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LOT: 202

Beit Avraham by the Admor Rabbi Avraham of Chechnov, first edition—with letter and poem handwritten by the author’s grandson.

Chiddushei halachot and sugiyot of Shas, Rambam, and other poskim. Printed by A. Shriptegisser, Warsaw 1899. Donor page has a long poem handwritten with an acrostic and signature by the author’s grandson. Among the book’s pages is a letter written in 1927, signed by the grandson with a dedication of the book to his friend for his wedding. | Rabbi Avraham Landau (1784-1875) was the rabbi of Chechnov, a posek, Admor, and forefather of the Strikov Chassidic line. Considered a gaon and an important rabbi of his generation, and his halachic ideas carried a great deal of weight. Rabbi Akiva Eiger would stand whenever he was mentioned, and the Rebbe of Kotzk said that he and Rebbe Yitzhak Meir of Gur were the two ministers of Torah in their generation. | Three covers, one on green paper. Moth holes. | 95 pages. 24cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $120 Starting at $100
LOT: 203

Talmud Bavli in one volume “Berdichev” printing by Sheptil, Warsaw 1896.

Talmud Bavli and masechtot ketanot Yerushalmiyot, with commentaries. A complete Shas in one volume, printed by Haim Yaakov Sheptil. Warsaw—according to the Berdichev printing. Pages disconnected. Generally good condition.
Starting at $100
LOT: 204

Siddur Derech HaHayyim, partially missing copy. With glosses.

With commentaries Derech HaHayyim and Iyun Tefila. In the margins are hundreds of handwritten notes, with sources from the Tanach, Talmud. | No binding, tears and wear. Moth holes. | 26-291 pages. 22cm. Bad condition.
Item sold at $100 Starting at $100
LOT: 205

Zikaron Moshe, first edition—Amsterdam 1765.

Mussar by Rabbi Moshe Desuy. Illustrated cover—one of the prettiest covers in Hebrew printing, in the upper portion is a lion reading a book, in the bottom is another illustration, perhaps Yosef and his brothers. Printed by Leib Zusmansch. Rav Moshe Desuy was a dayan of Gloyga, and then settled in Amsterdam. | Repairs to the cover, lone bits of moth damage, new binding. | [2], 32 pages. 30cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $100 Starting at $100
LOT: 206

Merapeh Lashon, first edition. Altona, 1790. Copy of the Gaon Rabbi Tanchum of Horodna.

Mussar, by Rabbi Refael ben Yekutiel Ziskind HaKohen Katz (Rabbi Refael Hamburger). Rabbi of Hamburg, student of the Gra, but became Chassidic in his outlook. Printed by Moshe Bonn Segel. Cover page has signature of ownership of Rabbi Tanchum of Horodna (1746-1819), author of Menuchat Emet, Menuchat Shalom, Nechmat Zion. | Stamps, binding partially disconnected, lone bits of moth damage, stains. | [4], 125, 1 page. 20cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $120 Starting at $120
LOT: 207

Seder Olam Rabba—Jerusalem, 1955. Copy of the Gaon Rabbi Aryeh Leib Malin.

Book by the Tanna Rabbi Yose ben Halafta. With exegesis of the Vilna Gaon. Together with Seder olam Zuta and Seder Kabbalah of the Ra’avad. HaMesorah printing, Jerusalem 1955. Page before the cover has the signature of the gaon Rabbi Aryeh Leib Malin (1906-1962), who was the head of the Beit HaTalmud yeshiva and one of the greatest Rosh Yeshivas of the United States, alongside Rabbi Aharon Kotler. He was the student of Kfirei HaArayot of Lithuania, Rabbi Shimon Shkop, and Rabbi Elhanan Wasserman, Rabbi Baruch Be’er and Rabbi Yerucham Leibovitz. He edited the second section of the book Da’at Chochmah v’Mussar by Rav Leibovitz, as mentioned in the introduction to the book. Also studied with the Griz Soloveitchik in Brisk and many of the lessons by the Brisker Rav published afterwards were transcribed by him. Was in a hevruta with Rabbi Moshe Shmuel Shapira (same city). Among his students were Rav Mordechai Eliphant, Rav Shimshon David Pinkus, and Rav Aharon Feldman. | [12], 114; 53 pages. 15cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $150 Starting at $150
LOT: 208

Pri Chadash, copy of the Porat Yosef, on the Shas.

