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Auction 16 Lot Number 1

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Small Torah Scroll – North Africa, 19th Century

Torah scroll, Vellish-Sefardi writing, in the style of North African custom [Tunisia/Morocco, appropriate to the first half of the 19th century].
The first parshiot of Bamidbar have a number of substitutions of sheets that are similar in color processing to the original parchment. Shemot has two sheets of non-professional substitution (from the middle of BeShalach until the middle of Yitro), on leather of yellow hue, non-processed or little processed.
Parchment height: 32 cm. Good condition.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 2

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Magnificent Large Format Illustrated Megillat Esther – Contemporary Artistic Judaica

Magnificent Megillat Esther, accurate and artistic scribe writing, with impressive illustrations. Ink, gouache, acrylic, tempera, water colors and gold upon parchment. [Eretz Israel, 2007-2009]. Signed by artist:"S. Ratson 2009" in Hebrew and English.
The Megillah was planned over the period of a few months and was handwritten in sanctity with the proper intentions upon 8 large parchment sheets (64.5 cm.), sewn together in a kosher manner, in artistic and accurate scribe writing, with illustrations of the plot, in hues of blue and bourdeaux, with 23 karat gold ornaments.
18 columns; 16 contain text, on bottom - illustration related to content of Megillah in various hues of blue; average size 11X24 cm. Magnificent crown ornaments (in four different styles) with bourdeaux and gold frames separating the columns. First and last columns contain only large illustration, spread out over entire length of parchment sheet: First column -"Megillat Esther" /"Kacha Ye'aseh La'ish Asher HaMelech Chafetz BiKaro"; last column: Mordechai and Queen Esther. Illustrations created with fine paintbrushes and slow deliberate strokes. Names of ten sons of Haman written consecutively as customary, in a separate column containing 11 lines.
The Megillah was written on kosher parchment with kosher ink, was proofread by "Mishmeret Stam", Bnei Brak, and is kosher.
~~Scribe - Yehudah Tzvi Ben-David, born in 1957. Studied psychology in Haifa University; at age 28 became observant and joined the congregation of Rabbi Mordechai Auerbach of Tel Aviv. Works as a scribe for over 15 years.
~~Artist - Shuli Ratzon, born in 1978. From the congregation of Rabbi Auerbach in Tel Aviv, resides in Bnei Brak. Studied art by several artists, specializes in illustration and ornamentation of Judaic items using diverse techniques.
Magnificent Megillat Esther written and illustrated over a period of three years; impressive modern item of artistic Judaica; one and only copy.
Attached is a letter by Rabbi Mordechai Auerbach, in which he authorizes that he knows both the scribe and the artist, attesting to the fact that this is a unique copy.
Height: 64.5 cm. Length: 5 meters. Placed within plastic gilded case 80.5X25X13.5 cm. Very good condition.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 3

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Miniature Megillat Esther – Baghdad

Fancy miniature Megillat Esther, nice Sefardi scribal writing, 14 rows, on thin parchment. [Baghdad, end of 19th century]. With the megillah blessings at beginning and end, and a parchment lace for tying.
6.3-6.4 cm. Maximum size including wooden pole and handle 17 cm. Very good condition.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 4

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Ornate Megillat Esther – Bound like a Book

Ornate Megillat Esther bound in a unique book-style. Very fine, homogenous, clear and legible writing. The letters are shaped according to the Ari (Chasidic), in an ancient writing style [matching the style of 19th Century Russia-Poland]. Based on the levels of writing and parchment processing, it appears that this Megillah was made on special order and with great precision to meet Halachic and traditional standards.
This Megillah was written in full accordance with Halacha, on a parchment roll and was bound with folds, which were further bound like a book inside a parchment binding.
13 cm, parchment length: 165 cm approx. (Empty page at the beginning and the end), 12 pp. 27 lines each. Good condition, slightly faded (most of the ink is still black), light stains. Antique parchment binding.

