Ein Ya'akov (Kutnot Or), Talmudic Aggadot. Three volumes, Berachot-Nidah. Slavita, 1834-1835. Printed by Rabbi Shmuel Avraham Shapira. In all the books are many stamps of Rebbe "Eliezer Menachem ben Moshe, Jerusalem", as well as many stamps, made like a handwritten signature of the Rebbe's son Rebbe "Alter ben R' Eliezer Menachem". Many stamps of "Avraham Bezalel Natan Neta ben R' Elazar Menachem Biderman, Jerusalem". Rabbi Elazar Menachem Mendel Biderman (1827-1883), son of Rebbe Moishele of Lelów and son-in-law of the son of the Chozeh of Lublin, immigrated with his father to Eretz Israel in 1851. After a short while, Rebbe Moshe died and Rabbi Biderman succeeded him as Rebbe. He was renowned for his prayers and did not miss even one day of prayer at the Western Wall. The Lelów Rebbes were the first Chassidic rebbes who established a Chassidic community in Jerusalem. Until that time, most Chassidic groups settled in Tiberias and Safed whereas mostly Pharisees resided in Jerusalem - disciples of the Vilna Gaon and of the Chatam Sofer. Following the years 1836-1850 (after the earthquake in the Galilee) a Chassidic community began to form in Jerusalem, [among its members: Rabbi Aharon Moshe of Brad, disciple of the Chozeh of Lublin, Rabbi Israel Bak, the printer of Safed, and Rabbi Asher Shapira, the Rabbi of Zalin]. His son, Rebbe Alter Biderman (1862-1933), was born in Jerusalem. His father named him Avraham Bezalel Natan Neta; but still, he was known by the name Alter. In 1894, he traveled to Poland and led a Chassidic community in the city of Sosnowica; there he was called "Der Eretz Israel Rebbe". 3 volumes: , 260 leaves; 298 leaves; 300 leaves. Approx. 23 cm. Bluish and white paper. Good-fair condition. Wear and stains. Ancient leather bindings, slightly worn.
Interesting letter signed by Rebbe Nachman of Skalat – who signs "Nachman son of Rabbi..Yisrael". Khorostkiv, Monday VaYetze [4th of Kislev] 1849. In this letter send to his son Rabbi Yosef, he wrote that he plans to travel on Wednesday to his home in honor of his mother's yartzheit, but due to the bad roads, he will not be able to arrive by nightfall. Therefore, he requested that his son delay 10 men from praying Ma'ariv until he arrives so that he can pray in a minyan. Rebbe Nachman of Skalat (died on the 26th of Tamuz 1866), was the son of Rebbe Yisrael of Teofipol (Tchan) (died in 1842), son of Rabbi Yosef of Yampil (ca. 1750-1812), son of Rabbi Yechiel Michel of Zolochiv. He served as Rebbe of Starokostyantyniv (Old-Constantine) and in Skalat (Podolia region in Ukraine) and was well-known at the time. His eminent sons were Rebbe Yisrael Zak of Krasyliv [father of Rebbe Baruch Yosef Zak of Kobryn] and Rebbe Yechiel Michel of Skalat. His son-in-law was Rebbe Binyamin Ze'ev Auerbach of Ozeryan. From this letter one can deduce that Rabbi Nachman evidently had another son named Rabbi Yosef who lived in his city. Another uncommonly known detail which this letter uncovers is the date of the yartzheit of his mother, the Tchan Rebbetzin (daughter of Rebbe Aharon of Kupyn, disciple of Rabbi Pinchas of Koritz), which in that year fell on a Thursday, the 7th of Kislev. Leaf, approximately 8X16 cm. Fair condition, creases and stains. Diagonal cut to its margins.
Panim Me'irot, Part 1 – responsa and novellae on Tractate Zevachim, by Rabbi Meir Eisenstadt. Amsterdam, . First edition. Bound at the end of the book are two leaves of "Kuntress Acharon"[printed in Furth?]. These leaves are not listed in the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book nor in the Vinograd-Rosenfeld CD. This is the author's copy, with glosses in his handwriting. The glosses surround Responsum 37. This responsum which relates to the estate of the Katzin R' Moshe spurred a widespread polemic, and Rabbi Yehoshua Feivel Teomim Av Beit Din of Premisle wrote a special pamphlet named Panim Masbirot fiercely opposing the responsum. Rabbi Meir Eisenstadt responded to Rabbi Teomim with his Kuntress Acharon, printed separately and attached to this copy. Responsum 37 in this copy is embellished with glosses in the author's handwriting. These glosses can be divided into three groups: 1. The author marked every place in the responsum questioned by Rabbi Teomim with a letter from Aleph to Kaf-Bet, according to the order of the questions in the pamphlet. 2. Alongside these marks, the author wrote in square letters the simanim of Kuntress Acharon in which he responds to the queries of Rabbi Teomim. 3. Glosses with content – additions meant to clarify the responsum, five in the author's handwriting, and eight more additions in a different handwriting, possibly the author's words copied by a scribe. At the beginning of the title page is a dedication [torn and lacking] in the handwriting of the author, Rabbi Meir Eisenstadt "Gift which…groom…". On Leaf 3b is a long handwritten gloss by an unidentified writer. On the two title pages are stamps of Rabbi "Ben Zion son of Rabbi…Ya'akov Ettlinger" [son of the Aruch LaNer]. Rabbi Meir Eisenstadt (1670-1744, Otzar HaRabbanim 12775), a renowned Torah scholar of his times, grandson of the Shach's sister, disciple of the author of Magen Avraham and of Rabbi David Oppenheim. Av Beit Din of Szydłowiec, head of the Worms Yeshiva and Rabbi of Przasnysz. From 1717, he served as Rabbi of Eisenstadt and the Seven Communities. Close rabbi of Rabbi Yonatan Eybeshitz who from a young age was raised in his home. His rulings and responsa constitute the conclusive halachic opinion for all following generations and are extensively quoted in books written by Torah authorities. He wrote Panim Me'irot (responsa and Talmudic novellae), Or HaGanuz, Meorei Eish, Kutnot Or, etc. , 96; , 33 (missing last two leaves of second pagination) + 2 leaves of Kuntress Acharon. 30 cm. Fair condition. Stains and wear, worming. Tears and damages to title page. Detached binding. Enclosed in an expert's opinion identifying the glosses handwritten by the author.
