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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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Auction 37 Lot Number 218

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. Halachic Responsa on Conversion – By Rabbi Refael Saban

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.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 5

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Jews – Three Drawings

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

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Auction 37 Lot Number 165

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Igra D’Kallah – Copy Signed by Rebbe Chaim Ya’akov Safrin of Komarno – Many Glosses

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.
[2], 322 pages; 216 pages. 25 cm. Good condition, wear. Original worn binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 357

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Two Siddurim – New York, 1901 / Philadelphia, 1908

• Seder L'Hadrat Kodesh – Siddur for the whole year, with English translation. Brooklyn (New York), 1901.
Hebrew and English page opposite page. Binding with embossed decorations [gilded metal and Bakelite]. Metal clasp for fastening.
507, [4] pages. 11 cm. Good condition. Damages and stains to binding, missing spine.
• Falshtendinger Linien – Siddur for schools and the nation. Siddur with Yiddish translation and instructions. Published by Yosef Magilnitsky. Philadelphia, [c. 1908].
Prayers for the whole year, Nusach Ashkenaz. Each word of prayer is positioned opposite its Yiddish translation.
Colorful photograph plates, with photographs of a boy donning tefillin surrounded by Birkot HaTefillin in Hebrew, Russian, English and German, sheet music of Adon Olam, Yigdal, Ein K'Elokeinu and Ma'oz Tzur.
Appendix at end of siddur with thanks to a list of people from various states throughout the US. Not listed in the Bibliography Institute CD.
[2], V, [5], 192 pages; 272 pages; 8 pages. 21 cm. fair-good condition, tears, wear and stains. Damage to binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 389

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Kitzur Hilchot Pesach – Parur, 1929 – Lithograph

Kitzur Hilchot Pesach, Hikavtzu. Following the custom to recite the laws in the synagogue on Shabbat Hagadol (the Shabbat preceding Passover). Published by Yefe Nof, Parur, (India), 1929. Lithograph of a manuscript.
Piyut by R' Yehuda HaLevi, with the main Passover laws. Starts with: "Gather (Hikavtzu) and listen, the children of Jacob, to the laws of your Creator". Vowelized.
[1], 8 pages. Cover title page. 15 cm. Good condition, stains and creases. Bound in a new cardboard binding.
From the collection of Moshe Ya’ari.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 16

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

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

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Auction 37 Lot Number 112

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Real Photo Postcards – Photographs of Rabbis

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

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Auction 37 Lot Number 272

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Manuscript – A Play About Queen Esther – Italy

Manuscript, play. Unidentified author. [Italy, 19th century].
Italian writing with vowels. A play about Queen Esther [with the participation of characters from the Esther Scroll: Ahasuerus, Mordechai, Haman and other characters]. Second notebook of the play [the manuscript begins with "Conversation B" of the third act of four acts].
[31] pages. 18.5 cm. Good condition. Coarse cutting of bottom margins. Few stains. Blue paper binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 336

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Kol Tzofa’ich, Lemberg 1895 – Torah and Polemic Compilation / Asefat Ge’onim, Białystok 1806

• Kol Tzofa'ich, Torah compilation of Torah thoughts and polemic "in response to those who fight religion, to strengthen and reinforce the pillars of Judaism". By the brothers Rabbi Yitzchak and Rabbi Shlomo Teflitsky of Voznesensky, the Kherson region. Lemberg, 1895.
At the beginning of the book are letters of support by many rabbis in Russia, Galicia and Lithuania. Torah articles and halachic responsa written by various rabbis and sharp polemic compositions.
In the introduction titled "The Direction We Face", the editors write of their aim to fight the "New Literature" and their opposition to "Chovevei Zion" with the accusation that "corrupt people among our nation… who follow the ways of the Berlin Enlightenment. They have found a new means… to lead the innocent astray… by the 'new literature' that imitates the French literature which despises religious values and "masquerade as tzaddikim" by using "Chibat (love of) Zion" the holy, to attain their goals.
11, [1] pages, 1-4, 9-100 leaves. 21 cm. Brittle paper, fair condition. Slight wear, stains and few moth holes. Detached leaves and torn binding.
• Bound with the book: Asefat Ge'onim responsa, Białystok, 1806. On the title page is an erased ancient signature by one of the rabbis of Rajgród (Poland).
24 leaves. Poor condition, much wear, moth damages and leaves cut close to text.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 134

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Books of Rabbi Mordechai Eliezer Weber, the Rabbi of Ada – Interesting Dedication in the Handwriting of the Author

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.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 390

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Passover Hagaddah – Bombay, 1891

Passover Hagaddah, according to the custom of Adat Yisrael in India. Bombay, 1891. Hebrew text and Marathi translation.
The piyut Ata Ga'alta was added to the middle of the Hagaddah, and three more piyutim were added at the end.
96 leaves. 18 cm. good condition. Stains and slight wear. Remnants of back cover. New binding.
Ya'ari 1341; Otzar HaHagadot 1827.
From the collection of Moshe Ya’ari.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 49

