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Auction 44 Lot Number 1

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Small Torah Scroll – With Unique Adorned Tagim – Eastern Europe, 18th Century

Small Torah scroll. [Eastern Europe, c. 18th century].
Ashkenazi handwriting, characteristic to Russia or Eastern-Europe, 18th century. Bereshit and Shemot have unique, elaborate crown-like adornments on the Tagim (serifs). This is a rare phenomenon, since halachic requirements forbid adding adornments and decorations to a Torah scroll, but these adornments were done in a permissible manner – they are an extension of the Tagim.
Height of parchment: 25 cm, Atzei Haim: 50 cm. Overall good-fair condition. Stains, repairs with parchment and repairs to the writing.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 2

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Esther Scroll with Adornments

Esther scroll. Ashkenazi Bet Yosef writing. [20th century].
HaMelech scroll [most columns begin with the word “HaMelech”]. With adornments at the top of the columns.
Height of parchment: 43.5 cm. 42 lines in each column. Fair condition, stains and creases. Tears [completed with glued parchment] on the last page. Housed in a case, with damages.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 3

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Miniature Esther Scroll – Carved Olivewood Case

Esther scroll, ink on thin parchment, Sephardic (Vellish) scribal writing. 14 lines. HaMelech scroll [most columns begin with the word “HaMelech”]. Rolled on a wooden pole with a carved olivewood case, with illustrations of holy sites, black inscriptions [Jerusalem, Western wall and Rachel's Tomb] and a colorful decorative frame. Jerusalem, 20th century.
Height of parchment: 5 cm. Maximum height including handles and carved case: approximately 22 cm. Good condition. break to upper handle.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 4

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Esther Scroll – 19th-20th Century

Esther Scroll, ink on parchment, fines scribal writing, "Beit Yossef" script, with some ornamentations. [19th-20th century].
In the words "Chor Karpas Utchelet" appears an odd "ח" (the legs of the letter "ח" are wide apart adorned on both its tips – an early custom according to Ashkenaz tradition, common in scribal script until the 17th century). At the end of the page "Ten sons of Haman" appears a drawing of a wine goblet [for the Mitzvah of the day to drink and celebrate] and an illustration of grapes appears at the end of the last word of the scroll.
Height of parchment ca. 41 cm. 40 lines. Good-fair condition, faded ink and damaged letters.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 5

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Oil Painting – A Jewish Figure with a Book

Oil painting, depicting a Jewish man, with an open book in front of him.
Oil on canvas. Unidentified artist.
37X53.5 cm. Tear, reinforced on back with a strip of fabric. Framed.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 6

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Oil Painting – Jewish Man with a Torah Scroll – Poland

Attractive oil painting, depicting a Jewish man wrapped in a Tallit standing in front of the Holy Ark, holding a Torah scroll wrapped in its mantle, with a Torah shield and finials.
Oil on canvas, mounted on plywood. Signed: Wladyslaw Wachowski [?], Lodz.
28.5X40.5 cm. Cut piece on upper part. Placed in an attractive frame.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 7

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Painting by the Kabbalist Rabbi Yehuda Patilon – “The Holy Artist”

Oil-painting by the Kabbalist Rabbi Yehuda Leon Patilon.
Oil on canvas, signed: Patilon.
Seen in the painting is a religious Jewish man standing in an alley on the background of a high mountain.
Kabbalist Yehuda Leon Patilon (died Cheshvan 1975) was known as a wonder-worker, knowledgeable about Olam HaNeshamot and gilgulim. He earned his livelihood as an artist and was called the "Holy Artist". Rabbi Yehuda Patilon belonged to a kabbalistic group who clandestinely studied together and were named after their professions: “The Shoemaker” – Rabbi Moshe Ya'akov Ravikov, “the Milkman” – Rabbi Chaim Ezra Cohen, "the Floorlayer" – Rabbi Avraham Fish and "the Street Cleaner" – Rabbi Yosef Waltoch.
35X45.5 cm. Minor damages. Framed.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 8

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Four Handwritten Leaves of Prayers – Calligraphic Art – Germany, Mid-19th Century

Four handwritten leaves of prayers, made with impressive calligraphic art, by Zenvil Wolf Katz Wertheimer "Scribe in Bodersweier" (Germany), [1847]-1848. Hebrew, Yiddish (Tzena U'Rena letters) and German.
Brown ink on thick paper. Each leaf is written on both sides within a frame. • Leaf, "Seder Tashlich according to Ha'Ari", with the version of Eruv Tavshilin. Written in 1847 (German colophon on leaf margins). • Leaf, Seder Tashlich, written in 1848. Dedication [in Yiddish and German] to Ms. Esther Roos from the city of Lichtenau (See enclosed material). • Leaf, with a plea to recite at the time the Sefer Torah is removed from the ark (begins with "Open the gates of mercy", Hebrew and Yiddish). German dedication to Ms. Roos. • Leaf, with the Seder of the 13 Midot, verses to recite before Selichot and the Piyut "Ata Hu Elokeinu BaShamayim U'va'aretz" (you are our lord in heaven and on earth).
Seder Tashlich includes an unknown prayer. "It shall be your will…that you shall remember the love of Avraham and the Akeida of Yitzchak… they passed in the river to fulfill your commandment…" [This prayer was printed in the Kehillat Shlomo siddur by R. Shlomo Zalman Londan].
4 leaves, 19-20 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, faded ink in several places, wear and tears around the edges.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 9

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Mishe’Nichnas Adar Marbin B’Simcha – Lithograph – Satmar

Mishe'Nichnas Adar Marbin B'Simcha – A leaf in lithographic printing. Satmar, [C. 1940-1944].
Lithograph printed in blue ink. Illustration of fish in the center, with the inscription "Adar – mazal dagim", frame adorned with floral and geometric patterns, and with Magen-David symbols.
This leaf was printed in Hitler street (Hitler Utca) No. 6.
31X42 cm. Good condition. Several tears on margins.
The custom to hang such illustrated leaves on the synagogue wall from the beginning of the month of Adar was prevalent in Romania, Hungary and the surrounding region.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 10

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Collection of Photographs of the Family of the Author of “Leshem Shvo Ve’Achlama”

A collection of family photographs of the family of the young daughter of the renowned Kabbalist Rabbi Shlomo Elyashiv, author of “Leshem Shvo Ve'Achlama”.
• Photograph of Rabbi Shalom Krominsky, Šiauliai, Lithuania, [c. 1910]. • Photograph of Rabbi Shalom Krominsky, his wife the Rebbetzin Sarah Leah [daughter of the author of “The Leshem”] and their four daughters. [Šiauliai?, c. 1920]. • Photograph of the Rebbetzin Sarah Leah with her four daughters. Šiauliai, [c. 1900]. • Printed leaf in memory of the author of The Leshem. Jerusalem, 1926. On the leaf and behind the frame are various inscriptions of family Jahrzeits, [the Rebbetzin - the Leshem's wife who died on the 25 th of Nissan, and other Jahrzeit dates] - in the handwriting of one of Rabbi Shalom Krominsky's daughters.
Rabbi Shalom Zvi Krominsky (1884-1935), a great Torah-scholar, was the son-in-law of the holy Kabbalist Rabbi Shlomo Elyashiv of Šiauliai, author of Leshem Shvo Ve'Achlama. Served in the rabbinate of Vaiguva, Lithuania and later settled in nearby Šiauliai. In 1933, he moved to Palestine and served as a kashrut supervisor in a slaughterhouse in Haifa. His wife, the Rebbetzin Sarah Leah was the youngest daughter of the Leshem and was the aunt of Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv (his mother's sister) [who moved to Jerusalem in the autumn of 1923 together with his parents and grandfather, the author of the Leshem].
4 items, in old frames, varied size and condition.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 11

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Photograph of the Study Hall of Telz Yeshiva – 1914

Photograph of yeshiva students studying in the Bet Midrash of the Telz Yeshiva in Lithuania. [1914].
On the reverse side of the photograph is a postcard with a postage stamp and a stamp from the city of Telz in 1914 sent to the city of Rietavas with a letter in Yiddish from a yeshiva student to his parents. He writes them that he is well and that he can be seen in the photograph.
Postcard 9X14 cm. Good-fair condition, wear and stains.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 12

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Melechet Machshevet – Venice, 1710 – Attractive Copy with Illustrated Title Page and Author’s Portrait

Melechet Machshevet, philosophical study on the five books of the Torah, by Rabbi Moshe Chefetz. Venice, [1710]. Bragadin printing.
Impressive complete copy containing a detailed copper engraving frontispiece, a leaf with the portrait of the author and a leaf with geometric sketches. Another sketch on Leaf 57.
Rabbi Moshe Chefetz (1664-1712, Otzar HaRabbanim 14709), an Italian Rabbi, researchers and philosopher.
His age at the time of printing is written in a colophon under his portrait, “ben me’ah shana” (literally 100 years old) the gematriya value of me’ah being 46. Many misunderstood that this was a gematriya and thought that he was 100 years old at the time he wrote the book.
[8], 98 leaves + three illustration plates. 29 cm. Good condition, high-quality paper, stains and moisture marks. Light worm marks to few leaves. Restoration on the bottom of the illustrated title page. New binding.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 13

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Sefer Evronot – Offenbach, 1722

Sefer Evronot, Astronomy and New Moons, by Rabbi Eliezer Belin Ashkenazi, including Noten Yeshuah Pamphlet, by Rabbi Meir son of Rabbi Natan Yehoshua. Offenbach, [1722]. Illustrated title page [an illustration of the solar system and zodiac signs on top]. With illustrations and charts for calculation of new moons and seasons, and many tables. [2], 40 leaves. 19 cm. Good-fair condition, stains, wear and mildew marks. Tears and worm damage professionally restored (damage to text in one place, restored by completion). Stamps. Worn and damaged binding.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 14

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Igeret Orchot Olam – First Book in Hebrew Containing a Description of America – Prague, 1793 – With Illustrations

Igeret Orchot Olam, by Abraham ben Mordechai Farissol. With the compositions: Igeret Teiman, called Petach Tikva, by Rabbi Moshe ben Maimon; Yesod Moreh V'sod Torah, by Avraham Ebn Ezra. Prague, 1793. Published by Rabbi Yisrael Landau, son of the Nodah B'Yehuda.
Igeret Orchot Olam is the first Hebrew composition written about the discovery of the "New World". The first part gives a general description of Earth, its division into climate zones, continents and countries. The second part focuses on discoveries by Spanish and Portuguese explorers, and describes in detail how Vasco de Gama traveled to India via the Cape of Good Hope. One chapter is dedicated to America and describes the country and its inhabitants. This is the first Hebrew composition with a description of America.
The book is accompanied by three impressive copper-etching illustrations, by the artist Anton Balzer [from
the same city and time as the publisher], and by comments and additions of Rabbi Yisrael Landau and other sages.
Ancient ownership inscriptions.
[8], 96, [2] leaves. 18 cm. Good condition, stains. Tear to one leaf. Ancient binding, with damages.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 15

