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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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