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Shulchan Aruch Choshen Mishpat – Amsterdam, 1664 – First Edition of Be’er HaGola

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" [1870]. Later signature in pen.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 113

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Photograph Collection

• 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.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 177

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Moreh Nevuchim – Copy of Rebbe Ya’akov Shimshon Kanner of Czchów

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.
[1], 133; [1], 97; [1], 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.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 369

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“Chazon Ovadia” Passover Haggadah, Jerusalem, 1952 – Author Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s Dedication

Passover Haggadah, with Chazon Ovadia commentary, by Rabbi Ovadia Yosef "Formerly Ra'avad of Egypt". Jerusalem, 1952.
On leaf preceding title page is a dedication in handsome Sephardic writing, handwritten and signed by the author Rabbi Ovadia Yosef.
[4], 112 pages. 22.5 cm. High-quality paper. Good condition. Original binding.
Ya'ari 2420; Otzar HaHagadot 4312.
From the collection of Moshe Ya’ari.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 220

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Collection of Items – Rabbi Kook

• 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.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 316

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Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim – Hundreds of Handwritten Glosses

Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim, Part 2 (Simanim 346-679), with Ba'er Heitev, Sha'arei Teshuva, Yad Efraim and Eshel Avraham. [Dubno, 1820? or Zholkiev, 1853?].
Hundreds of long and short glosses in Ashkenazi handwriting [characteristic of the 19th century]. In many glosses, the writer quotes the opinion of Shulchan Aruch HaRav. In another place he notes the words of the Vilna Gaon from the book Ma'ase Rav.
Lacking copy: 1-324 leaves (originally: Dubno edition: [2], 325, [7] leaves. Zhovkva edition: [1], 325, [1] leaves. 20 cm. Fair condition. Wear and moth marks. Most glosses have faded ink and some are cutoff. Worn fabric binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 295

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Manuscript – Yemen

• Sefer Haftarot manuscript , with Targum. [Composed of several books of Haftarot from various times]. Yemen [c. 17th/19th century]. • Shirot V'Tishbachot manuscript. Compilation of piyutim in Hebrew and Jewish-Arabic. [Oriental countries, 19th/20th centuries]. • Manuscript of a Piyut [for Mincha of Yom Kippur]. [Yemen?, 19th century].
3 manuscripts, varied size and condition, fair.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 359

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Collection of Books Printed in St. Louis

11 books printed in St. Louis, USA. 1918-1944.
Approximately half of the books in this collection were printed before 1930. A detailed list of the books is available upon request.
Varied size and condition.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 50

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Darkei No’am Responsa – Venice, 1697

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.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 114

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Photograph Album – Salant and Bardaki Families in Jerusalem and the USA

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.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 242

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Agreement Permitting Use of an Alleyway in Even Yisrael Neighborhood in Jerusalem – 1877

Agreement permitting use of an alleyway, for homes and yards facing the alleyway which is smaller than 4 Amot [less than 2 meters], between Even Yisrael neighborhood and the estate of Rabbi Mordechai Yaffe. Includes five signatures: Rabbi “Mordechai son of Rabbi Yisrael Yaffe”; Rabbi “Binyamin Beinush Salant” [son of Rabbi Shmuel Salant]; Rabbi Meir Meisel” [of Chaslovich]; Rabbi “Yosef Rivlin” and Rabbi “Avraham Elkana Zaks”. Jerusalem, Tamuz 1877.
38 cm. leaf. Dry paper, fair condition, wear and ink damage.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 274

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Manuscript – Toldot Yeshu – Europe, 19th Century

Manuscript, Toldot Yeshu the Nazarene. Ashkenazi writing. [Europe, 19th century].
Toldot Yeshu also called Ma'aseh Talui is an early anonymous Jewish work with various tales of the history of Yeshu the Nazarene. This work was distributed in manuscript form for many years but not printed by Jews (until recent times) from fear of harassment. The text of this manuscript differs from the version printed by Yehuda David Eisenstein in his book Otzar Vikuchim. Not thoroughly examined in comparison to known manuscripts.
[40] pages. 19 cm. Good-fair condition, stains [some places have dark ink blotches, with damage to text]. New binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 306

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Gur Aryeh, Livorno 1846 – Signed Glosses by Rabbi Yitzchak Refael Batito

Gur Aryeh, novellae on the Talmud and Rambam, Rabbi Masud Chermon of Verona. Livorno, 1846.
On the title page is a self-dedication signed by Rabbi "Refael Yitzchak Batito" who received the book from the author. Some ten handwritten glosses, most of which he signed with his initials. Signatures and stamps of Rabbi "Moshe Eisenbach" from Jerusalem.
[3], 224 leaves. 31 cm. Good-fair condition, most leaves are in good condition, stains. Tears to title page and last leaf.

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