Lot 79: Letter by the Rogatchover Gaon Yosef Rosen, Rabby of Dvinsk - Two Signatures
November 15, 2016
Jerusalem, IsraelLive Auction
Description: Autograph letter signed by the Rogatchover Gaon, Rabbi Yosef Rosen. Dvinsk, Tamuz 1930. Responsum on the laws of unintentionally looking at women, sent to Jerusalem to Rabbi Shlomo Sobol of Dvinsk. At the end of the letter, he takes interest in the well-being of "the senior R' Zalman Levine" who resides in the old-age home in Jerusalem and he signs "Yosef Rosen Rabbi here". After the signature are several more lines, handwritten by him and signed again: "Yosef Rosen". This responsum has been printed by Rabbi Shlomo Sobol in the book Salmat Yosef - Tzofnat Pa'ane'ach (Jerusalem, 1948; 1956) Siman 8, with the omission of the sharp statement: "And do not bother me again with matters because I am very busy ". R. Yosef Rosen (1858-1936) - known as the Rogatchover (after his birthtown Rogachev), was a Chabad-Kapust Chassid. In his youth, he was a disciple of R. Yosef Dov Ber Soloveitchik, author of Beit HaLevi together with his son R. Chaim of Brisk. From 1889, he served as rabbi of the Chabad Chassidic community in the city of Dvinsk in Latvia alongside the Rabbi of the city, author of the Or Same'ach, a position he held for 40 years. A remarkable prodigy known for his sharpness, he was proficient in all areas and fine points of the Torah, produced definitions profound hypotheses and original ways of Torah study. Many tales are told of his genius and indescribable diligence. His legendary brilliance was also highly regarded by the general public in his days and Bialik was reputed as saying that "two Einsteins could be carved out from the mind of the Rogatchover". The Rogatchever dealt extensively in explaining the teachings of the Rambam and wrote numerous halachic responsa. His responsa and novellae were published in his Tzofnat Pa'ane'ach series. His printed books are a small part of the endless fountain of his Torah knowledge with its incessant flow. Due to the depth of his thoughts and his concise manner of writing, several projects have risen in recent generations to decipher his words and to publish his works in annotated editions. Postcard, 14X10 cm. Closely written on both sides. More than 30 handwritten lines. Good condition.