Auction 63 - Rare and Important Items

Heter Me'a Rabbanim Following the Holocaust – For R. Mordechai Rokeach, Rebbe of Biłgoraj, Father of the Current Rebbe of Belz – Jerusalem, Iyar 1946

Opening: $15,000
Estimate: $30,000 - $40,000
Sold for: $20,000
Including buyer's premium
Court ruling (3 large pages), Heter Me'a Rabbanim – signed by 115 rabbis, permitting Rebbe Mordechai Rokeach to remarry, after his first wife disappeared during the Holocaust. Iyar 22, 1946.
The court ruling begins with the account of the disappearance of Rebbetzin Batsheva Rokeach (daughter of Rebbe Moshe Aharon Rabinowitz of Kobryn), after she travelled in 1941 with her young daughter to Kobryn to visit her ailing mother, "and meanwhile, the accursed war between the Germans and the Russians broke out". In the summer of 1942, the eradication of the Jews of Kobryn was already publicized, and according to information which reached the organization of Kobryn Immigrants – of the thousands of Jews living in Kobryn before the Holocaust, only a few survived.
The signatories are headed by the dayanim of the Beit Din of Chassidim in Jerusalem: R. Yerucham Fischel Bernstein, R. Naftali Tzvi Schmerler and R. Yisrael Yitzchak HaLevi Reisman, followed by dozens more signatures (on both sides of the page) – from rabbis, rebbes, and young Torah scholars of Jerusalem, including: R. Yosef Meir Kahane (Rebbe of Spinka); R. Chanoch Dov Padwa (later rabbi of the Union of Orthodox communities in London); R. Shlomo Schreiber (a dean of the Chayei Olam yeshiva); R. Moshe Haskin (the rabbi from Pryluky); R. Shmuel Kipnis (head of Otzar HaPoskim); R. Yoel Ashkenazi Rabbi of Iași; R. Meir Stalwitz (Rabbi of Zichron Moshe, the rabbi of Choslovitz); R. Binyamin Rabinowitz (later member of the Eda HaCharedit Beit Din and Rebbe of the Mishkenot HaRo'im community); R. Yehoshua Mordechai Feigenbaum (the rabbi of Sobrance); R. Avraham Yitzchak Kohn (later Rebbe of Toldot Aharon); R. Avraham Chaim Roth (later Rebbe of Shomrei Emunim); R. Shalom Safrin (Rebbe of Komarna); R. Elazar Meir Bein; R. Yosef Binyamin Rubin; R. Chaim Yisrael Haltovsky and others.
R. Mordechai Rokeach, Rebbe of Biłgoraj (1901-1949, Encyclopedia L'Chassidut III, pp. 224-225), was the son of Rebbe Yissachar Dov of Belz. Following the death of his father, he was appointed rabbi of Biłgoraj, renouncing the position of rebbe to his older brother. During the Holocaust, after much wandering, he found his brother and they travelled together until they managed to flee to Hungary and from there to Eretz Israel. Upon their arrival, R. Mordechai became one of the most prominent figures in Eretz Israel and assisted his brother with the reestablishment of the Belz dynasty. In 1946, upon receiving word that his wife and children were murdered in the Holocaust, he turned to receive a Heter Me'a Rabbanim to remarry (the evidence of his wife's murder in Kobryn was not based on verified testimonies, since almost no survivors remained from Kobryn, and the Rebbe was concerned about the Cherem of Rabbeinu Gershom). He remarried to Rebbetzin Miriam (Glick, from the city of Satmar) and passed away shortly thereafter. His only son from that marriage, the current Rebbe of Belz, was born in Shevat 1948.
3 pages, 32.5 cm. [2] typewritten pages, and a page and a half with the handwritten signatures of 115 rabbis and rebbes. Good-fair condition. Water damage.
Chassidic Luminaries – Manuscripts, Letters and Signatures
Chassidic Luminaries – Manuscripts, Letters and Signatures