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07.06.2017 - Auction No. 14

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LOT: 026

Tzfat cup, Israel, second half of the 20th century.

Large and handsome tzfat cup decorated with engraving by hand of the holy places: the Hurva synagogue, including an inscription at the bottom: “the pretty synagogue Beit Yaakov at the Hurva of Rabbi Yehuda HaChassid in Jerusalem.” The grave of Shimon bar Yochai, including an inscription engraved “the grave of the Tana Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai” and the Western Wall, including an inscription underneath. The cup was made by an artist during a later period from the famous cups of Tzfat in the second half of the 20th century. Copy of the stamp 12. Height: 9cm. Diameter: 8cm. Weight: 162g. Excellent condition.
Item sold at $1700 Starting at $500
LOT: 027

Large, handsome silver cup from the HevraKadisha. Vienna, end of the 19th century.

Decorated with professional engraving work of birds. Plants and flowers, made by the artist Karl Kauba, who worked in Vienna from 1889-1891. The cup carries a dedication engraved from the HevraKadisha in Tarneva, Slovakia, to the Chief Rabbi of Tarneva, Rav Meir Mikasa Stein (1868-1933). Stamped, height: 20.5cm. Weight: 201g. Very good condition.
Starting at $1800
LOT: 028

Silver mezuzah housing. Poland/Ukraine. End of the 19th century. Extremely rare!

Includes the original mezuzah. These housings are extremely rare, the engravings are of an eagle’s house, and plants in the Ukrainian style, and it appears on many cups from the area. The Cyrillic letters G and D are the initials of the artist, the complete name is not identified. The stamp of silver quality 12. Weight: 66g. 4x18.5cm. Generally very good condition.
Starting at $7000
LOT: 029

Large, wonderful silk tablecloth. Moravia-Hungary, end of the 19 th century. Extremely rare

Printed tablecloth, with words from the Kiddush of Shabbat, the Three Regalim, and Rosh Hashanah, and Eruv Tavshilin. Description in Yiddish of the Havdalah for Motzei Shabbat that happens on Erev Chag. In the center is an illustration of Moshe with horns holding the Ten Commandments, and Aaron wearing the garb of the Kohen Gadol, in his hands are tools from the offerings. Illustration of a small bimah. Around are illustrations of rabbis of Moravia and Hungary: Rav Mordechai Bennet (1753-1829)—Av Beit Din of Nicklasbourg and Chief Rabbi of Moravia, with an embossing in a number of places. Rav Moshe Sofer, the Chatam Sofer (1762-1839)—a great posek and rabbi of Pressburg (Bratislava). Rav Eliezer Pleckles (1754- 1826), a student of the Nodah B’Yehuda and head of the yeshiva and Avdak of Prague. Rav Moshe Mintz (1750-1831)—rabbi of Oben-Yashan (Oboda). Rav Shmuel Landau (1750-1834), son of the Nodah B’Yehuda, Avdak and head of the yeshiva in Prague. Rav Leib Schwab (1794- 1857), rabbi of Budapest, first of the neologist rabbis in Hungary and father-in- law of the Melamud Leopold Lef. Seems to be from Moravia/Hungary. Size: 110x125cm. Light defects and tears, repairs and restorations. Generally ok to good condition. Extremely rare.
Starting at $5000
LOT: 030

Cover for an Aron Kodesh, decorated with silver thread. Vienna 1841. Museum-worthy item.

