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מכירה מס' 26 - 25.11.2019

Auction No. 27

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LOT: 026

A rare chassidic segulah book “Blessings and successes and longevity”: Be’er Avraham – first edition, Lemberg, 1868

The book Be’er Avraham, a commentary on the Tikkunei Zohar in a chassidic approach by Rabbi Avraham Avli of Drohobych, one of the foremost disciples of the Chozeh of Lublin. An important and rare segulah book [see below], [for more information see Bsha’arei Sefer, N. Ben Menachem, pp. 67-70] – first edition Lemberg 1868. [4], 56 leaves. Stefansky Chassidut, no. 71. Slight tears, stains, worming holes and various pastings in several places with slight damage to the text. Moderate overall condition. Simple cardboard binding with blemishes. Segulah book – the book has enthusiastic approbations from the foremost chassidic leaders of the time it was printed, including Rabbi Yoseph Shaul Nathanson, Rabbi Sender Lipa son of Rabbi Yitzchak Isaak of Zidichov, Rabbi Yechezkel Shraga Halberstam of Shinova and others, in which they talk at length about the sanctity of the author and of this book. Especially noteworthy is the approbation of Rabbi Yitzchak Isaak of Komarno the author of Heichalei Habracha who writes: “It is truly possible for this holy man to write the truths of the Torah…and it is a wonderful work…it would be impossible to write such a holy work had the Divine Presence not rested upon him…words of truth, wonder of wonders through ruach hakodesh. I ask that anyone who can obtain this wonderful book to buy it for himself as a crown for his head because it contains the words of the living G-d. The merit of the holy author will protect anyone who buys this book, and he will have blessing and success and longevity and all good things.” The author Rabbi Avraham Abba [Avli] of Drohobych (1760-1835 [according to Alfasi]), a hidden tzadik who concealed his holiness by working as a teacher in Drohobych. One of the foremost disciples of the Chozeh of Lublin. Author of this book that was printed many years after his death because of the restrictions of the sensor or because of a lack of funds – as written in one of the approbations. We can see the greatness of the author from the approbations to the book that were written by the greatest rabbis of the time. On the title page: “A holy man of G-d throughout his life, concealed his ways and no-one knew about them, and before he went back to Heaven our teacher from Lublin praised him publicly. His holy name is Rabbi Avraham Avli, a teacher from Drohobych.” The rebbe of Shinova writes in his approbation that the Chozeh of Lublin revealed that “There is a holy person here, his name is Avli, who can save those in need of salvation, and then a miracle revealed that this is the person…” See more at length in the approbations.
Item sold at $450 Starting at $300
LOT: 027

“Such a holy book is protection form his home for him and his descendants” Segulah book – Ateret Tiferet Yisrael – Lublin 1875

The book Ateret Tiferet Yisrael, a chassidic approach to the Five Books of the Torah by Rabbi Yisrael son of Rabbi Shlomo of Satinov – Lublin 1875. [4], 82 leaves, 164 pages. On the last page are handwritten ownership inscriptions and an ownership signature of the kabbalist Mordechai Moshe son of Rabbi Yaakov Meir Hakohen, and his ownership stamp. Faded binding without a spine, the first five leaves are detached, moderate overall condition. The book is a rare segulah book that has enthusiastic approbations from the foremost rabbis of the period who blessed the buyer of the book with abundant blessings, in an astounding manner. Rabbi Yoseph Shaul Nathonson writes: “He will be blessed from the source of blessing and from the rain of success.” Rabbi Shlomo Kluger writes: “They will be blessed with a three-fold blessing because the merit of the holy author will protect him and his descendants for eternity.” In the approbation of Rabbi Yeshaya Meis he writes: “This holy book is protection for his house, for him and his descendants, and the merit of the author will protect all those who deal with and buy the book, and they will have the gift of good.” The Rebbe Rabbi Yitzchak Yehuda Yechiel of Komarno wrote: “And it will protect his house from any harm and will bring a hundred blessings up him.” The Rebbe Rabbi Yechiel Michel of Galina noted in his warm approbation “to provide protection in his home and his descendants…will be blessed with the three-fold blessing with offspring, life and prosperity and to be successful physically and spiritually.” The Rebbe of Chernobyl the author of the Maor Einayim wrote that “When I saw this holy work that my father (Rabbi Aharon of Chernobyl) instructed in his approbation to make this book for healing and protection, I also took one book.” The first Rebbe of Vizhnitz, the author of the Tzemach Tzadik added his blessing “And the merit of the author will protect those who buy it and will provide them with the blessing of offspring, life and prosperity and everything good.” Rabbi Avraham of Tirsk and his sons signed the blessing “The person who buys this book can be sure that the merit of the author will protect him, and the holiness of the book will provide blessing in their home to protect them and make them successful in whatever they desire.” There are more approbations with astounding blessings from Rabbi Yaakov Shimshon of Kossov and the Rebbes of Shtefanesht and Sadigora. There are also three approbations from 1868 from Rabbi Aharon of Chernobyl and the maggid of Trisk and Rabbi David of Tolna, in which they bless the people who purchase the book. Rabbi Yisrael son of Rabbi Shlomo of Satinov who was known as the Charif of Satinov (1996-1781). A disciple of the Ba’al Shem Tov, one of the chief opponents of the students of Jacob Frank who were active throughout Galicia during his life. In the letter of Rabbi Aryeh Leib of Bolechov he relates that even though the Frankists used to write their letters in code to prevent their words from being understood, the author managed to reveal the code, thereby exposing their misdemeanors. In Rabbi Yoseph Shaul Nathanson’s approbation to this book he notes that the author won in a scholarly debate with the Sha’agat Arieh who was considered the foremost scholar of his time.
Starting at $300
LOT: 028

A segulah book “an outpouring of favor and blessing of salvation” Brit Avram – Chassidut, first edition, Brody, 1875