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Adorned Vellum Ketubah – Rome, 1788

Large attractive vellum ketubah, recording the marriage of the groom Yedidya son of the honored elder Yehuda of Siena, with the bride Bayla Fiyori daughter of the honored Ya'akov of Tivoli. Rome, March 19, 1788.
Witnesses' signatures: Rabbi Shmuel Yehuda ben R' Gavriel of Castro and Rabbi Aharon ben R' Chananya of Porto.
Square frame ornamented with floral patterns, decorated with ribbons and birds. Flanked by a pair of large jugs, from which flowering bushes are growing. Two Biblical scenes are drawn on the upper corners: On the right, Moses (standing next to another figure, apparently Aharon) striking the rock from which water is gushing. On the left (blurred and damaged) is another scene linked to the exodus from Egypt (apparently, Moses splitting the Red Sea). We are not familiar with these scenes from other Ketubot from Rome or from any other place in Italy from this time.
On the lower margins is a vase with flowers flanked by a pair of flamingoes. At the bottom of the Ketubah is a pair of cornucopia under an altar upon which a fire is burning (perhaps the "Altar of Love" which appears in other ketubot drawn in Rome. Drawn on the altar is a pair of tiny figures standing next to an unidentified monument, one figure holding a stick).
51X86 cm. Overall good condition. Damages (creases, holes and moisture damages) to upper part. The left drawing is damaged. The upper left corner is missing. The text is slightly faded. Framed.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 16

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Ketubah and Decorated Marriage Contract – Mashhad, 1874

Ketubah and marriage contract recording the marriage of the groom Binyamin ben Shemtov with the bride Shoshana bat Yosef. Mashhad (Iran), Elul 1874.
Handsome ketubah, adorned in simple patterns of blue, orange, purple and green. Marriage contract, similarly adorned.
These two documents reflect the custom of Mashhad anusim, who married according to Jewish law with a Hebrew ketubah with signatures of witnesses and of family members (according to their custom), while simultaneously drawing up a Muslim marriage contract (in Persian). Added to the margins of the contract in Persian are many Persian and Hebrew signatures.
The Hebrew document: 35X64 cm. Composed of two separate paper sheets. Overall good condition. Folding marks. Minor tears (minor damages to text), creases and stains. The Persian document: 35X64 cm. Composed of two separate paper sheets. Fair condition. Coarse tears with damage to text. Folding marks, creases and stains.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 17

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Pamphlet – an Illustrated Ketubah – Mashhad, 1898

Illustrated ketubah, in pamphlet form, for the marriage of Mashhad Anusim: The groom Elisha ben Malik Elisha with the bride Jan Jan Khanum. Mashhad, [1897-1898]. Persian.
Eight page pamphlet, with margins adorned with plant patterns in silver, green, red and purple colors. Signatures and several Hebrew inscriptions on leaf margins.
[8] pages, 22 cm. Fair-good condition. Creases and stains. Tears and folding marks. Moisture damages. Delicate sheets of papers separate the pamphlet leaves.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 18

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Large Colorful Illustrated Ketubah – Jerusalem, 1882 – Signatures of Jerusalem Rabbis

Illustrated colorful ketubah, recording the marriage of the bridegroom Yechiel ben R' David Chefetz with the bride Cheftziba bat R' Eliyahu Ye'oshua Ba'ivaga. Jerusalem, 10th of Adar 1882.
The ketubah is written in a handsome Oriental writing. With witnesses' signatures of two Jerusalem rabbis: Rabbi Meir Refael Fanijal [HaMarpeh, the Rishon L'Zion in Jerusalem] and Rabbi Yosef Y'oshua Karyo [Ra'avd of Jerusalem author of Bnei Yosef]. In the center is the signature of the groom R' Yechiel Chefetz.
Ketubah illustrated and adorned with colorful ink, in the style of "The Jerusalem Ketubah". Fashioned into two frames culminating in a purple pattern framing a stylish flower at the top. Upper margins are adorned with roses and green vegetation. Written in the bottom frame is the text of the ketubah and in the upper frame are three vases with roses and vegetation with stars in between. Some of the adornments are in golden ink.
The Chefetz family members were the forerunners of immigrants from Bukhara to Eretz Israel and founded the Bukharim Neighborhood in Jerusalem. The father, Rabbi David Chefetz (died in 1898) was Rabbi of the city of Kokand in Bukhara and a wealthy individual and left his city in 1871 to immigrate with his family to Jerusalem. When he arrived in Jerusalem, he printed a book titled Birkat HaIlanot. His sons are mentioned on the title page: Yisrael, Yechiel [the groom of this ketubah] and Emanuel Zion. In his introduction he wrote: "I am the first from Bukhara to dwell in the Holy Land with my family" (he later published more books). Later, Yechiel Chefetz became an influential community leader of the Bukhara community.
54X75 cm. Fair condition. Stains and moisture damages, folding marks and tears.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 19

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Printed Ketubah – Jerusalem, 1904

Ketubah recording the marriage of the groom Yedidya ben Levi HaCohen Simchayoff with the bride Bruria bat Refael Yitzchak Sidoff. Jerusalem, 1904.
Ketubah printed in purple ink, adorned with illustrations of the Holy Sites. At the top is the stamp of "Kollelot Va'ad HaSephardim" in Jerusalem, in a round frame with "Keter Shem Tov" and a pair of lions. Printed by Avraham Moshe Luntz.
Completed by hand, in Oriental writing. Signatures of witnesses in the margins: Rabbi Chaim ebn Wallid and Rabbi Avraham Azriel. The groom's signature is in the center.
Printed Ketubah, 47X58 cm. Fair-good condition. Folding marks, tears to folds and worn edges.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 20

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Notebook – Copies of Ketubot of the Jerusalem Beit Din, 1910-1911

Printed notebook, with stubs of Ketubot, contains over 150 copies of marriage Ketubot, completed by hand with names of brides and grooms, 1910-1911.
Many copies have Beit Din stamps and the signature of the dayanim's scribe Rabbi "Chaim Mendel S.D.D." [Rabbi Chaim Mendel Sherlin-Safra, author of Lechem She'arim on Tractate Kallah Rabati and of the book Imrei Shefer. He served as scribe of the dayanim in the Jerusalem Ashkenazi Beit Din for decades]. Many names of brides and grooms which appear in the notebook belong to known Jerusalem figures and the city's builders. Following are a few of them: the marriage of the groom Baruch ben Yitzchak Isaac Ben-Tovim with Chana bat Rabbi Ya'akov Rabinowitz [no. 73]; the marriage of the Kabbalist Rabbi Aharon Shlomo ben R' Katriel [Author of To'ameha Chaim Zachu], who remarried Sheina Gittel bat R' Shmuel sister of Rabbi Netanel HaSofer [no. 31]; marriages of the members of veteran Jerusalem families (Solomon, Rivlin, Levi, Weisfish, etc.).
A rare and valuable document of the history of the Jewish yishuv of Jerusalem, at the end of the Ottoman rule. Many of the people whose names appear in the notebook died during World War I, during which more than one third of the Jewish yishuv in Jerusalem perished by hunger, plagues and while serving in the Turkish armed forces.
Approximately 170 leaves, 30-40 cm. Among them are approximately 157 leaves completed by hand. Some leaves were printed with gold ink (or a gold and black combination). Fair condition, tears to bottom margins of approximately the 100 first leaves. Stains, wear and tears.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 21

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Handwritten Large Wall Calendar – India, 1871

Handwritten leaf – Wall calendar for 1871. India [1871].
Wall calendar designed for hanging in the synagogue. Bottom half is missing. A list of dates is situated at the top of the leaf, many of them distinctive for Jewish history in India: "1,804 years since the destruction of the second temple and the arrival of Jews to the city of Kodungallur", "1,027 [years] since the giving of the copper shield to the people of Pantnagar", "364 [years] since the arrival of Portugal in Cochin", etc.
Height: 30 cm. Width: 48 cm. Fair condition. Stains. Tears, professionally restored damages.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 22

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Yiddish Leaf of Oath – Prague, 18th Century

Printed leaf, "Shevua MeCapital". [Prague, 18th century].
Printed on both sides of the leaf, square letters with vowels. Contains a long version of oath in a Beit Din, with a declaration of the value of the assets possessed by the person taking the oath [for the purpose of determining his obligation of community
taxes, according to the regulations of the Nodah B’Yehuda]. The city of Prague and the Beit Din are mentioned on the second page. Contains another version for women.
Leaf, [2] pages. 36 cm. Good-fair condition. Wear and tears to margins. Folding marks.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 23

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Collection of Printed Items – Synagogues / Congregation Regulations – Germany

Collection of printed items from Germany: • Seating place card for synagogue, for two days of Rosh Hashannah and Kol Nidre. (seat number 217). German. • Synagoge Basel – Yom Kippur 1917. Printed card in Hebrew and German, with synagogue schedule. • Printed card filled in handwriting - prayer times in minyan of mourners, by synagogue in Schoneberg (Berlin). • Printed leaf, “Sinai – Lehrgange“. Agudat Yisrael in Berlin. • Verein für die Juden Interessen Rheinland ,Köln [organization for Jewish interests, Rheine region, Cologne]. Shabbat and holiday candle lighting times for 1922. • Invitation to meeting and lecture on Eretz Israel, by Talmud Torah organization. Koln, Germany. • Neue Statuten fur die Judische Gemeinde zu Strelitz, booklet of regulations for the Jewish community. Neustrelitz, 1868. • Satzungen fur die israelitische Kultus-Gemeinde zu Bamberg, pamphlet of community regulations Bamberg, 1910. Regulations for women’s organization. Grunstadt, 1896. • Additional leaves.
14 items, various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 24

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Letters – Heter Meah Rabbanim

Printed letters sent by post for joining the “Heter Meah Rabbanim” [permission by one hundred rabbis]
• Letter by Rabbi Chaim Galeranter Av Bet Din of Kuty (Kitev) and its region and his Bet Din with a long halachic responsum. Kuty, 1902.
2 leaves. 3 printed pages. 30 cm. Fair condition, minor tears.
• Letter by Rabbi Ya'akov Aryeh Rabbi in Piotrków and other rabbis of his Bet Din. With letters of Rabbi Meir Dan Refael [Plotzky] and Rabbi Meir HaCohen. Piotrków, Tamuz 1923.
Leaf 33.5 cm. Good condition. Creases. Corrections, words and letters added by hand.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 25

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Two Unknown Proclamations on the Printing of the Talmud – Printing Presses in Zhitomir and in Vilna

