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Auction 37 Lot Number 1

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Jews Studying Torah – Oil Painting by Arthur Bryks

Jews studying Torah; at front, Jew wrapped in prayer shawl while studying from a book. Oil painting by Arthur Bryks (1890-1970), Jewish Polish artist, born in Fałków.
Oil on canvas. Signed.
73X55 cm. Frame: 89X72 cm. Fair-good condition.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 2

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Portrait of a Jew – Oil Painting by Arthur Bryks

Portrait of a Jewish man, by Arthur Bryks.
Oil on wood. Signed.
35X28 cm. Frame: 49X41 cm. Good condition.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 3

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Jews Studying Torah – Oil Painting by Arthur Bryks

Two Jews studying from a book. Painting by Arthur Bryks.
Oil on canvas. Signed and described on the reverse (in German).
57X77 cm. Frame: 72X94 cm. Fair condition. Damage. Approx. 6 cm. tear along center of canvas.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 4

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Kippur – Original Illustrations by Yitzchak Pressburger

&13 original illustrations by artist Yitzchak Pressburger. Sketch for “Kippur”; portfolio consisting of 40 lithographs related to Yom Kippur, colorful illustrations which depict the service of the High Priest in the Temple on this day, as well as ornamented texts from Seder Ha’Avoda liturgical poem. Publication of Shaarei HaBayit, Jerusalem, 1986.
Illustrations and sketches using mixed-media painting technique (pencil colors, pastel and acrylic on paper):
• Six 30X40 cm. Illustrations (attached to paper: 35X45 cm.). Signed and dated, 1986. • Nine text leaves accompanying illustrations. Gluing of scraps of paper and colorful ornaments. Design of letters

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Auction 37 Lot Number 5

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Jews – Three Drawings

&Jews, three pencil drawings on paper. One drawing is signed (unidentified).
18X26 cm. (framed 32X42 cm.); 20X28 cm. (framed 34X45 cm.); 24X29 cm. (framed 38.5X46 cm.). Good condition

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Auction 37 Lot Number 6

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Jew with a Torah Scroll – Oil Painting

Jew with a Torah Scroll.
Oil upon cardboard. Signed (unidentified).
9X12 cm. Within wooden frame: 28X31 cm. Good condition.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 7

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Two Amulets on Parchment

Two “Shiviti” amulets, written on parchment: • Medium size amulet. At center, Lamnatzeach Menorah, ornamented with colorful flowers. Holy Names surrounding Menorah. A frame of verses. 19X25 cm. • Small amulet, with Lamnatzeach Menorah, verses and Names. 9X11 cm.
General condition is fair. One amulet is framed. (Not examined outside of frame).

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Auction 37 Lot Number 8

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Section of Ilan HaSefirot – Handwritten on Parchment

Section of the Kabalistic Ilan HaSefirot. Manuscript written on a narrow long parchment sheet, originally connected to a scroll which contained the whole Ilan (tree). [Ashkenazi country, 18th century?].
C. 72 cm. Fair condition. Faded ink, wear, creases and stains.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 9

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Keter Aram Tzova – The Scroll of Ruth – Elaborate Facsimile on Parchment

Keter Aram Tzova – Facsimile edition of the Scroll of Ruth (Megillat Ruth) from Keter Aram Tzova – the most important manuscript of the Bible saved after the Aleppo pogrom against the Jews in 1947, and smuggled to Eretz Israel.
Signed and numbered edition. Published by Y. L. Magnes, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Copy no. 4 of only four copies!
Elaborate facsimile faithful to the original source, printed on parchment. Introductory page in Hebrew, [4] facsimile pages. Red leather binding. Matching box. Excellent condition.
The profits from the sale of this item will be donated to charity, to a recognized non-profit organization chosen by the buyer according to the following specifications: If the item is sold for the opening price, 20% will be donated to charity. Any amount above the opening price will be entirely donated to charity.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 10

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Keter Aram Tzova – Book of Psalms – Elaborate Facsimile on Parchment

Keter Aram Tzova – Facsimile edition of the Book of Psalms of Keter Aram Tzova – the most important manuscript of the Bible, part of which was saved after the Aleppo pogroms against the Jews in 1947, and smuggled to Eretz Israel.
Signed and numbered edition. Published by Y. L. Magnes, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Copy no. 4 of only four copies!
Elaborate facsimile faithful to the original source, printed on parchment. Introductory page in Hebrew, [29] facsimile pages. Red leather binding. Matching box. Excellent condition.
The profits from the sale of this item will be donated to charity, to a recognized non-profit organization chosen by the buyer according to the following specifications: If the item is sold for the opening price, 20% will be donated to charity. Any amount above the opening price will be entirely donated to charity.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 11

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Printed Emissary Letter in Italian for Hebron Emissary Rabbi Chaim Avraham Yisrael Ze’evi – Livorno, 1784