Opening1,000$ Sold For2,200$ Including buyers premium

Auction 16 Lot Number 5

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Megillat Esther Upon Parchment [Yemen]

Megillat Esther. Scribe writing, in Oriental style [Yemen?, 19th/20th century]. First sheet incomplete and completed in poor writing [which was erased] upon poorly processed parchment. Middle sheets in especially fine writing; last sheet has different writing, and omission errors which were completed in simple writing.
Height of scroll: 11 cm; including wooden handle: 28.5 cm. Fair-good condition, stains and damages.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 6

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Shir Ha-Shirim on Parchment

The Megillah of Shir Ha-Shirim, in scribe writing on parchment. Letters shaped based on the"Beit Yosef". [First half of the 20th century]. In the Jerusalem synagogues conforming to the Gra's opinion, it is customary to read Shir Ha-Shirim with a blessing during Shabbat Hol Ha-Mo'ed Pesah.
52.5 cm. 4 Columns. Good-fair condition, wrinkles and stains of use, some of letters are slightly faded.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 7

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Divrei Ha-Yamim on Parchment

The Divrei Ha-Yamim on a parchment sheet, in fine and superior scribe writing,"Beit Yosef" letters. [19/20th Centuries].
It is extremely rare to find the book of Divrei Ha-Yamim on parchment, since it is not read in front of a Minyan, [as opposed to books of Nevi'im and Megilot, which are read out of scribe ink writing on a parchment book]. It is known that the Gra of Vilna ordered all of the 24 Holy Scriptures to be written on Sefer-Torah-like parchments for his Beit Midrash, while personally supervising their writing order. This custom was kept in very few synagogues worldwide.
Parchment height: 28 cm. 74 Columns. Finely processed parchment. Good-fair condition, moisture marks. Missing lower handle of the"Etz Chaim" support.

Opening1,000$ Sold For1,900$ Including buyers premium

Auction 16 Lot Number 8

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Two Pairs of Miniature Phylacteries

Two pairs of miniature hand and head phylacteries, for traveling. [Eretz Israel, early 20th century]. Size: 3X3 cm; within cloth bag.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 9

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Parochet for Torah ark – USA

Parochet for Torah ark. C' Cint. (Cincinnati ? USA), [c. 1930s].
A velvet yellowish-light-brown parochet, decorated with golden-thread embroidery, sequins and beads, imitation of precious stones. Another decoration is attached to the loops at the top of the parochet, a lighter-colored velvet in the form of waves decorated with three embroidered Magen-David. In the center, the Two Tablets of Law inside a Magen-David and the shape of a crown are prominent, with the words Keter Torah. The writing "Chana son of Efraim HaLevi Balsky, C' Cint." Is embroidered under the central decorations.
C. 126X190 cm. Good condition. Moisture stains.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 10

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Torah Scroll Cover – Ozon-Kiopro, 1933

Torah Scroll cover, ornamented red velvet, embroidered dedication and silver discs. Ozon-Kiopro [region of Greece?], [1933].
On top, embroidered Star of David ornament; in center verse"Tenu La MiPri Yadeha ViHaleluha BaShe'arim Ma'ase'ah", and in lower section embroidered dedication:"Dedicated by Regina Eliezer Kaneiti to the Ozon-Kiopro congregation in the year 1933". Contains six ornamented silver discs (originally served as buckles for women's belts); borders contain stalks made of gold thread.
General size: 100X25 cm. Good condition, minor defects in embroidery, velvet and discs.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 11

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Magnificent Torah Scroll Cover – Strasbourg, 1938

Torah Scroll cover. Light material with high-quality gold and silver thread embroidery. Bischheim (suburbs of Strasbourg), [1938].
On top, embroidered ornaments of Torah crown and birds; in center, dedication in French:"En mֳ©moire de Nathan et Henriette Salomon offert par leur files Jacques of the Bischheim congregation, 1938" [In memory of Nathan and Henriette Salomon, donation of their son Jacques].
48X37 cm. Good condition. Stalks on lower section partially detached, several tears in fabric.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 12

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Cover for Torah Scroll – Georgia

