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 $ 2,000
Estimate $ 6,000 - $ 8,000
Sold for $ 8,540
Including buyer's premium

Extremely long halachic response regarding chickens that eat chametz and are then slaughtered for Passover consumption and the milk of animals that eat chametz on Passover. The response was written when Rabbi Moshe Feinstein served as rabbi of Lyuban, Russia, and was sent to his brother-in-law, Rabbi Reuven Leibowitz. Lyuban, [1935].

Specifications: 20 pages, lined paper. 14x21 cm. All in his hand and with his signature. Clear, legible handwriting.

Background: Rabbi Moshe Feinstein starts the letter by writing, "since this is a very profound issue, and our rabbis, the later scholars, did not scrutinize this adequately, I will clarify the issue, and explain the words of our rabbis, how in my humble opinion it should be ruled for practical application, and Hash-m should help that we not fail in halachic matters." He ends by writing that he studied this issue in his days of wretched poverty.
This response is printed in Shu"t Iggrot Moshe [section one, siman 147] and was divided into seven parts [leaves 249-261].

Rabbi Moshe Feinstein [1895-1986] was a prominent halachic adjudicator after the Holocaust. He was the president of Agudat Yisrael's Council of Torah Sages in the United States and the Rosh Yeshiva of Metivtah Tiferet Yerushalayim in New York. He was famed for his Shu"t Iggrot Moshe series.

Condition: Very fine. Not bound.

Manuscripts & letters. Ashkenaz