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Auction 59 Lot Number 119

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Likutei Amarim Tanya – Three Editions Printed in Vilna

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 [1900]. 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.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 217

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Manuscript Machzor for the High Holy Days (Yamim Noraim) and Succot – Yemen

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.
[107] leaves. 13 cm. High-quality paper. Overall good condition. Stains and dampstains. Worming. Fine new binding with matching case.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 292

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Letters of Rabbis, Calling Cards and Various Documents – Vienna and New York

Collection of letters and papers from the estate of the notable R. Shlomo Shporer of Vienna and New York, ca. 1920-1955. Among the items: * Rabbis' letters (on postcards) send to R. Shlomo Shporer. Among them: a letter by R. Yechiel Michel Leiter, Rabbi of Dunajów [1864-1933, elder Galician Rabbi, author of Darkei Shalom]; letter by R. Eliezer Leiter Rabbi of Terebovlya [1884-1944. Perished in the Holocaust. Otzar HaRabbanim 2535]; letter by R. Moshe'li Frankel of Bronx NY. * Calling cards of various people, including: R. Moshe HaLevi Steinberg Rabbi of Brody; R. Asher Babad of Tartikov Rabbi of Budapest; Sol Apfel; etc. * Address books, yarzheit lists, two leaves with marking of burial sites and other handwritten and printed documents. 20 items. Size and condition vary.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 261

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Collection of Documents, Posters and Publications – The Protest of the Eda HaCharedit against the Appointment of Pathologist Prof. David Maier as Director General of Shaare Zedek Hospital

Collection of documents, posters and publications, related to the protest of the Eda HaCharedit opposing the appointment of the pathologist Prof. David Maier as Director General of Shaare Zedek Hospital, in 1968.
Among the items:
* Handwritten notes, letter drafts and copies of letters related to the affair, including rabbis' letters and correspondence with R. Shlomo Pappenheim [member of the Eda HaCharedit], essays, etc. * Printed publications of the Shaare Zedek hospital and of the Committee for Saving Shaare Zedek. * Pashkevilim (posters) against the Shaare Zedek Hospital and opposing autopsies. * Newspaper clippings with articles and coverage of the affair.
Prof. David Maier was appointed Director General of the Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem in 1968, after the death of his predecessor Dr. Falk Schlesinger. His appointment spurred fury in Charedi circles, due to his occupation as a pathologist, and as part of the fight of the Charedi Jews at the time against autopsies. The fierce opposition to Prof. Maier swelled to violence against him. This collection contains documents, letters and pashkevilim from this affair.
More than 50 paper items. Size and condition vary.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 144

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Collection of Rabbinical Biographies

Thirteen books of rabbinical biographies:
1. Misped Gadol VeKaved Me'od, on the passing of R. Mordechai Benet. Vienna, [1830]. 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.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 91

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Chemdat Yamim – Parts 1 and 4 – Venice 1763 – Signatures of Kabbalist Rabbi Shalom Hedaya

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.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 230

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Two Handwritten Documents – Signatures of Fez Rabbis

Two documents by 19th century Moroccan sages:
* Handwritten deed regarding property rights, signed by leading Fez rabbis: R. Vidal HaTzarfati, R. Moshe Attiya, R. David Butbul, R. Yaakov Siriro, R. Yaakov ibn Tzur, R. Rachamim Chaim David ben Zimra and R. Yedidya Monsonigo. Fez, Nissan-Sivan 1842.
Document concerning the sale of land, written in the month of Nissan 1842, with an appendix written three months later in Sivan 1842, after "notification" in all synagogues regarding ownership of the property. R. Vidal HaTzarfati's calligraphic signature appears in three places on the document.
[1] leaf. 22.5 cm. Good condition. Folding marks, minor damages.
* Judeo-Arabic letter signed by R. Yosef Elmosnino and by R. Mordoch Adahan, sent to Fez sages: R. Shmuel ben Vaayash, the Dayan R. Refael and R. Shlomo Chazan [seemingly the letter was written by R. Mordechai (Mordoch) Adahan, who copied the signature of R. Yosef Elmosnino].
[1] leaf, written on both sides. Approx. 15 x 21 cm. Fair-poor condition. Open tears to margins, stains and glue residue (from binding). On the verso is an address for delivering to R. Shmuel ben Vaayash in Fez.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 262

