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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Four handwritten leaves of prayers, made with impressive calligraphic art, by Zenvil Wolf Katz Wertheimer "Scribe in Bodersweier" (Germany), -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.
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.
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.
Photograph of yeshiva students studying in the Bet Midrash of the Telz Yeshiva in Lithuania. .
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.
Melechet Machshevet, philosophical study on the five books of the Torah, by Rabbi Moshe Chefetz. Venice, . 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.
, 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.
Sefer Evronot, Astronomy and New Moons, by Rabbi Eliezer Belin Ashkenazi, including Noten Yeshuah Pamphlet, by Rabbi Meir son of Rabbi Natan Yehoshua. Offenbach, . 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. , 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.
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.
, 96,  leaves. 18 cm. Good condition, stains. Tear to one leaf. Ancient binding, with damages.
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.
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.
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.
 pages, 22 cm. Fair-good condition. Creases and stains. Tears and folding marks. Moisture damages. Delicate sheets of papers separate the pamphlet leaves.
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.
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.
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.
Handwritten leaf – Wall calendar for 1871. India .
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.
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,  pages. 36 cm. Good-fair condition. Wear and tears to margins. Folding marks.
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.
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.
• 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, . 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.
"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, .
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.
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.
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.
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  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.
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.
"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".
 leaf folded in two (one printed page), 29 cm. Good condition. Folding marks and creases.
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.
 leaf, 32 cm. Good condition. Creases, Folding marks. Few stains. Minor tear.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, . 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.
 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.
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.
Zohar on the Torah, by the Tanna Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai. Part 1, Bereshit. Jerusalem, . Part 2, Shemot. Jerusalem, . 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 – , 252, 2-19 leaves; 279 leaves; 115; , 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.
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.
, 164,  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.
Seder Idra Zuta, for Lel Hoshana Raba and for Lel Lag Ba'Omer Hillula of Rashbi. Jerusalem, .
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.
, 2-104 leaves. 7 cm. Very-good condition. The title page is pasted to the empty page on the back of leaf . Gilt edges. Elaborate leather binding adorned with gold embossments, very-good condition.
S. HaLevi, no. 491.
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.
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.
• 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, . 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.
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  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,  (missing title page) +  handwritten pages. 21 cm. Good condition, stains and wear. Worn detached cardboard binding.
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…”
, 21 leaves. 18 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear, pencil inscriptions. Damages to binding.
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, . 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.
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".
, 2-109,  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.
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.
• 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.
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
Ginat Egoz, on Kabbalistic wisdom, by Rabbi Yosef Ebn Giktila. Hanau, . 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.
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.
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,  leaves (missing 4 leaves at the end. Originally: 38,  leaves) 14.5 cm. Fair condition, some stains and wear. Worm holes. Ancient leather binding, worn and damaged.
Sefer HaGilgulim, by Rabbi Chaim Vital, from the teachings of Rabbi Yitzchak Luria – the Ari HaKadosh. Zhovkva, 1796.  leaves. 21.5 cm. Good-fair condition, damages to title page and to following leaf.
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, . 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].
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, . 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.
 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.
Hadrat Zekenim – Idra Raba and Idra Zuta (the Zohar). Livorno, .
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.
Sefer HaZohar, Parts 3-4. Vayikra, Bamidbar and Devarim. Slavita, . 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,  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.
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.
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].
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: , 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.
Sefer HaMagid, Iyov, Daniel, Ezra and Nechemya. Slavita, . 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.
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, . [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,  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.
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) , 5-440, 221-225,  pages; , 112, 57-64, 22 pages (missing 5 leaves at the end of Tikun Se'uda, originally: 440, 221-225, ; , 112, 57-64, 61-64, 28 pages). 20.5 cm. Fair condition, stains and tears. Few old gluings, worm damages. Old worn binding.
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.
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: -298 leaves (instead of: -332,  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.
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. , 5-159 leaves; , 3-143 leaves. (Lacking at end of Part 2, originally: , 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.
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.
-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.
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: , 3-213 leaves. Two title pages (missing leaves at the end, from the end of Parshat VaYechi). Shemot: , 3-186 leaves; 24 leaves. (Missing first title page, tear on the second title page). Vayikra: , 5-14 leaves: 23 leaves (first title page and last leaf of the prayers are missing). Bamidbar: , 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.
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.
, 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
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
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.
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.
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".
, 74,  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.
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.
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.
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".
, 3-117 leaves. 23 cm. Good-fair condition, moisture stains, major wear. Few worm damages. Worn binding.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 19.
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.
, 186 pages. Fair-good condition. Stains, wear and tears around the margins. Several detached leaves. Worn and damaged binding.
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".
, 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.
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, . 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: , (lacking 1-4), 5-26 leaves. Rav Peninim: , 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.
Hakdama Ve'Derech Le'Etz HaChaim, methods for the study of kabbala by Rebbe Zvi Hirsh of Zhydachiv. Lvov, . First edition.
, 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.
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.
, 83 leaves. 21.5 cm. Blue and greenish paper, good condition. Stains and wear. Contemporary leather binding, damages.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 283.
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.
 5-69 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.
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.
• Meor Einayim. The Rebbe Menachem Nachum Twersky of Chernobyl. Polonne . Second edition. Stefansky Chassidut no. 309.
39, 1, 3-23, , 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 . 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.
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 …”.
 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.
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.
, 28, , 2,  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.
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.
 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.
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").
 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].
Magen Avraham, Parts 1-2, Chassidic homilies on the Torah by the Magid of Trisk, Rebbe Avraham ben Rabbi Mordechai of Chernobyl. Lublin . First edition, printed in the author's lifetime (1806-1889). Printed on Page  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…"
, 3-47, 1-36 leaves; , 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.
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.
, 129,  leaves; , 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.
Collection of important Chassidic books, mostly first editions.
For a complete list, please see Hebrew description.
7 books, varied size and condition.
For a complete list, please see the Hebrew description.
5 books, varied size and condition.
Collection of Chassidic books:
• Otiot D'Rabbi Yitzchak. Pardess (Pshat, Drash, Remez and Sod) Commentary in alphabetical order. Dubna, 1804. Second edition. (Stefansky Chassidut no. 38). The author is Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac HaLevi (1735-1783), author of Raza Meheimna and Yesod Yitzchak. Kabbalist and hidden tsaddik, one of the lamed-vav tsaddikim of the generation of the Ba'al Shem Tov and one of the teachers of Rabbi Moshe Teitelbaum, author of Yismach Moshe. See Item 86.
• Pri HaAretz, Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Vitsyebsk. Mahilyow, 1818. Second edition. (Stefansky Chassidut no. 478). Owners' signatures (blurred) "Shlomo ben Rabbi Simcha ---".
• Orach L'Chaim. On the Torah. By Rabbi Avraham Chaim of Złoczew. [Lemberg, c. 1838]. Vilna is written on the title page in large letters. Second edition. (Stefansky Chassidut no. 35). Owners' stamp on title page: "Yochanan Bash who will serve in the home of the rebbe here in Spinka".
• Likutei Ramal. Compilations by Rabbi Moshe Leib of Sasov. Lemberg, 1865. [Possibly printed in 1859 – See enclosed material].
4 books, varied size and condition, overall good condition.
A large collection of Chassidic, Kabalistic and mussar books.
For a complete list, please see Hebrew description.
17 books, 11 volumes. Varied size and condition.
Shomer Emunim, to instill faith in hearts. Parts 1-2, including the pamphlet Ahavat HaBoreh and the Thirteen Principles of Faith and songs of devotion and joy [by Rabbi Aharon Roth] added at the end of the book. Jerusalem, . First edition. Three title pages. Glosses of revisions [apparently in the author's handwriting]. The inscription "Proofread" appears on the last leaf.
Rebbe Aharon (Rabbi Aharaleh) Roth – (1894-1947) studied in the yeshiva of Rabbi Yeshaya Silverstein in Vietzen. Chassid and disciple of Rebbe Tzvi Elimelech of Bluzhov and Rebbe Yissachar Dov Rokeach of Belz. From his youth, he devotedly served G-d and established groups for wholehearted service of G-d in Budapest and Satmar named Shomer Emunim. In 1925, he immigrated to Jerusalem and there too established groups for serving of the Almighty with Chassidic devoutness. From 1930-1939 he returned to his group of Chassidim in Satmar and thereafter moved to Beregszász. In 1939, he returned to Jerusalem and reorganized his holy group which continues his legacy until today in the Chassidism of Toldot Aharon, Shomrei Emunim, Toldot Avraham Yitzchak, Mevakshei Amuna and other Chassidic groups . (Encyclopedia L'Chassidut, Vol. 1, 175-178). His many books (Taharat HaKodesh, Shulchan HaTahor, Shomer Emunim, Mevakesh Emuna, etc.) were published in many editions. This book, Shomer Emunim, is the most primary book of Rabbi Aharon's teaching of Chassidism and emuna which he bequeathed to future generations. This first edition was published anonymously.
, 7, , 10-37, 125 leaves; 11,  leaves; 55, 34 leaves; , 43,  leaves. 16.5 cm. Dry paper, good condition, tears to margins of several leaves. Without binding.
The book was printed in stages (by pamphlets) between 1941-1943, which explains the pagination. See Bibliography Institute CD, Record 0167199.
Da'at Kedoshim, on Kabbalistic and Chassidic topics. By Rebbe Yehuda Zvi [Eichenstein] Av Beit Din of Rozdil. Lemberg, 1848. First edition. Stefansky Chassidut, no. 133.
Bound at the beginning of the book: • Brit Kehunat Olam, on Kabbalistic and Chassidic topics. Parts 1-2. By Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac Katz of Koritz. Lemberg, 1848. First edition of Part 2. Stefansky Chassidut, no. 98. • Brit Kehunat Olam, Part 3, Mukacheve, 1892. First edition.
Stamps of Rebbe "Mordechai David Teitelbaum". Several signature of his father Rebbe "Menachem Zvi Teitelbaum of Drohobych" on title page of Da'at Kedoshim.
The Drohobych Rebbe – Rabbi Menachem Zvi (Nachum Hirsh), son of Rabbi Elazar Nissan Teitelbaum Av Beit Din of Drohobych and brother of Rebbe Yekutiel Yehuda Av Beit Din of Siget, author of Yitav Lev. Third generation descended from Rebbe Moshe Teitelbaum Av Beit Din of Újhely (Ihel), author of Yismach Moshe. Son-in-law of Rebbe Mordechai David (Ungar) of Dombrova, disciple of the Chozeh of Lublin.
His son Rebbe Mordechai David Teitelbaum (died in Kislev 1919), son-in-law of Rebbi Chanina Horwitz of Ulanów [who was also the father-in-law of Rabbi Zvi Hirsh Shapira of Mukacheve, author of Darkei Teshuva]. Served as Av Beit Din of Szczucin (Stitshin) and Drohobych. Responsa correspondence with Rebbe Mordechai David appear in books of responsa of his times. In his later years he immigrated to Safed.
Volume contains 3 books, approximately 23 cm. Overall good condition. Da’at Kedoshim, good condition, on bluish paper, wear to corners of first leaves. Brit Kehunat Olam Parts 1-2, good condition, high-quality paper, stains. Part 3, good-fair condition, brittle paper. Old binding with leather back.
The volume contains Chassidic books of first editions and Kabblistic books. Stamps and signature of the Drohobych Rebbe Mordechai David Teitelbaum:
• Yayin HaMeshumar article, Kabalistic topics. Rabbi Natan Shapira. Lemberg, 1867. • VaYakhel Moshe, Kabalistic topics. Rabbi Moshe of Prague. Lemberg, 1860. • Or Yisrael, Tikunei Zohar commentary, by the Magid Rebbe Yisrael of Kozienice. Chernivtsi (Tschernovitz), 1862. First edition. Stefansky Chassidut, no. 30. Signature of "Mordechai David Teitelbaum" on second title page. • Ayala Shelucha, on the Torah. Rabbi Naftali of Ropczyce. Lemberg, 1862. First edition. Stefansky Chassidut, no. 40. • Likutei Torah, Chassidut and guidance, by the Magid Rebbe Mordechai of Chernobyl. Chernivtsi, 1859. First edition. Stefansky Chassidut, no. 296. On the book sheets are over 100 handwritten corrections and glosses.
Rebbe Mordechai David Teitelbaum (died in Kislev 1919), son-in-law of Rebbe Chanina Horwitz of Ulanów [who was also the father-in-law of Rabbi Zvi Hirsh Shapira of Mukacheve, author of Darkei Teshuva]. Served as Av Beit Din of Szczucin (Stitshin) and Drohobych. Responsa correspondence with Rebbe Mordechai David appear in books of responsa of his times. In his later years he immigrated to Safed. These books have three types of stamps: "Av Beit Din of Szczucin", Av Beit Din of Drohobych and "Resides in the city of Safed".
The volume is composed of 5 books, approximately 21 cm. Varying condition good-fair to fair. Major wear to corners of the two first books.
Collection of books, prayer and Chassidism, Halacha and Midrashim etc. Most of the books originated from the library of Rebbe Alter Eliezer Kahane of Spinka-Zhydachiv in Jerusalem and from the library of his father Rebbe Yosef Meir Kahane of Spinka-Jerusalem.
Among the books: • Likutei Torah V'Hashas, Bamidmar. From Rebbe Yitzchak Isaac of Zhydachiv. Stamps and signature of Rebbe Yosef Meir Kahane of Spinka Av Beit din of Seredneye. • Likutei Mahari on Yalkut Shimoni, Nevi'im Ketuvim with signature and inscriptions of Torah teachings handwritten by Rabbi Alter Eliezer Kahane. • Menachem Meshiv Nafshi Zion. Rebbe Menachem Mendel Eichenstein of Zhydachiv. • Among the leaves is a wedding invitation with a letter handwritten and signed by Rebbe Yitzchak Isaac Eichenstein of Zhydachiv-Petach Tikva. • Sefer HaZohar, Shemot. Stamps of Rebbe Yissachar Ber Leifer – Ungvar. Stamp and signature of his son Rabbi "Chaim Mordechai Leifer ben R' Yissachar Ber of Ungvar". Inscriptions and signatures of several people. Self-dedication [in the handwriting of Rabbi Yosef Meir Kahane – unsigned]. • Derech HaTova V'HaYeshara. Stamp of Rabbi Yosef Meir Kahane, Ungvar and signature of his son Rabbi Alter Eliezer HaCohen Kahane. • Pri Kodesh Hillulim. Signature of Rabbi Alter Eliezer HaCohen Kahane. • Yismach Moshe. By Rebbe Moshe Teitelbaum Av Beit Din of Újhely. Stamps of Rebbes and signature and Torah words in the handwriting of Rebbe Alter Eliezer Kahane. • Siddur Beit Aharon V'Yisrael, Karlin-Stolin tradition. (Wear and detached leaves, lacking last leaf). Signature and inscriptions of Rebbe Alter Eliezer Kahane from his youth. Stamp of his father, Rebbe "Yosef Meir Kahane Av Beit Din of Spinka and Av Beit Din of Seredneye – Jerusalem". • More.
For a detailed list, please see Hebrew description.
Rebbe Yosef Meir Kahane of Spinka-Jerusalem (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 yeshiva in Seredneye. In 1941, he ascended to Eretz Israel and founded the Imrei Yosef Yeshiva wherein he established his court. Masses streamed to his “tish” and to hear his sermons which he delivered throughout Israel. His son the Rebbe of Spinka-Zhydachiv Rabbi Alter Eliezer Kahane (1937-2009) was an outstanding Torah genius and famous scholar, renowned for his prayers and holy demeanor. See item 439.
16 books in 10 volumes. Varied size and condition.
Mishne Torah L'HaRambam, Sefer Zemanim. Warsaw, 1881.
Many handwritten glosses on page margins. The glosses are copies of glosses and notes written by the first Sochaczew Rebbe Avraham Borenstein, author of Avnei Nezer and Eglei Tal. These marginalia of the Avnei Nezer on the Rambam were copied by his three grandsons, sons of the author of Shem M'Shmuel, and were printed in the book "Gilyonot Avnei Nezer al HaRambam (Jerusalem, 1995), 20 years ago. This is the original copy, in the handwriting of his grandson Rebbe David Borenstein author of Chasdei David.
Rabbi David Borenstein, the Chasdei David was born in 1876 in Nasielsk to his father, the author of Shem MiShmuel, son of the Avnei Nezer of Sochaczew. At the age of 20, he was appointed Rabbi of Wyszogród, there he headed the Yeshiva Gedolah for young men. After World War I, he moved to serve in the rabbinate of Tomaszów and Zagórz. After the death of his father in 1926, he was ordained Rebbe and was one of the leading Rebbes in Poland. He died in the Warsaw Ghetto in Kislev, 1942. All his descendants perished in the Holocaust. His many books and most of his writings on Talmudic treatises in Halacha and Aggada were lost in the travails of those times.
Rabbi Avraham Borenstein – the first Sochatchov Rebbe (1839-1890), a leading Torah genius and tzaddik in his times. Son-in-law of Rebbe Menachem Mendel "The Seraph of Kotzk". While he served as Rebbe to thousands of Chassidim, he headed a yeshiva where he taught his special method of studying Torah [as he writes in the introduction to his books, he received his study method from his father-in-law, Rebbe Mendeli of Kotzk]. Many of Poland's Torah scholars were his close disciples (the Chelkat Yo'av, Rabbi Aryeh Zvi Frumer, the Gaon of Koziegłowy, Rabbi Avraham Weinberg, author of Reshit Bikurim, and others). His Avnei Nezer and Eglei Tal responsa on the melachot of Shabbat are basic study books in the area of Torah scholarship and halacha.
(Missing first title page and last two leaves of Part 2) 3-170, 22 pages; , 171-420 pages. (Originally: 170, 22 pages; , 171-424 pages). 38 cm. Brittle paper, good-fair condition, wear, tears to margins. New leather binding.
Manuscript, thoughts about Chassidism and G-d's service, containing essays titled Sefer Refu'ot HaNefesh, Likut Divrei Chachamim and Avodat Pnim, handwritten and signed by Rabbi "Aharon Yosef Luria" of Tiberias, 1931-1935.
Rabbi Aharon Yosef Luria of Tiberias (1894-1969), the oldest son of Rabbi Zvi Hirsh Luria of Tiberias (1882-1952, one of the heads of the Or Torah Yeshiva) and a prominent Slonim Chassid in Tiberias. An outstanding Torah scholar, holy man and devoted servant of G-d. During the days preceding World War I, Rabbi Luria longed to travel to Slonim to visit the Rebbe, author of Divrei Shmuel but was not successful. In 1929, the Slonim Rebbe, author of Beit Avraham visited Eretz Israel and Rabbi Aharon Yosef grew very close to him and considered this period of his life as the light and soul of his being (he wrote in a letter that from the time he met the Rebbe, he became like a gushing spring and then he began to write his thoughts). During those years, he also began studying kabbalah and his knowledge in this area is evident in this notebook. This is one of the original notebooks in which he wrote his thoughts (with dates of writing), and which constituted the framework for his celebrated book Avodat Pnim [printed after his death in 1974 in several editions], which is a basic book for studying Slonim Chassidism's way of serving G-d. Some of the things in this notebook were not printed.
Approximately 62 written pages. 27.5 cm. Good condition, few tears and few worm holes.
Manuscript, Chassidic homiletics on the Torah, by Rebbe Baruch Yehoshua Yerachmiel Rabinowitz, from the time he served as Av Beit Din of Mukacheve. 1930s (written at various times beginning with 1933).
