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  • LOT: 078

    First edition of the book Kol Simcha by Rabbi Simcha Bonem of Peshischa—Breslev 1859—rare book, complete and in good condition!

    Chiddushim on the Torah, collections and chiddushim on the Shas, by the Admor Rabbi Simcha Bonem. (1) 58, 28 (1) pages (Stefanski Chassidut 520). Brought to the printing press by the grandsons of the Rav, printed by Hirsch Zulzbach, like in Amsterdam (Amsterdam letters). After the cover is an endorsement by the Admor Rav Yitzhak Meir Alter of Gur, the Chiddushei HaRim, and Rabbi Yeshaya Moshkat of Prague (son-in-law of Rabbi Yitzhak of Radvil, son of the Maggid of Zlatchov and the writer of the Roshi BaShamayim and Atzi BaShamayim). A rare copy given its condition and completeness! Signatures of ownership from the period of printing: “Getzil bar Shlomo HaLevi Raze” and “Meir Ehrlich of Prague Targove Warsaw.” With original binding, small wear, spine partially disconnected. Very light moth damage, typical stains. Rare book of chassidut in perfect, rare condition.
    Starting at $400
  • LOT: 037

    The Haluka of RabbeinuRavItzikl of Pshevorsk.

    The kaftan of the tzaddik of Antwerp, Rabbi Moshe Yitzhak Gewirtzman—Rabbi Itzikl of Pshevorsk. The upper garment used by RabbeinuItzikl during his lifetime, passed down to his son-in-law and successor, Rabbi Yaakov Laizer, Rabbi Yankele, who continued his father-in-law’s ways and gave the holy garment to a groom who was an orphan and lived in Antwerp and moved to Israel to get married: “since I cannot participate in your wedding, take this holy garment with you to wear under your chuppah so that the zechut of the great tzaddik will safeguard you.” The groom was very successful, and later gave it as a gift to his family in Israel after returning to the Diaspora. The kaftan is preserved in very good condition, other than typical wear. Rabbi Moshe Yitzhak Gewirtzman was born on January 3, 1882, in Gorlitz, Galicia, grandson of Rabbi Elimelech of Lizhensk. After his marriage, he moved to the town of Pshevorsk where he served as president, four children were born to him and to a rebbetzin who died in her youth And left him alone to raise their children, and unfortunately Rabbeinu lost his only son, Rabbi Yosef Chaim, and two of his daughters and sons-in-law in the terrible Shoah, when he was exiled with his son-in-law Rabbi Ya'akovLeizer. 1949, Rabbi settled in Paris, the capital of France, where he worked very hard for the local Jews and from there relocated his residence and established it in the city of Antwerp, Belgium where the light spread to all the Jewish world. On the 10th of Tishrei, Yom Kippur 5737 (October 4, 1976), he died and was buried in the Jewish cemetery of Fitta in the Netherlands and was succeeded by his son-in-law Rabbi Ya'akovLeizer - Rabbi Yankele (December 23, 1906 - November 16, 1998), who continued his path with his greatness, charity and kindness, and became famous for his immeasurable charity.
    Starting at $12000
  • LOT: 033

    ID card of the kabbalist Avraham Chai and his wife.

    Lot of 2 old Israeli identification cards given on 6th of Tevet 1952 in Petah Tikva, with picture of Avraham Chai stapled to the booklet and with his handwritten signature. Stamp of having voted for the 4th Knesset onwards, with additions. Tears and wear, generally good condition. ID of the rabbanit, Farcha (Yehezkel) Hai, given 14th of Tammuz 1951 in Tiberias, with her picture and signature. Stamps of voting for the 4th Knesset and onwards, with wear and tear.Hakham Avraham Chai (1920-2016) was born to his father ShaulShaul and his mother Mrs. Masuda in 1920 in Baghdad, Iraq.In 1951, he immigrated to Eretz Israel and settled in the immigrant transit camp in Kfar Ono. From there he moved to the PardesKaf neighborhood of BneiBrak, where he served as a metalworker.In 1956, he married Farcha, daughter of ChazlaHoresh, but they never had children.Chacham Avraham Chai was one of the great sages of Israel, among them Rabbi Yehuda Ze'ev Leibowitz (next to whom he was buried), the sage Shimon Chirari, and the Steipler - Rabbi Israel Yaakov Kanievsky, with whom he studied in Chevruta.Hakham Avraham Hai was well versed in Kabbalah, and was called the Kabbalist from Pardes Katz. People came to his home from all sides of the spectrum, Sephardim and Ashkenazim, to consult him and receive his blessings. He headed the Beit Midrash, which he established in the Pardes Katz neighborhood, and then from his home on HaShinayim Street in the neighborhood, which became a spiritual beacon for all the residents of the neighborhood.Hakham Avraham Hai was humble, easy-going and very far from being meticulous and angry. This right was up to him, and won Elijah's revelation. He used many braids and siguves, and he repaired seven kafot during the days of the Shovbeim.Chacham Avraham Chai passed away on the 29th of Av Av, 5766 (2016), at Shiva Tova and was buried in the PonevezhBneiBrak home.His book "From generation to generation" - sermons and articles, was published in his life in 2009, and the book "Adam to labor born" - conversations, published by his students after his death in 2017.
    Starting at $300
  • LOT: 116

    Lot of 5 books from the library of the kabbalist Chacham Avraham Hai.

