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LOT: 226

Siddur HaGra—Jerusalem 1895. Stamps.

Two sections in one volume (part on revealed and part on hidden Torah), separate cover for each section. Everything from the pearls of the Vilna Gaon, with the book Ma’aseh Rav, and exegeses on the books Ma’aseh Rav, Sha’ar Naftali, and Imrei Shefer. Printed by Yitzhak Nachum Levi, Jerusalem (1895-1898). Stamps of ownership of Rabbi Zalman Yosef HaLevi Soloveitchik (1875-1942), head of the Knesset Yisrael General Committee and President of Agudat Achva. Great-grandson of Rabbi Haim of Volozhin, founder of the Volozhin yeshiva, and also the cousin of Rav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik. | First cover missing. Tear on the cover page. Tears, pages disconnected.| [5], 3-164; 160 pages. 23cm. Generally ok to good condition.
Item sold at $100 Starting at $100
LOT: 227

Sadeh HaAretz Chag—Livorno 1788. Copy of the Dabash.

Third section, Shot and chiddushim on the Shulchan Aruch and Shas, by the Gaon and kabbalist Rabbi Avraham Meyuchas of Jerusalem (1718-1768), a student of the Beit Yaakov Ferrara yeshiva, and successor to Rabbi Haim Nissim Moshe Mizrahi as rosh yeshiva. Was also the brother of Rabbi Refael Meyuchas, the Pri HaAdama. First and only edition, printed by the Castillo-Sa’adon partnership. Cover page has signature of Rabbi David ben Shimon the Dabash (1824-1880), a rabbi, dayan, and Av Beit Din, founder and head of the Western community of Jerusalem, known as the “father of the orphans and dayan of the widows,” since he cared for those in need in his community. He was one of the promoters of the establishment of the Mahaneh Yisrael neighborhood, the 2nd community built outside the Old City walls and the first built under the direction of residents of Jerusalem. | Dark, quality pages, new binding. Moth holes. [6], 169 pages, 30cm. Generally good condition.
Starting at $200
LOT: 228

Dedication from the kabbalist Rav Ovadia Hadaya.

Cover page of the book Ben Yair with a printed dedication in golden ink, with seven handwritten lines signed by the kabbalist Rabbi Ovada Hadaya, the Yaskil Avadi, son of the Elder Kabbalist Rabbi Shalom Hadaya, member of the Beit Din HaGadol in Jerusalem, a head of the Porat Yosef yeshiva and a founder of the Beit El kabbalistic yeshiva in the new part of the city. | Tears in the white margins where it was torn out of the book. | 24cm. Generally good condition.
Starting at $100
LOT: 229

Dedication handwritten by the kabbalist Rabbi Shlomo ibn Danan. Rare.

Page before the cover from the book Shot Asher L’Shlomo, with a printed dedication in blue ink, with the additional handwritten line signed in cursive and stamped by the author, the kabbalist Rabbi Shlomo ibn Danan, who was the Av Beit Din and Chief Rabbi of Fes, Morocco, and a gadol of Moroccan Jewry. At the beginning he studied under his uncle Rabbi Yitzhak ibn Danan, a dayan and teacher in Fes, the author of the “L’Yitzhak Re’ach,” and afterwards studied under the Gaon Rabbi Avner Yisrael the French, known as HaIsh. At age 16 he was already proficient in Shas and poskim, and he began to learn the kabbalah. When he was 30 years old he was chosen as a dayan and teacher. He was in the Beit Din of his uncle, Rabbi Yitzhak ibn Danan and Rabbi Yosef Siriro, who were much older than him, and then after them he was appointed the Chief Rabbi and head of the beit din. The French authorities greatly respected his justness, and read his halachic rulings. When Jews brought cases in the secular courts, the French authorities would consult with him, and on issues relating to the Jews of the French districts, and they would receive his advice. On Erev Yom Kippur of 1929, he began saying Kol Nidrei with a great deal of excitement, but he skipped the line “and from this Yom Kippur until the next, which will come upon us in peace”…and sure enough he died before the year was over. | 23x15cm. Glued to cardboard. Tears. Generally ok condition.
Starting at $100
LOT: 230

Lot, 7 books with dedications from their authors.

