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07.06.2017 - Auction No. 14

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LOT: 001

Psalms with Ma’amadot. Zhitomir, 1858.

With Ma’amadot and YehiRatzon for LeilHoshana Raba with Rashi’s commentary and Metzudat David, Metzudat Zion. Printed by the grandsons of the SlavtaRav, Rabbi HaninaLifa and Rabbi YehoshuaHeschelShapira, in Zhitomir. (4 pages, 288 pages, 56 pages). 20cm. Professional restoration on the cover and first page. Light tears without damage to text. Water stains, generally good condition.
Item sold at $4400 Starting at $1800
LOT: 002

Tikkunei Zohar with endorsement and blessing from the Admor Rabbi Aharon of Chernobyl. Zhitomir 1865.

Printed by grandsons of the SlavitaRav, Rabbi HaninaLifa and Rabbi YehoshuaHeschelShapira. On the page after the cover is an endorsement of the Admor Rabbi Aharon of Chernobyl. [2], 182 pages. 22cm. New binding, light tears without damage to text. Water stains, generally good condition.
Item sold at $550 Starting at $500
LOT: 003

Kinot for Tisha B’Av. Printed by the Shapira brothers, Zhitomir 1860. Copy not known in the bibliography.

According to the Polish, Lithuanian, and Russian traditions. Printed by the Shapira brothers. The books of Kinot printed in Zhitomir are not found (as is known) since traditionally at the time, the book of Kinot would be put into Gniza after Tisha B’Av with the belief that the next year would bring the Messiah with it. The known copies of the Kinot from 1860 have translation into Yiddish. The book before us does not. 91 pages, light defects to the binding. Excellent condition.
Item sold at $850 Starting at $500
LOT: 004

Be’erMayim Chaim, Zhitomir 1861.

“Wonderful composition on the Torah,” sections 1-2. By Rabbi Haim of Chernowitz, the “Sidduro Shel Shabbat” and “Sha’arHaTefila.” Printed by the Shapira brothers. [2], 294 pages [2]. 330 total, Size: 23cm. New binding. Wear and stains, light moth marks. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $850 Starting at $500
LOT: 005

Sha’arei Zion, Yosefof—Slavita, 1843. Copy of the Kabbalist Rabbi Eliyahu David Slatki.

Book written by Rabbi Natan Neta Hannover. With addition of the TikkunHaSeudah and SeferHaYetzirah. Printed by RavHaninaLifaShapira, grandson of the Rav of Slavita, printed in Yosefof at the printer which was previously in Slavita. On the cover is an inscription in red Slavita ink. 124 pages. On the cover and throughout the book are stamps: “from the books of Eli’ David Slatki Jerusalem.” Rabbi Eliyahu David Slatki (1899-1980), son of the Kabbalistic elder Rabbi Aharon Avraham Slatki (student of the RavHaSadeh). A known gaon of Torah and kabbalah, head of the Sha’arShamayim kabbalist yeshiva and head of the Mekuvanim community of Jerusalem. Compiled YadEliyahu. Signatures of ownership. Original binding is defective. Generally good condition.
Item sold at $700 Starting at $500
LOT: 006

Q&A of the Ribash, Constantinople 1546-1547. First edition.

Questions and answers (Shot) of Rabbi Yitzhak bar Sheshet (HaRibash). Constantinople, 1546-1547, first edition. Signatures of ownership, a number of handwritten glosses. The book was printed as pamphlets that were handed out to purchasers on shabbatot in the synagogue, as was the custom in Constantinople at the time. A halachic debate took place on the issue among the rabbis of Constantinople, who opposed this tradition. New binding, very good condition.
Starting at $3200
LOT: 007

Complete set of the Zohar, first edition. Mantua, 1558.

Complete set in 3 sections of the Zohar, first edition. Throughout the book are glosses, additions, and filling in by hand, later printed bits, and signatures. The book of the Zohar is attributed to the Tana Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, first printed in 1558—after 90 years of the printing press during which the generation’s sages refused to allow it to be printed. New, handsome leather bindings. Some of the pages underwent professional restoration, generally good condition.
Starting at $30000
LOT: 008

Miniature sefer Torah written by hand on parchment in Ashkenazi handwriting. Romania, beginning of the 20th century. An object saved from the fires of a pogrom.

On the cover of the Sefer is a dedication that the torah was “saved from the fires of the pogrom by Eliyahu ben Moshe Schein (Galatz—Romania), a Prisoner of Zion who died through Kiddush HaShem on the 26th of Sivan, 1954. Donated by his widow Miriam bat Naftali in his memory.” Size of the parchment: 17cm. The writing: 12cm. Faded writing, not sold as a kosher scroll.
Starting at $5000
LOT: 009

Sefer Torah in a small format, written by hand on parchment with silver etzhaim. End of the 19th century.