    1. Hilula Raba for Lag B’Omer, first edition, published by the Ben Ish Hai—Livorno 1877. Published by Rabbeinu Yosef Haim of Baghdad, anonymously, with his piyyut on the Rashbi “v’Amartem Ko L’Hai” printed for the first time. Stamp of the Minhat Yehuda yeshiva, interesting signatures of ownership in Sefardi handwriting, pages disconnected. 40 pages. Generally good condition. 2. Avodat HaKodesh by HaHida, published by Siach Yisrael. With notes handwritten by Avraham Hai, names for prayers, various pages inserted among the pages. Generally good condition. 3. Sefer HaToda’ah by Rabbi Eliyahu Ki Tov, special edition for students—Jerusalem 1963. With markings, the first blank page has “Rabbi Eliezer Menachem Man ben Bat Sheva Rabbi Shach.” Pages inserted among the pages of the book. Generally good condition. 4. Booklet of mussar with various notes handwritten by Avraham Hai. 5. Bo’u Heshbon pamphlet—Bnei Brak 1975. Pages with names for prayers among the book’s pages. Generally good condition. Hakham Avraham Chai (1920-2016) was born to his father Shaul and his mother Mrs. Masuda in 1920 in Baghdad, Iraq. In 1951, he immigrated to Eretz Israel and settled in the immigrant transit camp in Kfar Ono. From there he moved to the Pardes Kaf neighborhood of Bnei Brak, where he served as a metalworker. In 1956, he married Farcha, daughter of Chazla Horesh, but they never had children. Chacham Avraham Chai was one of the great sages of Israel, among them Rabbi Yehuda Ze'ev Leibowitz (next to whom he was buried), the sage Shimon Chirari, and the Steipler - Rabbi Israel Yaakov Kanievsky, with whom he studied in Chevruta. Hakham Avraham Hai was well versed in Kabbalah, and was called the Kabbalist from Pardes Katz. People came to his home from all sides of the spectrum, Sephardim and Ashkenazim, to consult him and receive his blessings. He headed the Beit Midrash, which he established in the Pardes Katz neighborhood, and then from his home on HaShinayim Street in the neighborhood, which became a spiritual beacon for all the residents of the neighborhood. Hakham Avraham Hai was humble, easy-going and very far from being meticulous and angry. This right was up to him, and won Elijah's revelation. He used many braids and siguves, and he repaired seven kafot during the days of the Shovbeim. Chacham Avraham Chai passed away on the 29th of Av Av, 5766 (2016), at Shiva Tova and was buried in the Ponevezh Bnei Brak home. His book "From generation to generation" - sermons and articles, was published in his life in 2009, and the book "Adam to labor born" - conversations, published by his students after his death in 2017.
    Starting at $250
  • LOT: 034

    Lot of membership booklets from the Histadrut, and additional documents from the Kabbalist Avraham Hai and his wife.

    1. Membership booklet for the Workers’ Histadrut of Avraham Hai, with a picture from his youth, stamps certifying payment of membership dues. One of them has a page disconnected, worn from use. 2. Worker’s ID card of the rabbanitFarcha Hai from Sheba Medical Center at Tel HaShomer with her picture. 3. Black and white original photograph (small) of Avraham Hai with his wife. 4. Certificate in Arabic and English from the Iraqi government 5. Various receipts 6. Sale bill with signature of the kabbalist and his wife on the sale of their apartment in BneiBrak in 1964. 7. Certificate in Arabic with the picture of Avraham Hai Hakham Avraham Chai (1920-2016) was born to his father ShaulShaul and his mother Mrs. Masuda in 1920 in Baghdad, Iraq. In 1951, he immigrated to Eretz Israel and settled in the immigrant transit camp in Kfar Ono. From there he moved to the PardesKaf neighborhood of BneiBrak, where he served as a metalworker. In 1956, he married Farcha, daughter of ChazlaHoresh, but they never had children. Chacham Avraham Chai was one of the great sages of Israel, among them Rabbi Yehuda Ze'ev Leibowitz (next to whom he was buried), the sage Shimon Chirari, and the Steipler - Rabbi Israel Yaakov Kanievsky, with whom he studied in Chevruta. Hakham Avraham Hai was well versed in Kabbalah, and was called the Kabbalist from Pardes Katz. People came to his home from all sides of the spectrum, Sephardim and Ashkenazim, to consult him and receive his blessings. He headed the Beit Midrash, which he established in the Pardes Katz neighborhood, and then from his home on HaShinayim Street in the neighborhood, which became a spiritual beacon for all the residents of the neighborhood. Hakham Avraham Hai was humble, easy-going and very far from being meticulous and angry. This right was up to him, and won Elijah's revelation. He used many braids and siguves, and he repaired seven kafot during the days of the Shovbeim. Chacham Avraham Chai passed away on the 29th of Av Av, 5766 (2016), at Shiva Tova and was buried in the PonevezhBneiBrak home. His book "From generation to generation" - sermons and articles, was published in his life in 2009, and the book "Adam to labor born" - conversations, published by his students after his death in 2017.
    Starting at $250
  • LOT: 115

