a wedding gift in 1884]. 3 volumes: , 256 leaves; 257 leaves; 264 leaves. Approx. 17 cm. Good-fair condition, usage wear, detached leaves and usage stains. Slight moth damage. Elegant and ornamented leather bindings, with caption: “Bechor Ya’akov Papoula – 5644”.
* Beit Oved – Order of Prayers for the entire year, according to the rite of the Sephardi Jews, Livorno, .
* Ahavat Hakadmonim – Siddur, prayers for the entire year, according to the rite of the inhabitants of Fez (Morroco). Jerusalem, 1889. S. Halevi 636. [The inhabitants are the descendants of Jews who lived in Fez before the exiles from Spain arrived there].
Various sizes and conditions, records and signatures.
Seder Ha’Ashmorot, from Ellul till the Ten Days of Penitence, “According to the Rite of the Holy Community of Carpentras, Lisle, and Cavaillon". Amsterdam, .
An identical edition appeared at same time, with a small change to the title page, where it stated “according to the rite of Avignon”.
Ownership records. Signature on last leaf: "This is the book of the youth Michal Ben Samuel …1747”.
82 leaves. 24 cm. Good condition, stains, little moth damage.
Seder Ta'aniyot, prayers and lamentations for four fast days, according to the custom of the Sefardim. Amsterdam, .
The haftara for Tisha B'Av appears with translation to Portuguese.
On Leaf 128 confirming signature in the handwriting of the Hazan Jacob Da Silva Mindez, the book’s publisher
, 2, , 3-132 leaves. 17 cm. Good condition, stains. Margins of the last page completed by repair (without damage to text). Fine new leather binding.
Two books for women: * Tchinot Bnot Yeshurun, book of prayers and supplications for women in German-Yiddish. Fürth, 1846. * Amira LeBeit Ya’akov, laws and customs for woman, by Rabbi Yitzchak Dov Bamberger [Rabbi of Würzburg]. Frankfurt am Main, . Signature and family notations of Dreyfus family of Germany. [Attached: Leaf in German and calligraphic leaf with prayer “El Melech Yoshev Al Kiseh Rachamim” and 13 Attributes of Mercy].
2 books. Various sizes, general condition good.
See list in Hebrew description.
Nine books, various sizes and conditions.
See list in Hebrew description.
4 books and booklets, various sizes and conditions.
Sefer Zevach Pesach - Passover Haggadah with Commentary of Isaac Abrabanel .Venice, 1545.
The text of the Haggadah is printed in large square letters. The commentary is printed around the text, in smaller letters.
2-67 leaves, title page missing (replaced with photocopy). 19 cm. Good-fair condition, stains, several repaired tears, slight moth damage. Glosses in Latin. New binding.
Ya’ari 10; Otzar Hahagaddot 13.
Facsimile – Passover Haggadah. Guadalajara, c. 1480. First printed Haggadah. New York, .
Printed on parchment in commemoration of five hundred years since the first printing, in 30 elegant and numbered copies, by Soncino in New York. This is copy no. 7.
 Pages. 27.5 cm. Ancient-style processed parchment. Good condition, elegant leather binding.
Sefer Si’ach Yitzchak, “… new song to sing on evening of Pesach…”, by Rabbi Yitzchak Chayut Av Beit Din of Prague [author of Api Ravreve]. Prague, . Mordechai Katz Printing Press.
Rhyming poem on laws of Seder night and Passover. Song can be interpreted in several ways; author attached comprehensive explanation.
 leaves. 18 cm. Good-fair condition, stains, moth holes. Restored damage on title page. Ink-stamp “Yeshiva of Rabbi Amor Abitbul… Zafra” upon text of last leaf. New elegant leather binding.
Pesach Haggadah. Karlsruhe, . With instructions and laws in Yiddish.
“… includes fine and pleasant illustrations… we have taken new letters and black ink and explained the errors of other printings”.
Despite statement on title page, the illustrations were not printed.
Ownership notations in Yiddish and German; illustration of fortress and knight on horse on binding leaves.
24 leaves. 17 cm. Good condition. Stains and usage marks.
Ya’ari 282; Otzar HaHaggadot 403.
Ma’ale Beit Horin, Passover Haggadah, with commentary of Alsheich, Gevurat Hashem [Maharal] Ollelot Efraim, etc. Vienna 1794. Printed by Anton Schmid.
With fine copper plate drawings according to the Haggadah "Ma’ale Beit Horin", Amsterdam 1781.
, 52 leaves. 24 cm. Good to fair condition. Stains [wine and food stains on several pages]. Tears in a number of pages [with slight missing areas]. Original leather binding, with slight damage.
Ya’ari 252; Otzar Hahagaddot 370.
Passover Haggadah from the Avignon Machzor of 1765.
Magnificent facsimile published by Haim Yeshayahu Schwartz. London, 1984.
Printed on parchment and bound in leather. Printed in 104 copies, of which only 25 were on parchment. Number 11 with the signature of the publisher. “The Haggadah contains texts and piyutim different from other haggadot, and the letters are very special”.
 leaves, 27.5 cm. Very good condition.
Achvit Achidan, or interpretation of Chad Gadya. Amsterdam, .
Comprehensive commentary on Chad Gadya. “The humble author chose to remain anonymous”.
10 leaf pamphlet. 15 cm. Good condition, stains and wear.
Otzar HaHaggadot 232.
Ma’aleh Beit Chorin, Passover Haggadah, with laws, commentaries (Maharal, Alshich, Abarbanel and more), and illustrations. Amsterdam, 1781. Proops Printing Press.
Preliminary title page of copper etching “Beit Israel – Beit Chorin… as customary by Ashkenazim and Sephardim”. Copper-etched illustrations, based upon illustrations of Avraham son of Ya’akov Hager, in 1695 Amsterdam Haggadah.
Copy incomplete at end. , 49 leaves (instead of 52). Missing map. 25 cm. Fair condition. Moth damage. Dark stains and wear. Damaged and partially detached binding.
Ya’ari 199; Otzar Ha’Haggadot 300.
“Ma’aleh Bet Chorin”, Haggadah for Passover, with commentaries (Maharal, Alsheich, Abarbanel, etc.) and illustrations. Amsterdam,1810. Printed by the Widow Props.
Two title pages (Preliminary title page of copper etching). Folded map showing the journeys of e Israel in the desert and the division of Land among Tribes. The map of Eretz Israel and copper etchings are according to drawings by Abraham Ben Jacob Hagar, from the Amsterdam Haggadah 1695.
Ownership notation on leaf preceding title page: “Pinchas son of Rabbi Yitzchak Anderson, 6 Nisan 1855…”
, 9, 50 leaves + folding map. 26 cm. Fair to good condition, Stains, signs of dampness and moth damage [slight damage to text in a number of pages]. The map is in good condition, margins lightly repaired. Detached and damaged binding.
Birkat HaMazon [Blessing of the Meal], as customary in Ashkenaz and Poland. Includes Passover Haggadah and woodcuts. Amsterdam, . Printing press of Yitzchak ben Ya’akov of Córdoba.
Birkat HaMazon with traditional Shabbat songs, prayers and blessings for holidays, wedding, circumcision and cemetery. Passover Haggadah – printed according to the 1722 Amsterdam Proops edition; Illustrations are identical as well. Ownership signature.
71 leaves. 18.5 cm. Fair condition, quality paper, stains. Tear with missing section on title page. Missing leaf 4 (replaced with professional photocopy). New elegant binding in red cardboard case.
Otzar Ha’Haggadot 145. (Possibly Haggadah mentioned in Ya’ari 93 according to Weiner 77).
Birkat HaMazon, "According to the Ashkenazi and Polish custom, with handsome lettering and on white paper, with black ink…", with Shabbat songs and Passover Hagadah. Instructions in Yiddish-Deitsch in Tzena U'Rena lettering. Fürth, 1762.
30 leaves. 21 cm. Good condition. Stains. Fabric binding.
Not listed in Otzar Hahagadot and Ya'ari.
Sefer Ma’asei HaShem, sermons on Torah, by Rabbi Eliezer Ashkenazi. Hague (neighboring Amsterdam), 1777. Title page with illustration of a lion, emblem of printer Rabbi Leib Zusmansch. In chapter describing events in Egypt: commentary on Pesach Haggadah, with text of Haggadah in middle of page, from “Ha Lachma Anya” until end of Hallel.
Ancient ownership signatures: “Tzvi Hirsch Wein---?”; “Yissachar Wein---?”; “Yitzchak son of Rabbi Yissachar Wein---?”. Ownership stamp: Rabbi “Reuven Yisrael HaLevi Frankel, Kalish”.
, 150 leaves, faulty pagination. 25.5 cm. Quality paper, good-fair condition, usage stains, wine stains on Haggadah. Old binding.
Index leaves of Sefer Ma’asei HaShem, leaves 182-188 of first edition printed in Venice in 1583, taped to end of volume.
Passover Haggadah. “Service for the two first nights of Passover”. Hebrew and English; includes illustrations. London, . Hebrew page across from English page. Instructions and translation of poems ‘Echad Mi Yode’a’ and ‘Chad Gadya’ in Yiddish.
Copper-etched illustrations. This copy contains ten illustrations [Bibliography Institute CD lists 15 illustrations, which are missing in majority of copies].
7,  pages; 38,  leaves + 10 photograph-plates. 20 cm. Good-fair condition, some leaves stained with dark wine. Several loose leaves, few tears and wear. Damaged binding.
Ya’ari 361; Otzar HaHaggadot 515.
Manuscript, Passover Haggadah. [Germany, 20th century].
Illustrated colorful title page. German commentary on passages of Haggadah.
Notebook. Approx. 8 written pages. 22 cm. Good condition. Loose leaves.
Collection of Passover Haggadot, from various periods and various countries. Haggadot with illustrations and with translations into German, English and Ladino, Haggadot with commentaries and more. Between 1765-1961. (Detailed list will be provided upon request).
12 Haggadot, various sizes and conditions. (Some have missing leaves, see attached list).
Collection of Passover Haggadot printed in New York, U.S.A. C. 1920-1950. With translations into English, illustrations and advertisements.
8 Haggadot, various sizes and conditions. Two Haggadot missing [or unprinted] inner title page.
* Haggadah LeLeil Shikorim, “to increase and intensify happiness of Purim”. Parodical text based on the Passover Haggadah. Tzvi Hirsch Summerheusen. .
* Babylonian Talmud, tractate Purim. Includes “evening prayers and Slichot for Purim”. Shlomo Bloch HaLevi. [Vienna, 1867 or 1884].
Various sizes and conditions. New bindings.
Masechet Admonim from the Bolshevik Talmud, with Parsha and old slumbering Tosfot and Maharsha (written with the letter ayin as from the wicked) novellae… by Avshalom Bar Daroma. Tel Aviv, 1923.
Humoristic parody on socialism, in the form of a Purim Talmud tractate. By Avshalom Bar-Daroma [apparently, Avraham Shlomo Melamed, who also wrote the parody tractate Masechet Socharim].
48 pages, 24 cm. Fair condition. Dry brittle paper. Stains, tears. Detached title page. Some sheets are uncut.
* “Drush LeHesped Even Ha’Ot Yechezkel LeMofet”, eulogy upon death of Rabbi Yechezkel Landau author of Noda B'Yehuda. Prague, 1793.
* Zichron Eliezer, biography and text in memory of Rabbi Eleazar Flekeles chief Av Beit Din of Prague. By his grandson Rabbi Yom Tov Spitz. Prague, 1827.
* Dovev Siftei Yeshenim, eulogy on Rebbe Rabbi Yissachar Dov Rokeach of Belz (including responses by giants of generation). By Rabbi Nachum Etrog chief Av Beit Din of Safed. Jerusalem, .
3 books, various sizes, general condition good.
Three of the books of sermons that the Gaon Rabbi Eleazar Flekeles (1754-1826) printed. He was great student of the “Noda Beyehuda”, Dayan and Av Beit Din of Prague, author of the responsa “Teshuva MiAhava”.
* Olat Hodesh, First Part. Sermons for Twelve Months of the Year. Prague, 1785.
* Olat Tzibur, First Part. Second part of the book Olat Hodesh. Prague, 1877.
* Kuntres Ahavat David, Fourth part of the book Olat Hodesh. Prague, . Against the sect of Shabetai Tzvi [“to fight the wicked… who run to hell after the dismissed zvi the broken zvi…”]. (Missing first title page).
Three volumes. 20 cm. Good condition, stains, slight wear and isolated tears. Tear at bottom of title page of first book repaired. Early signatures of owners.
For complete list, see Hebrew description.
9 items, 11 books and booklets. Varied size and condition.
Statuten der [Regulations] Chevra Kadisha Gomlei Chassadim zu Frankfurt am Main. Frankfurt am Main, 1890. German and Hebrew.
Printed until Page 32 are the society regulations. Printed on Pages 35-46 are names of the dead with the date of their death and mazal (constellation) of each person. The list is divided into chapters called Cups (Cup a, Cup b etc.). Each cup is dedicated to another period (from 1617-1880). Added on the margins are many handwritten notes (German).
Attached to the booklet are handwritten appendix leaves, with the same format (like a completion of the printed notebook), with names of the community members who died from 1722-1869 [the 18th and 19th century]. The wording written on the tombstone of Dayan Rabbi Ya'akov ben Rabbi Shimon Yekutiel Posen and other inscriptions.
Important item of the history of the community of Frankfurt am Main and German communities.
47,  page, 22.5 cm. + approximately 28 handwritten leaves. Fair-good condition. Lacking spine. Loose binding, detached leaves. Stains. Minor tears.
Tefilat Yisrael prayer book, Sephardic custom. Includes poems and laws. Jerusalem, 1842. Israel Beck printing press.
Approbations of rabbis of Jerusalem. On title page: “All who are involved in the holy work are from the Jewish nation…”. In the preface, the printer, Rabbi Israel Beck, relates his hardships in Safed: “After all the hardships which I endured… plague and sword and hunger… earthquake” which erupted in Safed “I was forced to establish my dwelling here… Jerusalem”. Some of the laws and prayers are taken from the Sefat Emet prayer book edited by Rabbi Nissim Zerachia Azulai, Safed 1832. At end: Calendar (1843-1846).
Incomplete and damaged copy, 148 leaves (originally: 152 leaves). 15 cm. Varying condition, tears and damage on first leaves, moth damage and stains. Majority of leaves in good condition.
Rare. S. HaLevi, First Books of Jerusalem, no. 4.
Ohalei Yehuda, novellae on the Rambam and guidelines on Talmudical treatises arranged in alphabetical order. By Rabbi Yehuda Bachar Shlomo HaCohen (Jerusalem dayan and member of Beit El kabalists). Jerusalem, . Israel Beck printing. Only edition.
Oriental signature: "David Avraham Chai".
, 145 leaves. 30 cm. High-quality paper, good-fair condition. Moth holes. Semi-leather old elaborate binding.
One of the first books printed in Jerusalem. S. HaLevi 10.
Zohar on the Torah, by divine Tanna Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai. Jerusalem, (1844-1846). Illustration of Western Wall and Jerusalem on all three title pages. Title page of section Shemot contains signed ownership notation “--- Young Tzarfati ". On last leaf, Oriental handwritten notation of “atonement for sin of desecration of name of G-d and wasted semen”. Title page of section Vayikra contains inscription notations in Oriental handwriting.
3 volumes, approx. 20 cm. Quality fine paper, good condition, restored damage on several leaves. Elegant half-leather bindings.
S. HaLevi, no. 22, 27, 35.
Pirkei Avot with commentary of Rabbi Ovadia of Bartenura, Maharam Alshich, Chasdei Avot by the Chida. Safed, 1864. Printing press of Dov Ber Kara. Title page contains illustration of the grave of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai in Meron and “his sons Rabbi Elazar and Rabbi Yochanan”. At end of book, list of “people who contributed financially to printing of book”.
Among printings of Safed during the 19th century. In 1863 the printing press in Safed was reopened after being out of operation for approx. twenty six years. It continued to operate until 1866; only nine books were printed in the printing press. 43 leaves, 20.5 cm. Fair condition, moth damage and wear. Original worn binding.
“Ptichat [!] LeNe’ila”. Single leaf. [Constantinople, 187-?].
Printed on one side. Heading in Hebrew. Sayings of ethical inspiration, recited prior to Ne’ila prayer, in Ladino.
 page. 22 cm. Good condition, folding marks and stains.
* Printed sheet, "Gran Rabinato Di Turkia”. Poster in Ladino, signed by Turkish Rabbis. Constantinople 1873. *. Two forms of “Shtar Shiduchin” in Ladino from Barossa Community (Turkey). Printed in Istanbul, 1920’s. (Title and decorations in gilded ink; empty forms without any handwriting. Tear with part missing in one of the forms). * “Magen David” book for studying the Holy Language. David Moscona, Vienna . Ladino. * Collection of handwritten sheets in Ladino. Among them: a work on words of confession, booklet [4 pages] with title “Tefilat Ne’ilah [seems to be a sermon for Ne’ilah service, Yom Kippur], etc. (total of about 9 written pages). * Printed receipt, “Hashgahat Dubik Balat” (without handwritten details).
Various sizes and conditions.
* Handwritten judgment, “Regarding the betrothal between Rabbi Shabetai Hacohen [and] Reina Iliza …” signed by Rabbi Jacob Argouetti, Rabbi Moshe Ibn Haviv and additional signatory. Stamp of “Bet Din Hazedk”. Istanbul, 1921.
* Four letters of certification to be Shatz for 1952 [To Rabbi Joseph Halevy, Rabbi Eliah Tazaritis, Rabbi Yitzhak Hacohen and Rabbi Eliahu Askenazi]. Handwritten and signed by Rabbi Moshe Ibn Haviv and another signatory, and with the stamp “Klalut City of Constantinople – Bet Din Hazedek” Istanbul 1951.
* Letter from Rabbi Rafael Segron. On stationary of “Chief Rabbi in the Turkish Kingdom". Signature not identified, Ladino.
* Register of financial reports of the Bet Israel Karatesh Community (Izmir, Turkey). Each sheet contains the name of a community member completed by hand with details of amounts of debts/donations. [8 sheets].
* Printed Ketubah. Istanbul, [about 1930]. Blank form, without handwriting with stamp of Rabbanut Istanbul.
15 items. Various sizes. Good general condition.
See list in Hebrew description.
5 books, various sizes and conditions. Good to fair condition, some with wear damage.
Chok L'Yisrael "According to the custom of men of truth in Sefardi countries", Volume 1 Chumash Bereshit. With introduction by publisher Rabbi Yisrael ben Chaim of Baligród. Vienna, 1816. Two additional leaves appear before title page: Leaf with etching of landscape with palm trees and leaf with explanation in ancient Ladino handwriting of the verse: "Golden apples in silver ornaments".
Various signatures in oriental handwriting [from the BalKans and Jerusalem]; "Chaim Gavriel ben Ya'akov Papo"; "Shabtai Pinzi"; "Chaim Pinzi [Patzipko?]; "Moshe Hadaya" etc.
On title page, signature in block letters and acronyms: P.L.A. – possible signature of the renowned Rabbi Eliezer Papo author of Pele Yo'etz (1785-1826), who would sign P.L.A. as explained in the introduction to his book Pele Yo'etz. His son Rabbi Yehuda Papo was also accustomed to signing "Yehuda Papo ebn P.L.A.".
Rabbi Eliezer Papo in his book Pele Yo'etz (Entry Beit HaMidrash, Entry Parnassa and Entry Kevi'ut Itim LaTorah) and in his other books, highly praises the book Chok L'Yisrael as he writes: "Set aside time for Torah study, whether a lot or a little, but make it a rule that can never be breached. And the seder Chok L'Yisrael is so good and so delightfully contains all and as a result G-d will bestow his blessing upon him".
, 416 pp. 19 cm. Good-fair condition, wear and use stains. Detached leaves. Tear to last leaf. Worn leather binding.
Rare and unique printing with ancient Ladino writing in print (slightly similar to Solitreo writing).
Sefer Dat Yehudit. Li Or Na [Livorno], . Ladino.
The Laws of Women: Nidah, Halah, Lighting candles (on the Sabbath), etc. First edition of the work, written by Rabbi Abraham Larido and Rabbi Issac Halevi from Gibraltar. For the benefit of the public the book was printed and distributed without charge. In the introduction it states that permission is given to anyone who wishes to print the book.
, 40 leaves 14.5 cm. Good condition, a few stains, original binding, with slight damage.
Divrei Yosef responsa, by the Mekubal Rabbi Yosef Irgas. Livorno, .
Ownership inscription signed in 1778 of "The Holy Ya'akov Bi'et of Hamburg".
, 110 leaves. 31 cm. High-quality thick light-colored paper, wide margins. Very good condition. Fabric binding.
Ben Begimath Eliyahu, or the Book of Rules, by Rabbi Eliyahu Halevy [Av Bet Din in Alessandriah, Italy]. Livorno, . Brief rules for Halacha, arranged in alphabetical order. Fine copy in very good condition. Magnificent leather binding with gold stamping [placed in original cardboard box]. 60 pages. 18 cm. Very good condition. Gilded edges to margins. Slight damage to binding.
See list in Hebrew description.
4 books. Various sizes, general condition good.
* Seder HaChuppah. Translated into Marathi. Bombay, 1862.
* Megillat Antiochus. Translated into Marathi. Bombay, 1866.
* Seder Serach Eicha in Arabic, as customary in Baghdad. Bombay, .
* Seder Tchinat Israel, for Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. Bombay, .
