A call for help from members of the towns around Minsk after a large fire destroyed houses and
shops. Not only are there additions written by hand at the end of the letter, Rabbi Yitzhak
Elhanan wrote an additional line in the center for “Batei Midrashot and Batei Tzibur.” At the end
of the letter he ends with a blessing for the help. The rabbi lived 1817-1896, was a great sage of
his generation, known for his genius and great generosity. Considered in his generation to be a
supreme Torah authority and he led the Jews of Lithuania and Russia over the many yerars.
Served in the rabbinate from a young age (1837 approximately). In 1864 he was appointed to the
rabbinate of the city of Kovna, known among the whole population as a great posek. His answers
and chiddushim were printed in a series of books “Be’er Yitzhak,” “Nahal Yitzhak,” “Ein
Yitzhak.” Size of the letter: 22x24cm. Signs of folding, tape on the back at the top of the letter.
Generally good condition.
Written to Rabbi Shmuel Hominer on the subject of the level of study in the book Khovat
HaLevavot, and an answer to his question on the issue of astronomy and the planet Earth. At the
end is his handwritten signature. He lived 1885-1974, studied at the Radin yeshiva, and was a
student of Rav Yerucham Leibovitz, and of Rav Zvi Hirsch Brody. Served as spiritual mashgiach
for the Kalcheck and Mir yeshivot, and as mashgiach in the Petah Tikva yeshiva, headed by Rav
Reuven Katz. After the death of his rav, the mashgiach of the Mir yeshiva, he returned to Poland
and succeeded his rabbi’s position. At the Mir yeshiva he remained until the Shoah, and then he
travelled with the students to Shanghai, where he became noticeable as a leader of the yeshiva,
and sages would come to him with their questions. After he moved to Israel he served as
mashgiach of the Ponevezh yeshiva in Bnei Brak. Among his students were Rav Gedalya
Eisman, Rav Shlomo Welba, Rav Yitzhak Yerucham Borodiansky, Rav Dan Segel, Rav Shlomo
Broda, and Rav NAchum Aba Grosbard. Considered a great mussar sage of the last few
generations. He was nicknamed HaMashgiach. Size of the letter: 13x20cm, 22 lines handwritten,
generally good condition.
Letter of blessing handwritten by Rav Yoelish to Rav Margaliot to celebrate the marriage of Rav
Margaliot’s son, at the end with a blessing for a happy and kosher pesach. 15 lines on official
letterhead by Rav Yoel Teitelbaum, the Admor of Satmar. Signs of folding. Filing holes at the
bottom, without damage to text. Generally very good condition.
Letter written on official letterhead, entirely by hand and signed by the Admor Rav Yitzhak
Gewirtzman of Peshversk from Antwerp. The letter was sent to supporters to “awaken their
hearts to support the holy yeshiva founded by the Chazon Ish.” Rav Gewirtzman was the son of
Rabbi Naftali Elimelech bar Avraham, a grandson of Rabbi Elimelech of Luzhansk, student of
Rabbi Shimcha Isachar of Tzeshinov of the Tzanz dynasty, and Rabbi Hannah Halberstam of
Kolshitz. In his youth he communicated with the greats of his generation before the Shoah, and
he is famous for his work in Peshversk. In 1956 he became Chief Rabbi of Antwerp and many
chassidim joined him (Encyclopedia of Chassidut, p. 76). Signs of folding, size: 14x21cm. Good
On official letterhead, written by hand and signed by the Admor, a request for Shana Tova
greetings from the Admor of Husiatyn, Rabbi Yaakov Friedman. He lived 1888-1967, was an
important Admor in the United States. Was a descendent of the Aphta Admorim, son of the
Admor Rabbi Yitzhak Meir Heschel and his successor starting from 1936. In 1939 he fled
Vienna to New York and established there his beit midrash. Buried in Tiberias next to his uncle’s
grave, the Admor Rabbi Yisrael of Husiatyn. Rabbi Yaakov Friedman, his son-in- law, served
between 1949-1956 and his divrei torah were collected in Ohalei Yaakov. The second son-in- law
of Rabbi Yisrael, Rabbi Menachem Nachum Friedman (son of his brother, Rabbi Shalom Yosef),
served as Admor in Lviv from 1937. Murdered in the Shoah in 1943. The letter has signs of
filing, good condition.
9 lines handwritten by the Admor, in a letter he writes: “I already wrote you a shana blessing, I
double it here and maybe even triple it.” Rabbi Israel Alter (1894-1977) was the 5 th Admor of the
Gur line, he restored chassidut in Israel after the Shoah, was one of the clearest public leaders of
the Charedi community in Israel. Known by the name of the text that was published after his
death, the Beit Yisrael. In addition to his role as Admor and leader of the Gur chassidut, he
served also as the head of the Council of Torah Sages. As a result of this role he influenced many
people and, as well, the Agudat Yisrael movement founded by his father. Known as holy and
pure, sharp, generous, and a miracle worker in Israel; truly one of the greatest Admorim in the
world. Size: 8x18cm, generally good condition.
