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
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.
Important note on names, handwritten by the Maharam Ash, Rabbi Meir Eisenstatt of Ungvar, on the Shulchan Aruch Even HaEzer—Vienna, 1808-9.
Volume of the Shulchan Aruch, Even HaEzer with Taz, separate covers. Cover of the book has signatures of ownership of “Yehuda Unger of Pressburg” (probably the son or grandson of Rabbi Akiva Ungar). At the end of the Shulchan Aruch before the cover of the Taz is a small note handwritten by the Maharam Esh, and then the handwriting and signature of Rabbi Akiva Ungar, Av Beit Din of Soditz, with his testimony that the above note is that of his rabbi: “this note is from the handwriting of Rav Hai Gaon Tzaddik Meir Ash.” This note is on the subject of names in Gittin regarding the name “Yerachmiel,” strongly worded and disagreeing with the words of the proofreaders that were printed in this edition at the end of this part of the Shulchan Aruch, which led to the amazement by the note’s author, regarding the ignoring of an explicit verse in which the aforementioned name appears. Rabbi Meir Eisenstatt, the Maharam Ash (1780-1852) was a 19th-century Hungarian sage, a rosh yeshiva, posek, and leader. He began his learning under his father and Rabbi Refael of Glagov, the dayan in Eisenstatt, and then was one of the first students of the Chatam Sofer at his yeshiva in the city of Mattersdorf, and then in Pressburg, and was considered one of his brightest students. After his rabbi died, he began to respond to hundreds of halakhic questions and became considered a leader of Hungarian Jewry. Rabbi Akiva bar Yonatan Ungar (1813-1881) was Av Beit Din of Soditz in Hungary, author of the “Ma’amar Rabbi Akiva.” Rebound. Generally good condition.
Amulet on parchment from the holy hands of the Tzaddik, the Admor Rabbi Yeshayle Kristirer. Rare!
Before us is a rare and extremely exciting item for those engaged in acquisitions of Chassidic material and lovers of tsaddikim—an amulet given by the Tzaddik from Krestir to someone seeking salvation, and which was hidden for close to 100 years. This amulet is special and extremely rare, because of its involvement and the story of the saving of a Jew from the Shoah thanks to it: “only a few days before his death, grandfather unburdened his heart and revealed the secret of his escape thanks to this amulet.” This is the beginning of the story told by the granddaughter of Rabbi Azriel Yitzhak Scheiner. “Grandpa, Rabbi Azriel Yitzhak Scheiner, was born in Chenger, Hungary, to a family of 11 children. His father was Rav Ephraim Dov, hy”d. The awful war found him when he was studying in Belgium, and he returned to Hungary out of fear for his family (his wife and four children). When the Nazis entered Hungary they sent my grandfather to Mauthausen, after which he approached his rabbi, Rav Asher Anshel Hungreiz hy”d, who gave him this amulet which he had received himself from Rav Yeshayle of Kristerir. He told my grandfather to preserve this amulet wherever he was and he would be saved. Grandfather kept it close to him and managed to survive the war, and he attributed his survival to the amulet. But the giver, the last rabbi of Chenger, Rav Asher Anshel Jungreiz hy”d, as well as Scheiner’s wife and four children and most of his family, were murdered. He remarried after the war and had one son, to whom he gave the amulet with additional items that had survived. | “The following things the author would write on a small parchment, and no evil would befallen him nor to any members of his household,” so wrote Rabbi Hillel Liechtenstein in his book “Tshuvot Beit Hillel HaChadash” (32). “Yelshat B’Asher Boliv v’haAph HaBamug v’la” (the words written on the parchment)—three verses for preservation are hinted at in it, appearing in the book Elef Katav, and this is the exegesis: “the verses are ‘Yehi Shalom B’Kheilech Shalva b’Armnotaich’ (Psalms 122:7); ‘Lo TeUna Elayech Ra’ah v’Negah Lo Yikrav B’Ohalayech’ (Psalms 91:10), linked by the first initials of the first line. The verse ‘Ve’et HaAnashim Asher Petach HaBayit Hiku BaSanverim MiKotan v’Ad Kadol Vayelu Limtzo HaPatach,” (Genesis 19:1), appears in the first initials of the second line.” For many generations, the deeds of the Tzaddik from Krestir, Rabbi Yeshaya Steiner, have reverberated, especially the story of the Jew who immigrated to the United States, who opened a laundromat for parnasa that he profited off. Two goyim opened a laundromat across the street from him to compete, and the Jew sent another Jew to Hungary with a request to go to Rabbi Yeshayla and ask him for deliverance from his difficulty. The Jew returned to the United States and brought with him an amulet similar to the one before us here. The competitors decided to burn the Jew’s store, and sent someone to light it on fire, but the person couldn’t identify the storefront and accidentally burned down the Italians’ store. When the Rabbi Yeshayla died, the Jew dared to open the amulet and was astonished in seeing the verse and people who entered the home were struck with blindness. Rabbi Yeshaya Steiner (1852-1925) from Krestir (Bodrogkeresztur) was one of the most important and well-known Admorim in Hungary. When he was 3, his father died, and at age 12 his widowed mother sent him to Rabbi Zvi Hirsch from Liska, where he was until his Rav died, and then he succeeded him, but remained indigent and did not think of himself. He is considered a miracle-worker and many amazing stories are told of him. Until today thousands of people continue to visit his grave and unburden their hearts there, and many amazing stories have been generated about the power of that event. He is known for his merciful heart and his care for the parnasa of the Jewish people. The amulets given during his lifetime to those seeking deliverance were written on parchment by professional scribes from among his students, and he would himself bless them and give them by hand. His picture is most known as a segula against rats in a home, after an incident when he blessed a home and rats left the Jews’ bags of wheat, as well as another where he blessed a Jew who had been sued and rats came and ate the suit that was hanging before him in the court. Size: 4.5x8.5cm. Given in a metal frame. Glass is cracked. Generally excellent condition.Rabbi Asher Anshel HaLevi Jungreiz (1875-1944), rabbi of Chenger (Hungary) for more than forty years, the 3rd member of the Jungreiz family to lead the rabbinate, died in the Shoah of Hungary with his community. Accompanied by a certificate from the receiver’s family!
“Remember What Amalek Did To You.” A yellow star from the Shoah—France, first half of the 20th century.
According to the orders of the German Reich, from 1938 all Jews had to stitch a yellow star on their clothing and it had to say “Jew” in their language in the middle. Jews who wore it were brutally murdered. Yellow stars from France are considered rare since many Jews did not wear it, since the Vichy government was opposed to it. This one was kept in good condition over the years. According to Yad Vashem: On June 7, 1942, Jews over the age of 6 in the areas of France occupied by the Germans were required to wear such a star bearing the word “Juif” (Jew in French) stitched into their clothing on the left side of their chest. In the unoccupied area of France (Vichy), the government refused to enforce the policy since they feared that the public would oppose the imposition of a mark of shame on French (Jewish) civilians. After the Germans took over Vichy France in November 1942, the German authorities still did not require Jews to put the mark on their clothes because of French opposition. Very good condition.
Handsome volume of Tanach with commentary in Ladino—Venice 1639. New condition, rare both forbeing complete and very pretty.