An embroidered cloth (cover for Torah scroll?). [Georgia, 20th century].
Impressive embroidery with silver thread. On margins pattern of palm of hand [Chamsa] and stars, at center patterns of various plants and geometric shapes, with an embroidered Hebrew dedication: "Misa Jana".
48X93 cm. Fair condition. Some of the decorations unraveled.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 13

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Embroidered Tapestry with Gold Thread

Ornament for synagogue. Green velvet ornamented with gold thread embroidery. [North Africa, early 20th century?].
One side entirely covered with vegetation patterns and Stars of David; on second side outstanding intense green-colored velvet, ornamented on borders with patters of birds, fish, menorahs and crescents.
Long and narrow shape, 125X39 cm. Good condition. Folding marks.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 14

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Collection of Embroidered Fabric Items

7 embroidered fabric items (one printed). [Eretz Yisrael, 20th century].
Printed challah cover, Zuckerman Printing, Jerusalem * An embroidered challah cover, "Mazkeret Yerushalayim in honor of David and Rachel Ezra" * A long tablecloth, "Ba'a Shabbat Ba'a Menucha" * A challah cover "In honor of Shabbat Kodesh, State of Israel" * Pink fabric with a drawing of the tablets of law * A matzo cover "Be joyous and happy on your Passover¦ " - Deep purple colored material, with impressive embroidery * An embroidered tablecloth "May you merit many years¦". Varied size and condition.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 15

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Two Embroidered Phylactery Cases

1. Rectangular case, [Georgia]. One side contains embroidery of Star of David, leaves and initials BM; second side contains embroidery of birds and leaf.
2. Case of red velvet. Both sides contain embroidery of yellow flowers and blue Star of David.
Various sizes, good condition.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 16

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Miniature Torah Ark and Torah Scroll – Olive Wood and paper

Torah ark, souvenir of Eretz Israel, Jerusalem.
Miniature Torah ark made of olive wood, with illustration of"Holy City of Jerusalem" in its center. Positioned on four wooden legs. Inside ark, miniature Torah Scroll printed on paper, with embroidery"Souvenir of Jerusalem" and various ornaments.
Torah Scroll 10 cm. Ark 23.5 cm. Good condition.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 17

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Miniature Torah Scroll

Miniature Torah Scroll printed upon paper, scrolled on two Atzei Chaim. [USA? 1940s?].
Placed within red fabric coat with print of Ten Commandment Tablets, lions and crown, silver colored. Within cardboard box. Scroll: 8.5 cm, Atzei Chaim: 16.5 cm., cardboard box (damaged): 16.5 cm.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 18

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Ner Tamid – Silver – Eretz Yisrael, 1930s

Ner tamid for hanging in the Synagogue. Eretz Yisrael, [1930s-1940s].
Made of two silver units (each one is marked) connected with a metal chain, with various decorations, some hand-beaten and some by machine. On bottom part, an engraved dedication: "Contributed by Regina Bianko Benzion Costi in memory of our parents Chaim and Esther Costi and our brothers Shmuel, Aharon and Eli".
Height: 55 cm. Good condition.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 19

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Ancient Wooden Plaque -“Mitzvat HaShem Bara Me’irat Einayim” – Syria, [11th Century?]

Ancient wooden plaque, with carving of the verse"Mitzvat HaShem Bara Me'irat Einayim" with vowelization and cantillation notes, within frame set with enamel. Syria. Undated, [11th century?].
The letter"Heh" in the word"Bara" carved in the shape of the letter"Chet". On reverse side of plaque glued note, upon which the owner wrote that he found the plaque in Damascus on March 28, 1913. In parentheses he added"11th century". Apparently, the plaque was designated to be hung in a synagogue. The plaque is incomplete and it is unclear what it originally included. The frame setting is of high-quality handcraftsmanship.
Maximal size 39X7.5 cm; within wooden frame. Fair condition. Some letters damaged (see picture), sections of craftsmanship setting damaged. Worm damage apparent on reverse side.
Antique and impressive item.