A difficult act that took place at the beginning of the 20 th century in Yemen, a Jewish child threw
a stone that accidentally hit the eye of a non-Jewish kid—the Jew was sentenced by the Imam to
pay a large fee, and until he did his father and sons were put in prison and tortured. The shdarut
letter was sent by Sa’id Mussah, brother of the father. From 11 th of Sivan, 1932. At the end is a
recommendation and approval from the rabbis of Jerusalem and their signatures. Among the
signatories: Rav Abraham Yitzhak HaKohen Kook, Rav Yaakov Moshe Harlap, the General
Committee of Knesset Yisrael. Rabbis of Yemen: Rav Shalom Yosef Alshich, Rav Yosef
Sa’adiya Tzafira, Rav Avraham Tzarom, Rav Haim ben Shlomo Araki. Sefardi rabbis: Rav
Hezekiya Shabtai, Av Beit Din. Rav Binyamin Levi, Av Beit Din. And rabbis of Petah Tikva and
Tiberias. Rav Yitzhak Yehuda Sapir, Rav Moshe Sapir, and more. As a result of the large
number of signatures and stamps, an additional piece of parchment was attached (disconnected)
because the original Shadar note didn’t have enough room. An additional copy was made too for
more signatures. In total, 3 sections. Size of section 1: 31x27cm. Section 2: 26x17cm. Section 3:
38x27cm. Signs of folding, some of the signatures of faded. Signs of water and damage from
Approval from the Beit Din in Arfoud for sale of a property. At the end is an addition
handwritten and signed by the Admor Rabbi Meir Abuhatzira. Snd signatures of additional
dayanim. The Admor Rabbi Meir was the first son of the Baba Sali, known as the Baba Meir,
served in the Moroccan rabbinate. In 1965 he moved to Israel and talmidim and rabbis came to
his home in Ashdod to receive advice and be strengthened. His sons are famous Admors of the
Abuhatzira family: Rabbi Elazar Abuhatzira hy”d, Rabbi David Hai Abuhatzira of Nahariya.
Signs of folding, generally excellent condition.
A Shadrut letter signed by the great rabbis of Hevron. Sent to the Gaon Rabbi Eliyahu
HaTzarfati of Morocco, sent in the hands of Rabbi Amram ben Divan. In the letter they describe
the difficult situation of the city and tell about the Jews who are in prison. As is known, in this
delegation he met HaHida in Egypt, and after great worries he sailed for Morocco and died there
next to Ouazzane on Tu B’Av 1782. On the letter are signatures from great rabbis of Hevron:
Rabbi Aharon Alfandri, the Markevet HaMishnah and Yad Aharon (HaHida praises him a lot in
his book). Rabbi Avraham Gedalya (signature erased). Rabbi Hayim Yehuda Gometz Pato,
Rabbi Pinhas Mordechai Bagayo. Rabbi Hiya Zeevi. Rabbi Amram ben Divan is mentioned with
fear and awe by the Jews of Morocco, he was born in Jerusalem in 1740 and became a student of
the revealed and hidden Torah. He settled in Hevron, and in 1763 he was sent as a Shadar to
Morocco with an appointment letter signed by Rav Yitzhak Zeev. After he travelled around
Morocco and gathered the donations for Hevron, he returned to Israel. After a short time in Israel
he left again for a second time in 1773. He stayed more than 8 years, most in Makanes by Rabbi
Zecharya Masas. The reason for his stay was the tribal war taking place outside Makanes, though
it seems possible his medical situation also prevented him from travelling, as a result of his deep
asceticism. He left Fez and then Tangiers in 1782, but died on the way back to Israel and is
buried in the cemetery of Asjan next to Lusan. His grave is a pilgrimage site in Morocco. Stories
of his miracles abound. The paytan Rav David Hassin, who knew him personally for many years,
composed a piyyut in his honor and called it HaHar HATov. This letter appeared in a book of
shluchim by Avraham Ya’ari published by Mossad HaRav Kook in Jerusalem, 1951, p. 585.
Attached is an official letter on letterhead by Rabbi Refael HaTzarfati, who inherited the letter.
The letter underwent professional restoration. Damage to the text through the letter in the center.
Generally ok to good condition. Attached is a certificate from Rav Shimon Schwartz, shlita.
Lot of 2 letters from the Rebbe and Admor HaRayatz. 1. Letter from the Rayatz on official
letterhead from 1944, a blessing for health and Shavuot. Signs of folding, generally very good
condition. 2. Letter from the Rebbe on letterhead from 1961, answer and bracha for Shavuot.
