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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Auction 37 Lot Number 338

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Strengthening of Awareness – Proclamation Pertaining to Polemic Regarding Jerusalem Institutions, 1894

“Strengthening of Awareness”, printed proclamation including letters by Rabbi Shmuel Salant and Rabbi Yitzchak Elchanan Spektor for strengthening the institutions of the Ashkenazi congregation in Jerusalem, 1894.
This letter by Rabbi Yitzchak Elchanan was written as reinforcement of the printed letter “Great Notice and Heartfelt Appeal”, printed in Kislev 1893, during the period of dispute in Jerusalem institutions, whereupon the scribe Rabbi Michel Cohen who served as secretary of the Ashkenazi institutions and was among prominent activists of the city, was dismissed along with his son and son-in-law Rabbi Chaim Michel Michlin, from their positions in the Etz Chaim Yeshiva and Bikur Cholim Hospital. Afterwards they filled the positions of secretary of Sephardic Misgav Ladach institutions, with “list of donors” of Ashkenazi institutions, and made an effort to harm the institutions from which they were dismissed.
For additional detailed information see item 248.
29 cm. leaf. Fair condition, wear and mildew on margins.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 381

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Passover Haggadah – Jerusalem, 1862

Passover Haggadah, with the commentary of the Vilna Gaon, the Dubner Magid and Kol Bo. Jerusalem, 1862. Printed by R' Yisrael Beck.
26 pages. 20 cm. Fair-poor condition, damage with missing text, restored with paper replacements. New binding.
Ya'ari 857; Otzar HaHagadot 1155. S. HaLevi no. 64. Otzar Sifrei HaGra (Vinograd), no. 542.
From the collection of Moshe Ya’ari.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 189

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the Lubavitcher Rebbe – Printed Items / Seven Dollar Bills

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

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Auction 37 Lot Number 392

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Hagaddot – Yemen- Manuscript, Facsimiles and Printing

• Manuscript, Agaddata D'Pischa. [Yemen, 19th/20th centuries]. With vowels.
• Two facsimiles of Yemenite manuscripts with the commentary of the Maharitz (different from one another).
• Two printed Hagaddot, according to the Yemenite custom: Jerusalem, [1930]. (Ya'ari 2147; Otzar HaHagadot 3268); Jerusalem, 1951. (Ya'ari 2406; Otzar HaHagadot 4277).
Varying size. Overall good condition.
From the collection of Moshe Ya’ari.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 40

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Chamisha Chumshei Torah, Five Megillot and Haftarot – Amsterdam, 1746-1747 – Pocket Edition

Chamisha Chumshei Torah, five Megillot, and Haftarot. Amsterdam, [1746].
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, [2]; 52 leaves. 13 cm. Good condition, stains, moth marks. Ancient leather binding with gilt impression, traces of buckles. Damages and moth damage to binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 104

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Asara Ma’amarot – Amsterdam, 1649 – Glosses and Signatures

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.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 296

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Manuscript – Sefer Leket Hakesef on Three Megillot –Yemen

Manuscript, Sefer Leket Hakesef, commentary on three Megillot – Shir HaShirim, Ruth and Kohelet. By Rabbi Yosef son of Aharon HaCohen. [Yemen, early 20th century].
Anthology of cantillation notes for three Megillot, majority from Kabbalistc books. Author cites sayings in name of his father-in-law Rabbi Avraham Manzeli.
[38] pages. 25 cm. Good condition, stains. Detached leaves.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 328

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Moreh Nevuchim – Jieznas, 1742 – Stamps and Glosses

Moreh Nevuchim, with the Shem Tov, Afudi and Karshkash commentaries. Jieznas, [1742].
On the title page and book leaves are stamps, with the symbol of a crown and the initials S.S. Ownership inscriptions.
Several glosses in Ashkenazi writing [from the 1800s], by an unidentified writer including sharp criticism of the commentaries ["Rabbi Shem Tov should forgive me… he did not delve into the depth of the matter"; "In Chapter 41, the commentaries said incorrect things about the Rambam…"].
[1], 120, 123-127 leaves. 33 cm. Fair-good condition. Restored tear to title page. Stains, tears and moth damage. Damaged binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 19

