Handsome manuscript on parchment. Kiddush for shabbat, Rosh Hashanah, and the Shalosh Regalim. From the Oven Yashan community. 1910. Historic item!
Around each page is a gilded frame. Letters are prettily done in black ink with golden decorations. The Oven Yashan community was one of the largest and most famous communities of Hungary. 20x14cm, 6 written pages. Original binding. Stains. Generally very good condition.
Important manuscript—Zerah Kedoshim, a complete work on the Torah, signed autograph—Europe, beginning of the 18th century. A historic find!
Large and important manuscript, a signed autograph, on the Five books of Torah, which has never been published. Written in the typical Ashkenazi handwriting for the early 18th century. Probably prepared for printing, with an introduction and the name of the book at the top of each page. Identity of the author is unknown, but probably is an important rabbi of Europe. First name of the author is “Rabbi Shlomo Zalman,” which appears on one of the first pages as an acrostic. Year of printing also appears on one of the pages in a verse. The first and last pages were glued and required a special technique to separate them, which is why some words are unreadable. But the introduction lists the yichus of the author, which is also alluded to by the title of the work. The cover page did not survive, and the ink on some pages is faded, but the Book of Exodus has a separate cover page. | Pages disconnected without binding, moth damage, moisture damage. 31x20cm. , 6-48, ,  pages. Generally bad condition.
Megillah housing, silver, Betzalel work, stamped.
Decorated with filigree and gemstones. In the center is the inscription “Megillat Esther,” and stamp of Betzalel Jerusalem. Suitable for a 12cm megillah. Max height: 28cm. Weight: 197g. Missing a number of gemstones. Generally good condition.
Handsome silver cup with engraved dedication—Germany, 1893.
Silver decorated with engraving, relief work, welding. Stands on a base. In the center of the cup is an engraved dedication in German for a wedding dated November 26, 1893. Around the cup are floral patterns. Height including cover: 33cm. Diameter: 12cm. Weight: 271g. Generally very good condition.
Divrei Mishpat—Kratashin, 1835. Copy of Mara d’Ara d’Israel, Rabbi Shmuel Salant. Stamps and signature.
Shot and chiddushim by Rabbi Haim Auerbach. Monash printing. Three different stamps of ownership of Rabbi Shmuel Salant, and signature in abbreviated form handwritten by him. Rabbi Shmuel Salant (1816-1909) served as the Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem for almost 70 years. He was a renowned Talmudist and Torah scholar.Shmuel was born in Białystok. At an early age his lungs became damaged, and he was advised to seek a warm climate. This induced him in 1840 to go with his wife and son Binyomin Beinish to Jerusalem In 1871, Salant succeeded Rabbi Meir Auerbach as chief rabbi of the Ashkenazim. Rabbis Salant and Auerbach highly supported that the Balady citron cultivated in the Arab village of Umm el-Fahm, was the most kosher to be used as etrog in the four species during the festival of Sukkot.Salant was regarded as a distinguished Talmudist and an excellent and learned leader. Many of the halachic (legal) positions are known through the prodigious writing of his student and grandson by marriage, Rabbi Yechiel Michel Tucazinsky. Salant was also known for his moderation and tolerance of all classes of Jews. As Ashkenazic chief rabbi, he was on friendly terms with his Sephardic counterpart, Chief Rabbi Yaakov Shaul Elyashar, and they generally acted in harmony concerning the welfare matters of the community.Salant was instrumental in the establishment of the Etz Chaim Yeshiva in Jerusalem. He also helped found Bikur Cholim Hospital and encouraged people to move into new neighborhoods outside the Old City walls. During his tenure as chief rabbi, the Jewish population of Jerusalem grew from 5,000 to 30,000.In 1888, Salant's eyesight began to fail, and a few years later he became blind. In 1900, however, Salant requested an assistant. Rabbi Eliyahu David Rabinowitz-Teomim, known as the Aderet, a renowned rabbi and author, had just arrived in Israel from Russia. He was immediately selected for the position. However, Rabinowitz-Teomim predeceased Salant in 1905.Salant died on Monday, 16 August 1909 (29 Av 5669), and was buried on the Mount of Olives. Rabbi Tucazinsky writes that though funerals in Jerusalem are generally performed within the same day or night as the passing, Salant's was an exception. He died at night and the funeral was not held until daybreak because the Rabbis were concerned that the massive attendance to a nighttime funeral procession would lead to injuries or worse. | Moth marks, partially disconnected binding. Stains. Stamps. , 171, 14  pages. 38cm. generally good condition.
