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Judaica: Rare Books, Manuscripts, Documents & Jewish ArtsPlatinum House
June 8, 2010
Jerusalem, IsraelLive Auction
Description: Sermon delivered by the maggid in the Shalom Ha'aretz beis medrash in the court of the old age home in Jerusalem on the 4th of Tamuz...for Chana Kaila, wife of...Rabbi Moseh Aryeh Leib Friedland shlit"a. Jerusalem, Y.D. Frumkin press. . 16 pages. 16 cm. Excellent condition. Light ink stain. Exceptionally rare.The deceased was a relative of the Ginzburg, Rappaort and Landa families. From her maternal side she was related to the Zaks family who died in sanctification of G-d's name in the infamous Tach V'Tat . Her husband was famed philanthropist Moshe Aryeh Friedland. The name of the beis medrash 'Shalom Ha'Aretz' is actually a precise Hebrew translation of their surname, Friedland.Refer to Sh. Halevi 676.The Friedland family were leaders of the Bohemian communities. In the 19th century they moved to Russia. Moshe Aryeh Leib, husband of the deceased, lived with his wife in Petersburg. They were of the wealthiest Russian Jews and were noted philanthropists. For over thirty years, Moshe and his wife were the chief suppliers of the Russian Army. They founded orphanages and schools in Russia and the old age home in Jerusalem. Three years after his wife's death he gifted his giant library of 13,000 Hebrew books and 300 manuscripts to the Asiatic Museum in Petersburg. The Hebrew department of the library is still called Bebliothecka Friedlandiana in his name. The famed bibliography of Sh. Wiener and Y. Bender in Kehilat Moshe is actually a catalogue of this library. A unique, historical story is meshed in this eulogy. Exceptionally rare.View additional info »
Description: Ha'Emuna V'Ha'Hashgacha. Profound words regarding Divine Providence, the sanctity of the Chosen Nation who remain by His side throughout the bitter exile, the sanctity of the eternal Holy Temple, the foolishness of exerting too much effort to amass wealth, and more. The tenets of the book are based on the springs that gush forth from the words of the Gaon of Vilna, found in his works and the works of his disciples. Edited by Rabbi Shmuel Maltzan of Slutzk.First printed in Koenigsburg, and reprinted in Jerusalem as per the request of the disciples of the GR"A who immigrated to Eretz Yisrael. 1901. Y.D. Frumkin press. , 37 leaves. 18.5 cm. The last four pages feature a letter sent by Rabbi Menachem Man of Minsk regarding belief and proper behavior. Written in , [a disciple of the GR"A]. Excellent condition. New, impressive binding.View additional info »
Description: Two noted books of Rabbi Yehoshua Heller, Rabbi of Grodno, Vilna, Telz. His books of mussar and sermons regarding a person's need for inspiration and the foolishness of the physical world were very popular in the Lithuanian yeshivot.1. Chosen Yehoshua. חוסן ממפריעי לימוד התורה. לעוסקים בה [כל היום] ולסוחרי ארץ At the beginning of the book there is a blessing written by his teacher, Rabbi Dovid Tebele, Rabbi of Minsk. 36 leaves. Excellent condition.2. Divrei Yehoshua. 3 essays: Marpeh L'Nefesh. Eitza V'Tushia. Ha'Torah V'Ha'Yirah. 44 leaves. Excellent condition.The two books were printed in Jerusalem,  by Y.D. Frumkin. Second edition. [The first edition was printed in Vilna]. Printed according to the request of the disciples of the GR"A who immigrated to Eretz Yisrael.Rabbi Yehoshua Heller was the tzaddik of Telz. He was celebrated throughout the Lithuanian communities and the yeshiva world. He had a close relationship with Rabbi Yisrael of Salant and partnered in the holy work of Rabbi Nochumke of Hordno. These three righteous people watched over the coals of Judaism. [Included with information about his life and works.]View additional info »
Description: This book features the historical rulings of the beis din in Jewish communities regarding the obligation to preserve Jewish traditions. Particularly in regards to synagogue customs, prayer melodies and more. Jerusalem. ., 104 pages. 18.5 cm. Rulings from tens of beis din throughout the world, particularly the batei din in Jerusalem regarding the obligation to adhere to the Jewish tradition and not to make any changes at all!The book recounts the attempts of various people from Ashkenaz to found schools in Jerusalem that did not follow the traditional approaches. In addition, there were those who took young boys and girls from settlements in Eretz Yisrael and sent them to Paris to be educated about French culture. Unfortunately, children of the Sephardic residents of the country fell into this net. >> Jerusalem residents congregated at the Western Wall and prayed with tears and bitter cries. >> An additional section discusses schools for girls, which also followed strong traditions. These people tried to undermine the foundation of the girls' education in Jerusalem. Unique, historical work. Very important. Excellent condition. Tear and sticker stain on page 47 and 85. Entirely complete without any loss. Only edition.View additional info »
Description: Two sections. The first section features responsa. The second section features elucidations on tractate Ketubot and a little on tractate Beitza authored by Rabbi Aryeh Leib Binkovich. Warsaw, 1886. Approbation from Rabbi Yosef Dovber Halevi, the Beit Halevi, Rabbi of Brisk. Very rare.View additional info »
Description: 8 paged kuntress with elucidations of the maxims of Chazal with profound, concealed intent, by Rabbi Chaim Yitzchak Ahron Rapaport, known by the appellation the 'Maggid of Wilkomir'. Jerusalem, 1900. Excellent condition.The author wrote in the title page that he was afflicted by old-age and infirmity and it was difficult for him to write Torah novella on the Talmud. He therefore authored this booklet on the aggadot of the sages.Only edition. Exceptionally rare. Only a few copies were printed.View additional info »
Lot 208: Ma'amar Chessed V'Emet. Jerusalem Custom to Bury the Dead Immediately after Death. Jerusalem, .
