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Auction 33 Lot Number 246

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Kreti U’Pleti – First Edition – Copy of Rabbi Gershon Chayut – Interesting Inscription

Sefer Kreti U’Pleti, exegesis and Chidushim on Shulchan Aruch Yoreh De’ah [with text], section 1 [chapters 1-111]. Rabbi Yonatan Eibeshitz. Altona, [1763]. 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.
[2], 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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 278

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Three Books from the Library of Rabbi Samuel Garji, with his Glosses

Three Books from the Library of Rabbi Samuel Garji with his handwritten glosses. * Sefer Maor VeShemesh, Hassidic commentary on the Torah, parts 1-2, by Rabbi Kalonymos Kalman Epstein, Lemberg, 1859, Second edition.* Sefer Ohel Ya’akov on Sefer Vayikra, Sefer Bamidbar and Sefer Devarim by the Dubner Maggid, Warsaw, 1874. * Sefer Kav HaYashar by Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Kaidanover with Yiddish translation, Warsaw, 1879.
Glosses in the handwriting of Rabbi Samuel Garji, a scholar in Iran and Afghanistan, who was a Shochet in the town of Marv. His book “Minchat Shmuel” was printed in Jerusalem in 1903. In the books is a booklet of drashot and a number of handwritten leaves, apparently in his handwriting.
Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 374

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Manuscript, Homiletics – London

Manuscript, homiletics and novellae on aggada by unidentified author. [London, c. 1810].
Stamps of "Chevrat Ein Ya'akov and Chevrat Tehillim London the Capitol".
Novellae on Tractate Berachot and homiletics for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. Apparently, the author served as preacher in London. At the end of the manuscript are letter drafts [signed: Yeshaya Deinwitz?]. English inscriptions.
Notebook, approximately 20 written pages. 23 cm. Fair condition, tears, detached leaves. Worn binding.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 502

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Sefer Minhagim – Lunéville, 1806

Sefer Minhagim by Rabbi Issac Tirna, “of all these lands, Poland, Bohemia, Moravia and Germany”. Lunéville, [1806].
At the end of the book there is an additional work: “Orhot Haim (by the Rosh).
24, 24-35, 35-88 leaves (leaves 63-66 are not bound in order). 20cm. Good to very good condition. Stains, damage to spine of binding.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 97

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Maharil Responsa, Solobkovtsy, 1807 – Distinguished Copy

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).

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Auction 33 Lot Number 193

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Shana Tova Letter by the Rabbi of Lubavitch

Shana Tova letter by Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneersohn Rebbe of Lubavitch-Chabad. Brooklyn, [1965].
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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 321

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Collection of Manuscripts – Morocco and Yemen

Collection of manuscripts, compositions and sections of compositions: Slichot and prayers, commentaries and laws on slaughtering, biography of Jesus (in Jewish-Arabic); poem on bravery of “Chana and her seven sons” and more. [Yemen and Morocco, 19th-20th century].
12 notebooks and parts of notebooks. Various sizes and conditions.
From the collection of Avraham Hatal, among the leading researchers of Oriental Judaism.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 44

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Passover Haggadah – Karlsruhe, 1796

Pesach Haggadah. Karlsruhe, [1796]. 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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 108

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Collection of Kabbalistic Books

For complete list, see Hebrew description.
12 books in 9 volumes. Varied size and condition.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 236

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Sefer Ktzot HaChoshen – First and Second Edition

Sefer Ktzot HaChoshen, on Shulchan Aruch Choshen Mishpat. Section I: [Polná, 1816]. Second edition. Section II: Lemberg, [1796]. 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: [12], 14-86, [1]; 21 leaves. Blue paper. Section II: [2], 64, 67-111, [3] leaves. 33 cm. Good-fair condition, wear and stains. Bound together in a simple old binding.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 332

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Manuscript – Passover Haggadah – Jerusalem

Manuscript, “Aggadah” - Passover Haggadah – Jerusalem [1860’s].
Square Yemenite writing, with decorations to headings and some of the words. Illuminated design at the beginning of the Haggadah. After the text “Mah Nishtanah” paragraph in Judeo-Arabic: “Ma kvar hada…” [according to the Yemenite rite].
Colophon: “This Aggadah completed in Jerusalem.”. Ornate signature on the last page.
19, [1] leaves. 14 cm. Good condition, wine stains, number of tears. Stamps of owners.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 524

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Sefer Elim – Amsterdam 1628-9

Sefer Elim, Rabbi Joseph Solomon Delmedigo. Amsterdam, [1628-1629]. Printed in Beit Menashe Ben Israel.
Essays on mathematics, astronomy, mechanics, physics and astrology, with many detailed and impressive schemes.
Originally the book included five essays: Elim, Ma'ayan Ganim, Chukot Shamayim, Gevurot Hashem and Ma'ayan Chatum. This copy contains only the first essay.
The author, Rabbi Yosef Shlomo Delmedigo – The Yashar Mi-Qandia (1591-1665), a doctor, philosopher, astronomer and mathematician, a student of Galileo Galilei. This book was the focus of polemics amongst the sages of his generation, Jews and Christians alike.
Signatures and owners' inscriptions: "Moses Viterbo”, and others.
[8], 83 pages (without the portrait). 18 cm. Good condition, stains, moth damage on some pages.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 23

