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Auction 54 Lot Number 1

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Small Format Torah Scroll – Breslau, 1840

Torah scroll, Ashkenazi "Bet Yosef" scribal script. Breslau, [ca. 1840].
Rolled on carved "Atzei Chaim". One is original from the period of writing; on it is a parchment strip with a deleted Hebrew inscription about the writing and the inauguration festivity: "written and done here in Breslau, during the Ten Days of Repentance... and inauguration was …." [Tishrei 5601, 1840?].
The Torah scroll was brought to Eretz Israel in the 1930s by a family that arrived from Breslau, Germany, and for many years this Torah was read in public.
Height of parchment: 15-15.5 cm. Maximum size, with "Atzei Chaim": 38.5 cm. Good-fair overall condition. Stains and wear. Some dampstains, corrections of deleted letters from a later period. Today the scroll is unfit for reading. Some deleted lettersand some original mistakes.
Enclosed is a computerized report about the words that require correction.

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Auction 54 Lot Number 2

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“HaMelech” Esther Scroll

Esther Scroll on vellum. [Late 19th or early 20th century].

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Auction 54 Lot Number 3

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Esther Scroll and Leaf with the Scroll’s Blessings

Esther Scroll on vellum. [Europe, probably Holland, 19th century].
Sephardi scribal script, 22 rows per column. Inscribed on thick vellum membranes. Part of the first membrane is sewn onto a brownish-gold fabric. Rolled on sculpted ivory roller and fastened with ribbons.
Enclosed is a parchment sheet with the Scroll's Blessings, ending with an instruction written in Spanish in Hebrew letters: "I Dire ["Say"] VeAtah Kadosh".
Vellum height: 30.5 cm, roller length: 40 cm. Length of blessings sheet: 35.5 cm. Good overall condition. Some stains and slight defects. Ink reinforcements in several places, and faded ink in other places. Decoration missing on one end of the roller and a broken decoration on the other end.

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Auction 54 Lot Number 4

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Torah Scroll for Children – With a Mantle, Shield and Finials

Small Ashkenazi Torah scroll, for children. [Israel, ca. mid-20th century].
Printing on paper; wood; aluminum.
Torah scroll in a small format. Scrolled on two Atzei Chaim ending in pomegranate-shaped finials, wrapped in velvet "mantle" with embroidered ornaments and decorated with a tiny metal shield.
Paper height: 23.5 cm. Height of Atzei Chaim (with finials): 50 cm. Good condition.

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Auction 54 Lot Number 5

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Vellum Manuscript with Illustrated Title Page – Prayers for a Cohen for the High Holidays and for Festivals and Kiddush Levana – Frankfurt am Main, 1812

Vellum manuscript, Sefer Mar'eh Cohen - The Priestly Blessing and various prayers for the Festivals and for the High Holidays. Written by the scribe "Ya'akov Shmuel son of R. Azriel Cohen Sofer of the Amsterdam community" who wrote it "In honor of R. Chaim son of R. Moshe Cohen Shuster of the Frankfurt am Main community". Frankfurt am Main, 1812.
Impressive manuscript - pocket edition. Colorful title page with floral illustrations of a Torah crown, and of hands (symbolizing priesthood). Square vowelized scribal script with artistic tagim (letter-crowns).
The manuscript was designed for a cohen's use at the time he approaches the duchan (platform) for Birkat Cohanim (the priestly blessings), so he need not carry his siddur with him.
It begins with the Birkat Cohanim and is followed by the Hallel for the Three Festivals (with the blessing upon swaying the lulav on Succot), Hosha'anot, the end of the repetitive prayer for the High Holidays including Hayom Harat Olam [at the end of Seder Shofrot], Areshet Sefatenu, Hayom Te'amtzenu, Avinu Malkenu and more. At the end of the manuscript is Birkat HaLevana which is recited on Motzei Yom Kippur. For comparison, see a similar manuscript (on paper) in Kedem Catalog, Auction 51, Item 391.
On the endpapers and flyleaves are ownership inscriptions of "Isaac son of R. Chaim Shuster Katz" and of "Louib [?] Frits" and a bookmark.
[1], 24, [5] pages. Approx. 13 cm. Good condition. Stains. Contemporary red leather binding, with gilt decorations and the title Mar'eh Cohen. Minor damages to binding.

