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23.05.2018 - Auction No. 18

 

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LOT: 376

Lot, 3 illustrated pages, hand-done – Persia.

Brown pages, illustrated with strong colors. Above and below, and on the last page, is writing in Judeo-Perisan. 30x21cm each. Generally good condition.
Starting at $100
LOT: 377

Ledger of the Va’ad HaKlali – Jerusalem 1924. Historic document.

Account management booklet, includes more than 500 columns with thousands of debits and credits. A unique, authentic historic item, which teaches about the events that took place at the time, who received money, and who paid for what. For example (just a taste): payments to Rav Kook, Ratzaf Frank – for the bar mitzvah of his son; for the brothers Rabbi Yona and Eliyahu Ram, Rabbi Haim Shapira (the Admor fo Drohovitz), the Leshem and son-in-law of Rabbi Avraham Elyashiv (grandfather and father of the Gris Elyashiv), Rabbi Fishel, and Rabbi Betzalel Bernstein, and more. Donations of the Rothschild family, and more. | Hard binding, cardboard covered in cloth. | The Knesset Israel General Committee was the first institution in Jerusalem. Most of the Yishuv depended on its money. 253 pages, 33x31cm. Generally very good condition.
Starting at $1100
LOT: 378

Lot, 2 endorsement letters signed and stamped by Maran Rav Ovadia Yosef and Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu.

Lot, 2 endorsement letters signed and stamped by Maran Rav Ovadia Yosef and Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu.
Item sold at $300 Starting at $300
LOT: 379

Letter signed and stamped by Maran Rav Ovadia Yosef.

On official letterhead. The date and signature were written by hand by Maran. From 2011, for a recommendation for Rav Mordechai Deri, head of the Ganim Institutions. | 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. | Signs of molding, tears in the white margins, and holes with no damage to text. 30x20cm. Generally ok to good condition.
Starting at $100
LOT: 380

Letter by Rav Kook.

On official letterhead, handwritten and signed by the Re’iya Kook. From 1933. With a request for assistance for the Gaon HaYasis Wildman. Rabbi Avraham Yitzhak HaKohen Kook (1865-1935), first Chief Rabbi of Israel, head of the Merkaz HaRav yeshiva, and one of the founders of religious Zionism. Signs of folding. Stains. 14x15cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $250 Starting at $250
LOT: 381

Letter handwritten and signed by the gaon Rabbi Asher Zeev Werner, Rabbi of Tiberias.

Long letter over three pages, from 1949. On cooking during shabbat for a sick person. Written on official letterhead, handwritten and signed by Rav Asher Zeev Werner, to the gaon Rav Dov Turnheim. Rav Werner (1894-1958) was a tzaddik and Kabbalist who served as Av Beit Din in Tiberias after the death of Rav Moshe Kliers. He also served as rabbi of United Torah Judaism in place of Rabbi Meir Karlitz, and he was a member of the Council of Torah Sages. | Signs of folding. 28x22cm per page. Generally very good condition.
Starting at $150
LOT: 382

Handwritten letter by the Gris Elyashiv.

Complete letter (12 lines) on official letterhead, written and signed by Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv. From 1987. On tzedakah. 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. 15x17cm. Generally very good condition.
Item sold at $120 Starting at $120
LOT: 383

Handwritten responses written by Maran Rav Haim Kanievsky.

Letter responding to questions sent to him.
Item sold at $260 Starting at $150
LOT: 384

Interesting letter with chiddushim, by Rabbi Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz. Rare.

Interesting letter handwritten and signed , to his friend Eliyahu Dov HaKohen Klar, student of the Kamnitz yeshiva in Lithuania. He praises the yeshiva and blesses him that he would succeed. At the end are chiddushim in a different pen, but still in his handwriting. | Rabbi Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz (1913-2011) was the Rosh Yeshiva of Ponevezh L'Tzeirim, a member of the Moetzet Gedolei HaTorah of Degel HaTorah and leader of the Lithuanian community. Lined paper written on both sides. 14x21cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $600 Starting at $180
LOT: 385

. Interesting letter handwritten and signed by the gaon Rabbi Zalman Sorotzkin on official letterhead of the Va’ad Yeshivot – London 1949.

