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  • LOT: 047

    The handwritten signature of Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Kalisher on the book Shu”t Harema MiPano – first edition, Dyhrenfurth, 1788

    A book of responsa and “explanation of deep mishnayot and Talmudic topics…” the Rema MiPano with a clear ownership signature: Zvi Hirsch son of Shlomo Kalisher of Lisa. In the printing press of Yechiel Michel Maya of Breslau, [2], 84 leaves. Slight stains, slight restoration on some of the leaves. Good general condition. Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Kalisher (1795-1875), one of the foremost disciples of Rabbi Akiva Eiger, he was a tremendous genius in both the hidden and revealed disciplines of the Torah and even extensively studied Jewish philosophy. At the age of 29 he was appointed as rabbi of the city of Toron in west Prussia, a position he remained in until the end of his life. In addition, he longed to return to the Land of Israel, as can be seen by his series of books named ‘Drishat Zion’ that deal with the law of settling the Land of Israel and the mitzvot special to the Land of Israel and the sacrifices. Despite his tremendous longing to be buried in the Land of Israel he did not merit to be buried there, and he was buried in Toron at the age of 79.
    Starting at $500
  • LOT: 046

    All of the Chiddushei HaRamban, the copy of the Rebbe Rabbi Yisrael Friedman of Husiatyn

    A book with all of the Chiddushei HaRamban that compiles all of the Ramban’s novaelle on the Talmud – Jerusalem, 1928. On the title page is an ownership stamp: “The library of Yisrael Friedman of Husiatyn.” Some leaves are torn with no damage to the text. The title page and another leaf are restored, good general condition. Rabbi Yisrael Friedman of Husiatyn (1858-1949), the elder of the rebbes of the Ruzhin family, named after his grandfather the founder of the dynasty Rabbi Yisrael of Ruzhin. In 1894 he was appointed to succeed his father as rebbe of Husiatyn and the thousands of disciples who had followed his father now accepted his authority. Toward the end of his life he immigrated to Israel and settled in Tel Aviv, where he established his court.
    Starting at $500
  • LOT: 006

    The book Mishnat Chassidim – first edition, Amsterdam 1727 with interesting signatures of Hungarian rabbis

    The book Mishnat Chassidim by Rabbi Emmanuel Chai son of Rabbi Avraham Riki, first edition, printed during the author’s lifetime in Amsterdam, 1727. [6], 132, [2] leaves (the first page that contains the ‘Omissions and a chart of mistakes’ is missing), the title page is restored, the last page is detached. Good general condition. Bound with the book Matzat Shimurim, laws of tzitzit and tefillin, Zolkiew, 1865. Without page numbers [according to the Project, 102 leaves]. Restored title page, overall good condition. Important and interesting ownership signatures: Amram Yishai Segal – Rabbi Amram Yishai Segal Bilitzer, Av Beit Din of Szerencs, a student of the Maharam Ash. Shimon Sofer – most likely Rabbi Shimon Sofer of Erlau. Mishnat Chassidim – the magnum opus of the author the kabbalist Rabbi Emmanuel Chai Riki (1687-1743). An important book of kabbalah that was printed in two editions in the author’s lifetime, and was later printed in many editions and was lauded by many great scholars. The rabbi wrote many other books such as Aderet Eliyahu, Chazeh Zion Tehillim, Hon Ashir and more. The house built by the author in Jerusalem was used by Rabbi Chaim ben Atar – the Or Hachaim for his yeshiva in Jersusalem Knesset Yisrael. Rabbi Amram Yishai son of Rabbi Yitzchak Izaak Halevi Bilitzer, Av Beit Din of Szerencs in Hungary, studied from his father and later learnt from Rabbi Meir Eisenstaedter known as the Maharam Ash. In 1854 he was appointed as rabbi of Szerencs, a position he served in for 35 years until his death in 1889. Rabbi Shimon Sofer of Erlau (1850-194). Author of ‘Hitorerut Hateshuva’, a grandson of the Chatam Sofer and the son of the Ktav Sofer. After wandering from city to city he became rabbi of the city of Erlau, a position he held for 64 years, and thereby established the chassidic court of Erlau that exists to this day. He worked extensively to publish the books of his father the Ktav Sofer and his grandfather the Chatam Sofer. He was murdered in Auschwitz at the age of 95. His son is the Rebbe Rabbi Yochanan Sofer of Erlau.
    Starting at $500
  • LOT: 052

    The book Nefesh David with rare and interesting signatures and glosses – first edition, Constantinople, 1736

    The book Nefesh David on the Torah and the megillot according to the Kabbalah by Rabbi David di Modena, printed during the author’s lifetime – first edition, Constantinople 1736. [4], 46 leaves. Restored title page, its top part is concealed, a few stains, good overall condition. On the title page of the book is a signature in the handwriting of Rabbi Avraham Meyuchas author of Sde Ha’Aretz who notes in his signature that he received the book as a gift from the author. Ownership signature of his son, Rabbi Yosef Meyuchas and Rabbi Yosef Adahan of Jerusalem. In addition, in the body of the book are several glosses in the handwriting of the kabbalist Rabbi Shimon Zvi Horowitz from the kabbalistic Sha’ar Shamayim yeshiva in Jerusalem. One comment seems to have been written by Rabbi Avraham Meyuchas. Calculation of gematria in the page margins. Rabbi David son of Rabbi Moshe di Modena, one of the rabbis of Safed and later of Jerusalem, wrote several works on kabbalah – Ruach David, a commentary on the Idra and Nishmat David on Shir Hashirim (Arzei Halevanon page 431). Rabbi Avraham son of Rabbi Shmuel Meyuchas (1700-1768). One of the foremost rabbis of Jerusalem, known mainly due to his book of responsa Sde Ha’aretz. He also wrote other books on kabbalah. At the age of 40 he became blind, all of his works were written before the age of 30. He was buried on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. (Arzei Halevanon page 154), Rabbi Yaacov Yosef son of Rabbi Avraham Meyuchas. Wrote an introduction to his father’s book Sde Ha’aretz. He was buried along with his other brothers alongside their father on the Mount of Olives. Rabbi Yosef Adahan, author of the book Shufriya D’Yosef and others. A scion of a pedigreed family from Morocco who have a tradition that they are direct descendants of King David. He served G-d through abstinence and purity and every night at midnight he recited Tikkun Chatzot in tears crying for the exile of the Divine Presence. He saw great visions and even managed to delve into the secret of his own soul, and one day revealed to his son that he has a spark of Nachum Ish Gamzu. His student Rabbi Shmuel Adahan wrote about him “He left several wonderous works on kabbalah and Talmud and the Arba Turim behind him…but due to the abundance of his wisdom he was unable to arrange them because his wisdom flowed like a fast flowing stream and he wrote as fast as he could…” All of his works were lost apart from the book Shufriya D’Yosef, which was printed in Alexandria by his grandson author of Ma’aseh Bereishit. In 1745, after extensive efforts and many trials and tribulations, he achieved his goal to immigrate to Israel, where he settled in Safed. His date of death is unknown. (Arzei Halevanon page 934). The kabbalist Rabbi Shimon Zvi Horowitz (1870-1947), a disciple of Rabbi Itzele of Volozhin. One of the founders of the Ashkenazi kabbalistic yeshiva Sha’ar Hashamayim. As the kabbalah states that the ten lost tribes will be discovered before the final redemption, in 1929 Rabbi Shimon Zvi was sent to Asia on behalf of the Jerusalemite kabbalists from all the different communities to investigate the matter. For two years, walking by foot or riding a donkey he discovered remains of Jewish settlements in far-flung places cut-off from the rest of the world. He even travelled as far as Tibet, but the Indian authorities suspected him of having criminal motives, and he was therefore forced to stop his journey. He recorded his experiences on his journey in his book Kol Mevaser, which was published in 1923.
    Starting at $700
  • LOT: 030