The book Brit Avram “which is a dear and pleasant commentary on the Five Books of the Torah and on the haphtaroth and on the five megillot” by Rabbi Yoseph Moshe of Zborow and Zalozitz. First edition, Brody 1875. The book has approbations from the foremost chassidic leaders of the period – the Ohev Yisrael of Apta and Rabbi Zvi Hirsch of Zidichov, Rabbi Ephraim Zalman Margaliot and Rabbi Avraham Yaakov of Sadigora and others. In the approbation of Rabbi David Moshe of Chortkov he notes in his own handwriting that anyone who pays money for the book “the merit of the author will provide him with an outpouring of favor and blessing of salvation to be blessed by the threefold blessing from the Torah.” At the end of the book are a few homilies by the author. [4], 152 leaves, 153 pages. [4]. Stains and slight tears on the last leaves, good general condition. Rabbi Moshe son of Rabbi Elkana was born circa 1735 (the name Yoseph was added to him by Rabbi Avraham Chaim of Zlotchov when he was sick two years before he died). He was a sickly man and conducted himself in abstinence and sanctity. He was a talented speaker and used to enthuse his listeners. He served as a maggid in Zborow and later in Zalozitz until his death. He recorded his homilies on the Torah and the festivals in this book. In addition, he also wrote a commentary on the Pesach Haggadah named Be’er Mayim. His books were published after his death through the special efforts of Rabbi Avraham Chaim of Zlotchov. Rabbi Yoseph Moshe died in Zalozitz at the age of 80, on 23rd Elul 1815.
Starting at $500
LOT: 029

A collection of 5 volumes of the book Imrei Yosef Spinka on the Torah and the festivals, first edition

The book Imrei Yosef, novaelle on the Torah in the approach of kabbalah and Chassidut by Rabbi Yosef Meir Weiss, the first rebbe and founder of the Spinka dynasty. First edition. A segulah book – in the introduction his son the Chakal Yitzchak of Spinka writes that “And therefore my brothers and friends I wish to bring blessing into your homes because this holy book will provide protection in your homes and draw offspring, life and prosperity into your dwelling places.” 1. Imrei Yosef Bereishit. Sighet [on the title page: Sighetul Marmaţiei] 1910. A copy with the stamp of the author’s grandsons: Yisrael Chaim Naftali Zvi son of the Rebbe of Spinka. 23 leaves [including a long introduction from the author’s son, Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac the Chakal Yitzchak of Spinka]. 270 leaves [including the well-known homilies for a bar mitzva that his son the Chakal Yitzchak studied with his sons, and the indexes]. 2. Imrei Yosef on Shemot. Munkacs, 1911. A copy with stamps of the author’s grandsons: Yisrael Chaim Naftali Zvi son of the Rebbe of Spinka. [1], incomplete copy, 4 leaves are missing from the introduction. 190 leaves [2]. 3. Imrei Yosef on Vayikra and Bamidbar. Sighet [on the title page: Sighetul Marmaţiei], 1913. [4], 101 leaves. [3]. In the introduction to this book his son the Chakal Yitzchak of Spinka added references to the parts that are easily understood, as well as to those that do not deal with kabbalah. 4. Imrei Yosef Devarim. Seini, 1927. [4], 3-110 leaves. [4]. At the end is the book Otzar Hakavod by Rabbi Tordus Halevi, second edition, Satmar 1925. [2], 62 leaves. 5. Imrei Yosef on the festivals two parts, part 1. Baranow, 1929. Colored title page with the inscription “proofread” and one handwritten kabbalistic comment. [4], 115 leaves. [2] part two, Baranow, 1931. In this book, after his introduction the author’s son the Chakal Yitzchak of Spinka wrote: “As in my introduction I discussed studying the wisdom of the kabbalah and the story of creation, I will copy a letter from the Maharal of Prague here, as G-d brought about that I obtained a manuscript and it is wonderful letter and it must be printed and studied because it contains incredible wisdom.” Effectively, by bringing the fascinating letter of the Maharal of Prague he puts an end to the ancient debate about the existence of the golem from Prague. The letter, that was sent to Rabbi Yaakov Ginzburg, rabbi of Friedberg is almost four pages long. In the letter the Maharal discusses the golem he created, why he was permitted to create it, whether it will be brought back to life when the dead are resurrected, and everything about the golem and what caused him to create it. Colored title page, [1], 4 leaves, 4 pages. 97 leaves, 97 pages with the indexes. Varying conditions, slight tears, stains. Good general condition. The Rebbe Rabbi Yosef Meir Weiss of Spinka (1838-1909) known as the Imrei Yosef after this book, was the important and renowned disciple of Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac of Zidichov, from whom he learned his unique approach to kabbalah. He also learned from the great rabbis of the period, the Maharam Ash and Rabbi Shmuel Shmelke rabbi of Salish, before coming to his rabbi in Zidichov. When he was young he learned from the Sar Shalom of Belz and the Tzemach Tzadik of Vizhnitz. After his rabbi’s death in 1873, some of his rabbi’s disciples crowned him as a rebbe in the village of Spinka in Maramures. Most of the disciples of his rabbi from Zidichov followed him there, and they were joined by masses of Jews from Hungary and Galicia. Great rabbis such as the Maharsham of Brezan were among his students.
Starting at $500
LOT: 030

“For great protection and to bring blessing into his home” A complete, nice set of Likutei Torah V’hashas [Zidichov] – Chassidut, first edition, 1877-192