    Book of Psalms owned by the Chacham Avraham Hai.

    Personal copy of the Book of Psalms. On the binding is attached a daily schedule written by the kabbalist, with pages of names for blessings, many names written by hand, notes for segulot. Signs of tears, notes in many places, pages disconnected, tape marks, small tears, no cover page. Generally ok condition. Hakham Avraham Chai (1920-2016) was born to his father Shaul and his mother Mrs. Masuda in 1920 in Baghdad, Iraq.In 1951, he immigrated to Eretz Israel and settled in the immigrant transit camp in Kfar Ono. From there he moved to the Pardes Kaf neighborhood of Bnei Brak, where he served as a metalworker.In 1956, he married Farcha, daughter of Chazla Horesh, but they never had children.Chacham Avraham Chai was one of the great sages of Israel, among them Rabbi Yehuda Ze'ev Leibowitz (next to whom he was buried), the sage Shimon Chirari, and the Steipler - Rabbi Israel Yaakov Kanievsky, with whom he studied in Chevruta.Hakham Avraham Hai was well versed in Kabbalah, and was called the Kabbalist from Pardes Katz. People came to his home from all sides of the spectrum, Sephardim and Ashkenazim, to consult him and receive his blessings. He headed the Beit Midrash, which he established in the Pardes Katz neighborhood, and then from his home on HaShinayim Street in the neighborhood, which became a spiritual beacon for all the residents of the neighborhood.Hakham Avraham Hai was humble, easy-going and very far from being meticulous and angry. This right was up to him, and won Elijah's revelation. He used many braids and siguves, and he repaired seven kafot during the days of the Shovbeim.Chacham Avraham Chai passed away on the 29th of Av Av, 5766 (2016), at Shiva Tova and was buried in the Ponevezh Bnei Brak home.His book "From generation to generation" - sermons and articles, was published in his life in 2009, and the book "Adam to labor born" - conversations, published by his students after his death in 2017.
    Item sold at $500 Starting at $300
  • LOT: 032

    Lot of albums and pictures of the kabbalist Avraham Hai.

    1. 2 framed pictures of the sage Avraham Hai with the Gaon Rabbi Haim Menachem Mendel Steiger, an important elder of the Rabbis of Sanz, died around a month ago. 2. 3 Various pictures of Avraham Hai in his last years. 3. Set of 6 pictures of Avraham Hai, at a siddur kiddushin. 4. 2 albums with family pictures of Avraham Hai, with pictures from his youth and marriage. Hakham Avraham Chai (1920-2016) was born to his father ShaulShaul and his mother Mrs. Masuda in 1920 in Baghdad, Iraq.In 1951, he immigrated to Eretz Israel and settled in the immigrant transit camp in Kfar Ono. From there he moved to the PardesKaf neighborhood of BneiBrak, where he served as a metalworker.In 1956, he married Farcha, daughter of ChazlaHoresh, but they never had children.Chacham Avraham Chai was one of the great sages of Israel, among them Rabbi Yehuda Ze'ev Leibowitz (next to whom he was buried), the sage Shimon Chirari, and the Steipler - Rabbi Israel Yaakov Kanievsky, with whom he studied in Chevruta.Hakham Avraham Hai was well versed in Kabbalah, and was called the Kabbalist from Pardes Katz. People came to his home from all sides of the spectrum, Sephardim and Ashkenazim, to consult him and receive his blessings. He headed the Beit Midrash, which he established in the Pardes Katz neighborhood, and then from his home on HaShinayim Street in the neighborhood, which became a spiritual beacon for all the residents of the neighborhood.Hakham Avraham Hai was humble, easy-going and very far from being meticulous and angry. This right was up to him, and won Elijah's revelation. He used many braids and siguves, and he repaired seven kafot during the days of the Shovbeim.Chacham Avraham Chai passed away on the 29th of Av Av, 5766 (2016), at Shiva Tova and was buried in the PonevezhBneiBrak home.His book "From generation to generation" - sermons and articles, was published in his life in 2009, and the book "Adam to labor born" - conversations, published by his students after his death in 2017.
    Starting at $180
  • LOT: 035

    Lot of items from the kabbalist Avraham Hai including amulets, special prayer for a groom, watch, and more.