Filing marks. Generally very good condition.
Historic letter in Yiddish on official letterhead, signed by the Rabbanit Nehama Dinah
Schneerson, wife of the Admor HaRayatz of Lubavitch, to Rav Chanoch Havlin, principal of
Yeshivat Torat Emet, and a follower of the Rayatz. Letter is from 1951, about a year after the
Rayatz’s death. In the letter, the Rabbanit complains that they are driving out her elder son-in-
law, Rabbi Shmaryahu Gur-Aryeh, from all of his positions, against the wishes of her husband.
She pleads that they return to him the position as head of the Tomchei Tmimim yeshivas in the
US, Europe, and Israel. She also emphasizes that it doesn’t contradict the fact that the chassidim
chose her younger son-in- law (the Rebbe) as the successor of the Rayatz. About a year later, in
1952 (and maybe as a result of this letter), a case took place between Rav Havlin and Chassidut
Chabad, regarding ownership of the yeshiva. Over the course of the case, Rav Havlin
complained about the Rebbe’s rule as successor of the Chabad leadership, something that cost
him his position in the Chassidic community. Generally very good condition.
Letter on official letterhead of the Rebbe with an additional line and signature handwritten. In the
letter, the Rebbe gives advice on how to have all of one’s material needs met without confusion.
The letter includes corrections and emphases in his handwriting. Signs of folding. Stains and
wear, generally ok to good condition. Rabbi Yosef Waltuch is a descendant of Rosh
HaMekubalim Rabbi Yehiel Michal of Zlotschov, in his youth he moved to the Old City of
Jerusalem. Every day he would sneak into the Beit El kabbalist yeshiva, and sleep little while
studying kabbalah. He would prostrate himself at the graves of tzadikkim across the country and
succeeded in experiencing wonders and discovering their souls. Suffered much in his lifetime.
Pastel painting on paper “The Binding of Isaac,” given by an unidentified Shoah survivor
(including a dedication handwritten on the back) to Dr. Heinrich Karl Ernst Gruber, (June 1891 –
November 1975). He was a Protestant priest in Berlin during World War II, who worked to save
Jews during the Shoah while putting his own life in danger. In 1964 he was named a Righteous
Among the Nations. As part of his work for the Jews of Germany, he met Adolf Eichmann a
number of times as he was an SS officer in charge of expelling and transporting Jews to death
camps in Eastern Europe. He served as a witness for the prosecution against Eichmann in the
1961 trial. Very good condition.
One of the most famous works by the first Zionist artist, Ephraim Moses Lilien. Original drawing on wood. Memento for the Fifth Zionist Congress—1902. In the picture is an old Jew, bent and sitting in the barbed wire fence of exile, and an angel standing behind him pointing at a Jewish farmer plowing and settled the Land of Israel, and at the bottom is an engraving from the Amidah, “And our eyes shall return to Zion with mercy.” This famous illustration was used in the invitation to the Fifth Congress, on postcards, Ex Libris, and more. Size: 29x40.5cm. In a double-frame. Very good condition. From a private collection.
Ephraim Moses Lilien (1874-1925) was a founder of Betzalel, and he made his name from his works on subjects of Judaism and Zionism. He is often nicknamed “the first Zionist artist.” In 1906 he moved to Israel, and together with Boris Shatz and Julius Rothschild founded the Betzalel Art School. Taught the first class of Betzalel, and designed the school’s symbol. After a year he moved back to Germany, where he lived a majority of his life. Visited Israel more and was considered one of the greatest Jewish artists, he was a founder of Zionist illustration, many Betzalel artists based their works upon his creations. Artists like Reuven Rubin and Aryeh Lubin were greatly influenced by him when they started. Streets in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv are named after him.
1. Set of pure silver (999) medallions, numbered, all 094. Each medallion is 6.2x5cm, the silver
weighs 1260g. Given in the original, handsome case. 2. Bronze set, all numbered 077. Size of
each: 7.5x6cm. Weight: 1820g. Given in the original, handsome case.
Silver 925, replicas of bills. 1. Set of 5 bills from the Anglo-Palestinian bank (first legislative
stage of the State of Israel, put into circulation on August 18, 1948), from a series of 1200 units.
Size: 11x6cm. Weight of silver: 273g. Given in the original case. 2. Set of replicas plated in gold,
5 first bills in Israel (started circulating in 1955). Size: 11x5.5cm. Silver weight: 300g. Given in
the original case. Excellent condition (both).
For bar mitzvahs, synagogues, and other creations. 3 are large and especially nice. Average size:
26x20cm. 6 are pop-up and 9 prizes in various sizes. Various conditions, some have defects,
tears, and taping. Generally good condition.