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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Emissary Letter from the Congregation of Hebron, 1772 – Rabbi Chaim Yosef David Azulai – Historical Document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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Auction 33 Lot Number 449

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Three Letters – By Rabbi Yitzchak Ze’ev of Brisk, Rabbi Isser Zalman Meltzer and Rabbi Avraham Yisrael Moshe Salomon of Kharkov

Three letters to Rabbi Eliezer Silver, requesting assistance in publishing the book written by Rabbi Avraham Yisrael Moshe Salomon of Kharkov, on Tractate Zevachim.
* A letter by the Rabbi of Kharkov. Jerusalem 1947. * A letter by Rabbi Isser Zalman Meltzer (approx. 18 lines in his handwriting and signature, on official stationary). Jerusalem 1947. * On reverse side, another letter of approx. 6 lines in the handwriting and signature of "Rabbi Yitchak Ze'ev son of Maran Chaim HaLevi Soloveitchik" [The Griz Soloveitchik Ga’avad of Brisk].
The letter by Rabbi Isser Zalman and the Griz is on Rabbi Isser Zalman Meltzer's official stationary, 22 cm. Good condition. Folding mark.
Letter by Rabbi Salomon: Official stationary, 27.5 cm. Very good condition.
The Griz letter is not known and not included in the collection “Igrot Maran Riz HaLevi” (Jerusalem, 2008).

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Auction 33 Lot Number 268

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Pnei Yehoshua – Handwritten Glosses by Rabbi Amram Chasida, Disciple of Chatam Sofer

Sefer Pnei Yehoshua on tractate Ketubot, Gittin and Kiddushin. [Lemberg?, 1809?].
Two erudite glosses in the handwriting of Rabbi Amram Chasida; one signed at end: “Amram”. Binding leaf contains a more recent signature of Rabbi “Shmuel Halberstam” son of Rebbe Rabbi Moshe Halberstam Av Beit Din of Bardejov [1850-1904] and rabbi “Naftali Yisrael son of Rabbi Yitzchak Pinder” [perished in Holocaust]
Holy Ga’on Rabbi Amram Rosenbaum – Rabbi Amram Chasida (1790-1830), among leading disciples of the Chatam Sofer, known for his genius and holiness from youth and referred to as divine “Rabbi Amram Chasida”. It is known that already in childhood he merited the revelation of Elijah the Prophet. Served as Av Beit Din of Mád in Hungary; immigrated to Eretz Israel in 1826 and was Av Beit Din in Safed [responses written to him by the Chatam Sofer are well-known in which he refers to him as “agent of the Almighty, devout Chassid” and praises him with additional expressions and titles which demonstrate the extreme degree of esteem with which the rabbi regarded his student]. Passed away at a young age of approximately forty, and his rabbi, the Chatam Sofer eulogized him and stated: “he utterly sacrificed himself for the Almighty… besides being a notably righteous genius while abroad, also upon immigrating to Eretz Israel his greatness was recognized…”. Many rabbinical families of Hungary descended from him (Rabbi Amram Blum author of Beit She’arim and others).
[Missing title page] 90; 84; 84 leaves, faulty pagination. Fair condition, extensive usage wear. Glosses slightly cut off. Ancient leather binding, slightly worn.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 130

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Letter by Rebbe Rabbi Yisrael of Chortkov

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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 354

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Manuscript, “Minchat Ani”, Sermons of Rabbi Avraham Itzik of Lisa – 1820

Manuscript, Minchat Ani, sermons for Shabbatot of year [including draft of Mechirat Chametz (selling of leavened bread to non-Jew for Pesach)]. Autographic writing of author, Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak, Dayan and Maggid [in Lisa?]. 1820.
Author signs his name in the introduction in form of a riddle: “…author… as name of father and son, and name of father of author as name of son of son…”. In middle of introduction author mentions his father “great Rabbi Ya’akov” – from where it can be deduced that name of author “Avraham Yitzchak” is as name of father and son, and name of his father “Ya’akov” is as name of son of son of Avraham. First leaf also contains signed ownership notation pertaining to borrowing of book from owner: “This holy book belongs to… Rabbi Avraham Itzik Dayan in Lis[a?]… - and is borrowed by abovementioned writer, Aharon HaLevi…”.
In his introduction author mentions his distinguished lineage: “Merit of my holy forefathers…”. Author relates that he was privileged “to deliver sermons every Shabbat before Mincha prayer” and he concludes his introduction with prayer of anticipation that he merit “to publish his remaining compositions”.
202 pages, 21 cm. Fair condition, extensive wear and stains. New binding.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 206

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Sefer Yetzira – Mantua, 1562 – First Edition – Special Copy

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 [1] 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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 345

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Rabbi Yisrael Lifshitz Author of Tiferet Yisrael – Manuscript

Outline and themes for sermons and eulogies, handwritten by the Ga’on Rabbi Yisrael Lifshitz, author of Tiferet Yisrael. Hebrew and German (in Hebrew letters). 1843-1855. At beginning of each page heading in initials [= with help of the Almighty, open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law, Amen].
Ga’on Rabbi Yisrael Lifshitz (1782-1861), known for his great composition Tiferet Yisrael on Shisha Sidrei Mishnah, printed in hundreds of editions. Son of Ga’on Rabbi Gedalia Lifshitz author of Regel Yeshara and grandson of Ga’on Rabbi Yisrael Lifshitz Av Beit Din of Kaliv. Exalted genius, among leading Torah giants of Ashkenaz. Studied Torah all day long, while wrapped in prayer shawl and donning phylacteries beneath his upper coat. Known as holy G-d fearing saint. Served in rabbinate of congregations of Dessau, Danzig and more for over fifty years.
6 pages, approx. 18 cm. Dry and worn paper, fair condition, stains and wear damage. restorations. Cloth binding.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 5

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Fancy Esther Scroll – Carved Ivory Handles

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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 197

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Commentary of Recanati on the Torah – Venice, 1523

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].
[155] leaves. 26 cm. Fair to good condition, Complete pages, stains, signs of mold and dampness. New half leather binding.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 448

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Historic Letter from Rabbi Yitzchak Ze’ev Soloveitchik Av Beit Din of Brisk

Letter regarding the struggle for the Torah education of the “Aliyat Ha'Noar” children. Handwritten and signed by the Brisker Rav, Rabbi Yitzchak Ze'ev HaLevi Soloveitchik. Jerusalem, Iyar 1949.
"…I have spoken to Rabbi Menachem Porush and have given him a copy of the letter from Aliyat HaNoar… about the new situation of accepting children in religious institutes and in yeshivot. And now they have already carried out their intentions and they have sent letters that until their demands regarding the education and the teachers will be fulfilled, they will absolutely not allow one child to enter these institutions…".
Official stationary, 27.5 cm. Approx. 12 lines in his handwriting. Good condition.
This important letter is unknown and not included in the collection of “Igrot Maran Riz HaLevi” (Jerusalem, 2008).

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Auction 33 Lot Number 301

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Signature of Rabbi Chaim Pinto (Senior) – Essaouira (Morocco), 1803

Signature of Rabbi Chaim Pinto. Essaouira (Mogador, Morocco), [1803].
Bill of ruling concerning monetary matters, torn and missing upper section, contains conclusion of ruling and signatures of Dayanim.
Holy signature of divine Kabbalist and scholar Rabbi Chaim Pinto (senior) Av Beit Din of Mogador (passed away in 1845). Among most righteous and distinguished personalities of Moroccan Jewry. Arrived in Essaouira (Mogador) as a young orphan where he was disciple of Rabbi Ya’akov Bibas, and soon after became famous as leading Torah scholar of the generation. Following the demise of his rabbi he succeeded him as rabbi of the city despite his young age; established the first local Beit Din and headed a Yeshiva for prominent outstanding students.
Famous as a divine Kabbalist and miracle worker. It is related that heavenly messengers appeared to him and he merited the revelation of Elijah the Prophet. Also famous throughout European countries, from where he was sent requests for prayer. The Chida [Rabbi Chaim Yosef David Azulai] sent him his book Chaim Sha’al [alluding to his name – Rabbi Chaim]. Stories of salvation ascribed to him are well-known among Jews of Morocco [some collected in book Mekor Chaim written by his son Rabbi Moshe Pinto]. His grave in Mogador has been extensively visited from the time of his death until today.
Ga’on Rabbi David ben LeChazan, among righteous scholars of Morocco, Dayan in Beit Din of Rabbi Chaim Pinto, signed alongside signature of Rabbi Chaim Pinto.
Section of leaf, restored and bound. 9.5 cm. Good condition, stains. Professionally restored damage. New binding, gilded imprint.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 346

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Leaves in the Handwriting of Rabbi Shimshon Refael Hirsch

Three leaves in Rabbi Shimshon Refael Hirsch's Own Handwriting (German).
Description of the life of Jewish communities in Germany (Bavaria) and other places (London, Australia, as well as Nablus!).
Apparently, these are notes that Rabbi Hirsch wrote for himself when preparing articles on these subjects which he intended to publish (or published) in the Orthodox periodical "Yeshurun" which he founded and published during 1854-1888, and in which he publicized many of his own writings in German.
Rabbi Shimshon ben Rabbi Refael Hirsch - the Rashar Hirsch (1808-1888), celebrated leader of Orthodox Jewry in Germany and founder of the Separate Communities, disciple of Chacham Breines of Hamburg and Rabbi Ya'akov Etlinger author of Aruch LaNer of Altona. From the age of 22, he began to serve in the rabbinate: in Oldenburg, Emden and Nikolsburg. In 1850, the eleven religious families in Frankfurt am Main called him to head the new Orthodox community Adat Yeshurun. Rabbi Hirsch was the first to stem the steep decline of German Jewry and re-established from scratch the genuine Orthodox Judaism in Germany. His halachic and Torah authority gave him the unparalleled status of leader of religious Jewry in Western Europe. He was very active in establishing Separate Communities in various cities throughout Germany and educated a whole generation to Torah and mitzvoth by his books and articles (Igrot Tzafon, Chorev etc). By his initiative, Rabbi Meir Lehman, Rabbi of Mainz, established the Charedi newspaper "Der Israelite", to which the "Yeshurun" periodical was attached in which Rabbi Hirsch publicized his articles.
3 leaves ([6] pages). 33-35 cm. Good-fair condition. stains, folding marks. Tears to top of leaves with lack and damage to text, professionally restored. New elaborate leather binding, with gilded impression.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 507

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Collection of Family Letters from Family of Rebbe Rabbi Yehuda Leibush Ehrlich of Nordhaus – Period of Holocaust

Collection of family letters, from family members of rebbes and rabbis: Ehrlich, Hollander and Halberstam. Nordhaus (Hungary), between 1943-1944.
Letters from his son-in-law, Rabbi Yosef Shmuel Hollander and letters from other family members. Letters regarding illness of grandfather Rabbi Yehuda Leibush, and his death at age 63, day preceding Yom Kippur 1943. Wording of epitaph. Letter from his son and letter from his grandson, young man Alter Tuvia Halberstam. Letters describe daily hardships during period of War: labor camps [Arbeitslager], recruitment of rabbis and teachers to Hungarian army. Difficulty attaining food and clothing, and concern for family members. It should be noted that copy of epitaph in these letters notes that “death is not mentioned, since he bestowed blessing, generation of righteous G-d fearing Torah giants, who merited longevity”, however, unfortunately within several months the majority of his family including writers of the letters perished in Auschwitz concentration camp in summer 1944.
Rebbe Rabbi Yehuda Aryeh Leibush Ehrlich (1880-1943), son of Rebbe Rabbi Chaim of Brezna, from dynasty of Rebbe Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch of Ziditchov, Maharam of Linsk and author of Be’er Mayim Chaim. Following First World War served as rebbe in city of Nordhaus (for additional information related to him see “Shem HaGedolim Me’Eretz Hagar”, p. 379). His sons-in-law: Rabbi Yosef Shmuel Hollander and Rabbi Meshulam Zusha Halberstam son of Rebbe Rabbi Shalom Eliezer of Ratzport.
10 items; some contain letters from several writers. Various sizes and conditions, some letters damaged from dampness with missing sections.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 145

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Sha’agat Areyh / Tiv Gittin – Signed Glosses by Rabbi Uri Landman, Rebbe of Strelisk

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-[77] leaves; [2]-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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 237

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Nefesh HaChaim by Rabbi Chaim of Volozhin – First Edition, 1824 – Signatures

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.
[6], 17; 10; 8, [1]; 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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 387

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Letter with the Signature of Rabbi Yitzchak Elchanan, Kovne 1894

A letter on the matter of the estate of Rabbi Meir Anikester of Jerusalem, acquired by the Torah institutes in the city by Rabbi
Shmuel Salant, signed by his daughter and son-in-law Rabbi Yitzchak Aronovsky of Kovne. Authorization of the Beit Din of Kovne signed by the dayanim Rabbi "Yisrael Nisan ben Rabbi Chaim Ya'akov" and Rabbi "Ya'akov Moshe ben Rabbi Yisrael Ashravitz". At the bottom of the leaf: 3 lines handwritten and signed by the city's rabbi, Rabbi "Yitzchak Elchanan". Kovne, Av 1894.
Rabbi Yitzchak Elchanan Spector (1817-1896), a foremost rabbi of his times, renowned for his genius, diligence and tremendous righteousness. Considered the top Torah authority of his generation who led Lithuania and Russian Jewry for many years with wisdom and serenity. Served in the rabbinate from a young age, from c. 1837. In 1864, was appointed Rabbi of Kovne, where he became famous all over the world as one of the greatest poskim. His responsa and novellae were printed in his series of books: Be'er Yitzchak, Nachal Yitzchak and Ein Yitzchak.
Rabbi Yisrael Nisan Kark (1863-1938), disciple of the Netziv of Volozhin, Rabbi in Kovne from 1887. Eulogized the Beit HaLevi in 1892 although he was the youngest of the Kovne rabbis. From 1910, he headed the Perushim Kollel in Kovne. Ascended to Eretz Israel and died in Tel Aviv.
Rabbi Ya'akov Moshe Ashravitz (born in 1868) disciple of the Netziv of Volozhin and studied in Kollel Kovne. Son-in-law of Rabbi Yechiel Michel Rabbi of Yanishok author of Sfat Hayam, from 1895, Rabbi of Barashi in the Grodne region.
Leaf 21 cm. Good condition.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 463

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Huge Collection of Letters by US Rabbis

Huge and diverse collection of letters sent to Rabbi Eliezer Silver, by various rabbis from the United States. Letters contain Torah thoughts, Rabbinic and kashrut and Even Ha'Ezer issues, matters of charity and Torah institutes and rescue efforts from Soviet Russia and the European inferno during the Holocaust, etc.
The following is a partial list of men who wrote the letters, some by prominent rabbis and leaders of Agudat HaRabanim:
Rabbi Dov Aryeh Leventhal; Rabbi Moshe Razin (author of “Nezer HaKodesh”); Rabbi Yosef Eliyahu Henkin; Rabbi Yisrael HaLevi Rosenberg; Rabbi Yehudah Seltzer; Rabbi Nissan Tloshkin; Rabbi Yeshaya Karlinsky; Rabbi Chaim Karlinsky; Rabbi Yisrael Doshavitz; Rabbi Yitzchak Segal; Rabbi Yosef Kanovitch (son-in-law of the Ridbaz); Rabbi Shmuel Aharon Pardes (editor of “HaPardes”); Rabbi Yehudah Braver; Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchak Levine; Rabbi Eliyahu Avraham Regensburg; Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak Feivelson; Rabbi Asher Lipman Zarchi; Rabbi Ya’akov David Gordon; Rabbi Shimon Yosef Meller; Rabbi Shlomo Yehudah Leib Levitan; Rabbi Mordechai Hirschprung; Rabbi Mordechai Pinchas Teitz; Rabbi Mordechai of Lida [Savitsky]; Rabbi Naftali Tzvi Yehudah Riff; Rabbi Yekutiel Yehudah Greenwald; etc.
Hundreds of pages. Approximately 150 items. Varied size and condition, most on official stationery.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 326

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Manuscript, Taj – Torah with Translation and Rashi Commentary – Yemen

Manuscript, Taj – Chamisha Chumshei Torah with Onkelos translation and Rashi commentary. [Yemen, early 20th century]. Large volume containing all Chumashim. On majority of pages [vowelized] text appears in center, surrounded by translation with commentary of Rashi below. In Sefer Vayikra and in part of Sefer Bamidbar translation integrated in verses. Colophon at end of Sefer Shmot: “… completed on Thursday, 29th of Adar, 1920…”. Yemenite calligraphic signature; “Shlomo ben Shlomo Amar”. [288] leaves (apparently missing last leaf containing end of Rashi commentary). 32 cm. Quality paper. Good condition. Stains, wear and tear.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 136

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Collection of Books from the Library of the Rebbe of Slonim, Author of Divrei Shmuel

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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 298

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Manuscript of Sefer Kol HaTor by Rabbi Yeshu’ah Zerach of Tunisia

Manuscript, Sefer Kol HaTor, commentary and Gematriot [assignation of numerical values to Hebrew letters] on the Torah Nevi’im and Ketuvim, by Kabbalist Rabbi Yeshuah Zerach, Tunisia [early 19th century].
Includes the entire composition. Apparently in the handwriting of the author. At beginning of book: “Chiddushim and allusions on the Torah, named Kol HaTor, since Kol HaTor in Gematria is equivalent to Yeshu’ah Zerach”.
The Ga’on Kabbalist Rabbi Yeshu’ah Zerach, among scholars of Tunisia during the early 19th century, disciple and associate of Rabbi Yosef Guez author of Pi HaMedaber. In the 1872 Livorno edition of Sefer HaZohar, in the Ketem Ofir glosses by Rabbi Yosef Guez, Rabbi Eliyahu Guez, son of the author, added glosses from manuscripts of Rabbi Yeshu’ah Zerach, and noted: “I will present anecdotes from the manuscript… Rabbi Yeshu’ah Zerach disciple and associate of Rabbi Aba”.
208 leaves. 20 cm. Quality paper. Fair condition, detached leaves, wear and tear. Moth damage.
We did not compare the manuscript with the printed book.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 80

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Sefer HaZohar – Zhitomir, 1863

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: [4], 251, 17 leaves; [1], 278 leaves; 115, [1], 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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 41

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Zevach Pesach – Passover Haggadah with Abrabanel Commentary – Venice, 1545

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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 362

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Halachic Response – Unknown, by Rabbi Shimon Shkop