    “For great protection and to bring blessing into his home” A complete, nice set of Likutei Torah V’hashas [Zidichov] – Chassidut, first edition, 1877-192

    A complete set of five volumes of the book Likutei Torah V’Hashas by the Rebbe Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac of Zidichov, explanations on the Five Books of the Torah in a chassidic approach. First edition. The last three volumes were published by his great disciple Rabbi Yosef Meir Weiss of Spinka author of the Imrei Yosef, who wrote in his introduction to the book of Vayikra: “… I am sure that anyone who buys the holy book of the holy rabbi, his merit will certainly protect him in this world and the next, and he will have "great protection” [the emphasis appears in the original!] and blessing will be brought into his home…” In the introduction to the book of Devarim the Rebbe of Spinka talks at length about his rabbi, the author, and quotes important Torah teachings from the leading chassidic leaders and ends with the words: “And it is well known that when the author taught Torah publicly he brought an abundance of prosperity and success to our Jewish brethren, and therefore when his holy book is published in the world, and we know that the righteous are greater etc….they will be elevated and will be blessed with an abundance of prosperity and success and no-one will be able to harm them…” At the end of part 3 a letter from the Maggid of Koznitz to the Ohev Yisrael of Apta, the Be’er Mayim Chaim and the Ahavat Shalom of Kassov, a letter from Rabbi Zvi Hirsch of Zidichov to Rabbi Naftali Zvi of Ropshitz and a letter from the Divrei Chaim of Sanz to Rabbi Yitzchak Issac of Zidichov are printed. Part one – Bereishit, Lemberg 1877. [4], 209 leaves. Stefansky Chassidut 298. Two title pages in the binding are in the opposite order. Part two: Shemot – Munkacs 1883. [1], 252, [1] leaves. Restored title page, pastings and slight tears in the margins of several pages. Part three: Vayikra – Munkacs 1886. [4], 168 leaves. Part four: Bamidbar – Lemberg, 1889. [2], 152 leaves. Fifth part: Devarim – M. Sighet, 1892, [12], 200 leaves. Simple, non-uniform bindings for the entire set. Very few worming holes and slight blemishes. Very good general condition. Stored carefully from the library of the kabbalist the chassid Rabbi Mordechai Moshe Karfman.
    Item sold at $1400 Starting at $500
  • LOT: 042

    A complete, nice set, first edition of Tikunei Zohar with Be’er L’Chai Roi – part 3 was given by the Minchat Elazar of Munkacs to Rabbi Asher Anshil Weiss of Nagyfalu

    A set of three parts of the book Tikkunei Zohar by the tanna Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai with the commentary Be’er L’Chai Roi “according to the foundations of the introductions to the Zohar and homilies of our Sages on the Talmud, midrashim and the works of the Ari…” by the Rebbe Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Shapiro the ‘Darkei Teshuva’ of Munkacs. First edition, two parts of which were printed during the author’s lifetime, part three was printed after the author’s death by his only son and successor the Rebbe Rabbi Chaim Elazar Shapiro the Minchat Elazar of Munkacs who wrote the introduction to this book and added his glosses within the commentary in square brackets that begin with the initials alef hey [the proofreader says]. Part three of the copy before us was given as a gift by the Minchat Elazar to Rabbi Asher Anshil, av beit din of Nagyfalu who wrote in his handwriting on the title page: “I was given this holy book by the son of the author. Asher Anshil son of Chana.” Part one: Introduction until tikkun 17. Munkacs, 1903. [3], 259 leaves. Two title pages. Part two: tikkunim 18-21. Munkacs, 1909. [1], 311 leaves. Two title pages, first title page is colored. Part three: tikkunim 22-55. Beregszasz 1921. 448 [1] pages. Title page in red ink. Minimal worming holes. Simple matching covers, blemishes and slight stains, good general condition. The author the Rebbe Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Shapiro (1850-1914) the rebbe of Munkacs and rabbi of the city, the son of the Rebbe Rabbi Shlomo of Munkacs and son-in-law of Rabbi Chanina Horowitz, rabbi of Ulaniv [the son of Rabbi Yaakov of Melitz]. Named after Rabbi Zvi Hirsch of Zidichov as he was born on the anniversary of his death. One of the disciples of the Divrei Chaim of Sanz and his son Rabbi Yechezkel of Shinova. Author of: Be’er L’Chai Roi, Darkei Teshuva, Zvi Tiferet and others. His only son, the Rebbe Rabbi Chaim Elazar Shapiro (1872-1937) succeeded his father in Munkacs and was one of the foremost rabbis eastern-central Europe between the two world wars. He took a conservative and firm approach to Zionism and to Agudat Yisrael. Author of: Minchat Elazar, Ot Chaim V’Shalom and others. Rabbi Asher Anshil Weiss (1882-1944), rabbi of the community of Nagyfalu, son of Rabbi Moshe Shlomo Weiss Markowitz and Rebbetzin Chana nee Berger. Disciple of his brother-in-law Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Weinberger av beit din of Margaretin and one of the foremost disciples of the Shevet Sofer and the Arugat Habosem. Author of Shemen L’Mincha. He was murdered with the rest of his community during the Holocaust by the Nazis.
    Starting at $500
  • LOT: 040

    Sidrei Taharot with a map and stamp of the author, Rabbi Gershon Hanoch Leiner of Radzin (the ba’al HaTekhelet). First edition. Jozefof, 1873. Pretty copy, rare

    Gathering from all sources in the Talmud Bavli/Yerushalmi, Tosefta and Midrashim on purity. A kind of masechet on purity matters. At the end of the book is a map of the tribal division with the author's stamp on the map. The book bears the endorsement of Rabbi Yosef Shaul Halevi Natanzon (the Shoel u’Meishiv), Rabbi Avraham Ashkenazi, Rabbi Shimon Sofer Av Beit Din of Krakow Son of the Chatam Sofer, the Gaon of Kutna, Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Orinstein Av Beit Din of Brisk, Rabbi Chaim Elazar Wax Hus Nefesh Chaya, Rabbi Chaim Berlin, Rabbi Yitzchak Elchanan Spector, Rabbi Yermia Lev, Rabbi Chaim Sofer, the Machaneh Chaim, and the consent of his father Rabbi Yaakov Leiner of Izbitza the second Rebbe of Izbitsa Chassidus. The post-cover page contains a question brought by the Shoel u’Meishiv and the excuse that the author replied with. And it is said that when Rabbi Gershon entered the home of the Shoel u’Meishiv, the rabbi dealt with one harsh concern, and here the young rabbi sought the permission of the speaker and quickly excused the acute kusha. The gaon admired him and asked him where he was from. From Poland, he replied. A devotee asked the genius, indeed, the rabbi replied. The gaon cried with admiration, King David already said: "She delivered a final adherent", also a devotee knows Megamar (study) and gave him consent to tell. After the book was printed, the rabbis said that the book was written like a regular tract and in the end would confuse. So in the second part (printed in Pietrekov 1903) the top of each page bears the title in order to distinguish the other tractates. Rabbi Gershon Hanoch Henich Liner of Radzin (1839 - 1891) - was the third Admor of the Izbica Radzyn Hasidic dynasty, and renewed the tekhelet tradition. He was a pupil of his grandfather Rabbi Mordechai Liner, the Mei Mishloach. He authored many books, including Sod Yesharim, Sidrei Taharot, Tiferet HaChanochi, Ptil Tekhelet and more. With the map at the end of the book includes a personal stamp of the author. 5, 272, [1] pages.. Stefanski Chassidut 434. Stains and slight wet marks. Very good overall condition.
    Item sold at $950 Starting at $700
  • LOT: 079

