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Auction 16 - 06.12.2017

 

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LOT: 271

Letter signed by rabbis of Jerusalem, to Rav Azriel Hildsteimer. Jerusalem 1896.

Long letter written by hand, signed and stamped. From 1896 to Rav Hildsteimer (1820-1899), rabbi of Eisenstadt and Berlin, on helping Israel’s farmers during the shmita year. Signed by Rav Yisrael Yaakov Segel—Av Beit Din of Plonsk. Rav Shaul Haim son of Rav Avraham HaLevi Horwitz, Ra’avad of Doverovna, head of the Meah Shearim yeshiva and rabbi of the neighborhood. Rav Shlomo Zalman, a sage of Jerusalem. Rav Avraham Zvi Friliker. Signs of folding, filing marks, stains from time, light tears without missing text. 22x30cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $400 Starting at $300
LOT: 272

Historic letter signed by all the rabbis of Jerusalem, to Rav Azriel Hildsteimer. Jerusalem 1889.

Long letter written by hand, signed and stamped. From 1889 to Rav Hildsteimer (1820-1899), rabbi of Eisenstadt and Berlin. Yaakov Yehuda Leviv of Shlashin—Ra’avad of Jerusalem, Shaul Haim ben HaRav Avraham HaLevi Horwitz, Ra’avad of Doverovna, head of the Meah Shearim yeshiva and rabbi of the neighborhood, Rav Yosef Haim Zonenfeld, student of the Katav Sofer, and first rabbi of the Haredi community in Jerusalem, and more. Tears in the margins, tear without missing text through the width of the paper. 22x30cm. generally ok to good condition.
Item sold at $700 Starting at $300
LOT: 273

Lot of 4 letters from the Gaon and kabbalist Rabbi Yaakov Edelstein, rabbi of Ramat HaSharon.

1. Letter of blessing on official letterhead, from 1973. Handwritten and signed. To Elizur Weisfisch. Blessings on a bar mitzvah. 2. Letter of blessing for the birth of a daughter. From 1951. Handwritten and signed. 3. Letter on personal issues and divrei torah. Handwritten and signed. 4. Postcards. Blessing of mazal tov on the marriage of a daughter. Handwritten and signed. To Rav Reuven Elitzur. Rav Yaakov Edelstein (1924-2017) was rabbi of Ramat HaSharon for close to 70 years and a senior dayan in the Beit Din of Rav Nissim Karlitz in Bnei Brak. He became famous late in life as a kabbalist and miracle workers whose massive prayers could help many lacking a son.Various sizes and conditions, generally very good.
Item sold at $180 Starting at $180
LOT: 274

Lot of 4 letters from the Gaon and kabbalist Rabbi Yaakov Edelstein, rabbi of Ramat HaSharon.

1. Divrei Torah handwritten by the Gaon Edelstein from 1950 2. Letter with additional divrei Torah written from 1947 3. Mazal Tov to a bride and groom and their parents. Letter written and signed. 4. On personal issues and divrei torah. Rav Yaakov Edelstein (1924-2017) was rabbi of Ramat HaSharon for close to 70 years and a senior dayan in the Beit Din of Rav Nissim Karlitz in Bnei Brak. He became famous late in life as a kabbalist and miracle workers whose massive prayers could help many lacking a son.Various sizes and conditions, generally very good.
Item sold at $180 Starting at $180
LOT: 275

Lot of 2 letters handwritten and signed by the Gaon Rabbi David Povarsky, head of the Ponevezh yeshiva.

2 letters on official letterhead of the yeshiva. From 1950. 16x21cm. Generally very good condition.
Item sold at $375 Starting at $150
LOT: 276

Lot of 2 letters from the Mashgiach Yeshivat Ponevezh, the Gahatz Rabbi Haim Friedlander.

1. Letter written and signed by Rav Friedlaner. To Rav Reuven Elitzur Weifisch on a shofer from Switzerland that needed fixing. 2. Blessing printed on a typewriter and signed by hand. From 1973. To Rav Reuven Elitzur Weisfisch. Haim Friedlander (1923-1986) was a mashgiach in yeshivot of Ponevezh and the Negev, a member of the mussar movement of the last generation, dealt greatly with letters of the Ramchal and published editions of some of his books.
Item sold at $150 Starting at $150
LOT: 277

Letter from Rav Yosef Shlomo Kahanman—Rabbi of Ponevezh of Rabbi Meir Karlitz, older brother of the Chazon Ish.