A letter handwritten and signed by Rabbi "Elchanan Bunim son of R' Naftali Beinush", regarding Va'ad HaYeshivot. Baranovich, [ca. 1920]. Sent to Rabbi Yehuda Leib Chasman, Av Beit Din of Szczuczyn, concerning the transfer of funds from Va'ad HaYeshivot to the yeshivot ketanot in Lithuania. Rabbi Chaim Ozer is mentioned twice in the letter. Rabbi Elchanan Wasserman (1875-1941), disciple of Rabbi Shimon Shkop in the Telz Yeshiva and leading disciple of the Chafetz Chaim, served as lecturer and head of the Brisk Yeshiva, as well as other positions. After World War I, he established the Ohel Torah Yeshiva in the city of Baranovich and was one of the foremost Torah giants and head of yeshivot in Lithuania. Served as emissary of the Chafetz Chaim and Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodzinski in the Moetzet Gedolei HaTorah of Agudat Yisrael. Rabbi Elchanan wrote many Torah hashkafah articles which later formed his book Ikvete D'Meshicha in which he expressed the Torah stance of his teacher, the Chafetz Chaim, on Zionist nationalism and on the spiritual state of the Jewish people. During the Holocaust, he was deported to the Kovno Ghetto and sent to the Ninth Fort at the time he was studying the laws of Kiddush Hashem. His Torah teachings and discourses were published in the books: Kovetz Shi'urim, Kovetz He'arot, Kovetz Inyanim, Kovetz Igrot HaGra", etc. His study method and books are still used today as the basic method of deep yeshiva study throughout the Torah world. Official stationery of the Ohel Torah-Baranovich Yeshiva, 21 cm. Approx. 11 handwritten lines. Fair condition, restored tear to paper (without damage to text).
Three printed leaves [eight pages] – proofreading leaves for the book Birat Migdal Oz by Rabbi Ya'akov Emden [the Ya'avetz], printed in his home printing press in Altona, with many glosses and corrections in his handwriting. The book was finally printed in 1748. On one side of the leaves is the first printing upon which the Ya'avetz made many corrections and added titles to the top of the pages in his own handwriting. On the reverse, the same pages are reprinted with the revisions and titles. Rabbi Ya'akov Yisrael Emden – the Ya'avetz (1698-1776), eldest son of Rabbi Zvi Ashkenazi, author of Chacham Zvi. An exceptional Torah scholar of all facets of Torah, a leading sage in those years abundant with outstanding scholars, he is considered one of the most prominent sages of the later generations. Famous for his zealousness, he devotedly combatted the followers of Sabbatai Zevi and the Frankists [for some reason, he suspected that Rabbi Jonathan Eybeschutz joined the Sabbateans and did not hesitate to open a “World War” against a famous accepted Torah scholar. Pamphlets for and against Rabbi Yehonatan stirred up the whole Jewish world at that time]. The Ya’avetz wrote dozens of compositions, and he himself printed them in the private printing press which he established in his home in Altona. Usually, he printed a limited amount of editions which are rare and difficult to obtain today. In spite of their scarcity, his halachic writings, Mor U’Ketziah, and She’elat Ya’avetz responsa, his rulings in the siddur Amudei Shamayim and his composition Lechem Shamayim on the Mishnah have been reprinted numerous times and are often cited in books of rabbinic rulings.  pages. Fair condition, wear and tears to margins.
Manuscript, novellae on Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah, laws of Nidah, laws of blood and salting meat, and ta'arovot (mixtures - kashrut). [Metz, c. 1740-1750]. Two pamphlets of Torah novellae bound together. Written by two writers, both disciples of Rabbi Jonathan Eybeschutz while in Metz. [Rabbi Jonathan Eybeschutz served as Rabbi of Metz from 1740-1750, thereafter he moved to serve in the Altona and Hamburg rabbinates]. At the beginning of the laws of Nidah is the title: "Explanations of the laws of Nidah from my teacher…Rabbi Yonatan Eybeschutz Av Beit Din of Metz". At the beginning of the laws of blood and salting is the title: "Novellae on halachot of blood and salting by R' Y. Av Beit Din of Metz". The novellae on the laws of Nidah are almost identical to the version printed in his book Kreiti V'Pleiti, but the novellae on the laws of blood and salting and ta'arovot are completely different from the printed version although the subject matter is similar and we are certain that this manuscript contains the teachings of Rabbi Jonathan Eybeschutz written by one of his disciples in his lifetime. While editing his books Kreiti U'Pleiti and Urim V'Tumim, Rabbi Eybeschutz would be careful to arrange two editions of his novellae: First, Mahudura Kama and after inspecting the notebooks of his leading disciples who wrote his novellae, he would re-edit the topics in Mahadura Batra (second edition) from his own writings and his disciples' writings. [His other books: Ye'arot Dvash and the rest of his books of homiletics and Torah commentary were primarily written from disciples' notebooks]. This first pamphlet on the laws of Nidah is apparently the Mahadura Batra, since it matches the printed version. [The first pamphlet on the laws of Nidah is a copy – apparently from a manuscript of the author himself and it has the signs of a scribe's copy: omissions of mistakes of similar letters and copier's errors]. However, the second pamphlet on the laws of blood and salting and ta'arovot differs from the printed version and has novellae that had not been printed. The style of the language in this pamphlet is similar to the writing of Rabbi Yehonatan Eybeschutz, apparently these are sections of the Mahadura Kama of his Kreiti U'Pleiti. Nonetheless, possibly this pamphlet is not a copy of his manuscript, but a copy of a notebook of a disciple who wrote his own thoughts. Rabbi Eybeschutz himself writes in his introduction to his disciples' notebooks that "Each one writes according to his understanding and ability". 41 leaves; 20 leaves (more than 120 written leaves). 22 cm. + two torn leaf fragments. Good-fair condition, wear and stains. Light worming. Without binding.