    1. Small amulet with 2 lines 2. Leather case for an amulet 3. Blessing for the home in the shape of a hamsa with fish and eyes against the Evil Eye to hang at home 4. Old 500 shekel bill. 5. Copy of a prayer from the writings of Rabbi Shalom Shabazi, with handwritten addition by Avraham Hai with prayer before the chuppah for a groom. 6. Small Blessing for the home engraved onto a mirror 7. Case given by the Shas movement with a booklet of segulot, including one for parnasa from the Ba’al Shem Tov with a blessing from RavKhadouri, a candle and oil (segula for health and success from RavKhadouri)—the oil is partially missing, was perhaps in use. Generally good condition. Hakham Avraham Chai (1920-2016) was born to his father ShaulShaul and his mother Mrs. Masuda in 1920 in Baghdad, Iraq. In 1951, he immigrated to Eretz Israel and settled in the immigrant transit camp in Kfar Ono. From there he moved to the PardesKaf neighborhood of BneiBrak, where he served as a metalworker. In 1956, he married Farcha, daughter of ChazlaHoresh, but they never had children. Chacham Avraham Chai was one of the great sages of Israel, among them Rabbi Yehuda Ze'ev Leibowitz (next to whom he was buried), the sage Shimon Chirari, and the Steipler - Rabbi Israel Yaakov Kanievsky, with whom he studied in Chevruta. Hakham Avraham Hai was well versed in Kabbalah, and was called the Kabbalist from Pardes Katz. People came to his home from all sides of the spectrum, Sephardim and Ashkenazim, to consult him and receive his blessings. He headed the Beit Midrash, which he established in the Pardes Katz neighborhood, and then from his home on HaShinayim Street in the neighborhood, which became a spiritual beacon for all the residents of the neighborhood. Hakham Avraham Hai was humble, easy-going and very far from being meticulous and angry. This right was up to him, and won Elijah's revelation. He used many braids and siguves, and he repaired seven kafot during the days of the Shovbeim. Chacham Avraham Chai passed away on the 29th of Av Av, 5766 (2016), at Shiva Tova and was buried in the PonevezhBneiBrak home. His book "From generation to generation" - sermons and articles, was published in his life in 2009, and the book "Adam to labor born" - conversations, published by his students after his death in 2017.
    Item sold at $240 Starting at $200
  • LOT: 045

    Sefer Torah on gvil parchment—North Africa, 19th century.

    Sefardi handwriting, nice handwriting by a professional sofer, uniform script throughout. Ink on red gvil parchment (thick, soft leather), using all parts of the leather. Inscription on the outside part of the leather, which results in the unique color (brown-red). Some erasures and corrections made over the years. Morocco, 19th century. Not sold as kosher. Height of parchment: 60cm. EtzeiHayyim have engraving work done by an artist. Given in a case dedicated later, embroidered with gold filament. Lions holding a keter, plants and birds, embroidered dedication. With a belt for holding the sefertorah, with the name of the donor. Height of the case: 75cm. Total height of the sefer: 215cm. Belt: 19x105cm. Generally very good condition.
    Item sold at $850 Starting at $500
  • LOT: 044

    Sefer Torah with Beit Yosef writing—Ashkenazi, Israel 20th century.

    Sofer script, two types of writing, from two different scribes. A white case made with machine embroidering, lions holding the keter and tablets, with dedication: “Yaakov bar Michael Galinsky and his wife Braindel.” On the etzeihayyimis a dedication made of silver: “Nissan 1969, from Menachem ZeevMeitles, Yitzhak Moshe bar Yaakov, and Marat Gittel bar Shraga, in memory of their parents who were murdered by the Nazis in the Shoah.” Height of the parchment: 57cm. Height including etzeihayyim: 100cm. Not sold as kosher. Generally good condition.
    Item sold at $850 Starting at $300
  • LOT: 046

    Sefer Torah on gvil parchment in a wooden case—North Africa, 19th century.

    Sofer script, two types of writing, from two different scribes—the first half on white gvil, the second half on brown-light red. Underwent corrections over the years on around 3 columns. Given in a wooden case, with decorations made from cutting work. Dedication on a silver plaque: “In memory of Hai Agiv.” Rimonimmade of metal with cutting work, Stars of David, and dedication: “in memory of Daniel Lecsalasi.” Cloth robe with colorful embroidery made in a later period. Height of the parchment: 46cm. Height of the finials: 33cm. Height of the case: 70cm. Diameter of the case: 37cm. Total height: 96cm. Not sold as kosher, generally good condition.
    Item sold at $600 Starting at $600
  • LOT: 040

    Handsome, high-quality silver Havdalah set. Beginning of the 20th century.