Halachic response pertaining to blessing of new month, handwritten and signed by the Ga’on Rabbi Shimon Yehuda HaKohen Shkop. Name of recipient does not appear on letter. At the conclusion of the letter Rabbi Shkop writes: “Since this matter is new to me, I did not reach a conclusive opinion, and I do not have the time to closely examine the matter properly, and if my esteemed friend will find that I have mistaken, he should please not hesitate to inform me. Your friend, Shimon Yehuda HaKohen”.
The Ga’on Rabbi Shimon Yehuda HaKohen Shkop (1860-1940, Otzar HaRabbanim 19962), among the leading Rashei Yeshivot of Lithuania. Disciple of Volozhin Yeshiva, where he became closely associated with Rabbi Chaim HaLevi Soloveichik who guided him through the methods of in-depth study. At the age of 24 he was Rosh Mativta in the Telshe Yeshiva [founded by his uncle, the Ga’on Rabbi Eliezer Gordon], where he bestowed his in-depth method of study, which captivated the Torah world until today, to the students. Among his well-known disciples during that period: Rabbi Elchanan Wasserman. Afterwards he served in the rabbinate of Reinsk and Maltsch. In 1921 was appointed Rosh Yeshiva of Sha’ar HaTorah Yeshiva in Grodna. Composed: Sha’arei Yosher, Ma’arechet HaKinyanim and Chidushei Rabbi Shimon Yehudah HaKohen.
2 pages, 20 cm. Approx. 40 lines in his handwriting. Good condition, several creases and tears.
To the best of our knowledge this response is unknown and was not printed.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 133

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Long Letter by the Third Slonim Rebbe, Author of Beit Avraham

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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 65

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Sefer HaZohar – Jerusalem, 1844 – Complete Set

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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 442

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Handwritten Leaves from the Steipler’s Polemic Book, Concerning Shi’urei HaMitzvot, Printed During the Life of the Chazon Ish

Several handwritten leaves by Rabbi Ya'akov Yisrael Kanievsky "the Steipler", from his book Eifat Tzedek (Bnei Brak, 1949), which he had written in the middle of the polemic of his brother-in-law the Chazon Ish with Rabbi Chaim Na'eh of Jerusalem, regarding the shiurei (measures) hamitzvot and the shiur of Agudal, Tefach and Amah.
The manuscript has erasures and changes before printing the book. For example: On Page 4 the Steipler writes a comment praising the book
Shi'urei Torah by Rabbi Chaim Na'eh as a "Book to study, but G-d forbid not to rule halachic conclusions from his work". In another section which was erased and not printed in Eifat Tzedek, "In regard to Rabbinic laws, he who takes the lenient opinion and calculates the measure Agudal as 2 cm. cannot be chastised as we find a few Achronim who so rule, but G-d forbid one should not practice according to lenient opinion on matters which are from the Torah (D'Oraita). [It is logical that this section was erased by the Chazon Ish who did not agree to this leniency, even for rabbinic laws].
4 leaves, 22.5 cm. Fair-poor condition, stains and moisture damage.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 421

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Emissary Letter to Livorno Community – Signed by Rabbis of Hebron, 1830

Rabbinical emissary letter signed by rabbi of Hebron, to Rabbi Yosef Motro upon journey to Livorno. Hebron, 1830.
Rabbis of Hebron relate the poverty-stricken situation of the community and the debts “which amounted to fifty thousand”, and they mention that “the channels of sustenance from our brethren in the Diaspora have ceased due to difficulties from the War…”.
Signed by: Rabbi Ya’akov ben Yakar [Av Beit Din of Hebron], Rabbi Chaim HaLevi, Rabbi Eliezer ben Archa, Rabbi Yitzchak Chaim Raphael Shual HaKohen, Rabbi Chaim Yissachar Chason and additional signature.
Emissary Rabbi Yosef Motro was sent on behalf of Hebron community to cities of Italy and the Balkans; he passed away on his way to Bulgaria in 1833 [see attached material of ‘Shluchei Eretz Israel’ to Ya’ari p. 685].
21 cm. leaf. Quality paper, good condition. Folding marks, several stains and tears.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 199

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Rashba Responsa, First Edition – Bologna, 1539

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".
[16], 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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 392

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Letter by Rabbi Simcha HaLevi Soloveitchik Son of Beit HaLevi

Letter handwritten and signed by Rabbi Simcha HaLevi Soloveitchik to Rabbi Yitzchak Bunin. Moscow, 1924.
Letter concerns obtaining of tickets to the U.S.A. which he received through efforts of Rabbi Yitzchak Bunin.
Ga’on Rabbi Simcha HaLevi Soloveitchik (1879-1941), youngest son of author of Beit HaLevi. Orphaned from his father at age 13 and ever since studied Torah from his brother, Ga’on Rabbi Chaim Soloveitchik, who succeeded their father in the rabbinate of Brisk. Well known for his aptitude and genius and became famous as an exalted genius in Torah. In 1911 was appointed as Av Beit Din in city of Mogilev, and in 1924 arrived in America and was appointed Av Beit Din of congregation “Tiferet Israel Anshei Brisk” in Brooklyn, New York.
Recipient of letter: Rabbi Yitzchak Bunin (1872-1982), disciple of Rabbi Raphael Shapira of Volozhin and Rabbi Yitzchak Elchanan Spektor, who ordained him as rabbi. Served in rabbinate of Lithuania and Russia, and was closely associated with Rabbi Chaim Ozer and the Chafetz Chaim. Arrived in the early 1920’s in the U.S.A. where he served in the rabbinate for more than forty years. At old age immigrated to Jerusalem and resided there for approximately twenty years until his death at age of one hundred and ten years.
20X26 cm. Fair condition; dry, thin and damaged paper. Glued on paper.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 446

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Letter by Rabbi Elchanan Wasserman

Letter handwritten and signed by Rabbi Elchanan Wasserman, to Rabbi Eliezer Silver, NY, [1939].
Regarding the delivery of money from the General Collection for Yeshivot, for the Baranovich kollel. He also mentions the delivery of money by Rabbi Chaim Ozer. At the end of the letter, he writes of his plans to return to Europe before Pesach.
Official stationary with a picture of the Baranovich Yeshiva building [and the address of the yeshiva office in New York]. 28 cm. Approx. 14 handwritten lines. Good condition. Folding marks and stains.
Rabbi Elchanan Wasserman stayed in New York to raise funds for his yeshiva in 1938-1939. (See Ohr Elchanan, Vol. 2, in the chapter about his journey to America, pages 173-217) – The end of the letter indicates that it was written in the winter of 1939, towards the end of Rabbi Elchanan's stay in the USA.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 470

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Collection of Ketubot, Gittin, Letters and Documents – From the Archive of Rabbi Silver

Collection of Ketubot, Gittin and other documents, from Rabbi Silver's archive. Some of the items: printed Ketubot (some colored and adorned), empty forms and forms completed by hand with signatures; shtarot permitting sale of chametz; documents handwritten by Rabbi Silver; large collection of more than 150 Gittin arranged by Rabbi Silver's Beit Din in Cincinnati and in other cities where he served in the rabbinate, many with inscriptions in his handwriting and with his signature (most Gittin have a "Beit Din Tear" made after delivering the Get as a sign that the Get was delivered to the divorcee according to Jewish law); pamphlet of permission to marry (Heter Me'ah Rabbanim). Buenos Aires, 1950, [6 leaves, bibliographically unknown], with handwritten signatures of rabbis; letters from rabbis etc.
Approximately 240 items. Varied size and condition.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 492

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Satire of the Approaching Downfall of the King of France – Greifswald, 1689

“Satire of the Approaching Downfall of the King of France” Greifswald (Germany), 1689.
Rare booklet printed in Hebrew, polemic against Louis XIV, King of France, about the evils which he is causing to neighboring countries, especially the destruction in the Rhine area in Germany. The writer brings many proofs from the Bible that his downfall is close. Apparently the writer is not Jewish.
“Today my ears were filled with the tidings of violence and the arrogance of the King of France. There is none amongst us who does not know of his evil ways…He violated a covenant with the Kaisar our king by sending his troops to our land to destroy and burn and spill innocent blood. behold it is made clear that his downfall is close …And now Princes of Germany, come and tell us of all manner of violence which the King of France committed against you .. for he with his craftiness he incited Germans against Germans and city fought city because of his lies. Was it not because of his jealousy that he turned his soldiers on the inhabitants of the banks of the Rhine and destroyed your cities and set fire to your houses and your houses of worship …”.
11 pages 17 cm. Good condition, stains, pen marks. Ink peeling in one place. New binding.
Only one other copy known in the world, the source of the record in the Bibliography Institute.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 471

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Collection of Letters and Documents – “Va’ad HaHatzala” – 1940

Large collection of various documents and letters, from the archive of “Va’ad HaHatzala” [rescue committee] headed by Ga’on Rabbi Eliezer Silver and rabbis of “Agudat HaRabanim” [Union of Orthodox Rabbis], Holocaust years 1940-1948.
Letters by rabbis and pubic personalities to Rabbi Silver and copies of letters from Rabbi Eiezer Silver and Va’ad HaHatzala. Lists of people requiring care, including names of people in need of rescue. Majority of letters in this collection pertain to fundraising campaigns in various congregations throughout the United States. While the essence of rescue activity is alluded to in the letters in Torah codes, many letters from the secretary of committee, Rabbi Ya’akov Karlinsky, report in detail the progress of the activity. [Particular rabbis mentioned in letters as being active in committee operations are: Rabbi Yechiel Gordon, Rabbi Aharon Kotler, Rabbi Yitzchak Dvoretz and Rabbi Yisrael Rosenberg].
During period of Holocaust Rabbi Silver was among the initiators of the rescue operation for European Jewry and established “Va’ad HaHatzala” which was greatly active in benefit of European Jewry and Yeshiva students who escaped to Siberia and Shanghai in the Far East.
Hundreds of items, including dozens of signed letters. Various sizes and conditions. Paper of majority of letters dry and fragile.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 269

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Torat Kohanim, with Commentary of Author of Chafetz Chaim – Corrections in Holy Handwriting of Chafetz Chaim

Torat Kohanim with glosses of Vilna Ga’on and new commentary in brief and lucid language, by Rabbi Yisrael Meir HaKohen of Radin. 2 sections. Petrikov, 1911. First edition.
Stamps, signatures and glosses in handwriting of two disciples of the Chafetz Chaim, righteous Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Bloch (1890-1973) and Ga’on Yo’el Kluft (1906-1985). Correction glosses in the holy handwriting of the author, the Chafetz Chaim (see for example: 35/1, section 2: 31/2, 38/2, 85/1 and more).
[1], 210; 188 pages. Approx. 24 cm. Dry and fragile paper, fair condition, wear on margins and tears, detached leaves, worn and detached original binding.
Letter of expert attached, identifying some glosses as identical handwriting to the writing of Chafetz Chaim in his letters.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 440

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Illustrations and Astronomical Calculations of the Laws of Kidush HaChodesh in the Handwriting of the Chazon Ish – On a Letter to the Chazon Ish on the Laws of Eiruvin

Illustrations and astronomical calculations concerning the laws of Kidush HaChodesh – in the handwriting of the Chazon Ish, and an inscription of a name for which to pray. Written on the reverse side of a letter of responsum on the laws of Eiruvin sent to the Chazon Ish, handwritten and signed by Rabbi Yisrael HaLevi Kolodner Rabbi of Ness Tziona. 1944.
Rabbi Yisrael HaLevi (Bari) Kolonder (1911-1972), studied in his youth in Novardok Yeshiva, ascended to Eretz Israel in 1937. Son-in-law of Rabbi Ya'akov Moshe Charlap Head of Mercaz HaRav Yeshiva. Served over 30 years in the Ness Tziona rabbinate. Wrote many books on halacha, ethics and aggada.
Official stationary, 28.5 cm. Fair condition, wear and tear and moisture stains.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 472

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Archive of Rabbi Eliezer Silver

Huge archive of manuscripts, letters, documents, Chidushei Torah and various listings, from archive of Ga’on Rabbi Eliezer Silver, from period of service as rabbi in Springfield, (Massachusetts), Harrisburg (Pennsylvania), and Cincinnati (Ohio).
* Dozens of letters and letter drafts in his handwriting, some signed. Chidushei Torah in his handwriting and various listings in his handwriting. Rulings, documents of submission and contracts of selling of Chametz [leavened bread], notices for sermons for “Shabbat HaGadol” [Shabbat preceding Pesach] with bibliography in his handwriting. Receipts and business cards with various notations in his handwriting on reverse side, and more.
* Various documents from various congregations throughout U.S.A. where he served in rabbinate. Documents from “Agudat HaRabbanim” [Union of Orthodox Rabbis] which he headed, and documents from “Agudat Yisrael” and various public organizations. Approx. 8 ledgers of “Chevrat Mishnayot”, “Beit HaTvila”, accountings of expenses for “Bikur Cholim”, citrons and more. Fundraising campaigns for Yeshivot and educational institutions. Various banking documents. Dozens of logs and calendars, bank account records (some of community funds). Many hundreds of checks sent worldwide for various charity funds, which were returned to his archive, after being redeemed by banks.
* Many letters sent from countries throughout the world and the United States to Rabbi Silver: by rabbis and relatives, Kashrut supervisors and slaughterers, government and public personalities, needy persons and more. (Letters also contain several letters of contempt anonymously sent). Many telegrams and more.
Thousands of items. Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 131

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Letter by the Gur Rebbe “Imrei Emet”

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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 355

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Manuscript of Sermons, 1830 – Unidentified Author

Manuscript, autographic writing by unidentified author. Organized composition of sermons in Halacha and Aggada, for Shabbat, Rosh HaShanah and festivals, delivered between 1830-1864. Fine Ashkenazi writing, c. 1830.
In introduction at beginning of manuscript author cites Chidush in Rambam in name of his father. Some sermons dated according to date upon which they were delivered in “Chevrat Ne’urim” in 1830’s; on majority of sermons dates erased and replaced with date upon which sermon was repeated, between approximately 1840-1864. Apparently, author already then served in rabbinate, and upon repeating a sermon before congregants he would note the year.
On leaf 47/2 author adds interpretation which he said in dream: “In my dream I interpreted…”.
Throughout leaves, additions in different handwriting [son of author?] pertaining to Sgulot against evil eye. Leaves of indexes on content of book appear in same handwriting. Last leaf contains notations of receipt of money in 1875.
[1], leaves 7, 9-21, 92, [9] leaves. Approx. 25 cm. Bluish-greenish paper, good-fair condition, wear damage and mildew, with damage to text. New binding.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 196

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Leaf Remnants of Radak Commentary – Guadalajara, 1482 / Remnants of Ancient Manuscript Leaves

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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 79

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Tikun Leil Shavu’ot and Hoshana Raba, Slavita 1823

Seder Tikun Leil Shavu’ot and Hoshana Raba, Slavita, [1823]. 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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 303

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Sefer Petach Eliyahu – Signatures of Baba Sali

Sefer Petach Eliyahu, section two. On the Torah, poems and homiletics. Rabbi Eliyahu Yaloz of Tiberias. Jerusalem, 1930.
Various ownership notations, inscription and signatures. Back binding leaf contains ownership notations in illustrated writing similar to stamp: “Of blessed memory Yisrael Abuchatzeira Arphad Budniv”, written in holy handwriting of the Baba Sali.
Holy Rebbe Rabbi Yisrael Abuchatzeira – the Baba Sali (1889-1984), son of Rabbi Masoud rabbi of Tafilalet (Morocco), son of Rebbe Rabbi Ya’akov Abuchatzeira. Exalted genius in revealed and esoteric Torah, holy and pure from youth. Published writings of his grandfather Rabbi Ya’akov. Served as chief rabbi of Arphad and region. In 1950 immigrated to Jerusalem and in 1957 returned to Morocco. In 1964 returned to Eretz Israel and resided in town of Netivot. Leading personalities flocked to his home for advice and blessing and was known as a miracle worker. His grandsons are famous rabbis of Abuchatzeira family.
[4], 168 leaves. 24 cm. Fair condition, wear, stains and tears. Title page torn and incomplete. Detached leaves, worn and damaged binding. Placed in elegant cloth case.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 378

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Manuscript, Tales and Collection on Matters of Kabbalah – Rabbi Ya’akov Rabinowitz-Mizrahi – Caucasia, 1883-1888

Manuscript, tales and Midrashim, collection on matters of Kabbalah, riddles and poems. Rabbi Ya’akov son of Rabbi Shalom Rabinowitz. Caucasia, 1883-1889.
Oriental writing. Stamps and signatures of writer Rabbi “Ya’akov son of Rabbi Shalom Rabinowitz”, who signs many times at end of passages. In one instance he signed: “Ya’akov son of Rabbi. S. Rabinowitz Mizrachi from region of Caucasia”. The manuscript was written over the course of several years; dates mentioned in signatures are between 1883-1889.
Diverse collection: “Tikkunei Shabbat” by the Ari, Kabbalistic commentary on “Lecha Dodi” and on Shabbat songs [by Rabbi Yisrael Sarug and others]; Sefer Ben Sira; “these are the questions which Queen of Sheba asked Shlomo”; “song to Rabbi Ovadia” – Kabbalistic song on the spheres; Midrashim on destruction of the Temple; “commentary on Ya’ale Ve’Yavo by Ga’on Rabbi Eliyahu of Vilnius”, and more.
A large portion of the manuscript contains tales from various sources: “story about Rabbi Shlomo ben Gavriel…”, “story in Jerusalem in ancient times…”, “story of Chassid Rabbi Pinchas”, “story of priest, enemy of Jews”, “story of woman whose upper half of body is in form of animal”, “story of two youths who are faithful to each other”, “story of Rabbi Netanel”, “story of orchardist”, “story of the Rambam”, and more.
Approx. 500 written pages. 18 cm. Majority of leaves in good condition, stains and slight wear. Several leaves in fair-poor condition. Old binding.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 506

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HaDerech, Budapest, 1944 – First Edition with Sermon of Rabbi of Belz upon Escape from Holocaust to Eretz Israel

