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Ketubah – Calcutta, 1873

Ketubah on parchment, recording the marriage of the groom Salah be Eliya Yehezkel with the bride Leah Katun bat Ya’akov Shmuel HaCohen. Calcutta, 1873.
Parchment, gouache, ink.
Ketubah of the Baghdadi congregation in Calcutta. Typical frame for the area, with illustrations of birds and flowers, in bright colors. Two striped tigresses with tails turned upwards appear on top, flanking a medallion within which appear letter combinations [psalms 121]. The Ketubah is divided into two – on its upper part are architectural frames with a wavy line pointed at its end. Within the arches appear the blessings in a pyramid-like structure. In the band separating the blessings from the text of the Ketubah, two red fish are drawn swimming one towards the other. The fish, it seems, symbolize fertility and protection against evil eye. The Ketubah text is written in a separate column in the center of the lower part, with witnesses’ signatures.
56X39 cm, good condition. Folding marks. Two small holes on lower part. Creases and tears on margins. Minor spotting. Pasted on paper.
See a photograph of the Ketubah and more information about the Baghdadi Ketubot in Cochin in: Shalom Sabar, “HaKetubah HaMetzuyeret”; in “The Jews of India” (The Israel Museum, 1995), p.14 (photographed).

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Ketubah – Calcutta, 1881

Ketubah recording the marriage of the groom Eliyahu ben Abdalla Nissim with the bride Haviva bat Eliyahu Aharon. Calcutta, 1881.
Parchment, gouache, ink.
The Ketubah is illustrated and written according to the customary version of the Baghdadi congregation in Calcutta, as described in the previous item. On the upper part appears a medallion with the inscription, “בהנ”ו”, two gates with the wedding blessings and the Ketubah text on the lower part. Depicted in the frame, alternately, are birds and flowers while within the wide band separating between the gates and the Ketubah text, two silvery fish with scales swim towards one another, with green flora around them.
70X40.5 cm. Good condition. Minor creases and spots. Minor damages to margins.
About this type of Ketubot see: Shalom Sabar, “HaKetubah HaMetzuyeret”; in “The Jews of India” (The Israel Museum, 1995), pp. 161-189.

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Illustrated Ketubah – Cochin, 1923

A Ketubah recording the marriage of the groom Eliyahu son of Shmuel with the bride Rachel daughter of Mordechai. Cochin, 1923.
Parchment, ink and gouache.
The Ketubah is designed in a symmetric manner according to a traditional design of Cochin and is colorfully illustrated. On the upper part, in an oval frame, appear the blessing and on the lower part – the Ketubah text and signatures. On both sides of the Ketubah text are columns in a classic Western style topped with vases with flowers. Two birds appear on top of the columns. Wide green margins with a red line on both sides, frame the parchment. Signatures are in Hebrew and in Latin characters.
48X31.5 cm. Fair condition. Insect holes, central folding mark, tear on margins and creases. Framed with no glass.

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Printed Ketubah – Calcutta

Ketubah recording the marriage of the groom David Hai ben Eliyahu Yehezkel Baruch Ya’akov with the bride Rivka The convert bat Avraham Avinu. Calcutta, 1949.
Printed paper, with additions in ink.
Ketubah in Hebrew and in English. On the right side a Hebrew title in red letters with a Star of David in the center and letters combinations within it, as customary in Jewish Indian marriage contracts. Below it, in two frames (resembling windows in hand drawn Ketubahs) the wedding blessings and the Ketubah text, with handwritten additions and the signatures of the groom, bride, the rabbi and the witnesses. On the left side appears the title “Certificate of Marriage” in red with a vegetal pattern illustration and an open book. Written on top: “Bond” with translation of the Ketubah into English and signatures in English. Ink stamps of “Beth-El Synagogue”.
39.5X50 cm. Good condition. Folding marks. Small holes on folding marks. Minor spotting. Framed.

