1. Siddur for the days of the week and Shabbat. The writer was Da’ud Even Kortzan, 1940. In Magaz-Yemen, a small town in North Yemen. At the beginning of the 20th century the Jewish community stood at around 10 families. In winter 1941 there was a large earthquake there that resulted in the deaths of some of the small community, resulting in a large Aliyah to Israel, 6 families gathering 28 souls (5 men, 8 women, 6 girls, 9 boys), though only some made it to Israel (according to the Encyclopedia of Yemenite communities, Section 2, page 292). 56 pages, pages disconnected. Size: 12.5x18cm. Good condition. 2. Siddur for Sukkot. For Hoshanot and Rosh Hashanah. 128 pages, identity of scribe unknown. Pages disconnected, ok condition. 3. Siddur for Pesach, Taanit Esther and Ashmarot. Size: 11.5x16cm, nice writing, unknown scribe, seems to be from Sanaa. Ok condition.
1. Copy of the book Matzot Shimurim, kavanot of tefilla, tefillin, and more. 258 pages, tight writing, 12x17cm, unprofessionally done, identity of the scribe unkown, moth damage, bad to ok condition. 2. Manuscript of amulets and practical kabbalah, with illustrations and angelic vows. According to the quality of the pages it is likely that it was in use. Writing very handsome. Size: 12.5x18cm, 71 pages, identity of the scribe unknown. Ok condition.
Halachot of shechita, poems and bakashot, bound together. Written “Sa’adiya ben Shlomo HaLevi.” 10 pages of mizmorim for Shabbat bound together. Size: 8x11cm, disconnected pages, stains, moisture stains.
Large lot of manuscripts, sections, lone pages, and remnants. A large portion are sections from the Five Books of Torah with translation, with vowels above letters. Around 40 pages and remnants, some printed, different sizes and conditions.
Around 8 pages from the 15-16th century, old Yemenite handwriting. 3 pages—halachot Al HaNissim and kriyat Megillah. 4 pages—halachot for years and 1 page on Eicha for 9th of Av. Different sizes and conditions, moth damage.
First page of Masechet Sukkah, written on both sides in Ashkenazi handwriting. Identity of the author unknown, at the top of the first page is a colorful illustration. The page is in a glass frame. Height 32.5cm, width: 18.5cm, good condition. Item was brought to auction from a private collection.
Booklets from a mohel in Acre with lists of the brits he performed between 1952-63, around 600 babies [numbered 1-596], with names of those born and signatures of their parents, mainly residents of northern Israel. The receipts are printed with an inscription, with a mention of the city Sousse (Tunisia), where it seems the mohel started his work, followed by corrections indicating Acre.
2 booklets, 13x32cm, bindings a little worn, generally very good condition.
A bill of sale—rent for synagogues. Slichei Tzibor and divisions among the Ashkenazi communities in Italy from the 17th century with signatures from 8 heads of the communities: 1. Yosef Haim Tevira bar Kolnimus Tevira. 2. Avraham ben Shimshon. 3. Moshe bar Ephraim Segel. 3. Tzemach bar Ephraim Egel. 5. Chanoch bar Meir Shragas. 6. … barYosef Shalom. 7. Refael Haim bar Avraham Olzas. 8. David bar Gershon Grasis. In the letter an exact year does not appear. Signs of folding and light tears with light damage to text. Given in a frame. Generally good condition. Page is 11x18cm. Item brought to auction from a private collection.