HaDerech, booklet 1, “Derech Tzadikim” – farewell sermons of esteemed… Rabbi Mordechai Rokeach, rabbi of congregation of Biłgoraj… which he delivered at celebration of completion of tractate at Tiferet Bachurim. “Derech Kedoshim” – holy sermon by righteous Torah giant of the generation… Rabbi Aharon Rokeach holy rabbi of Belz… which he delivered in capital city of Budapest prior to immigration to Eretz Israel. Edited by Rabbi Menachem Aharon Levovitz, young rabbi of congregation of Tshop. Budapest, 13 Shvat 1944. First edition.
After miraculously escaping from Ghetto Bochnia, the rebbe of Belz and his brother, rabbi of Biłgoraj, arrived in Budapest, where they resided from Iyar 1943 until Tevet 1944. In this booklet which was published on 13 Shvat (Feb 7, 1944) the farewell sermon of rabbi of Biłgoraj of Hungarian Jewry, in which he relates the atrocities of the Holocaust in Poland and Galicia, and the necessity to assist refugees of these countries, was printed. Later on he apologizes for their journey to Eretz Israel, and confidently states that disaster will not reach Hungary. He clarifies that they are not departing to Eretz Israel for this reason, but rather for his intense passion for the holiness of the Holy Land and the love of his brother for the Holy Land. “… I am obligated to inform you, dear friends, scholars of Ungarn… that anybody who knows my older brother… certainly knows that he is not retreating… as if escaping; he only desires to immigrate to the Holy Land… and he foresees peace – the righteous rabbi perceives that residents of this city will live in peace and serenity…” (page 19). Later on the rebbe states that his journey to Eretz Israel is temporary with intention to return, and his brother, rebbe of Biłgoraj, explains that according to tradition of their holy forefathers, there is no value in settlement in Eretz Israel prior to the coming of Mashiach (page 26). After approximately ten days, on February 17, 1944, an additional edition of this pamphlet was published with many revisions and with the omission of the reference to his intention of immigration to Eretz Israel. After approximately a month a third edition was printed in Budapest with caption “second publication, Adar 1944”, which, too, is censored. This is the first and rare edition which includes the complete sermon of the Rebbe.
[2], 28 leaves. 19 cm. Good condition, stains on printed cover.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 464

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Collection of Letter by Heads of Yeshivas – US

Collection of letter by heads of yeshivas and Torah institutes of education in the US sent to Rabbi Eliezer Silver.
We will note a partial list of the writers of the letters, some were famous Torah leaders: Rabbi Sheftil Kramer (founder and head of the first yeshiva in the US established in the manner of European yeshivas in New Haven and afterward in Cleveland and Baltimore. Brother-in-law of Rabbi Moshe Mordechai Epstein and Rabbi Isser Zalman Meltzer, and Rabbi Ruderman's father-in-law): Rabbi Yechiel Michel Gordon (Head of Lomza Yeshiva, letter from 1942 concerning rescue from the Holocaust); Rabbi Eliyahu Meir Bloch (founder and Head of Telz Yeshiva in Cleveland); Rabbi Mordechai Gifter (Telz Yeshiva, two letters, one has Torah thoughts); Rabbi Chaim Mordechai Katz (Telz Yeshiva. Two letters, one from 1941 concerning the rescue of Telz Yeshiva from the Holocaust); Rabbi Ya'akov David Sefsel (the Genius of Visky); Rabbi Chaim Heller (author of Sefer HaMitzvot); Rabbi Aharon Chaim Zimmerman (Chicago); Rabbi Chaim Yitzchak Carob (Chicago); Rabbi Yisrael Ze'ev Gustman (Head of Ramailes Yeshiva – Netzach Yisrael); Rabbi Baruch Kaplan (founder of the Beit Ya'akov Seminary in the US. Two letters, on polemic regarding Torah U'Mesorah); etc.
20 letters. Varied size and condition, most in good condition and on official stationary.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 209

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Otiot D’Rabbi Akiva – Cracow, 1579

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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 188

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Collection of Handwritten Notebooks – Articles by Rabbi Shalom Duber of Lubavitch

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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 220

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Chamisha Chumshei Torah, Chamesh Megillot and Nevi’im Rishonim – Frankfurt (Oder), 1595

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].
[548] leaves, 18cm. Good condition, stains, and signs of dampness. Moth damage to some of the pages. Records on title leaf. New binding.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 82

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All-Inclusive Sephardic Machzor – Zhitomir, 1865

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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 530

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Karaite Prayer Book – Volume Two – Yevpatoriya, Crimean Peninsula, 1836

Part 2 of a Karaite prayer book. Printed by Mordechai Tirishkan ben Yitzchak Cafli, Yevpatoriya, Crimean Peninsula, 1836.
Only Volume 2, with festival prayers. Printed on thick high-quality paper. Original leather binding, with impressed adornments. Also impressed on front binding is a date and owner's name: "1853 26th of Elul, David ben R' Avraham Gabai Gigit".
[2], 144, 32 leaves, 25 cm. Good condition. Moth damage to most leaves (without damage to text). Stains, primarily to lower margins. Original leather binding, detached and slightly worn.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 445

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Long Letter by Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodzensky

A long interesting letter handwritten and signed by Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodzensky, to Rabbi Eliezer Silver. Vilna, Elul 1932.
The letter discusses many community matters: The Maharil Diskin Orphanage, Rabbi Elchanan Wasserman and the Baranovich Yeshiva, the Ramailles Yeshiva headed by Rabbi Shlomo Heiman (Paritcher), etc. At the end of the letter, he signs, "With the New Year's blessing for good long lives and you shall rejoice in the joy of the upcoming Chag Succot".
Official stationary, 26 cm. Approx. 21 lines. Good condition. + Postal envelope with printed emblem.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 200

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Commentary on Torah of Rabbi Jacob Ba’al HaTurim – Venice, 1544 – Glosses

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, [1] 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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 9

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Drawing of the Sasson Family Succah in India

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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 340

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Manuscript, Rosh Hashana Machzor – Turkey – With “Seder Re’amim U’Re’ashim” in Ladino

Manuscript, Rosh Hashana Machzor. [Turkey or another place in the Balkan region, 18th/19th century].
Some leaves have branch-like adornments. Consists of Rosh Hashana prayers [Arvit, Shacharit, Musaf and Mincha] with a few piyutim, Tashlich, "Laws for Rosh Hashana eve" (Simanim for the meal and prayers), and more.
At the beginning of the manuscript is a copy of the work "Binah L'Itim", which is "Seder Re'amim U'Re'ashim" attributed to the Ari, translated to Ladino. "Seder Re'amim U'Re'ashim" predicts future events such as famine, plenty, diseases and wars according to the times of earthquakes and thunder. First printed in Hebrew in Constantinople in 1710, at the end of the compilation "Milchemet Chovah", and the Ladino translation was printed in Constantinople in 1741.
The empty leaves at the end of the manuscript were later used for many Ladino inscriptions (journal? Calculations?).
Approximately 200 written pages. 18 cm. Varied condition of leaves, fair-good. Detached leaves, stains, wear to leaf margins. Damaged original leather binding.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 127

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Manuscript of HaYachas HaKadosh / Letters by the Besht and Hassidic Leaders – The Kherson Geniza Affair

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?].
[1], 73 pp. 21.5 cm. Brittle paper, good-fair condition, much wear. Unbound.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 426

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Agreement Signed by Rabbi Itzele Blazer, Rabbis and Managers of Kollelim – Jerusalem, 1906

Agreement regarding fundraising campaign from continent of Africa. Arranged between rabbis and managers of institutions of Ashkenazi sect in Jerusalem: “HaVa’ad HaKlali Knesset Yisrael”, Vilnius-Žemaitija Kollel, Etz Chaim Yeshiva and Bikur Cholim Hospital. Jerusalem, 8 Tevet [1906].
Signed by twenty rabbis, including: Rabbi Aryeh Leib Rashkes [among rabbis of Vilnius and Jerusalem], Rabbi Aryeh Leib Beharad [Rabbi Leib Dayan son of Rabbi Aharon David], Rabbi Yoel Moshe Solomon, Rabbi Yitzchak Eliezer Charlap, Rabbi Gedalia Nachman Broder, Rabbi Eliyahu Zev Wolfson, Rabbi Nachum Rogoznitzki, Rabbi Asher Eliezer Levy and others.
Authorization of agreement added on margins of leaf by Ga’on Rabbi Shmuel Salant with stamps [handwritten stamp and official stamp] and by Ga’on Rabbi “Yitzchak Blazer” with signature and stamp.
Rabbi Yitzchak (Rabbi Itzele) Blazer (1837-1907), among prominent disciples of Rabbi Yisrael of Salant. Leading geniuses of his generation and advocate of the Musar Movement. Served in rabbinate of capital city St. Peterburg, and between 1862-1878 was Rosh Kollel of Kovno. In his last years resided in Jerusalem. Composed Pri Yitzchak Responsa and Sefer Kochvei Or which he published together with Sefer Or Yisrael by his rabbi, Rabbi Yisrael Salant.
Official stationery written on both sides. 27 cm. Fair-good condition, tears on folding marks, restored with scotch tape. Stains, filing holes.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 352

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Manuscript by Rabbi Yirmiyahu Loewe, Av Beit Din of Uhely

Manuscript, “sermon which I have delivered in Uhely”, by Ga’on Rabbi Yirmiyahu Loewe. Uhely (Sátoraljaújhely, Hungary), c. 1860.
Author’s eloquent handwriting typical of his other writings.
Famous Ga’on Rabbi Yirmiyahu Loewe (1811-1874), son of the “Sha’arei Torah”, among leading Torah giants of Hungary during thre generation of the “Ktav Sofer”, served in the rabbinate of Werboy and Sátoraljaújhely. Authored the “Divrei Yirmiyahu” on Maimonides, the Talmud, Sugyot-related novellae and sermons. This sermon was not printed in the book of sermons (Satmar, 1934).
8 written pages, 24.5 cm. Quality paper, good condition, cloth binding.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 43

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Sefer Si’ach Yitzchak – Song for Seder Night – Prague, 1587

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, [1587]. Mordechai Katz Printing Press.
Rhyming poem on laws of Seder night and Passover. Song can be interpreted in several ways; author attached comprehensive explanation.
[20] 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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 50

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Birkat HaMazon with Illustrations – Amsterdam, 1723

Birkat HaMazon [Blessing of the Meal], as customary in Ashkenaz and Poland. Includes Passover Haggadah and woodcuts. Amsterdam, [1723]. 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).

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Auction 33 Lot Number 400

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Letter and Pamphlet Handwritten Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Landau of “Lishka HaShchora” Kovno – Polemic regarding Concern for Idolatry in Eulogy Ceremonies in Memory of Dr. Herzl

Letter by Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Landau, to Rabbi Shmuel Salant and Aderet [Rabbi Eliyahu David Rabinowitz Teomim]. Includes large handwritten pamphlet. Kovno, summer 1904.
Pamphlet contains Halachic-polemic question, in which writer quotes current press regarding eulogy ceremonies in commemoration of Dr. Herzl. He mentions the black ribbons which are a non-Jewish custom and the selling of pictures and sculptures of image of Herzl and continues with discussion as to whether this constitutes Idolatry. The writer cites the press describing a commemoration ceremony which was conducted in “Broza Garden” in Motza, beneath tree which Herzl planted there, where statues of Herzl were positioned on both sides of the stage, and he discusses at length whether this tree is considered an Astarte which was worshiped as an idol…
Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Landau, from city of Kovno, Torah scholar and sharp polemicist, among most wealthy personalities of Kovno. Among leaders of first assembly of Orthodox Jewry in opposition of Zionism. In 1899, under initiative of Rabbi Shalom Ber Schneersohn, community activists gathered together under leadership of Rabbi Ya’akov Lifshitz and Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Landau, in order to discuss means of struggle in opposition of Zionism. In 1900 Rabbi Shlomo Zalman together with his friend, Rabbi Yosef Rabinowitz, published the book Or LaYesharim (Warsaw, 1900), which was composed of letters and articles from leading Torah giants in opposition of Zionism. This assembly was referred to as “HaLishka HaShchora BeKovno” [black bureau of Kovno] by the Zionists. This sharp polemic article, contains inquiry of Halachic approaches as well as autograph of Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Landau, member of “HaLishka HaShchora”.
20 pages, 28 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and minor tears on folds.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 342

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Remnants of Ancient Leaves / Hidushei Ha’aggadot of the Rashba – Spain, 14th/15th Centuries

Collection of remnants of sheets removed from old bindings.
Seven sheets of novellae of the Rashba on the Aggadah. [Spain, 14th/15th Centuries]. *. Remnants of sheets of unidentified works [in ancient Sefardic writing, part characteristic of 14-15th centuries], mostly homiletical sermons regarding the Agada. Among them, pages from a sermon in Judeo-Arabic [at the top of one of the pages: "the delight of my eyes, my honored father, was taken and I did not merit…"], Sheet with the end of a sermon: “with the coming of the Tzemach Tsadik may he be revealed in our day Amen…"], and other sheets.
Approximately 20 leaves. Bad condition. Tears and various damage caused by binding.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 441

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Letter to the Chazon Ish from the Heads of the Antwerp Community – Concerning Rabbi Chaim Kreiswirth

Letter sent to the Chazon Ish, signed by the heads of Machzikei Hadat in Antwerp: Rabbi Yitzchak Freilich, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Rottenberg and Rabbi Shlomo Klagsvald. Antwerp, Tishrei 1953.
In the letter, they write that the community has no rabbi since the murder of Rabbi Mordechai Rottenberg in the Holocaust and the candidate Rabbi Chaim Kreiswirth suggested by Rabbi Shmuel Greineman and Rabbi Ya'akov Kaminetsky. They tell of Rabbi Kreiswirth's visit of two weeks to Antwerp: "Even during this short time, we have realized his great strength in Torah and wisdom… a man who understands people and knows how to proceed with the spirit of each person". They request the advice of the Chazon Ish on the appointment of the rabbi and sign "The words of his admirers who listen to his words, in the name of the leaders of Machzikei Hadat.
Official stationary 27.5 cm. Typewritten on both sides of the leaf, with their signatures. Good-fair condition, stains and folding marks.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 100

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Brit Menucha – Amsterdam, 1648 – Signatures

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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 260

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Knesset Hagedola – Copy with Signatures and Stamps of Greenwald Family Rabbis, Including Author of Arugat HaBosem

Sefer Knesset Hagedola on Choshen Mishpat by Rabbi Chaim Benvenisti. Fürth, [1692].
Ancient ownership signatures: Autograph of Rabbi “Amram Greenwald” and signatures of his son Rabbi “Moshe Greenwald Av Beit Din of Khust and region” and his grandson Rabbi “Avraham Yosef Greenwald Av Beit Din of Ungvar” as well as additional ownership signatures.
The Ga’on Rabbi Amram Greenwald (1831-1870) among the prominent disciples of the Ktav Sofer and the Maharam Ash. Already at a young age he was offered a positions in the rabbinate in large and prominent cities (Munkacz and others), however, he refused to accept a rabbinical position. Passed away before the age of 40. His son, the famous Ga’on Rabbi Moshe Ben-Amram Greenwarld, author of Arugat Bosem (1853-1910), was among the leading rabbis and Rashei Yeshivot of Hungary, served in the rabbinate of several congregations and from 1893 served as Av Beit Din of Khust. Many rabbis of Hungary were disciples of his. His grandson, the Ga’on Rabbi Avraham Yosef Greenwald (1878-1928) succeeded his father in the Khust rabbinate and from there moved to serve in the Ungvar rabbinate.
196 leaves, 31.5 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and moth damage.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 218

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Collection of Leaf Remnants – Printed in the 15th and 16th Centuries / Proofreading Leaves Printed in Thessaloniki

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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 359

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Manuscript of Novellae on Treatises – Unidentified Author

Manuscript of novellae on treatises and halachic sermon for Shabbat Teshuva. Ashkenasi manuscript in author's autographic writing, [after 1800].
The writer discusses at length the Sha'agat Aryeh responsa. In one siman, he extensively debates thoughts written in the book Chavot Da'at [printed first in Lemberg in 1799]. According to the content, the author was apparently an outstanding Torah scholar and a deep thinker.
42 leaves, approximately 84 written pages. Approximately 20 cm. High-quality paper, good-fair condition, cutoff leaf margins with lacking text [most lacks can be deciphered]. New binding.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 435

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Letter by Rabbi Elchanan Wasserman Concerning the Zealots in Eretz Israel

Letter handwritten by Rabbi Elchanan Wasserman, sent to Rabbi David Potash in Tel Aviv, to deliver to the Chazon Ish. [Baranovich, after 1933].
Written in pencil at the top of the letter: "Delivered by Rabbi David to the Chazon Ish". The (unsigned) letter relates to the criticism on the zealots in Eretz Israel, about whom Rabbi Elchanan writes in this letter: "They should not be denigrated, and even if they sometimes overdo, they need by shown the correct way. They should not be disparaged since their hearts are truly sincere for the sake of Heaven and they are not to be suspected of ulterior motives such as monetary profit or honor – they attain just the opposite".
This letter was written in the time of the Mandate government Communities Constitution. Extensive correspondence between Rabbi Elchanan and the Chazon Ish existed regarding this subject of separation from the Israel Knesset ruled by the Zionist leaders and their attitude toward the activities of the Jerusalem zealous circles. Some of the correspondence was anonymous through various messengers. (See attached (material.
Official stationary, 22X14.5 cm. 4 handwritten lines. Good-fair condition, stains and creases.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 447

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Letter by Rabbi Shimon Yehuda HaCohen Shkop

A long letter handwritten and signed by Rabbi “Shimon Yehuda HaCohen Shkop”, to Rabbi Eliezer Silver. Grodno, 1932.
Congratulations on the appointment of Rabbi Eliezer to the Cincinnati rabbinate and request for assistance for the “Sha'ar HaTorah” Yeshiva in Grodno.
Rabbi Shimon Yehudah HaCohen Shkop (1860-1940, Otzar HaRabbanim 19962), disciple of Rabbi Chaim Soloveitchik in the Volozhin Yeshiva who instructed him in the intricate and deep methodologies of Torah. At age 24 he became Rosh Metivta in the Telz Yeshiva [established by his uncle, Rabbi Eliezer Gordon], where he taught his method of study, an approach which captivated the entire Torah world until this very day. Rabbi Elchanan Wasserman was among his prominent disciples during that period. In 1920, he was requested to head the “Sha’ar HaTorah” Yeshiva in Grodno. Writings: “Sha’arei Yosher”, “Ma’arechet HaKinyanim” and “Chiddushei Rabbi Shimon Yehudah HaCohen”.
Official stationary, 27.5 cm. Approx. 19 lines.Fair condition, tears with missing parts in leaf center.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 192

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Two Letters by Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn of Lubavitch

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

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Auction 33 Lot Number 514

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Manuscript, Exegesis of Ibn Rushd (Averroës) to Aristotle’s Ethics, with Commentary – 17th Century

