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LOT: 105

Shadar letter for a kolel shaliach by Chabad Hevron and Jerusalem, Rabbi Shaul father of the Shaulson family, 1857. With the additional handwritten recommendation and signature of Rabbi Haim Palagi, and more.

A rare shadrut letter given to the Shadar Rabbi Shuel Brima”t Ashkenazi, father of the Shaulson family. The letter is common to both the Chabad movement in Hevron and Jerusalem, as stated in the letter “we gathered together a community of kollels in the two holy cities, Jerusalem and Hevron.” The letter is directed towards Sefardi countries (Egypt, Tunisia, Djerba, and more). The senders are the “Sages and Rabbi and funders and administrators of the Yeshurun community and the heads of the Ashkenazi Chassidic yeshivot, Chabad, signed here in the holy cities of Hevron and Jerusalem.” Three reasons are given by the writers as to why they are approaching the Jews of these countries “because they had never been honored or called upon…” and they are: 1. Over the last four or five years, ‘our clout has degraded in the place of our birth, Northern Ashkenaz.’ 2. For five years there has been a harsh famine in Israel. 3. “Additional struggles have been heaped upon us, from the goyim who live among us, in Hevron, who make the world even more of a struggle for the Jews, they take money from them.” At the end of the letter the ambassadors are required to bless all those whose names appear and who donate money, to pray for them and visit the holy sites in Israel, such as Kever Rachel, Kever Shmuel HaNavi, and Haggai, Zecharya, Malachi, and Shimon HaTzaddik, and the 70 members of the Sanhedrin, and Avner ben Ner, and Otniel ben Kanaz. The signatories are: Shimon Menashe ben Moshe [representative of the Jews of Hevron, great-grandson of the Ba’al HaTanya], Menachem Aryeh ben Shmuel HaLevi, Shneor Zalman ben Ephraim Yitzhak Epstein, Ze’ev Wolf HaLevi, Yosef ben Hillel Moshe, Schneor Zalman ben Menachem [Nahum] Yosef, Yaakov Zevulun ben Yosef Yehuda Leib, Yosef Yehuda Baharach, Dover ben Shmuel HaKatan, Avraham ben Shimon. Under the stamps are a number of lines of recommendation from the Sefardi rabbis of Jerusalem. The signatories: Ezra Har Rabbi Haim, Mordechai Eliezer Suzin [Arzei HaLevanon 3rd Section, p. 1504], Yehoshua Alai [Arzei HaLevanon 2nd section, p. 744], Eliyahu Yaakov Nissim [Arzei HaLevanon, 1st section, p. 280]. During his travels, in Izmir in 1958 Rabbi Haim Palagi added to the letter with a recommendation handwritten and signed “I hereby come in the margins, to add that Rav Shaul Bechir Hashem, from the holy communities of Hevron and Jerusalem, that the gates of justice should open for him, and I will bless him over the Torah, and I sign here in Izmir in Cheshvan 1948.” This letter was first published by Rav Betzalel Landoy, the Ma’ayan, Tammuz 1969, and a copy of the letter was printed later in the Book of Hevron, p. 225, and in Migdal Oz, p. 525 (from the History of Chabad in the Holy Land). Written with vowels and with some words written larger. The letter is 78.5x55.5cm, in a large frame of 85x62cm. Signs of folding and use throughout its length and width, generally good condition. The item was brought to auction from a private collection.
Starting at $7000
LOT: 106

Letter from the secretary of the Rayatz with exciting content from the exile of the Rebbe—Riga, Latvia, around 1930.

Typewritten letter on official letterhead of the “secretary … of Lubavitch, Rabbi Yehezkel Feigen, Riga, Latvia.” No date noted, based on the place and details it appears to be just before 1930, addressed to “our honored friend Rabbi Yosef Shai Shmatkin”, in which the secretary gives good news: “regarding his brother and family baruch hashem all are alive and remain whole despite all of the suffering they have experienced and continue to experience, they were all in great danger, but baruch hashem … regarding the Admor shlita it cannot be written what happened to him and to us over the last month, he was in great danger but baruch hashem they were all saved…everything was to be burned but baruch hashem he decided to leave the country and come here”. Later he requests the recipient’s help: “All of our friends and Temimim should pay attention to the circumstances of the Rebbe since because of the current situation, for more than five months there has been no income but rather large expenditures…”. The writer expands on the Rebbe’s circumstances and the money they needed to gather, and he ends the letter with: “his friend he blesses”, plus his handwritten signature. Size: 21x22.5cm. Folding creases, overall good condition. Rayatz, Admor Rabbi Yosef Yitzhak Schneerson of Lubavitch, the 6th Chabad rebbe (1880-1950).
Item sold at $325 Starting at $100
LOT: 107

Letter of blessings sent in the Rebbe the Rayatz’s name with the secretary’s signature. Otwock, Elul 1931.

