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.
Portrait of a Jewish man, by Arthur Bryks.
Oil on wood. Signed.
35X28 cm. Frame: 49X41 cm. Good condition.
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.
&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
&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
Jew with a Torah Scroll.
Oil upon cardboard. Signed (unidentified).
9X12 cm. Within wooden frame: 28X31 cm. Good condition.
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).
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.
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,  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.
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,  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.
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.
 pages. 32 cm. Good condition, folding marks. Stains.
• 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).
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.
• Printed letter for the emissary Rabbi Yechezkel Eliezer Abulafia, sent by the Tiberias community to Italy. [Livorno], . 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?], . 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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
• 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.
• 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.
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.
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.
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.
A Colorful ketubah in the form of a pamphlet. Written section by section on five pages [!] on high-quality paper. Adorned with gold, silver and other colors.
Signatures of witnesses and Rabbis. Tehran (Persia), Cheshvan 1920.
6 illustrated pages, approximately 22 cm. Good-fair condition. Wear and detached leaves. Wear damage to margins. Stains. Original velvet binding, damaged.
A large collection of wedding invitations, from families of Chassidic Rebbes of our times (Sadigura, Lalov, Nadvorna, Skver, Vizhnitz, Satmar, Lublin, Sanz, Skulen, Spinka, Slonim, Shomrei Emunim). From approximately 1970-2010.
Approximately 75 items. Some invitations have handwritten inscriptions.
Birat Migdal Oz, Birkot Shamayim, Part 3 of the Siddur by Rabbi Ya'akov Emden. Berdychiv, 1836. Second edition, with approbations by Rabbi Yisrael of Ruzhin and Rabbi Mordechai of Chernobyl.
Part 3 of Siddur Paltin Beit El, arranged by Rabbi Ya'akov Emden, Altona 1745-1747 (No other parts were printed in Berdychiv). This part has Seder Brit Milah, laws and customs from a person's birth until his death, methods of education, laws of Issur and Heiter, ethics, philosophy etc.
, 4-34, 37-362,  leaves. Approximately 18 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and restored moth damage. Ancient owner's signature "Baruch".
Rare, includes 2 leaves - a list of corrections which does not appear in the Bibliography Institute CD and which is not at all extant.
Siddur for everyday use and for festivals, according to the Sephardic custom. Amsterdam, .
Particularly miniature edition. Composed of two parts. Part 1 for every day and Shabbat use. Part 2 (with separate title page) for festivals.
On the reverse side of title page, the publisher, Naftali Hertz HaLevi writes, "In Amsterdam, I have seen a miniature siddur with small lettering without vowels, and youngsters cannot read the text when praying. I felt their discomfort and have printed this siddur… in the smallest volume ever printed in thin small letters with new and attractive vowels…".
Handsome copy with original elaborate binding. 318 leaves. 6 cm. Very good condition. Few stains. Gilded edges. Minor damages to binding.
See the Bibliography Institute CD, Listing 0306843 for differences among the various copies of this siddur.
Seder Meah Brachot – Blessings, prayers and piyutim, including the Seder Hagaddah of Pesach. Amsterdam, 1688. Albertus Magnus printing. Approbation by Rabbi Yitzchak Abuhav, Rabbi Ya’akov Sasportas and Rabbi Shlomo Di Olivera.
Includes the version of Eruvei Chatzerot, Tavshilin and Techumin, Kiddush for Shabbat and Festivals, Hatavat Chalom, Hatarat Nedarim, Tikun Chanuka, laws and customs, Birkot HaNehenin, blessings for
betrothal and marriage, circumcision of convertsand slaves, blessing on purchase of slaves, Pidyon Haben, Pidyon HaKerem, Tefillat HaDerech, siyum of a tractate, blessings to be recited at various times and places, prayers for the sick and for woman at birth, change of name, Tahara of the dead, Hashkavot, "Hashkava of those who were burnt in the sanctification of G-d's name", [prayer on Anusim who were burnt in the auto-da-fé in Spain Miniature volume. Two title pages, the first title page is illustrated with copper etchings with drawings of the Blessing on the Moon, the blessing on spices (Havdalah), Birkat HaMazon, blessing for shofar blowing and for Brit Milah. The date on this title page is 1687, whereas the date on the second title page is one year later.
 leaves, 303, 20,  pages. (Lacking one page after the two title pages and 4 leaves with charts for calculating Tekufot). Leaves 1-24 of the first numbering were mistakenly bound at the end of the book. 11.5 cm. Good-fair condition. First title page is loose, with restored tears. Stains, moth marks. Tear with lack to one leaf. New binding. Handwritten signature and glosses.
Very rare. Not listed in Otzar HaHagadot and in Ya’ari.
Siddur Mibracha, according to the custom of the Italian communities, brachot and piyutim for various occasions, Passover Haggadah. Ferrara, 1693.
Birkat HaMazon, piyutim and songs for Shabbat and Motza'ei Shabbat, Passover Haggadah, Kiddush for festivals, Seder Brit Milah, Pidyon HaBen, Hatavat Chalom, Tefillat HaDerech, etc. Includes piyutim by Italian Torah scholars. This edition has the addition of two piyutim by the Mekubal Rabbi Yitzchak Berachya of Pano.
All the pages are bordered with frames. The Passover Haggadah has illustrations of Matzah and Maror.
59. 40-121, 123-129, 151-152, 154-159, , 138-161 pages. 13.5 cm. Good condition. Stains (title page has many stains). Few tears. Moth marks to some leaves. Artistic restoration of leaves. New leather binding.
From the collection of Moshe Ya'ari.
Prayers for fast days, according to the custom of the Sephardic communities. Prayers, lamentations and Torah readings for fast days throughout the year. Amsterdam, .
Handsome copy in good condition. The haftarah for Tisha B'Av has a Spanish translation after each verse.
Ancient leather binding, with handsome impression of gilded decorations and the name of the owners: "Natan bar Moshe Di Fris". Has original metal clasps.
126 leaves. 16 cm. High-quality paper. Few stains, most pages are clean. Moth marks to several leaves. Leaves 18-23 are detached. Minor damages to binding.
Seder tefillot, "According to the Ashkenazi Holy Community with many innovations". Prayers for every day, Shabbat and Festivals. Venice, . Pocket edition.
39, 41-144 leaves. 11 cm. Good condition. Stains. Moth holes to several leaves. New binding.
Bibliographically unknown. Not listed in the Bibliography Institute CD and not in the JNUL.
Seder Tefilat Kol Peh – for the whole year. Prague, 1836.
Prayer book as customary in Poland (Ashkenazi version). For weekdays, Shabbat, Amidah prayers for Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot, Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur.
Ownership signature from 1839. Stamp of Dr. Heinrich Loewe.
Miniature format. 192 leaves. 8.5 cm. Good condition, stains. Original leather binding, with slight damage, reinforced in inner side.
Siddur according to the Polish Ashkenazi custom, “Arranged and printed nicely”, laws and explanations in Yiddish-Deutsch, with Pirkei Avot (with commentary) and the Parshiot, Yotzrot and Selichot. Offenbach. 1806.
Bound with Tehillim and Techinot, with a special title page. Offenbach, 1802.
See next item and see also Bibliography Institute CD, listing no. 0320600.
, 238, 136, 36, 8 leaves; 116, 16 leaves. 18 cm. Good condition, stains, leaves cut on text border. Worn binding.
Arrangement of prayers according to the customs of Ashkenaz and Poland. Prayers for the entire year, Shabbat, festivals and Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur with Birkot HaNehenin, Torah portions, Selichot, Hosha’anot, piyutim, Tractate Avot, Psalms, Techinot, etc. With German and Yiddish translation. Offenbach, .
On title page is the emblem of the printers, R’ Zvi Hirsh Segal Shpitz and his son R’ Avraham. Separate title page for the book of Psalms (dated 1806). On the last leaf, a handwritten list of deaths and births.
, 238, 36, 33-136, 36, 8; 116, 16 leaves. 19 cm. Good-fair condition. Several detached leaves. Stains and wear. Without binding.
Shabbat Songs, with the commentary of Mateh Yehuda on "the Hebrew writing and the Ashkenazi language" [Yiddish in Hebrew letters]. [Lemberg, 1804]. Title page adorned with illustrations of fish and a wine vessel.
30 leaves. 17.5 cm. Bluish paper, fair condition, wear and stains, sheets cut with damage to titles and
“page guards” (shomrei daf). New binding.
Biblia Sacra, Bible in six languages: Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek, Latin, German and French. Nuremberg, 1599.
Five books of Moses, Joshua, Judges and Ruth. No other books. A column of the Hebrew text next to columns of translation (six columns each spread). The Greek translation is the Septuagint, the Latin translation is from the Vulgate Bible and the German translation is by Luther. The Hebrew text is from the Bible printed in Hamburg (1588) edited by Hutter, with the root letters in normal font and the other letters hollow.
, 287; 851; 319 pages. 36.5 cm. High-quality paper, good condition, stains, moth marks and tears to several leaves. New binding.
Bible with hollow letters. Köln, 1603. Title page and introduction in Latin.
According to the Bible editions printed in Hamburg in 1587-1603, where the root letters appeared in regular fonts and the other letters were printed in a hollow font. The root letters were added in tiny font above each word.
, 1135; , 1140- 1572 pages. Approximately 39 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and minor damages, restored missing parts in first title page and in several leaves. Many Latin inscriptions and owners' inscriptions from various times. Wooden binding covered with ancient leather with renewed back.
Ezrat HaSofer, Tikun Sofrim Vavei Ha’Amudim [Five Books of the Torah, with Haftarot]. With Or Torah glosses by Rabbi Menachem Di Lunzano “It is proper to study and use for copying a Sefer Torah”. Amsterdam, [1767-1769].
The book was intended to be used by scribes as a model for writing a Sefer Torah [according to the custom called Vavei Ha’Amudim, each column of the Sefer Torah starts with the letter Vav]. Printed that year in two editions, this is the edition with vowels, te’amim and numbering of the verses and chapters.
Shirat HaYam was designed according to the manner it is written in a Sefer Torah and therefore it was printed on wider pages folded inside the book.
The leaf before the title page is illustrated in the first volume with the date 1769. The rest of the title pages are dated 1767. Separate title pages for the section of Haftarot in each volume with the date 1778.
This is a slightly different copy from what is listed in the Bibliography Institute. Printed at the end of Devarim are the Leap Year Calendars (separate title page) – calendar leaves for fixing festivals (Hebrew
and Spanish). The book Me'ir Netiv – on the Holy Names and mundane names in a Sefer Torah is also printed at the end of Devarim and not at the beginning of Bereshit [as well as the poems praising the book and its editor]. The Haftarah of Shabbat Eichah is printed with a Spanish translation, verse per verse.
5 volumes, 19 cm. Bereshit: , 65; 26 leaves. Shemot: 66-121; , 28 leaves. Vayikra: 122-163; , 24 leaves. Bamidbar: 164-221; , 16 leaves. Devarim: 222-290,  leaves.  leaves of approbations and the introduction to the first part were mistakenly bound between the page of the haftarot of Sefer Bamidbar.
Fancy set, with original bindings, gilded impressions with the acronyms of the owner's name. Gilded edges. Fabric bookmarks. Most of the leaves are in good condition, few stains. Sefer Bereshit has moisture stains.
Chamisha Chumshei Torah, five Megillot, and Haftarot. Amsterdam, .
Pocket edition. With vowels and te'amim. Inscriptions of the 613 mitzvoth on page margins. Separate title page [with date of year 1747] for section of Haftarot. Glossary of words of Haftarot.
79, 90-106, 97-142, ; 52 leaves. 13 cm. Good condition, stains, moth marks. Ancient leather binding with gilt impression, traces of buckles. Damages and moth damage to binding.
Babylonian Talmud. Complete set. Dyhernfurth. [1800-1804]. Widow and Brothers Maia Printing Press.
12 volumes: 1. Berachot and seder Zeraim. ; 2. Shabbat , Eiruvin ; 3. Pesachim, Beitzah . Chagigah, Moed Katan. . 4. Rosh Hashanah , Yoma, Sukkah, Ta’anit, Shekalim, Megillah . 5. Yevamot , Ketubot , Kidushin ; 6. Gittin, Nedarim, Nazir, Sotah ; 7. Bava Kamma, Bava Metziah ; 8. Bava Batra, Avodah Zarah ; 9. Sanhedrin, Shvuot, Makot, Horayot, Eduyot . 10. Zevachim , Menachot , Bechorot ; 11. Chulin, Erchin, Temurah , Keritot , Me’ilah . 12. Niddah and Seder Taharot .
Signatures, ownership notations, family notations and many scribbles on binding leaves.
37 cm. General condition good-fair. Stains, wear and tear. Original leather bindings, damaged and worn.
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.
Full set of Babylonian Talmud, with all the commentaries, "As printed earlier in Slavita and in Vilna". Reduced format edition (each page of the regular editions is divided into two pages). Lemberg, 1860. Printed by the partners Rabbi Yissachar Beck and Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak Menkish.
Includes Hilchot Rav Alfas, on 17 tractates, (some were bound together with the Talmud and some separately).
Many signatures and ownership inscriptions of Rabbi "Zvi Hirsh [HaCohen] Brecher" from the city of Sloboda.
29 volumes, approximately 21-22 cm. Varying condition, wear, foxing. Original leather adorned bindings, most with new gluing on spine.
Babylonian Talmud. 11 volumes of the edition printed by the Union of Orthodox Jewish Rabbis in the US and Canada (OU). Montreal, 1919-. Photocopy edition of the Vilna Talmud.
Tractates: Shabbat, Eruvin, Gittin, Kiddushin, Bava Metzia, Bava Batra, Sanhedrin, Makot, Shevuot, Chulin, Bechorot, Erchin, Temura, Kritut, Me'ila, Kinim, Tamid, Midot, Nidah, Taharot (two double volumes).
Some of the volumes include printed dedications to donors and contributors to the publishing of this edition.
• Attached is a volume of Tractate Gittin. Published by Va'ad HaHatzala. New York. 1951.
12 volumes. 38 cm. Varied condition. Good-fair.
Talmud Yerushalmi, Seder Nashim, with the Pnei Moshe commentary, by Rabbi Moshe Margaliot. Amsterdam, 1755. First edition of Pnei Moshe on Seder Nashim.
The title page has two signatures of Rabbi "Shazvani Yerushalmi" – Rabbi Shneur Zalman ben Rabbi Nachum Yosef Schneerson (died 1882), great Chabad leader in Hebron and Jerusalem. His mother was the daughter of Rabbi Moshe Schneerson son of the Ba'al HaTanya, author of Nimukei Shazvani (Jerusalem, 1876-1879).
, 40 leaves; 27 leaves; 39 leaves; 19 leaves; 29 leaves; 25 leaves; 23 leaves; 2 leaves. 36 cm. Fair condition, wear, stains and moth holes. Old worn detached binding.
Duo tituli Thalmvdici Sanhedrin et Maccoth, cum excerptis ex utriusque Gemara, versa, & annotationibus, depromtis maximam partem, ex Ebraeorum commentariis. Amsterdam, 1629.
Hebrew text and Latin translation, column opposite column. Notes in Latin, Greek and Hebrew. The Latin translation and the Latin and Greek explanations are by Johann Coch. At the beginning of the book are poems in his honor, and some poems which he wrote, in Hebrew, Greek and Latin.
, 436, , 18.5 cm. Several handwritten glosses (Latin). Stamps. Stains. Non-original binding.
Bava Kama from the Tractate Nezikin, De legibus Ebraeorum forensibus liber singularis. Printed by Lugduni Batavorum, Leiden, 1637.
Hebrew text and Latin translation, column opposite column. The explanations are in Latin with a little Hebrew.
 leaves, 306,  pages, 29 cm. Overall good condition. Few stains. Library stamps. The body of the book, its spine and binding have split into two separate parts (pp. 128-129). Original leather binding, slightly worn.
Full set of the Tur, with Bayit Chadash. Choshen Mishpat also includes Beit Yisrael (Prisha V'Drisha). Frankfurt am Main, 1712-1715. First edition of Prisha V'Drisha on Choshen Mishpat. Approbation by Rabbi Shmuel Shatin – the Maharshashach.
On all title pages appear signatures of Rabbi "Yuzpa Cohen" and signatures of "Shlomo M'Dubno".
Rabbi Shlomo of Dubno (1739-1813), disciple of Rabbi Shlomo of Chelm, author of Mirkavat HaMishna, published many books, both his own and books written by others. Famous for knowledge of the wisdom of scriptures, mesorah and Hebrew grammar. During the time he stayed in Vilna, the Vilna Gaon asked him to investigate the masoret of Nevi'im and Ketuvim (petuchot, setumot chaserot and yeterot) – see testimony of Rabbi Pesach Pinfer of Vilna (in his article in Beit Va'ad LaChachamim, 1902 and in his book Masoret HaTorah V'Hanevi'im, Vilna 1906). He was one of the editors of the "commentary" by Moshe Mendelssohn on Bereshit, but when he realized Mendelssohn's reform intentions, he left him and published Chumashim on his own. He received approbations for publishing these Chumashim from the leading Torah scholars of his times (Rabbi Shmuel Rabbi of Vilna; Rabbi Chaim of Volozhin, Rabbi Zelmele of Volozhin, disciples of the Vilna Gaon; Torah leaders of Vilna, Shklov and Slotzk, the Kloiz in Brod; rabbis of Lvov, Berlin, Frankfurt etc. (The notebook of signatures was publicized by Rabbi Kamenetsky in Yeshurun 8-10, ibid).
Possibly, the signature "Yuzpa Cohen" belongs to Rabbi Yuzpa Cohen, disciple of Chacham Zvi and Rabbi David Oppenheim, whose responsa was printed in Nishal David responsa, Yoreh De'ah Siman 2. [Other Torah scholars in those generations were called Yuzpa Cohen as well, and we have no definite identification].
5 volumes, 32-33 cm. Good to fair condition, stains, wear and moth damage. On one title page, the signatures are hidden under paper pasting. Ancient parchment bindings, varying conditions. Orach Chaim is lacking back cover.
Shulchan Aruch, Part 4 – Choshen Mishpat, with Be'er HaGola by Rabbi Moshe Ravkash. Amsterdam, 1664.
First edition of the famous work by Rabbi Moshe Ravkash, "Be'er HaGola" which reveals the source of the laws and rulings in the Shulchan Aruch.
Rabbi Moshe Ravkash (1600-1684) a renowned Lithuanian Torah scholar, grandfather of the Vilna Gaon. Served as Rabbi of Vilna. In 1655, after Bohdan Khmelnytsky and his Cossacks ravaged Vilna, he escaped the city and reached Amsterdam and Rotterdam. There he was recognized by the Dutch printers Efraim Bo'ino and Ya'akov Castilo and they asked him to proofread the edition of the Shulchan Aruch they were about to publish. Rabbi Moshe's composition Be'er HaGola was attached to this edition printed between 1661-1664 and since then has become one of the most important commentaries on the Shulchan Aruch and is printed in every edition of the Shulchan Aruch until today.
486 leaves. 15 cm. Stains. Moth damage. Loose leaves. Leather binding, damages. Gilt impression of decorations and owner's name: "Refael Nissim Toronto", with the year"5630" . Later signature in pen.
Darkei No'am responsa, Rabbi Mordechai HaLevi Av Beit Din in Egypt. With a pamphlet written by his son Rabbi Avraham HaLevi. Venice, 1697. First edition. Bragadin printing. On verso of title page is an illustration of Tzurat HaBayit. On the leaf before title page is a signed ownership inscription, handwritten at time of printing: "I bought this from Rabbi Ya'akov of Lublin, Avraham Tiktin".
282, 41 leaves. 29 cm. Good condition, stains and minor damage, detached title page, parchment binding torn and damaged.
• Nodah B'Yehuda, responsa of Rabbi Yechezkel HaLevi Landau. Parts 1-2. Prague, 1776. First edition of "Mahadura Kama", published in the author's lifetime.
• Nodah B'Yehuda, "Mahadura Tanina", Parts 1-2, Prague, 1811.
Both volumes include stamps and signatures of Rabbi Yitzchak Meir, son of Rabbi Yeshaya Segal
Prives of Warsaw [a wealthy leader of the Chassidic Warsaw community].
Two volumes: , 86, ; , 157 leaves; , 2-161, 163-170; , 169, 150-159,  leaves. 32-32.5 cm. Good condition, wear and stains. Few glosses,
half-leather worn bindings.
Pe'at HaShulchan, laws pertaining to Eretz Israel. By Rabbi Yisrael of Shklov, disciple of the Vilna Gaon. Safed, 1836. First edition. Printed by Yisrael Beck.
, 2-109,  leaves. 30 cm. Light-colored high-quality paper, good-fair condition, restored damages to title page. Stains, slight wear and moth damage. Lightly worn binding.
One of the last books printed in Safed before the earthquake in 1837 (thereafter the author and the printer moved to Jerusalem after losing most of their family and property in the quake). The last leaf, "Listing of mistakes and corrections" is rare and does not appear in some copies.
Machzor, Part One – Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. Ashkenazi version. Slavita, 1832. Printing press of Rabbi Shmuel Avraham Shapira – son of Rabbi of Slavita.
Part of lettering of title page in red ink. Old signatures: "Moshe [ben Aharon] Levinsky".
, 84, 83- 86, 89-164 leaves. 25 cm. Printed upon partly bluish paper. Varying conditions, good to fair, last leaves are slightly damaged, stains and wear. Ancient leather binding, detached and damaged.
Kutnot Or, Ein Ya'akov, Part 1. Slavita, , printed by Rabbi Moshe Shapira.
Approbations: Rebbe Avraham Yehoshua of Apta. Rabbi Yisrael ben Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdychiv, Rabbi Mordechai ben Rabbi Pinchas of Korets (Koritz) [brother of Rabbi Moshe Shapira Rabbi of Slavita] and Rabbi Chaim Mordechai Margaliot of Dubna.
 272,  leaves. 21 cm. Good-fair condition, pastings on title page. Stains and wear. Ancient leather binding, adorned and worn.
Hilchot Rav Alfas, section I (Berachot, Shabbat, Eruvin). Section III (Yevamot, Ketubot, Gittin, Kidushin). Section IV (Bava Kama, Bava Metzia, Bava Batra). Section V (Sanhedrin, Shavuot, Avodah Zarah, Chulin, Sha’arei Shvuot). Slavita, 1807-1810. Printing press of Dov Ber Segal and Dov Ber son of Pesach [approbations were given to Rabbi Moshe Shapira who was actual owner of the printing press in Slavita].
Approbations: Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev, Rabbi Aryeh Leib Halevi of Zbaraż Av Beit Din in Valtshisk, Rabbi Yosef of Kasantin and Rabbi Yisrael of Rivne.
4 volumes, approx. 34 cm. Blue paper, varying conditions; majority of leaves in good condition, some containing may moth stains. Magnificent new half-leather bindings.
Tractate Megillah, with Rashi and Tosfot and Torah Or and Ein Mishpat, with the addition of glosses by R' Yeshaya Berlin. Chiddushei Hilchot Maharsha at the end of the tractate. Slavita, 1822, printed by Rabbi Moshe Shapira.
Small format edition (for travel), each two pages are the size of one page of the regular editions.
Signatures and ownership inscriptions: "Zvi Hirsh [Sht]tlman"; "Moshe Shtetlman"; "Shlomo Teitelbaum".
, 33-34 leaves. 22 cm. Good-fair condition, use stains. Moth damage. Old binding with leather spine.
Kitvei Kodesh, Part 5. Tehillim and Mishlei, with Rashi, Metzudot and Ivri-teitch. Zhitomir, 1856. Printed by Rabbi Aryeh Leib Shapira.
, 172 leaves. 34.5 cm. Dark paper, good-fair condition, stains, minor wear and moth damages. Original leather binding, adorned and slightly damaged.