Written on a typewriter. From 1945m signed by hand and stamped. In the margins is the words “I received it” handwritten and signed by Rabbi Meir Karlitz. Letter written in cold language, and is somewhat threatening. On 16 dunams of land that were not paid for. Rav Yosef Shlomo Kahanman (1888-1969) was head of the Ponevezh yeshiva in Lithuania before the Shoah and founded the yeshiva in Israel afterwards. Its first head and member of the Council of Torah Sages. In addition also founded Mossad Batei Avot for children who survived, and founded Kiryat Ponevezh in Ashdod and Yeshivat Grodna. There are streets named after him in Bnei Brak and Jerusalem. | Rav Meir Karlitz (1875-1955), rabbi of Lakovitch, was a close associate of the Chafetz Haim and Rav Haim Ozer Grodzinsky, and helped them establish the Polish Yeshivot Committee and was a head of the committee in Poland and Israel. Founder of the independent study movement and a member of the Council of Torah Sages. After his death the Yeshivat Beit Meir was founded in his name in Bnei Brak, by his son-in-law, Rav Zalman Rotberg. Filing holes, signs of folding, generally very good condition.
Item sold at $250 Starting at $250
LOT: 278

Library book loan card signed by the Gaon Rabbi Yaakov Yisrael Kanievsky—the Steipler.

The book is “Rav Mordechai’le of Slonim”, which tells about the Tzaddik Rabbi Mordechai of Slonim, a Misnagid, who was a rabbi in Slonim, but who was known as a miracle worker and one of the Chassidic rebbeim. Date of loan is 1969. The Steipler lived 1899-1985, was the Kahalot Yaakov. Gaon, Tzaddik, and holy in all his ways. Extremely modest, but when he needed to he would tell his opinion. Many turned to him for advice. Filing marks, 7x11cm. Generally very good condition.
Item sold at $240 Starting at $180
LOT: 279

Important letter on official letterhead, handwritten and signed, stamped, by the Gaon Rabbi Yaakov Yisrael Kanievsky. The Steipler.

From 1955, to Rav Haim Agiyuf, a manager of the Rambam u’Beit Yosef yeshiva in Tel Aviv. In his letter, the Steipler warns that the members of the Bnei Akiva youth movement are not allowed to gain a foothold in the yeshiva building and its roof. He adds that Bnei Torah are very few and the youth are many, but if they don’t preserve that few…” | Gaon Rabbi Yaakov Yisrael Kanievsky (1899-1985) was the Kahalot Yaakov. Gaon, Tzaddik, and holy in all his ways. Extremely modest, but when he needed to he would tell his opinion. Many turned to him for advice. Signs of folding. 25cm. Around 15 lines handwritten. Very good condition.
Item sold at $1700 Starting at $900
LOT: 280

Divrei Torah handwritten by Maran HaGrish Elyashiv.

Autograph handwritten by the Gaon Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv. On paper from a notebook, written very tightly on both sides (typical). Listing of aggadot and the parshat hashavua. Rabbi Yosef 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. Signs of folding. 18x24cm. Generally very good condition.
Item sold at $300 Starting at $200
LOT: 281

Divrei Torah on halacha and Aggadah handwritten by Maran HaGrish Elyashiv.

On official letterhead, written very tightly on both sides (typical). From 1967, probably a drash given in the Beit Midrash Tiferet Bechorim. Rabbi Yosef 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. 18x24cm. Signs of folding. Generally very good condition.
Item sold at $425 Starting at $200
LOT: 282

Lot of 2 pages handwritten by the Rabbanit Bat Sheva Kanievsky.

With names for blessing of the sick. Filing marks, very good condition.
Item sold at $100 Starting at $100
LOT: 283

Protocol for voting to appoint a member to the Chief Rabbinate of Israel. Jerusalem 1945.

Protocol for appointing Rav Yaakov Kalmas (1880-1953), rabbi of Moscow, Signed by 18 members of the rabbinate, led by Zvi Pesach Frank.
Item sold at $200 Starting at $200
LOT: 284

Psak Din from the Beit Din of the Gran Karlitz to boycott a book. Rare.

