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Auction 37 Lot Number 178

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

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

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Auction 37 Lot Number 409

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Collection of Haggadot with Commentaries – Tunis and Djerba

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

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Auction 37 Lot Number 310

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

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

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Auction 37 Lot Number 342

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

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

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Auction 37 Lot Number 385

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Passover Haggadah, Corfu, 1877

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

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Auction 37 Lot Number 87

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Rabbeinu Bechaye – Pesaro

Rabbeinu Bechaye, commentary on the Torah. [Pesaro, 1514/1517. Printed by Gershom Soncino].
Damaged copy. Without title page. Missing several leaves at beginning and end. 28 cm. Poor condition. Tears and severe moth damage.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 183

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Collection of Manuscripts – Chabad

Collection of leaves and notebooks of Chassidic writings of Chabad Torah thoughts, by various writers from various times.
For a complete list, see Hebrew description.
Approximately 10 items, dozens of leaves, varied size and condition, fair-poor to good-fair.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 98

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Kenaf Renanim – Venice, 1626

Kenaf Renanim, songs, bakashot and piyutim for various occasions, with commentary. Rabbi Yosef Yedidya Karmi. [Venice, 1626].
This book was at the focus of a polemic, when the brother-in-law of the author, Rabbi Aharon Brachya of Modena, author of Ma'avar Yabok opposed its printing. Written at the beginning of the book, after the approbations, "After these things, a young Rabbi thought to be stringent concerning the printing of the book… and his opinion and the author's opinion came before the Rabbis in their city and so the Rabbis decreed". At the beginning, the author lengthily responds to the claims against his book. His response is signed by Italian Torah scholars [see: M. Benayahu, Copyright, Authorization and Imprimatur for Hebrew Books Printed in Venice, Jerusalem 1971, pp. 103-105].
2-3, 5-12 leaves [9] leaves. Missing Leaf 4, without [2] other leaves at end which exist in some copies. Title leaf detached and partially missing, glued on paper for reinforcement. Good condition. Stains. Colored edges. Detached and damaged binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 130

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

Mishnayot Seder Kodshin, with Tosfot Rabbi Akiva Eiger, Berlin, 1861.
On leaf before title page is an interesting signed inscription, that over this volume Rabbi Moshe Margarten of Héthárs died "Praised be he and praised his portion that his soul left him while studying this Mishnayot", on the 16th of Sivan 1898.
Rabbi Moshe Margariten Av Beit Din of Héthárs and Lipany in Hungary, son of Rabbi Yitzchak Zvi Margariten-Weiss Rabbi Av Beit Din of Oiberrine, author of Beit David (Pressburg, 1846) and Tokef HaTalmud (Offen, 1859), son-in-law of Rabbi Chaim Kitza Av Beit Din of Albertirsa. Corresponded on halachic issues with leading Hungarian rabbis and is mentioned in the responsa books Yad Yitzchak and Pri Sadeh and Neta Sorek.
[2], 2-163, [1] leaves. 27 cm. Fair condition, use wear and detached leaves. Torn binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 13

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

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

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Auction 37 Lot Number 77

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Tur Orach Chaim – Medzhibozh, 1818

Tur Orach Chaim, with Bach [Bayit Chadash]. Medzhibozh, [1818]. Approbation of Rabbi Avraham Yehoshua Heshel Rabbi of Apta and Medzhibozh.
Signatures and ownership inscriptions: "Yosef son of the late Rabbi Pinchas"; "Gavriel HaLevi Hillman".
[2], [297] leaves. 34.5 cm. Greenish paper, good-fair condition, stains and wear. Minor moth marks. Worn binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 109

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Photograph Collection – Rebbes

Collection of various sized photographs, some are photographs of Rebbes. Among those photographed are Rebbe Yehuda Aryeh Perlow of Novominsk (large photograph), Rebbe Yekutiel Yehuda Halberstam of Sanz-Klausenberg (two pictures), Rebbe Chaim Yehuda Meir Hager of Vishiva-Vizhnitz, Rebbe Eliezer Zusia of Skolen, etc. A photograph of a party in the Chernobyl Yeshiva in Jerusalem. More photographs (Lag BaOmer at the gravesite of Shimon HaTzaddik, a policeman and Charedi Jew in Jerusalem during the 1950s, etc.).
16 photographs, varied size and condition (the size of three of them is 20X25 cm).

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Auction 37 Lot Number 141

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Yalkut Yosef – With a Dedication by Rabbi Ovadia Yosef

Yalkut Yosef, a summary of rulings and laws of current problems pertaining to the four parts of the Shulchan Aruch, according to the rulings of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef in his books, by his son Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef. Jerusalem, 1971. First edition of the book. This volume was later printed with additions as the first volume of the well-known series of books written by Rabbi Ovadia’s son. But the book in its present form was considered by Rabbi Ovadia Yosef as one of his own books as he mentions in his responsa (for example: Yabia Omer Responsa, Part 7, Siman 27): “And this is how I ruled in my book Yalkut Yosef…”.
On the page before the title page, is a dedication handwritten and signed by Rabbi Ovadia.
232 leaves. Good-fair condition. Stains, moisture marks. Tears to inner binding leaf. Original binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 205

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Collection of Letters, Documents and Ketubot

Collection of letters written by Rabbis and public figures, signed receipts and various documents: Ketubot, signed documents of marital status testimony, marriage and divorce certificates, etc. C. 1920-1990.
Among the signatures in this collection: Rabbi Yisrael Meir ben Menachem; Rabbi Ovadia Hedaya; Rabbi Yisrael Aryeh Sapir; Rabbi Isser Yehuda Unterman; Rabbi Efrayim Eliezer Yolles, Rabbi of Philadelphia; Rabbi "Yisrael Isser ben Rabbi Refael Shapira" [brother-in-law of Rabbi Chaim of Brisk]; Rabbi Ya'akov Landau, Bnei Brak; Rabbi David Mintzberg; Rabbi Shaul Alter, etc.
More than 75 items, varied size and condition.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 67

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

Order of prayer for entire year with intentions of Rabbi Yitzchak Luria (the Arizal), section I (for weekdays). By Rabbi Shabtai of Raşcov. [Korets, 1794].
Sephardic version prayer book (Chassidic Ashkenaz) with intentions of the Ari, based upon the manuscript Siddur of Rabbi Shabtai of Raşcov and Siddur of Rabbi Asher Margaliot disciple of Ba’al Shem Tov which was printed in Lvov in 1788. This edition received approval of Rabbi Zusha of Hanipol and other great rabbis of that generation of inception of Chassidism. This edition contains unique additions and prayer customs by the Ba’al Shem Tov, which were printed for the first time in this edition.
Incomplete copy: contains leaves 7-263 only. (Section I missing 8 leaves at beginning. Originally all sections printed together: II, 263 leaves; [1], 261-344; 62; 99 leaves]. 18.5 cm. Fair condition, stains and extensive wear, moth damage. Damage and missing text. Damaged and worn binding, glued with fabric glue. Additional leaves, with notations and signatures in Oriental handwriting (Persia?).
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 412.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 78

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

Five books of Torah, with Or HaChaim, Be'er Mayim Chaim and Yeshu'ot Ya'akov. Seder HaTefillot (Nusach Sefarad – Chassidic). Lemberg, 1872. Two title pages, first title page "letters like Zhitomir" with the word Zhitomir bold. Printed by Avraham Yosef Segal.
5 volumes: (Most leaves unpaginated). Approximately 21 cm. Good-fair condition, wear, stains and minor tears. Few moth damages. Semi-leather elaborate bindings, impressed with ownership name: "Aharon ben Shlomo Araki Cohen".
Rare. Noted in the Bibliography Institute CD Listing 0324022 that they have not seen the rest of the volumes except for Shemot.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 206

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Collection of Letters of Semicha (Ordination) and a Ketubah

• Letter of Semicha for a Shochet and Bodek, by Rabbi Ya'akov Fralgevar Rabbi of Šaukėnai, to the Shochet Rabbi Mordechai Ya'akov ben Zvi Ruzhin, from the city of Nowy Korczyn. And a letter from the Shochtim of the city of Kuršėnai, Nissan 1906.
• Letter of Semicha for the Shochet mentioned above, by Rabbi Avraham Aharon Lipavsky. Rabbi of the Bnei Yitzchak Synagogue, Chicago, 1908.
• Decorated letter of parting, by Chevrat Shas – the Sha'arei Tzedek Synagogue in Chicago, signed by "Chaim Yosef ben David Axelrod", to Rabbi Mordechai Ya'akov Ruzhin, on his immigration to Eretz Yisrael. Chicago, 1923.
• Jerusalem Ketubah, printed in golden ink, recording the marriage of Moshe Ya'akov ben Rabbi Zvi Ruzin. Friday, the 14th of Nissan 1924.
5 items, varied size and condition.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 313

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Chochmat Adam – Glosses by the Rabbi of Przysucha 

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

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Auction 37 Lot Number 36

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Shabbat Songs – Lemberg, 1804

Shabbat Songs, with the commentary of Mateh Yehuda on "the Hebrew writing and the Ashkenazi language" [Yiddish in Hebrew letters]. [Lemberg, 1804]. Title page adorned with illustrations of fish and a wine vessel.
30 leaves. 17.5 cm. Bluish paper, fair condition, wear and stains, sheets cut with damage to titles and
“page guards” (shomrei daf). New binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 228

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Letter by Rabbi Moshe Shlomo Zalman Kezir, London 1863

Letter regarding a fundraising campaign “for building a new synagogue in Jerusalem” [Hurvat Rabbi Yehudah he-Hasid]. Handwritten and signed by Rabbi Moshe Shlomo Zalman son of Anschel Kezir. London, Adar 1863.
The letter is addressed to Rabbi Shmuel Salant, Rabbi Yaakov Tumim, Rabbi Yaakov Berlin, Rabbi Yosef Zundel Salant and Rabbi Aryeh son of Rabbi Yerachmiel. The writer of the letter was a wealthy Torah scholar, among the leaders and honorable individuals of the London congregation, (for additional information related to him, see attached material).
20.5 cm. High-quality stationery paper in good condition, postal envelope containing postal and wax stamps attached. Envelope torn and missing stamp.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 15

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

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

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Auction 37 Lot Number 79

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

"Woe be to us, the crown of our heads has fallen", eulogy for Rebbe Avraham Mordechai Alter, author of Imrei Emet of Gur. Typewritten, stencil copied booklet. Published by Mercaz Po'alei Agudat Yisrael in Poland. Lodz, [1948?].
28 leaves. Printed on one side. Colored cardboard binding. 20 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Inscriptions on several leaves. Damages to binding.
Not listed in Bibliography Institute CD.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 111

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

Class photograph of the Central Holy Yeshiva of Navahrudak. Pinsk, 1931.
At the center of the photograph are the pictures of the "Head of the Yeshiva and its dean Rabbi Shmuel Weintraub", "Rabbi Yitzchak Waldstein – Spiritual Head", "Rabbi Yitzchak Orlansky – Mashgiach" and "Rabbi Ya'akov Yisrael Kanievsky – Rosh Metivta" (delivers lectures). Under these photographs are more photographs of the rabbis and young men who studied in the Yeshiva surrounded by more than 200 Yeshiva students. Most of those who appear in the photographs perished in the Holocaust.
The Navahrudak Yeshiva in Pinsk-Karlin was the central yeshiva of the chain of Navahrudak Yeshivot. Established between the two world wars by Rabbi Shmuel Weintraub, a close disciple of the Saba of Navahrudak, it became one of the most large and important yeshivot in Lithuania in those days. The Yeshiva staff was comprised of some of the most outstanding rabbis of the Navahrudak movement who served alongside Rabbi Shmuel Weintraub. Around 1926, Rabbi Ya'akov Yisrael Kanievsky, the Steipler, started to serve as Rosh Metivta in the yeshiva. He remained in this position for eight years until he ascended to Eretz Israel in 1934.
Photograph, 16X23 cm. Pasted on the original cardboard. Good-fair condition. Cracks and minor tears.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 271

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

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

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Auction 37 Lot Number 218

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. Halachic Responsa on Conversion – By Rabbi Refael Saban

Long halachic responsa, handwritten and signed by Rabbi Refael Saban, to the Chief Rabbi of Israel Rabbi Ben Zion Chai Uziel. 1949.
In this interesting letter, Rabbi Saban tells of the sad state of assimilation in Turkey. Jewish men marry non-Jewish wives, and their children (who are not Jews according to halacha) attend synagogues and Jewish schools, thereby causing problems (by intermarriage). He discusses various leniences in the conversion of non-Jewish women so their children shall be "Jewish" from birth.
Rabbi Refael (David) Saban (1877-1961), Chief Rabbi of Turkey. Leading Torah scholar in Istanbul, outstanding Torah genius in halacha and Agaddah. Served in various rabbinic positions from the age of 20. In 1953, was appointed Chacham Bashi-Head of the rabbis in the Turkish Empire.
2 leaves, 29.5 cm. Good-fair condition, creases and wear.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 5

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Jews – Three Drawings

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

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Auction 37 Lot Number 165

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

Igra D'Kallah, on the Five Books of the Torah, by Rebbe Zvi Elimelech of Dynów, author of Bnei Yissaschar. New York, 1961.
Signatures of Rebbe "Chaim Ya'akov Safrin of Komarno" from New York and Jerusalem, and signature of Rabbi "Naftali Chaim Guttman" of Bnei Brak, who writes that he had purchased the book from Rabbi Zvi Moskowitz of Jerusalem, who exchanged the book with the Rebbe of Komarno. Many handwritten glosses, most were written by Rabbi Naftali Chaim Guttman.
Rabbi Chaim Ya'akov Safrin (1892-1967), son of Rebbe Avraham Mordechai Safrin of Boryslav-Komarno. Served as Rebbe in the city of Uzhhorod (Ungvar). In 1937, immigrated to the US and was one of the leading Chassidic rebbes in New York. In 1962, he ascended to Jerusalem where he established his Beit Midrash. An outstanding Torah scholar and a holy man, great in Cabbalistic wisdom. Wrote some 40 manuscripts, of which only four were printed, Beit Ya'akov, Beit Avot, Ma Zot and Shabbat Shalom U'Mevorach.
[2], 322 pages; 216 pages. 25 cm. Good condition, wear. Original worn binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 357

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Two Siddurim – New York, 1901 / Philadelphia, 1908

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

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Auction 37 Lot Number 389

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Kitzur Hilchot Pesach – Parur, 1929 – Lithograph

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

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Auction 37 Lot Number 16

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

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

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Auction 37 Lot Number 112

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Real Photo Postcards – Photographs of Rabbis

Two Real Photo postcards: • Photograph of Rabbi Akiva Sofer (1878-1960), during the visit of Emperor Franz Josef to Pressburg (Bratislava) in 1913. In the photograph, Franz Josef is seen sitting in his chariot next to his wife, and Rabbi Akiva Sofer, who served at that time as Rabbi of the city of Pressburg, is coming forth to greet them on behalf of the Jewish community. • Three portraits of the Reich family Rabbis: Rabbi Koppel Charif (1766-1836), Av Beit Din of Vrbové, author of Ya'avetz novella; his grandson Rabbi Ya'akov Koppel Reich (1838-1929), Av Beit Din of Budapest; and his son Rabbi Yisrael Reich (died in 1933), Av Beit Din of Bátorove Kosihy, author of Minchat Yisrael.
Varied size, overall good condition. Letter written on the first postcard, sent by post in 1916

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Auction 37 Lot Number 272

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Manuscript – A Play About Queen Esther – Italy

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

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Auction 37 Lot Number 336

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

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

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Auction 37 Lot Number 134

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

Volume composed of several books by the Rabbi of Ada, Rabbi Mordechai Eliezer Weber, novellae on the Talmud and Agadda. Polemic pamphlets and introductions with many details of the state of the Jews in Hungary and Jerusalem during the second half of the 19th century. Jerusalem, 1885-1889.
• Temurat Todah, on Tractate Temurah. Jerusalem, 1887. • Etz Avot, Part 2, Jerusalem 1887. • Bechor Dal, Jerusalem, 1889. • Zimrat Ha'Aretz V'Shamayim. Commentary on Perek Shira. Jerusalem, 1889. • Erech Dal, (including the introduction Midbar Kadmot about the author's history. Includes pamphlet Edut Shoshanim, letters of support by rabbis after the polemic and pursuit of the author). Jerusalem, 1885.
• Etz Avot, Part 1, Jerusalem 1885. • Milchemet Chovah, (polemic against Rabbi Shlomo Ganzfried and his halachic disputes with the Divrei Chaim), enlarged edition, Jerusalem, 1885.
On the title page of Temurat Todah is an interesting letter of dedication in the author's handwriting to Rabbi Baruch David Cahane of Safed: "…I see that all my toil and effort to sanctify Hashem's name, to glorify and venerate the honor of the Rebbe, but they have answered me in a deviating manner… And all my efforts and troubles of travails and travels and quarrels at home and around are nothing compared to what has befallen me in Eretz Israel and in Jerusalem…".
The Rabbi of Ada Rabbi Mordechai Eliezer Weber (1822-1892), disciple of the Divrei Chaim of Sanz, served abroad in the rabbinate of various Hungarian communities. Ascended to Jerusalem in c. 1875. His interesting books have approbation of the Maharil Diskin, and many polemic letters against those who dispute the rulings of his teacher and rabbi author of Divrei Chaim.
The volume is composed of 8 books, average size approximately 32 cm. All the books have brittle paper, varying conditions, good-fair to fair-poor. Some of the books are in good condition but the book Erech Dal has damages: lacking title page, the introductory leaves were torn and have been glued. Detached leaves and torn binding.
S. HaLevi: 508, 519, 522, 523, 597, 607, 642, 643.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 390

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Passover Hagaddah – Bombay, 1891

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

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Auction 37 Lot Number 49

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

Shulchan Aruch, Part 4 – Choshen Mishpat, with Be'er HaGola by Rabbi Moshe Ravkash. Amsterdam, 1664.
First edition of the famous work by Rabbi Moshe Ravkash, "Be'er HaGola" which reveals the source of the laws and rulings in the Shulchan Aruch.
Rabbi Moshe Ravkash (1600-1684) a renowned Lithuanian Torah scholar, grandfather of the Vilna Gaon. Served as Rabbi of Vilna. In 1655, after Bohdan Khmelnytsky and his Cossacks ravaged Vilna, he escaped the city and reached Amsterdam and Rotterdam. There he was recognized by the Dutch printers Efraim Bo'ino and Ya'akov Castilo and they asked him to proofread the edition of the Shulchan Aruch they were about to publish. Rabbi Moshe's composition Be'er HaGola was attached to this edition printed between 1661-1664 and since then has become one of the most important commentaries on the Shulchan Aruch and is printed in every edition of the Shulchan Aruch until today.
486 leaves. 15 cm. Stains. Moth damage. Loose leaves. Leather binding, damages. Gilt impression of decorations and owner's name: "Refael Nissim Toronto", with the year"5630" [1870]. Later signature in pen.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 113

