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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 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 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 52

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Pe’at HaShulchan – Safed, 1836

Pe'at HaShulchan, laws pertaining to Eretz Israel. By Rabbi Yisrael of Shklov, disciple of the Vilna Gaon. Safed, 1836. First edition. Printed by Yisrael Beck.
[5], 2-109, [1] leaves. 30 cm. Light-colored high-quality paper, good-fair condition, restored damages to title page. Stains, slight wear and moth damage. Lightly worn binding.
One of the last books printed in Safed before the earthquake in 1837 (thereafter the author and the printer moved to Jerusalem after losing most of their family and property in the quake). The last leaf, "Listing of mistakes and corrections" is rare and does not appear in some copies.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 53

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Machzor for Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur – Slavita, 1832

Machzor, Part One – Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. Ashkenazi version. Slavita, 1832. Printing press of Rabbi Shmuel Avraham Shapira – son of Rabbi of Slavita.
Part of lettering of title page in red ink. Old signatures: "Moshe [ben Aharon] Levinsky".
[2], 84, 83- 86, 89-164 leaves. 25 cm. Printed upon partly bluish paper. Varying conditions, good to fair, last leaves are slightly damaged, stains and wear. Ancient leather binding, detached and damaged.

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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 55

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Hilchot Rav Alfas – Slavita, 1807-1810 – Four Sections

Hilchot Rav Alfas, section I (Berachot, Shabbat, Eruvin). Section III (Yevamot, Ketubot, Gittin, Kidushin). Section IV (Bava Kama, Bava Metzia, Bava Batra). Section V (Sanhedrin, Shavuot, Avodah Zarah, Chulin, Sha’arei Shvuot). Slavita, 1807-1810. Printing press of Dov Ber Segal and Dov Ber son of Pesach [approbations were given to Rabbi Moshe Shapira who was actual owner of the printing press in Slavita].
Approbations: Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev, Rabbi Aryeh Leib Halevi of Zbaraż Av Beit Din in Valtshisk, Rabbi Yosef of Kasantin and Rabbi Yisrael of Rivne.
4 volumes, approx. 34 cm. Blue paper, varying conditions; majority of leaves in good condition, some containing may moth stains. Magnificent new half-leather bindings.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 56

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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 57

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Kitvei Kodesh – Tehillim – Zhitomir, 1856 – Especially Wide Margins

Kitvei Kodesh, Part 5. Tehillim and Mishlei, with Rashi, Metzudot and Ivri-teitch. Zhitomir, 1856. Printed by Rabbi Aryeh Leib Shapira.
[2], 172 leaves. 34.5 cm. Dark paper, good-fair condition, stains, minor wear and moth damages. Original leather binding, adorned and slightly damaged.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 58

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Passover Haggadah – Zhitomir, 1866

Passover Haggadah. With Yiddish translation and stories of the exodus from Egypt. Zhitomir, 1866. Printed by Rabbi Chanina Lipa and Rabbi Yehoshua Heshel Shapira.
Bound at the end: Megilat Esther with Yotzer. Chernivtsi 1863.
96 pages; 20 leaves. 20 cm. Fair condition, use stains and wear. Ancient ownership stamps. New binding.
Rare haggadah. Otzar HaHagadot 1274.
Second book: Megilat Esther, Chernivtsi, 1863 is bibliographically unknown.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 59

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Tehillim – Zhitomir

Tehillim, in large letters, with Ivri Teitch commentary. Zhitomir, [1857?]. Printed by Rabbi Aryeh Leib Shapira.
The Book of Psalms is complete including all the Yehi Ratzon prayers, without Seder Ma'amadot mentioned on the title page. 174 pages, 23 cm. Fair condition, wear and tear, stains. Leaves cut close to text border. Unbound.
This book is similar to the Books of Psalms printed in Zhitomir together with the siddur Korban Minchah, but in most of the Zhitomir Korban Minchah siddurim, the leaves of the Book of Psalms start on Page 231. In this book, the Psalms start at Page 2, an indication that it may have been printed separately.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 60

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Machzor for Yamim Nora’im – Zhitomir, 1853

