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Auction 51b Lot Number 381

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Torah Scroll – Eastern Europe, 19th Century

Torah scroll. Ashkenazi script (HaAri-Chassidic). [Eastern Europe, 19th Century]. Medium format. Rolled on Atzei Chaim and clad in a velvet mantle [both from a later time].
Height of parchment: 23 cm. Maximum height with the Atzei Chaim: 52 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Faded ink.

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Auction 51b Lot Number 382

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Torah Scroll – North Africa

Torah scroll. North Africa (apparently Morocco), [19th century].
Parchment; wood embedded with silver rings.
Attractive (faded) Sephardi script. Reinforcements and ink corrections in many places. Some sheets were written by a different scribe. Some columns are particularly narrow (approximately 7 cm.).
Rolled on two Atzei Chaim, with upper edges embedded with silver rings (lacking bottom ornamentation).
Height of parchment: approx. 52 cm. Length of Atzei Chaim: 88 cm. Fair condition. Stains. Tears, primarily to margins and connections of membranes. New mantle.

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Auction 51b Lot Number 383

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Collection of Parshiot of Tefillin – Unusual Size

Large collection of parshiot of tefillin, shel yad and shel rosh (for donning on the hand and on the head). Ink on parchment. Parshiyot written according to Rashi and others according to Rabbeinu Tam. HaAri scribal writing, Chassidic-Ashkenazi [20th century].
More than 100 parshiyot, ink on parchment. [About 18 sets of parshiyot of tefillin shel rosh and about 30 of tefillin shel yad]. Size varies. Some parshiyot are unusually large, 4-4.5 cm. and some are the normal size - 3-3.5 cm. Condition varies, on some parshiyot the ink is faded and the letters are cracked rendering them unfit for use (pasul), whereas others seem to be in better condition.

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Auction 51b Lot Number 384

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Esther Scroll in a Silver Case – Ottoman Empire

Esther scroll in a silver case. Ottoman Empire (Iraq?), [late 19th century].
Engraved silver, partially gilt; coral; ink on parchment.
The scroll is written in fine oriental script, 16 lines per column. Eight panel case, decorated with vegetal motifs. Upper part is dome-like, topped with a coral and a flower-shaped decoration.
Height of parchment: 7 cm, height of case: 18.5 cm. Good condition. Some tears at margins of first membrane.
Provenance: The Sassoon family collection.

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Auction 51b Lot Number 385

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Esther Scroll on Parchment – Carved Ivory Handle

Esther scroll on parchment. Sephardi scribal writing. [19th- 20th century].
Scrolled on a carved ivory handle, with decorations engraved on the lower part of the handle, and pierced at the upper part. The discs above and below the parchment are inlaid with miniature pieces of bone and metal, in patterns of stars and triangles. The first membrane of the scroll is cut in a decorative manner. 21 lines per column.
Height of parchment: 17 cm. Height of handle: 30.5 cm. Good condition. Creases and stains. Some damages to ivory handle; upper part of handle missing and replaced by a wooden decoration.

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Auction 51b Lot Number 386

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Esther Scroll – Large Carved Olive Wood Case

Esther scroll on parchment. "Signon", Jerusalem, [early 20th century].
Olive wood, engraved, carved; printing; parchment, scribal writing.
The scroll is contained in a carved olive wood case. Carved on the case are reliefs of Shmuel's Tomb and Rachel's Tomb, with titles and the words "Signon" and "Yerushalem" (Hebrew) printed in black ink.
Height of parchment: 14 cm. Height of case: 40 cm. Good condition. Creases and some stains to parchment.

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Auction 51b Lot Number 387

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Esther Scroll – Carved Olive Wood Case

Esther scroll on parchment. [Eretz Israel, early 20th century].
Olive wood, engraved, carved; printing; parchment, scribal writing.
Scroll is contained in a carved olive wood case. Carved on the case are reliefs of the tombs of Shmuel and Rachel, with titles and the words "Yerushalem" and "Eretz Israel" (Hebrew) printed in black ink.
Height of parchment: 10 cm. Height of case: 30.5 cm. Good condition. Slight break to upper part of case. Creases and some stains to parchment.

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Auction 51b Lot Number 388

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“HaMelech” Esther Scroll – Carved Olive Wood Case

Esther scroll on vellum. [Eretz Israel, late 19th or early 20th century].
Engraved olive wood, carved; printing; parchment, scribal writing.
The scroll is held in a carved olive wood case. Reliefs of the Western Wall and the Temple Mount (Dome of the Rock) are carved on the case with names of the sites and the word "Yerushalem" (Hebrew) printed in black ink. "HaMelech" scroll in fine script, with serifs, 14 lines per column.
Height of vellum: 8 cm. Height of case: 25 cm. Good condition. Some cracks to case. Some creases and stains to vellum.
Provenance: Collection of Willy Lindwer.

