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Auction 44 Lot Number 65

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

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

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Auction 44 Lot Number 360

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Rabbinic Certificate on Vellum, for a Student of the Bet HaMidrash Le’Rabbanim in Berlin

Rabbinic certificate for "The young man, Yisrael ben R. Mordechai Avraham, native of city of Piatra Neamţ (Romania)" – Student of the Bet HaMidrash Le'Rabbanim in Berlin. Berlin, 1928.
Handwritten on vellum scroll. Square writing. The certificate is signed by Rabbi Dr. Yechezkel Bennet (1855-1930) one of the rabbis of the Berlin Bet HaMidrash Le'Rabbanim, founded by Rabbi Ezriel Hildesheimer.
36 cm. Stains and wear, faded ink on several letters.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 350

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Collection of Books from the Library of Rabbi Yisrael Welcz – Head of the Budapest Bet Din

Collection of books from the library of rabbi Yisrael Welcz - head of the Budapest Bet Din. Among them important Responsa books of 19th century Galicia rabbis.
The Ga’on Rabbi Yisrael Welcz (1887-1974. Otzar HaRabbanim 11910), rabbi in Tinia and head of the Bet Din in Budapest; moved to Palestine in 1946 where he was acknowledged as a leading rabbi. Among other accomplishments, he participated in the editing and management of Otzar HaPoskim. Author of “Chok Le’Yisrael”.
For a complete list, please see the Hebrew description.
Total of 11 books in nine volumes. Varied size and condition. All books contain Rabbi Welcz’s stamps from different periods of time.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 33

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Collection of “Chassidut” Proclamations – Jerusalem

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

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Auction 44 Lot Number 428

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Collection of Election Posters of the Poalim Dati’im List – The First Elections of the State of Israel, 1949

Collection of posters and proclamations on behalf of the united list of HaPo'alim HaDatiyim, founded by the Oved HaDati (religious workers) and related circles, printed before the elections to the constituent assembly. Tevet, end of 1948 / January 1949.
The posters and proclamations call to vote for the List Shin. The party was headed by Dr. Yeshayahu Leibowitz and Rabbi S. Gur-Aryeh (Yungerleib). Among other things, the list declares that woman also "share the work, responsibility and suffering – We demand that you also receive your share of rights in the State!". Some of the posters are invitations to membership meetings in preparation of the elections. The list did not pass the electoral threshold.
Total of 10 items, two copies of one item (on different colored paper). Varied size and condition.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 460

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Passover Haggadah – New York, 1889

Haggadah and Seder Pesach, with an English translation and illustrations. New York, 1889. J. Rosenbaum.
Hebrew and English, column by column.
60 pages. 22 cm. Overall good condition. Many stains. Damaged cover.
Singerman 3811; Goldman 147.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 23

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Collection of Printed Items – Synagogues / Congregation Regulations – Germany

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

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Auction 44 Lot Number 258

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Manuscript, Diwan – Hebrew and Judeo-Persian – Persia, 19th Century

Manuscript, Diwan – Piyutim in Arabic and in Judeo-Persian. [Persia, 19th century].
Long narrow format. Contains piyutim in Judeo-Persian and in Hebrew, some with Judeo-Persian translation (phrase per phrase).
At the beginning of the manuscript (1a-13a): Persian commentary to the piyut Avarech V'Ahallel L'Sibat Kol HaSibot (lacking at the beginning). On Leaves 68b-75a: Tafsir Petach Eliyahu.
[122] leaves. Height: 17 cm, width: 11cm. Overall good condition, stains, wear and moisture damages. Damaged leather binding.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 109

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Books from the Libraries of the Shotz (Suceava) Rebbes

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.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 24

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Letters – Heter Meah Rabbanim

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

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Auction 44 Lot Number 376

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Rabbi Kook – Letters and Paper Items