Description: The significance of the customs of the Chevra Kadisha in the city of Jerusalem, who scrupulously perform the tahara, cleanse the bodies and dress them in tachrichim, and particularly their haste to bury the dead and not leave them unburied overnight. Authored by Rabbi Chaim Yitzchak Aharon Rapaport, the Maggid of Wilkomir. Jerusalem, . 18 leaves.View additional info »
Description: Klil Tiferet. Kuntress opposing Rabbi Yisrael Lipshitz, author of the Tiferet Yisrael on mishnayot. At the conclusion of seder Nashim, Rabbi Lipshitz printed an anonymous letter which claimed that Moses was born with vicious character traits. Through hard work and effort he succeeded in changing his nature thereby acquiring the spiritual strength to become the patriarch of all later prophets and the receiver of Torah. The Maggid of Wilkomir, the author of this booklet, was incensed at these words for two reasons. One, this idea contrasts the Torah which states that Moses was born ethereal, with a super-worldly, refined character. Second, his words themselves were absurd. The Maggid of Wilkomir printed this booklet expressing his opposition. He copied different versions of the offending letter into his work and repudiates their words. Jerusalem, 1895. Printed at the press in Batei Machse. 10 leaves. 18.5 cm. Excellent condition. On the last page, the author quotes a recently composed prayer recited during the Torah reading. The author proves that it is prohibited to recite this prayer. >> Discovery: 'Supplement to the Klil Tiferet kuntress'.  pages. These leaves are unknown and not included in any bibliographic listing. Additional discussions regarding Moses. The author additionally translates each word of the prayer discussing Moses - the Yismach Moshe prayer recited on Shabbat. At the beginning of the kuntress, the author notes that it was written in response to questions that he received following the publication of the Kuntress Klil Tiferet. >> Very important discovery, particularly in light of the unique subject discussed on its pages. Note, that the Kuntress Klil Tiferet itself is exceptionally rare since only a few copies were printed. >> To best of our knowledge, these four additional pages are the only known copy today.View additional info »
Description: Three compositions regarding the tenets of faith, prayer commentary, commentary of kaddish, reincarnation, and the value of the characteristic of truthfulness. Authored by Rabbi Chaim Yitzchak Aharon [Rapaport], known as the 'Maggid of Wilkomir', currently in Jerusalem. >> The first work is titled Zekan Aharon, section one. Printed in Jerusalem, 1887. 20 leaves. >> Section two, Ma'amar Ha'Zechus is the second section of Zekan Aharon. Regarding reincarnation. Jerusalem, 1890. , 10, 10 leaves. >> Section three. Sha'ar Ha'Emes. Section three of Zekan Aharon. Jerusalem, 1892. 10 leaves. All three sections, bound together. >> Unique copy - bibliographic discovery. In his Takanat HaShavim, printed a few years later, the author relates that the work had already been printed in the framework of this Zekan Aharon. However, Sh. Halevi, 687 and the C.D. of the Bibliographic Project decided that Takanat HaShavim had never really been printed with the Zekan Aharon, since no one had ever seen such a book. >>Inspection of this book has disclosed that the copy includes an additional 9 leaves after the conclusion of the Zekan Aharon. These 9 leaves feature the Takanat HaShavim, included as an addendum to Zekan Aharon. In other words: the other known copies of Zekan Aharon consist of only 20 leaves. This copy [the only such known copy] features 28,  leaves. This confirms the author's words and highlight the fact that patience is necessary for historical research. Refer to Sh. Halevi: 579. 715. 742. 741. She mentions that the Maggid of Wilkomir passed away at the age of 102.View additional info »
Description: Lengthy eulogy with the biography and activities for the benefit of Eretz Yisrael of Rabbi Shmuel Mohilever, Rabbi of Bialystok. Authored by Rabbi Elyakim Getzel of Dvinsk. Vilna, . 84 pages. 23 cm. Very fine condition. Marginal chafing on the last leaf affecting one word.The eulogy was delivered in the Dvinsk synagogue by the aforementioned Rabbi. Only, very rare edition.View additional info »
Description: Ohr Matok. Elucidations on the Torah from Torah reading Bereishit through Vayishlach. With the Amtachat Binyamin commentary authored by Rabbi Yisrael Binyamin Lavi Lampert. Four sections bound together.1. Section one on Bereishis, Noach, Lech L'cha. Vilna. . 48 pages. 2 title pages. Very important approbations, including one from Rabbi Yitzchak Elchonon of Kovno and Rabbi Refael Shapira.2. Section two. Vayeira. Jerusalem, . , 24, 1 leaves. A poem titled התמר אומר שיר was printed on a separate leaf and bound at the conclusion of this section. Important approbations, headed by Rabbi Yehoshua Leib Diskin the 'Maharil Diskin' who writes that the book '...Ohr Matok...has found enormous favour in my eyes..'. Approbation from the Netziv of Volozhin and others.3. Section three. Chayey Sara, Toldos. Jerusalem, . , 27 leaves.4. Section four. Vayeitzei, Vayishlach. Jerusalem, . , 30 leaves.No other sections were printed. Very fine condition. All sections. Very rare.View additional info »