Letter written on both sides. From 1949. Addressed to his friend, the Mahara of Batshka, head of the Etz Haim yeshiva in Mantara. He tells him about collecting money for the yeshivot. There is halakhic negotiation, and other interesting subjects related to the period. Many rabbis are mentioned in the letter, including Yehezkel Abramsky, Chief Rabbi of Israel. Rabbi Zalman Sorotzkin (1880-1966) was known as the Rav of Lotzk, was Av Beit Din there (in Ukraine) before the Shoah. Studied at the Slobodka, Volozhin, and Telz yeshivas. Moved to Israel in 1940. Served as head of the Council of Torah Sages, head o the Independent Education, and among the heads of the yeshiva council. | Signs of folding, stains, light tears in the folds without damage to text. Page written on both sides, 21x26cm. Generally very good condition.
Starting at $200
LOT: 386

Endorsement letter handwritten and signed by Rav Eliezer Berland, head of the Shuvu Achim yeshiva, to one of his great students, Rav Harush. With the gematriya of 770.

Endorsement letter by Rav Eliezer Berland, founder and yead of the Shuvu Achim yeshiva to RAv Harush, a Breslever sage and head of the “Mosdot Chut Shel Chesed” yeshiva for ba’alei tshuva, author of many important works that helped thousands return to their Judaism. The endorsement is for his important work “Sha’arav B’Todah,” that offers wonderful advice for really changing one’s life, with an emphasis on the beauty of the big and small details of one’s life. Written entirely by hand and signed. At the beginning, Rav Berland writes about the coming of the Messiah, and he remarks that the gematriya adds up to 770. From 2010. 21x27cm. Generally very good condition.
Item sold at $150 Starting at $150
LOT: 387

Long and interesting endorsement letter handwritten and signed by Rav Eliezer Berland, head of the Shuvu Achim yeshiva, to one of his great students, Rav Harush.

Endorsement letter by Rav Eliezer Berland, founder and yead of the Shuvu Achim yeshiva to RAv Harush, a Breslever sage and head of the “Mosdot Chut Shel Chesed” yeshiva for ba’alei tshuva, author of many important works that helped thousands return to their Judaism. The endorsement is for one of his most famous works: Chachamot Nashim, dealing with the strength and power of the woman. Written entirely by hand and signed. Written out over a large sheet of paper, and deals mainly with higher issues of kabbalah. From 2009. 27x21cm, very good condition.
Item sold at $200 Starting at $200
LOT: 388

Collection of 19 rabinical letters from Israel and abroad.

Rabbi Shmuel Hominer (Eved HaMelech), Rabbi Meir Schwartzman, member of the Rabbinical Assembly of the US and Canada and head of the Winnipeg Rabbinical Council, Rabbi Avraham Moshe the son-in-law of the Admor of Vizhnitz (Rav Yisrael Hagar, the Ahavat Yisrael) and founder of the Yehel Yisrael yeshiva of the Sert Chassidut led by Rav Baruch Hagar, Rav Ben Zion Meir Hai Uziel Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rav Shabtai Yagel head of the Slonim yeshiva and member of the Council of Torah Sages, Rav Yehuda Leib HaKohen Fishman. Various conditions and sizes, generally good condition.
Starting at $150
LOT: 389

Wedding Bracha card, by the Gaon Rabbi Moshe Gintz, Av Beit Din of Krastir, during the period of Rabbi Yeshay’le of Krastir, and author of the book Khut HaMeshulash.

