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Auction Description for Kedem: Books, Manuscripts & Rabbinical Letters
Viewing Notes:
28th August 12 noon - 8pm., 31st August 12 noon - 8pm., 1st September 12 noon - 10pm., 2nd September 12 noon - 8pm., 3rd September 11am - 2pm.

Books, Manuscripts & Rabbinical Letters

(413 Lots)

by Kedem Public Auction House Ltd


413 lots | 412 with images

September 3, 2014

Live Auction

58 King George St

Jerusalem, Israel

Email: kedem.ltd@gmail.com

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Esther Scroll - Many Highlighted Holy Names

Lot 1: Esther Scroll - Many Highlighted Holy Names

Description: Esther Scroll on parchment. Handsome scribal writing (Ashkenazi, Ha'ari Chassidic), [Early 20th century]. Many places in this scroll have enlarged letters for acronyms composed of the beginning and ending letters of words, with Holy names. The name of G-d is not mentioned throughout the Esther scroll but those who study the scriptures on the level of remez find the name of G-d and other Holy Names hinted by acronyms and initials. The custom to highlight the Names in the Megillah is a wide-spread Chassidic-Kabalistic custom; however the Vilna Gaon's opinion is that letters which are not enlarged according to the Mesorah (tradition) should not be enlarged. This scroll is exceptional having highlighted letters of more than 25 Holy Names and Kabbalistic remazim. Usually Megillot with highlighted Names have only 3-5 highlighted Names. Height of parchment: approximately 58 cm. 42 lines per column. Good-fair condition, creases to parchment and cracked letters, spotting and minor tears.

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Esther Scroll

Lot 2: Esther Scroll

Description: Esther Scroll on parchment, Sephardic Wellish script. [Early 20th century?]. Thin processed parchment, parchment lace for fastening. Height of parchment: 17.5 cm. 18 lines per column. Good-fair condition. Spotting and wear, faded and missing letters. Stylish wooden pole, approximately 33 cm.

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Shiviti on Parchment - Italy, 18th Century

Lot 3: Shiviti on Parchment - Italy, 18th Century

Description: Shiviti. Handwritten on parchment. [Italy? C. 18th century]. Stylish Shiviti, brown ink on soft light-colored parchment. In the center is a LaMenatzeach menorah and a pair of lions with double tails. Framed by verses. 10.5X16.5 cm. Fair-good condition. Creases. Minor tears and blurred or lacking inscriptions on margins.

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Family Tree on Parchment - The Descendents of the Taz and the Be'er HaGola

Lot 4: Family Tree on Parchment - The Descendents of the Taz and the Be'er HaGola

Description: A genealogy. Manuscript on a large parchment scroll. Haifa, 1957. An illustration with the details of six generations of the descendents of the Dokor family of Lida, who trace their lineage to Rabbi David HaLevi, author of the Taz and to Rabbi Moshe Rivkes, author of Be'er Hagola. Edited by Shlomo ben Yeshaya Dokor who writes: "I have taken to heart...that all the scrolls of the genealogy in the possession of the descendents of the Taz and the Be'er Hagola...were destroyed with their owners by Hitler and his party...so the scroll which remained in my possession was blurred and worn from age and soon would disintegrate...and I am already nearing the age of 90 and know six generations...". The first part of the family tree was written according to the genealogy written in 1812 by Rabbi Aryeh Leib ben R' Gavriel Av Beit Din of Volpa, with details of the family background from the Taz and the Be'er Hagola up to his time. The phrasing of this scroll was copied at the bottom of the tree. Alongside the "trunk", is a colored illustration of the "plot with the tombstone of the grave of the Taz in Lvov". Parchment scroll, 90 cm. Good condition, spotting and creases.

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Piyut for Purim - Illustrated Poster - Persian Kurdistan

Lot 5: Piyut for Purim - Illustrated Poster - Persian Kurdistan

Description: "Ish Yehudi haya B'Shushan" - Illustrated poster for Purim. [Persian Kudistan, end of 19th century or beginning of 20th century]. Ink and paint on paper. Colored frame illustrated with flowers, leaves and vases. Inside the frame is the text: "Ish Yehudi haya b'Shushan...". In the center of the leaf is the piyut Tenu Shira V'Zimra written inside two columns. Kurdistan Jews used to sing this piyut before reading the Megilla. The Megilla blessings are written at the end of the piyut. A similar poster is described by the bibliograph and researcher Menashe Refael Lehman in the Sinai journal (Issue 98, 1986, pp. 74-75): "The piyut Yedidim Barchu was unknown until today. It can be found in various places written on a vellum poster painted in glorious colors with verses from the megillah to be said on Purim. I have recently purchased a poster from an Arab merchant in the Old City of Jerusalem". This is a more exact version than the version publicized by Lehmann. Leaf, 43 cm. Placed in a frame 32X46 cm. Stains and moisture marks, wear and tear. Not examined outside of the frame. See: Lights and Shadows, the story of Iran and the Jews (Beit HaTfutzot, the Museum of the Jewish People, Tel Aviv, 2010), pp. 48-49.

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Lot 6: "If I forget thee Jerusalem" - Large Colored Lithograph - Jerusalem, 1926 - Moshe Mizrachi

Description: "If I forget thee Jerusalem" - colored lithograph. [Jerusalem], 1926. Made by Moshe ben Yitzchak Mizrachi (Sha'a). In the center of the print are four sections, one above the other: On the upper part are illustration of the Temple Mount, flags and Stars of David, doves with letters in their beaks. In the second section is a depiction of The Binding of Isaac: Isaac is lying on the altar and an angel is holding Abraham's knife. On one side is a ram entangled in the thicket. In the third section is an illustration of Abraham and Isaac on their way to the "akeda" and "his two servant-men" are smoking a narghile and guarding the donkey. On the bottom, is an illustration of the Western Wall. The print is flanked by pillars with cartouches crowned by a pair of lions. Inside the cartouches are illustrations of the holy sites: Rachel's tomb, the tomb of Zecharya the Prophet, the tomb of Yosef the Tzaddik, the tomb of R' Meir Ba'al HaNess, Yad Avshalom and the tomb of the Rambam. With floral ornamentations and inscriptions of appropriate verses for each part. The artist Moshe ben Yitzchak Mizrachi (Sha'a) was born before 1870 in Tehran, ascended to Eretz Israel in 1890 and changed his name to Mizrachi. He lived in Jerusalem and became a scribe. For his livelihood, he opened a store for frames and mirrors in the spice market of the Old City. He died in the 1930s. He was known in Jerusalem as the "lamp artist" (Shiviti). (See: Art and crafts in Eretz Israel in the 19th century, Israel Museum, Jerusalem 1979, pp. 118-124). Lithograph,46X59 cm. Spotting, creases and wear, restored tears. Mounted on paper for restoration.