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Photograph Collection

• Group photograph and photograph of the final exam, in the yeshiva named after Rabbi Hoffman, Frankfurt, 1936-1937. • Photograph with a dedication from a wedding at the DP camp in Hofgeismar, Germany. February, 1947. • Photograph of Rabbi Herzog, with a group of illegal immigrants (ma'apilim) who were released from a detention camp. • Two photographs of a Mizrachi convention with the participation of Rabbi Herzog, Rabbi Uziel, Rabbi Hadaya and other Rabbis and public figures. Photographed by K. Weiss, Jerusalem. • Photograph of a meeting of Rabbis, yeshiva heads and community leaders in Jerusalem. C. 1950s. • Photograph of Rabbi Nachum Pfeffermann of Latvia [died in 1927, father of the artist Abel Pann]. • Photograph of a Jewish Rabbi, on the background of a table with Shabbat candles. New York, c. 1920s. • Additional photographs.
10 photographs, varied size, good condition.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 177

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

Moreh Nevuchim by the Rambam. With commentaries. 3 parts. Warsaw, 1872.
Ownership inscription that the book "Belongs to the Rebbe of Czchów" and his stamps "Ya'akov Shimshon Kanner of Czchów”, "Ya'akov Shimshon Segal Kanner Av Beit Din of Czchów, now living in Klausenburg". Ownership inscriptions and lists of births of the Alimini family, which emigrated from Yemen to Jerusalem in the 1920s.
Rebbe Ya'akov Shimshon Kanner (died 1941, Encyclopedia L'Chassidut, Vol. 2, p. 327), descendant of Rabbi Chaim of Kosov and Rabbi Pinchas of Koritz. Son-in-law of Rebbe Moshe Halberstam of Sieniawa. Served as Av Beit Din and Rebbe of Czchów (Galicia) and after World War I settled in Klausenburg. His son is Rebbe Avraham Abish Kanner of Botoşani -Haifa and his son-in-law is the Rebbe of Vasloi Rabbi Ya'akov Yosef Shlomo Halprin.
[1], 133; [1], 97; [1], 74; 10 leaves. (Lacking first illustrated title page). Approximately 24 cm. Brittle paper, fair condition, wear and tear, moth damage. Yemenite binding with leather back, damaged.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 369

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

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

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Auction 37 Lot Number 220

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Collection of Items – Rabbi Kook

• Chevesh Pe'er article – on laws of place for hanachat Tefillin, Warsaw, 1891. First edition. First book written by Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook, printed anonymously [only in the approbation by his father-in-law, the Aderet, does he reveal the identity of the author his son-in-law, Ra'aya Kook Rabbi of Zeimel]. • Der Ruf fun Yerushalayim, Jerusalem, Tamuz 1921. Article (Yiddish) about the Ra'ayah Kook. Published by Histadrut Yerushalayim. • Printed letters, in Hebrew, Yiddish and English, about funding for Jerusalem; By Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook and Rabbi Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld. Jerusalem, Shvat 1931.
• Letter on a postcard, handwritten and signed by his son, Rabbi Zvi Yehuda Kook with words of consolation and encouragement of faith, to his cousins, Holocaust survivors "retained in a strange land". Jerusalem, Adar 1947.
4 items, varied size and condition.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 316

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Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim – Hundreds of Handwritten Glosses

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

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Auction 37 Lot Number 295

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Manuscript – Yemen

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

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Auction 37 Lot Number 359

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Collection of Books Printed in St. Louis

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

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Auction 37 Lot Number 50

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Darkei No’am Responsa – Venice, 1697

Darkei No'am responsa, Rabbi Mordechai HaLevi Av Beit Din in Egypt. With a pamphlet written by his son Rabbi Avraham HaLevi. Venice, 1697. First edition. Bragadin printing. On verso of title page is an illustration of Tzurat HaBayit. On the leaf before title page is a signed ownership inscription, handwritten at time of printing: "I bought this from Rabbi Ya'akov of Lublin, Avraham Tiktin".
282, 41 leaves. 29 cm. Good condition, stains and minor damage, detached title page, parchment binding torn and damaged.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 114

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

Elaborate album with original photographs of members of the Salant and Bardaki families. Studio photographs from Jerusalem, Jaffa and the US (among them are photographs taken by the Israeli photographers Krikorian and Sabongi). Turn of the 20th century.
Early, handsome studio photographs. Captions with the names of the people in the photographs appear in most of the album. Photographs of Sheina Chaya Salant as a young woman and next to her husband Rabbi Yosef; Rabbi Yosef Zundel ben Rabbi Shlomo Bardaki; Bechora Sidis – in her childhood and next to her husband; Hinda Salant; Fredel and Alter Bardaki (two photographs); the Tzaddik Rabbi Natan Neta Natkin, etc. • A postcard with the photograph of Rabbi Shmuel Salant (photographer: Tzadok Bassan).
18 photographs of varied sizes + a postcard. An attractive photograph album from the beginning of the 20th century, thick cardboard leaves, gilded edges. Fair condition. Stains. Damages to the album and to its binding. Some photographs are detached from the album.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 242

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

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

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Auction 37 Lot Number 274

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Manuscript – Toldot Yeshu – Europe, 19th Century

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

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Auction 37 Lot Number 306

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

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

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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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Auction 37 Lot Number 325

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Ben Yochai, Vienna, 1815 – Author’s Glosses and Dedication

Ben Yochai, verifying the Holy Zohar written by Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. By Rabbi Moshe Konitz. Vienna, 1815.
The leaf has two handwritten glosses by the author about the history of his family with important genealogic information. Before the title page is a self-dedication signed by Rabbi Avraham Shatz of Drachyntsi who received the book from the author in 1815.
Responsum to the comments by the Ya'avetz in Mitpachat Sefarim on the early origins of the Zohar. The author Rabbi Moshe Konitz (1774-1839), Rabbi in Offen and Pest (Budapest), disciple of the Nodah B'Yehuda and the Maharam Mintz was a disputed figure of rabbi and maskil, Torah scholar and proficient in general knowledge.
154 page. 42.5 cm. Greenish paper, good condition, stains. Tear at the top of the title page. Worn binding

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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 337

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Jerusalemite Kodshim / Tosefta Zeraim – Two Books Published by Well-Known Forger Rabbi Shlomo Friedlander

• Jerusalemite Talmud Seder Kodshim, section II Chulin-Bechorot, with glosses of the Maharsham of Berzen and explanation of foreign words and glosses by Shlomo Baber. Commentary Cheshek Shlomo by publisher Yeuda son of Maharam HaSefaradi, known as Freidlander, S. Saini, 1907.
[9], 78; [1], 47 leaves. 35 cm. Quality paper, good-fair condition, mildew stains and wear.
• Shisha Sidrei Tosefta, Seder Zeraim, with Cheshek Shlomo commentary by Rabbi Shlomo Leib Freidlander of Mulhouse. Pressburg, 1889. Includes title page in French and preface on many manuscripts upon which he bases the Tosefta.
First composition of Rabbi Shlomo Freidlander, forger of the “Jerusalemite Kodshim”; already in this composition he began his forgery while quoting baseless manuscripts. (For additional information regarding this Tosefta see articles of critique by Rabbi Yaakov Tzvi Yanovsky in Knesset Hagedola pamphlet, year III, 1890, and in special booklet by name of: Makat Perushim, [Warsaw] 1890. As well as additional article named Makat Perushim, printed after publishing of Seder Nashim in Berdychiv, 1896).
[2], 284, [2] pages. 25 cm. Quality paper, fair condition, detached binding and leaves. Wear. Handwritten polemic gloss. Ex-libris.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 348

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Afikei Yehuda – Two Volumes

• Afikei Yehuda, 24 homiletics by Rabbi Yehuda Leib HaLevi Edel, with glosses called Arvei Nachal. Lemberg, [1803]. First edition. The homiletic Emek HaBacha has a eulogy for the Vilna Gaon (Leaf 42). Signature of Rabbi "Aryeh Leibush Bernstein of Lvov". [See Item 308].
[2], 135 leaves. 22.5 cm. Good condition, minor moth damage. Damaged binding.
• Afikei Yehuda, Part 2, Homiletics 25-37. Lvov, 1863. Printed from manuscript by the grandson of the author, Rabbi Zvi Hirsh HaLevi Edel [who disregards the other edition of Part 2, printed in Johannesburg (1854), by his cousin R' Ya'akov Yosef ben Moshe HaLevi Edel].
[10], 141 leaves. 24 cm. Good condition, minor moth marks. Damaged binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 7

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Two Amulets on Parchment

Two “Shiviti” amulets, written on parchment: • Medium size amulet. At center, Lamnatzeach Menorah, ornamented with colorful flowers. Holy Names surrounding Menorah. A frame of verses. 19X25 cm. • Small amulet, with Lamnatzeach Menorah, verses and Names. 9X11 cm.
General condition is fair. One amulet is framed. (Not examined outside of frame).

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Auction 37 Lot Number 103

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Sefer HaKavanot – Venice, 1620

Sefer HaKavanot, Kavanot Ha'Ari. Rabbi Moshe Trinky. [Venice, 1620]. Handwritten corrections on the book sheets .
First Sefer HaKavanot printed from the Kabalistic teachings of the Arizal. On the last page is a colophon: "The work was completed on Tuesday, the 5th of Av 1620, the same time the Rabbi… G-dly Mekubal Chaim Vital died". [Rabbi Chaim Vital died on the 30th of Nissan, 1620].
(Lacking title page) 2-65, [2] leaves. 19.5 cm. Poor condition. Moth damage, stains and wear. Unbound.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 360

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Collection of Books Printed in the US

15 books printed in the US, in Washington, Baltimore, Seattle, Cincinnati, Pittsburg, Philadelphia, Cleveland and Chicago. [1898-1966].
11 of the books in this collection were printed before 1940. A detailed list of the books is available upon request.
Varied size and condition.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 307

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Get Pashut – Sudilkov, 1833 – Glosses

Get Pashut, on the laws of Gittin, by Rabbi Moshe ben Chaviv. Sudilkov, 1833.
Signature: "This book Get Pashut…belongs to R' Chaim Aharon son of Rabbi Zvi Shreiber… [on?] the table of his father-in-law R' Asher Katz".
On the book sheets are several glosses by an unidentified writer.
[2], 74; 34 leaves. 37 cm. Good condition, stains, restored tears and moth marks. Detached and worn binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 425

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Collection of Research Books on Passover Haggadot

Collection of books and Hagaddot – research and archeology. Hebrew and other languages.
For a complete list, see Hebrew description.
10 books. Varying size. Overall good condition.
From the collection of Moshe Ya’ari.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 31

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Prayers for Fast Days – Amsterdam, 1726 – Ancient leather binding

Prayers for fast days, according to the custom of the Sephardic communities. Prayers, lamentations and Torah readings for fast days throughout the year. Amsterdam, [1726].
Handsome copy in good condition. The haftarah for Tisha B'Av has a Spanish translation after each verse.
Ancient leather binding, with handsome impression of gilded decorations and the name of the owners: "Natan bar Moshe Di Fris". Has original metal clasps.
126 leaves. 16 cm. High-quality paper. Few stains, most pages are clean. Moth marks to several leaves. Leaves 18-23 are detached. Minor damages to binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 383

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Passover Haggadah with Kavanot Ha’Ari – Lvov, 1866

Haggadah and Sefirat HaOmer, with kavanot Ha'Ari. Lvov, 1866.
[1], 36 leaves. 20 cm. Fair-good condition. Stains and wear. Tears to leaf margins. New binding.
Ya’ari 945; Otzar HaHagadot 1279.
From the collection of Moshe Ya’ari.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 138

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Sefer Mor Ve’Ohalot – Livorno, 1843 – Dedication from the Author, Rabbi Avraham Entebbe, Av Beit Din of Aleppo

Mor Ve'Ohalot, responsa on the Shulchan Aruch. Rabbi Avraham Entebbe. Livorno, [1843].
On title page is the author's dedication, in his handwriting: "Gift offered to the esteemed brothers my friends Elazar… and Nissim from the author". Another ownership inscription: "…Rabbi Shalom HaLachmi" [an Aleppo Torah scholar].
Rabbi Avraham Entebbe (1765-1858, Otzar HaRabbanim 678), Av Beit Din and Chief Rabbi of Aleppo (Halab), Syria, and its leader for more than 40 years. Mekubal, lithurgic poet who wrote many books of halacha and ethics.
[4], 152 leaves. 30 cm. Good condition. Stains. Restored tears to last leaf. Worn binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 21

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Ketubah and Shtar Chalitza, Germany, 19th Century

• Handwritten Shtar Ketubah, recording the marriage of Rabbi Shimon son of HaChaver Rabbi Yehuda Moshe and the bride Barbara Shanet bat Rabbi Mordechai HaLevi. Witnesses' signatures. Darmstadt, Nissan 1845.
34 cm. Good-fair condition, stains, tears to leaf margins.
• Shtar Chalitza, [obligation to perform chalitza by the groom's brothers], for the marriage of the bridegroom Asher ben Rabbi Reuven Strauss from the village of Endingen with the woman Mahlchen bat Rabbi Leib Zundheim of Muizenberg. Witnesses' signatures and signature of Rabbi Shlomo ben Moshe Pormastacher. Offenbach, Shevat 1847.
34 cm. Fair-poor condition, tears to margins with lacking text. Stains.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 213

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Protocol of the Etz Chaim Yeshiva’s Board Meeting – With the Signature of Rabbi Shach

• Protocol of the Etz Chaim Yeshiva's board meeting in Jerusalem. With signatures of Rabbi Elazar Menachem Shach and Rabbi A. Y. Zelaznik. Cheshvan 1961. [Several decisions which were made after consulting Rabbi Alyashiv are mentioned among other matters].
• Protocol of the board meeting which took place in the office shared by Talmud Torah Etz Chaim ad Bikur Holim Hospital. Signed by six board members. Iyar 1956.
2 leaves, 32.5 cm. Good-fair condition, wear to top of leaves.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 288

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Three Manuscripts – Morocco

• Handwritten booklet, Azharot for the Laws of Shechita, a didactic halachic poem by Rabbi Masud ben Shabbat, apparently in his handwriting. At the end of the booklet is his stamp "Masud ebn Yitzchak Shabbat from the city of Sus" – Rabbi Masud ben Shabbat was a Torah scholar in Casablanca and in Tardane.
• Manuscript, thoughts and homiletics on the Torah weekly portions and for other occasions [some were compiled from various books], by Rabbi Shlomo Asaraf. Ouled Berhil (Morocco), [c. 1828]. Includes lists of deaths from a later time.
• Manuscript, Chana and her Seven Sons [in Jewish-Arabic]; lamentations for Tisha B'Av and for mourning the dead [some in Jewish-Arabic], [North Africa; Morocco?].
Varied size and condition.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 384

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Or B’Moshvotam, Passover Haggadah in Ladino – Izmir, 1876

Or B'Moshvotam, laws of Passover and baking matzot, in Ladino; Passover Haggadah with Ladino commentary; laws of counting the Omer. Izmir, [1876]. Printed by Avraham Pontremoli.
28, [40] leaves. 14.5 cm. Dry brittle paper, fair condition, tears to margins and wear. New fabric and parchment binding.
The book was printed anonymously, but apparently the author is the printer Pontremoli himself. On Leaf 13a, he hints to his book Chinuch LaNa'ar, (Izmir, 1862-1867).
Ya'ari 2480; Otzar HaHagadot 1459.
From the collection of Moshe Ya’ari.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 11

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Printed Emissary Letter in Italian for Hebron Emissary Rabbi Chaim Avraham Yisrael Ze’evi – Livorno, 1784

Printed emissary letter in Italian for the emissary of the Hebron community Rabbi Chaim Avraham Ze'evi. [Livorno, 1784]. Italian.
Printed on both sides. The name of the donor Emanuel Roseli is added by hand. The first part is a translation of the emissary letter from the Hebron community written in the month of Sivan 1782 signed by Hebron Torah scholars: Rabbi Mordechai Rubio, Rabbi Chaim Yehuda Gometz Pato, Rabbi Mordechai Gedalya, Rabbi Refael Shabtai HaCohen, Rabbi Yissachar Chason. Rabbi Nissim Avraham Bejayo and Rabbi Menachem Chaim Ze'evi. At the top of the letter, the Hebron sages mention another emissary who was sent ten years earlier on behalf of the Hebron community, Rabbi Chaim Yosef David Azulai – the Chida.
This letter is followed by printed letters of authorization by the "Hebron officials" in Constantinople, from the month of Adar Aleph 1783 followed by a letter of recommendation by the Chida who was a close friend and relative of Rabbi Chaim Avraham Yisrael Ze'evi, which the Chida wrote in Livorno in Cheshvan 1784. Apparently, this leaf was printed that same year since we know that in that same year another version of this leaf was printed in Livorno in Hebrew, the original language in which the letters were written.
Rabbi Chaim Avraham Yisrael Ze'evi, one of the Hebron sages, was sent twice as emissary of the city of Hebron to Europe. The first time (1774-1778) he traveled to Ashkenazi countries and the second time (1782-1789), also to Italy. In his first journey, he stayed in Amsterdam where he met his friend the Chida who also was traveling on behalf of the city of Hebron. Throughout Rabbi Ze'evi's stay in Amsterdam the two were loving companions and operated together as described at length by the Chida in the journal of his travels Ma'agal Tov, "…I have found that which my soul loves, the perfect Torah sage Rabbi Avraham Ze'evi… because he is humble and G-d fearing and because he knows me he honors me greatly… and day and night we spent together…".
This letter was written for Rabbi Ze'evi's second journey as emissary when the Chida was staying in Livorno, and he added his approbation to the emissary letter.
[2] pages. 32 cm. Good condition, folding marks. Stains.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 54

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Ein Ya’akov – Slavita – Hassidic Approbations

Kutnot Or, Ein Ya'akov, Part 1. Slavita, [1817], printed by Rabbi Moshe Shapira.
Approbations: Rebbe Avraham Yehoshua of Apta. Rabbi Yisrael ben Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdychiv, Rabbi Mordechai ben Rabbi Pinchas of Korets (Koritz) [brother of Rabbi Moshe Shapira Rabbi of Slavita] and Rabbi Chaim Mordechai Margaliot of Dubna.
[6] 272, [2] leaves. 21 cm. Good-fair condition, pastings on title page. Stains and wear. Ancient leather binding, adorned and worn.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 278

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Collection of Manuscripts – Persia and Oriental Countries

Collection of manuscripts and manuscript leaves. Persia, Morocco and Oriental countries, most from the 19th century.
For a complete list, see Hebrew description.
Approximately 10 items, varied size and condition, fair to fair-poor.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 374

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Pesach Me’uvin Hagaddah – Livorno, 1788

Passover Hagaddah with Pesach Me'uvin – Laws and customs by Rabbi Chaim Benbenisti, and with the laws of koshering utensils for Pesach, by Rabbi Ya'akov Shimshon Shabtai Sinigalya. Livorno, [1788].
All the pages have decorated frames. Ownership inscriptions. Signature in Oriental handwriting on last page: "Chaim Nissim Daniel di Medina ben Rabbi Shlomo di Medina".
[3]. 62 leaves. 19 cm. Good condition. Stains. New binding.
Ya'ari 219; Otzar HaHagadot 330.
From the collection of Moshe Ya’ari.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 193