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.
Tehillim, in large letters, with Ivri Teitch commentary. Zhitomir, [1857?]. Printed by Rabbi Aryeh Leib Shapira.
The Book of Psalms is complete including all the Yehi Ratzon prayers, without Seder Ma'amadot mentioned on the title page. 174 pages, 23 cm. Fair condition, wear and tear, stains. Leaves cut close to text border. Unbound.
This book is similar to the Books of Psalms printed in Zhitomir together with the siddur Korban Minchah, but in most of the Zhitomir Korban Minchah siddurim, the leaves of the Book of Psalms start on Page 231. In this book, the Psalms start at Page 2, an indication that it may have been printed separately.
Machzor according to the Raseiniai, Lithuania, Polish, Bohemia and Moravia custom, with commentaries (by Rabbi Moshe Shadil) and Ivri-Teitch. Zhitomir, 1853. Printed by Rabbi Chanina Lipa and Rabbi Yehoshua Heshel Shapira.
, 332 pages (leaves numbered with letters: , 10, 10-163 leaves). 25.5 cm, fair-poor condition, wear and stains. Fungus stains and moth damage. Several leaves have wear damage with lack. Torn detached binding.
Printed in this edition of Zhitomir 1853 are special censor errors, for example in the Aleinu LeShabeach prayer after Mussaf: "Who did not make us like idol-worshipers and has not placed us like their families" and other new changes. See the article written A.M. Haberman: Areshet, 4, 1966, p. 154.
Machzor for the three Festivals, according to the custom of Raseiniai, Lithuania, Poland, Bohemia and Moravia. Zhitomir, 1858. Printed by Rabbi Chanina Lipa and Rabbi Yehoshua Heshel Shapira.
304 pages. 29 cm. Fair condition. Wear and stains. Moth holes. Original leather binding, worn and torn
Seder Tikun Leil Shavuot and Hoshana Rabbah. Zhitomir, 1857. Printing press of Rabbi Chanina Lipa and Rabbi Yehoshua Heshel Shapira.
336 pages, 21.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Professionally restored moth damage. New binding.
Seder Tikun Leil Shavu’ot and Hosha'ana Raba. Zhitomir, , printed by Rabbi Chanina Lipa and Rabbi Yehoshua Heshel Shapira, grandsons of the Rabbi of Slavita.
Two title pages. 336 pages. 22 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, wear and tear, several pencil inscriptions. Leather binding, detached and damaged.
Collection of books printed by the partners Rabbi Chanina Lipa and Rabbi Yehoshua Heshel Shapira, grandsons of the Rabbi of Slavita.
• Or Zarua by Rabbi Yitzchak ben Moshe of Vienna. Parts 1-2, Zhitomir, 1862.
• Hilchot Rav Alfas, Part 2. Zhitomir, 1862. Original adorned leather binding (slightly damaged).
• Meginei Eretz, Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim, with the original front covers bound in (including a separate cover for Pri Megadim and Machatzit HaShekel). Zhitomir, 1861. On the covers appear dates from 1862-1863. Original leather binding.
• Torat Cohanim, Shulchan Aruch Choshen Mishpat, Part 1. Zhitomir, .
4 books, 36-37.5 cm. Varied condition, good.
Yesod Yitzchak, kabalistic and Chassidic interpretations of matters pertaining to circumcision. Halichot Olam, customs and segulot. Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac HaLevi Mazarowitz [author of Raza MeHeimna and Otiot D'Rabbi Yitzchak]. Zhovkva, 1810. First edition.
Many approbations by leading Torah scholars: Rabbi Meir [Kristinpoller] of Brad; Rabbi Ya'akov Orenstein of Lvov, author of Yeshuot Ya'akov; Rabbi Efraim Margaliot of Brad; Rabbi Moshe Shapira of Zaliztsi; Rabbi Aryeh Leib HaCohen of Stryy, author of Ketzot HaChoshen; etc.
On Leaves 41-47 is a kuntress of what to study the night before circumcision called "Vach-Nacht" [compilations from the Zohar].
The author Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac HaLevi (1735-1783), mekubal and hidden tzaddik among the lamed-vav (36) tzaddikim in the Ba'al Shem Tov's generation and teacher of Rabbi Moshe Teitelbaum, author of Yismach Moshe. Served as Shochet and Bodek and teacher in the village of Zhuravichi, hid his holy ways so much that many thought he lost his mind, was unlearned and uncouth. At nights, he would toil in prayer and kabbalah and write his books. The Ba'al Shem Tov would travel to discuss secret matters with him. When his greatness and holiness became famous, masses thronged to him leading him to wander from his home. During his travels he died in the city of Przemyśl. The story about him is told that when yet healthy and well he sent his wife to call the Chevra Kadisha and told them that the time had come for him to die and asked them to copy his many kabalistic writings before dressing him in his shrouds until they see his face burn like a torch. 100 Torah scholars copied his writings until they saw his face change and the box of writings close on its own, they then buried him and eulogized him fittingly. The copies were buried in his holy grave but his manuscripts reached the Maggid of Kremnitz Rabbi Ya’akov Yisrael HaLevi, who printed the books Raza MeHeimna (Lvov, 1791), Otiot D’Rabbi Yitzchak (Zhovkva, 1801) and Yesod Yitzchak to print.
 69 leaves. 21.5 cm. Thick paper, good condition, use stains, few restored damages. New binding.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 233.
Or Pnei Moshe, on the Torah and Megillot, by Rabbi Moshe Sofer Stam of Przeworsk . Mezhirichi, 1810. First edition.
Many approbations by Chassidic leaders of those times: Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdychiv, Rabbi Yisrael of Kozienice, Rabbi Ya'akov Yitzchak The Chozeh of Lublin [who writes in his approbation of the author's greatness. "I know him because in my youth I would obey him and I drank from his pleasant waters, and I know that he conducted all his affairs for the sake of Heaven and to give spiritual satisfaction to G-d. He reached such a level, Rabbi Moshe Alshich would appear to him…"], Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Rimanov, Rabbi Avraham Yehoshua Heshel of Apta, Rabbi Chaim of Batishan [author of Be'er Mayim Chaim], etc.
On the title page are ownership inscriptions by two writers: "The Rabbi of Nashc—"; "This belongs to Rabbi Yisrael Leib[sh] son of the renowned rabbi".
, 240 leaves. Approximately 21 cm. Greenish paper, fair condition, stains and wear damage, (damage to text on leaf corners). Leather and fabric binding.
Stefansky Chassidut no. 32. Lacking the two leaves of additional approbations (in small letters), added after printing to some copies.
Order of prayer for entire year with intentions of Rabbi Yitzchak Luria (the Arizal), section I (for weekdays). By Rabbi Shabtai of Raşcov. [Korets, 1794].
Sephardic version prayer book (Chassidic Ashkenaz) with intentions of the Ari, based upon the manuscript Siddur of Rabbi Shabtai of Raşcov and Siddur of Rabbi Asher Margaliot disciple of Ba’al Shem Tov which was printed in Lvov in 1788. This edition received approval of Rabbi Zusha of Hanipol and other great rabbis of that generation of inception of Chassidism. This edition contains unique additions and prayer customs by the Ba’al Shem Tov, which were printed for the first time in this edition.
Incomplete copy: contains leaves 7-263 only. (Section I missing 8 leaves at beginning. Originally all sections printed together: II, 263 leaves; , 261-344; 62; 99 leaves]. 18.5 cm. Fair condition, stains and extensive wear, moth damage. Damage and missing text. Damaged and worn binding, glued with fabric glue. Additional leaves, with notations and signatures in Oriental handwriting (Persia?).
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 412.
Sefer Likutim Yekarim, from the Ba'al Shem Tov and Chassidic leaders. [Ostroh?, c. 1820?]. With new additions not printed in earlier editions.
Stamp of Rabbi "Avraham son of the famous tzaddik Rabbi Uri…grandson of the holy renowned rebbes of Stretin". Rabbi Avraham Brandwein of Stretin-Haifa, son of Rebbe Uri Brandwein of Yezupil (Azipoli). Served as rebbe of Piatra Neamţ in Romania and was very active during the Holocaust in assisting refugees who arrived from Poland. After the Holocaust, he ascended to Haifa where he established his Beit Midrash. Died in 1973.
37, 39-42 leaves. 22.5 cm. Good-fair condition, minor wear damages. Detached leaves, torn lacking binding.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 304. For place and date of printing see: Y. Yudlov, Ginzei Yisrael, no. 1155. Ibid: "We doubt whether the book was printed there [in Ostroh] and if it was printed on that date". The place and date suggested there are: Zhovkva?, c. 1800. [In our estimation, the book was printed in Lemberg or Zhovkva c. 1820-1830].
Binat Moshe, by the Magid Rabbi Moshe Elyakim Beriya of Kozienice, son of the Magid Yisrael Hofstein of Kozienice. Kraków, 1888.
Self-dedication on title page: "Shmuel Zanvil son of Baruch Avraham of Bardejov son-in-law of the author of this holy book and son-in-law of the author of No'am Elimelech…".
Rabbi Shmuel Zanvil of Bardejov , son of Rabbi Baruch Avraham Bindiger Rabbi of Hanusovce [wonder-worker, disciple of the Magid of Kozienice , Rabbi Naftali Zvi of Rupshitz and an outstanding disciple of Rabbi Chaim of Sanz [see Encyclopedia L'Chassidut Vol. 1 p. 387]. Rabbi Shmuel Zanvil's first marriage was to the daughter of Rabbi Naftali of Lizhensk, grandson of Rabbi Elimelech of Lizhensk, author of Noam Elimelech [interesting to note that in this item he writes that he is the son-in-law of the author of Noam Elimelech]. By second marriage, he was the son-in-law of the author Rabbi Moshe Elyakim Beriya of Kozienice . As written in his introduction which was printed at the beginning of this book, he dwelled in Safed at the time the book was printed and he gave the publisher his father-in-law's writings to publish.
, 48 leaves. 21 cm. Good condition, stains and slight wear. Damage to binding.
Raziel HaMalach, attributed to Adam. Warsaw, .
With approbation by Rabbi Yisrael Hofstein – the Magid of Kozienice, who gave the printer his glosses for the book as he writes in his approbation: "And I gave him also some things that are written on the book sheets, which G-d graced me with, some glosses and a few novellae". These glosses were printed only in this edition.
Signatures "…Feivel son of Rabbi M. Yosef Lifshitz", "A gift from G-d… Shimon Weiner from Csongrád and its region" – signature of Rabbi Shimon Weiner (1769-1878), a leading disciple of the Chatam Sofer, Rabbi in Csongrád and afterward in Lovasberény (see item no.127), another inscription that he owns the book (his son's handwriting).
51 leaves.22 cm. Good condition, stains. Damages to binding.
Sidduro Shel Shabbat, about the holiness of Shabbat according to Chassidic thought, by Rebbe Chaim ben Shlomo of Chernivtsi. Parts 1-2. Poryck, .
4, 70; 46,  leaves. 22 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and moth damage. Old binding, slightly worn.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 424. Two editions of this book were published in Poryck: in 1817 and in 1818. This is the first of the two editions. Vinograd, Poryck 44.
Megale Amukot, 252 ways to understand Moshe Rabbeinu's prayer. By Rabbi Natan Shapira Av Beit Din of Krakow. Lemberg, 1858. Bound with Regel Yeshara, Kabalistic ideas and topics according to alphabetical order. By Rebbe Zvi Elimelech Av Beit Din of Dinow, author of Bnei Yissachar. Lemberg, . First edition.
Stamps of the Rebbe of Vishiva-Vizhnitz Rabbi Chaim Yehuda Meir Hager (1912-1969). And signature "Meir" in the handwriting of his grandfather Rabbi Chaim Yehuda "Meir" Chodrov of Berdychiv [son-in-law of Rebbe David of Tolna and father-in-law of Rebbe Moshe Dan of Skvira].
55,  leaves; 47,  leaves. Approximately 25 cm. Part of the paper is blue. Fair condition, wear and moth damage. Torn binding.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 534.
Bat Ayin on the Torah, by Rebbe Avraham Dov of Ovruch and Safed. Zhitomir, 1869. Printed by Rabbi Avraham Shalom Shadov.
Approbations from Rebbe Aharon of Chernobyl who blesses the publisher and those who purchase the book: "And I bless him and every person that buys this book for its full price, that they should see good reward in their toils, and G-d should shine His light upon them that they should merit… all types of good, Amen". Also an approbation by Rabbi Ya'akov Yisrael of Cherkasy who blesses those who buy the book "And the merit of the holy rabbi should stand for them and for their children that they should be successful in all their endeavors in spiritual and material matters, with children, life and plenty".
This book was first printed in Jerusalem in 1847, according to a copy of a manuscript written by one of the disciples of Rabbi Yisrael of Fălticeni. In 1850, the book was reprinted in Zhitomir according to the manuscript of Rabbi Meshulam Zussman of Zhitomir, a different disciple of the Rabbi of Ovruch. This edition has many additions to the Jerusalem edition and many changes of content and style. The edition presented here is the third edition, printed by Rabbi Aryeh Leib Rabbi in Zhitomir, son of Rabbi Meshulam Zussman, who wrote the edition printed in Zhitomir. It is based on the 1850 Zhitomir edition with the addition of the introduction and approbations mentioned above.
, 138 leaves. 20.5 cm. High-quality paper, minor damage and many stains, mildew marks, primarily to binding. Old binding with leather back.
V'Heye Bracha, on Mishnayot Brachot and Tosefta. By Rebbe Zvi Elimelech Shapira of Dynów, author of Bnei Yissaschar. Przemyśl, 1872. With the book Magid Ta'aluma, on Tractate Brachot of the Babylonian Talmud, by Rabbi Zvi Elimelech Shapira of Dynów. Przemyśl, 1876.
The date on the title page of the first book is 1872, but the book was actually printed in 1875 or 1876. The title page of this book is forged and contains intentional misleading errors: First, the real identity of the author is omitted and written instead on the title page is the name of a disciple of the Bayit Chadash: "Rabbi Zvi disciple of the rabbi author of Bayit Chadash". Moreover, written on the title page is that the book had been printed for the first time in Krakow in 1746. Furthermore, the printer of this forgery omitted from this copy the approbations given for this book in 1874-1875. The reason for this falsification is obscure.
37; , 114 leaves. 30 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Wear to several leaves. The first title page is detached and slightly torn. Damaged binding.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 190.
This title page is rare and not listed in the Bibliography Institute. A similar forgery was performed to some copies of the book Magid Ta’aluma. See ibid. Listing 000171581.
Tehillim with the Tefillah L'Moshe commentary, by Rebbe Moshe Teitelbaum, author of Yishmach Moshe. Szolyva, 1906. Second edition with appendixes.
Many stamps of Rabbi "Shraga Feibush Ashkenazi of Safed", and stamps for inscribing the birthday of his son "Efraim Yosef Dov on the 12th of Kislev 1911".
Rabbi Shraga Feibush Ashkenazi – grandson of
Rabbi Yoel Ashkenazi of Zlotshov, son-in-law of the Kedushat Yom Tov, arrived in Hungary from Safed. Following the counsel of the Plontcher Rebbe, he became a close follower of the rebbe’s son-in-law Rabbi Yoel Teitelbaum of Satmar [who was also his relative], and served him for 27 years. Was murdered in the Holocaust in 1944.
His son, Rabbi Ephraim Yosef Dov Ashkenazi, (1911-2002), the Meshamesh BaKodesh and companion of the Rebbe for 60 years, assisted him in all matters. Rabbi Yosef Ashkenazi himself was a holy person, a G-d fearing Chassid and outstanding Torah scholar. Edited and published the Satmar Rebbe’s books in Halacha and Agadah. [See introduction of Divrei Yoel Responsa].
, 4-354 leaves. 21.5 cm. Brittle paper, most leaves are in good condition, tears and stains. Damaged binding.
Chidushei Maharsha on the Torah, Kopyl, . Approbations by Rabbi Ze'ev Wolf of Chërny Ostrov, (also served as Rabbi of Kopyl) and Rabbi Asher Zvi of Ostroh (author of Ma'ayan HaBracha).
82 leaves, 21.5 cm. Varied condition, stains and wear. Title page worn and restored. Ancient ownership stamps: "Yisrael Leib ben Yosef". Attractive leather binding.
Rare, one of the only two books printed in Kopyl.
Tur Orach Chaim, with Bach [Bayit Chadash]. Medzhibozh, . Approbation of Rabbi Avraham Yehoshua Heshel Rabbi of Apta and Medzhibozh.
Signatures and ownership inscriptions: "Yosef son of the late Rabbi Pinchas"; "Gavriel HaLevi Hillman".
,  leaves. 34.5 cm. Greenish paper, good-fair condition, stains and wear. Minor moth marks. Worn binding.
Five books of Torah, with Or HaChaim, Be'er Mayim Chaim and Yeshu'ot Ya'akov. Seder HaTefillot (Nusach Sefarad – Chassidic). Lemberg, 1872. Two title pages, first title page "letters like Zhitomir" with the word Zhitomir bold. Printed by Avraham Yosef Segal.
5 volumes: (Most leaves unpaginated). Approximately 21 cm. Good-fair condition, wear, stains and minor tears. Few moth damages. Semi-leather elaborate bindings, impressed with ownership name: "Aharon ben Shlomo Araki Cohen".
Rare. Noted in the Bibliography Institute CD Listing 0324022 that they have not seen the rest of the volumes except for Shemot.
"Woe be to us, the crown of our heads has fallen", eulogy for Rebbe Avraham Mordechai Alter, author of Imrei Emet of Gur. Typewritten, stencil copied booklet. Published by Mercaz Po'alei Agudat Yisrael in Poland. Lodz, [1948?].
28 leaves. Printed on one side. Colored cardboard binding. 20 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Inscriptions on several leaves. Damages to binding.
Not listed in Bibliography Institute CD.
• Noam Elimelech on the Torah. Rabbi Elimelech of Leżajsk (Lizhansk), Lemberg, 1858.
70 leaves. 23.5cm. Bluish paper, good-fair condition, wear and minor tears. Stains. Torn and lacking binding.
• Noam Elimelech, Mukachevo, 1940. Approbations of Rabbi Yechezkel of Sieniawa and his brother Rabbi Shalom Eliezer Halberstam of Ratzfert.
, 98 leaves, 26.5 cm. Good condition, partially printed on high-quality paper. Original binding.
Opening price: $250
For a complete list see Hebrew description.
7 books, varied size and condition. Four books have varied bindings.
Commentary on the Torah by Rabbi Moshe ben Nachman – the Ramban. [Pesaro, 1514. Printer: Gershom Soncino].
Missing leaves at the beginning and the end.  leaves. Lacking: five leaves at the beginning of the book and four leaves at the end. These leaves have been replaced with photocopies. One leaf is partially missing. 26 cm. Fair-good condition, stains and moisture marks, moth damage and tears. New binding.
Derech Emuna, philosophical investigations of faith. Rabbi Avraham ben Rabbi Shem Tov Ben-Bivgi. [Constantinople], 1521. First edition. Many glosses and inscriptions in ancient Oriental handwriting.
 leaves. 26.5 cm. Good-varying condition, stains and minor damages. Restored damages to last leaf.
Colophon on last page: "This book has been completely printed in Cheshvan 1521".
Chiddushei Gittin by the Rashba. [Venice]. 1523. Daniel Bomberg printing press.
133 leaves. 24 cm. Good condition. The book leaves were rinsed and the moth damages were professionally restored. Ownership inscriptions and stamp. New binding.
Printed simultaneously with three other books: Chiddushei Brachot and Chiddushei Chulin of the Rashba and Chiddushei Bava Batra by the Ramban. These four books are called "Chiddushei Arba Shitot L'HaRashba V'Ramban". See next item.
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
Sefer HaShorashim, Volume 2 of an entire work written by Rabbi David Kimchi [Radak]. Venice . Daniel Bomberg printing.
On the title page and the last leaf appear signatures and ownership inscriptions ["…Elya Ashkenazi", "Afterward, I bought it Yosef Baruch Latini from Menachem Ashkenazi his son"].
 pages, 5-570 columns,  pages. 29 cm. Good condition. Stains, moisture marks. Title page and last leaf restored with glued paper. Colored edges. Left margins cut close to the text. Leather binding, damaged.
Rabbeinu Bechaye, commentary on the Torah. [Pesaro, 1514/1517. Printed by Gershom Soncino].
Damaged copy. Without title page. Missing several leaves at beginning and end. 28 cm. Poor condition. Tears and severe moth damage.
Sefer Kol Bo. Venice, . Marco Antonio Giustiniani printing press. Sefer "Kol Bo" is a Halachic compendium. Scholars are still debating the identity of the author. Ancient ownership inscriptions.
4; 158 leaves. 30 cm. Fair-good condition, stains. Title page and last leaf were restored with glued paper. Ancient leather binding, damaged.
Rabbi Levi ben Gershom [Ralbag], commentary on the Torah explaining matters of the weekly portion, with explanation of words and the lessons we learn. Venice, 1547. Printed by Daniel Bomberg. Ownership inscriptions and signatures in ancient handwriting: "Inherited from my father, Nathan ben Meir Ottoleng[-]".
The Torah genius Chassid Rabbi Nathan Ottolengo, a leading Torah scholar in Italy in the mid-1500s, head of the yeshiva in Conegliano and Rabbi of Lodi, ascended to Eretz Israel at the end of his days. Mentioned in the writings of Rabbi Yehuda Aryeh of Modena, [see enclosed material].
6, 9-248 leaves. 31 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and wear. Worn velvet binding.
Toldot Adam V'Chava – Sefer Mesharim, by Rabbeinu Yerucham. Venice, 1553. Bragadin printing. Second edition. Separate title page for Sefer Mesharim.
Signatures and ownership inscriptions in Oriental handwriting: "Shlomo ben Shmuel Florentin" [Thessaloniki rabbi] and ownership stamps.
16, 13-238, 2-104 leaves. 29 cm. Good-fair condition. Moth damages and stains. Copy composed of two copies. Fancy leather binding.
"Responsa by Rabbi Elya [!] Mizrachi and rabbis of Spain, France and Germany who lived in the time of the Rabbi and a few of the halachot which were discussed in his yeshiva". Constantinople, [1559-1561]. Printed by Shlomo Ya'avetz. First edition.
This book is one of the basic books of responsa and in addition to the responsa of Rabbi Eliyahu Mizrachi (the Re'em) the book also includes responsa from the Torah scholars of his generation, such as Rabbi Tam ebn Yechiya, Rabbi Elya HaLevi, Rabbi Moshe Elshakar, Rabbi Ya'akov ebn Chaviv and many others.
The printing of the book began in the month of Tishrei 1560 as written on the title page, and was finished in the month of Sivan 1561. Leaves 109-110 were omitted from this copy as from most copies of this book [with the first part of Responsum 66: "The ruling that Rabbi Elya Mizrachi sent in Kendia for his son Rabbi Gershon" where he was slandered "that he converted from Judaism and remained in "shmad" for four years"].
94, 91-106, , 111-118,  leaves, total of  leaves. 28 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Restored tears to title page. Ownership inscriptions, short glosses and marks to book leaves. Leather binding, slightly damaged.
Cuzari, "By the Chaver R' Yitzchak HaSangeri… written in Arabic… Rabbi Yehuda HaLevi", with the Kol Yehuda commentary by Rabbi Yehuda Muskato. Venice, .
First edition of the Kol Yehuda commentary.
299 leaves. 19.5 cm. Good condition. Stains, few moth holes. The last leaf has an ownership signature in Italian handwriting: "Yitzchak Galiko". Ancient leather binding, slightly worn
Responsa of Rabbi Shmuel di Medina [Maharshadam], Vol. 1 – Tur Orach Chaim and Yoreh Deah. Thessaloniki, . Printed by Avraham Yosef MiGeza Bat-Sheva.
