Auction No. 106

Letters by A. Einstein and Other Illustrious Personalities, Zionism, Jewish Art, letters of Rabbis and Rebbes and Collection of letters to Sir Moses Montefiore from the archive of the late Rabbi Avraham Shisha - London - Buyer's commission 22%

March 6, 2018
Opening $ 1,000
Estimate $ 1,200 - $ 1,500
Sold for $ 1,342
Including buyer's premium

Halachic letter by Rabbi Yaakov Yisrael Kanievsky, the Steipler, in which he also discusses the opinion of the author of Chazon Ish [c. 1950s].

Specifications: [1] leaf, paper. 19x14 cm. Written and signed in his hand. Contains four lines of references that were added to the bottom of the page in a different handwriting.

Contents: Letter on the laws of Shemittah with regards to mushrooms and the manner in which they are grown during Shemittah. In the letter, Rabbi Kanievsky [brother-in-law to the author of Chazon Ish] writes he heard that the Chazon Ish discussed this issue during the Shemittah year of 1952, but he is unaware of his conclusion. Once again at the letter's close, he notes that he delayed his response because he tried to clarify the opinion of the Chazon Ish on the matter. [The year 1952 was the last Shemittah in the Chazon Ish's life.]

Background: Rabbi Yisrael Yaakov Kanievsky (1899-1985) was a genius and righteous person. He was a leader of the charedi community and author of the series Kehillot Yaakov. He was called the "Steipler," after the name of his hometown, Hornsteipl.

Condition: Very fine. Fold marks.

Manuscripts & letters. Ashkenaz