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Auction no' 22 - 20.02.2019

 

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LOT: 126

Magen David by Rav David of Tolna. Lublin 1873.

Droshim and mussar by the Admor Rabbi David Twersky of Tolna. Second edition, printed during the author’s lifetime. Two covers. 112 pages. Moth holes. Ok to good condition.
Item sold at $150 Starting at $150
LOT: 127

Book of Psalms—HaMaggid. Kapost 1818.

Book of the Maggid on Ketuvim—fifth section, on Psalms. With Rashi, Metzudot, and Hebrew/Yiddish translation. Pritned by Yehuda Yafeh. Light green pages, thick and high quality. | Smudged rabbinical stamps, listing of ownership, new binding, stains. | 143 pages. 21cm. Generally good condition.
Starting at $250
LOT: 128

Even Moshe. Warsaw, 1859. With endorsement of the Admor of Kotzk.

By Rav Moshe bar Yaakov Aharon, on the Torah (organized in order of the parshiyot) and collection of Neviim and Ketuvvim, and on some shitot in Shas and among poskim. With a rare endorsement of the Admor Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kotzk from 7th of Av 1858 (half a year before he died—22nd of Shvat 1859) and an endorsement by Rav Yitzhak Meir Alter, the Chiddushei HaRim of Gur. Stamps of Yeshivat Khochmei Lublin. [5], 88, [1], [89]-111, [8] pages. Light moth marks. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $120 Starting at $120
LOT: 129

Lot, 3 books of chassidut.

1. Two books bound together: (a) Seder HaDorot from students of the Ba’al Shem Tov, second section. Probably first edition. No publisher named, year of publication is blurred. (b) Edat Tzaddikim, stories from the Ba’al Shem Tov. Bookslip binding. 2. HaMidot, Hanhagot Yesharot, by the Rahatz Rabbi Nachman of Cherin and Rabbi Tzadok HaKohen of Lublin. Warsaw 1929. Different sizes and conditions, generally good.
Starting at $100
LOT: 130

Lot of 9 books of chassidut.

1. Ben Porat Yosef, on chassidut, by Rabbi Yaakov Yosef HaKohen of Polona, author of “Toldot Yaakvo Yosef”—student of the Ba’al Shem Tov. Printed in Pietrekov 1883. 2. Noam Magadim and Kvod HaTorah, on chassidut, by Rabbi Eliezer HaLevi Ish Horwitz, Av Beit Din of Tarnigrad—student of Rabbi Elimelech of Luzhansk. Printed in Lviv, 1873. 3.Sfatei Tzadikim, articles on the Torah by Rabbi Pinchas Lerner, Av Beit Din of Dinawitz in Bessarabia—among them divrei torah by his rabbi, Rabbi Avraham Yehoshua Heschel of Aphtha, the Ohev Yisrael. Printed in Warsaw 1909. 4. Safra Zikukin d’Nura u’Biurin Dasa, commentary on the Tanna D’Rabbi Eliyahu. Warsaw 1880. The copy was owned by the kabbalist Rabbi Shimon Englander, with a stamp on the first page. 5. Or Pnei Moshe on the five books of Torah and megillot, by Rabbi Moshe Sofer of Peshversk. Warsaw 1883. Bound together with the books Netzach Yisrael and Tiferet Yisrael by Rabbi Yehuda Liva, the Maharal of Prague. Warsaw 1885/6. 6. Toldot Yaakov Yosef (5 sections in one volume) on the Torah, by Rabbi Yaakov Yosef HaKohen of Polona, student of the Ba’al Shem Tov, Premyslan 1909. Nice copy, each section has its own cover page. 7. Be’er Moshe, on the Torah, by Rabbi Moshe Elyakim Briya Hopstein of Kozhnitz, son of the Maggid of Kozhnitz. Jozefof 1883. Copy of the kabbalist Rabbi Shimon Englander, stamp on the first page and cover. 8. Yosher Divrei Emet, articles of chassidut by Rabbi Meshulam Feivish HaLevi of Zabriz, Munkatch 1905. Attached to it is a pamphlet, Nezirut Shimshon, from the author’s son Rabbi Shimshon of Ozriyan. 9. Parshat Drachim, 26 drashot by Rabbi Yehuda Roznis, the Mishneh LaMelech, on the Rambam. Warsaw 1870, bound together with the book Ohev Yisrael Chassidut, by Rabbi Avraham Yehoshua Heschel of Aphtha. Warsaw 1881. Various conditions, wear, moisture stains, moth damage.
Starting at $120
LOT: 131

Lot of 3 amulets. One in the style of the Admorim of Ruzhin.