Large volume, divided into alphabetical sections according to the Torah weekly portions (with a special tab for each parasha). The content has many excerpts of Chassidic literature and many teachings of Mukacheve Rebbes as well as novellae by the writer, most spoken in public on various occasions. At the beginning of the volume are several pages of an "Index to the book Darkei Teshuva'.
Rebbe Baruch Yehoshua Yerachmiel Rabinowitz, (1915-1998) was born in Poland to his father Rebbe Natan David of Biala. From his youth, he was famous for his phenomenal genius and amazing erudite knowledge. The rebbe, author of Minchat Elazar, Rebbe Chaim Elazar Shapira Av Beit Din of Mukacheve chose him as a husband for his only daughter, Chaya Frumet. Their royal wedding was documented in the newspapers of that time as the largest Jewish wedding in all Hungarian countries. The borders were opened and special train lines transported Jews from all over Hungary to Mukacheve, (see Encyclopedia L'Chassidut, Volume 3, pp. 909-910).
After the death of his great father-in-law, Rabbi Rabinowitz succeeded him as Av Beit Din of Mukacheve and although he was only 22 years old, he led this large congregation for three years until the eruption of World War II. During the war, he suffered greatly following his expulsion from Mukacheve by the government (being a Polish citizen) and after much wandering and many travails (he was active in rescue operations in Budapest, from there he escaped to Eretz Israel via Turkey and Lebanon) survived the Holocaust and in 1944 arrived in Jerusalem with his entire family. (He managed to bring with him part of his large library of books and ancient manuscripts from the home of the Minchat Elazar and the Darkei Teshuva of Mukacheve). On their arrival in Jerusalem, his wife, Rebbetzin Chaya Frumet became ill. She died within the year, leaving behind five young orphans. [Two of his sons from his first wife are the famous Mukacheve and Dynów Rebbes at present living in the USA].
Apparently, the content of this manuscript was not printed.
Volume of approximately 90 written pages, approximately 33 cm. (Many empty leaves). Good condition, wear and detached leaves. New binding.
Collection of interesting items related to the Mukacheve Rebbe Baruch Yehoshua Yerachmiel Rabinowitz, from the time he ascended to Eretz Israel and linked with his activities on behalf of Holocaust victims.
• Printed leaf, by the Rebbe, a letter of farewell to his disciples in Mukacheve, before his immigration to Eretz Israel. Budapest, 1944. Two copies. • Letter to the Rebbe who had recently ascended to Eretz Israel, by R' Yitzchak Aharon Perlstein, who requests that the Rebbe act "to save my family… my wife and my four children… from the great danger in which they exist today". Nissan, . • Kvittel with names for prayer, sent to the Rebbe. The writer specifies the names of his children, including his son and daughter who are in "the country of Hungary… in Budapest and Nyíregyháza". • Letter by the Vaad Taharat HaMishpacha in Jerusalem, which invites the Rebbe to participate in the committee's convention. Jerusalem, Av 1944. • Letter of authorization from the Vaad HaHatzala in the US, from January 1947, which attests that the Rebbe "is dealing with an important mission in Germany and in Hungary" connected to the activities of Vaad HaHatzala. English. • Letter by Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac HaLevi Herzog – The Chief Rabbi of Israel, who invites the Rebbe to a prayer assembly of rabbis and rebbes in the Churva of Rabbi Yehuda HaChassid, which will take place on the 20th of Adar. Jerusalem, Purim D'Prazim 1945. • Letter to the Rebbe by "his disciple" Rabbi Yosef Binyamin Viliger. Brooklyn, Succot 1944.
Rebbe Baruch Yehoshua Yerachmiel Rabinowitz, son-in-law and successor of the Minchat Elazar of Mukacheve, and rescue activist at the time of the Holocaust. See previous item.
8 items (enclosed: envelope of letter sent to the Rebbe and newspaper clippings). Varied size and condition.
Upon the election of the Chief Rabbi of Tel-Aviv and Jaffa. Tel-Aviv, 1946. Pamphlet promoting the candidacy of Rebbe Baruch Rabinowitz of Mukacheve for the chief rabbinical office of Tel-Aviv. Includes the following photographs: a portrait photo, a photo taken during a lecture at the Mukacheve Yeshiva and a photo of the rabbinical certificate from the Mukacheve community.
Rabbi Baruch Yehoshua Yerachmiel Rabinowitz, (1915-1998) an interesting figure; rabbi, professor and rebbe. Son of The Rebbe Natan David Rabinowitz of Partziva (Biala), married the only daughter of the Minchat Eliezer of Mukacheve. His wedding was documented in the media of those days as the grandest Jewish wedding in Hungary. He served as Av-Bet-Din of Mukacheve and led this large community for three years until the time of the Holocaust. After many tribulations he reached Jerusalem. In 1945, he moved to San Paulo, Brazil and served in the rabbinate there while studying at the local university and in 1963 came to Israel to occupy a rabbinical position in Holon. In 1976, he moved to Petach Tikvah, where he founded his Bet Midrash and wrote his books “Binat Nevonim” and “Divrei Nevonim”. His sons from his first marriage are the famous Rebbes of Mukacheve and Dynów in the USA.
, 36,  pp. 20 cm. Good condition, stains.
Tikunei HaZohar, with the Kise Melech commentary. ("As written in Brody") [Warsaw, 1883].
Many stamps and signatures in the handwriting of Rabbi Ya'akov Meir Biderman "Member of the Vaad HaRabbanim in Warsaw". Glosses and correction in his handwriting and by other writers. Self-dedication of Rabbi Yochanan Rubenstein of Haifa, who received the book in 1966 from the Ger Rebbe Pinchas Menachem Alter.
Rabbi Ya'akov Meir Biderman (1926-1996), inherited the book from his maternal grandfather Rabbi Ya'akov Meir Biderman, and used it for many years until he gave it as a gift to his mechutan Rabbi Yochanan Rubenstein.
388 pages. 22 cm. Brittle paper, good condition. Use marks. Contemporary leather binding, rubbed.
Originally bound without 12 additional pages of explanations and rules printed in that edition.
Tikunei HaZohar, with the Kise Melech commentary. ("As written in Brody") [Warsaw, 1883].
Many stamps and signatures in the handwriting of Rabbi Ya'akov Meir Biderman "Member of the Vaad HaRabbanim in Warsaw". Glosses and correction in his handwriting and by other writers. Self-dedication of Rabbi Yochanan Rubenstein of Haifa, who received the book in 1966 from the Ger Rebbe Pinchas Menachem Alter.
Rabbi Ya'akov Meir Biderman (1926-1996), inherited the book from his maternal grandfather Rabbi Ya'akov Meir Biderman, and used it for many years until he gave it as a gift to his mechutan Rabbi Yochanan Rubenstein.
388 pages. 22 cm. Brittle paper, good condition. Use marks. Contemporary leather binding, rubbed.
Originally bound without 12 additional pages of explanations and rules printed in that edition.
• Sha'arei Ora, gates to Kabbalah, by Rabbi Yosef Jiktilia. Zholkva, 1782. (Damaged, worn first leaves). Owner's stamp of Rebbe Elazar HaLevi Rosenfeld Av Beit Din of Oświęcim, son-in-law of the Rahak, author of Divrei Chaim of Sanz. On the book leaves are ownership inscriptions in an ancient handwriting from the time of printing, of the "Beit Midrash Yashan" in "New Shklow".
• Simchat Yom Tov. On Tractate Betza by the Mahara Tzinz. Seini, 1923, published by the Rahak Rabbi Eliezer Fish of Bixad. On the title page is an ownership stamp of the Rahak Rabbi Eliezer David Greenwald Av Beit Din of Satmar, author of the Zichron Yehuda responsa. Another of his stamps appear at the end of his approbation printed on Leaf 2/a.
• Torat Avot. Commentary on Tractate Avot by Rabbi Avraham Yissachar Dov Levine of Brody. 3 parts, printed in Piotrków and in Lvov from 1912-1914. On the title page is the signature of Rebbe "Moshe Yechiel HaLevi Epstein the Rabbi of [Ożarów]", author of Be'er Moshe, with a comment in his handwriting.
3 books, varied size and condition.
Beit Efraim responsa, Volume Orach Chaim and Volume Choshen Mishpat. By Rabbi Efraim Zalman Margaliot. Warsaw, 1883.
Many stamps of Rebbe "Rabbi Meir Shalom Rabinowitz". On the title page of the Orach Chaim volume is his signature: "Meir Shalom of Garwolin" and ownership inscriptions "Rebbe of Kałuszyn, formerly from Parysów and Garwolin", handwritten with signatures of his son Rebbe "Shmuel Mordechai" of Połaniec.
Rebbe Meir Shalom Rabinowitz of Kałuszyn (died 1903), grandson of the "Yehudi HaKadosh". Son of Rebbe Yehoshua Asher Rabinowitz of Parysów and son-in-law of his brother Rabbi Ya'akov Zvi of Parysów. Disciple of Rabbi Yitzchak Menshkiz and Rabbi Yechezkel Shraga of Sieniawa. Served as rabbi of Parysów, Garwolin and Kałuszyn. From 1889, he also served as rebbe and thousands of Chassidim thronged to his court. He was primarily renowned for his wonders and his ability to see hidden things by means of Ruach HaKodesh. (He himself would tell of wonderful revelations he had seen while he was yet a young man). Authored Nahar Shalom on the Torah. His history and ways of conduct were printed in the book Derech Tsaddikim, Petrikov, 1912.
His son Rebbe Shmuel Mordechai Rabinowitz (died 1939), succeeded his father as rebbe in the city of Kałuszyn and later, his Chassidim established his Beit Midrash in the city of Połaniec.
Two volumes: 5, 116 leaves; , 4, 109 leaves. 30 cm. Brittle paper, fair condition, wear and tears. Stains and use marks. New bindings.
Siddur Nusach HaAri Kol Ya'akov, by the Kabbalist Rabbi Ya'akov Kapil Lifshitz the disciple of the Ba'al Shem Tov. Part 1, for daily prayers. Part 2, for Shabbat and festivals. Lemberg, 1859.
Siddur with explanations and the meaning of prayers, laws and kabbalistic customs. Approbations by Rabbi Asher Zvi of Ostroh who writes: "I have heard that this siddur was seen by the great and holy … Ba'al Shem Tov and found favor in his eyes". [The siddur was compiled by the kabbalist Rabbi Ya'akov Kapil Lifshitz of Mezritch who also wrote the book Sha'ar Gan Eden which was also highly praised by the Ba'al Shem Tov as written on its title page].
Signature in the characteristic handwriting [square] of the kabbalist Rabbi "Hillel Moshe Meshil'.
The kabbalist Rabbi Hillel Moshe Gelbstein (1832-1907), was a disciple of the Saraph of Kotzk and of the Lubavitcher Rebbe author of Tzemach Tzedek. He ascended to Jerusalem in 1868 after the death of his teachers, the Kotzker Rebbe, the Ger Rebbe author of Chidushei HaRim and the Tzemach Tzedek. From the time of his arrival in Jerusalem, he studied at length the laws of the temple (Bet HaMikdash) and in his interesting books he rouses his readers to fulfill the mitzvah of guarding the place of the temple. He hired "sentinels" as the temple's guards of honor and would light many candles in G-d's honor at the Western Wall. He also renewed the kindling of the Ner-Tamid at the tomb of Shimon HaTsaddik. His books, Mishkanot Le'Abir Ya'akov (printed one volume at a time from 1870-1906) contain a mix of novellae on Tractate Tamid, matters of guarding the temple and kabbalistic homilies. He was famous as a miracle-worker and in his books he attests to salvation and miracles which transpired at the Western Wall and at the tomb of Shimon HaTsaddik.
, 5-12, 9-16, , 17, , 25-62,  leaves. (Approximately 8 leaves are missing in the middle of the book. Originally: , 5-12, 9-16, , 17, , 25-82,  leaves. 21.5 cm. Varying condition, good-fair. Tears and worm damages, with damage to text. Many stains of usage. Ancient semi-leather binding from Jerusalem (with mistaken embossment).
Asara Ma'amarot, with the Yad Yehuda commentary. Lemberg, 1868.
Stamps of Rebbe "Avraham Yehoshua Heshel Freidman – Bohosh" [with a drawing of a serpert swallowing an eagle].
Rebbe Avraham Yehoshua Heshel Freidman (1858-1940), son of Rebbe Yitzchak of Bohosh and son-in-law of his uncle Rabbi Menachem Nachum of Shtefenesht. In 1896, he became Rebbe of Adzod, Romania and in Galaţi (Galatz). His son is the "Admor HaTza'ir" of Shtefenesht, Rabbi Menachem Nachum Freidman of Iţcani (1879-1933), author of the books Divrei Menachem, Al Emet V'Hasheker, HaChalom U'Pitrono, etc. He moved to Shtefenesht to succeed his uncle Rebbe Avraham Mattityahu in the Shtefenesht rabbinate but he died at a young age in the lifetime of his uncle and his father.
248,  leaves. 22.5 cm. Thin high-quality paper. Good condition, foxing, wear and stains. Old semi-leather binding.
Opening price: $300
Shas HaGadol She’Ba’Gdolim, Tractate Berachot, with commentaries and many additions, published by Rabbi Yosef Shapetshnik. London, .
Volume designed in an exceptionally large format. Five title pages. With various additions to the "Seder Hadaf", besides the regular commentaries, such as the “Rishon Le'Zion” commentary by the author of “Or HaChaim”, the “Tirat Kesef” commentary by Rabbi Chaim Avraham Guttenyu, compilations from various books, etc. Other additions are found at the end of the volume.
Stamps (German) of Rabbi Moshe Shimshon Wasserman Av Bet Din of Darmstadt [and other German cities, author of the “She'elat Moshe” responsa]. Dedication in his handwriting on the leaf before the first title page: “I have given this gift in honor of the Rebbe of Husyityn, the holy Moshe Shimon Wasserman Rabbi of Darmstadt”. The book was given as a gift to the Rebbe Yisrael Freidman of Husiatyn (1858-1949), who resided in Vienna, Austria together with many of the Ruzin rebbes from World War I until he moved to Palestine shortly before the Holocaust.
Volume in an especially large format. , 13 leaves, 27-36 pages, 13-17 leaves, 37-42 pages, 18-26 leaves, 43-54 pages, 27-64 leaves, 55-100 pages. 50 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Stamps. Damages on the binding.
No other tractates of this Talmud were printed.
Volume, which contains several books of the teachings of the Ruzhyn-Sadigura Rebbes, with various stamps and ex-libris labels of the private library of Rebbe Mordechai Shalom Yosef Freidman of Sadigura- Przemyśl. On Page 8 of Beit Yisrael is a gloss in his handwriting in which he brings an interesting tradition from his grandfather Rabbi Avraham of Pohrebysche [father of Rabbi Yisrael of Ruzhyn] at the time of his death.
• Knesset Yisrael, exquisite compilations by Rebbe Yisrael of Ruzhyn and by his sons, by Rabbi Reuven Zack of Ustilug. Warsaw, (1906) [stereotype edition, bibliographically unlisted – 1909].
• Beit Yisrael by Rabbi Reuven Zack of Ustilug. Piotrków, 1914. First edition.
• Siftei Tsaddikim by Rabbi Ya'akov Leiner of Radzin. Piotrków, 1914. First edition.
• Menorah HaTehorah by Rabbi Yehuda Aryeh Teomim-Frankel. Przemyśl-Bilgoria. 1911. First edition.
Rebbe Mordechai Shalom Yosef Freidman author of Knesset Mordechai (1896-1979), son of Rebbe Aharon of Sadigura and son-in-law of Rebbe Yisrael Shalom Yosef of Mezhiboz. In 1913, at the age of 16, he was appointed Rebbe succeeding his father and served as Rebbe for 66 years. In 1914, he moved to Vienna and in 1934 to Przemyśl. He served as one of the heads of Agudat Yisrael and of Moetzet Gedolei HaTorah for many years. In 1939, he visited Eretz Israel and following the advice of his uncle Rebbe Yisrael of Husiatin remained in Eretz Israel. His family merited joining him there and ascended with his entire library before the Holocaust erupted. He established his Beit Midrash Knesset Mordechai in Tel Aviv. These books have various stamps of the rebbe: from Tel Aviv, Przemyśl and from his temporary stay in the US.
For additional information, please see Hebrew description.
146 pages; 164 pages; , 4-29; 96 pages. 21 cm. Brittle paper, varying condition, good to fair. Damages to the last leaves of the fourth book. Old binding, worn.
Siddur Tefilla Yeshara HeChadash and Keter Nehora HaShalem. Prayers for the whole year, Berdychiv –Boston version. With the Keter Nehora commentary, by Rabbi Aharon HaCohen of Apta. Proofread and published by the Boston Rebbe, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Horowitz. Brooklyn, 1976. On the flyleaf is a wedding dedication, handwritten and signed by Rebbe "Levi Yitzchak HaLevi of Boston", who published the siddur.
Rebbe Levi Yitchak Horowitz of Boston (1821-2010), son of Rebbe Pinchas David HaLevi Horowitz, founder of the Boston dynasty, was very involved in chesed activities and in kiruv. He also founded the Rofeh Organization which assists those who come to the Boston Medical Center (US). From 1989, he served as a member of Mo'etzet Gedolei HaTorah of
, 517,  pages. 23 cm. Good condition, stains, damaged original binding.
Two books from the library of the Gaon Rabbi Moshe Aryeh Freund, Av-Beit-Din Jerusalem, with signatures. In one book appear inscriptions and signatures in his handwriting, from his childhood, when he was 8 years of age.
• Sefer Shita Mekubetzet, about Baba Batra Tractate. Warsaw, 1901.
Inscriptions and signatures: "belongs to Adoni Avi Mori Verabi the famous Gaon…Israel Freund"(1912); "belongs to…Rabbi the genius righteous and holy etc…; inscription in pencil: "Hebra Kinyan Sefarim" and additional inscriptions in pen and pencil. "Rabbi Moshe Aryeh Freund" ink stamps from the time he was Av Beit Din of Satmar and an additional ink stamp from Jerusalem: "Moshe Aryeh Friend…- presently Rabbi of…the Eda Hacharedit in Jerusalem".
• Hari"m responsa, by Rebbe Gaon rabbi Yitzchak Meir of Gur author of "Chidushei Hari"m". Josefow, 1867. First edition. (Stefansky Chassidut, no. 112). Ink stamp of Rabbi "Moshe Aryeh Freund…presently rabbi of …Eda HaCharedit Jerusalem..".
The holy and righteous genius Rabbi Moshe Aryeh Freund (1904-1996), son of the holy Rabbi Yisrael Av Beit Din of Bonyhad (d.1940) and grandson of the Rebbe Avraham Yehoshua Freund of Nasaud (1855-1932), son of Rabbi Moshe Aryeh Freund head of Nasaud congregation of Siget during the time of the "Yitav Lev" and the "Kedushat Yom Tov". One of the loyal disciples of the Rebbe of Satmar Rabbi Yoel Teitelbaum, served as rabbinical authority in Satmar, Av Beit Din of Nasaud from 1938. After the holocaust he immigrated to Jerusalem and served as Rosh Yeshiva of Satmar and as a rabbinical authority. Chief Av Beit Din of the Edah HaCharedit. After the demise of the "Minchat Yitzchak" he was appointed as Av Beit Din of the Edah HaCharedit. For many years was known as being a righteous miracle worker
and was sought after for blessings by people in need of salvation. Rama Yeshiva and Talmud Torah are named after him, in Kiryat Rama and Beit-Shemesh.
