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Menachem Begin “Manifesto” attacking UN Resolution
to Partition Palestine into Jewish and Arab States

[IRGUN MANIFESTO], Broadside. December, 1947. 1p. 14” x 19 ¾”. In Hebrew.

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Item #20758, $1,800

Ben-Gurion ALS in English Admits He Can’t Find a Drawing of Proposed Statue of Peace

DAVID BEN-GURION, Autograph Letter Signed, to Belle Gerald, December 1, 1964, Tel-Aviv. 1 p., 5 x 8½ in. on his lined pad, perforated at the right.

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Item #24890.01, $1,500

Golda Meir (Goldie Meyerson) Encourages the Jewish Pioneer Women’s Organization

GOLDA MEIR, Autograph Document Signed, draft telegram, in English, on verso of blank American Honor Roll certificate for the Palestine Labor Maritime Company, c. 1938. 2 pp., 4 x 8½ in.

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May the spirit of Chalutziut [pioneering] from Palestine spur you on to even greater results

Item #23945, $1,400

Supporting “Hebrew” Soldiers’ Refusal
to Wear British Army Palestinian Insignia during WWII

[JEWISH BRIGADE], Broadside. Palestine, 1943. By “National People.” 1 p. 9 ¼ x 13⅝ in., in Hebrew.

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The “struggle for the flag and symbol” in the British army.

Item #20760, $1,000

Henrietta Szold asks a doctor to become a life member of Zionist Organization of America

HENRIETTA SZOLD, Autograph Letter Signed “Henrietta Szold”, one page, 5½ x 9 in., on stationary of the Hotel Alexandria, July 28, 1927, New York, NY, addressed to Elisha Friedman.

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…Will you help?

Item #25625, $900

Jewish Recruitment Circular No. 7 for the British Army

DOV YOSEF. [BERNARD JOSEPH], Circular Letter Signed (Mimeographed). December 13, 1942. Jerusalem. 1 p., 8 x 12 in. In Hebrew.

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Turn your fury into deeds Volunteer!”

Item #20759, $800

Former Israeli Prime Minister thanks author for her book, ‘The Image of this Generation through Poetry and Songs

DAVID BEN-GURION, Autograph Letter Signed in Hebrew, to Nora Hauben, March 21, 1971. 1 p., 5 x 8¼ in.

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Item #24956, $650

Haim Laskov Writes to His Future Wife during WWII

HAIM LASKOV, Autograph Letter Signed, to Shulamith Chen. Italy, Nov. 19, 1943. 2 pp. Heading in English, body in Hebrew.

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“Night after night I watch (the stars) and read your regards.”

Item #20756, $400

Jewish Physician Jacob da Silva Solis-Cohen Signs a Death Certificate

[JUDAICA]. JACOB DA SILVA SOLIS-COHEN, Partially Printed Document Signed, Death Certificate for H. M. Richards, ca. October 10, 1873, Philadelphia, Pa. 1 p., 8¼ x 10½ in.

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Jacob da Silva Solis-Cohen served in the Civil War and went on to become a pioneer in the field of head and neck diseases and surgery.

Item #22402, $275

The Israeli Tourism Director Dishes on James Michener

YOHANAN BEHAM, Typed Letter Signed “YBeham” to Sylvia Lyons. Jerusalem, October 23, 1963. On stationery of the Prime Minister’s Office. 1 p., 6½ x 8¼ in.

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Item #20338.01, $80

The earliest obtainable printing of George Washington’s Clearest Statement on Religious Freedom: “the Government of the United States...gives to bigotry no sanction...” (SOLD)

[GEORGE WASHINGTON. AMERICAN JUDAICA], Newspaper. Newport Mercury, September 13, 1790. Newport, Rhode Island: Henry Barber. Moses Seixas’ letter to Washington, and his response, the “Touro Synagogue letter,” both printed in full on page 1. 4 pp., 8⅛ x 13 in. This printing, while sold, is available for appropriate museum loans.

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From fifteen Sephardic families who arrived in 1658, Newport’s Jewish community grew to be the largest in the colonies by the Revolutionary War. Many Jews left during the British occupation, but a significant number returned. By the time of Washington’s visit, there were approximately 300 Jews in the thriving Newport community.

On August 17, 1790, on behalf of the Congregation Kahal Kadosh Yeshuat Israel, Newport merchant and banker Moses Seixas wrote an address to welcome George Washington. Seixas’ letter (see below) welcomed Washington to Newport, and congratulated his ascendancy to the Presidency. Seixas also expressed his hopes for the new government’s success and its commitment to religious freedom, that a “government erected by the majesty of the people, a government which to bigotry gives no sanction, persecution no alliance, but generously affording to all Liberty of conscience,” would be created under the new Constitution. Seixas most likely gave Washington the letter on the morning of August 18, when other Clergy and townspeople met with Washington to express their regard for him.

Washington replied later on August 18. He thanked the community for its warm welcome, and assured the congregation that in his administration, “All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship....” He then echoed and built on Seixas’ words, “For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens, in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.

The original letter is owned by the Morris Morgenstern Foundation, and is on long-term loan to the National Museum of American Jewish History. We were honored to have appraised the original prior to its exhibit, and to have arranged several loans to the museum. Each year, members of the Touro Synagogue in Newport read the letter in a public ceremony.

The Boston Herald of Freedom first published both Seixas’ letter and Washington’s reply on September 7, 1790, followed by a Newport printing on September 9.

Washington echoed Seixas’ words, and built on them, to make his most celebrated statement on religious freedom.

Item #25029, SOLD — please inquire about other items

David Ben-Gurion on Religious Freedom (SOLD)

DAVID BEN-GURION, Autograph Letter Signed (“D. Ben-Gurion”). To David Snir, November 10, 1963.

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“religious people must respect the freedom of choice of a fellow man and no coercion is to be exercised for or against religious conduct…

Item #20382, SOLD — please inquire about other items

Paying for French and Indian War Provisions for Moses Franks and Other British Forces in North America (SOLD)

KING GEORGE III, Manuscript Signed, “George R.,” Court at St. James’s. Countersigned by the Duke of Newcastle, Lord North, and James Oswald, and signed on verso by Moses Franks, Arnold Nesbitt, and Sir George Colebrooke, December 14, 1761.

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King George III signs off on a royal warrant for payment of over £14,522 to the late Sir James Colebrooke, Sir George Colebrooke, Arnold Nesbitt, and Moses Franks for “provisions issued by them to our forces in North America for and from the 18th day of June 1761 to the 29th day of July following inclusive….” The document was signed during the French and Indian War, a year after the fall of Montreal when the war had turned in Britain’s favor.  

Item #22285, SOLD — please inquire about other items

Re-Paying Jewish Patriot Nathan Levy’s
Revolutionary War Loan (SOLD)

NATHAN LEVY, Printed Document Signed, to David Rittenhouse, countersigned by Charles Biddle and Jonathan Nicholson. Philadelphia, [Pa.], November 5, 1785. Signed on verso, “Nathan Levy.” 1 p., 7¾ x 6¼ in.

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Item #21097, SOLD — please inquire about other items

Albert Einstein Threatens to Resign
from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (SOLD)

ALBERT EINSTEIN, Typed Letter Signed, to [Leo] Kohn of [Frankfurt]. Berlin, September 20, 1927.

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If Magnes cannot be eliminated in the very near future, I shall also follow through with my resignation. I am doing this because I am convinced that at this point, no real harm would result by compromising the University in the eyes of the Jewish public.

Item #22048, SOLD — please inquire about other items
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