* Sefer Zimrei Israel, Seder Hakafot [encirclement of synagogue while dancing with Torah scrolls on festival of Simchat Torah]; poems for Simchat Torah. Bombay, .
* Zimrei Israel for Simchat Torah. Booklet in Marathi language. [Bombay?], .
6 booklets, printed title-covers. Various sizes and conditions.
Siddur HaAri named Kol Ya'akov, by the Mekubal Rabbi Ya'akov Koppel Lifshitz disciple of the Besht. Part 1, for weekdays. Part 2, for Shabbat and Festivals. Slavita, . Brought to print by Rabbi Aharon of Mezhirichi in the printing press of Rabbi Dov Ber Segal and Rabbi Dov Ber ben Rabbi Pesach.
Siddur with explanations and kavanot of prayers and kabalistic laws and conducts. With approbation of Rabbi Asher Zvi of Ostroh: "I have heard a rumor that the Besht saw this siddur and it pleased him". The Mekubal Rabbi Ya'akov of Mezhirichi also wrote the book Sha'ar Gan Eden (See Item 126), and the Besht also highly praised that work, as explained on the title page of that book.
, 156; 134, 146-153, 155-188 leaves. 19.5 cm. Approximately 10 leaves of the siddur are facsimile copies on matching paper (Leaves 106-107; Part 2: Leaves 151-152. 156-157, 186-188). Professionally restored damage to other leaves. Blue and white paper, most leaves are blue paper. Overall good-fair condition, moth damage and wear (restored), stains and use marks. Parchment binding, slightly damaged.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 404.
Sefer Chesed LeAvraham, matters of Kabbalah, by Rabbi Avraham Azulai of Hebron, with “esoteric explanation on saying of Sages” by Rabbi Chaim Vital. Slavita, 1794. Among first books printed by Rebbe Rabbi Moshe Shapira rabbi of Slavita.
Approbation of Rebbe Rabbi Ya’akov Shimshon of Shepetivka “Av Beit Din of community of Slavita and rabbi in community of Shepetivka, Bar, Uman and region”. In the approbation he mentions the “printing press which was established in Slavita by exalted wholesome Torah scholar of Venice Rabbi Pinchas” [based on this approbation some attributed the establishment of a printing press in Slavita to Rabbi Pinchas of Koretz father of Rabbi Moshe Shapira – see Bibliography Institute CD record 0108497].
Additional approbation by Rebbe Rabbi Aryeh Leib Av Beit Din of Wolotschysk, “to printers of Slavita”. [It should be noted that his son, Rabbi Yosef Yoska Segal Av Beit Din of Iaşi, is mentioned on title page of Or HaChaim Chumashim which were printed in Slavita during those years].
, 87, 1-34 [instead of: 36],  leaves (last leaf marked: 88). 19 cm. Quality paper in shades of gray-green. Good-fair condition. Stains, moth damage. New binding.
Seder Tikun Leil Shavu’ot and Hoshana Raba, Slavita, . Printing press of Rabbi Moshe Shapira.
123, 1, 78 leaves. 20.5 cm. Blue paper, good-fair condition, stains and wear from use. Old half-leather binding.
Title page contains censorship authorization in Polish, 1891[!]. Apparently should be 1819.
Sefer HaZohar, complete set: Bereshit, Shemot, Vayikra, Bamidbar and Devarim. Zhitomir, 1863. Printing press of Rabbi Chanina Lipa and Rabbi Yehoshua Heschel Shapira.
Ownership notations and signatures. Volume 1 contains ownership notation of “synagogue of Rabbi of Bohosh". Volume 2: Signature of “Yechiel son of Shlomo Meir”.
3-volume set: , 251, 17 leaves; , 278 leaves; 115, , 117-309, 9 leaves. 20-21 cm. Quality paper, wide margins, varying condition; good to good-fair, stains and wear, slight moth damage. Elegant half-leather bindings.
* Machzor Part 2 – for Three Festivals according to rite of Reisen, and Lithuania, Poland, Bohemia and Moravia [Ashkenazi Rite] with commentary in the Holy Tongue and in Yiddish, Slavita 
Copy in good condition, without binding, 152 leaves, 33 cm. stains, tears and wear. The outer pages are more worn, paper pasted to strengthen spine.
Machzor for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur [Ostraha] “as printed in Slavita”  printed on light blue paper, part of title page in red ink, the word "Slavita" printed in large type and the words “as printed in” printed in small type.
, 8, 12-122, 163-182, , 7-12, 11-20 leaves (faulty pagination, some pages may be missing) 26 cm, Good to fair condition, stains, tears and wear.
Not listed in the Bibliography Institute CD.
Machzor for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Pesach, Shavu’ot and Sukkot, Sephardic (Hassidic) custom. Zhitomir, 1865. Printing press of Rabbi Chanina Lipa and Rabbi Yehoshua Heschel Shapira.
488 pages. 20 cm. Condition of leaves varies; fair-good. Stains, moth marks and several tears. Leaf following title page partially missing and restored with scotch tape. Title page and several leaves scotch taped (some slightly damaging text). Several loose or detached leaves. Worn binding.
Holy Scriptures, HaMaggid section 5, Sefer Tehillim and Mishlei, with Ivri Teitch, Rashi and Metzudot. Zhitomir, 1849. Printing press of Shapira brothers. Ancient ownership signature: “Menach-?”.
, 235 leaves. [Missing leaves at end of Sefer Mishlei]. 24 cm. Fair condition, mildew stains. Wear and moth damage with missing text. New binding.
Sefer Tehillim, with commentary of Rashi and Metzudot and Ivri Teitsch, [from Sefer HaMagid Kitvei Kodesh, volume of Tehillim and Mishlei, Zhitomir, 1866. Printing press of Rabbi Chanina Lipa and Rabbi Yehoshua Heschel Shapira].
Many handwritten glosses from period of printing containing revisions and censorship omissions. (Missing title page and missing Sefer Mishlei. Chapters of Tehillim complete), leaves 1-171 only. 22 cm. Good-fair condition, wear, stains and slight moth damage.
Sefer Ma’avar Yabok, divided into 4 sections: Siftei Tzadik, Sfat Emet, Siftei Renanot and Anan HaKetoret (including Pitum HaKetoret, Korban Ta’anit and Minchat Aharon). Zhitomir, 1851. Printing press of Rabbi Chanina Lipa, Rabbi Aryeh Leib and Rabbi Yehoshua Heschel Shapira.
2, 2-229 leaves. 18.5 cm. Fair condition, moth damage and stains. Early ownership stamps. Ancient [Jerusalemite] half-leather binding.
Sefer Sha’arei Tzion, prayers with Tosfot Tikun Se’uda and Sefer Yetzirah, by Rabbi Nathan Neta Hannover. Zhitomir, 1856. Printing press of Rabbi Aryeh Leib Shapira, grandson of Rabbi of Slavita.
Includes Tikun Chatzot [midnight prayers], Tikun HaNefesh, Tikunei Tefilot, Tikun HaMalkut, Tikun Hatarat Nedarim, Tikun Se’uda, Tikun Shlosha Mishmarot, Seder Mesirat Moda’a, prayer for cessation of rain and Seder Pidyon Nefesh.
392 pages, 17.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Professionally restored damage (slight moth damage and tears). New and elegant half-leather binding.
This edition does not appear in the Bibliography Institute CD.
Chamisha Chumshei Torah, with commentary of Rashi, translations of Onkelos and Yonatan ben Uziel, commentaries by the Chida and Or HaChaim commentary. Three volumes: Sefer Bereshit, Sefer Vayikra and Sefer Bamidbar. Zhitomir, 1859.
Volumes of Vayikra and Bamidbar contain two title pages and include prayers of Shacharit and Musaf for Shabbat (Sephardic custom). Signatures and glosses from later period.
Bereshit: 3-343 pages. Missing: first leaf (preliminary title page) and leaves of prayer at end (except for first leaf of section of prayers). Vayikra: 270; 28,  pages. Bamidbar: 246; 17,  pages. 26 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and wear. Damaged bindings.
Chumash Bereshit, with commentaries including Or HaChaim. [Slavita, printing press of Rabbi Moshe Shapira].
[Missing title page], , 242 leaves. 21 cm. Blue paper, fair condition, stains and wear, worm-eaten with damage to text. Mold damage on last leaves. Ancient ownership stamps.
* Two Chumashim with Or HaChaim. Shemot, Devarim. Slavita. (Lacking copies without title page). * Zohar Bereshit, Slavita (damaged, lacking copy). * Chumash Bereshit. Zhitomir, 1849. * Chumash Bereshit with Be'er Mayim Chaim, (lacking damaged copy) [Zhitomir, 1852].
5 books, varied size and condition.
Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim, Part 1 [Clauses 1-245] and Part 2 [Clauses 246-697]. Zhitomir, 1850. Printed by grandsons of Rabbi of Slavita. Two title pages in each part.
Two volumes. 562; 490,  pages. Good to fair condition, stains, some wear, small amount of moth damage, tears in a few pages [on one page a long tear the length of the page, no missing text]. Old owner’s stamp in second volume. New bindings.
The first part not listed in the Bibliography Institute CD.
Maginei Eretz – Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim. Section one and two. Zhitomir, 1855. 1861-1864. Printing press of Rabbi Chanina Lipa and Rabbi Yehoshua Heschel Shapira – grandsons of rabbi of Slavita.
Two volumes. 37 cm. Good-fair condition. Restored tears on title page and several leaves of section one. Stains and wear. Elegant leather bindings.
Eshlei Ravrevei, Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah, all sections. Zhitomir, 1865-1866. Printed by Aryeh Leib Shapira, grandson of the Rabbi of Slavita.
This edition was printed on separate pamphlets. The copy before us is a rare complete copy, in which appear all of the parts, with the special title pages. Approbation of Rebbe Rabbi Aharon of Chernobyl for printing the book this way, "halachot, halachot".
2 volumes. Non-continuous pagination. Approx. 32 cm. Condition varies. stains and wear in Volume 1. Many moth-holes in volume 2.
Or Zaur’ah books, by Rabbi Yitzchak ben Moshe of Vienna. First editions which were printed after book remained in manuscript form for over six hundred years.
1. Sections one and two, Zhitomir, 1862, in printing press of Rabbi Chanina Lipa and Rabbi Yehoshua Heschel Shapira, grandsons of Rabbi of Slavita.
, 232 pages; 4, 184 pages. 37 cm. Quality paper, good condition, minor damage and stains. New binding.
2. Sections three and four, Jerusalem, 1887-1890. (Many illustrations of sites in Eretz Israel and the Temple).
, 79, , 106, 72 pages; , 79,  pages. Approx. 40 cm. Especially wide margins, good condition, slight tears. Damaged binding. (S. HaLevi 573, 689).
Sefer Reshit Chochma by Rabbi Eliyahu de Vidas. Zhitomir, 1804. Approbation by Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev and Rabbi Betzalel Margaliot Av Beit Din of Ostrów.
Signature on title page “Rabbi Ya’akov Shaul”. Ownership notation from 1850 on last leaf: “Belongs to ---- Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch”.
, 4, 7-2 leaves. 21 cm. Blue paper [except for first 5 leaves taken from another copy]. Good condition, some wear and moth damage, restored. New binding.
Prayer book, as customary in Poland, Sephardic version, with Ra'aven [Rabbi Eliezer ben Nathan] commentary. 2 sections. Ostrów, [1827?]. Printed based upon manuscript from library of Ga’on Rabbi Ephraim Zalman Margaliot, who writes in his approbation: “I hereby declare that I am the one responsible for integrating the commentary of the Ra'aven in this prayer book and preparing it for print”. Rabbi Ephraim Zalman Margaliot included many additions to this prayer book; “Beit Tefila – inspiration for heartfelt prayer” and more.
Date on title page of section 1 states 1810 whereas on title page of section 2 date listed is 1817. However, table of new moons on leaves 154-155 corresponds to years 1828-1831, therefore it is reasonable to presume that prayer book was printed in 1827, despite date listed on title pages.
Section 1, for weekdays and Shabbat: 9, 11-48, 50-87, 92-95, 100-161, 164-165, 165-190 leaves; section 2, Rosh Chodesh and holidays: , 3-14, 13-70, , 23-30, , 81-88, , 89-97, 96-97, 129-154 leaves. 18 cm. Blue and white paper, good-fair condition, moth damage and wear, professionally restored. Elegant half-leather binding.
Rare. Among first prayer books printed in Hassidic Sephardic version, see attached material.
* Shulcan Aruch Choshen Mishpat, Ostrów, (1805). Approbations: Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdichev and Rabbi David Lieksch Av Beit Din of Barr (disciple of Ba’al Shem Tov). Ancient handwritten ownership signature: “Menachem Nachum”.
* Babylonian Talmud, tractate Eruvin, tractate Chagigah and tractate Mo’ed Katan. Includes glosses by the Vilna Ga’on. Kopys, [1816-1817]. Printing press of Rabbi Israel Yaffe. Tractates of the Talmud printed in Kopys are extremely rare, majority not listed in the Bibliography Institute CD.
2 books, varying sizes, good-fair condition, Shulchan Aruch upon bluish paper.
Maharil Responsa. Solobkovtsy, 1807. Ownership notation on title page stating that book “belongs to Rabbi Yitzchak Blazer”. Two brief handwritten glosses (one severely damaged). Signatures in handwriting of Kabbalistic Ga’on Rabbi “Shalom Yitzchak Mizrachi”. Censorship stamps from 1837 along with his handwritten signature.
Ga’on Rabbi Yitzchak Blazer (1837-1907), Av Beit Din of Petersburg, prominent disciple of Rabbi Yisrael of Salant who was active in the Musar movement and introduced it to Yeshivot throughout Lithuania. Immigrated to Jerusalem in 1904 and resided in “Strauss Garden” together with leading personalities of the Musar movement who immigrated to Jerusalem.
Ga’on Rabbi Shalom Yitzchak Mizrachi (1921-1995), author of Divrei Shalom responsa was born in Aram Zova (Aleppo) to his father who was chief rabbi of Aram Zova. At the age of one year he immigrated with his mother to Eretz Israel, however after approximately half a year his mother passed away and the child was raised in home of his grandfather, Kabbalist Rabbi Shalom Hedaya. Was among most prominent students of Rabbi Ezra Attia in Porat Yosef Yeshiva where he taught. In 1967 was appointed to rabbinate of Tel Aviv and between 1973-1985 served as Dayan in Supreme Rabbinical Court.
4, 7-53 leaves. 20.5 cm. Greenish paper, fair condition, wear and moth damage. Original worn binding.
Only 4 Hebrew titles were printed in town of Solobkovtsy in region of Podolia (where disciples of the Ba’al Shem Tov resided) before printer relocated his printing press to Mogilev (on Dniester river).
Di Sedra, commentaries and thoughts on the weekly portion (in Yiddish). By Rabbi Pinchas Elishberg Rabbi of Mstsislaw. Volume has a collection of printed leaflets from various times and a printed letter by the author. Riga, 1934-1937.
Rabbi Pinchas Elishberg (perished in the Holocaust), son of Rabbi Heshel Elishberg dean of the Mir Yeshiva and Rabbi of Smilavichy. Served in the rabbinate of several Russian cities. After World War I, settled in Riga, the Latvian capital and published various book which he printed by booklets. His leaflets on the weekly portion Di Sedra were a novelty similar to today's common practice of printing leaflets to distribute in synagogues.
; 2, b; 8; 5-10; , 8; ; 4; 4 ; 8; ; 4; ; 4; 4; 8; 4; 14; 4; 8; 6 pages. 26 cm. Two leaflets are stencil copies. Original binding.
Very rare booklets.
Zohar Chadash and Midrash HaNe'elam, tikunim for Rashbi and Midrash Shir HaShirim from the Zohar. Thessaloniki, . Printed by Yosef Avraham Bat Sheva. First edition.
Many glosses in early Ashkenasi writing from the time of printing (16th/17th century) of other versions and corrections.
6, 112, 36, 48 leaves. (Leaves 5-8 are missing at the last count replaced by copies). 20.5 cm. Light-colored high-quality paper. Fair condition, restored damage to first and last leaves, lacking text. Stains. Elaborate half-leather binding.
Sefer Brit Menucha, explanations and vowelization combinations according to secret wisdom for “Shem Ben Araba”, [ascribed to] Rabbi Avrahahm of Rimon HaSefaradi. Amsterdam, 1648. First edition.
Ancient signatures and ownership notations: “This book --- of famous genius, honorable Rabbi --- Av Beit Din of Lvov and region”. Additional notation of: “Uri Feivel Ba’al Shem --- Heilb---“. [Possibly son of famous Kabbalist, miracle worker, Rabbi Yo’el Ba’al Shem of Zamość, son of Rabbi Uri Halperin who lived during 17th century. Divrei Torah in name of Rabbi Yo’el Ba’al Shem and his son Rabbi Uri presented in Sefer Mifalot Elokim].
40 leaves. 17.5 cm. Fair condition, stains and wear damage. New binding.
Sefer Maggid Meisharim, “significant and marvelous secrets revealed to modest… wholesome Rabbi Yosef Karo…”. Section two. Venice, . First edition of second section.
First section of composition on Torah portions Bereshit-Metzora, was brought to print by Rabbi Yitzchak Binga in Lublin (1646) and its continuation was printed in this edition, by him and by Rabbi Elisha Chaim Ashkenazi. In this edition the composition was completed from Torah portion of Acharei Mot until VeZot HaBracha, and includes esoteric explanations on Shir HaShirim, Ruth, Shmuel II, Yeshayau, Amos, Tehillim, Mishlei and Iyov.
This publication also contains (leaf 1-12,1): “Warnings, corrections and restrictions” on Bereshit-Metzora. In following editions these additions were integrated as “Batra Edition”.
This wonderful book, Maggid Meisharim, contains powerful secrets and unknown Torah notions which were revealed to Rabbi Yosef Karo author of Beit Yosef and Shulchan Aruch, through a “Maggid” [messenger] sent to him from heaven. Description of great revelation of the Maggid on evening of Shavuot, as documented by Rabbi Shlomo Alkabetz (author of Lecha Dodi) who was present at that event, is famous: “I have been granted the merit of hearing the voice speaking to the Chassid (Rabbi Yosef Karo); an intense clear voice, and all neighbors heard this and did not comprehend; the revelation was pleasant and the voice became stronger and more powerful, and we fell on our faces and lost consciousness out of reverence and awe”.
, 58 leaves. 19 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, moth damage [damaging text of several leaves]. New binding.
Sefer Shnei Luchot HaBrit (Shla) by Rabbi Isaiah HaLevi Horowitz. Amsterdam, 1698. Printing press of Emmanuel son of Yosef Atiash. Illustrated title page (by Avraham son of Ya’akov Hager).
Signed inscription indicating that book was given as Mishlo’ach Manot to “great esteemed genius” Rabbi Shmuel Av Beit Din of Groningen, Purim 1804. [The Ga’on Rabbi Shmuel Bernstein, 1773-1839, among leading rabbis of Holland. Son-in-law of Rabbi Ya’akov Moshe Levenstam Av Beit Din of Amsterdam. From 1802 served as Av Beit Din of Groningen (Holland) and from 1815 Av Beit Din of Amsterdam].
, 422, 44,  leaves. 30.5 cm. Fair condition; stains, wear and moth damage. Ancient leather binding.
In letters of Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn of Lubavitch (letter II 853) he refers to Sefer HaShla HaKadosh “which was printed in 1698 - numerical value of Nachat [satisfaction], and this is a sign that the revelation of the holy book caused heavenly satisfaction, and in that same year the Ba’al Shem Tov was born… and the Ba’al Shem Tov stated that he was born in the year that the Shla HaKadosh was printed to enlighten the world with inspiration of the Almighty…”.
Sefer Mishnat Hassidim, by Rabbi Emmanuel Chai Riki, Kabbalah, “wisdom of the Ari… arranged… as Sefer HaMishnah, divided into Sdarim, tractates, chapters and passages… with three indexes… index of universes … index of souls… index of intentions”. Amsterdam, (1740). Second edition during the author's lifetime.
Last leaf contains ownership notation signed by writer: “Menachem Nachum son of Rabbi Yisrael grandson of Rabbi Moshe… congregation of Chernobyl” – apparently writer is grandson of Rabbi Menachem Nachum the Maggid of Chernobyl. We were not able to identify with certainty the author. It is possible that he is a descendant of Rabbi Menachem Nachum, the Maggid of Chernobyl [the grandson of his son Rabbi Moshe Twerski?], and it is also possible that he is Rabbi Menachem Nachum of Shtefenesht, son of Rabbi Yisrael of Ruzhin, whose mother was daughter of Rabbi Moshe of Berdichev, and whose father’s father, Rabbi Shalom of Parovitch was son of the daughter of the Maggid of Chernobyl.
Pa'amon U'Rimon, commentary and summary of Pardes Rimonim by the Ramak. Amsterdam, 1708. At the end of the book is a folded printed leaf with an illustration of the holy Tzurat HaIlan.
Ownership inscription in ancient handwriting, "…Rabbi Aharon Yaffe".
, 88,  folded leaf. 20 cm. Good condition, stains and wear. Fabric binding.
Megale Amukot, 252 ways to explain the VaEtchanan prayer according to kabbalah. By Rabbi Natan Neta Shapira Rabbi of Cracow and founder of Torat HaKabala in Ashkenasi countries. Fürth, 1691. Second edition.
Decorating the top of the title page is a signature in ancient handwriting (c. 18th century): "Shlomo Zalman Lifshitz".
