The book Mateh Ephraim with the commentary Eleph L’Mateh, the laws of prayer by Rabbi Ephraim Zalman Margaliot of Brody. Printed in the printing press of the Shapiro brothers, the grandsons of the Slavita Rav. Zhitomir, 1848. Ownership inscription: Belongs to the rabbi Rabbi Yaakov son of Rabbi Shmuel of Liova [?]. An additional inscription: Avraham Noach son of Moredechai Hacohen, and additional inscriptions. 72 leaves, 143 pages. Faded binding, slight tears at the edge of the spine, stains. Good general condition.
The book Ma’avar Yabok by Rabbi Aharon Berachia son of Rabbi Moshe of Modena “It is divided into four sections: Section 1 – Siftei Kohen, section 2 – Sfat Emet, section 3 – Siftei Renanot and the fourth and most important section – Atar Anan Haketoret…the order of the Ketoret offering, korban taanit and Minchat Aharon…” printed in the printing press of the brothers Chananya Lipa and Aryeh Leib and Yehoshua Heschel Shapiro the grandsons of the rabbi of Slavita, 1851. 2, 2-229 leaves. 18.5 cm. Cloth binding with the original leather spine, faded. Worming damage and stains. Moderate – good general condition.
The order of prayer according to the liturgy of the Ari, “With the meaning of the words… and including kavanot for tzitzit, tefillin and prayer… arranged and based on the kavanot of the Ari by the great Rebbe…Rabbi Shnuer Zalman…”. The first section [for weekdays]: The printing press of the partners Rabbi Chananya Lipa Shapiro and Rabbi Yehoshua Heschel Shapiro the grandsons of the rabbi of Slavita, Zhitomit 1863. , 153 leaves. On the title page is the signature of Rabbi Zalman Havlin – slightly cut off. Worming holes filled in with paper, stains and slight damage, it was professionally restored and rebound in a binding with gold embossments. Very good general condition. Part two [shabbat, festivals and high holy days]: Warsaw, 1867. 62, 94 leaves. Restored tears, stains and slight damage, it was professionally restored and rebound in a binding with gold embossments. Very good general condition. The prayer book of the Ba’al HaTanya that is also called “Prayer book with the words of the living G-d [as the chassidic teachings of the Lubavitcher rebbes are called]. This is the first work of teachings of the Alter Rebbe Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi, the “Ba’al HaTanya”, printed in 1816 in Kopust by his son the Mittler Rebbe after his father’s death. The book contains the liturgy of the prayers as established by the Alter Rebbe [the wording of the prayer book, the laws and two chassidic articles written and arranged by the Alter Rebbe and printed several times in his lifetime] alongside chassidic articles he wrote that explain the liturgies of the prayers and their connection with the mitzvot and festivals mentioned in the prayer book. In most of the editions the liturgy of the prayer was printed in the middle with the explanations around it. The copy before us is the fifth edition that was printed in 1863 in Zhitomir, and most of the subsequent editions followed the format of this edition [this edition contains additional teachings that were first added to the 1818 Berdichev edition and did not appear in the first edition]. The second part before us was printed in Warsaw several years later. Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Havlin (1877-1936), manager of the Lubavitch Tomchei Tememim yeshiva in Horodisch and founder of the Torat Emet yeshivot in Hebron and in Jerusalem. A disciple of the Rebbe Rashab and the Rebbe Rayatz. He helped Lubavitcher chassidim from the Soviet Union with their needs, and in their struggle to obtain certificates to immigrate to Israel. For more information about him see: Hamashpia – Toldot Harav Shlomo Zalman Havlin… history of Chabad, the Jewish settlement in Hebron and the history of the Jewish settlement in the Holy Land… Jerusalem, 1982; Torat Emet – A hundred years of Lubavitch in the Holy Land, published by Chazak, 2012.