• Chatimat HaTalmud – Printed proclamation by the "Widow and the Brothers Romm". Vilnius, 1886. The Vilnius printers announce the printing of the last volume of the Talmud (Tractate Nidah and Seder Taharot) and the completion of the entire “Shas Vilna”, with details of the advantages of the edition and the price rates.
• Davar El HaKonim" – Printed leaf by the Zhitomir printers [the Shapira brothers]. Zhitomir, [1862]. The Zhitomir printers recount the travails of printing and apologize that the edition will not be completed at the date fixed in advance, and they request the buyers to pay quickly so they can complete the printing. (On the reverse side are some handwritten Torah novellae). Evidently, this leaf was attached to one of the volumes of the edition.
The two leaves are bibliographically unknown.
The Zhitomir proclamation is printed on yellow paper, and the proclamation from Vilnius is printed on a very thin paper. 30-40 cm. Fair-poor condition. Coarse tears (with minor damage caused to the text), creases and stains.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 26

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Leaf Printed on the Occasion of the Siyum HaShas (Completing the Study of the Whole Talmud) – Kishinev, 1921

"Expressing our blessing in honor of R. Shmuel Lipson in honor of his completion of the Shas on Isru Chag Pesach 1921 Bilcze". Printed by M. Blank, Kishinev, [1921].
Leaf printed with gilt ink on thick paper with decorative frame. At the center of the leaf is a poem of blessing, with an acrostic with the name of the honoree [Rabbi Shmuel Lipson of Bilcze in Bessarabia – See enclosed material]. On the bottom appears a list of names (the writers of the blessing).
Leaf, 37.5 cm. Good condition, few stains.
Bibliographically unknown.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 27

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Three Printed Proclamations – Chernivtsi, 1935-1936

Three printed proclamations from the city of Chernivtsi.
• "Protest – of the Bet Din and community heads here in Chernivtsi" – a protest proclamation and rabbis' letters "on the scandal…that the heads of the community wish to appoint people as Shochtim and Bodkim …who slaughtered in spite of the rabbi's prohibitions…and fed Nevelot and Treifot to thousands of Jews…". Chernivtsi, Adar 1936.
• Protest – a printed leaf in Yiddish, by "the G-d fearing Ba'alei Batim here in Chernivtsi". On the reverse side are rabbis' letters: "Of the great scandal taking place…by the prohibited Shochtim…". [Chernivtsi, 1936].
• "The society 'Linat HaTzedek' – Chernivtsi", a printed proclamation by Rabbi Daniel Sternfeld – a call to support the Linat HaTzedek Society which undertook to visit the ill and supervise their state of health, with rabbis' recommendations. Chernivtsi, 1935. Yiddish and Hebrew.
3 proclamations, varied size, good condition.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 28

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Collection of Proclamations Regarding Public Matters

Collection of printed proclamations and notices regarding public matters and religious reinforcement.
For a complete list, please see the Hebrew description.
7 items, varied size and condition.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 29

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Two Elaborate Shana Tova Leaves – Lithographs Illustrated in Gold Ink – Jerusalem, 1885 – Sent to the Secretary of Montefiore

Leshana Tova Yikatev Veyechatem – two copies of an elegant lithograph in gold ink. Jerusalem, [1880s]. Printed by Avraham Mose Luntz.
In the center appear medallions containing illustrations of holy sites and institutions in Eretz Israel, arranged in the shape of a rose: Rachel’s Tomb, Cave of Machpelah, tomb of Shmuel the Prophet, tombs of kings of the House of David, Tiferet Yisrael synagogue, synagogue and hall of Torah study at the tomb of Rabbi Meir Ba’al Haness, new synagogue constructed upon the ruins of the synagogue of Rabbi Yehudah Hachassid, Sephardic synagogue from period of Rabbi Yochanan Ben Zakai.
At the top of the leaf is a space to be filled in handwriting, and in the center of the leaf - greetings for good year and a space for signature.
The leaves were sent [individually], in 1885, to the assistant and secretary of Moses Montefiore, Dr. Eliezer Halevi, by two residents of Jerusalem (completed in handwriting on leaf): Rabbi Yehudah Leibish Berenstein [Rabbi in Jerusalem, son-in-law of Rabbi Yitzchak David Biederman, among the founders and first Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Chayei Olam], and Rabbi Yisachar Levinson Pinsker [author of Mazkeret Moshe written in honor of Montefiore. Jerusalem, 1885].
Each of the two added a lengthy handwritten letter, on the blank side of the page, in which they request financial assistance for their families [at the head of Levinson’s letter, lamentation on Montefiore, who passed away that year].
Two copies of [1] leaf folded into two. 25 cm. General condition - fair, dry and brittle paper. Wear and tears. One leaf is separated into two at the fold. On the second leaf – a detached snippet on left margin.
This leaf is not listed by S. HaLevi or in the Bibliography Institute.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 30

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Two Printed Letters by Jerusalem Institutes, 1886 – Bibliographically Unknown

Printed letter by Jerusalem institutes, Erev Rosh Hashana 1886, with stamps and signatures:
• Kol M'Hechal – Letter before Rosh Hashana with a request from philanthropists "in the name of 87 students, Sephardim, Ma'arabim, Yemenites most of whom are orphans and children from needy homes". Beit Midrash Doresh Zion. A letter from the "head of the Mashgichim" Rabbi Yitzchak of Prague and letters of recommendation from "Famous rabbis of our generation", with a stamp of the institution (an illustration of the Western Wall). [Jerusalem, 1886].
• "The generous donors of the nation of the G-d of Avraham! - Sehr geehrter Herr!" – letter printed in Hebrew and German, attached to the calendar of the year 5646 (1886). Stamp of the Etz Chaim Talmud Torah and Yeshiva, stamp designed as the signature of the head of the yeshiva Rabbi "Moshe Nechemya Cohanav", and signatures of the gaba'im Rabbi "Zalman Chaim Rivlin" and Rabbi "Natan Greengart".
2 leaves, c. 28 cm. Varied condition, good to fair.
These leaves are bibliographically unknown and are not listed by S. HaLevi.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 31

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Memorial Prayer for the Russian Emperor Alexander III, 1894

"Memorial by the Jewish community living in Jerusalem… for the soul of the most powerful king Alexander son of Alexander III, Russian Emperor in the Great Synagogue Beit Ya'akov in Jerusalem". Without name of printer, [Jerusalem], 1894.
The leaf was printed soon after the death of the Russian Emperor Alexander Alexandrovich Romanov, known as "Alexander III the peacemaker".
[1] leaf folded in two (one printed page), 29 cm. Good condition. Folding marks and creases.
Bibliographically unknown.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 32

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Prayer Leaf in Honor of the Turkish Sultan Abdul Hamid II

Single leaf, "The prayers held every day… on behalf of the Rabbi of the Ashkenazi community Rabbi Shmuel Salant". Without name of printer [Jerusalem, 1898?].
Prayer in honor of "The Sultan Abdul Hamid here, his glory and kingdom shall rise…send you angel before our kingdom's army who fight their enemies out of love for their native country, subjugate their enemies under the Sultan's feet…". Printed in green ink, in a decorative frame. The date is according to the record of the Bibliography Institute, but it may have been printed several years previously and it refers to battles led by the Sultan against the Armenian people.
[1] leaf, 32 cm. Good condition. Creases, Folding marks. Few stains. Minor tear.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 33

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Collection of “Chassidut” Proclamations – Jerusalem

Collection of printed proclamations and notices, Jerusalem, c. 1930-1944.
For a complete list, please see the Hebrew description.
13 items, varied size and condition.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 34

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Huge Collection of Proclamations and Printed Paper Items – Charedi Jewry

Huge collection of proclamations, wall notices (pashkevilim), brochures and printed items. Jerusalem, 1940s, 50s and 60s.
Very varied collection composed of wall notices, brochures, protest and polemic proclamations, of the various struggles Charedi Jews led at the time of the establishment of the State of Israel and during the following years. Amongst them: struggles against the National Committee and the Zionist movement, protests against the Mizrachi movement and its leaders, internal Charedi skirmishes and religious struggles [Shabbat desecration by the Egged company, autopsies, the attitude towards Yemenite Jews in the immigrant camps, mixed swimming pools in Ramat Gan and in Jerusalem, Eden and Edison cinema houses, conscription of women to the IDF, etc.]; proclamations on kashrut issues, educational institutes, modesty, secular studies, participation in election, struggle of shechita in Jerusalem and other topics; notices for various events, gatherings and eulogies, sermons and celebrations.
Over 460 items. Varied size and condition.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 35

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Large Collection of Proclamations and Pashkevilim (Wall Notices) – Neturei Karta in Jerusalem – Establishment of the State of Israel

Large collection of proclamations and pashkevilim, by the Neturei Karta of the Edah HaCharedit in Jerusalem, most from 1939-1948.
Approximately 100 items. An important collection, reflecting upon the struggle of the Neturei Karta against the Zionist movement and its supporters, during the last stages of the establishment of the State of Israel.
Approximately 100 paper items, varied size and condition.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 36

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Collection of Proclamations – Charedi Jewry at Time of the Establishment of the State of Israel

Collection of proclamations composed by Charedi Jerusalem circles, at the time of the establishment of the State of Israel: A call for peace with the Arabs, protest against the establishment of the State of Israel, etc.
Interesting varied collection. Among the proclamations: • Stalingrad – The Zionist leaders are planning to make Jerusalem into a second Stalingrad…", a proclamation for the time of a temporary truce during the Israel War of Independence, calling to "Announce peace and relinquish the State". • Another note, apparently from the same times, "We are for peace…". • "Sha'alu Shelom Yerushalayim" – call for announcing Jerusalem as a "Quiet City" (neutral), by the "Vaadat HaMatzav of the Edah HaCharedit". Proclamations regarding the recruitment of yeshiva students to the Haganah and to the IDF, including an "Open Response" – a proclamation with the truthful opinion of Rabbi Kook concerning the recruitment of yeshiva students [opposing the opinion of his son, Rabbi Zvi Yehuda]. • Petition form [with empty space for signatures] protesting the "Government of Heretics" and "their chutzpah to call the country by the name of the State of Israel…". Jerusalem, Elul 1948; etc.
21 paper items, varied size and condition.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 37

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Rabbi Kook – Collection of Proclamations and Notices

Large collection of proclamations and notices of various topics connected to Rabbi Kook. Notices regarding Kashrut, education, Eretz Israel, etc. on behalf of Rabbi Kook. Notices of his death, eulogies and Azkarot in his memory, etc.
34 printed paper items. Varied size, overall good condition. Tears on several leaves.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 38

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Rabbi Kook – Collection of Proclamations and Notices

Collections of printed proclamations and paper items – Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook. For a complete list, please see the Hebrew description. 10 items. Varied size and condition.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 39

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Two Printed Derisive Pamphlets against Rabbi Kook – Jaffa and Jerusalem, 1920-1922

