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LOT 18:

Two Letters – From Rebbe Ze'ev Wolf of Strikov and Rebbe Dov Berish of Biala – To Their Father, Rabbi Avraham of ...

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Two Letters – From Rebbe Ze'ev Wolf of Strikov and Rebbe Dov Berish of Biala – To Their Father, Rabbi Avraham of Tshechnov
Two letters addressed to R. Avraham, rabbi of Tshechnov (Ciechanów), from his sons:
• Letter handwritten and signed by Rebbe Ze'ev Wolf. Strikov (Stryków), 21st Adar 1860.
In this letter, which is addressed to "My friend, father and teacher… ", the son informs his father of his projected journey to his son's wedding, via Tshechnov. He relates that his wife will not travel with them due to her poor health, "May G-d send her a complete and speedy recovery, and compensate for my travails with joyous occasions, since I too am weak from all my troubles".
• Letter handwritten and signed by Rebbe Dov Berish. Biala (Biała Podlaska), Tishrei 1865.
In this letter, which is addressed to "My honored and dear father, the rebbe…", the son informs his father of the purchase of a house in Biala, and of the match arranged for his son R. Aharon Tzvi with the daughter of the wealthy R. Fishel Litzbarsky of Mława, granddaughter of R. Aryeh Leibush Charif, rabbi of Polotsk.
Rebbe Ze'ev Wolf Landau of Strikov (1807-1891), close disciple of Rebbe Mendele of Kotsk and of his successor the Chiddushei HaRim. In 1866, following the passing of the Chiddushei HaRim, most of the Chassidim recognized Rebbe Chanoch Heinich of Alexander as their rebbe, but a small part began frequenting the court of R. Ze'ev Wolf's father, the rabbi of Tshechnov. In 1878, following his father's passing, R. Ze'ev Wolf was appointed rebbe, with thousands of Chassidim accepting his authority and leadership, which followed the Kotsk style.
Rebbe Dov Berish Landau of Biala (1820-1876), a disciple of his illustrious father, and a Chassid who cleaved to Rebbe Yitzchak of Warka and his son Rebbe Menachem Mendel of Warka. His teacher, Rebbe Menachem Mendel of Warka, would speak sparingly, and was renowned for his silence. R. Dov Berish, who was his leading disciple, would explain the depth of his teacher's intent in his concise words. In 1868, the rebbe of Warka passed away, and most of his Chassidim went over to follow R. Dov Berish, appointing him as their rebbe. He was overflowing with Torah thoughts, which he would give over even during weekdays, unlike other rebbes. His sons were Rebbe Aharon Tzvi of Biala (d. 1910) and Rebbe Elimelech Menachem Mendel Landau of Strikov, leading Polish rebbe and ancestor of the current rebbes of Strikov.
2 letters (each on a folded leaf). Approx. 21 cm. Good condition. With address inscribed on back leaf of each. Fold lines.
Provenance: Prominent private collection, New York. Acquired at Kedem, auction 48, item 48.

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