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Auction 49a Lot Number 49

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Derech Pikudecha – Lemberg, 1851 – First Edition

Derech Pikudecha, on the 613 mitzvot, by Rebbe Zvi Elimelech Shapira of Dynów [author of the Bnei Yissachar]. Lemberg, 1851 On the title page is the signature and stamp of Rabbi "Ya'akov Yitzchak HaLevi Horowitz" [Rabbi Yisrael Yitzchak Horowitz of Rudnik, 1840-1900. Av Beit Din of Radomyshl and from 1883 Rabbi of Chęciny (Galicia)]. Some glosses, possibly written by his father-in-law, Rabbi Yosef Yaski Westreich Av Beit Din of Kańczuga. See item no. 71. [1], 74, 65-66, 79-91 leaves. 23 cm. Good condition. Stains, fungus traces. Without binding. Some glosses are faded and difficult to read. Stefansky Chassidut no. 140.

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Auction 49a Lot Number 50

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Igra D’Kala – Lemberg, 1868 – First Edition

Igra D'Kala, on the Torah, Parts 1-2, by Rebbe Zvi Elimelech Shapira of Dynów, author of Bnei Yissaschar. Lemberg, 1868. First edition. With approbations of Rebbe Chaim of Sanz, who writes "The greatness and piety and holiness of the Rabbi the author is known and famous throughout the world…and who will not be enlightened by his holy works which have already been published… and many have traversed in their light. For the sake of the honor of the author's holiness…and requests our Jewish brethren to join those who perform mitzvoth and purchase this holy book". [6], 134; [1], 26; 12, [1]; 56 leaves. 24.5 cm. Varying paper, good-fair condition. Stains. Tears and worming to text of several leaves. New binding. Stefansky Chassidut, no. 4.

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Auction 49a Lot Number 51

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Tehillim, Warsaw, 1864 – Incomplete Copy – Segula Book – Edition Printed by Rebbe Yitzchak of Neshchiz

Tehillim with Rashi and Metzudot commentaries and with Ivri-Teitch, with Seder Ma'amadot according to the Rabbi of Apta. [Warsaw, 1864. Printed by Rabbi Natan Shriftgisser]. This edition was printed "LeZikuy HaRabim by Rebbe Yitzchak of Neshchiz – as cited on the title page of his book Toldot Yitzchak (Warsaw, 1868), and in the book of his history Zichron Tov" (p. 49 and in the new edition, p. 84). This book of Tehillim was known as a Sefer Segula and although it was printed in 6000 copies, not many copies remain. Rebbe Yitzchak of Neshchiz (1789-1868), youngest son of Rebbe Mordechai of Neshchiz, close disciple of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdychiv, whose granddaughter he married. He was also a disciple of Rabbi Baruch of Medzhibozh and the Chozeh of Lublin. He was appointed Rebbe at a young age and served in this capacity for over 60 years. He was famous for his prayers and wonders and heavenly revelations. Revered in all Chassidic circles as a holy man and exceptional Chassid. (Highly praised in a letter by Rabbi Baruch Shapira, an outstanding Chassid of Przysucha and of Kotzk). Rebbe Elimelech of Grodzisk and Rabbi Ya'akov Zvi of Parysów were among his celebrated disciples. Incomplete damaged copy: 12-200, 212-303 leaves: [1], 2-18 leaves. (Originally: [1], 303 leaves; [1], 2-31 leaves). 19 cm. Fair condition, wear and stains, worming. Non-contemporary binding.

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Auction 49a Lot Number 52

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Dibrat Shlomo, Zhovkva, 1848 – First Edition – With Approbation of the Chozeh of Lublin

Dibrat Shlomo, on the Torah, two parts. By Rabbi Shlomo of Lutsk, disciple of the Magid of Mezritch. Zhovkva, [1848]. First edition. At the beginning of the book is a rare approbation by Rebbe Ya'akov Yitzchak, the "Chozeh of Lublin". The "Chozeh of Lublin" departed from his custom not to give approbations, and out of respect for the author wrote an elaborate approbation filled with praise. The author is a leading disciple of the Magid of Mezritch who wrote the teachings he heard in "Likutei Amarim – Magid Devarav L'Ya'akov". [3], 3-36 leaves; 21, [1], 25-28, 25-26, [6] leaves. 24 cm. Fair condition. Heavy worming to text. New elegant binding, with leather spine. Stefansky Chassidut, no. 127.