Chochmat HaMazalot (Kalendarium Hebraicum), by Sebastian Munster. Basel, 1527. Printed by Iohannes Frobenius. Hebrew and Latin. A compilation of various compositions regarding the Hebrew calendar, historical chronicles, etc. They include: compilations from Seder Olam Zuta; compilations from the Kabbalistic book by Rabbi Avraham ben Rabbi David HaLevi; Book for finding New Moons and Tekufot...; routine leap years according to Rav Nachshon [Gaon]; the names of the constellations and the angels; etc. Some of the compositions are with a Latin translation (on facing pages). Includes woodcut illustrations. At the end of the book are two foldout plates with woodcut illustrations of the solar system. , 200,  pages,  folded leaves. 20.5 cm. Good condition. Stains, inscriptions. New leather binding, with damages.
Ma'ayan HaChochma, on the Five Books of the Torah, the Bible and Psalms, Pirkei Avot and Likutei Chiddushei Agadot, by Rebbe Asher Zvi the Magid of Ostroh. Korets, . First edition printed in his lifetime, a number of weeks before his death (the book was printed during Chanuka 1816, and Rebbe Asher Zvi passed away on the 16th of Shevat 1817). With approbations by Rebbe Avraham Yehoshua Heshel of Apta, who writes: "The rabbi… kabbalist G-dly man… renowned pious rabbi… it is known that all his words were said with ru'ach hakodesh", and blesses all those who assisted in the printing with "good blessings and that they shall dwell in security and peace until the coming of the Messiah". Rabbi Asher Zvi of Ostroh (c.1740-1817), a great disciple of the Magid of Mezritch was a holy person and pious kabbalist. Served as a magid in Ostroh and was known as one of the foremost rebbes of his times. His approbations appear on many Chassidic and Kabbalistic books written in the 1780s-1790s [in his approbation to Ma'or Einayim, Slavita 1778, he is called "The pious rabbi, holy G-dly man"]. In 1804 he moved to Korets to serve as rebbe and rabbi. . 116 leaves. Approximately 20 cm. White and blue paper, overall good condition. Stains and wear. Damages to title page. On Leaf 91 is an open tear with lacking text [replaced in ancient handwriting]. Worming to last leaves. Non-contemporary binding. Stefansky Chassidut no. 355.
"Bichelach" notebooks – Chassidic articles, the teachings of Rebbe Shalom Duber Schneerson (the Rebbe Rashab). Ashkenazi writing from the 19th/20th centuries. These notebooks were seen by Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson of Lubavitch-Chabad, who added glosses in his own handwriting in pencil. Five notebooks, bound separately in soft leather bindings and housed in a handsome leather box. Each notebooks has glosses in the Rebbe's handwriting. In one notebooks is a story written in the lifetime of the Rebbe the Rashab (died 1920). Written at the end: “I have heard this from Rabbi Y.Z. son of the Rebbe”. On this section, the Rebbe wrote a long note in his handwriting, and addes details to the story. 5 notebooks.  leaves;  leaves;  leaves;  leaves;  leaves. 21 cm. Overall good condition.
Tzemach Hashem L'Zvi, Chassidic articles on the Torah, by Rabbi Zvi Hirsh of Nadvirna. [Berdychiv, c. 1818]. First edition. Printed by Rabbi Yisrael Bak. Approbation of Rabbi Yisrael son of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdychiv and another by Rabbi Mordechai of Kremenets son of Rabbi Yechiel Michel of Złoczew. The author, Rebbe Zvi Hirsh of Nadvirna (1740-1802, Encyclopedia L'Chassidut Vol 3, pp. 604-607) was one of the leading third generation rebbes and disciple of the Magid of Mezritch. His close teacher was Rabbi Yechiel Michel of Złoczew, who said that Rabbi Zvi Hirsh was the greatest of his disciples and that Eliyahu HaNavi wishes to be in his proximity. Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kosov, Rabbi Zvi Hirsh of Zhydachiv, Rabbi Avraham David of Buchach are a few of his prominent disciples. He wrote many compositions, and was famous for his primary work Tzemach Hashem L’Zvi. His book Alfa Beta was printed in many editions and Rabbi Eliezer Papo, author of Pele Yo’etz copied the book and attached it to his work. Ancient owners’ signature on title page: “Yehoshua Elazar” – Perhaps Rabbi Yehoshua Elazar of Berdychiv [who merited a revelation of Eliyahu the Prophet who came to test his hachnasat orchim], or his grandson Rabbi Yehoshua Elazar Chodrov of Kosava, son-in-law of Rabbi Chaim of Kosava – See enclosed material. , 28 leaves. Blue paper. 20.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Restored damages to title page and to additional leaves, with minor damages to text. Splendid leather binding. Without the additional leaf (with the third approbation and omissions from Parshiot Ki Tisa and Shmini) printed after the book was printed and exists in just some of the copies. The date of printing according to A. Ya’ari, The Hebrew Printing in Berdychiv, Kiryat Sefer, 21, 1944-1945, pp. 120-121. The title page adornment – Torah Shield – is the emblem of Rabbi Yisrael Back’s printing press. Stefansky Chassidut, no. 500.