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Ketubah on Parchment – Strasbourg, 1910

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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 279

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Shulchan Aruch, Yoreh De’ah – Signature and Glosses by Rabbi Yechezkel Jungreis of Prešov

Shulchan Aruch, Yoreh De’ah, section three [chapters 203-403], with Sefer Ikrei HaDat on Yoreh De’ah. Vilnius, 1894.
Signature of “Yechezkel son of Rabbi Yitzchak Tzvi Segal”. Glosses in his handwriting on leaf margins.
Ga’on Rabbi Yechezkel Segal Jungreis (Otzar HaRabbanim 9044), son-in-law of Rabbi Noach Baruch Fischer Av Beit Din of Prešov (Slovakia); rabbinical authority in Prešov together with his father-in-law and later on with Rabbi Moshe Chaim Lau who succeed his father-in-law. Perished in Holocaust in 1944.
[2], 2-219, [1], 35 leaves. 40 cm. Dry paper. Good condition, stains and slight wear, moth stains. Fine original bindings (damaged).

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Auction 33 Lot Number 311

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Chochmat Shlomo by Rabbi Shlomo Luria [Maharshal] – Signatures of Rabbi Yehuda “HaDos” Toledano and Scholars of Morocco

Sefer Chochmat Shlomo, Glosses by Rabbi Shlomo Luria [Maharshal] on the Shas, [Amsterdam, 1691].
Last leaf contains many signatures by scholars of Morocco: “Rabbi Meir Toledano”; Rabbi “Yehuda Toledano” who also signs “HaDos Toledano”; Rabbi “Eliyahu ben Shushan” and Rabbi “Yitzchak Amar”.
The signed rabbis are apparently scholars of Meknes, Morocco: Rabbi Meir Toledano, son-in-law of Rabbi Moshe Toledano author of Melechet HaKodesh and his son Rabbi Yehuda Toledano known as Rabbi HaDos [born in 1780, composed dozens of books. Known for his commentary on the Hoshanot. Great Torah scholar of Meknes. Passed away between 1840-1853. [See attached material].
In that same city there was an additional scholar named Rabbi Yehuda HaDos son of Rabbi Chaviv Toledano, disciple of Rabbi Yekutiel Berdugo, who studied together with Rabbi Yitzchak Amar [passed away in 1833 at age 25, see attached material]. However, it is more reasonable that signature is of Rabbi Yehuda son of abovementioned Rabbi Meir Toledano. See attached material.
2-136 leaves (incomplete copy, originally: [2] 136 leaves).18.5 cm. Fair condition, stains and wear damage. Slight moth damage. Elegant ancient leather binding, slightly damaged.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 375

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Manuscript – Even Ha’Ezer

Manuscript, sections from writing and delivering of divorce certificate, and Chidushim on Shulchan Aruch Even Ha’Ezer. [Oriental handwriting, early 20th century].
8 leaves, 33-39 cm. Fair condition, taped tears and stains, sections from complete notebook.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 66

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Pirkei Avot – Safed, 1864

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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 258

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Kol Yehuda – Amsterdam, 1729 – Signature of Rabbi Avi’ezri Zelig Auerbach Rabbi of Butzweiler

Kol Yehuda, novellae on Torah treatises by Rabbi Yehuda of Galuga and novellae in the name of his great teachers: Rabbi Naftali Katz, Rabbi Aryeh Leib of Brisk, Rabbi Hillman of Manheim, Rabbi Avraham Broide etc. Amsterdam, 1729.
On the title page is an ancient signature of Rabbi "Avi'ezri Zelig Auerbach" (1724-1768), disciple of Rabbi Yehonatan Eibeshitz, son of Rabbi Zvi Hirsh Rabbi of Worms and father of Rabbi Avraham Auerbach Rabbi of Bonn. Although he died at the young age of 42, he was notorious as one of the foremost Torah scholars of his generation. See attached material.
[1], 55 leaves. 20.5 cm. Fair condition, stains and wear. On the binding leaf are long list in a foreign language from 1800. Fabric binding.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 290

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Sefer Ya’ir Ozen – Livorno, 1793 – First Edition – Signatures of Rabbis from the Sithon Family – Glosses

Sefer Ya’ir Ozen, rules. Rabbi Chaim Yosef David Azulai [Chida]. Livorno, [1793]. First edition.
Signatures on two title pages: “Moshe son of Rabbi Sithon”, “Yosef… Avraham Sithon” (two signatures), and “Ya’akov Menashe Hillel”.
First signer, Rabbi Moshe Sithon (1797-1878), among Torah giants of Aram Tzova, author of Kehilat Moshe. Second signer, apparently Rabbi Yosef Sathon (born in 1813), also among well-known scholars of Aram Tzova, author of VaYelaket Yosef and other compositions.
Several glosses in ancient Oriental writing (one by different writer).
[1], 110 leaves. 29 cm. Good condition, moth damage and stains.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 45