A complete set of five volumes of the book Likutei Torah V’Hashas by the Rebbe Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac of Zidichov, explanations on the Five Books of the Torah in a chassidic approach. First edition. The last three volumes were published by his great disciple Rabbi Yosef Meir Weiss of Spinka author of the Imrei Yosef, who wrote in his introduction to the book of Vayikra: “… I am sure that anyone who buys the holy book of the holy rabbi, his merit will certainly protect him in this world and the next, and he will have "great protection” [the emphasis appears in the original!] and blessing will be brought into his home…” In the introduction to the book of Devarim the Rebbe of Spinka talks at length about his rabbi, the author, and quotes important Torah teachings from the leading chassidic leaders and ends with the words: “And it is well known that when the author taught Torah publicly he brought an abundance of prosperity and success to our Jewish brethren, and therefore when his holy book is published in the world, and we know that the righteous are greater etc….they will be elevated and will be blessed with an abundance of prosperity and success and no-one will be able to harm them…” At the end of part 3 a letter from the Maggid of Koznitz to the Ohev Yisrael of Apta, the Be’er Mayim Chaim and the Ahavat Shalom of Kassov, a letter from Rabbi Zvi Hirsch of Zidichov to Rabbi Naftali Zvi of Ropshitz and a letter from the Divrei Chaim of Sanz to Rabbi Yitzchak Issac of Zidichov are printed. Part one – Bereishit, Lemberg 1877. [4], 209 leaves. Stefansky Chassidut 298. Two title pages in the binding are in the opposite order. Part two: Shemot – Munkacs 1883. [1], 252, [1] leaves. Restored title page, pastings and slight tears in the margins of several pages. Part three: Vayikra – Munkacs 1886. [4], 168 leaves. Part four: Bamidbar – Lemberg, 1889. [2], 152 leaves. Fifth part: Devarim – M. Sighet, 1892, [12], 200 leaves. Simple, non-uniform bindings for the entire set. Very few worming holes and slight blemishes. Very good general condition. Stored carefully from the library of the kabbalist the chassid Rabbi Mordechai Moshe Karfman.
Item sold at $1400 Starting at $500
LOT: 031

A set of Zohar Chai [Komarno] – first edition Lemberg/Permishla, 1875-1881

The book Zohar Chai, a comprehensive work on the Zohar and the Sifra D’Tzniuta, kabbalah with a chassidic approach by the Rebbe Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac of Komarno. Before us are all the parts of the book, some incomplete. 5 volumes, Stefansky Chassidut 195. Volume one: Bereishit part one – Lemberg 1875. 1-215. Title page and introduction are missing. Volume two: Bereishit part two – Lemberg 1875. [1], 216-456, [1]. Volume three: Shemot part one – Permishla, 1878. [4], 166 leaves. Volume four: Shemot part two – Permishla, 1878. [2], 285 [should be: 287] leaves. Volume five: Vayikra, Bamidbar, Devarim – Permishla, 1881. 69-228 leaves. An incomplete copy, title page through page 99. The last leaf is slightly blemished. An important ancient gloss about calculations of the final redemption. New matching bindings, spines and leather corners slightly degenerating. Slight blemishes in several places. Very good overall condition. Rabbi Yitzchak Isaac [Yitzchak Isaac Yehuda Yechiel Safrin] (1806-1874), son of Rabbi Alexander Sender of Komarno and the son-in-law of Rabbi Avraham Mordechai of Pintshov. His father died when he was 12 and he grew up in the house of his uncle Rabbi Zvi Hirsch of Zidichov, who was his teacher. One of the foremost disciples of the Ohev Yisrael from Apta. Succeeded his father in Komarno where he became known as a miracle worker, and many people flooded to him. It was known to be a special segulah to have his books in the house. Author of the book Heichal Habracha on the Five Books of the Torah and many other books.
Starting at $500
LOT: 032

Complete set of “Damesek Eliezer” (Komarna), first edition—rare.

Commentary on the Zohar by Rabbi Eliezer Zvi Saprin, the Admor of Komarna (1830-1898). Sections 1-3 were printed in Premyslan between 1902-9. Section 6 was printed in Munkatch in 1916, and section 7 was printed in Munkatch in 1929. Section 1: [1] 126 page. Section 2: [2] 88 page. Section 3: [1] 91 page. Section 6: [1] 104 page. Section 7: [1] 73 page. Defective bindings, separate cover for each section. The cover of section 6 has years. Generally ok to good condition.
Starting at $500
LOT: 033

A volume with the two books of Rabbi Yehuda Zvi of Radzil, Da’at Kedoshim and Amud Hatorah – Chassidut, first edition, Lemberg 1848-1853

The book Da’at Kedoshim by Rabbi Yehuda Zvi av beit din of Radzil, homilies and chassidic teachings about the various mitzvot and the kavanot of the Ari in a chassidic approach – first edition, Lemberg 1848. Bound together with the book Amud Hatorah by the author that also deals with the same subject – first edition Lemberg 1853. An additional edition was published in the same year with a different title page. Ownership signatures: Zvi Bromet. Nachum Pinchas Kolemk [?]. [2], 77 leaves. [1], 93 leaves. Slight stains, good overall condition. Rebound. The Rebbe Rabbi Yehuda Zvi Eichenstein of Radzil (1791-1848), son of Rabbi Moshe of Sambor was the disciple and son-in-law of Rabbi Zvi Hirsch of Zidichov, and later succeeded him. His son-in-law is Rabbi Yechezkel Halberstam of Shinova, the son of the Divrei Chaim of Sanz.
Item sold at $750 Starting at $500
LOT: 034

Igra D’Kalla [by Rabbi Zvi Elimelech of Dinov] – Chassidut, first edition, Lemberg 1868, the copy of the Rebbe of Pavinitz