Description: Customs of the Arizal. Written letter by letter from the Shemonah Shearim written by Rabbi Chaim Vital. Prayer versions, holy customs and a compilation from additional kabalistic works. References and sources in the words of the Arizal. By Rabbi, Kabalist Uri Stralisker. Jerusalem. Frumkin press. 1905. , 47, , 25,  leaves. Approbation from Rabbi Shalom Mordechai HaKohen Schwardon of Barzan. The author did not list his name on the title page. Fine condition. Only edition.View additional info »
Description: Two works with ethical wills from disciples of the GR"A.1. Tzavaot - ethical will written by Rabbi Yoel ben Avraham Shmarya Frumkin. Vilna, 1848. 46 pages. 15 cm. In his preface, his disciple Rabbi Avigdor HaKohen writes about the Torah study of the author of the will, Rabbi Yoel Frumkin. Besides for Shabbos and the holidays he fasted every day, and followed the customs of the Gaon of Vilna. The disciple writes that Rabbi Yoel Frumkin passed away soon after the death of the Gaon of Vilna, in his own words 'the rope followed the bucket'. Lengthy ethical will to his sons and disciples with unique behaviors for all hours of days for all days of the year.2. Beis Avraham. Ethical will of Rabbi Avraham Danzig of Vilna. Vilna, 1848. Author of Chayeiy Adam, Chachmat Adam and others. He was mechuten with the Gaon of Vilna. 48 pages. 15 cm. The two works are bound together and are in very fine condition.View additional info »
Description: Meoz HaDa'as. Elucidation regarding the 'written Torah' and the 'mesores' [traditions] of the Torah. Boundaries for preserving Torah laws, takanot and customs, the sages of the Talmud and more. Authored by Rabbi Yehoshua Heller, Rabbi of Telz, author of Chosen Mishpat and more (presented in this catalogue). Jerusalem, . Approbation from Rabbi of Jerusalem, Rabbi Eliyahu Dovid Rabinowitz Teumim [Aderet]. , 53 leaves. 21.5 cm. Very fine condition.View additional info »
Description: Anthology of articles written by first and second generation disciples of the GR"A of Vilna. Azharat Shabbat, Dikduk Chaverim, and Sefat Emet were written by Rabbi Yitzchak ben Rabbi Shmuel Malazan regarding friendship with unworthy people, proper Shabbos observance, prohibition against improper reading material, and the veracity of the Oral Torah. Warsaw, .Additional articles and ethical will from a prominent Torah sage, Rabbi Eliyahu Levinson [Kartinger]. All second generation disciples of the Gaon of Vilna. A sermon from Rabbi Chaim of Volozhin is printed at the conclusion. All the articles suckle from the Torah of the GR"A. Some articles have separate title pages. Only edition.View additional info »
Description: Two booklets published in Jerusalem, apparently the work of Rabbi Moshe Yehoshua Kimchi. Each booklet printed on 2 leaves, together - 4 leaves. The author discusses whether the final redemption will arrive without our efforts or must we actively attempt to hasten its arrival. Two booklets printed in .Zukerman press? Refer to Sh. Halevi's discussion, 703, 704 . These two booklets were printed without a title page and are exceptionally rare. Extremely uncommon today. The final redemption and activities to hasten its arrival were subjects studied at length by the disciples of the GR"A in Jerusalem.View additional info »
Description: Famed work of Rabbi Yisrael of Sklow, prominent disciple of the Gaon of Vilna. He rejuvenated the Ashkenazic settlement in the Upper Galilee and headed it until its destruction. He was a leader of the disciples of the GR"A in Eretz Yisrael together with Rabbi Menachem Mendel, who led the community of GR"A disciples in Jerusalem. Comprehensive work on the laws of Eretz Yisrael. Laws of Zeraim, shmitta and more. Printed in Tzefat at Yisrael Bak press 1836. , 2-109,  leaves. 30 cm. First edition. A complete, nice copy with a magnificent new leather binding.Many important approbations. A lengthy, important introduction in which the author relates about the greatness of the GR"A and his studies by him, his immigration to Eretz Yisrael and the tribulations he underwent including the death of his parents and most of his children. During the printing of the book there was a Druze rebellion in Tzefat, and the printing was terminated. The entire press of Rabbi Yisrael Bak was destroyed. It was repaired and operated for a short time, barely managing to complete this work. Soon after this work was completed the earthquake destroyed the entire Jewish settlement in the Upper and Lower Galilee. The beginning of the book, through page 93, was printed with the old letters, prior to the Druze uprising, while pages 94 through the conclusion were printed at the new press with new letters.Pedigreed copy: This copy was gifted by the author, Rabbi Yisrael of Sklow to Rabbi Yaakov Birdugo - great Rabbi of Makness Morocco. This copy bears an impressive, lengthy inscription in a half-reed pen as per the custom of the Sephardic Sages, written by a relative of Rabbi Yisrael of Sklow - Rabbi Chaim Shlomo Luria b.r. Aryeh Luria of Tiberias to Rabbi Yaakov ben Rabbi Yekusiel Birdugo. Signed with Rabbi Chaim Shlomo Luria's full signature in addition to his original stamp.Rabbi Chaim Shlomo Luria notes in his dedication that he presented this book as a gift to Rabbi Yaakov Birdugo on behalf of his teacher and uncle, the author Rabbi Yisrael of Sklow, 'so as to complete the desire of the righteous person, my teacher and uncle the Rabbi author... to disseminate from his springs..'.Montefiore's census of Eretz Yisrael Jewry in , page 57, lists Rabbi Shlomo Chaim Luria as a Tiberias resident. Under the column 'profession' he is listed as a 'Torah Scholar' and 'Emissary'. [Refer to Malchei Rabanan, 70, regarding Rabbi Yaakov Birdugo.]View additional info »
