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05.09.2018 - Auction 20

Auction no. 20

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LOT: 051

Sefer HaLevushim—Venice 1620. Glosses.

Two sections in one volume: Levush HaTechelt and Levush HaChur, on the Shulchan Aruch Orech Hayyim. By Rabbi Mordechai Yafeh the “Ba’al HaLevushim.” Printed by Bragadini at the Yonay Kayon house. Ancient, wonderful edition of the book HaLevushim, printed 8 years after the author’s death. At the front of the book is an introduction by Rabbi Yehuda Aryeh of Modena. On pages 2(1) and 200(2) are glosses in Mizrahi handwriting. The Chafetz Haim writes in his book Nidchei Yisrael (Chapter 23) that Rabbi Mordechai Yafeh nicknamed his book Levushim because of an event that occurred: Rabbi Mordechai was good-looking, and one of the women of the Christian aristocracy was attracted to him. She invited him to her home for business purposes, locked him in her home, and demanded that he accede to her. He refused utterly, and after she refused to release him he escaped via the sewer, and all ten articles of his clothing were completely destroyed. In memory of the event he wrote ten books called “Levushim.” | Quality paper with wide margins, stains, moth marks, new binding, reinforcement with tape. Stamps of ownership. | 201, [6] pages. 35cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $130 Starting at $120
LOT: 052

Wonderful micrograph written and illustrated by hand. Portrait of Rabbi Mordechai Bennett, beginning of the 19th century. Rare.

At the bottom is the signature of the artist, “David Katz of Nadash, made and completed on Tuesday, Parshat Chukat, year 836 [1836?].” The text is most likely hilchot pesach. Below the portrait is a wonderful inscription in the local tongue, below which is an inscription in Hebrew: “the shape of the Rav Gaon Mordechai Bennett, author of the Biyur Mordechai.” Rabbi Mordechai Bennett (1753-1829) was among the greatest sages of his generation, a posek, close to the monarchy, rabbi in Londenburg, Shosburg, rabbi of the state of Nicklasburg. Participated in the delegation to the Czar with Rabbi Kopel Teben on the issue of the draft order to the army. Light tears that underwent professional repair. 21.5x30cm. Generally good condition.
Starting at $10000
LOT: 053

Album of rabbinical lithographs.

Wonderful collection of 46 lithographs of great rabbis, including HaRav Avramsky, the Imrei Emet of Gur, the Vilna Gaon, Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, the Chafetz Chaim, the Rogachover, Rabbi Haim of Brisk, Admorei Ruzhin, and more. On the back of every lithograph is a short explanation in English on the figure. Published by Feldheim, Israel (New York), 1978. | 20cm each lithograph, 48x27 pages, generally good condition.
Starting at $100
LOT: 054

Large and unique collection of postcards—Bethlehem

Around 220 postcards, colorful and black-white. From various publishings around the world (America, Europe, and the Middle East) with photographs and illustrations of the city of Bethlehem and of Rachel’s Tomb. In the pictures: landscapes, urban views, prayer houses, people wearing traditional garb, and, of course, Rachel’s Tomb. The postcards are from the late 19th century until the beginning of the 20th. Some are written on, stamped, and signed. Given in a new album case. Different sizes and conditions, average size: 13x9cm. Most are preserved well and in very good to excellent condition.
Item sold at $200 Starting at $200
LOT: 055

Large and unique collection of postcards—Nazareth and Jericho

Around 134 postcards, From various publishings around the world (America, Europe, and the Middle East) with photographs and illustrations of the city of Nazareth and Jericho. In the pictures: landscapes, urban views, prayer houses, people wearing traditional garb. The postcards are from the late 19th century until the beginning of the 20th. Some are written on, stamped, and signed. Given in a new album case. Different sizes and conditions, average size: 13x9cm. Most are preserved well and in very good to excellent condition.
Starting at $200
LOT: 056

Lot, 57 postcards of Israel—19-20th centuries

Colorful and black-white. From various publishings around the world (America, Europe, and the Middle East) with landscapes from the Land of Israel. The postcards are from the late 19th century until the beginning of the 20th. Average size: 9x15cm. Good condition.
Starting at $250
LOT: 057

Large and rare collection of Jewish calling cards—from around the world.

More than 200 calling cards from many countries around the world. End of the 20th century. The cards showcase Jewish motifs, among them: famous Jewish figures (rabbis, statesmen, scientists, artists, and more), creations by Jewish artists (paintings, movies, and more), cards for various holidays, advertisements for companies with Jewish owners, cards from Israel, and more. Average size: 5x5x8.5cm. Given in an album. Good condition.
Item sold at $180 Starting at $180
LOT: 058

Lot of albums from the camps. 1945-1958.

