Auction 63 - Rare and Important Items

Document Signed by the Imrei Emet, Rebbe of Ger and Rabbi Meir Dan Plotzky Author of Kli Chemda – Poland, 1920s

Opening: $3,000
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Document signed by rabbis and community activists, with an addition handwritten and signed by the Rebbe of Ger: "This letter is also with my consent. So says Avraham Mordechai Alter". [Poland, ca. 1920s].
Concluding paragraph of a mimeographed, public letter, with handwritten signatures and additions. The printed letter, lacking its upper part, bears signatures of the four "members of the executive committee, the financial committee": R. "Meir Dan Refael son of R. Ch. Y" (the Gaon of Dvohrt, author of Kli Chemda); "Yeshaya Ringelblum[?]"; R. "Yitzchak Meir Levin" (leader of Agudat Yisrael); "Yaakov Trokenheim" (Agudat Yisrael representative in the Warsaw city council).
The letter pertains to a fundraising campaign for some important public cause (presumably of Agudat Yisrael, or of the Orthodox Coalition of the Warsaw Kehilla), and requests the financial support of wealthy members.
R. Meir Dan Plotzky (1866-1926), author of "Kli Chemda", was a leading Polish Torah scholar and rabbi, disciple of the Nefesh Chaya, the Gaon of Kutno and the "Avnei Nezer". He served as rabbi of Dvohrt (Warta) and Ostrów-Mozowiecka, and participated in the famous expedition of the prominent rabbis who traveled to the US in 1924.
R. Avraham Mordechai Alter (1866-1948), the third Gerrer Rebbe, son of the Sfat Emet, was a holy Torah scholar. Founder of Agudat Yisrael and prominent leader of Orthodox Jewry before the Holocaust, he served as Rebbe to tens of thousands of Ger Chassidim in Poland. The majority of his Chassidim as well as dozens of his descendants perished in the Holocaust, however the Rebbe miraculously survived and immigrated to Jerusalem, where he rebuilt the Ger dynasty and yeshivot. His sons who survived the Holocaust were the Beit Yisrael, Lev Simcha and Pnei Menachem, who all in turn later served as Rebbe of Ger. He was called the Imrei Emet after his book.
R. Yitzchak Meir HaKohen Levin (1893-1971), leader of the World Agudat Yisrael in Poland and Eretz Israel, was the grandson of the Sfat Emet of Ger and son-in-law of his uncle Rebbe Avraham Mordechai, Imrei Emet of Ger. He immigrated to Eretz Israel in 1940, and represented the interests of Orthodox Jewry in the government in the period of the founding of the State, acting as minister in the first governments of the State of Israel.
R. Yaakov Trokenheim (1888-1943) was a Gerrer Chassid. A member of the Warsaw Kehilla council, and from 1926, vice-president and later president of the Kehilla board. He was a member of the Warsaw city council in 1919-1939, of the senate in 1935-1937 and of the Polish Sejm from 1937.
[1] leaf. 17.5 cm. Good condition. Upper part cut and lacking.
Chassidic Luminaries – Manuscripts, Letters and Signatures
Chassidic Luminaries – Manuscripts, Letters and Signatures