Letter sent in the name of the Admor Rabbi Yosef Yitzhak Schneerson, the Rayatz of Lubavitch, written and signed by the secretary Rabbi Shmuel Zalmanov, from the 24th of Elul 1931, when the Rebbe resided in Otwock, Poland. Addressed to “our honored friend…Yosef Shmatkin”, in which the Rebbe blesses him with “may Hashem strengthen your health and that of your wife and your daughter and sons, may they live and may he bring them a good shidduch and maasim tovim and bless everyone with a shana tova u’metuka, in the name of the Admor Shlita, Shmuel Zalmanov.” Size: 19.5x12.5cm. Admor Rabbi Yosef Yitzhak Schneerson of Lubavitch, the 6th Chabad rebbe (1880-1950).
Item sold at $300 Starting at $100
LOT: 108

Letter from the Rayatz with blessings for health and partners and advice for parnasa. Tishrei 1935.

Letter from the Rebbe Admor Rabbi Yosef Yitzhak Schneerson, the Rayatz of Lubavitch. Typewritten on official letterhead, from the 11th of Tishrei 1935, addressed to “my friend Yosef Shmotkin”, in which the Rebbe offers brachot on a variety of subjects “may Hashem strengthen your health and that of your wife and your daughter and sons, may they live and may he bring them a good shidduch”. Then the rabbi transitions to issues of parnasa and suggests “in addition to focusing on his orchard may he work in brokerages and may hashem give him good business deals, and give him fruits of his orchard, and may his livelihood be enough to pay all his debts so that he may set times for Torah and avodah, and may Hashem help him with fulfilling the debt in a good manner, with a gmar hatima tova”. Signed by the Rayatz by hand. Admor Rabbi Yosef Yitzhak Schneerson of Lubavitch, the 6th Chabad rebbe (1880-1950).
Item sold at $950 Starting at $700
LOT: 109

Letter from the Rayatz with blessings for health and a shidduch. Shvat 1948.

Letter from the Rayatz of Lubavitch, the Admor Rabbi Yosef Yitzhak Schneerson, typewritten on official letterhead, from the 9th of Shvat 1948, addressed to “my friend…Rabbi Yosef Shmotkin”, in which the Rebbe blesses him with “may Hashem strengthen your health and that of your wife and your daughter and sons, may they live and may he bring them a good shidduch and maasim tovim and bless everyone in gashmiyus and ruchniyus”. Handwritten signature of the Rebbe with additional handwritten “b’gashmiyus ub’ruchniyus”. Size: 21.5x14cm. Folding creases. Rayatz, Admor Rabbi Yosef Yitzhak Schneerson of Lubavitch, the 6th Chabad rebbe (1880-1950).
Item sold at $1100 Starting at $700
LOT: 110

נדיר: ליטוגרפיה מקורית עם צילום מכתב כללי של הרבי הריי"צ - נדפס תרפ"ה

מסמך נדיר שנדפס בשנת תרפ"ה, צילום ליטוגרפי מקורי של מכתב כללי ששלח הרבי הריי"צ ז' שבט תרפ"ה, פוטוגרפיה של צילום מכתב כולו בכתב יד קדשו של הרבי, נדפס בזמן כתיבת המכתב בליענינגראד ונשלח לכלל אנ"ש די בכל אתר ואתר. במכתב כותב הרבי הריי"צ: "אשר כל אחד ואחד מאנ"ש... ישתדל ויתחזק בדבר קביעעות עתים ללימוד דא"ח... לקבוע את יום ב' ניסן... ליום לימוד והתוועדות כל אנ"ש שי' באהבת רעים...". במכתב מפרט הרבי את מנהג אנ"ש ליום ההילולא כפי שנהוג עד ימינו אנו. בסיום כותב הרבי: "מצורף לזה הנני שולח מאמר דא"ח המתחיל גדולים מעשי צדיקים... אשר אותו ילמדו אנ"ש שי' ביום ההילולא, נוסף על הסדר הקבוע..." ומסיים בברכת "ומברכם בברכה משולשת" וחתימת יד קדשו. [1] דף בצילום ליטוגרפי. נקבי עש, סימני קיפול וכתמים. תוכן המכתב מופיע באגרות קודש הרבי הריי"צ חלק א' אות רס עמ' תנב-תנג. בהערות שם נכתב: נדפסה בס' התולדות ח"ג ע' 318 והוגהה ע"פ צילום כתי"ק שנדפס בשעתו בעלה בפני עצמו. דף נדיר במיוחד, מכיוון שדפים בודדים שנדפסו לא נשמרו במהלך השנים.
Starting at $100
LOT: 111

Letter from the Rebbe in Yiddish with many blessings and expression of his opinion on the setting of a date for a wedding, signed by the secretary. Tishrei 1957.

