Auction No. 113

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

Apr 8, 2019

Auction No. 113

Opening $ 2,200
Estimate $ 4,000 - $ 5,000

Large archive containing approximately 100 letters to Rabbi Shaul Chona HaKohen Kook, Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak HaKohen Kook's brother, sent to him on various topics. Inter alia, the situation of the Jews abroad, maintenance of institutions in the Land of Israel, innovations in the world of research in general and the world of Torah literature in particular, and personal subjects. Most of the letters are handwritten, a few were typewritten.

Among the rabbis who wrote to him were Rabbi Meir Berlin and Rabbi Ben-Tziyon Chai Uziel. Scholars include David Yellin, Gershom Scholem, Binyamin Menashe Levin, Yisrael Davidson, Simchah Asaf, Azriel Carlebach, David Tzemach, Yaakov Nachum Epstein, Yehoshua Brand [in which he writes of his plan to establish an Institute of Talmudic Realia], Moshe Zeidel, Chaim Sherman, Shalom Spiegel, Avraham Schwadron.

It is interesting to read the letter written by Binyamin Menashe Levin in which he describes discussions he had with Professor Albert Einstein about the role and situation of the Hebrew University at its inception. Einstein said about the university: "A rooster cannot be made into an eagle."

Various scholars thanked him in their letters for the many comments he made on their books and articles and their plans to publish new books. There are also condolence letters which were sent upon the passing of his brother, Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak HaKohen Kook.

Rabbi Shaul Chona HaKohen Kook was a public activist and scholar in the humanities; he was a Zionist activist connected to the Mizrachi movement. He published hundreds of articles in various journals and corresponded with leading scholars of his time regarding their articles.

The archive was examined only superficially, and is in overall fine condition.

Historic Documents and Miscellaneous