Auction 92 Fine Judaica: Rare Printed Books, Manuscripts, Autograph Letters & Graphic Arts
Feb 18, 2021 (your local time)
 The Brooklyn Navy Yard Building 77, Suite 1108 141 Flushing Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11205
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LOT 31:

<< (Alishtaba / Dolny Stal, Slovakia).>> Hazkarath Neshamoth [Memorial Book of ...

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<< (Alishtaba / Dolny Stal, Slovakia).>> Hazkarath Neshamoth [Memorial Book of community donors].

Manuscript in Hebrew (commissioned by Yosef & Leah Berger), large square calligraphic hands on paper, listing the names to be recited aloud at Yizkor on Festivals. The first page includes a heading in a beautiful filigree-like calligraphy, reading: “These Souls Shall Be Bound in the Bundle of Life.” Following these are many pages of the names of the men and women to be memorialized.
pp. 21. Few stains. Later calf with metal plaque on upper cover, recased. Folio.
(Alistál / Hroboňovo): 1881

This village near Bratislava had the beginning of a Jewish community in the 14th century mostly via Jews from Bohemia and Moravia, who exported horses from nearby royal stables. Jews without residential rights in Pressburg were enabled to live in Alistál under royal protection and a synagogue was subsequently built in 1579. It's rabbi in the first part of the 19th century was R. Yehuda Semnitz (d. 1843) a Posek who would go on to join the Beth Din of the celebrated Mahara’m Mintz. In 1929 the Jewish population in Alistál and environs numbered 259; approximately half were occupied in agriculture. The community came to an end during World War II. See Robert Buchler & Ruth Shashak (Eds.) Pinkas Hakehilot Slovakia (Jerusalem, 2003) p. 142.