Owner's signature on title page: "To serve my Creator Yedidya ben R' Ye'uda Russo" [The Russo family was an important family in the Greek and Italian communities. Some of their sons served in the rabbinate – see enclosed material]. Several glosses, apparently by Rabbi Yedidya. Two are long and one he opens with: "I have seen in Thessaloniki …". In the other gloss he writes: "And from this I have ruled halacha l'ma'aseh…".
16; 21; 168 leaves (Leaf 33 and Leaf 36 of the third numbering are lacking and replaced with handwritten copies). [The leaf of "List of Mistakes" with a poem on the conclusion of printing belong to the volume of Choshen Mishpat but were mistakenly bound here]. 29 cm. Fair-good condition. Stains, moth damage. Antique wooden binding (damaged), metal clasps (one is damaged).
Siftei Cohen, kabbalistic explanations and gematriot on the Torah, by Rabbi Mordechai HaCohen of Safed and Aleppo, student of Rabbi Yisrael di Curiel. Printed at the end of each weekly portion are gematriot, attributed to Rabbi Shimshon of Kotzi. Venice, 1605. Printed by Daniel Zanetti. Illustrated title page.
Ownership inscription to "the heirs of the late… Rabbi Moshe HaCohen". Several short handwritten glosses. Mispaginated  leaves. 29 cm. Fair condition, moth damages, stains and wear. Ancient parchment binding, stained.
Torat Emet, responsa of Mahara Sasson, by Rabbi Aharon Sassoon. Venice, 1626. First edition.
In Siman 30 are several scholarly glosses in Ashkenazi handwriting from the 18th/19th century.
116, 119-,  leaves. 28 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and minor damages. Damaged binding.
Happy is the man who fears G-d – Amudei Shlomo, commentary by Rabbi Shlomo Luria [the Maharshal] on Sefer Mitzvot Gadol by Rabbi Moshe of Coucy. Basel, . Printed by Conrad Walkilch.
Ancient owners' signatures [most erased with quill crossings]: "Written on Monday in the year…" .
Lacking copy. 115 leaves [without the second count of pages: 49 leaves, including the part of the book on positive mitzvot]. 18 cm. Cutoff margins. Good condition, stains. Several loose leaves. Colorful edges. Damaged and detached binding.
• Sefer HaHarkava, by the linguist Rabbi Eliyahu Bachur. Venice, 1546. Printed by Daniel Bomberg.
43 leaves (last leaf missing). 14 cm. Without Pirkei Eliyahu which had been added to some copies. Good-fair condition. Stains, tears to several leaves. Old binding.
• Sefer Midbar Yehuda, homiletics by Rabbi Yehuda Aryeh of Modena. Part 1. Venice, . Printed by Daniel Zanetti. Signatures in Italian handwriting: "Purchased by Benayahu ben Hoshaya from the Baruch family...", "Purchased by Yosef of the Baruch ben Benayahu family… Rosh Chodesh Kislev 1677…".
104 leaves. 19.5 cm. Fair condition. Title page torn and partially missing. Stains and wear. Without binding.
Kenaf Renanim, songs, bakashot and piyutim for various occasions, with commentary. Rabbi Yosef Yedidya Karmi. [Venice, 1626].
This book was at the focus of a polemic, when the brother-in-law of the author, Rabbi Aharon Brachya of Modena, author of Ma'avar Yabok opposed its printing. Written at the beginning of the book, after the approbations, "After these things, a young Rabbi thought to be stringent concerning the printing of the book… and his opinion and the author's opinion came before the Rabbis in their city and so the Rabbis decreed". At the beginning, the author lengthily responds to the claims against his book. His response is signed by Italian Torah scholars [see: M. Benayahu, Copyright, Authorization and Imprimatur for Hebrew Books Printed in Venice, Jerusalem 1971, pp. 103-105].
2-3, 5-12 leaves  leaves. Missing Leaf 4, without  other leaves at end which exist in some copies. Title leaf detached and partially missing, glued on paper for reinforcement. Good condition. Stains. Colored edges. Detached and damaged binding.
Pitron Chalomot, by Rabbi Shlomo Almoli [expelled from Spain and sage in Constantinople and Thessaloniki]. Amsterdam, 1637. Printed by Menashe ben Yisrael.
"Reprinted now by the order of the complete Chacham… Yitzchak Montalto son of the outstanding Chacham G-dly philosopher Rabbi Eliyahu Montalto, counsel and doctor of King Louie the XIII…King of France and of the Queen his mother, Her Majesty".
The composition was first printed in Constantinople in 1615 named Mefasher Cholmin, and it was divided into three parts: the first is a study of "understanding the dream's subjects". The second part is practical guidance to interpreting dreams according to Chazal sources, compositions attributed to Rabbi Hai Gaon and Rashi and non-Jewish sources. The third part is composed of halachic matters connected to dreams.
63 leaves. 14.5 cm. Overall good condition, stains. Tears to several pages. Restorations on several leaves (minor damage to text). Handwritten gloss and inscriptions. New binding.
• Leaf from the Ramban's commentary on the Torah. [Naples, 1490. Printed by Joseph ben Jacob Ashkenazi Gunzenhauser]. • Leaves from Tractate Kiddushin, from the first edition of the Babylonian Talmud printed by Daniel Bomberg in Venice, 1521. Leaves 17-24, 33-40. Inscriptions and glosses in ancient handwriting. • Leaves from Tractate Avot with Rashi and Rambam commentary. [Mantua,1560].Leaves 67-88. • Leaves of indexes to Arba Turim, [Venice, 1574]. Printed by Bomberg.  leaves. (On last leaf are words of conclusion by the proofreader, R' Yichye ben Rabbi Avraham Ebn Chamu).
Varied size and condition.
Conciliador [conciliator], by Rabbi Menashe ben Yisrael. Three parts [1-3] in three volumes. Frankfurt – Amsterdam, [1633-1650]. Part 1 is in Latin, 2 and 3 are in Spanish.
The composition Conciliator which was written by Menashe ben Yisrael was one of his greatest achievements. This work which he wrote in Spanish was primarily intended for Christian learned and religious people, to enable them to understand Judaism according to verses in the Bible and the explanation of sections which seem contradictory. Moreover, the composition was intended to strengthen the faith and the principles of Judaism in the midst of the Anusim. The book was highly successful and was translated into several languages and spread the name of Menashe ben Yisrael in the midst of non-Jewish scholars and honoraries.
Three volumes, approximately 19 cm. Overall good condition.
Tomer Devorah, "Important composition by the Rabbi the G-dly Mekubal" Rabbi Moshe Cordovero – the Ramak. Mantua, 1623. Printed by Yehuda Shmuel MiPrusha and his son Yehoshua.
19 leaves. 15 cm. Fair condition, stains and wear. Bristol cover.
Sefer HaKavanot, Kavanot Ha'Ari. Rabbi Moshe Trinky. [Venice, 1620]. Handwritten corrections on the book sheets .
First Sefer HaKavanot printed from the Kabalistic teachings of the Arizal. On the last page is a colophon: "The work was completed on Tuesday, the 5th of Av 1620, the same time the Rabbi… G-dly Mekubal Chaim Vital died". [Rabbi Chaim Vital died on the 30th of Nissan, 1620].
(Lacking title page) 2-65,  leaves. 19.5 cm. Poor condition. Moth damage, stains and wear. Unbound.
Asara Ma'amarot, by the Rama M'Pano, with the Yo'el Moshe commentary. Amsterdam, 1649.
Dozens of cabbalistic glosses, in Oriental Rashi script. Some are signed with the initials of "HaTza'ir Mula ben Ya'akov". The writer mentions his father's thoughts in the glosses. Signatures and various ownership inscriptions.
156 leaves (originally: 158 leaves, lacking 2 leaves from the index). 19 cm. Fair condition, wear and stains. (Leaves 49-53 are before Leaf 45, but were also replaced in their correct place in handsome ancient handwriting). Ancient worn leather binding.
VaYakhel Moshe, "True cabbalistic topics from the Ari's wisdom" and excerpts from the Zohar. Rabbi Moshe ben Menachem (Graff) of Prague. Dessau, 1698. First edition with approbations by leading Torah scholars of those times, Rabbi David Oppenheim and Rabbi Samson Wertheimer of Vienna, and others.
Cabbalistic illustrations. In the middle of "Adam D'Atzilut" appears an illustrated "Ilan Hazaken HaKodesh".
14; 58 leaves. 18.5 cm. Good-fair condition, wear and moth damages. Leaves are cut with damage to several titles and to the edge of the "Ilan" text. Ancient worn binding.
Variant, typographic changes to layout of the approbations and the text of the titles. See Bibliography Institute CD Listing 0177430.
Mekor Chochmah, cabbalistic commentary on the Torah. Rabbi Yissachar Ber of Kremenets. Berlin, 1711. Second edition. Bound with: Pitchei Yah, cabbalistic topics and an illustration of the ten sefirot. By Rabbi Yissachar Ber of Kremenets. Berlin, 1711. Second edition.
On the title page of Mekor Chochmah is an ownership inscription stating that the book belongs to Rabbi Leibush Berin-Stein [from Lvov – See Item 308], and Pitchei Yah has an ownership inscription that the book belongs to Rabbi Avraham Hirsh. On the cover leaf appears a handwritten copy of approbations from the first edition.
28 leaves; 11 leaves. 18.5 cm. Good-fair condition, wear and moth marks. Worn binding.
Raziel HaMalach "This is the book of Adam HaRishon given to him by Raziel HaMalach". Kabbalah and segulot. Kopys, . Printed by Rabbi Yisrael Yaffe. Many cabbalistic illustrations.
Various ancient signatures: "Shlomo Zalman ben Gershon called ---" etc.
Long glosses on cabbalistic matters and explanations of this book, signed "Gershon Polotzker of Jerusalem 1886".
This book is the source of many famous segulot for remembering Torah studies and an amulet for protection of a woman giving birth. Just having the book in the house is a proven segula for protection from damage and fire as written in this book: "A superior segula, for having wise and sage grandchildren, for success and blessing, to extinguish fires that they should not govern your house, and any bad happening should not reside in your dwelling, to anyone who has this holy and important book with him, hidden with his silver and gold in his treasury, and in time of need it will bring him speedy salvation. This can be testified by all who study the Torah". Some say that it is a segula for people without children and for women who have difficult births.
50 leaves, 21 cm. Fair condition, wear, stains and moth damage. Fabric binding.
Photograph of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef [apparently from the time he served as Rishon L'Zion and as Chief Rabbi of Israel], with a dedication in his handwriting and his signature: "For the Rabbanit Mazal Laniado, Sincerely, Ovadia Yosef".
Photograph, 12X17 cm. Placed in frame, 23X33 cm. Good condition, stains and creases.
Collection of various sized photographs, some are photographs of Rebbes. Among those photographed are Rebbe Yehuda Aryeh Perlow of Novominsk (large photograph), Rebbe Yekutiel Yehuda Halberstam of Sanz-Klausenberg (two pictures), Rebbe Chaim Yehuda Meir Hager of Vishiva-Vizhnitz, Rebbe Eliezer Zusia of Skolen, etc. A photograph of a party in the Chernobyl Yeshiva in Jerusalem. More photographs (Lag BaOmer at the gravesite of Shimon HaTzaddik, a policeman and Charedi Jew in Jerusalem during the 1950s, etc.).
16 photographs, varied size and condition (the size of three of them is 20X25 cm).
Photograph Collection. Rabbinical assemblies, important figures and families. Photographs of structures (apparently, yeshivas and synagogues in Europe).
Appearing in some photographs are Rebbes and Rabbis in the US in the 1940s. Among those photographed are: Rebbe Ya'akov Twersky of Skver, Rebbe Avraham Yehoshua Heshel of Kopychintsy , Rebbe Chaim Moshe Yehoshua Schneerson-Twersky of Tomashpol-Koidanovo, Rebbe Yehuda Aryeh Perlow of Novominsk and Rebbe Moshe Lifshitz (Brizel) of Philadelphia; Rabbi Reuven Grozovsky (speaking at a convention); etc.
18 photographs. Varied size and condition.
Class photograph of the Central Holy Yeshiva of Navahrudak. Pinsk, 1931.
At the center of the photograph are the pictures of the "Head of the Yeshiva and its dean Rabbi Shmuel Weintraub", "Rabbi Yitzchak Waldstein – Spiritual Head", "Rabbi Yitzchak Orlansky – Mashgiach" and "Rabbi Ya'akov Yisrael Kanievsky – Rosh Metivta" (delivers lectures). Under these photographs are more photographs of the rabbis and young men who studied in the Yeshiva surrounded by more than 200 Yeshiva students. Most of those who appear in the photographs perished in the Holocaust.
The Navahrudak Yeshiva in Pinsk-Karlin was the central yeshiva of the chain of Navahrudak Yeshivot. Established between the two world wars by Rabbi Shmuel Weintraub, a close disciple of the Saba of Navahrudak, it became one of the most large and important yeshivot in Lithuania in those days. The Yeshiva staff was comprised of some of the most outstanding rabbis of the Navahrudak movement who served alongside Rabbi Shmuel Weintraub. Around 1926, Rabbi Ya'akov Yisrael Kanievsky, the Steipler, started to serve as Rosh Metivta in the yeshiva. He remained in this position for eight years until he ascended to Eretz Israel in 1934.
Photograph, 16X23 cm. Pasted on the original cardboard. Good-fair condition. Cracks and minor tears.
Two Real Photo postcards: • Photograph of Rabbi Akiva Sofer (1878-1960), during the visit of Emperor Franz Josef to Pressburg (Bratislava) in 1913. In the photograph, Franz Josef is seen sitting in his chariot next to his wife, and Rabbi Akiva Sofer, who served at that time as Rabbi of the city of Pressburg, is coming forth to greet them on behalf of the Jewish community. • Three portraits of the Reich family Rabbis: Rabbi Koppel Charif (1766-1836), Av Beit Din of Vrbové, author of Ya'avetz novella; his grandson Rabbi Ya'akov Koppel Reich (1838-1929), Av Beit Din of Budapest; and his son Rabbi Yisrael Reich (died in 1933), Av Beit Din of Bátorove Kosihy, author of Minchat Yisrael.
Varied size, overall good condition. Letter written on the first postcard, sent by post in 1916
• Group photograph and photograph of the final exam, in the yeshiva named after Rabbi Hoffman, Frankfurt, 1936-1937. • Photograph with a dedication from a wedding at the DP camp in Hofgeismar, Germany. February, 1947. • Photograph of Rabbi Herzog, with a group of illegal immigrants (ma'apilim) who were released from a detention camp. • Two photographs of a Mizrachi convention with the participation of Rabbi Herzog, Rabbi Uziel, Rabbi Hadaya and other Rabbis and public figures. Photographed by K. Weiss, Jerusalem. • Photograph of a meeting of Rabbis, yeshiva heads and community leaders in Jerusalem. C. 1950s. • Photograph of Rabbi Nachum Pfeffermann of Latvia [died in 1927, father of the artist Abel Pann]. • Photograph of a Jewish Rabbi, on the background of a table with Shabbat candles. New York, c. 1920s. • Additional photographs.
10 photographs, varied size, good condition.
Elaborate album with original photographs of members of the Salant and Bardaki families. Studio photographs from Jerusalem, Jaffa and the US (among them are photographs taken by the Israeli photographers Krikorian and Sabongi). Turn of the 20th century.
Early, handsome studio photographs. Captions with the names of the people in the photographs appear in most of the album. Photographs of Sheina Chaya Salant as a young woman and next to her husband Rabbi Yosef; Rabbi Yosef Zundel ben Rabbi Shlomo Bardaki; Bechora Sidis – in her childhood and next to her husband; Hinda Salant; Fredel and Alter Bardaki (two photographs); the Tzaddik Rabbi Natan Neta Natkin, etc. • A postcard with the photograph of Rabbi Shmuel Salant (photographer: Tzadok Bassan).
18 photographs of varied sizes + a postcard. An attractive photograph album from the beginning of the 20th century, thick cardboard leaves, gilded edges. Fair condition. Stains. Damages to the album and to its binding. Some photographs are detached from the album.
• Original photograph of Rabbi Shaul Chaim Horowitz Rabbi of Dubrovno, Jerusalem, [c. 1910]. With the inscription: "Photograph of the great Torah genius Saba Kadisha Rabbi Shaul Chaim HaLevi Horowitz Rabbi of Dubrovno. Founder of the Yeshiva Gedola and Talmud Torah… Meah She'arim. Born in Vilna… chosen by Rabbi David Tebil [author of Nachalat David]… as son-in-law, later served in the Rabbinate of Dubrovno for 18 years and wrote many books. In 1883, ascended to Jerusalem where he became Rabbi and posek in Meah She'arim…".
• Two professional photographs of life in the neighborhood of Meah She'arim. Jerusalem, 1980.
• Photograph of Jerusalem Jews in a Chassidic dance. [Mid-20th century].
22X17 cm. Good condition. Restored damage to edges of the inscription. / Two photographs 18X13 cm. Good condition. / 14X9.5 cm. Fair condition. Total of four photographs.
Photo album with photographs of the life of the Jewish community and the synagogue in Moscow under the Communist government. 1978.
Dedication [in Yiddish] from the Moscow community to the Polish Communities Committee.
32 photographs, with handwritten descriptions [in Yiddish], some dated. The photographs portray the synagogue in Moscow and the religious life within the synagogue throughout the year. Photos of people praying on the festivals and High Holidays, blowing the shofar, removing the Torah scroll from the Holy Ark, Passover Seder, Purim feast, Prayer for Peace, setting for a Kiddush, a wedding, etc. The rabbi of the community Rabbi Fishman and the president Shalom Kleinman are seen in some of the photos. There are photographs from the 25th anniversary of the president of the community with the participation of rabbis from abroad: Rabbi Teil of New Jersey and Rabbi Hechtman of Canada.
The Great Synagogue in Moscow was open during the Communist government under the probing eyes of KGB agents. Only few Jews were permitted to pray there, primarily old people, and this privilege too was only granted as lip service which the Soviet government paid to the world. These photos clearly portray the spiritual destitution of the community.
32 photographs, varying size. Placed in an album, 28 cm. Good condition, few stains.
Halichot Eli, Talmudical rules, arranged in alphabetical order. Rabbi Shlomo Elgazi. Izmir, . Printed by Avraham ben Yedidya Gabai Kaf Nachat.
Signatures of Rabbi "Yom Tov Krispi" and a curly signature of "Avraham Gedalya".
Rabbi Yom Tov Krispi (Krispin), ascended to Eretz Israel from Fez, Morocco. From 1727-1731, he journeyed to Italy as emissary of the city of Hebron together with Rabbi Avraham Gedalya, a leading Hebron Torah scholar, [grandson of Rabbi Avraham Gedalya of Hebron, author of Brit Avraham on Yalkut Shimoni, died in 1672]. Rabbi Avraham Gedalya signed the Chida’s emissary letter from 1753 and also signed the approbation of the book Sha’ar Yosef written by the Chida and the approbation of Urim Gedolim (Izmir, 1758) as well.
80 leaves. 19.5 cm. Fair condition, large moth damage and stains. Worn binding.
One of the first Hebrew printings in Izmir – see article by Y.S. Speigel [Alei Sefer, 4, 1977, pp. 126-127], who writes that the gematria of the printing date includes the numeral of thousands of years (1658) and not (1663) just the numerical value of the letters (the letter “Heh” stands for 5000, not 5).
Damesek Eliezer, Torat Chatat HaKatzar by the Rama on the laws of shechita and treifot, with Damesek Eliezer commentary, by Rabbi Eliezer of Szczebrzeszyn (Shebreshin). Wilhelmsdorf, 1718. First edition.
On the title page appears the signature of "Shimshon Wertheim" – Rabbi Samson Wertheimer (1658-1724), Av Beit Din in Vienna and Chief Rabbi of the Hungarian countries, served also in the rabbinate of Prague and Worms. Renowned Torah genius, leader of the scholars in his time. Was very active on behalf of the Jews due to his good ties with the Austro-Hungarian Empire and with the country’s ministers. He was considered the spiritual and political leader of Central-European Jewry in his times and was called the “Juden Kaiser”. Various tales are told about him and his many activities. He had a very close relationship with the Jews of Eretz Israel and Turkey.
, 74 leaves. 16.5 cm. Good condition, stains and wear, ancient and worn binding, with leather back.
Pri Chadash, on Yoreh De'ah, Rabbi Chizkiyah di Silva. Amsterdam, 1692. Illustrated title page, printed by David Tartas. First book written by the Pri Chadash and the only one printed while he was yet alive.
This book was met with great approval in Europe, but when the Pri Chadash returned to Jerusalem via Egypt and sages in Egypt criticized his bravado that such a young Torah scholar disputed the opinion of leading halachic authorities of previous generations. They decided (together with two Hebron sages) to ban the study of the book and ruled that it should be put into geniza. For many years, this decision made by the sages of Egypt was maintained, as mentioned in the Ginat Veradim responsa (Yoreh De'ah, Klal 3, 3). The Chida in "the name of great Torah leaders" tells that this decision was only annulled after Rabbi Shlomo Algazi, a close disciple of the Pri Chadash whose Torah knowledge was primarily based on what he learned from his teacher, came to Egypt to serve in the rabbinate.
On the title page appear several ancient signatures: "Chaim Chefetz of Shklov", who signed in 1732, "Bendit ben Rabbi –"; "Shmuel Zuckerman" and an inscription signed, "I bought this with my money, Gavriel Av Beit Din of Lubartów".
Rabbi Gavriel Av Beit Din of Lubartów and Ra'avad of Breslau, relative and close friend of the Nodah B'Yehuda, who mentions things in his name in Tzelach (Tziyun L'Nefesh Chaya) Pesachim 109 and several responsa in the book Nodah B'Yehuda are addressed to him. Some say that he was the father of Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac Landau Av Beit Dim of Lubartów, grandfather of Rabbi Shlomo Kluger.
, 116, 116, 116-130 leaves. 30.5 cm. Fair condition, stains and wear. Non-original binding.
Rare edition [due to the ban placed on the book and its placement in geniza].
Sefer Dvar Shmuel, responsa, by Rabbi Shmuel Abuhav. Venice, 1702. First edition.
Handwritten signature of holy “Rabbi Yaakov HaCohen of Prague” upon title page. This signature is the familiar and well-known signature of the prominent sage of his generation, the genius Maharich - Rabbi Yaakov HaCohen Poppers (1670-1730), Av Beit Din of Frankfurt am Main, author of Shev Yaakov. Born in Prague and educated in Yeshivot of the city. At a young age already served as “Aflant” [sole Dayan for cases of arbitration]. At age 27 was appointed Av Beit Din in Koblenz. In 1718 arrived in Frankfurt am Main and was appointed by Rabbi Shmuel Shatin Katz to fill the position of Rabbi Avraham Broda as rabbi of the city and Rosh Yeshiva. This yeshiva became famous for its students who were Torah giants, as related by the Ramchal in a letter": “a yeshiva of three hundred Torah scholars, who possess a wide heart to understand and to master”.
The Chida, in his book Shem HaGedolim, writes about Rabbi Yaakov HaCohen: “Spread Torah in his prominent and great yeshiva of four hundred exalted students, and educated many students, and many Torah sages were disciples of his, including Rabbi Yosef Steinhardt Av Beit Din of the holy congregation of Furth, author of Zichron Yosef Responsa, the proficient and erudite Rabbi Yosef Vashir-Trilingen Dayan of Ansbach and Rabbi Yaakov Berlin author of Be’er Yaakov”.
Additional signatures and stamps of the famous genius Rabbi Chaim Heller (1879-1960, author of Sefer Hamitzvot and Lechikrei Halachot).