    Includes a besamim tower,holder for a candle, and a cup. Relief work, hammering, and welding. Decorations of birds, flowers, and more. Tower is 29cm. Cup is 19cm. Candleholder: 18.5cm. Stamped 800, ASHER, and more. Total weight 760g. Very good condition.
    Item sold at $700 Starting at $300
  • LOT: 091

    Knesset Yehezkel, copy of the publisher, Rabbi Yaakov Elimelech Panet of Desh, hy”d.

    Two sections on the Torah, droshim, first edition of the book by the Admor Rabbi Yehezkel Panet of Desh, printed in Cluj (1931). Copy owned by the publisher, the son and successor of the author, Rabbi Yaakov Elimelech Panet. The page before the cover has his signature and stamp. The item is an expression of the care taken by gedolim over the money of others—when this copy was printed with some printing errors, it seems the publisher signed his name and took it so that others would not purchase it. 2, 167, 1 pages. Page 126 is torn and partially missing, the front binding is original and disconnected, without a spine or rear binding. Pages disconnected, stains, generally ok to good condition. The Admor of Desh, Rabbi Yaakov Elimelech Panet (1889-1944) was known as the Zikaron Yaakov, the 5th Admor of the Desh dynasty and the last who served in the city before World War II. His son and successor, Rabbi Yehezkel Panet (the Knesset Yehezkel) was the son-in-law of Rabbi Yaakov Shimshon Kanner of Chekhiov, andwas certified for the rabbinate by sage such as the Maharsham of Brezhan when he was only 14 years old. He succeeded his father after his death in Desh, and he refused to leave his community behind during the war, and was killed in Auschwitz together with his family and community on the 14th of Sivan, 1944.
    Starting at $300
  • LOT: 119

    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.
    Starting at $1000
  • LOT: 184

    $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.
    Item sold at $300 Starting at $300
  • LOT: 039

    Cup with a base and cover. Iraq, 19th century.

    Silver kiddush cup including a matching base and cover, with a bird on top of the cover. Diameter of the plate: 12.5cm. Total height: 13cm. Various signatures. Weight: 230g. Generally good condition.
    Item sold at $350 Starting at $300
  • LOT: 185

    Letter from the Rebbe HaRayatz for health and success—Sivan 1949.

    Typewritten letter on official letterhead, with the additional handwritten note “b’Gashmiyut uv’Ruchaniyut,” signed by the Rayatz, Admor Rabbi Yosef Yitzhak Schneerson of Lubavitch, the 6th Chabad rebbe (1880-1950).
    Item sold at $1200 Starting at $700
  • LOT: 186

    Letter with a blessing from the Rayatz for a Happy New Year from the year of his death, 1950.

    Typewritten letter on official letterhead, with the additional handwritten note “b’Gashmiyut uv’Ruchaniyut,” signed by the Rayatz, Admor Rabbi Yosef Yitzhak Schneerson of Lubavitch, the 6th Chabad rebbe (1880-1950).
    Item sold at $1000 Starting at $700
  • LOT: 193

    Letter with the blessing of the Chabad Rebbe in advance of the celebration of Shavuot—1966.

    Typewritten letter on official letterhead of the Chabad Rebbe.
    Item sold at $850 Starting at $400
  • LOT: 187

    Letter from the Rebbe for a Happy New Year with additions written by hand, from the first year of his Admorut. Elul 1951.

    Typewritten letter on official letterhead, with the addition of a number of handwritten lines. Signed by his holy hand. By Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson of Lubavitch, the 7th Chabad rebbe (1902-1994).
    Item sold at $1100 Starting at $400
  • LOT: 097

    Haggada with the "Beer Mayim" commentary of the Maggid of Zelozitz- Lemberg, 1879

    Passover Haggada - Beer Mayim, with the commentary of Rabbi Yosef Moshe Shapiro, the Maggid of Zelozitz [Zalosce] [disciple of the Maggid of Mezeritsch, Rabbi Yechiel Michel of Zlatshov and Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchov]. Lemberg, [1879]. Owner notation on the title page and a stamp of: "josef asher horovitz" from dukla. 56 leaves, 23 cm. stains and Few moth damage. Moderate-fine condition.
    Starting at $100
  • LOT: 048

    Megillat Esther on parchment in an artistic housing. Israel, 20th century.

    Written by hand, probably by a student. Some of the writing goes outside the lines. Some of the letters have ink smudging. Size o the megillah: 30cm high. Not sold as kosher. Housing made of metal, in the center is an inscription “Megillat Esther” done with cutting work. Height: 40cm. Generally ok to good condition.
    Item sold at $160 Starting at $100
  • LOT: 100

    An historical discovery for the halakhic world, something not seen for years—notes handwritten by the Sefer Me'irat Enayim (Yehoshua ben Alexander HaCohen Falk) on the Shulchan Aruch. Krakow 1580-1594.