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Asah Yareach L'Moadim - Wall Calendar - Constantinople, 1558

Lot 7: Asah Yareach L'Moadim - Wall Calendar - Constantinople, 1558

Description: "Asah yareach l'moadim shemesh yada mevo'o", a wall calendar designed for the year 1558 [Constantinople?], [1558]. Printed on one side. Twelve-month calendar, with details of the New Moon, the constellations and the location of the heavenly bodies, the order of the weekly Torah portions, the Tekufot and dates of the months according to Ante Christum. Written at the top of the leaf: "This coming year 5319 from creation...966 for the Muslims, 1558 for the Christians..." [This paragraph lists other counts: "From the Flood", "From the time our forefathers descended to Egypt", "From the birth of Moshe Rabbeinu", "From the rise of the horn of King David", "From the beginning of the Hasmonean dynasty", "From the completion of the Mishna", "From the completion of the Talmud", "From the completion of the Rambam's Yad Chazaka", "From Israel's expulsion from France", "From the Spanish exile", etc.]. [1] leaf. 39 cm. Fair condition. Many stains. Worm damage and tears, professionally restored. Damage to text in several places. New elaborate leather binding (with minor damages). Very rare. This leaf is almost whole (with the exception of restored damages in several places). See: Y. Yudlov, Ginzei Israel (the collection of Dr. Israel Mehlman), Listing 1817 - a description of a copy of this calendar of which "most is missing". No other complete copy is known anywhere in the world.

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Collection of Leaves of Protection and Segulot

Lot 8: Collection of Leaves of Protection and Segulot

Description: Collection of printed leaves: * Protection from plagues, segula for livelihood and success, by Rabbi Moshe Teitelbaum. Miskolc, printed by R' Binyamin Freidman. * Protection for child, for good luck. [Vienna? 1893?]. Segula for life and cures. Jerusalem, [c. 1935]. Yavneh printing press. * Kupat Eliyahu Hanavi, strong segula for salvation and success. Prayer by Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdychiv. With an English letter for sending donations to the "Rehovot HaNahar", yeshiva for Mekubalim in Jerusalem, [US?, c. 1830s-40s]. 4 leaves, Varied size and condition.

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Illustrated Leaves of Protection - Lithography - Morocco

Lot 9: Illustrated Leaves of Protection - Lithography - Morocco

Description: Leaves of protection for a woman giving birth and for the newborn, with illustrations depicting hands, Stars of David and zodiac symbols of fish, Menorah and Temple vessels, [Morocco, early 20th century]. Made by R' Avraham Bokobza. 3 leaves, 22 cm. Lithography. Gilt ink, good-fair condition, one leaf in fair-poor condition.

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Vegen Taharat HaMishpacha - Printed Proclamation by the Chafetz Chaim

Lot 10: Vegen Taharat HaMishpacha - Printed Proclamation by the Chafetz Chaim

Description: "Article by the Gaon HaTzaddik Author of Chafetz Chaim - Vegen Taharat HaMishpacha", printed Yiddish proclamation, words of inspiration to fulfill the laws of family purity, by immersing in a kosher Mikveh according to Torah law. [Vilna, c. 1920s]. Leaf, 47.5 cm. Good-fair condition, wear, minor tears within paper folds. Rare. Printed during the life of the Chafetz Chaim.

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Afilu a Los Judios di Bulgaria - Ladino Proclamation - Bulgaria, 1902

Lot 11: Afilu a Los Judios di Bulgaria - Ladino Proclamation - Bulgaria, 1902

Description: Afilu a Los Judios di Bulgaria [Call to Bulgarian Jews] - a printed proclamation. Bulgaria, 1902. Ladino. The proclamation calls upon all Jewish parties to support Rabbi Mordechai Ze'ev (Marcus) Aharonfreiz, who was elected two years previously as Chief Rabbi of Bulgaria, and to oppose the "Rabbi's enemies". The proclamation presents details of the rabbi's activities in uprooting anti-Semitism. Printed leaf, 50 cm. Fair-poor condition. Spotting, wear and coarse tears (restored with paper glued on the reverse side of proclamation).

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Kol MeHeichal - Proclamation by Jerusalem Rabbis, 1873 - Unknown

Lot 12: Kol MeHeichal - Proclamation by Jerusalem Rabbis, 1873 - Unknown

Description: Kol MeHeichal. Proclamation against "those who ascend without permits", printed signatures of "The heads and managers of the community of Ashkenazim". Jerusalem, Adar 1873. The proclamation was written in opposition to the Ma'apalim (illegal immigrants) to Eretz Israel "against the wish of Torah scholars" that by doing so are stealing from the city's Jews who live from the "Chaluka". The proclamation cautions against this unsupervised immigration and threatens that the unauthorized immigrants will not be privileged to receive monetary support from the "Chaluka" funds and will be subject to poverty and risk of death. Leaf, 35 cm. Good condition, folding marks, few stains. Bibliographically unknown. Not listed in the Bibliography Institute nor by Shoshana HaLevi. Does not exist in the National Library of Israel.

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Prayer in Honor of Sultan Abdul Hamid - Jerusalem, 1898

Lot 13: Prayer in Honor of Sultan Abdul Hamid - Jerusalem, 1898

Description: "The prayer arranged by our teacher, Rabbi Shmuel Salant" - A leaf with a printed prayer in honor of the Ottoman Sultan Abdul Hamid II. Jerusalem, 1898. Leaf printed in green ink. The Sultan's name is written in gilded ink. Red ink frame. 35 cm. Good condition, folding marks, several holes, spotting.

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Tenure Regulations of Sephardim - Ashkenazim - Printed Proclamation - Jerusalem, 1875

Lot 14: Tenure Regulations of Sephardim - Ashkenazim - Printed Proclamation - Jerusalem, 1875

Description: "Tenure regulations", a proclamation with regulations by Jerusalem rabbis from 1957-1959 concerning leasing houses and courtyards in Jerusalem. Jerusalem, [c. 1875]. Printed signatures: Rabbi "Moshe Yehuda Leiben [should be Leib, Ben] Binyamin" [Zilberberg] - "Rabbi of Kutno"; Rabbi Shmuel Salant; Rabbi Mordechai [Chaim] Meyuchas; Rabbi Ya'akov Kapiloto, Rabbi Avraham Ashkenazi and Rabbi Mordechai Meir ben Rabbi Eliyahu [Rabinson]. The regulations concern both Sephardim and Ashkenazim but after the signatures the Sephardi rabbis added: "This has been decided by the Sephardim and the Ashkenazim, and if an Ashkenazi tradesman (!) lives in a Sephardi courtyard or the opposite, they will conduct themselves according to the regulations... But we, the Sephardim have a different way of settling matters...". Leaf, 30 cm. Good condition. Dark-colored paper, folding marks, tiny hole. S. HaLevi (no. 57) lists the date of printing: 1859, but this is erroneous since Rabbi Moshe Yehuda Leib of Kutno died in 1865 and here he is already referred to as after his death. The shape of the letters also indicate that the leaf was printed later than the date of the regulations. The estimated date has been written according to the Bibliography Institute CD.

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Leaf with Prayer in Honor of Nicholas II of Russia - Jerusalem, 1895 - Unknown

Lot 15: Leaf with Prayer in Honor of Nicholas II of Russia - Jerusalem, 1895 - Unknown

Description: "The prayer which was said by the Jewish community ... for the success of the powerful kingdom of Russian Tsar Nikolai the II ... in the great synagogue Beit Ya'akov..." - a printed leaf with a prayer for the success of Caesar Nikolai the II of Russia and his wife Alexandra Fyodorovna. Jerusalem, 1895. Leaf printed in black and gilded ink, with red ink frame (identical frame on reverse side of leaf). 23X29 cm. Good condition, tears, some spotting, folding marks. Bibliographically unknown. Not listed in the Bibliography Institute. Does not exist in the National Library of Israel.

