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Nov 24, 2020
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LOT 30:

Tziluta D'Avraham – Ostroh, 1821 – Only Edition – Copy of Rebbe Shalom Eliezer of Ratzfert – His Signatures and Stamps

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Tziluta D'Avraham – Ostroh, 1821 – Only Edition – Copy of Rebbe Shalom Eliezer of Ratzfert – His Signatures and Stamps
Tziluta D'Avraham, novellae on Talmudic tractates, by R. Moshe Avraham Abish [Margolies], rabbi of Żabno. [Ostroh, 1821]. Only edition.
The author was the brother and teacher of the Meir Netivim. This work was copied and edited by the author of Arvei Nachal, who married the granddaughter of the author.
Signatures and stamps of Rebbe Shalom Eliezer Halberstam of Ratzfert (Újfehértó) on the title page, in the middle and at the end of the book: "This belongs to R. Shalom Eliezer Halberstam"; "Belongs to Shalom Eliezer Halberstam"; "Shalom Eliezer Halberstam, residing here, Tarnow".
Signature of his son, R. Chaim Halberstam, dayan and posek in Satmar, on the title page.
Rebbe Shalom Eliezer Halberstam (1862-1944) was one of the younger sons of the Divrei Chaim of Sanz, a leading tzaddik and wonder-worker in pre-Holocaust Hungary. Prominent rebbes spoke of his holiness and lofty soul already in his youth. Reputedly, during his stay in Sanz, the Tiferet Shlomo of Radomsk pointed at R. Shalom Eliezer and said that he will be among the leaders of the nation when the Messiah comes. He was only 14 years old when his father passed away and was raised by his elder brother, the Rebbe of Shinova. He married his niece, daughter of his sister and his brother-in-law Rebbe Mordechai Dov Twersky, Rabbi of Hornostaipil. In 1886, R. Shalom Eliezer settled in Tarnów (Galicia), and cloistered himself in the kloiz of the Sanz Chassidim, studying Torah day and night. In 1899, he established his court in Ratzfert (Újfehértó, Hungary), remaining there for over 40 years. His reputation as a wonder-worker drew Jews from all over Hungary to his court in Ratzfert, and they experienced salvations through his blessings (see Rabbenu HaKadosh MiRatzfert, Bnei Brak 2007, for numerous testimonies and accounts of miracles and salvations he effected. See Kedem Auction 33, item 172, report of the son-in-law of a Jew who received a letter from the rebbe on the eve of the Holocaust, where he testifies that his father-in-law "hid and carried the letter on his person unfailingly throughout the Holocaust years, and he miraculously survived"). During the Holocaust he refused to abandon his community, and perished with them in Auschwitz in Sivan 1944.
[1], 99 leaves. 33 cm. Light-bluish paper. Good condition. Stains (including dark stains on several leaves). Minor wear. Tears and worming to title page, first and final leaves, slightly affecting text. New leather binding.
Stefansky Chassidut, no. 499.

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