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Auction 33 Lot Number 420

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Emissary Letter from the Congregation of Hebron, 1772 – Rabbi Chaim Yosef David Azulai – Historical Document

Rabbinic emissary letter, prepared by leading rabbis of the congregation of Hebron, in anticipation of the second and significant mission of the Chida [Rabbi Chaim Yosef David Azulai]. Ornamented signatures of rabbis: Rabbi Aharon Alfandari; Rabbi Chaim Yehuda Gomitz Fato; Rabbi Eliyahu ben Archa; Rabbi Yitzchak HaKohen; Rabbi Pinchas Mordechai Bajayev and Rabbi Chiyah Ze’evi. Sivan, 1772.
Letter written in scribe writing. The writing of the letter is very similar to the handwriting of the Chida.
The Chida – Rabbi Chaim Yosef David Azulai (1724-1806), among the greatest rabbinical authorities, divine Kabbalist, exalted genius, lucrative author and famous rabbinical emissary (Shadar). Born in Jerusalem to Rabbi Raphael Yitzchak Zerachia Azulai, among scholars of Jerusalem and great grandson of Kabbalist Rabbi Avraham Azulai, author of Chesed Le’Avraham. From the days of his youth, his knowledge poured forth unto the leading scholars and Kabbalists of Jerusalem, including Rabbi Chaim Ben Attar – the holy Or HaChaim. His absorption of knowledge in secret wisdom began in Beit E-l Kabbalist Yeshiva, by Rabbi Shalom Mizrachi Sharabi – the holy Rashash. His friend, Rabbi Yom Tov Algazi, studied with him, by the Rashash.
Embarked on his first mission as a rabbinical emissary on behalf of the congregation of Hebron in 1753, at age 29. During the course of his journey, which lasted approximately five years, he passed through cities of Italy, Germany, Holland, England and France. This mission granted him fame. His arrival attracted a great deal of attention, his greatness was recognized, and he was held in great esteem thereby receiving generous contributions. He then began recording his journeys in a diary called “Ma’agal Tov” (printed in Livorno, 1879).
In 1773 the Chida embarked on an additional mission on behalf of the congregation of Hebron. Whereas on his first journey the Chida was young and relatively unknown, his second mission, as one of the famous scholars of his generation, left a profound imprint in all places which he visited. He began his journey throughout Europe in Livorno, Italy. In this journey he passed through most Jewish communities of Italy, France, Belgium and Holland. He made a great impression and was a source of admiration by all. Hundreds of people escorted him while entering and departing various cities. His brilliance and wisdom, vast scope of knowledge, and glorious appearance resulted in his great esteem in the eyes of Christians. He met with kings, rulers and ministers, formed connections with scholars of the nations, merchants and state leaders who bestowed him the status of an official delegate. Aside from his great success in fundraising for the benefit of settlement in Eretz Israel, the Chida was called upon to deal with local matters and internal problems of the congregations. Within this framework he served as mediator and arbitrator between community leaders and clerks, in business and partnership disputes; served as arbitrator for litigants, restored peace in many families, delivered inspirational sermons, inspired the nation and was involved in Halachic amendments, while being sought after by many individuals who desired his blessing and advice.
The Chida was among the greatest authors of all times. He authored over 80 compositions in all facets of Torah, including his composition "Birkei Yosef" which had great influence on determination of Halachic rulings. His books were accepted throughout the entire Jewish Diaspora and were afforded great esteem. He wrote the majority of his compositions while travelling or dealing with other preoccupying matters, and possessing very few books, thereby reflecting his immense genius and phenomenal memory capacities. Upon visiting each city, the Chida would examine the book treasuries and local libraries, and research unknown manuscripts and compositions by Torah giants. As a result of the great honor and admiration which he earned, he was awarded entry permits to large libraries and museums, such as the National Library of Paris, where he spent many hours copying important manuscripts. His vast revelations and knowledge which he acquired during these visits are integrated in all his books, especially in his important book "Shem HaGedolim".
This is a historical document – a bill of appointment of the Chida as a rabbinical emissary for the second and most important mission. Among the signatories of the document is Ga’on Rabbi Aharon son of Rabbi Moshe Alfandari (c. 1680-1774), among the Torah giants of Izmir, author of Yad Aharon and Merkavat HaMishna, grandson of Rabbi Chaim Alfandari the elder. Immigrated to Eretz Israel in 1763 and was appointed as chief rabbi of Hebron in 1760. Conferred with the Chida, who cites him extensively in his books, and writes “I was fortunate to be associated with him in his old age upon his immigration to the Holy City of Hebron, and was delighted to absorb his Torah and holiness”. Other signatories are also well-known famous rabbis, and their signatures appear in additional letters of rabbis of that period, and upon approbations of books of the Chida and other books.
Approx. 31.5 cm. leaf. Quality paper, good-fair condition, wear on margins. Placed in fine elegant frame with a picture of the Chida.
Attached is an authorization of this significant document by an expert