Two books, size and condition varies. With embossing on the bindings “from the books of the Gaon Rabeinu Moshe Aryeh Freund…Jerusalem”.
Likutei Amarim Tanya, with Igeret HaTeshuva and Igeret HaKodesh. By the Admor HaZaken Rebbe Shneor Zalman of Liadi. [Kopust, later than 1836]. Bound with: Sha'arei Kedusha, by Rabbi Chaim Vital, Kopust, 1836.
, 36, 41-44, , 6,  leaves;  leaves. 17.5 cm. Good-fair condition, wear and stains, detached bindings.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 631.
On the back leaf is a Russian stamp stating that "The books have been censored by the Kopust Rabbi L. Yaffe". This stamp also appears on other copies and on the two editions printed in Kopust in those years. According to Mondshein's opinion (Torat Chabad, Vol. 1, p. 71), the books were printed underground and did not receive the censor's approval. Therefore, no note of the place of printing appears on the title page, besides a forged inscription. The stamp of the rabbi’s approval is also forged. [See enclosed copy of Rabbi Mondshein's article in which he writes that the censor stamps were required during the 1837 "book decree". To authorize the propriety of the books printed before the decree, the books were submitted for censorship to the regional authority on behalf of the censor which was often the local rabbi. That censor usually stamped the book adding his own signature. Therefore, the place where the book was stamped had no actual connection to the place of printing since the Jew possessed books in his home which were printed in various places and not specifically in the place or country in which he resided. Copies of these editions which originate from various places were stamped by the same Rabbi of Kopust]. The book Sha’arei Kedusha, printed at the beginning of 1836 is bound with this book. Possibly, this edition of Likutei Amarim Tanya was also printed at the beginning of 1836, before the new law of the “Book Decree” was legislated and therefore, the books were authorized by the local rabbi on behalf of the authorities, while they were still in the printing press.
Sha'ar HaTeshuva, Part 2, by the "Middle" Rebbe Dov Ber Schneerson, son of the "Elder" Rebbe author of the Tanya. [Kopust? / or Shklow?, 1818]. First edition.
(Missing title page), , 42; 1-2, 5-81,  leaves. 15.5 cm. Blue-greenish paper, fair condition, stains and worm damages. Wear. Fabric binding.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 586. According to the opinion of C. Leiberman, the book was printed in Kopust but many bibliographers listed Shklow as place of printing.
Be'urei HaZohar, by Rebbe Shneur Zalman of Liadi (Ba'al HaTanya). Kopust, . Printed by Rabbi Yisrael Yaffe. First edition.
One of the first books of Chassidic articles with the teachings of the Admor HaZaken, printed after his death in 1813. "Be'urei HaZohar by the famous great Rebbe Dov Ber containing the teachings he heard from his father Rebbe… Shneor Zalman, who lectured every Shabbat eve to his sons, and turned to the Rebbe (Dov Ber) to write all the teachings which he heard from his holy mouth, because he knew that he would not swerve from his good intentions…".
In the beginning of the book is “a letter send to all “anshei shlomeinu”, an introduction by the “Middle” Rebbe Dov Ber.
Ancient owner’s signature: “Belongs to Nachum ben R’ ---, called by all Nachum Mazal”.
, 139; 44 leaves (lacking Leaves 45-57). 20 cm. Bluish paper, good-fair condition, moisture stains, wear, tears with lacking text to the two last leaves. Ancient worn binding.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 79.
Imrei Binah, on the monotheism in the first verse of Kri'at Shema, Sha'ar HaKri'at Shema, Sha'ar HaTzitzit and Sha'ar HaTefillin, by "The famous great Rebbe Dov Ber Shai". Kopust, . Printed by Rabbi Yisrael Yaffe. First edition printed in the lifetime of the second Chabad rebbe, Rabbi Dov Ber Schneerson called the "Middle Rebbe".
21, 56, [1-marked: 67], 55-140 leaves. 20.5 cm. High-quality paper, good-fair condition, worm damages. Restored first and last leaves. Blurred signatures: "Lifshitz", "Yisrael Leib". Elaborate semi-leather binding.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 55.
Sha'arei HaYichud V'HaEmuna, commentary on the Tanya [on Sha'ar HaYichud V'HaEmuna], by Rabbi Aharon HaLevi "The one singular disciple of our great rabbi… Rabbi Shnuer Zalman [from Liadi] who was his student for thirty years and did not move from him until he revealed all the secrets of his wisdom…". Shklow, . First edition.
Rebbe Aharon HaLevi Horowitz of Strashelye (1766-1829, Encyclopedia L'Chassidut Vol. 1, pp. 147-151), a prominent disciple of the author of the Tanya. After the death of his rabbi in 1813, some of the Chassidim of the Admor HaZaken ordained Rabbi Aharon as his successor. Consequently, Rabbi Aharon established his own court and this instigated a fierce dispute between him and Rebbe Dov Ber ("The Middle Rebbe"), son and successor of the Ba'al HaTanya. The two also disagreed on the exegesis of the Tanya and on other issues of service of G-d. Nonetheless, his compositions and melodies were accepted by Chabad Chassidism. His many writings on Chassidism and Kabbalah were printed and are counted among basic Chassidic literature. Besides the first editions, his books were not reprinted for many years and are therefore rare.
Comlete copy, , 4, 4, 9-56, 60, 52, 44, , 28,  leaves. Mispaginated. Light bluish paper. 16.5 cm. Good condition. Stains and wear. Minor restoration to title page and to several leaves. Worm marks to few leaves. Attractive new leather binding.
Stefansky Chassidut no. 582.
Collections of books, Tzemach Tzedek, authored by Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson of Lubavitch, first editions printed in Vilna 1870-1884:
• Tzemach Tzedek responsa – Even HaEzer, Parts 1-2. • Tzemach Tzedek responsa – Yoreh Deah Parts 1-3. • Tzemach Tzedek – novellae on the six Sidrei Mishna and on the Talmud. • Tzemach Tzedek – rulings, on all four parts of the Shulchan Aruch, Parts 1-2. [At the end of Choshen Mishpat, on p. 138 are the author's words on the teachings of the Vilna Gaon: "In my lowly state, I did not merit understanding his holy words". Other copies exist in which this leaf was replaced with a "revised" leaf wherein the question was changed to "And this is not a response"].
For a complete list, please see Hebrew description.
10 books in 5 volumes. Varied size and condition. Good-fair to fair condition.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 502, 503, 504.
Four books of Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson, author of Tzemach Tzedek of Lubavitch.
• “Tzemach Tzedek”, responsa. Even HaEzer, Part 1. Vilnius, 1870. First edition. (Stamp of Rabbi Avraham Katz Weisbord of Smolensk). • “Tzemach Tzedek”, responsa. Even HaEzer, Part 2. Vilnius, 1872. First edition. • “Derech Emuna”, called also “Sefer HaChakira”, Poltava, . First edition. Bound with: • "Additions to the book Derech Emuna", and homiletics for Chanukah. Berdychiv, . First edition.
Four books in three volumes. Varied size and condition.
Collection of Chabad Chassidic books, containing books of significant and first editions:
• Likutei Torah, Part 3. Devarim and the Tishrei festivals, compilations of teachings of the Admor HaZaken Rebbe Shnuer Zalman. Zhitomir, 1848. Printed by Rabbi Chanina Lipa, Rabbi Aryeh Leib and Rabbi Yehoshua Heshel Shapira. First edition. Stefansky Chassidut no. 297. (Inscription signed by Rabbi "Efraim Eliezer HaCohen [Yoles]). • Derech Mitzvotecha (Part 1), Ta'amei HaMitzvot. By the author of Tzemach Tzedek, Poltava, . First edition. • Derech Mitzvotecha – Part 2, explanation of words of prayer. By the author of Tzemach Tzedek. Poltava, . First edition. • Derech Mitzvotecha (Part 1), Ta’amei HaMitzvot. By the author of Tzemach Tzedek, Poltava, . Second edition. • Derech Emuna – Sefer HaChakira, by the author of Tzemach Tzedek. Poltava, . First edition. • Chana Ariel, Chabad homiletics on the Torah. Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac HaLevi Epstein Av Beit Din of Homyel. Parts 3-5. Berdychiv, .
6 books, 25-25.5 cm. Varied condition, good to good-fair.
Chabad Chassidism – collection of books and booklets.
For a complete list, please see the Hebrew description.
10 items, varied size and condition.
Large collection of Chabad Chassidic books (including bibliographic books on the books of the Admor HaZaken).
For a complete list, please see the Hebrew description.
Approximately 40 books and booklets, varied size and condition. A detailed list will be sent upon request.
Collection of books and booklets, of Chabad Chassidism, some with signatures and dedications. 1876-1953.
For a complete list, please see Hebrew description.
14 items, composed of more than 30 books and booklets. Varied size and condition, good to fair-poor.
Ma'amar Yetzi'at Mitzrayim, first Chassidic essay of 10 essays written by Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac HaLevi Epstein Av Beit Din of Homyel, the distinctive disciple of Rebbe Shneur Zalman of Liadi, and disciple of his son the "Middle" Rebbe Dov Ber. Vilna, 1877. Only edition. On Page 38 is a handwritten gloss, from the time of printing.
Bound with a manuscript, Ma'amarei Chabad, two long essays, with the teachings of the Rebbe Maharash – Rabbi Shmuel, the fourth of the Lubavitch dynasty. Essays - "Im kesef talve" and "Ki Tisah", written in 1878.
58 pages, printed;  handwritten pages. 21.5 cm. High-quality paper, fair condition, worm damages (on text). New binding.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 318.
Manuscript, Chassidic essays of Lubavitch-Chabad Rebbes. Most of the essays are teachings of the Rashab of Lubavitch – Rabbi Shalom Duber Schneerson. 1892-1898.
Most of the pamphlets were written by one person, in attractive handwriting, with comments and corrections in the margins. Essays for Parshat Zachor, teki'at shofar, Bar-Mitzvah, wedding, etc.
Approximately 172 written pages (pagination of Leaves 75-135, with skipped leaves). 22 cm. Varying condition good to fair, worm holes, damages and tears to few leaves, new leather binding.
Manuscript, "copy of a letter by the Lubavitch Rebbe", Shalom Dov Ber Schneerson – a copy of his historical letter written on the 10 th of Tamuz 1899.
Among other things he writes: "…Even if these people completely fulfilled G-d's will and his Torah, and even if there were grounds for thinking that they would reach their goal, we are not to heed them in this matter to achieve our redemption by our own strength. Behold, we are not allowed to force the redemption even by insistent entreaties… how much more so by force and material schemes… i.e. we are not allowed to force our way out of exile and this will not be our redemption…". Further in the letter, the Rashab sharply criticizes the Zionist leaders who blaspheme basic Jewish beliefs and fight to destroy the education of Torah and fear of Heaven to exchange it for the "Torah" of the new nationalism.
Written on official stationery of Rabbi "Pesach ben Rabbi Chanoch Hendel Freidland" from the city of Kremenchuk. Rabbi Pesach Freidland (1869-1942), son of Rabbi Chanoch Hendel Freidland [1850-1914, Av Beit Din of Porechye, Babruysk region], student at the Volozhin Yeshiva. A founder of the Zionist Union Nes Tziona. Delegate at the convention of Jewish Public Activists from the entire Tsarist Russia who convened in Kovno in 1910. He was an active member of the Mizrachi Union from the beginning of its establishment. Delegate of the Mizrachi convention in Lida in 1903 and a Mizrachi delegate to all the Zionist congresses from the second congress until the thirteenth. In 1922, he moved to Jerusalem and was one of the founders of the Mizrachi Bank.
4 pages, 21 cm. good condition.
Letter in Yiddish in the handwriting of Rebbetzin Chaya Shterna Schneerson wife of the Rebbe the Rashab, sent to "My honorable and modest friend Musha Chaya". Tishrei 1928.
Rebbetzin Sarah Shterna – the fifth rebbetzin of the Chabad dynasty, was born in 1859 to her father Rebbe Yosef Yitzchak of Ovruch son of the Tzemach Tzedek and to her mother, daughter of Rabbi Ya'akov Yisrael of Cherkasy, son-in-law of the Middle Rebbe. In 1865, her betrothal to the Rashab was celebrated in the home of her illustrious grandfather, author of the Tzemach Tzedek (the bride and groom were 5 years old at the time), and their marriage took place ten years later in 1875. In 1940, she immigrated with her only son the Rebbe the Rayatz to the USA and in 1942 she died. She was renowned for her righteousness and her wisdom. The girls' school network Beit Sarah established by her son the Rayatz, was named after her.
1 leaf, 27 cm. 11 handwritten lines. Good condition, creases and folding marks.
Interesting letter by Rebbe Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson of Lubavitch-Chabad (the Rebbe Rayatz), after he recuperated from his illness. Brooklyn, Chanuka 1944.
Typewritten, with his signature.
"I praise and thank Hashem for his kindness… in the merit of my fathers he received the prayers of my friends and fulfilled their requests… to elevate me from my illness and although I am still weak – G-d should strengthen me… I can hold my pen to write…".
The Rebbe adds thoughts about his mission in the world: "The purpose and mission of my soul is to teach Torah and fear of Heaven, to rouse the Jewish people to study and tread in the path of Chassidism and the Chassidim and to be among those who benefit and influence much good through their love of the Jewish people…".
Letter, 28 cm. Good condition.
This letter was not published in "Igrot Kodesh" of the Rayatz.
An interesting letter by Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson of Lubavitch-Chabad (the Rayatz), concerning the students of the Chabad Yeshiva in Shanghai, arriving to the USA. Brooklyn, 1946.
Typewritten, with his own signature.
"My friends the student of Tomchei Temimim Lubavitch in Shanghai are coming at the end of this week to this country, and I am requesting that you arrange a wonderful meeting for them…".
Official stationery, 21 cm. Good condition, stains and folding marks.
Letter with blessing for health and success, by the Rebbe Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson of Lubavitch-Chabad (the Rayatz). Brooklyn, 1946.
Typewritten on official stationery, with his signature.
21 cm. Good condition, folding marks.
Letter of invitation by Rebbe Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson (the Rayatz) upon the marriage of his daughter Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka with Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson – The Lubavitch-Chabad Rebbe. Riga, 1928.
"G-d has given me the privilege to marry off my daughter, the praiseworthy bride Chaya Mushka with the bridegroom Rabbi Menachem Mendel… the chuppah will take place on Tuesday the 14th of the month of Kislev in the courtyard of the Lubavitch Tomchei Temimim Yeshiva in Warsaw…".
Typewritten on the Rebbe's official stationary, the date and recipient completed in the Rebbe's handwriting ["My honored Mechutan… R' Yitzchak"], and with the Rebbe's signature.
24 cm. Good condition. Folding marks.
Lithograph letter by Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson – The Rebbe Rayatz of Lubavitch, on the marriage of his daughter Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka with Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson – the Chabad Rebbe. Warsaw, Kislev 1928.
Lithograph printing of a handwritten letter, with a copy of the Rebbe's signature. "In memory of the wedding day of my daughter the laudable bride Ms. Chaya Mushka with the bridegroom Rabbi Menachem Mendel…". A “gift” originally accompanied this letter – a facsimile of a letter in the handwriting of the Rebbe Ba'al HaTanya, and in this letter the Rebbe, the Rayatz explains the historic context of the letter – the dispute between the Chassidim and the Mitnagdim in Vilna.
Lithograph printed brochure,  pages (without the facsimile leaf enclosed with the letter). 15 cm. Good condition, stains and wear.
Letter of blessing by Rebbetzin Nechama Dinah Schneerson, wife of Rebbe Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson of Lubavitch-Chabad (the Rayatz). Brooklyn 1950.
Written in Yiddish, typewritten on official stationery, with the Rebbetzin's signature.
Rebbetzin Nechama Dinah (1882-1971), daughter of Rabbi Avraham Schneerson, son of the Rebbe author of Tzemach Tzedek of Lubavitch. Wife of the Rayatz. In the summer of 1927, at the time her husband was imprisoned, she led the fight for his release and rescue in spite of the danger involved in these activities under the communist rule.
21 cm. Good condition, stains and folding marks.
Collection of publications / single leaves from various times printed and distributed by Kollel Chabad in Eretz Israel. 1910-1936.
Including: Lithograph of a handwritten letter by the Rayatz, to assist the Kollel's needy members. Rostov-na-Donu 1921. • Letter signed by Rabbi S. Zalman Havlin, head of the Torat Emet Yeshiva. • Various receipts of Kollel Chabad, some completed with signatures. • Emergency fund – printed leaf of US postage stamps with a picture of the Temple Mount and the Torat Emet Yeshiva building in Jerusalem, etc.
14 items, varied size and colors, overall very-good condition.
Chabad Chassidism – compilation of printed proclamations and leaves:
• Awaken Awaken Jerusalem" – Printed proclamation against Rabbi Zevin and the Mizrachi movement, by Chabad Chassidism in Jerusalem. [Jerusalem, Katzburg printing]. • Printed leaf, letter by the Chabad Rebbe the Rayatz opposing the Mizrachi movement. [Jerusalem, Kalisher printing press]. • Letter of guidance by the Rebbe Rayatz of Chabad to yeshiva students. [Jerusalem, Weinfeld printing press]. • Printed leaf, "copy" of a telegram sent by the Lubavitcher Rebbe [the Rayatz] to Rabbi Herzog, on the polemic of Yaldei Teheran. • Letter by the Rayatz in response to those who ask "how to relate to current events", 14 th of Iyar 1948. Stencil printing. • Yom Shemini Atzeret V'Simchat Torah, printed leaf, by Tzeirei Agudat Chabad in Tel Aviv.
6 paper items, varied size and condition.
Letter by Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson the Lubavitch-Chabad Rebbe, to Rabbi Yeshaya Horwitz, author of Yavo Shilo. Brooklyn, 1950.
Two leaves, on official stationery of the Center for Education [headed by the Rebbe from 1942], typewritten with many corrections and additions (approximately 28 lines) in the Rebbe's own handwriting. These additions have not been printed in Igrot Kodesh (Vol 3, Igeret 538).
The letter contains kabbalistic thoughts (Gilgul neshamot of Aristotle and Antigonus of Sokho) and halachic matters (laws of Gittin).
2 leaves, 28 cm. Fair condition, stains, folding marks and minor tears.
• Three letters with the signature of Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson of Lubavitch-Chabad [from 1982, 1984 and 1987]. One letter includes blessings for a Brit Milah. • Three letters written on the Rebbe's secretarial stationery, signed by the Rebbe's assistant.
6 letters. 21 cm. Folding marks, stains and file holes.
Letter of New Year wishes, "Ketiva ve'chatima tova for a good sweet year, material and spiritual", by Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson of Chabad Lubavitch. Brooklyn, 1961.
Official stationery, typewritten and signed by the Rebbe.
21 cm. Good condition, folding marks.
• Enclosed is a dollar given by the Rebbe, for charity. (Laminated, sticker glued on top with his photograph).
Letter with New Year wishes, "Ketiva ve'chatima tova for a New Year, for a good and sweet year, blessed in materiality and spirituality", by the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson of Chabad-Lubavitch to the Kabbalist Rabbi Yosef Waltuch of Złoczew. Brooklyn, 1951.
Typewritten on official stationery, with his signature.
The Mekubal Rabbi Yosef Waltuch – "The street cleaner" (died in 1983), native of Jerusalem, Tsaddik and miracle-worker, member of a group of kabbalists who clandestinely studied together and were referred to by the name of their professions: "The shoemaker" – Rabbi Moshe Ya'akov Ravikov, "The artist" – Rabbi Yehuda Patilon (see lot no. 7), "The floor layer" – Rabbi Avraham Fish, "The milkman" – Rabbi Chaim HaCohen.
