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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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