Manuscript, 2 pages actually written by the holy hand of the ‘Holiest of Holies’ Rabbi Hayim Vital, the greatest student of the Arizal. Autograph from the book ‘Sefer HaPeulot.’
Two written pages in fancy, ordered Mizrahi handwriting, actually written by the holy hand of the ‘Holiest of Holies’ Rabbi Hayim Vital, the greatest student of the Arizal. Autograph from the book ‘Sefer HaPeulot.’ One of the greatest Kabbalists after the Ari (his teacher). | Each page is composed of two columns, each of which has 40 lines (total, around 160 lines of text). Of which, there are 14 segulot and remedies according to practical kabbalah. For headaches/migraines, toothaches, stings, and other more serious things.The Imrei Emet of Gur, whose library was one of the largest and most important in the Jewish world, possessed a manuscript of Rabbi Hayim Vital, and this is how he excitedly describes it: “The Great Rav Hayim Vital wrote this actually by hand in wonderful Sefardi handwriting 338 years ago.” | Before us is an incredibly important manuscript. It it so clearly written, and even moreso, merely possessing a page from the Sefer HaRefuot of the Maharhav written by him by hand constitutes a segula for one’s health and safety. Rabbi Hayim Vital (1542-1620), student of the Ari, the utmost authority on the philosophy of the Ari. It is famously said that the Ari said that everything that he brought to the world was done to be given to the Maharhav, so that it could be written by him, and in fact many sages would only trust what was written by the Maharhav, and not by other students of the Ari. HaHida says that his soul was greater than any of his generation (which is known as the generation of the worldly sages). Sheets of paper written on both sides,  pages, 19x15cm per page. Generally very good condition.
Old silver cup – Ukraine 18th century. Rare.
With delicate engraving of floral patterns, engraving of the words “Kos Shel Bracha MeShmirat,” probably referring to tzadikkim. Rare and special. Weight: 70g.
Large embroidered tapestry, “Rachel Our Mother,” probably Palestine, beginning of the 20th century.
To the sides are the Tablets. In the center is the figure of a woman, and an inscription of Zion inside a Star of David. At the bottom is “Rachel Imenu” and to the sides “If I Forget Thee O Jerusalem May My Right Hand Forget Its Cunning.” Size: 120x125cm.
Portraits of Admors – Lithograph. Rare.
Rabbi Yochanan of Rachmastrivka, Rabbi David of Tolna, Rabbi Aharon of Chernobyl, the Maggid of Trisk, Rabbi Yitzhak of Niesuchojeże, the Ba’al HaTanya, and Rabbi Yaakov Yitzhak of Makariv. Lithograph printing, in strong, lively colors. The portraits are surrounded by decorations of wonderful floral patterns. Breslau, Germany (today Poland). | Repairs with tape. Tears with slight bits missing. 50x40cm. Generally ok condition.
Pair of finials for a sefer torah plated in silver, Russian immigrants – Russia/USA
Tall finials (half a meter!), in shape of bell towers with two levels and a crown. At the top of the crown are lions bearing the Tablets, and on top is a crown witht a Star of David. The legs widen at the bottom. Each level has four bells hanging on birds. Floral pattern on each. Done by Russian immigrants to the United States. One bell is missing. Height: 47cm. Generally very good condition.
Chumash Or HaHayyim, copy of the Admor Rabbi Yisrael of Husiatyn.
Genesis, with the Or HaHayyim commentary. Printed by Segal, Lemberg 1862. Handsome copy from a prince of the Ruzhin dynasty, the Rahak Rabbi Yisrael of Husiatyn. Cover page has his stamp of ownership: “Book collection of Yisrael Friedman of Husiatyn.” The opening binding page has inscriptions done by hand by his son-in-law and successor, and quotes from the book Be’er Mayyim Haim on spiritual issues. And references—names to pray for written in the body of the book. The Admor Rabbi Yisrael Friedman of Husiatyn (1857-1948) was the son of Rabbi Mordechai Shraga Feivush of Husiatyn (2nd son of the Rahak of Ruzhin). Known as an elder of the Admorim, a miracle worker, and a holy person. He was among the few to expect the Shoah himself in all its terror, and told his followers strictly “anyone who can sell—sell, and whoever cannot—leave everything and run away, with only a jacket on your back” and “whoever has sense will run away, even only with house shoes on.” His special connection to the Or HaHayyim is testified to in this story: in 1942 the Germans were nearing the Land of Israel and a great fear gripped the Yishuv. The Rabbi went to pray in Jerusalem at the grave of the Or HaHayyim in light of the bad situation, and after saying psalms told the public that he saw Hashem lighting the grave and that it was a sign that “the enemy will not control our Land.” He would act modestly, but he preserved many regal things in his home (from his grandfather, the Rahak of Rozhin), and there were thousands of holy items in his home that he had inherited. | 186, 104, 59 pages. 28cm. Generally good condition.
