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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 315

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Ruling Regarding Distribution of the Zohar Printed by Rabbi Yisrael Bak in Jerusalem

Handwritten leaf, (unsigned) copy of a ruling passed by the "Badatz Kollel Perushim…Jerusalem". Jerusalem, Adar Bet 1856.
The ruling concluded a lawsuit between the printer R. Nissan Bak and R. Yochanan Zvi Shlank regarding funds from the estate of R. David Tevele Berlin [R. Shlank's father-in-law], who during his lifetime invested money in R. Yisrael Bak's printing press.
Below is the story arising from this ruling:
R. David Tevele Berliner purchased hundreds of sets of the Zohar printed in 1844-1845. Some of the books were lacking and not suitable for sale and he demanded that the Bak printers refund part of the money he paid for the books. On the other hand, R. Nissan Bak had other monetary claims against R. David Tevele Berliner and his son-in-law R. Shlank and therefore claimed that part of the books which were left in the estate of R. D. Tevele rightfully belong to him. At that time, R. Yisrael Bak was not in Eretz Israel and only his son R. Nissan represented the printing press in this lawsuit.
R. David Tevele Berlin (died on the 16th of Cheshvan 1851), son of R. Shlomo Hirschel Berlin (1761-1843), rabbi of Prenzlau, Poland, and later of London and grandson of R. Tzvi Hirsch, rabbi of Berlin. R. Shlomo Hirschel officiated as rabbi of London for almost forty years, but for "unknown reasons" sent all his children to live in Poland after their marriages (Klilat Yofi, pp. 134-135). His son R. David Tevele moved to Jerusalem in 1838.
R. David Tevele died under tragic circumstances as is evidenced by the letter sent by the directors of Pekidim and Amarkalim [Clerks and Administrators] in Amsterdam on the 21st of Kislev 1852: "We were shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of R. David Tevele Berliner, and appalled to hear of the terrible events leading to his death…especially as the tragedy took place in the Holy City. May G-d send comfort to his bereaved family and prevent the recurrence of such tragedies…" (from the manuscript letters of Pekidim and Amarkelim, scanned at "Yad Ben-Tzvi". Ledger no. 13, p. 1).
R. Tevele's son-in-law, R. Yochanan Tzvi Shlank of Jerusalem was a disciple of the Chatam Sofer and one of the founders of "Kollel Hod" (Holland-Deutschland). After his betrothal in 1838, he ascended to Eretz Israel together with his father-in-law and settled in Jerusalem, founding and managing Torah and chessed institutes in Jerusalem as well as one of the founders of the Etz Chaim yeshiva.
R. Nissan Bak (1815-1890), son of the printer R. Yisrael Bak of Berdychiv, Safed and Jerusalem, headed the Chassidic Kollel and was a leading public figure in Jerusalem. The establishment of the first printing press in Jerusalem by R. Yisrael Bak was a historical watershed in the development of the Jewish settlement Eretz Israel and many books and articles have been written attesting to this fact. The document reveals new data regarding the management of the printing and distribution of the books printed by the Bak family and about the financial investments of R. David Tevele Berlin in the printing press.
[1] leaf, 42 cm. Thin high-quality paper. Good-fair condition. Wear and folding marks. Light stains.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 134

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Sifrei HaLevushim – Berdychiv, 1818-1821 – Three Volumes

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; [1], 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.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 380

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Collection of Replicas of Traditional Spice Containers

13 spice containers. [Germany?, second half of 20th century].
Cast brass, spun, soldered and cut.
Thirteen spice containers designed as towers, designed after common traditional models of spice containers crafted in Europe, mainly after German models. Some have cylindrical containers while others are square; all have a conic tower and a flag on top of it. Several are hung with bells.
Height: 18 cm to 25 cm. Good overall condition. Bends. Corrosion. Traces of silver plating. Lacking bells and flags.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 136

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Or HaMeir – Korets, 1810

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: [2], 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.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 94

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Aggadat Bavli with Ein Avraham and Kinmon Besem – Königsberg, 1845-1848 – First Edition

