Omek Halacha, illustrations and explanations of Talmudical treatises, by Rabbi Ya'akov Koppelman son of R' Shmuel Bunim. Amsterdam, . Second edition. Contains dozens of illustrations and diagrams explaining difficult Talmudic treatises (from Zera'im to Taharot). , 36,  leaves. 19 cm. Good condition. Stains. Contemporary binding, with leather spine (damages).
Zahav Seivah, on the Talmud, by Rabbi Nissim Shlomo Algazi. Furth, . Second edition. On the title page is an inscription and signatures: "Ya'akov Shemesh… 15th of Menachem 1763". Rabbi Ya'akov Shemesh (died 1785, Otzar HaRabbanim 9960), a leading Torah scholar of Frankfurt am Main before the author of the Hafla'ah served in the city's rabbinate; Shemesh served as Av Beit Din of the Kloiz, Beit HaMidrash HaGadol in Frankfurt am Main. (The fourth rabbi to sign the letter of Frankfurt scholars in regard to the "Kleve Get"). During Chatam Sofer's youth, Rabbi Shemesh was his Rabbi and is mentioned by the Chatam Sofer in his works by the title "Mori V'Rabbi" [my teacher and Rabbi]. 113 leaves (mispagination). 20 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Non-original binding.
· Letter (4 pages – without closing or signature) on the laws of Hakna'a L'Katan. Panevėžys, Kislev 1866. · Manuscript (6 pages – without an opening), on the matters of Chazakot. By the same unidentified writer. The content portrays the vast knowledge of the writer who was a Lithuanian Torah scholar.  pages, approximately 21 cm. Fair condition, wear. The ink can be seen through the paper on the reverse side.
Letter handwritten and signed by Rabbi Yosef Shlomo Kahaneman, the Ponovezher Rav. Bnei Brak, Nissan 1941. Sent to the Va'ad HaPoel of Agudat Yisrael, requesting the cancellation of a convention to be held in Kfar Saba on Shabbat HaGadol: "…I must remind you that Shabbat HaGadol is the Shabbat on which the rabbi of each community is accustomed to deliver a sermon and it is not respectful and correct to arrange public speeches on that very day, even if not at the same hour…Yosef S. Kahaneman". Rabbi Yosef Shlomo Kahaneman (1887-1929) served in Lithuania as Rabbi of the city of Ponovezh and there he established a yeshiva and educational institutes. A leader of Mo’etzet Gedolei HaTorah and of Agudat Yisrael. During the Holocaust, he was in the US and traveled to Eretz Israel in his efforts to rescue his family and disciples who remained in Europe. Upon his arrival in Eretz Israel, he became very active in public matters, fortifying the operations of Agudat Yisrael and establishing the yeshiva world in Eretz Israel. A short while after writing this letter, the Ponovezher Rav began to rebuild the Ponovezh Yeshiva in Bnei Brak. Postcard, 9X14 cm. Good condition. Torn file holes.
Tzemach Tsazddik, Kabbalistic tikun for study on Lel Shishi (Thursday nights). With the composition: Kara Mikre, tikun for keri, according to the Ari. Livorno, . The composition Kara Mikre begins on Leaf 94, with a special title page. Bound at the end of the book are two parchment leaves (four pages in handsome scribal writing), with the piyyut Elokim Chaim. On the last page of the parchment leaves is an Italian inscription dated 1797. 8, 100 leaves +  handwritten leaves on parchment. 20 cm. Book: good-fair condition, wear and stains. Parchment leaves: very good condition. Handsome binding with leather spine.
Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim, Part 1 (Simanim 1-416). Lemberg, . On the second title page - the signature of "Ze'ev Wolf Tirneuer, Humenné". More than 50 scholarly marginalia in his handwriting. In many places he integrated into his writings things he heard from others. Rabbi Ze'ev Wolf HaLevi Tirneuer (1882-1959) was a beloved disciple of Rabbi Yehuda Greenwald, Av Beit Din of Satmar. He served as Dayan in the city of Samloi and after World War I, in the rabbinates of Lespezi (Moldovia), Shotz (Bucovina) and others. After the Holocaust, he immigrated to Safed in 1950 together with his son-in-law Rebbe Aharon Leifer of Nadvirna-Banie, and served as Rabbi of the Agudat Yisrael Beit Midrash. He was an exceptional prodigy and holy man and often adopted Kabbalistic ways. At the end of his days, he printed his book Tal Orot on the melachot of Shabbat but very little of the rest of his writings were printed. 292 leaves; 20 leaves; 22 leaves. 46 cm. Fair condition, wear and tears. Worming and dampstains. Worn binding.
"Kol Rina VeYeshu'a BeOhalei Zadikim". Printed poem in honor of "Chavurat Chatzot Layla" from Lugo. [Venice, 1754]. Name of the author, Menachem Shabtai Yechye, appears in acrostic. Prepared for print by Shmuel Daniel ben Uzriel Riviero. Illustration of an angel blowing a trumpet appears on top. 51X39 cm. Fair condition. Many tears, restored. Upper part missing and restored. Creases and stains. Markings with ink (ink scorched the paper in some spots).
Kabbalistic books printed in Germany at the beginning of the 18th century, 1700-1710s: 1-2. Or Ne'erav, by Rabbi Moshe Cordovero – the Ramak. [Furth, 1701]. · Bound with: The introduction to Eshel Avraham, Kabbalistic matters. Rabbi Mordechai Ashkenazi. Furth, . The introduction was printed as a separate book. 40,  leaves; 22 leaves. 16.5 cm. High-quality paper, good condition. 3-4. Bat Melech, Kabbalistic matters and segulot, by Rabbi Shimon Abayov of Hebron. Venice,  with approbations by Rabbi Naftali HaCohen of Frankfurt and the Maharshashach. · Bound with the book Zera Kodesh Matzavta, dealing with topics connected to circumcision, by the Kabbalist Rabbi Moshe Graff. [Venice-Frankfurt am Main, 1711-1712. Excerpt at the end of the book: "Partially printed in Frankfurt" – the two books were first printed in Frankfurt am Main, but most of the printed sheets were consumed in the great fire which erupted in the Jewish ghetto in January 1711. Some of the leaves of Zera Kodesh were salvaged and integrated into the complete edition of both books reprinted in the Bragadini printing press in Venice]. 20 leaves; 44 leaves. 16 cm. Fair condition, major wear. Four books in 2 volumes.
Manuscript, pamphlet of novellae (homiletics) of Halacha and Aggadah, [Morocco? c. 18th/19th century]. Includes Kabbalistic matters. Initial examination indicates that these novellae are not well-known and have not been printed. Six leaves (12 written pages), approximately 15.5 cm. Fair condition, wear and stains. Provenance: Collection of David Frankel, NY. See page 137.
Manuscript, novellae on the Torah and the Midrash. Unidentified author. [Hungary? Mid-19th century]. Original novellae of the writer with the addition of teachings he heard. In several places, he mentions things he heard from the Rabbi of Újhely, apparently Rabbi Moshe Teitelbaum, author of Yismach Moshe. On Leaf [8a], he mentions a teaching he had heard "In the name of the brother of the Hafla'ah" [Rabbi Shmelke of Nicholsburg], and another in the name of the Vilna Gaon. On Leaf [12b]: "I heard in the name of the Av Beit Din of Raszków ".  leaves. 24 cm. Fair condition, stains and wear, worming with damage to text. Non-contemporary binding.
