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05.09.2018 - Auction 20
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  • LOT: 240

    Lot of four pieces of parchment with examples of Stam writing of scribes—Holland, 18th century.

    Used by Stam scribes as examples of their work. Different sizes, generally good condition. The scribes would send these to communities that wished to order from them or that needed a sefer torah or megillah. Signed: “Shlomo Frank, Shob and Mohel, Darshan and Sofer Stam in the Jewish community of [Oud-Beijerland],” “Yitzhak Redlich, Sofer Stam in Rotterdam,” “handwritten by me, Yaakov ben Kemer Mordechai HaKohen, Sofer Stam in Groningen and Leeuwarden.
    Starting at $100
  • LOT: 275

    A Collection of 2 Letters from the Gabbai of the Rebbe of Skver

    1. The letter was written on Thursday Devarim Menachem Av 5721 [1961], on the Rebbe’s official letter paper, by the Gabbai Rabbi Yeshaya Yoel Unger [brother of Rabbi Ungar who was the Av Beit Din of the Chug Chatam Sofer], “who writes at the Rebbe’s command”. 2. An excerpt [the end of the letter and the signature] of a letter which also seems to have been written on the same type of letter paper. In the excerpt before us are blessings: “Much pleasure – healing and salvations and all good”. And the signature: “Who writes at the command of the Rebbe, Yeshaya Yoel Unger”. The Rebbe Rabbi Yaakov Yosef Twersky of Skver [1898-1968] Appointed as Rebbe following the death of his father the Rebbe Rabbi David of Skver in 1927 in the city of Calarasi, Romania. After the Second World War, he moved to the city of Bukarest and in 1948 emigrated to America. In 1957, he founded the New Square neighborhood in New York, to provide his followers with a suitable place to live. Overall condition: Fair-good.
    Item sold at $110 Starting at $100
  • LOT: 010

    Mishnayot Seder Mo’ed, Zhitomir 1862.

    With commentary of Rabbeinu Ovadia of Bartenura. Printed by Rav Aryeh Leib Shapira, grandson of the Slavita Rav. Zra’im the beginning and end pages are missing, no cover page. Mo’ed with notes. Stamps and signatures of ownership: “Meir David Satland from Jerusalem.” Two volumes have moth damage, pages disconnected, stains and wear over time. Generally ok condition.
    Item sold at $140 Starting at $100
  • LOT: 156

    Machzor for a Chazzan. Altona 1804.

    Siddur and machzor according to the Polish tradition, in a large format, designed for Chazanim. In large letters, with exegeses, commentaries, and halachot. Includes: prayers for the weekday, for Shabbat, slichot for the whole Days of Awe, prayers for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, with all piyyutim and mizmorim. Includes the special prayers as traditionally done in Ashkenazi communities. At the end of the volume is a pamphlet of minhagim. Two covers, the first is entirely illustrated with a metal engraving, the name of the artist is printed at the bottom. Printed by the Segel brothers. Edited and glossed by Rabbi Zunviel Hannover. Bound, signature of ownership. [4] 390 (original had 380) pages. 34cm. Generally very good condition.
    Item sold at $180 Starting at $100
  • LOT: 061

    Probably anti-Semitic nutcracker. Europe, 20th century.

    Interesting, unique item made of wood in the shape of a man with a tail. By pulling the tail his mouth opens to put nuts inside. Probably Europe. Height: 22cm. Good condition.
    Starting at $100
  • LOT: 060

    Lot of 3 books—Joint Committee/Shoah Survivors

    1. Machzor for the High Holidays, nusach sfard. Printed by the Joint Distribution Committee, 1947. Before the cover page is glued an official page from Rav Shlomo Shapira, “the head of the religious office of the JDC in Germany” with blessings and condolences for survivors. 2. Introductory book of Mikra by Professor M.Z. Segel. Published by the Jewish Agency and the Joint, Munich, 1947. 3. “Omlegale Yiddin Spalten Yamen” – stories of the Ma’apilim. Published by the Hevra Kadisha of Buenos Aires for Shoah survivors, 1948. Different sizes and conditions, generally ok to good condition.
    Starting at $100
  • LOT: 120

    Lot, 4 silver mezuzah cases – Israel, 20th century.

