Manuscript of practical and theoretical kabbalah, by Rabbi Avraham Heichini, student of Rabbi Yosef of Tarani, the Shot Maharit, and the right-hand man of the false messiah Shabtai Zvi—Turkey, 17th century. Rare, one of a kind item.
Manuscript of 30 pages, densely written. Some in Sefardi handwriting and other in block print.g Includes many kabbalistic illustrations. Handwriting of Rabbi Avraham Heichini, a great kabbalist of his generation. Twice appears his name, on page 23a and 29b. Shabtai Zvi would do many miracles through practical kabbalah. The manuscript before us is written by his right-hand man, and contains extremely rare kabbalistic texts. He was a great of his generation and a student of Rabbi Yosef of Tarani, the Shot Maharit. Authored a large commentary on the Tosefta, the first complete exegesis on the Tosefta ever written, but it is lost. He also dealt with piyyut and kabbalah according to the drashot of Rav Haim Vittel, which began to reach larger centers of Jewish thought in Kushta and Salonika. Many sages would write about him, and he was among many early sages who would be taken in by Shabtai before rejecting him. | This manuscript is accompanied by a signed certificate by a manuscript expert, Rav Shimon Schwartz, that the handwriting is in fact his. 30 pages. 22x16cm. Moth marks, folding in the margins. Generally good to very good condition.
Miniature sefertorah on gevil parchment, the smallest in the world! Includes a wood housing and a pair of silver finials (rimonim). Algeria, end of the 19th century.
Nicely handwritten, only 17cm. Height of the writing: 13cm. The smallest known in the world! Includes a wooden housing made by a woodcarving artist. At the top of the housing is a carving of 12 lyres (for the 12 tribes) and a delicate carving by hand of plants and flowers (professionally done). Height of the housing: 44cm. Includes a pair of decorated silver finials with flowers, hand done via hammer work, cutting, welding. Stamped with the name of the artist, C.L., and engraved dedication “dedicated to Hashem in memory of David Shitrit.” Height: 24cm. Weight: 602g. Most likely Algeria, end of the 19th/beginning of the 20th century. Very good condition.
Silver case for an amulet, Italy, 19th century.
Engraving, hammer, and welding work. In the center is the inscription Shadai, under which is an embossing of a bird. Decorated with plants and flowers. Width: 10cm. Length: 12.5cm. Weight: 140g. Very good condition.
Pretty besamim case with filigree work. Hungarian style, 20th century.
Made entirely by exacting handwork, with filigree, cutting, and welding work. Height: 34cm. Weight: 386g. Very good condition.
Housings for Tefillin, Brass. Germany, 19th century.
Two housings for tefillin, for the head and the arm. Made of brass, delicate engraving work on all four sides. The upper portion is also decorated with a circle, inside of which is a Star of David and at the center the letters shin and resh (for the head) and shin yud (for the hand). Height: 5cm. Length: 8cm. Width: 6cm Generally very good condition.
Handsome cup made of silver plated in gold. Nuremberg, beginning of the 17th century.
With a cover decorated with hammering work, enameling, and casting, filigree, and gilding. Inscription engraved from a later period around the lip of the cup: “In the first month on the 14th day of the month, Pesach.” Stamp of the location (N Nuremberg) and an additional stamp that was not identified. Height: 44cm. Diameter: 10cm. Weight: 592g. Diameter of the base: 9cm. Light defects, very good condition.
Carved ivory camel, the work of M. Murro, Bezalel, the beginning of the 20th century.
A rare carved ivory camel, the work of M. Murro, Bezalel, the beginning of the 20th century. The camel is marked in Hebrew 'Bezalel Jerusalem' and signed M. Murro. The camel is standing on a wooden base. There are fractures to the head and body (apparently made in the making).The camel is a unique and important artifact. Hight: 19cm. Width: 18cm. overall weight: 321g. Overall good condition. Moshe Murro (1888-1957) walked in the footsteps of Boris Schatz and Ze'ev Raban, taught and built the "Kamea" workshop in the school of Bezalel Jerusalem.
Pair of decorated finials for a sefertorah, silver covered in gold. Jerusalem, beginning of the 20th century.
