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LOT: 026

Yeriyot Shlomo, first edition—Dihrenport, 1784

First section, an exegesis on synonyms and word games. With dedication and a vowelled poem. By Rav Shlomo Papenheim. Printed by Yehiel Michal Maya. | Rav Shlomo Pepenheim (1740-1814) was a dayan in Breslau, a linguist and Hebrew poet. While he was an ardent supporter of the Haskala, he strongly opposed religious reforms and the proposal by David Friedlander that education pass to the government’s control. Ancient signatures, stamps of the censor. Missing the binding. Disconnected pages. Moth holes. 122 pages. 20cm. Ok condition.
Starting at $100
LOT: 027

Meginei Aretz, Shulchan Aruch Orech Hayyim—Johannesburg, 1862. First edition with the glosses by Rabbi Akiva Igger. Glossed. Stamp

Section 2 (Orech Hayyim). Two covers. Printed by Rabbi Itzik Leib Igger, son of Rabbi Akiva Igger. Printed by George Stein. Stamp of ownership of “Yisrael Vishnik of Kaminitz.” Many long, learned glosses handwritten, that have never been printed, by Rav Yisrael bar Yosef Yozel Vishnik, Av Beit Din of Kaminitz. When he was 20 he authored “Sefer Bechi u’Misped” (Vilna, 1868), a eulogy in memory of Rabbi Shmuel Avigdor Tosafa, Av Beit Din of Karlin, his uncle Alexander Sender ben Yisrael of Sharshov, and Rabbi Avraham Dover, Av Beit Din of Kaminitz. | Original leather binding, which is falling apart. Moth damage. | 217, [1] page. 40cm. Bad to ok condition.
Item sold at $300 Starting at $300
LOT: 028

Complete, handsome set of Mishneh Torah of the Rambam—Berlin, 1880. Rare

Complete set in rare condition, the Mishneh Torah with all of its subjects and the book “Kobetz Al Yad Hazaka” by the Gaon Rav Nachum Trivitch. 8 sections in 4 volumes, each volume has 2 sections each with a separate cover. The covers are in black ink and gilded and accompanied by a wood carving of a well and shepherds in the shade of palms, with verses around them. Printed by Julius Zittenfeld, Berlin. New leather binding. Stains. Rare. | Volume 1: [7], 128; 170 pages. Volume 2: 140; 105, [1] page. Volume 3: 105, [1]; 141, [1], 1-95 pages. Volume 4: 143; 168 pages. | 43cm. Generally good condition.
Starting at $100
LOT: 029

Nidchei Yisrael by the Chafetz Haim, printed during the author’s lifetime. Warsaw 1897

Designed for those living in area where life as a religious Jew is difficult. By the Chafetz Haim, who, as is known, was involved in the printing and distribution of his books. This edition was printed during his lifetime and by him, and it is definitely possible that this exact copy was held by him himself. The pages are divided into two sections, the upper portion in Hebrew and the lower in Yiddish, including the cover page. | During the time of the Chafetz Haim, there was a mandatory draft, and yeshiva boys would come to him to ask for a bracha to be released from the draft. If he gave them a bracha in a certain way, then they knew they would be saved from the draft, but if he gave them a copy of this book, then they knew they would be drafted and there was no way to escape it. | Original binding covered in cloth. Wear on the binding. Moth holes, stamps. | 147 pages. 23cm. Generally good condition.
Starting at $100
LOT: 030

Lion’s share of the cover of Perot Ginosar, first edition, by the Ohr HaHayyim. Amsterdam, 1742

Book by Rabbi Haim ben Atar, the Ohr HaHayyim. Printed during his lifetime. He lived 1696-1743, was a great commentator on the Mikrah during the Achronim, a kabbalist and posek halacha. The Ba’al Shem Tov said that he heard Torah directly from G-d every night. So his books are considered holy texts of the highest order among Chassidim, and they are considered to be a segula. | Partially repaired. Upper and lower portions are missing. 23x18cm. [1] page. Generally ok condition.
Starting at $100
LOT: 031