    Stamped silver 925. Among them is one Betzalel Jerusalem. Different styles and sizes. Total weight: 53g. Generally very good condition.
    Item sold at $100 Starting at $100
  • LOT: 031

    Lot, 2 early works of zmirot for Shabbat – Frankfurt-am-Mein

    With vowels, instructions, and explanations. One edition from 1908, the other from 1922. Printed by Verlag Von J. Kauffmann. Bound in hardcover, original. Different sizes and conditions, generally good condition.
    Starting at $100
  • LOT: 178

    Amulet for preservation hand-done by the Kabbalist Rabbi Nasim Moyel.

    For hanging in the home, with gold and silver inscriptions on a light purple background. Kabbalistic drawings and holy names, for preservation from ills. According to the Ari, Rabbi Elazar of Gremitze-HaRokach, and Rabbi Eliyahu Ba’al Shem. Signature of Rabbi Nasim Moyel (1935-2018), born in Alig (Morocco), grandson of Rav Masoud Moyel, a famous kabbalistic. He was given smicha by the Rabbanut of Morocco, and studied Kabbala from important kabbalists. His home became a pilgrimage site for thousands of Jews who requested his advice and blessing. Also authored the series Minchat Ani, Maleh HaOmer, Shemen LaMaor, and more. 44x25cm, generally very good condition.
    Item sold at $400 Starting at $100
  • LOT: 177

    Lot of around 25 amulets and a quill for writing them.

    Most ink on parchment, some on paper. Most are Mizrahi. A few Chassidic (Radzimin and Breslev). Rare. Various sizes, conditions, and origins. Sharpened quill included for writing them. Ok to good condition.
    Starting at $100
  • LOT: 176

    Lot of 3 2 made of silver amulets with angelic names.

    1. Size 4x2cm. Loop for hanging. 2. Amulet with engraving. Upper section has two loops for hanging. 5x3.5cm. 3. Round metal with holy names 4.5cm. Generally good condition.
    Item sold at $160 Starting at $100
  • LOT: 203

    Or HaYashar on Masechet Menachot by Ra’avad of London, Rabbi Shmuel Yitzhak Hillman, with many glosses by the author.

    Printed by HaPoel HaMizrahi, Jerusalem 1938. With many glosses in the margins. From the wording of the glosses, it is clear that the author wrote them. | Rav Shmuel Yitzhak Hillman (1868-1953) was the Chief Rabbi of Glasgow and father-in-law of the Chief Rabbi of Israel Yitzhak Isaac HaLevi Herzog. In 1934 he moved to Israel and founded the Ohel Torah yeshiva in Rehavia (Jerusalem), where greats of the generation studied: Rav Shlomo Zalman Auerbach, Rav Yosef Shalom Elyashiv, Rav Shmuel HaLevi Wazner, Rav Binyamin Yehoshua Zilber, and more. Most of his time he dedicated to writing his series of books—Or HaYashar—which included dozens of volumes of chiddushim and notes on the books of Mikra, Tanach, Midrash, Mishnah, Talmuds, and Rambam. Binding partially disconnected. Moth marks. 132 pages. 34cm. Generally good condition.
    Starting at $100
  • LOT: 256

    Lot of 2 Handwritten manuscripts Yemen. End of 19th Century.

    Lor of two handwritten manuscripts. Yemen. 1. Handwritten prayers for TchinotLeYamot. Ownership signatures. 10.5 x8 “cm. New binding. Overall good condition. 2. Handwritten copy of Midrashim about the Torah. And parts of the Xohar. Identity of the writer is unknown. 12.5x10 “cm. Unprofessional handwriting. 19 pages. New binding. Overall good condition.
    Starting at $100
  • LOT: 259

    Bakasha manuscript by Rabbi Yishmael Kohen Gadol and piyyutim. Yemen, end of the 19th century.