The book Igra D’Kalla on the Torah with a chassidic approach by Rabbi Zvi Elimelech of Dinov, author of the Bnei Yissaschar with interesting inscriptions [see below], two parts with approbations from Rabbi Yosef Shaul Nathanson and the Divrei Chaim of Sanz – first edition Lemberg 1868. [5], 134, [1], 26, 13, 56 leaves. Separate title page for the second part. Rebound, good general condition. Ownership signatures on the title page: Shmuel Chaim Mezeritch [?] and a signature: Gedaliah. Ownership stamp not in Hebrew, and an interesting stamp: Emmanuel Weltfried here Lodz – probably the Rebbe of Pavnitz-Lodz from the dynasty of the rebbes of Przedborz-Poland. Throughout the book there are several handwritten inscriptions: Eliezer Chaim son of Rivka for sustenance. A page was found to have been placed in the book with a list of names requiring a salvation, according to the tradition that chassidim place kvitlach in the books of righteous people, as their lips move in the grave. Rabbi Zvi Elimelech of Dinov (1783-1841), one of the great chassidic leaders, known primarily by the title the Bnei Yisaschar after the name of his books that are known for their holiness and were especially beloved by the great chassidic leaders of all the generations. In addition, he wrote a large range of books on all disciplines of the Torah – Igra D’Pirka, Derech Pikudecha, Ma’ayan Ganim and others. Rabbi Emmanuel Weltfried, the rebbe of Pavnitz-Lodz (died in 1939), son of Rabbi Avraham Moshe, son-in-law from his first marriage of Rabbi Yehoshua of Zdikov author of Ateret Yeshua, and from his second marriage of Rabbi Arieh Leib of Ozharov. A scion of the Przedborz dynasty – one of lesser known Polish chassidic courts. A great grandson and grandson of the Chozeh of Lublin (his grandfather Rabbi Emmanuel who he was named after was the son-in-law of Rabbi Yisrael the son of the Chozeh). There is a chassidic tradition that when the authorities decreed that everyone must have a surname, the founder of the dynasty Rabbi Yeshayahu wanted to perpetuate the expression ‘eternal joy’ – in Yiddish Welfried, and thus their surname was chosen.
Item sold at $750 Starting at $500
LOT: 035

The book Bracha Meshuleshet by the Bnei Yissaschar – first edition, Permishla, 1896

The book Bracha Meshuleshet “a dear and wonderful commentary on the Mishna” by Rabbi Zvi Elimelech Shapiro of Dinov, author of the Bnei Yissaschar – first edition, Permishla, 1896. [1], 55 leaves. The first leaves were bound out of order. Slightly brittle leaves. Good general condition. Faded cover. Rabbi Zvi Elimelech of Dinov (1783-1841), one of the great chassidic leaders, known primarily by the title the Bnei Yisaschar after the name of his books that are known for their holiness and were especially beloved by the great chassidic leaders of all the generations. In addition, he wrote a large range of books on all disciplines of the Torah – Igra D’Pirka, Derech Pikudecha, Ma’ayan Ganim and others.
Starting at $300
LOT: 036

The book Divrei Shalom [Koidanov] – Chassidut, first edition, Vilna 1882

The book Divrei Shalom, on Torah and service of G-d, “based on the foundations of the Ari and the Ba’al Shem Tov…” in the approach of kabbalah and Chassidut by the Rebbe Rabbi Shalom of Koidanov. Printed in the author’s lifetime, first edition, Vilna, 1882. [3], 6-66 leaves. Rebound. Few worming holes. Slight stains. Very good general condition. Rabbi Shalom Perlow of Bruhin-Koidanov (1851-1926), brother of Rabbi Aharon and son-in-law of Rabbi Yosef of Brezno. Rabbi Shalom did not serve as a Rebbe, but became famous regardless due to his great influence. He served as a rabbi in Brezno and in Bruhin, and wrote many books on different areas of the Torah: Divrei Shalom, Mishmeret Shalom, Ateret Shalom, Dover Shalom, Midrash Pinchas Hachadash and Shem Aharon. The book Mishmeret Shalom is a book of halacha on the Shulchan Aruch. In this book the author brought sources and proofs for customs of the rebbes and their followers. So for example, in section 2 of the Orach Chaim section he discusses the custom to immerse in the ritual bath before praying in the morning. His sons-in-law are Rabbi Yissachar Leib Weinberg of Slonim and Rabbi Yosef Pitznik of Sarni.
Starting at $400
LOT: 037

Books of the sons of the Maggid of Chernobyl: Kohelet David [Tolna] and Shoshanat Ha’Amakim [Cherkasy] – Chassidut, first edition, Lublin, 1881-1884

A volume with two books by the holy brothers sons of Rabbi Mordechai of Chernobyl, the book Shoshanat Ha’Amakim [divided into parts – Emek Tefillah and Emek Hachochma] by Rabbi Yaacov Yisrael Twersky from Hornosteipel and Cherkasy- first edition Lublin 1884. Two title pages and an additional title page for Emek Hachochma. Bound with the book Kohelet David by Rabbi David Twersky of Tolna, first edition – Lublin 1881. Two title pages. Ownership signature: Here the holy city of Jerusalem, Mordechai Moshe Hacohen Karfman. 47 leaves, 94 pages. [1], 60 leaves, 120 pages. 86 leaves, 172 pages. Stains and slight worming damage, good general condition. Rabbi Yaakov Yisrael Twersky (1794-1876) was the third son of Rabbi Mordechai of Chernobyl. On his mother’s side he was the grandson of Rabbi Aharon Hagadol of Karlin. In 1834 when he settled in the city of Hornosteipel he turned the city into a great chassidic center and thousands of chassidim flooded to him. He served as rabbi of the city for 26 years. In 1860 he moved to the adjacent city of Cherkasy, which he became associated with. He was a rebbe for a total of 42 years. Rabbi David Twersky of Tolna (1808-1982). He was the sixth son of Rabbi Mordechai of Chernobyl, on his mother’s side a grandson of Rabbi David Leikus, a disciple of the Ba’al Shem Tov, who is named after. Married Rebbetzin Yenta Devorah, a granddaughter of Rabbi Zusha of Hanipol and Rabbi Wolf of Tcherni-Ostrah. Following his father’s death in 1837 he began to serve as a rebbe in Vosilkov next to Kiev. After he moved to Tolna his court grew and thousands of chassidim flocked to him. Rabbi David, like his father, used to travel from village to village to encourage the masses. In his travels he visited Odessa twice. Odessa was a city of followers of the Enlightenment. Chassidic tradition relates that during his trips there many followers of the Enlightenment became firm believers.
Starting at $500
LOT: 038

Rare! Birkat David [Buczacz] – Chassidut, first edition, Lemberg 1805 with a handwritten inscription of chassidic tales

