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Rare books, Manuscripts, Documents & Jewish Arts
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Description: Yemenite rite Haggadah.13 ff. 17.5 cm. Yemenite script. Modern cover.View additional info »
Description: Novellae on Talmud Bavli, Bava Kamma, Baba Mezia and Bava Batra. Written by an outstanding Torah scholar and prepared for print, whom we have not been able to identify. 96 ff. 20 cm. Fine condition. Ashkenazic script. No cover.View additional info »
Description: Autograph copies by R. Samuel David Luzzatto of early redactions of several dissertations on theology and Aramaic grammar in the original Italian. The manuscript is dated 13 Maggio 1835 (f. 71r). The works were all published in the 1860's and there are many variations between the manuscript and the printed editions. The author made several corrections in his own handwriting. The following works were copied in this manuscript: Ff. 1r-27v: Teologica Dogmatica, printed as Lezioni di Teologica Dogmatica Israelitica in 1864. Ff. 29r-46r: Lezioni di Teologia morale, published in 1862.Ff. 49r-71r: Elementi Grammaticale del Caldeo biblico e Talmudica, a textbook on the grammar of Aramaic in the Babylonian Talmud , published in 1865.71 ff. 30 cm. Original cover.View additional info »
Description: Novellae and responsa by a sage who resided in Brisk or frequently visited the town. Two volumes. In the first volume he wrote novellae on Seder Moed and tractate Yevamot of the Babylonian Talmud and 'hadranim' for 'siyyumim' delivered during the years 1896-1899 in the "Nathan Tifsher beit midrash" in Brisk (ff. 15v, 30r, 43v, 64v). The second volume includes responsa, inter alia, to R. Isser Yehuda of Lina, perhaps R. I.J. Malin author of "Or Yisrael" and other works (ff. 181r-182v), R. Abraham Tzvi Kopelowitz of Zelva (180v-181r) and R. Israel Zalman Shlomowitz of Amstibove (Mstibovo), author of "Beit Yisrael" (f. r). On f.  in volume 1, a later hand added novellae by his father R. Shelomo of Wolkowiski (Belarus).2 vols. Most of the pages are blank. Texts written on ff. 1-75 in vol. 1 and 181-190 in vol. 2. 21 cm. Ashkenazic script. Original covers.View additional info »
Description: Sermons and homilies for Sabbaths and Festivals, delivered during the years 1803-1809. On f. 30r: "5563=1803 here in Grybów [Galicia]".116 ff. 20.5 cm. Ashkenazic script. Modern cover.View additional info »
Description: Sermons and homilies for Sabbaths and Festivals. Rabbinical script.Owners' entries at the beginning: Shelomo Levi from Bonn and David ben Benjamin Wolff.91, 106-107 ff. 15 cm. Fine Ashkenazic script. Original cover.View additional info »
Description: Novellae on various sugyot in the Talmud. On f. 9r the writer copied novellae by R. Chaim Oppenheim.9 ff. 25 cm. Ashkenazic script. Blue paper. Some worming. Modern cover.View additional info »
Description: Novellae on various passages in the Talmud by R. Moses Senta. The name of the author, Moses Senta" and the date 5589 are found among the scribbling at the beginning of the manuscript. The author also signed his name at the end of one of the novellae on f. 13r-v On f. 6r he copied an explication by the Rabbi of Szombathely in Hungary.15 ff. 25.5 cm. Ashkenazic script. Modern cover.View additional info »
Description: Sermons and homilies on the weekly readings from the Torah and other occasions. Numbered 1-181. On the title-page, decorated with rather primitive drawings, the date 5504=1744 is pointed out. The author quotes R. Baruch Ha-Kohen Rappaport of Fürth (f. 18v), R"Y of Prague, probably R. Jonathan Eyebschutz (f. 40r), R. Shimshon of Fürth [=Shimshon Bash?] (f. 45r) and "the esteemed R. Alexander" (f. 45v). On ff. 50r, 52v and 56r the author notes that he delivered the sermon in העכי [=Hochheim in Germany?]. On ff. 15r and 51v in a different script sermons delivered in Rathenow in 1764 and 1763. There are a number of names inscribed on the inside cover. The MS belonged to Araham b. Moses Katz of Theilheim residing in Fürth in 1791 and to Baruch ben Moses of Materf[?].57 ff. 20 cm. Ashkenazic script. Original carton cover.View additional info »
Description: Novellae on various passages in the Talmud. This volume is composed of writings by different authors from different manuscripts bound together. Some of the novellae are incomplete or bound out of order. Undoubtedly written by unidentified Torah scholars. On ff. 20-27 a responsum concerning the validity of a get (bill of divorce) written by a graduate of a modern rabbinical seminary proving his radical views since at the time using this claim to invalidate a divorce was revolutionary. Includes a discussion opposing secular studies.47 ff. 29 cm. Various Ashkenazic scripts. Modern cover.View additional info »
Description: Canticles, Ruth and Ecclesiastes , with the Aramaic Targum and the commentary by Rashi.72 ff. 16 cm. Yemenite script. Modern cloth cover.View additional info »
Description: Saga concerning Joseph ben Ephraim in Spain in 1476[!] as told to the writer by R. David ibn Zimra (RADBAZ) in Safed in 1496 [when RADBAZ was no older than 16]. The story was written on an old leather sheet in a curious, unusual script including elements of old Sephardic and late Ashkenazic handwritings, supposedly to give the impression of a document written over 500 years ago. The story is based on events that occurred during the reign of Alfonso XI in the 14th cent. and the writer rewrote the story transferring it to 1476 and deleting the names of the king and his ministers. It seems that this document is a forgery, probably prepared around the turn of the 20th century when a number of similar forged "ancient" documents appeared on the market. 1 leather sheet. 26.5x48 cm. Written on one side only. 42 lines.> > This piece of parchment came from Hungary c. 1975 from a family bequest. Included with the parchment is a paper from a Hungarian antique firm in Budapest with their stamp and their full address, featuring a copy of the Hebrew content of the parchment in clear, legible letters. Apparently written c. 1920, indicating that this is not a modern forgery. Interesting piece that deserves additional research.View additional info »