Description: Netivot HaShalom. Halachic novella and elucidations on Shulchan Aruch Even HaEzer and Choshen Mishpat by Rabbi Moshe Nechemya, Rabbi of Chislavichi. Edited by Rabbi Shmuel Luria of Mohilev. Only, very rare edition.Pedigreed copy; this copy was owned by famed Rabbi Fishel HaKohen Lapin, who stamped the title page and possibly signed on the blank flyleaf at the beginning of the book. The book was passed down in the Lapin family for at least three generations, with notations by members of the Lapin family. 11,  page. 54, 72 leaves. Very fine condition. Original, used binding. Rabbi Fishel Lapin moved from Grodno in 1863 to Jerusalem where he became one of the leaders of the yishuv hayashan. Many of his approbations were included in Jerusalem works from the era. Refer to Sh. Halevi's entry about him.View additional info »
Description: The words of Chazal relating to Eretz Yisrael, culled from tens of known, and unknown, sources. Eretz Yehuda and Ein Yosef elucidations by Yehuda Eidel Zisling of Ashmina, Lithuania. Vilna, 1890. Approbation from the Netziv of Volozhin and others.The preface concludes with a blessing for Emperor Alexander III, which covers an entire page. At the beginning of the work there is a letter from the author's brother which relates about the Chibat Tzion movement which was very active at the time. He recounts the terrible troubles of the Jews of Romania and Morocco who did not merit to live in a 'malchus shel chessed' as we merit here in Russia under King Alexander III... P. 13 concludes with a poem in honor of the Jewish Romanian refugees who immigrated to Palestine to work the land., 114, 30 pages. 22 cm. Excellent condition. Impressive, modern, marbleized paper binding. Unique, work. Only edition.View additional info »
Description: Unique book. All the 'halachic aggadah' that appear in the Babylonian and Yerushalmi Talmud and other sources with an halachic explanation by Rabbi Dovber Malkes, Rabbi of Zhitomir. He passed away at a very old age in Jerusalem, [November 18, 1908]. The author prepared the book for print, but died before it was published., 68leaves. Lengthy, interesting introduction regarding aggadot of chazal from which relevant halacha can be culled.The author relates that he visited the 'kloiz' of the Vilna Gaon during his youth and found a manuscript from הגאון האמיתי אבי החסידים רבינו הקדוש רבי מנחם מנדל בעל 'צמח צדק' שציווה לכל אחד מתלמידיו...'. It seems that the author affiliated himself both with the disciples of the GR"A and the Lubavitch Chassidim. On leaf 68, the author relates that he labored for a long period of time to understand the words of Rashi, until Rashi finally revealed himself in a dream and discussed his questions. Only, very rare edition. Never reprinted.View additional info »
Lot 222: Tractate Avot with the Yitzchak Yeranen Elucidation. Words of the Rambam in the Preface to Seder Zeraim. Vilna, .
Description: Tractate Avot printed in the center of the page, surrounded by the Yitzchak Yeranen commentary authored by Rabbi Yitzchak ben Rabbi Nachman HaKohen. With the Misader Et HaKochavim kuntress regarding the names of the Tanaim which the Rambam discusses in his preface to seder Zeraim. The words of the Rambam are printed in the center of the pages of the kuntress surrounded by the author's commentary. Vilna, ., 9-92 pages. 21 cm. Fine condition. Typical aging stains. Nice, modern binding. Only edition. First approbation from Rabbi Avraham Simcha, Rabbi of Stislav, one of the prominent second-generation disciples of the GR"A of Vilna and the nephew of Rabbi Chaim of Volozhin. [A lengthy story regarding the Gaon of Vilna appears in his name in the preface of Medrash Rus HaChadash - presented here in this catalogue.]View additional info »
Description: Commentary on the Torah according to the Ramban, Rabbi Yitzchak Arama, Ralbag, Rabbi Elazar Azkari and others. Divided according to the five chumashim, each chumash with a separate title page. By Rabbi Avraham ben Rabbi Eliezer Lipman Lichtenstein, Rabbi of Proshnitz [Przasnysz]. Warsaw, .Very important commentary. Only edition. Excellent condition. All the sections are bound together. Old, simple binding.>> The author was the grandson of Rabbi Nosson - brother of the holy brothers Rabbi Elimelech of Lizhensk and Rabbi Zusha of Anipoli.View additional info »
Lot 224: Proverbs with the Meorei Chaim Commentary. Rabbeinu Bachya and the Gaon of Vilna. Jerusalem, .
