Auction No. 113

Famous personalities, Art, Seforim, Letters from Rabbis and Rebbes

Apr 8, 2019

Auction No. 113

Opening $ 5,000
Estimate $ 10,000 - $ 15,000
Sold for $ 23,180
Including buyer's premium

Historical, extremely rare letter by the gaon, Chassid and kabbalist Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneersohn, father of the Admor Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson of Lubavitch, about his son's wedding and his not attending it. Dnipropetrovsk. Adar I [1929].

When Rabbi Levi Yitzchak reached marriageable age, the Admor the Rasha"b of Lubavitch suggested the match between him and Rebbetzin Channah, who was the daughter of Rabbi Meir Shlomo Yanovsky, rabbi of Nikolaev.

His eldest son was the Admor Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson of Lubavitch. The Admor's wedding took place in Warsaw on the 14th of Kislev 1928. However, the rabbi's parents were unable to attend as they were forbidden to leave Russia due to their activities for the sake of Judaism. At the same time, they organized a festive event to mark their son's wedding. The event was attended by many friends and the joy was great, despite the absence of the bride and groom. Enclosed is a diary-like passage written by Rebbetzin Channah about the event in the absence of the bride and groom.

About the wedding, the Admor wrote later: A wedding of any individual in general - is a general matter. But for me - indeed, by means of the wedding I was later updated on general matters, etc. This is a day on which I have been connected to you, and you to me, and together we shall toil and bring true and complete redemption, G-d will help us to see the fruit of our labor.

The letter before us was sent to the Land of Israel and in it, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak writes to Rebbetzin Rachel, widow of his brother, Rabbi Shalom Shlomo. Rabbi Levi Yitzchak thanks his sister-in-law for the greetings she had sent for the wedding and adds that they had not attended the wedding for several reasons. "And of course, it was most unpleasant, but we should accept everything with love."

Letters by Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneerson are extremely rare. To the best of our knowledge, letters by him have never been sold at auction.

Rabbi Levi Yitzchak Schneersohn (1878-1944), father of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, was the rabbi of Dnipropetrovsk, a kabbalist and one of the most prominent Jewish leaders of the USSR. He was arrested for disseminating Judaism and passed away in his place of exile. His Torah thoughts were printed in the books: Likutei Levi Yitzchak on the Zohar and on the Tanya, Torat Levi Yitzchak and more.

[2] pp, ink on paper. 13x21 cm. 23 lines handwritten and signed by him. Very fine condition. Magnificent, special leather binding. The important book about the history of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak, Toldot Levi Yitzchak, in three volumes, is included.