Lot 82: Archive of Letters and Manuscripts - Rabbi Baruch Yoseph Feivelson, One of the Heads of the Radin Yeshiva

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November 15, 2016
Jerusalem, Israel

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Description: Collection of letter and notebooks from the archive of R. Baruch Yoseph Feivelson, one of the heads of the Radin (Radun) Yeshiva. The collection contains: · Two letters on postcards, handwritten and signed by R. Chaim Ozer Grodzensky (a letter from 1931 about assistance to the students of the Radin Yeshiva and another letter from 1933 about treatment for the acute illness of R. Baruch Yoseph). · Two notebooks with Torah novellae in the handwriting of R. Baruch Yosef from various times (beginning of the 1910s until the end of the 1920s). · Letter from his friend R. Yitzchak Isaac Sher Head of the Slobodka Yeshiva (especially interesting content about a disagreement concerning the management of the Slobodka Yeshiva in 1927-1928). · Letter from his father R. Eliyahu Meir Feivelson, Rabbi of Kupi?kis. · Letter from his brother-in-law R. Zalman Partovsky (succeeded his father-in-law in the Kupi?kis rabbinate). · Letter from R. Baruch Yoseph to his father. · Letter by R. Shlomo Zalman Auerbach (recommendation for Kollel Radin in Kadima). R. Baruch Yosef Feivelson (1895-1933), son of R. Eliyahu Meir Feivelson and son-in-law of R. Naftali Trop was renowned from a young age as one of the foremost Torah scholars of Lithuanian yeshivas and leading alumnus of the Slobodka Yeshiva and close disciple of R. Yitzchak Ya'akov Rabinowitz Rabbi of Ponovezh (Rabbi Itze'le of Ponovezh). In 1929, he was appointed teacher in the Radin Yeshiva succeeding his father-in-law, and was very successful in this capacity. His deep scholarly discourses invigorated the learning atmosphere of the yeshiva and many anticipated great success for the yeshiva with R. Feivelson part of the staff. Sadly, he died at the age of 38 after only four years of delivering his Torah discourses. During WWII, his wife and children exiled to Siberia, some survived the war and immigrated to Eretz Israel (one son established a kollel and yeshiva in Safed and his brother established Kollel Radin in Kadima). About 50 years after his death, the book Birkat Yosef was published (Bnei Brak, 1983), which includes a substantial part of the novellae in this notebook. The approbations of the book indicate the high regard Lithuanian yeshiva scholars had for R. Feivelson and the bright future they anticipated for him. R. Ya'akov Kamenetsky writes that "…he lights the eyes of those who study at the Radin Yeshiva and he was famous in the entire yeshiva world as a great Torah scholar and amazing author of novellae, and although he died so young he was considered one of the leading heads of yeshivas in his days. I remember his youthful days in the Slobodka Yeshiva, he startled the yeshiva students with his sharpness and he excelled more than any other student in his time…". R. Shach wrote: "…he was well-known and famous in the generation preceding the war…I knew him from his youth, already from 1911 at the time he studied in Ponovezh in the kibbutz (gathering of yeshiva students) of…Rabbi Itze'le Ponovezher and his name was legendary and now after I studied his writings, I see that all his words were said with depth and sharpness alike…". 7 letters and 2 large notebooks (approximately 340 written pages). Size and condition vary. Stains and much wear.
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