Handwritten parchment leaf, a section from Piskei HaRosh with Hagahot Asheri. [Germany, ca. end of 14th century or beginning of 15th century].
The leaf was cut for use in binding. Ashkenazic semi-cursive script, one gloss from Hagahot Asheri is in smaller writing, in a "window". This fragment contains Piskei HaRosh to Tractate Moed Katan, Chapter III (sections 80-85).
Three other leaves of this manuscript have survived and were bound at the end of a Rav Alfas manuscript (British Library, Margoliouth Catalogue no. 474) from 1386, containing passages of Tractates Moed Katan (Chapters I and III), Sukkah and Berachot. It seems that those leaves were also used in binding. See enclosed material.
 parchment leaf. Loss of text due to trimming to size of binding. Height: 19.5 cm. Width: 29.5 cm. Fair condition. Stains, some particularly dark. Several holes affecting text.
Collection of ancient handwritten leaves, which were retrieved from geniza. Mostly complete leaves.
· Gathering of six leaves out of a manuscript composition on Mitzvot, in Judeo-Arabic, from a chapter discussing the laws of ritual slaughtering. It appears to be a Karaite work. Early oriental square script. [13th/14th century].
 leaves,  written pages. 18 cm. 21 lines per page. Fair condition. Stains and wear. Large tears affecting text in several places.
· Two leaves, out of a medical composition in Judeo-Arabic. Early oriental semi-cursive script. [14th/15th century]. Out of chapters on eye care. A diagram appears on p. .
 leaves,  written pages. 17.5 cm. 15-16 lines per page. Fair condition. Stains, tears and wear, affecting text.
· Two leaves, three of the pages contain Arabic inscriptions (presumably concerning commerce), and the fourth page contains lists in Arabic in Hebrew script. Early oriental semi-cursive script. [15th century?].
 leaves,  written pages. 18 cm. Fair-poor condition. Stains, wear and tears, affecting text.
Nine leaf fragments from a "binding geniza" – the Radak commentary on Neviim Acharonim (Yeshaya), printed in Guadalajara (Spain): R. Shlomo Alkabetz, 1482.
The margins contain completions of verses in Sephardic handwriting from the time of the printing. The leaves contain passages of the commentary to Yeshaya, Chapters 19, 21-26.
Nine leaves. Average height: 21 cm. Varying degrees of damage, as a result of the binding. Stains and tears, professionally restored. Bound.
The printing press of R. Shlomo Alkabetz of Spain (grandfather of the Kabbalist R. Shlomo Alkabetz [the second] of Safed, author of Lecha Dodi), was the first Hebrew printing press in Spain, and one of the first Hebrew printing presses in the world. The press published approximately twenty books, including the first printing of the Passover Haggadah (in 1480).
Collection of ancient leaves from a "binding geniza":
· 13 leaves from an edition of Neviim and Ketuvim, Naples: Joshua Solomon ben Israel Natan Soncino, [ca. 1492].
The collection consists of the following leaves (this book is apparently the first book printed with pagination): Kohelet – leaves 119-120; "Achashverosh" (Megillat Esther) – leaves 122, 128; Yeshaya – leaves 228, 245; Daniel – leaves 376, 379-380; Divrei HaYamim – leaves 426-429.
· Handwritten leaf, "Reshut prior to the Haftara", an Aramaic piyyut beginning with "Berich Elaka Ilaa…". Cursive Sephardic script [16th century?]. The top of the page bears a calligraphic signature (undeciphered).
 leaves. 30 cm. Leaves severely damaged from binding, repaired on both sides with transparent netting, and bound together. Severe stains and tears, affecting text, signs of past dampness and damage. Old binding, damaged.
Minhag Avot Tanya. Customs and laws. [By R. Yechiel son of R. Yekutiel Anav, author of Maalot HaMiddot]. Mantua: Shmuel Latif, 1514.
Printed without a title page. Printer's colophon appears on the last page, dated Sivan 1514 in Mantua. The leaf with the table of contents is bound at the beginning of the book.
Short explanatory glosses, in early Italian script.
This book is an abridgement of Shibolei HaLeket, with many additions. It was arranged as a halachic composition accompanying the Italian-rite siddur (Minhag Bnei Roma). The book was printed anonymously, but in various editions was attributed to R' Yechiel son of R' Asher (the Rosh) and to R' Yechiel son of R' Tzidkiya.
 leaves. 19 cm. Good-fair condition, most of the leaves are in good condition. Stains. Light wear to some of the pages. Worming in a few places, some of it restored. Restored tears, several tears repaired with adhesive tape. New leather binding.
In following editions, the composition was called Tanya Rabata or Tanya Rabati. About the author and the composition, see: I.Z. Feintuch, Masorot V'Nuschaot BaTalmud, Ramat Gan 1985, pp. 65-76; Y. Ta-Shema, in: Italia, 11, 1995, pp. 48-49.
Seder Olam Raba, Seder Olam Zuta, Megillat Taanit and Sefer HaKabbalah of the Raavad. Mantua: Samuel ben Meir Latif, .
Complete copy. Printed without title page. The last leaf contains a colophon: "Sefer HaKabbalah of the Raavad was completed here in Mantua… ".
This is the first printed edition of four important historiographical works: Seder Olam Raba – attributed to the Tana R. Yossi ben Chalafta, a chronological-Midrashic composition on the order of the generations and the events from Adam until the times of Alexander the Great; Seder Olam Zuta – summary and appendage of Seder Olam Raba enumerating 89 generations from Adam until Mar Zutra who was executed close to the end of the fifth century; Megillat Taanit – early composition containing a list of 36 festive days in the year when it is prohibited to fast, due to joyful events that occurred on those days. The book is composed of two parts, "Mishna" and "Gemara". The "Mishna" is written in Aramaic with a short note of the event and the "Gemara" is written in Hebrew with a longer account of the event. The Aramaic part is from the time of the Second Temple and the Hebrew part is from the time of the Talmud and later; Seder HaKabbalah, by Rabbi Avraham ibn Daud (known as "Raavad I"), a Spanish scholar of the 12th century – historical chronology from the time of the Bible until his time, "a history of Rome from the day it was built until the beginning of the rule of Yishmael" and the "history of Jewish kings during the Second Temple era". This work is the source for the famous story Arbaat HaShevuyim (The Four Captives), which was the foundation for the establishment of the Torah center in Spain.
A handwritten inscription appears on p. 50b. Several censor deletions on two leaves. Censors' signatures.
 leaves. Printed without title page. 20 cm. Fair-poor condition. The entire book was professionally restored - margins, worming and tears repaired with paper. Some leaves replaced from another copy. Stains. Severe worming to many leaves, affecting text. Repaired tears. New leather binding, with damage.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.
Sefer HaRokeach, composed by Rabbi Elazar [of Worms] son of R. Yehudah. Fano: Gershom Soncino, Erev Pesach 1505. First edition.
A foremost halacha and ethics book. "Proofread with great precision by R. Yehuda Yaaleh of Pesaro". According to many bibliographers, this is the first Hebrew book to be printed with a title page.
R. Elazar of Worms (1145-1225) was the son and disciple of R. Yehuda son of R. Kalonymus of Mainz, and disciple of R. Yehuda HaChassid, author of Sefer Chassidim, who transmitted Kabbalistic secrets to him. He composed approximately thirty books, and is known for this book as the Rokeach.
Censor's deletions in several places.
An ownership inscription in early Ashkenazic script appears at the head of p. [34a]: "Just as I have merited to acquire it, so may I merit to complete it, so says Natan bar Menachem". This may be the signature of R. Natan bar Menachem Egra, a German Torah scholar who came to Italy in the time of the Maharam of Padua, serving in the rabbinate of Italian towns - Venice, Cremona and others. The Maharam of Padua exchanged Halachic correspondence with him, writing about him: "Surely he does not need my Talmudic interpretations". A responsum from him is published in Responsa Binyamin Zev.
 leaves. Originally:  leaves. Title page and index leaf missing (replaced with photocopies). 26.5 cm. Light-colored, high-quality paper. Fair condition. Stains, worming. Repaired damage and tears. New binding.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.
Arbaa Turim. [Fano]: Gershom Soncino, .
Incomplete copy. Even HaEzer section complete. Yoreh De'ah lacking the beginning and starts in the middle of section 198. Choshen Mishpat lacking the end, ending in the middle of section 245. Without Orach Chaim.
Initial words within woodcut borders at the beginning of Even HaEzer and Choshen Mishpat.
Ownership inscriptions, at the end of Yoreh De'ah and the end of Even HaEzer, of "Moshe Nehardea", who acquired the book in 1798 (he is known to have owned a manuscript of piyyutim, in 1785, currently in the Manchester Library – Gaster Collection 135).
 leaves (originally:  leaves). Lacking title page (replaced with photocopy), lacking leaves from the beginning of Yoreh De'ah and the end of Choshen Mishpat (lacking a total of 159 leaves). Even HaEzer is complete. 31.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Worming to a few leaves. Marginal repairs to first and last few leaves. New binding.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.
De Rudimentis Hebraicis liber primus (First Book of Hebrew Rudiments), by Johann Reuchlin. [Phorce (Pforzheim): Thomas Anshelm, 1506]. Latin, with Hebrew words.
The first edition of Johann Reuchlin's book, the first Hebrew dictionary and grammar book for Christian scholars. This book was known to have great impact on the development of the study and research of Hebrew texts by Christians in the Renaissance and Hebraism period.
Marginal handwritten notes and inscriptions in Latin on some leaves.
The author, Johannes Reuchlin (1455-1522) was a foremost German humanist and Hebraist.
, 606 pages. Originally: , 620,  pages. Lacking 10 last leaves (replaced with photocopies): pp. 607-620, , including the leaf with Reuchlin's coat of arms. Right to left pagination, slightly faulty. 28 cm. Thick, high-quality paper. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Marginal creases to some leaves. Tears (the first leaf was professionally restored). New binding.
Shaarei Teshuva, by Rabbeinu Yonah HaChassid of Girona. Constantinople: David and his son Samuel ibn Nachmias, . Second edition.
The famous book of Rabbeinu Yonah Gerondi (of Girona), a foremost ethics book. This book has been printed over the years in close to one hundred editions.
Printed without title page. The colophon states: "The heavenly work was completed, beautiful, sevenfold refined… in Constantinople on Rosh Chodesh Adar II ".
 leaves. (Originally:  leaves. Lacking first leaf - replaced with photocopy). 18.5 cm. Fair-poor condition. Eight leaves at the end of the book were replaced from a different copy. Stains. Worming and tears (repaired), affecting the text (the book was professionally restored). Large open tears to the last two leaves (with loss, also slightly affecting the colophon). New parchment binding.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.
Beit HaMidot (Maalot HaMidot), by R. Yechiel Anav. Constantinople: [Samuel son of David ibn Nachmias, 1511]. First edition.
This is the first edition of the famous ethics book Maalot HaMidot, which in this edition is named Beit HaMidot.
Colophon: "The work was completed… by the workers… R. Shmuel Rikomin and R. Astruc de Toulon… and this book was completed on Tishrei 4,  in Constantinople…".
Incomplete copy.  leaves. (Originally:  leaves. Lacking  leaves: the first two leaves - including the title page, leaf  and the last leaf. Three of the lacking leaves were replaced with photocopies). 19 cm. Fair condition. Stains. Signs of past dampness to some of the leaves. Worming and tears (repaired) affecting text (the book was professionally restored). Large tears to approx. 20 leaves in various places, affecting text (occasionally replaced with photocopies). New leather binding.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.
Three incomplete books printed in Constantinople early in the 16th century:
1. Midrash Mishlei. [Constantinople, 1517]. First edition.
Year of printing is according to A. Yaari, HaDefus HaIvri BeKushta, Jerusalem 1967, p. 76, no. 53.
 leaves Originally:  leaves. The title page is missing and replaced with photocopy). Fair-poor condition. Stains and wear. Worming and tears (repaired), affecting text (the leaves were professionally restored). New binding.
2. Pirkei Rabbi Eliezer. [Constantinople: Yehuda Sasson, 1514]. Second edition.
 leaves. Originally:  leaves (lacking title page and leaves from the middle and end of the book). 17 cm. Fair condition. Stains. Tears (repaired), affecting text. New binding.
3. Torat Kohanim, Sifra [D'Vei Rav], with the Raavad's commentary. [Constantinople, ca. 1510]. First edition.
The printing of this edition was never completed. The printing of the book was evidently interrupted in the middle of Parshat VaYikra. Altogether,  leaves were printed. Here is a section of the book containing  leaves.
 leaves. Originally:  leaves. 26 cm. Fair-poor condition. Stains. Severe worming and tears (repaired) affecting text (the leaves were professionally restored). New binding.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.
Toldot Yitzchak, commentary on the Torah, by R. Yitzchak son of R. Yosef Karo. [Constantinople, 1518]. Printer unknown. First edition.
Two copies lacking title pages. One of the copies is lacking another seven leaves.
The book was printed and sold section by section. See: Avraham Yaari, HaDefus HaIvri BeKushta, Jerusalem 1967, p. 77, no. 59.
The last page contains closing words by "the youngest of printers, Shlomo son of… R. Mazal Tov". The colophon states: "The work was completed… on Wednesday Elul 18,  in Constantinople…".
The author, R. Yitzchak Karo, an exile of Spain and Portugal, was the uncle of R. Yosef Karo author of the Shulchan Aruch, who consulted him on Halachic matters. He lectured in Turkish communities, and left for Eretz Israel in 1518 (the year he printed this book). It is unclear whether he reached his destination or was delayed in Damascus where he remained until his passing.
Copy I: - leaves. Lacking title page. 23 cm. Fair-poor condition. Stains and wear. Signs of past dampness. Worming affecting text. Some detached leaves. Repairs. New binding.
Copy II: -, - leaves. Lacking first seven leaves (including title page) and leaf . 25 cm. Fair-poor condition. Stains. Open marginal tears and worming, affecting text, professionally restored. Significant open tears to several leaves, professionally restored. New binding.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.
Midrash Tanchuma, called Yelamdenu Rabbenu. [Constantinople]: Solomon son of Mazal Tov, [1520-1522]. First edition.
Two columns per page. Pages [64b-65a] contain only one column per page.
Colophon: "The work of the Midrash was completed… 1522".
Several glosses, some lengthy (and trimmed), in Sephardic-Oriental script. Lengthy gloss (slightly trimmed), signed: "Eliyahu Philoso[ph]". A gloss beginning with: "A.M.K.".
 leaves (originally:  leaves). Lacking title page (replaced with a photocopy), and leaves  and  from the middle and end of the book, which were originally blank leaves. 28.5 cm. Condition varies, good-fair. Stains. Signs of past dampness and minor mold stains to some leaves. Partially repaired worming, affecting text. Repaired tears. Several leaves replaced from another copy. New leather binding.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.
Kol Bo. [Constantinople, 1520].
The book Kol Bo is an anthology of laws and customs from the time of the Rishonim, the identity of its author is subject to dispute.
Printed without title page.
Several lengthy early notes, in Oriental script (Yemen?), containing various selections including laws, customs and their reasons, according to homiletic and Kabbalistic teachings.
2-164 leaves. Lacking the first leaf (replaced with a photocopy), leaf 140 appears twice. 30 cm. Fair condition. Dark stains, tears and wear. Most leaves are repaired. Large marginal tears to several leaves, affecting text in several places, repaired with paper. Some of the leaves were replaced from another copy. Several detached leaves. New binding.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.
Neve Shalom, philosophical composition, on the topics of faith, Kabbalah and nature, Torah attributes, prophecy and sacrifices, by R. Avraham son of R. Yitzchak Shalom (Spanish scholar, died in Spain in the year of the expulsion). Constantinople: Eliezer ben Gershom Soncino, [1538-1539]. First edition.
Colophon on the last page: "Completed on Friday 13th Sivan ".
Signature on the first leaf: "Meir Santi" (possibly R. Meir Santa, Rabbi of Nagykanizsa. See: Ishim BiTshuvot Chatam Sofer, p. 250). Two unidentified signatures on the last page.
 leaves. Originally:  leaves.Missing the title page and four leaves [181-184] in the middle of the book. 20.5 cm. Good condition. Stains and signs of past dampness. A few tears. Slight worming. Original leather binding, slightly damaged.
The Bibliography of the Hebrew Book records  leaves, whereas OCLC records  leaves. When comparing this copy against the digitized copy on the HebrewBooks website, it became clear that originally there were  leaves.
The Rabbeinu Bachyei commentary on the Torah, by Rabbeinu Bachyei ben Asher ibn Halawa. [Pesaro: Gershom Soncino, 1517].
Dozens of notes in early Ashkenazic script (some trimmed). Most consist of corrections, some of additions and novellae. Some lengthy notes. In Parashat Balak, particularly lengthy notes appear at the foot of the pages.
 leaves (originally:  leaves. Lacking the title page and last leaf). An additional leaf was bound at the end of the book (from the Pesaro 1507 edition of the Rabbeinu Bachyei commentary). The first leaf, within an illustrated border (originally leaf ), was bound back-to-front (to give it the appearance of a title page). 29 cm. High-quality paper. Good-fair condition. Stains, dampstains. Wear to the first leaves. Marginal tears to several leaves. Only the front cover remains, detached.
Psakim U'Ktavim, by R. Yisrael Isserlein. Venice: Daniel Bomberg, .
First edition of the book. Terumat HaDeshen, responsa of R. Yisrael Isserlein, was printed concurrently that year. In later editions, the two compositions were printed as one composition comprised of two parts, entitled Terumat HaDeshen (with a distinction between the responsa part and the part of Halachic rulings).
The title page bears a signature: "I, the young Shlomo Molcho". A note in his handwriting appears beside section 191 (p. [33b]): "Says Shlomo Molcho, it should read…". In the next section (192), he added vocalization to Yiddish words. It appears that this writer and signee is R. Shlomo Molcho (d. 1788), a scholar of Salonika and Kabbalist in Jerusalem, known as Baal HaShemanim (after his books Shemen Zayit Zach and Shemen Mishchat Kodesh, printed in Salonika in 1779), descendant of the martyr R. Shlomo Molcho, who was executed by the Inquisition in 1532.
Several brief notes in early Ashkenazic script.
 leaves. Lacking one leaf (the middle one) of the three leaves of indexes at the end. 24 cm. Fair condition. Stains, dampstains, tears and wear. Worming to several leaves, slightly affecting text. Minor worming to other leaves. New binding.
Novellae on Tractate Berachot by the Rashba (R. Shlomo ibn Aderet). Venice: Daniel Bomberg, 1523. First edition.
Printed concurrently to three other books: Chiddushei Gittin and Chiddushei Chulin by the Rashba, and Chiddushei Baba Batra by the Ramban. The four books are known as "Chiddushei Arba Shitot L'HaRashba V'Ramban".
46 leaves. (Originally: 47 leaves. Lacking title page). 23 cm. High-quality paper. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Minor worming. Signs of past dampness. Tear (repaired) to the first leaf, without loss. Note in late script on leaf 15. Ownership inscription on leaf 17. Detached gathering. Without binding.
Mikneh Avram, Hebrew grammar, by the physician and grammarian R. Avraham de Balmes. [Venice: Daniel Bomberg, 1523]. First edition.
Vocalized Hebrew edition. Another edition with Latin translation was printed concurrently - see next item.
Leaf  contains an illustration of the Hebrew alphabet according to "the script of Ever HaNahar (beyond the river) as I found it in an ancient book".
On leaf : "Shaar B'Taamei HaMikra, by myself Kalonymus son of R. David Kalonymus, to complete the book Mikneh Avram by R. Avraham de Balmes, who passed away and didn't merit to complete the book".
Two censor deletions. Censor's signature on the last leaf.
 leaves. 20 cm. Good condition. Most of the leaves are thick, high-quality paper. Several darkened leaves. Stains. Minor wear to title page and other leaves. New binding. Bookplate.
Mikneh Avram, Hebrew grammar, by the physician and grammarian R. Avraham de Balmes. Venice: Daniel Bomberg, .
Hebrew (vocalized) and Latin face à face. The translation is presumably by Kalonymus ben David Kalonymus, who wrote the last section of the book - Shaar B'Taamei HaMikra, and brought the book to print.
A poem in Latin in honor of Daniel Bomberg appears on the verso of the title page, followed by an introduction in Latin by Daniel Bomberg. Also the author praises Bomberg in his preface.
Another Hebrew-only edition was printed concurrently - see previous item. The layout of the Hebrew text is almost identical. In this edition, each row is numbered.
 leaves. 21 cm. Fine copy in very good condition. High-quality paper, wide margins. Stains, handwritten inscriptions. Early leather-covered wooden binding, without the clasps.
Sefer HaShorashim, the second part of the Michlol by R. David Kimchi (the Radak). Venice: Daniel Bomberg, 1529.
Beside column 254, there is a gloss in Oriental script, signed: "Shalom Yisrael".
The last leaf contains two poems praising this edition, composed by R. Eliyahu Ashkenazi (Bachur): "…this work was printed six times… but this printing is recognized for its beauty and correctness…".
 pages, 5-570 columns,  pages. 29.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Signs of past dampness. Mold stains to the margins of the last leaves. Slight worming, not affecting text. A few censor deletions. Non-original binding. Damage to the binding. Bookplate.
Binyamin Ze'ev, Halachic responsa and rulings, Parts 1-2, by R. Binyamin Ze'ev ben R. Matitya. [Venice]: Daniel Bomberg, .
This copy contains corrections in the author's handwriting: corrections appear on pp. 260a, 405b and 501b in R. Binyamin Ze'ev's handwriting, and a lengthy addition in his handwriting appears on p. 456b, signed with the following words: "So it seems to me, the layman" (as R. Binyamin Ze'ev commonly refers to himself in his book).
Apart from these notes, there are three scholarly notes by a different writer, two of which are signed: "A.Y." (pp. 200a, 302a, 504a).
This book was brought to print by its author, R. Binyamin Ze'ev ben Matitya of Arta, Greece, one of the greatest halachic authorities of his generation, and was the first book of halachic responsa to be published by its author. The book aroused great controversy due to several halachic decisions it contains which some leading Italian rabbis strongly contested, and R. Binyamin was dismissed from his position as rabbi of Arta in its wake. Some changes were made during the printing, including the omission of sections 255-256 (at the end of Part 1) "in order to maintain peace", and their replacement with two leaves of new text. The book was proofread by R. Binyamin Ze'ev alone, as he writes in the colophon at the end of the book, and the great trouble this entailed caused mistakes to creep into the printing. After the initial printing, R. Binyamin Ze'ev proofread and corrected some of the copies by hand.
Great importance has been ascribed to this book in halachic literature, though some halachic authorities banned it following the opposition it aroused. It is interesting to quote the words of the Maharshal, his contemporary, who contested one of the halachic decisions in the book, and relates to the errors which in his opinion crept into the book: "If he is righteous, why did G-d allow an error to come about through him? Was he not the writer, who brought the book to print in person?". The Rema, however, lists the author among the greatest halachic authorities and relies upon his decisions. (About the book, the controversy it aroused and the differences between the copies, see: Meir Benayahu, Introduction to Sefer Binyamin Ze'ev, Jerusalem, 1989).
Copy lacking beginning of Part 1 and end of Part 2: 81-367, , 376-399, 399-573 leaves. (Missing leaves 1-80 at the beginning of the book, and last 2 leaves at the end of Part 2, in the middle of the eulogy on the author's son). 20 cm. Good-fair condition. Thick, high-quality, light-colored paper. Stains. Wear to some of the leaves. Worming in several places. The lengthy glosses are trimmed. A loose gathering in the middle of the book. Acidic adhesive paper strips on the margins of the  leaves at the end of Part 1. Old binding, worn and damaged.
Two editions of Responsa of the Rashba:
· Responsa, by R. Shlomo ibn Aderet (the Rashba). Bologna, . First edition.
Handwritten notes and sources on many leaves. Signatures appear on pp. 64b and [200b]: "I, Yisrael son of R. Aharon…". Additional inscriptions.
, -167, 167-216 [i.e. 215] leaves. Mispaginated. The  leaves of indexes usually appear at the beginning of the book with an additional title page ("Simanei She'elot U'Teshuvot"). In this copy, the title page of the book was bound before the indexes, and the title page of the indexes is detached (with tears, wear and worming, repaired), apparently from another copy. 26 cm. Good-fair condition. Thick, high-quality paper. The bottom half of the title page (of the book) is lacking and repaired. Stains. Worming, some repaired. Signs of past dampness and mold stains to some leaves. New binding.
· Responsa of the Rashba, by R. Shlomo ibn Aderet. Venice: Justinian, 1545.
Handwritten notes and sources on many leaves. The title page bears signatures: "Yehuda Leib Rofe"; "Avraham Scadri[?]".
192 leaves. 24.5 cm. Overall good condition. Stains. Tears (repaired) to title page. Small tears and damage to the last leaf. New leather binding. Slipcased.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.
Masoret HaMasoret, Accentuum Hebraicorum liber unus, regarding grammar and Mesorah (study of the exact traditional text of the Bible), by R. Eliyahu the grammarian. Basel, .
Printed with Tuv Taam (Sefer HaTaamim) by the same author, on cantillation marks (separate title page, dated 1539), and an additional book containing the (abridged) Latin translation of these two books with a Hebrew and Latin title page: "Sefer HaTaamim V'Sefer Masoret HaMasoret" (translated by Sebastian Münster). The Hebrew text is vocalized (apart from the title pages). The Latin translation is bound here separately.
The colophon at the end of Tuv Taam which reads: "And the work was completed… here, in the acclaimed Venice…", is a copying of the first edition's colophon, printed a year earlier in Venice.
The principal argument in these books is that the cantillation and vocalization marks were devised by the scholars of Mesorah in Tiberias, after the conclusion of the Talmud. This view was regarded critically by some leading Torah scholars (see for instance: Shem HaGedolim by the Chida, Maarechet Sefarim, Tet, 6).
R. Eliyahu Bachur-Ashkenazi (1470-1549, Otzar HaRabbanim 2069), was an Italian scholar and leading grammarian. He is named after his book "HaBachur", and authored many other compositions on grammar, including HaTishbi and the books here.
 leaves (22 gatherings of 8 leaves, and a gathering of 4 leaves);  leaves; 109 pages. 15 cm. Good condition. Stains. New bindings.
Sefer HaTishbi, Opusculum Recens Hebraicum, lexicon of Hebrew words, by the grammarian R. Eliyahu HaLevi Ashkenazi (R. Eliyahu Bachur). Isnae (Isny, Germany): [Paulus Fagius], 1541. First edition.
Hebrew and Latin on facing pages. The Hebrew text is vocalized. Latin title page and introduction. On the last page is the colophon and device of the printer Paulus Fagius.
, 275, 269-271,  pages. 22 cm. Good condition. Stains. Handwritten Latin signature and glosses. Contemporary leather binding; spine restored.
Another edition of Tishbi was printed in Isny that same year, with the Hebrew text only, see Kedem Auction 40, item 336.
A different Latin edition appears in the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book, listing 0110328, in which the book begins with  pages, including additional poems in Latin and in Hebrew and a Hebrew title page. This copy has originally only  pages, of the Latin title page and introduction.
Sefer Michlol, grammar of the Holy Tongue, by R. David Kimchi – the Radak, with explanations by R. Eliyahu Ashkenazi (HaBachur). Venice: Daniel Bomberg, 1545.
Comprised of three "gates" (sections): Gate of Grammar of Verbs, Gate of Grammar of Nouns and Gate of Grammar of Words.
69 leaves. 30.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Dark stains to a few leaves. Slight worming to the last leaves. Old cloth binding. Bookplate.
Sefer HaShorashim, the second part of the Michlol by R. David Kimchi (the Radak). Venice: Daniel Bomberg, 1546.
Ownership inscription at the top of the title page: "Natan Daniel son of R. Yosef Yochanan Kahana from Sighet, Maramureş in Hungary".
143,  leaves. 29.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Wear to the title page and other places. Inner margins of the title page and other leaves are reinforced with adhesive tape, not affecting text. Fine new binding. Bookplate.
Sefer HaShorashim, roots of the Holy Tongue, by R. David Kimchi (the Radak) with explanations by R. Eliyahu Bachur. Venice: Justinian, 1546-1548.
Deleted ownership inscription on the title page: "Mine, Menachem Moscato, son of… Moshe Moscato".
 pages, 5-548 columns,  page. 32 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Wear to title page and other pages. Marginal creases and tears to the title page, some repaired, not affecting the border. Worming to the last page. Ink stains on several pages. Original parchment binding, with damage. Bookplate.
The title page is dated Marcheshvan 1546, but this edition was completed in Adar 1548, as is written in R. Eliyahu Bachur's poem at the end of the book.
The title page is without Latin text, as in the variant recorded in the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book.
Commentary on the Torah, by R. Levi son of Gershom. Venice: Daniel Bomberg, 1547.
Several notes in Italian script, some of them trimmed. On leaf 2 a deleted signature appears: "…Avraham…". The following stamp appears on several leaves: "Torah V'Chaim Rabbinical Seminary in Morocco, Tangier". Censorship signatures on the last leaves.
6, 9-248 leaves. 29 cm. High-quality paper. Good condition. Stains to some of the leaves. Worming to several leaves, some slightly affecting the text. New binding.
Ohel Moed, a thesaurus of synonyms, by R. Shlomo of Urbino. Venice: Justinian, .
Signature on the title page: "Shimshon Kohen Modon". Gloss on p. 10b, presumably in his handwriting.
R. Shimshon son of Yaakov Shimshon HaKohen Modon (1679-1727) was one of the Torah scholars of Mantua and a disciple of R. Yehuda Briel. He authored Kol Mussar (Mantua, 1725) and other works.
Censors' signatures on the verso of the last page.
, 118 leaves. 19.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Worming, almost not affecting text. Old binding. Bookplate.
Bechinat Olam, ethical and philosophical poetry, by R. Yedaiah (HaPenini) ben Avraham Bedersi. Ferrara: Shmuel ibn Ascara HaTzarfati, . First edition with the commentaries of R. Moshe ibn Habib, and with a commentary to Bakashat HaMemin by R. Yosef Frances.
Signatures on the title page: "Belongs to me the young… Azubib"; "Nehorai Azubib" (prominent rabbi in Algiers, died 1785).
The book is comprised of ethical lessons in poetic format regarding this world and the world to come. Bakashat HaMemin is a poetic prayer with all words beginning with the letter Mem.
R. Yedaiah HaPenini Bedersi (ca. 1270-1340) was a poet, doctor and philosopher from Béziers in Provence, France. He considered himself a disciple of the Rambam and he wrote enthusiastically in his favor during the great debate regarding the study of philosophy. (His responsa were published in the Rashba's responsa, chapter 418).
122, 13 leaves. 18.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Worming in several places. Restored title page with slight damage. Restoration of worming and small tears on other pages. Elegant leather binding, new.
Tzeda LaDerech, by R. Menachem son of Aharon ibn Zerach. Ferrara: Abraham ibn Usque, . First edition.
A comprehensive composition by R. Menachem ibn Zerach, a Spanish scholar in the 14th century and disciple of R. Yehuda son of the Rosh, covering all the year-round laws and customs. The lengthy preface contains many important details relating to the Tosafists and Rishonim and about the author's time. The author writes that his book is geared to "members of His Majesty the King's court… [who] due to the turbulences of the time and desire for luxuries… become lax in their fulfillment of Mitzvot…".
The last leaf bears the printer's device and a colophon: "The work of Heaven was completed here in Ferrara in the house of the illustrious Abraham ibn Usque".
Several glosses. Censor deletions on one leaf.
, 32, , 38-75,  leaves. Lacking title page (replaced with photocopy). 20.5 cm. Page size varies. Fair condition. Many leaves replaced from other copies. A detached leaf at the beginning of the book. Stains. Signs of past dampness and mold stains to some leaves. Worming, affecting text. Tears. Worming and tears to approx. last 10 leaves, repaired with adhesive tape (damage also to last leaf with printer's device). New leather binding.
In this copy, as most copies, leaves 33-37 containing a commentary to Birkat HaMinim (blessing on the heretics), were omitted for censorship reasons, and replaced with three unpaginated leaves containing an abridged version [see article of Yitzchak Rivkind, Alexander Marx Jubilee Volume, New York, 1950, Hebrew vol., p. 416; and article of S. Hasida, Birkat HaMinim in Sefer Tzeda LaDerech, Moriah, Tishrei 2012, pp. 15-17].
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.
Two books bound together:
Responsa of the Rosh. Venice: Alvise Bragadin, 1552.
Bound first: Responsa of the Radvaz - R. David ben Zimra. Livorno, . First edition.
The title page of Responsa of the Rosh contains a signed ownership inscriptions of Eliyahu Lumbroso and Yosef son of R. Yaakov ibn Amram. The price of the book: "Half a groschen", appears at the top of the title page.
The title page of Responsa of the Radvaz contains another ownership inscription of Eliyahu Lumbroso.
Additional signatures of R. Eliyahu Lumbroso appear on p. 1a of Responsa of the Radvaz and on p. 14a of Responsa of the Rosh.
R. Eliyahu Lumbroso was a Tunisian scholar around the beginning of the 19th century. He is known as the copyist of several manuscripts. See: Malchei Tarshish, p. 207.
Stamps of: "Yitzchak Isaac Stern dayan and posek of… [Miskolc]".
Two books bound together. Responsa of the Radvaz: , 100 leaves (leaf  bound before leaf ). Responsa of the Rosh: 158 leaves. 29 cm. Condition varies, good-fair. Stains, dampstains. Tears to several leaves. Worming, affecting text in some places. Title page of Responsa of the Radvaz torn and lacking, repaired. Old binding, damaged.
Sefer HaAruch, glossary of difficult Talmudic vocabulary, in alphabetical order, by R. Natan son of Yechiel of Rome, with references by R. Shmuel Archivolti. Venice: Bragadin, .
Ownership inscription on the title page: "Shimshon Havilio".
166 leaves. 29 cm. Fair-good condition. Stains. Worming, some restored. Title page mounted on paper for strengthening. Damage to title page and other leaves. New binding.
Tashbetz, rulings and customs of the Maharam of Rothenburg. [Cremona]: Vincenzo Conti, . First edition.
Title page illustrated with a fine engraving.
On the verso of the last leaf, an ancient inscription records the sale of the book: "Today, Wednesday, 2nd Iyar 1581… Meir son of Yaakov purchased from me this book of responsa and I received from him its worth. May he and his descendants merit to study from it and acquire more books. So says ---" (the names of the seller and buyer are deleted).
, 55 leaves. 18 cm. Good condition. Stains. Minor damage to several leaves. Upper margins of a few leaves are trimmed on text border, slightly affecting the headings. New leather binding. Wear and damage to the binding.
Tzri HaYagon, ethics and philosophy, by R. Shem Tov ben Joseph ibn Falaquera (including glosses by R. Shaul son of Shimon). Cremona: Vincenzo Conti, . First edition.
The title page states: "This book has the power to rid the soul of anguish as the five grains satisfy the body from hunger".
20 leaves. Page size varies. Title page and several subsequent leaves replaced from another copy. Good condition. Stains and minor damage. (Owner's signatures in early handwriting: "Avraham Albersweiler"). New cloth binding.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.
Or Einayim, on the topic of the Final Redemption and Mashiach, "the superiority of Israel and the good in store for the future", by R. Shlomo son of Avraham Peniel. Cremona: Vincenzo Conti, 1557.
Numerous glosses in early Ashkenazic handwriting (17th century; most consist of a summary of the topic discussed in that page or paragraph).
Stamps of "Beit HaMidrash Menachem Tzion in the Churva of R. Yehuda HaChassid, Jerusalem". An inscription appears on leaf 32 in the handwriting of R. Yosef Zundel of Salant: "L'Midrash Menachem Tzion".
The same page contains the signature of R. "David Tevele son of R. Shlomo Rabbi of London" – R. David Tevele Berlin of Gąbin and Jerusalem, son of R. Shlomo Rabbi of Prenzlau and London, and grandson of R. Tzvi Hirsh Rabbi of Berlin. See item 315.
32 leaves. 19 cm. Fair condition. Stains. Signs of past dampness. Damage and repaired tears to the title page and last leaf. The title page seems to be replaced from a different copy. New half-leather binding.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.
Sefer Keritot, Talmudic methodology, by R. Shimshon of Chinon. Cremona: Vincenzo Conti, .
Second edition with corrections. The publisher writes on the title page that the previous edition (Constantinople, 1516) was flawed, and the current edition is corrected and emended.
