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LOT: 177

HaBachur—Berlin, 1767.

A book of grammar by Eliyahu HaLevi Ashkenazi, printed by Itzik Speyer. Rav Ashkenazi (1472-1549), known as “Rabbi Eliyahu Bachur” as a result of this book, was a rabbi, grammarian, famous researcher of mesorah, and a sage of Italy. Authored important books of grammar. Taught Christians Hebrew. One of his students, who later became the French ambassador in Venice, invited him in the name of King Francis I, to lecture in Hebrew at a college in Paris. He rejected the offer for two reasons: He did not want to be the only Jew allowed to live in France, and did not feel that under such conditions he could keep all of the mitzvot. After he lost all of his property he returned to Venice, and worked to earn a living as a proofreader at the publishing house of Daniel Bomberg. | Thick, quality pages, moth holes. | [2], 39, [1] pages. 20cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $100 Starting at $100
LOT: 178

HaKuzari, with manuscript in German at the end.

With German translation. Leipzig, 1853 At the end are 45 pages written in cramped handwriting in German. Content not checked, author unknown. | Stamps and signatures of ownership. Binding partially disconnected. 2 pages disconnected. 439, XXXV page. Manuscript: 45 pages. 22cm. Generally good condition.
Starting at $180
LOT: 179

Lexicon—Basel, 1631. Glosses.

Lexicon for Words from the Tanach in Hebrew and Aramaic, with commentary in Latin: “Lexicon Hebraicum et Chaldaicum” by Johannis Buxtorfi. Many glosses in local language, content not checked. Binding made of old parchment. Blackened leaf cutting. | [8] sheets; [974] pages; [39] sheets. | Generally good condition.
Item sold at $100 Starting at $100
LOT: 180

Ohalei Yehuda, only edition—Yesnitz, 1719.

Names from Tanach and their roots. By Rabbi Yehuda Aryeh of Carpentras. The copy before us has the endorsement of Rabbi Menachem Mendel Ashkenazi, Av Beit Din of Hamburg (there are differences in the endorsements among different copies). Only edition, printed by Yisrael Avraham. Cover of the book has signature of ownership of “Avraham.” | Repairs and tears to the margins of the cover page. Stains. Binding partially disconnected.| [3], 57 pages. 20cm. Generally ok to good condition.
Item sold at $100 Starting at $100
LOT: 181

Lot, 2 books bound together—Offenbach, 18th century.

1. Mashmiya Yeshua, about the coming of the Messiah and issues of the Redemption, by Rabbi Don Isaac Abravanel. Offenbach 1767. 2. Tzemach David, three sections. Jewish history from the Creation until 1692. By Rabbi David ben Shlomo Ganz. Offenbach 1768. Hirsch printing, old stamps and signatures. | [1] 112; [1] 38, 83 pages. 19cm. Generally good condition.
Starting at $180
LOT: 182

Pri De’ah, only edition—Chernowitz, 1860. Stamped.

Halachot of niddah and mikvas, by Rabbi Azriel Dov of Karsan. Stamp of “Rav Mordechai HaLevi.” Rabbi Azriel Dov of Karsan, known as the Rebbe Alter Karsaner, was a student of Rabbi Moshe Zvi of Savoran and wrote his teacher’s philosophy in “Likkutei Shoshanim.” Authored Pri De’ah and Shemen LaMaor. No binding. | 60, [1] pages. 24cm. Generally ok to good condition.
Item sold at $120 Starting at $120
LOT: 183

Beit Yisrael—Vizhnitzer Rebbes Hoif—Sighet, 1939.

“Holy courtyard of Vizhnitz,” stories in Yiddish about the chassidei and Admorim of Vizhnitz, with pictures. By Herzl Epstein, printed by Tzenterella—Moshe Rosenthal. Nice binding, decorated and inscribed. 251 pages. 19cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $100 Starting at $100
LOT: 184

Shem Tov Katan—prayer for practical kabbalah. Berlin, 1740.

Segulot and prayers, collected from the Ari and Ramban, by Rabbi Binyamin Beinush of Krotoshin, author of the kabbalistic work “Emtachat Binyamin.” Printed by Aharon ben Moshe Rofeh. New, handsome leather binding. Stains. 24 pages. 20cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $300 Starting at $300
LOT: 185

Complete set of the Rambam—Berdichev, 1819-1821.