Description: Sefer Zemirot Yisrael. Collection of piyyutim for Shabbat and festivals mainly by poets from the Maghreb and by the editor. Includes poems in Judeo-Arabic by R. Nathan Gian and R. Jacob Sananj [Senanis] one of the Rabbis of Oran, as well as the story of Joseph della Reina, the Alphabet of Ben Sira, Sefer Eldad ha-Dani and interpretations of dreams. The manuscript was written in Annaba and is dated 15 Adar 5624. On two unbound leaves inserted into the manuscript the scribe wrote an incomplete homily on Ecclesiastes and an inscription for the tombstone of Abraham Hatzivoni ben Saud, head of the community in Lisbon who passed away in Paris.Hebrew manuscripts copied in Algeria are quite rare.59, 72, 9 ff. 20 cm. Maghrebic script. Modern cloth cover.View additional info »
Lot 415: Magen for Rosh Ha-Shanah and Yom Kippur, rite of Morocco, by Shalem b. Nissim Avitzror. Morocco, 20th cent.
Description: Magen for Rosh Ha-Shanah and Yom Kippur including various prayers according to the rite of Morocco, by Shalem b. Nissim Avitzror, the author of Netivot Shalom printed in Casablanca, 1948.Owner's signature at the beginning: Amsellem Jacob Belhazan, Revoil - Beni-Ounif [the brother-in-law of Rabbi Yisrael Abuhatzeira, known as the Baba Sali (1890-1984)]., 47 ff. 18.2 cm. Maghrebi script. Original cardboard cover.View additional info »
Description: Polemic against the dignitaries of the Jewish community in Marrakech, Morocco by an emissary from Oran who complained about the degrading reception he was accorded when he visited the city in 1894 to collect alms for his community. The text breaks off abruptly in the middle of chapter 12. According to the title-page the pamphlet was to be published, but it was never printed., 24 ff. (until f. 22 written only on recto side). 18 cm. Maghrebi script. Original cardboard cover.View additional info »
Description: Includes a responsum concerning one who writes the counting of the Omer instead of reciting it and a dissertation on the obligation to sit seven days in a sukkah. The author, a Rabbi in Hannover, Rogozin and Ostrow, was the son of R. Shelomo Plessner, Rabbi of Posen. On f. 64v: a dedication to the sister of his wife, Miriam daughter of R. Aaron Hirschfeld. The date on the title-page is 33 days to the Omer 5652=1892.64 ff. (ff. 54r-64r and other pages blank). 16.5 cm. Ashkenazic script. No cover.View additional info »
Lot 418: Historic Deed by the Son of the Rabbi of Koznitz. Jerusalem, . Signed by Rabbi Yona Moshe Navon, the Rishon L'Tzion.
Description: Deed made by 'famed Rabbi Chaim of Krakow son of famed gaon Shlomo zll av"d of Koznitz'. Regarding the courtyard and garden on 'B"k street in Bab Al Huta...that he purchased according to Islamic law.. the courtyard is close in proximity to the walls of the Holy City near Bab Al Huta...and on the right side...two pomegranate trees...and in the middle there are almond trees with a type of peaches known in Jerusalem as....' Deed for a large building with a number of floors and a large basement that was to serve as a beit medrash as per the custom of the Rama of Krakow [Rabbi Moshe Isserless] - only Ashkenaz. Since the building was located in an area where few Jews lived, he made a condition; if chassidim would move to Bab Al Huta, 'the overseers are not permitted to change the nusach of tefila and make a steady minyan. It can only be done on a temporary basis, such as for nichum aveilim and simchas chatanim, but nothing else'. He later emphasizes that he wants the minyan to consist of 'peirushim'. It is also obligatory to construct both a mikva for men and for women inside the building. The purchaser appointed two trustees; Rabbi Yosef ben Meir Ashkenazi and Rabbi Shimon Elyakim ben HaRav Dovid z"l. Another condition: All questions would be determined by the Rishon L'Tzion of the time. Lengthy, detailed deed. Ten detailed conditions, that leave no room for misconstruing the purchaser's intentions.The buyer died without children and wanted to leave a memorial for himself within Jerusalem the Holy City, as he writes a number of times.>> Signed at the conclusion by the Rishon L'Tzion, Rabbi Yonah Moshe Navon.Signed in Nissan, . Large leaf, 29:43 cm. Very fine condition. Very nice, clear handwriting. Square, Rashi letters. Attached to an additional large leaf. A few tears in the blank margins.Regarding the signatory, Rabbi Yonah Moshe Navon, refer to Gellis, Encyclopedia, in his entry on page 56. With a photo of his tombstone.View additional info »
Description: all Sephardic supplications between the 17th and 20th century. Chassidim sang this song during the third Shabbat meal. The author's name, R' Avraham Maimon, appears in acrostics. 12 cm.  pages.  blank leaves. Thick, quality paper. Very fine condition. Aging stains. Original, brown, soft cover. Blemishes on the binding.The author was born in 16th century Safed. He was a disciple of Kabalist Rabbi Moshe Cordevero (Ramak), a disciple of the Arizal.View additional info »
Lot 420: Manuscript. Kuntress of Comments and Critique on the Magen Avraham in the order of the Shulchan Aruch by Rabbi Moshe Shifman. 19th Century.