1. Four lines, the first line of which is “Yaleshet Ba’asher Boliv,” the known wording of amulets from Rav Yeshayle of Krestir. In this line is interspersed the acronym of the verse (Psalms 122:7) with Psalms 91:10. Second line has the wording “Yoa’achtzatzbiron,” which together make up one of the holy names. These two lines together is a known amulet pattern of the Admor of Sadigura and Premyslan, Rav Mordechai Shalom Yosef Friedman, the Knesset Mordechai, written generally by his scribe Rav Moshe Shpond, according to the tradition of the Ohev Yisrael of Aphta, which was passed down from generation to generation orally only. 9.5x4cm. Generally good condition. 2. Old amulet with a holy name. 6.5x2cm. Good condition. 3. Amulet with two lines, holy name and kavanot of vowels. 3.5x3cm. Good condition.
Item sold at $400 Starting at $120
LOT: 132

Amulet on parchment from the holy hands of the tsaddik, the Admor Rabbi Yeshayle Krestirer—rare.

Before us is a rare and extremely exciting item for those engaged in acquisitions of Chassidic material and lovers of tsaddikim—an amulet given by the Tzaddik from Krestir to someone seeking salvation, and which was hidden for close to 100 years. “The following things the author would write on a small parchment, and no evil would befallen him nor to any members of his household,” so wrote Rabbi Hillel Liechtenstein in his book “Tshuvot Beit Hillel HaChadash” (32). “Yelshat B’Asher Boliv v’haAph HaBamug v’la” (the words written on the parchment)—three verses for preservation are hinted at in it, appearing in the book Elef Katav, and this is the exegesis: “the verses are ‘Yehi Shalom B’Kheilech Shalva b’Armnotaich’ (Psalms 122:7); ‘Lo TeUna Elayech Ra’ah v’Negah Lo Yikrav B’Ohalayech’ (Psalms 91:10), linked by the first initials of the first line. The verse ‘Ve’et HaAnashim Asher Petach HaBayit Hiku BaSanverim MiKotan v’Ad Kadol Vayelu Limtzo HaPatach,” (Genesis 19:1), appears in the first initials of the second line.”For many generations, the deeds of the Tzaddik from Krestir, Rabbi Yeshaya Steiner, have reverberated, especially the story of the Jew who immigrated to the United States, who opened a laundromat for parnasa that he profited off. Two goyim opened a laundromat across the street from him to compete, and the Jew sent another Jew to Hungary with a request to go to Rabbi Yeshayla and ask him for deliverance from his difficulty. The Jew returned to the United States and brought with him an amulet similar to the one before us here.The competitors decided to burn the Jew’s store, and sent someone to light it on fire, but the person couldn’t identify the storefront and accidentally burned down the Italians’ store. When the Rabbi Yeshayla died, the Jew dared to open the amulet and was astonished in seeing the verse and people who entered the home were struck with blindness. Rabbi Yeshaya Steiner (1852-1925) from Krestir (Bodrogkeresztur) was one of the most important and well-known Admorim in Hungary. When he was 3, his father died, and at age 12 his widowed mother sent him to Rabbi Zvi Hirsch from Liska, where he was until his Rav died, and then he succeeded him, but remained indigent and did not think of himself. He is considered a miracle-worker and many amazing stories are told of him. Until today thousands of people continue to visit his grave and unburden their hearts there, and many amazing stories have been generated about the power of that event. He is known for his merciful heart and his care for the parnasa of the Jewish people. The amulets given during his lifetime to those seeking deliverance were written on parchment by professional scribes from his students, and he would himself bless them and give them by hand. His picture is also known as a segula against rats in a home, after an incident when he blessed a home and rats left their holes in Jewish homes, as well as another where he blessed a Jew who had been sued and rats came and ate the suit that was hanging before him in the court. Size: 6.4/3.1 cm. Excellent condition.
Item sold at $8000 Starting at $5000
LOT: 133