    A portrait painting of the Divrei Chaim of Sanz – oil on wood, 19th century, unidentified artist

    An impressive painting, oil paint on wood, a portrait of Rabbi Chaim Halberstam, the Divrei Chaim of Sanz. Original, beautiful and impressive work that appears to have been painted during the subject’s lifetime [19th century]. Signed by an unidentified artist. In a wooden frame. Dimensions: 34*49 cm. Slight cracks in the painting, slight blemishes on the frame. Very good overall condition
    Starting at $500
  • LOT: 031

    A set of Zohar Chai [Komarno] – first edition Lemberg/Permishla, 1875-1881

    The book Zohar Chai, a comprehensive work on the Zohar and the Sifra D’Tzniuta, kabbalah with a chassidic approach by the Rebbe Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac of Komarno. Before us are all the parts of the book, some incomplete. 5 volumes, Stefansky Chassidut 195. Volume one: Bereishit part one – Lemberg 1875. 1-215. Title page and introduction are missing. Volume two: Bereishit part two – Lemberg 1875. [1], 216-456, [1]. Volume three: Shemot part one – Permishla, 1878. [4], 166 leaves. Volume four: Shemot part two – Permishla, 1878. [2], 285 [should be: 287] leaves. Volume five: Vayikra, Bamidbar, Devarim – Permishla, 1881. 69-228 leaves. An incomplete copy, title page through page 99. The last leaf is slightly blemished. An important ancient gloss about calculations of the final redemption. New matching bindings, spines and leather corners slightly degenerating. Slight blemishes in several places. Very good overall condition. Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac [Yitzchak Isaac Yehuda Yechiel Safrin] (1806-1874), son of Rabbi Alexander Sender of Komarno and the son-in-law of Rabbi Avraham Mordechai of Pintshov. His father died when he was 12 and he grew up in the house of his uncle Rabbi Zvi Hirsch of Zidichov, who was his teacher. One of the foremost disciples of the Ohev Yisrael from Apta. Succeeded his father in Komarno where he became known as a miracle worker, and many people flooded to him. It was known to be a special segulah to have his books in the house. Author of the book Heichal Habracha on the Five Books of the Torah and many other books.
    Starting at $500
  • LOT: 020

    Five Books of the Torah, bibliophilic edition – Soncino Berlin 1930-1933

    Five books of the Torah, “precise according to tradition and according to old and new editions and according to the 1926 Ginsburg edition, published by the Soncino company in Berlin…the letters were drawn by Marcus Behmer according to a picture of the letters in the Gershom Cohen edition from Prague. The printing was lasted from 1930 to 1933… 850 copies were printed on Van Gelder paper…” Large and impressive volumes, 40 cm. 2 parts [a] Bereishit – Shemot chapter 2. Shemot – Devarim (bound in a simple binding and not in the original binding). Wide margins, stains. Good general condition. This book was published by the company of Jewish bibliophiles from Berlin whose surname was Soncino “The Soncino company of Jewish bibliophiles” (Soncino Gesellschaft der Freunde des Juedischen Buches) [a well-known family of Jewish printers at the beginning of the modern era]. They were active between 1924-1937 and published books with emphasis upon precise typography. These Five Books of the Torah were part of a project that planned to print all the books in the Tanach but was stopped in 1937 when the Nazi regime ordered the company to liquidate.
    Starting at $500
  • LOT: 039

    Chassidut, Rare! Rav Pninim and Shoshanat Ha’Amakim – first edition, Frankfort on the Oder 1782, one of the first books to mention the Ba’al Shem Tov in his lifetime

    The book Rav Pninim, novaelle on the Torah and the festivals, by Rabbi Meir Teomim of Lubartow and Lvov, father of Rabbi Yosef Teomim the ‘Pri Megadim’ who published this book written by his father and added his book Teivat Gama on the Torah [not found in the copy before us] and Shoshanat HaAmakim on the rules of the Talmud. On page 29b the author quotes an excerpt from a letter sent by Rabbi Gershon of Kitov to his brother-in-law the Ba’al Shem Tov: “I saw a letter from the holy land from the chassid Rabbi Gershon to his famous brother-in-law the Ba’al Shem Tov Rabbi Yisrael in the following words: When I reached the holy city of Jerusalem I fell on my face and cried and said, Jerusalem is compared to a widow, how did you wear nice clothes during the period of your widowhood, how I wish I could have seen you in your destruction…” From the above description of the Ba’al Shem Tov we can see that the author Rabbi Meir Teomim (died in 1773) wrote those words during the Ba’al Shem Tov’s lifetime and even though his son the Pri Megadim published it after the Ba’al Shem Tov’s death he didn’t make any changes whatsoever to his father’s words. This mention of the Ba’al Shem Tov appears to be one of the first printed in the name of the Ba’al Shem Tov that mentions him during his lifetime. First edition, Frankfurt on the Oder 1782. Stefansky Chassidut 532. [2], 1-44, [1], 82-136 leaves (pages 44-82 is the book Teivat Gama that is missing in this copy), separate title page for Shoshanat Ha’amakim. Two out of the three books that were printed and bound together. A few worming holes, scuffs and folds at the corners of the leaves. 2 leaves are detached. Tears and blemishes with slight damage to the text in several places. Blemishes on the title page of Rav Pninim. Without a cover. Good – moderate general condition. Regarding the connection of the author Rabbi Meir Teomim of Lubartow and Lvov, father of the Pri Megadim to the Ba’al Shem Tov, Rabbi Yitzchak Weiss wrote in his book Elef Ktav (letter 459): Rabbi Yissachar Dov of Belz related that the mother of the Pri Megadim was the second wife of the Rebbe Rabbi Be’er [the great maggid of Mezeritch], and once the Pri Megadim travelled to visit his mother, and when he returned his study partners asked him how it was there for him, and he replied that he felt like a gentile among Jews.
    Starting at $500
  • LOT: 038

    Rare! Birkat David [Buczacz] – Chassidut, first edition, Lemberg 1805 with a handwritten inscription of chassidic tales

