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Auction 62 Lot Number 151

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Four Books in One Volume – Three Chassidic Books – First Editions

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 [4] 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.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 247

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Letter Handwritten and Signed by Rabbi Chaim HaLevi of Brisk – Brisk, 1895

Interesting letter handwritten and signed by R. Chaim HaLevi Soloveitchik, with the "Stamp of the Beit Din… Brisk in Lithuania. Brisk (Brest), Tevet 1895.
Sent to a R. Avraham David (who presumably served as rabbi or posek). In his letter, R. Chaim expresses his surprise, why the inquiring rabbi, who obviously possesses straight reasoning and does not rule unless he has fully clarity, is later second-guessing himself and his ability to rule. At the end of the letter, R. Chaim adds: "His honor should not bear grudge against me for not expanding on Halachic topics, since the time does not allow me to".
This letter, written in the early days of R. Chaim's tenure as rabbi of Brisk, was written entirely in his own handwriting, unlike letters from later periods, which were written on his behalf by his attendants and household members.
R. Chaim HaLevi Soloveitchik of Brisk, Rabbi of Brisk (1853-1918), a foremost Torah scholar in Lithuania and one of the leaders of his generation, is considered the initiator of the learning method in Lithuanian yeshivot. He was the son of R. Yosef Dov Soloveitchik, the Beit HaLevi, and son-in-law of R. Refael Shapira, dean of the Volozhin yeshiva and son-in-law of the Netziv. After his marriage, he began serving as a third dean of the Volozhin yeshiva. With the yeshiva's closure, he proceeded to succeed his father, who passed away in 1894, as rabbi of Brisk, and continued teaching Torah to a small group of elite students. He was known for the uncompromising battle he waged against Zionism (R. Chaim would frequently say that the Zionist movement's prime objective is to uproot faith and Torah observance from the Jewish people). He was one of the founders of Agudath Yisrael, yet despite his extensive public and charitable activity, he did not cease innovating and learning Torah in his thoughts, delving deeply in Torah topics until to absolute exhaustion. A small compendium of his novellae was printed some twenty years after his passing, in the book Chiddushei Rabbeinu Chaim HaLevi on the Rambam, published by his son R. Yitzchak Zev Soloveitchik Rabbi of Brisk (Brisk, 1936 – in the foreword by the author's sons, they write how this book was written over a period of many years, revised over and over again, "even a hundred times"). Many novellae were disseminated orally in his name throughout Lithuanian yeshivot, transmitted and copied by many writers, resulting in the stencil edition of Chiddushei HaGaon R. Chaim [in recent years, several books were published based on R. Chaim's draft notebooks, including some novellae parallel to those printed in Chiddushei HaGaon R. Chaim based on oral transmission].
[1] leaf. Approx. 13X22 cm. Fair condition. Severe wear, slightly affecting text, professionally repaired.
The verso of the leaf contains novellae on the laws of Treifot (presumably written by the recipient of the letter).

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Auction 62 Lot Number 375

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Silver Crown – Donation of a Ladies’ Auxiliary – England or the United States, 1923

Silver crown. [England or the United States], dedication from the year 1923.
Silver (marked), embossed, cut and engraved; gemstones.
An open crown decorated with openwork decoration of acanthus leaves, and with green, blue and red gemstones. Two shields appear on the body of the crown; one is engraved with the inscription "Donation of the Ladies' Auxiliary D'Chevra Tehillim" and the other "VeLomdei Chayei Adam, 1923".
Diameter: 19 cm. Good condition. Bends. Fractures.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 130

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Or LaYesharim Siddur, Part II – Nusach Sefard – Zhitomir, 1869

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".
[1], 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.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 322

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Letter of New Year’s Blessings from Rabbi Yosef Arvatz, Rabbi of the Sephardic Community of Jaffa – Colorful Page with Illustration of the Temple Mount

"May you be signed and sealed for a good year" – colorful lithograph (Monsohn press), with a letter handwritten, signed and stamped by R. Yosef Arvatz, the Sepahrdic rabbi of Jaffa. Jaffa, Elul [1911]. Illustration of the Temple Mount with the Mosque of Omar, Me'arat Hamachpela (Cave of the Patriarchs) and the Western Wall.
Written in handsome Oriental Rashi script to his colleague R. David Matitya: "…I have never and will never forget your love, which is more valuable to me than all the world's wealth, and I always desire to hear good tidings from you…I hereby bless you with a good sweet year, and may you be worthy of many good and pleasant years to come, Amen…Yosef Arvatz Se"t, rabbi of Jaffa."
R. Yosef Arvatz (1847-1925) was born in Rabat, Morocco, and immigrated to Jerusalem, where he studied in the local yeshivot. He served as dayan (religious judge) on the Jerusalem Beit Din, and was considered among the leading Sephardic rabbis of the city. He lived in Jaffa from 1903-1925, and served as unsalaried rabbi of the Sephardic community of the city. He authored Hod Yosef, three sections (Jerusalem, 1910).
[1] leaf. 30 cm. Good condition. Stains. Folding marks and light wear.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 386