Manuscript, exegesis of Ibn Rushd (Averroës) to Aristotle’s Ehtics, with Commentary on the exegesis. Oriental writing, [17th Century].
“With the help of G-d I begin an exposition of the ethics of Ibn Rushd with the exposition of the theologian Thomas Aquinas”. [The commentary is attributed to the Christian philosopher Thomas Aquinas in several manuscripts, but it has already been proved that this is incorrect. See Steinschneider, HU, Pages 218-219].
Averroës (called Ibn Rushd in Hebrew), a famous philosopher and physician, who was active in the 12th century in Muslim Spain. He greatly influenced Medieval European philosophy. All his important works were translated into Hebrew and he had much influence on the sages of Israel. The Rambam in one of his letters writes about him: “I have received recently all that Ibn Rushd wrote on the books of Aristotle, and I have seen that his explanations are correct…”
The manuscript ends in the middle of a subject. 98 written pages. 30 cm., wide margins. General condition good. Tears in a number of pages, as a result of deterioration of the ink. New binding.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 217

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Sefer Mekor Chochma – Prague, 1610

Sefer Mekor Chochma, “know and comprehend holy sayings… of Zohar… on entire Torah”. Rabbi Yissachar Ber of Kremenets. Prague, [1610]. 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.
[40] leaves (faulty pagination). 18 cm. Good condition, stains and slight wear. New binding.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 291

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Prayer Book of Kabbalist Rabbi Shalom Hedaya and his Son, Rabbi Ovadia Hedaya

Seder Chukat Olam, for weekdays and Shabbat, according to custom of the Ari, with incorporation of holy names. Jerusalem 1905.
Signatures of Rabbi “Shalom Hedaya” and stamp of his son Rabbi “Ovadia Hedaya”. Leaves of prayer, containing notations and prayers in handwriting, attached.
Ga’on Kabbalist Rabbi Shalom Hedaya (1862-1945, Otzar HaRabbanim 18135), among scholars of Aram Zova and “Elderly Kabbalist” of Jerusalem; from 1927 headed the Beit El Kabbalist Yeshiva and from 1930 served as Av Beit Din of Jerusalem. Composed: Seh LeBeit Avot, Shalom La’Am and Dover Shalom.
His son, Ga’on Kabbalist Rabbi Ovadia Hedaya (1890-1969, Otzar HaRabbanim 16544). Among Rashei Yeshivot of Porat Yosef Yeshiva and founder of Beit El Kabbalist Yeshiva in the new city. Served as chief rabbi and chief Av Beit Din of Petach Tikva. Member of Beit Din of Jerusalem. Authored Yaskil Avdi responsa containing eight sections as well as additional books in revealed and concealed Torah.
[1], 215 leaves. 16 cm. Fair condition, tears and extensive usage wear. Worn binding.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 25

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Colorful Illustrated Ketubah Recording the Marriage of Rabbi Avraham Pilosof – Jerusalem, 1879

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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 379

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Two Manuscripts, Tractate Chulin and Laws of Shechita – Quba, Azerbaijan

*Manuscript, compilation and interpretations of the laws of shechita. Quba (Azerbaijan), 1894. Colophon on last leaf, "These are the laws of shechita written by me the young small… Yosef ben R' Shalom…this letter was handwritten in the month of Tevet in the year [1894] in the city of Quba". [The name of the original writer was scratched off the leaf and replaced with the names Yosef and Shalom. The original last name, Derbandi, was crossed out]. [26] written pages. 22 cm. Good condition, stains. New binding.
*Manuscript, novellae on Tractate Chulin. [Oriental writing]. 27 leaves. The beginning of the work is lacking. 22 cm. Good condition, stains. New binding.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 371

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Halachic Responsa in the Handwriting of Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv

Manuscript leaves, drafts of five halachic response letters in the handwriting of Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv. [Jerusalem], 1971-1994.
Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv (1910-2012), a foremost posek for over 70 years. Known for his exceptional diligence and deep and thorough understanding of all Torah areas which enabled him to reach clear conclusions on any matter. During the last 20 years of his life, he led Torah Jewry in Israel and abroad. However, even earlier, he was involved in rabbinic and halachic matters of various communities. Rabbi Elyashiv did not print his Torah novellae by himself but his disciples printed the "comments" from his lectures and compiled some of his responsa in the four volumes of Kovetz Teshuvot. According to rumors, (see Yeshurun, Vol. 28, Nisan 2013, page 225), Rabbi Elyashiv did not save the drafts of his responsa and his inscriptions while studying and often he would put them in geniza.
5 responsa, 13 pages, varying size, good condition. Two responsa on official stationary. All the responsa are in his handwriting and are not signed. Printed in Kovetz Teshuvot, some differ from this manuscript.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 20

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Collection of “Tosefet Ketubah” Shtarot – Germany, 1774-1828

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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 86

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Sha’arei Tzion – Zhitomir, 1856

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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 343

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Parchment Leaf from an Ancient Manuscript – “Tosfot” on Tractate Pesachim

Parchment leaf remnant of an ancient manuscript, Tosfot on Tractate Pesachim. [Ashkenasi writing, 13th/14th century].
Tosfot on Daf 47, Amudim 1-2 [with minor differences from the versions printed in the Shas editions].
Leaf, 17 cm. Fair condition, dark stains, damages and tears. Damage to text. Restored.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 525

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Sefer Ebronot – Offenbach, 1722

Sefer Ebronot, astronomy and new months (molad). Offenbach, [1722].
Illustrated title page [at the top is the solar system and constellations]. Inside the book are illustrations and wheels for calculating the new months and the tekufot, and many charts.
Ownership inscription and signature from time of printing: "This Sefer Ebronot I have purchased… Elazar Lazi ben Eliyahu from… 1726" [partly cutoff]. Several corrections and glosses. Many inscriptions on binding leaves. Long inscription on the subject of new months.
[2], 40 leaves. 19 cm. Good condition, stains and minor wear. Professionally restored tears. Antique leather binding, damaged.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 216

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Shtei Yadot, Venice 1618 – Handwritten Glosses

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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 174

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Letter by Rebbe Rabbi Menachem Mendel Halberstam of Stropkov

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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 207

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Menorat HaMa’or, Mantua 1563

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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 357

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Manuscript of Chidushim on Tractates Bava-Kamma Bava-Metzia and Shvu’ot

Manuscript, Chidushei Sugiot on tractates Bava Kamma, Bava Metzia and Shvu’ot. Ashkenazi handwriting [Russia-Poland?, 19th century].
Autographic writing of unknown author whose erudite and profound comprehension is apparent.
96 leaves (of which approx. 180 written pages). 21 cm. Fair condition, fragile paper with tears and missing sections on margins of several leaves. Detached leaves, missing binding.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 369

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Manuscript by Rabbi Yechezkel Sarna

Manuscript, philosophical and ethical notions from letters and writings of Rabbi Yisrael Salant, in handwriting of Ga’on Rabbi Yechezkel Sarna, Rosh Yeshiva of "Knesset Israel – Chevron". Jerusalem. Autographic writing, with various additions.
Rabbi Yechezkel Sarna (1889-1969), among leading giants of Torah and ethics. Closely associated disciple of the “Alter of Slabodka” Rabbi Natan Tzvi Finkel, and son-in-law of Rabbi Moshe Mordechai Epstein Rosh Yeshiva of Knesset Israel in Slabodka. Rabbi Yechezkel was among the founders of branch of the Yeshiva in city of Hebron in 1924-1925, and after the demise of his father-in-law in 1934 headed the Yeshiva which moved to Jerusalem. Among leaders of Council of Torah Sages whose opinions were considered definitive in all relevant public matters. His Torah was printed in books: Dlayot Yechezkel, Beit Yechezkel and more.
Approx. 24 pages, 35-36 cm. Good-fair condition, wear damage on leaf margins.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 433

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Passport Photograph of the Chazon Ish in Youth

Passport photograph of Rabbi Avraham Yishayau Karelitz, author of Chazon Ish, taken in his youth. [C. 1900].
This photograph was given by the Chazon Ish to his cousin Rabbi Meir Yona Lieberman (1901-2004), whose mother, Liba Leiberman, was sister of Rabbanit Rasha Le’ah Karelitz, mother of the Chazon Ish. On the back of the pgotograph, an inscription: "Chazon-Ish" in the handwriting of Rabbi Meir Yona Lieberman.
5.6X4.2 cm. Good condition.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 167

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Collection of Letters of Rebbes and Rabbis

See list in Hebrew description.
12 letters, various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 467

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Letter by Rabbi Aharon Kotler – Va’ad Hatzala Activities in 1942

Letter handwritten and signed by Rabbi Aharon Kotler to Rabbi Eliezer Silver. Nissan, 1942.
The letter deals with the activities of Va'ad Hatzala, which was active in the rescue of Jews from Europe during the Holocaust. Mentioned among other matters are a collection planned in Chicago after Pesach and amounts of money sent to yeshiva students in Shanghai and Siberia. "… It is essential to begin rescue work in Poland and Lithuania. There are practical suggestions how to act if the means exist and every coin helps, this is an actual matter of life and death and if we keep quiet G-d forbid…".
*Enclosed are copies of letters from that time, most are from the office of Rabbi Eliezer Silver, concerning the collection of Va'ad Hatzala in Chicago and elsewhere.
Letter by Rabbi Kotler, 27 cm. Good condition, tears to margins, folding marks. + approximately 35 leaves, varied condition [some on brittle paper, tears].

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Auction 33 Lot Number 116

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Torat Kohanim “Asirit Ha’Eifah” – Rabbi Yitzchak Eizik of Komarno

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”.
[2], 158 leaves [faulty pagination]. 41 cm. Especially wide margins, good-fair condition, restored damage, moth damage. New binding.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 287

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Torah and Philosophy – Copy with Handwritten Additions – Signature and glosses of Rabbi Samuel Ghirondi – Disputation against Aharon Horin

"Torah and Philosophy –Joined Each One to its Sister”. By Isaac Samuel Reggio [Yashar] from Gorizia. Vienna 1827.
Exceptional copy with handwritten additions, which were left out during printing at the demand of the censor, as recorded in the title page: "Added in handwriting were the words deleted by the agent of the King who supervised the printing”. These additions include paragraphs that were not printed, which were recorded as glosses at the sides of the sheets as well as a complete handwritten chapter [bound between Chapters 4 and 5], whose title is “Chapter 5 – If the study controverts the Kabalah”, which was omitted in its entirety by the censor.. [This chapter Yashar printed later in his book “Yalkut Yashar”. Gorizia 1854]. These additions may be in the handwriting of the author. Some of the glosses are cut to some extent.
This copy was in the possession of Rabbi Mordechai Samuel Ghirondi (1800 -1852) Av Beit Din Padua and a contemporary of the author, who signed at the beginning of the book. On the leaf before the title page Rabbi Mordechai Samuel Ghirondi added a long paragraph attacking the Reform Rabbi Aharon Horin, and this in addition to to what Yashar wrote against him in this book. See Hebrew for the quotation. Also see attached material.
211 pages [pale blue paper] + [18] handwritten pages. 21 cm. The condition of the pages is very good. Few stains, a few pages detached. Binding detached and damaged.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 299

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Zot Chukat HaTorah, Venice 1659 – Glosses in Moroccan Handwriting / Tomer Devorah Manuscript – Unknown Version

Sefer Zot Chukat HaTorah, summary of intentions of the Ari, by Rabbi Avraham Chezkuni. Printed by Rabbi Moshe Zakut – the Ramaz. Venice, 1659. First edition.
On other side of title page notation in Oriental-Moroccan handwriting of list of signs for intercalary [leap] year. Leaf margins contain dozens of Kabbalistic glosses in ancient faded handwriting, by several writers in Oriental-Moroccan handwriting from 17th/18th century. On leaf [8] signature: “Which G-d had bestowed his young servant Chaviv Toledano” [apparently, Rabbi Chaviv Toledano, among Torah scholars of Meknes, who lived between 1657-1716. Several scholars in Fes and Meknes bore this name, see attached material].
* Several leaves in Oriental handwriting [c. 18th century] bound at end of book; these leaves contain copy of the book "Tomer Devorah" by the Ramak [Rabbi Moshe Cordovero] from middle of chapter 1 until middle of chapter 2. Upon examination comparing version of manuscript with version of first printing printed in 1589, many discrepancies were observed, indicating that version of manuscript is original and less recent, before additional editing [grammar and style] revisions which appear in the printed editions were made.
Holy book "Tomer Devorah" by the Ramak, fundamental book of Musar and Chassidism, was printed in approximately one hundred editions. This book has three known versions: 1. Version of first printings based upon manuscript which was found in the collection of Rabbi Menachem Azariah of Fano [which apparently was edited by him as other manuscripts of the Ari which were kept by Rabbi Menachem Azariah of Fano]. Later on, this version was used for all old editions until the late 18th century. 2. Version of Rabbi Avraham Azulai, which appears at end of his book "Chesed LeAvraham" in "Birkat Avraham" pamphlet, which differs from the version of other printings. 3. Version of Russia-Poland printings which contain new revisions, apparently made by printers. Upon comparison of this manuscript with version of three editions, it seems that this manuscript is an early and unknown version of the book which differs from the three printed editions.
[8], 88 leaves. 14.5 cm. Fair-poor condition, severe wear damage. Paper cutting on text. Some comments cut off. Detached leaves. Unbound.
+ 12 handwritten pages, 14.5 cm. Fair condition, mildew stains and slightly faded ink.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 214

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Chen Tov, First Edition, Venice, 1605

Chen Tov, homiletics according to the order of the Torah and kabalistic thoughts, by Rabbi Tuvia HaLevi. Venice, [1605] 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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 513

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Booklet of Prayers for Children – She’erit Hapleita Camp in France, 1946

Seigneur Ouvre mes Lèvres…[G-d, open my lips…]. Booklet of prayers and texts for children. Published by Eclaireuses éclaireurs Israélites de France [Jewish Scouts Movement in France], Yehuda the Macabi group, Chambon Camp, Moissac, 1946. French and Hebrew.
A compilation of texts for the camp children. Has Shacharit, Shmona Esre and Shabbat evening songs in Hebrew and French, as well as texts from world literature translated into French. Manuscript, typewritten and illustrations, stencil copied.
The Scout Movement and the Jewish Scouts in France (E.E.I.F - Eclaireuses et Eclaireurs Israélites de France) was one of the most active youth movements of French Jewry busy with educational activities before the country was occupied by the Germans during World War II. With the beginning of the German occupation, the movement members went underground and began taking various steps to save French Jews from the Nazis and the Vichy rule. At that time, the name of the movement was E.I.F. (Jewish Scout Movement in France). The movement's leaders lived in the city of Moissac and it became the movement's center as well as the administrative center of all Jewish institutes for children who had lost their parents during the war.
[1] cover title page, [1], 14, XXVII, [1] back cover, 21 cm. Overall good condition. Minor tears and stains. Tears with lacking on front and back covers, some restored. Rebound in hard cardboard binding.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 76

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Collection of Booklets – Bombay

* Seder HaChuppah. Translated into Marathi. Bombay, 1862.
* Megillat Antiochus. Translated into Marathi. Bombay, 1866.
* Seder Serach Eicha in Arabic, as customary in Baghdad. Bombay, [1889].
* Seder Tchinat Israel, for Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. Bombay, [1933].
* Sefer Zimrei Israel, Seder Hakafot [encirclement of synagogue while dancing with Torah scrolls on festival of Simchat Torah]; poems for Simchat Torah. Bombay, [1933].
* Zimrei Israel for Simchat Torah. Booklet in Marathi language. [Bombay?], [1972].
6 booklets, printed title-covers. Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 204

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Halachot Gedolot, Venice 1548

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.
[4], 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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 364

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Leaves in Handwriting of the Ga’on of Kozieglow

Handwritten leaves in the handwriting of Ga’on of Kozieglow, Rabbi Aryeh Tzvi Frumer. Sermon for Simchat Torah (1926), and more.
Rabbi Aryeh Tzvi Frumer – “The Kozieglover” (1884-1943), among well-known Torah giants of Poland. Grandson of Rebbe Rabbi Dovrish of Oświęcim and prominent disciple of author of Avnei Nezer of Sochatchov. Torah giant in revealed and esoteric realms, Rosh Yeshiva and rabbinical ruler of generation. Av Beit Din of Zavritza and Kozieglow. Headed Sochatchov Yeshiva and Chochmei Lublin Yeshiva. Authored Eretz Tzvi responsa and Si’ach HaSadeh. Perished in Holocaust.
3 pages, various sizes and conditions. Fair condition, tears and restorations. Partially written in pencil.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 2

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A Large Esther Scroll – Russia – USA

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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 450

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Letter by Rabbi Moshe Soloveitchik – Regarding the Rescue of his Brother Rabbi Yitzchak Ze’ev

A long letter handwritten and signed by Rabbi Moshe Soloveitchik, to Rabbi Eliezer Silver, New York, Tishrei 1940.
A letter requesting help for his brother the Ga’avad of Brisk who is in Vilna and whose situation has considerably worsened after the death of Rabbi Chaim Ozer. He quotes a letter that he received from Vilna written by Rabbi Yitchak Ze'ev on the 22nd of Elul regarding obtaining visas: "No real results have been received from the visas sent from America and the consul is to blame… and our eyes are turned to G-d's mercy. Obviously, after Rabbi Chaim Ozer's death, I have been left in a terrible situation". [Eventually Rabbi Yitzchak Ze'ev left Vilna for EretzYisrael on January 20, 1941].
Rabbi Moshe Soloveitchik (1839-Shvat 1941), son of Rabbi Chaim of Brisk and older brother of Rabbi Yitzchak Ze'ev of Brisk. Son-in-law of Rabbi Eliyahu Feinstein Av Beit Din of Pruzhany. A prominent Torah genius, renowned for his amazingly deep shiurim, he had thousands of disciples in Europe and the US. In 1910, he was asked to serve as Rabbi of Raszyn instead of Rabbi Alexander Moshe Lapidot, and at the initiative of the Saba of Slobodka, he established a yeshiva in the city consisting of select students of the Slobodka Yeshiva. In 1913, he moved to serve as Rabbi of Chaslowitz. In 1929, he immigrated to the USA to serve as the Head of the Rabbeinu Yitzchak Elchanan Yeshiva instead of the "Prodigy of Molchad".
Official stationary, 28 cm. Written on both sides. Good-fair condition, folds and stains.
The letter from Rabbi Yitzchak Ze'ev quoted in this letter, is not known at all and is not included in the collection “Igrot Maran Riz HaLevi” (Jerusalem, 2008).