Large collection of letters, handwritten and signed by Rabbi Yisrael Livertovsky Av Beit Din of Mosyr, (today Belarus), 1930-1934. The letters were sent to his nephews who lived in Tel Aviv. In the letters, he describes the obliteration of religious life in his city and region under the pursuit of the Bolshevik rule. "…We have no way to preserve the holy practices, since most of the villages do not have mikvaot and kosher meat", and the difficulty of obtaining a position without Shabbat desecration. In most of the letters, he writes of permits to make Aliya to Eretz Israel. In one letter he relates that he merited engaging his daughter to "Mr. Avraham Yehoshua Heshel son of Rabbi Moshe'le of Zin'kiv. My mechutenet Rebbetzin Feiga'le is the daughter of R' Motteli of Krychaw son of Her Moshe of Krychaw …and son-in-law of …the Magid of Trisk". He tells of the banishment of his mechutenet the Rebbetzin from Zin'kiv by the government. Three letters from other writers: · Letter from their relative: R' "Avraham son of R' Mohari". Khmelnytskyi, (Proskurov) 1935. · Letter from their relative Rabbi Baruch Rokeach. Kiev, 1934. · Letter from residents of Mosyr in which they recount a libel by "the evil mosrim (informers)" who informed the government about Rabbi Livertovsky that the money he received from abroad is not for his own use but for supporting the community. Mosyr, October 1935. Rabbi Yisrael Livertovsky (1874-after 1936), was an Apta and Chernobyl Chassid. Grandson of Rabbi Yechiel Michel of Złoczew and of the great Rabbi Liber of Berdychiv. He studied at the Navahrudak, Volozhin and Slabodka Yeshivot and was ordained to the rabbinate by the author of Aruch HaShulchan and by Kovno and Slabodka rabbis. In 1908, he was appointed rabbi of Aleksnitz (Volyně), and in 1910 he moved to Mosyr (in the Minsk region) to serve as rabbi of the Chassidic community succeeding his father-in-law, Rabbi Ya'akov Yitzchak Av Beit Din of Mosyr, (grandson of Rabbi Ya'akov Yitzchak, the Chozeh of Lublin). After the rise of the Communist rule, he suffered from pursuit by the government like other rabbis, yet these letters portray that in spite of their malice, he succeeded in fulfilling a full Jewish life: communal prayer, transport of etrogim, baking matzot, Jewish marriage, etc. 18 letters, size and condition vary, good to fair-poor. 15 were written by Rabbi Livertovsky.
Zohar Chadash. Livorno, . On the book leaves are dozens of glosses by several writers, in Oriental handwriting [from Iran-Iraq region], Some are signed (See Hebrew description). 144 leaves. 24.5 cm. Overall good condition, stains and wear. Tear to title page.
Collection of rabbis' letters sent to the management of the Bikur Cholim Hospital in Jerusalem, ca. 1960s-1980s. Including: A letter signed by Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv; letter of good wishes signed by the elder Kabbalist Rabbi Yitzchak Kaduri; a photocopy of an interesting letter in the handwriting of Rabbi Yechezkel Abramsky; etc. 10 letters, size and condition vary.
· Shtar (document) of emissary for the "Committee of matters of Shemita – Bnei Brak", completed in the handwriting and signature of Rabbi "Shmuel HaLevi Wosner". · A Sermon outline, approximately 20 lines in Rabbi Wosner's handwriting, on the reverse side of official stationery of Rabbi Shmuel HaLevi Wosner – Rabbi of Zichron Meir, Rosh Metivta of the Chochmei Lublin Yeshiva, Zichron Meir – Bnei Brak. [c. 1960s]. Rabbi Shmuel HaLevi Wosner (1913-2015), author of Shevet HaLevi, a leading Torah authority of the past generation. Born in Vienna, disciple of Rabbi Shmuel David Unger, Av Beit Din of Nitra and of Rabbi Yosef Elimelech Kahane, Av Beit Din of Ungvar (both perished in the Holocaust) and later a close disciple of Rabbi Meir Shapira at the Chachmei Lublin Yeshiva. In 1939, he immigrated to Eretz Israel with his wife. First he settled in Jerusalem, serving the leading rabbis of that time, soon thereafter becoming a Torah luminary and appointed Rabbi and posek of the Geulah neighborhood. In 1947, he moved to Bnei Brak to serve as Rabbi and Av Beit Din of the Zichron Meir neighborhood. He was recommended for this position by the Chazon Ish who already discerned the greatness and strengths of the young man and foresaw his future. After a short while, he was appointed Rabbi of the Chug Chatam Sofer communities in the city and eventually was celebrated as a leading halachic authority accepted by all circles. He answered thousands of halachic queries which were printed in the eleven volumes of his book Shevet HaLevi responsa. 2 leaves, size and condition vary.