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Auction 54 Lot Number 6

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Genealogy Written on Vellum – Lvov, 1860s

Genealogy of the Ellenberg family, by R. Chaim Yosef Ellenberg, rabbi in Lvov. Scribal writing on vellum. [Lvov (Lemberg), c. 1860s].
Detailed genealogy of the families of Frankel-Te'omim, Hollis, Luria, Wahl, HaCohen Rappaport. The writer also refers to the descendants of the following rabbis: the Maharshal and the Maharam of Lublin, the Turei Zahav and Kikayon D'Yonah, R. Shaul Wahl [King of Poland for a day] and his grandfather, the Maharam of Padua.
This family tree reveals hitherto unknown genealogical data: For example, the information that R. Zalman, Rabbi of Biale is the son of R. Ya'akov, Rabbi of Ludmir [see: M. Wunder, Elef Margaliot, p. 462 who wrote that: "Some say that R. Shlomo Zalman, Rabbi of Biale was the son of R. Yosef, Rabbi of Leshniv who was the son of R. Ya'akov of Ludmir"].
R. Chaim Yosef Ellenberg was a prominent Dayan in Lvov (1834-1878) and a member of the Beit Din of R. Yosef Shaul Natanson, Rabbi of Lvov, author of Sho'el U'Meshiv. He arranged the responsa and novellae of R. Y. S. Natanson for print. Many of the responses in the book Sho'el U'Meshiv were forwarded to R. Ellenberg and R. Natanson greatly esteemed his opinion.
Vellum sheet: 43X42 cm. Good condition. Stains and folding marks.

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Auction 54 Lot Number 7

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Vellum Manuscript – Prayers and Pleas for the High-Holidays – Italy, 17th Century

Vellum manuscript, prayers and pleas. [Italy, c. 17th century].
Small format booklet. Square Italian Hebrew script.
Contains: Seder Teki'at Shofar [verses and plea according to rites of Italian communities]; Vidui (confession) for Yom Kippur by Rabbeinu Bechaye the Dayan [author of Chovat HaLevavot], (first printed in the Bolonya 1541 machzor at the end of the Yom Kippur prayers); "Yotzer for Hoshanah Rabba", verses to recite "at the end of Ne'ila Selichot"; "Yotzer of Hashanah Rabba" (Otzar HaShira V'hapiyyut, Vol. 3, p. 504, no. 2065, there cited as a Siene custom); piyyut, "Beyom ze Yechayeinu" (does not appear in Otzar HaShira V'Hapiyyut).
Censorship authorization, handwritten in Italian on the last page.
10 vellum leaves, [20] written pages. 15.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Apparently, on some leaves the writing was reinforced (at a later time) by writing over the letters in ink. On other leaves, the original writing remains (partially faded). New vellum binding.

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Auction 54 Lot Number 8

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Vellum with Scroll’s Blessings – Provence, 1767

Vellum sheet with the blessings recited before and after the reading of the Esther Scroll. L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Provence, France, [March 1767].
Ink on vellum.
The Scroll's blessings are inscribed in square script. At the bottom of the sheet is a dedicatory inscription with a colophon: "This scroll has been inscribed in honor of Yitzhak son of Tsemach Nakite, here in L'Ilse-sur-la-Sorgue on the second day of the week, 1 Adar Bet, 5527". L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is a town in the district of Provence and is one of four Kehilot Kodesh, alongside Avignon, Carpentras and Cavaillon.
Approx. 15.5X14.5 (unevenly cut margins). Good condition. Creases, with slight damage to text.

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Auction 54 Lot Number 9

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Esther Scroll with References to Current Events – George Bush, Vladimir Putin, Osama Bin Laden, Yasser Arafat and other Leaders – Jerusalem, 2006-2007

Esther Scroll with references to current events, illustrated and inscribed on parchment. Design and production: Itzhak Luvaton. Scribe: Avital Goldner. Jerusalem, [2006-2007].