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-[1848].
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: [5], 112, 351, 12, [1] pages. Vol. II: [2], 480, 21, [1] pages. Vol. III: [2], 592, 27 pages, [1] page. Vol. IV: [2], 538, 13, [1] 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.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 267

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Letter of Recommendation by R. Y. S. Elyashiv – Regarding the Yeshiva of Rabbi Dov Kook in Tiberias

Autograph letter signed by R. Yitzchak Zilberstein, a recommendation for a yeshiva for Ba'alei Teshuva in the city of Tiberias, headed by his son-in-law R. Dov Kook ("who manages the yeshiva"). Nissan 1994.
Further in the leaf is a letter of recommendation (5 lines) handwritten and signed by R. Yosef Shalom Elyashiv: "I rely on the words of my son-in-law R. Yitzchak Zilberstein, regarding the importance of the aforementioned yeshiva. All who are active in assisting and supporting this place of Torah will be blessed from the Source of Blessings with all good. Yosef Shalom Elyashiv. 29th of Nissan 1994".
The well-known kabbalist and tsaddik R. Dov Kook of Tiberias is the son-in-law of R. Yitzchak Zilberstein, Rabbi of Ramat Elchanan in Bnei Brak as well as the husband of the granddaughter of R. Y.S. Elyashiv (1910-2012) who greatly esteemed the path chosen by this couple to establish a flourishing Torah community in the city of Tiberias. The influence of R. Kook and his wife spreads throughout Israel reinforcing Jews in fear of Heaven and Torah observance and love of G-d and man.
Official stationery, 23 cm. Good condition.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 182

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Darchei Noam with Kuntres Milchemet Mitzva – Venice, 1697-1698 – Copy of R. Yaakov Yosef Ettinger Head of the Berlin Beit Din

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.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 172

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Tur – Dyhernfurth, 1790-1796 – Three Volumes – Glosses and Ownership Inscriptions of “Rabbi Binyamin the Proofreader”

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: [1], 299 [i.e. 293], [9] leaves. Mispaginated. Even HaEzer: [1], 218, [4] leaves. Choshen Mishpat: [1], 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.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 146

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Sefer Yesod HaEmunah – Chernivtsi, 1854 – First Edition

Sefer Yeshod HaEmunah, commentary on the Torah, Pirkei Avot and anthologies by R. Baruch of Kosiv. Chernivtsi, [1854]. 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…".
[4], 114, [1] 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.

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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 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 207

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Manuscript – “Eser Shirot LeLeil Shel Pesach” – Italy, 17th/18th Century

Manuscript, "Eser Shirot LeLeil Shel Pesach" (Ten Songs for Pesach Eve), ten songs from the Bible to be recited on the eve of the seventh day of Pesach. [Italy, 17th/18th century].
Neat Italian script. Titles and initial words in red ink.
The manuscript contains the ten songs (according to Mechilta, Beshalach 15), including Shirat HaYam, Shirat Haazinu, Shirat Devorah, Shirat HaBe'er, Shirat Chana etc., recited on the eve of the seventh day of Pesach according to the custom of Italian Jewry.
[12] leaves. 20 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Worming affecting text. Signs of past dampness and smeared ink in several places. Original cloth binding, decorated with colorful illustrations of birds and branches. Damage to binding.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 218

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Document Handwritten and Signed by Rabbi Refael Amram Maman “The Angel Refael” – Sefrou, 1905

A document handwritten and signed by R. Refael Amram Maman "The Angel Refael", and signed by R. Reuven Azini. Sefrou, 1905.
Authorization of retraction of any financial claim from Yehuda son of Machlouf Torjeman, on behalf of Amram son of R. Yehuda son of Samchon and Machlouf son of R. Yichye son of Peretz. The document is handwritten entirely by R. Refael Amram Maman, with his signature at the end. Cosigned is R. Reuven Azini (1878-1942), scholar and kabbalist in Sefrou (see enclosed material).
R. Refael Amram Maman (1871-1947) was a prominent rabbi in Sefrou, Morocco, and earned the epithet "the angel Refael" for his piety and holiness. He served as dayan in Sefrou and was known as one of the leaders of the community. He supervised the charity funds, the Kashrut and other community causes. Known also as a kabbalist and miracle worker, many came to take advice from him and receive his blessings.
[1] leaf. 13 cm. Good condition. Stains at the foot of the leaf. Small hole.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 346

