Lot 61: Letter by the First Husiatyn Rebbe - Son of Rabbi Yisrael of Ruzhin
November 15, 2016
Jerusalem, IsraelLive Auction
Description: Letter signed by the elder Husiatyn Rebbe, Rebbe Mordechai Feibish Friedman, to his cherished son-in-law Rebbe Menachem Nachum of Boyan, "To my dear beloved son-in-law Rabbi Menachem Nachum, and his wife, my dear clever modest daughter Chava". [Husiatyn, c. 1890]. Scribal writing, with the signature of the Rebbe "Mordechai Feibish son of Rabbi Yisrael". With good wishes: "A good, blessed year for long life G-d in his mercy and compassion should give you a ketiva v'chatima tova and you should merit raising your daughter Miriam and your son Aharon with other children that G-d should give you ". R. Mordechai Shraga Feibish Friedman (1835-1894), the youngest son of R. Yisrael of Ruzhin, at the age of 16 began to serve as rebbe in conjunction with his elder brothers, but after one and a half years he moved to Mykulyntsi and resided there three years. In 1854 he relocated to Strzy??w and in 1865 he established his court in Husiatyn and served there as rebbe for almost 30 years. He was renowned for his noble aristocratic conduct which was evident in his speech, his dress and in his entire conduct. The Galician dukes were friendly with him and treated him favorably. In his arrival in Husiatyn, he purchased the castle of Duke Gluchovsky, a Galician governor. He renovated it and converted it into his residence and adjacent to his home he established his Beit Midrash. He conducted his court with grandeur and majestic splendor as his father and brothers before him. He had very wealthy Chassidim and he encouraged their dealings in business but warned them from the pitfalls of pride and neglect of Torah study. In his days, Husiatyn thrived due to the thousands of guests that swarmed to his holy court. Splendid dynasties of Ruzhin rebbes descended from R. Mordechai Shraga Feibish. His son who succeeded him was R. Yisrael of Husiatyn who in his senior years immigrated to Tel Aviv. His eldest son, R. Shalom Yosef died at a young age in 1883 (father of the renowned Rebbe Moshe'nyu Friedman of Cracow). His sons-in-law were R. Yitzchak Meir Heshel the Kopychyntsi Rebbe, and the recipient of this letter, R. Menachem Nachum Friedman, the Boyan-Chernivtsi Rebbe (son of the Pachad Yitzchak of Boyan and grandson of Rebbe Avraham Ya'akov of Sadigura). Leaf 22 cm. High-quality paper, good condition.