Written for the Shaliach Rabbi Yaakov Eisenbach, Jerusalem, with a letter handwritten by Rabbi Avraham Yitzhak HaKohen Kook, when he served as Chief Rabbi of Israel, letter written entirely by hand and signed, and on the page opposite it appears a translation of the Rabbi’s letter into English. Colorful cover, decorative calligraphy. The first pages have the form of the request in Hebrew and Yiddish to the Jews of America, from Sivan 1925, written in artistic handwriting, with a combination of colorful inks, signatures and stamps of heads of the yeshiva: Rabbi Simcha Winograd and Rabbi Zerach Epstein. An additional recommendation appears for the Shadar to the US, written and signed by the rabbi of Pittsburgh at the time, Rabbi Moshe Shimon Zeivitz (1851-1936). The pages of the booklet are all full with names of the donors and the amounts of their donations. Stains from the past, original binding is inscribed, generally very good condition. The item was brought to auction from a private collection.
Around 220 pages of kabbalah, piyyutim, and more. On page 66 is written “manuscript of the young Shmuel Becher Mordechai, I wrote and completed on Wednesday, 28th of Nissan, 1837.” Looping signature of the scribe Shmuel bar Mordechai is on the last page. Size: 21x30cm, ancient leather binding from the period is defective. Stains, generally good condition. The item was brought to auction from a private collection.
Handwritten and signed letter by Rabbi Mordechai Schwartz to the rabbi of Jerusalem Rabbi Yosef Haim Zonenfeld, a donation to the Hungary kolel.
The Gaon Rabbi Mordechai Zvi Schwartz (died 1962) was a student of the Kedushat Yom Tov of Sighet, who took him to teach his son Rabbi Yoel of Satmar. Served as rabbi in London, in Holel in Hungary, and in Cleveland (USA). Authored “Doresh Tov L’Amo” and more. Filing marks, signs of folding, generally very good condition.
Invitation from 1948 to the meeting of the Va’ad HaPoel meeting of Agudat Yisrael, at the house of the Admor Rabbi Mordechai Shalom Yosef Friedman of Sadigura [Prmesyl]. The letter is written on a typewriter on letterhead of the Admor and signed by hand. Letter addressed to Rav Dr. Kalman Kahane, rabbi of Chafetz Haim, a leader of the Agudat Yisrael and signer of the Declaration of Independence. Page is 21.5x13.5cm, with filing marks, generally very good condition.
4 columns of divrei torah, prisat shalom, and various issues, handwritten by Rabbi Yitzhak Menachem Mendel Bernstein, son of Rabbi Zalman of Bialy, grandson of Rabbi Ze’ev Nachum of Bialy—who was the father of Rabbi Avraham Bernstein, the Avnei Nezer, Admor of Sochotchov. The letter was sent from Shedlitz. Date not noted. According to the letter, the addressee was supposed to serve in the rabbinate of Shedlitz. Folded folio page, 22x33cm.
Light tears in the corners of the pages, no missing text. Generally very good condition.
Letter from 1950, a request for financial assistance for the marriage of a student from Merkaz HaRav yeshiva. In the margins are a recommendation handwritten, signed, and stamped by the Ra’avad of Jerusalem of the haredi community, Rabbi Zelig Reuvan Bengis. Signs of folding. Page 21x25cm. Generally very good condition.
Letter sent by the Gaon of Chivin and head of the Kochav MiYaakov yeshiva, Gaon Rabbi Dov Barish Weidenfeld (1881-1965) to the kabbalist Rabbi Shimon Englander of Haifa, in which he requests support for a student who is marrying off his son. Written by hand and signed. 21x27cm, the letter is on official letterhead, paper, of the Gaon of Chivin, together with the envelope in which it was mailed. Signs of folding, a few tears, generally ok to good condition. Rav Englander was a descendent of Rabbi Naftali Katz, the “Smichat Khachamim,” who moved to Israel in 1933 from Nowy Targ in Galicia. Famous for his exegesis Sha’ar Shimon, on the kabbalistic text Brit Kehunat Olam.