1. Dachau camp album, 1945, publication of the International Information Office. Includes early photographs from the camp before and after its liberation, including pictures from the trial carried out in Munich for murderers from the death camps. Total of 40 pictures accompanied by explanations. 10x15cm. In English, French, Russian, and German. Stains and a tear in the front and rear binding. Generally ok to good condition. 2. Buchenwald, memorial album in German, first published in 1948. Includes 47 pictures from the concentration camp from the planning stage until the memorial site was constructed, all accompanied by explanations. Stains to the binding. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $250 Starting at $250
LOT: 059

Lot of 10 community books.

1. Cities and Mothers in Israel, section 4, by Rav Y. L. Maimon, published by the Rav Kook Institute, Ma’arav Printing, Jerusalem 1950. Stamp of ownership of Rav Yoel Teitelbaum, the Av Beit Din of Kirelhaza. 2. Cities and Mothers in Israel, section 7—Bratislava, by Rav Y. L. Maimon, published by the Rav Kook Institute, Ma’arav Printing, Jerusalem 1960. 3. A Village Called Dogalishok, by Avraham Aviel. Published by the Ministry of Defense, Neidet printing, Israel 1995. 4. Book in Memory of the Jews of Mad (Hungary), edited by Aryeh Levi. Published by the Committee for the Preservation of the Martyrs of Mad, Jerusalem 1974. 5. Encyclopedia of Exiles, Volume II, Brisk (Lithuania), Sefer printing, Tel Aviv 1955. 6. Encyclopedia of Exiles, Volume III—Turnopol, Sefer printing, Tel Aviv 1955 7. First to Revolt—published by the Encyclopedia of Exiles, printed by A. Mozes, Tel Aviv 1957. 8. Memory of Salonika—edited by David A. Reccanati. Published by the Committee for the Publication of Books on the Salonika community, Tel Aviv 1986. 9. Babrevisk, edited by Yehuda Slotzky, published by Culture & Education, printed by Arzei, Tel Aviv 1967. 10. Lithuanian Jewry, pictures and data. Y.D. Kamzon, published by the Rav Kook Institute, printed by Jerusalem Post, Jerusalem 1959. Different sizes and conditions, generally good.
Item sold at $110 Starting at $100
LOT: 060

Lot of 3 books—Joint Committee/Shoah Survivors

1. Machzor for the High Holidays, nusach sfard. Printed by the Joint Distribution Committee, 1947. Before the cover page is glued an official page from Rav Shlomo Shapira, “the head of the religious office of the JDC in Germany” with blessings and condolences for survivors. 2. Introductory book of Mikra by Professor M.Z. Segel. Published by the Jewish Agency and the Joint, Munich, 1947. 3. “Omlegale Yiddin Spalten Yamen” – stories of the Ma’apilim. Published by the Hevra Kadisha of Buenos Aires for Shoah survivors, 1948. Different sizes and conditions, generally ok to good condition.
Starting at $100
LOT: 061

Probably anti-Semitic nutcracker. Europe, 20th century.

Interesting, unique item made of wood in the shape of a man with a tail. By pulling the tail his mouth opens to put nuts inside. Probably Europe. Height: 22cm. Good condition.
Starting at $100
LOT: 062

Anti-Semitic walking stick, brass top, France, 19th century.

Length: 87cm. Diameter: 2.5cm. Handle: 7.5x7.5cm.
Starting at $120
LOT: 063

Lot of 2 books in Ladino.

1. B’Siman Tov Calendario—calendar with astronomical and astrological information. Salonika 1928. 2. La Famiya Mistriosa—plays by Jakim Behar, Trieste 1889. Dust jacket. Different sizes and conditions, generally good.
Item sold at $110 Starting at $100
LOT: 064

Lot of 6 books in Ladino.

1. Falama Videri, by Avraham Wissotzky. 2. Tzida b’Yom Tov, by Rabbi Yom Tov Krispin. Printed by Avraham Pontrimoli and Yaakov Poli, Izmir. 3. Il Dreyfus Automano. 4. Vida Dizgrasiada by Alexander N. Giat. Izmir 1906. 5. Na’im Zmirot, with bakashot, piyyutim, and mizmorim. Salonika 1929. 6. A book to learn the wisdom of character. Different sizes and conditions, generally ok.
Starting at $200
LOT: 065

Old cover for a sefer torah with silver thread embroidery.

Blue velvet, faded in the middle because of the kisses of those praying. Silver string embroidery on the front of a keter torah and the letters kaf and taf, two lions holding a Star of David, and two branches. Fringes at the top also made of silver thread, partially detached. Size 34x82cm. Upper part of the velvet is cracking. Generally ok condition.
Item sold at $100 Starting at $100
LOT: 066

Cover for a sefer torah “bein gavra lagavra.” Europe 1911.

In Bordeaux color, with embroidery of silver threads of a keter torah and a dedication: “from the generosity of the important women of the settlement of Welkovitz and the Galil, gathered by the Gabbay Rav Shraga Fuchs HaLevi, for the wedding of Marat Yehudit Tamashaf of Farnitza.” The cover is meant to cover the Torah between aliyot. | Generally good condition, 40x65cm.
Item sold at $200 Starting at $180
LOT: 067

Lot of covers for a sefer Torah from France (Alsace), 1853-1940, with embroidery of silver thread and gold gilding on the embroidery.