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Auction 49a Lot Number 53

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Magen Avraham (Trisk) – First Edition – Segula Book

Magen Avraham, Parts 1-2, Chassidic homilies on the Torah by the Magid of Trisk, Rebbe Avraham Twersky son of Rabbi Mordechai of Chernobyl. Lublin [1887]. First edition, printed in the author's lifetime (1806-1889). On Page [3] is a lithographic copy of the author's signature. The Segula of owning this book is well-known, as the author wrote in his introduction to Part One: "I hereby bless whoever owns the book, that abundant kindness will be bestowed upon him… to fulfill all his wishes, children and grandchildren…" [3], 3-47, 1-36 leaves; [1], 2- 114 leaves. 24.5 cm. Brittle paper. Very good condition. Fabric binding. Variant, contains Leaf 114 not found in all copies. [Various copies exist, in which the book ends at leaf 113 and the last leaf (113/b) is closely printed with content variations].

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Auction 49a Lot Number 54

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Sefer HaZechira – Vilna and Grodno, 1835

Sefer HaZechira, on the six zechirot, with commentaries by the author of Marpeh LaNefesh and by Rebbe Levi Yitzchak of Berdychiv. Vilna and Grodno, 1835. 30 leaves, 18.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Wear. Slight damages with open tears to last leaf. Unbound. Stefansky Chassidut no. 200.

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Auction 49a Lot Number 55

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Bat Ayin – First Edition – Jerusalem, 1847

Bat Ayin, by Rebbe Avraham Dov of Ovruch. Jerusalem, [1847]. First edition. The author, Rebbe Avraham Dov of Ovruch (1765-1841), a leading renowned Chassid. Disciple of Rabbi Nachum of Chernobyl and of his son Rabbi Mordechai. Also disciple of Rabbi Zusha of Annopol and Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdychiv. Served for 40 years as Av Beit Din of Ovruch, and was called "the Holy Rabbi of Ovruch”. In 1833, he ascended to Eretz Israel, to the city of Safed in which he established his Beit Midrash and led the Safed Chassidic communities. The famous story is told of the miracle of his delivery from the tragic earthquake in 1837, which happened at the time the Mincha prayer was being held in the synagogues (late afternoon). The Ovuruch Rebbe warned his Chassidim not to leave the synagogue, he lay on the floor of the Beit Midrash and all the surrounding congregation held on to his belt. The entire building collapsed with the exception of the narrow area in which the Rebbe and his followers lay. [After some time elapsed, the Rebbe related that he saw that the earthquake was not a natural event since the stones were cast to the sides and did not fall directly to the ground in spite of their weight. He understood that fierce power had been granted to the Sitra Achra, therefore he just laid there submissively on the ground – "Wait a moment until the fury passes (Yeshayahu)"]. After the earthquake, he restored the Safed community and did not allow his Chassidim to abandon the holy city. He died of pestilence which plagued Safed in 1841 and after his death, the plague ceased. Many wonders are told of his lofty holiness and of his great strength in performing wonders for the Jewish people. His holy book Bat Ayin was printed in Jerusalem in 1847 and in Zhitomir in 1850 in varied editions and it is considered a basic book of Chassidic thought. [2], 125, [1] leaves. 20.5 cm. Poor condition, extensive worming and fungus damages, with damage to text. New elaborate binding. S. HaLevi, no. 38; Stefansky Chassidut, no. 103.

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Auction 49a Lot Number 56

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Chassidic Books and Other Books