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Auction 33 Lot Number 335

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Seder Kavanot HaAri Manuscript – Unknown Version – 17th Century

Seder Kavanot HaAri Manuscript, abridged and unknown version of prayer book of Rabbi Meir Papirash. Fine early Ashkenazi writing [17th century].
Includes simple illustrations, of intentions, tables of Holy Names and order of universes. Seder HaShulchan and Seder 12 Chalot.
Few revisions in later handwriting from 18th century. For example: Intentions of Counting of Omer contain tables of intentions on side of pages and in handwriting [typical of Russia-Poland of 18th century], allusions to “seven Edomite kings” [addition included only in “Siddur Rabbi Asher” and following prayer books]. As well, at beginning of intentions for blowing of Shofar it is noted on side of page that an additional intention appears in “Sefer Mishnat Hassidim” [see “Shiddur Rabbi Asher” which mentions intentions of “Mishnat Hassidim” and intentions of prayer book, one next to the other]. These additions indicate that the prayer book was used by a Kabbalist from Beit Midrash of leading Kabbalist giants during early period of Chassidism, who added the additions in his handwriting.
In intentions for day preceding Pesach, writer cites Sefer HaShla [Shnei Luchot HaBrit] “to study tractate Pesachim after midday”. This quotation, for example, is an addition which does not appear in known prayer books of the Ari. Many additions such as these are unique to this manuscript. [Since Sefer HaShla was first printed in 1649, this prayer book was apparently composed in approximately 1650, and this manuscript is an early copy which was prepared close to time of editing].
The Ari did not write Seder HaKavanot according to Kabbalah on his own; it was the students of his students who actually edited the prayer books according to the Ari and his disciple, Rabbi Chaim Vital. Rabbi Meir Papirash (passed away in 1662), composed Seder Kavanot which was the basis from which prayer books of the Ari prevalent throughout countries of Ashkenaz were copied. [These prayer books were the basis for “Shiddur Rabbi Asher” and “Siddur HaAri – Yol Ya’akov” during 18th century.
Prayer book of Rabbi Meir Papirash is detailed, however this manuscript is the abridged version which does not appear in other Kavanot prayer books.
8-87, [70] leaves. (Total of 149 leaves). 18 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and extensive usage wear, several restored leaves. Left margins rounded off (with slight damage to text). Ex-libris from “Magad” library. Original leather binding, professionally restored.
Letters by experts authorizing content and significance of manuscript is attached.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 128

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Letter by Rabbi Leib Sarah’s to the Maggid of Mezrich – Original Document from the “Kherson Geniza”

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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 122

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Handwritten Leaf by Rabbi Nathan of Breslov

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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 172

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Letter of “Protection” by Rebbe Shalom Eliezer Halberstam of Ujfeherto

A letter of Shemira (Protection) handwritten and signed by the Holy Rebbe Shalom Eliezer Halberstam. Ujfeherto (Hungary). [1931].
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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 219

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Nevi’im Achronim and Ketuvim, Venice 1517 – Many Glosses and Ancient Signatures

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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 171

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Letter of Blessing, with the Handwriting and Signature of Rebbe Rabbi Yitzchak Yeshaya Halberstam (Rabbi Yeshayaleh Tschakaver)

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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 109

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Passover Hagada – Be’er Mayim, Medzhybizh 1817

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] ".
[46] 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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 336

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Manuscript of Sefer Etz Chaim by Rabbi Chaim Vital – Exceptional Version Based upon Comparison of Various Manuscripts – 1747

