Auction No. 098

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

March 27, 2017
Opening $400
Estimate $500 - $700
Sold for $1,098
Including buyer's premium

Kemia Tovah [A good amulet] from the Ari, by Rabbi Baruch Pinchas Rabinowitz, the grandson of the Ba'al Shem Tov. [Vienna], published by M. Hickel, Adria printing press. [circa 1918-1919].

Specifications: [1] printed leaf, 18x25 cm. Alfasi, Chassidut, 1 394-395. Wunder, Galicia 4 653-658.

Unique Features: The amulet contains verses and prayers, with an amulet from the Ari which saved Jews from an epidemic, with instructions in Yiddish from... who beseeches for the entire Jewish people and longs for redemption...

Printed with no year and place of printing. It can be understood from the details of the printer and printing house that it was printed in Vienna in 1918-1919. It is well known that the Rebbe Rabbi Baruch Pinchas Rabinowitz prayed extensively and performed penances during the First World War.   

Background: The Rebbe Rabbi Baruch Pinchas Rabinowitz of Skolye [1874-1920] was one of the Rebbes of the most distinguished lineage, the grandson of the Ba'al Shem Tov and grandson of many Rebbes and righteous men of previous generations. He was the son-in-law of the Rebbe Rabbi Asher Yeshayah Rubin of Kolbasov. During the First World War he moved to Vienna. He wrote many books, among them: Imrei Baruch, Divrei Baruch, Tal Orot. He was known to deal with segulot, but the leaf before us has never been recorded. 

Condition: Fine-very fine. A few aging stains. Tiny tears in the margins.