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Letter by Rabbi Avraham Chalua – London, 1841

Letter by Rabbi Avraham Chalua sent to "Shlomo Avikatzitz in Bridgetown. Concerning family matters. [London], 1841.
Rabbi Avraham Chalua (Malkei Rabanan 16/2) was a Torah scholar in Meknes, moved to London and served there as dayan and Torah authority of the Sephardi community. He signed the halachic ruling in 1835 while living in London. He wrote piyutim which were printed at the end of the book Kol Ya'akov (London 1844).
23 cm. Sent by post (post stamps on back of letter). Good-fair condition. Tears to folding marks, reinforced with Adhesive tape.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 321

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Shulchan Aruch Even HaEzer, Furth, 1726 – Glosses and Signatures

Apei Ravravei, Shulchan Aruch Even HaEzer with Chelkat MeChokek and Beit Shmuel. Furth, 1726. Printed by Rabbi Shmuel Bonfat Shneur.
Ancient glosses in Ashkenazi handwriting, characteristic to Germany in the beginning of the 18th century. Ancient signatures: "Hirsh Cohen of Einbeck"; "Eliezer HaCohen of Mosbach"; Liber Katz".
[2], 192 leaves. 35 cm. Fair condition, stains, wear, moth damage and damages to title page and other leaves.
The first edition of Shulchan Aruch Even HaEzer that was printed with both commentaries, Beit Shmuel and Chelkat MeChokek. This edition was proofread by leading scholars of Furth and was the basis for all editions printed later.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 396

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Collection of Hagaddot with Commentaries – Sages of Lithuania and Germany

For a complete list, see Hebrew description.
8 Hagaddot. Varied size and condition.
From the collection of Moshe Ya’ari.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 23

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Get for an Arusa – Constantinople, 1853 – With the Handwriting and Signature of Rabbi Natan Amram – Thebes, 1854

Get for an Arusa (divorce document for a fiancée), written for “Chaim ben Moshe” and his Arusa Miriam. Constantinople, Adar Aleph 1853.
On the reverse side of the Get is an inscription written a year later in the handwriting and with the signature of Rabbi Natan Amram, Rabbi of Thebes (Alexandria, Egypt): “In the past, this Get has reached my hands and did not have a tear of the Beit Din…on the seventh day of the month of Nisan 1854, Natan Amram” [curly signature in Latin letters]. This inscription was to prevent improper use of this Get which did not have a tear of the Beit Din [which indicates that the Get was delivered in accordance with Jewish law].
The famous Torah genius Rabbi Natan Amram (1791-1871), author of Kinyan Perot and Kinyan HaGuf and Noam HaMidot, was born in Damascus to Rabbi Chaim Amram, author of Mi’ta’am HaMelech. In 1805, he ascended with his father to Safed and from 1826, he began to make rounds as a Shadar (emissary) of the Tiberias and Hebron Kollelim, first in Thebes (Alexandria) Egypt and afterward also throughout the Jewish communities of Turkey and Greece. During the years he served as emissary, he printed some of his own books and his father’s books. Finally, he returned to Egypt and after the death of Rabbi Yisrael Moshe Chazan in 1863, he was appointed his successor as Av Beit Din in Thebes.
31 cm. Thin paper, good-fair condition. Stains, tiny moth holes. Folding marks and wear.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 247

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Letter by Rabbi Yisa Beracha and Rabbi Shalom Moshe Chai Gagin – Livorno 1873

Letter by rabbis of Jerusalem, Rabbi Yaakov Shaul Elyashar “Yisa Beracha” and Rabbi Shalom Moshe Chai Gagin author of Sameach Nefesh, which they wrote while on mission for matters concerning Eretz Israel. Livorno, Tamuz 1873.
The letter was sent to “esteemed exalted rabbi…. Rabbi David Chai”. In the letter they request to inquire as to the wellbeing of the philanthropists “Yosef ---“. “Yaakov Ruso” and “Raphael Todisko”.
21 cm. Fair condition, thin dark paper, glued upon restoration paper.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 34

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Siddur and Tehillim – Offenbach, 1806

Siddur according to the Polish Ashkenazi custom, “Arranged and printed nicely”, laws and explanations in Yiddish-Deutsch, with Pirkei Avot (with commentary) and the Parshiot, Yotzrot and Selichot. Offenbach. 1806.
Bound with Tehillim and Techinot, with a special title page. Offenbach, 1802.
See next item and see also Bibliography Institute CD, listing no. 0320600.
[2], 238, 136, 36, 8 leaves; 116, 16 leaves. 18 cm. Good condition, stains, leaves cut on text border. Worn binding.
Rare.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 322

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Pri Megadim – Zhovkva, 1811 – Glosses

Pri Megadim on the Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah, by Rabbi Yosef Teomim. Zhovkva, [1811].
Owners' inscriptions, signatures and stamps ["Neta Yehuda Leib ben Rabbi Pinchas", "Dov Shertir of Berdychiv… Sunday Vaera 1858, and others].
In the margins are glosses of important halachic content [possibly written by several people from the 17th-18th centuries]. One gloss is signed "Natan".
[2], 141 leaves. 35 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Moth marks, especially to binding. Damaged binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 354

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Imrei Lev – Prayers for the Individual and Supplications – Philadelphia, 1866

Imrei Lev - Meditations and Prayers for Every situation and Occasion in Life, Translated and Adapted From the French by Hester Rothschild, Revised and Corrected by Isaac Leeser, Philadelphia, 1866.
Stereotype printing. Translation of a French siddur arranged by Jonas Ennery, with an introduction by Isaac Leeser. Composed of individual supplications, divided into chapters: Shabbat, Rosh Chodesh, Rosh Hashana, weddings etc. prayers for children and a chapter of "Special Prayers" with prayers for various occasions during a Jewish life as well as an interesting prayer, "On the Mission of Israel" – for the success of the People of Israel and their mission.
XVI. 260 pages. 19 cm. Good condition. Minor tears and stains, primarily to the first and last leaves. Original binding, slightly worn. Ex-libris.
See Singerman no. 1832.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 386

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Passover Haggadah – Bigdei HaSrad Rabbi Ya’akov Abuchatzira – Two Different Copies

• Bigdei HaSrad, Passover Haggadah with commentary by Rabbi Ya'akov Abuchatzira, Jerusalem, 1888. Printed by Lilienthal and Tenenbaum. The name of the publisher, Rabbi Avraham Abuchatzira the author's son is mentioned on title page and in the dedication on verso of title page.
[1], 72, [1] leaf. 20 cm. Brittle paper, good condition, worm damage to margins of several leaves. Fabric binding.
• Bigdei HaSrad, Passover Haggadah with commentary by Rabbi Ya'akov Abuchatzira, Jerusalem, 1888. Printed by Lilienthal and Tenenbaum. Different title page: on title page and in dedication on reverse side of title page the publisher mentioned is Rabbi David ben Moshe HaLevi. Rare copy.
[1], 72, [1] leaves. 20 cm. Brittle paper, good condition, stains and minor damage. Semi-leather binding.
Otzar HaHagadot 1745. S. HaLevi Listing no. 613, the copy with the different title page is not listed.
From the collection of Moshe Ya’ari.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 376

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Passover Hagaddah – Ma’ale Beit Chorin – Amsterdam, 1810

Ma'ale Beit Chorin, Passover Haggadah, with commentaries (Maharal, Alshich, Abarbanel etc.), and illustrations. Amsterdam, 1810. Printed by the Widow Proops.
Two title pages, the first is illustrated with a copper etchings according to the drawings of Avraham bar Ya'akov in the Amsterdam Hagaddah 1695.
[2], 9; 50 leaves (without the map at the end). 26 cm. wide margins. Good condition. Stains. Few tears. New handsome leather binding.
Ya'ari 370; Otzar HaHagadot 526.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 387

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Passover Hagaddah – Babruysk, 1926

Passover Hagaddah Mit Ivri Teich (with Yiddish translation), with parables of the Dubner Magid. Babruysk, 1926. Ginzburg printing press.
The name of the printer and the name of the printing press are in Cyrillic letters. On the title page is an illustration of a family sitting around a Seder table.
30, [2] pages. 21 cm. Fair condition. Dark stains and wear. Adhesive tape reinforcements. New binding.
From the collection of Moshe Ya’ari.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 366

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Ge’ulat Hashem – Dedication from the Author Rabbi Eliyahu Lavi / Pi HaMedaber – Dedication

Two haggadot by Libya and Tunisian scholars – with dedications:
• Geulat Hashem, haggadah with commentaries and laws, by Rabbi Eliyahu Lavi. Livorno, 1864. On the title page and on its reverse side are handwritten dedication and signature of the author Rabbi "Eliyahu Lavi" [renowned Libyan Torah scholar, Rabbi of the city of Bengazi, 1820-1881]. In Petach Tov (at the beginning of the book), the author mentions the blood libel which the gentiles of his native city of Bengazi alleged; how they slandered his son Rabbi David and three of his friends and the tale of the travails which they experienced.
[7], 2-173 leaves. 20 cm. Good condition. New binding. Ya'ari 907; Otzar HaHagadot 1222.
• Pi HaMedaber, Passover Haggadah with the commentary of Rabbi Yosef Jig. Livorno, 1954. On the title page appears a handwritten dedication by the publisher, the author's son Rabbi Eliyahu Jig.
12, 86 leaves. 25 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and wear. New binding.
Ya'ari 730, 586; Otzar HaHagadot 991.
From the collection of Moshe Ya’ari.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 249

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Certificate of Ownership for a Plot in Beit Yisrael Neighbourhood – Signatures of Rabbi Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld, Rabbi Leib Dayan and Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Baharan

Letter of Authorization of ownership and payments for a plot in Beit Yisrael neighbourhood, including signatures of the manager of the company Rabbi Leib Dayan and Rabbi Zvi Aryeh Miflongian. Authorization and signatures of rabbis in whose name the properties of the company are registered: “Rabbi Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld and Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Baharan Levi”. Jerusalem, 1898. This authorization was presented to Rabbi Menachem Yulis, for “number 49, marked as No. 39.a. of the company houses, which belonged to his father; after being divided between him and his brother this number was ascribed to the abovementioned Rabbi Menachem”.
23 cm. leaf. Fair condition, creases and stains.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 377

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Passover Hagaddah – Ma’ale Beit Chorin – Vienna

Ma'ale Beit Chorin, Passover Hagaddah with the commentaries of the Alshich, Gevurot Hashem [the Maharal], Olelot Efraim etc. Vienna, [c. 1823]. Printed by Anton Schmid.
With handsome illustrations in copper etchings, according to the Hagaddah of Ma'ale Beit Choron, Amsterdam 1781.
52 leaves. 26 cm. Good condition, stains. New binding.
From the collection of Moshe Ya’ari.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 4

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Kippur – Original Illustrations by Yitzchak Pressburger

&13 original illustrations by artist Yitzchak Pressburger. Sketch for “Kippur”; portfolio consisting of 40 lithographs related to Yom Kippur, colorful illustrations which depict the service of the High Priest in the Temple on this day, as well as ornamented texts from Seder Ha’Avoda liturgical poem. Publication of Shaarei HaBayit, Jerusalem, 1986.
Illustrations and sketches using mixed-media painting technique (pencil colors, pastel and acrylic on paper):
• Six 30X40 cm. Illustrations (attached to paper: 35X45 cm.). Signed and dated, 1986. • Nine text leaves accompanying illustrations. Gluing of scraps of paper and colorful ornaments. Design of letters

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Auction 37 Lot Number 100

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Collection of Printed Leaves from the 15th and 16th Century

• Leaf from the Ramban's commentary on the Torah. [Naples, 1490. Printed by Joseph ben Jacob Ashkenazi Gunzenhauser]. • Leaves from Tractate Kiddushin, from the first edition of the Babylonian Talmud printed by Daniel Bomberg in Venice, 1521. Leaves 17-24, 33-40. Inscriptions and glosses in ancient handwriting. • Leaves from Tractate Avot with Rashi and Rambam commentary. [Mantua,1560].Leaves 67-88. • Leaves of indexes to Arba Turim, [Venice, 1574]. Printed by Bomberg. [28] leaves. (On last leaf are words of conclusion by the proofreader, R' Yichye ben Rabbi Avraham Ebn Chamu).
Varied size and condition.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 196

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Letter by Rabbi David Deutsch, Disciple of the Chatam Sofer

Long letter handwritten and signed by Rabbi David Deutsch to his brother Rabbi Avraham. Zaharoy, 1861.
Rabbi David Deutsch Rabbi of Mysłowice and Zaharoy, (1810-1873), disciple of Maharam Benet and the Chatam Sofer, author of Esof Aseifa (Breslau 1846), in opposition to the Reform convention in Braunschweig, and other books. (See Chatam Sofer V'Talmidav, page 105). Son of Rabbi Mordechai Deutsch (Rabbi of Zülz – died in 1813).
Letter's recipient: His brother Rabbi Avraham Deutsch of Zülz. A manuscript of his novellae appeared in Kedem catalog, Auction 14, Item 476.
2 pages, 17 cm. Approximately 70 handwritten lines. Good condition

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Auction 37 Lot Number 324

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Ketzot HaChoshen, First Edition – Handwritten Scholarly Glosses

Ketzot HaChoshen, on Shulchan Aruch Choshen Mishpat. Part 1: [Lemberg, 1788] first edition. Part 2: Lemberg, [1796]. First edition. Handwritten scholarly glosses characteristic of the mid-19th century.
Ketzot HaChoshen is one of the most basic books of Torah study and for over 200 years, this book is considered the main guide for Torah study in yeshivot belonging to all circles throughout the world.
Copy lacking first title page of Part 1 and 4 other leaves. Many leaves are not bound in their correct place, total 129; 15 leaves; [2], 64, 67-108 [3] leaves. (Originally: [2], 129; 15 leaves; [2], 64, 67-111, [3] leaves). 33.5 cm. Good-fair condition, wear and stains.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 388

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Mo’adim Shalom – Passover Haggadah – Iran, 1939

Mo'adim Shalom, piyutim and instructions for Seder Lel Pesach, Iran (Shiraz?), 1939. Lithograph of a manuscript.
Includes an illustration of the Seder plate. Mostly written in Persian, in Hebrew letters.
[1], 17 pages. 20 cm. Fair condition. Dark stains, restored tears. New cardboard binding.
Otzar HaHagadot 3697.
From the collection of Moshe Ya’ari.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 303

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Chok Natan – Migdenot Natan, Livorno 1776-1778 – Signatures and Glosses

Chok Natan on tractates from Seder Kodshim, by Rabbi Natan Borgel. Migdenot Natam on Tractate Bava Metzi'ah by his son Rabbi Eliyahu Borgel. Livorno, 116-1778.
On the title page are various signatures and ownership inscriptions: inscriptions that this book "belongs to the Chacham Av Beit Din and Rabbi of Tunis… Eliyahu Borgel"; curly signatures (erased); owner's dedication signed with the pseudonym "S.C Li Ze'ira", who gives the book as a gift to Rabbi "Moshe Yom Tov". More signatures.
Scholarly glosses in Oriental handwriting by several writers. Two glosses are signed N.B.R. [possibly, the signature of the author Natan Borgel]. One gloss is signed "M.S.M.---Sil"T".
The author, Rabbi Natan Borgel (died in Cheshvan 1791), leading Tunis Torah scholar. One of the leading commentators on the tractates of Seder Kodshim. Ascended to Jerusalem in his later years. Served in the Tunis rabbinate. His son Rabbi Eliyahu Borgel was Av Beit Din and head of a yeshiva in Tunis. Some of his novellae was printed in his father's books. The Borgel family was one of the most important families in Tunisia and served for many generations in the rabbinate of the capital city Tunis.
[3], 234, [2] leaves; [2], 235-298 leaves. 28 cm. Stains and wear. Several leaves are damaged and torn. Some of the glosses are cut off. Non-original binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 399

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Collection of Passover Haggadot – Chabad

• Passover Haggadah, with compilation of explanations and customs, by the Lubavitcher Rebbe. Eight editions: Brooklyn 1946, 1955, 1957 and 1963. Kfar Chabad 1971, 1972, 1973 and 1975. The 1973 edition has many explanations and additions. • Passover Haggadah. Kfar Chabad, 1974. • 16 Hagadot published by Tze'irei Agudat Chabad in Kfar Chabad from the 1960s (with a picture of the Rebbe, photographs of campaigns, etc). • Passover Haggadah, with appendix for the 75th anniversary of the Rebbe. Kfar Chabad, 1977.
26 Hagadot. Varying size. Good condition.
From the collection of Moshe Ya’ari.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 186

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Letter by the Lubavitcher Rebbe with Chassidic Thoughts

Letter written by Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson of Lubavitch Chabad, to Rabbi Avraham [Rappaport]. Brooklyn (New York), 1966.
Letter of greetings sent in the month of Cheshvan, referring to the conclusion of the month of Tishrei, with Chassidic thoughts on the meaning of the festivals that take place in Tishrei and their impact on the rest of the year.
Typewritten, with handwritten additions and his signature.
28 cm. Good condition, folding marks and stains.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 314

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Ya’arot Dvash, First Edition – Handwritten Glosses from the Book Rishon L’Zion by Rabbi Yeshaya Pik

Ya'arot Dvash, homiletics of Rabbi Yehonatan Eibeshitz. Parts 1-2. Karlsruhe, 1779-1782. First edition.
On the title page of Part 2 appears the signature of Rabbi "Yisrael ben Rabbi Y. L. of Leszno" in handwritten square letters. Copied on the margins of Part 1 are glosses [in a handwriting similar to the square letters] of sources, proofs and queries titled at the top of the pages R.L.Z.".
The work "Rishon L'Zion" on "Ya'arot Dvash", by the renowned Torah genius Rabbi Yeshaya Pik-Berlin, was first printed from a manuscript in an edition of "Or HaSefer" (Jerusalem, 1983). From the examination of the manuscript compared to this edition, many differences were found which were not printed.
Lacking copy: 2-116 leaves; [4] 112 leaves. (Originally; [4] 116 leaves: [4] 116 leaves). 20.5 cm. Good-fair condition, wear and stains, missing tears to title page of Part 2. Handwritten notes are partially cut off.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 368

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Kol Yehuda Haggadah (Belz) – Copy of Rebbe Baruch Hager of Seret-Vizhnitz

