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Auction No` 28 - 12.02.2020

Auction No. 28

It will be held on Wednesday the 27th of the Shvat 5768 

At 19:00 Israel time

The auction and preview In the Moreshet of Rabbi Kook Street, 10 Bnei Brak

Sunday - Tuesday 09-11.02.2020
Between the hours:
14:00 - 20:00

On the street of Rabbi Avraham Yitzhak Hacohen Kook 10 Bnei Brak
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LOT: 001

Special: Sefer HaMaggid—translation of the Tanach into Yiddish—6th section of Ketuvim. Slavita 1834

Job, Daniel, Ezra & Nehemiah, with Targum Yonatan and Rashi’s commentary, Ta’amei HaMikra and Kri markings. With translation into Yiddish copied into spoken language and with niqqud. Printed by Rabbi Shmuel Avraham Shapira of Slavita. Old signature of ownership on the cover, and additional notes on the first page: “The 24 belong to Rabbi HaMaggid Aryeh Zeev Goldfeld, Orsholkosky Street 1404.” Small tears at the edges of a few pages, few moth holes, original leather binding is worn with a part missing at the edge and the spine, 158 pages.
Starting at $200
LOT: 002

Chok L’Yisrael, section on the Book of Numbers—printed by Shapira, Zhitomir 1865

4th section, on Bamidbar (Numbers), “written by the sage Yitzhak Baruch, as found in the writings of Rav Haim Vittel.” With additions by HaHida called “Yosef L’Khok.” Printed by grandsons of the Slavita Rav, Hanina Lipa and Yehoshua Heschel Shapira. Two covers, one with red ink. Stamped: “Old Person’s Village of Yafo.” 226 pages, 452 sides in total. Old leather binding, moth damage, many moth holes, stains, tear at the bottom of the cover that doesn’t damage the text, generally ok condition.
Starting at $70
LOT: 003

Machzor for High Holidays, nusach Sfard. Zhitomir 1874

Large machzor for a shaliach tzibur for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur according to the Russian/Lithuanian/Polish minhag—Sfard—in Hebrew with commentary in Yiddish. Cover page in red and black. Printed by Rabbi Yitzhak Moshe Bakshet. 157 pages. 29cm. Handsome, new binding with golden imprints, wear on the first pages, a bit of missing page repaired but without name of printer. Last pages have a bit of missing text. Many stains, generally ok to good condition
Starting at $200
LOT: 004

The first book printed by Rabbi Chanina Lipa Shapiro of Zhitomir: Haflaah on tractate Ketubot – Sudylkow, 1833 with interesting signatures

Sefer Haflaah, “Sefer Ketubah which is one part of the Sefer Haflaah, novaelle on the laws and legends of the tractate of Ketubot and the laws of Ketubah, that were composed through the in-depth study of…Rabbi Pinchas Halevi Ish Horowitz…” who is known as the Baal Haflaah after the name of this book. Rabbi of Frankfurt am Main. One of the disciples of the Maggid of Mezeritch, brother of Rabbi Shmuel Shmelke of Nikolsburg and the primary teacher of Rabbi Moshe Sofer – the Chatam Sofer. This book is rare and special because it is a chassidic edition that was printed by Rabbi Chanina Lipa Shapiro – the renowned printer from Zhitomir, son of Rabbi Shmuel Abba of Slavita, grandson of Rabbi Moshe Shapiro of Slavita and great-grandson of Rabbi Pinchas of Koritz. This book was printed by Rabbi Chanina Lipa in Sudylkow over a decade before he established his printing press in Zhitomir. Pretty and decorated title page, part of it in red ink. 1833. 5 (faulty pagination), 169 leaves. 37 cm. Pastings, stains and worming damage in several places with slight damage to text, otherwise most of the book is in good overall good condition. Interesting signatures on the cover: “Rabbi Moshe Haim ben Yehoshua Beiderman z”l, born in Mastrich, buried in Shidlovitz. Verso side of the cover: “Rabbi David Mastricher.”
Starting at $180
LOT: 005