The book Birkat David on the Five Books of the Torah (only actually printed on Bereishit). Chassidic and kabbalistic elucidations by the Rebbe Rabbi Avraham David Wahrmann of Buczacz – first edition, Lemberg 1805 [seems to have been printed in 1845, see below]. [2], 180 leaves. The last two leaves are missing, originally 182 leaves. Some printed on blueish paper. Stains, ancient faded leather binding, spine glued to the binding, good general condition. The year of printing was written in Hebrew as 5665 [1805] and in the foreign language as 1800, and the name of the printing press as Rosanis Jihdas. The two dates that contradict each other are forged, as is the name of the printer. The true date of printing is hinted to in the signature of the printer at the end of the book, in which the words “Tefillah L’Elokei David” are emphasized, in other words, the year 1845. Forgeries of this type were done due to prohibitions of the sensor and persecutions of the followers of the Enlightenment against the chassidim during that time. In the books of Chassidut printed in Galicia at this time this is a common phenomenon. [A. Ya’ari lists 16 books forged in this manner. See: A. Ya’ari, Beit Dfus Shel Harabbanit Yehudit Rosenish B’Lvov, Kiryat Sefer, 17, page 107, no. 43]. On the rear side of the title page the sentence “Torat Hashem Temima” is printed in large letters and underneath is stated that the approbations were not printed “for a hidden reason”. It seems that omission of the approbations is part of the overall camouflaging of the printing details for the reasons mentioned above. In the copy before us, on the leaf before the title page there is handwriting that fills up the entire page that describes tales and instructions from holy men. Under the words “I heard from Rabbi Moshe son of Rabbi Zanwil of Stretin” the writer relates an interesting story of divine providence and faith, as well as another story from Rabbi Naftali Zvi Horowitz of Ropshitz, and matters of service of G-d from the righteous men of the Premishla dynasty. We were unable to determine the identity of the writer. The Rebbe Rabbi Avraham David Wahrmann of Buczacz (1771 – 1841), the Buczaczer Rav, a rabbi, chassid and posek who was known as a tremendous genius and who wrote many books on all sections of the Shulchan Aruch, ‘Eshel Avraham’ on Orach Chaim, ‘Ezer Mikodesh’ on Even Ha’ezer, Kesef Hakodshim’ on Choshen Mishpat and ‘Daat Kedoshim’ on Yoreh Deah. His books were enthusiastically received and were even printed as appendices in editions of the Shulchan Aruch. Son-in-law of Rabbu Zvi Hirsch Kara, author of Nata Sha’ashuim, the beloved disciple of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdichev, served as rabbi of the cities of Yazlovets (a position he received at the young age of 20!) and Buczacz, the city his name was associated forevermore.
Starting at $800
LOT: 039

Chassidut, Rare! Rav Pninim and Shoshanat Ha’Amakim – first edition, Frankfort on the Oder 1782, one of the first books to mention the Ba’al Shem Tov in his lifetime

The book Rav Pninim, novaelle on the Torah and the festivals, by Rabbi Meir Teomim of Lubartow and Lvov, father of Rabbi Yosef Teomim the ‘Pri Megadim’ who published this book written by his father and added his book Teivat Gama on the Torah [not found in the copy before us] and Shoshanat HaAmakim on the rules of the Talmud. On page 29b the author quotes an excerpt from a letter sent by Rabbi Gershon of Kitov to his brother-in-law the Ba’al Shem Tov: “I saw a letter from the holy land from the chassid Rabbi Gershon to his famous brother-in-law the Ba’al Shem Tov Rabbi Yisrael in the following words: When I reached the holy city of Jerusalem I fell on my face and cried and said, Jerusalem is compared to a widow, how did you wear nice clothes during the period of your widowhood, how I wish I could have seen you in your destruction…” From the above description of the Ba’al Shem Tov we can see that the author Rabbi Meir Teomim (died in 1773) wrote those words during the Ba’al Shem Tov’s lifetime and even though his son the Pri Megadim published it after the Ba’al Shem Tov’s death he didn’t make any changes whatsoever to his father’s words. This mention of the Ba’al Shem Tov appears to be one of the first printed in the name of the Ba’al Shem Tov that mentions him during his lifetime. First edition, Frankfurt on the Oder 1782. Stefansky Chassidut 532. [2], 1-44, [1], 82-136 leaves (pages 44-82 is the book Teivat Gama that is missing in this copy), separate title page for Shoshanat Ha’amakim. Two out of the three books that were printed and bound together. A few worming holes, scuffs and folds at the corners of the leaves. 2 leaves are detached. Tears and blemishes with slight damage to the text in several places. Blemishes on the title page of Rav Pninim. Without a cover. Good – moderate general condition. Regarding the connection of the author Rabbi Meir Teomim of Lubartow and Lvov, father of the Pri Megadim to the Ba’al Shem Tov, Rabbi Yitzchak Weiss wrote in his book Elef Ktav (letter 459): Rabbi Yissachar Dov of Belz related that the mother of the Pri Megadim was the second wife of the Rebbe Rabbi Be’er [the great maggid of Mezeritch], and once the Pri Megadim travelled to visit his mother, and when he returned his study partners asked him how it was there for him, and he replied that he felt like a gentile among Jews.
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LOT: 040

Sidrei Taharot with a map and stamp of the author, Rabbi Gershon Hanoch Leiner of Radzin (the ba’al HaTekhelet). First edition. Jozefof, 1873. Pretty copy, rare

