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LOT: 251

Seder Brachot manuscript—Yemen.

Copy of seder brachot by Rabbi Yitzhak Abuhav, with blessings for every event and holiday. Sofer script, block lettering, ink, on high-quality paper. Text in Rashi script, with titles in block lettering, partially vowelled. At the beginning is a copy of the cover page of the 1688 Amsterdam printing, and the endorsement. 12x9cm. Stains. 130 pages. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $220 Starting at $100
LOT: 252

Lot of around 90 lone pages and pieces of manuscript pamphlets.

Some in Eastern writing and some in block lettering. Hebrew and Judeo-Arabic. Includes kabbalah, songs, halachot, prayers, and more. Among them are bits of pamphlets. Content not checked thoroughly. Various sizes and conditions, generally ok to good condition.
Item sold at $500 Starting at $100
LOT: 253

Lot of manuscripts—pamphlets and pieces of pamphlets—Yemen.

In Hebrew and Judeo-Arabic, sofer work, nice handwriting, accurate and straight. Some in Rashi script and some in block letters. Includes some of Megillat Esther, Megillat Antiochus, the article on Techiat Meitim by the Rambam, Ashmoret, Masechet Avot ,grammar, and a page of halachot of shechita. Around 150 pages. Various sizes and conditions, generally ok to good condition.
Item sold at $325 Starting at $120
LOT: 254

Psak din signed by the Chief Rabbis of Israel.

On the matter of an appeal submitted regarding a psak regarding the Broshim synagogue in Jerusalem (see more about this in other items from this catalogue). The psak is from 21st of Sivan, around 6 months after the original ruling, and is long and detailed over two pages, signed by hand by the two chief rabbis of Israel, Rabbi Ben Zion Meir Hai Uziel (Rabbi of Salonika and then the first Sefardi Chief Rabbi of Israel) and Rabbi Yitzhak Isaac HaLevi Herzog (Chief Rabbi of Ireland and then Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi of Israel). The third dayan is Rabbi Meshulam Rata—the Ilui of Hordanka, a student of the Kochav M’Yaakov, the Machazeh Avraham, and Rabbi Meir Arik—who was a dayan of the High Rabbinic Court and a member of the Chief Rabbinical Association. The mythical secretary of the Chief Rabbinate also stamped it, Rabbi Shmuel Aharon Shazouri, a sage of Jerusalem. | Signs of folding, filing holes. | 2 pages. 31cm. Generally very good condition.
Starting at $150
LOT: 255

2 letters signed by the Chief Rabbis of Israel, Rabbi Yitzhak Nissim and Rav Herzog.

1. Letter on official letterhead, signed and stamped by Rabbi Yitzhak Nissim, from 4th of Tevet 1956, with a recommendation for “HaTzedakot HaMeuchadot.” 2. Letter on official letterhead, signed and stamped by Rabbi Yitzhak Isaac HaLevi Herzog, from 12th of Nissan 1954. Same topic as above. Various sizes and conditions, generally good.
Starting at $100
LOT: 256

Lot, 3 letters signed by gedolim of the Eidut HaMizrach.

1. Dedication letter printed in gold ink, with the addition of 3 handwritten lines by the Kabbalist Rabbi Yaakov bar Yosef HaKohen Trab-Meselton (1851-1923), the Chacham Bashi and Av Beit Din of Beirut. 2. Long receipt (10 lines), written entirely by hand and signed and stamped by the Gaon Rabbi Yeshua Palagi (1870-1946), rosh yeshiva of Tzfat (many of the rabbis of Tzfat were his students) and the Ra’avad of the Sefardim in Jerusalem. 3. Interesting legal ruling regarding division of an inheritance of stocks and land, signed by the Rishon LeZiyyon Rabbi Ben Zion Meir Hai Uziel (1880-1953), rabbi of Salonika and the Chief Sefardi Rabbi of Israel. Various sizes and conditions, generally good condition.
Starting at $100
LOT: 257

Lot, three important rabbinic letters from the previous generation.

1. Letter from 11th of Cheshvan 1964, written by hand and signed by Rav Yosef Masas (1892-1974), a rabbi of Talmasan in Algeria, Makhnes (Morocco), and then Chief Sefardi Rabbi of Haifa. 2. Letter from 12th of Shvat 1960, on official letterhead, written and signed by the Rav Yehoshua Maman (the Yaman) (1918-2018), rabbi of Marrakesh and then Chief Sefardi Rabbi of Nahariya, Av Beit Din of Beer Shev, and member of the High Rabbinical Court of Appeals. In his elder years he was known as the “Zaken Rabbanei Yahadut Morocco,” the Elder Rabbi of Moroccan Jewry. 3. Letter from 5th of Kislev 1991. On official letterhead, signed by Rav Shalom Masas (1909-2003), a gadol of Sefardim. Chief Rabbi of Casablanca, Chief Rabbi of Morocco, and then Chief Sefardi Rabbi of Jerusalem. Various sizes and conditions, generally good.
Starting at $120
LOT: 258

Letter handwritten and signed by the Shamash HaKotel, Rabbi Refael Meyuchas.