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Token – “Hanukkah” and “Zion” – Galicia, Early 20th Century

A token with Hebrew legends. [Galicia], early 20th century.
Obverse: the legend "Hanukkah" surrounded, on the margins of the token by the year תרס"ב i[1901] and an additional unidentified legend. Reverse: Star of David with "Zion" in its center.
Diameter: 24 mm. Fair condition. Wear. Corrosion.
According to the owner, this item originates in the area of Lemberg.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 173

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Collection of Books from the 17th-19th Centuries – Early Notes, Signatures and Ownership Inscriptions

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, [1717]. Bound with: Turei Zahav on Choshen Mishpat, by R. David HaLevi Segal. Fürth, [1767]. 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, [1726]. 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 [8] leaves of indexes at the end. Several notes, by two writers.
· Mishneh Torah, Part I, Mada-Zmanim, by the Rambam. Fürth, [1765]. 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, [1769]. 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.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 301

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Letter from Hebron Emissaries – Rabbi David Melamed and Rabbi Yisrael HaKohen – Livorno, 1725

Letter from R. David Melamed and R. Yisrael HaKohen, Hebron emissaries, while in Italy. Livorno, February 24, 1725.
Letter of thanks, in Italian, upon receipt of donations from Ancona. The bottom of the letter contains signatures in Hebrew: "David Melamed" and "Yisrael HaKohen".
Avraham Yaari describes the adventures of these two emissaries at length (Shluchei Eretz Israel, pp. 488-491). They set out from Hebron in 1718, the first time two emissaries were sent together to Europe on behalf of the Hebron community. Until then, only one messenger would go at a time. Yaari writes: "It seems that the distress mounted then in Hebron to a point that its leaders felt it necessary to send out two of its finest scholars". Their expedition lasted at least seven years, until 1725. They first travelled around the various towns of Italy. In Pisa, they became friendly with the rabbi R. Refael Meldola, and their signatures appear on two occasions in his responsa work (Mayim Chaim, Orach Chaim, sections 27, 42). Their next stop was Germany, apparently followed by Holland and France. They then went around Silesia and Moravia, continuing on to Breslau and Nikolsburg (Mikulov). In Nikolsburg, they were imprisoned by the authorities on account of taking money out of the borders of the country. In Tishrei 1724, they returned to Italy, and at that time wrote an approbation for R. Yitzchak Lampronti's book Pachad Yitzchak (printed at the beginning of Vol. II, Venice 1753). Their responsa on the laws of Tefillin were later included in a different part of Pachad Yitzchak (Letter Tav, Tefillin entry), based on their correspondence with R. Yitzchak Lampronti. In one of their letters to him, dated Kislev 12, 1724, they wrote: "Early tomorrow we will make our way to Livorno". The letter here was written approximately three months later (for further details see Yaari, ibid).
Folded leaf, [1] written page. On the verso, short inscription in Italian with the following words in Hebrew: "Sages of Hebron" and "donation". 30 cm. Good condition. Stains. Folding marks.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 333

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Printed Leaf – Prayer by the Nodah B’Yehuda on Behalf of Empress Maria Theresa and her Army during the Seven Years’ War – Prague, 1756

Printed leaf, "Prayer by… the Rabbi of our community Rabbi Yechezkel Landau to recite daily… for the success of Her Majesty Queen Maria Theresa and for the success of her husband the mighty Emperor… Here in Prague, they have begun to recite it in all the synagogues, Sunday 10th of Elul 1756". Prague, [1756/7].
Large broadside, printed on one side in two columns. The right column is the prayer composed by the Nodah B'Yehuda for the success of the Empress and the left column is a long "Cherem Gadol" (ban) [in Yiddish incorporated with Hebrew] announced by the Nodah B'Yehuda on the 29th of Kislev 1757, "before the Torah scrolls and with shofar blowing and candles extinguished in the presence of all community members". This ban was announced in the Altneu Synagogue in the course of the Seven Years' War (1756-1763), obligating all the community members to be faithful to Empress Maria Theresa and to pray for her welfare and for peace to the country, with heavy curses upon all who act against the monarchy.
[1] leaf, 34.5X43 cm. Fair condition. Stains, ink-stains. Folding marks. Wear and tears, particularly to folding marks, slightly affecting text in a few places.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 397