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Printed Letter by Rabbi Shmuel Salant - Polemic of

Lot 16: Printed Letter by Rabbi Shmuel Salant - Polemic of "Kollel America"

Description: Printed leaf - letter by Rabbi Shmuel Salant, to R' Leib Rottenberg and to R' Yitzchak Zvi Beilin. Response to the slander of the people of "Kollel America" against the Vaad HaKlali in Jerusalem and about the opinion of the Brisker Rav on the polemic of "Kollel America". Jerusalem, 1897. The establishment in 1996 of "Kollel Tiferet Yerushalayim" known by the name of "Kollel America", roused a great storm in Jerusalem. At that time all the Ashkenazi kollelim in Jerusalem were united in the framework of the Vaad HaKlali - Knesset Yisrael and the establishment of an independent kollel would harm the income of the rest of the kollelim and may even cause a break in their unity. The kollel was established following claims that the Vaad HaKlali did not distribute the monies fairly and the Brisker Rav, Rabbi Yehoshua Leib (the Maharil) Diskin supported the move to establish the new kollel. On the other hand, Rabbi Shmuel Salant supported the Vaad HaKlali and strictly opposed the establishment of the new kollel. He announced that "the destruction of the Vaad HaKlali is the destruction of the whole yishuv". The rabbis of Jerusalem who headed the various kollelim joined Rabbi Shmuel Salant in his opposition. This matter sparked a great dispute and those who supported the Brisker Rav clashed with the members of the Vaad HaKlali as reflected in this letter. In the first stage of the polemic, before the Maharil Diskin's support of the new kollel became distinct, Rabbi Shmuel Salant claimed in this letter that the Brisker Rav is being extorted by the members of "Kollel America" but he does not really support them and his signature on their proclamations is forged. He adds that the Brisker Rav himself "sent me an excellent G-d fearing Torah scholar to request in his name that I publicize that this is a complete falsehood because he is not involved at all in the matter of Kollel America and he has never given his approval of it...". But on Erev Rosh Hashana 1898, the Maharil Diskin wrote an explicit letter: "I have approved the establishment of Kollel America". Leaf, 33cm. Good condition, folding marks, tears to paper folds (without damage to text).

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Power of Prohibitions - Jerusalem, 1896

Lot 17: Power of Prohibitions - Jerusalem, 1896

Description: Proclamation - "Power of Prohibitions in the past and present, one against the other". [Jerusalem, c. 1896]. Copy of the excommunication written by the Rabbis of Vilnius against the Chassidim: "...Cult of Suspicious men" (Chassidim) who "formed their own groups, and their religious ways and prayers differ from those of Bnei Israel...". The proclamation calls "to destroy and uproot, and raise a call to ban and excommunicate and curse..." 18 of Vilnius' Rabbis signed this proclamation together with the Vilna Gaon. This ban is accompanied by the excommunication of Rabbi Shmuel Salant: "To completely forbid our brothers of the Ashkenazi Kollels to study in the schools...". This proclamation was distributed as a parody by the Enlightenment circles in Jerusalem, to show they were not afraid of Rabbis' bans, just as the ban on Chassidism did not prevent the Chassidic movement from spreading. Leaf, 45 cm. Thin pink paper. Good-fair condition. Folding marks, tears at the margins without damage to text. Part of the title is printed on an Ottoman postage stamp. Rare, not listed in the Bibliography Institute CD.

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Proclamation against English Missionary Activities - Jerusalem, 1893

Lot 18: Proclamation against English Missionary Activities - Jerusalem, 1893

Description: Kol Nehi Nishma B'Zion, printed proclamation to "Our brothers in the Diaspora" by Jerusalem Rabbis, concerning English missionary activities. Jerusalem, 1893. Signatures (printed) of about 20 Jerusalem Rabbis. Stamps of the "Knesset Israel Committee" and the "Badatz of the Ashkenazi Community" (Pharisees). "...A fire was ignited in Zion by a band of missionaries, consuming the foundations of the Torah". In the proclamation, the Jerusalem Rabbis warn not to believe the false rumor spread in Russia, according to which those immigrating to Eretz Israel will receive a free plot of land. Following this rumor, needy Jewish families - "refugees of Russia" - came to Jerusalem. The proclamation further states details of the English missionary activities in Jerusalem and of Jews who have already fallen into their trap and the efforts to save them. Proclamation, 37 cm. Fair condition. Tears (with damage to text), filing holes, wear stains and folding marks. Mounted on Bristol.

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Collection of Printed Leaves - Jerusalem and Eretz Israel

Lot 19: Collection of Printed Leaves - Jerusalem and Eretz Israel

Description: Large collection of printed material: proclamations, single leaves and rare booklets. Jerusalem and Eretz Israel, early 20th century (mostly 1920-1930). Leaves of protection, Shiviti and Segulot, proclamations of Kabbalist Yeshivot (including a notice of the Or Chadash and Tzemach Tzedek Yeshiva regarding the recital of Psalms and Ta'anit Dibur, with handwritten inscriptions of a journey to Hebron in 1927, to pray at the gravesites of our Forefathers and of Otniel ben Knaz and Yishai, King David's father). Polemic proclamations, commercial advertisements, publicity for institutes and colorful New Year letters. Receipts [signed], certificates of Nezer Gaba'ut. Approximately 65 items, some are colored lithographs, varied size and condition.

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Sefer Chibat Yerushalayim - First Edition, Jerusalem, 1804

Lot 20: Sefer Chibat Yerushalayim - First Edition, Jerusalem, 1804

Description: Sefer Chibat Yerushalayim, geography and history of cities of the Holy Land, holy sites and graves of tzadikim. By Rabbi Chaim HaLevi Horowitz. Jerusalem, 1804. First edition. Rabbi Yisrael Beck printing press. Illustration of houses in Jerusalem and Mount of Olives on title page. Approbations of rabbis of Jerusalem and Rebbe Rabbi Aharon descendant of Zvi of Brod son-in-law of editor. Preface by printer, Rabbi Yisrael son of Rabbi Avraham Beck. Page preceding title page contains fine handwritten dedication to Rabbi Avraham Maragi. [3], 60 leaves. 20.5 cm. Quality paper, good-fair condition, spotting and wear, original binding, leather spine, worn. S. HaLevi no. 23. Several forged editions of this book were printed in Koenigsberg and Blomberg. This is the first and original edition.