On official letterhead of the beit din. Written by hand and signed by the dayanim: Rabbi Yaakov Edelstein, Ga’avad Rabbi Nissim Karlitz, Rabbi Pinhas Schreiver, and Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Ullman. From 1997. On banning a book “full of errors and miscellany.” Signs of folding, 17x25cm. Generally very good condition.
Item sold at $130 Starting at $120
LOT: 285

Letter from the Mashgiach, Rabbi Eliyahu Dushnitzer.

Letter written and signed by the Mashgiach, to the administrators of the Kfar Ganim yeshiva on helping a boy. He lived 1876-1949, was a close associate and student of the Chafetz Haim. At the end of his life he moved to Israel, settled in Petah Tikva to be a Ram and Mashgiach in the Lomze yeshiva established there, many of the famous graduates see him as their rabbi. Among them Sar HaTorah Rabbi Haim Kanievsky. The Chazon Ish said when he died that he was one of the 36. Filing holes, signs of folding. Stains. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $700 Starting at $250
LOT: 286

Lot of 2 letters from Rabbi Eliyahu Eliezer Dessler.

1. Letter on paper cutting, from a lined notebook. Handwritten and signed with initials. To Rav Elitzur Weisfisch, telling him that he wouldn’t be able to make it at the time they had set. 2. Telegraph in Hebrew but local lettering. Written on both sides in his holy handwriting. To Rav Miller of Gateshead-England. Blessing of mazal tov and well-wishes. Rav Dessler (1892-1953) was a student of the Chelm school and a sage of the Mussar movement. Served as a rabbi in England and then as mashgiach in the Ponevezh yeshiva in Bnei Brak. His deep conversations based on the foundations of mussar and chassidut were printed in his monumental book “Michtav Mi’Eliyahu”. Various sizes and conditions, generally very good.
Item sold at $500 Starting at $500
LOT: 287

Letter from Rav Yisrael Isser Shapira, son of Rabbi Refael Shapira—head of the Volozhin yeshiva—to Rav Milikovsky, Ra’avad of Tel Aviv-Yafo.

On the yeshiva Sha’arei Torah official letterhead. From 1942. On blessing for the 50th year since his appointment to serve in the rabbinate in Israel. Signs of folding, light tears without missing text in the folds. 22x28cm. Generally very good condition.
Starting at $120
LOT: 288

Long letter written by Rav Shabtai Yagel, head of the Slonim yeshiva and member of the Council of Torah Sages.

Long letter spanning two pages on official letterhead, written in a very cramped format with additions in the margins. Handwritten and signed by Rav Shabtai Yagel, head of the Slonim yeshiva. Letter is from 14th of Adar Bet, 1946, addressed to his son. Mainly deals with yeshiva issues. Rav Shabtai Yagel (1875-1958) was the head of the Slonim yeshiva in Lithuania and then in Israel, member of the Council of Torah Sages. At the start of WWII he escaped to Israel and settled in Ramat Gan. He established the Slonim yeshiva there and taught there until his death. Tears, mainly in the margins, plus creases. [2] pages, 22x28cm. Generally ok condition.
Starting at $100
LOT: 289

Wonderful collection of 29 items, including: letters, letters of blessing, receipts handwritten by Admorim and important rabbis.

1. [6] business cards with blessings handwritten, among them the famous Stam scribe, Rabbi Nahman Papirna. Rav Dr. Heitner, rabbi of the Navy. Avraham Boyer, mayor of Bnei Brak. Rabbi Yitzhak Friedman of Bohosh, and more. All with additions and blessings handwritten by the owners. 2. [6] receipts for donations to famous institutions, the Sha’arei Chesed gamach, Yeshivat Mekor Haim. Between the years 1941-1962. Signed by Rav Avraham Jungreiz, Rav Shlomo Zalman Frosch, and Rabbi Moshe Tikochinsky. 3. [17] letters by Jewish sages, some written by hand and signed, some written by secretaries at their request. Among them: Admorim of Kapichnitz, Rachov, Biela, Sert Vizhnitz. Heads of yeshivot: Rabbi Yehezkel Sarna (head of Hevron yeshiva), Rabbi Moshe Tikochinsky (head of Yeshivat Mekor Haim), Rabbi Michal David Shlapoversky, and Rabbi Yehezkel Perzovitz, heads of the Tiferet Zvi yeshiva. And more Different sizes and conditions, generally good condition.
Item sold at $140 Starting at $100
LOT: 290

Signature of the mystical tzaddik, Rabbi Yaakov Moshe Revikov—the Holy Sandlar.