Gathering from all sources in the Talmud Bavli/Yerushalmi, Tosefta and Midrashim on purity. A kind of masechet on purity matters. At the end of the book is a map of the tribal division with the author's stamp on the map. The book bears the endorsement of Rabbi Yosef Shaul Halevi Natanzon (the Shoel u’Meishiv), Rabbi Avraham Ashkenazi, Rabbi Shimon Sofer Av Beit Din of Krakow Son of the Chatam Sofer, the Gaon of Kutna, Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Orinstein Av Beit Din of Brisk, Rabbi Chaim Elazar Wax Hus Nefesh Chaya, Rabbi Chaim Berlin, Rabbi Yitzchak Elchanan Spector, Rabbi Yermia Lev, Rabbi Chaim Sofer, the Machaneh Chaim, and the consent of his father Rabbi Yaakov Leiner of Izbitza the second Rebbe of Izbitsa Chassidus. The post-cover page contains a question brought by the Shoel u’Meishiv and the excuse that the author replied with. And it is said that when Rabbi Gershon entered the home of the Shoel u’Meishiv, the rabbi dealt with one harsh concern, and here the young rabbi sought the permission of the speaker and quickly excused the acute kusha. The gaon admired him and asked him where he was from. From Poland, he replied. A devotee asked the genius, indeed, the rabbi replied. The gaon cried with admiration, King David already said: "She delivered a final adherent", also a devotee knows Megamar (study) and gave him consent to tell. After the book was printed, the rabbis said that the book was written like a regular tract and in the end would confuse. So in the second part (printed in Pietrekov 1903) the top of each page bears the title in order to distinguish the other tractates. Rabbi Gershon Hanoch Henich Liner of Radzin (1839 - 1891) - was the third Admor of the Izbica Radzyn Hasidic dynasty, and renewed the tekhelet tradition. He was a pupil of his grandfather Rabbi Mordechai Liner, the Mei Mishloach. He authored many books, including Sod Yesharim, Sidrei Taharot, Tiferet HaChanochi, Ptil Tekhelet and more. With the map at the end of the book includes a personal stamp of the author. 5, 272, [1] pages.. Stefanski Chassidut 434. Stains and slight wet marks. Very good overall condition.
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LOT: 041

A volume with two books by the Chozeh of Lublin: Zikaron Achat – first edition, Warsaw 1869/Zot Zikaron – Zolkiew, 1864

A copy with two books of Rabbi Yaacov Yosef Horowitz the Chozeh of Lublin. The book Zikaron Achat – first edition, Warsaw 1869. Wide margins. Stefansky Chassidut 204. [2], 74 leaves. Bound together with the book Zot Zikaron – Zolkiew 1864. [1], 38, [2], 42-51 leaves. Worming holes and slight blemishes. Good general condition. Rabbi Yaakov Yitzchak Halevi Horowitz, known as the Chozeh of Lublin (1745 – 1815) was a disciple of Rabbi Elimelech of Lizhensk and one of the most renowned rebbes in Poland in the late 18th century. Known to have spiritual vision due to having been careful not to see forbidden sights when he young, and therefore he was known as the Chozeh [seer]. After the death of his rabbi the Noam Elimelech he became the leader of the chassidic world in Galicia and Poland, a status he retained until his death thirty years later. He focused his teachings on the obligation of the tzadik to help his disciples in the material, day-to-day field, but despite this he also had success with renowned scholars who surrounded him, such as Rabbi Yaakov Yitzchak of Peshischa (Hayehudi Hakadosh), Rabbi Yitzchak Kalish and Rabbi Simcha Bunim of Peshischa (who were brought by his student Rabbi David Biderman of Lelov). His renowned disciple who was very close to him was Rabbi Naftali Zvi Horowitz of Ropshitz, author of Zera Kodesh.
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LOT: 042

A complete, nice set, first edition of Tikunei Zohar with Be’er L’Chai Roi – part 3 was given by the Minchat Elazar of Munkacs to Rabbi Asher Anshil Weiss of Nagyfalu

A set of three parts of the book Tikkunei Zohar by the tanna Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai with the commentary Be’er L’Chai Roi “according to the foundations of the introductions to the Zohar and homilies of our Sages on the Talmud, midrashim and the works of the Ari…” by the Rebbe Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Shapiro the ‘Darkei Teshuva’ of Munkacs. First edition, two parts of which were printed during the author’s lifetime, part three was printed after the author’s death by his only son and successor the Rebbe Rabbi Chaim Elazar Shapiro the Minchat Elazar of Munkacs who wrote the introduction to this book and added his glosses within the commentary in square brackets that begin with the initials alef hey [the proofreader says]. Part three of the copy before us was given as a gift by the Minchat Elazar to Rabbi Asher Anshil, av beit din of Nagyfalu who wrote in his handwriting on the title page: “I was given this holy book by the son of the author. Asher Anshil son of Chana.” Part one: Introduction until tikkun 17. Munkacs, 1903. [3], 259 leaves. Two title pages. Part two: tikkunim 18-21. Munkacs, 1909. [1], 311 leaves. Two title pages, first title page is colored. Part three: tikkunim 22-55. Beregszasz 1921. 448 [1] pages. Title page in red ink. Minimal worming holes. Simple matching covers, blemishes and slight stains, good general condition. The author the Rebbe Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Shapiro (1850-1914) the rebbe of Munkacs and rabbi of the city, the son of the Rebbe Rabbi Shlomo of Munkacs and son-in-law of Rabbi Chanina Horowitz, rabbi of Ulaniv [the son of Rabbi Yaakov of Melitz]. Named after Rabbi Zvi Hirsch of Zidichov as he was born on the anniversary of his death. One of the disciples of the Divrei Chaim of Sanz and his son Rabbi Yechezkel of Shinova. Author of: Be’er L’Chai Roi, Darkei Teshuva, Zvi Tiferet and others. His only son, the Rebbe Rabbi Chaim Elazar Shapiro (1872-1937) succeeded his father in Munkacs and was one of the foremost rabbis eastern-central Europe between the two world wars. He took a conservative and firm approach to Zionism and to Agudat Yisrael. Author of: Minchat Elazar, Ot Chaim V’Shalom and others. Rabbi Asher Anshil Weiss (1882-1944), rabbi of the community of Nagyfalu, son of Rabbi Moshe Shlomo Weiss Markowitz and Rebbetzin Chana nee Berger. Disciple of his brother-in-law Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Weinberger av beit din of Margaretin and one of the foremost disciples of the Shevet Sofer and the Arugat Habosem. Author of Shemen L’Mincha. He was murdered with the rest of his community during the Holocaust by the Nazis.
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LOT: 043

A signed segulah coin given by the hidden tzadik the kabbalist Rabbi Avraham Fisch