The title page contains ownership inscriptions: "Acquired with my money in my youth from Musa Chacham, I, Yosef ben Suleiman"; "The young Matloob Rachamim Mordechai"; "In the memory of Chacham… Ezra Chaim Matloob Rachamim".
73 leaves. 21 cm. Wide margins. Good-fair condition. Light-colored, high-quality paper. Stains. Worming, partially repaired. Signs of past dampness to some of the leaves. New binding.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.
Even Bochen, ethics and laws of proper behavior, by R. Kalonymus son of Kalonymus. Cremona: Vincenzo Conti, 1558.
Censor's signature on the last leaf.
32 leaves. 19 cm. Good condition. Stains. Markings within the text. Minor worming to last leaves, repaired. Old binding, detached. Damage to binding.
Responsa of R. Moshe Alashkar. Sabbioneta: Cornelio Adelkind for Tobias Foa, 1554. First edition.
Several brief handwritten notes. The title page bears the signature (within the words "She'elot U'Tshuvot"): "Yeshua son of R. ---". A trimmed signature appears on leaf 6: "Mine, Yeshu---, I acquired it… and cursed is the one who steals it".
The last leaf bears the printer's device of Tobias Foa.
199,  leaves. 19.5 cm. Condition varies, good-fair. Stains. Dampstains to some leaves. Worming and tears to the first and last leaves, professionally restored. Old binding.
Tur Even HaEzer, with Beit Yosef. [Sabbioneta]: Tobias Foa, .
First edition with the Beit Yosef commentary by R. Yosef Karo, author of the Shulchan Aruch. Printed in the lifetime of the author.
The Orach Chaim and Yoreh De'ah sections were printed earlier in Venice, in 1550 [by Justinian] and 1551 [by Bragadin], and the Choshen Mishpat section was printed later, also by Tobias Foa in Sabbioneta, in 1559.
Marginal notes in early Sephardic script, most trimmed.
Incomplete copy. 2-19, 21-231 leaves. Originally: 232 leaves. Lacking title page, last leaf and leaf 20 (last leaf of the indexes. First and last leaf were replaced with photocopies). Leaves 119-120 were bound after leaf 139. 32 cm. Fair condition. Stains, signs of past dampness and wear. Worming, affecting text in some places. Detached sections. Repairs. Marginal tear (repaired) to bottom of leaf 230, affecting text. New binding, detached.
I. Sonne (Kiryat Sefer, 7, 1930, p. 484) notes typographic differences on leaf 74 of this edition. This book is the variant with 59 lines on p. 74a. See enclosed material.
Tur Choshen Mishpat, with Beit Yosef. Sabbioneta: Tobias Foa, 1559. First edition with the Beit Yosef commentary by R. Yosef Karo (author of the Shulchan Aruch).
The title page contains various ownership inscriptions in Italian script (most of the names of the signees are erased). Two scholarly marginal notes in Italian script. Censor deletions. Censorship inscription and signature on the last page, dated 1607.
332 leaves. 38 cm. Thick, high-quality paper. Condition varies, most of the leaves in excellent condition. Stains. Slight worming. Mold stains to the last leaves, with wear affecting margins of the last leaf. The top corner of the title page is cut (lacking). Contemporary leather binding (Italy), rubbed and slightly damaged.
Two incomplete copies of books printed in Italy:
1. Pardes Rimonim, on Talmudic Aggadot, by R. Shem Tov ibn Shaprut. [Sabbioneta]: Tobias Foa, . First edition.
Censor deletions on two leaves. Handwritten inscriptions. Leaf  contains a signature: "Shmuel Sanguini" (this name appears amongst the signatures of the company of the Kabbalist R. Eliezer Nachman Foa of Venice, in the preface to his book Midrash BeChidush, Venice 1641).
2-51,  leaves. Originally: 51,  leaves. Lacking title page and bottom half of the last leaf with printer's device (replaced with photocopies). Bound out of sequence. 20.5 cm. Fair condition. Stains, some dark and large. Worming affecting text. New binding.
2. Birchot Maharam, laws of blessings over food, by the Maharam of Rothenburg. [Riva De Trento, 1559]. Only edition.
2-18 leaves. Originally: 18 leaves. Lacking title page (replaced with photocopy). 15 cm. Fair-poor condition. Stains. Several handwritten inscriptions. Worming and tears with loss to text (the leaves were professionally restored). Mold stains. New binding.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.
Toaliyot HaRalbag, in the order of the five books of the Torah and Neviim Rishonim, by R. Levi son of Gershon. Riva de Trento: [Antonio Bruin], 1560. First edition.
In his commentaries on the Torah and Neviim, the Ralbag wrote the lesson and moral learnt from each verse and section. This book is a compilation of all the morals which the Ralbag included in his commentaries to Torah and Neviim Rishonim.
A Latin inscription (censorship authorization) appears on the title page, dated 1613.
40; 27 leaves. 19 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Minor wear to some leaves. Worming affecting text to approx. first 20 leaves. Early binding, damaged.
Supercommentary to Rashi on the Five Books of the Torah, by R. Yisrael Isserlein. Riva de Trento: [Jacob Marcaria, 1562].
The top of the blank page, p. 23a, bears an owner's signature (slightly faded): "…Netanel Weil". This appears to be the signature of the great Torah scholar R. Netanel Weil, author of Korban Netanel.
R. Netanel Weil (1687-1769, Otzar HaRabbanim 16479) was a descendant of the Maharam of Rothenburg and R. Yaakov Weil – the Mahariv, and a leading Torah scholar and posek of his times. His father was murdered in a pogrom which took place in his city when he was five years old. At the age of ten, his mother sent him to Prague, where he became a prominent disciple of R. Avraham Broda, the rabbi of the city. After his teacher's demise, he succeeded him in delivering lectures to the disciples of his yeshiva in Prague (together with R. Yehonatan Eybeschutz). Following the expulsion of the Jews from Prague, he was appointed rabbi of Mühringen, Schwarzwald, and later of Karlsruhe and the region. He is especially famed for his comprehensive composition on the Rosh - Korban Netanel, later printed in editions of the Shas. During the course of his lifetime, he was forced to wander extensively, enduring tribulations and even facing mortal danger, yet he was miraculously saved several times. During his funeral, the participants' way was allegedly miraculously shortened (kefitzat haderech), this is hinted to in the epitaph upon his tombstone.
24 leaves. 17 cm. Fair condition. Large tear with loss to the center of the title page (repaired and replaced with a photocopy. On the verso, half the page is replaced with a photocopy). Title page trimmed affecting title border. Stains. Signs of past dampness and mold stains to some leaves. Worming affecting text. New binding.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.
Shoresh Yishai, commentary on Megillat Ruth, by R. Shlomo HaLevi Alkabetz - author of Lecha Dodi. Constantinople: Solomon ibn Usque, . First edition, printed in the author's lifetime.
Corrections and deletions in Italian script on one leaf. Several censor deletions.
Ownership inscription in the margin of the title page: "Belongs to the wealthy R. Zusman Yavetz of Kolno, Łomża" (father of writer and historian Zev Yavetz).
96 leaves. 20 cm. Good condition. High-quality, thick paper. Stains. Stains and light wear to the title page and a few other leaves. Slight worming to inner margins in several places, repaired. New binding.
Meir Iyov, commentary to the Book of Iyov (including the text of Iyov), by R. Meir son of R. Yitzchak Arama. [Riva di Trento]-Venice: Antonio Bruin and Giorgio di Cavali, [1562-1567].
The book was printed in two places. The gatherings of the first half of the book were printed in Riva di Trento, 1562, while the gatherings of the second half were printed in Venice, 1567 (perceptible differences in the typeface and typography of the pages). There are variations between different copies as to the first gathering. In this copy, the first gathering (including the title page) was printed in Venice (see Bibliography of the Hebrew Book, no. 182214 and no. 182224). The title page contains the line: "Corrected by Vittorio Eliano…", which was omitted from most copies.
Ownership inscriptions in several places of "the young Shlomo de Medina". Birth inscription on the last leaf in Yemenite script from [ca. 1770].
124 leaves. 20.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Minor worming and slight damage. Inscriptions. Last leaf repaired. New half-leather binding.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.
Tanchuma, called Yelamdenu, a Midrash on the Five Books of the Torah. Mantua: Giacomo Ruffinelli, 1563.
This edition was arranged by R. Ezra of Fano, with the addition of new sections of the Midrash, which were not printed in the Constantinople and Venice editions preceding it. All subsequent editions were based on this edition (see: Shlomo Buber, Mevo HaTanchuma, Chapter 14, pp. 163-180).
106 leaves. 29.5 cm. Fair-good condition. Stains and wear. Tears (repaired) to the title page (top left corner repaired with pieces of paper) affecting the border and the text on the verso. Printer's note at the bottom of p. 71b slightly trimmed. A few inscriptions and marks. Minor damage. Old binding with early leather spine. Wear and damage to the binding.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.
Menorat HaMaor, by R. Yitzchak Aboab. Revised edition "according to expert scribes and based on an old and correct manuscript". Mantua: Efraim son of Isaac, Meir son of Moses Heilpron of Venice and Meir son of Efraim of Padua, 1563. Third edition.
The title page contains ownership inscriptions: "This book is mine, the young Avraham HaKohen"; "Eliyahu Kohen"; "This book is from the Yeshiva of the wealthy and pious Eliyahu HaKohen". Several glosses and inscriptions.
116 leaves. Large tear with significant loss to leaf 113. 29.5 cm. Fair condition. Stains and wear. Tears (repaired), damage and worming to title page and several more leaves. Signs of past dampness and mold stains to many leaves. New binding.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.
Meor Einayim, by R. Azaria de Rossi (min HaAdumim). Mantua, 1574.
Divided into three parts: Kol Elokim (account of the earthquake in Ferrara in 1570), Hadrat Zekenim (about the Septuagint) and Imrei Bina (various essays and homilies).
R. Azaria de Rossi (1512-1578, Otzar HaRabbanim 16731) was an Italian scholar, proficient in Torah and science. His book Meor Einayim was banned by Italian rabbis immediately after its publishing, having found it containing teachings opposing tradition and disrespectful to the words of Chazal. The book was brought before R. Yosef Karo – the Beit Yosef, who ordered the book to be banned, yet the ban was never applied. The Maharal sharply criticizes the book and his book Be'er HaGolah was reputedly written in response to this book (despite the book's negative standing, there are authors who quote it and the Sdei Chemed endorses them, writing that the fact the Beit Yosef's ban was never applied is a sign from Heaven that the book is acceptable).
During the controversy over the book, a condition was made with R. Azaria that six leaves (52-53, 81-82, 87-88) containing unfit ideas must be replaced, and that he print and attach to his book the objection of R. Moshe Provençal to his words.
Dr. Mehlman writes on the endpaper that leaves 81-82 of the book are the original, non-replaced leaves. However, our research seems to show that in this copy, all the leaves are of the replacements (see enclosed photocopy). Two leaves of "objection" by R. Moshe Provençal were bound at the end of the book, followed by four leaves with the author's "response to the objection".
Three notes in early Oriental handwriting appear in the book. The top of the title page contains a (trimmed) signature: "…son of R. Yom Tov HaKohen". The subsequent leaf contains a stamp: "Who is hoping for salvation of G-d, Yisrael son of R. Yom Tov HaKohen". Additional signatures on the title page: "Chai Moshe Picciotto" (rabbi in Aleppo, author of VaYechal Moshe. Died 1816, see: Likdoshim Asher BaAretz, entry 452), signature of "Yehoshua Zorogon".
194 leaves. 21 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Worming. Repaired damage to first and last leaves. New half-parchment binding.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.
Mahalach Shvilei HaDaat, grammar book by R. Moshe Kimchi, with a commentary by R. Eliyahu Bachur. Mantua, 1578.
 leaves. 14 cm. Fair-good condition. Stains and wear. Traces of water damage. Title page nearly completely detached. Marginal creases to the title page. Contemporary leather binding, worn. Bookplate. Ownership inscriptions on the endpapers.
She'elot U'Tshuvot MeHaGeonim (Gaonic responsa). Mantua: Solomon ben Samuel of Norzi, .
An edited collection of responsa from the Geonim. Includes 400 brief responsa. Most questions relate to topics in Choshen Mishpat, while some concern laws of Even HaEzer. This is the third printing of this work, first printed in Constantinople in 1575, as stated on the title page.
The title page bears the signature: "HaTzvi Hirshel Lehren" – signature of R. Tzvi Hirsh Lehren (1784-1855), founder and head of the "Pekuam – Pekidim and Amarkalim of the Holy Cities" society, which centralized the raising of funds for Eretz Israel from all communities of Western and Central Europe, transferring them onwards to benefit the settlement in the Holy Land.
36 leaves. 18.5 cm. Fair-good condition. Stains. Tears to several leaves, repaired. New binding.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.
Five incomplete books printed in Turkey in the 16th century:
1. Taamei HaMitzvot, by R. Menachem Recanati. [Constantinople: Eliezer Soncino, 1544]. First edition.
 leaves. Originally:  leaves. Lacking title page (replaced with photocopy). 15 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Worming. Last few leaves replaced from another copy. New binding.
2. Sefer Yuchasin, chronicle from Adam and order of Torah transmission, by R. Avraham Zacuto, with the letter of R. Sherira Gaon. [Constantinople: Brothers Solomon and Joseph Yavetz, 1566]. First edition.
[2-141], [144-160], [165-176] leaves. Originally:  leaves. Lacking 7 leaves (replaced with photocopies): title page, leaves [142-143] and [161-164]. Leaves bound out of sequence in several places. Leaf  was bound upside-down. 20 cm. Condition varies, fair. Thick paper. Stains. Worming and a few tears, roughly repaired. New leather binding.
3. Maamar Mordechai, commentary to Megillat Esther, by R. Shem Tov Melamed HaRoffe. Constantinople: Joseph son of Isaac Yavetz, .
1, 4-72 leaves. Originally: 72 leaves. Leaves 2-3 are missing (replaced with photocopies). 19 cm. Fair condition. Stains. Worming affecting text. Signs of past dampness and mold stain to some leaves. New binding.
4. Igeret Shmuel, commentary to Megillat Ruth, by R. Shmuel Uceda. [Kuru Cesme (near Constantinople): Dona Reyna widow of Don Joseph Nasi by Joseph son of Isaac Ascaloni, 1597].
Leaf , [5-81],  leaves. Originally:  leaves. Lacking 5 leaves: [1-2], , [82-83]. Leaf  torn, detached and incomplete. 18.5 cm. Fair-poor condition. Stains and wear. Worming and tears affecting text, repaired with adhesive tape. Signs of past dampness and severe mold stains. New binding.
5. Minchat Kohen, composition on the topic of Mesorah, the proper spelling of words in the Torah, by R. Yosef son of Shneur HaKohen. [Kuru Cesme (near Constantinople): Dona Reyna widow of Don Joseph Nasi, 1597].
Fragments of the book.  out of the original  leaves. 13.5 cm. Poor condition. Stains and extensive wear. Severe worming. Large open tears. All the leaves were repaired with adhesive paper across the whole leaf. New binding.
5 books. Size and condition vary.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.
Four books printed in Venice, in the years 1519-1607.
1. Likutei HaPardes, Halachic rulings of Rashi. [Venice]: Daniel Bomberg, . First edition.
- leaves. Lacking title page and last three leaves (replaced with photocopies). 23 cm. Poor condition. Stains. Worming. All leaves coated on both sides with adhesive paper (like lamination). Last leaves detached. New binding.
2. Birchat Avraham, disquisitions on the laws of blessings and handwashing, by R. Avraham Treves. [Venice]: Alvise Bragadin, . First edition.
3, 9-356 leaves. Lacking title page and leaves 2, 4-8, 357-361. Leaf 3 detached, with tear affecting text. Tear to leaf 9 affecting text. 20.5 cm. Condition varies, fair-poor. Stains and wear. Worming. Repairs. New binding.
3. Mar'ot HaTzoveot, commentary on Neviim Rishonim and Acharonim, by R. Moshe Alshech. Venice: Zuan (Giovanni) di Gara, [1603-1607]. First edition.
68; 62; 67-144 leaves. 30 cm. Fair condition. Stains and wear. Worming. Tears to title page, repaired. Large tears to several leaves, affecting text. New binding.
4. Neviim Acharonim and Ketuvim, with Rashi's commentary. Venice: Giovanni di Gara, .
The last two pages at the end of the book contain an index of Haftarot in early Yemenite script.
220, , -450, 443-447 leaves. Lacking leaf 217. 19.5 cm. Fair condition. Stains and wear. Marginal tears to several leaves affecting text. Title page and leaves 2, 54 and 217 apparently replaced from another copy. New binding.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.
Responsa of the Maharshach, by R. Shlomo HaKohen of Salonika. Salonika-Venice, [1586-1594]. First edition.
The three parts that were printed in the lifetime of the author, R. Shlomo HaKohen, known as the Maharshach (ca. 1520-1602), a leading Sephardi posek in the generation following the Beit Yosef, rabbi of the Castilian exiles in Salonika and one of the prominent rabbis of the town:
Part I – Salonika: David ben Abraham Azubib, 1586-1587. Part II – mostly printed in Venice: Zuan (Giovanni) di Gara, 1592; with the addition of 29 leaves at the end printed concurrently by the author in Salonika, the same year. Part III – Salonika, 1594-1595. Parts I and III were originally printed without title pages. (Part IV of the responsa was printed after the author's passing, over a hundred years later).
The second volume contains lengthy notes (slightly trimmed) in Sephardic-Oriental script, by an anonymous writer. Three of the notes end with the acronym of: "By the rabbi, my master and father-in-law". More notes by other writers, one particularly lengthy (slightly trimmed). The title page of the second volume was replaced from another copy, and contains signatures of "the young Refael Piciotto" (a rabbi in Tiberias). A deleted signature appears at the end of the indexes of the first volume: "The young Refael son of R. Shlomo Fellous".
Three volumes. Part I: 244 leaves. 27 cm. Condition varies, most leaves in good condition. Stains. Worming to several leaves, repaired. Large tears, dampness damage and mold stains to approx. 10 first leaves, affecting text. Part II: 181; 28,  leaves. 28 cm. Condition varies, most leaves in good condition. Stains. Worming. Wear and damage to several leaves, repaired. Title page and several leaves at the end apparently replaced from other copies. Tear to title page affecting the title border. Tear to last leaf affecting text (replaced with photocopy). Part III: 2-126 leaves. Lacking first leaf (replaced with photocopy). 28 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, signs of past dampness. New bindings.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.
Four books printed in Venice in the 16th to early 17th centuries. Incomplete copies, with important and interesting signatures:
1. Recanati commentary on the Torah. [Venice]: Justinian, . Ownership inscription signed by R. Yaakov Tzulatz (a Tunisian scholar); signature of "E. Deinard" (Efraim Deinard).
2-234 leaves (originally 235 leaves, missing title page and last leaf).
2. Responsa of the Ralbach – R. Levi ibn Habib. [Venice, 1565]. First edition. Owner's signature on p. 16a in ancient Ashkenazi script (from the period of the printing): "Yosef Kohen of Port Rapa" (of the famous family of Kohanim: Rapa-port).
2-209, , 217-318,  leaves – copy missing 7 leaves at the beginning and 9 leaves at the end, originally: , 209, , 217-328 leaves.
3. Toldot Aharon, Index of biblical verses mentioned in the Talmud, Part 1. Venice: [Zuan (Giovanni) Di Gara] for Bragadin, 1591. Ownership stamps of R. David Yehuda Leib Zilberstein, Rabbi of Vac (who perished in the Holocaust, author of Yad David. Son and successor of R. Yeshaya Zilberstein, author of Maasai LaMelech).
84, 86-87 leaves. Several leaves are damaged, missing leaf 85 (originally: 87 leaves). Contemporary parchment binding, damaged.
4. Responsa of Rabbeinu Asher (the Rosh). Venice: Zanito Zanetti, 1607. Illustrated title page. Third edition with additions. Owners' signatures: "I, the young Tzemach Dora"; R. "Yosef son of R. Nehorai Azubib" (scholar and kabbalist, one of the Algerian sages of the 18th century, see Malchei Yeshurun, p. 31).
Missing leaves from the additions and indexes at the end. This copy contains 180 leaves + a detached gathering of 10 damaged leaves (2-11) of the index section completed from a different copy (originally: 180; 2; 11,  leaves).
4 books, size and condition vary. General condition: good to fair.
Tur Orach Chaim, with the Beit Yosef commentary, by R. Yosef Karo. Venice: Alvise Bragadin, 1563. Second edition printed in the lifetime of R. Yosef Karo, author of the Shulchan Aruch.
The book was printed approximately ten years after the burning of the Talmud in Italy. The publisher of this edition, R. Menachem Porto HaKohen, mentions the burning in his foreword, and sees Divine Providence in the fact that the Beit Yosef, which contains the principal Talmudic topics, was being published specifically then (see: Avraham Yaari, Sreifat HaTalmud B'Italia – Mechkarei Sefer, Jerusalem 1958, pp. 215-216).
Signatures and ownership inscriptions (including: "The young Yosef Chiya").
19; 436 leaves. 28 cm. Condition varies. Title page and approx. 10 subsequent leaves (indexes) and several leaves at the end of the book – very damaged (large tears affecting text, repaired), the rest of the leaves in overall good condition. Stains and wear. Worming to some leaves, slightly affecting text. Mold stains and signs of past dampness to several leaves. New binding.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.
Mif'alot Elokim, philosophical essays on the creation of the world and faith, by R. Yitzchak Abarbanel. Venice: Zuan (Giovanni) Di Gara, . First edition.
The book was printed based on a manuscript belonging to the Rama of Fano, as the title page states.
Signatures on the title page (one partially trimmed): "…Samama", "Yehuda Samama". Word deletions and handwritten corrections on several leaves.
96 leaves. 20.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and signs of past dampness. Wear to first leaves. Worming affecting text. Minor tears (repaired) to the title page and subsequent leaf. Stamps and inscriptions on the title page and several leaves. New binding.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.
Yad Charutzim, by R. Avraham Tzahalon. Venice: Zuan (Giovanni) di Gara, .
Charts and rules for calculations of tekufot and moladot, with charts containing "the months of Edom and Yishmael" and "the Christian months". A poem by the author appears on the verso of the title page.
17 leaves; [1 blank leaf]. 19.5 cm. Good condition. Light stains and wear. New binding.
Shulchan Aruch – Part III, Even HaEzer. Venice: Zuan (Giovanni) di Gara, .
Small format volume.
On the title page: "Shulchan Aruch of Tur Even HaEzer, for the elderly and the young, in a small volume so that it may be carried with them, to be studied anytime and anywhere, whether they rest or travel".
167,  leaves. 14.5 cm. Light-colored paper. Good condition. Minor stains. Tear (repaired) to leaf 164. Early parchment binding. Damage to the binding.
Arugat HaBosem, Hebrew grammar book, by R. Shmuel Archivolti. Venice: Zuan (Giovanni) Di Gara, 1602.
The title page is dated Elul 1602; the colophon states: "the completion of its printing… Kislev 1602".
Ownership inscriptions on the verso of the last page: "I, youngest of the young, Yaakov Astruc".
119,  leaves. 19.5 cm. Fair-good condition. Stains and wear. Minor open tears (repaired) and damage to the title page. Worming, some repaired. New binding. Bookplate.
Toldot Adam, "Brief history… from Adam until the year of the burning of the books in Italy", by R. Shmuel Algazi. Venice: Zuan (Giovanni) di Gara, .
Two halachic rulings by the author, R. Shmuel Algazi, appear at the end of the book, one "concerning shaking the lulav" (with an approbation on the ruling by the Rama of Fano, R. Ovadia Sforno and R. Tzion Francis), and the second on the topic of "using a pawn".
The Chida writes of the rarity of this book (Shem HaGedolim, under R. Shmuel Algazi): "A small booklet was printed in Venice entitled Toldot Adam in 1605… each generation and its scholars from 1583 upwards, and this booklet is rare…".
The title page bears the signatures: "Avraham ibn Danan", "Avraham ibn" (the second signature was interrupted). The ibn Danan family was a prominent Moroccan family. Several great Torah scholars bore this name, including R. Avraham ibn Danan who served as dayan together with the Yaavetz, R. Yehuda ben Attar and their colleagues.
14 [i.e. 16] leaves. 13 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Several places reinforced with paper. Early parchment binding.
Regarding the year of printing, see: Y. Yudlov, Sinai, 84, 1979, pp. 167-168.
Shtei Yadot, midrashim, prayers, piyyutim and more, by R. Menachem de Lonzano. Venice: Giovanni Cajon for Pietro and Lorenzo Bragadin, 1618.
The book is comprised of two sections – "two hands", each hand containing five "fingers". Includes many topics: Or Torah on the text of the Torah; midrashim; piyyutim, songs and prayer services; linguistics and philosophy; ethics, Jewish thought and more.
62, 65-76, 75-176 leaves. 19.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Wear to the first leaves. Marginal tears to the title page, repaired. Minor tears in a few places, without loss. Old binding, damaged, back detached.
Regarding this book and its author, see: Meir Wander, Toldot HaMechaber, at the beginning of Derech Chaim, Lviv 1931, pp. XVI-XXVIII; S.H. Kook, Midrash Agur, Kiryat Sefer, 28, 1952-1953, pp. 206-209 (Iyunim U'Mechkarim, 1, Jerusalem 1959, pp. 241-245).
Sefer HaAruch, alphabetical glossary of difficult Talmudic vocabulary, by R. Natan ben Yechiel of Rome. Basel: Conrad Waldkirch, 1559.
The title page bears early signatures and ownership inscriptions [Ashkenazic script, 17th century]: "My lips speak G-d's praises for meriting me to purchase this book with my money, Alexader son of R. Aharon HaKohen… Ferenbach"; another signature in a later script [ca. 18th-19th century]: "Michael Steinschneider". Several handwritten notes. The endpapers contain many pencil inscriptions of "indexes" to the book.
166 leaves. 29 cm. Condition varies, good-fair. Worming, wear and tears (repaired) affecting text of the title page and other leaves. Worming. Fifteen leaves trimmed at the bottom, most on text border and some with damage to the last line of text. Old binding with early leather spine; damage to both.
Rinat Dodim, commentary to Song of Songs, by R. Eliyahu son of R. Moshe Loanz. Basel: Konrad Waldkirch, .
R. Eliyahu Baal Shem of Loanz (1565-1636), studied in the yeshiva of the Maharal of Prague, dealt in Kabbalah and writing amulets. He came to Basel after leaving his community in Frankfurt am Main, and printed this book "since teachings written in a book are as if they were preached to many thousands" (as stated on the title page). Illustrations of faces appear on p. 18b within the commentary to the verse "Libavtini…".
Ownership inscriptions and signatures on the title page and last leaf ("Shmuel son of R. Yehuda Leib Bacharach", "Akiva David Seitelblum, Kraków"). Trimmed gloss on leaf 1.
, 30 leaves. 18 cm. Good-fair condition. Slightly darkened paper. Stains. Minor worming, repaired. New binding.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.
Sefer Yuchasin, chronicle from Adam and order of Torah transmission, by R. Avraham Zacuto. Appended: Igeret Rav Sherira Gaon; the fourth Maamar of the book Yesod Olam by R. Yitzchak Israeli; printed glosses of R. Moshe Isserles (the Rama) and Seder Olam Zuta. Kraków: [Isaac ben Aaron Prostitz], 1580-1581.
Second edition. Leaves 5-7 (genealogy from Adam to Avraham) were added in this edition. Leaves 155-156 contain selections from Orchot Olam by R. Avraham Farissol. On p. 156b: "These are the words of R. Moshe Isserles: The order of the Torah transmission which I have copied from the book Yesod Olam… and in each place I added something, I wrote 'Hagah'…". Most of the subsequent editions of this book were based on this edition.
On the verso of leaf 7 of this copy, the following passage was printed: "Found in an ancient book: The Book of Bereshit, from the creation of the world until the death of Yosef, 2680 years. The Book of Shemot, from the death of Yosef until the setting up of the Tabernacle, 124 years… [and further calculations of dates]". This passage ends with: "Until here are things which were added to the book, henceforth is the content of the book itself". The Bibliography of the Hebrew Book maintains that in most copies this page is blank, and some copies have a piece of paper pasted on containing the above passage. In this copy, it appears that this passage was originally printed on this page, then covered up with a piece of blank paper, which was later scraped off to reveal the printed passage.
Slightly trimmed gloss in Ashkenazic script on p. 47a.
Copy lacking end. 165 leaves (originally: 168 leaves. Lacking last three leaves). Leaf  was bound out of sequence, between leaves 37-. 18 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Signs of past dampness. Tear and wear to title page. Worming to some leaves. Fine leather binding, with worming.
Olelot Efraim, homilies for Festivals and ethics, by R. Efraim of Luntschitz (Łęczyca), parts I-IV. Lublin: Kalonymus ben Mordechai Jaffe, . First edition.
Early signatures and inscriptions appear on the title page and its verso (most in early script from the time of the printing, ca. early 17th century), including: "Pesach son of R. Aryeh Leib Palembaum"; "My acquisition, Yehuda also called Yeidel Meisels of Prague"; "…R. Itzek"; and other signatures and inscriptions, on the title page and in other places.
At the end of the indexes (p. 4b of the last pagination), an interesting inscription appears, testifying that the book belonged to the martyr R. Aharon Binyamin Beinush, victim of the Khmelnytsky Pogroms in Szczebrzeszyn: "This Olelot Efraim is a relic from my son the martyr, murdered during the riots in Szczebrzeszyn, Cheshvan 1648, together with other martyrs, and he was named HaChaver R. Aharon Binyamin Beinush, may his blood be avenged together with that of the other pious martyrs, oy! Woe to me for my sins". (Regarding the massacres in Ostroh and Szczebrzeszyn of October 1648, R. Meir of Szczebrzeszyn writes in his book Tzuk HaItim, Krakow 1650, p. : "When the king sat on the throne of his kingdom, in Cheshvan 1648 of the first year of his reign, the rebel returned to his estate… the few people of Ostroh who remained… and they murdered the Jews of the town twice, and their blood flowed like rivulets of water… in Szczebrzeszyn the houses are not burnt, and some two thousand prominent Jews were killed there…").
The holy author of Olelot Efraim, the kabbalist R. Shlomo Efraim of Luntschitz (d. 1619), was the rabbi and yeshiva dean of Prague (together with the Shelah). He was one of the leading Torah scholars of his generation, a disciple of the Maharshal of Lublin and the Maharal of Prague. He composed: Kli Yakar, Ir Giborim, Amudei Shesh and more. His work Olelot Efraim is most renowned, frequently quoted in homiletic and Chassidic books.
108, 108-109, 200-209, 300-341, 142-154, , 10 leaves. Lacking last two leaves (originally: 108, 108-109, 200-209, 300-341, 142-154, , 12 leaves). 29 cm. Fair condition. Stains and wear. Signs of past dampness. Minor worming. Marginal tears to some leaves. Tears and wear to the title page (repaired). One detached leaf. Old binding, front detached, without spine.
Tzemach David, Jewish and general chronicle, by R. David Ganz. Prague, 1592. First Edition.
The book is divided into two parts. The first part outlines the "early generations… prophets, Tanaim, Amoraim, Savoraim, Geonim and great rabbis until our times 1592…". The second part contains: "Things… which were done… of all the emperors who ruled from Julius Caesar the First… until the times of our master the exalted Emperor Rudolph…".
The first edition was printed in the lifetime of the author, R. David Ganz (1541-1613), who was a prominent scholar in his time in Torah and science, and a disciple of the Rema and the Maharal of Prague. At the end of Part I, he writes about the Torah leaders of his generation – his teacher the Maharal and R. Mordechai Yoffe, author of the Levush – in their lifetime. This book, which is in fact the first history book in Hebrew, was very popular, and was published in many editions, including one in Latin.
In the second part, fine crown ornaments were printed above the names of some of the Christian kings.
The endpapers contain ownership inscriptions. Two notes in early Ashkenazic script appear in the book.
Stamps on the title page and other leaves of: "Daniel son of R. A." – the famous and wealthy R. Daniel Yoffe (Itzig) of Berlin (1723-1799), head community leader of Berlin and all Prussian communities from 1764 until his passing in 1799. Known as a book and manuscript collector, he founded in his home a library and study hall for rabbis and scholars to come learn by him, and even supported them financially. R. Yosef Teumim, the Pri Megadim, composed most of his books in the house of R. Daniel Yoffe in Berlin, and he mentions and acknowledges him in the prefaces of his books.
64, , 124 leaves. 19 cm. Overall good condition. Darkened leaves. Stains. Tears and wear to several leaves. Fine, original ornamented leather binding, with damage.
Tal Orot, treatises on the 39 activities prohibited on Shabbat, by R. Shaul son of R. David "Rabbi in Russia". Prague: "Avraham Heide known as Avram Lemberger", . First edition. Approbations from the Shlah, the Maharsha and the Kli Yakar.
A composition in rhyme on the 39 activities prohibited on Shabbat, with commentary and scholarly expansions (all by the author). The body of the poem is printed in the center of each page, surrounded by the commentary. At the head of each page is a poetic title related to the contents of that page.
The Chida writes in Shem HaGedolim: "Book… deliberating the teachings of the early sages; somewhat rare…".
Stamps, signatures and ownership inscriptions.
3; 1-70, 73,  leaves. Lacking leaves 71-72, replaced with two handwritten leaves. 30 cm. Fair condition. Stains and wear. Worming. Some detached leaves. Old binding, partially detached.
Levush HaTechelet and Levush HaChur, on Orach Chaim, by R. Mordechai Yoffe. Prague: R. Moshe son of R. Yosef Betzalel Katz, [1609?].
Incomplete copy. The title page of this book does not state the year of printing and is graphically different from the title pages of the other parts which were printed in Prague that year. The bottom of the title page contains the following inscription in early Ashkenazic script: "Printed in the year 'Mordechai Yoffe' which is 1609, see end" (it is unclear what the writer meant by "see end"). The body of the book matches the Prague 1609 edition, yet many missing leaves were replaced from a copy of a different edition (apparently also printed in Prague). The title page may also be a replacement from a different edition, or a variant of the 1609 edition.
Ownership inscriptions on the back endpaper.
1, 6-26, 28-42, 45-76, 78-81, 83-89, 91-92, 94-242, 245, 247 leaves. Lacking leaves 2-5, 27, 43-44, 77, 82, 90, 93, 243-244, 246. Altogether lacking 14 leaves (most of the missing leaves were replaced from a copy of a different edition apparently also printed in Prague). 28 cm. Fair condition. Stains and wear. Title page and other leaves detached. Large tears to several leaves affecting text. Original leather binding, damaged. Torn spine. Back cover detached.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.
Sifrei HaLevushim, by R. Mordechai Yoffe. Four parts: Levush HaTechelet and Levush HaChur – on Orach Chaim; Levush Ateret Zahav – on Yoreh De'ah; Levush HaButz VehaArgaman – on Even HaEzer; Levush Ir Shushan – on Choshen Mishpat. Venice: Giovanni Cajon for Bragadini, 1620.
Four parts in three volumes. Complete set.
At the beginning of the Orach Chaim section is an introduction by the proofreader, R. Yehuda Aryeh of Modena. Approbations from eight Venetian rabbis, R. Yehuda Aryeh of Modena and others, are found at the end of the Even HaEzer section.
Inscriptions and signatures. On the title page of Levush HaButz VehaArgaman and on the subsequent leaf, signatures of "Uziel Alhayik" (the great scholar R. Uziel Alhayik, prominent Tunisian rabbi, author of Mishkenot HaRo'im, Livorno 1860, and other works). Inscriptions appear on the title page of Levush HaTechelet: "L'Midrash R. Netanel Lisbona", "…Meir Lisbona" (similar inscriptions appear on leaf 10), and additional signatures. The verso of the title page contains a copying in Sephardic script of passages from a composition on leap years and Moladot. Familial inscriptions on p. 2b in early Italian script. On the verso of the title page of Levush Ir Shushan, an inscription in early Italian script recording the passing of "R. Uri Canton" on Kislev 11, 1639.
Vol. I (Orach Chaim and Choshen Mishpat): 200, ; 162,  leaves. 35 cm. Condition varies, overall fair condition. Stains and wear. Worming, repaired in several places. Marginal tear (repaired) to first title page not affecting text or border. Leaves 140-141 apparently replaced from different copies. Vol. II (Yoreh De'ah): 148,  leaves. 32 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Worming to some leaves, repaired. Vol. III (Even HaEzer): 87 leaves. 31.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Worming. Repairs in several places. New bindings.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.