On Yoreh De’ah by Rabbi Hizkiyahu di Siloa, printed by Itzik bar Leib, Furth 1769. Page before the cover has the inscription: “This belongs to Rav Yosef of Vilna.” Rabbi Yosef Sakowitz (1815-1890) was a dayan and teacher in Vilna, author of glosses Porat Yosef on the Talmud Bavli that were printed in the Vilna Shas. Was nicknamed the Zaken HaHora’ah (elder educator), and would walk about wrapped in his tallit and teffilin all day. He was one of the only members of his generation to have his chiddushim printed in the Vilna Shas, and he was appointed to write one of only six endorsements for the Mishnah Berurah of the Chafetz Haim. | Listings on the interior cover. Moth damage. | 129 pages. 33cm. Generally ok condition.
Starting at $200
LOT: 209

Tanya Rabata—Zolkva, 1800. Copy of Rabbi Akiva Eiger, including a gloss in his handwriting. Testimony handwritten at the end of the book.

On the last page is handwritten “gift from the Gaon and true Chassid, the famous…Akiva.” And on the page after: “HaRav Gaon … Akiva.” Page 2(1) has a 5-line gloss probably in the handwriting of Rabbi Akiva Eiger, the mentioned gaon. Rabbi Akiva Eiger (1761-1837) was an outstanding Talmudic scholar, influential halakhic decisor and foremost leader of European Jewry during the early 19th century. He was also a mohel.He was the rabbi of Märkisch Friedland, West Prussia, from 1791 until 1815; then for the last twenty two years of his life, he was the rabbi of the city of Posen (Poznań). He was a rigorous casuist of the old school, and his chief works were legal notes and responsa on the Talmud and the Shulchan Aruch. He believed that religious education was enough, and thus opposed the party which favored secular schools. He was a determined foe of the Reform movement, which had begun to make itself felt in his time. | Stains, some moth marks, additional signatures and stamps of ownership. [4], 38 pages. 23cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $1900 Starting at $1800
LOT: 210

Set of Hilchot Rav Alfas, four volumes. Vilna 1880-1886. Copy of the Rabbi of Bnei Brak, Rabbi Yaakov Landau.

By the Rif, Rabbi Yitzhak Alfasi, the first of the Rishonim, with Rashi’s commentary, the Ran, Rabbineu Yona, Nimukei Yosef, Shaltei HaGibborim, the Maor HaGadol v’HaKatan, and more. With the Tosefta and Mordechai’s commentary. Four volumes (1. Zra’im and Moed, 2. Nashim, 3. Nezikin, 4. Kedoshim and Taharot). Printed by the Ram widow and brothers. By Rabbi Yitzhak Alfasi (1013-1103), one of the greatest poskim of the Rishonim. Great rishonim like the Rambam, the Ra’avad, the Ramban, the Ri ba’al haTosfaot referred to him with great appreciation, and most of halakhic sages refer to him as the foremost authority on psikat halacha. All of the volumes are stamped by Rav Yaakov Landau, Rav of Bnei Brak. The first volume features an inscription in his handwriting “I bought this from the owners in the Holy City.” Rav Yaakov Landau (1893-1986) was rabbi and Av Beit Din of Bnei Brak. A Chassidic sage of Lubavitch. At age 20 he was appointed rabbi of Kornitz, at the edict of the Admor the Rashab of Lubavitch, who really appreciated him and nicknamed him Rav HaHatzer. Listing of ownership. Original bindings. 40cm. Generally very good condition.
Item sold at $150 Starting at $150
LOT: 211

Mishnah Berurah—third section. With the inscription “Mogah,” handwritten by the Chafetz Hayim. Warsaw 1898.