On graph paper, from 10th of Av 1918, to members of the Sefardi Committee of Jerusalem, on receiving a salary for his work as Shamash of the Kotel. In the letter he details the situation with the Arab neighbors and the significance of his job. | The Meyuchas family served in this position for the Sefardi community from the end of the 19th century. Rabbi Yaakov Meyuchas, the son of Rabbi Efael Meyuchas, was the last member of the family to serve in this position, alongside the First Rabbi of the Kotel, until the fall of the Old City in the War of Independence. | Signs of folding, filing holes. Tears in the margins. | 28cm. Generally ok to good condition.
Starting at $100
LOT: 259

A response handwritten by Rabbi Meir Mazoz.

From Cheshvan 2007, a letter sent to Rabbi Meir Mazoz with 7 halachic questions, at the end of which appears the handwritten answer of the Rav. From a review of the wording of the responses, it appears that the Rav is unhappy with the questions, and at the end of the letter he adds the line “please stop it with the questions.” | Rabbi Meir Nissim Mazoz, head of the Kiseh Rahamim yeshiva and spiritual leader of the Yachad party led by Eli Yishai, was born in Tunis to Rabbi Matzliach Mazoz, who was a dayan and leader of Tunisian Jewry, and founder of the Kiseh Rahamim yeshiva, who was murdered by a Muslim assassin. | Signs of folding, filing holes. Sheet of paper written on both sides, 20cm. Generally good condition.
Starting at $100
LOT: 260

Lot of documents and a psak din signed by dayanim of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel.

Lot with 5 documents from Cheshvan 1946, about the Broshim synagogue in Jerusalem. 1. Summary of the arbitration, signed by attorney H. Korngold. 2. Two rulings signed by hand by the dayanim: Rabbi Yosef Zvi HaLevi, Av Beit Din of the rabbinical court of Tel Aviv; Rabbi Eliyahu Mordechai Wolkovsky, member of the High Rabbinical Court in Jerusalem and member of the Chief Rabbinical Council and student of Rabbi Yitzileh Blazer and Rabbi Naftali Amsterdam; Rabbi Yaakov Edes, a kabbalist and head of the Porat Yosef yeshiva, Av Beit Din in Jerusalem, member of the High Rabbinical Court, and member of the Chief Rabbinical Council. 3. Two stencil copies of the psak din with names of the Broshit community. The Broshim synagogue is located in the Zikaron Yosef neighborhood of Jerusalem. Founders of the synagogue came from the Broshy village next to Amadia in Kurdistan. When they came to Jerusalem they bought a piece of land on HaYarkon Street and established a synagogue there in 1934. Various sizes and conditions, generally good condition.
Starting at $120
LOT: 261

Letter in English handwritten and signed by the Ra’aya Kook. Rare.

On official letterhead of Rav Kook, when he served as Chief Rabbi of Israel. Written and signed in English and stamped (the less well-known one). From 26th of Tammuz 1921, the year he was appointed Chief Rabbi. Rare. Signs of folding, slight tear in the lower margins. 17cm. Good condition.
Item sold at $160 Starting at $120
LOT: 262

Ishur for a slaughterer by the Ra’aya Kook.

On official letterhead, stamped. From 23rd of Elul 1934. Ishur for provision of a shochet’s knife to Leib Lerer. Rabbi Avraham Yitzhak HaKohen Kook (1865-1935) was Chief Rabbi of Israel, head of the Merkaz HaRav yeshiva, and father of Religious Zionism. | Signs of folding. 21x13cm. Generally good condition.
Starting at $100
LOT: 263

Lot, 5 letters by Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Isser Unterman.

Five letters on official letterhead, when he was Av Beit Din of Liverpool and Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv, respectively. Some printed using a typewriter, some written by hand, all signed by hand. Written between 1906-1962, dealing with various issues. Rav Isser Yehuda Unterman (1886-1976) was rabbi of Liverpool (UK), and then served as third Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv, and then as Chief Rabbi of Israel. Born in Lithuania, he was a leader of the Mizrahi movement. | Various conditions and sizes, generally good condition.
Item sold at $100 Starting at $100
LOT: 264

Lot of 3 letters from the Ra’avad of Bnei Brak, Rav Shlomo Korach.