22 cm. Fair condition. Stains, restored damages within the folding marks.
• Letter of New Year wishes, "Ketiva Ve'Chatima Tova for a good sweet New Year, in material and spiritual matters", by Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson of Chabad Lubavitch. Brooklyn, 1957. Official stationery, typewritten and signed by the Rebbe.
22 cm. creases and folding marks. Several tears.
• Package of L'acqua miracolosa [Miracle Water], Che vi portera la salut e salvezza [which will bring you cures and salvation]. Includes a glass bottle which contains water blessed by the Rebbe, and a colorful booklet with explanation of the Seven Laws of Noah and the importance of fulfilling them and information about the Chabad Rebbe, placed in a matching box with the Rebbe's picture. Italian. Published by Bet Chabad in Petach Tikva.
Height of bottle: 21 cm. The bottle is not completely full. Overall good condition.
Likutei Amarim Tanya. With bibliography of the Tanya printings, photocopies of the title page of previous editions and manuscripts of the Tanya. Brooklyn, New York, 11th of Nissan 1982.
This edition was distributed by the Lubavitch Rebbe at the "Hitva'adut" (convention) on the 11th of Nissan 1982 (his 80th birthday).
18 cm. Very good condition.
• Five bills: two one-dollar bills, a five, ten and twenty dollar bills, given by the Chabad Rebbe to give to charity [the dates on which they were given are written on the bills]. – Attached is the authorization of the owner of the bills.
• A one lira coin, glued onto a paper envelope, with the inscription: "1 lira coin of the Admor, for Elka, the 15 th of Tamuz, 1976" [apparently, given by the Lubavitch Rebbe].
A letter of good wishes sent to Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson – the Lubavitch-Chabad Rebbe in honor of his 90th birthday on the 11th of Nissan 1992, with blessings for good health and for continued "lofty activities".
Typewritten, with signatures of seven rabbis and rebbes who signed their names and the name of their mothers to receive a blessing from the rebbe as one does in a kvittel. Among the signatures: Rebbe Avraham Yechiel Lemberger of Makova, Rebbe Yissachar Dov Safrin of Komarno, Rabbi Pinchas Yitzchak Biderman of Lelów-Nicholsburg, and others.
Leaf, 33 cm. Good condition, folding marks and creases.
Chabad Chassidism – large archive of letters (over 300 letters), by its Chassidic sages and rabbis, emissaries of Chabad throughout the world, institution managers and community activists.
The majority of the letters were sent to Rabbi Efraim Wolf, among the chief activists of Chabad in Eretz Israel. Many letters by Rabbi Shmaryahu Gurary (son-in-law of the Rebbe Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn and brother-in-law of the last Rebbe of Lubavitch), and by sages of Chabad. Writers include: Rabbi Mordechai Mentlik, Rabbi Dover Baumgarten, Rabbi Betzalel Vilshensky, Rabbi Shneor Zalman Srevrenski, Rabbi Binyamin Eliyahu Gorodski, and more. • Includes several letters by distinguished individuals not related to Chabad Chassidism (among them two letters from Rabbi Yitzchak Yaakov Weiss, Av Beit Din of the Eida Hacharedit, author of Minchat Yitzchak). Includes several photocopies of letters (from the Lubavitcher Rebbe and more).
Over 300 letters. Sizes vary, overall good condition.
Portrait of the Chabad Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the Lubavitch Rebbe. Original handmade mosaic, produced by Eilon Mosaics Creations. Israel, .
A mosaic created using more than one thousand stones. Each contributes its part expressing character, color and shades in the Rebbe's depiction.
The Eilon Mosaics Creations workshop has been active for the past 60 years. During this time, it has produced unique handmade mosaics, by using a technique which reconstructs early, unique and complex art to create modern, high-quality designs. The workshop also excels in design and production of replicas of ancient mosaics found in Israel. Its works have been integrated into the Israeli presidential residence, in the Knesset, the Migdal David Museum and various synagogues in Israel and abroad.
100X100 cm. Framed.
Likutei Moharan, Volumes 1-2 Kadma'a V'Tanyana... "Pure essays of the famous Chassid… Rabbi Nachman of Breslov". (1809), [Lemberg?, Zhovkva?, 1830s?].
Handsome ownership inscription from 1849 that the book belongs to Rabbi Moshe Chaim Weiss signed by Rabbi Shlomo R.Y.C. Klein.
, 81 leaves; , 29 leaves. 21 cm. Thick, high-quality paper, good-fair condition, wear and stains, wear damage to frame of first title page, worn contemporary binding.
Stefansky Chassidut no. 285. The title page has no note of the place of printing. The year 1809 is written on the title page [cannot be right because Rebbe Nachman of Breslov died in 1811 and here, the initials z"l (of blessed memory) are written after his name]. Opinions differ as to the year of printing and also as to the place of printing; whether in Lemberg or Zhovkva or in Korets. Rabbi Nathan Tzvi König (Neveh Tzadikim, B'nei Brak, 1969, page 41) writes that it was printed in Lemberg, c. 1830. Contradicting opinions: Rosenthal, Yode'ah Sefer and Tzedner: Korets 1809.
• Likutei Tefillot, according to Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, by his disciple Rabbi Natan Sternhartz of Nemirov, with Tikun HaKlali. [Zhovkva, between 1860-1876]. Separate title page for Tikun HaKlali.
Signatures and ownership inscriptions of Rabbi Moshe ben Asher Zelig Bzeshiliansky of Teplik – "Rabbi Alter Tepliker", one of the foremost Breslov Chassidim at the turn of the 19th century. Disciple of Rabbi Nachman of Chigirin (Cherin) and Breslov Chassidic elders. One of the leading disseminators of the teachings of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov who also wrote and published many books with his teachings. He was murdered in a pogrom in his city of Teplik in the month of Adar 1919.
, 216; 99;  leaves. 18 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, wear and some tears. Original leather cover, damaged. Stamps and ownership inscriptions.
• Kitzur Likutei Moharan, by Rabbi Nachman of Breslov. Without place or date of printing. [Zhovkva or Lemberg? 1849?].
 leaves (two leaves are missing in the middle). 19 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, creases and wear. Non-original binding.
Ya'arat HaDvash, Otzar HaShorashim Ve'Aruch, by Rabbi Yechezkel Ya'akov Rachamim; with Shemot HaTsaddikim by Rabbi Natan of Breslov. Bombay (India), 1890.
Dictionary arranged according to the roots in the Bible, the Mishnah and the Talmud and a glossary of the Zohar. With explanations in Hebrew, Judeo-Arabic and English. The book contains roots beginning with the letter Aleph and it seems that no other parts were published.
At the beginning of the book, the entire book of “Shemot HaTsaddikim” by Rabbi Natan of Breslov is printed.
, 92, 6, 78, 6 pages. 26 cm. Overall good condition. The title page is partially detached. Tears on the last leaf. Few stains. Damages on the binding.
Large collection of Breslov Chassidic books, from c. 1850-1930:
• Likutei Moharan. • Shivchei HaRan. • Sipurei Ma'asiot (of various editions). • Meshivat Nefesh (first edition, Lemberg 1902). • Alim Li'Trufah. • Ma'agalei Tzedek. • Sefer HaMidot. • Hanhagot Yesharot – Shemot HaTzaddikim. • Tikun HaKlali. • More.
Approximately 22 volumes and booklets, with more than 25 books. Varied size and condition. A detailed list will be sent upon request.
Large collection of Breslov Chassidic Books, printed in Jerusalem, Poland, and other places:
• Likutei Tefillot (several editions). • Likutei Tefillot Ve'Tachanunim. • Likutei Moharan. • Kitzur Likutei Moharan. Sefer HaMidot. • Sipurei Ma'asiot. • Kochvei Or. • Hishtapchut HaNefesh. • Be'ur HaLikutim. • Avaneha Barzel. • Shivchei HaRan. • Zimrat Ha'Aretz (first edition, Lemberg 1876). • Zimrat Ha'Aretz (Jerusalem, 1936 – with a dedication from 1939 from "Moshe Shapira") and more.
Approximately 22 books, varied size and condition. A detailed list will be sent upon request.
Collection of printed proclamations for a "Kibbutz" of Breslov Chassidim in Jerusalem, by the "Shamash Herald" R. Yitzchak Meir Breslover. Jerusalem, [1948-1962].
These proclamations were printed annually by R. Yitzchak Meir Breslover, a Jerusalem Breslov Chassid, to fulfill the testament of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov "to make a proclamation" and to encourage Breslov Chassidim to pray together in one united group on Rosh HaShana. In each proclamation, the author adds various compilations from the books of Rabbi Nachman and his disciples and details connected to the Jerusalem Breslov Chassidim. The content changes from year to year.
The collection includes several copies of some proclamations. Following is the list of proclamations: Proclamation 3 – for Rosh HaShana 1948, Proclamation 4 – for 1949 (7 copies), Proclamation 5 – for 1950 (2 copies), Proclamation 8 – for 1953 (4 copies), Proclamation 10 – for 1955 (3 copies; with a picture of the city of Uman and the tomb of Rabbi Nachman), Proclamation 11 – for 1956 (2 copies; with a picture of the tomb of Rabbi Nachman), Proclamation 13 – for 1958, Proclamation 17 – for 1962.
21 “proclamations” (some cover several pages), varied size and condition. Some with tears and damages.
Commentary of Rabbeinu Bechaye on the Torah. [Napoli, 1492. Azriel son of Yosef (Gantzhauser) Ashkenazi Printing Press].
First edition of the famous composition, incunabula printing. This edition was the basis for dozens of printed editions which followed.
Incomplete copy, which includes only Sefer Shmot (except for one page from the middle and last page).
First leaf contains an illustrated title page with a magnificent woodcut, frame adorned with dense flora, peacocks, angels, horses, dears, and more.
Many handwritten corrections and notation of sources. Several lengthy glosses by an unidentified author [Oriental writing – Eretz Israel or Turkey-Salonika, c. 16th century], and many additional lengthy glosses by another author [Yemen?].
 leaves (of  leaves originally). Approx. 27 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, wear and tears, margins coarsely cut, restored damages. New leather binding.
An additional edition of this composition was printed during the same year (1492) in Spain or Portugal. Portions of it remain, however, it is unclear whether it was completed during the era of the decrees of the Spanish Inquisition.
Commentary of Rabbeinu Bechaye on the Torah, by Rabbeinu Bechaye ben Asher ibn Halawa. Three early editions printed by Gershom Soncino in Pesaro and in Rimini. Incomplete copies.
• Pesaro edition, 1507:  or  leaves. • Pesaro edition, 1517:  of  leaves.• Rimini edition, 1524-1526;  of  leaves.
3 books, Varied size and condition. Several glosses, notes of sources.
Nine non-consecutive leaves, from the first printing of Midrash Tanchuma [Yelamdenu]. Constantinople, 1520-1522. Printed by Shlomo ben Mazal Tov.
Leaves from Vayikra. Two columns on each page. On two pages only one column was printed (apparently, a printing error).
 leaves. Fair-good condition. 25 cm. Stains, worm damages. New binding.
"Responsa by… Rabbi Yitzchak ben Rabbi Sheshet" – the Rivash responsa. [Constantinople, 1546-1547]. Printed by Eliezer Soncino. First edition.
A basic book of responsa and Halacha. The Rivash who lived at the end of the period of the Rishonim was born in Spain in 1326 and died in Algeria in 1408. His teacher was Rabbeinu Nissim bar Reuven (the Ran). He also studied from Rabbi Chasdai Karshkash and Rabbi Peretz HaCohen.
The book was printed in separate pamphlets and distributed to buyers on Shabbat in the synagogue as was customary in Constantinople in those days. Constantinople rabbis held halachic debates regarding this custom [see: E. Ya'ari, the Hebrew printing presses in Constantinople, Jerusalem 1967, p. 103, no. 145].
This is a full copy, including the index which appears at the beginning of the book, before the title page.
 leaves. 31 cm. Overall good condition, stains. Worm damage to several leaves. Tears (some restored) in several places. Several detached leaves. Handwritten inscriptions. Ancient binding, damaged and detached.
Piskei Halachot by the Kabbalist Rabbi Menachem of Rikanati. Bologna, . First edition.
The author, Rabbi Menachem ben Binyamin Rikanati (1250-1310), was one of the first Italian kabbalists. This is his book of halachic rulings. This work became an important source of halachic rulings in following generations and is quoted by many Torah authorities such as the Beit Yosef, the Shach and the Magen Avraham.
Owner's signature on title page: "E.Y.S." [perhaps Rabbi Eliyahu Yisrael Av Beit Din of Alexandria, author of Kol Eliyahu and Kise Eliyahu who was accustomed to signing in this manner]. Stamp of Rabbi Ben-Zion Weisel Av Beit Din of Turda.
, 62 leaves. 20.5 cm. Good condition. Stains and wear, professionally restored damages. New leather binding.
Toldot Adam V'Chava – Sefer Mesharim, by Rabbeinu Yerucham. [Constantinople, 1516].
Incomplete copy. The title page of the book Rabbi Yebi on the Bible is bound in the beginning of the book. By Kabbalist Rabbi Ya'akov Yosef ben Yehuda of Ostroh, disciple of the Magid of Mezritch. Slavita, 1792. [Ancient stamps and ownership inscriptions].
See Item 78, for a copy of this book without the title page.
44-206, 210-215, 218-272; 37, 40-42, 49-65, 67-68, , 69-76 leaves (Leaf 76 of the second pagination is bound at the beginning of the book). Second pagination incorrect. [Originally: 272, ; 122 leaves]. + title page of Rav Yebi. 28 cm. Good-fair condition, stains, wear and tears. Condition of title page: fair-poor, tears, stains and damages, adhesive tape. Damaged binding.
Toldot Adam V'Chava and Sefer Mesharim, by Rabbeinu Yerucham (Maharyu) disciple of the Rosh. Venice, 1553. Bragadin printing press. Second edition. Separate title page for Sefer Mesharim.
Signature and owner's inscription.
16, 13-238; 102 leaves. 29 cm. Good condition, stains. Leaves 157-158 with damage to text due to glued paper and tears. Damaged binding.
The Chida attested to the greatness and holiness of the book and wrote that the book is from the "hidden world" and that anyone who writes a commentary on it, "the commentary will be lost or he will die young".
Sefer HaShorashim, roots of Lashon Hakodesh [the Holy Language], by Rabbi David Kimchi (Radak) with explanations by Rabbi Eliyahu Bachur. Venice 1546-1548. Justinian printing.
Date on title page: Marcheshvan 1546, but the edition was completed on Adar 1548.
This is a unique copy: two leaves of the 1529 Venice edition (printed by Bomberg) are bound within the book to complete this copy. The title page has no Latin inscription, as mentioned in listing 0164650 of the Bibliography Institute CD.
Signature on title page: "…Chaim ben Rabbi Efraim".
Ancient leather cover, with some special embossments of figures in medieval attire.
 pages, 5-548 columns +  leaves of the 1529 edition; 32 cm. Good condition. Stains, minor wear, few worm holes. A tear on the last leaf. Wear and damages on the cover.
Mishneh Torah Le'HaRambam, with the comments of the Ra'avad and the Maggid Mishnehh, with the Kesef Mishnehh commentary by Rabbi Yosef Karo. Part 4: Nezikin, Kinyan, Mishpatim, Shoftim. Venice 1575. Bragadin printing.
First edition of the Kesef Mishnehh. The author died while the book was in the midst of its printing. This is the fourth and last volume. The author (Rabbi Yosef Karo) is mentioned on its title page with the acronym "Of blessed memory". The version in this edition of the Rambam has been proofread carefully according to the copies found in the yeshivas of Safed and Egypt.
Colophon: "The book was completed… on the 29th of Marcheshvan 1575". On the last leaf are words of conclusion by the proofreader Rabbi Chizkiya of Pano who reports the death of the author Rabbi Yosef Karo (the 13th of Nissan 1575) while the book was being printed.
, 297,  leaves. 30 cm. Good condition, high-quality paper. Whole leaves. Stains. Original vellum cover, with wear and minor damages. Ex-libris and ownership stamps.
Manot HaLevi, commentary on Megillat Esther (including the text) by Kabbalist Rabbi Shlomo HaLevi Alkabetz. Venice, 1585. Printed by Juan di Gara. First edition.
, 225 [should be: 231] leaves. Tear to title page with lacking upper fragment replaced with paper filling.
Rabbi Shlomo Alkabetz, author of Lecha Dodi, wrote this book on "the holy earth of Safed" (as written on title page), to send as Mishloach Manot to his father-in-law on Purim 1529.
Bound with: Chazon LaMoed, commentary on the Book of Daniel (with the text), by the physician Rabbi Shmuel Volirio. Venice, 1586. Printed by Juan di Gara. Single edition.
6, 112 leaves. Detached title page and another leaf, with wear and tears.
Volume, 20 cm. Overall good condition, stains. Wear and damages to binding, detached spine.
Five books of Rabbi Moshe Alshich [The Holy Alshich] on the five Megillot:
• Einei Moshe – on Megillat Ruth. • Divrei Nichumim – on Megillat Eichah. • Devarim Tovim – on Megillat Kohelet. • Masat Moshe – on Megillat Esther. Venice, 1601. Printed by Zuan di Gara. First editions printed one after another during 1601, one year after the death of the author by his son Rabbi Chaim Alshich.
• Shoshanat HaAmakim – on Megillat Shir HaShirim. Venice, 1601. Printed by Zuan di Gara. Second edition.
The five books were bound in one volume at an early period.
At the end of Masat Moshe are wood-cut illustrations, of the figures of Mordechai, Achashverosh, Esther and Haman, and an illustration of Se’udat Purim and the mitzvah of Mishlochei Manot.
Five books in one volume. Einei Moshe: 46,  leaves. Divrei Nichumim: 38,  leaves. Devarim Tovim: 35 [should be: 41],  leaves. Masat Moshe: 86 leaves. Shoshanat HaAmakim: 60 leaves. 19 cm. Good condition. Complete leaves, stains on some leaves. Tears on single leaves. Ownership inscription. Ancient vellum cover, damages in several places.
Collection of books (incomplete copies) printed in the 16 th -17 th centuries:
On the first leaf is the signature of Rabbi "Avraham Alkalai" author of Zechor L'Avraham, and on the line above, his son Rabbi Shmuel Alkalai adds his signature "Shmuel".
Rabbi Avraham Alkalai, author of Zechor L'Avraham (1759-1811), an exceptional well-known Torah scholar of Salonika. From 1780, served as dayan and Torah authority in Dovnitza (Bulgaria) and after the death of the Rabbi of the city, Rabbi Avraham Sid, he was appointed his successor. In 1819, he ascended to Eretz Israel and settled in Safed. He wrote the Chesed L’Avraham responsa, and his famous Zechor L’Avraham (halachic rulings in alphabetical order) became one of the basic books for Halacha study and is mentioned often in the books of the poskim.
His son Rabbi Shmuel Alkalai, a rabbi in Tiberias, [mentioned in the introduction to the book Chesed L’Avraham Salonika 1813, signed with Tiberias rabbis on the emissary writ of Rabbi Yehuda Nechmad from 1831].
• Tzror HaMor. Rabbi Avraham Seba. Venice 1545. Printed by Marco Antonio Justinian, second edition. (missing title page, replaced with photocopy, worm holes and restorations. New semi-leather binding).