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Auction 51b Lot Number 389

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A Modern “HaMelech” Esther Scroll on Parchment – Illustrations

Esther scroll on parchment, with illustrations by S. Raphaelsohn. [Israel], 2016.
Paint and ink on parchment.
Esther Scroll with colorful illustrations, in vegetal and geometric patterns, on top of the columns and on their base. Most of the columns open with the word "HaMelech". Artist's signature appears at the end of the scroll.
Height of parchment: 30 cm. Good condition. A label on the reverse -"Mishmar HaSofer" Institute.

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Auction 51b Lot Number 390

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Facsimile – Illustrated Esther Scroll

Facsimile of an illustrated Esther scroll from Italy, 18th century (Manuscript - Kaufman A14) - The Academy of Science in Budapest. Budapest, 1989.
Printed on a paper scroll and rolled on a wooden handle. With a velvet mantle. Placed in an ornate box.
Maximum size of the scroll: 53 cm. Very good condition.
Enclosed in a booklet about the megillah, in Hungarian.

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Auction 51b Lot Number 391

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Manuscript with Illustrated Title Page – Prayer for a Cohen for the High Holidays and Seder Kiddush Levana – Amsterdam, 18th/19th Centuries

Manuscript, "Book for a Cohen who leaves his place to bless the Jewish people in front of the heichal with Birkat Cohanim. Ashkenazi tradition". With Seder Kiddush HaLevana. Amsterdam, [18th/19th centuries].
Illustrated title page, with drawings of hands, fish and lions. The manuscript is written in an especially charming calligraphic writing, with red-framed pages.
Sections of a siddur and piyyutim recited by the congregation and by the Cohanim in chazarat hashatz (cantor's repetition) for Rosh Hashana and for Yom Kippur. Designated for a Cohen's use when standing on the duchan for Birkat Cohanim. Beginning from the prayer Hayom Harat Olam [at the end of the Shofrot blessing], including the prayers Areshet Sefatenu, V'Te'erav Lefanecha, Modim D'Rabanan, the Yehi Ratzon before the Birkat Cohanim, the version of the Birkat Cohanim, Ribonon Shel Olam, Hayom Te'Amtzenu… [The Avinu Malkeinu, kale dever v'cherev etc. does not appear in this manuscript according to the tradition of most Western-Ashkenazi communities who do not recite this passage].
Enclosed at the end of the volume is Seder Kiddush Levana, with a separate title page: "Seder Kiddush HaLevana. On Motzei Yom Kippur when leaving the synagogue, the custom is to sanctify the New Moon".
5 pages; 4 pages. 17.5 cm. Excellent condition. Handsome binding, with slight tears.

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Auction 51b Lot Number 392

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Manuscript on Parchment – Kabbalistic Prayers and Kavanot for the Toke’ah – 18th Century

Manuscript, Kabbalistic prayers and kavanot for the person who blows the Shofar (Toke'ah). Calligraphic scribal writing and Rashi script. With (cutoff) glosses on margins. [Italy? Ca. 18th century].
The manuscript contains many prayers. At the beginning of the manuscript: "After Kriyat HaTorah, he should prepare himself to fulfill the mitzvah of teki'at shofar". Contains many Kabbalistic prayers, some according to the Ari and Shla HaKadosh [on Leaf 5/a, the writers cites the Shla, Leaf 217/b, according to the first edition, Amsterdam, 1648], and some appear in Chemdat Yamim. On Leaf 1/b is a prayer for a toke'ah "who does not understand G-d's secrets", and on Leaf 2/a is a prayer for a toke'ah who "understand G-d's secrets".
Apparently, the writer of the prayers was a Kabbalist, who wrote the prayers in his own language, with slight variations from the known versions.
[6] leaves. 20 cm. Thin parchment. Good condition. Stains. New vellum binding.