HaEmek She’elah, first edition, by the Natziv of Volozhin—Vilna 1861. Copy of Rabbi Yaakov Berlin, father of the author, signed by his holy hand.
She’iltot d’Rav Ahay Gaon Maor HaGola, first section—on Genesis and Exodus. With the commentary HaEmek She’elah, by the Natziv of Volozhin. First edition, Ram printing. Two covers and last page have the signature of the author’s father, Yaakov Berlin. First cover has a dedication. | Rabbi Yaakov Berlin (1794-1870), father of the Natziv, descended from Rabbi Elhanan of Berlin, one of the Tosafot. He was rich and a talmid chacham and a head of the Mir community. Moved to Jerusalem in 1852, was a head of the Ashkenazi community in Jerusalem, and one of the four gabbays of the Hurvat Rabbi Yehuda HaChassid. | Stamps of ownership, stains from moisture. | 7, 123 pages. Generally ok to good condition.
Pair of luxurious vases. Brass with silver plating. England, 1890
Casting work, relief, welding, and cutting. Stand on a base with three babies—angels. Grapevines and more. Wonderful item. Height 39cm. Width of the base: 20cm. Good condition.
Pair of silver finials. Afghanistan, 20th century
With verses and Tablets printed and framed in glass. Each has 8 bells. Height: 25.5cm. Width: 11cm. Total weight including the glass: 567g. Crack to one of the glasses. Generally good condition.
Large brass hanukkiyah for a synagogue. North Africa. Beginning of the 20th century
Designed via casting work. Parts combine by being screwed in to the base. The branches and the shamash are designed in the shape of oil jugs. Height: 80cm. Width: 44cm. Good condition.
Tzitzit for kids—end of the 19th/beginning of 20th century.
Made of linen with traditional black stripes, as accepted among the Ashkenazim. The strings have been very well preserved, and are connected to the begged using one hole according to the minhag of the Gra and Chabad. The tzitzit is kosher and can be used with a bracha. Stains. Length: 65cm. Width: 25cm. Generally good condition.
Large Silver breastplate for a Sefer Torah, handsome. Russia, beginning of the 20th century. Stamped
Done by an artist, decorated with cutting work, engraving and relief, done professionally, with floral patterns at the top. Bouquets of flowers on both sides. Large silver crown that is screwed in. Lions holding tablets (brass that is connected by screws), and a window for zmanim. Lower portion has chains with 3 smaller plates. 36x31cm, stamped 84. 970g. Generally good condition.
Utensil for bitter herbs made of pewter, in the shape of a wagon—Germany, beginning of the 20th century.
Pretty wagon for bitter herbs. The wheelbarrow is one piece, which holds a bowl that bears the bitter herbs (and is made of brass). On one side is the inscription “Pesach,” on the other “Maror.” Height: 9cm. Length: 27cm. Width: 7cm. Very good condition.
Unknown manuscript, “Yad Yosef,” was owned by the Elder Kabbalist Rav Mordechai Sharabi.
Handwritten by Rav Yosef Sharabi, from the family of Rav Mordechai Sharabi. Rabbi Shmuel Shmueli, the assistant of Rav Sharabi, testifies to this in a letter attached to the item: “Rav Sharabi was very happy with this book, which has still not been printed, a book which is full of Torah according to the pshat, drash, and kabbalah, Pardes HaTorah.” First page the author writes, “this book is called Yad Yosef, the author is Yosef son of Rav David ben Gaon Rav Yitzhak, Av Beit Din of Sharab in south Yemen.” 190 pages. 18cm. Generally good condition.
Handwritten ketubah—Tunis 1936. Signed by the holy hand of the Gaon Rabbi Haim Khuri.
Mizrahi handwriting, for the marriage of Kamos Moshe ben Yehuda to bat Yaakov. 26th of Elul, 1936. Additions by hand in the margins. Cursive rabbinical signatures, stamp of the Beit Din in Tunis. Stamp of the government. Rav Haim Khuri (1885-1957) was a gadol of Tunisia. In his youth he learned with Rav Moshe Mazoz, who served as rabbi and dayan in Gabam. He established the Tora v’Haim yeshiva in Djerba, and tzedakah organizations, encouraged the immigration of Tunisian Jewry to Israel. In 1954, when he was 70 years old, he moved to Israel and settled in Be’er Sheva. | Stains, signs of folding, tears in the edges of folds. Double sheet of paper, folded in half. 21x29cm each. Generally good condition.
