Winner's Auctions No. 111

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

December 11, 2018
Opening $ 1,000
Estimate $ 1,500 - $ 2,000
Sold for $ 2,977
Including buyer's premium

Rabbi Yedidyah Tiah Weil, Av Beit Din of Karlsruhe, briefly describes the life of his father, Rabbi Netanel.

Seventh generation from Rabbi Yaakov Wiel, of the last generation of the Early Authorities of Ashkenaz: "He was nine years old and already knew Shir HaShirim by heart when his mother took him [from Furth] to Prague. He studied in Rabbi Avraham [Brody]'s yeshivah there for 18 years. When the gaon saw his success, he matched him with his niece.' Even after his marriage, he did not leave his rabbi's study hall. 'After his rabbi's passing, my father resided in Prague and taught thousands of disciples, with much success disseminating Torah to Jews.'

A wonderful discovery is his dedication to kabbalah: 'He studied kabbalah with the holy Rabbi Moshe Chassid, more than 100 pages of the Ar"i's writings, and he would act as if he knew nothing of kabbalah.' Before he wrote a Torah scroll per kabbalah for himself, "he carefully weighed and investigated the halachahs of Torah scrolls - for more than three years ..." He then goes on to describe in detail his methods of teaching Torah to his disciples and sons.

The writer - Rabbi Yedidyah (1722-1806) inherited his father's rabbinic chair, and was a rabbinic leader in his own generation. Some of his compositions which had remained in manuscript have recently been published: a huge composition of responsa, and a composition on Torah, Talmud and Shulchan Aruch, a collection of his sermons, and more.

[1] leaf. Ink on paper. Written on both sides. Fine condition. Slight tear in the corner without lack to text. Fold marks.

Compositions, Manuscripts and Glosses from Ashkenazic Rabbinical Leaders