Rare silver channukiyah – Nuremberg, 18/19th century
Made of stamped silver. Relief and casting work. The back has relief work of beautiful plants. The base has 8 stems for oil under a cover on a hinge. On both sides of the base are handles for carrying in the shape of leaves. The shamash is behind the back (missing). It stands on four corner legs. Height: 11cm. Width: 10.5cm. Depth: 6.5cm. Weight: 268g.
Silver breastplate for a sefer Torah – 20th century.
Decorated with relief work, hammering, cutting, and enamel. At the top is a pair of lions. In the center are the Tablets. Under them is a window for the holidays and a silver plate with “Yom Kippur”. On both sides are two columns (Yachin and Boaz). Around the breastplate are decorations of vines and flowers. In the shoulders are three bells. Includes a silver chain for hanging. Height: 32cm. Weight: 536g. Light defects. Generally very good condition.
Cloth poster in Hebrew for Umberto, King of Italy, 19th century. A historic item.
Large cloth poster in Hebrew to commemorate the reception of King Umberto when he came to dedicate a synagogue in Italy. In a double frame with the inscription “To King Umberto, the just and righteous, ‘Go and walk in the house of the Lord, and let our heavenly offering rise, and the angels of mercy go out to meet Him, and answer, and say, 'Come, come!'’. Around 130x150cm, generally ok to good condition.
Wedding Bracha card, by the Gaon Rabbi Moshe Gintz, Av Beit Din of Krastir, during the period of Rabbi Yeshay’le of Krastir, and author of the book Khut HaMeshulash.
Printed on cardboard, with mazal tov for the wedding. The Gaon Rabbi Moshe Gintz passed away in 1925, two months before his friend Rabbi Yeshay’le. Was a holy genius, and was especially known as an expert on divorce issues throughout Hungary—every difficult question related to divorce in Hungary and the surrounding countries would come to him. Famous for his Shabbat Shuva drash, which lasted 6 hours, and for the fact that he would cover his face during his drashot: the public would go home and eat a Shabbat meal, rest a little, and then return to the synagogue for the end of the drash, and he wouldn’t know who had come and gone. Only Rabbi Yeshay’le would stay for the whole drash. 7x10cm, generally very good condition.
Silver binding made from hand-done cutting work – Germany, 1866.
Tukkun HaSofer v’Koreh – Five Books of Torah for those reading from the Torah. Redelheim, 1866. Bound in leather binding covered in silver, cutting work with wonderful floral patterns, made by an artist. In the center of the front binding is a delicate engraving of flowers, with the letters “R,Y,D,A”. In the center of the rear is an engraving of the letters in German. 17x12.5cm. Generally good condition.
Manuscript ‘Tirgumim shel Pesach’ – Italy, 1847. Rare.
Translations of the haftaroth of the chaggim of Pesach abroad (1st, 2nd, 7th, 8th days). Sofer script, with vowels and ta’amim. Ink on thick paper. The quill was also used to draw a beautiful illustration of a symbol and the name of the sofer: “Pinchas Padua wrote in 1847.” Cardboard binding. Stains, small moth hole.  page. 20x15cm. Generally very good condition.
Large ketubah illustrated on klaf parchment. Gibraltar, 1875.
Illustrated with ink on klaf, written for the groom Yitzhak ben Rav Shlomo and the bride Luna bat Rav Avraham. The top has a handsome crown, and on either side in gold are two doves. Signatures of the groom and witnesses. Light stains. Given in a nice frame. Size of the klaf: 77x52cm. Generally good condition.