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Three Books of Responsa and Talmudic Novellae – 17th-18th Centuries – Signatures

Three important books printed during the 17th and 18th centuries:
1. Beit Yaakov responsa, by R. Yaakov Rabbi of Sandomierz. [Dyhernfurth], 1696. Three early signatures of R. "Shmuel Halberstadt" [Rabbi of Augny and the Alsace region in the mid-18th century. A letter he sent in 1752 was printed by R. Yehonatan Eybeschutz in his book Luchot Edut (Altona, 1755), in which R. Halberstadt is titled "Famed rabbi outstanding Torah scholar the pious R. Shmuel Halberstam who was Rabbi of Augny and the Alsace region"]. The title page bears another signature of R. "Z'Hirsh of Augny [abbreviated form of Zvi Hirsh]. A handwritten index of the book appears on three flyleaves.
2. L'Shem Zevach, "Talmudic novellae on six tractates", by R. Yaakov Yehuda Leib Dayan of the Altona community. Altona, [1768]. Signature of R. "Z'Hirsh of …", and signature of R. "Getshl—[ik?]".
3. Book of responsa of Rabbeinu Meir [Maharam] of Lublin. Metz, [1769]. Endorsed by the Shaagat Aryeh, R. Shaul Rabbi of Amsterdam and by other rabbis. Signatures and interesting ownership inscriptions of R. "Z'Hirsh son of R. A.".
Three books, size varies, 30-32 cm. Overall good condition. Stains and wear. New bindings.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 357

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Three Amulets in a Beaded Pouch – Eretz Israel, 1944

Parchment amulet and two paper amulets in a beaded pouch. [Eretz Israel], 1944.
Leather pouch; beads sewn on linen; ink; parchment.
1. Folded vellum amulet, for success and removal of evil eye from Nissim Naji ben Katoun. Appearing on the amulet are acronyms of verses, acronym of "Ana BeKo'ach", names of angels, verses from Psalms, scheme with different combinations of the word "Zalach", and more.
14.5X11.5 cm. Fair-good condition. Folding marks. Stains.
2. Printed paper amulet for "protection, written by […] R' Yehudah Moshe Fatiyah", with acronyms of verses for protection and the verse "VaYehi BiNeso'a HaAron".
14.5X12 cm. Good condition. Stains. Creases. Unevenly cut edges.
3. Piece of paper with the Parashot of "Keriat Shema" inscribed in Sephardic scribal writing.
5.5X5 cm. Good condition. Creases. Slight tears. Stains.
The amulets are folded and inserted in a fabric pouch (torn), inserted in turn in a small pouch entirely covered with a colorful beads embroidery in floral and geometric patterns. On top appears the year, 1944.
Pouch: 6.5X8 cm. Good condition. Unraveling. Mainly on the inside. Some damage to beads.

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Auction 62 Lot Number 358

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Parchment Amulet for Matrimonial Love and Peace – “By the Merit of Sharabi”

Parchment amulet for matrimonial love and peace. [Oriental countries, first half of the 20th century?].
Handwritten on a long narrow strip of parchment.
"To send His holy angels to Nissim son of Regina and his wife Ellen daughter of Esther to place love between them…".
With Names of Angels "who are appointed over love", with kabblistic illustrations and "Angels' seals". Written at the end of the amulet: "It should be successful, in the merit of Sharabi" [apparently, referring to the renowned kabbalist R. Shalom Mordechai Sharabi – the Rashash].
Long narrow parchment strip, 4X70 cm. Good-fair condition. The parchment is rolled and puckered. Peeling at the beginning of the amulet, affecting text. Few stains.

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