Several rabbis carried the name of Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Lifshitz related to Rabbi Zalman Lifshitz author of Chemdat Shlomo, the first Rabbi of Warsaw (1765-1839, Otzar HaRabbanim 18771); Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Lifshitz Rabbi of Slotzk (1768-1798, Otzar HaRabbanim 18775); Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Lifshitz Rabbi of Landsberg, (1880-s, Otzar HaRabbanim 18773); Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Lifshitz Rabbi of Lackenbach (1770-1808), son of Rabbi Eliezer ben Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Lifshitz, author of Heshiv Rabbi Eliezer responsa (Neuwied, 1837), descendant of Rabbi Gedalya ben Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Lifshitz author of Etz Shatul (Venice, 1698); etc.
Reshit Chochma, by Rabbi Eliyahu Di Vidas. Berlin, 1708.
On back leaf is an ownership inscription signed in 1710 by Rabbi "Menachem Mendel ben Rabbi Zvi Hirsh Horowitz".
206 leaves. 22 cm. Thick paper. Good condition. Fabric binding.
Sefer Karnayim, by Rabbi Aharon of Cardona. With "Dan Yadin" commentary by Rabbi Shimshon of Ostropol. Amsterdam, . Second edition. Approbation by Rabbi Shaul Av Beit Din of Amsterdam and additional approbations.
Back binding leaf contains interesting ownership notation in ancient handwriting: “this precious invaluable Sefer Karnayim belongs to Rabbi Shimon HaLevi…” [intention of writer is to express great virtue of his rabbi, Rabbi Shimon HaLevi, who studied from this book].
, 25 leaves. 20 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and slight damage. Worn binding.
For complete list, see Hebrew description.
12 books in 9 volumes. Varied size and condition.
Be'er Mayim, Passover Hagada with commentary by Mekubal Rebbe Yosef Moshe HaMagid of Działoszyce [disciple of the Magid of Mezhirichi, Rabbi Michel of Złoczew and Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdychiv]. Medzhybizh, 1817. First edition.
Approbations by Rabbi Avraham Yehoshua Heshel of Opatów, Rabbi Avraham Chaim of Złoczew , Rabbi Binyamin Wolf of Zbarazh, Rabbi Efraim Zalman Margaliot of Brad and Rabbi Zvi Hirsh of Zhidachov.
On title page are signatures of Rabbi "Nachman Dov ben Ze'ev Ozer Kitzis of Tulchin" [Rabbi Ze'ev Ozer Kitzis of Tulchin grandson of Rabbi Ze'ev Wolf Kitzis disciple of the Besht, mentioned in the letter written by Rabbi Baruch of Medzhybizh to the Rabbi of Opatów: "The incredible senior Rabbi Ze'ev Ozer, who always conducts himself in a perfect manner and 'warms himself by the fire of Torah scholars', descendent of the renowned holy rabbi Rabbi Ze'ev Wolf of Medzhybizh] ".
 leaves. 19.5 cm. Bluish paper, fair condition, wear and moth damages with damage to text, professionally restored. Elaborate leather binding.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 154.
Sefer Galya Raza, matters of Kabbalah by “mysterious” [anonymous] author, Rabbi Avraham among disciples of the Ari. Mogilev on Dnestr river, 1812. Introduction and lengthy inscription by Rebbe Rabbi Chaim of Chernivtsi, author of Be’er Mayim Chaim and Siduro Shel Shabbat.
, 7, 2, 9-44, 47-48 leaves. 22 cm. Greenish paper. Fair condition, wear and moth holes. Ownership signature on leaf 9: “Yitzchak Yehuda”.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 111. Some attribute the book to Rabbi Avraham Beruchim and others accredit it to Rabbi Avraham son of Rabbi Eliezer HaLevi. See article by G. Sholem, "Kiryat Sefer", II, 1925-1926, pp. 119-124, which rejects both opinions.
Shivchei Ba’al Shem Tov, vowelized edition in Yiddish. Iaşi, (1843). Printing press of Moshe Zelig Tzimand and Yehuda Wexler.
Bibliographically unknown edition, not listed in the Bibliography Institute CD and not mentioned in listing of Yitzchak Raphael on editions of Shivchei Ha’Ba’al Shem Tov (Areshet, II, 1960, pp. 358-377). We do not know of another copy.
 leaves, approx. 22 cm. Fair condition, wear and stains. New binding.
During that same year the first section of Likutei Halachot by Rabbi Nachman of Breslov was printed in Iaşi.
Be'er HaGolah, by Maharal of Prague. Includes approbation and additional writings by the Maggid Rabbi Yisrael of Koznitz. Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki, 1804. First edition of writings which were later printed in book Geulat Israel by Maggid of Koznitz.
Title page contains signature of Ga’on Rabbi Chaim Davidson Av Beit Din of Warsaw: “Chaim son of deceased Rabbi David Tebele”.
Ga’on Rabbi Chaim Davidson (1760-1854) famous genius, among disciples of Rabbi Ya’akov of Lisa author of Netivot HaMishpat. Leader of Polish Jewry and among primary rabbis who supported the “Polish Revolt”. In 1839 was appointed chief rabbi and Av Beit Din of Warsaw succeeding author of the Chemdat Shlomo.
, 58 leaves. 20.5 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and wear damage, worn binding.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 72.
Sefer Noam Megadim V'Kavod HaTorah, Hassidic articles on the weekly portion by Rabbi Eliezer Horovitz. Lemberg, [after 1821?] Printed by the widow “Chaya Taba, Printer”. Second edition.
In the margin of the title page the date of printing remains only as 18--. R’ Aharon the printer who printed the first edition in 1807, died in 1821 and thereafter his widow Haya Toiba managed the press.
Signature and stamp of the Gaon Rabbi Mordechai Yehuda Loew (1821-1905), student of the Ktav Sofer, and one of the great rabbis of Hungary, who was close to Rabbi Haim of Sanz and the Hassidic leaders in Hungary. Rabbi and Av Bet Din of Interdam and Nasoid. Additional signature of Moshe, Shochet at Interdam.  120 leaves. 24 cm. Fair condition, wear, stains and signs of dampness, dark ink stains at the lower corner of the pages throughout the book, a number of pages detached, binding in poor condition.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 383.
Sefer Me’or Einayim, by Rabbi Menachem Nachum of Chernobyl. [Polná, 1810]. Second edition.
Incomplete copy. Bluish paper. 2-39, 1, 3-23, , 27-34, 39-72, 75-134 (missing: title page and two last leaves). 19 cm. Severe moth damage, condition of leaves varies: fair-poor. Damage to text. Last leaves severely damaged and partially missing.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 309.
Sefer Zichron Devarim, Kabbalistic and Hassidic articles, by Rebbe Rabbi Alexander Eichenstein, Av Beit Din of Zidichov and Komarno. Lemberg, 1871. First edition.
Rebbe Rabbi Alexander Sender Eichenstein (1770-1818), brother of Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch of Zidichov and father of Rebbe Rabbi Yitzchak Yehuda Yechiel [Safrin] of Komarno. Served as Av Beit Din of Zidichov, Zheravna and Komarno.
, 42 leaves. 23.5 cm. Good condition, minor stains. New binding.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 203.
Torat Kohanim – Safra, with commentary Asirit Ha’Eifah, by Rebbe Rabbi Yitzchak Eizik Safrin of Komarno. Lvov, 1848. First edition. Stamps of Rabbi “Mordechai Weiss – Halmeu”.
, 158 leaves [faulty pagination]. 41 cm. Especially wide margins, good-fair condition, restored damage, moth damage. New binding.
Five Chumashim and five Megillot, with Heichal HaBracha commentary, according to the secrets of the Ari and the Ba'al Shem Tov by Rebbe Ya'akov Yehuda Yechiel Safrin Rabbi of Komarno. [New York, 1950]. Color title pages and colored frames for all pages. Copy print of the Lemberg edition 1864-1874).
Includes introduction of the publishers of this second edition, and a letter by the author to people from Hungary, about the distribution of Chumashim with his holy commentary where he writes his special blessing and the segula of his holy books: "…And I am sure that anyone who has our Chumash in his home will be preserved from all bad and any misfortune and illness and lack and his home will be full with G-d's blessing and all good, success, wealth and long life for he and his children… with children, life and sustenance and kindness and mercy and scales decided in his favor and long life".
The Chumashim Heichal HaBracha by the Mahari of Komarno, basic books of Hassidic thought and kabbalah were especially appreciated by Rebbes of all circles (Zhidichov, the Divrei Chaim and his descendants, Rebbe Shalom ber of Lubavitch etc.).
5 volumes, 32 cm. Good condition, Foxing and slight wear. Ownership stamps. Original bindings.
Three books of Chassidism in one volume: Sefer Divrei Shmuel, on the Torah and laws of Yom Tov. Rabbi Shmelke of Nikolsburg, Lemberg, 1862. Two title pages. First edition. Stefansky Chassidut, no. 124. * Sefer Kedushat Levi on Pirkei Avot. Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev, with Kavanat HaMikveh by the Ba’al Shem Tov. Lemberg, 1862. First edition. Stefansky Chassidut, no. 512. * Sefer No’am Elimelech. Rabbi Elimelech of Lizhensk. Lemberg, 1864.
, 5-58 leaves; 8 leaves; 73 leaves. 24.5 cm. Quality paper, good-fair condition, stains and wear. Various stamps and signatures. Cloth binding.
Volume containing three Hassidic books: * Likutei Ramal, By Rabbi Moshe Leib of Sasov. Chernivtsi. 1856. First edition (Stefansky Chassidut, no. 293). * Darkei Yesharim – Good conducts from the Besht and his disciples. Chernivtsi, 1855. * Derech Emet, by Rabbi Meshulam Feivish of Zbaraż . Chernivtsi, 1859.
One volume: 18 leaves; 12 leaves; 6 leaves. 17 cm. Good condition, minor stains and damage. Cardboard and fabric binding.
Rishpei Esh, sayings of Rebbe Mordechai of Nesukhoyezhe and compilations of lofty holy men (the Magid of Złoczew). Warsaw. 1869. First edition.
 10 leaves. 17 cm. High-quality paper, good-fair condition, stains and wear, few moth damages. Unbound.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 542.
See list in Hebrew description.
7 books, various sizes and conditions.
Handwritten leaf from the book Likutei Halachot on Choshen Mishpat, original autograph in the handwriting of Rabbi Nathan of Breslov. Important differences from the printed version. [Breslov, 1818?].
This leaf has the beginning of Halacha 3 of Hilchot Arev. This halacha has a substantial place in the Breslov school of thought. Its primary subject is the virtue of the will and constant yearning to attain closeness to G-d.
Rabbi Nathan Shtarnartz – Rabbi Nathan of Breslov (1780-1844), close disciple of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov who spread his Torah. He printed his teacher's books and wrote his own books to explain the Torah of his teacher, the Moharan. His primary work is Likutei Halachot with thoughts of Chassidism and G-d's service on all volumes of the Shulchan Aruch. This leaf portrays his manner of writing his book. A large empty space remains at the top of the writing to write the words of his teacher in Likutei Moharan upon which the author writes his comments, language correction etc.
Rabbi Nathan was known from his youth as an outstanding scholar. He served G-d with great devotion and fervor. His prayers and holiness were famous among the Jewish people. His history was written at length in the book Chayei Moharant and in the book Ba'esh – History of the Life of Rabbi Nathan of Breslov, Jerusalem, 1996.
2 written pages, 21.5 cm. Bluish paper, good condition.
Attached is a letter by an expert of the history of Breslov books who identified the autographic handwriting of Rabbi Nathan and dated the writing to the end of 1818, when Rabbi Nathan wrote the "third cycle" of his works on the Shulchan Aruch.
Letter handwritten and signed by the famous Rabbanit “Hena daughter of Rabbi Aharon HaKohen”, to her son, Ga’on Rabbi Menachem Mendel Auerbach Av Beit Din of Kremnitz. Mahalov, 1820. Letter in Yiddish. On reverse side, notations of address and notations of Divrei Torah in handwriting of her son Rabbi Menachem Mendel Auerbach, Av Beit Din of Kremnitz.
Rabbanit Hena Auerbach, daughter of Rabbi Aharon HaKohen of Brad (grandson of the Smichat Chachamim) and wife of Rabbi David Tzvi Av Beit Din of Kremnitz and Mahalov (passed away in 1808), son of Rabbi Aryeh Leibush Av Beit Din of Stanislav, disciple of the Ba’al Shem Tov. Wise and pious woman, composed several supplemental prayers one of which is known as Et Ratzon and printed in many editions of supplication books.
Her sons and sons-in law were Torah giants of the generation – most famous is her son-in-law, the holy Rabbi Natan, prominent disciple of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov.
her son, the recipient of the letter: Ga’on Rabbi Menachem Mendel Auerbach Av Beit Din of Kremnitz, son-in-law of Rabbi Shmuel, Av Beit Din of Zalzitz. Among his descendants: Rabbi David Zvi, author of "Malbushei Tahara" and the Auerbach family of Safed.
21.5 cm. Blue paper, good-fair condition, wear and foxing. Filing holes.
Sefer Chesed Le’Avraham, Kabbalistic matters by Rabbi Avraham Azulai. Zholkva, 1765. Bound with the book: Magid Meisharim, Zholkva, 1770. Margins contain many comments in ancient handwriting by two writers. Identification of expert indicates that these glosses were written in the holy handwriting of the Rebbe author of Arvei Nachal, and in the holy handwriting of his rabbi and mentor Rabbi Ze'ev Wolf of Chërnyy-Ostrov. Various signatures and notations. Last page contains ancient signature of “Yechiel Michel son of Rabbi---“.
Rabbi David Shlomo Eibeschutz (1755-1814), author of Levushei Srad and Arvei Nachal. Among the greatest Hassidic figures and teachers, Av Beit Din of Chorostkow and Soroka who emigrated to Safed, Israel in 1809. His relative, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdichev writes about him in his approbation “sharp and knowledgeable in Torah, all his deeds are for the sake of G-d”. His books are widely accepted as basic books of Halacha and Chassidism.
His rabbi and mentor, Rabbi Ze'ev Wolf of Chërnyy-Ostrov (passed away in Adar 1823), a prominent disciple of the Magid of Mezrich. Served as rabbi and rebbe in city of Chërnyy-Ostrov, and was among leading rebbes of first generation in which Hassidic movement began to expand. Rabbi and mentor of many rebbes, including Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kosov author of Ahavat Shalom and Arvei Nachal. In 1798 immigrated to Eretz Israel. On his way to the Holy Land met Rabbi Nachman of Breslev in Constantinople, who later upon his journey to Eretz Israel resided in the home of Rabbi Ze'ev Wolf in Haifa. After several years he moved to the holy city of Tiberias where he rests in peace.
59, , 60-63 leaves; 56 leaves. 20.5 cm. Dark stained paper, fair condition, damage from use and wear on majority of leaf corners with damage to text. Moth damage. Elegant half-leather bindings, within cardboard case.
Authorization of expert attached.
Sefer HaZohar, section two, Sefer Shemot. Slavita, 1810. Printing press of Dov Ber son of Yisrael Segal and Dov Ber son of Pesach.
Signatures and notations stating that the book belongs to Rebbe Rabbi Yitzchak Meir, son of Rabbi Avraham Yehoshua Heshel of Apta, appear throughout the book. On leaf 232 B content indicates that the writer is his son Rabbi Meshulam Zusi of Zinkov [who wrote them at a young age].
The righteous Ga’on Rabbi Yitzchak Meir, Av Beit Din of Zinkov (1776-1855), among leading Rebbes of his generation. Eldest son of Rabbi Avraham Yehoshua Heshel the Ohev Yisrael of Apta, in-law of leading giants of Chassidism and forefather of many Hassidic dynasties. In his father’s lifetime he already managed all matters pertaining to “holy court” of his father, the “generation’s Tzadik”, which was the most predominant Hassidic court of that generation. Following the demise of his great father, thousands of Hassidim flocked to him and he transferred his Beit Midrash from Międzybóż to Zinkov. As his father, was notorious for his love of the Jewish people and brought the hearts of his Jewish brethren close to their Father. His long life was a continuous sequence of charity and loving-kindness, he prayed for every Jew, who turned to him for salvation. Beloved in law of the great Hassidic giants of his generation, (Rabbi Yisrael of Kozhenitz, Rabbi Yisrael of Ruzin, Rabbi Moshe Zvi of Savran and others). One of his granddaughters was wife of Rabbi Yehoshua of Belz, who was very close to his distinguished grandfather.
His son, Rebbe Rabbi Meshulam Zusi (1815-1864), son-in-law of Rabbi Yisrael son-in-law of Rabbi Moshe Tzvi of Savran. Giant in Torah and known for his immense scope of knowledge. From childhood was exceptionally talented and his grandfather, the rabbi of Apta, praises him for a difficult question which he posed at the age of eight years. In 1855 was appointed as Rebbe of Zinkov succeeding his great father and as his father, served as mentor for thousands of Hassidim from Podolia and Volynė. Published the book of his grandfather Ohev Yisrael and added a wonderful preface of his own to the book. At the beginning of the book, published a song on the ten holy spheres using an acronym of his holy name.
269,  leaves. 20 cm. Greenish and blue paper, fair-poor condition. Stains, moth damage and wear. New leather binding.
Photocopy of authorization letter by Rebbe of Kopishnitz attached stating “holy handwriting of Rabbi Meshulam Zusi of Zinkov – which he wrote in his youth”.
Sefer Sha’ar Gan Eden, by Rabbi Ya’akov Koppel Lifshitz of Mezrich. Korets . First edition. Approbations by Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev, Rabbi Meir of Brad, Rabbi Ephraim Zalman Margaliot and more.
“Straight path… in depths of wisdom… based upon Kabbalah of the Ari”. Includes Kabbalistic illustrations. On title page it is noted that manuscripts of book were presented to Ba’al Shem Tov upon visit to Mezrich; he read them, embraced and kissed them and nodded ‘fortunate are the nation’.
Leaves of book contain lengthy glosses in depths of Kabbalah and Chassidism, in ancient handwriting from period of printing. On last leaf, ownership notation in ancient handwriting: “Shmuel Leib” [possibly Rebbe Rabbi Shmuel Leib Rabinowitz of Linitz, 1782-1818, son and successor of Rabbi Gedalia of Linitz author of Teshuot Chen].
, 84 leaves. 33 cm. Blue paper. Fair condition, wear and strains. Moth damage. Old half-leather binding.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 588
Manuscript, Toldot HaYachas HaKadosh, history and lineage of families of rabbis and Hassidic rebbes, according to early manuscripts. Copies of letters by the Rabbi of Opatów, Rabbi Avraham Yehoshua Heshel. With book of letters written by Rabbi Yisrael Ba'al Shem Tov and his disciples the Magid of Mezhirichi and others. [Europe, 1810s-1820s].
The book has early copies of letters from the Kherson Geniza which reached the holy court in Boyany. See attached material. On the last leaf are inscriptions in Russian of the dispatch of documents which had belonged to the Tzaddik Rebbe Yisrael [ben Rebbe] Shalom Freidman [i.e. Rebbe Yisrael of Ruzin from whom the collection of the Kherson geniza was allegedly taken], the documents were sent to the management of the Kherson region. More inscriptions in another language, dated February 1921. [The nature of these inscriptions remains unclear. Are they a copy of the original copied by the person who wrote this manuscript and can these inscriptions throw light on the Kherson Geniza affair?].
, 73 pp. 21.5 cm. Brittle paper, good-fair condition, much wear. Unbound.
Letter handwritten and signed by Rabbi “Leib ben Sarah” to “my mentor and rabbi, rabbi of entire Diaspora… Rabbi Dover of Ravenna”. Slavita, 1771.
This letter was first printed [with slight language variations] in "Sefer Ginzei Nistarot" (Jerusalem, 1924, p. 3 in second count) and in other collections of letters of the Ba’al Shem Tov and his disciples, which were printed from the “Kherson Geniza” [archive]. This letter is the original document from that famous archive.
Rabbi Aryeh Leib Sarah’s (1730-1791), born in Rovno, city of residence of Maggid Rabbi Dov Ber who later on moved to Mezrich. Named after his righteous mother, Ms. Sarah, [it is related that his birth was miraculous, as a result of his mother’s self-sacrifice to preserve her Jewish purity]. Already in youth was closely associated with the Ba’al Shem Tov and adhered to his beliefs; frequently visited home of Maggid of Mezrich. Exalted diligent Torah scholar who discussed Torah with Rabbi Shimshon of Shepetivka and was one of the hidden righteous Torah giants of his generation; spent his life travelling through cities and towns, visiting markets and various places, while performing righteous deeds. Especially dedicated his efforts to redemption of captives and rescue of the oppressed.
Rabbi Leib Sarah’s served as the theme for dozens of Chassidic stories. According to legend, he would travel to Vienna and lobby in favour of Jews. Chassidim relate that Rabbi Lieb would invisibly enter the palace of Kaiser Franz Josef II and influence him to abolish the law of education for Jewish children. His Divrei Torah as well as stories related to him were collected by Rabbi Reuven Margaliot in Sefer Gevurat Ari (Lemberg 1930).
Chassidim found an interesting hint alluding to the supernatural powers attributed to him, in the book Raziel HaMalach which was printed approximately thirty years prior to his birth, in Amsterdam 1601, in which (on page 42/2) a special Kabbalistic prayer appears: that he may open the “heart of Leib son of Sarah to study Torah… and logic of Torah and secrets of Torah and depths of Torah, and his heart be as a gushing wellspring …” (see: Shem HaGedolim HaChadash, editorial 30, leaf 43. For additional information see attached article, of “Notrikon” blog).