Large ketubah on klaf parchment with wonderful illustrations and a micrograph of Song of Songs. Siena, Italy – 1795.
Illustrated ketubah, ink on parchment. Written for the groom Yedidyah Yeshaya ben Yitzhak Galicci, and the bride Estehr bat Mordechai Nissim. Sofer handwriting, beautiful, surrounded by a colorful frame. Above and below are wonderful illustrations of a king and queen and their servants, and the walls of Jerusalem and David’s Citadel are in the background. There is another frame surrounding these drawings in a variety of colors. Around that is a micrograph of verses from the Song of Songs. It is possible that some of the drawings were done during a later period. Some stains and tears in the margins, without damage to text. Size 77x48cm, generally good condition.
Shiviti panel for a synagogue, two pieces, cast brass
The central portion is in the shape of a widening square, decorated with two lions holding a medallion with the verse: “Shiviti Hashem L’Negdi Tammid.” Background is fruit and plants. Inscription: “Know Before Whom You Stand, Before the King of Kings.” A smaller, additional portion, in the shape of a rainbow. Decorated with shapes of the Seven Species. Betzalel work. With listing (perhaps from later): Betzalel. Corrosion. Size: 53.5x19cm, 43.5x37cm. Generally good condition.
Lot, 30 sequential $1 bills given by the Lubavitcher Rebbe.
The first and last note the date they were received (19th of Kislev 1990), and the name of the receiver (Gorel). Sequential from B26125101J to B26125130J. Also numbered by hand from aleph to lamed. Very good condition.
Handsome besamim tower, stamped silver – Poland
Made of stamped silver , with engraving, cutting, and welding work. Designed in the shape of a ball on four arms. At the top is an additional, smaller ball. On top of which, inside a frame of leaves, is an eagle spreading its wings. Floral pattern on the all sides. Height: 25cm. Diameter: 8cm. Weight: 295g. Generally very good condition.
Megillat Esther ‘HaMelech” illustrated by hand by an artist in a variety of wonderful colors – one of the finest Megillot around
A special artistic creation – Megillat Esther HaMelech, ink on parchment, handwritten in beautiful sofer handwriting. Illustrated throughout by an artist with wonderful illustrations. Above the pages are illustrated scenes from the story taking place (in tandem with the text). Each page has a written column between two illustrated columns, like a gate, decorated with flowers intended to instill wonder. The tops of the columns have an arch, and their bottoms have marble. The illustrations are in living colors, rich and vibrant, and the dominant color is gold. The illustrations provide exciting and deep meaning to the events in the text. At the top of the megillah is a large illustration of Mordechai wearing kingly robes. | The megillah is composed of 6 pieces of parchment. 20 columns, 21 lines per column. Height: 40cm. Every page opens with the word “HaMelech.” | Attached is a summary of a computer editing test done by the Edah Hareidit. Included is an original case of the megillah made of carved wood with motifs of Purim. Generally very good condition.
Letter from the Rogochover Rav – Rabbi Yosef Ruzhin, Av Beit Din of Devinsk.
Long letter on postcards. From 1933. Sent from Devinsk, dealing with shaving one’s beard according to halacha. Most of his halachic answers would take one line or two. So this is rare—this one takes two pages, around 42 lines! Rabbi Yosef Ruzhin (1858-1936) was born in Rogatchov, by whose name he was known. In his youth he studied from Rabbi Yosef Dov Ber Soloveitchik, author of the Beit HaLevi. For over forty years he served as a chassidic rabbi in the city of Dvinsk, alongside Rabbi Meir Simchah HaCohen, author of the Ohr Sameach. He was known for his tremendous genius and his unparalleled phenomenal memory. | Postcards, 15x10cm, generally very good condition.
Rare letter handwritten and signed by the Tzaddik Rabbi Zundel Salant, the Gaon Rabbi Yeshaya Bardaki, and more. Jerusalem 1862.
