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 $ 5,000
Estimate $ 6,000 - $ 7,000
Sold for $ 6,710
Including buyer's premium

Letter from Rabbi Yeruchem HaLevi Levovitz, famed "Mashgiach" of the Mir Yeshiva. 1936.

Specifications: [1] leaf, letterhead of the Mir yeshiva. 27x20 cm. 15 lines, all in his hand and with his signature. The letter was sent to Rabbi Isser Yehuda Unterman, who moved to England to serve as rabbi of Liverpool, per the suggestion of Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodzinski. The letter was written during the final months of Rabbi Levovitz's life, right before he fell ill. This may be the last letter he ever wrote.

Background: Rabbi Yeruchem HaLevi Levovitz was a prominent mashgiach and mussar proponent. He was born in 1874, and educated in the yeshivas of Slobodka and Kelm. His teachers were Rabbi Nosson Tzvi Finkel (the "Alter of Slobodka") and Rabbi Simcha Zissel Ziv (the "Alter of Kelm"). He later transferred to study in the Chofetz Chaim's "Kollel Kadshim" in Radin, until he was appointed Mashgiach in the yeshiva there. He was later chosen by Rabbi Eliezer Yehuda Finkel to serve as Mashgiach in the Mir Yeshiva. He served in the position for decades and accompanied the yeshiva during stormy periods and various wanderings. He was also mashgiach in other yeshivas. He taught many disciples, including many prominent Torah leaders who considered themselves his dedicated students. Though he was Lithuanian ("litvish") his students and admirers referred to him as their Admor ("rebbe"). He passed away in 1936 and his Torah thoughts and lectures were recorded in many works.

Condition: Very fine. Fold marks.

Manuscripts & letters. Ashkenaz