Torat Emet, responsa of Mahara Sasson, by R. Aharon Sasson. Venice: Gioanne Calleoni, 1626. First edition.
Signatures on the title page: "Emmanuel Shalem", "Yeshaya Estrosa".
Several notes in Oriental script, most of them trimmed.
116, 119-,  leaves. 27.5 cm. Fair-good condition. Stains. Dark ink stains on two leaves. Signs of past dampness. Worming, mainly to the title page, first and last few leaves. Repaired tears to the title page, affecting the border. Tears to a few other leaves. Old binding.
Five books of the Torah with Targum Onkelos, Rashi's and Ramban's commentaries. [Salonika: Yehuda Gedalia and sons, 1520].
Tosafot of Rashi on Parshat VaYechi were printed on p. 132b (end of Bereishit). On p. 246b [i.e. 248b] (end of Shemot), Maaseh Eifod L'Rashi appears (a different version to the one printed inside). On pp. 329-330 (end on Vayikra), six Toseftot on Sefer Bereishit (sections of midrashic translation) were printed, one entitled "[Targum] Yerushalmi" and the rest "Tosefta".
Stamps: "The books of R. Avraham Chaim Adadi's Yeshiva, the young Shaul Adadi". On leaf 9 of the first volume, signature: "Avraham Chaim Adadi" (one of the scholars of Tripoli and Safed. Author of HaShomer Emet, VaYikra Avraham and more).
Vol. I - Bereishit: 9-11, 13-18, 26-132 leaves. In this volume, leaves 1-8, 12 and 18-25 are missing. Altogether lacking 17 leaves (originally printed without title page). Vol. II - Shemot: 133-246 leaves. Vol. III - Vayikra: 247-259, 252- leaves. Vol. IV - Bamidbar-Devarim: -498,  leaves (mispaginated). The last leaf of the colophon is lacking.
27 cm. Overall fair condition. Condition varies across the volumes and the leaves. Stains and wear. Worming, repaired in some places. Tears and holes, affecting the text in some places, repaired with paper. Several leaves replaced from other copies. New bindings.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.
Tehillim with the commentaries of Radak and R. Yosef Hayun. [Salonika: Judah Gedalia, 1522].
Signature at the top of one leaf: "… the young Avraham".
Incomplete copy.  leaves, out of  leaves of the book of Tehillim. Lacking 91 leaves (title page and other leaves throughout the book). All the lacking leaves were replaced with photocopies. Originally printed with Mishlei, with a separate title page, not included in this volume. 28 cm. Fair condition. Several leaves in fair-poor condition. Stains and wear. Damage and tears affecting text, repaired and replaced with photocopies. New binding.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.
Five books of the Torah, with Targum Onkelos, the Rashi, Ramban and Ibn Ezra commentaries; Haftarot for Shabbat and Festivals, with the Radak commentary; and Five Megillot, with the Ibn Ezra commentary. [Constantinople: Samuel son of David Nachmias, 1522].
Two large volumes. The text of the Torah occupies the center of the page, with Targum Onkelos at its side; the Rashi and "Nachmani" (Ramban) commentaries are on both sides of the page and the Ibn Ezra commentary appears at the bottom of the page. The Rashi and Radak commentaries are printed in the Haftarot section and the Rashi and Ibn Ezra commentaries are printed in the Megillot section.
These five books of Torah were printed concurrently in two editions, one with the Haftarot according to the Sephardi rite, and the second, with the Romaniote rite Haftarot. In this set, the first volume contains the Haftarot for Bereshit through Vayikra according to the Romaniote rite, and the second volume, the Haftarot of Bamidbar, Devarim and Festivals according to the Sephardi rite. (Yaari, HaDefus HaIvri B'Kushta, no. 95, writes about copies with Karaite rite Haftarot, but in fact it is the Romaniote rite, which was accepted amongst the Karaites).
The last leaf of the second volume (at the end of the Five Megillot) contains a colophon, followed by a poem praising the book and the printers R. Abraham Paredes, R. Samuel son of David Nachmias, R. Moses Halimi and R. Joseph Al-Naqawa, and marking its completion on Rosh Chodesh Sivan 1522 in Constantinople.
Two volumes. Vol. I – Bereshit through Vayikra, with Haftarot. Vol. II – Bamidbar and Devarim with Haftarot and Five Megillot. In total  leaves. Lacking title page (replaced with photocopy) and four blank leaves. The Bibliography of the Hebrew Book records  leaves of Sephardi rite Haftarot. These volumes contain in all  leaves of Haftarot. The difference is due to the combination of one volume with Sephardi rite Haftarot together with one volume with Romaniote rite Haftarot.
36.5 cm. Condition varies, most leaves in good condition, damage and open tears to several leaves. Thick, high-quality paper. Stains. Signs of past dampness and mold stains to some leaves. Most leaves complete. Damage and large tears to five leaves at the beginning of the first volume, affecting text in some places, repaired. Large open tears affecting text to approx. five leaves in the second volume (in the Haftarot for High Holidays), repaired. New bindings.
Avraham Yaari, HaDefus HaIvri B'Kushta, p. 84, no. 95; Y. Yudlov, Ginzei Yisrael, no. 41.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.
Neviim Acharonim and Ketuvim. [Venice: Daniel Bomberg, 1521]. Two volumes.
Two volumes of Neviim Acharonim and Ketuvim, with half-titles (blank leaves with the titles "Neviim Acharonim" and "Ketuvim") in each volume. These two volumes are part of a Tanach edition printed in Venice in 1521. The 1521 edition was printed identically to the first Bomberg edition of Tanach printed in Venice in 1518, apart from Tehillim in the Ketuvim volume printed here in short lines, four columns per leaf. In this edition, the five Megillot were bound after the five books of the Torah and are therefore not included in these volumes.
Neviim Acharonim vol.: 277-398 leaves. Ketuvim vol.: 399-498 leaves. Lacking leaves 499-528,  of Divrei HaYamim. The complete Tanach contained 528,  leaves. 18.5 cm. Overall good condition. Stains. Tears (repaired) in several places, mostly not affecting text. A few inscriptions. Some marginal text trimmed. New bindings.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.
Neviim Acharonim, with the commentary of R. Yitzchak Abarbanel. [Pesaro: Gershom Soncino], 1520. First edition. Two volumes.
Title within a woodcut ornamented border, containing the details of the printing and printer: "Printed in Italy by… a Jew from Soncino renowned amongst the Jews, …". In some copies, the verso of the title page is blank, however, in this copy it bears a long poem comprised of 52 stanzas written by the author's son, entitled: "Words of Yehuda son of the commentator, to glorify my father's commentary to the books of the Neviim", and opening with an acrostic of "Yehuda son of Isaac Abarbanel".
The book of Yeshaya contains (trimmed) marginal notes in Italian script, most particularly lengthy, by an unidentified writer. Several lengthy marginal notes in Sephardic script (Turkey and the Balkans) appear on one page of Hoshe'a and one page of Michah.
This edition was printed around 12 years after the passing of the author, R. Yitzchak Abarbanel. At the end of his commentary to the book of Yeshaya, the author writes that "the beginning of this commentary was written in the island of Corfu on Rosh Chodesh Av 1495, and since this work was postponed in deference to other compositions, I completed it in Monopoli in the region of Apulia… on Rosh Chodesh Elul …".
The famous Jewish printer Gershom Soncino, a leading Hebrew printer in Italy, wandered with his family and printing equipment through various Italian towns. In each place he settled, he printed Hebrew books. In Pesaro, he printed some Talmudic tractates and other books. He also printed the first part of the Abarbanel commentary, to Neviim Rishonim, in Pesaro, in 1511.
Incomplete copy.  leaves. (Originally:  leaves; lacking the first  leaves (including the title page) and leaf  – a blank leaf). This copy is divided into two volumes, which are comprised of different copies. Vol. I: First [5-195] leaves, until the end of the book of Yirmiya. 29.5 cm. Condition varies, good-fair, most of the leaves are in good condition. Stains. Signs of past dampness in several places. First three leaves detached. Tears (repaired) and wear to the title page, slightly affecting the border. Inner margins of first leaves repaired, not affecting text. Worming to first 10 leaves, affecting text. Binding partially detached. Vol. II: Next 197 leaves, until the end of Malachi. The last leaf (a blank leaf) is lacking. 31 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Minor worming. The leaves of this volume were professionally restored. Open tears (repaired) to the last (approx. 10) leaves, affecting text. New leather bindings. The words "Pesaro " were erroneously embossed on the spine of Vol. II, however, this volume is actually the continuation of the first volume and was printed in Pesaro in 1520.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.
Torah and Neviim Rishonim. Antwerp: Plantin, . Two volumes. Pocket format.
Two lacking volumes out of a complete edition of Tanach.
Torah volume: Vayikra through Devarim. 235-511,  leaves. Torah part originally: 511,  leaves. Missing the first 234 leaves of Bereishit and Shemot. Neviim Rishonim volume: Yehoshua, Shoftim and Shmuel.  leaves. Neviim Rishonim part originally:  leaves. Missing  leaves of Melachim.
10.5 cm. Good condition. High-quality paper. Stains. Early leather bindings, with damage.
Five books of the Torah, Neviim and Ketuvim. Antwerp: Christopher Plantin, 1573-1574.
All 24 books of the Bible complete, without vocalization and cantillation marks. Two columns per page. This format is suitable for casting the "Goral HaGra" lottery, using the method taught to R. Aryeh Levin by disciples of the Gra's disciples.
The title page and front flyleaves contain ownership inscriptions of Avraham ben Eliyahu HaKohen Treves of Darevo, and book listings. The final flyleaves contain listings (in Ashkenazic script) of both the Ashkenazic and Sephardic yearly cycle of haftarot. The final page contains the title "for these I weep", with the dates of passing of the parents and grandparents of R. Avraham Hacohen Treves, dated 1840-1898, including the passing of his father, "R. Eliya ben R. Shlomo", who passed away of cholera in Av, 1848, his father-in-law "R. Eliya ben Gershon of Shklov" who passed away in 1840, and "his father, R. Gershon", who passed away after Sukkot, 1847.
, 3-389 leaves. 16 cm. Good-fair condition. The title page and many other pages have been restored. Several pages have tears with damage to the text. In these places, the missing text has been restored with 19th century Ashkenazic script on added paper. The final page with the colophon is torn and incomplete (the bottom half of the page is replaced by an early page from another book with printed decoration). Stains and wear. Some of the pages are dark and stained. Old leather binding, slightly worn, with embossed ornamentation.
Trei Asar. [Leiden]: Plantinianis Franciscus Raphelengius, . Pocket format.
Initial words within woodcut borders, some with color added by hand (presumably from an early period).
The margins contain handwritten inscriptions.
188,  pages. 11 cm. Good condition. Stains. Early leather binding, with ornamentations and marbled endpapers. Damage and wear to the binding.
Rare edition not recorded in the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book, nor does it appear in the NLI catalogue.
Neviim Acharonim. Venice: Giovanni Cajon for Bragadin, 1615. Pocket format.
Part III of a complete Tanach edition printed that year in Venice, "in Sabbioneta typeface" (as stated on the title page).
-218 leaves. 11.5 cm. Good condition. Stains and wear. Minor damage to title page and several other leaves. Original leather binding, with clasp remnants.
Torah, Neviim and Ketuvim. Geneva: Capa Elon, 1617-1618.
Set of 15 volumes. Pocket size.
15 volumes. Bereshit-Shemot:  leaves. Lacking the last two leaves of Shemot. VaYikra-Devarim:  leaves. Yehoshua-Shoftim:  leaves. Shmuel:  leaves. Melachim:  leaves. Yeshaya:  leaves. Yirmiya:  leaves. Yechezkel:  leaves. Trei Asar:  leaves. Tehillim:  leaves. Mishlei:  leaves. Five Megillot:  leaves. Iyov:  leaves. Daniel, Ezra and Nechemya:  leaves. Divrei HaYamim:  leaves.
11-12 cm. Overall good condition. Most volumes in good condition, stains and light wear. Vayikra contains a handwritten dedication dated 1860. Melachim - a large marginal tear to the title page, not affecting text. Signs of past dampness, severe stains to several leaves. Yirmiya - adhesive tape on title page. Tehillim - title page very damaged and incomplete, with repairs. Tears and wear to several more leaves, affecting text. Kohelet – tears to leaves -, affecting text and repaired with adhesive tape. Divrei HaYamim – wear and severe stains to several leaves (mainly the last leaves). Most volumes have matching leather and parchment bindings, apart from four volumes with varying bindings.
Mikraot Gedolot, Torah, Neviim and Ketuvim, with the commentaries. Basel: Ludwig König, [1618-1619].
Complete set in four large volumes, with original bindings.
Volume I: Five books of the Torah, with Targum Onkelos, the commentaries of Rashi, Ibn Ezra, Baal HaTurim and Masorah.
Volume II: Neviim Rishonim, with Targum, the commentaries of Rashi, Radak, Ralbag, R. Yeshaya and Masorah.
Volume III: Neviim Achronim, with Targum, the commentaries of Rashi, Radak, Ibn Ezra and Masorah.
Volume IV: Ketuvim, with Targum, the commentaries of Rashi, Ibn Ezra, Ralbag and Rasag. The end of the volume contains the Targum Yerushalmi on the Torah, the great Masorah on the Bible in alphabetical order, and Haftarot for Shabbat and festivals "according to the Ashkenazi, Sephardi and Italian rites".
Vol. I: , 228 leaves. Vol. II: , 234-441 leaves. Vol. III: , 442-705 leaves. Vol. IV: 707-946; 7, ; 67; 36 leaves. Without the  leaves of errata, which do not appear in most copies. The inner margin of the Haftarot title page is repaired with paper. 43.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Thick leaves with wide margins. Many stains; traces of past dampness. Most of the leaves are darkened and stained. Bookplates. Original leather bindings, with fine ornamentation on the spine.
Tehillim, with Latin translation. Amsterdam, 1666. Pocket edition.
The Hebrew text and Latin translation on facing pages.
6 pages; 132, 132-155, 157-240,  leaves. 13 cm. Good condition. Stains. Early leather binding, with gilt ornamentation. Tear by the joint between the spine and boards.
Torah, Neviim and Ketuvim translated to Yiddish by Jekutiel son of Isaac Blitz, with Toaliyot HaRalbag by R. Levi son of Gershon (Ralbag) on Torah and Neviim Rishonim. Amsterdam: Uri Phoebus HaLevi, [1676-1679].
Five separate title pages: Torah, Megillot, Neviim Rishonim, Neviim Achronim and Ketuvim, with an additional illustrated title page. Approbations of the rabbis of the Council of Four Lands, and the Sephardi and Ashkenazi rabbis of Amsterdam. The book begins with leaves of "approbation and privilegium" - special permission granted by the King of Poland for this printing, in Yiddish and in Latin.
The title page bears deleted ownership inscriptions: "---[son of] Yaakov Mazye".
, 63, , 64-138, 140-256, , 18 leaves. Pagination skips leaf 139 (no missing leaf). Includes table of Haftarot and "Corrector's apology" which do not appear in other copies. Illustrated title page detached (apparently replaced from another copy). 32 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Worming. Two leaves in the middle detached. Small tears and damage, repaired with tape. New leather binding.
Various dates appear on the title pages: 1676, 1678 and 1679. The approbations are dated 1671-1677. Two different editions of the Bible translated to Yiddish were printed concurrently in Amsterdam in those days, considered to be the first Yiddish Bible editions. For further information regarding the polemic surrounding this printing, see: A.M. Haberman, Chapters in the History of the Hebrew Printers, pp. 300-310.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.
Sefer HaMaggid – Neviim Rishonim, Neviim Acharonim and Ketuvim, with the Rashi commentary, Yiddish translation and Agudat Shmuel. Amsterdam, .
A miniature edition in four volumes. The Yiddish translation is a sequel to Tsene Rene on the Torah and is by the same author (R. Yaakov of Janów). In this edition the translation was edited and the wording is not identical to previous editions.
The composition Agudat Shmuel, by the publisher R. Shmuel Dlugatch, was first printed in this edition (a compilation from various sources and works, mostly not found in other sources, such as "Hagahot R. Ovadia HaNavi", Sod Meisharim, Emek HaShem, and more). This compilation, which was inserted in parentheses into the Rashi commentary, was published in further editions, and drew criticism on the fact it was implanted within the text of the Rashi commentary. Some of these additions were later absorbed in the commentary and assumed to be an integral part of it (see: Ch. Lieberman, Ohel Rachel, 1, pp. 310-329).
Handwritten notes on several leaves.
The beginning of Sefer Tehillim in the Ketuvim volume bears an owner's signature: "Tzvi Hirsh Chayes, Monday, MarCheshvan 22, " – this appears to be the signature of Maharatz Chayes (1806-1856) in his youth. A leading Torah scholar of his times, he was appointed rabbi of Zhovkva at the age of 23. His notes on the Talmud were printed in many editions from 1840. He composed many books and was a multifaceted personality, well versed in Torah and sciences. He fought for authentic Judaism against Maskilim, and corresponded extensively in responsa with the Chatam Sofer, who held him in great esteem (see: HaDarom, 1958, Issue 5-6, "The Chatam Sofer's Attitude to the Maharatz Chayes").
Four volumes. Vol. I – Neviim Rishonim: , 37-279, 290-379, 390-548, 550-555 leaves. Originally: , 279, 290-379, 390-559,  leaves. Lacking first 36 leaves (including the title page, replaced with photocopy), except for one leaf of the approbations; lacking leaf 549 and last 5 leaves. Vol. II – Neviim Acharonim (Yeshaya-Yechezkel): 379, 390-549 leaves. Vol. III – Ketuvim: 480 leaves. Vol. IV – (Ezra, Nechemia, Trei Asar and Divrei HaYamim): 2-346,  leaves. Originally: 346,  leaves. Lacking title page and last leaf (replaced with photocopies). Approx. 11 cm. Good-fair condition. Most leaves in good condition. Stains, inkstains. Tears to several leaves. Worming affecting text in several places. Margins trimmed on text border, slightly affecting text. New bindings, except for one early binding.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.
The Bible – Five books of the Torah, Five Megillot, Neviim Rishonim, Neviim Acharonim and Ketuvim. Amsterdam: Immanuel Athias, [1700-1705].
The complete Bible in one small volume. Separate title pages for Neviim Rishonim and Acharonim, as well as for Ketuvim.
The foot of the first title page contains the proofreader's signature, R. "David Nunes Torres". Two leaves of approbations appear after the Haftarot, only one of them is listed in the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book.
The back endpapers contain the blessings of the Haftara in handwriting, followed by the writer's colophon: "I wrote this in honor of the G-d fearing Gumpel Ettinger, here in Paris, Friday of Parshat Vayetze 1847, Shlomo Wolf Klein".
Torah and Five Megillot: , 2-181,  leaves. The approbations leaves are bound after the Five Megillot. Neviim Rishonim: 142 leaves. Neviim Acharonim: -286,  leaves. Ketuvim: 152,  leaves. 13.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Early leather binding, restored at the spine, with damage. Placed in a leather slipcase (damaged).
Paraphrasis Caldayca en los Cantares de Selomoh - Song of Songs with (Romanized) Ladino translation and Spanish translation of the Aramaic translation; Pirkei Avot, with Spanish translation. Amsterdam, 1712.
Hebrew followed by translation, paragraph by paragraph.
Parchment binding, bearing owners' signatures: "Chaim David de Daniel Israel", "H.D. Sanicroos".
134 pages. 15 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Some leaves with numerous markings within the text and other inscriptions. Early parchment binding. Stains and light damage to binding.
Five books of the Torah, with Targum and Mesorah, Toldot Aharon, Baal HaTurim, Rashi and Alshech commentaries. Frankfurt an der Oder, [1761-1765]. Five volumes.
Elaborate set with exceptionally wide margins (untrimmed). Original wood and leather bindings (some damaged).
Various ownership inscriptions, including ownership inscriptions of R. Binyamin Zev Wolf Katz Rapaport Rabbi of Pápa. On the empty leaf at the end of the first volume: "This book belongs to the great Torah scholar R. Wolf Katz Rapaport, currently the rabbi of Pápa". A similar inscription at the end of the Bamidbar volume, and his signature in Latin characters on the title page of Bereishit.
R. Binyamin Zev Wolf Katz Rapaport (1753-1837) was appointed rabbi of Pápa in 1783, were he served for close to 55 years until his passing in 1837. His opinion was highly esteemed by the great Torah scholars of his times, such as the Noda BiYehuda and the Chatam Sofer. He was famed for his books Simlat Binyamin, Netivot HaChochma, Edut L'Yisrael, and more.
Five volumes. Bereishit: , 332, 331-376 leaves. Shemot: , 313; 45 leaves. Vayikra: 205; , 28 leaves. Bamidbar: , 211; , 24 leaves. Devarim: 276, ; , 49 leaves.
(The Bibliography of the Hebrew Book records  leaves at the beginning of Bereshit. Possibly, a title page is missing here, besides the general title page which does appear, and another leaf. In any case, it does not seem that these leaves were originally bound in this copy).
Exceptionally wide margins. 32-34 cm. Light-colored high-quality paper. Overall good condition. Stains. Wear and damage to some of the leaves. A few tears, mostly without loss. Creases. Worming in a few places, affecting text (damage to the title page of Vayikra). In Devarim, a handwritten leaf was stuck onto one of the leaves. Original leather and wood bindings, with clasp remnants. Spines missing from three of the volumes. One of the volumes missing the back cover. Damage, tears and wear to the bindings.
Handsome 5-volume set. Torat Emet – Tikun Sofrim, Five Books of the Torah, with Rashi commentary, haftarot and Ashkenazi siddur with yotzrot and piyyutim. Accurate edition proofread according to books and scribes. Amsterdam, 1827. Published by R. Naftali Levenstam son of R. Yaakov Moshe, Rabbi of Amsterdam. All volumes have a copper engraving frontispiece: figures of Moshe and Aharon and illustrations of the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai.
5 volumes, 18.5 cm. Pagination varies. High-quality paper. Good condition. Stains and wear. Greenish leather contemporary bindings with embossed ornamentation and owner's name. Colored endpapers.
Six leaves were added to the Book of Devarim with names of pre-paid subscribers from Dutch cities. These leaves are not recorded in the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book, no. 000312561.
Babylonian Talmud, with commentaries. Berlin and Frankfurt an der Oder, [1734-1739].
11 volumes (out of 12, lacking Tractate Berachot and Seder Zera'im).
The Talmud of R. Yaakov Koppel Schonungen - dayan of the District of Würzburg. His signatures and ownership inscriptions appear in all the volumes, on the title pages and endpapers: "Yaakov Koppel son of Chaim Schonungen, dayan of the District of Würzburg", "Yaakov Koppel Schonungen, dayan of the District of Würzburg, in Heitzfeld", etc.
R. Yaakov Koppel son of Chaim of Schonungen, served from 1768 as dayan of the District of Würzburg, in Heitzfeld (Heidingsfeld) alongside R. Avraham Bing. He died in 1816.
The volumes contain other inscriptions, scribbles and pen trials (including the signature of "Gumpel son of Menachem Mendel Segal" and others).
The volumes contain: 1. Tractates Shabbat, Eruvin. 1734. 2. Tractates Pesachim, Beitzah, Chagigah, Moed Katan. 1735. 3. Tractates Rosh Hashanah, Taanit, Yoma, Sukkah, Shekalim, Megillah. 1735. 4. Tractates Yevamot, Ketubot, Kiddushin. 1735-1736. 5. Tractates Gittin, Nedarim, Nazir, Sotah. 1736. 6. Tractates Bava Kama, Bava Metzia. 1736. 7. Tractates Bava Batra, Avodah Zara. 1736. 8. Tractates Sanhedrin, Shevuot, Makot, Eduyot, Horayot, Avot. 1736-1737. 9. Tractates Zevachim, Menachot, Bechorot. 1737-1738. 10. Tractates Chulin, Arachin, Temurah, Keritot, Me'ilah, Tamid, Midot, Kinim. 1737-1739. 11. Tractate Niddah, Mishnayot Seder Taharot. 1738.
11 volumes. Approx. 35 cm. Overall good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Tears and damage. Some darkened leaves. Original bindings, leather-covered wood, some with clasp remnants and with old repairs. Damage and tears to bindings.
Aggadat Bavli - Ein Yaakov, with the Ein Avraham commentary and an introduction to the study of Talmudic aggadot, by R. Avraham Shick. Königsberg (Kaliningrad), 1845-.
Four volumes - the first three volumes are from the first edition which was printed in 1845, while the fourth volume is from the second edition published three years later in 1848.
Bound with (at the end of each volume): Kinmon Besem on Talmudic aggadot, by R. Yehuda Yudel HaLevi Epstein. [Königsberg (Kaliningrad), 1848]. First edition. This book was added to only some of the copies of Aggadat Bavli, and is an original source for many of the teachings of the Gaon of Vilna and his disciples.
The beginning of Vol. I contains the approbations of R. Yisrael Lifshitz author of Tiferet Yisrael, R. Yaakov Tzvi Mecklenburg author of HaKtav VehaKabbalah and R. Aryeh Leib Shapira Rabbi of Kalvarija (the only printed approbation by R. Aryeh Leib Shapira Rabbi of Kovno). Kinmon Besem contains further approbations and letters.
Complete set in four volumes. Vol. I: , 112, 351, 12,  pages. Vol. II: , 480, 21,  pages. Vol. III: , 592, 27 pages,  page. Vol. IV: , 538, 13,  pages. All the volumes include the original paper wrappers, except for the front wrapper of the first volume.
4 volumes. 14 cm. Good condition. Stains. Worming to several pages of Vol. I. Small tears and damage to the wrappers and title pages, not affecting text. New bindings with cloth spines.
The first edition of Ein Avraham, printed in 1845, is extremely rare. The Bibliography of the Hebrew Book does not record the first volume. The first volume of the copy of the National Library of Israel is incomplete.
Babylonian Talmud, with commentaries. Nine volumes of the Warsaw edition, 1859-1864.
Reputedly, this edition was proofread by Rebbe Yitzchak Meir Alter of Ger, author of Chiddushei HaRim (R. Refael Natan Notte Rabinowitz, Maamar Al Hadpasat HaTalmud, p. 143).
The volumes contain: 1. Tractate Eruvin. 2. Tractates Rosh Hashanah, Sukkah, Megillah; Tractate Shekalim of the Jerusalem Talmud. 3. Tractates Beitzah, Yoma, Chagigah and Moed Katan. 4. Tractate Ketubot. 5. Tractate Bava Metzia. 6. Tractate Bava Batra. 7. Tractates Sanhedrin, Horayot, Mishnayot Eduyot and Avot, Avot D'Rabbi Natan and the Minor Tractates. 8. Tractate Chulin. 9. Tractate Niddah and Mishnayot Seder Taharot.
The beginning of the volume of Tractate Ketubot contains the approbations of Rebbe Yitzchak Meir Alter of Ger author of Chiddushei HaRim, Rebbe Yaakov David of Amshinov and of Warsaw rabbis and dayanim.
The last leaf of the volume of Tractate Sanhedrin bears a printed passage: "Since this place is blank, I decided to present something I have seen in my youth, written in the margin of the book Shevut Yaakov in the handwriting of R. Akiva Eger…". Possibly, this passage was written by the proofreader, the Gerrer Rebbe (this novellae was later printed in several places in the books of R. Akiva Eger).
Ownership inscriptions of R. Ze'ev Wolf Saltz of Miednik appear on the back endpaper of the volume of Tractate Bava Metzia.
9 volumes. Large format. 33 cm. Overall fair-good condition. Stains and wear. Lacking one or two leaves from the last leaves of Tractate Bava Metzia. Original ornate leather bindings, with varied degrees of damage, some detached and torn.
12 volumes of a Babylonian Talmud edition, published by the students of the Mir yeshiva, Shanghai, 1942-1946.
These volumes of the Talmud were printed in Shanghai during WWII, by the students of the Mir yeshiva, who escaped Europe during the Holocaust.
In six of the volumes the name of the publisher is "Vaad HaHadpasah - Torah Or", three volumes are ascribed to "The Ezrat Torah Library of the holy Mir Yeshiva", one volume states only "Yeshivat Mir", and in two volumes the name of the publisher is not indicated.
The volumes here contain tractates: Shabbat, Eruvin, Pesachim, Gittin, Kiddushin, Nazir, Sotah, Bava Kama, Sanhedrin, Makot, Shevuot, Avodah Zara and the Minor Tractates, Zevachim, Menachot, Chulin, Bechorot, Arachin, Temurah, Keritot, Me'ilah, Niddah.
12 volumes. Approx. 26 cm. Overall good condition. In a few volumes, tears to some leaves and detached leaves. Stains. Dry and slightly brittle paper. New, elegant bindings.
Babylonian Talmud - complete set. Munich-Heidelberg, 1948. "Published by the Union of Rabbis in the American Occupation Zone in Germany".
As WWII came to an end, and survivors gathered in DP camps, the need arose for volumes of the Talmud and other holy books to benefit the refugees. From 1946, the Union of Rabbis in Germany, with the support of the American Army and the Joint, undertook the project of printing the Talmud for the survivors. At first, individual tractates were printed in various formats. In 1948, a complete edition of the Talmud was published for the first time - the edition here. Each volume contains two title pages. The first title page was designed specifically to commemorate the printing of the Talmud on the scorched soil of Germany, the upper-part bearing an illustration of a Jewish village, captioned: "From servitude to salvation, from darkness to great light"; the bottom of the title page contains an illustration of barbed wire fencing and a labor camp, captioned: "Labor camp in Germany during Nazi occupation". "They almost destroyed me on earth, but I did not forsake Your precepts".
19 volumes. 39 cm. Some leaves on dry paper. Overall good condition. Stains, tears and wear. Large tears to several leaves. Title page of Tractate Rosh Hashanah lacking. Original bindings, repaired with new cloth spines, and cloth reinforcing to edges.
Machzor according to the rite of the community of Rome, Part II, prayers for the festivals of Tishrei. Mantua: [Jacob Cohen of Gazolo], 1559. Small volume.
The colophon states: "And it was completed during Chanukah … we began printing it three years ago and have delayed until now… since… we were obligated to print meanwhile other books, namely Livyat Chen, Tikunei HaZohar, Maarechet HaElokut, Toldot Yitzchak, Chovot HaLevavot, Mekor Chaim, Machzor Gadol and Sefer HaZohar which we are currently printing…" (this refers to the first edition of Sefer HaZohar, being printed at that time in Mantua).
, 250-532 leaves. 13.5 cm. Good-fair condition, most of the leaves in good condition. Stains. Worming to title page (the leaf has been restored and strengthened). Open tear (repaired) to the bottom of the last leaf, with loss of the last line of text. Minor damage (repaired) in a few more places. One leaf in the middle detached. New binding.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.
Collection of prayer books, machzorim and sections of prayer books, 16th-17th centuries:
1-2. Roman rite Machzor, Part II, for the High Holidays, Sukkot and Fast Days. [Venice]: Zuan (Giovanni) di Gara, .
Incomplete copy. 72, 81-103, 105-120, 129-167, 169-176, 178-224, 226-231, 233-251, 254-264, 266-280, 283-295, 308-319, 322-327, 330-343 leaves. Originally: 347,  leaves. Lacking 47 leaves (most leaves were replaced with photocopies). 14 cm. Fair condition. Stains and wear. Worming. Tears and trimming, affecting text (with handwritten replacement to one leaf). New binding.
Enclosed is another volume containing 25 leaves of this machzor, with typographic variations and differences in the printed marginal notes. These leaves may be from a variant, a different or concurrent edition of the machzor.
3. Year-round Machzor, according to the Roman rite, Part II, Maamadot for before Rosh Hashanah, and prayers for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot. [Venice: Daniel Bomberg, 1526].
Section of  leaves from the middle of the machzor. (Part II originally contained  leaves). 10 cm. Good condition. High-quality paper. New binding.
4. Prayer services for festivals, according to the Sephardi rite. [Venice? 1639?].
2-72, 74-112, 115-118, 120, 122-152, 155-167, 169-254 leaves. Originally: 255 leaves. Lacking: 10 leaves (including title page and last leaf). 16 cm. Fair condition. Stains and wear. Worming. Tears. New binding.
5. Moreh Chata'im BaDerech, by R. Yitzchak son of Moshe Ellis. [Venice, ca. 1625].
2-7 leaves (originally: 8 leaves). Lacking title page and last leaf. 13.5 cm.
6. Sephardi Machzor for the High Holidays, with the commentary of R. Moshe Cordovero. [Venice: Zuan (Giovanni) di Gara, 1584].
Section of  leaves from the Mincha and Arvit prayers of Yom Kippur eve. 14 cm.
7. Section of a Machzor for the Three Festivals. [Unidentified edition. Venice? 16th century?].
Lacking the beginning and end. The leaves are numbered 247-320. 12 cm. Begins at the end of Pirkei Avot (with Spanish translation), and continues with prayers for Shavuot and Sukkot, with Azharot, Megillat Ruth, Hoshanot and the Simchat Torah service.
7 books and book sections. Size and condition vary.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.
Shaar HaShamayim - Polish rite, year-round siddur with commentaries, laws and customs, by R. Yeshaya HaLevi Horowitz, author of the Shelah. Amsterdam, . Second edition.
Explanation of the prayers by the Shelah, mostly according to Kabbalah (based on various books, especially the Ari's writings which he had in manuscript), with an anthology of laws and customs which the publisher, his grandson, compiled from Shnei Luchot HaBrit.
The Shelah wrote his siddur with the intention of printing and disseminating it, as he wrote in his will to his sons: "I thought to compose this holy work, in order to print it and disseminate it over the whole Jewish world, so that I may have a merit and share in all the prayers of the Jewish people". Praying from this siddur bears the special Segulah of the prayer being accepted and not going unanswered. As the Bach wrote in his approbation to the siddur: "We have no doubt that when it become widespread amongst the Jewish people, whoever prays from it will not have his prayer rejected". R. Avraham Yaakov, first Rebbe of Sadigura, mentions this Segulah in his approbation to the third edition of the siddur (Warsaw, 1882): "Siddur Shaar HaShamayim by the holy Shelah, as the renowned scholar, the Bach, testified… there is no doubt that whoever prays from it, his prayer will not be rejected". The holy kabbalist R. Naftali Katz, author of Semichat Chachamim, ascribes this Segulah to the author himself, the Shelah, as he writes: "…order of prayers… from the beginning of the year until the end of the year, arranged and composed by R. Yeshaya Segal author of Shnei Luchot HaBrit, and he was very attached to this siddur, and directed his descendants to publish it, to give the public the privilege of praying in this order, with these Kavanot, and pledged that whoever prays with all his might in this order with those Kavanot, his prayers will not go unanswered. Go out and see how people practice, and the approbations of the great Torah scholars of that generation… R. Yoel Sirkis author of Bayit Chadash, and R. Yaakov Rabbi of Lublin… R. Yom Tov Lipman Heller author of Tosfot Yom Tov… and they all concur that whoever prays with these Kavanot, his prayer will not be rejected".
An early signature (partly deleted) appears on the title page: "…Oppenheim of F.b." (this may be a relative of R. Ber Oppenheim Rabbi of Friedberg and the district, grandfather of R. Ber Oppenheim of Pressburg, author of Mei Be'er).
Two volumes. 28, 304 leaves; 305-568 leaves. 16 cm. Slightly darkened paper. Good-fair condition. Stains. Worming, affecting text in some places. Several leaves (including title page) repaired. New bindings.
Another edition, with German rite piyyutim, was printed concurrently, identical to this edition until leaf 364 (apart from the title page). From leaf 365 onwards (gathering 92), the word "Polish" is printed at the foot of the first leaf of each gathering (and in the parallel edition: "Ashkenaz").
"Machzor of the Sephardim for the High Holidays, Selichot for Leilei Ashmurot and the prayer service for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur". Amsterdam, .
360 leaves. 8 cm. Good condition. Repaired tears to the title page. Several detached leaves. Stains. Gilt edges. Fine original leather binding, with gilt ornamentations. Binding faded and slightly damaged.
Beit Tefillah siddur according to the Italian rite. Pisa, . Pocket edition.
64, 49-224 leaves. 7.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Fine original leather binding, with gilt ornamentation on the spine.
Avodat HaTamid - prayer book with abridged halachot, selected and Kabbalistic commentaries, by R. Elisha Havilio. Livorno, .
