Lot 92: Letters of Good Wishes for a Wedding in the Family of Rabbi Weizel, Rabbi of Baranovich - Dozens of Letter by Lithuanian Rabbis and Heads of the Baranovich and Novardok Yeshivas
November 15, 2016
Jerusalem, IsraelLive Auction
Description: Large collection of letters and telegrams with good wishes upon the marriage of the groom R. Shmuel Weizel, son of R. David Weizel, Rabbi of Baranovich (Baranavichy, Poland), with the bride Hinda Segal daughter of R. Shalom Yitzchak Segal, Rabbi of Supra?l (Poland) and Tr??k? (Lithuania). The wedding took place in Tr??k? in the month of Adar 1933. Letters, postcards and telegrams with good wishes, "alternative" telegrams [leaves which look like telegrams printed and sent by various charity institutes, on which people write their good wishes in their own handwriting and later are sent together by these institutes. This collection contains many telegrams of Tomchei Torah - a fund for assisting the young men studying at the Baranovich Yeshiva; of Ezrat Torah, the library of the Mir Yeshiva; the charity fund of the Beit Yosef-Novardok Yeshiva in Bia?ystok; Keren Hayishuv affiliated with Agudat Yisrael; Or Torah Yeshiva in Tiberias; and telegrams with greetings, issued by the JNF, with Zionist postage stamps]. An impressive collection of dozens of autographs of great Lithuanian scholars, Torah leaders and heads of yeshivas and mussar figures. Among the telegrams from the Baranovich Yeshiva are letters of greetings and good wishes in the handwriting of the heads of the yeshiva: R. Elchanan Wasserman and R. David HaCohen Rappaport [author of Mikdash David], R. Simcha Wasserman, R. Zvi Guttman. Letters of greeting and good wishes from Rebbetzin Bluma Lubchansky, R. Asher Boirsky and many families in the community. Among the "telegrams" from the Mir Yeshiva is a letter of good wishes from "Naftali Beinish Wasserman" [son of R. Elchanan] and "Yisrael Mendel Kaplan". Among the "telegrams" from the Novardok Yeshiva [in which the groom studied] are letters from the mashgiach R. Yisrael Movshovitz, R. Nissan Patshinsky and R. Chaim Zeitchik Letters from R. Yehuda Leib Fine, Rabbi of Slonim; R. Yechiel Michel Rabinowitz, Rabbi of Shtotzin [author of Afikei Yam]; R. Meir Avovitz, Rabbi of Navahrudak; heads of yeshivas and spiritual heads of various Novardok branches; dozens of other letters by rabbis and head of yeshivas in Lithuania and Poland and dozens more from family members and friends. [For more details, see Hebrew description]. R. Shmuel Weizel (1905-1978) was a prominent student of the Beit Yosef-Novardok Yeshiva in Bia?ystok and a childhood friend of the Steipler. He made aliya to Eretz Israel in 1935 and served as Rabbi of several Tel-Aviv neighborhoods (Ya'avetz-HaTavor, and from 1958, rabbi of the Brenner neighborhood). The father of the groom is R. David Weizel (1875-Tishrei 1958), son-in-law of R. Chaim Yehuda Leib Lubchansky (the first rabbi of the Jewish community in Baranovich). After the death of R. Chaim Yehuda Leib, R. Yisrael Ya'akov Lubchansky (mashgiach of the Baranovich Yeshiva) succeeded his father, but he resigned and passed on the rabbinate to his brother-in-law R. David Weizel who held the position of rabbi of the city for 35 years, from 1906 until he was banished to Siberia in 1941. He was celebrated for his humility and piety. R. Yerucham of Mir attested that the Rabbi of Baranovich is a shining example of someone who flees honor, yet honor pursues him (Hane'eman Year 10, Issue 8, p. 35). After World War II, Rabbi David served as member of the Ichud HaRabbanim (union of rabbis) in the Prague DP Camp, and later traveled to Paris in 1947 and from there made Aliya to Tel Aviv. He lived a long life and died in Tishrei 1957. The father of the bride, R. Shalom Yitzchak Segal (1884-1935) was a leading Lithuanian rabbi, famous for his erudite Torah knowledge and his piety. He served for 20 years in the city of Supra?l and from 1921 as Rabbi of Tr??k?. More than 140 letters and telegrams. Size and condition vary.Very good to fair condition. Overall good condition.