Passover Haggadah, Kol Yehuda (with Torah thoughts by Belz Rebbes). Rabbi Chaim Yehuda Segal Deutsch Rabbi in Makó. [New York, c. 1946]. Second edition.
Dedication on title page from 1951, handwritten and signed by the publisher, Rabbi Yehoshua Segal Deutsch, son of the author, to Rebbe Hager from Seret-Vizhnitz.
Recipient of book: The Rebbe of Seret-Vizhnitz, Rabbi Baruch Hager (1895-Cheshvan 1963), fourth son of the Ahavat Yisrael of Vizhnitz. His first marriage was to the daughter of Rebbe Yissachar Dov of Belz and his second was to the daughter of Rabbi Eliezer Nissan Horwitz. Was a Torah genius and an outstanding Chassid. Served in the rabbinate from 1923 and in 1936 was appointed Rebbe in his city of Seret (Siret). In 1947, immigrated to Haifa where he established his Beit Midrash and a large community which is a Torah lighthouse in the city of Haifa until today. Member of Moetzet Gedolei HaTorah, one of the heads of Chinuch Atzma'i and of Agudat Yisrael.
The writer of the dedication is Rabbi Yehoshua Segal Deutsch (1910-1990), author of Beit HaLachmi son-in-law of Rabbi David Shperber, Rabbi of Brașov. Disciple of Rabbi Yosef Tzvi Dushinsky and Rabbi Yo'el Teitelbaum. Served as "Junior Rabbi" in Brașov and in the rabbinate of various communities in the Diaspora. After the Holocaust, he ascended to Jerusalem where he was appointed Av Beit Din in Katamon and was the first head of the Belz Yeshivot in Eretz Israel.
His father, the author, was Rabbi Chaim Yehuda Segal Deutsch (1836-1938,Otzar HaRabbanim 6338), Torah genius and Chassid. Dayan and halachic authority in Makó for 35 years. Disciple of the author of Arugat HaBosem". Was close follower of Rebbe Yechezkel of Sieniawa and Rebbe Yissachar Dov of Belz. Wrote many books on halacha, aggada and Chassidut.
[16], 212 pp. Approximately 21 cm. Good condition, use stains and slight wear. Original binding.
Otzar HaHagadot 3790.
From the collection of Moshe Ya’ari.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 379

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Sefer Kohelet Shlomo, with Passover Haggadah – Several Editions – Hanover

Sefer Kohelet Shlomo, blessings and prayers, laws and customs, with translation and explanation in German, by Rabbi Shlomo Zalman London; including a Passover Haggadah, translated into German, by Rabbi Shlomo Bloch. Hanover, 1836-1868].
Five volumes containing several editions of Sefer Kohelet Shlomo which were printed in Hanover. Several of the Haggadot bound with the books were printed in another year: • Kohelet Shlomo – 1840, Haggadah – 1868. • Kohelet Shlomo – 1847, Haggadah – 1848. • Kohelet Shlomo – 1868, Haggadah – 1861. • Kohelet Shlomo and Haggadah – 1868. (Two copies).
Five books, 21 cm. Various sizes.
From the collection of Moshe Ya’ari.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 70

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Raziel HaMalach – Warsaw, 1812 – First Edition with Glosses of the Magid of Kozienice – Signatures

Raziel HaMalach, attributed to Adam. Warsaw, [1812].
With approbation by Rabbi Yisrael Hofstein – the Magid of Kozienice, who gave the printer his glosses for the book as he writes in his approbation: "And I gave him also some things that are written on the book sheets, which G-d graced me with, some glosses and a few novellae". These glosses were printed only in this edition.
Signatures "…Feivel son of Rabbi M. Yosef Lifshitz", "A gift from G-d… Shimon Weiner from Csongrád and its region" – signature of Rabbi Shimon Weiner (1769-1878), a leading disciple of the Chatam Sofer, Rabbi in Csongrád and afterward in Lovasberény (see item no.127), another inscription that he owns the book (his son's handwriting).
51 leaves.22 cm. Good condition, stains. Damages to binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 102

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Tomer Devorah – Mantua, 1623

Tomer Devorah, "Important composition by the Rabbi the G-dly Mekubal" Rabbi Moshe Cordovero – the Ramak. Mantua, 1623. Printed by Yehuda Shmuel MiPrusha and his son Yehoshua.
19 leaves. 15 cm. Fair condition, stains and wear. Bristol cover.
Rare edition.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 294

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Manuscript of Ramaban Hilchot Shechita, with Jewish-Arabic Commentary, Yemen, 17th/18th Century

Manuscript, Rambam Hilchot Shechita, with translation and commentary in Jewish-Arabic, early Yemenite writing [characteristic of the 17th/18th century]. Illustrations for explaining anatomic concepts. Glosses and replacement leaves from later writings.
The manuscript is lacking at its beginning and end. 84 leaves, 21 cm. + 7 replacement leaves 18.5 cm. Varying condition: most leaves are of high-quality paper, stains, wear and moth damage. Several leaves have coarse tears with lack. Non-original binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 81

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Collection of Hassidic Books

For a complete list see Hebrew description.
7 books, varied size and condition. Four books have varied bindings.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 305

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Lechem Yehuda – Signatures and Glosses

Lechem Yehuda, on the Rambam, by Rabbi Yehuda Ayache. Livorno, 1745.
Three ancient signatures: "Yosef ben Rabbi Shlomo Ashm---"; "Yehuda Leib of Vora—" [apparently from the city of Voronok in the Poznań region where Rabbi Yisrael Lifshitz, author of Tiferet Yisrael served in the rabbinate]. Leaf 88 has a long handwritten scholarly gloss.
[4], 118, [1] leaves. 32.5 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and moth holes. The gloss is cut off. Torn binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 188

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Likutei Amarim Tanya – One Thousandth Publication

Sefer Likutei Amarim, Tanya. "One Thousandth Publication". Brooklyn, New York, 11 Nisan 1984.
Thousandth edition of Sefer HaTanya. Elegant volume. At the end appears an extensive bibliographic section of printings of the Tanya, photocopies of title pages of previous publications and manuscripts of Sefer HaTanya. This edition was distributed by the Rabbi of Lubavitch following the Farbrengen [Chabad gathering] of 11 Nisan 1984 (his 82nd birthday) by 50 of the Kollel students.
19 cm. blue cloth bookmarks and binding, high-quality paper, wide margins. Excellent condition.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 231

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Halachic Question – Rabbi Chaim Zussman HaCohen Av Beit Din of Manchester – 1882

Letter with a halachic question, regarding Chalitza, to Rabbi Shmuel of Salant. Manchester. Handwritten and signed by Rabbi Chaim Zussman HaCohen. Kislev 1882.
Rabbi Chaim Zussman (Ze'ev) HaCohen (died c. 1909), son-in-law of Rabbi Ya'akov Rabinowitz Av Beit Din of Vawkavysk and dayan in London. Served as Rabbi of Manchester and after the death of his father-in-law, moved to London to succeed him as dayan in the Beit Din of Rabbi Nathan Adler, author of Netina LaGer, Chief Rabbi of London and its surroundings. His Torah novellae were published through various channels: the Torah MiZion compilations; the book Daltei Teshuva; Passover Hagadda of Spiers.
His responses to this halachic question of Rabbi Chaim Zussman and the responses of Rabbi Shmuel Salant of Jerusalem, Rabbi Yitzchak Elchanan Spector and the Netziv of Volozhin were printed in the book Torat Rabbi Shmuel Salant (Jerusalem, 1998), Part 2, pp. 432-455.
4 pages, 33 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and wear.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 327

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Midrash Rabba – Frankfurt an der Oder, 1711 – Glosses

Midrash Rabba, on the Five Books of Torah. With commentaries Matnot Kehuna and Yedei Moshe. [Frankfurt an der Oder, 1711].
Several long glosses on page margins (cutoff on margins), Old-Ashkenasi writing.
Explanations and novellae on the words of the Midrash. In some places, the writer mentions a booklet which he wrote.
6-12, 14-203, 203-263 leaves (lacking; title page and Leaves 1-5. Leaf 13 was bound at the beginning of the book, partially lacking). Without the 109 leaves at the end with the Midrash on the five Megillot. 31 cm. Fair-good condition. Stains, tears. Glued paper restorations. Margins cut on text border, most with damage to glosses. New binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 423

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Collection of Hagaddot with Spanish Translation – South America and Mexico

Collection of Hagaddot with Spanish translation, printed in Buenos Aires (Argentina), Bogota (Colombia) and Mexico.
22 Hagaddot. Varying size. Overall good condition
From the collection of Moshe Ya’ari.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 82

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Ramban Commentary on the Torah – Pesaro, 1514

Commentary on the Torah by Rabbi Moshe ben Nachman – the Ramban. [Pesaro, 1514. Printer: Gershom Soncino].
Missing leaves at the beginning and the end. [169] leaves. Lacking: five leaves at the beginning of the book and four leaves at the end. These leaves have been replaced with photocopies. One leaf is partially missing. 26 cm. Fair-good condition, stains and moisture marks, moth damage and tears. New binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 61

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Machzor for the Three Festivals – Zhitomir, 1858

Machzor for the three Festivals, according to the custom of Raseiniai, Lithuania, Poland, Bohemia and Moravia. Zhitomir, 1858. Printed by Rabbi Chanina Lipa and Rabbi Yehoshua Heshel Shapira.
304 pages. 29 cm. Fair condition. Wear and stains. Moth holes. Original leather binding, worn and torn

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Auction 37 Lot Number 285

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Manuscript – Bakashot of Shabbat and Piyutim – Morocco

Manuscript, bakashot and piyutim, for Shabbat and other occasions. [Morocco, 19th century].
Primarily composed of Shabbat Bakashot , followed by "Compiled Piyutim". On the last leaf is a decorated Oriental signature [Yitzchak Toledano?].
218 pages (lacking several leaves at the middle and at the end). High-quality paper, lined. 10 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, minor wear. New binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 317

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Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim – Dubno, 1820 – Glosses

Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim, Volume 2 [Simanim 346-697], with Be'er Heitev, Sha'arei Teshuva and Yad Efraim. [Dubno, 1820]. First edition of Sha'arei Teshuva by Rabbi Chaim Mordechai Margaliot, Av Beit Din of Dubno and publisher of this edition, and of Yad Efraim by his brother Rabbi Efraim Zalman Margaliot.
Torn signature on first leaf [---ish Horowitz?]. Several glosses by an unidentified writer.
324 leaves, without title page and last two leaves. 20 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, moth marks, tears to leaf margins, last leaf reinforced with glue. Detached and damage binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 413

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Collection of Illustrated Haggadot – Berlin, 1921-1928

Illustrated Haggadot printed in Berlin, 1921-1928.
7 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 72

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Regel Yeshara / Megale Amukot

Megale Amukot, 252 ways to understand Moshe Rabbeinu's prayer. By Rabbi Natan Shapira Av Beit Din of Krakow. Lemberg, 1858. Bound with Regel Yeshara, Kabalistic ideas and topics according to alphabetical order. By Rebbe Zvi Elimelech Av Beit Din of Dinow, author of Bnei Yissachar. Lemberg, [1858]. First edition.
Stamps of the Rebbe of Vishiva-Vizhnitz Rabbi Chaim Yehuda Meir Hager (1912-1969). And signature "Meir" in the handwriting of his grandfather Rabbi Chaim Yehuda "Meir" Chodrov of Berdychiv [son-in-law of Rebbe David of Tolna and father-in-law of Rebbe Moshe Dan of Skvira].
55, [4] leaves; 47, [5] leaves. Approximately 25 cm. Part of the paper is blue. Fair condition, wear and moth damage. Torn binding.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 534.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 136

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Chazon Ish, Vilna 1911 – Author’s Dedication to Rabbi Isser Zalman Meltzer / Ohalei Aharon with Glosses in the Handwriting of Rabbi Isser Zalman Meltzer

Three books bound together from the library of "The Gaon Rabbi I.Z. Meltzer". (Handwritten inscription on the leaf before the title page).
• Chazon Ish, Orach Chaim, Kodshim Yoreh Deah Hilchot Nidah. Vilna, 1911. First book authored by Rabbi Avraham Yeshayahu Karelitz. Published anonymously, and therefore its author was called Chazon Ish. Two title pages, on the reverse side of the second title page is a dedication (blurred – erased with ink) from the author to Rabbi Isser Zalman Meltzer Av Beit Din and head of Yeshiva in Slutsk, (The dedication was blurred with the same type of ink with which Rabbi Isser Zalman Meltzer wrote his glosses), in the handwriting of the author and with his signature “The Author”.
• Ohalei Aharon responsa [Vol. 1, Rabbi Eliyahu Milikovsky, Grajewo, 1909]. Copy lacking title page, introduction and pamphlet Ner LaMaor. On the margins of Siman 16 are several glosses in the handwriting of Rabbi Isser Zalman Meltzer.
• Matat Yado responsa, Rabbi Matityahu of Byten, Pietrykaŭ, 1908.
[3], 64 leaves; 21-84 leaves; 98 leaves. Brittle paper, good-fair condition, stains and few moth holes. Wear and minor tears. Old binding with leather back.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 168

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Shivchei HaRan – Lvov, 1870 – Copy of Rabbi Zvi Meir HaCohen of Radomsko and his Sons

Shivchei HaRan, history of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov "From the day of his birth to the day he ascended to heaven". [Lvov, c. 1870].
Signature on title page "Zvi Meir HaCohen Rabinowitz of Radomsko" – Rabbi Zvi Meir HaCohen Rabinowitz (1751-1802), son of the Rebbe, author of Tiferet Shlomo of Radomsko. Tzaddik and cabbalist, succeeded his father as Rabbi of the city of Radomsko [his younger brother Rabbi Avraham Yissachar was appointed Rebbe succeeding his father]. Another signature on the title page by his son Rabbi "Avraham Pinchas HaCohen Rabinowitz", Rabbi of Radomsko after his father and last Rabbi of the city, until he was murdered in sanctification of G-d's name in 1942. Stamps and signatures of his brother Rabbi "Yehoshua Nachum Rabinowitz". See attached material.
[32] leaves. 14 cm. Fair condition. Moth damages with damage to text in several places. Loose leaves. Without binding, detached front cover.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 232

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. Bill of Appointment – Treasurer of a Charity Fund – Jerusalem, 1891

Letter to Rabbi Shmuel Salant, requesting to transfer the key of the great charity fund of Zamut Kollel, which was in the hands of deceased Rabbi Yehoshua Pollak, to Rabbi Avraham Yaakov Shavutzky, with signatures of 18 committee members. Jerusalem, Sivan 1891.
Signatures including following rabbis: Rabbi Yehudah Leib Hillman, Rabbi Shlomo Aharon Berzer, Rabbi Shaul Horowitz, Rabbi Benzion Schlosz, Rabbi Yosef Milida, Rabbi Yaakov Scherson, and others.
29 cm. leaf. Fair condition, dry paper, slight damage on folds.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 424

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Three Braille Haggadot

• Passover Haggadah, version of Ashkenazi Jews. Braille. Beit Chinuch Ivrim. Jerusalem, 1962.
• Passover Haggadah, version of Sephardic Jews. Braille. Beit Chinuch Ivrim. Jerusalem, 1962.
• Passover Haggadah. Braille. Published by the Central Library for the Blind. 1972.
Varying size. Overall good condition.
From the collection of Moshe Ya’ari.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 275

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Manuscript, Ran Commentary on Tractate Beitzah

Manuscript, "Commentary on Tractate Yom Tov by Rabbeinu Nissim" – Ran commentary on the Rif, Tractate Beitzah. [Persia?], [1800s].
Significant differences from the commentary printed in the Talmud editions. Apparently, a summary or adaptation of the work. Several glosses on the margins [same handwriting].
29 leaves. Lacking one or two leaves at the end (ends with commentary on Leaf 20 of the Rif). 24 cm. Fair-good condition. Stains and wear. One leaf is torn in the upper left corner (with lacking text). New binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 286

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Manuscripts – Morocco

• Volume of manuscripts composed of various sections: Laws of Shechita in Mugrabi Jewish-Arabic; piyutim; novellae on the Torah; homiletics and eulogies; Midrash and novellae; Sefer HaGoralot. [Morocco, 19th century]. The last sections have signatures of the writer: "Eyus ben Avraham Malka".
• Manuscript, homiletics and piyutim, and various lists. [Tiberias?, c. 1880]. Bound with copy (lacking title page) of Sefer HaPizmonim, Calcutta, 1841.
Sermons about tefillin and other sermons, eulogies and letters. Many lists of accounts of the distribution [in Tiberias] in the 1880s. Detailed journal by the writer of his travels as an emissary to the western cities in the 1880s. List of books and manuscripts that he took with him on his journey and other interesting lists. Apparently, the writer was one of the Tiberias scholars and he mentions his father and grandfather who also were Torah scholars in Tiberias. From the lists, it is apparent that he had contact with the Aleppo and Damascus communities.
2 volumes, varied size and condition. Some of the sections in Volume 1 are damaged.
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Auction 37 Lot Number 73

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Bat Ayin – Zhitomir, 1869

Bat Ayin on the Torah, by Rebbe Avraham Dov of Ovruch and Safed. Zhitomir, 1869. Printed by Rabbi Avraham Shalom Shadov.
Approbations from Rebbe Aharon of Chernobyl who blesses the publisher and those who purchase the book: "And I bless him and every person that buys this book for its full price, that they should see good reward in their toils, and G-d should shine His light upon them that they should merit… all types of good, Amen". Also an approbation by Rabbi Ya'akov Yisrael of Cherkasy who blesses those who buy the book "And the merit of the holy rabbi should stand for them and for their children that they should be successful in all their endeavors in spiritual and material matters, with children, life and plenty".
This book was first printed in Jerusalem in 1847, according to a copy of a manuscript written by one of the disciples of Rabbi Yisrael of Fălticeni. In 1850, the book was reprinted in Zhitomir according to the manuscript of Rabbi Meshulam Zussman of Zhitomir, a different disciple of the Rabbi of Ovruch. This edition has many additions to the Jerusalem edition and many changes of content and style. The edition presented here is the third edition, printed by Rabbi Aryeh Leib Rabbi in Zhitomir, son of Rabbi Meshulam Zussman, who wrote the edition printed in Zhitomir. It is based on the 1850 Zhitomir edition with the addition of the introduction and approbations mentioned above.
[3], 138 leaves. 20.5 cm. High-quality paper, minor damage and many stains, mildew marks, primarily to binding. Old binding with leather back.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 116

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The Synagogue and Jewish Community in Moscow, 1978 – Photograph Album

Photo album with photographs of the life of the Jewish community and the synagogue in Moscow under the Communist government. 1978.
Dedication [in Yiddish] from the Moscow community to the Polish Communities Committee.
32 photographs, with handwritten descriptions [in Yiddish], some dated. The photographs portray the synagogue in Moscow and the religious life within the synagogue throughout the year. Photos of people praying on the festivals and High Holidays, blowing the shofar, removing the Torah scroll from the Holy Ark, Passover Seder, Purim feast, Prayer for Peace, setting for a Kiddush, a wedding, etc. The rabbi of the community Rabbi Fishman and the president Shalom Kleinman are seen in some of the photos. There are photographs from the 25th anniversary of the president of the community with the participation of rabbis from abroad: Rabbi Teil of New Jersey and Rabbi Hechtman of Canada.
The Great Synagogue in Moscow was open during the Communist government under the probing eyes of KGB agents. Only few Jews were permitted to pray there, primarily old people, and this privilege too was only granted as lip service which the Soviet government paid to the world. These photos clearly portray the spiritual destitution of the community.
32 photographs, varying size. Placed in an album, 28 cm. Good condition, few stains.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 63

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Tikun Leil Shavuot – Zhitomir, 1860