Description: Proverbs, vowelized, printed at the top of the page, with the Meorei Chaim commentary on the bottom. The commentary is based on the elucidations of Rabbeinu Bachya, Peirush Rabbeinu Yonah Girundi and pearls from the words of the GR"A of Vilna. Edited and arranged by Rabbi Zevulen ben Rabbi Yitzchak Charlap. Jerusalem, Zichron Shlomo press. 1891., 56 leaves. The three last leaves feature novella on tractates Pesachim and Bava Metzia. Interesting approbation from the dayanim of the beis din of Rabbi Yehoshua Leib Diskin shilt"a. Only edition. Very rare.View additional info »
Description: Excites the human heart with inspiration...and provides proper advice on how to earn merits for himself and to bring merits for the public...' authored by Rabbi Tzvi Aryeh Shachna of Mezeritch, currently in Jerusalem. Jerusalem, 1898. , 70 leaves. Important approbations. Only edition.View additional info »
Description: Articles and sermons delivered publicly by Rabbi Yehoshua Zeev [Avner] Zissenvein. Printed in Jerusalem, 1898, at the press of Yitzchak Nachum Loewe. This was apparently the first book printed at that press. Two title pages. The first is colored. This is possibly the first colored title page printed in Jerusalem. The second title page is also illustrated, but is in black-and-white. , 8, 116 leaves. 20.5 cm. Excellent, like-new condition.>> The author had many ties to the United States. Refer to the conclusion of the book which features a booklet consisting of tens of pages with names of donors, most from American communities. Close to 1000 names. With the Zichronot Tzion V'Yerushalayim kuntress featuring the history of Jerusalem accompanied by impressive, miniature woodcuts. , 8, 116 leaves. 20.5 cm. Excellent, like-new condition.View additional info »
Description: Torat Chessed. Homilies and Torah novella authored by Yaakov Ben Yehuda Ben Yehuda, originally Zilberstein. Printed in Jerusalem, 1899. , 72 leaves. 20.5 cm. Excellent, like-new condition. The author was a unique personality. He scrupulously spoke only Hebrew and no other language. Since he refused to speak Yiddish, he never had the opportunity to speak for the public. In his preface, the author asserts that he had uncovered the impure roots of all foreign languages. The author was born in Lithuania in  and passed away in Jerusalem on the 27th of Kislev, . He printed this book close to his death.Refer to Eliezer Rivlin, Zichron l'Alexander Rabinowitz, Tel Aviv, 1924 regarding the author and his book. There is no familial relationship between the author of this book and the other Ben Yehuda who lived in Jerusalem at the time.View additional info »
Description: Meirei Halacha. Two booklets [beginning of a periodical? With no other issues?] regarding various subjects, including Torah novella from Gaon Rabbi Yehoshua Leib Diskin [Maharil Diskin], eulogy for Rabbi Yitzchak Elchonon Spector and more.1. Meirei Halacha. First booklet. Jerusalem, . Shmuel HaLevi Zukerman press. , 18, 6,  leaves. The author presents much Torah from the Maharil Diskin Shlit"a. The author eulogizes Rabbi Yitzchak Elchonon Spector of Kovno and Rabbi Yeruchem Leib of Minsk.2. Meirei Halacha. Second booklet. Torah novella from the Mahari'l Diskin ztz"l. [8 first leaves]. Commentary on kaddish and more. Avraham Ahron Sonnenfeld press. , 8, , 18 leaves.>> This copy is variant from other known copies and its entry in the C.D. of the Bibliographic Project. The first pagination has 9 pages, and not 8, featuring Torah novella of the Maharil Diskin that was heard by Rabbi Nosson Nota Weiss. In addition, at the conclusion there is a list of donors that is not noted by the C.D. The booklets were arranged by Rabbi Meir ben Rabbi Yosef Man, Rabbi of Lamsel, now in Jerusalem. These booklets are exceptionally rare.View additional info »
Description: Ishei HaShem. Laws of tithes, first-born of pure animals, and peter chamor, authored by Rabbi Avraham Shimon Yirma. Published with the approbation and with a booklet of annotations from Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak HaKohen Kook, when he was Rabbi of Jaffe. Published in honor of the revival of the yishuv in Eretz Yisrael. The first 30 leaves are written in Hebrew. Leaf 30 features the text for the blessing when setting aside the various tithes etc. Leaf 31 through the conclusion - leaf 42, is written in Yiddish. Folded leaf in the center, in Yiddish, with instructions for setting aside the tithes.This was possibly the first book ever published with practical instructions and the text of the blessings for tithes. Excellent condition.View additional info »
Description: Booklet regarding shmitta 'to benefit farmers of the new settlements in our country... to fulfill this great commandment..' authored by Rabbi Aryeh Leib Rashkas, Rabbi of Shnipishok near Vilna, and now in Jerusalem. Published by his son, Aryeh Leib Gordon in Jerusalem. Jerusalem . Lunz press. Profits from the book were dedicated to the Osei Chesed society in the Eitz Chaim Yeshiva in the 'Churvat Rabbi Yehuda HaChassid'. , 67, 1 pages.On page 51, the author concludes that whoever is considering relying on the 'heter mechira' [selling land to a gentile] during the seventh year, should instead rent the land to a gentile prior to shmitta and no Jew should touch the land or do business with the fields, and all profits and losses should belong to the gentile without tricks or ploys.  was a shmittah year. Only edition.View additional info »
Description: Booklet regarding the laws of Shmitta [seventh Sabbatical year] authored by Rabbi Yechiel Michel Tukachinsky. Printed at the beginning of the shmitta year, 1910. Jerusalem. Profits from the sale of the booklets were dedicated to the students who ate in the kitchen of the Eitz Chaim yeshiva in the 'Churvat Rabbi Yehuda HaChassid'. The booklet includes halachic conclusions regarding shmitta. With the additional comments and critique of four prominent Rabbis: Rabbi Yaakov Dov, Ridvaz; Rabbi Chaim Berlin; Rabbi Yitzchak Yeruchem Diskin; and Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak HaKohen Kook. Jerusalem, 1910., 28 pages. The author recounts the heavy mourning that shrouded Jerusalem in the wake of the death of their beloved leader, Rabbi Shmuel Salant, to the extent that the print workers refused to work during the mourning period. He relates more about his relationship with Rabbi Shmuel. [Bound with Pri Eitz Hadar. Leghorn. 1889.]View additional info »
Lot 232: Siddur Chaim V'Shalom. Tza'akat Bnei Yisrael. Tefilat Sha'ar HaShamayim. Kabalistic Prayers.