Get Pashut, published by Rabbi Hanina Lipa Shapira of Zhitomir—Sadilkov 1833, with interesting signatures and notes

A work on the halachot of gittin by Rabbi Moshe ben Habibi of Jerusalem. With endorsement of Rabbi Haim Rapaport, the Av Beit Din of Ostraha, who notes that it was printed by “the Avrech HaNaggid Rav Hanina Lipa son of the wondrous sage the famous Naggid Rav Shmuel Avraham of Slavita.” Additional endorsement from rabbis of Constantinople. The cover has a number of notes of ownership, with the name “Yaakov ben Yehuda who resides in Bauska (see below), plus the stamp: “Biblioteka shel Kollel Kovna.” Additional stamps on the endorsement page and at the end weren’t checked, and there are a lot of handwritten notes throughout the book. [2], 74, 34 pages. Front binding is detached, no spine, stains, a few bits of moth holes, generally good condition. Rabbi Yaakov Benditman of Bauska (c. 1790-1861) was the son of Rabbi Yehuda, he was orphaned at a young age and grew up under the tutelage of his elder, Rabbi Shmuel Chassid of Rasin, a student of the Gra. He was also a student of his uncle, Rabbi Eliyahu Klikaller/Piltener. He was rabbi of Neistaat in place of Rabbi Shlomo Zalman ben Eliyahu ben Avraham, the Gra’s brother, and in 1831 he was appointed to the rabbinate of Šiauliai/Bauska, which he held for more than 30 years. He would leave chiddushim in manuscript and mention things he heard plus actions of the Gra which he heard from his elder. His grandson Rabbi Yehuda Lukageitzky (Liknietzky?) published some of his writings in the book Zikaron Yaakov—Vilna 1874. He also wrote Torat Chassidim. The Otzar HaRabbanim lists him as the son-in-law of Rabbi Shmuel Chassid, not his grandson. He appears as one of the endorsers of the Slavita Shas.
Starting at $120
LOT: 006

Admat Kodesh, on the borders of the Land of Israel in Ketuvim, with colourful maps. First edition, from the lifetime of the author, Jerusalem 1913

A foundational work on the division of the land by the tribes and those coming from Babylon and the rivers mentioned in the Tanach, together with the cities and places mentioned in the Talmud and the Midrash and Josippon. Accompanied by 7 colorful, updated maps, by “the young Yitzhak bar Eliyahu Pesach Goldhar, a resident of the Upper Galilee and now in Jerusalem.” First edition. Important endorsements by Jerusalem rabbis: Rabbi Yosef Haim Zonenfeld, Rav Kook, Rabbi Yaakov David Ridbaz, and more. Long introduction in Yiddish by Rav Dr. Selim Bamberger of Hamburg, with the stamp “Bookstore of Moshe Glis Bialystock.” [5], 166 pages, 332 sides, not including the maps (5 maps are large and folded), two pages detached. Small tear, detached from the cover. Stains, new binding, generally good condition.
Starting at $70
LOT: 007

Lot of books by Rabbi Yaakov Abuhatzira: Petuchei Chotem, Doresh Tov, Sha’arei Arucha. First editions, Jerusalem 1884-5, partially missing copies

Lot of two books by the Kabbalist Rabbi Yaakov Abuhatzira: 1. Doresh Tov, with droshim for the departed, with the work Sha’arei Arucha at the end, with droshim on verses, organized alphabetically. First edition, Jerusalem 1884. Missing many pages, binding is falling apart and partially missing. 2. Petuchei Chotem on the Torah, with important endorsements. First edition, Jerusalem 1885. Partially missing copy: missing cover and additional pages. Generally poor condition.
Starting at $50
LOT: 008

Ma’aseh HaPat Bidadran—Hannah and her seven sons in Bukhari, first edition, Jerusalem 1884

