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Auction 22 Lot Number 53

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Letter by Rabbi Yisrael Meir HaCohen Author of “Chafetz Chaim” and Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodzinski – To Rabbi Shmuel Yosef Rabinov

* Letter signed by Rabbi Yisrael Meir HaCohen author of" Chafetz Chaim"; letter of recommendation for Rabbi Yisrael Ya’akov Lieder and Rabbi Yitzchak Leizer Vebski who traveled to raise funds for the Radin Yeshiva. Addressed to Rabbi Shmuel Yosef Rabinov. Radin, Kislev [1930]. Typewritten and sealed with signature of the "Chafetz Chaim".
* Letter of recommendation to Rabbi Shmuel Yosef Rabinov, by Gabai of Beit Midrash Elishberg in Vilna. Margins of letter contain two handwritten lines by Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodzinski along with his signature. Vilna, [1931].
The righteous Ga’on Rabbi Yisrael Meir HaCohen of Radin (1837-1933, Otzar HaRabbanim 12262), known as the" Chafetz Chaim", named after his first book; founder and Rosh Yeshiva of the Radin Yeshiva and author of many Halacha and Musar books:" Mishna Berurah", "Shmirat HaLashon", "Ahavat Chesed" and dozens of other books.
The Ga’on Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodzinski (1863-1940), giant of the generation and rabbi of the entire Diaspora. At the age of 11 [!] began studying in the Volozhin Yeshiva and was among the disciples of Rabbi Chaim of Brisk. At the age of 24 was appointed as rabbi and rabbinical authority in Vilna. Together with the" Chafetz Chaim", bore the burden of the public and for dozens of years his rulings were definitive for public matters in the entire Diaspora. Founder and president of" Va’ad HaYeshivot". Managed and headed the Rameiles [Rabbi Meiles] Yeshiva in Vilna.
Recipient of letters, the Ga’on Rabbi Shmuel Yosef Rabinov (1899-1963), Author of" Divrei Shir". among the disciples of the Chafetz Chaim in Radin. For a while he spent time in Vilna by the Ga’on Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodzinski. As a young man traveled to serve in the rabbinate of cities in Western Europe. Served in the rabbinate of Lübeck and Hamburg. Immediately prior to the Holocaust was summoned to serve as rabbi of "Machzikei HaDat" congregation in Antwerp. In 1940 escaped to London where he served as rabbi until he immigrated to Eretz Israel in 1960. Among the greatest Torah giants and leaders in England of post-Holocaust Orthodox Jewry; It is known that the Chazon Ish supported and promoted his appointment as Av Beit Din of the Edah HaCharedit after the death of Rabbi Zelig Reuven Bengis. served as president of Council of Torah Sages in England.
Fair condition, stains and tears. Both letters were previously laminated; lamination professionally removed (thin layer remains on letters).

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Auction 22 Lot Number 54

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Lithographic Letter Signed by Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodzinski

Letter on behalf of “Central Committee for Yeshivot in Polish Lithuania”, with handwritten signature of the Ga’on Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodzinski. Vilna, [c. 1925].
Appeal to volunteers appointed as managers of “Yeshiva Committee” throughout the various cities, “to add one Shekel per half year to the continuous collection, for the benefit of the Yeshiva committee”. Lithographic letter in scribe writing, with handwritten signature by Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodzinski, along with stamp of “Central Yeshiva Committee of Vilna”.
The Ga’on Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodzinski (1863-1940), giant of the generation and rabbi of the entire Diaspora. together with the Chofetz Chaim. Established the “Yeshiva Committee” and headed it, through which he initiated a fund for the rescue of the Yeshivot from their difficult state following World War I.
29.5 cm. leaf. Fair condition. Tears on margins, restored with glue on cardboard paper. Faded writing (signature and stamp in good condition).