Khalifot Simlat Binyamin, first edition—Pakash 1896. Rare

Set of 4 volumes, book on the 5 Books of Torah. By Rabbi Binyamin Zeev Sofer Zussman of Budapest. Printed by Meir Segel Rosenbaum between 1896-1901. Half-leather, pretty bindings, with inscriptions on the spine. Rare. | Rabbi Binyamin Zeev Sofer Zussman, Rav of Banady-Wassen and Budapest, grandson of Rabbi Daniel Prostitz. Student of the Chatam Sofer, the Katav Sofer, and Maharam Shik. Though he studied with the Chatam Sofer in his youth for only a short time, he was stringent in standing up whenever he was mentioned. | Stamps. Volume of Genesis-Exodus is missing the cover page. Good condition.
Item sold at $120 Starting at $120
LOT: 032

Lot, 2 editions of the book “HaShorashim.” Rare

1. Sfat Emet, 2 sections in one volume, by Yitzhak Stanov. Printed by the Chanoch Ne’arim company, Berlin 1787. Cover page in Hebrew and German, red and black ink. Listings of ownership. Page 2 missing. 2. Sfat Emet, 2 sections in one volume. By the printer Meir bar Shmuel Falklash, Prague 1803. Cover page in Hebrew and German, red and black ink. New binding. Different sizes and conditions, generally good.
Starting at $120
LOT: 033

Lot of 8 books—Eastern Europe, 19th century

1. Gal Ed—170 headstones from the Old Cemetery in Prague. Printed by Moshe HaLevi Landau, Prague 1856. 2. Lot of 6 books bound together: Bat Yiftach, Shivchei HaAri, Brachot Menachem, Otzar HaHayyim, Hanhagot Adam, and Khochmat HaYad. Warsaw 1859. 3. Lot of 6 books bound together: Yesh Nochalin, Matok MiDvash (light green pages), Yishrei Lev. 4. Seder HaNikkud, by Rabbi Yosef Yafeh. Vilna 1867. 5. Milot HaHigayon, by the Rambam. Warsaw 1865. 6. Bechinot Olam, by Rabbi Yedaya HaPnini. Vilna 1856. 7. Tzohar HaTeiva HaChadash, by Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Hene. Vilna 1873. 8. Siddur Likkutei Zvi, Pietrekov, 1889. Different sizes and conditions, generally good.
Item sold at $190 Starting at $100
LOT: 034

Lot of 5 books—Morocco

1. Sharvit HaZahav. Judeo-Arabic. By Rabbi David Danino. Printed by Razon, Casablanca. 1938. 2. Korban Minchah, Judeo-Arabic. By Rabbi Baruch Asbagh. Razon printing, Casablanca 1939. 3. Shevach Hayyim, wonderful stories about Rabbi Haim Pinto, by Rabbi Machluf Tarim. Page before the cover has a picture of Rabbi Haim Pinto. Casablanca 1939. 4. Tehila L’David, poems by Rabbi David Hassin (first edition printed in Amsterdam 1806) with additions by Rabbi Aharon ben Hassin (separate covers) with Tefila L’David, Mekoman shel Zevachim, Yikra d’Shachvi. Casablanca, 1931. 5. Sha’ar Yerakot, Judeo-Arabic. By Rabbi David Asbagh. Razon printing, Casablanca 1943. Different sizes and conditions, generally good.
Item sold at $190 Starting at $100
LOT: 035

