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 $ 1,000
Estimate $ 3,000 - $ 4,000
Sold for $ 9,760
Including buyer's premium

Long Halachic Responsum by Rabbi Baruch Dov [Ber] Leibowitz, written at the request of Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodzinski. [Vilna, 1926].

Specifications: Nine leaves, ink on official stationery. 22x28 cm. Entirely in his handwriting, clear and legible.

Unique characteristics: Halachic responsa from Rabbi Baruch Dov Leibowitz are extremely rare. On page 6 of the responsum before us, he even took the time to add an illustration to enhance the understanding of the topic.

Background: Halachic responsum about a mikvah in which the spring water entered through an underground pipe by electric pump. Rabbi Baruch Dov Leibowitz decides to rule leniently under certain conditions. The question was initially addressed from Alsace, Germany to Rabbi Yechiel Yaakov Weinberg of Berlin.

Rabbi Weinberg, who advocated permitting it, referred the question to Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodzinski and Rabbi Moshe Mordechai Epstein. Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodzinski wrote to Rabbi Weinberg, saying that during a meeting of a committee of rabbis, he spoke with them about the question. Rabbi Baruch Dov Leibowitz wrote an answer on the matter, and this is the responsum before us. Material on the matter is attached. The responsum was printed in the memorial book for Rabbi Yechiel Yaakov Weinberg.

Rabbi Baruch Ber Leibowitz (1870-1939), was the head of the yeshiva "Knesset Beit Yitzchak" in Slobodka, which moved to Vilna and then to Kamenitz. Rabbi Baruch Ber was one of the greatest disciples of Rabbi Chaim of Brisk, and one of the greatest Torah teachers of his generation. He wrote the Birkat Shmuel series of books which are among the cornerstones of yeshiva study to this day.

Condition: Fine. The pages were slightly restored, and except for a tear on the first page that damaged the text, all the text on the rest of the pages is legible and clear.


Manuscripts & letters. Ashkenaz