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  • Kestenbaum’s Gems
    The exhibitions that precede Judaic auctions are rather special events for anyone who has a feeling for the fabric of Jewish life as it has been lived for the last 500 years.
  • a journey into history, rare judaica auction – part 3
    In the first 2 parts of this series we wrote about seforim, kisvey yad (manuscripts) and letters. Here I’ll mention some of the ceremonial and fine arts that were also auctioned off.
  • A Letter to the Rogatchover: Earliest Existing Letter By Lubavitcher Rebbe Auctioned
  • a journey into history, rare judaica auction – part 2
    Last Wednesday, I found my way to the Rare Judaica Auction at Kestenbaum and Company. The place quickly filled up with eager buyers and observers, I found it fascinating! Among the many items auctioned off there were printed sforim, letters, manuscripts, ceremonial art and more.
  • a journey into history, rare judaica auction – part 1
    “I will insist the Hebrews have [contributed] more to civilize men than any other nation. If I was an atheist and believed in blind eternal fate, I should still believe that fate had ordained the Jews to be the most essential instrument for civilizing the nations … They are the most glorious nation that ever inhabited this Earth.
  • Rare Iberian Judaica in Upcoming Auction: Items from Fifteenth through Nineteenth Century on Auction Block
  • Bancroft Library adds rare Second Biblia Rabbinica, Hebrew Bible
    BERKELEY – The University of California, Berkeley, has obtained a rare Hebrew Bible that has served as the foundation for almost all Bibles published since its own printing in the early 1500s.
  • From the Dawn of Printing Why Rare Hebrew Manuscripts Are Commanding Exorbitant Fees
    Early in last month’s sale at Kestenbaum & Company, a New York auction house specializing in rare Hebrew books, when a single leaf of Rashi’s commentary on the Pentateuch came on the block, fevered bidding erupted. Read more:
  • Rare Manuscript: Very Rare 1457 Hebrew Manuscript of Rashi Commentary