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Auction No. 9 - 06.04.2016

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LOT: 426

Printed psak din, with handwriting and signature of the Gaon Rav Avraham Mendel Steinberg, Av Beit Din of Sniatyn. 1905.

Long psak din on the subject of agunah. Printed by a roll of paper, size 70x50cm. On both sides. At the end of the dedication, 4 lines in the handwriting and signature of the compiler, Rav Avraham Mendel HaLevi Steinberg. Rare. Rav Avraham Menachem Mendel HaLevi Steinberg was a great Gaon, a sage of his generation and a rabbi of Brodi, born 1847, in his youth he was engaged in halakhic negotiation with sages of his generation, such the Gaon Rabb Yitzhak Itenga, the Mahari, Rav Yitzhak Shmelkis, the Beit Yitzhak, the Sho’el u’Meishiv, and more. His writings were preserved until they were lost during the Second World War. Composed “Mechaze Avraham,” the only book printed in his lifetime. Ok condition, defects with missing text, restored. Worn.
Item sold at $250 Starting at $250
LOT: 427

Certificate of endorsement of the Gaon HaRav Salman Khugi Avodi, Av Beit Din of Jerusalem. Jerusalem 1958.

Teaching certificate, written in ink, Akkadian script on a thick roll of paper. With engraving in the shape of a rainbow “to instruct Bnei Yisrael in all of the commandments that God gave us” Given to “Rav Avraham Shalosh son of the Rahag Yosef Shalosh.” In the margins is signed HaRav Salman Khugi Avodi, Av Beit Din of Jerusalem, a sage of Babel, one of the heads of the Beit Zilka yeshiva in Baghdad. Folded and written on in a portion of it. Excellent condition.
Starting at $100
LOT: 428

Handwritten signature of the Kabbalist Rabbeinu Haim Pinto HaGadol. Azrou 1804, with signature of the Dayan Rabbi Yaakov ben Elazar HaKohen.

Page is cut, a section (the last section with signatures) has a psak din that was released from the court of Rabbeinu Haim Pinto, signed by him personally. The Kabbalist Haim Pinto was one of the grandest characters to decorate Moroccan Jewry, he was born in Essaouira (Mojdor) to his father, Rabbi Shlomo Pinto, who was himself famous for genious and tzaddikut. He was holy, appreciated by all the Jews of Morocco, and stories of his wondrous deeds abound. He died in his old age in 1845 and was buried in his city. His burial site became a place of pilgrimage for Moroccan Jewry, who would pour out their thoughts at his grave. He signed many psakei din, printed in the books of the sages of Morocco. In addition, there is the signature of the Dayan Rabbi Yaakov ben Elazar HaKohen, a member of Rabbi Pinto’s court. The page, as stated, is cut and is missing its upper portion, before us is some of the psak din with the signatures. Bound in new binding.
Item sold at $800 Starting at $800
LOT: 429

Handwritten tables for calculating leap years, attached to the siddur “Derech HaHayyim.”

The siddur “Derech HaHayyim,” by the Gaon Rabbi Yaakov of Lisa, edition from the 1840s. At the end of the siddur was added a few pages from a much earlier period, with tables for calculating leap years. At the beginning of the book are stamps of ownership of HaRav “Aharon Rabinowitz, previously a Prisoner of Zion in Russia,” a rabbi and spiritual influence, son of the Rav of Bialystock. Lists of deaths, and more. Missing the title page and a number of beginning and end pages. Bound in old leather, ok to good condition. Wear and stains.
Starting at $120
LOT: 430

Lot of more than 70 pages of manuscripts and letters.

Large lot of more than 70 handwritten pages and letters from rabbis. Dozens of divrei Torah from periods in the 19/20th centuries. Some with signatures. Rav Avraham Leiv Zilberman, Ra’avad of Tzfat, Rav Tzvi Pesach Frank, Rav Yaakov Edes, signature of Rav ben Ziyyon Hai Uziel, Eliezer Yehuda Waldenberg, Rav Shalom M. Azoulay, Rav Isser Yehuda Unterman, Rav Shalom of Sas, Rav Shmuel Azran, Yosef Shalosh, and more. Material not checked at all, sold as is.
Item sold at $300 Starting at $150
LOT: 431

Archive of the researcher HaRav Moshe Tzinowitz—hundreds of items!

