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07.06.2017 - Auction No. 14
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  • LOT: 022

    Silver besamim case. Poland/Ukraine. Second half of the 19th century.

    Filigree, cutting, and engraving work. Designed as a house with two floors, decorations of birds. A unique and unusual item. The flag at the top is missing. Seems to be made in Poland or Ukraine. Height: 19cm. Weight: 180g. Generally very good condition.
    Starting at $1500
  • LOT: 036

    Pair of candlesticks made of brass with 4 stems. Poland, end of the 19th century.

    Casting and engraving work, in the upper portions is a two-sided eagle with a crown on its head. In the center is a large pair of wings standing on lions. At the bottom are embossings of babies/angels. Height: 40cm. Width: 26cm. Very good condition.
    Starting at $800
  • LOT: 023

    Silver besamim holder. Ukraine, beginning of the 19 th century. An old and important item

    Made entirely from handsome, professionally hand-done filigree work, with some delicate cutting work. Defect in the welding at the bottom. The flag at the top was added later. Missing two flags on the sides. A rare item, important and old. Height: 21.5cm. Weight: 238g. Generally good condition.
    Starting at $4000
  • LOT: 039

    Brass hannukiyah in the style of Sicily, Italy. 19th century.

    First identified by Mordechai Narkis in the book MenoratHaHannukah as a hannukiyah from Sicily in the 16th century. This hannukiyah is a much later iteration, most likely done in the 19th century. Size: 15x21cm. Generally good condition.
    Starting at $1000
  • LOT: 020

    Pewter plate, leilhaseder and the baking of matzah. Germany, 19th century.

    Casting work with an embossing of the Passover night and the baking of matzah. At the bottom is an engraved inscription (probably sections from the Haggadah, the letters are worn away). Diameter: 21.5cm, generally good condition.
    Starting at $800
  • LOT: 073

    Seder Birkat HaMazon, miniature, illustrated on parchment-one of the first artistic creations by