Two printed derisive pamphlets, by Jerusalem zealot circles, against Rabbi Kook.
• Kol Koreh MeHeichal, "A notice and a revoking of the rabbinical position of Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook". Published by The Holy Association of the City of Jerusalem. Jerusalem, [1920]. Protesting the appointment of Rabbi Kook as Rabbi of Jerusalem. Also includes: "Open protest", with 31 signatures and a copy of a letter sent by the Jerusalem rabbis to Rabbi Kook and a copy of a letter of protest to the managers of the Etz Chaim Yeshiva.
[4] pages. 32 cm. Fair condition, tears and folding marks.
• “Purim-Rabbi and Shiff-Rabbi of the Holy City of Jerusalem and its region and the Holy City of Jaffa and its region. [Jaffa, 1922]. Humorous booklet for Purim, ridiculing the institutions of the new settlement. The nickname “Purim Rabbi” at the beginning of the booklet alludes to Rabbi Kook and it contains more words of opposition. 22 pages [one leaf at the end is missing].
23 cm. Fair condition, stains, restored tears. New binding.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 40

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Collection of Books Printed in Jerusalem

Varied collection of important books printed in Jerusalem in the 19th Century (1843-1886.)
For a complete list, please see the Hebrew description.
12 books in 11 volumes, varied size and condition.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 41

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Sefer HaZohar, Jerusalem, 1844 – Complete Set – Signatures

Zohar on the Torah, by the Tanna Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. Part 1, Bereshit. Jerusalem, [1844]. Part 2, Shemot. Jerusalem, [1845]. Parts 3-4, Vayikra, Bamidbar-Devarim. Jerusalem, (1846). Five title pages. Illustration of the Western Wall and Jerusalem upon four title pages.
Three volumes with signatures and ownership inscriptions of Rabbi Mordechai Magid ben Rabbi Avraham, and of his son Rabbi Aryeh Zvi ben Rabbi Mordechai.
3 volumes, complete set – [6], 252, 2-19 leaves; 279 leaves; 115; [1], 117-318 leaves. Approximately 20 cm. High-quality paper. Overall good condition, worm damage and wear (restored) to several leaves, wear damages to margins of last leaves of Volume 3. Renewed bindings, with parts of the original leather bindings, with embossed adornments.
S. HaLevi, no. 22, 27, 35. Printed on the title page of Part 3 is a gematriya of the year 1844, but on the colophon, in the "Proofreader's apology" at the end of the book, the gematriya matches the year 1846.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 42

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Tikunei Zohar – Jerusalem, 1844

Tikunei Zohar, with glosses and commentaries. Jerusalem, 1844. Printing press of Masat Moshe and Yehudit, printed by Israel ben Avraham [Back].
Two title pages. The second title page includes details, with a wood-engraving illustration of Jerusalem in the center. A prayer by Rabbi Shalom Sharabi was added at the end.
[3], 164, [1] leaf. 20.5 cm. Good condition, high-quality paper, stains, worm marks. Original semi-leather cover, with damages.
One of the first books printed in Jerusalem. S. HaLevi, No. 26.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 43

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Idra Zuta – Jerusalem, 1885 – Elaborate Miniature

Seder Idra Zuta, for Lel Hoshana Raba and for Lel Lag Ba'Omer Hillula of Rashbi. Jerusalem, [1885].
Miniature edition.
On Leaves [2-3] is an approbation (Empfehlung) in German by Jerusalem rabbis Rabbi Refael Meir Panigel and Rabbi Ya'akov Shaul Elyashar, to Rabbi Yitzchak Badahav who printed the book.
[3], 2-104 leaves. 7 cm. Very-good condition. The title page is pasted to the empty page on the back of leaf [2]. Gilt edges. Elaborate leather binding adorned with gold embossments, very-good condition.
S. HaLevi, no. 491.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 44

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Collection of Books Concerning the Shemita Year and the Controversy Over the Heter Mechira

A collection of rare books and pamphlets concerning the shemita year.
For a complete list, please see the Hebrew description.
5 pamphlets. Varied size and condition. 4 of the items include bindings.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 45

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Collection of Books from Eretz Israel – Institutes, Polemic and Research

Varied collection of Eretz-Israeli books, including books of institutes and polemic books, 1883-1920.
For a complete list, please see the Hebrew description.
13 books and booklets in 9 volumes. Varied size and condition.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 46

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Five Printed Booklets – Jerusalem Associations – Signatures

• Society for Extending the Settlement of Knesset Yisrael", printed booklet, membership certificate with the regulations of the society "Established to build housing with convenient payments". Jerusalem, 1891. Two copies, one completed by hand for the member "R' Eliyahu Honig", and the second for the member "R' Yeshaya ben Rabbi Yeshaya of Mezritch". At the end of the notebooks are signatures of the gaba'im Rabbi Yosef Rivlin and Rabbi Nissim Elyashar.
• "Copy of the large notebook, of Linat Tzedek and Bikur Cholim", a printed booklet, regulations of the society established "by the Chassidim of the Beit Midrash Ohel Yitzchak affiliated with Kollel Ungarin". Jerusalem, [1897]. Two copies. At the end of one copy are signatures and stamps of the society members.
• Regulations of the committee of the Jerusalem Ashkenazi community. Ha'Ivri printing press, [Jerusalem, 1920s?]. (Unopened at printing). Not recorded in the Bibliography Institute.
5 printed notebooks, varied size and condition.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 47

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Book of Regulations of the Sha’arei Chesed Society – Jerusalem, 1909 – Handwriting and Signatures of Jerusalem Rabbis

The Sha'arei Chesed society for construction of houses in Jerusalem. Printed booklet, with the society's objectives and regulations. Jerusalem, 1909. [Levy&Partners printing press].
This booklet was published in honor of the construction of the Sha'arei Chesed neighborhood that same year. A printed "membership certificate" of the member R. Mordechai Tzvebner filled in by hand appears on the last leaf, after a list of the objectives and regulations of the society. The certificate is signed by the Gabai and managers of the society including leading Jerusalem rabbis: the signature of Rabbi Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld, signatures of Rabbi Eliyahu Romm, Rabbi Aryeh Leib Bahararad, Rabbi Avraham Aharon HaLevi Prague, Rabbi Yechiel Michel Tikochinsky, etc.
On the following leaves are [5] handwritten pages with signatures of rabbis and Gaba'im (those mentioned above and more), promissory notes and agreements concerning a plot in the neighborhood, transferring ownership from Rabbi M. Tzvebner to Rabbi Meir Adler and from the orphans of R. Meir Adler to the ownership of a third party (from 1909-1922).
3-12, [1] (missing title page) + [5] handwritten pages. 21 cm. Good condition, stains and wear. Worn detached cardboard binding.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 48

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Shivrei Luchot, by Rabbi Menachem Azarya (the Rama) of Pano – Safed, 1864 – Signatures of Rabbi Ezra Yosef Shayo, a Rabbi in Aleppo

Shivrei Luchot composition, by Rabbi Menachem Azarya (the Rama) of Pano. With: the ruling "Yemin Hashem Romema" by the Rama of Pano, and homiletic by Rabbi Shlomo Alkabetz. Safed, 1864. First edition.
Shivrei Luchot is the tenth composition of the Rama's work “Asara Ma'amarot” [in the book “Asara Ma'amarot” (Venice 1597) only three compositions were printed. Other compositions were printed separately at various times]. This composition was first printed from "a very old manuscript" owned by Rabbi Shmuel Heller Rabbi of Safed who published the book.
An introduction by Rabbi Shmuel Heller appears before the ruling “Yemin Hashem Romema”. On the last page: “From the manuscript of the Maharchu [Rabbi Chaim Vital]… and this is what it says: I found a manuscript by my Teacher [Rabbi Yitchak Luria]…”.
On the title page are signatures: “Ezra Yosef Abadi called Shayo” Rabbi Ezra Yosef Abadi Shayo (1870-1939), a leading dayan and rabbi in Aleppo (Halab). On his tombstone is the inscription: “All his days he studied Torah and produced novellae on the Talmud and Poskim according to Pardess (Pshat, Drash, Remez and Sod) with deep wisdom and straight logic, he studied and taught…many disciples who later became Torah authorities and dayanim…”
[1], 21 leaves. 18 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear, pencil inscriptions. Damages to binding.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 49

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Vayikra with the Chida’s Commentary – R. Yisrael Back’s Printing Press – Safed, 1833

Vayikra, Third of the Five Books of the Torah, with Haftarot, Rashi commentary, Ba'al HaTurim and Siftei Chachamim, and with the Chida's commentary “Nachal Kedumim” on the Torah and “Nachal Sorek” on the haftarot. Safed, [1833]. Printed by Rabbi Yisrael Back of Berdychiv.
Some of the words on the title page are printed in red ink. This copy is missing "Shir HaShirim".
This is the second or third book printed by Rabbi Yisrael Back in Safed. The other volumes of this chumash are unknown, and possibly only the volume of Vayikra was printed. Simultaneously, Back printed another edition without the Chida's commentary. [About this edition see: M. Benayahu, ”Bet Defuso shel R. Yisrael Back Be'Tzfat”, Areshet, Vol. 4, pages 277-278; see also: Y. Yudlov, Ginzei Yisrael, Jerusalem 1985, page 30, no. 58, for details on another edition printed in Safed at the same time].
Signature on the title page: “Ezra Davich HaCohen…” [The Davich family, descending from the lineage of Cohanim in Aleppo, included numerous great Torah scholars, rabbis and teachers].
125 leaves (instead of 137 leaves, without “Shir HaShirim”). 20 cm. Good condition. Stains, worm damage. Ink writing around the book’s title and place of printing. New binding.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 50

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Pe’at HaShulchan, Safed 1836

Pe'at HaShulchan, laws pertaining to Eretz Israel. By Rabbi Yisrael of Shklow, disciple of the Vilna Gaon. Safed, 1836. First edition. Printed by Yisrael Back.
Owner's signature: "Shabtai ben R. D. Berlin".
[5], 2-109, [1] leaves. 28.5 cm. High-quality paper, good condition. Stains, slight wear. Worm damage on some leaves. Paper mounting and restoration work on the title page and on the last leaf. Inscriptions and censor stamp on the title page. Slightly worn binding.
One of the last books printed in Safed before the 1837 earthquake (thereafter the author and the printer moved to Jerusalem after losing most of their family and property in the quake). The last leaf, "List of mistakes and corrections" is rare and does not appear in some copies.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 51

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Collection of Books – The Vilna Gaon and his Family

An important collection of books written by the Vilna Gaon and his family, commentaries on Megillot Shir HaShirim and Ruth, halachic and kabbalistic books, etc. Printed in Warsaw, Koenigsberg and Jerusalem. Most are first editions.
For a complete list, please see the Hebrew description.
9 volumes, 13 books. Varied size and condition.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 52

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Books of the Vilna Gaon – Stamps and Signatures