Four volumes of the Mishneh Torah of the Rambam. With the Ra’avad, Maggid Mishneh and Kesef Mishneh of Maran Rabbi Yosef Karo, Lehem Mishnah, Mishneh L’Melech, and more. After the cover are printed endorsements of the gedolim of chassidut, including Rabbi Levi Yitzhak of Berdichev, Rav Betzalel Margaliot (son of the Meir Netivim), and Rav Asher Zvi of Hostra (the Ma’ayan HaKhochmah). In the margins of the endorsements is printed the wording of a sale bill in Hebrew and the local language (side by side) signed by the printer Reb Yisrael Bak, who printed 26 books in Berdichev before moving to Israel. With the symbol of the printers. Rabbinical stamps and signatures. | Light blue paper, old leather binding (original). Volumes 3 and 4 have heavy moth damage and wear in the spine and margins. | First section: [7], 278 pages. Second section: [4], 260 pages. Third section: [2], 389, [1] pages. Fourth section : [2], 310 pages. 39cm. Generally ok condition.
Item sold at $180 Starting at $180
LOT: 186

Book of Exodus, “Heichal HaBracha,” first edition, Komarna 1872. A segula book.

Book of Exodus with the commentary Heichal HaBracha, according to the mysticism of the Ari and the Ba’al Shem Tov, by the Admor Rabbi Yitzhak Yehuda Yehiel Saprin, Av Beit Din of Komarna. Printed by Pesil Balaben. First edition, printed during the life of the holy author, Lemberg 1872. These books are foundational texts of chassidut and the kabbalah. These chumashim were especially appreciated by Admors of all stripes (Zidichov, Sanz, the Rashab of Lubavitch, and more). In his letter to the people of Hungary about the distribution of the chumash with his commentary, the author wrote a special bracha which acts as a segula for his books. Exodus and megillat Esther are included – [2 covers], 320, [46]. Covers and first 7 pages. Original binding. Spine disconnected. Amateur restorations with light damage to text. Moth holes. Generally ok to good condition.
Item sold at $2800 Starting at $180
LOT: 187

Lot of 6 printed amulets for preservation of a child and mother after delivery.

1. For a boy, in the center in a frame is the standard amulet formulation. Around the frame are blessings in Hebrew and English for giving birth to children. USA, 20th century. 2. For a boy, verses and oaths for demons and their names. With explanations in Yiddish-German. Europe, 19th century. 3. For a girl, a chapter of Shir LaMa’a lot, verses, holy names, and—against demons—the names of the forefathers and foremothers. 20th century. 4. On paper in light blue, with a whisper for preservation from the Ba’al Shem Tov, segulot. In the center is an illustration of a palm with kabbalistic names, under which is a big square with a wheel of names and kabbalistic symbols. At the edges are illustrations of holy places in Israel. 20th century 5. On pink paper, with a whisper for preservation from the Ba’al Shem Tov, segulot, and various illustrations. 6. On green paper, with a whisper for preservation from the Ba’al Shem Tov, segulot. 20th century. Various conditions and sizes, generally good.
Starting at $120
LOT: 188

Large framed amulet—Jerusalem 1874. Rare.

Against fire and for a delivering mother, and “for all other evil things.” Ink on dark paper for hanging on a wall. With amulets, oaths, holy names, and kabbalistic illustrations. Printed by Fromkin | Given in a wooden frame, covered in glass. Not checked outside the frame. 53x38cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $120 Starting at $120
LOT: 189

Lot, 2 hand-illustrated shivitis.

1. On thick Bristol paper. A menorah LaMenatze’ach, Brich Shmeh, verses, holy names, Tablets. Dominant colors are gold and black. 2. Huge shiviti, illustrated on thick Bristol paper. 100x70cm. 3 menorot LaMenatze’ach, shir lama’a lot, asah eini, and ana b’koach. Holy names, verses, colorful floral illustrations. Various sizes and conditions, generally ok.
Item sold at $140 Starting at $100
LOT: 190

Miniature shiviti on parchment. Jerusalem, 19th century.

Sofer manuscript on parchment, with decorations in red. In the center is a LaMenatze’ach menorah, around which are holy names and a frame with inscriptions of verses. At the bottom is the name of the scribe, “Netanel ben Refael, Jerusalem.” 16x11cm, generally good condition.
Item sold at $550 Starting at $100
LOT: 191

Large shiviti board on parchment, for a synagogue—20th century.

