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Auction 37 Lot Number 292

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Illustrated Manuscript, Midrash Ma’or HaAfela – Yemen, 15th Century – Signature of Rabbi Yichye Yitzchak HaLevi Av Beit Din of Yemen

Manuscript, Midrash Nur Eltzalem [Ma’Or HaAfela], by Rabbi Netanel Ben Yishaya. [Yemen, 15th century].
Rabbi Netanel ben Yishaya, among first great scholars of Yemen, who lived during the first half of 14th century, authored the Ma’or HaAfela composition in 1329. This Talmudic legend was originally written in Jewish-Arabic and was one of the basic books on Judaism in Yemen. The author integrated philosophical and Kabbalistic concepts with literal and homiletic commentaries and explanations, according to the order of the weekly Torah portions.
Large volume in good condition. Ancient Yemenite writing on quality paper. Illustrations of Noah’s Ark, Zodiac constellations, Cave of the Patriarchs, Tablets of Law, Temple vessels (Menorah, Ark, Cherubs and more), priestly clothes, and more.
This manuscript is one of the most ancient forms of the composition. The manuscript was in possession of Gaon Rabbi Yichye Yitzchak HaLevi (1867-1932), Av Beit Din of Sana’a and chief Rabbi of Yemen and among greatest leaders of Yemenite Jewry, who hand-signed it (page 15) and estimated that it was written during the 15th century: “Based upon the writing technique the book Nur Eltzalem was written over five hundred years ago, Yichye Yitzchak son of Rabbi Moshe HaLevi” .
Manuscript begins in middle of Parashat Bereshit and ends in middle of Parashat Ki Tetzeh. 523 pages. 26 cm. Good condition, stains, wear, fading of ink in several places. New binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 282

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Large Collection of Various Manuscripts – Oriental Countries

Large collection of manuscripts, homiletics and piyutim. Oriental countries [Yemen, Morocco, Turkey, Persia etc.].
For a complete list, see Hebrew description.
19 manuscripts, varied size and condition. Some are bound.
Opening price: $3500

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Auction 37 Lot Number 253

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Manuscript – Mevo She’arim by Rabbi Chaim Vital, With Important Glosses – Tunis, 1728

Manuscript, Mevo She'arim, by Rabbi Chaim Vital. Tunis, [1728].
This manuscript was edited and copied in Tunis with the incorporation of glosses by Rabbi Ya'akov Tzemach, Rabbi Natan Shapira and Rabbi Moshe Zakut (all of which who edited the book at various stages), with glosses by other Mekubalim from Europe and North Africa. Glosses from Western Mekubalim Rabbi Avraham Azulai and Rabbi Ya'akov Maragi, written originally on Otzrot Chaim and later incorporated and adjusted to this book. Glosses of the Rabach – Rabbi Binyamin HaCohen of Reggio [disciple of Rabbi Moshe Zakut. Died about a year before this manuscript was finished]. Several glosses by Rabbi Azriel of Krotoszyn [a Mekubal from Germany and Poland – see: Y. Avivi, Kabalat Ha'Ari, Vol 2 pp. 766-769]. After the index, the author added glosses "Belongs to Siman 73 and Mevo She'arim" [8 pages]. On the last two leaves are glosses in another handwriting: "Glosses on Mevo She'arim what I have found written in another book".
At the beginning of the manuscript is a copy of Rabbi Chaim Vital's introduction to his book Etz Chaim. At the end is the index Petach HaTikva. Colophon (on Leaf 169/2): "I have written this manuscript in 1728 in the city of Tunis…" (The year in the colophon is damaged and difficult to read).
On the sheet margins are other glosses, with corrections and glosses with content, apparently in the handwriting of the Mekubal Rabbi Masud Alfasi. Several glosses start with the initials "N.L.M.A." = Nire Li (Seems to me) Masud Alfasi.
Rabbi Masud Alfasi was a leading Mekubal in western countries. In 1723, he emigrated from Morocco to Tunis where he was active until his death in 1775. From his writings, only the book Mishcha D'Rabuta was printed (Livorno 1805). He also wrote a large work on Kabalistic wisdom which was not published.
69, 71-169, [16] leaves (Leaf 70 is missing, Leaves 135 and 133 were not bound in their correct places, Leaves 157-158 were exchanged in binding). 19 cm. Varying condition of leaves, good-fair. Stains. Some leaves have tears, ink damage and moth damage (at times with damage to text). The leaves were professionally cleaned and restored. Most leaves are in good condition. New binding.
In the library of the Beit Midrash L'Rabbanim in Budapest there is a manuscript (K 245) of Mevo She'arim written in 1627 by Rabbi Ya'akov Lombrozo (Kabbalist in Tunis). That manuscript is edited in a very similar fashion with similar glosses

