Auction 92 Part 2 Rare and Important Manuscripts and Items of the Gross Family Collection

Emissary Letter of Rabbi Yisrael HaLevi – Hebron, 1811 – Signatures of Rabbis of Hebron

Opening: $1,500
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Sold for: $2,750
Including buyer's premium

Emissary letter of R. Yisrael HaLevi, who travelled on a fundraising mission on behalf of the Hebron community, signed by the rabbis of the city. Hebron, 1811.
The letter bears the calligraphic signatures of the rabbis of Hebron: R. Yehuda son of R. Shmuel, R. Chaim HaLevi, R. Chaim Yeshua Bijaoui, R. Yosef HaLevi, R. Yaakov Turgeman, R. Yehuda Russo, R. Eliezer ibn Arha.
At the top of the manuscript, the scribe left an empty space for inscribing the name of the philanthropist to whom the emissary letter would be addressed. In the letter, the rabbis of Hebron describe the difficult state of their community, suffering from the burden of heavy debt.
In 1811, R. Yisrael HaLevi travelled to Italy on behalf of the Hebron community. in 1814, he passed through Pesaro, where he wrote in the Emissary Pinkas (see: Dessler, Shenot Dor VaDor, II, p. 294). In 1827, his signature appears alongside the Torah scholars of the Magen David yeshivah in Jerusalem (see: Encyclopedia L'Chachmei Eretz Israel, II, p. 229).

[1] folded leaf. Approx. 28 cm. Good condition. Stains. Folding marks. Minor tear to fold.

Provenance: The Gross Family Collection, Tel Aviv, 057.011.017.

Emissary Letters