    Handwriting of Rabbi Yehoshua ben Alexander HaCohen Falk, the Sefer Me’irat Enayim. Glosses and notes on the Shulchan Aruch, two volumes, first edition printed with the Rama’s commentary, printed in Krakow, Choshen Mishpat 1580 and Even HaEzer 1594. Yehoshua ben Alexander HaCohen Falk (1555 – 29 March 1614) was a Polish Halakhist and Talmudist, best known as the author of the Beit Yisrael commentary on the Arba'ah Turim as well as Sefer Me'irat Enayim on Shulkhan Arukh. His name also occurs as the Hebrew acronym Rafac ("Rabbi Falk Cohen") and “Ma-HaRWaC” ("Morenu ha-Rav Walk Cohen").He was a pupil of his relative Moses Isserles and of Solomon Luria, and became the head of the yeshiva of Lemberg. Many celebrated rabbis were his pupils, among them being Joshua Höschel ben Joseph of Kraków, the author of "Maginne Shelomoh". Falk was a great authority on rabbinical matters. At the meeting of the Council of Four Lands in 1607, during the Kremenetz fair, many of his proposals were approved. In 1611 Falk and Enoch Hendel ben Shemariah issued a bill of divorce at Vienna which occasioned lengthy discussions among the celebrated rabbis of the time, including Meir Lublin and Mordecai Yoffe (see "She'elot u-Teshubot MaHaRaM", Nos. 123 et seq.). He was Rosh Yeshiva in Lemberg and served on the Council of Four Lands. Falk was opposed to the reliance on law codes to the exclusion of study of the original sources. Towards this end he composed a series of commentaries on the most influential codes, Rabbi Jacob ben Asher's Tur and Rabbi Joseph Karo's Shulkhan Arukh. He spent his early life composing extensive analytical commentaries on the Talmud, which were later lost in a fire. Falk died at Lemberg, in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth on 29 March 1614.Beit Yisrael is a twin commentary on the Tur, composed of the Perishah, a straightforward explanation, and the Derishah, deeper discussions on specific problems. The Perishah clarifies the rulings of the Tur, by tracing them to their sources in the Talmud and Rishonim. The Derishah is devoted to extensive analysis and comparison of the various interpretations and decisions proposed by various Talmudic authorities. Rabbi Katz also wrote: Sefer Me'irat Einayim, a commentary to the Choshen Mishpat section of the Shulkhan Arukh, containing all the decisions of the Rishonim, with an index of their sources. Sefer ha-Hosafah, a supplement to the Darhkei Mosheh of Moses Isserles, printed with the Choshen Mishpat, Dyhernfurth, 1796; Kontres 'al Diney Ribbit, a discourse on the laws relating to the prohibition of usury, followed by some takkanot (ordinances by the Rabbis), Sulzbach, 1692; Novellae on Talmudic treatises. He had three sons, Rabbi Alexander Sender, Rabbi Yosef Jozfa, and Rabbi Moshe. Attached is research material by Rav Shmuel Znoyel Kahane and photocopies of additional handwriting samples of Rabbeinu Falk. This manuscript is accompanied by a signed certificate by a manuscript expert, Rav Shimon Schwartz
    Starting at $50000
  • LOT: 148

    Letter in a local European language on erasing the debt owed by Jews, with signatures of rabbis. 1779.

    Long letter, four pages, of which three are written in the local language, on the church erasing a debt owed by Jews. At the end are signatures of rabbis. Not checked thoroughly.
    Starting at $120
  • LOT: 107

    Lot of 3 volumes of the Shulchan Aruch, 2 of which have glosses and notes handwritten—Lemberg 1861.

    Orech Hayyim, section 2, and Yoreh De’ah, sections 1-2. On two of the volumes are many glosses and notes in an unidentified handwriting, not thoroughly checked. Disconnected pages, worn bindings, one of the volumes is without a cover. Generally ok condition.
    Starting at $120
  • LOT: 147

    . Pamphlet from Rabbi Yehuda Haim Giron of Casselli—wordings of letter forms and bills that he sent to his brother-in-law Rabbi Zecharya Trivish in Coni—1753.

    Four pages. Rabbi Yehuda Haim Giron was a sage of Casselli, known for the letter he sent to Rabbi Yishmael HaKohen in 1777, mentioned in the book Zecher David (First Part, Chapter 39). Generally good condition.
    Item sold at $300 Starting at $300
  • LOT: 146

    Letter from Rabbi Shlomo Michael Yona of Torino with psakim and halachot on gittin.