20.5 cm. leaf. Fair-poor condition, dry and worn paper, moth damage and severe stains, glued upon another old paper for preservation. On upper right corner, numbering: 22. Fine cloth binding.
Letter regarding Agunah [woman bound in marriage by husband who refuses to grant divorce or who is missing] by court of justice of Rozwadów, signed by Rabbi of the city, Rabbi “Yisrael Isser Pearlman” and seven additional signatures of Dayanim and community leaders. Rozwadów, (western Galicia), 10 Elul, 1826.
On margins of leaf additional letters pertaining to same matter: letter, handwritten and signed by Rabbi “Yechezkel Tzvi Blumenfield” Av Beit Din of Rzeszów, 15 Elul, 1826, and letter handwritten and signed by Rabbi “Chanoch Henoch” Av Beit Din of Dembiza, 3 Tishrei, 1826.
Ga’on Rabbi Yisrael Isser Pearlman, among disciples of Seer of Lublin, served in rabbinate of Rozwadów until approximately 1850. Following his demise his wife, Esther Faiga, [who was wife of Rabbe Rabbi Shlomo Leib of Lenchna in first marriage] immigrated together with their young son, Rabbi Elimelech Pearlman, to Eretz Israel, to her father, Ga’on Rabbi Asher Kahana-Shapira Av Beit Din of Zalin, who immigrated to Jerusalem in 1840. Daughter of son of Rabbi Yisrael Isser was wife of Rebbe Rabbi Reuven Horowitz Av Beit Din of Dembiza [son of Rebbe Rabbi Eliezer of Dzików- Ropczyce and brother of Rebbe Rabbi Moshe Horowitz Av Beit Din of Rozwadów].
Ga’on Rabbi Yechezkel Tzvi Flumenfield (passed away in 1855), served for approximately forty five years in rabbinate of Rzeszów, succeeding his father, Rabbi Yitzchak Chaim Blumenfield Av Beit Din of Rzeszów. His grandson (son of his daughter) is Ga’on Rabbi Yitzchak Chaim Wallerstein who served in rabbinate of Rzeszów until 1882, father of Ga’on Rabbi Yehoshua Heschel Wallerstein Av Beit Din of Rzeszów and disciple of the Divrei Chaim of Sanz.
Ga’on Rabbi Chanoch Henoch Stemler-Gvirtz served in rabbinate of Dembiza until mid 1820’s and was succeeded by his son, Rabbi Eliyahu.
33 cm. leaf. Good-fair condition, slight wear damage. Stamps of court of justice of Rozwadów and wax stamp.
Rare and important document for history of rabbis and congregations of Galicia, from early 19th century, a period from which historical documentation of rabbis of Rozwadów is scarce (see Sefer Rozwadów, Jerusalem 1968). Memorial volume of congregation of Dembiza (Tel Aviv, 1960) mistakenly notes that Rabbi Chanoch Henoch passed away in 1820, whereas this document was written and signed in Tishrei, 1826.
Letter by well known Rebbe of Chortkov. Scribe writing with his holy signature: "Yisrael son of David Moshe". Vienna, 1928.
Letter of blessing and prayer for good health, livelihood and success, as well as New Year greeting.
Rebbe Rabbi Yisrael Friedman of Chortkov (1854-1933, Otzar HaRabbanim 12025). Son of Rabbi David Moshe of Chortkov and son-in-law of Rabbi Avraham Ya'akov of Sadigura – holy sons of Rabbi Yisrael of Ruzhin. One of most important Rebbes of Ruzhin; remarkable Hassidic leader. Among founders of Agudat Yisrael and president of Council of Torah Sages. Had thousands of followers including many Torah giants such as Rabbi Meir Shapira of Lublin, Rabbi Meir [Maharam] Arik and Rabbi Steinberg of Brody. His court in Chortkov, Galicia, was destroyed during World War I and he relocated to Vienna.
Leaf, 23 cm. Excellent condition.
Letter handwritten and signed by the Gur Rebbe, Rabbi Avraham Mordechai Alter, to his son-in-law Rabbi Yitzchak Meir Alter. [C. 1930-s].
A letter of request to assist a Jew in bringing his family to London.
Rebbe Avraham Mordechai Alter (1866-1948), son of the Sfat Emet, was a holy Torah genius. Established Agudat Yisrael and was rabbi of tens of thousands of Gur Hassidim in Poland. The majority of his Hassidim as well as dozens of his descendants perished in the Holocaust, however the Rebbe miraculously survived and immigrated to Jerusalem, where he reestablished the Gur dynasty and yeshivot. His remaining sons, are the Rebbes Beit Yisrael, Lev Simcha and Pnei Menachem
17X10.5 cm. Approximately 6 handwritten lines. Fair condition, creases and wear.
Letter handwritten and signed by Rebbe David Bornstein, to Rabbi Yitzchak Meir Albinger of Warsaw. Tomashov, Tishrei 1920.
Letter of thanks and blessings on receiving the etrog, lulav and hadassim for the Succot festival.
Rebbe David Bornstein was born in 1876 in Nashelsk to his father, author of Shem M'Shmuel, son of the Avnei Nezer of Sochachov. At the age of 20, he was appointed as Rabbi of Vishogrod, where he led a yeshiva for young men. After World War I, served as rabbi in Tomashov and Zgirezh. With the passing of his father in 1926, he was appointed Rebbe and became one of the most prominent rebbes in Poland. He died in the Warsaw Ghetto in Kislev, 1942. all of his descendants perished in the Holocaust.
Postcard, 14 cm. Fair condition, ink stains and moisture.
Long interesting letter, handwritten and signed by Rabbi Avraham Weinberg, third Slonim Rebbe, [Baranovich, 1920s-1930s].
Letter of response to request by Hassidim in Eretz Israel that the Rebbe visit them. Mentioned in the letter are shiduchim for his only son, Rabbi Shlomo David Yehoshua.
Rabbi Avraham Weinberg (the second) of Baranovich, author of "Beit Avraham" (1884-1933). Son of the Rebbe author of Divrei Shmuel, led Slonim Hassidim together with his oldest brother Rabbi Yissachar Leib although most of the Hassidim followed him. He settled in Baranovich where he established the Torat Chesed Yeshiva. He had much contact with the Hassidim in Eretz Iisrael and visited there twice. His renowned series "Beit Avraham" are known for their depth of Hassidic thought.
25.5 cm. 20 handwritten lines. Good condition, folding marks.
Letter handwritten and signed by the Fourth Slonim Rebbe, Rabbi Shlomo David Yehoshua Weinberg. Baranovichi, 1930s [before 1933].
In the letter, he inquires after the health of the recipient's wife and blesses him with "salvation in all matters, and that G-d should have mercy on her and cure strengthen and give her life".
Rabbi Shlomo David Yehoshua Weinberg (1913-1943), was the only son and successor of his father the rebbe, author of Beit Avraham. Although appointed as rebbe at the young age of 20, he was considered a foremost Hassidic leader in Poland. During the Holocaust, he suffered greatly but always mentioned that written in the Holy Zohar is that G-d colors His clothing with the blood of those who die in sanctification of His Name… Was killed by the Nazis on the 6th of Cheshvan 5704 .
Postcard, 15 cm. 11 handwritten lines. Good-fair condition, creases.
Letter from Agudat Israel in Tiberias, concerning release of yeshiva students from army service, signed by Rabbi Avraham Weinberg and Rabbi Yitzchak Matityahu Luria. Tiberias, February 23, 1948.
Rabbi Avraham Weinberg – the Third, author of Birkat Avraham (1889-1981), was born in Tiberias to his father Rabbi Noah grandson of the first Rabbi Avraham Weinberg author of Yesod Ha'Avodah, one of the heads of the Ohr Torah Yeshiva in Tiberias and a founder of Charedi educaton in Eretz Israel. After the Holocaust, elders of the Slonim Hassidim wished to appoint him as rebbe but he refused and was active in the appointment of his companion Rabbi Mordechai Chaim Slonim. Only after the death of Rabbi Mottel Slonimer in 1954 did Rabbi Avraham agree to accept the position of rebbe [he was already 65 years old]. He then moved to Jerusalem and led the Hassidim for 27 years. Member of Mo'etzet Gedolei HaTorah.
Official stationary, 21 cm. Typewritten and signed by hand. Fair condition, stains and minor wear tears.
Collection of Hassidic books from the library of Rebbe Rabbi Shmuel Weinberg of Slonim, including stamps of his son Rebbe Rabbi Yissachar Leib: “From estate of Rabbi Shmuel of Slonim, Yissachar Leib Weinberg". Some books contain handwritten notations: “Home of rabbi of Hassidim, Slonim”.
See list in Hebrew description.
The second Rebbe of Slonim, Rabbi Shmuel Weinberg author of Divrei Shmuel (1850-1916), grandson of first Rebbe of Slonim author of Yesod Ha’Avodah. In 1884 at the age of 34 was appointed Rebbe succeeding his grandfather. Headed the Reisen Kollel in Eretz Israel and financially sustained the settlement in Tiberias which was mainly composed of members of the Slonim Chassidism.
His eldest son, Rebbe Rabbi Yissachar Leib Weinberg (1873-1928, Encyclopedia of Chassidism, II, pp. 466-467) served as Rebbe of Slonim after the demise of his father in 1916, together with his young brother Rabbi Avraham Weinberg (1884-1933, Encyclopaedia of Chassidism I, pp. 21-22) author of Beit Avraham who served as Rebbe in Baranovichi.
14 books in 7 volumes. Various sizes and conditions, general condition good to fair.
A Letter, signed by Rabbi Mordechai Goldman, to the Jerusalem Regional Rabbinical Beit Din, request to receive documents from a prosecution file. Cheshvan, 1958. On the letter margins is a decision signed by the dayanim Rabbi Eliezer Yehuda Valdinberg, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef and Rabbi Yitzchak Kulitz. On the reverse side of the leaf is a confirmation of receiving the documents signed by his son Rabbi Avraham Goldman.
Rabbi Mordechai Goldman (1906-1981, Encyclopedia L'Chasidut, Vol. 3, p. 193), son of Rebbe Gedalia Moshe of Zvhil (see Item 437). An exceptional Torah scholar, renowned for his acts of kindness and help for people in need. Wonder-worker. Rebbe from 1949. Author of Yikra D'Malka.
His successor, his son Rabbi Avraham Goldman (1933-2009), served for 30 years as Rebbe and established the Zvhil Yeshiva institutes in Jerusalem.
21 cm. Good condition.
Letter by the Radzin Rebbe Yerucham Leiner. Brooklyn, New York, 1954.
Sent to the Beit Din in Jerusalem, and according to the Beit Din's lists on the letter margins, the subject was related to printing Hassidic literature.
Rabbi Yerucham Leiner (1888-1964), son of Rebbe Avraham Yehoshua Heshel of Chelm. Outstanding Torah genius, renowned for the dozens of Torah articles and Torah research books he wrote. After the Holocaust, he was appointed Rebbe and lived in London and New York.
Aerogram, 22.5 cm. Good condition.
Letter by Rebbe Yeshaya Shapira, in honor of the Jerusalem Rabbinate office, Jerusalem 1921.
Confirmation concerning the immigration of Rebbe Avraham Ya'akov Shapira of Drohobych with his family from Vienna to Eretz Israel.
The "Admor HaChalutz" Rebbe Yeshaya Shapira (1895-1945), son of Rebbe Elimelech of Gradzisk and brother of the author of Chovat HaTalmidim ascended to Eretz Israel in 1920 and became very active in the Po'el Mizrachi settlement movement. He influenced the movement members with fear of Heaven in his warm Hassidic manner and was known by the name of the "Admor HaChalutz". In 1943, he realized his life's dream, to farm his own plot of land in Kfar Pines but the terrible tidings from Europe caused his early death in the home of his brother-in-law Rebbe Chanoch Bornstein of Sochatchev.
Rebbe Avraham Ya'akov Shapira (1884-1962), son of the Rebbe of Drohobych Rebbe Chaim Meir Yechiel Shapira. His mother was the daughter of Rebbe Ya'akov of Buhuşi. A great Torah scholar in revealed and hidden Torah, he left Torah writings for posterity. Immigrated to Eretz Israel in 1922 and settled in Kfar Hassidim in the Zevulun valley. After his father's death in 1924, he moved to Jerusalem to serve as rebbe. In his later years, he started to create drawings, [photographs of his artwork appeared in Kedem catalogue Auction 6 Item 31].
26 cm. Typewritten leaf, with his signature. Good-fair condition, file holes and wear.
Sefer Mikdash Melech, Zohar commentary, section two on Sefer Shemot. By Rabbi Shalom Buzaglo. Zholkva, 1794. Second edition.
Stamps of Rebbe Rabbi “Elimelech Shapira of Grodzisk” and notation in his handwriting and signature: “Purchased by Rabbi Yechezkel, Elimelech”. On leaf preceding title page stamps of his sons, Rebbe Rabbi “Kalonymus Kalman son of Rabbi Elimelech Shapira – Grodzisk” and Rebbe Rabbi “Yeshaya son of Rabbi Elimelech Shapira – Grodzisk”.
Holy Rabbi Elimelech Shapira of Grodzisk (1824-1892), son of Rabbi Chaim Meir Yechiel the “Saraf [angel] of Moglintza” and grandson of Maggid of Koznitz and Rabbi Elimelech of Lizensk. Among greatest righteous Torah giants in Poland, whose impact was great throughout the country. His rabbi, Rabbi Yisrael of Ruzhin, directed him to serve as leader and receive Kvitlach. [Eventually, he sent a lengthy letter to author of Divrei Chaim of Sanz regarding great holiness of Rabbi Yisrael of Ruzhin and his righteous sons].
In his old age when he was already grandfather to many grandsons (many of which served in the leadership, such as Rabbi Yisrael of Grodzisk and Rabbi Yisrael Perlow, the “Yenuka” [baby] of Karlin), he remarried to daughter of Rebbe of Chantshin, who bore him two sons in his old age; Rabbi Kalonymus Kalman of Piaseczno (author of Chovat HaTalmidim) and Rabbi Yishayahu Shapira (The Admor HaChalutz). After his demise, his wife Rabbanit Chana Bracha, served in the leadership; she received Kvitlach and even wore a four-cornered garment (Encyclopedia of Chassidism, p. 627). Was blessed with longevity and passed away in 1939. Many of the Polish Rebbes were among his disciples; most famous of them is Rabbi Yechiel Meir HaLevi, rebbe of Austrovtza. Authored Imrei Elimelech and Divrei Elimelech.
, 164 leaves [missing end of book, originally:  248 leaves]. 19 cm. Fair condition, wear, stains and moth damage. Missing leather binding.
Sefer Shoshanat Ha’Amakim, by Rabbi Yosef Te’omim author of Pri Megadim. Lvov, 1860.
Stamp with symbol of vulture: “Yosef Friedman” – Rebbe Rabbi Yosef Friedman (1844-1913, Otzar HaRabbanim, Encyclopedia of Chassdism II, p. 122). Only son of Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch of Rimanov. Orphaned in childhood and raised in home of stepfather, Rebbe Rabbi Yisrael of Ruzhin. Upon death of Rabbi Yisrael of Ruzhin when he was only seven years old, was raised in home of his son, Rebbe Rabbi Avraham Ya’akov of Sadigura. In 1867, at the age of 23, returned to Rimanov and inherited throne of leadership of his father.
Stamp very similar to stamps of rebbes of Ruzhin dynasty: Rabbi Yitzchak of Boyan and his brother Rabbi Shlomo of Sadigura, Rabbi Nachum Dover of Sadigura and Rabbi Avraham Matityahu of Shtefanesht.
40 leaves. 24 cm. Fair condition. Stains. Tears, damage and moth stains (some on text), professionally restored. New binding.
Machzor for Sukkot, with Ivri Teitch commentary and additional commentaries in Yiddish. Lemberg, 1899. Stamps of Rebbe Rabbi “Yisrael Ya’akov Yokel Teitelbaum Av Beit Din of Valava and region”. A Kvitel (handwritten note) containing names for prayer and blessing found between leaves.
Rebbe Rabbi Yisrael Yokel (1840-1924) was educated in home of his grandfather Rabbi Elazar Nissan Teitelbaum in Drohobycz, and in 1854 married his cousin author of Yitav Lev. From 1862 served in the rabbinate of Berbeşti. In 1889 succeeded his father in the Görlitz rabbinate and in 1894 served in town of Valava which is in Marmarosh, Czechoslovakia for approximately thirty years. Edited and prepared for print the Heishiv Moshe Responsa (Lemberg 1866) of his grandfather author of Yismach Lev. His writings in Halacha and Aggada were printed in the book Heitev Eitiv (Brooklyn 1972).
206 pages. 22.5 cm. Fair condition, wear from use and stains. Original worn binding. Placed in matching cardboard case.
Sefer Amud HaTorah, Kabbalistic and Hassidic articles, by Rabbi Yehuda Tzvi Eichenstein Av Beit Din of Radzal, son-in-law of Rebbe Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch of Ziditshov. Lemberg, 1853. First edition. Approbation by Rabbi Chaim Halberstam of Sanz.
Letter by widow of author printed at end of book, “Sarah daughter of famous holy Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch of Ziditshov”, with heading: “Words by daughter of our holy mentor, distressed widow of holy author who brought this notebook to print”.
Pencil ownership signature by Rabbi “Shmuel Tzvi Weiss of Veretzky” – son of Rebbe Rabbi Yitzchak Eizik Av Beit Din of Slavita, author of Beit Yitzchak, and cousin of first Rebbe of Spinka author of Imrei Yosef.
, 88, 92-93 leaves. 23.5 cm. Good-fair condition, stains, moth stains, paper cutting bordering upper heading. Unbound.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 465.
Sefer Urim VeTumim on Shulchan Aruch Choshen Mishpat, by Rabbi Yonatan Eibeshitz. Section one and two. Vienna, 1819.
Both volumes contain stamps of “book treasury of Yisrael Friedman of Husiatyn”. Various stamps of Frankel [of Lemberg] family members. Inscription in handwriting of Rabbi Kalman Frankel who notes: “Gift to Rebbe of Husiatyn, Kalman Frankel”. Names for prayer and blessing: “Kalman Shmuel son of Mirel Frankel, Yisrael son of --- - Frankel”.
Righteous Rabbi Yisrael of Husiatyn, most prominent Rebbe of Ruzhin dynasty, last grandson of Rabbi Yisrael of Ruzhin. Born in 1858 to his father, Rabbi Mordechai Feivish of Husiatyn. From 1894 succeeded his father in Husiatyn. From 1914 resided in Vienna. In 1937 immigrated to Eretz Israel and resided in Tel Aviv. Passed away in Tel Aviv on Chanukah 1949, and was buried in Tiberias.
2 volumes: 205 leaves; 178,  leaves. 37.5 cm. Good condition, torn bindings.
Sefer Sha’agat Aryeh [Josefov, 1855]. Bound with Sefer Tiv Gittin and Yad Ephraim, with glosses by Rabbi Yosef Shaul Nathansohn. [Lemberg, 1859].
Many erudite glosses on leaf margins. Some of the glosses in "Tiv Gittin" are signed by the writer: “Uri” – referring to Rebbe Rabbi Uri Landman of Podolia (1836-1917), son of Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Av Beit Din of Sterlisk and Kitov, who was son of daughter of Rabbi Uri of Sterlisk. Among Hassidim of Rabbi Yitzchak of Neshchiz. Torah giant, served as rabbi of Wiszniewo, Russia, and afterwards as Av Beit Din of Lespitz and Podolia. There are remaining compositions in Halachah and Chassidism in his holy handwriting, for additional information related to him see attached material.
Both books missing title pages and approbations. Includes: 1-25, 25-26, 26-30, 33- leaves; -63; 11 leaves. 39 cm. Good-fair condition, wear and stains. Sefer Tiv Gittin on bluish paper. Some comments restored with pen over ancient writing. Worn binding.
Talmud Yerushalmi, Seder Nezikin. Zhitomir,1865. Printed by the grandsons of The Rabbi of Slavita.
Signature of Rabbi “Eliyahu Lerman” many of his stamps (several types of stamps: (Rabbi Eliyahu Lerman”; “Eliyah Av Beit Din Terla now at Polav”; “Rabbi Eliyahu Lehrman now at Polav”). Stamps of his son Rabbi “Israel Lerman”, and record of ownership by Rabbi Isaac Lerman that the book “belongs to Rabbi Israel Lerman Av Bet Din Balsk now at Berak July 1898…”
Three long glosses on the leaves of the book, apparently in the handwriting of Rabbi Eliyahu Lerman. On the margins of the introduction following the title page is a list names to be prayed for [Baruch Ben Faige, Hinde Bat Malka Bluma].
The Admor Rabbi Eliyahu Lerman of Viskit (deceased 1885, Encylopedia of Hassidut 1, pages 226-227) son of the righteous Rabbi Abraham Yozpe, who was a student of the Seer of Lublin and was called the “Malach” and the “Seraph”. He was one of the great students of the Rebbe of Kotzk who used to say about him: “Eliyahu great in all matters”. A great gaon admired alike by Hassidim and Mitnagdim. Student of Rabbi Noah of Karov author of “Kav Hen”. After the death of Rabbi Noah appointed by some of the Hassidim to continue in his place but at the same time he continued to travel as a Hassid to his Rabbi at Kotzk. Served as Rabbi of Vanvalitz, Terla and Polav, and later as Av Bet Din of Viskit, by whose name he is known. Wrote the widely acclaimed responsa “Devar Eliyahu” [among those who wrote approval was the author of “Bet Halevy”] and other works.