    A unique, unusual, and rare item, one of the first documented works by the artist Aaron Wolf Herlingen (there is a Birkat HaMazon made by him a year earlier), a Birkat HaMazon seder on parchment, with pretty calligraphy using sofer script, decorations of crowns and artistic, hand-drawn illustrations by Herlingen, who always made note of the year of his work (“Vaya’as ken Aharon”). In his handwriting is written 1721 on this document. 19 pages, numbered in pencil. Size: 6.5x7cm. Sofer script using Amsterdam lettering, with note in Yiddish in half-block lettering. In total, 5 illustrations. The manuscript has its original leather binding with a unique method of closing, given inside a special, engraved cardboard box that was added within the last few years. Light signs of use, handwriting is faded in parts. Generally excellent condition. Design of the manuscript: cover page, the title letters are within a colorful cylindrical fence, with columns and crowns. Second page- “Baruch Hu u’Baruch Shmo,” and around the word “Baruch” are wonderful decorations of plants and flowers. Page 4: miniature drawing of “Al HaNissim,” illustration of the Maccabees’ victory over the Greeks. Page 10: in the blessing “HaMapil Khevlei Sheina” there is an illustration of angels around flowers. Page 13: The title “HaMalach” with illustration of a decorated, old angel with wings. The manuscript content of Birkat HaMazon (it is unknown whether a page is missing from the manuscript or whether it was like that in the original)—between page 4 and 5, at the end of Al HaNissim of Hanukkah, the writing ends with “v’achar Kakh Ba’u Banekha,” and continues on the next page “v’al HaKol Hashem Elokeinu Anachnu Modim Lach” until the end of Birkat HaMazon. First and last bracha over wine. Laws of the Bracha Achrona in Yiddish (including defining the fruits and their blessings). First brachot of HaEtz and Adama. Bracha Achrona for HaEtz. Gives a ta’am for the fruit. Boreh Etzei B’samim and Boreh Shemen Arev. Brachot HaNehenin and the Re’iya: Brachat Zocher HaBrit. SheKokho u’Gvurato. Oseh Ma’aseh Breishit. She’Khalek MiKvodo L’Basar vaDam. Meshaneh HaBriyut. SheAsah et HaYam HaGadol. Kriyat Shema at the bedside. Additional verses. Vidui in Yiddish, ends with the song “Shalom Aleichem.” The style of the work is the Middle Ages before the age of printing, when the work was done by an artist with calligraphic writing and illustrations, which was very developed and was common among the upper class and even seemingly in many other homes that held manuscripts of this or other books. With the invention of printing and the infusion of many printed copies of each book, manuscripts began to lose their luster a little bit because of their high cost for scribes and illustrators relative to the printed book, and only people of means and royalty could allow themselves to continue dealing with scribes that would make for them miniature texts and illustrated manuscripts. A group of Jewish scribes from small and poor towns across Europe made use of their calligraphic and artistic skills together with their Torah knowledge and expertise on prayer—they would go to capital cities and residences of kings and ministers, who would pay lots of money for their works, one of which is here before us. This group was called “Askolat Moravia” (the Moravian school), and was influenced by contemporary artists in their illustrations and also by printing houses, who had already begun to flower during that period, from whom they would take the typography for their scripts. In the manuscript before us, one can see that Herlingen used “Amsterdam letters,” designed by the printing shop owners. Similarly, one can notice the style of decorations and illustrations printed at the same time in printed books. The artist Aaron Wolf Herlingen (ben Binyamin Zeev) lived 1700-1760 approximately, was from Gewitsch (Jevicko in Moravia), a city in the Czech Republic around 200km southeast of Prague. His family originated in a small town in Austria, his forefathers moved to Vienna, from which they (along with all the Jews) were exiled in 1670 during the reign of Leopold I. They partially settled in Pressburg (Bratislava, Slovakia). Some settled in Gewitsch. He discovered his skill in calligraphy, moved from his birthplace to his relative Yisrael Herlingen in Pressburg, where he made clear his special skills, but he did not rest on his laurels and thus continued to seek out his fortune in Vienna, where he carried out orders, the earliest of which was recorded in 1720—a seder Birkat HaMazon similar to his one. He was officially recognized by the authorities for his skill as a result, and he was appointed to be a scribe and calligrapher at the Royal Imperial Library of Vienna (Bibliothek Kaiser Lichen). There he was registered as the head of the Pressburg community in 1736 (Aaron Moravius Gebitsensis Officialis in Bibliotheca Caesarea Viennensi). He was one of only a few hundred Jews allowed to settle in Vienna during this time. His works showed his special skill in both drawing and calligraphic writing, and in one of his manuscripts he signed his name in no less than 4 languages (Hebrew, Latin, German, French). In the world, there are around 50 manuscripts attributed to him (around 40 bear his signature), among them: miniature prayers (Birkat HaMazon, Brit Milah, Shema for the Bedside, and more), Haggadot, Megillot Esther, and various calligraphic works, such as a wonderful micrograph of the Five Megillot in four languages, in the Israel Museum collections. Sources: Shalom Tzabar, “Seder Birkat HaMazon—Vienna, 1719/20: the Earliest Illustrated Manuscript By the Scribe-Artist Aaron Wolf Schreiber Herlingen of Gewitsch” in the book “Zechor Davar L’Avdecha: Book in Honor of Professor Dov Rafel,” edited by Shmuel Glick and Avraham Grossman, Jerusalem: Lifshitz College, pages 455-472. Chava Turniesky, “HaBentcherl” and zmirot in Yiddish, Volume 10 (1982), pages 51-92. Iris Fishof, “Study of the Facsimile Edition of the Original Manuscript Preserved in the Jewish Museum,” Budapest No. 64.626. From a private collection.
    Starting at $50000
  • LOT: 088

    Letter from the Rebbe to the Tzaddik Rabbi Yosef Waltuch, during Sivan—with advice on spirituality and materiality

    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.
    Item sold at $1700 Starting at $500
  • LOT: 016

    Kippa of the Baba Sali.

    Holy kippa used by the Sidna Baba Sali, the Admor Rabbi YisraelAbuhatzira (as can be seen in the famous photograph). He lived from 1889-1984, was the son of Rabbi Masoud, rabbi of Tafilalt (Morocco), son of the Admor Rabbi Yaakov Abuhatzira. A gaon in both the revealed and mystical Torah, holy and pure from his youth. Served as chief rabbi of Arfoud and its surrounding areas. In 1964 he moved to Israel and set up his residence in Netivot. Sages and others would come to his home to receive advice and blessings, and he is known as a miracle worker across the Jewish people. His grandsons were the famous Admors of the Abuhatzira family. The kippah is made entirely from white wool. Included with it is a picture, on the back of which is a handwritten certificate from one of the senior rabbis of the Abuhatzira family, who received the kippa from his holy hands.
    Item sold at $5000 Starting at $5000
  • LOT: 015

    Silver cup personally used by the Zaken HaMekubalim, Rav Yitzhak Khadouri

    The cup with which Rav Yitzhak Khadouri would do Kiddush on shabbatot and chagim. Made from silver, includes an embossed inscription “Boreh Pri HaGafen” and on the other side, a portrait of the Rav. Height: 14cm. Very good condition. The cup is accompanied by a certificate of approval by the son of the Rav, Rav David Khadouri, “this cup with the picture of the Rav, he used it.” (picture accompanying). Rav Yitzhak Khadouri was born at the end of the 19th century in Baghdad (Iraq), in his youth he knew the Ben Ish Hai, he studied Torah and Kabbalah from Babylonian and Jerusalem sages, and he moved to Israel in 1922. In his first years in Jerusalem he made a living binding books and studied at the Beit El and Porat Yosef yeshivot in the Old City. Over the years, his wisdom became famous, his knowledge of mysticism—many went to his home to receive blessings and advice from him, and to receive amulets for their welfare. Died in 2006 after living more than 100 years, and thousands of Jews from all walks of life participated in his funeral.
    Item sold at $1500 Starting at $1500
  • LOT: 014

    Fountain pen with which the kabbalistic elder Rav Yitzhak Khadouri wrote amulets.