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Embroidered Fabric – “Zion”, “Jerusalem” and the Temple Mount – Ottoman Empire

An embroidered piece of fabric, embroidered with golden threads. [Ottoman Empire, early 20th century].
Cotton; gold passing thread; colorful threads entwined with metal threads; colorful threads.
In the center appears a Star of David with the word "Zion" in it, surrounded by a circle. The entire surface of the fabric is embroidered in vegetal patterns. A square frame at the margins, with the word "Jerusalem" embroidered again and again. Medallions appear in the four corners with the Dome of the Rock within each medallion. Lace border.
Approx. 95X95 cm. Good-fair condition. Some unraveling. Small tears to fabric. Stains.
Literature:
1. Sephardi Jews in the Ottoman Empire, Esther Juhasz (editor), The Israel Museum, 1989, p. 90.
2. Shimmering Gold, the Splendor of Gold Embroidered Textiles, Genia Dolev (editor), Eretz Israel Museum, 2007, pp. 68-69.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 23

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Responsa Binyamin Ze’ev – Venice, 1538 – Corrections in the Author’s Handwriting

Binyamin Ze'ev, Halachic responsa and rulings, Parts 1-2, by R. Binyamin Ze'ev ben R. Matitya. [Venice]: Daniel Bomberg, [1538].
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, [2], 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 [2] leaves at the end of Part 1. Old binding, worn and damaged.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 184

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Responsa Shev Yaakov – Frankfurt, 1742 – First Edition – Copy of R. Baruch Mordechai Livshitz Rabbi of Siemiatycze and Novhardok

Responsa Shev Yaakov, two parts, by R. Yaakov Poppers Katz Rabbi of Frankfurt. Frankfurt am Main, [1742]. 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.
[1], 109, [1], 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.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 248

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Arbitration Bills of the Telz Beit Din – One Handwritten by Rabbi Eliezer Gordon

Two handwritten arbitration bills regarding real-estate disputes, signed by the litigants. Telz (Telšiai, Lithuania), 1878 and 1898. The second bill is handwritten by the rabbi of the city, R. Eliezer Gordon.
R. Eliezer Gordon (1841-1910) was the founder and dean of the Telz Yeshiva as well as rabbi of Slabodka, Kelm and Telz. He was a close disciple of R. Yisrael of Salant, and for some time served as lecturer in his yeshiva in Kovno, after which he was appointed rabbi of Slabodka. From 1874, he served as rabbi of Kelm, where he established a yeshiva. In 1884, he relocated to Telz, where he officiated as rabbi until his passing in 1910. He also stood at the helm of the Telz Yeshiva, which developed under his careful leadership into one of the largest and most influential yeshivas in the world, while the city of Telz itself became established as the foremost Torah center in Lithuania for over 50 years.
R. Eliezer, who was an exceptional Torah prodigy and a profound scholar, instituted a logical method of Torah study that indelibly affected the character of the yeshiva. He appointed R. Shimon Shkop and later R. Chaim Rabinowitz as lecturers in the yeshiva. Among his renowned disciples were R. Elchanan Wasserman and R. Yosef Shlomo Kahaneman, the Ponovezher Rav. R. Eliezer was also a leader of worldwide Charedi Jewry during his lifetime. He headed various rabbinical conventions and was a primary initiator of the public organization for founding the Agudat Yisrael movement. In 1910, the Telz Yeshiva suffered a severe financial setback and R. Eliezer was forced to travel to England to collect funds. He suddenly passed away during this visit in Adar 1910, and was buried in London.
He was succeeded by his son-in-law R. Yosef Leib Bloch, author of Shiurei Daat and lecturer in the yeshiva together with R. Shimon Shkop. He concurrently served as both head of the Telz Yeshiva and rabbi of the city for twenty years.
[2] leaves. 18 and 11 cm. Good-fair condition.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 163

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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.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 323

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Collection of Letters from Rabbis of Eretz Israel and Letters Authorizing the Sale of Land Prior to the Shmittah Year – 1944

