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Esther scroll, handwritten on parchment (Ashkenazic scribal script, 19th/20th century). Placed in a silver case made by Vincenz Czokally (marked). [Vienna, last quarter of the 19th century (inscription from 1892)].
Ink on parchment; silver (marked), parcel-gilt, cast, turned, repouseé and engraved.
Cylindrical case with engraved decorations. In the center is an oval medallion, with the initials "J.R." and the year 5652 (1892) within it. On top of the case is a crown composed of leaves, topped by a flower-like disc and a silver ball.
15 lines per column. Height of parchment: 15.5 cm. Fair condition. The first membrane is in poor condition, with fire damage and loss of text. Height of case: approx. 38 cm. Good condition. Some bends. Scratches. Stains and some corrosion. The thumb-piece was replaced.
Esther scroll. [Poland, first half of the 20th century].
Ink and paint on parchment.
Large scroll, 45 lines per column. Drawn between the columns are flower-decorated pillars. At the bottom of the scroll, between the bases of the pillars, appear scenes from the story of the scroll. Preceding the first column, the initials "Ch.P." appear within a cartouche.
Height of parchment: 49.5 cm. Fair-good condition. Tears and open tears to first membrane, some repaired with pieces of parchment glued to the back. Tears and small open tears to margins. Stains. Creases.
Esther scroll. [Poland, first half of the 20th century].
Ink and paint on parchment.
Large-format "HaMelech" scroll (most columns open with the word "HaMelech").
The names of the ten sons of Haman appear at the top of a regular column (of 42 lines).
Preceding the first column is a drawing of Mordechai on horseback; the text columns are surrounded by a colorful abstract decoration.
42 lines per column. Height of parchment: 48.5 cm. Fair condition. Tears. Stains and wear. Faded ink.
Illustrated Esther scroll, in a wooden case. [Israel, 20th/21th century].
Sephardic script (second half of the 20th century), with later illustrations (late 20th century or early 21th century).
Ink and paint on parchment; turned wood.
Decorated pillars separate the text columns. At the top of the scroll, between the pillars, appear scenes from the story of the scroll.
The membranes are glued to each other, not sewn with sinews.
21 lines per column. Height of parchment: 25 cm. Height of case (including roller): 51 cm. Good condition. Minor creases.
Esther scroll. [Israel, second half of the 20th century].
Ink and paint on parchment; turned wood; cast metal, cut and engraved; gilt; gemstones.
The scroll is written in Iraqi style, and decorated with a frame around the columns. Placed in a wooden and gilt-metal case, adorned with gemstones, lions and two rings engraved with verses from "Shoshanat Yaakov".
11 lines per column. Height of parchment: 12.5 cm. Height of case (including roller): approx. 33 cm. Good condition. Open tear at beginning of scroll, reinforced with transparent tape. Chips to wood. Scratches. One metal ring detached.
Small format Esther scroll, in an olive-wood and silver case. [Italy, 18th or 19th century / Eretz Israel, first decades of the 20th century].
Ink on parchment; carved wood; filigree and granulated silver.
Esther scroll in Italian script (typical of the 18th or 19th century), shiny yellowish-brown parchment.
The scroll is wound on a wooden roller, ornamented with filigree and granulation, and placed in a folk-crafted case of filigree and granulated silver in geometric motifs.
16 lines per column. Height of parchment: 10 cm. Height of case: approx. 28.5 cm. Fair-good condition. Breaks to upper part of wooden roller. Bends, damage and breaks to silver. Some silver beads missing.
Esther scroll in an exceptionally large format. [Poland, 1930s].
Ink on parchment.
42 lines per column. Height of parchment: 65.5 cm. Fair condition. Stains, tears and damage, affecting text in a number of places.
Esther scroll. [Iraq, first half of the 20th century].
The beginning of the first membrane is decoratively cut. Sewn to it is a long strip of parchment for binding the scroll, with an ownership inscription: "The young Chaim son of Pinchas Kancor(?)".