Amulet handwritten on parchment from the kabbalist and tzaddik Rabbi Avraham Barazani, son-in-law of the Rav and kabbalist Rabbi Yehuda Moshe Petiya.

Amulet for barren women and more, with angelic and holy names, by Rav Abraham Yaakov Barazani, a sage of Kurdistan, who moved to Israel in 1934 and lived in Me’ah She’arim (Jerusalem). Known as a great sage of kabbalah (Arzei HaLevanon p. 50). Size: 5x55cm. Name erased in pen. Good condition.
Item sold at $500 Starting at $500
LOT: 134

Amulet of the Ilan HaKadosh—roll of paper. From the 1840s.

Printed on paper. 8 sheets of paper attached to one another. Divided into three main sections, with foundations of kabbalistic knowledge, kabbalistic charts and illustrations, and the Ilan HaKadosh—the family tree from Rabbi Meir Paprash of Gurei HaAri. Large theoretical part which explains visually the foundations of kabbalah, and is designed for those studying kabbalah, and as the Admor Rabbi Yeshaya Moshkat of Prague (son-in-law of Rabbi Yitzhak of Radovil and student of the Maggid of Kozhnitz and friend of the Chiddushei HaRim) writes in his endorsement for the printing of the Ilan HaKadoesh: “its holy sayings are worth more than gold and pearls, it includes all of the sayings of the Ari…and whomever is proficient in its holy sayings can definitely deal with the wisdom of kabbalah.” The amulet bears a segulah of safeguarding the holder from damage and for raising boys. | Given in a matching case made of tin, which is falling apart and defective. | Length: around 3.5m, width: around 21cm. Professional repair in the upper part with light damage to text. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $650 Starting at $500
LOT: 135

Lot: dollar and blressing signed by the kabbalist Rabbi Nassim Moyel. Extremely rare.

1. Dollar bill for the success of the bearer, with the signature of the famous kabbalist. 2. Sheet with blessing handwritten and signed by the kabbalist. On the page is written: “Rabbi Eliyahu Malkha ben Rachel, each from the holy people, the Jewish people, to help his institutions, blessed is Hashem to help him to sanctify His name and give him his blessing. The blessing of Nasim Moyel. | Signs from tape. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $120 Starting at $120
LOT: 136

Pitom Ketoret and Menorat Menatze’ach handwritten on klaf parchment. Israel, 20th century.

According to the Sfardi minhag. Silver closure with floral decorations. Inscription in gold on the pitom. On the back is a repair with taping of the klaf. Generally ok to good condition.
Item sold at $120 Starting at $120
LOT: 137

Amulet handwritten on parchment, long and unusual. End of the 19th century.

With angelic vows. Kabbalistic drawings and more. Length: 90cm. Width: 5cm. Identity of the author unknown. Generally very good condition.
Item sold at $160 Starting at $150
LOT: 138

Long handwritten amulet on parchment. Defective. 19th century. Extremely rare!

With verses, holy names, and kabbalistic drawings. Probably 19th century. Extremely rare! Defective and partially missing. Divided into sections with smaller cuts. The parchment is falling apart. Bad condition.
Item sold at $160 Starting at $100
LOT: 139

Metal amulet with engravings against the Evil Eye. Probably beginning of the 20th century. Rare.

Fish, hamsa, eyes, and a horseshoe. Light signs of rust. Size 7x6cm. Generally good condition.
Starting at $120
LOT: 140

Lot, 2 amulets on paper. Algeria. Rare.

