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Lengthy Responsum Letter – Six Pages Handwritten and Signed by Rabbi Moshe Feinstein – With "Complete and Total Recovery" Blessing

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Lengthy letter (six large pages) handwritten and signed by R. Moshe Feinstein. [New York], Av 1968.
Detailed responses to halachic queries on various topics, presented by his disciple R. Efraim Greenblatt (the Rivevot Efraim). R. Moshe begins and ends the letter with an inquiry on his wellbeing and extends his warm blessing for a complete recovery: "I am troubled by the state of his health, and G-d be blessed for the improvement, and we are praying to G-d to send you a complete and total recovery amongst all sick Jewish people, and hope that in merit of the Torah you will be healthy and well, which is a great necessity for Torah study and Mitzvot observance… and I, his friend and admirer am praying for his wellbeing, that He should send you a complete recovery amongst other sick Jewish people, and may you know no more illness and trouble – Moshe Feinstein".
At the foot of the letter, R. Moshe adds: "please inform me immediately of your good health, since I am very concerned, and even though I received a letter from your uncle R. N. Notte--- notifying me of the improvement in your condition, nevertheless I would like to hear from you personally – the aforementioned".
R. Moshe adds an interesting note which enlightens us on his method of recording responsa for his book Responsa Igrot Moshe, and on the difference between the book and the actual letters sent to the inquirers: "And behold, I wrote certain things concisely, and I elaborated on them in the copy I saved, since my friend understands my intent precisely, impart to the wise man and he will become yet wiser – the aforementioned". These responsa were published with variations in Responsa Igrot Moshe, Orach Chaim III (New York, 1973), sections 68-70; 99-100.
R. Moshe Feinstein (1895-1986), foremost Halachic authority in the United States, was the leader of Orthodox Jewry, chairman of the Moetzet Gedolei HaTorah and dean of the Tiferet Yerushalayim yeshiva in New York. He authored: Responsa Igrot Moshe, Dibrot Moshe – Talmudic novellae and Darash Moshe - novellae on the Torah.
Official stationery. [3] leaves, filled with close writing on both sides. 28 cm. Good condition. Light wear and minor tears.
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Lithuanian Rabbis of the Past Generation – Manuscripts, Letters and Signatures