The auction took place on Tuesday, February 13, 2018, at 17:00 Israeli time.
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Torah scroll. [Hungary?, ca. first half of 20th century].
Ink on parchment. Neat Ashkenazi writing. 42 lines per column.
The letters are formed conforming with the approach adopted by the Chatam Sofer, which he learned from his teacher R. Natan Adler of Frankfurt am Main (see Chatam Sofer responsa, Yoreh De'ah, Siman 266).
Height of parchment: approx. 58 cm. Fair condition. Thick parchment. Stains. Age-damages to letters in many places. Detached membranes in Parshat No'ach and in Parshat Balak. The scroll does not have atzei chaim nor a mantle.
Enclosed is a report by an expert on ancient Torah scrolls regarding the place and date of writing. The scroll was written with "vavei ha'amudim" [each column opens with the letter vav], in line with a Tikun Sofrim printed in the first half of the 20th century.
Torah scroll, Ashkenazi-Chassidic scribal writing. [Southern Poland, ca. mid-19th century].
Ink on parchment, 42 lines per column. Rolled on brass Atzei Chaim.
Two ornamentations: One appears at the beginning of Shirat HaYam above the opening words: Az Yashir, and the second is a slanting of the letter "chet" of "VaYachel Moshe". The travels in Parshat Mas'ei are written in a unique manner: most of the lines begin with the word "VaYis'u".
Enclosed is a report by an expert on ancient Torah scrolls who determined the place and date of writing: "The script follows the method of Chassidic leaders who followed the tradition of the Arizal. The name Havaya is also written according to Chassidic teachings and according to the Eshel Avraham of Buczacz (Buchach)". The expert also notes that the membranes were sewn with consecutive stitches.
Height of parchment: approx. 30-32 cm. Maximum height including atzei chaim: approx. 49 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Faded ink, slightly browning. Holes with halachically valid patches. Parshat Pinchas opens with a new 3-column membrane [ca. beginning of 20th century]. The scroll is rolled on a pair of cast and engraved brass atzei chaim, upper handles broken and damaged. Non-original mantle, red velvet with silver embroidery (on a cardboard lining). The mantle is larger than the book.
Torah scroll. [US?, ca. mid-20th century].
Ink on parchment. Neat Ashkenazi writing, Central and Eastern European style during the 20th century. The scroll was written with vavei ha'amudim [each column opens with the letter vav], in line with a Tikun Sofrim printed in the first half of the 20th century.
Height of parchment: approx. 53 cm. Fair condition. Thick parchment, glossy verso. Stains. Age-damages to letters in many places. Several membranes at the beginning of the scroll are detached. The scroll does not have atzei chaim nor a mantle.
Enclosed is a report by an expert on ancient Torah scrolls regarding the place and date of writing.
Small Torah scroll. [Poland, second half of 19th century]. Housed in a wooden and silver case. [Unknown country of origin, 20th century].
Octagonal case, in Uzbek-Bukharin style, made of silver-plated wood. The exterior of the case is decorated with Stars of David, Two Tablets of Law and lamps, many granulation ornamentation and embedded gemstones. The case has stylized handles and a silver-chain bolt. The case is crowned by two (removable) finials designed like crowns, also embedded with gemstones and decorated with granulation and filigree.
Height of parchment: approx. 23 cm. Good-fair condition. Dark stains. Faded ink and ink spreads in several places. Late corrections. One membrane was written by another scribe. Some membranes are detached and some loose. The upper and lower margins of the scroll have been trimmed to fit into the wooden case [made according to Sephardic custom]. Perhaps the parchment was chemically treated imbuing the current light-brown color.
Height of case: 31 cm. Diameter: 18 cm. Height of finials: 27 cm. Good condition. Missing gemstones. Bends. Stains.
Torah scroll, Sephardi scribal writing, housed in a Tunisian-style wooden case wrapped in drapery. [Israel, ca. 1960s].
Ink on processed parchment. Writing characteristic to Oriental Jewry in Eretz Israel in the 60s.
The scroll is housed in a 13-sided wooden case draped in fabric in Tunisian style, topped with a sawn crown. Attached to the case are dedication plates shaped like the Two Tablets with the names of: "R. Faraji Alush and his son Susu Alush and his wife Felila"; and the inscription: "Donation of the girls Kadara and Zahiya Alush for the life of the family of the holy rabbi…". Hooks are attached all around the case for hanging the crimson velvet drapery machine-embroidered with silver threads, decorated with a braided ribbon and straps. A Torah crown and Tablets of Law are embroidered in the center, flanked by verses, Stars of David surrounded by flowers, lamps and dedications: "Kadara daughter of Felila Alush, Zahiya daughter of Felila Damara and Simcha daughter of Tita Bochovze"; "Felya daughter of Aziza, Aziza daughter of Esther, and Oreda daughter of Rivka, R. Parazi son of Oreda and Pinchas son of Mas'uda Alush".
R. Faraji Alush (1854-1921), Rabbi of Gabès (Tunisia) was a revered sage in Tunis. Author of the Ohev Mishpat responsa. In the 1970s, his remains were brought to Israel and interred in the Be'er Sheva cemetery in which his disciple R. Chaim Chori was buried.
Height of parchment: approx. 50 cm. Light-colored white parchment. Good condition.
Height of case: 74 cm. Diameter: approx. 34.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Breaks. Open break on one side of the crown.
Drapery: 57X113 cm. Good condition. Unraveling fabric and stitches and torn loops.
Torah scroll, ink on gevil, in Sephardi scribal writing. [Morocco, ca. 18th/19th century[.
Ink on soft, light-brown gevil. 52 lines per column.
Height of membranes: approx. 51 cm. Good-fair condition. Few stains. One membrane slightly detached. Housed in a new case, 85 cm, made of Formica-covered wood with a colorful print, framed with tin crown ornaments.
Enclosed is a report by an expert on ancient Torah scrolls regarding the place and date of writing.
Torah scroll. [Morocco, 19th century].
Ink on Gevil (soft texture, brown-hue), Sephardi scribal writing. Rolled on the original atzei chaim. 48 lines per column.
The scroll is rolled on a pair of wooden atzei chaim, carved with a geometric pattern and decorated in green and red. Silver rings, also etched with geometric patterns are attached to the top of the atzei chaim. At the bottom edge of one of the atzei chaim is an ownership inscription in ink: "This is the scroll of [Rabbi] Yitzchak Gabai".
Height of membranes: approx. 53 cm. Maximum height including the atzei chaim: approx. 96 cm. Fair condition. Dark stains. Tears to membrane. Tears affecting text in several places. Late corrections to text. Two late replaced membranes [20th century?].
Enclosed is a report by an expert on ancient Torah scrolls regarding the place and date of writing.
Esther scroll on parchment. [Italy, ca. first half of 17th century].
Faded light-brown ink, on light-brown parchment. Sephardi scribal writing (16 lines per column). Several letters in the column listing the names of the ten sons of Haman are embellished with adornments characteristic to Italy in the 16th-17th centuries.
Written on the last membrane at the end of the scroll [in a later writing: ca. first half of the 18th century] is the blessing "HaRav et Riveinu" and the text of "Arur Haman…", with Kabbalistic kavanot (according to the book Chemdat Yamim).
Height of parchment: approx. 23 cm. Fair condition. Stains. Tears, some damaging text. Some tears were sewn together (with thread made of animal veins) and one was glued on the verso with a strip of paper. Folds affecting text. Hole in one place affecting text. Many letters are blurred and faded due to aging.
Enclosed is an expert's report.
Esther scroll on parchment. [Italy, end of 17th century or first half of 18th century].
Ink on thin parchment. Italian scribal script (14 lines per column). Enlarged initial, style of layout similar to the scroll printed at the end of the 1551 Venice Chumash. The layout of most of the megillah conforms with the layout of the scroll which was printed at the end of the 1555 Ferrara Chumash.
Height of parchment: 9 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Holes in the beginning of the scroll, affecting text. Faded ink and ink spreading in several places.
Enclosed in an expert's report.
Esther scroll. [Near East (most probably Eretz Israel), first half of 20th century].Ink on parchment.
Sephardi scribal script decorated with serifs (tagim). "Hamelech" scroll (most columns open with the word "Hamelech"), 20 lines per column.
On the reverse of the first membrane appears an inscription in oriental script: "This scroll was… the estate of the deceased rabbi…". Rolled on a wooden roller. Parchment strip for binding (detached).
Enclosed is an expert's report.
Height of parchment: 32.5 cm. Fair-good condition. Stains and creases. Some tears. Correction of ink in some places.
Parchment Esther scroll, large format. [Poland, 19th/20th century].
Ink on parchment. Neat scribal writing, HaAri Ashkenazi-Chassidic. 42 lines per column.
In seven places in the scroll, letters alluding to Holy Names at the beginning and end of words are enlarged [The Name of G-d is not mentioned throughout the Esther scroll, but allusions can be found to His Names. A common Chassidic-Kabbalistic practice is to stress the Names in the scroll, however, according to the opinion of the Vilna Gaon, only letters enlarged by the Mesorah (tradition) are permitted to be enlarged].
Height of parchment: 54 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and dark discoloration. Few holes and tears to parchment. Creases. Blurred and faded letters in some places.
Esther Scroll on parchment. [Poland-Lithuania, ca. 19th/20th century].
Ink on parchment. Small artistic Ashkenazi scribal writing. 42 lines per column.
Height of parchment: 19.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Few holes and tears to parchment. Blurred, faded letters in some places due to aging.
Tehillim. Venice: Daniel Bomberg, 1521.
On the first leaf is a partial title page, titled Ketuvim. Part of a volume of the Bible printed in Venice in 1521. The 1521 edition was identical to the first Bomberg edition of the Bible printed in Venice in 1518, with the exception of the book of Tehillim which in this (1521) edition is printed in short lines, four columns per leaf.
Long Latin inscriptions throughout the book.
399-434 leaves (a photocopy of the general title page of the Bible was added to the beginning of the volume). 20 cm. Good condition. Stains. New binding.
Two volumes - Trei Asar and the Five Megillot. Paris, 1543. Part of the miniature edition of the Bible printed by Robertus Stephanus (Robert Estienne) in 1543-1546.
Two volumes. Trei Asar:  leaves. 10 cm. Good condition. Worming to some leaves. Stains. Several inscriptions. Five Megillot:  leaves. 10 cm. Good condition. Stains. The last two leaves were replaced with leaves from another copy. Contemporary bindings.
Five Books of the Torah. Sabbioneta: Tobias Foa, "by Cornelio Edelkind", .
Pocket edition. Handsome volume with contemporary leather binding.
Printed on the title page: "Open parshiot according to the Rambam… similar to a copy of a Torah scroll as much as possible, therefore the vowels and te'amim were omitted. A chart was added at the end which shows the source of the Torah readings for the entire year and for Shabbat and Festivals…". On the verso of the title page: "All need this, because all are obligated [to hear] the reading… Therefore, we have agreed to print this Chumash…to accompany a person at all times…".
223,  leaves. 9 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains to title page and to other pages. The text on one leaf is slightly flawed. Contemporary leather binding, with minor damages.
The date of printed was determined by Avraham Ya'ari, Mehkerei Sefer, Jerusalem 1958, p. 361 no. 15 and p. 348.
Bible - Torah, Neviim and Ketuvim. Antwerp: Christopher Plantin, 1573-1574.
This edition was printed without vowelization or cantillation marks.
, 3-389 pages. 16.5 cm. Fair condition. Stains and dampstains. Dark and stained pages. Wear and creases. Several pages have severe staining and dampstains. The margins of the title page are cut flush with the border, without damage to the border or text. Minor damage to the title page. Old leather binding, without spine; damaged.
Five Books of the Torah, and Nevi'im Rishonim and Achronim. Antwerp: Christopher Plantin, 1573-1574.
Pocket edition, volume with three parts (of four, without Ketuvim). Contemporary ancient leather binding, with gilt decorations on the spine and with a metal clasp.
Three parts in one volume. Torah: 318 pages,  blank pages. Nevi'im Rishonim: 271 pages,  blank pages. Nevi'im Achronim: 287 pages. 10.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Both front and back boards are detached.
Nevi'im and Ketuvim. Antwerp: Christophe Plantin, [1573-1574].
Three volumes in pocket editions: Nevi'im Rishonim, Nevi'im Achronim and Ketuvim. Part of a four-volume edition of the Bible.
Leaves from a manuscript of Ibn Sina's Canon of Medicine (Hebrew translation), in Sephardi script [15th/16th century], were used in making the bindings of all three volumes.
Volume of Nevi'im Rishonim: 271,  pages. Lacking title page. Volume of Nevi'im Achronim: 287,  pages. Volume of Ketuvim: 352 pages. 9.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Contemporary leather bindings with minor damages.
Five Books of the Torah, Neviim Rishonim, Neviim Acharonim and Ketuvim. Leiden: sons of Franciscus Raphelengius, .
Pocket edition, with original leather binding. Separate title pages for Neviim Rishonim, Neviim Acharonim and Ketuvim. Unvowelized.
Incomplete copy - four leaves missing. 32, 37-44, 45-264, 227; 238 leaves;  blank leaf, 287 leaves. Pages 33-36 and 45-48 are missing and have been replaced with handwritten pages. 10.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. The title page is mostly detached. Erased inscription on the title page. Original leather binding with gilt ornamentation. The letters "M.E.S.L.V.S." are embossed on the front and back covers. Wear and minor damage to the binding.
Mikraot Gedolot, Nevi'im Achronim and Ketuvim, with Targum, Rashi, Ibn Ezra, Radak and Ralbag commentaries and the Mesorah. Venice: Bragadin, [1617-1619].
Two volumes containing Nevi'im Achronim and Ketuvim [from a complete four-volume edition of the Bible]. The books were printed and sold in weekly pamphlets, during 1617-1619, to finance the printing costs [see the Ketuvim volume, at the end of p. [8b]].
Volume of Nevi'im Achronim: , 442-668. 40 cm. Volume of Ketuvim: , 672-908; 8;  leaves (lacking a leaf from the appendices. Originally:  leaves). 39 cm. Condition varies, good-fair. Stains and wear. Several leaves bound out of order. Damages to the title page of Nevi'im Achronim. Volume of Ketuvim: Several slightly damaged leaves repaired with glued paper. Ancient leather binding. The volume of Ketuvim has laces for fastening.
Five Books of the Torah, Nevi'im and Ketuvim. Geneva: Caffa Ilan, 1618.
Vowelized Bible, with two columns on each page. Separate title pages for Nevi'im Rishonim, Nevi'im Achronim and Ketuvim (the five Megillot are printed after the Chumash without separate title pages). The Ketuvim title page contains the (incorrect) date of printing: 1614.
369, ; 124 leaves. The blank page  is not listed in the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book. 22 cm. Good condition. Light colored high quality paper. Stains. Leaves 30-32 are partially detached with minor tears to the margins. Original leather binding; damaged.
Sefer Tehillim (Psalms), with Seder Ma'amadot. [Venice, 1623]. Unknown printer.
Miniature volume with original leather binding. Title page of Sefer Tehillim is missing. Separate title page for Seder Ma'amadot containing the printing date and location.
,  blank leaf;  leaves. Approx. 7 cm. Missing title page of Sefer Tehillim. Condition varies; good-fair. Stains. The second part has several open tears to the margins, affecting text in several places. Dark stains. Original leather binding; with defects and worming.
This edition is not listed in the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book and does not appear in the catalogue of the National Library of Israel.
Sefer Kodesh Hillulim, Las Alabancas de Santidad, traducion de los Psalmos de David, por la misma Phrasis y palabras del Hebrayco. Tehillim in Hebrew, with Spanish translation and commentary by R. Ya'akov Yehuda Leon Templo. Amsterdam, .
R. Ya'akov Yehuda Leon Templo (1603-after 1675), a Jewish scholar in 17th-century Amsterdam, was born in Portugal to a family of Jews expelled from Spain and studied in Amsterdam with the rabbi of the Neve Shalom community, R. Yitzhak Uziel. Famous for his books on the structure of the temple, he later created a model of Solomon’s Temple and its holy vessels on an equivalent scale. This renowned creation earned him the appellation of “Templo” in the European world of science in those days. This is a Spanish translation with a commentary which he authored during the course of seven months, which reaped lavish praise of sages, scholars, researchers and poets.
Printed from left to right.
 leaves; 458,  pages. 18 cm. Good condition. Light-colored paper. Stains. Stamps on title page. Contemporary leather binding with ornamentation and gilt embossments. Damaged binding.
Bible - Five Books of the Torah, Nevi'im Rishonim and Achronim and Ketuvim. Amsterdam: Yosef Athias, [1659-1661].
First edition of the Bible edited by Johannes Leusden who also wrote the Latin introduction which appears after the proofreaders' Hebrew introduction. This edition was proofread in line with earlier printings and for many years was deemed the most accurate edition of the Bible.
Four parts in two volumes. General title page illustrated with a lovely copper-engraved frontispiece with vignettes from the Bible and a general title page in Latin. Each of the other three parts of the Bible have separate title pages.
Two volumes. Vol. 1: Torah, Five Megillot and Nevi'im Rishonim: , 234; 180 leaves. Vol. 2: Nevi'im Achronim and Ketuvim: 175, 180-190; 198 leaves. Leaves 209-234 containing the Five Megillot found in Vol. 1 were reprinted in the middle of Vol. 2 after the title page of Ketuvim. 17-18 cm. Good condition. Light-toned paper. Stains. Inscriptions and several notations (in Latin). New leather bindings.
Five Books of the Torah, with Five Megillot and Haftarot. Amsterdam: Uri ben Aaron Ha-Levi [1679-1680].
Pocket-size format, with original leather binding.
The last  leaves, with an "original poem for Rosh Chodesh" by R. Shlomo de Oliveyra, are not listed in the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book and do not appear in the copy of the National Library of Israel.
120, 120-131, 133-149, 160-258 [i.e. 250], 239-372,  leaves. 10.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. The margins of the title page are trimmed with slight damage to border. Gilt-edged pages. Original green leather binding, with gilt ornamentation. Worming and slight damage to binding.
Five Books of the Torah, with Megillot and Haftarot. Amsterdam: Immanuel Athias, [1699-1701].
Pocket edition. Ornate ancient leather binding, with metal clasps (one clasp is broken; part of it is missing). 402; 63 leaves (first half title page and half title page of Haftarot missing). 13.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Open tear on leaf 271.
Bible - Five Books of the Torah, Five Megillot, Nevi'im Rishonim and Achronim, Ketuvim. Amsterdam: Immanuel Athias, [1700-1705].
Separate title pages for Nevi'im Rishonim and Achronim and for Ketuvim.
, 2-181; 142-286, ; 152,  leaves. Lacking leaf of approbations and illustrated frontispiece. 13 cm. Good condition. Gilt edges. Many Latin inscriptions on flyleaves. Restored leather binding.
Torah, Neviim and Ketuvim. Berlin, 1710-1711. Four pocket-edition volumes (tall and narrow). Part 1: , 220 pages. Part 2: , 187 pages. Part 3: , 194 pages. Part 4: , 231 pages. Part 1 lacks the front flyleaf, the Hebrew title page (replaced with an artistic photocopy) and the Latin title page. 11 cm. Good condition. Stains and minor damages. Old bindings with leather spines, placed in slipcase (damaged).
Five Books of the Torah and Five Megillot with Targum Onkelos, Rashi commentary and Haftarot. Dyhernfurth, [1793-1794].
Miniature format. Original handsome leather red binding, with gilt decorations. The front cover is embossed with the letters S.U.
494; 26, , 42-49; , 21 leaves. 13 cm. Good condition. Stains. Original handsome leather binding.
Seder Me'ah Brachot (Hundred Blessings), "According to the Sephardic rite", including Bircat Hamazon (Grace after Meals), Passover Haggadah, Tefillat Haderech (travellers' prayer), and "prayer at sea", as well as blessings for different occasions. Venice: Giovanni Martinelli, "commissioned by Sir Vendramini", 1636.
Pocket-size edition. Original handsome leather binding, with elaborate gilt embossing and decorations. The letters GT are embossed in the center of the binding.
The edition is not registered in the catalogue of the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book, and appears in neither OCLC nor the catalogue of the National Library of Israel.
Ownership inscription the back flyleaf: "This volume belongs to Elisha Emron" [of Livorno. He is mentioned in the Chida's letter; see enclosed material].
63 leaves. 9.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Stains, wear and minor damage to the title page and several other pages. Tear to page 54, slightly affecting text. Several upper margins are trimmed bordering text. Original leather binding with gilt embossing; damaged.
Two volumes of a machzor - "Machzor of Sephardim for the High Holidays", and "Prayers for Festivals Sephardic rites". Amsterdam: Yosef Athias, .
Vol. 1 - Selichot, and prayers for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Vol. 2 - Prayers for Sukkot, Pesach and Shavu'ot, with commentary by the Rashbetz on Hosha'anot.
Vol. 1: 402 (i.e. 312) leaves. Without engraved frontispiece. The front binding with leaves 1-65 are detached from the rest of the machzor. Vol. 2: 255 leaves. Leaf 35 is partially torn, affecting text. Detached front binding. 14 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Loose and detached leaves. Damaged bindings.
Seder Tefillot Me'ulot - year-round siddur according to the Sephardi rite. Venice, [1702-1703]. Pocket edition.
Includes "Tikum Chatzot cited by R. Moshe Zacuto, with a few laws and novellae". An introduction to Tikun Chatzot appears on p. 213a: "The version of Tikun Chatzot was fixed and received from the elder pious and self-effacing R. Binyamin Levi who transmitted it 'mouth to mouth' to R. Moshe Zacuto who by faithful tradition received it from the disciples of the Ari…".
12 leaves of handwritten prayers were bound at the end of the siddur: Two in semi-cursive Italian script with the version of Mi SheBerach for marriages and for circumcisions, and ten leaves in neat (vowelized) square script containing various prayers: Kabblistic prayers to add to the Shacharit prayer, a prayer to recite "before delivering a sermon in public", blessing for a guest, etc. The last prayer incorporates the names of the brothers "Moshe Chaim and Aharon Chai, Cohanim, sons of Shoshana, they and their wives and children and their entire families…" [The identity of the writer and for whom these leaves were written remains obscure, however, we assume that he was a rabbi who delivered public sermons].
55, 57-220 leaves (lacking leaf 56) +  handwritten leaves. Leaf 88 is bound between leaves 80 and 81. 10 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Few tears affecting text (with gluing). Contemporary binding with vellum spine, damages.
Not recorded in the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book. The year on the title page is 1702 and in the colophon - 1703.
Year-Round siddur, Ashkenazi rite, with Tehillim and Ma'amadot. Amsterdam: Shlomo Proops, . Separate title pages for Tehillim and for Ma'amadot.
Fine tortoiseshell binding with ornate silver clasps. Ornate silver plates are embedded in the binding, on both sides. Two of the plates are etched with the initials "S.L." and "D.L." (apparently, the initials of members of the Levi family).
270; 42; 65,  leaves. 16 cm. Good condition. Gilt edges. Light stains. Small tears to first title page, almost without loss. Detached endpapers (front endpaper is torn and partially missing). Handwritten family inscription (Hebrew and English) on back endpaper. Pasted on the front endpaper is a strip of paper with an English dedication. Minor damages and breaks to binding.
Orden de las Oraciones cotidianas por estilo seguido [Daily prayers], Amsterdam, . Bound with: Los cinco libros de la ley divina [Five Books of the Torah]. Amsterdam, . Both printed by Shlomo Proops. Spanish.
Siddur and Chumash translated into Spanish. Title pages of both books are engraved. On the title page of the Siddur are Biblical scenes, and on the title page of the Chumash are illustrations of Moshe and Aharon, the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai and the Beit HaMikdash. The calendar "Calendario de Ros-Hodes Fiestas y Ayunos" (1717-1733, also printed by Shlomo Proops) is bound between the two books.
Fine tortoiseshell binding, with silver clasps (marked). Silver plates are embedded in the binding, on both sides.
Siddur:  leaves, 535,  pages. Calendar:  leaves. Chumash:  leaf, pp. 411-412 (belong to the Haftarot), 528 pages. Separate title page for the Haftarot at the end of the Chumash. 17 cm. Good condition. Gilt edges. Stains and dampness traces. Ex-libris on the inner side of the back binding. Minor damages to binding. One broken clasp.
"Sephardi Machzor for the High Holidays". Amsterdam: Shlomo Proops, .
Pocket edition, contemporary handsome leather binding with gilt ornamentation.
Two parts. Separate title page for each part. Part 1 is composed of daily prayers. Part 2 contains prayers for Rosh Hashanah and for Yom Kippur. Approbations of the Rabbi of the Amsterdam Sephardi community R. Shlomo Ayllón (Aelion) and of the Rabbi of the Ashkenazi community, author of the Chacham Zvi, appear at the beginning of the machzor.
44; 311-468. Two title pages. 10 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Gilt edges. Fine contemporary leather binding. Minor damages to binding.
Prayerbook according to the Roman rite, including prayers for the entire year, Tehillim (Psalms) and Ma'amadot. Venice, .
Pocket edition, with original leather binding. Particularly thick volume including all prayers for the entire year: High Holidays, Pesach, Shavuot, Sukkot, Tehillim, Torah readings, various prayers and Ma'amadot.
360, 336 leaves. 11 cm. Good condition. Stains. Gilt-edged pages. Original leather binding with damaged clasp (second clasp missing). Damage and worming to the binding.
Siddur for Rosh Chodesh and Festivals, Sephardi rites. Florence, . Pocket edition.
Prayers for Shabbat and Rosh Chodesh, the Three Festivals, High Holidays, Chanuka and Purim and fast days. Contains Pirkei Avot (with Italian translation), Passover Haggadah, Azharot for the Festival of Shavuot, Selichot and Hosha'anot, etc. Ends with "Seder Zemanim - composed by… David Mildola of Livorno…", [songs and prayers for various occasions].
Two complementary copies: Copy 1 lacks the last leaf. Copy 2 lacks Leaves 227-231, 350-351 (total of 7 leaves). Originally: , 351 leaves. 12 cm. Overall good condition. Stains. Copy 1: The margins of some leaves are trimmed, slightly affecting text. New binding. Copy 2: paper gluing to margins of title page. Contemporary damaged leather binding.
"Sephardic Machzor for the High Holy Days", "redacted in a small volume in an aesthetic and comfortable arrangement". Amsterdam: Abraham ben Raphael Hezekiah Athias, .
Prayer book in miniature form, including Selichot and prayers for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
Miniature volume. 360 leaves. 8.5 cm. Good condition. Gilt edges (decorated). Original ornate leather binding, with gilt ornaments and clasp for fastening. Detached spine. Minor damage to binding.
Seder Chamisha Ta’aniyot, according to the Sephardic rite. Amsterdam: Abraham ben Raphael Hezekiah Athias, .
Miniature edition with original leather binding.
Prayers and Torah readings for the Fast of Gedalya, the 10th of Tevet, Ta’anit Esther, the 17th of Tamuz and for Tisha B’Av.
199,  leaves. approx. 8 cm. Good condition. Stains. Several margins are trimmed on text border, with slight textual damage. Original handsome leather binding, with gilt ornamentation. Minor damage to binding. In original case.
Year-round machzor, weekdays, Shabbat and Festivals, Italian rite. Venice, . Two parts in two volumes.
"Year round machzor according to the rites of the holy communities of Italian Jews". Engraved frontispiece in all volumes.
Part 1: Prayers for weekdays and Shabbat, Pesach and Shavuot, public fasts and the four parshiot. Part 2: Selichot and prayers for Rosh Hashanah and for Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simchat Torah.
Part 2 contains glosses in Italian script in several places with explanations of words, text variations and errata. A handwritten index of piyyutim appears on a front endpaper.
Vol. 1: , 264 leaves. 18 cm. Vol. 2: , 274 leaves. 19.5 cm. Overall good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Gilt edges. Some of the letters on the title pages are printed in red ink. Binding and several leaves of Part 1 are detached. Contemporary bindings, damaged.
Prayerbook according to the Sephardic rite. Venice, . Bound with: Sefer Tikkunei Shabbat by the Ari. Venice, .
Miniature volume with original leather binding.
The title page of "Tikkunei Shabbat" states, "Printed as a merit for the child Na'im Gad ben Yitzchak Foa of Constantinople" (grandson of the printer, Gad Foa).
224, 128 leaves. Approximately 9 cm. Good condition. Stains. Gilt edged pages. Original leather binding with gilt ornamentation; damaged. Tears to the spine. Includes original matching case, missing a part.
Yom Kippur prayers, Sephardi rites, with prayers from the writings of the Ari and from the book Chemdat Yamim. Venice, .
Fine copy with contemporary leather binding.
A printed leaf titled "Tefilla L'Va'Ya'avor" is attached to the front flyleaf (with a metal pin), containing a prayer by R. Chaim ibn Attar, author of Or HaChaim, "to say on Yom Kippur while the cantor is saying Va'Ya'avor" [prayer regarding the exile of the Shechina, printed in Livorno in 1797 in the machzor for Yom Kippur (see next item) and later in additional machzorim].
This leaf was printed on its own, apparently in Livorno, soon after the printing of this machzor. The leaf is not listed in the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book nor does it appear in the NLI catalog. As far as we know, this is the only existing copy.
, 146-206, 193-352, 2 leaves +  printed leaf. 18.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Contemporary leather binding with gilt adornments, with damages. Wear and light tears to attached leaf.
Yom Kippur Machzor. Livorno, . Printed by Eliezer Sa'adon. Hebrew and Ladino.
Five parts in four volumes. Each part has a separate title page and title. Special medium-sized edition, for convenient use.
The prayer "Tefillah L'VaYa'avor" was first printed in these machzorim [to be said at the time the cantor recites "Va'Ya'avor"] by R. Chaim ibn Attar, author of Or HaChaim. This prayer appears in all five parts.
1. Part 1: "K'lil Tiferet - Minchah prayer for Erev Yom Kippur. Bound with: Part 2 - "Ma'ariv Aravim" - the Kol Nidrei prayer and Arvit. Kol Nidrei is followed by a prayer for Grand Duke Ferdinand III, with a Ladino text. Introduction by the printer R. David Chaim Milul (in Ladino).
2. Part 3: "Morning Prayer for the Day of Awe" - Shacharit and the Torah reading. Prayer for Grand Duke Ferdinand III, with Ladino text.
3. Part 4: "Avodat Mikdash" - Musaf prayer.
4. Part 5: "Minchah for the late afternoon and the locking of the gates" - Minchah and Ne'ila, and Arvit for Motza'ei Yom Kippur.
Five parts in four volumes: 16 leaves; , 46, 17-36 leaves; 105 leaves; 70 leaves; 72, 37-50 leaves. 15.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Some worming. Contemporary binding embossed with the name Salamone Cammeo.
Set of machzorim, Ashkenazi rites, published by R. Wolf son of R. Shimshon of Heidenheim. Rödelheim, 1800-1805. Nine volumes, all first editions. Two title pages per volume. Attractive set with original leather bindings.
The printing of the first edition of these machzorim, by R. Ze'ev Wolf Heidenheim, began in 1800 and ended in 1805 with the printing of the machzor for Shavu'ot (in which he writes: "The work on this part has been completed together with the Kerovot for all nine parts). During these years, the first volumes were reprinted several times. These machzorim merited enthused approbations by leading Torah figures including the Ba'al Hafla'ah. The Chatam Sofer too, wrote an approbation praising these machzorim. Often, in his sermons and in his compositions, the Chatam Sofer cites the commentaries and notations of "the accomplished sage R. Wolf Heidenheim". The Admor HaZaken, R. Shneur Zalman of Liadi, the Ba'al HaTanya, endorsed the Heidenheim siddur and upon printing his own siddur, he "instructed to proofread it from the siddur of the well-known sage R. Wolf Heidenheim printed in Rödelheim, because it is accurate [and] proofread very well". His machzorim made a great contribution to the research and preservation of the piyyutim of Ashkenazi communities, and numerous editions were reprinted up until the Holocaust.
Rabbi Ze'ev Wolf Heidenheim - the Rava (1757-1832) - was an exegete, grammarian and renowned mesorah researcher. In his printing press in Rödelheim, he printed his grammatical works, his Chumashim accurately adhering to the mesorah, and his celebrated machzorim "Sefer Kerovot."
Nine volumes. Vol. 1 (First Day of Rosh Hashanah; 1800; first edition): , 103; 12 leaves. * Vol. 2 (Second Day of Rosh Hashanah; 1800; first edition): , 99, 12 leaves. * Vol. 3 (Eve of Yom Kippur; 1800; first edition): , 56, 16 leaves + , 68; 12; 22 leaves from volume 4.* Vol. 4 (Yom Kippur; 1803; first edition): 41; 12; 28; 12; 33;  leaves. The first part of this volume (, 68; 12; 22 leaves) is bound at the end of Vol. 3. * Vol. 5 (First and Second day of Pesach; 1800; first edition): , 104; 12 leaves. * Vol. 6 (Seventh and Eighth day of Pesach; 1800; first edition): , 14; 116; 12 leaves. * Vol. 7 (Shavu'ot; 1805; first edition):  10; 12; 124; 12 leaves. * Vol. 8 (First and Second day of Sukkot; 1800; first edition): , 12; 63; 10; 12 leaves. * Vol. 9 (Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah; 1803; first edition): 7 [actually: 4], 115; 12 leaves.
18 cm. White and greenish paper. Gilt edges. Overall very good condition. Scattered stains. Paper restorations in some places. Matching set. Original leather bindings, with new leather spines.
All nine volumes contain the bookplate of Professor Yisrael Ta-Shema (1936-2004). His handwritten notations and inscriptions appear in several places and on the flyleaves.
Siddur Beit Tefilla, containing prayers for the entire year according to the Italian rite, "with small letters that have been carefully proofread". Pisa, .
Miniature siddur containing year round prayers, birkat hamazon, traveler's prayer, "beautiful prayer… from the siddur of Rabbi Shmuel Latif", and many other prayers.
64, 49-224 leaves. 7.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Creases to the margins of several pages. Original leather binding, partially detached. Minor damage to binding.
Seder Ma'ariv BiZmana V'Seder Sefirot HaOmer. Mantova, [ca. 1740].
Miniature volume, bound in original leather binding with gilt embossments and original leather case. A printed blessing for protection appears on the title page. Arvit prayer conforming with Italian rites. With laws of Sefirat HaOmer, and a separate page for each day of the Sefirah, containing Kabbalistic kavanot.
, 2-28, 28, 22-27, , 28-42, 52 leaves. Mispagination. Total of 52 leaves (complete). 8.5 cm. Good condition. Stains and minor wear. Open tear to one of the last leaves (slightly affecting text). Green fabric bookmark. Contemporary leather binding in very good condition. Housed in its original leather case.