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Auction 54 Lot Number 10

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Sha’ar Shimon – Amsterdam, 1749 – With Parchment Manuscript, Prayers and Historical Documentation of the Amsterdam Community and Copies of Tombstone Inscriptions in Prague – Elegant Binding

Sha'ar Shimon, prayers on behalf of the ill, laws of visiting the infirm, prayers and conduct of the Chevra Kaddisha, by R. Shimon Frankfurt. Amsterdam, [1749]. Printed by the author's son, R. Moshe Frankfurt [author of Be'er HaGolah].
A unique copy, with leather binding, elaborate silver clasps and ornamentation. At the beginning and end are neatly handwritten parchment leaves with interesting historical content. Leaves bound before the book with "The history of the sage…of the Sephardi Amsterdam community…R. Moshe Uri HaLevi…" - "Copy of a manuscript found inside the books of the To'elet company in the Amsterdam community", signed: "These are the words of David the copier… my surname is Chofshee (free), 1792" [R. David Franko Mendes - Chofshee, (acronym of Chacham and Meshorer [sage and poet)], a disciple of the Ramchal at the time he was in Amsterdam]. List of names of Ashkenazi rabbis in Amsterdam and the dates of their service: "These are the names of the amazing perfect great Torah scholars who served in the rabbinate of the Amsterdam Ashkenazi community". The leaves bound at the end of the book contain prayers from the book Ma'ane Lashon [prayers recited at ancestors' gravesites] and copies of tombstone inscriptions in the ancient Prague cemetery. At the end of the book is a paper leaf with "A copy of…memories of the Werheimer Kloiz in Frankfurt".
34 leaves (Part 1 only). 12 cm. Good condition. Stains. Several detached leaves. Leather binding, with clasps and elegant ornaments, (marked) silver, delicate and high-quality filigree and granulation. The spine of the leather binding has been restored, with minor damages.

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Auction 54 Lot Number 11

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Two Manuscripts – Chronicles and a Historical Study of the Crusader Decrees

Two manuscripts, historical chronicles and study of the decrees in German countries in the Middle Ages during the Crusades and the Black Death persecutions. [Germany, 19th century]. Probably handwritten by the famous researcher Elyakim Carmoly (1802-1875).
· Manuscript, Gezerot Tatnu, (the Rhineland massacres), a historical chronicle by R. Eliezer son of R. Natan [Ra'avan]; with a list of the "names of the Speyer martyrs killed in 1096" (in the Rhineland massacres) and "names of the bloody cities". At the end of the manuscript is a list of "R. Shimon son of Tzemach Duran and the Torah scholars of his times, as their names appear in the book Tashbetz". [31] leaves.
· Manuscript, studies and lists about the 1349 decrees [the massacres during the Black Death pandemic]. Contains a "list of the names of places of massacres sanctifying G-d's Name" - "Copied letter by letter from the ancient vellum book commemorating the Mainz community"; another notebook with a study of the names of cities (Hebrew and English); "A few of the Ashkenazi sages"; "Seder Yemot Olam"; more lists. [36] leaves.
2 manuscripts. Size and condition vary.

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Auction 54 Lot Number 12

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Ledger of Income and Expenditures and Community Notes – Debno (Neudamm), Prussia, 19th Century

Thick handwritten ledger, recording income, expenditures and community matters, of the Debno (Neudamm) community, Pomeranian Voivodeship, Prussia (today in Poland), 1819-1840. Yiddish, with some Hebrew and German.
The ledger contains precise records of income and expenditures of the Jewish community of Debno (Neudamm). An exact documentation of donations, funds collected at funerals, sale of matzot, etc; and documentation of various expenditures: for "an ill woman", a ill needy person, for guests and emissaries, for traveling expenses, salary for the person responsible for "extinguishing the candles" and for "preparing the candles" [in the synagogue], for candlewax, for repairing a window, for a woman who gave birth, for a person to lead the prayers, for Shabbat, to fix a fence, etc.
Several leaves are dedicated to inscriptions of births, deaths and burial dates of community members, primarily from the 1820s and 30s.
Some community members are mentioned with their full names. The Meyer, Lowenberg, Heiman and Freidlander families are mentioned among others.
Approximately [170] written pages + approximately [170] blank leaves, volume 20.5 cm. Overall good condition. Two detached leaves. Stains. Dark stain to upper margins of some leaves. Minor creases to leaf corners. Contemporary binding, with leather spine and corners. Slightly worn.