Silver crown for a sefer torah, with filigree work. Israel, 20th century
2 levels of crowns that are connected to one another. At the top of the smaller one is a Star of David, at the bottom is a plate with a dedication. Height: 40cm. Diameter: 25cm. Weight: 1185g. Generally very good condition.
Anti-Semitic lithograph “Les Differentes Positions Sociales,”—the Jew above everyone—France 1869
“The different social positions,” an anti-Semitic engraving in wonderful colors. Describes the various social strata of France, at the top of which is the Jew. Under each of the figures is a sentence explaining their social role. The Emperor says “I demand the gesture,” the gentleman says “I have privileged property,” the priest says “stolen taxes belong to me,” the Jew says “There needs to be profit,” the soldier says “I don’t pay anything,” the beggar says “I don’t have anything.” | Attached to canvas. 38x48cm. Generally good condition.
Silver besamim tower. Vienna. 19th century. Stamped.
Designed as a plant with 3 flowers. Each flower can be smelled. Around the flowers are relief work, cutting, and engravings of floral patterns. Stamped twice on the bottom. Height: 20cm. Diamter: 14cm. Weight: 260g. Generally good condition. Rare.
Platter fo challot, silver, Vienna end of the 19th century.
Hammer work, casting, cutting, with the inscription “Gut Shabbos” and lions holding a Star of David. Stamped ES, 495. Frame of flowers done with cutting work. Size: 24x38cm.
Long letter handwritten and signed by the Admor Rabbi Itzikele of Peshversk
18-line letter on official letterhead, written to Rabbis Yisrael Yitzhak and Rabbi David Jungreis, on issues of pikuach nefesh for spiritual and physical matters for various people whose names are outlined in the letter. Rabbi Moshe Yitzhak Gvirtsman (1882-1977) was the founder of the Hasidic Dynasty of Pshevorsk (Poland), known as Reb Itzikele, a Hasidic Grand Rabbi, of Polish origin, who after the Second World War lived in Paris, France, from 1949 to 1957, before settling in Antwerp, Belgium.He was the fifth generation descendent of Rav Elimelech of Luzhansk, known for his holiness and works of kindness. Jews came from around the world to see him, like one of the ancient tzaddikim. | Signs of folding. 21.5cm. 18 lines. Generally very good condition.
Historic letter of the Bikur Holim hospital, signed by Rav Shach, Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach, and more.
Printed with a typewriter, on official letterhead of the United Tzdakot, from 5th of Kislev 1976, with a protocol for a general meeting of the members of the association. At that general plenary, it was decided to separate the hospital from the Association and to appoint new leadership including: Maran Shach, leader of the Lithuanian community, Maran Garshaz Auerbach—posek of the generation; Rabbi Avraham Yakov Zlatznik—head of the Etz Hayim yeshiva, and more. Signed by them by hand. Filing holes, signs of folding. 28cm. Generally good condition.
Walking stick of Rav Mordechai Sharabi, Elder Kabbalist. A holy and historic item.
Rare, historic item—the walking stick of the Holy Kabbalist Rav Mordechai Sharabi. Item is accompanied by a certificate attesting to its use by the Rav, written by Rav Shmuel Shmueli.
Or Einayim—Crimona, 1557. Blue pages. Extremely rare! Bound together with Pe’ulat Issachar, Venice 1579. Glosses
The first book is on astrology, astronomy, and mysticism, including the Redemption and Messiah. By Rabbi Shlomo ben Avraham Paniel. Printed by Vicenze Conti. Light blue pages. Page 1(9) has a handwritten gloss in Mizrahi handwriting. | Bound with Peulat Issachar, from the book Ibur Shanim, by Rabbi Issachar Even-Shushan (printed by Juan di Gara, Venice 1578). Calculations of the calendar, with tables. Page 136(1) has a note in Italian. | Stains. Light moth damage. Not bound. | 32; 109-136 pages. 18cm. Generally ok condition.
Rosh Yosef from the Pri Megadim, first edition. Lemberg 1863. Copy of the brothers Rabbi Yitzhak Isaac Weiss ofSvaliava and Rabbi Shmuel Zvi Weiss of Munkatch, father of the Imrei Yosef of Spinka. Glosses.