Wound on a carved wooden roller.
17 lines per column. Height of parchment: 20 cm. Overall good condition. Stains and wear.
• Enclosed is a piece of (soft) parchment with the text of the blessings of the Megillah, including the text: "Blessed is Mordechai… blessed is Hashem… cursed is the wicked Haman… blessed are all Israelites… cursed are all Ishmaelites". Signed at the end: "The young Chaim Kand-cor(?)" (same as the above).
19 cm. Fair condition. Stains and wear. Ink markings.
Esther scroll. [Israel, second half of the 20th century].
Sephardic script. Wound on a turned bone roller, with carved decorations on its upper part.
"HaMelech" scroll (most columns open with the word "HaMelech").
14 lines per column. Height of parchment: 14 cm. Overall good condition. Stains.
Torah scroll. [Europe, 16th/17th century].
Neat, Ashkenazic script. This scroll conforms with the tradition of "unusual letters such as the winding Pe and bent letters, as was transmitted from one scribe to another" (Rambam, Laws of Tefillin, Mezuzah and Sefer Torah, 7:8), following the tradition detailed in Sefer Tagin.
This Torah scroll features unusual letters throughout, following the custom of early scribes, such as the Nun with a bent ending, the Lamed in an unusual form, the winding Pe, the Chet with its legs wide apart, etc.
58 lines per column. Slightly thin, though not transparent, parchment. Height of parchment: 73 cm. Fair-good condition. Stains, creases and wear.
Description based on a report (enclosed) by Mr. Shlomo Zucker, expert on Hebrew manuscripts.
Small format Torah scroll. [Poland, 19th century]. Placed in a Bukharian style Torah case, covered with colorful velvet. [Israel, second half of the 20th century].
Velvet-covered wood; parchment.
The case is covered with colorful velvet, in a style typical of Bukharian Torah cases, attached with a row of stylized tacks to the edges of the case. A dedicatory plaque made of thick paper is attached to the case, inscribed: "…This Torah scroll belongs to Yosef Chaim bar Manzel, his wife Zara bat Uzbek and their children…".
Height of case: 31 cm. Diameter: 24.5 cm. Good condition. Damage to velvet. Stains to dedicatory plaque. Height of parchment: 25.5 cm. Overall good-fair condition.
Torah scroll. [Yemen, 19th century].
Ink on Gevil (soft texture, dark reddish-brown hue). Yemenite scribal script.
Some of the membranes were replaced and are written in a later script, ca. early 20th century.
Height of membranes: approx. 48 cm. Fair condition. Stains, tears and wear.
Manuscript, prayers for the Ten Days of Repentance and Psalms with individualized prayers based on the names of the writer "Moshe son of Rachel" and his children "Perel Nesel daughter of Esther" and "Shmuel son of Esther". Ashkenazic Stam script, on parchment. [Europe, ca. 19th century].
The manuscript includes: Psalms 22, 121, 20; verses from Psalm 119 spelling out the name "Moshe son of Rachel"; a prayer requesting G-d's assistance for repentance; verses from Psalm 119 beginning with the letters of the names "Perel Nesel daughter of Esther" and "Shmuel son of Esther"; prayer requesting that G-d grant him children who will live a long life without sin prayer for Yom Kippur eve (similar to the Tefilla Zaka prayer), and another prayer requesting that his prayers be accepted.
 parchment leaves. Approx. 17 cm. Good condition. Stains and wear. Early leather binding, with restored spine.
Large handwritten leaf, ornamented and illustrated in red ink; a riddle, in honor of the wedding of the groom David Shmuel, son of "the glory of our generation, the great eagle… R. Yaakov Pardo", with the bride Rivka daughter of R. Refael Yedidia Valensin. [Ragusa (present day Dubrovnik, Croatia), first half of the 19th century].
