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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 26

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A Large Collection of Wedding Invitations – Rebbes and Rabbis

A large collection of wedding invitations, from families of Chassidic Rebbes of our times (Sadigura, Lalov, Nadvorna, Skver, Vizhnitz, Satmar, Lublin, Sanz, Skulen, Spinka, Slonim, Shomrei Emunim). From approximately 1970-2010.
Approximately 75 items. Some invitations have handwritten inscriptions.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 27

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Rabbi Ya’akov Emden Siddur – Berdychiv, 1836

Birat Migdal Oz, Birkot Shamayim, Part 3 of the Siddur by Rabbi Ya'akov Emden. Berdychiv, 1836. Second edition, with approbations by Rabbi Yisrael of Ruzhin and Rabbi Mordechai of Chernobyl.
Part 3 of Siddur Paltin Beit El, arranged by Rabbi Ya'akov Emden, Altona 1745-1747 (No other parts were printed in Berdychiv). This part has Seder Brit Milah, laws and customs from a person's birth until his death, methods of education, laws of Issur and Heiter, ethics, philosophy etc.
[3], 4-34, 37-362, [2] leaves. Approximately 18 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and restored moth damage. Ancient owner's signature "Baruch".
Rare, includes 2 leaves - a list of corrections which does not appear in the Bibliography Institute CD and which is not at all extant.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 28

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Miniature Siddur – Amsterdam, 1739

Siddur for everyday use and for festivals, according to the Sephardic custom. Amsterdam, [1739].
Particularly miniature edition. Composed of two parts. Part 1 for every day and Shabbat use. Part 2 (with separate title page) for festivals.
On the reverse side of title page, the publisher, Naftali Hertz HaLevi writes, "In Amsterdam, I have seen a miniature siddur with small lettering without vowels, and youngsters cannot read the text when praying. I felt their discomfort and have printed this siddur… in the smallest volume ever printed in thin small letters with new and attractive vowels…".
Handsome copy with original elaborate binding. 318 leaves. 6 cm. Very good condition. Few stains. Gilded edges. Minor damages to binding.
See the Bibliography Institute CD, Listing 0306843 for differences among the various copies of this siddur.

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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 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 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 32

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Siddur Tefillot Ashkenazim – Venice, 1755 – Pocket Edition, Bibliographically Unknown

Seder tefillot, "According to the Ashkenazi Holy Community with many innovations". Prayers for every day, Shabbat and Festivals. Venice, [1755]. Pocket edition.
39, 41-144 leaves. 11 cm. Good condition. Stains. Moth holes to several leaves. New binding.
Bibliographically unknown. Not listed in the Bibliography Institute CD and not in the JNUL.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 33

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Miniature Siddur – Prague, 1836

Seder Tefilat Kol Peh – for the whole year. Prague, 1836.
Prayer book as customary in Poland (Ashkenazi version). For weekdays, Shabbat, Amidah prayers for Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot, Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur.
Ownership signature from 1839. Stamp of Dr. Heinrich Loewe.
Miniature format. 192 leaves. 8.5 cm. Good condition, stains. Original leather binding, with slight damage, reinforced in inner side.

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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.

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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 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 37

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Polyglot Bible – Nuremberg, 1599 – Hollow Letters

Biblia Sacra, Bible in six languages: Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek, Latin, German and French. Nuremberg, 1599.
Five books of Moses, Joshua, Judges and Ruth. No other books. A column of the Hebrew text next to columns of translation (six columns each spread). The Greek translation is the Septuagint, the Latin translation is from the Vulgate Bible and the German translation is by Luther. The Hebrew text is from the Bible printed in Hamburg (1588) edited by Hutter, with the root letters in normal font and the other letters hollow.
[2], 287; 851; 319 pages. 36.5 cm. High-quality paper, good condition, stains, moth marks and tears to several leaves. New binding.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 38

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Bible with Hollow Letters – Köln, 1603

Bible with hollow letters. Köln, 1603. Title page and introduction in Latin.
According to the Bible editions printed in Hamburg in 1587-1603, where the root letters appeared in regular fonts and the other letters were printed in a hollow font. The root letters were added in tiny font above each word.
[7], 1135; [1], 1140- 1572 pages. Approximately 39 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and minor damages, restored missing parts in first title page and in several leaves. Many Latin inscriptions and owners' inscriptions from various times. Wooden binding covered with ancient leather with renewed back.