Velvet cover for an Aron Kodesh combined with wonderful silver decorations. The silver frame is decorated with plants and flowers. In the upper portion it says “owned by the GvirRav Avraham Elalai in Vienna.” In the middle of the top is a ketertorah, and embossed curtains on the sides with the Ten Commandment tablets. Lions crouching facing one another (symbolizing Vienna). Below the lions on either side are flags of the Ottoman Empire, symbolizing the Tanzimat Reform rule of the Turks. The Tanzimat (Turkish “reorganization”) was a period of reform during the Ottoman Empire, which began in 1839 and ended after the acceptance of the first constitution in 1876. 75x65cm. Defects and missing bits, ok condition.
Starting at $6000
LOT: 031

Kashrut L’Mehadrin tefillin written by the known Sofer Stam, Rabbi Yehuda Asher Rata, the sofer for Israel’s sages

Tefillin housings with the parshiyot written in Stam writing on parchment, handwritten by the sofer of sages, Rabbi Yehuda Asher Rata of Jerusalem. The parshiyot were checked at two Stam institutes and were found to be kosher l’mehadrin (certificates of approval are attached). One of Jerusalem’s special inhabitants was the Gaon HaChassid Rabbi Yehuda Asher Rata (Roth). He was known for his chassidut and interpretations, his great knowledge. He was known as an important sofer and was one of the most well-known of his generation. Rabbis (among them the Admor Rabbi Moshe Mordechai of Lalov, the kabbalist Rabbi Asher Zelig Margaliot, and the Admor HaRayatz of Chabad—attached is a copy of the correspondence of the Rayatz on buying the tefillin—the Maharitz Dushinsky, and more). Many were strict about using tefillin and mezuzot written by him. Rabbi Yehuda Asher Rata was one of the first to study under the Rahak, Rabbi David Beiderman, the Admor of Lalov, and was close to the greatest poseks of Jerusalem, among them the Ga’avad of the Haredi community, Rabbi Yosef Zvi Dushinsky, the Griz Mintzburg, and more. He published many writings on Stam writing, among them psaks and traditions from Jerusalem’s sages from whom he was able to receive from them instruction on practical halakha. The item is accompanied by approval from an expert on identifying handwriting, Rav Shimon Schwartz, grandson of the Rav Yehuda Asher Rata.
Starting at $10000
LOT: 032

Model of the Beit HaMikdash (Herod’s Temple) made and carved from wood, made by the artist Rav Elhanan Ivshitz.

RavIvshitz, born in Lodz, began constructing before the Second World War. The first model was completed in 1933 on the basis of Talmudic sources, Mishnaic commentaries and the Gemara, writings of Yosef ben Matityahu (Josephus Flavius) in his books “The Jewish War” and “The Antiquities of the Jews.” At the height of his work he suited the model to archeological findings, and suited the style to Herod’s style of construction. As he tell at the start of his book “The Second Temple in Its Glory,” the book accompanying the model before us, the model was built after analytical studying and deep historical knowledge. The first model that he built awakened great interest in among Torah scholars and Temple researchers, and at that time won a number of responses from the Gaon Rabbi Yosef Rosen (HaRogachovi), which was unusual because it was not normally the intention of the artist to know sages. At his time, many came to see the model, including the Polish gaon and Rabbi of Prague, Rabbi Menachem Zemba and Rabbi Meir Shapira, founder of the Khochmei Lublin yeshiva. With the beginning of World War II, the artist “won” a threatening visit from a delegation of German soldiers, after he was informed upon by the housekeeper. They came to check, according to them, the military fortress that he bought, they were “researching” where the fortress was and who was operating it. After this visit, the model was confiscated, and then it disappeared. The years of the war he spent in the Lodz ghetto, Aushwitz-Birkenau, and more. In 1945 he was liberated by the Russian from Gerlitz. He returned to Poland, completely alone, determined to continue his hobby of copying the model and making a new one. He remembered the 1000 days spent in Block 20 of Aushwitz-Birkenau, when he expressed his special skills in carving wood to save his own life, after he suggested to the camp commander to carve a chess set out of the stick that he would beat Jewish prisoners with. While waiting for the Aliyah Bet, he spent a year in Bucharest, Romania, and spent his time building a new model as a first recipe, which he even succeeded in shipping to Israsel. He himself was placed in Cyprus, where he spent a year and only reached Israel at the end of 1947. In Israel, he discovered new details regarding the plan of the Temple that he did not have while he lived abroad, and as a result he began to build (in his words), “my Third Temple.” The new model was built carefully to a scale of 2mm per amah, such that its entire area wouldn’t be more than 1 sq. meter (500 amot!). At the end of his research, before us is the model that resulted. Many came to his house in Kiryat Ata to visit, including Israeli sages of all kinds, and many studies were made at the time regarding the Temple, including the monthly Sinai journal made by the Mossad Rav Kook, starting from 1976. He was encouraged by the AdmorsHaLevSimcha and Pnei Menachem of Gur to publish studies on the subject. His studies were printed and collected into a thick tome (more than 500 pages) that had many editions and which became a fundamental text for those dealing with holy places. In the letter of blessing, HaPnei Menachem of Gur exaggeratedly praises RavIvshitz and writes “I know that you studied Torah and underwent a lot, YehiRatzon that you will be cured from your pain” with the addition “you know I do not give endorsements, but a blessing that you will succeed—that, I will give.” Floor size: 98x98cm. Internal size: 75x41cm. Base replaced. Defects. Generally good condition.
Starting at $8000
LOT: 033