• Kuzari. Rabbi Yehuda HaLevi. Venice 1547, printed by Meir ben Ya'akov Frentzoni. (missing last 6 leaves replaced with photocopies).
• Sefer HaTerumot. Rabbi Shmuel HaSardi the Ramban's disciple. Prague 1605, printed by Moshe ben Rabbi Bezalel Katz. (missing title page, damaged leaves, worm holes).
4 books, varied size and condition, good-fair to fair-poor.
Collection of books printed in the 16th century. Incomplete copies.
For a complete list, please see the Hebrew description.
Handwritten signatures and inscriptions.
12 books . Incomplete copies, varied size and condition.
Arba'a VeEsrim - Mikra'ot Gedolot, Torah, Nevi'im and Ketuvim. Four volumes from the first and second editions printed in Venice by Daniel Bomberg: • Torah (Vayikra-Devarim). [Venice, 1525]. First edition. • Nevi'im and Ketuvim. [Venice, 1546-1548]. Second Edition. Printed by Daniel Bomberg.
Edition of Mikra'ot Gedolot edited by Ya'akov ben Chaim Ibn Adoniyahu, which served as the basic edition for all the following editions.
Signatures, stamps and ownership inscriptions [“Binyamin bar Avraham Lilienthal”, etc.].
Four volumes (incomplete set, without title pages and appendices). Vol. 1 – Torah (Vayikra-Devarim):  leaves. Vol. 2 – Nevi’im Rishonim (Yehoshua-Melachim): 234-441. Vol. 3 – Nevi’im Achronim (Yechezkel-Malachi): 570-685 leaves. Vol. 4 – Ketuvim (Tehillim-Mishlei-Iyov and five Megillot): 688-861 leaves.
36-38 cm. volumes and leaves are in varying conditions. The first volume is in poor-fair condition. Many coarse tears with damaged text, stains, wear and worm marks. The other three volumes are in overall good condition, stains and wear, worm marks, tears on several leaves. Damages and wear to the bindings.
Two volumes, the pocket-edition of the Bible printed in Paris by Robert Stephanos.
• Trei Asar. Paris, Kislev 1543.
 leaves. Decorative brown ink border-frames. 11.5 cm. Good condition. Worm holes on some leaves. Latin inscriptions. New binding.
• Yehoshua and Shoftim, Kislev 1544.
 leaves (last leaf is missing). Approximately 10 cm. Good condition, stains and wear. Many Latin marginalia. New binding.
The five books of the Torah, Nevi'im and Ketuvim. Antwerp, [1580-1582]. Printed by Cristoforo Plantin.
Separate title pages for Nevi'im and Ketuvim. Includes vowels and every fifth verse is marked. Printed at the end of the book is a list of the haftarot "according to all the traditions".
506,  leaves. 20.5 cm. Good condition, few stains, few tears and minor wear. Latin inscriptions on several leaves. Original attractive leather binding.
Mikdash Hashem / Otzar Yesha, "Twenty-four books of the Holy Writings copied into the Roman language" – Bible in two volumes, with a Latin translation and commentary. By Sebastian Münster. Basel, 1546.
Printed from left to right. The original text and the translation are printed column by column. A separate title page for Nevi'im Rishonim and another for Nevi'im Achronim and Ketuvim, with the title "Otzar Yesha". Includes introductions in Latin and Hebrew. The Hebrew introduction derogates the Jews and elaborates the truth of the Christian faith. The commentary also bends towards Christianity. At the end of the Torah is a Hebrew and Latin section named "Ma'alat Moshe". The second volume includes sections of "Seder Olam".
Two large volumes. Volume 1:  leaves, 743 pages. Volume 2: , 747-1602 pages. 33 cm. Varying condition, good-fair. Stains and wear. Fine new brown leather bindings.
Mikraot Gedolot, Torah and Nevi'im with commentaries. Basel, 1618-1619. Printed by Ludwig Konig, published by Johannes Buxtorf.
Three large volumes.
Volume 1: Five Books of the Torah, with Targum Unkelos, Rashi, Ibn Ezra, Ba'al HaTurim and the Mesorah commentaries. Volume 2: Nevi'im Rishonim, with Targum, Rashi, Radak, Ralbag, Rabbi Yeshaya and the Mesorah commentaries. At the end are an introduction and a long composition on the Mesorah by Buxtorf (in Latin). Volume 3: Nevi'im Achronim, with Targum, Rashi, Radak, Ibn Ezra and the Mesorah commentaries.
Three volumes. Volume 1: , 228 leaves. Volume 2: , 234-441 leaves; 114 pages. Volume 3: , 442-705 leaves. 40 cm. Most leaves are in good condition. Stains and light wear. Wear and tears (coarse tear to title page of Nevi’im Achronim) and worm marks on several leaves. Paper-mounting meant for restoration on the title page of Volume 1. Ownership inscriptions and stamps. Original leather covers, damaged.
See Bibliography Institute CD, Record no. 182291 for other variations of this edition.
Tikkun Sofrim – Seder Parshiot Ve'Haftarot, Amsterdam, 1726. Printed at the order of the influential Chazan Shmuel Rodriguez Mindiz, Moshe Tzarfati di Girona and David Gomis da Silva. With approbations, various Piyutim and poems. Title pages with copper-etching illustrations.
Volume 3 – Devarim, bound together with two other works:
• Kibbutz Tefillot, Seder HaTikun for the eve of Hoshana Raba. Amsterdam, 1733. Printed by Avraham Atiash. According to the approbations and the introduction, this composition was "printed this first time" according to the special arrangement of prayers traditionally recited on the eve of Hoshana Raba in the “Honen Dal” society in the capital city, Hague (abbreviated different version, with the addition of Techinot-Piyutim).
• Composition of a chart showing the reading of the Torah on Festivals, and some charts in Spanish with folded leaves. With special title page. Amsterdam, 1726.
Volume 1, Bereshit-Shemot: [with two title pages; the first “Tikun Sofrim” is illustrated, and the second is "Seder Parshiot Ve'Haftarot”]. , 149 leaves. Volume 2, Vayikra-Bamidbar: -267. Volume 3, Kibbutz Tefillot, Devarim and the chart of the parshiot: 9; -327; -36,  leaves; 16,  pages. [Pages 3-8 folded plates]. Volume 4, Haftarot: [1 illustrated title page], -446 leaves.
4 volumes, approximately 15 cm. High-quality paper. Overall good condition. Wear and few stains. Worm holes on the text of Vol. 4. On one of the plates in volume 3 there is a tear, however- without harming the text. Gilt edges. Original leather binding (worn), with many embossed gilt adornments. Binding produced in 18th century Dutch style.
Bible – Biblia Hebraica. Oxonii (Oxford), 1750.
Without vowels. With markings of the Petuchot and Setumot. A list of Chaserot and Yeterot in Latin and a listing of the Haftarot for the whole year.
Abridged title pages for the Five Books of the Torah and for some of the Ketuvim.
, 126 leaves; 110 leaves; 116 leaves; , 142 leaves. 22 cm. Good condition. Stains on several leaves. Tear on the title page. Ownership inscriptions. Original cover, damaged and detached front cover.
Five Books of the Torah, with the five Megillot, and Haftarot. Dyhernfurth, "as printed in Amsterdam", 1805. On the title page, the word "Amsterdam" is printed in bold letters.
Pocket edition. With vowels and Te'amim. The 613 Mitzvot are marked around the margins. Separate title page for the Haftarot.
156; 48 leaves. 13 cm. Good condition, stains. Original leather cover, with embossed gilt adornments, and owner's initials: B.S.
Twenty-four books – Torah, Nevi'im and Ketuvim, according to the Minchat Shai, with grammar rules. Pisa . Printed by Shmuel Molcho.
Impressive copy in very good condition, with the original leather cover. a copper-etching illustration of the "Printer's flag" is situated at the center of the title page . Separate title page for each of the three parts: second – Nevi'im Rishonim, third – Nevi'im Achronim and fourth– Ketuvim.
On Leaf [2,a]: "Words of the young printers", Eliezer Sa'adon and Gad ben Rabbi Shmuel Puah. At the end of the book is a list of books "which we thought of printing during this year…" as well as matters regarding the Hebrew calendar.
, 12, 148; 108; 115; , 123,  leaves. 25 cm. Wide margins. High-quality paper, whole leaves. Very good condition. Stains. Original leather cover, with gilded embossed adornments, worm marks and minor damages on the cover.
Five Books of the Torah, proofread according to a Tikun Sofrim, with Haftarot. Prague, .
Five volumes in a pocket edition, original fine leather covers. Embossed adornments, some gilded, with names of the Chumashim on the covers' spines.
5 volumes. Bereshit: , 150 leaves. Shemot: 140,  leaves (the last four leaves: advertisement for books published by Pascheles). Vayikra: 106 leaves. Bamidbar: , 3-128 leaves. Devarim: 110 leaves.
11 cm. Good-very good condition. Stains. Wear in several places. Detached leaf in the Book of Devarim. Gilt edges. Minor damages on the covers.
• Five Books of the Torah, with the five Megillot and the Haftarot, according to the traditions of all Jewish communities. Venice .
, 240; 82 leaves. 16.5 cm. Good condition, stains. Colored edges. Original leather cover, with gilt embossment on its spine: "Kommas" (Chumash). Minor damages.
• Five Books of the Torah, with Haftarot and the five Megillot. "With few glosses included in the sheet by Shmuel David Lutzatto" [Shadal]. Trieste 1862. Printed by Yonah Cohen. Five parts in one volume (separate title page for each part). Every page has a decorative frame.
Bereshit: , 138,  pages. Shemot: , 155 pages. Vayikra: , 129 pages. Bamidbar: , 137 pages. Devarim: , 180 pages. 17.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Original covers with gilded decorative embossments. Damages on the covers.
This book is not listed in the Bibliography Institute CD.
Five Books of the Torah, Mekor Chaim – with the Onkelos translation, Rashi commentary, Rambeman [Rabbi Moshe ben Menachem – Mendelsohn] and Kitzur Tikun Sofrim by the Rashad [Rabbi Shlomo Dubna]. With a new commentary; “Be'ur La'Talmid”, by Rabbi Yirmiyahu Meinster Segal. Berlin 1831-1834.
In this Chumash, printed with the "commentary" of Moshe Mendelsohn [founder of the Reform Movement], are many approbations of the leading rabbis of those days: Rabbi Akiva Eiger Av Bet Din of Posen and his cousin Rabbi [Peretz] Ze'evl Eiger, Rabbi Ya'akov Zvi of Mecklenburg Av Bet Din of Königsberg [author of “HaKtav Ve'HaKabbala”], Rabbi Yehuda Leib Carlburg, Rabbi Avraham Levenstam Av Bet Din of Emden, etc.
Full set – all five volumes, 1-5, Bereshit-Devarim. With Haftarot, Megillot and “the order of prayers andPiyutim for Shabbat, for the entire year”.
5 volumes, approximately 22.5 cm. Varied condition, overall good condition, detached leaves. Varied bindings, some original.
Psalms. Unidentified edition [Sabioneta or Venice? 1554?].
Small format. With vowels and te'amim.
Empty leaves are bound between the leaves for writing notes/commentary. On some leaves are ownership inscription and other handwritten inscriptions.
 leaves, lacking title page. Overall good condition, stains and handwritten inscriptions, tears to several leaves. Stamp. Ancient vellum binding, damages.
Shevet Me'Yisrael, Psalms with the Shevet Me'Yisrael commentary, by Rabbi Ya'akov Yisrael ben Rabbi Zvi Hirsh Magid of the Kremenets community. Zhovkva, . Illustrated title page.
The author of the commentary, Rabbi Ya'akov Yisrael ben Rabbi Zvi Hirsh, a Torah scholar from Brody, author of Agudat Ezov and Sfat Emet.
Many approbations by leading Galicia and Podolia rabbis – Rabbi Chaim Cohen Rappaport of Lvov, Rabbi Shlomo of Chelm - author of Merkevet HaMishne, Rabbi Meir [Margaliot, the Besht's disciple] and his son Rabbi Shaul of Komarno, Rabbi Meir of Kostentin [Rabbi Ya'akov Emden's son], and others.
, 26; 19; 2-18, 20, 22-24; 28,  leaves. 33.3 cm. Good condition, stains, leaves cut with damage to the titles. Worn binding.
Tehillim, with the Rashbam [Rabbi Shmuel ben Meir] commentary "found in a manuscript in the library of His Majesty, the King". With glosses by the grammarian Yitzchak HaLevi [Satanow]. Berlin, 1794-1797. Printed by "Chevrat Chinuch Ne'arim".
This commentary which is attributed to the Rashbam was apparently forged by the publisher Rabbi Yitzchak Satanow. At the end of the book the publisher half-admits to this and writes: "…I now advise that the manuscript from which I copied the commentary was eaten through, at times half-leaves and sometimes entire leaves, therefore the reader should be aware that most of the commentary is mine…and the rule is that if the reader sees something good he should attribute it to the rabbi (Rashbam), and if an error – it is my error…".
Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac Satanow (1732-1804), author of VaYe'etar Yitzchak, an outstanding albeit strange Torah scholar, known for his forgery of many books that he himself wrote and attributed to early authors. He also forged letters of approbation by leading Torah scholars of past times which were allegedly written about his books.
139,  leaves. 17 cm. Good condition. Stains, few tears and minor wear. Ownership inscriptions. Colored edges. Original cover, with leather spine and gilt embossments (damaged).
Remnants of printed leaves of ancient edition of the Babylonian Talmud, removed from the binding-Geniza, from incunabula and early printings.
• Leaf remnant of Tractate Yoma (47a), Talmud with Rashi commentary (without Tosfot). [Guadalajara, c. 1482]. • Remnant of Tractate Ketubot. [Soncino (Italy), 1488]. • Four leaf remnants of Tractate Shabbat. [Soncino, 1489]. • Remnant of Tractate Pesachim. [Constantinople 1508?]. • Leaf remnant of Tractate Berachot. [Constantinople 1506?].
9 leaf remnants, varied size and condition of damages (professional restorations with paper insertion).
Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Baba Metzia. [Salonika, 1706. Printed by Avraham ben Rabbi Yedidya Gabai Kaf-Nachat]. Leaf remnants removed from the "Binding Geniza".
18 leaf fragments, cut to the measurements of a small cover, 14X20 cm. Stains and worm damages (with damage caused to the text).
On this edition of the Talmud, see: Y. Mehlman, Genuzot Sefarim, pp. 60-61.
Babylonian Talmud, Sulzbach edition [1755-1763]. Printed by Meshulam Zalman ben Aharon [Frankel].
14 volumes. A complete set, with the exception of Tractate Shekalim of the Yerushalmi Talmud. • Volume of Tractate Nidah (Sulzbach 1767) is a replacement from the second edition printed in Sulzbach (1766-1770). • Double copies of the following tractates: Volumes Shabbat-Eruvin and Bava Batra-Avoda Zara.
Part of the words on the title pages of the first tractate of every volume are in red ink [with the exception of Tractate Nidah].
In many tractates are ownership inscriptions [from the 1810s] of "Two brothers R' Itzik and…Pfeifer [Chaim Yisrael] Schiff". Belongs to "Moshe Schiff", and to "…R' Leib Schiff". Most of the volumes have long inscriptions and signatures of "Moshe [ben Chaim Yisrael] Hechheimer" who was "the great-grandson of the Chaver R' Leib Schiff". Among the inscriptions are detailed lists at the beginning of each tractate, documenting the date he began and concluded each tractate. Additional signatures and ownership inscriptions of "Aharon Ber ben R' Binyamin of Heidingsfeld", "Leib Treyosh…"etc.
At the beginning of the Shabbat-Eruvin tractate is a long interesting ownership inscription about the fate of these Talmud volumes during the 1848 "Spring of Nations" revolutions, containing interesting details of the history of German families written by R' Moshe Hechheimer: "For a memorial, I Moshe ben R' Chaim Yisrael was living in the village of Unterschiff with ten other families, also a cantor and a shochet, and [in the village] was a synagogue and a mikveh. The time came that the masses revolted against the kingdom…March 1848…mobs came to Erlin… and want to annihilate and massacre all the Jews in Eschiff and plunder all their possessions, and they broke the barrels of wine…and spilled them out like water and whatever they did not plunder they broke and threw about. This Talmud with all the Shas with other books, I have found…in the street, G-d has saved us with the entire congregation from their hands. My family Hechheimer have come to live here in Mergentheim, Moshe with my brother Shimon with my Uncle Itzik and his father-in-law Aharon Dreifuss, the Oppenheimer family traveled from Mannheim… and two elder needy men lived alone in Schiff, called themselves David Haas and Avraham Reich…Moshe Hechheimer ben R’ Chaim Yisrael Pfeifer…”. Further on, he writes his genealogy, four generations back.
14 volumes. Volume 1: Brachot Zera’im. Volumes 2-3: Shabbat-Eruvin [two copies]. Vol 4: Pesachim-Betzah-Chagiga-Moed Katan. Volume 5: Rosh Hashana-Yoma-Succah-Ta’anit-Megillah. Volume 6: Yevamot-Ketuvot-Kiddushin. Volume 7: Gittin-Nedarim-Nazir-Sotah. Volume 8: Bava Kama-Bava Metzia. Volume 9-10: Bava Batra-Avoda Zara [two copies] (Tractate Avoda Zara was printed without the title page and without the name of the tractate at the top of the pages, because of the censor). Volume 11: Sanhedrin-Makot-Shevuot-Horayot-Eduyot-Avot and the small tractates. Volume 12: Zevachim-Menachot-Bechorot. Volume 13: Chulin-Arachin-Temura-Kritot-Me’ila-Kinim-Tamid-Midot. Volume 14: Nidah-Taharot.
All the tractates are complete, with the exception of Bava Kama which is missing the title page and leaves 2-3 (begins with Leaf 4). 34 cm. Varied condition among the volumes (good-fair). Contemporary ancient bindings (leather-covered wood), with metal clasps or clasp remnants, some whole and some damaged.
This edition of the Talmud was the focus of a sharp polemic with the Props printers from Amsterdam who claimed that they had received exclusive rights to print the Talmud in the approbations that they had received upon printing their Talmud and that this edition is an encroachment of these rights. This matter led to severe prohibitions of the Va’ad Arba Artzot to read these tractates and instructions to have them burned.
Babylonian Talmud, Prague, 1830-1835, printed by Moshe Segal Landau, grandson of the Nodah B'Yehuda. (This edition has the first printed glosses of the Nodah B'Yehuda, glosses of Maharav Ransburg and glosses of Rabbi Akiva Eiger).
Complete Talmud in 12 volumes, all from the aforementioned Prague edition, with the exception of the Hullin-Erchin-Temura volume which is from the 1811 Vienna edition.
Stamps and ownership inscriptions of Rabbi Yeshaya Fuerst, many handwritten inscriptions by the students of his yeshiva, some signed (for example: on the volume of Tractate Berachot is an inscription signed by his student Rabbi "Shmuel HaLevi Yungreiz"). Signatures of "Moshe Fuerst" (apparently, his son). Various stamps of Rabbi Yeshaya Fuerst in Hebrew and in German (most from the time that he served as Rabbi of Tyrnau). On the binding of Tractate Bava Kama is the signature "Yeshaya Fuerst".