Collection of letters and signed documents sent by rabbis in cities and settlements in Eretz Israel to the offices of the Chief Rabbinate in Jerusalem, regarding signing authorization forms and powers of attorney in order to arrange "Heter Mechira" – a halachic sale of land to non-Jews prior to the Shmittah sabbatical year of 1945. Summer 1944.
Letters from the rabbis: R. Tzvi Yehuda Edelstein, rabbi of Ramat Hasharon; R. Binyamin Movshovitz, rabbi of Herzliya; R. Yitzchak Meir Ben-Menachem, substitute Chief Rabbi of Petach Tkva; R. Dov Maayani, rabbi of Magdiel; R. Avrham Werner, rabbi of Netanya; R. Tzvi Steinmam, rabbi of Rechovot; R. Yosef Dov Cohen, rabbi of Hadera; R. Avrham Reinik, rabbi of Kfar Saba; R. Yekutiel Kushelevsky, rabbi of Zichron Yaakov; R. Professor David Prato, membet of the Chief Rabbinate of Tel Aviv.
Four printed authorization forms, with dozens of signatures of farmers and landowners from different settlements, who authorize the "Chief Rabbinate of Eretz Israel" to halachically sell their land to a non-Jew prior to the advent of the Shmittah sabbatical year of 1944-1945.
Some of the letters refer to non-religious kibbutzim (settlements) who refused to sign, and possible ways of dealing with this refusal. R. Reinik of Kfar Saba mentions in his letter "non-signatories: Kibbutzim (setlements) of Shomer Hatzair, Hamanof, Ogen; and Kibbutz Hakovesh". R. Cohen of Chadera writes: "Since there are many groups in Hadera and its environs who live on land belonging to the Keren Hakayemet (JNF) and have not signed, his honor should please attempt to obtain a signature from the JNF authorizing the sale of all its holdings…".
17 items. Overall good condition. Size and condition vary.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 110

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Eight Passover Haggadahs – 19th Century

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, [1804]. 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.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 238

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Manuscript, Notebook of Rabbi Steinman’s Lectures – Bnei Brak, 1979-1980

Handwritten notebook. Lectures on Talmudic Topics, Delivered in the Geon Yaakov Yeshiva, on Tractates Makot, Gittin and Sanhedrin, by the "Yeshiva Dean R. Aharon Leib Steinman". Bnei Brak, 1979-1980.
Notebook of lectures ("Shiurim Klaliim"), recorded by a student of the yeshiva, Yosef Friedman, who's signature appears on several leaves throughout the notebook.
R. Aharon Yehuda Leib Steinman (1915-2017) was a leader of Orthodox Jewry, chairman of Moetzet Gedolei HaTorah of the Degel HaTorah party. He led the Lithuanian Torah Jewry in the last decades. He served as dean of the Chafetz Chaim yeshiva in Kfar Saba, and was reputedly held in high esteem by the Chazon Ish, who would stand up in his honor. In 1955, R. Kahaneman appointed him dean of the Ponevezh yeshiva for young boys and ten years later, he began concurrently serving as head of the Ponevezh Kollel. He later established other Torah institutions, standing at their helm, and spending his entire life disseminating Torah to the multitudes. He also served as dean of the Geon Yaakov yeshiva founded by his son-in-law R. Zev Berlin. On Chanukah eve 2017, he passed away at the age of 104, and his funeral was attended by hundreds of thousands.
Approx. [150] written pages. 16 cm. One leaf detached and worn. Hardcover.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 334

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Two Copies of a Leaf with an Oath Regarding Property, According to the Regulation of the Nodah B’Yehuda – Yiddish – Prague, 18th Century

Printed pamphlet, "Shevua M'Capital" [oath regarding property]. [Prague, 18th century]. Two copies on one sheet of paper which was not cut at printing.
Printed on both sides, square vowelized script.
Contains a long version of a Beit Din oath, in Yiddish, with a declaration of the value of the assets possessed by the person taking the oath [to determine his contribution to community taxes, according to the regulations of the Nodah B’Yehuda] with reference to Prague and its Beit Din on verso. The leaf contains a separate version of the oath for women.
Leaf, [2] pages. 36 cm. Good-fair condition. Wear and tears to edges. Folding marks.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 88

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Torah, Neviim and Ketuvim – Amsterdam, 1700-1705 – One Small Volume

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], 2-181, [2] leaves. The approbations leaves are bound after the Five Megillot. Neviim Rishonim: 142 leaves. Neviim Acharonim: [143]-286, [1] leaves. Ketuvim: 152, [1] leaves. 13.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Early leather binding, restored at the spine, with damage. Placed in a leather slipcase (damaged).

