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Jerusalem - Rare Vilna Gaon's Gemara To Be Auctioned In Israel

Published on: June 25, 2012 12:22 PM
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Jerusalem - A rare Gemara, with hundreds of hand written annotations by the Vilna Gaon, will be one of the items up for bid at Special Anniversary Auction Number 25 to take place at Jerusalem’s Kedem Auction House on July 3rd.

The opening bid for this rare volume of the Talmud Bavli, which encompasses the Mesechtas of Rosh Hashana, Taanis, Yoma, Succah, Megilah and Mesachta Shekalim (Yerushalmi) is $500,000.

The Gemara is one of the only known items bearing the handwriting of the Vilna Gaon in the world and the handwritten notations have been authenticated by Rabbi Dovid Kaminetzky, a noted expert in the research of the Vilna Gaon’s writings.  It is listed in the auction catalog as being in good to fair condition, with signs of usage, minor moth damage and some staining, including drops of melted wax, which are consistent with the fact that the Vilna Gaon was known to learn in a darkened room, even during the daytime hours, by candlelight.
the handwriting on the Gemara. Photo Ran Erda for VIN News
The Gemara, printed in Berlin in 1735, is described by Kedem’s website as the centerpiece of their auction and as “the most important and valuable non-fine art item ever offered for auction in Israel.”

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The viewing for this item will take place on Sunday, July1st and Monday, July 2nd, from 12 noon until 8 PM, with auction h on Tuesday July3rd at 7 PM.  Both the viewing and the auction will take place at Kedem Auction House office at the Hechal Shlomo Building, 58 Rechov King George.

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Kedem Auction House in Jerusalem 



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 Jun 25, 2012 at 02:49 PM Barsechel Says:

I can guarantee you that the holy Gaon Mvilna would want the proceeds to go to צדקה

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 Jun 25, 2012 at 03:27 PM Avreich1 Says:

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Barsechel Says:

I can guarantee you that the holy Gaon Mvilna would want the proceeds to go to צדקה

So, according to the Barsechel Rebbe, the current owner of the item is not entitled to any of the proceeds of the sale?

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 Jun 25, 2012 at 03:32 PM Erlich Says:

Why did the Gra learn in a darkened room lit by a candle during the day? This ruins one's eyes, and we're obligated to watch our health.

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 Jun 25, 2012 at 05:04 PM LuckyStrike Says:

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Barsechel Says:

I can guarantee you that the holy Gaon Mvilna would want the proceeds to go to צדקה

Absolutely ridiculous comment. You don't come up to the toenails of the Gaon, how dare you guarantee what he would have held? If it is a regular "mekach u'Memkar" why is it different than any object where the proceeds need not go to צדקה?

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 Jun 25, 2012 at 05:16 PM pinnypinny Says:

Just curious. How could anybody verify the handwriting if it "is one of the only known items bearing the handwriting of the Vilna Gaon in the world"? I don't doubt that it was done, I'm just curious as to HOW.

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 Jun 25, 2012 at 06:43 PM AKIVAF Says:

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Erlich Says:

Why did the Gra learn in a darkened room lit by a candle during the day? This ruins one's eyes, and we're obligated to watch our health.

Because he could learn better without interruption?

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 Jun 25, 2012 at 10:08 PM LuckyStrike Says:

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pinnypinny Says:

Just curious. How could anybody verify the handwriting if it "is one of the only known items bearing the handwriting of the Vilna Gaon in the world"? I don't doubt that it was done, I'm just curious as to HOW.

All you need is one other.

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 Jun 25, 2012 at 10:11 PM esther Says:

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LuckyStrike Says:

Absolutely ridiculous comment. You don't come up to the toenails of the Gaon, how dare you guarantee what he would have held? If it is a regular "mekach u'Memkar" why is it different than any object where the proceeds need not go to צדקה?

your comment seems a bit harsh.

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 Jun 26, 2012 at 10:12 AM shimonyehuda Says:

how did this gemorrah get to be auctioned?

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