Auction 63 - Rare and Important Items

Interesting Letter from the Steipler to his Mechutan Rabbi Yosef Shalom Elyashiv – Tammuz 1951 – During the Engagement Period of his Son Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky to Rebbetzin Batsheva – "…Our Only Desire is that the Dear Kallah Completely Satisfied"

Opening: $1,800
Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000
Sold for: $5,250
Including buyer's premium
Letter (approx. 21 lines), handwritten by and with the full signature of R. Yaakov Yisrael Kanievsky, to his son's father-in-law R. Yosef Shalom Elyashiv. Bnei Brak, Rosh Chodesh Tammuz 1951.
This letter was written during the engagement period of R. Chaim Kanievsky to Rebbetzin Batsheva, daughter of R. Yosef Shalom. The letter pertains to buying used furniture from a certain settlement near Gedera. The Steipler writes that his wife, the rebbetzin, intends to travel there to inspect the furniture, and thoughtfully inquires whether the Kallah (bride) would allow her mother-in-law to choose the furniture without her, or would prefer to select furniture herself: "…Please inform me whether Batsheva agrees that my wife purchase them if they seem suitable, or would she rather come to view them herself. We are concerned that she may have a specific design or style in mind. She should decide solely based on her wishes, and not just because we have agreed from our part, since our only desire is that the dear Kallah is completely satisfied. Please inform us of her opinion and wishes on the matter as soon as possible…".
Informative and interesting letter, which discloses the Steipler's great ability to pay attention to details and take into consideration the sentiments and wishes of the Kallah, so that she be completely content with the choice of furniture for her new home.
Official stationery. Approx. 24 cm. Good condition. Wear and creases.
Lithuanian Rabbis of the Past Generation – Manuscripts, Letters and Signatures
Lithuanian Rabbis of the Past Generation – Manuscripts, Letters and Signatures