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Auction 44 Lot Number 25

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

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

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Auction 44 Lot Number 26

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

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

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Auction 44 Lot Number 27

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Three Printed Proclamations – Chernivtsi, 1935-1936

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

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Auction 44 Lot Number 28

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Collection of Proclamations Regarding Public Matters

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

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Auction 44 Lot Number 29

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

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

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Auction 44 Lot Number 30

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Two Printed Letters by Jerusalem Institutes, 1886 – Bibliographically Unknown

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

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Auction 44 Lot Number 31

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Memorial Prayer for the Russian Emperor Alexander III, 1894

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

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Auction 44 Lot Number 32

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Prayer Leaf in Honor of the Turkish Sultan Abdul Hamid II

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

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Auction 44 Lot Number 33

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Collection of “Chassidut” Proclamations – Jerusalem

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

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Auction 44 Lot Number 34

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Huge Collection of Proclamations and Printed Paper Items – Charedi Jewry

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

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Auction 44 Lot Number 35

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

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

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Auction 44 Lot Number 36

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

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

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Auction 44 Lot Number 37

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Rabbi Kook – Collection of Proclamations and Notices

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

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Auction 44 Lot Number 38

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Rabbi Kook – Collection of Proclamations and Notices

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

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Auction 44 Lot Number 39

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

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

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Auction 44 Lot Number 40

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Collection of Books Printed in Jerusalem

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

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Auction 44 Lot Number 41

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Sefer HaZohar, Jerusalem, 1844 – Complete Set – Signatures

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

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Auction 44 Lot Number 42

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Tikunei Zohar – Jerusalem, 1844

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

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Auction 44 Lot Number 43

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Idra Zuta – Jerusalem, 1885 – Elaborate Miniature

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

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Auction 44 Lot Number 44

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

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

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Auction 44 Lot Number 45

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

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

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Auction 44 Lot Number 46

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Five Printed Booklets – Jerusalem Associations – Signatures

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

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Auction 44 Lot Number 47

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

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

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Auction 44 Lot Number 48

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

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

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