Large archive, including hundreds of paper items and books, pamphlets, newspapers, whole journals written by hand, documents, and more. Hundreds of items! He was an author and bibliographer, researcher of the history of Israel and personages in Europe, lived 1905-1987, in his youth he studied at the yeshivot of Bialystock, Lomja’ and Mir. In 1925 he arrived in Vilna. He started writing then, and in 1933 he moved to Israel and settled in Tel Aviv, published hundreds of articles on communities and rabbis that were published in the newspaper Das Wart in Vilna, and HaTzofe, also composed the books “Mir” on the city and its large community, as well as “Etz Haim” about the history of Yeshivat Volozhin. Material not checked!
Item sold at $600 Starting at $600
LOT: 432

Manuscript, lessons of Rabbi Elhanan Wasserman, written by hand by his student Yitzhak Bernstein in his youth, 1932.

Manuscript volume, 80 written pages, lessons of Rabbi Elhanan Wasserman on the masechtot of the Shas. On one of the pages is the date 1932, on a few pages is the handwritten signature of Rav Yitzhak Bernstein. On page 75 is written at the end of the page “from me, Elhanan Bonem Wasserman,” under which is “copied by Yitzhak Bernstein, his student.” Size of the pages is 15cm, good condition.
Item sold at $425 Starting at $200
LOT: 433

Manuscript, chiddushim by the Gaon HaRav Moshe Friedman, written in the handwriting of his son, the Kabbalist Rabbi Eliezer of Shkadeul.

Chiddushim on Moed Katan, and other issues in the Shas, by Rav Moshe Friedman, written by his son. 12 pages, written on both sides. They were printed later in the book “Osrei LaGefen” by his grandson, Rav Yehuda Sheinfeld in 2010. Good condition.
Item sold at $130 Starting at $120
LOT: 434

Handwriting of Maran “Kehilot Yaakov” in his book on matters relating to lessons. 12 pages.

12 pages in the holy handwriting of Rabbi Yaakov Yisrael Kanievsky—the Steipler, “Kehilot Yaakov” zt”l. The pages are from his book on controversy in lessons, on one of the pages is written “the Gaon Maran shlita told me,” seems to be referring to the Hazon Ish, zt”l. Autograph of the compiler, with corrections and additions that are characteristic of the compiler. Content of the pages was not checked! It seems that there are differences between what is written and what was printed. Different sizes. Bad to ok condition.
Item sold at $1500 Starting at $1500
LOT: 435

Copies of handwritten letters from the Kherson geniza. Letters from students of the Ba’al Shem Tov.

Pages written on both sides, 4 copies of letters from geniza. From an early period. Ok to good condition, defects and war.
Starting at $120
LOT: 436

Manuscript of the Gaon Rabbi Haim Rahamim Yosef Franco—HaHareef. Known as the “Sha’arei Rahamim.”

2 handwritten pages by the Gaon HaHareef. 1. Draft of an halakhic answer on the subject of a bill of sale and rent, on the other side are excerpts for recommendations and rhymes for the start of the answer, these were printed in his book “Sha’arei Rahamim.” They end with the words Yosef, Haim, Rahamim. 2. Small page, the opening to a letter. The Gaon RAv Haim Yosef Rahamim Franco, known as the Hareef, was a famous Gaon, lived 1835-1902, when he was 18 he was certified for the Rabbinate, in 1868 he moved to Israel and was accepted as a dayan in the Beit Din of Bracha with Rav Shalom Moshe Hai Gagin (HaSamach), he left as ambassador to a number of communities. Different conditions and sizes, signs of folding.
Starting at $150
LOT: 437

Manuscript of the Gaon Rav Shalom of Sas, Av Beit Din of Jerusalem. Casablanca 1953, 16 pages.

