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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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