    Total of 31 pages, 18cm. New binding, stains, generally good condition.
    Starting at $100
  • LOT: 258

    Manuscript, Machzor for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Simchat Torah – Yemen, 19th century.

    Nusach Baladi, throughout are notes of emphasis on some of the sections of prayer. Colorful illustrations in 4 places in ink and pencil. Identity of the scribe is unknown, probably a student. Last page as the inscription of the owners in Judeo-Arabic. Dmar region of Yemen. Total 86 pages. 18x12cm. New binding, good condition.
    Starting at $100
  • LOT: 179

    Uriyan Talitay – Salonika, 1758. Copy of Rabbi Haim Berlin, with glosses.

    Includes writings and chiddushim by Rabbeinu Yosef HaLevi of Gash, chiddushei kiddushin of the Ramban, and on masechet Akum (Avodah Zara) of the Ritba. By Rabbi Yosef Shmuel of Diliano, with his chiddushim at the end of the book. Printed by the orphans of Betzalel HaLevi. Six glosses handwritten in the section of chiddushim of the Ritba, page 38. Stamps of ownership of Haim Berlin, son of the Gaon HaNatziv, Rav of Moscow and Av Beit Din and Ram of Volozhin, and now Jerusalem. (See about him in other items in this sale). | Signatures and stamps of ownership. Cover page and first pages are repairs. Stains. Moth holes. New binding. | [1], 41, 30, 59 pages. 28cm. Generally ok to good condition.
    Item sold at $100 Starting at $100
  • LOT: 202

    Ashrei HaIsh with dedication handwritten by the author, the kabbalist Rabbi Asher Zelig Margaliot.

    A book on the issur in becoming involved with evildoers, with the endorsement of Yitzhak Zelig Morgenstern of Katzk, and Haim Elazar Shapira of Munkatch. At the front of the book is the pamphlet Gedola Teshuva, Shot of the author with his teacher, Rabbi Shlomo Eliezer Elfandry. Printed by Breslev, Jerusalem 1927. Cover page has a dedication by the author. | Rabbi Yeshaya Asher Zelig Margaliot, the Riyaz (1893-1969) was a student of Rav Haim Shaul HaKohen Davik at his yeshiva (Rechovot HaNahar) in HaBukharim, studied kabbalah. He was one of only three people whom the Saba Kadisha shook hands with. Regular communication with the Chazon Ish. Also exchanged letters with the Admor Rabbi Yoel Teitelbaum of Satmar, and was very friendly with him. | Stamps of owernship. | 8, 78 pages. 21cm. Generally good condition.
    Item sold at $150 Starting at $150
  • LOT: 194

    Yeshuot Yaakov first edition, Zolkva, 1828—copy of Mara d’Arah d’Israel, Rabbi Shmuel Salant.

    Section 3, on the Shulchan Aruch Orech Hayyim, by Rabbi Yaakov Meshalem Ornstein, rabbi of Lviv, who was one of the greats of his generation. Printed by Meir Zeev Haper. Three types of stamps of ownership of the Gaon Rabbi Shmuel Salant (1816-1909), the esteemed rabbi of Jerusalem for around seventy years, and leader of the Ashkenazi communities of Israel. He became famous as a genius in his youth, and was only 13 when his rabbi, Rabbi Avlei Paswaller (the Ra’avad of Vilna), sent him a letter with a difficult question regarding taking care of a get, showing that his rabbi already trusted his instructions as that of a Rav. In his youth he studied in a hevruta with Rabbi Yisrael of Salant (father of the Mussar movement). In 1841 he was invited to Israel to serve in the Jerusalem Rabbinate and lead the Prushim community, and he established educational and chessed institutions there, as well as a beit din and established the Ashkenazi community. Stamps of ownership. Stains. New binding. | [1], 277-344 pages. 36cm. Generally good condition.
    Item sold at $200 Starting at $200
  • LOT: 186

    Koach Ma’asav Hegid LeAmi—Jerusalem, 1906. Dedication of the author to Gaon Rabbi Haim Berlin.