Breastplate for a sefer torah, miniature, silver. Galicia, 1804

Handmade hammering and engraving work with exceptional enameling work of an eagle, plants, and flora. Carries a dedication to “Yitzhak Isaac Baharbafri.” Galicia—Ukraine. Size: 11x13cm. Excellent condition. From a private collection.
Starting at $5000
LOT: 034

Handsome breastplate for a sefertorah, made of silver. Warsaw, 1912. Stamped.

Made by the Jewish artist J. Ehrlich, according to the dedication on the breastplate from 1912. The famous Jewish artist from Warsaw worked at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. The breastplate is decorated with embossing work, cutting, engraving, and enamel. It has embossed and engraved decorations of plants and flowers; at the top are lions holding a crown, at the center is a gate, and at its sides are flowers—above the gate is a deer. The dedication: “For the Talalis synagogue,” “in memory of the woman Sarah bar Avraham Stanislevich, died 26th of Adar 1912.” The style of this breastplate was used for breastplates in Warsaw during the last half of the 19th century, and it is likely they copied from previous designs made in Ukraine. An earlier example of this type is in the Stiglitz collection. Signature of the artist, location, and quality of the silver. Weight: 848g. 27x31cm. Light defects, generally good condition.
Starting at $4500
LOT: 035

Handsome pair of rimonim made of metal, for a sefertorah. Algiers, beginning of the 20th century.

Casting and cutting work of leaves and plants. At the bottom is wonderful hammer work. Height: 32cm. Seemingly from Algiers, beginning of the 20th century. Diameter: 11cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $500 Starting at $500
LOT: 036

Pair of candlesticks made of brass with 4 stems. Poland, end of the 19th century.

Casting and engraving work, in the upper portions is a two-sided eagle with a crown on its head. In the center is a large pair of wings standing on lions. At the bottom are embossings of babies/angels. Height: 40cm. Width: 26cm. Very good condition.
Starting at $800
LOT: 037

Copper hannukiyah plated in silver. Betzalel, beginning of the 20th century.

Created by Betzalel, at the top are embossed inscriptions “BetzalelYerushalayim.” In the center are winged lions holding a menorah, above it is the inscription “HaNerotHalalu,” to the sides are embossed columns, above them figures of coins. At the bottom is the inscription embossed: “Al HaNissim,” and gates above the stems. 26.5x27.5x5cm, weight: 666g. Number of stems are disconnected. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $500 Starting at $500
LOT: 038

12 carat gold Hannukiyah. Tunisia, 20th century.

Designed from a much older hannukiyah, it is decorated with casting work, embossing and engraving, with plant and fish motifs as a segula for luck. At the top is a gemstone, in the center is cutting work of windows in the style of North Africa, and an inscription engraved for Al HaNissim.” Unidentified signature on the back and on the bottom. Weight: 322g. Length: 15cm. Height: 8cm. Width: 3cm. Diagonal soldering and unprofessional restoration in the center. Generally good condition.
Starting at $14000
LOT: 039

Brass hannukiyah in the style of Sicily, Italy. 19th century.

