Lot 100: Collection of Items from the Home of the Husiatyn Rebbes
November 15, 2016
Jerusalem, IsraelLive Auction
Description: Collection of Items from the Home of the Husiatyn Rebbes, R. Yisrael Friedman and his Son-in-law R. Ya'akov Friedman. The collection is composed of a set of cutlery for 12, used by the Husiatyn Rebbes at the time they resided in Vienna. They brought the set with them as they immigrated to Eretz Israel on the eve of WWII; silver notebook holder used by the Husiatyn rebbes; a Chumash with a dedication and glosses in the handwriting of R. Ya'akov of Husiatyn and a silver candlestick from the estate of the Husiatyn Rebbes. Enclosed with the collection is an authorization by the seller, a family member that had inherited the items and attests to their origin in the homes of the Rebbes. Following is a detailed description of the items in the collection: 1. A set of cutlery for 12. Austria, 1920s. (Manufactured by Alexander Sturm). The set is composed of 12 small forks, 12 medium-sized forks, 12 large forks. 12 teaspoons, 12 medium-sized spoons, 12 tablespoons, 12 large knives, 12 medium-sized knives, 12 small knives, 3 sugar spoons and four serving cutlery. 2. One silver candlestick. Berlin, [late 19th century]. Height: 36.5 cm. 3. Five Books of the Torah (Mikra'ot Gedolot) in one volume. Published by Schocken, Berlin, 1937. Before the title page is a dedication in rhyme in the handwriting of R. Ya'akov Friedman of Husiatyn who dedicated the book as a gift for the bar-mitzvah of his son, Mordechai Shraga Bauminger. On the leaves of the Chumashim are dozens of (penciled) glosses in the handwriting of the Rebbe. Vol. 19.5 cm. Torn title page, most of it is missing. 4. Silver notebook holder (for "kvitlach" or personal notes) and for a pen. Russia, 1908-1917. An oblong notebook holder, the inside and bottom are covered with a green velvet fabric [a kvittel handwritten by Rebbe Ya'akov of Husiatyn which matches this holder appeared in Kedem Catalog no. 10, Item 492]. Length: 26 cm. Width: 14 cm. R. Yisrael Friedman of Husiatyn (1858-1949, Encyclopedia L'Chassidut, Vol. 2, pp. 561-562), eldest of the Ruzhyn Rebbes, was the last grandson of R. Yisrael of Ruzhyn. He was born in 1858 to R. Mordechai Feivish of Husiatyn, and from 1894 succeeded him as Rebbe of Husiatyn. He was known for his adherence to the Ruzhyn tradition with his aristocratic manner and royal demeanor. He was also celebrated for his trait of truth. His uncle R. David Moshe of Chortkov said about him: "He is the truth". During WWI, he moved to Vienna and established his court together with the rest of the Ruzhyn rebbes. He was very active on behalf of the settlements in Eretz Israel and in 1937 he himself made aliya and resided in Tel Aviv. With the rise of the Nazi party, he often urged his Chassidim to escape Europe and would say: "Whoever can sell should sell, and whoever cannot, should leave everything and flee from here with only his sack on his shoulder". Well known is the story of his prayer at the grave of the Or HaChaim in the presence of leading kabbalists [during the Holocaust, at the time the Nazi army commanded by Rommel was nearing Egypt and the lives of the Jews living in Eretz Israel were in great danger] at which time he announced that the enemy would not govern Eretz Israel. He died at the age of 92 on Chanuka of 1948. Amazingly, in his testament written in 1939, he requested to be buried in Jerusalem, however, "if this is not possible in Jerusalem" he requested to be buried in Safed or Tiberias. Since at the time of his death, the way to the Mount of Olives was blocked, he was buried in Tiberias. His only son-in-law and successor is R. Ya'akov Friedman of Husiatyn (1879-1957, Encyclopedia L'Chassidut, Vol. 2, pp. 244-245), son of R. Yitzchak of Buhu?i and son-in-law of his uncle R. Yisrael of Husiatyn. Prominent scholar and erudite in Torah and Chassidism, he was also learned in secular studies. One of the founders of Chevrat Yishuv Eretz Yisrael in Vienna. Immigrated to Eretz Israel in 1937 and after the death of his illustrious father-in-law, was appointed his successor as Husiatyn Rebbe in Tel Aviv. Some of his Torah teachings are printed in the book Ohalei Ya'akov. The Ruzhyn Rebbes were renowned for their special aristocratic conduct and their royal demeanor, fitting for descendants of King David. Most outstanding in this tradition was Rebbe Yisrael of Husiatyn who was famous for his royal conduct. A holy person, who lived his entire life with heavenly devotion to G-d, yet his conduct with other people was pleasant and kind, with royal manners. These utensils represent the wealth and royal conduct of the House of Ruzhyn. Enclosed is the authorization of the seller, a family member who inherited these items.