    In his book, “Yeshuot Yitzhak,” Rav Meir Malka writes about the amulets that RavKhadouri gave: “it is known that Rabbeinu wrote amulets, but he never dealt in practical kabbalah or oaths of angels, and when he was asked whether it was allowed to swear by angels, he laughed and said that it was forbidden to take oaths. They asked him: How could it be that the amulets he gave out could have influence and work? He said: maybe heaven honors me and hear my voice and fulfill my requests since I am old. Thus my amulets work. Then Rabbeinu would smile completely at his own joke. The fountain pen is made from metal, the handle is made from plastic. Length: 19cm. Very good condition. Accompanied by a picture of his son, Rav David Khadouri, with the fountain pen when it was being given. RavKhadouri was born at the end of the 19th century in Baghdad (Iraq), in his youth he knew and met the Ben Ish Hai, he received Torah and kabbalah from Baghdad’s sages and from Jerusalem’s sages after he moved there in 1922. During his first years in Jerusalem he made a livingbinding books and studied at the Beit El and Porat Yosef yeshivot in the Old City. Over the years, his wisdom became famous, his knowledge of mysticism—many went to his home to receive blessings and advice from him, and to receive amulets for their welfare. Died in 2006 after living more than 100 years, and thousands of Jews from all walks of life participated in his funeral.
    Item sold at $1000 Starting at $1000
  • LOT: 013

    Rare and unique, a lot of three pipes made from paper and silver from the Kabbalistic elder, Rav Yitzhak Khadouri.

    Lot of 3 pipes made of paper prepared and rolled by RavKhadouri in a unique way—his assistant and student Rabbi ben Tziyon testifies that he would smoke them with 11 inhalations as a symbol of the ketoret, and he would have kavanot while doing so to do tikkun for the souls of Israel destined for the fire. Afterwards he would traditionally put the pipes in gniza in a special box. Also included is his personal silver pipe. The smoking of the Rav is written about in the book “Yeshuot Yitzhak” by Rabbi Meir Malka: “when Rabbeinu was checked by his personal doctor, Dr. Kleinman, during his hospitalization, he was completely surprised…when they did a bronchoscopy, his breathing system was like that of a 50-year-old…and not like those of someone who smoked his whole life until such an advanced age.” One page is 19cm, two others are 11.5cm. All of stains from use, having been put to the mouth of Rabbeinu. The silver pipe is 7.5cm. The mouthpiece is made from plastic with stains from use. Accompanied by a written certificate by his son, Rabbi David Khadouri: “All of the pipes for cigarettes are made by hand by my father…the kabbalist Rabbi Yitzhak Khadouri.” RavKhadouri was born at the end of the 19th century in Baghdad (Iraq), in his youth he knew and met the Ben Ish Hai, he received Torah and kabbalah from Baghdad’s sages and from Jerusalem’s sages after he moved there in 1922. During his first years in Jerusalem he made a livingbinding books and studied at the Beit El and Porat Yosef yeshivot in the Old City. Over the years, his wisdom became famous, his knowledge of mysticism—many went to his home to receive blessings and advice from him, and to receive amulets for their welfare. Died in 2006 after living more than 100 years, and thousands of Jews from all walks of life participated in his funeral.
    Item sold at $800 Starting at $800
  • LOT: 061

    Lot with a book and two pamphlets handwritten by the elder Kabbalist Rav Yitzhak Khadouri

    Lot of 3 items: 1. book by the Elder Kabbalist Rabbi Yitzhak Khadouri, 60 pages handwritten; the first 11 pages he writes names and segulot that he gives to them. From page 12 onwards there is a list of 226 names of people and the problems they brought to him and the blessings he gave through kabbalah. The two last pages he writes anonymously in his handwriting the prayer that he would recite before every request that would come before him. On the last page, HaRav writes secrets in practical kabbalah. Cloth binding, probably done by hand by Rav Khadouri. Light tears to a number of pages. Generally good condition. Size: 12.5x19cm. 2. Two calendars from 1976, in which the Rav lists in his handwriting the names of people and the problems that they brought before him and requests for advice, and the amounts he received for the redeeming of souls. In one there is a list of 127 instances of people coming before him with various issues. The two last pages have 42 names and the amount of money for redeeming. In total, 34 pages. Size: 11x16cm. The second has a list of more than 100 cases of people coming to him with various issues, including money for redeeming souls. 38 pages. Size: 11.5x16.5. Both are unbound. Rav Khadouri was born at the end of the 19 th century in Baghdad (Iraq), in his youth he knew and met the Ben Ish Hai, he received Torah and kabbalah from Baghdad’s sages and from Jerusalem’s sages after he moved there in 1922. During his first years in Jerusalem he made a living binding books and studied at the Beit El and Porat Yosef yeshivot in the Old City. Over the years, his wisdom became famous, his knowledge of mysticism—many went to his home to receive blessings and advice from him, and to receive amulets for their welfare. Died in 2006 after living more than 100 years, in 2006.
    Item sold at $1800 Starting at $1300
  • LOT: 003

