Auction 65 Judaica - Books, Manuscripts, Rabbinical Letters, Ceremonial Art
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LOT 229:

Letter of Recommendation by Rabbi Yisrael Lifshitz, Author of Tiferet Yisrael

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Interesting letter, handwritten and signed by R. Yisrael Lifshitz, author of Tiferet Yisrael. Danzig (Gdańsk), Tammuz 1841. Addressing his son R. Baruch Yitzchak Lifshitz, he recommends that he assists R. Asher, grandson of the Shaagat Aryeh: "I am compelled to ask you to receive him graciously, since he is great in Torah like a segment of pomegranate, and he is a weak person, who needs to travel to hot springs, therefore my dear son, do whatever is in your ability to assist this relative…". At the beginning of the letter, the father reproaches his son for not writing regularly, at least once a month: "Behold, you have once again failed to fulfill your promise to write every month, and I hereby remind you…". R. Yisrael Lifshitz (1782-1860) is renowned for his monumental composition Tiferet Yisrael on the six orders of Mishna, which was accepted by the entire Jewish world and has been reprinted in hundreds of editions until this day. He was the son of R. Gedalia Lifshitz, author of Regel Yeshara, and grandson of R. Yisrael Lifshitz, Rabbi of Cleves. An outstanding Torah scholar and a foremost leader of German Jewry, he sat studying Torah the entire day, bedecked in Tallit and Tefillin beneath his outer coat, and was renowned as a holy and G-d fearing man. He served as rabbi for over fifty years, in the communities of Dessau, Danzig and other cities. Apart from Tiferet Yisrael on the Mishna, he composed many other books, of homilies, novellae and Halachic rulings. His son, recipient of the letter: R. Baruch Yitzchak Lifshitz (1812-1878), author of Misgeret Zahav - addenda to his father's commentary on the Mishna. His numerous glosses within the Tiferet Yisrael commentary begin with the initials A.B.Y. (Amar [said] Baruch Yitzchak). A great Torah scholar, holy and G-d fearing man. Already in his youth he was ordained by his great father and accepted in a rabbinic position (an appointment which was canceled by R. Akiva Eger who fought the phenomenon of appointing young unmarried men to rabbinic positions. See Igrot R. Akiva Eger, Letters 42-49). He served as rabbi of Landsberg and as Chief Rabbi of the state of Mecklenburg. In 1859, he moved to Hamburg where he taught many disciples, his sermons and lectures earning great acclaim. [1] leaf. Approx. 19.5 cm. Approx. 14 autograph lines and signature, in neat calligraphic script. Blueish-greenish paper. Fair-good condition. Stains, tears (repaired) and creases.

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