Rabbi Yeshaya Fuerst (1856-1943), a leading disciple of the Ktav Sofer and son of the Shevet Sofer in the Pressburg Yeshiva. Son of Rabbi Moshe Av Beit Din of Maros-Vásárhely, author of Mareh Moshe and son-in-law of Rabbi Shalom Kutna Av Beit Din Eisenstadt. For over 70 years he taught Torah. From 1881, he served as Av Beit Din of Tyrnau and there established a yeshiva. In 1895, he moved to serve in the Eperies rabbinate and in 1897, served as Rabbi of the Orthodox community Kehal Adat Yisrael – the Schiffshul in Vienna (succeeding Rabbi Zalman Shpitzer son-in-law of the Chatam Sofer, the first rabbi of the Charedi community in Vienna), and was known as one of the greatest rabbis of his times. Many of the members of his community were active in the Agudat Yisrael movement. Rabbi Fuerst participated in the large Agudat Yisrael conventions and was a member of Mo'etzet Gedolei HaTorah. He had close connections with leading Rebbes who lived in Vienna concerning public matters. In 1938, he moved to London and was appointed chairman of the Mo’etzet Gedolei HaTorah in England. He died at the age of 87. Some of his Torah teachings were printed in the book Chazon Yeshaya (Brooklyn, 1986).
12 volumes, approximately 40 cm. Varied condition, fair to fair-poor. Wear and stains, detached and torn leaves. Major wear to first leaves of many volumes. Very worn and detached leather bindings.
Mishnayot with the Rambam and Rabbi Ovadia of Bartenura's commentaries, Seder Kodashim and Taharot. [Venice 1606, Zanito Zaniti printing].
Missing leaves replaced in Yemen, with colophon signed by the scribe "teacher of children" Mari Shalom Omri. Dated the 20th of Kislev 1866. On the reverse side of the title page is a handwritten inscription of the "great wonder" which took place in the heavens on Wednesday night the 6th of Kislev (November 14) 1866: "…We saw all the stars, large and small, moving in the sky like lightening from all four directions and there was a great light like lightening and some fell to the earth like rain and were annihilated. G-d should show us wonders and perform good signs". [a testimony about the exceptional meteor shower (Leonids) that took place at that date and was recorded by astronomers of the time]
[1, 20 handwritten leaves]. Leaves 106-131 printed, [3 handwritten leaves], Leaves 135-168 printed. [2 handwritten leaves], Leaves 164, 169, , 170-295 printed, [6 handwritten leaves]. (Originally Volume 2 begins with Seder Nezikin: Leaves 1-168, 164, 169,  170-302 leaves). Approximately 30 cm. Fair condition, stains and wear, tears with lack to several leaves. Coarse adorned leather binding, Yemenite work, worn, (completed with ancient manuscript leaves of Sefer HaMitzvot L'HaRambam in its Arabic source).
Collection of books, Yerushalmi Talmud of various editions.
• Yerushalmi Talmud, Seder Moed and Seder Nizikin, with the Sde Yehoshua commentary, by Rabbi Yehoshua Banebashti. Constantinople (1749). First edition of Sde Yehoshua Part 2.
• Yerushalmi Talmud, Seder Nashim with the Pnei Moshe and Mareh Panim commentaries. By Rabbi Moshe ben Rabbi Shimon Margalit. He was Av Beit Din and Rabbi of several communities in the country of Zamut. Amsterdam, . Printed by Jan Janson. First edition of Pnei Moshe on Seder Nashim.
• Talmud Yerushalmi, "as printed in Venice in 1522". Krotshin, 1866.
• Tziyun Yehoshua, Mesoret HaShas on the complete Babylonian Talmud, sources from the Yerushalmi Talmud. Rabbi Yehoshua Heshel HaLevi (Levine) of Volozhin. Vilna, 1869. First edition, with the rare printed cover leaves.
4 books, varied size and condition.
Three volumes of tractates of the Babylonian and Yerushalmi Talmud, in a small format, printed for students' use or for study while traveling and not part of a full edition of the Talmud.
• Babylonian Talmud – Tractate Pesachim, with Rashi and Tosfot and Rabbeinu Asher commentaries. Amsterdam, . Stamps of the Beit Midrash Yechiel Wallach in Hamburg.
• Yerushalmi Talmud, Tractate Shekalim, with commentary. Amsterdam, 1727.
• Babylonian Talmud – Tractate Rosh Hashana, with Rashi and Tosfot commentaries and Chidushei HaMaharsha. Zhovkva, . "Printed in a small volume to make study easier since one can place it in his bag during the Days of Awe, even when travelling". Each leaf has the same text as the regular editions.
3 small format volumes (approximately 18-20 cm.). Varied condition among the volumes, damages to several leaves, tears with lack, worm marks, stains and wear.
Tur Yoreh Deah, with the Beit Yisrael commentary (Drisha U’Prisha), by Rabbi Yoshua Falk Katz. Lublin, . Printed by Klonimus ben Rabbi Zvi Yaffe. First edition of the Drisha U'Prisha commentary.
Many ancient signatures on title page and on Leaf 2: "Yitzchak [Shapira?]"; "Binyamin Ze'ev"; "Yosef ben A. Yehuda Leib from ---"; "I have acquired it from him Yitzchak Shapira"; "Moshe Brandeis of Furth"; "…I have studied from this book… Moshe Segal Brandeis, 1742".
Rabbi Moshe Segal a prominent rabbi in his times – Rabbi Moshe Charif (c. 1680-1767), son of Rabbi Ya'akov Brandeis Av Beit Din of Mainz, descendent of the Maharal of Prague. In his youth, he studied by Rabbi Avraham Broide who held him in great esteem and would call him by the honorary title of Chaluka D'Rabanan before his disciples in his presence. After his marriage to the daughter of Rabbi Gavriel Frankel, the founder of the Furth Kloiz [Rabbi Moshe used to sign after his name: C.R.G.- Chatan (son-in-law) of Rabbi Gershon], he began teaching Torah in 1706 to the Kloiz students [the Furth Yeshiva], and in 1713, he also began to serve as Av Beit Din of Schnaittach and Ansbach. In 1717, he moved to serve as rabbi of Bunzlau, and in 1733 was appointed rabbi in Mainz, an position he retained for 34 years. He was famous as one of the foremost rabbis of his times (the generation of the Pnei Yehoshua and Rabbi Yehonatan Eibeshitz), a clever genius, also proficient in Kabbalah. He taught many disciples who later served in the rabbinate and taught Torah. He was renowned for his phenomenal sharp mind and was therefore called "R' Moshe Charif" [this name was even written on his tombstone – "He taught Torah in the yeshiva and was called by all R' Moshe Charif”]. Remnants of his novellae were printed in the book Chiddushei Rabbi Moshe Charif (Machon Yerushalayim, Jerusalem, 1987), see his history in the introduction.
356 leaves. 30 cm. Good condition. Stains and wear, damages to title page. Handsome ancient leather binding, detached and worn.
Mishne Torah LaRambam, a full set of four volumes. Amsterdam, [1702-1703]. The most edited edition of the Rambam's books, the prototype edition for following editions.
Signatures and owners' inscriptions of Rabbi Elazar Lazi Rabbi of Altona, Hamburg and Wandsbek and of his father Rabbi Yoseph and his son Rabbi Isaac Berlin.
Scholarly glosses [some long] and correction of versions in the handwriting of Rabbi Elazar Lazi. Hundreds of version corrections of the Rambam, the Magid Mishne and the Kesef Mishne [primarily, correction of censor's errors] in the handwriting of his son Rabbi Isaac Berlin. On leaf before title page, Rabbi Isaac's son wrote: "The glosses written by my father, Rabbi Isaac in the Rambam were undoubtedly written according to the manuscript owned by his brother-in-law Rabbi Chaim Michel [author of the book Or HaChaim]… ".
Inscriptions and glosses by Rabbi Isaac's Berlin's son, apparently Rabbi Moshe Berlin.
Rabbi Elazar Lazi Halberstadt (1741-1814) was born in Berlin (therefore called Rabbi Elazar Lazi Berlin) and was a leading rabbi in his times. He served as Dayan in the Beit Din of Rabbi Refael HaCohen in Hamburg. From 1799, he was rabbi of the Three Communities (Altona, Hamburg and Wandsbek). He authored Mishnat D'Rabbi Eliezer. Corresponded with the Chatam Sofer concerning responsa (Ishim B'Tshuvot Chatam Sofer, page 78). [See attached material].
On these volumes, he signed Elazar Lazi and sometimes Eliezer Lazi. His correct name became a controversial issue between his son who called the book "Mishnat Rabbi Eliezer" and his brother-in-law, the renowned bibliographer Rabbi Chaim Michel in his book Or HaChaim (Page 235), "…and he called it Mishnat D'Rabbi Eliezer… and by thus he certainly differed from the owner's wish who was very meticulous not to be called Eliezer which is the holy name of Leizer, rather Elazar…”. See attached material.
His son Rabbi Isaac Berlin (1793-1865) was one of the great scholars of Hamburg and a master of Hebrew grammar. His glosses and notes on the machzor of Rabbi Wolf Heidenheim were printed in the 1838-1839 Hanover edition. Rabbi Isaac’s son Rabbi Moshe was also a scholar and rabbi in England. [See attached material].
Volume 1 – Mada-Zemanim: , 327,  leaves +  leaves “sketches… for laws of Shabbat and Succah and Kiddush HaChodesh”, bound in the middle of the laws of Shabbat. Two title-pages, first title-page with copper etching. Volume 2 – Nashim-Kedusha: , 227,  leaves. Volume 3 – , 368,  leaves +  leaf, illustrations of the laws of Kilayim. Volume 4 – , 309,  leaves.
37 cm. Overall good condition. Wear, stains. Damaged antique vellum bindings. Remnants of signatures on bindings (Rabbi Yoseph, Rabbi Elazar Lazi’s father).
Mishneh Torah Le'HaRambam, with commentaries. Fürth, 1765-1767.
Complete elaborate set in four volumes. Volumes 1, 4: Printed by Chaim ben Zvi Hirsh. Volumes 2-3: Printed by Itzik ben Yehuda Leib B.B [Buchbinder].
The second volume has ownership inscriptions: "Bought by Moshe Aryeh Trieste of Padova". Each volume has its own fine stamp with a swan figure at its center.
4 volumes. Varied pagination. 40 cm. Good condition. Dark leaves, age stains. Colored edges. Original covers with minor damages.
She'elat Ya'avetz responsa, Part 1, by Rabbi Ya'akov Emden. [Altona, 1739].
On the first page is the signature "Yisrael Meir" [apparently, the signature of Rabbi Yisrael Meir Freiman Av Beit Din of Ostrova, son-in-law of the author of Aruch LaNer (Otzar HaRabbanim 12265)].
On Leaf 126/b are corrections and instructions to the printer – apparently in the handwriting of the author, the Ya'avetz.
The author, Rabbi Ya'akov Yisrael Emden – the Ya'avetz (1798-1876), the eldest son of Rabbi Zvi Ashkenazi author of Chacham Zvi. An exceptional Torah genius, one of the greatest scholars of his illustrious times and considered one of the most prominent Achronim. He wrote dozens of compositions, most of which were printed in the printing press which he established in his home in the city of Altona. These compositions were printed in limited editions and can scarcely be found today. In spite of their rarity, his halachic compositions were reprinted and his books Mor U’Ketzia and his She’elat Ya’avetz responsa are mentioned often in the books of the poskim.
(Missing title page), 2-45, 45-48, 53-166 leaves. Erroneously, Pages 107/b-108/a were not printed and were replaced with leaves in Ashkenazi handwriting [characteristic to the beginning of the 19th century]. 33 cm. Thick, dark paper, good-fair condition, stains and worm holes. Old binding, not original.
Even Tekuma, notes on all four parts of the Shulchan Aruch (Even HaSha'ot on Orach Chaim; Even Gedolah on Yoreh Deah; Even Sapir which is Zion B'Mishpat on Choshen Mishpat; Even HaEzer which is Nashim B'Zion, on Even HaEzer), by Rabbi Aharon ben Rabbi Yisrael Broide. Vilna, 1818. Four title pages.
Ancient signatures of Rabbi "Zevulun ben Rabbi Shabtai of Kražiai" [Kovne region] Rabbi "Ya'akov ben Rabbi Shabtai" and Rabbi "Moshe Aryeh ben Rabbi Matityahu Milevsky from Alytus Russia, son-in-law of the great Rabbi… Yosef Ya'akov Rosenberg [served as Av Beit Din of Alytus for 50 years], native of the city of Trzcianne in the Grodno region".
, 64; , 56; 64; 21 leaves. 17 cm. High-quality bluish paper. Good condition, few stains. Ancient leather binding, worn.
Ketzot HaChoshen, on the Shulchan Aruch Choshen Mishpat. Part 1: Lvov, 1788. First edition. Part 2: Lvov, 1796. First edition.
Two volumes. Part 2 has four long handwritten scholarly glosses by an unidentified writer. Ownership inscriptions and signatures ["Natan Neta Unger", "Yosef ben R. N. Unger"].
Ketzot HaChoshen is one of the most basic books for the scholarly study of the Torah. For over 200 years this book is considered to be the main guide for the study of the Torah in yeshivas in all circles throughout the world.
Two volumes, Part 1: , 129; 15 leaves. Part 2: , 64, 67-111,  leaves. Approximately 34 cm. The volumes are in varying states of condition: good-fair. Stains and wear, worm damages and tears. Detached leaves. No bindings.
Chiddushei Rabbeinu Chaim HaLevi – Novellae and explanations on the Rambam, Rabbi Chaim HaLevi Soloveitchik. Brisk, 1936. First edition.
Rabbi Chaim HaLevi of Brisk initiated a deeply comprehensive method of scholarly Torah study which spread throughout Lithuania yeshivas. This book was written over a period of many years and was sifted time after time “up to one hundred times” (the author's sons' wording in the introduction), and indeed, is considered one of the most basic books of Torah study until today.
, 112 leaves, 34 cm. Light-colored, high-quality paper, good condition, wear and light stains. Contemporary binding, slightly damaged.
Birkat Shmuel, Vol. 1, on Tractates Yevamot, Kiddushin and Bava Kamma. By Rabbi Baruch Dov (Ber) Leibovitz, head of the Kamenetz Yeshiva. Vilnius, 1939. First edition.
The date which appears on the title page is 1939. But in the introduction of the book the author's sons tell of their father's death on the 5th of Kislev (November) 1939. They relate that in 1939, the printing of the book began in the lifetime of the author in Bilgoraj in the Lublin region and it was continued in Vilnius according to the proofreading sheets which remained after the Bilgoraj printing. The book was printed in Vilnius, where the yeshiva students fled to at the outset of World War II.
As soon as Birkat Shmuel was published, it became very popular in the yeshiva world and although only a limited edition was printed during the war, its content was widespread. Copies of the book spread among the yeshiva students in Lithuania and in Poland during the Holocaust years, some copies exiled with them to Siberia, Japan and Shanghai. Immediately after the Holocaust the book was reprinted by the author's son-in-law Rabbi Reuven Grozovsky and his sons who arrived in the United States. They also printed the other volumes from the manuscripts. This book was reprinted in many editions and is considered one of the basic books of scholarly Torah study in all Batei Midrash.
 leaves, 30 pages; 42 pages; 59,  pages. 33 cm. Simple paper, good condition.
Meshech Chochma on the Torah. By Rabbi Meir Simcha Cohen of Dvinsk. Riga, 1927. Printed by Eli Levine. "Brought to print and published under the supervision of …. R' Menachem Mendel Duber Ga'avad of Riga". First edition of the book printed by the Rabbi of Riga who received the manuscript for printing from the author before he died in Riga on Shabbat the 4th of Elul 1926.
The author, Rabbi Meir Simcha HaCohen of Dvinsk (1843-1926), an exceptional Torah scholar and tsaddik, one of the most eminent leaders of Eastern European Jewry before the Holocaust, served 40 years as Rabbi of Dvinsk (Denenburg, Latvia), together with Rabbi Yosef Ruzhin, the Rogochover (who served as rabbi of the Chassidic sector of the city). During the time he was Rabbi of Dvinsk, he began printing his monumental work the Or Sameach on the Rambam. Three volumes were published in his times and the last volume was printed in Riga by Rabbi Menachem Mendel, Av Beit Din of Riga, who also edited and published Rabbi Meir Simcha’s work Meshech Chochma on the Torah. This book became popular throughout the entire Jewish diaspora and eventually grew into one of the most important commentaries on the Torah. In his well-known commentary on the end of Parshat Bechukotai, the author of the Meshech Chochmah foresees the impending destruction of European Jewry.
434 pages. 25 cm. Good condition. Stains. Several tears and minor wear. Contemporary binding, damaged.
A varied collection of books of responsa – Halachic responsa, printed in Salonika and Izmir, between the years 1652-1868. Most of the books are single and rare editions.
For a complete list of books see Hebrew text.
Lot of 7 books. Size and condition varies.
Collection of books of novellae about the Rambam, printed in Salonika and Izmir.
For a complete list of books see Hebrew text.
4 books, size and condition varies.
Collection of books printed in Salonika.
For a complete list, please see Hebrew description.
7 books. 28-30 cm. Varied condition, good-fair.
Collection of rare books printed in Iraq during the 19th century.
For a complete list, please see the Hebrew description.
5 books in 4 volumes. Varied size and condition.
Passover Haggadah, in Hebrew and Italian [Italian in Hebrew letters], with commentaries and "illustrations of all the wonders and miracles". Venice, . Bragadin printing.
All pages are framed by architectural framing, with many wood-cut illustrations.
This Haggadah was published simultaneously in two other editions, "in the Ashkenazi language" [Yiddish] and in the "Sephardic language" [Ladino].
 leaves. 31 cm. Poor condition, coarse tears (with some damage caused to the text), stains and wear. Detached leaves. No cover.
Seder Me'ah Brachot according to the Sephardic custom, Birkat HaMazon and Passover Haggadah, songs for Shabbat and Sefirat HaOmer, songs for Chanuka and Purim, by Rabbi Moshe Zakut. Prayer for women before kindling Shabbat and festival candles. Venice, , "printed to fulfill the desire of the nice young man, Gad son of… Shmuel Pu'ah".
The Passover Haggadah has Ladino instructions and illustrations of hands holding Matzah and Maror.
37,  leaves. 17.5 cm. Fair condition, stains from food and wear. Damaged and restored title page. Restored worm holes. New leather binding.
Passover Haggadah, with "Tzli Esh" commentary – abridged Zevach Pesach by the Abarbanel, with laws and illustrations. Amsterdam .
, 32 leaves. 23 cm. Fair condition. Wear and many stains. Some coarse tears on the last leaf, with damage caused to the text. Original vellum cover, with damages.
Ya'ari 155; Otzar HaHaggadot 244.
Passover Haggadah, with the Igeret Mordechai commentary by Rabbi Mordechai ben R. Yuzpa Henna. Amsterdam, . Laws and instructions in three languages: Hebrew, Yiddish and Ladino. Ya'ari 151; Otzar HaHaggadot 239. , 32 leaves. Fair condition. Many dark stains. Several tears.
Bound with: “Drishat Mordechai”, on Pirkei Avot, by Rabbi Mordechai ben R. Yuzpa Henna. Amsterdam, . Elaborate copper-etching title page illustration. , 24 leaves. 30.5 cm. Good condition, stains. 30.5 cm. Original binding, worn.
Passover Haggadah, with Yiddish translation. Amsterdam, 1790.
With illustrations at the beginning of paragraphs. With Eruv Tavshilin and Akdamot of Shavuot at the end of the book.
40 leaves. 17.5 cm. Fair condition, stains
Passover Haggadah - for Australian Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen. Melbourne (Australia), 1945.