Description: Handwritten booklet with hundreds of comments on the words of the Magen Avraham in order of the simanim of the Shulchan Aruch, Orech Chaim. The author signed his named at the conclusion of the booklet, משה בן כ"ה אהרן שיפמאן. We have not succeeded in identifying the author of this booklet, however he was undoubtedly a Torah scholar with expertise in the Talmud and poskim. As far as we know, this booklet has never been printed.13 leaves, written on both their sides. 18 cm. Very fine condition. All clear and legible. Not bound. The 2 last leaves are detachedView additional info »
Lot 421: Manuscript. Novellae by R. Samuel Zulz of Nikolsburg and R. Samuel Kolin [Kellin] author of "Machatzit ha-Shekel". 19th cent.
Description: Novellae on passages in tractate Berakhot and Seder Moed. On f. 67r the author, R. Samuel Zulz, copied novellae he wrote when he studied at the yeshiva in Boskowitz. On f. 74r he copied novellae from a manuscript of R. Samuel Kolin. Fols. 53-56, on different paper and in a different script: notes on tractate Pesahim by R. Samuel Kolin.77 ff. 25 cm. Written on different papers of various sizes and in different Ashkenazic scripts. Modern cover.View additional info »
Lot 422: Manuscript. Novellae on the Mishnah by R. Nachum Trebitsch, author of "Sefer Shelom Yerushalayim". 19th cent.
Description: On tractate Kettubot and tractates from Seder Zeraim (except for Berakhot) and tractate Shabbat.35 ff. 34 cm. Ashkenazic script. Modern coverView additional info »
Lot 423: Manuscript. Novellae on the Talmud, Shulchan Aruch and Rambam in the Hand of Rabbi Moshe HaLevi Levinger Komaran av"d of Micheldorf.
Description: Novellae on the Torah on all tractates of the Talmud including mishnayot Seder Zeraim, Teharot and Kadshim. Novellae on the Shulchan Aruch Orech Chaim and Yoreh Deah and a few novellae on the Rambam by Rabbi Moshe Halevi Levnger, av"d of Micheldorf. To the best of our knowledge, this has never been published.144 large leaves, including a few blanks. 32 cm. The first leave features the author's stamp. Fine condition. Aging stains. A few supplements and water stains on the last leaves. Modern, half-leather binding.Rabbi Moshe Halevi Levinger was born in 1810, he was a disiciple of Maharahm Ash av"d of Ungvar.The disciples of the Chatam Sofer in the 'Igrot Sofrim' mention that he trusted him. The Chatam Sofer highly praised him.The Mahram Schick wrote in section Yoreh Deah siman 256: 'when I was by Maran (Chatam Sofer) ztz"l, there was a Rabbi who is know a great Rabbi, Rabbi Moshe Komaran of Micheldorf...and he said to sit.. and Maran praised him'.He served as av"d in Magadorf, Micheldorf and Weitzen until his death in 1877.Refer to Kinstlicher, HaChatam Sofer V'Talmidav, p. 352-353, with a copy of his handwriting.View additional info »
Lot 424: Manuscript. Zichron Yaakov. Work on the Words of the Tosfot Yom Tov on the Shisha Sidrei Mishna. By Rabbi Yaakov Weiler, av"d of ביטשא. Autograph.