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Printed Cards With the Tashlich Prayer – Germany

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

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Auction 37 Lot Number 115

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Photograph Collection – Meah She’arim

• 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.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 339

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Kedushat Levi – Self-Dedication by the Son of the Radoszyce Rebbe Written in the Lodz Ghetto – Sivan 1941

Kedushat Levi on the Torah, by Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdychiv. Warsaw, 1876. Bound with Sefer HaChinuch. Warsaw, 1879.
On the page before the title page is a self-dedication written in the Lodz Ghetto under the Nazi occupation: "G-d has given me the privilege to own this book Kedushat Levi and Sefer HaChinuch, today Wednesday, Shelach, the 24 th of Sivan 1941 during the war, Ya'akov Yitzchak ben Rabbi Binyamin of Radoszyce here in Lodz, Ya'akova 6". The writer is Rabbi Ya'akov Yitzchak son of Rebbe Binyamin of Radoszyce (Encyclopedia L'Chassidut Vol 1, p. 350), descendant of the Saba HaKadosh of Radoszyce. Born in Lodz where his father served as Rebbe and later established a glorious Chassidic court in Radoszyce where he became famous as an ascetic tzaddik. Rebbe Binyamin perished in the Holocaust together with his holy sons (among them is Rabbi Ya'akov Yitzchak who signed this book).
222; 65; 240 pages. 22 cm. Fair condition. Stains, wear and tear. Original damaged binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 382

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Illustrated Hagaddah – Trieste, 1864

Passover Hagaddah with illustrations, carefully proofread by Avraham Chai Morforgo. Trieste, 1864.
Many illustrations inside the Hagaddah and on the title page, by C. Kirchmayr, with explanations under each illustration.
[1], 42 pages (lacking last leaf with musical notes). 29 cm. Fair condition. Dark stains. Tears to several leaves. Tear with lack to last leaf. Adhesive tape restorations. New binding.
Ya'ari 898; Otzar HaHagadot 1216.
From the collection of Moshe Ya’ari.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 329

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Minchat Yosef – Pri Megadim – Livorno, 1827 – Signatures and Glosses – Morocco

Minchat Yosef, various compilations and introductions to Kabbalah; with the book Pri Megadim, compilation of Azharot and good conducts from our sages; and the book VaYe'etar Yitzchak, novellae and compilations, by Rabbi Yosef Irgas [author of Shomer Emunim HaKadmo] Livorno, [1827].
Consecutive page numbering for all three books. Separate title page for Pri Megadim.
Signature on Leaf 40: "Do not delay the payment of a hired person until the morning, I the writer Elisha Birdugo" – the person who signed is apparently Rabbi Elisha Birdugo, a Torah sage of Meknès (Malkei Rabanan, Leaf 23), or his son a sage of Rabat who was born after his death and named after his father. See attached material.
Several long glosses by two writers in the book VaYe'etar Yitzchak [perhaps also written by one of the rabbis of the Birdugo family]. Stamps of "Avraham D. Elkayam".
[6], 54, 57-80 leaves. 21 cm. Fair condition, stains, moth damage and wear. Worn binding.
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Auction 37 Lot Number 244

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Letter by Rabbi Yoel Ashkenazi, Tiberias 1886

Letter of appeal in request of assistance, handwritten and signed by Rabbi “Yoel Ashkenazi grandson of Rabbi Yabetz”, with the signature of Rabbi “Yosef Mendel son of grandson of author of the Turei Zahav” who writes “on behalf of all members…”, with a stamp of Rabbi Avraham HaLevi chief Av Beit Din of Tiberias as well as stamp of “seven most esteemed members of city”. Tiberias, 1886.
Rabbi Yoel Ashkenazi of Tiberias, relative of Rabbi Yoel Ashkenazi Av Beit Din of Zolochiv (grandson of Rebbe Rabbi Joel Teitelbaum of Satmar).
26 cm. Good condition, slight tear on fold.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 276