Typewritten letter on official letterhead from the 11th of Tishrei 1957. The Rebbe answers a correspondent’s earlier letter in which she asked him to include something in his prayers: “may Hashem complete the days of her pregnancy in health and soundness and may she give birth to zerah chai v’kayam at the proper time in health and easily”. Later the Rebbe switches to Yiddish and writes that he was very happy to hear that they would not delay the wedding date, and even expresses his hope that they will act as an example for others, “for all those who make it earlier are acting properly and Hashem will provide food and parnasa with chen, chessed, and rachamim” and blesses the new couple in Yiddish (free translation): “May it be that all of their days will be filled with besorot tovot [good news] for one another individually and together, from the increase of your important work for the organization of Chabad women and girls in Israel and Jerusalem…”. The letter was signed by the secretary Rabbi Eliyahu Quint “in the name of the Admor shlita”. As is well-known, many letters were signed in the name of the secretaries but were actually signed by the Rebbe himself. [1] leaf/envelope. Folding creases, stains, tiny holes, overall good condition.
Item sold at $450 Starting at $100
LOT: 112

Letter from the Rebbe in Yiddish with blessings for health, signed by the secretary. Av, 1959.

Typewritten letter on official letterhead from the 12th of Av, 1959, in which the Rebbe writes (free translation): “it is understood, also from what I wrote to your husband, shlita [the word is emphasized in his handwriting], that it was proper that the wedding took place at the time they set for it…one must be strong in one’s belief in Hashem who remedies all mankind and performs wonders, that he will act with witnessed goodness, naturally and via special remedies, or that Hashem will help supernaturally. With blessings for besorot tovot in all that has been said.” The letter was signed by the secretary Rabbi Eliyahu Quint “in the name of the Admor shlita”. As is well-known, many letters were signed in the name of the secretaries but were actually signed by the Rebbe himself. [1] leaf/envelope. Folding creases, overall good condition.
Item sold at $325 Starting at $100
LOT: 113

Letter from the Rebbe in Yiddish with blessings and ideas related to simcha (happiness)—Adar Bet, 1962.

Typewritten letter on official letterhead from the 3rd of Adar Bet, 1962, in Yiddish, in which the Rebbe blesses (free translation): “May Hashem help that you will be able to give besorot tovot…we find ourselves in the month of Adar, a successful month for Jews in all of their endeavours, and we are commanded to maximize our happiness, and the Torah’s commandment is also meant to convey strength, with blessings for besorot tovot in everything that has been said.” The letter was signed by the secretary Rabbi Shalom Menachem Mendel Simpson “in the name of the Admor shlita”. As is well-known, many letters were signed in the name of the secretaries but were actually signed by the Rebbe himself. [1] leaf/envelope. Folding creases, overall good condition.
Item sold at $300 Starting at $100
LOT: 114

Letter from the Rebbe with the blessing “for a Talmud Torah with Yirat Shamayim” signed by the secretary—Shvat 1963.

Typewritten letter on the official letterhead of the Chabad Rebbe. With a blessing for a happy birthday, “may hashem make you have a year of success in learning Torah and keeping the mitzvot. With a blessing for “Talmud Torah with Yirat Shamayim”. Signed by the Rav’s secretary, Rabbi Shalom Menachem Mendel Simpson “in the name of the Admor.” Many letters were signed by the secretaries. The Chabad Rebbe, the Admor Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson of Lubavitch, was the 7th leader of the Chabad movement (11th Nissan/18 April 1902 – 3rd Tammuz/12 June, 1994).
Item sold at $325 Starting at $100
LOT: 115

Letter from the Rebbe testifying to receipt of a pidyon and guarantee that he will be mentioned in the future Al HaZion, signed by the secretary. Shvat 1964.

Typewritten letter on the official letterhead of the Chabad Rebbe’s secretary, from the 20th of Shvat 1964. Signed by the Rav’s secretary, Rabbi Shalom Menachem Mendel Simpson “in the name of the Admor.” Many letters were signed by the secretaries. The Chabad Rebbe, the Admor Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson of Lubavitch, was the 7th leader of the Chabad movement (11th Nissan/18 April 1902 – 3rd Tammuz/12 June, 1994).
Item sold at $180 Starting at $100
LOT: 117

Letter from the Rebbe with the blessing “for a Talmud Torah with Yirat Shamayim” signed by the secretary—Sivan 1966.

