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 $ 1,500
Estimate $ 2,000 - $ 2,500
Sold for $ 3,660
Including buyer's premium

Letter signed by Rabbi Yaakov Slonim, son-in-law of the Mitteler Admor, and Rabbi Shimon Menashe Chaikin to Sir Moshe Montefiore and his wife Yehudit, about their donation to the Bikkur Cholim and Hachnasat Kallah societies in Hebron, about the manner the funds were distributed, and notification that a report of the income and expenses of the aforementioned societies has been sent. Hebron, 1851.

Specifications: [1] paper leaf. 27x22 cm. Beautiful scribal handwriting, with an impressive stamp of Kollel Chabad in Hebron.

Unique Features: Letter to the Montefiore family from the heads of Kollel Chabad in Hebron and among the first members of the Chabad settlement in the city. In the letter's margins, Rabbi Shlomo Menashe added regards in his handwriting and with his signature to Montefiore's secretary, Eliezer HaLevi.

Background: Rabbi Yaakov Slonim, patriarch of the Slonim family, son-in-law of the Mitteler Admor Rabbi Dov Ber Schneersohn of Lubavitch, son of Rabbi Shnuer Zalman of Liadi, author of the Tanya. Rabbi Yaakov married his famous daughter, Rebbetzin Menucha Rachel Schneersohn, referred to as 'the mother of the Jewish settlement of Hebron.' They immigrated to Hebron in 1843 at the instruction of the Tzemach Tzedek and were the founders of the Chabad settlement there. Rabbi Yaakov headed the burial society and the gemilut chassadim society. He passed away in 1857 (Shalom Dovber Levin, Toldot Chabad B'Eretz HaKodesh, page 78).

Rabbi Shimon Menashe Chaikin, rabbi of Hebron was born c. 1802, immigrated from Shklov to Safed, and was one of the first disciples of the Mitteler Admor to follow his instructions and move from Safed to Hebron. From 1843 onward, his name appears as one of the leaders of the community, and from 1856 as rabbi of the community. The Tzemach Tzedek greatly admired him. He led the community in the Jewish settlement in Hebron for fifty years and carried the burden of the people until his passing in 1893.

Condition: Fine condition, fold marks. Tiny holes on the right side.

Letters to Sir Moses Montefiore