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Manuscript of Josippon, Persia, 18th/19th Century

Manuscript, Josippon, eloquent Oriental writing [Persia?], 18th/19th century.
At the end of the volume appear leaves with various Persian inscriptions in Hebrew letters.
1-203 [3] leaves. 15 cm. Good condition. Last leaves are detached and worn. Elaborate leather binding, slightly worn.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 415

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Haggadot with Artistic Illustrations – Israel

Haggadot illustrated by artists. Israel, from 1955-1985.
Arthur Szyk Haggadah (two copies), Haggadot with illustrations by Jacob Steinhardt, Yosl Bergner (with an original drawing and a handwritten dedication), and others.
8 Haggadot, varying size. Good condition. A detailed list will be provided upon request.
From the collection of Moshe Ya’ari.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 319

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Tur Yoreh Deah – Scholarly Glosses

Tur Yoreh Deah, with Beit Yosef and Darkei Moshe. Vienna, 1811.
Several handwritten scholarly glosses from the time of printing. Signed “Anshil Klemfer”, signature and stamps of “Itzik Bachrach” of Hamburg.
336; 10 pages. 40 cm. Fair condition, stains and wear. Original leather binding, worn and damaged.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 117

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Halichot Eli – Izmir, 1658 – Signatures

Halichot Eli, Talmudical rules, arranged in alphabetical order. Rabbi Shlomo Elgazi. Izmir, [1658]. 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).

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Auction 37 Lot Number 309

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Panim Me’irot – Amsterdam, 1715 – Ancient Glosses

Panim Me’irot responsa, with Panim Me’irot on Tractate Zevachim. Amsterdam, 1715. First edition. Scholarly glosses in early Oriental handwriting.
(Lacking first title page and another leaf) [2], 96; [1], 35 leaves. 27.5 cm. Fair-poor condition, wear and mildew damage. Some glosses are significantly cut off. Ancient leather binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 416

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Collection of Album Hagaddot – Israel

15 Passover Hagaddot in album format, with artistic illustrations and photographs printed in Israel, with illustration of Ze'ev Raban, Efraim Moshe Lilien, Arieh Allweil, and others.
15 Hagaddot. Varying size. Good condition.
From the collection of Moshe Ya’ari.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 75

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Tehillim Tefillah L’Moshe – The Copy of Rabbi Shraga Feibush Ashkenazi, the Meshamesh BaKodesh of Rebbe Yoel of Satmar

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], 4-354 leaves. 21.5 cm. Brittle paper, most leaves are in good condition, tears and stains. Damaged binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 139

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Yabia Omer Responsa Volume 8 – Dedication by Rabbi Ovadia Yosef to Rabbi Kaduri

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.
[5], 2-512, [4] pages. 33 cm. Good condition. Original binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 171

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. Levush Yoreh Deah, Berdychiv 1819 – Copy of Rebbe Rabbi Nachum Twersky

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, [1819]. 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.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 235

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Two Letters by Rabbi Yosef Kronheimer, Melbourne 1892-1894

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.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 331

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Sefer HaZichronot – Prague, 1648

Sefer HaZichronot, by Rabbi Shmuel Abuhav. [Prague, c. 1648].
Book printed anonymously, with author, location and year of print unknown; most of the book deals with rebuke and encouragement of observance of Mitzvot which the nation is lax in performing.
The author, Rabbi Shmuel Abuhav (1610-1694), among Torah giants of his generation, rabbi of Verona and among Torah scholars of Venice, authored Dvar Shmuel Responsa. In this composition he joined the polemic of “Stam Yeinam” in Italy, in light of custom of leniency in this prohibition which was prevalent in the region; he therefore dedicated a substantial portion of the book in stressing the severity of this prohibition. Sent the book to Prague for printing instead of printing in the superior printing presses of Italy, in order to preserve his anonymity. The Chida (Shem HaGedolim, editorial staff) writes: “Book does not mention author… and we know that the author is the righteous Rabbi Shmuel Abuhav, a distinguished unique rabbi of Venice… and in order to preserve his anonymity he printed the book upon black paper in print of inferior quality…”. [For accreditation of composition to Rabbi Shmuel Abuhav and for information regarding him, see: Meir Benayahu, Dor Acher Ba’Aretz, Jerusalem 1988, pp. 27-49].
Ownership signature of Rabbi “Yehoshua Heschel Teomim Frankel”.
[4], 86 leaves. 18 cm. Coarse paper, fair condition. Stains, wear and tear. Damaged binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 187

