Auction No. 114

Golden coins, Seforim, Chabad, Eretz Yisrael and Zionism, Letters from Rabbis and Rebbes, Holocaust and refugees.

Wednesday, 5 June 2019 at 5pm Without Audience
Opening $ 200
Estimate $ 500 - $ 600
Sold for $ 317
Including buyer's premium

Lot of three rare books with his signature, stamps, and glosses - some lengthy and signed, and some of which are kabbalistic with much content in the hand of the gaon Rabbi Binyamin Mendelsohn, rabbi of Kommemiyut.

Levush Ateret Zahav- Berdichev, 1819. Bound with Levush HaButz V'HaArgaman by Rabbi Mordechai Jaffe, author of the "Levushim." Berdichev 1819. Copy with wide margins, some of the title pages are in red ink. Printed at Rabbi Yisrael Bek's famous press, very rare.

With emotional self-dedication on the title page by Rabbi Binyamin Mendelsohn,

"With G-d's help, I have acquired this for the honor of my Creator, on 12 Tammuz, 1947, and may Hash-m grant me to be able to study it in calm, and may the merit of the author, ztz"l, who is my ancestor, protect me for all good, Binyamin Mendelsohn, rabbi of Kfar Atta."

There are a number of glosses among the leaves of the books, one of which is lengthy and signed, beginning with the words:

"My grandfather's words may be solved in that the essence ..." and ends with "Binyamin son of my father, Rabbi Menachem Mendel, z"l."

There is also Rabbi Binyamin Mendelsohn's stamp on the flyleaf from the time of his serving in the Kommemiyut rabbinate.

Moderate-fine condition, worming perforations; in the first five leaves there is lack in the lower margins with damage to text.

Imrot Tehorot including five essays from the book Asarah Ma'amarot by Rabbi Menachem Azariah of Fano. Mohilev,1810. Approbation by Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berdichev. Some of the leaves are in blue paper; very rare book.

Rabbi Binyamin Mendelsohn's stamp from the period in which he served in the Kfar Atta rabbinate appears on the title page, and there is also a dedication on the flyleaf to Rabbi Binyamin Mendelsohn from one of his disciples, from 1938. Among the leaves of the book there are a number of glosses, some of which are signed by Rabbi Binyamin Mendelsohn, and some of which include extremely important content, kabbalistic glosses and quotes from Chassidic books, and more.

Rabbi Binyamin Mendelsohn (1904-1979), Av Beit Din of Kommemiyut, was born to his father Rabbi Menachem Mendel Mendelsohn who was among the rabbis of Plotzk in Poland and an Alexander Chassid. In 1934 he immigrated to the Land of Israel under the influence of the Admor, the Imrei Emet of Gur. He was appointed as rabbi of Kfar Atta and then as rabbi of the Chareidi settlement of Kommemiyut. He was very active in Shemittah observance. His name was connected to the affair of the kidnapping of (the child) Yossele Schumacher. He was greatly appreciated by the Chazon Ish and the Admor of Belz, who was his in-law.

Fine condition, minimal worming perforations.

Distributed copies of Admorim