The names of the groom, bride, their parents and some other words are written in red ink, the rest of the text is in black ink. Illustrated border with floral motives in red and black ink. The words written in red ink endured, whilst those in black ink faded with time and were recolored.
The heading "Key to the Riddle" (hint to the solution of the riddle) was inscribed in the center of the leaf, followed by the hint: "Avraham had a daughter…", in red ink. The riddle poem opens with: "I was placed in prison through no fault of my own".
Author's signature at the foot of the leaf: "One who rejoices in your joy, with faithful love, I, N.M.Y.".
Presumably, the groom was R. David Shmuel Pardo (1792-1858), son of R. Yaakov Pardo Rabbi of Ragusa. R. David Shmuel served as rabbi of Verona (Italy), and later immigrated to Eretz Israel, settling in Jerusalem.
 leaf. 51X35.5 cm. Mounted on cardboard. Fair-poor condition. Stains, dampness damage and tears. Dark dampstains to foot of leaf, with fading of text and border ink. Most words and border ornaments in black ink were recolored.
"For a girl" - leaf of protection from destructive forces and celestial sorcerers, for a woman who gave birth to a girl and for the newborn. [Fürth, ca. 1760s]. Ornamented border. At the top right, a figure bearing a sheaf of wheat and a sickle is depicted.
The amulet contains various names, for adjuring demons and sorcerers to refrain from harming the baby girl. Printed in Germany, based on a similar protection leaf printed in Amsterdam, ca. 1740. The border ornaments and typeface of the letters bear strong resemblance to those of the Passover Haggadah printed in Fürth, 1762, by Itzik Buchbinder. A protection leaf "for a boy" was printed concurrently in Fürth, with oaths specific for the protection of newborn boys.
 leaf. Approx. 21 cm. Good condition. Folding marks and stains.
"Ahavat Zion", micrography by Shmuel Schulman, addressed to Baron Edmond James de Rothschild and the Hovevei Zion movement. Lithograph, hand-colored. Eretz Israel, [late 19th century].
A symbolic depiction of the site of the Holy Temple appears in the center, surmounted by a flag bearing the verse "Let us sing praises for your salvation, and let us assemble in the name of our G-d", and below the verse "Raise a standard to Zion". On both sides of this image are willow trees with musical instruments hanging on their branches.
A dedicatory inscription appears at the top of the leaf: "...dear Hovevei Zion and at their head the baron R. Avraham Binyamin son of Yaakov Rothschild". A caption at the bottom of the leaf (in Hebrew and French) describes what is seen in the micrography and the sources of the verses composing it; signed in the plate: "Made by me to commemorate the love of Zion, Shmuel Schulman".
R' Shmuel Schulman (1843-1900), a pioneer in Eretz Israel colonies, a scribe and painter of micrographies. Born in Cimkavičy in Belarus, he immigrated to Eretz Israel and settled in Safed. He was among the activists who endeavored to establish colonies and a member of "Vaad Chalutzei Yesod HaMaalah", the association that established Rishon LeZion; he tried to settle Jewish farmers in the Çiftlik area, in the Jordan valley. He channeled his artistic talents to achieve his goal, and this micrography, among others, was printed to raise funds to establish colonies.
Approx. 33.5X39.5 cm. Fair-poor condition. Mounted on cardboard. Several tears and open tears, affecting print. Many stains. Matted.
Literature: Omanut VeUmanut Be'Eretz Israel BaMe'a HaTesha Esreh (Israel Museum, Jerusalem, 1979), pp. 141-145.
"Ansicht unseres heiligen Landes…", a printed leaf with drawings of the holy sites and graves of the righteous. Printed by "the sage… R. Binyamin HaKohen Yehoram of the Sunbal Beit Midrash". Altona, 1859.