Letter signed by Rabbi Chaim Leib Tiktinsky and by his son Rabbi Shmuel Tiktinsky. Mir, Elul 1880. Sent to Rabbi Ya'akov Hirshbein of London with a request for support for the yeshiva and assistance for the yeshiva's emissary Rabbi Yehuda Lubatzky. Scribal writing signed by "Your friend from afar, Chaim Yehuda Leib ben Rabbi Shmuel", and by his son, who signed "From me, loaded with the burden of the students, Shmuel Tiktinsky ben Rabbi C.L.". Rabbi Chaim Leib Tiktinsky (1824-1899), was a leading Torah scholar in Lithuania and head of the Mir Yeshiva for 50 years (1850-1899), youngest son of the founder of the yeshiva Rabbi Shmuel Tiktinsky (died in 1835). At the age of 20, Rabbi Chaim Leib was already known to be erudite in the entire Talmud and the poskim and at the age of 26, he began to deliver discourses and was appointed head of the Mir Yeshiva. Rabbi Yisrael of Salant said that whoever wishes to learn to understand a leaf of Talmud properly should go to Rabbi Chaim Leib of Mir. The Netziv of Volozhin was fond of his study methods and the Mir Yeshiva students who arrived in Volozhin merited particular endearment because of this. Rabbi Chaim Leib had the ability to discern the nature of young men and without testing them he was able to distinguish differences among the students and the extent of the knowledge of each of the hundreds of students in the yeshiva. Written on his tombstone: “He taught thousands of disciples of which many became Jewish Torah leaders”. In 1876 he appointed his son Rabbi Shmuel, known for his exceptional logic, as head of the yeshiva, but Rabbi Shmuel died seven years later. See: Toldot HaGaon R’ Chaim Yehuda Leib” (Warsaw 1902) and the book Raboteinu Shebagola pp. 106-109. Leaf, approximately 22 cm. Good condition, folding marks. File holes to text.
Sha'arei Zion, prayers and tikunim, by Rabbi Natan Neta Hanover. With additions of Tikun Seudah and Sefer Yetzira, Slavita, . Printed by Rabbi Shmuel Avraham Shapira, son of the Slavita rabbi. Contains Tikun Chatzot, Tikun HaNefesh, Tikunei Tefillot, Tikun HaMalkot, Tikun Hatarat Nedarim, Tikun Se'udah, Tikun Shlosha Mishmarot, Seder Mesirat Moda'a, prayer for drought and Seder Pidyon Nefesh. On the title page is an ownership inscription in old handwriting of Rabbi Yisrael Meir HaCohen of Pinsk, who lived in Jerusalem in the Even Yisrael neighborhood. 132 leaves. 14 cm. Fair-poor condition. Heavy worming to text, restored with paper filling. Elaborate leather binding, with beautiful gilt embossments.
Long letter, handwritten and signed by Rabbi Shmuel David Yungreiss. Balassagyarmat, Kislev 1880. Responsum to Torah novellae on matters of Choshen Mishpat, sent by Rabbi Yitzchak Weiss from the city of Ököritó [1840-mid 1890's, author of Toldot Yitzchak, disciple of the author of Ktav Sofer, son of Rabbi Shimon Ozer Weiss]. Rabbi Yungreiss opens with an apology: "I am very busy with my disciples, however I will respond according to the free time I can find because 'One should not pass by a mitzvah' and my disciples are here before me". He signs: "I will conclude with great blessings, your friend who loves you, written and signed at the crack of dawn of the 2nd of Kislev 1881. Shmuel David HaLevi". Rabbi Shmuel David HaLevi Yungreiss, (1838-1892), son of Rabbi Shraga Feish Yungreiss (Av Beit Din of Stężyca, disciple of the Chatam Sofer), and son-in-law of his uncle Rabbi Asher Anshel Yungreiss, (Av Beit Din of Csenger, author of Menuchat Asher, famed as a holy wonder-worker). Studied at the Pressburg Yeshiva with the author of the Ktav Sofer who granted him semicha for the rabbinate. From 1868, he served in the Balassagyarmat rabbinate where he established his Yeshiva Gedola. He sat wrapped in his tallit and crowned with tefillin until noon and would then deliver his discourses to his disciples. His diligence was legendary and even while walking from place to place his lips would murmur words of Torah. He was also well known for his genius and holiness and always conducted himself with piety and halachic stringencies. He travelled twice a year to Siget to bask in the presence of the Rebbe, author of Yitav Lev and after the latter's death he travelled a few times to Mukacheve to the Rebbe, author of Shem Shlomo [once, when he received an Aliya to the Torah in the Beit Midrash of the Mukacheve Rebbe, the author of Darkei Teshuva whispered to his father the Rebbe, that the motions of the Rabbi of Balassagyarmat show that he studies Kabbalah. His father answered him, "I have already discussed revealed and hidden Torah with the Rabbi of Balassagyarmat and I know that he is greatly erudite also in the secrets of the holy Torah"]. Some of his Torah novellae were printed in Jerusalem in 1958, in the first volume of responsa of the Maharsheda. This letter has not yet been printed. Leaf, 21 cm. Two closely written pages, approximately 55 lines. Brittle paper, fair condition, wear and minor tears to margins + another leaf with the recipient's address in the handwriting of the sender.
