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 $ 4,000
Estimate $ 6,000 - $ 7,000
Sold for $ 4,880
Including buyer's premium

Letter from the holy brothers Rabbi Nachum of Shadik and Rabbi Yaakov Yehuda Levi, among the heads and founders of Kollel Polin and among the leaders of the Jewish settlement in Jerusalem, to Moshe Montefiore, Jerusalem, 1859.

Specifications: [1] paper leaf. 27x22 cm. Greenish paper.

Background: Rabbi Yaacov Yehuda Leib Levi (1813-1889) tremendous genius in both the hidden and revealed Torah, Av Beit Din of Jerusalem for over forty years, one of the scholars of the kabbalistic Beit El yeshiva, who acted according to the Ari, z"l in all matters. He was one of the leaders of the Ashkenazic settlement in Jerusalem and one of the founders of the Kollel Polin.

Rabbi Nachum of Shadik (1811-1866), the most famous of the holy brothers, was a kabbalist in Jerusalem and one of the 36 hidden tzaddikim of the generation, known to be holy and chaste, he used to fast throughout the week and an angel revealed itself to him and taught him secrets of the Torah. His son was Rabbi David Beharan.

It is well known that the three holy brothers Rabbi Nachum of Shadik, Rabbi Yaakov Yehuda Leib and Rabbi Asher Lemmel all dreamed on the same night that they must immigrate to the Land of Israel, and so they did. The brothers left Poland in 1845. The residents of the Land of Israel referred to this joint immigration as 'The Immigration of the Three Holy Brothers'.

Special Features: Letter to Montifiore in the handwriting and with the signatures of the heads of Kollel Polin and the leaders of the Jewish settlement in Jerusalem. With the stamp "The holy congregation of the people of Poland, Varshe District, who volunteer to dwell in Jerusalem." In the center of the stamp is a picture of the Western Wall and the words [in Hebrew] "And G-d comforted Zion and chose Jerusalem once again." The Gaon, the great eagle Av Beit Din and Rosh Yeshiva of the holy community' mentioned at the beginning of the letter is Rabbi Natan Adler, Av Beit Din of London, author of the book Netina L'Ger.

Condition: Moderate condition. Creases and fold marks. Aging stains, tiny tears in the margins of the letter and on the fold.

Letters to Sir Moses Montefiore