    The book Birkat David on the Five Books of the Torah (only actually printed on Bereishit). Chassidic and kabbalistic elucidations by the Rebbe Rabbi Avraham David Wahrmann of Buczacz – first edition, Lemberg 1805 [seems to have been printed in 1845, see below]. [2], 180 leaves. The last two leaves are missing, originally 182 leaves. Some printed on blueish paper. Stains, ancient faded leather binding, spine glued to the binding, good general condition. The year of printing was written in Hebrew as 5665 [1805] and in the foreign language as 1800, and the name of the printing press as Rosanis Jihdas. The two dates that contradict each other are forged, as is the name of the printer. The true date of printing is hinted to in the signature of the printer at the end of the book, in which the words “Tefillah L’Elokei David” are emphasized, in other words, the year 1845. Forgeries of this type were done due to prohibitions of the sensor and persecutions of the followers of the Enlightenment against the chassidim during that time. In the books of Chassidut printed in Galicia at this time this is a common phenomenon. [A. Ya’ari lists 16 books forged in this manner. See: A. Ya’ari, Beit Dfus Shel Harabbanit Yehudit Rosenish B’Lvov, Kiryat Sefer, 17, page 107, no. 43]. On the rear side of the title page the sentence “Torat Hashem Temima” is printed in large letters and underneath is stated that the approbations were not printed “for a hidden reason”. It seems that omission of the approbations is part of the overall camouflaging of the printing details for the reasons mentioned above. In the copy before us, on the leaf before the title page there is handwriting that fills up the entire page that describes tales and instructions from holy men. Under the words “I heard from Rabbi Moshe son of Rabbi Zanwil of Stretin” the writer relates an interesting story of divine providence and faith, as well as another story from Rabbi Naftali Zvi Horowitz of Ropshitz, and matters of service of G-d from the righteous men of the Premishla dynasty. We were unable to determine the identity of the writer. The Rebbe Rabbi Avraham David Wahrmann of Buczacz (1771 – 1841), the Buczaczer Rav, a rabbi, chassid and posek who was known as a tremendous genius and who wrote many books on all sections of the Shulchan Aruch, ‘Eshel Avraham’ on Orach Chaim, ‘Ezer Mikodesh’ on Even Ha’ezer, Kesef Hakodshim’ on Choshen Mishpat and ‘Daat Kedoshim’ on Yoreh Deah. His books were enthusiastically received and were even printed as appendices in editions of the Shulchan Aruch. Son-in-law of Rabbu Zvi Hirsch Kara, author of Nata Sha’ashuim, the beloved disciple of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdichev, served as rabbi of the cities of Yazlovets (a position he received at the young age of 20!) and Buczacz, the city his name was associated forevermore.
    Starting at $800
  • LOT: 034

    Igra D’Kalla [by Rabbi Zvi Elimelech of Dinov] – Chassidut, first edition, Lemberg 1868, the copy of the Rebbe of Pavinitz

    The book Igra D’Kalla on the Torah with a chassidic approach by Rabbi Zvi Elimelech of Dinov, author of the Bnei Yissaschar with interesting inscriptions [see below], two parts with approbations from Rabbi Yosef Shaul Nathanson and the Divrei Chaim of Sanz – first edition Lemberg 1868. [5], 134, [1], 26, 13, 56 leaves. Separate title page for the second part. Rebound, good general condition. Ownership signatures on the title page: Shmuel Chaim Mezeritch [?] and a signature: Gedaliah. Ownership stamp not in Hebrew, and an interesting stamp: Emmanuel Weltfried here Lodz – probably the Rebbe of Pavnitz-Lodz from the dynasty of the rebbes of Przedborz-Poland. Throughout the book there are several handwritten inscriptions: Eliezer Chaim son of Rivka for sustenance. A page was found to have been placed in the book with a list of names requiring a salvation, according to the tradition that chassidim place kvitlach in the books of righteous people, as their lips move in the grave. Rabbi Zvi Elimelech of Dinov (1783-1841), one of the great chassidic leaders, known primarily by the title the Bnei Yisaschar after the name of his books that are known for their holiness and were especially beloved by the great chassidic leaders of all the generations. In addition, he wrote a large range of books on all disciplines of the Torah – Igra D’Pirka, Derech Pikudecha, Ma’ayan Ganim and others. Rabbi Emmanuel Weltfried, the rebbe of Pavnitz-Lodz (died in 1939), son of Rabbi Avraham Moshe, son-in-law from his first marriage of Rabbi Yehoshua of Zdikov author of Ateret Yeshua, and from his second marriage of Rabbi Arieh Leib of Ozharov. A scion of the Przedborz dynasty – one of lesser known Polish chassidic courts. A great grandson and grandson of the Chozeh of Lublin (his grandfather Rabbi Emmanuel who he was named after was the son-in-law of Rabbi Yisrael the son of the Chozeh). There is a chassidic tradition that when the authorities decreed that everyone must have a surname, the founder of the dynasty Rabbi Yeshayahu wanted to perpetuate the expression ‘eternal joy’ – in Yiddish Welfried, and thus their surname was chosen.
    Item sold at $750 Starting at $500
  • LOT: 004

    In a rare state of completeness and beauty! The book Magen David (Tolna) – Chassidut, first edition, Zhitomir, 1852

    The book Magen David, on the Torah and festivals with a chassidic approach by the Rebbe Rabbi David of Tolna, first edition that was printed during the author’s lifetime – in the printing press of the Shapiro brothers, Zhitomir, 1852. Two title pages, one in red ink. Hand-colored illustrations, apparently from the time of printing. 120 leaves. Complete and nice copy, apart from slight stains and a small number of worming holes, very good general condition. This book of Chassidut is considered to be a segulah because in the third edition, which was also printed in the author’s lifetime, there is a special blessing written by the author to the publisher in which he writes: And I say that any wise man who buys this book and studies it, I hope that it will be a medicine for his body and soul in spirituality and physicality in this world and the next, and that he will have temporary and eternal successes (See Moreshet auction 25 item 114). Handwritten ownership inscriptions: “Mordechai Moshe HaKohen Karfman, Jerusalem”, “Alter Simcha HaKohen Rapiport”, “Belongs to the noble rabbi Yisrael Yitzchak… [?]” and other inscriptions not examined in depth. The Rebbe David Twersky of Tolna, son of Rabbiu Mordechai the maggid of Chernobyl (1898-1982). He was the grandson of Rabbi David Leikes, a disciple of the Ba’al Shem Tov, and was named after him. He married Rebbetzin Yenta Devorah, the granddaughter of Rabbi Zusha of Hanipol and Rabbi Wolf of Tcherna-Ostrog. A while after his father died in 1937 he began to serve as a rebbe in Wasilkow next to Kiev. After moving to Tolna his court grew and thousands of disciples starting flooding to him. Rabbi David, like his father before him, used to travel from village to village to encourage the masses. During his travels he visited Odessa twice. Odessa was a city of followers of the Enlightenment. Chassidic tradition relates that his visits there caused many followers of the Enlightenment to become firm believers.
    Item sold at $1800 Starting at $1200
  • LOT: 033

    A volume with the two books of Rabbi Yehuda Zvi of Radzil, Da’at Kedoshim and Amud Hatorah – Chassidut, first edition, Lemberg 1848-1853

    The book Da’at Kedoshim by Rabbi Yehuda Zvi av beit din of Radzil, homilies and chassidic teachings about the various mitzvot and the kavanot of the Ari in a chassidic approach – first edition, Lemberg 1848. Bound together with the book Amud Hatorah by the author that also deals with the same subject – first edition Lemberg 1853. An additional edition was published in the same year with a different title page. Ownership signatures: Zvi Bromet. Nachum Pinchas Kolemk [?]. [2], 77 leaves. [1], 93 leaves. Slight stains, good overall condition. Rebound. The Rebbe Rabbi Yehuda Zvi Eichenstein of Radzil (1791-1848), son of Rabbi Moshe of Sambor was the disciple and son-in-law of Rabbi Zvi Hirsch of Zidichov, and later succeeded him. His son-in-law is Rabbi Yechezkel Halberstam of Shinova, the son of the Divrei Chaim of Sanz.
    Item sold at $750 Starting at $500
  • LOT: 048

    Lechem Setarim: The copy of Rabbi Arieh Leib Ish Horowitz author of Harei Besamim – Strasburg, 1777, the first book printed in the city’s Hebrew printing press