Several letters by Rabbi Kook and letters written on his behalf relating to Rabbi Moshe Eliyahu Birnbaum, Rabbi of Jida (Ramat Yishai) in the Jezreel Valley, and later Rabbi of Pardes Hanna: • Letter signed by Rabbi Kook authorizing Rabbi Birnbaum, Rabbi of Jida, on behalf of the Chief Rabbinate to arrange Kiddushin and Nisu'in in Pardes Hanna and its area. Jerusalem 1931. • Letter with the signature and stamp of Rabbi Kook, requesting Pardes Hanna's settlement committee to include Rabbi Birnbaum "who is the local rabbi for the past years", in the plans for renovation of the Mikveh and to ask his advice on this matter. Jerusalem 1935. • Letter written in the name of Rabbi Kook on his official stationery, in the handwriting of his son-in-law Rabbi Shalom Natan Ra'anan, to Rabbi Birnbaum with "words of Torah" (Divrei Torah). Jerusalem 1931. • Draft of a letter, type-written, to Rabbi Avraham Palovsky of Pardes Hanna, in which Rabbi Kook responds to various objections raised against Rabbi Birnbaum. (The letter was printed with variations in the Da'at Cohen responsa, Siman 16).
Enclosed: • A copy of the ruling pronounced by the arbitrators headed by Rabbi Kook (handwriting and type-written). • Booklet Le'Shlosha Be'Elul – for Rabbi Kook's third Jahrzeit. Jerusalem 1938.
6 items, varied size and condition.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 441

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Sippur Chalomot Ketz HaPla’ot, Lemberg, C. 1835 – The History of the Affair of the False Messiah Sabbatai Zevi

Sippur Chalomot Ketz HaPla'ot – events of Zevi, the history of the affair of the False Messiah Sabbatai Zevi. Compiled from the books of the Chacham Zvi, Rabbi Ya'akov Sasportes and Rabbi Moshe Chagiz. Lemberg, [c. 1835].
32 leaves, 24.5 cm. Fair condition, wear and stains. Worm marks on text. French and Arabic inscriptions on binding leaves. Damaged contemporary binding.
Printed on the margins of the title page: Rosanes Jides bei Gedruckt 1804. This imprint is a forgery. See A. Ya'ari, the printing press of Rebbetzin Yehudit Rosanes in Lvov, Kiryat Sefer, 17, 1940, p. 97.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 196

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Even Tekuma – Vilna, 1818 – Signatures

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".
[6], 64; [1], 56; 64; 21 leaves. 17 cm. High-quality bluish paper. Good condition, few stains. Ancient leather binding, worn.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 207

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Passover Haggadah – Amsterdam, 1765

Passover Haggadah, with "Tzli Esh" commentary – abridged Zevach Pesach by the Abarbanel, with laws and illustrations. Amsterdam [1765].
Wood-cut illustrations.
[1], 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.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 59

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Sefer Yessod VeShoresh HaAvodah – Minsk, 1810

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

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Auction 44 Lot Number 38

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Rabbi Kook – Collection of Proclamations and Notices

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

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Auction 44 Lot Number 17

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Pamphlet – an Illustrated Ketubah – Mashhad, 1898

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

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Auction 44 Lot Number 337

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Milim L’Eloka – Berlin, 1760 – Signatures of Rabbi Yehuda Leib [Margaliot] of Leslau

Milim L'Eloka, Concordance and Hebrew-German Bible dictionary, "explains every noun and verb and word in the Torah, Nevi'im and Ketuvim. The explanation is in Hebrew and translated into Yiddish [in Hebrew letters]. Shows their source in the Bible". Rabbi Yehuda Leib Minden. Berlin, 1760. First edition.
On the title page are signatures of Rabbi "Moshe ben Rabbi Y. of Leslau". Throughout the book are many signatures of his father "Yehuda Leib of Leslau". On Leaf 119/1 is a handwritten gloss in Rashi script.
Rabbi Yehuda Leib Margaliot (1747-1811) Av Beit Din of Szczebrzeszyn, Leslau and Frankfurt an der Oder, was a famous Torah scholar of his times. He was ordained by the author of the Nodah B'Yehuda. Exchanged letters of responsa with Rabbi Ya'akov of Lisa and with other contemporary Torah scholars. [He had visited the Vilna Gaon. Once he came to Vilna with a large pamphlet of novellae which he had written in answer to a question on the words of the Mordechi in Tractate Shvuot. The Vilna Gaon read all his deep words at a glance and immediately answered him that from the outset no question arose because the words of the Mordechai were written with an error.]. Author of Pri Tevuah responsa, Korban Reshit, Or Olam, Beit Midot, Beit Tefillah, Tal Orot, etc. [These signatures are identical to the handwriting photocopied in the book Ishim B'Tshuvot Chatam Sofer, p. 148, see photocopy].
[2], 4, [1], 5-152, [3] leaves. 20.5 cm. Good-fair condition, worn and detached leaves. Ancient leather binding, worn and detached.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 28

