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Auction 16 - 06.12.2017

 

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LOT: 246

Manuscript of slichot and prayers for the holidays of Tishrei. Yemen, 19th century.

Includes slichot, Hatarat NEdarim of the sick or dead, prayers for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Hoshanot and bakashot. With Etz Haim commentary. Nice handwriting, organized and professional, with titles and bolding of opening words. Prayers in block lettering and with vowels, and the commentaries and slichot are in Rashi scrip. Listing of ownership. Thick, quality paper. New binding. No cover page. Stains from time. Small missing bit in the upper margins of the last pages without damage to text. [108] pages. 13x18cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $300 Starting at $300
LOT: 247

Lot of 3 manuscripts. Yemen, 19th and 20th centuries.

1. Pesach Haggadah, written on lined paper. Yemen, 19/20th century. 2. Manuscript of Seder HaAshmoret. Seder of Slichot according to the Yemenite Jewish custom. Partially vowelled. Yemen. 3. Tikkun Leil Shavuot, professional handwriting. First page is vowelled. With additions and corrections in the margins. First pages from Genesis (until Vayegash) are missing. 19th century. Different sizes and conditions, generally ok to good.
Starting at $250
LOT: 248

Manuscript, Rashi’s commentary on the Torah. Yemen, 19th century. Rare.

In one volume on Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy. Written in nice, organized handwriting, in Rashi script, on dark paper, thick, high quality, bound with new leather binding. Beginnings and endings of parshot are in block letters. At the top of every chumash is the name of the chumash, framed. Rare to find a manuscript of this type alone without the wording of the Bible itself. Dedication on the first page. Not cover, on the cover page is a colophon “The young…” and the rest is erased. Page 9 is disconnected. | 1-28, 29-222 pages. 11x16cm. Generally very good condition.
Item sold at $600 Starting at $300
LOT: 249

Manuscript of three megillot, Yemen, Sanaa, 18th century.

Song of Songs, Ruth, Kohelet, with Rashi’s commentary, Targum Yonatan, as was traditionally studied in Yemen on holidays. Expert scribe writing, seemingly from the Maharitz family. The signature on one of the pages is not identifiable but similar to the style of the Maharitz family, could be his signature itself. The cover has on the top-left an additional erased signature, “Yosef ben…Kanbor..” Additional writing is erased below. Moth damage in the internal margins with repair, no damage to text, moth marks on the external margins, 108 pages + 2 pages. Size: 16x22cm. New binding, generally good condition.
Item sold at $400 Starting at $250
LOT: 250

Manuscript of Three Megillot—Song of Songs, Ruth, and Kohelet. Manuscript of the Maharitz. Yemne, 18th century.

With Targum, Rashi’s commentary, and Mesorah. Pretty, exact handwriting, on dark, thick, and high quality paper, bound in the original leather with inscriptions. Opening boxes of the megillot are framed. The nussach is in block lettering with ta’amim and vowels. Handwritten by Meiri Yehiel Tzalach, the Maharitz (1713-1805), a Yemenite sage of the 18th century. Ra’avad and Chief Rabbi of all of Yemen. Author Sha’arei Kedusha, Sha’arei Tahara, Peulot Tzadik, and more. Accompanied by a stamped certificate from the Gaon Rabbi Yitzhak Ratzabi that this was written by the Maharitz. Wide margins, no cover page. Light tears and stains in the margins without damage to the text. [51] pages. 17x25cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $1800 Starting at $1800
LOT: 251

Manuscript Machzor for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Yemen, 18th century.

With guidelines and commentary on the prayers. Written in nice handwriting, exact, on thick, dark, and high quality apper, with titles and emphasis for the opening words. Written in block lettering, with vowels, commentaries in Rashi script. Similar to the handwriting of the Maharitz, and could be written by one of his students or family members. New binding, 109 pages. 18x25cm. Generally very good condition.
Item sold at $950 Starting at $500
LOT: 252

Manuscript of the Shulchan Aruch, Shechita laws. Yemen, 18th century.