The book Magen David, on the Torah and festivals with a chassidic approach by the Rebbe Rabbi David of Tolna, first edition that was printed during the author’s lifetime – in the printing press of the Shapiro brothers, Zhitomir, 1852. Two title pages, one in red ink. Hand-colored illustrations, apparently from the time of printing. 120 leaves. Complete and nice copy, apart from slight stains and a small number of worming holes, very good general condition. This book of Chassidut is considered to be a segulah because in the third edition, which was also printed in the author’s lifetime, there is a special blessing written by the author to the publisher in which he writes: And I say that any wise man who buys this book and studies it, I hope that it will be a medicine for his body and soul in spirituality and physicality in this world and the next, and that he will have temporary and eternal successes (See Moreshet auction 25 item 114). Handwritten ownership inscriptions: “Mordechai Moshe HaKohen Karfman, Jerusalem”, “Alter Simcha HaKohen Rapiport”, “Belongs to the noble rabbi Yisrael Yitzchak… [?]” and other inscriptions not examined in depth. The Rebbe David Twersky of Tolna, son of Rabbiu Mordechai the maggid of Chernobyl (1898-1982). He was the grandson of Rabbi David Leikes, a disciple of the Ba’al Shem Tov, and was named after him. He married Rebbetzin Yenta Devorah, the granddaughter of Rabbi Zusha of Hanipol and Rabbi Wolf of Tcherna-Ostrog. A while after his father died in 1937 he began to serve as a rebbe in Wasilkow next to Kiev. After moving to Tolna his court grew and thousands of disciples starting flooding to him. Rabbi David, like his father before him, used to travel from village to village to encourage the masses. During his travels he visited Odessa twice. Odessa was a city of followers of the Enlightenment. Chassidic tradition relates that his visits there caused many followers of the Enlightenment to become firm believers.
The book Derash Moshe “Every month, according to the time and its deeper meaning…homilies on festivals and years…” by Rabbi Moshe Alvalida. His homily on the portion of Balak [page 103] contains his eulogy for Rabbi Yosef Karo, author of the Shulchan Aruch “About the news about the death of Rabbi Yosef Karo in the city of Sefad on 13 Tammuz.” In the eulogy he writes: “We should be greatly shocked by the death of this great rabbi who sustained us with his great book the Beit Yosef…this great complete person who was our leader and our light…and he should be mourned…and I mourn for the city of Safed…for with the death of this great person great darkness has fallen upon them.” Juan di Gara printing press, Venice, 1603. , 128 [should be 125] leaves. Rebound and professionally restored, but cut close to the text. Slight worming damage and stains. Good general condition. Ownership signatures on the title page: “Avraham Wolf son of Rabbi [??]”. Rabbi Moshe Alvalida was a rabbi and philosopher in Spain who was exiled to Salonika with his father in the expulsion of Spanish Jewry in 1492. In 1534, while serving as rabbi of Barata [a Greek island], he signed a decree forbidding mixed dancing and after the decree was not followed, he left his position and moved to Avlona. There too he was not rabbi for a long time, and due to the dispute, he moved to Salonika, where he died.
The book Mishnat Chassidim by Rabbi Emmanuel Chai son of Rabbi Avraham Riki, first edition, printed during the author’s lifetime in Amsterdam, 1727. , 132,  leaves (the first page that contains the ‘Omissions and a chart of mistakes’ is missing), the title page is restored, the last page is detached. Good general condition. Bound with the book Matzat Shimurim, laws of tzitzit and tefillin, Zolkiew, 1865. Without page numbers [according to the Project, 102 leaves]. Restored title page, overall good condition. Important and interesting ownership signatures: Amram Yishai Segal – Rabbi Amram Yishai Segal Bilitzer, Av Beit Din of Szerencs, a student of the Maharam Ash. Shimon Sofer – most likely Rabbi Shimon Sofer of Erlau. Mishnat Chassidim – the magnum opus of the author the kabbalist Rabbi Emmanuel Chai Riki (1687-1743). An important book of kabbalah that was printed in two editions in the author’s lifetime, and was later printed in many editions and was lauded by many great scholars. The rabbi wrote many other books such as Aderet Eliyahu, Chazeh Zion Tehillim, Hon Ashir and more. The house built by the author in Jerusalem was used by Rabbi Chaim ben Atar – the Or Hachaim for his yeshiva in Jersusalem Knesset Yisrael. Rabbi Amram Yishai son of Rabbi Yitzchak Izaak Halevi Bilitzer, Av Beit Din of Szerencs in Hungary, studied from his father and later learnt from Rabbi Meir Eisenstaedter known as the Maharam Ash. In 1854 he was appointed as rabbi of Szerencs, a position he served in for 35 years until his death in 1889. Rabbi Shimon Sofer of Erlau (1850-194). Author of ‘Hitorerut Hateshuva’, a grandson of the Chatam Sofer and the son of the Ktav Sofer. After wandering from city to city he became rabbi of the city of Erlau, a position he held for 64 years, and thereby established the chassidic court of Erlau that exists to this day. He worked extensively to publish the books of his father the Ktav Sofer and his grandfather the Chatam Sofer. He was murdered in Auschwitz at the age of 95. His son is the Rebbe Rabbi Yochanan Sofer of Erlau.