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Auction 51b Lot Number 393

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Manuscript on Parchment – Prayers for Aseret Yemei Teshuva, 19th Century

Manuscript, prayers for Aseret Yemei Teshuva, and chapters of Tehillim with special prayers according to the letters of the name of the writer "Moshe ben Rachel' and his children "Perel Nesel daughter of Esther", and "Shmuel ben Esther". Ashkenazi scribal script, on parchment. [Europe, c. 19th century].
The manuscript contains: Tehillim Chapter 22, 121, 20, verses of 119 according to the letters of the name "Moshe ben Rachel". Prayer requesting G-d's assistance for repentance. Verses of Tehillim 119 according to the letters of the name "Perel Nesel bat Esther", and "Shmuel ben Esther". Prayer requesting the G-d grant him children who should live a long life without sin. Prayer for Erev Yom Kippur [similar to the version of Tefillah Zaka], and another prayer requesting that the prayers should be accepted.
[16] leaves, 17 cm. (Three slightly smaller leaves). Parchment. Good condition, stains and wear. Ancient leather binding, with reconstructed spine.

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Auction 51b Lot Number 394

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Manuscript, Tikun Leil Shishi – Italy, 18th Century

Manuscript, Tikun for Thursday night (Leil Shishi). [Italy, 18th century].
Cursive Italian script.
Complete manuscript. Instructions and sections of the Zohar, of Tikunei HaZohar and of the Bible for reciting on Thursday nights. Contains Kabbalistic prayers from the book Chemdat Yamim, and two piyyutim by the Remez - Rabbi Moses ben Mordecai Zacuto.
[101] pages. 18.5 cm. Fair condition. Stains and wear. Tears and worming, with damage to text. Detached leaves. Unbound.

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Auction 51b Lot Number 395

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Manuscript, Piyyutim for Hoshana Raba – Italy, 19th Century

Manuscript, Hosha'anot for Hoshana Raba. Nice-looking square writing. [Italy, c. 19th century].
Contains: the version of the Hosha'anot for Hoshana Raba according to Sephardic tradition. At the end of the Hosha'not is the piyyut "Kol Mevaser V'Omer", [according to Ashkenazi tradition]. Another passage was added which does not appear in the Ashkenazi siddurim, but appears in the Rome Machzor (Bologna, 1541). On the first leaf is the piyyut Achot Ketana [which is recited before the Rosh HaShana Ma'ariv prayer].
[26] leaves. 26 cm. Fair condition. Dampstains and fungus marks. New binding.

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Auction 51b Lot Number 396

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Manuscript, Seder Lel Shevi’i Shel Pesach – Sarania, 1843

Manuscript, Seder Lel Shevi'i shel Pesach. Sarania [Italy?], [1843].
Beautiful vowelized square script.
"To be read by all Jews, this night should be sacred to G-d in holiness and purity…".
18 leaves, 24 cm. High-quality European paper (watermarks: AC). Good condition. Few stains and wear. Colored-paper wrappers, slightly worn.

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Auction 51b Lot Number 397

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Part of a Synagogue Wall-Calendar – Handwritten

Two remnants of a wall-calendar for hanging in the synagogue, with laws and customs. Cursive Ashkenazi script, with titles in calligraphic square script. [Hungary? / Poland? - 18th/19th Centuries].
The arrangement of the laws and customs on the calendar is unlike other calendars. The explanations for the customs are according to the Levush.
2 leaves, 20 cm. Good-fair condition. wear and stains.

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Auction 51b Lot Number 398

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Manuscript, Sheet Music for a Synagogue Cantor – Germany/Austria, 19th-20th Centuries

Manuscript, sheet music for a cantor. [Germany or Austria, 19th/20th century].
Instructions and words of prayers written in German above the notes, Hebrew titles at the beginning of the sections. Includes notes for the prayers of the High Holidays, the Three Festivals, etc.
Following the musical notes of VaYehi Binso'a HaAron, is a leaf written in Hebrew by the cantor, the versions of Yehi Ratzon recited upon opening the ark on the Three Festivals and on the High Holidays.
On the binding is a piece of paper with the inscription: "Synag. Gesänge" (songs for the synagogue).
[23] leaves (and more blank leaves). 16 cm. Good condition. Few stains and wear. Contemporary worn binding.

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Auction 51b Lot Number 399

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Seven Manuscripts – Europe, 19th Century

Seven manuscripts, written by the same scribe. Square writing, vowelized [Central Europe, 19th century].
· Targum on Yeshayahu. · Targum of Mishlei and Kohelet. · Synopsis of the book of Yosifun · Laws of Parah Adumah, from Mishne Torah L'HaRambam. · Ke'arat Kesef by Rabbi Yosef H'Ezovi. · Part of the commentary of Ibn Ezra on the Torah. · Collection of sayings and parables of Chazal.
7 manuscripts, about 250 written leaves. 21 cm. Good condition. Stains. Several detached leaves. Newly bound.

