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Auction no' 22 - 20.02.2019


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LOT: 001

MasechetMegilla in a small format. Printed by Rav Moshe Shapira of Slavita. 1822. Rare.

With Rashi’s commentary and Tosafot, Torah Or and Ein Mishpat, with glosses by RavYeshaya Berlin. ChiddusheiHalachotMaharsha at the end. Small format, each page of the normal editions becomes two pages in this edition. [62], 33-34 pages. 22cm. Spine is disconnected. Generally good condition. Bound together with MasechetTa’anit, same format, Warsaw 1858. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $900 Starting at $500
LOT: 002

SeferHaMaggid, sixth section. Printed by Rav Moshe Shapira of Slavita. 1819.

From Ketuvim, sixth section. Book of Job, Daniel, Ezra and Nehemiah. No binding. Generally bad condition.
Starting at $200
LOT: 003

Slichot—Zhitomir 1865.

According to the Greater Poland and Lesser Poland minhag. Includes slichot for Erev Yom Kippur. With exegeses Beit Levi and Mateh Levi, by Rabbi Aharon sg”l, the “Korban Aharon.” Printed by Rabbi Chanina Lifa and Rabbi Yehoshua Heshel Shapira. Doesn’t appear in the Winograd bibliography. | Stamps of ownership. Lower part of the cover page is missing and repaired. Stains from tears and signs of mold. 86 pages. 20cm. Generally ok to good condition.
Item sold at $650 Starting at $500
LOT: 004

MetzarefHaAvodah, printed by Rabbi Aryeh Leib Shapira, grandson of the SlavitaRav. Zhitomir 1865. Extremely rare.

“Debate from around 80 years ago between two sages of their generation, one a Chassid and one a Misnaged, both participated leshemshamayim…and fought in the fields of the revealed and hidden Torah, and on the Talmud and the poskim, and after which each shook hands with the other and were friends. In addition there is a letter from RavGadolHaDor, MohararSchneorZalman [of Liady].” The composition was first printed in Koenigsberg in 1858. This is the second edition, rarer, printed by chassidei Zhitomir. There are a number of differences between the two editions—in this one, the introduction was removed, and the preambles of the glosses were removed: “the editor said,” “the author said,” and any use of the first person: “I heard,” “I saw.” Except for one note: “The teller said: I heard this from Rabbi Sa’adiya, student of the Gra” (page 23). The importance of this book is not just in terms of “knowing what you must answer” regarding the meaning of Chassidut, but also as a self-reflexive explanation, for those knocking on the doors of chassidut—what is chassidut, and who are the chassidim. The book is edited in a manner similar to that of the Kuzari. On one side is the questioner who is asking about the meaning of chassidut, and on the other is the chassid who is lecturing and describing the Chassidic method and its justness. The book was written like a debate, but the debate never actually took place (as has been proven by many researchers). But nevertheless the statements made in the book often point to historical truths, such as the fact that the Grach of Volozhin and his son Rabbi Itzileh studied the texts of Chabad. Another book by the author exists in a similar format. The author is a Chabad chassid, Rabbi Yaakov Bachrach of Kidan (also known as YankelKidaner), a follower of the middle Admor, and after his death a follower of the Tzemach Tzedek. In his youth he studied at the yeshiva of the Gaon Rabbi Haim of Volozhin. When he became attracted to Chabad he travelled to Lubavitch, and his family attacked him for having become a Chassid. | Missing the last page (originally 70 pages). No binding. Good condition.
Item sold at $600 Starting at $120
LOT: 005

Talmud Yerushalmi, Seder Nezikin. Printed by the grandsons of the SlavitaRav. Zhitomir, 1865. Includes 2 covers, rare.

Baba Kama, BavaMetziya, Bava Batra, Sanhedrin, Makot, Shavuot, Avodah Zara, Horayot, Niddah. | One cover is at the beginning, and another flowery cover at the end. Original binding. Binding and pages disconnected. Generally good condition.
Starting at $120
LOT: 006

AshaleiRavrevi on YorehDe’ah, printed by the grandsons of the SlavitaRav. Zhitomir, 1865-66.