Parchment size: 27.5cm. Writing: 20cm. The writing is uniform and complete, includes silver etzeihayim with inscription made from cutting. On one: “GadluL’HashemItiu’NeromemaShmoYachdav” (Psalms 34:3). On the other: “Yehalelu et Shem Hashem Ki NisgavShmoLevado” (Psalms 148:3). Light defects, generally good condition. Not sold as a kosher Torah.
Starting at $5000
LOT: 010

Sefer Torah in a small format, written by hand on parchment in Ashkenazi writing and special tags. Europe, beginning of the 20th century.

Handsome writing with special symbols. Size of the parchment: 27cm. Writing: 23cm. No etzeihayim. Completed in part by another scribe. The book underwent various restorations over time. Not sold as kosher.
Starting at $4000
LOT: 011

Megillat Esther written and illustrated on parchment. Alsace-France. End of the 18th century.

Written and illustrated by hand. Above and below the inscription are multicolored illustrations of fruit and flowers. Between the columns are illustrations of a male/female pair who are intertwined like a snake. In the section of the 10 names of the sons of Hamman, there is an illustration of Haman hanging from the tree, above are three figures of men dancing to the sounds of a pair of music players. Probably from Alsace, France, end of the 18th century, beginning of the 20th. Height of the parchment: 16cm. 19 lines per column. Given in an etzhayim made of bone with gemstones. The first illustration of the megillah before the beginning is cut and missing. Writing is faded. Generally good condition, not sold as kosher.
Starting at $15000
LOT: 012

Megillat Esther on parchment, illustrated and painted. Gazzolo, north Italy. 1776.

Black ink on parchment, with the addition of a separate scroll with the blessings of the megillah. Written handsomely in Ashkenazi Stam script. 22 lines per column. At the top of most of the columns is a box with “HaMelech,” above which is a decoration of a crown. Given in a hard leather case with a velvet cover. Written by Yehiel Menachem son of Rav Avraham Urbino, a Soferstam and artist. At the botgtom of the illustration he writes “work done for melekhetkodesh in Gazzolo by the young soferYehiel Menachem, 9th of Adar, 1773” (additional inscription “Seder Hoshanot for all the days of Sukkot—Mantua 1778” appears in the “Gross Family collection” [illustration no. 13]). His inspiration for the painting was drawn from an engraving by Matheus Marian the Old, used mainly for printed Haggadot, since the known Amsterdam haggadah, in 1695 [Illustration no. 5]. While giving realistic proportions of the city of Jerusalem [illustrations 4 and 6]. At the beginning of the megillah, before the first page, is an additional, large and wonderful illustration that spreads the entire height of the parchment, under which is the name of the artist, place, and year of writing [illustration 7]. In the illustrations, the artist tells the whole story of the megillah. Above the roofs of the city, Hamman is hanged on a tall tree. In the garden of the huge palace, the virgins are gathered before the women’s guards. In the beginning, Mordechai is led through the streets of Shushan dressed in royal clothes, riding on the king’s horse, by Hamman. Hamman’s daughter pours filth on her father. The artist was inspired to draw this artwork from a number of engravings from the haggadot of the artist Francisco Grissalini (1717-1787), which this artist includes skillfully as part of a single illustration [8,9,10,11,12]. The latter two (14 and 15), like a few others, appear in Seder HaHoshanot, and the person decorating the sukkah is Grissalini. This should contribute to clarifying the process of the transformation of the collection of Jewish artwork. An additional unique characteristic in this megillah is the exact dating of the megillah, in addition to the artist’s name. Height: 24cm. Length: 300cm. Generally very good condition.
Starting at $30000
LOT: 013

Rare and unique, a lot of three pipes made from paper and silver from the Kabbalistic elder, Rav Yitzhak Khadouri.