1. Vaya’an HaKohen—responsa by Rav Adir Kohen, with dedication from Rabbi Tzemach Mazoz, the Ish Matzli’ach. 2. Dibrot Eliyahu, chiddushim on the Shas, by Rabbi Eliyahu Abirzal, with dedication of the author to Rabbi Yosef Sharvit, Rabbi of Ashkelon 3. Einei Avraham—1789, with notes and exegeses by Rabbi Avraham Haputa with dedication of the author to Rav Amram Abergil. 4. Minchat Avraham—chiddushim on the Shas, by Rabbi Avraham Shapira, head of the Merkaz HaRav yeshiva. Dedication of the author. 5. Pardes Petachya, by Rav Petachya menkin with dedication of the author. 6. Archot Yosher—responsa by Rav Yosef Sharvit, with dedication of the author to Rav Yosef Haim Blau, rabbi of Ashkelon. 7. Yechel Yisrael—responsa by Rav Yisrael Meir Lau, with dedication of the author to Rav Yosef Haim Blau, rabbi of Ashkelon. Various sizes and conditions, generally good.
Starting at $100
LOT: 231

Lot, four books bound together—stamps and signatures.

1. Orech LaChayyim, by Rabbi Ephraim Ish Luntchitz. 1879. 2. Or Tzaddikim, and Derech Seudah by Rabbi Meir Papirsh, with endorsements. 3. Book of mussar by one of the first chassidim. Half-leather binding, stamp of ownership of “Shalom Shachna Me’irim.” Signatures of rabbis. Tears | 48; 120 pages. 18cm. Generally good condition.
Starting at $180
LOT: 232

Seder Megillat Eicha—Mantua 1720. Glosses.

Lamentations and prayer for the night of Tisha B’Av, kinot according to the Ashkenazi and Polish customs, printed by Yitzhak Yereh and Yaakov Haver Tov. Illustrated cover made from a wood cutting. Thick, quality paper with wide margins, which bear dozens of glosses, some long. Listing of ownership in Italian handwriting. End of the kinot (78/1) has a special kinah, personal about a fire that broke out in Mantua on Friday night, 28th of Sivan 1610, and burned the synagogue with 17 sifrei torah. | Repair with tape. Stains. | 80 pages. 16cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $200 Starting at $180
LOT: 233

Manuscript, Divan—Yemen, 19/20th century.

Songs and piyyutim in Hebrew and Judeo-Arabic. | Sofer manuscript, rural writing. Ink on thick, quality paper. Narrow, long format. | Front binding worn, rear is missing. Last pages missing. Tears in the white margins. 10x24cm. [141] pages. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $170 Starting at $100
LOT: 234

Notebook with kabbalistic illustrations. Beginning of the 20th century.

From the book Shefa Tal. 21 pencil illustrations. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $180 Starting at $180
LOT: 235

Manuscript of Proverbs in Hebrew and the local language.

The first part has a verse in Hebrew and after it in the other language, and then it turns into a chapter-by-chapter rendition of Hebrew and the other language. At the end are some chapters of Psalms. Name of the author is unknown. | Front binding missing, rear is defective. Pages disconnected. 21x16cm, [95] pages. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $100 Starting at $100
LOT: 236

Manuscript, mail booklet of the Bikur Holim hospital—Jerusalem 1919.

Includes hundreds of handwritten pages with thousands of names of Jews, mainly from abroad, who had mail sent to them, with their addresses and what was sent. Page before the cover has the stamp of the hospital. Among the pages are two with names in a different language with donors from abroad who had etrogim sent to them from Israel. Otherwise written in Hebrew. From 1919-1922. | Bound in the original binding, wear on the spine. | 32x22x13cm. 141 pages. Generally good condition.
Starting at $500
LOT: 237

Two volumes, manuscript with the list of book at the Etz Hayyim yeshiva—the oldest yeshiva in Israel—Jerusalem, beginning of the 20th century.