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Auction 37 Lot Number 57

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Kitvei Kodesh – Tehillim – Zhitomir, 1856 – Especially Wide Margins

Kitvei Kodesh, Part 5. Tehillim and Mishlei, with Rashi, Metzudot and Ivri-teitch. Zhitomir, 1856. Printed by Rabbi Aryeh Leib Shapira.
[2], 172 leaves. 34.5 cm. Dark paper, good-fair condition, stains, minor wear and moth damages. Original leather binding, adorned and slightly damaged.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 58

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Passover Haggadah – Zhitomir, 1866

Passover Haggadah. With Yiddish translation and stories of the exodus from Egypt. Zhitomir, 1866. Printed by Rabbi Chanina Lipa and Rabbi Yehoshua Heshel Shapira.
Bound at the end: Megilat Esther with Yotzer. Chernivtsi 1863.
96 pages; 20 leaves. 20 cm. Fair condition, use stains and wear. Ancient ownership stamps. New binding.
Rare haggadah. Otzar HaHagadot 1274.
Second book: Megilat Esther, Chernivtsi, 1863 is bibliographically unknown.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 380

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Passover Haggadah – New York, 1857

Passover haggadah, with German translation. New York, 1857. Hebrew and German, page opposite page. With copper etching illustrations.
72 pages, [10] picture plates. 18 cm. Good-fair condition, moisture stains. New binding.
Ya'ari 771; Otzar Hahagadot 1042; Singerman 1490; Goldman 128.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 254

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Manuscript by Author of Imrei Binah, Dealing with Laws of Commerce

Manuscript – novellae on laws of commerce, by Rabbi Meir Auerbach, author of Imrei Binah. [1835?].These pages were written over the course of several periods.
He writes that he orally presented the novellae to his father [author of the Divrei Chaim, who died in 1846]. Indeed, the handwriting is more characteristic to his handwriting in his youth (see comparison of handwriting from Sefer HaDrashot from before 1840). It does not resemble his handwriting in a dedication he wrote in one of his books in 1876 – see item 346.
These leaves probably belong to the portion of his writings which he was unable to publish in “Imrei Binah”. It belongs with Choshen Mishpat, but the Choshen Mishpat part of his book concludes with laws of collecting debts, and laws of acquisitions. He was unable to publish more.
Rabbi Meir Auerbach (1815-1878) was Rabbi of Kwall and Kalisch, and one of the great rabbis of his time. We was the son of Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac Auerbach, Rabbi of Lontshitz, author of the Divrei Chaim, and grandson of Rabbi Chaim Auerbach, Rabbi of Lontshitz, author of Divrei Mishpat. In 1859 he made aliya, and was the first rabbi to be officially appointed as chief rabbi of the Ashkenazi community. Aside from his well-known greatness in Torah and halacha, he was also a great kabalist and learned in the Beit El Yeshiva.
8 leaves, 10 written pages. 23 cm. High-quality paper, good condition, slight wear and stains on margins. Cloth binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 279

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Handwritten Calendar – Artistic Title Page – Germany, 1841

Manuscript – "Calendar for 142 years, from 1840-1981, by Moshe ben Ya'akov, [Germany], 1841.
Artistic title page, made with the technique of cutting and gluing illustrated adornments. Ashkenazi writing. Written on a notebook with a handsome binding and illustrated forsatz leaves.
The calendar has charts for calculating 142 years (until 1981), arrangement for 14 calendars for determining the years, an intensive composition on astronomy, "The path of the seven planets each week", chronicles (list of historical dates), Luach HaTamid – for the order of the weekly Torah portions (illustrated adornment, cut and glued).
[4], 100, [7] pages. 16 cm. Good condition. Stains, few moth marks. Ownership inscriptions and stamps. Damaged binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 251

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Remnants of an Ancient Manuscripts from Spain and Ashkenaz