To a group of rabbis and public leaders, from a group of Ashkenazi rabbis. Rabbi Yosef Zundel Salant (1786-1865) was father-in-law of Rabbi Shmuel Salant and student of rAbbi Haim of Volozhin. Founded the Mussar movement, and was the rabbi of Rav Yisrael fo Salant. Rabbi Yeshaya Bardaki (1790-1962) was born in Pinsk (father was Rabbi Issachar Dov Beer). In 1825 he moved to Israel, married the daughter of Rabbi Yisrael of Shklov, student of the Gra. When his father-in-law died in 1739 he led the Ashkenazi community of Jerusalem. Even princes and lords came to visit him, including a story of a prince of Austria who came and had to wait until he had finished his long prayer. The Austrian Emperor sent for him to pray on his behalf when he fell ill. He is the father-in-law of Rabbi Shmuel Salant. | The letter refers to issues of the Yishuv in Israel and money from abroad. 14x10cm. Generally very good condition.
Synagogue menorah made of bronze – Poland, 19th century.
8 numbered branches for candles. The menorah is connected to ceiling from the center via four chains connected to the base, designed in the middle with a carved bar. These are connected to the 8 branches, each of which was made, via sawing, into the shape of a deer, with decorations. Height: 70cm, width: 80cm. Generally very good condition.
Masechet Brachot, the copy of the Admor Rabbi Gedalya Moshe of Zvhil.
Two covers, printed by Argelbrand, Warsaw 1863. On the page before the first cover are stamps of ownership of Rabb Gedalya Moshe of Zvhil. On the page before the second cover is a handwritten listing of ownership by the tzaddik Rabbi Shlomo Pristick, son-in-law of the Admor Rabbi Gedalya Moshe. The Admor Rabbi Gedalya Moshe Goldman (1887-1949) was the 5th Admor of Zvhil. He was persecuted by the Soviet government and sentenced to seven years of hard labor in Siberia. It is said that he scolded the judges, saying that “One does not raise his finger from below unless it is decreed from above.” In 1937 he succeeded escaping from Russia, moved to Israel, and settled in Jerusalem. After his father died (Rabbi Shlomke of Zvhil), he began serving as Admor. He is buried in the Givat Ram cemetery. The grave has become a popular pilgrimage destination. | Rabbi Shlomo Pristik (1915-2016), son in law of the Admor, is known in Jerusalem by the name “the Rav Shloimaleh Der Milchger,” since he was a dairyman to earn money and hid his tzaddikut. He was extremely modest and ran from accolades. | Leather binding with golden inscriptions. Stains from moisture, no damage to text. Tears in the white margins. Stamps of ownership. 64; 88 pages. 23cm. Generally good condition.
Document of the Chayei Olam yeshiva signed by Jerusalem sages, including Rabbi Yehuda Leib Ashlag, the Ba’al HaSulam, and more.
3-page document, bearing the logo of the yeshiva, from 1924. Includes a list of scholarship recipients, the amount (interesting to see how much each received), and their signatures. Among the signatories are some geonim: Yosef Adler and his son Moshe Adler; Yehuda Leib Ashlag – the HaSulam; Yaakov Bernstein; Mordechai Goldman; Aharon Haltovsky; Moshe Yair Weinstock; Aryeh Mordechai Rabinowitz (71 signatures in total). | Thick paper, stains, light tears. Folded page divided into four, of which three are written on. 33x20cm each. Size of the roll: 40x33cm. Generally good condition.
Anti-Semitic walking stick. Europe, beginning of the 20th century.
Anti-Semitic walking stick with a bone handle carved into the shape of a Jew wearing a kippah, wrapped in a tallit. He has a beard and sidelocks. Length: 92cm. Light defect on his nose. Generally good condition.
Designed handwashing instrument, stamped silver – Israel, 20th century.
Decorated with hammer, cutting, and filigree work. In the center is a relief: “Al Netilat Yadayim.” The figures are delicate and the shape special, combines well with the mitzva of Netilat Yadayim, which symbolizes holiness and purity. Height: 15cm. Diameter: 11cm. Weight: 344g. Generally very good condition.
Siddur Keter Tefila, stamped dedication by the Admor HaRayatz of Lubavitch when he was in Otebsk. Historic item.