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Auction 62 Lot Number 217

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Binah LaItim – Amsterdam, 1841 – Signatures of “Yaakov Abuchatzeira” and “Yitzchak Abuchatzeira”

Bina LaItim, prayers and study arrangements for various times according to Moroccan (Maghreb) rite, by (the anthologist) Avraham son of Mordechai Ankawa. Amsterdam, [1841].
The book includes: Kabbalistic kavanot for the blowing of the Shofar according to the teachings of the Arizal, prayers and tikkunim for the High Holidays, annulment of vows and curses, prayers for circumcisions, prayers and songs for Simchat Torah, additional lamentations for Tisha B'Av (including the lamentations of the sages of Morocco), and more.
The verso of the title page contains a signature in Sephardic (Western) script: "I, the young Yaakov Abuchatzeira". On the subsequent leaf, an additional signature appears: "Yitzchak Abuchatzeira". We were not able to ascertain whether the signatures belong to the kabbalists R. Yaakov Abuchatzeira - the Abir Yaakov, and his son R. Yitzchak Abuchatzeira.
The book contains inscriptions and additional signatures from Morocco. Inscriptions on the title page: "In the memory of R. Avraham Maman". Stamps of "David son of Avraham Maman". The back endpaper contains accounting inscriptions with various names, including: "David Maman", "Moshe Gozlan", "Yitzchak Berdugo" and more.
[1], 71, [1] leaves. Fair condition. Stains and wear. Tears to two leaves, affecting text. Original binding, damaged.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 281

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Letter by Rebbe Aharon of Chernobyl

Letter signed by Rebbe Aharon of Chernobyl. [No date or place].
Grave warning to an individual who does not wish to obey a Torah ruling rendered by three rabbis and blessings if he will comply: "My warning is double with serious forewarning to fulfill the ruling of these rabbis without deviance, lest you regret… Aharon son of the famed R. Mordechai".
R. Aharon Twersky of Chernobyl (1787-1871), prominent Chassidic leader in his times and celebrated luminary of the Jewish world in the mid-19th century. He was the eldest son of R. Mordechai of Chernobyl and succeeded his ancestors as Rebbe in the city of Chernobyl. In his youth, he was educated by his grandfather Rebbe Menachem Nachum of Chernobyl, author of Meor Einayim. Already during his father's lifetime, R. Aharon filled a central role in the Chassidic world, and his father wrote that his great holiness safeguards his generation. After his father's death in 1838, his eight sons served as rebbes in various cities, however, the eldest son, R. Aharon, succeeded his father in Chernobyl. He was esteemed by all his brothers and they gave him deference in their private matters as well (as can be seen by the superlative titles he was given by his brother, R. Avraham the Maggid of Turiysk, who himself was rebbe to thousands of Chassidim). R. Aharon recognized the authority allotted to him as demonstrated by the resoluteness and decisiveness inherent in his public missives. For example, in one letter he writes: "I inform them that even if they live as long as Metushelach, they will not know and understand even one thousandth of the good I have done for them in those days, with G-d's help". R. Aharon lived a long life and merited seeing many of his descendants serve as rebbes, especially due to his practice of appointing his grandsons as rebbes in his lifetime. R. David Moshe of Chortkiv (1827-1903) was his son-in-law.
[1] leaf. 18.5 cm. Written by scribe, signed by the Rebbe. Fair condition. Tears (repaired) to folding marks. Singeing damage to edges.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 164

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Collection of Chassidic Books – From the Library of the Shmerler Family, Descendants of Rebbe Meir of Premishlan – Signatures and Stamps

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, [1928]. First edition.
Bound with:
· 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.
Bound with:
· 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.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 324

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Archive of the Cantor Shimon Uziel

Archive of the Chief Sephardi Cantor Shimon Uziel: documents and certificates, manuscripts and letters. Salonika, Sarajevo and Tel-Aviv, ca. 1926-1956. Various languages.
The archive includes: · Three manuscript volumes, with homilies and novellae on the Torah, by R. Shimon Uziel. · Documents and official certificates, personal letters, letters from various institutions and public figures, drafts of Torah thoughts (sermons for Bar Mitzvah). Letters, documents and certificates from various communities: Salonika – where R. Shimon was born and raised, Sarajevo, Banja Luka (Bosnia), and others.
R. Shimon Uziel, a native of Salonika, served as cantor and religious functionary in Constantinople and Sarajevo. He immigrated to Eretz Israel where he was appointed Sephardi Chief Cantor in Tel-Aviv, and was employed as an official in the Chief Rabbinate of Tel-Aviv.
3 manuscript volumes and approx. 70 paper items, hundreds of leaves. Varying size and condition.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 175

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Talmud Yerushalmi Seder Nashim – Amsterdam, 1754 – Signatures of Rabbi Binyamin Wolf Lev, Author of Shaarei Torah, and Rabbi Michael Bacharach of Prague, Author of Arugot HaBosem

Talmud Yerushalmi Seder Nashim, with the Pnei Moshe and Mareh HaPanim commentaries, by R. Moshe Margolis. Amsterdam: Johannes Janssonius, [1754]. 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).
[2], 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.

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