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Auction 54 Lot Number 13

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Manuscript, Copy of the Notebook of the Chevrat Shas in Senica, 1783-1892

Manuscript, copy of the notebook of the Chevrat Shas in the Senica (Semnitz) community (Slovakia), from 1783-1892.
The date of establishment of the society appears on the title page of the notebook: "…On Tuesday Parshat Vayera the 21st of the month of Marcheshvan 1783 here in our community of Senica in the great Beit Midrash". It is also written there that among the gaba'im who were chosen are "the Rabbi Av Beit Din" [R. Yissachar Ber author of Binat Yissachar (see: Ishim B'Teshuvot Chatam Sofer, p. 231)], and R. Leib Stovovy (see: Ishim B'Teshuvot Chatam Sofer, p. 237). On the following pages are the society regulations, names of its members, copies of protocols with the names of those who signed, etc. The notebook contains many names and details of the members of the Senica community.
Mentioned on a separate leaf which was enclosed with the notebook is the "testament of the author of the book Binat Yissachar by Yissachar Ber Bloch from Hamburg…", not to ask a non-Jew to light candles in the synagogue on Shabbat and on Festivals; the fire which erupted as a result of disobeying his testament and the visit of community members to his grave to request forgiveness.
[22] leaves. 24 cm. Fair condition. Detached and worn leaves, brittle paper, with tears.

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Auction 54 Lot Number 14

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Large Collection of Manuscripts and Community Documents from the Beginning of the 19th Century / Keszthely Community Archive

Large collection of manuscripts and community documents, including a collection of leaves and documents of the Kezthely (Hungary) community, [early 19th century].
The collection contains various letters, protocols of meetings of community leaders and activists, documents and regulations with various signatures. Most in Yiddish.
Among the leaves: · Unsigned letter of R. Shimon Weiner Rabbi of Lovasberény [one of the first disciples of the Chatam Sofer], addressed to "The great rabbi Av Beit Din of the Maher community". · Copy of an interesting letter by R. Shabtai Sheftel, Rabbi of Keszthely, who declares that if any claim arises against him, he relinquishes his rabbinical position and his salary. (Regarding R. Shabtai Sheftel and the dispute with his community which compelled him to leave the rabbinate, see: Ishim B'Teshuvot Chatam Sofer, p. 364). · Various community documents of the Keszthely community. Among them: a decision regarding the salary of the "poet", with many signatures of community leaders (1826); document regarding provisions for the yeshiva students in Keszthely (1835); etc. · Documents from other communities: Prague (1815), Oven-Yashan (Budapest) (tosefet ketuba, 1812), Leipnik (1815), and more.
31 items. Size and condition vary, overall good condition.

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Auction 54 Lot Number 15

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Printed Proclamation to the Jewish Community, in Anticipation of the “Grand Sanhedrin” of Paris Established by Napoleon – Paris, 1806 – Handwritten Signatures

Proclamation to the Jewish community, on behalf of the "Assembly of Jewish Notables who live in France and Italy", in preparation of the assembly of the Grand Sanhedrin. Paris, October 6, 1806. Hebrew and Italian, one column facing the other.
Printed proclamation, applying to "Our brethren Adat Jeshurun", published on behalf of the assembly of Jewish community notables in France and Italy to encourage participation in the "Grand Sanhedrin". Signed at the end by hand (in Latin letters) by the president of the assembly, Abraham Furtado, and by the secretaries of the assembly Isaac Samuel Avigdor (who signed also in Hebrew) and Isaac Rodrigues. Under the signature is the stamp of the assembly.
This proclamation speaks in extravagant terms of the importance of the Sanhedrin and of the greatness of Napoleon, its imperial protector.
On May 30 1806, following a wave of anti-Semitism in the area of Alsace-Lorraine, Napoleon Bonaparte Emperor of France gathered an Assembly of Notables, rabbis and Jewish community leaders in France and in Italy, and presented them with 12 questions which were posed to assess their relations with the French empire and especially to see if Jewish law contradicts French laws. The answers he received expressed the connection of the Jewish people to the French state and satisfied Napoleon. Hence, he wished to convert the answers into decisions and make them the basis of the future status of the Jews. For this end, he convened another smaller assembly of rabbis and Jewish community notables which he called the Grand Sanhedrin of Paris. The Sanhedrin authorized the answers of the assembly, thereby allegedly giving them halachic authority.
Abraham Furtado (1756-1817), who signed the proclamation, was born in London and moved to France and earned his livelihood by selling land. He was elected president of the Assembly of Notables and later served as as speaker for the committee appointed to draw up the resolutions of the Sanhedrin. In 1815, he was elected as treasurer of the city of Bordeaux.
[4] pages (sheet folded in two), 36 cm. Good condition. Folding marks and other creases. Several stains and minor tears. The top half of the last page is slightly dark.