Printed on cardboard, with mazal tov for the wedding. The Gaon Rabbi Moshe Gintz passed away in 1925, two months before his friend Rabbi Yeshay’le. Was a holy genius, and was especially known as an expert on divorce issues throughout Hungary—every difficult question related to divorce in Hungary and the surrounding countries would come to him. Famous for his Shabbat Shuva drash, which lasted 6 hours, and for the fact that he would cover his face during his drashot: the public would go home and eat a Shabbat meal, rest a little, and then return to the synagogue for the end of the drash, and he wouldn’t know who had come and gone. Only Rabbi Yeshay’le would stay for the whole drash. 7x10cm, generally very good condition.
Item sold at $120 Starting at $120
LOT: 390

Historical collection of around 110 documents of the Va’ad Klali, signed by Jerusalem sages. 1949.

Interesting collection of the Knesset Israel General Committee, which was the first institution in Israel and upon which the Old Yishuv relied upon for money. Includes 97 receipts of payments to some of the greatest sages, with their signatures approving receipt of the money. Some of the greatest rebba’im of the period. Different sizes and conditions, generally very good.
Item sold at $750 Starting at $700
LOT: 391

Letter handwritten and signed by Rabbi Yehoshua Lerner, Av Beit Din of Banihad.

On official letterhead, to his father-in-law Rabbi Yosef Zvi HaLevi Horwitz (Av Beit Din of Unsdorf), on shidduchim. Stain without damage. 21x15cm. Generally good condition.
Starting at $100
LOT: 392

Letter handwritten and signed by Rav Shmuel HaLevi Wazner.

On official letterhead of the Chochmei Lublin yeshiva, from 1967. A letter remarking on an excellence award to a student tested on Masechet Kedushin. Three lines of handwritten text. Light stains, generally good condition.
Item sold at $200 Starting at $180
LOT: 393

Manuscript – Shtar Tena’im of the Admor of Nadvorna-Tzfat.

Rabbi Aharon yEhiel, signed by the following Admors: Groom Rabbi Aharon Yehiel and his father, Rabbi David of Bania; his father-in-law Gaon Rav Zeev Wolf HaLevi Tirnvar, rabbi of Laspaz, Samkot, Sochova, and Platichin. Author of the book Tal Orot on Shabbat. | In the center is a effect repaired with some missing text. 29x21cm. Generally ok condition.
Starting at $200
LOT: 394

Lot of 3 letters on saving the Admor Rabbi Aharon of Belz.

1. Two letters from Chief Rabbi of Israel Rav Yitzak Isaac HaLevi Herzog to Dr. Ernst Neventzal, a Zionist leader (who then served as the legal advisor of the Yefet Bank—today’s Bank HaPoalim). From 1941 and 1943. He requests to meet to discuss an extremely important issue that cannot be delayed and that he can’t go into detail about in the letter. Asks for help collecting money. 2. Letter from the Mifal Le’Ezrat Rabanim to Dr. Ernst Neventzal, from 1942, referring to the earlier above letter. Different sizes and conditions, generally good. Rav Aharon Rokach (1880-1957), a wondrous figure of an ascetic tzaddik whose spirit was privy to the upper worlds, and was famed as a wonder worker. He was the firstborn son of the Admor Rabbi Yissachar Dov Rokach of Belz. Orphaned at a tender age, he grew up in the shadow of his grandfather, the Admor Rabbi Yehoshua of Belz. From an early age he was known for his piety; so much so that Rabbi Yechezkel Shraga Halberstam, the Rebbe of Sieniawa, said that the evil inclination had apparently forgotten about him. He became Admor in 1926. All of his sons, daughters and grandchildren were lost in the Holocaust. He re-established the Belz chassidic movement. Thousands of Jews from all walks of life took part in his funeral. He was buried on Har HaMenuchot in Jerusalem, and his grave became a holy site.
Item sold at $240 Starting at $240
LOT: 395

Important letter signed by Rabbi Yitzhak Yaakov Weiss, Ga’avad of the Charedi Eida.