Manuscript of Sefer Etz Chaim (Derech Etz Chaim); exceptionally unique version including additions and glosses which do not appear in other manuscripts. Fine and eloquent Ashkenazi writing. By copyist Rabbi Yerachmiel son of Menachem Nachum of Rzeszów, (1747).
The copyist, apparently a prominent Kabbalist, notes upon title page that this manuscript was copied “under extraordinary and intensive supervision from two books of Etz Chaim”; the first, a manuscript from Safed from well-known library of the Ga’on Rabbi David Oppenheim Av Beit Din of Prague “comprised of additional chapters… which are not included in the Etz Chaim books of these countries”. The second book is from “the manuscript of some genius, which was extensively proofread”, including “many glosses by his disciples”.
On title page it is also noted that “this book contains an additional virtue, which is inexistent in any other Etz Chaim book; we have copied and drawn the tree, which was found among the Kabbalists, and was copied by an ancient scholarly Kabbalist” – apparently the blank 16 leaves at the end of the volume were designated for the copying of the “holy tree” which was never completed.
Sefer Etz Chaim (Derech Etz Chaim) was written and edited by Kabbalist Rabbi Meir Paprosh based on writings of Rabbi Chaim Vital. Writings of Rabbi Chaim Vital which he received from the Ari were written in many pamphlets and in various compositions, however were archived by him. The manuscripts were discovered by Rabbi Ya’akov Tzemach and other Kabbalists who craved to study from the Torah of the Ari and Rabbi Chaim Vital. A portion of these pamphlets, which were not in order, were discovered, and Kabbalists labored to edit and arrange them, thereby forming several compositions. Between 1646 and 1650 Rabbi Meir Paprosh edited a complete edition of all the pamphlets and compositions which were in his possession. He arranged them in three sections: ‘Derech Etz HaChaim’, ‘Pri Etz Chaim’ and ‘Nof Etz Chaim’. Derech Etz Chaim was copied many times; its first printed edition was in the Kyritz printing press in 1782, followed by several other editions.
Majority of manuscripts are similar in order of chapters and wording to the abovementioned edition, however, some vary slightly and include the rare version which was copied from the first edition of Rabbi Meir Paprosh (for additional information at length see attached article).
The uniqueness of this manuscript is that it was edited based upon several manuscripts, by comparison of versions of distinguished manuscripts which were in possession of the copyist, who paid close attention to the slight variations between the books and completed that which was missing while noting the source of each passage which does not appear in the other manuscripts.
Everything stated here is in accordance with assessment of Rabbi Yosef Avivi, who describes the value of this manuscript in a lengthy article (of 4 pages), attached.
1-196, (leaves 197-198 blank), 199-205 leaves; (16 blank leaves). 33 cm. Approx. 45 lines per page. Wide margins, quality paper, good condition. Foxing. Torn binding, missing spine.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 417

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Appointment Diary of the Rishon LeZion, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef – 1979-1980

Appointment diary of the “Rishon LeZion” and Chief Rabbi, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, for the years 1979-1980.
Office diary, contains hundreds of records that document the varied and routine activities of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, for the period when he served as “Rishon LeZion” and Chief Rabbi of Israel. Many of the records are in his own handwriting, others in the handwriting of his secretary. Include many details of meetings with many different people, among them Rabbis and religious personages, ministers and Knesset members, ambassadors and diplomats (hundreds of names). Also covers visits to various events, lectures and study sessions, meeting with secular youth in schools, with soldiers and policemen, with prisoners in jail, etc. Dealing with religious matters, problems of Kashrut, Agunot, converts, appointment of dayanim, etc.
Rabbi Ovadia Yosef completed his final term as Chief Rabbi in 1983. The diary we have here, which is from his last term, shows the wide and rich activities of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, which spread over varied and broad spheres. His activities included, among others, important Halachic decisions, teaching Torah and reaching out to people far from Torah (tens of lessons on a variety of issues throughout the country), matters of religion and state and the Rabbinate, as well as dealing dedicatedly with public issues in Israel and abroad.
Hundreds of pages. 29 cm. Very good condition, signs of use. Stains and damage to binding.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 183

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Prayer Book of the Rabbi of Liadi – Section Two – First Edition, Kopys 1816 – Wide Margins

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, [1816]. 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].
[1], 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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 419

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Rabbinical Emissary Notebook, “Torat Chaim HaKlalit” Yeshiva – Letter by Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodzinski and Letters by Torah Giants of Lithuania and Germany

