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Auction 59 Lot Number 22


Tehillim and Seder Ma’amadot – Venice, 1623 – Miniature Edition – Bibliographically Unknown

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.
[94], [1] blank leaf; [71] 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.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 182


Manuscripts by Rabbi Yisrael Chaim Deiches, Rabbi of Leeds

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.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 214


Manuscript – Piyyutim and Bakashot – Yemen

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.
[163] 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.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 246


Letter from Rabbi Moshe Shlomo Zalman Kaiser Regarding the Will of Rabbi David Tevil Berliner – London, 1852

Letter handwritten and signed by R. "Moshe Shlomo Zalman ben Asher Anshel Kaiser". London, 1852.
The letter was sent to R. Shmuel Salant and R. Aharon Zelig Ashkenazi of Jerusalem, "executors of the will of R. David Tevil Berliner".
R. David Tevil Berlin (died 1851) was the son of R. Shlomo Hirschel Berlin (1761-1843), rabbi of Prenzlau, Poland, and later of London, and grandson of R. Tzvi Hirsch, rabbi of Berlin. R. Shlomo Hirschel officiated as rabbi of London for almost forty years, but sent all his children to live in Poland after their marriages (Klilat Yofi, pp. 134-135). His son R. David Tevil moved to Jerusalem in 1838. R. Tevil's son-in-law was R. Yochanan Tzvi Shlank of Jerusalem, a student of the Chatam Sofer and one of the founders of "Kollel Hod" (Germany and Holland).
After the passing of his first wife Toiba, the daughter of R. Yitzchak Reich of Gąbin, R. David Tevil married Chasha, a much younger woman. This current letter refers to "the pitiful young widow, bereft of her husband and her son" (an infant who passed away several months after his father).
The passing of R. David Tevil was a tragedy, as is evidenced by the letter sent by the directors of Pekidim and Amarkalim [Clerks and Administrators] in Amsterdam (1852): "We were shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of R. David Tevil Berliner, and appalled to hear of the terrible events surrounding his death, especially as the tragedy took place in the Holy City. May G-d send comfort to his bereaved family and prevent the recurrence of such tragedies" (from the manuscript letters of Pekidim and Amarkelim, scanned at "Yad Ben-Tzvi". Ledger no. 13, p. 1).
The author of the letter, R. Moshe Shlomo Zalman Kaiser, was a wealthy Torah scholar and influential community member in London, where he managed the funds sent to Eretz Israel.
[1] leaf, 27 cm. Thin bluish paper. Good-fair condition. Wear and small tears.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 161


Babylonian Talmud, Tractates Nedarim, Nazir and Sotah – Vilna, 1889-1892 – Copy of Rabbi Ya’akov Sofer of Budapest – With his Stamp and Many Glosses

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], 2-103; 16; [1], 2-87; [1], 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.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 225


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 172


Manuscript – Orach Mishor – Targowica, 1826

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".
[1], 44 leaves; [1] page of "omissions". 17 cm. Fair-poor condition. Dark stains, worming, detached leaves. Damaged, detached binding, missing spine.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 236


Ornate Manuscript – Shir HaShirim with Aramaic and Judeo-Arabic Translations – Baghdad, 19th Century

Manuscript, Shir HaShirim with Aramaic and Judeo-Arabic translations. [Baghdad, mid-19th century].
Complete ornate manuscript. Square and semi-cursive Oriental script, with enlarged initials, some hollow with floral decorations. Several lines written in purple ink.
Hebrew text and two translations (Aramaic and Judeo-Arabic), passage following passage.
Signatures and ownership inscriptions on the blank leaf at the beginning of the manuscript: "Yosef Ezra Shimon", "Yaakov Ch. Avraham Tzadka…" (erased signature), and another inscription in Judeo-Arabic noting the place: "Baghdad".
[35] leaves. 14.5 cm. Fair condition. Stains and wear. Dark stains and tears due to ink erosion on some leaves, affecting text. Original leather binding, damaged.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 119