3 covers, first with red ink, additional cover for halachot of Treifut and halachotTa’arovot. Page 65 is torn and missing. Missing 2 pages at the end. (Originally: 224, 67 pages). Generally good condition.
Starting at $120
LOT: 007

Lot of 4 volumes of Mishnah. Printed by the Shapira brothers, grandsons of the SlavitaRav. 1860-61.

Zra’im, Nezikin, Nashim, Kedoshim. Each has two covers in red ink. Zra’im has a number of glosses, unidentified writing, from the period of printing. Printed by the grandsons of the SlavitaRav. Original binding, a little disconnected. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $800 Starting at $400
LOT: 008

Lot of 6 volumes from the Talmud Bavli. Printed by the Shapira brothers, grandsons of the SlavitaRav. 1859-1861.

1. MasechetBechorot, Archin, Temurah, Kritut, Meilah. 2. Pesachim 3. Zevachim, Menachot. 4. Shavuot 5. Bava Metziya 6. Holin. Disconnected binding, lots of moth damage. Bad condition.
Item sold at $170 Starting at $120
LOT: 009

Zohar on the Torah, first section, on Bereishit. Printed by RavYisraelBak. Jerusalem 1844.

Two covers. Covers and additional pages have stamp of ownership of “Avraham BakGabbay from Tiberias.” Third page has signature of “Avraham Bak of Tiberias.” [2] 4, 252 2-19 pages. (S. HaLevi 22). Light moth holes. Generally good condition.
Starting at $120
LOT: 010

Sha’arHaKavanot by Rabbi Haim Vittel. Jerusalem 1873.

Drawn from the philosophy of his teacher, the Arizal. Kavanot that one must focus on according to the Kabbalah, for mitzvot and prayers for every day as well as for holidays. At least one drash for each subject. This book is the basis for the siddur of the Rashash. New binding. [1], 116 pages. 33cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $150 Starting at $150
LOT: 011

Collection of 29 books from Jerusalem.