First identified by Mordechai Narkis in the book MenoratHaHannukah as a hannukiyah from Sicily in the 16th century. This hannukiyah is a much later iteration, most likely done in the 19th century. Size: 15x21cm. Generally good condition.
Starting at $1000
LOT: 040

Wooden and silver walking stick, seems anti-Semitic. 20th century.

Wood carving at the top, with a small container and a cover in the shape of a kippah, made of silver, seems a Jew (thus anti-Semitic). Length: 94cm. Very good condition.
Item sold at $500 Starting at $500
LOT: 041

Anti-Semitic walking stick, rare and unique. Europe, end of the 19th-beginning of the 20th century.

With a bronze handle in the figure of a Jew wearing a kippah, decorated as an old person with pe’ot (a big nose out of proportion with the face). Length: 95cm. Very good condition.
Item sold at $1000 Starting at $1000
LOT: 042

Anti-Semitic nutcracker. Alsace-France, 1880 approximately

Unique, rare item. Nutcracker made of wood in the shape of a Jew with a tail. By pulling the tail, his mouth opens, there one places nuts. Height: 20.5cm. Excellent condition. From a private collection.
Starting at $1500
LOT: 043

Lemonwood box for tobacco. Vienna, sometime between 1820-1880.

Wood carving and coloring in the image of a person. Eyes made of glass. On his head is a container, which opens to hold tobacco. A matching base. Created in Vienna. Height: 17cm. Width: 15cm. The container diameter: 7cm. Base: 14x19cm. Excellent condition.
Starting at $2500
LOT: 044

Anti-Semitic German propaganda poster from 1941.

Writing in French, “Les bobardssortenttoujours du mêmenid” (the bobards always come from the same nest) a poster of German propaganda with a practical drawing done by André Derain. A painting of birds flying around the antennas of the BBC network in London, with an illustration of a map of Britain. The poster symbolizes the “practical stories” program that was broadcast over the radio in England. Four birds with figures: Leon Bloom, Édouard Daladier, Paul Reynaud, and Charles de Gaulle. They are holding in their beaks banners with anti-German, pro-English, or Gaullist slogans. Two birds have symbols of the Freemasons and Judaism. Light tears, 76x114cm. Generally good condition.
Starting at $500
LOT: 045

Lot of 3 posters from the anti-Semitic series “Musée des Horreurs,” (the Exhibit of Monsters/Museum of Horrors), France 1900.

3 out of 51 posters from the anti-Semitic series against statesmen, journalists, and important Jewish figures who supported Dreyfus, illustrated by the artist who operated under the pseudonym V. Lenepveu, printed lithographically and colored by hand. The posters were first published at the opening of the World’s Fair, at the height of the famous Dreyfus Affair. A number of weeks after their distribution, the French Ministry of the Interiordeclared them illegal to distribute and their spread stopped. Among the 51 important figures caricatured in the series were: Emile Zola, George Picard, Tzadok Cohen, members of the Rothschild family, Alfred Dreyfus, and more. Each of the ridiculous caricatures was dedicated to a different person, and most give them animal attributes or monstrous body parts. They were glued to canvas for preservation. Size: 65x50cm. Good condition.
Starting at $500
LOT: 046

Shiviti with illustrations and collections of letters for preservation and defense. Printed by Bak-Jerusalem, 19th century. Rare.