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Auction 54 Lot Number 16

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Manuscript – Halachic Responsum Regarding an Agunah – Documentation of the Killings during the “Bloody Week” in Paris, May 1871

Handwritten pamphlet, long halachic responsum regarding an Agunah. Wizajny (Lithuania), Tevet 1871.
Responsum regarding the agunah Chaya Sarah daughter of R. Shalom Lapidot from the city of Linovo near Wizajny, whose husband Yechezkel Wortelsky vanished in Paris on the second day of the Festival of Shavuot 1871 during the great tumult which befell the city at the time soldiers of the French Army faught in the streets of Paris.
At the beginning of the pamphlet is a copy of letters testifying to the event, by French rabbis R. "Tzaddok son of R. Eliezer HaCohen Rabbi of Paris" and R. "Eliezer Ozider teacher in France", who write that apparently the missing person was shot down in the streets of Paris and was buried without identification.
That year, the Festival of Shavuot was on May 26-27, 1871, about two weeks after France surrendered in the Franco-Prussian War. May 21-28, 1871 are known in France as "La Semaine Sanglante" - "the Bloody Week". During the conquest of Paris by the French Army [of the Versailles government] from the revolutionists [the Paris commune], and during eight days of cruel street-combat, tens of thousands of revolutionists as well as unarmed innocent citizens were shot dead in Paris.
The writer of the responsum is apparently R. Shmuel Zvi HaLevi Wein - the Rabbi of Wizajny, (Otzar HaRabbanim 19623), son of the renowned Rabbi Moshe Aryeh HaLevi Av Beit Din of Eišiškės, Ponevezh and Jonava [a leading rabbi of his times who in 1872 wrote an approbation on the first edition of the book Chafetz Chaim, died in 1892]. Rabbi Shmuel Zvi served in the rabbinates of Ponevezh and Jonava and in ca. 1870, was appointed Rabbi of Wiżajny (near Kalvarija), and was renowned as a sharp, clever Torah genius. Afterwards, he traveled to the USA [before 1888] and for over 40 years held a rabbinical position. He was one of the greatest New York rabbis serving in the Borough Park rabbinate and heading the Great Beit Din which was established in opposition to Agudat HaKehillot. He died in the 1920s.
45 written pages. 19.5 cm. Neat writing with frames on all pages. Brittle paper. Fair-poor condition. Tears and heavy wear, slightly affecting text.

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Auction 54 Lot Number 17

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Elaborate Ornamented Letter, With Shiviti – Paris, 1856

Large-format letter, in ornamented calligraphic writing, by R. Lipman Eliezer ben Aharon HaCohen Sofer of Amsterdam, and a letter by Shlomo Zalman Ullman, chief rabbi of France - to R. Michael Eliezer HaCohen Rabbi of Marseilles. Paris, [1856].
Curly calligraphic Ashkenazi script, with titles and emphasized words in square letters. Written on large-format leaves. At the beginning of the first leaf is an arched title: "Shiviti Hashem L'negdi Tamid". The content of the letter: request for an approbation for the book Orchot Yashar by the writer, who writes at length with abundant flowery expressions. On margins of the second leaf are several handwritten lines - a letter of recommendation signed by R. Shlomo Zalman Ullman [Chief Rabbi of France].
The writer, R. Lipman Eliezer Sofer of Amsterdam authored and published the book Gan Raveh, an anthology for students on Torah and mitzvoth in French (Paris, 1850). Apparently, the book discussed in the letter was never printed.
The recipient is R. Michael Eliezer HaCohen, Rabbi of Marseilles, author of the book Sechiyot HaChemda (Mainz, 1877).
[2] leaves (3 written pages). 38 cm. Fair-good condition. Stains. Folding creases. Tears, most restored with Sellotape. Bound.
Provenance: Sassoon family collection. Ohel David, p. 404, no. 764c.

