Auction No. 098

Holy books, Manuscripts, Rabbinical & Admors letters, Americana & Judiaca

March 27, 2017
Opening $ 3,000
Estimate $ 5,000 - $ 7,000
Sold for $ 6,344
Including buyer's premium

Short elucidations on verses and words of Chazal by Rabbi Binyamin Rivlin, prominent disciple of the Vilna Gaon. Includes ideas that he heard from his great teacher.

Specifications: 34 leaves. 16 cm. First edition. Otzar Sifrei HaGRA, 1550.

Content: Short commentaries and elucidations on the verses and words of Chazal by Rabbi Binyamin Rivlin, prominent disciple of the Vilna Gaon. Includes words he heard from his great teacher.
This edition was printed anonymously by the author. The title page only mentions that it was written by a disciple of the Gaon of Vilna.

Unique features: Especially rare. Thick, light-green paper.

Background: In the preface to the Shulchan Aruch written by the Vilna Gaon's sons, Rabbi Binyamin is listed as one of the elite disciples of the Vilna Gaon (along with Rabbi Chaim of Volozhin and Rabbi Mendel of Sklow). It states: "He is renowned for Torah and avoda. The praiseworthy prince, man of many deeds...Rabbi Binyamin of Sklow. He kept sleep from his eyes and merited to hear studies from the pure mouth, and his Torah and yirah shone on him. He grasped his manner and path, and the city of Sklow was built correctly through him, and they accepted upon themselves many of his customs, in the manner of Torah study and proper mitzvah fulfillment."

Condition: Fine. Tear on leaf 9, with loss; and a number of small holes on leaf 15, affecting text. Aging stains. Nice, new binding.

Category
Books By The Vilna Gaon & His Disciples