Two volumes of "Seder Sefirat HaOmer" in miniature format, printed by Gad Foa in Pisa, Italy.
* Seder Sefirat HaOmer, with kavanot (intentions) from Sefer Chemdat Yamim. Pisa, 1794.
 leaves. 8.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Tears to margins of several leaves, not affecting text. Creases to the corners of several pages. Front wapper. Without binding.
* Seder Sefirat HaOmer, with kavanot (intentions) from Sefer Chemdat Yamim. Pisa, 1796.
 leaves. 9 cm. Good condition. Stains. Tears to margins of several leaves, not affecting text. Creases to the corners of several pages. Front wrapper, partially detached. Without binding.
Seder Sefirat HaOmer, with Birkat HaLevana, Sephardi rite. [Amsterdam]: J. B. de Mesquita, 1862. Small format (5.8 cm).
The book opens with the blessing for counting the Omer and with the prayer recited after the counting. This is followed by the full text for each day's counting, a separate page for each day, with the Hebrew text above and the numbers of the days and weeks in Latin script below. The latter is written in the following manner (in Spanish or Portuguese): H [=Hoy/Hoje, today], S [=Semana, week], D [=Día/Dia, day]. Afterward, the Birkat HaLevana and the subsequent prayers are printed.
On p. 54 is an unusual text for the counting of the last day of the Omer: "Today is forty-nine days of the Omer which are seven complete weeks" (instead of "seven weeks"). This text appears in the machzor of the Aleppo rite, Venice 1527, and is similar to the Yemenite text and the text of the Geonim [see: Mekorei HaTefillah, R. A. Zlotnik, Jerusalem 2015, Part 2, p. 169].
65 pages (and another 12 blank leaves at the beginning and end of the book). Height of pages: approx. 5.8 cm, width: approx. 2.6 cm. Overall good condition. Stains. Tear affecting text to p. 55. Several leaves trimmed on text border. Gilt edges. Original binding, partially detached and slightly damaged, with gold blocking: "Sefirat HaOmer". Placed in a cardboard sleeve.
Rare. Not listed in the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book, nor in the NLI catalog. Only two copies are listed in the OCLC, both in Dutch public libraries.
Three siddurim printed in Livorno:
1. "Prayers according to the rite of the holy Sephardi community". Livorno, [1808 or 1829]. Not recorded in the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book. Original leather spine with gilt decorations.
2. Siddur "Beit Tefillah according to the rites of the Italian community". Livorno, . Contemporary binding, leather spine with gilt decorations.
3. Siddur "Beit Tefillah according to Sephardi rites for every Rosh Chodesh and every Shabbat". Livorno, . Original binding, floral fabric.
3 books. Size and condition vary.
Four siddurim and machzorim with fine bindings:
1. "Year-round machzor, according to the Italian rite", Part 2. Venice, . Leather binding with gilt adornments and embossment: "S.U". Printed leaves with Italian songs are bound at the beginning and end of the machzor.
2. Machzor for the High Holidays and for the Festivals of the month of Tishrei. [Italy, 18th century?]. Lacking title page and several concluding leaves. Leather binding with gilt ornamentation and embossment: "S.U".
3. Siddur Imrei Lev, Prières d'un coeur israélite, livre d'offices et recueil de prières et de meditations pour toutes les circonstances de la vie. Paris, [1860?]. French. Binding covered with embroidered fabric. Detached binding. Tears and damages to fabric cover.
4. Siddur Imrei Lev, Preghiere D'un Cuore Israelita, Raccolta Di Preghiere E Di Meditazioni. Trieste (Italy), 1864. Italian. Leather binding with an embroidered fabric cover with floral ornamentation.
4 books. Size and condition vary.
Erech Hatephiloth, Rituel de Toutes les Grandes Fêtes a l'usage des Israélites du Rite Allemand. Set of machzorim - prayers for all the festivals of the year, German rite, "arranged and accurate, translated into French" by R. Elchanan Durlacher. Paris, 1865-1868.
Hebrew and French translation on facing pages.
Complete set, ten parts in nine volumes, with elegant bindings. At the beginning of each volume, a leaf precedes the title page with a charming lithograph (each lithograph depicts a different Biblical scene). Several leaves with names of subscribers (who advanced funds for printing) in French, were added at the ends of the second volume for Sukkot and the second volume for Pesach. These leaves are not recorded in the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book and do not exist in the copies in the NLI.
9 volumes. 20 cm. Good condition. Stains. Gilt upper edges. Bindings with leather spine. Colored endpapers. Minor wear to bindings.
Brit Yitzchak, arrangement of chapters of the Bible, Mishnayot and Zohar to recite on the eve preceding a Brit Milah (circumcision), Ashkenazi rite. Amsterdam, .
At the end of the introduction (p. 7) are handwritten signatures of the publishers: "Shimon Heigmans" and "David Shelihas". [R. Shimon Heigmans wrote a grammar book titled Safah Achat, Amsterdam, 1835].
8, 90 pages. Good condition. Clean leaves. Stamps on title page. New leather binding.
Psalmer til brug ved gudstjenesten i Synagogen [liturgical hymns for the synagogue], translated into Danish and edited by A. A. Wolff [R. Avraham Alexander Wolff]. Copenhagen (Denmark): S. Triers Forlag og Tryk, 1862. Danish.
On the front binding is a portrait photograph of the editor, Dr. Avraham Alexander Wolff (1801-1891, Otzar HaRabbanim 1044), Chief Rabbi of Copenhagen and of Danish Jewry in the 19th century. Prolific author, he wrote thousands of sermons during his tenure, hundreds were published in Danish and a selection in German.
Handwritten revision on p. 22.
64,  pages. 15.5 cm. Good condition. Few stains. Inscription on inner side of front binding. Original binding, with gilt ornamentation. Gilt edges. Damage to binding.
Keter Kehuna – Birkat Cohanim, Pidyon HaBen and Birkat HaMazon. Hamburg, 1881.
Pocket edition intended for cohanim, containing two relevant topics: Birkat Cohanim and Seder Pidyon HaBen. With instructions and other sections in Yiddish. Charming colorful title page (hand-colored print), with an illustration of the raised hands of cohanim in the center. Contemporary red binding, with gilt embossment of a gate, crown and the name of the book.
German dedication on front endpaper, dated 1912.
, 32 pages. 11 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Small tear to bottom margins of title page, without loss. Contemporary binding, slightly worn.
Hilchot Rav Alfas (Rif), with commentaries. Krakow: Yitzchak ben Aharon Prostitz, 1597-1598. Three parts in three volumes.
Many ownership inscriptions and pen scribbles in Ashkenazic handwriting on the title pages and endpapers, as well as on pages 48b and 192b of volume I. Among them are ownership inscriptions of R. Alexander Sender Katz, dayan in Metz (mentioned in the introduction to Yam Yissachar, Metz, 1769), and his son R. Avraham Mordechai Katz.
Three parts in three volumes. Volume I:  leaves. The final  leaves of Tractate Avoda Zara, followed by  leaves of "Esrim Sha’arei Shevuot", which belong to volume III, are included also at the end of this volume. Leaves  and  from Tractate Moed Katan are bound incorrectly between the leaves of Tractate Avoda Zara. Volume II: 268 leaves. Volume III: 302,  leaves. Without leaves 853-872 of Halachot Ketanot.
35-36 cm. Condition varies; good-fair. Many pages in good condition. Stains and wear. Worming, partially repaired. Tear to the title page of volume I, repaired with photocopy. Repaired tears to the other two title pages and other pages with several instances of damage to text. Original bindings - wood covered with leather, damaged, with traces of clasps.
Talmud Yerushalmi. Krakow: Yitzchak ben Aharon Prostitz, 1609. Four parts in four volumes.
Second edition of the Talmud Yerushalmi, based on the Venice edition (1523-1524). A short commentary was added in the margins by R. David son of R. Menashe of Krakow, known as Rabbi David HaDarshan.
At the beginning of Zera'im is a general title page of the Talmud Yerushalmi, each of the other parts (Mo'ed, Nashim and Nezikin) have their own title page.
On the title page of Vol. 1 is a signature of "Eliezer son of R. [?] Yosef Binyamin Heidenheim" - signature of R. Eliezer Bergman (1799-1852), born in Heidenheim. One of the heads of the Jerusalem settlement of German immigrants, rabbi and friend of R. Yehosef Schwartz, author of Tevu'ot HaAretz. Disciple of German yeshiva deans R. Wolf Hamburg and R. Avraham Bing. He customarily signed his name with the acronym of his name "HaAviv" [Eliezer son of Yosef Binyamin]. A small part of his novellae and compositions were printed in the books Sha'arei Aviv (Bnei Brak, 1969) and B'Har Yera'eh (Jerusalem, 1975).
Several glosses. Long ancient [trimmed] gloss on p. 2a of Vol. 2 (Seder Mo'ed).
Ownership inscriptions and scribbles on last leaf of Vol. 4 (Nezikim). Among them is the inscription: "This book belongs to the orphans of the late… R. Yissachar Ber who was Rabbi of the Schwerin community, today Thursday, Rosh Chodesh Elul…", and the signature of "Shimshon son of R. Yissachar Ber Rabbi of the Schwerin community", etc.
Four volumes. 65; 83; 66; 51 leaves. 33.5 cm. Overall good-fair condition. High-quality paper. Stains and wear. Dampness traces. Restored tears, in some places affecting text. Worming, restored in some places. Restored tears and worming to first title page. New bindings.
Mishnayot, with Kav V'Naki commentary, Part 2 - Nezikin, Kodshim and Taharot. Amsterdam, . First edition of the Kav V'Naki commentary.
Short glosses, references and erasures in several places.
19, 21-, 100-119, 150-247, 247-276, 278-282 leaves. 11 cm. Good-fair condition. Most leaves in good condition. Stains. Worming. Worming to some leaves affecting text. Nice-looking contemporary leather binding, with gilt ornamentation. Damages and worming to binding.
Six Sidrei Mishnah in one volume, with the Kav V'Naki commentary, Part 1 - Zera'im, Moed and Nashim, Part 2 - Nezikin, Kodshin and Taharot. Amsterdam: Shlomo Katz Proops, .
Pocket edition ["We have printed it in a small volume so the reader will be able to carry it with him…"]. Separate title page for Part 2. Printed at the end of the volume is a "tikun for study of the Bible Mishnah and Tur" - a daily study plan.
Contemporary leather binding with clasp.
Inscriptions. On the front endpapers are a kabbalistic prayer written in Italian script for Shabbat at Mincha time and a segula "for eliminating bad thoughts while praying". One of the back endpapers bears a copy of a passage from Sefer Yetzira in Sephardic script.
134; , 136-325,  leaves. 11.5 cm. Fair condition. Many stained leaves. Several detached leaves. Contemporary leather binding with clasp. Worming to binding, affecting handwritten text on front endpaper.
Six Sidrei Mishnah, with Rashi commentary and Etz Chaim commentary by R. Ya'akov Chagiz. Berlin, [1716-1717]. Second edition.
Fine six-volume set, with contemporary leather bindings, adorned with gilt embossments.
Signatures and stamps to title pages: "Avraham Yekutiel Zaks" of Lissa (son of R. Dov Yo'el Rabbi of Lovshin); "Mordechai son of R. A. of Hall"; "Chaim Tuvia Fligeltov son of R. Moshe Naftali of Warsaw" (father-in-law of R. Shmuel Tanchum, commentator of Rambam La'Am), etc.
Six volumes. Vol. 1 (Zera'im): , 8, 98 leaves. Vol. 2 (Mo'ed): , 8, 136 leaves. Vol. 3 (Nashim): , 120 leaves. Vol. 4 (Nezikin): , 160 leaves. The title page of this volume was replaced from a different copy. Vol. 5 (Kodshim): , 136, 139-150 leaves. Vol. 6 (Taharot): 5, 196, 201-206 leaves. Lacking leaves 197-200 (total of 4 leaves). 17 cm. Good condition. Stains. Few tears to several leaves. Worming to last leaves of Vol. 5. Contemporary leather bindings, with gilt ornamentation.
Mishnayot, with Tiferet Yisrael commentary, by R. Yisrael Lifshitz. Five parts out of the Six Sidrei Mishnah: Seder Mo'ed, Danzig, ; Seder Nashim, Danzig, ; Seder Nezikin, Danzig, ; Seder Kodashim, Königsberg, . Seder Taharot, Hanover, . First edition of the Tiferet Yisrael commentary to Mishnah, which later was embraced by the entire Jewish world and has been printed in hundreds of editions.
Five sedarim in six volumes. The "Peticha" (introduction) of Seder Mo'ed (called Kupat HaRochlim) is an a seperate volume, without binding. The other five volumes include the wrappers printed on colored paper (blue, yellow and red). On the back of the wrappers is an illustration of a harp, with the caption, "Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage".
The composition Avi Ezer on the Shulchan Aruch Even HaEzer, by the author's father R. Gedalia Lifshitz, is included (as of printing) in the volume of Seder Nashim.
Ownership inscription in the volume of Seder Taharot: "…Uri Feivel son of R. Meir Falk Breslau 1882".
Part 2 - Mo'ed: , 229 leaves; including (in a separate volume) "Peticha… Kupat HaRochlim": , 148 pages. Part 3 - Nashim: , 162, ; , 25 leaves; Part 4 - Nezikin: , 6 pages, 281 leaves. Part 5 - Kodashim:  leaves, 71,  pages, 234, 224-319, 319-336 leaves. Without  folded plate with the layout of the Beit HaMikdash. Part 6 - Taharot: , 3-18; 54,  folded plate, 55-179,  leaves.
5 parts in 6 volumes. 15.5-16 cm. Overall good condition. Stains. Dark leaves. Ownership stamps. Original bindings with leather spines, besides one volume (the introduction to Seder Mo'ed) which has no binding. Wear and damages to bindings. Volume of Part 5 is detached into two parts between leaves 81 and 82.
Babylonian Talmud. Vilna: the Widow and Brothers Romm, [1881-1912]. 34 volumes.
Set of Vilna Talmud, bound in contemporary bindings, with leather spines.
The volumes of this set were printed from 1881-1912.
* Berachot, Mishnah Seder Zera'im. 1886. * Rif Berachot, Shabbat, Eruvin and Pesachim. 1881. * Shabbat. 1883. * Eruvin. 1887. * Pesachim. 1886. * Yoma, Yerushalmi Shekalim. 1886. * Sukkah, Rosh Hashanah. 1912. * Beitzah, Ta'anit. 1886.* Megillah, Mo'ed Katan, Chagiga. 1886. * Rif Yoma-Chagiga. 1881. * Yevamot. 1889. * Ketubot. 1887. * Rif Yevamot, Ketubot. 1883. * Nedarim. 1897. With: Nazir. 1884. * Gittin. 1886. * Kedushin, Sota, 1884. * Rif Kiddushin and Gittin. 1884. * Bava Kama. 1886. * Bava Metzia. 1886. * Rif Bava Kama, Bava Metzia. 1882. * Bava Batra. 1886. * Sanhedrin. 1892. * Makot, Shevu'ot. 1891. * Avodah Zara. 1897. With Horayot and Masechtot Ketanot. 1889. * Rif Bava Batra, Makot and Shevu'ot. Without title page and year. * Rif Sanhedrin, Avodah Zara. Without title page and year. With Hilchot Bechorot and Challah by the Ramban. 1885. * Zevachim. 1884. * Menachot. 1887. * Chulin. 1892. * Rif Chulin. 1886. * Bechorot. 1892. With Arachin. 1885. * Temurah, Keritot, Me'ila, Tamid, and Mishnah Midot. 1885. * Nidah. 1886. * Mishnah, Seder Taharot. 1886.
34 volumes. Approx. 43 cm. Overall good condition. Stains. Uniform contemporary bindings. Wear, tears and damages to bindings and spines.
Der Babylonische Talmud, Babylonian Talmud with German translation, "printed according to the first edition of Daniel Bomberg’s Talmud, Venice, with textual variations", by Eliezer (Lazarus) Goldschmidt. Berlin-Vienna: Benjamin Harz, 1925. German and Hebrew. Eight out of nine volumes.
The translation of the Talmud into German was a monumental project undertaken by Lazarus Goldschmidt in 1896. His translation was based on the uncensored edition of the Talmud first printed by Daniel Bomberg in Venice in the early 16th century. Goldschmidt’s work was completed in 1909.
Eight volumes, without the last (ninth) volume. 31 cm. Overall good condition. Damages to bindings.
Collection of ancient printed leaves, including many incunabula:
* Leaf fragment from the Ralbag commentary on the Book of Iyov. [Naples, 1487]. * Leaf fragments from the Ramban commentary on the Torah (six leaves from the weekly Torah portions of Acharei Mot-Kedoshim). [Lisbon, 1489]. * Leaves from Sefer Kol Bo (6 leaves). [Naples, ca. 1490. First edition]. * Two leaves from Sefer HaShorashim by the Radak. [Naples, 1490]. * Leaf from Sefer HaShorashim by the Radak. [Naples, 1491]. * Leaf from the Ramban commentary on the Torah (end of Parshat Vayikra and beginning of Tzav). [Naples, 1490]. * Two half leaves from Perush HaMishnayot L'HaRambam. [Naples, 1492. First edition]. * Leaf from Halichot Olam, by R. Yeshua son of R. Yosef HaLevi. [Constantinople, 1510]. * Leaf from Yalkut Shimoni, on Tehillim. [Salonika, 1521. First edition]. * Approximately 20 leaf fragments from the book Tola'at Ya'akov, by R. Meir ibn Gabai. [Constantinople, 1560]. * Six leaves from the Mahari ben Lev responsa, Part 3. [Constantinople, 1573. First edition].
Dozens of leaves and leaf fragments. Size and condition vary.
Maharik responsa, by R. Yosef Kolon. [Venice: Daniel Bomberg, 1519]. First edition.
Colophon on last page: "This book was completed on Wednesday the 22nd of Adar 1519 by the Jewish brothers, sons of Baruch Edelkind… Daniel Bomberg from Anversa [Antwerp]".
Sources and references in Sephardi script appear in a few places.
, 233 leaves. Without title page (originally: , 233 leaves). 24 cm. Good condition. Wide margins. Stains and wear. Without binding.
Terumat HaDeshen, responsa, by R. Israel Isserlin. Venice: Daniel Bomberg, . First edition.
The sheets of the book have close to one hundred glosses by various writers, most of them by two writers in ancient Ashkenazi-Italian script [ca. 16th-17th centuries]. The ancient glosses contain references and scholarly notes (which open with the words: "From here it seems…", "From here is proof…", "Implied from here…"). Several glosses in the handwriting of R. Shmuel Heller Rabbi of Safed, and glosses and references by more writers.
Several censorship erasures. Four leaves are lacking, from Siman 17 until the middle of Siman 35, and were replaced by hand (the handwriting resembles the typography of the book).
Many signatures of R. "Shmuel Heller". Signatures and additional ownership inscriptions: R. "David Yerucham". Ownership inscription: "This book belongs to the young man outstanding in Torah knowledge and fear of Heaven, son of the holy R. Yitzchak Isaac Deutsch son of the Rabbi of Kretshnif", and stamp of "Yitzchak Isaac Deutsch of Tiberias" [died in Tishrei 1908. Brother of R. Moshe Deutsch, son-in-law of the son of R. Shmuel Heller].
R. Shmuel Heller (1786-1884), Torah scholar and physician, was raised in the home of the Chozeh of Lublin and following his advice, immigrated to Eretz Israel. Served as Rabbi of Safed for sixty years (for his biography and the history of settlement in Safed see "HaRav HaManhig V'Harofeh - Safed, 1989).
R. David Yerucham, one of the heads of Kollel Perushim of the Vilna Gaon's disciples in Safed. His signature appears on an emissary letter from 1828, together with the signatures of R. Yisrael of Shklow and of R. Chaim Cohen Rabbi of Pinsk (see enclosed material).
 leaves;  leaves replaced in handwriting;  leaves (originally:  leaves). 24.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Mildew stains to first leaves. Minor worming to margins, not affecting text. Many glosses are in faded brown ink. Old binding with leather spine.
Commentary on Rashi by the renowned Torah scholar R. Elya Mizrachi. Venice: Daniel Bomberg, 1527. First edition.
First edition of the Mizrachi commentary, the foremost super-commentary to Rashi's commentary on the Torah, by R. Eliyahu Mizrachi (the Re'em). Printed in his commentary on Parshat Masei is a map of Eretz Israel with east facing upward. This map, drawn primarily with straight lines in square and rectangular shapes, is the first Hebrew map ever printed.
Signatures and ownership inscriptions, as well as thirty old glosses in Sephardic handwriting from several authors. Several long glosses, (mostly trimmed). A gloss in Parashat Lech-Lecha reads: "I found written in the rabbi's manuscript…". In Parashat Bo, "R. Levi ben N… explained here…".
The title page and other pages contain many elaborate signatures of "Yehuda Levi Gazal" (Jerusalemite scholar; see enclosed material). A gloss in Parashat Beha'alotcha is signed, with the Hebrew letters D.I.G. (possibly, "the words of Yehuda Gazal). The top of page  contains the ownership inscription of "the young Nissim Chaim Moda'I Set" (1806-1891, rabbi of Izmir, author of "Drisha MeChaim" and other works). Several of the glosses are in his hand.
Two glosses are signed "M.C.R." (Parashat Noach) or "the young M.C.R." (Parashat Bechukotai). [Possibly the signature of R. Moshe Chaim Rimini, rabbi of Firenze, whose work "Machar Chodesh" was printed as a second volume to Sefer Matnat Yad by R. Daniel Trani, Firenze, 1794].
 leaves. Originally  leaves. The last six leaves are missing. 26.5 cm. Condition varies; good-fair. Most leaves are in good condition. Stains and dampstains on several leaves. Tears and damages to the title page (partially repaired with paper). Worming, affecting text in several places. Old binding.
"Siddur" of year-round prayers, Karaite rite, by Aharon ben Yosef. Parts 4-5 (of five parts). [Venice, 1528-1529. Printed by Cornelio Adel-Kind in the printing press of Daniel Bomberg]. First edition.
Karaite machzor. These parts contain prayers for Rosh Hashanah, "Order (of prayers) for the Ten Days of Mercy", prayers for Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Fast of the Seventh (month - 23rd of Tishrei), Fast of the Tenth (10th of Tevet), Purim (with Megillat Esther), "Blessings for circumcision", "Birkat Chatanim (for weddings)", "Prayers for Shabbat during days of rejoicing", songs and Tzidduk HaDin.
On p. 213b, at the end of the prayers for the "Ten Days of Mercy", is a long inscription in ancient handwriting attesting to the sale of the machzor to members of the Karaite community in the city of Trakai [Troki], adjacent to Vilna in 1647: "I, the undersigned, notify with my signature below that I sold the second part of the machzor eternally to Nachamu son of Tzefanya and he is entitled to take possession of this machzor… Written here in Trakai on the 30th of Tishrei 1647, Michael son of Tzadok… Nachamu son of Shimon… Yehuda son of Aharon". Later, the aforementioned Nachamu donated the machzor to the Karaite synagogue of the Biržai community in Northern Lithuania, as he writes on p. 120b: "I, Nachamu son of the elder Tzefanya, attest like one hundred valid witnesses that I, Nachamu, have readily decided for the sake of a cure for my wife and children to donate this second machzor… to the synagogue of the Biržai community… here in Biržai on Monday Rosh Chodesh Tishrei in 1649 [?]". 18th century births are recorded on the blank leaf following leaf 213.
Many glosses with handwritten revisions, sources and supplements are added to the leaves of the machzor. Leaves 55-56 bear glosses in a foreign language in Hebrew letters, possibly in Karaim (spoken by some sects of Karaites). At the end of the machzor are five handwritten leaves, with replacements of the text of Tzidduk HaDin.
Lacking copy. Parts 4-5. 75-213, ; -49, 50-105, 105-129, 133-152, 154-219 leaves. Originally: 57-213; 49, , 50-105, 105-133, 133-224 leaves. Lacking 34 leaves. 19 cm. Condition of leaves varies, fair-poor. Stains and wear. Open tears to several leaves. Leaf edges are notably browned (apparently due to dampness). Warped spine, the book is detached into two parts. Unbound.
Apparently, a complete set (five parts) of this siddur did not survive. In 2007, a facsimile of the Yom Kippur and Sukkot prayers in this siddur was published in Jerusalem.
Sefer Mitzvot, Negative and Positive Commandments - Praecepta mosaica sexcenta atque tredecim - Kitzur S'mag (Abridgement of Sefer Mitzvot Gadol) by Moshe miKotsi [Moïse de Coucy], by an anonymous author, with Latin translation and supplements by Sebastian Münster. Basel: Henricus Petrus, . Hebrew and Latin.
This is the first edition of Kitzur S'mag. A polemic arose regarding the identity of its author. No manuscripts of this composition were known and it was discovered for the first time in this edition [followed by repeated editions, some include commentaries by various rabbis]. Some thought that R. Moïse de Coucy, author of the S'mag, abridged the book himself (as the Chida wrote). However, others claimed that Sebastian Münster wrote the book to scoff the Jews, since he wrote in the introduction to the Latin part of the book that he printed it "to show how the eyes of the Jews are blind and their hearts are closed to understanding, in that they follow the Oral Law". Some assert that the book should be destroyed and that it was put on the "Jewish bookshelves" by an unfortunate mistake. At the end of the Hebrew part, Münster added two pages containing basic Christian doctrines. In his article "Kitzur HaS'mag L'Mi" (Moriah, Year 16, Tamuz 1988, p. 34 and on), R. Avraham Chavatzelet claims that the author was apparently expelled from Portugal in 1497. See enclosed material.
The two leaves with Christian doctrine were destroyed or torn out of many copies (by Jews who owned the book). They are complete in this copy.
Handwritten Latin inscription on the title page of the Latin part.
 leaves. 14.5 cm. Good condition. Few stains. Light-colored high-quality paper. Adorned contemporary leather binding, worn and damaged.
"This book Sifra", Midrash Halacha on Vayikra. Venice: Daniel Bomberg, 1545. Second edition.
Ownership inscription in the center of the title page: "Shlomo Schorr".
59 leaves. 28 cm. Good condition. Stains. Worming. New binding.
Iggeret Shamayim Larom, "known as Bechinat Olam"; ethical philosophic letter by R. Jedaiah Hapenini Bedersi. Mantova: Yaakov ben Naftali Hakohen of Gazzuolo, .
Leaves [42-44] contains "a poem… written… by R. Jedaiah… in which each word contains the letter Lamed, and the entire poem utilizes only the first half of the Hebrew alphabet (until the letter Lamed)". This poem is known as "Batei Hanefesh" or "Beit El", and is also called "Bakashat HaLamedin". In actuality, it was composed by R. Jedaiah's father, R. Avraham Profiat Bedersi. See Y.A. Ben-Yaakov, Otzar HaSefarim, p. 71, no. 280; Otzar HaShira VehaPiyut, III, p. 37, no. 800.
Rabbi Jedaiah HaPenini Bedersi (ca. 1270-1340) was a poet, doctor and philosopher from Beziers, France. He considered himself a disciple of the Rambam and he wrote enthusiastically in his favor during the great debate regarding the study of philosophy (his responsa were published in the Rashba's responsa, chapter 418). This work is an ethical work dealing with the value of worldly matters versus those that will merit everlasting life in the World to Come.
Censors' signatures on the final page. List of books in Italian script on the back flyleaf.
 leaves. 14.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Title page and first leaves are loose. Creases to the margins of the title page. Crossed out inscriptions on the title page. Original vellum binding, damaged.
Tur Choshen Mishpat, with Beit Yosef. Sabbioneta: Tobias Foa, . First edition with commentary of Beit Yosef by R. Yosef Karo (author of the Shulchan Aruch). Two volumes.
The beginning of the first volume (Hilchot Dayanim) contains dozens of handwritten glosses in Italian script, some lengthy (some partially trimmed). The (unknown) author is evidently an Italian scholar who lived during the time period of the printing. He quotes Sefer Kessef Mishna by R. Yosef Karo, and refers to him as the author of the Shulchan Aruch. He also quotes the Rama, who he refers to as "the editor", and R. Ovadia of Bartenura (Bertinoro), whom he quotes as criticizing Ashkenazic rabbis for their high fees.
One of the pages contains censors' erasures, with the text rewritten by hand (by a different writer).
Ownership inscriptions. Censors' signatures on the title page and final page.
Two volumes. 332 leaves. 38 cm. Condition varies; good-fair (most leaves are in good condition). Thick, high-quality paper. Stains. Worming, affecting text in several places. Slight damage to text in several places, repaired with handwritten text. New bindings. Spines created using parts from the original leather bindings.
Mishneh Torah L'HaRambam, with Hasagot HaRa'avad and the Magid Mishneh, and with the Kesef Mishneh commentary by Yosef Karo. First volume (of four), Parts Mada-Zemanim. [Venice: Bragadin, 1575]. First edition of the Kesef Mishneh.
Ownership inscription of "Yosef son of Mordechai HaCohen" at the top of the first leaf and on p. 271a. A long inscription in Yemenite script (Judeo-Arabic) appears on the page following the index signed with three curly [obscure] signatures, from 1828.
Approximately twenty ancient glosses by several writers in Sephardi and Italian script, some trimmed. Written in a gloss on p. 270b: "So I have seen in the holy writings of the great Rabbi Maharam Galante…". Several glosses in Yemenite script.
, 316 leaves. Originally: , 316 leaves. Lacking: title page and leaf . 29 cm. Fair-poor condition. Stains and wear. Dampness traces. Heavy worming, especially to inner margins. Detached leaves and gatherings. Tears affecting text of first and last leaves. Old, detached and damaged leather binding.
Responsa by the Ralbach, Levi ibn Habib. Venice, 1565. First edition.
Ancient signatures on title page: "Feivish Hamburg[er]" [perhaps R. Uri Feivish Hamburger (ca. 1670-1757), Rabbi of the Ashkenazi community of London. See enclosed material). Another signature: "Eliezer Landau…".
Stamps of R. "Yehoshua son of the late Moharshal of Osnovice and now of Ostrova" on title page. On leaf 30 and on leaf 54 are stamps of his grandson (son-in-law of his granddaughter) R. Yosef Zvi Kalisch of Skierniewice. Possibly, this copy also belonged to R. Yitzchak Ya'akov of Biala, son-in-law of R. Yehoshua and father-in-law of R. Yosef Zvi.
R. Yehoshua of Ostrova (died in 1873, Encyclopedia L'Chassidut, Vol. 2, pp. 52-53), was a Polish tsaddik, son of R. Shlomo Leib of Łęczna. He succeeded his father in leading a large following of thousands of Chassidim and was renowned for his greatness and holiness. Author of the book Toldot Adam (Józefów 1875) which earned the cognomen No'am Elimelech HaKatan. His son-in-law R. Yitzchak Ya'akov Rabinowitz of Biala was the predecessor of the Biala Chassidism.
R. Yosef Zvi Kalisch of Skierniewice (1886-1957), scion of the Warka Chassidism, son-in-law of R. Yitzchak Ya'akov of Biala, served as Rabbi of Kartashov, and was later summoned by Skierniewice Chassidim led by R. Yitzchak Gershonkorn, founder of the city, to fill the position of first Rabbi of Bnei Brak.
, 206 [i.e. 210], 217-328 leaves. Lacking leaf  of the index (replaced with a photocopy). 29 cm. Condition varies among the leaves, most in good condition. High-quality paper. Title page with many damages, mounted on paper for restoration. Tears on second leaf repaired with coarse adhesive tape. Stains and wear to first two leaves and to several other leaves. Slight worming. Old binding.
The book contains many printed glosses by an anonymous proofreader. Apparently, the book was first printed with the glosses of this proofreader and later many leaves were reprinted with these glosses revised or entirely omitted. Therefore, many differences exist between various copies of the book. For further information regarding the variations between the copies, see: Y. Rivkind, Dikdukei Sefarim, Kiryat Sefer, 10, 1933-1934, pp. 492-493, no. 8; Y. Yudlov, Ginzei Yisrael, Jerusalem 1885, pp. 119-120, no. 715.
Sefer Yuchasin, history from Adam HaRishon and the chain of the transmission of the Torah, by R. Abraham Zacuto, with additions: Igeret Rav Sherira Gaon; the fourth Ma'amar of the book Yesod Olam by R. Yitzchak HaYisraeli; glosses of R. Moshe Isserles [the Rama]; Seder Olam Zuta. Krakow: [Yitzchak ben Aharon Prostitz], 1580-1581.
Second edition. Leaves 5-7 [genealogy from Adam to Avraham] were added to this edition. Leaves 155-156: Anthologies from Orchot Olam by R. Avraham Pritzol. On p. 156b: "These are the words of R. Moshe Isserles: the order of the transmission of the Torah which I have copied from the book Yesod Olam… and at each place which I added something, I wrote 'Hagah'…". Most of the following editions of this book were based on this edition.
Glued on the verso of leaf 7 of this copy (which is blank in other copies) is a section of a printed leaf, added by the printers after printing: "Found in an ancient book: The Book of Bereshit from the creation of the world until the death of Yosef, 2680 years. The Book of Shemot, from the death of Yosef until the building of the Tabernacle, 124 years… [and more calculations of years]". This section ends with: "Until here, are things which were added to the book, the continuation is the content of the book itself". This leaf was glued to only some copies.
Slightly trimmed gloss in Ashkenazi script on p. 47a.
Copy lacking end. 165 leaves (originally: 168 leaves. Lacking three last leaves). Leaf  was bound between leaves 37-. 18 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Dampness traces. Wear and tear to title page. Worming to some leaves. Handsome leather binding, with worming.
Imrei Shefer, supercommentary on the commentaries of Rashi and R. Elya Mizrachi on the Torah, by R. Nathan Shapira of Grodno. [Krakow and Lublin: Kalonymus ben Mordechai Jaffe, 1591-1597].
R. Nathan ben Shimshon Shapira (ca. 1490-1577), author of "Mevo She'arim", was renowned for his genius by the scholars of his time. He was a contemporary and colleague of R. Shalom Shachna of Lublin, teacher of the Rema and the Maharshal (his grandson, who bore his name, was R. Nathan Shapira, the "Megale Amukot").
The first part of the book (Bereshit-Shemot, pp. 1-150) was printed in Krakow, while the second part (Vayikra-Bamidbar-Devarim, pp. 151-260) was printed in Lublin. The author's son and publisher, R. Yitzchak, began printing the work in Krakow, but was then appointed dayan and rosh yeshiva in Lublin, where he completed the printing of his father's work (the typography and fonts of the two printings are different). In 1593, between the Krakow and Lublin printings, the book "Biurim", a commentary on Rashi, was printed in Venice. The book was a forgery attributed to R. Nathan Shapira, and was banned in Poland.
