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Auction 37 Lot Number 178

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

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

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Auction 37 Lot Number 409

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Collection of Haggadot with Commentaries – Tunis and Djerba

Collection of Haggadot with commentaries printed in Tunis and Djerba during 1917-1982.
9 haggadot. Varied size and condition. A detailed list will be provided upon request.
From the collection of Moshe Ya’ari.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 310

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Mekom Shmuel Responsa – Sha’ar HaTerutzim – Glosses by Rabbi Eliezer Sofer, Author of Be’er Eliezer

Mekom Shmuel responsa – Sha'ar HaTerutzim, Rabbi Shmuel ben Rabbi Elkana. Altona, 1738. Only edition.
Various handwritten inscriptions, signatures of Rabbi Eliezer son of Rabbi Gronam Sofer. Several long glosses in his handwriting.
Rabbi Eliezer, son of Rabbi Gronam Sofer of Navahrudak, author of Be'er Eliezer, Warsaw, 1872.
[4], 2-73, 72-79, 82-[114]; 74, [2] leaves. 32.5 cm. Fair condition, stains and moth damage. Damages on first leaves and title page (damage to text and restorations). Non-original binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 342

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Heter Me’ah Rabbanim After the Holocaust – Rabbis of the Badatz of the Chassidim in Jerusalem, 1946

Heter Me'ah Rabbanim [Permission of one hundred rabbis] for Rabbi Mordechai Aryeh Horowitz the Rabbi of Burdujeni, whose wife was led by the Nazis to the Transnistria Region together with tens of thousands of Romanian Jews who were mass-murdered.
"… It is known that the vile enemies attacked our brethren the People of Israel with greater cruelty than beasts of prey and planned to erase the name of the Jewish people and they spilled innocent blood. All who fell into their traps did not survive unless by real miracles".
At the top of the Heter (permission), from the 3rd of Tamuz 1946, are the signatures of rabbis of the Badatz of the Chassidim in Jerusalem: Rabbi Yerucham Fishel Bernstein, Rabbi Naftali Zvi Shmerler and Rabbi Yisrael Yitzchak Reisman.
Further in the leaf are more signatures of rabbis and Torah scholars in Jerusalem [including Rebbe Chananya Yom Tov Lipa Teitelbaum of Sasiv (Sasov) and Rebbe Shalom Safrin of Kumrana].
One leaf, 33 cm. Good condition. Stains. Folding marks and wear.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 385

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Passover Haggadah, Corfu, 1877

The Evening Prayer and Passover Haggadah according to Sephardic custom. Corfu, [1877]. Printed by Yosef Nachmuli.
52 leaves. 16.5 cm. Dry paper, good condition, stains. New binding.
Ya'ari 1120; Otzar HaHagadot 1489. Only 14 Hebrew books were printed in Corfu (an island in the Mediterranean Sea), 11 of them were printed in the Yosef Nachmuli printing press, in 1877-1889.
From the collection of Moshe Ya’ari.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 87

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Rabbeinu Bechaye – Pesaro

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.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 183

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Collection of Manuscripts – Chabad

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.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 98

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Kenaf Renanim – Venice, 1626

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 [9] leaves. Missing Leaf 4, without [2] 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.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 130

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Mishnayot – With Interesting Inscription about the Death of Rabbi Moshe Margariten Av Beit Din of Héthárs (Lipany) in 1898

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], 2-163, [1] leaves. 27 cm. Fair condition, use wear and detached leaves. Torn binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 13

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

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

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Auction 37 Lot Number 77

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Tur Orach Chaim – Medzhibozh, 1818

Tur Orach Chaim, with Bach [Bayit Chadash]. Medzhibozh, [1818]. 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".
[2], [297] leaves. 34.5 cm. Greenish paper, good-fair condition, stains and wear. Minor moth marks. Worn binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 109

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Photograph Collection – Rebbes

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).

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Auction 37 Lot Number 141

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Yalkut Yosef – With a Dedication by Rabbi Ovadia Yosef

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.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 205

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Collection of Letters, Documents and Ketubot

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.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 67

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Siddur with Intentions of the Ari by Rabbi Shabtai of Raşcov – Korets, 1794

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; [1], 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.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 78

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Five Books of the Torah with Or HaChaim and Be’er Mayim Chaim – Elaborate Set – Lemberg ,”Letters Such as in Zhitomir”

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.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 206

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Collection of Letters of Semicha (Ordination) and a Ketubah

• 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.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 313

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Chochmat Adam – Glosses by the Rabbi of Przysucha 

Chochmat Adam, on the laws of Yoreh De'ah. [Józefów , 1852?].
Several handwritten glosses, discussing the questions posed before the Rabbi of Przysucha. Handwriting similar to the handwriting of Rabbi Yisrael Nissan Kuperstock (1858-1930) one of the elder Rabbis of Polish Chassidism, descended from the Rebbes of Alexander. Served in the Rabbinate for over 40 years in Przysucha, Ryazan and Makó. In 1925, he ascended to Jerusalem, where he published his book Ani Ben Pachma responsa and established the Alexander Yismach Yisrael Yeshiva.
(Lacking copy) [4], 5-170; 1-54 leaves. 20 cm. Fair condition, wear and stains. Worn leather binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 36

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Shabbat Songs – Lemberg, 1804

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.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 228

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Letter by Rabbi Moshe Shlomo Zalman Kezir, London 1863

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.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 15

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

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

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Auction 37 Lot Number 79

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Oi Va’avoi Lanu (Woe be to us) – Stencil Copied Booklet – Eulogy for the Rebbe of Gur – Lodz, 1948

"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.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 111

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Class Photograph – Beit Yosef Navahrudak Yeshiva in Pinsk, 1931 – With a Photograph of the Steipler in his Youth

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.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 271

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Accounting Notebooks – Documentation of Pilfering from Donations – Jerusalem, 1920s

Eight accounting notebooks written by a Jerusalem Jew, 1920s.
Detailed listing of expenditures and income, reflecting the spirit of the times and the condition of the old Jewish settlement in Eretz Israel. Throughout the notebooks, the owners documents in detail thefts of money from his father, during many months. From the inscriptions, it is apparent that the father himself used to constantly pilfer money from the donations sent by philanthropists all over the world for yeshivot and other matters of charity. The son often tracked the income and expenditures of the money and pilfered without his father's knowledge. Detailed descriptions of amounts, with names of people, institutions and places.
8 notebooks, 14 cm. Good condition, tears and stains. Many places have cross-out lines. Worn bindings.

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