As referenced in the Midrash of Eicha Rabba. In Josephus Hannah is mentioned as well. The book describes through poems and piyyut, in Bukhari (Hebrew lettering), the famous story of Hannah and her seven sons who died in kiddush Hashem during the time of the Hurban. With titles and a narrative between sections of the story. Two cover pages. Number of handwritten notes, probably in Bukhari. Signatures of ownership and various inscriptions. Some pages missing, tears which elide some of the text in some pages, all pages detached, worn binding, generally bad condition.
Starting at $50
LOT: 009

Lot of 3 important works of kabbalah from Jerusalem printings

1. Mevo HaSha’arim, important composition on the foundations of kabbalah, by Rabbeinu Haim Vittel—Jerusalem 1904. Cover with gold letters. [2], 76 pages. Slight staining, lone bits of moth damage, new binding, copy preserved in good condition. 2. Fourth Sha’ar of the Eight Sha’arim of the Arizal. A book of collected writings. First edition printed separately from Sha’ar HaPsukim. Jerusalem 1913. Sidur of Rabbeinu Sar Shalom Mizrachi Sharabi (Rashash) with glosses and chiddushim by Rabb Zeev Wolff Ashkenazi. [2], 94 pages. Moth damage, stains, new binding, golden inscriptions, generally good condition. 3. Otzarot Chaim, composed by Rabbeinu Haim Vittel, received from the Arizal. A foundational work of Kabbalah. First edition, Jerusalem 1907. With endorsement of Admor Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Shapira (the Darchei Tshuva of Munkatch) and Rabbi Shlomo Elyashiv, the Ba’al HaLeshem. With the commentary “Eifo Shlomo” by the kabbalist Rabbi Haim Shalom Davich HaKohen. Stamp of “Yeshivat Sha’ar HaShamayim”. [2], 58 pages. New binding with golden inscriptions. Light stains, few bits of moth damage. Generally good condition.
Starting at $80
LOT: 010

Booklet “HaMoreh LiTzdaka”, issue 1, a report on the Kollels of Jerusalem—Jerusalem 1904

“showing the accounts of credits and debits and activity of the Va’ad of Kollels, Western Eida, in Jerusalem, for a year from Elul 1902 to Elul 1903, booklet #1.” A historic item shedding light on the stressful life of the members of the Old Yishuv, with details about all of the incomes and expenditures relating to donations received from donors in the Diaspora. At the beginning those responsible appeal to donors with an emotional request, listing a long list of tasks and responsibilities that they need money for, and at the end they conclude the document with a repeated appeal: “may your eyes see the names of the poor and the depressed widows helped with your generosity, look and see with your eyes and those of your wives and children, look to heaven and receive a blessing…signed by those with tears in the hearts, Jerusalem, administrators of the Va’ad of the Western Kollels, Jerusalem.” Stamp of the Va’ad, additional stamp by the young Nachman Betito, a secretary. Rear cover in French. [1], 26 pages. Soft cover, binding detached, front and first two pages separated as a group. Otherwise generally good condition.
Starting at $250
LOT: 011

Kriyat Shema Al HaMita according to the Kabbalah (Rashash), first edition. Jerusalem 1907

Siddur Chaim v’Shalom, kavanot of Shema Al HaMita, by the kabbalist Rabbi Shalom Mordechai Sharabi, published by the Sha’ar HaShamayim kabbalistic yeshiva in Jerusalem. With a long endorsement signed by kabbalist rabbis: Rabbi Gavriel Bartinovsky, Rabbi Shimon Zvi Horwitz (author of Shem MiShimon), and Rabbi Haim Yehuda Leib Auerbach. Two editions were probably released that same year. No page numbering, rebound with golden inscriptions, slight staining, generally good condition.
Starting at $50
LOT: 012

Rashash Siddur, first edition. Jerusalem 1911-1912

Kabbalistic siddur called the Rashash Siddur, two parts in one volume. First printed “in holiness and after ablution and purification[!]”, prayers for everyday with kabbalistic kavanot and additions of holy names amidst the blessings. The Admor of Munkatch, Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Shapira, the Darchei Tshuva and Be’er LaChai Roi, writes in his endorsement: “he who takes the siddur in happiness, will take a blessing to his home with it, and he who doesn’t have wisdom, this will encourage him and advise him to good, and will bring a blessing to his home and will preserve him.” First edition. [4], 139, 161 pages. New binding with golden inscriptions. Cover partially repaired, first pages repaired at the edges, stains. Generally good condition.
Starting at $150
LOT: 013