“Produced at the order of the Commissariat of Minister IoanniVindramin of the IoanniMartinielli house.” Perfect copy in the original binding, preserved in rare condition, a volume of the 1639 Venice Tanach with commentary and translation into Ladino by Rabbi Yaakov Lombrozzo, endorsed by Rabbi Yehuda Aryeh of Modena. This copy has never been seen in auction houses in this condition, a complete copy with 4 covers, the complete original wooden binding, original decorations on the sides of the book on the pages. 4, 469, 2 pages. First cover is partially disconnected, a little wear on the cover, typical small folds and stains. Rare condition, complete and still pretty. The translator Rabbi Yaakov Lombrozzo was a sage of Venice during the reign of Rabbi Yehuda Aryeh of Modena, andshowed his knowledge of Hebrew grammar with his exegesis printed in Venice in 1630 (the cover of the Last Prophets has the year 1630 written while the others have 1639) on TAnach, and for the introduction he wrote before his commentary. He also copied the Kuzari into Spanish, and wrote a manuscript in Spanish called “Mesha’enetDatHaElokit” (History of the Italian Jewish Sages, p. 201).
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.
Manuscript, 300 pages of the book Derech Yeshara, including segulot and additional medical brachot. 19th century.
Mizrahi handwriting, a book of mussar and practices for teshuva, written by Rabbi Reuvan ben Avraham of Jerusalem, printed first in Livornor in 1788. We haven’t checked thoroughly to see if the whole book is in this manuscript, since it does not appear that the pages were bound in the proper order. Scribe unknown, at the end of cover are segulot attributed to this book as well as additional ones not included in printed editions. First page has a note “Avraham ben…”. Cover cut. First page repaired with lots of damage to text, tears with damage to text on a number of additional pages, stains. Bound with new leather binding, gilded inscription on the spine. Generally good condition.
Thick manuscript of haftaroth—Yemen, 19th century.
Haftarot for all year, including the special days and Festivals. Most of the pages have nikkud. Total of 414 pages. Ends in the middle of Shabbat HaGadol. Original, worn leather binding. Part of the pages were disconnected. Stains, light moth damage. Generally good condition.
Manuscript-Questions and Answers by the Gaon Rav Shlomo Kloger—written in his holy handwriting!
6 large pages written very tightly on both sides, of the page, holy handwriting of the Gaon HaRav Shlomo Kloger. Content and answers: 1. Answer 159 on halachot of Ta’arovot, 2. Answer 240 on Choshen Mishpat. 3. 241 on shchita. 4. 242 on milk and meat. 5. 243 on Yoreh De’ah, 6. 244 on ta’arovot, 7. 245 on pedion habechor, 8. 246 on Pat akum, 9. 247 on issur shorah b’nevela, 10. 248 on shchita, 11. 249 on melicha, Page and condition: 24x38cm, larger pages than normal. Around 30 lines per page. Thick, quality paper in excellent condition, bound with new, fancy leather binding. The Gaon Rabbi Shlomo Kloger: 1786-1869, one of the great poskim, wrote compositions on all the professions of Torah at a prodigious magnitude. In 1888 Blumberg printed with his grandson, HaRav Yehuda Aaron Kolger, a book “Toldot Shlomo,” a history of his life and list of his books that had been printed and written in manuscripts, where they listed around 150 compositions in their possession that remained as manuscripts and some of which needed to be printed. In total, 12 written pages, rare and extremely important item.
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.
. Personal notebook of the Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Leib Malin.
Short paragraphs of thought and mussar, handwritten by Rabbi Leib Malin. Short sentences and paragraphs in a small notebook that was in the rosh yeshiva’s jacket pocket, around 35 handwritten pages. Generally very good condition. Rabbi Aryeh Leib Malin (1906-1962) was the founder and rosh yeshiva of the Beit HaTalmud, and a leader of rosh yeshivot in the US, alongside Rabbi Aharon Kotler. He was a student of lions of Lithuanian Jewry, Rabbi Shimon Shkop, Rabbi Elhanan Wasserman, Rabbi Baruch Beer, and Rabbi Yerucham Leibowitz. He even edited the second section of Rav Leibowitz’s book, “Da’at Chochmah v’Mussar,” as mentioned in the introduction to the book. Also studied under the Griz Soloveitchik in Brisk and many of the Brisker Rav’s lessons were later published from a stencil edition written by him. Studied with Rabbi Moshe Shmuel Shapira. A book of his chiddushim were edited and published by his nephew, Rav Baruch Dov Poversky, which became an important asset for yeshiva students. Among his students are Rav Mordechai Eliphant, Rav Shimshon David Pinkus, and Rav Aharon Feldman.