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Auction 22 Lot Number 55

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Achi’ezer Responsa – Inscription of Author Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodzinski

Sefer Achi’ezer, responsa, section Even Ha’ezer. Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodzinski. Vilnius, [1922].
Title page contains fine inscription in handwriting and signature of author Rabbi Chaim Ozer.
[2], 88 leaves. 32. Good-fair condition. Stains, loose leaves, several tears. Damaged binding.

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Auction 22 Lot Number 56

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Chafetz Chaim, First Printing with Handwritten Glosses by Author

Sefer Chofetz Chaim, laws of Shmirat HaLashon “laws of slander and gossip, based upon Halacha derived from the Talmud and Poskim”. Vilna, 1873. First edition. First book of Rabbi Yisrael Meir HaCohen of Radin, which was published anonymously; name of author listed on margins of title page in Russian and in initials.
Several revisions and glosses in handwriting of author. Page 46 contains revision of 6 words in holy handwriting of Rabbi; page 159 contains gloss of 8 words in holy handwriting of Rabbi. [Revisions were made to the second edition based upon these revisions, Vilna 1877]. Signature and ownership notations of the Ga’on Rabbi" Moshe Nachum" Wallenstein (1841-1922), disciple of the Ktav Sofer and Av Beit Din of Jerusalem.
5, [1], 8-81 leaves, [missing 4 leaves with list of subscribers which were added to some of the copies]. 21.5 cm. Fair condition, extensive moth damage. Old worn binding.

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Auction 22 Lot Number 57

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Chafetz Chaim – Shemirat HaLashon, First Editions

* Sefer Chafetz Chaim, laws of Shemirat HaLashon “on laws of slander and gossip, based upon Halacha derived from the Talmud and Poskim”. Vilna, 1873. First edition.
* Sefer Shemirat HaLashon, (first section), “completion of the book Chafetz Chaim”, words of encouragement and"musar" for the guarding of the tongue and Talmud Torah. Vilna, 1876. First edition.
First books of Rabbi Yisrael Meir HaCohen of Radin which were published anonymously; name of author listed on margins of title pages, in Russian and in initials.
5, [1], 8-81 leaves; 76 pages. 21 cm. Good-fair condition, stains and wear, moth damage. New binding.

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Auction 22 Lot Number 58

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Collection of Books of the Chafetz Chaim

* Sefer Chafetz Chaim, on laws of slander and gossip. Vilna, 1877. Second revised edition. Stamps and signature of Rabbi “Yitzchak Yosef Chazan” of Lavitch [1842-1928, author of" Si’ach Yitzchak", published many Torah articles]. * Sefer Nidchei Yisrael, with Yiddish translation, Warsaw, [c. 1910, stereotypical edition]. Listing “proofread” in handwriting of author. * Sefer Shem Olam, Warsaw, [c. 1900]. * Pamphlet Likutei Ma’amarim, by the righteous Ga’on Rabbi Yisrael Meir HaCoen author of" Chafetz Chaim". Warsaw, (1930).
4 books, various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 22 Lot Number 59

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Collection of Books by Chafetz Chaim

Collection of books by the Chafetz Chaim which were printed during his lifetime, some are first editions.
See list in the Hebrew description.
Total of 7 books. Various sizes and conditions.

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Auction 22 Lot Number 60

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Set of Mishna Berura – Proofread – Original Bindings

Six volumes of Mishna Berura, commentary on Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim, by Rabbi Yisrael Meir HaCohen of Radin, The Chafetz Chaim. [Stereotype printing, Warsaw-Pietrekov].
Added at beginning of each book in the author's holy handwriting: "Proofread" (all in ink except one in pencil). Volume 2 also has a note to correct something in Siman 132 and indeed a printing erasure has a hand correction.
The Chafetz Chaim was careful to check each book for sale from printing mistakes (exchanged sheets or empty leaves) lest he, G-d forbid, transgress the prohibition of stealing and cheating if a damaged book is sold at regular price. He wrote on the forsatz leaves of each book that he checked "Proofread", (it is accepted knowledge that he himself was careful to write this lest those who help him in his holy work write "Proofread" without checking the book thoroughly enough). Many of these inscriptions disappeared throughout the years because the books were rebound or the penciled inscription was erased.
6 volumes, c. 22 cm. Good conditions. Original fabric bindings (slightly worn) and color leaf cutting, handwritten gloss.