Haggadah with an English translation, illustrations and drawings (copied from ancient Haggadot). A stereotype edition of a Haggadah printed for soldiers
in 1943. With a preface to this edition by the Army chaplain of the Australian army. On the verso of the cover is an illustration (by E. M. Lilien) with an inscription in the center: "Haggadah… for Jewish soldiers in Australia 1945". On the page opposite the title page is a map depicting the Exodus from Egypt.
, 34; 34 pages,  picture plates. Printed cover. 15.5 cm. Good condition. Stains on the cover.
Ya'ari 2316; Otzar HaHaggadot 3958.
Golden Haggadah. Elaborate facsimile published by The Eugrammia Press and the British Museum. London, 1970. Copy no. 453/520.
Facsimile edition of the Golden Haggadah, an illuminated manuscript from the 14th century. Contains an illustrated title page and colorful illustrations on golden background.
With the addition of a commentary volume by Bezalel Narkis.
 leaves, 25.5 cm. Thick vellum-like paper. + commentary volume. Housed in a cardboard slipcase. Very good condition.
Manuscript, Hagada De Pesah (Passover Haggadah), Spanish translation and commentary. [North Africa] 1934.
Manuscript, written from left to right. Several phrases of the Hebrew version of the Haggadah [square writing with vowels], with a Spanish translation and explication [in cursive handwriting]. Written on the title page that the manuscript was copied from the Haggadah published by Shlomo ben Hayun in Tangier (1912).
• Enclosed is a printed brochure [2 leaves]: Seder para las dos nichas de pesah [instructions for the Passover Seder in Spanish]. Tangier, 1963.
 leaves (many more empty leaves), most written on one side. 22.5 cm. Fair condition. Worm damages. Moisture marks and dark stains. Damaged and partially detached binding.
Two Haggadah manuscripts.
• Manuscript, Passover Haggadah. Sections of the Haggadah, with a Judeo-Arabic translation. Floral and bird illustrations at the end. [Oriental writing, beginning of the 20th century?].  leaves. Incomplete.
• Manuscript, Passover Haggadah. With Judeo-Arabic translation. [Oriental writing, 19th century?].  leaves. Missing parts at the manuscript’s beginning and end.
2 manuscripts, approximately 15 cm. Newly bound.
Manuscript, Passover Haggadah. [Western writing. Morocco? 20th century].
Large opening letters, various colors, some decorated with colorful geometric adornments. The ten plagues are written in enlarged letters within an ornamented frame.
The Seder Simanim (Kadesh U'Rechatz) with Arabic explanations (incomplete) appear at the beginning of the manuscript.
 leaves. The Haggadah is lacking at the end (in the middle of Hallel). 18 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, wear and tears. Scribbles and ownership inscriptions. New binding.
Manuscript, Passover Haggadah, with Judeo-Arabic translation. [Iraq, c. 19th century].
Small format manuscript. Attractive writing. Hebrew source and Arabic translation passage per passage.
At the beginning of the manuscript are several empty leaves, the writing begins in the middle of the laws of Lel HaSeder but the Haggadah itself is complete.
At the end of the manuscript is an illustrated, adorned colophon, with the name of the writer, "Abdul[lah] ebn Yonah", who signed his name several times.
 leaves. 14 cm. Good condition. Stains. Wear and tears to several leaves. Contemporary leather binding, with clasp remnants (damaged and worn).
Tikun Shlomo, Seder Tikunei Shabbat – a siddur of Shabbat prayers with Seder Tikunei Shabbat by the Arizal, edited by Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Londan. Amsterdam, . Printed by the Props widow and orphans.
Copy given as a bar-mitzvah present. A leaf with a dedication written for the bar-mitzvah boy Zelig Keisar in 1842 appears on the flyleaf before the title page. Attractive binding, covered with velvet fabric (faded), prominent "Shpanier" embroidery with the inscription of the owner's name "Zelig ben M.H. Manim Keisar". Metal clasps and leather binding. Gilt edges, fabric bookmark.
, 132; 38 leaves. 16.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Whole metal clasps. The binding is worn and damaged in several places.
Siddur Tefillat Yesharim, according to Sephardi tradition, "Tefillot of the Ari arranged… by the Kabbalist Rabbi Moshe Zakut". Amsterdam .
Siddur according to the Ari's custom, arranged by Rabbi David ben Rabbi Raphael Meldola. Prayers for all days of the year, Shabbat and festivals, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Parshiot, the five Megillot, Pirkei Avot, prayers for fast days. Piyutim, poems and Bakashot. Contains laws, customs and commentaries. The last part has explanations and rules regarding the Hebrew calendar by Rabbi David Meldola.
, 112, 213-277; 142 leaves. Good condition. Stains. Gilt edges. Original cover, with gilt embossments. Damages on the cover.
Order of prayers, according to custom of Holy Ashkenazi Congregation. Venice, 1777. Printed by Bragadin.
Includes prayers for all year round, songs traditionally sung on Motzaei Shabbat, and Pirkei Avot.
Miniature prayer book. Impressive copy in good condition, with fine original leather binding, gold impressions, and silver clasp.
224 leaves. 8.5 cm. Good condition. Complete leaves. Stains, worm mark on front inner binding. Gilt edges. Original binding. Tear on spine.
Seder Le'Yom Kippur, according to the Sephardi tradition. Amsterdam, .
The Machzor is divided into four parts (Erev Yom Kippur and the evening prayer; Shacharit; Mussaf; Mincha and Ne'ila). Each part is finely bound, red leather with gilt embossments.
, 128, 127-171 leaves. Divided into four volumes. 17 cm. Good condition, minor damages caused to the covers.
Seder Tefillah, "Ashkenazic and Polish tradition – from the beginning to the end of the year"; Tehillim, with the commentary of Rabbi Moshe Dessau [Mendelsohn]. Karlsruhe, 1805. With approbations of Rabbi Yedidyah Tiya Weil and Rabbi Moshe Tuvia of Sontheim.
Two title pages, first title page with illustrations. Separate title page for Tehillim.
Siddur according to East Ashkenazi tradition (Poland), with commentary and additions by Rabbi Yechiel Michel Epstein [author of Kitzur Shla], including many prayers and laws translated into Yiddish [Tzena U'rena letters]. The Tehillim also contains Ma'amadot and Techinot (pleas) in Yiddish.
, 192, 166 leaves. ( leaves of approbations and the introduction were bound twice in this copy). 24 cm. Good condition, stains and wear. Worm holes. Several detached and loose leaves. Original leather binding, with tears and damages.
Machzor according to the Ashkenaz and Polish tradition, with commentaries and Jewish laws. Luneville, 1797. Approbation of the Chief Rabbis of Metz and of Nancy (France).
Volume One: Prayers for Rosh Hashana (and for the Days of Awe). Volume Two; Prayers for Yom Kippur. Volume Three: Prayers for Pesach. Volume Four: Prayers for Shavuot. Volume Five: Prayers for Succot. The laws and Kavanat HaPeitan (commentary) are printed in Yiddish, in Tzena U'Rena letters.
, 30, 96 leaves; , 30, 181,  leaves; , 30, 126 leaves; Shavuot. , 30, 79 leaves; , 30, 66, 66-109 leaves. Five volumes: 25 cm. Overall good-fair condition. High-quality paper with margins. Stains and wear. The Pesach machzor has restored damages, with damage to text on title page and to the first 20 leaves. Ancient ownership signatures. Contemporary leather bindings with gilt adornments on the spine, damaged with lacking tears to spines.
The 30 additional siddur leaves, found at the beginning of these volumes, were not recorded in the copies of the machzorim for Shavuot and for Succot listed in the Bibliography Institute.
Collection of books on the subject of Brit Milah, with prayers and Piyutim.
For a complete list, please see the Hebrew description.
7 books. Varied size and condition. Ownership inscriptions and signatures. Original covers (with the exception of one book).
Books of prayer and Piyutim printed in Livorno.
For a complete list, please see the Hebrew description.
5 books. Varied size and condition.
Sha'ar Bat Rabbim, Machzor with the Hadrat Kodesh commentary, according to the tradition of the Ashkenazi community. Venice, [1711-1715]. Elaborate copy with wide margins. Two of the four volumes.
The machzor was printed through the efforts of the Italian communities (specified on the title page and the colophon), who promised in advance to purchase printed copies. The machzor was printed and sold in separate pamphlets: "Every time you bring them one leaf of the machzor…they will give you four 'pshutim' in return..." (Leaf 3/1). These are two volumes which contain the first part of Part 1 [composed of prayers for weekdays, Shabbat and Rosh Chodesh, Selichot and Yotzrot, Passover prayers] and the second part of Part 2 [composed of prayers and Piyutim for Yom Kippur, Succot, Hoshana Rabba and Simchat Torah]. On Leaf 362/1: "A nice new entreaty for times of plague, G-d forbid".
At the beginning of the first volume is a title page illustrated with an elaborate copper etching. At the beginning of the second volume is an empty decorative framed title page on which is written [by hand in square writing with vowels]: "Prayer for the Shatz [Sheliach Tzibbur] on the Days of Awe". Owners' signatures and stamps.
In the second volume are hundreds of corrections and glosses in Italian writing. Many glosses are long and full of content (commentaries on Piyutim, Gematriot and Remazim). The writer notes in several places his community's custom. In two places his rabbi is mentioned: "Rabbi Gefen said…" [Rabbi Gavriel Fontrimoli Av Bet Din of Turin].
At the end of the second volume are two handwritten pages (square writing with vowels): “In the city of Chieri…they say this Selicha…”.
Volume 1 [Part 1]: 228 leaves. Volume 2 [Part 2]: 194-372, 377-384 leaves. 38 cm. Wide margins, high-quality and whole leaves. Minor wear on several pages. Stains and moisture traces. Ancient leather bindings, damaged.
Machzor for the entire year, according to the traditions of the Italian community. Two parts in two volumes. Venice 1772.
First volume: Prayers for every day, Shabbat, Rosh Chodesh, fast days, Chanuka, Purim, Pesach and Shavuot, with the Passover Haggadah and Birkat HaMazon, Pirkei Avot, Yotzrot, Azharot, Kinot and Piyutim. Second volume: Selichot, prayers for Rosh HaShanna, Yom Kippur, Succot and Simchat Torah. Various prayers. In both volumes some instructions, laws and customs are integrated ("here in Venice the groom blesses immediately…"). On Leaf 300.b: "Songs for Simchat Torah written by the Kabbalist Rabbi Yosef Fiammetta".
Original red leather covers, with gilded embossed decorations. On the front covers, situated inside some rectangular frames, are the names of the owners (husband and wife): "Raffaello e Lea Pegna".
On the front and back covers of the second volume are some handwritten inscriptions (Seder 13 Selichot recited at the prayer of the morning of Yom Kippur, "B'Yeshiva shel Ma'ala…", as well as some family inscriptions in Italian).
Volume 1: 224 [should be 284] leaves. Volume 2: 322 leaves. 16 cm. Good condition. The title page of Volume 2 is detached. Stains. Original leather covers, with minor damages.
Three prayer pamphlets printed in Venice.
• Tzidduk HaDin U'Bakashot, according to the Jewish tradition, "With pleas written by Rabbi Isserlan to say on Erev Rosh Hashana and on Erev Yom Kippur at the gravesites of tzaddikim". Venice, 1661. 12 leaves. • Dikduka Shel Nefesh, Vidui (confession) for a person on his deathbed and other prayers, "Chevrat Bikur Cholim in the Sephardi Talmud Torah community". Venice . 16 leaves. Glosses in ancient Oriental-Italian writing. • Iyun Tefillah, prayers. Rabbi Chaim Roshpitz. [Venice? C. 1760].  leaves.
3 pamphlets, approximately 15 cm. Overall good condition. One pamphlet includes the original cardboard cover. The others have new bindings.
Lel Shimurim, "Large, neat correct version from the members of our society" – Livyat Chen society. Mantova, .
The Livyat Chen society in Mantova planned to arrange a "Lel Shimurim" ("white night") in the homes of newborn boys on the night before their circumcision as written in the introduction. Printed in the book is the Tikun, which is recited throughout the night [sections of the Torah, Mishnah, Midrashim and Zohar on the topic of Brit Milah. Similar to the Tikunim of Brit Yitzchak, Divrei HaBrit and Shomer HaBrit].
Original cover, a paper label is pasted on the back [slightly torn], with handwritten inscription [Livyat Chen Bikur Cholim societies].
18 leaves. 15 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, tears on several leaves. Damages on the cover.
Seder Tefillat Cholim, "Written with very high order and care following the request of the mitzvoth-pursuing Holy Society of Savino " [Rovigo community]. Venice .
At the end of the book are three pages in Sephardi handwriting. On one page is a prayer to be recited when taking out the Torah scroll from the ark on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. On the second page is an inscription: "Sunday the 2nd of Nissan 1744, I went to the house of the Maharish… and he began recitig, Master of the World, I hereby beseech your forgiveness…".
9,  leaves + a handwritten leaf, bound. 15.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Many stains. New binding.
"Ketubah for the two days of the Festival of Shavuot", prayers and Piyutim for the two days of Shavuot, including the Ten Commandments and "the Ketuba" [by Rabbi Yisrael Najara]. Corfu, 1886. Printed by Yosef Nachmoli.
A colophon with another date appears on the title page's margin: 1806.
39 page + cover title page printed on yellow paper. 17 cm. Fair-good condition. Stains, tears on some of the leaves [most are professionally restored]. New binding.
Few Hebrew books were printed in Corfu, all during the 19th century, printed by Yosef Nachmoli.
Title page of the book Metzadot BaChursha, unknown composition by Rabbi "Shmuel Chai ben Rabbi Doctor Yehuda HaLevi Moya". Venice, 1733.
Frame illustrated with copper etching, Rococo-style adornments from the 18th century encompassing the handwritten wording of the title page (Italian writing).
According to the inscription on the title page, the composition was divided into 377 branches corresponding to the numerology (Gematria) of the author's name Shmuel. Most of the book contains his own work, and parts are his uncle's writing - "Maharam my uncle". Supplemented to the book is a recounting of the history of the Venice community.
The author, Rabbi Shmuel Chai HaLevi Moya, served as the scribe of the Venice community from 1740-1784 and was one of its foremost scholars and community leaders. He signed approbations for many books written by Venice Torah scholars in his times [from 1737-1762. He signed also the approbation of Vaad HaKatan of Venice scholars for the printing of the first edition of Or HaChaim, printed by its author, Venice 1742].
Leaf 27.5 cm. High-quality paper, good-fair condition, ancient paper mounting around the frame of the title page. Wear and minor tears. Spotting.
Handwritten leaf on vellum, Haftarah of public fast days (Dirshu Hashem Be'Himatz’o), with the Haftarah blessings. [Italy or Western Europe, c. 19th century].
Large leaf, written on one side. Square writing with vowels. With Te'amim in the words of the Haftarah.
Vellum leaf, 27X37 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear. With the original cardboard cover, worn.
Manuscript, Lugo community notebook. Italy, 1764-1825.
Thick volume, mostly written in Italian with names of people and Hebrew passages. Contains an interesting documentation of Eretz-Israeli emissaries who visited the community.
On the last leaves of the volume are titles and lists of donations to Eretz Israel funds, Kupat Hebron, the needy residents of Jerusalem, Safed and Tiberias. Mentioned on one leaf: "The Jerusalem emissaries Rabbi Yom Tov Algazi and Rabbi Ya'akov Lebin Chazan" [the Kabbalist Rabbi Yom Tov (the Maharit) Algazi, a leading Jerusalem sage and friend of the Chida, Jerusalem emissary to European countries together with his companion Rabbi Ya’akov Chazan, also a Jerusalem sage. The two traveled throughout Italy during 1772-1773. See attached material].
A passage in Italian appears on Leaves [135-136] which ends with the signature of “Refael Yeshaya Azulai” [the Chida’s son, Rabbi of Ancona, died in 1826], followed by a long copy [in Hebrew] of an emissary letter from Safed from 1821 [see enclosed material].
The manuscript has not been thoroughly examined.
Approximately 180 written leaves (additional empty leaves). 27.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Contemporary binding with vellum spine, damaged and worn.
Miniature manuscript, Dinei Shechita. [Italy], 1727.
Composition on the laws of shechita and tereifot, questions and answers. Italian semi-cursive writing, with vowels. Colophon at the end of the composition: "Concluded the laws of shechitot today on the 17th of Tamuz 1727.
Various inscriptions on the empty leaves and dedication to "The nice pleasant young man Ezra Sithon…".
 written pages. 11 cm. Good condition, stains, wear and several tears. Contemporary leather binding, damaged.
Collection of handwritten leaves. Italy.
• Study for Shabbat evening Parashat Bo in commemoration of wonders which He has performed for my brother Rabbi Rachamim Nifi and his family who were saved from fire in 1823. • “Short song to thank G-d on eve of anniversary of my son's, Rabbi Rachamim Nifi, death”. [two-column poem, vowelized]. • Poem [4-page pamphlet], ten stanzas. Begins “Hurray hurray, song and music”. Vowelized. • “I will sing to friends, members of Shomrim Laboker… upon the founding of the society, on eve of Tuesday Rosh Chodesh Shvat 1832”. 11-stanza poem, begins “Come let’s go…”. Ornamented leaf. • Poem in honor of charity organization, begins “With a new song we will thank G-d”. “Eve of Rosh Chodesh Shvat… . 12 stanzas, vowelized. • “Pity on those who have been lost however not forgotten”, upon demise of Rabbi Yitzchak Mordechai Chai Modena, in Cheshvan 1708, and upon demise of his wife Mrs. Yudita Levi 1709. • List of names [donors?] on snippet of parchment, square writing and Italian writing. • Letter to Dr. Eliezer Levi, secretary of Montefoire, request for assistance in Jewish-Italian periodical Corriere Israelitico, which was published in Trieste. [post 1885].
8 items, varying sizes, overall condition good, stains and wear.
Handwritten leaves - poems by Rabbi Yosef Baki. Italy, 1635.
Three separate leaves, written on both sides in cursive Italian handwriting. • "Poem upon the joyous marriage of Yosef Trivis son of R' Yisrael… and Naomi bat R' Yitzchak Nantova in the month of Tevet 1635" (Signed at the bottom: "Yosef Baki"). • Poems on Tractate Avot on various chapters. In two places are instructions: "Before the chapter" or "After the chapter" i.e. to recite before or after studying the chapter. • Another poem, three stanzas beginning with "Who is the man who desires life" (for the chapter Kinyan HaTorah?).
All the poems are signed at the end; "Yosef Baki".
3 leaves. 6 written pages. 12 cm. Good condition. Stains, worn edges.
Manuscript, Seder Shir HaYichud, for the eve of Yom Kippur. [Italy, 19th century].
Square Italian writing, partially vowelized. Apparently, the manuscript was not completed (several empty leaves at the end) and it contains the Shir HaYichud for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
Ashkenazi communities have the custom to recite the Shir HaYichud (divided into the seven days of the week) on the eve of Yom Kippur. In this manuscript, this custom is combined with another custom – the study of Tractate Yoma on the eve of Yom Kippur. Written at the end of Sunday's Shir: "And one recites Tractate Yoma Chapter 1 followed by Yehi Ratzon etc.", and at the end of the Shir for Monday: "And one recites Tractate Yoma Chapter 2 followed by Yehi Ratzon etc.". This combination of customs and the version of the Yehi Ratzon mentioned in the manuscript, are unknown from any other source.
 pages. 22 cm. Good condition. Stains and wear. New binding.
