Esther scroll in an ivory case. Holland or Italy, [18th or early 19th century]. Parchment; decorated ivory case. Carved ivory case and ivory handle, with fine, striped, ornamentations. A handsome flower adorns the upper part of the handle, with a spiral decoration (tip is broken). The scroll opens with blessings recited prior and after reading it and the last verses of "Arur Haman…". Height of parchment: 6 cm. height of case: 21 cm. Spots, creases and minor tears to scroll. Faded letters. Decoration on top of case is broken. Cover and base are slightly loose.
Esther Scroll in an ivory and wood case. India (?), [late 19th or early 20th century]. Anointed parchment; ivory and Ebony case.
Sephardic script (Iraq?) on anointed parchment (the second parchment sheet is slightly different from the other sheets). Case made of ivory; handle made of dark wood, ends decorated with carved ivory decorations. Ivory clasp carved as a flower, with engraved ornamentations.
Height of parchment: 6 cm. Height of case: 24 cm. Overall good condition. Minor damages to ivory. Tears to parchment.
Esther Scroll. [19th century].
Sephardic-Wellish script, 20 lines per column (first sheet written on softer parchment).
Height of parchment: 20.5 cm. Fair-good condition. Significant creases and spots, with text omissions. Several holes (Mainly to attachments between sheets) and tears.
Esther scroll. Russia-Poland (?), [late 19th or early 20th century].
Ashkenazic HaAri-Hasidic script, 42 lines per column.
Height of parchment: 24.5 cm. Spotting. Several holes restored with parchment pieces.
Esther scroll, oriental scribal writing. [Oriental countries, 19th/20th century].
Parchment height: approximately 48 cm. Non-uniform number of rows per column. Good-fair condition, stains and moisture marks.
Esther scroll on parchment. Ashkenazic script "Beit Yosef" (Russia). Akhaltsikhe, Georgia, late 19th or early 20th century.
Serifs in floral patterns on top of several letters.
Height of parchment: 21 cm. Fair condition. Dark spots at the beginning and ending of the scroll. Several holes and tears. Dark spots and damages to the ending of scroll.
Large Esther Scroll. [First half of 20th century]. Ashkenazic HaAri-Hasidic script, 42 lines per column. Parchment height: 35 cm. Good condition. Spots and creases. Holes to last sheet (no text omission).
Large Esther Scroll. [First half of 20th century].
Ashkenazic script. Floral decorations in the shape of peacock feathers appear on the upper part of some of the columns.
Height of parchment: 45 cm. Good condition. Spots and creases. In a tin case.
Esther Scroll and a leaf with verses and blessings prior and after reading the Megillah. [ca. mid-20th century].
Anointed parchment, oriental script (Yemenite). "Hamelech" Megillah [most columns open with "HaMelech"], with wood handle. Attached is a leaf with inscribed verses of thanksgiving, which is read according to Yemenite Jewry, prior to reading the Megillah. Also, inscribed are blessings and part of the verse “Arur Haman U-Baruch Mordechi”.
Height of parchment: 20 cm. Very good condition.
Ecclesiastes Scroll written on Parchment. [Jerusalem, early 20th century].
Ashkenazic script "Beit Yosef".
Height of parchment: 42 cm. Fair-good condition. Creases and dark spots on first sheet, tears restored with pieces of parchment.
Ester Scroll, "Voved from the Board of Talmud-Thora-Public-School, Vienna", Jos. Schlesinger printing press, Vienna, [1930s].
Printed on paper, plastic case.
Text in Hebrew and English, with illustrations in color. The scroll opens with the scroll blessings.
Fair-good condition. Two torn pieces (detached), in the beginning. Fine ownership inscription.
Three miniature Torah scrolls, printed on paper, scrolled on "Atzei Haim". [USA? 1930s-40s].
In cloth "mantles" with printed Tablets of the Law, lions and a crown, in yellow. One scroll is stored in a cardboard box, the other in a wooden box (no lid) and the third with no box.
The scrolls: 8.5 cm, Atzei Haim: 13.5 cm, cardboard box: 16.5 cm, wooden box: 17.5 cm. Two in good condition, one in fair condition.
Torah scroll in a case, scrolled on "Atzei Haim". [Israel, mid 20th century?].
Printed on paper; wood; metal.
Metal case painted brown with a yellow Star of David and the letter KT(=Keter Torah).
Height of paper: 22 cm, height of case: 29 cm. Good condition, Paint of case slightly peeling.
Seder Tikun Leil Shavuot, written as a scroll on paper sheets. Eastern handwriting (Yemen?), Jerusalem, early 20th century.
Wood, paper and ink.
Paper scroll, with the first part of “Tikun Leil Shavuot” – the beginnings and endings of each Torah portion from “Bereshit” to “LeEyney Kol Yisrael”. Without Nevi’im and Ktuvim.
Home-made. Contained in a wooden case (folk crafted) with two Atzei Haim.
Height of paper: 10 cm, height of case: 23 cm. Fair condition. Worn and stained case, paper in good condition, several tears and spots.
Sephirot – long paper scroll with development of the worlds and the Sephirot, with Kabbalic illustrations and detailed inscriptions. [Europe, ca. 18th century]. Handwritten on paper.
Possible text omission at upper part.
Length: 242 cm, width: 31 cm. Fair condition, spots, creases and moth damages. Omission to upper part. Damages with text omission to upper part. Pasted on paper.
