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.
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.
Responsa, by Rabbi Shlomo ben Aderet (Rashba). Bologna, 1539. First edition. Printed by the "Participants who uphold G-d's Torah in the city of Bologna".
, 2-216 leaves. Mispaginated. 25 cm. Varying condition, copy combined of two copies, title page and index on light-colored paper, with damage to text restored with paper replacements. The remaining leaves are in good-fair condition, with many stains and wear. Semi-leather rubbed binding.
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.
Letter handwritten and signed by Rabbi Elchanan Wasserman, to Rabbi Eliezer Silver, NY, .
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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).
, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
, leaves 7, 9-21, 92,  leaves. Approx. 25 cm. Bluish-greenish paper, good-fair condition, wear damage and mildew, with damage to text. New binding.
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.
Seder Tikun Leil Shavu’ot and Hoshana Raba, Slavita, . Printing press of Rabbi Moshe Shapira.
123, 1, 78 leaves. 20.5 cm. Blue paper, good-fair condition, stains and wear from use. Old half-leather binding.
Title page contains censorship authorization in Polish, 1891[!]. Apparently should be 1819.
Sefer 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.
, 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.
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.
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.
, 28 leaves. 19 cm. Good condition, stains on printed cover.
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.
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.
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.
Torah, Nevi’im and Ketuvim. Part 1 [Chamisha Chumshei Torah and Chamesh Megillot] and Part 2 [Nevi’im Rishonim]. Frankfurt (Oder), 1595. Printed by Yohanan and Frederick Hartman.
Part 2 has separate title page. This is the Wittenberg 1547 edition, 1547 (printed by Zecharia Chrato), but the title page was changed for the present title page [see Bibliography Institute CD record 0304538].
 leaves, 18cm. Good condition, stains, and signs of dampness. Moth damage to some of the pages. Records on title leaf. New binding.
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.
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".
, 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.