, 104 leaves. Approx. 30 cm. Fair condition, stains of dampness, usage damage and traces of mildew. The signature of the Shev Yaakov is slightly hidden by the stamp of Rabbi Chaim Heller.
Slightly worn cardboard binding.
Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Nidah, with Mishnayor Seder Taharot. Franfkurt am Main, .
This copy belonged to the Ga'on Mahari"c -Rabbi Ya'akov HaCohen Papirash (1670-1740), Rebbe of Frankfurt am Main, author of "Shev Ya'akov". See previous item.
On the title page and on its reverse appear several ancient ownership inscriptions which prove that this copy belonged to the author of "Shev Ya'akov" and was inherited by his son and his grandson: "belongs to the Ga'on Ya'akov Katz Rebbe of Frankfurt…"; Belongs to Rabbi…Zeev Wolf Katz [son of "Shev Ya'akov", Rabbi Wolf Katz Rebbe of Friedburg]; "Belongs to the outstanding sage Shmuel Katz son of the Dayan..Wolf Katz son of Mahari"c who was Rebbe of Frankfurt… written by Moshe ben Yona..in the presence and in the home of R' Shmuel with who I study Avodah Zarah…Tevet 1747[?]". An additional inscription by a different writer [the writer…sitting in the above mentioned R' Shmuel's home…"].
88; 178 leaves. 32 cm. Fair condition, stains, tear and wear. Wooden binding, detached and damaged.
Keren Shmuel, on the Rashbam commentary on the Torah, by Rabbi Shlomo Zalman ben Yechizkiya Hessel Ashkenaz. Frankfurt an der Oder, [c. 1727]. Sole edition.
On the title page is a handwritten dedication: "For the marriage of the important young man Isaac ben Rabbi Moshe…From Aryeh Leib Darshan and Dayan of Poznań". Rabbi Aryeh Leib Darshan dayan in the Poznań community was imprisoned on Erev Rosh Hashana 1737, accused of a blood-libel together with other important members of the community and was murdered al Kiddush Hashem after cruel torture [the description of the happening is written in the introduction to the book Amudei Olam, Berlin 1741].
On the leaf following the title page is an ownership inscription and the signature of Rabbi Shlomo of Chelm, author of Merkevet Hamishne: "—Shlomo ben Moshe of Zamoshtz" [the first line of the inscription is cutoff. The signature is complete]. Rabbi Shlomo of Chelm (1716-1781), a renowned Polish Torah genius and great scholar of all times. Wrote many books and was particularly famous for his book Merkevet HaMishne on the Rambam. Born in Zamoshtz, he served for 30 years in the rabbinate of Chelm. In 1771, he was appointed Av Beit Din of Lvov and after six years, decided to immigrate to Eretz Israel. On the way, he traveled through Turkey, delayed for a long while in Constantinople and in Istanbul where he formed a deep connection to the great rabbis in those places. A few months after he arrived in Eretz Israel he was forced to leave, reached Thessaloniki with his family and began to prepare the second part of his book Merkavet HaMishne and his other works for print but perished in a plague which spread through the city. On the title page and throughout the book are signatures of “Aryeh Leibush Bernstein” – RabbiAryeh Leib Bernstein of Lvov (1780-1843, see Encyclopedia L’Chachmei Galicia, Vol 1, p. 623).
. 63 leaves. 18 cm. Upper margins are cutoff. Good-fair condition. Moth marks, stains. Tear with lack on title page. Damaged and partially detached binding.
Yalkut Shimoni, Vol. 2 – Nevi’im and Ketuvim. With the commentary of Brit Avraham, by Rabbi Avraham Gedalyah. Livorno, 1654-1656.
The arrangement of the book was completed exactly on Erev Chanuka, therefore the text of the commentary at the end of the book was designed in the shape of a menorah.
Signature on title page: “I have bought this book in honor of my Creator, Yonah Bandy” – Signature of Rabbi Moshe Yonah Bandy of Prague (1768-1806), disciple of the Nodah B’Yehuda, son-in-law of Rabbi Hertz Avraham Naftali Sheyer Rabbi of Mainz. Although he died at a young age, he was renowned as a Torah genius and as a tzaddik. His son Rabbi Shmuel Bandy was a leading rabbi in Prague (his piyutim were printed in the Redelheim siddur). See attached material.
Other signatures [erased with cross-out lines]: "Yitzchak Itzik Netar" [Rabbi of Butzweiler , see attached material], "Yosef of Butzweiler", "Belongs to the lofty officer…Avraham Hirsh of Butzweiler". Inscription in Oriental handwriting with a curly signature.
Many handwritten glosses in Italian writing by an unidentified writer. Most glosses are corrections and copied commentaries.
289 leaves. 33 cm. Good condition, stains. Ancient leather binding [damages and tears, primarily to spine].
Pri Megadim on Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim, Rabbi Yosef Te'omim, Lvov, 1809.
Signature on title page: "B. Wolf" – Signature of the author of Sha'arei Torah, Rabbi Binyamin Wolf Lev (1772-1851, Otzar HaRabbanim 3840), son of Rabbi Elazar Lev, author of Shemen Rokeach, a famous Torah genius and leader in the times of the Chatam Sofer and Rabbi Akiva Eger. In his youth, he served in the rabbinate of several cities [including Amshinov near Warsaw], after became the Rabbi of Vrbové (Hungary).
Mispaginated. 36 cm. Good condition. Stains. Title page reinforced with adhesive tape. Several pencil corrections. Old binding, slightly damaged.
Etz Shatul, Sefer Ha'Ikarim by Rabbi Yosef Albo, with commentary by Rabbi Gedalya Lifshitz. Frankfurt an der Oder, .
Signatures and ownership inscriptions: Rabbi Yehuda Leib Av Beit Din of Khmil'nyk son of Rabbi Shimshon Segal Av Beit Din of Rawicz [one of the eldest rabbis in the time of Rabbi Eliyahu Guttmacher of Greiditz – see attached material]. Rabbi Yisrael of Kalish, Rabbi "Yisrael ben Rabbi M.", Rabbi "Baruch Kunstadt" Dayan in Fulda, etc.
, 3-94 leaves. 32.5 cm. Fair condition, wear and stains. Torn binding.
Collection of books from the library of Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Dr. Breuer (1850-1926) disciple of the Ktav Sofer, son-in-law of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch and from 1890 his successor in the Frankfurt am Main Rabbinate. Author of Divrei Shlomo.
• Seder Olam Raba and Seder Olam Zuta, with Megillat Ta'anit and Seder HaKabala of the Ra'avad. [Amsterdam, 1711]. (Lacking title page and leaf of approbations with the additional leaf at the end). Stamps of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch [S.R.H] and Rabbi Shlomo Breuer [Dr. S.B.]. Several short handwritten glosses [German].
• Bigdei Yesha, Vol. 1-2. Commentary on the Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim, by Rabbi Yeshaya Weiner. Prague, [1774-1777]. Two volumes. Stamps of Rabbi Shlomo Breuer. First volume has a signature [Hirsh --?].
• Sha'arei Binah, commentary on Sha'arei Shavuot attributed to the Rif, by Rabbi Yoav ben Yirmiya of Mattersdorf. Vienna, . Stamp of Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Breuer.
• Enclosed is a leaf handwritten by Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Breuer, with words of Torah [most in Hebrew, part in German]. Official stationery, written on both sides.
Varied size and condition.
Sefer Ketubah which is the first section of Sefer Hafla’ah, Chiddushim on tractate Ketubot and laws pertaining to the Ketubah, by Rabbi Pinchas HaLevi Ish Horowitz. Offenbach, .First edition.
The author, Rabbi Pinchas HaLevi Ish Horowitz, (1791-1805), close disciple of Rabbi Dov Ber the Magid of Mezeritch, [together with his brother Rabbi Shmelke], Av Beit Din of Frankfurt am Main, and Rabbi of the Chatam Sofer. He was called "Ba'al HaHafla'a" (author of HaHafla'a).
Signature on title page: "A gift from G-d…Shimon Weiner [Lashbrin]". At the bottom of the title page is a stamp: Dr S.B. – belonging to Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Breuer Av Beit Din of Frankfurt am Main.
Rabbi Shimon Weiner (1769-1871), a prominent disciple of the Chatam Sofer and Rabbi Mordechai Bennet. Served as Rabbi of Zalaszentgrót and afterward of Lovasberény [see the book "HaChatam Sofer V'Talmidav" pp. 453-454 and attached material]. His grandson, his daughter's son, was Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Dr. Breuer (1850-1926) disciple of the Ktav Sofer (see "HaChatam Sofer V'Talmidav" pp. 540-541). Son-in-law of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch and as of 1890, his successor in the Frankfurt am Main Rabbinate. Author of Divrei Shlomo.
, 6, 90 [should be: 180]; , 86,  leaves. 32 cm. Good condition. Stains and wear. Several loose leaves. Leather binding, damaged.
Mishpetei Shavu'ot, by Rabbi Hai Gaon, with Mekach U'Memkar and Breita of Melechet HaMishkan. Venice, 1602. Printed by Daniel Zanetti. First edition.
On the title page appears the signature of Rabbi "Wolf Boskowitz", the renowned Torah genius Rabbi Binyamin Wolf Boskowitz (1640-1718), a leading Hungarian Rabbi, author of Seder Mishnah, and son of Rabbi Shmuel HaLevi of Kolin, author of Machatzit HaShekel. From 1782, Rabbi of Aszód, and from 1786, Rabbi of Přeštice, where he became very close to Rabbi Moshe Sofer (author of Chatam Sofer, see Ishim B'Tshuvot Chatam Sofer, Ot 113), served in the rabbinate and taught Torah in various cities (Pest, Kolin and Bonyhád).
55 leaves. 19 cm. Most leaves are in good condition, the title page is lacking on bottom with professional restoration. Semi-leather binding, new.
Seder Mishne, on Sefer HaMada by the Rambam. Rabbi Binyamin Wolf Boskowitz Rabbi of Kolin and Bonyhad, son of Rabbi Shmuel Kolin, author of Machatzit HaShekel. Prague, 1820. First edition.
This book was published about two years after the death of the author in 1818. At the top of the title page is a handwritten dedication and the signature of the publisher, the son of the author, Rabbi Yosef Boskowitz, to the renowned Torah genius Rabbi Bendit Gt. [Goitein] Rabbi of Hőgyész [author of Kesef Nivchar, 1770-1843]. On title page is the stamp of his grandson Rabbi Eliyahu Menachem Goitein Rabbi of Hőgyész (1838-1902). On Leaf 39/2 is a scholarly handwritten gloss.
In his approbation to the book, the Chatam Sofer writes about the publisher: "His son the rabbi astounding and outstanding in Torah knowledge Rabbi Yosef Segal. Son of the renowned Torah genius sharp like a knife, Rabbi Wolf Boskowitz Segal". See the approbations of the leaders in his days.
. 94 leaves. 34.5 cm. Fair condition, wear and stains. Moth damage. Torn binding.
Mishnayot Seder Kodshin, with Tosfot Rabbi Akiva Eiger, Berlin, 1861.
On leaf before title page is an interesting signed inscription, that over this volume Rabbi Moshe Margarten of Héthárs died "Praised be he and praised his portion that his soul left him while studying this Mishnayot", on the 16th of Sivan 1898.
Rabbi Moshe Margariten Av Beit Din of Héthárs and Lipany in Hungary, son of Rabbi Yitzchak Zvi Margariten-Weiss Rabbi Av Beit Din of Oiberrine, author of Beit David (Pressburg, 1846) and Tokef HaTalmud (Offen, 1859), son-in-law of Rabbi Chaim Kitza Av Beit Din of Albertirsa. Corresponded on halachic issues with leading Hungarian rabbis and is mentioned in the responsa books Yad Yitzchak and Pri Sadeh and Neta Sorek.
, 2-163,  leaves. 27 cm. Fair condition, use wear and detached leaves. Torn binding.
Or HaMeir, Vol. 1. Responsa by Rabbi Meir Shapira. Piotrków, 1926. First edition.
A nice dedication, handwritten and signed by the author, on the leaf preceding the title page: "Gift from the author to his friend and companion the renowned Torah genius Rabbi Azriel Epstein, Rabbi of Chicago and president of the Rabbis Office. Meir Shapira Rabbi of Pietrekov. Erev Rosh Chodesh Sivan 1927".
Rabbi Meir Shapira (1887-1934) Av Beit Din of Peitrekov and Lublin, Head of Chachmei Lublin Yeshiva, initiated the Daf Hayomi, and was a leading Rabbi of his times.
. 162 pages. 34 cm. Good condition, wide margins. The leaf with the dedication is detached and has tears to its margins. Original binding, damaged and glued. Ex-library copy.
• Darkei Noam, responsa. Rabbi Mordechai HaLevi. Venice, . Ancient signatures. Two glosses [by two writers].
• Simlat Binyamin, with Bigdei Kehuna, on Shulchan Aruch Yoreh De'ah. Rabbi Binyamin Ze'ev Wolf Rappaport, Dyhernfurt, .
In both books appear inscriptions that the book belongs to Rabbi Chaim Elazar Wachs. In the second book appears his stamp.
Rabbi Chaim Elazar Wachs (1826-1889), prominent Torah scholar and leader of Polish Jewry. Served in the Rabbinate of Tarnogród, Kalisz and Piotrków, yet known primarily as the “Rabbi of Kalisz”, and eventually known by the name of his book 'Nefesh Chaya". Son-in-law of Rabbi Yehoshua of Kutna, author of Yeshuot Malko; together they were active in supporting the settlement in Eretz Israel. From 1869, he served as president of "Kollel Poland" for the poor residents of Eretz Israel and even purchased plots of land in Kfar Hittim near Tiberias where he planted citron orchards to establish a source of income for the Jewish settlement in Eretz Israel. Among his famous disciples is Meir Dan Plotzky Rabbi of Dvart (Warta), author of Kli Chemda.
Two books, varied size and condition.
Asefat Geonim responsa, pilpul by Torah geniuses of earlier years (Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel of Krakow, Rabbi Moses ben Isaac Judah Lima of Vilna, Rabbi Yehoshua Falk ben Alexander Katz and other Rabbis). Bialystok, 1806.
On the leaf preceding the title page appears a signature of Rabbi "Zvi Hirsh Heller Rabbi of Bonyhád" – Signature of the renowned Rabbi Zvi Hirsh Heller (1776-1835, Encyclopedia L'Chachmei Galicia, Vol. 2 pp. 665-671), leading Hungarian Rabbi, called "Rabbi Hirsh Charif" because of his sharp (charif in Hebrew) intellect. Was a Rabbi in Brzesko (Galicia) and later, head of the yeshiva in Brody. Was forced to flee the city following a slander, reached Hungary and served in the Rabbinate of the Bonyhád, Uzhhorod and Óbuda communities. Had great disciples, including Rebbe Zvi Hirsh of Liske and Rabbi Shlomo Ganzfried, author of the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch. Author of Tiv Gittin novellae and other works.
24 leaves, approximately 20 cm. Fair condition, moth damage. Additional signatures in Oriental handwriting. Worn binding.
Volume composed of several books by the Rabbi of Ada, Rabbi Mordechai Eliezer Weber, novellae on the Talmud and Agadda. Polemic pamphlets and introductions with many details of the state of the Jews in Hungary and Jerusalem during the second half of the 19th century. Jerusalem, 1885-1889.
• Temurat Todah, on Tractate Temurah. Jerusalem, 1887. • Etz Avot, Part 2, Jerusalem 1887. • Bechor Dal, Jerusalem, 1889. • Zimrat Ha'Aretz V'Shamayim. Commentary on Perek Shira. Jerusalem, 1889. • Erech Dal, (including the introduction Midbar Kadmot about the author's history. Includes pamphlet Edut Shoshanim, letters of support by rabbis after the polemic and pursuit of the author). Jerusalem, 1885.
• Etz Avot, Part 1, Jerusalem 1885. • Milchemet Chovah, (polemic against Rabbi Shlomo Ganzfried and his halachic disputes with the Divrei Chaim), enlarged edition, Jerusalem, 1885.
On the title page of Temurat Todah is an interesting letter of dedication in the author's handwriting to Rabbi Baruch David Cahane of Safed: "…I see that all my toil and effort to sanctify Hashem's name, to glorify and venerate the honor of the Rebbe, but they have answered me in a deviating manner… And all my efforts and troubles of travails and travels and quarrels at home and around are nothing compared to what has befallen me in Eretz Israel and in Jerusalem…".
The Rabbi of Ada Rabbi Mordechai Eliezer Weber (1822-1892), disciple of the Divrei Chaim of Sanz, served abroad in the rabbinate of various Hungarian communities. Ascended to Jerusalem in c. 1875. His interesting books have approbation of the Maharil Diskin, and many polemic letters against those who dispute the rulings of his teacher and rabbi author of Divrei Chaim.
The volume is composed of 8 books, average size approximately 32 cm. All the books have brittle paper, varying conditions, good-fair to fair-poor. Some of the books are in good condition but the book Erech Dal has damages: lacking title page, the introductory leaves were torn and have been glued. Detached leaves and torn binding.
S. HaLevi: 508, 519, 522, 523, 597, 607, 642, 643.
Simlah Chadasha, Tevu'ot Shor and Bechor Shor. Sudilkov, .
Four early signatures of Rabbi "Naftali Zvi Yehuda Berlin". And various handwritten inscriptions from 1857.
Rabbi Naftali Zvi Yehuda Berlin – the Netziv of Volozhin (1817-1893), one of the outstanding Torah leaders of his times, son-in-law of Rabbi Yitzchak of Volozhin and his successor as head of the yeshiva for decades. Wrote many books: Ha'amek She'ela, novellae on the She'iltot; Ha'amek Davar on the Torah; Meshiv Davar responsa, novellae on the Talmud and commentaries on Midreshei Halacha – Mechilta, Sifrei and Sifra. Father of Rabbi Chaim Berlin and father-in-law of Rabbi Refael Shapira. His son-in-law's son-in-law is Rabbi Chaim HaLevi Soloveitchik of Brisk.
The Netziv used to sign his name connecting the words Zvi and Yehuda using the letter Yud for both names. This custom once saved his life. People who were opposed to his yeshiva informed on him to the secret police and presented forged letters as evidence that he received counterfeit coins from England and distributed them in the local market. They brought a letter all in the Netziv's handwriting. The forgery was so superior that even the Netziv admitted that it was his handwriting but that he did not write the content. After an investigation, it became clear that the signature of the Netziv in the forgery had the letter Yud written twice and the Netziv always signed Zvi Yehuda with one Yud connecting both words, and this was how the falsehood came to light.
166 leaves. 33.5 cm. Blue paper. Fair condition. Moth holes and wear. Ancient binding.
Three books bound together from the library of "The Gaon Rabbi I.Z. Meltzer". (Handwritten inscription on the leaf before the title page).
• Chazon Ish, Orach Chaim, Kodshim Yoreh Deah Hilchot Nidah. Vilna, 1911. First book authored by Rabbi Avraham Yeshayahu Karelitz. Published anonymously, and therefore its author was called Chazon Ish. Two title pages, on the reverse side of the second title page is a dedication (blurred – erased with ink) from the author to Rabbi Isser Zalman Meltzer Av Beit Din and head of Yeshiva in Slutsk, (The dedication was blurred with the same type of ink with which Rabbi Isser Zalman Meltzer wrote his glosses), in the handwriting of the author and with his signature “The Author”.
• Ohalei Aharon responsa [Vol. 1, Rabbi Eliyahu Milikovsky, Grajewo, 1909]. Copy lacking title page, introduction and pamphlet Ner LaMaor. On the margins of Siman 16 are several glosses in the handwriting of Rabbi Isser Zalman Meltzer.
• Matat Yado responsa, Rabbi Matityahu of Byten, Pietrykaŭ, 1908.
, 64 leaves; 21-84 leaves; 98 leaves. Brittle paper, good-fair condition, stains and few moth holes. Wear and minor tears. Old binding with leather back.
Shi'urin Shel Torah, "A pamphlet from the series of Kehillot Ya'akov… to clarify and explain…the measures of an "ama" (cubit), "beitzah" (egg) and "revi'it" (a quarter). At the end are "the measures of mitzvoth according to the rulings of the Chazon Ish". By Rabbi Ya'akov Yisrael Kanievsky "The Steipler". Jerusalem, 1956.
On the leaf before the title page appears a long dedication (6 lines) in the author's own handwriting, blessing the receipient and his wife "With a long life and good years of health, together with his wife…who should live in perfect health and thrive in good long years".
This book summarizes the halachic polemic discussed by the Chazon Ish and his brother-in-law the Steipler, in opposition to the stance of Rabbi Chaim Na'eh of Jerusalem in regard to halachic measures. According to the opinion of the Chazon Ish, the measures of an "ama" and "revi'it" are larger than the measures which Rabbi Chaim Na'eh published in his book Shi'urei Torah. The Steipler, in the name of his brother-in-law the Chazon Ish wrote the halachic polemic books, Shi'urin D'Oreita (Bnei Brak, 1948) and Eifat Tzedek (Bnei Brak, 1949). Rabbi Chaim Na'eh responded to Shi'urin D'Oreita in his book Shi'urei Zion, which in the introduction to Eifat Tzedek the Steipler writes, was "Arranged entirely to disagree with my words and my book Shi'urin D'Oreita…".
In 1957, two years after the death of the Chazon Ish and Rabbi Chaim Na'eh, the Steipler published again his latest opinion in this book, Shi'urin Shel Torah, in which he included and summarized all his thoughts on the treatise of the measures of mitzvoth, without the polemic found in his two previous books.
88 pages, 23.5 cm. Fair condition, stains and moth holes. Library stamps. Worn binding.
Mor Ve'Ohalot, responsa on the Shulchan Aruch. Rabbi Avraham Entebbe. Livorno, .
On title page is the author's dedication, in his handwriting: "Gift offered to the esteemed brothers my friends Elazar… and Nissim from the author". Another ownership inscription: "…Rabbi Shalom HaLachmi" [an Aleppo Torah scholar].
Rabbi Avraham Entebbe (1765-1858, Otzar HaRabbanim 678), Av Beit Din and Chief Rabbi of Aleppo (Halab), Syria, and its leader for more than 40 years. Mekubal, lithurgic poet who wrote many books of halacha and ethics.
, 152 leaves. 30 cm. Good condition. Stains. Restored tears to last leaf. Worn binding.
Yabia Omer responsa, Vol. 8. Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, Jerusalem, 1995.
On the leaf before the title page is a dedication to the renowned Mekubal Rabbi Yitzchak Kaduri, in the eloquent handwriting of the author: "In honor of my close friend The Rabbi Torah Genius Mekubal, Holy Rabbi Yitzchak Kaduri. B'Virkat HaTorah, Ovadia Yosef".
Rabbi Ovadia Yosef (1920-2013), born in Baghdad, at a young age ascended to Jerusalem. One of the greatest disciples of Rabbi Ezra Attiya Head of the Porat Yosef Yeshiva. From 1948-1951, served in the rabbinate of Egypt. On his return to Israel, he served in the Petach Tikva rabbinate and delivered sermons and Torah discourses in Jerusalem and throughout the land of Israel. From 1958-1969, served as dayan in the Jerusalem Beit Din and in the Great Rabbinical Beit Din. In 1969, was appointed Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv-Yaffo and in 1973 was appointed Rishon L’Zion and Chief Rabbi of the State of Israel. Was especially renowned for his incredible erudition in Torah knowledge and his clear Torah rulings. With passing years, he reached the status of one of the leading Torah authorities of our days and as an unequalled influential spiritual leader. Was very active in teaching Torah to the masses and raised the honor and authority of Jews of Sephardic descent in Israel. One of his life’s activities was returning the “crown of Sephardic Jewry to its former glory”; this goal was portrayed in the area of halachic rulings and in the social and political arenas as well. In the framework of this vision, he stood at the helm of Mo’etzet Chachmei HaTorah and navigated the worldwide Shas movement. Rabbi Ovadia left a huge yield of books, including: Yabia Omer responsa (10 volumes), Yechava Da’at responsa (six volumes), Chazon Ovadia (18 volumes) and many other books.