Two handwritten leaves, charts splitting the study of the six Sidrei Mishnah, before the Yahrzeit of Rabbi Moshe Shimon HaLevi, Av Beit Din of Frauenkirchen (Boldogasszony). With many signatures. [Jerusalem, 1940s]. Among the signatures: Rabbi "Shmuel HaLevi Wosner," (3 signatures, for studying 6 tractates); Rabbi "Yitzhak Zvi Bernfeld"; and dozens of other signatures of Hungarian and Austrian immigrants to Jerusalem [who made Aliya during c. 1938-1940]. Rabbi Meir Chaim Ungar, Av Beit Din of Lackenbach, committed, by signing the document, to learn the last four tractates of Seder Taharot. Rabbi Moshe Shimon HaLevi (1861-1940), a leading rabbi in Austro-Hungary served as Av Beit Din of Frauenkirchen for almost five decades. In 1939, he immigrated to Jerusalem, a year before his death, on the 6th of Iyar, 1940. This is a leaf with the distribution of the study of the Mishnah in his memory among his disciples and admirers in the 1940s [apparently between 1941 and 1947, before Rabbi Wosner moved to Bnei Brak]. 2 leaves [one folded sheet], 29 cm. Good-fair condition, wear and tears to margins.
Collection of printed items and photographs from the preparatory conference of Agudat Yisrael in London, 1946: · Booklet – Di Knesset Mechina fun Agudat Yisrael Upgehalten in London, December 1945. London, . With photos of the conference. Yiddish. · Booklet - Agudist World Conference. London, . With photos of Jewish leaders. Hebrew and English. · Entrance ticket to the conference, with the name Rabbi Lazar Aschkenasy, the Italian delegate. On the back of the ticket is the convention schedule. · Ticket for the journalist of The Jewish Weekly, Lazar Aschkenasy from Italy. · Advertisement postcard of the closing session of the convention. · Four photographs from DP camps in Italy: visit of Rabbi Yitzhak-Meir Levin and Matzah baking. · Enclosed: five issues of “The Jewish Weekly” covering the conference (one is double), and another issue of “The Jewish Voice”. · A letter from Rabbi Yitzhak-Meir Levin, 1971. 16 items. Size and condition vary.
Minchat Yehuda, expounding upon Rashi's commentary of the word "Klomar", in Tractate Berachot, by Rabbi Yehuda Stadthagen [Halberstadt]. Amsterdam, . Many ownership inscriptions appear on the endpapers: "Belongs to Rabbi Leib Eiger…", "V'zot l'Yehuda… son of Rabbi Akiva Eiger who was Av Beit Din of Zulz and Pressburg". Rabbi Yehuda Leib Eiger (died in 1808, Ozar Ha’Rabbanim 7218a), son of Rabbi Akiva Eiger, Av Beit Din of Zulz and Pressburg (Rabbi Akiva Eiger, the first; 1818-1858), served as Rabbi of Halberstadt and Rotterdam. Uncle of Rabbi Akiva Eiger Av Beit Din of Posen (1762-1837); author of Teshuvot R’ Akiva Eiger and Drush V’Chiddush, son-in-law of the Chatam Sofer. Together with his brother Rabbi Wolf, he published his father’s novellae in the book Mishnat D’Rabbi Akiva. His sons were Rabbi Peretz Zobel Eiger author of Ateret Paz and Rabbi Avraham Eiger of Mezhyrich. , 34 leaves. Approximately 20 cm. Good condition. Stains. Contemporary leather binding, with damages.
