Auction 63 - Rare and Important Items

Letter from Rebbe Yisrael of Husiatyn – Blessings for Recovery and Protection

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Letter (approx. 16 lines) handwritten and signed by Rebbe "Yisrael son of Mordechai Feivish" of Husiatyn. Vienna, [ca. 1930s].
Sent to his grandson "son-in-law of my son-in-law, my dear and beloved R. Yaakov Yoshua" (R. Yaakov Yehoshua Heschel Bauminger). The Rebbe describes in great detail his state of health, that of his wife the Rebbetzin and of his daughter Rebbetzin Chava who requires surgery – "And G-d in his great mercy sent her a cure… and from now may G-d in his great compassion and kindness protect us from all illness and any trouble, Amen". The Rebbe subsequently informs him of the wellbeing of "his wife, my dear granddaughter, as well as her pleasant son, they are well, may G-d perpetuate that for eternity". The letter concludes with the Rebbe's prayers for "R. Shlomo son of Malka Sara… and I pray to G-d that he should have an imminent, complete recovery, and may his healing sprout from Heaven… so are the words of his father-in-law's father-in-law, who inquires of his wellbeing with love – Yisrael son of R. Mordechai Feivish".
Rebbe Yisrael Friedman of Husiatyn, elder of Ruzhiner Rebbes was the last grandson of Rebbe Yisrael of Ruzhin. Born in 1858 to Rebbe Mordechai Feivish of Husiatyn, he succeeded in father in Husiatyn in 1894, and from 1914, in Vienna. In 1937, he immigrated to Eretz Israel, settling in Tel-Aviv. The narrative of his prayer at the gravesite of the Or HaChaim in presence of leading Kabbalists is well-known (during the Holocaust, there was a grave concern that the Nazi army, under the command of Rommel, would conquer the Egyptian front, and from there reach Eretz Israel, annihilating G-d forbid its inhabitants) as well as his famous statement at that gathering, that the enemy would not rule over Eretz Israel. He passed away in Tel-Aviv on Chanukah 1949 and was buried in Tiberias. His son-in-law, Rebbe Yaakov Friedman (1878-1956), son of Rebbe Yitzchak of Bohush (Buhuși), succeeded him as Rebbe of Husiatyn.
The recipient of the letter, R. Yaakov Yehoshua Heschel Bauminger (1893-1953), was the son-in-law of Rebbe Yaakov of Bohush-Husiatyn, and son of R. Yitzchak Bauminger, community leader in Kraków and member of the Polish parliament (Sejm) representing Agudat Yisrael. R. Yaakov Yehoshua later served as secretary of the Rabbinical court system in Tel-Aviv.
[1] leaf. 20 cm. 16 lines in his handwriting and with his signature. Very good condition. Filing holes.
Chassidic Luminaries – Manuscripts, Letters and Signatures
Chassidic Luminaries – Manuscripts, Letters and Signatures