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Letter of Good Wishes for the New Year by the Lubavitcher Rebbe – A Dollar from the Rebbe

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).

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Auction 37 Lot Number 161

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Alexander Chassidism in Eretz Israel – Collection of Letters and Documents – Letter by the Rebbe

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.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 364

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Compilation of Printed Items – London Jewry

• Prayer for the success of the army of Her Majesty the Queen in South Africa. London, 1899. Pamphlet. Hebrew and English. • Special service - prayer to be recited in the Sephardi and Portuguese synagogue in honor of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. London, 1953. Printed pamphlet in Hebrew and English. • Enclosed leaf with a prayer for that same occasion. Typewritten on blue paper. • A Proclamation printed in Yiddish and in German, by Rabbi Naftali HaCohen Adler - Rabbi of England. London, [1892]. • Membership card of the Society of the Jewish People's Gemilut Chassadim. London. Given to Avraham Davis, December 1936. • Notice on behalf of the Barkai Zionist Association. London, 1952. • Invitation to a special evening, on behalf of the Cricklewood Synagogue. London, 1959.
7 paper items. Varied size and condition.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 140

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Yabia Omer Responsa, Part 4 – Dedication by Author Rabbi Ovadia Yosef to Rabbi Bezalel Zolty

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".
[8], 406 pages. 33 cm. Excellent condition. New binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 172

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D’rush V’Chidush Rabbi Akiva Eger – Copy of Rebbe Yechezkel Panet and his Son Rebbe Ya’akov Elimelech Panet

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.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 236

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Letter from Montefiore’s Nephew to Rabbi Shmuel Salant

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.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 311

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Sde Yehoshua Responsa – Long Glosses Signed by Rabbi Yehuda Rubinstein

Sde Yehoshua responsa, Rabbi Yehoshua Heshel Wallerstein Av Beit Din of Rzeszów (Raysha) [disciple of the Divrei Chaim of Sanz]. Lvov, 1900. First edition.
Signatures and self-dedication signed by Rabbi Yehuda Rubinstein, son of Rabbi Mordechai, author of Doresh L'Frakim, who received the book from Rabbi Yosef Hartman, author of Bracha M'Zion on the Torah and publisher of Karnei Or by Rabbi A.S. Mani of Hebron.
The book has long interesting glosses, some signed "Yehuda", "Yehuda Rubinstein". On the margins of the introduction, the proofreader wrote: "I have written a special pamphlet on this book called Ohel Yehoshua, Y. H. R. ben Mordechai".
Rabbi Yehuda Rubinstein (1899-1973), son of Rabbi Mordechai Rubinstein (1844-1917) who served as magid in Krakow for 30 years, authored the book Doresh L'Frakim on Pirkei Avot. In 1907, he ascended to Jerusalem with his father. These glosses were written when he was young [before his father's death in 1917] and his genius Torah knowledge is apparent from a young age. In 1922, he traveled to the USA to work as the secretary of Rabbi Dov Leventhal Av Beit Din of Philadelphia and president of Agudat HaRabbanim. Eventually, he moved to Chicago and to New York, there he was active in Torah and writing activities. Was also a well-known bibliographer.
Renowned for his fabulous memory and known as an expert bibliographer, he wrote many Torah articles and edited several Torah periodicals. [For a short list of his history and for a bibliography of his publications, see the article written by Rabbi Tuvia Pershel HaDarom, 45, Tishrei 1978]. Most of his writings are still in manuscript form.
[5], 92 leaves. 33.5 cm. Dry brittle paper, fair condition, minor tears, detached leaves, torn detached binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 216