    Drashot and collected writings on shabbatot and moadim and chiddushim by Gaon Rabbi Masoud Elhadad. First edition, Jerusalem 1906. Advertisement page has a dedication handwritten by Rav Haim Berlin. | Stamps of ownership of Rav Haim Berlin (see more about him in other items from this auction). The kabbalist rabbi Masoud HaKohen Elhadad (1820-1927) was part of the first resettlement of Jerusalem and head of the Beit El kabbalistic yeshiva in Jerusalem for decades. In his last years, when he was more than 100 years old, his students would carry him on their shoulders during holidays and shabbatot to the yeshiva so that he would be able to serve as a shaliach tzibur according to his tradition. The Siddur HaRashash that served him for decades as head of the yeshiva, and in which were written his notes and additions, became the basis for a printed edition of the Siddur HaRashash. | [2], 95; [1], 37, 12 pages. 33cm. Generally good condition.
    Starting at $120
  • LOT: 192

    Karti v’Palti, Zolkva, 1799—copy of Mara d’Arah d’Israel, Rabbi Shmuel Salant, with glosses.

    By Rabbi Yehonatan Ivshitz. Second edition. On the cover page are two stamps of ownership of the Gaon Rabbi Shmuel Salant (1816-1909), the esteemed rabbi of Jerusalem for around seventy years, and leader of the Ashkenazi communities of Israel. He became famous as a genius in his youth, and was only 13 when his rabbi, Rabbi Avlei Paswaller (the Ra’avad of Vilna), sent him a letter with a difficult question regarding taking care of a get, showing that his rabbi already trusted his instructions as that of a Rav. In his youth he studied in a hevruta with Rabbi Yisrael of Salant (father of the Mussar movement). In 1841 he was invited to Israel to serve in the Jerusalem Rabbinate and lead the Prushim community, and he established educational and chessed institutions there, as well as a beit din and established the Ashkenazi community.. Half-leather binding is falling apart, stains. Moth moles. Reinforcement with tape on the cover page. 123 pages, 34cm. Generally good condition.
    Item sold at $350 Starting at $200
  • LOT: 167

    Mishnayot Komarna, first edition—Lemberg 1861. With long note on the back of the cover.

    Seder Kedoshim and Taharot, with the commentary Atzei Eden, by the Admor Rabbi Yitzhak Yehuda Isaac Saparin of Komarna. Edition printed during the life of the author (without symbols of the printer on the cover). Printed by Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Sperling and Rabbi Barish Luria, with the symbol of the printers. Long note in rabbinical handwriting on the back of the cover of Taharot, the content wasn’t checked. | The Admor Rabbi Yitzhak Isaac (Yehuda Yehiel) Saparin of Komarna (1806-1974), the second and main Admor of Komarna. After he became an orphan at age 12, he grew up at his uncle’s home (his father’s brother), Rabbi Zvi Hirsch of Zidichov—the Sar Beit HaZohar. His torah he received from Rabbi Avraham Yehoshua Heshel of Aphtha, and from his uncle. He also travelled to the Chozeh of Lublin (who was his matchmaker), Rabbi Yisrael of Ruzhin, and more. He became famous as a miracle worker and he had many followers. | Cover of Kedoshim is missing. Lists of ownership. Stains. Repairs with tape. 29cm. Generally good condition.
    Item sold at $170 Starting at $120
  • LOT: 230

    Knesset Yisrael—copy of the Admor Barech Moshe of Satmar. Rare.