Description: Kabalistic prayers printed in Jerusalem, including rare works:1. Siddur Chaim V'Shalom. Prayers found amongst the writings of the Rashah [Rabbi Shalom Sharabi], from what he found in the writings of Rabbi Chaim Vital. This was the first Kabalistic prayer book published. It preceded Sha'ar Ha'Shamayim's publication of the Rashash's prayers in 1911.>> This small prayer book was printed in . It includes the Shema bedtime prayer with all the holy meditations and 'sheimot'. This was the first kabalistic prayer book published in Eretz Yisrael. , 34, 2 leaves. Interesting introduction from the Roshei Yeshiva. Exceptionally rare. Very uncommon.2. Tza'akat Bnei Yisrael. Slichot and prayers according to the meditations of the Rashash [Rabbi Shalom Sharabi] and Rabbi Chaim Vital. Holy 'sheimot' etc. Jerusalem, 1910. 31 leaves.3. Tefilat Sha'ar HaShamayim. Supplication for mercy in face of an epidemic and for those inflicted with inflammation of the brain. Published by the Sha'ar HaShamayim Kabalists. Jerusalem, 1915. 6 leaves.Bound with a large folded leaf, titled 'wondrous talisman from the book, Pri Eitz Chaim'.View additional info »
Description: Seder Purim Meshuslash as customary in Jerusalem on the year that erev Pesach falls on Shabbos and Purim in Jerusalem falls on Shabbos. Approbation from Rabbi Chaim Berlin shilt"a. Jerusalem. Solomon press. . 8 pages.Despite its omission from the title page text, it was widely accepted in Jerusalem that the booklet was published under the guidance of Rabbi Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld. Very fine condition.View additional info »
Lot 234: Collection of Books by Rabbi Yehoshua Yaakov Rabinowitz, Rabbi of Horodziec. Printed in Warsaw, [1878-1889].
Description: Rabbi Yehoshua Yaakov Rabinowitz was a prominent Rabbi in his generation. He served as Rabbi of Horodziec, near Grodno, Russia. He was born in 1801 and died in 1901, at the age of 100. Much has been written about him. Here is a volume, perhaps his personal volume, with his four works.1. Yeshuot Yaakov. Novella on halacha and aggadah with sermons for the high holidays. Warsaw. . , 143, 1 pages. From p. 119, separate title page 'Chidushei Halachot V'aggadot' from the author's father, Rabbi Moshe Tzvi, Rabbi of Antopol.2. Imrei Shefer. Elucidations of Biblical verses and maxims of the sages. Warsaw, 1884. 48 pages. Leaves 21-24, Torah novella from Rabbi Eliyahu Schik.3. Toldot Yaakov. Elucidations on the words of the sages. Biblical verses. Sermons for Shabbos Shuva, primarily built on the Chassidic work, Siduro shel Shabbos. Warsaw, . 47 pages. The last leaf features a promotion, printed on one side, for a new press in Warsaw.4. Ohel Yaakov. Elucidations on the verses of the Tanach, 'sermons for Shabbat Shuva that I delivered in my youth.' Warsaw, 1889. 64 pages. The last leaf features a story handwritten by a third generation disciple of the GR"A, from the 'peirushim' community in Jerusalem. A story related by Rabbi Avraham Simcha, nephew of Rabbi Chaim of Volozhin, as he heard from his uncle, regarding the greatness of Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto, that he heard from the Gaon of Vilna.View additional info »
Description: Three books by Rabbi Yitzchak Farchi;1. Matok L'Nefesh. Leghorn . Mussar necessary for this generation. , 65,  leaves. Historical preface by the author. Second edition with supplements.2. Minei Metika. Commentary for Shabbat Zachor and more. Leghorn, . 26 leaves. First edition.3. Matok Mi'Devash. Leghorn . Second edition. , 42 leaves.>> These three books were printed by Rabbi Yitzchak Farchi himself. Very fine condition. Marginal rubbing to the first two leaves of the first book. Entirely complete. Clean, solitary worming mark on a number of leaves. [Bound together in an original, antiquated binding. Chafed binding.]The author, Rabbi Yitzchak Farchi, was born in Safed . He was a disciple of Rabbi Yom Tov Algazi and Rabbi Avraham Shalom Mizrachi Sharabi.View additional info »
Description: Shearit Yaakov. Elucidations on tractate Berachos, Shabbos, Ketubot, Bava Metzia and a little on the Rambam by Rabbi Yaakov Bibas. Jerusalem,  - as printed on the title page. However, the editor, a student of the author, signed the preface in ., 92 leaves. 18 cm. The editor, Rabbi Yosef Cohen, was the author's disciple. He was proficient Torah Scholar in his own right. He inscribed and autographed this copy to Chacham Chai Ungar. Excellent condition. Original, simple, chafed binding.View additional info »
Description: Tikun Chatzot. Tikun Shlosha Mishmarot. Inspiration for love of fellow Jews. The most expansive version of Tikun Chatzot with many commentaries and supplements. Printed in Jerusalem at Loewe press in . The last leaf is numbered 382. The author's name does not appear on the title page. The C.D. of the Bibliographic Project lists the author as Rabbi Yehoshua Tzvi Michel Shapira of Jerusalem. At any rate, the name of Rabbi Nissim Harari Raful is printed on the title page of this copy. The preface was written by Rabbi Nissim Harari Raful of Aleppo.This Tikun Chatzot was printed as individually sold booklets over a lengthy period of time, as indicated by the variant letter fonts and paper indicating a number of printing presses. Listed accordingly by the C.D. of the Bibliographic Project. Very rare.View additional info »
Description: Ethical will by Rabbi Alexander Ziskind, illustrious author of the Yesod V'Shoresh Ha'Avodah. The will has two sections; Section one; ,Mussar for his family and disciples, 'Lfnim Meshuras Ha'din' [beyond the letter of the law]. Section two, instructions to his children and chevra kadisha ectc. for handling his body after his death. The author requests that the will be printed and bound at the beginning of his family's and disciples' prayer books, so that they should constantly review it. Printed in Warsaw, . , 26, 7 leaves. Important approbations. Published by the author's grandson.According to the author's grandson's preface, this edition features many sections of the author's will that were never previously published. This is further verified in the rabbinical approbations. Exceptionally rare. The National Library does not have a complete copy.View additional info »
Lot 239: Rabbi Chaim Vital's Preface to Sha'aar Ha'Hakdamot. Promotes Kabalistic Studies. Jerusalem, .
