PURIM HOLIDAY CHARITY AUCTION:
FEBRUARY 22-24 SUPPORTING LATET
THE MIRACLE OF GIVING
Latet ("to give" in Hebrew) is the largest nonprofit in Israel combating poverty and food insecurity. Acting as an umbrella organization for 180 local associations, Latet operates the leading national food bank and runs impactful aid programs, providing monthly assistance to 60,000 families and 1,000 Holocaust Survivors. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, Latet has added 12,000 new families experiencing economic hardship to its list of aid recipients.
Latet was established in 1996 in order to reduce poverty, for a better and just society, by providing assistance to populations in need, on a universal basis. This Purim, you can join in Latet's mission to help needy Israelis by bidding on historical treasures from the Zionist pioneers who gave so much of themselves to the People & State of Israel. Together we can build a stronger Israel.
THEODOR HERZL HAND-CRAFTED WALL CARPET
FAMED IMAGE OF ZIONISM'S FOUNDER
EARLY 20TH CENTURY, JERUSALEM
Herzl spent most of his adult life giving to the cause of Israel. This hand-crafted orientalist carpet with a portrait of Theodor Herzl was created a century ago at the weaving workshop of the nonprofit Alliance Israélite Universelle School in Jerusalem. In its center, Herzl is seen in his famous pose leaning on the Basel Switzerland balcony, gazing at a procession of Jewish exiles making Aliyah. The walls of Jerusalem and the Tower of David grace the background above a blazing menorah shining the light of Zionism to Jews worldwide. The Alliance Israélite Universelle was founded in Paris in 1860 to improve the welfare of Jews in the Land of Israel and around the world. In 1882 the Alliance opened a trade-school in Jerusalem to provide young men - and in 1884 young women - from low-income families with vocational training in carpentry, blacksmithing, metal-founding, wood and stone carving as well as sewing, embroidery, dressmaking and carpet-weaving.
A similar item has previously sold at Sotheby's Auction House.
40 x 24in; in Good Condition
DER JUDENSTAAT // THE JEWISH STATE
FIRST AMERICAN YIDDISH PRINTING
1917, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
This historic book is the first American Yiddish printing of Theodor Herzl's Zionist manifesto "Der Judenstaat" ("The Jewish State"). The cover of this rare 94 page edition features a striking image of the author under the Zionist and American flags. Translated anonymously, this landmark work is considered the first U.S. translation and publication into Yiddish of the full text (and not just a portion or highlights). Although the cover has edges in frayed condition, we can not over state how important and impactful this book was on the early Zionist movement.
In this essay, Theodor Herzl presents the main points of his understanding of the "Jewish problem" and its solution. He suggests a plan for the organization and establishment of a longed-for Jewish state. In the theoretical section of the essay, he proves that the Jewish nation is indeed a national entity, and he discusses the failure of the Emancipation and the inevitable rise of anti-semitism. He expects that the nations of the world will no longer tolerate the Jewish nation within them because of their religious and spiritual differences. According to Herzl, only a political solution that will lead to the concentration of the Jewish nation within her own sovereign territory, with the backing of the cultured nations of the world will solve the affliction of the Jewish People.
5.25 x 7.25in; In Frame Worthy Condition
ZION ALBUM SHEET MUSIC
EARLY PRINTING OF HATIKVAH
1917, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Printed in English and Hebrew by the Hebrew Publishing Company for piano, this beautifully designed five page sheet music folio is one of the earliest musical printings of "Hatikvah". "The Hope" is a 19th-century Jewish poem and today's national anthem of Israel. The theme of the romantic composition reflects the Jews' 2,000-year-old hope of returning to the Land of Israel, restoring it, and reclaiming it as a free and sovereign nation. Its lyrics are adapted from a poem by Naftali Herz Imber. On the cover is a portrait of Theodor Herzl, with Hebrew, English and Yiddish song lyrics on the back cover.