Opening5,000$ Sold For26,000$ Including buyers premium

Auction 16 Lot Number 20

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Goblet of Salvation belonging to the Rebbe of Shtefenesht

Silver Kiddush goblet, with a portrait of Rabbi Avraham Matityahu Friedman, the righteous Rebbe of Shtefenesht. [Romania, late 19th - early 20th century.] Unmarked silver.
Quality silver goblet, with numerous foliage-patterned ornamentations. Positioned on three ball-shaped legs. In the center, a portrait in relief of the Rebbe of Shtefenesht, above which appears the text,"Marele Rabin din Stefanesti" [œThe Great Rabbi of Shtefenesht"].
The Rebbe Rabbi Avraham Matityahu Friedman of Shtefenesht [Stefanesti] (1848-1933; see Encyclopedia of Hassidism, Vol. 1, pp 131-132), grandson of Rabbi Yisrael of Ruzhin, had thousands of followers and a tremendous impact upon Romanian Jewry. In a Halachic response, Rabbi Bezalel Shafran wrote in reference to the Rebbe,"The power of that great and holy elder was known to all, a true worshiper of G-D, glory of our country¦ Everybody obeys his holy sayings." (Rabbi Bezalel Ze'ev Responsa, section 1, Yoreh De'ah, chapter 116.) Legend was that the Rebbe's prayers would last for hours without him making a sound; in the Mussaf prayer of Rosh HaShana he stood hunched for two hours without moving, as he did when shaking the Lulav on Sukkot. Many wondrous stories were told about him in his generation as well as ours, regarding curing the ill, barren women giving birth and more.
After his death, the Rebbe's bones were brought to Eretz Israel and interred in the Ruzhin Rebbe dynasty plot in the Nachalat Yitzhak cemetery in Tel Aviv. His gravesite became a center for prayers and there are numerous stories of salvations that took place as a result of praying at his holy grave.
This salvation goblet was apparently gifted to the Rebbe by a Jewish silversmith who attributed his ill daughter's cure to the Rebbe's prayer.
Height: 11.7 cm., diameter: 7 cm. Good condition. Enclosed are photographs of the goblet, taken by the Committee of Shtefenesht Hassidim in Eretz Israel.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 21

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Silver Kiddush Goblet – Shmuel Son of Rabbi Mordechai HaCohen

Silver Kiddush goblet (signed on bottom with 4 silver-marks). [Central Europe, early 19th century].
Massive handcrafted goblet, with various beaten and engraved ornaments."Shmuel son of Rabbi Mordechai HaCohen" and shape of hands during Birkat Cohanim engraved on both sides of goblet. Height: 8 cm., diameter: 7 cm. Very good condition.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 22

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Tobacco Box of Rabbi Elijah Moses Panigel of Jerusalem

Silver tobacco box (signed on inner section), with engraved ornaments. [India? end of 19th century].
Etching of illustration of"Shimshon and the Lion" upon box cover; above it - etching of name of owner of box,"E. M. Panigel" - Rabbi Elijah Moses Panigel (1846-1919, Otzar HaRabbanim 2293), genius rabbi and famous sermonizer; served as chief rabbi of Jerusalem in 1907; Dayan, sermonizer and rabbinical emissary in North African countries, Italy, India and Bukhara. Among the founders of the Misgav LaDach hospital in the Old City; was active in many Jerusalem institutions. Lower section of box ornamented as well.
7.4X5.4 cm. Good condition. Corrosion marks on inside.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 23

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Besamim [Spice] Tower with Bird on Top – Filigree

Silver and filigree Besamim [spice] tower.
Bird on top. Silver stamp in the shape of a tower on lower section. Height: 9.5 cm. Good condition. Slight repairs apparent near base.

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Auction 16 Lot Number 24

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Besamim [Spice] Tower – Filigree

Besamim [spice] tower. Silver and filigree. [Eastern Europe, 19th century].
On top, four flags, 925 silver mark along with two additional marks.
Height: 22 cm. Good-fair condition. Slightly tilted. One of the flags detached. Flagpole and additional flag on top - missing.

Opening800$ Unsold
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