By Rabban Rabbi Yisrael Meir HaKohen of Radin. On the page before the cover is listed the word “Mogah,” handwritten by the author. Rabbi Yisrael Meir HaKohen (1838-1933), known as the Chafetz Hayyim because of the book before us now, was one of the greatest poskim of the last generations, and is known by the entire Jewish People. Studied in Vilna, taught in Vasiliški, and established his yeshiva in Radin. Among the founders of Agudat Yisrael, participated in its Great Congress in Vienna (1933), and was made the world president of the Council of Torah Sages. He would check every book he printed for sale for printing errors, from a fear of profiting from erroneous sales. Every book that he checked would receive his handwritten mark “Mogah” (and he made sure that others would not use that word since he could not be sure they would check thoroughly enough). | Original binding is covered in cloth. Rear binding disconnected. Spine missing. Last page disconnected. Signatures of ownership. | 195 pages. 23cm. Generally ok to good condition.
Item sold at $220 Starting at $100
LOT: 212

Chesed L’Avraham by Rabbi Aharon HaKohen, son-in-law of the Chafetz Haim—Jerusalem 1928. With stamp of the author.

Mussar. First edition. Rabbi Aharon HaKohen (1865-1936), rabbi of Bialystock and Miklishok, moved to Jaffa in 1921 and served as rabbi of the city. | Stamps. Lone bits of moth damage. [3], 58, [2] pages. 24cm. Generally good condition.
Starting at $120
LOT: 213

Zerah Ephraim—copy of the Malbim and the Gaon Rabbi Haim Berlin. With handwritten gloss.

On Psikata Rabati of Rav Kahane, by the Gaon Rabbi Ephraim Zalman Margaliot, the Beit Ephraim, a sage of Brody and a gadol of his generation, close student of the Brit Kehunat Olam. Lemberg 1853. Stamps of ownership of the Malbim (rare stamp of the Malbim, in the shape of an eagle with his personal name in the local language), and Rabbi Haim Berlin, son of the Natziv of Volozhin. On page 86(2) is a handwritten gloss. The Gaon Rabbi Meir Leivush Malbim (1809-1880) was a rabbi, master of Hebrew grammar, and Bible commentator who fervently fought the Maskilim, and is most famous for his commentary on Tanach. | Rabbi Haim Berlin, served as Chief Rabbi of Moscow and for a short time as head of the Volozhin yeshiva. In 1906 he moved to Jerusalem and after Rav Shmuel of Salant’s death was crowned the Rabbi of the Ashkenazi community of Jerusalem, despite refusing this title. | Nice original binding, leather spine. | [1], 97, [2] pages. 25cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $260 Starting at $250
LOT: 214

Ma’avar Yavak with dedication handwritten and signed by Rabbi Haim Soloveitchik—the Grach of Brisk.

Book by Rabbi Berachya bar Moshe of Modena. Printed by Reb Yosef Reuven Ram, Vilna 1860. Last page (452) has a dedication handwritten and signed by the Gaon Rabbi Haim Soloveitchik (1853-1918), who was a rabbi and Talmudic scholar credited as the founder of the popular Brisker approach to Talmudic study within Judaism. He was born in Volozhin in 1853, where his father, Rabbi Yosef Dov Soloveitchik served as a lecturer in the famous Volozhiner Yeshiva. After a few years, his father was appointed as a Rav in Slutzk, where young Chaim was first educated. While still a youngster, his genius and lightning-quick grasp were widely recognized. Eventually, following many years as a senior lecturer in the renowned Volozhiner Yeshiva, he accepted a position as Rav of Brest, Belarus. | Cover page and pages 1-6 are repaired. Stains. | 452 pages, 20cm. Generally ok to good condition.
Starting at $500
LOT: 215

HaEmek She’elah, first edition, by the Natziv of Volozhin—Vilna 1861. Copy of Rabbi Yaakov Berlin, father of the author, signed by his holy hand.