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Auction 33 Lot Number 461

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Collection of Letters from Eretz Israel About Public and Private Matters

Collection of letters sent from Eretz Israel to Rabbi Eliezer Silver concerning matters of religious reinforcement, Shabbat observance, requests and thanks on behalf of public and private institutions.
Letters include:
* Interesting letter by Rabbi Pinchas Epstein Ra'avad of Eida HaCharedit, regarding the murder of Rabbi Pinchas Saglov during Shabbat demonstrations. * Important letter regarding the independence of the Old Yishuv education system during the establishment of the “Zerem HaRevi’i” [Chinuch Ha’Atzma’i] (including testimony regarding opinion of the Chazon Ish). * Letters by Rabbi Yechezkel Sarna Head of Chevron Yeshiva; one dealing with prevention of Shabbat desecration by airlines and industries. * Letter by Rabbi Chaim Shaul Karelitz regarding autopsies. * Letter by Rabbi Avraham Kahaneman related to Ponevezh Yeshiva. * Letters by Rabbi Yisrael Zissel Dvortz from administration of Chevron Yeshiva and “Chevron Bank”. * Letters by leaders of “Beit Ya’akov” and Charedi educational institutes in Eretz Israel. *More.
Approx. 24 letters, varied size and condition.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 99

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Zohar Chadash and Midrash HaNe’elam, First Edition, Thessaloniki 1597 – Many Glosses in Ancient Handwriting

Zohar Chadash and Midrash HaNe'elam, tikunim for Rashbi and Midrash Shir HaShirim from the Zohar. Thessaloniki, [1597]. 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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 227

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Tractate Shekalim – Basel, 1580

Jerusalemite Talmud, tractate Shekalim, with Mishnayot commentary by the Rambam. Basel, [1580]. 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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 323

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Collection of Leaf Remnants – Mishne Torah L’HaRambam in Jewish Arabic – Yemen

Collection of leaf remnants removed from the "Binding Geniza", Jewish-Arabic work, apparently a translation or adaption of Mishne Torah L'HaRambam. [Yemen, 15th/16th century?].
Approximately 35 leaf sections. Varied size, various damages caused by binding.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 462

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Collection of Letters from Eretz Israel about Public and Private Matters

Collection of letters sent from Eretz Israel to Rabbi Eliezer Silver concerning matters of religious reinforcement, Torah thoughts, requests and thanks on behalf of public and private institutions.
Letters include:
*Letters by Rabbi Pinchas Epstein Ra'avad of Eda HaCharedit. *Letter by Rabbi Yitzchak Ze'ev of Brisk against the initiative to establish the Mizrachi worldwide spiritual center, in the guise of the construction of a building for the Chief Rabbinate. [Copy of a copy of the letter in the handwriting of his son Rabbi Yosef Dov head of Brisk Yeshiva, signed by his father Rabbi "Yitzchak Ze'ev ben Rabbi Maran Chaim HaLevi Soloveitchik" - Apparently, the whole letter with the signature is a photocopy sent by the Griz to Rabbi Silver]. Jerusalem, Shvat 1958. *Letter of Torah thoughts from Rabbi Shmuel Baruch Werner. Jerusalem, 1938. *Other letters from individuals and heads of public institutes. Receipts and signed certificates from Yeshivot and public institutes in Jerusalem.
Approximately 18 letters. Varied size and condition.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 494

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Seder Tefillat Yisrael – Paris, 1856 – Bibliographically Unknown

Seder Tefillat Yisrael according to Sefardi custom, nicely arranged by Alexander ben Baruch Créhange. Paris, 1856.
In the years 1855-1865, a number of siddurim were published in Paris in Hebrew and in French translated by Alexander Créhange (for information about him, see attached material). This siddur, which has not been bibliographically listed, was printed completely in Hebrew and only the titles and instruction were printed in French.
[4], 397 pp, 15.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Handwritten inscriptions (pencil). Cardboard binding, slightly worn.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 228

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Babylonian Talmud – Tractates Zevachim, Menachot Keritot and Me’ilah – Krakow, 1605

Babylonian Talmud, with commentary of Rashi and Tosafot (including rulings of Tosafot). Tractates: Zevachim, Menachot, Keritot and Me’ilah. [In one volume]. Krakow, [1605]. 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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 111

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Shivchei Ba’al Shem Tov, Iaşi 1843 – Bibliographically Unknown Edition

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.
[32] 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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 143

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Amud HaTorah, First Edition – Signature of Rabbi Shmuel Tzvi Weiss of Veretzky

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.
[1], 88, 92-93 leaves. 23.5 cm. Good-fair condition, stains, moth stains, paper cutting bordering upper heading. Unbound.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 465.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 250

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Yafe To’ar – Wilhermsdorf, 1714 – Signature of Dayan Rabbi Mendeli Lilag, Rabbi of the Hatam Sofer

Sefer Yafe Toar – Commentary on Midrash Vayikra Raba. By Rabbi Shmuel Yaffe Ashkenasi. Wilhermsdorf, [1714].
Signature on the title page: "A shield for all who sign it, Menahem Mendeli Lilag”. The Gaon Rabbi Abraham Menahem Mendeli Lilag (died 1828, “Ishim Beteshuvot Hahatem Sofer, paragraph 423), student of the “Pnei Yehoshua” and Rabbi David Strauss Av Beit Din of Furth. Av Bet Din Hedernheim and later Dayan and Rabbi in Frankfurt am Main. There he was the Rabbi of the Gaon “Hatam Sofer” who mentions him in his works.
[1] 1, 3-132 (missing introductory leaf following title page and leaf 2) 33 cm. Good condition, stains, signs of mold/fungus on a number of pages. Wear, number of tears and restored pages. Additional signature on title page [erased]; library stamps.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 134

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Letter by the Fourth Slonim Rebbe – Rebbe Shlomo David Yehoshua Weinberg

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 [1944].
Postcard, 15 cm. 11 handwritten lines. Good-fair condition, creases.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 305

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Manuscript – Gibraltar – Sermons in Ladino and a Polemic Pamphlet

* Mazkeret Avon, pamphlet concerning a polemic which arose regarding the validity of the Kashrut of the local slaughterer of Gibraltar, 1887. The pamphlet mentions rabbis of Gibraltar, rabbis of Tangier and Morocco and rabbinical emissaries of Eretz Israel (Rabbi Shlomo Suzin and others). The pamphlet was written by one of the rabbis of the city who debated with one of the local elderly rabbis. The writer refers to this rabbi as “rabbi of our nation” and throughout the entire pamphlet discusses the battle of the “elderly king” with the writer - the “unfortunate young person” [according to the proverb in Kohelet 4, 13-14, the evil inclination – “old and foolish king”, with the good inclination – “poor but wise youth”]. * Several sermons in Hebrew and Judeo-Spanish (Ladino). Two of the sermons were prepared for a fatherless Bar Mitzvah boy.
13, 6 pages; 16 pages; 12 pages. Total of approx. 47 written pages. Size varies; average of approx. 19 cm. Fair condition, damage at margins of leaves with missing text.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 242

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Collection of Books of Responsa and Halacha – 18th-19th Century – Signatures

See list in Hebrew description.
12 books, various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 466

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Collection of Letter of Rabbis and Rebbes

Diverse collection, of letters sent to Rabbi Eliezer Silver, by various Rebbes and rabbis from the US and other countries. We shall note a partial list of writers of the letters:
*Rabbi Shalom Yechezkel Shraga Rubin-Halberstam, Rebbe of Cieszanów (two letters). *Rabbi Efraim Eliezer HaCohen Yolles of Philadelphia. *Rabbi Meir Horowitz, the Rebbe of Shotz N.Y. (two letters). *Rabbi Chaim Yechiel Michel Bik, Rabbi of Medzhybizh, N.Y. *Rabbi Chananya Yom Tov Lipa Deitsch Rebbe of Helmec. *Photocopies of letters sent to Rabbi Deitsch by Rebbe Yo'el of Satmar, Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, Rabbi Yitzchak Ya'akov Weiss and Rabbi Natan Zvi Leitner. *More.
14 items, 9 of them handwritten autographic letters and 5 old photocopies of letters.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 317

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Manuscript – Sefer Goralot, Interpretation of Dreams, Amulets and Incantations, Sermons, Piyutim and Stories – Morocco

Manuscript. Morocco, [1894].
Contains a number of works on many subjects. The volume starts with: ”I begin to write stories" [legends]. After that: remedies and invocations for various situations [“To push a needle into the hand and not to damage it …with no blood coming out…”, “for headaches” etc.], texts for amulets ["For the sick person who is worried”, “for the groom is imprisoned” “to defeat witchcraft” etc.] and kabalistic drawings, holy names [“I begin to write holy names”], fortunes; many piyutim and various sermons and prayers, and “new ideas”, a work called “Rina Veyeshua” in Judeo-Arabic; “Dahir [piyut for Passover], Calendar for the years 1895-1896; Book of Interpretation of Dreams [illustrated title page].
Written on one of the pages “Mulai LeHasan ahsan deceased in 1894” [King of Morocco Mulai Hasan died in 1894]. At the end of the Book of Interpretation of Dreams is a colophon: for text see Hebrew.
Signatures and records: "I Shalom Yehuda Adhan”, "I will use my pen for the book of Amos Shalom Ben Ya’kov Yifrah”, “I Moshe Ben Yehuda Yifrah”.
About 200 pages (some pages not in order). Some pages may be missing. 12 cm. Condition of the pages varies, very good to fair to poor. Stains, dampness stains and ink rubbings, wear and tears. Loose pages. Ancient leather binding damaged.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 477

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Eulogy Sermon Delivered in Boston Synagogue – New York, 1888

Sermon in memory of “famous righteous Ms. Kaila Marcus”, on occasion of her death anniversary, in synagogue “Ohel Avraham (Marcus)” in Boston, delivered by Rabbi Chaim Shalom Shachor, rabbi of synagogue. New York, [1888]. Yiddish and English.
Printed title page on blue cover. Title page in English on second side.
14, II pages. 18 cm. Excellent condition.
Rare booklet. Not listed in Singerman or Goldman. Does not appear in National Library. Single copy in New York Library.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 360

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Manuscript of Homiletics of Rabbi Baruch Menachem Auerbach Rabbi of Gollancz

Manuscript, homiletics of Rabbi Baruch Menachem Auerbach, 115 homiletics in German-Yiddish in Hebrew letters. [End of 19th century]. At the end of Homiletic 115 (page 479), author's stamp: "Baruch Menachem ben Maharshal Auerbach, Wronki".
Rabbi Baruch Menachem Auerbach, born in c. 1840, of the Auerbach family who served in the Kalush rabbinate. Was orphaned when yet a child and raised in the home of the influential Moshe Vassertzug in Polatsk. Published the manuscript of the Ritva's novellae on Tractate Pesachim together with his father-in-law Rabbi Eliyahu Cohen Shapira (Warsaw 1864). Served in the rabbinate of the Posnań region (Poland, near Germany) as rabbi in Wronki and as Rabbi of Gollancz. Died at 44, and in 1911, his son-in-law Elyakim ben Yehuda of the Aryeh family (Prof. Heinrich Lowey, 1869-1951) printed the memoirs of Moshe Vassertzug from a manuscript found in the estate of his late father-in-law.
479 pp. written in especially handsome writing. 20.5 cm. Very good condition. Attractive binding with German inscription from 1917. Good condition, in matching cardboard box, worn.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 488

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Prayer in Honor of Queen Victoria – London, 1887

Jubilee Service Prayer and Thanksgiving for Her Majesty our Queen Victoria. Printed by Wertheimer, Lea and Co., London, 1887.
Jubilee prayer in honor of Queen Victoria [ruled for 63 years and 7 months, longer than any British king before and after her rule], "in the first synagogue in London, Sha'ar HaShamayim and in all Spanish and Portuguese synagogues" Hebrew and English, page per page. Noted on the English title page is that the prayer was led by Rev. Dr. Moses Gaster, Chief Rabbi of London Sefardi Jews [spiritual leader of Spanish and Portuguese Jewish communities in England].
11, [1] page, 22 cm. Good condition. Stains, primarily to cover and first and last pages. Creases.
Rare. Only a copy can be found in the National University Library, copied from the Etz Chaim Library.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 179

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Rabbis of the Halberstam Family – Collection of Letters

* 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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 169

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Divrei Chaim (Sanz), Zholkva 1864 – First Edition Printed Anonymously

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”.
[3], 34, 34, 33-44, 1-27; [1], 23, [1] 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. [2] 66 leaves (missing last leaf, originally: [2], 67 leaves).

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Auction 33 Lot Number 457

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Letter by Rabbi Yosef Zvi Dushinsky – With a List of the Yeshiva Students in 1940

A letter from the "Beit Yosef Zvi Yeshiva – of Rabbi Yosef Zvi Dushinsky Ga'avad of Jerusalem and Chief Rabbi of Charedi Jewry in Eretz Israel" to Rabbi Eliezer Silver. A letter of thanks for a contribution transferred by the “Va'ad HaHatzala” through the "Union of Students of Yeshivot of Old Ungarin", with a list of 96 yeshiva students, most refugees from Ashkenazi countries and Hungary. Jerusalem, Cheshvan 1940.
On the margins of the first leaf: letter with 7 lines handwritten and signed by the Head of the yeshiva Rabbi "Yosef Zvi Dushinsky".
Rabbi Yosef Zvi Dushinsky (1868-1948), a leading Hungarian Torah genius and a famous Torah scholar in his times. Served in the rabbinate of Khust and Galanta, where he headed some of the largest and most prominent of the yeshivot of Hungarian countries. In 1933, he immigrated to Eretz Israel to succeed Rabbi Yosef Chaim Zonnenfeld as Chief Rabbi of the Eidah HaCharedit in Jerusalem and Eretz Israel. In Jerusalem, he re-established his yeshiva and gave regular shiurim. He led the Charedi Jewry in Eretz Israel with authority, (participated in the discussions of the Peel Commission etc.). Died at the end of the 1948 war and is buried in the small cemetery in the courtyard of the “Sha'arei Tzedek” Hospital on Yaffo Street.
Two leaves, 28 cm. Thin paper, good-fair condition, stains.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 117

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Chumashim Heichal HaBracha – US

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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 341

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Collection of Leaf Remnants – Spain, 14th Century

Collection of leaf remnants taken from the "Binding Geniza". [Spain, c. 14th century].
Typical Spanish writing. Most leaves are from an unidentified medical book [in Hebrew]. A leaf from Pirkei Moshe about medicine by the Rambam and one leaf of Rashi commentary on Yirmiya.
Approximately 30 leaf segments. Various damages caused by binding.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 373

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Manuscript of Rabbi Moshe Shtruli’s Sermons, 1932-1943

Manuscript of aggada novellae on the Torah and sermons for Shabbat and Festivals delivered from 1932-1943.
Autographic writing by the rabbi who delivered the sermons. Apparently, the notebook is handwritten by Rabbi Moshe Shtruli Rabbi of Banya. He mentions thoughts from the books Or HaChaim and Yitav Lev etc. discusses the difficulties of the times and current events. [He does not mention the place where he spoke with the exception of the sermon he delivered in 1938 which took place in the city of Kalush].
Rabbi Moshe (perished in the Holocaust, Otzar Harabanim 15185) was Rabbi of the Banya community (Felsöbánya, Baia-Sprie). Son of Rabbi Peretz Tuvia Shtruli who served as Rabbi and Magid of the Chevra Kadisha of Klausenburg. Son in law of Rabbi Moshe Yisrael Feldman Rabbi of Berezan and Rabbi of Dragomireşti related to the Maharasham from Berezan, printed many of the Maharasham's books. His son in law Rabbi Moshe Shtruli was involved in arranging and editing the Maharasham writings for print.
Approximately 87 written pages, some 38 lines per page. 20 cm. Good condition, moisture damage, text erasures on last page. New binding.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 384

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Manuscript – Kriat Shema Al HaMita – Written by a Woman – Italy, 1832

Manuscript, Seder Kriat Shema Al HaMita [bedtime Shema Yisrael prayer], according to Kabbalah. [Italy?], 1832].
Illustrated title page; year of writing and name of scribe written at center: “Completed in 1832 by Rachel Manshi”.
Order of Tehillim and verses for each day of week.
[Attached is a small scrap of paper with illustration of gate, with caption: “This book by Rachel Manshi was written by me in 1835].
Approx. 80 written pages. Quality paper. 16 cm. General condition good, stains, detached leaves. Holes from singeing of ink on one leaf. Ancient leather detached binding.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 395

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Letter of Recommendation Handwritten and Signed by Rabbi Moshe Hirsch Fox Av Beit Din of Großwardein

Cordial letter of recommendation for esteemed Rabbi Shlomo Aharon Wertheimer, handwritten and signed by Rabbi Moshe Tzvi Hirsch Fox. Großwardein, [1910].
“Bearer of this letter, scholarly rabbi… honorable Rabbi Shlomo Wertheimer of Jerusalem… he has spent Shabbat by us and delivered an impressive sermon… I testify… and encourage our Jewish brethren to show him proper respect as beloved famous Torah scholar of Jerusalem…”.
Ga’on Rabbi Moshe [Tzvi] Hirsch Fox (1843-1911), disciple of the Maharam Schick and the Ktav Sofer, among leading rabbinical authorities of Hungary; served as Av Beit Din of Großwardein for approximately thirty years and was chief of Orthodox bureau in Transylvania. Authored responsa and Chidushei Yad Rama.
Recipient of letter, Rabbi Shlomo Aharon Wertheimer (1867-1935), first researcher of “Cairo Geniza”, exalted genius and Torah scholar of Jerusalem. Despite his poverty-stricken situation he did not hesitate to spend all his money in order to obtain and print manuscripts. Printed dozens of books and compositions of Cairo Geniza and Jerusalem Geniza; books of Midrashim and books of Rishonim. In order to implement this enterprise he was in need of monetary assistance and therefore, apparently, wrote this letter. Written on reverse side of official stationery of Rabbi Fox. 22 cm. Good-fair condition, stains, tears and folding marks.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 81

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Machzor for the Three Pilgrimage Festivals – Slavita, 1835 / Machzor Ostraha (Slavita forgery)

* 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 [1835]
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” [1825] 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.
[1], 8, 12-122, 163-182, [6], 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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 424

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Letter Signed by Leaders of Association of Hassidim in Jerusalem – 1856