, 33; 2-29; 42; 31; 26; 6; 15; 9 leaves. 38 cm. Good condition, stains, slight wear. Tear along one page. Worn old leather binding.
Sefer Zera Kodesh, on the Torah the Hassidic way, by Rabbi Naftali Tzvi Horowitz of Ropshitz. Przemyśl, 1904. Second edition, unknown bibliographically.
The first edition was printed in Lemberg in 1862 on all parts of the Chumash. After that according to the Bibliography Institute (record 0137485) is the Przemyśl edition, 1906, on Bereshit and Shemot only. In that edition are approbations by Rabbi Yehezkel Shraga Halberstam from Sieniawa and Rabbi Meir Yehuda Shapira from Bikavesk. Apparently, here is an unknown complete edition on the whole Chumash, which preceded the 1906 edition. Separate title page for each section. In the title page of Bereshit the year is given as 1904. The year is not recorded on any of the other title pages. Following the first title page the above approbations do not appear and in place of them the printer states: “Let it be known that I have new approbations from the Rabbis of this generation and especially from the Tzadik of Sieniawa, and the Tzadik of Bikavesk, but because of printing expenses I did not include them now… and I hope on completion of printing they will be printed".
After the table of errors the publisher writes that the author was negative about printing books. For this reason his sons refused to print the book. Because of this the first edition was printed secretly without proofreading, [“the first printers acted surreptitiously … for they feared that the author’s sons would find out …therefore they did not appoint a proofreader"]. This is the reason that the book contains mistakes, "errors and thousands of missing words”. These mistakes were corrected in this second edition according to the manuscript.
On the title page of the section Vayikra there is a handwritten dedication and signature by Rabbi Abraham Abish Horowitz of Kruly , the son of the Admor Rabbi Naftali of Melitz [descendant of the author Rabbi Naftali of Ropschitz] and the son-in-law of the Admor, author of “Hakel Yitzhak” of Spinka, who died in the holocaust. Records, signatures and stamps [“I received this book from as a memorial from Rabbi Abraham Abish son-in-law of the Admor of Spinka Rabbi Shlomo Shtael” “Meir Segal Er…", "Haim Yuda Friedman Baye Mare”].
, 46; , 15; , 23; 24,  leaves. Dry paper, 21 cm. Good condition, number of tears. Title page pasted on paper to strengthen it. Moth damage in isolated pages. Damaged binding.
Sefer Shomer Emunim, to instill faith in hearts. Sections 1-2. Includes pamphlet Ahavat HaBoreh and Thirteen Principles of Faith and songs of contemplation and joy [by Rabbi Aharon Roth]. Jerusalem, . First edition. Approx. 13 glosses containing revisions [apparently in the handwriting of the author]. Last leaf contains notation: “proofread”.
Holy Rebbe Rabbi Aharon (Rabbi Araleh) Roth – (1894-1947). Studied in Yeshiva of Rabbi Yeshaya Zilberstein in Vietzen. Chassid and disciple of Rebbe Tzvi Elimelech of Bluzhov and Rebbe Rabbi Yissachar Dov Rokeach of Belz. Devoted worshiper of G-d. Established small-groups for worship of G-d through total devotion and self-sacrifice in Budapest and Satmar and named them Shomer Emunim. In 1925 immigrated to Jerusalem and there too established Hassidic groups for worship of the Almighty. Between 1930-1939 returned to his Hassidim in Satmar and afterwards moved to Beregszász. In 1939 returned to Jerusalem and reorganized his holy groups which continue until today. These groups exist in Hassidic congregations of Toldot Aharon, Shomrei Emunim, Toldot Avraham Yitzchak, Mevakshei Amuna and other congregations. (Encyclopedia of Chassidism, I, 175-178). His many books (Taharat HaKodesh, Shulchan HaTahor, Shomer Emunim, Mevakesh Emuna and others) were published in many editions. This book, Shomer Emunim, is the most primary in the Torah of Chassidism and Emuna [faith] bequeathed by Rabbi Aharon for generations. The first edition was published anonymously.
, 7, , 10-37, 125 leaves; , 11,  leaves; 55, 34 leaves; , 43,  leaves. 16.5 cm. Dry paper, good condition, tears on margins of several leaves. Original binding, missing spine. Book printed in stages (printing of pamphlets) between 1941-1943, which explains the many page counts which exist in one book. See Bibliography Institute CD, record 0167199.
Sefer Sha’ar Mishpat on Shulchan Aruch Choshen Mishpat, Rabbi Yisrael Isser Av Beit Din of Vinnitsa. Königsberg, 1860.
Various signatures including signature of Rabbi “Moshe David HaKohen of Kosiv and Kałuszyn and region” – Ga’on Rabbi Moshe David HaKohen Kligsberg (1829-1894), son of Rabbi Yisrael Meir HaKohen, rabbinical authority of Warsaw and son-in-law of Rebbe Rabbi Yechezkel Taub of Kuzmir. Printed the Torah of his father-in-law in book Nechmad MiZahav. Exalted genius, among leading Torah giants of Poland and prominent disciple of his father-in-law and rabbi, first rebbe of Kuzmir and Rabbi Yitzchak of Vorka. For additional information related to him see attached material.
Signature “Yozfa of Czernowitz” and stamp of Rabbi Yozfa Tzvi Davidovsky (1897-1934), among Torah giants of Novardok, taught in several Yeshivot and served in the rabbinate as Av Beit Din of Czernowitz (adjacent to Brisk); his Torah Chidushim are written in Imrei Yosef book, 3 sections.
, 181 leaves. 38 cm. Fair condition, wear, stains, slight moth damage. Original worn binding.
Two volumes of Mishnayot, Tractates Zera'im and Nashim. Warsaw, 1882. Signatures and stamps and inscriptions of Rabbi "Meir Shlomo Yehuda son-in-law of Rebbe Elazar Menachem Mendel" of Lelów.
Rabbi Meir Shlomo Yehuda Adler (died 1912), a Kuzhnitz Chassid. Son-in-law of Rebbe Elazar Menachem Biderman of Lelów. Established the Chayei Olam Yeshiva in Jerusalem together with his brother-in-law Rebbe David of Lelów. See attached material.
Two volumes, 28 cm. Brittle paper. Good-fair condition. Minor wear. Worn leather and fabric bindings.
Shemot HaTzaddikim, by Moharan of Bratslav, contains the names of renowned righteous people from Adam until today. Jerusalem, .
Signatures on title page and book sheets: "Yisrael Dov Odesser" – Signature in his own handwriting. The "Saba" Rabbi Yisrael Dov (Ber) Odesser (1886-1996), native of Safed, of Karlin Hassidic descent. In his youth, became close to Bratslav Chassidism and was a disciple of Rabbi Yisrael Kardoner and other elder Bratslav Hassidic rabbis. In his late years, he became famous following that mysterious note with the sentence: "Na Nach Nachma Nachman Me’uman " and is referred to by his Hassidim as “Ba’al HaPetek” [owner of the note].
64 pp. 15.5 cm. Good condition, stains. Printed cardboard cover.
Large printed leaf; invitation to the marriage of the son of Rabbi Yisrael Dov Odesser and daughter of Rabbi Yitzchak Meir Korman. Jerusalem, Elul, 1938. Below wording of invitation, proclamation “value of great virtue of giving charity to Eretz Israel”, collection from books of Breslov regarding significance of donating to the poor of Eretz Israel, by father of bride, Rabbi Yitzchak Meir Korman [among prominent Hassidim of Breslov]. For additional information regarding Rabbi Yisrael Dov (Ber) Odesser, see previous item. Large leaf, 47 cm. Good condition, folding marks.
Two letters by Ga’on Rabbi Alexander Sender Freund, rabbi of Nir-Bachta, Jerusalem, 1889.
In letters sent to management of Kollel of clerks and administrators of Holland and Deutschland, he describes the difficulties of subsistence in Jerusalem during that period, and relates the following: “The harvest has passed, the summer is behind us and we have not been salvaged; Thank G-d, we have remained alive. I have sold all my possessions including valuable possessions which I received from inheritance of my holy fathers, in order to sustain my family…”. In both letters he requests assistance for his son, Rabbi Shaul Yitzchak [son-in-law of righteous Rabbi Aryeh Mordechai of Porisov, grandson of the “Yid HaKadosh”], who is in need of monetary assistance after the uncle of his wife who supported him, Rebbe Rabbi Ya’akov Tzvi of Porisov, Poland, who was a famous rabbi passed away in Tevet 1889.
Rabbi Alexander Sender (Alexander Avraham Tzvi) Freund (passed away in Shvat 1916), among disciples of Rebbe author of Divrei Chaim of Sanz. Son-in-law of Ga’on Rabbi Yechezkel Meshulam Teller of Kamaran, Av Beit Din of Nir-Mada (among disciples of the Chatam Sofer, passed away in 1885). Served in rabbinate of city of Nir-Bachta and was among prominent rabbis of Hungary. Immigrated to Jerusalem in early 1880’s, where he became well-known by Torah giants of Jerusalem as “Rabbi of Bachta”. Was involved in polemic opposing baking of “machine Matzot” in Jerusalem and in 1908 published a complete pamphlet regarding these Matzot. Many of his descendants were well-known rabbis of Jerusalem, from families: Freund, Brichta, Weissfisch and others.
29 cm. letter in fair condition, and postcard letter in good condition.
Letter by Rebbe Rabbi Avraham Elimelech Perlow, Pinsk, Karlin, in scribe writing with signature of “Avraham Elimelech of Karlin”.
Letter of receipt of “Kaspei Ma’amadot” [stipend] from “honorable Torah student Asher son of Chaya Rivka Devorah Freund”, with blessing: “May he be blessed with good health… sustenance… and may he joyously celebrate the holiday of Matzot [Pesach] with Kashrut…”.
Holy Rebbe Rabbi Avraham Elimelech Perlow (1891-1943, Encyclopedia of Chassidism Vol. 1, p. 97), most renowned of six sons of Rebbe “HaYanuka”, Rabbi Yisrael of Stolin (“The Frankfurter”). Most of his father's Hassidim in Russia and Eretz Israel flocked to him and in order to prevent controversy with the Hassidim of his brother Rabbi Moshe of Stolin, he moved his court to Karlin near Pinsk. He established the Karlin Yeshiva in Luninetz. He and his descendants perished in the Holocaust.
Recipient of letter: Righteous Rebbe Rabbi Asher Freund (1910-2004), grandson of Rabbi Sender Freund, rabbi of Bachta, and grandson of rebbes of Porisov among descendants of the “Yid HaKadosh” of Peshischa. In his youth belonged to Hassidim of Karlin in Jerusalem and was closely associated with Rebbe of Kozhnitz, Rabbi Avraham Elimelech Shapira (grandson of Rabbi Asher of Stolin). Known for his outstanding benevolence and kindness; eventually established the Yad Ezra institutions and community; known as a miracle worker to whom many flocked to receive blessings and advice.
Official stationery. 20 cm. Good condition, creases and minor tears.
* Letter by Rebbe Avraham Dov ben Menachem Nachum, who wishes to appoint the Rabbi of Teplik, Rabbi Shimshon Aharon Polonsky, as guardian of his uncle Rabbi Ze'ev Twersky's estate, Jerusalem 1937. * Letter of appointment of Rabbi Polonsky as guardian by the Jerusalem Beit Din, signed by Rabbi Zvi Frank, Rabbi Ya'akov Kalmes and Rabbi Avraham Philosoph. Jerusalem 1937. * Power of attorney for discussion in the Beit Din concerning the Rebbe's estate, signed by his son-in-law Rabbi "Chaim Meir Hager" [the Vizhnitz Rebbe, author of Imrei Chaim], Bnei Brak, Sivan 1957. * Writ by the Jerusalem Beit Din for appointing his son-in-law Rabbi Chaim Meir Hager as guardian, signed by Rabbi Salman Avudi, Rabbi Avraham Shapira and Rabbi Yosef Cohen. Tamuz 1957.
Rebbe Ze'ev Twersky of Rachmistrivka, son of Rebbi Yochanan of Rachmistrivka, after the death of their father in 1895, he and his brother Rebbe Menachem Nachum together led the Rachmistrivka Chassidut. In 1926, Rabbi Menachem Nachum ascended to Jerusalem and in 1935, also Rebbe Ze'ev reached Jerusalem where he died in 1937. His son Rebbe Nachum Moshe Twersky from Kowal was killed with all his family in the Holocaust of European Jewry. His second son, Rabbi David was the son-in-law of his cousin Rebbe Avraham Dov of Rachmistrika.
Rebbe Avraham Dov Twersky (1865-1945) and his brother Rebbe David (1872-1951), were both appointed rebbes after the death of their father Rebbe Menachem Nachum in 1936.
4 letters, varied size, good condition.
Letter by Rebbe Rabbi Chaim Meir Hager of Vizhnitz. Bnei Brak, Nisan .
Appeal to community activist Rabbi Yisrael Levendman to assist a Jew who “has a matter unresolved with "Malban" in Haifa [Malban – organization for immigrant support on behalf of the Joint]. Rebbe signed in holy handwriting and added “I will forever be indebted”.
Rebbe Rabbi Chaim Meir Hager, author of Imrei Chaim (1888-1972), son and successor of the Ahavat Yisrael of Vizhnitz. In 1944 escaped the inferno and immigrated to the Holy Land. After the Holocaust returned to Großwardein, from where he moved to Antwerp in 1947 and later to Tel Aviv. Founded "Kiryat Vizhnitz" in Bnei Brak and reestablished the Vizhnitz Chassidism and set up its institutions. Among leaders of Orthodox Jewry in Eretz Israel and member of Council of Torah Sages. His Torah is printed in the series of books "Imrei Chaim".
Official stationery, 27 cm. Good-fair condition, few tears, folding marks, reverse side of leaf reinforced with glue.
Letter in holy signature of Rebbe Rabbi Moshe Yehoshua Hager. [Bnei Brak], 1979.
Letter of cordial greetings in honor of the inauguration of the Vizhnitz synagogue in Ashdod [“may you merit to spread Torah and Hassidism… in happiness and peace…”].
Rebbe Rabbi Moshe Yehoshua Hager, author of Yeshu’ot Moshe (1916-2012), son of Rebbe Rabbi Chaim Meir Hager – the Imrei Chaim of Vizhnitz. Served as rabbi of Vizhnitz in town of Vilchovitch in youth. In 1944 escaped the inferno and immigrated to the Holy Land where he was appointed as Vizhnitz Rosh Yeshiva while assisting his father with the establishment and expansion of the Hassidism. Following the demise of his father in 1972 succeeded him and for approximately forty years led the Hassidism. His sons are Rebbe Rabbi Yisrael and Rebbe Rabbi Menachem Mendel Hager and his sons-in-law are Rebbe of Belz, Rebbe of Satmar and Rebbe of Skver.
Official stationery, 27 cm. Good condition, folding marks.
Manuscript, Sefer Zecher Chaim, on the Torah, Vayikra Bamidbar Devarim, in holy handwriting of the author Rebbe of Vishiva-Vizhnitz, Rabbi Chaim Yehuda Meir Hager. [U.S.A. and Tel Aviv, c. 1950-1967].
Manuscript contains: Lists of sermons for wedding and Bar Mitzvah, sermon which was delivered in “Association of Rebbes of New York” and sermon “in honor of rally for preservation of Shabbat in Tel Aviv”.
Rabbi Chaim Yehuda Meir Hager (1912-1969), son of Rebbe Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Vishiva. Disciple of his grandfather, the Ahavat Yisrael of Vizhnitz. Exalted Torah scholar ordained for rabbinate. After the Holocaust, emigrated to the U.S.A. and reestablished the Vizhiva Chassidism. In 1960 immigrated to Eretz Israel and settled in Tel Aviv. His Torah was written in the book Zecher Chaim (Tel Aviv, 1881-1884), however, authorization presented at beginning of manuscript indicates that this is an additional edition which was not included in his book Zecher Chaim.
Approx. 125 leaves. 27 cm. Good-fair condition, wear and tear.
Sefer Tikunei HaZohar. Jerusalem, .
Binding leaves contain signatures and stamps: “Chaim Mordechai Aryeh Leifer son of Rabbi Dov, Ungvar” – Rebbe Rabbi Chaim Leib Leifer (Encyclopedia of Chassidism, I, p. 601), son of Rebbe Rabbi Yissachar Dov (Berchi) Leifer of Ungvar of dynasty of Nadvorna. As customary by rebbes of dynasty, established a Beit Midrash and served in leadership already during the lifetime of his father. Perished in the Holocaust.
On leaf preceding title page added in his handwriting a Kvital [small note] with blessing for offspring: “Chaim Mordechai Aryeh son of Malka Chana and wife Shprintza Mirel… may they be blessed with children”. Several corrections on margins of leaves, apparently in his handwriting. Stamps of Rebbe Rabbi “Aharon Leib Leifer of Timisoara [Rebbe of Nadvorna in Timisoara and after Holocaust in Jerusalem].
, 84; 78 leaves. 30 cm. Good condition, stains. Some moth damage. Worn binding. Fine cardboard case.
Letter of rebbe of Pittsburgh, Rabbi Yosef Leifer, to his brother Rebbe Rabbi Meir Leifer. Includes letter of his wife. Pittsburgh, U.S.A. .
Rebbe Rabbi Yosef Leifer (1891-1966) son of Rebbe Rabbi Berchi Leifer of Satmar-Nadvorna. As customary by rebbes of Nadvorna dynasty, began serving in the leadership immediately after his marriage. Arrived in U.S.A. in 1924 and was among the first rebbes that were active in the U.S.A. His Torah was printed in the book Tzidkat Yosef. His son is Rebbe Rabbi Avraham Aba Leifer. Established "Kiryat Pittsburgh" in the city of Ashdod.
Official stationery, 28 cm. Written on both sides. Good-fair condition, restored tear on top of letter; missing text from the letter of his wife.
Three letters handwritten and signed by Rebbe Rabbi Chanoch Borenstein of Sochatchov and his family members, to relatives in the United States. Jerusalem, 1957-1962. [One letter sent to rebbe of Radzin Rabbi Avraham Englard].
Rebbe Rabbi Chanoch Henoch Borenstein (1897-1965), son of rebbe, author of Shem MiShmuel, exalted genius in revealed and esoteric Torah. Did not agree to be coronated as rebbe until after the Holocaust where his brothers, Rebbe Rabbi David of Sochatchov and Rabbi Avraham of Kutno, perished. Reestablished the Sochatchov Chassidism in his Beit Midrash and the Sochatchov Yeshiva in neighborhood of Bayit VaGan in Jerusalem.
3 airmail letters, various sizes and conditions.
Letter handwritten and signed by Rebbe Rabbi Mordechai Rokeach of Belz, rabbi of Biłgoraj. Invitation to circumcision of his son [Rebbe Rabbi Yissachar Dov], on 15 Shvat  in Tel Aviv. [Tel Aviv, 1948].
Holy rabbi of Biłgoraj Rabbi Mordechai Rokeach (1901-1950, Encyclopedia of Chassidism III, 224-225), son of Rebbe Rabbi Yissachar Dov of Belz. Following demise of his father was appointed as Av Beit Din of Biłgoraj and humbled himself before his older brother who served in leadership. During Holocaust escaped to his brother and together they were exiled from place to place until they managed to flee to Hungary and from there to Eretz Israel. Upon their immigration to the Holy Land, he became one of the most prominent figures and assisted his brothers with the reestablishment of Belz dynasty. In 1946, upon receiving word that his wife and children were murdered in the Holocaust, he remarried and soon after passed away at a young age. His only son from that marriage, the Rebbe of Belz was born on Sunday, 7 Shvat 1948.
11 cm. leaf. Approx. 9 lines in his holy handwriting and signature. Good-fair condition, wear on paper fold.
Letter signed by the Rebbe of Belz, Rabbi “Yissachar Dov” Rokeach. Jerusalem, Purim, 1995.
Letter of thanks to Rebbe of Melitz for his participation in the “circumcision celebration of my grandson, son of my son, may G-d bless him” [his grandson, Rabbi Shalom Rokeach, was born on February 26, 1995]
Official stationery, 21 cm. Typewritten and signed in his holy handwriting. Good condition, folding marks.
Invitation of the Skver-USA Rebbe, Rabbi Ya'akov Yosef Twersky, to the marriage of his son Rebbe David Twersky, with the daughter of the Vizhnitz Rebbe Moshe Yehoshua Hager. New Square (USA).
Rebbe Ya'akov Yosef Twersky of Skver was born in 1899 in Skver and served as Rebbe in Kalarash (Serbia). After the Holocaust, he reached New York. There he founded his community in a special area called New Square, a community renowned for its conservation of authentic Hassidic Judiasm like European towns before the Holocaust. Died in Nisan 1968 and was succeeded by his son Rebbe David for whose wedding this invitation was sent. One the foremost Rebbes today with thousands of families of followers in the US, Europe and Eretz Israel.
26 cm. Fair condition, restored wear and tear. Stains. On the reverse side of the leaf are various handwritten inscriptions.
Invitation by Rebbe Rabbi David Twersky of Skver upon the marriage of his grandson Rabbi Chaim Meir Hager. New York, 2006.
Printed on the right section of the invitation is a special dedication letter by the Rebbe of Skver to Rebbe Rabbi Moshe Mordechai Eichenstein of Trisk: “… my heart and flesh are filled with song to the Almighty… marriage of my grandson, and I hereby fondly invite you to join us in our celebration… and may there be many joyous occasions…”. At end of the printed letter, a signature of rebbe in his holy handwriting: “David son of Rabbi Ya’akov Yosef”.