1. Interesting recommendation on the issue of help for Jewish woman captive in Yemen to non-Jews. On official letterhead, written by hand and signed. 2. Recommendation handwritten and signed. 3. On printing. On official letterhead, written by hand, not signed. Rav Shlomo Korach (1936-2018) was a gadol of Yemenite Jewry in the previous generation, Chief Rabbi and Av Beit Din of Bnei Brak.
Item sold at $100 Starting at $100
LOT: 265

Collection with thirty interesting letters from the Gaon Rabbi Zalman Sorotzkin.

Printed using a typewriter on official letterhead of the Va’ad Yeshivot, signed by hand sometimes with additions by hand of Rabbi Zalman Sorotzkin. Between 1941-1961, dealing with issues of the Va’ad during tumultuous years. Majority are addressed to the Ohel Torah yeshiva, the famous kollel where some of the famous gedolim studied, such as Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach, Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, Rav Shmuel HaLevi Wazner, Rav Betzalel Zholti (rabbi of Jerusalem), Rav Shalom Shvedrol, Rav Shlomo Shimshon Karlitz, Rav Yisrael Grossman, and Rav Binyamin Yehoshua zilber. Rabbi Zalman Sorotzkin (1880-1966) was head of the Council of Torah Sages, known as the Rav of Lotzk, was Av Beit Din in Lotzk (Ukraine). Studied at Slobodka, Volozhin, and Telz yeshivot. Served as head of the Independent Education committee, and was a head of the Va’ad Yeshivot. | Various sizes and conditions, generally good.
Item sold at $190 Starting at $180
LOT: 266

Collection of receipts from the gamach Sha’arei Chesed, signed by rabbis of Jerusalem.

Between 1911-1916, on official letterhead of the Sha’arei Chesed neighborhood. Each signed by between 3-5 rabbis of the community, including Rav Eliyahu Ram, Ra’avad of a beit din in Jerusalem; Rav Zerach Ephraim Epstein, head of the Torat Haim yeshiva where many gedolim studies; Rav Avraham Aharon Prague, author of the series Nerot Aharon; Rav Yehiel Michael Tukachinsky, head of the Etz Hayyim yeshiva. And more. | Collection of 143 numbered and dated items, with payment amount, receiver, reason, and signature. | 15x11cm. Generally very good condition.
Item sold at $300 Starting at $300
LOT: 267

Letter by Rabbi Shalom Elhanan HaLevi Yafeh to Rabbi Shmuel Salant.

Handwritten, signed, and stamped letter on help for a Jew from the US who was interested in making Aliyah. New York, 1900. Rabbi Shalom Elhanan HaLevi Yafeh (1858-1924) was Av Beit Din of St. Louis and Brooklyn, an important rabbi of the US and founder of the US and Canadian Rabbinical Association and “Ezrat Torah.” | Moth holes, folded sheet of paper into two written pages. 24x20cm. Generally ok to good condition.
Item sold at $240 Starting at $120
LOT: 268

Interesting letter handwritten and signed by Rabbi Binyamin Zilber—Binyamin HaTzaddik.

To the administration of the Ohel Torah kollel where many gedolim studied (Rav Elyashiv, Rav Wazner, and more). Rav Zilber, who took upon himself to manage the book collection of the kollel, asks in the letter to be paid for his work, after three years of doing it on a volunteer basis, because it took away from his time and he was in bad financial condition. In the margins, the decision of the administration is written in pencil “to add half a pound for him…” | Rav Binyamin Yehoshua Zilber (1916-2008) was a remnant of the Mussar movement, posek halacha and member of the Council of Torah Sages. Never held an official Torah position. Dedicated his time to studying Torah and authored dozens of books, most on halacha and mussar. | Filing holes, signs of folding. 20x12cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $100 Starting at $100
LOT: 269

Lot, 7 letters handwritten or signed by the Rishon LeZiyyon Rabbi Ben Zion Hai Uziel.

On different letterheads, most printed with a typewriter, some written by hand, all signed by the Rav. Written between 1934-1948, to various people on various issues. Rav Uziel (1880-1953) was the First Chief Sefardi Rabbi of Israel, followed the teachings of Rav Yaakov Shaul Alisher, the Yesha Bracha. One of the most important rabbis of his generation. | Various sizes and conditions, generally good.
Item sold at $150 Starting at $100
LOT: 270

Lot, 5 letters from some gedolim of the prior generation.