Five books – Chassidism and other topics (including two books of Jerusalem 'forgeries'): · Tosfot Chaim, Chassidic commentary on the Torah and Festivals, by Rabbi Chaim Yosef Brookstein, Av Beit Din of Pystan (disciple of the Ba'al HaTanya and Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdychiv). Part 1 – on Bereshit, Part 2 – on Shemot-Vayikra, Chernivtsi, 1861-1862. Part 3 (called Part 2) – on Bamidbar-Devarim, Part 4 – Homilies on the festivals and times. Lemberg 1862. First edition. (Stefansky Chassidut, no. 608-609). [2], 36; [2], 42 leaves; [1], 16; 16; 22 leaves. 23.5 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and wear. Old damaged binding, with leather spine. · Likutei Torah, Chassidism and guidance, by the Magid Rabbi Mordechai Twersky of Chernobyl. Chernivtsi, 1859. First edition. Stefansky Chassidut, no. 296. Bound with the books: Pe'er Hador, Rambam responsa. Lemberg, 1859. Second edition. · Nishmat Shabtai HaLevi, by the author of Shefa Tal. "Jerusalem" [Lemberg, c. 1845]. · Chibat Yerushalayim, (illustrated title page, imitation of the Jerusalem printing, 1844), "Jerusalem" [Lemberg, c. 1870]. [7] 53 leaves; [22] leaves; [2], 63 leaves; [3], 63 leaves. 20.5 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and wear. The leaves of the book Likutei Torah are cut on the text border. For more information about the forgery of the name Jerusalem, see: S. HaLevi, Sifrei Yerushalyim HaRishonim, p. 275 and pp. 14-15.

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Auction 49a Lot Number 57

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Collection of Chassidic, Kabbalistic and Mussar Books

Varied collection of Chassidic, Kabbalistic and Mussar books, including: · Brit Avram, by the Magid of Zaliztsi, Rabbi Yosef Moshe Shapira (disciple of the Magid of Mezritch and Rebbe Michel of Zolochiv). Brody, 1875. First edition. Damaged copy. (Stefansky Chassidut no. 95). · Tehor Ra'ayonim, on the Torah, Part 1 by Rabbi Yom Tov Netil, Av Beit Din of Czchów, disciple of the Chozeh of Lublin. Warsaw, 1900. First edition. · Sefer Charedim, by Rabbi Elazar Azkari. Radyvyliv, [1818]. Ownership inscription: "Avraham Dov Ber son-in-law of the famous Rabbi S---". · Darkei Tzedek, Lvov (Lemberg), 1835. Printed by Ms. Chaya Grossman. · More. [For a complete list, please see Hebrew description.]. Eight books in 6 volumes. Size and condition vary.

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Auction 49a Lot Number 58

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Collection of Chassidic Books – Poland

Collection of Chassidic books by Polish rebbes, first editions. For a complete list, please see Hebrew description. 7 books, size and condition vary.

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Auction 49a Lot Number 59

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Five Chassidic Books

Five Chassidic books: · Levushei Srad, on Yoreh Deah, by Rebbe David Shlomo Eibeschutz [author of Arvei Nachal]. Hrubieszów, 1819. Second edition. Stefansky Chassidut, no. 257. · Sefer Avodat Yisrael, by the Magid of Kozienice. Lvov, 1850. Owners' signatures and stamps: "Duber, Shochet and Bodek in R. Metz, "Shlomo Telingtor", etc.· Yismach Lev, expounding upon aggadot and midrashim, by Rebbe Menachem Nachum Twersky [the Magid of Chernobyl]. Lvov, 1848. · Shivchei HaBa'al Shem Tov. "Printed in Warsaw", [c. 1870]. · Pe'er LaYesharim, mussar discourses, by Rebbe Yisrael Friedman of Ruzhyn. Jerusalem, [1921]. Five books, size and condition vary.

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Auction 49a Lot Number 60

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Collection of Chassidic Books

Collection of Chassidic books: · Likutim Yekarim. Lemberg, [1850]. Bound with: Or HaChaim. Lemberg, 1850. · Ateret Tiferet Yisrael. Lublin, 1875. Sefer Segula, in their approbations, prominent rebbes wrote that possessing this holy book is a segula for protection. · Midrash Rabot on Vayikra, with a collection of articles, by Rabbi Shabtai of Raszków. Ostroh, 1838. · Imrei Yosef, on Bereshit, by Rebbe Yosef Meir Weiss of Spinka. Maramureş -Siget, 1910. First edition. · More. For a complete list, please see Hebrew description. 11 books in 10 volumes, size and condition vary. Some with signatures and ownership inscriptions.