    Rabbi Shlomo Michael Yona of Torino was Av Beit Din of Torino, brother-in-law of Rabbi Yehiel Haim Trivish, Av Beit Din of Vercelli. He started in Alessandria, Italy, and studied under Rabbi Eliyahu HaLevi. When HaHida went there he became friends with him. He then became Av Beit Din in Torino and exchanged letters with HaHida. See Sages of Italy, p. 480. Generally good condition.
    Item sold at $550 Starting at $300
  • LOT: 180

    Tanya—Thousandth edition.

    Likkutei Amarim Tanya, the thousandth edition. Published by Otzar HaChassidim, 770 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, 1984. This handsome edition includes an expansive bibliographic section on printings of the Tanya, including 600 pages of photocopies of covers of the Tanya editions ever printed, bibliographic listings, and facsimiles of rare manuscripts of the Tanya. Two matching bookmarks. Quality, cream paper. Wide margins. 505 pages. 19cm. Generally very good condition. Not bound.
    Item sold at $100 Starting at $100
  • LOT: 071

    Siddur Tikkunei Shabbat—miniature edition—partially missing copy with additions filled in by hand.

    Old leather binding, with signatures and notes, mainly in the local language. 3 pages filled in by hand. Partially missing, not checked thoroughly. Tears and defects, signs of use. Generally ok condition.
    Item sold at $100 Starting at $100
  • LOT: 075

    Pesach Haggadah with translation into Yiddish—Offenbach 1800.

    Woodcut illustrations, printed by Zvi Hirsch SegelShpitz, and his son Avraham Segel. Ya’ari 265. OtzerHaHaggadot 434. 40 pages. Around 18cm. Margins of some pages are cut without any damage to text. Generally very good condition.
    Starting at $150
  • LOT: 014

    Miniature mishnayot with complete commentary KafNachat (Kedoshim, Teharot)—Offenbach 1732.

    Commentary by RavShneorFeivush ben Yaakov, who was the grandson and great-grandson to Rabbi Moshe Isserlish of Krakow, Ra’avadGalogaRabbati in Poland, son-in-law of Rabbi Avigdor (from the endorsement of the commentary for the 6 Books of Mishnah given by Rabbi Shmuel Hillman Ra’avad of Mannheim). The name of the book was taken from a verse in Ecclesiastes. The printer is Israel ben Moshe. Original: 143-172, 175-462, [4] pages. 13cm. Four pages are missing here (167-172), and the cover page (unclear if there is one in the original?). Listing of ownership on the first and last pages. Original leather binding. A little moth damage. Generally ok to good condition.
    Starting at $100
  • LOT: 136

    Around 100 handwritten pages with wordings for the writing of amulets and more—Yemen, 17th-20th centuries.

    Lot of more than 100 pages, pieces of bindings, some from Keter Malchut, some from the writing of amulets, pamphlet in Arabic with an inscription “given … with the good friends, David Salem, Yehuda Saliman…” Various conditions, moth damage, wear, not checked thoroughly.
    Item sold at $140 Starting at $100
  • LOT: 137

    Lot of small manuscripts with amulets, prayers, and more. Yemen, 19-20th centuries.

    Lot of miniature manuscripted pages from Yemen. 1. Part of a small siddur—kiddushin, ta’amim, burial service, midrashim, and more. Bound with parchment from taj. More than 100 pages. 8x11cm. 2. Nusach for writing an amulet. 8 pages. 8x8cm. 3. Prayer. 9x12cm. 8 pages. 4. Divan [song], shirei shabbat and brit milah, in spoken Arabic. 18x6cm. Around 70 pages. Various wear, pages disconnected. Generally ok to good condition.
    Item sold at $280 Starting at $100
  • LOT: 106

    Shita Mekubetzet (Nazir) first edition, with signatures handwritten by the student of the Chatam Sofer, Rabbi Gavriel Dessauer—Dovna 1800. Bound with Shot Derech Yivchar.

    Rare edition (in retrospect, despite the cover statement by the publisher that “we brought it to print twice”). The publisher also notes that Sha’ar HaMelech was printed first in Livorno, but a Livorno edition does not appear in the National Library nor with Winograd. With signatures handwritten by Rabbi Gavriel Dessauer, student of the Chatam Sofer, on the cover and back (where he adds his name to those of the endorsers by hand with the addition “rosh yeshiva of Pressburg”). He also signs the last page of the book. 24, [1] pages. *2. Attached to the book is Shot Derech Yivchar by Rav Haim Betzalel Pant, son of the Mar’eh Yehezkel, Munkatch 1894. Only edition, with his father’s biography at the beginning. No cover. Original: [12], 120 pages. *2. The copy before us is missing 10 pages at the end. Rabbi Gavriel Segel HaLevi Dessauer (died 1878) was a student of the Chatam Sofer, and corresponded with him. Was Av Beit Din at Balaton Komor in Hungary, and then in Koyarening for close to 40 years. He authored Yad Gavriel, chiddushim on Yoreh De’ah, which got an endorsement from the Chatam Sofer. Translated the Book of Job into Yiddish and wrote an exegesis in Hebrew called Kesset Gavriel. Authored Milchemet Mitzvah to show the wisdom of the Rishonim and the errors of the Achronim. | No binding. Moth damage. Bad to ok condition.
    Starting at $120
  • LOT: 128

    Manuscript of Mahari Bashiri with commentary for Midrash HaGadol—Yemen, 17th century.