The recipient: the famous Mekubal Rabbi Yitzchak Kaduri, born at the end of the 19th century in Iraq, studied Torah and Kabbalah from scholars in Iraq and later in Jerusalem after his immigration in
1922. In his early years in Jerusalem, he earned his livelihood from bookbinding and at that time studied in Beit-El and Porat Yosef Yeshivot. With the passing of years, his wisdom in kabbalah spread and many people flocked to his home to receive his blessing and his counsel and to receive amulets. He died when he was more than one hundred years old, in 1906.
, 2-512,  pages. 33 cm. Good condition. Original binding.
Yabia Omer responsa, Part 4, on the four parts of the Shulchan Aruch. By Rabbi Ovadia Yosef. Jerusalem, 1964.
Copy in excellent condition. The title page has a handwritten dedication in the handwriting of the author to "My close and beloved friend the renowned and great Torah genius… Rabbi Bezalel Zolty…from the author Ovadia Yosef".
, 406 pages. 33 cm. Excellent condition. New binding.
Yalkut Yosef, a summary of rulings and laws of current problems pertaining to the four parts of the Shulchan Aruch, according to the rulings of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef in his books, by his son Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef. Jerusalem, 1971. First edition of the book. This volume was later printed with additions as the first volume of the well-known series of books written by Rabbi Ovadia’s son. But the book in its present form was considered by Rabbi Ovadia Yosef as one of his own books as he mentions in his responsa (for example: Yabia Omer Responsa, Part 7, Siman 27): “And this is how I ruled in my book Yalkut Yosef…”.
On the page before the title page, is a dedication handwritten and signed by Rabbi Ovadia.
232 leaves. Good-fair condition. Stains, moisture marks. Tears to inner binding leaf. Original binding.
Collection of books printed in the United States between 1896-1926, from the library of Rabbi Avraham Yaakov Gershon Lesser. Includes some of the books which he himself authored and published, printed booklet of list of books from his estate which were donated to Etz Chaim Yeshiva in Cincinnati Ohio and books given to him as gifts and inscribed by their authors. (Inscriptions include: handwritten inscription and signature by Gaon Rabbi Yaakov David Wilovsky – Ridbaz, on his book Nimukei Ridbaz, Chicago 1904 and a fine handwritten and signed inscription by Gaon Rabbi Yaakov Ruderman, while serving as rabbi in Camden, New Jersey, in his book Beit Yaakov, Newark, 1908.)
Gaon Rabbi Avraham Yaakov Gershon Lesser (1833-1924), among the veteran rabbis of the United States. Born in Mir, Belarus. Studied in the Mir yeshiva and was a disciple of Rabbi Shmuel Avigdor Av Beit Din of Karlin. Served in rabbinate of various congregations of Lithuania and Poland. Emigrated to the United States in 1882; served in rabbinate of Chicago and from 1888 served as chief rabbi in Cincinnati. Among founders of Union of Orthodox Rabbis of the United States and Canada and served as its first president.
10 books, 6 of which contain inscriptions. Various sizes and conditions.
Manuscript, Sefer HaMidot by Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, including a pamphlet of names of tzaddikim and an abridgement of Likutei Moharan ending with Likutei Segulot, from Holech Tamim V'Poel Tzedek by Rebbe Avraham ben Rabbi Yeshaya Dayan (Livorno, 1850). Also a copy of the booklet Zichron Divrei Eretz - annals of our city, Aleppo. Especially handsome Oriental writing. [Aleppo, later than 1850].
Owners' [and author?] signature: "Avraham Yosef Avraham Pinchas". Later inscriptions with the addition of segulot, lots, and more. With the signature of the author's son "Yitzchak Avraham Yosef Avraham Pinchas"signed in 1878.
This item exposes an interesting phenomenon of Oriental replication of Breslov Chassidic books at that early time in which the teachings of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov had not yet spread to Oriental countries [according to the Bibliography Institute, no books of Rabbi Nachman had been printed in Oriental lands]. Rabbi Natan of Breslov, disciple of Rabbi Nachman on his way to Eretz Israel sojourned to Israel through Istanbul, Lebanon and Alexandria and wherever he traversed he disseminated the teachings of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov. This manuscript is apparently a rare copy of some of the books that Rabbi Natan distributed in these countries.
, 182,  leaves. 14 cm. High-quality paper, good-fair condition, stains and wear. Original leather binding, rubbed.
Manuscript, holy writings, compilation of Chassidic sayings [primarily by Rebbes of the houses of Ruzhin and Sadigura] and copies of letters written by Chassidic leaders from Eretz Israel. Jerusalem, [c. 1868].
"These holy writings were compiled from many supreme holy men" – compilation of sayings and copy of articles by Rabbi Yisrael of Ruzhin, his sons and grandsons. Copies of Chabad Chassidic compositions and compilation of thoughts heard from many rebbes: the Chozeh of Lublin, Rabbi Hirsh of Rimnov, Rabbi Zusha of Hanipol, the Rebbe of Skolye, Rebbe of Vitebsk, Rebbe of Savran, Rebbe of Skvira, etc. Copy of letters by great Chassidic leaders from Eretz Israel during the settling of Tiberias in the 18th century, etc.
Amongst the many inscriptions on the binding leaves, are the signatures of Rabbi Elimelech Perlman – Rabbi Elimelech Perlman son of Rabbi Yisrael Isser Perlman Rabbi of Rozwadow (Galicia), [disciple of the Chozeh of Lublin and mechutan with the Rebbes of the house of Dzikov (Tarnobrzeg). After the death of his father in 1950, he ascended to Jerusalem together with his mother Rebbetzin Esther Faiga [her first marriage was to Rebbe Shlomo Leib of Łęczna], to live near her father, Rabbi Asher Cahane-Shapira Rabbi of Żołynia, who ascended to Jerusalem in 1740. In Jerusalem, he married the daughter of Rabbi Baruch Binyamin Ze’ev “Rabbi Wolf Weinstock”, [disciple of the Chozeh of Lublin and the “Good Jew” of Neustadt, who ascended to Jerusalem in 1851 and was appointed dayan. Very close friend of Rebbe Elazar Menachem of Lelov, died in 1872]. Rabbi Elimelech was one of the most important community activists and leaders of the Chassidic community in Jerusalem and its institutes. He was also involved in building many neighborhoods in Jerusalem, the most famous among them is Batei Perlman adjacent to Me’ah She’arim.
At the end of the volume are various handwritten inscriptions of plans for arrangements for travel abroad and for establishing a printing press in Jerusalem. Possibly, the plans relate to Rabbi Elimelech’s renowned journey to Galicia in 1877 to reorganize the collection of funds for Estreich-Galicia Kollel, about which the leaflets, Igeret Petucha (Lemberg, 1876) and Igeret Bikoret (Lemberg, 1877) were printed.
Approximately 140 written pages, with more than 130 pages on Torah topics. 19.5 cm. Good condition. Wear, damage to binding.
Large collection of handwritten notebooks and leaves, c. 19th century.
Chassidic compositions by Rabbi Yisrael of Ruzhin, Rabbi Avraham of Sadigura and his son Rabbi Yisrael of Sadigura [from the beginning of the time he served as rebbe, in 1883]. Chassidic compositions by Chabad rebbes. Torah novellae on the Talmud and halachic responsa, and more.
More than 70 leaves, varied size, overall good condition. + ancient photograph [end of 19th century] of Rabbi "Aharon Yonatan Shapira".
Manuscript, symbolic meanings of thunder, lightning and eclipses of the natural sources of light, attributed to Rabbi Yitzchak Luria (the Holy Ari). Călineşti, Romania, “In handwriting of Zev son of Rabbi Israel Isser, slaughterer and examiner…”, [1904?-1912].
First and last leaves contain copies of ideas and sayings from pillars of Chassidism: “In the name of the holy Rabbi Mendel of Kosov…”, “Rabbi Pinchas of Koritz said…”, “I heard something similar in the name of our mentor and teacher Rabbi Avraham Yaakov of Sadigura…”, and more. Story of “birth of the holy Ari” and list of “death anniversaries of deceased rabbis”.
 written pages. 16 cm. Fair condition. Stains, wear and tears. Damaged binding.
Important historical letter by the prominent Chassid Rabbi Yosef Deltisher, who urges Chassidim to come to Slonim for High Holy Days, in honor of the coronation of Rebbe Rabbi Avraham Weinberg author of Yesod HaAvoda, Av 1858.
During the year after the demise of the mentor and leader, the great Rebbe Rabbi Moshe of Kobryn, the majority of Lachowitz-Kobryn
Chassidim followed the esteemed leader Rabbi Avraham Weinberg of Slonim (and the minority followed the Rebbes of Lachowitz, Kobryn and Koidanov). In this unknown letter Rabbi Yossel relates that the majority of the Chassidim will congregate for Rosh Hashanah and the following festivals by “our dear Rabbi Avraham of Slonim … he desires that they congregate there…”. He poignantly writes in opposition of the Rabbi of Koidanov and members of Chabbad.
The holy Rabbi Yosef of Dzialoszyce (passed away that year in Slonim, in Tishrei 1858, Encyclopedia L'Chassidut, Vol. 2, p. 108), among the great Chassidim in Lithuania, close associate of Rabbi Mordechai and his son Rabbi Noach of Lachowitz. Among the most prominent Chassidim of Rabbi Moshe of Kobryn and his disciple Rabbi Avraham of Slonim. A holy and humble man to which miracles and revelations of the Holy Spirit are attributed.
Leaf. 21 cm. Poor condition, missing part of letter, tears. Stains. + 2 leaves –a copy of the content of the letter upon stationery of Slonim Kollel in Jerusalem [1930s].
Unsigned and unknown letter. Attached is a photocopy of a different version of the same letter [“censored” from harsh expressions which appear in this original letter], signed “Yosef son of the deceased Rabbi Binyanim of Dzialoszyce.
A lengthy and interesting letter, handwritten and signed by Rabbi Avraham Weinberg, third rebbe of the Slonim Dynasty, [Baranovichi, 1930s].
Heartfelt letter with specific instructions regarding worship of the Almighty and personal matters. Two additions following signature; one signed in abovementioned signature and the second signed “Avraham”.
Rabbi Avraham Weinberg (the second) of Baranovichi, author of Beit Avraham (1884-1933). Son of Rebbe author of Divrei Shmuel; led the congregation of the Slonim Chassidim together with his oldest brother Rabbi Yissachar Leib from 1916, however the majority of Chassidim followed him. Settled in Baranovichi where he established the Torat Chesed Yeshiva. Was in close contact with his Chassidim in Eretz Israel which he visited twice. His books, Beit Avraham are well-known for their depth in Chassidic philosophy.
Leaf. Approx. 27 cm. More than 20 handwritten lines. Good-fair condition, folding marks
A letter handwritten and signed by Rabbi Avraham Weinberg, third Rebbe of the Slonim dynasty, Vienna, [1930s].
In the middle of the letter the Rebbe notes (in German) the address of his residence in Vienna.
Rabbi Avraham Weinberg (the second) of Baranovichi, author of Beit Avraham (1884-1933). For additional information related to him see previous item.
Double leaf. 17.5 cm. Approx. 14 handwritten lines. Good-fair condition, folding marks
Letter of appeal requesting permission to immigrate to Eretz Israel. On the margins is a line, handwritten and signed by Rebbe Rabbi Sholmo David Yehoshua Weinberg who poetically states his recommendation: “It is highly valuable to do good for a dear friend, and for doing good a person receives good, and I am his good friend. Shomo D.Y.”. Baranovichi, December 1934. Rabbi Shomo David Yehoshua Weinberg (1913-1944), fourth rebbe of the Slonim dynasty, only son and successor of his father, author of Beit Avraham. Despite his early coronation at the age of twenty, he was considered as one of the Chassidic leaders of the Jewry in
Poland. During the Holocaust he suffered greatly, however always mentioned that which is stated in the Holy Zohar – that the Almighty colors his garment in blood of martyred Jews. Murdered by the Nazis on Friday, Cheshvan 1944.
29 cm. leaf, written on both sides, good-fair condition, creases and wear.
Two interesting letters handwritten and signed by the Rebbe of Slonim
Rabbi Avraham Weinberg, author of Birkat Avraham. 1930-1944. In one of the letters he notes that he is awaiting an answer from the Rebbe “and until I receive an answer I do not wish to do anything… and therefore I cannot respond”. In the second letter which was written during the Agudat Yisrael convention in Petach Tikvah in Sivan 1944, he submits his resignation from the committee of Beit Yaakov in light of spiritual problems with the teachers and students in Beit Yaakov Seminary.
Rabbi Avraham Weinberg - the third, author of Birkat Avraham (1889-1981), was born in Tiberias to his father Rabbi Noach, grandson of the first Rabbi Avraham Weinberg, author of Yesod HaAvodah, among leaders of Or Torah Yeshiva in Tiberias and among founders of the Orthodox educational system in Eretz Israel. Following the Holocaust the elders of the Slonim Chassidism approached him and requested to coronate him as Rebbe, however he declined and was active in the coronation of his dear friend Rabbi Mordechai Chaim Slonim. Only after the demise of the Rebbe Rabbi Motel Slonimer in 1954 Rabbi Avraham [who was at the time approximately sixty five years old] agreed to serve as leader of the congregation. He then moved to Jerusalem and led the Chassidic congregation for approximately twenty seven years. Served as a member of the Council of Torah Sages.
2 letters, various sizes. Good condition.
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.
Collection of family letters from the archive of Rabbi Shmaya Luria, accomplished and influential individual, among senior activists of Agudat Yisrael, Beit Ya’akov and Slonim Chassidism in Eretz Israel. Many letters from his father Rabbi Tzvi (Hirsch) Luria of Tiberias, and his sons Rabbi Yitzchak Matityahu Luria and Rabbi Aharon Yosef Luria. Letters from other family members. Letters from the period of 1948 Arab-Israeli War [War of Independence] and detailed description of security and economic situation in Tiberias, Safed and Jerusalem.
Letters of his father, Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Luria, pertain to public matters, matters of Slonim Institutions in Tiberias, Divrei Torah and family matters. Many letters of Divrei Torah and methods of worship of G-d by his brother Rabbi Aharon Yosef Luria.
Rabbi Tzvi Luria – Rabbi Hirsch (1882-1952), among the greatest Chassidim of Slonim in Tiberias and among Rashei Yeshiva of Or Torah. His oldest sons Rabbi Aharon Yosef Luria (1894-1969, author of Avodat Pnim) and Rabbi Yitzchak Matityahu Luria (1897-1985), author of Sha’arei Limud, Avkot Rochlim and Nachalei Emuna). Among leaders of Slonim Chassidism, exalted Chassidic Torah scholars and founders of Orthodox education in Eretz Israel.
More than 100 letters; some on stationery of Or Torah Yeshiva in Tiberias. Various sizes and conditions.
• Authorization and Power of Attorney for an attorney, signed by Rebbe Avraham Weinberg of Slonim, author of Birkat Avraham and his son-in-law Rebbe Shalom Noach Barzovsky, author of Netivot Shalom, with other signatures of Chassidic elders. [Jerusalem, 1965?].
• Declaration concerning the synagogue of Slonim Chassidim in Jerusalem, with the signature of Rebbe Avraham Weinberg author of Birkat Avraham. Jerusalem, 1965.
Rebbe Avraham Weinberg the third, author of Birkat Avraham (1889-1981) was born in Tiberias to Rabbi Noach, grandson of the first Rabbi Avraham Weinberg, author of Yesod Ha'Avodah, a dean of the Or Torah Yeshiva in Tiberias and one of the founders of the Charedi education system in Eretz Israel. After the Holocaust, the elders of the Slonim Chassidic community asked him to serve as Rebbe but he refused and was active in appointing his friend Rabbi Mordechai Chaim Slonim. Only after the death of Rebbe Mottel Slonimer in 1954, did Rebbe Avraham [who was already 65 years old] agree to lead the Slonim community. He then moved to Jerusalem, and led his Chassidim for 27 years. He was a member of Mo'etzet Gedolei HaTorah.
His son-in-law Rabbi Sholom Noach Berezovsky (1911-2000) was born in Baranovichi and studied there in the Slonim Yeshiva headed by Rabbi Moshe Meidner. From a young age, he became renowned as a holy Torah scholar. In 1936, he ascended to Eretz Israel. He served as head of the Beit Avraham Yeshiva in Jerusalem and from 1981 as Rebbe of Slonim. One of the heads of Mo'etzet Gedolei HaTorah and of the Chinuch Atzmai education system. Wrote the Netivot Shalom series.
2 leaves, 33 cm. good condition. Stains, folding marks. File holes.
Handwritten leaf, draft of a proclamation in favor of Kollel Reisin (first Kollel in Eretz Israel). Includes copies of letters by Chassidic leaders in support of the Kollel. Slonim, 8th of Kislev 1903.
At the top of the leaf is a public appeal in support of the Reisin Kollel. Following, summarized copy of letters of Chassidic leaders, followed by copies of letters from Rebbe Rabbi David Moshe Friedman of Chortkov and his brother Rebbe Rabbi Mordechai Shraga Feivish Friedman of Husiatyn. The proclamation which was eventually printed contains abbreviated and brief versions of letters by rebbes of Ruzhin, whereas this copy includes the complete format of letters (letter by rebbe of Chortkov damaged from tear at bottom of leaf).
At the bottom of the leaf is a credibility authorization of copy: “Was copied letter by letter from body of letters… 8th of Kislev 1904 … Slonim”. Signed by: “Rabbi Elchanan Netanel - rabbinical authority in Slonim” and Rabbi “Yudah son of deceased Rabbi Moshe Yitzchak local slaughterer and examiner “. In the proclamation on top of the leaf, the rebbe of Chortkov is still referred to as alive, although he passed away approximately a month and a half earlier (on Hoshana Rabbah 1904).
Leaf,  pages. 21 cm. Fair condition. Coarse tear with missing text on bottom of leaf. Stains. Scotch tape restorations
Long letter (36 lines) handwritten and signed by the Skulener Rebbe Rabbi Eliezer Zusia Portugal. New York, 1962.
Detailed letter on the issue of Pidyon Shevuyim (redeeming captives) from prison [saving Jews and their emigration from Communist Romania]. He writes of his concern that the Romanian government may regret their emigration permits and cautions not to publicize the matter "as our Sages have taught us to learn from the Second Tablets (given without fanfare)". At the end of the letter, he writes about himself "that the many travails of our brethren, the Jewish People, tax my mind and strength", and signs with a blessing for long years and health "with Birkat HaTorah and the true redemption by the true redeemer".
Rabbi Eliezer Zusia Portugal – The Skulener Rebbe (1896-1982), son and successor of Rabbi Yisrael Avraham Av Beit Din of Skulen. During the Holocaust, toiled fervently to save Polish refugees. After the Holocaust, lived in Bucharest and ardently struggled for the sake of Jewry in Communist Romania. He raised dozens of orphans in his home, to save them from government education, and later smuggled them out of Romania to other countries. After he himself was forced to escape, he arrived in the US where he became one of the leading Chassidic rebbes. He founded a chain of orphanages and schools called Chesed L'Avraham – Skulen". Gave much charity and did much chesed and was very active in saving Jews.
Aerogram 30.5 cm, 36 handwritten lines, good-fair condition, stains and filing holes.
Three letters to the Etz Chaim Yeshiva handwritten and signed by Rabbi Yitzchak Huberman, Ra'anana, 1967-1968. In one of the letters he tells of the visit of the Gur Rebbe author of Beit Yisrael: "This week, the Gur Rebbe came to visit me and blessed me with a complete recovery, and I got out of bed".
Rabbi Yitzhak HaCohen Huberman, "the Tzaddik of Ra'anana" (1896-1977). Born in Poland, studied Torah from Rabbi Ya'akov Mordechai of Biłgoraj, from the "Shem Mi-Shmuel" of Sochatshev and from Rabbi Glickson (son-in-law of R' Chaim of Brisk). Known for his diligence and Torah genius. Was close to the Gur Rebbes and bonded with the Lubavitch school of thought as well. After the Holocaust, he served for six years as Rabbi in Wetzlar, Germany. Immigrated to Eretz Israel and settled in Ra'anana. Known as a lofty tzaddik and wonder-worker. Rabbi Shach writes about him in the approbation to his book "Ben L'Oshri", "Who is famous for being full of knowledge of revealed and hidden [Torah]".
3 letters (one is written on a postcard). Varied size and condition, good condition, filing holes and creases.
Letter signed by 122 Tel Aviv residents ordaining Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu Taub son of the Modzitz Rebbe "as local rabbi of our neighborhood" (region of Lilenbloom-Yehuda, Halevi-Herzl Streets), "who will fill the position of rabbi and preacher and teach us all matters of religion which periodically rise, and we will apply to him with all our daily queries". They request the Chief Rabbinate to officially approve this ordination. Tel Aviv, [c. 1940].
Among those who signed are well-known Chassidim and public figures: Rabbi "Yitzchak Friedman" – Rebbe author of Siach Yitzhak from Husiatyn, Rabbi "Avraham Arten", Rabbi "Yisrael Asher Shapir' [Gur Chassid], Rabbi "Moshe Burstein", Rabbi "'Yitzchak Weinstein", Rabbi "Yitzchak Meir Kuperberg", Rabbi "Yissachar Dov Rokeach", etc.
Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu Taub (1905-1984, Encyclopedia L'Chassidut, Vol. 3, pp. 691-693), son of Rabbi Shaul Yedidya Eliezer the Modzitz Rebbe (1887-Kislev 1948), ascended to Eretz Israel in 1936 and established his Beit Midrash. He was one of the leading rebbes in Eretz Israel and a member of Mo'etzet Gedolei HaTorah.
2 connected leaves. 33 cm. Good-fair condition.
Letter by Rebbe Baruch David Twersky to his relative Rebbe Yosef Wertheim of Ostroh. Vienna, 1925.
Rebbe Baruch David Twersky (1875-1925), son of Rebbe Mordechai Dov of Hornostaipil. From 1903, succeeded his father as Rebbe of Hornostaipil. In 1904, left for Kalinkavichy and gathered all his father's Chassidim in Raseiniai and in Lithuania. Was renowned for his greatness in Torah knowledge. In 1922, escaped Russia where he was under the vigilance of the Communist government and settled in Vienna where he died at the age of 51. His novellae on the Torah and his halachic responsa by the name of VaYevarech David were published as attachments to his father's book Torei Zahav (Jerusalem, 1969).
Postcard 9X14 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and creases. Filing holes.
Collection of letters, documents and leaves, by Rachmastrivka rebbes.
• Letters sent to Rebbe Mordechai Twersky from 1904-1914. • Divorce agreement of Rabbi Aryeh ben Rabbi Mordechai from Rebbetzin Shaindel bat Rabbi Ze'ev. 190-. • New Year blessing in rhyme with the acrostic Mordechai sent to the rebbe [apparently in the handwriting of the rebbe's son Rabbi Pinchas Twersky from Ustilla]. • Bunch of documents about the guardianship of the estate of Rebbe Ze'ev Twersky who died in Jerusalem in 1937 (father-in-law of the author of Imrei Chaim of Vizhnitz).
10 items, varied size and condition.
Collection of documents and letters pertaining to Alexander Chassidism in Eretz Israel.
• A letter handwritten and signed by Rebbe Yehuda Moshe Danziger of Alexander. Bnei Brak, 1955. • Five letters of recommendation for institutions of Alexander Chassidism in Bnei Brak, by Rabbi Dov Berish Weidenfeld [rabbi of Trzebinia], by Chief Rabbi of Israel Rabbi Ben Zion Meir Chai Uziel, by Rabbi Yitzchak Eizik HaLevi Herzog, by Rabbi Maimon and by world center of Mizrachi. Jerusalem, 1953. • Additional documents related to the administration of institutions of the Chassidism.