Ownership inscriptions on the front flyleaf: "This book belongs to the distinguished Bezalel son of the distinguished Aharon, cantor at Jemgen [?]. Inscribed by Elyakim son of R. Yitzchak Isak, teacher here in Jemgen [?]". The first page contains a slightly trimmed signature: "The young… Moshe Tenkels---".
259,  leaves. Title page missing. 30.5 cm. Condition varies; some pages in good-fair condition, and some in fair-poor condition. Stains and various degrees of worming. Several pages with severe worming with damage to text. Most of the worming damage is to the inner margins. Old binding; vellum coated wood, with clasps (one partially missing). Tears and worming to cover.
Sefer HaAruch, glossary of difficult Talmudic vocabulary, in alphabetical order, by R. Natan son of Yechiel of Rome. Basel: Conrad Waldkirch, 1559.
Ancient ownership inscriptions on title page and front flyleaf, with names of Alsatian Jews originating from Ribeauvillé, Colmar and Breisach.
Long (obscure) ownership inscription on vellum binding recording the purchase of the book from Shmuel of Hagenau [Alsace]. The name of R. Naftali Katz, author of Semichat Chachamim, is mentioned in this inscription.
Signature on p. 97a: "Ya'akov son of Chaim… of Venice".
166 leaves. 29 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Worming. Worn, detached ancient vellum binding.
Arugat HaBosem, Hebrew grammar, by R. Shmuel Archevolti. Venice: Zuan (Giovanni) di Gara, 1602.
Date on title page: Elul 1602. Colophon: "Printing was concluded… Kislev 1602".
Signature on title page: "Meir Walsh [?]". Several glosses in Ashkenazi script.
119,  leaves (leaf 50 was erroneously bound before leaf 49 and leaf 52 before 51). 19.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Minor repairs to title page margins. Stains. Dampness traces. Dark ink stains to upper margins of some leaves. Old binding, with leather spine.
Masoret HaTalmud, Talmudic tractate index by topic. [Salonika]: Judah Gedalia, .
Only edition of the first printed index to Talmudic tractates. The title page includes a listing of the twenty-nine tractates in the index, without the tractates from Seder Kodashim and Taharot. Published anonymously.
This index was published before the establishment of the standardized Talmudic page format (“tzurat hadaf”) by Daniel Bomberg, and therefore references chapters rather than pages.
The word "Talmud" on the title page is erased and replaced with the word "Gemara", evidently due to censorship (the word "Talmud" was written in the margin in pencil during a later time period).
Handwritten ownership inscriptions on the title page in Italian script: "I bought this volume from R. Yitzchak… the young Yitzchak Shabtai of Ovadia"; "I bought this volume, Daniel ben Uziel…"
54 leaves. 24 cm. Poor condition. Stains. Extensive worming to most leaves. Old binding with worming; front board detached.
Iyov (Job), with the commentary of R. Yitzchak son of R. Shlomo HaCohen. Constantinople: Eliezer son of Gershom Soncino, .
Signature on title page: "Nissim Ani" - The sage R. Nissim Eini (d. 1899), a Torah scholar and kabbalist from Babylonia who immigrated to Eretz Israel and was renowned as a leading Torah sage and Kabbalist in Jerusalem. Friend and companion of R. Eliyahu Meni as well as his partner in proofreading manuscripts and printed books containing kabbalistic teachings of the Ari (see: Min HaGenazin anthology, published by Ahavat Shalom, Vol. 7, pp. 132-135). He was accustomed to signing his name "Ani [omitting one Hebrew letter changing the meaning to 'the poor'].
Another signature in Ashkenazi writing: "…Tevli HaLevi". Another inscription in Latin letters on the title page.
19 lines of errata were printed on the last page of this copy (added to only some copies). See: Yitzchak Rivkind, Dikdukei Sefarim, Kiryat Sefer, 2, 1921-1926, p. 61, no. 16; Avraham Ya'ari, Hebrew Press of Constantinople, Jerusalem 1967, pp. 100-101, no. 139.
 leaves. 20 cm. Fair condition. Stains and dampstain traces. Repaired worming. Margins of title page and of many other leaves are damaged (some damages affecting text) and professionally repaired. Repaired title page. New binding.
Shoresh Yishai, commentary on Megillat Ruth, by R. Shlomo Alkabetz, author of Lecha Dodi. Constantinople: Shlomo ibn Oshki, 1561. First edition, printed in the author's lifetime.
Signature on title page: "…Yisrael Lattes". Another signature on a leaf detached from the binding: "…Yisrael Lattes". Another signature on title page: "Ya'akov Karmi".
More than 15 glosses in ancient Italian script. Most begin with the words: "It seems to me", "I can say", and similar introductory words.
96 leaves. 20 cm. Good-fair condition. Thick and high-quality paper. Stains. Dampness traces. Worming to the bottom margins of the first forty leaves. Of these, the text of 15 leaves is slightly damaged. Several loose leaves. Contemporary worn damaged leather binding, partially detached.
Collection of 15 books of responsa and halacha printed in Salonika from 1719-1806. Some bear signatures and stamps of important rabbis and handwritten glosses.
For a complete list, please see Hebrew description.
15 books in 14 volumes. Size and condition vary. The books have been disinfected from worming. Some lack leaves (see Hebrew description).
Seven books printed in Livorno, with dedications and glosses:
1-2. Shnei Eliyahu, homilies for special Shabbatot, by R. Eliyahu Yisrael. Livorno, . Printed with: Ar'a D'Yisrael, by R. Eliyahu Yisrael. Livorno, . On the first title page is a dedication by R. Yosef Matzliach a Safed emissary written for R. Avraham Shalom. Ownership inscriptions: "Borrowed from… Nissim Sabach"; "…Chalfon Attie". Two glosses inside the book.
3. P'nei HaBayit, novellae on Choshen Mishpat, with the Beit Av treatise on Mishne Torah LaRambam, by R. Avraham Entebbe. Livorno, . Author's handwritten dedication on title page to "Avraham Selvina[?]". Another ownership inscription: "…Ezra Chiya Yedidya Lachmi" [an 18th century sage in Egypt]. Trimmed gloss on p. 41a.
4-5. Tokfo shel Yosef, Part 1, by R. Yosef Almaliach. Livorno, . Bound with: Oz V'Hadar. Part 1. Novellae on Tractates Shevu'ot, Avodah Zara and Horayot by R. Shmuel di Avila. Livorno, . Title page of the first book is inscribed by R. Yosef Almaliach grandson of the author, to R. Ya'akov Abatan, Marrakesh posek: "This is a gift sent to the sage and dayan R. Ya'akov Batan from the grandson of the author, whose name is like the name of his teacher...". Three glosses signed "Ya'akov", apparently by R. Ya'akov Abatan.
6. Kerem Chemar, Part 1, by R. Avraham Ankava. Livorno, . Handwritten dedication by the author on title page: "Gift from me to R. Moshe Garshin… Avraham Ankava". Long penciled gloss on flyleaf. Another gloss appears on p. 84b (in pencil), signed "Me'Ayin YAVO (initials)" [possibly, the signature of R. Machluf Abuchatzira, author of the book Me'Ayin Yavo].
7. Da'at Kedoshim, alphabetical index for the laws in Arba'a Turim, by R. David HaCohen Rappaport. Livorno, . Missing 6 middle leaves. Dedication on title page, apparently by the publisher R. Ya'akov David Yekutiel HaCohen, a descendant of the author and Jerusalem emissary, to R. Avraham ben Atar: "A gift from a cohen to… R. Avraham ben Atar…".
Seven books in five volumes. Size and condition vary. The books have been disinfected from worming.
Collection of galley proofs from Salonika and Livorno printing presses taken from a "bindings geniza". Most contain handwritten emendations and glosses. [Salonika and Livorno, 18th-19th century].
The proofs include: leaf with handwritten corrections from the proof of Sefer Chikekei Lev by R. Chaim Palagi, Salonika 1840, as well as leaves with corrections from Sefer Mishpat Tzedek by R. Meir ben Shem Tov (Salonika, 1795), Sefer Ketem Paz by R. Shimon Lavi (Livorno, 1795), Responsa Machazeh Avraham by R. Avraham de Boton (Salonika, 1795), and others. When compared with the printed editions, it was found that all the glosses and emendations on these leaves were included in the final text. Several of the leaves are unidentified, including leaves from an unidentified edition of the Zohar.
Approximately 30 leaves and leaf fragments. Size and condition vary. Stains, wear and extensive worming.
Large collection of hundreds of galley proofs: title pages, pages and gatherings from books, including pages removed from "bindings geniza". [Various locations, 16th-19th centuries].
The collection includes dozens of title pages from the Livorno, Salonika and Izmir printing presses, as well as various other European presses: Frankfurt-am-Main, Chernivtsi, Nowy Dwór, and others from the 19th century. Also included are hundreds of leaves and gatherings from various printing presses, from the Italian presses in the 16th and 17th centuries to the European presses in the 19th century. The collection also includes dozens of leaves removed from "bindings geniza".
Hundreds of pages. Size and condition vary.
Passover Haggadah, with translation and halachot in Marathi, and with illustrations, edited by Moshe Yaakov Telker and Aharon Daniel Telker. Poona (Pune, India): [Vitthal Sakharam Agnihotri, 1874]. Lithograph.
2,  leaves, , 5-50, 5-44, 5 pages. 21 cm. Condition varies, good-fair. Most leaves in good condition. Stains. Coarse and open tears (primarily to inner margins), professionally repaired, affecting text in several places. New binding.
Yaari 1077; Otzar HaHaggadot 1437.
Mishne Torah L'HaRambam. Jessnitz, [1739-1741]. Complete set. Four parts in four volumes.
Two leaves with geometric sketches related to the laws of Kiddush HaChodesh, Shabbat and Sukkah are bound after the title page of Part 4. These leaves belong to Vol. 1.
Four volumes. Vol. 1: , 234, 102,  leaves (two leaves with diagrams are bound at the beginning of Vol. 4). Vol. 2: , 148; 112,  leaves. Vol 3: , 221; 169 leaves (leaves 99-100 of the second pagination were bound twice). Vol. 4: , 135, 138-154; 157,  leaves. 35 cm. Overall good condition. Stains, wear and creases to several leaves. Few tears to several leaves. Open tears to last leaves of Vol. 4. The last leaf of this volume is detached. Crossed out signatures on title pages. Original vellum bindings, with damages (some partially detached).
Tashbetz, all four parts, responsa and Chut HaMeshulash. Amsterdam, 1738. First edition, with eight title pages.
Reputedly, R. Shimon son of Tzemach Duran, author of Tashbetz, deeply respected his holy books and would clean them daily. He therefore merited that no worming or mildew blemish his book (see: Naftali ben Menachem, Gevilei Sefarim, p. 11). His care for his books gave rise to the legend that in virtue of this practice, his book was bound in beautiful elegant fish-leather bindings.
, 91; , 69, ; , 68, ; , 101,  leaves. With an additional title page to Part 3, not recorded in the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book. 31.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Original wooden binding covered with fish-leather, with gilt ornamentation.
This edition has several variants, which can be differentiated by the number of title pages. Some copies are known to have 7 title pages, and some were printed with only four title pages (see Bibliography of the Hebrew Book, and see the article by Dan and Gita Yardeni, Alei Sefer, 10, pp. 119-132). This copy has eight title pages, with an additional title page to Part 3.
Mekor Chochmah, "to comprehend and know pure sayings… from the Zohar… on the entire Torah", by Kabbalist R. Yissachar Ber of Kremenets. Prague: Moshe Katz, 1610. First edition.
Hebrew translation of short sections of the Zohar, according to the order of the weekly Torah portions. Important approbations by leading Torah scholars of his days [printed at the end of the book]: the Rama of Fano, R. Mordechai Yaffe author of the Levushim, R. Yeshaya HaLevi Horowitz author of the Shla, R. Gedalia Cordovero [son of the Ramak], etc.
The author, R. Yissachar Ber son of R. Petachya of Kremenets, was an Ashkenazi kabbalist in Poland who lived in the days of the Arizal's disciples. He authored Yesh Sachar - a "Shulchan Aruch" of Jewish law according to the Zohar (Prague, 1609), Pitchei Y-a - indexes of Kabbalistic concepts (Prague 1609), Imrei Binah - glossary according to the Zohar (Prague, 1611) and this composition. Traditionally, his soul was a spark of the soul of the Arizal, as cited in the book Shivchei HaAri, in a letter written to him by R. Shlomo Shlomil of Strážnice (Dreznitz, son-in-law of R. Yisrael Saruk). R. Shlomo Shlomil addresses R. Yissachar with remarkable words: "Who can be compared to your greatness among the entire Jewish People who live in Ashkenazi countries… my heart tells me that very definitely you are the sage about whom R. Chaim [Vital] said that he is a reincarnation of the Arizal…".
Early signatures on title page of "Itzik Ashkenazi Segal" and erased signatures. Signature on p. 6a: "Natan Eicheles".
 leaves (mispagination). 19 cm. Condition varies, good-fair. Most leaves are in good condition. Stains and wear to title page and to first leaves. Minor tears and creases to title page margins. Worming. New leather binding.
Eshel Avraham, Kabbalistic matters and commentary on the Zohar by R. Mordechai Ashkenazi. Furth, 1701.
Title page illustrated with figures of Moshe and Aharon and the battle of David and Goliath. The book contains Kabbalistic diagrams. In the middle of the book (leaves 45-46) are two pages with Ilanot. One page bears "Sheva Hechalin D'Kudsha" and the facing page "Sheva Hechalin D'Klipa".
186 leaves. 32.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and minor wear. Dampstains. Light worming to several leaves. Some leaves are dark. Pencil and pen marks on text. Contemporary worn and damaged binding.
Chemdat Yamim, mussar and conduct, according to Kabbalah and the teachings of the Arizal. Part 1 for Shabbat and Part 4 for the month of Elul, Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. [Venice, 1793]. Title pages and titles in red ink. Two volumes.
Several signatures. Among them: "Shlomo Harari" [apparently, R. Shlomo Harari, a sage from Damascus], etc. Both volumes bear the signatures of "…Shalom Hedaya".
The kabbalist and Torah scholar R. Shalom Hedaya (1862-1945, Otzar HaRabbanim 18135), Aleppo sage and elder kabbalist in Jerusalem, from 1927 headed the Beit El kabbalist yeshiva, and from 1930, served as Av Beit Din in Jerusalem. He wrote Se L'Veit Avot, Shalom LaAm and Dover Shalom.
Part 1: 65, 68-109 leaves. Lacking leaves 66-67. Part 4: 103 leaves. Size varies, approximately 25 cm. Fair condition. Stains and wear. Worming. Dampstains and signs of mildew. Detached leaves and gatherings. Old damaged bindings.
Reshit Chochma, by R. Eliyahu de Vidas. With the LaDa'at Chochma commentary by R. Menachem son of Shlomo HaLevi. Amsterdam, .
Glosses in Italian-Sephardi script on most pages: textual variations, supplements from Chazal and the Zohar, errata, sources. A handwritten leaf was added to the end of the book with a text of "Hadran" upon concluding the book (Italian inscriptions on the verso). Censor erasures in several places (references to reincarnation and to non-Jews were deleted).
, 275 leaves; 12 leaves. 20 cm. Good condition. Restorations to title page and to other pages. Stains and wear. New binding, with vellum spine.
Six books, most printed in Russia and Poland, bound in one volume. Some are bibliographically unknown editions. Some are lacking and some are complete:
1. Asarah Hilulim, by the Shla. [Selfkovitz, 1804 - lacking title page and three last leaves]. Only few Hebrew books were printed in this city.
2. Hilchot Derech Eretz, by R. Meir Poppers, with Yiddish translation. [Russia-Poland?, 1822]. Not listed in the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book nor in the NLI.
3. Orchot Chaim, by the Rosh, with Yiddish translation. [Russia-Poland?, 1800-1840?]. The division of the book into days of the week is mentioned on the title page, as was practiced in the city of Vienna according to the regulation of the Tosfot Yom Tov "to divide it into seven parts… and he commanded to recite one part daily in his community… before Baruch She'amar after the congregation is wrapped in their tallit and donnig their tefillin, the leader of the prayers should then recite it out loud and all the congregation should join him…". Lacking two middle leaves. Not listed in the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book nor in the NLI.
4. Machberet Purim, a parody for Purim, by Emanual HaRomi. Vienna, 1814. Lacking 3 middle leaves. Not listed in the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book nor in the NLI.
5. Tomer Devorah, by R. Moshe Cordovero. Shklow, .
6. Avodat HaKodesh, by the Chida. [Polonne 1816].
Six books in one volume. Asara Hillulim:  leaves. Lacking  leaves. Hilchot Derech Eretz:  leaves. Orchot Chaim:  leaves. Lacking 2 leaves. Machberet Purim: 1, 4-5,  leaves. Lacking 3 leaves. Tomer Devora: 16 leaves. Avodat HaKodesh:  leaves.
Varying paginations. 16.5 cm. Many bluish leaves. Fair-good condition. Stains and wear. Tears with minor damage. Worming. In several places the worming affects the text. Some leaves are trimmed slightly affecting the text. Ancient damaged leather binding. Ownership inscriptions in Oriental script. Enclosed is a handwritten leaf with a piyyut forming the acrostic "Yehuda".
Shaar HaKavanot by R. Chaim Vital. Jerusalem: Yoel Moshe Salomon, 1873.
The title page contains the signatures of the Kabbalist R. Avraham Salim: "I bought this book from Chacham Refael Tabush… May I and my descendants merit studying from it… the young Avraham ben Nathan Salim Se"t". The book contains Kabbalistic glosses and Torah novellae in his handwriting.
The Kabbalist R. Avraham ben Nathan Selim (1868-1938), was a scholar from Aleppo and Jerusalem, and father-in-law and teacher of R. Ezra Attiya, rosh yeshiva of Yeshivat Porat Yosef. He was a teacher of Torah in Aleppo before moving to Jerusalem in 1898, where he joined the Kabbalistic Yeshiva "Rechovot Hanahar", led by R. Chaim Shaul Dweck. After some time he returned to Aleppo, where he remained until the close of WWI. Upon his return to Jerusalem, he was acclaimed as a master Kabbalist and Torah scholar. Some of his Kabbalistic Torah novellae are printed in "Chayei Avraham", in the book "MeChelev Ha’aretz" (Jerusalem, 1966).
, 116 leaves. 34.5 cm. Fair condition. Brittle, fragile paper. Many tears and paper gluing to the margins. Stains and wear. Worming. Old leather binding, slightly damaged.
Two manuscripts, written in calligraphic Oriental square handwriting, evidently by a scholar in a Kabbalistic Yeshiva in Jerusalem. [Early 20th century]. The manuscripts contain additions and erasures in blue ink from a later time period. [Jerusalem, ca. 1940s].
* "Kavanat Shabbat" - prayers for the commencement of Shabbat (Kabbalat Shabbat) with the intentions of the Ari and the Rashash (edited and abridged intentions of the prayers according to the writings of the Ary and the Rashash, with sources).
13 written pages. 17 cm. Good condition. Stains. Detached leaves.
* "Yichud HaMezuza" - intentions for affixing a mezuzah according to the writings of the Ari and the Rashash (edited intentions as printed in the siddur of R. Shabtai). The pamphlet includes glosses beginning with the words "It seems to me, Moshe…".
7 written pages. 16 cm. Good condition.
Manuscript - tables of "Partzufei HaAtzilut" according to the teachings of the Ari and the Rashash, in calligraphic Oriental square handwriting. The manuscript was evidently written by a scholar in a Kabbalistic Yeshiva in Jerusalem. [Early 20th century]. The manuscripts contain additions in blue ink from a later time period. [Jerusalem, ca. 1940s].
Tables summarizing the details of "Partzufei HaAtzilut", based on the teachings of the Rashash according to the chapter titles in Sefer Etz Chaim by R. Chaim Vital.
2 leaves, 3 written pages. 31.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Folding marks.
Chesed L'Avraham, by Kabbalist R. Avraham Azulai. Slavita, . One of the first books printed by Rebbe Moshe Shapira the Slavita Rabbi. Approbations by prominent Chassidic rebbes: R. Ya'akov Shimshon of Shepetivka and R. Aryeh Leib of Volochysk.
This kabbalistic book was lauded highly by Chassidic leaders and is often cited in early Chassidic literature. "I have heard from those who speak the truth that the elder Rebbe, author of Shulchan Aruch (HaRav) and of the Tanya, instructed to read his precious compositions" (from the approbation by R. Shimon Menashe Chaikin on the author's commentary to Tractate Avot printed in 1910).
On the last page is a signature: "Moshe son of R. Hillel". On the title page is a signature and stamp of R. "Aryeh Leib son of R. Elimelech Dov" - R. Aryeh Leib Hershler (died in 1917), eminent Jerusalem dayan known as "R. Leib Dayan", one of the founders of the Beit Yisrael and Givat Shaul neighborhoods. Member of the government court of law which was composed of the Turkish Paşa (Pasha), the Moslem Kadi, the Greek Patriarch and R. Leib the Jew, who with great wisdom and cleverness represented the interests of the Jewish community of the city.
On p. 31b is a signed notation (in Oriental script) about the Messiah, signed by "Moshe grandson of the great luminary Shinan".
The author, R. Avraham Azulai (1570-1644) was born in Fez, Morocco. Immigrated to Eretz Israel and resided in Hebron. In 1619, upon the outbreak of an epidemic, he fled to Gaza and there completed this book within five weeks. Most of the book is a compilation and arrangement of the teachings of the Ramak which were at that time still in manuscript form and a small part contains the Arizal's writings. The book was first printed in 1685 in two simultaneous printings in Amsterdam and in Sulzbach, and later reprinted in Slavita in 1794.
, 87; 1-34,  leaves. 20 cm. Good condition. Stains. Restorations to the corner of the title page and to last leaf (slightly affecting text of last leaf). New leather binding.
Book "Testaments by the famous Torah scholar R. Naftali HaCohen", author of Semichat Chachamim, with the testament of R. Shabtai Sheftel HaLevi Horowitz. Zhitomir, 1847. Printed by R. Chanina Lipa and his partners, the grandsons of the Slavita Rabbi.Ownership inscription of "Chaim Shalom son of R. Yitzchak Isaac Shastakovsky".
, 34 pages. 15 cm. Fair condition. Stains and wear. Worming affecting text of the first part of the book. Detached gatherings. Unbound.
Rare. To the best of our knowledge, this book was never sold at an auction.
Chayei Adam, with Nishmat Adam - Hilchot Orach Chaim. Parts 1-2, by R. Avraham Danzig. Zhitomir: R. Chanina Lipa, R. Aryeh Leib and R. Yehoshua Heshel Shapira, grandsons of the Slavita Rabbi, 1849.
Some of the letters on the title page are printed in red ink.
Part 1: 5, 9-272 leaves; Part 2: 3, 3-93 leaves. Mispagination. 22 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear to title page and other leaves. Worming to some leaves (and to title page). Some dark leaves. Non-contemporary binding.
Listed in the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book is a copy lacking the middle of Part 1 (4, 9-125 leaves). The copy listed in the NLI is lacking as well - Part 2 is missing.
Techina Imahot, prayers for the month of Elul, by Ms. Seril Rappaport. Zhitomir: Shapira [grandsons of the Slavita Rabbi], 1863.
This plea was composed by Seril, the daughter of the Dubno Magid. It was first printed in Lemberg, 1784, and thereafter appeared in several editions. This edition is bibliographically unknown.
28 pages. 15 cm. Good condition. Light-toned pages. Unbound.
Not listed in the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book nor in the NLI catalog.
Sefer Meor Einayim, two parts, Chassidic homilies on the Torah and Aggadot, by R. Menachem Mendel of Chernobyl. [Polonne, 1816]. Third edition.
On the margins of leaves 3-17 is an extended signature (one word on each page) in old handwriting: "this belongs to R. Aharon Halevi, son-in-law of the scribe R. Zalman Yekutiel".
114 leaves, 22 leaves. 20.5 cm. Greenish paper. Condition varies; most leaves in good condition. Stains. Slight worming to the inner margins, with minor damage to text. The margins of the title page are worn, with damage repaired with paper. Old binding with leather spine; slightly damaged.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 310. In the first edition, the second section on homilies on Tamudic aggadot was printed as a separate book under the title "Yismach Lev", which was republished in Zhovkva in 1800 (see next item). Beginning with the Polonne editions in 1810 and 1816, the title "Yismach Lev" was deleted, and both parts were printed under the title "Meor Einayim".
Yismach Lev, Chassidic homilies on Talmudic aggadot, by R. Menachem Mendel of Chernobyl. [Zhovkva, 1800]. Second edition. Printed approximately two years after the first edition in Slavita (1798).
Indistinct inscriptions on the title page. Ownership inscriptions on the last page. The leaf before the title page contains the signature of R. "Shmuel ben R. Y.L. Deutch" (died 1944. He was a scholar and Kabbalist and was counted among the great men of Jerusalem. His disciple was R. Amram Blau, founder of Neturei Karta in Jerusalem).
Bound with: Chiddushei HaRan on Tractate Rosh Hashanah. Jerusalem, 1871. Printed by R. Eliezer Dan Ralbag, R. Binyamin Beinish Salant and R. Yoel Moshe Salomon. First edition from the manuscript. The last page contains a listing of the manuscripts available in Jerusalem, as well as a drawing of the Western Wall.
28 leaves; , 23,  leaves. 19 cm. Yismach Lev is in fair-poor condition. Margins cut flush with the text; with damage to text. Two leaves (2, 18) have tears with significant damage to text. Chiddushei HaRan is in excellent condition. Old binding.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 238.
Likutei Maharin and Toldot Yitzchak ben Levi, Chassidic and Kabbalistic homilies on the Torah and the Megillot, by R. Yisrael, rabbi of Pikov, son of R. Levi Yitzchak of Berdychiv. Berdychiv, 1811. Only edition published by the author, who signs on the title page: "Yisrael, rabbi of Pikov, son of the holy Torah scholar and G-dly man… R. Levi Yitzchak, rabbi of Berdychiv".
On the last leaf is the stamp of Rabbi "Shraga Feivish son of R. Baruch". Several stamps (Latin letters) of Rebbe "Feibish Hager, Rabbiner Zaleszczyki, Galizien".
Rebbe Shraga Feivish Hager (ca. 1875-1936) was the seventh son of the Rebbe, author of Imrei Baruch of Vizhnitz and brother of Rebbe Yisrael of Vizhnitz and of Rebbe Chaim of Otyniya. He was the son-in-law of Rebbe Chaim Menachem of Zinkov-Apta, and after the death of his first wife, he remarried the daughter of his relative Rebbe Moshe of Kosov. From 1897, he served as Rebbe in Zalishchyky. Many flocked to him for deliverance and hundreds of Jews filled his Beit Medrash during the festivals. During WWI, he immigrated to the city of Chernivtsi and established his court there. His son is the Kosov-USA Rebbe Avraham Yehoshua Heshel Hager who arrived in the US following the Holocaust and established his Beit Medrash in Boro Park, NY.
The author Rebbe Yisrael (Devremdiger), rabbi of Pikov and Berdychiv (died in 1818), son and successor of R. Levi Yitzchak of Berdychiv, author of Kedushat Levi. In this book printed in 1811, a year after his father's death, he writes on the title page that he is rabbi of Pikov, without noting that he was already appointed (in 1810) as his father's successor in the Berdychiv rabbinate. In this book, he quotes the teachings of his illustrious father.
, 1-83 leaves (leaf 1 is bound out of order and appears after leaf 18). 20 cm. Blue and greenish paper, good condition. Stains and wear. Margins of title page slightly damaged. New elegant binding.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 283.
Ohr HaMeir, Chassidic and Kabbalistic allegories and interpretations on the Bible, the Megillot and the Festivals by Rebbe Ze'ev Wolf of Zhitomir. [Korets, ca. 1810]. Second edition.
260 leaves (title page and approbations are missing. Originally: , 260 leaves). 21 cm. Blueish paper. Condition varies; good-fair. Most of the pages are in good condition. Stains. Slight worming. Extensive wear and tears to the first and last pages, with minor damage to the text on the first page. Detached gatherings. Stamps. Old binding, damaged and detached.
This book was printed during 1798-1810 in several similar editions, occasionally with variants. See: A. Tauber, Bibliographic Studies, pp. 36-39, and Y. Yudlov, Ginzei Israel, no. 1140.
Stefansky Chassidut, nos. 25/26.
Ma'agalei Tzedek, practices and advice by R. Nachman of Breslov. Józefów "In the printing press formerly located in Slavita", 1846. "Published and supervised by… R. Chanina Lipa Shapira, grandson of the Slavita Rabbi". First edition. The word "Slavita" is enlarged on the title page.
The book contains discussions, practices and advice which R. Natan Sternhartz of Nemirov heard from his teacher R. Nachman of Breslov. This is a first edition of the composition. Later, other editions were printed, some titled Magid Sichot and others Sichot HaRan.
Signature on verso of title page: "Ya'akov Mordechai son of Yosef".
28 pages. 16 cm. Good condition. Stains, slight wear. New binding.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 353.
Arba’a Harashim, Chassidic homilies [on the four parshiot, Passover Haggadah etc.], by R. Aryeh Leib of Lańcut, with "holy practices" by R. Elimelech of Lizhensk "which he called Tzetel Katan". [Lviv, 1849].
This is the first edition of Tzetel Katan by R. Elimelech of Lizhensk author of Noam Elimelech. Printed at the end: "All this I found in a manuscript". Since then, this work has seen innumerable editions.
"Ma'amar Shabtot Hashem" (Part 2) by the Rama of Fano, and "Tefillat HaShav by Rabbeinu Yonah" appear at the beginning of the book.
, 20 leaves. 18.5 cm. Condition varies, good-fair. Most leaves are in good condition. Stains and wear. Minor tears to margins of first leaves. Worming, with minimal damage to text. Old binding.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 64.
Sifsei Tzaddikim, Chassidic work by R. Pinchas Lerner, Rabbi of Dinovitz (Dunayivtsi, Ukraine). Lviv, 1863. First edition.
The book cites many Torah novellae that the author heard from his teacher, Rebbe Avraham Yehoshua Heshel of Apta (Opatów), author of "Ohev Yisrael". He also cites many sayings from the Baal Shem Tov and the Maggid of Mezritch (Mezhirichi), the founders of Chassidut. The publisher notes in his introduction that Rebbe David Moshe of Chortkiv wished to be the first to purchase the book due to its great value.
Inscriptions and glosses. The title page and other pages contain the signature of R. Shmuel Heller of Safed, and the stamps of R. "Yitzchak Isaac Deutsch of Tiberias". P. 52b contains a handwritten gloss with an addition to the printed text.
R. Shmuel Heller (1786-1884) was a Torah scholar and doctor who was raised in the home of the Chozeh (Seer) of Lublin. Upon the Seer's advice, R. Shmuel moved to Israel, where he officiated as rabbi of Safed for sixty years (see: "HaRav HaManhig VeHaRofeh", Safed, 1989). R. Yitzchak Isaac Deutsch of Tiberias (died 1908), was the brother of R. Moshe Deutsch (son-in-law of R. Shmuel Heller's son).
, 5-52, 51-73,  leaves. 25.5 cm. A tear affecting text on the last leaf. Overall good condition. Wear and stains. Original binding, torn and detached.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 592.
The Bibliography of the Hebrew Book and the National Library of Israel list only damaged copies of this work. Leaves 51-52 of the first pagination are pages of omissions, which do not appear in some copies.
Igra D'Kala, on the Torah, Parts 1-2, by Rebbe Zvi Elimelech Shapira of Dynów, author of Bnei Yissaschar. Lemberg (Lviv), 1868. First edition.
With approbation of Rebbe Chaim of Sanz, who writes, "The greatness, piety and holiness of the author is well-known worldwide… and all have been enlightened by his holy works which have already been published… and many tread in their light. For the sake of the honor of the author… and request our Jewish brethren to join those who perform mitzvot and purchase this holy book".
Ownership stamps on the title page.
, 134; , 26; 12, ; 56 leaves. 24.5 cm. Good condition. Stains and wear. Original damaged binding.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 4.
Three Chassidic books, two from the Dinov dynasty:
1. Sefer Kli Haro'im, commentary on Sefer Ovadia, with compilations and ethical instructions, by Rebbe Tzvi Elimelech of Dinov. [Lemberg (Lviv), 1848]. First edition. Stefansky Chassidut, no. 242. Variant; the words "Kli Haro'im" on the title page are printed in red ink. [The end of the volume contains a note in the handwriting of R. Menachem Mendel Pinchas, rabbi of Tyrawa Wołoska, grandson of the publisher].
2. Sefer Rav Tuv LeBeis Yisrael by R. Yekutiel Yehuda Teitelbaum. Lviv, 1889. First edition.
3. Sefer Ohr LaMeir, commentary on the Torah by Rebbe Meir Yehuda Shapira of Bukowsko. Przemyśl, . First edition.
3 volumes. Size and condition vary.
Single volume including three Chassidic works: "Regel Yeshara", "Daat Kedoshim", and "Ahavat Shalom". Two of them are first editions.
All three contain the signatures of R. "Shmuel Zanvil of Ustrzyki Dolne" on the title page, as well as other inscriptions.
1. Sefer Regel Yeshara, alphabetical listing of Kabbalistic principles by R. Tzvi Elimelech Shapira of Dynow, author of the "Bnei Yissaschar". [Lviv, 1858]. First edition. (Stefansky Chassidut, no. 534).
2. Sefer Daat Kedoshim, Kabbalistic and Chassidic homilies on Shabbat, holidays and the commandments, by R. Yehuda Tzvi Eichenstein, Rebbe of Rozdół (nephew, student and son-in-law of Rebbe Tzvi Hirsch of Żydaczów). [Lviv], 1848. First edition. (Stefansky Chassidut, no. 133). The author was the father-in-law of R. Yechezkel Shraga Halberstam of Sieniawa. R. Yechezkel's father, the "Divrei Chaim" of Sanz, wrote in his approbation: "…his precious words are drawn from the springs of wisdom and understanding. May G-d grant me the merit to see this work in print…".
3. Sefer Ahavat Shalom, Chassidic homilies, by Rebbe Menachem Mendel Hager of Kosiv. Lviv, 1859.
R. Shmuel Zanvil Kallech (died Safed, 1883) was rabbi of Bukowsko, and progenitor of the Kallech family of Safed. He was the son of R. Yeshaya Zalman, rabbi of Istrik (Ustrzyki Dolne), who was the son-in-law of R. Shmuel Zanvil Ber of Istrik (disciple of the Seer of Lublin and the Maggid of Koznitz). His wife Frieda Kallech (died Safed, 1909) was a descendant of R. Tzvi Elimelech of Dynow, author of the "Bnei Yissaschar". (See letter he authored, Kedem Auction No. 54, Item 257).