Catalogue of the books held by the Etz Hayyim yeshiva. First volume includes the list of Chiddushim on the Shas and poskim. Second volume has the books of Agadah, Kabbalah, and Mussar. Lists the serial number of the book, name of the book, purpose of the book, and name of the author. The beginning of the volumes list the names of the editors. Rav Haim Shalom HaLevi Segel (1918-1983) was a gaon and author of books descended from the Admor HaZaken, the Ba’al HaTanya. When he was 16 he took upon himself a ta’anit from speaking, during which he learned the whole Shas 4 times. Among the most important rabbis of Chabad, was appointed by the Rebbe to be the “Ba’al HaBayit” of Israel as part of the United Nations of the Chassidic world. | Original bindings, stamps of ownership. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $300 Starting at $250
LOT: 238

Manuscript, booklet of debits and credits with handwritten signature of the gaon Rabbi Asher Zeev Werner, Ra’avad of Tiberias.

From a businessman name Haim Horwitz from the town of Migdal (next to Tiberias). Includes dozens of pages written by hand, with calculations and accounting of business and personal transactions, from buying land and paying mortgages to paying for his son’s wedding and support from his mother. Written over 25 years, from 1914-1939, written mostly in Hebrew but also with Yiddish and English. At the end, when he was already old and dying, he wrote a detailed will for his assets and he had two witnesses sign, Mr. Mordechai Shlomo Guttman and Rav Menachem Mendel Hen Tov. In the margins are 4 lines handwritten and signed by Rabbi Asher Zeev Werner,Ra’avad of Tiberias, who approves the will. Rabbi Asher Zeev Werner (1894-1958) was a kabbalist, served as Ra’avad of Tiberas after his rabbi’s death. Member of the Council of Torah Sages, sons-in-law include the Gra’ad Auerbach and Rabbi Haim Shalom Deutsch, an important rabbi for Chabad. | Bound in nice binding. Light defect to the margins of the binding. 100 pages. 30x13cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $120 Starting at $100
LOT: 239

Manuscript of chiddushei Torah—beginning of the 20th century.

On a notebook, issues of Shulchan Aruch Yoreh De’ah, halachot of treifot. Written in cramped style on both sides of the page, rabbinic/Ashkenazi handwriting. Content not checked, author unknown. Last page has a note in a different language. First page disconnected, stains. Light moth damage. Not bound. [23] pages, 20x16cm. Generally ok condition.
Item sold at $160 Starting at $100
LOT: 240

Important manuscript—Zerah Kedoshim, a complete work on the Torah, signed autograph—Europe, beginning of the 18th century. A historic find!

Large and important manuscript, a signed autograph, on the Five books of Torah, which has never been published. Written in the typical Ashkenazi handwriting for the early 18th century. Probably prepared for printing, with an introduction and the name of the book at the top of each page. Identity of the author is unknown, but probably is an important rabbi of Europe. First name of the author is “Rabbi Shlomo Zalman,” which appears on one of the first pages as an acrostic. Year of printing also appears on one of the pages in a verse. The first and last pages were glued and required a special technique to separate them, which is why some words are unreadable. But the introduction lists the yichus of the author, which is also alluded to by the title of the work. The cover page did not survive, and the ink on some pages is faded, but the Book of Exodus has a separate cover page. | Pages disconnected without binding, moth damage, moisture damage. 31x20cm. [6], 6-48, [119], [2] pages. Generally bad condition.
Item sold at $6500 Starting at $800
LOT: 241

Handsome manuscript on parchment. Kiddush for shabbat, Rosh Hashanah, and the Shalosh Regalim. From the Oven Yashan community. 1910. Historic item!

Around each page is a gilded frame. Letters are prettily done in black ink with golden decorations. The Oven Yashan community was one of the largest and most famous communities of Hungary. 20x14cm, 6 written pages. Original binding. Stains. Generally very good condition.
Item sold at $2000 Starting at $1800
LOT: 242

Unknown manuscript, “Yad Yosef,” was owned by the Elder Kabbalist Rav Mordechai Sharabi.

Handwritten by Rav Yosef Sharabi, from the family of Rav Mordechai Sharabi. Rabbi Shmuel Shmueli, the assistant of Rav Sharabi, testifies to this in a letter attached to the item: “Rav Sharabi was very happy with this book, which has still not been printed, a book which is full of Torah according to the pshat, drash, and kabbalah, Pardes HaTorah.” First page the author writes, “this book is called Yad Yosef, the author is Yosef son of Rav David ben Gaon Rav Yitzhak, Av Beit Din of Sharab in south Yemen.” 190 pages. 18cm. Generally good condition.
Starting at $5000
LOT: 243

. Manuscript, drash for a bar mitzvah.