    Kinot for Tisha B’Av. Printed by the Shapira brothers, Zhitomir 1860. Copy not known in the bibliography.

    According to the Polish, Lithuanian, and Russian traditions. Printed by the Shapira brothers. The books of Kinot printed in Zhitomir are not found (as is known) since traditionally at the time, the book of Kinot would be put into Gniza after Tisha B’Av with the belief that the next year would bring the Messiah with it. The known copies of the Kinot from 1860 have translation into Yiddish. The book before us does not. 91 pages, light defects to the binding. Excellent condition.
    Item sold at $850 Starting at $500
  • LOT: 017

    Tallis of the Baba Sali. A holy item-historic and rare

    Holy tallis (tallit) used by and which covered the pure and holy body of the Baba Sali, the Admor Rabbi Yisrael Abuhatzira while he prayed and studied. As is well-known, the Baba Sali would tie his own strings with great kavanah according to mystical beliefs. He lived from 1889-1984, was the son of Rabbi Masoud, rabbi of Tafilalt (Morocco), son of the Admor Rabbi Yaakov Abuhatzira. A gaon in both the revealed and mystical Torah, holy and pure from his youth. Served as chief rabbi of Arfoud and its surrounding areas. In 1964 he moved to Israel and set up his residence in Netivot. Sages and others would come to his home to receive advice and blessings, and he is known as a miracle worker across the Jewish people. His grandsons were the famous Admors of the Abuhatzira family. The tallit is made entirely from wool. Included with it is a picture, on the back of which is a handwritten certificate from one of the senior rabbis of the Abuhatzira family, who received the tallit from his holy hands.
    Item sold at $5000 Starting at $5000
  • LOT: 019

    Handsome silver binding. Alt-Wien (Upper Vienna) 1864. Rare, unique item

    Silver binding, decorated with delicate and professional cutting work (as if cutting paper). Throughout the length of the binding are delicate floral motifs, leaves and plants. In the anterior portion is a pair of lions, whose hands are swallowed up inside the leaves. In the center is a water pitcher symbolizing the washing of the Kohen’s hands by the Levites before the Kohanic blessing. Has a dedication in German in Hebrew letters (it was given to Leora Neischtadtel in 1984). On the back of the binding is an engraved inscription “Tzaddik KaTamar Yifrach.” The spine is also decorated with engraving work of plants and flowers. Silver clasps in the shape of leaves. The binding is stamped 3 times. In the front portion, the spine, and the back. Signature of Alt-Wien 1864 and a signature, almost certainly by the jeweler Johann Rada (JR), who joined the Jewelers’ Association of Vienna in 1850. The book is Tikkun Leil Shavuot and Hoshana Rabah. No name of the printer nor year of printing (184 pages), moth damage with pages disconnected, ok condition. The first cover is from Genesis of Slavita, 1855, Waks printing, but doesn’t seem to be related to the book itself. Size: 14x4x22cm. Weight including the book: 1970g. The binding is in excellent condition.
    Starting at $8000
  • LOT: 025

    Silver base for a Havdalah candle. Germany, 2nd half of the 19th century.

    Casting work, with welding and cutting on the drawer, and a symbol of the stamp of the French importer in 1893. The tower has the stamp of the artist, JR, made in Germany. Height: 20cm. Weight: 260g. Generally good condition.
    Starting at $1500
  • LOT: 021

    Silver Etrog case. Hungary, second half of the 20th century.

    Decorated with hammer and enamel work, on the cover is an embossing of an Etrog including an inscription “and you took for yourselves a prietzhadar.” Around the case is precise and impressive work of plants and flowers. The box is stamped 835 on the bottom. Height: 9cm. Weight: 400g. Very good condition.
    Item sold at $350 Starting at $350
  • LOT: 026

    Tzfat cup, Israel, second half of the 20th century.