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 258


Ordination for a Shochet on Vellum from Rabbis of Hebron and Rabbi Moshe Mordechai Epstein – Hebron and Jerusalem, 1932 – Mentions Yeshivat Chevron and the 1929 Riots

Vellum leaf with a letter of ordination for the shochet (ritual slaughterer) R. Yehuda Leiber Hirshovitz, a student in Yeshivat Knesset Yisrael in Hebron. The letter is written by a scribe and signed by R. Chaim Bejaio, "Slaughterer for the Sephardic community in Hebron". [Hebron], 1932. The leaf also contains an interesting letter, handwritten and signed by R. Yaakov Yosef Slonim, rabbi of Hebron, attesting to the skills of both R. Bejaio and R. Hirshovitz. [Jerusalem, 1932]. On verso is an ordination, handwritten and signed by R. Moshe Mordechai Epstein. [Jerusalem], 1932.
R. Chaim Bejaio (1873-1960) was the last shochet who remained in Hebron after the riots in 1929, and became the leader of the families who remained there until the riots of 1936. R. Yaakov Yosef Slonim refers to him in the above letter as "One of the professional slaughterers in Hebron; the sole remaining shochet of the rabbis and slaughterers in Hebron who were killed during the terrible pogrom…" R. Slonim also writes about R. Hirshovitz: "I also know [R. Hirshovitz] personally… he was an outstanding student in the famous Yeshivat Knesset Yisrael-Slabodka in Hebron, and he has thoroughly learned ritual slaughter from my deceased friend, R. Moshe Goldshmidt, (killed in 1929), who was shochet of the Ashkenazic community".
R. Yaakov Yosef Slonim (1880-1938) was rabbi of the Chabad community, founder of Yeshivat Torat Emet in Hebron. After the riots of 1929, during which much of his family was murdered, he moved to Jerusalem, but continued to sign his letters "rabbi of the Ashkenazic community of Hebron".
R. Moshe Mordechai Epstein (1866-1934) was the rosh yeshiva of Yeshivat Knesset Yisrael in Slabodka (Vilijampolė) as well as rabbi of the city. In 1925, he led a group of students to the Holy Land, where they established the yeshiva in Hebron. After the 1929 riots the yeshiva moved to Jerusalem. R. Epstein was the author of "Levush Mordechai".
The receiver of the ordination, R. Yehuda Leiber Hirshovitz (1901-1980), was the grandson of R. Eliezer Gordon of Telz (Telsai, Lithuania), and son of R. Yitzchak Isaac Hirshovitz. R. Yehuda was renowned as a Torah scholar as well as for his notable good-heartedness. He lived in Tel Aviv and Bnei Brak.
1 vellum leaf (written on both sides). 40 cm. Rolled as a scroll. Good condition. The letter of R. Epstein is indistinct (from being written on the outside of the vellum). The bottom margin is cut asymmetrically.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 354


Three Silver Amulets – Names of 72 and 42 Letters

Three silver amulets. Iran or the vicinity, [19th or early 20th century].
1. Rectangular amulet.
Soldered and engraved silver.
A rectangular amulet with trimmed corners and suspension loops. A name of 72 letters is engraved on one side and a Star of David, angels' names and other names are engraved on the other side.
4.5X4.5 cm. Good condition. Some defects.
2. Rectangular amulet.
Soldered and engraved silver.
A rectangular amulet with two suspension loops on top. A name of 72 letters is engraved on one side and on the other side - holy names. An ornamented frame surrounds the amulet.
4.5X4.5 cm. Good condition. Some stains.
3. Stylized amulet.
A rectangular amulet with four clover-leaf shaped protrusions and two suspension loops on the back. A name of 42 letters is engraved all around and some more names are engraved in the center.
6X5 cm. Good condition. Bends.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 45


Beit Tefilla – Pisa, 1816 – Miniature Siddur

Siddur Beit Tefilla, containing prayers for the entire year according to the Italian rite, "with small letters that have been carefully proofread". Pisa, [1816].
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.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 77


