Lot 36: Melo HaRo'im - Copy which Belonged to Rebbe David Morgenstern of Kotzk and to Rabbi Avraham Borenstein of Sochaczew
November 15, 2016
Jerusalem, IsraelLive Auction
Description: Melo HaRo'im, two parts. A methodology of the Talmud and poskim, by R. Ya'akov Zvi Yallish, Rabbi of Dyn?w. Liepzig [Lemberg, 1865. Third edition]. On the title page and endpapers are many signatures and inscriptions, including ownership inscriptions of R. David Morgenstern of Kotzk [the second Kotzk Rebbe], in Polish and Russian, and many signatures and inscriptions of R. Lipman David Shawkas, Rabbi and posek of Kotzk. Among the numerous ownership inscriptions and other inscriptions, appears the handwritten signature: "Avraham Borenstein" [R. Avraham Borenstein of Sochaczew, son-in-law of the Kotzker Rebbe who was a study partner of his relative R. Lipman David at the time they both resided in Kotzk], possibly this copy was in his possession at a certain stage. R. David Morgenstern - the second Kotzker Rebbe (1909-1973) was the eldest son of R. Mendeli of Kotzk and his successor as rebbe. Disciple of R. Bunim of Przysucha. Known for his genius and profound holiness. After his father died in 1859, most of the Chassidim followed the Chiddushei HaRim of Ger, however many of the sharp-minded Kotzkers were drawn to his close friend R. David who followed in the footsteps of his father, the Seraph of Kotzk. His sayings were sharp and concise and pierced the depth of one's soul and demanded perfection, comprehension and deep awareness. R. Avraham Borenstein - the first Sochatchov Rebbe (1839-1890), a leading Torah genius and tsaddik in his times. Son-in-law of R. Menachem Mendel "The Seraph of Kotzk". While serving as Rebbe to thousands of Chassidim, he held the position of head of a yeshiva where he taught his special method of studying Torah [as he writes in the introduction to his books, he received this method from his father-in-law, R. Mendeli of Kotzk]. Many of Poland's Torah scholars were his close disciples (the Chelkat Yo'av, Rabbi Aryeh Zvi Frumer, the Gaon of Kozieg?owy, Rabbi Avraham Weinberg, author of Reshit Bikurim, and others). His Avnei Nezer and Eglei Tal responsa on the melachot of Shabbat are basic study books in the area of Torah scholarship and Halacha. R. Lipman David (R. Duvcha) Shawkas (1830-c. 1924) was raised in the home of R. Mendil of Kotzk and at the age of 14, the Rebbe wed him to his niece who also grew up in the home of her uncle R. Mendeli. For many years he and his cousin (the Rebbe's son-in-law) R. Avraham Borenstein of Sochaczew, studied together in a deep scholarly fashion following the profound study methods of their teacher the Kotzker Rebbe. At the age of 16, he was given a semicha by his uncle the Kotzker Rebbe who also appointed him posek in the city of Kotzk, a position he held for 25 years. In 1885, he moved to serve as rabbi and Av Beit Din of Lubart?w and remained there for 13 years until he moved to Eretz Israel in 1898 following the Kotzker Rebbe's directive. Upon his arrival in Jerusalem, he was appointed Ra'avad of the Chassidic Beit Din in the city and remained in that capacity for 25 years. His teachings were recently printed in the Chiddushei HaGrad series. , 115, 64; 31 leaves. 26 cm. Good-fair condition. Wear and stains. Back cover is torn and detached; front cover is missing.