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Illuminated Ketubah on Parchment – Pesaro, 1714 – Signatures of Pesaro Rabbis

Ketubah recording the marriage of Avraham Ovadia ben David Yossef of Camerino with the bride Bronita bat Elyakim of Ancona. Pesaro, 1714.
Ketubah on parchment, with fine floral illuminations. This Ketubah was re-used as a book cover, therefore only its central part and three sections of the illuminated frame were preserved (upper part and four corners are missing).
The witnesses signatures appear on the bottom. First is Rabbi Netanel ben Meshulam Halevi, Pesaro’s rabbi (a foremost Italain scholar who also served as rabbi in Padua and Modena; his responsa were printed in the books “Pachad Yitzchak” and “Shemesh Zadka”) and the second witness is Yitzchak ben Avraham Abuhav (probably, a Moreh Zedek in Pesaro).
Ca.47.5X50 cm. Fair condition. Missing corners. Wear, creases, several tears (mainly on margins). Faded ink in some places. Several holes (without damage to text) and folding marks.

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Ketubah on Parchment – Pesaro, 1760 – Signatures of Pesaro Rabbis

Ketubah recording the marriage of the groom Yitzchak ben Mordechai Shabtai with the bride Ligrizza daughter of the deceased Shimshon Vitrebo. Pesaro, 1760.
Written on parchment, with no decorations. The word “באחד” is large and decorated.
On the margins of the Ketubah appear signatures of Rabbi Yesha’ayahu ben Yosef Romanin – a Rabbi and Posek in Italy and rabbi of Pesaro; belonged to the Ramchal’s circle; author of Musar Melachim (Venice, 1744); and Rabbi Yitzchak ben Yedidya Zecharya of Urbino - disciple of the Rabach, together with Rabbi Yesha’ayahu Basan, born in 1675 and passed away in 1763.
29X26.5 cm. Fair condition. Spotting and creases, folding marks, faded ink. Tears on borders and several holes (with damage to text).

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Ketubah on Parchment – Reggio, 1820 – Signatures of Reggio Rabbis

Ketubah recording the marriage of the groom Mordechai Haim son of the deceased Netanel Cividale with the bride Bat Sheva Mazal Tov bat David Graciati. Reggio (Reggio Emilia), 1820.
Ketubah on parchment. On top of the leaf, in large letters, “BeSiman Tov UbeMazal Tov…”. Around the leaf, framed, blessing verses. “Kol Sasson veKol Simcha” on the four corners.
On the four inner corners appear illustrations of Fleur de Lis, vases with flowers, a winged lion and additional decorations.
On the bottom appear signatures of Rabbi Eliakim Padovani (Reggio’s rabbi, his approbation appears in the book “Sha’arei HaTalmud”, Reggio,1810), and Rabbi Ya’akov Israel Karmi (Moreh Zedek and later, rabbi of Reggio, a descendant of Rabbi Israel Ya’akov Karmi).
41X33.5 cm. Good condition. Spotting and creases, folding marks, ink faded in some places.

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Ketubah – Isfahan, 1926

Ketubah recording the marriage of the groom Yitzchak ben Pinchas Chaim with the bride Manwar bat Yosef Katz. Isfahan, December 1926.
Decorated with characteristic illustrations in color, with lions, birds, the sun and flowers. On the bottom, next to witnesses’ signatures, a handwritten addition, in Jewish-Persian, from 1932. Next to the addition – a JNF stamp with a portrait of Theodor Herzl.
Ca. 60X65 cm. Fair condition. Folding marks, creases, spots and tears. Lower left corner – missing. Framed.

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Ketubah and Kippot – Georgia

1. Ketubah, recording the marriage of the groom Eliyahu ben Michael with Miriam bat Moshe. Kulashi (West Georgia), 1949. Ink and color on paper, Rashi script. Witnesses’ signatures in Georgian. 60X43.5 cm. Good condition. Folded. Spotting, creases and tears.
2. Two kippot (skullcaps) for a man, one is pointed, with a ribbon on margins, the other is round, embroidered with vegetal pattern. Diameter: ca. 18 cm. Good condition, minor tears and wear to fabric.
Enclosed: ca. 170 photos from Georgia, the 1950s-60s.

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Illuminated Ketubah – Shiraz, 1926

Ketubah recording the marriage of the groom Aja Jan ben Yitzchak with the bride Tawas bat Meir. Shiraz, Iran, 1926.
Ketubah on paper. Frame illustrated with colorful flowers and leaves, on the upper part a pair of lions and two half-suns with human faces.
33X21 cm. Fair-good condition. Folding marks. Tears on borders (tear of about 5 cm on top). Spotting.