Two copies of an amulet for safeguarding an new mother and her child. Printed in red ink on paper. In the center is the figure of a hamsa, inside which are holy names and kabbalistic symbols, alongside the names of the forefathers and mothers. On either side of the paper are spells from the book Avodat HaKodesh from Rav HaHida. At the top of the page in Hebrew and French is written “Hevrat Eliyahu HaNavi” and “M.P. Martutime – Oran.” 25x32cm. Reinforcement with tape. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $300 Starting at $300
LOT: 141

Lot of more than 100 different amulets.

Holy names, angelic vows, and more. Some on parchment, some on paper. Some printed, some made of metal. Various sizes and conditions.
Item sold at $400 Starting at $120
LOT: 142

Large lot of more than 100 different amulets.

Holy names, angelic vows, and more. Some on parchment, some on paper. Some printed, some made of metal. Various sizes and conditions.
Item sold at $140 Starting at $100
LOT: 143

Large lot of more than 100 different amulets.

Holy names, angelic vows, and more. Some on parchment, some on paper. Some printed, some made of metal. Various sizes and conditions.
Item sold at $140 Starting at $100
LOT: 144

Sefer HaYashar by Rabbeinu Tam, first edition. Vienna 1810. Copy of Rabbi Yisrael of Shklov.

By Rabbeinu Tam, one of the Tosafot. Printed by Georg Hrashansky. On the cover page is written “belongs to Rav Yisrael of Tzfat…” | Rabbi Yisrael of Shklov (1770-1839) was a Talmudist, one of a group of Talmudical scholars of Shklov who were attracted to Vilna by Elijah Gaon (1720–97). He was one of "the last arrivals," and attended upon the Gaon as a disciple for less than a year.He gained Elijah's confidence, and was chosen to arrange for publication the Gaon's commentary to the first two parts of the Shulchan Aruch. Later he emigrated to Ottoman Palestine and became the head of the German and Polish congregations of Safed and then of Jerusalem. He was there surnamed "Ashkenazi" (the "German"). After a residence of several years in the Holy Land, he went to Europe as a ShaDaR, and in that capacity he traveled through Lithuania and other parts of Russia.On his return to Palestine he wrote his chief work, Pe'at ha-Shulchan, which is intended as a sort of supplement to the Shulchan Aruch, supplying all the agricultural laws obligatory only in the Holy Land, omitted by rabbi Joseph Caro in his code. He also incorporated in this book the notes of Elijah of Vilna (the Gaon) to the tractate Zera'im, the first order of the Mishnah, and gave in addition a voluminous commentary of his own which he called Beit Yisrael. The work was published in Safed in 1836 by the printing-house of Yisrael ben Avraham Back.Ashkenazi is also the author of Nachalah u-Menuchah, a collection of responsa mentioned in the work above. An account of his rabbinate of Jerusalem is given in Mendel ben Aaron's Kore ha-'Ittim (Vilna, 1840). | Thick paper, dark and of high quality. Moth marks. Stains. New binding. Stamps. Light repair to cover. | 86 pages. 34cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $550 Starting at $300
LOT: 145

Korban Aharon, second edition (special) – Dessau, 1742. Copy of Rabbi Yisrael of Shklov, the Pe’at HaShulchan, with glosses handwritten by him.

