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07.06.2017 - Auction No. 14

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LOT: 076

Handwritten call (kol koreh) with additions handwritten and signed by Rabbi Yitzhak Elhanan Spector of Kovna

A call for help from members of the towns around Minsk after a large fire destroyed houses and shops. Not only are there additions written by hand at the end of the letter, Rabbi Yitzhak Elhanan wrote an additional line in the center for “Batei Midrashot and Batei Tzibur.” At the end of the letter he ends with a blessing for the help. The rabbi lived 1817-1896, was a great sage of his generation, known for his genius and great generosity. Considered in his generation to be a supreme Torah authority and he led the Jews of Lithuania and Russia over the many yerars. Served in the rabbinate from a young age (1837 approximately). In 1864 he was appointed to the rabbinate of the city of Kovna, known among the whole population as a great posek. His answers and chiddushim were printed in a series of books “Be’er Yitzhak,” “Nahal Yitzhak,” “Ein Yitzhak.” Size of the letter: 22x24cm. Signs of folding, tape on the back at the top of the letter. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $1500 Starting at $1500
LOT: 077

Long letter handwritten and signed by the Mashgiach, Rabbi Yehezkel Levinstein, 1956

Written to Rabbi Shmuel Hominer on the subject of the level of study in the book Khovat HaLevavot, and an answer to his question on the issue of astronomy and the planet Earth. At the end is his handwritten signature. He lived 1885-1974, studied at the Radin yeshiva, and was a student of Rav Yerucham Leibovitz, and of Rav Zvi Hirsch Brody. Served as spiritual mashgiach for the Kalcheck and Mir yeshivot, and as mashgiach in the Petah Tikva yeshiva, headed by Rav Reuven Katz. After the death of his rav, the mashgiach of the Mir yeshiva, he returned to Poland and succeeded his rabbi’s position. At the Mir yeshiva he remained until the Shoah, and then he travelled with the students to Shanghai, where he became noticeable as a leader of the yeshiva, and sages would come to him with their questions. After he moved to Israel he served as mashgiach of the Ponevezh yeshiva in Bnei Brak. Among his students were Rav Gedalya Eisman, Rav Shlomo Welba, Rav Yitzhak Yerucham Borodiansky, Rav Dan Segel, Rav Shlomo Broda, and Rav NAchum Aba Grosbard. Considered a great mussar sage of the last few generations. He was nicknamed HaMashgiach. Size of the letter: 13x20cm, 22 lines handwritten, generally good condition.
Item sold at $950 Starting at $600
LOT: 078

Handwritten letter by Rav Yoelish of Satmar to the kabbalist Rav Asher Zelig Margalio

Letter of blessing handwritten by Rav Yoelish to Rav Margaliot to celebrate the marriage of Rav Margaliot’s son, at the end with a blessing for a happy and kosher pesach. 15 lines on official letterhead by Rav Yoel Teitelbaum, the Admor of Satmar. Signs of folding. Filing holes at the bottom, without damage to text. Generally very good condition.
Item sold at $9000 Starting at $7000
LOT: 079

Handwritten and signed letter by the Admor of Peshversk, Rav Yitzhak Gewirtzman

Letter written on official letterhead, entirely by hand and signed by the Admor Rav Yitzhak Gewirtzman of Peshversk from Antwerp. The letter was sent to supporters to “awaken their hearts to support the holy yeshiva founded by the Chazon Ish.” Rav Gewirtzman was the son of Rabbi Naftali Elimelech bar Avraham, a grandson of Rabbi Elimelech of Luzhansk, student of Rabbi Shimcha Isachar of Tzeshinov of the Tzanz dynasty, and Rabbi Hannah Halberstam of Kolshitz. In his youth he communicated with the greats of his generation before the Shoah, and he is famous for his work in Peshversk. In 1956 he became Chief Rabbi of Antwerp and many chassidim joined him (Encyclopedia of Chassidut, p. 76). Signs of folding, size: 14x21cm. Good condition.
Item sold at $2600 Starting at $2500
LOT: 080

Kvitl letter by the Admor Rabbi Avraham Yehoshua Heschel of Kopichnitz to the Admor Yaakov of Husiatyn

On official letterhead, written by hand and signed by the Admor, a request for Shana Tova greetings from the Admor of Husiatyn, Rabbi Yaakov Friedman. He lived 1888-1967, was an important Admor in the United States. Was a descendent of the Aphta Admorim, son of the Admor Rabbi Yitzhak Meir Heschel and his successor starting from 1936. In 1939 he fled Vienna to New York and established there his beit midrash. Buried in Tiberias next to his uncle’s grave, the Admor Rabbi Yisrael of Husiatyn. Rabbi Yaakov Friedman, his son-in- law, served between 1949-1956 and his divrei torah were collected in Ohalei Yaakov. The second son-in- law of Rabbi Yisrael, Rabbi Menachem Nachum Friedman (son of his brother, Rabbi Shalom Yosef), served as Admor in Lviv from 1937. Murdered in the Shoah in 1943. The letter has signs of filing, good condition.
Item sold at $1200 Starting at $1200
LOT: 081

