Winner's Auctions No. 111

Important Historic Documents, Haskalah, Einstein, Seforim, Manuscripts and Letters from Rabbis and Rebbes

December 11, 2018
Opening $300
Estimate $500 - $800

"....There is no great person in our generation like his honor, and it is a holy obligation of his honor to answer this type of question."

Lengthy letter written and signed by Rabbi Aharon Mendel, Rabbi of the Ashkenazic community in Cairo, with a question regarding an aguna whose deaf husband was in Romania - sent to Rabbi Yosef Chaim Sonnenfeld. Cairo, 25th of Tammuz, 1905.

Rabbi Ahron Mendel presented a question to Rabbi Sonnenfeld regarding a poor woman in Cairo, who had a husband in Jassy, Romania that she wanted to divorce. On top of it all, the husband was deaf. Rabbi Mendel offers an in depth discussion regarding the permissibility of sending a deaf person a get.

Rabbi Ahron Mendel was born in 1866 in Tiberias. He was a confidante of the Sephardic rabbis there. In 1894, he was appointed Ashkenazic rabbi of Cairo. He authored the Semichat Chachamim, in which he advocates renewing "semicha" ordination and founding a Sanhedrin. A result of this initiative was the World Congress of sages in Krakow in 1903. He passed away in 1928.

8 pages, 13x21 cm. All in his hand and with his signature and stamp.

Very fine condition, nice, legible hand.

Letters from Ashkenazic Rabbis