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 $ 750
Estimate $ 1,000 - $ 1,500

Letter to Sir Moshe Montefiore regarding receiving money to distribute to bikkur cholim and hachnasat kallah in the city of Safed with the handwritten signatures of Rabbi Shmuel Heller, Av Beit Din of Safed, and Rabbi Yaacov Dov Berish of Roman. Safed, 1853.

Specifications: [1] leaf, blue paper. 19x24 cm. Details of the addressee and a stamp are on the rear side of the letter, with a foreign-language inscription added after the letter reached its destination.

Unique Features: Letter with the handwritten signature of Rabbi Shmuel Heller, Av Beit Din of Safed, and Rabbi Yaacov Dov Berish of Roman, the representative of Rabbi Yisrael of Ruzhin in the Land of Israel. In the letter's margins, Rabbi Shmuel Heller added regards to Montefiore's secretary Eliezer HaLevi.

Background: Rabbi Yaacov Dov Berish of Roman was close to the Rabbi Yitzchak of Radvil and later to Rabbi Shalom of Prohovitch and his son Rabbi Yisrael of Ruzhin, and later, his son Rabbi Avraham Yaakov of Sagidura. He immigrated to the Land of Israel in 1836 and was one of the leaders of the community in Safed. He founded his study hall with money from Rabbi Yisrael of Ruzhin who even sent him to Moshe Montefiore as honorary gabbai, as Rabbi Yisrael of Ruzhin wrote in his letter: "... I have selected agents and loyal delegates to the country of England, the great and expert Rabbi Yaakov David of Roman and the great Rabbi Nissan the emissary from Jerusalem specifically and intentionally to the great and dear prince the distinguished leader Moshe Montefiore ..." Passed away in 1858 and was buried in Safed [see the Iggerot HaRebbe M'Ruzhin part one page 216, footnote 23].

Condition: Fine, fold marks, tiny holes on the margin of the leaf from when it had been bound.

Letters to Sir Moses Montefiore