Description: Complete treatise on the Baal Tosfot Yom Tov's comments on the Shisa Sidrei Mishna in the hand of Rabbi Yaakov Weiler. To the best of our knowledge, this was never published.263 leaves. Numbered and written on both their sides. 21 cm. All clear and legible. A few worming marks, almost not affecting text, other than the 3 last leaves.Rabbi Yaakov Weiler was bornin  in Sutshan, to his father Rabbi Yosef and his mother, progeny of Rabbi Heschel. In 1813 he served as av"d in Nadi-Butsha?. He passed away in 1866. His work 'Beit Yaakov' on tractate Eiruvin bears the approbation from the Chatam Sofer with great praise.Refer to Ishim B'Teshuvot Chatam Sofer' p. 184.View additional info »
Description: Novellae on passages in the Talmud, Shulchan Arukh and on the weekly paraahot and a few verses in the Prophets. At the end of the manuscript an owner wrote that the author was "the famous Talmudist R. David, son-in-law of R. Jacob Chalfin". In a similar note the author is called "R. David Ber".91 ff. 37 cm. Ashkenazic script. Modern cover.View additional info »
Description: Handwritten collection of kuntressim with novellae from the Maharam Benet, Rabbi of Nikolsburg.* The first kuntress consists of 17 leaves with novellae from the Maharam Benet on Shulchan Aruch, Yoreh Deah and Choshen Mishpat. Handwritten by his disciple, Rabbi Shmuel Katz, dayan in Nikoslburg who also learned by the 'Machatzit HaShekel'. He writes at the start of the kuntress: 'Novellae that I heard from the holy mouth. Hagaon av"d of the state...' and he writes similar lines at the beginning of other leaves.To the best of our knowledge, six leaves were never printed and the rest were printed with changes.* 22 leaves with novellae of the disciple Rabbi Shmuel Katz of Nikolsburg. On leaf 5b, he writesabout his rabbi's response to the novellae that he explained to him. * 9 leaves with novellae on the Tur siman 109, of Yoreh Deah. Written on the title page: 'Kuntress on siman 109 by Adm"ur HaRav HaGaon... Nasi Eretz...'* Five leaves with a sermon for Shabbat Shuva and novellae on tractates Eiruvin and Chulin.>> The kuntress with novellae on the Tur belonged to Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Shapira of Munkacz, author of 'Darchei Teshuva'. His stamp appears on the kuntress.The entire collection is written on both sides of the leaves and is in very fine condition. New, half-leather binding.View additional info »
Description: Novellae on the words of the Turei Zahav of the Shulchan Aruch, Orech Chaim, siman 600, and on the laws of Nazirite. 19 leaves. 37 cm. Ashkenazic print. Rebound.View additional info »
Description: Collection of Torah novellae in Yiddish, handwritten by Rabbi Baruch Eckfeld, Rabbi of Csuz. [1870-1873].84 leaves. 17 cm. Very fine condition. New binding. Yiddish text. Text on both sides of most leaves.In a number of places, the author wrote personal prayers to the Creator before writing his novellae. Such as a prayer for understanding the Torah. Prayer for forgiveness, for success in wisdom and knowledge etc.Rabbi Baruch Eckfeld was the Rabbi fo Csuz, author of the Pe'at HaSadeh responsa.Refer to: Kinstlicher, HaChatam Sofer V'Talmidav. Otzar HaRabbanim 4134.[Antiquated owner signatures: זה הספר שייך לק"צ יהודא ליב פליישער, שנת תרס"ז (1907)].View additional info »
Lot 429: Manuscript. Novellae on the Talmud, Chumash and more in the Hand of Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Tirer rav"d and r"m in Frankfurt. Autograph. [1797-1821].
Description: Two collections of Torah novellae on tractates of the Talmud, aggada and elucidations on the Chumash, eulogy and sermon by Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Tirer of Frankfurt.* Manuscript that includes novellae on tractates: Pesachim, Beitza, Kidushin, Chulin, eulogies and aggada. Corrections and supplements in the margins. First collection. 26 numbered leaves, written on both their sides. 33 cm. Aging stains. Very fine condition. New, half-leather binding. Leaf 25 has a marginal reinforcement without loss of text.* Manuscript including novella on tractates: Bava Basra, Shabbat, Chulin, Pesachim, Berachot, Sukka, Kidushin, Megila, Yuma, Menachot, Horiyot, Ketubot, Rosh Hashna, Nida, elucidations on Bereishit, Korach and a sermon for the inauguration of a Torah scroll.The author wrote an anecdote on the last leaf regarding a Kiddush levana that he saw by Rabbi Pinchas Halevi, the Ba'al Hafla'a.Second collection. 94 numbered leaves with 89 bearing text on both sides. 5 blank leaves. 20 cm. Aging stains. Very fine condition. New, half-leather binding. Reinforcement on leaf 88, slight loss of text.Rabbi Shlomo Zalman HaKohen Tirer was born in Frankufrt in , and disseminated Torah and was Rabbi in the city for over sixty years. He served as dayan in the Beit Din of the Ba'al Hafla'a. After the death of the Ba'al Hafla'a's son, he served as Rabbi of the community.HaGaon Rabbi Akiva Eiger wrote him a letter in , and he addresses him with glowing terms.View additional info »
Lot 430: Invitation to the Wedding of a Grandson of the Admor of "Toldos Aharon." With a Personal Letter in His Holy Handwriting and Signature.