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Printed Ketubah – Rivlin Family – Jerusalem, 1889

Keubah recording the marriage of the groom Zalman Chaim ben Avraham Binyamin Rivlin [second marriage] with Chaya bat Baruch. Jerusalem, 1889.
A printed Ketubah form from Jerusalem (Zuckermann printing press). The groom, Zalman Chaim Rivlin (1847-1902) was the director of Talmud Torah HaGadol “Etz Haim” in Hurvat Rabbi Yehudah HaChasid in the Old City of Jerusalem (the Hurva synagogue is depicted on the top of the Ketubah).
42X34 cm. Fair-good condition. Folding marks and spotting. Tears (minor damage to text). Pasted to thin paper.

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Embroidery – Western Wall – Jerusalem, 1904

“Western Wall”, embroidery. Jerusalem, [1903-4].
Pierced paper, wool threads.
A folk art embroidery, depicting in a customary visual scheme, the image of the Temple Mount. In the center, the Western Wall, its stones in red and three tall cypresses behind it; two birds facing each other with four small cypresses. On the sides - the Dome of the Rock and El-Aqsa mosque. Above this scene appears an inscription. Each word is embroidered in a different color: “Midrash Shlomo Mizrah Mekom Mikdash Ir HaKodesh Yerushalyim” (Hebrew). On the margins appears the inscription: “Shnat Kotel Ma’aravi 1904” (Hebrew). A water basin and a goblet are embroidered on both sides of the inscription. It is possible that the embroidery was created by a Levite who added this image as a personal imprint.
45X55 cm, good-fair condition, brown stain and several small stains. Framed; not examined out of frame.

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Shiviti – Papercut – Jerusalem

Papercut, Shiviti. [Jerusalem? 19th century].
Paper, watercolor and ink, mounted on cardboard and golden paper.
Colored papercut. A yellow double-headed eagle on top, inscribed: “Shiviti Hashem Lenegdi Tamid” (Hebrew). In the center – a Seven-Branched Menorah with Psalms 67. Between the eagle and the Menorah, in the center, appear Tablets of the Law, open windows on both sides, flanked by lions with realistic features and whiskers (it is possible that the features and the whiskers are a later addition). In the
background are vegetal motifs and birds. On the upper part - an inscription “Da lifney mi ata omed…”. On the lower part, an inscription: “Handmade by my father my teached R’ Avraham Kehat ben Ya’akov Yehudah Hacohen Koffman… [erased word] Tibaneh Vetechunan bimhera Beyameinu” (Hebrew).
In her article “Three Papercuts from Jerusalem” Yehudit Shadur points at the motif of the open Holy Ark, surrounded by a couple of heraldic animals, as a central characteristic of the few known papercuts which have been created in Jerusalem. According to this and according to the inscription on the lower part of the papercut, which includes the words “Tibane vetechunan”, it turns out that this papercut was created in Jerusalem.
47X37 cm, fair condition. Creases, pasting marks, crisp paper. Tears and detached pieces.
See: Three Papercuts from Jerusalem, in: Traditional Jewish Papercuts by Joseph and Yehudit Shadur, Hanover & England, 2002, pp. 150-156

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Amulet – “Shiviti-Menorah” – Algiers / Morocco, Turn of 18th-19th Century

Shiviti-Menorah. [Algiers / Morocco], turn of 18th-19th century.
Parchment, ink and watercolor (?), gold paint.
Shiviti-Menora which was most probably hanging in a synagogue. The leaf is very colorfully decorated with a variety of Kabbalistic texts.
A frame divides the plate into two: on the upper part are seven arches within which appear verses concerning the Menorah from the Book of Numbers: “BeHa’alotcha et HaNerot…”, in the background are stylized trees in green, red and blue.
Depicted in the center of the plate is a seven-branched Menorah in gold and brown. Inscribed with the hymn”LaMenatze’ach” (Psalm 65), commonly known for its protection virtues. The Temple’s vessels are depicted around the Menorah: tongs, a coal pan and “Even HaMa’a lot” (Stone of Virtues). Around it appear the Tablets of the Law, two Hamsas, Kabbalistic words and two inscribed gates. On the lower part appear various verses about which Ramban (Nahmanides) said: “every day ten verses have to be said for the ten Sephirot and they protect from evil…”.
48X36 cm. Fair-poor condition. Missing parchment piece from lower part with damage to text. A small piece is missing from upper margins. Spots, tears and creases. Framed.
For more information about the “Shiviti-Menorah” see: “The Shiviti Menorah, A Representation of the Sacred”, by Ester Juhasz, in “Machanayim” 14, 2003, pp.161-172.