A segulah coin for protection with the signature of the hidden tzadik the kabbalist Rabbi Avraham Fisch. He gave these coins out to those who came to him for advice and blessing as protection and healing, and especially as a segulah against the evil eye. He used to wrap the coin in a piece of paper, upon which he signed his name. In a wooden frame, with scribal handwriting on parchment. Very good general condition. Dimensions of the frame: 18 * 19.5 cm.
Item sold at $550 Starting at $300
LOT: 044

Sword with the 72 holy names to expel mazikim, demons and evil spirits according to Rabbi Yehuda Fatiya – hallmarked silver, Israel, 20th century

Sword of the 72 holy names, handmade from pure silver and hallmarked 925, in a magnificent cloth pouch. This sword is a special segulah and can bring about all the salvations. The sword is made of silver with an engraving on both sides of the 72 holy names that appear in the Kabbalah, according to Rabbi Yehuda Fatiya. The holy names on the sword were proofread by the Kabbalist Rabbi Yitzchak Kaduri, and the holy names were written and proofread again by kabbalists in sanctity and purity. In the book Orchot Zion by Rabbi Ben Zion Mutzafi the following is stated: “And I once heard from my father (Rabbi Solomon Mutzafi) that the secret of the knife that protects from mazikim is because the mazikim are made of spirit and covered in a very thin cover, and therefore carrying the a knife…they are threatened and run away…and therefore even if you should say that is forbidden to carry iron while praying for the aforementioned reason, the knife has its own segulah.” The sword can bring about all kinds of salvations – healing, protection, sustenance, finding a spouse, for barren women to have children, and especially for protection and defense from mazikim, demons and evil spirits. Dimensions of the sword: 23 length and 7 cm width (at the widest point). For more information about this sword you can watch a video on Youtube by Rabbi Shmuel Shmueli:
Item sold at $2400 Starting at $300
LOT: 045

Amulet for preservation of a delivering mother “LeNekeva”—Redelheim, probably approximately 1840.

(there is a similar amulet for a mother who gave birth to a boy, called “LeZachar”). 3 lines in Yiddish, description of meeting Eliyahu, and later, names with vowelled letters, and the chapter “ShirHaMa’a lot AsehEinay el HaArim”. According to the Hebrew Mifal Bibliography (listed 000153172), this was probably printed in Redelheim, approximately 1840. Long printed page, 10x18cm, generally good condition, stains and defects, glued to cardboard with a cloth piece which is used to hang it.
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LOT: 046

All of the Chiddushei HaRamban, the copy of the Rebbe Rabbi Yisrael Friedman of Husiatyn

A book with all of the Chiddushei HaRamban that compiles all of the Ramban’s novaelle on the Talmud – Jerusalem, 1928. On the title page is an ownership stamp: “The library of Yisrael Friedman of Husiatyn.” Some leaves are torn with no damage to the text. The title page and another leaf are restored, good general condition. Rabbi Yisrael Friedman of Husiatyn (1858-1949), the elder of the rebbes of the Ruzhin family, named after his grandfather the founder of the dynasty Rabbi Yisrael of Ruzhin. In 1894 he was appointed to succeed his father as rebbe of Husiatyn and the thousands of disciples who had followed his father now accepted his authority. Toward the end of his life he immigrated to Israel and settled in Tel Aviv, where he established his court.
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LOT: 047

The handwritten signature of Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Kalisher on the book Shu”t Harema MiPano – first edition, Dyhrenfurth, 1788

A book of responsa and “explanation of deep mishnayot and Talmudic topics…” the Rema MiPano with a clear ownership signature: Zvi Hirsch son of Shlomo Kalisher of Lisa. In the printing press of Yechiel Michel Maya of Breslau, [2], 84 leaves. Slight stains, slight restoration on some of the leaves. Good general condition. Rabbi Zvi Hirsch Kalisher (1795-1875), one of the foremost disciples of Rabbi Akiva Eiger, he was a tremendous genius in both the hidden and revealed disciplines of the Torah and even extensively studied Jewish philosophy. At the age of 29 he was appointed as rabbi of the city of Toron in west Prussia, a position he remained in until the end of his life. In addition, he longed to return to the Land of Israel, as can be seen by his series of books named ‘Drishat Zion’ that deal with the law of settling the Land of Israel and the mitzvot special to the Land of Israel and the sacrifices. Despite his tremendous longing to be buried in the Land of Israel he did not merit to be buried there, and he was buried in Toron at the age of 79.
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LOT: 048

Lechem Setarim: The copy of Rabbi Arieh Leib Ish Horowitz author of Harei Besamim – Strasburg, 1777, the first book printed in the city’s Hebrew printing press

The book Lechem Setarim, on the tractate of Avodah Zara by Rabbi Shlomo son of Avraham Elgazi. The approbation of the Noda B’Yehuda and other approbations were added to this edition – Strasburg, 1777. Ownership signature: Bought with my money, the young one A.K. of Mirano. Ownership stamp: Arieh Leibush HaLevi Ish Horowitz av beit din of Stry and the environs. [4], 115 leaves. 14 leaves. Stains, good general condition. The book before us is the first Jewish book printed in the Hebrew printing press that existed for a short time in Strasburg, apart from the Bibles printed in the city in the 17th century by gentiles. Rabbi Arieh Leibush HaLevi Ish Horowitz (1847-1909), one of the foremost rabbis and halachic adjudicators in Galicia. Became famous thanks to his book Harei Besamim. He served as the rabbi of Stanislav, a position that was passed down the family for several generations from father to son. He was ordained as a rabbi by the leading rabbis of the generation, Rabbi Yosef Shaul Nathanson and the Divrei Chaim of Sanz. The stamp in this copy is from the period when he was rabbi of Stry, as appears in the text, before he was selected to succeed his father in Stanislav.
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LOT: 049

The book Rosh David [the Chida] – first edition Mantova, 1776, the copy of Rabbi Yosef Burgel of Tunis