    Large and handsome tzfat cup decorated with engraving by hand of the holy places: the Hurva synagogue, including an inscription at the bottom: “the pretty synagogue Beit Yaakov at the Hurva of Rabbi Yehuda HaChassid in Jerusalem.” The grave of Shimon bar Yochai, including an inscription engraved “the grave of the Tana Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai” and the Western Wall, including an inscription underneath. The cup was made by an artist during a later period from the famous cups of Tzfat in the second half of the 20th century. Copy of the stamp 12. Height: 9cm. Diameter: 8cm. Weight: 162g. Excellent condition.
    Item sold at $1700 Starting at $500
  • LOT: 024

    Handsome silver besamim case. 20th century.

    With two floors, decorated with cutting and filigree work of flora. At the top is a flag in the shape of a leaf, on a ball. The roof is decorated with four lions. The second floor has a balcony with bells. The legs intertwine and figures of angels/babies are around the legs. Height: 23cm. Weight: 225g. Very good condition.
    Item sold at $500 Starting at $500
  • LOT: 067

    Manuscript of Rav Elfas from the 14th century with glosses on a number of pages, seemingly one of the Rishonim or one of the first Achronim. A historic find!!

    Around 30 pages and parts of pages of halacha by Rav Elfas (HaRif), from the 14th century, taken from its binding. With a number of pages of original commentary from one of the Rishonim (or one of the first Achronim) on an issue from Masechet Hulin. The pages are in cursive Sefardi handwriting from the 14th century, on paper. Includes: halachot HaRif on halachot ketanot (almost entirely from Masechet Brachot). Masechet Hulin, and more. In the sheets of HaRif from masechet Hulin, there is a previously unknown halachic article on halachot of Treifut, seemingly from the time of the Rishonim. Though it’s surrounded by text from HaRif, it seems to be an independent work that is not connected to the Rif, but at least to the Rishonim. The author cites the Rambam, the Rosh, and other Rishonim frequently. The nusach of the Rif is similar to that found here, with slight changes. Attached is a study by Rav David Kaminsky on this manuscript.
    Starting at $2000
  • LOT: 092

    Oil painting on a large canvas. Yaakov Avinu in illustrations from the Tanach, by Alexander Doré. Beginning of the 20 th century

    200x250cm, a huge oil painting. On his way to Egypt, illustration from the Tanach. It underwent restoration, folds into two via hinges on the back. Generally good condition.
    Starting at $1800
  • LOT: 004

    Be’erMayim Chaim, Zhitomir 1861.

    “Wonderful composition on the Torah,” sections 1-2. By Rabbi Haim of Chernowitz, the “Sidduro Shel Shabbat” and “Sha’arHaTefila.” Printed by the Shapira brothers. [2], 294 pages [2]. 330 total, Size: 23cm. New binding. Wear and stains, light moth marks. Generally good condition.
    Item sold at $850 Starting at $500
  • LOT: 051

    Amulet on parchment made from a large animal. Jerusalem, 19th century.

    For preservation of a new mother and her baby, against the evil eye, with illustrations of a sword, a snake, and a Star of David at the center. Angelic names and oaths. Some of the inscriptions are made by professional filling with ink. Name of the author not readable. The amulet is in a new wooden frame. Probably written in Jerualem. Size: 16.5x21cm. Signs of folding, wear from time, generally good condition.
    Item sold at $500 Starting at $500
  • LOT: 012

    Megillat Esther on parchment, illustrated and painted. Gazzolo, north Italy. 1776.

    Black ink on parchment, with the addition of a separate scroll with the blessings of the megillah. Written handsomely in Ashkenazi Stam script. 22 lines per column. At the top of most of the columns is a box with “HaMelech,” above which is a decoration of a crown. Given in a hard leather case with a velvet cover. Written by Yehiel Menachem son of Rav Avraham Urbino, a Soferstam and artist. At the botgtom of the illustration he writes “work done for melekhetkodesh in Gazzolo by the young soferYehiel Menachem, 9th of Adar, 1773” (additional inscription “Seder Hoshanot for all the days of Sukkot—Mantua 1778” appears in the “Gross Family collection” [illustration no. 13]). His inspiration for the painting was drawn from an engraving by Matheus Marian the Old, used mainly for printed Haggadot, since the known Amsterdam haggadah, in 1695 [Illustration no. 5]. While giving realistic proportions of the city of Jerusalem [illustrations 4 and 6]. At the beginning of the megillah, before the first page, is an additional, large and wonderful illustration that spreads the entire height of the parchment, under which is the name of the artist, place, and year of writing [illustration 7]. In the illustrations, the artist tells the whole story of the megillah. Above the roofs of the city, Hamman is hanged on a tall tree. In the garden of the huge palace, the virgins are gathered before the women’s guards. In the beginning, Mordechai is led through the streets of Shushan dressed in royal clothes, riding on the king’s horse, by Hamman. Hamman’s daughter pours filth on her father. The artist was inspired to draw this artwork from a number of engravings from the haggadot of the artist Francisco Grissalini (1717-1787), which this artist includes skillfully as part of a single illustration [8,9,10,11,12]. The latter two (14 and 15), like a few others, appear in Seder HaHoshanot, and the person decorating the sukkah is Grissalini. This should contribute to clarifying the process of the transformation of the collection of Jewish artwork. An additional unique characteristic in this megillah is the exact dating of the megillah, in addition to the artist’s name. Height: 24cm. Length: 300cm. Generally very good condition.
    Starting at $30000
  • LOT: 084