Arugat HaBosem – Venice, 1602

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, [2] 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.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 109


Three Chassidic Books – First Editions

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, [1913]. First edition.
3 volumes. Size and condition vary.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 301


Interesting Letter by Rabbi Tzadka – Regarding Participation in Elections and According Proper Honor to Rabbi Shach

Letter handwritten and signed by R. Yehuda Tzadka, head of the Porat Yosef Yeshiva, sent to R. Eliyahu Bakshi Doron, Chief Rabbi of Haifa. Jerusalem, Iyar 1977.
R. Tzadka opens the letter with blessings of peace and health, and requests from R. Bakshi Doron that out of deference to the honor of R. Shach, he should rather not publicly express an opinion or intervene to support the Poalei Agudat Yisrael party against the Agudat Yisrael party [the letter was written before the elections to the ninth Knesset. R. Yehuda Tzadka himself did not vote in any elections. This was reputedly due to what he had heard from his illustrious teachers R. Ezra Attiya and R. Yaakov Mutzafi. From this letter, written with astute wisdom, his approach and opinions on this matter can be discerned].
"…You surely know that I do not involve myself in the matter of elections, because for reasons known to me I do not participate in the elections. However, in any case, I have heard as if you have, G-d forbid, believed slander spoken against Agudat Yisrael that they allegedly spoke or wrote improper things about you, and therefore you tend to Poalei Agudat Yisrael. This matter is of no importance to me, but since I have discovered from truthful people that Agudat Yisrael is not at all connected to the article written against you, I want to inform you that perhaps it is wise that you do not publicly identify with any particular party, so it should not seem that you believed slander and that you wrongly suspect the upright. Especially since the opinion of R. Shach tends to Gimmel [Agudat Yisrael], publicly opposing the leading Torah authority of the generation is not advisable…".
R. Yehuda Tzadka (1910-1991), head of the Porat Yosef Yeshiva and author of Kol Yehuda, was very unostentatious, and although he was considered the leading Sephardi Torah scholar of the previous generation, he greatly venerated the rabbis of his times, even those younger than himself such as R. Ben Zion Aba Shaul and R. Ovadia Yosef. In this letter, it is apparent his concern also for the honor of the "leading Torah authority of the generation" R. Shach, head of the Ponevezh Yeshiva [who in the 1977 elections supported the Agudat Yisrael party. In the 1974 elections, when Poalei Agudat Yisrael joined Agudat Yisrael, R. Shach and R. Kanievsky instructed their followers not to vote at all in those elections. Therefore, in the 1977 elections, Agudat Yisrael and Poalei Agudat Yisrael ran as separate parties].
[1] leaf. 32 cm. More than 26 autograph lines. Good condition. Minor wear and tears.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 216


Two Yemenite Manuscripts – Manuscript of Three Megillot and a Manuscript of the Targum and Tafsir of Shir HaShirim

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. [16]; [48] leaves. 25 cm. Good-fair condition. Dark stains and wear. Several tears. Contemporary damaged leather binding.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 35


Machzor for High Holidays, Sephardi Rites – Amsterdam, 1712 – Pocket Edition, Contemporary Leather Binding

"Sephardi Machzor for the High Holidays". Amsterdam: Shlomo Proops, [1712].
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.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 99


hayei Adam – Zhitomir, 1849

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.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 131


Aspaklariya HaMe’ira – Fürth, 1776 – Copy of Rebbe Yehoshua of Ostrova and of His Grandson Rebbe Yosef Zvi Kalisch of Skierniewice

Aspaklariya HaMe'ira, revealed and esoteric commentary on the Zohar, by R. Zvi Hirsh HaLevi Horowitz. Furth, [1776]. 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.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 163


Cheshbon HaNefesh – Vilna, 1844 – Ownership Inscriptions by R. Yosef Zundel of Salant, Father of the Mussar Movement

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).
[8], 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.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 259