    The book Lechem Setarim, on the tractate of Avodah Zara by Rabbi Shlomo son of Avraham Elgazi. The approbation of the Noda B’Yehuda and other approbations were added to this edition – Strasburg, 1777. Ownership signature: Bought with my money, the young one A.K. of Mirano. Ownership stamp: Arieh Leibush HaLevi Ish Horowitz av beit din of Stry and the environs. [4], 115 leaves. 14 leaves. Stains, good general condition. The book before us is the first Jewish book printed in the Hebrew printing press that existed for a short time in Strasburg, apart from the Bibles printed in the city in the 17th century by gentiles. Rabbi Arieh Leibush HaLevi Ish Horowitz (1847-1909), one of the foremost rabbis and halachic adjudicators in Galicia. Became famous thanks to his book Harei Besamim. He served as the rabbi of Stanislav, a position that was passed down the family for several generations from father to son. He was ordained as a rabbi by the leading rabbis of the generation, Rabbi Yosef Shaul Nathanson and the Divrei Chaim of Sanz. The stamp in this copy is from the period when he was rabbi of Stry, as appears in the text, before he was selected to succeed his father in Stanislav.
    Starting at $500
  • LOT: 037

    Books of the sons of the Maggid of Chernobyl: Kohelet David [Tolna] and Shoshanat Ha’Amakim [Cherkasy] – Chassidut, first edition, Lublin, 1881-1884

    A volume with two books by the holy brothers sons of Rabbi Mordechai of Chernobyl, the book Shoshanat Ha’Amakim [divided into parts – Emek Tefillah and Emek Hachochma] by Rabbi Yaacov Yisrael Twersky from Hornosteipel and Cherkasy- first edition Lublin 1884. Two title pages and an additional title page for Emek Hachochma. Bound with the book Kohelet David by Rabbi David Twersky of Tolna, first edition – Lublin 1881. Two title pages. Ownership signature: Here the holy city of Jerusalem, Mordechai Moshe Hacohen Karfman. 47 leaves, 94 pages. [1], 60 leaves, 120 pages. 86 leaves, 172 pages. Stains and slight worming damage, good general condition. Rabbi Yaakov Yisrael Twersky (1794-1876) was the third son of Rabbi Mordechai of Chernobyl. On his mother’s side he was the grandson of Rabbi Aharon Hagadol of Karlin. In 1834 when he settled in the city of Hornosteipel he turned the city into a great chassidic center and thousands of chassidim flooded to him. He served as rabbi of the city for 26 years. In 1860 he moved to the adjacent city of Cherkasy, which he became associated with. He was a rebbe for a total of 42 years. Rabbi David Twersky of Tolna (1808-1982). He was the sixth son of Rabbi Mordechai of Chernobyl, on his mother’s side a grandson of Rabbi David Leikus, a disciple of the Ba’al Shem Tov, who is named after. Married Rebbetzin Yenta Devorah, a granddaughter of Rabbi Zusha of Hanipol and Rabbi Wolf of Tcherni-Ostrah. Following his father’s death in 1837 he began to serve as a rebbe in Vosilkov next to Kiev. After he moved to Tolna his court grew and thousands of chassidim flocked to him. Rabbi David, like his father, used to travel from village to village to encourage the masses. In his travels he visited Odessa twice. Odessa was a city of followers of the Enlightenment. Chassidic tradition relates that during his trips there many followers of the Enlightenment became firm believers.
    Starting at $500
  • LOT: 028

    A segulah book “an outpouring of favor and blessing of salvation” Brit Avram – Chassidut, first edition, Brody, 1875

    The book Brit Avram “which is a dear and pleasant commentary on the Five Books of the Torah and on the haphtaroth and on the five megillot” by Rabbi Yoseph Moshe of Zborow and Zalozitz. First edition, Brody 1875. The book has approbations from the foremost chassidic leaders of the period – the Ohev Yisrael of Apta and Rabbi Zvi Hirsch of Zidichov, Rabbi Ephraim Zalman Margaliot and Rabbi Avraham Yaakov of Sadigora and others. In the approbation of Rabbi David Moshe of Chortkov he notes in his own handwriting that anyone who pays money for the book “the merit of the author will provide him with an outpouring of favor and blessing of salvation to be blessed by the threefold blessing from the Torah.” At the end of the book are a few homilies by the author. [4], 152 leaves, 153 pages. [4]. Stains and slight tears on the last leaves, good general condition. Rabbi Moshe son of Rabbi Elkana was born circa 1735 (the name Yoseph was added to him by Rabbi Avraham Chaim of Zlotchov when he was sick two years before he died). He was a sickly man and conducted himself in abstinence and sanctity. He was a talented speaker and used to enthuse his listeners. He served as a maggid in Zborow and later in Zalozitz until his death. He recorded his homilies on the Torah and the festivals in this book. In addition, he also wrote a commentary on the Pesach Haggadah named Be’er Mayim. His books were published after his death through the special efforts of Rabbi Avraham Chaim of Zlotchov. Rabbi Yoseph Moshe died in Zalozitz at the age of 80, on 23rd Elul 1815.
    Starting at $500
  • LOT: 049

    The book Rosh David [the Chida] – first edition Mantova, 1776, the copy of Rabbi Yosef Burgel of Tunis

    The book Rosh David on the Torah by the Chida “In the printing press of the young man…Eliezer Shlomo of Italy”, first edition, Mantova, 1776. On the back of the title page is an ownership signature with additional writing in the handwriting of Rabbi Yosef Burgel (the first) of Tunis. On the title page is another ancient signature that has not been examined and a signature of the kabbalist, the chassid Rabbi Mordechai Moshe Hacohen Karfman. [2], 164, 5 leaves. Title page is restored at the edge, worming holes in several places with pastings, slight stains, good-moderate general condition. Rabbi Yosef Burgel the first of Tunis, an incredible genius, an expert in the entire Torah with an extraordinary memory and impeccable morals. He was completely dedicated to Torah study and one of the foremost dayanim in Tunis. He was also wealthy and gave charity to emissaries from the Land of Israel, Torah scholars and poor people. He wrote the books ‘Zara D’Yosef’, Livorno 1850 – a large work on the Ba’alei Hatosefot and the work Vayiken Yosef – 2 parts of investigations into various topics according to alphabetical order. An additional work named Vayikalkel Yosef remained in manuscript form. He died in 1874 leaving no descendants apart from his writings
    Starting at $500
  • LOT: 051

    The book Tikunei Zohar with important handwritten comments – Brody, 1883

    The book Tikunei Zohar by the tanna Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai with the commentary Kisei Melech. The copy is full of handwritten comments that show that the person who wrote them greatly knowledgeable in Torah and Kabbalah. At the beginning of the book, on the blank leaves, the owner wrote instructions about the mitzva of repentance in Yiddish, and he is clearly a very moral person. He also wrote explanations on several chapters of Psalms and some of the Rosh Hashana prayers. Ownership signature: Mordechai Moshe Karfman. Stamp: The library of the Beis Medrash Gevoah of America, Lakewood. 194 leaves 388 pages. 6 leaves, 12 pages. Faded cover, a few stains, good overall condition.
    Starting at $500
  • LOT: 069

    A 100 dollar bill from the Rebbe

    A bill of the value of 100 US dollars that was given by the Lubavitcher Rebbe Rabbi Mendel Mendel Schneersohn. The bill comes from the estate of the Yudasin family from Tel Aviv (together with the Rebbe’s letters that are also offered for sale in this auction). The bill was given to Rabbi David Yudasin, rabbi of the central synagogue Maoz Aviv in Tel Aviv, died 7th Nissan 2014. His son and successor is Rabbi Alexander Sender Yudasin – one of the foremost Lubavitch rabbis in the Holy Land, the rabbi of the chassidic community in Jaffa for almost half a century, a member of a beit din and author of books on the Talmud and the Tanya. Very good overall condition.
    Item sold at $1200 Starting at $770
  • LOT: 022

    First siddur with translation into Judeo-Arabic: Seder Tefila b’Chol Lashon—Livorno 1883. Especially rare!