Machzor according to the Raseiniai, Lithuania, Polish, Bohemia and Moravia custom, with commentaries (by Rabbi Moshe Shadil) and Ivri-Teitch. Zhitomir, 1853. Printed by Rabbi Chanina Lipa and Rabbi Yehoshua Heshel Shapira.
[4], 332 pages (leaves numbered with letters: [2], 10, 10-163 leaves). 25.5 cm, fair-poor condition, wear and stains. Fungus stains and moth damage. Several leaves have wear damage with lack. Torn detached binding.
Printed in this edition of Zhitomir 1853 are special censor errors, for example in the Aleinu LeShabeach prayer after Mussaf: "Who did not make us like idol-worshipers and has not placed us like their families" and other new changes. See the article written A.M. Haberman: Areshet, 4, 1966, p. 154.

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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 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 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 64

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Collection of Books – Printed by the Shapira Family in Zhitomir

Collection of books printed by the partners Rabbi Chanina Lipa and Rabbi Yehoshua Heshel Shapira, grandsons of the Rabbi of Slavita.
• Or Zarua by Rabbi Yitzchak ben Moshe of Vienna. Parts 1-2, Zhitomir, 1862.
• Hilchot Rav Alfas, Part 2. Zhitomir, 1862. Original adorned leather binding (slightly damaged).
• Meginei Eretz, Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim, with the original front covers bound in (including a separate cover for Pri Megadim and Machatzit HaShekel). Zhitomir, 1861. On the covers appear dates from 1862-1863. Original leather binding.
• Torat Cohanim, Shulchan Aruch Choshen Mishpat, Part 1. Zhitomir, [1856].
4 books, 36-37.5 cm. Varied condition, good.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 65

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Yesod Yitzchak – Zhovkva, 1810 – First Edition

Yesod Yitzchak, kabalistic and Chassidic interpretations of matters pertaining to circumcision. Halichot Olam, customs and segulot. Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac HaLevi Mazarowitz [author of Raza MeHeimna and Otiot D'Rabbi Yitzchak]. Zhovkva, 1810. First edition.
Many approbations by leading Torah scholars: Rabbi Meir [Kristinpoller] of Brad; Rabbi Ya'akov Orenstein of Lvov, author of Yeshuot Ya'akov; Rabbi Efraim Margaliot of Brad; Rabbi Moshe Shapira of Zaliztsi; Rabbi Aryeh Leib HaCohen of Stryy, author of Ketzot HaChoshen; etc.
On Leaves 41-47 is a kuntress of what to study the night before circumcision called "Vach-Nacht" [compilations from the Zohar].
The author Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac HaLevi (1735-1783), mekubal and hidden tzaddik among the lamed-vav (36) tzaddikim in the Ba'al Shem Tov's generation and teacher of Rabbi Moshe Teitelbaum, author of Yismach Moshe. Served as Shochet and Bodek and teacher in the village of Zhuravichi, hid his holy ways so much that many thought he lost his mind, was unlearned and uncouth. At nights, he would toil in prayer and kabbalah and write his books. The Ba'al Shem Tov would travel to discuss secret matters with him. When his greatness and holiness became famous, masses thronged to him leading him to wander from his home. During his travels he died in the city of Przemyśl. The story about him is told that when yet healthy and well he sent his wife to call the Chevra Kadisha and told them that the time had come for him to die and asked them to copy his many kabalistic writings before dressing him in his shrouds until they see his face burn like a torch. 100 Torah scholars copied his writings until they saw his face change and the box of writings close on its own, they then buried him and eulogized him fittingly. The copies were buried in his holy grave but his manuscripts reached the Maggid of Kremnitz Rabbi Ya’akov Yisrael HaLevi, who printed the books Raza MeHeimna (Lvov, 1791), Otiot D’Rabbi Yitzchak (Zhovkva, 1801) and Yesod Yitzchak to print.
[1] 69 leaves. 21.5 cm. Thick paper, good condition, use stains, few restored damages. New binding.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 233.