    By Rabbi Yisrael Baruch bar Haim Meir, printed by Sheinfeld, Betlen (Transylvania), 1908. Cover page has stamp of ownership of “Moshe Teitelbaum, Sighet.” Rare.| Bound with Shevet Mussar. Rabbi Moshe Teitelbaum of Satmar (1915-2006), the Barech Moshe, was born in Sighet (Romania) to the Atzei Hayyim of Sighet. He was a student of his uncle the Admor of Satmar, and during the Shoah was sent with the rest of his family to Auschwitz, where his wife and 3 children were murdered. After the Shoah he returned to Sighet and tried to reorganize religious life among the survivors. He feared the new Communist government and immigrated to the United States where he founded the Atzei Hayyim Sighet synagogue in honor of his father. After his uncle’s death (without children), he was appointed his heir and took over the Admor status and then became leader of the Charedi community in Israel. | Shevet Mussar cover page and 1st page are missing. Signatures of ownership. | 111; 40 pages. 21cm. Generally good condition.
    Starting at $800
  • LOT: 171

    Collection of letters, lessons, and documents from Admorei Belz.

    Large collection of pages of documents, some stencil, some printed by typewriter, others printed by hand. Chiddushim said by Admorei Belz, starting from the first, Rabbi Shalom of Belz, and onwards. Printed letters, interesting, some very strongly worded. | Different conditions and sizes, generally good.
    Starting at $150
  • LOT: 170

    Two rare and important segula books bound together—first edition

    1. Likkutei Torah v’Shas, according to the Pardes, first section on Genesis, by Rav Yitzhak Isaac of Zidichev. First edition, Lemberg 1877. A segula book. In the introduction to the Book of Leviticus, the Admor’s student the Imrei Yosef of Spinka says that he was guaranteed by the author that anyone buying the book will be preserved and blessed. 2. Imrei Shoham, chiddushim on masechtot of the Shas, by Rav Moshe Shoham of Dolina, one of the young students of the Ba’al Shem Tov (his father, Rabbi Dan, was a regular visitor of the Ba’al Shem Tov and lacked sons. The Ba’al Shem Tov guaranteed that he would have a tzaddik for a son, and then he was born). First edition, Kalmaya, 1880. Important endorsements from great Admorim. At the end is written that the book constitutes a segula. | Stamp of Shmuel Zalman Weinberger, Av Beit Din of Margratan, who was a student of the Shevet Sofer, and successor of his father Rabbi Yehoshua Aharon Zvi, student of the Chatam Sofer and friend of Rabbi Hillel Liechtenstein. Not bound. Last page detached. [3], 209; [2] 62 pages. 24cm. Generally ok to good condition.
    Item sold at $600 Starting at $200
  • LOT: 169

    Shot Divrei Haim, first edition, Lviv 1875.

    First and second sections bound together with separate covers. By the Admor Rabbi Haim Halberstam, Av Beit Din of Sanz. Printed by Avraham Yitzhak Mankish. Printed during the author’s lifetime. | Listing of ownership. Stains, moth holes. 2 first pages detached. Not bound. | [2], 134; [4], 120 pages. 36cm. Generally ok to good condition.
    Item sold at $550 Starting at $250
  • LOT: 296

    Eclectic artwork on paper, “an old Jew and boy and a Sefer Torah.” Signed by the artist, Sapir.

    Signed in Hebrew and English, and the date 1968. An old man wrapped in a tallis holds a sefer torah. Next to him, a young boy with forelocks kisses and touches the sefer. Wooden frame. 47x68cm. Defects to frame, generally good condition.
    Starting at $100
  • LOT: 147

    Sefer Torah on klaf parchment given inside a pretty case – Israel, 20th century.

    Written by hand on parchment according to the Yerushalmi Sfardi nusach, pretty handwriting, uniform writing throughout. Not sold as kosher. Given inside a pretty case, made of colored wood done with micrography work of the Mikdash, with texts from Neviim and the Megillot. In the upper portion are verses relating to Jerusalem, plus Ten Commandments and Stars of David. At the top of the housing is a crown of carved wood, gilded finials with crowns and bells. The interior is covered in red velvet, and in the upper portion is a dedication. Two clasps for closing, plus a yad and a chain for hanging. Size of the parchment: 44cm. Text: 42 lines, 32cm. Height of the housing: 53cm. Including the crown: 75cm. Diameter of the housing: 29cm. Height of the finials: 26cm. Generally very good condition.
    Item sold at $650 Starting at $600
  • LOT: 242

    Lot of two Arabic manuscripts on medicine. End of the 19th century.