Lot of 3 covers for a French sefer torah. 1. Silver embroidery and gilding on red velvet. Exceptional cover because of the motifs and the dedication—priestly hands and an inscription from a family of Levites who dedicated the cover, in 1853. Length 90cm, width 44cm. Generally good condition. 2. Silver embroidery with gilding on red velvet, exceptional cover donated by the synagogue membership, with decorations of flowers in the middle and a keter torah at the top. 1870 approximately. Length 98cm, width 43cm. Generally very good condition. 3. Silver thread embroidery with gilding on brown embroidery. A bouquet of leaves in the center with a Star of David on top and a keter torah, dedication by Reb Yitzhak bar Zvi (Kohen Tzedek), 1940. Tear and resewn at the top (not exact). Length 60cm. Width 30cm.
Item sold at $650 Starting at $500
LOT: 068

Dressing for a sefer torah from Yemen—“Album”. A unique segula item.

Cover made from green velvet which is wrapped around the Torah scroll by loops and a long sash. On the velvet is embroidery of gold thread of a keter torah, Stars of David, tablets, and a dedication. Gold and silver jewelry hangs from the cover, items that righteous women removed and placed on it. | The “album” sefer torah is one of the most well-known Torahs from Yemen, written 400 years ago. Regarding the name “album,” they say that the sofer who wrote this sefer would fast greatly while writing it. Anyone who knocked on his door would be met with the response “album” (Yemenite: go away). Many miracles are bound up in this Torah, ill people who recovered, evil people who suffered, etc. Over the last years, the sefer remained in the village of Shahadiya, and during the Aliyah of the Yemenites to Israel they brought it with them. But the sefer has disappeared since arriving in Israel. (See “LeBaneichem Sifro” by Rav Gilad Tzadok, Bnei Brak, 2000, pp. 231-234). 110x70cm. Good condition.
Starting at $1800
LOT: 069

Elijah’s chair, wood, dedication to the Album synagogue. 1950s. Israel

For the synagogue where the Album Torah was held (see above). Silver plate with two Stars of David and the dedication “Channah bat Shlomo, wife of Yosef Bedni, gave it.” Includes two holders for finials. Generally good condition. 41x78x41cm.
Starting at $120
LOT: 070

Coat for a groom, Caucasus, 19th century.

For the traditional wedding ceremony, a jacket for a groom. Embroidered by hand with many colors and geometric shapes and illustrations. Natural colors. Legnth: 1.1m. Generally very good condition, rare.
Item sold at $850 Starting at $600
LOT: 071

Lot of two Bukhari jumas, Central Asia 20th century.

1. Made by hand and by machine from blue cloth, with gilded decorations. The origin of the juma is the royal garb worn by kings and their helpers in the area, like the Amir of Bukhara, which became a tradition. The juma is worn at special events like family simchas. In the past it was worn as a jacket for festive events, but now it is worn in only part of the event, mainly during dancing. There is a belief that whoever wears a juma at a happy event will have a happy event happen to him 2. Juma made of cotton and silk fabric, with stripes in a variety of colors. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $200 Starting at $200
LOT: 072

Headdress and top for a bride—Azerbaijan, 19/20th century.

Traditional hat and top for a bride, made by hand, decorated with hundreds of low-quality silver pieces, silver coins from the period, and bells. Top is 52cm long, 42cm wide. Hat diameter 22cm, length 90cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $300 Starting at $300
LOT: 073

Bukhari Juma and hat. 20th century.

Large juma, richly made by hand with hat, from Bordeaux fabric, embroidered with gold. Excellent condition.The origin of the juma is the royal garb worn by kings and their helpers in the area, like the Amir of Bukhara, which became a tradition. The juma is worn at special events like family simchas. In the past it was worn as a jacket for festive events, but now it is worn in only part of the event, mainly during dancing. There is a belief that whoever wears a juma at a happy event will have a happy event happen to him.
Item sold at $250 Starting at $250
LOT: 074

Lot, bracelet and chain made from silver—Yemen, 19th century.

1. Festive bracelete made by hand. 3 lines of decorations with filigree work. Stamps. Internal diameter: 5cm. 2. Chain, huge, for the chest, handmade. With a pretty clasp, and seven charms to hang from it (in the shape of sifrei torah). Filigree work by Jewish jewelers. Different sizes and conditions, total weight 181g. Good condition.
Item sold at $500 Starting at $500
LOT: 075

Lot, 2 silver bracelets—North Africa, 19th century.

1. Handmade bracelet, filigree work. Semi-precious gemstones inlaid. Diameter 6cm (interior). Defect. 2. Double bracelet, with pearl-shaped silver beads. Different sizes and conditions (generally ok). Total weight: 96cm.
Item sold at $120 Starting at $120