Auction 88 - Part I - Books, Manuscripts, Rabbinical Letters, Ceremonial Art

Three Letters from Rabbi Gershon Miadnik – From the Heads of the Kelm Talmud Torah – Kelm, 1929-1939 – Good Year Wishes

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Sold for: $1,625
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Three letters from R. Gershon Miadnik, one of the heads of the Kelm Talmud Torah, addressed to the yeshiva supporter R. Aryeh Leib Paktor in Amsterdam. Kelm (Lithuania), ca. 1929-1939.
• Lengthy letter (2 large pages) handwritten and signed by R. Gershon Miadnik. Kelm, 1929.
• Postcard handwritten and signed by R. Gershon Miadnik (with good year wishes). Kelm, Elul 1929.
• Printed leaf with good year wishes from the Talmud Torah in Kelm, with the full signature of R. Gershon Miadnik. Kelm, Elul 193[9].
The two handwritten letters mostly discuss fundraising in the Netherlands on behalf of the Kelm Talmud Torah; the yeshiva dean – R. Reuven Dov Dessler (father of the Michtav MeEliyahu) is mentioned several times.
R. Gershon reports at the end of the long letter about genealogical inquiries he made for R. Paktor.
R. Gershon Miadnik (1888 – perished in the Holocaust 1941), prominent musar leader in Lithuania. He studied in the Radin yeshiva under the Chafetz Chaim and R. Naftali Trop. He was the son-in-law of R. Nachum Ze'ev (son of the Alter of Kelm), head of the Kelm Talmud Torah. He succeeded R. Reuven Dov Dessler as dean of the yeshiva after the latter immigrated to England.
3 letters. Long letter on official stationery, written on both sides. Size and condition vary.

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