Lithograph printing, in the center is a LaMenatze’ach menorah, on either side are illustrations of Moshe and Aaron. Illustrations of holy places in Israel, and a variety of verses of blessing, collections of letters, holy names, and names of angels, for defense and self-preservation. Around is a ritualistic frame incorporating verses about Jerusalem. At the bottom is written “anyone who sees the menorah, and anyone saying LaMenatze’ach in the shape of the menorah, nothing bad will happen to him and he will succeed in all his actions.” Size: 35x43cm. Signs of folding, light tears at the edges, generally good condition.
Item sold at $2200 Starting at $500
LOT: 047

Handsome miniature shiviti written and illustrated by hand on parchment. Italy, 18 th century

Brown ink, in the center is a Menatze’ach menorah and a pair of lions with double tails. In the frame are written verses “Know Before Whom You Stand,” and “Se’ifim I Hated And Your Torah I Loved.” “A Fire Will Always Burn on the Altar, and Will Not Be Extinguished.” “Tamim You Will Be With Hashem.” 16.5x10.5cm. Light tears, the inscription is a little smudged in some places. Missing text at the top. Generally ok to good condition.
Starting at $3000
LOT: 048

Page of Practical Kabbalah with the spell “to remove a demon from a person,” personally used by the great Kabbalist sage of the last generation, Rav Mordechai Sharavi. A shocking kabbalistic find

It is famously known that the kabbalist Rav Mordechai Sharavi greatly opposed the use of amulets—if someone came to him, the Rav would ask the person whether he had any amulets in his position; if the person answered in the affirmative, the Rav would require the person to bring him all the amulets in his possession and place them in geniza. The page before us, according to the testimony of the Rav’s assistant (Rav Shmuel Shmueli), was written by one of the great Kabbalist sages of his generation and was used by the Rav to recite the spell to remove demons and dybbuks from those needing salvation. At the top of the page is the spell, recited in front of the person, after which is written “segula to remove a demon from a person” that is said into the person’s ear. “This is a great secret not taught to the people of Israel.” Also a segula for loving one’s fellow man. Includes names and kabbalistic illustrations. We have hidden half the page in the pictures on the website because of the written warming “this is a great secret not taught to the people of Israel.” Size: 16x10cm. The page underwent professional repairs. Generally very good condition. Given the terrible secrets inscribed in it, the page is extremely important and rare. ‘May there be no obstacle to it in our possession.’ The page is accompanied by a picture of the Rav, and on the back the approval of the Rav’s assistant “I hereby certify that this segulot page of practical kabbalah was used by the Rav Mordechai Sharavi.” Rav Sharavi (1908-1983) was a great Kabbalist sage of the last generation, founded the Nahar Shalom kabbalist yeshiva, named after Rabbi Shalom Sharavi. Became famous as a holy person, miracle worker. Many people would travel to his home, which was open for anybody requesting advice and blessings. The money that he received from the visiting public he dedicated to maintaining the yeshiva, mainly support for those in need—he himself made sure never to make use of the money for himself, and instead lived a simple, modest life. He taught many students, among them Rav Meir Yehuda Gatz (the former rabbi of the Kotel), Rav Zion Bracha, Rav Shalom Shmueli and his son, Rav Benayahu Shmueli, who later took his place as head of Nahar Shalom. Other kabbalistic sages would turn to him and get his advice regarding their doubts on matters of kabbalah, among them the head of the Beit El yeshiva, Rav Ovadiah Hadaya, and more. Thousands participated in his funeral, and he is buried on Har HaMenuchot.
Starting at $5000
LOT: 049

Large amulet of practical kabbalah. North Africa, 19th century.

Handwritten, with angelic oaths and unusual kabbalistic drawings, in the center are sections from the Zohar in the shape of a hamza. The amulet was written to a person by the name of “Shlomo ben Masouda.” Signs of folding and tape on the back. Size: 28x43cm. Generally ok condition.
Item sold at $1000 Starting at $1000
LOT: 050

Amulet of practical kabbalah for those going out to war. North Africa, 19th century.

“This is the secret to the oath that you will say when you go out…” includes angelic oaths and unusual kabbalistic drawings, a lion, in the center are angelic names. Defects, repair with damage to the text. Size: 43x28cm. Signs of folding and taping on the back at the bottom. Generally ok condition.
Item sold at $500 Starting at $500