1. Letter on official letterhead stamped by the Badatz Ashkenazim. From 26th of Elul 1935, written by hand and signed by Rav Eliyahu Ram, ishur for a shochet, Reb Leib Lerrer. 2. Letter on official letterhead of the Slonim yeshiva. From 4th of Elul 1953. Handwritten by Rav Shabtai Yagel, head of the Slonim yeshiva in Lithuania and then Israel, member of the Council of Torah Sages. To Rabbi Aryeh Levin, with shana tova greetings and more. 3. Page with signature of Pinchas Epstein, Ra’avad of Jerusalem. Served as dayan at the Charedi beit din, during the period of Rav Yosef Haim Zonenfeld and Rav Yitzhak Yerucham Diskin. Studied at the Torat Haim yeshiva. In 1948 he was chosen to be Ra’avad of the Charedi Eida. 4. Receipt of the Central American Assistance Committee, Israeli branch. Signed by Rav Yosef Gershon Horwitz, rabbi of the Me’ah She’arim neighborhood and the yeshiva in the neighborhood for 46 years. 5. Letter from 8th of Tevet 1952, handwritten and signed by Rav Yehiel Michael Tukachinsky, author of many halachic books. Various sizes and conditions, generally good.
Starting at $100
LOT: 271

Lot, 2 letters signed by Rabbi Zvi Pesach Frank.

1. Official marriage certificate from 19th of Av 1956, for Avraham Avodi and Haiu Nurit, from Migdal Ashkelon West B. 2. Psak din, interesting, printed on a typewriter on official letterhead of the High Rabbinical Court of the Ashkenazim, from 19th of Sivan 1955, from a teacher at the Etz Haim Talmud Torah who claimed he was fired without cause only because of a disagreement with the administration, signed by the Ra’avad and the dayanim Rabbi Eliyahu Ram and Rabbi Avraham David Rosenthal Rabbi Zvi Pesach Frank lived 1873-1961, was rabbi of Jerusalem, a great posek, a founder of the Chief Rabbinate, member of the Council of Torah Sages, and Chief Ashenazi Rabbi of Jerusalem from 1936-1961. Born in Kovna, he studied at the Telz and Slobodka yeshivot, and after immigrating to Israel continued studying at the Torat Hayyim yeshiva. In 1908 he was appointed as a dayan at the Ashkenazi court in Jerusalem, and in 1918 was appointed Av Beit Din, after the resignation of Rabbi Avraham Yitzhak HaKohen Kook, who was appointed Rabbi of Jerusalem, but he refused to be made Chief Rabbi of Israel. Thousands of his halachic responsa were printed in the series “Shot Har Zvi.” | Various sizes and conditions, generally ok to good.
Item sold at $120 Starting at $120
LOT: 272

Interesting letter from the Chafetz Haim yeshiva of Radin, to the Maharam Shapira(?)

Printed on a typewriter on official letterhead of the Chafetz Haim yeshiva. From 19th of Av, 1934, signed by the grandson of the Chafetz Haim, Rav Eliezer Zeev Kaplan, head of the yeshiva. Written a year after the death of the Chafetz Haim and just before the start of WWII, with a request to save three boys whose parents were in the “Land of Blood.” It is unclear if the recipient is Maharam Shapira of Lublin, since he died in Cheshvan 1934, 9 months before the letter was written, or if there is an error in the dating of the letter. | Filing holes, signs of folding, tears without missing text. 28x22cm, generally good condition.
Starting at $180
LOT: 273

3 letters signed by Maran HaGrish Elyashiv.

Interesting personal psakei din, two handwritten and one typewritten, between 1951-1954. Two have abbreviated signatures, one is the Rav’s full signature. Rav Shalom Elyashiv (1910-2012)was a grandson of the kabbalist Leshem Shebo v’Achlama, and in his youth wrote parts of the book for his grandfather. One of the greatest poskim for more than 70 years. He was known for his extreme perseverance and for his profound and thorough knowledge of all parts of the Torah, until he was able to decide on every matter his clear conclusion. In the last twenty years of his life he led the Torah world in Israel and abroad. | Various sizes and conditions, generally good.
Item sold at $100 Starting at $100
LOT: 274

Historic letter of the Bikur Holim hospital, signed by Rav Shach, Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach, and more.

Printed with a typewriter, on official letterhead of the United Tzdakot, from 5th of Kislev 1976, with a protocol for a general meeting of the members of the association. At that general plenary, it was decided to separate the hospital from the Association and to appoint new leadership including: Maran Shach, leader of the Lithuanian community, Maran Garshaz Auerbach—posek of the generation; Rabbi Avraham Yakov Zlatznik—head of the Etz Hayim yeshiva, and more. Signed by them by hand. Filing holes, signs of folding. 28cm. Generally good condition.
Starting at $300
LOT: 275

Lot, 2 interesting receipts signed by Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach and other gedolim of Jerusalem.

1. On official letterhead of Etz Hayim yeshiva, from 1933, approving receipt of a lira for Rav Eliezer Auerbach. 2. On official letterhead of Etz Hayim yeshiva, from 1943, a scholarship for Kislev. Various conditions and sizes, generally good condition.
Starting at $100