Auction No. 113

Famous personalities, Art, Seforim, Letters from Rabbis and Rebbes

Apr 8, 2019

Auction No. 113

Opening $250
Estimate $400 - $500
Sold for $305
Including buyer's premium

Irin Kaddishin. Compilations on Torah and festivals by Rabbi Yisrael Friedman, founder of the Chassidic dynasty of Ruzhin, and his son Rabbi Yaakov, the first Admor of Sadigura.

Pedigree copy: This copy belonged to the Admor Rabbi Yisrael Shapira of Grodzinsk, and was passed on to his son, Rabbi Avraham Elimelech Shapira of Grodzhinsk. Many stamps of the Admor Rabbi Yisrael, and signatures and stamps of his son, Rabbi Avraham Elimelech, appear among the leaves of this book.

The Admor Rabbi Yisrael Shapira of Grodzhinsk [1874-1941] was the son of Rabbi Chaim Meir Yechiel Shapira, who was the son of Rabbi Elimelech of Grodzhinsk and son-in-law of Rabbi Yitzchak of Bohosh. Rabbi Yisrael was orphaned at a young age and grew up under the supervision of both his grandfathers. In 1892, after his grandfather's passing, he was appointed Admor of Grodzhinsk, when he was just 18 years old. He moved to Warsaw during WWI and conducted a large court there, where he was one of the leading Admors of Poland. He stayed in the Warsaw ghetto with his Chassidim during the Holocaust, and did not consent to attempts to rescue him by himself. He was deported to the Treblinka extermination camp, and the final words of faith he said before he was murdered have been preserved [refer to: Alfasi, Encyclopedia L'Chassidut II, 575-576]. Some of his Torah thoughts are included in the books Emunat Yisrael and Binat Yisrael. His son, Rabbi Avraham Elimelech Shapira, was born in 1897. He immigrated to the Land of Israel in 1926 and refused to serve as an Admor. He only agreed to serve as Admor of the Chassidim of Grodzhinsk after the Holocaust, when he was informed of his relatives' deaths. He opened a synagogue in the Zichron Moshe neighborhood. He passed away in 1964. Some of his Torah thoughts are included in his father's books.

11, 13-65 leaves. Two title pages. 18 cm. Fine condition.

Admors’ Pedigree Copies