1. Masechet Hulin, printed by the Shapira brothers, Rabbi Hanina Lifa and Rabbi Yehoshua Heschel,
grandsons of the Slavita Rav. Zhitomir 1861. Two covers in red ink. Heavy moth damage. Bad condition.
2. Masechet Bekhorot, Archin, Temura, Kritot, Meila. Separate cover for each masechet, printed by the same
as above. Zhitomir 1860. Heavy moth damage, bad condition.
Atzei Levona on the Shulchan Aruch, Yoreh De’ah, by Rabbi Nissan ben Rabbi Aharon of Dovna. Signature of ownership: “Wolf Wexler.” Binding a little worn, various listings. Generally good condition. Rabbi Binyamin Ze’ev (Wolf) Wexler was the son of Rabbi Moshe and grandson of Rabbi Baruch Frankel-Teumim (the Baruch Ta’am of Leipnik—father-in-law of the Divrei Haim of Sanz) and grandson of Rabbi Mordechai Zeev Lvov Orenstein of Lemberg, and on his mother’s side grandson of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Lazer (the Shove’ah Smachot). Rabbi Binyamin Zeev Wexler was a clear talmid chacham from Tarna. His son-in-law is Rabbi Yehiel Michal Hundler of Tarnov (1908-1942), son of Rabbi Shlomo, a sage of Galicia in his generation, called the Imrei Cohen.
1. Siddur for everyday, Sefardi tradition, translated into Persian, called “Avodat HaTammid”, first section, printed in Jerusalem in 1908, by HaRin Levi. Every page has Judeo-Persian in the bottom half. Stamps of the “Va’ad of Immigrants from Mashhad to Jerusalem” and “Mashhad Jewish Synagogue in Tehran.” 4, 376 pages. Pages a little disconnected, small tears without damage to text. Generally ok to good condition.
2. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur—piyyutim for the High Holidays, translated into Persian. Printed by Aviv Jerusalem 1929. Various notes and corrections by hand. First page disconnected, stains and signs of use. 2, 238, 3 pages. Generally good condition. Worn binding.
3. Khiyat el-Iyam (=Hai HaYamim), songs in Persian by Rabbi Haim Elazar Mizrahi (Tehran 1858 – Jerusalem 1909), printed in Jerusalem 1907. Cover and last page disconnected and defective, fragile paper, various stains. 3, 29 pages. Bound together with Shirei Na’im, prayers and piyyutim for shabbatot and holidays, translation of the Pesach Haggadah to Persian. Index page, 1-56 (missing cover and pages 57-60). Stains and tears, generally ok to good condition.
Drashot by Rabbi Refael Haim Moshe ibn Naim, Chief Rabbi of Gibraltar, student of the Dvash. On the back of the binding is a printed dedication with an additional handwritten remark from the author “to our friend, the great Moshe Ovadia…” Two last pages are missing, tears and defects mainly at the edges, generally ok to good condition.
“Stories from the Megillah” in Yiddish, by Hirsch Rivkin. A rare book! Two first pages seem to be missing. 1 page, 33, 1. Tear on the last page with the illustration of the Holy of Holies. Front binding has a tear. Cover with tear, partially disconnected. Apart from these, very good condition.
The first text has three drashot on each parshah of the Torah, bound together with Dvar Shmuel, which is a commentary on the writings of Razal on Dvarim Raba. Both are by Rabbi Shmuel Hagiz, printed by Di Gara (Venice). Mevakesh Hashem has no cover, begins on 85-87, 89-104, 109-113, 116, 121-192, 197 until the end (259), including indices (8 pages, unnumbered). Dvar Shmuel—from the cover (inclusive) to page 19. Not bound, moth damage, pages disconnected. Generally ok condition.
Q&A and some sugiyot and writings on the Ba’al HaTurim, by Rabbi Shabtai ben Yona, a sage of Salonika, and student of the Lehem Mishneh. Missing the cover and two first pages with indices. 1, 140 pages. Lots of moth damage, tears with tape, filled in by hand in a number of places. Corrections and notes in an old handwriting, matches the period of printing. Generally bad to ok condition.
By Rabbi Haim Benvenisti—second edition of this section. No cover. 2-196 pages. Stains and signs of use. Generally good condition. Various signatures of ownership and notes, not thoroughly checked, partially reproduced here. First page has the stamp of “Haim Gold, aka Gorlitzer, here in Krakow [a dayan in Krakow]” with an additional faded signature of “Shlomo Katz…”. Second page has signature of ownership of “Shimon Betzalel Naiman” [equated with the signature of Rabbi Shimon Betzalel Naiman of Tarnov (1860-1942), son of Rabbi Meir Zvi—the Yalkut HaRo’im, who grew up with his grandfather Rabbi Yisrael Naiman of Krakow and perished in the Shoah]. Listings of ownership and other notes on the back of the binding, blank front page, and last page; we identified: “Natan Neta bar Yitzhak Isaac” [probably Rabbi Natan Neta Landau of Ushpizin, who served as the Rabbi of Berdiyov, son of Rabbi Yitzhak Isaac of Dokla] and other notes from members of the Landau of Dokla family and the Katz family. Additionally: “Zvi Hirsch Ivshitz ben Rav Yonatan of Krakow” [probably the grandson of the brother of Rabbi Yonatan Ivshitz]. And more.