On masechtot Brachot, Shabbat, and Megillah. By the Gaon Rabbi Yosef Teumim, the Pri Megadim, on the Shulchan Aruch, which turned into a foundational work on Jewish psikat halacha—the greatest poskim like the Chafetz Haim and more based themselves on his books. First edition (on these masechtot, his work on masechet Hulin was printed a few years prior). | On the cover is the handwritten signature of Rabbi Shmuel Zvi Weiss of Munkatch, father of the Imrei Yosef of Spinka, and two stamps of ownership of Rabbi Yitzhak Isaac Weiss, Ra’avad of Svaliava and Munkatch. Body of the book have glosses, probably in their handwriting. Rabbi Shmuel Zvi Weiss (? – 1879) succeeded his father as Ra’avad of Munkatch after his father immigrated to Israel. He was the student of Sar Shalom of Belz, Rabbi Yehuda Zvi of Razla, and Rabbi Yitzhak Isaac of Zidichov, the Bnei Issachar. At his wedding the Bnei Issachar was the mesader kedushin. He edited for the printer the book Da’at Kedoshim of his rabbi, Yehuda Zvi of Razla. Rabbi Yitzhak Isaac of Svaliava wrote in his book Beit Yitzhak that his brother was beside Rabbi Yitzhak Isaac of Zidichov when he was dying, and he put his hands on his head and gave him the power of being a miracle worker. Throughout his time in Munkatch people gathered around him. Rabbi Yitzhak Isaac Weiss (1824-1894), rabbi of Svaliava and successor of his brother in Munkatch. Student of the Bnei Issachar, the Sar Shalom of Belz, Rabbi Yitzhak Isaac of Zidichov, also edited his books, Rabbi Zvi Hirsch of Rimnov, Rabbi Yisrael of Ruzhin, and the Divrei Haim of Sanz. Among his students was his nephew Rabbi Yosef Meir Weiss, the first Admor of Spinka the Imrei Yosef. His son-in-law was the Admor Rabbi Elimelech of Tash. Wrote Beit Yitzhak and Divrei Yitzhak and Toldot Yitzhak. | Moth marks. Not bound. | 85 pages. 37cm. Generally ok to good condition.
Sefer Torah on klaf parchment. Romania, 19/20th century. With an etzbah, breastplate, and finials
Done by a professional sofer, uniform writing throughout, wound around two carved wooden etzei hayyim. Written at the end of the 19th or beginning of the 20th century. | Covered in a light blue velvet jacket, with embroidery or a keter torah and dedication. Decorated with an etzbah with filigree work and a dedication; breastplate with verses engraved, Tablets, 12 tribes, and more; pair of finials with reliefs of flowers. | Donated after WWII by the Union of Communities in Romania by Rabbi David Moshe Rosen, Rabbi of the kollel of Dat Moshe (at the Choral Synagogue in Bucharest on June 20, 1948). As part of his work with the Zionist leadership in 1964 he brought a number of Torahs to Israel in cooperation with the Joint Distribution Committee and gave them to synagogues in Israel. This sefer was donated by the Ministry for Religious Affairs and the Joint in 1967. Not sold as kosher. | Parchment is 42cm, writing is 32cm. 42 lines per column. Weight of silver: 677g. Good condition.
Peleh Yoetz, Vienna 1860. Copy of the Natziv of Volozhin.
Mussar by Rabbi Eleizer Papo. Published by the author’s son, Rabbi Yehuda Ya’aleh. Page after the cover has the embossed stamp of Rabbi Naftali Zvi Yehuda Berlin, and more stamps by his son Rabbi Haim Berlin. | Rav Naftali Zvi Yehuda Berlin (1817-1893), known as the Natziv of Volozhin, was a head of the Volozhin yeshiva and a sage of Eastern Europe in the 19th century. The Natziv was the eldest of his family, son of Rav Yaakov, who was a merchant and talmid chacham in Mir. He studied at the Mir yeshiva until 13.5, then Rabbi Yitzhak of Volozhin (head of the Volozhin yeshiva) took him as a son-in-law. When his father-in-law died in 1849, the Natziv’s brother-in-law, Rabbi Eliezer Yitzhak, became head of the yeshiva and the Natziv his deputy. Rav Eliezer died young, in 1853, and the Natziv became head of the yeshiva. His son, Rabbi Haim Berlin, served as Chief Rabbi of Moscow and for a short time as head of the Volozhin yeshiva. In 1906 he moved to Jersualem and after Rav Shmuel of Salant’s death was crowned the Rabbi of the Ashkenazi community of Jerusalem, despite refusing this title. | Binding is falling apart and disconnected. A number of pages are disconnected. Listings of ownership. , 307 pages. 22cm. Generally ok to good condition.