The book Erkei Hakinuyim that deals with the value of the holy names and their combinations, from the works of the Ari “by the true genius Rabbi Yaakov Tzemach.” An extremely rare basic book – first edition Koretz 1782. Originally printed without a title page [“The pages are marked from 10 to 19 and it therefore appears that it was originally together with another book” – Friedberg, Toldot Hadfus B’Polania, section edition, p. 74. According to Gershom Shalom: It was apparently printed without a title page as a continuation of another book, as can be seen from the page numbers! It is referred to by the author as Brachot B’cheshbon in his introduction to Idra]. The copy before us is bound with a title page of the book Tikkun Sofrim with an unidentified ownership signature. 38 leaves. Stains and worming holes, restored tears, moderate general condition. Rabbi Yaakov son of Chaim Tzemach, a member of the marrnao community in Portugal, studied medicine in Lisbon. At the age of thirty he moved to Salonika where he began to live openly as a Jew. He studied Torah there and moved to Safed. He later moved to Damascus where he studied from Rabbi Shmuel Vital, the son of Rabbi Chaim Vital. He wrote many books of kabbalah including Nagid U’Mitzva, Kol Berama, Tiferet Adam and many more books. He saw the works of Rabbi Chaim Vital and used them to arrange his books. In his introduction to the commentary of the Idra he talks about the books of kabbalah he had seen. Unfortunately, he left many other works in manuscript that we do not have. At the end of his life he lived in Jerusalem and was one of the main opponents of Shabtai Zvi. His son is Rabbi Avraham, author of Brit Avraham.
The book Or Hachama “which is the second part of the book Kiryat Arba”, a commentary on the Zohar by Rabbi Avraham Azulai ([1570-1644], one of the foremost kabbalists, the grandfather or great-grandfather of the Chida) that was published by Rabbi Yechezkel Shraga Halberstam Shinover, the oldest son of Rabbi Chaim of Sanz, the Divrei Chaim, who writes in the title page of part 4: “Until now it was in manuscript form…and G-d has now given me the merit to print it…” and he adds in the introduction to this part: “… This manuscript was found in the estate of the books of my father in law, the deceased Rabbi Yehoshua of Belz…” according to the testimony of the person who deposited this book, this book was left in the estate of his father, the kabbalist, Rabbi Mordechai Moshe Kafman, who showed them that in part one on leaf 99 page there is a page folded up as a bookmark, which he says was placed there by the Rebbe Rabbi Yekutiel Yehuda Halberstam of Sanz-Klausenberg when he visited Israel while he lived in Union City, he leant this book to his daughter and studied it and he left this bookmark among the pages. 4 parts in 3 large volumes [parts three and four are bound together]: part one on the book of Bereishit: , 168, 170-177, 180-233, 232-241  leaves. Part two on the book of Shemot: , 272 leaves. Part three on the book of Vayikra: [2 – including kabbalistic pictures on the page after the title page], 93 leaves. Part four on the book of Bamidbar and Devarim: , 126 leaves. Worming damage in several places close to the spine of the book. Various stains. Good general condition.
A collection of 8 postcards designed by the artist Arthur Szyk that depicts biblical scenes and various figures, such as: “Yehudit”, “David and Goliath”, “King Solomon”, “Bar Kochva” and more. Postcards printed in color. Each postcard has an original signature of the artist, in pen. Slight stains, very good general condition.
An especially large and magnificent silver goblet, decorated with embossing and engraving of vegetation and flowers, made by Hazorfim. Hallmarked 925. Height of the goblet: 11 cm. Diameter of the goblet: 8.5 cm. Diameter of the saucer: 18 cm. 340 grams. Dents. Slight damage. Good general condition.