Filigree work, Yemenite style. At the top is a gemstone. Built in three levels. Around each are 16 bells, and each bears the inscription: “in memory of Shimon ben Shalom Hamami.” Weight: 1038g. Height: 40cm. Jerusalem, beginning of the 20th century. Light defects. Generally very good condition.
Large, beautiful silver chanukkiyah. 20th century.
For hanging. Decorated with embossed reliefs, hammering, and drilling. Pair of sticks, and the spaces for candles are designed as the heads of lions. Center is an Ark, which opens an embossing of a chanukkiyah and two lions. To the sides are four pillars with oil jugs, inside which are flower bouquets. Decorated with floral and plant shapes, birds, and wild beasts. Russian stamp, probably not original. Width: 30cm. Height: 51cm. Weight: 5kg. One stick for Shabbat at the top is missing. Generally good condition.
Large, beautiful silver chanukkiyah. France, 20th century.
Hammering, welding, and metal twisting work. On the back are the Two Tablets. Stamp of the importer in the shape of a bird. This stamp was used between 1893-1970. 35x40cm. Weight: 895g. Missing the shamash. Light defect to the close of the Tablets. Generally very good condition.
Large, pretty breastplate for a sefertorah, made of silver (stamped). Beginning of the 20th century.
Decorated with hammering, casting, and enamel work. At the top is a crown and at the bottom are lions: one holding an oil jug and the other holding a bowl. Around are hammerings and embossings of curtains. A window with pillars. The window can be flipped, one side says Shavuot and the other Sukkot. Plants and floral patterns. Signature not identifiable. Height: around 32cm. Width: around 27.5cm. Weight: 1040g.
Pretty chair for Elijah the Prophet. Europe, 19th century. A rare item fit for a museum.
A rare and unique item, a chair for Elijah the Prophet from a synagogue in Europe. It is constructed with two seating spots decorated with handcarved wood, including an inscription engraved on one of the backs “this is Elijah’s chair”, and on the other “this is my brit that you will preserve.” In the center is a classic floral carving from the period. Chairs from the 19th century. These are rare, it is known of only a few in museums around the world. Accompanied by matching pillows and an additional pillow with the inscription “brit milah.” Height: 96cm. Width: 110cm. Depth: 45cm. Light defects. Generally good condition.
Handsome case for a mezuzah, made from silver. Morocco, end of the 19th century.
Sawing work covered in velvet an fabric on cardboard. At the top is S.D.I, under which is the name of the homeowner (“Esther Abuhatzira”). Decorations done artistically with cutting and sawing work of floral figures. Made entirely of silver, as we can see it is most likely from the noted Abuhatzira family. Size: 24.5x16cm. Weight: 207g. Rare. Generally very good condition. The “jata dal mezuzah” is a handsome cover used by the Jews of Morocco to cover the mezuzah at the entrance to the home. One of the most important Judaica items found in a Moroccan home. The wife would customarily bring it home with her after the chuppah and place it in the home.
Miniature silver carriage with filigree work. 20th century.
Driven by a pair of silver bulls made entirely with filigree work. Weight: 75g. Very good condition.
Manuscript of the book Machaneh Aharon. Written in the margins of volumes of the book Sefer HaZohar by hand by the kabbalist Rabbi Aharon Khiyun, the Machaneh Aharon—autograph with the signature of the author.
Zohar, section 1, on Genesis—Mantua printing. Copy of the kabbalist Rabbi Aharon Khiyun. Full of glosses, notes, and additions by hand. After his death, Yitzhak Avzamil of Egypt copied them into a book, and called it Machaneh Aharon (printed in Livorno, 1795, around 150 years after the death of the author). The first page opens (much as it was printed, with slight changes) with an introduction. The Machaneh Aharon was active in the 17th century in Jerusalem, was a dayan in the Rishyon LeZiyyon’s beit din and head of Jerusalem rabbis. Accompanied by a certificate of authenticity by Rav Shimon Schwartz. Original binding, partially disconnected. Slightly missing in the upper margins of pages 1-14, with minimal damage to text. Moth marks. Stains from time. 4 last pages are disconnected. 251, 14 pages. 21cm. Generally ok to good condition.