Piskei Halachot Racannati—Bologna 1538
An important book of halacha quoted by the gedolim who came after, including the Beit Yosef and those who followed him. By Rabbeinu Menachem of Racannati. First edition, printed by the partners of Bologna. | Rabbi Menachem Raccanati (1250-1310) was a kabbalist and important posek living in Racannati, Italy. Was among the first kabbalists in Italy and was famous mainly because of his commentary “Racannati on the Torah,” based on the foundations of kabbalah. Had a great deal of influence on the kabbalists who followed him. This book is even commented on by Rabbi Mordechai Yafeh, the HaLevushim. | Signature and listings of ownership in Hebrew and Italian. Moth holes, no binding. | , 46,  pages. 21cm. Ok condition.
Etrog case made of copper plated in silver, Europe, 19th century.
Wonderful etrog case. Upper portion has leaves and flowers, and the etrog is made with hammering, cutting, casting, and welding. Shape of a gourd sitting on leaves. Height: 15cm. Diameter: 21cm.
Responsa of the Radbaz, copy of Rabbi Yehoshua Freund of Kroly, forefather of the Freund family, grandfather of Rabbi Avraham Yehoshua of Nasaud.
Book by Rabbi David ben Zimra, printed by Reb Itzik the Printer, Furth 1781. | Cover page has the handwritten signature of Rabbi Yehoshua Freund, and a note that his son donated the book to the Beit Midrash Sha’arei Zion. | Rabbi Yehoshua Freund of Kroly (1767-1848) was born to Rabbi Yitzhak Karov, rabi of Papa and a family that descends from Rashi. He was beloved by many Admorim, especially the Yismach Moshe of Satmar, and the Chozeh of Lublin. When he was a baby his mother died and he was breastfed by a non-Jew once, and the Yismach Moshe said “had Rabbi Yehoshua not been breastfed by a non-Jew I and the Rebbe of Lublin would have been ashamed of him.” He was called Yehoshua in memory of the Pnei Yehoshua, who died a few years before his birth and was a relative (uncle of his great-grandfather). | New binding, stains, moth holes.  pages (page numbering is messed up). 35cm. Generally ok to good condition.
$5 bill given by the Lubavitcher Rebbe.
Received from the Rebbe. At the top is an inscription “a bill given by the Rebbe on Tishrei 1991.” | This bill is somewhat rare, since the Rebbe normally gave out $1 bills. Stains. Signs of folding. Generally good condition.
Case for a sefer torah—Iraq, beginning of the 20th century.
Wood covered in velvet, Bordeaux color. Throughout the case are plates of tin and silver decorated with repetitive florally patterned reliefs. In the center are two hammered circles decorated with dedicatory inscriptions from 1912, to the Shevach Achim community, in memory of Shmaya Nuri Pinso. In the upper part of the case are beads and a crown with finials that bears bells and steel nails for hanging finials. Inside is velvet for protecting the sefer, with verses inscribed and covered in two pieces of glass. Iraq, 1912. | One bell missing. The clasp for closing is missing. Height: 96cm. Diameter: 25cm. Generally good condition.
Long and interesting halachic responsa handwritten and signed by Rabbi Moshe Feinstein. New York, 1959. Signed autograph.
Two halachot answers spread over four large pages, written in cramped style on official letterhead by the Igrot Moshe to his student the Gaon Rabbi Ephraim Greenblatt, the Rivevot Ephraim. From 5th of Av, 1959. On the subject of a woman with a prosthetic eye, and whether that constitutes a chatziza for tevila; and the second is about a goy who rents an apartment from a Jew and wishes davka that the owner would put up a mezuzah on the entrance. As was his style, Rabbi Moshe Feinstein takes apart the questions into various parts, and reaches clear conclusions for each of the questions. The answers were printed in the Shot Igrot Moshe. At the top of the letter he blesses the recipient for “all good things for you, your household, and your children forever.” | Rabbi Moshe Feinstein (1895-1986) was head of the Council of Torah Sages, a gadol of poskim and leader of US Jewry. Head of the Metivta Tiferet Jerusalem yeshiva in New York and author of the series Igrot Moshe and more. |  sheets of paper, official letterhead, written on both sides, so total of 4 pages of writing. 28cm each. Generally very good condition.