Winner's Auctions No. 111

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

December 11, 2018
Opening $500
Estimate $700 - $900

Sharp letter of protest from the leaders of the Ashkenazic community in Tiberias and Rabbi Yosef David Abulafia to Sir Yosef Sebag, nephew of Montefiore. Tiberias, [1888].

In their letter, the rabbis protest the fact that the funds sent to Tiberias were sent to R' Mottel Ashkenazi [a leader of the Reisen Kollel, grandson of the Chacham Tzvi] and not to Rabbi Avraham Tzvi HaLevi, who was supposed to receive the funds, per Montefiore's will which stated that the money should be sent to the rabbi of Tiberias. Rabbi HaLevi is a righteous person, accepted by all residents of the city. Includes strong words against Mottel Ashkenazi who triggered this disgrace of the Torah and more.

Signed by: Rabbi Yaakov son of Rabbi Y. A.; Rabbi Itamar Ziv; Rabbi Tzvi Yechiel son of Rabbi S. N. Ch.; Rabbi Yechiel Aharon son of Rabbi M. A.; Rabbi Avraham Beck (son of noted printer, Yisrael Beck); Rabbi Yosef son of Rabbi M. A. and Mahr"m Lidar. With the stamps of the kollel: Ostreich, Wolyn, Reisen and Karlin.

A personal note from the Chacham Bashi of Tiberias, Rabbi Yosef Dovid Abulafia, is on this letter with his signature and stamp.

[1] leaf, paper. 21x28 cm, text on both sides of the page.

Very fine condition.

Sir Moses Montefiore