Manuscript chiddushei Maharam Shik, in his holy hand. Autographed by his beloved student – "Sofer HaMelech" Rabbi Asher Le'amil Schwartz, 1874-1876
Complete manuscript of Tractate Kiddushin, in part on Mashechot and in part on Sugyot. On the first page of the manuscript that serves as the cover page, his student Rabbi Asher Le'Amil writes: "In 1874 here in Khust I purchased this booklet to write in it… the great and famous gaonour teacher and Rabbi Moshe Shik… his student writes with great haste, "SafraDebei the holyRav Asher Le'Amil Schwartz", Rabbi Asher Le'Amil, who knew and recognized the great responsibility in being the one who passes on the torah of his teacher to the next generations. He tried to be precise, even writing the dates of certain lessons. An example: [Page 45 Page 1] writes "which we learned in the winter of 1874" and signed with his name "the holy Asher Le'Amil Schwartz", or [Page 65] "until here the Rabbi spoke and continued to expound, and I did not copy, the words of the one described khust day 5, 1876 by the holy Asher Le'Amil Schwartz." As the manuscript confirms, the MaharamShik signed at the top of the manuscript his name in his handwriting. The manuscript before us is the original source of which a large number of Chiddushim excerpts were printed from Hamaharam Shik, (see the introduction to Chiddushei Maharam Shik on Masechet Kiddushin: "they were written…by the authors of the king… R. Yitzchak Teitelbaum… and R. Asher Le'Amil Schwartz"). At the end of his life, the MaharamShik used his two disciples as "the king's novelists", because his eyes darkened and he could not see. As he writes in his book MaharamShik's response, Section 1, chapter 32: "When I came from the city of Va'an, for I was there to ask and inquire with doctors to find a cure and remedy for my eyes, but to my great dismay I did not find." And in the introduction to his ChiddusheiAggadot on Masechet Avot: writes his great grandson Rabbi Mordechai Zvisegel Prager: "In the end of his life he suffered a great deal, for his eyes were dimmed." And when Rav Wezner Z"l was shown the manuscript in 5734, from great fondness of the manuscript, he wrote a long letter [attached], in which he writes, among other things, "and he bound Chiddushei Maharam Shik… the wonders of the teachings of the gaonz"l… and I did not come only as a joining member of thegaon Rabbis [Badatz the Eda Haredit, the Admor of Vizhnitz, Rabbi Shach, the Steipler, and others]. Which attest that the holy writings are true and stable… R. Asher Le'Amil, the copyist and writer lived, and the response of his teacher at the end of his days in particular, for now the gaon Segi Nehor… as famous and when our forefathers told us." As was said, for when his grandson Rabbi Chaim Zvi Schwartz from BneiBrak, as the manuscript was hidden in the family Gniza about a century.In 1974 he presented the manuscript to the greatest of the generation, all of them writing letters of enthusiastic approval and agreement [attached]. His grandson says in his name. "When my grandfather entered the Steipler's palace to show him the manuscript, the Steipler wrote an agreement, and when he left the room the Steipler called him back and added the word "Maran" to the name of the Maharam Shik. Indeed, we can see that the word Maran was added later. | Rabbi Moshe Shik - Maharam Shik [1807-1879], Av Beit Din of Yergin and Khust and Rosh Yeshiva there, the distinct disciple of the Chatam Sofer, who would affectionately call him "Meinar Aron Sefarim." And continues the ways of his Rabbi in the war against compromises in reform, his letter is known of which he wrote about them: "According to the religion of our Holy Torah, because they were heretical against the Torah from heaven, as many of their words and books of the kind testify, they are not Jews and as complete Gentiles." He was the leader of Hungarian Jewry after the Chatam Sofer, and after his death they eulogized "from Moshe (the Chatam Sofer) until Moshe (Maharam Shik) another did not rise up as Moses." His books - Responsa and Chiddushim glorify the eastern wall of Torah literature from all times. | Due to the spread of the manuscript writing over three years, the shape of the pages vary, some of them divided into two pages and some in full pages. And the ink color varies from blue to black. Cover with imprinted words in gold color. Blemished cover. Adhesion without damage to the text. A few of the pages are detached. | Specifications: A. Manuscript 140 pages, 34 cm General condition: Good-Very good
Manuscript of Lechem Shalom—a book of segulot. Yemen, 16th century. Possibly the manuscript of one of the greatest kabbalistic sages of Yemen, Rabbi Shalom HaKarchi.