Sofer script, ink on lined parchment. Under the shiviti verse is the verse “know your god, father, and serve him,” and quotes on the need for davening with kavana, by sages of the Talmud and the Rambam. On both sides is a list of donors to the synagogue, also in Assyrian script. | Given in a gilded wood frame, covered in glass. | Light defects to frame. Not checked outside the frame. 60x37cm, with the frame is 66x43cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $100 Starting at $100
LOT: 192

Manuscript of practical halacha.

Two pages (probably part of a more complete booklet), written in Mizrahi handwriting, ink on paper. Segulot of practical halacha for “opening one’s heart,” love, and more. Author and year are unknown. [2] pages, 20x15 each. Stains and tears. Generally ok condition.
Item sold at $160 Starting at $100
LOT: 193

Coin amulet with signature of the Tzaddik Rav Avraham Fish.

As is known, his amulets were against the Evil Eye. Given in a wooden frame (defect to the frame).
Item sold at $800 Starting at $120
LOT: 194

Mizrach panel, embroidery work—Jerusalem, 19th century.

Variety of colors, with shapes of the Two Tablets, verses, Stars of David, keter Torah, and more. At the top is the word Jerusalem. Given in a wooden frame, covered in glass. Not checked outside the frame. | Tears to the embroidery. Defects to the frame. 61x47cm. Ok condition.
Item sold at $600 Starting at $180
LOT: 195

Lot of 20 amulets with prayers and segulot.

Some on parchment, some on paper, used successfully for finding spouses, livelihoods, preservation, some old and some modern, some in cardboard, some in leather cases, various sizes and conditions.
Item sold at $120 Starting at $120
LOT: 196

Collection of 49 different amulets.

Oaths, wordsings, names and kabbalistic shapes. Some for hanging in the home and some for carrying on your person. 31 are written on parchment, 8 on paper and 10 hermetically sealed. Among them is a huge one on a strip of parchment. A circular one, also on parchment. | Various periods, places, conditions, and sizes. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $450 Starting at $150
LOT: 197

Lot of rare and special amulets.

1. [2] stamps bearing amulet wordings. For someone making amulets 2. Snakeskin, a segula for good luck and success at business. 3. Amulet on a chicken egg (emptied). 4. Breastplate stones on a silver plate with kabbalistic names 5. Amulet covered in 24 karat gold, with kabbalistic names and the portrait of the Baba Sali. 6. Coin for preservation, with reliefs of kabbalistic names and symbols, names of tzaddikim. 7. Metal plate with engraving of kabbalistic names and symbols 8. Hangable amulet for preservation, from the Elder Kabbalist Rav Khadouri. 9. Hanging amulet made of metal, lare, with engraving of kabbalistic names 10. Hanging amulet with verses for preservation 11. Amulet in a metal charm, to be hung, with motifs from Breslev philosophy 12. Circular, artistic charm, with verse 13. Gilded charm, with kabbalistic names and symbols. 14. Hamsa of copper with kabbalistic names and symbols 15. Circular metal charm, with engraving of kabbalistic names 16. Large coin for preservation, with reliefs of kabbalistic names and symbols 17. Small clay bowl with kabbalistic names and symbols 18. “Livelihood key”, gilded, with kabbalistic names and symbols 19. Artistic charm, small, with the words “Shma Yisrael.” 20. Amulet, sofer script on beeswax. Various sizes and conditions, generally good.
Item sold at $375 Starting at $120
LOT: 198

Copper bowl for kabbalistic medicine, Asia, 19th century.

Floral decorations, Stars of David, hammer work, with the verse Ben Porat Yosef. Diameter: 9cm. Length 8cm.
Starting at $200
LOT: 199

Rosh Yosef from the Pri Megadim, first edition. Lemberg 1863. Copy of the brothers Rabbi Yitzhak Isaac Weiss ofSvaliava and Rabbi Shmuel Zvi Weiss of Munkatch, father of the Imrei Yosef of Spinka. Glosses.