Remnants of leaves from ancient manuscripts which were taken from the “binding geniza”. Spain and Ashkenaz, [14th/15th century].
• Remnants of leaves from Sefer Toldot Adam VeChava, by Rabbi Yerucham (Sefer Meisharim). Ancient Sephardic writing. • Remnants of leaves from Sefer Sodei Razei, on Kabbalah and Maaseh Merkava, by Rabbi Elazar of Worms author of the Rokeach. Ancient Ashkenazi writing. Several glosses on margins. (Watermark on one of the leaves is characteristic of paper produced in North Italy during the 14th century). [Among early manuscripts of this composition]. • Leaf from Segula book [Names, incantations, wording of amulets]. Ancient Ashkenazi writing.
Approx. 20 leaf sections of various sizes. Varying degree of damage resulting from binding process.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 326

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Babylonian Talmud, Munich 1949 – Many Glosses in the Handwriting of the Rebbe of Erlau Rabbi Yochanan Sofer

Ten volumes of the Babylonian Talmud, printed in Munich-Heidelberg, 1949 by the She'erit hapleita rabbis in the DP camps, "Published by the Vaad Agudat HaRabbanim in the American region of Germany". Each volume has two title pages. The first title page (in yellow) has illustrations and inscriptions of the extermination camps and destruction of European Jewry.
Tractates: Shabbat, Eruvin-Rosh HaShana, Pesachim-Ta'anit, Beitzah-Chaggiga, Gittin-Sotah, Bava Batra, Avoda Zara, Zevachim-Menachot, Bechorot-Me'ilah.
Ownership inscriptions by the Erlau Rebbe "Yochanan ben Maharam Sofer Av Beit Din of Erlau". The leaf margins have many glosses in his handwriting. He notes in his glosses also what he wrote "on the sheets of the Talmud of the yeshiva'.
The Erlau Rebbe, Rebbe Yochanan Sofer (born in 1923), a descendent of the Chatam Sofer, grandson of Rabbi Shimon Sofer of Erlau (son of the Ktav Sofer). His grandfather and most of his family perished in the Holocaust and he survived, ascended to Eretz Israel, established Torah institutes and established the Erlau Chassidut which is one of the largest Chassidic communities in Jerusalem and Bnei Brak. One of the eldest rebbes of our generation, a leader of Mo'etzet Gedolei HaTorah.
10 volumes, approximately 39 cm. Fair condition, use wear, original damaged bindings.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 178

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Magen Avraham (Segula Book) – Copy of the Holy Shoemaker with Notes in his Handwriting

Magen Avraham, Chassidic homiletics on the Torah, Part 2. By the Trisker Magid, Rebbe Avraham ben Rabbi Mordechai of Chernobyl. Lublin, [1887]. First edition, printed while the author was alive (1806-1889). Printed on Leaf [3] is a lithograph of the author's own handwriting.
Stamps from the library of "Rabbi Moshe Ya'akov Ravikov" – between the leaves are papers which belong to Rabbi Moshe Ya'akov Ravikov: leaves of Torah novellae in his handwriting, receipts sent to him and a printed leaf: "Segula to be saved from danger".
Rabbi Moshe Ya'akov Ravikov (1873-1967) – the "Holy Shoemaker" from Shabazi Street in Tel Aviv-Jaffa. A hidden tzaddik, mekubal and wonder-worker. Born in Lithuania, a disciple of Rabbi Shlomo Elyashiv author of Leshem Shvo V'Achlama [the Leshem]. Ascended to Eretz Israel in 1913, and after an unsuccessful attempt to settle in Kfar Uriah in the Judah Plains, moved to the city of Yaffo (Jaffa) and opened a shoemaking workshop. Very soon, disadvantaged people or people who needed good counsel, arbitration or a loan sought his assistance and salvation.
Although he concealed himself and his powers, the leaders and mekubalim of his days recognized his astounding righteousness, kept close contact with him and studied from him. It is a well-known fact that the Chazon Ish encouraged him to reveal himself and sent people to receive his counsel and blessings. Another well-known fact is that Rabbi Kook told Rabbi Aryeh Levine that The Shoemaker is one of the "lamed vav" hidden tzaddikim of his generation. Many stories circulated of wonders he performed and his Holy Spirit and during his life he merited the revelation of Eliyahu the Prophet [this was published in newspapers of those times]. Many people visited his home daily to receive his blessing and were delivered from their troubles.
[3] 3-113 leaves. 22.5 cm. Fair condition, wear and detached leaves. Moth damage. First leaves have damages to margins. Original leather binding, worn and damaged. + two leaves of handwritten Torah novellae, two receipts and a printed leaf.
Possessing this book is a well-known segula, as the author wrote in his introduction to Vol. 1, with the power of Avraham Avinu "I hereby bless anyone who takes this book because it will draw many kindnesses upon him… to fulfill all your wishes, children and grandchildren…".

