Auction 019 Online Auction 19 – Jewish and Israeli History, Art and Culture
Tuesday, 4.6.19 (Your local time)
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LOT 20:

"Kol MeHeichal" – A Public Appeal to Support the Settlers of Palestine in Preparation for the Shmita Year of 1889 – ...

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"Kol MeHeichal" – A Public Appeal to Support the Settlers of Palestine in Preparation for the Shmita Year of 1889 – With a Prohibition against "Heter Mechira", Signed with the Stamps of the Maharil Diskin, Rabbi Shmuel Salant and the Badatz of the Ashkenazic Community of Jerusalem – Jerusalem, 1888
"Kol MeHeichal", a broadside issued by the rabbis of Jerusalem in preparation for the Shmita (sabbatical) year of 1889. [Jerusalem, 1888].
A public appeal to the Jews of the Diaspora to come to the aid of the settlers of Palestine in preparation for the Shmita year of 1889 and donate money to sustain them. With the printed signatures of 30 of the scholars and rabbis of Jerusalem.
Under the public appeal, a "direct announcement" by Rabbi Shmuel Salant and Rabbi Yehoshua Leib Diskin – a halachic ruling rejecting the "Heter Mechirah" (the halachic sale of land to non-Jews prior to the Shmita year) and prohibiting agricultural work, both of Jews and of non-Jews during the Shmita. The halachic ruling is stamped with the stamps of Rabbi Yehoshua Leib Diskin, Rabbi Shmuel Salant and the Badatz of the Ashkenazic community of Jerusalem.
Before the Shmita year of 1889, several of the farmers of Palestine, who feared that observing the Shmita will leave them without their livelihood, appealed to the Natziv of Volozhin, Rabbi Shmuel Mohilever of Bialystok and Rabbi Mordechai Eliasberg with a request to allow them to work the land by selling it to a non-Jew. A dispute arose around the issue of working the land during the Shmita year ("The Shmita Polemic"), with the most prominent rabbis of the era expressing their opinion on the subject. The Ashkenazic rabbis of Jerusalem, headed by Rabbi Diskin and Rabbi Salant, refused to join the "Heter Mechirah" and ruled that the observance of the Shmita cannot be evaded.
[1] leaf, 39.5cm. Good-fair condition. Stains, fold lines and creases. Tears and open tears, restored, slightly affecting text. A large, open tear to the left edge, restored with paper.