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Auction 22 Lot Number 61

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Nidchei Yisrael – First Edition – “Proofread”

Sefer Nidchei Yisrael by Rabbi Yisrael Meir HaCohen of Radin. Warsaw, 1893. First edition. Bound with: Pamphlet Tiferet Adam.
Binding leaves: (unclear) penciled notations: “Proofread”.
[2], 130 pages; 14 pages. 23 cm., fair condition, wear and moth holes, worn and torn binding.

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Auction 22 Lot Number 62

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Catalogue Leaf and Printed Letter by The “Chafetz Chaim” – Filled In in Handwriting

“List of books by author of Chafetz Chaim” – Printed leaf with catalogue list of books by author of the" Chafetz Chaim", including a detailed explanation of the essence and objective of each composition. Radin, c. 1920.
Reverse side of leaf contains printed official letter by author of the Chafetz Chaim:
“With G-D’s help and mercy my books spread throughout the Jewish nation and they are necessary… to explain the Shulchan Aruch… or other necessary matters upon which man’s happiness is dependant. I cannot describe the extent of their necessity… in the past I sold the books through emissaries and now the railroads are not operating and it is impossible to travel – and the world isn’t able to obtain the books, therefore, I prepared a catalogue…”. Signed in print: “Yisrael Meir HaCohen”.
Margins of letter contain price chart, filled in by handwriting [with pencil], erasure and addition of word, possibly in the holy handwriting of the Chafetz Chaim.
It is well known that the custom of the Chofetz Chaim, prior to his becoming famous, was to wander from village to village and sell his compositions. This is an interesting document demonstrating the method of the Chafetz Chaim in distributing his books for the benefit of the public.
[2] pages. 30 cm. Printed upon greenish paper, one side printed in golden ink. Good-fair condition, tears.
Rare, not listed in Hebrew Bibliography listings or in National Library

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Auction 22 Lot Number 63

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Writing of Torah Scroll in Memory of The Chafetz Chaim – Invitation to Assembly

“Heinteken Shabbat Tzu-Nacht… A Farsmelongevegen Di Klal Israel Sefer Torah…”, printed invitation to special assembly in honor of “Torah Scroll of the entire Jewish people”, written in memory of the Chafetz Chaim. [C. 1933].
The invitation notes that the assembly will be attended by Rabbi Greineman of Vilna [the Ga’on Rabbi Shmuel Greineman, brother-in-law of the Chazon Ish, right hand of the Chafetz Chaim and Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodzinski. Organizers signed [in print]: Pinchas Kaplan, Yitzchak Turetsky and Yechiel Rabinowitz.
Following the demise of the Chafetz Chaim, the Ga’on Rabbi Chaim Ozer Grodzinski established an immortalization enterprise by means of writing a Torah Scroll in memory and merit of the Chafetz Chaim. In the proclamation which he published, Rabbi Chaim Ozer appeals to all to take part and participate in the writing of the Torah Scroll through the purchasing of “letters”. The income from the purchasing of the letters was dedicated for the benefit of “Va’ad HaYeshivot” [Yeshiva Committee], which the Chafetz Chaim and Rabbi Chaim Ozer founded and maintained. In the proclamation Rabbi Chaim Ozer noted that the Torah Scroll “will be placed in a special case on the gravesite of the Chafetz Chaim in Radin”. The idea was successfully implemented and thousands from Lithuania, Poland, Galicia, Germany, Britain, United States and Eretz Israel participated. Names of donors were written in a special “memorial book” kept in Vilna [see attached material].
10X15.5 cm. Fair condition. Folding marks and tears.
Bibliographically unlisted.