Lot of 9 books—Morocco

1. Korban Minchah, Judeo-Arabic. By Rabbi Baruch Asbagh. Razon printing, Casablanca 1939. 2. Slichot, some in Judeo-Arabic, with Hatarat Nedarim. Book Trading of Yosef Lugassi, Casablanca. 3. Pesach Haggadah, with translation into Judeo-Arabic. Book Trading of Yosef Lugassi, Casablanca 4. Misgav Le’atot—prayers. By Rabbi David Asbagh. Amar printing, Casablanca 1948. 5. Five Books of Torah with Haftarot. Library of Avraham A. Hadida, Casablanca. 6. [2] copies: Keren LeDavid—chiddushim by Rabbi David HaKohen. Printed by the Atzayag brothers, Mekhnes. 7. Pesach Haggadah, with translation into Judeo-Arabic. Partially missing. 8. Pesach Haggadah, with translation into French. Partially missing 9. Minchah BeLula, Judeo Arabic. By Rabbi Baruch Asbagh. Book Trading of Yosef Lugassi, Casablanca Different sizes and conditions, generally ok.
Item sold at $120 Starting at $100
LOT: 036

Lot of 12 books from India

1. Tahanat Yisrael by Melamed Shalom, Binyamin Ashtamacher. Printed by Bombay Hebrew Publishing and Printing Press, Bombay 1933. 2. Zimrei Yisrael, by Shimon Yaakov Krilcher. Printed by Hebrew Publishing and Printing Press, Bombay 1933. 3. Yimalet Nafsho by Avraham Khamui, printed by Eliyahu Moshe Davich HaKohen, Calcutta, 1854. 4. The Elementary Hebrew Reader by B.S. Ezekiel, Bombay 1966 5. Book in Hindi 6. Melodies and hakafot order for Simchat Torah, in Hebrew and Hindi on facing pages. 7. Zemirot for Shabbat, Hebrew and Hindi on facing pages. 8. Proverbs, Judeo-Arabic translation, by Shlomo Tevina. Calcutta, 1896. 9. Slichot with Hatarat Nedarim, in Hebrew and Hindi on facing pages. Printed by Bombay Hebrew Publishing and Printing Press, Bombay 1935. 10. Book in Hindi 11. Urim v’Tumim—fortunes. Printed by Goysh and Wernakoler Press, Bombay 1886. 12. Zevach Todah by Rabbi Yehi Talach, printed by Elazar Araki HaKohen, Calcutta 1851. Different sizes and conditions, generally good.
Starting at $550
LOT: 037

Lot of 2 books—India, beginning of the 20th century

1. Khupat Hatanim—a collection of piyyutim and melodies for a chuppah, by Rabbi Naftali Aliya Rahavi, Cochin. Pritned by Levanon Ta’if and Lito Varkas, Bombay 1917. 2. Tefillat HaChadash, eastern nusach. A siddur with translation into Hindi on facing pages. By the famous Rabbi Yosef Yehezkel Ragforcher. Printed by Hebrew Publishing and Printing Press, Bombay 1907. Different sizes and conditions, generally good.
Starting at $120
LOT: 038

Lot of 2 books bound together—Aden, 19th century. Rare

1. Mekor Chayim, halachot of shechita and treifut by Rav Yehi ben Rabbi Yaakov Tzalach, with a long exegesis called Korban Todah by Gaon Rav Shalom Chavshush, Aden 1893. Rare. 2. Petach HaOhel—dinei halachot of Gittin, by Rav Yehi ben Yosef Amud, with halachot of kiddushin and ketubot from the book Shoshanat HaMelech by Rav Shalom Chavshush of Sanaa. Aden, 1894. Printed by Menachem Avatz and partners, Aden. Half-leather binding. First page and the end of the book has a long note of ownership. Moth marks. Tears. Dark paper, dry. Stains. | [7], 137; [1], 63 pages. 20cm. Generally ok to good condition.
Starting at $100
LOT: 039

Meir Nativ, Venice 1564

By Rabbi Mordechai Natan of Provence. Exegesis on every word and root in Tanach, names of the Hebrew roots and names in the books that belong to each word and root. 415 pages. 30cm. Stains from a fungus on the upper corners of some of the margins. Signatures of ownership. Generally ok to good condition.
Item sold at $260 Starting at $250
LOT: 040

Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs—Genoa, 1616

In one volume, with introduction and Latin translation (each translation under each word), and grammatical exegeses beside the text. The first letter of each of the books is big and places in an illustrated frame. Separate cover for each of the books. Main cover has the symbol of the illustrator. Printed by Kapa Ilan. | Quality pages. Page cuttings in grey-black. | [15], 334pages. 18cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $300 Starting at $250
LOT: 041

Meir Nativ—Basel 1581

Concordensia of the Bible, organized alphabetically, with roots of words and their sources in the Tanach. By Rabbi and philosopher Mordechai Natan (the Rofeh) and Rabbi Yitzhak ben Kalonymus Natan. Corrected, pretty edition. Printed by Provinio Ambrossio. Cover page has a large illustration of the symbol of the printers. | Rabbi Yitzhak ben Kalonymus Natan, a sage of Spain before the Expulsion, and a Rabbi in Venice. Authored also Mivtzar Yitzhak and Tochachat Metunah—against the converted Geronimo (di Rossi). | Thick, quality pages. Cover page and first pages repaired. Wonderful leather spine. | [400] pages. 37cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $160 Starting at $100
LOT: 042

Or Einayim—Crimona, 1557. Blue pages. Extremely rare! Bound together with Pe’ulat Issachar, Venice 1579. Glosses

The first book is on astrology, astronomy, and mysticism, including the Redemption and Messiah. By Rabbi Shlomo ben Avraham Paniel. Printed by Vicenze Conti. Light blue pages. Page 1(9) has a handwritten gloss in Mizrahi handwriting. | Bound with Peulat Issachar, from the book Ibur Shanim, by Rabbi Issachar Even-Shushan (printed by Juan di Gara, Venice 1578). Calculations of the calendar, with tables. Page 136(1) has a note in Italian. | Stains. Light moth damage. Not bound. | 32; 109-136 pages. 18cm. Generally ok condition.
Item sold at $750 Starting at $300
LOT: 043

Piskei Halachot Racannati—Bologna 1538

An important book of halacha quoted by the gedolim who came after, including the Beit Yosef and those who followed him. By Rabbeinu Menachem of Racannati. First edition, printed by the partners of Bologna. | Rabbi Menachem Raccanati (1250-1310) was a kabbalist and important posek living in Racannati, Italy. Was among the first kabbalists in Italy and was famous mainly because of his commentary “Racannati on the Torah,” based on the foundations of kabbalah. Had a great deal of influence on the kabbalists who followed him. This book is even commented on by Rabbi Mordechai Yafeh, the HaLevushim. | Signature and listings of ownership in Hebrew and Italian. Moth holes, no binding. | [9], 46, [3] pages. 21cm. Ok condition.
Item sold at $800 Starting at $500
LOT: 044

Megillat Esther, handwritten on parchment. Wooden housing. 20th century

14 lines per column, size of the parchment 12cm. Housing made of wood decorated by carvings, in the center of which is an illustration of a bird on a branch. Top of the housing has an inscription “Megillat Esther, State of Israel, holy city of Jerusalem.” Total size of the house: 35cm. Good condition.
Item sold at $600 Starting at $120
LOT: 045

Sefer Torah on Klaf—Israel, 20th century

Nusach of Ediut HaMizrach, Velish writing, uniform throughout. Faded writing in a few places. Not sold as kosher. | Without housing or etzei hayyim. | Size: 42 lines per column, height of parchment: 44cm, text 33cm. Good condition.
Starting at $500
LOT: 046

Like new Sefer Torah, on anointed parchment, given in a wonderful case—Israel, end of the 20th century

Written by hand. Eidut HaMizrach nusach, Velish writing, pretty and uniform writing throughout. Not sold as kosher. Given in a handsome case, made of dark and light woods, covered in formica printed with illustrations of the Tablets and the names of the Tribes. Around the housing are three belts of metal, gilded, with repetitive decorations of keter torahs. Two clasps for closing, handles for closing and two for hanging finials. Inside covered in velvet, the upper portion has two dedicatory inscriptions in sofer script on parchment covered in glass. Israel, 1984. | Loops for clasps and handles are missing. | 42 lines per column, height of the parchment: 49cm. Text: 35cm. Height of the housing: 70cm. Diameter: 32cm. Very good condition.
Starting at $500
LOT: 047

Sefer Torah, sofer script on gvil scroll – Morocco, 19th century.