Ink on thick, dark, quality paper, with wide margins. Nice manuscript, straight and divided into chapters and with headings. The books were authored by two of the generation’s greatest kabbalists: Shalom HaKarchi and RShlomo bar David HaKohen, following the awakening of kabbalah that took place at the beginning of the 16th century. No known handwriting of his exists so no comparison could be made. The manuscript underwent professional restoration. No cover page. Missing a bit of text on some pages. New, handsome leather binding. 23x16cm. Generally good condition.
Hand Made illustrated Ketubah on parchment, Florence, Italy, 1780.
Hand Made illustrated Ketubah on parchment, Florence, Italy, 1780. The names of the groom, the bride and the witnesses are written in Hebrew. Around the Ketubah there are drawings of plant and flowers, the upper part is decorated with a drawing of Hand washing ritual (Netilat Yadayim) and the hand of a groom with the bride's ring. The bottom part of the Ketubah is decorated with scenes of feast and merriment. Some of the drawings were probably added later than the time of the writing. Size: 48X70cm. the Ketubah is in a new matching frame.
Silver crown for a sefertorah. France, 19th century.
Casting work with hammering and embossing. Inlaid with gemstones and leaves covered in gold. Stamp FC on the base of the crown (Francis Cholerton, who worked between 1896-1899). At the top is a silver ball covered in gold, above which sits a silver bird. Diameter: 15cm. Height: 26cm approximately. Weight: 624g. Small hole in the neck of the ball. Generally good condition.
Lot of 3 books, Shapira printing, Zhitomir. Also a polemic on chassidut, “Divrei Noam.” Bound together, rare.
1. Kohelet Moshe, chiddushim and pilpulim by Rabbi Moshe bar Avraham HaKohen from Chodnow, next to Berdichov. Printed by the Shapira brothers, grandchildren of the SlavitaRav, 1849. 2. SeferHaYashar by Rabbeinu Tam ba’alHaTosafot, a book of mussar. 1847. 3.. Alfa Beta—by the Admor Rabbi Zvi Hirsch of Nadvorna. 1848. 4. Imrei Noam, with an argument between the Admor Rabbi Yaakov Shimshon of Spitovka and Rabbi Yehezkel Landau of Prague (the NodahB’Yehuda) (with the addition of a pamphlet “Ma’asehYeshurun”). Printed by Rabbi Meir Yehiel Halter, Warsaw 1892. Has signatures of ownership and many notes that were not checked. On the last page is a handdrawn illustration. Very good condition.
Megillat Esther in a handsome silver housing, Europe, beginning of the 20th century.
The silver housing is decorated with engraving, embossing, and hammer work. The base is decorated with plants and floral images. The case has decorations of scenes from the megillah: Achashverosh stretching his golden staff out to Esther, Esther’s party, Haman taking Mordechai on a horse. Very handsome handle. Diameter of the base: 20cm. The body: 10cm. Height: 63.5cm. Weight including the megillah: 2.136kg. Good condition.
Saragossa Megillah colored and illustrated with ink on klaf parchment—Spain, 19th century. Extremely rare item.