She’iltot d’Rav Ahay Gaon Maor HaGola, first section—on Genesis and Exodus. With the commentary HaEmek She’elah, by the Natziv of Volozhin. First edition, Ram printing. Two covers and last page have the signature of the author’s father, Yaakov Berlin. First cover has a dedication. | Rabbi Yaakov Berlin (1794-1870), father of the Natziv, descended from Rabbi Elhanan of Berlin, one of the Tosafot. He was rich and a talmid chacham and a head of the Mir community. Moved to Jerusalem in 1852, was a head of the Ashkenazi community in Jerusalem, and one of the four gabbays of the Hurvat Rabbi Yehuda HaChassid. | Stamps of ownership, stains from moisture. | 7, 123 pages. Generally ok to good condition.
Item sold at $500 Starting at $300
LOT: 216

Peleh Yoetz, Vienna 1860. Copy of the Natziv of Volozhin.

Mussar by Rabbi Eleizer Papo. Published by the author’s son, Rabbi Yehuda Ya’aleh. Page after the cover has the embossed stamp of Rabbi Naftali Zvi Yehuda Berlin, and more stamps by his son Rabbi Haim Berlin. | Rav Naftali Zvi Yehuda Berlin (1817-1893), known as the Natziv of Volozhin, was a head of the Volozhin yeshiva and a sage of Eastern Europe in the 19th century. The Natziv was the eldest of his family, son of Rav Yaakov, who was a merchant and talmid chacham in Mir. He studied at the Mir yeshiva until 13.5, then Rabbi Yitzhak of Volozhin (head of the Volozhin yeshiva) took him as a son-in-law. When his father-in-law died in 1849, the Natziv’s brother-in-law, Rabbi Eliezer Yitzhak, became head of the yeshiva and the Natziv his deputy. Rav Eliezer died young, in 1853, and the Natziv became head of the yeshiva. His son, Rabbi Haim Berlin, served as Chief Rabbi of Moscow and for a short time as head of the Volozhin yeshiva. In 1906 he moved to Jersualem and after Rav Shmuel of Salant’s death was crowned the Rabbi of the Ashkenazi community of Jerusalem, despite refusing this title. | Binding is falling apart and disconnected. A number of pages are disconnected. Listings of ownership. [4], 307 pages. 22cm. Generally ok to good condition.
Item sold at $280 Starting at $250
LOT: 217

Lot, Pirkei De Rabbi Eliezer and Totza’ot Hayyim bound together—with dedication handwritten by Rabbi Zundel of Salant.

1. Pirkei de Rabbi Elizer—midrashim, printed by Yisrael Bak, Berdichev, 1818. Missing the cover. 2. Totza’ot Hayyim—Mussar (gedolim of chassidut considered this very important and ordered their followers to study it, so in response the Misnagdim forbade it in order to distance themselves from Chassidut). By Rabbi Eliyahu di Vidash, the Reishit Chochmah, student of the Ramak. At the end of his life he moved to Hevron and served as head of the rabbis. Missing the publisher name, in Minkovitz 1817. Repaired cover. Beginning of the book—2(1)—has a long dedication, 3 lines long, erased at the edge, handwritten by Rabbi Yosef Zundel Salant (1786-1865), who was father-in-law of Rabbi Shmuel Salant and student of rAbbi Haim of Volozhin. Founded the Mussar movement, and was the rabbi of Rav Yisrael fo Salant. Rabbi Yeshaya Bardaki (1790-1962) was born in Pinsk (father was Rabbi Issachar Dov Beer). In 1825 he moved to Israel, married the daughter of Rabbi Yisrael of Shklov, student of the Gra. When his father-in-law died in 1739 he led the Ashkenazi community of Jerusalem. Even princes and lords came to visit him, including a story of a prince of Austria who came and had to wait until he had finished his long prayer. The Austrian Emperor sent for him to pray on his behalf when he fell ill. He is the father-in-law of Rabbi Shmuel Salant. | Stamps. Moth damage on a number of pages. Stains and wear. | 2-59 leaves; [76] pages. 17cm. Generally ok to good condition.
Item sold at $100 Starting at $100
LOT: 218

Ma’amar Mordechai, first edition—Lemberg 1852. Copy of Mara d’Ara d’Israel, Rabbi Shmuel Salant.