A commentary on the Safra by Rabbi Aharon Even-Haim. At the beginning of the book (20 pages) is a text called Midot Aharon, by the author. Endorsements by Rbbi Aryeh Leib of Amsterdam, Rabbi Baruch Kahane Rapaport of Furth, Rabbi Yehezkel Catznelson, and more. Second edition is special because it was used by the Vilna Gaon, as proven by his glosses on the Safra. Printed by Eli of Dessau from the Isserlis family. | Copy of Rabbi Yisrael of Shklov: on the cover is the inscription “Of Rav Yisrael,” on page 2(1) at the top is written “belongs to Rav Yisrael … of the Prushim Kollel” and stamps of the same kollel, where Rabbi Yisrael was the leader. Rabbi Yisrael of Shklov (1770-1839) was a Talmudist, one of a group of Talmudical scholars of Shklov who were attracted to Vilna by Elijah Gaon (1720–97). He was one of "the last arrivals," and attended upon the Gaon as a disciple for less than a year.He gained Elijah's confidence, and was chosen to arrange for publication the Gaon's commentary to the first two parts of the Shulchan Aruch. Later he emigrated to Ottoman Palestine and became the head of the German and Polish congregations of Safed and then of Jerusalem. He was there surnamed "Ashkenazi" (the "German"). After a residence of several years in the Holy Land, he went to Europe as a ShaDaR, and in that capacity he traveled through Lithuania and other parts of Russia.On his return to Palestine he wrote his chief work, Pe'at ha-Shulchan, which is intended as a sort of supplement to the Shulchan Aruch, supplying all the agricultural laws obligatory only in the Holy Land, omitted by rabbi Joseph Caro in his code. He also incorporated in this book the notes of Elijah of Vilna (the Gaon) to the tractate Zera'im, the first order of the Mishnah, and gave in addition a voluminous commentary of his own which he called Beit Yisrael. The work was published in Safed in 1836 by the printing-house of Yisrael ben Avraham Back.Ashkenazi is also the author of Nachalah u-Menuchah, a collection of responsa mentioned in the work above. An account of his rabbinate of Jerusalem is given in Mendel ben Aaron's Kore ha-'Ittim (Vilna, 1840). | Stains, new binding, stamps, light repair to cover and last page. | [2], 20; 260 pages. 34cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $550 Starting at $300
LOT: 146

Chiddushei HaRashba and the Rashbatz – Lviv 1785. Copy of Rabbi Binyamin Rivlin of Shklov, the cousin of the Vilna Gaon and one of his greatest students.

Chiddushei Rashba on masechtot Niddah and Shavuot, separate cover for each. Chiddushei Rashbatz on Niddah bound together. Printed by Haim David HaLevi. On page 32(1) appears the word “Rivlin,” on page 27(1) appears “Rav Binyamin HaRav Zalman Riv… of Shklov.” | Rabbi Binyamin Zalman Rivlin of Shklov (1728-1812) was the cousin and student of the Vilna Gaon. Founded together with Rabbi Yehoshua Zeitlin the Yeshivat HaIluyim in Shklov. The Vilna Gaon came for its establishment. He earned the nickname “the Chief Agent of the Vilna Gaon” for working at an industrial pace to help the Gra’s students immigrate to Israel. His son was Rabbi Hillel Rivlin of Shklov, the Kol HaTur and leader of the Aliyah of the Gra’s students. | Thick paper, dark and of high quality. Reinforcement with tape. Margins are frayed. A few moth holes. New binding. Cover of the Rashba on masechet Niddah erroneously features the word “Shavuot.” | 33; 44 pages. 20cm. Generally good condition.
Starting at $300
LOT: 147

Hakdamot v’Sha’arim, first edition – given by the author, the kabbalist Rabbi Shlomo Elyashiv, the Ba’al HaLeshem.

One part of the book Leshem Shebo v’Achlama by the kabbalist Rabbi Shlomo Elyashiv. Printed by Mordechai Cederbaum, Pietrekov, 1908. Top of the cover has the inscription “given by the author to the Beit Midrash Or Chadash in the courtyard of the Gvir Strauss…” | Rabbi Shlomo Elyashiv (1841-1926) was one of the great kabbalists of Lithuania, rabbi of Shavil and Homel. Author of the series of books “Leshem Shebo v’Achlama.” The Chazon Ish called him “the last kabbalist.” Rav Kook called him “the greatest kabbalist of our generation.” And he is quoted as saying that he said of Rabbi Shlomo that he was proficient in the halls of kabbalah like a man is proficient in his home, and Rabbi Aryeh Levin hinted at his death that he was the Gadol HaDor. His grandson was the Grish Elyashiv. | Stamps and listings of ownership. 106 pages. 29cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $300 Starting at $300
LOT: 148

Lot, Sfat HaNachal and Avi HaNachal bound together. Koenigsberg 1855. Both covers have signatures of Rabbi Shmuel Salant in abbreviation.