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Tevu'at HaAretz - Books by Rabbi Yehosef Shwartz - First Editions, from the First Jerusalem Printings

Lot 21: Tevu'at HaAretz - Books by Rabbi Yehosef Shwartz - First Editions, from the First Jerusalem Printings

Description: * Divrei Yosef, by Rabbi Yehosef Shwartz "From the Ashkenzi children", Halacha and astronomy of Eretz Israel. Jerusalem, 1843. Woodcut on first title page. [8], 70, [6] leaves. Approximately 15 cm. The two last leaves are missing and are replaced by facsimiles. High-quality paper, good condition, paper restoration to the corners of the first and last leaves. New binding. * Tevuot HaAretz (Part 2 of Divrei Yosef). Bound with Totzaot HaAretz and Ma'ase HaAretz. Science and halachic research on Eretz Israel. Jerusalem, 1845. [2] 156; 52, [3] leaves. Approximately 15 cm. High-quality paper, good-fair condition, worm damages to several leaves. New binding. * Divrei Yosef (Parts 3-4), Pri Tevua, Pardess, responsa, explanations and various other topics of wisdom. Corrections and additions to Tevuot HaAretz which was published in 1845. Jerusalem, 1861. Illustrations on Leaf 7. [7], 147, [1] leaf. Approximately 16 cm. High-quality paper, good condition. New binding. * Divrei Yosef (Parts 3-4 - second part. Responsa). Jerusalem, 1862. [4], 170, [1] leaves. Approximately 15 cm. High-quality paper, good condition. New binding. The Rabbi, Mekubal and researcher, Rabbi Yehosef Shwartz was born in Germany in 1805, ascended to Jerusalem in 1833 and died in 1865. Even today, his books are the basis for many discussions regarding Eretz Israel, both in the Torah-halachic area as well as in the area of historic-science research of Eretz Israel. S. HaLevi: 17, 31, 58, 62.

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Book of Regulations of the Torat Chesed Society and the Keter Torah Yeshiva - Jerusalem, 1884

Lot 22: Book of Regulations of the Torat Chesed Society and the Keter Torah Yeshiva - Jerusalem, 1884

Description: Book of regulations for the Torat Chesed Society and the Keter Torah yeshiva. Jerusalem, [1884]. Printed by Yitzchak Gashtzinani. Printed pamphlet, "The objective of the society is...to raise the honor and glory of the Torah". The stamp of the association and handwritten signatures of the heads of the society appear on Page 4. 8 pages. Fair condition, coarse tears (without lack), stains and wear. See: S. HaLevi, Sifrei Yerushalayim HaRishonim, no. 481, who lists a copy in Hebrew and in Yiddish (from the Jews' College library). This is a different copy, only in Hebrew. Not listed in the Bibliography Institute. Does not exist in the National Library of Israel.

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Parchment Ketubah Signed by Chazan Yossele Rosenblatt / Family Items - Hamburg, 1907

Lot 23: Parchment Ketubah Signed by Chazan Yossele Rosenblatt / Family Items - Hamburg, 1907

Description: * Ketubah recording the marriage of the groom "Uri, called also Philip" (of the Peine family) with the bride "Hendel, called also Henny" (of the Fleischman family). Scribal writing on parchment. Hamburg, 1907. The Ketubah has two signatures, one by "Yosef ben R' Refael Rosenblatt Chief Shliach Tzibur and faithful witness of the Ashkenazi community of Hamburg..." referring to the renowned Chazan (cantor) Yossele Rosenblatt (1882-1933), one of the greatest cantors of all times, who contributed greatly to shaping the world of Jewish Chazanut. In 1906, he began filling the position of Oberkantor (Chief Cantor) in the city of Hamburg, where his fame started spreading, and where he remained until he finally moved to the USA in 1912. He signed this Ketubah about a year after he was appointed Oberkantor in the Hamburg community at the age of 25. * Fabric pouch. Greenish silk with gilt impression. Souvenir from the wedding of Philip Peine and Henny Fleischman. German. (Tears and damage to pouch). * Photograph of groom and bride (apparently the aforementioned couple). * Siddur Iyun Tefilla, with German translation. Prague, 1855. German signature: Moshe Peine. 4 items, varied size and condition.

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Illustrated Ketubah - Herat, Afghanistan, 1898

Lot 24: Illustrated Ketubah - Herat, Afghanistan, 1898

Description: Ketubah on the marriage of the groom Nuriel ben Netanel, with the bride, Yocheved bat Ya'akov Chaim. Herat, (Afghanistan), Elul 1898. Ink and paint on paper. Scribal writing. Ornamented architectural frame around text, and simanim in alphabetical order. Witnesses' signatures inside cartouches at the bottom of the Ketubah. Approximately 46X57 cm. in a frame. Wear and tear. Not examined out of the frame.

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Large Illustrated Ketubah - Isfahan, Persia, 1920

Lot 25: Large Illustrated Ketubah - Isfahan, Persia, 1920

Description: Ketubah recording the marriage of the groom Rachamim ben Shmuel with the bride Sarah bat Yitzchak. Isfahan, Persia, Sivan 1920. Ink and paint on paper. Adorned with colored illustrations characteristic of Persian Ketubot: lions, birds, cypresses, the sun and flowers. With two Stars of David and an illustration of Shiviti with menorahs with texts (LaM'natzeach, Ana B'Choach, etc.) and the name of tzaddikim: Eliyahu HaNavi, Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, Rabbi Meir Ba'al HaNess and Shmuel the prophet. The motif of the lion with half a sun in the shape of a human face is one of the national symbols of Persia and it appears on many ketubot from that area. The Isfahan community was one of the largest and oldest Jewish communities in Persia. Especially large, approximately 66X69 cm. in a frame. Spotting and wear, not examined out of the frame.

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Illustrated Ketubah - Yazd, Persia, 1915

Lot 26: Illustrated Ketubah - Yazd, Persia, 1915

Description: Ketubah recording the marriage of the groom Yitzchak ben Moshe and the bride Rachel bat Yehuda. Yazd (Persia), 1915. Ink and paint on paper. Adorned with characteristic colored illustrations: lions, birds, the sun and flowers. Width: 71 cm. Height: 43 cm. Fair condition, spotting and wear, restored tears. Mounted on cardboard for restoration.

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Collection of Shtarot Tena'im and Ketubot

Lot 27: Collection of Shtarot Tena'im and Ketubot

Description: Collection of seven Shtarot Tena'im and Ketubot: * Handwritten Ketubah. O?wi?cim, 1869. * Handwritten Ketubah. Morocco, 1913. * Printed Shtar Tena'im, 1935. * Printed Ketubah. Sofia, 1929. * Printed Shtar Tena'im. Bucharest, 1940. * Printed Ketubah, Bucharest, 1940. * Printed Ketubah. London, 1948. For a complete list, please contact our office. 7 items. Varied size and condition (good-poor).

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Collection of Ketubot

Lot 28: Collection of Ketubot

Description: Collection of Ketubot, from various dates and places: * Handwritten Ketubah, ?ód? (Poland), 5th of Shevat 1920. Handwritten and signed by the witness Rabbi "Aryeh Simcha ben Rabbi Shatz" [Rabbi Aryeh Simcha ben Rabbi Eliezer Perlmutter, a renowned Torah scholar. Some of his Torah words were printed in the books of the brothers Rabbi Avraham Zvi Perlmutter Ra'avad of Warsaw and Rabbi Moshe Perlmutter Rabbi in ?ód?], and with the signature of the second witness "Yehuda David ben Rabbi Zvi Ze'ev". * Handwritten Ketubah. Garwolin (a village near Warsaw, in the Siedlce region), 1894. Signed by the witnesses "Chaim Elazar ---", "Leibush ben Rabbi Avraham". * Printed Ketubah (with illustrations). Jerusalem. Completed by hand, Cheshvan 1940. Signed by the witness Rabbi Avraham Azriel. * Printed Ketubah, completed by hand, Munich, 1935. * Ketubah, photocopy of a manuscript, completed by hand. Tashkent, 1989. * Ketubah, photocopy of a manuscript, completed by hand. Karmina (Bukhara). 1993. * Ketubah for a convert, in colored graphic illustrated writing (by Alexander Feigin). Birvan (Georgia), 1985. Signed by the witness Rabbi "Ariel ben R' Zvi Hirsh" [the Chief Rabbi]. * Printed Hebrew and Spanish Ketuba, Buenos Aires (Argentina), 1976. * Printed Ketubah. Jerusalem, 1984. Signed by Rabbi Yehuda Ttzedaka. 9 Ketubot, varied size and condition.