Divided into sections. Titles of the simanim are block lettering. With additions by hand. Bound in the original leather binding. Wear on the spine. Last pages are missing. Tears with missing bits of pages 51 and 52. 52 pages. 18x12cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $350 Starting at $180
LOT: 253

Manuscript of Sha’arei Kedusha with Lehem Toda commentary. Yemen, 19th century.

Scribe manuscript on thick paper. In the center is the wording of the book Sha’arei Kedusha by Rabbi Yehi Tzalach, the Maharitz, around it is the commentary Lehem Toda by Rabbi Yehi ben Rabbi Yehuda Bdichi. Nice, organized Yemenite writing, the beginning of paragraphs and the numbers of points are emphasized in red ink. Light leather binding with inscriptions and the remains of string for tying. On the cover page is a listing of the birth of a boy. Dozens of glosses. Stains from time. Original binding, 64 pages. 13x17cm. Generally good condition.
Starting at $500
LOT: 254

Lot of 2 receipts signed by rabbis of Yemen. Jerusalem, 19/20th centuries.

1. Receipt for the purchase of land (4 amot) on the Mt. of Olives. Stamped by Rabbi Nahman Betito (1845-1915), a sage and leader of the Western Eda in Jerusalem. 2. Receipt in blue and red by the Yemenite Kollel committee in Jerusalem, to Mrs. Hannah ben Yehiel, who donated money for her recovery. Stamped and signed by Rav Shalom HaLevi Alsheech (1859-1944) and Rabbi Avraham Haim Atzraf, rabbis of the Yemenite community in Jerusalem. Various sizes and conditions, generally good.
Item sold at $150 Starting at $100
LOT: 255

Lot of 5 letters/documents. From Chief rabbis of Israel, Turkey, and Egypt.

1. Letter from Y.A. Herzog—chief rabbi of Israel. On letterhead of the Rabbinical Association of Russian Refugees. From 1st of Adar, 1951. To Platorus on participating in building a second floor of the rabbinical dormitories in Jerusalem. 2. Approval of receipt of a get. From Istanbul, stamped by the dayanim Yitzhak Becher Eliezer, Yaakov Argoiti, and Yitzhak Shaki. Signed by the Chief Turkish rabbi, stamps by other rabbis. 3. Document, written on official letterhead of the Chief Rabbinate in Kushta. Signed by the dayanim Yitzhak Becher Eliezer, Yaakov Argoiti, and Yitzhak Shaki. Stamped by the Beit Din. 4. Long official document written in the local language, on paper wit han inscription of the symbol of Turkey, signed and stamped in a number of places. In the center are a number of lines written by hand, signed and stamped by Moshe HaLevi, the Chief Rabbi. 5. Marriage certificate by the Chief Rabbinate in Cairo. From 1924. Signed and stamped by the Chief Rabbinate of Cairo. Various sizes and conditions, generally ok to good.
Starting at $180
LOT: 256

Letter handwritten and signed by one of the 36 tzaddikim, Chacham Menachem Menashe. Jerusalem, 1958.

Letter on official letterhead, stamped, by the Ahavat Haim company. From 1st of Iyar 1948. On the first side is a receipt for a half-lira, received from Mr. Yitzhak di Aveila, signed by Chacham Menachem Menashe. On the other is a complete letter handwritten by him, in which he thanks the donor and gives lots of blessings. He lived from 1892-1968, founded the Ahavat Haim company, authored the book Ahavat Haim on the Torah. Student of kabbalists like Rabbi Shlomo Eleizer Elfandri and Rabbi Yehuda Patya. Rav Mordechai Eliyahu wrote that he was one of the 36 “if not the first among them.”
Item sold at $100 Starting at $100
LOT: 257

Lot of 8 signatures of the first chief rabbis in Israel

7 handwritten signatures of the Rishon LeZion, Meir Hai Uziel. Some with stamp of the chief Rabbinate, some with additional printing of his name, his title, etc. 1 signature of Rav Yitzhak Isaac HaLevi Herzog, Chief Rabbi of Israel. Rabbi ben Tzion Meir Hai Uziel (1880-1953) was the first Sefardi Chief Rabbi of the State of Israel. One of the most prominent rabbis of the first half of the 20th century. | Rav Yitzhak Isaac HaLevi Herzog (1888-1959) was the first Ashkenazi chief rabbi, and before that of Ireland. Israel Prize winner for Torah Literature in 1958, father of the President Haim Herzog, grandfather of the MK Yitzhak (Buzi) Herzog.
Item sold at $180 Starting at $180
LOT: 258

Lot of 5 psakei din from rabbis of Mogador. End of the 19th century.