By Rabbi Yehoshua Isaac Shapira, Rabbi of Kaloaria, Kotna, Tiktin, and Slonim. A sage of his generation, excelled in his sharpness and wit and his witty sayings in public. Separate covers. At the end of the book are 7 pages that don’t appear in the Winograd bibliography, including chiddushei by “the Avrech HaRav HaCharif Moshe, son of … the author.” | Stamps, listings, stains. Binding and last page disconnected.| [1], 91; [1], 101, [1]; 7 pages. 34cm. Generally ok to good condition.
Item sold at $180 Starting at $180
LOT: 149

Sidrei Taharot on Ohalot by the Admor of Radzin, a book that was very controversial – with stamps of the Gaon Rabbi Meir Shapira, and Yeshivat Chochmei Lublin. Pietrekov 1903. First edition.

On the cover is the stamp of the library of Yeshivat Chochmei Lublin, and stamps of Rabbi Meir Shapira, one from when he was Rabbi of Pietrekov and one when he was Rabbi of Sanik. Sidrei Taharot is a collection of articles from our sages on the Shas Bavli and Yerushalmi, Torat Kohanim, Sifrei Rabba and Sifrei Zuta, Mechilta, Zohar, Pesikta, Pesikta Atikata, Toseftot, Midrashim, Baraitot, Avot d’Rabbi Natan, Tana deRabbi Eliyahu Raba v’Zuta, Aggadat Bereishit, and more. With two commentaries, a long one clarifying halacha through pilpul (like the Tosafot) and a short one interpreting the halachot (like Rashi). By the Admor Rabbi Gershon Chanoch Hanich Lainer of Radzin. As is known, Seder Taharot doesn’t have a gemara, either in Bavli or Yerushalmi (except for masechet Nidda). This composition is organized almost like a gemara, with a mishnah followed by a “gemara”—words applying to the Mishnah are collected from all of Chazal’s literature, and around them are the commentaries of the author after the fashion of Rashi and Tosafot on the Gemara. With the Masoret HaShas and Ein Mishpat. The book was written when the Admor was 33 years old, and when the first section of the book on masechet Keilim (Jozefof 1873) was released, some were extremely excited by it—the Shoel u’Meishiv and others wrote very exhuberant endorsements for it. On the other hand, the Beit Din in Vilna, led by Rabbi Betzalel HAKohen, came out against the author since some would come to think of it as part of the Talmud. As a result of the opposition, from the second section onwards the bottom of every page had printed the sentence “collected from the sayings of the Tana’im and Amora’im.” | This section was printed and featured endorsements from sages from all over: Rabbi Yitzhak Elhanan Spector of Kovna, the Rishon LeZiyyon Rabbi Avraham Ashkenazi, Rabbi Shimon Sofer, the Malbim, Rabbi Abdallah Somech, and Rabbi Shlomo Bechor Hutzin, the Shadai Chemed, and more. Printer: Shlomo Belchatovsky. [8] 546 pages. 32cm. Good condition.
Item sold at $325 Starting at $120
LOT: 150

Zion LeDrash by Shraga Feivush Frankel. Personal copy of the Rahag Rav Eliezer Moshe HaLevi Horwitz, hy”d. Premyslan 1877.

Index for Chazal’s writings from the Talmud Bavli and Yerushalmi, organized alphabetically. On the cover is an inscription that the book was given as a gift for the wedding day by Aharon Faust (son-in-law of the author and the one who brought it to printing) to the young Eliezer Moshe HaLevi Ish Horwitz. Stamp of ownership in local tongue of Moshe Horwitz, Krakow. Rabbi Eliezer Moshe HaLevi Horwitz (1868-1943) was a rabbi in Krakow. Author of Tov Ayin on the history of the Horwitz family (Krakow 1935). Perished in the Shoah. Published articles in HaKochav (Munkatch, 1935) and Rabboteinu SheBaGola (Pressburg 1915). Printers: Zopnik and Knaller. | 22cm. 12, 156 pages. Generally good condition.
Starting at $250