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Illuminated Leaf for Hanging in the Succah – Germany, 1782

Single leaf, written and illustrated by Michael Baruch ben Yesha’aya Segal from the Talheim congregation, in the district of Heilbronn. Germany, August 1782.
Large leaf, with charming illuminations and illustrations in color, in a folkloristic style.
Inscription on top of the leaf: “BeSuccot teshvu Shiv’a Yamim” (Hebrew) in large letters, within an arch, and in its center the word “יהי” in decorated letters. Under the arch (between two massive columns on the right and left side) appears the Yehi Ratzon prayer said when entering the Succah for the first time on the holiday of Succot; under it appears a blessing read after the Birkat HaMazon during the holiday of Succot and under it the blessing read when exiting the Succah. A colophon under all the above: “made and finished…by Michael Baruch…” (Hebrew).
On top of the right column stands a figure, dressed in a blue coat and wrapped in a Talith, holding an Etrog in its right hand and Hadas, Lulav and Arava (the four species) in its left hand. Next to the figure’s mouth appears the verse “Hodu leHashem ki Tov”. On top of the left column appears the figure of King David on a royal chair with a large crown on his head. King David is dressed in yellow, playing the harp. Next to his mouth appears the verse “Heleluhu BeNevel UbeKinor”. Wrapped around the pair of Corinth columns are clusters of grapes. Illustrations of castles appear on the base of the columns; between them, in the center, is a delightful illustration of the spies, dressed in blue coats, carrying a cluster of grapes, with hats on their heads and sticks in their hands. The leaf is illuminated in fine colors of blue, red-pink, greenish and yellow.
In 1836, 300 Jews resided in the town of Niederwerrn, where Michael Baruch Segal resided (the total population was 775 residents at the time). As is implied in the colophon, Segal served as Shaliach Zibur in Talheim, a small congregation which developed in the last quarter of the 18th century, after many years during which only several Jews lived there in the western part of a castle called “The Jews Castle”. Talheim Jews founded an independent community, with institutes, in 1849, and established a synagogue (1857) and a private school which continued to exist until WW I. The congregation perished during the holocaust.
38X29.5 cm. Fair-good condition. Spotting and creases. Folding marks. Tears, mainly on folding marks (with minor damage to text). Brown paper strip pasted on borders of the reverse.

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Large Leaf with a Liturgy for Conclusion of the Torah Reading – Modena, 1849

A large handwritten leaf with a Piyut (liturgy) for the conclusion of Torah reading. [Modena], 1849.
Paper; ink.
“Vehayta zot lahem lezikaron…”. The liturgy, opening with the words “Shiru bekol sasson…” composed by [Eliezer Yona ben Mahalal] Castil Bolognesi and copied to this leaf, most probably, by “young Eliezer Coniliagni” (who signs his name and the year of writing on the bottom of the leaf). In the Columbia University Library Manuscripts Collection, is another manuscript by Castil Bolognesi of Modena - a wedding song named “Omer Zemirot”.
52X42 cm. Fair condition. Spotting and moisture marks. Folding marks, tears (tear along the vertical folding mark, with paper pasted to its reverse).

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Leaf for Hanging in the Synagogue – Modena

A large handwritten leaf, for hanging in the synagogue. Modena, Italy, [late 19th century?].
Paper, ink.
A large leaf with list of group members who gathered in the Modena synagogue. The group was founded in 1750 and resumed its activities in 1752, a day which was set as a day commemorating its re-unification. The list records 33 names, including the families Modona, Sangvinetti, Halevi, Korinaldi, Formizini, Nahmani, Hacohen, Latis, and more. Verses from Psalms 145 are written in the frame.
48X37 cm. Fair-good condition. Folding marks. Minor tears on folding marks. Spotting. Miniature holes on borders.