Letter confirming receipt of funds, “portion allocated for Hassidim of Warsaw in Holy City of Jerusalem”. By Rabbi Yeshaya Bardaki and Rabbi Shmuel Salant, from funds sent by “notable… Sir Moshe Montefiore”, from estate fund of deceased philanthropist Levi Saliman. Jerusalem, 1856.
Signed by four leaders of association of Chassidism: Rabbi “Fischel L.” [Levi-Rubin, supervisor of Kollel Poland], Rabbi “Mordechai Meir Rabin-Zahan” [Av Beit Din of Mezrich in Poland and Dayan in Jerusalem, passed away in 1861], Rabbi “David Tuvia of Łomża” [1802-1863, among leaders of old settlement in Jerusalem, father of Rabbi Yehoshua Yellin], and Rabbi “Baruch Binyamin Zev” [Ga’on Rabbi Wolf Weinstock, disciple of ‘Seer of Lublin’ and ‘HaYehudi HaTov’ of Neustadt, immigrated to Jerusalem in 1851 and appointed as Dayan in Beit Din. Close friend of Rebbe Rabbi Elazar Menachem of Lelov, passed away in 1872].
Three of the abovementioned rabbis also signed on ban against schools of the enlightenment movement, written in Sivan 1856.
Leaf, approx. 13X21 cm. Thin bluish paper, original pasting of paper for preservation of color of stamp. Good-fair condition. Creases and slight stains.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 182

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Milchemet Chova, Jerusalem 1885

* 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, [1885].
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…”.
[2], 19, [1] leaves. 29 cm. Dry paper, good condition.
S. HaLevi 508.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 438

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Letter and Divrei Torah, by Rabbi Moshe Razin to the Chazon Ish

Letter by Rabbi Moshe Razin to his friend, the Chazon Ish, with leaves containing Divrei Torah. New York, 1935.
Lengthy letter in handwriting of Rabbi Moshe Razin. At beginning of letter he notes that he is attaching Divrei Torah to his letter, and afterwards he deals with “spirituality within materialism”. As well, he thanks the Chazon Ish for “advising me to immigrate to the Holy Land”.
At margins of letter, brief blessing by son of Rabbi Moshe, Rabbi Chaim Razin.
Attached are three leaves [written on one side] in handwriting of Rabbi Moshe Razin, containing Divrei Torah regarding desecration of coin of Ma’aser Sheni [second tithe], with discussion “concerning that which I have written in my book Nezer HaKodesh on Menachot”, apparently as response to comment which the Chason Ish wrote to him regarding this matter.
Rabbi Moshe Razin (Ruzin; 1871-1958), among exalted geniuses of Lithuania and leading Torah giant of the United States. At age of approximately twenty two was appointed as Av Beit Din of Kedainiai (Latvia). In 1928 emigrated to the United States and served as president of association of rabbis in North America. Was famous for his many compositions; most popular was series of books Nezer HaKodesh on the Shas.
During period of service as rabbi of Kedainiai, the Chazon Ish resided in same area. The two formed a close bond and studied together. The first book of Rabbi Moshe, Divrei Sofrim, was published with the assistance of the Chazon Ish who contributed to this matter from funds of his dowry. In his book Rabbi Moshe presents Divrei Torah on behalf of the Chazon Ish [anonymously as requested by the Chazon Ish]. In his book Nezer HaKodesh on tractate Zevachim he incorporates comments written by the Chazon Ish. Even after their paths separated, they maintained a unique bond, and in their correspondence letters they shared Divrei Torah, as in this letter.
[1] leaf – letter + [3] leaves. 27 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, folding marks and several stains.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 119

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Hassidic Books of Chernivtsi Printing

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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 247

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Shev Ya’akov Responsa – Frankfurt Am Main, 1742 – Signature of Mordechai Benet

Shev Ya’akov Responsa, two sections. Rabbi Ya’akov Poprosh [Av Beit Din of Frankfurt]. Frankfurt am Main, [1742].
On title page; “Gift from G-d, Mordechai Benet” – holy signature of Ga’on Rabbi Mordechai [Maharam] Benet (1753-1829), Av Beit Din of Nikolsburg and chief rabbi of Moravia. Many leading Torah giants were disciples of his who adhered to his instructions; the Chatam Sofer referred to him as “Rabban Shel Israel” [rabbi of Jewish nation”]. [Additional signature: “Belongs to me, Shimshon --of Leifman”].
[1], 109; [1], 139 leaves. Quality paper. 33 cm. Good condition, stains. Wear on several leaves. Fine new leather binding.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 439

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Letter of Torah Thoughts by Rabbi Yitzchak Zvi Bernfeld to the Chazon Ish

Letter of Torah thoughts, handwritten and signed by Rabbi Yitzchak Zvi Bernfeld to the Chazon Ish. Tiberias, Tishrei 1948.
The letter is in response to the question posed by the Chazon Ish in his book (Even HaEzer Siman 118), on the words of his grandfather author of Chatam Sofer, on the laws of stains. As related in the book Ma'ase Ish (Vol. 3, page 29) Rabbi Bernfeld was sent by the Tchebiner Rav to discuss this halacha with the Chazon Ish.
Rabbi Yitzchak Zvi Bernfeld (1917-1998), grandson of the Ktav Sofer, studied in Yeshivot in Pressburg and in 1939 ascended to Eretz Israel to study from the Mahari Dushinsky and became close to the Tchebiner Rav. Served as Rabbi of Po'alei Agudat Yisrael (Pagi) neighborhood, Melbourne and Sydney (Australia) and Geneva (Switzerland). In 1972, was appointed rabbi of the Chug Chatam Sofer community of Zichron Meir in Bnei Brak. This response was printed with many changes in his book Sofer HaMelech Siman 91.
Official stationary, 22.5 cm. Written on both sides. Good-fair condition, stains and creases.
On second page: Inscriptions in the handwriting of the Chazon Ish, of names of people and their mothers to pray on their behalf.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 34

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Siddur Beit Oved, Beit Menucha and Beit Mo’ed, Livorno, 1843 – First Edition – Elegant 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: [1], 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”.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 365

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Halachic Response by Rabbi Mordechai Fried, Av Beit Din of Martinsburg

Halachic response letter handwritten and signed by the Ga’on Rabbi Mordechai Fried, Av Beit Din of Martinsburg. 1912.
Lengthy letter containing critique and comments on Sefer Nir LeDavid by Rabbi David Neiman, chief Av Beit Din of Pressburg, printed in Jerusalem in 1911.
The Ga’on Rabbi Mordechai Fried (c. 1840 – 1913) Av Beit Din of Asanfa and Martinsburg, author of Sefer Baruch Mordechai on tractate Berachot. Born in Serdahel to his father Rabbi Meir Fried, Av Beit Din of Yaleh-Bageda. Studied by the Ktav Sofer and by Rabbi Yechezkel Bennet Av Beit Din of Nitra. Served in the rabbinate of Asanfa and later on was also appointed as Av Beit Din of Telika besides serving in the rabbinate of Martinsburg. Corresponded with leading Torah giants of Hungary. (For additional information related to him see: Shem HaGedolim Me’Eretz Hagar, clause 40, 98; Moriah, Sivan 1983, pp. 85-88; HaChatam Sofer VeTalmidav, p. 518).
Official stationery, 2 written pages. Approx. 28 cm. Fair condition, tears and creases on margins and folds.
Attached: 4 pages, approx. 21 cm. in different handwriting containing “comments and explanation on Sefer Nir LeDavid”.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 280

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Tractate Zevachim and Tractate Menachot, Zhitomir 1859-1860 – Glosses by Rabbi Isaiah Horowitz, Among the Rabbis of Safed and Canada

Babylonian Talmud, tractate Zevachim and tractate Menachot. Zhitomir, 1859-1860. Printing press of grandsons of rabbi of Slavita.
Signatures Rabbi Yeshaya HaLevi Horowitz. Dozens of lengthy and interesting glosses in his handwriting in ink and pencil. Leaf 43/B of tractate Menachot contains especially interesting gloss of theme of sermon related in circumcision ceremony for son of philanthropist of New York in 1923.
The Ga’on Rabbi Isaiah HaLevi Horowitz (1883-1978, Otzar HaRabbanim 11697), native of Safed, direct descendant of Rabbi Isaiah HaLevi Horowitz author of the Shelah HaKadosh. From 1908 served as rabbi of the Chabad community of Safed. In 1909 was appointed as member of Beit Din of his rabbi and mentor the Ridbaz [Rabbi Ya’akov David Vilovsky]. During World War I endured hardship and suffering and following the war immigrated to the United States where he served as rabbi of the Chabad community in New York. From 1923 served as rabbi of Winnipeg and was chief rabbi of Western Canada for many years. At an old age returned to the Holy Land. Composed: Yavo Shilo, Pardes Ha’Aretz and Eden Tzion.
Two volumes, 37.5 cm. Good-fair condition, wear and tear, mildew damage. Worn leather and half-leather bindings.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 408

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Letter by Rabbi Yitzchak Kaduri to Rabbi Ovadia Yosef

Letter of recommendation from Kabbalist Rabbi Yitzchak Kaduri to Rabbi Ovadia Yosef. Letter written in scribe writing and signed in his holy signature with addition of words in his handwriting: “Great Mitzvah to assist him”. [Jerusalem, c. 1990’s-2000’s].
Request “to honorable scholar Ovadia Yosef” that he “speak with Rabbi Eliyahu Yisai and recommend that he return … to his original position” [in Shas political party], “… and he has large expenses, therefore must be assisted with attaining livelihood”.
Rabbi Yitzchak Kaduri, born at end of 19th century in Iraq. Absorbed Torah and Kabbalah from scholars of Iraq and Jerusalem and immigrated to the Holy Land in 1922. In his first years in Jerusalem, he earned his livelihood from binding books and manuscripts; studied in Beit El and Porat Yosef Yeshivot. Over the years, his wisdom in Kabbala became well-known, and many flocked to his home for blessings, advice, and amulets. Passed away at age of over one hundred, in 2006.
19.5. cm. leaf. Good condition.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 398

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Letter from Rabbi Aharon Kotler – Kletsk, 1934

Authorization letter handwritten and signed by Ga’on Rabbi Aharon Kotler. Kletsk, [1934].
Certificate to exalted young man Mr. Ya’akov Melamed of town of Kapulia for excelling in his studies in Etz Chaim Yeshiva in Kletsk [headed by Rabbi Aharon Kotler] from 1929.
Written on official stationery of Rosh Yeshiva, Rabbi Aharon, including his stamp and stamp of Yeshiva.
20 cm. Good condition, folding marks.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 526

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Kol Mussar – Mantua, 1715

Kol Mussar, mussar poetry. "Fifty sections of song, the voice of ethics and the voice of song". Rabbi Shimshon Cohen Modon. Mantua. 1715. Illustrations and many printed decorations (the form of the sun with a face; human figures; Cohen's hands etc.).
32 leaves. 25 cm. High-quality thick light-colored paper. Fair condition, moth damages. Fabric binding.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 377

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Manuscript – Collection of Songs and Piyutim for Petitions – Balkan Countries

Manuscript, collection of Songs and Poems of Petitions. [The Balkans, 1860’s].
Medium square writing [by a number of hands].
Large collection with more than one hundred and fifty songs by Rabbi Israel Najara, his students and followers in the Balkan countries. At the top of each poem is recorded the type of composition and names of the Makamim (melodies). In some poems there are special marks for the professional singer.
The piyutim have not been thoroughly investigated. Some do not appear in Davidson’s “Otzar Hashir Vehapiyut”.
About 170 handwritten pages, leaves missing at beginning and at end. 22.5 cm. Stains and tears. No binding.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 271

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Sefer Be’er Avraham, Vilnius 1844 – Many Erudite Glosses in the Handwriting of the Author’s Son

Sefer Be’er Avraham, on the Shas, by Rabbi Avraham Maskil LeEitan. Vilnius, 1844.
On leaf margins: many lengthy erudite glosses, majority in the handwriting of the author's son, who mentions “esteemed rabbi and mentor the genius author”, “my glorious father”. One gloss in earlier handwriting [possibly by the author himself] and another gloss in more recent handwriting.
Ga’on Rabbi Avraham Maskil LeEitan (1788-1848), among Torah giants of Minsk, father of four sons: 1. Eldest Rabbi Aharon who published this book and added his Chidushei Torah. 2. Rabbi Naftali, author and editor of many books, and famous bibliographer. 3. Rabbi Kolonimus. 4. Rabbi Moshe Nissan Av Beit Din of Shomiach, author of Chikrei Halachot.
72; 48 pages [missing last leaf; replaced with photocopy]. 34 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and wear. Some glosses slightly cut off. New binding.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 367

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Manuscripts and Letters by Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Ferber, London 1920-1950

* Handwritten notebook, commentary on the Torah, Bereshit-Toldot, by Ga’on Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Ferber of London. This manuscript was printed in his famous book Kerem HaTzvi printed in Vienna in 1920. This original manuscript in the handwriting of the author contains slight variations from the printed version.
* Handwritten leaves from his book Tzahalat HaTzvi written c. 1947. (Partially printed in Sefer HaMo’adim, London 1950). On reverse side of leaves, handwritten drafts and sections of letters sent to Rabbi Ferber.
* Two interesting letters by Rabbi Ferber between 1951-1952, in his handwriting and signature.
The Famous Ga’on Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Ferber (1879-1966, Otzar HaRabbanim, 17400), born in Slabodka, studied by the Ga’on Rabbi Yitzchak Elchanan, by Rabbi Yitzchak Blazer and by Rabbi Naftali Amsterdam, disciples of Rabbi Israel of Salant. In 1910 arrived in England and was a prominent pillar of the London Orthodox Jewry. Established the “Committee of Orthodox Rabbis” in London. Well-known for his proficiency in the Talmud and Halachic adjudicative literature and was an exceptional speaker. Composed: Kerem HaTzvi, Chikrei Halachot, Si’ach Tzvi and more.
Notebook of approx. 122 written pages. Approx. 22.5 cm. Good-fair condition, moth damage and detached leaves. Includes dozens of leaves in various sizes and conditions from his composition Tzahalat Tzvi as well as 2 letters and an additional leaf in his handwriting.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 325

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Yemen Manuscript – Three Megillot Including Hoshanot with Commentary of Rabbi Yitzchak Vana

Manuscript; Shir HaShirim, Ruth and Kohelet with commentary of Rashi and translation; Hoshanot with commentary of Rabbi Yitzchak Vana and poems for Simchat Torah; portion of Torah reading for eve of seventh day of Pesach. [Yemen, 19th century].
Commentary of Rabbi Yitzcahk Vana, among the scholars of Yemen during 16th-17th century. Authored many compositions, most of which have not yet been printed. This commentary is part of his Pa’amon Zahav commentary on order of prayers – HaTichlal.
[61]; [21]; [18] leaves. 22.5 cm. Thick paper, good-fair condition, stains and tears. Ornamented and worn leather binding.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 70

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Collection of Books by Scholars from the East – Signatures and Glosses

See list in Hebrew description.
5 books, various sizes and conditions. Good to fair condition, some with wear damage.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 294

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Kos Yeshua Venehama – Breslau-Hamburg, 1859 – Damascus Affair / Kos Yeshuot – Krotoszyn, 1859

“Sefer Kos Yeshua Venehama” by Rabbi Nathan Friedland, Breslau [and Hamburg], [1859].
The first pages were printed in Breslau and the rest in Hamburg. This book provides a long account of the Damascus Ritual Murder Affair in 1840 and of the activities of Moses Montefiore concerning it. On the last page are two letters from Sefardi rabbis in Jerusalem about sending donations to Rabbi Jacob Ettlinger in Altona and to Baron Hirsch in Würzburg.
* Second title page - Sefer Kos Yeshuot. By Rabbi Nathan Friedland [Krotoszyn, 1859]. Counterfeit place of printing, on title page: Amsterdam.
The work originally included four title pages (Kos Tarela, Kos Yeshuot, Kos Tanhuma and Kos Shel Bracha), but in fact only two title pages were printed, each in a separate book: "Sefer Kos Yeshua Venehama” includes only the first title page - Kos Tarela (despite what is printed on title page), and "Kos Yeshuot" includes the second title page. The other title pages were not printed.
Two volumes. Kos Yeshua Venehama: [2], 33 leaves (without the additional leaf at the end). Leaves [1]-2 from this book were bound by mistake in the second book. Kos Yeshuot: 119 leaves. 25 cm. Good to fair condition, stains [dark stains on one title page], signs of dampness. New bindings.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 422

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Rabbinical Emissary Letter to Rabbi Mordechai Chaim Meyuchas – Signed by Rabbis of Jerusalem, 1849

Emissary letter to Rabbi Mordechai Chaim Meyuchas, signed by rabbis of Jerusalem. Addressed to Rabbi Aliyahu Abutbul and Rabbi Raphael Maman [rabbis of Sefrou, Morocco]. Jerusalem, [1849].
Rabbi Mordechai Chaim Meyuchas, among scholars of Chaim VaChesed Yeshiva in Jerusalem, great-grandson of Rabbi Raphael Meyuchas [author of Pri Ha’Adama and Mizbe’ach Adama] and grandson of Rabbi Mordechai Yosef Meyuchas [author of Sha’ar HaMayim], as detailed in this letter. Sent as emissary of Jerusalem to communities of North Africa on several occasions. This rabbinical emissary letter was written prior to his third journey (see “Shluchei Eretz Israel, p. 726).
Signed by rabbis of Jerusalem: Rabbi Yitzchak Kovo [signature and stamp], Rabbi Yom Tov Meyuchas, Rabbi Eliezer Suzin and Rabbi Binyamin Mordechai Navon.
27 cm. leaf. Fair-poor condition. Stains, folding marks, mildew damage and tears; restored with scotch tape.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 465

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Collection of Letters – By Rabbis from Various Countries

Diverse collection of letters sent to Rabbi Eliezer Silver from various rabbis from Europe, South Africa and South America. We shall note a partial list of the writers of the letters some were prominent rabbis:
*Rabbi Yitzchak Kosovsky [brother-in-law of Rabbi Chaim Ozer], Johannesburg, 1941. Concerning rescue from the Holocaust. *Rabbi Zvi Hirsh Farber, London, 1956. Concerning manuscripts of books written by Rishonim and the world protest against the conscription of women into the army in Eretz Israel. *Rabbi Gershon Libman, head of the Novardok Yeshivas in France. *Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak Twersky of Trisk, London, 1940. *More.
8 items, varied size and condition, most in good condition on official stationary.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 156

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Letter of Rebbe Author of Imrei Chaim of Vizhnitz

Letter by Rebbe Rabbi Chaim Meir Hager of Vizhnitz. Bnei Brak, Nisan [1956].
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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 508