Sar Shalom by the Rashash, first edition. Jerusalem 1912

“Includes timely kavanot for the Seder of Pesach, and for Hanukkah and Purim, from the siddur of the Rav Shamash.” At the end of the book is a handwritten wording of Al HaNissim in 36 spaces, as against the 36 candles of Hanukkah, according to the Ben Ish Hai. Signature of ownership and many handwritten notes of the Kabbalist Chassid Rabbi Mordechai Moshe Karpman of Jerusalem. [1], 53 pages. Light staining, binding is slightly detached. Generally good condition.
Starting at $80
LOT: 014

Sefer Leshem Shebo v’Achlama Kabbalah—Jerusalem 1935

An important composition based in the kabbalah of the Gra, some of which is an exegesis and some of which is based in droshim. By the kabbalist Rabbi Shlomo Elyashiv. [5], 88 pages. With glosses and handwritten corrections, illustration of Jerusalem on the last page, moth damage and stains, new binding, generally good condition. Rabbi Shlomo Elyashiv ben Rabbi Haim Chaikel (1841-1926) was known as the “Ba’al HaLeshem” because of this book, and was revered by sages during his lifetime. It is said that when the book reached Baghdad, the Ben Ish Hai organized a march throughout the city in honor of it because of his wonder at the chiddushim written in it. The Chazon Ish said about the author that he was “the last kabbalist.” Rav Kook called him in a number of places “the greatest kabbalist of our generation.”
Starting at $100
LOT: 015

Me’orot Natan [Meorei Ohr and Ya’ir Nativ]—first edition, Frankfurt-am-Mein 1709, copy of hte kabbalist Rabbi Nissim Eini

Includes Meorei Ohr—a commentary on holy names through the kabbalah of the Arizal, by the kabbalist Rabbi Meir ben Yehuda Leib HaKohen Poprash (1624-1662), who edited and organised the Arizal’s Torah. With Ya’ir Nativ, by Rabbi Natan Neta ben Rabbi Yehuda Leib Mannheim (died 1743), and Rabbi Yaakov ben Rabbi Binyamin Wolf of Vilna, who both moved to Jerusalem with Rabbi Yehuda HaChassid. Missing the cover page and next page [10 (originally 12)], 88 pages. Signatures of the kabbalist Rabbi Nissim Eini in a number of places, additional signature of ownership unidentified on page 6. Number of glosses on first page. Stamp: “Avraham Mendel [Emmanuel] Freis.” Tears and tape in a number of places with damage to text. Moth damage, generally ok to good condition. Rebound. Rabbi Nissim Eini (died 1900) was a sage and rabbi of Babylon and a Jerusalem kabbalist. He was a great student of Rabbi Abdallah Somech. He moved to Israel in 1857, settled in Jerusalem, studied at the “Knesset Yehezkel and Chessed El” yeshivot and soon became known as a great kabbalist and rabbi in the city. He edited and published important works of kabbalah like Divrei Shalom and the siddur “Chukat Olam.” Considered proficient in editing calendars. A friend from youth was the gaon Rabbi Eliyahu Mani. See more about him in Arzei HaLevanon 1741.
Starting at $50
LOT: 016

Shefa Tal [with kabbalistic illustrations[--Bilzurka, 1807. Rare book, rare printer in which only a few books were ever printed

A work of kabbalah by Rabbi Shabtai Sheptel Horowitz of Prague, with various exegeses on the kabbalah according to the Torah of the Ramak, with keys for opening the locked doors of the treasures of mysticism and kabbalah, with many kabbalistic illustrations. Printed by Shmuel the Printer. Among the only Hebrew books printed in Bilzurka. On high-quality paper, partially light-blue in color. Stains and wear. Tears and folded in the margins of the cover and additional pages. Leather binding, pretty, with gold imprints on the spine. Generally good condition. [1], 92 pages. 35cm. Cover has signature of ownership: “Moshe Heschel Lifshitz.” Stamp of ownership of Rabbi Moshe Blau, a rabbi of Budapest who moved to Israel and served as rabbi of the Pardes Katz neighborhood of Bnei Brak.
Starting at $250
LOT: 017