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Auction 49a Lot Number 61

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Five Books of Chassidism and Kabbalah

Collection of Chassidic and Kabbalistic books: · Kedushat Aharon on the Torah, by Rabbi Aharon Friedman, the Sadigura Rebbe. Warsaw, 1913. First rare edition. Good condition. · Likutei Moharan, by Rabbi Nachman of Breslov. Jerusalem, 1936. Title page in golden ink. · Chesed L'Avraham, with Brechat Avraham, by Rabbi Avraham Azulai. Lvov [Lemberg, 1860]. · Raziel HaMalach. Lemberg, 1869. · Bound with: Ben Porat Yosef, by Rabbi Ya'akov Yosef of Polonne author of Toldot Ya'akov Yosef, with the letter by the Ba'al Shem Tov to Eretz Israel. Lemberg, 1866. Five books in four volumes, size and condition vary.

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Auction 49a Lot Number 62

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Eglei Tal / Avnei Nezer Responsa – First Editions – Glosses by Rabbi Menachem Mendel Kasher

Books of Rebbe Avraham Burnstein of Sochaczew, first editions: · Eglei Tal, on melachot Shabbat. Piotrków, 1805. First edition. · Avnei Nezer responsa, on the four parts of the Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim, Yoreh Deah, Even HaEzer and Choshen Mishpat, (six parts of seven, without Even HaEzer Part 2). Piotrków-Warsaw, 1912-1934. 7 volumes. Size and condition vary. Some books have signatures and glosses of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Kasher, author of Torah Shleima.

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Auction 49a Lot Number 63

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Collection of Books – Stories by Chassidic Leaders

Six books: Stories and hanhagot of Chassidic leaders and other tsaddikim. · Sipurei Tzaddikim, [Lemberg], 1864. · Hanahagot Yesharot, Chassidic leaders. Warsaw, 1885. Bound with: Sefer Ma'asiot. Warsaw, 1881. · Sipurim Nora'im. Mukacheve, 1894. · Ma'asiot U'Ma'amarim Yekarim. Zhitomir, 1902. · Sipurim Nechmadim. Zhitomir, [1903]. · Likutim Yekarim, homiletics and tales. [New York, ca. 1924]. Seven books in 6 volumes. Size and condition vary.

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Auction 49a Lot Number 64

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Pri To’ar by the Author of Or HaChaim – Zhovkva, 1810 – Copy of Rebbe Author of Ma’or VaShemesh and his Son “The Good Jew of Neustadt”

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. [1], 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".

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Auction 49a Lot Number 65

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Zera Avraham – Mantua, 1739 – Signatures and Stamps of Rebbe Elimelech of Nyírtass

Zera Avraham, on the Torah. By Rabbi Avraham ben Rabbi Reuven of Corfu. Mantua, [1739]. Stamps of Rabbi "Elimelich Segal of Nyírtass", and two signatures in his handwriting: "Elimelech" (one signature in ink and the other in faded pencil). Rebbe Elimelech Segal Lowy (ca. 1872-Kislev 1942), Av Beit Din of Nyírtass, (Szabolcs region), son of the renowned Rebbe Meshulam Feish Lowy Av Beit Din of Nyírtass (1821-1873). Born to his aging father, who had made a special trip to pray at the gravesite of Rebbe Elimelech of Lizhensk to merit the birth of a son who was consequently named after Rebbe Elimelech. [His father would lovingly call him "Rebbe R' Elimelech]. He was orphaned at infancy. His great brother-in-law Rebbe Yehosef Rottenberg, author of Bnei Shileshim, served as Av Beit Din of Nyírtass and in 1908 relocated to serve as Av Beit Din of Căuşeni. Rabbi Elimelech later continued the lineage as Av Beit Din of Nyírtass. He was renowned for his great piety, as a holy man and wonder-worker. Thousands travelled to Nyírtass to receive his blessings and counsel. During Purim, especially, he would perform wondrous deeds and bless his Chassidim who swarmed to be near him during those days [a detailed testimony of Purim in his presence was printed in the booklet Purim Meshulash B'Tosh (Nyírtass), at the end of Pe'er Meshulam, Jerusalem, 1969]. His sons served as Rebbes: Rebbe Chaim Shlomo – the Rebbe of Khust in the USA; Rebbe Mordechai of Demecser, who perished in the Holocaust, was the father of Rabbi Meshulam Feish Lowy – the Tosher Rebbe in Canada [the eldest Rebbe of our times, passed away recently, in August 2015, at the age of 94]. [2], 106 leaves (lacking at the end. Originally: [2], 113 leaves). 22 cm. Fair condition. Much wear and restored tears. (Restored) damages to title page. New binding.