Signed. Different sizes and conditions, generally good.
Starting at $150
LOT: 259

Lot of 6 letters from rabbis of Mogador. End of the 19th century.

Different sizes and conditions, generally good.
Starting at $150
LOT: 260

Lot of 5 letters from rabbis of Mogador. End of the 19th century.

Different sizes and conditions, generally good.
Starting at $150
LOT: 261

Lot of 5 psakei din from rabbis of Fez. Morocco. End of the 19th century.

Signed by Rabbi Matityahu Seriro and members of the Beit Din. Stamped by the Beit Din. Different sizes and conditions, generally good.
Item sold at $200 Starting at $200
LOT: 262

Lot of 3 shadar letters from Israel to Morocco. 19th century.

1. Receipt and blessing handwritten to a donor from a shadar, Rav Haim Shmuel HaKohen Sekli. Tzfat. Includes signature and stamp. 2. Receipt and blessing handwritten to a donor from a shadar, Rav Rachamim HaKohen. Tzfat. Includes signature and stamp. 3. Receipt and blessing handwritten to a donor from a shadar, Rav Haim Asoulin. Tzfat. Includes signature and stamp. Includes envelope with a wax seal stamp. Different sizes and conditions, generally good condition.
Item sold at $120 Starting at $120
LOT: 263

Lot of 6 letters from Moroccan rabbis. End of the 19th century, beginning of the 20th.

On various issues, among the signers are Rabbi Yehoshua Maman and more. Various sizes and conditions, generally good.
Item sold at $150 Starting at $150
LOT: 264

Lot of 12 letters from rabbinical sages in Israel of the last generation.

Letters mostly, but not only, are on the issue of Rav Reuven Elizur Weisfisch. 1. Halachic answer from Rav Yaakov Hai Zrihan (1869-1953), Ra’avad of Tiberias, on official letterhead. Handwritten and signed. 2. Approval letter from Rav Shmuel Yitzhak Hillman (1868-1953), Chief Rabbi of Glasgow and Ra’avad of London. Father-in-law of Chief Rabbi of Israel Herzog. On official letterhead with his signature. 3. Recommendation letter from Rav Yeshayahu Ze’ev Winograd, rabbi of the Mahane Yehuda neighborhood. Handwritten, signed, and stamped. 4. Recommendation letter from Rav Yaakov Landau (1893-1986), a Ra’avad of Bnei Brak, a posek and important Chabad rabbi. On official letterhead, signed and stamped. From 20th of Iyar, 1960. 5. Letter of blessing from Rav Yaakov Moshe Harlap (1882-1952), a student of Rav Kook, head of Merkaz HaRav and Beit Zvul and rabbi of Sha’arei Chesed. On official letterhead, handwritten and signed. From 1950. 6. On banning a book, by Rav Yisrael Eliyahu Weintraub (1932-2000). A sage of the Lithuanian population. Handwritten and signed. And more. Various sizes and conditions. Generally good.
Item sold at $200 Starting at $200
LOT: 265

Lot of 2 psakei din from Ra’avad of Tzfat, Rabbi Refael Zilberman.

Long and detailed, written during Kislev 1904 and 1909. Bearing the signature of Rabbi Zilberman and written by him. He was son-in-law of Rabbi Shmuel Heller. On rights to apartments and land. Various sizes, generally very good condition.
Item sold at $120 Starting at $100
LOT: 266

Lot of 5 letters with signatures of rabbis.

