Auction No. 102

Holy books, Chassidut, Manuscripts, Rabbinical & Admors' letters, Eretz Yisrael & Zionism, Americana, Judiaca & Prof. Albert Einstein

October 24, 2017
Opening $ 200
Estimate $ 300 - $ 400
Sold for $ 366
Including buyer's premium

The ketubah of "The rabbi our teacher Rabbi Yehuda son of our teacher Rabbi Moshe the bridegroom," and the widow "Chaya daughter of our teacher Rabbi Chanoch known as Henich HaLevi", Alt-Kanizsa [?], 1853.

Specifications: [1] leaf, paper. 19x25 cm.

Unique Features: The traditional ketubah of one of the first and most prominent Neolog rabbis. A note is attached to the ketubah claiming that the bridegroom's details were recorded by Meir Tzipser, rabbi of Rechnitz, where the bride lived.

Background: Yehuda Leib [Leopold] Low (1811-1875), was a native of Moravia, knowledgeable in Jewish wisdom and one of the leaders of the Neolog rabbis in Hungary, a theologian and historian. In his youth he studied in various yeshivot, and at the age of 19 he travelled to the center of the Enlightenment in Moravia, Prostějov, and he also studied secular studies and European languages. From 1841 onward he began to serve as rabbi of Nagykanizsa, Pápa and Szeged, and became the most influential figure in the Neolog movement in Hungary. Low was married twice and had 14 children. His son Emmanuel succeeded him after his death.

Meir Tzipser (1815-1869), a native of Balassagyarmat was a Hungarian rabbi and historian. He studied in various yeshivot and also had a general education. He was appointed as rabbi of Székesfehérvár in 1843, and in 1853 he published the booklet "Mi Shalach" in order to justify a get which he wrote there despite the custom not to grant a get in the town due to its complex name. His approach was refuted by Rabbi Yedidya Gottleib Fisher in his work Deltayim U'Bariach. In the resultant tumult which arose from this, Rabbi Tzipser was removed from his rabbinic post, and was marked as a Neolog "from the new cult which has recently appeared." He became rabbi of Rechnitz until his death.

Condition: Fine, fold marks, wear on some of the corners with no damage to text.

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