71 . A Pair of Letters from the Admors of the Ruzhin Dynasty
* A letter from the Admor Rabbi Yisrael Friedman of Chortkov. Eidelsheim, 1926.
Specifications:  leaf, paper. 14x22 cm. The letter was signed with the Rebbe's signature: "Yisrael son of David Moshe."
Background: The Admor Rabbi Yisrael Friedman (1854-1933) was the son, right hand man and successor of Rabbi David Moshe, the first Admor of Chortkov, and was named after his grandfather Rabbi Yisrael of Ruzhin. In 1903, following his father's death, he began to serve as Admor, and was one of the founders of the "Histadrut HaCharedim" in Chernivtsi, which later became incorporated into the newly formed Agudat Yisrael. He was a member of the Moetzet Gedolei HaTorah of Agudat Yisrael and participated in their conferences. After the First World War he moved to Vilna. Among his primary disciples were Rabbi Meir Shapiro of Lublin and others, and he was one of the great supporters of immigration to Israel.
Condition: Very fine. Folding marks.
* A thank-you letter to donors with the signature of the Admor Rabbi Yisrael Friedman of Husiatyn, Tel Aviv, 1937.
Specifications:  leaf, official paper. 22x29 cm. The letter was signed with the Admor's handwritten signature, "Yisrael son of Mordechai Feivush." Confirmation of receipt of a donation from Jews from Chicago and blessings to the donors are in the letter.
Background: The Admor Rabbi Yisrael Friedman of Husiatyn (1857-1948), the second Admor of the Husiatyn dynasty, successor of his father Rabbi Mordechai Shraga Feivush, and named after his grandfather Rabbi Yisrael Friedman, who died seven years previously. With the outbreak of the Second World War the Admor moved to Tel Aviv together with a large group of his disciples, to whom he said "we must escape in our slippers." He took part in the prayer conducted in 1942, when it seemed that the Nazis may reach the Holy Land. He died in December 1948 and was buried, at his request, in Tiberias. His son-in-law, Rabbi Yaakov Friedman, succeeded him as Admor.
Condition: Fine, folding marks, a few stains.