Rashi script on notebook paper. Halacha and agadah, at the end is thanks to his parents and rabbis. The style is such that it is clearly written by a young talmid chacham. Identity and place of the writing is unknown. | Signs of folding, stains and wear. [7] written pages. 20x16cm. Generally ok to good condition.
Starting at $100
LOT: 244

Manuscript of drashot by Rabbi Shlomo Atzraf—Morocco, 20th century.

Rabbi of the town of Ulad bar Rehil, Morocco. Manuscript includes many drashot, some signed by the author. | Rabbi Shlomo Atzraf (died on the 2nd day of chol hamoed sukkot, 1971), was rabbi of Ulad bar Rehil, adjacent to Tarodanat (southern Morocco), a student of Rabbi Elazar HaLevi (the Avodat HaLevi) in Marrakesh). He was an expert at the laws of shechita, and his custom was to do tevila in a spring every night at 2am, no matter the season or the temperature. He is buried in Netivot. His grandson is Rabbi Yaakov Atzraf. 32 pages, 22x17cm, generally good condition.
Item sold at $600 Starting at $100
LOT: 245

Manuscript of Sha’arei Kedusha with commentary Lehem Todah. Glosses. Yemen, 19th century.

On thick paper, a scribal manuscript. In the center of the pages is the wording of the book, with halachot of shechita and treifut, by Rabbi Yehi Tzalach, the Maharitz, around which is the commentary Lehem Today by Rabbi Yehi ben Rabbi Yehuda Bedichi. Nice, organized Yemenite writing. Light leather binding with inscriptions and the remains of strings for tying. Cover page has various signatures of ownership. Number of glosses. Stains. Moth damage. Original binding. 129 pages. 16.5x11.5cm. Ok to good condition.
Item sold at $220 Starting at $120
LOT: 246

Siddur for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Yemen, approximately 17th century.

With notes in the margins and additions and commentaries in shortened form. Probably one scribe, but it is not continuous (probably took place over time). More than 400 pages, signs of use, the first third has heavy moth damage, pages loose. 16x11cm. Complete.
Item sold at $280 Starting at $250
LOT: 247

Manuscript of 3 megillot with translation and collections, Yemen, 19th century.

Song of Songs with translation and Rashi, other commentaries and words and chiddushim and grammatical corrections. Ruth and Kohelet (Ecclesiastes) with the same. 128 pages, binding disconnected, light moth damage, 17x12cm.
Item sold at $260 Starting at $250
LOT: 248

Lot, 3 manuscripts. Yemen.

1. Haftarot, beginning from Beha’alotcha to the end of the Chumash, including fasts and holidays. Mostly with vowels, at the top of each haftara is a title detailing the parsha, fast, or holiday for this text. 14x9cm, 53 pages. 2. Manuscript of a ketubah and laws of gittin, written probably for a rabbi or dayan. With the wording and laws of a get, a ketubah for a yevama, chiddush ketubah, and more. 18x12cm, [9] pages. 3. Partially missing manuscript, copy of Shevet Mussar, with kabbalah and various segulot. Thick paper. 21x15cm. [15] pages. Generally ok to good condition.
Item sold at $160 Starting at $120
LOT: 249

Manuscript of songs—Yemen.

Dozens of songs and piyyutim in Hebrew and Judeo-Arabic. Ink on thick paper. Text in Rashi script, partly with vowels. | Original leather binding with a clasp for closing. Stains, pages disconnected partially. Some moth marks. [63] pages. 13x9cm.
Item sold at $160 Starting at $100
LOT: 250

Manuscript, Machzor—Yemen, end of the 19th/beginning of 20th century.

Prayers for all year, with some special ones for the Yemenite community. At the end is a table for setting the years for bills, and more. With laws and instructions. | Sofer script, block lettering, ink, on paper. Original (worn) binding, covered in cloth. A few stains. 17x10cm. [122] pages. Ok to good condition.
Item sold at $130 Starting at $100