Auction No. 098

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

March 27, 2017
Opening $ 1,200
Estimate $ 1,800 - $ 2,000
Sold for $ 3,904
Including buyer's premium

An extremely interesting letter of apology from Rabbi Chizkiyahu Chaim Medini author of the Sdei Chemed, which he publicized after he became known through his great work Sdei Chemed and many people began to turn to him, in both halachic and personal matters.  He apologizes that he can not satisfy everyone with his responses. At the end is a personal letter with his signature. 

Specifications: [4] pages, 29x21 cm. The letter was printed in 1895, and the additional handwritten letter was written in 1897.

Unique Features: In his long letter, the Sdei Chemed describes six types of letters which he typically receives, and for each type gently and sensitively writes if he can deal with the matter and respond to it or not.

1. Letters of comments on his books -  He is happy to receive them, as long as they are not in Ashkenazi handwriting, which he does not know how to read. 

2. Practical halachic questions - He has accepted upon himself not to respond to them. 

3. Requests for donations - There is no money in this country, Crimea, and the letters are wasted. 

4. To pray for the sick and so forth - I am not worthy of these being sent to me, it is better to turn to righteous people and Rebbes.

5. Approbations and letters of recommendation - I do not provide them. 

6. To send charity through him - He is willing to do so if it's for the poor people of the Land of Israel, and accepts upon himself to send the money and to provide receipts, etc. 

The letter was appended to the Sdei Chemed books (apparently not to all of the copies) which were published at the time, and he also distributed them to people who wrote to him. 

In the margins of this letter, there is a personal letter from the Sdei Chemed to Rabbi Shaul Yedidya Shachat, in which he writes that he does not get involved in communal matters, as stated in the public letter, and gives him advice on what to do. His signature is at the bottom of the page  - Chaim Chizkiyahu Medini, known as "Chacham". 

Condition: Moderate-fine. Folding marks, aging stains. A few tears, some of which are professionally restored. 

Sephardic rabbis letters