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Collection of Ketubot, Gittin, Halachic Rulings and Responsa - Persia

Lot 29: Collection of Ketubot, Gittin, Halachic Rulings and Responsa - Persia

Description: Collection of handwritten leaves. Persia, 19th and 20th centuries. * Halachic rulings and responsa, by Persian rabbis and sages (some leaves carry the titles: "The person with the query stood before Abba Shaul and asked him", or "The person with the query stood and presented his question before the Av Beit Din Abba Yehoyada"). * Halachic queries written in Persia with responses handwritten by Rabbi Yitzchak Ezra, an emissary from Hebron, Rabbi Avraham ben Atar of Tiberias and Rabbi Moshe Amar "Emissary of the Rashbi Kollel from Safed". * Dozens of Gittin, Shtarot Shelichut and divorce permits, written in Persian communities: Golpayegan, Hamedan, Sanandaj, Isfahan, Kashan and Nahavand, from 1845-1930. Some are signed by the community Dayanim and Torah scholars. Some of the Gittin papers have a tear performed by the Beit Din called a "Kera Beit Din" [as a sign that the Get was delivered according to Jewish law]. * Ketubah. Farrah'abad, 1924. * Marriage Ketuba. Damavand (torn; parts missing). * A document in Judeo-Persian (Ketubah?) on fabric, with signatures. 35 items. Varied size and condition.

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Four Illustrated Manuscripts - Persia

Lot 30: Four Illustrated Manuscripts - Persia

Description: * Manuscript, Midrashic compositions written in the form of a piyut. Hebrew with rhymes in New Aramaic: Akedat Yitzchak, by Rabbi Mordechai ben Nissan Sardashti: Moshe Rabbeinu, the exodus from Egypt, Shirat HaYam, war of Og and Sichon, by Rabbi Mordechai ben Moshe [Banai]. Written by the scribe Aharon ben Rachamim HaCohen for Yitzchak ben Naftali. [Persia], 1884. Illustrated title page. * Manuscript, MIlchemet Yosef V'Yehuda. By Rabbi Mordechai ben Moshe from Bana [Banai]. Midrashic piyut. Hebrew with rhymes in New Aramaic [Persia, 19th century]. Manuscript in ancient handwriting, with replacement leaves in a later handwriting. Some leaves are adorned with fine illustrations of doves and flowers. At the end of the manuscript is the "Seder Tekufot" for the years 1882-1900. * Shir HaShirim, with Targum Sheni divided for the last two days of Passover. Written by Aharon ben Asher for Yitzchak ben Naftali. [Persia], 1883. Illustrated title page. * Megillat Ruth, with Aramaic translation. Divided for both days of Shavuot. Written by Aharon ben Asher. [Persia, 1883?]. Illustrated opening words. Four manuscripts. Dozens of leaves. Approximately 18 cm. General good-fair condition, spotting and wear. Unbound.

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Notebook of Songs - Illustrated Manuscript - Persia

Lot 31: Notebook of Songs - Illustrated Manuscript - Persia

Description: Illustrated manuscript, songbook for various events (weddings, Brit Milah etc.) in Hebrew and Judeo-Persian. [Persia, beginning of the 20th century]. Long narrow format. Illustrations and decorations in paint and ink, floral and bird frames. Written on the frame of the first page: "This songbook belongs to me, Avraham". On the last page: "This songbook belongs to Avraham ben HaNaim... Yitzchak...". [14] leaves. Height: 20 cm. Width: 11cm. Fair-good condition, many stains, wear. Handsome leather binding, with minor damages.

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Song for Passover - Illustrated Manuscript - Persia, 1914

Lot 32: Song for Passover - Illustrated Manuscript - Persia, 1914

Description: Manuscript, "Song for Passover". [Persia], 1914. Simanim for Passover Seder with Judeo-Persian explanations, and Piyutim. Each Piyut is explained in Judeo-Persian. Two title pages are illustrated with colored ink (the first title page is torn and partially missing). The writer signed his name several times at the end of the songs: "Josef... Adar 1914...","Yosef Amram". The last song is unfinished. [15] leaves. 18 cm. Fair condition. Spotting and tears (the text and illustration on the first leaf are damaged), moisture marks and wear. Several leaves are partially detached. New binding.

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Passover Haggadah - Illustrated Manuscript - Afghanistan, 1886

Lot 33: Passover Haggadah - Illustrated Manuscript - Afghanistan, 1886

Description: Manuscript, Passover Haggadah, with Judeo-Arabic translation and piyutim. [Afghanistan?], 1886. The original text and Judeo-Arabic translation. With addition of Amru Rabboteinu... and with piyutim Emunim Archu Shevach and Ata Ga'alta. Opening words illustrated with geometric patterns. Illustrations of birds and branches. Several pages with large colored illustrations (birds, trees and geometric patterns). In one place, the text of the Haggada is written in several colors. Colophon at the end of the manuscript: "This Passover Haggada has been completed in the month of Adar Bet 1886...I have written it for the nice pleasant young man...Sasson ben Avraham HaLevi... Eliyahu Menachem David Mizrachi". Signature in several places by "Sasson ben Avraham HaLevi". A number of leaves at the beginning of the Haggada are missing (starts with Baruch HaMakom Baruch Hu). [90] pages. 24 cm. Fair condition. Spotting, wear and tear. New binding, detached.

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Manuscript, Shir Hashirim with Kurdish Translation - Illustrated Title Page

Lot 34: Manuscript, Shir Hashirim with Kurdish Translation - Illustrated Title Page

Description: Manuscript, Shir Hashirim, with Midrashic translation into Jewish-Kurdish (Aramaic). [Kurdistan], 1881. First page illustrated with a floral frame, surrounded by the verse "His arms are rods of gold set with beryl..." and the year 1881. The verse and its Midrash are brought one after the other. The Jewish-Kurdish translation is a dialect of the Aramaic language. After the Arab conquest in the 7th century and Islamic conversion throughout the Middle East, the population gradually started to speak Arabic causing the Aramaic language to become almost extinct. Aramaic survived only in small communities, mainly among the Kurdistan Jews. [20] leaves. Missing leaves. 17.5 cm. Fair condition. Wear, dark moisture stains and ink stains. One leaf has coarse tears with damage to text. New binding.