Printed emissary letter in Italian for the emissary of the Hebron community Rabbi Chaim Avraham Ze'evi. [Livorno, 1784]. Italian.
Printed on both sides. The name of the donor Emanuel Roseli is added by hand. The first part is a translation of the emissary letter from the Hebron community written in the month of Sivan 1782 signed by Hebron Torah scholars: Rabbi Mordechai Rubio, Rabbi Chaim Yehuda Gometz Pato, Rabbi Mordechai Gedalya, Rabbi Refael Shabtai HaCohen, Rabbi Yissachar Chason. Rabbi Nissim Avraham Bejayo and Rabbi Menachem Chaim Ze'evi. At the top of the letter, the Hebron sages mention another emissary who was sent ten years earlier on behalf of the Hebron community, Rabbi Chaim Yosef David Azulai – the Chida.
This letter is followed by printed letters of authorization by the "Hebron officials" in Constantinople, from the month of Adar Aleph 1783 followed by a letter of recommendation by the Chida who was a close friend and relative of Rabbi Chaim Avraham Yisrael Ze'evi, which the Chida wrote in Livorno in Cheshvan 1784. Apparently, this leaf was printed that same year since we know that in that same year another version of this leaf was printed in Livorno in Hebrew, the original language in which the letters were written.
Rabbi Chaim Avraham Yisrael Ze'evi, one of the Hebron sages, was sent twice as emissary of the city of Hebron to Europe. The first time (1774-1778) he traveled to Ashkenazi countries and the second time (1782-1789), also to Italy. In his first journey, he stayed in Amsterdam where he met his friend the Chida who also was traveling on behalf of the city of Hebron. Throughout Rabbi Ze'evi's stay in Amsterdam the two were loving companions and operated together as described at length by the Chida in the journal of his travels Ma'agal Tov, "…I have found that which my soul loves, the perfect Torah sage Rabbi Avraham Ze'evi… because he is humble and G-d fearing and because he knows me he honors me greatly… and day and night we spent together…".
This letter was written for Rabbi Ze'evi's second journey as emissary when the Chida was staying in Livorno, and he added his approbation to the emissary letter.
[2] pages. 32 cm. Good condition, folding marks. Stains.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 12

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Collection of Printed Leaves – Italy – Emperor Franz Joseph of Austro-Hungary

• Regulations for limits of "luxuries", Mantua, 1765. Large printed proclamation.
• Poem in honor of the Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph the First, in honor of his visit to Italy. Padua, 1856. Sheet uncut during printing, with the poem written in Hebrew and Syrian (in the booklet that was published, the poem also appears in German and Italian).
• Prayer for the Jews of Mantua to be said in the morning and evening…for the success of the army of our Master… Emperor Giuseppe II [ Joseph the Second, Caesar of the Holy Roman Empire]… who is at war with the Tugarma kingdom [Turkey]. They have begun to recite this prayer on Rosh Chodesh Adar Sheni 1788. After the Shmoneh Esrei they shall say Psalm 21…". [Mantua], 1788. Printed leaf.
Total of 3 items. Varied size and condition (Overall good condition).

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Auction 37 Lot Number 13

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Seder HaPragmatika – Two Printed Proclamations – Mantua, 1723 and 1792

Two printed proclamations of Seder HaPragmatika – for limiting "luxuries" in the Mantua community. Regulations of modesty, dress, jewelry and food. One is from 1723. Printed signatures of the city rabbis: Rabbi Shimshon Cohen Modon and Rabbi David ben Rabbi Azriel Pintzi. The second is from 1792. Printed signature of Rabbi Yisrael Gedalya, son of Rabbi Moshe Kazis.
Two proclamations, approximately 53 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Restored tears.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 14

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Two Printed Leaves from Livorno – Emissary Letter for the Emissary of Tiberias, 1827 / Divrei HaParshiot, 1829

• Printed letter for the emissary Rabbi Yechezkel Eliezer Abulafia, sent by the Tiberias community to Italy. [Livorno], [1827]. Empty space for filling in the name of the donor by hand. Printed signatures of Tiberias rabbis.
• Agreement between the Kollels in Jerusalem for distribution of charity money from Italy. [Livorno?], [1829]. Printed signatures of 12 Torah sages and community leaders of Jerusalem. The list includes Rabbi Shlomo Suzin, Rabbi Yehuda Navon, Rabbi Yisrael Chaim Sigri, Rabbi Yeshaya ben R' Yissachar Ber [Bradky], Rabbi Nathan Neta ben Rabbi Menachem Mendel [of Shklov ], etc.
Varied size. Good condition.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 15

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Printed Letter by Rabbi Shmuel Salant – Regarding the Rabbinate of Rabbi Eliyahu Dovid Rabinowitz–Teomim, Jerusalem 1901