P. 83b contains: Shiviti, Ten Sefirot, a LaMenatze'ach Menorah illustration, various verses and Kabbalistic combinations.
The last page contains a printed statement by the author "to notify of a major mistake". He discovered during the printing of the siddur that the book HaTzad Tzvi from which he quotes Kabbalistic novellae in the first part of the siddur, is an objectionable book whose author, Nechemia Hayun, was a banned Sabbatean. He writes not to believe teachings he quotes from HaTzad Tzvi on leaf 82 and p. 84a, lines 11, 36 and 41. All should be deleted as they originate from a banned apostate. He declares that he wrote and printed them in absolute innocence.
· Bound at the end of the book is a (folded) leaf which was printed approximately a year earlier. The leaf, printed on both sides, bears the (printed) signature of R. Elisha Havilio and announces his intention to print this siddur, describing the advantages of the siddur, and listing additional works he intends to print (Pat Lechem, Hamon Chogeg, Shifat Revivim. These works were later printed in Livorno). He requests the public's financial support for these projects. He writes at the end: "I intend with the help of G-d to thereby settle in the Holy City of Jerusalem and publish over there, if G-d grants me life, the other sections for Shabbat, Festivals and High Holidays…". Livorno, Elul, .
, 268,  leaves. 17 cm. Good condition. Stains. Slight worming. Original binding with leather spine, slightly damaged. Folded leaf at the back: Stains. Folding marks. Tear affecting text, repaired. Several words erased.
Beit Tefillah siddur, according to the Italian rite. Livorno, .
Miniature format volume, with original leather binding. Blocked gilt ornamentation to binding. Fine metal clasp.
288 leaves. 9.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Blue edges. Original leather binding, with metal clasp. Minor damage to binding.
Zevach Pesach, Passover Haggadah, with a commentary by R. Yitzchak Abarbanel. [Bistrowitz: Klonymus ben Mordechai Jaffe, 1592].
The only Hebrew book printed in Bistrowitz (Bystrzejowice). The printer, R. Klonymus son of Mordechai Jaffe, printed many books in Lublin. In 1592, a harsh epidemic broke out in Lublin and R. Klonymus was compelled to escape. He settled in Bistrowitz, where he printed this book over the course of two months. When the epidemic abated, he returned to Lublin and continued printing books there. See: C.D. Friedberg, Toldot HaDefus HaIvri B'Polania, Tel Aviv, 1950, p. 52.
Incomplete copy. 3-60,  leaves. Originally: 60,  leaves. Lacking 4 leaves (replaced with photocopies): first two leaves (including title page), leaf  of the 4 unpaginated leaves and the last leaf. Leaves 4-9 bound out of sequence. 19 cm. Fair-good condition. Stains. Tears and worming, repaired (the leaves were professionally restored). Several tears affecting text, replaced with photocopies. Margins trimmed, affecting text on several leaves. New leather binding (with minor damage).
Yaari 25; Otzar HaHaggadot 33.
Map of Eretz Israel, "so that every intelligent person should know the route of the Jews' travels in the desert for forty years, and the length and breadth of the Holy Land, from the Egyptian Nile until Damascus and from the Arnon river until the Mediterranean Sea, and the portion of land allotted to each tribe…". [Copper-engraving, from a Passover Haggadah, Amsterdam: Solomon Proops, 1712].
A "Table of desert travels" (containing a list of the places the Jews encamped), a depiction of Eretz Israel as a land flowing with milk and honey, a Sukkah and various other illustrated verses, appear below the map.
The map, created by Avraham ben Yaakov Hagar (his printed signature "Avraham bar Yaakov" appears at the bottom of the plate), was first printed several years earlier - in a Passover Haggadah, Amsterdam 1695. In this map, the year was changed in the title to 1712.
48X26.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Marginal tears and open tears (with minimal damage to the map), repaired. The map is pasted onto thin, acid-free paper. Creases. Mounted on a passe-partout.
Birkat HaMazon, according to the German and Polish rites, with Passover Haggadah and Yiddish translation in Tsene-rene typeface. Fürth, . The title page states: "In Amsterdam typeface".
37 [i.e. 39] leaves. 20.5 cm. Fair condition. Leaves slightly darkened. Stains and wear. Creases. Detached leaves. Old binding, worn and detached, without spine.
Otzar HaHaggadot 299.
Sephardi rite Passover Haggadah. London, 1813.
Passover Haggadah according to the Sephardi rite, including engraved plates with illustrations and maps of Eretz Israel and the Sea of Reeds (the illustrations and maps do not appear in all copies). Hebrew and Spanish, on facing pages.
, 19 leaves,  illustration plates,  maps. 23 cm. Fair-poor condition. Stains and wear, dampstains, large marginal tears affecting text, repaired in some places. Wear, large tears and dampness damage to the illustrations and maps. Most of the illustration plates were bound at the end of the book, between the two maps (which were intended to be folded). Old binding, damaged.
Yaari 381; Otzar HaHaggadot 544.
Passover Haggadah, Ashkenazic rite, with commentaries and novellae by the Abarbanel and R. Shimshon of Ostropol. [Kopys, 1826].
The laws and the "sufficient simple commentary" were printed mainly according to the "Tefillat Nehora HaShalem" siddur (Vilna, 1825) - "Passover Haggadah with all the laws and customs… with sufficient simple commentary gathered and anthologized from all the Haggadah commentators, as found in the Tefillat Nehora HaShalem siddur, as well as wondrous novellae from the holy kabbalist R. Shimshon of Ostropol… novellae from R. Yitzchak Abarbanel, from the author of Maaseh Hashem, and from Chevel Bnei Yehuda". Several paragraphs of laws and customs are copied from the Siddur HaRav of the Baal HaTanya, which was also printed in Kopys.
Many handwritten marginal notes (Ashkenazic Rashi script), including laws, customs, Kavanot and commentaries (the author notes that his customs are different from those of the Perushim - the disciples of the Vilna Gaon; apparently, he hailed from a different community).
,  leaves. 22 cm. Fair condition. Extensive damage to text, repaired. Stains and wear. New elaborate leather binding.
Yaari 477; Otzar HaHaggadot 667.
Eight Passover Haggadahs, printed in the 19th century:
1. Haggadah Shel Pesach, with the commentaries of the Abarbanel, Sefer HaAkeidah and the Olelot Efraim, and with Yiddish translation. Fürth, . Yaari 325; Otzar HaHaggadot 474. Signature on the title page: "R. Avraham Man".
2. Seder HaHaggadah LeLeil Shimurim, with the Rashbatz commentary and Yiddish translation. Sulzbach, 1833. Yaari 525; Otzar HaHaggadot 728. Two leaves were added at the end of the Haggadah with the German translation of Echad Mi Yode'a and Chad Gadya. These two extra leaves are listed in the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book according to a private copy.
3. Seder Haggadah Shel Pesach, with Yiddish translation and the Tzli Aish commentary. Sulzbach, 1833. Yaari 532; Otzar HaHaggadot 736.
4. Seder Marbeh LeSaper - Passover Haggadah, with Yiddish translation, by Moshe Landau. Prague, 1837. Yaari 565; Otzar HaHaggadot 782.
5. Haggadah Shel Pesach, with the Geulat Yisrael commentary, by R. Moshe of Działoszyn. Vienna, 1855. Yaari 740; Otzar HaHaggadot 996.
6-7. Haggadah Shel Pesach, with German translation. Fürth, 1863. Yaari 884; Otzar HaHaggadot 1191. Two copies.
8. Seder HaHaggadah LeLeil Shimurim, translated to Yiddish by Binyamin Wolf Heidenheim. Rödelheim, 1894. Yaari 1444; Otzar HaHaggadot 1933. With illustrations.
Eight Haggadahs. Size and condition vary.
Facsimile - Prague Passover Haggadah, 1526. New York: Soncin Publishing, 1979. Copy no. 20 out of a limited edition of 35 parchment copies.
Near the copy number, in Stam script: "Special copy printed for Dr. I. Mehlman".
Elaborate facsimile edition of a Haggadah printed in Prague by Gershom son of Solomon HaKohen, 1527, printed on parchment, leather-bound. Placed in original cardboard casing.
 leaves. 34 cm. Good condition. Minor damage to the binding and cardboard casing.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.
Rothschild Haggadah. Elaborate facsimile on special paper, published by Facsimile Editions and the Israel Museum. Including a commentary volume in English. London-Jerusalem, 2000. Copy LXXXI/CL. Limited edition of 550 copies (150 copies were numbered in Roman numerals).
Facsimile of a Passover Haggadah illustrated manuscript, from the "Rothschild Miscellany", an elaborate manuscript from North Italy, commissioned by Moshe son of Yekutiel HaKohen in 1479, and considered most lavish amongst Hebrew manuscripts. Complemented with color illustrations, including illustrations depicting the preparations for Passover, Matza baking and various biblical scenes.
Facsimile:  leaves; commentary volume: 78,  pages. 21 cm. The two volumes are placed in an original box. Very good condition.
Josua-Rolle, Codex Vaticanus Pal. Graec. 431, published by Akademische druck- u. Verlagsanstalt. Austria, 1983.
Facsimile edition of an illustrated Byzantine manuscript in scroll-form, from the 10th century, based on the original manuscript at the Vatican Library. The manuscript contains about 8 chapters (chapters 2-10) of the beginning of Yehoshua, in early Greek script complemented with color illustrations (biblical events and others) which cover most of the manuscript. The facsimile is designed in the form of scroll; parchment-like paper approx. 10 meters long, consisting of 15 sheets, rolled onto wooden handles. The text and illustrations are on the external side of the scroll.
Copy no. 110 of a limited edition of 700 numbered copies. Placed in a wooden case covered with hard fabric.
Facsimile: approx. 31 cm. Casing: 30X41.5 cm. Good condition. Stains and minor damage to the casing.
Including a commentary volume in German.
Facsimile, Worms Machzor, elaborate manuscript from the 13th century. Austria-Switzerland-Jerusalem, 1985. Including the introductory volume.
Large elaborate facsimile on thick, parchment-like paper. Antique style, leather and metal binding, with clasps. Copy 123/300.
The Machzor, which was written in 1272, served the synagogue of the Worms community for hundreds of years, until the synagogue was destroyed by the Nazis on Kristallnacht, November 1938. The Machzor was rescued by the archivist of Worms, who hid it in the Cathedral. In 1957, the manuscript was transferred to the Jewish National and University Library in Jerusalem.
 leaves. Size of the leaves: 31X39 cm. Very good condition. The facsimile and introductory volume are placed in a fine, fabric coated box. Minor damage to the box.
Enclosed, in a separate folder, are two illustrated facsimile leaves, from the second volume of the manuscript of the Machzor.
Machsor Lipsiae, elaborate facsimile. Published by "Société pour le Commerce Intercontinental Trust Reg.", with the authorization of Edition Leipzig. Vaduz (Liechtenstein), .
High-quality facsimile of the Leipzig Machzor, an illuminated manuscript from the 14th century.
Including a commentary volume in Hebrew, English and German.
Facsimile: , 68 leaves. 52 cm. Commentary volume: 112, 30 pages. 34.5 cm. Very good condition. Fine binding. Boxed. Minor damage to binding and box.
Two Kabbalistic works bound together, with dozens of early Kabbalistic notes:
· Shefa Tal, introductions and fundamentals of Kabbalistic teachings, by R. Shabtai Sheftel Horowitz. [Hanau: Joannis Jacobi Hennei, 1612]. First edition. One of the renowned basic Kabbalistic works. The Chassidic leaders and Ashkenazi Kabbalists quote it in their books and build upon its foundations. The Noam Elimelech refers to it as a holy book.
· Ginat Egoz, introductions and fundamentals of Kabbalistic teachings, by R. Yosef Gikatilla. Hanau: Eliezer ben Chaim and Eliyahu ben Seligman Ullman, . First edition. An early, basic Kabbalistic work. This edition contains the approbation of the Shlah HaKadosh (approbations of the Shlah are rare and were given to very few books).
The book contains dozens of important Kabbalistic notes, in early Ashkenazic script (from the period close to the printing), some of them lengthy. The majority of the notes were written on Shefa Tal, four of them on Ginat Egoz.
The notes contain elaborations, additions, explanations and novellae, and sometimes also difficulties and objections to the words of the author, testifying that the writer was a great, profound and novel Kabbalist. Some of the notes seem to be from a different writer. One of the notes (on p. 25b) ends with: "N.L.Sh." [it seems to me Sh---?]. The notes do not contain any mention or reference to the teachings of the Ari, a fact attesting to how early these notes are.
Traces of early signatures are discernable on the binding remnants: "so says… son of Yosef Segal", "I, Shimo…", "…Yehuda Leib… from the community of…".
On the first leaf: "G-d granted me… Yosef Hil-[?] Bums[la]".
Two books bound together. Shefa Tal: , 87, 89-94 leaves. Missing seven leaves at the beginning of the book, including the title page. Ginat Egoz: 44, 43-58, 58-75 leaves. Mispaginated. Some of the letters on the title page are printed in red ink. 30 cm. Poor condition. Severe worming. Holes and tears affecting text. Significant loss to last leaves, affecting text. Stains and extensive wear. Remnants of binding, disintegrating.
Sefer HaGilgulim, Kabbalistic teachings of the Ari, by R. Chaim Vital. Frankfurt, . First edition.
The book is based on the writings of R. Yaakov Tzemach, and was edited by R. Meir Poppers. During a conference of rabbis of Frankfurt in 1682, a ruling was issued prohibiting the publisher R. David Greenhut to distribute Sefer HaGilgulim "due to the hazard", but the publisher did not heed the warning and published the book in 1684. In his foreword, "The printer's foreword" on the verso of the title page, the publisher condemns the decision to forbid the printing of the book. He supports his claim with various Kabbalah books which were previously printed in Frankfurt with the approbation of prominent Frankfurt rabbis.
The endpapers contain letter drafts and ownership inscriptions in early Ashkenazic handwritings - "This Sefer HaGilgulim belongs to the outstanding young scholar… R. Mordechai".
, 45 leaves. 17 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Some leaves darkened and stained. Original binding with leather spine, worn.
"This is the book of Adam HaRishon given to him by Raziel HaMalach". Kabbalah and segulot. Amsterdam: Moses Mendes Coutinho, . First edition. Many kabbalistic illustrations.
This is the first edition, arranged and printed from manuscripts. This book is the source of many renowned segulot, for remembering what one has learnt, a protection amulet for parturients, etc. Just having this book in the house is a proven segulah for protection from harm and fire, as is written on the title page. Some say that it is a segula for the childless and women experiencing difficult labor.
Damaged and incomplete copy. 18, , 19-44 leaves;  handwritten leaves. (Originally: 18, , 19-45 leaves. Leaf 45 is completely lacking, and was replaced in handwriting over two leaves). Open tears affecting text, with handwritten replacements, to every leaf of the book. Size of tears varies. At the beginning of the book the tears are relatively small, then medium size, and towards the end of the book are several big tears (half the leaf or more). Many of the illustrations and angel seals on the last leaves are missing and were replaced in handwriting. 22 cm. Fair-poor condition. Apart from the tears described above, stains, wear, and marginal tears to the title page repaired with paper. Darkened leaves. Contemporary leather binding with clasp remnants. Damage to the binding.
Zohar, set of three volumes. Amsterdam: Shlomo Proops, .
Volume I: , 251; 2-11 leaves. Volume II: 269, , 1 leaves. Volume III: 115, , 117-299, ; 1-9 leaves. 20 cm. Good condition. Stains. Non-original bindings. Gilt edges.
Mesillat Yesharim, including all topics of ethics and fear of G-d, by R. Moshe Chaim Luzzatto - the Ramchal. [Amsterdam]: Naftali Hertz Rofe, . First edition, printed during the lifetime of the Ramchal by his leading disciples in Amsterdam.
Incomplete copy - four leaves from the proofreaders' introductions and the indices are missing.
Mesillat Yesharim is accepted as a refined, clear summary of all the Ramchal's other works (Derech Hashem, Daat Tevunot, 138 Pitchei Chochma, etc.), written in measured, precise language with great depth of thought. In his introduction to the book Mesillat Yesharim - im Iyunim (with study), R. Yechezkel Sarna mentions a tradition passed down in the name of the Vilna Gaon that until Chapter 11 not one unnecessary word can be found in the book [!]. R. Yerucham of Mir would tell his disciples that "Mesillat Yesharim is based on the Ramchal's more esoteric works on Kabbalah, but he simplified the concepts so as to make them more accessible to us. We imagine that we have a connection to Ramchal's words [but in reality they are deeply esoteric]" (Daat Chochma U'Mussar, 1, p. 249).
The author explains in his introduction that this work was composed to assist in the acquisition of ethical wisdom and fear of G-d, which cannot be acquired by knowledge alone. The purpose of this work is not the innovation of new concepts but rather the constant review and meditation which anchor thoughts inside a man's soul. Indeed, this book has been accepted across the worldwide Jewish population as the primary book of ethical study.
When the Vilna Gaon first received this book he proclaimed that a new light has come down to illuminate the world. Due to his great regard for the book, he paid an entire gold dinar (a high price) for it. Rabbi Y. Meltzen wrote in his introduction to Derech Hashem that he heard Torah scholars say in the name of the Vilna Gaon that if the author was still living, he would travel by foot all the way to Italy to greet him. The Vilna Gaon was accustomed to reviewing the book often.
Chassidic leaders as well understood the great qualities of the book and the holiness of its Kabbalistic author. The Maggid of Kozienice said that all the levels he reached in his youth stemmed from the book Mesillat Yesharim. The holy Rebbe of Apta, author of Ohev Yisrael, and R. Menachem Mendel of Rimanov diligently studied Mesillat Yesharim in depth and had awesome and wonderful things to say about it. The Rebbe of Apta was used to saying that he received his spiritual direction and his education first and foremost from the book Mesillat Yesharim (Sefer HaChassidut, p. 146). Rebbe Nachman of Breslev was accustomed to instruct newcomers to Judaism to study Mesillat Yesharim, and the author of Bnei Yissaschar wrote in in his additions to the book Sur MeRa V’Ase Tov that "this book will quench your thirst and … its words are sweeter than honey". R. Yaakov Yosef of Ostroh writes in his approbation to the book 138 Pitchei Chochma by the Ramchal (Koritz 1785): "The book Mesillat Yesharim, the path the tzaddikim tread, written by …Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto is the Torah which Moshe presented to Israel to understand the words of our Sages and their 'riddles', by its straightforward sayings...". In his introduction to the book, the publisher quotes the words he heard from the Maggid of Mezritch that "his generation was not worthy to understand the righteousness and abstention [of the Ramchal]".
The tzaddik R. Yosef Zundel of Salant told his great disciple R. Yisrael of Salant that upon receiving a farewell blessing when leaving the Volozhin Yeshiva, he asked R. Chaim of Volozhin which mussar book to study. His teacher responded: "All mussar books are good to study, but Mesillat Yesharim should be your guide". Since its first printing in 1740, Mesillat Yesharim has been reprinted in hundreds of editions [!], and until today it remains the primary mussar book in Torah and Chassidic study halls.
, 61 leaves. (Incomplete copy - originally: , 63 leaves. Missing  leaves from the proofreaders' introductions, and two leaves from the indices at the end of the volume.) 15.5 cm. Fair condition. Stains and wear. Worming to the text. (The book has been professionally restored with paper). The title page contains the signature: "Refael David Tevel Halevi". New handsome vellum binding.
Four Kabbalah books printed in Jerusalem, some containing signatures and notes:
· Shaar HaHakdamot, by R. Chaim Vital. Jerusalem: R. Yisrael Bak,  (Sh. HaLevi, no. 117). Kabbalistic notes in Oriental script (by two writers?).
· Shaar Ruach HaKodesh, by R. Chaim Vital. Jerusalem: R. Yitzchak Giustiniani of Warsaw, 1874 (Sh. HaLevi, no. 227). A signature appears on the title page: "Jihan Baruch son of R. Avraham Jihan".
· Shemen Sasson, Part III, commentary on Pri Etz Chaim and Shaar HaKavanot, by R. Sasson Perciado. Jerusalem, 1885 (Sh. HaLevi, no. 532).
· Shelom Yerushalayim, commentary on the writings of R. Chaim Vital, by R. Shalom Mizrachi-Adani. Jerusalem: Abraham Moses Luncz, . A handwritten leaf was found amongst the pages of the book, in (penciled) Oriental script, containing a passage of homiletics.
4 books. Varying size and condition. Overall good condition.
Sefer Yetzira with five commentaries, including the commentary by R. Eliyahu of Vilna (the Gaon of Vilna), printed here for the first time. Grodno, 1806.
First edition of the Vilna Gaon's commentary. Includes Kabbalistic sketches. This is the first Kabbalistic book of the Vilna Gaon's teaching to be printed. Published by his renowned disciple R. Menachem Mendel of Shklow, who later immigrated to Eretz Israel and founded the Ashkenazi settlement in Jerusalem.
An inscription in large letters appears in the margin of p. [23b]: "A gift from the great luminary of Neustadt, son of the brother of the holy R. Eliyahu of Vilna".
R. Eliyahu, Rabbi of Neustadt-Sugind (Žemaičių Naumiestis), was the nephew of the Gaon of Vilna. His father was R. Avraham, author of Maalot HaTorah, brother of the Gaon of Vilna.
12, , 42,  leaves. 19.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Pages trimmed on text border, slightly affecting the titles and the edge of the text on several leaves. New binding.
Vinograd, Otzar Sifrei HaGra 682.
Year-round prayers, with Kavanot HaAri, part I - weekday prayers, arranged by R. Asher Margolies of Medzhybizh and Brody. [Lviv: Shlomo Yarish Rappoport, 1787]. First edition.
The prayers in this siddur are according to Nusach Sefard, with the Ari's corrections to the text of the prayers, and his abridged Kavanot.
The siddur in this format was arranged by the scholars and kabbalists of the Brody Kloiz, and was first printed in Zhovkva in 1781. The text and Kavanot in that edition were printed based on books of Chassidic teachings, and Pri Etz Chaim (still in manuscript form at that time). In the present edition of the siddur, mistakes which crept into the Zhovkva edition were corrected, and additions were inserted according to other books based on the Ari's writings: Etz Chaim, Sefer HaYichudim, Machberet HaKodesh, and from "the siddur of the great kabbalist and chassid R. Shabtai of Rașcov", disciple of the Baal Shem Tov (which was still in manuscript form).
This siddur was arranged by R. Asher son of R. Shlomo Zalman Margolies of Medzhybizh and Brody, a scholar of the Brody Kloiz, close disciple of "the great and prominent kabbalist, R. Chaim Sanzer of Brody… from whom I learnt much, particularly in this awesome and true wisdom" (from R. Asher's preface to his siddur). The siddur bears the approbations of the scholars of the Brody Kloiz, in addition to the approbation of R. Yissachar Dov, Rabbi of Zolochiv, a leading Chassidic figure.
Imrei Pinchas HaShalem (1, pp. 223-224) states: "their siddurim (of the disciples of the Baal Shem Tov) were the Arizal's siddur printed in Lviv (this edition), and they did not wish to pray from any other siddur, since the Rav (R. Pinchas of Korets) prayed from this siddur and held it in high regard… and when this siddur was printed, they grabbed it like a precious stone and greatly treasured it". From when R. Asher's siddur was printed, R. Pinchas of Korets would pray only from it. The Sar Beit HaZohar, R. Tzvi Hirsh of Zidichov (Zhydachiv), and the Rebbes descending from him, likewise prayed from this siddur and even adorned it with their notes. R. Yaakov Shimon, son of R. Pinchas of Korets, said: "One should only pray from the Lviv edition of the Arizal's siddur, or in the siddur of R. Shabtai, and not from other versions of more recent siddurim".
An ownership inscription extends along the top of the first few leaves: "Belongs to the wise, prominent and revered… R. Chaim…". A signature appears on the last leaf: "Chaim…". The book contains a few (faded) notes in early Ashkenazic script.
 leaves. Lacking title page (replaced with the title page of a different siddur, from an unidentified edition). 17 cm. Overall fair condition. Several leaves in poor condition. Stains and wear. Large tears to the bottom margin of many leaves, some affecting text. Leaf  detached. Without binding.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 414.
The printing press of R. Shlomo Yarish Rappoport also notably published the holy book Noam Elimelech in 1788, and its workers were reputedly holy men of the 36 hidden righteous people of the generation (see: R. B. Landau, R. Elimelech M'Lizhensk, Jerusalem, 1963, p. 311, who quotes an oral tradition [in the name of R. Moshe Halberstam], on the unique qualities of R. Shlomo Yarish's edition of the Noam Elimelech, which "was printed by G-d fearing workers, who worked in sanctity and purity, and some were of the 36 hidden righteous ones upon which the world stands").
Arizal Siddur Kol Yaakov, part I, weekday prayers, with homilies and Kavanot of the Arizal, by the Kabbalist R. Yaakov Koppel Lifshitz of Mezeritch (Velyki Mezhyrichi). Part I, for weekdays. [Slavita]: R. Dov Ber Segal and R. Dov Ber son of R. Pesach, . First edition.
Siddur with commentaries, Kavanot, laws and customs, according to Kabbalistic teachings.
Many of the foremost Chassidic leaders prayed regularly from this siddur, retaining it continually on their table, including the Maggid of Kozhnitz (Kozienice), the maggid R. Mordechai of Chernobyl, the Arvei Nachal and R. Avraham of Tshechnov (Ciechanów). Some of them even wrote notes in the margins of the siddur. R. Asher Tzvi of Ostroh writes in his approbation to the siddur: "I have heard that the holy Baal Shem Tov saw this siddur and deemed it fit".
The Kabbalist R. Yaakov Koppel of Mezeritch also composed the Kabbalistic work Shaarei Gan Eden (Korets, 1803). The title page of the latter states that a reliable source related how this siddur was brought before the Arizal, he read a few verses from it, hugged and kissed it, expressing great reverence for it. The scholars of Mezeritch likewise write in their approbations of the veneration the Baal Shem Tov displayed for this siddur. R. Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev (Berdychiv) praises the author in his approbation: "He is already renowned amongst the Jewish people as a reliable Kabbalist, who's words all emanate from Divine Inspiration".
R. Yaakov Koppel's books are adapted and edited compilations of the writings of the Remak, R. Chaim Vital and R. Yisrael Sarug, with the addition of his own novellae.
This copy contains several brief notes, in early Ashkenazic script.
Incomplete copy. 5-146 leaves. Lacking 10 leaves at the beginning of the book, including the title page. Several leaves bound out of sequence. 20 cm. Fair condition. Some greenish leaves. Stains and wear. Worming affecting text. Large open tears to several leaves, affecting text. All the leaves were professionally restored. New binding.
Machzor for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, according to the rite of Poland, Bohemia, Moravia, Lithuania and Belarus (Nusach Ashkenaz). Slavita: R. Shmuel Avraham Shapira son of the rabbi of Slavita, .
The Machzor earned approbations from R. Yitzchak Isaac, Rabbi of the new town of Berdychiv; R. Efraim, Dayan in Sudylkiv and R. Shlomo, Dayan of Polonne. These approbations, written in 1825, mention R. Moshe Shapira Rabbi of Slavita as the one who requested the approbations of this edition.
"With commentaries in Hebrew and Yiddish, adapted to the language spoken amongst us" (Ivri-Teitsh, Yiddish adapted to the Russian-Polish dialect of the start of the 19th century).
, 1, 4-163 leaves (lacking two leaves: 2-3), 25 cm. Greenish paper. Condition varies, good-fair. Wear. Stains. Tears and repairs. Open tears to leaves 38-39, with loss to the text of the Yiddish translation. Old binding (non-original), with leather spine.
Ein Yaakov (Katnot Or), Talmudic Aggadot. Three parts, Brachot-Nida. Slavita: R. Dov Ber son of R. Yisrael and R. Dov Ber son of R. Pesach, .
Approbations by: R. Aryeh Leib of Volochysk, R. Yisrael Auerbach posek of Rivne, and the rabbis of Ostroh, who allude in their approbation to the true owner of the printing press: "In the printing press of the honorable owner of the printing press of the Slavita community" (referring to the rabbi of the town, R. Moshe Shapira, who in that period was for certain reasons prohibited from mentioning his name on title pages, therefore only his partners, R. Dov Ber son of R. Yisrael and R. Dov Ber son of R. Pesach are mentioned).
Signature and stamps of R. Mordechai Reichenfeld (served as rabbi of Jánosháza, Hungary from 1852, died ca. 1901. He was the son of R. Yehoshua Pupa-Reichenfeld, a dayan in Eisenstadt, and disciple of the Chatam Sofer. R. Mordechai was the son-in-law of R. Pinchas Leib Frieden Rabbi of Komárno [1802-1873], and father-in-law of R. Zev Wolf Kahana Rabbi of Csorna).
3 volumes: , 285 leaves; 144, 147-150, 128, 22 leaves; 109, 36, 46, 24, 113,  leaves. 20 cm. Greenish paper. Good-fair condition, wear and stains. Mold stains to the first leaves of vol. I. Uniform set with original bindings, worn, with fine leather spines and colored edges.
Nusach Sefard siddur, Tikunei Shabbat with Derech HaChaim, two parts. Zhitomir: R. Chanina Lipa and R. Yehoshua Heshel Shapira, 1857.
Two title pages at the beginning of Part I, and an additional title page for Part II. Siddur of R. Moshe of Działoszyn (according to the 1827 Warsaw edition and the 1842 Józefów edition).
Ownership inscriptions on the first two title pages.
, 428 pages; , 248 pages. Approx. 20 cm. Good condition. Stains, dark stains and dampstains to several leaves. Wide lower margins (repairs to margins of a few leaves). New leather binding.
Exceptionally rare siddur. The few copies known worldwide are missing the title pages at the beginning of the book (see Bibliography of the Hebrew Book, no. 0311620).
Machzor for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, part I, according to the rite of Belarus, Lithuania, Poland, Bohemia and Moravia [Nusach Ashkenaz], with "commentary in the Holy Tongue" and Yiddish translation. Zhitomir: R. Chanina Lipa and R. Yehoshua Heshel Shapira, grandsons of the rabbi of Slavita, 1859.
The name of the book and place of printing were printed in red ink.
6, 5-164 leaves. 27 cm. Slightly darkened paper. Fair condition. Stains and wear. Dampstains. Worming to many leaves, affecting text. Minor marginal tears to the last leaves, with repairs to the last leaf. New binding.
Rare edition not listed in the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book. Only part II of the Machzor, for the Three Festivals, appears in the NLI catalog and in Otzar HaSefer HaIvri of Vinograd-Rosenfeld.
Seder Selichot, according to the rite of Lesser and Greater Poland. Includes Selichot for Yom Kippur eve and Yom Kippur. Zhitomir: R. Chanina Lipa and R. Yehoshua Heshel Shapira, grandsons of the rabbi of Slavita, 1859.
Ownership inscriptions, handwritten in Hebrew and Russian: "This Mechilah belongs to… the wealthy R. Hertz…".
32, 29-44, 49-182 pages. 20.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Slight worming. Tears. Open tears to two leaves affecting text. Title page and another leaf detached. Back cover detached, without front cover.
Or LaYesharim Siddur, part II, Nusach Sefard. Zhitomir: R. Avraham Shalom Shadov, 1869.
Prayers for the Festivals, Selichot and Passover Haggadah, with the Keter Nehora commentary, by R. Aharon HaKohen of Żelechów; Derech HaChaim, by R. Yaakov of Lissa (Leszno); and with "a compilation on topics of ethics and spiritual awakening, selected from new and old books".
, 206-234, 242-289 leaves. (Originally 206-352 leaves). Lacking leaves 235-241, 290-352. Altogether lacking 69 leaves. 20.5 cm. Fair condition. Wine stains (at the beginning of the Passover Haggadah). Tears, not affecting text. Worming. Repairs to several leaves. Old binding.
Tikunei Zohar. Zhitomir: R. Chanina Lipa and R. Yehoshua Heshel Shapira, grandsons of the Rabbi of Slavita, 1865.
, 182 leaves. 22 cm. Good condition. Stains. Owners' stamps. Original ornamented leather binding, with damage. Lacking spine.
Sefer HaZohar and Tikunei HaZohar, printed by the Chassidic leaders R. Shlomo of Lutsk and R. Shimon Ashkenazi, disciples of the Maggid of Mezeritch:
· Zohar on the Torah, by R. Shimon bar Yochai. Korets: Tzvi Hirsh son of Aryeh Leib [Margolies] and son-in-law Shmuel son of Yissachar Ber Segal, . Two volumes.
Two volumes. Vol. I: Part I on Bereshit. Vol. II: Part III-IV on VaYikra through Devarim. Part II on Shemot is missing.
· Tikunei Zohar. Korets: Tzvi Hirsh son of Aryeh Leib [Margolies] and son-in-law Shmuel son of Yissachar Ber Segal, .
The book was printed according to the Ortakoy edition, 1719, with notes by R. Chaim and R. Shmuel Vital, R. Chaim Alfandari and R. Yaakov Tzemach.
3 books. Approx. 20 cm. Condition varies. Stains. Mold stains to some of the volumes.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.
Mishnayot Tractate Brachot with Moreh Tzedek Commentary – Lviv, 1783 – Bibliographically Unknown Work – Approbations of the Rabbis of Podolia, Including R. Meir Margolies Rabbi of Ostroh and Disciple of the Baal Shem Tov, and R. Shlomo Heilpern Rabbi of Bar / Gevulat Binyamin – Lviv, 1789 – First Edition / Tochelet Tzadikim – Lviv, 1794 – Only Edition
Three books bound together:
· Mishnayot Tractate Brachot with the commentaries of R. Ovadia of Bartenura and Moreh Tzedek, by R. Yosef Magid Meisharim of Kamianka. Lviv, . Only edition, bibliographically unknown.
The Moreh Tzedek commentary is a digest of the teachings of the Rosh and the Tur for practical halachic use following the sequence of the Mishna. Five approbations by rabbis of Podolia are printed at the beginning of the book: R. Meir Margolies, Rabbi of Ostroh and author of Meir Netivim, one of the foremost disciples of the Baal Shem Tov; R. Shlomo [Yitzchak] Heilprin, Rabbi of Bar and Ternopil, an admirer of the Baal Shem Tov (see enclosed material); R. Tzvi Hirsh Meisels Rabbi of Zhovkva; R. Natan of Nemyriv; and R. Yosef Yoske Rabbi of Pidkamin.
The author, the Kabbalist R. Yosef son of R. Tzvi Hirsh, was a preacher and orator in Kamianka, Lviv, and composed several additional books: Moreh Tzedek on Tractate Shabbat (Zhovkva, 1781); Rimonei Zahav on the Parshiot of the Torah (Lviv, 1783); Meshivat Nafesh on several Psalms and on Song of Songs (Lviv, 1786). It appears, from the approbations, that he published a commentary on Tractate Avot as well, but no such printing is known today. Not much information is known about the author, possibly he was close to Chassidism. He brings at the end of his preface a Chassidic allusion attributed to Rebbe Zusha of Anipoli: "It is worth noting why Rabbenu HaKadosh began with the word MeEimatai; it seems to be insinuating that a person should not learn with lightheartedness, but with awe and trembling, just as the Torah was given with awe and fear". In his prefaces to the book, the author sharply attacks the rabbis and community leaders of his generation "who don't watch their flock sufficiently, to stave off bad wolves who tear the skin off their flesh…".
Bound before this book:
· Gevulat Binyamin - novellae on the Parshiot of the Torah; Aggadot of Rabba bar bar Chana; homilies on the Passover Haggadah. By R. Simcha HaKohen Rapaport. Lviv, . First edition.
· Tochelet Tzadikim, explanations on R. Pinchas ben Yair's list of attributes, by R. Azriel Margelisa. Lviv, 1794. Only edition.
Signature on the title page of the first book: "Avraham…".
3 books in one volume. , 20,  leves; 32, ; 13,  leaves; , 18 leaves. Leaves 3-4 of Tochelet Tzadikim were bound before its title page. Last leaf of Tochelet Tzadikim missing. 22 cm. Condition varies, overall good condition. Stains and wear. Repaired open tears to upper margins of title page and first leaves of Gevulat Binyamin, affecting text. Many
darkened and stained leaves at the beginning of Gevulat Binyamin. Worming to Tochelet Tzadikim. Old binding. Tears to upper edges of the front cover.
Sifrei HaLevushim by R. Mordechai Yaffe. Berdychiv: R. Yisrael Bak (disciple of R. Levi Yitzchak of Berdychiv and R. Yisrael of Ruzhin), [1818-1821].