Siddur for all year long, with psalms. Printed by Rosencranz, Vilna. Around 2.5 weeks after the siddur was given out, the Tagblat newspaper reported that on the 18th of Elul, 1939, the refugee cetner was attacked by the Nazis and 10 children were killed, while 12 others were severely wounded. Newspaper copy is attached. The Rayatz stayed for medical reasons in Otwock (Otebsk). In 1939, a few days after the breakout of WWII, he left and returned to Warsaw, from which he was required to flee. He succeeded escaping. , 223; 34, 55 page; 68, 96 pages. 13cm. Good condition.
Set of 12 Jewish forks made of silver plated in gold – England.
Complete set, a dozen forks decorated at the top by a figure of Moses bearing the Ten Commandments. Each is stamped with three stamps. Created by Pearce & Sons, England. Given in a handsome wooden box covered in leather on the outside and velvet on the inside. Length: 18cm. Weight: 450g.
Psalms and Mishlei (Proverbs), Zhitomir 1857. Copy of the Admor Rabbi Menachem Mendel Hager of Vişeu, son of the AhavatYisrael of Vizhnitz, with listing of ownership in his holy handwriting, signed and stamped.
Book of Psalms and Proverbs. Printed by the Shapira brothers in Zhitomir, 1857. Cover page has a long ownership note of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Hager, the Rav of Vizhnitz and the Galil. The Admor Rabbi Menachem Mendel Hager of Vişeu (1885-1941) was the oldest son of the AhavatYisrael of Vizhnitz. Starting in 1908 he served as the Av Beit Din of Vizhnitz, according to the tradition in which the son of the Admor serves as a RavTza’ir. In 1921 he was appointed to be the rav of the city of Vişeu, where he established the Beit Yisrael yeshiva where more than 400 bachurim studied. After his father’s death, in 1936, he became Admor. He was among the heads of the AgudatYisrael, and a member of the Council of Torah Sages. His bones were brought for burial to Israel, and he is buried in the Admor section of the Vizhnitz cemetery. | Moth marks, teardrops without damage to text. New binding. | 344 pages, 28cm. Generally good condition.
Miniature book of Psalms – Pisa, 1816. Signature.
Includes special prayers for wealth, curing the ill, etc. Printed by Shmuel Molcho. Page before the cover has a dedication signed in an ancient Mizrahi handwriting (signature: “Shlomo Moshe Nissim MeAdumim—from the red”). Adumim = the De Rossi family (Rossi = red), is an ancient Jewish family in Italy. According to family tradition, the family was exiled to Rome together with 300 other families from Israel by Caesar Titus when he destroyed Jerusalem. Miniature edition. Original leather binding, inscribed. Page cutting in a dark color. Moth damage. 7x5cm. Generally ok to good condition.
Book of Psalms, Diglei Hodaya and Mitzvah v’Seder Ma’amadot Yerushalayim – Jozefof, 1875. Segula book! Rare cover.
By Rabbi Yehdua Yudel Landau of Jerusalem. 2 covers, the first in red letters (the Bibliography Institute notes that they did not ever see the first of the two covers). At the end are ma’amadot by the Rav of Aphtha (additional cover). Endorsements from Ashkenazi and Sfardi rabbis in Israel, Turkey, and Poland. Among them the Admor Rabbi David of Telna blessing the purchasers for a segula, and the Admor Rabbi Avraham the Maggid of Trisk. , 3-233 pages,  2-90 pages. 22cm. New binding. Light moth marks on a number of pages. Generally good condition.
Sefer Torah, written by hand on gvil parchment – Morocco, 19th century.
Sofer (Sfardi) handwriting, written with especially nice handwriting, uniform handwriting throughout. Ink on red gvil parchment (thick, soft leather),; they used all parts of the leather, and the inscription was done on the outside piece of the leather, which caused its unique color (brown-red). Given inside a case from a later period, cloth thread embroidery and silver on cardboard, with a dedication. Not sold as a kosher scroll. Height of the parchment: 54cm. Length of the text: 42 lines. 40cm. Generally ok condition.
Curtain from the holy grave of the Tanna Rabbi Meir Ba’al HaNes.