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Collection of Rabbis’ Letters – Jerusalem and Eretz Israel

Collection of rabbis' letter, varied content from various times. Most from Jerusalem and Eretz Israel, ca. 1930-1970.
Among the letters: Letter by R. Avraham Leib Zilberman, Rabbi of Safed. [1937]. * Ruling of the Chassidic Badatz of the Eda HaCharedit, signed by R. Naftali Zvi Shmerler, R. Yisrael Yitzchak Reisman and R. David Brinstein. Jerusalem, [1946]. * Letter by R. Dov Maayani, Rabbi of Magdiel. [1944]. * Letter by R. Yitzchak Yedidya Frankel, invitation to the engagement celebration of his son R. Shimon, with the bride Tziona daughter of R. Halprin of Vaslui. Tel Aviv, [1957]. * Letter by R. Moshe Shmuel Shapira, to the minister Yitzchak Meir Levine. Be'er Yaakov, [1952]. * More letters.
15 letters. Size and condition vary.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 145

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Collection of “Knesset Yisrael” Journals – Slabodka Yeshiva, 1938-1945

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.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 285

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Collection of Rabbis’ Letters – Authorizations, Ordinations and Recommendations

Varied collection of rabbis' letters, composed of letters of recommendation and authorizations, letters of ordination of rabbis and ritual slaughterers (shochatim), confirmation of receiving funds and family letters. Ca. 1901-1936.
Among the letters: * Letter of ordination to the rabbinate, by R. Ezriel, dayan and posek of the Tulchyn community. 1907. * Letter by R. Ben Zion don Yichye, Rabbi of Ludza. Written to his son Shabtai don Yichye. [1928?]. * Letter of testimony for a butcher. Signed by R. Moshe HaLevi Ish Horowitz, Rabbi of Stanislav. [1935]. * Letter by R. Avraham Zerach HaLevi Robins (Rybak), sent to the US, to his bride Sheina Rachel. Siemiatycze (Poland), August 1901 [in December 1901, R. Avraham Zerach arrived in the US for his wedding]. * Letter by R. Yisrael Isser Levine. St. Joseph, Missouri, 1936. * Ordination for a shochet. By R. Chanoch Heinich Shafran. Bucharest, 1942. * Two letters by R. Avraham Yaakov HaCohen, posek in Vilna. [1933].
12 letters. Size and condition vary. Overall good to fair condition.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 168

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Mishnayot Zera’im-Mo’ed – Amsterdam, 1739 – Glosses and Inscriptions from the Time of Printing, 18th Century

Mishnayot, Sedarim Zera'im and Mo'ed, with the commentaries of R. Ovadia of Bartenura and Tosfot Yom Tov. Amsterdam: Naftali Hertz Levi, [1739]. 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 - [3], 98, (leaves 97-98 were bound upside down and leaf 99 is lacking), 100-132 leaves; [1], 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: [3], 132 leaves; [1], 164 leaves. But inspection of this copy indicates that more leaves are lacking at the end after leaf 168.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 296

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Letter by Rabbi Moshe Schwab – Concerning Founding a Yeshiva in Eretz Israel, Shortly Before the Holocaust – London, 1939