Ahavat Hashem—kabbalah, first edition Livorno 1872. Complete copy, especially pretty, from the library of Rabbi Eliyahu Ma’aravi of Damascus

An exegesis on the Idra Zuta by Rabbi Yosef Sadvon. Stamp of ownership of Rabbi Eliyahu Ma’aravi of Damascus, “in Jerusalem.” Also in English. Signature of ownership in Sefardi handwriting: “Rav Yitzhak [?]. [5], 122 pages. A few stains, complete copy, very nice. Generally very good condition. Rabbi Eliyahu Bambagi Ma’aravi ben Moshe (1873-1955) was born in Damascus and moved to Israel. Under the influence of his rabbi, Rabbi Haim Shaul Davich HaKohen, he left his work as a tailor (to turn a living) and focused only on Torah at the Rehovot HaNahar yeshiva. Wrote the Pe’at HaSadeh.
Starting at $70
LOT: 018

Sefer HaZohar, complete set, with original bindings— Józefów, 1873

3 volumes making a complete set of the Zohar by the Holy Tanna Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai. Cover with red ink, original bindings eaten at the edges, many moth holes and damage as well. The first pages of two volumes are detached, generally ok condition. Stamps of ownership: “Y. N. Kaplan, Haifa.” Additional stamp in Cyrillic letters.
Starting at $150
LOT: 019

Totza’ot Haim by Rabbi Eliyahu di Vidash—Amsterdam 1650. Partially missing copy. Miniature edition

“a Kitzur of the work Reishit Chochmah by Rabbi Eliyahu di Vidash.” Printed by Emmanuel Benvenisti. At the end are some items collected from the Shlah HaKadosh. Miniature edition, no binding or title page, begins with page 11-40, supposed to end with 48 in the original. Pages eaten a little at the edges, a little damage to text. Stains, generally ok condition.
Starting at $50
LOT: 020

Foundational work: Olat Tammid, first edition—Amsterdam 1681, with signatures and notes handwritten, plus stamps of the first Chassidic beit midrash in Krakow

The work Olat Tamidd with the second section Olat Shabbat, by the Dayan Rabbi Shmuel ben Rabbi Yosef of Krakow. First edition. [2], 59, [1], 10, [6], 65-114, 50 pages. Stefanski Sifrei Yesod Hosafot p. 63. Tape on the cover which hides the text, repairs and tears at the edges of pages which damage the text, stains, a little moth damage, binding preserved, generally good condition. Stamps of “purchase of books for the Beit Midrash of Rabbi Aharon ben HaRav of Krakow.” Rabbi Aharon Shapira, son of the Meor v’Shemesh. Stamps are from the first Chassidic Beit Midrash of Krakow, established in his father’s name, Rabbi Klonimus Kalman Shapira, the Me’or V’Shemesh. Cover and p. 10 have an unknown signature of ownership, not checked thoroughly, and a number of long notes handwritten, probably by whoever wrote those signatures, plus a long additional note of ownership on the blank front page.
Starting at $100
LOT: 021

Midrash Rabot with the commentary Matanot Kehuna—Frankfurt-der-Oder 1693

Midrash Rabot on the Torah and Five Megillot, with the commentary by Rabbi Issachar Beer ben Naftali of Severshin. Handsome cover with a wood-cut engraving bearing the figures of Moses and Aaron, King David playing a harp, Jacob’s dream, and more. Additional cover and a separate numbering scheme for the Five Megillot, at the end of which is an index entitled Imrei Shefer.” 302, 130 pages, [5]. A number of handwritten glosses. At the beginning of the Megillot section is a note of ownership: “Perl bat Shlomo of Halberstaat, Leib bar Avraham Shlita, amen sela, from Hamburg.” Professional repair to the first cover and a number of additional pages, stains, moth holes and damage, new binding (handsome), generally good condition.
Starting at $250
LOT: 022