1. A miniature silver menorah with a pattern of vegetation, made by Hazorfim, 925. Height 16 cm, width 14 cm. Weight: 85 grams. Good general condition. 2. A pair of miniature candlesticks. Decorated with embossing of vines and grapes. Hallmarked 800. Height: 15 cm. Weight: 75 grams. Good general condition. 3. Havdalah candle holder, silver, decorated with embossing of vegetation and flowers. Hallmarked ST925. 4. Silver goblet decorated with embossing work and engraving of various geometric shapes. Hallmarked 925. Height: 14 cm. Weight: 110 grams. Very good general condition. 5. Candleholder, silver decorated with embossing of engraving and various geometric shapes. Length: 26.5 cm. Weight: 60 grams. Very good condition. 6. Silver holder for matches decorated with embossing and engraving of challah bread and candlesticks. Height: 7 cm. Weight: 29 grams. Good general condition. 7. Russian silver goblet decorated with engraving of houses and landscapes. Hallmarked 1894 and 84 and additional hallmarks in Cyrillic script. Height: 7 cm. Weight: 45 grams. Good general condition. 8. Fiddler on the Roof in electroforming work on high marble: 10 cm. Good general condition. 9. Moses and the tablets in electroforming work on high stone: 10 cm. Good general condition.
1. Menorah with branches on a leg, to be lit with oil, modern style design. Silver, hallmarks: 925 sterling and an another slightly erased hallmark. Early Israeli work. Remnants of candles and oil. Dimensions: height: 31 cm, width 29 cm, good general condition. 2. A five-branched candelabra, silver, designed with embossing and engraving of vegetation. Hallmarked with slightly erased hallmarks. Candle drippings and slight stains. Dimensions: height 32 cm, width 19 cm. Good general condition.
An impressive menorah to be lit with candles, made of brass with cutting work. On the back are lions holding a heart with the words “Lhadlik ner shel chanuka” with a large crown on the top. On the sides of the menorah is a place for the shamash on both sides that was apparently also meant for shabbat candles. Dimensions: height 23 cm, width 25 cm.
A Moroccan menorah, to be lit with wicks and oil, original and pretty with a backpiece attached with screws in an unusual design. Metal with cutting work. Dimensions: height 14 cm, width 19 cm. Stains and slight patina. Good general condition.
A collection of twelve menorahs with a backpiece to be lit with oil or candles, some miniature, in north African/Moroccan style, with various decorations, some of them unique decorations. One of them bears the words “Ki ner mitzva v’Torah or” [A mitzva is a candle and the Torah is light]. Each of them is a different design. Varying conditions, patina, oil stains and various damages. One of them is missing the shamash.
A collection of 11 menorahs with a backpiece to be lit with oil or candles, in north African/Moroccan style, with various decorations, some of them unique. Varying conditions, patina, oil stains and various damages. One of them is missing the shamash. One menorah has only one shamash instead of the two it is meant to have.
A Torah scroll in Beit Yosef script, 18th century. Especially light considering the size of the scroll. Rolled on atzei chaim. At the top of the page are interesting and rare tags. A crimson velvet mantle embroidered by hand with silver thread on a green-turquoise background with gold and brown decorations. On both sides are two enwrapped pillars, above them in the center is a crown, and on both sides are lions. In the center, beneath the letters kaf taf (Keter Torah) inside a gold border is the dedication: This was donated by the commander Tima K Lazer son of Yitzchak Segal of Lenenfeld and his lofty modest wife Blumah daughter of Sender from Katan Welshtdat in 1782. Good general condition. Wooden atzei chaim in good condition. Height of the parchment 63 cm, height of the text 52 cm. Faded writing. Not sold as kosher.
A Torah scroll written in nice scribal handwriting on brown gevil. Sephardic handwriting. Iraq, 19th century. Good general condition. Height of the text: 41 cm. Height of the parchment: 53.5 cm. 42 lines. Not sold as kosher.
A Torah scroll in a small format, scribal handwriting, pleasant and uniform Ashkenazi handwriting on parchment. Europe, 19th century. 42 lines per column. Height of the parchment: 24 cm. Height of the writing: 18 cm. Not sold as kosher. Wooden atzei chaim with blemishes. Cloth belt from the period. Mantle embroidered with silver thread. Blemishes.