On masechtot Brachot, Shabbat, and Megillah. By the Gaon Rabbi Yosef Teumim, the Pri Megadim, on the Shulchan Aruch, which turned into a foundational work on Jewish psikat halacha—the greatest poskim like the Chafetz Haim and more based themselves on his books. First edition (on these masechtot, his work on masechet Hulin was printed a few years prior). | On the cover is the handwritten signature of Rabbi Shmuel Zvi Weiss of Munkatch, father of the Imrei Yosef of Spinka, and two stamps of ownership of Rabbi Yitzhak Isaac Weiss, Ra’avad of Svaliava and Munkatch. Body of the book have glosses, probably in their handwriting. Rabbi Shmuel Zvi Weiss (? – 1879) succeeded his father as Ra’avad of Munkatch after his father immigrated to Israel. He was the student of Sar Shalom of Belz, Rabbi Yehuda Zvi of Razla, and Rabbi Yitzhak Isaac of Zidichov, the Bnei Issachar. At his wedding the Bnei Issachar was the mesader kedushin. He edited for the printer the book Da’at Kedoshim of his rabbi, Yehuda Zvi of Razla. Rabbi Yitzhak Isaac of Svaliava wrote in his book Beit Yitzhak that his brother was beside Rabbi Yitzhak Isaac of Zidichov when he was dying, and he put his hands on his head and gave him the power of being a miracle worker. Throughout his time in Munkatch people gathered around him. Rabbi Yitzhak Isaac Weiss (1824-1894), rabbi of Svaliava and successor of his brother in Munkatch. Student of the Bnei Issachar, the Sar Shalom of Belz, Rabbi Yitzhak Isaac of Zidichov, also edited his books, Rabbi Zvi Hirsch of Rimnov, Rabbi Yisrael of Ruzhin, and the Divrei Haim of Sanz. Among his students was his nephew Rabbi Yosef Meir Weiss, the first Admor of Spinka the Imrei Yosef. His son-in-law was the Admor Rabbi Elimelech of Tash. Wrote Beit Yitzhak and Divrei Yitzhak and Toldot Yitzhak. | Moth marks. Not bound. | 85 pages. 37cm. Generally ok to good condition.
Item sold at $1000 Starting at $500
LOT: 200

Yeshua b’Yisrael, first edition—Frankfurt-am-Mein, 1720.

Commentary on halachot of kiddush hachodesh in the Rambam’s Mishneh Torah, and on Chapter 3 of halachot yesodei HaTorah. With astronomical illustrations. Illustrated cover of Moses and Aaron, David and Jonathan. By Rabbi Yehonatan bar Yosef of Razinay. Printed by Johann Kellner. | Rabbi Yehonatan of Razinay was a gadol of his generation, served in the rabbinate of Grodno. In 1710 a plague broke out in his city, and for a whole year he lived in a sukkah in a field outside the city with his whole family. He swore that if he survived the plague, he would write a book on the subject, and after he survived he wrote this book, whose name hints at what happened. To print the book he came to Frankfurt in 1720. In the introduction he writes that “hardships that have visited his city and state, a plague and the sword, and a few years have passed with things that have stopped him from fulfilling his vow.” | Margins cut off. Old signature, moth holes. | [4], 58 pages. 28cm. Generally ok to good condition.
Item sold at $260 Starting at $120
LOT: 201

Responsa of the Radbaz, copy of Rabbi Yehoshua Freund of Kroly, forefather of the Freund family, grandfather of Rabbi Avraham Yehoshua of Nasaud.

Book by Rabbi David ben Zimra, printed by Reb Itzik the Printer, Furth 1781. | Cover page has the handwritten signature of Rabbi Yehoshua Freund, and a note that his son donated the book to the Beit Midrash Sha’arei Zion. | Rabbi Yehoshua Freund of Kroly (1767-1848) was born to Rabbi Yitzhak Karov, rabi of Papa and a family that descends from Rashi. He was beloved by many Admorim, especially the Yismach Moshe of Satmar, and the Chozeh of Lublin. When he was a baby his mother died and he was breastfed by a non-Jew once, and the Yismach Moshe said “had Rabbi Yehoshua not been breastfed by a non-Jew I and the Rebbe of Lublin would have been ashamed of him.” He was called Yehoshua in memory of the Pnei Yehoshua, who died a few years before his birth and was a relative (uncle of his great-grandfather). | New binding, stains, moth holes. [66] pages (page numbering is messed up). 35cm. Generally ok to good condition.
Item sold at $3600 Starting at $500