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LOT 6:

Emissary's Letter on behalf of the Ohr HaChaim HaKodesh's Study Hall - Knesset Yisrael, Signed by his Disciples.

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Emissary's letter for Rabbi Tzvi HaLevi for his mission to Modena, Italy, on behalf of the Knesset Yisrael study hall, which was founded by Rabbi Chaim ben Attar, zlh" h. 1766.

The sages of Jerusalem wrote about the condition of the Knesset Yisrael study hall, indicating to the Modena community that the author of Ohr HaChaim  passed through their community, and they promised to support him. As is known, the continued existence of the Knesset Yisrael yeshivah was important to Rabbeinu Chaim ben Attar, and in his book, he writes that if anyone has questions on the book after his passing, he should turn to the Ohr HaChaim's disciples at the yeshivah he founded. 'The merit of the mentioned rabbi (that is, the Ohr HaChaim HaKadosh) will stand by them' is written in large letters in the emissary's letter.

The emissary, Rabbi Tzvi HaLevi, ascended to the Land of Israel together with the Ohr HaChaim, and then had to return to Italy, whereafter he returned to Jerusalem. His name is mentioned in the list of the Ohr HaChaim's disciples from 1758. Also, refer to A. Ya'ari, Shluchei Eretz Yisrael  page 544.

Jerusalem rabbinic signatories:

Rabbi Shem Tov Gabbai [foremost disciple of the Ohr HaChaim HaKadosh. He ascended with him from Morocco to the Land of Israel and studied at his yeshivah in Jerusalem. He signed together with the Ohr HaChaim's disciples in their foreword to the book Rishon LeTziyon]. Rabbi Chaim David son of Rabbi Shmuel Amar [one of the leading disciples of the Ohr HaChaim, and there are those who say he ascended with him from Livorno to Jerusalem; Author of Tehillah L'David]. Rabbi Yeudah Gershon, S" T. Rabbi Moshe Korbaliv. Rabbi David Mizrachi. Rabbi Yehudah(?) Benveniste. Rabbi Mordechai Shitreet. The youth Aharon son of Rabbi Moshe. Rabbi Yisrael Meir Burla [author of Shu" t Mekor Yisrael and Nachalat Yehuda].

[1] leaf, 32x21 cm. Very fine condition. Minimal aging stains.