Letter of blessing for Shana Tov, handwritten and signed by the Admor HaBeit Yisrael of Gur

9 lines handwritten by the Admor, in a letter he writes: “I already wrote you a shana blessing, I double it here and maybe even triple it.” Rabbi Israel Alter (1894-1977) was the 5 th Admor of the Gur line, he restored chassidut in Israel after the Shoah, was one of the clearest public leaders of the Charedi community in Israel. Known by the name of the text that was published after his death, the Beit Yisrael. In addition to his role as Admor and leader of the Gur chassidut, he served also as the head of the Council of Torah Sages. As a result of this role he influenced many people and, as well, the Agudat Yisrael movement founded by his father. Known as holy and pure, sharp, generous, and a miracle worker in Israel; truly one of the greatest Admorim in the world. Size: 8x18cm, generally good condition.
Item sold at $1800 Starting at $1000
LOT: 082

Manuscript on parchment with a request for ransom of prisoners. Yemen, 1932. Signatures of important rabbis.

A difficult act that took place at the beginning of the 20 th century in Yemen, a Jewish child threw a stone that accidentally hit the eye of a non-Jewish kid—the Jew was sentenced by the Imam to pay a large fee, and until he did his father and sons were put in prison and tortured. The shdarut letter was sent by Sa’id Mussah, brother of the father. From 11 th of Sivan, 1932. At the end is a recommendation and approval from the rabbis of Jerusalem and their signatures. Among the signatories: Rav Abraham Yitzhak HaKohen Kook, Rav Yaakov Moshe Harlap, the General Committee of Knesset Yisrael. Rabbis of Yemen: Rav Shalom Yosef Alshich, Rav Yosef Sa’adiya Tzafira, Rav Avraham Tzarom, Rav Haim ben Shlomo Araki. Sefardi rabbis: Rav Hezekiya Shabtai, Av Beit Din. Rav Binyamin Levi, Av Beit Din. And rabbis of Petah Tikva and Tiberias. Rav Yitzhak Yehuda Sapir, Rav Moshe Sapir, and more. As a result of the large number of signatures and stamps, an additional piece of parchment was attached (disconnected) because the original Shadar note didn’t have enough room. An additional copy was made too for more signatures. In total, 3 sections. Size of section 1: 31x27cm. Section 2: 26x17cm. Section 3: 38x27cm. Signs of folding, some of the signatures of faded. Signs of water and damage from wear.
Item sold at $1200 Starting at $500
LOT: 083

Psak Din signed by the Admor the Baba Meir, Rabbi Meir Abuhatzira, with signatures of dayanim of Arfoud (Morocco), 1955

Approval from the Beit Din in Arfoud for sale of a property. At the end is an addition handwritten and signed by the Admor Rabbi Meir Abuhatzira. Snd signatures of additional dayanim. The Admor Rabbi Meir was the first son of the Baba Sali, known as the Baba Meir, served in the Moroccan rabbinate. In 1965 he moved to Israel and talmidim and rabbis came to his home in Ashdod to receive advice and be strengthened. His sons are famous Admors of the Abuhatzira family: Rabbi Elazar Abuhatzira hy”d, Rabbi David Hai Abuhatzira of Nahariya. Signs of folding, generally excellent condition.
Starting at $1800
LOT: 084

Shadrut letter from the rabbis of Hevron carried by the godly Rabbi Amram ben Divan, 1773. An important, historical letter