Interesting letter, handwritten and signed by Rabbi Yitzchak Blazer. Kovno, Shvat 1902. In this letter sent to Rabbi Yeshaya Dov HaCohen Kosovsky, Rabbi Itzele relates that he sold his court in Kovno [before his move to Eretz Israel] "And I hope with G-d's help in about another two months… to travel with my family to the Holy [place]". [In fact, he left Kovno with his family only in 1903 and on his way to Vilna, leading rabbis headed by the Chafetz Chaim and Rabbi Chaim Ozer gathered to greet him, urging him to remain in Russia since his presence was needed for the benefit of the population there. Rabbi Itzele conceded to their request and remained there for a year and a half. He finally left Russia and arrived in Eretz Israel in 1904]. In this letter, he also writes of his distress "that there are those who deceitfully slander the holy yeshiva; if it is possible we will correct and clarify the truth, G-d willing". Rabbi Yitzchak Blazer, known as R' Itzele Peterburger (1837-1907), a prominent disciple of Rabbi Yisrael of Salant who spread the Mussar Movement throughout Lithuanian yeshivot was an exceptional Torah prodigy - among the greatest of his time. A man of ethics, he was the epitome of holiness and humility. Following the instructions of his teacher, Rabbi Yisrael of Salant, he served in the rabbinate of St. Petersburg during 1862-1878. In 1879, he resigned and moved to Kovno and from 1880 he headed the Kovno Kollel. After a while, he left this position and continued his holy work as a private individual. During all these times, he delivered mussar discourses to his companions of the Mussar Movement and at the Knesset Yisrael Yeshiva in Slobodka near Kovno. In 1902, he planned aliya to Eretz Israel and sold his home and possessions in Kovno but actually only arrived in Jaffa in 1904. Upon his arrival, he was greeted by many Jerusalem Torah scholars. He moved to Jerusalem and resided in the "Strauss Courtyard" together with leading Mussar Movement figures who had previously moved to Jerusalem. He wrote the Pri Yitzchak responsa and Kochvei Or which was published as part of Or Yisrael authored by his teacher, Rabbi Yisrael of Salant. Leaf, 21.5 cm. Fair condition, damages and tears restored with paper filling. Stains.
Large archive of documents, letters and copies of letters, typewritten and handwritten, ownership documents of properties (kushanim) and printed material, matters pertaining to the Chabad Kollel in Jerusalem, most from 1920-1940. The content of the collection is very varied and contains: Letters and documents signed by the Kollel rabbis and appointees: Rabbi Shlomo Leib Eliezrov, Rabbi Avraham Leib Zilberman Av Beit Din of Safed, Rabbi Nisan Horwitz, Rabbi Mendel Na'eh, Rabbi Kroll of Kfar Chassidim, Rabbi Pinchas Epstein, Rabbi David Yungreiss, Rabbi Yechiel Michel Tukachinsky, etc. · Copies of many letters sent to the Rebbe Rayatz of Lubavitch and from him, at the time he resided in Riga and in Brooklyn. · Copies of correspondence with Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson – The Chabad-Lubavitch Rebbe. · Letters to the Rebbe Rayatz regarding special fundraising campaigns for the survivors of the 1929 riots. · A copy of a long letter to Rabbi Alazarov describing the death of Rabbi Chaim Chizkiyahu Medini – the author of Sde Chemed in 1905. · Proclamation by the Chief Rabbinate announcing the impending arrival of the Rayatz to Jerusalem, assessments before the visit of the Rebbe Rayatz to Jerusalem and discussions regarding the arrangements of his accomodations. · Printed proclamations of the Rayatz' letters, polemics and collection of charity. · Documents regarding testaments and estates. · Receipts and various documents concerning emissaries and collecting donations throughout the world. · Documents concerning distribution and management of the funds, properties and apartments of the Kollel: Beit Din documents, official documents and Kushanim, lists of assets of the Kollel in Jerusalem and in Hebron, a certificate of purchase of property in Lifta (Mei Niftoach) by Rabbi Nisan Horwitz from the gaba'im of the Chabad Kollel. · Lists of distribution (of funds) in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Jaffa, Tiberias and Safed, burial permits, election of appointees and their replacements, various strategies for managing and raising money. · Letters about dealing with the JNF and the Slobodka, Telz and Ponevezh Yeshivas, for donations. Production, distribution and management of the charity boxes setup – the Shofarot of the Kollel. The Hebroniyim Committee. · More. Four binders. Approximately 400 paper items. The overall condition of the documents is very good.
Pri To'ar on Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah, by Rabbi Chaim Ben Atar, author of Or HaChaim HaKadosh. Zhovkva, 1810. Second edition. Rubinstein printing, by "The partners of the famous great R' Avigdor Horowitz Av Beit Din of Kamenka, and the famous outstanding R' Efraim Zalman of Brody". On the endpapers are many inscriptions in Ashkenazi handwriting [beginning of 19th century], "This holy book belongs to the holy Rabbi Klonimus Kalman Segal Epstein of Cracow". On the title page is a (cutoff) signature: "Kalman" [possibly his own signature? His signatures are rare and we could not find his handwriting for comparison]. Dedication in a different handwriting: "To the true Torah scholar R' Avraham Figdor of Eibentadt [?], "To the Torah scholar R' Baruch Yosef S.N.". [Possibly, his son "The Good Jew of Neustadt?]. Rabbi Klonimus Kalman HaLevi Epstein of Cracow – author of Ma'or VaShemesh (1751-1823), an exceptional Torah prodigy proficient in revealed and hidden Torah, a leading disciple of Rebbe Elimelech of Lizhensk who considered him on the level of the Ba'al Shem Tov himself. He would also travel to Rabbi Yechiel Michel of Złoczew and to Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdychiv. After the death of his teacher Rabbi Elimelech, he would travel to the Chozeh of Lublin, to Rabbi Ber of Radoszyce, to the Magid of Kozienice and to Rabbi Mendeli of Rymanów. He was renowned as a holy man already in his lifetime and was reputed for the revelations of ruach hakodesh he merited and wonders he performed. His teacher Rebbe Elimelech of Lizhenk crowned him Rebbe; he was the first to spread Chassidism in the city of Cracow and many of his followers became prominent Chassidic leaders. He was much pursued by the Mitnagdim in Cracow who even announced a cherem (ban) on Chassidism in 1786. After this pursuit ensued in informing and imprisonment, Rabbi Kalman returned to his native city of Neustadt wherein he established his court. In 1820, he returned to Cracow until his death. His book Ma'or VaShemesh on the Torah is an important basic book of Chassidic thought and in many editions it is printed together with the Chumash (the Rav Peninim edition). His holy son Rabbi Yosef Baruch of Neustadt (1792-1867), is the renowned Rebbe known by the name "The Good Jew of Neustadt", reputed for the many salvations and wonders he performed. , 116 leaves. 38.5 cm. Good condition. Some worming. Worn contemporary binding, with ancient leather spine. Part of the title page is in red ink. This second edition was printed without the Pri Chadash composition, which was printed in the first edition [Perot Ginosar – Amsterdam, 1742]. Printed on the title page: "Authored by the renowned pious Torah genius…ruach hakodesh appeared to him…Rabbi Chaim Ibn Atar".