Three books bound together: Regel Yeshara: 47,  leaves. Daat Kedoshim: , 20, 23-77 leaves (leaves 21-22 are missing). Ahavat Shalom: , 68 leaves. 23 cm. Blueish paper and regular paper. Condition varies; overall good condition. Wear and stains. The first book contains repaired tears to the margins of leaves 3-4. The second book has a repaired tear on the last page. Old elaborate binding, with red leather spine.
Yesod HaEmuna, Chassidic thoughts on the Torah, Pirkei Avot, etc. by R. Baruch of Kosava. Chernivtsi, . First edition.
R. Baruch of Kosava (died in 1802), prominent Chassid, contemporary of the Ba'al Shem Tov. Disciple of the Magid of Mezritch and of R. Menachem Mendel of Przemyśl. In the approbation to this book, R. Menachem Mendel of Przemyśl writes: "…It seems to me that these are basic foundations of the Torah and faith in the One to give honor to G-d…".
115 leaves. 23.5 cm. Good condition. Some leaves are printed on bluish paper. Stains and wear. Dampstains. Creases to margins of some leaves. New binding.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 231.
Tehillim with the Metzudot commentaries and with the Tefillah L'Moshe commentary by R. Moshe Teitelbaum Rabbi of Sátoraljaújhely, author of Yismach Moshe. Krakow, 1880. First edition.
Author: R. Moshe Teitelbaum Rabbi of Sátoraljaújhely (1759-1841), progenitor of the Siget and Satmar dynasties of Rebbes and of other important Chassidic lines. Famous from his youth as an outstanding Torah prodigy, he merited studying in the Beit Midrash of the Vilna Gaon. Served in the Sieniawa and Sátoraljaújhely rabbinates. In his adulthood, he embraced Chassidism and became a disciple of the Chozeh of Lublin and of the Ohev Yisrael of Apta. In 1808, he was appointed Rabbi of Sátoraljaújhely and spread Chassidism throughout Hungary. He was famed as an illustrious rebbe and wonder-worker and distributed many amulets. He authored the Heshiv Moshe responsa, Yismach Moshe and Tefillah L'Moshe.
322,  leaves. 20.5 cm. Dry paper. Good-fair condition. Stains. Tears with a few restorations and gluing to margins. New binding.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 601.
Likutei Amarim [Tanya], Sefer shel Benonim - Sha'ar HaYichud V'HaEmuna, by R. Shneur Zalman of Liadi. [Slavita: Rabbi Moshe Shapira, 1796].
Copy lacking 16 leaves (of the original 86 leaves), bound with blank leaves in their stead, some completed in an ancient handwriting from the 19th century. These handwritten replacements follow the version of the first editions before the censor omissions.
First edition of the first Chassidic book containing the teachings of the Admor HaZaken R. Shneur Zalman of Liadi, a leading disciple of the Magid of Mezritch (disciple of the Ba'al Shem Tov) and forerunner of the Chassidic movement in Russia and Lithuania. He was called Ba'al HaTanya after his important book, basis of Chabad Chassidism as well as rudimental to all Chassidic teachings. The Tanya is studied in all circles as a basic book of matters of faith and service of G-d.
The book was first distributed in handwritten copies but after the mitnagdim intentionally spread fake copies, the Admor HaZaken decided to print the book and prohibit its reproduction for five years. Within less than forty years after the first edition, the Tanya was reprinted in more than ten editions in Russia and Poland, and from that time, it has been printed in thousands of editions all over the world, even in underground printing presses during wartime, under Communist rule in Russia and in printing presses in Arabic countries.
Leading Rebbes of all times lauded the importance and segula of Sefer HaTanya. R. Zusha of Annopol, who wrote an approbation for this first edition, writes: "With the Sefer HaTanya we will stride to greet Mashiach". R. Yehuda Leib HaCohen, who wrote the second approbation, said that the Tanya is like "incense" - a segula and cure for all the illnesses of the generation preceding Mashiach. When the book reached the hands of R. Levi Yitzchak of Berdychiv, he announced in amazement: "A great wonder how such a powerful awesome G-d can enter such a small book…". The Magid of Kosienice said: "Sefer HaTanya is a book from Gan Eden".
Many segulot have been attributed to studying this book and even just possessing it. R. Zusha of Annopol and R. Levi Yitzchak of Berdychiv were accustomed to carrying it with them at all times. Chabad Rebbes instructed taking it while traveling as a segula for protection and deliverance. Studying this book is said to be a segula to prevent alien thoughts, for strengthening faith, for blessing and success and deliverance.
The book is divided into two parts. Part 1: Book of "benonim" (responses to many questions constantly asked… and proper counsel for all difficulties in G-d's service). Part 2: Education of a minor… based on the first section of the Kriyat Shema. Sha'ar HaYichud V'Ha'emuna appears at the top of the pages of Part 2.
At the top of the pages: Likutei Amarim and Sha'ar HaYichud V'Ha'emuna. Later editions were called Tanya [titled after the first word of the book].
[8 blank leaves], 9-21, [22-23 replaced in handwriting], 24-80, [81-83 replaced in handwriting],  leaves in handwriting. (Originally: , 4-86 leaves). Damages with slight loss of text to the edges of several leaves (leaves 9-14, 18-19). 15.5 cm. Condition varies, good to fair. Stains and wear. Minor worming. Old rubbed binding with leather spine. Ownership signature on binding pastedown: "Yerucham Lipers[titz/tein] of Dubrowno".
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 622.
Likutei Amarim Tanya, Part 1 - Sefer shel Benonim, Part 2 - Chinuch Katan - Sha'ar HaYichud V'Ha'emuna and Part 3 - Igeret HaTeshuva. By Rebbe Shneur Zalman of Liadi. Shklow, . Printed by the partners Baruch son of R. Eliyahu and Yitzchak son of R. Shmuel. Printed in the author's lifetime. First edition printed in Shklow.
This is the first edition of Igeret HaTeshuva of the "Mahadura Batra" (afterward printed in all editions) as written on the title page: "And now Igeret HaTeshuva by the author has been added". Approbations of R. "Meshulam Zusil of Hannopil", R. "Yehuda Leib HaCohen", R. Baruch of Shkow, R. Moshe of Kopys (Kapust) and R. Zvi Hirsh of Smalyany. The name of the author is not mentioned on the title page nor in the approbations, the same as most of the first editions [printed before the 1814 Shklow edition].
Part 1 opens with: "The introduction of the compiler and this is a letter send to our acquaintances" - an unsigned preface by the author. This copy contains the entire introduction, including the passage "Cursed be the person who impinges upon the rights… these are the words of the compiler of Be'urei Amarim" [this passage was omitted from some copies, see: Torat Chabad, pp. 52-53].
Ancient ownership inscriptions of R. Yosef son of R. Ze'ev Wolf [Zolkind?] of Berezovo. Many inscriptions on flyleaves.
, 5-95,  leaves; , 2-18 leaves. 16 cm. Bluish-greenish paper. Fair condition. Stains and wear. Few tears and damages (open tear affecting text of the upper corner of leaf 49). Worming to text. Detached leaves. Ancient damaged binding.
Several variants of this edition exist [see: Mondshine, Torat Chabad, pp. 50-57]. "Igeret HaTeshuva" was also published separately with errata listed at the end of Part 2.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 626.
Torah Or, Chassidic essays on Bereshit-Shemot, Chanuka and Purim, by R. Shneur Zalman of Liadi, Ba'al HaTanya. Kopys, 1836. First edition.
The book was written from teachings heard directly from the Ba'al HaTanya by his brother R. Yehuda Leib of Janowiec, and was arranged and edited for print by his disciple and grandson R. Menachem Mendel Schneerson of Lubavitch, author of Tzemach Tzedek (1789-1866). After the book was printed, the Tzemach Tzedek wrote a missive to his Chassidim describing the importance of the book: "All its words are like burning coals which enflame the hearts and draw them close to their Father in Heaven…".
Many inscriptions and stamps on title page and on last leaf ["Belongs to R. Shneur Zalman David son of R. Ya'akov Tzovian, here in Krustpils (Kreizburg), Thursday the 16th of Shevat 1849", and more].
, 167,  leaves. Contains "list of errata" at the end of the book. 20 cm. Two title pages. Some letters on both title pages were printed in red ink. Most leaves are in fair condition. Stains and wear. Repaired damages to title pages. Open tear to center of second title page, affecting text. Tears to several more leaves, affecting text. New binding.
Among the last books printed in Russia before all Jewish printing presses were shut down in 1837 as a result of defamation by the maskilim. From that time on, only two printing presses, one in Vilna and the other in Zhitomir, were allowed to continue printing under the close scrutiny of the Russian government. Only in 1848, did Part 2 of the book on Vayikra-D'varim appear in print in a different format, titled Likutei Torah.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 610.
Three books of Chassidism, Kabbalah and philosophy, bound together:
Or HaGanuz LaTzaddikim, by R. Aharon HaCohen of Apta. Zhovkva, 1800. First edition with the approbation of the Maggid of Koznitz.
The book was printed about four years after the printing of the Tanya by the Admor HaZaken of Chabad, R. Shneur Zalman. The author, who was a leading Chassidic tzaddik, bases many of the teachings in his book on the Tanya, and in almost every section, quotes the Tanya and infers his own principles from its holy teachings.
R. Aharon HaCohen of Żelechów and Apta (Encyclopedia L'Chassidut, vol. 1, p. 157), author of Keter Shem Tov - the famed book of compilations of the teachings of the Baal Shem Tov, and of the siddur "Tefillah Yeshara - Keter Nehorah". His book Or HaGanuz LaTzaddikim was first printed anonymously.
For further information about the book, see: C. Lieberman, Ketzad Chokrim Chassidut B'Yisrael, in his book Ohel Rachel, vol. 1, New York, 1980, pp. 7-11.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 22.
* Ruach Chen, explanations of philosophical concepts, by R. Yehuda ibn Tibbon, with the commentary of R. Yisrael [of Zamość]. Brno, .
* Naggid U'Metzaveh, kabbalistic kavanot and conduct, by R. Yaakov Tzemach. Zhovkva, .
The three books bear the stamps of R. "Asher Anshel Weiss Rabbi of Szilágynagyfalu and its surroundings" (1882-1944), a Hungarian rabbi. Disciple of the Arugot HaBosem, of the Shevet Sofer and of his brother-in-law R. Shlomo Zalman Weinberger Rabbi of Marghita. Famed Torah scholar. From 1913 served as rabbi of Nagyfalu (Szilágy County, Transylvania). Perished in Auschwitz. His books Shemen L'Mincha were printed by his descendants in 1969-1990.
, 32, ; 77;  leaves. Lacking last leaf of the book Or HaGanuz. 18.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Tears to margins of a few leaves. New binding.
Derech Chaim V'Tochachat Mussar Haskel, teachings which inspire and enhearten a person to full repentance, by R. Dov Ber Schneerson [the middle Admor]. Zhitomir: R. Chanina Lipa and R. Yehoshua Heshel Shapira, 1863.
111 leaves. 20 cm. Good-fair condition. Holes on text of title page and two other leaves. Stains and wear. Old rubbed binding, with leather spine.
Nachala L'Yisrael, halachic and aggadic novellae and responsa, by R. Yechiel Michel Hibner Rabbi of Nyzhniv. [Lemberg, 1876]. Only edition.
This book was printed in separate pamphlets, unsystematically, so no two copies are alike. At the end of this copy are two leaves (not found in most copies) with the Ketz HaYamin treatise attributed the Rebbe author of Tzemach Tzedek in which he foresees the future redemption in the year 1878. The essay opens with "Ketz HaYamin… found among the writings of R. Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch, disciple of the Rebbe (and also his grandson), (and some say that these are the teachings of the author of the Tanya himself)…". Two variations of Ketz HaYamin exist and this copy contains the longer version.
Bound with: * Treatise Kol BaRama, by R. Yitzchak Isaac Rabbi of Dobromil. Eulogy for his teacher R. Avraham Ya'akov of Sadigura, and halachic novellae and responsa by the author and by R. Mordechai Ze'ev Ittinga. Przemyśl, 1884. 6 leaves, only edition.
The front endpapers bear ownership inscriptions of "R. Yisrael Derlach", and the dates "1880" and "The 10th of Elul 1886".
, 12, , 1-2, 5-52 (lacking leaves 3-4 of the third pagination); 3, , 10,  leaves; 6 leaves. 25 cm. Dry brittle paper. Fair-good condition. Stains and wear. Worming. Binding and a number of leaves are detached.
The treatise Ketz HaYamin is particularly rare. R. Yehoshua Mondshine, a renowned researcher associated with Chabad, printed this composition in his book Migdal Oz (Kfar Chabad, 1980, pp. 492-503), and he writes that he inspected the book Nachala L'Yisrael in all Israeli libraries and could not find even one copy containing these scarce leaves. Only in the Lubavitch library in the US, two copies of these leaves exist (with differences). See enclosed material.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 388.
Three copies of Sefer Likutei Amarim - Tanya, from the "Alter Rebbe", R. Shneur Zalman of Liady. Different editions printed in Vilna, 1872-1900.
1. Likutei Amarim Tanya. Vilna, 1872. 146 leaves.
2. Likutei Amarim Tanya. Vilna, 1872. 130 leaves.
3. Likutei Amarim Tanya. Vilna . This edition was edited with the original manuscript, and contains several important revisions and additions. All further editions were based on this edition, which has been republished throughout the world.
19-20 cm. Condition varies. The 1900 edition was printed on high-quality paper, with wide margins.
Handwritten volume, Chassidic essays of the teachings of R. Shmuel of Lubavitch, the Rebbe Maharash. [Russia, after 1881].
The volume contains copies of essays of the Rebbe Maharash from the years 1867-1881, with "hemshechim" [continuations] renowned in the circles of Chabad Chassidism: "V'Hecherim" 1871, "Mayim Rabim" 1876, etc. ("Hemshech" in Chabad terminology refers to a series of essays which extensively expound upon kabbalistic and Chassidic treatises, where each essay is a continuation from the previous one. The Maharash is the first who initiated this unique form of presenting his teachings).
Most of the volume is written by one copier, the rest is written by others. The title of one essay bears a date in the copier's handwriting: "Maharash, at a wedding in 1874".
Two essays (p. [153a] and p. [161b]) bear the name of the parsha (Naso and Shelach) in their titles, in the copier's handwriting, with the date 1874 in a different handwriting beside them. This handwriting is very similar to that of R. Menachem Mendel Schneerson of Chabad-Lubavitch, and apparently, he reviewed this manuscript and marked these dates.
The essay Yafa Shaah Achat attributed to the "Middle Rebbe" of Lubavitch (R. Dov Ber) was copied on leaves -.
The first leaves bear ownership inscriptions: "Belongs to Yosef shochet and bodek of Obchuga".
Rebbe Shmuel Schneerson (1834-1883), the fourth Lubavitcher Rebbe, youngest son of the Tzemach Tzedek, was constantly in his father's presence, and after his father's death in 1866, succeeded him as Rebbe. He established his court in the town of Lubavitch, whereas his elder brothers served as rebbes in the towns of Kopys (Kapust), Liadi and Nizhyn.
His essays and "hemshechim" are renowned for their sharpness, clarity and brevity (in comparison to the other Chabad rebbes), and in their exceptional proficiency in kabbalistic and Jewish philosophy books. His many writings were printed in the Likutei Torah - Torat Shmuel series.
The Maharash carried the Jewish People's burden on his shoulders, and was very active in lobbying on behalf of the Jewish population which resided in the "Pale of Settlement" and suffered greatly from the decrees of the Russian Tsars. He had tremendous impact on his Chassidim. He was knowledgeable and extremely clever in worldly matters, had comprehensive medical knowledge and mastered several languages. (An interesting description of him appears in HeAvar, vol. 2, pp. 86-93, by a resident of Lubavitch in those times, Zvi Har-Shefer).
;  leaves. More than 600 written pages. 22 cm. Good condition. Tears to margins of a few leaves, slightly affecting text. The gathering ending on leaf  is incomplete. Stains and wear. New binding.
Three letters by the Rayatz [R. Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson] of Lubavitch, letter from his son-in-law R. Shemaryahu Gur-Aryeh and a letter from Kollel Chabad in Jerusalem, sent to R. Menachem Mendel Kuperstock:
* Three typewritten letters on official stationery, signed by the Rebbe Rayatz of Lubavitch. Brooklyn, 1943-1945.
* Letter by R. Shemarya Gur-Aryeh, son-in-law of the Rebbe Rayatz. [USA], Iyar 1940. Letter written on official stationery with an address in Riga, written two months after he arrived in the US with the Rayatz: "You have surely heard of our timely arrival in the US…".
* Letter by the management of Kollel Chabad in Jerusalem, with stamps and signatures of R. Shlomo Yehuda Leib Eli'ezrov Rabbi of Hebron, R. Yitzchak Avigdor Orenstein [first Rabbi of the Kotel], and one more signature. Jerusalem, 1945.
R. Menachem Mendel Kuperstock, prominent Chabad Chassid in the Vilna region, Chassid of the Rashab and Rayatz, was a witness at the wedding of R. Menachem Mendel Schneerson of Lubavitch and his signature appears on the ketubah. In 1935, he immigrated to Eretz Israel and settled in Haifa, in which he established and led the Chabad community.
Five letters. Size varies. Overall good-fair condition. Stains. Folding marks. File holes.
* Enclosed: Photocopy of a letter by the Rayatz to the Chabad yeshivas in Eretz Israel.
Two letters with New Year's greetings by the Rebbe Rayatz - the Lubavitcher Rebbe R. Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, to R. Baruch Chaim Faktorovitz. Riga (Latvia), 1932 / Otwock (Poland), 1936.
Two letters, typed on the Rebbe's official stationery, with his handwritten signature.
The Rebbe Rayatz, R. Yosef Yitzchak Schneerson (1880-1950, Otzar Harabanim 8887), the sixth Rebbe of the Chabad-Lubavitch court. Founder of Yeshivot Tomchei Temimim together with his father the Rebbe Rashab (Rebbe Shalom Dov). Assumed the title of Rebbe in 1920. Was incarcerated by the Communist regime and released in 1927. Went to Poland, and in 1940 arrived in Brooklyn. Among his writings: Sefer Hamaamarim, Likutei Devorim, etc. One of his sons-in-law was Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneersohn, the Lubavitcher Rebbe from Brooklyn.
2 letters. 24 cm. Varying condition. Stains and wear. Folding marks and tears.
Letter by R. Menachem Mendel Schneerson of Lubavitch-Chabad, with his signature. Brooklyn, 1968.
"Blessings for a ketiva v'chatima tova for a good sweet year". Typewritten, with the Rebbe's signature and the following words in his handwriting: "Received the P.N. [pidyon nefesh]".
21 cm. Good condition. Folding crease.
Two leaves enclosed: A photocopy of a letter by the Rebbe written in the month of Nissan 1953, and a photocopy of a letter by R. Shalom Duber Levine.
1-3. Three pictures for hanging on the wall - Chabad:
* Picture of the Rebbe the Rayatz (32X47 cm. Printed paper sheet, in decorative wooden frame). * Large photograph of the Lubavitch Rebbe (26X34 cm. Signed by the photographer, framed). * Photograph - the Lubavitch Rebbe with Chassidim (20X25 cm. Wood and glass frame).
4. "Farewell Blessing", a printed broadside on behalf of the management of Torah Emet in Jerusalem, calling to bid farewell to the Rebbe Rayatz of Lubavitch who was leaving the city. [Jerusalem, Av 1929].
This broadside is from the Rayatz's visit to Eretz Israel in 1929. It states that "a farewell blessing can be received by the Rebbe in the Amdursky Hotel".
45X60 cm. Fair condition. Stains, repaired tears. Framed, not examined outside of frame.
Zvi Kodesh, novellae on Tractates Berachot, Shabbat and Eruvin, by R. Zvi Hirsh son of R. David of Sokolov (Sokołów Małopolski in Rzeszów County). Sulzbach, 1748.
Ownership inscription at the top of the title page (damaged by worming) in ancient Ashkenazi script: "R. Zusia B'HaRav" [R. Yeshaya Meshulam Zusia Twersky]. Inscription on front flyleaf (in a later handwriting) that the book was received from the son of Rebbe Zusia: "I have received a gift from R. Shlomo Ben Zion of Chernobyl, A. Sheinderman", and a stamp that the book was donated to a synagogue in Tel Aviv from the estate of R. Aharon Sheinderman who died in the month of Adar in 1968.
The inscription "R. Zusia B'HaRav" attests to the fact that this book was among the holy books of R. Aharon of Chernobyl and of his son R. Zusha of Chernobyl. Reputedly, after R. Aharon died in 1872, his books were distributed among his descendants and each book was inscribed with the name of its new owner: "R. Zusia B'HaRav", "R. Menachem B'HaRav", etc.
Old signature on title page: "Zvi Hirsh son of R. Aryeh Leib", and ownership inscription: "Belongs to R. Yitzchak Isaac". Many more inscriptions appear on the endpapers including a long and interesting inscription in an ancient handwriting with a list of library books listing books printed in Slavita, Vienna, Ostroh, Prague, Amsterdam, Zhovkva and Dyhernfurth. The list ends with an inscription in another handwriting: "From now, a new note has begm after his death on the 4th of Tamuz 1834, here…".
R. Aharon Twersky of Chernobyl (1787-1872), senior rebbe in his times, son of R. Mordechai of Chernobyl and disciple of his grandfather R. Nachum of Chernobyl.
After his death, he was succeeded by his son R. Zusia (Yeshaya Meshulan Zusha) Twersky (died in 1881), maternal grandfather of R. Aharon Rokeach of Belz (1880-1957).
R. Zusia's son R. Shlomo Ben Zion Twersky (1870-1939), the "Yanuka" of Chernobyl was orphaned at the age of 11, and in 1883, at the time he reached his bar-mitzvah, was appointed his father's successor as Rebbe in addition to the position of the manager in Ukraine of funds allocated for Eretz Israel. He was one of the three famous "Yanukot" Rebbes in Russia: "The Yanuka of Karlin", "The Yanuka of Tolna" and the "Yanuka of Chernobyl". After the pogroms in Ukraine in 1920, he moved to Kiev. He lived for a while in the US and later returned to Kiev. His sons and sons-in-law continued the dynasty of Chernobyl and Rachmastrivka Rebbes.
76 leaves. 19.5 cm. Fair condition. Stains, wear and tears. Worming affecting text. Dark leaves. Old damaged binding.
Sefer Karnayim, a Kabbalistic work attributed to R. Aharon of Cardena, with Dan Yadin commentary, by Kabbalist R. Shimshon of Ostropol. Amsterdam, .
The title page bears the stamp: "Elazar Menachem son of R. Moshe, Jerusalem" - stamp of Rebbe Elazar Menachem Biderman of Lelów. In the margin of p. 24a is a short kabbalistic handwritten gloss, signed "Ya'ir" (acronym).
R. Elazar Menachem Mendel Biderman of Lelów (1827-1883), the third Lelów Rebbe, son of R. Moshe of Lelów, immigrated with his father from Poland to Eretz Israel in 1851. A few weeks thereafter his father died, and R. Elazar was appointed his successor. He headed the Chassidic population of Jerusalem.
In Jerusalem, he earned fame as a wonder-worker and as a holy person endowed with the Holy Spirit. He was revered by the tzaddikim of his times, both Chassidim and Mitnagdim. The Tiferet Shlomo of Radomsko sent him kvitlach, and the Divrei Chaim of Sanz on one Passover eve stated that "the seder now being conducted by R. Elazar Mendel in Jerusalem surpasses all the sedarim of all the tzaddikim".
R. Elazar was the first Jerusalemite Rebbe, and was a Jerusalemite with all his being. He was renowned for his lengthy daily prayers at the Western Wall. Reputedly, he designed the first Jerusalem gold-colored kaftan, which was purposefully different from the Turkish-Sephardi kaftan (which was more similar to the Arab robe), and from that time on, this type of kaftan became the typical attire of the Jerusalem Old Yishuv (see: Tiferet Beit David by his grandson R. Moshe Yair Weinstock, Jerusalem, 1968).
His son was the famous Jerusalem Rebbe David Zvi Shlomo (R. David'l) of Lelów.
Another stamp and ownership inscription on title page.
, 25 leaves. 18 cm. Good condition. Upper margins trimmed, affecting titles of some leaves. Tears to title page, partially repaired. New binding.
Ir David, homilies on the Torah, by R. David Lida. Amsterdam, .
Copy of R. Nachum Duber of Sadigura. The title page bears two of his stamps: one with his name, "Nachum Duber Friedman", and the emblem of a lion in its center, and another - "My acquisition". Inscription on title page in the characteristic handwriting of the Rebbe: "My acquisition Nachum Duber Friedman". Another inscription on flyleaf in large letters: "This book belongs to Nachum Duber Friedman".
R. Nachum Duber Friedman of Sadigura (died 1883, Otzar Harabbanim 15912) was the grandson of R. Yisrael of Ruzhin, son of R. Shalom Yosef and son-in-law of R. Avraham Yaakov of Sadigura (Sadhora). R. Nachum Duber possessed a large library and used four alternative stamps for his books. Books inherited from his father were stamped "Nachalat Avotai" (family inheritance); those he purchased were stamped "Kinyan Kaspi" (my acquisition) and those received as gifts were stamped "Minchat Shai" (gift). His library also included a small collection of books given as gifts to his father-in-law by converts who requested a tikun for their souls and which are stamped "Minchat Ger" (gift from a convert).
, 3-107 leaves. 31.5 cm. Condition varies among leaves, good-fair. Stains. Dampness traces. Worming to some leaves, primarily first and last. Repaired tears to few leaves. Contemporary leather binding, worn and damaged, detached front board.
Kiryat Melech Rav, Part 2, novellae of Hichot Shevu'ot, Nedarim, Malve and Edut by the Rambam, and responsa by R. Yehuda Navon. Constantinople, .
Copy of R. Nachum Duber Friedman of Sadigura. His own signature on front flyleaf: "This book belongs to Nachum Duber Friedman". Two of his stamps appear on the title page: one with his name "Nachum Duber Friedman" with an emblem of a lion in its center ,and another stamp - "My acquisition".
Curly signature on title page: "Avraham Yehoshua son of R. Yosef Meyuchas" [the same signature appears again on leaf 2].
R. Nachum Duber Friedman of Sadigura (died 1883, Otzar HaRabbanim 15912) was the grandson of R. Yisrael of Ruzhin, son of R. Shalom Yosef and son-in-law of R. Avraham Yaakov of Sadigura (Sadhora). R. Nachum Duber possessed a large library and used four alternative stamps for his books. Books inherited from his father were stamped "Nachalat Avotai" (family inheritance); those he purchased were stamped "Kinyan Kaspi" (my acquisition) and those received as gifts were stamped "Minchat Shai" (gift). His library also included a small collection of books given as gifts to his father-in-law by converts who requested a tikun for their souls and which are stamped "Minchat Ger" (gift from a convert).
R. Avraham Yehoshua Meyuchas, an Eretz-Israeli sage, grandson of R. Avraham Meyuchas, author of Sde Ha'Aretz. In 1798, together with his father, R. Yosef Meyuchas, he printed Part 2 of the book Sde Ha'Aretz.
, 106; 43 leaves. 30 cm. Good condition. High-quality paper. Stains. Worming to margins of some leaves, not affecting text. Old detached binding.
Ateret Yisrael, by the Magid R. Yisrael of Bogopol (Pervomaysk). Zhitomir, 1867. Single edition. With approbation of the author's relative, R. Aharon of Chernobyl who extols the author and his book: "I knew and heard from my father… who lavishly praised him… and it is a mitzvah to print them to strengthen the Torah". He blesses the publishers that the merit of the author, the holy magid should protect "them and the printers and the purchasers of this book, and G-d should bless them greatly in spiritual and material matters, body and soul".
Stamps of Otzar Hasefarim (library) of R. Yisrael Friedman of Husiatyn (1858-1949, Encyclopedia L'Chassidut, vol. 2, pp. 561-562), eldest of the Ruzhin rebbes, named after his grandfather, founder of the dynasty, R. Yisrael of Ruzhin. In 1894, he succeeded his father as Rebbe of Husiatyn and thousands of his father's Chassidim became his followers. In his senior years, he moved to Eretz Israel and established his court in Tel Aviv.
, 70 leaves. Without the printed wrapper (title page), which appears only in some copies. 21 cm. Good condition. Stains. New binding.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 459.
Turei Even on three tractates: Rosh Hashanah, Chagiga and Megillah. By R. Aryeh Leib author of Sha'agat Aryeh. Zhovkva, 1830.
Stamp of R. "Yisrael Friedman" of Chortkov, and ownership inscriptions including the name of "Shmuel Yitzchak son of Miriam of Stryy" [apparently, a Chortkov Chassid who gave the book to his teacher the Rebbe and wrote his name and the name of his mother (as written in a kvittel to be mentioned for prayer and blessing)]. Scholarly handwritten notation on p. 26/a. More handwritten glosses in pencil.
R. Yisrael Friedman, the Chortkov Rebbe (1814-Kislev 1934), son of R. David Moshe of Chortkov and son-in-law of R. Avraham Ya'akov of Sadigura, holy sons of R. Yisrael of Ruzhin. Prominent Torah scholar and Chassidic leader, R. Friedman was among the founders of Agudat Yisrael and presided over the Mo'etzet Gedolei HaTorah. Many Torah scholars were among his thousands of followers, such as the Maharam Shapira of Lublin, the Maharam Arik and R. E.M. Steinberg of Brody. During WWI, his court in Chortkov Galicia was destroyed and he moved to Vienna.
85 leaves; 39 leaves. 38.5 cm. Wide margins. Good condition. Light stains. Wear restorations to title page margins. Elegant binding, with leather spine.
Aspaklariya HaMe'ira, revealed and esoteric commentary on the Zohar, by R. Zvi Hirsh HaLevi Horowitz. Furth, . Approbation by R. Yehonatan Eybeschütz.
Signatures on title page: "Chaim Guntzhausen", "Lipman Wertheim".
Stamps of R. "Yehoshua son of the late Moharshel of Sosnowiec and now of Ostroh" appear at the top of the title page. On leaf 2 are stamps of his grandson (son-in-law of his granddaughter) R. Yosef Zvi Kalisch of Skierniewice. Perhaps, this copy was also in the possession of R. Yitzchak Ya'akov of Biala, son-in-law of R. Yehoshua and father-in-law of R. Yosef Zvi.
R. Yehoshua of Ostrova (died in 1873, Encyclopedia L'Chassidut, Vol. 2, pp. 52-53), was a Polish tsaddik, son of R. Shlomo Leib of Łęczna. He succeeded his father in leading a large following of thousands of Chassidim and was renowned for his greatness and holiness. Author of the book Toldot Adam (Józefów 1875) which earned the cognomen No'am Elimelech HaKatan. His son-in-law R. Yitzchak Ya'akov Rabinowitz of Biala was the predecessor of the Biala Chassidism.
R. Yosef Zvi Kalisch of Skierniewice (1886-1957), scion of the Warka Chassidism, son-in-law of R. Yitzchak Ya'akov of Biala, served as Rabbi of Kartashov, and was later summoned by Skierniewice Chassidim led by R. Yitzchak Gerstenkorn, founder of the city, to fill the position of first Rabbi of Bnei Brak.
124 leaves. 33 cm. Good-fair condition, most leaves are in good condition. Tears to title page restored with paper and to last leaves (coarse adhesive tape). Stains. Worming, affecting text in several places. Old binding.
Shevut Ya'akov responsa, Parts 1-3, by R. Ya'akov Reisher. Lviv, 1861.
Signature, stamps and ownership inscriptions of the Frankel-Te'omim family. Signature on title page: "Duberush Frankel Te'omim", grandson of the author of Baruch Ta'am and Rabbi of Cieszanów. Stamp of his son: R. "Pinchas Te'omim Frankel", son-in-law of the Sieniawa (Shinova) Rebbe, author of Divrei Yechezkel, his father's successor in the Cieszanów rabbinate. Ownership inscription on the page before the title page: "This book Shevut Ya'akov belongs to R. Pinchas Te'omim Frankel Rabbi of Cieszanów". Title pages bear the stamps of his son: "Yehoshua Heshel Te'omim Frankel" - son-in-law of Rebbe Chaim Shmuel Sternfeld-Horowitz of Chęciny.
Several handwritten glosses by a number of writers including a number of long glosses. A long gloss appears on the page preceding the title page regarding Siamese twins [discussed in the book, Part 1, Siman 4 and at the end of the approbation of the author of Sho'el U'Meshiv at the beginning of the book]. At the end of the gloss, the writer cites an answer which he heard from his "holy" father-in-law: "…I have heard from my holy father-in-law an answer to this question…". This gloss was written later than 1875 ["Rebbe of Lviv", author of Sho'el U'Meshiv is mentioned with an appellation added after death]. Seemingly, this gloss was written by R. Yehoshua Heshel Frankel-Teomim, siting a teaching in the name of his father-in-law, the Rebbe [R. Chaim Shmuel of Chęciny].
R. Dov Berish Frankel-Te'omim (ca. 1825-1869), son of R. Yehoshua Heshel Frankel-Te'omim of Komarno son of the Baruch Ta'am, served in the Cieszanów rabbinate. His only son, R. Pinchas Frankel-Te'omim, Rabbi of Bukowsko and Cieszanów (died in 1874 or 1879, see enclosed material), son-in-law of R. Yechezkel Shraga Halberstam of Sieniawa with close affinity to his great-uncle, author of Divrei Chaim of Sanz who loved him dearly. He succeeded his father in the Cieszanów rabbinate.
His grandson was R. Yehoshua Heshel Frankel-Te'omim Rabbi of Sobków (died an untimely death in 1894), son of R. Pinchas and son-in-law of his great-uncle R. Chaim Shmuel of Chęciny.
R. Chaim Shmuel HaLevi Sternfeld-Horowitz, forebear of the Chęciny Rebbes' dynasty (1843-1916, Encyclopedia L'Chassidut Vol. 1, pp. 620-623), descendants of the Chozeh of Lublin. Son-in-law of R. Yehoshua Heshel Frankel-Teomim of Komarno and brother-in-law of R. Dov Berish Frankel-Teomim. He was raised by his grandfather "Der Guter Yid [good Jew]" of Neustadt R. Yosef Baruch Epstein (son of the author of Ma'or VaShemesh). A foremost Torah scholar in Poland. Only "crumbs"of his trove of Torah novellae survived after his writings were consumed in a fire in his home. Upon hearing that Chassidim had taken notes of his teachings, he instructed that they bring these writings to him and he burned them.