• Shenot Eliyahu, Mishnayot Seder Zera'im, with the Vilna Gaon's commentary. Lemberg, 1799. First edition.
This edition was printed by Rabbi Moshe of Pinsk, the Gaon's son-in-law. Approbations are printed on the verso of the title page, warning on behalf of the Vilna Bet Din not to publicize the Gaon's words in print without permission.
• Eshlei Ravrevei, Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah. With commentary by "Rabbi Eliyahu of Vilna". Horodno, 1806. First edition of the Vilna Gaon's commentary on Yoreh Deah (brought to print by the Gaon's sons).
Signature on the title page of "Chaim Romano" [Rabbi Chaim Romano – Torah sage and rabbi of Damascus]. Inscriptions of "The Gvir S. Chalfon Atiye". Stamps of the Bet Midrash "Menachem Zion Be'Churvat R. Y. HaChassid", and a handwritten inscription of Rabbi Zundel of Salant "Belongs to Midrash Perushim".
• Tractate Sofrim with Mikra Sofrim and Itur Sofrim commentaries by Rabbi Yitzchak Eliyahu Landau the Maggid of Vilna and with glosses by the Vilna Gaon. Suwalk, 1862. Stamps of Rabbi Aryeh Leib Hershler of Jerusalem [R. Leib Dayan], and other stamps. Two glosses in unidentified Ashkenazi writing.
3 books, varied size and condition.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 53

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Collection of Books – The Vilna Gaon and his Beit Midrash

Collection of books, of the teachings of the Vilna Gaon, his son Rabbi Avraham and his disciples:
• Dvar Eliyahu. • Bound with: Or HaShanim.
• Se'arat Eliyahu. • Bound with: Ma’alot HaTorah.
• Alfei Menashe.
• The Vilna Gaon's explanation on Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim.
• Rav Pe'alim. • Bound with: Yeriot Shlomo.
• Aderet Eliyahu.
9 books in 6 volumes. Varied size and condition, overall good to good-fair condition.
For additional information, please see Hebrew description.
Opening price: $500

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Auction 44 Lot Number 54

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Ginat Egoz – Hanau, 1614 – First Edition

Ginat Egoz, on Kabbalistic wisdom, by Rabbi Yosef Ebn Giktila. Hanau, [1614]. Printed by Eliezer ben Chaim and Eliyahu ben Zelikman Ulma. First edition. Approbations by Rabbi Yeshaya Horowitz (the Shla HaKadosh).
Illustrated title page, part of the wording on the title page is in red ink. Charts and Kabbalistic circles.
44, 43-58, 58-75 leaves. Mispaginated. Fair condition. Stains and wear, dark leaves. Restored tears to title page and last leaf (with lack). New handsome leather binding.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 55

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Zohar Shemot – Mantova, 1558 – Glosses

Sefer HaZohar, by Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, Part 2, Shemot. [Mantova, 1558]. First printing of the Zohar, [Since the beginning of the Hebrew printing, rabbis had not permitted the printing of the Zohar. While the Zohar was still being printed in Mantova, Cremona printers also began printing the Zohar and the last parts were printed in Cremona before the Mantova edition was finished].
Kabbalistic glosses and corrections in Oriental scribal writing. Signatures and inscriptions in a later handwriting [Persia?/ Bukhara?], by "Shlomo ben Moshe HaLevi ---".
(Incomplete copy) only leaves 16-263 (from the original 269 leaves). Approximately 20 cm. Fair condition, major damages to margins. Stains and worm holes. Unbound.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 56

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Sefer Toldot Adam, Zhovkva 1720 – Ancient Glosses from the Time of Printing – Stamps of the Kabbalist Rabbi Naftali Hertz HaLevi Av Bet Din of Jaffa

Sefer Toldot Adam, segulot and cures, Kabbalistic illustrations, incantations and "Names" for amulets, by Rabbi Eliyahu Ba'al Shem and Rabbi Yo'el Ba'al Shem. Zhovkva, 1720.
Glosses in ancient handwriting from the time of printing [characteristic to the Russian-Polish area, beginning of the 18th century]. Various signatures and handwritten inscriptions. Stamps of the Kabbalist Rabbi "Naftali Hertz HaLevi who dwells in the city of Jaffa".
On the flyleaf are handwritten Kabbalistic inscriptions with the inscription "Pen of the holy and pure Gabriel". [The handwriting is similar to the characteristic handwriting of Rabbi Naftali Hertz HaLevi Av Bet Din of Jaffa, see enclosed photograph].
The renowned Kabbalist Rabbi Naftali Hertz HaLevi (Weidbaum) Av Bet Din of Jaffa (1852-1902), a leading Kabbalist in Lithuania and Jerusalem. Disciple of the Maharil Diskin. Came from Bialistok to Jerusalem in 1884 and lectured at the Degel Torah Yeshiva. He delivered classes on Kabbala [which were also attended by elder Lithuanian Kabbalists in Jerusalem]. In 1886, he was appointed by Rabbi Shmuel Salant to the rabbinate of Jaffa and settlements in Eretz Israel and was the first rabbi of the Ashkenazi community in Jaffa. He wrote and edited many kabbala books with his teachings and those of the Gaon’s disciples: “Yahel Or”, “Omer Man”, “Brit Olam”, “Kesef Mishneh” on the book Mishnat Chassidim, “Siddur HaGra Ba’Nigleh U’Va’Nistar”, etc.
38, [3] leaves (missing 4 leaves at the end. Originally: 38, [7] leaves) 14.5 cm. Fair condition, some stains and wear. Worm holes. Ancient leather binding, worn and damaged.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 57

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Sefer HaGilgulim – Zhovkva, 1796

Sefer HaGilgulim, by Rabbi Chaim Vital, from the teachings of Rabbi Yitzchak Luria – the Ari HaKadosh. Zhovkva, 1796. [38] leaves. 21.5 cm. Good-fair condition, damages to title page and to following leaf.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 58

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Sefer Yessod VeShoresh HaAvodah – Nowy Dwor, 1782 – First Edition – Map of Eretz Israel in Hebrew

Sefer Yessod veShoresh HaAvodah, of prayer, Torah and commandments. Kabbalah and worshiping G-d, by the Hasid and Kabbalist Rabbi Alexander Suesskind of Grodno, Lithuania. Nowy Dwor, [1782]. First edition. Printed during the author's life, and granted him world fame. Approbations by Lithuanian and Polish rabbis. Among the approbations, approbation by "The great Gaon and Kabbalist…Pinsk" Rabbi Levi Yitzchak [of Berdichev, who, during those years, served as Av Beit Din Pinsk], who writes about the author: "…his good name was known… who will show the people the road…".
Kavanot in prayer all year and on holidays. Order of study of the Bible and Talmud. Correction of mistakes in commentary of Nevi'im and Ketuvim and interpreting the border of Yehoshua and future borders and Solomon's Temple and future Temple.
On page 100 – two maps, to study the borders of Eretz Israel and a map of Eretz Israel [Hebrew].
134 pages. 20.5 cm. Overall good condition, spotting. Wear to last leaves, damages with text omission to margins of last leaf. New binding.
Sefer Yessod veShoresh Ha'avodah, one of the basic books of worshiping G-d according to Kabbalah, was accepted throughout the Diaspora, by leaders of Hassidut, and by disciples of the Vilna Gaon. This book was printed in tens of editions, but this edition is the only one printed during the life of the author the Holy Rabbi Alexander Eliezer Suesskind of Grodno [his descendants keep to this day their surname in his name – Bra"z family].

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Auction 44 Lot Number 59

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Sefer Yessod VeShoresh HaAvodah – Minsk, 1810

Sefer Yessod VeShoresh HaAvodah, Kabbalic matters and worship of G-d, about prayer, holidays and commandments. With maps of the Twelve Tribes territories. By the Kabbalic Hasid Rabbi Alexander Suesskind of Grodno. Minsk, [1810]. Printing press of partners Rabbi Yehudah Lima and Rabbi Simcha Zimmel. Third edition.
On the leaf preceding the title page, ancient signatures, of Rabbi "Yitzchak Isaac Hacohen Shapira" ben Avraham, and Rabbi "Mordechai Eli'[yahu] ben Zvi Hirsch. Anciant ink stamps of "Avraham Aryeh ben Zeev". On the title page and on the last leaf: a large censor's ink stamp.
[122] leaves. 19.5 cm. Fair condition, varies, wear and spotting. Title page and the leaf following it are damaged and worn. Ancient binding damaged and worn.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 60

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Zohar Divided into Pamphlets – Livorno, 1867

Hadrat Zekenim – Idra Raba and Idra Zuta (the Zohar). Livorno, [1867].
The book was divided and bound in 18 booklets, for traditional group recitation of the entire book. Housed in a matching tin box.
18 pamphlets, bound and numbered. 1, 6-120 leaves. (The first pamphlet is missing pages 2-5, which follow the title page). 18 cm. Fair-good condition, stains, wear and tears.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 61

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Sefer HaZohar, Vayikra-Devarim – Slavita, 1827 – Copy of Rebbe Yosef Meir Kahane of Spinka

Sefer HaZohar, Parts 3-4. Vayikra, Bamidbar and Devarim. Slavita, [1827]. Printed by Rabbi Shmuel Avraham Shapira.
On the leaf preceding the title page of both volumes are stamps of Rebbe Yosef Meir Kahane of Spinka of Jerusalem and signatures in the handwriting of "Yosef Meir ben Mirel Ga'ala of Spinka".
Rebbe Yosef Meir Kahane (1909-1978), son of Rabbi Zvi Hirsh Kahane Av Beit Din of Spinka and son-in-law of Rebbe Yitzchak Teitelbaum of Husakov.
Served as Rebbe in the city of Ungvar. In 1936, he was appointed Rabbi and head of the Seredneye Yeshiva. In 1941, he ascended to Eretz Israel and opened the Imrei Yosef Yeshiva in which he established his court. People swarmed to his “tish” and to the sermons which he delivered at various places throughout Israel.
2 volumes, 115, [1] leaves; 117-309 leaves. (The title page of Part 4 was erroneously bound at the end of Vol. 1). 21 cm. Blue paper, good condition. Few worm damages to inner margins of last leaves. Semi-leather old bindings, early 20th century Jerusalem style.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 62

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Reshit Chochma – Slavita 1792 – One of the First Hebrew Printings in Slavita

Reshit Chochma, by the Chassid, the Kabbalist Rabbi Eliyahu di Vidash. Slavita, 1792.
Approbations by Korets rabbis, dated the 3rd of Nissan 1792: Rabbi Yehuda Leib HaCohen, Rabbi Pinchas ben Rabbi Yitzchak Av Beit Din of Kolky and Rabbi Yehuda Leib ben R' Yosef Segal, Av Beit Din of Szydłów, who praise the philanthropist Rabbi Yissachar Ber Sefal of the Korets community, who initiated the printing of the book in the Slavita printing press [which was established in Slavita in 1791 by Rabbi Moshe Shapira, son of Rebbe Pinchas of Korets.
Ancient owner's signature: "Nissan ben Meir Eliezer G--- of Lubartów".
308 leaves. 19 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and wear, minor damages to title page and to several leaves. Ancient leather binding, worn, damaged spine.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 63

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Five Books of the Torah with Or HaChaim – Slavita, Printed by Rabbi Shmuel Avraham Shapira – Complete Set

Five Books of the Torah, with the commentary of Or HaChaim, Rabbi Chaim ben Attar. Slavita, [1824-1832]. Printed by Rabbi Shmuel Avraham Shapira son of the Rabbi of Slavita.
Chassidic communities were accustomed to studying the commentary of the Or HaChaim HaKadosh every Shabbat eve. The Chida writes in his book Shem HaGedolim (Ma'arechet HaSefarim, Aleph (54); "…And we have heard that now in Poland, it is greatly esteemed and has been printed twice more. This has been aroused by the Rabbi, the Holy Chassid, Rabbi Yisrael Ba'al Shem Tov…". The name of the author is mentioned on the title pages of these Chumashim printed by the son and grandson of Rabbi Pinchas of Koritz: “Light of Torah, live man of many deeds, light of the Seven Days (of Creation), his praise fills the earth, the Honorable Rabbi Chaim ben Attar…”.
5 volumes, complete set. Volumes Bereshit, Shemot and Devarim of the 1824 edition and Vayikra-Bamidbar of the 1832 edition. Volume Bereshit is 24 cm. Volume Shemot is 25.5 cm and Volumes Vayikra-Devarim are 26 cm. Varied condition. Volumes Bereshit and Shemot are in fair condition, worm damages and stains. Volumes Vayikra-Devarim are in overall good condition. New bindings [Volumes 2-5 have identical attractive bindings].