Typewritten letter on the official letterhead of the Chabad Rebbe. With a blessing for a happy birthday, “may hashem make you have a year of success in learning Torah and keeping the mitzvot. With a blessing for “Talmud Torah with Yirat Shamayim”. Signed by the Rav’s secretary, Rabbi Shalom Menachem Mendel Simpson “in the name of the Admor.” Many letters were signed by the secretaries. The Chabad Rebbe, the Admor Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson of Lubavitch, was the 7th leader of the Chabad movement (11th Nissan/18 April 1902 – 3rd Tammuz/12 June, 1994).
Item sold at $450 Starting at $100
LOT: 118

Letter from the Rebbe testifying to receipt of a pidyon and guarantee that he will be mentioned in the future Al HaZion, signed by the secretary. Shvat 1967.

Typewritten letter on the official letterhead of the Chabad Rebbe’s secretary, from the 15th of Shvat 1967. Signed by the Rav’s secretary, Rabbi Shalom Menachem Mendel Simpson “in the name of the Admor.” Many letters were signed by the secretaries. The Chabad Rebbe, the Admor Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson of Lubavitch, was the 7th leader of the Chabad movement (11th Nissan/18 April 1902 – 3rd Tammuz/12 June, 1994).
Item sold at $140 Starting at $100
LOT: 119

Letter from the Rebbe testifying to receipt of a pidyon and guarantee that he will be mentioned in the future Al HaZion, signed by the secretary. Shvat 1967.

Typewritten letter on the official letterhead of the Chabad Rebbe’s secretary, from the 15th of Shvat 1967. Signed by the Rav’s secretary, Rabbi Shalom Menachem Mendel Simpson “in the name of the Admor.” Many letters were signed by the secretaries. The Chabad Rebbe, the Admor Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson of Lubavitch, was the 7th leader of the Chabad movement (11th Nissan/18 April 1902 – 3rd Tammuz/12 June, 1994).
Item sold at $160 Starting at $100
LOT: 120

. Letter from the Rebbe on receipt of the pidyon and a guarantee to mention the noted, signed by the secretary. Shvat 1985, with envelope.

Typewritten letter on official letterhead of the secretariat of the Chabad Rebbe from the 13th of Shvat 1985. “I certify that I received the letter with the request for a blessing from the 22nd of Tevet, I will read the noted, Admor, etc.”. Signed by the secretary Rabbi Shalom Menachem Mendell Simpson “in the name of the Admor shlita”. It is well-known that many letters were signed in the secretaries’ names but were often the Rebbe himself signing them. [1] leaf. Folding creases, light stains and small holes in the margins that do not damage the text. Overall good condition. Includes the original envelope, partially torn. The Chabad Rebbe, the Admor Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson of Lubavitch, was the 7th leader of the Chabad movement (11th Nissan/18 April 1902 – 3rd Tammuz/12 June, 1994).
Item sold at $220 Starting at $100
LOT: 121

מכתב היסטורי נדיר ברכת שנה טובה חתומה ע"י הרבנית נחמה דינה, הרבי והרש"ג לפני קבלת הנשיאות

מכתב נדיר והיסטורי בחתימות הרבנית נחמה דינה שניאורסון, עם חתימות חתניה הרבי, והרב שמריהו גוראריה. המכתב מוקלד במכונת כתיבה על נייר מכתבים רשמית של הרבנית נחמה דינה משלהי אלול תש"י לאחר הסתלקות הרבי הריי"צ ולפני קבלת נשיאותו של הרבי. המכתב הממוען לחסיד הנודע הרה"ח ר' אבא לעווין כולל ברכות לשנה החדשה "הננו בזה לברך אותו ואת ב"ב יחיו בברכת כתיבה וחתימה טובה על שנה טובה ומתוקה בגשמיות וברוחניות". חתימות הרבנית נחמה דינה, חתנה הרב שמרי' גורארי' וחתימת יד קדשו של הרבי. מצב כללי טוב מאד.
Item sold at $2400 Starting at $1500
LOT: 122

Rare: Letter from the Rebbe with 7 handwritten lines. Adar 1951, immediately after he took on the mantle of Admorut.