21.5 cm. Very good condition.
Invitation by Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak Kahn – Rebbe of Toldot Aharon, to the wedding of his grandson. Includes inscription [four lines] in his holy handwriting and signature. Jerusalem, .
Invitation to the wedding of grandson Rabbi Chaim Meir son of Rabbi Shmuel Ya’akov Kahn – Rebbe of Toldot Avraham Yitzchak, and bride, daughter of Ga’on Rabbi Meir Brandsdorfer.
22 cm. Good condition, folding marks and filing holes.
See list in Hebrew description.
12 letters, various sizes and conditions.
Diverse collection of letters of rabbis.
See list in Hebrew description.
14 items, 13 of which are signed letters. Various sizes and conditions
Sefer Divrei Chaim, sections 1-2, laws pertaining to divorce and Mikva’ot [ritual baths]. (By Rebbe Rabbi Chaim Halberstam Av Beit Din of Sanz). Zholkva, 1864.
Book printed anonymously. On title page: “Composed by one of the disciples… with commentary on the Poskim”. Author notes at preface: “I have not listed my name for the known reason”. This is the first book of the Divrei Chaim which was printed. (The response was published 11 years later in 1875).
In the second edition of the book (Munkacz, 1892) his son, Rabbi Baruch of Görlitz reveals the name of his father - the author, and relates that “this composition… was given to me as a gift by the Rebbe… and I have printed it in Zholkva in 1864… and I have now gained the courage to reveal… the author, since the identity of the author has already been exposed, and in the preface of the book Divrei Chaim on the Torah it is noted that this composition too was written by the Rebbe… Baruch Halberstam Av Beit Din of Görlitz”.
, 34, 34, 33-44, 1-27; , 23,  leaves. 33.5 cm. Thin, high-quality paper, Good-fair condition, stains and wear.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 117.
Bound with: Sefer Teshuvot Ha’Re’em, by Rabbi Alexander Sender Margaliot Av Beit Din of Stanów. Warsaw 1859.  66 leaves (missing last leaf, originally: , 67 leaves).
Sefer Divrei Chaim, first section on Torah and second section on holidays and Chidushim on Bava Metzia, by Rebbe Rabbi Chaim Halberstam of Sanz. Krakow, 1892. Second edition published by son of author, Rebbe Rabbi Yitzchak Yeshaya Halberstam of Tchechoiv.
On other side of title pages of both sections, stamps of Rabbi “Yitzchak Yeshaya Halberstam, of Tchechoiv and region” (for additional information, see next item). Ownership signatures at beginning of first title page: “Chaim Wolf Rotenberg”.
, 82; , 116 leaves. 25 cm. Dry paper, good-fair condition, minor moth damage. Worn half-leather biding.
Letter of blessing with holy handwriting and signature of Rebbe Rabbi Yitzchak Yeshaya Halberstam. Krakow, [c. 1920’s-1930’s].
Written on official postcard from home of rebbe in Krakow, to “pious rabbinical philanthropist… Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Greenberg”. The rebbe informs him that he has received the “Pidyon Nefesh” [redemption] of five gold coins and blesses him: “I am filled with prayer to the Almighty that he bless him with a prosperous blessed year…”.
Holy Rebbe Rabbi Yitzchak Yeshaya Halberstam (1864-1943, Encyclopedia of Chassidism II, pp. 412-413) youngest son of Rebbe Rabbi Chaim Halberstam author of Divrei Chaim of Sanz. Son-in-law of Rabbi Yechiel Heschel of Karlowitz and in second marriage son-in-law of Rabbi Ya’akov Tzvi of Porisov.
His father, Rabbi Chaim of Sanz, stated that he possesses a holy soul. Absorbed Hassidism from his older brothers: Rabbi Yechezkel Shraga of Sieniawa, Rabbi Baruch of Görlitz and Rabbi David of Chrzanow; after marriage settled in Belz and absorbed Torah from grandfather of his wife, Rebbe Rabbi Yehoshua of Belz. When he was nineteen was appointed as rabbi in Tchechoiv and was therefore referred to as “Rabbi Yeshayaleh Tschakaver” all his life. From Tchechoiv moved to Satmar and afterwards established his court in Krakow. Famous as a righteous and pious miracle worker and thousands of Hassidim flocked to his home. Upon German invasion of Krakow was confined to a ghetto. From there he escaped to Lvov and wandered from place to place until settling in Bochnia. The Germans searched for him and eventually located the bunker where he was hiding and murdered all of its inhabitants. According to another version, he was murdered together with Rabbi Meir of Vilipoli in plaza of city, both wrapped in their prayer shawls.
Official postcard, name and address of rebbe printed in Polish on back of postcard. Postmarked, missing stamp. 14X10 cm. Good condition, many stains and creases.
A letter of Shemira (Protection) handwritten and signed by the Holy Rebbe Shalom Eliezer Halberstam. Ujfeherto (Hungary). .
The letter was sent in the 1930s, and this is what is written: "G-d should protect you… I shall bless you with your wife with salvation and deliverance from all bad and misfortune. Your friend, the Holy Shalom Eliezer Halberstam from Sanz".
Attached is a letter from the recepient's son-in-law that testifies that his father-in-law "hid and with total devotion carried the letter on his body throughout the Holocaust years and was very miraculously saved".
Rebbe Shalom Eliezer Halberstam (1862-1944), one of the younger sons of the Rebbe author of Divrei Chaim of Sanz. At the time of his father's death, he was only 14 years old and was educated by his elder brother the Rebbe of Shinova. He married the daughter of his sister and brother-in-law Rebbe Mordechai Dov Twersky Rabbi of Gornostaypol. In 1899, he reached the city of Ujfeherto where he established his court. Renowned as a wonder-worker, many Jews from all over Hungary thronged to his home in Ujfeherto and were delivered from distress through his blessings. During the Holocaust, he did not leave his community and perished with them in Auschwitz in Sivan 1944.
Postcard 15.3 cm. 8 lines written with two types of ink. Fair condition, very worn. On the reverse side is a printed inscription RABBINER S. L. HALBERSTAM - Ujfeherto (Ungarn). And another inscription in the handwriting of his gabai.
Letters of "protection" by Shalom Eliezer Halberstam are rare.
Letter handwritten and signed by Rebbe Shalom Halberstam, with his stamp. Michalovce, 1929.
In the letter Rebbe Halberstam informs that he will remain in Michalovce for Shabbat, blesses that "G-d should fulfill his wishes" and concludes "Signed with blessings of life and peace and all good, Shalom Halberstam".
Rabbi (Avraham) Shalom Halberstam (1956-1940) author of Divrei Shalom, beloved son of Rebbe Yechezkel Shraga Halberstam of Shinova-Sanz author of Divrei Yechezkel, who used to say, "His soul is very holy and very lofty". Served as Rabbi and Rebbe in Stropkov and is the first Rebbe of the Stropkov dynasty. His court always teemed with many Hassidim, thousands flocked to receive his blessings and he was famous for performing wonders.
Stamped postcard with postage stamp. 14.5 cm. 8 lines in his handwriting. Good condition.
It is rare to find a letter written entirely in his handwriting.
Letter handwritten and signed by Rebbe Rabbi Menachem Mendel Halberstam, Stropkov, (1934).
Rabbi Menachem Mendel Halberstam (1873-1954), son and successor of Rebbe Rabbi Shalom Halberstam Av Beit Din of Stropkov. Lost his many descendants during the Holocaust. He himself escaped via Budapest and Switzerland and arrived in the U.S.A. Remnants of his Torah were printed in book Divrei Menachem (Jerusalem 1957).
Official stationery, 16.5 cm. Good-fair condition, creases and tears.
Letter handwritten and signed by Rebbe Mendel Halberstam, Frysztak, Cheshvan 1924. The letter is about attaining money to pay the Cheder teachers [the government ordered the closure of the schools "It wishes to cancel all the mitzvoth in its wickedness…"]. He concludes with the blessing "In this merit, G-d should grant you a plentiful blessing in your business."
Rabbi Menachem Mendel Halberstam Rabbi of Frysztak and Dukla (1870-1926), son of Rabbi Leibish of Dukla son of Rabbi David of Chrzanów, son of Rebbe author of Divrei Chaim of Sanz. Son-in-law of David son of Rebbe Yechezkel Rabbi of Shinova author of Divrei Yechezkel. The tzaddikim of that generation testified that he was an incredible tzaddik but in his humility refused to serve as rebbe and would travel often to the Belz Rebbe Yehoshua Rokeach and his son Rabbi Yissachar Dov. His sons and sons-in-law served as rebbes and in the rabbinate. Among them are Rabbi Hana of Kolaczyce, Rebbe David of Tshebin and Rabbi of Zaliztsi, Rabbi Chaim Baruch Rabbi of Frysztak, Rabbi Yechezkel Shraga Rabbi of Dukla etc.
Postcard: 14X9 cm. Approximately 14 handwritten lines. Brittle paper, good condition, minor damage to lower right corner.
Letter handwritten and signed by Rebbe Hana Halberstam. Frysztak, 1922.
In this letter, he tells of his plans to move from Košice to Galicia and of shiduchim for his eldest son Rabbi Moshe Aharon [later Rabbi of Kolaczyce]. Mentioned in his letter is also Rebbe Elazar Weissblum and others.
Rebbe Hana Halberstam of Kolaczyce (1884-1943), son of Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Frysztak (see previous item) and great-grandson of the author of Divrei Chaim of Sanz.
His mother was the daughter of Rabbi Yechezkel Rabbi of Shinova, and he was the most beloved grandson of his grandfather author of Divrei Yechezkel, who claimed when his grandson was yet a child that it was revealed to him from Heaven that his grandson will grow to be a great person. Once, when the Rebbe of Shinova was ill, he called his grandson Rabbi Hana and opened the Siddur HaAri before him to the Yehe Ratzon in the Refa'enu blessing and told him to pray for him. Hassidim saw this as his appointment as the Rebbe's successor and from that time sought his blessings. Also renowned as a brilliant Torah genius he wrote several important works on halacha and Chassidism. Served as Rabbi and Admor of Kolaczyce. During World War I, he moved to Košice where he stayed for seven years until his return to Galicia in 1923, settled in the city of Rzeszów where he rebuilt his court and established a yeshiva call Zera Kodesh. During the Holocaust, he suffered terribly, hid in bunkers and all his sons were murdered during his lifetime. At the end, he too was murdered by the Nazis.
Postcard with postage stamp and stamped, 14 cm. More than 15 handwritten lines. Brittle paper, good condition, minor damage to upper corner.
Letter handwritten and signed by Rabbi Moshe Aharon Halberstam. Kolaczyce. On reverse side of postcard next to the address is another letter, in a different handwriting.
Rabbi Moshe Aharon Halberstam Rabbi of Kolaczyce (1904-1942), eldest son of Rebbe Hana of Kolaczyce and Rzeszów (see previous item), son-in-law of Rabbi David Dov Meizlish Rabbi of Sátoraljaújhely. Served in the Kolaczyce rabbinate from c. 1936. Perished in the Holocaust with all his family.
Stamped postcard, 14 cm. Approximately 10 handwritten lines. Good condition.
Letter handwritten and signed by Rebbe "Rabbi Yechezkel Shraga Lifshitz-Halberstam Rabbi of Ramla". Tishrei 1951.
Rabbi Yechezkel Shraga Lifshitz-Halberstam the Rebbe of Stropkov (1908-1995), disciple of Rabbi Shalom Halberstam of Stropkov and his daughter's son, (see item 173). Served abroad as Rabbi of Jablonka and as dayan in Berehove. After the Holocaust travails, served in the DP camps in Bomberg and in the Frankenau region. In 1949, ascended to Eretz Israel and settled in Ramla where he established his Beit Midrash "Divrei Chaim". In 1953, moved to Jerusalem and established the Batei Midrash of the Stropkov Chassidism.
Official stationary, 21.5 cm. Approximately 10 handwritten lines. Good-fair condition, creases and stains.
* Letter from Rabbi Israel Halberstam (typed on typewriter, a number of lines in his handwriting, his signature and stamp) to Rabbi Samuel Shadrovitsky [Chairman of Agudat Israel in Tel Aviv] on financial assistance for his family. Jerusalem, [no date].
* Official postcard of the Admor Rabbi Jacob Halberstam from Tschakava and on it letters from his wife the Rabbanit Eidel Dina, his daughter Faiga and her husband Joshua Malovitsky. Sent to Rabbi Samuel Shadorivsky with New Year greetings, Jerusalem 1943.
* Official postcard of the Admor Rabbi Jacob Halberstam from Tschakava and on it letters from his wife the Rabbanit Eidel Dina, his daughter Faiga, who writes on behalf of her mother about the receipt of money from “My honored uncle Rabbi Berele Shlita, Jerusalem 194-.
* Handwritten letter by Rabbi Moshe Halberstam with his signature, to Rabbi Samuel Shadrovitsky. Subject betrothal of his cousin Rabbi Issachar Ber Rottenberg Av Bet Din Vadislav. Jerusalem 1960.
* Letter [from Rabbi Samuel Shadrovitsky?] to Rabbi Israel Halberstam. [No date]. Request to send “all the newspapers put out by the Jewish Agency with the lists of people who remained in Poland and in camps in Germany”.
The Gaonim Admorim Rabbi Jacob Halberstam from Tschakava (1902-1968) and Rabbi Israel Halberstam from Zimagrad (1911-1981), were the sons of Rabbi Sinai Halberstam Admor from Kalishitz and Zimagrad and great grandson of the author of “Divrei Chaim". The wife of Rabbi Jacob is the Rabbanit Eidel Dina (daughter of the Admor Rabbi Shalom Moshkovitch from Schatz), and his sons are the famous gaonim Rabbi Moshe Halberstam (1932-2002) Rabbi and Av Bet Din of the Haredi Community in Jerusalem, Rabbi Naftali Halberstam (born 1928) Admor of Tschakava-Jerusalem and chairman of the Vaad Kashrut of the “Haredi Community”, and Rabbi Meir Halberstam (1927-2012) the Admor from Tschakava-Bnei Brak.
Five letters, various sizes and conditions.
Letter handwritten and signed by Rebbe Aryeh Leibish Halberstam of Żmigród. Bnei Brak, 1971.
The letter has various blessings, "He should merit children and all good"; "Ktiva v'chatima tova and we should all merit ascending to Zion with joy".
Rabbi Aryeh Leibish Halberstam (1909-2007), son of Rebbe Sinai of Kolaczyce and Żmigród, son of Rebbe Baruch of Görlitz and grandson of the author of Divrei Chaim. Student at Chachmei Lublin Yeshiva. During World War II, fled to Siberia where he studied day and night with total devotion without performing backbreaking labor. After the Holocaust, he reached the Jaffa shores in Eretz Israel. Traveled to the US and returned to establish his Beit Midrash in the city of Bnei Brak. His Torah was printed in the "Aryeh Sha'ag" books.
Leaf: 19.5 cm. 14 handwritten lines. Fair condition, creases and moisture stains.
Special prayers to be recited in the present wartime for victory. New York, .
Printed pamphlet. Hebrew, English and Yiddish. Back title page in English.
Prayers and Sgulot for safeguard. Stated on title page in Yiddish and English that pamphlet can be purchased by assistant of “Tschakaver Rabbi”- Rebbe Rabbi Ya’akov Halberstam of Tschakava. Booklet contains guidance letter by Rebbe of Tschakava.
Includes illustration of Western Wall, Cave of Machpela and flag of U.S.A., Special prayer in honor of President Franklin Roosevelt and for military victory (Hebrew and English).
Rabbi Ya’akov Halberstam (1897-1968), son of Rabbi Sinai Rebbe of Żmigród (son of Rabbi Baruch of Görlitz, son of author of the Divrei Chaim), son-in-law of Rebbe Rabbi Shalom of Schatz. From 1925 Av Beit Din in Tschakava. In 1934 envisioned the coming Holocaust in a dream, left the rabbinate and immigrated to Jerusalem where he established his court. During years of Holocaust was in the U.S.A. and was active in “Va’ad Ha’Hatzala” [Rescue Committee]. Returned to Eretz Israel after Holocaust and then returned to U.S.A. His sons are famous Rabbi Moshe Halberstam and Rabbi Naftali Halberstam Rebbe of Tschakava, among leaders of Ha’Eda HaCharedit.
10,  pages. Cardboard cover, printed in blue ink. Quality paper. 21.5 cm. Very good condition. Hardcover binding.
* Sefer Milchemet Chova, polemic in opposition of Rabbi Shlomo Ganzfried and his halachic disagreements with the Divrei Chaim – by Ga’on of Adda Rabbi Mordechai Eliezer Weber (1822-1892), disciple of the Divrei Chaim. Jerusalem, .
Extended edition of the 1882 Jerusalem edition; the author printed this expanded edition as response to Michseh La’Ohel pamphlet printed by Rabbi Shlomo Ganzfied in Kitzur Shulchan Aruch, Lemberg 1884, in which he harshly criticizes author of Milchemet Chova. This publication contains responses on Michseh La’Ohel as well.
On title page author notes that an earlier edition was printed by him anonymously and this time “… I publicize my name Mordechai Eliezer Weber son of…, who served in rabbinate of congregations of Adda, Mal, Petravesela, Betsha, Poldvar… and I have merited to spend eleven years in holy city of Jerusalem…”.
, 19,  leaves. 29 cm. Dry paper, good condition.
S. HaLevi 508.
All-inclusive prayer book according to custom of Ari, section two for Shabbat, Rosh Chodesh, festivals and High Holy Days. Chabad-custom prayer book, with commentary on words according to Ari, laws and Chassidic articles by Alter Rebbe Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi. Edited by his son, Mitteler Rebbe Rabbi Dov Ber. Kopys, . First edition.
Copy upon bluish paper with especially wide margins.
Includes: Kavanat HaMikveh, acceptance of Shabbat, Mincha prayer for Friday afternoon, Arvit prayer for Shabbat, order of Shabbat meal, Shacharit prayer for Shabbat, chapter for Rosh Chodesh, chapter for festivals, chapter for month of Elul, chapter for Rosh HaShanah, chapter for blowing of Shofar, chapter for Yom Kippur, chapter for Sukkot, chapter for Lulav [palm frond], chapter for Chanukah, chapter for Purim, chapter for Pesach, chapter for Lag Ba’Omer and chapter for Shavu’ot.
In introduction to first section, his son, Rebbe Rabbi Dov Ber “son of genius author”, notes that he edited and prepared book for print: “I have collected from several pamphlets and copies which I possess… as well as many pamphlets from body of writing… which the rabbi proofread… and which found favor in his eyes”. [Halachic rulings in this prayer book constitute the Batra [last] edition of his Halachic opinion, and serve as basis for Chabad customs which are practiced until recent generation; see introduction of Sefer ‘Piskei HaSiddur’ by Rabbi Avraham Chaim Na’eh].
, 3-68; 99 leaves (missing: leaf 2 from first count). 25X20 cm. Wide margins. Bluish paper. Fair condition. Stains. Damage, tears and moth holes with damage to text in some sections – professionally restored. Several handwritten glosses. New binding.
Sefer Lu’ach Birkat HaNehenin [blessings made upon food, drink, pleasant odors or other pleasurable items] and Seder Netilat Yadayim [ritual washing of hands], by Alter Rebbe Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi. [Zholkva, 1801]. Second edition printed during lifetime of author, based upon 1800 Shklov publication, which is no longer in existence.
This is the Kamma [first] edition which was printed in several editions before the rebbe printed the expanded and corrected Batra [last] edition in the prayer book, which was printed in 1803. Apparently, the first edition which was printed in Shklov was archived by instruction of the Alter Rebbe, however additional editions were printed between 1801-1804 in Zholkva and Lvov and additional places.
[Missing title page], 2-27,  leaves. 18 cm. Fair condition, wear and damage on margins. Minor moth stains. Unbound.
Seder Tefilla, according to the Nusach of the Ari, with laws of netilat yadayim and birkot ha'nehenin. Arranged according to the Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim by Rebbe Shneur Zalman of Liadi, with Derech HaChaim. Vilnius, 1868. Printed by Yosef Yehuda Re'em.
The first Nusach Chabad siddur printed in a useful shortened accessible edition.
, 218 leaves (436 pages). 21 cm. Good-fair condition, wear and detached leaves, foxing. Missing binding.
This edition is very rare and does not appear in the bibliographic listings of Chabad books. In the Bibliography Institute CD Listing 0310618 this edition is mentioned as an aside while describing the edition of the Shnei Me'orot siddur printed in Vilna in 1873 - written on the reverse side of its title page (in Russian): According to the 1868 edition.
Manuscript, articles in Kabbalah and Hassidism by Rebbe Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch author of the Tzemach Tzedek. [Russia-Lithuania, post 1847].
Article for Parashat Shmini “Yayin VeShechar Al Tesht” and for Parashat Balak “Mi Mana”. These articles were printed in Sefer Or HaTorah, Vayikra II, pp. 462-477, article from 1847; Or HaTorah, Bamidbar III, pp. 962-983.
16 pages, 22 cm. Small dense writing [content of this manuscript contains approx. 36 pages in print]. Paper typical of mid 19th century. On first leaf, name for Sgula [auspicious omen] “Yosef Yehuda HaKohen son of Esther”. Good-fair condition, stains and wear, separate leaves, unbound.
