Auction 63 - Rare and Important Items

Letter from Rebbe Tzvi Hirsh of Liska – Liska, 1872

Opening: $12,000
Estimate: $15,000 - $18,000
Interesting letter from Rebbe Tzvi Hirsh of Liska, with his full signature: "Tzvi Hirsh son of R. A. Rabbi of Liska". Liska (Olaszliszka), Iyar 1872.
Addressed to his relative R. Avraham HaLevi Kelner, posek in Nagykövesd (Veľký Kamenec). The Rebbe apologizes for his refusal to get involved in appointing a rabbi as dayan and posek, and in appointing a Shochet and Bodek in one of the villages: "Behold, when he was by me last week, I did not fulfill his wish in the matter at hand and I did not explain to him my motive for this… behold, I have always totally refrained from dealing with these three issues, i.e. Shochet and Bodek, dayanim and poskim, since these are lofty matters, therefore I have removed this yoke from my shoulders and left these weighty decisions to those who are greater than myself…".
R. Tzvi Hirsh Friedman – the Rabbi of Liska (1798-1874) was a leading Hungarian rebbe, of the first generation of Chassidism in Hungary. He was a disciple of the Yismach Moshe, Rebbe Shalom of Belz, R. Yisrael of Ruzhin, R. Meir of Premishlan and the Divrei Chaim of Sanz. He was reputed for the salvations he effected, and people flocked to him from throughout the country seeking his blessings. He authored Ach Pri Tevua, HaYashar VeHaTov, and more. His prominent disciple was R. Yeshaya of Kerestir, who signed all his signatures as: "who was the close attendant of the pious Rabbi of Liska".
[1] leaf. 28 cm. Written by a scribe with the handwritten signature of the Rebbe. Fair condition. Tears and stains. Slight damage to the text. Marginal paper repairs. Mounted on paper for preservation.
Chassidic Luminaries – Manuscripts, Letters and Signatures
Chassidic Luminaries – Manuscripts, Letters and Signatures