Five volumes with some masechtot of Shas—Berlin and Frankfurt-der-Oder, around the 1710s-1720s

Five thick tomes with masechtot of Shas, printed in Berlin and Frankfurt. “With Rashi’s commentary and Tosafot and piskei Tosafot and Rabbeinu Asher and Mishnayot with commentary from the Rambam.” Separate cover for each masechet: Bava Batra (1720), Bava Kama (1720), Bava Metziya (1720), Niddah (1722), Mishnayot Taharot (1722), Hulin (1721), Archin missing cover and starting on page 9, Temura (1722), Kritot (1721), Meilah Kinim Middot Tammid (1722), Zevachim (1721), Menachot (1721), Bechorot (1721), Sanhedrin (1721), Makot (1721), Shavuot (1721), Horayot (1721), Eduyot (1721), Masechtot Ketanot with Avot d’Rav Natan, and Masechet Avot. Sukkah (1719), Shkalim (1718), Megillah (1719)—p. 8 is misbound first. Mo’ed Katan (1718), Beitza (1717), Rosh Hashanah (1718), Pesachim (1717), Yoma (1718), Taanit (1718), Chagigah (1717). Lots of moth holes, moth damage, stains, handsome leather bindings with some moth marks, generally bad to ok condition.
Starting at $180
LOT: 023

Masechet Niddah with Mishnayot from Seder Taharot—Berlin and Frankfurt-der-Oder, 1728. Parchment binding

Volume with parchment binding, Masechet Niddah “with Rashi’s commentary and Tosafot and Piskei Tosafot and Rabbeinu Asher and Piskei HaRosh and commentary on Mishnayot by the Rambam.” With mishnayot from Seder Taharot [separate cover], three commentaries. Mold on the bottom binding and last pages, water stains, cover disconnected, generally ok to good condition.
Starting at $50
LOT: 024

Handsome copy of Masechet Ketubot—Amsterdam 1757, with original binding including metal clasps

Large volume of Masechet Ketubot form the Talmud Bavli, with Rashi’s commentary, Tosafot, piskei Tosafot, and Rabbeinu Asher, Piskei HaRosh, and Rambam’s commentary on the Mishnayot. From the printing house of the brothers and children of Rabbi Shlomo Propus Katz. Many stamps of “Heder of the Gymnasia HaIvrit Yafo, Israel.” Above that the stamps: “taken out from the Herzliya Gymnasia 1970”. On the inside of the binding there is a sticker testifying that the book was sold by the Keren HaGeula to the Hebrew Gymnasia in Herzliya-Yafo, with the stamp of the Committee of the Keren Geula in Yafo. Handsome copy, with wooden binding covered in leather, original, and metal clasps for closing. Moth damage, many stains, first pages are detached as a group, damage to the binding, generally ok to good condition.
Starting at $100
LOT: 025

Pri Chadash on Yoreh De’ah—Furth 1769 with many handwritten notes, and stamp of Krakow’s first-ever Chassidic Beit Midrash

By Rabbi Chezekaya ben David di Siloa. [1], 129 pages—page numbering is messed up in part, 131 pages were counted by auctioneers. Old, worn binding, tears at the edges of the cover and some pages, repairs at the edges of some pages which damage the text. Last page is partially detached, a few moth holes and stains, generally ok to good condition. Important stamps of the “Purchasers of Books for the Beit Midrash of Rav Aharon, Krakow— Rabbi Aharon Shapira, son of the Meor v’Shemesh. Stamps are from the first Chassidic Beit Midrash of Krakow, established in his father’s name, Rabbi Klonimus Kalman Shapira, the Me’or V’Shemesh. The copy has many handwritten notes, some of which are long, with marei mekomot and chiddushim or praise for the book. On the back of the binding is the note: “Moshe Meir Meir Rotenburg.”
Starting at $70