Five books of the Torah, “precise according to tradition and according to old and new editions and according to the 1926 Ginsburg edition, published by the Soncino company in Berlin…the letters were drawn by Marcus Behmer according to a picture of the letters in the Gershom Cohen edition from Prague. The printing was lasted from 1930 to 1933… 850 copies were printed on Van Gelder paper…” Large and impressive volumes, 40 cm. 2 parts [a] Bereishit – Shemot chapter 2. Shemot – Devarim (bound in a simple binding and not in the original binding). Wide margins, stains. Good general condition. This book was published by the company of Jewish bibliophiles from Berlin whose surname was Soncino “The Soncino company of Jewish bibliophiles” (Soncino Gesellschaft der Freunde des Juedischen Buches) [a well-known family of Jewish printers at the beginning of the modern era]. They were active between 1924-1937 and published books with emphasis upon precise typography. These Five Books of the Torah were part of a project that planned to print all the books in the Tanach but was stopped in 1937 when the Nazi regime ordered the company to liquidate.
The book Yalkut Me’am Loez part one by Rabbi Yaakov Culi, as originally written in Ladino, signatures and inscriptions on the title page. The entire copy is full of handwritten glosses and comments not in Hebrew, with the author’s introduction in Hebrew and Ladino, restored pages including the title page, several pages are missing, 268 leaves. With the indexes in Ladino, rebound in a magnificent leather binding, professionally restored including worming holes filled in with paper. Various restored blemishes, some with damage to the text. Yalkut Me’am Loez. The beginning of the wonderful series, one work in Ladino by Rabbi Yaakov Culi on the book of Bereishit and half of the book of Shemot until the section of Terumah. Subsequent sections of the Yalkut, following the format of the first sections, were written during the 18th and 19th centuries by various rabbis. (Rabbi Yitzchak Magriso edited and published the Yalkut on the book of Shemot and the books of Vayikra and Bamidbar, apparently based on lists that Rabbi Yaakov Culi left behind, and Rabbi Yitzchak Agruiti wrote the commentary on the book of Devarim). During the nineteenth century, several volumes were published on some of the books of Neviim and the megillot, and in the second half of the twentieth century, the series was finally translated into Hebrew with a significant expansion of the content by Rabbi Shmuel Kravitzer-Yerushalmi. The book became extremely popular amongst Sephardic Jewry who used to read the book together as a family around the shabbat table, and as a bedtime reading book for children. Many consider the book to the magnum opus of Ladino literature in both quantity and quality. The name of the series was chosen in accordance with the widespread custom of authors to hint to their names in the names of their books. The initiator and first author of the book, Rabbi Yaakov Culi originally intended for the book to be for women and children who are not proficient in Hebrew, but speak a foreign language (la’az), inspired by the verse in Psalms “When the people of Israel left Egypt, the house of Jacob from a foreign (me’am loez) nation” that ends with the words “before …Yaacov”. Our sages taught that the words “House of Jacob” hint to the women. The words Me’am Loez hint to the group within the nation that understand and speak a foreign language, and the name Yaacov appears twice in the same verse and the word chuli that also appears at the end of the verse hints to the surname Culi.
Shacharit, Mincha and Aravit, according to Sephardic custom, Hebrew and Judeo-Arabic on facing pages. As far as is known, this is the first siddur that was translated into Judeo-Arabic and printed in Hebrew letters. The translation was written by Rabbi Eliyahu Hai Gag - Livorno 1883. On the title page of the book is the dedication of the copyist to "Mordechai Levi Bara", handwritten. Especially rare! Original: 3, 266 pages. The copy before us is missing the following pages: 6, 7, 8, 66, 67, 68, 163. Original binding is worn and defective, many pages disconnected, many tears (some with damage to text). Generally bad to ok condition. Rabbi Eliyahu Hai Gag (Gig or Gaz) lived from 1840-1908, was a son of Rabbi Yosef. Born in Tunis, served as rabbi in Algiers, wrote chiddushim on the Talmud and published many books, including this one, Ma’aseh Sha’ashu’im, Sfatei Renanot, Ma’aseh Tzaddikim, Magen David, and left behind many manuscripts that were not printed. Also wrote a song “Kalini Niskar Ya Yehudi”, printed in the Livorno Haggada, and more. He published his father's book"Pi Ha-Midbar "- on the Passover Haggadah. Read more in Arzei HaLevanon p. 257.