    Shacharit, Mincha and Aravit, according to Sephardic custom, Hebrew and Judeo-Arabic on facing pages. As far as is known, this is the first siddur that was translated into Judeo-Arabic and printed in Hebrew letters. The translation was written by Rabbi Eliyahu Hai Gag - Livorno 1883. On the title page of the book is the dedication of the copyist to "Mordechai Levi Bara", handwritten. Especially rare! Original: 3, 266 pages. The copy before us is missing the following pages: 6, 7, 8, 66, 67, 68, 163. Original binding is worn and defective, many pages disconnected, many tears (some with damage to text). Generally bad to ok condition. Rabbi Eliyahu Hai Gag (Gig or Gaz) lived from 1840-1908, was a son of Rabbi Yosef. Born in Tunis, served as rabbi in Algiers, wrote chiddushim on the Talmud and published many books, including this one, Ma’aseh Sha’ashu’im, Sfatei Renanot, Ma’aseh Tzaddikim, Magen David, and left behind many manuscripts that were not printed. Also wrote a song “Kalini Niskar Ya Yehudi”, printed in the Livorno Haggada, and more. He published his father's book"Pi Ha-Midbar "- on the Passover Haggadah. Read more in Arzei HaLevanon p. 257.
    Starting at $300
  • LOT: 003

    A nice copy of the Siddur Ba’al Hatanya: The order of the prayer according to the liturgy of the Ari, Zhitomir 1863/Warsaw 1867, the copy of Rabbi Zalman Havlin

    The order of prayer according to the liturgy of the Ari, “With the meaning of the words… and including kavanot for tzitzit, tefillin and prayer… arranged and based on the kavanot of the Ari by the great Rebbe…Rabbi Shnuer Zalman…”. The first section [for weekdays]: The printing press of the partners Rabbi Chananya Lipa Shapiro and Rabbi Yehoshua Heschel Shapiro the grandsons of the rabbi of Slavita, Zhitomit 1863. [2], 153 leaves. On the title page is the signature of Rabbi Zalman Havlin – slightly cut off. Worming holes filled in with paper, stains and slight damage, it was professionally restored and rebound in a binding with gold embossments. Very good general condition. Part two [shabbat, festivals and high holy days]: Warsaw, 1867. 62, 94 leaves. Restored tears, stains and slight damage, it was professionally restored and rebound in a binding with gold embossments. Very good general condition. The prayer book of the Ba’al HaTanya that is also called “Prayer book with the words of the living G-d [as the chassidic teachings of the Lubavitcher rebbes are called]. This is the first work of teachings of the Alter Rebbe Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi, the “Ba’al HaTanya”, printed in 1816 in Kopust by his son the Mittler Rebbe after his father’s death. The book contains the liturgy of the prayers as established by the Alter Rebbe [the wording of the prayer book, the laws and two chassidic articles written and arranged by the Alter Rebbe and printed several times in his lifetime] alongside chassidic articles he wrote that explain the liturgies of the prayers and their connection with the mitzvot and festivals mentioned in the prayer book. In most of the editions the liturgy of the prayer was printed in the middle with the explanations around it. The copy before us is the fifth edition that was printed in 1863 in Zhitomir, and most of the subsequent editions followed the format of this edition [this edition contains additional teachings that were first added to the 1818 Berdichev edition and did not appear in the first edition]. The second part before us was printed in Warsaw several years later. Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Havlin (1877-1936), manager of the Lubavitch Tomchei Tememim yeshiva in Horodisch and founder of the Torat Emet yeshivot in Hebron and in Jerusalem. A disciple of the Rebbe Rashab and the Rebbe Rayatz. He helped Lubavitcher chassidim from the Soviet Union with their needs, and in their struggle to obtain certificates to immigrate to Israel. For more information about him see: Hamashpia – Toldot Harav Shlomo Zalman Havlin… history of Chabad, the Jewish settlement in Hebron and the history of the Jewish settlement in the Holy Land… Jerusalem, 1982; Torat Emet – A hundred years of Lubavitch in the Holy Land, published by Chazak, 2012.
    Starting at $3000
  • LOT: 024

    A collection of 2 rare haggadot, a gift from the Rabeinu Jacob Josef yeshiva in New York at the beginning of the 20th century

    A collection of 2 different copies of the pesach Haggadah with illustrations, labels and translation into English that were given as a gift from the Rabeinu Jacob Josef yeshiva (RJJ). 1. A pesach Haggadah with a soft cover from cardboard upon which is a print in blue and red, with the name of the yeshiva and a picture of Rabbi Yaacov Yoseph the chief rabbi on the back on the background of pictures of the yeshiva. 2. A peesach Haggadah with musical notes, with a hard red cover with gold embossing. On the last page is a portrait picture of the chief rabbi the yeshiva was named after. In both copies, in the inside cover before and after the Haggadah there is writing in Yiddish and English about the yeshiva stating that: The yeshiva has over 650 students. The yeshiva’s expenses already amount to almost $100,000 a year. It is interesting to note that there is a separate text that relates that over 50% of the students accepted to the Rabbeinu Yitzchak Elchananan yeshiva in the previous semester were graduates of RJJ. Tears, primarily in the connection to the binding in both haggadot. Good general condition. The RJJ yeshiva was founded in 1903 and named after the chief rabbi Rabbi Yaakov Yoseph [Charif] (1841 – 1902), a student of the Volozhin yeshiva and one of the foremost disciples of Rabbi Yisrael Salanter. He served as the rabbi of several communities in Lithuania. He was the first and only chief rabbi of the city of New York and the founder of the Rabbinic Council of America. He was known as a talented speaker, and thousands of people flocked to hear his speeches. Author of the book L’Beit Yaakov. He fought courageously for the kashrut of meat in the U.S. and suffered much persecution due to such. In recent years the masses have begun to visit his grave in the Union Field cemetery near Lakewood after rumors began to spread about miracles personally witnessed by those who prayed there.
    Starting at $300
  • LOT: 019

    Torah scroll in a small format in pleasant Ashkenazi handwriting – Europe, 19th century

    A Torah scroll in a small format, scribal handwriting, pleasant and uniform Ashkenazi handwriting on parchment. Europe, 19th century. 42 lines per column. Height of the parchment: 24 cm. Height of the writing: 18 cm. Not sold as kosher. Wooden atzei chaim with blemishes. Cloth belt from the period. Mantle embroidered with silver thread. Blemishes.
    Starting at $2000
  • LOT: 045

    Amulet for preservation of a delivering mother “LeNekeva”—Redelheim, probably approximately 1840.