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Auction 54 Lot Number 18

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Set of Elegant Machzorim – Ten Volumes – Paris, 1865-1868

Erech Hatephiloth, ou rituel de toutes les grandes fetes, a l'usage des Israelites du rite allemande. Set of machzorim - Prayers for all the festivals, Ashkenazi tradition, Paris, 1865-1868.
Hebrew and French translation, on facing pages.
Complete set of 10 volumes, with elaborate original bindings. At the beginning of each volume, before the title page, is a leaf with a lithograph illustration (each depicting a different Biblical scene).
10 volumes. 21 cm. Very good condition. Few stains. Gilt edges. Colored endpapers. Minor wear to bindings.
Provenance: Sassoon family collection.

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Auction 54 Lot Number 19

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Handwritten Document Regarding the Sale of a Plot in the Ancona Cemetery to the Chida and to his Son Rabbi Refael Yeshaya Azulai – Ancona, 1797

Handwritten leaf, document of testimony on behalf of the administrators of the Ancona Jewish community, regarding the sale of a plot in the Ancona cemetery, to the Chida and to his son R. Refael Yeshaya Azulai. Ancona (Italy), 1797.
Hebrew, in cursive Italian script. With Italian signatures of eight administrators; among them: Sanson Consolo, Aaron [?] Seppili, D. Morpurgo (probably David Morpurgo, a prominent member of Jewish community), Samuel Moise Coen Cagli, Isach Seb. Costantini. On the margins of the second page is an official authorization in Italian.
The documents states that two Jews from Ancona, "Señor Shabtai Mondolofi" and "Señor Avraham Tirani" have in their possession a sum of money "which a person dedicated from his possessions" for establishing a fund to benefit "The great Rabbi, wonder of our generation, R. Chaim Yosef David Azulai and to his son R. Refael Yeshaya Azulai". With this money, the community sold the Chida and his son "six cubits of property in the city cemetery". Also written is that the community rented the aforementioned property from the Chida and from his son and paid rental fees for two months.
At that time, the Chida resided in Livorno, however he had a strong influence on the Ancona community as well (see for example: Benayahu, R. Chaim Yosef David Azulai, p. 66). In 1785, after R. Avraham Yisrael, Rabbi of Ancona died, the leaders of the community applied to the Chida requesting that he serve as rabbi of their city. The Chida refused, but hinted that his son R. Refael Yeshaya is suited for the position. R. Refael Yeshaya Azulai served as Rabbi of Ancona from 1787 until his death in 1826.
Leaf, [2] written pages. 26 cm. Good condition. Stains. Minor tears from ink erosion. Folding marks.

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Auction 54 Lot Number 20

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Autograph Letter of Responsum Signed by Rabbi Yishmael HaCohen of Modena, Author of Zera Emet

Halachic responsum, handwritten and signed by R. Yishmael HaCohen. Modena (Italy), 1804.
Interesting responsum on the laws of vows and honoring parents, printed in his book of responsa Zera Emet, Part 3 (Livorno, 1812), Siman 121.
R. Yishmael HaCohen, Rabbi of Modena (1724-1810), leading Italian rabbi and prominent posek. In 1782, he succeeded his brother R. David HaCohen as Rabbi of Modena - a notable Torah center in Italy in the 18th century. R. Yishmael held the position of Rabbi and leader of Modena for decades, reaching out to all Italian Jewish populaces. During this period, his rulings were conclusive in all matters affecting the Italian Jewish population. "His rulings were unequivocally accepted and he was famous as a halachic erudite genius and the most significant opinion" (Shevach Pesach, Jerusalem, 1997).
[2] written pages, 27.5 cm. High-quality paper. Good condition. Stains.