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Handwritten Prayer – Synagogue Wall Decoration – Bulgaria – Ladino

A large handwritten leaf, for hanging in the synagogue. Modena, Italy, [late 19th century?].
Paper, ink.
A large leaf with list of group members who gathered in the Modena synagogue. The group was founded in 1750 and resumed its activities in 1752, a day which was set as a day commemorating its re-unification. The list records 33 names, including the families Modona, Sangvinetti, Halevi, Korinaldi, Formizini, Nahmani, Hacohen, Latis, and more. Verses from Psalms 145 are written in the frame.
48X37 cm. Fair-good condition. Folding marks. Minor tears on folding marks. Spotting. Miniature holes on borders.

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Mizrah – Alsace, Late 19th Century

“Mizrah”, single leaf in lithographic printing, C. Burckardt succ. de F. C. Wentzel. Alsace, [late 19th century].
Architectural frame, illustrations in color within the frame depict biblical scenes: “Striking the Rock”, “Solomon’s Wisdom”, “Binding of Isaac”, “Jacob’s Blessings”, and more. On top appears an illustration of the Tablets of the Law and the Holy Ark.
Leaf ca. 29.5X39 cm. Mounted on cardboard. Good condition. Spotting. Minor creases and damages.

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Portraits of “Gedolei Israel” – Germany, 19th Century

berühmte männer in Israel [outstanding Jews]. Broadside, published by Israel Wiesen. Hamburg, 1870.
Portraits of forty three rabbis, public figures, intellectuals, physicians and scholars; most of them from Germany, Austria, Holland and France. Amongst them: Baron Rothschild, Aharon Jelinek, Isaac Mannheimer, Julius Fürst, Salomon Gotthold [Shlomo Zalman Halevi], Samuel David Luzzatto, Manuel Joel, Baruch Spinoza, Gabriel Riesser, and many others (the names in German appear below the portraits).
23X20 cm, pasted on cardboard, 28.5X23.5 cm. Fair-good condition. Spotting, creases and tears.

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Moses / Aaron the Priest – Two Lithographs – Breslau

Moses; Aaron, two lithographs. Druck der Graphisch. Kunstanstalten. Breslau, [late 19th-early 20th century]
1. Moses holding the Tablets of the Law, looking to the left. Illustration of a Torah Crown on upper right corner. Ca.31.5X42 cm. Good-fair condition. Creases and tears (a 9-cm. long tear).
2. Portrait of Aaron the Priest with a breastplate, looking to the right. Ca. 41X32 cm. Good-fair condition. Creases, spotting and tears.

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Sabbatai Zevi – Etching

Etching, portrait of Sabbatai Zevi. [Europe, 17/18th century].
The etching portrays a man’s bust, wearing a fez, his face bearded, in elegant attire with buttons. At the back, on the right, a crown is depicted and a sign inscribed (Hebrew) “Yoelu(?) Yehezkel Lo”. A printed inscription (Dutch) appears on the bottom “Sabetha Sebi Vermeynden Messias der Ioden” [Sabbatai Zevi Messiah of Jews].
29X18.5 cm. Good condition, spotting on lower part.

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Rabbi David Oppenheimer – Etching

Etching, portrait of Rabbi David ben Abraham Oppenheimer, created by Johann Balzer, after Johann Kleinhard. Bohemia, [1773].
Rabbi David ben Abraham Oppenheimer (Otzar HaRabanim 4696) born in Worms in 1664. Served as rabbi of Nikolsburg and chief rabbi of Moravia. Moved to Prague in 1702 where he served as chief rabbi. Passed away in 1736. His library, which included thousands of books and manuscripts, was acquired by the Bodleian Library.
17.5X11 cm. Good condition. Pasted on cardboard. Minor tear on upper margins. Minor spotting.

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Membership Certificate – Jewish Charity Organization – Cologne, 1918

“Hevra Smichat Dalim”, membership certificate. Lithographic printing, Ph. Amsel. Cologne, [1918]. German.
A printed membership certificate, issued on behalf of a Jewish charity organization in the city of Cologne (Israelitisch Religiöser Wohltätigkeitsverein). The name of certificate holder, date (August 1918) and signature of the chairman of the organization were added by hand.
A German text in the center. An illustrated frame: Star of David on top, on the bottom- illustrations of two synagogues in Cologne. On the margins a verse “Naton titen lo…”(Deuteronomy, 15,10), in Hebrew and in German.
Leaf, ca.14.5X22.5 cm, pasted on heavy paper (partly detached). Good condition. Minor damages.

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