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Torah Ruling “Warrant of Arrest” – Signed by Rabbi Ovadia Yosef

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.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 248

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Historical Letter from the Heads of the General Committee of the Ashkenazi Kollels to the Rishon L’Zion Rabbi Yissa Bracha, Jerusalem 1894

A long interesting letter, about the polemic of the institutes, to the Rishon L'Zion Rabbi Yissa Bracha [Rabbi Ya'akov Shaul Elyashar]. Signed by 14 of the heads of the General Committee of the Ashkenazi Kollels in the Holy Land. Jerusalem, 1894.
Among those who signed the letter are well-known rabbis and public figures of the city such as: Rabbi "Ziskind Shachor"; Rabbi "Zevulun Charlap" [member of the Beit Din of the Maharil Diskin]; Rabbi "Binyamin Beinush Tikochinsky; Rabbi "Yisrael Isser ben Rabbi M. HaLevi; Rabbi "Yosef Rivlin"; Rabbi "Eliezer Grayevesky"; etc.
This letter was written during one of the most tumultuous years of the old yishuv in Jerusalem and unfolding between its lines are the critical struggles that caused heated controversy in Jerusalem during the difficult time when the city was fighting for its existence and the needy population of Jerusalem were hungry for bread. At that time, a mighty struggle arose among the various communities of the Jerusalem about the money of the Chaluka (to be distributed) and the charity funds donated by Jews in Europe and America, sent to the leaders of the Ashkenazi community for schools and institutes for the ill. The Sephardic community asked to share this money relying on agreements from the past and in particular, it asked for money for the Sephardic hospital Misgav Ladach, which they claimed gave medical assistance to the Ashkenazi community as well.
This struggle lasted for a long time and various elements in Eretz Israel and abroad were involved in the dispute. Rabbi Shmuel Salant and the Chacham Bashi Rabbi Ya'akov Shaul Elyashar author of Yissa Bracha make a few attempts to restore peace but each time it lasted for only a short while and from time to time the dispute would flare up again.
At the time this letter was written, the dispute took a severe turn; Rabbi Michel HaCohen who first served as secretary of the institutes of the Ashkenazi community and was one of the most energetic public activists of Jerusalem was dismissed together with his son and son-in-law Rabbi Chaim Michel Michlin, from their positions in the Etz Chaim Talmud Torah and the Bikur Cholim Hospital. The dismissed figures then served the Sephardic population as secretaries of the Misgav Ladach institutes together with the "lists of donators" of the Ashkenazi institutes and did all they could to take revenge on those who had dismissed them.
This letter has many accusations concerning what had been done and request of mercy to restore things to normal with cooperation and peace.
Official stationery, 2 pages; 29 cm. Scribal writing, signed by 14 people. Good condition, stains and

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Auction 37 Lot Number 35

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Siddur for a Year Round Use, with Psalms – Offenbach, 1822

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, [1822].
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.
[2], 238, 36, 33-136, 36, 8; 116, 16 leaves. 19 cm. Good-fair condition. Several detached leaves. Stains and wear. Without binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 291

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Collection of Responsa and Halachic Rulings by Rabbi Shalom Mashash – Signatures and Glosses in his Handwriting

Collection of booklets of halachic responsa and rulings, by Rabbi Shalom Mashsash, who used to type them himself, with corrections, additions and glosses in his handwriting. Some have his signatures.
Attached to several booklets are draft leaves in the handwriting of Rabbi Mashash. The responsa and rulings were printed in his books.
Rabbi Shalom Mashash (1909-2003) was one of the greatest dayanim and halachic authorities of his times. From 1955, he served as Chief Rabbi and Av Beit Din of Casablanca, Morocco, and in 1976, he immigrated to Jerusalem to serve as Chief Rabbi and head of the Batei Din. He was a prolific writer on halacha and agadda: Mizrach Shemesh, Beit Shemesh, V'Cham HaShemesh, Tevuot Shemesh responsa, Shemesh U'Magen responsa, and more.
Hundreds of leaves. Varying size. Good condition.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 14