This curtain was placed over the grave of the Tanna, upon which multitudes of Jews have come to bare their hearts and bow upon it to pray over many years. The curtain is made from red velvet, with gilded decorations of stars, two lions, two peacocks, flowers, and a silver frame. In the center is a framed inscription. Size 240x205cm. Good condition, stains, the frame is defective.
Paint on cardboard. Arthur Szyk (1894-1951). A Canadian soldier subduing a Nazi soldier. Signed.
Signed in the lower right-hand corner. Measures 13.5x19cm, while the frame is 28x22cm. Generally good condition.
Oil painting on panel, “girl and old man next to a piano,” signed by the artist Jean Moreau, 19th century.
Girl on her knees turned towards her old father with a piece of sheet music in her hand. The father is sitting in his chair (no sign of life), his head resting back on a pillow, one hand drooped to the side and the other resting on the piano. The work is in a realistic style, probably Europe 19th century. Given in a nice wooden frame, with the engraved name of the artist. On the back is the signature of Lilien. The piece originated in the private collection of the artist Moshe Lilien. 55x45cm. Light defects to frame, generally good condition.
Glass plate. Moses Montefiore, England, 1884.
With the portrait of Sir Moses Montefiore, made to celebrate his 100th birthday (with a matching relief inscription on the surrounding edges). Diameter: 26.5cm. Light scratches. Good condition.
Luxurious Citron Box – Mahogany wood and ivory.
Carved wood with wonderful shapes of plants, winged animals, and grape clusters. On each of the four sides is a plaque made of beautiful ivory, carved into motifs from the holiday of sukkot. On the cover is a carving of ivory of the whole sukkah. Length: 18cm. Width: 15cm. Height: 16cm. Generally very good condition.
Hevrat Rochtzim tzedakah box made of iron – Europe, 19th century.
Cast iron, in the center is an engraving of “Hevrat Rochtzim.” Perforated lid (for putting coins inside), connected by an axis, with a tab for locking and a handle for carrying. The Hevrat Rochtzim are part of the Hevra Kadisha, their job is to wash the dead, every organ separately according to a special order, while saying verses from the Song of Songs. Height: 11cm, diameter: 8cm. Generally very good condition.
Miniature shiviti on parchment – the smallest ever found!
Sofer script, on parchment. In the middle is a Menaze’ach in the shape of a menorah, with holy names, kabbalistic symbols and letters. Given in a wooden frame covered in glass. Smudge of the ink in a number of places. Size of the klaf: 5x4cm. Including the frame: 12x14cm. Generally ok to good condition.
Two letters, in which the Lubavitcher Rebbe and the Chief Rabbi Ben Zion Hai Uziel correspond, framed together.
1. Letter from the Rebbe to the Rishon LeZion, on official letterhead from 1953, with corrections, additions, and signed by hand by the Rebbe. He blesses him. 2. Responding letter to the Rebbe, typed, also 1953. With long addition (5 lines) handwritten. Inside a nice wooden frame covered in glass. 40x29cm. Generally very good condition.
Judaica clock, Palestine, 1950s.
Table clock in the shape of a house, made of wood covered in hammered brass, with embossing of: lions, menorah, Herodian columns, crown, and flowers. With the aleph bet instead of numbers on the dial. Pendulum, at the base of which is a Star of David. On the top of the clock is an eagle spreading its wings. The mechanism of the clock still works, and there is a key for winding the mechanism. Height: 31cm. Width: 21cm. Depth: 9cm. Generally ok to good condition.
Basel Tanach, 1618-1619, 5 volumes. Includes a volume of Haftarot. Extremely rare, handsome copy.
Mikraot Gedolot, Torah/Neviim/Ketuvim with mesorah gedolah and more. Printed by Ludwig Koenig. Includes a volume of Haftarot with Radak’s commentary, Ashkenaz/Sfardi/local customs. , 228; , 234-441; , 442-705; 707-946; 7, ; 67 page, 67. . 38cm. 5 covers. The recording in the Mifal Bibliography writes “there are few copies that include the additional volume of Haftarot together with Radak’s commentary. This section was printed on its own for synagogues. New handsome leather bindings. Covers and pages are professionally repaired with no damage to text. Stains over time. Generally good condition.
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