9 items. Various sizes and conditions.
Collection of letters by rebbes, rabbis and educational figures, for a convention in honor of the establishment of the “Center for Kindergartens of Agudat Yisrael”; photographs of the convention. Tevet 1964.
Letter containing signature of the Rebbe of Sadigura Rabbi Mordechai Shalom Yosef Friedman. Letter signed by Rebbe Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu Taub, (unsigned) letter by the Rebbe of Ozharov, letter signed by the Rebbe of Koidanov-Botashan, additional letters and telegrams. Protocol of decisions from the convention.
15 letters and documents. Varying sizes and conditions. 10 9x13.5 cm. photographs, very good condition.
Invitation from Rebbe Chaim Meir Hager, author of Imrei Chaim, of Vizhnitz to the wedding of his grandson Rabbi Yisrael ben Moshe Ernster, with the daughter of Rebbe Yitzchak Kalish of Amshinov-New York. Adar Aleph 1970.
On the back of the invitation is a personal handwritten letter from the Rebbe to Rabbi Avraham Moshe Ba'abad, signed in his handwriting: "Chaim Meir" (it is apparent from the signature that the writing was difficult for him, due to his old age).
Rabbi Avraham Moshe Ba'abad, Rabbi of Gura Humorului (Bukovina), an outstanding Torah genius, one of the elder Chassidic rabbis in Eretz Israel, close to the Vizhnitz Chassidic court, see attached material.
~ On the reverse side of the leaf is another personal letter in Yiddish handwritten and signed by the Rebbe's wife, Rebbetzin Margalit.
24 cm. Good condition. Folding marks.
Long letter with New Year blessings handwritten and signed by Rebbe Mordechai Hager of Vizhnitz-Monsey, to Rebbe Naftali Moskowitz of Mielec . Monsey, 4th day of Selichot 1994.
"…A year of blessings and peace, life and plenty from above and all the best forever…You should merit seeing much pleasure of holiness…and to dwell in the tent of Torah…and the new year should bring…good and blessing, ketiva v'chatima tova in the books of the completely righteous…".
18 lines in his handwriting and with his signature. Official stationery, 25 cm. Very good condition, folding marks.
Igra D'Kallah, on the Five Books of the Torah, by Rebbe Zvi Elimelech of Dynów, author of Bnei Yissaschar. New York, 1961.
Signatures of Rebbe "Chaim Ya'akov Safrin of Komarno" from New York and Jerusalem, and signature of Rabbi "Naftali Chaim Guttman" of Bnei Brak, who writes that he had purchased the book from Rabbi Zvi Moskowitz of Jerusalem, who exchanged the book with the Rebbe of Komarno. Many handwritten glosses, most were written by Rabbi Naftali Chaim Guttman.
Rabbi Chaim Ya'akov Safrin (1892-1967), son of Rebbe Avraham Mordechai Safrin of Boryslav-Komarno. Served as Rebbe in the city of Uzhhorod (Ungvar). In 1937, immigrated to the US and was one of the leading Chassidic rebbes in New York. In 1962, he ascended to Jerusalem where he established his Beit Midrash. An outstanding Torah scholar and a holy man, great in Cabbalistic wisdom. Wrote some 40 manuscripts, of which only four were printed, Beit Ya'akov, Beit Avot, Ma Zot and Shabbat Shalom U'Mevorach.
, 322 pages; 216 pages. 25 cm. Good condition, wear. Original worn binding.
Tehillim, with Rashi and Tosfot Chaim commentaries. With Azharot and customs by Rabbi Zvi Elimelech of Dinov author of Bnei Yissaschar, and other additions. Lublin, 1900.
The copy of Rebbe Pinchas Hager of Borşa, who signed in his own handwriting: "Pinchas ben Rabbi Zvi of Borşa". another signature on back forsatz leaf: "Pinchas Hager, Borşa, P.H.". Other inscriptions: "Belongs to Rabbi Zvi of Borşa". Signature of his son Rebbe "Yitzchak Meir Hager". Other inscriptions and signatures ["Avraham Ya'akov Sofer"].
Rebbe Pinchas Hager of Borşa (Encyclopedia L'Chassidut Vol. 3, pp. 530-531), son of Rebbe Baruch Hager of Vizhnitz settled in Borşa in the Maramureş region in 1893, where he established his court with its hundreds of Chassidim. Known as an outstanding Torah scholar and proficient in Kabalistic wisdom and a wonder-worker who gave profusely to charity. During World War I, he moved to Vishiva and in 1927 he moved again to Siget and lived there until his death in 1941. His son Rabbi Yitzchak Meir succeeded him as Rebbe in Siget until he perished in the Holocaust together with his family.
256; 32 pages. 22 cm. Good condition, stains. Few tears. Leather binding, slightly damaged.
Chesed L'Avraham, on Kabalistic wisdom, by Rabbi Avraham Azulai. Slavita, . 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.
, 87, 1-34 [should be: 36],  leaves (lacking title page). 20 cm. Good condition, stains and wear, tears to a few leaf margins. Damaged binding.
Shivchei HaRan, history of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov "From the day of his birth to the day he ascended to heaven". [Lvov, c. 1870].
Signature on title page "Zvi Meir HaCohen Rabinowitz of Radomsko" – Rabbi Zvi Meir HaCohen Rabinowitz (1751-1802), son of the Rebbe, author of Tiferet Shlomo of Radomsko. Tzaddik and cabbalist, succeeded his father as Rabbi of the city of Radomsko [his younger brother Rabbi Avraham Yissachar was appointed Rebbe succeeding his father]. Another signature on the title page by his son Rabbi "Avraham Pinchas HaCohen Rabinowitz", Rabbi of Radomsko after his father and last Rabbi of the city, until he was murdered in sanctification of G-d's name in 1942. Stamps and signatures of his brother Rabbi "Yehoshua Nachum Rabinowitz". See attached material.
 leaves. 14 cm. Fair condition. Moth damages with damage to text in several places. Loose leaves. Without binding, detached front cover.
The seventh and eighth sections, Sha'ar Ru'ach HaKodesh and Sha'ar HaGilgulim, “of the eight sections written by the Rabbi the G-dly Mekubal Rabbi Chaim Vital… as he received from his teacher…Rabbi Yitzchak Luria Ashkenazi”. Jerusalem, . Printed by Yisrael Beck. First edition. Special title page and pagination for Sha'ar HaGilgulim.
Stamp of the Lelów Rebbe Rabbi "Elazar Menachem ben Rabbi Moshe, in the city of Jerusalem". Many stamps patterned after the signature of his son Rebbe "Alter ben R' Eliezer Menachem". And many stamps: "Avraham Bezalel Nathan Neta ben R' Elazar Menachem Biderman, Jerusalem".
Rabbi Elazar Menachem Mendel Biderman (1827-1883), son of Rebbe Moshe'le of Lelów (Lelov), and son-in-law of the son of the "Chozeh of Lublin". Ascended to Eretz Israel in 1851 and that very year succeeded his father, the founder of the first Chassidic community in Jerusalem [until his days, there were Chassidic settlements only in Tiberias and Safed. In Jerusalem lived mainly the Pharisees, disciples of the Vilna Gaon and the Chatam Sofer]. He was renowned for his prayers and did not miss even one day of prayer by the Western Wall.
His son Rebbe Alter Biderman, (1862-1933) was born in Jerusalem to his father Rebbe Elazar Mendel of Lelów and was named Avraham Bezalel Nathan Netz, but was called Alter. In 1894, he traveled to Poland and led the Chassidic community in the city of Sosnowica in Poland and was called "Der Eretz Israel Rebbe".
, 76,  leaves; 78 leaves. 21 cm. High-quality paper, good condition, foxing. Paper covered leather binding, slightly worn.
Many stamps and inscriptions that the book belongs to Rebbe Yitzchak Menachem Danziger the Rebbe of Alexander. Signature of his family members and earlier owners: Rabbi "Elazar Lipshitz"; "Ya'akov Yechezkel HaCohen"; "Akiva Yehoshua Eiger"; "Moshe Weiss, Rabbi of Losyach"; "Avraham Chaim"; etc.
Rebbe Yitzchak Menachem Danziger of Alexander (1880-1942) was a leading rebbe of his times. Educated by his grandfather, founder of the dynasty Rabbi Yechiel of Alexander, by his father Rebbe Shmuel Zvi of Alexander, author of Tiferet Shmuel and by his uncle Rabbi Yerachmiel Yisrael Yitzchak, author of Yismach Yisrael.
In 1924, he was crowned as rebbe, after 70 foremost Polish rabbis, his father's Chassidim, requested that he continue leading the dynasty. During his leadership, the Alexander Chassidic community in Poland grew and numbered tens of thousands of Jews. With his brother Rabbi Avraham Chaim Danziger, he founded the chain of the Beit Yisrael Yeshivot in memory of his uncle the author of Yismach Yisrael. He was murdered in the Holocaust with all his children and grandchildren. After the Holocaust, the remaining Alexander Chassidim gathered around his cousin Rabbi Yehuda Moshe Tehiberg and crowned him as Rebbe. These Chassidim compiled whatever remained of his Torah writings and printed them in the book Akedat Yitzchak.
Two volumes: , 200 leaves, 24 pages; , 225 leaves, 16 pages. 28 cm. Brittle paper, use damage and stains. Elaborate leather bindings, ancient and worn.
Levush Ateret Zahav, on Tur Yoreh Deah, by Rabbi Mordechai Yaffe, with Chagorat Shmuel commentary, by Rabbi Shmuel of Lenzburg; section III of Sifrei Halevush series. Berdychiv, . Rabbi Yisrael Beck Printing Press.
Stamps of Rebbe Rabbi “Nachum son of Rabbi Mordechai Twersky” – The Rebbe Nenachem Nachum Twersky (1894 - 1944, Encyclopedia L'Chassidut, vol 3, pp. 166-167), son of Rabbi Mordechai Yosef of Zlatopol, served in place of his father in Warsaw. Was murdered during the Holocaust.
182 leaves, 33 cm. bluish paper, good-fair condition, moth damage, stains and wear. New binding.
D'rush V'Chidush Rabbi Akiva Eger. Volume 2, novellae [on Tractate Berachot and Seder Mo'ed, and Tractates Yevamot and Ketubot] and homiletics. "As printed in Warsaw" [Szczecin, 1860].
Stamps of Rebbe "Yechezkel Rabbi of Dej and its region" and "… Rabbi of M. Abaújvár and its region", and stamps of his son Rebbe "Ya'akov Elimelech Panet Rabbi of Dej and its region, head and chairman of Arzot HaChaim Jerusalem, Safed Tiberias, of Kollel Transylvania and Suliţa".
On one leaf appears a handwritten gloss [slightly cutoff], apparently in the handwriting of Rebbe Yechezkel Panet: "And I wonder about his words that are opposed to the words of the Talmud…this needs much research".
Rabbi Yechezkel Panet author of Knesset Yechezkel (1870-1930, Encyclopedia L'Chassidut Vol. 2, pp. 174-175), was a leading Torah figure in his times. Son of Rabbi Moshe Panet and grandson of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Panet who both served in the Dej Rabbinate. Served in the Rabbinate of Urişor and Abaújvár. Later succeeded his father and grandfather in Dej.
His son, Rebbe Ya'akov Elimelech Panet (1889-1944, Encyclopedia L'Chassidut Vol. 2, pp. 253-254), served for 18 years as Rabbi of Abaújvár (succeeding his father). In 1926, was appointed "Junior Rabbi" at his father's side in Dej and in 1930, after his father's death, succeeded him as Rabbi of Dej. He perished in the Holocaust with his entire family. Authored Zichron Ya'akov on the Torah.
113 leaves. 31 cm. Good-fair condition, stains. Tears to several leaves, restored with glued paper. Worn binding.
Ateret Yisrael, by the Magid Rebbe Yisrael of Bohopoli . Zhitomir, 1867. First edition. With approbation of the author's relative, Rebbe Aharon of Chernobyl, who writes of the author's greatness and about his book: "I have known and heard from my father the Rebbe who highly praised him and therefore it is a mitzvah to print his book to strengthen and increase Torah learning". He blesses the publishers that the merit of the Holy Rebbe Magid should protect "them and the printers and those who purchase this book, G-d should bless them in spiritual and material matters with abundance".
On the title page appear stamps of the library of Rebbe Yisrael Freidman of Husiatyn (1858-1949, Encyclopedia L'Chassidut Vol. 2, pp. 561-562), the eldest Ruzhin Rebbe, named after his grandfather, the founder of the dynasty, Rabbi Israel of Ruzhin. In 1894, after his father's death, he was appointed Rebbe of Husiatyn and his father's followers, thousands of Chassidim, accepted his authority. In his late years, he ascended to Eretz Israel and settled in Tel Aviv where he set up his court.
. 70 leaves. Without the front cover (title page) which appears only in part of the copies . 21 cm. Good condition, stains. New binding.
Sha'arei Efraim – Irshava, 1932 – Copy of Rebbe Mordechai of Pest-Nadvorna
Sefer Divrei Emet, on the Torah, by the Chozeh of Lublin. Lemberg, 1864. Bound with: Sefer Avodat Yisrael, on the Torah, by the Maggid of Kozhnitz. Lemberg, 1863.
Many stamps of Rebbe Rabbi Moshe Halberstam of Bardejov, and his son and successor, Rebbe Rabbi Yechiel Natan Halberstam.
Rabbi Moshe Halberstam (1850-1903), son of Rabbi Baruch Halberstam of Görlitz and son-in-law of his uncle Rabbi Aharon Halberstam of Sanz. Erudite Torah giant, educated in home of his grandfather, Rabbi Chaim of Sanz, who assigned him the task of editing his responsa book Divrei Chaim (together with his cousin Rabbi Shlomo of Bobov). Corresponded with his grandfather and uncle, Rabbi Mordechai Dov of Hornostaypil.
Appointed during the lifetime of his father as rabbi and rebbe of Bardejov, Hungary, and was among leading rebbes of Hungary.
His son, Rabbe Rabbi Yechiel Halberstam (1865-1933), son-in-law of Rabbi Aryeh Leibush Halberstam son of Rabbi David of Chrzanow. In 1885 was appointed rabbi in Alt-Sanz adjacent to Novo-Sanz where his grandfather Rabbi Chaim of Sanz served in the rabbinate. In 1904 was summoned to succeed his father in the rabbinate of Bardejov, and many Chassidim of Görlitz, especially residents of Hungary, accepted him as their authority. Published Halachic articles which were published in his days.
48 leaves; (3), 72 leaves. 25 cm. Quality paper, good-fair condition, usage wear and stains. New elegant leather binding.
Sefer HaYakar, Choker UMekubal by Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto –Ramchal. Czernowitz, 1848.
Signed ownership notation, stamps and ex-libris of Rebbe Rabbi Nachum Dover Friedman of Sadigura. Stamp with an image of a lion in center, “Nachum Dover Friedman”, and second stamp “fiscal purchase”. His custom was to put this stamp upon books which he purchased from his personal capital, as opposed to books which he received as gifts. His library was among the most significant libraries of rabbis of his generation. Rebbe Rabbi Nachum Dover Friedman (passed away in 1883, Otzar HaRabbanim 15912), son of Rebbe Rabbi Shalom Yosef of Ruzhin and son-in-law of his uncle, Rebbe Rabbi Avraham Yaakov of Sadigura – holy sons of Rabbi Yisrael of Ruzhin.
20 leaves. 19 cm. Good condition. Original ornamented cloth binding.
Moreh Nevuchim by the Rambam. With commentaries. 3 parts. Warsaw, 1872.
Ownership inscription that the book "Belongs to the Rebbe of Czchów" and his stamps "Ya'akov Shimshon Kanner of Czchów”, "Ya'akov Shimshon Segal Kanner Av Beit Din of Czchów, now living in Klausenburg". Ownership inscriptions and lists of births of the Alimini family, which emigrated from Yemen to Jerusalem in the 1920s.
Rebbe Ya'akov Shimshon Kanner (died 1941, Encyclopedia L'Chassidut, Vol. 2, p. 327), descendant of Rabbi Chaim of Kosov and Rabbi Pinchas of Koritz. Son-in-law of Rebbe Moshe Halberstam of Sieniawa. Served as Av Beit Din and Rebbe of Czchów (Galicia) and after World War I settled in Klausenburg. His son is Rebbe Avraham Abish Kanner of Botoşani -Haifa and his son-in-law is the Rebbe of Vasloi Rabbi Ya'akov Yosef Shlomo Halprin.
, 133; , 97; , 74; 10 leaves. (Lacking first illustrated title page). Approximately 24 cm. Brittle paper, fair condition, wear and tear, moth damage. Yemenite binding with leather back, damaged.
Magen Avraham, Chassidic homiletics on the Torah, Part 2. By the Trisker Magid, Rebbe Avraham ben Rabbi Mordechai of Chernobyl. Lublin, . First edition, printed while the author was alive (1806-1889). Printed on Leaf  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.
 3-113 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…".
Emek HaChachma, by Rebbe Mordechai Dov of Hornostaipil. Satmar, 1928. Second edition by the author's grandson Rebbe Chaim Halberstam. On the introduction page is a nice dedication in his handwriting and with his signature, for the bar-mitzvah boy "Yosef Stern".
Rebbe Chaim Halberstam (1885-1942), firstborn of Rebbe Shalom Eliezer of Ratzfert (son of the Divrei Chaim of Sanz). For 40 years, Rabbi Chaim Halberstam lived in Satmar where he served as dayan and had his own Beit Midrash. He was very beloved by his maternal grandfather, Rebbe Mordechai Dov Twersky of Hornostaipil as apparent in his responses to his grandson in the Emek HaChochma responsa (Satmar, 1928). His elderly father was 80 at the time of his funeral and he eulogized his son bitterly.
, 158,  pages; , 3-90,  leaves. 19 cm. Good condition, stains and wear.
Mareh Yechezkel, part 1 on the Torah and part 2 on the festivals, and Novellae on the Aggadot, by Rabbi Yechezkel Panet, Av Beit Din of Carlsberg. Jerusalem, 1966.
On the leaf before the title page is a long dedication from 1883 handwritten and signed by Rebbe Mordechai Hager of Vizhnitz-Monsey.
Rebbe Mordechai Hager of Vizhnitz-Monsey was born in 1922 in Grosswardien to his father the Rebbe author of Imrei Chaim of Vizhnitz. Studied under his grandfather Rebbe Yisrael Hager, author of Ahavat Yisrael of Vizhnitz, under Rebbe Yoel of Satmar and under Rebbe Yosef Greenwald of Papa. His first marriage was to the daughter of Rebbe Ya'akov Yosef of Skvyra. Following his father-in-law, he moved to the US after the Holocaust and there he established the Vizhnitz Chassidism, first in NY and afterward in Monsey. One of the eldest Rebbes and Jewish leaders in the US.
37,  pages; 50; , 32;  leaves; 7 pages. 27 cm. Very good condition. Minor damage to binding.
Prayers for throughout the year according to the Nusach HaArizal, Volume 2 for Shabbat, Rosh Chodesh and Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. Nusach Chabad, with explanations of the words according to the kavanot of the Arizal, halachot and Chassidic sayings by the Admor HaZaken Rebbe Shneur Zalman of Liady. Edited by his son the middle Admor Rabbi Dov Ber. Kopys, . First edition.
Composed of: Kavanot of the mikveh, entering Shabbat, Mincha of Erev Shabbat, Arvit for Shabbat, Shabbat meals, Shacharit for Shabbat, Rosh Chodesh, Festivals, Elul, Rosh HaShana, blowing the shofar, Yom Kippur, Succot, Lulav, Chanuka, Purim, Pesach, Lag BaOmer and Shavuot.
Lacking copy. 2-68; 58, 61-98 leaves (lacking: title page, Leaves 59-60 of second counting and Leaf 99 at the end – total of four leaves). 19 cm. Fair condition. Stains and wear. Tears to several leaves (with damage to text).
Collection of Chabad books printed between 1860-1953, some of which are especially rare and significant. For a complete list, see Hebrew description.
11 books. Varying sizes and conditions. Majority in good condition and in attractive bindings.
Collection of leaves and notebooks of Chassidic writings of Chabad Torah thoughts, by various writers from various times.
For a complete list, see Hebrew description.
Approximately 10 items, dozens of leaves, varied size and condition, fair-poor to good-fair.
Volume composed of leaflets of Chassidic articles and discourses by Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson of Lubavitch. Riga and Warsaw, New York and Jerusalem. 1928-1932.
• Ma'amar Kinyan HaChaim (Koift Leben). Riga, 1928. • Wedding homiletics (for the wedding of his daughter Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka with Rebbe Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch). Riga, 1929. •Ma'amar Bet Nissan. Riga, 1929. • Homiletics, for the Festival of Redemption (Passover). Riga, 1929. •Drushei D'Ach, delivered in Eretz Israel. Jerusalem, 1929. • Ma'amarim, Bet Nissan, New York, 1930. •Homiletics, for the Festival of Redemption. New York, 1930. • Articles of Chassidism and discourses (shmussen), Pamphlets 10-16, 18. Riga-Warsaw, 1931-1932.
22 cm. Varying condition, good to fair, some on brittle paper with tears. Detached leaves. Damaged semi-leather binding.
Signatures: Rabbi "Mordechai Shmuel Ashkenazi" [Rabbi of Kfar Chabad], Rabbi "Moshe Ashkenazi", Rabbi "Yitzchak Yadger". Kvitel between leaves.
• Kuntress HaTefilla, by Rebbe Shalom Duber Schneerson (Rashab). Vilna, 1924. First edition.
• Ma'amar Kinyan HaChaim (Koift Leben). By Rebbe Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson (the Rayatz). Riga, Elul 1928.
• 19th of Kislev, leaflet with explanations for Passover. Distributed by Tze'irei Agudat Chabad, Tel Aviv, 19th of Kislev 1959.
3 items (two bound volumes and a newspaper-like leaflet). Varied size and condition. Moth damages.
Letter written by Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson of Lubavitch Chabad, to Rabbi Avraham [Rappaport]. Brooklyn (New York), 1966.
Letter of greetings sent in the month of Cheshvan, referring to the conclusion of the month of Tishrei, with Chassidic thoughts on the meaning of the festivals that take place in Tishrei and their impact on the rest of the year.
Typewritten, with handwritten additions and his signature.
28 cm. Good condition, folding marks and stains.
Letter of good wishes for the New Year, "Ketiva v'chatima tova for a good sweet year, material and spiritual", by Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson of Chabad Lubavitch. Brooklyn, 1972.
Official stationery, typewritten, with the word "In honor" added in handwriting and with his signature.
21 cm. Good condition, few stains, folding marks.
• Enclosed is a dollar given by the Rebbe, to give to charity. (Laminated, with a sticker with his photograph).
Sefer Likutei Amarim, Tanya. "One Thousandth Publication". Brooklyn, New York, 11 Nisan 1984.
Thousandth edition of Sefer HaTanya. Elegant volume. At the end appears an extensive bibliographic section of printings of the Tanya, photocopies of title pages of previous publications and manuscripts of Sefer HaTanya. This edition was distributed by the Rabbi of Lubavitch following the Farbrengen [Chabad gathering] of 11 Nisan 1984 (his 82nd birthday) by 50 of the Kollel students.
19 cm. blue cloth bookmarks and binding, high-quality paper, wide margins. Excellent condition.
• "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.
Responsa and testimonies regarding Agunot from Ancona, by Rabbi Yeshayah Azulai (Son of the Chida), Oriental Italian writing, with a few handwritten corrections by Rabbi Yeshayah (who wrote in Jerusalem Sephardic writing). Ancona, 1810.