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Auction 54 Lot Number 21

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Letter of Torah Thoughts – Brescello, Italy, 1644

Letter of Torah thoughts by Rabbi "Yisrael Modena", to "My lofty uncle". Brescello (near Parma, Italy), Nissan 1644.
Concerning the laws of ritual handwashing. On the verso, is an inscription with the name of the recipient (in Italian): Joseph Modena.
20 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, wear and tears (primarily to margins), folding creases.

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Auction 54 Lot Number 22

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Letter of Recommendation by Rabbi Yisrael Moshe Chazan, Rabbi of Rome – For Providing Matzot and Kosher-for-Passover Food for the Soldiers of the Pope’s Army – During the Spring of Nations (Revolutions of 1848) and Unification of Italy – Rome, 1848

Interesting letter of recommendation in flowery language, with the calligraphic signature of R. Yisrael Moshe Chazan. Rome, Adar Bet 1848.
Recommendation for arranging provisions of matzot and food for Passover for Jewish soldiers in the army of Pope Pius IX, during the war for the freedom and unification of Italy at the period of the Spring of Nations. The young man Yehuda son of Moshe Livoli is mentioned In the letter, stating that he is a soldier "among the war ranks… against all those who rise against Italy which lovingly supports our mighty compassionate king His Majesty Pope Pius IX".
In 1848, nationalist revolutionary uprisings spread throughout Europe. This period is known as the Spring of Nations. Italy at that time was divided into many states and several movements aspired to unite Italy under their leadership - a Catholic movement which desired to unite Italy under the leadership of Pope Pius IX, a Democratic movement led by Giuseppe Mazzini, and a monarchist movement aspiring to unify Italy under the House of Savoy. After the defeat of the Italians in North-Italy by Austrian forces, Mazzini supporters declared a republic in Rome and in Venice and the Pope was forced to exile.
R. Yisrael Moshe Chazan (1808-1863), grandson of the Chikrei Lev was born in Izmir and in 1811, at the age of 3, moved to Jerusalem with his father R. Eliezer Chazan. At a young age he became a dayan in Jerusalem; in 1848 - Rabbi of Rome and in 1852 - Rabbi of Corfu. In 1857, he moved to Alexandria in Egypt and in 1862 returned to Jerusalem. He was accustomed to sign his glosses with the Hebrew acronym "Mashiach". He was an exceptional Torah scholar and authored many books including: Nachalah L'Yisrael, Kin'at Zion, Kedushat Yom Tov - about the polemic of the second day of festivals in the Diaspora. His important book Kerach shel Rome, contains responsa from the time he served in the rabbinate of Rome.
Leaf, 33 cm. Good-fair condition. Open tears (not affecting text).

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Auction 54 Lot Number 23

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Parts of Broadsides from Synagogues and Yeshivas – Italy, 18th-19th Centuries

Twenty-seven pieces of illustrated broadsides from synagogues and yeshivas. Italy, late 18th-early 19th century, ca. 1789-1811.
Broadside parts, illustrated with decorations in floral and colorful fruit motifs, emphasized titles and other decorations. Most of the broadsides include name lists of community members, including parts with the names of the "Hevrat Kevarim" members, the "Mekaimei Torah" yeshiva, the "Bikur Cholim" society, a "tavlita" (plaque) from the "Rachamim Yeshiva" and more. Some of the items are dated to the Jewish years 5549, 5550, 5551, 5553, 5555 and 5571 (1789, 1790, 1791, 1793, 1795 and 1811). Most of the leaves seem to have been removed from the Binding Gniza. Enclosed: handwritten leaf from Amsterdam and part of a ketubah from Cochin.
Size and condition vary.

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Auction 54 Lot Number 24

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Manuscript, VeYiten Lecha Prayer for Motzei Shabbat – Segula for Livelihood and Success – Italy, 19th Century

Manuscript in large vowelized calligraphic letters, VeYiten Lecha prayer. [Italy, c. 19th century].
There is an ancient custom to recite the verses of VeYiten Lecha and other verses containing blessings on Motzei Shabbat (after the Arvit prayer or after Havdalah), as a segula for livelihood and success for the incoming week.
10-leaf pamphlet: 13 pages of verses, the rest with various inscriptions and childish illustrations of figures. 26.5 cm. Thick, high-quality paper. Fair condition. Stains and fungus marks. Worming to margins. Ancient, worn cardboard binding.

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