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Letter by Rabbi Asher Ze’ev Werner to Rebbe Aharon of Belz – About Ashes of Those Exterminated in the Concentration Camps

Letter by the Chassid Rabbi Asher Ze'ev Werner Rabbi of Tiberias, to Rebbe Aharon Rokeach of Belz. Tiberias, 1956.
Query on deep kabalistic matters, about a Slonim Chassid who labored in the concentration camps and did not find the Luz bone in the ashes of those exterminated there. At the end of the letter he signs his name and the name of his mother: Asher Ze'ev ben Dina.
Rabbi Asher Ze'ev Werner (1894-1958), a renowned Torah genius and mekubal, Slonim Chassid. Born in Jerusalem, disciple of Rabbi Moshe Klirs in the Ohr Torah Yeshiva in Tiberias. During World War I, he ended up in the US where he was appointed rabbi of Peterson. After Rabbi Klirs died in 1934, he was called to succeed Rabbi Klirs as Rabbi of Tiberias and to head the yeshiva as Rabbi Klirs directed. He was friendly with Rabbi Yehuda Leib Ashlag. Served as Rabbi and President of Po'alei Agudat Yisrael and member of Mo'etzet Gedolei HaTorah.
Official stationary, 21X18.5 cm. Fair condition, wear and moisture damage.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 391

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Letter of Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodzinski

Letter testifying to the unmarried status of a girl, handwritten and signed by Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodzinski. Vilnius, May, 1909.
“According to my investigations she was unmarried when she traveled from here several weeks ago, and in confirmation I sign …..
4 lines in his handwriting and his signature, on official stationary, 20 cm. Good condition, a few stains, fold marks.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 328

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Manuscript Ba’al HaTurim on Torah / Five Megillot – Yemen, 1835

Manuscript, Sefer Ba’al HaTurim on Torah / Five Megillot with commentary of Rashi. Yemen (1835).
Leaf margins of Ba’al HaTurim manuscript contain glosses and additions. At beginning of Five Megillot notation on corner of page: “Began writing on Monday, 26th of Iyar 1835”. Blurry colophon at end of volume.
Approx. 122 leaves, approx. 16 cm. Fair-poor condition, wear and stains. Tears with missing sections. First leaves missing half. Unbound.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 201

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Mivhar Hapeninim – Venice 1546

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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 329

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Manuscript Mekor Chaim and Laws of Slaughtering, with Authorization Certificates for Slaughterer – Yemen 1888

Manuscript Mekor Chaim on laws of slaughtering. With book of laws of slaughtering by Rambam with Serach translation and commentary. Al Bayda (Yemen), (1888).
Title page and colophon leaves ornamented. Colophons by author Saliman son of Rabbi Sa’id Al’Makitan “Al Bayda will be built until Jerusalem will be rebuilt soon [!] Amen”.
In middle of volume between both books: signed authorization certificates, for slaughterer Yehuda son of Saliman Sa’id Al’Shaer, from 1896.
Approx. 139 leaves, approx. 17 cm. Fair condition, stains, wear and tear. Leather and cloth binding, worn and damaged.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 361

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Korot Arazim Manuscript

Manuscript, Korot Arazim, on grammar and vowels, commentary on the books of Rabbi Zalman Hena Tzohar HaTeivah (Berlin, 1733) and Kurei Akavish – Korot Arazim (Fürth, 1744). With the addition of novellae on the Torah and medical and kabalistic topics, according to the ta'amim and vowels. [Babruysk, 1740-s]. Illustration on title page and illustration of a wheel of a riddle-poem. Various ownership inscriptions [from the cities Babruysk, Pogost-Zagorodskiy and the region], some very blurred.
Approximately 30 written pages. 17-17.5 cm. Fair condition, wear and stains, detached leaves, torn binding.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 425

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Letter by Rabbi Shimon Menashe Chaikin, Rabbi of Chabad Congregation of Hebron, 1856

Letter handwritten and signed by Rabbi Shimon Menashe Av Beit Din of Hebron with signature of Rabbi Shneur Zalman Epstein, supervisors of “Lubavitch Kollel, known as Kollel Chabad in Holy City of Hebron”. Nisan 1856.
Letter confirming receipt of funds “by rabbis in charge of Kollel Perushim” – sent from Rabbi David Tzvi Ashkenazi for Lubavitch Hassidim, by Ga’on Av Beit Din of Königsberg.
Righteous Ga’on Rabbi Shimon Menashe Chaikin (1777-1893), among most prominent disciples of Mitteler Rebbe and Rebbe author of Tzemach Tzedek. Immigrated from Slutsk to Eretz Israel toward end of 1810’s; served as rabbi and leader of Chabad congregation of Hebron for over seventy years; blessed with longevity and lived until age of 116 years.
Approx. 11X13 cm. Thin bluish paper, illustrated stamp, good condition, slight creases.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 212

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HaRosh Responsa – Venice, 1607

Responsa by Rabbi Asher [HaRosh]. Venice, [1607]. 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, [6] leaves (faulty pagination). 28 cm. Good condition, stains. Some moth stains. Restored parchment binding.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 436

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Letter from Rabbi Zelig Reuven Bengis to the “Hazon Ish” – with List of Names to be Prayed for in the Handwriting of the “Hazon Ish”

Letter from the Gaon Rabbi Zelig Reuven Bengis to Rabbi Yeshayahu Karlitz, author of “Hazon Ish”. Jerusalem, [1952].
Long letter, handwritten and signed by Rabbi Bengis who applies “with the request of our Haredi Community” to the “Hazon Ish”, that he persuade Rabbi Jacob Halperin to provide monetary assistance to establish an abattoir for fowls. The reason is the “Decree by the ruler not to sell live birds, which is feared will cause many problems, which has led the Community to decide to set up for itself an abattoir…”
On the other side of the sheet are three lines in the handwriting of the holy “Hazon Ish” with names of people needing salvation, who the “Hazon Ish” noted for himself to pray for.
28cm. Good condition, few stains, fold marks.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 159

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Tikunei Zohar – Jerusalem, 1909 – Copy of Rebbe Rabbi Chaim Leib Leifer of Ungvar

Sefer Tikunei HaZohar. Jerusalem, [1909].
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].
[1], 84; 78 leaves. 30 cm. Good condition, stains. Some moth damage. Worn binding. Fine cardboard case.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 202

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Shulchan Shel Arba by Rabbeinu Bechaye – Venice, 1545

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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 458

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Letters by Polish Rabbis to Rabbi Silver

Collection of letters sent to Rabbi Eliezer Silver, handwritten and signed by Polish rabbis, c. 1923-1935:
* Letter by Rabbi Moshe Shatzkes Av Beit Din of Lomza. Includes letter by Rabbi Avraham Tzinavich Dayan and rabbinical authority in Lomza. 1934. * Letter by Rabbi Shlomo David Kahana, rabbi in Warsaw, 1931. * Letter by Rabbi Yitzchak Yehudah Trunk Rabbi of Kutno, 1924. *Letter by Rabbi Ya’akov Feivel Horowitz, Av Beit Din of Skierniewice (including additional letter by Rabbi Yitzchak Yehudah Trunk). 1923. * Letter by Rabbi Dov Ber Drubitsher, rabbi of Kamenitz. 1934. * Letter by Rabbi Chanoch Henoch Plotzki (son of the “Kli Chemda”), Ostrow, [1928]. * Letter by Rabbi Avraham Aryeh Leib Grossbard Rabbi of Širvintos. * Long letter by Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Friedling, editor of “HaBe’er” and Av Beit Din of Boskavice [1923].
Eight items, varied size and condition. General good condition.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 213

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Maharam of Rothenberg Responsa – Prague, 1608

Responsa by Maharam [Rabbi Meir] of Rothenberg. Prague, [1608]. 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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 203

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Sefer Agur – Venice 1547

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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 363

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Manuscript of Chidushim of Rabbi Shimon Shkop – Tractate Bava Metzia

Three handwritten notebooks; Chidushim on tractate Bava Metzia and concerning a mission, of Ga’on Rabbi Shimon Yehuda HaKohen Shkop, c. 1900’s.
Early copy, in the handwriting of his son Rabbi Eliezer Zalman Shkop, of manuscripts of his father. Stamps in Cyrillic letters of “Eliezer Zalman Shkop”. Notebooks written in various handwritings; possibly copied by several copyists. Several pages somewhat resemble handwriting of Rabbi Shimon Shkop himself. In comments, son writes in several places: “This word is unclear in writings of my father”.
Most of these Chidushim were printed in the book ‘Chidushei Rabbi Shimon Yehuda HaKohen’ on tractate Bava Metzia, printed in U.S.A. in 1947, by Rabbi Moshe Mordechai Shkop, son of author, and in his introduction he states that majority of these Chidushim were written between 1894-1905.
Rabbi Eliezer Zalman Shkop (born in 1886 or 1889; passed away in 1976), second son of Rabbi Shimon Shkop, immigrated to Eretz Israel in 1932 and resided in Tel Aviv. These notebooks were apparently written in his youth, between approximately 1900-1910 and contain certain variations from the printed form.
Approx. 70 written pages. 22 cm. Dry paper, good-fair condition, wear and tear, detached leaves.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 281

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Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Pesachim, Beitzah, Chagiga and Mo’ed Katan – Many Glosses

Babylonian Talmud, tractates: Pesachim, Beitzah, Chagiga, Mo’ed Katan. Vienna, 1792.
Various ownership notations: “Belongs to … Rabbi Ya’akov Dunner [Arkalich?]”; “belongs to famous Rabbi Itzik”; “Ezriel Lindenstein”. Stamps of “Yeshiva of Kashitza”. Many glosses (approx. 100) in handwriting from 19th century.
143 leaves; 54 leaves; 28 leaves; 45 leaves. 35 cm. Quality paper. Good-fair condition, mildew and moth stains on tractate Pesachim. Unbound.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 28

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Collection of Ketubot – Eastern Countries

* 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?), [1908]. 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 [1928]. 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 [1937]. (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, [1921]. Signature of witness “Ya’akov Palagi” and additional signatures. Official stamps and entry stamps.
Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 92

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Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah – Zhitomir, 1866

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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 146

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Talmud Yerushalmi – Seder Nezikin – Zhitomir, 1865 – Signature and Glosses of Admor Rabbi Eliyahu Lerman of Viskit

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.
[2], 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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 115

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Zichron Devarim, Komarno – First Edition

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.
[2], 42 leaves. 23.5 cm. Good condition, minor stains. New binding.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 203.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 490

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Catalogue of Jewish Museum of London – London, 1974

Catalogue of the Permanent and Loan Collections of the Jewish Museum, London, edited by R. D. Barnett. London, 1974. English.
Collection of Jewish Museum of London contains more than 1,000 items which document Jewish history; comprehensive catalogue, divided according to topics: synagogue, holidays, worship of G-d, and more. Includes details of exhibitions and more than two hundred colorful and black and white photograph plates.
414, XXVI pages, 30 cm. Very good condition. Slight wear to paper cover.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 288

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Prayers Upon Removal of the Torah Scroll From the Torah Ark – Handwritten Leaves to Hang in the Synagogue – Aram Zova (Aleppo) Scholars

Two large handwritten leaves, prayers to be recited upon removal of the Torah scroll from the holy ark. Framed for hanging in synagogue: * “Yehi Ratzon of Rosh Chodesh”. Below prayer: “Holy City of Jerusalem… Cheshvan 1956”, and inscription for elevation of soul of rabbinical emissary Rabbi Yosef Chaim son of Nahama – Rabbi Yosef Chaim Sharim, native of Aram Tzova, among Torah scholars of Eretz Israel and well-known emissary [the book HaShali’ach HaNoded [the wandering agent], Jerusalem 1998, describes his activities. * Shiviti HaShem LeNegdi Tamid – prayer “Brich Shmei D’Me’orei Alma”. Inscription from 1917, for elevation of soul of holy Kabbalist Rabbi Shaul Katzin – among Torah scholars of Aram Zova and Jerusalem. Two leaves, approx. 50X34, framed. Varying condition. Not examined outside of frames.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 22

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Ketubah on Parchment – Prague, 1847

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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 33

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Altona Machzor, 1826 – Both Sections

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: [5], 380 leaves; [5], 430 leaves. 34 cm. Good condition. Old leather and half-leather bindings.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 225

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Facsimile of “Keter Damesek” – Two Volumes

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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 289

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Five Books Signed by Rabbis of Katzin Family

* Seder Tikun Chatzot, Jerusalem, 1897. Section I – complete, and section 2, “Inspiration for Love of Jewish People”, missing end. Signatures of Rabbi “Shaul Katzin”. Handwritten glosses. * Sefer Aderet Eliyahu on the Torah, by the Vilna Ga’on. Halberstadt, [1859]. Signatures of Rabbi “Shaul Katzin” and his son, Rabbi “Shlomo Katzin”. * Sefer Kol Ya’akov on laws of Torahs, phylacteries and mezuzot [for scribe]. Rabbi Ya’akov Chaim Sofer, Jerusalem, 1910. Signature: “He who trusts G-d, Ya’akov Katzin”. * Halachot Ketanot with Halacha Rovachat commentary, Jerusalem, 1895. Signature of Rabbi “Shlomo Katzin”.
Rabbi Shaul Katzin (1864-1916), “The Divine Kabbalist” – Among leading scholars of Halachah and Kabbalah in Aram Zova (Aleppo), immigrated to Eretz Israel in 1891 and studied for three years by Kabbalist Ga’on Rabbi Eliyahu Mani in Hebron. Moved to Jerusalem and was leader of Rechovot HaNahar Yeshiva of his friend HaRav HaSadeh, Rabbi Chaim Shaul Ha-Cohen Dweck, where he served as Shli’ach Tzibur [cantor] of congregation of Rechovot HaNahar. His Torah was printed in the book Klilat Shaul.
His son, Ga’on Kabbalist Rabbi Ya’akov (Shaul) Katzin (1900-1995, Otzar HaRabbanim 9901), sixth generation in rabbinate of rabbinical dynasty of Katzin family from Aram Zova, and son-in-law of Ga’on Rabbi Shalom Hedaya. Established and headed Gan HaLevanon Yeshiva in Jerusalem. Most of his life served as rabbi of Halab congregation Sha’arei Tzion in New York. Authored many compositions in revealed and concealed Torah, of which Or HaLevana, Pri Etz HaGan, Ktzinei Eretz and others were printed.
His second son, Ga’on Rabbi Shlomo Katzin (1909-1983), author of Kerem Shlomo Responsa and Divrei Shlomo. Served in rabbinate of various cities throughout Eretz Israel and Egypt. Served as member of Rabbinical Beit Din of Tel Aviv for many years.
5 volumes, various sizes and conditions. Some books contain handwritten additions and glosses.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 353

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Chidushei Sugiot Manuscript – Disciple of Rabbi Yehuda Assad

Manuscript, Chidushei Sugiot “by esteemed rabbi and mentor Rabbi Yuda Assad”. Semnitz, 1844.
Leaf of manuscript contains heading: “That which we have studied regarding Shabbat HaGadol 1844 in Semnitz by Rabbi Assad”.
Holy Ga’on Rabbi Yahuda Assad (1797-1866), among leading rabbis and leaders of Orthodox Jewry of Hungary. Disciple of Rabbi Aharon Sudich and Rabbi Mordechai Bennett. Served in rabbinate of Semnitz between 1832-1853 [as advised by Chatam Sofer]; afterwards served in rabbinate of Serdahel.
7 leaves, 23 cm. Bluish paper, fair condition, stains and wear.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 385

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Sefer Goralot – Manuscript – Italy, 19th Century

Manuscript, book of destinies [Italy, 19th Century] .
Fine manuscript on quality paper, in pocket format. First leaves: “table of questions”, divided according to twelve zodiacal constellations. Followed by “table of answers”, divided according to books of Bible. End of manuscript contains prayer “prior to casting of lot”.
38 leaves. Missing title page (unknown whether contained one previously). 12 cm. Good condition. Ink smear stains on some leaves. Original binding.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 460

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Letter by Rabbi Yehuda Leib Rosa – Concerning Letter by Rebbe Aharon of Belz

Letter by Rabbi Yehuda Leib Rosa to Rabbi Eliezer Silver, NY, 1938.
The letter was sent on behalf of Rabbi Aharon of Belz. He writes at length of the importance and greatness of the Belzer rebbes. Rabbi Silver's teacher and rabbi the Maharsham also basked in their greatness and he requests that Rabbi Silver fulfill the request of the Rebbe. "…So that the Galician tzaddikim shall know that also in America there is a Torah genius and holy person who loves the Hassidim and the holy Rebbes".
Rabbi Yehuda Leib Rosa, son of Rabbi Chaim Zvi Hirsh Rabbi of Berezan (Galicia). Close disciple of Galician Torah giants Rabbi Yitzchak Shmelkish author of Beit Yitzchak and Rabbi Shalom Mordechai Shwadron – the Maharsham Rabbi of Berezan. Served 38 years as Rabbi of the Bnei Berezan community in NY. In 1951, he was appointed president of Kollel Galicia – Chibat Yerushalayim. Died in 1946 and left many works that have not been printed.
2 pages 28 cm. in his handwriting and with his signature. Good-fair condition, stains and wear.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 55

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Collection of Passover Haggadot

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).