Manuscript of articles of Chabad Hassidism, by Alter Rebbe Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi between 1802-1807, and articles by his son, Mitteler Rebbe, Rabbi Dov Ber of Lubavitch. Articles include sermons from Parashat Va’Etchanan and Parashat Ekev which were delivered in Lubavitch in 1814, at beginning of period of leadership of the Mitteler Rebbe, [these articles appear in his book Sha’arei Teshuva, and article pertaining to Kriyat Shema appears in his book Imrei Bina]. Early writing, c. 1810.
Back page contains ownership notation by Rabbi “Menachem Mendel son of Zelig of Shybesh—" and Rabbi “Aryeh Leib son of Rabbi Mendel known as Leibli Kamnetzker”.
134 leaves of which approx. 244 pages in dense writing. 21 cm. Good-fair condition, many stains. Minor moth stains. New binding.
Volume composed of several handwritten notebooks, of various copiers of Hassidic articles by Rebbe Shalom Duber Schneerson of Lubavitch and articles by his grandfather author of Tzemach Tzedek. 1897-1904.
Found in the notebooks: * Articles from 1897. * Mitzvah of faith in G-d (printed in Derech Pikudecha by the Lubavitch Rebbe author of Tzemach Tzedek). * Kuntress Etz Chaim – "According to the words of our Fathers our Rabbis", [Hassidic article delivered by Rebbe Shalom Ber to the students of the Tomchei Temimim Yeshiva in 1904]. * Kuntress Ha'Avoda on prayer, by Rebbe Shalom Ber. 1900. * Other articles by Rebbe Shalom Ber.
Approximately 175 leaves, more than 340 written pages, approximately 22 cm. Brittle paper, good-fair condition, foxing and wear. Glosses and completions on sheet margins. Old and worn binding.
Sefer Likutei Amarim Tanya, by Alter Rebbe Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi. Vilnius, 1912. Signature of Rabbi “Tzvi Hirsch Waxman”. Last page contains fine inscription “to my dear and beloved future son-in-law”, handwritten and signed by his father-in-law Ga’on Rabbi “Shlomo Yehuda Leib Eliezrov” who ascribes himself: “grandson (fifth generation) of holy author, the Alter Rebbe”.
Ga’on Rabbi Shlomo Yehuda Leib Eliezrov (1863-1952), born to his father Rabbi Eliezer Shimon Kazarnovsky, grandson of Rabbanit Menucha Rachel Slonim, daughter of Mittler Rebbe and founder of Chabad settlement in Hebron. In 1873 immigrated with his parents to Eretz Israel to holy city of Hebron, absorbed Torah from rabbis of Hebron Rabbi Shimon Menasheh and Rabbi Eliyahu Mani. Sent as rabbinical emissary to Eastern countries and in 1897 was appointed as chief rabbi of Samarkand Bukhara, where his family name was changed to “Eliezrov”.
In 1903 Rabbi Shlomo Yehuda Leib was appointed as rabbi of Ashkenazim in Hebron. Following World War One settled in Jerusalem while appointing Rabbi Ya’akov Yosef Slonim as his successor in Hebron. In Jerusalem he was known as “Rabbi of Hebron” and was among leaders of Chabad in the city.
, 163 leaves. 19.5 cm. Good-fair condition, detached leaves. Unbound.
Manuscript of commentaries on the Passover Haggada, written in a notebook titled "Notebook from the Holy Lubavitch Yeshiva" and one page with a list of people who contributed to the maintenance of the yeshiva during the month of Tamuz. [Beginning of 20th century].
,  written pages. 21 cm. Good condition.
Kitvei Kodesh – Book of Writings by of the Rebbe Rayatz [Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn] from Lubavitch in 1940. Stencil printing, Brooklyn, [about 1941?]. Yiddish.
Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn (1880-1950, Otzar Harabbanim 8887), the sixth Admor of the House of Habad-Lubavitch, Founder of the Tomhei Temimim together with his father Rabbi Shalom Dov, he became the Admor in 1920. Imprisoned by the Communist authorities and released in 1927, later he went to Poland and from there to Brooklyn, USA. (March 1940).
The volume here contains the first booklets of the speeches of Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn in the USA, including articles from the first Purim he celebrated there. Together with a number of articles from previous years [when the Rabbi was in Riga and Batvetsk] and a number of letters. They were printed in Brooklyn and published by the “Hassidim Distribution Office” of Rabbi Abraham Paris, soon after the speeches were delivered in 1940. Apparently these were the first Torah teachings of Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn to be printed in the USA. In front of the second booklet from the Seudat Purim, a special sheet is attached in which Rabbi Abraham Paris writes about the importance of reading the article: “It is a great Mitzvah to learn the article ------said on Purim in New York".
Each booklet has independent pagination, [436 pages]. 20 cm. Good condition, a few stains, slight signs of moths in two booklets. Stamped on spine of binding: “Holy wrtings from Lubavitch 1940”. Signatures and stamps of Rabbi Mordechai Levinson.
Two letters signed by Rebbe Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn of Lubavitch. Both letters sent to Rabbi Moshe Sheivitch; first from Riga in 1932 and second from Warsaw in 1936.
Both letters partially missing lower section and professionally restored.
Damage to part of the first letter, where the signature of the Rebbe appears. Approx. 23 cm. Good-fair condition. Folding marks and creases
Shana Tova letter by Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneersohn Rebbe of Lubavitch-Chabad. Brooklyn, .
Blessings for good and sweet year in material and spiritual matters in anticipation of “seventh year”. Typewritten upon official stationery, with his handwritten signature.
Rebbe Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneersohn, son of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Av Beit Din of Ekaterinoslav, sixth consecutive male descendant of author of the Tzemach Tzedek. His genius talents and leadership skills were already apparent in childhood. Married daughter of Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn and following demise of his father-in-law in 1950 became leader of Lubavitch Chassidism worldwide. Composed dozens of books in all realms of the Torah. Last rebbe of Chabad dynasty.
28 cm. Good condition. Folding marks, filing holes.
Sefer Likutei Amarim, Tanya. “One Thousandth Publication”. Brooklyn, New York, 11 Nisan 1984.
Thousandth edition of Sefer HaTanya. Elegant volume. At end, extensive bibliographic section of printings of the Tanya, photocopies of title pages of previous publications and manuscripts of Sefer HaTanya. This edition was distributed by Rabbi of Lubavitch following the Farbrengen [Chabad gathering] of 11 Nisan 1984 (his 82nd birthday) by approx. 50 students of the Kollel.
19 cm., blue cloth bookmarks and binding, quality paper, wide margins. Excellent condition.
"We are your people, surreptitious glances into Lubavitch life", binder with cardboard boards, with prints of photographs of Hassidic life in Brooklyn, New York, by Photographer Neil Folberg. Printed by Beit Alfa, Berkeley, California, 1975. English.
Eight boards with high-quality prints. Printed on each board is a description of the photograph: The Lubavitch Rebbe, Zalman Kleinman drawing in his studio, the Kleinman family at Havdala, a Hassid praying, "farbrengen" (Lubavitch gathering, see photograph), the Lubavitch Rebbe on Hoshana Rabba, etc. 1,000 copies printed. At the beginning of the binder are a title page (with the photographer's signature), an introduction and a page with a description of the photographs.
Board 28.5X39 cm. binder 37 cm. Very good condition.
Collection of remnants of handwritten and printed leaves removed from one binding. * Segments of leaves of the Radak commentary on Nevi'im Achronim printed in Guadalajara (Spain), 1482, by Rabbi Shlomo Alkabetz [grandfather of Rabbi Shlomo Alkabetz of Safed, author of Lecha Dodi]. * Leaves of Radak commentary on the Books of Melachim and Yeshaya. [Spain, c. 14th century]. * Segments of additional works in ancient Sefardi writing [section of unidentified kabalistic commentary, section of Sefer HaKaneh by Rabbi Avigdor Kara, etc].
6 leaf segments of Guadalajara printing + approximately 10 manuscript leaves. Varied size. Various states of damage due to removal from binding, some leaves are stuck to one another.
Commentary on Torah in the Truthful Way by Rabbi Menahem Recanati. Venice 1523. Printed by Daniel Bomberg.
Ancient handwriting on title page: “purified as necessary” shows that the book underwent censorship [in a number of places “problematic” lines were erased]. Signatures in Italian handwriting [erased by a line through them]; “Property of Samuel Abraham, in several places Shlomo Levi Morpurgo, 1634", “property of Shlomo Abraham Verona"]. Ownership records on the reverse of the title page, in Askenazi writing (partly erased): "For the knowledge of all the people and for my name not to be forgotten I Shimon Ben Abraham have signed, nineteen hundred and five, London". Number of handwritten glosses and drawings of a hand pointing [in red ink].
 leaves. 26 cm. Fair to good condition, Complete pages, stains, signs of mold and dampness. New half leather binding.
Mishne Torah L'HaRambam, Volume 4 and Volume 5, Nashim-Kedusha. [Constantinople, 1509. Printed by Ebn Nachmiash Brothers].
On sheet margins are dozens of glosses in ancient Ashkenasi handwriting from time of printing. Most glosses are copies of Hasagot HaRa'avad [early copies according to ancient manuscripts used by the copier]. Replacement leaves, glosses and additions in Yemenite manuscript. Ownership signatures and inscriptions from Yemen.
98; 100 leaves. (First leaf of Nashim and last leaf of Kedusha, are ancient handwritten replacements, Yemen). 30.5 cm. Fair condition, stains wear and tear. Moth damage. Some leaves have tears with lack. Unbound.
Responsa, by Rabbi Shlomo ben Aderet (Rashba). Bologna, 1539. First edition. Printed by the "Participants who uphold G-d's Torah in the city of Bologna".
, 2-216 leaves. Mispaginated. 25 cm. Varying condition, copy combined of two copies, title page and index on light-colored paper, with damage to text restored with paper replacements. The remaining leaves are in good-fair condition, with many stains and wear. Semi-leather rubbed binding.
Commentary on Torah of Rabbi Jacob Ba’al HaTurim. Venice, 1544.
Ownership inscriptions and glosses in Italian handwriting [cut off at edges of margins].
65,  leaves. 18.5 cm. Good to fair condition. Stains, signs of moths, tears on title page repaired. Short underlines [for emphasis] added to many pages. New binding.
Sefer Mivhar Hapeninim, wise sayings “from the early sages and proverbs of the philosophers”, attributed to Rabbi Shlomo Ibn Gabirol [some attribute the book to Rabbi Yedayah Hapenini Habadrashi] with commentary. Venice 1546. Printed by Cornelio Edelkind.
40 leaves. 18 cm. Clear quality paper, good condition, stains, little moth damage, vowelization by hand on a number of pages. New binding.
Place and date of printing only appear in colophon of the printer on the last page.
Shulchan Shel Arba, by Rabbeinu Bechaye ben Asher. Venice, 1545. Marco Antonio Justinian printing press.
Ethics and behavior while dining, explanation of Birkot HaNehenin and Birkat HaMazon, by Rabbeinu Bechaye, author of the commentary on the Torah.
11 leaves. 29 cm. Good condition, stains. Erasures and handwritten censor authorizations. New binding.
Sefer Agur, Laws and Customs by Rabbi Jacob Landau. Venice 1545-1546. Printed by Justinian. One of the basic books of laws and customs of the Ashkenazi rite in the time of the Rishonim.
Without “Sefer Hazon” [4 leaves] which was added to some of the copies.
132 leaves. 20 cm. Good condition, stains. Ownership records and stamps.
Sefer Halachot Gedolot. Venice, 1548. First edition. Printing press of Marco Antonio Justinian.
Sefer Halachot Gedolot was composed during period of the Ge’onim and is considered one of the first books of Halachah written after the completion of the Talmud. Identity of author [referred to as: Ba’al (author of) Halachot Gedolot] was controversial between scholars of the Rishonim who cite him extensively. Some attributed the composition to Rabbi Yehudai Ga’on, and others ascribed it to Rabbi Shimon Keira. On title page of this book the Samag is quoted: “Rabbi Yehudai Ga’on authored Halachot Gedolot”, and on leaf following title page a special article regarding identity of author was printed [for additional information see preface of Rosh Traub edition, Warsaw 1875]; preface of edition of Azriel Hildesheimer, Berlin 1888; Bibliography Institute CD, record no. 0127157]. This book is a complete copy of the first printed edition.
, 144 leaves. 28.5 cm. Varying condition, good to fair. Majority of leaves in good condition with tiny moth holes. Last leaves contain moth damage and mildew stains. Ownership signature “Ya’akov Di Pinto”. Old parchment binding.
Sefer Tziyoni, commentary on the Torah, Rabbi Menachem Tziyoni son of Rabbi Meir of Speyer. Cremona, 1560. Vincenzo Conti printing press.
Signatures and notations in Hebrew (“Yechiel Eichel---“ and more) and in Latin letters (“Dr. Michael Zacks” and more).
Kabbalist Rabbi Menachem Tzion son of Meir author of Sefer Tziyoni, among rabbis of Ashkenaz between approx. 1340-1410. His son is Rabbi Zelikman Binga known for his book “Minhagei [customs] Maharaz Binga”. The first edition of his book was printed in Cremona in 1559, however in the conflagration of books in Cremona in month of Av during that year the Church burnt approx. one thousand copies of the book and only several copies of that edition remained. In the summer of 1560 the printing press was reopened and due to the great demand for the book a new edition was printed containing the addition of many passages which were omitted from the 1559 edition. [See: M. Benayahu, Hebrew Press in Cremona, p. 101, according to testimony of apostate Sisto who ignited the fire, see: pp. 79-83 for differences between editions and photocopies of title pages and various leaves from both editions – see attached material].
110 leaves. 21 cm. Good condition, stains. Damaged binding.
Sefer Yetzira attributed to Avraham Avinu, with four commentaries: Rabbi Se'adya Gaon, Rabbi Eliezer of Worms, Ramban and Ra'avad. Kabalistic charts and sketches. [Mantua, 1562]. Printed by Ya'akov Cohen of Gazzuolo. First edition.
This copy was given as a gift to Rabbi David Saliman Sasson on his marriage. On the leaf before the title page is a handwritten dedication: "A souvenir for Rabbi Saliman Sasson on the day of his marriage and heartfelt joy from David Bo'ino Di Maskita".
Signature on title page: "For G-d's service Moshe Uziel". Handwritten gloss: "Here I have found balm for my soul… 8th of Tevet 1808…".
Some of the sketches of Sefer HaYetzira are circles for calculating combination of Names. This is done by creating a large circle with one of two smaller circles in its center. These circles are supposed to turn causing various combinations to appear. The outer circles of most copies are printed empty, apparently to later add the turning circles. This copy has the middle circles, handwritten and sewn in their center to enable them to turn. One circle has movable hands.
108 [should be 105] leaves (without  leaf, list of sketches). 20.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Restored tears to leaf margins. Lack to corner of title page and next leaf, with damage to text, restored with handwritten replacement. Semi-leather binding.
Sefer Menorat HaMa’or by Rabbi Yitzchak Abuhav. Revised edition “according to knowledgeable writers and based upon old proofread book”. Mantua, 1563. Third edition. Printing press of Ephraim ben Yitzchak, Meir ben Moshe Heilfron of Venice and Meir ben Ephraim of Padua.
116 leaves. 28 cm. Good-fair condition, wear damage on inner margins, restored in old fashion. Golden elegant leather binding, torn.
Sefer Derech Emunah, “The Way of Repentance in the Way of the Kabbalah” by Rabbi Meir Ben Gabbay [author of Avodat Hakodesh and Tola’at Yakov]. Padua, 1562. Printed by Lorenzo Pasquato and Partners.
On the reverse side of the title page introduction of “Samuel of Moravia Shatz of Padua Proofreader”. On leaf 2 there are ten questions which the student Rabbi Joseph Halevi asked the author. The work is a reply to these questions.
28 leaves. 19.5 cm. Good condition, stains, remains of fungus. Pages have been repaired. Drawing in ink on title page.
First Hebrew book printed in Padua, and one of the few Hebrew books printed there in the 16th century.
Sefer Otiot D'Rabbi Akiva. Cracow 1579. Printed by Issac of Prostitz.
Midrash on the letters of the alphabet, attributed to the Tanna Rabbi Akiva. Previously printed in Constantinople and Venice, but in this edition extra paragraphs were added from a manuscript in the possession of the printers [on leaf 7 (8) written: "Till here text we found not printed in Venice. Here begins Otiot D'Rabbi Akiva as printed in Venice”].
Ownership records and pen scratchings. Signature on title page: “Meir Heuzen” [from Altona; see attached material].
24 leaves. 19 cm. Good condition, stains, censor’s erasures. New binding.
Mishneh Torah by the Rambam, with critique of the Rabad [Rabbi Avraham ben David] and Magid Mishneh, as well as commentary Kesef Mishneh by Rabbi Yosef Karo. Complete four-volume set. Venice, [1574-1575]. Bragadin Printing Press. First edition of Kesef Mishneh whose author, Rabbi Yosef Karo, passed away during course of printing. This edition contains most extensively proofread version of the Rambam based upon copies of Yeshivot of Safed and Egypt.
Stamps and signed ownership notations by members and rabbis of Vilehn community (neighboring Posen) from 18th century.
Section 1 (Mada-Zemanim): , 316 leaves. Section 2 (Nashim-Kedusha): , 217,  leaves. Section 3 (Hafla’ah-Tahara): , 451,  leaves. Section 4 (Nezikin-Shoftim): , 297,  leaves. 4 volumes. Approx. 29-30 cm. General condition very good, damage and old scotch tape restorations on title pages and last leaves. New cloth bindings.
Book of explanation on Rashi commentary on the Torah, by Rabbi Natan Shapira of Hrodna. Venice, . Contains several illustrations: Map of Israel, ladder of Ya’akov, Menorah of the Temple and more.
Signatures: “Elazar Nachmi’ash”; “Reuven son of Rabbi Ya’akov”, who also signs by name “Rabbi Pu’ah”. Last leaves contain notations and additional signatures in Oriental handwriting.
180 leaves. 19.5 cm. Varying condition; majority of leaves in good-fair condition, stains and wear. On last leaves, wear and moth damage, with slight damage to text. Ancient worn binding.
This book is a forgery. At the peak of printing the original book Imrei Shefer in Krakow [between 1590-1597] this commentary, whose author is unclear, was printed, under the name of Rabbi Natan Shapira, as related by his son in the introduction to the book Imrei Shefer. This resulted in banning of book by rabbis of Poland [see attached material].
Responsa by Rabbi Asher [HaRosh]. Venice, . Zanito Zanitti Printing Press.
This publication contains the addition of many dozens of new responses and hundreds of partial responses as well as other corrections in wording of responses printed in previous publications.
Detail of year on title page is 1607, however colophon notes: “…completed… year 1608…”.
Signature in oriental writing on title page: “Re’eh”.
180; 2; 11,  leaves (faulty pagination). 28 cm. Good condition, stains. Some moth stains. Restored parchment binding.
Responsa by Maharam [Rabbi Meir] of Rothenberg. Prague, . Printing press of Moshe ben Yosef Betzalel Katz.
Oriental signatures: “Mine, for the worship of my Creator, Ya’akov son of Yosef Lindos” [Rabbi Ya’akov Lindos, scholar of Egypt in early 18th century – see attached material], “S. T. [Shem Tov] HaLevi”.
2, 5-114 leaves. 30 cm. Good condition, stains and age marks. Fine new leather binding.
Chen Tov, homiletics according to the order of the Torah and kabalistic thoughts, by Rabbi Tuvia HaLevi. Venice,  printed by Zuan Di Gara. First edition. The author often quotes Rabbi Shlomo Sagis (his teacher) and the Ari.
Ancient signatures and ownership inscriptions in Sefardi writing: "Yosef Frigiro ben Menachem Frigiro, G-d should give us the privilege to study this, we and our sons", "Abraham Arobash", "Yaakov, son of rabbi Yosef Tar---".
314 leaves, 27.5 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and wear damage, moth damage (restored). Restored title page. Handsome semi-leather binding.
Responsa, Rabbi Ya'akov Segal (Maharil). Hanau, . Printed by Hans Jacob Hena.
Signatures of “Rabbi Haim Davidson Av Bet Din Warsaw” on title page and in two other places. [Additional ownership records].
Rabbi Haim Davidson (Otzar 5945) was born in 1760 in Pinchov, to his father Rabbi David Tevel. Disciple of Rabbi Ya'akov of Lisa, author of Netivot HaMishpat. He was both great in Torah and very wealthy. He was the leader of Warsaw and Poland's Jewry, and stood at the head of the rabbis who supported the Polish Revolt. In 1839, with the passing of the Chemdat Shlomo, he was chosen as chief rabbi and Av Beit Din of Warsaw, a position which he held for 14 years. Despite his old age, he was active and full of energy until his last days. He died in 1854 at the age of 94.
72 leaves. 18.5 cm. Good to fair condition. Stains, repaired moth damage (with damage to text) and a number of tears.
Sefer Shtei Yadot by Rabbi Menachem di Lunzano. Venice, 1618. Bragadin printing press.
Book divided into two sections, “two hands” and each hand contains five “fingers”. Includes: Or Torah on traditional text of Torah; Midrashim of the Sages; poems, songs more.
Several interesting glosses in early Oriental handwriting, by several writers from various periods. On other side of title page: handwritten inscription poem. Leaf 79/2 contains signed gloss: “Avraham Miranda” – Ga’on Kabbalist Rabbi Avraham Miranda (1723-1799), among leading Torah scholars of Thessaloniki, authored "Dikdukei Chaverim", "Yad Ne’eman", "Ru’ach Ne’eman – Kontress HaShemot", which contain complete pamphlet: "Moreh Be’Etzba", which interprets "Etzba HaMa’arich" from this book "Shtei Yadot".
