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Auction No. 9 - 06.04.2016

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LOT: 501

Letter written by hand and signed by Admor HaRav Menahem Mendel Halberstam of Karnshov. 1924.

Letter on the inheritance and guardianship of Rabbi Avraham Grauner, father of Rav Mordechai Elimelech Grauner. Written and signed, stamped by the Admor of Karnshov, sent to Rav Yitzhak Frankel. He was Av Beit Din of Pristik and Dulka from 1870-1926, son-in-law of the Admor Rabbi Yehezkel, the Divrei Yehezkel. His sons served as Admorim after him, amongst them were Rabbi Chana of Kolshitz, Rabbi David of Chevin, Rabbi Yehezkel Shraga of Dokla. After the death of his father he served as Av Beit Din in his stead. Died in 1942, all of his children diedin the Shoah. Hy”d. At the end of the letter is the additional writing and signature of Rav Mordechai Elimelech Grauner. Good condition, filing marks with damage only to two letters.
Item sold at $850 Starting at $700
LOT: 502

Letter from the Admor Rabbi Shalom Moskowitz of Shotz. Long letter from an earlier period.

Letter of blessing, with divrei mussar and encouragement for the groom, written and signed by the Admor Rabbi Shalom Moskwoitz of Shotz. 25 lines in his handwriting. Letter is undated, but from the color of the paper and the ink, it is apparent that it was written during an early period. The Admor Rabbi Shalom Moskowitz of Shotz (1878-1958) was a descendant of the Maggid of Zolochiv, he was a great sage of the revealed Torah, halacha, and mysticism. In his youth he was certified by the Maharsham of Brazin, who spoke highly of him. He compiled books of halacha. In 1930 he moved to London, he became famous as the Admor of Shotz and was known as a miracle worker. In his will, he guaranteed mercy and salvation for anyone who moved to Israel, took it up oneself to strengthen his mitzvoth, and lit candles. His grave is in a hill of Talpiyot, and he requested in his will that no elegant descriptions of him appear on his gravestone, particularly the word “tzaddik.” Size: 18x11cm, good condition, light defect in the margins with damage to a couple letters.
Starting at $1000
LOT: 503

2 letters from the Gaon HaRav Menashe Klein, the “Mishneh Halachot”

1. Letter written entirely by hand and signed by Rav Menashe Klein of Brooklyn, compiler of the book of questions and answers, “Mishneh Halachot,” and more. A long letter that stretches across two pages, sent to Rav Eliyahu Sternbach, includes divrei torah, blessings, and questions after people’s health. Written on official letterhead. Brooklyn 1959. Excellent condition. 2. Letter to the same Rav as above, typewritten and signed by hand. On the publication of the Rav’s book, Mishne Halachot, signed on official letterhead, Brooklyn 1964. Excellent condition, marks from filing.
Item sold at $150 Starting at $150
LOT: 504

Handwritten and signed letter by Rabbi Yaakov Yosef of Slonim, Hevron 1921.

Letter written and signed by Rav Yaakov Yosef of Slonim, in which he turns to the American Aid management regarding the economic situation of a 9-person family, and the rabbinical salary in Hevron. From Hevron, 1 of Tevet, 1921, with signature “Yaakov Yosef Slonim, serving as the Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi for Hevron.” Good condition, written on official letterhead, filing marks with damage to a few letters. For his history, see the attached material.
Starting at $350
LOT: 505

Handwritten letter and signature of the Admor HaRav Avraham Wineberg of Slonim.

Letter written and signed by the “Birkat Avraha.” Tiberias 1930. Permission letter for donation and blessing of a happy and kosher pesach, sent to Rav Slomo Leib Eliezerov, 8 lines in his handwriting, with signature. Excellent condition.
Starting at $500
LOT: 506

20 letters from important Rabbis of the United States.