24, 27-49, 6, 5 leaves; , 31, , 4, 5 leaves; , 32 leaves. Lacking  leaves at the end of the book. 36.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Wear and tears. Restored tears to margins of title page and first leaves. Worming (on text) to some leaves.
Stains. New binding.
Ayelet HaShachar on Megillat Esther, by R. Ze'ev Wolf Tannenbaum Rabbi of Verpelét. With the book Livyat Or, Aggadic novellae by his grandson R. Meir Tannenbaum son of R. Ya'akov Rabbi of Putnok. Mukacheve, 1875. First edition.
Preceding the title page is a handwritten ownership inscription: "This book belongs to the world renowned R. Menachem Mendel Paneth" [apparently, the last three words, "Menachem Mendel Paneth", are in his own handwriting. Compare to his signature in Kedem Auction 58, Lot 37; Kedem Auction 54, Lot 256]. The title page bears a stamp of his maternal grandson, R. "Yechezkel Isaac Paneth son of R. Shabtai".
R. Menachem Mendel Paneth, Rabbi of Dej (1818-1885), son of the Rebbe author of Mar'e Yechezkel (disciple of R. Mendel of Rymanów, served as Rabbi of Carlsberg and of Transylvania). In 1837, he studied at the Pressburg Yeshiva of the Chatam Sofer and was the only student there who donned Chassidic silk garb on Shabbat. His teacher, the Chatam Sofer, was very fond of him and used to walk in conversation with him every Friday [he dubbed him the "golden one"]. During the period he studied at the Pressburg Yeshiva, he merited a revelation of Eliyahu HaNavi, who greeted him in the Beit Midrash disguised as a pauper. From 1842 he served as Rabbi of Urisor, from 1858 as Rabbi of Dej, and in 1855 was appointed Chief Rabbi of Transylvania. He wrote Maaglei Tzedek on the Torah and the Avnei Tzedek, Shaarei Tzedek and Mishpat Tzedek series of responsa.
R. Yechezkel Yitzchak Isaac Paneth-Nissel, son of R. Shabtai Nissel, author of Mevaser Tov, who was the son-in-law of the Dej Rebbe and is mentioned in the introduction to Mevaser Tov (Klausenburg, 1915): "My first wife, the pious Mrs. Tila daughter of R. Menachem Mendel Paneth… died in her youth and she left me only one son R. Yechezkel Yitzchak, who was born ten years after our marriage due to the prayers of the holy Rebbe of Sanz".
87,  leaves. 23 cm. Good condition. Contemporary, torn and detached binding.
Reshit Chochma, by the kabbalist R. Eliyahu de Vidas. Mukacheve, [1891-1898].
The title page bears a handwritten dedication signed by R. Moshe Greenwald Rabbi of Chust who gave the book as a wedding gift to his disciple "Outstanding in Torah and fear of G-d R. Ze'ev Tirneuer of Satmar on the day of his wedding", with warm hearty blessings.
Signatures and stamps, long glosses and inscriptions by the recipient of the book, R. Ze'ev Wolf Tirneuer.
The famous Torah scholar R. Moshe Ben-Amram Greenwald (1853-1910, HaChatam Sofer Ve'Talmidav p. 521) was a prominent Hungarian rabbi and head of yeshiva. Disciple of R. Menachem Katz Prostitz of Deutschkreutz (Zelem) and disciple of the Ktav Sofer in Pressburg. In his youth, he headed a yeshiva in his hometown Cherna, later serving in the rabbinate of several Hungarian communities and as Rabbi of Chust from 1893. Although he studied in the yeshiva of the Chatam Sofer, he was affiliated with Chassidism and would travel to the Belz and Siget rebbes. In Chust, he established his court and expanded his yeshiva which eventually became one of the largest yeshivas in Hungary. Disciples from all over the country and abroad flocked to his yeshiva and many Hungarian rabbis were his disciples. He was renowned for his compositions Arugat HaBosem on Halacha and Aggadah. His son was R. Ya'akov Yechizkiya Greenwald Av Bet Din and Rebbe of Papa, and his grandson is R. Yosef Greenwald of Papa, who established the post-Holocaust Papa Chassidism in America.
The recipient of the book and writer of the glosses is R. Ze'ev Wolf HaLevi Tirneuer (1882-1959), a beloved disciple of R. Yehuda Greenwald, Rabbi of Satmar as well as a disciple of R. Moshe Greenwald Rabbi of Chust, author of Arugot HaBosem. He served as Dayan in the city of Samloi and after World War I, in the rabbinates of Lespezi (Moldovia), Shotz (Bucovina) and others. After the Holocaust, he immigrated to Safed in 1950 together with his son-in-law R. Aharon Leifer of Nadvirna-Banie and served as Rabbi of the Agudat Yisrael Beit Midrash. He was an exceptional prodigy and holy man and adopted many Kabbalistic practices. In his senior years, he printed his book Tal Orot on the melachot of Shabbat but most of his writings were never printed.
276 leaves. 23.5 cm. Dry paper. Good-fair condition. Wear and stains. Splendid leather binding.
Regarding this edition, see: Kiryat Sefer, Vol. 27, 1951, p. 277.
Large varied collection of over 70 books from the library of R. Moshe Aryeh Freund - Responsa and Halachic books, Kabbalistic and Chassidic works, as well as books on the Torah and ethics. Most of the volumes were printed during the 19th and 20th centuries. A detailed list is available upon request.
Most of the volumes contain the stamp of R. Freund. Many contain handwritten dedications. Inscriptions, signatures and ownership stamps of previous owners (one of the books contains the ownership inscription of R. Yisrael Freund, rabbi of Huedin, father of R. Moshe Aryeh. Another contains the stamps of R. Eliyahu Leichtag, rabbi of Satmar, who was killed during the Holocaust).
R. Moshe Aryeh Freund (1904-1996) was the son of R. Yisrael Freund, rabbi of Rodna and Huedin (died 1940) and grandson of Rebbe Avraham Yehoshua Freund of Nasaud (1855-1932, son of R. Moshe Aryeh Freund, leader of the Siget community during the time of the Yitav Lev and the Kedushat Yom Tov). He was a loyal disciple of R. Yoel Teitelbaum, rebbe of Satmar, and he served as halachic decisor in Satmar as well as rabbi of Nasaud, Hungary from 1938. After the Holocaust, he moved to Jerusalem and served as head of the Satmar Yeshiva and Halachic decisor in Jerusalem, eventually becoming Ra'avad of the Eda HaCharedit. After the death of R. Yitzchak Weiss (author of Minchat Yitzchak), R. Moshe Aryeh was appointed Ra'avad of the Eda HaCharedit. Throughout the years, he became renowned as a holy man and wonder-worker, and his blessings were sought by people in distress. The Rama Talmud Torah and Yeshiva in Jerusalem and in Kiryat Rama in Beit-Shemesh were named after him.
73 books in 69 volumes. Size and condition vary.
Minhagim. Amsterdam, 1723. Yiddish, in Tzena Urena lettering.
Wood-cut illustrations throughout the book.
61 leaves. 19.5 cm. Fair condition. Stains and wear. Open tear in upper half of title page. Additional tears and wear, predominantly on the leaves at the beginning and end of the book (with slight damage to text). Strips of paper pasted for restoration. Several loose or detached leaves. Old and damaged binding.
HaOrev. Polemics against R. Shmuel Landau, son of the "Noda B'Yehuda". "Salonika" [Vienna?, 1795].
"Kivrot HaTa'ava" pamphlet, "Plugta D'Shmuel" pamphlet - with the responsum of R. Shmuel Landau, and "Tiuvta D'Shmuel" pamphlet - responsum from R. Baruch Jeitteles of Prague. The name of the author as well as the place of publication were forged by the author, who signed himself as an Italian scholar named "Pinchas Chananyahu Argosi Di Silva", who claimed to have brought the letters from Prague to Italy, where he added comments titled "Et Mahir". In reality, the author was R. Baruch Jeitteles of Prague, author of "Taam HaMelech".
The polemics were regarding two dayanim (rabbinical judges) in Prague, R. Michael Bachrach and R. Yaakov Ginzburg, who opened a beit din in opposition to the beit din of R. Shmuel Landau. The new beit din was situated in the beit medrash endowed by the grant of the philanthropist R. Shimon Koh. R. Shmuel Landau claimed that the new beit din was opened in opposition to the terms of the grant (R. Shmuel's entire letter is printed in "Me'asef", VII, 1794, first notebook for the year 1794).
R. Shmuel Halevi Segal Landau (ca. 1750-1834, possibly 1837), was the son and successor of R. Yechezkel Landau, author of the Noda B'Yehuda and famed rabbi of Prague. His responsa and Torah novellae were printed in his father's work, the Noda B'Yehuda, as well as in his own Sefer Shivat Zion. He served as dayan in Prague during his father's lifetime, and headed the large yeshiva in the city. After his father's passing he was not appointed as rabbi of the city due to various controversies among the city's leaders who did not wish to accept the will of the Noda B'Yehuda. Nevertheless, R. Shmuel was accepted as a Torah leader both in his own city, (which was recognized as one of the major Torah centers in Europe), and throughout the Diaspora. R. Shmuel fought strenuously against the encroachment of the Reform movement as well as against the followers of Jacob Frank, and at one point was even imprisoned for his activities against the Frankists. He corresponded with the Chatam Sofer, who held him in the greatest esteem [see Responsa Chatam Sofer, VIII, section 65, where he states that only twice did he retract an Halachic decision, once upon receiving the opinion of R. Efraim Zalman Margolies, and the second time when he agreed with R. Shmuel Landau regarding the proper method of writing names on a bill of Jewish divorce].
20 leaves. 21.5 cm. Thick, high-quality paper. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Worming. New Bristol paper cover. Ownership inscription on the title page: "Belongs to R. Avraham", and stamp of "Dr. I. Perles, Rabbiner" (rabbi of Munich, 1871-1894).
According to the bibliographer S. Weiner (Kehillat Moshe, I, p. 66, no. 523), "Pinchas Chananyahu Argosi" is a pseudonym for R. Baruch Jeitteles. The author of Yodea Sefer (p. 18) claims that the author is R. Shaul Hirschell Levin-Berlin (see: R. Margaliot, Bibliographic Issues, Areshet, I, 1959, p. 419; M.S. Samet, Kiryat Sefer, 47, 1972, pp. 277-278). However, R. Baruch Jeitteles himself divulged his authorship in his work "Taam HaMelech" (Brno, 1801), where he writes, "See Sefer HaOrev, where I wrote…".
Or Yisrael, questions and answers by Rabbi Israel Lipschitz. Kleve, 1770. "Printed in the new printing press of Kleve".
Most of the book deals with the polemic surrounding the Kleve Get which raged throughout the Jewish world in its times. R. Israel Lipschitz Rabbi of the city of Kleve (grandfather of the author of Tiferet Yisrael on the Mishnah) arranged a get (divorce) for a couple from the city of Bonne. The husband who was somewhat insane escaped from Germany to England fearing death (or due to persecution phobia), and on his way divorced his wife in the city of Kleve (adjacent to the German-Dutch border). Frankfurt and Manheim sages invalidated the get claiming that the husband was not fit to give a get ("Get Shoteh") and they emerged with trenchant proclamations against the Kleve rabbi. Conversely, most of the generation's leading rabbis (the "Sha'agat Aryeh", Rabbi Yitzchak of Hamburg, Rabbi Shaul of Amsterdam and his uncle Rabbi Ya'akov Emden, the "Nodah M'Yehuda" etc.) supported the ruling of Rabbi Lipschitz, claiming that the husband was considered sane and fit to grant a divorce bill. The Jewish world of those days seethed from this polemic.
Leaves 31-32 are responsa from R. Aryeh Leib, Rabbi of Hanover, R. Yitzchak of Hamburg and a caustic article opposing Frankfurt scholars. These leaves were omitted from most copies and were partially printed on one leaf with variations. Both these leaves exist in this rare copy. In several places, the sharp expressions are crossed out with ink and paper clippings with printed corrections are glued onto some of the erasures [apparently erased in the original copy by the publisher who was Rabbi Lipschitz's son].
66, 69-120 leaves. 21 cm. High-quality paper. Good condition. Fine binding, with leather spine.
The only Hebrew book printed in Kleve.
Hamtzaref, observations and novellae on Torah, Halacha and Aggada in question and answer format, thoughts on belief and wisdom and on the principles of the Hebrew and Aramaic languages, by R. Moshe Kunitz of Óbuda. Part I. Vienna, 1820. Includes a portrait of the author.
Signatures and ownership inscriptions: "Meir Leib Leidesdorf", "Meir Wilhelm", "the small Itzik Weiner" (rabbi in Ormánság, Hungary), "the small Moshe Shmuel of---".
The author, R. Moshe Kunitz (1774-1839), was rabbi in Obuda and Pest (Budapest). He was a disciple of the Noda B'Yehuda and Maharam Mintz. He was a controversial figure; both a rabbi and a maskil (member of the Enlightenment movement), both a Torah and a secular scholar. He authored "Ben Yochai" (Vienna, 1815), "Hamtzaref" (Vienna, 1820, Section II: Prague, 1857), "HaUyan", (Vienna, 1796), and other books.
Portrait, , 93,  pages. 23.5 cm. Fair condition. Many stains and wear. Detached and loose leves. Original binding; damaged.
Otzar HaChaim, Medical composition in Question and Answer Format, by R. Ya'akov Tzahalon. Venice, 1683.
Printed on title page: "Otzar HaChaim, on medical practice… composed by the physician… Ya'akov… Tzahalon, divided into 13 books".
A medical composition about maintaining good health and various types of illnesses, their prevention and cure. The 13th book mentioned on the title page was not printed.
, 94 [i.e. 95] leaves. 28 cm. Fair condition. Stains. Large tears and worming affecting text to title page and several other leaves, restored with paper filling and photocopies. Restored tears and worming to additional leaves affecting text (many leaves were professionally cleaned and restored). New leather binding. Minor damages to binding.
Five books by R. Solomon de Oliveyra, Rabbi of Amsterdam (bound together). Rules of Talmudic study, grammar, poetry and rhyme:
1. Darkei Noam - rules for Talmudic study, with Tuv Ta'am on the ta'amei hamikrah (tropes), and Darkei Hashem, index for the 613 mitzvot. Amsterdam, [1688-1689].
2. Sharshot Gavlut - Rhyming roots. Amsterdam, .
3. Igeret… Ayelet Ahavim - Morals in verse and rhyme. Amsterdam, .
4. Etz Chaim - Hebrew-Aramaic-Portuguese lexicon. Amsterdam, [1682-1683].
5. Yad Lashon - Dal S'fatayim, two compositions on Hebrew and Aramaic grammar. Amsterdam, .
All the books were printed by David de Castro Tartas and are first editions. Some were never reprinted.
The books were bound together soon after printing.
The book Sharshot Gavlut contains charts and diverse forms of graphic poems.
(Faded) signature on first title page: "Ya'akov de Shmuel ebn Zaken".
5 books, bound together. Yad Lashon is lacking last leaf with the chart of letters. 14.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Minor tears to several leaves. Contemporary vellum binding, slightly damaged.
Shem HaGedolim, dictionary of Jewish Torah scholars and their books, by R. Chaim Yosef David Azulai. Livorno, 1774. First edition.
The composition Chasdei Avot, novellae on Tractate Avot by the Chida is printed at the end of the book.
Handwritten self-dedication on title page: "Received as a gift from the author". Handwritten [Rashi Sephardi script] gloss, on p. 33a, completing several words omitted in printing.
R. Chaim Yosef David Azulai - the Chida (1724-1806), illustrious posek, Kabbalist, outstanding Torah prodigy and prolific writer. Besides his immense Torah stature, he devotedly undertook the position of emissary on behalf of the Hebron and Jerusalem communities. Twice during his lifetime, he traveled to Europe. On his second journey, he reached Livorno in the month of Iyar 1774. Adhering to the law enforced in those days to prevent epidemics, he was detained for 40 days prior to entering the city. The Chida took advantage of that time to write this composition, despite the fact that he had no books with him and could only rely on his phenomenal memory and proficiency. In his diary Ma'agal Tov (p. 66), the Chida writes: "While I was detained in confinement, I began and finished Shem HaGedolim". Soon after, at the end of that year, he printed the book. Later, the Chida printed another three parts to this book. The edition we know today is composed of all four parts.
131,  leaves. 13 cm. Good condition. Stains. Gilt edges. Tears to title page corners, restored with paper replacement. Slightly damaged parchment binding.
Grosse Jüdische National-Biographie, mit mehr als 8000 Lebensbeschreibungen namhafter jüdischer Männer und Frauen aller Zeiten und Länder [The Great International Jewish Biography - Biographical Lexicon of Jewish Personalities of All Times and Countries], by Salomon Wininger. Czernowitz: Orient, [1925-1936]. Seven volumes. German.
Monumental work by Salomon Wininger (1877-1968), born in Bucovina. At the beginning of the century, while studying at a Vienna university, Wininger was greatly impacted by the Zionist Movement and joined its rows. He wrote this lexicon to display the importance of the Jewish People to the world and to demonstrate the many great and famous Jewish personalities: authors, poets, scientists, inventors, illustrious military leaders, etc. The lexicon contains more than 12,000 biographies, including personalities whose fathers were Jewish and mothers non-Jews as well as those who were baptized at birth or later converted to another faith comforming with the author's claim that "a Jewish head and Jewish blood endure forever".
Seven volumes. 24.5 cm. Good condition. Few stains. Contemporary bindings.
Thirteen books of rabbinical biographies:
1. Misped Gadol VeKaved Me'od, on the passing of R. Mordechai Benet. Vienna, . Wrappers printed on blue paper.
2. Toldot Rashi by R. Yom Tov Lipman Zunz. Warsaw, 1862. Printed wrappers.
3. Toar Pnei Moshe, about R. Shlomo Zalman Landsberg, including his ethical sayings. Krotoszyn, 1870.
4. Toldot HaRaavad, biography of R. Avraham David of Buchach, by R. Eliyahu Tzvi Shmerler. Lviv, 1890.
5. Ktav Kehuna, biography of R. Shabtai HaKohen, author of "Sifsei Kohen", by R. Chaim Dov Friedburg of Krakow. Drohobych, 1898.
6. Sefer Toldot Hagaon R. Yehuda Moscato, by Abba Applebaum. Drohobych, 1900.
7. R. Yehuda Aryeh Modena Bekomato VeTzivyono, by Nechamia Shmuel Leibowitz. New York, 1901.
8. Toldot R. Menachem Azaria MiFano, by R. Yehuda Aryeh Leib Widislovsky. Pietrkow, 1903. Includes portrait of R. Menachem Azaria.
9. Toldot Gedolei Israel: Rashi, Rabbenu Tam, Rashbam, by Israel Price. New York, [after 1905]. Yiddish. Printed wrappers.
10. Toldot R. Yehuda Hachassid, His Life and Times, by R. Yekutiel Aryeh Kamelhar. Mukachevo, 1929.
11. Toldot Israel Rokeach, by R. Yaakov Levinson. New York, 1935. Includes portraits and photographs.
12. Anshei Shem, biographies of the Gra, R. Yitzchak Elchanan Spektor of Kovno and others, by R. Shmuel Menachem HaLevi Fein. St. Louis, 1936. Includes rabbinic photographs.
13. Sefer Toldot R. Mordechai Benet, by R. Yaakov Avril. Ofen, 1832. Part II, pp. 53-116, which included R. Banet's Torah novellae, is lacking.
13 volumes. Size and condition vary.
Collection of "Knesset Yisrael" journals, Torah novellae and moral exhortations, by the rabbis and students of Yeshivat Slabodka. Slabodka (Vilijampolė) and Jerusalem, 1938-1945.
* 23 issues printed in Slabodka, January 1938-June 1940.
* 19 issued printed in Jerusalem, July 1941-January 1945.
42 issues. 23 cm. Fair condition. Brittle, fragile paper. Detached, disintegrating paper covers.
Tzurat HaAretz L'Gevuloteha Saviv V'Tochnit HaBayit, commentary by the Vilna Gaon on chapters of the books of Yehoshua, Melachim and Yechezkel which deal with the borders of Eretz Israel and with the layout of the first and third Beit HaMikdash. Shklow, 1801. First edition.
The commentary on Yechezkel was printed directly from a manuscript handwritten by the Vilna Gaon himself, whereas the commentaries on Yehoshua and on Melachim were written by his disciple Kabbalist R. Menachem Mendel of Shklow who heard these teachings from his illustrious teacher shortly before the latter's demise.
Found on p. 16a of the commentary to Melachim: "I have seen in writings which others have written from the Gaon… and I asked his holy mouth and he validated that which he said to me, and he who heard [his teachings] erred because he never said that".
Stamps on title page: "Yosef Leib son of Shmuel Meir Funk, scribe in the Lomza district". Many inscriptions on the back flyleaf, among them: "…R. Yaakov'l Yechezkel Rosenbloom", and "…R. Yosef son of Mordechai".
42, 39-40 leaves. Without the map. 20 cm. Bluish, thick paper. Good condition. Stains. Worming. New binding.
Vinograd, no. 22.
Seder Olam Raba, by the Tana Rabbi Yosi ben Chalafta, with the commentary of the Vilna Gaon. Shklow, 1801. First edition.
The commentary to Seder Olam was written and submitted for printing by the close disciple of the Vilna Gaon, Kabbalist R. Menachem Mendel of Shklow. The commentary was "proofread and arranged as heard from the holy mouth" (approbation of Shklow rabbis to the book).
R. Menachem Mendel of Shklow devotedly clung to the Vilna Gaon during the last two years of his teacher's life. After the death of the Vilna Gaon, he edited and prepared for printing some of the writings of his illustrious teacher on halacha and aggada. He also printed complete compositions of teachings which he heard from his teacher and which he wrote soon thereafter, such as the commentaries of the Vilna Gaon on Mishlei and on the Passover Haggadah, as well as this commentary to Seder Olam.
 leaves. 15.5 cm. Part of the book is printed on blueish paper. Good condition. Stains. Several professionally repaired leaves. Tear taped with adhesive tape on one leaf. New leather binding.
Vinograd, no. 298.
Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah and Even Ha'Ezer. First editions with the commentary of the Gra:
1. Ashlei Ravrevei, Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah with the commentary of the Gra. Grodno, 1806. First edition (prepared for print by the sons of the Gra). Vinograd, Otzar Sifrei HaGra 749.
Stamp of "the small Chaim of Pinsk, son of R. Peretz Katz of Vilna" on the title page. R. Chaim Katz Rappaport, son of R. Peretz of Vilna, served as rabbi of Pinsk for twenty years, beginning in 1807. In 1826 he immigrated to Eretz Israel, where he became one of the leaders of the "Prushim" community in Safed and Jerusalem. He passed away in 1831. His son-in-law was the Rebbe of Liubeshiv, R. Yechiel Michel Weingarten (Encyclopedia of Chassidut, II, p. 215).
23, , 24-176 leaves. 34.5 cm. Blueish paper. Overall good condition. Stains. Worming to several pages, affecting text. The last leaf has worming and tears affecting text; repaired. Minor repairs to other pages. New binding.
2. Apei Ravrevei, Shulchan Aruch Even Ha'Ezer with Chelkat Mechokek, Beit Shmuel, and Be'er HaGolah commentaries, as well as the commentary of the Gra. Vilna and Grodno, . First complete edition.
4 pages, 5-61; 188 leaves. Part of the book printed on blueish paper. 34.5 cm. Condition varies; good-fair. Stains. Repaired worming to the title page and several other pages, affecting text. Tears to several pages. New binding.
The commentary of the Gra to Even Ha'ezer was first printed in Grodno without a title page until siman 26. In 1819 the Vilna-Grodno printing partnership printed the remainder of the work (188 leaves), and included the sections already printed (recognizable
by the differing font and paper), as well as a title page, introductions and approbations.
The title page of this work has several variants. See: Otzar Sifrei HaGra no. 754 (the various title pages appear on p. 333).
Dikduk Eliyahu, grammar, punctuation and te'amim rules. By R. Eliyahu, the Vilna Gaon. Includes commentary by R. Zvi Hirsh son of R. Menachem Nachum. Vilna and Grodno, 1833. First edition. [Only part of the book was reprinted].
, 24,  leaves. 16.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Light creases to margins. Worming affecting text of some leaves. Contemporary damaged binding.
Vinograd, Otzar Sifrei HaGra, no. 866.
Pe'at HaShulchan, laws pertaining to Eretz Israel, by R. Yisrael of Shklow, disciple of the Vilna Gaon. Safed: Yisrael Bak, 1836. First edition.
The book contains a long and important introduction. The author opens the introduction by describing his trials and tribulations after ascending to Eretz Israel, and afterwards writes extensively of the greatness of his teacher, the Vilna Gaon.
Inscribed on one of the front endpapers: "This belongs to the community leader R. Yosef son of David Finkelder, gabbai of Eretz Israel here in Leeuwarden [north-western Holland] and its region in the year 1838".
, 2-109,  leaves. 30.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Several detached leaves. Original binding, loose and damaged.
One of the last books printed in Safed before the 1837 earthquake (whereafter the author and the printer relocated to Jerusalem, after losing most of their family and property in the quake). The last leaf - "List of errata and corrections" - does not appear in some copies.
Likutei Shichecha U'Pe'ah, kabbalistic novellae on Talmudic aggadot, by R. Avraham son of Yehuda Elmalich. Ferrara: R. Avraham Oshki, 1556. Only edition.
This book contains an anonymous compilation of essays by early kabbalists such as R. Ezra of Gerona and others. The author's words at the end of the book on the text of the Kiddush, are cited by the Shla as halacha and for practical use.
The title page bears a handwritten inscription and signature: "Purchased with the book Issur V'Heter HaAroch, Tia Weil".
R. Yedidya Tia Weil (1721-1805), leading Torah scholar of his times, son of R. Netanel Weil author of Korban Netanel, and close disciple of R. Yehonatan Eybeschutz. Exchanged halachic responsa with the author of Noda B'Yehuda and with the author of Haflaah. From 1770, R. Yedidya succeeding his father as rabbi of Karlsruhe and the State of Baden. Only his commentary Marbeh L'Saper on the Passover Haggadah was printed in his lifetime, anonymously; however, dozens of his compositions which remained in manuscript form are being published in recent years.
Another signature on the title page: "Shmuel Freund". R. Shmuel Freund (1795-1860, Otzar HaRabbanim 19335), a rabbi in Prague, author of Ir HaTzedek and other books. Opponent of the Reform Movement in Prague [see: Ishim B'Teshuvot Chatam Sofer, p. 389].
, 40 leaves. 18 cm. Good condition. Stains. Old binding.
Sefer Evronot, Astronomy and New Moons, by R. Eliezer Belin Ashkenazi, including Noten Yeshu'ah treatise, by R. Meir son of R. Natan Yehoshua Scribe. Offenbach, . An illustration of the solar system and the zodiac appears at the top of the title page. The book includes circular charts for calculating the New Moons and the tekufot and many tables. A circular chart of the New Moons (Moladot) is pasted to the flyleaf.
Ownership inscriptions on flyleaf: "This book belongs to my father… R. Binyamim Wolf Eiger… Rabbi of Leipnik…Tuesday Erev Rosh Chodesh Iyar", "Belongs to… Wolf Eiger, Rabbi of Leipnik and its district… his young disciple… Shmuel Wolf of Piskowitz". Signature on title page (cutoff): "…Eiger". Leaf 36 bears more (blurred) signatures: "…son of R. Akiva", "Zvi Hirsh…". A signed gloss appears on p. 8a: "Yehuda Leib".
R. Binyamin Wolf Eiger (1757-1796, Otzar HaRabbanim 3813), was a prominent Torah scholar Rabbi of Leipnik and Zülz and head of the Breslau Yeshiva. Uncle and teacher of R. Akiva Eiger Rabbi of Posen and mechutan of R. Yechezkel Landau, author of the Nodah B'Yehuda. Many of his Torah novellae are recorded in contemporary books, particularly in the responsa of his sister's son, R. Akiva Eiger. Cited in the Rabbi Akiva Eiger responsa (141, Simanim 29-30) is a correspondence of novellae delivered by R. Wolf at a festive meal celebrated in his city on the wedding-day of his nephew R. Akiva which took place in another city. In this responsum, he writes to R. Akiva Eiger: "This is a holiday for rabbis, today is the wedding day of my beloved nephew… the city Torah scholars are all gathered here… and celebrate this day… the feast I have prepared for them…". R. Akiva modestly responds: "A thousand thanks to you that you publicly celebrated my joyous occasion and this is a sign of your fierce love, although I do not know the reason…".
, 40 leaves. 19 cm. Fair condition. Stains. Worming to several leaves, affecting text. Paper glued to inner margins of some leaves for reinforcement. Open tears to margins of two leaves (flyleaf and last leaf). Old binding.
Mishneh Torah L'HaRambam, Part 4 - Nezikin-Shoftim. Furth: Chaim Madpis, .
Ownership inscription on the title page: "Yukav son of R. Aharon Ettlingen". Another owner's signature: "I purchased this Natan son of R. Yaakov…".
R. Yaakov Yukav Ettlinger (1789-1872, Otzar HaRabbanim 9805), Chief Rabbi of Altona and the surrounding region, a prominent leader of German Jewry and fierce opponent of the Reform Movement. He authored Aruch LaNer on Talmudic tractates, Bikurei Yaakov, Binyan Zion responsa, Minchat Ani on the Torah, and other books. Founder and editor of the Orthodox publication Shomer Zion HaNe'eman. Illustrious German rabbis were among his disciples, including R. Samson Raphael Hirsch and R. Ezriel Hildesheimer.
, 135, 138-298, , 297-302 leaves. Mispagination. 35.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Several detached leaves. Wear and tears to several leaves. Wood and leather contemporary damaged binding, torn and lacking back board.
Tikun Shlomo – Amsterdam, 1764 / Tehillim – Amsterdam, 1740 / Seder Maamadot – Amsterdam, 1742 – Dedication Handwritten and Signed by R. Zvi Hirsch Rabbi of Berlin, to his Son R. Shlomo Hirschel Rabbi of London
Three books bound together: Tikun Shlomo, Seder Tikunei Shabbat - siddur with prayers for Shabbat, with Seder Tikunei Shabbat by the Arizal, arranged by R. Shlomo Zalman London. Amsterdam, ; Tehillim, "with a commentary compiled from books and authors". Amsterdam, ; Seder Maamadot. Amsterdam, .
Trimmed signature of R. Zvi Hirsch "Rabbi of Berlin and its region" on first title page. On the blank page at the end of the first book is a long flowery dedication handwritten and signed by R. Zvi Hirsch Rabbi of Berlin to his son R. Shlomo Hirschel [later Rabbi of London and Great Britain].
R. Zvi Hirsch, Rabbi of Berlin (1721-1800, Otzar HaRabbanim 17206), prominent rabbi in his times, grandson of the Chacham Zvi, son of R. Aryeh Leib Rabbi of Głogów and Amsterdam, and brother of R. Shaul Rabbi of Amsterdam. Served as rabbi of Głogów, London, Halberstadt and Mannheim. In 1772, he began a 27-year tenure as Rabbi of the capital city of Berlin.
His son, R. Shlomo [Solomon] Hirschel Berlin (1761-1842), Rabbi of Prenzlau (Poland) and London, succeeded his father as rabbi of the Ashkenazic community of London and England, from 1802 until his death in 1842. All his children married into eminent Jewish families, and returned to live in Poland according to his express wishes that they should not live in England (Klilat Yofi, pp. 134-135).
Tikun Shlomo: , 144 leaves. Tehillim: 88 leaves. Maamadot: 60 leaves. 16.5 cm. Good condition. Stains. Old, damaged binding.
Two volumes of responsa with signatures of noted rabbinic personalities:
1. Avodat HaGershuni Responsa by R. Gershon Ashkenazi. Frankfurt-am-Main, . First edition. Illustrated title page. Signed ownership inscriptions on the title page: "I bought this with tithing money (ma'aser), the small Gershon son of R. Aryeh Yehuda Leib Boskowitz". R. Gershon Boskowitz was a dayan in Nikolsburg (Mikulov) from 1755. He was the son and successor of R. Aryeh Yehuda Leib Krochmal, rabbi of Boskovice and dayan in Nikolsburg (Mikulov), who was the son of R. Menachem Mendel Krochmal (the second), rabbi of Rostice (Rozstání) and nephew of the author.
The endpapers contain many ownership inscriptions, including the signature of R. "Yaakov Yekel Hirsch, rabbi of Gorlice", "Yaakov Yekel Hirsch… 1850, Neumarkt", "Netanel ben Menachem Mendel Feuerberg… Gorlice", and others.
R. Yaakov Yekel Hirsch, (ca. 1810-1880), was the author of "Birkat Yaakov" (Lviv, 1879). In the introduction he discusses his years of study as a disciple of the "Yeshuot Yaakov" and R. Naftali Hertz, rabbi of Lviv, as well as his closeness with the Divrei Chaim of Sanz. He also lists rabbinical positions in the cities of Gorlice and Neumarkt (Nowy Targ, Galicia).
, 94,  leaves (missing one of the introduction leaves following the title page). 30 cm. Fair condition. Stains and wear. Rough tears to the title page and and several other leaves (with paper restorations. The title page is mounted on paper). Worming to several leaves. Stamps. Old binding, with leather spine, worn and damaged.
2. Devar Shmuel Responsa by R. Shmuel Aboab. Venice, . First edition. Ownership inscriptions on the title page: "R. Nathan Adler", "Chaim---", and an indistinct signature of "the small Moshe Yehuda---".
, 88, (leaves 89-100 are missing), 101-104 leaves. 29 cm. Fair condition. Stains and wear. Wear to the margins. Slight worming to several margins. Detached pages. Worn and torn binding.
Zohar, Part 1 on Bereshit. "As printed in Amsterdam" [Lviv (Lemberg), 1802]. Approbations by R. Zvi Hirsh Meisels Rabbi of Zhovkva, R. Yosef Hoich-Gilerenter Rabbi of Zamosc and R. Yitzchak Ashkenazi of Lviv.
The endpapers contain many signatures and inscriptions, by several writers from the city of Satanov (Sataniv, Galicia) at the time of printing: signature of "Pinchas son of R. Sender of Satanov"; ownership inscriptions: "This book of the Holy Zohar belongs to R. …Mordechai Margolies of Satanov", "The holy R. Mordechai…"; many ownership inscriptions that the book belongs to "R. Yudel Moshe Katz of Zbaraz", "The holy R. Yudel Moshe Katz of Satanov", "R. Yudel Moshe Katz, posek of Satanov"; draft of a letter to "…R. Yisrael Binyamin, son of… R. Pinchas Katz of Odessa".