Viniaraz printing. By Rabbi Mordechai Zeev Itinga of Lviv (1804-1863), a gadol of Galicia, student of the Yeshu’ot Yaakov, and brother-in-law of the Shoel u’Meishiv, who wrote with him the work “Mefarshei HaYam” and “Ner HaMa’aravi.” Was “Nasi Eretz Yisrael” of the Osterreich-Galicia kollel. Cover page has two types of stamps of Rabbi Shmuel Salant (see about him in other items from this catalogue). | Stamps, stains. Front binding disconnected, moth holes. | 152 pages. 34mc. Generally ok to good condition.
Starting at $150
LOT: 219

Divrei Mishpat—Kratashin, 1835. Copy of Mara d’Ara d’Israel, Rabbi Shmuel Salant. Stamps and signature.

Shot and chiddushim by Rabbi Haim Auerbach. Monash printing. Three different stamps of ownership of Rabbi Shmuel Salant, and signature in abbreviated form handwritten by him. Rabbi Shmuel Salant (1816-1909) served as the Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem for almost 70 years. He was a renowned Talmudist and Torah scholar.Shmuel was born in Białystok. At an early age his lungs became damaged, and he was advised to seek a warm climate. This induced him in 1840 to go with his wife and son Binyomin Beinish to Jerusalem In 1871, Salant succeeded Rabbi Meir Auerbach as chief rabbi of the Ashkenazim. Rabbis Salant and Auerbach highly supported that the Balady citron cultivated in the Arab village of Umm el-Fahm, was the most kosher to be used as etrog in the four species during the festival of Sukkot.Salant was regarded as a distinguished Talmudist and an excellent and learned leader. Many of the halachic (legal) positions are known through the prodigious writing of his student and grandson by marriage, Rabbi Yechiel Michel Tucazinsky. Salant was also known for his moderation and tolerance of all classes of Jews. As Ashkenazic chief rabbi, he was on friendly terms with his Sephardic counterpart, Chief Rabbi Yaakov Shaul Elyashar, and they generally acted in harmony concerning the welfare matters of the community.Salant was instrumental in the establishment of the Etz Chaim Yeshiva in Jerusalem. He also helped found Bikur Cholim Hospital and encouraged people to move into new neighborhoods outside the Old City walls. During his tenure as chief rabbi, the Jewish population of Jerusalem grew from 5,000 to 30,000.In 1888, Salant's eyesight began to fail, and a few years later he became blind. In 1900, however, Salant requested an assistant. Rabbi Eliyahu David Rabinowitz-Teomim, known as the Aderet, a renowned rabbi and author, had just arrived in Israel from Russia. He was immediately selected for the position. However, Rabinowitz-Teomim predeceased Salant in 1905.Salant died on Monday, 16 August 1909 (29 Av 5669), and was buried on the Mount of Olives. Rabbi Tucazinsky writes that though funerals in Jerusalem are generally performed within the same day or night as the passing, Salant's was an exception. He died at night and the funeral was not held until daybreak because the Rabbis were concerned that the massive attendance to a nighttime funeral procession would lead to injuries or worse. | Moth marks, partially disconnected binding. Stains. Stamps. [2], 171, 14 [23] pages. 38cm. generally good condition.
Item sold at $260 Starting at $200
LOT: 220

Li Lishua, first edition—Jerusalem 1883. Copy of Mara d’Ara d’Israel, Rabbi Shmuel Salant.

Chiddushim on sugiyot Talmud, Tanach, and a commentary on the Pesach Haggadah. By the kabbalist Rabbi Yeshua bar Yitzhak HaLevi, a sage of Tetouan (Morocco). Zuckerman printing. Cover page has the stamp of ownership of Rabbi Shmuel Salant (see above). [1], 132 pages. 24cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $150 Starting at $150
LOT: 221

KeLeil Tiferet, first edition. Zolkva, 1865. Copy of Mara d’Ara d’Israel, Rabbi Shmuel Salant.