On margins of the responsum are 4 lines of approbation by Rabbi Yisrael Chaim Refael Sagri, emissary from Eretz Israel who writes, "G-d has led me to this city of Ancona, on my travels as emissary of the holy rabbis of the city of Tiberias... I have gone to visit the great rabbi…Yeshaya Azulai. See the two witnesses who signed before me and testified to all the above…My name is Yisrael Chaim Refael Sagri" [curly signature].
Rabbi Yisrael Chaim Refael Sagri (died 1833, Otzar HaRabbanim 12200) Torah scholar and Kabbalist, one of the greatest sages of Jerusalem, emissary of the sages of Tiberias to Europe from 1808-1811. Author of Ateret Yisrael, Tiferet Yisrael. See enclosed material.
Rabbi Refael Yeshayah Azulai (1743-1826, Otzar HaRabbanim 17891). Eldest son of the Chida, disciple of his father and one of the leading Torah scholars in Jerusalem. During the 1780s, traveled to Europe as emissary of the Rabbis of Tiberias and while in Amsterdam married the daughter of Rabbi Shlomo Shalem, Rabbi of the Amsterdam Sefaradi community. In 1788, was appointed Av Beit Din of Ancona, where he served for 40 years.
The Chida sent many missives and letters to his son Rabbi Yeshaya, of which 50 were published. Three can be found in Igrot Chida, Livorno, and 47 were printed by Rabbi Chaim Rosenberg in Budapest in 1827 on the 100 year anniversary of the death of Rabbi Refael Yeshaya.
6 pages. 27 cm. High-quality paper. Good condition, minor moth damage, tiny holes from ink burn. Wear (restored) on leaf margins.
A letter handwritten and signed by Rabbi Moshe Bidigan to Rabbi Zalman Aryeh, regarding delivery of books from Frankfurt. Metz, . Divrei Torah in handwriting on the back of the leaf.
Rabbi Moshe son of Rabbi Yisrael Bidingen, among rabbis of Metz, author of Chanoch La’Na’ar, Em LaMikra (Metz, 1816) and ‘Drush for Bar Mitzvah’ (Metz, 1821). His commentaries and glosses were printed in the Machzorim and prayer books which were printed in Metz during those years. His composition ‘Kaf Achat Asara Zahav’ on the poem ‘Eleh Ezkera’, which was printed together with the Slichot printed in Metz in 1822 is well-known.
10.5X16.5 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and creases.
Leaf with four handwritten letters of recommendation by German rabbis, for Rabbi Aryeh Leib ben R' Asher, grandson of the author of Sha'agat Aryeh. Germany, 1840.
The first letter is by Rabbi Ya'akov Yehuda Kaufman Rabbi of Leipheim, who writes that Rabbi Aryeh Leib from Poland, grandson of the author of Sha'agat Aryeh came to his city and was in need of charity and monetary support (17th of Adar Aleph, 1840). Under this letter is another letter of recommendation by Rabbi Feitel Falhinger Rabbi of Bretten (17th of Adar Bet, 1840), and on the reverse side are two more letters. One is by Rabbi Eliyahu Hirsh Prager Rabbi of Bruchsal (10th of Adar Bet 1840), and the other is letter by Rabbi Elya Wilstetter Rabbi of Karlsruhe. All the writers lavishly praise Rabbi Aryeh Leib and note his greatness in Torah knowledge.
Rabbi Asher Walerstein Rabbi of Karlsruhe, son of the author of Sha'agat Aryeh and father of the subject of these recommendations was one of the greatest Torah scholars in his times and some of the most famous German rabbis were his disciples. Among them are the author of the Aruch LaNer and Rabbi Elyah Wilstetter, who wrote one of the recommendations and later succeeded him in the Karlsruhe rabbinate.
At the beginning of the book Gevurot Ari by the Sha'agat Aryeh, on Tractate Ta'anit, is a letter from 1836 written by Rabbi Aryeh Leib, the subject of the recommendations, in the name of his father, Rabbi Asher who was already blind and could not write by himself [there are also approbations by his disciples Rabbi Elya Wilstetter and Rabbi Eliyahu Hirsh Prager Rabbi of Bruchsal, from 1839].
Leaf, 19.5 cm. Written on both sides. Fair condition, stains, tears to margins and folding marks.
Letter by Rabbi Avraham Chalua sent to "Shlomo Avikatzitz in Bridgetown. Concerning family matters. [London], 1841.
Rabbi Avraham Chalua (Malkei Rabanan 16/2) was a Torah scholar in Meknes, moved to London and served there as dayan and Torah authority of the Sephardi community. He signed the halachic ruling in 1835 while living in London. He wrote piyutim which were printed at the end of the book Kol Ya'akov (London 1844).
23 cm. Sent by post (post stamps on back of letter). Good-fair condition. Tears to folding marks, reinforced with Adhesive tape.
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.
Letter by Rabbi Yehudah Assad to Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Ullmann. Av Beit Din of Makó author of Yeriot Shlomo. Semnitz, 1845.
Two-page lengthy letter containing Divrei Torah, in handwriting and with signature of Rabbi Yehudah Assad. At the beginning of the letter Rabbi Yehudah Assad writes: “… blessed is G-d who saved him from murderer… and I have immediately copied his language from this letter and sent it to two great rabbis in order to publicize his righteousness and inform them of the lie…”.
Holy Ga’on Rabbi Yehudah Assad (1796-1866), among leading Torah giants and Rashei Yeshivot of Hungary. Disciple of Rabbi Aharon Suditz and Rabbi Mordechai [Maharam] Bennet. Served in rabbinate of Semnitz and Serdahely. Appointed to rabbinate by the Chatam Sofer. His books include: Rabbi Yehudah Assad Responsa - Yehudah YaAleh, Chidushim of Rabbi Yehudah Assad on the Shas, writings of Rabbi Yehudah Assad on the Torah.
Recipient of letter, Ga’on Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Ullman (1792-1863), author of Yeriot Shlomo Responsa, among greatest rabbis of Hungary; appointed to rabbinate by the endeavor of the Chatam Sofer and served in the rabbinate ofMakó. Led the Hungarian Orthodox Jewry together with Rabbi Yehudah Assad and the Ktav Sofer.
This letter was printed in Rabbi Yehudah Assad Responsa – Yehudah YaAleh (clause 23), in an edited version, with omission of several passages which appear in this letter, for example, the opening paragraph (quoted above), of which the matter to which it refers is not clear to us.
Two handwritten pages. 23 cm. Fair condition. Tears from ink singeing, with damage to text. Wear and folding marks. Sent by mail (address listing and postmark on back of letter).
Long letter handwritten and signed by Rabbi David Deutsch to his brother Rabbi Avraham. Zaharoy, 1861.
Rabbi David Deutsch Rabbi of Mysłowice and Zaharoy, (1810-1873), disciple of Maharam Benet and the Chatam Sofer, author of Esof Aseifa (Breslau 1846), in opposition to the Reform convention in Braunschweig, and other books. (See Chatam Sofer V'Talmidav, page 105). Son of Rabbi Mordechai Deutsch (Rabbi of Zülz – died in 1813).
Letter's recipient: His brother Rabbi Avraham Deutsch of Zülz. A manuscript of his novellae appeared in Kedem catalog, Auction 14, Item 476.
2 pages, 17 cm. Approximately 70 handwritten lines. Good condition
Long interesting letter, handwritten and signed by Rabbi Shlomo Sofer Av Beit Din of Berehove [son of the Ktav Sofer], to Rabbi Moshe Greenwald Av Beit Din of Khust, author of Arugot HaBosem. Elul 1907.
Polemic letter full of pain, against the assembly of rabbis and gaba'im in Mukacheve. In the letter, Rabbi Sofer discusses the aims and appropriate management of the funds of Rabbi Meir Ba'al HaNess. He also refers to the activities of Kollel Poland and other Kollels.
On the 17th of Elul 1907, an assembly took place in Mukacheve, initiated by Rebbe Zvi Hirsh Shapira Av Beit Din of Mukacheve, author of Darkei Teshuva. At this meeting, (Chassidic) rabbis of ten communities gathered: Khust, Mukacheve, Sosnove, etc. to makes changes to the collection of "Eretz Yisrael funds" by establishing a new kollel, "Kollel Mukacheve and ten regions". This was an act of defiance against Kollel Ungarin (Hungary), which was presided over by the disciples of the Chatam Sofer and his followers. This item is a historic letter from the great polemic which arose at that time, with complaints of underhanded opportunism disregarding a good many of the rabbis of the region who were not invited to the assembly.
Rabbi Shlomo Sofer (1853-1930), the Ktav Sofer's son, served in the Berehove rabbinate from 1884 and was one of the leading rabbis in his days. Printed the book Igrot Sofrim and the book Chut HaMeshulash about the history of the Chatam Sofer and his son the Ktav Sofer. Rabbi Shlomo Sofer belonged to the school of the Chatam Sofer who had the custom of praying according to Nusach Ashkenaz and he had many disagreements with the Chassidic rabbis in his country.
Official stationery, 22.5 cm. 2 written pages, more than 60 handwritten lines. Good condition, stains.
Large handwritten leaves, copies by the scribe of the Dretske congregation in Hungary, related to appointment of rabbis of city.
Copies include: • Protocol of community decision to appoint Rabbi Shlomo Sofer as rabbi from Rosh Chodesh Adar I 1888. • Letter of response to the congregation written by Rabbi Shlomo Sofer regarding his appointment. • Letter by Rabbi Simcha Bunim Sofer [author of Shevet Sofer] blessing appointment of his brother as rabbi of city. • Decision of the congregation to inaugurate Rabbi Yosef Leib Sofer. Iyar 1885. • Rabbinate writ to his brother Rabbi Shmuel Binyamin Sofer. 1903. • Poem in honor of inauguration of Rabbi Shmuel Binyamin Sofer.
Ga’on Rabbi Shlomo Sofer, youngest son of the Ktav Sofer, who arrived to Dretske in light of his marriage to the daughter of the city rabbi, served in the rabbinate of the city between 1878 and 1884. He was then transferred to the rabbinate of Beregszasz. His successor was Ga’on Rabbi Yosef Leib Sofer, who was not related to him, and was the son of Gao’n Rabbi Eliezer Zussman Sofer Av Beit Din of Paks. He served in Dretske until the demise of his father in 1903, when he was summoned to succeed him in Paks, and his younger brother Rabbi Shmuel Binyamin Sofer took his place and served in Dretske until his demise during the Holocaust in 1943.
 leaves (7 written pages). 38 cm. Good condition. Stains.
Letter handwritten and signed by Rabbi Ze'ev Wolf Rosenberg. [Debrecen (Hungary), end of 19th century].
Written to his relative "Yosef Yuzpa". Among other things, he writes, "The Shabbat after Shavuot, my brother, Rabbi Yitzchak's wedding will take place…". Signed: "Ze'ev Wolf".
Rabbi Ze'ev Wolf Rosenberg (Otzar HaRabbanim 5544), known as "R' Wolf Dayan". Son of Rabbi Yosef Yuzpa Rosenberg Rabbi of Püspökladány, author of Yad Yosef and Revid HaZahav. Served as Ra'avad of Debrecen in Hungary. Survived the Holocaust, died in 1952 and was buried in Debrecen. His brother mentioned in the letter is Rabbi Yitzchak Rosenberg Rabbi of Hajdúhadház , author of Gevurot Yitzchak.
Inscriptions in Hebrew and a foreign language (with the words Debrecen and Rosenberg).
Leaf, 19 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and wear.
A handwritten and signed letter by Rabbi Yehuda Segal Rosner, to the heads of the "Union of Ungarin Yeshiva Students" in the US, headed by Rabbi Chaim Meir Bravin. Székelyhid , 1936.
Long letter of thanks for a large donation to the yeshiva: "I have received your letter with the check for $150 and this will sustain the lives of the 250 students who are studying Torah in dire need…", with warm hearty blessings.
Rabbi Ya'akov Segal Rosner (1879-1944, Otzar HaRabbanim 7101), a leading Hungarian Torah scholar, served for 39 years in the Székelyhid Rabbinate and headed the yeshiva there, which was one of the foremost yeshivot in Hungary. Close to the Satmar Rebbes, author of Imrei Ya'akov on the Talmud, responsa and Torah commentary. Perished in the Holocaust with his entire family.
Official stationery, 29 cm. Good-fair condition. Folding marks, wear and tear to margins.
A letter handwritten and signed by Rabbi Mordechai Brisk, Av Beit Din and head of Tăşnad Yeshiva. Elul, 1936.
Recommendation "for the hospital in Klozenburg which treats the sick among Jewish poor people in Transylvania, and gives assistance without asking for payment".
Rabbi Mordechai Brisk – Maharam Brisk (1886-perished in the Holocaust in 1944), one of the leading Torah scholars in Hungary and famous for teaching Torah, son-in-law of Rabbi Shmuel Zalman Weinberger Rabbi of Margareten [son of the Mahariatz]. Served in Margareten as dayan and posek and from 1918, served in the Tăşnad rabbinate. There he established his famous yeshiva where he taught thousands of disciples. Some of his books: Maharam Brisk responsa (4 volumes), Derashot Maharam Brisk, etc.
Official stationery 17X21 cm. Good condition.
• Letter sent to Jerusalem to Rabbi Ya'akov Berlin [the Netziv's father], from the young man Yisrael Isser Dorfman ben Meir Tzerkover, native of Jerusalem who studies in the Mogilev Yeshiva in Russia and is about to get engaged and he requests that his allowance that is being kept by Rabbi Ya'akov Berlin be tripled. Mogilev , the 9th of Nissan 1863. In the letter margins is a confirmation and signatures of the city's Rabbi "Meir Berlin" and Rabbi "Eliezer Lipman Rivlin".
• On the second leaf is another letter confirming receiving money signed by the young man Yisrael Isser Dorfman, and with the signatures of Rabbi Eliezer Lipman Rivlin and Rabbi Zvi Hirsh Natkin. Mogilev, 9th of Nissan 1863.
Rabbi Meir Berlin Av Beit Din of Mogilev (died in 1869), brother of Rabbi Ya'akov Berlin of Mir the Netziv's father. Served as Rabbi in Hlusk and for 40 years was Rabbi of Mogilev (Kherson region, on the Dnieper River) a central city in Russia and he was considered one of the most famous leading Torah figures of his generation together with Rabbi David Luria (the Radal) and Rabbi Avraham Simcha of Mstsislaw.
Rabbi Eliezer Lipman Rivlin (1800-1884), exceptional Torah genius from the school and family of the disciples of the Vilna Gaon. A few of his novellae appear in the book Divrei Shlomo in which he printed some of the Torah thoughts of his father Rabbi Shlomo Zalman of Shklow son of Rabbi Hillel Rivlin.
2 attached leaves, 21 cm. Good condition. Folding marks.
A letter handwritten and signed by Rabbi "Moshe Aryeh HaLevi". To Rabbi Shmuel Salant. Yanov, 1855.
The letter is about his son Rabbi Shmuel Zvi, Av Beit Din of Wiżajny, who traveled to America as an emissary of Rabbi Naftali Zvi Berlin (the Netziv), for the Volozhin Yeshiva. Rabbi Eliyahu of Kretinga requested his assistance in collecting funds for Eretz Israel.
Rabbi Moshe Aryeh HaLevi, Rabbi of Eishishok, Ponovezh and Yanov (Kovna district). In 1872, he was one of the five great rabbis that gave their approbation of the first edition of the book Chafetz Chaim at the time the author was yet anonymous. In the approbation he writes about the Chafetz Chaim: "My soul-friend the Great Rabbi G-d Fearing… and as I know this Rabbi and his ways that he did not write this book for money or honor, his only intent was for the sake of Heaven". Died c. 1892.
20.5 cm. 11 handwritten lines. Good condition.
Interesting letter of recommendation, handwritten and signed by Rabbi Menachem Mendel Zak, Av Beit Din of Riga (capital of Latvia). For the Ga'avad of Tel Aviv, emissary for schools of the Charedi education system in Eretz Israel. Shevat 1931.
Rabbi Menachem Mendel Zak (1871-1943), Rabbi in Kandava, Jelgava (Mitau) and Riga, served as General Rabbi of Latvia. The Or Sameach left the manuscript of his well-known work Meshech Chochma on the Torah with Rabbi Zak who later published the book (Riga, 1827).
25.5 cm. 14 handwritten lines. Brittle paper, good-fair condition, file holes and minor tear to leaf fold.
Collection of letters written by Rabbis and public figures, signed receipts and various documents: Ketubot, signed documents of marital status testimony, marriage and divorce certificates, etc. C. 1920-1990.
Among the signatures in this collection: Rabbi Yisrael Meir ben Menachem; Rabbi Ovadia Hedaya; Rabbi Yisrael Aryeh Sapir; Rabbi Isser Yehuda Unterman; Rabbi Efrayim Eliezer Yolles, Rabbi of Philadelphia; Rabbi "Yisrael Isser ben Rabbi Refael Shapira" [brother-in-law of Rabbi Chaim of Brisk]; Rabbi Ya'akov Landau, Bnei Brak; Rabbi David Mintzberg; Rabbi Shaul Alter, etc.
More than 75 items, varied size and condition.
• Letter of Semicha for a Shochet and Bodek, by Rabbi Ya'akov Fralgevar Rabbi of Šaukėnai, to the Shochet Rabbi Mordechai Ya'akov ben Zvi Ruzhin, from the city of Nowy Korczyn. And a letter from the Shochtim of the city of Kuršėnai, Nissan 1906.
• Letter of Semicha for the Shochet mentioned above, by Rabbi Avraham Aharon Lipavsky. Rabbi of the Bnei Yitzchak Synagogue, Chicago, 1908.
• Decorated letter of parting, by Chevrat Shas – the Sha'arei Tzedek Synagogue in Chicago, signed by "Chaim Yosef ben David Axelrod", to Rabbi Mordechai Ya'akov Ruzhin, on his immigration to Eretz Yisrael. Chicago, 1923.
• Jerusalem Ketubah, printed in golden ink, recording the marriage of Moshe Ya'akov ben Rabbi Zvi Ruzin. Friday, the 14th of Nissan 1924.
5 items, varied size and condition.
Certificate of appreciation to the donor Rabbi Moshe Einbinder of the Pidvolochys'k community, with a letter by Rabbi Yehoshua Krohn. Borszczow, Poland (today Ukraine), .
A decorated certificate with colorful calligraphic writing. On the top of the page is a circular text, in the center of the circle is the name of the donor with honorary titles flanked by the words: Good luck, blessing, plenty and success. On the bottom of the page is a poetic blessing written in scribal letters with vowels. Signed: "Yehoshua Krohn descendant of the Shach, from Borszczow".
On the second page, attached to the certificate, is a long letter [written on both sides] by Rabbi Yehoshua Krohn who relates his trials and tribulations, including the time he sat in prison because of a libel against him. He thanks the donor for his financial support during these difficult times and requests that he now send him "good addresses" of prosperous Jews in Russia and Galicia and Vienna to which he can send similar certificates of appreciation and they will send donations. (Rabbi Krohn used this method a number of times for his livelihood and to sustain his household, see attached material).
2 leaves. 34 cm. Fair condition. Brittle paper, wear and tear [minor damages to text]. Tears to folding marks, restored with adhesive tape. Stains.
Large collection of letters sent to Rabbi Zelig Reuven Bengis, Ga'avad of the Edah HaCharedit in Jerusalem.
• Large bundle of letters regarding the Bukhara Get. Jerusalem, 1941. This topic caused an upheaval in the rabbinic world of those times. The Get involved an agunah who ascended from Bukhara to Jerusalem and whose husband remained behind the Iron Curtain and was not permitted to immigrate. To release his wife, the husband sent a letter instead of a Get which had many loopholes which could render it unfit. Many rabbis searched for ways to prove it kosher. See Kuntress Igeret Gerushin in Aderet Eliyahu, Jerusalem, 1991, pp. 213-250. These letters were not printed in the Kuntress.
• Halachic responsum pertaining an agunah from the Holocaust, (4 leaves) signed by Rabbi Chaim Ya'akov ben Mordechai Rottenberg Av Beit Din of Antwerp.
• Letters by US rabbis and others: Letter by Rabbi Yosef Avigdor Kessler, Los Angeles; letter by Rabbi Mordechai Zvi Shwartz, Cleveland; letter by Rabbi Elchanan Zvi Gutterman, Rabbi of Scranton and its region; letter by Rabbi Yosef Eliyahu Henken; etc. • Letter by Rabbi Shmuel Abba Snieg, Chairman of Va'ad Agudat HaRabbanim in the American zone of Munich, [one of the rabbis of She'erit HaPleita] regarding the well-known Munich Talmud printed by Rabbi Snieg. • Letter by Rabbi Efraim Zalman Halprin, requesting setting a day of prayer after the killing of 42 men on a convoy to Mount Scopus in 1948.
• Letters about the Holocaust: Letter by Rabbi Efraim Oshri, about his book on the Holocaust events. Letters about the book written in memory of Latvian Jewry.
Approximately 19 letters, varied size and condition.
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
A telegram of protest by the US Union of Rabbis to the editor of HaTzofeh newpaper [with copies to the editors of Hamodia and Ma'ariv], against Rabbi Yehuda Leib Fishman-Maimon, for degrading the honor of the Brisker Rabbi, [USA, Iyar 1958]. Hebrew in Latin letters.
"Please publish the following telegram which we have sent to Rabbi Maimon: His coarse and uncouth attack on the Torah leader of our generation the Brisker Rabbi which is full of libels and lies and whose aim is to humiliate the honor of Torah and the honor of the Torah leaders of our generation and to instigate a quarrel between the Chief Rabbis and the Brisker Rabbi, shocked the entire Torah world and Charedi population. We express the Torah opinion that the ruling for a person who wrote the attack on the Brisker Rabbi is as stated explicitly in the Rambam Talmud Torah, Chapter 6… and in the Tur Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah Siman 243 [The laws of honoring a Torah scholar]… We call upon him to retract his words and to repent. Agudat HaRabanim".
The telegram was signed by the president of Agudat Rabanim [Union of Rabbis], Rabbi Eliezer Silver and by Rabbi Pinchas Teitz, Rabbi David Lifshitz and Rabbi Meir Cohen.
In the month of Iyar 1958, the Ma'ariv newspaper published a letter which Rabbi Maimon sent to the US Union of Rabbis in honor of the inauguration of the Heichal Shlomo building in Jerusalem [the former premises of the Chief Rabbinate and the Great Rabbinical Beit Din. The plan of the founders of Heichal Shlomo was to form a Global Spiritual Center. This invoked a vigorous protest by the Brisker Rabbi who feared the plan to form a new Sanhedrin in our generation]. In his letter, Rabbi Maimon belittled the Brisker Rabbi and used degrading language in a coarse and outspoken manner. The words of Rabbi Maimon caused a great upheaval and this telegram of protest followed. [Actually, the Brisker Rabbi requested that no protest be expressed because of the insult to his honor and even delayed the publication of this letter in the Hamodia newspaper. See Attached material].
18 cm. Good condition.
Collection of rabbinical letters sent to Rabbi Yosef Werthheim and to his father-in-law Rabbi Shimon Efrati on various subjects.
Among those who wrote the letters are Rabbi Naftali Adler HaCohen Av Beit Din of London, Rabbi Yitzchak Yehuda Tronk Av Beit Din of Kutno, Rabbi Yehuda Leib Zirelson Av Beit Din of Kishinev, Rabbi Yitzchak Ya'akov Reines Av Beit Din of Lida, Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac HaLevi Herzog (two letters), Rabbi Benzion Meir Chai Uziel, Rebbe Mordechai Shalom Yosef Freidman of Sadigura, Rebbe Yechiel Yehoshua Rabinowitz of Biala-Ożarów, Rabbi Isser Zalman Unterman, Rabbi Shlomo Aharonson, and other rabbis. • Attached is a letter by Rabbi Yosef Wertheim to Rabbi Zirelson concerning the divorce of a Jew who wanted to be married by Rabbi Wertheim. On the reverse side is the authorization of Rabbi Zirelson in his handwriting, with his signature and stamp of the Beit Din in Kishinev.