    Shadrut letter from the rabbis of Hevron carried by the godly Rabbi Amram ben Divan, 1773. An important, historical letter

    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.
    Starting at $12000
  • LOT: 040

    Wooden and silver walking stick, seems anti-Semitic. 20th century.

    Wood carving at the top, with a small container and a cover in the shape of a kippah, made of silver, seems a Jew (thus anti-Semitic). Length: 94cm. Very good condition.
    Item sold at $500 Starting at $500
  • LOT: 069

    Manuscript of Sefer Pardes, Damascus 1951. Unknown autograph

    Autograph [2], 286 pages. By the young “Yehezkel ben Yehuda HaLevi from Damascus.” Written in pretty block lettering. “Not as a result of my own wisdom, but an abbreviation I took from the books of the sages…” The book is a collection of aggadot and mussar. Seems never to have been published. Size: 17x24cm. Binding disconnected, generally very good condition.
    Item sold at $1400 Starting at $400
  • LOT: 038

    12 carat gold Hannukiyah. Tunisia, 20th century.

    Designed from a much older hannukiyah, it is decorated with casting work, embossing and engraving, with plant and fish motifs as a segula for luck. At the top is a gemstone, in the center is cutting work of windows in the style of North Africa, and an inscription engraved for Al HaNissim.” Unidentified signature on the back and on the bottom. Weight: 322g. Length: 15cm. Height: 8cm. Width: 3cm. Diagonal soldering and unprofessional restoration in the center. Generally good condition.
    Starting at $14000
  • LOT: 046

    Shiviti with illustrations and collections of letters for preservation and defense. Printed by Bak-Jerusalem, 19th century. Rare.

    Lithograph printing, in the center is a LaMenatze’ach menorah, on either side are illustrations of Moshe and Aaron. Illustrations of holy places in Israel, and a variety of verses of blessing, collections of letters, holy names, and names of angels, for defense and self-preservation. Around is a ritualistic frame incorporating verses about Jerusalem. At the bottom is written “anyone who sees the menorah, and anyone saying LaMenatze’ach in the shape of the menorah, nothing bad will happen to him and he will succeed in all his actions.” Size: 35x43cm. Signs of folding, light tears at the edges, generally good condition.
    Item sold at $2200 Starting at $500
  • LOT: 058

    Autograph copy of the book Zevach Todah and the pamphlet Halachot Treifut in the holy handwriting of the Maharitz. Sana’a, Yemen—1784

    On halachot of shekhita and a pamphlet on treifut with commentary on the Shulchan Aruch Yoreh De’ah, handwritten by Me’eri Yehiel Tzalach, the Maharitz. In the introduction is a note from his son, Rabbi Yehuda Tzalach (“I inherited this from my father, of blessed memory, whose soul is in the Garden of Eden, – Yehuda ben Moreinu v’Rabbeinu Yehiel Tzalach”). Rabbi Yehuda was the second son of the Maharitz, and as is known, he served as a member of the Supreme Beit Din of Sana’a (Encyclopedia of Yemenite Sages, p. 497). According to this testimony, this is the first copy that was held by the Maharitz his entire life. The autograph manuscript before us is one of the famous copies among Yemenite manuscripts. Size: 16x23cm. 170 pages in handsome handwriting, by the Maharitz. Notes and additions in the margins. Very good condition. Me’eri Yehiel Tzalach (1715-1805) was a great sage of Yemen in the 18 th century, a dayan and Rosh Av Beit Din and Chief Rabbi of all of Yemenite Jewry, composer of Lehem Todah and Pe’ulat Tzedek, and more. A founder of the Yemenite nusach (Encyclopedia of Yemenite Sages, p. 500-502).
    Item sold at $6000 Starting at $1800
  • LOT: 057

    Manuscript copy of Sefer HaMussar by Rabbi Yehiel Chahari. Yemen, 1904

    By Rabbi Yehiel ben Sa’adiya Chahari, one of the greatest 16 th century Yemenite sages. In Judeo-Arabic. 45 chapters divided into booklets. Composition on the journeys to the countries of the east and events in Yemen during his lifetime. Funny sections with folk tales, animal parables, and riddles. Chapters with admonitions and morality. Poems of thanksgiving, other stories and compositions. The book was published by Professor Yehuda Ratzabi in 1965. On the last page there is an additional section after the end of the book that does not appear in the printed edition. Rabbi Yehiel ben Sa’adiya Chahari composed more than 11 texts known today. The identity of the copier is not known (possibly one of the students of Rav Yehiel Kapach). Size: 24x18cm. 332 pages, nice and uniform writing, original binding, light moth marks, generally very good condition.
    Item sold at $2000 Starting at $2000
  • LOT: 056