Description: Printed invitation from the Admor Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak Kahn from 'Toldos Aharon,' the son-in-law of the holy Admor Rabbi Aharon Roth, author of 'Shomer Emunim,' to the wedding of his grandson, the distinguished youth Mordechai, precious son of my son Rabbi Moshe [Rosh Yeshiva of Toldos Aharon], son-in-law of Rabbi Yechiel Leifer, the Admor of Tamashover, with his chosen, the kallah, daughter of the Admor from Kratchnif, Kiryat Gat, on 15 Elul 1993.On the left side, the Admor added in his handwriting with his handwritten signature, a personal request from the invitee, whom he nicknamed the Admor "my Mechutan" that he should participate in his celebration.The Admor, Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak Hacohen Kahn was born in Sefad on 6 Shvat 1914. His mother was the great-grandaughter of Rabbi Shmuel Heller, the famous Rabbi of Sefad. In his youth he emigrated with his father to Transylvania. There he became attached to the Rebbe Arehleh of Satmar, author of "Shomer Emunim," and was one of his closest disciples and eventually his son-in-law. Together with his son-in-law he moved to Israel, and from the year 1947 he became the main successor, until his passing in 1997. He was known for his genius in Torah, his holiness and his incredible and unique serving of Hashem.View additional info »
Description: Invitation to the Wedding of the Admor of Belz Yissacher Dov Rokeach shlit"a. .The Va'ad Chassidei Belz announce the upcoming marriage of the groom Rabbi Yissacher Dov Rokeach shlit"a. The wedding was scheduled for the 16th of Adar, 1965 at 6:30 p.m. in the Vishnitz neighborhood of Bnei Brak. Elegant paper. 24x17cm. Fine condition. Fold marksView additional info »
Lot 432: A Letter from Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Kloizner and Marginal Notes from his Father, the Gaon Rabbi Ze'ev Wolf, Head of Rabbinical Court in Exin.
Description: A letter of friendship and words of Torah, from Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Kloizner. Author of the known works, "Teh Haratzim" [Breslau 1857]. And the book, "Ratz L'Mishnah" [Breslau 1864]. Additional Torah novella at the conclusion of the letter written by his father, Rabbi Ze'ev Wolf, Rabbi of Abarnik, and subsequently Rabbi of Exin. The father, Rabbi Ze'ev Wolf, head of rabbinical court in Exin, was born in Ravitch in 1762. From 1804, was the head of rabbinical court of Abarnik and from 1811 was head of rabbinical court in Exin until he passed away at age 101 on 10 Tevet 1862. At the time of writing this letter he was 90 years old. A small portion of his Torah novella were published in the works of his son [see below]. And here in front of us are more Torah novella and letters of his were discovered. The son, Rabbi Tzvi Hirsch Kloizner of Ecktzin, acquired his reputation in the Torah world for his excellent works on the 6 tractates of Mishna, "Teh Haratzim" and "Ratz L'Mishnah." The great gaonim, the "Tiferes Yisrael" on Mishna, Rabbi Eliyahu Guttmacher and the Malbim gave their approbations to his books. The letter was sent to his friend... Moreinu Harav B. Shapiro on 17 Tammuz 1852. It was sent from the city of Exin, which is in the Posen area. At the beginning of the letter, he informs his friend that the shidduch that he suggested ended for the good and the engagement contract was signed and he was promised shadchanut money, but most of the letter deals with words of Torah. In the middle of the page, it says, "what I found in the holy letters my father, my teacher and master, the gaon, who should live and be well." In addition: in the margins of the letter his father the gaon added four lines that open with the words, "I also send good regards and I'll also include what was bothering me [in learning]..." and he signs his name "the aforementioned Ze'ev Wolf חוב"ק."A description of him and a copy of his signature can be found in his book, "Ishim B'Teshuvot Chatam Sofer" page 131.View additional info »
Lot 433: Historical Letter. From the Rabbis and Communal Leaders in the Jewish Community of Vienna to Sir Moses Montefiore Concerning His Undertakings on Behalf of the Jewish people. With Additional Words from Shmuel David Luzzatto. Discovery.
Description: A letter of blessing from Rabbi Avraham Latish, Rabbi of Vienna, to Sir Moses Montefiore, "on all the great kindnesses that you outdid yourself to perform for our brothers, the Jewish people in general and in detail." The letter was handwritten and contains his signature, on Rosh Chodesh Nisan 1864 on the occasion of Montefiore's return from Morocco, where he acted on behalf of the Jews of Morocco.The signature of Rabbi Moshe, son of Menachem Cohen-Porto, deputy of the abovementioned Rabbi is attached to the letter. Community leaders also attached their signatures. The signatures of the community leaders are in Italian: Binyamin Henow, Dr. Ceaser Jakardoti, Dr. Mark Diana.On the other side of the page is a short greeting from the scholar Shmuel David Luzzatto of Padua, nicknamed "Shadal." In his letter, the Shadal copies the Italian signatures of the community leaders into Latin "so that you won't err in reading them." Unknown letter.View additional info »
Lot 434: Letter with the Handwritten Signature of Rabbi Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld and Rabbi Eliyahu Klatzkin.