Most handwritten and signed. Amongst which are Rabbi Meir Bloomenfeld, entirely handwritten and signed on letterhead from 1962. HaRav Simcha Pitroshka, Haim David Regensberg, handwritten and signed on official letterhead. Rav Shlomo Yitzhak Levin on official letterhead, handwritten and signed from 1970. Rav Federman from 1944. Rav Menashe Klein. Rav Yosef David Etrog, 4 letters entirely handwritten and signed. Rav Yaakov Moshe HaKohen Lessin, handwritten and signed. Rav Hanoch Padua, signature only. Admor HaRav Hananya Yom Tov Lipaditsch, handwritten and signed on letterhead from 1966, two letters. Rav Shmaryahu Shulman, 2 letters handwritten and signed. Rav Haim Razin, very long letter on official letterhead handwritten and signed from 1959. Rav Tzvi Hirsh Farber, 2 long letters handwritten and signed. And more. Different sizes, most in excellent condition.
Item sold at $160 Starting at $150
LOT: 507

Lot of 2 letters handwritten and signed by the Gaon HaRav Pinhas Hirschprung, student of the Rav Meir Shapira of Lublin. With signature of the Gaon Rabbi Eliyahu Hazan, head of the “Torah v’Da’at” yeshiva.

Two letters entirely handwritten and signed by the Gaon Rabbi Pinhas Hirschprung, first letter sent to the committee in Montreal, from 1945. Additional signature of “Eli Hazan,” the Gaon Rabbi Eliyahu Hazan (1906-1982), head of the “Torah v’Da’at” yeshiva in New York. Second letter for help and assistance for a poor person from the Holy Land. From 1957. The Gaon HaRav Pinhas Hirschprung, one of the Haredi sages of Canada, was a student of the Gaon Rabbi Meir Shapira of Lublin at the Khochmei Lublin yeshiva, friend of the Admor HaRav Yaakov Leizer of Pshevorsk and the Admor Rav Yekutiel Yehuda Halberstam. In his youth, the Maharam Shapira testified that he knew 2200 pages of Gemara by heart, he was appointed examiner of students for the yeshiva. He was certified for the Rabbinate by the Meracheshet, he survived the travails of the Shoah and settled in Canada. Died in 1998. Excellent condition, different sizes to the letters.
Starting at $200
LOT: 508

Letter from Yeshivat Khochmei Lublin, for a boy who suffered torture, “who was hit and chased after with no mercy,” Lublin 1934.

Letter written on official letterhead of the Khochmei Lublin yeshiva, signed by Rabbi Yehoshua Heschel Shdarovsky. The letter refers unfortunately to a boy who suffered mistreatment. Two Hitlerists fell upon him and hit him strongly and cursed him and took him and tortured him “like in the Inquisition” because he was a Communist. Long and historic letter, around 3 written pages. Generally good condition, signs of filing.
Starting at $200
LOT: 509

Handwritten letter and signature of Rav Yaakov Neuman, head of “Or Yisrael” yeshiva

Sent to RAv Shmuel Aharon Sderivsky, Petah Tikva 1971. Good condition.
Starting at $100
LOT: 510

Letter handwritten and signed by the Gaon of Teplyk, Rabbi Shimshon Aharon Polonsky, Jerusalem 1938.

Recommendation letter for an Avarech, written on official letterhead by hand and signed by Gaon Rabbi Shimshon Aharon Polonsky, known as the Gaon of Teplyk, revered by everyone in his generation for his genius of Torah. Rav Tzvi Pesach Frank would not rule on extreme questions without getting his thoughts, and Rav Avraham Yitzhak HaKohen Kook said of him that he was the “number one learner in Jerusalem.” Known as an expert on Niddah, many of the rabbis of Jerusalem and poskei of the next generation used him to teacher, including David Jungreis, Shlomo Zalman Auerbach, Shmuel HaLevi Wazner, Yisrael Yaakov Fisher, Ovadiah Yosef, Yosef Shalom Elyashiv. Good condition, filing marks.
Item sold at $140 Starting at $120
LOT: 511

Letter handwritten by the Gaon Rav Mordechai Gimpel Yafeh, Ruzhany 1883.

Letter written and signed, to his son and daughter-in-law Rav Yaakov and Bat Sheva. Family issues, blessings, and advice for their health. Written on blue paper, the first page is completely written on, the second only on one side. Rav Mordechai Gimpel Yafeh, composed many books, amongst which was “HaTechelet Mordechai,” and more, lived 1820-1892, he was rabbi of the town of Ruzhany in Belarus. Good condition.
Starting at $450
LOT: 512

Important letter in the handwriting of Sarah Shneerer, Krakow 1926.

Important letter on two sides in the local language, written by Sarah Shneerer, on official letterhead of “Centrale Beit Yaakov” Krakow 1926, a very rare letter. Filing marks with damage to a few letters. Light defects, signs of folding.
Item sold at $2200 Starting at $800
LOT: 513

Historic letter on the wife of the Hafetz Haim and her son Rabbi Aharon Kagan, written and signed by hand by Gaon Rav Pinhas Hirschprong.