    Manuscript of book “Olat Avraham” by Rabbi Avraham ben Tzalach on the halachot of shekhita, treifut, isur and heter. Aden, 1887. Unknown autograph

    A previously unknown autograph manuscript! Olat Avraham by Rabbi Avraham ben Tzalach, halachot of shekhita, treifut, gifts for the kohanim, issur and heter, salting, milk & meat, and mixing. In the introduction to the book, the author writes that the book is an abbreviation of the halachot Zevach Todah of the Maharitz (Mori Yehiel Tzalach) and Lehem Todah of the Mahariv (Mori Yehiel Basiri) and the great achronim: The Pri Hadash, HaKolbo, Chayei Adam, Ba’al HaTruma, and more. At the end of the manuscript are two illustrations of the lung and what makes it treif and signs for kashrut. The identity of the scribe is unknown and does not appear in the Encyclopedia of Yemenite Sages. 114 pages, size: 11x14cm. Lists and a pamphlet attempted on the dust jacket. Nice, uniform writing. Many additions and notes in the margins and the spine. Light moth marks, generally good condition.
    Item sold at $1000 Starting at $1000
  • LOT: 082

    Manuscript on parchment with a request for ransom of prisoners. Yemen, 1932. Signatures of important rabbis.

    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 wear.
    Item sold at $1200 Starting at $500
  • LOT: 032

    Model of the Beit HaMikdash (Herod’s Temple) made and carved from wood, made by the artist Rav Elhanan Ivshitz.

    RavIvshitz, born in Lodz, began constructing before the Second World War. The first model was completed in 1933 on the basis of Talmudic sources, Mishnaic commentaries and the Gemara, writings of Yosef ben Matityahu (Josephus Flavius) in his books “The Jewish War” and “The Antiquities of the Jews.” At the height of his work he suited the model to archeological findings, and suited the style to Herod’s style of construction. As he tell at the start of his book “The Second Temple in Its Glory,” the book accompanying the model before us, the model was built after analytical studying and deep historical knowledge. The first model that he built awakened great interest in among Torah scholars and Temple researchers, and at that time won a number of responses from the Gaon Rabbi Yosef Rosen (HaRogachovi), which was unusual because it was not normally the intention of the artist to know sages. At his time, many came to see the model, including the Polish gaon and Rabbi of Prague, Rabbi Menachem Zemba and Rabbi Meir Shapira, founder of the Khochmei Lublin yeshiva. With the beginning of World War II, the artist “won” a threatening visit from a delegation of German soldiers, after he was informed upon by the housekeeper. They came to check, according to them, the military fortress that he bought, they were “researching” where the fortress was and who was operating it. After this visit, the model was confiscated, and then it disappeared. The years of the war he spent in the Lodz ghetto, Aushwitz-Birkenau, and more. In 1945 he was liberated by the Russian from Gerlitz. He returned to Poland, completely alone, determined to continue his hobby of copying the model and making a new one. He remembered the 1000 days spent in Block 20 of Aushwitz-Birkenau, when he expressed his special skills in carving wood to save his own life, after he suggested to the camp commander to carve a chess set out of the stick that he would beat Jewish prisoners with. While waiting for the Aliyah Bet, he spent a year in Bucharest, Romania, and spent his time building a new model as a first recipe, which he even succeeded in shipping to Israsel. He himself was placed in Cyprus, where he spent a year and only reached Israel at the end of 1947. In Israel, he discovered new details regarding the plan of the Temple that he did not have while he lived abroad, and as a result he began to build (in his words), “my Third Temple.” The new model was built carefully to a scale of 2mm per amah, such that its entire area wouldn’t be more than 1 sq. meter (500 amot!). At the end of his research, before us is the model that resulted. Many came to his house in Kiryat Ata to visit, including Israeli sages of all kinds, and many studies were made at the time regarding the Temple, including the monthly Sinai journal made by the Mossad Rav Kook, starting from 1976. He was encouraged by the AdmorsHaLevSimcha and Pnei Menachem of Gur to publish studies on the subject. His studies were printed and collected into a thick tome (more than 500 pages) that had many editions and which became a fundamental text for those dealing with holy places. In the letter of blessing, HaPnei Menachem of Gur exaggeratedly praises RavIvshitz and writes “I know that you studied Torah and underwent a lot, YehiRatzon that you will be cured from your pain” with the addition “you know I do not give endorsements, but a blessing that you will succeed—that, I will give.” Floor size: 98x98cm. Internal size: 75x41cm. Base replaced. Defects. Generally good condition.
    Starting at $8000
  • LOT: 053

    SeferKri’eiMo’ed, the personal copy of the kabbalist Rabbi Yehuda Patya, with important kabbalistic glosses. A historic find.