Description: Rabbi Chaim Vital's preface to the Sha'ar Ha'Hakdamot that he authored, as he heard from the Arizal. The title page notes that whoever peruses the kutnress will understand the obligation to study Kabala. Printed by the Sha'ar HaShamayim Kabalistic yeshiva. Jerusalem, Loewe press. C. . , 20 leaves. 17 cm. Excellent condition. Light tear in the last leaf, affecting solitary letters but not impairing legibility. Impressive binding. Impressive, colored, floral title page. Very rare.[Refer to this catalogue, 'Tzir Ne'eman' also features a colored title page and was printed at Loewe press. It seems that of the early Jerusalem printers, Loewe was the only one that owned and operated a colored press.]View additional info »
Lot 240: Shuvi Shuvi HaShulamit. Rabbi Yosef Chaim of Bavel. Promotes Kabalistic Studies. Jerusalem, c. .
Description: Shuvi Shuvi HaShulamit. Rabbi Yosef Chaim's, the 'Ben Ish Chai's, treatise regarding the obligation to study Kabala. Printed by the sages of the Sha'ar HaShamayim yeshiva., 84 pages. 17 cm. Excellent condition. Impressive, modern colored binding.Wondrous words that the author composed himself along with quotes from Rabbi Shalom Sharabi [Rashash] regarding the obligation to study this wisdom. He additionally relates that the Rashash was born in Yemen and traveled through Baghdad during his journey to Jerusalem. The words of the Ben Ish Chai are lucid and clearly understood by all readers, like all of his holy books. First and only edition. Exceptionally rare.View additional info »
Description: The pain of the exile of the Shechina...the primary reason for the length of the exile...is that we refrain from studying Kabala'. Authored by Rabbi Shimon Tzvi Horowitz, of the Eitz Chaim Yeshiva in Jerusalem. The author was the founder and Rosh Yeshiva of the Sha'ar HaShamyaim yeshiva for Kabalistic studies which had been founded that year, . . 56 leaves. 17 cm. excellent condition. Important approbations: Ridvaz, Rabbi Chaim Berlin, Rabbi Yitzchak Blazer, Rabbi Chaim Shaul Dweck HaKohen, and other Aleppo sages.At the conclusion there is a separate booklet regarding the study of mishnayot and kabalistic prayers to be recited in memory of the dead on their yartzheit. Only edition. Very rare.View additional info »
Lot 242: Kevod Chachamim. Regarding Chemdat HaYamim and its Condemnation by the Yaavetz. Jerusalem, .
Description: Kevod Chachamim. Work authored by kabalist Rabbi Menachem Menchin Halperin. He was a celebrated Jerusalem tzaddik who authored many kabalistic books and booklets. Limited numbers of copies were printed of his works, and they are all rare. In this work, the author proves that the work Chemdat HaYamim was not written by Nathan of Gaza, the Sabbathaian and is not at all affiliated with that movement. He asserts that it was written by an anonymous, earlier personality.The author cites all of the Yaavetz's [RabbiYaakov Emden] words claiming that Chemdat HaYamim contained Sabbathian dogma.A large part of the book relates to the Yaavetz's words, and delves into each word and his claim. The author concludes that the Yaavetz did not sufficiently study the words of the Chemdat HaYamim. If he had punctiliously studied the book, he would have permitted it. The author also attacks Dovid Kahana, author of the Even HaToim which denigrates a number of prominent Kabalists. Very rare. Only edition. [This book is bound with a very rare work titled Tikvat Aniyim, an elucidation of the aggadot of Rabba Bar Bar Chana in tractate Bava Basra. Vilna, . Incomplete.]View additional info »
Description: Letters written by the aforementioned tzaddik to his family and friends with his biography authored by his disciple, Rabbi Yaakov Moshe Charlop. Jerusalem, . , 10, 56, 44 pages. 16 cm. Excellent condition. Beautiful, handmade marbleized paper binding. Important approbations from the Ridvaz, Rabbi Yitzchak Blazer and others. Only edition.The aforementioned tzaddik -kabalist was born in Hebron c . He was celebrated throughout the Jewish communities as a holy person and many people came to him for blessings. He spent most of his life in the old city of Jerusalem, near the Temple Mount.>> He was a disciple of Rabbi Yosef Steinhardt, a close student with Rabbi Chaim of Volozhin, who traveled to Hebron for the express purpose of teaching Rabbi Tzvi Michel as a young child. When he was eight-years old Rabbi Tzvi Michel decided to switch from the Chassidic rites customary in the Hebron community to the Ashkenazi ones. When the Chassidim of Hebron protested this change, the community leaders responded 'that for this child, it is permitted'. At the young age of eleven he decided to become the disciple of Rabbi Yisrael Salanter.View additional info »
Description: K'Davar B'Ito booklet, explaining the commandment of Hakhel, one o f the commandments given to us directly from the 'mouth' of G-d through Moses. By 'M Don Tzorev'. Jerusalem, . 12 leaves. 15 cm. Excellent condition. The interesting author name alludes to the great Gaon, Rabbi Eliyahu Dovid Rabinowitz - Teumim, the Aderet. He was the famed Rabbi of Mir who immigrated to Jerusalem in  and served as Rabbi of Jerusalem alongside Rabbi Shmuel Salant.The author wished to memorialize the mitzvah of Hakhel each year at the end of the seventh day of sukkot. He therefore compiled text correlating to this commandment, Torah verses and Talmudical sugyot with commentary and other Torah thoughts about the commandment.Unique work. Never reprinted. Exceptionally rare.View additional info »