Rabbi Yosef Wertheim (1882-1946, Encyclopedia L'Chassidut Vol. 2, pp. 110-111), Rabbi and Admor in Bender (Serbia). Served in the rabbinate of Ustilug, Ostroh and Hrubishov as well. In 1940, he ascended to Eretz Israel and established his Beit Midrash in Jerusalem. His son-in-law, Rabbi Shimon Efrati was a rabbi in Galicia and later Rabbi of She'erit Hapleita in Warsaw. (1908-1988, see item 341).
16 letters and postcards. Varied size and condition.
Letter of thanks for receiving books for the yeshiva's library, signed by the head of the yeshiva Rabbi "Yosef Dov HaLevi Soloveitchik" and stamps of "The Brisk Yeshiva – in Jerusalem". Jerusalem, Adar 1967.
Rabbi Yosef Dov HaLevi Soloveitchik (1916-1981), firstborn of Rabbi Yitzchak Ze'ev of Brisk. During the Holocaust, immigrated with his father to Jerusalem, and together they established the Brisk Yeshiva in Jerusalem, and later stood at its head. Considered one of the greatest rabbis of the last generation. His son who succeeded him is Rabbi Avraham Yehoshua Soloveitchik, who now heads the yeshiva.
Postcard, 9.5X14.5 cm. Good condition, folding crease.
• Protocol of the Etz Chaim Yeshiva's board meeting in Jerusalem. With signatures of Rabbi Elazar Menachem Shach and Rabbi A. Y. Zelaznik. Cheshvan 1961. [Several decisions which were made after consulting Rabbi Alyashiv are mentioned among other matters].
• Protocol of the board meeting which took place in the office shared by Talmud Torah Etz Chaim ad Bikur Holim Hospital. Signed by six board members. Iyar 1956.
2 leaves, 32.5 cm. Good-fair condition, wear to top of leaves.
A form of request for a loan from the Chasdei Yitzchak Gemach, to Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, upon the marriage of his son. Tevet, 1966. With a legal promissory note, signed by Rabbi "Yosef Shalom Elyashiv" and the guarantors "Naftali Klugman" and "Eliezer Dov Herling" [two gaba'im of Chevrat Tiferet Bachurim", where Rabbi Elyashiv taught].
2 leaves, varied size and condition.
• Reshut Beit Din for renting a plot - Hekdesh Tura for building a school belonging to the Mizrachi movement in Jerusalem. Signed by the dayanim: Rabbi "Eliyahu Mordechai HaLevi Valkovsky", Rabbi "Shalom M. Azulai" and Rabbi "Yosef Shalom Elyashiv". Jerusalem, Nissan 1952. [This ruling was written in the first year that Rabbi Elyashiv served as dayan]. • Ruling, on the matter of designating a mikveh in the Beit Ya’akov neighborhood. Signed by Rabbi “Shalom M. Azulai”, Rabbi “Yosef Shalom Elyashiv” and Rabbi “Eliezer Yehuda Valdenberg”. Jerusalem, Cheshvan, 1952.
2 letters, varied size and condition. The second letter is damaged.
Ruling - "Warrant of Arrest", from the rabbinic Beit Din, signed by dayanim: Rabbi "Eliezer Yehuda Waldenberg", Rabbi "Ovadia Yosef' and Rabbi "Yosef Kapach". Jerusalem, 1960.
"For the police officers and detectives in Jerusalem and throughout the country" to catch the husband who will not give a divorce bill (Get) and bring him to court (Beit Din).
21 cm. Good condition. File holes.
Three ruling on matters of divorce, and a certificate of divorce signed by the dayanim Rabbi "Eliezer Yehuda Waldenberg", Rabbi "Ovadia Yosef' and Rabbi "Yosef Kapach". Jerusalem, 1959-1964.
4 documents, varied size and condition.
Long halachic responsa, handwritten and signed by Rabbi Refael Saban, to the Chief Rabbi of Israel Rabbi Ben Zion Chai Uziel. 1949.
In this interesting letter, Rabbi Saban tells of the sad state of assimilation in Turkey. Jewish men marry non-Jewish wives, and their children (who are not Jews according to halacha) attend synagogues and Jewish schools, thereby causing problems (by intermarriage). He discusses various leniences in the conversion of non-Jewish women so their children shall be "Jewish" from birth.
Rabbi Refael (David) Saban (1877-1961), Chief Rabbi of Turkey. Leading Torah scholar in Istanbul, outstanding Torah genius in halacha and Agaddah. Served in various rabbinic positions from the age of 20. In 1953, was appointed Chacham Bashi-Head of the rabbis in the Turkish Empire.
2 leaves, 29.5 cm. Good-fair condition, creases and wear.
A Will, handwritten and signed by Rabbi David HaCohen. 27th of Sivan 1965.
In his will, he bequeaths his books "Holy books and mundane books of wisdom" to his son Rabbi Eliyahu Yosef She'ar Yashuv Cohen". On the reverse side of the leaf is another will in his handwriting and with his signature where he bequeaths Ma'aser Sheni money to his son-in-law "to buy books which he needs and study them with great pleasure".
The Nazir Rabbi – Rabbi David HaCohen (1887-1972), Torah genius and mekubal, disciple of Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak Kook, served as Rabbi in Mercaz HaRav. In his great aspirations for perfection of his soul, he accepted upon himself the laws of a Nazir, abstention from wine and cutting his hair, and he also abstained from eating meat and other products produced from animals. His son is Rabbi She'ar Yashuv Cohen, Chief Rabbi of Haifa, and his son-in-law was Rabbi Shlomo Goren (1918-1995), who served as IDF Chief Rabbi, Rabbi of Tel-Aviv and Chief Rabbi of the State of Israel.
2 pages, 18.5 cm. Good condition.
• Chevesh Pe'er article – on laws of place for hanachat Tefillin, Warsaw, 1891. First edition. First book written by Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook, printed anonymously [only in the approbation by his father-in-law, the Aderet, does he reveal the identity of the author his son-in-law, Ra'aya Kook Rabbi of Zeimel]. • Der Ruf fun Yerushalayim, Jerusalem, Tamuz 1921. Article (Yiddish) about the Ra'ayah Kook. Published by Histadrut Yerushalayim. • Printed letters, in Hebrew, Yiddish and English, about funding for Jerusalem; By Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook and Rabbi Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld. Jerusalem, Shvat 1931.
• Letter on a postcard, handwritten and signed by his son, Rabbi Zvi Yehuda Kook with words of consolation and encouragement of faith, to his cousins, Holocaust survivors "retained in a strange land". Jerusalem, Adar 1947.
4 items, varied size and condition.
Collection of letters on various matters and responses on Divrei Torah by Ga’on Rabbi Tzvi Pesach Frank, rabbi of Jerusalem, which were sent to Cleveland to Rabbi Yisrael Porat, as well as letters from Rabbi Porat. 1930s-1960s.
Several letters by Rabbi Yitzchak Rosenthal, head of ‘Midrash Bnei Zion’ to Rabbi Yisrael Porat.
Ga’on Rabbi Tzvi Pesach Frank (1873-1961, Otzar HaRabbanim 17554), rabbi of Jerusalem, among greatest rabbinical rulers of his generation. Member of Beit Din of Rabbi Shmuel Salant from 1908 and rabbi of Jerusalem from 1935. Parts of his many writings were printed in dozens of volumes in books: Har Tzvi Responsa, Mikraei Kodesh, Mikdash Melech and more.
Ga’on Rabbi Yisrael Porat (1886-1974) was born in Jerusalem and in 1925 arrived in the U.S.A. Served in the rabbinate of several congregations and in city of Cleveland. Authored Mevo HaTalmud.
18 letters, approx. 25 leaves, of which approx. 13 letters by Rabbi Frank. Various sizes and conditions; majority written on official stationery.
Huge collection of letters sent to Rabbi Dr. Shmuel Greenberg, Chairman of the Tel Aviv Council of Religion (Hamoatza Hadatit). Most of the letters are from 1940-1950.
Letters from the rabbis of Tel Aviv and other rabbis, scientists and public figures, organizations and political parties. Letters of Torah thoughts and other rabbinical issues. Letters regarding public issues: invitations to various meeting, public conventions and support of She'erit HaPleita rabbis.
We will note several names out of the hundreds of people who signed the letters in this huge collection:
Rebbe Ya'akov Freidman of Husyatyn; his son-in-law Rabbi Y.Y. Boiminger; Rabbi Yosef Zvi HaLevi; Rabbi Meir Stalvitz; Rabbi Tuvia Yehuda Tevyomi; Rabbi Yechiel Ya'akov Weinberg; Rabbi Zvi Ya'akov Meltzer; Rabbi Pinchas Biberfeld; Prof. Chaim Pik; Rabbi Meir Berlin (Bar-Ilan); Dr. Yosef Burg [signed halachic response]; Rabbi Yehuda HaCohen Fishman (Maimon); Hans Bayit; Dr. M. A. Shulvas; Yisrael Zarchi; and dozens more.
Rabbi Dr. Shmuel Greenberg (1880-1959), born in Moineşti (Romania), studied at the Pressburg Yeshiva and the Beit Midrash L'Rabbanim in Berlin where he later lectured. Chairman of the Mizrachi Union in Germany. In 1936, ascended to Eretz Israel, was chosen as Chairman of the Council of Religion (Hamoatza Hadatit) in Tel Aviv, member of the national Mizrachi board of directors, member of the Organization for refugee rabbis and founder of Torah and education institutes in Eretz Israel.
Approximately 300 letters, varied size and condition. Most of the letters are written in Hebrew, the rest in German and other languages.
An interesting volume of documents, reports, publications and printed matter, connected to the Worldwide Association of Sephardic Jews. 1920s. Hebrew, Ladino, Spanish and Arabic.
Among the items are booklets of the first circular of the association printed in Hebrew, Ladino, Arabic and Spanish. Typewritten documents and articles, official publications of the association. Among the documents is a letter with the stamp and signature of the Rishon L'Zion Rabbi Ya'akov Meir, and signatures of the heads of the association. Issue 16 of the Association's Notices (stenciled) is a historic description of Oriental Jews in Eretz Israel (apparently written by Moshe Gaon, one of the association heads), etc.
The Worldwide Association of Sephardic Jews began its organization in the summer of 1923 with the aim of increasing the Sephardic representation in the Zionist Union and the settlement institutes because the founders felt that this population did not have a fair representation in the Zionist institutions.
Dozens of printed items, hundreds of leaves. Bound together. Varying size. Good-fair condition, wear and tear. Ink inscriptions
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
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.
Handwritten and signed letter by “Ga’on Rabbi Mordechai of Ruzhany”. Pinsk, Tishrei 1852.
In the letter sent to Rabbi Shmuel Salant in Jerusalem, regarding the estate of the deceased Rabbi Feivel of Karlin, he relates the hardships of the era: “…from the terrible grief and distress and the burden of suffering… with which we have been burdened, may G-d have mercy upon us”.
The genius Kabbalist Rabbi Mordechai Zakheim, Av Beit Din of Pinsk (passed away on eve of Hoshana Rabbah 1858), among the Torah giants of his generation who was known as “the genius of the brilliant”. It has been related that when the genius Rabbi Akiva Eger arrived in Minsk, he traveled there to meet him disguised as an assistant to the coachman of the coach in which Rabbi Akiva Eger traveled. Following a Torah discussion, in which Rabbi Akiva Eger was highly impressed by him he said: “Blissful is the region of Lithuania, in which even the coachmen are knowledgeable in Torah as the seeds of the pomegranate…”. Served as Av Beit Din in Ruzhany and from 1844 served as Av Beit Din in Pinsk. Had a special affinity with the Rebbe author of the Beit Aharon of Karlin, who he described as possessing “a righteous heart which burns to perform good deeds, and we must learn from him a love for good deeds”. He also officiated in marriage ceremonies of several weddings in the family of the Rebbe.
Rabbi Mordechai was the rabbi and mentor of famous Kabbalist Rabbi Mordechai Weitzel Av Beit Din of Ashmyany and Slonim. He was warned by Rabbi Mordechai Zakheim to conceal his knowledge in Kabbalah in order to not become famous as a miracle worker and disturbed from his Torah study.
18-20 cm. leaf. 18 handwritten lines. Fair condition, cut at margins, slight damage to text.
Letter by rabbis of the rabbinical court in city of Grodno, to Rabbi Shmuel Salant and rabbis of Jerusalem, with signatures of Rabbi Zvi Hirsch son of Rabbi Yehudah Leib, Rabbi Aryeh Leib son of deceased Rabbi Yisrael and Rabbi Yehudah Leib son of Rabbi Yekutiel Zalman, local rabbinical authority. Grodno, Tamuz 1858.
The letter concerns a matter of divorce certificate for a young woman whose elderly husband has traveled to Jerusalem and who is pregnant out of wedlock, whereas her innocent husband does not believe this serious circumstance. The letter refers to a letter which the husband wrote, to Ga’on Rabbi Eliezer Landau grandson of the Vilna Ga’on. On the other side is a special handwritten letter to the husband with signature “Avraham --- HaCohen”.
The Ga’on Rabbi Yehudah Leib son of Rabbi Yekutiel Zalman Rabinowitz (Reb Leib Zalman’s), served as chief rabbinical authority in Grodno for approximately forty-five years. Due to his supreme proficiency he was referred to as “the Choshen Mishpat itself”. Passed away in Kislev 1895; left many written Torah Chiddushim in all areas of Halacha.
Leaf  pages, 26 cm. Good condition.
Letter regarding a fundraising campaign “for building a new synagogue in Jerusalem” [Hurvat Rabbi Yehudah he-Hasid]. Handwritten and signed by Rabbi Moshe Shlomo Zalman son of Anschel Kezir. London, Adar 1863.
The letter is addressed to Rabbi Shmuel Salant, Rabbi Yaakov Tumim, Rabbi Yaakov Berlin, Rabbi Yosef Zundel Salant and Rabbi Aryeh son of Rabbi Yerachmiel. The writer of the letter was a wealthy Torah scholar, among the leaders and honorable individuals of the London congregation, (for additional information related to him, see attached material).
20.5 cm. High-quality stationery paper in good condition, postal envelope containing postal and wax stamps attached. Envelope torn and missing stamp.
Long letter handwritten and signed by Rabbi "Shlomo Zalman ben Rabbi Meir… Zaksh from the Luokė community", to Rabbi Shmuel Salant. Viduklė, 1852.
In the letter, he writes of the plan of his great uncle, Rabbi Shabtai Yaffe "son of Rabbi Evli Yaffe" to ascend to Eretz Israel.
Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Zaksh (1814-1876) a famous Lithuania Torah genius, due to his great righteousness was known as "Rabbi Zalmele Frumer". Childhood friend of Rabbi Shmuel of Salant. Was rabbi of Biržai, Luokė and Kretinga.
Rabbi Shabtai Yaffe, one of the greatest rabbis of Zamut (Northern Lithuania), served as Av Beit Din of Ponovezh and Jelgava and for 53 years in the rabbinate of Viekšniai. Ascended to Jerusalem in 1852 and died after one year in the month of Kislev 1853. Left behind many manuscripts (not printed) which were kept by his son-in-law Rabbi BenZion Shalaz.
25X22 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and folding marks.
Letter to Rabbi Shmuel Salant, with handwritten signature of ten “elders of the congregation”, of the Kollel of “Österreich Chassidism”, requesting to receive the funds directly from London, instead of transferring them through an appointee of the Kollel “who will avenge us and do with us as he pleases as known throughout all gates of Zion”. Jerusalem, Kislev 1854.
Signed by ten rabbis, including: Rabbi Shmarya Shmeril Av Beit Din of Harimlov, Rabbi Yisrael of Hungary, the Holy Avraham Zvi [of Bitatsch?]; Rabbi Yehudah Segal; Rabbi Binyamin HaCohen; Rabbi David son of deceased leader and mentor Rabbi Chaim Yehoshua---“ and Rabbi Avigdor Zvi Enda.
The genius Rabbi Shmarya Shmeril Brandris (1780-1857), rabbi of Harimlov, disciple of Rabbi Ephraim Zalman Margaliot and Rebbe Rabbi Avraham Dovid of Buchach. Author of Iyun Tefillah and Kehilot Yaakov. Immigrated to Eretz Israel in 1852, and settled in Jerusalem. Signed the 1856 ban against institutions of the Haskalah movement. (For additional information related to him see Encyclopedia of Scholars of Galicia, I pp. 618-619).
21.5 cm. Bluish stationery paper, good condition, folding marks and stains.
Letter with a halachic question, regarding Chalitza, to Rabbi Shmuel of Salant. Manchester. Handwritten and signed by Rabbi Chaim Zussman HaCohen. Kislev 1882.
Rabbi Chaim Zussman (Ze'ev) HaCohen (died c. 1909), son-in-law of Rabbi Ya'akov Rabinowitz Av Beit Din of Vawkavysk and dayan in London. Served as Rabbi of Manchester and after the death of his father-in-law, moved to London to succeed him as dayan in the Beit Din of Rabbi Nathan Adler, author of Netina LaGer, Chief Rabbi of London and its surroundings. His Torah novellae were published through various channels: the Torah MiZion compilations; the book Daltei Teshuva; Passover Hagadda of Spiers.
His responses to this halachic question of Rabbi Chaim Zussman and the responses of Rabbi Shmuel Salant of Jerusalem, Rabbi Yitzchak Elchanan Spector and the Netziv of Volozhin were printed in the book Torat Rabbi Shmuel Salant (Jerusalem, 1998), Part 2, pp. 432-455.
4 pages, 33 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and wear.
Letter to Rabbi Shmuel Salant, requesting to transfer the key of the great charity fund of Zamut Kollel, which was in the hands of deceased Rabbi Yehoshua Pollak, to Rabbi Avraham Yaakov Shavutzky, with signatures of 18 committee members. Jerusalem, Sivan 1891.
Signatures including following rabbis: Rabbi Yehudah Leib Hillman, Rabbi Shlomo Aharon Berzer, Rabbi Shaul Horowitz, Rabbi Benzion Schlosz, Rabbi Yosef Milida, Rabbi Yaakov Scherson, and others.
29 cm. leaf. Fair condition, dry paper, slight damage on folds.
Letter sent to Rabbi Shmuel Salant, regarding funds for Eretz Israel and the “instigators” against matters of the Vilnius Kollel. Signed by managers of the Kollel: Rabbi Shmuel son of Yosef Zhibertinsky, Rabbi Yaakov Meir and Rabbi Shimon Strasson. Vilnius, 1894.
The Ga’on Rabbi Shmuel Zhibertinsky (1818-1898), among greatest rabbis and teachers of Torah in Vilnius. Better known as Rabbi Shmuel Leovicher after his native village Leovich. Arrived to study in Vilnius in his youth, where he studied together with his colleague Rabbi Alexander Moshe Lapidot by Rabbi Yisrael of Salant. Throughout the years he became famous and was considered one of greatest Torah scholars of the city, and after the demise of Ga’on Rabbi Yaakov Barret (rabbi of the Chafetz Chaim) and Rabbi Yosef Skovitz, he succeeded them as rabbinical authority and chief of the Beit Din in Vilnius. Was famous in his generation for his tremendous proficiency and sharpness. His genius book Olat Shmuel, was printed after his demise by his grandson (son-in-law of his son) and successor, Rabbi Chanoch Henich Eigis, rabbi in Vilnius.
The Ga’on Rabbi Yaakov Meir Raguler (of city of Raguly; his family name was Kamentsky), exalted genius and famous Tzadik. Colleague and friend from youth of Ga’on Rabbi Eliyahu Rabinowitz-Teomim, who often refers to him in his writings. Corresponded with Rabbi Yitzchak Elchanan Spektor. Studied Torah from morning until night wrapped in prayer shawl and donning phylacteries, while his wife managed a large shop. After her demise he relocated to city of Vilnius, and was considered one of pillars of the city. Supervised the charity funds for Eretz Israel in Lithuania and its vicinity. Passed away approximately in 1901.
This letter was written during the period of the disputes in the institutional offices in Jerusalem, which affected fundraising worldwide, see items 248 and 338.
27.5 cm. Good condition.
Letter sent to Rabbi Shmuel of Salant, concerning money donated to the General Committee for Kollelim of Ashkenazim, Pharisees and Chassidim. Jerusalem, Cheshvan 1904.
Nine signatures, headed with the signatures of: Rabbi "Yitzchak Blazer", Rabbi "Menachem Mendel Rabin" and Rabbi "Elimelech Perelman".
Rabbi Yitzchak (Rabbi Itzele) Blazer (1837-1907), prominent disciple of Rabbi Yisrael of Salant. Leading Torah scholar in his days that spread the ways of the Musar Movement. Served in rabbinate of capital city St. Petersburg, and from 1862-1878 was Rosh Kollel of Kovno. In his later years, resided in Jerusalem. Wrote Pri Yitzchak Responsa and Kochvei Or published together with Or Yisrael authored by his rabbi, Rabbi Yisrael Salant.
Rabbi Menachem Mendel Rubin (1850-1916), son of Rabbi Shmuel Aharon Rabbi of Kurtshin, outstanding Torah genius from Galicia and one of the leaders of the Chassidic settlement in Jerusalem. Wrote Masa Meron and Einei Menachem.
For information about Rabbi Eliemelech Perlman, see Item 144.
Official stationery, 29 cm. Fair condition, creases and tears to margins.
Two letters (in Yiddish), which were sent to Rabbi Shmuel Salant, from Rabbi “Yosef son of Moshe HaLevi Kronheimer”, Melbourne (Australia), 1892-1894.
The charitable Rabbi Yosef Kronheimer, from a small Jewish community in Australia in the late 19th century. Originally from Bialystok in Poland. Was in contact with Torah institutions in Jerusalem from approximately 1890. When Rabbi Yosef Rivlin and Rabbi Avraham Shaulson travelled to Australia in 1890 as part of rabbinical emissary to raise funds for the “Va’ad HaKlali”, Rabbi Yosef Kronheimer donated money for purchase of land upon which Knesset Yisrael neighborhood was built. In the following years he generously donated to Torah institutions in Jerusalem and in 1906, 12 apartments were built in the Kronheimer section of Knesset neighbourhood. [It has been related that he was greatly influenced to donate generously as a result of the fact that Rabbi Yosef Rivlin wrote to him in a letter that the Gematria (numerical value) of Yosef Kronheimer is equal to Eretz Israel].
2 letters, 26-27 cm. Good condition.
Letter from Yosef Sabag-Montefiore, Moses Montefiore's nephew and assistant, to Rabbi Shmuel Salant Rabbi of Jerusalem. London, Tevet 1885.
In the letter, the nephew relates that the woman who is responsible for the kashrut in Montefiore's home has died and left the amount of 50 pounds sterling. She asked to contribute the money to the Hurva Synagogue so that they pray and study for the elevation of her soul.
25 cm. Good condition. Folding marks. Tiny holes.
Letter in Hebrew to the charity gaba'im in Jerusalem, by Sir Moses Montefiore, scribal writing, signed by Montefiore in square letters. London, 1870.
The letter was sent to Rabbi David ben Rabbi Shimon [head of the Adat HaMa'aravim in Jerusalem] and Rabbi Meir ben Asher [Anikester]. Concerning the delivery of one lira sterling and three shillings, donation of "The philanthropist G. Narson of… England".
Bluish thin stationery, approximately 26.5 cm. Fair condition, stains wear and tear. Post stamps on reverse side of leaf (without postage stamps).