Three out of four volumes: Levush HaTechelet and Levush HaChur on Orach Chaim, with the Eliyahu Zuta commentary by R. Eliyahu Rabbi of Tiktin (Tykocin); Levush Ateret Zahav on Yoreh De'ah, with the Chagurat Shmuel commentary by R. Shmuel of Lanzburg; Levush Ir Shushan on Choshen Mishpat.
This edition was printed with the approbations of great Chassidic leaders: the Ohev Yisrael of Apta (Opatów), R. Mordechai of Chernobyl, R. Avraham Dov of Chmielnik and R. Yisrael of Pików.
Signatures and stamps on the title pages of each volume: "Chaim Yaakov HaKohen son of Yehuda Dov of Iași, here Safed", "Chaim Yaakov HaKohen Feinstein, emissary from Jerusalem" [R. Chaim Yaakov HaKohen Feinstein was a resident of Safed and Jerusalem, emissary and Torah scholar. He travelled three times between 1866-1887 as emissary for Kollel HaChassidim of Safed, reaching as far as Saana in Yemen and Cochin in India. During his stay in Cochin, seeing that even religious Jews travelled by train on Shabbat, he composed his book Imrei Shabbat (Calcutta, 1874) about the prohibition involved. He also authored Torat Imecha (Calcutta, 1886) censuring the Jews of India for some inappropriate practices which prevailed in their area, and a booklet Mashbit Milchamot (printed at the end of Imrei Shabbat, Krakow 1889 edition) about the Jewish status of the black Jews in Cochin].
Three volumes. Orach Chaim volume: 64; , 65-200 leaves. Yoreh De'ah volume: 180 leaves. Choshen Mishpat volume: 180 [i.e. 158] leaves. Mispaginated. 33 cm. Good condition. Stains. Repaired tear to the title page of Yoreh De'ah, affecting text. Some of the leaves are bluish. Some letters on the title pages are printed in red ink. Early, fine leather bindings with ornamentation.
Amudei Gola, Sefer Mitzvot Katan (Semak) by R. Yitzchak (Isaac) of Corbeil. Liadi, . Approbations by R. Baruch of Liadi (Ba'al HaTanya) and R. Chanoch Henich Shick of Shklov. This is one of the few approbations of the Ba'al HaTanya which has seen print.
, 2-117, 116-117 leaves. 21 cm. Blue and greenish paper. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear, worming (repaired with paper). Repaired damages in the middle of the text on the last two leaves. New elaborate binding, with a leather spine.
This is the only Hebrew book printed in Liadi, the Ba'al HaTanya's town. See more about the Liadi printing house in Friedberg's book - Toldot HaDfus HaIvri B'Polania [History of Jewish Printing in Poland], p. 137.
Ohr HaMeir, homilies and allusions on the Torah, the Megillot and Festivals, according to Chassidic and Kabbalistic teachings, by Rebbe Ze'ev Wolf of Zhitomir. [Korets, ca. 1810]. Second edition.
260 leaves (title page and approbations are missing. Originally: , 260 leaves). 20.5 cm. Blueish paper. Fair condition. Many stains. Wear to some of the leaves. Worming affecting the text, some repaired with adhesive paper strips. Tear to the last leaf, slightly affecting the text. New binding, with cloth spine.
This work was printed between 1798-1810 in several similar editions, occasionally with variants. See: A. Tauber, Bibliographic Studies, pp. 36-39; Y. Yudlov, Ginzei Israel, no. 1140; Stefansky Chassidut, nos. 25/26.
Sidduro Shel Shabbat, Parts I & II, regarding the holiness of Shabbat according to Kabbalistic and Chassidic teachings, and Halachic responsa, by Rebbe Chaim of Czernowitz (Chernivtsi). Mogilev, . First edition.
The author: Rebbe Chaim Tyrer of Czernowitz (ca. 1740-1818) was a Chassidic leader, disciple of the Maggid of Zolochiv, and served as rabbi of Mogilev, Botoşani, Kishinev (Chișinău) and Czernowitz. He had the reputation of a holy man, and wondrous tales about him abound. According to Chassidic tradition, after his immersion before Shabbat, his form would allegedly change and he would grow taller by a handbreadth. Near the end of his life, he immigrated to Eretz Israel and settled in Safed in 1813, where he composed Shaar HaTefilla and was later buried. His fundamental works Sidduro shel Shabbat, Shaar HaTefilla and Be'er Mayim Chaim are unique for their clarity and conviction, as well as the enthusiastic Chassidic emotion which they exude. His books were disseminated and published in many editions and are considered foundations of Chassidic teachings.
This book is the only one printed in the lifetime of the author, before he travelled to Eretz Israel. The book was accepted as a basic Chassidic work, and until today lectures based on it are presented regularly. Chassidim of all times had regular classes on it in preparation for Shabbat, as the author writes in his preface.
This book became well-known and accepted as soon as it was published. R. Mordechai of Kremenets (son of the Maggid of Zolochiv) writes in his approbation for Shaar HaTefilla: "And he already has a reputation from his book Sidduro shel Shabbat, an awesome volume…, whoever studies it enjoys it immensely". R. Yehoshua of Ostrów praised the book: "The holy words of Rabbeinu entice every single Jew to serve G-d" (Or Yekarot by R. Sh. Ch. Porush, II, 175).
The title pages and margins of the books contain many signatures handwritten by R. Yechiel Zev Rabbi of Tyczyn and his father R. Dov Berish Rabbi of Santov (Abaújszántó), and additional signatures. The front endpaper contains a long list of Torah thoughts on Parashat Toldot, handwritten and signed by R. Yechiel Rabbi of Tyczyn, entitled: "Torah thoughts by my father R. Dov Berish". The list is signed and dated at the end: "The words of one who writes with a broken heart, today Wednesday, VaYetze, Kislev 9 [November 17, 1847], Yechiel Zev son of R. Dov Berish, here in Tyczyn".
R. Yechiel Michel Zev Darlich (1810-1888) served as rabbi of Tyczyn (Galicia) for around fifty years. Regarding him and his family, see: Encyclopedia of Chachmei Galicia (I, pp. 839-840). This encyclopedia does not make any mention of his father R. Dov Berish Rabbi of Santov.
Tyczyn was a prominent Chassidic town in Galicia, Rzeszów and Tarnów region. The cemetery of this town hosts the grave of R. Eliezer Lipman father of R. Elimelech of Lizhensk and R. Zusha of Anipoli, who lived in one of the villages near Tyczyn.
, 70, 70-108; , 2-12 leaves; 64 leaves. Copy lacking 3 leaves (title page of part I, first leaf of the preface and last leaf of part I with "Words of the copyist and editor" and errata. Originally: , 70, 70-108,  leaves; , 2-12, 64 leaves). 19.5 cm, greenish paper. Wide margins. Condition varies - good-fair. Wear and stains. Slight worming. Torn binding, missing one board.
The four leaves at the end of part II (conclusion and indexes) are very scarce, and do not appear in many copies.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 422.
Sefer Shaar Hatefillah regarding prayer by Rebbe Chaim of Chernivtsi, author of "Be'er Mayim Chayim" and "Sidduro shel Shabbat". [Sudylkiv]: Zvi Zev Rubinstein, 1825. First edition.
In the introduction, the "scribe" states that this book was written in Eretz Israel when the author immigrated there after the printing and dissemination of his first books "Sidduro shel Shabbat" and "Be'er Mayim Chaim" in most cities and countries. He testifies to the words of the holy author, who stated that Sha'ar Hatefillah (lit. gateway to prayer) has the power to hasten the redemption: "…after he composed his previous works he decided to leave his homeland and immigrate to the Holy Land, and there focus entirely on Torah study and service of G-d. In his great holiness he composed this work… The author also praised his own work in these words: I am certain that when this book is publicized in the world it will hasten the redemption…"
The end of the volume printed, for the first time, the author's well known responsum regarding the recitation of "Leshem Yichud", in which he rebuts the opinion of the "Nodah B’Yehuda", who criticized its recital. (According to the listing in the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book, this responsum was printed at the beginning of the book. In this copy, however, it is at the end of the volume).
Rebbe Chaim Tyrer of Czernowitz (ca. 1740-1818) was a Chassidic leader, disciple of the Maggid of Zolochiv, and served as rabbi of Mogilev, Botoşani, Kishinev (Chișinău) and Czernowitz. He had the reputation of a holy man, and wondrous tales about him abound. According to Chassidic tradition, after his immersion before Shabbat, his form would allegedly change and he would grow taller by a handbreadth. Near the end of his life, he immigrated to Eretz Israel and settled in Safed in 1813, where he composed Shaar HaTefilla and was later buried. His fundamental works Sidduro shel Shabbat, Shaar HaTefilla and Be'er Mayim Chaim are unique for their clarity and conviction, as well as the enthusiastic Chassidic emotion which they exude. His books were disseminated and published in many editions and are considered foundations of Chassidic teachings.
The title page contains an early ownership signature: "Yaakov Kunstler of Chern[ivtsi]".
, 102, 113-115; 3-10 leaves. 19.5 cm. Blueish-greenish paper. Good to good-fair condition. The first and last leaves contain worming damage, professionally restored with paper. Stains. New elaborate leather binding.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 538. The volume was printed in Sudylkiv. The title page contains the word "Mohyliv" in large letters, but this is intentionally misleading, for the fine print explains that the book was printed in Sudylkiv on the printing press of Tzvi Zev Rabin-Stein, "formerly printer in Mohyliv"(see: A. Yaari, Hebrew Printing in Mohyliv-on-the-Dniester, Kiryat Sefer, 23, p. 312).
Sefer Ahavat Shalom, Chassidic discourses on the weekly Torah portion, by Rebbe Menachem Mendel Hager of Kosiv - founder of the Vizhnitz and Kosiv Chassidic dynasties. Lviv, . First edition.
Rebbe Menachem Mendel Hager (1768-1826, Encyclopedia L'Chassidut, II, 98), was the son of R. Yaakov Koppel Chassid, cantor in the beit Knesset of the Baal Shem Tov and member of his inner circle of disciples. He was the disciple of the early Chassidic masters R. Elimelech of Lizhensk and R. Tzvi Hirsch of Nadvorna. In 1802, after the passing of R. Tzvi Hirsch of Nadvorna, he began to lead his own community.
In the introduction, the author’s son-in-law, R. Gershon of Rodzol, writes that much of his father-in-law’s teachings are focused on three matters: "The holiness of Shabbat… giving charity… and Shemirat Habrit…". This book was written by his disciple R. Chaim Nata of Leoncin, who writes in his introduction: "I heard these teachings from him on Friday nights and during the Shabbat morning meal, as well as when he would take leave of his visitors while discussing halacha, as well as bits and pieces that I heard during Seuda Shlishit… and I elaborated on these thoughts in my own words…when I was unsure of the proper intent… I intentionally used language which is open to interpretation, and each reader can use his own judgement…".
The title page contains the ownership stamp: "Yaakov Shmukler, rabbi of Botoshun" [rabbi of Botosani during 1940-1964, and son-in-law of Rebbe Eliezer Zev Marilus].
, 130 leaves. Final page is missing (originally: , 131 leaves). Leaf 130 is torn on the upper margin, with damage to text. 23.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Early binding with leather spine; damaged.
Stefansky Chassidut no. 18. The title page states that the volume was published in Lviv, 1802, but this is a forgery. See: Avraham Yaari, The Printing Press of Rabbanit Yehudit Rosanes in Lviv, Kiryat Sefer (17, 1940, p. 107).
Sefer Meor Einayim - 2 sections, Chassidic homilies on the Torah and Talmudic aggadah (stories) by Rebbe Menachem Nachum of Chernobyl. [Sudylkiv, ca. 1830].
Ownership inscription on the front endpaper: "This volume belongs to the great R. Pesach Mordechai Ashkenazi, the wise and learned in all his ways, may G-d be with him and spread His canopy of peace over him".
Signatures on the title page and page 44: "Shmaryah Shmeril son of the deceased Menashe Yosef---".
108; 22 leaves. 21 cm. Blueish paper. Good condition. Stains and wear. Tears to the title page and a few other leaves, not affecting text. Slight worming. Creases to the corners of the pages. Old binding with leather spine. Much wear and damage to binding.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 312.
Likutei Moharan, by R. Nachman of Breslov. [Lemberg or Zhokvka, ca. 1850].
The title page contains ownership inscriptions: "This Likutei Moharan belongs to my father the great Torah scholar R. Aharon David Deutsch, rabbi of the esteemed community of Yarmat (Balassagyarmat). His disciple Yehoshua…"; and a faded stamp of his son R. Yosef Yisrael Deutsch. On the front endpaper and on the verso of the title page, stamps of his grandson R. "Chaim Aharon David Deutsch son of R. Yosef Yisrael Deutsch Rabbi of Yarmat".
R. Aharon David Deutsch (1813-1878), author of Goren David, was a close disciple of the Chatam Sofer, who praised his fear of G-d and the power of his prayers. On another occasion, the Chatam Sofer pronounced R. Aharon David ready to merit the World to Come. The Ktav Sofer would greet him in Shabbat attire whenever he visited Pressburg. He served as rabbi of Sebeș from 1846, and from 1851, served in the Balassagyarmat rabbinate for 27 years (see HaChatam Sofer V'Talmidav, pp. 49-52). His son R. Yosef Yisrael Deutsch (1845-1927), author of Ben Gorni and disciple of the Ktav Sofer, served as rabbi of Szendrő and succeeded his father from 1878 in the Balassagyarmat rabbinate. His grandson R. Chaim Aharon David succeeded them as rabbi of Balassagyarmat.
, 81; , 29 leaves. The last leaf appears twice. 22 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Worming. Tears and wear to the title page, repaired with paper. Old binding. The front cover and spine are partially detached.
Segulah book - In Chayei Moharan (section 355), R. Nathan of Breslov quotes his teacher R. Nachman, who stated that even just having his books in the house is of great benefit, especially for safeguarding one's wealth.
Three important books on Kabbalah and Chassidism, bound together:
· Tanya, Likutei Amarim, by Rebbe Shneur Zalman of Liadi. Iași, 1843. Approbation by R. Meshulam Zusil of Anipoli and other approbations from the Slavita printing press. This is the first edition to contain the approbation of Rebbe Yosef Landau Rabbi of Iași.
Signatures of R. Yaakov Eliyahu Kahana-Shapira son of R. Yechiel Asher Shmuel (the father [d. 1857], was the rabbi of Żołynia and a prominent Torah scholar and Chassid. He was the father-in-law of R. Shlomo Leib of Łęczna. He immigrated to Eretz Israel at the beginning of the 1840s, with his sons R. Yaakov Eliyahu and R. Eliezer Natan, patriarchs of the Kahana-Shapira families in Jerusalem).
· Malachei Kodesh, piyyutim and supplications, words of reproof and the Baal Shem Tov's commentary on Psalm 107. Jerusalem: R. Yisrael Bak, 1862. Signature of R. "Moshe Leib Chaimson".
· Otiot D'Rabbi Yitzchak, Kabbalistic work arranged in alphabetical order, by R. Yitzchak Isaac HaLevi of Zhuravychi. Dubno, . Second edition. (Stefansky Chassidut, no. 38). Approbation by R. Betzalel Margolies, Rabbi of Ostroh. The title page bears an early signature of "Yisrael Mime---".
The author, R. Yitzchak Isaac HaLevi (1735-1783) was a kabbalist and a hidden righteous man, one of the 36 righteous people in the Baal Shem Tov's generation, and a teacher of R. Moshe Teitelbaum, the Yismach Moshe. He served as Shochet, Bodek and teacher in Zhuravychi, and the Baal Shem Tov would travel to him to confer with him on secret matters. He composed Raza MeHeimana (Lviv, 1791), Otiot D'Rabbi Yitzchak (Zhovkva,1801) and Yesod Yitzchak (Zhovkva, 1810).
, 92 leaves; , 2-20, , 25-28 leaves; , 39, 13 leaves. Approx. 16 cm. White and greenish paper. Condition varies. The first two books in fair condition. Wear and stains. Worming and detached leaves. The third book, Otiot D'Rabbi Yitzchak, in fair-poor condition. Worming affecting text. Wear and detached leaves. Stains. Tear to leaf 1 of the second pagination. Old binding, worn.
Menachem Tzion, Chassidic essays on the Torah Parshiot, by Rebbe Menachem Mendel of Rimanov (Rymanów). Czernowitz (Chernivtsi), . First edition.
The book was written by the close disciple of R. Menachem Mendel, Rebbe Yechezkel Panet, Chief Rabbi of Transylvania, author of Mareh Yechezkel. This is the first book of R. Menachem Mendel of Rimanov to be published.
R. Yitzchak Horowitz of Szczucin expounds on the importance of this book saying "most of the book Menachem Tzion from the Rebbe of Rymanów relates to Parashat HaMan (the passage in Shemot describing the falling of the manna for the Jews in the desert), since the holy Rebbe of Rymanów prayed extensively for the livelihood of the Jewish people". (HaChoshma MeAyin, Bnei-Brak 1996, p. 87). This book is also reputed as a Segulah for livelihood. To this very day, people from all over the world visit the gravesite of the Rebbe of Rymanów to pray for livelihood.
, 60 leaves. 19.5 cm. Blueish paper. Fair-good condition. Dampstains and wear. Marginal tears to the title page and other leaves, not affecting text. Title page detached. Without binding.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 349.
Tefilla L’Itot BaTzara – Czernowitz, 1848 – Rare Printing of an Order of Prayers and Segulah Against Epidemics – Found in the Collection of Rebbe Yisrael Ruzhin and Printed Following an Epidemic in Sadigura
Tefilla L'Itot BaTzara - special order of prayers for the cessation of the epidemic, composed by R. Yeshayahu of Dunaivtsi, disciple of the Baal Shem Tov and the Maggid of Mezeritch - "and it was found copied on parchment in the possession of R. Yisrael [Friedman of Ruzhin], and he frequently says to recite this order with fervor". Czernowitz (Chernivtsi), 1848.
Printed in the wake of a Cholera epidemic which broke out in Sadigura (Sadhora) and the area. The title pages states that the verses from Psalm 119 are printed here according to the letters of the name of the town Sadigura, and that every community should recite the verses according to the letters of the name of their town.
The last leaf contains a "wonderful Segulah" copied from a "manuscript by the author of the Levushei Serad and Arvei Nachal…".
At the end of his life, R. Yisrael of Ruzhin settled in Sadigura. Ca. 1847-1848, a cholera epidemic struck Eastern Europe, causing many casualties. Sadigura was one of the cities affected by the epidemic. Leading Chassidic Rebbes, including R. Aharon of Karlin, gathered in Sadigura to seek R. Yisrael of Ruzhin's counsel (see article by R. Abish Schor, Beit Aharon V'Yisrael, 29, pp. 116-121). This booklet was printed in the wake of the epidemic, based on a manuscript in R. Yisrael of Ruzhin's collection. The composer of this order of prayer, as stated in the title page, is the holy R. Yeshayahu of Dunaivtsi (disciple of the Baal Shem Tov and the Maggid of Mezeritch, close friend of R. Pinchas of Korets and one of the pious Chassidim of the first generation. He was renowned for his efforts in terminating epidemics, annulling decrees and as a wonder worker).
6 leaves. 18.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. The leaves were cleaned and professionally restored. Several tears, repaired. Hole (repaired) in the title page, slightly affecting the ornament in the center, but not affecting the text. New binding.
Scarce. Has never appeared in auctions.
Five books of the Torah, with Targum Onkelos, Targum Yonatan ben Uziel, Targum Yerushalmi, and the Rashi, Baal HaTurim and Or HaChaim commentaries, including the Chassidic book Be'er Mayim Chaim, by R. Chaim Thirer Rabbi of Czernowitz (Chernivtsi). Czernowitz, 1849-1851.
Four volumes: Bereshit, Vayikra, Bamidbar and Devarim.
The title page of Bamidbar bears a stamp: "Michel Klein". The following page bears a signatures: "Berish Li[…]Warnig". The title page of Devarim bears a stamp: "Moshe Aharon Rozman".
4 volumes. Bereshit: , 364,  leaves. Lacking 1 leaf of the  last leaves. Vayikra: , 154; 20 leaves. Bamidbar: , 208 leaves. Devarim: , 197,  leaves. Lacking the leaf following the title page. 25.5 cm. Varying condition. Stains and wear. Worming. Some of the letters of the title page are printed in red ink. Some leaves are greenish or blueish. Title page of Vayikra detached. Tears and wear to the title pages of Bereshit, Bamidbar and Devarim, repaired. Without bindings.
Sefer Yeshod HaEmunah, commentary on the Torah, Pirkei Avot and anthologies by R. Baruch of Kosiv. Chernivtsi, . First edition.
Homiletic concepts and commentary on Rashi's commentary to the Torah, followed by various anthologies on Nach (Prophets), Pirkei Avot, Aggada (Talmudic stories) and other subjects. The beginning of the book contains 15 enthusiastic letters of approbation from various Chassidic leaders and rabbis of R. Baruch's generation who praise the author's unique outlook on Kabbalistic matters. (Several of the approbations were written during the lifetime of the author during the 1760s, while the remainder were written during the 1790s after his passing, but all were printed for the first time in this edition, 1854.)
R. Menachem Mendel of Premishlan (Peremyshliany), disciple of the Baal Shem Tov, writes about the author: "When we were together for several days, the author elucidated several concepts in the writings of the Arizal, and explained them with such clarity that they entered my heart and soul completely …it seems to me that they are among the central foundations of the Torah and belief in G-d, which give praise to Him…"
The author R. Baruch, maggid (preacher) in Kosiv (passed away 1782), was among the first generation of Chassidic leaders. He was a disciple of R. Menachem Mendel of Peremyshliany (disciple of the Baal Shem Tov), and of the Maggid of Mezritch (Velyki Mezhyrichi). He authored Sefer Amud HaAvoda (Chernivtsi, 1854), which explained Kabbalistic principles in simple, readily understandable language.
The fourth page of approbations contains an early ownership signature: "Levi Yitzchak…".
, 114,  leaves. 21.5 cm. The first and final pages are blueish-green. Good-fair condition. Worming. (Several pages have been professionally repaired with paper). Stains. New elegant leather binding.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 231.
Sefer Kol Simcha, commentary on the Torah by Rebbe Simcha Bunim of Peshischa (Przysucha). [Breslau?], . First edition.
Ownership inscriptions on the flyleaves: R. "Refael Sonnabend"; R. "Elazar Willenberg"; R. "Yonah Will---" and others.
, 58; 27  leaves. 18.5 cm. Light greenish paper. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Wear, small tears and damage to the title page and several other pages. Creases to the corners of the pages. Old binding, worn and damaged.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 520.
Or HaGanuz, novellae on the Torah according to allegoric, Kabbalistic and Chassidic approaches, with a second part - V'Zot LiYehuda, novellae on Mishnayot "according to allegoric and Kabbalistic approaches, lofty secrets", by R. Yehuda Leib HaKohen of Anipoli (Annopol). Lviv, 1866. First edition.
The book bears approbations of great Chassidic leaders, including the only approbation to a book ever issued by the Tzemach Tzedek of Lubavitch. Another approbation, by R. Mordechai of Chernobyl (the Maggid of Chernobyl), extols the segulah and protective qualities of the book: "Every person should purchase this holy book for merit and excellent protection for himself and his descendants". His holy sons - R. Aharon of Chernobyl, R. Avraham of Trisk (Turiisk) and R. David of Tolna - who also approved the book, repeat in their approbations the segulah for protection that their father wrote of. In the publisher's foreword, the author's grandson likewise cites the protective qualities of the book.
The author, R. Yehuda Leib HaKohen of Annopol (d. 1807, Encyclopedia L'Chassidut, 2, pp. 33-34), was a disciple of the Maggid of Mezeritch. According to one source, previously he was a disciple of the Vilna Gaon. He was ostensibly one of the four disciples who were at the side of the Maggid at the time of his death (together with R. Avraham HaMalach, the Baal HaTanya and R. Zusha of Annopol). He and his friend R. Zusha of Annopol were approached by R. Shneur Zalman of Liadi to approve the Tanya. At the time of printing, Or HaGanuz received enthusiastic approbations from prominent Chassidic leaders of the time, including the only book approbation ever given by Rebbe Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch, the Tzemach Tzedek. The book also received approbations by R. Mordechai of Chernobyl and his holy sons - R. Aharon of Chernobyl, R. Avraham of Turiisk and R. David of Tolna, and of his nephew R. Yitzchak Yaakov of Makariv, as well as approbations by R. Chaim of Sanz and R. Yitzchak Meir of Ger, the Chiddushei HaRim.
The title page and several other leaves bear stamps of Rebbe Pinchas Hager of Borşa and of his son Rebbe Yitzchak Meir of Sighet.
Rebbe Pinchas Hager of Borşa (d. 1941) was the son of Rebbe Baruch Hager of Vizhnitz. In 1893 he settled in Borşa, Maramureş, where he established his court numbering hundreds of Chassidim. He was famed as an outstanding Torah scholar well versed in Kabbalistic teachings, a wonder-worker and a great philanthropist. His son, R. Yitzchak Meir, succeeded him as rebbe in Sighet (Sighetu Marmației) until he and his family perished in the Holocaust.
Part I: , 12; 84 leaves. Part II (separate title page): 33 leaves. 24.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Inscriptions. Light wear. Minor worming to first leaves. Original binding, worn.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 21.
Divrei Chaim responsa, Parts 1-2, by R. Chaim Halberstam of Sanz. Lviv: Avraham Yitzchak Mankish, 1875. First edition printed in the lifetime of the author, who also proofread parts of the book, continued by his grandsons before printing.
"I have compiled… from my responsa which I expounded with leading Torah scholars of our days… Chaim, Rabbi of Sanz. Edited by the rabbis, grandsons of the author".
The title page bears deleted stamps of Rabbi "Elazar Natan Kahana Shapira" [ca. 1820-Kislev 1917. Leader of the Chassidic community in Jerusalem in the second half of the 19th century. He immigrated to Eretz Israel in the early 1840s - together with his father, R. Yechiel Asher Shmuel Kahana Shapira Rabbi of Zalin who died in 1852 - and is the predecessor of the Kahana-Shapira family in Jerusalem].
Ownership inscription [from 1922] signed by R. "Mordechai Gimpel son of R. Avraham"; signature of R. "Yechiel Heller son of R. Avraham Meir of Koidanovo, now of Petach Tikva".
, 134; , 120 leaves. 38 cm. Brittle paper. Good-fair condition. Stains on title page of Part 1. Wear and tears. Most pages are in good condition (coarse closed tears to leaves 37-38 of Part 2). Binding with damaged leather spine.
Stefansky Chassidut, No. 118.
Divrei Chaim, Part 1 on the Torah, by R. Chaim Halberstam of Sanz. Mukacheve, 1877. Bound with Part 2, on the Festivals and on Tractate Bava Metzia. Mukacheve, 1877. First edition, published by "the author's sons".
In the introduction to the composition on the Torah, the sons describe their holy father and the day of his death: "…Well-known and famous…is his great holiness and piety. He dedicated his entire life to Torah study and devoted service and great fear of Heaven from his youth until…Our own eyes saw on the day of his death…that he sanctified himself like the heavenly Seraphim with yichudim and great fervor which did not cease for one moment until his soul clung to the Heavenly Light…". At the end of the introduction they write about their father's testament requesting the printing of these books: "…We, the sons of our holy father the author, have expended effort in printing this composition in compliance with his command before his death to print and publish it speedily. The merit of our father should protect us and the entire Jewish People and strengthen Torah and fear of Heaven, and we and all our Jewish brethren should be graced with plenty of blessings and success".
In the introduction to Part 2, the author's sons relate that their father, author of Divrei Chaim studied Tractate Bava Metzia "with great concentration with a group of eminent Torah scholars for over 20 years and that he composed amazing novellae…". They also write that their father's novellae were written with revealed and esoteric interpretations.
Signatures and stamps of R. "Bezalel Keller" from the city of Sanz-Chadash [R. Bezalel Keller, an elder Chassid who in his youth merited receiving a blessing for long days from the mouth of the author of the Divrei Chaim. In his senior years, he immigrated to Jerusalem and died at a ripe old age in 1945 - see enclosed material].
, 84,  leaves; , 72; 48 leaves. Approximately 23.5 cm. Good condition. Contemporary binding, worn and detached, without spine.
Stefansky Chassidut, No. 119.
Volume consisting of four first editions. Three of them Chassidic books:
· Chochmat HaNefesh, Kabbalistic teachings regarding the essence of the soul, by R. Elazar of Worms, with a commentary and Taamei HaMitzvot by R. Tzvi Elimelech Shapira, author of Bnei Yissachar. Lviv, 1876. Stefansky Chassidut, no. 224.
· Sefer HaYashar V'HaTov, Parts I and II, homilies on the Festivals, with words of mussar and novellae on Talmudic topics, by R. Tzvi Hirsh Friedman of Liske (Olaszliszka). Mukachevo, [1880-1889]. Stefansky Chassidut, no. 171 (Part I of the book). Lacking  leaves at the end of Part I (some of them leaves of "prenumeranten").
· Tosafot Chaim, Part II, homilies on Shemot-Vayikra, by R. Chaim Yosef Bruckstein Rabbi of Pistyń. Chernivtsi, 1862. Stefansky Chassidut, no. 608 (Stefansky lists this book as Part I, together with the part on Bereshit printed in 1861). Open tear to two leaves, affecting text.
· Imrei Noam, responsa on Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim and Yoreh De'ah and other laws, by R. Yoav Rabbi of Tzelem (Deutschkreutz). Mukachevo, 1884. Only edition. (This book is bound third, followed by Tosafot Chaim).
4 books in one volume. Varying pagination. 23.5 cm. Condition varies amongst the books. Most of the leaves are in good condition. Some of the books are printed on dry paper, the paper of the first book is particularly dry and brittle, with tears. Stains. Worming in some places. Damage. Old binding.
HaDerech, Issue I, "Derech Tzaddikim - Farewell sermon of… R. Mordechai Rokeach, Rabbi of Biłgoraj… which he delivered at the celebration of the completion of a tractate by Tiferet Bachurim". "Derech Kedoshim - the words of… R. Aharon Rokeach the Belzer Rebbe… said here in the capital Budapest prior their departure for Eretz Israel". Edited by R. Menachem Aharon Levovitz, young rabbi of Chop. Budapest, Shvat 13, 1944. First edition.
Following their miraculous escape from the Bochnia Ghetto, the Belzer Rebbe and his brother R. Mordechai of Biłgoraj reached Budapest, where they remained from Iyar 1943 until Tevet 1944. This booklet, printed on Shvat 13, 1944, contains the farewell sermon of R. Mordechai of Biłgoraj, where he mentions the atrocities of the Holocaust in Poland and Galicia, and the pressing need to help refugees from those countries. He then apologizes for their departure to Eretz Israel, explaining that their journey is not an escape from Hungary, which he confidently states will not be affected by the Holocaust, but rather stems from his and his brother's yearning and love for Eretz Israel. Further in the booklet, the Rebbe is quoted saying that their trip to Eretz Israel is temporary, with the intention of returning, and his brother R. Mordechai of Biłgoraj explained that according to a tradition from their forefathers, there is no value in settling Eretz Israel before the coming of Mashiach (p. 26). Some ten days later, on February 17, 1944, a second, revised edition of this booklet was published, omitting some references to their immigration to Eretz Israel. A month later, a third edition, also "censored", was printed in Budapest, with the inscription "Second edition, Adar 1944". This booklet is the first, rare edition, containing the Rebbe's speech in its entirety.
, 28 pages. 20 cm. The body of the book in fair condition. The wrappers are in fair-poor condition. Stains, dampstains and wear. Wrappers - stains, damage and extensive wear. Loose wrappers. Inscriptions on the back wrapper.
Kuntres Mashmia Yeshua, "an [abridged] farewill sermon delivered by… R. Mordechai Motel Rokeach, rabbi of Bilgoraj… with the approbation and specific instructions of his brother, the greatest tzaddik of his generation… R. Aharon Rokeach the Belzer Rebbe… who delivered the sermon… in the great hall of the Yere'im congregation in Budapest… before they ascended to the Holy Land…", edited by R. Natan Zvi Freidman. Budapest, 1944.
This booklet contains the famous sermon delivered by the Belzer Rebbe before he fled to Eretz Israel, shortly before the Nazis invaded Hungary. The sermon was printed in the HaDerech booklet in three editions, and in an abridged form in this booklet. This booklet also includes the calming words of the rabbi of Bilgoraj, which were censored from the later printings of the HaDerech booklet: "Behold I have heard rumors that if the Belzer Rebbe deems it necessary to… uproot his residence to the Holy Land… he undoubtedly sees that the situation here is bad and G-d forbid… is hovering over those who dwell in this country… I reply to this: Nobody can read his pure thoughts and considerations like me… I hereby attest that my brother, the Belzer Rebbe has strong and solid confidence that no evil will befall our brothers in Hungary, on the contrary, more will be saved from all distress and trouble…". In his introduction to this booklet, the publisher describes the events at the time of the sermon - at the beginning the audience was in "tears and despair" as they heard of the fate of the hundreds of thousands of Jews murdered throughout Europe. "But a minute later, joy befell the listeners hearing the speaker [the rabbi of Bilgoraj] announce in a strong voice in the name of his brother, the tzaddik of his times, who was the halachic authority in his Beit Midrash that he promises and guarantees that the ‘Angel of Destruction’ will no longer rule in our country…”.
10 pages. 22.5 cm. Fair condition. Stains and wear. Small open tear to the margin of the first page, not affecting text. Minor tears and creases to the edges of the pages.
Midrash Rabba on Shemot. Zhitomir: Shapira Brothers (Chanina Lipa, Aryeh Leib and Yehoshua Heshel, grandsons of the rabbi of Slavita), 1851.
Copy of R. Yitzchak of Tulchyn, son of R. Natan of Breslov. Ownership inscription on the verso of the title page: "From R. Yitzchak of Tulchyn. This Midrash belongs to the synagogue of the Ari". [This inscription was handwritten by R. Yitzchak Izek Goldstein of Bucharest-Safed - a notable member of Breslov Chassidism in the second half of the 19th century, see Kedem Auction 61, item 56].
R. Yitzchak of Tulchyn (1808-1870), son of R. Natan of Breslov, lived most of his life in Tulchyn, where he managed the local post office, which also served as the government bank. He exchanged continuous correspondence with his father, in which he took advice from him on all his matters. Virtually all the letters deal with the service of G-d according to Breslov Chassidism teachings. These letters resulted in the printing of Alim LiTerufa (Berdychiv, 1896). In the foreword to Alim LiTerufa, the editor R. Nachman Rabbi of Tcherin (Chyhyryn) praises R. Yitzchak of Tulchyn for his fear and service of G-d, pleasant character and great benevolence, who merited at the end of his life to settled in Safed, where he is buried adjacent to the grave of the Beit Yosef.
Stamp on the front endpaper: "Stamp of the Beit Midrash of Rebbe Chaim Halberstam, Rabbi of Sanz and its surroundings, Safed".
, 286, 289-360 pages. 18.5 cm. Good condition. Stains and wear. Some pages darkened and stained. Worming and tears to the title page and first few leaves. Old binding.
Shiltei HaGiborim, comprehensive composition about the Beit HaMikdash, the Kohanim and Leviim, the Temple vessels and musical instruments, etc. By R. Avraham HaRofe Portaleone. Venice: "Avraham MiShaar Aryeh" (Avraham from Lion Gate [Portaleone] - the book was printed in the author's home), . First edition.
Four title pages. The principal part of the book is composed of the first 90 chapters, in which the author comprehensively describes the Beit HaMikdash, its vessels and all the Temple services. His research is based on the Bible and Chazal, at the same time deriving information from ancient Jewish, Arabic and Christian traditions as well as contemporary science. The composition contains much scientific data, such as botanic names of the components of the incense and of the anointment oil, identification of the gems of the High Priest's breastplate (choshen) and their remedial qualities, a detailed study of the music in the Beit HaMikdash, including much information on the musical instruments and the various musical styles, expansive knowledge of engineering and architecture, medicine, chemistry, etc. Moreover, the book deals with linguistic analysis of words in the Holy Tongue, derived from the author's command of ten European and Semitic languages, especially Greek and Latin.
All four title pages bear stamps of Rebbe Nachum Dov Ber Friedman of Sadigura, with a lion in the center, and another stamp - "Minchat Shai", which the Rebbe would imprint on books he received from Chassidim and friends.