Sofer handwriting in ink, illustrated using a variety of colors. At the beginning is an illustrated tail, under each column is illustrated a scene from the megillah (see below). Each column is surrounded by an illustrated frame with gates, oil jugs, and plants. They use pastel colors that withstand the test of time—Illustrations that are hundreds of years old remain as fresh as the day they were drawn. Purim Saragossa is a day of thanks celebrated on 18th of Shvat, in order to note the miracle that took place in 1380 or 1420 in Saragossa (Spain). It is also called Purim Sheni. The miracle was written about in a special megillah read as a celebration on this holiday. The event took place when the king, called Sargosanos in the megillah, came to the city—Jews came out to bless him while holding sifreitorah from 12 synagogues in the city. At a certain point the rabbis decided that in order to preserve the sanctity of the sfarim, the reception would only take place with the empty cases, while the books themselves would remain in the synagogues. A convert named Marcus told the king, who was furious, but who decided not to punish the Jews without checking first to confirm their guilt. He went to Saragossa accompanied by Marcus, and decided that when the Jews came out to receive him, he would order them to open the cases suddenly and see if it was the truth. In the night before the visit, Elijah the Prophet appeared in a dream shared by the gabbays of the 12 shuls, and ordered them to return the sifreitorah to the cases. The next day when the king suddenly asked them to open the cases, he found the books inside. He ordered Marcus hanged, and the Jewish community was saved. The miracle was written in a special megillah read in synagogues of emigrants from Saragossa every 18th of Shvat. Every time Marcus’s name was read, people would make noise using noisemakers and would stamp on the floor. In the Sefardi shul of Nahalat Shiva in the center of Jerusalem, the tradition is to, at the end of Arvit of Friday night, to open the Ark and show the place where the reading will begin the next day, a unique tradition whose roots lie in the Miracle of Saragossa. Dimensions: Height: 15cm, length: around 135cm. 2 pieces of parchment, 10 columns. Generally very good condition.
Miniature mezuzah of 9k gold, including a matching 2.5cm mezuzah scroll. Europe, end of the 19th century.
Possibly the smallest in the world. Housing is made of 9k gold with a window. Height of the housing: 3cm. Total weight: 2g. Excellent condition.
Miniature mezuzah inside a silver and glass housing, probably 19th century, Italy.
Embossing and hammering work, above which is a medallion with the engraving S.D.I. In the center is a glass plate through which the parchment can be viewed. Size: 5.5x7cm. Weight: 33g. Generally very good condition.
Letter from the Gaon Rabbi Aharon Kotler—with his handwriting and signature.
Printed on typewriter, official letterhead of the Lakewood yeshiva. From 1961. To Rav Yitzhak Bonim, Rav of the Beit Yaakov Ohev Shalom synagogue in Brooklyn. He thanks and blesses him for his work. He prophecies that the Lakewood yeshiva would expand the generation of Torah in this generation—when he wrote it there were only 100 students, today there are more than 10,000. Second largest in the world. He lived 1892-1963, was president of the Council of Torah Sages and founder of Olam HaTorah in the United States. Head of Kaltzak yeshiva in Poland, and then founded and headed the Lakewood yeshiva. Hole punch. Marks from folding. Generally very good condition.
Letter from Rabbi Hillel Ginzburg, grandson and follower of the Chafetz Haim.
Official letterhead, handwritten and signed. Sent from Radin in 1933, 6 months before the Chafetz Haim’s death. Long letter with details about events from the period and the situation at the yeshiva. He was a close follower and assistant for the Chafetz Haim, manager of the yeshiva in Radin. Took upon himself to spread the Mishnah Berurah, Chafetz Haim, and others. Folding marks. Tears without missing text. 20x26cm. Generally good condition.
Lamp for a synagogue, made of silver. Europe, 19th century.
18 pieces that can be taken apart: 6 candleholders with bowls for the wax to drip into, among them are 5 flower holders. 6 shoe decorations. Silver ball connects the candleholders to the upper level. At the top is a bird. The lamp is hung from the ceiling with a chain. Width: 25cm. Height: 27cm. Weight: 1.305kg. very good condition.
Curtain and textile set for a synagogue. Holland, 1928.
1. Handsome, decorated curtain made with colorful embroidery and silver threats in 3 sections, an upper cover with a dedication “donated by Rabbi Yosef Shlomo bar Moshe Pattlitzer and his wife Mrs. Sarah bat RavNatan of The Hague.” Throughout two sections that open over the Holy Ark are decorations of plants and flowers. Star of David and more. Total length: 2.40m. Width: 1.50m. 2. Cover for the blessing of the Torah, including an embroidered inscription “Torat Hashem Temima” around a decoration of flowers made from silver trhead. 65x50cm. 3. Pocket cloth for a shtender (probably for the synagogue’s rabbi), including an embroidered inscription and decorations of plants from silver thread. 40x30cm. Very good condition.
