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Responsa Atzei Chaim and Atzei Chaim on Laws of Mikvaot – First Edition – Sighet, 1939 – Two Books in One Volume

Atzei Chaim, responsa on the four parts of Shulchan Aruch, with Part II on laws of Mikvaot, by Rebbe Chaim Tzvi Teitelbaum Rabbi of Sighet. Sighet (Sighetu Marmației): Yaakov Grünwald, [1939]. First edition. Two parts in one volume; divisional title pages.
Signatures on the title page: "Shalom Tzvi Gertner, Nyírtass"; "Chaim Pollack[?] Munkacs".
Inscription dated 1944 on back endpaper, attesting that the book belongs to R. Yisrael Efraim Fishel Landau, head of the Kleinwardein Beit Din (1901 – perished in the Holocaust 1944), son-in-law of Rebbe Yaakov Yechezkiyah Grünwald of Pupa, the Vayaged Yaakov.

Part I: [4], 2-133 leaves. Part II: [3], 4-31 leaves. 29 cm. Good condition. Stains, including dark stains. Creases and minor wear. Inscriptions on title page. New leather binding.

Rebbe Chaim Tzvi Teitelbaum Rabbi of Sighet, the Atzei Chaim (1880-1926), son of Rebbe Chananya Yom Tov Lipa Teitelbaum, the Kedushat Yom Tov, and son-in-law of Rebbe Shalom Eliezer Halberstam of Ratzfert (son of the Divrei Chaim of Sanz). He frequented the courts of the Tzaddikim of his generation, in particular his uncles Rebbe Yechezkel Shraga of Shinova and R. Baruch of Gorlitz, as well as Rebbe Yehoshua of Belz. He was an outstanding Torah scholar, exceptionally holy and G-d-fearing. Reputedly, he never forgot anything he learned. After his father's passing in 1904, at the young age of 24, he was appointed rabbi and rebbe of Sighet (capital of the Maramureș county), and became known as one of the leaders of Hungarian Jewry who established the national policies of the Orthodox bureau of the country. He was very influential, and his opinion regarding the appointment of rabbis, dayanim and shochatim was conclusive, especially in communities with a dominant constituency of Sighet Chassidim (Sighet was the largest and principal Chassidic court in Maramureș). His younger brother was Rebbe Yoel Teitelbaum of Satmar.