A large leaf, with a decorated frame. At the top of the leaf appears the Hebrew caption "Account of the genealogy of the holy tzaddikim…", with captions in French, English and German. Moses is seen on the right and Aaron is seen on the left. In the center are drawings of the holy sites: a large drawing of the site of the Holy Temple - "Midrash Shlomo", drawing of Jerusalem from the north, drawing of Jerusalem from the south, the Tower of David, the Tomb of Zechariah the Prophet and the Tomb of Rachel. Printed below is a long text detailing the holy sites and in particular the graves of the righteous in and around the holy cities.
At the bottom of the leaf appear the verse "If I forget thee Jerusalem", a Menorah with the "LaMenatze'ach" verses, two medallions containing illustrations of Miriam's well and hands in priestly benediction; also printed is a caption indicating the origin of the leaf: "…found in the handwriting of… R. Chaim Abulafia Rabbi of Jerusalem".
56.5X44.5 cm. Good condition. Minor stains. Tears and small open tears, repaired, along folding marks. Mounted on thin, acid-free, paper. Library stamp in margin.
"Abraham binding his son Isaac", color lithograph by Moshe ben Yitzchak Mizrachi [Tehrani]. Jerusalem, .
A large lithograph, designed as a domed structure divided into two horizontal sections, with a different scene in each one, accompanied by inscriptions from the Bible and the Midrash. Seen in the lower section are Abraham with "a knife in his hand and saying to the two lads - Stay here with the donkey", Isaac with "the wood on his shoulder and the fire in his hand", the two lads and the donkey.
Seen in the upper section is Isaac bound on the altar and Abraham raising the knife to slaughter him. Above them, an angel grasps the knife in one hand and points at the ram that is caught in a rose bush. Around the dome appears the verse "…Do not stretch forth your hand to the lad, nor do the slightest thing to him…". In a frame surrounding these images appear the title "And the binding of Isaac remember today for the descendants of our forefather Jacob" and the year. Name of the artist is signed in the plate, within a medallion, at the bottom left corner: "Moshe son of Yitzchak Tahrani, resident of Jerusalem".
47.5X60.5 cm. Fair-poor condition. Tears and open tears with damage to the print, most reinforced with large pieces of paper pasted to verso. Many creases. Stains. Pieces of tape on verso. Some pieces of paper pasted to margins on recto. Framed.
Four large folk-art "Shiviti" leaves. [Eretz Israel, 20th century].
1. Lithographic "Shiviti" by Moshe ben Yitzchak Mizrachi. Jerusalem, 1926. Hand-colored. A handwritten dedication was added at the bottom of the leaf: "…to the Shalom UTzedaka synagogue in memory of… Zakiya bat Siti".
65X48.5 cm. Fair-poor condition. Mounted on a paper leaf and aluminum foil. Tears and open tears. Many stains. Pieces of paper and tape on margins of leaf.
2. "Shiviti", a leaf hand-drawn in black, blue, red, gold and silver. Jerusalem, 1957. Inscribed in the center of the leaf: "Donated by Tova bat Sarah".
70X50 cm. Poor-fair condition. Many stains. Tears and breaks.
3. "Shiviti", printed leaf - cutting and pasting craft - decorated with glitter and a hand-drawn frame. [Israel], 1959. Signed in the plate: "The young and small writer Yitzchak Cohen… this Menorah was written and signed on Thursday… ".
70X50 cm. Poor condition. Mounted on cardboard. Breaks, tears and open tears. Stains.
4. "Shiviti", hand-drawn in black, gold and pencil. [Israel, ca. mid 20th century]. The word "Shiviti" is missing from the top of the leaf; from the partial decorations, some of which are in ink and others only in pencil, it is obvious that this leaf is unfinished. The Ten Commandments appear in the center. A large gold-colored drawing of the Temple Mount and the Graves of the Righteous is pasted below the Ten Commandments.
48X60.5 cm. Poor condition. Tears, open tears. Breaks. Folding marks. Stains and damage. Rough erasures. Pieces of tape on verso.
Six parchment and paper amulets. [Eretz Israel and the Near East, 19th or 20th century].