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Four Chumashim, Shemot-Devarim with Or HaChaim – Slavita, 1806-1809

Five books of the Torah, with Rashi commentary, the Targum and the Or HaChaim commentary. Four volumes: Shemot (Slavita, 1809), Vayikra, Bamidbar and Devarim (Slavita 1806). Printed by Rabbi Dov Ber Segal and Rabbi Dov Ber ben Rabbi Pesach – partners of Rebbe Moshe Shapira. [It is common knowledge, that the first books which Rabbi Moshe Shapira printed in his printing press which he established in Slavita were listed under the names of his two partners who received an official printing permit from the government].
On the title page of Bamidbar is an inscription of a name in need of prayer: "Yosef ben Sarah of Dąbrowice".
Shemot: [1], 4-249, 252 (incomplete, originally: 252 leaves). Vayikra: 175 leaves (missing last leaf, originally 176 leaves). Bamidbar: 184, 188-195 leaves; added at the end is Targum Sheni on Megillat Esther: 22 leaves (missing one leaf at the end of Targum Sheni). Devarim: 174 leaves.
4 volumes. 20-21 cm. Volume Shemot, fair condition, damages to title page and missing 4 leaves, worn binding. Volumes Vayikra-Devarim - varied condition, good to fair, wear and stains. Paper restorations to several leaves. Volume Bamidbar - wear damages to leaf corners. New semi-leather bindings.

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Sefer HaMagid – Iyov, Daniel, Ezra and Nechemya – Slavita, 1825

Sefer HaMagid, Iyov, Daniel, Ezra and Nechemya. Slavita, [1825]. Printed by Rabbi Shmuel Avraham Shapira.
The date on the title page is 1815.
157 leaves (last leaf is missing). 25.5 cm. Printed on bluish paper. Most leaves are in good condition. Stains. Tears on several leaves. The title page is worn and torn. Detached and damaged binding.

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Machzor, Passover Haggadah, Selichot and Tehillim – Slavita, 1826

Siddur for the whole year [prayers for weekdays, Shabbat and Rosh Chodesh, Passover Haggadah, prayers for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, Yotzrot and Selichot], Nusach Ashkenaz, with Yiddish translation [Tzena U'Rena letters]. [Slavita, c. 1826]. With Tehillim and Ma'amadot. Slavita, [1826]. [Shapira printing].
The siddur is missing the title page and several leaves at the beginning [the owner of the siddur came to Israel from Soviet Russia in the 1970s, and since it was forbidden to take books that were printed in Russia, the title page was torn out and the title page of the Mishna Brura [printed in Warsaw] was bound in its stead. We could not identify the edition (or it is not recorded in the Bibliography Institute); the printing date is estimated according to the adjoining Tehillim.
Separate title page for Tehillim. Without printer’s name.
Stamp in Cyrillic letters: “Л.А.М РАВИНЪ”.
Printed on bluish paper. Siddur: 4-110; 144, [4] leaves (the title page and leaves 2-3 are missing). Tehillim: 94 leaves (leaves 95-96, from the end of Ma’amadot section, are missing). 21 cm. Most leaves are in good condition, some in fair condition. Stains (some leaves have many stains). Leaves 10-37 [of the Siddur – Shacharit prayer] are in poor condition (coarse tears with missing parts and damage caused to text). Old leather binding, detached and damaged.

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Tehillim “Diglei Hodaya V’Hamitzvah / Ma’amadot and a Siddur (Nusach Sefarad) According to the Ari – Zhitomir, 1866

Tehillim, with Ma'amadot, and the book Diglei Hodaya V'Hamitzvah. • Seder Ma'amadot by the Rebbe of Apta and Seder Tefillah for year-round use by the Ari (Nusach Sefarad) – with Tikun Se'udah (a special title page). • Prayer by the Magid Rabbi Mordechai of Chernobyl – for those who have no mikveh". • Many other additions. Zhitomir, 1866. Printed by Rabbi Aryeh Leib Shapira, grandson of the Rabbi of Slavita.
First edition with Diglei Hodaya V'Hamitzvah, laws of the 613 mitzvot and the seven mitzvoth d'Rabbanan, [by R' Yehuda ben R' Chaim Landau] of Jerusalem. With approbations of Ashkenazi and Sephardi Jerusalem rabbis. List of subscribers from Jerusalem and the Ukraine (Belz, Skvira, Berdychiv, Ruzhin, Zhitomir, Zlatopol, Bender, Kokhanovo, Korets, Rachmistrivka, Shpola, etc.). At the beginning of Seder Ma'amadot is an introduction and approbation by the Rabbi of Apta and an introduction by Rebbe Aryeh Leib Shapira, with another list of subscribers.
Various signatures and ownership inscriptions: "Yirmiya Sofer"; "Aharon ---- Sofer", etc.
(Missing first title page) [2], 5-440, 221-225, [11] pages; [4], 112, 57-64, 22 pages (missing 5 leaves at the end of Tikun Se'uda, originally: 440, 221-225, [11]; [4], 112, 57-64, 61-64, 28 pages). 20.5 cm. Fair condition, stains and tears. Few old gluings, worm damages. Old worn binding.

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Tehillim with Ma’amadot – Zhitomir, 1858

Tehillim with Metzudat David and Metzudat Zion commentaries. Yehi Ratzon and prayers. Seder Ma'amadot, Zhitomir, 1858. Printed by Chanina Lipa and Rabbi Yehoshua Heshel Shapira, grandsons of the Rabbi of Slavita.
336 pages; 56 pages. 20 cm. Fair condition. Wear and stains. Last leaf of Seder Ma'amadot is partially lacking. Signatures of Bukhara Jews in Jerusalem. Old worn binding.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 69

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Siddur Or La’Yesharim – Nusach Sepharad – Zhitomir, 1864 – Incomplete Copy

Siddur Or La'Yesharim, year-round prayers, according to Sephardi custom, Parts 1-2. With “Keter Nehora”, “Derech HaChaim” and other commentaries. Zhitomir, 1864. Printed by Rabbi Chanina Lipa and Rabbi Yehoshua Heshel Shapira.
Missing parts at the beginning and at the end of the copy. Most of Part 1 and the end of Part 2 are missing. Contains the entire Hallel, Passover Haggadah, Selichot, Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur prayers, as well as other prayers.
Part 1: 154-186 leaves (instead of: 186 leaves). Part 2: [187]-298 leaves (instead of: [187]-332, [2] leaves. Concludes at the end of the Hoshanot prayer). 20.5 cm. Varying condition of leaves; fair-good. Stains and wear. Worm damages on some leaves. Tears and some missing parts on several leaves. Damaged and detached cover.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 70

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Machzor Korban Aharon – Zhitomir, 1851

Machzor Korban Aharon (Nusach Ashkenaz), Part 1 for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur and Part 2 for the three festivals: with the Mateh Aharon commentary by Rabbi Aharon HaLevi author of Nehorah siddur. Zhitomir, 1851. Printed by the Shapira Brothers, grandsons of Rabbi of Slavita.
Two parts in one volume. [2], 5-159 leaves; [1], 3-143 leaves. (Lacking at end of Part 2, originally: [1], 3-164 leaves). Approximately 25.5 cm. Darkening paper, foxing. Fair condition, worm damages and wear. The first title page and leaves are damaged and restored with paper. New semi-leather binding.

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Machzor for the Three Festivals – Zhitomir, 1858

Machzor for the Three Festivals, according to the custom of Riesen, Lithuania, Poland, Pihm and Mehrin. Zhitomir, 1858. Printed by Rabbi Chanina Lipa and Rabbi Yehoshua Heshel Shapira.
[1]-16, 21-304 pages. 29 cm. Varied condition, most leaves in good condition. Several leaves with professionally restored wear and mildew damages. Few worm holes. Wear and stains. Old stamps. Fabric binding.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 72

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Four Chumashim – Zhitomir 1859 – Includes Sabbath Prayers (Nusach Sepharad)

Four volumes of the five books of the Torah, Bereshit-Bamidbar. With the Onkelos translation, Rashi commentary, and Ivri teitch (Yiddish). Zhitomir, 1859. Printed by Rabbi Chanina Lipa and Rabbi Yehoshua Heshel Shapira. Grandchildren of the Rabbi of Slavita. Volumes Shemot-Bamidbar, with Sabbath prayers (Nusach Sepharad).
Bereshit: [2], 3-213 leaves. Two title pages (missing leaves at the end, from the end of Parshat VaYechi). Shemot: [1], 3-186 leaves; 24 leaves. (Missing first title page, tear on the second title page). Vayikra: [1], 5-14 leaves: 23 leaves (first title page and last leaf of the prayers are missing). Bamidbar: [2], 5-168 leaves; 16 leaves.
4 volumes, approximately 20 cm. Thin high-quality paper. Fair condition, wear and tears. Stains. Old bindings with leather spine and embossments, damaged.