Description: Moda L'Binah. Unique work by an anonymous author. The author uncovered allusions in the initials of the chapter names of all of the six orders of the Mishna. The allusions refer to the content of the tractate or that particular chapter. Written in  in Ashkenaz, it reached Jerusalem with the library of Rabbi Zev Wolf Weinberg of Stawiski. Unknown author.Published by Rabbi Avraham Alter Segal, who received it as a gift from the aforementioned library. Printed in Jerusalem at Lunz press in the above mentioned year. 42,  leaves. 17 cm. Very fine condition. Only, exceptionally rare edition. Sh. Halevi 589.View additional info »
Description: Three books bound together.1. Chupat Chatanim. Lublin, . [Bound with an additional, incomplete, unidentified book at its conclusion].2. Imrei Shefer. Jerusalem, . Passive and active commandments applicable in current times authored by Rabbi Chaim Mendel Scharlin.3. Tov Ayin - section two. Jerusalem, . Compilations of sayings from our sages regarding the obligation to guard one's eyes authored by Rabbi Avraham Moshe Dov Shlezinger. All are in fine condition. Bound together.View additional info »
Description: Mussar from a father to his sons. An ethical living will. The author did not list his name on the title page, but the acrostics of the opening poem spells out מאיר בן הרב אליהו חזק.The author was undoubtedly from the beis medrash of the GR"A, evident from the many customs that the father instructed his sons that were sourced in the words of the GR"A, and as he himself wrote in a number of locations. On leaf 14, the author writes: 'Regarding Torah and its customs...and more so in the book Maalot HaTorah authored by my master, grandfather...followed by the famed Chaim... in his Nefesh HaChaim...and he discussed at length..'.These words seem to indicate that the author was a grandson of the author of Maalot HaTorah, Rabbi Avraham, the brother of the Gaon of Vilna. First printed in Vilna [?], .The Nefesh Hachaim was first printed in Vilna .This is a mussar work and a father's instruction to his sons, written by a grandson of the brother of the GR"A. Vilna, . , 25 leaves. 16 cm.[It is difficult to understand why the author wrote that Maalot HaTorah preceded Nefesh HaChaim. It is accepted that Nefesh Hachaim was printed four years before Maalot HaTorah!]View additional info »
Description: Tens of Annotations and Sources in the Hand of a Disciple of the GR"A. Jerusalem, .Iggeret HaTeshuva authored by Rabbeinu Girundi. This is the letter that Rabbeinu HaRosh [= Rabbeinu Asher] instructed to learn all the time, particularly during the Ten Days of Repentance. With the Yesod HaTeshuva, the Iggeret HaRamban and the Iggeret HaGR"A [Alim L'Terufah] and the 'Likutim M'Rabbi Shimshon of Ostropole. All in nice, square letters. All vowelized. >> The Iggeret HaGR"A with tens of annotations and rare sources for tens of verses-sentences quoted in the Iggeret. These glosses were written by a third-generation disciple of the GR"A of Vilna.>> This Iggeret Teshuva with the Iggeret HaGR"A is not listed in any bibliography. Bibliographic discovery! This is the only copy known today. Printed in Jerusalem in  by Yosef Shalom Melamed. Without the name of the printer. We theorize that it was printed at a special press called 'Avraham Tzvi Zisserman' which printed Rabbeinu Yonah's Shaarei Teshuva [also in this catalogue] and nothing else! Zisserman printed this one book and closed the press! We have now clarified that he printed this Iggeret HaTeshuva that same year, and with this concluded his short career as a printer. We do not know what happened to his press and why it was established only to print one, or possibly two, books authored by Rabbi Yonah.View additional info »
Description: Women and purity particularly for the women of Caucasus, in particular the women in Georgia-Kutaisi. Square, punctuated letters. The laws follow Rabbi Moshe Teitelbaum of Ujhel's Mayaan Tahor, which was printed in Yiddish! Rabbi Reuvein Eliashvili- Rabbi of Kutaisi in Georgia requested that Rabbi Yechiel Michel Tukachinsky, Rosh Yeshiva of Eitz Chaim, translate the book into simple, vowelized Hebrew for the women of the Caucasus community.The preface notes that this entire edition was financed by Rabbi Eliashvili and was sent to Caucasus. In addition, the preface relates that the sages of Caucasus would try to copy the book into Caucasian. Printed in Jerusalem at Zukerman press. . 21 leaves. Very fine condition. Modern binding, handmade marbleized paper. Especially rare.View additional info »
Description: Os Ramah. Unique work with a mixture of Biblical verses, sayings of the sages and cryptic Kabalistic sentences without any clear connection between the words. In his preface, the author asserts that there is a hidden connection between the words that he can not reveal....These verses are printed in large letters, on top of a lengthy commentary titled Peirush Nehora L'Nahir L'Atgalya. The author's name is printed on the title page: ישראל מנחם צדוק ישעיהו שאראוו [שארוב]... Printed in Warsaw . 24 pages. 16 cm. Very fine condition. >> Unknown work. Not listed by Friedberg. Listed by the C.D. of the Bibliographic Project. Unknown author. The goal of the work is unclear, requiring further clarification. The disciples of the GR"A were very interested in the subject of hastening the redemption. [The author's name listed on the title page possibly contains or alludes to another name.]View additional info »
Description: Work edited by Kabalist Rabbi Menachem Azarya of Fano. Abridged work of Rabbi Yitzchak Alfasi = the Rif, on tractate berachos and halachot ketanot. With the addition of practical halachic applications. First published from the author's manuscript. Jerusalem, Lunz press, . 16 leaves. 20.5 cm. Important approbations headed by Rabbi Yehoshua Leib Diskin, the Maharil Diskin.Edited by Rabbi Nachman Nosson Coronel who added many scholarly comments on the bottom of the pages. This copy is variant from other known copies. The C.D. of the Bibliographic Project lists another copy like this, according to Friedberg. This format is not listed by Sh. Halevi.View additional info »