Among the amulets: • A fine amulet, exceptionally long and detailed, on a paper scroll; written for a "Refuah Shelemah" (complete recovery) for a woman named Kurda bat Soni, "remove from her all types of illness… danger and affliction, and send her very soon a complete recovery". With illustrations of angels, a palm, Star of David, grids containing letters and more. • "Ilan Sefirot" amulet on parchment, "a segulah for everything - pleasing, success, evil eye, difficult labor, pregnancy and plague […] - this amulet has to be placed in a silver case". Meticulously drawn, minute handwriting. • Parchment amulet, for success and against evil eye. "Order your angels […] to come to the house of Abba Shalom son of Rivka and to go with him, to bring success in his trade and in everything that he is doing". • And more.
Six amulets (two are written on paper). Size and condition vary. Overall good to fair-poor condition. Worming damage to paper amulets. Two amulets are placed in a leather case.
Two items for protection and segulah.
1. Parchment amulet, "Protect, save and assist the bearer of this amulet Yosef Avraham ben Simcha". [Eretz Israel and the vicinity, 19th or 20th century]. In the corner of the amulet appears a rectangular grid containing the letters of the verse "VaYaamod Pinchas VaYefalel VeTe'atzar HaMagefah" (Pinchas stood up and executed justice, and the plague was stopped). At the end of the amulet appears the name of the plant "Ruta", mentioned in amulets of this kind as a segulah for protection against plagues.
17X21 cm. Fair condition. Large tears and open tears. Stains. Damage. Mounted on cardboard.
2. Paper leaf with "Al-'Ahd" (apparently: Oath) text. [Yemen, 19th or 20th century].
Long and narrow leaf, containing the text of "Al-'Ahd al-Sadis" (Sixth Oath), mentioning the name of King Solomon who ruled over the animals and the demons, and "Al-'Ahd al-Sabi'" (Seventh Oath). Drawn at the bottom of the leaf is a Star of David with letters within it.
31.5X4.5 cm. Tears. Stains. Framed, unexamined out of frame.
Three Ketubot on parchment. Correggio, 1844; Rome, 1873; Trieste, 1903.
1. A Ketubah recording the marriage of the groom Moshe Avraham Finzi with the bride Mazal Tov Finzi. Correggio, 2nd Nissan 1844.
Signed by the witnesses: Moshe Aharon son of Mazal Tov Refael ibn Yahya and Yaakov Chaim son of Shlomo Aharon Moshe d'Italia. Approx. 27X28 cm. Good condition. Stains and creases.
2. A Ketubah recording the marriage of the groom Yonah Manoach Yosef Netanel della Seta with the bride Laura de Amati. Rome, 10th Adar 1873.
The text is surrounded by a red frame. Signed on the bottom by the witnesses: Mordechai Yaakov Yosef son of Avraham Yitzchak di Capua and Moshe son of Yaakov Yosef. An inscription following the signatures indicates that an additional copy of the Ketubah was prepared for the community's archive. Approx. 25.5X33 cm. Good condition. Stains, creases and folds. Faded text.
3. A Ketubah recording the marriage of the groom Aharon Ettore Canarutto, with the bride Esther Clementina Jarach. Trieste, 12th Sivan 1903.
The text is surrounded by a frame composed of verses inscribed in red ink. The signatures were apparently erased. Approx. 24X35 cm. Good condition. Stains and creases.
The Ketubot are framed and were unexamined out of frame.
"See life with the woman whom you love", "Ketubah DeIrkasa" for the wealthy Shemaya Angel and his wife Fisli(?) Vida, daughter of R. Chaim Avraham Gagin. Jerusalem, 20th Kislev 1844.
Ink and watercolor on paper.