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Auction 22 Lot Number 64

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Letter by Rabbi Neta Lifshitz of Kovne to Rabbi Eliezer Gordon of Telz – (unknown historic details about the Chafetz Chaim activity)

Letter by Rabbi Neta HaLevi Lifshitz of Kovne, to Rabbi Eliezer Gordon Head of Telz Yeshiva. 27th of Shevat 1910, [the letter was written a week before Rabbi Eliezer Gordon's sudden death on the 4th of Adar 1910].
The letter is handwritten and signed twice N.H.L. [Neta HaLevi Lifshitz – his pseudonym in the newspapers]. The letter's content deals with a shidduch (match) for Rabbi Eliezer Gordon's son [a letter of Eliyahu Sha'ar of Kiselin who was involved in the shidduch is also copied in the letter].
Other matters for the benefit of Judaism and the yeshivot are also mentioned. An interesting detail written in the letter is the involvement of the Chafetz Chaim in the economic crisis that hit the Lithuanian yeshivot at that time and this is what he writes: "… and finally, what will become of the traveling and efforts abroad to benefit the holy yeshivot? The Chafetz Chaim too, agrees that even if he will travel with you to a rabbi who is not well known, but with your influence they will act…". Additional details about the initiative to unite collections for the yeshivot are mentioned with the name "Rabbi Refael" [Rabbi Refael Shapiro of Volozhin] "his son in law in Shadeve" [Rabbi Yosef Leib Bloch] and "Rabbi Shimon of Braynsk" [Rabbi Shimon Shkop].
4 pages, 21 cm. Fair condition, tear along length of fold in both leaves [without missing text].

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Auction 22 Lot Number 65

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Letter From Radin Yeshiva – Signed by Two Grandsons of Chafetz Chaim

Letter from Chafetz Chaim Yeshiva in Radin, signed by directors of Yeshiva, Rabbi “Eliezer Zev Kaplan” and Rabbi “Yehoshua Leib son of Rabbi Levinson”. Radin, Nisan 1935.
Appeal for assistance on behalf of Radin Yeshiva: “Which is presently in indescribably dire straits… and we hereby sign off with a blessing that the merit of the great rabbi, author of the Chafetz Chaim will benefit all those who contribute on behalf…”.
Official stationery, 27.5 cm. Good-fair condition, creases and minor tears.

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Auction 22 Lot Number 66

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Letter by Rabbi Menachem Mendel Zaks Son-In-Law of The Chafetz Chaim

Letter by Ga’on Rabbi Menachem Mendel Yosef Zaks Rosh Yeshiva of Chafetz Chaim Yeshiva in Radin, inquiring about family members, descendants of grandson of the Chafetz Chaim who resided in Belgium.
Rabbi Menachem Mendel Yosef Zaks (1894-1974), youngest son-in-law of the Chafetz Chaim, already served as Rosh Yeshiva in Radin during the lifetime of his great father-in-law. During the Holocaust traveled with his disciples to the city of Vilna and from there to the USA in order to transfer the Yeshiva students abroad, however he did not succeed and they were deported to Siberia. In the USA he served as chief Rosh Mativta in Rabbi Yitzchak Elchanan Yeshiva and was known as one of the Torah giants.
Official stationery, 28 cm. Good condition, creases and folding marks.

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Auction 22 Lot Number 67

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Chafetz Chaim – Micrography

Photograph of the Chafetz Chaim, micrography of text from his book "Shmirat HaLashon" (section II chapters 9-10). Signed by artist Adir Meisharim. [Jerusalem, 1980’s].
34X25 cm. Good-fair condition, foxing. Framed in wooden frame of 52X37 cm.
For additional information regarding micrography craftsmanship by Adir Meisharim see attached material.

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