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.
First edition of Chazon Ovadia with a rare dedication by Rav Ovadia Yosef in his youth to the Rabbi of Bat Yam.
Section 1—Jerusalem 1952, halachot of Leil Pesach. With a personal dedication by the author, Rav Ovadia Yosef. Nice Sefardi handwriting, to Rabbi Moshe Levi.
Silver stick, unique, with 72 holy names for exiling evil spirits. Rare and special.
Silver stick with engraving in Assyrian script, angelic names and holy names. Interesting item never before seen at auction. According to an expert, the stick is designed to ward off the Evil Eye, spirits, demons, and ghosts. Hollow, square cross-section, made of silver. 150g. Given in a white cloth case. 50x2x2cm. Very good condition.
Long letter handwritten and signed by the Admor Rabbi Mordechai Rokach of Belz, Av Beit Din of Bilogoria, father of the Admor of Belz.
Letter to Rav Shadrovitzky, New Year blessings, and a request regarding Agudat Yisrael. The Admor Rabbi Mordechai Rokach of Belz-Bilogoria, father of the Admor of Belz now, was born in Belz and was the son of Rabbi Issachar Dov Rokach, the third Admor of Belz. At age 25 he was made a rav in Bilogoria. During the Shoah he and his brother, Rabbi Aharon Rokach (the Admor of Belz) escaped to a few successive countries in Europe, until arriving in Budapest where they stayed until 1944, before they were smuggled out to Israel after they were notified that the Gestapo were keeping track of them and had asked the Hungarian government to return them to German hands. He settled in Tel Aviv. After he found out that his wife and children had been murdered, he remarried and had a son, Rabbi Issachar Dov Rokach, the current Admor of Belz. Tel Aviv, 1949. Stains, filing holes, small tear in the left side, signs of folding, generally good condition.
Letter froem the Rebbe with an additional handwritten note “for the success of the medical procedure”—12th and 13th of Tammuz 1963, “150 years from the death of Rabbeinu HaZaken.”
Typewritten letter on official letterhead, “150 years from the death of Rabbeinu HaZaken,” with content about these important days. Important handwritten addition by the Rebbe as noted above. Handwritten signature. It seems that the letter is a copy sent at the same time to a number of people, but the date the letter approaching the Rebbe was received was typed and the individual’s name as well, with the important handwritten addition by the Rebbe.
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).
Letter with chiddushei torah written by Rabbi Itzile of Ponevezh.
Learned letter on payment of terumah to a cohen written by Rabbi Yitzhak Yaakov Rabinowitz, known by the name Rabbi Itzile of Ponevezh, author of the book Zecher Yitzhak. Rabbi Itzile Ponevezher (1854-1919) was an important rabbi in Lithuania. He studied under the Beit HaLevi and for more than two years was in a hevruta with the Gaon Rav Haim Soloveitchik. In 1889 he was called upon by HaSaba of Slobodka to lead the Slobodka yeshiva, where he gave long, deep lessons, chiddushim. In 1894 he received the rabbinate of Ponevezh (after the Aderet), where he established a group of students. Rabbi Itzile also carried the burden of the nation and was one of the leaders of the generation, alongside the Chafetz Chaim and the Gaon Rabbi Chaim Ozer of Vilna (see: Rabboteinu SheBaGola, p. 186). Of all his writings only a few chiddushim and answers have been published, in the book Zecher Yitzhak. Date not noted in the book. Written on one side, 25.5x20.5cm. Generally good condition.
Walking stick of the kabbalist Rabbi Yitzhak Khadouri.