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Collection of Proclamations Regarding Public Matters

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

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Auction 44 Lot Number 327

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Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah – Glosses and Signatures of Rabbi Refael Gradenwitz Rabbi in Rawicz

Shulchan Aruch – Eshlei Ravrevei, Yoreh Deah. Vienna, 1808.
On the title page are signatures and a self-dedication signed "Refael ben Rabbi Aharon Magid of Rawicz". On the flyleaf are several signatures of his son Rabbi "Menachem Yosef ben Rabbi Refael Gradenwitz". Short notes and many handwritten corrections and several long scholarly glosses in the handwriting of Rabbi Refael Gradenwitz.
Rabbi Refael Gradenwitz, dayan in Rawicz in the Poznań region. Son of Rabbi Aharon who was a magid in the city of Rawicz and grandson of Rabbi Menachem Mendel son of Rabbi Yosef who served as Rabbi of Rawicz from 1755-1792. Their family name was Grada-Nowitz, which means "sechel yashar" (straight thinker) and indeed written on the tombstone of a member of the family is "A man with 'sechel yashar'". Rabbi Refael's signature is found on documents from 1846 and on approbation from 1847 for the book Afikei Yehuda (printed in the 1863 Lemberg edition). Rabbi Refael wrote books which remained in manuscripts in the possession of a grandchild, named Refael. This grandson lived in Berlin and immigrated to London and after his death the manuscripts could not be traced (Posner, L’Korot Kehillat Rawicz, Jerusalem 1962, p. 32). His son Rabbi Menachem Yosef who was an ordained rabbi also lived in the city of Rawicz and died in 1913 (ibid pp. 32-33).
[2], 2-353, [2] leaves. 36.5 cm. High-quality thick paper, good-fair condition, stains and wear, worm holes. Contemporary cardboard and leather binding, worn.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 210

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Haggadah for Jewish Soldiers – Melbourne (Australia), 1945

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.
[2], 34; 34 pages, [9] picture plates. Printed cover. 15.5 cm. Good condition. Stains on the cover.
Ya'ari 2316; Otzar HaHaggadot 3958.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 338

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Four Books of Rabbi Ovadia Hedaya’s Library – Signature and Stamps

Four books from the library of the Kabbalist Rabbi Ovadia Hedaya. His stamps appear on all the books: • Siddur Tefillat Yesharim, Mincha and Arvit for the festivals. Jerusalem, [c. 1940]. • Eshlei Ravrevei – Shulchan Aruch, Yoreh De’ah, two volumes: Part 1 (Simanim 1-111). Vilnius 1894. Part 2 (Simanim 112-202). Vilnius 1894. Both volumes have his inscription and one has his signature as well: “Dedicated to me from someone who wishes to remain anonymous, Ovadia Hedaya”. Chiddushei HaRamban, Part 2 – Tractate Nezikin, Chulin and Nidah. Jerusalem 1929.
The Kabbalist Rabbi Ovadia Hedaya (1890-1969, Otzar HaRabbanim 16544), son of the senior Kabbalist Rabbi Shalom Hedaya. One of the heads of the Porat Yosef Yeshiva. Served as Chief Rabbi and head of the Bet Din of Petach Tikva. Member of the great Bet Din in Jerusalem. Established the Bet-El Kabbalist Yeshiva. The author of the eight volumes of the Yaskil Avdi responsa and of additional books in the subjects of revealed and esoteric realms of the Torah. 4 books. Varying size. Overall good condition.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 179

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Five Books of the Torah – Prague, 1853 – Five Volumes in a Pocket Edition – Original Covers

Five Books of the Torah, proofread according to a Tikun Sofrim, with Haftarot. Prague, [1853].
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: [2], 150 leaves. Shemot: 140, [4] leaves (the last four leaves: advertisement for books published by Pascheles). Vayikra: 106 leaves. Bamidbar: [1], 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.

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Auction 44 Lot Number 212

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Manuscript, Passover Haggadah in Spanish – North Africa, 1934

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.
[27] 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.

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