Interesting letter, handwritten and signed by the young man "Moshe Schwab of Frankfurt" [later, mashgiach of the Gateshead Yeshiva, author of Maarchei Lev]. Sent to R. Chaim Ze'ev Finkel in Tel Aviv. London, July 1939 [several weeks before the German invasion of Poland at the outbreak of WWII].
In the letter, R. Schwab considers traveling to Eretz Israel to participate in the founding of a new yeshiva by R. Chaim Ze'ev Finkel in Tel Aviv. He describes the events and hardships caused by his expulsion to England by the government due to his German nationality, interrupting his studies at Lithuanian-Polish yeshivas. He relates that he received a letter from his teacher R. Eliezer Yehuda Finkel, the head of the Mir Yeshiva, suggesting that he travel to Tel Aviv to participate in founding the new yeshiva. R. Moshe Schwab asks if he has a reason to travel to Eretz Israel. He writes that if R. C. Z. Finkel will accept him as a student in his yeshiva, he is willing to travel immediately before the month of Elul. The letter is signed "Moshe Schwab of Frankfurt".
R. Moshe Schwab (1917-1979), maschgiach of the Gateshead Yeshiva and a leading mussar figure in England, born in Frankfurt, he travelled at the age of 16 to Lithuania [following in the footsteps of his elder brother, R. Shimon Schwab, who became a prominent rabbi in the US] to study at the Kamenets Yeshiva. He continued his studies in Baranovich and Mir, returning to the Kamenets Yeshiva in 1938. A few months later, he was compelled to flee the country due to his German nationality and he returned to his parents' home in England [they had moved to London several years previously]. There he studied at the yeshiva of R. Moshe Shneider in London [this letter indicates that he was unhappy with the atmosphere in that yeshiva and yearned to move to a yeshiva more similar to the Lithuanian-style yeshivas. See Yeshurun, 21, pp. 367-369, for a letter of inspiration written to him by his teacher R. Reuven Grozovsky during those trying times - see enclosed material]. In 1942, he wed the daughter of R. David Baddiel, who was among the founders of the Gateshead community, and joined the initiators of the Kollel established by R. Dessler that year in Gateshead. In 1947, he joined the staff of the Beit Yosef Yeshiva in Gateshead, and many students matured under his tutelage. Some of his discourses were published in the Maarchei Lev series of books.
[1] leaf. 27 cm. Good-fair condition. Small tears and stains.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 159

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Books from the Library of Rabbi Yeshaya Silberstein, Rabbi of Vác, Author of “Ma’asai LeMelech”

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, [1874]. 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 [2] 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, [1852]. 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.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 10

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Esther Scroll – Sephardi Script

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.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 149

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Dikduk Eliyahu – Vilna and Grodno, 1833 – First Edition

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].
[2], 24, [2] 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.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 277

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Letter of Recommendation by Rabbi Avraham Charif of Pukeliai – 1876

Letter handwritten and signed by R. Avraham Yehoshua Charif. Pukeliai, Adar 1876.
Sent to the heads of the Leisheva community, suggesting the appointment of R. Natanson of Pukeliai and recommending him to fill the position of rabbi of the city. R. Avraham Charif cautions the city residents not to select someone not fit to the appointment and praises R. Chaim Natanson as a suitable candidate: "…From the time I knew you as G-d fearing people… I was devoted to seeking your benefit and happiness as much as possible and from fear lest unfit people hastily fly to you like eagles to fill that position and urge you to appoint them as happens in our times. Therefore, I am suggesting that you appoint… R Chaim son of R. Avraham from here because he possesses all the positive traits your city requires and more… as fitting to fill the position of posek and he is cherished by Torah scholars such as R. Avraham Shmuel [Rabbi of Eišiškės] and others… Therefore, hurry and rise… and do not procrastinate writing to him with the first post and if G-d approves it will be culminated to the best interests… Avraham Yehoshua son of R. Z. Charif of Pukeliai".
R. Avraham Charif (1810-1877), a venerable Lithuanian Torah scholar, served for 24 years in the Pukeliai (North Lithuania) rabbinate and many leading Lithuanian rabbis were counted among his close disciples. His novellae on the Talmud were printed not long ago titled Chiddushei Rabbeinu Avraham Charif (Kiryat Sefer, 2003). His disciple R. Avraham Natanson served as posek in their city of Pukeliai. The latter's son R. Chaim Natanson and his son-in-law R. Ya'akov Vilenchik succeeded their eminent teacher R. Avraham Charif after his death in the city's rabbinate.
The letter is about R. Chaim Natanson (1838-1903) who served as Rabbi of his native city of Pukeliai (Northern Lithuania) and from 1879 relocated to serve as Rabbi of Židikai. Authored Siftei Chen (Vilna, 1900) and Divrei Chen (Petrikov, 1904).
[Interestingly, the descendants of R. Avraham who printed his book Chiddushei Rabbeinu Avraham Charif in 2003, did not mention the full name of their grandfather, R. Avraham Yehoshua, in their book the way he signed this letter: "Avraham Yehoshua son of R. Z. Charif of Pkeliai"].
[1] leaf, 20.5 cm. Fair condition. Torn into two at the folding crease, with minor damage to text. Stains and wear.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 111