12; 186 leaves. 27.5 cm. Good condition. Light-colored high-quality paper. Stains. Tiny tears to title page and a few other leaves. All four title pages are decorated with red ink dots. Fine early leather binding, detached and damaged, with worming.
V'Lo Od Ela, commentary on Talmudic Aggadot containing the expression "V'Lo Od Ela", by R. Eliyahu son of Avraham Shlomo HaKohen. Izmir, .
Copy of R. Nachum Dov Ber Friedman of Sadigura (Sadhora). The title page bears two of his stamps: a stamp with his name, "Nachum Dov Ber Friedman", with an emblem of a lion in the center; and the stamp "Kinyan Kaspi".
An additional signature appears on the title page: "Nissim Ashkenazi".
Rebbe Nachum Dov Ber Friedman of Sadigura (d. 1883, Otzar HaRabbanim 15912) was a grandson of R. Yisrael of Ruzhin, son of Rebbe Shalom Yosef and son-in-law of Rebbe Avraham Yaakov of Sadigura. Rebbe Nachum Dov Ber possessed a large library, and used four different types of stamps in his books. Books inherited from his father were stamped "Nachlat Avotai" (family inheritance), books he acquired himself were stamped "Kinyan Kaspi" (my acquisition - as the book we have here), and books received as gifts were stamped "Minchat Shai" (gift). The library also contained a small collection of books stamped "Minchat Ger" - books received by his father-in-law from converts seeking a tikkun for their soul.
, 178 leaves. 29.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. New binding, incorporating part of the old binding.
Menachem Tzion, Chassidic essays on the Torah heard by Rebbe Yechezkel Panet from his teacher Rebbe Menachem Mendel of Rymanów. Czernovitz (Chernivtsi), . First edition. The first book of Rebbe Menachem Mendel of Rymanów to be printed.
Bound with: Zot Torat HaAdam, ethical essays by R. Aharon, the maggid of Oleksinets. Lviv, 1850.
Handwritten signatures and ownership inscriptions from the period of the printing [19th century]: "This Menachem Tzion belongs to me Yechiel Tzvi Ungar of Dombrova (Dąbrowa Tarnowska)"; "This precious book belongs to me Yechiel Tzvi of Dombrova"; "Belongs to the great, pious and G-d fearing R. Tzvi Hirsh son of R. Mordechai [---]"; "In honor of the prominent R. Aryeh Leibush Ungar"; "R. Leibush Ungar of Tarnów"; and additional owners' signatures.
R. Yechiel Tzvi Hirsh Ungar, Rebbe of Tarnów (ca. 1810-1883, Encyclopedia of Chassidut, vol. II, p. 227), was the son of Rebbe Mordechai David Ungar of Dombrova (1770-1841, a disciple of the Chozeh of Lublin and teacher of R. Chaim of Sanz and R. Shalom of Kaminka [Kamianka-Buzka]. Encyclopedia L'Chassidut, vol. III, p. 233) and son-in-law of Rebbe Shimshon of Zwoleń (d. 1847, disciple of the Chozeh of Lublin and the Yehudi HaKadosh of Pshischa [Przysucha], Encyclopedia L'Chassidut, vol. III, p. 853). He was a prominent follower of R. Chaim Halberstam the Divrei Chaim of Sanz. He served as Rebbe of Tarnów from 1843. He later became the father-in-law of his teacher, when R. Chaim of Sanz married (in his third marriage) Rebbetzin Rechel Devorah daughter of R. Yechiel Tzvi - who bore him his sons Rebbe Shalom Eliezer Halberstam of Ratzfert (Újfehértó) and Rebbe Yitzchak Yeshaya Halberstam of Czchów.
, 60 leaves;  leaves. 18 cm. Menachem Tzion is printed on blueish paper. Good-fair condition. Wear and slight worming. Title page detached. Zot Torat HaAdam in fair condition. Worming and wear. Original binding, worn and detached.
Stefansky Chassidut, n. 349.
This edition of Zot Torat HaAdam contains forged approbations addressed to the grandson of the author, R. Shmuel Tzvi Hirsh son of R. Eliezer HaLevi, who printed the book in 1819. In this edition, the dates of the approbations were forged, and the year 1819 was changed to 1849, while the day and month were left untouched.
R. Yitzchak Horowitz of Szczucin expounds on the importance of the book Menachem Tzion saying "most of the book Menachem Tzion from the Rebbe of Rymanów relates to Parashat HaMan (the passage in Shemot describing the falling of the manna for the Jews in the desert), since the holy Rebbe of Rymanów prayed extensively for the livelihood of the Jewish people" (HaChoshma MeAyin, Bnei-Brak 1996, p. 87). Other sources state that the Rebbe of Rymanów composed homilies on Parashat HaMan for twenty-two years, to bring forth an abundance of blessing and success in livelihood for the Jewish people (Otzar Aggadot HaChassidim, part X, p. 98; and many other sources). This book is also reputed as a Segulah for livelihood. Until this day, people from all over the world visit the gravesite of the Rebbe of Rymanów to pray for livelihood.
Tziyun L'Nefesh Chaya, novellae on Tractate Pesachim, by R. Yechezkel HaLevi Segal Landau Rabbi of Prague. Zhovkva, .
The title page bears stamps of Rebbe "Yehoshua son of R. Shlomo Leib" of Ostrów (Ostrów Mazowiecka). Ownership inscriptions and pen trials appear on the endpapers.
The book contains ten scholarly handwritten notes, most particularly lengthy. Some contain difficulties and objections to the words of the author. For instance: "He overlooked the Yerushalmi… and it is perplexing that the great author could overlook this" (p. 40a); "This is a mistake…" (p. 9a of the second pagination); "He overlooked the Yerushalmi in that place… and it is surprising that he didn't see it" (p. 12a of the second pagination); "What the author wants to say as simple… goes against the Talmud in Chulin 108…" (p. 22b of the second pagination).
Rebbe Yehoshua of Ostrów (d. 1873, Encyclopedia L'Chassidut, 2, pp. 52-53), was one of the great rebbes of Poland, the son of R. Shlomo Leib of Łęczna. He succeeded his father in leading a large community of thousands of Chassidim and was known for his greatness and holiness. R. Tzadok HaKohen of Lublin said of him that he "guards the Holy Covenant". He authored Toldot Adam (Józefów 1875) which earned the epithet "the small Noam Elimelech". His son-in-law was Rebbe Yitzchak Yaakov Rabinowicz of Biala, the first Rebbe of the Biala Chassidic dynasty.
The following was written regarding Rebbe Yehoshua of Ostrów's great library and its fate after his passing: "The holy Rebbe of Sosnowiec reputedly owned many books like a library, as is known from the books that the holy brothers of Ger bought after the passing of the holy Rebbe of Biala, and the Rebbe of Sosnowiec stated that he learnt from all of them, and in the majority of them, he studied the entire book" (Maamar Mordechai - Beracha Meshuleshet, Biłgoraj, 1932). Part of the library of Rebbe Yitzchak Yaakov of Biala was acquired by the Imrei Emet, Rebbe of Ger, and his brother R. Moshe Betzalel Alter (see: R. Moshe Hillel, Ohel Re'em, Jerusalem 2018, p. 35, note 84). A small part of the library was passed on to his son-in-law, Rebbe Yosef Tzvi Kalish of Skierniewice. The notes in this book were possibly handwritten by Rebbe Yehoshua of Ostrów or one of the inheritors of his library.
, 48; 37 leaves. 34 cm. Fair condition. Stains and wear. Worming, slightly affecting text in some places. Original binding, damaged and partially detached.
Hadrat Melech, kabbalistic commentary on the Zohar, by the Kabbalist R. Shalom Buzaglo. Amsterdam, . First edition of an important kabblistic book, from the Beit Midrash of a renowned group of kabbalists in Morocco, Chachmei HaMa'arav, who exchanged correspondence about kabbalistic matters with the Rashash.
Ownership stamps of R. "Yaakov son of R. A. Landau". Dozens of handwritten notes, sources and corrections. More than ten long notes with deep kabbalistic content [apparently, in the handwriting of R. Yaakov Landau of Jeżów-Ciechanów].
R. Yaakov Landau of Jeżów-Ciechanów (1834-1894), youngest son of R. Avraham Landau of Ciechanów (1784-1875), displayed special aptitude and refinement from a young age. His father loved him dearly and always referred to him as a Torah genius. [Rebbe Avraham had four sons and would praise each for his special attributes: Rabbi Ze'ev Wolf for his wisdom, Rabbi Dov Berish for his piety, Rabbi Refael, a perfect tsaddik and Rabbi Yaakov an illui (Torah genius). Eulogizing his wife the Rebbetzin, R. Avraham of Ciechanów referred to his four sons and said: "In Gan Eden, a chair of four legs is awaiting you…"]. R. Yaakov was exceptional in his simplicity and good heart. He was humble and wrapped in the world of Torah study. A prominent Chassid of the Kotzker Rebbe and of the author of Chiddushei HaRim of Ger.
Served in the Nasielsk, Ciechanów and Jeżów rabbinates. In the last seven years in his lifetime, his father, the Zechuta D'Avraham, found the burden of leading his Chassidim together with his rabbinical duties in the rabbinate too heavy, leading to his resignation from the rabbinate, and he summoned his beloved son R. Yaakov to succeed him as Rabbi of Ciechanów. [Out of respect for his father, R. Yaakov was called the Rabbi's deputy]. After his father's death, he moved to officiate as Rabbi and Rebbe in the city of Jeżów (near Lodz) and accepted the authority of his eldest brother, R. Ze'ev Wolf of Stryków, who led his court after the Kotzk path. After the death of his brother R. Ze'ev Wolf, Rabbi Yaakov began his tenure as Rebbe in Jeżów and until today is known as "R' Yankele Jezower" [Rebbe Yaakov of Jeżów].
In 1890, he first traveled to Eretz Israel and in 1893, again moved to Jerusalem to settle, but due to family circumstances returned to Poland. He died there in Tevet 1894 and was buried in the burial site of the Ciechanów rebbes in the Warsaw cemetery.
, 116 leaves. 19.5 cm. Good condition, stains and slight wear, detached and stained title page. Old worn binding.
Mishnah Torah of the Rambam, with all the commentaries, Part 1, Mada, Ahava and Zemanim. Vilna: Rozenkrants and Shriftzettser, 1900.
Early ownership stamps of Rabbi "Menachem Mendel of Vyzhnytsya". Marginalia in Sefer Zemanim Hilchot Shabbat containing about twenty scholarly glosses in his own handwriting. Some glosses end with the words "and it is a mitzvah to answer".
R. Menachem Mendel Hagar of Visheve (1885-1941, Encyclopedia L'Chassidut, Vol. 3, pp. 95-96), son of the "Ahavat Yisrael" of Vizhnitz, was appointed Rabbi of Vizhnitz in 1908. From 1921, he served as Rabbi of Oyber Visheve and established the Beit Yisrael Yeshiva in the city. After his father's death in 1936, he succeeded him as rebbe. A leader in Agudat Yisrael and member of Mo'etzet Gedolei HaTorah. His Torah teachings were printed in the She'erit Menachem series on the Torah, on the Festivals and books of responsa. The novellae contained in these glosses have not been printed.
, 4-16, 148; 184; 170; 28; , 171-446 pages. 32.5 cm. Brittle paper. Good-fair condition. Wear and tears. Contemporary leather binding, with gilt ornamentation. Tears to spine.
Two Kabbalistic books, copies bearing owners' stamps of Rebbes of the Ruzhin dynasty in Tel-Aviv, the Rebbe of Husiatyn and the Rebbe of Chortkov (Chortkiv):
1. Meorot Natan, alphabetical arrangement of Kabbalistic concepts, by R. Meir Poppers. Frankfurt am Main, 1709. First edition.
Stamp (faded) of Rebbe "Shlomo Friedman of Ch[ortkov]".
, 88 leaves. 18.5 cm. Darkened paper. Good-fair condition. Stains. Minor worming. Leaves trimmed on border of the page-headings. Old binding.
2. Sodei Razya, kabbalistic teachings, by R. Elazar of Worms, with the Razei Olam essay, by Rebbe Yekutiel Aryeh Kamelhar. Biłgoraj, 1936.
The title page contains stamps of "Otzar HaSefarim" (Library) of Rebbe Yisrael Friedman of Husiatyn. Some text underlined and marked.
, 10, 2, , 60 pages. 24 cm. Dry and brittle paper. Good condition. Many marks in pencil and ink, in the margins and body of text. Old binding.
Rebbe Yisrael Friedman of Husiatyn (1858-1949, Encyclopedia L'Chassidut II, pp. 561-562) was considered the elder of the Rebbes of Ruzhin. Named after his paternal grandfather, founder of the dynasty, R. Yisrael of Ruzhin, he was the last Rebbe from the generation of the latter's grandsons. In 1894, he succeeded his father Rebbe Mordechai Shraga as Rebbe of Husiatyn, and thousands of his father's Chassidim became his followers. In his later years, he immigrated to Eretz Israel, settling and establishing his court in Tel-Aviv.
Rebbe Shlomo Friedman of Chortkov (1894-1958, Encyclopedia of Chassidut III, p. 713), author of Divrei Shlomo, was the son of Rebbe Nachum Mordechai of Chortkov and son-in-law of Rebbe Yisrael Friedman of Sadigura. He succeeded his father as Rebbe in Tel-Aviv, 1946, and was the last Rebbe of the Chortkov dynasty.
Shevet Mussar, parts I-II, by R. Eliyahu HaKohen of Izmir, with Yiddish translation. [Lemberg (Lviv), 1862].
Copy of Rebbe Aharon Rokeach of Belz. His stamp (partially missing) appears on the title page: "Aharon Rokeach…". The front endpaper contains a stamp: "Aharon Rokeach son of the Rav [of] Belz".
His brother, R. Mordechai of Bilgoraj, testifies that Rebbe Aharon of Belz was instructed by their father, Rebbe Yehoshua of Belz, to learn from the book Shevet Mussar every day (Raban Shel Yisrael, Jerusalem, 2007, p. 10).
Another source relates that in his youth, before he was appointed Rebbe, R. Aharon would learn every Shabbat eve, aloud and with great enthusiasm, the end of Shevet Mussar, chapter 52, which recounts at length the episode of our forefather Avraham breaking Nimrod's idols, and his being thrown into the furnace (Siman Tov, Jerusalem, 2001, p. 214).
Rebbe Aharon Rokeach of Belz (1880-1957) was renowned as a holy man and miracle worker, earning the epithet "Aharon, G-d's holy one". A foremost Rebbe and leader of European Jewry before the Holocaust, he also rebuilt Torah and Chassidut after the war. He was the son of Rebbe Yissachar Dov of Belz (the Maharid) and grandson of Rebbe Yehoshua of Belz. From a young age, he was known for his great holiness and toil in Torah and Chassidic works, together with his outstanding asceticism. He earnt the reputation of an advocate of the Jewish people and a wonder-worker benefiting from Divine Inspiration, and thousands flocked his court to seek his blessings, advice and salvation.
Rebbe Aharon was crowned Rebbe of the Belz Chassidut in 1927 and became one of the foremost leaders of Eastern European Jewry. As such, he was especially targeted by the Nazis during the Holocaust. His followers smuggled him from ghetto to ghetto, until he miraculously managed to escape to Budapest, Hungary, where he remained for a short period, until the Nazis demanded his extradition. From there he made his way to Eretz Israel on a difficult journey that spanned Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey and Syria. His wife, children, grandchildren and entire extended family were killed by the Nazis, and he arrived in Eretz Israel accompanied only by his brother, R. Mordechai of Biłgoraj (who also lost his entire family, his only remnant being his son, R. Yissachar Dov, current Belzer Rebbe, born of his second marriage in Eretz Israel). Rebbe Aharon of Belz settled in Tel Aviv and worked together with his brother R. Mordechai of Biłgoraj, on re-establishing institutions of the Belz Chassidut in Eretz Israel and around the world - in Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem, Bnei Brak and other places.
, 96; 44, 49-88, 93-96, 93-104, 99 leaves. Lacking the title page of part II. 24.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Title page lacking lower part, with loss to the text and stamp, repaired with paper. Stains and wear. Early leather binding, with gilt ornaments, restored.
Tehillim – Przemyśl, 1927 – Stamp of Rabbi Efraim Mordechai Schmerler, Great-grandson of Rabbi Meir of Premishlan – Handwritten Record of the Seventeen Psalms Recited at the Gravesite of R. Meir of Premishlan
Tehillim with Maamadot. Przemyśl, 1927.
Stamp on the title page: "Efraim Mordechai Schmerler".
At the end of the Tehillim, on page 78, handwritten list, in Stam script: "These Psalms are said at the gravesite of my grandfather the holy R. Meir of Premishlan, 9, 19, 24, 27, 29, 30, 33, 41, 44, 49, 67, 74, 75, 102, 104, 107, Yoshev BeSeter".
R. Efraim Mordechai Schmerler was the grandson of Rebbe Chaim Avraham of Mykolaiv, who was the son-in-law and successor of Rebbe Meir of Premishlan (Peremyshliany).
This inscription is a documentation, not known from other sources, of the custom of reciting various Psalms, in a specific order, at the gravesite of R. Meir of Premishlan (in Aspaklaria HaMe'ira, by R. Mordechai Gerlitz, Part II, p. 552, this practice is reported based on the inscription here).
Additional signatures and ownership inscriptions on the title page, front endpaper and flyleaf: "Yaakov Yisrael Schmerler, Beit Yisrael neighborhood, Jerusalem, Eretz Israel"; "This Tehillim was given by the deceased Mordechai Tzvi Schmerler to Eli Schmerler"; "This Tehillim belongs to the Bachur Eli Schmerler" ("HaBachur Eli Schmerler" is R. Eliyahu Shmuel Schmerler, dean of the Sanz-Klausenberg yeshiva in Netanya, close disciple and attendant of Rebbe Yekutiel Yehuda Halberstam of Klausenberg. His father R. Yaakov Yisrael Schmerler, 1882-1950, was one of the notable Sanz Chassidim in Safed).
40; 20 leaves. 21.5 cm. Good condition. Stains and wear. Faded binding. Leather spine, with tears to its ends.
Collection of books, mostly Chassidic, which belonged to the Shmerler family, descendants of Rebbe Meir of Premishlan and the Noam Elimelech; with inscriptions, signatures and stamps.
1-2. Noam Elimelech, by R. Elimelech of Lizhensk. Warsaw, [19th century]. Bound with Sidduro shel Shabbat Parts 1-2, by R. Chaim Tirer of Chernivtsi. Warsaw, [19th century].
3-8. Pe'er Yitzchak, history of Rebbe Yitzchak Isaac of Zhydachiv, by R. Michael Braver. Lvov, . First edition.
· Shlosha Edrei Tzon, Chassidic tales of R. Shlomo of Crăciuneşti (Kretsnif), R. Berish of Oświęcim and R. Aryeh Leibush Rabbi of Vyzhnytsya (Vizhnitz), by their disciple R. Menachem Menli Sofer. Letters by R. Menachem Mendel of Rymanów and his disciple R. Yechezkel Panet author of Mareh Yechezkel are printed at the end of the book. Pyetrykaw, 1930.
· Zechut Yisrael - Eser Atarot, tales and Torah novellae of ten prominent Chassidic Rebbes, by R. Yisrael Berger, Rabbi of Bucharest. Pyetrykaw [c. 1920].
· Hillula D'Tsaddikaya, "List of the dates of the death of Torah scholars and tsaddikim…with laws and customs for those who visit the graves of tsaddikim, and the prayer composed by…R. Moshe Teitelbaum and with the essay…by R. Dov Ber…of Lubavitch…", by R. Reuven Margaliot. Lvov, 1929. First edition. Lacking last two leaves.
· Botzina D'Nehorah, Chassidic stories and teachings, by R. Baruch of Medzhybizh. Bardejov, 1925.
· Margenita D'Rabbi Meir, Chassidic compositions on the Torah, by R. Meir of Premishlan. Lvov, 1926. First edition.
9-11. Zechut Yisrael - Eser Kedushot, tales and Torah novellae of ten prominent Chassidic Rebbes, [Pyetrykaw? c. 1910]. Lacking title page and one middle leaf.
· Zechut Yisrael - Eser Orot, tales and Torah novellae of ten prominent Chassidic Rebbes. Pyetrykaw, 1907. First edition. Lacking last leaf.
· Zechut Yisrael - Eser Tsachtsachot, tales and Torah novellae of ten prominent Chassidic Rebbes, by R. Yisrael Berger, Rabbi of Bucharest. Pyetrykaw 1909. First edition.
12. Chumash Bereshit, with Targum, Rashi and Or HaChaim commentaries, with Shabbat prayers. [Vienna-New York], 1923.
Dedication on front flyleaf by R. Chaim Zvi Eisenbach to his brother-in-law R. Eliyahu Shmuel Shmerler, in honor of his bar-mitzvah.
13-16. Chok L'Yisrael, Shemot-Devarim. Pyetrykaw, 1922. Four volumes.
On first title pages: 1812. Lacking 17 leaves in the middle of Chumash Bamidbar (and the first title page).
The title pages, endpapers and other leaves of all the volumes bear signatures and stamps of members of the Shmerler family: "Efraim Mordechai Shmerler"; "Yaakov Yisrael Shmerler son of R. Moshe Meir of Safed, grandson of R. Meir of Premishlan and Mykolaiv, grandson of the author of Noam Elimelech"; "Eliyahu Shmuel Shmerler".
At the end of Chok L'Yisrael, volumes Vayikra and Bamidbar, are lists of the births of the children of R. Yaakov Yisrael Shmerler in his handwriting.
R. Yaakov Yisrael Shmerler (1882-1950) and R. Efraim Mordechai Shmerler were grandsons of R. Chaim Avraham of Mykolaiv, son-in-law and successor of R. Meir of Premishlan. R. Yaakov Yisrael was a prominent Sanz Chassid in Jerusalem.
His son, R. Eliyahu Shmuel Shmerler is head of the Sanz-Klausenberg Yeshiva in Netanya, close disciple and assistant of R. Yekutiel Yehuda Halberstam of Klausenberg. Author of the Divrei Eliyahu series on Talmudic tractates.
16 books in 8 volumes. Size and condition vary.
Sipurei Maasiot, by R. Nachman of Breslov. [New edition. Year and place of printing not indicated]. "Printed with the efforts of R. Yisrael Dov Odesser".
A signature appears on the front endpaper: "Yisrael Dov Odesser" - the handwritten signature of the renowned "Saba" R. Yisrael Dov (Ber) Odesser (1886-1994), a native of Safed from a family of Karlin Chassidim. In his youth, he was attracted to Breslov Chassidism and became the disciple of R. Yisrael Karduner and other rabbis, elders of Breslov Chassidism. He became famous in his old age due to the mysterious note containing the sentence "Na Nach Nachma Nachman MeUman", and is known amongst his followers as Baal HaPetek.
, 151 pages. 21 cm. Good condition. Several stains.
Zohar on the Torah by the holy Tanna R. Shimon Bar Yochai, part II - Shemot. Kopust (Kopys), .
Copy of the holy Maggid of Koznitz (Kozienice), with his handwritten signature on the last leaf of the book (beneath the colophon), consisting of his first name: "Yisrael".
The front endpaper contains the signature "Yaakov Dovid son of R. Yisrael Yitzchak" - the handwritten signature of Rebbe Yaakov David of Radoshitz (Radoszyce), son of R. Yisrael Yitzchak of Radoshitz and grandson of R. Yissachar Ber of Radoshitz. The Rebbes of the Radoshitz dynasty were reputebly closely connected to the Maggid of Koznitz and to his grandson the Seraf of Mogielnica.
The holy Maggid of Koznitz - R. Yisrael Hopstein (1737-1815, Encyclopedia of Chassidut II, pp. 542-548), was a foremost Rebbe and disseminator of Chassidism in Poland. Born in Opatów, he was allegedly named Yisrael at the behest of the Baal Shem Tov, who said that "the whole celestial entourage rejoiced in his joy". He was known from a young age as an outstanding Torah scholar. After his marriage, he became close to R. Shmelke of Nikolsburg (who served at the time as rabbi of Rychwał), who encouraged him to travel to the Maggid of Mezeritch (Mezhirichi). The latter relied on him to edit on his behalf kabbalistic books and siddurim (R. Yisrael Hopstein supposedly studied eight hundred kabbalistic books before approaching the Maggid of Mezeritch). After the Maggid's passing, he became a follower of R. Elimelech of Lizhensk (Leżajsk) and was considered one of his foremost disciples, to the extent he was said to have inherited from R. Elimelech his "power of heart". In 1765, he began serving a maggid of Koznitz, central Poland, and in 1786, thousands of chassidim began thronging his court, until he became recognized as one of the most prominent Rebbes of Poland. His disciples include renowned Rebbes: his grandson R. Chaim Meir Yechiel the "Seraf of Mogielnica"; R. Yaakov Tzvi Yalish (Yolles) of Dynów author of Melo HaRo'im; R. Yeshaya Muszkat of Praga; R. Itamar Wohlgelernter author of Mishmeret Itamar; R. Yechezkel of Kuzmir (Kazimierz Dolny); R. Yissachar Dov Ber of Radoshitz and R. Yitzchak Meir Alter the Chiddushei HaRim, who was raised in his home.
140, 145-180 leaves (lacking leaves 141-144). 21 cm. Good condition. Some light-blueish leaves. Stains. Wear and tears to several leaves. Original leather binding, with tears and damage, open tears to spine.
Written according to the report of R. Yitzchak Yeshaya Weiss (enclosed).
Lev Simcha, Chassidic essays on the Torah, Book of Devarim, by the Gerrer Rebbe Simcha Bunim Alter. Jerusalem, . First printed book of the teachings of R. Simcha Bunim.
The front flyleaf bears a dedication for a bar-mitzvah, handwritten and signed by the Gerrer Rebbe: "Gift for…the dear young man Yaakov upon his becoming bar-mitzvah, by Yaakov Aryeh Alter".
R. Yaakov Aryeh Alter of Ger (Góra Kalwaria), was born in Lodz, Poland, in 1939. He was the son of R. Simcha Bunim Alter, author of Lev Simcha. In 1940, in the middle of WWII, one-year-old Yaakov Aryeh moved to Eretz Israel with his father and grandfather [author of Imrei Emet]. In 1996, after the death of his uncle author of P'nei Menachem, he began his tenure as Rebbe and for the last twenty years leads the Gerrer Chassidism, the largest Chassidic court in Israel.
88 leaves. 27 cm. Good condition. Paper stickers cover the stamp of the recipient of the book. Original binding, minor rubbing.
Halachot Ketanot – Hundreds of Notes (Handwritten Composition) – Venice, 1704 – Copy of Rabbi Shmuel Zanvil Bing of Halberstadt and Rabbi Shmuel Zanvil Brandenburg, Rabbi of Strelitz and Dayan in Berlin
Halachot Ketanot, responsa on various topics, two parts, by R. Yaakov Chagiz. Venice, . First edition.
The margins and endpapers of the book are brimming with hundreds of notes in Ashkenazic script. Some of the notes relate to the contents of the book. A few of them begin with the sharp remarks: "All is nonsense", "This is nonsense" and the like. However, most of the notes are completely unrelated to the contents of the book, and contain ideas on various verses and more. The writer actually made use of the margins of the book as available space to record his novellae, and this book essentially contains a large handwritten composition.
Signatures appear on the title page and on p. 28b of R. Shmuel Zanvil son of R. Eliezer Lieberman Bing - one of the rabbis of the Kloiz in Halberstadt, Germany (d. 1758). The Hazkarat Neshamot booklet of the Kloiz (Yosef Meisel, Reshumot, New Series 3, 1947) extols his virtues: "Master in wisdom yet young in years… swift in study of Torah, sharp and well versed in Talmud and Halacha, unique in his time, toiled and wrote many novellae, for thirty years he resided in the House of G-d – the great Beit HaMidrash…".
The back endpaper contains an ownership inscription: "This book belongs to the great luminary R. Shmuel Zanvil, known as R. Zanvil Brandenburg, who lives here in Strelitz". [R. Shmuel Zanvil Brandenburg was the rabbi of Strelitz and later a dayan in Berlin. See his approbation from 1777 to the book Chukei Chaim (Berlin, 1796), and see: Landshuth, Toldot Anshei HaSheim, p. 85; Meisel, Pinkas Kehilat Berlin, pp. 302, 260].
Some of the notes were possibly handwritten by one or both of these rabbis.
Stamps of R. Moshe Efraim Zuckerman (rabbi in Poznań).
, 71,  leaves. Leaves 13-14 were bound after leaf 16. 24.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. In many notes, the ink is faded and difficult to read. Old binding, peeling. Worming to back cover. Lacking spine.
A leaf of Tur Yoreh De'ah with Beit Yosef, laws of Treifot. [Venice, 16th century].
Note in early Ashkenazic handwriting, presumably an autograph of the prominent Torah scholar R. Aharon Shmuel Koidanover, author of Tiferet Shmuel. This note appears with variations amongst his notes to Tur and Beit Yosef, printed in Tiferet Shmuel (Frankfurt am Main, 1696, p. 86a), and in the Tur HaShalem edition of the Shirat Devorah Institute, Yoreh De'ah section 57.
R. Aharon Shmuel Koidanover (1614-1676) was a foremost Acharon, a leading Torah scholar of his times. Born in Koidanov (Dzyarzhynsk) in Lithuania, he was a disciple of the Chelkat Mechokek of Vilna, R. Yaakov of Lublin and his son Rebbe Heschel of Krakow (teachers of the Taz and the Shach). He was famous in all German communities and served in the rabbinate or as dean of the Yeshiva in many important Jewish communities of Poland and Germany: Vilna, Brisk (Brest), Nikolsburg (Mikulov), Głogów, Fürth, Frankfurt am Main, Krakow and more. He composed Tiferet Shmuel, Birkat Shmuel, Birkat HaZevach, Responsa Emunat Yisrael and more. His son was R. Tzvi Hirsh Koidanover author of Kav HaYashar.
 leaf. 33 cm. Good-fair condition, wear and tears to the margins.
Hanhagat V'Limud HaTalmidim V'Darchei Yesod HaLimud, by R. David Meldola. Amsterdam, .
The book includes two sections, the first one named Hanhagat HaTalmidim, surrounded by the Limud HaTalmidim commentary, and the second called Darchei HaLimud, surrounded by the Yesod HaLimud commentary.
The page adjoining the title page contains a dedication handwritten and signed by R. Yisrael Landau, son of the Noda BiYehuda, to his friend R. Shimon Oish, one of the Torah scholars of Prague. The initials of this exceptional poetic dedication spell out: "Mazal Tov, Shimon son of R. Moshe Wolf Oish". The dedication is signed: "… Yisrael… one of the small ones of the tribe of Levi… from the Landau family… today Thursday 19th Cheshvan ".
R. Yisrael HaLevi Landau (1758-1830) was the youngest son of R. Yechezkel Landau - the Noda BiYehuda, and father of R. Eliezer Landau of Brody (author of Yad HaMelech on Rambam). He was his father's close attendant. In 1791, in his father's lifetime, he published the book Tziyun LeNefesh Chaya – Tzelach on Tractate Brachot. In his preface, the Noda BiYehuda praises his son for offering to print and disseminate his teachings, taking upon himself everything involved in publishing the book. After his father's passing, he also published Tzelach on Tractate Beitza, and edited and published his father's book Dagul MeRevava on Shulchan Aruch, adding his forewords in fine, poetic language. His father quotes his novellae several times in his books (for instance, at the end of Tzelach on Pesachim: "and these are the words of my youngest son the great scholar R. Yisrael Segal"). He published anonymously a book named Chok L'Yisrael (Prague, 1798) – an abridgment of Rambam's Sefer HaMitzvot and Smag, with Judeo-German translation, and also composed the books Har HaZeitim and Moneh Mispar on Talmudic Aggadot, which remained in manuscript form.
The addressee of the dedication, R. Shimon Oish, was one the rabbis and Torah scholars of Prague, "who's heart was aflame with the fire of Torah since his youth" (see Kedem Auction 14, item 369). He was mechutan with R. Shmuel Landau, rabbi of Prague and son of the Noda BiYehuda, with whom he had correspondence in learning already before he married. This correspondence was printed in R. Shmuel's book Shivat Tzion in a few responsa, in one of them R. Shmuel writes to him: "…dove into mighty waters and wisely collected extensive and profound Talmudic principles… and I studied his delightful words and took great pleasure in them…". He also corresponded with Maharatz Chayes and R. Shlomo Yehuda Rapoport (Shir). He left behind handwritten compositions.
, 9, 11-12, 49-51; , 7, 9-20,  leaves. 14 cm. Good condition. Stains. Worming. Gilt edges. Fine original binding with gilt ornamentation. Minor damage and stains to the binding.
This copy contains an additional leaf of approbations and the last leaf, which do not appear in all copies (see Bibliography of the Hebrew Book, no. 147871).
Yalkut Reuveni, short essays and midrashim on the Torah, compiled from Kabbalistic books, the Zohar and early scholarly works. Amsterdam: Immanuel Athias, 1700. Second edition. Separate title page for the Shichechat Leket section.
Ownership inscription on p. 40a, handwritten and signed by R. Shlomo Kluger: "[Acquired with my wealth] in honor of my Creator, so says Shlomo Kluger". In the margins of many pages are additional (trimmed) ownership inscription, attesting that the book belongs to R. Shlomo Kluger, Chief Dayan of Brody. The other inscriptions are handwritten (and signed) by his only son R. Avraham Binyamin Kluger, who's signature also appears on the title page: "Avraham Binyamin Kluger, son of the rabbi and great Torah scholar R. Shlomo Kluger".
R. Shlomo Kluger (1786-1869), leading Torah authority, served as chief dayan and maggid of Brody and had a great impact on all Jewish communities, both in the realm of halachic rulings and public leadership. In 1820, at the young age of 33, he was appointed chief dayan of Brody, which at that time was the largest Torah center in Galicia, at the initiative of R. Efraim Zalman Margolies – one of the foremost Torah scholars of the generation and prominent rabbi in Brody. R. Shlomo Kluger wrote more than 100 books on halacha and Talmudic topics, many of which were reprinted a number of times in later editions. His beloved son, R. Avraham Binyamin Kluger (1841-1915), was his close attendant in public leadership and in managing community matters in Galicia. The latter exchanged halachic correspondence with many rabbis of his time from all over the world, who aspired to hear his great father’s rulings on various matters.
, 2-25, 27-184 leaves; , 9 leaves. 30.5 cm. Fair condition. Stains and wear. Worming affecting the text (the book has been disinfected from worming). Old binding, worn and damaged, tears to the spine.
Tur Orach Chaim, Even HaEzer and Choshen Mishpat. Dyhernfurth, [1790-1796]. Three parts in three volumes.
Many short glosses in Ashkenazic script, primarily in Even HaEzer.
The endpaper of the Choshen Mishpat volume contains signatures and ownership inscriptions of "R. Binyamin the Proofreader": "Mine, Binyamin Baal Hagah"; "Belongs to R. Binyamin Baal HaMagiah"; "Belongs to my friend… R. Binyamin Baal Hagah, in Dyhernfurth". On the title page of the Even HaEzer volume, he signs: "Mine, Binyamin Segal". Stamps of "R. Asher Michael son of R. Chaim HaKohen Rabbi of Basel". Additional ownership inscriptions.
This edition of Tur is the first edition of the renowned composition Chiddushei Hagahot on the Tur, later printed in many more editions. This work was printed anonymously, yet it is known to have been composed by a group of scholars, including the brothers R. Yosef and R. Michael Shimon May (see: Moriah, Year 6 Issue 12, p. 49; and Year 7 Issues 2-3, p. 60). The meaning of the titles of the owner, "Baal Hagah" and "Baal HaMagiah", is unclear to us. It may indicate that he was part of the group of Torah scholars who composed Chiddushei Hagahot.
Three volumes. Orach Chaim: , 299 [i.e. 293],  leaves. Mispaginated. Even HaEzer: , 218,  leaves. Choshen Mishpat: , 314 [i.e. 315], 6 leaves. Without Yoreh De'ah. 36.5-38.5 cm. Overall good-fair condition. Stains. Wear and creases to the margins of some of the leaves. Worming in several places, affecting text. Small tears in a few places, barely affecting the text. Old bindings, damaged, with wide binding tape holding the spines.