    Studies on medicine. Identity of author and location are unknown. Not bound. Ok to good condition.
    Starting at $150
  • LOT: 089

    Stamped silver besamim tower. France, 19/20th century.

    Casting and welding work, extremely delicate decorations, made as a sort of mesh to enhance the smell of the spices. At the heart is a square door for putting in the spices, which opens on a hinge and can be locked. At the top is a turret that sharpens to a point, with an additional flag, stamped. The legs of the tower and base are designed in a wonderful shape. Probably France, end of the 19th or beginning of the 20th century. Height: 21cm. Widt: 7cm. Weight 226g. Generally very good condition.
    Starting at $1000
  • LOT: 140

    Lot, 3 booklets of takkanot. Ancona.

    Rules and orders for the Jewish community of Ancona, 1657-1743. Italian. On thick, quality paper. Wide margins. Jacket bindings. 15, 12, 11 pages. 20cm. Generally good condition.
    Item sold at $400 Starting at $350
  • LOT: 243

    Manuscript, book of the Modena community—Italy, 18th century.

    First page in Italian, the rest in Hebrew with half-cursive writing. Dates and inscriptions about the dates. Dated to 1786-1790. Content not checked thoroughly. | Booklets that survived from prior centuries are preserved in various collections around the world and are a treasure trove of historical information. | Original binding is worn, partially detached. 27x40cm, generally good condition, [78] pages.
    Starting at $500
  • LOT: 236

    Kabbalistic manuscript “Chesed L’Avraham”—Tililin, Morocco. 1840. Rare.

    Copy of the book Chesed L’Avraham, composed by Rav Avraham Tuvyana. The book is based on the writings of the Ari, written by his student Rabbi Haim Vittel and his son Rabbi Shmuel Vittel. Includes siddur Tefillah L’Shabbat, weekday, and Rosh Chodesh with kavanot HaAri, holy names and many kabbalistic drawings. Tikkun HaYom, Hatavat Chalom, Pidyon Nefesh, Mishpat Mavet, Tikkun Magefa, and more. Important and rare additions that don’t appear in printed editions. Separate cover for the section “Olat Shabbat.” Sofer manuscript. Wonderful, exacting writing. Two columns framed. Mizrahi handwriting of the text, titles and holy names in block lettering, large and bolded. Cover colophon states “I copied this word for word, Mordechai ben Yehuda.” Notes in the margins. | New half-leather binding. Stains from moisture. Professional repair to a number of pages. 14x20cm. Generally ok to good condition. [1], 124, [8] pages.
    Starting at $5000
  • LOT: 284

    Shir HaShirim with English translation, Zeev Reven—Berlin 1923.

    HaSefer publication. Hebrew and English. First edition, quality printing on thick paper. 26 pictures in colors glued to the book. In the margins are printed the words of the megillah. 500 copies were produced. | Cloth-covered, quality binding. [31] pages, 34cm. Generally good condition.
    Item sold at $200 Starting at $200
  • LOT: 267

    Letter from the Rabbinical Council of Yeshivot.

    On official letterhead, signed and stamped by the Va’ad and by Rabbi David Baharan, Rabbi Shimshon Aharon Polonsky (the Rav of Teflik), Rabbi Moshe Frankenthal, Rabbi Haim Man, and Rabbi Yehoshua Zeev Winograd. From 1934. Signs of folding. Filing holes. Tears in the folds and white margins. 28cm. Generally ok to good condition.
    Item sold at $140 Starting at $100
  • LOT: 237

    Tshuvot Tzemach Tzedek—copy of manuscript. 1867.