“O while within a Jewish breast
Beats true a Jewish heart,
And Jewish glances turning East
To Zion fondly dart"
– Naftali Herz Imber, “Hatikvah”
9.25 x 12.25in; In Fine Condition
DAVID BEN-GURION TO CHAIM WEIZMANN
HISTORIC WWII ERA JEWISH AGENCY TELEGRAM
OCTOBER 19 1942, NEW YORK
This original historic telegram was sent from the Executive of The Jewish Agency for Palestine to Chaim Weizmann, who would eventually become Israel's first President. In May 1942, the Weizmann convened a meeting of leading Zionists in New York pressing for a policy of unrestricted immigration into Palestine in light of the horrors inflicted on the Jewish community of Europe. Weizmann heralded that a Jewish Commonwealth needed to be established, helping to prompt Churchill to give his backing for the founding of the State of Israel. At this time, David Ben-Gurion, who spent most of his adult life giving to the cause of Israel, served as the Chairman of the Jewish Agency's Executive Committee. In the years before the founding of the state, the Jewish Agency oversaw the establishment of about 1,000 towns and villages in Mandate Palestine.
When World War II broke out, the Jewish Agency established a committee to aid European Jewry by finding them entry permits to Palestine, sending them food, and maintaining contact. The Agency also helped recruit 40,000 members of the Palestinian Jewish community to be trained by the British military and aid in the Allies' struggle against the Nazis
8.5 x 7.25 in; In Good Condition, Two Pages
DAVID BEN-GURION, ISRAEL : A PERSONAL HISTORY
HAND-SIGNED COMMEMORATIVE EDITION
1971, TEL AVIV / NEW YORK
Funk & Wagnalls / Sabra Books, 862 Pages with Illustrations, In Fine Condition
This commemorative edition, numbered 1860 of only 2000 printed, of David Ben-Gurion's book “Israel: A Personal History” is boldly signed by the author himself on the title page. This is a near perfect printing of his published recollections of the founding of the State of Israel. Sponsored by the United Jewish Appeal, this epic sweeping narrative features historic documents, personal correspondences and
speeches from Israel’s first Prime Minister while sharing his perspective on the history of the Jewish People from Abraham to the 19th Century Ottoman-era Jewish resettlement, from the rise of a nationalist-Zionist movement under the British Mandate to the establishment of the modern Jewish State. A timeless treasure for every generation, this unique edition is a testimony to the enduring spirit of the Jewish People.
BEN-GURION'S 86TH BIRTHDAY
PHOTOGRAPH WITH CHILDREN
17 TISHREI 1972, SDE BOKER
This historic archival photograph shows a touching moment when two Israeli children are wishing David Ben-Gurion a happy birthday on his Hebrew date, 17th of Tishrei or September 26th 1972. This original image comes from the offical Israel Press & Photo Agency archives. The children are quoted as saying that he should enjoy the 25th anniversary of the State of Israel, parting with "See you next year". Ben-Gurion moved with his wife Paula to their Kibbutz Sde Boker desert home in 1953, which manifested Ben-Gurion’s pioneering vision of settling the Negev.
7.25 x 5.25 in; In Good Condition
EARLY HAND-CRAFTED FLAG
STATE OF ISRAEL
We love seeing these retired old flags honored in style when framed prominently on the wall. Nothing compares to the pride one feels when knowing that the star and stripes of Israel’s blue and white flag had a long life fluttering in the breeze. More than a state, Israel is a people, a faith and a light unto the nations. In less than a century, Israel’s flag has become an iconic representation of the painful past, prodigious present and fantastic future of the Jewish People - at home and abroad.
This hand-crafted flag, sewn during the earliest days of the creation of the state, pays homage to the sacrifices of Israel’s founding Zionists. These pioneers secured the miracle of modern statehood for generations to come. This flag reminds us all that the Jewish People, wherever they may be, are united by the idea and ideals for which Israel so staunchly stands.
52 x 37in; Linen; In Decent Condition with minor wear