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Yesod HaEmuna, By Rebbe Baruch of Kosava – Chernivtsi, 1854

Yesod HaEmuna, Chassidic thoughts on the Torah, Pirkei Avot, etc. by R. Baruch of Kosava. Chernivtsi, [1854]. 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.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 102

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Yismach Lev (Meor Einayim) – Second Edition – Zhovkva, 1800

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; [2], 23, [1] 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.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 49

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Three Siddurim – Livorno – Sephardi and Italian Rites

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, [1862]. Contemporary binding, leather spine with gilt decorations.
3. Siddur "Beit Tefillah according to Sephardi rites for every Rosh Chodesh and every Shabbat". Livorno, [1892]. Original binding, floral fabric.
3 books. Size and condition vary.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 104

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Ohr HaMeir – Korets, 1810

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: [2], 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.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 225

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Three Manuscripts – Allegorical Play – North Africa, 19th and 20th Centuries

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.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 57

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Mishnayot – Seder Nezikin, Kodshim and Taharot – Amsterdam, 1697 – Contemporary Leather Binding

Mishnayot, with Kav V'Naki commentary, Part 2 - Nezikin, Kodshim and Taharot. Amsterdam, [1697]. First edition of the Kav V'Naki commentary.
Pocket edition.
Short glosses, references and erasures in several places.
19, 21-[100], 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.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 333

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Passover Haggadah – London, 1805

Passover Haggadah, with laws and customs in Yiddish. London, [1805].
Title page bears the stamp of "Beit HaMidrash of the Ashkenazi community of London".
[22] leaves. 21 cm. Good condition. Delicate paper. Stains. Dark paper. Tiny tears to title page margins. New binding.
Otzar HaHaggadot 486.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 283

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Two Printed Postcards – Heter Me’ah Rabbanim – Rabbi Yitzchak Seckel Bamberger, Rabbi of Bad Kissingen

Two printed postcards concerning Heter Me'ah Rabbanim. One was printed by the rabbinate of Frankfurt, and is filled in with the signature of R. Yitzchak Seckel Bamberger Rabbi of Bad Kissingen (Germany), and the other is a printed letter by R. Seckel requesting participation of other rabbis in signing a Heter Me'ah Rabbanim, in a different case.
* Printed postcard (printed by R. Shlomo Zalman Breuer Rabbi of Frankfurt and son-in-law of R. Samson Raphael Hirsch), with the text for joining a heter (permission) for a man "to wed another woman in addition to his wife… who committed adultery and refuses to receive a get". Signed by "Seckel HaLevi Bamberger - here in Kissingen". [Frankfurt and Bad Kissingen, 1920].
* Printed postcard, with a request from the Beit Din for a heter (permission) for a man to marry another woman in addition to his wife. The request is signed with the printed signatures of R. Yitzchak Seckel Bamberger Rabbi of Bad Kissingen and other rabbis. Bad Kissingen, [1920]. This postcard is addressed to R. Gershon Posen, dayan in Frankfurt.
R. Yitzchak Seckel HaLevi Bamberger (1863-1934), son of R. Simcha Bamberger, author of Zecher Simcha, and grandson of R. Yitzchak Dov HaLevi Bamberger, the famous Würzburger Rav. Son-in-law of his uncle, R. Moshe Aryeh Leib Bamberger Rabbi of Bad Kissingen. Served as rabbi of the Schwersenz, Śrem and Bad Kissingen communities.
Two postcards, with postage stamps and postal stamping. Open tears to margins of one postcard. Size and condition vary.

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