Seder Tikun Leil Shavu’ot and Hosha'ana Raba. Zhitomir, [1860], printed by Rabbi Chanina Lipa and Rabbi Yehoshua Heshel Shapira, grandsons of the Rabbi of Slavita.
Two title pages. 336 pages. 22 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, wear and tear, several pencil inscriptions. Leather binding, detached and damaged.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 127

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Sefer Hafla’ah – Offenbach, 1787 – Signatures of Rabbi Shalom Weiner, Av Beit Din of Lashbrin, and his Grandson, Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Breuer, Av Beit Din of Frankfurt

Sefer Ketubah which is the first section of Sefer Hafla’ah, Chiddushim on tractate Ketubot and laws pertaining to the Ketubah, by Rabbi Pinchas HaLevi Ish Horowitz. Offenbach, [1787].First edition.
The author, Rabbi Pinchas HaLevi Ish Horowitz, (1791-1805), close disciple of Rabbi Dov Ber the Magid of Mezeritch, [together with his brother Rabbi Shmelke], Av Beit Din of Frankfurt am Main, and Rabbi of the Chatam Sofer. He was called "Ba'al HaHafla'a" (author of HaHafla'a).
Signature on title page: "A gift from G-d…Shimon Weiner [Lashbrin]". At the bottom of the title page is a stamp: Dr S.B. – belonging to Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Breuer Av Beit Din of Frankfurt am Main.
Rabbi Shimon Weiner (1769-1871), a prominent disciple of the Chatam Sofer and Rabbi Mordechai Bennet. Served as Rabbi of Zalaszentgrót and afterward of Lovasberény [see the book "HaChatam Sofer V'Talmidav" pp. 453-454 and attached material]. His grandson, his daughter's son, was Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Dr. Breuer (1850-1926) disciple of the Ktav Sofer (see "HaChatam Sofer V'Talmidav" pp. 540-541). Son-in-law of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch and as of 1890, his successor in the Frankfurt am Main Rabbinate. Author of Divrei Shlomo.
[1], 6, 90 [should be: 180]; [1], 86, [1] leaves. 32 cm. Good condition. Stains and wear. Several loose leaves. Leather binding, damaged.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 287

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Collection of Manuscript Leaves – North Africa

Large collection of leaves and notes, with Torah novellae, on the Talmud and Halacha, rulings, homiletics and commentaries, sections of letters and various lists. North Africa [Morocco?, Mid-19th century till beginning of 20th century].
More than 60 leaves, varied size and condition.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 266

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Manuscript, Seder Netinat HaGet – Izmir, 1700s – Signatures of Jerusalem Rabbis

Handwritten booklet, Seder Netinat HaGet. Izmir, 18th century.
At the end of the booklet are the "Customs of our City Izmir". Next to the title, in a slightly different handwriting: "From the Great Beit Din of Rabbi Mayo and Rabbi Chazan and Maharit Danon".
On the last leaf are customs on the matter of writing the Arab name Zirgani, and the writer brings a story which "happened in Izmir and came before Rabbi Mayo and Rabbi Chazan and Maharit Danon and they did not write it in the Get...".
The binding of the manuscript was used as an envelope which was apparently used to transfer the Get from Jerusalem [at a later time], and has an inscription written on it with the signatures of Jerusalem Rabbis Rabbi Chaim David Sornage, Rabbi Shimon Ashriki and Rabbi Chaim Ya'akov Burla, and the stamp of "Beit Din Tzedek of the Sefardi Community… Jerusalem".
[9] pages. 18 cm. Fair condition. Tears and moth damage (with damage to text).

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Auction 37 Lot Number 362

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Collection of Books with Authors’ Dedications – US

Collection of books and booklets with dedications by their authors. Some dedications were written to Rabbi Eliezer Silver (some books have his stamps).
1. Mashbiach, Part 1, on the Yerushalmi Tractate Berachot, by Rabbi Moshe Shimon Zivitz. St. Louis, 1920. Author's dedication.
2. Malki BaKodesh, Vol. 3 – Responsa, and Vol. 4 – correspondence. Rabbi Chaim Hershenson. New York, 1923. Author's dedication.
3. Leaves of Shoteh Shenishtape. New York 1928. Dedication by Rabbi Avraham Haferman.
4-5. Shisha Sidrei Mishna (Seder Rishon Chapter 2) with vowels and commentary by Rabbi Shemaryahu Leib Horowitz. New York 1936. Two copies, both with dedications by Rabbi Horowitz.
6-8. Three pamphlets by Rabbi Moshe Dov Ber Rivkin. Brooklyn, 1953, 1955. With a dedication note in his handwriting.
9. Degel Naftali, compilation of Torah novellae dedicated to Rabbi Naftali Ze'ev HaCohen Leibowitz, edited by his son-in-law Rabbi Kalman Lichtenstein. New York [1958]. Dedication by Rabbi Lichtenstein.
10. Homiletics of Rabbi Pinchas Michael with the column La'Dor Ha'Acharon, edited and arranged by his grandson Rabbi Avraham Abba HaLevi Zyons. New York 1959. With dedication by Rabbi Zyons.
10 books. Varied size and condition.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 373

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Passover Haggadah – Offenbach, 1789

Passover Haggadah, Arba Yesodot, with translation and laws in Yiddish. Offenbach, [1789].
42 leaves. 20 cm. Fair condition. Dark stains, moth damage. Restored tear to title page. New binding.
Otzar HaHagadot 334.
From the collection of Moshe Ya’ari.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 96

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Amudei Shlomo – Basel, 1600

Happy is the man who fears G-d – Amudei Shlomo, commentary by Rabbi Shlomo Luria [the Maharshal] on Sefer Mitzvot Gadol by Rabbi Moshe of Coucy. Basel, [1600]. Printed by Conrad Walkilch.
Ancient owners' signatures [most erased with quill crossings]: "Written on Monday in the year…" [1628].
Lacking copy. 115 leaves [without the second count of pages: 49 leaves, including the part of the book on positive mitzvot]. 18 cm. Cutoff margins. Good condition, stains. Several loose leaves. Colorful edges. Damaged and detached binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 352

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HaMagid Newspaper Issues – Ełk (Lik), 1868-1871

HaMagid – News and current events, relating things that are seen and heard throughout the universe which are pleasant and should be known by every Jewish person. Published by Eliezer Lipman Silberman. Ełk (Prussia), 1868-1871. One volume with newspaper issues from the years 12-15. 50 issues per year, in the 12th year only the following issues were bound: 1-7, 14-49, 51. Total of 194 issues. With special title pages and index for each year’s issues.
34 cm. Overall good condition, stains, wear and tear. Damaged, detached binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 246

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Letter by Hebron Rabbis, 1916 – About the Famine During World War I

Letter signed by six of the rabbis and community heads of Hebron which they sent to the Vaad HaKlali in Jerusalem. In the letter they relate the troubles of the "Horrible hunger with all its terrible manifestations" and the yoke they bear of burying the many dead of Hebron, Be'er Sheva and the surrounding areas. This letter was written in the midst of World War I which caused many deaths in the Jewish settlements in Eretz Israel. More people died from hunger than were killed in battle.
Signed by Sephardic and Ashkenazi rabbis: “Saliman Menachem Mani”, “Rabbi Chanoch Chasson”, “Meir Shmuel Kashtil”, "Eliezer Klonsky", "Ya'akov Chaim Slonim" and Rabbi "Ya'akov Yosef Slonim". Stamps of the rabbis and Kollels.
Rabbi Saliman Menachem Mani (1850-1924) was born in Baghdad to Rabbi Eliyahu Mani. Son-in-law of Rabbi Moshe Firrera. Member of the Beit Din of the Sdeh Chemed and his successor as chief rabbi of Hebron.
Rabbi Meir Shmuel Kashtil was born in Hebron in 1860. Member of the Beit Din of the Sdeh Chemed, murdered in the 1929 Palestine riots. Rabbi Rabbino Chanoch Chasson was born in 1867 and murdered in the 1929 Palestine riots. Rabbi Eliezer Klonsky and Rabbi Ya'akov Chaim Slonim were important community leaders of the Hebron Chabad community and Rabbi Ya'akov Yosef Slonim (1880-Tishrei 1937), was the rabbi of the Ashkenazi community in Hebron and founder of the Torat Emet Yeshiva in Hebron. From 1916-1929, he served as rabbi of the city. In 1929, he moved to Jerusalem, after the pogroms that claimed the lives of his wife and most of his family.
Leaf 29 cm. Good condition, folding marks.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 343

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Seder HaHa’aracha – Mantua, 1731

Seder HaHa'aracha… which the Jews of the Mantua community accepted and fulfilled…", a list of regulations of the community fund and taxes. Mantua, [1731].
The regulations were printed in 1731. The year 1735 mentioned on the title page refers to the expiry date of the regulations, after three years. Signed (in print) by Rabbi David Pintzi and Rabbi Aviad Sar Shalom Bazila.
8 pages. 27.5 cm. Wide margins. Sheet uncut in printing. Good condition, stains. New binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 290

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Five Ketubot, South Morocco – 1825-1940

Five handwritten ketubot from South Morocco from 1825, 1837, 1901, 1922 and 1940.
Three of the Ketubot are from the city of “Sijilmasa which is situated on the Ziz River”. [Sijilmasa is the ancient Arabic name of the city of Tafilalt which is situated on the Ziz River in South Morocco where members of the Abuchatzira family served in the rabbinate]. Two other ketubot from the same region.
Five ketubot, varied size and condition, the two ancient ketubot are damaged and lacking.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 418

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Israeli Gift Haggadot

155 Israeli gift Haggadot, [second half of 20th century].
The collection includes Haggadot which were presented as gifts on behalf of bookshops and publishers, Torah institutes and religious youth movements, Zionist and national institutes, newspaper publishing houses, religious councils etc.
Various sizes and conditions.
From the collection of Moshe Ya’ari.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 24

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Tena’im Renewal Contract – Tetouan, 1855

Tena'im renewal contract (Shtar), arranged between Rabbi Moshe ben Rabbi Shmuel Koriat and wife Chefziba daughter of Rabbi David Chasan. Tetouan (Morocco), 1855.
Arrangement of the estate after death of one of the parties, in case that they will not have children: “At present, they have not been blessed with children, G-d should grant them… and were concerned lest they will not merit children… and since they live in love and harmony… and the [mentioned] wife is his sister's daughter…”. The parties annul the original ketubah which was arranged as 'custom of expelled Jews' [custom originating from Jews expelled from Spain who arrived in North Africa] and stipulate new conditions.
Signed by two Tetouan scholars: Rabbi Avraham Anhori (Malchei Rabanan, Leaf 14/2) and Rabbi Reuven Elmaliach (Malchei Rabanan, Leaf 104/2).
Leaf, 28.5 cm. Good condition, stains, folding marks and several tears.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 408

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Collection of Haggadot from the Levant

Collection of Haggadot printed in Baghdad, Tehran, Istanbul and Alexandria, between 1864-1979.
18 Haggadot, various sizes and conditions.
A detailed list will be provided upon request.
From the collection of Moshe Ya’ari.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 238

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Leaf with the Calculation of the Chaluka (Distribution) – Moses Montefiore – Jerusalem, 1881 – Important Signatures

Calculation of the distribution of the "Eretz Yisrael Association in North America", of the money received "By Sir Moses Montefiore". Details of the amounts distributed next to the signatures of those who received the money from the Kollelim of the Prushim and the Chassidim. The leaf was signed by some of the Torah scholars and leaders of those times: Rabbi Ya'akov Yehuda Levy (signed twice), Rabbi Shneur Zalman Rivlin, Rabbi Eliezer Dan Ralbag, Rabbi Mendel Monshtar, and others.
On the reverse side of the leaf are more inscriptions of income from donations.
Leaf, 35 cm. Fair condition. Wear and tear to margins. Stains.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 208

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Letters from Rabbi Bengis’ Archive

Large collection of letters sent to Rabbi Zelig Reuven Bengis, Ga'avad of the Edah HaCharedit in Jerusalem.
• Large bundle of letters regarding the Bukhara Get. Jerusalem, 1941. This topic caused an upheaval in the rabbinic world of those times. The Get involved an agunah who ascended from Bukhara to Jerusalem and whose husband remained behind the Iron Curtain and was not permitted to immigrate. To release his wife, the husband sent a letter instead of a Get which had many loopholes which could render it unfit. Many rabbis searched for ways to prove it kosher. See Kuntress Igeret Gerushin in Aderet Eliyahu, Jerusalem, 1991, pp. 213-250. These letters were not printed in the Kuntress.
• Halachic responsum pertaining an agunah from the Holocaust, (4 leaves) signed by Rabbi Chaim Ya'akov ben Mordechai Rottenberg Av Beit Din of Antwerp.
• Letters by US rabbis and others: Letter by Rabbi Yosef Avigdor Kessler, Los Angeles; letter by Rabbi Mordechai Zvi Shwartz, Cleveland; letter by Rabbi Elchanan Zvi Gutterman, Rabbi of Scranton and its region; letter by Rabbi Yosef Eliyahu Henken; etc. • Letter by Rabbi Shmuel Abba Snieg, Chairman of Va'ad Agudat HaRabbanim in the American zone of Munich, [one of the rabbis of She'erit HaPleita] regarding the well-known Munich Talmud printed by Rabbi Snieg. • Letter by Rabbi Efraim Zalman Halprin, requesting setting a day of prayer after the killing of 42 men on a convoy to Mount Scopus in 1948.
• Letters about the Holocaust: Letter by Rabbi Efraim Oshri, about his book on the Holocaust events. Letters about the book written in memory of Latvian Jewry.
Approximately 19 letters, varied size and condition.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 284

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Collection of Manuscripts – Piyutim – Morocco

Collection of manuscripts. [Morocco and Oriental countries, c. 19th century]. Hebrew and Judeo-Arabic.
•Compilation of various piyutim. (For a complete list, see Hebrew description.)
Four manuscripts, varied size and condition (good-poor). Lacking leaves and other damages.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 62

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Tikun Leil Shavuot – Zhitomir, 1857

Seder Tikun Leil Shavuot and Hoshana Rabbah. Zhitomir, 1857. Printing press of Rabbi Chanina Lipa and Rabbi Yehoshua Heshel Shapira.
336 pages, 21.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Professionally restored moth damage. New binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 118

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Damesek Eliezer – Wilhelmsdorf, 1718 – Signature of Rabbi Samson Wertheimer, Av Beit Din of Vienna

Damesek Eliezer, Torat Chatat HaKatzar by the Rama on the laws of shechita and treifot, with Damesek Eliezer commentary, by Rabbi Eliezer of Szczebrzeszyn (Shebreshin). Wilhelmsdorf, 1718. First edition.
On the title page appears the signature of "Shimshon Wertheim" – Rabbi Samson Wertheimer (1658-1724), Av Beit Din in Vienna and Chief Rabbi of the Hungarian countries, served also in the rabbinate of Prague and Worms. Renowned Torah genius, leader of the scholars in his time. Was very active on behalf of the Jews due to his good ties with the Austro-Hungarian Empire and with the country’s ministers. He was considered the spiritual and political leader of Central-European Jewry in his times and was called the “Juden Kaiser”. Various tales are told about him and his many activities. He had a very close relationship with the Jews of Eretz Israel and Turkey.
[4], 74 leaves. 16.5 cm. Good condition, stains and wear, ancient and worn binding, with leather back.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 406

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Collection of Haggadot with Commentaries Printed in Livorno

Collection of Haggadot with commentaries by scholars of the Levant, printed in Livorno between 1852-1957.
Includes Haggadot with commentaries: Zochrenu LeChayim by Rabbi Chaim HaCohen of Livorno; VaYaged Yaakov by Rabbi Yaakov Rokeach; VaYaged La’Avraham by Rabbi Avraham Chalimi; Yismach Moshe by Rabbi Moshe Gig; Mateh Reuven by Rabbi Reuven Abu, and more.
18 Haggadot. Various sizes and conditions.
A detailed list will be provided upon request.
From the collection of Moshe Ya’ari.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 97

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Sefer HaHarkava – Venice, 1546 / Sefer Midbar Yehuda – Venice, 1602

• Sefer HaHarkava, by the linguist Rabbi Eliyahu Bachur. Venice, 1546. Printed by Daniel Bomberg.
43 leaves (last leaf missing). 14 cm. Without Pirkei Eliyahu which had been added to some copies. Good-fair condition. Stains, tears to several leaves. Old binding.
• Sefer Midbar Yehuda, homiletics by Rabbi Yehuda Aryeh of Modena. Part 1. Venice, [1602]. Printed by Daniel Zanetti. Signatures in Italian handwriting: "Purchased by Benayahu ben Hoshaya from the Baruch family...", "Purchased by Yosef of the Baruch ben Benayahu family… Rosh Chodesh Kislev 1677…".
104 leaves. 19.5 cm. Fair condition. Title page torn and partially missing. Stains and wear. Without binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 417

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Collection of Israeli Haggadot

175 Haggadot. Eretz Israel. 20th century, 1920s until 1990s.
The collection includes many illustrated Haggadot, including Haggadot with illustrations by artists Ze’ev Raban, Shmuel Katz, David Gilboa, Jean David and Gad Ullman; many Haggadot with illustrations from manuscripts from the Middle Ages, Haggadot on behalf of institutions, associations, local councils etc; some appear in several copies.
Various sizes and conditions.
From the collection of Moshe Ya’ari.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 12

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Collection of Printed Leaves – Italy – Emperor Franz Joseph of Austro-Hungary

• Regulations for limits of "luxuries", Mantua, 1765. Large printed proclamation.
• Poem in honor of the Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph the First, in honor of his visit to Italy. Padua, 1856. Sheet uncut during printing, with the poem written in Hebrew and Syrian (in the booklet that was published, the poem also appears in German and Italian).
• Prayer for the Jews of Mantua to be said in the morning and evening…for the success of the army of our Master… Emperor Giuseppe II [ Joseph the Second, Caesar of the Holy Roman Empire]… who is at war with the Tugarma kingdom [Turkey]. They have begun to recite this prayer on Rosh Chodesh Adar Sheni 1788. After the Shmoneh Esrei they shall say Psalm 21…". [Mantua], 1788. Printed leaf.
Total of 3 items. Varied size and condition (Overall good condition).