Description: A letter of confirmation and blessings on receiving a donation to an institution for supporting two orphans through the orphan fund of 'Agudat Yisrael.' The letter from the year 1927 is typed on the official letterhead of the Diskin Orphanage. It was sent to the famous Agudah public activist Rabbi Chaim Yisrael Eiss from Zurich, Switzerland. Signed by the gabaim: Dov-Ber Halevi Epstein, Moshe Leib Bornstein, Yitchak Rushkis.>> Rabbi Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld, and Rabbi Eliyahu Klatzkin, "Presidents of the Orphanage" add their words of blessing and handwritten signatures on the margins of the letter.View additional info »
Description: Letter signed by Rabbi Hillel Witkind, Rosh Yeshiva of Beit Yosef -Novardok in Tel Aviv.Tel Aviv, . 23x32 cm. Very fine condition. Typewritten on the yeshiva's letterhead with a picture of the yeshiva building. This letter was addressed to the Rabbi of Manchester - Rabbi Jaffe, and the writer describes his efforts to construct the building and asks for assistance from the Jewish communities of England and Ireland. Rabbi Hillel Witkind was the founder and Rosh Yeshiva of the Novardok Yeshiva in Eretz Yisrael before the Second World War. He was a prominent Rosh Yeshiva, son-in-law of the Alter of Novardok.View additional info »
Lot 436: Letter. Request from the Farmers of Rishon L'Tzion to Join the 'Young Farmer' Organization. Rishon L'Tzion, .
Description: Request/confirmation of the Rishon L'Tzion farmers who wish to join the 'Young Farmers' organization in Palestine. Rishon L'Tzion, 13th of Tevet, 1918. The letter gives a detailed description of the Rishon L'Tzion farmers; their numbers, age, land measurements and more. Written and signed by Ashael Puchtzavski, a Rishon-L'Tzion born founder of 'Maccabi', leader of the Shomirim.21 cm. 4 pages. Graph paper. Clear hand. Excellent condition.Farmers joined together to create a 'Young Farmer' association in Petach Tikva soon after the end of the Turkish reign. Here is confirmation that the Rishon L'Tzion farmers received their invitation and their intent to attend the founding meeting of the organization. Rare, historic document.View additional info »
Lot 437: Letter. Arms for the Watchmen of the Beer Yaakov Settlement. Rishon L'Tzion,. Classified.
Description: Classified letter regarding arms for the watchmen in the Beer Yaakov settlement to guard their vineyards and orchards Written by Menashe Meirowitz Bil"u leader. Rishon L'Tzion,1922. The settlement council was asked to provide the number of guards who required arms.28 cm. 1 page. Clear hand Excellent condition. Original folds. 4 filing holes.View additional info »
Description: Document dated 25 November 1830 and signed by Rabbi Salomon Amadio Castelnovo affirming the date of birth of Samuel D'Ancona in Finale di Modena on 26 August 1782. The document includes affirmations of its authenticity by government officials in April 1831.1 leaf. 31 cm.View additional info »
Lot 439: Letter from Moses Montefiore. Ramsgate, England, . Letter to the Daughter-in-Law of Avraham Shlomo Zalman Tzoref, Disciple of the GR"A and Builder of the 'Churva'.
Description: The letter is addressed to 'the modest woman,, Aidel Golda Tzoref in Jerusalem' and contained a 'Purim present' and 3 Sterling'.Montefiore blesses her and the entire Jewish Nation with salvation as their forefathers saw on Purim day, and we should merit redemption and the rebuilding of Zion and Jerusalem. Montefiore signed in Hebrew in nice, square letters, and in English. The letter was apparently written by his secretary, Dr. Levi.Avraham Shlomo Zalman Tzoref was a disciple of the GRA who moved to Jerusalem. He led the battle to establish the Churva Synagogue. He passed away in , but the Churva was inaugurated in 1864. The recipient was the wife of Yitzchak Tzoref, the second son of Avraham Shlomo Zalman Tzoref. She was widowed when her husband died in a plague in Jerusalem at the age of 41. Aidel Golda Tozref was a scion of the noted Kahana-Shapira family.Doubled leaf, 25:20 cm. Thick, quality paper. Montefiore's letterhead with his emblem.for information about the activities of Shlomo Zalman Tzoref,.refer to Dr. Aryeh Morgenstern's books regarding the aliya of the disciples of the GRA (In particular, HaSeiva L'Yerushalayim and Sefer HaChurva).View additional info »
Lot 440: Letters and Postcards sent to R. Aaron Ephraim Fischel Herling in London and Dublin. 20th cent.