Set of 6 tools for purifying the dead—Hevra Kadisha of Zidichov. A gift from the Rabbanit of Zidichov.
A main ring for hanging the tools, to which are connected with chains: a comb decorated with flowers and an engraving with the words “this is given by the Rabbanit Chaya BruriyaEichenstein, wife of Isaac Eichenstein” (the AdmorRav Yitzhak Isaac of Zichichov). Scissors and other tools used by the Hevra Kadisha to purify the dead. Rabbi Yitzhak Isaac Eichenstein of Zidichov (1805-1873) was an Admor from the 2nd generationof Zidichov. Born in Galicia to Rabbi Issachar BarishEichenstein of Zidichov, and married the daughter of Rabbi Eliyahu Levinger. Was a student of his uncle, Rabbi Zvi Hirsch of Zidichov, founder of the Chassidic movement. After Rabbi Zvi Hirsch’s death, Rabbi Issachar Barish succeeded him, followed by Rabbi Moshe of Sambor and his son-in-law Rabbi Yehuda Zvi of Razla. After their deaths Rabbi Yitzhak Isaac begin to serve as Admor (in 1855) under the order of Rabbi Yisrael of Ruzhin. He was known as a great Torah and Chassidic sage, and under his leadership the chassidut expanded greatly. Like his uncle and the tradition of the Chassidic movement, he dealt a lot with Zohar and Kabbalah, and his books were written according to the Kabbalistic philosophy of the Ari. He is one of the most recognizable Kabbalistic Chassidic thinkers. Many chassidim came to him, including important rabbis and Admors. His direct student was Rabbi Yosef Meir Weiss of Spinka, founder of the Spinkachassidut. His sons and descendants served as Admorim of Zidichov and in additional towns. Because of his great esteem, and the fact that many Admorim were his students, many Zidichov traditions made their way into additional Chassidic movements, including Tash, Kassan, Spinka, Komarna, Kaliv. Many niggunim survive that originate in Zidichov, including in Belz and Munkatch. He composed the Mahari commentary and Likkutei Torah. All five of his sons served in the rabbinate. Generally good condition.
Bnei Issachar, with a long handwritten dedication, signature, and stamp of Rabbi Moshe Greenwald of Khust, the Arugat HaBosem.
Two sections in one volume, from Rabbi Zvi Elimelech of Dinov. Published by the book publisher of Meir Yehuda Katina in Khust with Munkatch 1905. With a long (5 line) dedication on the cover page above and to the side, by the gaon Rabbi Moshe Greenwald, rabbi of Khust and the Arugat HaBosem, to his student and disciple Rav Avraham Rosenberg in honor of his marriage. A long dedication, he blesses him on his marriage. He lived 1853-1910, was a rabbi of Khust and a sage of Hungary, a student of the Katav Sofer in Pressburg together with his friend Rabbi Yosef Haim Zonenfeld. A chassid, he would travel to the Admorim of Belz, Sinoa, and Sighet. His yeshiva was one of the largest in Hungary. Students from all over the country and outside it, even the United States, came to him. Father of the famous Chassidic Papa line, with hundreds of families in New York and Jerusalem (his son is Rabbi Yaakov Yehezka Greenwald, Av Beit Din of Papa, and his grandson is Admor Rabbi Yosef Greenwald of Papa, last rabbi of Papa in Hungary, after the Shoah it was moved to the USA, where it still is). Stains, a tear without missing text in the cover.  pages disconnected. 128 pages. 24cm. Generally good condition.
. SeferHaNitzachon—first edition. Altdorf, 1644. Bound together with another two books and a theological debate. Many notes. Extremely rare.
