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of the Admor 
Pnei Menachem of Gur
with Personal Notes
of Inspiration in Emunah and Bitachon 

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of the Admor 
Pnei Menachem of Gur
with Personal Notes
of Inspiration in Emunah and Bitachon 
Tehillim with Kabbalistic commentary, owned and used by the Admor Rabbi Pinchas Menachem Alter of Gur, author of Pnei Menachem, with his autograph and handwritten notes.
The Admor’s autograph appears three times in the beginning of the sefer and another time on the title page of Maamados.
The first autograph appears on the flyleaf along with the inscription
“B[’ezras] H[ashem] Y[isborach], Hash[em] Yis[borach] has granted me Pinchas Menachem Alter here in the holy city of Yerushalayim, may she be speedily rebuilt.”


The flyleaf also contains handwritten notes on topics of faith, belief and service of Hashem which the Admor wrote to himself to review and memorize.
B’ezras Hashem, to remember (from the sefer Orchos Tzaddikim):
1. H[ashem] Yis[borach] has more compassion on me than any other compassionate one, and He safeguards me even when I do not safeguard myself.
2. All favors from people come essentially from Hash[em] Yis[borach] and they are all His messengers.
3. All goodness is from the lovingkindness of Hash[em] Yis[borach], and not because we are worthy.
4. It is impossible to add or detract from a decree of Hash[em] Yis[borach], without praying to Hash[em] Yis[borach].
5. Hash[em] Yis[borach knows if our faith is complete in Him, and one cannot hide from Him.
6. Commit in the heart to uphold “Make His Will your will” and “annul your will…” as written by Chazal.
7. Rejoice and thank Hash[em] Yis[borach] that He did not make me a gentile.
The Admor Rabbi Pinchas Menachem Alter
(1926-1996) was the seventh Admor in the glorious Gur dynasty, author of the Pnei Menachem, son of the Imrei Emes and grandson of the Sfas Emes of Gur. A genius and versed in all realms of Torah, he served for many years as Rosh Yeshivah of Yeshivas Sfas Emes before succeeding his brother the Lev Simcha as Admor of Gur.
The Pnei Menachem, as he was popularly called after his sefer, placed great emphasis on prayer, and he was known to pray with trepidation and awe of his Creator. His body would tremble as he prayed, and he recited every word intently, with passion and ecstasy, while swaying fervently as his ancestors, the Chiddushei Harim and Sfas Emes, were known to do.
He once expressed, “I am named for the author of the Sifsei Tzaddik who possessed the power of prayer.”
The top of the title page also features the autograph of his grandfather the Admor Rabbi Yaakov Meir Biderman (1870-1941). Rabbi Yaakov Meir was the son-in-law of the Sfas Emes and edited all his works on Shas. Years later, in 1957, the Pnei Menachem compiled his grandfather’s chiddushim and printed them as the sefer Maor Yaakov.
Rabbi Yaakov Meir’s daughter married his nephew, the Beis Yisrael of Gur.
Lvov, 1879. First Edition. Page Count: [6], 9-345: 30 leaves (last count refers to Maamados). Description: Tehillim features a kabbalistic commentary by Rabbi Moshe Osterer of Brod, author of Arugas Habosem. Condition: Good. Antique slightly worn half-leather binding.
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