AUCTION 15 | Tuesday, March 12th, 2002 at 1:00
Fine Hebrew Books, Manuscripts and Works of Art The Property of Various Owners

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Lot 439


HOROWITZ, JACOB ISAAC ("CHOZEH" oF LUBLIN. 1745-1815). Autograph Letter Signed and dated in Hebrew apparently by Rabbi Horowitz (or his auxiliary) to the Rabbi and communal leaders of Golub regarding the competence of one R. Tzvi Hirsch, shochet and shliach tzibur. * With a later copy, in another hand Two pages crudely laid down with central fold. Single leaf, 12 mo

Lublin: 1812

Est: $5,000 - $7,000
JIM PLACE THIS INTRO ABOVE THE FIRST MENTIONED LOT Lots 439 - 445 are offered for sale by a direct descendant of Rabbi David Ehlstein, a Polish Vurker Chassid, and his wife Beila Rosa, who stemmed from Chassidim of the Alexander, Strikov and Biala dynasties. They spent their last years in Eretz Israel These manuscripts span five generations of prominent Polish Chassidic dynasties. Beginning with the "Chozeh of Lublin," his disciples Rabbi Yitzchak of Wurka, Rabbi Yaakov David of Radzymin and followed by their descendants and disciples: Rabbi Yaakov David of Amshinov, Rabbi Shimon of Skernowitz, Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Amshinov, Rabbi Yechiel Chaim Yisrael Yitzchak of Otvock, Rabbi Pinchos Shraga Feivel Kalish of Otvock and Rabbi Yoseph Tzvi of Skernowitz, among others. ---------------------------------------------------------- The Chozeh states that the shochet should not be forced to leave the town, for he is a master of his field. A shochet should be able to undertake his work without having the anxiety of a limited wage. He concludes: "The love of the Creator, causes love of Israel, especially to those who are careful in the performance of the precepts." The Chozeh of Lublin is regarded as the Patriarch of Polish Chassidism. He was a disciple of the Maggid of Mezhritch and a colleague of Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev, Rabbi Elimelech of Lizhensk and the Koznitzer Maggid. The founders and leaders of the most illustrious Chassidic dynasties in Poland and Galicia: Kotzk, Ger, Ropschitz and Dinov, flourished under his influence. He was known as an omniscient oracle with thousands of followers seeking advice, he thus came to be entitled the Chozeh (“Seer”). His works, Divrei Emeth, Zoth Zikaron and Zikaron Zoth have been republished numerous times. For a detailed biographical study see D. Asaff, One Event,Two Interpretations: The Fall of the Seer of Lublin in: Be'maaglei Chassidim (The Wilensky Festschrift) 1999