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Chumash Vayikra Or HaChaim – Zhitomir 1860

Chumash Vayikra, with Rashi commentary, Ba'al HaTurim and Or HaChaim HaKadosh, with the three targums and Nachal Kedumim by the Chida. Zhitomir, 1860. Printed by Rabbi Chanina Lipa and Rabbi Yehoshua Heshel Shapira.
With Megillat Shir HaShirim at the end, haftarot for the four parshiot and for other occasions.
[1], 4-270 pages (missing another title page at the beginning). 25.5 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and wear, adhesive tape on title page and leaf margins. New binding.
Opening price: $250

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Auction 44 Lot Number 74

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Zhitomir Mishnayot – Four Volumes

Four volumes of Mishnayot, printed in Zhitomir in the printing press of Rabbi Aryeh Leib Shapira grandson of the Rabbi of Slavita:
• Mishnayot, Seder Nashim, Zhitomir, 1860.
• Mishnayot Seder Nezikin. Zhitomir 1860.
• Mishnayot, Seder Kodshim, Zhitomir 1857.
• Mishnayot Seder Taharot, Zhitomir, 1861.
4 volumes, 25-26.5 cm. Each volume has two title pages. Fair-poor condition, many worm damages. Damaged bindings, non-original.
Opening price: $300

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Nofet Tzufim – Zhitomir, 1850

Nofet Tzufim, on the Torah. Compilations of mussar and tales from the Zohar with Ivri-teitch (Yiddish) translation. Zhitomir, 1850. Printed by the brothers, Rabbi Chanina Lipa, Rabbi Aryeh Leib and Rabbi Yehoshua Heshel Shapira, the grandsons of the Rabbi of Slavita.
283 pages. 27 cm. Fair condition, wear and stains. Adorned contemporary leather binding, damaged.
Yiddish. This book is Nachalat Zvi, by Rabbi Zvi Hirsh Chatsh, first printed in Frankfurt am Main in 1711 and from this edition it was printed with the title Nofet Tzufim.

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Ma’ane Lashon, Pleas and Supplications for Reciting at Cemeteries and at the Graves of Tzaddikim – Zhitomir, 1860

Ma'ane Lashon, pleas for reciting at cemeteries and supplications at the graves of Tzaddikim. Zhitomir, 1860. Printed by Rabbi Chanina Lipa and Rabbi Yehoshua Heshel Shapira, grandsons of the Slavita rabbi. Prayers to be said at graves of parents, siblings and children, husband and wife, etc. The prayers at the graves of Tzaddikim include entreaties for livelihood, cures, children, etc. With a Yiddish translation and guidelines.
253 pages. 19.5 cm. Fair condition, stains and wear. Worn damaged binding.

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Yesod Yosef – Zhitomir, 1867 – Segula Book, Blessings from the Chernobyl and Skverer Rebbes

Yesod Yosef, by Kabbalist Rabbi Yosef, Av Bet Din of Dubno. Zhitomir, 1867. Printed by Rabbi Avraham Shalom Shadov.
Approbation from Rebbe Aharon son of Rabbi Mordechai of Chernobyl: "The sacred book Yesod Yosef composed by the saintly Rabbi of Kav HaYashar… and this book does not move from the table of my saintly father… I appeal to all to purchase the book at its full price, and learn from its holy words… and he should be blessed both spiritually and physically, with sons, life and abundant sustenance". The publisher, Rabbi Gedaliah of Karstishov adds: "And I, the publisher was in Skver and Rabbi Yitzchak permitted me to print this book for him, he enjoyed it tremendously and wishes that all his congregation purchase the book and study it constantly".
[1], 74, [1] leaf. 20.5 cm. Overall good condition. Stains. Tears restored with old tape in several places. Ownership inscriptions. Original cover, worn.
The last leaf of the error-chart is rare and is neither recorded on the Vinograd and Rosenfeld CD nor in the Bibliography Institute CD, Record 0135636.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 78

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Rav Yibi – Slavita, 1792 – First Edition (Incomplete Copy)

Rav Yibi, on the Torah and the Nevi'im and Ketuvim, Tehillim and novellae on the Talmud. By the Kabbalist Rabbi Ya'akov Yosef ben Yehuda of Ostroh, disciple of the Maggid of Mezritch. [Slavita, 1792].
The author, Rabbi Ya'akov Yosef of Ostroh (1738-1791, Encyclopedia Le'Chassidut, Vol. 2, pp. 268-270), called by his initials Rav Yibi = Ya'akov Yosef ben Yehuda, a third generation of leaders of the Chassidic movement. Close disciple of the Maggid of Mezritch and also had close relationships with other disciples of the Ba'al Shem Tov (Besht). Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdychiv called him: "A holy G-dly man". This book contains many teachings in the name of the Besht and his disciples.
Incomplete copy. 2-139, 47 leaves (originally; 2, 139, 47 leaves. Missing: Title page and the two following leaves; Leaf 16 [marked: 15] is torn and most of it is missing). Printed on bluish paper. 28 cm. Most leaves are in good condition. Stains, worm damages found on some leaves. Cellotape marks on several leaves. Non-original binding, detached.
Stefansky Chassidut no. 530. See item 162: title page of the book Rav Yebi, first edition.

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Otot HaShamayim by Rabbi Aryeh Leib of Strzyżów – Zhitomir, 1805

Otot HaShamayim – Drishat Ari, on the Shulchan Aruch, Part 1: Laws of Milah and Tefillin, Shabbat, Festivals and Chol HaMoed. Part 2: Laws of Nidah. By Rebbe Aryeh Leib HaLevi Av Bet Din of Strzyzów. Zhitomir, 1805.
Approbations by Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdychiv, the Magid Rabbi Yisrael of Koznitz, and by the disciple of the author Rebbe Moshe Teitelbaum (author of Yismach Moshe).
Rabbi Aryeh Leib HaLevi (1736-1803), a leading Chassidic rebbe. Disciple of the Magid of Koznitz, close teacher of his cousin Rabbi Moshe Teitelbaum author of Yismach Moshe, who writes in his approbation: “Giant among men…my teacher and Rabbi Av Bet Din a true Chassid and Torah genius“.
93, 18 leaves. 18.5 cm. Good-fair condition, wear with damages, professionally restored leaves (with text replacements). Elaborate leather binding.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 36.

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Ohev Yisrael (Apta), First Edition – Zhitomir 1863

Ohev Yisrael, Chassidic homilies on the Torah, by Rebbe Avraham Yehoshua Heshel of Apta. Zhitomir, 1863. Printed by Rabbi Chanina Lipa and Rabbi Yehoshua Heshel Shapira. First edition.
Many signatures and ancient ownership signatures from 1905, in the handwriting of "Chaim ben Aryeh Leib Goldenberg of Mogilev Podolia", "Grandson of Rabbi Nachman".
[3], 3-117 leaves. 23 cm. Good-fair condition, moisture stains, major wear. Few worm damages. Worn binding.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 19.

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Avodat Yisrael – Zhitomir, 1848

Avodat Yisrael, by the Magid Rabbi Yisrael of Koznitz. Zhitomir, 1848. Printed by Rabbi Chanina Lipa, Rabbi Aryeh Leib and Rabbi Yehoshua Heshal Shapira, grandsons of the Rabbi of Slavita. Second edition.
Ownership inscriptions and signatures.
[4], 186 pages. Fair-good condition. Stains, wear and tears around the margins. Several detached leaves. Worn and damaged binding.

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Likutim by Rabbi Hai Gaon – Warsaw 1798 – First Edition printed by the Magid of Koznitz

Book of Kabbalistic compilations by Rabbi Hai Gaon and Kabbalistic prayers. With additional Kabbalistic compilations: Sha'ar HaShamayim by Rabbi Yosef Giktilia, Likutei Shem Tov, Ma'amar Ploni Almoni, on the 10 Sefirot and Names. "Tefillat R' Ya'akov Yasgova" [of Strzegowo], "Sefer Ha'Iyun L'Rav Chamai Gaon", "Secrets by the Kabbalist Chacham Yosef Giktilia" on the mitzvoth, and "Booklet by Rabbi S.T. from the Rashba" explanations of Torah secrets by the Ramban. [Warsaw, 1798]. First edition.
Printed by the Magid Rabbi Yisrael of Koznitz, from manuscripts hidden in his possession, edited by his disciple and personal scribe Rabbi Gavriel of Warsaw. With the approbation of the Magid of Koznitz printed on the verso of the title page. He writes that the manuscript and its printing were performed by his instructions and that Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdychiv also agreed to print the book, "And with the permission of… Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Av Beit Din of Berdychiv".
[1], 46 leaves. 17 cm. On Leaf 36 is an Ilan Sefirot, large and folded. Good-fair condition, major wear and stains. Various ancient signatures. Worn detached binding.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 305.

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Rav Peninim – Frankfurt an der Oder, 1782 – By the Author of the Pri Megadim and his Father, Rabbi Meir – Includes Sections Written in the Lifetime of the Ba’al Shem Tov

Rav Peninim, with three books: Nofet Tzufim U'Me'irat Einayim by Rabbi Meir Te'omim, magid in the city of Lubartów and magid and Torah authority in Lvov. Teivat Gome by his son, Rabbi Yosef ben Rabbi Meir Te'omim (Av Beit Din of Frankfurt an der Oder, author of Pri Megadim). And Shoshanat Ha'Amakim, by Rabbi Yosef Te'omim. Frankfurt an der Oder, [1782]. Three title pages.
Bound with an incomplete copy (lacking 4 leaves) of Nezirut Shimshon, on Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim, by Rabbi Shimshon Chassid of Hamburg. Berlin, 1764. With approbation of Rabbi Yehonatan Eybeschütz.
In the book Nofet Tzofim U'Mei'rat Einayim (Leaf 29/2), the author quotes a letter by Rabbi Gershon of Kitev, sent from Eretz Israel by "the Chassid Rabbi Gershon to his famous brother-in-law the Ba'al Shem Tov, Rabbi Yisrael: 'And when I arrived in the holy city of Jerusalem and saw that it was built up with all good things, I fell on my face and wept and said, You, Jerusalem who is like a widow, how do you dress in such handsome clothing?! If only I had seen you in your destruction…”. [These words were written by the author Rabbi Meir Te’omim during the lifetime of the Ba’al Shem Tov. The author’s son, author of Pri Megadim who published the book left the titles as they were written by his father (when the Ba’al Shem Tov was alive)].
Nezirut Shimshon: [4], (lacking 1-4), 5-26 leaves. Rav Peninim: [2], 136 leaves (lacking additional leaf addes to some copies at the end of Shoshanat Ha’Amakim). 20 cm. Fair condition, wear damages to margins, with minor damage to texts. Stains and worm damages. Worn binding.
Stefansky Chassidut no. 532.

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Hakdama Ve’Derech Le’Etz HaChaim – First Edition

Hakdama Ve'Derech Le'Etz HaChaim, methods for the study of kabbala by Rebbe Zvi Hirsh of Zhydachiv. Lvov, [1832]. First edition.
[1], 25 leaves. 23 cm. Good-fair condition. Many stains and wear. Worm marks. New leather binding.
The date of printing, appearing on the title page, is forged: It is mentioned in German that the book was printed by Judith Rosanis in 1804. The Hebrew date alluded to in the quote written in the book is 1830, but on the reverse side of the title page the author is mentioned four times with the addition of the Hebrew acronym Nun and Ayin (Nucho Eden – "rests in peace", usually added after the death of a person). He died on the 11th of Tamuz 1831. [In 1833, the publisher printed another book by the same author titled “Pri Kodesh Hillulim”. In the introduction he writes: "A whole year has passed since I have published the first 'fruit' of the Rebbe… Hakdama and Derech Le'Etz HaChaim"].
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 183.

