Auction No. 098

Holy books, Manuscripts, Rabbinical & Admors letters, Americana & Judiaca

March 27, 2017
Opening $400
Estimate $500 - $700
Sold for $732
Including buyer's premium

Specifications: [1] paper leaf, 14x22 cm. Written in 1946. Printed, with an additional handwritten line. Signed with the stamp of the Rebbe Rabbi Aharon of Belz. 

Unique Features: The letter, which it seems was displayed in the Beit Midrash with the addition of a handwritten line, "To all of our loyal followers the tremendous chassidim, each one will be blessed by his name", and with the Rebbe's stamp, was written before the rejuvenation of Belz chassidut, about two years after his arrival in Israel, and the chassidim are requested to "assist with anything possible".  

Background: The Rebbe Rabbi Aharon of Belz [1880-1957], the fourth Rebbe of Belz. He acted with abstinence and piety from a very young age and was known as a holy person. After his father's death in 1927 he was appointed as his successor, and thousands of Belz chassidim from throughout Europe flocked to him. Tragedy struck when his wife and six children were murdered in the Holocaust, he was miraculously saved and escaped to Israel, where he settled in Tel Aviv. Enormous sums of money were needed to save him, and the great Rebbes went - even on Shabbat! - from door to door and collected money for his salvation. He was known as a quasi angel in his lifetime, he hardly ate and weighed only about forty kilograms. He was well-known to be a miracle worker, one of the most important and famous Chareidi and chassidic leaders in the world. The person closest to him was his brother Rabbi Mordechai who also lost his entire family in the Holocaust and managed to escape together with the Rebbe to Israel, where he re-married. His only son is the present Rebbe of Belz.

Condition: Very fine, folding marks.   

Category
Letters from Admors