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Auction 37 Lot Number 119

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Pri Chadash – Amsterdam, 1692 – Ancient Rabbinical Signatures

Pri Chadash, on Yoreh De'ah, Rabbi Chizkiyah di Silva. Amsterdam, 1692. Illustrated title page, printed by David Tartas. First book written by the Pri Chadash and the only one printed while he was yet alive.
This book was met with great approval in Europe, but when the Pri Chadash returned to Jerusalem via Egypt and sages in Egypt criticized his bravado that such a young Torah scholar disputed the opinion of leading halachic authorities of previous generations. They decided (together with two Hebron sages) to ban the study of the book and ruled that it should be put into geniza. For many years, this decision made by the sages of Egypt was maintained, as mentioned in the Ginat Veradim responsa (Yoreh De'ah, Klal 3, 3). The Chida in "the name of great Torah leaders" tells that this decision was only annulled after Rabbi Shlomo Algazi, a close disciple of the Pri Chadash whose Torah knowledge was primarily based on what he learned from his teacher, came to Egypt to serve in the rabbinate.
On the title page appear several ancient signatures: "Chaim Chefetz of Shklov", who signed in 1732, "Bendit ben Rabbi –"; "Shmuel Zuckerman" and an inscription signed, "I bought this with my money, Gavriel Av Beit Din of Lubartów".
Rabbi Gavriel Av Beit Din of Lubartów and Ra'avad of Breslau, relative and close friend of the Nodah B'Yehuda, who mentions things in his name in Tzelach (Tziyun L'Nefesh Chaya) Pesachim 109 and several responsa in the book Nodah B'Yehuda are addressed to him. Some say that he was the father of Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac Landau Av Beit Dim of Lubartów, grandfather of Rabbi Shlomo Kluger.
[2], 116, 116, 116-130 leaves. 30.5 cm. Fair condition, stains and wear. Non-original binding.
Rare edition [due to the ban placed on the book and its placement in geniza].

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Auction 37 Lot Number 397

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Five Haggadot – Chassidism

For a complete list, see Hebrew description.
5 Haggadot, various sizes and conditons.
From the collection of Moshe Ya’ari.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 280

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Manuscript – Articles on Chazal Midrashim According to Wisdom and Philosophy – Russia, 19th Century

Manuscript, articles and ideas on Midrashim, science and philosophy and various topics. [Russia-Poland, 19th century].
Written by an unidentified author. The manuscript has studies and articles, original ideas and commentaries on Midrashim according to philosophical wisdom, Jewish science and nature with chronicles on Divrei HaYamim and the history of the Jews in Russia, ["A study of the time that the Jews came from the countries in which they were dispersed and settled in Russia…"] until the end of the Crimean War and the Treaty of Paris in 1856, and compilations from various sources.
[134] written pages. 20 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, tears and wear. Worn paper binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 355

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Organized Prayer – For Success of the American Nation in War of Liberation – Jerusalem 1898.

“Prayer! Organized and arranged by our genius mentor Rabbi Shmuel Salant … senior rabbi of Eretz Israel, of the descendants of Europe and America residing in Jerusalem, to congregate and pray in the great Beit Yaakov Synagogue in Jerusalem, for the success of the United States of America in their war, a war of duty, a war of liberty for the love of mankind”. [Jerusalem, 1898]. This proclamation was printed during the Spanish–American War in 1898, for the liberation of Cuba.
[1] page. 34 cm. Print in blue ink and frame in red ink. Good-fair condition, folding marks and slight wear.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 142

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Collection of Books from the Library of Rabbi Lesser – Including Books Inscribed to Him

Collection of books printed in the United States between 1896-1926, from the library of Rabbi Avraham Yaakov Gershon Lesser. Includes some of the books which he himself authored and published, printed booklet of list of books from his estate which were donated to Etz Chaim Yeshiva in Cincinnati Ohio and books given to him as gifts and inscribed by their authors. (Inscriptions include: handwritten inscription and signature by Gaon Rabbi Yaakov David Wilovsky – Ridbaz, on his book Nimukei Ridbaz, Chicago 1904 and a fine handwritten and signed inscription by Gaon Rabbi Yaakov Ruderman, while serving as rabbi in Camden, New Jersey, in his book Beit Yaakov, Newark, 1908.)
Gaon Rabbi Avraham Yaakov Gershon Lesser (1833-1924), among the veteran rabbis of the United States. Born in Mir, Belarus. Studied in the Mir yeshiva and was a disciple of Rabbi Shmuel Avigdor Av Beit Din of Karlin. Served in rabbinate of various congregations of Lithuania and Poland. Emigrated to the United States in 1882; served in rabbinate of Chicago and from 1888 served as chief rabbi in Cincinnati. Among founders of Union of Orthodox Rabbis of the United States and Canada and served as its first president.
10 books, 6 of which contain inscriptions. Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 334

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Or Yisrael Responsa – Kleve, 1770 – Copy of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch

Or Yisrael, responsa by Rabbi Israel Lifshitz. Kleve, 1770. Printed in a new printing press in Kleve. The only Hebrew book printed in Kleve.
The book deals primarily with "the Keve divorce" which caused an upheaval in the Jewish world of that time. Simanim 34-36, with sharp criticism of the Rabbis of Frankfurt am Main, were omitted. Siman 33 was printed with many changes. This copy was censored by pasting pieces of paper with softer expressions on the sharp words originally written (other copies we have seen have the criticism erased with black ink).
On the title page appears the stamp S.R.H. – the stamp of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch (1808-1888), a prominent leader of Orthodox Jewry in Germany. Disciple of Chacham Breines of Hamburg, and Rabbi Ya'akov Etlinger, author of Aruch LaNer of Altona. From age 22, he began to serve in the Rabbinate in Oldenburg, Emden and Nicholsburg. In 1850, he was called by the eleven orthodox families in Frankfurt am Main to stand at the helm of the new Orthodox community Adat Yeshurun. Rabbi Hirsch was the first to stop the snowballing decline of Orthodox Jewry in Germany. His halachic and Torah authority granted him the distinct status of the leader of Eastern Europe Orthodox Jewry. He was very active in establishing separate communities in various cities throughout Germany and he educated a whole generation to Torah and mitzvoth with his books and articles (Igrot Tzafon, Chorev etc.).
31, 33-66, 69-120 leaves. 20 cm. Good condition, stains. Parchment binding detached and damaged.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 398

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Haggadot with Chassidic Commentaries

28 Haggadot with commentaries by Chassidic rebbes, from various locations, printed between 1927-1990.
Various sizes and conditions. A detailed list will be provided upon request.
From the collection of Moshe Ya’ari.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 121

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Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Nidah – Frankfurt, 1720 – Copy of the Ga’on Rabbi Ya’akov HaCohen author of “Shev Ya’akov” and his Family

Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Nidah, with Mishnayor Seder Taharot. Franfkurt am Main, [1720].
This copy belonged to the Ga'on Mahari"c -Rabbi Ya'akov HaCohen Papirash (1670-1740), Rebbe of Frankfurt am Main, author of "Shev Ya'akov". See previous item.
On the title page and on its reverse appear several ancient ownership inscriptions which prove that this copy belonged to the author of "Shev Ya'akov" and was inherited by his son and his grandson: "belongs to the Ga'on Ya'akov Katz Rebbe of Frankfurt…"; Belongs to Rabbi…Zeev Wolf Katz [son of "Shev Ya'akov", Rabbi Wolf Katz Rebbe of Friedburg]; "Belongs to the outstanding sage Shmuel Katz son of the Dayan..Wolf Katz son of Mahari"c who was Rebbe of Frankfurt… written by Moshe ben Yona..in the presence and in the home of R' Shmuel with who I study Avodah Zarah…Tevet 1747[?]". An additional inscription by a different writer [the writer…sitting in the above mentioned R' Shmuel's home…"].
88; 178 leaves. 32 cm. Fair condition, stains, tear and wear. Wooden binding, detached and damaged.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 335

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Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch – Secession from the Community / Regulations of the Community – Frankfurt am Main

• Der Austritt aus der Gemeinde [secession from the community], by Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch. Frankfurt am Main, 1876. German. First edition of the booklet in which Rabbi Hirsch published his known method supporting secession from the official community and establishing a separate Orthodox entity. This followed the "Secession Bill" which had been approved at that time in Germany.
• Statuten der Israelitischen Religionsgesellschaft Kehilath Jeschurun in Frankfurt am Main [Regulations of the Adat Yeshurun community in Frankfurt am Main]. Frankfurt am Main, [c. 1875]. German.
Two booklets, varied size and condition.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 166

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Tehillim – Lublin, 1900 – Copy of Rebbe Pinchas Hager of Borşa, with his Signature

Tehillim, with Rashi and Tosfot Chaim commentaries. With Azharot and customs by Rabbi Zvi Elimelech of Dinov author of Bnei Yissaschar, and other additions. Lublin, 1900.
The copy of Rebbe Pinchas Hager of Borşa, who signed in his own handwriting: "Pinchas ben Rabbi Zvi of Borşa". another signature on back forsatz leaf: "Pinchas Hager, Borşa, P.H.". Other inscriptions: "Belongs to Rabbi Zvi of Borşa". Signature of his son Rebbe "Yitzchak Meir Hager". Other inscriptions and signatures ["Avraham Ya'akov Sofer"].
Rebbe Pinchas Hager of Borşa (Encyclopedia L'Chassidut Vol. 3, pp. 530-531), son of Rebbe Baruch Hager of Vizhnitz settled in Borşa in the Maramureş region in 1893, where he established his court with its hundreds of Chassidim. Known as an outstanding Torah scholar and proficient in Kabalistic wisdom and a wonder-worker who gave profusely to charity. During World War I, he moved to Vishiva and in 1927 he moved again to Siget and lived there until his death in 1941. His son Rabbi Yitzchak Meir succeeded him as Rebbe in Siget until he perished in the Holocaust together with his family.
256; 32 pages. 22 cm. Good condition, stains. Few tears. Leather binding, slightly damaged.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 241

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Ownership Bill of the Courtyard of Rabbi Shmuel Salant in Jerusalem, Signed by his Brother-in-law Dayan Rabbi Uri Shabtai Salant, Jerusalem, 1855

Bill admitting to the ownership of a courtyard in Jerusalem "opposite the Churva of Rabbi Yehuda HaChassid, registered in his name and in the name of Rabbi Benzion Lion, half of which belongs to Rabbi Shmuel Salant, signed by Rabbi "Uri Shabtai ben Chaim", and with the signatures of two witnesses, Rabbi "Yosef Zvi –" and Rabbi "Eli' Yud'".
Rabbi Uri Shabtai Salant, son-in-law of Rabbi Yosef Zundel of Salant, member of the first Beit Din established by his brother-in-law Rabbi Shmuel of Salant In 1841, and one of the founders of the Talmud Torah in the Churva of Rabbi Yehuda HaChassid. Signed the emissary bill for building the Churva in 1837 and the jewelry regulation in 1852.
Rabbi Eliyahu Yehuda ben Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac Sarason (1800-1978), served as Maggid and Av Beit Din in various communities abroad and delivered sermons every Shabbat and on festivals in the great synagogue Beit Ya'akov in the Churva of Rabbi Yehuda HaChassid. Some of the books he wrote: Ugat Eliyahu on Pirkei Avot, Chibat Yerushalayim, the Aggadat Eliyahu Haggadah, etc.
Approximately 20X20 cm. Good condition.
A copy of this bill was printed by Grayevsky in Zichron L'Chovevim HaRishonim, Booklet 10, pages 27-28.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 39

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Ezrat HaSofer Chumashim– Amsterdam, 1767-1769 – Elaborate Set

Ezrat HaSofer, Tikun Sofrim Vavei Ha’Amudim [Five Books of the Torah, with Haftarot]. With Or Torah glosses by Rabbi Menachem Di Lunzano “It is proper to study and use for copying a Sefer Torah”. Amsterdam, [1767-1769].
The book was intended to be used by scribes as a model for writing a Sefer Torah [according to the custom called Vavei Ha’Amudim, each column of the Sefer Torah starts with the letter Vav]. Printed that year in two editions, this is the edition with vowels, te’amim and numbering of the verses and chapters.
Shirat HaYam was designed according to the manner it is written in a Sefer Torah and therefore it was printed on wider pages folded inside the book.
The leaf before the title page is illustrated in the first volume with the date 1769. The rest of the title pages are dated 1767. Separate title pages for the section of Haftarot in each volume with the date 1778.
This is a slightly different copy from what is listed in the Bibliography Institute. Printed at the end of Devarim are the Leap Year Calendars (separate title page) – calendar leaves for fixing festivals (Hebrew
and Spanish). The book Me'ir Netiv – on the Holy Names and mundane names in a Sefer Torah is also printed at the end of Devarim and not at the beginning of Bereshit [as well as the poems praising the book and its editor]. The Haftarah of Shabbat Eichah is printed with a Spanish translation, verse per verse.
5 volumes, 19 cm. Bereshit: [1], 65; 26 leaves. Shemot: 66-121; [2], 28 leaves. Vayikra: 122-163; [2], 24 leaves. Bamidbar: 164-221; [2], 16 leaves. Devarim: 222-290, [12] leaves. [4] leaves of approbations and the introduction to the first part were mistakenly bound between the page of the haftarot of Sefer Bamidbar.
Fancy set, with original bindings, gilded impressions with the acronyms of the owner's name. Gilded edges. Fabric bookmarks. Most of the leaves are in good condition, few stains. Sefer Bereshit has moisture stains.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 264

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Leaf of Chidushei Torah in the Handwriting of Rabbi Wolf Boskowitz Author of Seder Mishnah

Leaf of Chidushei Torah in the handwriting of Ga’on Rabbi Wolf Boskowitz author of Seder Mishnah. Written on both sides, contains four sections of innovative Chidushei Sugiyot. Three of them pertain to matters in tractate Sukkah, and fourth for Shmini Atzeret (status of the festival of Shmini Atzeret in the Halachah).
Famous Ga’on Rabbi Wolf Boskowitz (1740-1818), among prominent rabbis of Hungary, author of Seder Mishnah, son of Rabbi Shmuel HaLevi of Kelin author of Machatzit HaShekel. From 1782 served as Av Beit Din in Assad, and from 1786 served as Av Beit Din in Prostitz, where he formed a close friendship with Rabbi Moshe Sofer author of Chatam Sofer [see “Personalities in Responsa of Chatam Sofer, clause 113]. Served in rabbinate and taught Torah in various cities (Pest, Kolin and Bonyhád). These letters were written during period of study of one of his disciples in the Kolin yeshiva, Rabbi Aharon Kornfeld (1795-1882, eventually served as Av Beit Din in Jeníkov, Bohemia. Author of Tziyunim LeDivrei Kabbalah, Prague, 1865).
[2] pages. 32 cm. Fair condition. Stains. Tears on margins with damage to text. Adhesive tape restorations.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 30

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Siddur Mibracha – Brachot, Piyutim and Passover Haggadah – Ferrara, 1693

Siddur Mibracha, according to the custom of the Italian communities, brachot and piyutim for various occasions, Passover Haggadah. Ferrara, 1693.
Birkat HaMazon, piyutim and songs for Shabbat and Motza'ei Shabbat, Passover Haggadah, Kiddush for festivals, Seder Brit Milah, Pidyon HaBen, Hatavat Chalom, Tefillat HaDerech, etc. Includes piyutim by Italian Torah scholars. This edition has the addition of two piyutim by the Mekubal Rabbi Yitzchak Berachya of Pano.
All the pages are bordered with frames. The Passover Haggadah has illustrations of Matzah and Maror.
59. 40-121, 123-129, 151-152, 154-159, [2], 138-161 pages. 13.5 cm. Good condition. Stains (title page has many stains). Few tears. Moth marks to some leaves. Artistic restoration of leaves. New leather binding.
From the collection of Moshe Ya'ari.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 222

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Collection of Letters from the Archive of Rabbi Dr. Shmuel Greenberg – Tel Aviv

Huge collection of letters sent to Rabbi Dr. Shmuel Greenberg, Chairman of the Tel Aviv Council of Religion (Hamoatza Hadatit). Most of the letters are from 1940-1950.
Letters from the rabbis of Tel Aviv and other rabbis, scientists and public figures, organizations and political parties. Letters of Torah thoughts and other rabbinical issues. Letters regarding public issues: invitations to various meeting, public conventions and support of She'erit HaPleita rabbis.
We will note several names out of the hundreds of people who signed the letters in this huge collection:
Rebbe Ya'akov Freidman of Husyatyn; his son-in-law Rabbi Y.Y. Boiminger; Rabbi Yosef Zvi HaLevi; Rabbi Meir Stalvitz; Rabbi Tuvia Yehuda Tevyomi; Rabbi Yechiel Ya'akov Weinberg; Rabbi Zvi Ya'akov Meltzer; Rabbi Pinchas Biberfeld; Prof. Chaim Pik; Rabbi Meir Berlin (Bar-Ilan); Dr. Yosef Burg [signed halachic response]; Rabbi Yehuda HaCohen Fishman (Maimon); Hans Bayit; Dr. M. A. Shulvas; Yisrael Zarchi; and dozens more.
Rabbi Dr. Shmuel Greenberg (1880-1959), born in Moineşti (Romania), studied at the Pressburg Yeshiva and the Beit Midrash L'Rabbanim in Berlin where he later lectured. Chairman of the Mizrachi Union in Germany. In 1936, ascended to Eretz Israel, was chosen as Chairman of the Council of Religion (Hamoatza Hadatit) in Tel Aviv, member of the national Mizrachi board of directors, member of the Organization for refugee rabbis and founder of Torah and education institutes in Eretz Israel.
Approximately 300 letters, varied size and condition. Most of the letters are written in Hebrew, the rest in German and other languages.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 318

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Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim – Lemberg, 1893 – Glosses by Rabbi Shalom Goldenberg and his Son Rabbi Chaim Leib of Szolyva

Maginei Eretz – Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim, Part 2 [Simanim 417-697], with 25 commentaries. Lemberg (Lvov), 1893.
On the forsatz leaves are many signatures and ownership inscriptions of the Goldenberg family of Szolyva (a town near Mukacheve). Stamps (in foreign language) of Rabbi Chaim Leib Goldenberg Av Beit Din of Szolyva, official stamps of the town's rabbinate (in Cyrillic letters) and other signatures.
On the sheet margins are dozens of long glosses with scholarly halachic content, by two writers, apparently by Rabbi Shalom Goldenberg Av Beit Din of Szolyva and his son Rabbi Chaim Leib Goldenberg.
Rabbi Shalom Goldenberg (died in 1918), son-in-law of Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac Weiss author of Divrei Yitzchak. In 1882, when his father-in-law moved to serve in the Mukacheve rabbinate, he was appointed in his stead as Av Beit Din of Szolyva where he maintained an important yeshiva. He wrote Divrei Shalom on the Torah. His son, Rabbi Chaim Yehuda Leib, edited and printed some books in the printing press he established in Szolyva. After his father's death, he was appointed as his successor as Rabbi of the town. He perished in the Holocaust with the members of his community.
196; 38; 12 leaves. 44 cm. Overall good condition. Stains. Few tears. Several leaves are reinforced with adhesive tape. Original binding, damaged.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 414

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Collection of Haggadot – Jerusalem

34 Haggadot printed in Jerusalem between 1900-1964. Including several illustrated Haggadot by Lipshitz Publications.
Various sizes and conditions. A detailed list will be provided upon request.
From the collection of Moshe Ya’ari.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 233

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Letter by Rabbi Shmuel Leovicher and Rabbi Yaakov Meir Raguler – Vilnius, 1894