Letters Signed by Heads of Yeshivas – Regarding “Education Tax” – Jerusalem, 1945

Five letters: Three letters from an interesting correspondence with the British Mandate in Jerusalem, regarding the obligation of the Charedi population to pay the "education tax", and two letters of petitions on this topic signed by yeshiva rabbis in Jerusalem.
* Letter signed by 18 heads of yeshivas and educational institutions, requesting the "Jerusalem District Commissioner" to exempt Charedim from paying the "education tax". Heading the list of signees: R. Isser Zalman Meltzer, R. Yaakov Moshe Charlap, R. Eliezer Yehuda Finkel, R. Yechezkel Sarna and other rabbis and yeshiva heads. Jerusalem, Tammuz 1945.
The rabbis protest the injustice and discrimination in imposing this tax on the Charedi population, since rabbis prohibited the Torah educational institutions to receive allocations from the Education Department, and therefore the Charedim are paying tax for the sake of others. They also argue that the tax infringes upon religious freedom (since the Jewish religion prohibits a Jew to support non-religious educational institutions), and that it is a breach of the "principles of freedom of religion and conscience which the British government upholds… We demand that the government remove this tax from the Jerusalem district…".
* Letter by the "Committee… of the Bukharian Jewish Community", to the Jerusalem District Commissioner, signed by three heads of the committee: R. Moussaieff, Y. Ben David and Refael Galibov. Jerusalem, July 1945. In the letter, they request "on behalf of the residents of the Bukharim neighborhood who are all Charedim… to remove the decree of the education tax imposed by the Jerusalem municipality at this time…".
* Letter by the Chairman of the Jerusalem Municipal Committee, to the management of the Eda HaCharedit. Jerusalem, June 1946. "Regarding your letter… in which you inform us that religious principles prevent you from benefiting from the municipal education tax. Note that we will continue deducting the tax, abiding with the law, and no person may be released from its payment…".
* Letter to the management of the Eda HaCharedit, with 32 signatures of yeshiva rabbis in Jerusalem, requesting to assemble the "Vaad HaShivim", to discuss tactics to preserve adherence to the rabbis' instructions not to receive "government money" for educational institutions. Jerusalem, 1942.
* Letter to R. Yosef Zvi Dushinsky "Chief Rabbi of the Charedi Judaism in the Holy Land". Blessings and advocacy supporting R. Dushinsky's battle to "protect" the educational institutions and yeshivas from external influence by the government. Signed by eight yeshiva rabbis in Jerusalem. [Jerusalem, ca. 1946].
5 letters. Size and condition vary.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 302


Letter Regarding the Nomination of Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak Kook as Rabbi of Jerusalem – Signatures of the Directors of Organizations and Yeshivot – Jerusalem, 1919

Handwritten document with 15 signatures of the directors of Yeshivat Etz Chaim, the Va'ad HaKlali (General Fund) and Bikur Cholim hospital - decision regarding the allocation of a salary and apartment for R. Avraham Yitzchak Kook, upon the beginning of his term as rabbi of Jerusalem. Jerusalem, January 1919.
The signatories include: R. Yechiel Michel Tukachinsky and R. Zalman Selasnik, principals of Yeshivat Etz Chaim, R. Chaim ben R. Yaakov Man and R. Gedalia Nachman Broder, directors of the Va'ad HaKlali, R. "Meir Adler" (Rosh Yeshivat Chayei Olam and director of Kollel Polin, brother-in-law of Rebbe David Tzvi Shlomo Biderman of Lelov), and R. Nachum Tzvi Yaffe.
This is a valuable historical document describing the advance preparations for the arrival of R. Avraham Yitzchak Kook to serve as rabbi of Jerusalem. R. Kook was appointed to the position through the efforts of the directors of Jerusalem's central organizations servicing the Ashkenazi Chassidic and Perushim communities.
Official stationery, 29.5 cm. Good-fair condition. Wear and small tears to the folds and margins.

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Auction 59 Lot Number 57


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 217


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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