Sefardi handwriting, written nicely by a professional scribe, uniform writing throughout. Ink on red gvil parchment (thick, soft leather). Writing done on the outside part, which causes its unique color: brown/red. Some of it has erasures and corrections done over the years. Not sold as kosher. | Height of the handles: 50cm. Writing: 39cm. 42 lines per column. Generally ok to good condition.
Item sold at $850 Starting at $800
LOT: 048

Sefer Torah, special and rare handwriting, on red gvil parchment—Algiers, 18th century

Done by a professional sofer, uniform writing throughout, quality ink that shines on red gvil parchment that is thick and soft (done on the outside part of the leather, which caused the special color, brown-red). Some rare and special characteristics in the writing: the words are written almost adjacent to one another, and some letters have changes from the norm—lamed doesn’t bend downwards like it normally does the middle line of shin is reversed, and the leg of the hey almost reaches the top of the letter. Not sold as kosher. | Covered in green velvet with lion-patterned embroidery, tablets, keter torah, and a later dedication. | Size 54cm, the writing is 39cm. 47 lines per column. Generally good condition.
Starting at $2000
LOT: 049

Sefer Torah on klaf parchment. Romania, 19/20th century. With an etzbah, breastplate, and finials

Done by a professional sofer, uniform writing throughout, wound around two carved wooden etzei hayyim. Written at the end of the 19th or beginning of the 20th century. | Covered in a light blue velvet jacket, with embroidery or a keter torah and dedication. Decorated with an etzbah with filigree work and a dedication; breastplate with verses engraved, Tablets, 12 tribes, and more; pair of finials with reliefs of flowers. | Donated after WWII by the Union of Communities in Romania by Rabbi David Moshe Rosen, Rabbi of the kollel of Dat Moshe (at the Choral Synagogue in Bucharest on June 20, 1948). As part of his work with the Zionist leadership in 1964 he brought a number of Torahs to Israel in cooperation with the Joint Distribution Committee and gave them to synagogues in Israel. This sefer was donated by the Ministry for Religious Affairs and the Joint in 1967. Not sold as kosher. | Parchment is 42cm, writing is 32cm. 42 lines per column. Weight of silver: 677g. Good condition.
Item sold at $1600 Starting at $1250
LOT: 050

Lot, 8 letters of shana tova greetings from gedolim of the last generation

1. Business card of Rav Shmuel Baruch Werner, Ra’avad of Tel Aviv, son-in-law of Rav Yaakov Moshe, father-in-law of the Gradatz Karlenstein. With additional handwritten shana tova greeting. 2. Card for a gmar hatima tova from 1958 signed by Rav Sha’ar Yeshuv Kohen, Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi of Haifa, and son of Rav HaNazir. 3. Printed card from Chief Rabbi and Rebbetzin of Israel Herzog from 1959 with blessing. 4. Printed blessing card from the Admor Rabbi Baruch Halberstam of Gorlitz. From 1973. 5. Printed blessing card from the dayan Gaon Rabbi Moshe Halberstam, the Divrei Moshe 6. Printed blessing card from the Admor of Nadvorna—Beer Yaakov. On official letterhead from the Admor 7. Pretty blessing card from the Ponevezh Rav—Yosef Shlomo Kahneman, with blessings. Includes an old pictures of the hall of the Ponevezh yeshiva. 8. Blessing card from the posek hador, Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach, with well-wishes. Margin has a handwritten note “personal.” Different sizes and conditions, generally good.
Item sold at $100 Starting at $100