"Akdamut" in micrographic writing. Tarnow, 1930s.
Paper, plastic, ink.
The text of the "Akdamut" is written in a circle within a circle, in a home-made notebook. A red Star of David is pasted to the cover. Within the notebook a dedication written by Yitzchak Haim Avigdor addressed to Haim Neiger, for whom this souvenir has been created.
Height: 6.5 cm, width: 7.7 cm. Good condition.
Jona's ship, a printed micrography, written by Jacob Sofer. Oran, Algeria, .
Micrographic prints such as the one presented here were frequently sent by institutions to raise funds or as a token of appreciation for donations. At the bottom of the leaf the artist signed his name with details about other micrographic works which he creates.
23.5X29.8 cm, framed 35.2X41.3 cm. Fair condition, folding marks, minor spots, professionally restored tears, the digit "1" is written in red pencil on top of the leaf. Not examined out of frame.
"Gedolei Israel" [Outstanding Jews], leaf in lithographic printing. Lit. Moshe Danzigerkrohn, Warsaw [late 19th century].
Portraits of forty three rabbis, public figures, intellectuals, physicians and scholars; most of them are from Germany, Holland, Poland, England and France. Amongst them are: Moses Montefiore, Avraham Shmuel Binyamin Sofer, (the "Ketav Sofer"), Rabbi Eliyahu Guttmacher, Wolf Heidenheim, Samson Raphael Hirsch, Jacob Ettlinger ("Aruch LaNer"), Yitzchak Brayns from Hamburg, Akivah Lehrn from Amsterdam, Elhanan Rosenstein from Berlin, Yona Yotlash from Prague and many others (names appear in Hebrew below the portraits). Name and address of printer appear on the bottom; in Hebrew and in Russian, as well as the censor's approval (year is missing).
23.5X22.5 cm. Fair-good condition. Spots, folding marks and creases. Numerous tears, professionally restored. All of the four corners are missing and restored (one corner – text omission).
Portrait of Rabbi Yitzchak Seckel Aryeh Loeb Wormser (Zekil Loeb Wormser) – the Ba'al Shem of Michelstadt. Pencil/graphite on paper, [Germany? second half of 19th century].
A fine portrait, hand drawn on paper. Below the portrait appears the inscription: "…face of…Zekil Leib of Michelstadt" (handwritten).
Rabbi Zekil Loeb Wormser (1768-1847), of Luria Ashkenazi family, descendant of the Maharsha"l and the Ariz"l. According to the legend he was born following a revelation of Elijah that his father experienced. As a young child he was known already as a genius, studied with his father and in his town. Founded a Yeshivah which he headed in Michelstadt. He was often approached with requests for prayers by foremost rabbis of his generation amongst them the Hatam Sofer and Chidushei Hari"m. On Rosh Hashanah 1847 he prepared his disciples for his death, and died on the following day, the Fast of Gedalya. In 1940 the Nazis destroyed his tombstone and in 1947 his great grandson, Peretz Dreyfus, rebuilt it.
Length: 31.5 cm, width: 25 cm. Fair-poor condition. Tears and holes, spots and folding marks.
Rabbi Yitzchak Elchanan Spector from Kovno – drawing in lithographic printing. Printed in Germany.
Caption in Hebrew and German: “Rabbiner J. E. Spector, Kowno".
39X51 cm. Good condition. Tears to borders. Spots. Not examined out of frame.
A commemorative sheet - celebration in memory of Rabbi Ephraim Elnekave. Tlemcen, Algeria, ca. 1920.
Rabbi Ephraim Elnekave was considered a saintly rabbi and many legends were told about him. The rabbi moved from Spain to Tlemcen following the 1391 riots. The print features scenes related to the legends told about the rabbi. The image of a lion on the upper part refers to a story told about the rabbi and his disciples, who stopped amidst a journey to avoid consecration of Shabbat. According to the legend, after they stopped a lion tried to attack them but when it saw the rabbi, the lion calmed down and laid himself in front of the rabbi. The depicted spring refers to a legend telling the story about the rabbi who was thirsty on his way to Tlemcen, and managed to get water by hitting a rock, from which water came out pouring.
26X20 cm, framed, good condition.
The form of the Tabernacle and its vessels, drawn on paper, according to Samaritan rite. [Early 20th century].
Single leaf, with colorful illustrations of the Tabernacle and its vessels. Some of the illustrations appear with descriptions, written in Samaritan script, others are decorated with gold ink. Samaritan inscriptions on verso.
50X32.5 cm. Good condition. Folding marks. Stains. Minor tears (restored).
Samaritan illustrations on the Torah are rare.
Two cheder rabbis querying a young student, hand-colored etching by Isidor Kaufmann (Austrian/Hungarian, 1853-1921).
30X31cm. Signed in the plate. Very good condition.
1. La Dedicace de la Sinagogue des Juifs, á Amsterdam [18th century] – an engraving portraying the dedication of the Portuguese synagogue in Amsterdam, by Bernard Picart, [18th century]. Ca.39X48 cm. Fair-good condition. Restored tears. Spots. Not examined out of frame.
2. Sinagogue des Juifs – engraving portraying the synagogue interior during prayer. [Engraver: m. pool sculp, Holland, 18th century]. 32X44 cm. Good condition. Vertical folding mark. Minor spots. Not examined out of frame.