Official document of the Tel Aviv Municipality. From June 1930, on paying taxes to the city. On the document is the signature of the Tzaddik Rabbi Yaakov Moshe Revikov, before he became famous and worked as a simple shoemaker. | Rabbi Yaakov Moshe Revikov (1873-1967) studied kabbalah with the Leshem Shebo v’Achelma. Rabbi Aryeh Levin testified: “I heard from the holy mouth of Rav Kook that Rabbi Yaakov is without a doubt among the 36 tzaddikkim.” After the Chazon Ish encouraged him to come out into the public sphere, many would come to him for blessings. Filing holes. Signs of folding. 15x18cm. Generally very good condition.
Item sold at $100 Starting at $100
LOT: 291

Receipt to a donor from the Yeshivat Chochmei Lublin, with signature of Rav Shmuel HaLevi Wazner.

To Dr. Mordechai Stern for the 100 pounds that he donated. Good condition.
Item sold at $100 Starting at $100
LOT: 292

Lot of 2 letters handwritten by the posek Rabbi Shmuel HaLevi Wazner.

1. Paper cutting with translation from German—in Hebrew Gothic lettering, by Rav Wazner, who spoke German. The translation is on some omissions from the prayer book. Interesting. 2. Letter on official letterhead, handwritten and signed by Rav Wazner. From 1991, with a halachic answer to Rav Zvi Yavrov on the nussach of mussaf of the Shalosh Regalim. Gaon Rabbi Shmuel HaLevi Wazner (1913-2015), the Shevet HaLevi, was head of the Chochmei Lublin yeshiva in Bnei Brak, a grade posek, and also known as a “posek hador.” Was a student of Rav Meir Shapira of Lublin. In 1939 he moved to Israel, and in 1947 he was appointed thanks to the Chazon Ish to be Av Beit Din and rabbi of Zichron Meir in Bnei Brak—where he served until his death. Known as an excellent person and miracle worker. Signs of folding and glue. 14x22cm. Generally very good condition.
Item sold at $500 Starting at $300
LOT: 293

Letter from the Gaon rabbi Shimshon Aharon Polansky—the Rav of Teplik.

On official letterhead, written, signed, and stamped. From 1940. He applauds Rav Reuven Elitzur Weisfisch for his standing in the test. Rav Shimshon lived 1876-1948, was a posek in Russia and then Jerusalem, and rabbi of the Beit Yisrael neighborhood. Most of the Jerusalem sages studied with him, and made us of his halachot niddah, including Rav David Jungreiz, Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach, Rav Shmuel HaLevi Wazner, Rav Yisrael Yaakov Fisher, Rav Ovadia Yosef, Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, Rav Binyamin Mendelson. His decisions influenced many in this field. Signs of folding, small tears in the margins. 21x28cm. Generally very good condition.
Item sold at $120 Starting at $120
LOT: 294

Lot of 4 letters from Rav Alexander Zusha Elyashivitz, rabbi of Chari and Khotimisk in Russia, and then rabbi in Tel Aviv, author of Elef L’Magen.

1. Chiddushim on the Torah, handwritten and signed by him. From 1949. 2. Letter of chiddushim, written and signed, 1948. To Rav Reuven Elitzur Weisfisch 3. Letter on official letterhead, written and signed, 1950. 4. On official letterhead, written and signed. Various sizes and conditions, good condition.
Starting at $120
LOT: 295

Heter Me’ah Rabanim after the Shoah. Signed by rabbis of the Badatz Chassidim in Jerusalem. A chilling document.

Heter to Rabbi Menachem Adler of Khust in Hungary, allowing him to marry a second woman with having divorced his first wife, since his wife was murdered by the Nazis in Auschwitz. “He brought a letter from the Rav of Semihali testifying that he was with his wife in the Khust ghetto and then they were sent to the extermination camp of Auschwitz…and as is known the women who had oung sons went to the left, and everyone was lost in the gas chambers…the impure evil people fell on the Jews with the worse kind of cruelty and tried to wipe Israel away and shed innocent blood.” At the top of the heter are signed the heads of the Badatz, Ra’avad Rabbi Yerucham Fischel Bernstein, Rabbi Naftali Zvi Shmerler, and Rabbi Ysirael Yitzhak Reisman. Additional signature later of rabbis, admors, and students (including the Toldot Aharon). Signs of folding. 33x20cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $600 Starting at $500