The book Rosh David on the Torah by the Chida “In the printing press of the young man…Eliezer Shlomo of Italy”, first edition, Mantova, 1776. On the back of the title page is an ownership signature with additional writing in the handwriting of Rabbi Yosef Burgel (the first) of Tunis. On the title page is another ancient signature that has not been examined and a signature of the kabbalist, the chassid Rabbi Mordechai Moshe Hacohen Karfman. [2], 164, 5 leaves. Title page is restored at the edge, worming holes in several places with pastings, slight stains, good-moderate general condition. Rabbi Yosef Burgel the first of Tunis, an incredible genius, an expert in the entire Torah with an extraordinary memory and impeccable morals. He was completely dedicated to Torah study and one of the foremost dayanim in Tunis. He was also wealthy and gave charity to emissaries from the Land of Israel, Torah scholars and poor people. He wrote the books ‘Zara D’Yosef’, Livorno 1850 – a large work on the Ba’alei Hatosefot and the work Vayiken Yosef – 2 parts of investigations into various topics according to alphabetical order. An additional work named Vayikalkel Yosef remained in manuscript form. He died in 1874 leaving no descendants apart from his writings
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LOT: 050

Shemen Mishchat Kodesh: A pedigree copy with glosses by the foremost kabbalists of Jerusalem – first edition, Saloniki, 1779

The book Shemen Mishchat Kodesh, a kabbalistic commentary on Shir Hashirim, and at the end Shoshanat Hamelech, kabbalistic piyyutim for shabbatot and festivals about the final redemption, by Rabbi Shlomo Molcho [son of Rabbi David and a descendant of Rabbi Solomon Molcho who was martyred in Portugal during the Inquisition, one of the leaders of the Saloniki community. He immigrated to Jerusalem and studied in the Beit El yeshiva, a student of Rabbi Chaim de lah Roza], with an approbation from the Maharit Elgazi and Rabbi Yaakov Hazan, first edition Saloniki 1779. [6], 285 leaves. Professionally restored tears and pastings – with damage to text in several places. Rebound in a binding with a leather spine and corners with gold embossing. Stains. On the last page is an ownership stamp of Rabbi “Shimon Zvi Horowitz, Jerusalem”. On the title page is an ownership signature “Eliezer son of Yosef Binyamin Bergman”. Throughout the book are kabbalistic glosses and many corrections in the handwriting of Rabbi Eliezer and Rabbi Shimon Zvi and another unidentified handwriting. An additional ownership stamp of the kabbalist the chassid Rabbi Moshe Mordechai Karfman. On page 40a there is a handwritten inscription “Lmidrash Menachem Zion” – in the handwriting of Rabbi Yosef Zundel of Salant. Rabbi Eliezer Bergman (1798-1852), one of the founders of the Holland and Deutschland Kollel (better known as Hod) and one of the builders of the old Yishuv of Jerusalem. Born in Heidenheim in Bavaria (Germany), son of the rabbi of the city Rabbi Yosef Binyamin son of Rabbi Eliezer Bergman. At the age of 17 he studied in the famous Werzburg yehshiva together with the author of the Aruch L’Ner and together with Rabbi Yitzchak Dov Bamberger and Rabbi Nathan Adler (the second), later av beit din of London. The yeshiva was led by Rabbi Avraham Bing, the rabbi of the province. He was always very active in the mitzva of settling in the Land of Israel and in 1828 he even went on a journey to the German cities to arouse people to the matter. In 1835 he immigrated to the Land of Israel and arrived in Sidon. He aspired to establish a community of immigrants from Germany there, but for some reason after four months he moved to Jerusalem. He was later appointed as an emissary for Kollel Hod (Holland Deutschland), in which capacity he travelled several times to western Europe. An eye witness described his visit to the house of Anshel Rothschild in Frankfurt “when the rumor arrived that Rabbi Eliezer Bergman has come from Jerusalem via Mainz to Frankfurt the leaders and respected members of the community made preparations to set out in carriages and horses to greet him half an hour outside the city, and they led him with great honor to the house of one of the rich members of the community.” As well as being a communal activist and cloth merchant, Rabbi Bergman was a tremendous scholar, and his descendants have hundreds of pages of his Torah novaelle. He corresponded on halachic topics with many of the leading rabbis of his generation, such as the Ktav Sofer, Rabbi Yisrael of Shklov – who he refers to with glorious titles in his book B’har Yereah, his colleague in management of Kollel Hod Rabbi Yehosef Schwartz and others. He was also a member of the moetzah gedolah established by Rabbi Moshe Maggid, the leader of the Ashkenazi community of Jerusalem. The kabbalist Rabbi Shimon Zvi Horowitz (1870-1947), a disciple of Rabbi Itzele of Volozhin. One of the founders of the Ashkenazi kabbalistic yeshiva Sha’ar Hashamayim. As the kabbalah states that the ten lost tribes will be discovered before the final redemption, in 1929 Rabbi Shimon Zvi was sent to Asia on behalf of the Jerusalemite kabbalists from all the different communities to investigate the matter. For two years, walking by foot or riding a donkey he discovered remains of Jewish settlements in far-flung places cut-off from the rest of the world. He even travelled as far as Tibet, but the Indian authorities suspected him of having criminal motives, and he was therefore forced to stop his journey. He recorded his experiences on his journey in his book Kol Mevaser that was published in 1923. Rabbi Zundel of Salant (1786-1865), the founder of the mussar movement and the teacher of Rabbi Yisrael Salanter. The dayan of the Ashkenazi community in Jerusalem. He studied in the renowned Volozhin yeshiva under Rabbi Chaim of Volozhin. After his rabbi’s death he moved to Pozna to study from Rabbi Akiva Eiger, in order to learn his unique approach to learning and his method. He was also extremely knowledgeable in the field of engineering and in math. He also spoke many languages and was fluent in general and Jewish history. He took an interest in grammar and tradition, devised various rules of grammar that comply with the Vilna Gaon’s rules of grammar. Rabbi Zundel greatly admired this subject because he saw it to require precise understanding of the material studied. In all of the books of the Churva of Rabbi Yehuda Hachasid, the place he prayed, he used to write “Lmidrash Menachem Zion”, as can be seen in this copy.
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