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Auction 37 Lot Number 209

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Huge Archive of Rabbi Yitzchak Bunin – Collection of Rabbinical Letters (USA)

Archive of the Gaon Rabbi Yitzchak Bunin (1872-1982), rabbi in Rivne (Równe) and Novoukrainka, and afterwards was a rabbi in Brooklyn New York; one of the most important rabbis in the USA and one of the leaders of Agudat HaRabanim; author of the books Divrei Yitzchak and Hegyonot Yitzchak.
• Diverse collection of approximately one hundred rabbinical letters from the United States, Eretz Israel and the world, which were sent to Rabbi Bunin. • Certificates of inauguration of Rabbi Bunin to the rabbinate in Brooklyn. • Collection of letters from various distinguished personalities and institutions in the United States. • Collection of documents and paper items related to Rabbi Bunin’s activity and the rabbinate of New York, and more.
5 binders. Hundreds of letters, documents and paper items. Varying sizes and conditions.
Opening price: $1500

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Auction 37 Lot Number 225

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Letter by Rabbi Eliyahu of Kretinga – 1858

Handwritten and signed letter by righteous genius Rabbi Eliyahu Levinson of Kretinga. Windau (Ventspils; Courland, Latvia), 1858.
The letter pertains to funds of Eretz Israel and various matters, sent to his “dear and beloved” friend the genius Rabbi Shmuel Salant.
The righteous genius Rabbi Eliyahu (Elinka) of Kretinga (1822-1888), in his youth studied in the city of Salant and was disciple of Rabbi Yosef Zundel of Salant; at the same time he became a close associate, disciple and friend of two friends who were learning partners in the city of Salant whose names later became famous for generations: Rabbi Yisrael of Salant and Rabbi Shmuel Salant. Throughout his lifetime he was a disciple and close associate of Rabbi Yisrael, as well as his right hand in public activity and among the great supporters and leaders of the Mussar movement which was founded by Rabbi Yisrael of Salant. Although he was one of the most famous Torah giants of his generation, he did not consent to accept a rabbinical position and instead dealt in commerce and banking [he managed bank commerce in Windau and Libau in Latvia, and in Kretinga; city of his main residence, in the Zamut region of Northern Lithuania]. Rabbi Elinke was one of the great leaders of the Jewish congregation in Russia, and had substantial influence in high-ranking government offices. Served as manager and trustee of a fundraising organization for Eretz Israel.
27 cm. Approx. 18 handwritten lines. Thin bluish stationery paper. Good condition, stains and folding marks.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 224

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Letter by Rabbi Yitzchak Elchanan Spektor to Rabbi Shmuel Salant

Long letter written and signed by Rabbi Yitzchak Elchanan Spektor, to Rabbi Shmuel Salant and Jerusalem rabbis. Kaunas, 1888.
Letter "Concerning the pushkes in America". At that time, Rabbi Yitzchak Elchanan Spektor was active in encouraging the financial support given by the communities in the Diaspora to the poor population in Eretz Israel. One year before this letter (1887) Rabbi Spektor stood at head of the Lithuanian rabbis who signed the regulations on behalf of the settlement in the Holy Land. One of the regulations was the distribution of charity boxes [called "pushkes" in Yiddish and in Hebrew "shofrot"] on behalf of the needy residents of Eretz Israel in every Jewish home. In this letter, Rabbi Yitzchak Elchanan defends the priority of the Eretz Israel charity boxes which were distributed by the American Gaba'im on behalf of Eretz Israel: "…The population of Eretz Israel already have the privilege of distributing 'pushkes' and no other charity is permitted to place their 'pushke'…". [See attached material].
Rabbi Yitzchak Elchanan Spektor (1817-1896) was one of the leading rabbis of his times, famous for his Torah proficiency, diligence and great righteousness. He was considered the highest Torah authority in his times and he led Lithuanian and Russian Jewry for many years with wisdom and pleasantness. He served in the rabbinate from 1837 when yet a young man. In 1864, he was appointed Rabbi of Kaunas and his name spread throughout the universe as one of the leading Torah authorities. His response and novella were printed in the series he wrote: Be'er Yitzchak, Nachal Yitzchak and Ein Yitzchak.
19 lines in his handwriting and with his signature. 21 cm. Overall good condition. Few stains. Folding marks. Several tears