Description: Collection of letters and postcards sent to R. Aaron Ephraim Fischel Herling in London and Dublin. Most of the postcards were written by R. Yisrael Yaakov Moskovitch, son of the Admor R. Shalom Moskovitch of London and sent from London, Switzerland and France. One of the postcards includes a postscript by the Admor in his own hand. The other pieces are from R. Ben Zion Rabbinowitz, the Admor from Biale and two letters acknowledging donations to R. Mordechai Hager, the Admor of Vishnits-Monsey, signed by his secretary. 10 postcards and letters. Ashkenazic scripts.View additional info »
Description: Letter from Moses Montefiore to 'the modest woman Feigel Rivka, widow of R' Avraham Shmuel z"l in the Holy City of Jerusalem'. The letter was sent during Iyar, on the 41st day of the Omer, in 1881.Montefiore included a donation of 4 Sterling, and asks for confirmation that the money was received. Includes various blessings, including 'that the One who chose Zion will have pity on His nachla and we will all merit to come to Jerusalem the holy city on the three pilgrimage holidays'.One leaf. Aging stains. 12:20 cm. Cracks in the original folds, without loss. Complete.Montefiore's English signature in large clear letters. Montefiore was 92 years old when this letter was written!View additional info »
Description: Printed writ of dispatch from Safed with the signatures of four sages and leaders of the Sephardic community. Written after the battles First World War. The battles for the Upper Galille destroyed much of Safed, many residents were killed, and caused rampant poverty.The chosen emissary was noted Rabbi Massoud ben Shimon. He was born in  in Jerusalem and was dispatched from Safed in 1919, when he was 50 years old. A short while later he settled in Cairo, Egypt and served as Chief Rabbi of the city. He authored a number of halachic works, with an emphasis on gittin. He also translated the Shulchan Aruch into Arabic to prove to Egyptian governmental bodies that Rabbinic rulings were based on Jewish law. He passed away in 1925.Refer to, Gellis, Encyclopedia, a, 275.His father was Rabbi Dovid ben Shimon, esteemed Rabbi of the Moroccan community. He was known as the Tzuf Devash. He took care of his community's needs and the community flourished during his tenure. He authored many halachic works.Refer to Gellis, Encyclopedia, a, 316.View additional info »
Description: Postcard from Yisrael Chaim Zagorodsky, for Nachum Sokolow, editor of HaTzefira, sent to Dr. Shomo Mandelkern. Sokolow was arranging a biographic and bibliographic lexicon of 19th century authors and asks Dr. Mandelkern to provide the Hatzefira editorial staff with his biography and list of books he authored in chorological order. The postcard is initialed יח"ז. Warsaw, 28th of Adar, 1888.The postcard was sent to Leipzig, where Dr. Mandelkern resided. The lexicon was published a year later in 1989 under the title 'Sefer Zikaron L'Sofrei Yisrael HaChaim Itanu HaYom; Otzar Toldoteihim V'Shmot Sifreihem HaKituvim B'Sfat Avar'.9x14 cm. Excellent condition. Clear hand. Postage stamps. Postmarks.Yisrael Chaim Zagordosky served as assistant to the HaTzefira editorial staff for many years. He published a number of newspapers such as 'Unzer Leben' 1907, 'Di Nei Velt', and more. He was a brother to agronomist Elimelech Zagordosky.Solomon Mandelkern (1846-1902) was a Jewish poet and author. He was a distinguished researcher, particular noted for his Biblical concordance 'Heichal HaKodesh'.View additional info »
Description: Official documents relating to 'writs of protection' for Jews, all from the Gifhorn region of Germany. All from between 1723-1770. 5 writs of protection with letters, documents and handwritten confirmations.1. Request from a Jew named Wolf Sakomon, original printed leaf in German with his handwritten details, December 1727. Including a letter of handwritten letter of request.2. Printed royal questionnaire. Addressed to the local government regarding the number of 'Protected Jews' living in the area. Questions: How many Protected Jews are there? Their names, age, gender.3. Printed royal questionnaire with questions regarding Protected Jews. The number of family members? Profession? Etc. With handwritten letters regarding requests and approvals. Gifhorn is a region in Western German. It was then part of the duchy of Braunschweig-Luneburg. All in German. 16 folio leaves. 34 cm. Excellent condition. Content has not been precisely studied. Rare lot of 'Writs of Protection.4. 5 additional writs of protection, related to the Jews.View additional info »
Description: Postcard written by Samuel Friedrich Beer (1846-1912), Jewish-Austrian sculptor, personal friend of Binyamin Zeev Herzl and Max Nordau. He was a delegate in the First Zionist Congress, and designed a medallion in honor of the Second Congress. His 'Shema Yisrael' sculpture is well-known. The Herzl Museum in Jerusalem exhibits his portrait of Herzl. This postcard was sent to an unnamed woman and wishes her a 'Good Year'.In his postcard, Beer included the address of Lady Paget - Helena Walburga Ehrenade Hohenthal, authoress and close friend of Queen Victoria. Written and signed by Beer. Florence, c. 1900.German. 7.5x11.5 cm. Text on both sides. The bottom right corner is burnt! Not affecting text.View additional info »
Description: Letter to Rabbi Nosson Adler, Chief Rabbi of Hanover [later Chief Rabbi of Britian], request to expedite a divorce, with details. From Ms. Dironken Salomon, wife of Wolf Salomon of Linden.Seesen, Germany, 9.1.1838.Old German. 26 cm.  attached leaves. Text on a complete page, on one side only of the leaf. The blank right side is cut along its length with light blemish to text. Address and embossed with the family crest on the reverse. Postmark.Rabbi Marcus Nathan Adler (1890-1903) was Chief Rabbi of Oldenburg, where he received his Doctorate in philosophy. He was later appointed Chief Rabbi of Hanover where he reestablished the Jewish educational system and the Jewish communal organizations. In 1845 he was appointed Chief Rabbi of the British Empire, where he established the "Jews College" and initiated the United Synagogue.View additional info »
Lot 447: Postcard from Rabbi Yehuda Leib Zirelson, Author of the Maarchei Lev to the Editor of the Ha'Hed Newspaper. .