On the title page and on leaf 251 are signatures: "Shlomo Aharon Heilprin of Zeikovitz near Kamyanyets (Kaminetz)".
R. Alexander Sender Margolies Rabbi of Satanov (died on Tevet 29, 1802, before the completion of the printing of this book in the month of Adar 1802), a leading Torah scholar in his times and teacher of most Galician sages in his generation. He was the primary teacher of his nephew R. Efraim Zalman Margolies of Brody, and exchanged halachic responsa with the author of Ketzot HaChoshen and with the author of Yeshuot Yaakov.
His son R. Mordechai Margolies (1752-1818) succeeded his father as rabbi of Satanov. Before his father's death, he served as rabbi of Annopol, Korets and Dobromil. Son-in-law of R. Yehoshua of Drohobych (disciple of R. Zusha of Annopol) and brother-in-law of R. Bezalel Margolies of Ostroh. R. Mordechai exchanged extensive halachic correspondence with his cousin R. Efraim Zalman Margolies, author of Beit Efraim, and his novellae also appear in his father's book Teshuvot HaRe'em (Warsaw, 1859). In 1807, he wrote an approbation to the Berdychiv printing of the Rambam; the 1817 Slavita printing of the Talmud also received his approbation.
R. Pinchas Margolies, whose signature appears in this book, is unknown and not mentioned by R. Meir Wunder, in the list of the sons of R. Alexander Sender, in Encyclopedia L'Chachmei Galicia (Vol. 2, p. 909) and in his book Elef Margaliot (pp. 276-278). The name of R. Yehuda Moshe Katz of Zbaraz who served as a posek in Satanov, is also not recorded in the Encyclopedia L'Chachmei Galicia.
, 252; 2-14 leaves. Approx. 18 cm. Good-fair condition. Wear and tears. The corners of the last leaves are torn affecting a small part of the text. Stains and worming. Original leather binding, slightly damaged.
Responsa, by R. Ya'akov Weil and Nimukei Maharam of Jurbarkas. Hanau, .
Copy of R. Meir (Maharam) Ash, Rabbi of Uzhhorod. Handwritten self-dedication on the last leaf signed by his son Maharam Ash II, who writes that he received the book from his father, "Holy book given to me by my father as a gift during my visit in the month of Elul 1832, Menachem son of R. Meir Ash".
Glosses in ancient Ashkenazi script on pages 24/b and 57/a (possibly in the handwriting of Maharam Ash). Additional inscriptions on flyleaves.
R. Meir Eisenstadter - the Maharam Ash (1780-1852, HaChatam Sofer V'Talmidav, pp. 296-303), prominent disciple of the Chatam Sofer and leading Hungarian rabbi, son-in-law of R. David Deutsch Rabbi of Ir Chadash. Served in the rabbinate of several Hungarian cities, although he was best known as Rabbi of Uzhhorod (Ungvár). Authored Imrei Esh responsa and other books.
His son, R. Menachem, Maharam Ash II (1808-1870, Otzar HaHaRabbanim 13208), author of Chomat Esh, venerated Hungarian rabbi and head of yeshiva. R. Eliezer Deutsch Rabbi of Bonihad, author of Tevu'ot HaSadeh and R. Yosef Meir Weiss (author of Imrei Yosef of Spinka) were among his famous disciples. See his eulogy in the book HaYashar V'HaTov by his friend R. Zvi Hirsh of Liska.
2-91,  leaves. Missing title page and part of leaf 2. 17.5 cm. Fair-good condition. Stains and wear. Tears affecting text of the first five leaves. Upper margins trimmed on text border. Most leaves in good condition. Damaged binding with ancient leather spine.
Yeshuot Yaakov on Shulchan Aruch Even HaEzer, Part II - Hilchot Gittin (simanim 119-155), by R. Yaakov Meshulam Orenstein, rabbi of Lviv. Lviv, . First edition.
Three signatures of the Gaon of Csenger on the title page: "the small Asher Anshel ben R. Shmuel Halevi, rabbi of Csenger". An additional inscription by his son reads, "Given to me as an inheritance by my holy father of blessed memory. Shmuel Zev Halevi." An additional inscription reads: "From the estate of the late tzaddik."
R. Asher Anshel Halevi Jungreis (1806-1873), was a kabbalist and Torah scholar, son of R. Shmuel Halevi, rabbi of Cece, Hungary, and son-in-law of R. Meir Almash, rabbi of Mattersdorf (today Mattersburg, Austria). He was a disciple of R. Meir Eisenstadter (Maharam Ash), rabbi of Ungvar (Uzhhorod), and of R. Koppel Charif, rabbi of Vrbové. He officiated as rabbi of Csenger for over 40 years, beginning in 1834. During his years as a rabbi, he gained renown as a holy man and miracle worker, especially in his ability to heal the sick. Despite his poverty, he supported many poor people and saw to the education and marriage of many orphans. He was revered among many Chassidic rabbis, and established a long-standing correspondence with R. Meir of Peremyshliany in Kabbalistic matters. R. Meir stated that R. Asher knew how to pray with all the intentions of the Arizal (Shem Hagedolim Me'eretz HaGer, pp.35-36). R. Yosef Chaim of Pistyn, author of "Tosfot Chaim" (disciple of the Kedushat Levi and the Baal HaTanya), stated that he was the greatest among the Hungarian rabbis, and fluent in all the teachings of the Arizal (Menuchat Asher, biography, section II). The first rebbe of Tosh, R. Meshulam Feish Segal Lowy of Nyírtass, gained renown as a miracle worker
after R. Asher sent people to him for blessings. The story is told that while studying with his students, R. Asher reached the words "when Moses ascended to Heaven" (Tractate Shabbos, 88:), recited the Shema, and passed away with G-ds name on his lips.
His works "Menuchat Asher" were published after his passing. His biography and tales of the miracles he wrought were printed in the introduction to his books, as well as in other books (Niflaot Asher, Toldot Anshei Mofes, BeitAsher-Ohel Sara, savior of Israel, and others). His sons and sons-in-law officiated as rabbis in Hungary, and his descendants have served in rabbinical positions around the world.
His son, R. Shmuel Zev Halevi Jungreis (died 1909), was the rabbi of Biharnagybajom.
, 75 leaves. 37 cm. Fair-poor condition. Wear and decay to the bottom margins. Damage to the text on the last pages. Detached leaves. Worn and torn binding.
Three books from the library of R. Yeshaya Silberstein, rabbi of Veitzen (Vác). One book was inherited from his father, the "Shvilei David".
1. Responsa Aryeh D'vei Ilai, by R. Aryeh Leib, rabbi of Nowy Wiśnicz (son-in-law of R. Moshe Teitelbaum of Ujhel (Sátoraljaújhely), the Yismach Moshe, and son-in-law of R. Yechezkel Halberstam of Sieniawa, the Divrei Yechezkel). Peremyshliany, . First edition. (Stefansky Chassidut, no. 66). Previous ownership inscriptions. An inscription on the flyleaf states that "this volume belongs to the great and holy R. Yeshaya Silberstein, rabbi of Khal Yereim, Veitzen".
At the end of the book are  leaves with the approbation or R. Tzvi Hirsch of Olaszliszka and a laist of prenumeranten (people who ordered copies of a book before its publication). These leaves are bibliographically unknown.
2-3. Responsa Machane Chaim Choshen Mishpat, part II, by R. Chaim Sofer, rabbi of Budapest. Mukachevo, 1875. First edition. An inscription on the flyleaf states that the volume belongs to "the great and holy… R. Yeshaya Silberstein… Veitzen", and various other signatures.
Bound with: Sefer Vayiken Yosef, alphabetical Talmudic listings by R. Yosef Burgel of Tunis. Livorno, . The title page contains a dedication in Ashkenazic handwriting: "This volume is sent as a gift to… R. David Leib Silberstein, rabbi of Třebíč, from me, the small Shlomo Eliezer Fishler of Tunis, Africa".
R. Yeshaya Zilberstein (1857-1930), rabbi of Veitzen (Vac, Hungary), and author of "Ma'asai LeMelech", was renowned as one of the greatest Hungarian rabbis of his time (there were those who stated that the three great Hungarian rabbis were R. Yeshaya Silberstein, R. Shimon Greenfeld of Bűdszentmihály, and R. Mordechai Winkler of Mad, author of Levush Mordechai). He was born is Senta to R. David Leib Silberstein, rabbi of the city. As a baby, he moved with his family to Jerusalem, where they lived for eight years, during which time R. Yeshaya was a student in the Etz Chaim Yershiva. Upon their return to Europe, R. Yeshaya studied in Pressburg under the Ktav Sofer, as well as with R. Chaim Tzvi Mannheimer, from whom he received rabbinical ordination. In 1896 he was appointed to succeed his father as rabbi of Vac, a position he held until his passing. He established a large yeshiva in the city, and many of his students went on to become rabbis and rabbinical leaders in their own right.
His father, R. David Yehuda Leib Silberstein, (1820-1884), was a disciple of R. Meir Ash (Eisenstadter) and R. Koppel Charif. From 1853-1857 he served as rabbi of Sátoraljaújhely, and in 1857 he accepted a rabbinic position in Senta. As mentioned above, he spent the years 1859-1870 in Jerusalem, where he began printing his works "Shvilei David". Upon his return to Hungary he accepted the rabbinate in Třebíč in 1872. After officiating in other Hungarian cities, he became rabbi in Vac, where he was the leader of the Orthodox rabbis in Hungary.
R. Shlomo Eliezer Fishler of Boryslav, author of the dedication, published the book "Igra Rama - Responsa of R. Meshulam Igra" (Lviv, 1873).
Three books in two volumes. Size and condition vary. Extensive worming with professional restoration. Page 10 in Sever Vayiken Yosef is missing and replaced with a photocopy.
Sefer Mishneh Torah – Sefer Nashim and Kedusha – Lviv, 1809 – Signature and Glosses of Rabbi Fishel Sofer, Disciple of the Chatam Sofer, With the Signature of his Son, Rabbi Yaakov Shalom Sofer, Rabbi of Topoľčany
Sefer Mishneh Torah by the Rambam, Section II, Sefer Nashim and Kedusha. Lviv, 1809.
Signature on the title page: "G-d's is the earth and all within it. Fishel Sofer". The signature is that of R. Fishel Sofer, disciple of the Chatam Sofer. The book contains glosses in his handwriting. On the page before the title page are many inscriptions, including one by his son: "This Rambam belongs to the youth group of Szentpéter [Sajószentpéter]. The small Yaakov Shalom Sofer". The back endpaper contains the first draft of a letter (salutation only) from R. Yaakov Shalom Sofer to his brother, R. Chaim Sofer, author of Machane Chaim. On leaf 48 is an ownership inscription, "Switched with R. Meir…"
R. Mordechai Efraim Fishel Sofer of Pressburg (Bratislava) (1786-1843, The Chatam Sofer and his Disciples, pp. 337-340), was a close disciple of the Chatam Sofer. At the advice of his mentor, he declined all rabbinical positions and remained a teacher in Pressburg. His students included the sons of his teacher - R. Avraham Shmuel Binyamin Sofer (the Ktav Sofer) and R. Shimon Sofer (the Michtav Sofer). R. Fishel Sofer enjoyed an exceptional closeness with his teacher, the Chatam Sofer, who was known to say that a day on which he did not see Fishel Sofer was a day on which he felt spiritually diminished. R. Fishel's sons included R. Yaakov Shalom Sofer, rabbi Topoľčany, R. Chaim Sofer, rabbi of Budapest and author of "Machane Chaim", R. Eliezer Zusman Sofer, rabbi of Pecs, and others. The Chatam Sofer guaranteed the spiritual greatness of R. Fishel's sons, and personally served as their sandak, and later as their teacher.
R. Yaakov Shalom Sofer, R. Fishel's son (1813-1851, The Chatam Sofer and his Disciples, pp. 235-239), was a close disciple of the Chatam Sofer from the age of eleven until his marriage. The story is told that on the Friday night before R. Yaakov's passing, the Chatam Sofer appeared to him in a dream and invited R. Yaakov to join him (the Chatam Sofer) in Heaven. R. Yaakov requested some time to deliberate, as it would be difficult for him to leave his young family. On Motzaei Shabbat, the dream repeated itself, upon which R. Yaakov joyfully agreed to join his mentor. On Sunday, R. Yaakov discussed his dreams with his brother R. Naftali, and passed away the following day (the story is mentioned in his epitaph).
, 148, 114 leaves. 36 cm. Fair-good condition. Stains and wear. Dampstains and signs of mold. Small tears to the title page, not affecting text. Creases to the title page and several margins. Original binding, torn and worn.
Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Nedarim, Nazir and Sotah. Vilna: The Widow and Brothers Romm, 1889-1892.
Copy of R. Ya'akov Shalom Sofer, Rabbi in Budapest. First title page bears his stamp: "Ya'akov Shalom Sofer Rabbi in the B. Pest Community". Dozens of long scholary glosses were handwritten by him on the leaves of all three tractates, including on the leaves of the commentaries.
R. Sofer's glosses on the tractates of his Talmud are mentioned on his tombstone: "He left in his handwriting… wonderful glosses on the Babylonian Talmud… during his public teaching of the Babylonian Talmud at the Chevra Shas… here in the city of B. Pest…". This is one of these volumes with his glosses compiled during the decades in which he delivered a daily discourse on the Talmud. The dates he completed each tractate are inscribed at the end of the tractates.
R. Ya'akov Shalom Sofer (1854-1921), son of the famous R. Chaim Sofer, author of Machane Chaim (Rabbi of Uzhhorod [Ungvar] and of Budapest, disciple of the Chatam Sofer). Author of the four-volume Torat Chaim on Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim. In 1886, he succeeded his father as dayan in the Budapest Beit Din at the same time delivering a daily discourse in the Chevrat Shas. His letters were printed in his book Yeshevav HaSofer on Tractate Sanhedrin and in his responsa (Jerusalem, 1976). To the best of our knowledge, these glosses are unknown and have never been printed.
, 2-103; 16; , 2-87; , 2-51; 10; 8 leaves. 40 cm. Good condition. Stains. A few detached leaves (the title page of Tractate Nazir is detached and is possibly from a different copy). Contemporary binding, damaged, lacking spine.
Six books from the library of R. Shmuel Heller of Safed, with this signatures and stamps.
1. Yosef Tehillot, commentary on Tehillim [with the Scripture], by the Chida. Livorno, . First edition.
2-3. Sefer HaChaim, by R. Moshe Wartman. Lemberg, 1856. First edition. Bound with: Romemat Yisrael by R. Moshe Wartman. [Zhovkva, 1848]. First edition.
4. Lechem V'Simla, on the Shulchan Aruch Hilchot Nidah and Mikva'ot, by R. Shlomo Ganzfried [author of the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch]. Lviv 1861. First edition.
5. Meginei Eretz, Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim Part 2 (Simanim 157-314). Warsaw, 1863.
6. Leshon Tsaddik, testament of R. Shlomo Kluger and eulogies said for him, by his son R. Avraham Binyamin Kluger. Uzhhorod (Ungvar), .
7. Torat HaBayit HaKatzar, by the Rashba. Berlin, . Lacking four leaves.
All the books bear many signatures and stamps of R. Shmuel Heller [in several places as was his habit]. There are also signatures of R. "Yitzchak Isaac Deutsch of Tiberias" (son of R. David Natan Deutsch of Crăciuneşti [Kretsnif], author of Nefesh David). The book Maginei Eretz also bears the signature of "Yitzchak grandson of the Gaon of Lissa".
7 books. Size and condition vary.
Cheshbon HaNefesh, "excellent strategies for healing the soul", by "the scholar" R. Mendel ben Yehuda Leib Lefin of Sataniv. Vilna, 1844.
Many ownership inscriptions in the handwriting of R. Yosef Zundel of Salant, who writes: "Belongs to Beit Medrash Menachem Zion" and that the volume was obtained from the estate of R. Zev Yedniker of Vilna in 1850.
This edition was published with the encouragement of R. Yisrael Salanter, founder of the Mussar Movement. R. Yisrael and his disciples encouraged the use of the methods espoused in "Cheshbon HaNefesh", although others criticized the work and discouraged its use since it was based on the system of Benjamin Franklin (see: R. Dov Katz, Tenuat Hamussar, pp. 281-282.)
The inscriptions provide clear documentation of the use of this volume in "Menachem Zion", the beit medrash of the disciples of the Gra in Jerusalem (as is well known, the Gra frowned on the study of philosophy). R. Yosef Zundel was responsible for the library in the beit medrash for many years.
R. Yosef Zundel of Salant (1787-1866), was among the foremost disciples of R. Chaim of Volozhin, founder of the great Volozhin Yeshiva. R. Chaim imparted to him the teachings of the Gra in Torah and Kabbalah, and R. Yosef Zundel is often referred to as "Eliyahu's disseminator". R. Yosef Zundel considered R. Chaim his foremost teacher, and refers to him as "my master and teacher" in his writings, while he refers to the Gra as "the great rabbi". All of his many writings contain numerous references to their teachings.
R. Yosef Zundel became the teacher and spiritual mentor of R. Yisrael Salanter, founder of the Mussar Movement. Upon his encouragement, R. Yisrael began to disseminate his mussar teachings to the public, and R. Yosef Zundel is therefore referred to as the father of the Mussar Movement. A selection of his writings have been printed in "HaTzaddik Rabbi Yosef Zundel MiSalant VeRabbotav" (Jerusalem, 1927), including his biography, writings, and the writings of his teachers, R. Chaim of Volozhin and the Gra.
Various inscriptions from different authors on the endpapers. The front endpaper contains a handwritten chart to record progress in the character trait of "Inner harmony". The back endpaper contains an inscription in childish handwriting: "This belongs to Beit Medrash Menachem Zion - written by Shlomo Zalman ben R. Yaakov Halevi Sapir" (son of the famous traveler R. Yaakov Sapir, whose family remained in Jerusalem during his travels).
, 95 pages; 112 leaves. 13.3X11 cm. High-quality paper. Good condition. Wear, as a result of much use. Stains. Original binding with leather spine; worn.
Two volumes of responsa with signatures and ownership inscriptions of noted rabbinic personalities:
1. Chut Hashani Responsa by R. Shimshon Bachrach, father of R. Yair Bachrach, the "Chavot Yair". Sudilkov, 1833. Signatures on the title page of R. "Yosef ben Yitzchak, rabbi of Telz", and of his grandson, R. "Yaakov Yeshaya Rosenblum".
R. Yosef Raisen, rabbi of Telšiai (Telz) and Slonim, (died 1885), was a scholar and Kabbalist who was the teacher of R. Shlomo Eliyashov, the "Leshem", during the latter's stay in Telšiai (see Yeshurun, 22, p. 785 - testimony of R. Tzvi Farber, student of the Leshem). He officiated as rabbi of Telšiai from 1864-1873, and then in Slonim from 1873-1885. He authored the responsa "Edut BeYehosef", "She'erit Yosef" and "Porat Yosef". His grandson, R. Yaakov Yeshaya Rosenblum, rabbi of Davyd-Haradok, (1867-1924), published his grandfather's work "She'erit Yosef" (Vilna, 1914).
83 leaves. 21 cm. Good condition. Slight wear and staining. New binding.
2. Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah, part I (simanim 1-182), with "Pitchei Teshuva" commentary by R. Avraham Tzvi Eisenstadt. Vilna, 1836. First edition of Pitchei Teshuva.
Several handwritten glosses. Ownership inscription on the title page: "belongs to the scholar R. Shlomo Leib, rabbi of Lenshitz". The endpapers contain signatures and many inscriptions: "the small Tevil Morgenstern", "I requested that R. Yitzchak, the bearer of this volume be given four measures of meat… Rabbanit Preitel [Morgenstern]", "the small Yitzchak Yaakov" and others.
R. Shlomo Leib Morgenstern, (died 1869), was the rabbi of Lukow and Lenshitz (Łęczyca). He was renowned as a scholar, and despite the blindness that afflicted him for most of his life, he was fluent in the Talmud and its commentaries, and would deliver sermons and respond to halachic and Talmudic queries. (See: Sefer Lenshitz, pp. 89-91). He authored Sefer Minchat HaBoker (Warsaw, 1883), in which he describes his blindness and the fact that he composed the work while studying with his son-in-law, who would transcribe his dictation. R.Chaim Elazar Wachs, author of "Nefesh Chaya", wrote in his approbation that the author was renowned as a scholar and leader during his lifetime.
, 190 leaves. Approx. 21 cm. Good-fair condition. Wear, as a result of much use. New binding; worn.
Varied collection of title pages and galley proofs with signatures, dedications and glosses, from the 17th-19th centuries.
Collection includes: * two title pages with the signature of R. Chaim Palagi. * Leaves from Sefer Mishneh Torah by the Rambam, Sefer Hamada, Venice, 1573. Glosses in Sephardic handwriting by several authors. Page 32b contains a particularly lengthy gloss, signed "Peretz Se"t". The author mentions that, "I just received the Sefer Chazak Yad by the rabbi of our city Constantinople… R. Shlomo ben Muvchar". The collection contains another page with a long gloss by this author. * Title page with the signature "the small Wolf Eiger" (evidently R. Wolf Eiger, uncle and teacher of R. Akiva Eiger, who is mentioned often in his responsa. * Title pages with the signatures of R. Yedidya Shlomi Israel, R. Shmuel Shalem (rabbi of Salonika, author of "Melech Shalem"), R. Yehuda Bonomo, R. Avraham Krispin, R. Yehuda ben Moshe Eli (dedication on the title page of his Sefer Kemach Solet to R. Eliyahu Vintura), and others. Several of the signatures have not been identified. * Several leaves with glosses.
34 items. Size and condition vary.
Mishneh Torah L'HaRambam, part IV - Nezikin, Kinyan, Mishpatim, Shoftim. Fürth, .
On the margins are approximately sixty long and learned glosses in Ashkenazic handwriting. The author is unidentified, but the style is characteristic of German-Hungarian scholars at the 18th century. Several of the glosses are in different handwriting.
It is evident from the glosses that their author was a scholar and Talmudic originator. He boldly disagrees with the great Acharonim (later Torah scholars) such as the Shach, the Kesef Mishneh and the Lechem Mishneh (See glosses on pp 148a and 243b).
, 13, 16-45, 48-135, 138-298, , 297-302 leaves (4 leaves missing: 14-15, 46-47. Originally: , 135, 138-298, , 297-302 leaves). 40 cm. Several dark leaves. Wide margins. Fair condition. Detached leaves. Stains and much wear. Worming to the inner margins. Original binding, leather-covered wood, detached and worn. Spine missing.
Tur, Orach Chaim and two volumes of Choshen Mishpat. Frankfurt-am-Main, [1714-1716] - three volumes out of a set of five volumes published between 1712-1716. First edition of Drisha and Prisha on Choshen Mishpat.
The two volumes of Choshen Mishpat contain signatures, ownership inscriptions and learned glosses in the handwriting of R. Aryeh Leib Segal, rabbi of Veszprém. Two of the glosses are signed by him. Additional ownership inscriptions are found on the title pages and endpapers. The volume of Orach Chaim contains several glosses from a different author.
The first part of Choshen Mishpat contains a signature on the title page of: "the small Aryeh Leib Segal", and the signature of his son, "the small Yekutiel ben Aryeh Leib Segal". The second part contains the signatures of "Aryeh Leib Shtampi" on the title page. The endpaper of the second part contains the inscription: "these volumes belong to the great R. Aryeh Leib Segal, rabbi and rosh yeshiva in Veszprém and the vicinity. Today, 3 Kislev, 1824. I… Mendel... of Leipnik [Lipník nad Bečvou] student of the rabbi".
R. Aryeh Leib Halevi Segal (d. 1832) was the rabbi of Ágfalva and Veszprém, Hungary. His grandson, R. Mordechai Brody of Miava, writes about him in the introduction to Responsa Maharam Brody: "R. Aryeh Leib Halevi was originally rabbi in Ágfalva, near Pressburg, and later became rabbi in Veszprém, where he became renowned for his vast knowledge. He is mentioned in the responsa of the Chatam Sofer, Yoreh Deah, siman 326, where he is praised for his great wisdom" (see Responsa Chatam Sofer, where R. Aryeh Leib is described with great honorifics).
R. Shmuel Halevi Wosner (1913-2015) was a descendent of R. Aryeh Leib Segal. In the introduction to Sefer Shevet Halevi, part II, siman 28, R. Wosner mentions his ancestor, "the great R. Nathan Nata Brody, rabbi of Šaštín-Stráže, father of my great-uncle, Maharam Brody". R. Nathan Nata Brody was the son-in-law of R. Aryeh Leib Segal.
Three volumes. Orach Chaim: , 296, leaves. Choshen Mishpat, I: , 52, 267 leaves. Choshen Mishpat, II: , 130, 187 leaves. 30.5 cm. Overall good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Worming. Partially trimmed glosses. Title page of Choshen Mishpat, section I, contains damage and adhesive paper. Original bindings, with leather spines, damaged.
Mishnayot, Sedarim Zera'im and Mo'ed, with the commentaries of R. Ovadia of Bartenura and Tosfot Yom Tov. Amsterdam: Naftali Hertz Levi, . Edition with proofread commentary of Tosfot Yom Tov.
Interesting inscriptions and dozens of scholarly glosses in Oriental-Rashi script [Europe? 18th century]. The glosses contain explanations and novellae on the Mishnayot. Allusions to beginning and end of tractates. On the title page is an inscription in Oriental-Rashi script: "On the 15th of the month of Av 1749, I have begun to review the study of the Mishnah. He who gave the merit to begin, will merit me to complete the study in health…". On the verso of the title page: inscription upon completing the six Sidrei Mishnah in 1756, and Torah inscriptions. On the margins of leaf 1 is a nice allusion to the beginning and ending letters of Tractate Berachot. Written above this inscription is another inscription about the visit of an emissary from Safed to their city "R. Chaim Moda'i passed here while filling his mission from the city of Safed in 1762" [R. Chaim Moda'i (1720-1794), author of Chaim L'Olam, leading sage of Safed, Constantinople and Izmir. After the devastating 1760 earthquake in Safed, R. Chaim sojourned from the city of Constantinople on a four-year campaign to solicit donations from European Jews and he succeeded in rebuilding Safed from its rubble. In 1764, R. Chaim Moda'i was in Hague in the Netherlands (see: Binyan She'ol, p. 104, Note 100)].
Copy lacking approximately 7 leaves - , 98, (leaves 97-98 were bound upside down and leaf 99 is lacking), 100-132 leaves; , 165, (lacking leaves 166-167), 168 leaves (lacking about 4 last leaves). 23 cm. Fair condition. Wear and damages to margins. Detached leaves. Contemporary binding, detached and damaged.
In the Bibliography of the Hebrew Book (listing 000150651), the pagination is erroneously recorded as follows: , 132 leaves; , 164 leaves. But inspection of this copy indicates that more leaves are lacking at the end after leaf 168.
Terumat HaDeshen, 2 parts - Responsa, Halachic decisions and other writings by R. Yisrael Isserlin. Furth, .
The title page and page 2 contain the signatures of R. "Bendet Goitein" (1770-1843), rabbi of Hodász, Hungary, author of "Kessef Nivchar" and renowned as among the great Hungarian rabbinic personalities in his day. The book also contains the stamp (in Latin letters), "E.M. Goitein - Rabbiner". This is the stamp of his grandson, R. Eliyahu Menachem Goitein, also rabbi in Hodász.
The margins contain approximately 15 short handwritten glosses and notations. The endpapers contain many handwritten inscriptions - listings of references to Sefer Terumat HaDeshen in the responsa. Most of the glosses and inscriptions are probably in the handwriting of R. Bendet Goitein.
, 122, 2-45 leaves. 20 cm. Good-fair condition. Wear and stains. Worming with slight damage to text. Detached leaves. Original binding, worn and loose. Spine missing.
Nevi'im Rishonim, Nevi'im Achronim and Ketuvim, with Rashi commentary. Amsterdam, . Three parts in one volume (separate title page for each part).
Thousands of glosses on all pages in tiny neat Sephardi writing. Colophon at the end of the book by the writer of the glosses: "Blessed is the G-d of the Jewish People who gave me the merit of completing the commentary… Yichye son of Avraham Zabiv". [Cochin?, India, 19th century].
Most glosses were written in the margins, although some appear between the lines and between words. The thousands of glosses compose a complete comprehensive composition commenting on the explanation and grammar of the words of the Scripture. Most are short glosses and at times consist of a translation to various languages in vowelized transliterated Hebrew, prefaced by "In Malabar", " Malabar ", "Mal" [Malabar is a region in Southwest India, in which the city of Cochin in located and apparently, the writer is referring to the Malayalam language spoken there]; "In M.T", "M.T." [Malabar-Tamil?]; "In a foreign language", [another language, perhaps a European dialect].
Few glosses in another handwriting [such as at the beginning of Daniel].
Curly signature, and self-dedication on title page: "I have received this book from Rachel, the widow of R. Avraham Shmuel. Avraham son of R. Yichye Zabiv [the author's father?].
The author of these glosses, R. Yichye son of R. Avraham Zabiv had copied a manuscript in the city of Cochin in 1723 (manuscript in the NLI, 8°5719) in his youth. The name Zabiv originates in Yemen, linking the writer to the Yemenite community of Cochin, possibly the grandson of "R. Yichye son of R. Moshe Zabiv", who received a letter from R. Y. Tzalach (the Maharitz), sent from Sana'a to Cochin in 1803. "The dear son R. Avraham and his wife" are mentioned in the letter [printed at the beginning of the book Zevach Toda by the Maharitz, Jerusalem 1880 edition]. This manuscript portrays the author's expansive knowledge of the Bible, the Holy Tongue and its grammar. His commentary on the Five Books of the Torah and on the Five Megillot [not contained in this volume] exist in a manuscript in the NLI (no. 28°3355) titled Perushei Tevot shel Chamisha Chumshei Torah.
Three parts in one volume. Nevi'im Rishonim: , 325-463 leaves. Nevi'im Achronim: 194 leaves. Ketuvim: , 196-400 leaves. 20.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Worming. Worming to several leaves, primarily to inner margins, scarcely affecting text. Tears to several leaves, with handwritten text replacements. Title page mounted on paper for reinforcement. Restorations to last leaf. Several slightly trimmed glosses. Old binding with leather spine. Damaged binding.
Torat HaBayit HaAroch by the Rashba, with Mishmeret HaBayit by the Rashba and with Bedek HaBayit by R. Aharon HaLevi. Berlin, .
Copy of R. Yerucham Yehuda Leib Perlman, "The Gadol of Minsk". Stamps on the title page and in additional places: "Yerucham Yehuda Perlman here in Pruzhany". Long scholarly erudite glosses in his handwriting appear on the front endpaper and flyleaf. Seemingly, the glosses have not been printed.
Additional ownership inscriptions on the front flyleaf. Inside the book are several short glosses in a different handwriting.
R. Yerucham Yehuda Leib Perlman (1835-1896), known by his appellation "the Gadol of Minsk", was a disciple of R. Yaakov Meir Padua. He served as rabbi of Syalyets (Seltz) and Pruzhany, and from 1893 until his death as rabbi of Minsk. His comments and novellae on the Mishnayot were printed in the 1905 Vilna edition, titled Or Gadol. His responsa were printed in Vilna in 1924 under the same title. He was the only Torah scholar of that generation who merited the appellation "the Gadol", as noted on his tombstone.
190 leaves. Leaves 1-2, containing the introduction, are bound at the end of the book (as they appear in the copy of the NLI). 30.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Worming and tears to several leaves. Original damaged binding.
Manuscript, Orach Mishor, on Tractate Nazir and on Hilchot Nazir of the Rambam, by R. Yochanan B'Rabbi Meir Kremnitzer. Targowica (today in Ukraine), 1826.
Handsome Ashkenazi script. Framed title page, with the place and year of writing in the margins: "1826, written here in Targowica, under the rule of our Master the Emperor…".
Abridged copy of the book Orach Mishor first printed in Berlin in 1723, with a number of revisions and glosses by the copier. The manuscript ends at Chapter 6 (the printed version of the book contains nine chapters).
Ownership inscription on verso of title page: "R. Nachum Dov Kazarowitsky".
, 44 leaves;  page of "omissions". 17 cm. Fair-poor condition. Dark stains, worming, detached leaves. Damaged, detached binding, missing spine.
Manuscript, "Brief laws and Seder Pidyon HaBen", blessings and halachic explanations, handwritten and signed by the author, R. "Avraham Zvi son of Natan Neta Katz". Sajoszentpeter (Hungary), Kislev 1822.
The text of Seder Pidyon HaBen is written in square vowelized calligraphic writing. The laws and explanations are written in cursive Ashkenazi script.
On last leaf: A section of a contract drawn between the rabbi and community heads, signed by the author "Avraham Zvi Katz". Sajoszentpeter, Cheshvan 1822.R. Avraham Zvi HaCohen Katz, son of R. Natan Neta Katz [grandson of R. Baruch Darshan of Prague who served as Rabbi of Nagykálló (Kaliv) in his senior years] was appointed Rabbi of Sajoszentpeter in the 1820s, during the lifetime of R. Papa (first rabbi of this community which was founded in the 18th century).
Upon the death of R. Papa in 1822, R. Avraham Zvi was chosen successor, but in 1824 resigned from the rabbinate (apparently, the draft of the contract which appears at the end of this manuscript is related to his appointment as rabbi of the community in the autumn of 1822). R. Avraham Zvi also left another handwritten composition titled K'lei Golah on Avot D'Rabbi Natan, which bears the approbation of the Chatam Sofer from 1834, who bestows lofty titles on the author. A responsum to R. Katz appears in the Chatam Sofer responsa, Even HaEzer Siman 158, from the month of Tamuz 1822, in which the Chatam Sofer writes: "To the outstanding Rabbi Avraham Zvi Katz Rabbi of Sajoszentpeter" (see: Ishim B'Teshuvot Chatam Sofer, p. 45; Kehillot Hungaria, pp. 399-400; Moreshet Rabbanei Hungaria, p. 105). This composition was printed in the book B'ni Bechori Yisrael (NY, 1999, pp. 11-23) titled "Laws of Pidyon HaBen by the Disciple of the Chatam Sofer" [apparently the author was not a disciple of the Chatam Sofer and his acquaintance with him followed his appointment as rabbi of a Hungarian town].
 written pages. 23 cm. Fair-good condition, wear and stains. Ink erosion to title page. Unbound.