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Auction 49a Lot Number 66

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Pri Etz – By Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Vitebsk – First Edition, Zhitomir 1874 – Signatures, Glosses and Correction in the Handwriting of Kabbalist Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac Weiss of Szolyva

Pri Etz, by Rebbe Menachem Mendel of Vitebsk, Chassidic homiletics on the Torah and the Festivals, with a copy of his testament. Zhitomir, 1874. First edition. The title page states that the book was copied from a manuscript held by Rabbi Aharon of Chernobyl, which was sent to him from Jerusalem. [This edition is different from the Etz Pri composition printed later in Lemberg, 1880 according to a more accurate manuscript]. Signatures and stamps of Rabbi "Yitzchak Isaac Weiss", Rabbi of the Mukacheve community, and of Rabbi Mordechai Avraham Katz of Csenger. Many handwritten glosses and corrections on the leaves, apparently written by the Kabbalist Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac Weiss [determined by comparing the handwriting – See Kedem catalogue, Auction 2 Lot 287]. The Chassidic Kabbalist Torah scholar, Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac Weiss (1824-1894), was Av Beit Din of Szolyva and Ra'avad of Mukacheve, as well as the author of Beit Yitzchak. Born in 1824 in Mukacheve, his father was like a son to Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac of Nagykálló (Kalov). Rabbi Yitzhak studied with Rebbe Zvi Elimelech of Dynów, author of Bnei Yissaschar, Rebbe Yehuda Zvi of Radzil, author of Da'at Kedoshim (edited by his disciple, the Rabbi Yitzhak Isaac), Rebbe Shalom of Belz and Rebbe Yitzchak Isaac of Zhydachiv (who praised him highly and relied on him to edit his Chassidic and Kabbalistic writings). After the death of his rebbe in Zhydachiv, he travelled to the author of the Divrei Chaim in Sanz, to Rebbe Yisrael of Sadigura, to Rebbe Chaim of Kosiv, Rebbe Zvi Hirsh of Rymanów and to Rebbe Meir of Peremyshlyany. His close disciple was his nephew, the first Spinka Rebbe, author of Imrei Yosef. Rabbi Shimon Greenfeld, Av Beit Din of Semihali, Hungary, wrote about Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac: “And I knew that he was a great kabbalist, almost the only one with this knowledge in our country” (Maharshag responsa, Part 1, Orach Chaim Siman 30). From his many writings, only the following books were published: Toldot Yitzchak on the Torah, Divrei Yitzchak and Beit Yitzchak on Tractate Megillah. His son-in-law is Rebbe Elimelech Lowy son of Rabbi Meshulam Feish of Nyírtass (Tosh), grandfather of the Canada Tosher Rebbe. 30 pages, 19.5 cm. Good-fair condition, wear. Unbound. Stefansky Chassidut, no. 481.

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Auction 49a Lot Number 67

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Levushei Srad, Mogilev, 1812 – First Edition – Many Glosses and Signatures of Rabbi Shmuel Heller, Rabbi of Safed

Levushai Srad on Yoreh Deah, by Rebbe David Shlomo Eybeschütz, author of Arvei Nachal. Mogilev, [1812]. First edition. Many signatures and stamps of Rabbi "Shmuel Heller". Marginalia in his handwriting. Bound at the beginning of the book are empty leaves with long glosses, some in Rabbi Shmuel's handwriting and some written by his scribe, signed by Rabbi Shmuel. The author, Rabbi David Shlomo Eybeschütz (1755-1818, Encyclopedia L'Chassidut, Vol. 1, pages 501-503), a leading Chassid and rabbi, Av Beit Din of Chorostkow and Soroka immigrated to Safed, Eretz Israel, in 1809. His relative, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdychiv writes in his approbation - "sharp and proficient in Torah, all his deeds are for the sake of Heaven". His books are widely accepted as basic books of Halacha and Chassidism. Rabbi Shmuel Heller (1786-1884, Otzar Ha-Rabanim 19134), a Torah prodigy and a physician, was raised in the home of the Chozeh of Lublin and following his counsel, immigrateded to Eretz Israel. Served as Rabbi of Safed for sixty years (for his biography and the history of settlement in Safed see "HaRav HaManhig V'Harofeh – Safed, 1989). [1], 102 leaves. + 2 handwritten leaves. 35.5 cm. Fair condition, stains and worming. Some glosses are slightly cut off. Stefansky Chassidut, no. 256.