Letter sent to Rabbi Shmuel Salant, regarding funds for Eretz Israel and the “instigators” against matters of the Vilnius Kollel. Signed by managers of the Kollel: Rabbi Shmuel son of Yosef Zhibertinsky, Rabbi Yaakov Meir and Rabbi Shimon Strasson. Vilnius, 1894.
The Ga’on Rabbi Shmuel Zhibertinsky (1818-1898), among greatest rabbis and teachers of Torah in Vilnius. Better known as Rabbi Shmuel Leovicher after his native village Leovich. Arrived to study in Vilnius in his youth, where he studied together with his colleague Rabbi Alexander Moshe Lapidot by Rabbi Yisrael of Salant. Throughout the years he became famous and was considered one of greatest Torah scholars of the city, and after the demise of Ga’on Rabbi Yaakov Barret (rabbi of the Chafetz Chaim) and Rabbi Yosef Skovitz, he succeeded them as rabbinical authority and chief of the Beit Din in Vilnius. Was famous in his generation for his tremendous proficiency and sharpness. His genius book Olat Shmuel, was printed after his demise by his grandson (son-in-law of his son) and successor, Rabbi Chanoch Henich Eigis, rabbi in Vilnius.
The Ga’on Rabbi Yaakov Meir Raguler (of city of Raguly; his family name was Kamentsky), exalted genius and famous Tzadik. Colleague and friend from youth of Ga’on Rabbi Eliyahu Rabinowitz-Teomim, who often refers to him in his writings. Corresponded with Rabbi Yitzchak Elchanan Spektor. Studied Torah from morning until night wrapped in prayer shawl and donning phylacteries, while his wife managed a large shop. After her demise he relocated to city of Vilnius, and was considered one of pillars of the city. Supervised the charity funds for Eretz Israel in Lithuania and its vicinity. Passed away approximately in 1901.
This letter was written during the period of the disputes in the institutional offices in Jerusalem, which affected fundraising worldwide, see items 248 and 338.
27.5 cm. Good condition.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 20

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Shtarot Tena’im Rishonim and Tena’im Achronim – Signature of Av Beit Din of Bytom

• Shtar Tena'im, signed by the groom and parents of the bride and groom, the witnesses and the city rabbi, Rabbi "Menachem Mendel ben Yosef HaCohen of the Praszka community". Bytom (Upper Selsia), Elul 1802.
36 cm. Thick paper, fair condition, stains and wear damage. Government stamps.
• Shtar Tena'im Achronim, [Shtar drawn on the wedding day or close to the date of the wedding], with detailed obligations [kest] of supporting the newly married couple during their first year of marriage. Witnesses' signatures. Bytom, Elul, 1803.
31 cm. Thick paper, fair condition, stains and wear damage.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 212

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Letter by Rabbi Yosef Dov HaLevi Soloveitchik – Head of Brisk Yeshiva

Letter of thanks for receiving books for the yeshiva's library, signed by the head of the yeshiva Rabbi "Yosef Dov HaLevi Soloveitchik" and stamps of "The Brisk Yeshiva – in Jerusalem". Jerusalem, Adar 1967.
Rabbi Yosef Dov HaLevi Soloveitchik (1916-1981), firstborn of Rabbi Yitzchak Ze'ev of Brisk. During the Holocaust, immigrated with his father to Jerusalem, and together they established the Brisk Yeshiva in Jerusalem, and later stood at its head. Considered one of the greatest rabbis of the last generation. His son who succeeded him is Rabbi Avraham Yehoshua Soloveitchik, who now heads the yeshiva.
Postcard, 9.5X14.5 cm. Good condition, folding crease.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 372

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Passover Hagaddah – Fürth, 1772

Seder Shel Pesach, hagaddah with commentary and Yiddish-Deutsch translation [Tzena U'Rena letters], Fürth, 1772. Illustrated title page with a woodcut.
12 leaves. 31 cm. Fair-poor condition. Dark stains, moth damage, wear and tear.
Otzar HaHagaddot 264.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 223

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Volume of Documents and Publications – The Worldwide Association of Sephardic Jews

An interesting volume of documents, reports, publications and printed matter, connected to the Worldwide Association of Sephardic Jews. 1920s. Hebrew, Ladino, Spanish and Arabic.
Among the items are booklets of the first circular of the association printed in Hebrew, Ladino, Arabic and Spanish. Typewritten documents and articles, official publications of the association. Among the documents is a letter with the stamp and signature of the Rishon L'Zion Rabbi Ya'akov Meir, and signatures of the heads of the association. Issue 16 of the Association's Notices (stenciled) is a historic description of Oriental Jews in Eretz Israel (apparently written by Moshe Gaon, one of the association heads), etc.
The Worldwide Association of Sephardic Jews began its organization in the summer of 1923 with the aim of increasing the Sephardic representation in the Zionist Union and the settlement institutes because the founders felt that this population did not have a fair representation in the Zionist institutions.
Dozens of printed items, hundreds of leaves. Bound together. Varying size. Good-fair condition, wear and tear. Ink inscriptions

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Auction 37 Lot Number 202

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Letter Sent to Rabbi Ya’akov Berlin the Netziv’s Father, Signed by his Brother Rabbi Meir Berlin Av Beit Din of Mogilev 

• Letter sent to Jerusalem to Rabbi Ya'akov Berlin [the Netziv's father], from the young man Yisrael Isser Dorfman ben Meir Tzerkover, native of Jerusalem who studies in the Mogilev Yeshiva in Russia and is about to get engaged and he requests that his allowance that is being kept by Rabbi Ya'akov Berlin be tripled. Mogilev , the 9th of Nissan 1863. In the letter margins is a confirmation and signatures of the city's Rabbi "Meir Berlin" and Rabbi "Eliezer Lipman Rivlin".
• On the second leaf is another letter confirming receiving money signed by the young man Yisrael Isser Dorfman, and with the signatures of Rabbi Eliezer Lipman Rivlin and Rabbi Zvi Hirsh Natkin. Mogilev, 9th of Nissan 1863.
Rabbi Meir Berlin Av Beit Din of Mogilev (died in 1869), brother of Rabbi Ya'akov Berlin of Mir the Netziv's father. Served as Rabbi in Hlusk and for 40 years was Rabbi of Mogilev (Kherson region, on the Dnieper River) a central city in Russia and he was considered one of the most famous leading Torah figures of his generation together with Rabbi David Luria (the Radal) and Rabbi Avraham Simcha of Mstsislaw.
Rabbi Eliezer Lipman Rivlin (1800-1884), exceptional Torah genius from the school and family of the disciples of the Vilna Gaon. A few of his novellae appear in the book Divrei Shlomo in which he printed some of the Torah thoughts of his father Rabbi Shlomo Zalman of Shklow son of Rabbi Hillel Rivlin.
2 attached leaves, 21 cm. Good condition. Folding marks.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 330

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Ein Ya’akov – Slavita, 1835 – Glosses

Sefer Ein Ya'akov, Talmud Agadot. Third Part. Slavita, 1835. Rabbi Shmuel Avraham Shapira printing press.
A curled oriental signature on title page: Yehudah—Avraham—Mizrahi S"T". Tens of glosses on margins in an oriental Rashi script. Kabbalistic contents, hints and gematria.
300 leaves. 24 cm. Fair condition. Stains, tear and wear. Detached and damaged binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 181

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Siddur of the Rabbi of Liady – Part 2 – First Edition, Kopys 1816

Prayers for throughout the year according to the Nusach HaArizal, Volume 2 for Shabbat, Rosh Chodesh and Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. Nusach Chabad, with explanations of the words according to the kavanot of the Arizal, halachot and Chassidic sayings by the Admor HaZaken Rebbe Shneur Zalman of Liady. Edited by his son the middle Admor Rabbi Dov Ber. Kopys, [1816]. First edition.
Composed of: Kavanot of the mikveh, entering Shabbat, Mincha of Erev Shabbat, Arvit for Shabbat, Shabbat meals, Shacharit for Shabbat, Rosh Chodesh, Festivals, Elul, Rosh HaShana, blowing the shofar, Yom Kippur, Succot, Lulav, Chanuka, Purim, Pesach, Lag BaOmer and Shavuot.
Lacking copy. 2-68; 58, 61-98 leaves (lacking: title page, Leaves 59-60 of second counting and Leaf 99 at the end – total of four leaves). 19 cm. Fair condition. Stains and wear. Tears to several leaves (with damage to text).

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Auction 37 Lot Number 277

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Three Manuscripts in Jewish-Persian, End of 19th Century

Three manuscripts in Jewish-Persian. [Persia, end of 19th century].
• Manuscript, MiChlal Yofi Shel Torah Nevi'im Ketuvim, commentaries and explanations on the Bible. The author signed his name in a colophon: "Raphael Melamed Cohen ben Rabbi Netanel Katz… 1900".
• Manuscript, Judeo-Arabic commentary on the six Sidrei Mishna, "Explained by…Shlomo…". The copier: "Raphael Melamed ben Rabbi Netanel HaCohen'. 1900.
• Manuscript, Pitron Chalomot. Kabalistic matters, reading faces and palms. Colophon: "Monday, 28th of Iyar… 1896". Hebrew and Jewish-Persian.
Three volumes, approximately 17 cm. Overall good-fair condition. New bindings.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 110

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Photograph Collection – Rebbes and Rabbis in the US

Photograph Collection. Rabbinical assemblies, important figures and families. Photographs of structures (apparently, yeshivas and synagogues in Europe).
Appearing in some photographs are Rebbes and Rabbis in the US in the 1940s. Among those photographed are: Rebbe Ya'akov Twersky of Skver, Rebbe Avraham Yehoshua Heshel of Kopychintsy , Rebbe Chaim Moshe Yehoshua Schneerson-Twersky of Tomashpol-Koidanovo, Rebbe Yehuda Aryeh Perlow of Novominsk and Rebbe Moshe Lifshitz (Brizel) of Philadelphia; Rabbi Reuven Grozovsky (speaking at a convention); etc.
18 photographs. Varied size and condition.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 420

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Collection of Facsimile Haggadot

60 facsimile Passover Haggadot – facsimiles of printed Haggadot as well as facsimiles of manuscripts.
Including: Passover Haggadah, precise copy from Haggadah written and illustrated by artist Moshe son of Rabbi Natan HaCohen in 1816 for Ga’on Ga’on Moshe Sofer (author of Chatam Sofer), publication of B. Cohen, Berlin, 1924 (Ya’ari 1978; Otzar HaHaggadot 2928); book of Lazarus Goldschmidt on Prague Haggadah printed by Gershom Cohen (numbered copy with inscription); Haggadah facsimile in handwriting of Rabbi Yosef Messas; ten quality facsimiles of Turnovsky Publication, of illustrated manuscripts (especially from 17th-18th century), including: facsimile of Kitza Haggadah from 1770, Copenhagen Haggadah from 1739, Darmstadt Haggadah from 1733 and Breslau Haggadah from 1768; many facsimiles of printed Haggadot from 17th-18th century; facsimiles of first Haggadah in print (Guadalajara, c. 1482), and more. Includes: numbered editions and many elegant editions.
Various sizes and conditions.
From the collection of Moshe Ya’ari.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 229

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Letter by Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Zaksh, 1852

Long letter handwritten and signed by Rabbi "Shlomo Zalman ben Rabbi Meir… Zaksh from the Luokė community", to Rabbi Shmuel Salant. Viduklė, 1852.
In the letter, he writes of the plan of his great uncle, Rabbi Shabtai Yaffe "son of Rabbi Evli Yaffe" to ascend to Eretz Israel.
Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Zaksh (1814-1876) a famous Lithuania Torah genius, due to his great righteousness was known as "Rabbi Zalmele Frumer". Childhood friend of Rabbi Shmuel of Salant. Was rabbi of Biržai, Luokė and Kretinga.
Rabbi Shabtai Yaffe, one of the greatest rabbis of Zamut (Northern Lithuania), served as Av Beit Din of Ponovezh and Jelgava and for 53 years in the rabbinate of Viekšniai. Ascended to Jerusalem in 1852 and died after one year in the month of Kislev 1853. Left behind many manuscripts (not printed) which were kept by his son-in-law Rabbi BenZion Shalaz.
25X22 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and folding marks.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 22

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Collection of Ketubot and Shtarot Chalitza – Germany 19th Century

Collection of printed Ketubot, and Chalitza bills by the brothers of the groom, Frankfurt am Main.
Completed and signed forms for marriage in the cities of Giessen and Butzbach in Germany, from 1874-1877. One Ketubah completed for a marriage in the city of Giessen in 1909.
6 leaves (4 Ketubot and two Chalitza bills), 30-34 cm. Varied condition, good to fair, damages to leaf margins, some with lack to the adorned frame.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 1

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Jews Studying Torah – Oil Painting by Arthur Bryks

Jews studying Torah; at front, Jew wrapped in prayer shawl while studying from a book. Oil painting by Arthur Bryks (1890-1970), Jewish Polish artist, born in Fałków.
Oil on canvas. Signed.
73X55 cm. Frame: 89X72 cm. Fair-good condition.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 289

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Letter of Halachic Responsum by Rabbi Avraham Abuchatzira

Long letter of halachic responsum handwritten and signed by Rabbi Avraham Abuchatzira, to Rabbi David Tzabach Rabbi and posek in the city of Mazagan (El Jadida, Algeria). Dar El-Beida (Casablanca), 1930.
Rabbi Avraham Abuchatzira (died in 1948) was born in Meknès and on his way to Eretz Israel, the community of Dar El-Beida asked him to serve in their city as rabbi and dayan. In 1945, he retired and after his death in 1948, the community built a room on his grave and the grave of his friend Rabbi Mesamach Elyakim. He wrote many halachic rulings and most of his writings remained in manuscript form. This responsum and other responsa on this matter by Rabbi Tzabach and Rabbi Mesamach Elyakim were printed in the Shoshanim L'David responsa, Part 2, Choshen Mishpat, Simanim 16-24.
6 pages, 31 cm. Good-fair condition, minor tears to leaf folds.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 300

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Rambam, Tahara – Venice, 1574 – Dozens of Long Ancient Glosses

Mishne Torah L'HaRambam, Vol. 3: Tahara, Venice, 1574. First printing with Kesef Mishne by the Beit Yosef, printed while he was yet living.
Dozens of long scholarly glosses, in Oriental Rashi script [Egypt of Turkey?]. Their content indicates that the glosses are from the 17th century. Has several glosses written by someone else.
Only Leaves 340-451 (originally: [20], 451, [1] leaves). 31 cm. Fair condition, wear and moth holes, stains and mildew marks. New fabric binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 365

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“Pirchei Etz Yavesh” Haggadah – Copy of the Netziv of Volozhin

Passover Haggadah, with the commentary of Pirchei Etz Yavesh, Rabbi Yechezkel Rotner of Mogilev in addition to the customs of the Vilna Gaon. Vilna, 1892.
Stamps of Rabbi "Naftali Zvi Yehuda Berlin Rabbi of Volozhin". Rabbi Naftali Zvi Yehuda Berlin – The Netziv (1817-1893), a leading Torah scholar of his times, son-in-law of Rabbi Yitzchak of Volozhin and his successor as head of the yeshiva for decades. Wrote many books: Ha'amek She'ela, novellae on She'iltot; Ha'amek Davar on the Torah; Meshiv Davar responsa, novellae on the Talmud and commentaries on Midrashei Halacha, Mechilta, Sifri and Sifra. Father of Rabbi Chaim Berlin and father-in-law of Rabbi Refael Shapira. His son-in-law's son-in-law is Rabbi Chaim HaLevi Soloveitchik of Brisk.
48 pages. 21.5 cm. Brittle paper, good-fair condition, use stains and wear. New binding.
Ya'ari 1391; Otzar HaHagadot 1865.
From the collection of Moshe Ya’ari.

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Tractate Megillah – Small Format – Slavita, 1822

Tractate Megillah, with Rashi and Tosfot and Torah Or and Ein Mishpat, with the addition of glosses by R' Yeshaya Berlin. Chiddushei Hilchot Maharsha at the end of the tractate. Slavita, 1822, printed by Rabbi Moshe Shapira.
Small format edition (for travel), each two pages are the size of one page of the regular editions.
Signatures and ownership inscriptions: "Zvi Hirsh [Sht]tlman"; "Moshe Shtetlman"; "Shlomo Teitelbaum".
[62], 33-34 leaves. 22 cm. Good-fair condition, use stains. Moth damage. Old binding with leather spine.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 3

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Jews Studying Torah – Oil Painting by Arthur Bryks

Two Jews studying from a book. Painting by Arthur Bryks.
Oil on canvas. Signed and described on the reverse (in German).
57X77 cm. Frame: 72X94 cm. Fair condition. Damage. Approx. 6 cm. tear along center of canvas.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 46

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Mishnayot Sanhedrin and Makot – Hebrew-Latin Edition – Amsterdam, 1629

Duo tituli Thalmvdici Sanhedrin et Maccoth, cum excerptis ex utriusque Gemara, versa, & annotationibus, depromtis maximam partem, ex Ebraeorum commentariis. Amsterdam, 1629.
Hebrew text and Latin translation, column opposite column. Notes in Latin, Greek and Hebrew. The Latin translation and the Latin and Greek explanations are by Johann Coch. At the beginning of the book are poems in his honor, and some poems which he wrote, in Hebrew, Greek and Latin.
[32], 436, [4], 18.5 cm. Several handwritten glosses (Latin). Stamps. Stains. Non-original binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 175

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Divrei Emet / Avodat Yisrael – Copy of Rebbe Moshe Halberstam of Bardejov and his Son Rebbe Rabbi Yechiel Natan Halberstam

Sefer Divrei Emet, on the Torah, by the Chozeh of Lublin. Lemberg, 1864. Bound with: Sefer Avodat Yisrael, on the Torah, by the Maggid of Kozhnitz. Lemberg, 1863.
Many stamps of Rebbe Rabbi Moshe Halberstam of Bardejov, and his son and successor, Rebbe Rabbi Yechiel Natan Halberstam.
Rabbi Moshe Halberstam (1850-1903), son of Rabbi Baruch Halberstam of Görlitz and son-in-law of his uncle Rabbi Aharon Halberstam of Sanz. Erudite Torah giant, educated in home of his grandfather, Rabbi Chaim of Sanz, who assigned him the task of editing his responsa book Divrei Chaim (together with his cousin Rabbi Shlomo of Bobov). Corresponded with his grandfather and uncle, Rabbi Mordechai Dov of Hornostaypil.
Appointed during the lifetime of his father as rabbi and rebbe of Bardejov, Hungary, and was among leading rebbes of Hungary.
His son, Rabbe Rabbi Yechiel Halberstam (1865-1933), son-in-law of Rabbi Aryeh Leibush Halberstam son of Rabbi David of Chrzanow. In 1885 was appointed rabbi in Alt-Sanz adjacent to Novo-Sanz where his grandfather Rabbi Chaim of Sanz served in the rabbinate. In 1904 was summoned to succeed his father in the rabbinate of Bardejov, and many Chassidim of Görlitz, especially residents of Hungary, accepted him as their authority. Published Halachic articles which were published in his days.
48 leaves; (3), 72 leaves. 25 cm. Quality paper, good-fair condition, usage wear and stains. New elegant leather binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 122

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Keren Shmuel – Frankfurt an der Oder, 1727 – Copy of Rabbi Aryeh Leib Darshan and Rabbi Shlomo of Chelm Author of Merkevet HaMishne