1. Ra’avan, third section, on the Even HaEzer, with commentary Even Leshemb’Dvir. By Rabbi Aryeh LeibRashkes. Jerusalem 1875. 2. To’ameha Haim Zachu, commentary on the Etz Haim. Third section, with attached pamphlet “Sod HaTzorfim.” Jerusalem 1927 3. TzitzHaKodesh, first section. Jerusalem, Zuckerman printing, 1920. 4. ChemdatZvi on the Torah by Rabbi Zvi David Glazer. Jerusalem, printed by Yehuda v’Yerushalayim. 1931. 5. Chacham Lev on the Shulchan Aruch Even HaEzer by Rabbi Haim Yehuda Leib Auerbach. Jerusalem, Salomon printing, 1937. 6. Adat Yaakov, first section, Jerusalem, Zuckerman printing, 1934. 7. ChemdatYerushalayim. By Rabbi ben Zion Elkalay. Back of the cover has dedication handwritten by the author. Jerusalem 1876. 8. Psalms, with EdutB’Yehosef. Jerusalem, Zuckerman printing 1926. 9. OhelMoed, second section, by Rav Yitzhak Gagin. Jerusalem, Levy printing, 1904. 10. Agadot Talmud Yerushalmi, Seder Zra’im, Jerusalem, Fromkin printing (no date). 11. Megineh Avraham by Rav Avraham ZviBrodna. Jerusalem, printed by Zuckerman, 1926. 12. Sdeh Naftali b’Halacha—Kerem Naftali b’Aggadah. By Rav Naftali Hertz Meir Halprin. Jerusalem, Weinfeld printing, 1938. 13. TehilahL’David, including chiddushim on the Shulchan AruchOrechHayyim. By Rav David Ortinberg. Jerusalem, Khorev printing. 1949. 14. Yedei Moshe, by Rav Moshe Kaham. Jerusalem, Menorah printing, 1934. 15. IshYerushalayim, edited by Moshe Ostravsky. Binding has a stamp by the author. Jerusalem 1938. 16. ElehDivreiHaBrit, first section. By Rabbi Haim Hirschenson. Jerusalem, HaIvri printing, 1936. 17. Vayeshev Yosef, signature of ownership of RavYeshua Atiya (no name of printer). Jerusalem 1905 18. Sha’areiDim’ah, Jerusalem, HaTechiya printing (no date). 19. HadaratZekeinim, by Rabbi Yaakov Hai Borla. Jerusalem, Zuckerman printing, 1890. 20. MetzakhefShmirat Shabbat, in Judeo-Arabic. By Rabbi David Moshe Sat’hon. Jerusalem, Aviv printing, no year given. 21. Seder for Five Fasts. Khukat Olam. By Ra ShlomoMosiyov. Jerusalem, Zuckerman printing, 1894. 22. Siddur MinchatYerushalayim. Jerusalem 1931. 23. OtzarHaSippurim. By RavZviMoscowitz. Jerusalem 1958. 24. Mikra’eiKodesh, Jerusalem 1906. 25. Psalms, Jerusalem, Levi printing, 1913. Different sizes and conditions. Generally ok to good. 26. Minchat Kohen by Rav Yosef Haim HaKohen, Jerusalem, Levi printing, 1902. 27. SeferHaMitzvotofRabbeinuHaRambam, by RavYehiel Heller. HaIvri printing, Jerusalem 1929. 28. Chumash ToratShlomo, edited and organized by Rav Menachem Mendel Kasher, Ram at the SfatEmet yeshiva. Jerusalem 1920. Printed by Y.A. Weiss (printer). Many glosses in pen, signed “Levi Yitzhak” throughout the book. Stains, generally good condition. 29. KafHaHayyim, printed by Lifshitz Jerusalem 1915. Folds on the cover page Generally good condition.
Item sold at $300 Starting at $300
LOT: 012

RabbeinuB’Khayay, exegesis on the Torah. Some of the pages are missing and filled in by hand using Yemenite handwriting. Pissarro, 1517.

Commentary on the Torah, by RabbeinuB’Khayay ben Asher Even Khalua (printed by Gershom Soncino). Some of the pages missing and filled in by hand. Signature of ownership not identified. Page after the binding has a bakasha handwritten on the reveal of the Shekhinah. Generally bad condition.
Item sold at $550 Starting at $180
LOT: 013

Orimv’Tumim, first edition—Venice 1603. Rare.

Commentary on the Prophets: Isaiah and Jeremiah. First edition, printed by Zannetti Daniel, Venice 1603. Rare | By Rabbi Meir Arama ben HaAkeidat Yitzhak (Rabbi Yitzhak Abarbanel quotes in his commentary of the Bible some parts from the book Akeidat Yitzhak, without noting the source. Rabbi Yitzhak’s son, Rabbi Meir Arama, accused Rabbi Yitzhak Abarbanel of plagiarism). | New, handsome binding. Quality pages, professional restoration. | 76 pages. 19cm. Generally good condition.
Starting at $600
LOT: 014

ToratHaAdam—Vencie 1595.

Famous book of the Ramban. Includes Halachot for the ill, burial, mourning, with its most famous section, called “Sha’arHaGmul,” printed on its own many times. Last page has a printed letter that the Ramban sent from Jerusalem to his son in Spain (this is not the well-known “IgeretHaRamban”). At the beginning of the book is a poem praising the Ramban, by Rabbi Yehuda Aryeh of Modena. Cover has the symbol of the printer—three large crowns. Pritned by Juan di Gara, Venice 1595. Ancient signature on the last page. | Quality paper, colorful page cutting, stamps, new handsome binding. | Repairs. | 108 pages. 20cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $600 Starting at $600
LOT: 015

Beit Lehem Yehuda. Venice 1625. First edition.