1. Chief Rabbi of Israel, Meir Lau (when he served as Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv-Yafo). On official letterhead, signed by hand. To children of Gan Shaked in Rosh HaAyin. 2. Letter from Rav Moshe Zvi Neriya on official letterhead of Kfar HaRo’eh yeshiva. Signed and stamped. 3. Letter from Rabbi Mordechai Musseltone, on official letterhead of the Porat Yosef yeshiva—Katamon, signed and stamped. 4. Letter from Rav Nissim Yagan, on official letterhead of the yeshivat Beit Midrash of Kohelet Yaakov, signed. 5. Letter from Rav Yitzhak Peretz on official letterhead, handwritten and signed. Different sizes, generally very good condition.
Item sold at $100 Starting at $100
LOT: 267

Lot of 12 items, letters and collectables from Rabbi Eliezer Shlomo Moharosh Shik—the Tzaddik of Yavniel.

1. [4] letters written on official letterhead, stamped and signed by hand. Letters with a lot of blessings and advice. Sent from New York, given inside their original envelopes. 2. Invitation to the wedding of the Moharosh’s daughter, Chana Toyva, from 14th of Sivan, 1984. In its original envelope. 3. Picture of the Moharosh in his youth. 4. [6] of the first booklets published from the Moharosh’s philosophy (7-14), still in their stencil edition, a different size than the known editions. Given in a stamped dust jacket from his son-in-law, Rav Moshe Estreicher. Rav Eliezer Shlomo Shik (1940-2015) was a central leader of Breslev Chassidut. Most of his followers live in Yavniel, and he himself would move between Yavniel and New York. Wrote a number of books and pamphlets. Recently, his grave has become a destination for unmarried people, with a special tikkun. Generally very good condition.
Starting at $180
LOT: 268

Interesting letter from Rav Kook to the Hevra Kadisha of the Poland Kollel.

On official letterhead, signed by Rav Kook. From 1932, in which he requests burial for someone without payment “because his father is indigent.” Rav Avraham Yitzhak HaKohen Kook (1865-1935) was Chief Rabbi of Israel, head of the Merkaz HaRav yeshiva, and one of the founders of religious Zionism. Signs of folding, double file marks, stains. 22x15cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $160 Starting at $150
LOT: 269

Letter from Rav Kook to Rabb Yehiel Michal Tikochinsky.

On official letterhead, signed by Rav Kook. From 1935. Request to meet with him on an important matter, “tomorrow at 10.” Rav Avraham Yitzhak HaKohen Kook (1865-1935) was Chief Rabbi of Israel, head of the Merkaz HaRav yeshiva, and one of the founders of religious Zionism. Rav Tikochinsky (1871-1955) was a rabbi of Jerusalem and head of the Etz Haim institution, author of Luach Eretz Yisrael and for many halachic books. Signs of folding, 13x20cm. Very good condition.
Item sold at $260 Starting at $200
LOT: 270

Lot of 3 letters from the Gaon Rav Yehiel Michal Tikochinsky, head of the Etz Haim yeshiva, the oldest yeshiva in Israel.

1. Letter printed on a typewriter on official letterhead of the yeshiva. From 1951, stamped and signed by Rav Tikochinsky. To Rav Avraham Dov Weisfisch on finishing his work as a teacher. 2. Letter printed on a typewriter on official letterhead of the yeshiva, from 1942. Signed by Rav Tikochinsky, on a recommendation for a boy, Reuven Elizur Weisfisch, who “wants to continue his studies in one of the places.” 3. Letter printed on a typewriter on official letterhead of the yeshiva, from 1949. Signed by the Rav, to Rav Reuven Elizur Weisfisch. Rav Tikochinsky (1871-1955) was a rabbi of Jerusalem and head of the Etz Haim institution, author of Luach Eretz Yisrael and for many halachic books He was certified by Rav Shmuel Salant, rabbi of Jerusalem. Married the great-granddaughter of Rabbi Shmuel Salant. The Jerusalem municipality recognized his memory by the street name Gesher HaHayyim in Mekor Baruch from the name of his book. Different sizes and conditions, generally good.
Item sold at $120 Starting at $120