Sha'arei Ora, on Chanuka and Purim, by Rebbe Dov Ber Schneerson – "The Middle Rebbe" of Chabad. [Kapust, 1822]. First edition. On the endpaper is a flowery self-dedication written in the lifetime of the author the Rebbe. Another inscription: "Gift for a discourse, from R' Yosef Horelik" [Rabbi Yosef Horelik, a prominent elder Chabad Chassid in Hebron. Teacher of Rabbi Chaim Na'eh]. An ancient signature: "Moshe Segal". Incomplete copy: , 80; 75 leaves (missing: title page and two last leaves. Originally: , 80; 77,  leaves), 16 cm. Fair condition. Stains and wear. Tears with damage to text on two first leaves (in addition to title page which is mostly torn off). Worn binding. Stefansky Chassidut no. 587.
Letter handwritten and signed by Rabbi Shmuel David HaLevi Yungreiss. Nyir Meggyes, Hungary, 1932. Recommendation for a disciple of his yeshiva "My disciple the important young man… who studied here for some time, all equal in good combining (study of) Torah and fear of Heaven, with much diligence and he conducted himself appropriately…". Rabbi Shmuel David HaLevi Yungreiss (murdered in the Holocaust, Sivan 1944), was Av Beit Din of Nyir Meggyes, son of Rabbi Asher Anshel HaLevi Yungreiss, Av Beit Din of Fábiánháza and son-in-law of Rabbi Yitzchak Zvi HaLevi Yungreiss, Av Beit Din of Košice. In 1925, he was accepted to the rabbinate of Nyir Meggyes and its region and established an important yeshiva. Exchanged halachic correspondence with leading rabbis of his times; these responsa were printed in the Levush Mordechai responsa and in many other books. Leaf 17X10.5 cm. Good condition, damages to margins.
Mincha Chadasha, Pirkei Avot with a compilation of ten commentaries, by Rabbi Yechiel, known as Michel of Ropczyce. Frankfurt am Main, . Approbation by Rabbi Ya'akov Cohen of Prague, Av Beit Din of Frankfurt [author of Shev Ya'akov]. , 131 leaves. 12.5 cm (pocket edition). Good condition. Wear and stains, semi-leather binding, ancient and slightly damaged. Signature on title page: "Avraham ---".
1. Zera Baruch, Chassidic homiletics on the Torah. By Rabbi Baruch, Av Beit Din of Wyszogrod and Sochaczew. Warsaw, [ca. 1877]. Single edition. 2-3. Michlol Yofi, on Megillat Kohelet, by Rabbi Eliyahu Luntz Ashkenazi (Rabbi Eliyahu Ba'al Shem). Berlin, 1775. · Bound with: Gulat Tachtiyot on Tractates Gittin and Kiddushin, and anthologies, by Rabbi Refael of Pyzdry, author of Or LaYesharim. Dihrnfort, 1805. (On the title page of Gulot Tachti'ot are ancient signatures of "Yosef Kanterowitz" and "Refael Kanterowitz", and others). All the books feature many stamps (on numerous leaves) and ownership inscriptions of Rabbi "Simcha Bunim son of R' Mordechai Menachem Mendel of Warka, now in Otwock". Stamps of his son-in-law Rabbi "Yeshaya Elimelech Rievsky – resides in Białobrzegi" and stamps of his grandson, "Simcha Bunim Reivsky – Białobrzegi". Rebbe Simcha Bunim Kalisch of Warka-Otwock (1851-1907), was the son of Rebbe Mordechai Menachem Mendel Kalisch of Warka. He was appointed rebbe (in 1868) at the age of 17 and led Chassidim in the city of Warka. He had a great love of Eretz Israel and twice tried to immigrate there. His first attempt, with his family and disciples, led to banishment by the Turkish government, and his subsequent move to Otwock. Years later, he immigrated by himself and settled in Tiberias, where he died a month and a half later. He was well-known for his love of mitzvoth and for the halachic stringencies he adopted alongside his conservative approach and extreme opposition to the Enlightenment Movement. Three of his sons succeeded him as rebbe. The story is told of his daughter Tzviah, wife of Yeshaya Elimelech Rievsky, Av Beit Din of Białobrzegi, who did not have children until she promised her father that she would not approach doctors for help. Consequently, she gave birth to a boy, Rabbi Simcha Bunem Rievsky who was born after the death of his grandfather the rebbe. Three books in two volumes. Size and condition vary.