Liber Nizachon Rabbi Lipmanni, the Book of Victory, answers to Christian claims against Judaism, “for victory against the Sadducees and Christians, forever pondering and mocking, printed here in the Altdorf yeshiva with great interest.” Before us is a complete copy, with two sections: Hebrew and Latin. Two covers, the first is illustrated, made with a wonderful engraving with three levels, telling the history of the world in 6000 years. The second cover is in Latin. Introduction in Latin. By Rabbi Yom Tov Lipman Milhausen (also called Tavyomi, died in 1440), a rabbi and posek halacha in Prague and at the end of his life in Erfurt. Philosopher and a polemicist against Christianity. In Elul 1399, a Christian plot was stirred against the Jews of Prague. Rabbi Yom Tov Lipman was forced to carry out a public debate against a converted Jew named Peter. The rabbi won the debate, but in Elul of the year after the debate 80 Jews from Prague were taken out and murdered. The book before us is a history of the debate with that convert. The many glosses in the book are from the period printing, with signatures of ownership. Preserved leather binding with rings. Remains of fasteners. Page cuttings in gold with artistic engravings. | , 512, ; , 312; , 377,  page. 20cm. Generally very good condition.
Handsome decoration for a Holy Ark made of wood. Jerusalem, 1938.
Woodcarving, colorful sections. At the top is the name of G-d, above a Star of David and a Torah crown, in the center are the Ten Commandments, with an embossed relief of the commandments in silver. Above the commandments on the tablets are grapevines. To the right and left are floral bouqets with inscriptions. Height: 43cm. Length: 120cm. The color is faded in a number of places, and the letter vav in “Lo Tignov” (Do not Steal) is missing. Generally good condition.
Large, bulky plate with Damascene work. Israel, 20th century.
Brass and copper. The plate is decorated with plants. At the top are two lions holding the Ten Commandments with a Star of David on their heads. At the sides are two menorahs with 7 stems and Stars of David. In the center of the plate is a large illustration of the Western Wall with people praying. To the right is a Star of David and the left a view of Jehoshaphat and YadAvshalom. At the bottom are two deer, with the Damascus Gate. The places are identifiable from an inscription. Diameter: 89cm.
Pesach Seder plate from porcelain, stamped. Italy, 20th century.
In the center is a relief of a Star of David, and in the margins are reliefs of pretty illustrations of the Ten Plagues and the names of the items put on the plate, in wonderful colors. The edges and decorations are gilded. On the back is the stamp: 5001 Italy N, and a symbol of a crown. Ring for hanging. | Scratch in the center of the plate. Diameter: 25.5cm. Generally good condition.
Silver Etrog box—Germany, 19th century.
Oval-shaped box, with decorations done via embossed relief, hammering, welding, and engraving. The box cover has a hinge with a pretty handle. The cover is decorated with an engraving of the verse regarding the taking of the Etrog with the other Species. The box has two handles and four legs. The front side of the box has a relief, and on the back a note with the year 1892. Len gth: 19cm. Width: 11cm. Height: 14cm. Weight: 419g. Small crack on the handles. Generally good condition.
9k gold miniature box for besamim. 20th century.
Decorated with filigree work and with a gemstone placed in the cover, engraving “BorehMineiBesamim.” Weight: 38g. 3x5x1.8cm. Possibly Israel, 20th century. Good condition.
Tzedakah box made of painted wood. Calcutta, India, 1896.
Made from wood and leather. Decorated with colorful illustrations and wood carvings. In the center is a verse. Around the box are colorful illustrations of tigers, fish, peacocks, and motifs of plants in a variety of colors. Has a leather closure in red and black, connected via tacks to the opening and closes with a string. Bottom has a signature “Calcutta.” Height: 26cm. Width: 13cm. Good condition.
Printed amulet for success, financial wealth, and preservation—by the Yismach Moshe. Extremely rare.
Original printed amulet, a great segulah. Checked and trusted. By the Gaon Rabbi Moshe Teitelbaum, the Avdak Ohel in Ungaran. Verses as were traditionally written on parchment, bakashot and additions of letters. Instruction to hang it from a window or door. Original copy, old. 17x15cm. Tears in the margins. Generally ok to good condition.
Ilan amulet on parchment.
Long and narrow amulet written in ink on parchment with kabbalistic additions and illustrations. Including a menorah and ilan. End of the 19th, beginning of the 20th century. Length: 80cm. Width: 5cm. Light creases in the parchment, ink smudged a little at the beginning. Generally very good condition.
Seder bowl made from silver, handsomely decorated.