Rabbinical emissary notebook of "Torat Chaim HaKlalit" Yeshiva in Jerusalem, prepared for rabbinical emissary Rabbi Eliezer Chefetz, in Jerusalem. Includes signatures and letters of Torah giants of Lithuania and Germany. Jerusalem and Germany, 1902-1910.
Illustrated colorful title page. First leaves contain appeal “to our brethren, survivors of Diaspora”, in artistic writing, with illustrations and ornamentation in colorful ink. This plea is rewritten in Yiddish, and again in German. Appeals signed in handwriting and stamped by Rashei Yeshivot: Rabbi Yitzchak Winograd, Rabbi Ya’akov Blumenthal, Rabbi Menachem Menchin Halperin, Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Mondshein and others. Title page of notebook, as well as these leaves, were written in preparation of the first journey of emissary Rabbi Eliezer Chefetz, in 1902.
Additional letter by rabbis of Yeshiva pertaining to an additional journey of emissary to “Ashkenaz Country”, in 1906. Attached to letter: letter of court of justice of Jerusalem, signed by Rabbi Chaim Ya’akov Shapiro, Rabbi Shaul Elchanan Behara, Rabbi Moshe Nachum Wallenstein and Rabbi Aryeh Leib Beharad [son of Rabbi Aharon David]; and letter in handwriting and signature of Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak HaKohen Kook. Tamuz 1906.
During course of journey emissary traveled throughout cities of Germany, and visited spa town of Wiesbaden, neighboring Frankfurt, and Krantz neighboring Königsberg, where he met rabbis of towns as well as several Torah giants of Lithuania. These rabbis added letters of recommendation in their handwriting and signatures to his notepad. Letters include: Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodzinski (12 lines in his handwriting and signature), who happened to visit Wiesbaden. Cheshvan 1907. * On margins of his letter, Rabbi Mordechai HaLevi Horowitz Av Beit Din of Frankfurt added his recommendation. * Letter signed by Rabbi Yitzchak Ya’akov Reines Av Beit Din of Lida “passer-by of Main”. Av 1908. * Handwritten and signed letter by Rabbi Meir Yaselavski Av Beit Din of Memel. Cheshvan 1908. * Handwritten and signed letter by Rabbi Binyamin Milikowsky “Rabbi of Russian and Polish congregation of Königsberg”. * Handwritten and signed letter by Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Sender Kahana Shapiro Av Beit Din of Krynki. Signed in Königsberg, Cheshvan 1908. * Handwritten and signed letter by Rabbi Eliezer Gordon Av Beit Din and Rosh Mativta of Telshe, “passer-by of Krantz. * Letters by Rabbis of Germany (Leipzig, Breslau and more) and others.
Approximately 20 written leaves (many blank pages). Good condition, stains. Few tears. Original damaged binding. Wax stamps.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 351

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Manuscript, Chidushim on Choshen Mishpat – Rabbi Yitzchak Eizik Chaver

Manuscript, Chidushim on Shulchan Aruch Choshen Mishpat, by Ga’on Rabbi Yitzchak Eizik Chaver.
In his will the author made reference to these Chidushim and requested that his sons print them: “Manuscripts of my estate, i.e. additional two sections on Shulchan Aruch; Even Ha’Ezer and Choshen Mishpat, if my sons would be able to print them that would be good…”. These writings were the basis for his printed responses on Even Ha’Ezer [under title “Binyan Olam”] by Mosad HaRav Kook, Jerusalem 1988. In introduction to edition of Mosad HaRav Kook it is stated that they intend to publish an additional section containing Chidushim and responses on section Choshen Mishpat, however this section was not yet printed. Upon comparison with the manuscript in Mosad HaRav Kook, it appears that the composition on Shulchan Aruch which came into their possession is missing in its middle, and the pages presented here are a completion to this manuscript. Handwriting is very similar to handwriting of Rabbi Yitzchak Eizik Chaver, and apparently it is a manuscript of his son, Ga’on Rabbi Yosef Chaver (passed away in 1876) Av Beit Din of Jedwabne and author of many books, who dealt with printing of books of his great father.
Ga’on Kabbalist Rabbi Yitzchak Eizik Chaver (1787-1853, Otzar HaRabbanim 11168), transmitter of Kabbalistic Torah of Vilna Ga’on “second mouth of Vilna Ga’on” – at age fourteen, Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Shklov (disciple of Vilna Ga’on), already recognized him as a vessel capable of absorbing wisdom of Kabbalah. At a very young age he already became famous as a genius and immense proficient Torah scholar in all facets of Torah, and served as Av Beit Din of several prominent congregations: Prozina, Razini, Vawkavysk. Between 1837-1849 served in rabbinate of Tykocin and in 1849 moved to Suwałki where he served in rabbinate for approximately four years. Exalted genius, among leading Torah giants and rabbinical authorities of his generation. Completed the Shas 60 times. Composed dozens of books in revealed and esoteric realms of Torah, of which only part were published, including many Kabbalah books containing Torah of the Vilna Ga’on, responsa in Halacha and in Sugiot of Shas.
Leaves 27-46, approx. 40 pages. 36 cm. written on two columns in dense and fine handwriting. Fair condition, wear and tear, stains, separate leaves, unbound.
From archive of Ga’on Rabbi Eliezer Silver.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 176

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Interesting Letter by Rebbe Hana Halberstam of Kolaczyce

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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 474

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Miniature Sefer Tehillim – New York, 1850 – First Sefer Tehillim in Hebrew Printed in New York