On the Five Books of Torah, by Rabbi Yeshaya Shor, rabbi of Horodenka, Ya’asi, and more. Student of Rabbi Mordechai of Kremnitz, and was the rabbi of rabbi Yisrael Ravraham Portugal of Skolan. Stamp of ownership of Rabbi Shmuel Salant (see above). | Stains, repair with tape on the page after the cover. | 16, 54 pages. 28cm. Generally good condition.
Starting at $150
LOT: 222

Tzalach—Lemberg 1899. Copy of the Gaon Rabbi Zeev Wolf HaLevi Tirnoar.

On Masechtot Brachot, Pesachim, and Beitza. Separate cover for each of them. By Rabbi Yehezkel Landau, the Noda b’Yehuda. Cover page has signature and stamp handwritten by Rabbi Zeev Wolf HaLevi Tirnoar. Repetitive signatures on each of the covers. | Gaon Rabbi Zeev Wolf HaLevi Tirnoar (1879-1959) was rabbi of Lespezi, Shamkot, Sochava, and Paltichen, author of 39 Orot, on halachot of Shabbat. Student of Rav Yehuda Greenwald, the Ra’avad of Satmar, and Rav Moshe Greenwald, rabbi of Khust and author of Arugot HaBosem. Would travel to the tzaddikim of the generation, like Rabbi Issachar Dov Rokach of Belz, Rabbi Yisrale Zvi Rotenburg of Cassani, Rabbi Yisrael Hagar of Vizhnitz (lived the last few years of his life in Grosvradin). At the end of his life he moved to Israel and lived in Tzfat, where he served as rabbi of the She’erit HaPlita synagogue. Was father-in-law of Rabbi Aharon Yehiel Leifer, the Rebbe of Nadvorna-Banya-Tzfat. Famous as a miracle worker. Repairs to the margins of the cover page and first pages. Stains | 47; 68; 38 pages. 35cm. Generally good condition.
Starting at $120
LOT: 223

Omer HaShkacha, first edition—Koenigsberg, 1861. Glosses.

Omissions from the wording of the Talmud Bavli, by Rabbi Yeshaya Berlin. No publisher name. Last pages have two learned glosses, especially long, signed. Content not checked. | Rabbi Yeshaya Fik Berlin (1725-1799) refused to be a part of the rabbinate, and only at age 75 agreed to serve as Rabbi of Breslau. Author of some of the most famous glosses on the Shas ever printed in volumes of masechtot. | Binding coming apart, stains. [2], 18 pages. 33cm. Generally good condition.
Starting at $100
LOT: 223

Omer HaShkacha, first edition—Koenigsberg, 1861. Glosses.

Omissions from the wording of the Talmud Bavli, by Rabbi Yeshaya Berlin. No publisher name. Last pages have two learned glosses, especially long, signed. Content not checked. | Rabbi Yeshaya Fik Berlin (1725-1799) refused to be a part of the rabbinate, and only at age 75 agreed to serve as Rabbi of Breslau. Author of some of the most famous glosses on the Shas ever printed in volumes of masechtot. | Binding coming apart, stains. [2], 18 pages. 33cm. Generally good condition.
Starting at $100
LOT: 224

. Midrash Shocher Tov—Amsterdam 1730.

Midrash on Psalms, Mishlei Rabati, with Midrash Shmuel. By Rabbi Yitzhak ben Shimshon HaKohen. [1] 2-71 pages. 33cm. Cover a little repaired. Light moth marks. Stains, generally good condition.
Starting at $100
LOT: 225

Yabiyah Omer with dedication handwritten and signed by Maran Rav Ovadia Yosef. With a rare blessing.

Monumental book by Maran Rav Ovadia Yosef, considered his most important creation. At the top of the cover page is a handwritten dedication by the Rav with a rare blessing. Rav Ovadia Yosef (1920-2013) was the Chief Rabbi of Israel, spiritual leader, and president of the Council of Torah Sages of the Shas party, a senior Sefardi rabbi of his generation, and was dubbed the Posek of his generation. His period was a golden age of Sefardi Judaism in the Land of Israel. In his funeral around 500,000 people participated, and it was the largest funeral in the history of the State of Israel. | Binding partially disconnected. [8], 376 pages. 35cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $100 Starting at $100