Auction 5 Judaica
Apr 4, 2019 (Your local time)
 Freehold Jewish center 59 Broad street, Freehold NJ. 07728
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LOT 113:

Tanach Amsterdam 1701. Goral HaGra Edition. Magnificent Copy.

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Sold for: $1,100
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$ 500
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Biblia Hebraica- Torah Nevi’im U’Kesuvim, the edition used by many Tzadikim to conduct the Goral HaGra.
The title page is illustrated with a copper engraving with illustrations of Moshe and Aaron and the Kodesh Hakedoshim, with two additional title pages in Hebrew and Latin script, an introduction in Latin and a poem in Hebrew titled “The eternal Torah which existed, before any creation was created.”
According to tradition, this edition was used by the Vilna Gaon when carrying out the “Goral HaGra”. In a tradition passed down from the Gaon, the goral is a Kabbalistic formula which can be used to inform certain circumstances and resolve dilemmas. It is related that it was used by R. Chaim Volozhiner. More recently the Chofetz Chaim, R. Aaron Kotler and R. Elya Lopian are said to have used it. In another famous instance it was used by R. Aryeh Levin in 1950, in order to identify the bodies of the casualties of the “Convoy of 35” before burial.
Borstius, Halma, Van De Water press. [6], 292, 293-306, [4] pages. 14.5 cm. Excellent condition. Antique binding, vellum spine.
Opening bid $500

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