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Auction 49a Lot Number 68

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Sefer HaPli’ah – Segula Book – Copy of Rabbi Nechemya Alter of Ger

Sefer HaPli'ah – Sefer HaKaneh, Kabbalistic matters. By Rabbi Avigdor Kara of Prague. Przemyśl, 1883. In the approbations for the book, Rabbi Aharon of Sanz, son of the Divrei Chaim, and the Admor of Husiatyn describe the great segula of having this book at home. At the top of the title page is an owner's inscription signed "Nechemya Alter from Ger". Many stamps of Rabbi "Nechemya Alter of Ger – now in Otwock". Previous owner's stamps: "Yisrael ben R' Katzani – here in Warsaw". Rabbi Nechemya Alter (1875-perished in the Holocaust 1942), son of the Rebbe author of Imrei Emet and father-in-law of the Rebbe author of Lev Simcha. Outstanding Torah scholar in revealed and hidden areas of the Torah. Son-in-law of Rebbe Zvi Hirsh of Łomazy-Kotzk. After World War I, he left Ger and settled in Otwock. In 1925 he immigrated to Safed, before moving to Jerusalem in 1927, where he headed the Sfat Emet Yeshiva. In 1931 he returned to Poland and served as a member of the Va'ad HaRabbanim in Lodz. In 1941, he was smuggled out of the Lodz Ghetto to the Warsaw Ghetto. Remnants of his Torah teachings were printed in Chiddushei Rebbe Nechemya (Jerusalem, 1983). Most of his descendants - except his eldest daughter, Rebbetzin Yuta Henya [mother of the Ger Rebbe], perished in the Holocaust. [4], 85; 74, [4] leaves. 24.5 cm. Brittle paper, good-fair condition, wear and tears. Old binding.

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Auction 49a Lot Number 69

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Be’er Avraham on Tikunei HaZohar – Lemberg, 1868 – Signature of Rabbi Ya’akov Ketina, Author of Rachamei HaAv

Be'er Avraham, commentary on Tikunei HaZohar, by Rabbi Avraham Avli of Drohobych, disciple of the Chozeh of Lublin. Lemberg, 1868. Rare single edition. The author, Rabbi Avraham Avli of Drohobych was a hidden tsaddik who taught the Hebrew alphabet to young children and at night studied Kabbalah and tikunei neshamot. At the end of his life, the Chozeh of Lublin revealed his true greatness and said "There is here a tsaddik name R' Avli who can bring salvation to all in need, and this was discovered by a wonder that he performed…" (Quoted from the approbation of the Rebbe, author of Divrei Yechezkel of Sieniawa). After his death, his Kabbalistic works were brought to Rabbi Zvi Hirsh of Zhydachiv and to the Yismach Moshe of Újhely and they "lavished praise on the holiness of the book… and gave their approbations” (written in the approbation of the Rebbe Mahari of Zhydachiv), but due to censor restrictions, they could not be printed for decades until this book was printed (excerpt of the introduction and the approbations). Before the title page is a signature and ownership inscription: “…Ya’akov Ketina”, “Be’er Avraham – belongs to the Rabbi the Chassid R’ Ya’akov Ketina Dayan in Chust” - Rabbi Ya’akov [Klein] Ktina (died 1890, Otzar Ha-Rabanim 9887), Av-Beit-Din of Chust preceding Maharam Shik. Disciple of the Divrei Chaim of Sanz. Author of Rachamei HaAv and Korban HaAni which he published anonymously. [Rachamei HaAv was published in many editions]. [4], 56 leaves. 25 cm. Good-fair condition, wear and stains. Worn and detached binding. Stefansky Chassidut, no. 71. For more information on the book and its scarcity, see article by the bibliographer N. Ben Menachem, B’Sha’arei Sefer, pp. 67-70.

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Auction 49a Lot Number 70

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Three Books from the Library of the Warka-Otwock Rebbe

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.

