Auction 63 - Rare and Important Items

Letter from Rebbe Shalom Eliezer Halberstam of Ratzfert – Tarnów, 1897 – "…I am the Son of the Righteous and Holy Rabbi of Sanz, and Brother of the Righteous and Holy Rabbi of Shinova"

Opening: $4,000
Estimate: $7,000 - $9,000
Sold for: $9,375
Including buyer's premium
Letter signed by Rebbe Shalom Eliezer Halberstam. [Tarnów, 1897]. Written by a scribe and signed by R. "Shalom Eliezer Halberstam son of the rabbi of Sanz". Stamps in Hebrew and Latin characters from the period of his residence in Tarnów: "Rabiner S.L. Halberstam, Tarnow, Galizien".
Addressed to a Jewish philanthropist in Hungary, the Rebbe writes: "…When I was in Hungary I heard of his honor… I am the son of the righteous and holy Rabbi of Sanz, and brother of the righteous and holy Rabbi of Shinova, and since I am very impoverished and the needs are great before the festivals, I am hereby pleading his honor... to afford me his generous donation, and in that merit may G-d bless his wealth and pour upon him an abundance of blessing and success, life and peace forever, and I too will pray for his wellbeing always …".
Rebbe Shalom Eliezer Halberstam (1862-1944) was one of the younger sons of the Divrei Chaim, Rebbe of Sanz, a leading righteous man and wonder-worker in the pre-Holocaust generation. Already as a youngster, prominent rebbes spoke of his holiness and lofty soul. For instance, during his stay in Sanz, the Tiferet Shlomo, Rebbe of Radomsk, reputedly pointed to R. Shalom Eliezer and said that at the coming of the Messiah he will be among the Jewish leaders. At the time of his father's death, he was only 14 years old, and was raised by his elder brother, the Rebbe of Shinova. He married his niece, daughter of his sister and brother-in-law Rebbe Mordechai Dov Twersky, Rabbi of Hornostaipil. In 1886, R. Shalom Eliezer settled in the city of Tarnów (Galicia), and cloistered himself in the kloiz of the Sanz Chassidim studying Torah day and night. In 1899, he established his court in Ratzfert (Ujfeherto, Hungary), remaining there for over 40 years. His reputation as a wonder-worker drew Jews from all over Hungary to his court in Ratzfert, who were subsequently helped by his blessings (see Rabbeinu HaKadosh MiRatzfert, Bnei Brak 2007, for numerous testimonies and accounts of miracles and salvations he effected). During the Holocaust he refused to abandon his community, and perished with them in Auschwitz in Sivan 1944.
Postcard. 14X9 cm. Good condition.
Chassidic Luminaries – Manuscripts, Letters and Signatures