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Passover Haggadah – Ma’ale Beit Horin – Vienna 1794

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.
[1], 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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 88

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Chumash Bereshit with “Or HaChaim” Commentary – Slavita

Chumash Bereshit, with commentaries including Or HaChaim. [Slavita, printing press of Rabbi Moshe Shapira].
[Missing title page], [1], 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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 120

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Rishpei Esh (Nesukhoyezhe) – First Edition

Rishpei Esh, sayings of Rebbe Mordechai of Nesukhoyezhe and compilations of lofty holy men (the Magid of Złoczew). Warsaw. 1869. First edition.
[2] 10 leaves. 17 cm. High-quality paper, good-fair condition, stains and wear, few moth damages. Unbound.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 542.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 248

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Chidushei Halachot Maharsha – Berlin, 1755 – Signatures and Glosses of Rabbi Moshe Leib Sulz

Chidushei Halachot Maharsha. Berlin, [1755].
Folio edition [in the same year the printers also prepared a two-volume pocket edition, see Bibliography Institute CD record no. 0170845].
Title page contains many signatures of Rabbi Moshe Leib Sulz from youth [“Moshe Leib Sulz of Nikolsburg”] and additional signatures [“Uziel son of Rabbi Ya’akov Segal”, “belongs to Zelig Leib… student of perceptive genius, glory of generation Rabbi Hirsch Heller of community of Alt-Ofen”]. On other side of title page, names of students of Rabbi Moshe Sulz [by one writer]: “Shalom son of Rabbi Meir Wolf of Neustadt, student of Rabbi Moshe Leib Sulz of Nikolsburg; Yeshaya son of Rabbi Akiva of Nikolsburg student of Rabbi Moseh Leib Sulz of Nikolsburg; “Yoel”.
Throughout book several corrections and brief glosses, possibly in handwriting of Rabbi Moshe Leib Sulz.
This copy is missing 6 leaves, replaced with handwritten leaves in fine organized Rashi writing. It is possible that these leaves too are in handwriting of Rabbi Moshe Leib Sulz.
Ga’on Rabbi Moshe Leib Sulz (passed away in 1831), born in Sulz to his father Kabbalist Rabbi Yosef Sulz. When he was 12 years old he moved with his father to Nikolsburg, where he was student of the Maharam Benet. From 1798 served as Dayan and afterwards as chief Av Beit Din of Nikolsburg until his death (for additional information related to him see: Personalities in responses of the Chatam Sofer, p. 304).
32, 35-40, 43-46, 49-92; 59 leaves. Missing leaves 33-34, 41-42, 47-48 from first count, replaced with six handwritten leaves (printers or bookbinders erroneously inserted leaves 47-48 of second count between leaves 46 and 49 of first count. These leaves are inserted in the proper place in the second count. It is possible that this was done to cover-up for omission of leaves 47-48 in first count). 33 cm. Fair-good condition. Tears on bottom of title page, with scotch-tape restoration. Stains and wear. Margin cutting bordering text. Damaged binding.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 376

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Lengthy Sermon in Handwriting of Rabbi Uziel – Thessaloniki, 1922

Manuscript, “Sermon for proper dressing of students in honor of Shabbat HaGadol [Shabbat preceding Pesach], 10 Nisan, 1922, Thessaloniki”. Lengthy sermon (14 pages) concerning value of giving charity, recited in honor of special custom, as written in introduction of sermon: “Ancient and holy custom throughout Sephardic communities, to dress students of the poor in expensive and graceful clothing on Shabbat HaGadol which precedes Pesach; and this festive dress is accompanied by sermon of rabbi of community”.
Sermon written upon official leaves of Rabbi Uziel as “chief rabbi of Jaffa and Tel Aviv community”, which he apparently brought along with him when he traveled to Thessaloniki to serve as rabbi.
Rabbi Ben-Tzion Chai Uziel (1881-1953), born in Jerusalem to Rabbi Yosef Raphael of an established rabbinical family of Jerusalem and descendant of the Chikrei Lev. At age 20 was appointed as rabbi of Tiferet Yerushalayim Yeshiva. In 1910 was appointed as chief rabbi of Sephardic community of Jaffa. In 1921 embarked to Thessaloniki (Greece) to serve as chief rabbi, and in 1923 returned to serve as chief rabbi of Tel Aviv-Jaffa. In 1939 was emissary and representative of community in London, and in same year was appointed chief rabbi of Eretz Israel. Composed: Mishpetei Uziel, Michmanei Uziel, HaShofet VeHaMishpat and more.
7 leaves, written on both sides. 26 cm. Very good condition. Filing holes.

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