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Manuscript of Bakashot and Selichot - India / Iraq / Iran? - The 19th Century

Lot 35: Manuscript of Bakashot and Selichot - India / Iraq / Iran? - The 19th Century

Description: Manuscript, Bakashot and Selichot, Hatarat Nedarim and Tashlich. [India / Iraq / Iran? The 19th century]. At the end of Selichot (Leaf 42/b) is an interesting description of the ceremony of Hatarat Nedarim on Erev Yom Kippur, titled "The custom of the Sephardic community, in the synagogue in the city of ..." (We have not been able to identify the city): "On Erev Yom Kippur after Shacharit, the congregation gathers in the synagogue and from among the gathering three dayanim are chosen. One person stands before the dayanim and confesses and regrets his sins and says: I hereby admit and confess before you, expert dayanim, any vow... and then one of the holy dayanim distances himself four cubits and removes his shoes and sits on the ground like a mourner and like a banned person for a short while. Afterward, the dayanim call him with these words: You are our brother, you are our brother, you are our brother, since you have accepted the judgement. And he immediately rises from the ground and stands before the dayanim in prayer and prays with unabated tears..." This custom is mentioned in the book Shnei Luchot HaBrit (227, 1), as the custom in Eretz Israel. The first and last leaves have family inscriptions of deaths and births from 1836-1886. [2], 42, [9] leaves. 15 cm. Most of the notebook has bluish paper. Good-fair condition, wear and spotting, detached leaves. Ornamented binding, damaged and worn.

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Manuscript, Compilation of Laws Regarding Animals and Fowl - Rangoon (Yangon, Burma), 1907

Lot 36: Manuscript, Compilation of Laws Regarding Animals and Fowl - Rangoon (Yangon, Burma), 1907

Description: Manuscript, Compilation of the Laws regarding Animals and Compilation of the Laws regarding Fowl, laws of Shechita and Trefot. Rangoon (Yangon, Burma), 1907. Hebrew and Judeo-Arabic. Square writing, with vowels (Nikud). Part 1 contains the laws of Shechita and Trefot of animals and Part 2 deals with the laws of fowl. Colophon at the end of Part 1: "Here in the city of Rangoon on Thursday, the 5th of Cheshvan 1907, the writer and the young Shaul Yitzchak Meir Elisha, who collected and arranged the material ". A similar colophon is at the end of Part 2 as well, dated Monday the 4th of Adar 1907. In addition to "Here Rangoon", the words "Here Bagdad" are also written at the top of the manuscript (apparently referring to the custom of Bagdad Jewry as most of the Rangoon community had belonged to the Bagdad community). [75] leaves (most written on one side). 21 cm. Most leaves are in good condition, some significant tears on several leaves (most caused by ink erosion). Spotting. New binding.

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A Large Handwritten Wall Calendar - Cochin, 1880

Lot 37: A Large Handwritten Wall Calendar - Cochin, 1880

Description: Handwritten leaf - calendar for 1881. Cochin (India), [1880]. Wall calendar. Partially missing. At the top of the leaf is a list of dates including dates distinctive for Indian Jews: "373 to Portugal coming to Cochin", "366 to the Shingili expulsion", "to the coming of Olandia to Cochin", "to the coming of the English to Cochin" "to the building of the synagogue", etc. 60 cm. Fair-poor condition. Tears with lack and damage to text [restored with paper]. Stains, moisture marks and wear.

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Register of Marriage, Divorce and Death - Kobe (Azerbaijan), 1893-1894

Lot 38: Register of Marriage, Divorce and Death - Kobe (Azerbaijan), 1893-1894

Description: "Notebook of marriage for the year of 1893", a register of marriage, divorce and deaths. [Kobe, Azerbaijan], 1893-1894. 28 entries of marriage, 8 entries of divorce, more than 70 entries of death. On the first leaf is a copy of a Shabbat Piyut (by Rabbi Mordechai Darmon). On the last leaf are several entries of "names of children born"; an entry in Cyrillic letters describing the notebook, name of place and year, 1895. On Leaf [9] are lists, apparently in Juhuri (Judeo-Tat). The Jewish community of Azerbaijan was one of the leading centers of the "Mountain Jewry", as the Jews of the Eastern Caucasus Mountains were called. 13 written pages. 20 cm. Good-fair condition. Spotting, wear and some tears around the edges. New binding.

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The Georgian Community in Jerusalem - Book of Regulations / Receipt Book

Lot 39: The Georgian Community in Jerusalem - Book of Regulations / Receipt Book

Description: * Book of Regulations of the She'erit Israel General School and Yeshiva: Established by the Georgian community natives of Kavkaz from the city of Achalziche and its province". Jerusalem, [1910]. Hebrew, Yiddish and German. Printed pamphlet, with the association's regulations and letters by the community's rabbis and Jerusalem rabbis (Rabbi Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld, Rabbi Kook, the Badatz of the Chassidim in Jerusalem, etc.). 12, IV pages, 14 cm. Fair condition, spotting, wear and tears. * Receipt book [empty] of "Kupat Chana", "for the Kollel of our brethren the Georgians in Jerusalem". [Jerusalem, c. 1890]. Notebook with more than 200 receipts never used. 20X15 cm. Good-fair condition. Spotting and wear. Georgian Jews, who were dubbed by the Ottoman Turks "Gurgim" moved to Eretz Israel in the first half of the 19th century, settled in Jerusalem, established a synagogue and a Yeshiva, led community lives and also established a special Kollel to contribute to the support of the community's poor.

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Collection of Letters and Documents / Handwritten Sermons - Georgia - Soviet Russia

Lot 40: Collection of Letters and Documents / Handwritten Sermons - Georgia - Soviet Russia

Description: * A collection of letters and documents from Georgia, under the Soviet rule. For a complete list, please contact our office. * Collection of handwritten leaves, sermons for various occasions, by a Georgian Torah scholar [Rabbi Ya'akov ben Rachamim of Kutisi?]. Dozens of paper items, varied size and condition.

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Collection of Photographs - Rabbis / Photographed Cards (New Year, Wedding Invitation) - Georgia

Lot 41: Collection of Photographs - Rabbis / Photographed Cards (New Year, Wedding Invitation) - Georgia

Description: A collection of photos originating in Georgia. * Photographs of rabbis (among them: Georgian rabbis, a photo of Rabbi Shlomo Shleifer of Moscow on a visit to Georgia, etc.). * Photographed postcards and greeting cards (photocopied, a technique use by Jews under Soviet rule who were not allowed to own a Hebrew printing press): two New Year cards, a wedding invitation (photo of an illustration with Georgian inscriptions and a picture of the couple), portrait of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai and a portrait of the Ba'al Shem Tov. 11 photos. Varied size and condition.

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Collection of Manuscripts - The Bukhara Community in Jerusalem

Lot 42: Collection of Manuscripts - The Bukhara Community in Jerusalem

Description: * Manuscript, segulot, kabalistic matters and goralot. * Prayers and leaves of segulot. (Seder of immersion and confession for Erev Yom Kippur). * Various letters. * Accounting book of charity money of the Bukhara community, from 1927-1928. * More. Approximately 10 items, dozens of leaves, varied size and condition.

