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Kestenbaum Auction Includes Several Hebrew Books With Decidedly un-Hebraic Iconography

20 Nisan 5769 – April 14, 2009
The title page to a 1610 edition of 12th-century poet and legal scholar, Eliezer ben Nathan's "Even Ha'ezer" ("Stone of Salvation," per I Samuel 7:12) features a woodcut that looks fairly standard at first glance. Two pillars flank the central alignment of the Hebrew text, and two birds perch atop the columns. Beneath the pillars are two lions and two hands, configured in the manner of the priestly blessing, with a gap between the joined index and middle fingers and the ring and small fingers. This combination of hands and lions constitutes the printing mark of Moses ben Bezalel Katz of Prague, who was a Kohen.

Confronting Catastrophe: Pray Or Fight Carvalho’s Rephidim

18 Nisan 5765 – April 27, 2005
Barely redeemed from Egypt, the Jewish people faced a terrible foe. Amalek attacked without warning, without reason.

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