A pesach Haggadah with a Yiddish commentary in tzeina u’reina script. Printing press of the brothers the partners Shmuel and Yehuda Bon – Altona 1825. According to Ya’ari, the commentary and the comments were written by Yoel Brill. Ya’ari 460, Yudlov 643. 40 leaves. 15.5 cm. A nice copy rebound in a simple cardboard binding. Apart from stains and wine stains it is in very good general condition.
A collection of 2 different copies of the pesach Haggadah with illustrations, labels and translation into English that were given as a gift from the Rabeinu Jacob Josef yeshiva (RJJ). 1. A pesach Haggadah with a soft cover from cardboard upon which is a print in blue and red, with the name of the yeshiva and a picture of Rabbi Yaacov Yoseph the chief rabbi on the back on the background of pictures of the yeshiva. 2. A peesach Haggadah with musical notes, with a hard red cover with gold embossing. On the last page is a portrait picture of the chief rabbi the yeshiva was named after. In both copies, in the inside cover before and after the Haggadah there is writing in Yiddish and English about the yeshiva stating that: The yeshiva has over 650 students. The yeshiva’s expenses already amount to almost $100,000 a year. It is interesting to note that there is a separate text that relates that over 50% of the students accepted to the Rabbeinu Yitzchak Elchananan yeshiva in the previous semester were graduates of RJJ. Tears, primarily in the connection to the binding in both haggadot. Good general condition. The RJJ yeshiva was founded in 1903 and named after the chief rabbi Rabbi Yaakov Yoseph [Charif] (1841 – 1902), a student of the Volozhin yeshiva and one of the foremost disciples of Rabbi Yisrael Salanter. He served as the rabbi of several communities in Lithuania. He was the first and only chief rabbi of the city of New York and the founder of the Rabbinic Council of America. He was known as a talented speaker, and thousands of people flocked to hear his speeches. Author of the book L’Beit Yaakov. He fought courageously for the kashrut of meat in the U.S. and suffered much persecution due to such. In recent years the masses have begun to visit his grave in the Union Field cemetery near Lakewood after rumors began to spread about miracles personally witnessed by those who prayed there.
The book Or Haganuz and the second part named V’zot L’Yehuda by Rabbi Yehuda Leib Hakohen from Hanipol, a rare segulah book that received approbations from the foremost chassidic leaders. With an approbation from the author of the Tzemach Tzedek of Lubavitch – the only book that received an approbation from him. Approbations from the Chidushei HaRim of Gur, the Divrei Chaim of Sanz, Rabbi Mordechai – the Maggid of Chernobyl writes about the segulah and protection brought about by owning this book: “And every person should buy themselves a copy of this holy book as wonderful merit and protection for himself and his children throughout the generations.” His holy sons – Rabbi Aharon of Chernobyl, Rabbi Avraham of Trisk and Rabbi David of Tolna who also wrote approbations for the book, wrote again about the segulah their father mentioned: “And our father the Rebbe told us that these holy books will protect whoever buys them…” In the publisher’s introduction the author’s grandson also writes “…And bring blessing and protection into your homes. Especially when the righteous leaders of this generation wrote that this work is protection and blessing for the house.” The book contains chassidic teachings on the Torah, and the second section V’Zot L’Yehuda [with a separate title page] deals with explanations of mishnayot on the level of remez and sod. The title page and some of the approbations are missing, tears in the page margins with no text missing. Ownership signature of the kabbalist Mordechai Moshe Karfman of Jerusalem. 84 leaves, 33 leaves. A small number of worming holes, moderate general condition. Rabbi Yehuda Leib Hakohen of Hanipol, one of the foremost disciples of the Maggid of Mezeritch, who even served as a cantor for him. One of the two people to write approbations on the Tanya (alongside Rabbi Zusha of Hanipol), where he is referred to as “The famous chassid, man of G-d, who is called holy”. He also served as a maggid in the city of Hanipol. He died in 1807 and was buried in Hanipol alongside his rabbi the Maggid of Mezeritch.