Embossing and hammering work with fruit, plants, and geometric shapes. In the center is a wonderful embossing of Moses holding the Ten Commandments in his hands (it appears that the artist worked hard to emboss Moses’s figure, perhaps since his name is never mentioned in the Haggadah). Around are inscriptions of the items that go in the bowl, with smaller impressions to put the items in. Diameter: 37cm. Weight: 380g. Generally very good condition.
Rambam, Venice 1551. With a handwritten note by Rabbi Betzalel Ashkenazi, the Shita Mekubetzet and rabbi of the Ari.
Mishnah Torah of the Rambam, first section. Books: Science, Love, and Time. Combination of two editions of Venice printings—Jushtenian and Bragadin. With many handwritten glosses in Mizrahi handwriting (dated to the 16th century). The 7th chapter of halachot brachot (page 67(1)). 7 lined gloss, handwritten by Rabbi Betzalel Ashkenazi, who together with his students fixed the foundational Jewish texts, the Bavli and Yerushalmi talmuds, Rambam, and Rif. He lived approximately from 1520-1594. Was a student of Rabbi Yisrael Najara and rabbi of the Ari. Rabbi Yisrael Najara eulogized his student thusly: “A holy man of God.” His book Shita Mekubetzet was one of the most important books for all those studying gemara, and never left the tables of Torah sages. Until lately, it was traditional to give a bar mitzvah boy a copy, and a copy of the Shas for his wedding. Accompanied by a certificate signed by an expert on manuscripts, Rav Shimon Schwartz, on the identity of the gloss’s author. Bound in new leather binding, handsome. Some of the pages are repaired. No cover page. 3-224 pages. 42cm. Generally good condition.
Shofar for Rosh Hashanah decorated with engraving and carving work. Europe, beginning of the 20th century.
From a light ram’s horn, as was in use in synagogues of Europe. Decorated by hand, on one side is a nice image of the Western Wall and the inscription “you shall blow the shofar that month.” On the other side is the Binding of Isaac and the inscription “BichaseL’YomChageinu.” Probably made in Europe. Generally very good condition.
Song of Songs written, colored, and illustrated on parchment. 2001. Unique, wonderfully pretty item.
Beautiful handwriting, with wonderful illustrations, done by the artist Yaakov Daniel. On the cover is a circular inscription of “ShirHaShirim” and in the center are a bride and groom surrounded by flowers in all colors. Inscribed in sofer script “written by Y. Daniel, in the holy city of Jerusalem, 2001.” On each page around the text are wonderful illustrations of plants. People and animals. At the beginning of each chapter is a colorful frame with the letter (number) of the chapter. 4 wonderful illustrations between the chapters as well. In total, 22 pages. Handsome leather binding. 17x27cm. Excellent condition.
Table clock made of wood, brass, bone. 20th century.
At the top is a brass eagle. On either side on columns are lions, and on the columns are two angels made of bone. The clock has a brass frame made with cutting work. The face of the clock has the engraving of a Star of David and the engraving “Zion.” Around the watch are the letters of the alef bet on parchment, added later. The mechanism is hand-twisted (not checked if it works). Dimensions: 14x13x4cm. Generally good condition.
Miniature Tanach, 3.2x2.5cm, with copper binding. Warsaw, end of the 19th century.
In the center of the binding is a glass window. Decorations of flowers and plants on the front and back. On the spine is the inscription “Tanach” engraved. Probably Warsaw. Missing the closure. Light defects. Generally good condition.
Responsa handwritten and signed by the Gaon Rabbi Yosef Shaul Natanson, Av Beit Din of Lemberg, the Shoel u’Meishiv, to a halakhic question from Rabbi Shabbtai of Tchata, a student of the Chatam Sofer.
Relatively long response, 5 lines and around 80 words, handwritten and signed. The question spans three largest columns, on “one person is believed on issurim.” From 1873, around a year befor Rabbi Natanson’s death. He lived 1808-1875, was Av Beit Din of Lviv (Lemberg), the largest and most central community of Galicia. The Chatam Sofer called him a Gaon, and the Divrei Haim of Sanz also appreciated him.  roll of paper, divided into 4 pages, 28x22cm each. 3 are written on. 1 with the address and signature of the postal service. Signs of folding, light tears, generally good condition.