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Shulchan Aruch Choshen Mishpat - Manuscripts and Scholarly Glosses with Signatures by Prominent Rabbis of Marrakesh in the 18th Century - Rabbi Avraham Pinto the Elder, Rabbi Avraham Pinto the Junior and Glosses by Rabbi Elazar Chazan

Lot 43: Shulchan Aruch Choshen Mishpat - Manuscripts and Scholarly Glosses with Signatures by Prominent Rabbis of Marrakesh in the 18th Century - Rabbi Avraham Pinto the Elder, Rabbi Avraham Pinto the Junior and Glosses by Rabbi Elazar Chazan

Description: Shulchan Aruch Choshen Mishpat, with Ba'er Hetev and Chidushei Dinim. Amsterdam, [1764. Printed by the sons of Shlomo Proops]. A booklet of leaves for writing novellae is attached to the beginning of the book containing novellae written by two different authors. Most of the leaves are written by Rabbi Avraham the Second, who signed Avraham Pinto many times throughout his novellae (Avraham Pinto HaKatan appears twice) and in his writings he mentions things in the name of his grandfather Rabbi Avraham Pinto (the senior) and their esteemed grandfather the Rif [Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto]. Three pages appear to be written in an earlier handwriting and are signed in one place "Avraham". Throughout the book are more than one hundred long glosses in Oriental handwriting. Most written by Rabbi Avraham the senior, [some with the signature "Avraham"]. Some are written by Rabbi Avraham Pinto "HaKatan" (the junior). Some glosses are in a third handwriting, one (on leaf 74/a) is signed by Rabbi "Elazar Ebn L'Chazan". (In one gloss which looks like the handwriting of Rabbi Elazar Chazan, he mentions things in the name of his father-in-law: "... Rabbi Shlomo Asabag ruled"). Several glosses are written in another handwriting, one is signed "Ya'akov". Signature of Rabbi "Masud Pinto" who bought the book from his brother Rabbi Ya'akov. At the beginning of the book is an ownership inscription of "The great Chacham Rabbi Moshe Pinto". Rabbi Avraham Pinto the senior (died on Succot 1803), son of the Mekubal Rabbi Ya'akov Pinto the First [a member of a society of Mekubalim, authors of the series of holy books Mikdash Melech]. Served in the rabbinate of the city of Marrakesh together with Rabbi Elazar ben Rabbi Ya'akov Chazan and Rabbi David Tzabach [who succeeded him in the city rabbinate until 1858]. Rabbi David Tzabach and Rabbi Elazar Chazan were close disciples of Rabbi Shlomo Asabag who died in 1830. His son Rabbi Moshe Pinto is apparently the father of Rabbi Ya'akov and Rabbi Masud Pinto who signed the book. This is an important manuscript - never printed, written by prominent rabbis of the city of Marrakesh in Morocco in the 18th/19th century all renowned for their great holiness and scholarship in revealed and hidden Torah. Missing copy: [1], 176 leaves (originally: [2], 405, [3] leaves). + booklet of 14 leaves, with approximately 11 pages including handwritten Torah novellae. Approximately 19.5 cm. Wide margins, fair condition, worn from usage, detached leaves and some spotting. Ancient and elaborate leather binding, worn and torn.

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Rabbinic Rulings and Letters - Tétouan and Gibraltar, 19th Century

Lot 44: Rabbinic Rulings and Letters - Tétouan and Gibraltar, 19th Century

Description: Large collection of signed Halachic rulings, Shtarot Beit Din and rabbinic letters. Tétouan, (Morocco) 1814-1881. Letter signed by Rabbi Yosef Almaliach and Rabbi Avraham Ebn Oliel, Gibraltar, 1829. Among the rabbis' signatures (curly rabbinical signatures): Rabbi Avraham Gabizon, Rabbi David ben Susan, Rabbi Moshe Shukrun, Rabbi Yosef Lasri, Rabbi Shlomo HaCohen, Rabbi Shmuel ben Assus, Rabbi Moshe ben Assus, Rabbi Avraham Anhori, Rabbi Avraham Matitya, Rabbi Avraham ben Shitrit, Rabbi Chaim ben Shitrit, Rabbi Yitzchak ben Shukrun, Rabbi Avraham Bargilon, Rabbi Yosef ben Yaluz, Rabbi Efraim Nahon, Rabbi Avraham Ankva, Rabbi Shmuel Pimeinti, Rabbi Yitzchak Dayan, Rabbi Ya'akov Bibas, Rabbi Yosef Bibas, Rabbi Menachem Pareinti, Rabbi Vidal Gabizon, Rabbi Eliyahu Yisrael, etc. 24 items, varied size and condition, most in very good condition.

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Letters, Beit-Din Shtarot, Ketubah and Manuscripts - Morocco

Lot 45: Letters, Beit-Din Shtarot, Ketubah and Manuscripts - Morocco

Description: Large collection of manuscripts, including a collection of leaves from the "Bindings Geniza". * Remnants of a Shtar-Kabala from 1733. * Letters, Halachic rulings and signed Shtarot of testimony from the city of Fez, [most regarding the property of Rabbi Shlomo ben Reuven Asulin]. Signed by rabbis of the city (1808-1844). Among the rabbis' signatures (curly rabbinical signatures): Rabbi Raphael Aharon Monsoniego, Rabbi Yosef Elbaz, Rabbi Machluf ben Zichri, Rabbi Mordechai Butbul, Rabbi Mordechai Asulin, Rabbi Yehuda Ebn Tzur, Rabbi Yitzchak ben Lachsan, Rabbi Emanuel Monsano, Rabbi Avraham HaCohen Sikli and other rabbis from the Atzayeg, HaCohen Sikli, ben Zichri, Elbaz, Ebn Maman families, etc. * Ketubah from 1925, signed by the witnesses Rabbi Shmuel ben Moshe Martzi[ano] and Rabbi Yehuda ben Shlomo HaCohen Sikli. Taourirt (Morocco). * Letter to Jerusalem rabbis by the rabbis of Meknès signed (with rabbinical signatures) by: Rabbi Raphael David Berdugo, Rabbi Ya'akov Toledano, Rabbi Avraham Amar and Rabbi Yehoshua Berdugo. From c. 1920. * Sections of prayers, Piyutim and an amulet. * Birth certificates signed by Rabbi David ben Moshe Ochana, from the village of Tamezret (Morocco), 1949. Approximately 32 items. Some in fair-poor condition (from the Binding Geniza), and some in good condition.

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Halachic Rulings and Manuscripts - Morocco

Lot 46: Halachic Rulings and Manuscripts - Morocco

Description: Large collection of Halachic rulings and Shtarot Beit Din from the city of Fez, [most regarding the property of Rabbi Masud Azulai]. Signed by the rabbis of the city (1905-1960). Together with a collection of various manuscripts, Morocco, 20th century. Shtarot and Halachic rulings: * Shtarot Beit Din from 1909-1912 signed by rabbis: Rabbi Yosef ben Na'im [author of Malkei Rabanan], Rabbi Abba Atiye and Rabbi Yitzchak Ebn Denan. * Two notebooks of copies of Shtarot Beit Din from the 19th century with many signatures of Rabbi Yosef HaLevi Ebn Yuli, Rabbi Yosef ben Na'im [author of Malkei Rabanan] and Rabbi Raphael Ya'akov ben Atar - who verify the copy made in 1905. At the end of one of the notebooks appears a Halachic ruling from 1917 signed by Rabbi Chaim Siriro, Rabbi Shlomo Ebn Denan [Ra'avad of Fez, author of Asher LiShlomo and Bakesh Shlomo] and Rabbi Matitya Siriro. * Halachic rulings on official stationery of the Beit Din in Fez, most from 1942-1960, signed by the Chief Rabbi of Morocco Rabbi Yedidya Monsoniego, Rabbi Shmuel Ebn Denan and Rabbi Yehuda ben Atar. * Personal Letter with some interesting esoteric content by Rabbi Yedidya Monsoniego, addressed to his son Rabbi Rachamim. Manuscripts: * Manuscript, dictionary of names and verbs, and their Biblical and Midrashic origins. [Morocco, 19th century]. * Manuscript leaves, Piyut for the reading of the Megillah by Rabbi Yosef Kimchi (father of the Radak). Handsome adorned writing. Beginning of the 20th century. * Manuscript, Ma'aseh Yosef HaTzaddik, in Judeo-Arabic. [Beginning of the 20th century]. * Manuscript of Bar-Mitzvah sermons is Hebrew and French, for Eliyahu Larido. Casablanca, 1942. 20 items, dozens of leaves, varied size and condition, most in good condition.