    (there is a similar amulet for a mother who gave birth to a boy, called “LeZachar”). 3 lines in Yiddish, description of meeting Eliyahu, and later, names with vowelled letters, and the chapter “ShirHaMa’a lot AsehEinay el HaArim”. According to the Hebrew Mifal Bibliography (listed 000153172), this was probably printed in Redelheim, approximately 1840. Long printed page, 10x18cm, generally good condition, stains and defects, glued to cardboard with a cloth piece which is used to hang it.
    Starting at $300
  • LOT: 010

    A large and magnificent goblet with a matching saucer, hallmarked silver – Israel, late 20th century

    An especially large and magnificent silver goblet, decorated with embossing and engraving of vegetation and flowers, made by Hazorfim. Hallmarked 925. Height of the goblet: 11 cm. Diameter of the goblet: 8.5 cm. Diameter of the saucer: 18 cm. 340 grams. Dents. Slight damage. Good general condition.
    Starting at $300
  • LOT: 044

    Sword with the 72 holy names to expel mazikim, demons and evil spirits according to Rabbi Yehuda Fatiya – hallmarked silver, Israel, 20th century

    Sword of the 72 holy names, handmade from pure silver and hallmarked 925, in a magnificent cloth pouch. This sword is a special segulah and can bring about all the salvations. The sword is made of silver with an engraving on both sides of the 72 holy names that appear in the Kabbalah, according to Rabbi Yehuda Fatiya. The holy names on the sword were proofread by the Kabbalist Rabbi Yitzchak Kaduri, and the holy names were written and proofread again by kabbalists in sanctity and purity. In the book Orchot Zion by Rabbi Ben Zion Mutzafi the following is stated: “And I once heard from my father (Rabbi Solomon Mutzafi) that the secret of the knife that protects from mazikim is because the mazikim are made of spirit and covered in a very thin cover, and therefore carrying the a knife…they are threatened and run away…and therefore even if you should say that is forbidden to carry iron while praying for the aforementioned reason, the knife has its own segulah.” The sword can bring about all kinds of salvations – healing, protection, sustenance, finding a spouse, for barren women to have children, and especially for protection and defense from mazikim, demons and evil spirits. Dimensions of the sword: 23 length and 7 cm width (at the widest point). For more information about this sword you can watch a video on Youtube by Rabbi Shmuel Shmueli:
    Item sold at $2400 Starting at $300
  • LOT: 016

    A collection 11 of different menorahs in north African/Moroccan style

    A collection of 11 menorahs with a backpiece to be lit with oil or candles, in north African/Moroccan style, with various decorations, some of them unique. Varying conditions, patina, oil stains and various damages. One of them is missing the shamash. One menorah has only one shamash instead of the two it is meant to have.
    Starting at $300
  • LOT: 015

    Collection of 12 menorahs in North African/Moroccan style, some of them miniature

    A collection of twelve menorahs with a backpiece to be lit with oil or candles, some miniature, in north African/Moroccan style, with various decorations, some of them unique decorations. One of them bears the words “Ki ner mitzva v’Torah or” [A mitzva is a candle and the Torah is light]. Each of them is a different design. Varying conditions, patina, oil stains and various damages. One of them is missing the shamash.
    Starting at $350
  • LOT: 035

    The book Bracha Meshuleshet by the Bnei Yissaschar – first edition, Permishla, 1896

    The book Bracha Meshuleshet “a dear and wonderful commentary on the Mishna” by Rabbi Zvi Elimelech Shapiro of Dinov, author of the Bnei Yissaschar – first edition, Permishla, 1896. [1], 55 leaves. The first leaves were bound out of order. Slightly brittle leaves. Good general condition. Faded cover. Rabbi Zvi Elimelech of Dinov (1783-1841), one of the great chassidic leaders, known primarily by the title the Bnei Yisaschar after the name of his books that are known for their holiness and were especially beloved by the great chassidic leaders of all the generations. In addition, he wrote a large range of books on all disciplines of the Torah – Igra D’Pirka, Derech Pikudecha, Ma’ayan Ganim and others.
    Starting at $300
  • LOT: 041

    A volume with two books by the Chozeh of Lublin: Zikaron Achat – first edition, Warsaw 1869/Zot Zikaron – Zolkiew, 1864

    A copy with two books of Rabbi Yaacov Yosef Horowitz the Chozeh of Lublin. The book Zikaron Achat – first edition, Warsaw 1869. Wide margins. Stefansky Chassidut 204. [2], 74 leaves. Bound together with the book Zot Zikaron – Zolkiew 1864. [1], 38, [2], 42-51 leaves. Worming holes and slight blemishes. Good general condition. Rabbi Yaakov Yitzchak Halevi Horowitz, known as the Chozeh of Lublin (1745 – 1815) was a disciple of Rabbi Elimelech of Lizhensk and one of the most renowned rebbes in Poland in the late 18th century. Known to have spiritual vision due to having been careful not to see forbidden sights when he young, and therefore he was known as the Chozeh [seer]. After the death of his rabbi the Noam Elimelech he became the leader of the chassidic world in Galicia and Poland, a status he retained until his death thirty years later. He focused his teachings on the obligation of the tzadik to help his disciples in the material, day-to-day field, but despite this he also had success with renowned scholars who surrounded him, such as Rabbi Yaakov Yitzchak of Peshischa (Hayehudi Hakadosh), Rabbi Yitzchak Kalish and Rabbi Simcha Bunim of Peshischa (who were brought by his student Rabbi David Biderman of Lelov). His renowned disciple who was very close to him was Rabbi Naftali Zvi Horowitz of Ropshitz, author of Zera Kodesh.
    Starting at $400
  • LOT: 005

    The book Derash Moshe – Venice 1603 including the eulogy for the author of the Shulchan Aruch Rabbi Yosef Karo

    The book Derash Moshe “Every month, according to the time and its deeper meaning…homilies on festivals and years…” by Rabbi Moshe Alvalida. His homily on the portion of Balak [page 103] contains his eulogy for Rabbi Yosef Karo, author of the Shulchan Aruch “About the news about the death of Rabbi Yosef Karo in the city of Sefad on 13 Tammuz.” In the eulogy he writes: “We should be greatly shocked by the death of this great rabbi who sustained us with his great book the Beit Yosef…this great complete person who was our leader and our light…and he should be mourned…and I mourn for the city of Safed…for with the death of this great person great darkness has fallen upon them.” Juan di Gara printing press, Venice, 1603. [6], 128 [should be 125] leaves. Rebound and professionally restored, but cut close to the text. Slight worming damage and stains. Good general condition. Ownership signatures on the title page: “Avraham Wolf son of Rabbi [??]”. Rabbi Moshe Alvalida was a rabbi and philosopher in Spain who was exiled to Salonika with his father in the expulsion of Spanish Jewry in 1492. In 1534, while serving as rabbi of Barata [a Greek island], he signed a decree forbidding mixed dancing and after the decree was not followed, he left his position and moved to Avlona. There too he was not rabbi for a long time, and due to the dispute, he moved to Salonika, where he died.
    Starting at $500
  • LOT: 073

    A letter from the Rebbe: “May it be His will that the Jewish people will only give good news to each other in all matters from now onward” – an interesting letter with laws of a Torah scroll – Cheshvan 1959