Halakhic answer (long) on the subject of kiddushei Isha. With a psak din, detailed and very well-reasoned. With signature after the answer, and an additional signature after the psak din. He lived 1909-2003, Chief Rabbi of Casablanca, compiler of the books “Shemesh u’Magen,” in 3 sections, “Tvu’ot Shemesh” in four sections, and more. In 1878 at the urging of Maran Rabbeinu Ovadia Yosef he moved to Israel and served as Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem until his death in 2003. He is considered an important posek, one of the most important to come out of Morocco in the 20th century. 16 written pages. Organized, 24 lines per page. Size 22cm. Excellent condition.
Item sold at $300 Starting at $300
LOT: 438

Holy handwriting of the Tzaddik Rabbi Eliyahu Gutmacher, the Tzaddik of Griditz. On issues of mussar and avodat Hashem.

Page, sized 21cm, written on both sides in the holy handwriting of the tzaddik of Gridditz, Rabbi Eliyahu Gutmacher, on issues of avodat hashem and mussar. Amongst other things, mentions the Tanya. Around 90 lines in his crowded handwriting. He lived 1796-1875, one of the first students of Rabbeinu Akiva Iger in Poznan. Av Beit Din of Pelshan and Griditz, a gaon and Kabbalist. In his last years he became famous as a miracle worker and people came from all over to Griditz to receive his blessings. Composed a commentary on Mishnah, questions and answers and more, his glosses on the Shas were printed in the Vilna shas. Good condition, light defect, bound.
Item sold at $1400 Starting at $1400
LOT: 439

Kvitl, handwritten by the Hazon Ish, zt”l.

Letter sent to the Hazon Ish for a prayer for a number of people who needed deliverance, from 1948. In the margins, Maran the Hazon Ish added 3 names in his handwriting. In total, 10 words in his handwriting. Generally good condition, stains.
Item sold at $700 Starting at $150
LOT: 440

Page with a kvitl handwritten by the Hazon Ish.

Paper, on one side is written divrei Torah with chiddushim on Pirkei Avot, author unknown, amongst other things is written “I heard from my uncle, shlita…” On the other side is an illustration of receiving the Torah with the heavenly voices and lightning at Mt. Sinai. In the margins are a number of names for prayer and blessing in the handwriting of the Hazon Ish. 6 names, around 20 words. Good condition, light defects.
Item sold at $500 Starting at $180
LOT: 441

3 pages handwritten by the Gaon Maran Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv.

Long discourse on the Rambam and the rest of the Rishonim, regarding building on Shabbat. Excellent condition.
Item sold at $450 Starting at $250
LOT: 442

Writing by Maran Rabbeinu Ovadia Yosef, halakhic answer regarding Pesach. 9 pages.

The well-known style of Ovadia Yosef, on the subject of a sick man eating matzah or maror that cause damage to him, whether he should force himself to or not. Long answer spread over 9 pages, 1 of which is written on both sides. On blanks of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. Around 35 lines per page, excellent condition.
Item sold at $1800 Starting at $720
LOT: 443

Writing by Maran Rabbeinu Ovadia Yosef, halakhic answer regarding Pesach. 11 pages.

On the question of whether or not there is a requirement to eat matzah all seven days of Pesach or only on the first night. A long answer spread over 11 pages, one written on both sides. Organized writing, with marginal notes and many additions. Written on blanks of the Rishon LeZiyyon and the Chief Rabbinate. 1970s. Excellent condition.
Item sold at $1300 Starting at $880
LOT: 444

Letter with an halachic answer from the Beit Din in Djerba—written and signed by Rav Rahamim Hai Hayuta HaKohen, with handwritten signature of Rabbi Kalfon Moshe HaKohen, Chief Rabbi of Djerba.

Sent to Rav Yaakov HaKohen, Djerba 1951. Written by hand by Gaon Rabbi Rahamim Hai hayuta HaKohen (1909-1959), one of the important rabbis of Djerba, underwent great tribulations, wrote many books on halacha and aggadah. Alongside is the signature of the Gaon Rabbi Kalfon Moshe HaKohen, who lived 1874-1950, Av Beit Din and sage of Djerba, when he was 25 he was appointed a member of the Beit Din and then Av Beit Din, composed many books. His casket reached Israel after great struggles 57 years after his death in 2006, and was buried on Har HaMenuhot. Excellent condition, size 22cm.
Item sold at $650 Starting at $300
LOT: 445

Holy handwriting of Rabbeinu Yosef Haim, the Ben Ish Hai, ziy”a.