Commentary on Midrash Raba of the Megillot: Ruth, Esther, Lamentations. By Rabbi Shmuel Yafeh Ashkenazi (1525-1595), a sage of the Ottoman Empire in the 16th century and leader of the Ashkenazi community in Constantinople. Gutshalk printing. Beautiful wood engraved illustration on the cover. 3, 29, 31, 52 [supposed to be 55—the last page is mis-numbered 52] pages. Pages disconnected. Moth damage. 32cm. Ok to good condition. Worn binding.
With Darchei Moshe and Be’er HaGola, small format (16cm). Without the illustrated cover, 23, 266, 2 pages. Some of the pages are not bound in their proper places, probably missing a number of pages, tears and various defects. Rebound including repairs to the cover page. Generally good condition.
First section from Sefer HaOlamot (also known as Ma’aseh Tuvya), about the foundations of faith, the nature of the world, cosmography, astronomy, and geography. Illustrated cover made from a wood carving, and a number of wood engravings throughout the book, by Rabbi Tuvya HaRofeh from Metz. Copy before us has the four first pages and goes until 69 [in the original it went until 122]. Tear with damage to text on one of the pages, repaired professionally, cover page professionally repaired in the corners, with old signatures and listings of ownership: “I bought it on Rosh Hashanah 1821, Haim Voyel of Schwartzentz,” “Yitzhak Yehuda Prustig” and an additional signature “Itzik…” which is unreadable. Long and interesting gloss that wasn’t checked thoroughly. Generally good condition. New cardboard binding.
With illustrated cover bearing engravings of Moses and Aharon, babies, and various decorations. Cover page is torn and partially missing. 1, 166 pages. Moth damage, various tears, pages disconnected, no binding. Generally ok condition.
Psalms, Proverbs, Job, Daniel, Ezra, Nechemiya, and Divrei Yamim. Printed by Avraham ben Hisish, grandson of Refael Hizkiyahu Atias. 150, 6 page. Without binding, moth damage, tears, stains, signs of use (mainly in Psalms), and various damage from wear. Generally ok condition.
Also called Yelamdenu, a midrash on the Five Books of Torah, printed by Shlomo Propus. Old binding with spine and corners made of leather, first pages and last page have tears that are taped, with damage to text. Apart from this there are light stains, generally good condition.
By Rabbi Binyamin ben Shaul HaLevi Katznelbogen. Chiddushei halachot on masechtot brachot, shabbat, pesachim, beitza, Megillah, Bava Metziya, Bava Batra, and Hulin. Endorsements of rabbis from Lithuania, Frankfurt, Krastin, Lisa, and more. , 55 pages. Old cardboard binding, reinforcement with tape, damage to text on a number of lines at the bottom of the page and in the middle, most of the pages of the book and on the cover. Stains. Generally ok to good condition.
Commentary on the Zohar by the kabbalist Rabbi Shalom Buzaglo, a sage of Sali. First and only edition. Printed by Johann Janson and Yisrael Mondovi. Interesting signature, not checked, on the cover. Old leather binding. Small tears, a little moth holes, 4, 116, including an addition from 117-136 (page 137, last page, is missing) and a list of errors (1-4; page 5 is missing). 19cm.
, 200 [supposed to be 110], 2-65 pages. Listing on the blank front page: “belongs to Rabbi the Avdak of Ostrava” (probably Rabbi Yitzhak Haim Rapaport, rabbi of Ostrava, son-in-law of Rabbi Zeev Nachum Bernstein, father of the Avnei Nezer), additional signature in pencil “Moshe Yosef HaKohen Rapaport.” Last page has tears and tape. Stains, generally good condition. Binding is coming apart, not spine.
On the history of the Jewish people, things relating to the Mishkan (the implements) and the Beit HaMikdash, by Rabbi Alexander Sender Ethausen, in Yiddish. Cover and first page are filled in by hand in decorative Ashkenazi handwriting. 64 pages [last page is mislabeled 80]. Moth damage, stains, generally ok condition.
By Rabbi Yaakov Yehoshua Folk, third section on Nezikin. Yaakov Yehoshua Folk (1681-1756) was the rabbi of Lviv, Berlin, and Frankfurt. Author of a series of books called Pnei Yehoshua on the Talmud Bavli. The Hida says that succeeded meeting him and described his face like that of a heavenly angel. It is said that when the Ba’al Shem Tov was told by G-d that he would serve a TalmidChacham, he went to serve the Pnei Yehoshua, and brought him a coal from the fire to light his pipe. They conversed together about the Chassidic movement. He was the direct rabbi of the Maggid of Mezeritch. | Printer: Itzik ben Leib Buchbinder. , 153 [supposed to be 154] pages. 31cm. Generally ok to good condition. Missing the rear binding.
By Rabbi Eliyahu ben Yehezkel, Av Beit Din of Bilgoriya, first edition. Rare book, pretty, complete copy. Lone moth holes, a few stains, light tears. Generally very good condition. Original binding with leather spine, worn.
Chiddushim and Shot on the Shulchan Aruch, by Rabbi Moshe Mordechai Meyuchas. 2, 267 page, probably missing the last page (mistakenly bound with a second copy of page 260 at the end). Moth holes, tears and light stains. Generally good condition. Original binding.
With glosses attributed to Rabbi Zalman Pozner, and additions and notes from Rabbi Shabtai Sofer of Premyslan. 1, 50, 4 pages. Half-leather binding (original), with gilded inscription on the cover. Listing in pencil on one of the pages. At the end of the book is a handwritten copy of something from a later edition of this book. Generally very good condition.