Collection of books from the 17th-19th centuries with interesting ownership inscriptions, signatures and handwritten notes:
· Shulchan Aruch, with the Me'irat Einayim commentary (Sema) by R. Yehoshua Falk HaKohen. Berlin, . Bound with: Turei Zahav on Choshen Mishpat, by R. David HaLevi Segal. Fürth, . Notes in early Ashkenazic script (18th century). An interesting ownership inscription appears at the end of the volume, by a Jew named Shlomo Zalman, mentioning his studies under his teachers R. Zerach Eidlitz in Prague and R. Matityahu Neugroschel of Prague, Rabbi of Rausnitz (Rousínov).
· Lechem HaPanim, commentary on Shulchan Aruch Yoreh De'ah, by R. Moshe Yekutiel Kaufman. Wilhermsdorf, . Numerous signatures and ownership inscriptions: "Itzek Lifchovitz"; "This book belongs to Aharon Katz of Hirschaid" (Germany); "G-d granted me this holy book, Avraham Baruch Katz of Hirschaid, I purchased this book from Leib the bookseller for… Today, Monday, Tammuz 21, 1735"; "I, his younger brother Aharon Katz of Hirschaid, acquired this book from my step-brother written above, in exchange for… Tuesday, Shevat 11, 1736"; "I acquired this book from the one written below… Chaim son of R. Shimshon", and additional signatures. Several brief notes.
· Responsa Beit Yaakov, by R. Yaakov of Zuzmir (Sandomierz). [Dyhernfurth, 1696]. Lacking 2 leaves at the beginning and  leaves of indexes at the end. Several notes, by two writers.
· Mishneh Torah, Part I, Mada-Zmanim, by the Rambam. Fürth, . A signature appears on the title page: "Mordechai Adler". An ownership inscription appears at the top of the title page: "…Aharon Moshe, I acquired it from R. Mordechai Adler Katz, Marcheshvan 17, 1796…". Other ownership inscriptions and signatures.
· Pri Chadash, on Shulchan Aruch Yoreh De'ah, by R. Chizkiya da Silva. Fürth, . Various signatures and ownership inscriptions: "Belongs to… the great Torah scholar… Dov, head of the Beit Din of…"; "Belongs to R. Avraham son of R. Yosef, Posek of Lazdijai"; "Aharon son of R. Y.Tz."; and other signatures.
· Seder HaDorot, history of personages and events from the creation of the world until close to the time of the author, by R. Yechiel Heilprin Rabbi of Minsk. Karlsruhe, 1769. First edition. Part of the title page is missing and was replaced with a photocopy. Lacking last two leaves. An ownership inscription appears on the title page: "This Seder HaDorot belongs to my father, the prominent Torah scholar R. Michael Shimon May, bookseller… here in Breslau… Moshe Leib son of the great scholar…" (R. Michael Shimon May, d. 1833, a renowned scholar, printer and bookseller, one of the authors of Chiddushei Hagahot on the Tur – printed in Dyhernfurth, see item 172). Several handwritten notes appear in the book.
· Shaar HaMelech, on the Rambam, three parts, by R. Yitzchak Nunez-Belmonte, with Taam HaMelech, by the physician R. Baruch Jeitteles of Prague. Brno, [1801-1803]. Second edition of Shaar HaMelech and first edition of Taam HaMelech. Lacking title page and last leaf of Part II. Ownership inscription handwritten and signed by R. Yosef Shmuel Katz (a dayan in Nikolsburg [Mikulov] at the time of Maharam Banet): "…I thank G-d that I merited to purchase Shaar HaMelech, Yosef Shmuel son of R. Refael Katz".
· Responsa Noda BiYehuda, Tinyana, Part I (Orach Chaim and Yoreh De'ah) and Part II (Even HaEzer and Choshen Mishpat), by R. Yechezkel Landau. Sudylkiv, 1833. Printed on light-blueish paper. Stamps of the kabbalist R. "Menachem Menchin Heilperin" (1834-1924, one of the founders and deans of the Shaar HaShamayim yeshiva for kabbalists. Composed and published many Kabbalistic works). Notes in (cursive and square) Ashkenazic script.
9 books in 8 volumes. Size and condition vary.
Responsa Me'il Tzedaka. Prague, Cheshvan 1756.
Although it was published anonymously, the rabbis of Prague (the Noda BiYehuda and his Beit Din) reveal in their approbation that the author is R. Yona Landsofer. At the end of the book is an essay compiled from the books of Euclid with geometric illustrations and diagrams.
In the margin of the title page, ownership inscription signed by R. Naftali Hertz Scheuer, Rabbi of Mainz, who writes that the book belongs to his father R. David Tevele Scheuer, Rabbi of Mainz: "This book belongs to my father the great Torah scholar R. David Tevele Scheuer, Rabbi of Mainz. I, his son, Naftali Hertz Scheuer, here in [Mainz], Monday 15th Elul [1774?]...". Additional ownership inscriptions.
The Gaon R. [Yaakov Moshe] David Tevele Scheuer (died 1783, Ishim BiTeshuvot Chatam Sofer, 297) served in his youth as a dayan in the Beit Din of the Pnei Yehoshua in Frankfurt-am-Main, and from 1768, as Rabbi of Mainz. He was the teacher of the Chatam Sofer, who studied for two years in the Mainz Yeshiva, which was managed by his son, R. Michel.
His son, R. [Avraham] Naftali Hertz Scheuer (1753-1822, Ishim BiTeshuvot Chatam Sofer, 35), headed the yeshiva in Mainz after his father's death in 1783, and from 1801, served as rabbi of the community. His books include: Turei Zahav and Shekel HaKodesh.
, 82 leaves. 20.5 cm. High-quality paper, fair-good condition. Wear and detached leaves. Original leather binding, detached and damaged, without spine. Original colorful endpapers.
Talmud Yerushalmi Seder Nashim, with the Pnei Moshe and Mareh HaPanim commentaries, by R. Moshe Margolis. Amsterdam: Johannes Janssonius, . First edition of the Pnei Moshe commentaries.
An ownership inscription appears at the top of the title page, handwritten and signed by the great Torah scholar R. Binyamin Wolf Lev: "G-d granted me this holy book, so says B. Wolf". P. 24a of Tractate Gittin contains a scholarly note (slightly trimmed) in his handwriting.
Additional signatures. Signatures in Atbash cipher appear on the title page and at the beginning of the preface, which when decrypted read: "Michael Bacharach" and "Michael".
The famous Torah scholar, R. Binyamin Wolf Lev (1777-1851), author of Shaarei Torah, was the rabbi of Vrbové in Hungary and son of R. Elazar Lev, author of Maase Roke'ach. Famous Torah scholar, one of the prominent rabbis of the generation of the Chatam Sofer and R. Akiva Eiger. Many great Torah scholars were his disciples, including the Machaneh Chaim and the Kol Aryeh. He left behind compositions on all subjects of the Torah, which were printed in his famous series - Shaarei Torah. His first work was published at the young age of 26, receiving enthusiastic approbations from the leading Torah scholars of his time, R. Akiva Eiger, the Chatam Sofer and Maharam Banet. R. Baruch Frankel, author of Baruch Taam, praised him in his approbation as an expert in analyzing all Talmudic topics, early and more recent halachic works. The Ktav Sofer eulogized him as a master in Talmud and Halachic works, who did not cease to delve in Torah day and night, and seldom had physical enjoyment.
R. Michael Bacharach of Prague (1731-1801) was the grandson of the Chavot Yair, a leading Torah scholar in Prague and dayan in the Beit Din of the Noda BiYehuda. He left behind many works on the Talmud, Rambam and the four sections of Shulchan Aruch. Arugot HaBosem, two volumes, on the first fifty sections of Shulchan Aruch Even HaEzer, was printed from his writings (Machon Yerushalayim, 1985). After the passing of the Noda BiYehuda, a dispute erupted in Prague as to who should take his place at the head of the Beit Din. According to the Noda BiYehuda's will, his son, R. Shmuel Landau, succeeded him, yet R. Michael Bacharach did not accept his authority, and in 1794 opened an opposing Beit Din which he headed with his friend the dayan R. Yaakov Ginsburg. A polemic book named HaOrev was published anonymously in 1795, concerning this controversy and the contentions of the dayanim who seceded from R. Shmuel (see Kedem Auction 59, item 137).
, 40; 27; 39; 19; 29; 25; 23; 2 leaves. 35.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Some dark leaves (with foxing). Title page and first leaves are damaged, with old paper restorations. Old binding. Front cover detached, and missing spine.
Maggid Mesharim on the Torah, Neviim and Ketuvim, "lofty and great secrets revealed to… R. Yosef Karo…". Amsterdam: Partners Jacob Alvarez Soto, Moses ben Yakar Brandon and Benjamin De Jong, .
Many signatures and ownership inscriptions. Signature on the title page (covered by a stamp): "Koppel Alten-Kun[stadt]"; at the top of p. 9a is another signature of R. "Koppel A----"; ownership inscription of "Aharon Tr---", who purchased the book "from the estate of… R. Koppel Rabbi of Vrbové and the region"; p. 3a bears a ownership inscription of a grandson of R. Koppel Charif (from which we derive that the book returned to the possession of the Dushinsky family, descendants of R. Koppel): "My father… R. Dov Ber, bequeathed this book to me. Yitzchak Michael Dushinsky, Rabbi of Rákospalota" (his father, R. Dov Ber Dushinsky, Rabbi of Námestovo was the son-in-law of R. Yechezkel Reich Rabbi of Banowitz, son of R. Koppel Charif).
An ownership inscription appears in the right-hand corner of the title page, signed "Yaakov Kobler of Torhovytsya"; other signatures: R. "Meir Skolitz"; signature of "Isaac Wolf"; more signatures.
Rabbi Yaakov Koppel (Reich) Alten-Kunstadt (1766-1835), Rabbi of Vrbové (Hungary), a renowned Torah genius in his times, student of the Noda BiYehuda and Maharam Barby. Due to his genius and sharp intellect, he was known as Rabbi Koppel Charif (sharp), and many students came to seek his Torah teachings. Some of his novellae were printed in the books Chiddushei Yaavetz (Pressburg 1836, Jerusalem 2009), where the Chatam Sofer writes in his approbation: "Common knowledge needs no proof, it has already become well-known… the halachic strength of the renowned R. Koppel Alten-Kunstadt Rabbi of Vrbové… to whom all turn, he gathered and taught hundreds of disciples…".
, 69, 50-52 leaves. 19.5 cm. Fair condition. Extensive wear, slightly affecting text. Early binding, worn.
Responsa Avodat HaGershuni, by R. Gershon Ashkenazi. Frankfurt-am-Main, . First edition. Illustrated title page.
Signatures on the title page: "Shlomo Zalman Ullman"; "---- Pulitz"; a dedication (from 1937) handwritten and signed by R. "Yitzchak Leib Blau", to his brother-in-law R. Pinchas David Freidiger.
A few handwritten glosses and corrections, some of them presumably handwritten by R. Shlomo Zalman Ullman, Rabbi of Makó.
R. Shlomo Zalman Ullman (1792-1863) was the author of the Responsa Yeriot Shlomo and a prominent Hungarian rabbi. He was appointed to the rabbinate through the efforts of the Chatam Sofer, and served many decades as rabbi of Makó (Makova). He was the son-in-law of R. Simcha Bunim Eiger, Rabbi of Mattersdorf (brother of R. Akiva Eiger).
R. Yitzchak Leib Blau of Pressburg–Bnei Brak was the son-in-law and nephew of R. Akiva Sofer, Rabbi of Pressburg and author of Daat Sofer.
, 94,  leaves. 31.5 cm. Fair condition. Mold stains. Wear to the margins (some leaves repaired with paper). Damage with loss to the margins of the last two leaves. Contemporary half-leather binding, damaged.
Avraham Tzvi Abeles (1819-1871, HaChatam Sofer V'Talmidav, pp. 22-23) was a disciple of the Chatam Sofer and son-in-law of R. Yitzchak Moshe Perles. From 1849, he served as rabbi of Sárbogárd until his passing at the age of 52. His friend R. Eliezer Zusman
Noda BiYehuda, Mahadura Kama, Parts 1-2. By R. Yechezkel Landau, Rabbi of Prague. Prague, 1777. First edition of Mahadura Kama, the only one printed in the lifetime of the author. Separate title page for Part 2.
The endpapers, title page and first few leaves contain numerous signatures, as well as interesting ownership inscriptions: the signature of R. "Avraham Tzvi Abeles"; signatures and ownership inscriptions of R. "Yitzchak Dov of Rechnitz"; inscriptions recording borrowing the book from the aforementioned R. Itzek Ber, and buying it from his estate, signed "Wolf"; signature of R. "Feish Neiman from the community of ---- here in Pressburg" (R. Feish Neiman was one of the community leaders of Pressburg); on p. 29a of the second pagination, signature of "Meir Shmuel Pollack" of Pressburg, and on the verso of the same leaf a lengthy gloss signed "Natan Notte Kell…".
Dozens of lengthy, scholarly marginal notes, in neat and clear handwriting. Most of the notes are signed with the initials: A.Tz.A. (Avraham Tzvi Abeles). R. Sofer (Rabbi of Paks) eulogized him: "The great, sharp, brilliantly deep genius… died at the peak of his greatness… in his youth, at the time he studied in the yeshiva of the Chatam Sofer, he was already famous… had he dwelled in one of the big cities, the world would have resounded with his greatness".
, 86,  leaves; , 157 leaves. 32 cm. Fair condition. Wear and detached leaves. Extensive worming. Stains. Original binding, very worn. Without spine.
A copy of Noda BiYehuda, Tinyana (Prague 1811), with handwritten notes by R. Avraham Tzvi Abeles, appeared in Kedem Auction 40, item 123. Now the copy of Mahadura Kama has been discovered, with the many notes of this same Gaon, R. Avraham Tzvi Abeles.
Turei Even, novellae on tractates Rosh Hashanah, Chagigah and Megillah, by R. Aryeh Leib, Rabbi of Metz (the Shaagat Aryeh). Zhovkva, 1830.
At the top of the title page, a handwritten signature: "Avraham Aharon son of R. Moshe…". On the front endpaper, an ownership inscription: "Zalman Lichtenfeld who studies by the great and sharp scholar, well versed in Talmud and Halacha, R. Avraham Aharon Pscherhofer". A handwritten note appears on p. 23a, presumably in R. Avraham Aharon's handwriting.
R. Avraham Aharon Pscherhofer (1815-1869) was the Rabbi of Frauenkirchen and disciple of the Chatam Sofer. He was ordained by his teacher the Chatam Sofer. Several of the Chatam Sofer's responsa were sent to him, in one of which he writes: "May all mothers bear children like him".
Additional ownership inscription at the foot of the endpaper, of his son R. Moshe Mordechai Pscherhofer (Rabbi of Sered, disciple of the Ktav Sofer and R. Yehuda Assad): "This holy book belongs to the great Torah scholar M. M. Pscherhofer… 1884 [Frauenkirchen], Sunday of Nitzavim 1884".
Ownership stamp on the title page: "Avraham Shmuel Binyamin Spitzer Rabbi of Hamburg" – R. Avraham Shmuel Binyamin Spitzer (1872-1934) was the Rabbi of Hamburg and son-in-law of R. Moshe Mordechai Pscherhofer.
86; 40 leaves. Leaf 72 is bound before leaf 71. 36 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Title page detached and worn. Early binding, peeling and damaged. Front cover is detached. Torn leather spine.
Zikukin D'Nura U'Vaorin D'Esha, commentary on Tana D'Vei Eliyahu, by R. Shmuel Heide. Prague, .
The text of Tana D'Vei Eliyahu proofread and corrected, surrounded by an extensive commentary. R. Shmuel Heide edited the original text of Tana D'Vei Eliyahu and changed it fundamentally. As he writes in his preface, his corrections were based on his own judgement and on heavenly revelations he experienced. The new wording of Tana D'Vei Eliyahu was printed together with the old, original text (each chapter begins with the old version, followed by the newer version with the commentary of the author).
Several trimmed marginal notes in Ashkenazic script. Signatures and ownership inscriptions on the title page: "The great R. Yisrael [Katz?]", "So says Chanoch Henich Segal", "Of R. Itzek Landsberg" [R. Yitzchak Aharon Landsberg (1804-1879, Otzar HaRabbanim 12247), known as "Itzek Landsberg", rabbi of Grosswardein (Oradea), learnt by the Chatam Sofer for ten years and was one of his regular Shabbat guests. Served as rabbi of Gyömöre, Frauenkirchen and Grosswardein].
, 2-177; 62 leaves. Mispaginated. 30.5 cm. Fair condition. Stains and wear. Worming, primarily to the first leaves and last leaf. Open tears to the title page and a few more leaves, affecting text. Some of the leaves are darkened. Early leather binding, damaged and lacking spine, with worming.
Two books printed in Russia-Poland in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, with various ownership inscriptions and signatures:
· Mishnat Chachamim, novellae on Mishnayot, parts I-III, by R. Meshulam Feivish of Kremenets. Ostroh, . (Separate title pages for Zeraim, Moed and Nashim). Approbations by the Noda BiYehuda, the Haflaa, R. Shaul Rabbi of Amsterdam, R. Betzalel Margolies (disciple of the Baal Shem Tov) and other rabbis. Approbations of R. Eliezer Rabbi of Kolín and R. David Tzvi Auerbach Rabbi of Kremenets (father-in-law of R. Natan of Breslov) appear at the beginning of Nashim.
Ownership inscriptions of R. Avraham Yitzchak Weinberger Rabbi of Kleinwardein (Kisvárda), handwritten by several disciples (one inscription signed by "his disciple who draws live water from the well of his Torah… Wohlberg of Taujėnai"); additional signature: "Yitzchak Oish of Mihalifalva (Valea lui Mihai)".
, 33; , 15;  22 leaves. 21 cm. Greenish paper. Good-fair condition. Wear and stains. Original binding, worn. Lacking parts IV-VI on Nezikin, Kodshim and Taharot.
· HaItur, by Rabbeinu Yitzchak Abba Mari. Warsaw, 1801. Three approbations and a foreword appear on the verso of the title page. Leaf  (added after the printing) contains an approbation by the Maggid of Kozhnitz dated Cheshvan 20, 1802; two additional approbations, and another foreword by the publisher.
An ownership inscription appears on the title page "Belongs to my grandfather… the world-renowned R. Avraham Yitzchak Weinberger"; a signature in Ashkenazic Rashi script: "Avraham Yitzchak Weinberger Rabbi of Kleinwardein"; additional signatures: "David Broda"; "Yosef HaLevi of Nowy Wiśnicz"; "Ber Hersh of ---".
, 96 leaves. 33.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Marginal worming to last four leaves. Old binding, with leather spine. [Variant title page. See article of Chaim Liberman, Bibliographic note 3. Toldot HaDfus B'Warsha – Jubilee Book in Honor of Alexander Marx, N.Y. 1943, pp. 21-22].
R. Avraham Yitzchak Weinberger Rabbi of Kleinwardein (1805-1885) was the son-in-law of R. Tzvi Hirsh Heller, Rabbi of Óbuda and author of Tiv Gittin, and step son-in-law of the Chatam Sofer. After his father-in-law R. Tzvi Hirsh Heller passed away in 1835, the latter's widow married the Chatam Sofer in his third marriage. Her daughter and son-in-law relocated with her to Pressburg, and lived for several years in the home of the Chatam Sofer, where R. Avraham Yitzchak received much guidance from the Chatam Sofer in Torah and fear of G-d. He went to serve as rabbi of Freishtadtl (Hlohovec), and after several years, of Kleinwardein. R. Avraham Yitzchak was a leading rabbi and yeshiva dean in those days in Hungary. His foremost disciples were R. Chaim Tzvi Mannheimer Rabbi of Ungvar (Uzhhorod) and Rebbe Meshulam Feish Lowy (the I) Rabbi of Tosh (1821-1873). He authored Pnei Yitzchak (Munkachevo 1892) and Milel L'Avraham (Munkachevo 1892). His son-in-law was R. Avraham Broda Rabbi of Berezne (1825-1882), author of Pri HeChag, disciple of the Chatam Sofer and the Ktav Sofer.
Darchei Noam, "Questions and answers for the Jew to know how to act", by R. Mordechai HaLevi of Egypt, with Kuntres Milchemet Mitzva by his son R. Avraham HaLevi. Venice, [1697-1698]. First edition.
The verso of the title page contains an illustration of Tzurat HaBayit (the layout of the Temple).
An ownership inscription appears on the back endpaper: "Though our sages have prohibited writing on books, they have allowed to sign… belongs to the great Torah scholar… R. Yaakov Yosef head of the Berlin Beit Din, Tamuz 14, 1825" (R. Yaakov Yosef Ettinger head of the Berlin Beit Din, d. 1861). Stamps and additional inscription in German on the front endpaper.
282; 41 leaves. 27 cm. Fair-good condition. Stains and wear. Traces of past dampness. Small tears and damage to the lower margin of the leaves. Printing defect to one leaf with loss to text. Old binding, with damage, back cover detached.
Kavanat HaAggadot, Kaftor VaFerach, elucidation of Talmudic Aggadot, by R. Yaakov Luzzatto, Amsterdam, 1709.
An early signature appears on the title page: "Chaim Michel". The title page contains two interesting dedications, handwritten and signed by R. Getsch (Getschlik) Schlesinger, dedicated to his friend R. Eliyahu Munk of Danzig (Gdańsk), while learning together in the yeshiva of the Aruch LaNer in Altona, 1841:
"A remembrance offering of a covenant of love… to my beloved, dear friend… the outstanding young man R. Eliyahu HaKohen of Danzig. Here in Altona… 1841. From me, Elyakum Getschlik".
"Souvenir of a love of friendship… therefore my beloved, my friend and close companion, this too I request of you, may my memory arise in your thoughts and pure heart, since even when our bodies will be separated, our souls and spirits will be linked in love. Therefore my beloved, accept my gift, the gift of a pauper, for the purity of my heart and intention, from me - your friend, who is attached to you with bonds of love – Elyakum Getschlik son of Tevele".
The holy scholar R. Elyakum Getschlik Schlesinger (1813-1900), known as R. Getsch of Hamburg was born to R. David Tevele in Flehingen (south-western Germany). He was a disciple of R. Yaakov Ettlinger, the Aruch LaNer, in the Mannheim yeshiva, and relocated with his teacher to Altona as the first student of the Altona yeshiva, when the latter went there to serve in the rabbinate (in 1836). He served for over fifty years as dayan and teacher in the yeshiva of the Hamburg Kloiz. He was renowned as a holy man, who studied Talmud and Halacha ceaselessly, and delved extensively into Kabbalistic works. He was known in Hamburg as a pious and holy wonder-worker, and more than once, an ill person suddenly recovered following his visit. The epitaph on his tombstone reads: "Our master and teacher, light of Israel, pillar of Torah…, the great scholar and Chassid… erudite in all realms of Torah… stood as a mast for his generation… holy and pure from birth… sat in the company of scholars in the study hall of the old and new Kloiz of our community for over 55 years…".
His dear friend, R. Eliyahu HaKohen Munk (1815-1899), was the son of R. Michel Leib (Yechiel Aryeh) Munk Head of the Danzig Beit Din. He was a close disciple of R. Akiva Eiger in the Poznań yeshiva (some say also of the Beit Meir). After the passing of his teacher R. Akiva Eiger, R. Eliyahu went over to learn in the Altona yeshiva by the Aruch LaNer. In that period, he built close friendship ties with R. Getsch Schlesinger, bond they maintained their whole life – later even becoming related by marriage, when R. Moshe Schlesinger, son of R. Getsch, married Heni, daughter of R. Eliyahu (in the next generation, some of their grandchildren also married each other). R. Eliyahu disseminated Torah in Altona and was one of the editors of the Shomer Tzion HaNe'eman journal. He served as rabbi of the Hamburg Kloiz from 1873, and was appointed dayan of Hamburg in 1880. His sons and grandsons served in rabbinates of Germany, England and the United States. On p. 2a of this book, a (faded) stamp in English appears, of R. Munk of London.
131 leaves. 19 cm. Fair condition, wear and worming (affecting text). Old binding, worn.
Responsa Shev Yaakov, two parts, by R. Yaakov Poppers Katz Rabbi of Frankfurt. Frankfurt am Main, . First edition. With the approbation of the Pnei Yehoshua.
The front endpaper contains ownership inscriptions of R. Baruch Mordechai Livshitz: "Belongs to the great and prominent scholar… Baruch Mordechai Rabbi of Siemiatycze". Stamps in several places of his son "Yechezkel Lifshitz".
R. Baruch Mordechai Livshitz (1809-1885) was a renowned Lithuanian Torah scholar who studied in his youth by R. Binyamin Diskin Rabbi of Horodna (together with his colleagues R. Yitzchak Elchanan and R. Yehoshua Leib Diskin). He served as rabbi in several prominent cities: Siemiatycze, Wołkowysk (Vawkavysk), Novhardok (Navahrudak) and Shedlitz (Siedlce). He composed Responsa Brit Yaakov, two parts, Drush Beit Mordechai, and left behind in manuscript an extensive composition named Minchat Bikurim on the 4 parts of Shulchan Aruch. He was known for his ability to be lenient in his rulings. After his passing, HaAsif (1886, p. 759) eulogized him as a man of regal bearing, apart from his preeminence in Torah, and as someone who, though he spoke little, could perceive the character of whoever he spoke to. In his responsa book Brit Yaakov, he discusses extensively the words of Shev Yaakov (this book). His son R. Meir Yechezkel Lifshitz passed away in Jerusalem in 1910.
A note in Rashi script appears on p. 33a of the second pagination.
, 109, , 139 leaves. Part II has its own title page. 30.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Front cover and first two leaves detached. Back cover partly detached. Original leather binding, damaged. Without spine.
Chovot HaLevavot, by Rabbeinu Bachya ibn Paquda, translated to Yiddish by R. Yitzchak Dayan. Wilhelmsdorf, . This is the first edition of the book in Yiddish alone, without the Hebrew text.
The title page contains two ownership inscriptions: "Belongs to the woman Hena Genessa daughter of R. Zundel of Salant" – Rebbetzin Hena Genessa, daughter of R. Yosef Zundel of Salant, was married to R. Uri Shabtai of Salant, a dayan in R. Shmuel Salant's Beit Din. She passed away at a young age [this inscription was possibly written by her husband, R. Uri Shabtai Dayan, or by her great father, R. Zundel of Salant].
R. Zundel was renowned for his adherence to the teachings and conducts of the Gaon of Vilna, and was a transmitter of his teachings, as he received them from his close teacher R. Chaim of Volozhin. This may explain why his daughter owned this book (possibly received from him), in accordance with the directive of the Gaon of Vilna in his famous letter (Alim LiTrufa), where he entreats his wife to instruct her daughters to study ethics on a regular basis, mentioning that he has several ethics books in German they can learn from.
, 115,  leaves. 20 cm. Fair condition. Stains and wear. Dampstains. Worming to some leaves. Tears to the title page and last leaf, repaired. New binding.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman.
Or Yisrael, ethical essays by R. Yisrael of Salant and his disciple R. Yitzchak (R. Itzele) Blazer. Vilna, 1900. First edition.
The book is comprised of four parts. The main part, Or Yisrael, contains "a collection of letters and various essays to enthuse hearts to the fear of G-d and the study of ethics", by R. Yisrael of Salant. The other parts named Shaarei Or, Netivot Or and Kochvei Or, were composed by his close disciple R. Yitzchak Blazer.
The front endpaper bears a stamp: "Yitzchak Blazer, previously rabbi of the capital city of Petersburg, Kovno".
R. Yitzchak Blazer, known as R. Itzele Peterburger (1837-1907), was a prominent disciple of R. Yisrael of Salant, and spread the Mussar Movement in the Lithuanian yeshivas. An exceptional Torah scholar - among the greatest of his time. A man of ethics, known for his holiness. At the behest of his teacher, R. Yisrael of Salant, he went to serve as rabbi of St. Petersburg, a position he held from 1862-1878. In 1878, he resigned and moved to Kovno (Kaunas), and from 1880 he headed the Kovno Kollel. After a while, he left this position as well and continued his holy work as a private individual. Throughout these periods, he delivered mussar discourses to his companions of the Mussar Movement and at the Knesset Yisrael Yeshiva in Slabodka (Vilijampolė). In 1902, he planned to immigrate to Eretz Israel and therefore sold his home and possessions in Kovno, but actually only arrived in Eretz Israel in 1904. Upon his arrival in Jaffa, he was greeted by many Jerusalemite Torah scholars. He settled in Batei Strauss, Jerusalem, together with leading figures of the Mussar Movement who had previously immigrated to Jerusalem. He authored Responsa Pri Yitzchak in two parts.
184 pages. 22 cm. Good condition. Stains. Bookplate of R. Sigmund Seligman. Original binding, with minor damage.
Volume of Talmud, Tractates Rosh Hashanah-Yuma. Berlin, 1864. With notes handwritten by R. Yisrael Meir HaKohen of Radin, the Chafetz Chaim.
The volume of Talmud the Chafetz Chaim learnt from and annotated in his own handwriting. 9 notes, most lengthy, appear in the margins of the book, in a handwriting identical to that of the Chafetz Chaim.
The contents of the notes were found equivalent to writings in his books.
He concludes a note in Tractate Yuma p. 83a with the following: "And so I found in the HaMagid journal, year 8, issue 10, see there". An interesting discovery emerges here – this note indicates that the Chafetz Chaim perused the HaMagid periodical!
The title pages and endpapers contain stamps (in Hebrew and English) of R. Chaim Shmuel Niman, a dean of the Chafetz Chaim yeshiva in New York.
R. Yisrael Meir HaKohen of Radin (1837-1933) was an outstanding Torah scholar and leader of the Jewish people, known by the name of his first book Chafetz Chaim. He was the dean of the Radin yeshiva and author of many halachic and ethic books, including Mishna Berura, Shemirat HaLashon, Ahavat Chessed and dozens more.
, 36; 13; 2; 8 leaves; 110; 12; 5; 16 leaves. 25 cm. Good condition. Stains and light wear. Original binding, damaged and partly detached.
Written according to the report of R. Yitzchak Yeshaya Weiss (enclosed).
Etz Chaim, the Ari's Kabbalistic teachings, by R. Chaim Vital. Three parts. With the Yafeh Shaa commentary; the Shemesh commentary and Nahar Shalom - by R. Shalom Sharabi the Rashash; glosses and commentaries; and more, published by R. Menachem Menchin Heilperin. Warsaw, 1890 – Jerusalem, 1910.
Stamps of R. "Yechezkel Levenstein – Ponovezh Yeshiva – Menahel Ruchani".
R. Yechezkel Levenstein (1885-1974) was a leader of the mussar movement, product of the Kelm Talmud Torah. He was the Menahel Ruchani (spiritual administrator) of the Mir Yeshiva in Poland, Shanghai and Jerusalem. After R. Dessler's passing, he was appointed spiritual administrator of the Ponovezh Yeshiva in Bnei-Brak. A holy, pious man, he was known for his connection to G-d and his abstention from earthly pleasures (he was never seen leaning back in his chair, and other exceptional conducts). The effectiveness of his blessings and prayers was well known and many were saved through his blessings. During the Holocaust, while the Mir Yeshiva escaped to Vilna and the Far-East, his disciples saw clearly that his decisions and blessings were supernatural, directed by heavenly revelations. He was very well-versed in Kabbalah, yet in public he was particular to only deliver ethical discourses, so many assumed he had no knowledge in Kabbalah. Or Yechezkel, Imrei Yechezkel, Avodat Yechezkel and more were published based on his discourses.
, 8, , 9-224; 237, ; 111 pages. 31 cm. Dry paper. Tears and wear. Stains. Original binding, with leather spine, slightly damaged.
This edition was printed mostly in Warsaw . Only the title page and the additional leaves of approbations (the first four leaves of the first part) were reprinted in Jerusalem by the publisher R. Menchin Heilperin and added to the copies he presumably brought with him from Europe, from the edition he printed in Warsaw. Though this fact is not stated in the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book's listings (no. 000130724), it is verified and noticeable upon examination of this book.
Two books printed by the heads of the Mir Yeshiva during the 1910s, with ownership stamps of the mashgiach, R. Yechezkel Levenstein.
· Ketzot HaChoshen on Shulchan Aruch Choshen Mishpat, by R. Aryeh Leib HaCohen Heller. Three parts in one volume. Pyetrykaw, 1913. Published by "C.Z.F. of the city of Mir Minsk region". Ownership stamps of R. ”Yechezkel Levenstein – Ponevezh – Menahel Ruchani".
, 70, 18; , 59, 15; 106, 2 leaves. 33 cm. Dry paper. Good condition. Wear and stains. Minor tears. Torn original binding with leather spine.
· Avnei Milu'im, on Shulchan Aruch Even HaEzer, by R. Aryeh Leib HaCohen Heller. Two parts in one volume. Pyetrykaw, 1910 [stereotype edition of the 1910 edition printed ca. 1914]. Published by Binyamin Shmuelevitz from the city of Mir. Ownership stamps of R. "Yechezkel Levenstein – Mir Yeshiva – Menahel Ruchani"; "Yechezkel Levenstein – Ponevezh Yeshiva – Menahel Ruchani".
, 188; , 156, 59,  pages. Approximately 33 cm. Dry paper. Good condition. Wear and stains. Minor tears. Worn original binding with leather spine.
R. Yechezkel Levenstein (1885-1974) was a leader of the mussar movement, product of the Kelm Talmud Torah. He was the Menahel Ruchani (spiritual administrator) of the Mir Yeshiva in Poland, Shanghai and Jerusalem. After R. Dessler's passing, he was appointed spiritual administrator of the Ponovezh Yeshiva in Bnei-Brak. A holy, pious man, he was known for his connection to G-d and his abstention from earthly pleasures (he was never seen leaning back in his chair, and other exceptional conducts). The effectiveness of his blessings and prayers was well known and many were saved through his blessings. During the Holocaust, while the Mir Yeshiva escaped to Vilna and the Far-East, his disciples saw clearly that his decisions and blessings were supernatural, directed by heavenly revelations. Or Yechezkel, Imrei Yechezkel, Avodat Yechezkel and more were published based on his discourses.
The printing of this edition was initiated by the head of the Mir Yeshiva R. Eliyahu Baruch Kamai and by his son-in-law R. Eliezer Yehuda Finkel. For some unknown reason, they wrote the name of the publisher as "C.Z.F. from the city of Mir" [R. Chaim Ze'ev Finkel who was a child under bar-mitzvah age at the time of printing], as well as the name of Binyamin Shmuelevitz from the city of Mir [written on the title page of the 1910 edition of Avnei Milu'im is the name of the publisher "C.Z.F. from the city of Mir", whereas in the second edition, the name was changed to "Binyamin Shmuelevitz of the city of Mir"].
Three books printed by the Otzar HaSefarim (library) of the Mir Yeshiva during its Shanghai exile, with ownership stamps of the mashgiach, R. Yechezkel Levenstein
· Mishnah Torah L'HaRambam, Nezikin. Shanghai, 1943. Published by the Va'ad HaHadpassa Torah Or. Ownership stamps of R. "Yechezkel Levenstein – Mir Yeshiva – Menahel Ruchani". Handwritten inscription "From the books of the mashgiach shlita".
· Tractate Eruvin of the Babylonian Talmud, with commentaries and Rav Alfas. Shanghai, 1944. Ownership stamps of R. "Yechezkel Levenstein – Mir Yeshiva – Menahel Ruchani"; "Yechezkel Levenstein – Ponevezh Yeshiva – Menahel Ruchani".
· Tractate Gittin of the Babylonian Talmud, with commentaries and Rav Alfas. Shanghai, 1945. Published by Beit Otzar HaSefarim Ezrat Torah affiliated with the Mir Yeshiva". Ownership stamps of R. "Yechezkel Levenstein – Mir Yeshiva – Menahel Ruchani"; "Yechezkel Levenstein – Ponevezh Yeshiva – Menahel Ruchani". Penciled inscription: "From the books of Maran Shlita".
R. Yechezkel Levenstein (1885-1974) was a leader of the mussar movement, product of the Kelm Talmud Torah. He was the Menahel Ruchani (spiritual administrator) of the Mir Yeshiva in Poland, Shanghai and Jerusalem. After R. Dessler's passing, he was appointed spiritual administrator of the Ponovezh Yeshiva in Bnei-Brak. A holy, pious man, he was known for his connection to G-d and his abstention from earthly pleasures (he was never seen leaning back in his chair, and other exceptional conducts). The effectiveness of his blessings and prayers was well known and many were saved through his blessings. During the Holocaust, while the Mir Yeshiva escaped to Vilna and the Far-East, his disciples saw clearly that his decisions and blessings were supernatural, directed by heavenly revelations. Or Yechezkel, Imrei Yechezkel, Avodat Yechezkel and more were published based on his discourses.