A Shadrut letter signed by the great rabbis of Hevron. Sent to the Gaon Rabbi Eliyahu HaTzarfati of Morocco, sent in the hands of Rabbi Amram ben Divan. In the letter they describe the difficult situation of the city and tell about the Jews who are in prison. As is known, in this delegation he met HaHida in Egypt, and after great worries he sailed for Morocco and died there next to Ouazzane on Tu B’Av 1782. On the letter are signatures from great rabbis of Hevron: Rabbi Aharon Alfandri, the Markevet HaMishnah and Yad Aharon (HaHida praises him a lot in his book). Rabbi Avraham Gedalya (signature erased). Rabbi Hayim Yehuda Gometz Pato, Rabbi Pinhas Mordechai Bagayo. Rabbi Hiya Zeevi. Rabbi Amram ben Divan is mentioned with fear and awe by the Jews of Morocco, he was born in Jerusalem in 1740 and became a student of the revealed and hidden Torah. He settled in Hevron, and in 1763 he was sent as a Shadar to Morocco with an appointment letter signed by Rav Yitzhak Zeev. After he travelled around Morocco and gathered the donations for Hevron, he returned to Israel. After a short time in Israel he left again for a second time in 1773. He stayed more than 8 years, most in Makanes by Rabbi Zecharya Masas. The reason for his stay was the tribal war taking place outside Makanes, though it seems possible his medical situation also prevented him from travelling, as a result of his deep asceticism. He left Fez and then Tangiers in 1782, but died on the way back to Israel and is buried in the cemetery of Asjan next to Lusan. His grave is a pilgrimage site in Morocco. Stories of his miracles abound. The paytan Rav David Hassin, who knew him personally for many years, composed a piyyut in his honor and called it HaHar HATov. This letter appeared in a book of shluchim by Avraham Ya’ari published by Mossad HaRav Kook in Jerusalem, 1951, p. 585. Attached is an official letter on letterhead by Rabbi Refael HaTzarfati, who inherited the letter. The letter underwent professional restoration. Damage to the text through the letter in the center. Generally ok to good condition. Attached is a certificate from Rav Shimon Schwartz, shlita.
Starting at $12000
LOT: 085

bill from the Rebbe 20$

Given on 12 th of Nissan (a day after his birthday), in honor of the printing of the Sefer HaTanya. Excellent condition.
Item sold at $2600 Starting at $770
LOT: 086

Lot of letters from the Rebbe and Admor HaRayatz, blessing for Shavuot

Lot of 2 letters from the Rebbe and Admor HaRayatz. 1. Letter from the Rayatz on official letterhead from 1944, a blessing for health and Shavuot. Signs of folding, generally very good condition. 2. Letter from the Rebbe on letterhead from 1961, answer and bracha for Shavuot. Filing marks. Generally very good condition.
Item sold at $1200 Starting at $770
LOT: 087

Historic letter by the Rabbanit Nehama Dinah Schneerson regarding the Admor HaRayatz’s opinion Rabbi Shmaryahu Gur-Aryeh

Historic letter in Yiddish on official letterhead, signed by the Rabbanit Nehama Dinah Schneerson, wife of the Admor HaRayatz of Lubavitch, to Rav Chanoch Havlin, principal of Yeshivat Torat Emet, and a follower of the Rayatz. Letter is from 1951, about a year after the Rayatz’s death. In the letter, the Rabbanit complains that they are driving out her elder son-in- law, Rabbi Shmaryahu Gur-Aryeh, from all of his positions, against the wishes of her husband. She pleads that they return to him the position as head of the Tomchei Tmimim yeshivas in the US, Europe, and Israel. She also emphasizes that it doesn’t contradict the fact that the chassidim chose her younger son-in- law (the Rebbe) as the successor of the Rayatz. About a year later, in 1952 (and maybe as a result of this letter), a case took place between Rav Havlin and Chassidut Chabad, regarding ownership of the yeshiva. Over the course of the case, Rav Havlin complained about the Rebbe’s rule as successor of the Chabad leadership, something that cost him his position in the Chassidic community. Generally very good condition.
Item sold at $1900 Starting at $770
LOT: 088

Letter from the Rebbe to the Tzaddik Rabbi Yosef Waltuch, during Sivan—with advice on spirituality and materiality

Letter on official letterhead of the Rebbe with an additional line and signature handwritten. In the letter, the Rebbe gives advice on how to have all of one’s material needs met without confusion. The letter includes corrections and emphases in his handwriting. Signs of folding. Stains and wear, generally ok to good condition. Rabbi Yosef Waltuch is a descendant of Rosh HaMekubalim Rabbi Yehiel Michal of Zlotschov, in his youth he moved to the Old City of Jerusalem. Every day he would sneak into the Beit El kabbalist yeshiva, and sleep little while studying kabbalah. He would prostrate himself at the graves of tzadikkim across the country and succeeded in experiencing wonders and discovering their souls. Suffered much in his lifetime.
Item sold at $1700 Starting at $500
LOT: 089

Painting of the Binding of Isaac, given as a gift to a Righteous Among the Nations, Dr. Karl Ernst Gruber

Pastel painting on paper “The Binding of Isaac,” given by an unidentified Shoah survivor (including a dedication handwritten on the back) to Dr. Heinrich Karl Ernst Gruber, (June 1891 – November 1975). He was a Protestant priest in Berlin during World War II, who worked to save Jews during the Shoah while putting his own life in danger. In 1964 he was named a Righteous Among the Nations. As part of his work for the Jews of Germany, he met Adolf Eichmann a number of times as he was an SS officer in charge of expelling and transporting Jews to death camps in Eastern Europe. He served as a witness for the prosecution against Eichmann in the 1961 trial. Very good condition.
Starting at $2500
LOT: 090

