Winner's Auctions No. 111

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

December 11, 2018
Opening $350
Estimate $600 - $800

Letter written by Rabbi Yitzchak Eizik Schorr, Av Beit Din of Bucharest to the great Sir Moses Montefiore in [1868].

Written and signed by Rabbi Yitzchak Eizik Schorr.

Rabbi Schorr informs Sir Montefiore "that the enemies restrict us on all sides and in the city of Calarasi and Berland there were travails for the Jews that weren't heard and will not be heard of anymore ... and our only consolation is that certainly the salvation will come soon, and just as Moses took us from slavery to freedom and from servitude to redemption, so too Hash-m sent Sir Moses, our master, to save us from our enemies and to negate the plans of our enemies." (Rabbi Schorr refers to the rioting and looting of December 1867, when rioters entered Berland and 200 Jews were robbed and left with nothing.) ... He also thanks Montefiore for sending an English book that discussed Jewish-gentile relationships. Rabbi Schorr is sorry that he didn't received the letter that had been included with the book. He asks for a copy of the letter, since Sir Montefiore's letters are very precious to him.

The margins of the letter feature a poem in honor of Montefiore with an acrostic of his name.

Rabbi Yitzchak Eizik Schorr Av Beit Din of Bucharest (1836-1894) was the grandson and disciple of Rabbi Aharon Moshe Taubes, author of Karnei Re'em (which he edited). He served as rabbi of Bucharest for almost thirty years and was very influential. He was extremely well-versed in Torah, was a halachic arbiter and had an expansive knowledge of many subjects (Encylopedia L'Chachmei Romania, section two, p. 735).

[1] page, blue paper.

Fine condition, fold marks, small tears in the margins.

Sir Moses Montefiore