"Ketubah DeIrkasa" - replacement of a lost Ketubah, for Fisli Vida, daughter of Chacham Bashi and Rishon LeTzion R. Chaim Avraham Gagin - HaRav Agan (1787-1848), and the wealthy Shemaya Angel, community leader in Damascus. Signed by the husband and by the witnesses: "Refael Avraham Machluf Chayat", "Chaim Moshe Pizanti" (R. Refael Avraham Machluf Chayat and R. Chaim Moshe Pizanti, Jerusalem rabbis. They signed together in 1843 on a letter defending R. Chaim Avraham Gagin in the Jerusalem conflict of 1841-1845 - see: Asufot, 6, pp. 369-370).
The Ketubah is decorated in the Jerusalemite Ketubah style. The text is flanked by pillars supporting a dome, and a stylized blooming bush is seen above, with cypress trees on each side; ornamented floral frame topped with a dome filled with flowers.
Shemaya Angel, a Damascene banker and community leader, is remembered for his activity following the 1860 riots in Damascus. In July 1860, a crowd of Damascene Muslims and Druze attacked a Christian quarter in the city, causing heavy casualties. The Jews, who lived close to the Christian quarter, were reputedly miraculously saved from the massacre by hanging Tzitzit on the entrances of their homes (the miracle of the Jews' rescue from the riots was dubbed "the miracle of Tosheh"). Following the massacre, the rioters were arrested, together with some Damascene Jews who were accused of collaborating with the rioters. Angel visited the prisoners daily, and was involved in the efforts that eventually led to their release. In the difficult years following the riots, he was active in philanthropic work, assisting the Damascene community.
64X47 cm. Fair condition. Tears and open tears, affecting text and decorations, professionally restored. Significant loss, restored with paper and with completion of decorations. Large stains. Mold stains. Mounted on thin paper.
Ketubah, in neat handwriting (square and Rashi script), recording the marriage of R. Shlomo "son of the late, pious R. Yeshaya" Bardaki, to the bride Chaya, daughter of R. Shmuel Salant Rabbi of Jerusalem. Jerusalem, 1864.
Signed by the witnesses: R. "Yitzchak son of R. Yehuda, beadle of Kollel Prushim" and R. "Yosef son of R. Avraham Binyamin Rivlin". Signature of the groom: "Shlomo son of R. Yeshaya", and additional signatures of these witnesses.
On the verso: Attestation dated 1869 - Tosefet Ketubah, signed by the witnesses R. "Meir son of R. Asher of Aniksht" and R. "Michel HaKohen son of R. Eliezer". With another attestation signed by the husband R. "Shlomo son of R. Yeshaya", and additional signatures of these witnesses.
The groom - R. Shlomo Bardaki was an acknowledged Torah scholar, who served for over forty years as chief chazan of the Churva Synagogue. He bequeathed this position to his grandson R. Yisrael Bardaki (Bar Zakai, 1890-1970), who held this office until the destruction of the Old City in 1948.
The witnesses: R. Yosef Rivlin (1838-1896), a Jerusalem public leader. Grandson of R. Hillel Rivlin, disciple of the Gaon of Vilna. An administrator of the Vaad HaKlali, he founded the first neighborhoods outside the Old City walls, as well as Petach Tikva. Among the first residents of Nachalat Shiva.
R. Meir son of R. Asher Kamaikin of Aniksht (Anykščiai, d. 1885), eminent Torah scholar, a trustee of Jerusalem institutions. Son-in-law of R. Moshe Meshel Luria Rabbi of Krakinova. He immigrated to Jerusalem in 1862 and served as trustee of Kollel Vilna and emissary.
R. Michel son of R. Eliezer HaKohen (1834-1914), immigrated to Eretz Israel as a child in 1845. A talented scribe and printer. He served for many years as scribe and clerk of the Ashkenazi community in Jerusalem. In 1893, he resigned and went to work for the institutions of the Sephardi community, and was among the founders of the Misgav Ladach hospital.
 large leaf. 50X38 cm. Rounded top. Fair condition. Wear. Small tears to folding marks.