Auction 048 Rebbes of Satmar, Sighet and Bobov - Books, Objects, Letters and Manuscripts, Broadsides and Printed Items

Volume of Books of Ethics and Chassidut – Warsaw, 1913 – Copy of Rebbe Yoel Teitelbaum of Satmar – Signatures of the Rebbe's Attendant Rabbi Shraga Feivish Ashkenazi

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Volume comprising six works on ethics, faith, and Chassidut printed in Warsaw [ca. 1913].
Copy of Rebbe Yoel Teitelbaum of Satmar, with the rebbe's stamps from his tenure as rabbi of Karoly (Carei) on the front endpaper and title page of the first book.
Other signatures and inscriptions on the front endpaper, including signatures and inscriptions of R. Shraga Feivish Ashkenazi, close attendant of Rebbe Yoel of Satmar.

The volume comprises six works, presumably printed together in Warsaw ca. 1913 (stereotype and photocopy editions):
• Tzavaat Yesod VeShoresh HaAvodah, by R. Alexander Siskind of Horodna author of Yesod VeShoresh HaAvodah. [2], 3-14 leaves.
• Imrei Shefer by R. Pinchas of Korets, with two other works. [1], 2-4, 2-5 leaves.
• Vikucha Rabba, by R. Yaakov Bacharach of Keidan. 58 pages.
• Emet VeEmunah, by R. Yisrael Yitzchak Tornovsky. [1], 2-32 leaves.
• Tzvi LaTzadik, by R. Tzvi Hirsh (Hirschel) Levin Rabbi of Berlin, grandson of Chacham Tzvi. [2], 96 leaves.
• Igeret HaTiyul, by R. Chaim Betzalel of Friedberg (brother of the Maharal of Prague); with Igeret R. Chaim Vital. [1], 2-20 leaves.

Approx. 21.5 cm. Good condition. Minor stains. Wear. Minor tears and open tears, affecting text in some places. Margins of front endpaper strengthened with transparent tape. Fine, new leather binding.

Rebbe Yoel Teitelbaum of Satmar (1887-1979) was the youngest son of Rebbe Chananya Yom Tov Lipa, the Kedushat Yom Tov (1836-1904), and grandson of Rebbe Yekutiel Yehuda, the Yitav Lev (1808-1883), who both served as rabbis of Sighet (Sighetu Marmației) and were leaders of Chassidic Jewry in the Maramureș region.

He was renowned from his youth as a leading Torah scholar of his generation, for his perspicacity and intellectual capacities, as well as for his holiness and outstanding purity. At a young age, he was appointed rabbi of Irshava. In 1925, he was appointed rabbi of Karoly (Carei; in place of R. Shaul Brach who went to serve as rabbi of Kashoi), and in 1934, of Satmar (Satu Mare). In all the places he served as rabbi, he also maintained a large yeshiva and Chassidic court. He stood at the helm of the faithful, uncompromising Orthodox Jewry in the Maramureș region. He was one of the founding pillars of the Torah world in the generation following the Holocaust. After surviving the Holocaust, he emigrated to the United States, where he established the Satmar Chassidic community. He served as president of the Eda HaCharedit in Jerusalem, and as leader of Orthodox Jewry in the United States and throughout the world. His writings were published in dozens of books: VaYoel Moshe, Responsa Divrei Yoel, Divrei Yoel on the Torah and more.

R. Meshulam Shraga Feivish Ashkenazi of Safed (perished in the Holocaust, 1944), son-in-law of R. Yaakov Yitzchak Unger of Safed and close attendant of Rebbe Yoel Teitelbaum of Satmar for 27 years (during the latter's tenures as rabbi of Orsheva, Karoly and Satmar, until the Holocaust). His son, R. Efraim Yosef Dov Ashkenazi (1912-2002) also served as the close attendant of the rebbe of Satmar for some sixty years, assisting him in all his matters.

Books of Important Ownership – Rebbe Yoel Teitelbaum of Satmar