“Keys to find all of the passage of Razal from the Shas from the book Ein Yisrael (Ein Yaakov) according to subjects.” By the Gaon Rabbi Yehuda Aryeh of Modena. Cover in an architectural frame. 26 pages. 27cm. Generally ok to good condition. Missing 3 pages at the end. Not bound.
Starting at $120
LOT: 016

ToratEmet—Venice 1626. Gloss.

Questions and answers by Rabbi Aharon Sassoon. With introductions by his son and grandson. With opening poem (appearing in the Otzar Shira v’Piyyut, number 256). With endorsements of rabbis of Venice. First edition, printed by Johann Calioni. Page 4(2) has a handwritten gloss. | Quality paper, light repairs, new binding. Moth damage. | 116, 119-207 [supposed to be 222], [12] pages. 28cm. Generally good condition.
Starting at $600
LOT: 017

YalkutShimoni with the commentary “Brit Avraham,” first section on the Torah. Livorno 1650. First book printed in Livorno!

Missing Genesis and Exodus. Yemenite handwriting of a MarehMekomot in the book on the first page, and stamp of ownership (unidentified) on the page opening Leviticus. The book’s printing began at the new printing house of Yedidya ben Yitzhak Gabbay, son-in-law of the author Rabbi Avraham Gedalya, in 1650, and ended in 1652. At the beginning of the first section the printer added “IgeretShlucha,” which tells of the founding of the printing house in Livorno. Printed with the endorsements of great sages: Rabbi Yisrael Binyamin and Rabbi Yisrael bar AzaryaZe’evi, a sage of Jerusalem, and endorsement of Rabbi Eliezer ben Archa of Hevron. Author of the commentary, Rabbi Avraham bar Shmuel Gedalya, was born in Jerusalem in approximately 1590. Moved to Hevron, where he became a sage. Then he settled in Jerusalem and left it in 1548 for Italy, where he lived from 1548-1560, to print his book. | 550, [1] pages. 35cm. Generally bad condition. No cover. Missing the Books of Genesis and Exodus. Pages missing and cut. Moth damage.
Starting at $120
LOT: 018

Be’erAshak. Venice 1674. First edition.

Questions and answers on halacha, by Rabbi Shabtai Be’er. The author was a sage of Italy and Jersualem (died in 1674 approximately). Some of the answers printed in the book led to criticism of its author, such as his testimony on the Rama of Pano having shaved his beard and allowed him to do kiddush and Havdalah on Stam Yeinam. The Rabach says his words should not be trusted. In the book appears his tshuva to a question asked after the appearance of Shabtai Zvi, whether the kinot should be said for the destruction of the Temple in the morning ashmoret. He said they should be said “until we go from slavery to freedom…” [4], 134 pages. 20cm. Stains, moth damage, generally good condition.
Starting at $180
LOT: 019

KavanotHaAggadot—Kaftorv’Perach, Amsterdam 1709.

From the Shas Bavli and Yerushalmi, with chiddushei Zohar. Printed by Asher Anshil. Rare. Ancient signatures of ownership. Colorful page cutting, new binding. 131 pages. 17cm. Generally good condition.
Starting at $120
LOT: 020

MashmiyaYeshua (PraecoSalvtis) by Rabbi Yitzhak Abravanel—Frankfurt 1711.

Latin translation of the book MashmiyaYeshua by Rabbi Don Yitzhak Abravanel (1437-1509), a Jewish statesman, philosopher, commentator of Bible, economist, one of the most famous Jewish leaders during the Spanish Expulsion who tried to prevent it. Known for his commentary on the Torah and for having been the Minister of the Treasury for the Kingdom of Castile and Aragon for 8 years. | Wonderful engraving on the cover. Inscription in red and black ink. Darkened page cuttings. [3] first pages disconnected. Not bound. [12] 574 pages. 19cm. Generally ok to good condition.
Starting at $200
LOT: 021

Six sidrei Mishnah, miniature format, two sections in one volume. Copy of Rav Yehoshua Kaniel, Chief Rabbi of Haifa and student muvhak of Rav Avraham Isaac HaKohen Kook. Amsterdam, first section, 1697. Second section 1707.