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

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

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Auction 37 Lot Number 345

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Eldad HaDani – Brno, 1784

Eldad HaDani, "Tale of a wise man named Eldad from the tribe of Dan who came for a reason to Babylonia". Brno, 1784.
With Yiddish-Deutsch translation [Tzena U'Rena letters]. Original text and translation page opposite page.
Ownership inscription at the end of the book, "Although Chazal said that writing on a book is prohibited, it is permitted for a sign… therefore, I signed my name Chaim Yisrael ben HaNagid Rabbi Avraham 1790 here in Lvov the capital".
[11] leaves. 14 cm. Good condition, stains. Minor wear. Restored tear on title page. Ownership stamps. New attractive leather binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 25

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A Colorful Illustarted Ketubah in Pamphlet Form – Tehran, 1920

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.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 281

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Halachic Ruling Signed by Rabbi Ya’akov Ebn Malka – Tétouan, 1758

Halachic ruling handwritten and signed by Rabbi Ya'akov Ebn Malka. Tétouan (Morocco), [1758].
Concerning the Ketubah of a widow, according to the custom of the communities expelled from Castelia.
Rabbi Ya'akov Ebn Malka (died in 1771, Malkei Rabanan p. 64), disciple of Rabbi Yehuda ben Atar. One of the foremost Moroccan Torah scholars, served as Rabbi of Fes and later as Av Beit Din of Tétouan. Wrote the Ner Ma'aravi responsa. See attached material.
One leaf, written on both sides. 20 cm. Slightly cutoff on margins, with damage to text. Good-fair condition. Stains, folding marks and tears.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 356

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Printed Proclamation – Construction of Neighborhoods in Jerusalem Outside of the Old City Walls – Boston, 1900s

A proclamation printed in Yiddish, calling for support in building new neighborhoods in Jerusalem "outside of the Old City walls". Boston, [no note of year of printing, between 1902 and 1909]. Printed by M. Lang and Sons.
The difficult financial situation of the Jewish population of Jerusalem and the danger lurking from the missionaries is mentioned as well as the emissary Rabbi Yosef Salant "grandson of Rabbi Shmuel Salant" sent for collecting funds. The (printed) signature and temporary Boston address of Rabbi Yosef Salant (son of Rabbi Zvi Hirsh Salant who was actually a great-grandson of Rabbi Shmuel) appear at the bottom of the proclamation as well as (printed) signatures of rabbis of Boston and other cities in the State of Massachusetts.
Rabbi Shmuel Salant who was alluded to as still alive at the time of the proclamation died in 1909, and Rabbi Duber ben Abba Ya'akov Borochov who signed as the Rabbi of Malden (Massachusetts) began to serve there in the rabbinate in 1902.
This proclamation has not been bibliographically listed and is not known from any other source.
Leaf, 40 cm. Fair condition, folding marks, tears and holes.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 367

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“Chaim LaRosh” Passover Haggadah – Izmir, 1852 – Handwritten Addition

Chaim LaRosh, laws of Lel HaSeder and Passover Haggadah, Rabbi Chaim Palagi. Izmir, [1852]. First edition. On Leaf 110/2 is a handwritten addition [by the author?].
Rabbi Chaim Palagi (1788-1868, Otzar HaRabbanim 6120), renowned Torah genius, one of the foremost Rabbis of his times. Famous Rabbi of Izmir and an especially prolific author; wrote more than 70 books.
52, 112 leaves. 20.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Handsome binding.
Ya'ari 704; Otzar HaHagadot 959.
From the collection of Moshe Ya’ari.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 207

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Decorated Certificate of Appreciation and Letter by Rabbi Yehoshua Krohn of Borszczow

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), [1903].
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.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 378

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Passover Haggadah, Köln 1838