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Likutei Maharin and Toldot Yitzchak ben Levi – by Rabbi Yisrael ben Levi Yitzchak of Berdychiv – First Edition, Berdychiv, 1811

Likutei Maharin and Toldot Yitzchak ben Levi, Chassidic and Kabbalistic homiletics on the Torah and the Megillot. By Rabbi Yisrael Av Beit Din of Pikov son of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdychiv. Berdychiv, 1811. First edition published by the author, who writes of himself on the title page: "Yisrael Rabbi of Pikov son of the holy Torah genius holy pure G-dly man…Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Av Beit Din of Berdychiv".
Owner's signatures and handwritten inscriptions of Torah novellae. Ancient signature on title page (crossed out with pen) of “Aryeh Leibush Halprin... Lubartow” [Lubartow in the Lublin region. Possibly the signature is of Rebbe Aryeh Leibush Halprin, father of rebbe Menachem Mendel of Kotzk, who lived in the Lublin area] and other ownership inscriptions "To Rabbi Shalom Baruch ben R' Z.H.” [Rabbi Zvi Hirsh].
The author Rebbe Yisrael (Derbaremdiker) Av Beit Din of Pikov and Berdychiv (died in 1818), son and successor of Rebbe Levi Yitzchak Av Beit din of Berdychiv, author of Kedushat Levi. In this book printed in 1811, the year after his father's death, he writes on the title page that he is Rabbi of Pikov. He does not note that he was already accepted as his father's successor in the Berdychiv rabbinate. He quotes his great father's teachings in this book.
[1], 83 leaves. 21.5 cm. Blue and greenish paper, good condition. Stains and wear. Contemporary leather binding, damages.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 283.

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Yesod Yitzchak – Zhovkva, 1810 – First Edition

Yesod Yitzchak, kabbalistic and Chassidic interpretations of matters pertaining to Brit Milah. Halichot Olam, customs and segulot. Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac HaLevi Mazarowitz [author of Raza Meheimana and Otiot D'Rabbi Yitzchak]. Zhovkva, 1810. First edition.
Many approbations by leading Torah scholars: Rabbi Meir [Kristianpoller] of Brody; Rabbi Ya'akov Orenstein of Lvov, author of Yeshuot Ya'akov; Rabbi Efraim Margaliot of Brody; Rabbi Moshe Shapira of Zaliztsi; Rabbi Aryeh Leib HaCohen of Stryy, author of Ketzot HaChoshen; etc .
Leaves 41-47 have sections for study the night before circumcision called "Vach-Nacht [compilations from the Zohar].
The author Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac HaLevi (1735-1783), kabbalist and hidden tsaddik, among the lamed-vav (36) tzaddikim of 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 and 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 compelling him to wander from his home. He died in the city of Przemyśl during his travels.
The story is told that when Rabbi Yitzchak Levi was yet healthy and well he sent his wife to summon the Chevra Kadisha. He 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 change and 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.
[5] 5-69 leaves. 21.5 cm. Thick and soft paper, good-fair condition, use stains, few worm damages to text. Tear with lack to corner of Leaf 64. Non-original binding.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 233.

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Alpha Beta, by the Magid of Nadvorna, Poland-Russia 1818

Alpha Beta, good ways of conduct [in alphabetical order], "Compiled from Kabbalistic books and books of the fearing of G-d". By Rebbe Zvi Hirsh the Magid of Nadvorna. [Poland-Russia, 1818].
8 leaves. 15 leaves. Good condition. Fabric binding.
Edition printed according to the Berdychiv 1818 edition, mentioned in Stefansky Chassidut no. 49.

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Meor Einayim (Chernobyl) – Two Editions, Polonne 1810 / Hrubieszów 1818

• Meor Einayim. The Rebbe Menachem Nachum Twersky of Chernobyl. Polonne [1810]. Second edition. Stefansky Chassidut no. 309.
39, 1, 3-23, [1], 27-34, 39-136 leaves. 19.5 cm. Bluish paper, fair condition, wear and stains. Damages with missing text on the title page and on 2 other leaves (restored with white paper). Ancient owner's signature "Eliezer Hertz". New binding.
• Meor Einayim. Hrubieszów [1818]. Fourth edition. Stefansky Chassidut no. 311.
126 leaves. 21.5 cm. Fair condition, stains and wear, damages and missing text on the title page and on 2 other leaves. New binding.

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Pri HaAretz – Third Edition – Poland-Russia

Pri HaAretz, on the Torah portions, by Rabbi Menachem Mendel from Vitebsk. [Poland-Russia, after 1818]. Third edition, printed based on the second edition (Mogilev 1818).
“His holy words from every Shabbat… compiled by Rabbi Elazar Zussman… it has reached us from him and we added the Rabbi's words which we have found…Avraham son of…Rabbi Dov Ber of Mezritch …”.
[24] leaves, 23 cm. Good condition. Stains, wear and minor tears. Few worm holes. New binding. Faded stamps of the "Chavurat Mishnayot Chadasha---".
Stefansky Chassidut no. 479.

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Degel Machane Efraim – Russia-Poland, C. 1830

Degel Machane Efraim, on the Torah. Rabbi Moshe Chaim Efraim grandson of the Ba'al Shem Tov. [Russia-Poland, c. 1830). Third edition.
Signature of "R' Y. Kapil". Handwritten glosses - summaries and sources.
[2], 28, [38], 2, [6] leaves. (Leaves 27-28 were bound upside-down). 23 cm. Greenish and regular paper. Good-fair condition, worm damages to last leaves. Old binding.
According to Vinograd-Rosenfeld, the book was printed in c. 1830. According to the Bibliography Institute CD Listing 0176993, the estimation is that it was printed in Lvov or in Zolkva in c. 1845.

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Ma’ayan Tahor – Halacha Laws for Women, by Rebbe Moshe Teitelbaum Av Bet Din of Újhely

Ma'ayan Tahor, Halacha laws for Jewish women, (Nidah, koshering meat, laws of Challah, Shabbat and festivals). By "The true Torah genius, tsaddik Rabbi Moshe Teitelbaum Av Bet Din of Újhely." [Poland-Russia?, c. 1848].
Yiddish in Tzena U'Rena lettering.
[16] leaves, 19.5 cm. Thick paper. Very good condition. Fabric binding.
Bibliographically unknown edition. Similar to first edition (Lemberg 1848) which appears in Stefansky Chassidut, no. 537.

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Bet Aharon (Karlin) – First Edition

Bet Aharon, Al Ha’Torah Ve’Al Ha’avoda (Hebrew: on the Torah and on worship of G-d), by Rabbi Aharon Perlow, the Karlin Rebbe. Brody, 1875. First edition. Two title pages.
At the beginning of the book is a collection of letters and Chassidic customs written by the dynasty of the Karlin-Stolin rebbes: Rebbe Aharon "Ha’Gadol" of Karlin, his son Rebbe Asher (the first), his son Rebbe Aharon (the second, "Ha’Zaken") and his son Rebbe Asher (the second, "Ha’Tza'ir").
[3] leaves, 316 pages, [3, 2] pages. Approximately 25 cm. Good-fair condition. Worm damages on some leaves. Stains, tears and some corrections on the first title page, old binding, with leather spine, worn and damaged.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 82. There are some variations between the first edition’s different copies, which were corrected during its printing. For example, a separate leaf was printed in this copy: "To inform and reveal that I have approbations from the famous tsaddikim of our times on the printing of the holy book. Also approbations and prohibitions by the scholars and rabbis of Spain…". In some copies this phrase appears in a different version and notes a different location. These variations demonstrate that this is the revised complete version of the first printing of the book. [For more information on the stages of the book’s printing and its corrections at the time of printing which initiated variations of the book, see the article written by Rabbi A. Schorr about the manner in which the books of ”Bet Aharon” were written and printed, in:"Bet Aharon Ve'Yisrael”, Year 6 Issue 1 (31), pp. 139-187].

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Magen Avraham (Trisk) – First Edition – Segula Book

Magen Avraham, Parts 1-2, Chassidic homilies on the Torah by the Magid of Trisk, Rebbe Avraham ben Rabbi Mordechai of Chernobyl. Lublin [1887]. First edition, printed in the author's lifetime (1806-1889). Printed on Page [3] is a lithographic copy of the author's signature.
The Segula of owning this book is well-known, as the author wrote in his introduction to Part One that by force of the blessing of Avraham Avinu, "I bless whoever owns the book, that abundant kindness will be bestowed upon him… to fulfill all his wishes, children and grandchildren…"
[3], 3-47, 1-36 leaves; [1], 2- 113 leaves. 22.5 cm. Brittle paper. Good condition. Contemporary decorated leather binding, worn, fabric glued to spine.
Variant; "Omission to Parshat VaYichi" is printed on Leaf 113/2. Various copies exist with an additional Leaf 114/1 with variations of content and style of printing.

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Mishnayot Komarno – Nashim Nezikin and Kodashim, Lemberg 1862

Mishnayot Komarno, volume containing three sedarim: Nashim, Nezikin and Kodashim, with Atzei Eden commentary, (and the Notzer Chesed commentary on Tractate Avot), by Rebbe Yitzchak Yehuda Isaac [Saprin] of Komarno. Lemberg, 1862. Printed by Rabbi Berish Luria and Rabbi Hirsh Sperling. First edition [without the printers' symbols on the title page].
The kabbalist Rebbe Yitzchak Isaac Yehuda Yechiel (Saprin) Av Beit Din of Komarno (1806-1874), holy person, nephew and close disciple of Rebbe Zvi Hirsh of Zidichov. Was beloved by Chassidic leaders: the Chozeh of Lublin (who also was his shadchan), the Rabbi of Apta, Rabbi Moshe Zvi of Savran, his uncle Rabbi Moshe of Sambor, Rabbi Yisrael of Ruzin, etc.
[1], 129, [1] leaves; [1], 4, 7-14, 17-184 leaves; (lacking title page of Seder Kodashim); 94, 43 leaves. 28.5 cm. Good-fair condition, wear and stains, minor damages to several leaves. Leather binding from Yemen (remnants of an ancient manuscript in the binding).
Stefansky Chassidut no. 367. The first publication had two editions, with variations between the two. One difference is that in one edition, some title pages have illustrations of a bear and a deer symbolizing Rabbi Dov (Bear) Berish and Rabbi Zvi (deer) Hirsh. This edition is without the symbols.

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Collection of Chassidic Books – First Editions

Collection of important Chassidic books, mostly first editions.
For a complete list, please see Hebrew description.
7 books, varied size and condition.

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Five Books by Chassidic Rebbes

For a complete list, please see the Hebrew description.
5 books, varied size and condition.

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