Long letter from Rav Hirschprong sent to Rav Shmuel Aharon Pardes, a rabbi in Chicago, in which he describes the difficult economic circumstances of the eminent rebbetzin of the Hafetz Haim and her son Rabbi Aharon Kagan, later in the letter he expresses the mocking terms that people have used of her, and he mentions rumors that he heard from Rav Haim Ozer of Vilna and Rav Baruch beer Leibowitz, Rav Eliezer Silver on the upbringing of HaRav Aharon HaKohen Kagan, son of the Hafetz Haim. Letter with many personal and historical details. Written on official letterhead, on both sides, excellent condition.
Item sold at $375 Starting at $350
LOT: 514

Very important set of letters from Admorim.

1. Letter from the Admor HaRav Yosef Leifer of Pittsburgh. Long letter handwritten and signed. On official letterhead. 2. Letter signed by Rav Eliezer Shlomo Shik (the Moharash) zt”l. A lesson on ethics and awe of Hashem for his followers. 3. Letter from the assistant of Rabbi Michal Hagar (brother of the Ahavat Yisrael) written on a postcard, entirely handwritten and signed. Chernowitz. 4. Answer from the Admor of Nadvorna in Haifa. Handwritten and signed, on letterhead. 5. Letter from Rabbi Issachar Leifer of Nadvorna, Tzfat. Handwritten and signed. 6. Letter of blessing from Rabbi Mordechai David Kahana, the Admor of Spinka. Handwritten and signed on the opposite side of a wedding invitation, to Rabbi Sternbach of Antwerp. 7. Letter from Rabbi Simcha Bonim Sofer. Written entirely by hand and signed. 8. Letter from Rabbi Yosef Kahane, the Admor of Spinka, a long letter written by hand and signed on official letterhead. 9. Letter from Rabbi Hananya Yom Tov Deutsch. Handwritten and signed on official letterhead. 10. Letter written by hand and signed by Rav Shmuel Alexander Onsdarper, on official letterhead. Important set, different sizes, good condition.
Starting at $300
LOT: 515

The “Tanya,” thousandth edition.

“Likutei Amarim,”—the Tanya, “thousandth edition.” Brooklyn, New York, 11 Nissan, 1984. A handsome volume, at the end is an extensive bibliography of the book’s previous printings, photocopies of covers from previous publications, and manuscripts of the Sefer HaTanya. This edition was given out by the Rebbe of Lubavitch after the Convention of 11th Nissan, 1984 (his 82nd birthday). 19cm, binding and bookmarks are made of blue cloth. Quality paper, wide margins, excellent condition.
Item sold at $150 Starting at $150
LOT: 516

5 important books of Chabad.

1. “Konters Perush HaMilot” by the Admor HaZaken, Rabbi Schneor Zalman, written by his son, who continued his legacy, Rabbi Dover. Warsaw 1867, first edition (Friedberg 245), lots of moth damage, most in the margins. 2. “Poke’ach Ivrim,” by Rabbi Dov Be’er ben Admor HaZaken Maladi, Warsaw 1859. 3. “Ateret Rosh,” an exegesis on prayers of Rosh Hashanah—Malchuyot, Zichronot, Shofrot. 4. “Iyun Tefila,” of Rabbi Dov Be’er Maladi, with requests by the Admor HaZaken, Pietrekov 1904, good condition. 5. “Ner Mitzvah v’Torah Or” printed by Chassidei Chabad, 1948. All of the books are bound in new fabric binding with golden embossing, different sizes.
Item sold at $200 Starting at $200
LOT: 517

Lot of 5 letters from rabbis of Israel, handwritten and signed.

1. Handwritten and signed letter by Rav Haim Zevulun Harlap, rabbi and Av Beit Din of Rishon LeZiyyon and the surrounding area. Written on official letterhead from 1951, to the Kashrut department of the Chief Rabbinate. Filing marks. 2. Partnership agreement written (it seems) entirely by hand and signed by the Av Beit Din of Haifa, the Gaon Rabbi Baruch Markus, student of the Saba of Kelem, good condition. 3. Handwritten and signed letter by the Gaon Rabbi Mordechai Zvi Auerbach, Av Beit Din of Amon. Letter from 1926, to “My Lord, my teacher, the great beloved and respected rabbi whose name has gone forth into the world” but it is not clear to whom it was sent. The letter begins “within your hundreds of students…” good condition. 4. Letter handwritten and signed by Rav Shabbtai Burnstein, Jerusalem 1934, on the subject of the printing of the Shas Talmud Bavli. Good condition. 5. Letter written and signed by Rav Avraham Yohanan Blumenthal, founder and administrator of the Zion Orphanage. Jerusalem 1944. Letter sent to Rav Zeev Zvi HaKohen Klein, on the subject of donations for the orphanage. Good condition. In total, 5 letters from important rabbis.
Starting at $200
LOT: 518

Lot of various Chabad books.

