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Lot 402

A Letter from the Rebbe Rabbi Menachem Mendel Hager of Vishova

A letter of condolence to the heads of the Tomchei Torah foundation in New York, on the death of the president and founder of the foundation Rabbi Hillel HaCohen, from the Rebbe Rabbi Menachem Mendel, Av Beit Din of Vishova and Rosh Yeshiva of the "Beit Yisrael" yeshiva.

Specifications: Official paper of the Beit Yisrael yeshiva. 22x30 cm.

Unique Features: The letter is from the 1920's, on the yeshiva's document paper, with the Rebbe's signature and seal.

Background: The Rebbe Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Vishova (1885-1941), son of the Rebbe Rabbi Yisrael of Vizhnitz, chosen during his father's lifetime, in 1910, to serve as Rabbi of Vizhnitz. In 1925 he was appointed as Av Beit Din of Vishova, where he established the yeshiva with a student body of over 400. He put great efforts into the yeshiva's physical needs, but invested his main efforts in delivering lectures and testing the students. From 1936 he also served as a Rebbe. The many responsibilities which he took upon himself made him ill, and he died at age 56 on January 12, 1941 [Encyclopedia L'Chassidut volume 3 page 95].

Condition: Fine. Folding marks, wear and slight tears at the edge of the leaf.