Winner's Auctions No. 111

Important Historic Documents, Haskalah, Einstein, Seforim, Manuscripts and Letters from Rabbis and Rebbes

December 11, 2018
Opening $200
Estimate $500 - $800
Sold for $417
Including buyer's premium

Responsa by Rabbi Chaim HaCohen Rapaport. Lemberg, 1861. First edition. The title page and several leaves bear the signatures of Rabbi Shmuel Heller and Rabbi Chaim Sithon.

Rabbi Shmuel Heller [1803-1884] as a youth met the Chozeh of Lublin and received Torah from him. Subsequently he served as rabbi of Safed's Ashkenazi community [beginning in 1841], and was one of the great chassidic leaders in the Land of Israel. Authored the books Taharat HaKodesh, Divrei Mishpat, Shivrei Luchot, and more.

Rabbi Chaim son of Rabbi Menashe Sithon, [1870-1916] was born in Safed. He was known for his tremendous breadth of knowledge. He authored the book Eretz Chaim about customs and regulations in the Land of Israel, and the great sages of the Land of Israel heaped praises on him. He was appointed rabbi of Safed in 1902, but chose not to take the position.

First edition of the responsa of Rabbi Chaim HaCohen Rapaport [1699-1771], rabbi of Lvov, one of the greatest rabbis of his generation, and friend of the Baal Shem Tov. He was a leading rabbi in Poland, and one of the three rabbis chosen to argue with the Frankists in 1759. A close associate of the Baal Shem Tov, who met several times and sent emissaries between them.

[2] 112 leaves. 36 cm. Fine condition. The flyleaf contains a handwritten table of contents. Old, worn binding.

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