    A trypewritten letter dated 3 Cheshvan 1957. With the blessing “May it be His will that the Jewish people will only give good news to each other in all matters from now onward and may He elevate the Torah to great heights…” With a blessing for good news and his handwritten signature. The Rebbe subsequently notes references of sources regarding a Torah scroll that fell, and discusses the widespread custom to mark a non-kosher Torah scroll by marking it from the outside, and writes that the source for this leniency must be carefully studied, and brings sources. The Lubavitcher Rebbe – the Rebbe Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneersohn of Lubavitch – the seventh rebbe of Lubavitch (April 18, 1902 – June 12, 1994). The recipient of the letter is Rabbi Alexander Sender Yudasin – one of the foremost Lubavitch rabbis in the Holy Land, the rabbi of the chassidic community in Jaffa for almost half a century, a member of a beit din and author of books on the Talmud and the Tanya. Born in Belarus and studied when he was young in the Lubavitch Tomchei Temimim yeshiva under the Rebbe Rashab. After the First World War he established a branch of Tomchei Temimim in the city of Kherson in the Ukraine and was ordained to the rabbinate by Rabbi David Zvi Chen. The kabbalist Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneersohn – the father of the last Lubavitcher Rebbe conducted his wedding ceremony. He was in close contact with the Rebbe Rayatz and was arrested several times by the Soviet authorities because of his activities. In 1934 he immigrated to Israel and settled in Tel Aviv, where he later appointed as rabbi of the Jaffa community, a position he held for almost fifty years. He was in close contact by letter with the last Rebbe of Lubavitch. Author of Tomchei Temimim on the Talmud and Halekach V’halibuv on the book of the Tanya. Died on 8th Kislev 1983.
    Item sold at $600 Starting at $500
  • LOT: 036

    The book Divrei Shalom [Koidanov] – Chassidut, first edition, Vilna 1882

    The book Divrei Shalom, on Torah and service of G-d, “based on the foundations of the Ari and the Ba’al Shem Tov…” in the approach of kabbalah and Chassidut by the Rebbe Rabbi Shalom of Koidanov. Printed in the author’s lifetime, first edition, Vilna, 1882. [3], 6-66 leaves. Rebound. Few worming holes. Slight stains. Very good general condition. Rabbi Shalom Perlow of Bruhin-Koidanov (1851-1926), brother of Rabbi Aharon and son-in-law of Rabbi Yosef of Brezno. Rabbi Shalom did not serve as a Rebbe, but became famous regardless due to his great influence. He served as a rabbi in Brezno and in Bruhin, and wrote many books on different areas of the Torah: Divrei Shalom, Mishmeret Shalom, Ateret Shalom, Dover Shalom, Midrash Pinchas Hachadash and Shem Aharon. The book Mishmeret Shalom is a book of halacha on the Shulchan Aruch. In this book the author brought sources and proofs for customs of the rebbes and their followers. So for example, in section 2 of the Orach Chaim section he discusses the custom to immerse in the ritual bath before praying in the morning. His sons-in-law are Rabbi Yissachar Leib Weinberg of Slonim and Rabbi Yosef Pitznik of Sarni.
    Starting at $400
  • LOT: 068

    “His honor does not need me…” A long and interesting letter written entirely in the handwriting and with the signature of Rabbi Yaakov Kamenetsky

    A long letter written entirely in the handwriting and with the signature of the rosh yeshiva of Torah V’Daat and a member of the Moetzet Gedolei Hatorah in America, Rabbi Yaakov Kamenetsky. The letter was written in Toronto [where he had served as rabbi several years earlier] in 1965. He expresses his opinion about writing a book about the times during the day and night for halachic purposes. His great humility is clear from the letter, in which he writes “And his honor does not need me…” and explains that he is reluctant to reach a firm decision about these issues “until I said that it is difficult to enter into matters that the great leaders of previous generations found complex…” The letter is written on lined paper, entirely in his handwriting and with his signature. 15.5*23 cm. Folding marks. Very good overall condition.
    Starting at $500
  • LOT: 074

    A letter from the Rebbe: “May it be His will that in both collective and individual matters the light increases” written during and influenced by Chanukah – Chanukah 1962

    A typewritten letter, dated during Chanukah 1962 “May it be His will that in both collective and individual matters the light increases like the law of Chanukah, in which light is added each day…this light will illuminate and penetrate everything” and ends “with a blessing for good news in all the above and a Chanukah that suits the above”, his handwritten signature. The Lubavitcher Rebbe – the Rebbe Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneersohn of Lubavitch – the seventh rebbe of Lubavitch (April 18, 1902 – June 12, 1994). The recipient of the letter is Rabbi Alexander Sender Yudasin – one of the foremost Lubavitch rabbis in the Holy Land, the rabbi of the chassidic community in Jaffa for almost half a century, a member of a beit din and author of books on the Talmud and the Tanya. Born in Belarus and studied when he was young in the Lubavitch Tomchei Temimim yeshiva under the Rebbe Rashab. After the First World War he established a branch of Tomchei Temimim in the city of Kherson in the Ukraine and was ordained to the rabbinate by Rabbi David Zvi Chen. The kabbalist Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneersohn – the father of the last Lubavitcher Rebbe conducted his wedding ceremony. He was in close contact with the Rebbe Rayatz and was arrested several times by the Soviet authorities because of his activities. In 1934 he immigrated to Israel and settled in Tel Aviv, where he later appointed as rabbi of the Jaffa community, a position he held for almost fifty years. He was in close contact by letter with the last Rebbe of Lubavitch. Author of Tomchei Temimim on the Talmud and Halekach V’halibuv on the book of the Tanya. Died on 8th Kislev 1983.
    Item sold at $850 Starting at $500
  • LOT: 081

    A portrait of the Rebbe of Chantzin – oil on cloth in an especially magnificent and impressive frame – signed by the artist Victor Brindatch, Israel, 20th century

    An impressive painting in oil paints on cloth, in a magnificent and impressive wooden frame, the work of the Russian-Israeli artist Victor Brindatch. On the back of the painting are the words: “Rabbi Shmuel Halevi Horowitz – Rebbe of Chantzin. Died on 18 Tevet 1916. Painted from an old painting.” A work in the style of the famous paintings of Isidor Kaufmann. Signed by the artist. Dimensions of the picture without the frame: 15*23 cm, including the frame: 45*50 cm. Slight cracks and blemishes on the frame. Very good overall condition. Victor Brindatch (born on May 10, 1941) is a Jewish artist of Russian origins who currently lives and is active in Israel. A member of the Israel Painters and Sculptors Association and formerly a member of the Painters and Sculptors Association in the U.S.S.R. His works are inspired a lot by daily life in Israel and the Israeli mentality, by Jewish folklore and the volatile situation in Israel. In his paintings he often describes current political events. His works include pictures that depict situations and events connected to Jews in Israel and worldwide: pictures of festivals and people celebrating, soldiers and battles, European Jewry. He has held many exhibitions in Israel and worldwide that are attended by many people thanks to his special and unique style that has led to him having a prominent place among his artist contemporaries.
    Starting at $300
  • LOT: 082

    A large and impressive painting of three rabbis studying, oil on cloth – Europe early 20th century, unidentified artist

    A large oil painting on cloth, large and impressive in a magnificent frame, of three rabbis who are sitting and studying. The work is signed by an unknown artist. Most likely from Europe, early 20th century. Dimensions without frame: 43*53 cm. With frame: 76*86 cm. Blemishes on the frame. Good overall condition.
    Starting at $300
  • LOT: 012

    Collection of a silver menorah and a candlestick, early Israeli, hallmarked

    1. Menorah with branches on a leg, to be lit with oil, modern style design. Silver, hallmarks: 925 sterling and an another slightly erased hallmark. Early Israeli work. Remnants of candles and oil. Dimensions: height: 31 cm, width 29 cm, good general condition. 2. A five-branched candelabra, silver, designed with embossing and engraving of vegetation. Hallmarked with slightly erased hallmarks. Candle drippings and slight stains. Dimensions: height 32 cm, width 19 cm. Good general condition.
    Starting at $300