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.