Auction No. 102

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

October 24, 2017
Opening $ 1,000
Estimate $ 3,000 - $ 4,000
Sold for $ 1,220
Including buyer's premium

Responsum by Rabbi Menachem Mendel Panet, instructing a rabbi not to give a get in a place in which gets have not been arranged in the past. At the top of the letter is the letter sent to the Admor in 1871.

Specifications: [1] leaf, paper. 17x21 cm. The Admor replied in his handwriting on the bottom half of the leaf on which the question is written. Not signed.

Unique Features: In the letter, the Admor writes that he was very shocked to see a get written in a place where a get had never previously been written, and found mistakes in the way the name of the city was written. He instructs the rabbi who arranged the get "not to be so haughty as to arrange in a new place," and is certain that the rabbi will lay "these words of truth on his pure heart."

Enclosed with this letter is another letter written to the Admor of Dej, by the Clerks and Administrators of the Holy Cities, Amsterdam, 1864.

Specifications: [1] leaf, paper. 14x21 cm.

Background: Rabbi Menachem Mendel Panet (1818-1884), son of Rabbi Yechezkel Panet, author of Mareh Yechezkel, was one of the primary disciples of the Chatam Sofer. He was the only student of the Pressburg Yeshiva to wear chassidic garb, and the Chatam Sofer would go for walks with him on Friday nights and praised him effusively. He referred to him as 'der zeidener bachur.' Rabbi Menachem Mendel Panet was present at the Chatam Sofer's well-known revelation of Eliyahu. After his marriage he became close to the "Yismach Moshe." He later became rabbi of Dej and environs and beginning in 1858 served as an Admor. In his time, it was written that many people began praying in nusach Sephard because of him, and that the city of Dej became a Chassidic stronghold. He was the leader of the Ultra-Orthodox Jews of Transylvania for several decades and one of the great Admors of his generation. Author of the books Ma'aglei Tzedek, Sha'arei Tzedek, Mishpat Tzedek and Avnei Tzedek.

Condition: Moderate-fine. Folding marks, stains, minimal small tears at the edges of the leaf with no damage to text.

Letters from Admors