“To our dear brothers” – Printed letter by the Ga’on Rabbi Shmuel Salant, announcing the appointment of “famous righteous Ga’on Rabbi Eliyahu Dovid Rabinowitz–Teomim – who was selected as per my request on behalf of the genius Torah giants of Russia… to assist and succeed me in the leadership of my holy congregation of the Ashkenazi Prushim…”. Jerusalem, Iyar 1901. With the personal stamp of Rabbi Shmuel Salant.
Ga’on Rabbi Eliyahu Dovid Rabinowitz–Teomim – the Aderet (1845-1905) Av Beit Din of Ponevezh, Mir and Jerusalem. Famous from childhood as exalted genius. Appointed to rabbinate of Ponevezh at a very young age. After approximately twenty years relocated in order to serve as chief rabbi in Mir, from where he was summoned by the elderly rabbi of Jerusalem, Rabbi Shmuel Salant, to immigrate and serve as chief rabbi in the Holy City. Approximately three years after accepting the position he passed away (in the year 1905 at the age of sixty), during lthe ifetime of Ga’on Rabbi Shmuel Salant, who passed away in 1909 at the age of almost one hundred.
30 cm. leaf. Good-fair condition, stains and folding marks.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 16

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Greeting for New Year, Printed Letter by Rabbis of Poland–Warsaw Kollel in Jerusalem, 1886

Blessing for the New Year – printed letter by rabbis of Poland–Warsaw Kollel, containing dozens of printed signatures, beginning with signatures of Rabbi Moshe Yehudah Leib Av Beit Din of Leczna and Rabbi Menachem Natan Auerbach grandson of Imrei Bina, letter by rabbis of the rabbinical court: Rabbi Yaakov son of Rabbi Moshe and Rabbi Avraham son of Rabbi Tuviah, along with a stamp of the rabbinical court. Jerusalem, Elul 1886.
Content of letter indicates that it was sent to residents of London.
29.5 cm. leaf. Fair condition, slight damage and stains. Cut on margins with damage to the ornamented frame.
Yiddish and Hebrew. This single leaf is not listed by S. HaLevi, in her book on early Jerusalem printings.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 17

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Shiviti – Printed Micrography – Pápa Community – Hungary

Shiviti for hanging in the synagogue. Printed micrography made by Nechemia Meisner of Pápa, Hungary. Eretz Israel or Hungary, [30/40s].
Facsimile of the micrography made in Hungary in October 1936. Geometric decorations, Stars of David, Menorah and lions. The text is composed of verses, prayer sections, Kabalistic letter combinations and Holy Names. On the bottom: "I have written this in memory of my uncle who pursued charity and chesed, Ya'akov Eisen, Nechamia Meisner of Pápa, 28th of Tishrei 1936". Some of the decorations are hand-painted.
49X63.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Tear to top of leaf. Few stains. Slight wear.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 18

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Collection of Prayer Leaves – Europe

Collection of printed and handwritten prayer leaves: • Typewritten leaf, Minyan Hoffman –Yom Kippur 1944, with prayer times for Yom Kippur and the Selichot to say during Shacharit, Mussaf and Mincha. • Cardboard plaque, blessings for kindling Chanuka lights and the piyut Ma'oz Tzur, with Dutch translation. Published by Keren HaTorah of Agudat Yisrael, Veenendaal, Holland branch, [first half of 20th century]. • Similar plaque published by Keren HaTorah in a different format with instructions solely in Dutch. • Printed cardboard cards with the E-l Male Rachamim and Tashlich prayers. One from London, one from Paris (published by Chevra Kaddisha) and one from Frankfurt am Main. Three more from an unidentified place (two have an illustration of The Binding of Isaac). • Handwritten leaf, in a long narrow format, with the Prayer for Rain. Square letters with vowels. • Handwritten leaf, list of Selichot for Shacharit, Mussaf and Mincha. • Printed leaf in a long narrow format, Selichot for Yom Kippur – piyutim said on Yom Kippur. Hamburg (Germany), [beginning of 20th century].
12 items. Varied size and condition.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 19

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Printed Cards With the Tashlich Prayer – Germany

Colorful printed paper cards with the 13 Attributes of Mercy and Seder Tashlich, apparently distributed during the Tashlich prayer on the second day of Rosh HaShana. Various communities in Germany, the 20th century.
Nine cards from Frankfurt am Main. Two cards printed in Breslau, published by Tzeirei Agudat Yisrael. One card from Hamburg [on the reverse side is also the blessing for children on Erev Yom Kippur]. A card printed in Kassel and another from somewhere else in Germany [on the bottom is a New Year blessing in Hebrew and German]. Most have frames in the shape of the Two Tablets of Law, some cut according to the shape of the frame.
Total of 14 paper cards. Varying condition, good-fair. Stains, tears and restoration with adhesive tape.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 20