3 books. Approximately 25.5 cm. Fair condition. Worming and wear. Contemporary damaged fabric bindings.
Neviim Achronim, with commentary by R. Yitzchak Abarbanel. [Pesaro]: [Gershom] Soncino, 1520.
Lengthy marginal notes in Sephardic script appear, from two writers. Some notes are trimmed.
 leaves. Originally:  leaves. Lacking 6 leaves: title page, leaves , , ,  and the last leaf, originally a blank leaf. Half of the first leaf is lacking (replaced with photocopy). 32 cm. Condition varies. Stains. Many leaves are damaged and incomplete, mainly at the margins, with damage to the text, and were professionally restored. Missing text replaced in places with photocopy. Worming in places, some repaired. New leather binding.
This edition was printed some twelve years after the passing of the author, R. Yitzchak Abarbanel. At the end of his commentary to Yeshaya, the author writes: "And I began this commentary in the island of Corfu on Rosh Chodesh Av 1495, and since this work was postponed in deference of other works I composed, it was completed in Naples on Rosh Chodesh Elul 1498…".
The famous Jewish printer Gershom Soncino, a foremost Hebrew printer in Italy, wandered with his family and printing equipment throughout various Italian cities. Wherever he settled, he printed Hebrew books. In Pesaro, he printed some of the Talmudic tractates and additional books. The first part of the Abarbanel commentary, on Neviim Rishonim, was also printed in Pesaro, in 1511.
Sefer Birchat Hazevach, novellae and elucidations on tractates from Seder Kodashim, by R. Aharon Shmuel Koidenover. Amsterdam, . First edition. Title page illustrated with Biblical scenes.
"Sefer Birchat Hazevach, a wondrous work with Torah-true explanations on the Talmud and Tosafot of Seder Kodashim…" Signature on the title page: "The earth and its contents belongs to G-d. I bought this volume, David Chaim Korinaldi". The volume contains approximately ten long, learned glosses in his handwriting, in Italian script. Several of them disagree sharply with the author: "One who carefully studies the words of the Tosafot…will see that the author did not understand their true intent" (Tractate Keritot, 176a); "The author overlooked…" (Tractate Temurah, 14b); "It seems from the words of the author that he overlooked a clearly stated piece of Talmud…" (Tractate Me’ila, 30b). One of the glosses (Tractate Temurah, 3b) refers to a painful episode in the life of R. David which separated him from his library: "…The matter must be further researched…but my books are not currently with me, until G-d sees fit to see my plight…".
Rabbi David Chaim Korinaldi – Radak (1700-1770) was an Italian scholar and great Mishnaic commentator, author of "Beit David" on the six orders of the Mishnah. He was the son-in-law of R. Yitzchak ben R. Asher Pacifico of Venice. He served in the rabbinate of various Italian cities, first in Rovigo and from ca. 1747 in Trieste. He was a renowned Torah authority and grammarian, and was erudite in many subjects. He asserted that he studied Torah despite suffering great affliction. Following the printing of his book Beit David, he was embroiled in a severe controversy with R. David Pardo, who refuted his writings many times in his book Shoshanim L'David. The Livorno rabbis established a truce, and as a result R. David Pardo inserted a special apology at the beginning of the second volume of his book Shoshanim L’David. During the course of the dispute there were those who claimed that R. David Korinaldi was not the true author of Beit David, but his close associate R. Yitzchak Lampronti (he quotes R. David's responsa in his book Pachad Yitzchak) wrote a letter of conciliation: "Do not pay attention to all the things said by your adversaries, for this is the method of faultfinders who criticize the author when they cannot find fault with the composition, and this is the case with your excellent book Beit David…I swear that I never imagined that it was written by anyone else".
Sefer Birchat Hazevach is a basic text for the study of Tractate Kodashim. The Chida in "Shem Hagedolim" describes it as "an extremely important text, in which the author clearly and concisely explains the subjects with his extraordinary novellae and glosses."
, 64, 64-131, 133-180; 35,  leaves. 17.5 cm. Poor condition. Extreme worming damage to the text, with many tears and holes. Stains. Several pages are darkened and stained. Old binding with worn leather spine.
Matnat Yad, on the topic of charity, by R. Daniel Terni (Rabbi of Florence, author of Ikrei HaDat). Bound with: Machar Chodesh, by R. Moshe Chaim Rimini (prominent rabbi in Florence). Talmudic novellae, clarification of topics of sanctification of the month, Tekufot and Moladot, and refutations of some of the contents of Mateh Dan (by R. David Nieto of London). Florence, . Only edition.
A handwritten note (in Rashi-Italian script) appears at the end of chapter 1 of Matnat Yad, which appears to be an addition by the author.
, 2-36 leaves, [1 blank leaf]; , 2-42,  leaf. Approx. 21 cm. High quality, light-colored paper. Very good condition. Stains. Collector's and library stamps. New, fine binding.
Six books, with signatures and notes by rabbis of Rhodes – R. Yedidya Shmuel Tarika, author of Ben Yedid, R. Shlomo Yedidya Israel and R. Rachamim Yehuda Israel author of Ben Yemin:
1-2. Yachin U'Boaz, responsa by R. Tzemach and R. Shimon Doran. Livorno, .
The title page bears an ownership inscription and calligraphic signature: "the young Yedidya Shlomo Israel".
Bound with: Leket Shmuel, by R. Shmuel Feivish Kahana "exiled scribe from Vienna". Venice, 1694-1695.
Signatures and inscriptions appear on the title page: "Yaakov Nachmias", "I acquired this book from Yaakov Nachmias, so says the young Yedidya Tarika", "This book belongs to the scholar… Shmuel Yedidya Tarika…" – R. Yedidya Shmuel Tarika was the author of Ben Yedid and other books. Two handwritten notes appear in this book.
3-4. Minchat Bikurim, novellae on the Talmud, by R. Meyuchas son of R. Shmuel. Salonika, . Bound with: Peticha Shut MehaRav Baal Lev Sameach, responsa by R. Avraham Alegre. Salonika, .
The title page of the first book contains a calligraphic signature: "What G-d granted the young Yedidya Shlomo Israel".
5. Responsa Zera Emet, by R. Yishmael HaKohen of Modena. Livorno, .
The title page contains an inscription written by the owner testifying he received it from the author: "Moshe received it as a gift from the rabbi, the author", followed by an additional inscription: "I acquired it from the widow, the young Yedidya Israel". The center of the title page bears the calligraphic signature of R. Yedidya Shlomo Israel.
A lengthy note appears on p. 81a, signed: "R.Y.Ch. Israel" – R. Rachamim Chaim Yehuda Israel author of Ben Yemin.
6. Devarim Achadim, by R. Chaim Yosef David Azulai – the Chida. Livorno, . A calligraphic signature appears on the title page: "Mine, the young Yedidya Shlomo Israel". The margin of the title page contains the inscription: "Gift from the author of the book [from the Chida]", and another inscription alluding to his name: "Yedid Hashem Yishkon LaVetach". The book contains several handwritten notes.
R. Yedidya Shmuel Tarika (1713-1769) was a prominent scholar of his generation and a rabbi in Rhodes. He authored Ben Yedid, Chelko shel Yedid, Amar Yedid and Kidash Yedid.
R. Yedidya Shlomo Israel of Rhodes (d. 1831), was a leading Torah scholar of his times, son of R. Eliyahu Israel Rabbi of Rhodes and Alexandria (Egypt). He edited and published his father's books in Livorno, where he met the Chida and befriended him (the Chida presented him with one of the books we have here, see enclosed material). He succeeded his father in the rabbinate of Alexandria, were he served until his passing. In Alexandria, he maintained a library of hundreds of books and manuscripts (the bindings of two of the books we have here are known to originate from that library).
R. Rachamim Chaim Yehuda Israel (1815-1892) was a rabbi in Rhodes, author of Ben Yemin (Salonika 1896). (Regarding the history of the Israel family in Rhodes, see: S. Marcus, Toldot HaRabbanim L'Mishpachat Israel M'Rhodus, Jerusalem 1935).
Six books in four volumes. Approx. 28-30 cm. Condition varies. Stains and wear, worming, tears and other damage. Two books with old bindings (from the library of R. Yedidya Shlomo Israel) and two unbound.
Twelve books printed in Salonika in the 18th-19th centuries, some of them with glosses:
1. Chelek Yaakov, novellae on Tur, Rambam and the Talmud, by R. Yaakov Albaali. Salonika, . One of the leaves contains a gloss signed: "the young Rachamim Franko" (apparently the handwriting of R. Chaim Rachamim Yosef Franko – HaRav HaCharif, 1833-1901, dayan in Rhodes and Livorno. R. Franko immigrated to Jerusalem in 1868 and was appointed dayan in the Beit Din of the Rishon LeTzion – the Yisa Bracha. From 1878, he served as rabbi of Hebron. He authored Shaarei Rachamim, Ot L'Rachamim, VaYitzbor Yosef and more).
2. Korban Elitzur, novellae on Tractate Avoda Zara, by R. Mansour Marzouk. Salonika, .
3-4. Mayim Shaal, responsa in the order of the Shulchan Aruch, by R. Moshe Mordechai Meyuchas. Salonika, . Open tear to one of the leaves affecting the text. Bound with: Shaar HaMayim, composition on the Laws of Treifot, Tractate Chulin and responsa, by R. Mordechai Yosef Meyuchas. Salonika, . A trimmed note in Sephardic script appears in the responsa section of Shaar HaMayim, p. 21a.
5-6. Teshuvot Mahardach, by R. David HaKohen of Corfu. Salonika, . Bound with: Maamar HaMelech, novellae on Rambam's Mishneh Torah, by R. Refael Avraham Matzliach. [Salonika, 1806]. Lacking title page and last leaf. Contains a few glosses.
7. Pi Shnayim, novellae on Arba Turim and various homilies, by R. Refael Sornaga. Salonika, .
8. Chesed LeAvraham, Part I, responsa on Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim and Yoreh De'ah, by R. Avraham Alkalai. Salonika, . A trimmed ownership inscription appears on the title page, and a trimmed gloss on p. 153a, both in Sephardic script.
9-10. Migdal Chananel, homilies, selections and laws, by R. Chananel Chabif. Salonika, . Bound with: Mareh HaNoga, novellae on Rambam's Mishneh Torah, by R. Refael Ashkenazi. Salonika, . Mareh HaNoga contains a second part with a separate title page: Dvar Yosef, homilies for special Shabbatot and eulogies, by R. Yosef Danon. Salonika, . A trimmed gloss in Sephardic script appears on p. 16a of Mareh HaNoga.
11. Nishmat Kol Chai, Part I, responsa on Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim and Yoreh De'ah, by R. Chaim Palagi. Salonika, .
12. Yad David, on Shulchan Aruch Yoreh De'ah, by R. David de Boton. Salonika, . Tears to the last two leaves, slightly affecting the text. A few glosses.
12 books in 9 volumes. Size and condition vary.
Collection of books printed in Livorno in the 18th-19th centuries, some of them with glosses:
1. Lashon Chachamim, commentaries of the Rosh and the Raavad and additional commentaries on tractates of Seder Kodashim and Nashim. Livorno, .
2. Mateh Yehuda, two parts, on Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim, with Shevet Yehuda, on Shulchan Aruch Yoreh De'ah, by R. Yehuda Ayash. Livorno, .
3. Kodashei David, on Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim, by R. David Chaim Shmuel Hassan. Livorno, . The second half of the book (with its own title page) on Rambam and the Talmud, is lacking. Ownership inscription and stamp on the title page [of R. Yehuda Aryeh Weider of Sighet (Sighetu Marmației)?].
4. Chikrei Lev, Part I of the Yoreh De'ah section, by R. Refael Yosef Chazan. Livorno, . A trimmed gloss in Sephardic script appears on p. 43a. Tears to a few leaves, affecting the text.
5. Mishcha DiRevuta, novellae on Shulchan Aruch, by R. Masoud Refael Alfasi. Livorno, . A trimmed gloss in Sephardic script appears on p. 23b (of the second pagination).
6. Ohalei Yitzchak, novellae on the Tractates of the Talmud, by R. Yitzchak Bonan. Livorno, .
7-8. Pnei HaBayit, novellae on Choshen Mishpat, with Kuntres Beit Av on Rambam's Mishneh Torah, by R. Avraham Antebi. Livorno, . Bound with: Pri Etz Chaim, novellae on Shulchan Aruch and homilies, by R. Chaim Avigdor. Amsterdam, . A gloss in Sephardic script beginning with: "Says R.Y.", appears on p. 103a of Pnei HaBayit.
9-10. Zara D'Yosef, novellae on the Talmud, by R. Yosef Burgel. Livorno, . Bound with: VaYiken Yosef, Talmudic principles and novellae, by R. Yosef Burgel. Livorno, . Lacking the last two leaves of VaYiken Yosef. Two leaves with the author's poetic preface were added, which are not listed in the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book and do not appear in the copy of the NLI. The title page of Zara D'Yosef contains a dedication by R. Shlomo Eliezer Fischler (of Borshchiv). An ownership inscription appears on the title page of VaYiken Yosef: "Belongs to me, David Yechiel Michel Heil[prin]", rabbi of Borshchiv, with a self-dedication by him that he received the book "from Tunis… through R. Shlomo Eliezer Fischler". Two trimmed marginal notes in Ashkenazic script appear in VaYiken Yosef.
10 books in 8 volumes. Size and condition vary. Worming to some of the books.
VaYikra Avraham by R. Avraham Chaim Adadi – leaves from the author's manuscript, and printed edition of the composition:
· VaYikra Avraham, novellae following the order of the Shulchan Aruch, by R. Avraham Chaim Adadi. Livorno, .
The title page bears a handwritten dedication by the author: "A gift sent to the esteemed and wise… R. Shalem Tov… from the author Avraham Chaim Adadi".
· Collection of handwritten leaves and leaf fragments, from a "binding geniza", sections of VaYikra Avraham, handwritten by the author R. Avraham Chaim Adadi. Some leaves are stuck together, and some were (delicately) attached into the printed copy we have here, on the corresponding printed text.
· Enclosed are two printed leaves originating from that same binding (cut to size), with typographic variations. These leaves presumably originate from an initial printing of the book, which was later altered (see enclosed leaves for comparison).
R. Avraham Chaim son of R. Mas'ud Hai Adadi – "Rav Achai" (1800-1874) was a leading Lybian Torah scholar. He was the grandson of R. Natan Adadi and R. Mas'ud Hai Rakkah, author of Maaseh Roke'ach. Orphaned from both his parents at a young age, he was raised by his grandfather R. Natan Adadi. At the age of 18, he immigrated with his grandfather to Safed. He learnt under the scholars of Safed and travelled as emissary of the Sephardi community in Safed. In 1837, during his mission in Livorno, news reached him of the destruction of Safed in the earthquake, and he decided not to return there, instead heading for Tripoli, his birthplace. In Tripoli, he served as rabbi and dayan for over 32 years, and was one of its leading scholars. In 1849, his book HaShomer Emet was published in Livorno, followed by VaYikra Avraham in 1865. Apart from these two books, he left behind additional manuscript compositions.
VaYikra Avraham: 4, 131 leaves. 30 cm. Good condition, stains, several tears. Old binding, with damage + over 50 leaf fragments from the manuscript, of varying size and degrees of damage (overall good condition, apart from loss of text due to trimming).
Me'am Loez, anthology of commentaries and midrashim in Ladino on the five books of the Torah, by R. Yaakov Culi. Izmir, [1864-1868]. Ladino.
Complete set of six volumes.
Signatures, stamps and ownership inscriptions. A handwritten inscription appears at the end of Vayikra: "Incantation from the Chida".
6 volumes. Varying pagination. 32 cm. Overall good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Inscriptions. Detached leaves and gatherings. Tears and damage. Large tears to several leaves. Old bindings, damaged.
Collection of important documents including: early Ketubot from the 19th-20th centuries, documents, Shiviti leaves and amulets which were pasted into a volume of Rav Pe'alim, recovered in 1970 from the library of the Meir Taweig Synagogue in Baghdad.
The documents and leaves were collected and pasted into the book by Chacham Salman Dabby, the last beadle of the Meir Taweig synagogue in Baghdad, ca. 1948-1970. Salman Dabby immigrated to Eretz Israel after the community disintegrated following the Six Day War, succeeding in bringing with him to Eretz Israel a collection of books from the immense library of the synagogue (which he claimed contained some quarter of a million books, many documents and dozens of Torah scrolls – see below). He habitually saved and pasted various documents, printed items and manuscripts in the books.
We have here one of those books, in which were pasted particularly important documents (see also following item). On many of these documents, Salman Dabby added a handwritten inscription: "Brought it, the lowly Salman Eliyahu Binyamin Daniel Dabby from the Meir Taweig synagogue".
This volume contains amongst others:
· Responsa Rav Pe'alim, part I, by R. Yosef Chaim, the Ben Ish Chai. Jerusalem, . First edition. Title page printed with golden ink. Signatures and many inscriptions by Salman Dabby, with memorial inscriptions for his father and other relatives, and inscription attesting the book's provenance from the Meir Taweig [synagogue] library. An additional signature appears on the title page: "the young Yaakov son of R. Elisha Nissim".
· Handwritten Ketubah, for the marriage of the groom Tzalach Nachum Yitzchak Aharon. Baghdad, Tamuz 1834. Neat, calligraphic script. Decorated with a border made from colored strips of paper. Signed by the witnesses: "Mordechai son of R. Sasson" (R. Mordechai Shanduch [d. 1852], was the eldest son of R. Sasson Shanduch author of Kol Sasson); "the young Mordechai son of R. Yitzchak Shamash". (In the Sassoon manuscript no. 467, an additional Ketubah signed by these two witnesses appears, dated Cheshvan 1833). Inscription on the verso of the Ketubah, with colored floral ornaments.
· Handwritten Ketubah, for the marriage of the groom David Eliyahu Mordechai Yaakov Yaakov Faraj, with the bride Tzlacha daughter of (the abovementioned) Tzalach Nachum Yitzchak Aharon. Baghdad, Adar II, 1853. In neat calligraphic script. Decorated with a border of colored strips of paper. Signed by the witnesses: "the young Shimon son of Moshe son of R. Sasson"; "the young Mordechai son of R. Yitzchak Shamash".
· Handwritten document, transferring property from the ownership of (the abovementioned) Tzalach Nachum Yitzchak Aharon to his daughter the bride Farcha. Signed by the witnesses: "the young Yechezkel Mordechai Bazoom"; "the young Ezra Rachamim Chaim Shlomo Moshe Gurgi". Baghdad, Kislev 1852.
· Handwritten document, concerning the widow of Tzalach Eliyahu Yaakov, and her daughter-in-law Farcha daughter of Tzalach Nachum Yitzchak (abovementioned), signed by five witnesses and dayanim, including the dayanim: "the young Ovadia Avraham HaLevi", "the young Nissim Aharon Eliya Kohen", "the young Sasson Eliyahu son of R. Moshe Moshe HaLevi". Baghdad, Kislev 1858.
· Handwritten document, regarding the inheritance of Eliyahu Mordechai Yaakov (father-in-law of Tzlacha, daughter of the abovementioned Tzalach Nachum Yitzchak Aharon). Signed by the three (aforementioned) dayanim of the Beit Din: "the young Ovadia Avraham HaLevi", "the young Nissim Aharon Eliya Kohen", "the young Sasson Eliyahu son of R. Moshe Moshe HaLevi". Baghdad, Tamuz 1868.
· Pasted onto p. 29a is a printed document completed by hand: Document authorizing the relay of a Get (divorce document), with the handwritten signatures of five witnesses and dayanim, including the dayanim: "the young Salman Chogi Aboudi"; R. "Yehoshua Moshe Yechezkel" and "the young Refael Yitzchak Chaim". Baghdad, Tamuz 1938.
· On the back endpaper – a handwritten divorce document (Stam script). Baghdad, Sivan 1938.
· Draft memorandum by Salman Dabby, written after he reached Eretz Israel ca. 1970, containing a plan of action for retrieving the property of the Jewish communities in Iraq in those days (interesting historic documentation): "…to rescue the Torah scrolls and all holy items in Baghdad. The books are located: 1) in the Meir Taweig synagogue, (there are some quarter of a million early books, 16 Torah scrolls in silver mounted cases, 19 Torah scrolls in cases mounted with part silver – everything was ready to be sent to London by the community. 2) in Basra 170 Torah scrolls. 3) In the Iraqi Governmental Museum 370 Torah scrolls. 4) in the Masouda Shem Tov synagogue, approximately 100 Torah scrolls…". (It is noteworthy that most of the abovementioned Jewish property was stolen and lost during Saddam Hussein's rule of Iraq. Small parts of these libraries were salvaged by soldiers of the United States Army during the 2003 invasion, approximately 30 years after this memorandum was written). Later in the memorandum, Salman Dabby describes the positions he held in Baghdad prior his immigration to Eretz Israel: "I was for 22 years the mohel, chazan, shochet, toke'a and I was one of the leaders of the community and a religious authority".
Rav Pe'alim volume: 31 cm. Original binding, damaged. Various documents of varying size and condition (some folded), good to fair.
Large and diverse collection of over 100 books and booklets (including dozens of books and booklets printed in Baghdad), printed and handwritten calendars, sketches of Shiviti and amulets, many lists and documents, photographs and pictures – from the archive of Chacham Salman Dabby, who served in various religious positions and as beadle of the Meir Taweig synagogue in Baghdad, ca. 1948-1970.
The Meir Taweig synagogue was built in 1946 in the Al-Bataween neighborhood south of Baghdad, and for approximately twenty years was the only synagogue active in Baghdad (after the immigration of most of Iraqi Jewry to Eretz Israel in the beginning of the 1950s). After the Six Day War, the remaining small community disintegrated totally, and its last members immigrated then to Eretz Israel (in the whole of Iraq, less than 400 Jews were left). Chacham Salman Dabby (ca. 1904-Tevet 10, 1987), served for 22 years as beadle and cantor of the Meir Taweig synagogue, and was one of the leaders of the community. He also served as shochet and mohel. In ca. 1970, he immigrated to Eretz Israel and settled in Holon, where he aided the establishment of a synagogue for Iraqi Jews. With his departure from Iraq, he succeeded in salvaging books and documents, some of them from the immense library of the Meir Taweig synagogue (which he claimed contained some quarter of a million books, many documents and dozens of Torah scrolls – see previous item). He habitually conserved and pasted in those books various documents, printed items and manuscripts (which were thus rescued from oblivion in Baghdad). In Holon he continued this practice, of saving various leaves and documents by pasting them into his books. In one of the books he pasted his Army Service certificate from 1941 (this certificate also served as passport). All the books contain many signatures and inscriptions in his handwriting, memorials of deceased relatives and various notes. In many places he signs with his full signature: "the young Salman Eliyahu Binyamin Daniel Dabby" (Salman son of Eliyahu son of Binyamin son of Daniel Dabby – following the style of signature of Iraqi Jews, who refer to their ancestors in their signature).
Partial description of books from the collection:
· Volume of Mikraot Gedolot, Ketuvim [Venice, 1617-1619]. Lacking title page. With inscriptions and notes from various periods. At the end of Mishlei [before p. 767a], a document appears signed by 28 rabbis and notables of the community, regarding the terms of the giving of a Torah scroll to the "Synagogue of the Midrash of the illustrious wealthy R. Yaakov Tzemach Nissim". Baghdad, Sivan 1862.
· Shulchan Aruch Even HaEzer. Lviv, 1876. The title page contains the handwritten ownership inscription and two signatures of the Kabbalist R. Shimon Agassi dated 1895. The great Torah scholar and Kabbalist R. Shimon Agassi (1852-1914) was a leading scholar of Iraq (after the Ben Ish Chai) and a foremost teacher of R. Yehuda Fatiyah – who writes about him and about the Ben Ish Chai in his preface to his book Beit Lechem Yehuda: "And behold, in our city of Baghdad we had two golden cherubs who sheltered the city from within and without, and they were our fortification and refuge on a day of wrath… and they with their merit and righteousness protected the city…".
· Volume of printed booklets and handwritten leaves, with the signatures of the Chief Rabbi Sasson Kachuri (Kaduri), who also signs: "the young Sasson Kachuri Yechezkel Ezra Shalom Gabriel Elia"; "the Shach"; "Shachen Tov". R. Sasson (Kachuri) Kaduri (1886-1971) was the Chief Rabbi and head of the Baghdad community. In 1920, he was appointed dayan in R. Yechezkel Eliyahu's Beit Din, and in 1923, head of the Beit Din. In 1927, he was officially appointed as Chacham Bashi (Chief Rabbi), position he held for over forty-five years.
· Tikunei Zohar, with the Kevod Melech commentary. Livorno, . A photograph is pasted at the end of the book, of Salman Dabby's meeting in 1976 with the President of Israel, Prof. Efraim Katzir.
· Daat Tevuna. Introduction to Kabbala, by R. Yosef Chaim, the Ben Ish Chai. Jerusalem, .
· Various booklets in Hebrew and Judeo-Arabic (in Hebrew script), printed in Baghdad and other oriental countries, including calendars and prayer timetables, printed in Baghdad and Jerusalem between 1931-1982. (Two copies of a calendar for 1971-1972, printed in 1971 in Baghdad. With the picture of R. Sasson Kaduri, who passed away in 1971 – the second copy also contains the picture of the President of Iraq: Ahmed Hassan al-Bakr).
· Handwritten calendar for 1969-1970. With a dedication handwritten and signed by "the editor Yitzchak Ezra Abdallah": "I arranged this calendar in honor of my dear friend Ch. Salman Dabby".
Over 100 items. Varying size and condition.
Manuscript, Passover Haggadah, with Judeo-Arabic translation (Sharh), Iraqi-rite. [Baghdad? ca. 19th century].
Neat oriental semi-cursive script, characteristic of Baghdadi Jews. The text of the Haggadah is followed by Judeo-Arabic translation, paragraph by paragraph.
On p. , the Simanim of the Seder "Kadesh URechatz" are written across the whole page. Enlarged initial words on all the pages. Decorated initial words on pp.  and . The piyyut "Emunim Archu Shevach LaEl" by R. Aharon HaKohen appears on p. .
 pages. 15.5 cm. Good condition. Stains, wine-stains. Light wear. Tear to the top of the first leaf, affecting the owners' signature. Original binding, slightly damaged.
Gufei Halachot, Part Two of Halichot Eli, principles of the Talmud and novellae on the Talmud and Maimonides. By R. Shlomo Algazi. [Izmir, 1675. First edition. Missing title page and other leaves].
Signatures of Rabbi "Refael Yosef Shalom son of R. Abdalla son of R. Moshe Chaim" [a grandson of Chief Rabbi Moshe Chaim of Baghdad, and cousin of R. Yosef Chaim of Baghdad, the Ben Ish Chai, who was also a grandson of R. Moshe Chaim]. The margins contain scholarly glosses by three or four authors in Sephardic handwriting [all glosses are apparently from 18th century Turkish scholars]. On p. 44a, there is a joint gloss by two writers: a first gloss by one writer, debated by a second writer named Chaim, who signs: "Chaim speaks…" [this signature is typical of the way R. Chaim Moda'i, author of the Chaim L'Olam, would sign his glosses]. Signature of R. Moshe Chaim Weiss of Kisvárda (Kleinwardein), with a few glosses and inscriptions in his handwriting.
Attached inside the cover was a sheet of paper (which we detached), with a long and interesting letter in Hebrew and Ladino, handwritten and signed by R. Rachamim Chaim Moda'i [Safed, after 1794]. The letter is addressed to one of the sages of Izmir, requesting help concerning silverware and money deposited with Chacham Y. Molcho, and handled by Chacham Eliyahu Girasi. The letter goes on to mention the books Shaarei Tzedek and Lekutot HaRamban, which his grandfather published and are in the possession of Shlomo Arzi [R. Chaim Moda'i (1720-1794), author of "Chaim L'Olam", published the books Shaarei Tzedek and Lekutot HaRamban in Salonika in 1791-1792]. The author concludes the letter as follows: "These are the words of the one who pleads for him and for all that he has opposite the Tana Rashbi... Rachamim [Chaim] Moda'i".
R. Rachamim Chaim Moda'i was one of the sages and dayanim of Safed ca. 1810s-1820s. He served as emissary of Safed ca. 1820, and his name is mentioned in an agreement contract from the year 1821 signed by Sephardi and Ashkenazi sages. He served as dayan in the Safed beit din, and there is a signature from him as dayan together with R. Avraham Chaim Adadi and R. Aharon ben Shmuel dated 1820. He passed away ca. 1830, and his widow's name appears in the list of victims of the 1837 earthquake who fled to Sidon (Sefunot, vol. 6, p. 457).
His grandfather, the famous Torah scholar R. Chaim Moda'i (author of the Chaim L'Olam), was born in Safed ca. 1720. He went on a mission abroad in 1749, settled in Constantinople, and was one of the leading Torah scholars of Constantinople and Izmir. In 1793, he returned to Eretz Israel and settled in his native Safed, where he passed away in 1794. This letter was written from the city of Safed ("opposite the Tana Rashbi") after 1794, since the grandfather R. Chaim Moda'i is mentioned as deceased.
Incomplete copy. 2-48, 53-56, 61-108, 110-146,  leaves (missing 13 leaves. Originally 150 leaves). 21.5 cm. Fair-poor condition. Stains and extensive wear. On several leaves, tears and damage with loss. Detached leaves and loose binding. Some glosses are trimmed. Contemporary leather binding, worn and damaged.
+ Letter of R. Rachamim Chaim Moda'i:  leaf.
21 x 16 cm. Fair condition. Glue stains. Tears and damage, signature affected. Right margin of the page trimmed with loss of 3-4 letters at the beginning of each line.
"Shiviti" sheet, for hanging on the wall of a synagogue, with a piyyut for Purim and the Megillah-reading blessings. [Persian Kurdistan, ca. beginning of the 20th century].
Ink and paint on paper.
Ornamented colored borders, with motifs of jugs, plants and flowers. The center of the upper part is occupied by a "LaMenatze'ach Menorah", surrounded by the inscription "Shiviti HaShem LeNegdi Tamid". On both sides of the Menorah, Holy Names and names of angels appear, together with Kabbalistic combinations against the Evil Eye.
The center of the leaf contains the piyyut "Tenu Shira… Yedidim Barchu…", sung by Kurdish Jews before the Megillah-reading. The piyyut is followed by the Megillah-reading blessings.
See similar sheets in Kedem, Auction 28 item 2 and Auction 40 item 5. The bibliographer and researcher Menashe Refael Lehman describes a similar sheet he acquired, which, he claims originates from Persia: "The piyyut Yedidim Barchu… was hitherto unknown. It was written on parchment sheets for Purim and illustrated in magnificent color with passages from the Megillah. I recently purchased such a sheet from an Arab merchant in the Old City in Jerusalem" (Sinai, issue 98, 1986, pp. 74-75).
35.5 X22 cm. Fair condition. Stains, folding marks. Minor open tears to the folding mark and margins, slightly affecting text, repaired. Inscription on the verso of the leaf.
See: Machanayim, issue 104 – 1966, p. 3; Exhibition Catalogue "Light and Shadow – The Story of Iranian Jews" (Beit HaTfutzot, the Museum of the Jewish People, Tel-Aviv, 2010), pp. 48-49; Erich Brauer, the Jews of Kurdistan, Jerusalem 1947, pp. 282-289.
Manuscript, Chayei Yehuda, by R. Yehuda Aryeh of Modena – autobiography, copied by R. Moses Soave. Venice, 1857. Notebook, Italian Rashi script.
Chayei Yehuda is an autobiographic account of the life of R. Yehuda Aryeh of Modena (one of the rabbis of Venice, 1571-1648), which he began writing at the age of 47, and concluded a few days before his passing at the age of 77. This book is one of the few and of the finest autobiographies in rabbinic literature from the period preceding the Emancipation. The Chida writes in Shem HaGedolim about this book: "I saw a manuscript of Chayei Yehuda by the aforementioned rabbi, which relates all that transpired to him in his lifetime for better and for worse".
The copyist writes in the colophon of the manuscript: "And so is completed the copying of the book Chayei Yehuda… from the handwriting of the author himself… I copied it for myself and for my own use, I, Moshe son of Shlomo Refael Soave… of Venice, and I completed it today, 32nd day of the Sefira, Parshat Behar 1857, here in Venice which used to be a leading Jewish city in Torah and wisdom, may G-d have mercy on myself, my wife and my four and a half (!) children, and may I not require the gifts of human beings, whose gifts are scarce and the shame is great… 1857". The copying is in Hebrew, in Italian Rashi script, with a few lines in Italian and Latin on the penultimate page.
Chayei Yehuda was published in its entirety for the first time in Kiev, 1912, by the researcher Avraham Kahana, based on this manuscript.
The copyist, Moses Soave, believed the manuscript he held and was copying from was an autograph of the author, and the publisher and additional researchers followed his opinion. Yet other researchers proved that the manuscript he possessed was not an autograph (see enclosed material).
R. Yehuda Aryeh of Modena (1571-1648) was one of the rabbis of Venice, teacher, cantor, grammarian and poet, exceptionally talented orator and preacher, scholar and erudite, original and fascinating polemist. He authored Midbar Yehuda (Venice, 1602) of his selected sermons, and many other books in print and in manuscript, including some polemic books.
The copyist, R. Moses Soave (1820-1882), was a prominent member of the Venice community, teacher, publisher and editor, collector of rare books and manuscripts. He corresponded with Shadal (mentioned in his books) and Moritz Steinschneider.
22 pages. 33.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Folded notebook.
Two leaves (3 pages) in autographic script, part of a letter draft by R. Yosef Fiammetta Rabbi of Ancona, to the Sephardi rabbi of Amsterdam R. Shlomo Ayllon. [Ancona, Shevat 1714].
Section of a polemic letter against the Sabbatian Nechemia Chayyun and his books. Autographic writing in Italian script, with interlinear corrections and additions. Unsigned.
Background to the letter: In 1713, the Sabbatian Nechemia Chayyun published in Berlin an early Sabbatian work named Meheimanuta D'Kala, with two commentaries he composed, Oz L'Elohim and Beit Kodesh HaKodashim, around it. In this book, he tries to bring so-called proofs from the words of the Zohar and the Ari for Sabbatian principles. Several approbations from leading rabbis, forged by Chayyun himself, were printed at the beginning of the book. Amongst them was an approbation by R. Yosef Fiammetta of Ancona. At the end of that year, Chayyun came to Amsterdam to disseminate his Sabbatian beliefs and writings. The leaders of the Ashkenazi community in Amsterdam, Chacham Tzvi and R. Moshe Chagiz, immediately realizing that the views propagated in his books are invalid, banned his books and expelled him from the synagogue. In contrast, the Sephardi-Portuguese Beit Din in Amsterdam, headed by R. Shlomo Ayllon, legitimized him and his writings. This aroused a huge controversy in Amsterdam and other countries, including Italy. Books and booklets around this polemic were printed, for and against Nechemia Chayyun and his writings. In this letter draft, R.Yosef Fiammetta relates to R. Shlomo Ayllon about Chayyun and the development of the controversy, as well as expressing his sharp opposition to Chayyun's views. The letter was printed in its entirety, based on a copying, in the Sefunot journal (10, pp. 573-588), yet the section here, which as mentioned is a draft handwritten by the author, contains several variations.
Chacham Yosef Fiammetta (known also by the surname Lehava – the translation of the Italian surname to Hebrew; 1655?-1721) was the rabbi of Ancona and a leading Torah scholar and kabbalist in Italy. He composed the Or Boker book of prayers (Venice, 1709). He is mentioned many times in the works of the Chida, who calls him "the holy kabbalist", and quotes his Torah thoughts (for instance, in Responsa Chaim Shaal, Part 2, section 11: "and we have heard that the holy R. Yosef Fiammetta instated the recital of Hallel in his community, following their salvation from danger…"). R. Yosef was the teacher and father-in-law of R. Shimshon Morpurgo, author of Shemesh Tzedaka, who succeeded him as rabbi of Ancona after his passing. He left behind manuscript books of responsa and sermons.
 folded leaf,  written pages. 20.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Tears and holes affecting text. Folding marks.