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Auction 33 Lot Number 215

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Responsa of the Maharil – Hanau 1610 – Signatures of Rabbi Haim Davidson, Av et Din Warsaw

Responsa, Rabbi Ya'akov Segal (Maharil). Hanau, [1610]. 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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 194

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Likutei Amarim Tanya – One Thousandth Publication

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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 386

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Document Signed by Rabbi Eleazar Flekeles Rabbi of Prague

*Translation of a last will and testament from Prague's community notebook ('Pinkas Kehila'), dated November 7, 1808. At its end is a letter of approval handwritten and hand signed by Rabbi Eleazar Flekeles, in German.
Rabbi Eleazar Flekeles (1714-1826), a prominent disciple of the Nodah BeYehuda, served as Rabbi of Goitein and from 1783 as Dayan and Ra'avad of Prague. Author of 'Teshuva MeAhava' responsa (3 volumes) and other books.
*Enclosed: a document signed by C. (Carolus, Karl) Fischer, the Imperial Hebrew Censor, Editor and Translator, in which he confirms the validity of the translation of the will (probably from Hebrew to German). Prague, dated November 7, 1808. Latin. On its reverse side is a note in Czech dated 1920, regarding a donation of these documents to the community ('kehila') by the wife of Dr. Steinrich, former Head of the Jewish Community of Mladá Boleslav (Czechoslovakia).
2 leaves, varied size, overall good condition, some stains and wear commensurate with age.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 3

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Esther Scroll on Gevil

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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 46

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Passover Haggadah from the Avignon Machzor of 1765 – Numbered Facsimile on Parchment

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”.
[16] leaves, 27.5 cm. Very good condition.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 270

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Lev Aryeh – Many Scholarly Glosses

Lev Aryeh, on Tractate Chulin, by Rabbi Aryeh Yehuda HaLevi of Brody. Lvov, 1861. Second edition.
Dozens of long handwritten glosses, scholarly comments on the book. The writer often mentions things that he wrote in his novellae. Apparently, he was a proficient Torah scholar in Galicia-Poland.
[1] 62, 71 leaves. 40 cm. Fair-poor condition, moisture stains, rodent damage and wear with lack to printed text. Most glosses remained complete [apparently written after damage to leaf]. Separate leaves. Unbound.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 57

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Humorous Compositions for Purim

* Haggadah LeLeil Shikorim, “to increase and intensify happiness of Purim”. Parodical text based on the Passover Haggadah. Tzvi Hirsch Summerheusen. [1844].
* Babylonian Talmud, tractate Purim. Includes “evening prayers and Slichot for Purim”. Shlomo Bloch HaLevi. [Vienna, 1867 or 1884].
Various sizes and conditions. New bindings.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 89

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Collection of Books Printed in Slavita and Zhitomir

* 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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 121

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Collection of Hassidic Books

See list in Hebrew description.
7 books, various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 153

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Two Letters by Rabbi Sender Freund, Rabbi of Bachta – Jerusalem, 1889

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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 409

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Letter by Rabbi Saliman Menachem Mani – Hebron, 1914

Letter by Rabbi Saliman Menachem Mani to Dr. Moshe Wallach. Hebron, [1914].
Condolence upon passing of mother of Dr. Wallach – administrator and founder of Sha’arei Tzedek Hospital in Jerusalem.
Rabbi Saliman Menachem Mani (1850-1924) was born in Baghdad to his father Rabbi Eliyahu Mani author of Si’ach Yitzchak. Son-in-law of Rabbi Moshe Pereira. Served as member of Beit Din of the Sdeh Chemed and succeeded him as chief rabbi in city of Hebron.
Official stationery, 28 cm. Good condition, folding marks.

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Seder Ha’Ashmorot – Amsterdam, 1763

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, [1763].
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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 68

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Collection of Sheets, Handwritten and Printed in Ladino

* 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 [1891]. 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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 324

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Manuscript – Tikun Leil Shavuot, Written as a Scroll

Manuscript, Tikun Lel Shavuot. [Yemen, 18th/19th century?]. Seder Tikun Lel Shavuot, written as a scroll on paper sheets sewn with string, rolled on wooden poles. According to kabalistic custom, the opening and concluding chapters of each book in the Bible should be read on Shavuot night. According to some opinions, also the beginnings and endings of the Mishnayot tractates are also read. This rendition is considered as if the reader had fully studied these books. This unique scroll includes all the tikun (including the Mishnayot). At the beginning of the scroll is a prayer to be said before starting to study, and at the end is the version of Hadran Alach on concluding the six Sidrei Mishna. At the beginning of the scroll after the opening prayer, one sheet is lacking [beginning of the book of Bereshit], replaced with another sheet with later writing. Height of sheets: 17 cm. Fair-good condition, stains, wear and tear. Lacking sheet, replaced with later sheet. Tear to first sheet, restored by sewing.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 452

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Two Letters by Rabbi Shmuel Greineman –1938

*Letter by Rabbi Shmuel Greineman to Rabbi Eliezer Silver. Miami, 1938. The letter deals with charity collections in Miami. Further in the letter he writes: "You have surely rushed the delivery to Rabbi Chaim Ozer for my brother-in-law. His situation causes much concern and I am not able to help him" [Apparently he is referring to the sustenance of his brother-in-law author of the “Chazon Ish”].
Postcards, approx. 14 cm. Good-fair condition.
* Long letter by Rabbi Shmuel Greineman to Rabbi Eliezer Silver. Chicago, 1938. In this letter, he writes of his wish to resign from his position in Mercaz HaChinuch. He announces that "G-d willing, when he receives a response from his brother-in-law, author of the Chazon Ish, he will submit his resignation".
4 pages, 23 cm. Good-fair condition.
Rabbi Shmuel Greineman (1889-1957), son-in-law of Rabbi Shemaryahu Yosef Karelitz, father of the Chazon Ish. An exceptional Torah scholar who accomplished much. Close to the Chafetz Chaim and Rabbi Chaim Ozer. Edited and published the Chazon Ish books authored by his brother-in-law Rabbi Avraham Yeshayahu Karelitz. (Most of the books have Rabbi Shmuel's address in Bnei Brak, author's name anonymous). Wrote the book “Chafetz Chaim al HaTorah” and other books on teachings of his teacher and Rabbi author of the “Chafetz Chaim”.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 314

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Three Books with Inscriptions of Authors

* Sefer Kerem Chemar, section 1, responsa by Rabbi Avraham Ankava. Livorno, [1869]. Inscription on title page in handwriting of author: “… Masoud Aviktzitz… Avraham Ankava”.
* Sefer Kerem Chemar, section 2 [‘Sefer HaTakanot’, ‘Et Sofer’, responsa]. Rabbi Avraham Ankava. Livorno, [1871]. Handwritten inscription of author: “… Shmuel Gershon… Avraham Ankava”.
* Sefer Mitzvat HaMelech, warnings with commentary Ner Mitzvah and Hidur Mitzvah, by Rabbi Chaim HaKohen [Av Beit Din of Tripoli]. Livorno, [1879]. Binding leaf contains inscription in handwriting of author: “Gift from author Chaim HaKohen”. Several corrections [apparently in handwriting of author], ownership notations. Leather binding with gold imprint: “Masoud Di Gali HaKohen”.
Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 485

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The Occident – Periodical Edited by Yitzchak Leeser – Philadelphia, 1845-1846 – Third Volume

The Occident and American Jewish Advocate. A Monthly periodical devoted to the diffusion of knowledge on Jewish literature and religion, edited by Isaac Leeser. Volume 3, Issues 1-12 (full year, Nissan 1845-Adar 1846) bound consecutively, without cover title pages. Philadelphia, 1845-1846. English.
The Occident periodical was first published in Philadelphia, in 1843. Its founder and editor for twenty five years was Yitzchak Leeser (see item 478), who besides serving as Rabbi of the Spanish-Portuguese community of the city, Mikveh Yisrael, was considered the leader and most eloquent speaker for all the traditional Jewish population in the USA in the period preceding the Civil War. The Occident appeared each month (with the exception of a two-year period, 1859-1861, when it appeared weekly). After Leeser died in the beginning of 1868, his spiritual son (and later Judge) Meir Sulzberger succeeded him. Approximately one year later, the periodical ceased.
The Occident is considered the central Jewish periodical, the most important and earliest journal published in the US which did not only review internal events but also discussed practical topics concerning Jewish religion and the status of Jews among US citizens. Even the name of the journal was carefully chosen with political intonations: The Occident [the West] was chosen following Der Orient [the East], the name of a paper founded by Julius Fürst three years previously in Leipzig. At the same time, Leeser was also wary of the influence of the widely distributed Christian media in the US, especially the missionary magazines intended for the Jewish English reader, therefore he gave his periodical a subtitle: American Jewish Advocate, in response to the missionary paper's name Israel's Advocate, founded by the American Society for Improvement of Jewish Status (published form 1823-1827).
Throughout its whole existence, the Occident protested prejudice against Jews by the American public and greatly contributed to the efforts expended in protecting the Jewish religion in the American arena.
VII, 628 pp. 21 cm. Overall good condition. Stains. Former library copy (stamps and inscriptions). Original binding, partially detached and damaged (especially the spien).
Singerman S315; Goldman 1192. See also: Hebrew Printing in America 1735-1926, by Yosef Goldman (Brooklyn, NY, 2006), Vol. 2, page 775; 1041. See attached material.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 272

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Or Zaru’ah – Zhitomir, 1862 – Lengthy Glosses in the Handwriting of Ga’on Rabbi Aryeh Leib Rashks

Sefer Or Zaru’ah by Rabbi Yitzchak ben Moshe of Vienna. Sections one and two, Zhitomir, 1862, in printing press of Rabbi Chanina Lipa and Rabbi Yehoshua Heschel Shapira, grandson of Rabbi of Slavita. First edition which was printed after book remained in manuscript form for over six hundred years.
Leaf margins contain lengthy erudite glosses in which writer mentions writings of his commentary on the Raban [Eliezer ben Natan]. Handwriting and content indicate that these glosses were apparently written in handwriting of well-known Ga’on Rabbi Aryeh Leib Rashks (1838-1914), among greatest rabbis of Vilnius and Jerusalem. Av Beit Din of Shnipishok (his son-in-law Rabbi Meir Basin and his son-in-law’s son-in-law Rabbi Yisrael Zev Gustman succeeded him in the rabbinate of Shnipishok, a suburb of Vilnius). Authored Even Leshem Be’Dvir – commentary on Sefer Raban (Jerusalem 1913).
[2], 232 pages; 4, 184 pages. 37 cm. Quality paper, good-fair condition, wear and stains. New binding.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 432

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Notebook of Donors, Beit Yosef Yeshiva Bnei Brak, 1940-1943

Large volume with lists of donors to Beit Yosef – Navahrudak Yeshiva in Bnei Brak, and a list of the amount of the donations. Protocols and lists of donations to the yeshiva. Lists of yarzeits in memory of the dead etc. The entries in the notebook are from 1940-1943.
Lists of thousands of donors from dozens of various cities and settlements in Eretz Israel, rabbis, farmers and workers, bankers and industrialists, laborers and academics. Has donations from members of worker settlements and kibbutzim. The donors' addresses are in Tel Aviv and Netanya, Hadera and Binyamina, Yagur and Beit She'arim, Gan Yavne and Givat Brenner, Be'er Tuvia and Ayelet HaShachar, Deganya and Kfar Vitkin, Ein Charod and Ginegar, Ra'anana and Herzliya, Nahalal and Nachliel, and many other places.
Some donations from kibbutzim were donated by the settlement office but large donations were received by many kibbutz members who gave charity to the Navahrudak Yeshiva… and many donations by their elderly parents [who sometimes were Charedi Jews such as Rebbetzin Castlebinitzi from Givat Brenner, R' David Heller of Ein Charod who brought the "Elders" donation, R' Ya'akov Shorr of Kibbutz Ginegar, etc).
Entered on page 168 is a donation of $100 transferred by Rabbi Shmuel Greinman, from the Chazon Ish.
The Beit Yosef Yeshiva was established in Givat Rokeach Bnei Brak, in 1933 by Rabbi Mattityahu Tshetigal, who brought a group of young men from the Navahrudak yeshivot abroad to Eretz Israel. He appointed Rabbi Ya'akov Yisrael Kaneivsky, The Steipler, to head the yeshiva. The Chazon Ish settled near the yeshiva and at times, he too would give discourses in the Beit Yosef Yeshiva.
This notebook reveals the initiatives of the energetic emissary [Rabbi Alter Tzuker] to give the privilege of supporting Torah learners to all Jews who settled in Eretz Israel which is characteristic of the Navahrudak Yeshiva movement which taught courage and full devotion in carrying out G-d's will. Its students did not fear any human being but learned G-d's Torah with complete devotion.
The booklet has 289 pp. (half written, approximately 365 written pp), 32.5 cm. Fair condition, wear, moth holes, detached leaves and worn binding.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 475

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Form of Prayers for Passover – New York, 1856

Form of prayers, for the feast of Passover. With English translation. Ashkenaz custom. New York, [1856]. Hebrew page across from English page.
300; 20 pages. 18.5 cm. Good condition, stains, tears on first leaves. Gilded margin cutting. New binding.
Not listed in Bibliography Institute CD. Goldman, 43.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 6

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Tobacco Case of the Kabbalist Rabbi Elijah David Slotky

.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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 444

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Collection of Photographs – Rabbi Eliezer Silver

Collection of a variety of photographs from various times, from the archive of Rabbi Eliezer Silver. The collection contains portrait photographs of Rabbi Silver, and his photograph together with other rabbis at public conventions and at private events, Photographs together with schoolchildren in the US etc.
13 photograph, varied size and condition. Good to fair.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 39

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Collection of Books of Supplications and Laws for Women

See list in Hebrew description.
Nine books, various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 71

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Chok L’Yisrael + Leaf Printed in Ladino – Signatures by Members of the Papo, Pinzi and Hadaya Families

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".
[1], 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).

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Auction 33 Lot Number 103

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Mishnat Hassidim, Amsterdam, 1740 – Distinguished Signature (Chernobyl)

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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 231

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Hilchot Rav Alfas – Sulzbach, 1762 -1766 – Ancient Leather Bindings

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. [4], 3-87; 304 leaves; [2], 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.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 423

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Letter to Moshe Montefiore from Rabbi Shmuel Salant and Son Rabbi Binyamin Beinush – Jerusalem, 1853

Letter by Rabbi Shmuel Salant with signature of son Rabbi “Binyamin Beinush son of great Rabbi Shmuel Salant chief Av Beit Din of Kollel Perushim” – letter of thanks for gift of sermon which Moshe Montefiore delivered upon marriage of Rabbi Binyamin Beinush Salant. Jerusalem, 1853.
Rabbi Binyamin Beinush Salant (1838-1900), only son of Rabbi Shmuel Salant; immigrated with his father to Jerusalem in 1841 and in 1853 married daughter of Rabbi Yuzel Leon. Among seven founders of Nachalat Shiva neighborhood and among establishers of Even Yisrael, Mishkenot Moshe and Mazkeret Moshe neighborhoods.
27 cm. Thin bluish paper, good condition, slight creases. Letter in fine square writing without signature of Rabbi Shmuel Salant.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 455

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Long Letter from Rabbi Kook – 1925

A long letter handwritten and signed by Rabbi Avraham Yitchak HaCohen Kook Chief Rabbi of Israel, to Rabbi Eliezer Silver. Jerusalem, 1925.
A letter of congratulations on the appointment of Rabbi Eliezer to the Springfield (Massachusetts) rabbinate. In the letter, Rabbi Kook writes at length of his plans to establish a "general association of rabbis" and of the strengthening of the "Yeshiva HaMercazit Ha'Olamit", about the plan to establish a building for the yeshiva and the plan to construct a building in Jerusalem for the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.
Two official stationary leaves, 26.5 cm. More than 40 handwritten lines.Good-fair condition, folding marks and stains. A copy of this letter was printed in “Igrot HaRa'aya”, Vol. 4, Igeret 1, 286.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 519

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Supplication – Samaritan Manuscript – Copy by Ab-Chisda ben Ya’akov

Supplication, manuscript on paper. Copy, written by the Cohen Ab-Chisda ben Ya'akov (High Priest), [first half of 20th century, between the 1930-s and the 50-s]. Booklet in Samaritan writing; copy of Supplication authored by Ab-Sakuwah ben Abraham Haddanafi in the 18th century (see above, previous item), with minor changes. The copier, Ab-Chisda ben Ya'akov the High Priest, changed the acrostic Ab-Sakuwah and instead the acrostic Ab-Chisda ben Ya'akov Cana appears in the first lines of the new acrostic, to attribute the supplication to himself. Divided into stanzas in alphabetical order [this manuscript has only Stanzas Aleph to Samech].
[10], handwritten pp. 25 cm. Good condition. Stains, creases and minor tears to leaf margins.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 306

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Collection of Manuscripts – Tangier and Morocco

Collection of manuscripts, Chidushei Torah and (unsigned) drafts of Halachic responses by several writers. One of the responses was written in Tangier (Morocco) in 1869. Another response was written in reply to manager of synagogue of Gibraltar. Beit Din bills and more.
Approx. 23 leaves. Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 168

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Collection of Letters of Rabbis and Rebbes

Diverse collection of letters of rabbis.
See list in Hebrew description.
14 items, 13 of which are signed letters. Various sizes and conditions

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Auction 33 Lot Number 264

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Collection of Books with Inscriptions and Signatures by Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Ferber – London

Collection of books with inscriptions of Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Ferber along with his signatures.
See list in Hebrew description.
The Famous Ga’on Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Ferber (1879-1966, Otzar HaRabbanim, 17400), born in Slabodka, studied by the Ga’on Rabbi Yitzchak Elchanan, Rabbi Yitzchak Blazer and Rabbi Naftali Amsterdam, disciples of Rabbi Yisrael of Salant. In 1910 arrived in England and was prominent pillar of London Orthodox Jewry. Established the “Committee of Orthodox Rabbis” in London. Well-known for his proficiency in the Talmud and Halachic adjudicative literature and exceptional speaker. Composed: Kerem HaTzvi, Chikrei Halachot, Si’ach Tzvi and more.
13 books, various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 296

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Interesting Letter from Rabbi Shabtai Buhbut Av Beit Din of Beirut to Rabbi Uziel / Collection of Letters – Beirut

* Letter from Rabbi Shabtai Buhbut Av Bet Din of Beirut to Rabbi Ben-Zion Uziel. Beirut 1940.
Request for assisting a poor Jew, of Beirut, who is in prison.
In the margins of the letter Rabbi Buhbut writes about the issue of Abraham Felikman, a young Jew who was kidnapped while a child by Arabs. When he grew up he came to the Rabbi’s office in Beirut and stated that he was a Jewish captive and that he wished to return to his father, now living in Jerusalem [see attached material]. Rabbi Buhbut writes:” How happy I was that G-d helped us to return sons to their fathers” and tells that the people from the Arab village where he grew up “obtained for him a passport with a Muslim name.... nevertheless it was proved that the passport was forged, and people were found who admitted that he was kidnapped”.
Rabbi Uziel wrote on the letter two notes: "To write to the French Consul” and "to send for Mr Felikman…”.
* Attached: Large collection of postcards and letters that were sent from and to the city of Beirut. Correspondence of a Jewish family, between the years 1938-1943 [tens of letters, some in Hebrew, mostly in English].
Official stationary. 27 cm. Good condition, fold marks. Ink spread in several places.

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Auction 33 Lot Number 19

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Ketubah DeIrchesa [Lost], Signed by Rabbi Ya’akov Moshe Ayash and Rabbi Chananya Michael Aryeh – Jerusalem, 1805

Ketubah DeIrchesa [lost Ketubah] written for Rabbi Moshe son of Rabbi Markado son of deceased Rabbi Yosef Zarka, and his wife Ms. Clara. Jerusalem, [1805].
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.

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