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Auction 37 Lot Number 194

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Halachic Responsum on the Subject of “Decree of Attire” – Rabbi Shaul Landau of Krakow

Halachic responsum, by the Krakow Beit Din, to Rabbi Ze'ev Wolf Frankel Rabbi of Przeworsk, signed by Rabbi "Shaul Landau of Krakow ". [C. 1857].
In the letter, he discusses the matter of the government decrees on changing the attire of the population, and he discusses if this is included in the prohibition of "Not following the customs of non-Jews", and if a person must give his life to refrain from changing his dress.
The "Decree of Attire" is a well-known historical affair. In circa 1846, a law was passed in Russian lands, allowing only several fixed styles of clothing, village dress, city dress, shaving beards, etc. Leading Polish rabbis of those days disagreed on this matter; whether the decree can be called a Gezerat Shmad which would halachically prohibit Jews from dressing like non-Jews (as we learn about the Jews in Egypt that did not change their dress); or, since the dress code had been decreed on all the country's population, Jews and non-Jews alike, Jews are not prohibited to heed the decree. The opinion of the Chiddushei HaRim and Rabbi Avraham of Ciechanów was that the change of dress is prohibited by Jewish law even if one has to forfeit his life to adhere to this law. This item is a halachic letter about this historic subject by one of the heads of the Beit Din in Krakow, Poland.
Rabbi Shaul Landau of Krakow (1790-1854), a holy Chassid, Mekubal and outstanding Torah genius, one of the leading rabbis of Galicia-Poland, served for 50 years as rabbi and dayan in Krakow and was held in high esteem by all the city's population. After the split in 1832, he headed the Beit Din of Chassidim in the city. He was known to be a holy person, who ate and slept little, yet was robust and on Simchat Torah he used to dance hugging two Torah scrolls while prancing around like a light bird. Written on his tombstone is "Master of thousands and great among the Jews".
The recipient of the letter is Rabbi Avraham Ze'ev Wolf Frankel (1780-1849), Av Beit Din of Przeworsk, and one of the leading rabbis of Rzeszów. A disciple of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Rubin Av Beit Din of Lesko (Linsk) ( father of Rabbi Naftali of Ropczyce). Chassid and close to the Chozeh of Lublin, Rabbi Shalom of Belz and Rabbi Zvi Hirsh of Rymanów.
2 pages, approximately 22.5 cm. closely written (approximately 68 lines). Good condition.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 85

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Chiddushei HaRamban on Tractate Bava Batra – Venice, 1523

Chiddushei Bava Batra by the great rabbi the Ramban. [Venice], 1523. Printed by Daniel Bomberg.
“Dina de-Garme” starts on leaf 110, with the apology of the Ramban on a separate page: "Said Moshe ben Nachman, lest someone suspect me when I mention a few things without noting who said them… I apologize by saying that I did not intend to hide or conceal them…".
Colophon: These novellae were completed… in the house of Daniel Bombergi in 1523…the 12th of the month of Adar…".
116 leaves. 25 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and moisture damage. Stamps and ownership inscriptions. Damaged binding.
One of the four books printed in one time and called "Chiddushei Arba Shitot L'HaRashba V'Ramban, see previous item.
Opening price: $2300

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Auction 37 Lot Number 293

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Chemdat Yamim by Rabbi Shalom Shabazi – Original Leaf from the Manuscript in the Author’s Handwriting – With Facsimile Edition of the Full Manuscript

Chemdat Yamim on the Torah, by Rabbi Shalom Shabazi. Facsimile edition in the author's handwriting (Yemen, 1653). Jerusalem 2007. Enclosed is an original leaf in the author's own handwriting [bound with the facsimile].
Rabbi Shalom Shabazi (the Rashash; 1619-1695), a foremost Yemenite poet and leading Torah scholar who wrote Midrash Chemdat Yamim on the Torah among other compositions. The Midrash is a commentary with homiletics, philosophy and Cabalistic thoughts, compiled from various varied sources [among them are compilations from sources unknown in our times], edited in Rabbi Shabazi's language and style.
266 leaves, 18 cm. Very good condition. Leaf of the manuscript: 21 cm. (folded in margins), good condition, stains, restored moth damage. Bound in elaborate leather binding. Matching box.
Only ten copies of this facsimile have been published. This copy is No. 9 (although on the facsimile it is written that this is one of 73 copies. See attached authorization).
Attached is a booklet with an article written by Dr. Shlomo Zucker an expert in the field, who confirms the identity of the handwriting as that of Rabbi Shalom Shabazi.

