Winner's Auctions No. 111

Important Historic Documents, Haskalah, Einstein, Seforim, Manuscripts and Letters from Rabbis and Rebbes

December 11, 2018
Opening $500
Estimate $800 - $1,000
Sold for $744
Including buyer's premium

Condolence letter from the leaders of the Hebron community upon the passing of Montefiore, including a note regarding the establishment of a free-loan fund in memory of Montefiore. Hebron, [1885].

The letter was written at the end of Av, 1885, about two weeks after Montefiore's passing. It was sent to Montefiore's nephew, Yosef Sebag, and to his loyal secretary, Dr. Eliezer Halevi, who were in charge of his estate. The margins feature a private letter from Rabbi Shimon Menashe Chaiken, in which he relates that when Montefiore was in Hebron he spoke about his wish to establish a free-loan fund. Amazingly, on the very day of Montefiore's passing, without knowledge of this fact, the fund had been established, and his will fulfilled.

Rabbi Shimon Menashe Chaiken, rabbi of Hebron, was born c. 1802. He moved from Sklow to Safed, and when the Mitteler Rebbe instructed his chassidim to move from Safed to Hebron, he was one of the first to heed this call. In 1843, his name appears as one of the trustees of the Chabad community, and in 1855 he became their rabbi. The Tzemach Tzedek greatly admired and honored him. For fifty years, he led his community in Hebron, until he passed away in 1893.

[1] leaf, paper, 29x22 cm. Black border signalling mourning.

Fine condition, the border is slightly blemished. Tiny tears.

Sir Moses Montefiore