Manuscript – Halachic and Aggadic Homilies, Novellae and Responsa – By Rabbi Mordechai HaCohen Trachtman and by his Son Rabbi Chaim – Disciple of Rebbe Ya’akov Yosef Sefarad of Ostroh – Galicia, 19th Century
Manuscript, halachic and aggadic homilies, novellae and responsa, by R. Mordechai HaCohen Trachtman and by his son R. Chaim, disciple of R. Ya'akov Yosef Sefarad of Ostroh. [Galicia, 19th century].
Homilies and novellae written during 1835-1853. Dates and other details are recorded at the beginning and end of many passages. Apparently, most of the passages were written by R. "Mordechai HaCohen Trachtman" of Sataniv [Ukraine], with supplements by his son "Chaim HaCohen" [in one place, the son writes: "Chaim the son of the author says that according to what my father has written…"]. The father himself wrote part of his son's Torah novellae [for example, see p. 17b: "…Shabbat Bereshit 1835. My son Chaim answered…"].
The manuscript contains copies of letters by R. Mordechai HaCohen [pp. 52b-57a: "That which I have written to my clever son Shlomo in Starokostiantyniv [Ukraine]. Your father Mordechai"; etc.]. See enclosed material.
On p. 67a the writer cites teachings by R. Ya'akov Yosef of Ostroh whom he refers to as "My Teacher and My Rabbi" [apparently, he is referring to R. Ya'akov Yosef Sefarad of Ostroh - see below]. The writer continues this passage: "And I have heard in the name of R. Gavriel…" [perhaps he refers to R. Gavriel son of R. Naftali Herz Suchostaw, author of Matzevet Kodesh. See Wunder, Encyclopedia LeChachmei Galicia III, pp. 1051-1052].
The manuscript opens with an uncompleted ornate title page.
Evidently, the author of these novellae is R. Mordechai HaCohen Trachtman who immigrated to Jerusalem in his later years and whose signature appears on a letter from 1849 of the "Community of the Kollel of Ashkenazi Chassidim" [Kollel Vohlin] to Sir Moses Montefiore (regarding obtaining a permit to construct the Tiferet Yisrael synagogue of the Ruzhin Chassidim in Jerusalem - see enclosed material).
Not much is known about R. Mordechai's son, R. Chaim, whose novellae appear in this manuscript. It seems that his wife was from Liteni [Romania; see p. 51b and p. 70b]. The abovementioned citation indicates that he was a disciple of R. Ya'akov Yosef Sefarad of Ostroh [died in 1843, Encyclopedia L'Chassidut, Vol. 2, pp. 273-274; disciple of R. Baruch of Medzhybizh. The latter was named after his grandfather R. Ya'akov Yosef of Ostroh, author of the book Rav Yeivi. He succeeded his father and his grandfather as Rebbe in Ostroh].
Mispagination.  leaves. 21.5 cm. Overall good condition. Stains and wear. Few tears and worming. Old binding.
Manuscript, Mesechet Purim - Purim parody phrased in the style of the Mishnah and Talmud, in Hebrew and Aramaic. Ethical songs and piyyutim. [Western Europe, ca. second half of the 18th century].
Cursive Ashkenazi script, decorative borders and titles on all pages. An illustration of the seven-branched Temple menorah appears on the last page.
The last leaves contain humorous "Maaravot" piyyutim for the first eve of Purim and the second [as an imitation in jest of the two days of Festivals instituted in the Diaspora, not instituted for Purim].
, 15 leaves. 19.5 cm. Thick high-quality paper. Good-fair condition. Heavy wear and stains. The ink on the first pages is slightly faded. Original Bristol wrappers, damaged.
Manuscript, Pe'er Yisrael, Torah novellae, segulot and cures, poems and riddles, by R. Shlomo son of R. Ya'akov of Strelitz. Werkendam (Netherlands), [1803-1805].
Illustrated title page. Complete three-part manuscript. The manuscript is dated in three different places: 1803, 1804 and 1805, hence we assume that it was written in the course of these years. The title page bears the date 1843 in gematriya form, however, the writer may have erred in calculating the gematriya.
In the introduction to the manuscript, the author writes of his travails and of the places he traversed. He recounts his journey to Prague to study Torah directly from the illustrious Yechezkel Landau (to whom the writer refers with lavish titles), however he could not fulfill his aspiration "due to lack of funds required to rent books and for living quarters". He signs the introduction: "Shlomo son of the late Ya'akov of Strelitz, grandson of the famous R. Zvi Hirsh Livshitz of Berlin and Breslau".
A graphic star-shaped poem and another flowery sonnet by the author follow the introduction.
Three-part manuscript: Part 1 - Aggadah novellae, anecdotes and highlights of the weekly Torah portions and Chazal sayings heard by the writer from rabbis during his travels through Prague, Furth, Frankfurt an der Oder, Neustadt, etc. These include novellae by Torah leaders whose Torah teachings were lost to following generations, such as R. Yehuda Leib Halberstadt (1777-1831), a disciple of the Pnei Yehoshua, dayan and lecturer at the famous yeshiva in Furth; R. "Moshe Nash" [possibly, mentioned in the Chatam Sofer responsa, Part 6, Siman 37, counted among the Nikolsburg dayanim]; R. Feivel Boskowitz [Rabbi of Dindish]; teachings heard from "…R. Efraim Benisti, sage in Safed", etc. He also cites Torah thoughts in the name of "R. Naftali Katz" [author of Semichat Chachamim].
This part ends with riddles in rhyme followed by a long poetic riddle and a "lamentation by R. Hertz Weisel on the death of R. Moshe son of R. Menachem of Dessau (Mendelsohn) of Berlin". This lamentation was printed after Mendelsohn's death in the HaMe'asef periodical, Adar I 1786, however, it appears in this manuscript with variations and additions.
Part 2 - Contains hundreds of "segulot and cures, some which I and others have tried and found effective" in Hebrew and Yiddish, from various books and persons. Among others, the author cites a segula in the name "R. Yoel Ba'al Shem" for a woman undergoing difficult labor (this segula does not appear in the book of segulot Mifalot Elokim); pregnancy test "in the name of R. Yosef Rofeh brother of R. Chisda Barceloni"; cures "by the expert physician R. Shmuel of Hamburg for lung disease"; segula by R. Yakar for preventing toothache, etc.
Part 3 - "Ne'im Zemirot - praises and poems", containing poems for weddings and various occasions. Various inscriptions, appendices and additions to the first parts.
 leaves. 15 cm. Fair-good condition. Stains. Detached gatherings. Without binding.
A polemic article - "Rabbi Josua, der Mann der goldenen Mitte" [Rabbi Yehoshua, the Man of the Golden Mean], handwritten and signed by R. Shimshon Raphael Hirsch. [Frankfurt am Main, ca. 1857].
14 large pages, autographic writing with erasures and revisions, additions and marginalia. German incorporated with Hebrew words.
This is the tenth of a series of articles published by R. Hirsch in the Orthodox periodical Jeschurun, against the doctrine of Heinrich Graetz, critiquing the latter's book Geschichte der Juden ("History of the Jews"). Graetz was a member of the Chochmat Yisrael movement and was denounced by R. Hirsch and other Orthodox rabbis as a heretic who denies basic tenets of the Jewish faith. The following is a characteristic sentence from this composition (p. 1, free translation): "The plain facts demolish the pattern that the author has managed to construct out of the stars in the beautiful moonlit nights of his fantasies".
R. Hirsch added a handwritten inscription on a blank page at the end of the article, in which he requests that the typesetter should approach him for necessary instructions regarding the Hebrew, and writes that he can meet him in the school from 10:00-11:00. R. Hirsch signed at the end of the passage with the initial of his name: "H".
This article was printed in the Jeschurun periodical (founded by R. Hirsch and published from 1854-1869, constituting the primary literary platform for his articles in the German language), Year 3, Issue 5 (February 1857), pp. 229-254. See enclosed material.
R. Shimshon Raphael Hirsch (1808-1888), illustrious leader of German Orthodox Jewry and founder of the secessionist Orthodox community, disciple of the Chacham Bernays of Hamburg, and R. Yaakov Etlinger author of Aruch LaNer of Altona. From the early age of 22, Rabbi Hirsch served as rabbi of Oldenburg, Emden and Nikolsburg. In 1850, the eleven Orthodox families residing in Frankfurt am Main requested his leadership of the new Orthodox Adat Jeschurun congregation. R. Samson Raphael Hirsch was the first to attempt to prevent the rapid spiritual decline of German Jews and single-handedly reestablished Jewish Orthodoxy in Germany. His authority in halacha and Torah imbued him the indisputable position of leader of Orthodox Jewry in Western Europe. He was active in establishing congregations in various cities throughout Germany and educated an entire generation in Torah and mitzvot by means of books and articles he published (The Nineteen Letters, Chorev and more).
14,  pages. 34 cm. Condition varies among the leaves, good-fair. Stains. Wear and occasional tears in margins, including open tears slightly affecting text. New, elegant leather binding, with gilt embossment.
Autograph manuscript, sermons for Shabbat and Festivals, by the "Teacher" R. Shlomo Lowenstein. [Pflaumloch, Southern Germany], 1837-1864.
Approximately 20 sermons, most in German [interspersed with Hebrew quotes] and some in Yiddish. Many sermons are dated and some contain other details.
At the top of leaf : "Sermon for the dedication of the synagogue in the Pflaumloch community on Erev Shabbat Kodesh Chanuka and Rosh Chodesh…". At the top of p. [7b]: "Sermon for Shabbat and Chanuka and Rosh Chodesh Parshat Miketz  in the new synagogue in Pflaumloch". This event was documented in the newspaper Der Israelit des neunzehnten Jahrhunderts on Feb. 7, 1847. The article reports that sermons were delivered by the "Teacher Lowenstein" and "Rabbi Adler brother of the Rabbi of London" [R. Gavriel HaCohen Rabbi of Oberdorf, brother of R. Natan Adler Rabbi of London, died 1859].
On p. [107a] is a Yiddish inscription signed: "Löwenstein".
Interesting inscription on p. [118b]: "First day of Pesach 1840. On Erev Pesach… the sage exceptionally knowledgeable in Torah and science passed away… highly esteemed, my friend and friend of all Jews, R. Moshe Hirsh Ellinger [R. Moshe Hirsh son of R. Leib Ellinger, see enclosed material]…".
R. Shlomo Lowenstein (1803-1883), Torah scholar, teacher of the Pflaumloch community for 40 years who taught many disciples until his retirement in 1866. Born in Oberdorf, he died in Munich. Son-in-law of R. Avraham Ber - one of the heads of the Pflaumloch community.
 leaves. Various sized gatherings bound together. Good-fair condition. Stains. Wear and tears. New binding, placed in a matching case.
Provenance: Hechal Shlomo collection.
Two handwritten notebooks containing a variety of writings: Torah novellae and homilies, stories and songs, letters containing Torah novellae as well as letters on various other topics. [Poland, ca. 1870s].
These notebooks contain copies of letters as well as lists of Torah novellae and sermons; some original and others copied from other sources. The sermons and some of the letters contain dates from the 1830s, as well as references to events in Poland during that time period (the notebook mentions events that occurred to the brother-in-law of the author, R. Shlomo Zalman of Poznan, in interactions with the government. R. Shlomo Zalman was a wealthy Torah scholar who passed away in 1848 near Nasielsk, Poland). However, the dates on the letters imply that the author was a young man from central Poland who studied in Konstantyn, Poland in the 1870s, where he copied other letters and Torah novellae into his notebook, including the above letters from the 1830s. The copies of letters contain various signatures, but most of them contain the name "David Leib Hakohen", son of "Zev Wolf Hakohen" (there are several cities and towns named Konstantyn in Poland and the surrounding areas; it was not possible to identify the location of the author with certainty).
The notebooks contain several particularly interesting letters: business letters, letters from yeshiva students to their parents, letters from a groom to his father-in-law, as well as letters from both sets of parents of an engaged couple regarding the appropriate presents (pocket watch in a silver case with a chain for the groom; gold jewelry for the bride), as well as other interesting items.
Approx. 65 written pages. 19.5-20.5 cm. Fair condition. Extensive wear and staining.
Collection of handwritten leaves - Torah novellae and halachic responsa, handwritten by R. Shmuel Zvi Wein, Rabbi of Wizajni, and by other writers. [Lithuania, ca. 1870-1885].
Two responsa bear his full signature: "Shmuel Zvi son of R. Moshe Aryeh HaLevi". One signature has the addition of "who resides here in Wizajni".
R. Shmuel Zvi HaLevi Wein, Rabbi of Wizajni (Otzar HaRabbanim 19623), son of the renowned R. Moshe Aryeh HaLevi Rabbi of Eišiškės, Ponevezh and Jonava [a prominent rabbi in his days who wrote an approbation on the first edition of the book Chafetz Chaim in 1872, died in 1892]. R. Shmuel Zvi served in the rabbinates of Ponevezh and Jonava and in 1870, was appointed Rabbi of Wiżajny (near Kalvarija). He earned fame as a sharp, clever Torah scholar. Later [before 1888], he traveled to the USA and for over 40 years held a rabbinical position. He was a leading New York rabbi, served in the Borough Park rabbinate and headed the Beit Din HaGadol which was established in opposition to Agudat HaKehillot. He died in the 1920s.
Approximately  written leaves - single leaves and pamphlets. Size varies. Most leaves are in fair condition. Dry and thin paper. Wear and open tears to margins.
Collection of handwritten leaves, drafts of compositions and notes on diverse topics, Torah teachings and research, by various rabbis and scholars.
The collection includes: * Manuscript, missive by Rav Sherira Gaon, with comments and references, by an unknown author. [Western Europe, 19th century]. Incomplete. Folded sheet, 8 written pages. Unidentified author, however, his comments portray his exceptional Torah knowledge. * Copy of halachic responsa by R. Shlomo Kluger, regarding baking matzot from legume flour during Chol HaMoed. Apparently, one of these responsa was not printed. * Letter sent to "…R. Avraham, the sage". Iyar 1870. Judeo-Arabic. * Two leaves with copies of Chassidic tales. A story about the Ba'al Shem Tov, heard by R. Yisrael of Ruzhin from a shepherd, and stories related to the family of R. Nachman of Breslev. * Other items.
12 items. Size and condition vary.
Collection of manuscripts, Sefer Netivot Jerusalem - novellae on the Jerusaelm Talmud, Tractate Bava Batra. [England?, ca. 1900-1920].
Some of the pages were handwritten by the author, while others written by a scribe with glosses and additions by the author. The content was printed in Sefer Netivot Jerusalem by R. Ysrael Chaim Deiches of Leeds.
R. Yisrael Chaim Deiches (1850-1936), was among England's senior rabbis. He was born in Lithuania and studied in the great Lithuanian yeshivot, where he developed a relationship with R. Yisrael Salanter and R. Yitzchak Elchanan Spektor of Kovno. He served as rabbi of Kudirkos Naumiestis, Lithuania, where he was renowned for his scholarship and wisdom. In 1886 he accepted the rabbinate of Leeds, England. The first volume of his novellae on the Jerusalem Talmud (Bava Kama) was published in Vilna in 1880, and the sections on Bava Metzia and Bava Basra were published in London in 1926-1927. His sermons were published as "Drashot Rabbi Yisrael Chaim", Leeds, 1920. He authored many other works as well as editing and publishing the journal "Beit Va'ad LaChachamim" (Leeds-London, 1902-1904).
Approx. 80 leaves. 33 cm. Good condition. Slight wear. + Approx. 10 leaves. 36 cm. Fair condition. Brittle, fragile paper; damaged.
Manuscript, Shvil LaChaim, Yiddish moral composition, by R. Yehuda Aryeh Leib son of R. Moshe. [Cursive Ashkenazi script (Europe?], ca. 19th century].
The author's name appears in an acrostic at the beginning of the introduction: "Yehuda Aryeh Leib son of my father and teacher Moshe".
Handwritten by the author, with additions and revisions between lines and on the margins. Written on title page: "Shvil LaChaim, path to life, according to the verse For the commandment is a lamp and the law is light and reproofs of instruction are the way of life" [quote from Mishlei 6, 23]. The composition is divided into chapters, the end from the middle of Chapter 14 is lacking. Marginalia, some in Hebrew.
Penciled inscription on front flyleaf: "Solomon".
, 70 leaves. 20.5 cm. Overall good condition. Stains. Tears affecting text to two leaves at the beginning of the book. Old binding.
Small leaf of Torah novellae on the laws of eruvin, handwritten by R. Avraham Yeshaya Karelitz, author of the Chazon Ish. [Vilna, 1920s].
Written on the official stationery of his brother-in-law R. Shmuel Greineman, publisher of the Chazon Ish series.
Most of this text has not been published in his book on eruvin (Vilna 1929), with the exception of the last six lines (which were printed in this book at the end of Siman 44).
From 1920-1933, the Chazon Ish lived in Vilna. During those years, he walked each day from his home to the home of his brother-in-law R. Shmuel Greineman who lived in a quiet section on the outskirts of the city. He would closet himself in a room which his brother-in-law provided for his use, deeply immerse himself in Torah study and write his novellae. After his writings accumulated to the size of a book, he would hand them over to his brother-in-law R. Greineman and the latter prepared them for print. During the years he resided in Vilna, he composed three books, including his book on eruvin.
This text is related to a halachic polemic in which the Chazon Ish disagreed with the teachings of R. Ben Zion Sternfeld Rabbi of Bielsk [a renowned Torah scholar in his days] which appear in his book Sha'arei Zion responsa (1903, Part 1, Siman 4), regarding carrying on Shabbat in a city which is bounded by bridges. In his book on eruvin (Siman 44), the Chazon Ish refutes the reasoning of the Sha'arei Zion and disagrees with his opinion. The text in this leaf contains another challenge to the words of the Sha'arei Zion, which was not printed in his book.
16 lines in the handwriting of the Chazon Ish on the official stationery of his brother-in-law "S. Greineman Vilna". 11.5 cm. Good condition. Folding marks.
Large handwritten leaf, Seder Torat Ha'aracha - regulations and rules for determining tax levies. Pesaro (Italy), 1671. Hebrew and Italian.
Large format leaf. The first part is in Hebrew (20 clauses), in semi-cursive Italian script and the second part is in Italian. (Italian) signatures of community appointees appear at the bottom.
Evaluation rules for taxes were published from time to time in Italian communities by community leaders. Including the criteria of tax distribution among community members. Usually, these regulations were distributed in printed pamphlets. This is an original early handwritten document with regulations.
Large leaf, 54 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Folding marks. Tears to folding marks, with damage to several words. Worming in a several places (primarily to margins).
Handwritten pamphlet, containing two long, handwritten and signed halachic responsa, one by R. Shimshon Morpurgo, author of Shemesh Tzedaka and the other by his father-in-law, R. Yosef Fiametta, both rabbis in Ancona. Ancona (Italy), 1717.
7-page handwritten pamphlet about a "hair-raising" event which took place in the community between a man named Yedidya and a woman-servant in his home. The handwritten responsum by R. Yosef Fiametta opens the pamphlet and is signed: "The least among thousands Y.PY" (his characteristic signature on his responsa which appear in the Shemesh Tzedaka responsa). This is followed by an autograph responsum by R. Shimshon Morpurgo who signs his full name: "Here in Ancona… 1717, Shimshon son of R. Yehoshua Moshe Morpurgo". R. Shimshon uses caustic language in referring to the event and writes of the authority of the Beit Din to penalize and fine even in our times and the penalties which will be inflicted on the criminal "until he appeases the young woman" and "until the tears will be wiped off the face of the oppressed woman…". To the best of our knowledge, the responsa which appear in this pamphlet have never been printed.
R. Shimshon Morpurgo (1681-1740), a venerable Italian rabbi was Rabbi of Ancona for 20 years. Disciple of R. Shmuel Abuhab, R. Menashe Chefetz and R. Yehuda Briel. During his tenure as Rabbi of Ancona, he captured a leading place among Italian poskim, sending responsa throughout Italy and taking part in the polemics of his times. He joined R. Moshe Chagiz in the polemic against the Sabbatean Nehemia Hayyun. Part of his responsa was printed in the book Shemesh Tzedaka which was brought to print by his son and is greatly esteemed among the literature of the poskim.
R. Yosef Fiammetta (died in 1721), an Italian sage, kabbalist and a disciple of the Remez, Rabbi of Ancona, was the father-in-law of R. Shimshon Morpurgo. The Chida mentions R. Yosef in a responsum (Chaim Sha'al responsa, Vol. 2, Siman 11): "We have heard that the Rabbi… R. Yosef Fiammetta regulated in his community…". Some of his responsa were printed in the Shemesh Tzedaka responsa by his son-in-law.
four leaves (7 written pages). 20 cm. Good condition. Folding creases. Few stains. Tear to top of first page (not affecting text of responsum).
Collection of letters with halachic responsa by Italian rabbis, most sent to R. Chananel Nepi of Cento [Italy, 18th and 19th centuries].
* Two letters on halachic topics, sent to R. Chananel Nepi. The first from the month of Tevet 1804 and the second from the month of Av 1813. The writer's surname is Franco. (3 written pages).
* Halachic letter by R. Yosef Eliyahu Pesach of Modena, to R. Chananel Nepi. Iyar 1816. (3 written pages).
* Halachic letter by R. Menachem Azarya Castelnuovo to R. Chananel Nepi. Padua, Av 1818. (3 written pages). [R. Menachem Azarya Castelnuovo (1772-1847), dayan and posek in Padua and Livorno, author of Mizgeret HaShulchan (Livorno 1840). And Emek HaMelech responsa (Livorno 1868). The letter was printed in his book Mizgeret HaShulchan].
* Halachic letter by [Rabbi Shlomo] son of R. Eliyahu Nissim, to R. Chananel Nepi. Kislev 1831. (One page). [R. Shlomo son of R. Eliyahu Nissim (1781-1864) was a rabbi in Mantova].
* Halachic letter by R. Chaim Sinigaglia of Modena, to R. Chananel Nepi. [Not dated]. (Two written pages).
* Halachic letter by R. Ya'akov Chaim son of R. Reuven of Correggio, to R. Pinchas Anav of Ferrara. Correggio, Kislev 1765. (Two written pages).
* Halachic letter by R. Shlomo David [son of Moshe] elder Rabbi of Lugo. Lugo, 1808. (3 written pages).
* Halachic letter by R. Shmuel Yitzchak son of R. Moshe Chai Yehonatan Finzi, to R. Avraham Corfonito of Cento [son-in-law of R. Chananel Nepi]. Finale, Adar . (One page).
R. Chananel Nepi (died in Tevet 1836), Italian sage, Rabbi of Cento (Ferrara district), famous posek and preacher. Member of the Sanhedrin instituted by Napoleon in Paris. Renowned for his composition Zecher Tsaddikim L'Vracha printed in the book Toldot Gedolei Yisrael by R. Mordechai Shmuel Ghirondi.
10 letters. All letters besides one have not been printed. Size and condition vary.
Collection of handwritten leaves, halachic responsa, rulings, etc. by Italian rabbis. 18th and 19th centuries:
* Ruling of the Ragusa Beit Din concerning the distribution of the estate of "The late dear and lofty elder R. Michael Chai..." between his two sons R. Yisrael and R. Netanel. Unsigned. Ragusa (Italy), Elul 1776.
* Part of a letter sent "To Y. S. Reggio, Gorizia" [R. Yitzchak Shmuel Reggio of Gorizia]. 1820.
* Halachic responsa concerning the version of the Arvit prayer of Shabbat eve, whether to conclude the blessing according to Italian rites "asher kila ma'asav" or as usually concluded on weekdays.  written pages, Italian script, unidentified writer. Written on an invitation printed in Italian in honor of the wedding of Moshe Orziel, Firenze, 1848.
* Handwritten pamphlet containing a letter of protest by Ancona rabbis addressed to several Mantua rabbis in response to their query regarding cancellation of the second day of festivals instituted in the Diaspora. [Ancona, Adar 1854]. Part of the letter has been printed by Meir Benayahu in his book Yom Tov Sheni shel Galuyot, omitting the long sections which he did not possess. Apparently, this is a draft of the letter and appears without the rabbis' signatures copied by Benayahu.
* Four halachic letters by R. David Avraham Chai Vivanti, Rabbi of Ancona. 5 written pages. Ancona, 1855-1858.
* Responsa in Hebrew and in Italian concerning permitting a safek mamzer to marry. Senigallia, 1863. 3 paper items. 10 written pages.
* Letter in Italian, signed by rabbis (in Italian). 9 written pages. Livorno 1863.
* List of sages and books (of Chazal, Geonim and grammarians) in Italian. 2 written pages. Undated. Unidentified author.
13 items. Size and condition vary.
Manuscript, Pirkei Avot with Rashi commentary; piyyut Akdamot for Shavu'ot, with Hebrew commentary and Italian translation; Perek Shira. [Italy], 1697.
Square semi-cursive Italian writing. The section of Pirkei Avot is lacking at the beginning and begins with Chapter 3 Mishnah 7. The piyyut Akdamot appears with a Hebrew explanation following each verse and an Italian translation on the facing page.
Date of writing and signature of the writer appear in the colophon at the end of Pirkei Avot: "It was completed on Monday 14th of Sivan 1697 Yehuda Moraviya". A similar colophon is also found at the end of Akdamot and another signature at the end of Perek Shira.
 leaves (including 3 blank leaves). 15 cm. Fair condition. Stains and wear. Worming. Loose leaves. Contemporary damaged binding.
Manuscript, "Eser Shirot L'lel shel Pesach" (Ten Songs for Pesach Eve), ten songs from the Bible to be recited on the eve of the seventh day of Pesach. [Italy, 17th/18th century].
Attractive Italian script. Titles and initial letters in red ink.
The manuscript contains the ten songs (according to the Mechilta, Beshalach 15). These include Shirat HaYam, Shirat Ha'azinu, Shirat Devorah, Shirat HaBe'er, Shirat Chana, etc. recited on the eve of the seventh day of Pesach according to the tradition of Italian Jewry.
 leaves. 20 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Worming affecting text. Dampness traces and smeared ink in some places. Original fabric binding, decorated with multicolored illustrations of birds and branches. Damaged binding.
Manuscript, Et HaZamir of Mishmeret Me'irei HaShachar, piyutim for weekdays and for Festivals. [Italy], 1761.
Complete manuscript, in square Italian script. Colored border to title page, with floral red and blue illustrations.
Written on title page: "Book Et HaZamir of Mishmeret Me'irei HaShachar, made with the support of Ya'akov son of Yosef HaCohen and the bridegroom R. David Nachamu in 1761".
On the last leaf in cursive Italian script: "Song to sing in the Mishmeret Me'irei HaShachar on Rosh Chodesh and on Chanuka".
 leaves. 16 cm. Fair-poor condition. Stains and substantial wear. Heavy worming affecting text. Damaged contemporary leather binding with worming.
Manuscript, Seder Sefirat HaOmer. [Europe. Italy? / Holland?, 1790].
Neat square script, vowelized. Bordered title page, with date.
With the blessing and the prayer and Psalm recited after counting the Omer. The Sefirah follows Sephardi rites [a special version for the last day of counting "Today is nine and forty days of the Omer which are seven complete weeks", following the version of R. Saadia Gaon and the version recited in Amsterdam and in some Moroccan communities]. A separate page for each day [besides 3 leaves which include two days on one page]. Rosh Chodesh and Lag Ba'Omer are marked.
25 leaves. 6.8 cm. Thick, high-quality paper with lines scored for writing. Fair condition. Wear and stains. Leaves were unprofessionally rebound. Contemporary damaged ornate leather binding, embossed with the initials S.A.
Collection of handwritten leaves and quires. [Italy, 19th century]:
* Handwritten quire (12 pp.), liturgical eulogy for R. Pinchas Ashkenazi, posek in Vercelli, 24 Sivan 5596 . [Vercelli (Italy), 1836]. Introduction on the first page, followed by a 20 stanza piyyut which begins: "Grieve, my brothers, grieve...".
* Handwritten quire (2 leaves), "A Poem in Honor of the Groom". [Italy, ca. 19th century]. Two different poems "in honor of the groom" each written on a leaf of the quire. The author's signature -"the Tzitz" - appears in the margins.
* Handwritten quire (3 pp.), a rhyming prayer of thanks for salvation from an earthquake: "Sounds of joy and thanks on the eve of the holy Shabbat, on this day of this month G-d saved us from the tremor". [Italy, ca. 19th century].
* Handwritten leaf, framed by an illustration of the Stone Tablets within which a rhyming piyyut is written [in square Italian Hebrew script] in honor of the Shavuot holiday, starting with: "On this day of awe, for this chosen nation...". On the back of the leaf is the draft of another poem (or several poems). [Italy, ca. 19th century].
* Handwritten leaf, with a general form of the Mi Sheberach blessing for all who contribute to the "aid and benefit of our Jewish brethren dwelling in the Holy Land". [Ferrara, Italy, 1870]. At the head of the page it is stated that this text was arranged on "the 9th day of the month of Nissan in the year 5630 " when "the leaders of the Sephardic synagogue met in Ferrara, and with the approbation of the rabbi and posek agreed...". At the bottom of the page is the text of a blessing for the youth who donate wax candles to the synagogue.
* Handwritten leaf, rhyming piyyut for Purim, beginning: "Blessed be Mordechai comparable to Moshe / cursed be the arrogant Haman". [Italy, ca. 19th century]. At the head of the page: "A poem - it is Purim, it is Purim, blessed is He who has chosen us".
6 items. Size and condition vary.
Tzemach David / Dittionario Novo Hebraico, Hebrew and Aramaic lexicon of Shorashim (root-letters), with explanations in Latin and Italian, by "R. David min HaTapuchim, "doctor from the city of Spoleto" [David de Pomis]. Venice: Ioannem de Gara [Giovanni di Gara], 1587. Hebrew, Aramaic, Latin and Italian.
The lexicon is alphabetically (Hebrew alphabet) arranged in two columns. "Hebrew words" are in the right column while "foreign words" (Aramaic, Mishnaic Hebrew, etc.) are on the left.
The book opens with a Latin dedication by the author, to Pope Sixtus V, dated February 1587. The introductions in Latin, Italian and Hebrew, contain an autobiography by the author and recount the history of the de Pomis family. From the Hebrew introduction: "The tale of the author's tribulations from his youth until today", events that the author and his family experienced. The introduction is dated: "Friday, the 21st of Shevat, 1587".
On verso of the title page is a handwritten list of births from 1720, in Italian Hebrew script. The volume contains several further glosses in Latin characters.
5, , 5-62, 238 leaves. 29.5 cm. condition varies; good-fair. Most of the leaves are in good condition. Stains to the title page and other pages. Dampstains. Slight worming. Small tear to the upper margin of the title page. Tears to the last leaves, affecting text on the last leaf. Original leather binding; damaged. Gold blocking on binding: "Yitzchak Nantua, may G-d watch over him"; partially faded.
Mitzvat Nashim Melumada / Precetti da esser imparati dalle donne Hebree, "the laws of Challah, candle lighting and proper behavior", Venice: Giacomo Sarzina, . First edition of the Italian translation. Italian with some Hebrew.
Signature on the reverse of the title page: "Signora Columba Levi Sagrei".
Sefer Mitzvat Nashim Melumada is an Italian translation of "Seder Mitzvat HaNashim" by R. Binyamin Aharon Slonick, author of Responsa Mas'at Binyamin, disciple of the Maharshal and the Rama. He was regarded as one of the greatest halachic decisors of the 16th century. This book was originally written in Yiddish, and contains the laws pertaining specifically to Jewish women (challa, hadlakat neirot and nidda) as well as ethical lessons. The book was first published in Krakow, 1577, and was reprinted many times due to its great popularity. It was translated into Italian by R. Yaakov ben Elchanan Heilperin, an Ashkenazic rabbi living in Italy (R. Helperin was the author of "Nachalat Yaakov", Padova, 1623, which was given the approbation of the Shelah during his stay in Venice on his journey to the Holy Land. The Shelah writes, "This book was written by the great R. Yaakov Helperin, and contains Heavenly wisdom…").
Incomplete copy. , 1-30, 33-42, 47-101,  pages. Originally: , 101,  pages. The missing six pages: 31-32, 43-46 have been replaced by photocopy. 18 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Stains, wear and tears to the title page. Small tears to the margins of several pages. Repaired tears, with strengthening, to the inner margins. Worming, affecting text in several places. New elaborate leather binding.
Kenaf Renanim, songs, bakashot and piyyutim for various occasions, with explanations. By R. Yosef Yedidya son of R. Binyamin Yekutiel Karmi. Venice: Giovanni Caleoni, 1626.
Kenaf Renanim contains pleas and piyyutim to recite before sunrise on weekdays, Shabbat and Festivals. These piyyutim were composed by R. Yosef Yedidya Karmi, a kabbalist, poet and sage in Modena, Italy. Before this book was printed, a fierce polemic arose against these liturgical piyyutim which had spread among Italian sages. The author's brother-in-law the famed Kabbalist R. Aharon Berachya of Modena, author of Ma'avar Yabok, headed the conflict, opposing the premise of prayers composed by contemporaries, especially those which are not compatible with the Arizal's kabbalistic approach.
Nonetheless, the book received enthusiastic approbations by Italian sages [see: M. Benayahu, Haskamah V'Reshut B'Defusei Venitzia, Jerusalem 1971, pp. 103-105]. In his second introduction to the book, the author writes at length about the background of the polemic and explains the claims of both parties and his rejoinder. In support of his standpoint he writes: "I have heard that a disciple of his disciple was the R. [the Rama] of Fano who saw in the vidui in Kenaf Renanim good things and thereafter was fond of it".
12;  handwritten leaves; 107;  leaves. 19.5 cm. High-quality, thin paper. Wide margins. Good condition. Stains. Erased ownership signatures. Old, worn binding, lacking spine.
Two handwritten leaves are bound after leaf 12 containing Tikun Chatzot in vowelized Italian script.
Emet L'Ya'akov, laws of a Sefer Torah and of Kriyat HaTorah, by R. Yisrael Ya'akov Algazi. Livorno, 1774. Second edition.
Elaborate contemporary leather binding. With gilt decorative embossments and a dedication on both sides of the binding: "Gift from the Talmud Torah of Ancona", "To the young man Gershon Nissim Morpurgo 1829". Curly signature on title page: "Yosef Chaim Moshe Mordechai Morpurgo".
4 [i.e. 3]; 93 leaves. 15.5 cm. Good condition. Stains, worming. Nice-looking contemporary leather binding, with minor damages.
Collection of manuscript vellum leaf fragments - Tur Choshen Mishpat. Ancient Ashkenazic script, [14th-15th century].
11 leaf fragments, most large, removed from a "bindings geniza". The leaves include paragraphs from Tur Choshen Mishpat: simanim 82, 83, 356, 364, 366, 368, 371, 372, 426. The paragraph beginning with siman 426 includes the end of Choshen Mishpat, with a colophon (partially erased): "more strength to the scribe…".