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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 167

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Chesed L’Avraham – Slavita, 1794 – Copy of the Admor, Author of Chesed L’Avraham of Radomsk – With his Signature

Chesed L'Avraham, on Kabalistic wisdom, by Rabbi Avraham Azulai. Slavita, [1794]. Printed by Rabbi Pinchas Shapira.
Signature of Rebbe "Avraham Yissachar HaCohen Rabinowitz of Radomsk" – the second rebbe of the Radomsk dynasty (1843-1892, Encyclopedia L'Chassidut Vol. 1, pp. 113-114), son of Rebbe Shlomo HaCohen Rabinowitz, author of Tiferet Shlomo of Radomsk. Rebbe Avraham Yissachar succeeded his father after his death and became the leader of thousands of Chassidim belonging to one of the most famous Chassidic courts in Poland. Renowned for his righteousness and Torah proficiency, he wrote the book Chesed L'Avraham on the Torah and festivals. Stamps on the book leaves: "M. Rabinowicz - Nowo-Radomsk".
Stamps of Rebbe "Avraham Yissachar Englard Av Beit Din of Sosnowica" – Rebbe Avraham Yissachar Englard (1890-2006), Av Beit Din of Sosnowica son-in-law of Rebbe Mordechai Yosef Elazar of Radzin. Stood at the head of the chain of Radzin yeshivot in Poland and assisted his brother-in-law Rebbe Shmuel Shlomo Leiner in leading the Radzin Chassidism. All his family and his father-in-law's family perished in the Holocaust and he miraculously survived, immigrated to the US and in 1954 was crowned Rebbe of Radzin and ascended to Eretz Yisrael. He lived a long life and until an old age taught Torah and Chassidism in the city of Bnei Brak.
Stamps and other ownership inscriptions.
[5], 87, 1-34 [should be: 36], [1] leaves (lacking title page). 20 cm. Good condition, stains and wear, tears to a few leaf margins. Damaged binding.

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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 255

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Handwritten Leaf on Kabalistic Matters – Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Shklov (Shkloŭ)

A leaf handwritten by Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Shklov (Shkloŭ), a segment from a work on Kabalistic matters that was never printed.
The mekubal Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Shklov, disciple of the Vilna Gaon (died 1827), was one of the first disciples of the Gaon who ascended to Eretz Israel where he founded the Ashkenazi community in Jerusalem. Served the Vilna Gaon in his last years, at which time he gained vast knowledge in revealed and hidden Torah. He was the Gaon's scribe and wrote much of his Kabalistic Torah. After his teacher died, he took upon himself to edit and publish the Vilna Gaon's works. In 1808, he led the first group of the Gaon's disciples to Eretz Israel. Settled first in Safed and after a plague which spread through the city, ascended to Jerusalem where he re-established the Ashkenazi community. After many efforts, he bought the plot of the Hurva and built his Beit Midrash there. Rabbi Menachem Mendel was especially renowned for his knowledge of kabbalah and during the years he lived in Eretz Israel he wrote ten deep works on kabbalah. Some of them were recently printed (called "The writings of the Garamam).
One leaf, written on both sides. 31 cm. Stains. New binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 152

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Archive of Rabbi Shmaya Luria, Agudat Yisrael Matters, Kol Israel Newspaper, Immigration and Rescue, Education and Institutions