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Shtarot Tena’im Rishonim and Tena’im Achronim – Signature of Av Beit Din of Bytom

• Shtar Tena'im, signed by the groom and parents of the bride and groom, the witnesses and the city rabbi, Rabbi "Menachem Mendel ben Yosef HaCohen of the Praszka community". Bytom (Upper Selsia), Elul 1802.
36 cm. Thick paper, fair condition, stains and wear damage. Government stamps.
• Shtar Tena'im Achronim, [Shtar drawn on the wedding day or close to the date of the wedding], with detailed obligations [kest] of supporting the newly married couple during their first year of marriage. Witnesses' signatures. Bytom, Elul, 1803.
31 cm. Thick paper, fair condition, stains and wear damage.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 21

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Ketubah and Shtar Chalitza, Germany, 19th Century

• Handwritten Shtar Ketubah, recording the marriage of Rabbi Shimon son of HaChaver Rabbi Yehuda Moshe and the bride Barbara Shanet bat Rabbi Mordechai HaLevi. Witnesses' signatures. Darmstadt, Nissan 1845.
34 cm. Good-fair condition, stains, tears to leaf margins.
• Shtar Chalitza, [obligation to perform chalitza by the groom's brothers], for the marriage of the bridegroom Asher ben Rabbi Reuven Strauss from the village of Endingen with the woman Mahlchen bat Rabbi Leib Zundheim of Muizenberg. Witnesses' signatures and signature of Rabbi Shlomo ben Moshe Pormastacher. Offenbach, Shevat 1847.
34 cm. Fair-poor condition, tears to margins with lacking text. Stains.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 22

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Collection of Ketubot and Shtarot Chalitza – Germany 19th Century

Collection of printed Ketubot, and Chalitza bills by the brothers of the groom, Frankfurt am Main.
Completed and signed forms for marriage in the cities of Giessen and Butzbach in Germany, from 1874-1877. One Ketubah completed for a marriage in the city of Giessen in 1909.
6 leaves (4 Ketubot and two Chalitza bills), 30-34 cm. Varied condition, good to fair, damages to leaf margins, some with lack to the adorned frame.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 23

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Get for an Arusa – Constantinople, 1853 – With the Handwriting and Signature of Rabbi Natan Amram – Thebes, 1854

Get for an Arusa (divorce document for a fiancée), written for “Chaim ben Moshe” and his Arusa Miriam. Constantinople, Adar Aleph 1853.
On the reverse side of the Get is an inscription written a year later in the handwriting and with the signature of Rabbi Natan Amram, Rabbi of Thebes (Alexandria, Egypt): “In the past, this Get has reached my hands and did not have a tear of the Beit Din…on the seventh day of the month of Nisan 1854, Natan Amram” [curly signature in Latin letters]. This inscription was to prevent improper use of this Get which did not have a tear of the Beit Din [which indicates that the Get was delivered in accordance with Jewish law].
The famous Torah genius Rabbi Natan Amram (1791-1871), author of Kinyan Perot and Kinyan HaGuf and Noam HaMidot, was born in Damascus to Rabbi Chaim Amram, author of Mi’ta’am HaMelech. In 1805, he ascended with his father to Safed and from 1826, he began to make rounds as a Shadar (emissary) of the Tiberias and Hebron Kollelim, first in Thebes (Alexandria) Egypt and afterward also throughout the Jewish communities of Turkey and Greece. During the years he served as emissary, he printed some of his own books and his father’s books. Finally, he returned to Egypt and after the death of Rabbi Yisrael Moshe Chazan in 1863, he was appointed his successor as Av Beit Din in Thebes.
31 cm. Thin paper, good-fair condition. Stains, tiny moth holes. Folding marks and wear.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 24

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Tena’im Renewal Contract – Tetouan, 1855

Tena'im renewal contract (Shtar), arranged between Rabbi Moshe ben Rabbi Shmuel Koriat and wife Chefziba daughter of Rabbi David Chasan. Tetouan (Morocco), 1855.
Arrangement of the estate after death of one of the parties, in case that they will not have children: “At present, they have not been blessed with children, G-d should grant them… and were concerned lest they will not merit children… and since they live in love and harmony… and the [mentioned] wife is his sister's daughter…”. The parties annul the original ketubah which was arranged as 'custom of expelled Jews' [custom originating from Jews expelled from Spain who arrived in North Africa] and stipulate new conditions.
Signed by two Tetouan scholars: Rabbi Avraham Anhori (Malchei Rabanan, Leaf 14/2) and Rabbi Reuven Elmaliach (Malchei Rabanan, Leaf 104/2).
Leaf, 28.5 cm. Good condition, stains, folding marks and several tears.

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