Auction 63 - Rare and Important Items

Letter from Rebbe Menashe Rubin of Ropshitz – Invitation to his Daughter's Wedding – Elul 1857

Opening: $2,000
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Sold for: $16,250
Including buyer's premium
Letter signed by Rebbe Menashe Rubin of Ropshitz (Ropczyce). Invitation to the wedding of his daughter Reitza with the groom R. Eliezer Lipa. Ropshitz, [Elul 1857].
Letter written by a scribe, concluding with one line handwritten and signed by Rebbe Menashe of Ropshitz: "So are the words of he who loves him, his relative and friend who seeks the welfare of his Torah wholeheartedly, Menashe Ropshitz".
The letter was sent to the Gorlice community, addressed to the philanthropist R. Betzalel Weinberger. The verso of the leaf contains the address, and an additional letter (in Yiddish) handwritten and signed by R. Shmuel Weinberger, writing to his mother and requesting she send a certain item with the messenger bearing this letter.
Rebbe Menashe Rubin of Ropshitz (1795-1860), author of Lechem Shemeina, was the son and successor of Rebbe Asher Yeshaya Rubin of Ropshitz (1775-1845, author of Or Yesha, son-in-law and successor of Rebbe Naftali of Ropshitz) and a disciple of R. Tzvi Hirsh of Rimanov (Rymanów). His disciples include several elders of the generation who still merited learning under his grandfather R. Naftali of Ropshitz. He was renowned for his love for his fellow Jew and his desire to shower them with an abundance of livelihood and blessing. In the foreword to his book Lechem Shemeina (Lviv, 1876), printed after his demise, the publisher R. Eliezer Eisen, Posek in Istrik (Ustrzyki Dolne) wrote: "and I called it (the book) so since I remember that in his lifetime, he always wished to draw upon the Jewish people an abundance of blessing and success". He had six daughters who produced dynasties of rebbes, chassidim and great people. His sons-in-law include: his successor Rebbe Yitzchak Mariles of Ropshitz, Rebbe Chananya Yom Tov Lipa Teitelbaum of Sighet (Sighetu Marmației) the Kedushat Yom Tov (a son-in-law in his first marriage), Rebbe Yissachar Berish Eichenstein of Veretzky (Nyzhni Vorota), author of Malbush LeShabbat VeYom Tov.
The recipient of the letter, the philanthropist R. Betzalel Weinberger of Gorlice, father-in-law of R. Avraham Chaim Horowitz Rabbi of Plontch (Połaniec) (who was the father-in-law of Rebbe Yoel Teitelbaum, Rabbi of Satmar [Satu Mare], in his first marriage).
[1] folded leaf, 17.5 cm. Good condition. Folding marks, creases and stains. Writing on verso showing through.
Chassidic Luminaries – Manuscripts, Letters and Signatures