Auction No. 102

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

October 24, 2017
Opening $ 3,000
Estimate $ 5,000 - $ 8,000
Sold for $ 4,880
Including buyer's premium

Long letter in the handwriting of the Admor Rabbi Shalom Moskowitz of Shotz to Rabbi Yitzchak Meir Levin.

Specifications: [1] leaf, official paper. Written on both sides. 20x26 cm.

Unique Features: In this long letter, it is clear just how involved the Admor of Shotz was with the events in Israel. He writes here about the Agudat Yisrael's entry into the government, and criticizes the Admors in the Land of Israel for not fighting enough against the mandatory education law, which he defines as a "decree of persecution." The Admor demands Rabbi Levin act with total devotion for the good of his nation and guarantees that he will not suffer as a result. The Admor of Shotz dismisses Rabbi Aharon Kotler's criticism and wonders why the Admor of Gur and his Rabbi the Admor Aharon of Belz do not protest to the government. The Admor of Shotz adds that the situation in the Land of Israel prevents him from sleeping; until now we have been accustomed to decrees from the gentiles, and now, when Jewish blood from the Nazi atrocities has not yet dried, Jews are already decreeing decrees on Jews. He justifies his criticism of his Rabbi Rabbi Aharon of Belz by explaining that at the time when G-d's name is being desecrated, one does not have to respect his Rabbi.

The Admor Rabbi Shalom of Shotz - of the Zlotchov dynasty. Born in 1878, and ordained at a young age to the rabbinate by the Maharsham. At the age of 25 he was appointed as rabbi of Shotz and environs. One of his students at that time was Rabbi Meir Shapira of Lublin. During the First World War he wandered from place to place and in 1927 he agreed to the request of his followers in London and moved there. He was known for his tremendous fluency in the Shulchan Aruch and for his hospitality. In 1950 he printed a letter to the heads of the government to base the life of the state on Torah foundations. The Admor promised salvation to those who visit his grave, and indeed many people flock to his grave in London. (Encyclopdia L'Chassidut Ishim volume 3 page 661).

Condition: Very fine. Filing holes. Fold marks.

Category
Letters from Admors