Auction 86 - Part I - Rare & Important Items

Raziel HaMalach – Copy of the Mashgiach Rabbi Yechezkel Levenstein

Opening: $2,000
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Raziel HaMalach – "This is the book of Adam HaRishon given to him by Raziel HaMalach" – kabbalah and Holy Names. "An excellent segulah to bear wise and sage sons, for success, blessing and to extinguish fire, so that it shouldn't affect his home…". Lviv: S. L. Kugel, Lewin & Comp, 1865.
Copy of the Mashgiach, R. Yechezkel Levenstein – many of his stamps on the title page and front endpaper: "Yechezkel Levenstein – Yeshivat Mir – Menahel Ruchani"; "Yechezkel Levenstein – Yeshivat Ponovezh – Menahel Ruchani".
R. Yechezkel Levenstein (1885-1974) was a leader of the mussar movement, product of the Kelm Talmud Torah. He was the Menahel Ruchani (spiritual administrator) of the Mir Yeshiva in Poland, Shanghai and Jerusalem. After R. Dessler's passing, he was appointed mashgiach of the Ponovezh Yeshiva in Bnei-Brak. A holy, pious man, he was known for his connection to G-d and his abstention from earthly pleasures (he was never seen leaning back in his chair, and other exceptional conducts). The effectiveness of his blessings and prayers was well known and many were saved through his blessings. During the Holocaust, while the Mir Yeshiva escaped to Vilna and the Far-East, his disciples saw clearly that his decisions and blessings were supernatural, directed by heavenly revelations. Though R. Yechezkel was very well-versed in kabbalah, his discourses always only contained words of reproach and faith, to the extent many thought that he had no knowledge of kabbalah. Or Yechezkel, Imrei Yechezkel, Avodat Yechezkel and more were published based on his discourses.
[33] leaves. 25 cm. Fair condition. Stains and wear. Tears and worming, affecting text, repaired in part with paper. Old binding, worn and damaged.
Manuscripts, Letters and Signatures – Ashkenazi Rabbis