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Lot 70: Halachic Responsum in the Handwriting of the Siget Rebbe, Author of Atzei Chaim

Auction 53 - Rare and Important Items

by Kedem Public Auction House Ltd

November 15, 2016

Jerusalem, Israel

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Description: Letter with halachic responsum to R. Chaim Zvi Teitelbaum, Rabbi of Siget and its district, regarding the kashrut of a syrup made from wormy berries. At the end of the letter are names to be mentioned in his prayers. In the handwriting of Rabbi Mordechai Zvi Segal Adler Rabbi in the city. Uhla (Uglya), 1906. On the fourth page of the letter is a halachic responsum on the subject (approximately 7 lines), in the handwriting of R. Chaim Zvi Teitelbaum, author of Atzei Chaim who writes: "…And I wonder why he decided to stack all the stringencies on one stone…". His final responsum appears in the Atzei Chaim responsa Siman 8, but this draft does not appear in that final responsum. R. Chaim Zvi Teitelbaum, author of Atzei Chaim (1880-1926), son of the author of Kedushat Yom Tov Rabbi Chananaya Yom Tov Lipa Teitelbaum and from 1904 successor as Rabbi and Av Beit Din of Siget and as rebbe of Siget Chassidim. Son-in-law of Rebbe Shalom Eliezer Halberstam of ?jfeh?rt? (Ratzfert) son of the Divrei Chaim of Sanz. Traveled to Chassidic tsaddikim of his times, especially to his uncles, R. Yechezkel Shraga of Sieniawa and R. Baruch of G?rlitz, as well as to R. Yehoshua of Belz. Prominent Torah scholar and outstanding holy G-d fearing person, he reputedly never forgot anything he learned and was known for his exceptional cleverness. A short while after he was appointed Rabbi of Siget [capital of the Maramure? region] at the age of 24, and rebbe of Siget Chassidim, he became a foremost Hungarian leader who determined the policies of the national Orthodox office of the country. His had major impact on almost all Hungarian Charedi communities, both those belonging to the Chassidic sector and those belonging to the Ashkenazi sector. His opinion held much weight and was conclusive in choosing rabbis and appointing the dayanim and shochtim of the various communities, especially those in which Siget Chassidim dwelled [Siget was the largest Chassidic dynasty in the Maramure? region]. His was the elder brother and teacher of R. Yoel Teitelbaum of Satmar. R. Mordechai Zvi HaLevi Adler (Otzar HaRabbanim 14236, 1860-c. 1937), disciple of Yitav Lev and disciple of the Maharam Shick. Dayan, posek and shochet and bodek in Uglya near Chust. Author of the two volumes Ir Mivtzar (Svalyava, 1909). 4 pages, 21 cm. High-quality paper. Good-fair condition. Stains and folding creases. Few tears to margins.

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