Letter printed on official letterhead and signed by hand. From 1973. On a gathering to establish the Beit Yaakov HaYashan, a mythical educational institute for girls in Jerusalem. | Rabbi Yitzhak Yaakov Weiss (1902-1989) was Av Beit Din in Mancehster. Following the request of Rabbi Yoel Teitelbaum of Satmar, he moved to Israel, served as Ga’avad. Authored the series Minchat Yitzhak (10 sections). Signs of folding, stains without damage to text. 21x16cm. Generally good condition.
Starting at $180
LOT: 396

Document of the Chayei Olam yeshiva signed by Jerusalem sages, including Rabbi Yehuda Leib Ashlag, the Ba’al HaSulam, and more.

3-page document, bearing the logo of the yeshiva, from 1924. Includes a list of scholarship recipients, the amount (interesting to see how much each received), and their signatures. Among the signatories are some geonim: Yosef Adler and his son Moshe Adler; Yehuda Leib Ashlag – the HaSulam; Yaakov Bernstein; Mordechai Goldman; Aharon Haltovsky; Moshe Yair Weinstock; Aryeh Mordechai Rabinowitz (71 signatures in total). | Thick paper, stains, light tears. Folded page divided into four, of which three are written on. 33x20cm each. Size of the roll: 40x33cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $1500 Starting at $1500
LOT: 397

Lot, 3 handwritten and signed letters by the Admor of Rachmastrivka

On official letterhead by Rabbi Yisrael Mordechai Tversky of Rachmastrivka, Jerusalem (1984-1988). He blesses the recipients on various things. The Admor of Rachmastrivka (1929-2004) was a Torah genius and a holy man, he was appointed as Admor after the passing of his father Rabbi Yochanan in 1982. Lived with great modesty and simplicity despite his social status as one of the greatest Admors of his generation, and at first refused to succeed his father. Different sizes and conditions, generally very good.
Item sold at $375 Starting at $120
LOT: 398

Lot, three handwritten and signed letters by Rabbi Yohanan of Rachmastrivka.

On official letterhead, dates between 1973-1974. He blesses the recipients on various things. The Admor Rabbi Yohanan (1900-1981), descendent of a golden dynasty and a direct descendent of the Maor Einayim, the Maggid of Chernobyl, and Rabbi Yochanche of Rachmastrivka. In 1926 he moved to Israel with his father and grandfather. In 1950 after his father’s death he was appointed to succeed him. Known for his dedication. | Different conditions, generally good.
Item sold at $280 Starting at $180
LOT: 399

Long letter handwritten and signed by the Admor Rabbi Shalom Saprin of Komarna.

On official letterhead, signed and stamped. From 1970. Request for help to celebrate his daughter’s wedding. Rabbi Shalom Saprin (1916-1998), was certified to teach in his youth by the Beit Din of Munkatch. He moved to Jerusalem in 1940 and was crowned Admor by Rabbi Aharon of Belz. Married to Golda Leah, daughter of Rav Yisrael Yitzhak Reizman. Wrote the books Ma’aseh Shalom, “Nishmat Shalom,” and “Nefesh Shalom” on the Torah, moadim and shas. Filing holes. 25x17cm, generally good condition.
Starting at $120
LOT: 400

Letter from the Rogochover Rav – Rabbi Yosef Ruzhin, Av Beit Din of Devinsk.

Long letter on postcards. From 1933. Sent from Devinsk, dealing with shaving one’s beard according to halacha. Most of his halachic answers would take one line or two. So this is rare—this one takes two pages, around 42 lines! Rabbi Yosef Ruzhin (1858-1936) was born in Rogatchov, by whose name he was known. In his youth he studied from Rabbi Yosef Dov Ber Soloveitchik, author of the Beit HaLevi. For over forty years he served as a chassidic rabbi in the city of Dvinsk, alongside Rabbi Meir Simchah HaCohen, author of the Ohr Sameach. He was known for his tremendous genius and his unparalleled phenomenal memory. | Postcards, 15x10cm, generally very good condition.
Item sold at $2500 Starting at $2500