Lot of 3 pipes made of paper prepared and rolled by RavKhadouri in a unique way—his assistant and student Rabbi ben Tziyon testifies that he would smoke them with 11 inhalations as a symbol of the ketoret, and he would have kavanot while doing so to do tikkun for the souls of Israel destined for the fire. Afterwards he would traditionally put the pipes in gniza in a special box. Also included is his personal silver pipe. The smoking of the Rav is written about in the book “Yeshuot Yitzhak” by Rabbi Meir Malka: “when Rabbeinu was checked by his personal doctor, Dr. Kleinman, during his hospitalization, he was completely surprised…when they did a bronchoscopy, his breathing system was like that of a 50-year-old…and not like those of someone who smoked his whole life until such an advanced age.” One page is 19cm, two others are 11.5cm. All of stains from use, having been put to the mouth of Rabbeinu. The silver pipe is 7.5cm. The mouthpiece is made from plastic with stains from use. Accompanied by a written certificate by his son, Rabbi David Khadouri: “All of the pipes for cigarettes are made by hand by my father…the kabbalist Rabbi Yitzhak Khadouri.” RavKhadouri was born at the end of the 19th century in Baghdad (Iraq), in his youth he knew and met the Ben Ish Hai, he received Torah and kabbalah from Baghdad’s sages and from Jerusalem’s sages after he moved there in 1922. During his first years in Jerusalem he made a livingbinding books and studied at the Beit El and Porat Yosef yeshivot in the Old City. Over the years, his wisdom became famous, his knowledge of mysticism—many went to his home to receive blessings and advice from him, and to receive amulets for their welfare. Died in 2006 after living more than 100 years, and thousands of Jews from all walks of life participated in his funeral.
Item sold at $800 Starting at $800
LOT: 014

Fountain pen with which the kabbalistic elder Rav Yitzhak Khadouri wrote amulets.

In his book, “Yeshuot Yitzhak,” Rav Meir Malka writes about the amulets that RavKhadouri gave: “it is known that Rabbeinu wrote amulets, but he never dealt in practical kabbalah or oaths of angels, and when he was asked whether it was allowed to swear by angels, he laughed and said that it was forbidden to take oaths. They asked him: How could it be that the amulets he gave out could have influence and work? He said: maybe heaven honors me and hear my voice and fulfill my requests since I am old. Thus my amulets work. Then Rabbeinu would smile completely at his own joke. The fountain pen is made from metal, the handle is made from plastic. Length: 19cm. Very good condition. Accompanied by a picture of his son, Rav David Khadouri, with the fountain pen when it was being given. RavKhadouri was born at the end of the 19th century in Baghdad (Iraq), in his youth he knew and met the Ben Ish Hai, he received Torah and kabbalah from Baghdad’s sages and from Jerusalem’s sages after he moved there in 1922. During his first years in Jerusalem he made a livingbinding books and studied at the Beit El and Porat Yosef yeshivot in the Old City. Over the years, his wisdom became famous, his knowledge of mysticism—many went to his home to receive blessings and advice from him, and to receive amulets for their welfare. Died in 2006 after living more than 100 years, and thousands of Jews from all walks of life participated in his funeral.
Item sold at $1000 Starting at $1000
LOT: 015

Silver cup personally used by the Zaken HaMekubalim, Rav Yitzhak Khadouri

The cup with which Rav Yitzhak Khadouri would do Kiddush on shabbatot and chagim. Made from silver, includes an embossed inscription “Boreh Pri HaGafen” and on the other side, a portrait of the Rav. Height: 14cm. Very good condition. The cup is accompanied by a certificate of approval by the son of the Rav, Rav David Khadouri, “this cup with the picture of the Rav, he used it.” (picture accompanying). Rav Yitzhak Khadouri was born at the end of the 19th century in Baghdad (Iraq), in his youth he knew the Ben Ish Hai, he studied Torah and Kabbalah from Babylonian and Jerusalem sages, and he moved to Israel in 1922. In his first years in Jerusalem he made a living binding books and studied at the Beit El and Porat Yosef yeshivot in the Old City. Over the years, his wisdom became famous, his knowledge of mysticism—many went to his home to receive blessings and advice from him, and to receive amulets for their welfare. Died in 2006 after living more than 100 years, and thousands of Jews from all walks of life participated in his funeral.
Item sold at $1500 Starting at $1500
LOT: 016

Kippa of the Baba Sali.

Holy kippa used by the Sidna Baba Sali, the Admor Rabbi YisraelAbuhatzira (as can be seen in the famous photograph). He lived from 1889-1984, was the son of Rabbi Masoud, rabbi of Tafilalt (Morocco), son of the Admor Rabbi Yaakov Abuhatzira. A gaon in both the revealed and mystical Torah, holy and pure from his youth. Served as chief rabbi of Arfoud and its surrounding areas. In 1964 he moved to Israel and set up his residence in Netivot. Sages and others would come to his home to receive advice and blessings, and he is known as a miracle worker across the Jewish people. His grandsons were the famous Admors of the Abuhatzira family. The kippah is made entirely from white wool. Included with it is a picture, on the back of which is a handwritten certificate from one of the senior rabbis of the Abuhatzira family, who received the kippa from his holy hands.
Item sold at $5000 Starting at $5000
LOT: 017