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Auction 51b Lot Number 400

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Al Naharot Bavel – Illustrated Leaf – Europe, 1797

Al Naharot Bavel - A handwritten illustrated leaf. [Europe], [1797].
Ink and watercolor on paper.
The Psalm Al Naharot Bavel, customarily said on weekdays before Birkat HaMazon. Written [in scribal script] in the center of the leaf, framed by colorful illustrated frames. Written at the top of the leaf: "On weekdays,  before reciting Birkat HaMazon, say this". The name of the scribe surrounds the round frame: "Written by Zvi Hirsh son of Yitzchak HaLevi Premsila", and at the bottom is a colophon with the date 1797.
Possibly the writer is Zvi Hirsh son of R' Yitzchak Premsila of Prague, editor and proofreader in the Proops Press in Amsterdam (his name is mentioned in the Tikun Sofrim printed there in 1751, and in the book Shulchan HaTahor, in 1770).
Leaf, 15X20 cm. Fair condition. Stains, tears and damages, professionally restored.

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Auction 51b Lot Number 401

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Illustrated Vellum Leaf – Haftarah of Parshat Shemot – Written in Honor of Abdullah Sassoon – Baghdad, 19th Century

Illustrated vellum leaf, Haftarah for Parshat Shemot. [Baghdad, 19th century].
Oriental square scribal script, framed by ornamental floral patterns. Written on the margins: "In honor of the young man Abdullah Shei[kh] David Shei[kh] the dear lofty man Sassoon Tzalach David".
On the verso is a stamp with the emblem of the Sassoon family. The leaf is bound in a binding, with the bookplate of David Saliman Sassoon, with the family emblem.
Abdullah (Albert) Sassoon (1818-1897), Jewish manufacturer, businessman and philanthropist who was granted British nobility titles. Son of David Sassoon (the I) and his primary heir who managed the assets of the Sassoon family - the "Rothschilds of the East " - in India and in England.
Vellum leaf. Approx. 11X15 cm. Good-fair condition. Restored tears, slightly affecting the frame edges.
Ohel David, no. 276.
Provenance: The Sassoon family collection.

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Auction 51b Lot Number 402

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Wedding Souvenir Written on Vellum – Holland, 1806

Wedding souvenir, fine miniature script with ornaments, on a piece of vellum. [Holland], December 1806.
Vellum; ink; copper.
An oval piece of vellum with a greeting written by hand, in fine handwriting, in honor of the marriage of Shlomo Emringen with Bela: "souvenir…in honor of the wedding day, from the groom Shlomo son of Aharon Emringen with the bride Bela daughter of Yehudah…" (Hebrew). The text is written in the shape of arches with a blessing written below the arches. The author is signed on the lower part: "written by the scribe Mendele". Framed in a fine, golden, copper frame with strings for hanging.
Length (including frame): 11 cm, width: 9 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and creases. Some bends to frame.

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Auction 51b Lot Number 403

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“Mizrah” and “Shiviti” – Wedding Souvenir, 1865

"Mizrah" and "Shiviti" [East Europe], 1865.
Ink on paper.
On upper part - an arch with the inscription "Da Lifnei mi Ata Omed…". On the left and on the right are two columns, inscribed: "Baruch SheNatan Torah…" and "Baruch Ata Bvo'acha…". The inscription "Shiviti Hashem Lenegdi…" appears in the center within a decoration shaped as a crown with Tablets of the Law below it (with Ten Commandments), integrated into an illustration of a tree consisting of decorations shaped as leaves and of Psalm verses. In the center appears the inscription "Mizrah". By the tree, on left and right sides of the trunk, illustrations of two small heaps with hand-palms, and the names of the groom and bride and the wedding date: "Nathan ben Yehuda Shuars (?) and Yent bat Hirsch Green, wedding was on Lag Ba'omer 5626 (1856)".
Approx. 23X21 cm. Fair condition. Stains and tears, mainly at margins. Framed in an original wooden frame, damaged.

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Auction 51b Lot Number 404

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Decorated Cards for Children – Adages in Hebrew and in Yiddish – Europe, 19th Century

Five decorated paper cards with adages in Hebrew and in Yiddish. [Europe, 1845-1856].
Decorated elliptic frames in various colors printed on high-quality thick paper cards. Various adages and their Yiddish translation were added by hand (in square writing and in cursive Ashkenazi writing).
On four card are verses with gematriyot of the years: 1845, 1848 and 1855.
We can only conjecture the purpose of the cards. Perhaps they were made for children since the words used to convey the years are related to youth.
8.5X10.5 cm. Good condition. Stains.

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