Rare historic item, the walking stickof the Elder Kabbalist Rabbi Yitzhak Khadouri. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from the rabbi’s grandson. Rabbi Yitzhak Khadouri (1899-2006) was born in Baghdad, then moved to Israel to study at the ShoshanimL’David yeshiva and Porat Yosef in the Old City. At first he was a hidden tzaddik and worked as a bookbinder, until later in life when he became an elder kabbalist, and served as the head of the Nahalat Yitzhak kabbalistic yeshiva in Jerusalem, until his last day. Known as a miracle worker for his amulets and segulot. Authored Pitchei Olam on amulets and segulot.
Rare, chilling find: A piece of parchment from a sefer Torah that was burned in Poland during the Shoah by the Nazis.
A piece of parchment from Poland that survived the burning of a synagogue in Poland. On the back of the frame is a description in English of the survival of this piece, with the involvement of Rav Yitzhak Meir Levin (can be found in a picture attached to this item online). The piece has a section of ParshatShmini, on the death of the two sons of Aaron. Damage from the fire is visible on the parchment, the ink is smudged in a few places. Ok condition. The frame has light defects, the inscription on the back is damaged partially. 36x12cm.
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.
The Ba’al HaNefesh of the Ra’avad. Berlin 1762, copy with signature and glosses by Rabbi Meir Pozner, the Beit Meir.
Second edition. On the page before the cover is a signature of Rabbi Meir Pozner, as well as stamps of Rav Dr. Eliyahu Munk. The book also has a number of glosses by Rav Pozner (1725-1807), who authored Beit Meir and was the Av Beit Din of Shotland in Danzig. Rabbi Meir was sent questions from all over the Jewish world, including Rabbi Akiva Eiger (thirty years younger than him). Beit Meir was an important book for psak halacha even after his death, and Rabbi Yosef Shaul Natanzon (the Gaon of Lublin) had wonderful things to say about him. HaRav Eliyahu ben Azriel HaKohen Munk (1900-1978) was a rabbi and theologian, born in Germany and settled in England in 1930. He later settled in Israel. He founded the Golders Green synagogue and Beit Midrash in NW London. , 74 pages. 20cm. Bound with leather, professionally repaired including filling in of moth holes. Generally good condition.
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.
Sefer Chareidim, with stamps of the Gaon Rabbi Simcha HaLevi Soloveitchik, including notes and glosses handwritten. Berdiyov. 1925.
By the Kabbalist Rabbi Elazar Azkari with stamps of Rabbi Simcha HaLevi Soloveitchik, the Av Beit Din of Mohaliv, glosses handwritten by an unknown author. Written with two different pens, possibly two different authors. One of them at least seems to be that of the Gaon Rabbi Simcha HaLevi Soloveitchik (1879-1941), son of the Beit HaLevi. At age 13 his father passed away, and then he studied under his brother, Rabbi Haim Soloveitchik, who succeeded his father as rabbi of Brisk. He became famous for his skills and in 1911 he was accepted as Av Beit Din of Mohilov, while giving lessons in the Shklov yeshiva (then led by Rav Pesach Proskin), and in 1924 he went to the US and became Av Beit Din at the Tiferet Yisrael Brisker community in Brooklyn. Printer: Menashe Yehezkel Horowitz. 19cm, 124 pages. Generally good condition.
Mishneh Torah of the Rambam, with the handwritten signature of the Admor Rabbi Yeshayle Kristirer.
Exciting item from the library of Rabbi Yeshayle Kristirer, the first section, second volume of the Mishneh Torah, printed in Leipzig 1863. On the cover, his signature is clearly visible with other notes attesting to the fact the book was owned by him, such as an additional signature on the back of the binding, and the note “Badrag Kerestor.” 240 pages, original binding (worn), generally good condition. Rabbi Yeshaya Steiner (1852-1925) from Krestir (Bodrogkeresztur) was one of the most important and well-known Admorim in Hungary. When he was 3, his father died, and at age 12 his widowed mother sent him to Rabbi Zvi Hirsch from Liska, where he was until his Rav died, and then he succeeded him, but remained indigent and did not think of himself. He is considered a miracle-worker and many amazing stories are told of him. Until today thousands of people continue to visit his grave and unburden their hearts there, and many amazing stories have been generated about the power of that event. He is known for his merciful heart and his care for the parnasa of the Jewish people. The amulets given during his lifetime to those seeking deliverance were written on parchment by professional scribes from among his students, and he would himself bless them and give them by hand
Akeidat Yitzhak by Rabbi Yitzhak Arama—Venice 1573 with many handwritten glosses in Italian script from the period.