A handwritten leaf, a riddle for a wedding celebration. [Italy, 18th/19th century].
In the center of the leaf is a riddle in poetic form composed of four stanzas. Above it - "Tzurat HaChida" – illustration of a field with plantings, and "Dvar HaChida". Flanking the riddle is the riddle's solution. Square and semi-cursive Italian writing, columns marked in red ink.
Leaf, 36.5 cm. Good condition, few stains, wear and tears, folding marks and creases.
During the 17th and 18th centuries, "Chidot Tzura" illustrated riddles) were common among Italian Jews, usually written for wedding celebrations. These riddles, which were presented to amuse and challenge the participants of the joyous occasion, were hand-illustrated or printed on single leaves, all with an overall similar structure. The riddle was written in the form of a sophisticated poem, headed by “Tzurat HaChida”. Several Jewish leaders in Italy wrote such leaves of riddles, including the Ramchal and Rabbi Moshe Zakut. For additional information see: Dan Pagis, Sod Chatum – The History of the Hebrew Riddle in Italy and Holland, Jerusalem 1986 (this leaf of riddle is not recorded there).
Manuscript, Yemin Yisrael, Laws of Shechita, the covering of blood and Bedika. By the scholar Rabbi Yisrael of Malvano of Torino. The date written at the end of the author's introduction is 1770. A full composition (including title page and introduction) in handsome square writing. [Italy, after 1770].
The author, Rabbi Yisrael Malvano from the city of Torino, in which he served as an expert Shochet and Bodek. This work has not yet been printed but it has several copies in known libraries throughout the world. [Another known manuscript by the same author of Torah novellae and homilies named Bnei Yisrael was written in 1796-1797 at the time he served as a teacher in the city of Carmagnola].
41 leaves. 19.5 cm. Thick Italian paper. Fair-poor paper. Fungus damage and stains. Several damaged and restored leaves. The title page is very damaged and stained. Unbound, detached leaves.
Manuscript, Essay on resurrection of the dead by the Rambam, with translation of Rabbi Shmuel Ibn Tavon. [Rome (Vatican City?), c. 1835].
Oriental writing, colophon at the end of the manuscript: “I, servant of G-d and His Messiah, have copied this lovely book in honor of the virtue of the wholesome complete and wise Torah scholar, who possesses tremendously extensive knowledge of books in library of the Vatican, wise instructor in the institute of the acclaimed city of Rome… and I, the servant, will merit to copy additional books… servant of G-d… Sebastiano Tzulari of the city of Babylon, and abovementioned wise man Don Andre Moltza”.
Sebastiano Tzulari, Babylonian Jewish apostate, whose original name was Rachamim Chizkiah Mizrahi. Several manuscripts which he copied between the years 1834-1836 exist in the Vatican library in Rome.
, 18,  leaf (first and last leaves blank). 30.5 cm. Overall good condition. Paper damaged by ink in several places.
Letter handwritten and signed (in Oriental calligraphy) by Rabbi Refael Oved Ibn Tzur. Fez, 1761.
The letter was sent on behalf of the Fez Bet Din to the "scholars and leaders of the holy community" of Debdou (Morocco), about soliciting testimony on matters of marital and household affairs from a woman from Fez who lives with her husband in Debdou.
Rabbi Refael Oved Ibn Tzur (1706-1769), son of the Ya’avetz – Rabbi Ya’akov Ibn Tzur, Av Bet Din of Fez. In 1740, his father appointed him Rabbi and Torah authority in the city of Fez. He served as Head of the Bet Din with the Dayanim Rabbi Eliyahu HaTzorfati and Rabbi Shaul Ibn Denan. This letter portrays his authority in managing the legal matters of the Fez Bet Din.
Double leaf, approximately 20 cm. Fair condition, wear and tears, a tear in the center of the leaf, without damage to the text.
Notebook of Shtarot regarding affairs such as the lease of stores, houses and courtyards, to benefit the "city's needy". Fez (Morocco), 1880-1881. Each leaf is a Shtar, wth dates and Rabbinic signatures.
Curly calligraphic signatures of the Dayanim and Torah scholars of Fez: Rabbi Yitzchak Ibn Naim, Rabbi Eliyahu Monsonigo, Rabbi Shem Tov Ibn Atar, Rabbi Yehuda Lachsalasi, Rabbi Yemin Biton, Rabbi Aharon Ibn Siso, Rabbi Eliyahu Atiye, Rabbi Shaul Siriro, Rabbi Maimon Batan, Rabbi Eliyahu HaCohen, Rabbi Ya'akov Calfon, Rabbi Moshe Azawi, Rabbi Yissachar Ibn Sa'adon, Rabbi Mordechai Abitbul, Rabbi Yosef HaLevi Ibn Yuli, Rabbi Shlomo Ibn Simchon, Rabbi Shimon Asulin, Rabbi Ya'akov Ibn Shitrit, Rabbi Refael Harush, Rabbi Machluf Moyal, and others.
 leaves. 18 cm. Leaves in different states: some are in poor condition, most of them are in fair condition. Coarse tears, stains, moisture traces and wear. Separate leaves. Not bound.
Collection of Beit Din rulings and shtarot, with rabbis' signatures (Oriental-calligraphic signatures). Morroco, 19 th century:
• Ruling concerning rental fees, signed by Rabbi Reuven [A]Lmaliach and Rabbi Shlomo Nahon. Tituan, 1847.
• Shtar of receipt of money from Rabbi Shlomo HaCohen Sekly, by the Tiberias emissary Rabbi Menashe Arazi HaCohen. Debdou (city of Cohanim), Nissan 1864.
• Shtar of rights of harvesting an olive orchard and fields. Signed by Rabbi Yosef ben Aharon Ben-Chamu and Rabbi Moshe ben Yehuda HaCohen Sekly. [Debdou], Cheshvan 1866. Another shtar from the month of Sivan 1868 signed by Rabbi Moshe ben Yehuda HaCohen Sekly and Rabbi Moshe ben Yitzchak Cohen Sekly.
• Shtar concerning redeeming debts. Signed by Rabbi "Yitzchak ---" and Rabbi Moshe ben Shlomo Chazan. Marrakesh, Cheshvan 1892.
• Shtar concerning financial debts. Signed by Rabbi Aharon ben Abu and Rabbi Ya'akov Tzavan. Marrakesh, 1919.
5 shtarot, varied size and condition.
Manuscript of novellae, homiletics and compilations, on the Talmud and on the Torah and Tehillim, [Morocco, beginning of 20th century].
On Leaf  and on Leaf  the author writes ideas in the name of his older brother the Maharam. On the last leaf is an owner's signature in Latin letters: Yitzchak Abuchatzira, Erfoud.
Approximately 36 written pages, (many empty pages). 20 cm. Brittle paper, good-fair condition, wear and tear. New binding.
Babylonian Talmud, Tractates Me'ila, Kinyan, Tamid, Midot, Kritut, Temura and Erchin. Amsterdam, 1647. Printed by Emanuel Benbenishti.
Three signatures in Oriental handwriting appear on the title page of Tractate Kritut: "Purchased by Nehorai ben Yitzchak Jermon". Signatures of his son Rabbi "Pinchas Jermon". Short and long handwritten glosses. Various inscriptions on the binding leaves.
Rabbi Nehorai Jermon (died on Passover eve, 16th of Nissan 1783), a leading Tunisian sage of his times, disciple of Rabbi Yitzchak Lombrozo, author of "Zera Yitzchak". The Chida writes of him in his book "Shem Gedolim": "He was an outstanding wise elderly sage, a rabbi in Tunis who wrote many novellae. All his dear possessions including his writings were plundered, thereafter he rewrote his novellae and named the book "Yeter HaBaz" printed here in Livorno". Rabbi Chaim Falagi quotes him in his book Einei Kol Chai and writes about his writings "This is Torah Lishma… for its words are true".
Rabbi Nehorai Jermon's remaining novellae are very important since most of his manuscripts were plundered during the Great War in 1756 when Algerian Rebel Tribes attacked the city of Tunis, as he laments in his introduction to his book Yeter HaBaz (Livorno 1787) named after the looting and plundering of his lost writings, expressing his deep pain.
2, 37-72, , 74-100,  101-133, 4-32 leaves (missing title page of Tractate Me’ila, last leaf of Tractate Temura and 3 first leaves and 2 last leave of Tractate Erchin, total of 7 leaves is missing). Approximately 26 cm. Fair-poor condition, detached and worn leaves, with tears and missing parts. Stains and worm damages. Worn damaged cover.
Collection of printed material, booklets and single leaves printed in Morocco in the mid-1920s.
Ketzida di Hitler, [piyut of Megillat Hitler, in Judeo-Arabic], and more.
For a complete list, please see the Hebrew description.
5 items, booklets and single leaves, varied size and condition.
Collection of printed leaves from North Africa.
• A printed Piyut in Judeo-Arabic. Tunis, [1890s?]. • “Shabbat Mi'Kodesh” – a version of Shabbat Kiddush, with French translation (column opposite column). [Algeria]. • Chanukah blessings, the version of kindling the Chanukah lights, with a copy of the blessings in Latin letters. Leaf printed in red and blue ink. [Tunis, beginning of the 20th century]. • Brich Shme D'Marei Alma – printed leaf. Vesan printing – Tunis. • Purim V'Eltelag – Purim Jadid...", by Tzemach ben Natan HaLevi. Tunis, [20 th century]. Judeo-Arabic. • Les treize article de foi [Thirteen principles of Jewish faith], Hebrew with French translation. Algeria. • Be'Simana Tava – Printed copy of a Ketuba. Empty. Wehran (Oran, Algeria), [circa beginning of the 20 th century]. • List of books of the Vesan family printing press. Tunis, 1951. Judeo-Arabic. Printed on orange paper.
Enclosed: • “Names of the rabbis of the Libya community who were mentioned on Yom Kippur eve after the Kol Nidrei prayer”. A leaf printed on both sides. • “To all our brothers wherever they may be” – a brochure by the “Department for the newcomers of Libyan origins”, with the Piyut “Et Sha’arei Ratzon Le’Hipatach”, etc. [Israel], 1966.
10 items, varied size and condition.
A large collection of "Warkat Al-asal" leaves, printed in Tunisia and Paris, from 1927 until 2005. Hebrew, Arabic and French. Paper and ink in various colors.
Each year, before Rosh Hashana, there was a custom in Tunis to print a leaf called Warkat Al-asal [Honey Leaf] with the words of the Kiddush for the eve of Rosh Hashana with the Seder of eating the Simanim, Hosha'anot for Succot, an abbreviated calendar, the tekufot of the year, dates of visiting the cemetery and piyutim. Eventually, advertisements, notices, pictures and other additions were added.
• Warkat Al-asal leaves printed in Tunisia for the following years: 1927-1928, 1930, 1941, 1943-1944, 1946-1949, 1951-1953, 1955-1959, 1960-1969, 1971-1972 [Some leaves appear in several copies in various variations or colors].
• Leaves of Warkat Al-asal Alparisiana” (version of a leaf printed in Paris, with various additions), for the following years: 1960-1967, 1971-1973, 1981, 1983-1989, 1991-1993, 1995, 2003-2005.
• Attached is A Warkat Al-asal printed in Djerba, and one leaf (Honey Brochure – Warkat Al-asal) for 1965, printed in Israel.
76 leaves. Varied size and condition (most in large format).
Manuscript, large compilation of Piyutim. [Morocco, c. 19th century].
Thick volume, in Western-Sephardi writing, contains approximately 200 Piyutim, including many Piyutim written by Moroccan and North African Torah sages: R.Ya'akov Ibn Tsur, R. David Ibn Chasin, R. Shalom Ibn Tsur, R. Ya'akov Adahan, R. Shlomo Amar, etc.
Contains Piyutim for Havdalah, Brit Milah, verses and Piyutim for a bridegroom's Aliya, "Piyutim Shel Olim", "Ketzat Pesach Ve'Sukkah" (Judeo-Arabic). Piyutim for festivals – Pesach, Sukkot and Shavuot. Several Piyutim in Judeo-Arabic. Some of the Piyutim are unknown or were never printed.
Approximately 230 leaves. Missing leaves. 14 cm. Leaves in varied conditions, most in good condition. Stains and wear. Tears on several leaves. Damaged leather cover.
Manuscript, large compilation of Bakashot and Piyutim. [Morroco, 18th/19th century].
A particularly thick volume composed of several sections written at different periods of time. More than 450 Piyutim and Bakashot, written by early poets and by Morrocan and North African poets. Ornamented openings of the Piyutim.
The compilation contains Piyutim for various occasions throughout the year, Bakashot for Shabbat and other occasions, Piyutim for a Brit Milah, the three festivals, Purim, Havdalah, for a man who received an Aliya to the Torah, for Chatan and Kalla, a Piyut in honor of Napoleon, etc. Piyutim in Judeo-Arabic.
Approximately 360 leaves. 14.5 cm. Leaves in varying states of condition; fair-good. Stains, wear and tears (damage caused to the text in several places). Missing leaves and detached leaves. Detached and damaged leather cover.
Manuscript, Torah Novellae, Homiletics, Responsa, Copies of Shtarot and Rulings. [Morroco, 18th-19th Century].
Thick volume, several writings from different periods of time, beginning from the 18th century: Colophon on a leaf glued on the back cover: "Completed…on the 12th of Cheshvan  in this place, Meknes…".
Contains various compositions: Leaf : "I shall begin to write…". Leaf : "I shall begin to write the ruling…". [Responsa, rulings and regulations by the Torah sages of Fez, Rabbi Ya'akov Ibn Tsur, Rabbi Yehuda ben Atar, etc.]. Leaf : "I shall begin to write scholarly writings…". Leaf : "I shall begin to write responsa….". The volume contains copies of Shtarot, homiletics, novellae, other rulings, etc.
 leaves. 16 cm. Leaves in varying states of condition; good-fair. Stains and wear. Moisture damages and tears in several places. Several detached leaves. Damaged leather Binding.
Letter by Rabbi Israel Abuchatzeira – the Baba Sali, to Rabbi Shimon Adahan. [No reference of place or date].
14 lines in his own handwriting, with his signature.
Rabbi Israel Abuchatzeira, the Baba Sali, (1889-1984), son of Rabbi Mas'ud, the Rabbi of Tafilalt (Morocco), son of Rabbi Yaakov Abuchatzeira. An outstanding Torah genius in revealed and hidden Torah, Known to be holy and pure. He published writings of his grandfather Rabbi Yaakov. Served as Chief Rabbi of Erfoud and its surroundings. In 1950 moved to Jerusalem and in 1957 returned to Morocco. In 1964 he settled finally in Israel in the city of Netivot. All types of people came to his home for counsel and blessings and he was known as a miracle-worker. His grandsons are the famous Abuchatzeira rabbis.
21.5 cm. Fair condition, folding marks, wear and tears. Fair condition. Folding marks, wear and tears.
Manuscript, Seder Tikun Karet [by the Chida]. Oriental writing [Morocco?], 1902.
Illustrated title page, "Seder tikun karet…Eliyahu Rachamim Azulai". Contains a prayer to recite at the rise of dawn after study, Hilchot Shegagot and Hilchot Teshuva from Mishne Torah L'HaRambam and "the list of the Zohar Tikun HaYesod copied from the book Kerem Chemer".
26, 25-29, [30-50] leaves. Complete. 18 cm. Fair condition, stains, wear and tears, moisture damages and faded ink. Several detached leaves. Contemporary binding, damaged.
Manuscript, copy of Amudeha Shiva, homiletics on the Torah. Attractive Oriental writing – in two columns, [North Africa (Morocco?/ Tunisia?), c. 19th century].
Amudeha Shiva, homiletics on the Torah and on the Bible, by Rabbi Bezalel of Kobryn a preacher in Slutsk Lithuania, printed in Lublin 1666, in Prague 1674, and other editions. Apparently, copies of the book reached North Africa and due to its popularity it was copied by scribes and spread in the area of Tunisia and Morocco.
On the last leaf is a handwritten ownership inscription [childish?]: "This is my book, the… Chacham R' Avham Weisman". Apparently, this manuscript belonged to Rabbi Avraham Weisman. [Possibly, it was the copy of the Kabbalist Rabbi Avraham Weisman of Tunis who ascended to Safed. Written on a bill of a loan of the Safed community from 1817: The tremendous chacham and Kabbalist…from Tunis Rabbi Avraham ben Moshe Weisman", Otzar Genazim by Rabbi Y. M. Toledano pp. 120-121].
The manuscript is damaged and lacking leaves. Originally, the homiletics were arranged in seven Amudim [chapters]. This manuscript has four of the Amudim: Amud Brit Avraham [lacking in the beginning], Amud Pachad Yitzchak, Amud Afar Ya'akov and Amud Torat Moshe. [Lacking: Amud Korban Aharon, Amud Migdal David and Amud Yeriot Shlomo].
Approximately 65 leaves. 22 cm. Poor condition, major wear and tears with damages, stains and detached leaves.
A collection of large format leaves - Luach Ha'Ibur – a calendar, with times of festivals, New Moons, "Months of Edom", "Months of Yisrael and Yishmael". Djerba. Calendar for the year 5704 (1943-1944), and calendars for 1965-1995.
Printed, typewritten and photocopied. The calendars were printed in an identical format each year, with appropriate variations.
32 leaves, 40-50 cm. Varied condition, good-fair (stains, coarse tears to several leaves).
Manuscript, "Commentary of the 63 tractates of the Mishnah", Tafsir on the six Sidrei Mishnah. [Persia, end of the 19th century / beginning of the 20th century]. Judeo-Persian.
Translation of the Mishnah into Judeo-Persian. Divided into tractates and chapters [the order of the tractates differs from the usual one].
Semi-cursive writing, partially with vowels. Glosses by a different writer.
 leaves. Good-fair condition. Stains, wear around the leaf’s edges, tears on several leaves. Detached last leaf. Worn and damaged binding.
Manuscript, Tafsir Pirkei Avot, Azharot and Akedat Yitzchak. [Persia, 19th century]. Hebrew and Judeo-Persian.
Semi-cursive writing, partially with vowels. Frames illustrated with colored floral and leaf patterns. On the last page is an illustrated decorative leaf with flowers, with the scribe's colophon: "The young and tiniest dust at the feet of all scribes, the writer Menashe ben A. A. Shlomo M' Elazar".
The manuscript includes a Tafsir (Judeo-Persian exegesis) on Pirkei Avot by the Chacham Mula Siman Tov Melamed [with the version of the Mishna, with vowels]; followed by three Tafsirim of the 34, Piyutim of the “Azharot”: The first, a Tafsir on the “Azharot” of Rabbi Shlomo Ibn Gabirol (beginning with “Shmor Libi Ma’ane”), by the Chacham Shmuel [ben Pir Achmad]. The second, Tafsir on the original Piyut “Azharot” written by the Mula Siman Tov Melamed (begins with: “BaChodesh HaShlishi”). The third, another Tafsir on the “Azharot” of Ibn Gabirol, by the Chacham Binyamin ben Mishael , called also “Amina”. The Tafsir of “Akedat Yitzchak” follows by the same Chacham “Amina”.
The Tafsirs of Azharot include the Hebrew version of the Piyut, with a Judeo-Persian translation and explanation.
36-121, , 128-129 leaves.  leaves at the end are a replacement from a later time. 20 cm. The leaves are in varied conditions; fair-good. Stains, moisture traces and wear. Tears on several leaves (with damage to the text). Several loose or detached leaves. Original leather binding, worn and damaged.