Keren Shmuel, on the Rashbam commentary on the Torah, by Rabbi Shlomo Zalman ben Yechizkiya Hessel Ashkenaz. Frankfurt an der Oder, [c. 1727]. Sole edition.
On the title page is a handwritten dedication: "For the marriage of the important young man Isaac ben Rabbi Moshe…From Aryeh Leib Darshan and Dayan of Poznań". Rabbi Aryeh Leib Darshan dayan in the Poznań community was imprisoned on Erev Rosh Hashana 1737, accused of a blood-libel together with other important members of the community and was murdered al Kiddush Hashem after cruel torture [the description of the happening is written in the introduction to the book Amudei Olam, Berlin 1741].
On the leaf following the title page is an ownership inscription and the signature of Rabbi Shlomo of Chelm, author of Merkevet Hamishne: "—Shlomo ben Moshe of Zamoshtz" [the first line of the inscription is cutoff. The signature is complete]. Rabbi Shlomo of Chelm (1716-1781), a renowned Polish Torah genius and great scholar of all times. Wrote many books and was particularly famous for his book Merkevet HaMishne on the Rambam. Born in Zamoshtz, he served for 30 years in the rabbinate of Chelm. In 1771, he was appointed Av Beit Din of Lvov and after six years, decided to immigrate to Eretz Israel. On the way, he traveled through Turkey, delayed for a long while in Constantinople and in Istanbul where he formed a deep connection to the great rabbis in those places. A few months after he arrived in Eretz Israel he was forced to leave, reached Thessaloniki with his family and began to prepare the second part of his book Merkavet HaMishne and his other works for print but perished in a plague which spread through the city. On the title page and throughout the book are signatures of “Aryeh Leibush Bernstein” – RabbiAryeh Leib Bernstein of Lvov (1780-1843, see Encyclopedia L’Chachmei Galicia, Vol 1, p. 623).
[2]. 63 leaves. 18 cm. Upper margins are cutoff. Good-fair condition. Moth marks, stains. Tear with lack on title page. Damaged and partially detached binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 346

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Seder Minchat Simchat Torah (Two Copies) – Cochin, 1877

Seder Minchat Simchat Torah, piyutim for the seven Hakafot of Simchat Torah, for Mincha and Motzei HaChag, according to the custom of Cochin Jews. Kugin (Cochin), [1877]. Printed by Ya'akov Daniel Cohen.
Two copies. Original leather bindings with gilded adornments. On one binding is an inscription: "This book belongs to the young woman Esther bat Efraim Ya'akov Cohen".
Two books in pocket format. [1], 49 leaves (one is lacking the title page). 12-13 cm. Wide bottom margins. Overall good condition. Stains, wear and tear. Damage to bindings.
Rare. Only four Hebrew titles were printed in Cochin. All in 1877.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 261

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Collection of Manuscripts and Other Items – Rabbi Moshe Reich Av Beit Din of Mediaş and his Sons

Collection of items that belonged to the Reich family, Rabbi Moshe Reich Av Beit Din of Mediaş [son of Rabbi Koppel Reich, Rabbi of Budapest] and his sons Rabbi Zvi Reich [who served as Rabbi of Mediaş after the Holocaust] and Rabbi Yitzchak Reich.
• Der Mosesstab –Mate Moshe, by L. Wollner, Vienna, 1882. (German). Signature and stamps of Rabbi Moshe Reich Av Beit Din of Mediaş, and signatures of his son Rabbi Yitzchak Reich. Handwritten inscriptions [in German]. • Manuscript, sermons in German. • Three handwritten volumes, novellae and homiletics on various topics. Mostly written by Rabbi Zvi Reich of Mediaş (Novellae from 1938 are in one volume and from 1941 are in the second volume). • Another manuscript, index of responsa in various books of responsa. • Photograph of Rabbi Moshe Reich and photographs of his son. • Letters of recommendation and other documents (government letters and other documents (government certificates etc.).
Varied size and condition.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 48

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Arba’a Turim, Complete Set, Frankfurt am Main, 1712-1715 – Signatures of Rabbi Shlomo of Dubno

Full set of the Tur, with Bayit Chadash. Choshen Mishpat also includes Beit Yisrael (Prisha V'Drisha). Frankfurt am Main, 1712-1715. First edition of Prisha V'Drisha on Choshen Mishpat. Approbation by Rabbi Shmuel Shatin – the Maharshashach.
On all title pages appear signatures of Rabbi "Yuzpa Cohen" and signatures of "Shlomo M'Dubno".
Rabbi Shlomo of Dubno (1739-1813), disciple of Rabbi Shlomo of Chelm, author of Mirkavat HaMishna, published many books, both his own and books written by others. Famous for knowledge of the wisdom of scriptures, mesorah and Hebrew grammar. During the time he stayed in Vilna, the Vilna Gaon asked him to investigate the masoret of Nevi'im and Ketuvim (petuchot, setumot chaserot and yeterot) – see testimony of Rabbi Pesach Pinfer of Vilna (in his article in Beit Va'ad LaChachamim, 1902 and in his book Masoret HaTorah V'Hanevi'im, Vilna 1906). He was one of the editors of the "commentary" by Moshe Mendelssohn on Bereshit, but when he realized Mendelssohn's reform intentions, he left him and published Chumashim on his own. He received approbations for publishing these Chumashim from the leading Torah scholars of his times (Rabbi Shmuel Rabbi of Vilna; Rabbi Chaim of Volozhin, Rabbi Zelmele of Volozhin, disciples of the Vilna Gaon; Torah leaders of Vilna, Shklov and Slotzk, the Kloiz in Brod; rabbis of Lvov, Berlin, Frankfurt etc. (The notebook of signatures was publicized by Rabbi Kamenetsky in Yeshurun 8-10, ibid).
Possibly, the signature "Yuzpa Cohen" belongs to Rabbi Yuzpa Cohen, disciple of Chacham Zvi and Rabbi David Oppenheim, whose responsa was printed in Nishal David responsa, Yoreh De'ah Siman 2. [Other Torah scholars in those generations were called Yuzpa Cohen as well, and we have no definite identification].
5 volumes, 32-33 cm. Good to fair condition, stains, wear and moth damage. On one title page, the signatures are hidden under paper pasting. Ancient parchment bindings, varying conditions. Orach Chaim is lacking back cover.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 304

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Divrei Emet Responsa, Constantinople, 1760 – Glosses in the Handwriting of the Chida’s Grandson

Divrei Emet, questions and responsa and homiletics. By Rabbi Yitzchak ben David of Constantinople. Constantinople, [1760]. First edition.
Scholarly glosses in Oriental handwriting. In the long gloss on Leaf 79/b the proofreader writes: "See reponsum in the book Chaim Sha'al" and further in the gloss he mentions the "Ramaz". [Apparently, the writer of the gloss is the Mapah – Rabbi Moshe Pardo (1814-1888), great-grandson of the Chida author of Tzedek U'Mishpat. One of the leading Jerusalem rabbis where he served as dayan and Av Beit Din. During 1871-1888 he served as rabbi of Thebes Alexandria].
[6], 46, 117, 11, [1], 49 leaves, 31.5 cm. Fair condition. Detached leaves, moth damage, glued damage to title page margins. Stains and creases. Worn leather binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 400

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Collection of Haggadot – Hungary and Romania –Hassidism

25 Haggadot printed in Hungary and Romania between 1852-1944. Some contain Hassidic Chidushim and explanations.
Various sizes and conditions. A detailed list will be provided upon request.
From the collection of Moshe Ya’ari.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 251

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Remnants of an Ancient Manuscripts from Spain and Ashkenaz

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

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Auction 37 Lot Number 283

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Manuscript of Piyutim and Community Accounts – Morocco – Abuhatzira Family

Manuscript of Piyutim in Hebrew and Jewish Mugrabi Arabic, various accounts concerning matters of the courts and community taxes. Morocco, c. 1865.
On the leather binding is an impressed adornment, "Yosef ben Rabbi Moshe Abuhatzira". In the lists of accounts and courts are famous last names of families which belonged to the Jewish Moroccan community: Abucatzira, Pinto, Danino, Sudri, Chasin, Simchon, Edrei, Asulin, Ebn Chayun.
14 leaves. 16.5 cm. Fair condition, stains wear and tears. Elaborate worn leather binding. Binding filled with leaf parts from an ancient Venice Talmud (sections from Mordechai on Tractate Bava Batra).

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Auction 37 Lot Number 315

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Parashat Derachim – Constantinople, 1728 – Glosses

Parashat Derachim, by Rabbi Yehuda Rosenes [author of Mishneh L'Melech on the Rambam]. Constantinople, [1729]. First edition.
Signatures and ownership inscriptions on title page ["…David Hillel ben Rabbi Avraham Nathan Neta of Krakow", "Moshe ben Yosef Kahane –"].
Long scholarly glosses in Ashkenazi handwriting from the 1700s, by an unidentified writer who comments on the author and adds his own explanations ["and in my opinion, it is not similar…", "It is not understood from his words…", "In my lowly opinion, the Maharsha's question can be answered…"It is not so similar…"].
[3], 75, [2] leaves. 30 cm. Good condition, stains. Minor wear and a few tears, few moth marks. Major moth damage to binding. In several places, margins are cut with slight damage to glosses.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 347

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Collection of Books Printed in India

For a complete list, see Hebrew description.
14 books, varied size and condition.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 422

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Large Collection of Haggadot with Translation into Various Languages

Approximately 220 Haggadot with translation into various languages, [second half of 20th century].
Majority of Haggadot printed in Eretz Israel (on behalf of the Jewish Agency's Immigration and Absorption Department or on behalf of the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption); many Haggadot were printed in United States and several were printed in Italy, Germany, Basel and other countries.
Includes Haggadot with translation to English (many Haggadot), Dutch, Spanish, Italian, German, Romanian, Georgian, Amharic, Zakho- Kurdish, Persian and Arabic (in Hebrew letters); Haggadah as customary by Karaite Jews, Haggadah in version customary by Yemenite Jews, and more. Some appear in several copies.
Various sizes and conditions.
From the collection of Moshe Ya’ari.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 401

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Collection of Haggadot with Commentaries – Poland and Galicia

Collection of Haggadot with commentaries from Poland and Galicia, printed between 1845-1923.
21 Haggadot. Various sizes and conditions.
A detailed list will be provided upon request.
From the collection of Moshe Ya’ari.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 92

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Cuzari – Venice, 1594

Cuzari, "By the Chaver R' Yitzchak HaSangeri… written in Arabic… Rabbi Yehuda HaLevi", with the Kol Yehuda commentary by Rabbi Yehuda Muskato. Venice, [1594].
First edition of the Kol Yehuda commentary.
299 leaves. 19.5 cm. Good condition. Stains, few moth holes. The last leaf has an ownership signature in Italian handwriting: "Yitzchak Galiko". Ancient leather binding, slightly worn

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Auction 37 Lot Number 412

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Collection of Haggadot with Commentaries – New York

Collection of Haggadot, with various commentaries. New York, 1894-1964.
47 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 135

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Simlah Chadasha – Signatures of the Netziv of Volozhin

Simlah Chadasha, Tevu'ot Shor and Bechor Shor. Sudilkov, [1820].
Four early signatures of Rabbi "Naftali Zvi Yehuda Berlin". And various handwritten inscriptions from 1857.
Rabbi Naftali Zvi Yehuda Berlin – the Netziv of Volozhin (1817-1893), one of the outstanding Torah leaders of his times, son-in-law of Rabbi Yitzchak of Volozhin and his successor as head of the yeshiva for decades. Wrote many books: Ha'amek She'ela, novellae on the She'iltot; Ha'amek Davar on the Torah; Meshiv Davar responsa, novellae on the Talmud and commentaries on Midreshei Halacha – Mechilta, Sifrei and Sifra. Father of Rabbi Chaim Berlin and father-in-law of Rabbi Refael Shapira. His son-in-law's son-in-law is Rabbi Chaim HaLevi Soloveitchik of Brisk.
The Netziv used to sign his name connecting the words Zvi and Yehuda using the letter Yud for both names. This custom once saved his life. People who were opposed to his yeshiva informed on him to the secret police and presented forged letters as evidence that he received counterfeit coins from England and distributed them in the local market. They brought a letter all in the Netziv's handwriting. The forgery was so superior that even the Netziv admitted that it was his handwriting but that he did not write the content. After an investigation, it became clear that the signature of the Netziv in the forgery had the letter Yud written twice and the Netziv always signed Zvi Yehuda with one Yud connecting both words, and this was how the falsehood came to light.
166 leaves. 33.5 cm. Blue paper. Fair condition. Moth holes and wear. Ancient binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 391

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Manuscript, Passover Haggadah with Marathi Translation – Cochin

Manuscript, Passover Haggadah, with Judeo-Marathi translation. [Cochin (India), 20th century].
Hebrew and translation line opposite line. Shir HaShirim was added to the end of the Haggadah (the scribe did not complete the translation).
[55] leaves. 20.5 cm. Good condition, few stains. New binding.
From the collection of Moshe Ya’ari.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 29

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Seder Meah Brachot – Amsterdam, 1688

Seder Meah Brachot – Blessings, prayers and piyutim, including the Seder Hagaddah of Pesach. Amsterdam, 1688. Albertus Magnus printing. Approbation by Rabbi Yitzchak Abuhav, Rabbi Ya’akov Sasportas and Rabbi Shlomo Di Olivera.
Includes the version of Eruvei Chatzerot, Tavshilin and Techumin, Kiddush for Shabbat and Festivals, Hatavat Chalom, Hatarat Nedarim, Tikun Chanuka, laws and customs, Birkot HaNehenin, blessings for
betrothal and marriage, circumcision of convertsand slaves, blessing on purchase of slaves, Pidyon Haben, Pidyon HaKerem, Tefillat HaDerech, siyum of a tractate, blessings to be recited at various times and places, prayers for the sick and for woman at birth, change of name, Tahara of the dead, Hashkavot, "Hashkava of those who were burnt in the sanctification of G-d's name", [prayer on Anusim who were burnt in the auto-da-fé in Spain Miniature volume. Two title pages, the first title page is illustrated with copper etchings with drawings of the Blessing on the Moon, the blessing on spices (Havdalah), Birkat HaMazon, blessing for shofar blowing and for Brit Milah. The date on this title page is 1687, whereas the date on the second title page is one year later.
[4] leaves, 303, 20, [2] pages. (Lacking one page after the two title pages and 4 leaves with charts for calculating Tekufot). Leaves 1-24 of the first numbering were mistakenly bound at the end of the book. 11.5 cm. Good-fair condition. First title page is loose, with restored tears. Stains, moth marks. Tear with lack to one leaf. New binding. Handwritten signature and glosses.
Very rare. Not listed in Otzar HaHagadot and in Ya’ari.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 349

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Shenot Eliyahu – Lemberg, 1799

Shenot Eliyahu, Mishnayot Seder Zera’im, with explanations by the Vilna Gaon. Lemberg (Lvov), 1799. First edition.
Ancient ownership signature in tiny handwriting: “Chaim ben Rabbi Ya’akov”.
This edition was printed by Rabbi Moshe of Pinsk, son-in-law of the Vilna Gaon. Printed on the reverse side of the title page are approbations and a warning by the Vilna Beit Din prohibiting printing anything by the Vilna Gaon without permission, “That no one shall hear or believe anything said in the name of the Gaon, the Chassid…until it is explicitly clear that the letters are written by the Vilna Gaon… and surely never print anything in the name of the Gaon until it is clear…”.
[2], 9; 55, 57-59 leaves. 36.5 cm. Good condition, stains and minor damages. Old binding, slightly worn.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 51

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Nodah B’Yehuda – Kama and Tanina – First Editions – Prague, 1776

• Nodah B'Yehuda, responsa of Rabbi Yechezkel HaLevi Landau. Parts 1-2. Prague, 1776. First edition of "Mahadura Kama", published in the author's lifetime.
• Nodah B'Yehuda, "Mahadura Tanina", Parts 1-2, Prague, 1811.
Both volumes include stamps and signatures of Rabbi Yitzchak Meir, son of Rabbi Yeshaya Segal
Prives of Warsaw [a wealthy leader of the Chassidic Warsaw community].
Two volumes: [2], 86, [9]; [1], 157 leaves; [6], 2-161, 163-170; [1], 169, 150-159, [1] leaves. 32-32.5 cm. Good condition, wear and stains. Few glosses,
half-leather worn bindings.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 94

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Siftei Cohen – Venice, 1605

Siftei Cohen, kabbalistic explanations and gematriot on the Torah, by Rabbi Mordechai HaCohen of Safed and Aleppo, student of Rabbi Yisrael di Curiel. Printed at the end of each weekly portion are gematriot, attributed to Rabbi Shimshon of Kotzi. Venice, 1605. Printed by Daniel Zanetti. Illustrated title page.
Ownership inscription to "the heirs of the late… Rabbi Moshe HaCohen". Several short handwritten glosses. Mispaginated [329] leaves. 29 cm. Fair condition, moth damages, stains and wear. Ancient parchment binding, stained.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 158

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Writ of Ordination to Rabbinate – Rebbe Shmuel Eliyahu of Modzitz

Letter signed by 122 Tel Aviv residents ordaining Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu Taub son of the Modzitz Rebbe "as local rabbi of our neighborhood" (region of Lilenbloom-Yehuda, Halevi-Herzl Streets), "who will fill the position of rabbi and preacher and teach us all matters of religion which periodically rise, and we will apply to him with all our daily queries". They request the Chief Rabbinate to officially approve this ordination. Tel Aviv, [c. 1940].
Among those who signed are well-known Chassidim and public figures: Rabbi "Yitzchak Friedman" – Rebbe author of Siach Yitzhak from Husiatyn, Rabbi "Avraham Arten", Rabbi "Yisrael Asher Shapir' [Gur Chassid], Rabbi "Moshe Burstein", Rabbi "'Yitzchak Weinstein", Rabbi "Yitzchak Meir Kuperberg", Rabbi "Yissachar Dov Rokeach", etc.
Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu Taub (1905-1984, Encyclopedia L'Chassidut, Vol. 3, pp. 691-693), son of Rabbi Shaul Yedidya Eliezer the Modzitz Rebbe (1887-Kislev 1948), ascended to Eretz Israel in 1936 and established his Beit Midrash. He was one of the leading rebbes in Eretz Israel and a member of Mo'etzet Gedolei HaTorah.
2 connected leaves. 33 cm. Good-fair condition.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 308

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Ribash Responsa, Lemberg, 1805 – Scholarly Glosses

Sefer Bar Sheshet - Ribash Responsa, Lemberg, 1805.
Signature from 1808 of Rabbi "Aryeh Leibush Berin-Stein of Lvov", and scholarly glosses in a fine handwriting.
Rabbi Aryeh Leibush Bernstein (1780-c.1843), renowned leader and Torah scholar in the city of Lvov (Lemberg). His father, Rabbi Yechiel Michel (died 1841) was a community leader in Lvov, brother of Rabbi Shmuel Brinstein Av Beit Din of Amsterdam and Rabbi Nathan Av Beit Din of Lubartów .
[1], 164, [3] leaves. 38 cm. Good condition. Wear and stains, damage ancient binding.

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