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Lot 73: Letter by Rabbi Simcha of Dessau (Author of Glosses on the Talmud) to Rabbi David Berlin, Author of Korban Ha'Eda

Auction 53 - Rare and Important Items

by Kedem Public Auction House Ltd

November 15, 2016

Jerusalem, Israel

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Description: Autograph letter with the full signature of R. Simcha Halberstam Rabbi of Dessau, who signed "Simcha son of …R. Z. H. Dessau". Dessau, Elul, 1769. This letter is addressed to R. David Berlin, Rabbi of the Altona, Wandsbek and Hamburg communities [author of Korban HaEda] with R. Simcha's admonishment not to support the "evil" shochet who is attempting to cause many to transgress Torah law. R. Simcha [Ashkenazi-Halberstam] of Dessau, a prominent Torah scholar of the second half of the 18th century, one of the five renowned sons of R. Zvi Hirsh Charif Rabbi of Halberstadt, author of Ateret Zvi, Tiferet Zvi, etc. In 1755, in the capacity of his first rabbinical position in the city of ??czna he was already considered a prominent Torah leaders of his times. In 1761, after his father relocated to serve in the Hanover rabbinate, his son R. Simcha succeeded him as Rabbi of Sokal and in 1768 after R. David Berlin left the Dessau rabbinate to serve as Rabbi of the three communities, Altona, Wandsbek and Hamburg, Rabbi Simcha was summoned to succeed him in the Dessau rabbinate. Thereafter he was called Rabbi Simcha of Dessau. He was counted among the leading Torah scholars and teachers in his days and his signature appears in approbations of many books printed in his time. His glosses on the Talmud which were found in the possession of his descendants were printed in the Vilna edition of the Talmud and his thoughts written in these glosses are often cited in later books. Among his descendants are R. Mordechai Halberstam Rabbi of Komarno, [grandfather of the celebrated researcher R. Shlomo Zalman Chaim Halberstam of Bielsko]. The descendants of his brother, R. Naftali Hertz Halberstam - Rabbi of Dubno, continued the dynasty of Halberstam rebbes. His son R. Moshe Halberstam Rabbi of Sataniv, father of R. Simcha Halberstam who was father of R. Aryeh Leibush Halberstam Rabbi of Tarnogr?d, father of the illustrious Rabbi Chaim Halberstam Rabbi of Sanz, author of Divrei Chaim who has many descendants named Simcha after the Rabbi Simcha Halberstam, Rabbi of Dessau. Approximately 15X17 cm. Good condition. Unsymmetrical margins (cut). Folding creases. This letter was printed in the Moriah compilation, Issue 356-357, Av 2010, p. 61.

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