Auction No. 113

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

Apr 8, 2019

Auction No. 113

Opening $1,000
Estimate $2,500 - $3,000

Tractate Berachot. Warsaw, 1863. Bound in an elegant leather binding with gold embossing.
On the page before the title page, there are two owner stamps: הרב גדליה משה גולדמן בהרה"צ אדמו"ר שלמה זצוק"ל מזוועהיל. On the back of the title page there is an owner's notation in the holy hand of the hidden tzaddik, the milkman Rabbi Shlomo Prishtik, son-in-law of the Admor, Rabbi Gedaliah Moshe: שלמה פרישטיק גר אצל הר"ג גולדמן.
Rabbi Gedaliah Moshe Goldman [1887-1949] was the fifth Admor in the Zvhil dynasty. He was persecuted by the Soviet government and sentenced to seven years of hard labor in Siberia. He declared to the judges that "no person even bends a finger down here in this world, unless it was so commanded in the heavens above." In 1937 he fled Russia and moved to the Land of Israel where he settled in Jerusalem. After the passing of his father, Rabbi Shlomke of Zvhil, he started serving as Admor and was a noted miracle-worker. Thousands visited his home seeking advice and blessings. He was buried in the Givat Ram (Sheikh Badr) cemetery and his grave has recently become a pilgrimage site. Word of this holy grave spread following a dream by a Jew from England - the Admor appeared to him in this dream and told him that if he would pray on Monday, Thursday and Monday again (sequentially) he would merit salvation.

The hidden tzaddik, Rabbi Shlomo Prishtik [1905-2006] was the son-in-law of Rabbi Gedaliah Moshe of Zvhil. He was renowned in Jerusalem, and known as "Rav Shlomele der Milchiger" because he worked as a milkman. He cheered everyone with his special sayings. He was extremely modest and humble and fled far from honor, never revealing his greatness. His grandfather, Rabbi Shlom'ke of Zhvil, who chose him as his granddaughter's son-in-law of despite the fact that he reached the Land of Israel as a refugee and was "Litvish" - said many lofty things about his piety and asceticism.

64; 88 leaves. 23 cm. Owner stamps and notations. Moderate condition. Dampstains and mold, not affecting text. Tears in the blank margins.

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