Miniature Sefer Tehillim - Liber Psalmorum. New York, 1850. Printing press of Robert Carter and Brothers. First Sefer Tehillim in Hebrew printed in New York.
Leaf preceding title page contains handwritten inscription (in English) from 1852, from Columbia Theological Seminary (U.S.A.).
184 pages. 10.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Many stains, tear on last leaf (nothing missing). Original binding.
Goldman 10.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 198

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Rambam, Constantinople, 1509 – Ancient Handwritten Glosses

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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 297

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Manuscript – Machzor for Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur – Tunisia, 1741

Manuscript, Machzor for Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, as customary in North Africa. [Tunisia], 1741.
Complete manuscript. Fine Oriental writing. Contains poems for both days of Rosh HaShanah and for Yom Kippur, without standard prayers.
Colophon of copyist at end of manuscript: “Machzor completed on Sunday, 22nd of Elul, 1741, Ya’akov Chajaj”.
At beginning of manuscript, in different writing, additional poems, confession prayer [‘Al Chet’] and prayers for Yom Kippur”.
[5], 86 leaves. 20 cm. White quality paper. Good condition, stains, moth stains. New binding.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 162

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Invitation Letter to the Circumcision of the Rebbe of Belz – Handwritten and Signed by his Father, Rabbi Mordechai Rokeach of Belz – Rabbi of Biłgoraj

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 [1948] 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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 418

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Manuscript, Early Notebook of Etz Chaim Yeshiva – Jerusalem 1874 Manuscript, “notebook of Etz Chaim Yeshiva and elementary school established in 1857 upon ruins of Rabbi Yehuda HaChassid”. Jerusalem, [1874].

Illustrated title page. Beginning of notebook contains list of regulations “as we recollect from that which was written in first notepad… which was lost…”.
Notations between approximately 1874-1886. Various resolutions and notations concerning donations and management of funds, details of donors and their families, death anniversary dates, names and details of assistants in Eastern and Western Europe, addresses and details pertaining to philanthropists. Several signatures of managers.
Several leaves and letters between leaves of notebook, including: handwritten pamphlet letter for donors [from 1907], colorful illustrated title page, signatures of rabbis and managers of Etz Chaim as well as stamps of Rabbi Shmuel Salant, at end.
More than 100 written pages. 23 cm. Good condition, stains, wear and tear. Worn binding.
Notebooks of this kind, from these years, are not common [the known notebooks are from 1899-1929]

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Auction 33 Lot Number 453

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Interesting Letters by Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson of Lubavitch

Five long letters, on public issues and strengthening of Judaism, four handwritten by Rebbe Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson (the Rayatz) to Rabbi Eliezer Silver. Brooklyn, NY, 1942.
The letters are about assistance for Pesach for Russian Jewry; law to enforce secular studies in the yeshivot, propaganda for keeping the laws of the Holy Shabbat etc.
Six leaves, including 4 letters from the Rayatz and a letter from his son-in-law Rabbi Shemarya Gur Aryeh. Varied size and condition. Most in good condition.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 210

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Rambam – Complete Set – Venice, 1574-1575 – First Edition with Kesef Mishneh

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): [22], 316 leaves. Section 2 (Nashim-Kedusha): [10], 217, [1] leaves. Section 3 (Hafla’ah-Tahara): [20], 451, [1] leaves. Section 4 (Nezikin-Shoftim): [10], 297, [9] 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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 512

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Babylonian Talmud – Munich, 1949 – Complete Set

Babylonian Talmud – complete set. Munich- Heidelberg, [1949]. “Published by Union of Rabbis in American region of Ashkenaz”.
Upon termination of Second World War and congregation of surviving Jews in displaced persons camps, there was need for Gemarot and holy books to be used by refugees. From 1946 the “Union of Rabbis” in Germany, in conjunction with the American army and JOINT (American Jewish joint distribution committee) began a campaign of printing of the Shas for survivors. At first only several tractates were printed in various formats. In 1949 the complete edition of the Shas was printed for the first time, which is this edition. Each volume contained two title pages. First title page designed especially for commemoration of printing of the Shas on scorched soil of Germany. On Top, illustration of Jewish town with caption “From slavery to redemption and from darkness to great light”. On bottom of title page, illustration of barbed wire fence and labor camp, with caption: “Labor camp in Ashkenaz during Nazi era”. “They had almost consumed me upon earth; but I forsook not thy precepts”.
19 volumes. 39 cm. Very good condition, with complete original bindings.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 1

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Torah Scroll – Tunisia

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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 129

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Letter Concerning Agunah, Signed by Rabbis of Rozwadów, Rzeszów and Dembiza – 1826

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.

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