First section includes Zra’im, Mo’ed, Nashim. The second includes Nezikin, Kedoshim, Taharot. Dedication on the page before the cover to Rav Yehoshua Kaniel. Rav Yehoshua Yaniel (1896-1970) was a student of Rav Kook and was among his first students appointed at the OtzerChayyim yeshiva in Yafo. Studied alone with him. In 1920 he was sent by Rav Kook to support the serving Chief Rabbi, Baruch Markus. In 1922 he was appointed to the Rabbinical Council of Haifa, and founded the Beit Din in Haifa, where he served as a dayan, alongside the Chief Rabbi of Haifa. After Rabbi Baruch Markus passed away, he was appointed to succeed him. At his burial, Rav Kook gave an emotional eulogy. Printer: Casper Sten. With old front binding. 11.5x7.5cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $280 Starting at $120
LOT: 022

Ma’asehRokach on the Rambam, filled in by a Yemenite handwriting. Venice 1742. First edition.

First section. Chiddushim and pilpulim on the book Mishneh Torah by the Rambam, by Rabbi Masoud Hai Rokach of Tripoli. With a colorful cover added by hand, and signed and stamped by hand on the cover of the scribe. Supplemented by a (Yemenite) handwritten addition of the Rambam’s introduction. In addition, three pages of divreitorah handwritten in purple ink at the beginning and end of the book. The printer: Bragadin. [8], 286 pages. 29cm. Generally bad condition, moth damage.
Starting at $150
LOT: 023

Shulchan AruchOrechHayyim with Be’erHaGola and Be’erHeitev. Amsterdam 1742.

First edition printed together with Be’erHeitev of the dayanRav Yehuda Ashkenazi of Tiktin, which is an expansion and supplement to the commentary with the same name written by Rabbi Yeshaya bar Avraham, first printed in 1742 in Amsterdam, which had been attached to editions of the Shulchan Aruch (when printed in Amsterdam) in 1753 and 1760. Because of this commentary’s acceptance, the original book by Rabbi Yeshaya has been removed from most more modern editions. This copy has the original binding with iron clasps for closing (one missing). Printer: Naftali Hertz Levi Rofeh, and his son-in-law Kasman. [5], 320 pages. 19cm. Generally good condition.
Starting at $120
LOT: 024

Siddur Rabbi Yaakov Amdin. Second section. First edition. Altona 1747.

Sha’areiShamayim, from the siddur of the Ya’aevtz. Prayer orders for Rosh Chodesh and holidays. Printed at the author’s shop. 16cm. Original edition has 159 pages. Missing five pages at the end. Original binding is disconnected from the pages, generally good condition.
Item sold at $600 Starting at $600
LOT: 025

Raziel HaMalach, second edition—Horodna, 1793.

Most ancient kabbalistic text, according to tradition given to Adam by the angel Raziel, after he was exiled from the Garden of Eden. The book before us is tried and tested as a segula book for preserving one’s home from fires and damage, as mentioned on the book’s cover: “It is a wonderful segula for whomever purchases it with his own money, when in trouble it will rescue you quickly…and so all of Israel have spent silver, and gold, to buy this holy book even at a high price.” In the book are kabbalistic illustrations and amulets. From the dedicatory stickers: “The book is from the library of RavShlomo Rosenzweig, head of the Johannesburg Beit Din.” Complete copy, rare. Stamps, stains, upper margins are cut. Light repairs. | [2], 22, [2], 23-42 pages. 20cm. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $550 Starting at $400