Pastel on paper. Rabbi and priest in a chess game. End of the 19 th century. Artist unknown

Signed, seems to be from the end of the 19 th century 25x30cm. Excellent condition. From a private collection.
Starting at $3000
LOT: 091

Ephraim Moses Lilien. Original illustration on wood, from the Ghetto L’Tziyon, 1902

One of the most famous works by the first Zionist artist, Ephraim Moses Lilien. Original drawing on wood. Memento for the Fifth Zionist Congress—1902. In the picture is an old Jew, bent and sitting in the barbed wire fence of exile, and an angel standing behind him pointing at a Jewish farmer plowing and settled the Land of Israel, and at the bottom is an engraving from the Amidah, “And our eyes shall return to Zion with mercy.” This famous illustration was used in the invitation to the Fifth Congress, on postcards, Ex Libris, and more. Size: 29x40.5cm. In a double-frame. Very good condition. From a private collection. Ephraim Moses Lilien (1874-1925) was a founder of Betzalel, and he made his name from his works on subjects of Judaism and Zionism. He is often nicknamed “the first Zionist artist.” In 1906 he moved to Israel, and together with Boris Shatz and Julius Rothschild founded the Betzalel Art School. Taught the first class of Betzalel, and designed the school’s symbol. After a year he moved back to Germany, where he lived a majority of his life. Visited Israel more and was considered one of the greatest Jewish artists, he was a founder of Zionist illustration, many Betzalel artists based their works upon his creations. Artists like Reuven Rubin and Aryeh Lubin were greatly influenced by him when they started. Streets in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv are named after him.
Starting at $30000
LOT: 092

Oil painting on a large canvas. Yaakov Avinu in illustrations from the Tanach, by Alexander Doré. Beginning of the 20 th century

200x250cm, a huge oil painting. On his way to Egypt, illustration from the Tanach. It underwent restoration, folds into two via hinges on the back. Generally good condition.
Starting at $1800
LOT: 093

Lot with 2 sets of silver and bronze medallions. The 12 tribes, designed by Salvador Dali and the Israeli Government Coins and Medals Corporation

1. Set of pure silver (999) medallions, numbered, all 094. Each medallion is 6.2x5cm, the silver weighs 1260g. Given in the original, handsome case. 2. Bronze set, all numbered 077. Size of each: 7.5x6cm. Weight: 1820g. Given in the original, handsome case.
Item sold at $1100 Starting at $600
LOT: 094

Lot with 2 sets of replicas of bills made of silver, produced by the Israeli Government Coins and Medals Corporation

Silver 925, replicas of bills. 1. Set of 5 bills from the Anglo-Palestinian bank (first legislative stage of the State of Israel, put into circulation on August 18, 1948), from a series of 1200 units. Size: 11x6cm. Weight of silver: 273g. Given in the original case. 2. Set of replicas plated in gold, 5 first bills in Israel (started circulating in 1955). Size: 11x5.5cm. Silver weight: 300g. Given in the original case. Excellent condition (both).
Item sold at $650 Starting at $500
LOT: 095

Engraving of a portrait of Rabbi Yehonatan Ivshitz. Hamburg, beginning of the 19 th century.

Rabbi Ivshitz lived 1694-1764, was a great posek of halacha during his time and authored many foundational texts of halacha. Served as rabbi of the communities. 27.5x20.5cm, excellent condition.
Item sold at $1600 Starting at $1000
LOT: 096

Lot of 4 postcards for shana tova greetings. Designed by the Wiener Werkstatte company, Austria 1910

Illustrated with a flowery design. In the center is the shana tova greetings in Hebrew, blessings in German. Excellent condition.
Starting at $500
LOT: 097

Large collection of 15 shana tov pop-ups and prizes. Germany, beginning of the 20 th century

For bar mitzvahs, synagogues, and other creations. 3 are large and especially nice. Average size: 26x20cm. 6 are pop-up and 9 prizes in various sizes. Various conditions, some have defects, tears, and taping. Generally good condition.
Starting at $500
LOT: 098

Large collection of around 150 postcards from Jerusalem and Israel. Beginning of the 20 th century

Places, sites, people, and more. Includes set of 20. Based upon photographs by Y. Ben Dov. Generally very good condition.
Starting at $500
LOT: 099

Large collection of 101 postcards for Israel’s holidays and Jewish theater. Beginning of the 20 th century

Illustrated and colorful, some show figures from Jewish theater in Germany and Poland during the period 1900-1920. Generally very good condition.
Starting at $500
LOT: 100

Large collection of 46 anti-Semitic postcards. Germany, Poland, and the United States, beginning of the 20 th century

Extremely rare. Generally very good condition.
Item sold at $500 Starting at $500