Tallis of the Baba Sali. A holy item-historic and rare

Holy tallis (tallit) used by and which covered the pure and holy body of the Baba Sali, the Admor Rabbi Yisrael Abuhatzira while he prayed and studied. As is well-known, the Baba Sali would tie his own strings with great kavanah according to mystical beliefs. He lived from 1889-1984, was the son of Rabbi Masoud, rabbi of Tafilalt (Morocco), son of the Admor Rabbi Yaakov Abuhatzira. A gaon in both the revealed and mystical Torah, holy and pure from his youth. Served as chief rabbi of Arfoud and its surrounding areas. In 1964 he moved to Israel and set up his residence in Netivot. Sages and others would come to his home to receive advice and blessings, and he is known as a miracle worker across the Jewish people. His grandsons were the famous Admors of the Abuhatzira family. The tallit is made entirely from wool. Included with it is a picture, on the back of which is a handwritten certificate from one of the senior rabbis of the Abuhatzira family, who received the tallit from his holy hands.
Item sold at $5000 Starting at $5000
LOT: 018

Pretty silver binding. End of the 20th century.

Hammering and enamel work with a deer, upon a background with plants and flora. Includes clasps for closing. Stamped 84, not original. Probably made at the end of the 20th century. 15x10x5cm. Weight including the book: 820g. Very good condition. The book is the Five Books of Torah with the Five Megillot. Vienna 1820.
Item sold at $1400 Starting at $500
LOT: 019

Handsome silver binding. Alt-Wien (Upper Vienna) 1864. Rare, unique item

Silver binding, decorated with delicate and professional cutting work (as if cutting paper). Throughout the length of the binding are delicate floral motifs, leaves and plants. In the anterior portion is a pair of lions, whose hands are swallowed up inside the leaves. In the center is a water pitcher symbolizing the washing of the Kohen’s hands by the Levites before the Kohanic blessing. Has a dedication in German in Hebrew letters (it was given to Leora Neischtadtel in 1984). On the back of the binding is an engraved inscription “Tzaddik KaTamar Yifrach.” The spine is also decorated with engraving work of plants and flowers. Silver clasps in the shape of leaves. The binding is stamped 3 times. In the front portion, the spine, and the back. Signature of Alt-Wien 1864 and a signature, almost certainly by the jeweler Johann Rada (JR), who joined the Jewelers’ Association of Vienna in 1850. The book is Tikkun Leil Shavuot and Hoshana Rabah. No name of the printer nor year of printing (184 pages), moth damage with pages disconnected, ok condition. The first cover is from Genesis of Slavita, 1855, Waks printing, but doesn’t seem to be related to the book itself. Size: 14x4x22cm. Weight including the book: 1970g. The binding is in excellent condition.
Starting at $8000
LOT: 020

Pewter plate, leilhaseder and the baking of matzah. Germany, 19th century.

Casting work with an embossing of the Passover night and the baking of matzah. At the bottom is an engraved inscription (probably sections from the Haggadah, the letters are worn away). Diameter: 21.5cm, generally good condition.
Starting at $800
LOT: 021

Silver Etrog case. Hungary, second half of the 20th century.

Decorated with hammer and enamel work, on the cover is an embossing of an Etrog including an inscription “and you took for yourselves a prietzhadar.” Around the case is precise and impressive work of plants and flowers. The box is stamped 835 on the bottom. Height: 9cm. Weight: 400g. Very good condition.
Item sold at $350 Starting at $350
LOT: 022

Silver besamim case. Poland/Ukraine. Second half of the 19th century.

Filigree, cutting, and engraving work. Designed as a house with two floors, decorations of birds. A unique and unusual item. The flag at the top is missing. Seems to be made in Poland or Ukraine. Height: 19cm. Weight: 180g. Generally very good condition.
Starting at $1500
LOT: 023

Silver besamim holder. Ukraine, beginning of the 19 th century. An old and important item

Made entirely from handsome, professionally hand-done filigree work, with some delicate cutting work. Defect in the welding at the bottom. The flag at the top was added later. Missing two flags on the sides. A rare item, important and old. Height: 21.5cm. Weight: 238g. Generally good condition.
Starting at $4000
LOT: 024

Handsome silver besamim case. 20th century.

With two floors, decorated with cutting and filigree work of flora. At the top is a flag in the shape of a leaf, on a ball. The roof is decorated with four lions. The second floor has a balcony with bells. The legs intertwine and figures of angels/babies are around the legs. Height: 23cm. Weight: 225g. Very good condition.
Item sold at $500 Starting at $500
LOT: 025

Silver base for a Havdalah candle. Germany, 2nd half of the 19th century.

Casting work, with welding and cutting on the drawer, and a symbol of the stamp of the French importer in 1893. The tower has the stamp of the artist, JR, made in Germany. Height: 20cm. Weight: 260g. Generally good condition.
Starting at $1500