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Manuscript, Morocco, 18th/19th Century - Homiletics, Novellae and Books of Goralot and Segulot - Signatures and Signed Glosses

Lot 47: Manuscript, Morocco, 18th/19th Century - Homiletics, Novellae and Books of Goralot and Segulot - Signatures and Signed Glosses

Description: Manuscript containing responsa and halachic rulings, homiletics, compilations of novellae, charts of Goralot, Segulot and cures, prayers and riddles, Et Sofer - version of shtarot, Seder Olam, Ramban's Igeret HaMusar etc. [Fez, Morocco, 18th/19th century]. Responsa and halachic rulings by Rabbi Shlomo Amar, Rabbi Shmuel HaTzarfati, laws of terefot according to Fez customs, customs by Rabbi Refael Bardugo and customs of the Rabbi HaMarbitz. Homiletic to a responsum by Rabbi Maimon Bardugo. Entire homiletics written by several Moroccan Torah scholars. Also in the compilation of novellae are many quotes by Moroccan scholars, [from the Fez region]; HaRav HaMevin (Rabbi Moshe Bardugo), HaRav HaMashbir, Rabbi Yehuda ben Atar, Rabbi Moshe ben Va'ish, Rabbi Moshe ben Chamu, etc. On the last page are many signatures of renowned Moroccan rabbis and Torah scholars: Rabbi Ya'akov Toledano, Rabbi Baruch Maman, Rabbi Shlomo Simchon, Rabbi Chaviv Toledano, Rabbi Yosef Bahalul, Rabbi Masud ben Chefetz, Rabbi Yosef ben Malka who mentions the name of his father Rabbi "Maimon ben Malka". Marginalia by several writers, some signed. Many glosses handwritten and signed by Rabbi Maimon Malka. Glosses signed "Mevin" and other signed glosses. Additional later signatures of Rabbi "Baruch ben Ya'akov" and of "He'ach Nafsheinu ", by the writer who received the book from Rabbi Gavriel ben Ya'akov. Approximately 157 pages. More than 310 written pages. 21 cm. Varying condition, fair to fair-poor, spotting and moisture and fungus damages, faded ink on some leaves. Wear and worm damage. Detached leaves. Unbound.

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Manuscript - Machzor for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur - North Africa, 19th Century

Lot 48: Manuscript - Machzor for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur - North Africa, 19th Century

Description: Manuscript, Machzor for Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. Prayers, songs and Piyutim, customs, Kavanot and compilations from the writings of the Ari, from the book Chemdat Yamim, etc. [North Africa, 18th/19th century]. Attractive scribal writing. At the beginning of the manuscript are customs and prayers for the month of Elul [prayer to recite at the cemetery... customarily recited by the Hebron community]. On the first leaf is a curly owner's signature: "Ha'Zvi Shlomo Tovi". 88 leaves. 16 cm. Most leaves are in fair condition. Spotting. The first leaf is detached. Several leaves have tears and dark stains from ink spread and ink corrosion (with damage to text). Worn binding. * Enclosed is Likutei Tehillim. Livorno, [1791]. Miniature edition. Incomplete copy. Some leaves are handwritten replacements. At the beginning and end are leaves with handwritten compilations: Seder Pidyon Nefashot and Pidyon Nefesh according to the Ramban. Owner's signature: "Ha'Zvi Shlomo Tovi".

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Certificate for a Tiberias Emissary - Marrakech (Morocco) Rabbis

Lot 49: Certificate for a Tiberias Emissary - Marrakech (Morocco) Rabbis

Description: Certificate of recommendation for an emissary collecting funds for the charity of Rabbi Meir Ba'al HaNess, Rabbi Ya'akov Vaknin of Tiberias. Signed by the city's rabbis, Rabbi Shlomo Chaim, Rabbi Moshe Zrihan and Rabbi Ya'akov [---]. Marrakech (Morocco), 1924. After words of great praise of the emissary Rabbi David Vaknin, the rabbis request "Our brethren, Bnei Yisrael, the children of Avraham Yitzchak and Ya'akov" to give him all money dedicated to hekdesh and for fulfilling vows and for the funds of Rabbi Meir Ba'al HaNess - "all should be delivered to him when he comes and on his return". Signed by the Mekubal Rabbi Shlomo ebn Chaim (the first - died in 1928), Ra'avad of Marrakech. Rabbi Moshe Zrihan (died in Cheshvan 1952), served for more than 40 years as a member of the Beit Din and after the death of Rabbi Shlomo ebn Chaim, succeeded him as Ra'avad of Marrakech for more than 20 years. Rabbi Ya'akov Vaknin (1869-1946), a leading rabbi, dayan and Torah authority in the city of Tiberias, was the firstborn son of the Ra'avad of Tiberias, author of VaYevarech David and brother of Rabbi Meir Vaknin, author of VaYomer Meir (Chief Rabbi of Tiberias). He travelled several times to North African countries as emissary of the Tiberias sages. Written on his tombstone: "Here is hidden a treasure of Torah...a holy man who sanctifies Heaven's name, the renowned Torah genius, tzaddik, pious and humble, the excellent dayan, man of all good qualities, the G-dly Mekubal Rabbi Ya'akov Vaknin". 46 cm. Good-fair condition, spotting and tears (old restoration, with glued paper).

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Collection of Letters and Documents / the Birdugo Family in Jerusalem, Tiberias and Meknès

Lot 50: Collection of Letters and Documents / the Birdugo Family in Jerusalem, Tiberias and Meknès

Description: * Large collection (hundreds of items) of letters, documents, proclamations and various printed items. Jerusalem and Eretz Israel, beginning of the 20th century. Includes letters from the archive of the Jerusalem Rabbinate, documents and receipts of various Jerusalem institutes (Talmud Torah Bnei Zion, Va'ad Meah She'arim, the Zion Orphanage, etc). Letters by various important individuals, stamps of rabbis, and signatures, etc. * An extraordinarily big family archive (hundreds of items) including letters by Rabbi Shlomo Birdugo of Jerusalem and his family in Eretz Israel, Egypt and Meknès, 1920s and 30s. Rabbinical letters sent to Rabbi Shlomo Birdugo. Among those are a letter of recommendation signed by Rabbi Kook and many letters by Tiberias rabbis: Rabbi Ya'akov Chai Zrihan, Rabbi Ya'akov Chai Birdugo and Rabbi Baruch Toledano and others. The archive has not been thoroughly examined. Hundreds of items, varied size and condition.

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