62, 65-76, 75-176 leaves. 20 cm. Good-fair condition, mildew stains. parchment binding.
Sefer Mekor Chochma, “know and comprehend holy sayings… of Zohar… on entire Torah”. Rabbi Yissachar Ber of Kremenets. Prague, . Moshe Katz Printing Press.
Literal Hebrew translation of short passages from Sefer HaZohar according to order of Parshiot. Significant approbations by Torah giants of generation [printed at end of book]: Rabbi Menachem Azariah of Fano, Rabbi Mordechai Yaffe author of HaLuvushim, Rabbi Yeshaya HaLevi Horowitz author of HaShla [Shnei Luchot HaBrit], Rabbi Gedalia Cordovero [son of Rabbi Moshe Cordovero – Ramak] and others.
 leaves (faulty pagination). 18 cm. Good condition, stains and slight wear. New binding.
Collection of remnants of printed leaves removed from the "Binding Geniza". Includes leaves form the 15th and 16th centuries [leaves from the book Akedat Yitzchak by Rabbi Yitzchak Arama. Thessaloniki, 1522. Leaf from the Tur, Soncino, 1490; etc.]; leaves from an identified edition of the Babylonian Talmud (Thessaloniki); many leaves are proofreading leaves and printing attempts of Thessaloniki printings from the 18th century. These leaves have many handwritten glosses and corrections later integrated into last printing [see attached leaves for comparison]. Only some of the works were identified.
65 leaves. Varied size, various states of damage caused by the binding.
Mikra’ot Gedolot – Esrim Ve’Arba’a, sections 3 and 4: Nevi’im Achronim and Ketuvim, with translation and commentary of Radak and other commentators. Venice, 1517, Daniel Bomberg printing press.
Many lengthy glosses, majority in early Ashkenazi handwriting from period of print. Additional glosses in Ashkenazi handwriting from 17th-18th century. Last leaf contains ownership notations and signatures from various periods: “Moshe son of Aharon Shlomo of children of Heilfron” from 1574; Naftali Hirsch son of deceased Chassid Rabbi Simcha of dynasty – of Amsterdam… who studies in Klois… Rabbi Shmuel of Frankfurt am Main… Cheshvan 1697” [Shmuel Shatin author of Kos HaYeshu’ot, Rosh Yeshiva in Frankfurt am Main and grandfather of author of Chatam Sofer].
[180 leaves; 238 leaves]. 37 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and wear, slight damage to several leaves, some glosses slightly cut off. Old binding.
Torah, Nevi’im and Ketuvim. Part 1 [Chamisha Chumshei Torah and Chamesh Megillot] and Part 2 [Nevi’im Rishonim]. Frankfurt (Oder), 1595. Printed by Yohanan and Frederick Hartman.
Part 2 has separate title page. This is the Wittenberg 1547 edition, 1547 (printed by Zecharia Chrato), but the title page was changed for the present title page [see Bibliography Institute CD record 0304538].
 leaves, 18cm. Good condition, stains, and signs of dampness. Moth damage to some of the pages. Records on title leaf. New binding.
Sefer Hamagid – Prophets and Hagiographa with Rashi’s commentary and Targum and commentary in Yiddish. Amsterdam, 1738
Three volumes (Early Prophets, Later Prophets, and Writings). In this edition there are many changes compared to the previous editions of Sefer Hamagid.
Volume 1: 247 leaves (title page missing); Volume 2: 294 leaves; Volume 3: 264 leaves, 24 cm. Good condition, stains, wear on several pages, original bindings (some damage).
Biblia Hebraica, Torah Nevi’im and Ketuvim. Frankfurt am Main, .
Hebrew, with title page, preface and comments in Latin. Illustrated Hebrew title page with copper-etched images of Moshe, Aharon and David as well as additional symbols.
 leaves, 10,  pages; 686,  leaves. 22 cm. Good condition, stains. Original damaged binding.
Sefer Michlal Yofi, explanation and study of matters pertaining to grammar and vowelization, on Torah, Nevi’im and Ketuvim. Rabbi Shlomo ibn Melech. Constantinople, . Printing press of Moshe son of Elazar Parnas HaRofeh. First edition.
Ownership notations and stamps from members of Calvary family of Posen: “Belongs to my father and mentor Rabbi Moshe Klefer of Posen son of Rabbi Ya’akov Klefer, G-d-fearing righteous and honest renowned Dayan, who wholeheartedly served the Almighty. Shlomo Calvary”.
 leaves. 28.5 cm. General condition good. stains and wear, restored and stained title page. Last leaves missing text; restored and replaced with photocopy.
Torah Ohr, on the masoret (tradition) of the Torah. First "Finger" of the book " Shtei Yadot" ["Two hands", printed in Venice 1618, see Item 216] by Rabbi Menachem di Lunzano. Amsterdam, 1659. Printed by Uri ben Aharon HaLevi.
Bound at the end of the book is a leaf in Ashkenasi handwriting [c. 18th/19th century] with a list of the variations of masoret (tradition) in "my Sefer Torah inherited from my father Rabbi Wolf Levi, where I found written things that differ from the glosses of Ohr Torah, and also differ from the Tikun Sofrim of Rabbi Isaac Premsla" [Tikun Sofrim of Rabbi Isaac Premsla, first printed in Amsterdam 1751].
, 27 leaves. 19.5 cm. + 2 handwritten pages. Good condition. Foxing. Fabric binding.
The Damascus Pentateuch, manuscript from about the year 1000, containing almost the whole Pentateuch, Jewish National and University Library, Jerusalem, Heb. Quart. 5702 / edited by D. S. Loewinger. Published by Rosenkilde and Bagger, Copenhagen, Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, US, 1978-1982. Facsimile of Keter Damesek, manuscript of the Bible written in Castille in the 13th century and kept in the Jerusalem National University Library. Two volumes. The second volume was edited by Malachi Beit-Aryeh. 51 cm. Good condition.
A Series of fifteen facsimiles of manuscript pages of the Hebrew Bible, with a letterpress description by Dr. Christian D. Ginsburg. Published by James Hyatt, London, 1897. English. A folder with 15 large plates of high-quality facsimiles of various Bible manuscripts from the 9th century to the 17th century. Each facsimile has a leaf of explanation.  introduction and content leaves,  plates +  explanation leaves. 57.5 cm. The plates are in good condition, with the exception of the last plate (tears to its lower part), original folder, poor condition. David Solomon Sasson's ex-libris.
Jerusalemite Talmud, tractate Shekalim, with Mishnayot commentary by the Rambam. Basel, . Ambrosio Frobinio Printing Press.
Volume of Talmud edition published in Basel between 1578-1581.
12 leaves. 34 cm. Good condition, margin cutting bordering text, tears, restorations on title page. New binding.
Babylonian Talmud, with commentary of Rashi and Tosafot (including rulings of Tosafot). Tractates: Zevachim, Menachot, Keritot and Me’ilah. [In one volume]. Krakow, . Printing press of Yitzchak son of Aharon Ish Prostitz.
Separate title page for each tractate. Title page of tractate Menachot mentions composition of Beit Yosef by Rabbi Yosef Karo: “… after the divine spark illuminated us and we have merited the Chidushim of the Beit Yosef…”. Tractate Me’ilah includes tractates Kinim, Tamid and Midot.
For printing of this edition see: Rabbi Rabinowitz, article on printing of Talmud, Jerusalem 1952, pp. 80-84.
Ownership notations: “Yosef son of Avraham Nachmiash”, “dedicated to Bnei Eliezer Yeshiva”. Several corrections in Italian handwriting.
Zevachim: 120 leaves. Menachot: 112 leaves. Keritot: 28 leaves. Me’ilah: 28 leaves. 30 cm. Good-fair condition (majority of leaves in good condition). Stains. Mildew stains, wear and moth stains on some leaves. Restored tear on title page of tractate Zevachim and on following leaf.
Sefer Beit Yisrael, section two – “Ein Ya’akov”, collection of Aggadot on the Shas from tractates Yevamot-Niddah. By Rabbi Ya’akov ben Chaviv. Venice, 1625. Bragadin printing press.
Signatures and some glosses in Oriental handwriting. Signatures of Rabbi “Eliyahu Cohen”.
189 leaves (missing leaf 190 from tractate Oktzin). 28.5 cm. Fair condition, wear and tear, moth holes and stains. Title page professionally restored. New binding.
Due to censorship decree banning printing of Talmud and Ein Ya’akov, the name of "Ein Ya’akov" was changed, beginning with the 1566 Venice edition. The first section was named "Ein Yisrael" and second section was named "Beit Yisrael".
Babylonian Talmud, tractate Bava Batra and tractate Avodat Kochavim. Frankfurt am Main, 1720. Printing press of John Kelner.
Title page contains many notations in Hebrew and Latin indicating that book belongs to several rabbis from Kolin. At beginning of page, notation stating that book belonged to Rabbi Yakov, Dayan of Brody and rabbi of Kolin. In 1775 he gave his approbation to the book Ateret Eli and at beginning of approbation it was written “famous genius of his generation Rabbi Yakov Ilovai of Brod Av Beit Din and Rosh Mativta of Kolin”. Several responses of the Noda B'Yehuda were sent to Rabbi Yakov Av Beit Din of Kolin. See attached material.
219 leaves; 97 leaves. 32.5 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and wear. Ancient leather torn binding.
Hilchot Rav Alfas [Rif]. Sulzbach, [1762 -1766]. Three parts in three volumes [Part 1 : Masechet Brachot, Hilchot Ketanot and Seder Moed. Part 2: Seder Nashim, Masechet Hullin, Sha’arei Shevuot and Hikur Dinim. Part 3: Seder Nezikin]. Magnificent ancient bindings, wood covered with leather, with metal clasps. Ownership inscriptions and signatures:”Leib Herz Zunz Halfon” from Frankfurt am Main. , 3-87; 304 leaves; , 320; 20; 6; 40 leaves; 376 leaves. 40 cm. Good condition, stains, moth damage. Damage and moth holes in bindings. Clasps missing in one of the volumes. One clasp damaged in one of the volumes.
Mischnah oder Der Text des Talmuds, Mishnah, translation into German and explanations by Johann Jacob Rabe. Four volumes (Zeraim, Moed, Nashim, and Kodashim). Onolzbach, 1760-1762.
4 volumes, 23 cm. Good condition, stains and slight wear, damage to bindings.
Mishnayot, Parts 1-2, printed with vowels and proof read with explanations of foreign words in alphabetical order (Rabbi Menashe Ben Israel), Amsterdam 1646. Printed by Joseph Ben Israel “in the house of his father Rabbi Menashe Ben Israel”
“With all the versions and many corrections which were collected from the Tosphot Yom Tov and a book proof read by Rabbi Solomon Adani”.
In this edition Rabbi Menashe Ben Israel began printing the Mishnayot with vowelization, which was done with great care by himself and Rabbi Abraham De Leon [this after another edition was printed in Constantinople 1644-1645].
This copy lacks the title page of Part 1 and the five following leaves, which were added in square pointed handwriting. The scribe added an illustrated title page in which he copied the original wording, and also signed his name “This title page with the handwritten leaves I, Issac Matz wrote on Heshvan 21, 1841, here in Offenbach”.
Part 1 [Zeraim, Moed, and Nashim]: Missing beginning.  pages completed by handwriting. Leaves 5-113. Part 2 [Nezikin, Kodashim and Teharot]: leaves 116-160, 162, 275, 14 cm. pages cut down to running heading. Good condition, stains and wear, damaged binding, partly detached, stamps and ownership inscription.
Sefer Kreti U'Pleti, section 1, on Shulchan Aruch Yoreh De’ah, by Ga’on Rabbi Yehonatan Eibeshitz. Altona, . First edition, printed during lifetime of author. This is the one and only Halachic composition of Rabbi Yehonatan Eibeshitz which was printed during his lifetime [except for polemic books and collection of his Chidushim].
Title page contains signed ownership notation by “Asher Enzil son of Moshe” who notes that the book belonged to “the exalted Rabbi David Av Beit Din of Metz and its surroundings” – [apparently, the Ga’on Rabbi David Dishbek (1715-1974) author of Pardes David – who served as chief Av Beit Din and Rosh Yeshiva in Metz during period of the Sha’agat Aryeh]. Several glosses and corrections in ancient handwritings from period of printing.
, 35; 165 leaves. Faulty pagination. 29.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Wear with some damage to text, slight moth damage. Detached worn binding.
Binding leaf contains lengthy notation of genealogy of Rabbi Yehonatan Eibeshitz, in handwriting of Rabbi Mordechai Lustig of Antwerp (perished in Holocaust).
Nodah B'Yehuda, responsa of Rabbi Yechezkel HaLevi Landau. Parts 1-2. Prague, 1776. First edition of Mahadura Kama, published by the author during his life.
On the title page is the signature of Rabbi "Meir Kitza", a renowned Hungarian rabbi, dayan in Tzehlim (Hungary) during c. 1790-1800. More signatures. Few handwritten glosses.
, 86, ; , 157 leaves. 34.5 cm. High-quality paper, good condition, stains and a little wear. Attractive binding.
Sefer Ktzot HaChoshen, on Shulchan Aruch Choshen Mishpat. Section I: [Polná, 1816]. Second edition. Section II: Lemberg, . First edition.
Sefer Ktzot HaChoshen is considered one of the most basic books of Torah erudition, and for over two hundred years was universally used as the main foundation of in-depth study in Yeshivot.
Section I: , 14-86, ; 21 leaves. Blue paper. Section II: , 64, 67-111,  leaves. 33 cm. Good-fair condition, wear and stains. Bound together in a simple old binding.
Fear of Heaven for life (Chaim), "Booklets [mussar] letters…by Our Teacher Chaim Rabbi of Volozhin. Named… Nefesh HaChaim…". Vilnius and Grodno, 1824.
The book was edited and brought to print by his son Rabbi Yitzchak of Volozhin and his nephew Rabbi Avraham Simcha of Mstsislaw; introductions by his sons Rabbi Yitzchak of Volozhin and Rabbi Yosef of Chorzów. Approbations by Vilna Rabbi Shaul Katznelbogin and Rabbi Avraham Avli Pasvoler.
Ownership inscriptions and signatures on title page. Several handwritten corrections and glosses.
, 17; 10; 8, ; 4; 17 leaves, 22 cm. Fair-good condition. Stains. Restored tears to leaf margins. First and last leaves have tears with damage to text, professionally restored. Elaborate leather binding, new.
Chidushei Rabbi Chaim HaLevi – Chidushim and explanations on the Rambam, Rabbi Chaim HaLevi Soloveitchik. Brisk, 1936. First edition.
Inscription in honor of the wedding of Rabbi Gershon HaCohen Kaplan Handwritten and signed by Raphael Yehuda Broida. [Disciple of Mir Yeshiva in Lithuania. Rabbi Gershon Kaplan of Minsk (1906-1843), among leading diligent Torah scholars of Mir, served in the rabbinate of Riga and perished in the Holocaust. His friend, Rabbi Yehuda Raphael Broida was from the “American group” in the Mir Yeshiva]. Ownership stamps of Rabbi “Shmuel Aba Snieg of Munich” and library stamps.
Ga’on Rabbi Chaim HaLevi of Brisk, founder of comprehension and erudition method of Torah study throughout Lithuania. This book was written over a period of many years and was re-examined “until one hundred times” (words of sons of author in preface), and indeed, is considered one of the most basic books of comprehension and study method until today.
, 112 leaves, 34 cm. Light quality paper, good-fair condition, detached leaves, wear and slight stains. Original worn and torn binding. Missing spine.
Collection of books by Rabbi Yisrael Meir HaCohen (Kagan) of Radin, author of Chafetz Chaim.
See list in Hebrew description.
9 books in 7 volumes. Various sizes and conditions, majority on dry and fragile paper. Some books contain pencilled notation “proofread” in his holy handwriting.
Sefer Ben Yehoyada, Chidushim on rabbinic literature of the Shas, by Rabbi Yosef Chaim of Baghdad – the “Ben Ish Chai”. Five-volume set. Jerusalem, [1898-1904]. First edition, printed in the author's life-time.
Name of book and location of print in section 1-2 and all title pages in sections 3-4 in golden ink.
Ownership notations and stamps. At end of first volume (before indexes), notations in Oriental writing [“riddle” and Midrashim of wonder].
Five volumes. Section 1: Berachot and Shabbat. , 59; 47,  leaves; section 2: Eruvin, Pesachim, Yoma, Rosh HaShanah, Sukkah, Beitzah. , 93,  leaves; section 3: Megillah, Ta’anit, Chagiga, Mo’ed Katan, Yevamot, Ketubot, Gittin. , 87,  leaves; section 4: Nedarim, Nazir, Sotah, Kiddushin, Kama, Metzia, Batra. . , 111 leaves; section 5: until end of Talmud. . , 111 leaves. 31 cm. General condition good, stains, wear and tear on several leaves. Damaged bindings.
Sefer HaZihronot, by Rabbi Samuel Abuhav [Prague, c. 1648].
The book was printed anonymously, without the place and year printed, and mainly deals with words of reproof and exhortation to keep the Mitzvot about which the people are negligent.
The author, Rabbi Samuel Abuhav (1610-1694) one of the leaders in his generation, Rabbi of Verona and one of the sages of Venice, author of the responsa book “Devar Shemuel”. In this work he joins the argument about “Stam Yenam” in Italy, following the custom, widely held there, to be lenient in this prohibition, devoting a large part of the book to point out the seriousness of the matter. He sent the book to be printed in Prague and never used the excellent Italian printers, to keep his authorship secret. The “Hida” (“Shem Gedolim”, section “Marechet Seforim”) writes “It is not recorded in the book who wrote it…and we know that Rabbi Abuhav wrote it, a leading rabbi in Venice, and in his piety he did not mention his name and to hide this he used black paper and the printing is not good". Interestingly, unlike the words of the Hida the copy here is printed on quite good paper. [For the attribution of this work to Rabbi Samuel Abuhav and a description of him see Meir Benayahu: “Dor Ehad Ba’Aretz, Jerusalem 1988, pages 27-49].
Records of owners and stamps: “Reuben David Morgenstern”, “I gained from the bequest of Rabbi Israel Mordechai… Reuben David Hashahar [= Morgenstern]”, “Isaac Rubinstein".
, 86 leaves. 19 cm. Good condition, stains and writing in ink. Fine new leather binding.
See list in Hebrew description.
12 books, various sizes and conditions.
Eshlei Ravrevei, Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah. With the Vilna Gaon's commentary. Grodno, 1806. First edition (brought to print by the Gra's sons). Bound with: Chavat Da'at, Polonne, .
176 leaves; 67  leaves. 35 cm. Blue and greenish paper, good-fair condition. Stains and wear, loose binding and detached leaves. Ancient leather binding.
Vinograd, Otzar Sifrei HaGra 749.
See list in Hebrew description.
6 books, various sizes and conditions; majority in good condition.
Title page for Sefer Vayikra, from commentary Rabbeinu Behaye. Pesaro, 1507, Gershom Soncino Printing Press.
Signature at beginning of leaf: “Yisrael son of Rabbi Moshe Najara” – holy signature of Kabbalist and poet Rabbi Yisrael Najara (1555-1625, Otzar HaRabbanim 11998), among Torah scholars of Safed during period of the Ari. Composed many holy poems (some of which were printed during his lifetime in his book Zmirot Israel, Safed 1587). The Chida [Rabbi Chaim Yosef David Azulai] writes in name of the Ari who stated that “his songs bear significance in Heaven”. His famous song “Ka Ribon Olam Ve’Olmaya” was accepted throughout the Diaspora and is traditionally sung at Shabbat meals. Towards end of his lifetime settled in Gaza and was appointed as rabbi and teacher. His halachic responses were printed in Maharitatz [Rabbi Yom Tov Tzahalon] Responsa.
26 cm. leaf. Good condition. Stains. Tears on margins.
Attached, authorization of expert, identifying signature.
Sefer Kreti U’Pleti, exegesis and Chidushim on Shulchan Aruch Yoreh De’ah [with text], section 1 [chapters 1-111]. Rabbi Yonatan Eibeshitz. Altona, . First edition.
This copy belonged to Rabbi Gershon Chayut Av Beit Din of Nikolsburg and state, as noted in lengthy interesting inscription at beginning of title page: “This is one of the books of the deceased Ga’on Rabbi Gershon Chayut who was rabbi of our community and the state; since the rabbi departed from the world without offspring he dedicated all his books to the old synagogue [!] and new synagogue in order that they be studied from and serve as a source of merit for his soul… “. Below inscription: “His soul has departed in holiness on Friday, Shushan Purim 1789”. Few handwritten glosses, partially cut off.
Rabbi Gershon Chayut (Otzar HaRabbanim 4410), among Torah geniuses of his generation, famous righteous Kabbalist. Rabbi in Hotziplatze [from where he publicly supported Rabbi Yonatan Eibeshitz, author of this book, in the polemic with Rabbi Ya’akov Emden]. Between 1770-1778 served as rabbi in Mattersdorf and following the demise of Rabbi Shmuel [Shmelke] Horowitz of Nikolsburg, was summoned to succeed him as Av Beit Din of Nikolsburg and as rabbi of state of Moravia. Passed away on Shushan Purim 1789 and was succeeded by the Maharam Benet who was member of his Beit Din.
, 34 [instead of: 35], 165 leaves (missing leaf following title page). 28 cm. Fair condition. Stains and wear. Moth stains. Tears on leaf margins, with some missing text. Title page detached and torn. Missing binding.