Description: Postcard written by Rabbi Yehuda Leib Zirelson, author of the 'Ma'arechei Lev'. The postcard was sent from Romania in  to the editor of the 'HaHed' newspaper, Yehoshua Radler Feldman, known by his pen name 'Rabbi Binyamin'.Rabbi Zirelson sent his work, the 'Maarchei Lev', and asks to advertise it in the newspaper.Rabbi Yehuda Leib Zirelson was born in Romania in . He was Rabbi of Kishinev and Chief Rabbi of Bessarabia. He was internationally renowned for his unique talents which were expressed in his defense of the Jewish Nation during the Beilis Trail. He was killed by the Romanian army in .Very fine condition. 10x15 cm. Stamps and postmarks.View additional info »
Lot 448: Letter from Israel Jacob, Father of Israel Jacobson, Founder of the Reform Movement. 1801, Magdeburg.
Description: Letter signed by Israel Jacobs, send to the judicial department in Calbe where he requests that Captain Johann Christoph Wendt' bond of over 900 Thaler be entered in the mortgage book. The last two leaves feature a list prepared by the office of the captain's mortgaged assets. Magdeburg, 26.1.801. Complete, red wax seal, with emblem. Stamps.Old German. 33 cm.  attached leaves. Excellent condition. Text on both sides of the leaves. Address on the reverse. Original folds.Jacob Israel (1729-1803) was the first financier in the Halberstadt and Magdeburg region. He was the Court Jew of Duke of Branswuk and the Marquis of Baden. Together with Sussmann Heinemann, he founded a bank in Halberstadt. He was a noted businessman and philanthropist. In 1803 he established the Ehrenkranaz Israel charitable fund.>> His son, Israel Jacobson, was a founder of the Reform Movement in Germany.View additional info »
Lot 449: Manuscript. Decision to Buy Land in Jerusalem for a New Neighborhood Outside the Old City Walls. 'Beit Yaakov' Neighborhood [Machane Yehuda]. Jerusalem, 1874.
Description: Manuscript. Decision to purchase land in Jerusalem, 'on the path from Jaffa Gate', for the building of 'fifty spacious homes' outside the walls of the Old City. A committee would be established to handle income and expenses. Jerusalem, 13th of Kislev, . Signed by Ashkenazic leaders of the yishuv hayashan including: Ahron Moshe Shapira, Yosef ben Yaakov Segal, Zerach Alter ben Ahron Elimelech, Yisrael Gilerter, Yosef Yaakov Koppel of Hrubieszow, Dovid ben R' Elazar Menachem, Avraham Elazar of Koriv and others. 26 cm.  page. Graph paper. Excellent condition. Original folds.Apparently the initial decision to establish the Beit Yaakov neighborhood. In , members of the 'Harchavat Habonim' society purchased land next to Jaffa Street (today Machane Yehuda) for the neighborhood. Two years later, in 1877, the first 20 homes were built. The neighborhood's name was designated according to the Biblical verse, 'and all the members of Yaakov's home...seventy..' (Genesis 46;27), which corresponded to the seventy homes they planned on building. Here, only fifty homes are mentioned, however, after encountering financial difficulties, construction was started only after the necessary funds were raised, in 1877. Then construction began for 70 homes for families who had agreed to move there. In actuality, only 15 homes were built.Important decision regarding the history of the era.View additional info »
Lot 450: Manuscript. Letter from the Admor of Vishnitz, Moshe Yehoshua Hager to the Administrators of the Ahavat Tzion Kollel. .
Description: Letter typed on the Admor's letterhead, with his signature, dated the 26th of Kislev, 1961.Appeal and recommendation for his aunt the Rebbetzin of Dornei, daughter of Rabbi Moshe of Dej, a founder of the kollel. The Rebbetzin had recently arrived in Romania and required assistance to rent an apartment since she was penniless. 17x24 cm. Very fine condition.View additional info »
Lot 451: Manuscript. Letter from the Admor of Skulen-Brooklyn, Eliezer Zussia Portugal to Rabbi Yitzchak Bunim, author of Hegyanot Yitzchak. .
Description: Typed letter on the Admor's letterhead, with his signature, during sefirat ha'omer .Thank you letter to Rabbi Yitzchak Bunim who worked tirelessly to redeem captives and save lives along with a request for future activities. Rabbi Bunim lived in the United States and made aliya at the end of his life. He lived in Kiryat Sanz and died at a very old age, over 100. The Admor, Rabbi Eliezer Zussia Portugal served as Rabbi of Skulen and was noted for the network of schools he established for orphaned war refugees. He settled in the United States where he reestablished the Skulen court. 21x14 cm. Very fine condition. Fold marksView additional info »