Auction 93 Part 2 - Ancient Books, Chassidic and Kabbalistic Books, Manuscripts and Letters

Letter to the Ten Lost Tribes on the Border of Yemen, from the Disciples of the Vilna Gaon in Eretz Israel – Amsterdam, 1830

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Printed booklet, "Letter sent from the Ashkenazi rabbis in Eretz Israel, to the sons of Moshe Rabbenu and the Ten Tribes", by R. Yisrael of Shklow, head of the Ashkenazi community in Safed. [Amsterdam: printer not indicated, 1830].
In 1830, R. Baruch son of R. Shmuel was sent as the emissary of the Prushim community of Safed. Apart from raising funds, he was given another mission – to locate the Ten Lost Tribes in the desert on the border of Yemen. He was therefore provided with a special letter from R. Yisrael of Shklow, leader of the Prushim in Safed, signed also by the other leaders of the Prushim and Chassidim in Jerusalem and Safed. A copy of the letter was sent to the "Pekidim and Amarkalim", heads of the center for fundraising for Eretz Israel in Amsterdam, where, having made a great impact, the letter was printed and distributed. R. Baruch reached Sanaa in Av 1833, where he was murdered on charge of espionage.

4 leaves. Printed without title page. 19 cm. Good condition. Stains, including dampstains. Old binding.

The Gaon of Vilna and his Disciples
The Gaon of Vilna and his Disciples