Typewritten letter on official letterhead, a general personal letter printed in Igrot Kodesh, Vol. 4, p. 941, with a handwritten addition of the Rebbe’s that does not appear in Igrot Kodesh, from Adar Bet of 1951, around a month after he became leader. The signature is a facsimile from the general letter, but the Rebbe added 7 handwritten lines (53 letters of his handwriting): “The letters and telegram of his grandson Zohar Shai I received earlier. It is my strong hope that I will hear of good news, in addition to the good that has taken place until now…for sure the above grandson will participate in the happiness of Purim suited to his age and he will write me on his own.” 1 leaf, folding creases, light stains, overall good condition.
Item sold at $2800 Starting at $1000
LOT: 123

Letter from the Rebbe with additional handwritten note “L’Besorot Tovot” and more—Tammuz 1964.

Typewritten letter on official letterhead, a general personal letter sent often by the Rebbe but with handwritten changes and additions by the Rebbe to the individual receipient. From the 12th of Tammuz 1964, “certifying that I received his letter – without a date”. The Rebbe adds by hand: “the pidyon nefesh yikareh al hazion.” The Rebbe writes about the Yom HaGeulah and adds a blessing: “May Hashem influence you, together with your brothers of beis yisrael, filled with life and blessing, ad bli dai bracha”. Handwritten signature and additional “L’Besorot Tovot” (for good news). 1 leaf, folding creases, light stain and small hole without damage to text, overall good condition.
Item sold at $950 Starting at $500
LOT: 124

Letter from the Rebbe with an additional handwritten “hatzlacha b’inyanav u’lebesorot tovot”. 24th of Tevet 1968.

Typewritten letter from the Rebbe on official letterhead, with handwritten additions, from the 24th of Tevet, the day of the Admor HaZaken’s death. “I certify that I received the letter from the 21st of Tevet”, and he adds by hand “and the prior ones”. The Rebbe writes on the Yom HaHilula and ends the letter with “hatzlacha b’inyanav u’lebesorot tovot”. He then continues: “For some reason the letter was delayed until the 10th of Shvat, and Yoma 101 … it is the day of the Hilula of the Admor – Erev Shabbat after chatzot HaYom.”
Item sold at $1900 Starting at $500
LOT: 125

Letter from the Rebbe with a rare blessing, handwritten “Mazal Tov Mazal Tov for the wedding”—Tammuz 1968.

Typewritten letter on official letterhead, from the 12-13th of Tammuz, 1968. In the beginning the Rebbe acknowledged receipt of the recipient’s letter and adds handwritten remarks about mentioning the person in prayers, and then the Rebbe writes about the days of geulah and the hafatza of ma’ayanot, a subject that was very important to the Rebbe. He continues: “Distribution out of devotion and without regard to everything that prevents and hinders and vice versa ... and as the promise of Chazal to purify (an outgoing action – i.e. also to purify others) helps him a lot from above - may God be with him and Israel ... and Israel oseh Chayil.” He signs: “with blessing for Chag HaGeula”, with his handwritten signature above which he writes (rare): “with blessings of mazal tov, mazal tov, for the wedding of M. D. Rabinovitch”. Under this are marei mekomot for what appears in his letter. 1 leaf, creases.
Item sold at $1100 Starting at $500
LOT: 126

Letter from the Rebbe for a boy’s third birthday and upsherin (chalaka), with a handwritten bracha. Elul 1991.

Typewritten letter on official letterhead of the Chabad Rebbe, from the 5th of Elul 1991. With a blessing for “the third birthday of their son… [upsherin]”, with a copy of part of a letter from the Rayatz about cutting hair and this tradition. The Rebbe adds a blessing by hand that the parents may raise the child together for Torah, chuppah, and ma’asim tovim, as well as a ketiva and chatima tova, with his original handwritten signature (it is clear that this is an original signature and not a facsimile). [1] leaf, inside an original envelope from the Rebbe’s office. Folding creases, overall good condition. The Chabad Rebbe, the Admor Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson of Lubavitch, was the 7th leader of the Chabad movement (11th Nissan/18 April 1902 – 3rd Tammuz/12 June, 1994).
Item sold at $1200 Starting at $500
LOT: 127

Letter from the Rebbe with additional handwritten note “L’Besorot Tovot” and more—Tammuz 1964.

Typewritten letter on official letterhead, a general personal letter sent often by the Rebbe but with handwritten changes and additions by the Rebbe to the individual receipient. From the 12th of Tammuz 1964, “certifying that I received his letter – without a date”. The Rebbe adds by hand: “the pidyon nefesh yikareh al hazion.” The Rebbe writes about the Yom HaGeulah and adds a blessing: “May Hashem influence you, together with your brothers of beis yisrael, filled with life and blessing, ad bli dai bracha”. Handwritten signature and additional “L’Besorot Tovot” (for good news). 1 leaf, folding creases, light stain and small hole without damage to text, overall good condition.
Item sold at $1500 Starting at $770