11 leaf fragments. Size varies. Various levels of damage due to binding.
Five leaf fragments taken from a "bindings geniza" - fragments from a manuscript copy of the Ramban's commentary on the Torah. [Spain or a Spanish community elsewhere, ca. 15th century].
Cursive Sephardic script, two columns per page. These pages include the commentary to Sefer Shemot, chapters 6-20.
 leaves. Approximately 33 cm. Fair-poor condition. Stains and wear. Worming. Damage and large tears with significant damage to text, repaired with coarse adhesive tape. New binding.
Provenance: Collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman, "Ginzei Israel"
Six ancient leaf fragments from a "bindings geniza", two of them on vellum:
1-2. Two vellum leaves, paragraphs from the Medrash Hagadol on Sefer Devarim, Parashat Re'eh. [Ancient Yemenite script].
3. Leaf, fragment from the Rambam's commentary on the Mishna in Arabic, including the complete content of the Mishna, Tractate Arachin, Chapter 5. [Yemen, 14th-15th century].
4. Leaf, fragment from the commentary of R. Avraham Ibn Ezra on Sefer Mishlei (Ecclesiastes). [Yemen, 15th century].
5-6. Two connected leaves (non-consecutive) from Sefer Kad HaKemach by Rabbeinu Behaye, discussing Lulav and Mezuza [Yemen, 15th/16th century].
6 leaf fragments (5 items). Stains and wear. Large tears and significant worming damage. Size and condition vary.
Collection of leaves and leaf fragments from a manuscript copy of Sefer Bereshit and Shemot. [Ancient Yemenite script].
Handsome handwriting with vowelization and cantillation marks. Mesorah notes in the margins.
10 leaves. Approximately 24 cm. Condition varies; good-fair-poor. Open tears, affecting text, repaired with paper and rewritten text from a later time period.
Ancient parchment fragments, removed from a "bindings geniza": sections of Yemenite manuscripts and a leaf printed in Salonika.
* Printed parchment leaf, section of the Five Books of the Torah. [Salonika, 1521. Printed by Yehuda Gedalya and his sons].
Torah (chapters and verses unmarked), with Targum Onkelos, Rashi and Ramban commentaries. Leaf 215 (Parshat Tetzave). Trimmed bordering text.
* Three parchment fragments, Taj manuscript. [Yemen, 16th/17th centuries?]. Torah, Targum Onkelos and Tafsir (Judeo-Arabic translation) R. Sa'adia Gaon, verse per verse. Supralinear vocalization for the Torah and for Targum Onkelos. Sections from Shemot 29: 10-20.
* Two parchment fragments, Taj manuscript. [Yemen, 16th/17th century?]. Torah and Targum Onkelos, verse per verse. Sections of Bamidbar 1: 18-23; 42-50.
6 parchment fragments. Varied levels of damages caused by the binding process.
Manuscript, Midrash HaGadol on Vayikra. Darb Al Chanashat (Yemen), . Bound with: manuscript, Perush HaMishnah L'HaRambam - Seder Moed. [Yemen, 16th/17th century].
Thick large volume, opens with Midrash HaGadol on Vayikra (lacking a small part of the beginning), in ancient Yemenite script in two columns. Punctuated "Reshut" Piyyutim introduce each Parsha. Concluding colophon on p. [153a]: "This Midrash was concluded with G-d's kindness and compassion… in the month of Adar 1601 and was written for the cherished synagogue of Darb Al Chanashat… and the writer… Y.S.Z. son of Moshe son of Yitzchak son of the famed Nissim from Aden…" [Darb Al Chanashat - an ancient Yemenite Jewish community destroyed in the 1679 Mawza Exile never to revive - see enclosed material].
At the beginning of the volume is an ancient vellum leaf - last leaf of a Yemenite Chumash [ca. 15th century]. On one side is a text of Parshat Zot HaBeracha (with Targum and superlinear vocalization) and on the verso is a colorful decoration of a "carpet" incorporated with micrographic verses.
The second part of the volume contains a manuscript in ancient Yemenite writing [ca. 16th/17th century], Perush HaMishnayot L'HaRambam, in Judeo-Arabic [original language of the composition], Seder Moed, with several illustrations and illustrative diagrams. Lacking a small section [from Tractate Shabbat until the middle of Tractate Moed Katan]. Homilies and allusions to wisdom gleaned from the letters of the Torah appear on the first two leaves of the composition. Inscriptions on first leaf: "This is… Midrash Vayikra and Seder Moed for the Darb Al Chanashat Synagogue", "Avraham son of David son of Shalom son of Shlomo Al Kalufi".
 leaves. 29 cm. Midrash HaGadol lacks several leaves at the beginning. The end of Perush HaMishnah is lacking, from the middle of Tractate Moed Katan in addition to two middle leaves. Condition varies among the leaves, good-fair. Stains. Dampness traces. Worn margins. Various levels of worming. Coarse tears to several leaves, affecting text. Vellum leaf at beginning of the volume is torn and damaged, affecting text. New binding.
Manuscript, collection of compositions: Shalshelet Hakabbalah, Yoreh Chataim, collected Torah novellae, Igeret Hakodesh by the Ramban, Sefer Mazalot Shel Adam, Sefer Refuat Hagevia, Divrei Chachamim Vechidotam, the ethical will of R. Yehuda Hachassid, Olat Shabbat and Olat Chodesh from Sefer Zemirot Yisrael by R. Yisrael Najara. Rada'a, Yemen, .
Handsome Yemenite script, mostly unvocalised. Sefer Olat Shabbat and Olat Chodesh are with supralinear vocalization.
p. [116a] contains the title page: "Sefer Olat Shabbat; the second section of Zemirot Yisrael… copied here in Rada'a, 1704".
 leaves. First leaf missing (first leaf of Sefer Shalshelet Hakabbalah). 15 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Worming, minimally affecting text. Loose and detached leaves and gatherings. No binding.
Manuscript, siddur "Tichlal" according to the Yemenite rite; Shabbat and holiday prayers. Includes commentary by R. Yitzchak Wana. [Yemen, 1803].
Large volume. Vowelized Yemenite script. The Shabbat prayers include Pirkei Avot. The holiday section includes prayers for all holidays - Passover, Shavuot, Sukkot, Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, Chanukah and Purim. The siddur includes various additions such as: Passover Haggadah, Azharot for Shavuot, Hoshanot of R. Saadia Gaon for Sukkot, Selichot by R. Saadia Gaon and Spanish poets, prayers and kinnot for Tisha B'av. The siddur also contains lamentations and eulogies for funerals as well as the text of marriage contracts (ketubot), divorce contracts (gittin) and other contracts, blessings on Mitzvot, and calculations for Hebrew leap years. Leaf  contains a listing of moladot (Jewish monthly calculations) for the years 1803-1826.
Several places contain the commentary of R. Yitzchak Wana (d. 1670), one of the greatest Yemenite scholars, under the heading "Chiddushin". This commentary is known as Pa'amon Zahav, and includes comments on Pirkei Avot, Passover Haggadah, Hoshanot and others.
Missing pages at the beginning and end.  leaves. Leaf  is bound after leaf . 33 cm. Fair condition. Stains and wear. Dark stains and dampstainson several pages. Repaired tears, mainly to the lower inner margins. Slight tears at margins. Large tears on leaf 12, affecting text. New binding.
Manuscript, siddur Tichlal - prayers for the High Holy Days and other holidays - Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, Tisha B'Av and other fast days, Sukkot, Pesach and Shavuot - with intentions of the Ari, commentary and laws, and an abridged "Etz Chaim" composition of R. Yichya Tzalach. Yemen, ca. 19th century.
This volume contains sections from various writers and time periods. The kavvanot (intentions) for the High Holy Days were written ca. early 19th century, as were most of the prayers for Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot. The Kinnot (lamentations) for Tisha B'Av were written during a slightly later period (the lamentation "Lachen Anshei Levav" for Tisha B'Av eve contains an erased original date overwritten by the current date: 1886). There are also approximately 15 leaves that were added in the early 20th century.
The siddur includes commentaries, several from unidentified authors, as well as many glosses and additional marginalia. Many paragraphs are titled "Abridged Etz Chaim" (an abridgement by an unknown author of the Etz Chaim commentary by R. Yichya Tzalach, the great Yemenite scholar of the 17th century). It is evident that the author of the abridgement was a Kabbalistic scholar; his sources are extensive and his writing is methodical and orderly. He also adds Kabbalistic intentions from other sources, such as Siddur Kol Yaakov (Slavita, 1804), "Mishnat Chassidim" by R. Emanuel Chai Ricchi, Siddur Rabbi Asher (Lviv, 1788), Sefer Chemdat Yamim, and the writings of the Ari.
Ownership inscriptions on p. [30a]: "G-d is my portion, the small Emanuel ben Shalom Elnakash…". Nearby is the signature of his son, "Yisrael". R. Emanuel ben Shalom Nakash was the first to encourage the Yemenite Aliya to Israel in 1881. He travelled together with his widowed mother, Turkia bat Hishash. Their Aliya, combined with the letters R. Emanuel sent from Jerusalem to Yemen, inspired the great Yemenite Aliya of 1882. Legend has it that the deceased R. Shalom Nakash (died 1879) would appear to his wife in dreams at night and encourage her to move to Jerusalem (see enclosed material).
Approx.  leaves. Missing leaves in several places. Leaves bound out of order. Approx. 17 cm. Fair-good condition. Wear and stains. Several loose or detached leaves. Tears and worming to several pages. Ornamented leather binding, detached and damaged, with worming.
Three manuscripts from Yemen. 18th/19th century:
* Manuscript, three Megillot (Song of Songs, Ruth, Ecclesiastes), with Tikkun Leil Shavuot. [Yemen, 19th century].
Colophon on final page: "And the completion of this holy task on Sunday Rosh Chodesh Tevet in the year 2128... Writen for the dear friend... Chaim son of Yihiya Danoch... The young Shlomo son of Shlomo Omri" [see: Encyclopedia of the Sages of Yemen p. 457 for more on this transcriber]. (The designation of the year is not clear, since in converting the indicated Seleucid year it would seems to refer to 5577 ; in that year, however, the first of the month of Tevet did not fall on a Sunday). On the empty page following the colophon page - an inscription in Judeo-Arabic (partially erased) written in 1879, with names and details pertaining to the sale of the manuscript.
 leaves. Fair condition, with some pages in poor condition. Stains. Worming [affecting text], mold stains on some pages. Several detached leaves. No binding.
* Machzor for Pesach, Shavuot, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Succot and Shmini Atzeret, with Azharot and Hoshanot. [Yemen, 18th/19th century]. Fine Yemenite script, with supralinear vocalization. Curly signature on the last page: "Aharon son of Moshe"(?). End of manuscript is incomplete. The beginning of R. Meir ibn Ezra's "Seder Avodah" appears on the final page. The number of pages missing at the end is unknown.
 leaves. Fair condition, with some pages in poor condition. Stains. Worming [affecting text]. Detached gatherings. No binding.
* Manuscript, book of Haftarot for the entire year. [Yemen, 19th century?].
Complete manuscript (other than an open tear on the first leaf, damaging text). Includes Haftarot for the weekly Torah portions and for the holidays. Decorated titles, some in red ink. Ownership inscriptions.
 leaves. Fair condition. Stains and wear, worming. Open tear on first leaf. Detached leaves. No binding.
Three manuscripts of Passover Haggadot written in Yemen, apparently in the city of Sana'a.
* Manuscript, Passover Haggadah, with the Maharitz commentary, compilation of laws and kabbalistic matters. [Sana'a?, Yemen, 19th century]. Neat scribal writing, adorned in red ink. Ownership inscription: "Hada el Agada belongs to Ha'aron Alaziri".  leaves.
* Manuscript, Passover Haggadah. [Sana'a? Yemen, 19th/20th century]. With instructions and translation of Ma Nishtana in Judeo-Arabic. Scribe's colophon on last page (names are erased).  leaves.
* Manuscript, Passover Haggadah. [Sana'a? Yemen], 1930. With a compilation of laws and novellae in several places. Scribe's colophon: "The arrangement of the Haggadah has been completed… Nisan 1930, I, the writer… Shmuel ibn Ha'aron ibn Avraham ibn Musi ibn Yosef Alaziri".  leaves.
Three manuscripts. Size and condition vary.
Manuscript, Hilchot Shechita of the Mishneh Torah L'HaRambam and Sha'arei Kedusha (abridged Hilchot Shechita) by Rabbi Yichye Tzalach - the Maharitz. Written by R. Yosef Chamami. [Sana'a?], Adar Bet 1807.
Neat Yemenite script, with titles and initials decorated with red ink. Colophon at the end of the manuscript: "Yosef ibn Yosef Alchamami [curly signature] and this Hilchot Shechita L'HaRambam and Sha'arei Kedusha by R. Yichye ibn R. Yosef Tzalach were written… completed on Sunday the 12th Adar 1807". The Maharitz, foremost Yemenite Torah scholar, died in the month of Nissan 1805, two years before this manuscript was written.
Lacking one or two leaves of the first chapter of Hilchot Shechita of the Rambam. Leaves from a later period are bound at the beginning and end of the manuscript which contain copies of various prayers, a section of Hilchot Shechita and an ordination of a shochet "Avraham ibn Avraham Yitzchak" from 1938 signed by three rabbis: R. Ya'akov Amrani, R. Amram son of R. Yichye Korach and R. Chaim Shmuel Alkasar.
, ,  leaves. 16 cm. Fair-good condition. Stains. Worming. Contemporary binding.
Manuscript, Mekor Chaim - laws of shechita and terefot, by R. Yichye son of R. Ya'akov Tzalach - the Maharitz, with the Korban Todah commentary by R. Shalom Habshush. [Yemen, late 19th or early 20th century].
Complete manuscript, in Yemenite script. The Korban Todah commentary appears at the bottom and on the margins of the pages. Copied at the end of the composition is "a ruling found among the letters by the Maharitz" about a needle found in the digestive system of an animal by R. Yosef son of Shalom Alkara. Hilchot Shechita of the Rambam were copied at the end of the manuscript.
 leaves. 21 cm. Good condition. Thick high-quality paper. Stains. Worming, which generally does not affect text. Ink smears in several places. Contemporary worn leather binding, partially detached, with worming.
Manuscript, Sha'arei Kedusha, abridged Hilchot Shechita by the Maharitz, with the Lechem Todah commentary by R. Yichye Badihi. [Tan'am, Yemen], .
Impressive manuscript. Illustrated title pages and black and red ink ornamentations throughout the manuscript.
A long "apology" by the copier appears at the end of the manuscript: "The writer least of the least… Yosef son of Sa'id son of Yosef HaPartzi [=Tzefira]…", with a curly signature ["Yosef ebn Sa'id Tzefira], followed by the date "This holy book was completed… on Tuesday… the first of the month of Nissan…".
Ownership inscription and signature of "Avraham ebn Avraham Sari…".
R. Yosef Tzefira, was a Yemenite Torah scholar, apparently active in the city of Tan'am in central Yemen. He immigrated to Eretz Yisrael in 1890 and died in Jerusalem after 1932. See Encyclopedia L'Chachmei Teiman, Vol 1, p. 535.
 leaves. 17 cm. Overall good condition. Several leaves in fair condition. Stains. Slight wear. Several detached leaves. Worming to some leaves (affecting text in a number of places). Contemporary leather binding, slightly damaged.
Manuscript, Haftarot, with Targum. [Yemen], 1871.
Handsome Yemenite script, with vowels and te'amim. Scripture and Targum, verse following verse.
Title page framed with ornamental borders and verses. In the center are the words "…I have begun to write haftarot… and I have begun on Monday the 21st of Menachem 1871…". Colophon on last page: "…Yosef son of Aharon… 1871 in the month of Elul…". On the page preceding the dedication is an inscription in another handwriting: "This haftarah was donated by Salam Ibn Musa Adiri…".
Glosses with commentaries and additions to margins.
, 107 leaves. 22.5 cm. Fair condition. Stains. Heavy worming, primarily to inner margins, at times affecting text. New leather binding, housed in matching case.
Illustrated manuscript, Birkat HaMazon, Birkot HaNehenin, Kiddush for Shabbat and the Hallel prayer. [Yemen, 20th century].
Neat square scribal writing, with illustrated initials and with colorful ornamentation (red, blue and green ink). Palms and peacocks decorate the end of the rendition of the Kiddush.
Sections for Rosh Chodesh were appended to the end of the manuscript: Barchi Nafshi recited on Rosh Chodesh, the piyyut Sha'ar HaRachamim and the prayer Ata Yatzarta for Shabbat Rosh Chodesh.
 leaves. 19 cm. Good condition. Stains. Worming. Colored fabric binding.
Manuscript, "Shirot" - Piyyutim and bakashot for Shabbat and for other occasions. [Yemen, ca. 19th century]. Hebrew and Judeo-Arabic.
Volume composed of several manuscripts, by a number of writers spanning various times. Included are compilations such as the prayer of Yishmael Cohen Gadol, "Retelling that which happened in the days of David, he went to capture Amalek…", etc.
 leaves. 12 cm. Fair condition. Stains and wear. Tears and worming. Text of several leaves is damaged by heavy worming. Coarse open tears to the last five leaves, affecting the text. Folk leather binding (with a lace for fastening), torn and damaged.
Manuscript, Diwan - Songs and piyyutim. [Yemen, 20th century].
Hebrew and Judeo-Arabic. Narrow long format. Large letters in Yemenite script, mostly vowelized. Several leaves in a different handwriting and in a smaller format were bound at the beginning of the manuscript (from another Diwan. Incomplete). Ownership inscription: "This diwan belongs to Yichye Sharabi…".
 leaves (and several blank leaves). 22-24 cm. Fair condition. Dark stains, wear and tears. Contemporary binding with damages.
Two manuscripts bound together:
* Manuscript, Targum and Tafsir of R. Sa'adia Gaon on Shir HaShirim. [Yemen, 20th century].
* Manuscript, three megillot - Shir HaShirim, Ruth and Kohelet, with Rashi commentary and Targum. Yemen, [19th/20th century]. Especially charming writing, adorned in red and brown ink.
Two manuscripts bound together. ;  leaves. 25 cm. Good-fair condition. Dark stains and wear. Several tears. Contemporary damaged leather binding.
Manuscript, Machzor for the High Holy Days (Yamim Noraim) and Succot. [Yemen, 19th/20th century].
Thick volume in small format. Umvowelized. Some places have red ink adornments.
Contains: Seder Erev Rosh Hashana, prayers and Piyyutim for Rosh Hashana, Seder Erev Yom Kippur, prayers and Piyyutim for Yom Kippur, prayers for Succot, Hoshanot and Tikun HaGeshem.
 leaves. 13 cm. High-quality paper. Overall good condition. Stains and dampstains. Worming. Fine new binding with matching case.
Collection of Yemenite manuscripts:
* Manuscript, tafsir of Rav Saadia Gaon (Arabic translation) of Megillat Esther, Shir HaShirim, Ruth, Kohelet and Megillat Antiochus (Megillat Ha'Chashmonaim). [Yemen, 20th century]. Bound with: manuscript, tafsir of Rav Saadia Gaon on the Books of Mishlei and Iyov. [Yemen, 19th/20th century].  leaves.
* Manuscript, Hosha'anot and hakafot for Sukkot, Hosha'ana Raba and Simchat Torah. [Yemen, 19th/20th century]. Bound with: manuscript of bakashot and prayers. Contains: Prayers for a good livelihood, "Prayer for single men" [seeking a match], etc. [Yemen, 19th/20th century].  leaves.
* Manuscript, Haftarot for the entire year with the Targum. [Yemen], 1935.  leaves.
* Manuscript, tafsir of Megillat Antiochus and "Machberet HaAravi". [Yemen, ca. 20th century].  leaves (lacking several leaves in the middle and at the end).
* Leaves of a manuscript, Tiklal. [Yemen, 19th/20th century]. Contains a section of the prayer for the Three Festivals, Tikun Purim and Tikun Tal.  non-consecutive leaves.
5 manuscripts. Size and condition vary.
Manuscript, Azharot by R. Yitzchak son of Reuven [Albregloni], with the Yashir Moshe commentary by R. Moshe Mu'ati. [North Africa or Eretz Israel, 18th century].
Square and semi-cursive Sephardi (Western) script. Yashir Moshe commentary first printed in Livorno in 1655, with a few glosses added by the copier.
Colophon of the copier appears on p. 2b after the author's introduction: "I, the undersigned, have written the Azharot with his commentary… David son of Avraham Gigi".
R. David son of R. Avraham Gigi, a Tiberias sage (see: Gellis, Encyclopedia L'Toldot Chachmei Eretz Israel, Vol. 1, pp. 288-289), moved from Morocco in 1770 and settled in Shfaram near Tiberias. In 1793, he wrote his composition Mishbetzot Zahav (still in manuscript form) with practices and kavanot for Shabbat according to the writings of the Ari and of other kabbalists. Other manuscripts he copied in Morocco exist, among them two manuscripts of Minchat Yehuda by R. Yehuda ben Atar which he edited and supplemented with his own additions. One he wrote in Fez (Morocco) in 1760 and the other in Tlemcen (Algeria) in 1762 (see enclosed material). Possibly, this manuscript was written in Morocco, although it may have been written after his aliya to Eretz Israel.
On the blank page at the end of the part of the positive mitzvoth (p. 61b), his son wrote: "These are my Azharot left by my father from his writings". Above this inscription is the text of a lease bill, with the signature of "Avraham Gigi" as one of the witnesses.
, 98 leaves. Approx. 14 cm. Fair condition. Stains and dampness traces. Worming. Coarse tears affecting text to some leaves, paper restorations (with later writing). Contemporary damaged leather binding.
Manuscript, piyyutim and bakashot; the Ten Commandment in Judeo-Arabic. [North Africa, 19th century].
Volume composed of treatises written by several people (Oriental folk writing and semi-cursive Western writing).
The first part of the manuscript contains piyyutim (in Hebrew and in Judeo-Arabic) for various occasions and "ketzidot" piyyutim in Judeo-Arabic.
The second part contains: the Ten Commandments in Judeo-Arabic. Throughout this part, the borders and titles are adorned with leaves and flowers, a horseshoe arch and birds. The border of the first page (p. [47a]) is multi-colored. On p. [62b] following the concluding colophon on the bottom part of the page is a Shiviti, with the Temple Menorah and vessels in its center, flanked by the Tablets of Law inside arched windows.
 leaves. 20 cm. Fair-poor condition. Stains and dampstains. Wear and coarse tears, affecting text in several places. Worming to some leaves. Contemporary damaged leather binding.
Manuscript, various compilations: Inyanei Haman HaRasha, Leshon Limudim [versions of letters], Torah homilies, etc. [North Africa (Algeria?), early 19th century].
The writer signs his name on p. [17a] with a curly signature: "Shmuel Attiya".
The manuscript is composed of:
1. "Tashlumei Inyanei Haman", including a piyyut on Haman the Wicked, Hashkava of Haman, Milchemet Mitzvah - poetic composition about Haman the Wicked - with a "Ketubah" and a "Get Piturin".
2. "Leshon Limudim" - texts and flowery openings and closings of letters.
3. Poem of the laws of shechita and terefot, in alphabetical order, by "…R. Shimon son of Sa'adon".
4. Novellae on Biblical verses. The writer cites Torah teachings of "…R. N. Jiyan" (p. [15a]), "Our Master and Teacher R. N. Jiyan (p. [13a]), "I have heard from the sage R. Yosef Ashkenazi…" (p [13b]).
5. On p. [17b] is a long section titled "Even the light speech of Torah scholars needs contemplation", in which the writer copies a manuscript of his teacher R. Natan Jiyan. The section begins: "R. Y. Sharabi told us of an alleged claim by uncircumcised to Jewish sages regarding the Cherubim which were on top of the Holy Ark…". R. Y. Sharabi, is R. Chizkiyahu Yitzchak Mizrachi Sharabi (son of the Rashash), who was an emissary from Eretz Israel to North Africa.
The writer signed the margins of this section with a curly signature: "Shmuel Attiya".
6. On p. [20a] is a palm-shaped illustration for calculating solstices and equinoxes.
The writer, R. Shmuel Attiya, was evidently a disciple of R. Natan Jiyan who was a leading Torah scholar in Tlemcen Algeria [18th century. See enclosed material].
On the last leaf are family inscriptions: "Donning tefillin by my dear brother Shalom Thursday the 25th of the month of Av 1805", "My dear brother Yeshu'a got married on the 28th of Elul…".
 leaves. 21 cm. Fair condition. Stains. Wear and creases. Detached or loose leaves. Contemporary damaged leather binding.
* Enclosed with the manuscript are three leaves of a different manuscript with novellae on Biblical verses. Western writing [ca. 19th century].
Manuscript, copy of the book Amudeha Shiva, by R. Bezalel of Kobryn [first printed in Lublin in 1666]. At the end of the manuscript are seven leaves with a homily for Shabbat HaGadol by an unknown author. [North Africa, 18th/19th centuries].
Delightful embellished writing. Several marginalia in a different handwriting. At the end of the volume is "Drush L'Yetziat Mitzrayim - homily for Shabbat HaGadol", by an anonymous author. The end of this homily is lacking and apparently it has never been printed.
 leaves. 22 cm. Poor condition. Open tears and heavy wear. Some tears are repaired with gluing of non-acidic paper. New binding.
Manuscript, novellae by leading "Western" sages - R. Shmuel ibn Denan and his companions, with additional compilations: versions of shtarot, Urim V'Tumim (goralot) and "Dream interpretations of Ben Sira". Fez, [1760s].
The volume was written in Fez by R. "Yitzchak ibn Ya'akov HaCohen Skali" from the city of Debdou, who signed at the end of many sections, sometimes with his curly signature.
Various compilations compose the first part of the volume: Et Sofer - versions of shtarot, Urim V'Tumim - Goralot, "Dream interpretations of Ben Sira" followed by "Dream interpretations of the sage R. Shlomo Almoli" (incomplete copy of the printed version).
Colophon by the writer appears at the end of the section of the versions of shtarot: "…It has been completed on Friday the 3rd of the month of Kislev 1760… here in Fez… Yitzchak ibn Ya'akov HaCohen Skali". At the end of Urim V'Tumim is a concluding colophon with his signature: "Urim V'Tumim has been concluded… I, the undersigned from the city of Debdou have found them in the manuscript of the sage R. Emanuel Seriro…'.
The second part of the volume is composed of a large compilation of Torah and halachic novellae by Western sages, leading 17th century Moroccan sages. The writer copied manuscripts which he accessed and usually noted their sources at the end of each section. For example: "I have found written in the handwriting of R. Shmuel ibn Denan…", or "This I have found written by the sage the dayan R. S.E.D. [Shmuel ibn Denan] and he found it in the name of R. Saadia ibn Denan". "Up to here I have found written in the name of the sage R. Chaim Uziel at the time they appointed him head of the yeshiva".
Large sections are novellae by R. Shmuel ibn Denan, copied by the writer from the former's manuscripts. Towards the end of the volume (leaves -), is a long sermon from 1573: "I have delivered this sermon after the death of my father… in 1573…". Followed by: "Sermon delivered by the sage R. Saadia ibn Denan after the death of his father, the aforementioned R. Shmuel…". In another place (leaf ) is a citation of R. Shmuel written in 1612: "Spoken by the writer during the days of siege and distress in Kislev 1612 by Shmuel ibn Denan…". A date is cited elsewhere: "Tevet 1616…". [R. Shmuel ibn Denan III, died on Purim 1622 and was a venerable Moroccan sage. He signed many regulations instituted by Fez sages from 1593-1614 and served as dayan and later as Chief Rabbi of the "Ma'amad". He was a holy person and his tomb became a prayer site (see: Malchei Rabbanan, entry: Meir Benayahu, Divrei HaYamim shel Fez, pp. 33-34)].
Novellae from other sages of his times are cited, such as R. Saadia ibn Denan, R. Yehuda ben Attar, R. Yehuda Uziel, R. Yeshaya Bakish, R. Binyamin Nahon, R. Mordechai ibn Pachicha, R. Yitzchak Avzardil, R. Shaul ibn Denan, R. Yitzchak Kriyot, etc. Torah discussion "in the name of Ashkenazi sages" appear in one place.
To the best of our knowledge, these novellae were not printed.
Bound at the end of the volume are several leaves in western writing, by a number of writers. On one leaf is a section titled: "…Homily for Chanuka", signed "…Machluf [---?]".
 leaves (lacking one or more leaves at the end). 19 cm. Good-fair condition. Most leaves are in good condition. Open tears to first leaves, affecting text. Stains and wear. Dampstain traces. Worming. Contemporary damaged leather binding.
Manuscript – Halachic Responsum from Rabbi Kalfon Moshe Hacohen, with Handwritten Glosses / Letter from Rabbi Rachamim Chadad to Rabbis in Tunis / Approbations Signed by the Rabbis of Djerba, Tunis and Jerusalem – Djerba and Tunis, 1900-1903
Manuscript, halachic responsum sent by R. Kalfon Moshe Hacohen, with additions in his handwriting and with signed approbations from the rabbis of Djerba, Tunis and Jerusalem. Djerba and Tunis, 1900-1903.
Most of the manuscript is a long responsum regarding blemishes on the lungs of slaughtered animals, written by the scribe of R. Kalfon Moshe Hacohen, with glosses and additions in R. Kalfon's handwriting in the margins and between the lines. The manuscript opens with a letter signed and stamped by R. Rachamim Chadad, rabbi of Djerba, to the rabbis of Tunis, in which he requests that they join his approbation to this responsum. He instructs them to write their approbations in the booklet itself and return it to him, so that he can send it to Jerusalem's rabbis for their approbation.
Indeed, the end of the manuscript (p. 31) contains the approbations of the rabbis of Tunis with their signatures: R. Moshe Berrebi, R. Yeshua Chai Sitruk, R. Shlomo Dana, and R. Moshe Sitruk. Following is an approbation in the name of Jerusalem's rabbis, R. Yaakov Shaul Elyashar (author of "Yisa Bracha") and R. Menachem Danon. The approbation is written and signed by R. Nissim Yehuda Danon, son of R. Menachem, emissary as well as ritual slaughterer (shochet) for the Sephardic community in Jerusalem.
The manuscript contains many handwritten additions and corrections by R. Kalfon Moshe Hacohen. He also added comments to the approbations, possibly in preparation for printing. Several of the glosses are signed with his initials.
The responsum and its approbations are printed with many changes in Responsa Shoel VeNish'al by R. Kalfon Moshe Hacohen, VI, section 105; and in Responsa Yashiv Moshe by R. Moshe Sitruk, I, section 281.
R. Kalfon Moshe Hacohen (1874-1950, Otzar Harabbanim 12439) was the chief rabbi of Djerba and the author of many works. He passed away in 1950 while planning to move to the Holy Land, and in 2006 his remains were reburied in Eretz Israel in a funeral attended by thousands.
, 31,  leaves. 15 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains. Small tear to the last leaf. Several detached leaves. Old binding. The front binding contains a Tunisian postal stamp.
Three manuscripts of an allegorical play, by an unidentified author. [North Africa (Tangier?)], 19th and 20th centuries.
* Autograph of the play, with handwritten erasures, corrections and additions. A title appears at the beginning of the manuscript with the verse (Mishlei) "Hearken for I will speak noble things…", some of the letters are marked alluding to the year 1877. Semi-cursive Sephardi script.
* Two manuscripts with copies of the play in neat scribal writing. One bears a stamp from Tangier. The aforementioned verse appear at the beginning of the manuscripts, in this case alluding to the year 1917.
An allegorical play with the characters Shalem, Asa and Piach.
Three manuscripts. Size varies, overall good condition.
Manuscript, Ta'amei Shechita V'Terefot, by R. Mordechai Peretz. [Morocco (Marrakesh?), 1917].
Novellae and explanations of the laws of shechita and terefot (following the order of the Shulchan Aruch). The author notes the rites practiced in his location and cites novellae of Marrakesh Torah scholars such as R. Ya'akov Betan and R. Ya'akov ben Chaim.
The manuscript opens with: "I will begin to write explanations of shechita and terefot". Curly signature of "Mordechai Peretz". Colophon at the end of the manuscript with the author's signature, "Mordechai Peretz" and the year 5677 (1917).
 leaves, 106 of them written. 18 cm. Most of the leaves are in good-fair condition. Stains. Faded ink in several places. Several leaves in poor condition, with tears affecting text. New binding.
Two handwritten volumes, homilies and novellae, by R. Yosef son of Ya'akov Peretz. [Morocco, 19th century]. Sephardi script, alternating between semi-cursive and cursive.
* Manuscript, novellae and homilies of weekly Torah portions and eulogies. The year 1874 appears in the title of p. 2a: "I will begin to write Midrash… in the month of Elul 1874". The writer signs his name several times "Yosef Peretz". P. [59b] bears the signature: "Yosef ibn Ya'akov Peretz".
* Manuscript, novellae on Megillat Esther and on the Passover Haggadah, Aggadic novellae on various topics and eulogies in consonance with the weekly Torah portions. In several places the author signed "Yosef Peretz". On p. [22a] he writes: "I will begin to write topics pertaining to the deceased… Yosef Peretz".
2 handwritten volumes.  leaves;  leaves. 22 cm. Good-fair condition. Stains and wear. Tears to several leaves, affecting text. Evidently, several leaves are lacking. New bindings.
Manuscript, Zimrat HaEresh, large compilation of piyyutim. [Morocco, turn of the 20th century].
Thick handwritten volume. The manuscript begins with an illustrated title page [following an index], with an artistic illustration of a three-pan scale, and the title Zimrat HaEresh.
Scribe's colophon at the end of the last page: "…Avraham Salama".
The compilation contains hundreds of piyyutim for various occasions: for bridegrooms, Festivals and for Motzei Shabbat, etc.
Emboldened and adorned initial letters and titles. The manuscript opens with an index of the piyyutim in alphabetical order.
Complete manuscript. 144, 146-237,  leaves (pagination skips leaf 145). Several blank leaves. 17 cm. Good condition. Stains. Small tears. Stamps: "S. M. Laredo, Tanger". Original binding, with leather spine, damaged.
Manuscript, Sefer Et Sofer, containing texts of contracts and Jewish marriage and divorce documents. El Jadida, Morocco, [20th century?].
Semi-cursive Sephardic script. The first page contains a poetic description of the title and location of the book. The volume includes the text of many monetary and marriage related contracts.
Inscription on the binding: "This is my book, Señor [rubbed out] the Kohen".
, 1-3, 5-62, 64-70 leaves. Leaf 4 and leaf 63 are missing. Total of  leaves. 18 cm. Good condition. Stains. Several detached leaves. Adhesive tape in several places. Original binding, partially detached and damaged.