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Auction 37 Lot Number 66

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Or Pnei Moshe (Przeworsk) – Mezhirichi, 1810 – First Edition

Or Pnei Moshe, on the Torah and Megillot, by Rabbi Moshe Sofer Stam of Przeworsk . Mezhirichi, 1810. First edition.
Many approbations by Chassidic leaders of those times: Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdychiv, Rabbi Yisrael of Kozienice, Rabbi Ya'akov Yitzchak The Chozeh of Lublin [who writes in his approbation of the author's greatness. "I know him because in my youth I would obey him and I drank from his pleasant waters, and I know that he conducted all his affairs for the sake of Heaven and to give spiritual satisfaction to G-d. He reached such a level, Rabbi Moshe Alshich would appear to him…"], Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Rimanov, Rabbi Avraham Yehoshua Heshel of Apta, Rabbi Chaim of Batishan [author of Be'er Mayim Chaim], etc.
On the title page are ownership inscriptions by two writers: "The Rabbi of Nashc—"; "This belongs to Rabbi Yisrael Leib[sh] son of the renowned rabbi".
[2], 240 leaves. Approximately 21 cm. Greenish paper, fair condition, stains and wear damage, (damage to text on leaf corners). Leather and fabric binding.
Stefansky Chassidut no. 32. Lacking the two leaves of additional approbations (in small letters), added after printing to some copies.

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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 68

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Likutim Yekarim – Stamp of Rabbi Avraham of Stretin-Haifa

Sefer Likutim Yekarim, from the Ba'al Shem Tov and Chassidic leaders. [Ostroh?, c. 1820?]. With new additions not printed in earlier editions.
Stamp of Rabbi "Avraham son of the famous tzaddik Rabbi Uri…grandson of the holy renowned rebbes of Stretin". Rabbi Avraham Brandwein of Stretin-Haifa, son of Rebbe Uri Brandwein of Yezupil (Azipoli). Served as rebbe of Piatra Neamţ in Romania and was very active during the Holocaust in assisting refugees who arrived from Poland. After the Holocaust, he ascended to Haifa where he established his Beit Midrash. Died in 1973.
37, 39-42 leaves. 22.5 cm. Good-fair condition, minor wear damages. Detached leaves, torn lacking binding.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 304. For place and date of printing see: Y. Yudlov, Ginzei Yisrael, no. 1155. Ibid: "We doubt whether the book was printed there [in Ostroh] and if it was printed on that date". The place and date suggested there are: Zhovkva?, c. 1800. [In our estimation, the book was printed in Lemberg or Zhovkva c. 1820-1830].

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Auction 37 Lot Number 69

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Binat Moshe, by Rabbi Moshe Elyakim Beriya of Kozienice  – Kraków, 1888 – Dedication from the Author’s Son-in-law

Binat Moshe, by the Magid Rabbi Moshe Elyakim Beriya of Kozienice, son of the Magid Yisrael Hofstein of Kozienice. Kraków, 1888.
Self-dedication on title page: "Shmuel Zanvil son of Baruch Avraham of Bardejov son-in-law of the author of this holy book and son-in-law of the author of No'am Elimelech…".
Rabbi Shmuel Zanvil of Bardejov , son of Rabbi Baruch Avraham Bindiger Rabbi of Hanusovce [wonder-worker, disciple of the Magid of Kozienice , Rabbi Naftali Zvi of Rupshitz and an outstanding disciple of Rabbi Chaim of Sanz [see Encyclopedia L'Chassidut Vol. 1 p. 387]. Rabbi Shmuel Zanvil's first marriage was to the daughter of Rabbi Naftali of Lizhensk, grandson of Rabbi Elimelech of Lizhensk, author of Noam Elimelech [interesting to note that in this item he writes that he is the son-in-law of the author of Noam Elimelech]. By second marriage, he was the son-in-law of the author Rabbi Moshe Elyakim Beriya of Kozienice . As written in his introduction which was printed at the beginning of this book, he dwelled in Safed at the time the book was printed and he gave the publisher his father-in-law's writings to publish.
[4], 48 leaves. 21 cm. Good condition, stains and slight wear. Damage to binding.

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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 71

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Sidduro Shel Shabbat – Poryck, 1817

Sidduro Shel Shabbat, about the holiness of Shabbat according to Chassidic thought, by Rebbe Chaim ben Shlomo of Chernivtsi. Parts 1-2. Poryck, [1817].
4, 70; 46, [1] leaves. 22 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and moth damage. Old binding, slightly worn.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 424. Two editions of this book were published in Poryck: in 1817 and in 1818. This is the first of the two editions. Vinograd, Poryck 44.

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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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