Two handwritten notebooks, poems and Kabbalistic articles, of the teachings of Moharil Ashlag. Handwritten and signed by Rabbi Moshe Ya'ir Weinstock. Jerusalem, 1924, 1942. At the beginning of some poems, he writes that they were written by "My teacher, Maharil". Kabbalistic articles, content delivered during the discourses or his teacher, the Moharil Ashlag in 1924. Glosses, corrections and additions in the handwriting of Rabbi Moshe Ya'ir, and in the handwriting of his teacher, the Moharil Ashlag Ba'al HaSulam. A large part of the poems and Kabbalistic articles contain the teachings of the Moharil Ashlag. Rabbi Yehuda Leib Ashlag (1885-1955), Torah scholar and Kabbalist served in the Warsaw rabbinate and studied Kabbalah from elder Kabbalists. He ascended to Jerusalem in 1922, wherein he established the Itur Rabbanim Yeshiva for study of the revealed Torah, aside from his many discourses in Kabbalah which he delivered to select students. Eventually, a large group of students and Chassidim gathered around him and he became their rebbe. Composed and published Kabbalistic books, the greatest among them is the series of his eminent work, the Sulam commentary on the Zohar. His disciple, the Jerusalem Kabbalist Rabbi Moshe Ya'ir Weinstock (1899-1982), disciple of Jerusalem Kabbalists and rebbes, authored and published dozens of books on Kabbala, halacha, Chassidism and mussar. Among them are several books of Kabbalistic poems. 2 notebooks: 41 leaves; 16 leaves. Varying condition of leaves, good to fair. Dampness, creases and wear. Placed in two elaborate leather bindings.
Letter signed by Rabbi Elchanan Wasserman. Baranovich, Kislev 1930. Request for assistance for the Ohel Torah Yeshiva in Baranovich. The letter was sent to a rabbi in Bayonne, New Jersey. The letter details the difficult financial state of the yeshiva "which does not have an emissary abroad because of the difficulty of securing a visa…". Written by a scribe; signed by the head of the yeshiva, Rabbi "Elchanan Bunam Wasserman, Rosh Metivta here in Baranovich". Rabbi Elchanan Wasserman (1875-1941), the leading disciple of the Chafetz Chaim and foremost Torah sage and leading head of Lithuanian yeshiva - the Ohel Torah Yeshiva in Baranovich. See previous item. Official stationery, 28.5 cm. Good condition, wear to paper folds.
Shulchan Aruch with Be'er HaGolah. Complete set, Orach Chaim, Yoreh Deah, Even HaEzer and Choshen Mishpat. Amsterdam 1697-1699. Printed by Emanuel Athias. Two title pages to each volume. The first title page is illustrated with copper-etchings of figures of angels. On the second title page of Even HaEzer, the year 1697 appears [the same as the date of the Shla, printed that year in Amsterdam in the same printing press]. 4 volumes, 15-16 cm: , 266,  leaves; , 302,  leaves; , 178, 178-180,  leaves; , 432,  leaves. Overall good to good-fair condition. Stains. Wear damages to several leaves and few paper restorations. Few handwritten glosses. New elaborate leather bindings. Housed in a cardboard and leather box.
Hilchot Rav Alfas, "Second Part of the Alfasi", Seder Nashim. Venice, 1522. Printed by Daniel Bomberg. On the title page are ancient ownership signatures in Italian handwriting: "Yosef Chaim", etc. On the margins and inside the text are hundreds of long glosses by several writers. They contain: commentaries and novellae, version revisions and sources. Copy of sayings from the Talmud, the Tosfot and Rishonim – in early cursive Italian-Ashkenasi script, [characteristic of the second half of the 16th century]. At that time, the Inquisitors decreed the burning of Holy Books in Italy, beginning with the burning of the Talmud in Rome on Rosh Hashana, 1553. During that period, study and printing of the Talmud was prohibited, however the books of the Rif were permitted for study. Therefore, these books were the primary source of learning by Italian scholars at that time and were used as a springboard for reconstructing the words of the Talmudic sages according to the books written by the Rishonim and other sources. The first book written on the Rif at that time was Shiltei HaGiborim. This is the first edition of that book, although many books authored by Italian Torah scholars at that time were written on the leaves of the Rif. This manuscript is one of those compositions. (For more information on the decree of Holy Books in Italy, see: Introduction to Chiddushei Rabbi Moshe Kazis, Mechon Yerushalayim, 1988; A. Ya'ari, Burning of the Talmud in Italy; M. Benayahu, The Hebrew Printing in Cremona; etc). , 402-472, 474-744 leaves (Originally: , 402-782 leaves, including the rest of the Tosefta of Seder Kodshim and Taharot). Missing leaf 473, replaced with a leaf in an especially nice-looking ancient Italian handwriting. 36 cm. Varying condition, good-fair. Restoration on leaf 472. Some of the glosses are cutoff. Stains and wear. Minor worming. New binding. Variant. On Leaf 744/b, at the end of Tosefta Chulin. Significant layout variations from the copy which appears in the scans of Otzar HaChochma and Hebrew Books. From the library of Prof. Moshe David Cassuto.