1. Questions and answers “Ibiya Omer,” Jerusalem 1954, first edition, the first book printed by Maran Rishon LeZiyyon Ovadia Yosef [published by Midrash Bnei Tzion and with the support of Merkaz HaRav], the book was from the library of Rabbi Yaakov Yosef Weiss, the Admor of Spinka, Bnei Brak, beforehand the Avdak of Warsaw, with his personal stamp. 2. Recommendation letter printed on official letterhead with the signature by hand of the Rishon LeZiyyon and president of the Council of Torah Sages, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, from 2001. 3. Recommendation letter on official letterhead of the Yeshivat Porat Yosef, with signature by hand of Maran head of yeshiva Shalom Kohen, president of the Council of Torah Sages. 4. Receipt from 1904 for a donation to the “Misgav Ladach Hospital” received by Rabbi Shmuel Salant, signed by the Rishon LeZiyyon Rav Eliyahu Moshe Panizil (2 signatures). 5. Receipt from 1949, for a donation to the institution “House for the Elderly” signed by Rav Mordechai Miyuchas, a great dayan and head of the shochtim in Jerusalem. 6. Letter from 1962 by the GAon Rabbi Yehoshua Maman, an important dayan and elder rabbi of Morocco. 7. Letter from 1961 by the Gaon Rabbi Nissim Toledano, head of the Sha’arit Yosef yeshiva in Be’er Yaakov.
1. Answer to a halakhic question on halachot Pesach, handwritten by Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, including the letter with the question sent to him by Rav Mordechai Elmalayech, Rav of Kiryat Gat. 2. Letter with a blessing for the health of Rav Michal Yehuda Lefkowitz. 3. Letter of blessing upon marriage from Rbbi Yaakov Edelstein. Various sizes, conditions.
Letter to the Rabbi of Jerusalem, Rabbi Yosef Haim Zonenfeld, on the issue of tzedakah money from 1912.
Rabbi Haim Yaakov Naftali Zilberberg was also nicknamed Naftali Virshover (1850-1930). He was a teacher in Warsaw, known as an exponent of the books of the Maharal. Born in Poland, son of Rabbi Avraham Binyamin Beinish Zilberberg, rabbi and Av Beit Din of Kotna and Virshov. Was a student of Rabbi Yisrael Salanter and Rabbi Yosef Dov Soloveitchik of Brisk. Was close to the Natziv of Volozhin and the Chafetz Haim, and also travelled to Rabbi Avraham Burnstein of Sochotchov and to the Admor the Sfat Emet of Gur. Over many years he served as the Moreh Tzedek of Warsaw.
Page 21.5x28cm, 12 handwritten lines and his signature, on letterhead of Yoel Wegmeister, a head of the Jewish community in Warsaw. Filing marks, generally very good condition.
Handwritten and signed letter by the Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi of Tiberias, Rabbi Moshe Kliers, an important Slonim chassid, to the Chief Rabbi of Tzfat, Rabbi Avraham Leib Zilberman. On official letterhead of the Or Torah yeshiva in Tiberias, from 1930. 14.5x23cm. Holes from filing, generally very good condition.
4 page letter, 16x20cm, folded in two, by Rabbi Yisrael Natan Plotzky, teacher in Ostrov, son of the Gaon Rabbi Meir Dan Plotzky, the Kli Chemda. Letter addressed to Rabbi Yaakov Moshe Harlap, rabbi of the Sha’arei Chesed neighborhood and the head of the Merkaz HaRav yeshiva. The letter has a recommendation for a talmid chacham who is immigrating to Israel, and notes of divrei torah, signed at the end, “Yisrael Natan ben Cyril—the Gaon Plotzky.” Rabbi Avraham Yitzhak HaKohen Kook (who is mentioned in the letter) and the Rav Harlap had a deep friendship with the Kli Chemda and his sons.
Letter from Rabbi Aharon Kotler, president of the Council of Torah Sages in the United States and founder of the Lakewood yeshiva, an important public haredi leader in the US. The letter requests assistance for the Lakewood yeshiva, written on letterhead of the “Beit Midrash Gavo’a in America” yeshiva, on a typewriter with a handwritten signature. Page 21.5x28cm, signs of folding, generally very good condition.