Second edition. 105 drashot on the weekly parshiyot, at the end of which is his commentary on the Five Megillot. Rabbi Yitzhak Arama (1420-1494), known as the “Ba’alHaAkeida,” after this book, was a Spanish sage of the generation of the Expulsion. He was a rabbi and rosh yeshiva in Samora, northern Spain, and was the rabbi of Tarragona in southern Catalonia. Printed at the Juan Diga Venice printing house. First part of the book has dozens of glosses and corrections in Italian handwriting, probably from the period of the book’s printing (content not checked thoroughly). 308, 12 pages. Original leather binding, handsome, defective. Moth damage in parts of the pages, mainly the edges, with light damage to text.
Miniature Book of Psalms, rare, with handwritten additions. Leiden (Holland), 1636.
Small volume (11cm), rare for its beauty, with discussion by Yochanan Mira. Special copy not found in libraries in Israel and appears never to have appeared in auctions. It seems to have been printed with errors, the two first pages and the last are defective—they only have the frames and decorations printed, but without the text, which is filled in by hand by an artist punctiliously according to the lines that were supposed to be included, including the line numbers and printing marks. 118 pages, unnumbered. The chapters are marked with numbers instead of letters, as well as the number of lines in each chapter. Corrections or translation done by pencil in Latin in a number of pages in the book. Some moth marks. Worn leather binding. Light stains.
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.
Parshiyot of tefillin, with the looped “pey” letter. Attributed to the students of the Ba’al Shem Tov. Not checked.
The letter “pey” in the word “pen” of the verse “Pen YiftehLevavchem” is looped around itself. As well as the verse “Vayehi Ki Hekshe Paro,” as is known, in the tradition of the scribes Rabbi Zvi Hirsch and Rabbi Ephraim, the scribes of the Ba’al Shem Tov, who would write the “pey” that way. Many followed this mystic practice subsequently. The researcher Yehoshua Twersky writes about it in his book BaChatzerHaTzaddik: “Apart from the hidden, what is revealed in the Torah of the Baal Shem Tov, which is visible to the eye of every one looking into it? In looking at it some differences in the shapes of some individual letters … the “pey” is occasionally different from the known and accepted one. In the normal one the end bends inward, from the left. This differentiates the “pey” from the “kaf.” But the bending of the “pey” of the RavZviSofer is itself sort of its own “pey.” This letter is known as “pe’in” among stam scribes. I saw these also in tefillin of Rabbi Ephraim Sofer, who worked prior to RavZviSofer by a number of years. Also, the tefillin scrolls of Rav Ephraim Sofer are very important in the world of Chassidut.” | 83x5.5cm. Nice handwriting. Generally good condition.
Oil on canvas. Gerty Rubenstein Rottman (1945-2001). Jerusalem landscape. Signed.
Large oil painting by the artist Gerty Rubenstein Rottman (1945-2001). The Old City of Jerusalem. At the bottom are three smaller pictures, of the Kotel, the Beit Mikdash coming down from the heavens, and an alleyway in the Old City. Light defects. 98x98cm. Generally good condition.
Large relief work in copper in Eastern Europe. Beginning of the 19th century.
Attached to wood, decorated with artistic welding work. In the center is “If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem, May My Right Hand Forget Its Cunning” in Hebrew, with lions on either side, surrounded by plants and flowers and pillars. Rare, unique item that survived the Shoah. Correction made later to the letter “kafsofi.” Light defects, generally good condition.
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.