Huge archive of letters and documents, from the archive of Rabbi Shmaya Luria, an accomplished and influential individual, among senior activists of Agudat Yisrael, Beit Ya’akov and Slonim Chassidism in Eretz Israel.
• Letters pertaining to immigration certificates from approx. 1935. Including many letters from members of Slonim Chassidism in Poland and Eretz Israel. Letters and correspondences with institutions and many individuals from Eretz Israel and the Diaspora. Letters from the period of the Holocaust and the period of illegal immigration to Israel toward the end of British Mandate.
• Letters, printed items and documents from the period the of division of congregation into Knesset Yisrael and Ashkenazi Committee; many letters from Rabbi Moshe Bloy, leader of Agudat Yisrael in Jerusalem and from his sons; letters and printed items from the “Knesia Gedola” in Vienna [to where Rabbi Shmaya was sent as a representative on behalf of ‘Tze’irei Agudat Yisrael’ in Jerusalem]; polemic of Rabbi Kook and slaughter polemic; many letters regarding the visit of the Rebbe of Gur to Jerusalem, and polemic in opposition of ‘Kol Israel’ in light of the Gerrer Rebbe visiting Rabbi Kook; letters pertaining to Beit Ya’akov; letters and rabbinical rulings regarding the Diskin Orphanage; printed polemic proclamations and various publications; letters by Rabbi Pinchas Epstein and by lawyers regarding lands of ‘Machane Yisrael’; and more.
• Various letters regarding ‘Kol Israel’ newspaper and articles by Rabbi Shmaya and others; letters and documents concerning the establishment of daily newspaper ‘Israel’ under initiation of Rabbi Shmaya Luria and Dr. Mordechai Buxbaum; correspondences with general newspaper editorial staffs; many letters regarding educational institutions; many other letters and documents.
Rabbi Shmuel Luria (1905-1989), was born in Tiberias to his father Rabbi Tzvi Luria. Raised under the inspiration of leading Slonim Chassidim in Tiberias under guidance of his older brothers, Rabbi Aharon Yosef Luria (author of Avodat Pnim) and Rabbi Yitzchak Matityahu Luria (author of Sha’arei Limud, Avkot Rochlim and Nachalei Amuna). After his marriage he was among the most prominent activists of Agudat Yisrael and Merkaz Beit Ya’akov. Served in various positions in the Eda HaCharedit and in Diskin Orphanage. Was among first editors of the Agudat Yisrael newspaper ‘Kol Israel’ [during the period of the Rabbi Kook polemic]. Traveled abroad to participate in the Knesia Gedola in Vienna [as representative on behalf of ‘Tze’irei Agudat Yisrael’ in Jerusalem. Also traveled to Poland to spend time and absorb the greatness of his rabbis - rebbes of Slonim, in Baranovichi and Slonim. Was involved in arrangement of certificates for immigration to Eretz Israel during the 1930s. Was among the leaders of Beit Ya’akov movement in Eretz Israel, and after the establishment of the State of Israel was appointed as supervisor of Orthodox education [‘Zerem HaRevi’i which was eventually called ‘Mercaz HaChinuch HaAtzmai’]. Later on he also worked in the Ministry of Education as supervisor of post-primary education. Was also among the leaders of the management of Slonim Yeshiva in Jerusalem and leaders of the congregation.
Hundreds of letters and documents, various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 189

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the Lubavitcher Rebbe – Printed Items / Seven Dollar Bills

• "We want Mashiach now – This is what the Lubavitch sage said", Colored cardboard proclamation, with a photograph of the Lubavitch –Chabad Rebbe next to a LaMenatze'ach menorah. Hebrew, English and Spanish inscriptions. •Illustration of the Lubavitcher Rebbe on the background of his home and the Rebbe's Beit Midrash. (Reproduction on cardboard). • Printed letter by the Rebbe "For Jewish boys and girls" from the beginning of 1990, with a copy of his signature.
• Seven one dollar bills given by the Chabad Rebbe to give to charity [written on six of them are the dates on which they were given].
Varied size and condition.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 42

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Babylonian Talmud – Zhitomir, 1858-1864

Babylonian Talmud, with Rav Alfas and Mordechai. Zhitomir, 1858-1864. Shapiro Brothers Printing Press.
18-volume set. Missing: tractate Ketubot.
18 volumes: Berachot; Shabbat; Eiruvin; Pesacim-Chagigah; Rosh Hashanah-Yoma-Sukkah; Beitza-Ta’anit-Megilla-Moed Katan; Yevamot-Sotah; Gittin; Nazir; Kiddushim-Nedarim; Bava Kamma; Bava Metziah; Bava Batra; Sanhedrin-Makot-Horayot-Eduyot-Avot and small tractates; Shvuot-Avodah Zarah; Zevachim-Menachot; Chulin; Bechorot-Erchin-Temurah-Kritot-Meilah-Tamid; Nidah.
38 cm. Conditions of volumes vary; good-fair. Stains, wear, moth damage and tears. Damaged bindings.

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