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Lot Number 409

Birthday Greeting to Saul Pinchas Rabbinowicz from the Committee of Zionist Associations of Brisk, Lithuania – Handwritten on Stationery with Jewish National Fund “Zion” Stamps – April 1905

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Lot Number 409

Birthday Greeting to Saul Pinchas Rabbinowicz from the Committee of Zionist Associations of Brisk, Lithuania – Handwritten on Stationery with Jewish National Fund “Zion” Stamps – April 1905

A birthday greeting to Saul Pinchas Rabbinowicz (known by the Hebrew acronym Shepher) from the leadership of the Central Committee of the Zionist Associations in Brisk, Lithuania. Handwritten on the committee’s official stationery, with "Zion" stamps of the Jewish National Fund affixed to it. Brisk (Brest), Lithuania, 1 Nissan 5665 (April 6, 1905).
The letter was sent to the author and historian Saul Pinchas Rabbinowicz, who was among the first members of the Hovevei Zion movement, on the occasion of his sixtieth birthday. It notes his great and pioneering influence upon the Zionist idea both in his writings in favor of the return to Zion and as secretary of the Mazkeret Moshe Association.
The letter, which bears the signatures of ten of the committee members and two of its secretaries, is stamped "Central Committee of the Zionist Associations, Brisk, Lithuania".
An illustration depicting men sowing and plowing fields on one side, and men and women praying at the Western Wall on the other side, is printed at the the top of the page (the official stationery of the committee’s leadership). Two verses from Psalms are printed between these two illustrations: "Oh, that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion!" (Psalms 14:7) and "If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its cunning" (Psalms 137:5).
[1] leaf, 28 cm. Good-fair condition. Folding marks and creases. Some stains. Small tears at the edges, most of them reinforced with tape. Small open tear on the left-hand edge.
Provenance: Rimon Family Collection.

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