    Commentary in the margins and between the lines, commentary on words in spoken Arabic and Hebrew. Partially missing copy. More than 250 pages. Wear, not bound. 20x30cm. According to the testimony of the book owner, Rav Yosef Kapach testified to him that this copy is that of Ma’ari Yehi ben Avraham Bashiri. Accompanied by a certificate. Midrash HaGadol is a comprehensive text on the Torah, midrashim on Halacha and Aggadah authored by Rabbi David Ben Amram Adani from the city of Aden in Yemen, who apparently lived in the first half of the 14th century. The text is considered the crowning glory of the creation of Yemenite Jewry. The composition is a collection of midrashim that appear in the Talmud, in the books of the early midrashim and in the translations of the Bible, as well as the commentaries of the Geonim and the Rishonim (especially the Rambam), as well as the author's own parable. These are essays that have been lost in the meantime or that have survived in a fragmentary way, such as Mechilta, Zuta, Midrash Tanaim, and other ancient Midrashim that are not mentioned in the common midrashic literature. It is unique because it is not a comprehensive collection of everything, but rather the author organized it as entire sugiyot drawn from and constructed from a variety of sources. It is written only in Hebrew and it flows well. The Midrash HaGadol has been widely distributed in Yemen and dozens and perhaps hundreds of writings, and it has been widely accepted in the Middle East and the Middle East, The book "The Margalit", which was composed in 1580 and deals with a literal interpretation of the midrash, the book Segulat Yisrael by Rabbi Yisrael HaCohen of the 17th century, And philosophy, and the third interpretation is the glosses and comments of Rabbi Yahya in the poems of Shuli Midrash HaGadol copied, also from the 17th century. Born in the second half of the 16th century, he lived in a large settlement [20 km north of Sana'a], considered one of the greatest sages of Yemen in the 17th century and one of the most important and famous among Yemenite Jews. He copied dozens of texts and authored many books, including the commentary that appears in this manuscript. See: Encyclopaedia of the Yemenite Sages, p. 50.
    Item sold at $2400 Starting at $1000
  • LOT: 129

    Manuscript of Chumash, large format—Yemen, beginning of the 18th century.

    With midrashim and notes in the margins, the parshah is divided according to the Ben Asher. Later addition of signature of ownership: “Bought with my own money in wintry days, Yaakov ben Daoud, may I merit buying many more endless books.” More than 400 pages. 22x32cm. Not bound. Heavy moth damage with damage to text.
    Item sold at $400 Starting at $300
  • LOT: 131

    Manuscript, three megillot and Tikkun Leil Shavuot. Yemen, end of the 18th century.

    Ecclesiastes, Ruth, and Song of Songs, with targum, tafsir, and Rashi, with the book Kri’ei Mo’ed (Tikkun Leil Shavuot). Nice handwriting. More than 150 pages. Heavy moth damage, pages disconnected, not bound. 24x17cm. Bad condition.
    Item sold at $140 Starting at $100
  • LOT: 132

    Chumash Parsha manuscript—Yemen, end of the 18th century.

    Pasuk, targum, tafsir. Exodus, until Leviticus Behukotai. More than 300 pages, with Rashi’s commentary. Pages disconnected, lots of moth damage. Not bound. 21x15cm.
    Item sold at $200 Starting at $180
  • LOT: 133

    Manuscript, haftaroth in the Shami nusach, nice handwriting with Targum Onkelos—southern Yemen, beginning of the 18th century.

    Around 150 pages, 22x16cm. Pages disconnected, heavy moth damage with damage to text. Bad condition.
    Item sold at $160 Starting at $100
  • LOT: 135

    Manuscript “Parshah” with various additions—central Yemen, end of the 18th century.

    More than 200 pages of Yemenite manuscript, Chumash “Parshah” with targum, tafsir, Rashi, te’amim in the margins, changes in nusach and meaning of words, commentary and summary of the words in the style of the ba’al haturim. Signature of “Yehi ben Moris Saliman.” Unidentified signature in the margins. Partially missing copy, begins with parshat Bereishit and goes until Exodus, Parshat Pikudei. 30x22cm.
    Item sold at $1000 Starting at $180