Bundle of handwritten leaves, halachic responsa and novellae on Talmudic treatises, handwritten by Rabbi Aharon Yehuda Leib Eckstein, Dayan in Vác (Hungary). [c. 1830]. · Letter of responsum sent to the Chatam Sofer – "Responsum I have written to Rabbi Moshe Sofer Av Beit Din of Pressburg", on the laws of chametz which remained over Pesach. · "A question written to me by the rabbi…R' Yosef Av Beit Din of Warsaw, mechutan of…Rabbi Ya'akov Wetch, Av Beit Din of Serdeheli and now residing in Eretz Israel". · More novellae on various matters and responsa on the laws of terefot. Rabbi Aharon Yehuda Leib Eckstein – called Rabbi Leib Ohen (c. 1810-Cheshvan 1866), son of Rabbi Simcha Eckstein dayan in Vác. Served as rabbi in Serdeheli, until he moved to succeed his father as Dayan in Vác. He exchanged halachic correspondence with the author of the Chatam Sofer, with Rabbi Yehuda Asad [who gave him very lofty titles – Mahari responsa Siman 124 and Siman 198], and with many other Hungarian rabbis. In 1861, with the approbation of Rabbi Yosef Shaul Natanson, he printed his work Kanfei Nesharim about the question of the new fowl. His sons and sons-in-law also served in the rabbinates of various Hungarian communities. One of his sons was Rabbi Avraham Eliezer Eckstein Dayan in Budapest [see next Item]. His Torah novellae were printed from his manuscripts in the book Lo Yasur Shevet M’Yehuda (Jerusalem, 1995) and in various anthologies (Pe’amei Ya’akov, Otzrot Yerushalayim, etc.). Apparently, most or all of the content of this manuscript has already been printed. 16 written pages, 39 cm. Good-fair condition, wear and stains, some worming.
Letter (unsigned) in the handwriting of Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook calling to join the Tiferet Bachurim Society in Jerusalem. [C. 1920s-1930s]. The Tiferet Bachurim Society in Jerusalem was founded in 1925 by the Rabbi of Gomel, Rabbi Avraham Elyashiv (1878-1943), who immigrated to Jerusalem together with his father-in-law author of the Leshem. The objective of the society was to gather tradesmen and craftsmen in Jerusalem for Torah studies, discourses and lessons in religious observance. Rabbi Avraham's illustrious father-in-law Rabbi Shlomo Elyashiv, author of the Leshem and his disciple Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook, the Chief Rabbi of Eretz Israel, encouraged and supported this enterprise. The relationship between Rabbi Kook and Rabbi Shlomo Elyashiv, author of the Leshem and his son-in-law Rabbi Avraham began in their days in Lithuania at the time Rabbi Kook studied Kabbalah from the Leshem. In 1904, Rabbi Kook [who then served as Av Beit Din of Bauska] ordained Rabbi Avraham with Semichat Chachamim [see Lot 293]. In the 1920s, Rabbi Kook obtained an immigration certificate for the Leshem and his family and when they arrived in Jerusalem, Rabbi Kook came many times to bask in the Leshem's greatness and the Leshem in turn honored Rabbi Kook greatly. From this document, we can learn that Rabbi Kook, too, supported the establishment of Tiferet Bachurim headed by Rabbi Avraham Elyashiv, the Rabbi of Gomel. Leaf, 11X16.5 cm. Approximately 11 handwritten lines. Good condition.
Menorat HaMa'or, by Rabbi Yitzchak Abuhav, with Nefesh Yehuda commentary and Yiddish-Deitsch translation. Zhitomir, 1861. Printed by Rabbi Aryeh Leib Shapira, grandson of the Slavita Rabbi. Owners' signatures to title page: "Shmuel son of Meir – Iasi". Ownership stamps: "Avraham Yitzchak son of Sheftil – Segal Kopelowitz Melamed". 852 pages, 27.5 cm. Good-fair condition, wear and stains. Original ornamented leather binding, slightly damaged.