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Letter by Rabbi Eliyahu Eliezer Dessler. London, 1930
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"The desire for truth is choosing characteristics." Letter by Rabbi Eliyahu Eliezer Dessler, in his handwriting and with his initialed signature. London, 7 Tishrei 1930.
Specifications:  stationery leaf. 13x21 cm. Entirely in his hand and with his initialed signature. The letter is addressed to "my honored and precious relative and friend."
Content: Rabbi Dessler wishes gmar chatimah tovah [pre-Yom Kippur greetings] to his relative. He is happy to see that he has the characteristic of truth, which is the choicest of characteristics, and promises him that when he meets him he will explain the correct interpretation of the saying "Hash-m's signature is truth" which is apparently completely incomprehensible - what does "His signature" mean? And he will also expand on the issue of "carrying iniquity" - what does "carrying" mean, and what does it have to do with forgiveness? He writes that Rabbi Moshe Cordovero has a deep explanation for this, which is one of pearls of the foundations of the study of character traits. Rabbi Dessler concludes with blessings.
Rabbi Eliyahu Eliezer Dessler (1892-1953), protoge of the Kelm study hall, from the family of those who established the study hall, and among the leaders of the mussar movement. Served as rabbi in England, and mashgiach in the yeshivas in Gateshead in England and Ponovezh in Bnei Brak. Author of Michtav M'Eliyahu.
Condition: Very fine condition. Fold marks, Aging stains.