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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 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 41

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Babylonian Talmud – Dyhernfurth, 1800-1804 – Complete Set

Babylonian Talmud. Complete set. Dyhernfurth. [1800-1804]. Widow and Brothers Maia Printing Press.
12 volumes: 1. Berachot and seder Zeraim. [1803]; 2. Shabbat [1800], Eiruvin [1801]; 3. Pesachim, Beitzah [1800]. Chagigah, Moed Katan. [1801]. 4. Rosh Hashanah [1800], Yoma, Sukkah, Ta’anit, Shekalim, Megillah [1801]. 5. Yevamot [1804], Ketubot [1803], Kidushin [1804]; 6. Gittin, Nedarim, Nazir, Sotah [1803]; 7. Bava Kamma, Bava Metziah [1800]; 8. Bava Batra, Avodah Zarah [1801]; 9. Sanhedrin, Shvuot, Makot, Horayot, Eduyot [1802]. 10. Zevachim [1800], Menachot [1803], Bechorot [1802]; 11. Chulin, Erchin, Temurah [1802], Keritot [1803], Me’ilah [1802]. 12. Niddah and Seder Taharot [1802].
Signatures, ownership notations, family notations and many scribbles on binding leaves.
37 cm. General condition good-fair. Stains, wear and tear. Original leather bindings, damaged and worn.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 42

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Babylonian Talmud – Zhitomir, 1858-1864

Babylonian Talmud, with Rav Alfas and Mordechai. Zhitomir, 1858-1864. Shapiro Brothers Printing Press.
18-volume set. Missing: tractate Ketubot.
18 volumes: Berachot; Shabbat; Eiruvin; Pesacim-Chagigah; Rosh Hashanah-Yoma-Sukkah; Beitza-Ta’anit-Megilla-Moed Katan; Yevamot-Sotah; Gittin; Nazir; Kiddushim-Nedarim; Bava Kamma; Bava Metziah; Bava Batra; Sanhedrin-Makot-Horayot-Eduyot-Avot and small tractates; Shvuot-Avodah Zarah; Zevachim-Menachot; Chulin; Bechorot-Erchin-Temurah-Kritot-Meilah-Tamid; Nidah.
38 cm. Conditions of volumes vary; good-fair. Stains, wear, moth damage and tears. Damaged bindings.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 43

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Babylonian Talmud in Reduced Format – Lemberg, 1860 – Complete Set

Full set of Babylonian Talmud, with all the commentaries, "As printed earlier in Slavita and in Vilna". Reduced format edition (each page of the regular editions is divided into two pages). Lemberg, 1860. Printed by the partners Rabbi Yissachar Beck and Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak Menkish.
Includes Hilchot Rav Alfas, on 17 tractates, (some were bound together with the Talmud and some separately).
Many signatures and ownership inscriptions of Rabbi "Zvi Hirsh [HaCohen] Brecher" from the city of Sloboda.
29 volumes, approximately 21-22 cm. Varying condition, wear, foxing. Original leather adorned bindings, most with new gluing on spine.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 44

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Babylonian Talmud – Montreal, 1919

Babylonian Talmud. 11 volumes of the edition printed by the Union of Orthodox Jewish Rabbis in the US and Canada (OU). Montreal, 1919-[1920]. Photocopy edition of the Vilna Talmud.
Tractates: Shabbat, Eruvin, Gittin, Kiddushin, Bava Metzia, Bava Batra, Sanhedrin, Makot, Shevuot, Chulin, Bechorot, Erchin, Temura, Kritut, Me'ila, Kinim, Tamid, Midot, Nidah, Taharot (two double volumes).
Some of the volumes include printed dedications to donors and contributors to the publishing of this edition.
• Attached is a volume of Tractate Gittin. Published by Va'ad HaHatzala. New York. 1951.
12 volumes. 38 cm. Varied condition. Good-fair.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 45

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Yerushalmi Nashim, First Edition of Pnei Moshe – Amsterdam 1755 – Signatures of Rabbi Shazvani Yerushalmi

Talmud Yerushalmi, Seder Nashim, with the Pnei Moshe commentary, by Rabbi Moshe Margaliot. Amsterdam, 1755. First edition of Pnei Moshe on Seder Nashim.
The title page has two signatures of Rabbi "Shazvani Yerushalmi" – Rabbi Shneur Zalman ben Rabbi Nachum Yosef Schneerson (died 1882), great Chabad leader in Hebron and Jerusalem. His mother was the daughter of Rabbi Moshe Schneerson son of the Ba'al HaTanya, author of Nimukei Shazvani (Jerusalem, 1876-1879).
[2], 40 leaves; 27 leaves; 39 leaves; 19 leaves; 29 leaves; 25 leaves; 23 leaves; 2 leaves. 36 cm. Fair condition, wear, stains and moth holes. Old worn detached binding.

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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 47

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Mishnayot Bava Kama – Hebrew-Latin Edition – Leiden, 1637

Bava Kama from the Tractate Nezikin, De legibus Ebraeorum forensibus liber singularis. Printed by Lugduni Batavorum, Leiden, 1637.
Hebrew text and Latin translation, column opposite column. The explanations are in Latin with a little Hebrew.
[24] leaves, 306, [21] pages, 29 cm. Overall good condition. Few stains. Library stamps. The body of the book, its spine and binding have split into two separate parts (pp. 128-129). Original leather binding, slightly worn.

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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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