    Copy of the tshuvot of the Tzemach Tzedek of Lubavitch. Manuscript written a year after his death, a number of years before the book was printed. Manuscript includes five long answers on Niddah, Challah, and mikvaot. At the end of each appears the inscription “Salik, Moga Heitev.” | [34] pages. 21x16cm. Generally good condition.
    Item sold at $300 Starting at $300
  • LOT: 126

    Stamped silver Channukiyah—Israel, 1950s.

    Stamped 925. Hammer, cutting, welding, and screw work. Back is sculpted, with a crown on top, below which are two lions holding date palms, between which is the inscpriont “Hanerot Halalu.” Base is case with legs, small cups for oil. The shamash can be removed. Israel, 1950s. Dedication engraved. Height 20cm, length 21, generally good condition.
    Starting at $400
  • LOT: 045

    Yosifon—Constantinople, 1510. Extremely rare, partially missing copy.

    History of Israel in the Second Temple period and the Jewish Wars with the Romans. By Yosef ben Gurion HaKohen, printed by David and Shmuel Nehemias. Rare. | Leather binding, page cutting is not straight. Professional repair. Partially missing, there are 117 pages out of 154. 18cm. Generally ok condition.
    Item sold at $3000 Starting at $3000
  • LOT: 088

    Stamped silver besamim tower. France, end of the 19th century.

    Casting and welding work, extremely delicate decorations, a wonderful building. At the heart of the building is a rounded door for putting the spices in, which opens on a hinge and can be locked. In the center are four small flags in the four corners. At the top is a ball and an additional flag. The legs of the tower and base are designed in a wonderful shape. Height 26cm, width 8cm, weight 516g. Generally very good condition.
    Starting at $800
  • LOT: 042

    Talmud Bavli Masechet Brachot with German translation—Berlin 1842—only edition. ASDFAS

    Includes a long introduction to the Talmud, and to Masechet Brachot in Hebrew with a matching translation in German. “With German translation and Rashi’s commentary and Tosafot and all the famous notes from the Rav HaLevush and Gaon Rav Yeshaya Berlin and Rav Gaon Eliyahu Vilna.” This edition of the Shas was a continued attempt by the Maskilim to change and alter the way Jewish texts were studied, starting with Mendelssohn’s commentary on the Tanach and continuing with this edition, Dr. Feiner’s attempt to reveal aspects of the Talmud without recourse to halacha. He overthrew many sages by going to many distant places that hadn’t heard of him, spreading his message and misinforming them, resulting in some giving him endorsements erroneously. Even the leader of those fighting the Haskala, the Chatam Sofer, wrote him an endorsement, until it became known what the man’s true intentions were, and then the Chatam Sofer published a public letter urging Dr. Feiner to cease publishing the erroneous Talmud. The letter resulted in a new front against the translation, and the publication of this Shas ceased. The only volume printed is the one before us, dedicated to Czar Nicholas the First of Russia, who ordered 100 copies. The list of subscribers appears at the front of the book, including princes, nobles, and leading figures from Europe. | Dr. Ephraim Moses Feiner, a Jewish Maskil in the 19th century, wrote widely on archaeology, Talmudic criticism, and the rights of the Jews in Europe. Before he became secular he was a student of Rabbi Yaakov of Lisa. | Original binding is worn, covered in cloth. Two covers, in black and red ink. Hebrew and German on facing pages. Stains. Stamps. | [8], 16, 24 pages, 64, 87 pages. 44cm. Generally good condition.
    Starting at $200
  • LOT: 224

    Shot Maharam Shik—first edition. Copy of Rabbi Haim Hizkiyahu Medini, the Shadei Chemed.

    On halachot of Even HaEzer and Choshen Mishpat. By Rabbi Moshe Shik (1807-1879), rabbi of Khust and a student of the Chatam Sofer. Lemberg 1883. | Cover page has stamp of ownership of Rabbi Haim Hizkiyahu Medini (1835-1905), a great Acharon. Rabbi of Constantinople and Hevron. Authored the series of books Shadei Chemed. 18 sections. | Signatures. [3], 68, 36, [3] pages. 36cm. Generally good condition.
    Starting at $250