    Livorno, 1864. The order of prayers for the seventh night of Pesach, Leil Shavuot, LeilHoshana Raba, and the 7th of Adar, the book personally used by Rabbi Yehuda Patya. In the book, the heavy use by its owner is clearly evident, he signed his name on the cover, on the page before the cover, and he wrote a prayer with holy names ,and on the sides of the book in many places he wrote glosses and made various notes. 102, 204 page. Light tears and stains from use, 2 pages are bound out of place. Generally good condition. Rabbi Yehuda Patya (1859-1942) was a kabbalistic sage of the 20th century, born in Baghdad and a great student of Rabbi Yosef Haim, the Ben Ish Hai, and also Rabbi Abdallah Somekh. He moved to Jerusalem in 1933, where he died and was buried. Known mainly for his greatness in the kabbalah, for exorcising demons and doing tikkunim for the dead, interpreting dreams, and compiling many books of mysticism. 16 glosses in various places in the book. Size: 12x19cm.
    Item sold at $3200 Starting at $1500
  • LOT: 010

    Sefer Torah in a small format, written by hand on parchment in Ashkenazi writing and special tags. Europe, beginning of the 20th century.

    Handsome writing with special symbols. Size of the parchment: 27cm. Writing: 23cm. No etzeihayim. Completed in part by another scribe. The book underwent various restorations over time. Not sold as kosher.
    Starting at $4000
  • LOT: 008

    Miniature sefer Torah written by hand on parchment in Ashkenazi handwriting. Romania, beginning of the 20th century. An object saved from the fires of a pogrom.

    On the cover of the Sefer is a dedication that the torah was “saved from the fires of the pogrom by Eliyahu ben Moshe Schein (Galatz—Romania), a Prisoner of Zion who died through Kiddush HaShem on the 26th of Sivan, 1954. Donated by his widow Miriam bat Naftali in his memory.” Size of the parchment: 17cm. The writing: 12cm. Faded writing, not sold as a kosher scroll.
    Starting at $5000
  • LOT: 055

    Taharat HaKodesh, copy of Rabbi Haim Kitze, Av Beit Din of Orsha. Lemberg 1792.

    On masechet Zevachim by Rabbi Yitzhak Ashkenazi, first edition. On the cover is the handwritten signature of the Gaon Rabbi Haim Kitze, Av Beit Din and Ram in Orsha. “This book belongs to me, Haim Kitze.” On the dedication page are additional listings handwritten from the period, some testify to ownership of the book by the Gaon Rabbi Haim Kitze. One is in his son’s handwriting. Additional note handwritten and signed by Rabbi Yitzhak Zvi Weiss. Stamp of Rabbi Yehezkel Shraga HaLevi Jungreis, hy”d, Av Beit Din of Satmar (before he served as dayan in Beferies-Presov). On the next page is another listing by Haim Kitze, at the end are more lists handwritten by him. Rabbi Haim Kitze (1770-1850), Av Beit Din of Orsha (in Hungary), called the Otzar Haim, was the only son of the Gaon Rabbi Yitzhak (Schlesinger) Kitze, Av Beit Din of Old-Oven, from whom he received most of his philosophy. Studied with the Gaon Maharam Mintz, Av Beit Din of Old-Oven. Accepted to the dayanut of the Wesprim community (Austro-Hungary), from which he moved on to serve in 1820 in the rabbinate of Orsha, in the place of his brother-in-law the Gaon Rabbi Amram Chasida (Rosenbaum), Av Beit Din of Orsha, who moved to Israel and died young. Corresponded with geonim of his generation, among them the Nodah Bi Yehuda. Wrote more than 60 books on the Shas, on halacha, and the Aggadah, Q&A, chiddushim on the order of parshiyot, and more. [4], 90; 54 [supposed to be 56], [1] page. 35cm. New binding, very good condition.
    Starting at $500
  • LOT: 081

    Letter of blessing for Shana Tov, handwritten and signed by the Admor HaBeit Yisrael of Gur

    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.
    Item sold at $1800 Starting at $1000
  • LOT: 002

    Tikkunei Zohar with endorsement and blessing from the Admor Rabbi Aharon of Chernobyl. Zhitomir 1865.

    Printed by grandsons of the SlavitaRav, Rabbi HaninaLifa and Rabbi YehoshuaHeschelShapira. On the page after the cover is an endorsement of the Admor Rabbi Aharon of Chernobyl. [2], 182 pages. 22cm. New binding, light tears without damage to text. Water stains, generally good condition.
    Item sold at $550 Starting at $500