Passover Haggadah, with German translation and sheet music for piyutim. Köln (Germany), 1838.
Two title pages. The second one is illustrated. Hebrew and German page opposite page. Sheet music for Hodu, Adir Bimlucha, Chasal Siddur Pesach, Adir Hu, Echad Mi Yode'ah and Chad Gadya.
The publisher and composer is Yitzchak Abershat (Offenbach) who was a cantor in Köln, father of the famous composer Jacques Offenbach.
According to Freidberg (History of Hebrew Printing in Central Europe, Antwerp 1935, p. 33) only the title page was printed in Köln whereas the rest of the book was printed in Hamburg.
[3], III, [2], 8-91; 7 pages + [8] pages of sheet music. 21 cm. Good condition, stains, minor damage to binding.
Ya'ari 578; Otzar HaHagadot 799.
From the collection of Moshe Ya’ari.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 410

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Collection of Haggadot – She’erit HaPleita

• Passover Haggadah, published by Va’ad HaHatzala (with photographs of committee activity). Munich, 1948. (Ya’ari 2362; Otzar HaHaggadot 4093). •Haggadah, with collection by disciples of the Ba’al Shem Tov. Fernwald, [1946]. (Otzar HaHaggadot 4019). • Passover Haggadah, Fernwald, [c. 1946]. (Ya’ari 2636; Otzar HaHaggadot 4018). • Passover Haggadah, with 238 commentaries. Bratislava, [1948?]. (Ya’ari 2493, Otzar HaHaggadot 4107).
4 Haggadot, various sizes and conditions.
From the collection of Moshe Ya’ari.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 250

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Bill of Appointment of Seven Leaders (Tovei HaIr), for Kollelim of Chassidim – 1910

Interesting letter of appointment sent to the Rabbinical Court in Jerusalem, appointing "seven Tovei HaIr" (leaders of the Jewish congregation) [for Kollelim of Chassidim], including signatures of 44 Kollel members, Jerusalem, Kislev 1910.
In this letter of appointment the signatories undertake “to obey and respect the Rabbinical Court as customary, and from this point we will be obliged to obey the orders of the abovementioned Rabbinical Court in all matters – and our actions and voices will be as theirs”. The individuals selected and appointed as the seven Tovei HaIr are: Rabbi Yechezkel Weinberger, Rabbi Yosef Tomler, Rabbi Moshe Dromer, Rabbi Yitzchak HaCohen Shvadron (Av Beit Din of Chatzmer, son of the Maharsham), Rabbi Avraham Schorr, Rabbi Yosef Ettinger and Rabbi Mendel Buchwald.
Among the 44 signatories are a number of well-known individuals, which include: Rabbi Naftali Weissblum [grandson of Rabbi Elimelech of Lizhensk]; Rabbi Benzion Kletter; Rabbi Dov Bertzi Rosenbaum [relative of rebbes of Nadvorna]; Rabbi Eliezer son of Avraham Dov Auerbach [descendant of Rebbe of Khmelnik; his father traveled from Jerusalem to Bukovina and served as rebbe in city of Chernivtsi. His brother Rabbi Chaim Yehudah Leib was father of the genius Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach]. And others.
29 cm. leaf. Quality paper, good-fair condition, stains and wear.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 421

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Collection of Haggadot – USA, 20th Century

25 Haggadot printed in the USA , 1920s until 1990s (majority from 1940s-1950s). Hebrew, English and Yiddish.
Includes: “Israeli Passover Haggadah” edited by Rabbi Menachem Kasher (two copies); Haggadot with illustrations by Saul Riskin and Asher (Sigmund) First; Haggadot for students; Haggadot for children; and many other illustrated Haggadot. Various sizes and conditions.
From the collection of Moshe Ya’ari.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 133

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Asefat Geonim – Bialistok, 1806 – Signature of Rabbi Zvi Hirsh Heller, Av Beit Din of Bonyhád, Rabbi of Rabbi Shlomo Ganzfried and Rabbi Hirsh of Liske

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.

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