Create Account
Home | Auction No. 100 | A Historical Letter from Rabbi Yisrael Hager of Vizhnitz Regarding the Sighet-Vizhnitz Dispute
Rare and special items
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 19:00

41 . A Historical Letter from Rabbi Yisrael Hager of Vizhnitz Regarding the Sighet-Vizhnitz Dispute

A letter from the Admor Rabbi Yisrael Hager of Vizhnitz to Rabbi Moshe Greenwald, rabbi of Chust. Vizhnitz, 1907.

Specifications: [1] squared paper leaf. 14x22 cm. The Admor's handwritten signature and stamp.

Unique Features: The letter deals with the polemic between Viznhitz and Rabbi Chaim Zvi Teitelbaum of Sighet. In the letter, the Admor calls for the rabbi of Chust to intervene. He writes several details about the affair, and notes that troublemakers have published posters. There is a known ruling on this topic written by Rabbi Moshe Greenwald several months later. Material is enclosed.

Background: The Admor Rabbi Yisrael Hager of Vizhnitz, born in 1840 to his father, the Admor Rabbi Baruch of Vizhnitz, was educated by his grandfather, the Admor Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Vizhnitz, author of Tzemach Tzedek, with whom he was extremely close and his main helper. In 1885, when his father was appointed as Admor of Vizhnitz, he was accepted as rabbi of a town in the province of Máramaros. As a result of his success, it was reported to the authorities that he allegedly opposes education and the Hungarian language, and he was forced to flee. In 1893, he was appointed as Admor of Vizhnitz, and despite his young age, the chassidut expanded and developed considerably. During the First World War, he was forced to flee to Grosswardein, where he died in 1934. He was known for his book Ahavat Yisrael. His descendants are the current Admors of Vizhnitz.

Rabbi Moshe Greenwald [1853-1910], scion of an important rabbinic family, was one of the most prominent Hungarian rabbis, known as the 'Arugat HaBosem' after the name of his book. In his youth, he learned from the 'Ktav Sofer.' He served as rabbi and rosh yeshiva in several places. From 1893, he served as rabbi of Chust, where he established a large and important yeshiva, to which students flocked from all over Hungary, other countries, and even from America. Many of the Hungarian rabbis and great leaders were his disciples. Despite coming from a family who followed the customs of the Chatam Sofer, he followed chassidic customs, and travelled to Admors. His sons and grandsons are the Admors of the Pupa community.  

Condition: Fine - very fine. A few aging stains. Slight tear in the white margins at the bottom of the letter. 




$8,000 - $10,000
Auction has finished
Including buyers premium

More items from this sale

Miniature Scroll of Esther with a nice, colored opening illustration and expert scribal script.

A letter from Rabbi Gershon Chanoch Leiner of Radzin to Rabbi Avraham son of Chaim [Hoffenberg]

A letter of recommendation to Massoud Milul, with the signature of the Baba Meir, son of the Ba

A work on the book of Tehillim, by Rabbi Yehuda Leib of Braunschweig. Ashkenazi handwriting.

The first section of a Shabbat Shuva sermon, Parshat Haazinu [1813], in the handwriting of Rabb