1. “Tzemach Tzedek” in two sections, psakei din from the four sections of the Shulchan Aruch, Brooklyn 1949. 2. Shulchan Aruch, Rabbi Schneor Zalman Maladi, 3 volumes, complete set, Brooklyn 1948, edition with facsimile of the handwriting of the Admor HaZaken, the Tanya. 3. “Tzemach Tzedek,” questions and answers on the four sections of the Shulchan Aruch, by Admor HaRav Menahem Mendel of Lubavitch. 6 volumes, second publication with additions, Brooklyn 1948. In total, 11 volumes. 3 complete sets of important books of Chabad. All in excellent condition.
Item sold at $140 Starting at $120
LOT: 519

Letter handwritten and signed by Gaon Rabbi Zecharya Stern, the “Zecher Yosef.”

Letter on family issues, written and signed by the Gaon. Written on both sides of the paper, crowded writing, more than 60 handwritten lines. The letter is damaged in two corners, with a little missing text. The rest is in good condition. Rabbi Yosef Zechariah Stern (1831-1904): a great Gaon, one of the great sages of Lithuania, and a posek of his generation. Rav in Jasionówka, and from 1861 in Šiauliai, Lithuania. Wrote the book of questions and answers “Zecher Yosef”
Starting at $550
LOT: 520

“Brachot HaNehenin,” with exegeses—two editions.

1. “Brachot HaNehenin,” laws of blessings and the seder of washing one’s hands according to the Ari z”al, with translation into Yiddish, by Rabbi Schneor Zalman Maladi, Warsaw 1874. On the title page of the book are handwritten signatures, “Meir HaKohen Bialer,” “Mordechai Mendelknafl.” 2. Same book, with the book “Likutei Maharit” included, Pietrekov, 1911, stamps and signatures of ownership “Yitzhak Kalish,” good condition. Different sizes.
Item sold at $100 Starting at $100
LOT: 521

Set of books from Chabad

1. Sefer “Haniggunim,” including collected lists from conversations with the Holy Admor Yosef Yitzhak Schnerson, on the significance of neginah. With introduction, lists, index of niggunim. 2 sections, Brooklyn 1957. 2. “Ohel Rachel” includes: Surrounding Chassidut, Bibliography: A) printings, b)books, c)books of Yiddish, people, varieties, appendices. Photographs and facsimiles. New York 1980. Good condition.
Item sold at $100 Starting at $100
LOT: 522

Siddur HaArizal of Ba’al HaTanya, Warsaw edition (1867), copies missing parts.

Siddur with commentary of Rav Schneor Zalman Maladi, Arizal siddur, 2 sections, copies missing parts, seems to be the Warsaw edition. First section starts from p. 5-173. Second section from the endorsements, 1-153. Ok to good condition, defects and wear.
Item sold at $120 Starting at $120
LOT: 523

Siddur HaArizal of Ba’al HaTanya, Warsaw 1886.

According Arizal nusach, two sections. With new addition of three holy letters from the Admor HaZaken, brought to the printing house by Rav Shmaryahu ben Reb Levi Yitzhak Schneerson. Two parts with two cover pgaes. 237, 233, (1) page. Thick tome, seems to be the original leather binding. Good condition, a little moisture stains.
Item sold at $240 Starting at $100
LOT: 524

Ari siddur, Berdichov 1913, with machzor for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, rare.

First and second sections. (4) 187, (1) 231, (1) 46 page. Good condition, light defect on the first cover page. Stains.
Item sold at $300 Starting at $300
LOT: 525

Siddur HaArizal, facsimile of the manuscript of Rav Abraham Shimshon ben “Toldot Yaakov Yosef.”

Bnei Brak 1995. Facsimile edition. Excellent condition, leather binding and a cardboard box to fit.
Starting at $200