Interesting letter, handwritten and signed by Rabbi Yechiel Heller, author of Amudei Or. Konigsberg, 1857. Sent to Jerusalem to Rabbi Shmuel Salant. Heller tells of his book Amudei Or, printed in Konigsberg that year and about his poor state of health which lengthened his stay in Konigsberg. "…It has been a few months since G-d has given me the merit to print here my book of responsa Amudei Or. I have written to our friend the Ga'avad here to send Your Honor four copies, one for yourself and one for the Chacham of the Sephardim, one for the Beit Midrash of the Ashkenazim and one for the Beit Midrash of the Sephardim… when you have time can you be so kind as to look into my composition and if there is an error, please do me the kindness of informing me…". Rabbi Yechiel Heller (1814-1862) was already known in his youth as one of the leading Torah scholars of his days. Born in Koidanov, he studied in yeshivot in Minsk and was renowned as the "Ilui of Koidanov". At the age of 21, he was appointed Rabbi in Hlusk and in 1843 as Rabbi of Vawkavysk, succeeding Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac Chaver. In 1854, he began serving in the Suwałki rabbinate and at that time printed his commentary on the Passover Haggadah and his famed book of response, Amudei Or, in Konigsberg. As soon as the book was published, his deep and clear novellae became famous, his thoughts were quoted in books written by the leading scholars of his times and he joined the top rank of Torah luminaries of his days, an outstanding prodigy erudite in all facets of Torah knowledge. In 1858, he moved to serve in the Plungė rabbinate for four years until his untimely death at the age of 47. He used to sign "HeAluv" (the miserable one) and many stories are told of this name. In the book Gedolei HaDorot (Part 2, p. 633), a tradition is brought in the name of Rabbi Shach, that Rabbi Heller adopted the nickname after he once needed to free an agunah by means of “Mi’un”, and since according to the Rama, we do not institute “Mi’un” today and although this case was urgent, he began to sign HeAluv. Another story explaining this unusual signature, as told by some people in the name of Rabbi Y. Kamenetsky, is that his mother Rivka was the daughter of a wealthy famous Torah scholar from a highly respected important family. In her youth, she was slandered and slurred, forcing her to marry a simple person. On the day of her wedding, she retreated to a side room and beseeched Heaven: “…You know that I aspired to build my home with a man who is a great Torah scholar but malicious rumors which have not an iota of truth have brought me to this state. Please! If I did not merit a husband who is a Torah scholar, bless me with sons who are great Torah scholars and help me fulfill my life’s dearest wish”. Indeed, the couple had seven sons and four daughters, breeding families of Torah scholars. Four of them were especially celebrated: Rabbi Yisrael Heller, author of Nachlat Yisrael, a head of the Mir and Minsk yeshivot and later Av Beit Din of Koidanov; Rabbi Meir Heller, a dayan in Vilna; Rabbi Yechiel Heller, author of Amudei Or and Rabbi Yehoshua Heller, Av Beit Din of Telz, author of Chosen Yehoshua. Leaf, 23 cm. Approximately 20 handwritten lines. Bluish, thin stationery, good condition, wear and folding marks. This letter has been printed in the book Torat Rabbeinu Shmuel M’Salant, Part 1 p. 283; in the Or HaTorah anthology, Issue 1, Siman 11; and in the Yeshurun compilation, Issue 4, p. 673.
Large collection of manuscripts, leaves and Torah novella pamphlets, on Halachic and Talmudic matters, from the archive of the Gaon Rabbi Shmuel Salant, Rabbi of Jerusalem. [Lithuania, 1800s, early 19th century]. · Most of the novellae are handwritten by his father, the Gaon Rabbi Zvi Hirsch, Av Beit Din of Trakai and Valkininkai, who even signed in one of the signatures "I, …Zvi Hirsch…signing here in Krinik". · Pamphlets of Torah novellae in the name of the Maggid Rabbi Ya'akov Charif [ben Rabbi Lapidot] of the Krinik congregation, near Grodno. · Torah novellae in the name of Rabbi Shmuel Av Beit Din Amdor [Indura] (Author of "Beit Shmuel Acharon"). · Ruling from 1800, signed by rabbi of Krinik, Rabbi "Aryeh Leib…" [the Gaon Rabbi Aryeh Leib ben Baruch Bendit (d. 1820), author of "Sha'agat Aryeh" on tractate Makot, Bialystok, 1805] and the Dayan Rabbi "Asher Avigdor Hacohen" [who later served as Av Beit Din of Krinik. Father of Rabbi Yossef, Rosh Beit Din of Krinik and Av Beit Din of Kamnitz, author of "Kapot Zahav"]. · Drafts of novellae handwritten by Rabbi Shmuel Salant [when still young, in the 1830s]. · More manuscripts of earlier and later periods [18th-19th century]. The Gaon Rabbi Zvi Hirsch ben Rabbi Chaim [Feivish], Av Beit Din of Trakai (Lithuania), Valkininkai (near Bialystok), Piesk and Drohiczyn. As gathered from the writings offered here Hirsch was a disciple of the Gaon Rabbi Yak'le Charif in Krinik, and copied many of his Torah novellae. His famous son Rabbi Shmuel Salant (1816-1909) was born in Valkininkai, and already at a young age was known as a prodigy. When seven years of age [!] wandered to Torah schools in Lithuania and studied with Rabbi Zemach Shapira of Kėdainiai, and with Rabbi Avraham Avli Pasvoler Rosh Beit Din Vilnius. At the age of 14 he received a letter from his rabbi Aveli concerning a complicated divorce matter; it is evident that his rabbi trusted him as an outstanding Torah scholar. Studies in the town of Salant with his friend the Gaon Rabbi Israel Salant [father of Musar movement]. After he married the daughter of the Tzadik Rabbi Yossef Zundel of Salant, he immigrated to Eretz Israel in 1841, to serve as teacher and rabbi of the "Prushim", disciples of Hagra, who lived in Jerusalem. Served in Jerusalem rabbinate for nearly seventy years, founded education and charity institutes in the city, founded a Beit Din and strengthened the Ashkenazi congregation. Known for his genial intelligence and his realistic attitude to Halachic rulings and to management of public matters in Jerusalem as well as worldwide. Manuscripts by Rabbi Shmuel Salant are very rare since due to a chronic weakness of his hands he did not write much. He dictated his letters regarding public matters to his secretaries and writers and he only signed them by hand or with his ink-stamp. Approx 110 written pages. Size varies. Most manuscripts are on heavy paper [1800s]. Overall good condition, wear and stains. Most of the manuscripts offered here, were printed in the three parts of the book "Torat Rabeinu Shmuel Salant" (Jerusalem, 1998). Several manuscripts, however, were not printed in this book.