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Auction 49a Lot Number 71

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Collection of Books – From the Library of Rabbi Yosef Yaski Av Beit Din of Kańczuga – Signatures and Glosses

Collection of books from the library of Rabbi Yosef Yaski Westreich, Av Beit Din of Kańczuga and his son-in-law Rabbi Ya'akov Yitzchak Horowitz. · Amarot Tehorot, on Tehillim. By Rabbi Eliezer HaLevi Horowitz. Warsaw, 1838. First edition (Stefansky Chassidut no. 597). Stamps of Rabbi "Yosef Yaski Westreich Av Beit Din of Kańczuga" and with his signatures. · Sha'arei Efraim, on the laws of Kriyat HaTorah and Stam, by Rabbi Efraim Zalman Margaliot. Lemberg, 1840. Stamps of Rabbi Yosef Yaski, stamps and signatures of Rabbi "Ya'akov Yitzchak HaLevi Ish Horowitz of Rudnik". · Hakdama V'Derech L'Etz HaChaim", by Rabbi Zvi Hirsh Eichenstein of Zhydachiv, with glosses of Rabbi Zvi Elimelech Shapira of Dynow. Bound with: Or HaChaim, by Rabbi Yosef Ya'avetz. [Lvov, 1850]. Stefansky Chassidut no. 185. Stamps of Rabbi Ya'akov Yitzchak Horowitz. Handwritten glosses [of his father-in-law Rabbi Yosef Yaski?]. Rabbi Yosef Yaski Westreich (1810-1883), son of Rabbi Yisrael Hillel Av Beit Din of Grybów [disciple of the Maor V'Shemesh who wrote his book and first printed it]. Succeeded his father in the Grybów rabbinate and later his father-in-law in the Kańczuga rabbinate. Disciple of Rebbe Yechezkel Shraga Halberstam of Sieniawa. His son-in-law and successor, Rabbi Ya'akov Yitzchak Horowitz (1840-1900, Otzar HaRabbanim 10157), grew up and later taught Torah in the Rudnik community. He served as Av Beit Din of Radomyshl and later succeeded his father-in-law in the Kańczuga rabbinate. Dozens of responsa send to him were printed in books of responsa written by Galicia Torah scholars. Enclosed: A printed leaf, invitation by Rabbi Yosef Yaski Westreich Av Beit Din of Kańczuga [grandson of the aforementioned Rabbi Yosef Yaski], to the wedding of his son Rabbi Ben Zion Yitzchak with the daughter of Rabbi Mordechai Yosef Sapir Av Beit Din of New-Sanz. The groom’s father – Rabbi Yosef Yaski Westreich the II (1885-1944), son-in-law of Rabbi Elazar Rokeach, Av Beit Din of Hajdúböszörmény and Kańczuga. Perished in the Holocaust. His son the groom, Rabbi Ben Zion Yitzchak Westreich (1904-1942), was a rabbi in New-Sanz alongside his father-in-law, and later appointed Av Beit Din in Belyy Kamen. Perished in the Holocaust. Four books in three volumes, and a printed invitation leaf. Varied size. Poor-fair condition, dampness, fungus and mildew. Damaged bindings.

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Auction 49a Lot Number 72

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Siddur Harei Besamim – With Stamp and Glosses of Rebbe Ya’akov of Husyatyn, Author of Ohalei Ya’akov

"Year-round prayers according to Sepharad tradition, with 10 lovely commentaries by holy leaders" – Harei Besamim siddur with many additions and commentaries by Chassidic leading scholars. Podgórze (Cracow), 1908. On the title page is a stamp of Rebbe "Ya'akov son of R' Yitzchak of Buhuşi". Penciled marginalia in his handwriting (Rashi script). Rebbe Ya'akov Friedman of Husyatyn (1879-1957, Encyclopedia L'Chassidut, Vol. 2, pp. 244-245), was the son of Rebbe Yitzchak of Buhuşi and son-in-law of his uncle Rebbe Yisrael of Husyatyn. Prominent scholar and erudite in Torah and Chassidism, he was also a student of secular studies. One of the founders of Chevrat Yishuv Eretz Yisrael in Vienna. Immigrated to Eretz Israel in 1937 and after the death of his illustrious father-in-law, was appointed to succeed him as Husyatyn Rebbe in Tel Aviv. Some of his Torah teachings are printed in his book Ohalei Ya'akov. [488] leaves. Missing first title page. 21 cm. Brittle paper. Good condition, minor damages. Appealing fabric binding.

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