Auction 69 Part 1 Rare and Important Items
Dec 3, 2019 (Your local time)
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LOT 20:

Letter Signed by Rebbe Mordechai Dov Twersky of Hornostaipil, Son-in-Law of the Divrei Chaim

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Letter signed by Rebbe "Mordechai Dov son of R. M.Z." [Hornostaipil, ca. 1890s].
Request to interrupt the sale process of a house, given that the seller had regretted the transaction, and this could endanger his life, "…and regarding the buyer's claims, they should arrange a Din Torah…".
Rebbe Mordechai Dov Twersky (Chanukah 1839–Elul 1903), son of R. Meshulam Zusha of Tlumach and illustrious son-in-law of the Divrei Chaim of Sanz. He was orphaned of his mother at a young age, and was raised by his maternal grandfather Rebbe Yaakov Yisrael Twersky of Cherkas. From a young age, his intellectual capacities and fear of G-d were outstanding. A holy, exalted man, he was exceptionally well-versed in Halacha and Kabbalah. His father-in-law the Divrei Chaim attested that he studies Torah for the sake of Heaven. In 1863, when his grandfather moved to Cherkas (Cherkasy), the latter appointed him rebbe and rabbi of Hornostaipil, and many Chassidim began flocking to his court. In 1876, following his grandfather's passing, the number of Chassidim frequenting his court increased, and he became known as one of the most prominent rebbes in Russia.
He was also renowned as a foremost halachic authority of his times, and exchanged halachic correspondence with leading rabbis in his country and beyond (the Shoel UMeshiv, the Maharil Diskin, R. Chaim Berlin, and others). His books include Responsa Emek She'ela, Torei Zahav on the laws of interest, Emek HaChochmah – homily and pilpul in Halachah and Chassidism, Kad HaZahav – Kabbalah (the book remained in manuscript, and was destroyed by rioters during a pogrom in Ukraine).
[A renowned native of his city was R. Yaakov Yisrael Kanievsky, who was born in 1899, after his parents got married upon the counsel and blessing of the rebbe. He grew up in Hornostaipil, which earned him the appellation of "Steipler"].
[1] leaf. Written by a scribe, with the rebbe's signature. 20.5 cm. Good condition. Minor creases.
Provenance: Prominent private collection, New York. Acquired at Kedem, auction 48, item 50.

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