Long interesting letter handwritten and signed by Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodzinski. Vilna, . This letter was sent to Rabbi Binyamin Leib Dichovsky [head of the Machzikei HaDat community of Eastern London], who asked Rabbi Chaim Ozer about various rabbis for rabbinic positions in his community. At the beginning of the letter he writes in detail of his brother-in-law Rabbi Yitzchak Kosovsky who served as Rabbi of Iwye from 1904 and later in the Mariupol and Yekaterinoslav rabbinates. Rabbi Chaim Ozer notes that "He is learned in Torah and a wonderful preacher, awakens souls with his words, community activist and highly approved by people". The letter continues with Rabbi Chaim Ozer writing about a shochet recommended by Rabbi David Tevli Katzenelbogen, Av Beit Din of St. Petersburg and Rabbi Yosef Razin, Av Beit Din of Dvinsk. At the end of the letter, he writes about the Slonim Rebbe (Rebbe Yehuda Leib Fine) that he is "one of the most famous rabbis and also a preacher" but "I do not know his opinion about this". Rabbi Chaim Ozer calls to act "on behalf of the yeshivot which suffer much privation and poverty… and this is worthy of attention". Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodzinski (1863-1940), Raban shel Kol Bnei HaGolah, the greatest rabbi of his times, began his studies at Volozhin Yeshiva at the age of 11, under Rabbi Chaim of Brisk. At 24, he was appointed Rabbi and Torah authority in Vilna. From a young age, he bore the yoke of public affairs and his opinion was the deciding factor in all public issues which arose throughout the Jewish world for almost 50 years. After World War I, together with the Chafetz Chaim, they took upon themselves to do all they could to save the yeshivot from their dire state and for this purpose they founded the Va’adHaYeshivot. At that time, all over Russia and Belorussia many rabbis lost their positions due to the Communist rule and Rabbi Chaim Ozer was very active in arranging new,suitable positions for them. Official stationery, 23 cm. Approximately 20 handwritten lines. Good condition, wear to paper folds.
Archive of documents and letters, from the family of Rabbi Shmuel of Salant, composed of Tena'im, testaments, various inscriptions and letters. · Tena'im and memorandums – upon the engagement of Rabbi Binyamin Beinush Salant, Jerusalem, Kislev 1852. · Tena'im and "outline" upon the engagement of the daughter of Rabbi Shmuel Salant with Rabbi Shlomo son of Rabbi Yeshaya Bradky. One is signed by Rabbi "Shmuel Salant" and the groom's mother "Shaindel daughter of R' Yisrael" [widow of Rabbi Yeshaya Bradky and daughter of Rabbi Yisrael of Shklow disciple of the Vilna Gaon]. Cheshvan 1863. · Letter to Rabbi Shmuel Salant, handwritten and signed by his brother-in-law, Rabbi Yehuda Leib Salant [son of the tsaddik Rabbi Yosef Zundel of Salant]. · Tena'im and inscriptions upon the engagement of the children of Rabbi Binyamin Beinush Salant (including copies of the tena'im of Rabbi Michel Tukachinsky from 1890 with the daughter of Rabbi Beinush Salant, and from 1918, with the daughter of Rabbi Zvi Hirsh Salant, grandson of Rabbi Beinush). · Copy of the testament of Rabbi Shmuel Salant, and of the testaments of Rabbi Beinush Salant and his son Rabbi Zvi Hirsh Salant. · Interesting note by a family member who heard from his grandfather, Rabbi Shmuel, that in his youth, when he was a study partner of Rabbi Yisrael of Salant, they agreed upon three things: not to accept a rabbinical position, not to write compositions and not to study kabbala. · Various inscriptions and documents, related to family members. · Inscriptions from 1901, signed by Rabbi Yechiel Michel Tukachinsky concerning the appointment of the Aderet as Rabbi of Jerusalem and the outraged reaction of the Chassidic communities who opposed this appointment. · Shtarot Beit Din signed by city dayanim regarding estates and financial matters of the family members. Debenture stubs with various signatures. · More. Approximately 30 paper items + 7 copies of important documents. Size and condition vary.