Page, written on both sides, handwritten by Rabbeinu Yosef Haim, the Ben Ish Hai. A long chiddush (complete) on the exodus from Egypt. 36 lines. Size 11x13cm. Excellent condition.
Item sold at $1000 Starting at $500
LOT: 446

Holy handwriting of the Kabbalist Rabbi Yaakov Haim Sofer, 15 pages from his great book “Kef HaHayyim”

Halachot of tefilin and prayers, written by his hand—the autograph of the compiler! 15 written pages, very crowded and written on both sides, with erasures, corrections, and additions between the lines. Size of the pages 23cm. Gaon Rabbi Yaakov Haim Sofer (1870-1939), born in Bavel, student of Rabbi Abdallah Somech and Rabbi Yosef Haim, the Ben Ish Hai. A sage of Bavel and Jerusalem, a great posek, compiler of the series of books “Kef HaHayyim,” he spent all his days studying torah and writing compositions in the attic of the “Shoshanim L’David” synagogue in Jerusalem which the Ben Ish Hai founded. Composed many additional books. Good condition, light wear on a number of pages, the pages are bound with a new leather binding, handsome, with gilded engraving and the pictre of the tzaddik.
Item sold at $4500 Starting at $4500
LOT: 447

Handsome manuscript. Illustrated and decorated on parchment. Pressburg, 1811.

“Hazan HaKnesset,” prayers for the hazzan during the time of Kriyat Torah. During the period of the Hatam Sofer, 1811 approximately. Block lettering, with vowels. Written, illustrated, and decorated with gilded ink and various wonderful colors. Opening letters and crowns in colorful ink. Prayers “Yehi Ratzon” after the Kriyat HaTorah during Monday and Thursday. Brachot for the Haftarah for Shabbat, Shalosh Regalim, Rosh Hashana, and Yom Kippur. Haftarah for Ta’anit Tzibur. Yakum Purkan, the word Yakum surrounded in a frame of leaves and flowers, a pair of lions. Special prayer for peace of the monarchy. First words of the prayer are framed and decorated with a large crown, pair of lines, a human face, plants, and more. Birkat HaChodesh, Yizkor, Mi SheBerach. Prayers for the Tokea and the order of shofar blows, with the kavanot of the blows. Megillah brachot with piyyutim. The manuscript before us was used in the Bril Shohel synagogue in Pressburg, during the rabbinate of the Hatam Sofer. The synagogue is named after its founder, the rich person and tzaddik Rabbi Azriel Bril (Brilin). On page 13 is the addition, at a later time (after the dead of Rabbi Azriel and his wife) a writing in the margins in the yizkor for them. Special prayer was invented for them. He died in 1818, and was a representative of the Pressburg community. He was a signer on the rabbinate of the Hatam Sofer. Apart from being rich he was also great in Torah, and in his youth was very studious and even had students. Sat during fasts, from his youth until old age, and throughout his life was sorry for his wealth. The Hatam Sofer gave a eulogy for him. A piece of parchment was added at a later period, on which is written “in memory of Ariel Brilan, who gave an founded this synagogue named after him.” 22 pages, 27.5cm, generally good condition. Stains, smudging of ink in a number of spots, new leather binding.
Starting at $10000
LOT: 448

Manuscript, North Africa, various piyyutim, 19th century.

From sages of Morocco, for zmanim and moadim and simhot. Written on paper (seem to be two writers), end of the 19th century. 50 written pages. Size 18cm. Bound with the book “Re’eh Ma’aseh,” and “Sove’ah Smachot,” missing the beginning and end. Thick pages in good condition.
Item sold at $220 Starting at $150
LOT: 449

Book entitled “Poems” (Shirim), manuscript, North Africa, 19th century.

Volume includes around 150 pages, various poems from North African poets. With an illustrated cover. Most of the book is an earlier manuscript, seems from the 19th century. Organized, cursive writing with a decorated cover. First and last pages are handwritten from later, a different writer. Size 17cm. Pages loose, binding is worn. Generally good condition, there are defects in the pages' margins.
Item sold at $325 Starting at $250
LOT: 450

Manuscript, exegeses on prayer. Morocco, 19th century.

Birkot HaShachar, 7 written pages on both sides, organized, clear writing, most pages are divided into two columns. Identity not checked. Generally good condition, defects in the margins of the pages.
Item sold at $325 Starting at $120